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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735271/a-collaborative-approach-to-facilitate-professionals-to-support-the-breathless-patient
#1
Vanessa Shaw, Alison Davies, Bie Nio Ong
OBJECTIVES: Breathlessness is a major problem for people in their last weeks of life. Breathlessness is considered to be multidimensional with physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual factors all playing a part. It has been recognised that specific training to health professionals is beneficial in order to improve the care for patients with breathlessness.Breathlessness courses have tended to focus on senior nurses. A new flexible and collaborative training course was designed to include a wider range of nurses and other health professionals in hospital, hospice, primary care and community settings...
July 22, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735229/synthetic-antibody-mimics-for-the-inhibition-of-protein-ligand-interactions
#2
REVIEW
Christina Haußner, Johannes Lach, Jutta Eichler
The rational/structure-based design and/or combinatorial development of molecules capable of selectively binding to a protein, represents a promising strategy for a range of biomedical applications, in particular the inhibition of disease-associated protein-ligand interactions. The design of such protein binding molecules is often based on an antibody against the target protein, or involves the generation of smaller molecules that retain the binding characteristics of the antibody. Alternatively, protein binding molecules can be selected from protein libraries based on small, stably folded protein scaffolds presenting flexible loops, which are randomized in the libraries...
July 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735198/impact-of-carbon-quantum-dots-on-dynamic-properties-of-bsa-and-bsa-dppc-adsorption-layers
#3
Lu Lai, Xiao-Qian Wei, Wei-Hua Huang, Ping Mei, Zhao-Hua Ren, Yi Liu
The effects of carbon quantum dots (CQDs) on the dynamic properties of bovine serum albumin (BSA) were investigated using pendant drop profile analysis method. Moreover, the effects of CQDs on the competitive adsorption of BSA and dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine (DPPC) were examined. CQDs reduce the fluorescence intensity of BSA and cause a red shift in fluorescence emission. The quenching constant at pH 4.3 is almost twice as large as that of the value obtained at pH 6.0. A small amount of CQDs does not influence the dynamic surface adsorption properties of BSA molecules...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734991/endoscopic-full-thickness-resection-using-suture-loop-needle-t-tag-tissue-anchors-in-the-porcine-stomach-with-video
#4
Akira Dobashi, Elizabeth Rajan, Mary A Knipschield, Christopher J Gostout
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Endoscopic full-thickness resection (EFTR) is still challenging and a reliable technique is desirable. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of controlled EFTR using a pseudopolyp made from suture loop needle-T-tag (SLNT) tissue anchors in ex vivo porcine stomachs. METHODS: Five pig stomachs were used. Two concentric circumferential border mucosal incisions were made to facilitate isolating a target lesion for full-thickness excision and pseudopolyp formation...
July 19, 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734977/modulation-of-the-interaction-between-human-p450-3a4-and-b-megaterium-reductase-via-engineered-loops
#5
Silvia Castrignanò, Serena D'Avino, Giovanna Di Nardo, Gianluca Catucci, Sheila J Sadeghi, Gianfranco Gilardi
Chimerogenesis involving cytochromes P450 is a successful approach to generate catalytically self-sufficient enzymes. However, the connection between the different functional modules should allow a certain degree of flexibility in order to obtain functional and catalytically efficient proteins. We previously applied the molecular Lego approach to develop a chimeric P450 3A4 enzyme linked to the reductase domain of P450 BM3 (BMR). Three constructs were designed with the connecting loop containing no glycine, 3 glycine or 5 glycine residues and showed a different catalytic activity and coupling efficiency...
July 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734976/structural-basis-of-the-substrate-specificity-and-instability-in-solution-of-a-glycosidase-from-lactobacillus-plantarum
#6
Iván Acebrón, Laura Plaza-Vinuesa, Blanca de Las Rivas, Rosario Muñoz, J Cumella, F Sánchez-Sancho, José Miguel Mancheño
Statistics from structural genomics initiatives reveal that around 50-55% of the expressed, non-membrane proteins cannot be purified and therefore structurally characterized due to solubility problems, which emphasized protein solubility as one of the most serious concerns in structural biology projects. Lactobacillus plantarum CECT 748(T) produces an aggregation-prone glycosidase (LpBgl) that we crystallized previously. However, this result could not be reproduced due to protein instability and therefore further high-resolution structural analyses of LpBgl were impeded...
July 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734531/event-based-control-of-depth-of-hypnosis-in-anesthesia
#7
Luca Merigo, Manuel Beschi, Fabrizio Padula, Nicola Latronico, Massimiliano Paltenghi, Antonio Visioli
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: In this paper, we propose the use of an event-based control strategy for the closed-loop control of the depth of hypnosis in anesthesia by using propofol administration and the bispectral index as a controlled variable. METHODS: A new event generator with high noise-filtering properties is employed in addition to a PIDPlus controller. The tuning of the parameters is performed off-line by using genetic algorithms by considering a given data set of patients...
August 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734500/a-new-online-delay-estimation-based-robust-adaptive-stabilizer-for-multi-input-neutral-systems-with-unknown-actuator-nonlinearities
#8
A H Tahoun
This paper studies the problem of actuator-nonlinearities compensation in the multi-input uncertain neutral systems. The neutral systems with different unknown time-varying delays, unmodeled dynamics, nonlinear perturbations and disturbances are considered. A new methodology based on the online estimation of the delays to compensate for the effects generated by dead-zone and saturation, acting in series on a system's input are presented. The online estimations of the unknown delays are accomplished by adaptive laws that guarantee the exponential stabilities of the estimated delays...
July 19, 2017: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734499/observer-based-stabilization-for-switched-positive-system-with-mode-dependent-average-dwell-time
#9
Yu Ren, Guanghui Sun, Zhiguang Feng
This paper concerns the exponential stabilization problem for a class of switched positive systems. The switching signal satisfies mode-dependent average dwell time (MDADT) and the state variables are partially unmeasurable. A further explanation of mode-dependent average dwell time is included. By employing a set of quasi-time variables, which is first proposed for switched systems with MDADT, new stability results are obtained for the switched nonlinear systems and the underlying linear systems. Observer-based stabilization controllers, both for single-input case and multi-input case, are designed such that the closed-loop system converges exponentially...
July 19, 2017: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734362/discrimination-of-bacteria-by-rapid-sensing-their-metabolic-volatiles-using-an-aspiration-type-ion-mobility-spectrometer-a-ims-and-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-gc-ms
#10
Ileana Andreea Ratiu, Victor Bocos-Bintintan, Adrian Patrut, Victor Hugo Moll, Matthew Turner, C L Paul Thomas
The objective of our study was to investigate whether one may quickly and reliably discriminate different microorganism strains by direct monitoring of the headspace atmosphere above their cultures. Headspace samples above a series of in vitro bacterial cultures were directly interrogated using an aspiration type ion mobility spectrometer (a-IMS), which produced distinct profiles ("fingerprints") of ion currents generated simultaneously by the detectors present inside the ion mobility cell. Data processing and analysis using principal component analysis showed net differences in the responses produced by volatiles emitted by various bacterial strains...
August 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734332/retinal-loop-vessel-captured-with-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography
#11
Eric D Gaier, John B Miller
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734039/optimal-control-for-micro-algae-on-a-raceway-model
#12
Todd Hurst, Volker Rehbock
We apply numerical optimal control methods to an existing algae growth model with the aim to determine the best performance of the model under known conditions using a variety of decision variables. We transform the system of differential algebraic equations in the existing model to a system of ordinary differential equations which introduces dynamics for average light intensity and chlorophyll. In addition we allow for variable nitrogen concentration of the inflow as well as variable initial nitrogen concentration of the raceway...
July 22, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733923/cardiovascular-mechanics-in-the-early-stages-of-pulmonary-hypertension-a-computational-study
#13
Sebastián Acosta, Charles Puelz, Béatrice Rivière, Daniel J Penny, Ken M Brady, Craig G Rusin
We formulate and study a new mathematical model of pulmonary hypertension. Based on principles of fluid and elastic dynamics, we introduce a model that quantifies the stiffening of pulmonary vasculature (arteries and arterioles) to reproduce the hemodynamics of the pulmonary system, including physiologically consistent dependence between compliance and resistance. This pulmonary model is embedded in a closed-loop network of the major vessels in the body, approximated as one-dimensional elastic tubes, and zero-dimensional models for the heart and other organs...
July 21, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733673/emergence-of-hysteresis-loop-in-social-contagions-on-complex-networks
#14
Zhen Su, Wei Wang, Lixiang Li, Jinghua Xiao, H Eugene Stanley
Understanding the spreading mechanisms of social contagions in complex network systems has attracted much attention in the physics community. Here we propose a generalized threshold model to describe social contagions. Using extensive numerical simulations and theoretical analyses, we find that a hysteresis loop emerges in the system. Specifically, the steady state of the system is sensitive to the initial conditions of the dynamics of the system. In the steady state, the adoption size increases discontinuously with the transmission probability of information about social contagions, and trial size exhibits a non-monotonic pattern, i...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733657/a-gene-network-regulated-by-fgf-signalling-during-ear-development
#15
Maryam Anwar, Monica Tambalo, Ramya Ranganathan, Timothy Grocott, Andrea Streit
During development cell commitment is regulated by inductive signals that are tightly controlled in time and space. In response, cells activate specific programmes, but the transcriptional circuits that maintain cell identity in a changing signalling environment are often poorly understood. Specification of inner ear progenitors is initiated by FGF signalling. Here, we establish the genetic hierarchy downstream of FGF by systematic analysis of many ear factors combined with a network inference approach. We show that FGF rapidly activates a small circuit of transcription factors forming positive feedback loops to stabilise otic progenitor identity...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733581/structural-determinants-at-the-m2-muscarinic-receptor-modulate-the-rgs4-girk-response-to-pilocarpine-by-impairment-of-the-receptor-voltage-sensitivity
#16
I-Shan Chen, Kazuharu Furutani, Yoshihisa Kurachi
Membrane potential controls the response of the M2 muscarinic receptor to its ligands. Membrane hyperpolarization increases response to the full agonist acetylcholine (ACh) while decreasing response to the partial agonist pilocarpine. We previously have demonstrated that the regulator of G-protein signaling (RGS) 4 protein discriminates between the voltage-dependent responses of ACh and pilocarpine; however, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. Here we show that RGS4 is involved in the voltage-dependent behavior of the M2 muscarinic receptor-mediated signaling in response to pilocarpine...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733560/mir-122-socs1-jak2-axis-regulates-allergic-inflammation-and-allergic-inflammation-promoted-cellular-interactions
#17
Kyeonga Noh, Misun Kim, Youngmi Kim, Hanearl Kim, Hyuna Kim, Jaehwan Byun, Yeongseo Park, Hansoo Lee, Yun Sil Lee, Jongseon Choe, Young Myeong Kim, Dooil Jeoung
The regulatory role of suppressor of cytokine signaling 1 (SOCS1) in inflammation has been reported. However, its role in allergic inflammation has not been previously reported. SOCS1 mediated in vitro and in vivo allergic inflammation. Histone deacetylase-3 (HDAC3), a mediator of allergic inflammation, interacted with SOCS1, and miR-384 inhibitor, a positive regulator of HDAC3, induced features of allergic inflammation in an SOCS1-dependent manner. miRNA array analysis showed that the expression of miR-122 was decreased by antigen-stimulation...
July 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733419/myc2-orchestrates-a-hierarchical-transcriptional-cascade-that-regulates-jasmonate-mediated-plant-immunity-in-tomato
#18
Minmin Du, Jiuhai Zhao, David T W Tzeng, Yuanyuan Liu, Lei Deng, Tianxia Yang, Qingzhe Zhai, Fangming Wu, Zhuo Huang, Ming Zhou, Qiaomei Wang, Qian Chen, Silin Zhong, Chang-Bao Li, Chuanyou Li
The hormone jasmonate (JA), which functions in plant immunity, regulates resistance to pathogen infection and insect attack through triggering genome-wide transcriptional reprogramming in plants. We show that the basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor (TF) MYC2 in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) acts downstream of the JA receptor to orchestrate JA-mediated activation of both the wounding and pathogen responses. Using chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing (ChIP-seq) coupled with RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) assays, we identified 655 MYC2-targeted JA-responsive genes...
July 21, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733208/influence-of-cued-fear-conditioning-and-its-impairment-on-nrem-sleep
#19
Tankesh Kumar, Sushil K Jha
Many studies suggest that fear conditioning influences sleep. It is, however, not known if the changes in sleep architecture after fear conditioning are essentially associated with the consolidation of fearful memory or with fear itself. Here, we have observed that within sleep, NREM sleep consistently remained augmented after the consolidation of cued fear-conditioned memory. But a similar change did not occur after impairing memory consolidation by blocking new protein synthesis and glutamate transmission between glial-neuronal loop in the lateral amygdala (LA)...
July 18, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732941/comments-on-the-use-of-loop-reactors-in-sonochemical-processes
#20
M Vinatoru, Timothy Mason
For sonochemical processing on an industrial scale the traditional choice is either a batch or flow system. The former is straightforward in concept but it requires large scale powerful ultrasonic transducers capable of delivering high intensity ultrasound to large volumes of liquid. Unfortunately at the moment the cost and problems involved in building very large sonication devices for batch processes cannot justify the replacement of existing industrial processes. For this reason most sonochemists prefer some form of flow system where small quantities of reagents can be treated as they are pumped from a large vat of reagents through a smaller sonochemical reactor where high intensity ultrasound can be applied...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
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