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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635997/a-spin-column-free-approach-to-sodium-hydroxide-based-glycan-permethylation
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Yueming Hu, Chad R Borges
Glycan permethylation was introduced as a tool to facilitate the study of glycans in 1903. Since that time, permethylation procedures have been continually modified to improve permethylation efficiency and qualitative applicability. Typically, however, either laborious preparation steps or cumbersome and uneconomical spin columns have been needed to obtain decent permethylation yields on small glycan samples. Here we describe a spin column-free (SCF) glycan permethylation procedure that is applicable to both O- and N-linked glycans and can be employed upstream to intact glycan analysis by MALDI-MS, ESI-MS, or glycan linkage analysis by GC-MS...
June 21, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635670/single-lead-fetal-ecg-extraction-based-on-a-parallel-marginalized-particle-filter
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Zhidong Zhao, Huiling Tong, Yanjun Deng, Wen Xu, Yefei Zhang, Haihui Ye
This paper presents a novel method for extracting the fetal ECG (FECG) from a single-lead abdominal signal. A dynamical model for a modified abdominal signal is proposed, in which both the maternal ECG (MECG) and the FECG are modeled, and then a parallel marginalized particle filter (par-MPF) is used for tracking the abdominal signal. Finally, the FECG and MECG are simultaneously separated. Several experiments are conducted using both simulated and clinical signals. The results indicate that the method proposed in this paper effectively extracts the FECG and outperforms other Bayesian filtering algorithms...
June 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634233/structural-analyses-of-human-thymidylate-synthase-reveal-a-site-that-may-control-conformational-switching-between-active-and-inactive-states
#3
Dan Chen, Anna Jansson, Daniel Sim, Andreas Larsson, Pär Nordlund
Thymidylate synthase (TS) is the sole enzyme responsible for de novo biosynthesis of thymidylate (TMP) and is essential for cell proliferation and survival. Inhibition of human TS (hTS) has been extensively investigated for cancer chemotherapy, but several aspects of its activity and regulation are still uncertain. In this study, we performed comprehensive structural and biophysical studies of hTS using crystallography and thermal shift assay and provided the first detailed structural information on the conformational changes induced by ligand binding to the hTS active site...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633104/transcriptional-and-cellular-effects-of-paracetamol-in-the-oyster-crassostrea-gigas
#4
M J Bebianno, A C P Mello, M A S Serrano, F Flores-Nunes, J J Mattos, F L Zacchi, C E Piazza, M N Siebert, R S Piazza, C H A M Gomes, C M R Melo, A C D Bainy
Acetaminophen (paracetamol) (PAR) is one of the most popular non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) with analgesic and antipyretic properties consumed worldwide and often detected in the aquatic environment. Due to the fact that PAR induces oxidative stress in mammals, the aim of this study was to evaluate if similar effects were observed in oysters Crassostrea gigas, given their economic and ecological importance and worldwide distribution. Oysters were exposed for 1, 4 and 7 days to two different sublethal PAR concentrations (0, 1 and 100μgL(-1))...
June 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632562/degenerative-changes-of-the-facet-joints-in-adults-with-lumbar-spondylolysis
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Yuichiro Goda, Toshinori Sakai, Taihei Harada, Shoichiro Takao, Yoichiro Takata, Kosaku Higashino, Masafumi Harada, Koichi Sairyo
STUDY DESIGN: Radiologic analysis using computed tomography. OBJECTIVES: To analyze the degenerative changes of the facet joints in patients with spondylolysis in comparison with control subjects. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Defects of the pars interarticularis are thought to result in a reduction of biomechanical stress on adjacent facet joints. Therefore, degenerative changes of the facet joints in patients with spondylolysis are expected to be less than those in patients without spondylolysis...
July 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632410/correlation-between-interleukin-6-and-thrombin-antithrombin-iii-complex-levels-in-retinal-diseases
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Rita Ehrlich, Alon Zahavi, Ruth Axer-Siegel, Ivan Budnik, Ayelet Dreznik, Mor Dahbash, Yael Nisgav, Elinor Megiddo, Gili Kenet, Dov Weinberger, Tami Livnat
PURPOSE: This study aims to evaluate and correlate the levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6) and thrombin-antithrombin III complex (TAT) in the vitreous of patients with different vitreoretinal pathologies. METHODS: Vitreous samples were collected from 78 patients scheduled for pars plana vitrectomy at a tertiary medical center. Patients were divided by the underlying vitreoretinal pathophysiology, as follows: macular hole (MH)/epiretinal membrane (ERM) (n = 26); rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD) (n = 32); and proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) (n = 20)...
June 20, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631929/-13-c-dynamic-nuclear-polarization-using-a-trimeric-gd-3-complex-as-an-additive
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Peter Niedbalski, Christopher Parish, Qing Wang, Andhika Kiswandhi, Zahra Hayati, Likai Song, Lloyd Laporca Lumata
Dissolution dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) is one of the most successful techniques that resolves the insensitivity problem in liquid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and imaging (MRI) by amplifying the signal by several thousand-fold. One way to further improve the DNP signal is the inclusion of trace amounts of lanthanides in DNP samples doped with trityl OX063 free radical as the polarizing agent. In practice, stable monomeric gadolinium complexes such as Gd-DOTA or Gd-HP-DO3A are used as beneficial additives in DNP samples, further boosting the DNP-enhanced solid-state 13C polarization by a factor of 2 or 3...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631430/internal-cyclopexy-for-complicated-traumatic-cyclodialysis-cleft
#8
Cong Wang, Xiao-Yan Peng, Qi-Sheng You, Yi Liu, Xiu-Qin Pang, Peng-Fei Zheng, Jost B Jonas
PURPOSE: To assess the surgical and functional outcome of internal direct cyclopexy as therapy of complicated traumatic cyclodialysis. METHODS: The single-centre interventional case-series study included eyes with traumatic cyclodialysis who had consecutively been treated. Internal cyclopexy was performed using double-armed sutures introduced into the eye through the pars plana opposite to the cyclodialysis cleft and which were laid parallel to limbus. Additional procedures included cataract surgery, and pars plana vitrectomy...
June 20, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631180/microvascular-changes-after-vitrectomy-with-internal-limiting-membrane-peeling-an-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-study
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Leonardo Mastropasqua, Enrico Borrelli, Paolo Carpineto, Lisa Toto, Luca Di Antonio, Peter A Mattei, Rodolfo Mastropasqua
PURPOSE: To evaluate superficial capillary plexus (SCP) changes occurring after internal limiting membrane (ILM) peeling for the treatment of idiopathic epiretinal membrane (ERM). METHODS: A total of 15 eyes of 15 patients affected by idiopathic ERM (eight males and seven females; mean age 59.8 ± 9.6 years) were enrolled in the study. Patients were treated with pars plana vitrectomy followed by ERM and ILM peeling. Subjects were evaluated at baseline and at the week-1 and month-1 follow-up visits...
June 19, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630897/flexible-and-stretchable-power-sources-for-wearable-electronics
#10
Alla M Zamarayeva, Aminy E Ostfeld, Michael Wang, Jerica K Duey, Igal Deckman, Balthazar P Lechêne, Greg Davies, Daniel A Steingart, Ana Claudia Arias
Flexible and stretchable power sources represent a key technology for the realization of wearable electronics. Developing flexible and stretchable batteries with mechanical endurance that is on par with commercial standards and offer compliance while retaining safety remains a significant challenge. We present a unique approach that demonstrates mechanically robust, intrinsically safe silver-zinc batteries. This approach uses current collectors with enhanced mechanical design, such as helical springs and serpentines, as a structural support and backbone for all battery components...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629380/retinal-and-vitreous-metastases-from-hepatocholangiocarcinoma
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Anna Praidou, Sarita Jacob, Luciane Irion, Ramesh Sivaraj, Carl Groenewald, Sarah E Coupland, Heinrich Heimann
BACKGROUND: To report a case of metastatic hepatocholangiocarcinoma to the vitreous and retina. CASE PRESENTATION: A 70-year-old male, who was recently diagnosed with hepatocholangiocarcinoma, was complaining of floaters in his right eye over the past 5 months and was referred to the Liverpool Ocular Oncology Centre. On presentation, his visual acuity in the right eye was 6/24. Fundus exam revealed a whitish, unilateral, full-thickness retinal lesion at the inferotemporal arcade of his right eye, with vitreous infiltration and subretinal fluid...
June 19, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628144/-application-of-the-china-par-risk-prediction-model-for-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-in-a-rural-northern-chinese-population
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X Tang, D D Zhang, L He, Y Cao, J W Wang, N Li, S P Huang, H D Dou, P Gao, Y H Hu
OBJECTIVE: To validate five-year risk prediction models for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) in a contemporary rural Northern Chinese population. METHODS: Totally 6 489 rural adults aged 40 to 79 years without clinical ASCVD were enrolled at baseline between June and August 2010, and followed up through January 2017. Expected prediction risk using the China-PAR (prediction for ASCVD risk in China) model was compared with the pooled cohort equations (PCE) reported in the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guideline...
June 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627590/activation-of-sonic-hedgehog-signal-by-purmorphamine-in-a-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-protects-dopaminergic-neurons-and-attenuates-inflammatory-response-by-mediating-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathway
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Shuai Shao, Guang-Liang Wang, Cespuglio Raymond, Xue-Hua Deng, Xiao-Lan Zhu, Di Wang, Le-Peng Hong
In Parkinson's disease (PD), microglial activation-mediated neuroinflammation is associated with dopaminergic neurons degeneration in the substantia nigra pars compacta. Previous studies that have investigated this neurodegenerative disease have reported that the Sonic hedgehog (SHH) signaling pathway, through inhibiting the inflammatory processes, exerts a beneficial neuroprotective effect. However, the mechanisms underlying the anti‑inflammatory and neuroprotective effects of this signaling pathway remain poorly understood...
June 9, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627420/distinct-neural-processes-supports-post-success-and-post-error-slowing-in-the-stop-signal-task
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Yihe Zhang, Jaime S Ide, Sheng Zhang, Sien Hu, Nikola S Valchev, Xiaoying Tang, Chiang-Shan R Li
Executive control requires behavioral adaptation to environmental contingencies. In the stop signal task (SST), participants exhibit slower go trial reaction time (RT) following a stop trial, whether or not they successfully interrupt the motor response. In previous fMRI studies, we demonstrated activation of the right-hemispheric ventrolateral prefrontal cortex, in the area of inferior frontal gyrus, pars opercularis (IFGpo) and anterior insula (AI), during post-error slowing (PES). However, in similar analyses we were not able to identify regional activities during post-success slowing (PSS)...
June 13, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627080/comparison-of-subconjunctival-scarring-after-microincision-vitrectomy-surgery-using-20-23-25-and-27-gauge-systems-in-rabbits
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Makoto Gozawa, Yoshihiro Takamura, Seiji Miyake, Kentaro Iwasaki, Shogo Arimura, Yuji Takihara, Masaru Inatani
PURPOSE: To compare subconjunctival scarring after vitrectomy in rabbit eyes using different gauge systems by analysing anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT) images and histological sections. METHODS: Vitrectomy using 20-, 23-, 25- and 27-gauge systems was performed for rabbits. Anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT) images of the incision sites were obtained before and at day 1, 7 and 1 month after surgery. We measured the thickness of conjunctival epithelium, stroma, Tenon's capsule and total conjunctiva of these three layers, then determined the preservation rates of the borderlines between each layer...
June 19, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626418/rapid-cataract-progression-after-nd-yag-vitreolysis-for-vitreous-floaters-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#16
I-Ting Sun, Tsung-Han Lee, Chih-Hsin Chen
PURPOSE: We report a case of rapid cataract progression after Nd:YAG vitreolysis for vitreous floaters. CASE REPORT: A 55-year-old man presented with acute onset of blurred vision following Nd:YAG vitreolysis for symptomatic floaters in the left eye. His initial best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 20/1,000 in the left eye. Ocular examinations showed frost-like opacities of the lens and a suspected break of the posterior capsule in the left eye. There were no detectable retinal lesions...
May 2017: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625975/a-naturally-generated-decoy-of-the-prostate-apoptosis-response-4-protein-overcomes-therapy-resistance-in-tumors
#17
Nikhil Hebbar, Ravshan Burikhanov, Nidhi Shukla, Shirley Qiu, Yanming Zhao, Kojo S J Elenitoba-Johnson, Vivek M Rangnekar
Primary tumors are often heterogeneous, composed of therapy-sensitive and emerging therapy-resistant cancer cells. Interestingly, treatment of therapy-sensitive tumors in heterogeneous tumor microenvironments results in apoptosis of therapy-resistant tumors. In this study, we identify a Par-4 amino-terminal fragment (PAF) that is released by diverse therapy-sensitive cancer cells following therapy-induced caspase cleavage of the tumor suppressor Par-4 protein. PAF caused apoptosis in cancer cells resistant to therapy and inhibited tumor growth...
June 16, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625577/risk-factors-for-chronic-cough-among-14-669-individuals-from-the-general-population
#18
Yunus Çolak, Børge G Nordestgaard, Lars C Laursen, Shoaib Afzal, Peter Lange, Morten Dahl
BACKGROUND: Risk factors for chronic cough in the general population have not been described systematically. We identified and ranked chronic cough risk factors at the individual and community level using data from 14669 individuals from the Copenhagen General Population Study. METHODS: Severity of chronic cough was assessed using the Leicester Cough Questionnaire(LCQ). We ranked chronic cough risk factors based on magnitude of age-adjusted odds ratios(ORs) at the individual level and of the population attributable risks(PARs) at the community level...
June 15, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624038/impact-of-blood-products-on-platelet-function-in-patients-with-traumatic-injuries-a-translational-study
#19
Hanne Hee Henriksen, Alexandra G Grand, Sandra Viggers, Lisa A Baer, Sacha Solbeck, Bryan A Cotton, Nena Matijevic, Sisse R Ostrowski, Jakob Stensballe, Erin E Fox, Tzu-An Chen, John B Holcomb, Pär I Johansson, Jessica C Cardenas, Charles E Wade
BACKGROUND: Reductions in platelet (PLT) count and function are associated with poor outcomes in trauma patients. We proposed to determine if patients expected to receive blood products have a decrease in PLT function higher than expected based on the reduction in PLT count, and if the reduction in function could be associated with the donor plasma/supernatant received. METHODS: PLT count and function were measured on admission to the emergency department and intensive care unit in severely injured patients expected to receive a transfusion...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623607/presenilin-1-targeted-morpholino-induces-cognitive-deficits-increased-brain-a%C3%AE-1-42-and-decreased-synaptic-marker-psd-95-in-zebrafish-larvae
#20
Laura Roesler Nery, Natalia Eltz Silva, Raphaela Fonseca, Monica Ryff Moreira Vianna
Presenilins are transmembrane proteases required for the proteolytic cleavage of Notch and also act as the catalytic core of the γ-secretase complex, which is responsible for the final cleavage of the amyloid precursor protein into Amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides of varying lengths. Presenilin-1 gene (psen1) mutations are the main cause of early-onset autosomal-dominant Familial Alzheimer Disease. Elucidating the roles of Presenilin-1 and other hallmark proteins involved in Alzheimer's disease is crucial for understanding the disease etiology and underlying molecular mechanisms...
June 16, 2017: Neurochemical Research
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