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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110498/neutral-losses-of-sodium-benzoate-and-benzoic-acid-in-the-fragmentation-of-the-m%C3%A2-%C3%A2-na-ions-of-methoxyfenozide-and-tebufenozide-via-intramolecular-rearrangement-in-electrospray-ionization-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Yunfeng Chai, Guanwei Gao, Shanshan Shen, Xin Liu, Chengyin Lu
RATIONALE: Electrospray ionization (ESI) tandem mass spectrometry can be applied to determine structural information about organic compounds. The [M + Na](+) ion is one of the major precursor ions in ESI mass spectrometry, but its fragmentation mechanism study is still insufficient. This study reveals the interesting fragmentation reactions of the [M + Na](+) ions of methoxyfenozide and tebufenozide. METHODS: The fragmentations of the [M + Na](+) , [M + Li](+) , and [M + H](+) ions of methoxyfenozide and tebufenozide were studied using a hybrid quadrupole-orbitrap mass spectrometer and an ion trap mass spectrometer...
February 15, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110489/video-assisted-laser-resection-of-lung-metastases-feasibility-of-a-new-surgical-technique
#2
Christian Meyer, Detlef Bartsch, Nikolas Mirow, Andreas Kirschbaum
Background Our pilot study describes our initial experience to do a laser resection of lung metastases under video-assisted thoracoscopic control via a minithoracotomy. With this approach, if needed, mediastinal lymphadenectomy is also possible. Methods In this study, 15 patients (11 men and 4 women, mean age: 60 years) with resectable lung metastases of different solid primary tumors (colorectal cancer in seven patients, melanoma in three patients, renal cell carcinoma in two patients, and one each with oropharyngeal cancer, breast cancer, and seminoma) were included...
January 22, 2017: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110465/spectroscopic-physicochemical-and-photophysical-investigation-of-biologically-active-2-oxo-quinoline-3-carbonitrile-derivative
#3
Mohie E M Zayed, Parveen Kumar
4-(2,3,4-trimethoxyphenyl)-8-methoxy-2-oxo-1,2,5,6 tetrahydrobenzo [h] quinoline-3-carbonitrile (TMTQ) dye was synthesized by one-pot multicomponent reactions (MCRs) of 2,3,4 trimethoxybenzaldehyd, ethyl cyanoacetate, 6-methoxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-naphthalin-1-one and ammonium acetate under microwave irradiation. The structures of the synthesized compound was established by spectroscopic (FT-IR, (1)H-NMR, (13)C-NMR, EI-MS) and elemental analysis. In addition, spectroscopic and physicochemical parameters, including electronic absorption, excitation coefficient, Stokes shift, oscillator strength, transition dipole moment and fluorescence quantum yield have investigated in order to explore the analytical potential of synthesized compounds...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110458/experimental-evaluation-of-new-chitin-chitosan-graft-for-duraplasty
#4
M Pogorielov, A Kravtsova, G C Reilly, V Deineka, G Tetteh, O Kalinkevich, O Pogorielova, R Moskalenko, G Tkach
Natural materials such as collagen and alginate have promising applications as dural graft substitutes. These materials are able to restore the dural defect and create optimal conditions for the development of connective tissue at the site of injury. A promising material for biomedical applications is chitosan-a linear polysaccharide obtained by the deacetylation of chitin. It has been found to be nontoxic, biodegradable, biofunctional and biocompatible in addition to having antimicrobial characteristics. In this study we designed new chitin-chitosan substitutes for dura mater closure and evaluated their effectiveness and safety...
February 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110457/reduced-proliferation-and-colony-formation-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-hnscc-after-dual-targeting-of-egfr-and-hedgehog-pathways
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Hannes Liebig, Georg Günther, Marlen Kolb, Christian Mozet, Andreas Boehm, Andreas Dietz, Gunnar Wichmann
PURPOSE: The hedgehog signalling pathway (Hh) is frequently active in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Overexpressed Hh associates with poor prognosis. The Hh inhibitor vismodegib targets smoothened, and based on molecular data, may prevent resistance to EGFR targeting. METHODS: To elucidate potential roles of vismodegib in HNSCC therapy, its sole effects and those combined with cisplatin, docetaxel, and cetuximab on HNSCC cell lines were assessed by MTT metabolisation and BrdU incorporation...
January 21, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110440/molecular-characterization-of-echinococcus-granulosus-isolates-from-bulgarian-human-cystic-echinococcosis-patients
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Irina Marinova, Markus Spiliotis, Junhua Wang, Marin Muhtarov, Ilias Chaligiannis, Smaro Sotiraki, Iskra Rainova, Bruno Gottstein, Ghalia Boubaker
Although cystic echinococcosis (CE) is highly endemic in Bulgaria, there is still scarce information about species and/or genotypes of the Echinococcus granulosus complex that infect humans. Our study tackled the genetic diversity of E. granulosus complex in a cohort of 30 Bulgarian CE patients. Ten animal E. granulosus isolates from neighboring Greece were additionally included. Specimens were comparatively analyzed for partial sequences of five mitochondrial (mt) (cox I, nad I, rrnS, rrnL, and atp6) and three nuclear (nc) genes (act II, hbx 2, and ef-1α) using a PCR-sequencing approach...
January 21, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110427/evaluation-of-inos-icam-1-and-vcam-1-gene-expression-a-study-of-adult-t-cell-leukemia-malignancy-associated-with-htlv-1
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Mahdokht Jafarian, Sayed-Hamidreza Mozhgani, Elham Patrad, Hamidreza Vaziri, Seyed Abdolrahim Rezaee, Mohammad Mehdi Aakbarin, Mehdi Norouzi
The main aim of this study was to evaluate the expression of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1), vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1), and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) as host factors, and proviral load as the viral parameter, in adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL) individuals and healthy carrier (HC(s)) groups. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from ATLL patients (n = 17) and HC subjects (as the control group, n = 17) were evaluated using real-time PCR to determine the levels of HTLV-1 proviral load and mRNA expression of ICAM, VCAM-1, and iNOS...
January 21, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110426/influenza-a-virus-upregulates-prpf8-gene-expression-to-increase-virus-production
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Chee-Hing Yang, Hui-Chun Li, Yu-Ling Shiu, Tzu-Shan Ku, Chia-Wen Wang, Yi-Shuan Tu, Hung-Ling Chen, Cheng-Hao Wu, Shih-Yen Lo
A ddRT-PCR analysis was performed to detect cellular genes that are differentially expressed after influenza A virus (H1N1) infection of A549 cells. After ddRT-PCR, eight DNA fragments were identified. PRPF8, one of the cellular genes that were upregulated after virus infection, was further analyzed since it has previously been identified as a cellular factor required for influenza virus replication. The upregulation of PRPF8 gene expression after viral infection was confirmed using real-time RT-PCR for mRNA detection and Western blot analysis for protein detection...
January 21, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110420/the-availability-and-marginal-costs-of-dependent-employer-sponsored-health-insurance
#9
G Edward Miller, Jessica Vistnes, Matthew Buettgens, Lisa Dubay
In this study, we examine differences by firm size in the availability of dependent coverage and the incremental cost of such coverage. We use data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey - Insurance Component (MEPS-IC) to show that among employees eligible for single coverage, dependent coverage was almost always available for employees in large firms (100 or more employees) but not in smaller firms, particularly those with fewer than 10 employees. In addition, when dependent coverage was available, eligible employees in smaller firms were more likely than employees in large firms to face two situations that represented the extremes of the incremental cost distribution: (1) they paid nothing for single or family coverage or (2) they paid nothing for single coverage but faced a high contribution for family coverage...
January 21, 2017: Int J Health Econ Manag
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110396/application-of-%C3%AE-glucuronidase-gusa-as-an-effective-reporter-for-extremely-acidophilic-acidithiobacillus-ferrooxidans
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Huiyan Wang, Liangyan Fang, Qing Wen, Jianqun Lin, Xiangmei Liu
Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans is a model organism for investigating metal sulfide bioleaching. The regulatory mechanism of gene expression by metabolizing various substrates is critical for understanding its role in bioleaching processes. However, no reporter has been successfully employed to study gene expression in A. ferrooxidans to date. In this study, a sensitive and robust reporter system based on β-glucuronidase (GusA) was described for feasible application in A. ferrooxidans. A set of vectors, which contained the transcriptional and translational fusions of gusA, were constructed and employed to analyze promoter activity and efficiency of translation initiation in A...
January 21, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110393/nitric-oxide-production-in-the-striatum-and-cerebellum-of-a-rat-model-of-preterm-global-perinatal-asphyxia
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M Barkhuizen, W D J Van de Berg, J De Vente, C E Blanco, A W D Gavilanes, H W M Steinbusch
Encephalopathy due to perinatal asphyxia (PA) is a major cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality in the period around birth. Preterm infants are especially at risk for cognitive, attention and motor impairments. Therapy for this subgroup is limited to supportive care, and new targets are thus urgently needed. Post-asphyxic excitotoxicity is partially mediated by excessive nitric oxide (NO) release. The aims of this study were to determine the timing and distribution of nitric oxide (NO) production after global PA in brain areas involved in motor regulation and coordination...
January 21, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110383/risk-factors-for-recurrence-after-acute-colonic-diverticulitis-a-systematic-review
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Line Hupfeld, Jakob Burcharth, Hans-Christian Pommergaard, Jacob Rosenberg
PURPOSE: Several factors may influence the risk of recurrence after an episode of acute colonic diverticulitis. Until now, a comprehensive systematic overview and evaluation of relevant risk factors have not been presented. This review aimed at assembling and evaluating current evidence on risk factors for recurrence after conservatively treated acute colonic diverticulitis. METHODS: PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane databases were searched for studies evaluating risk factors for recurrence after acute diverticulitis treated non-surgically defined as antibiotic treatment, percutaneous abscess drainage, or by observation...
January 22, 2017: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110364/repair-of-sternoclavicular-joint-dislocations-with-fiberwire-%C3%A2
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Stefan Adamcik, Markus Ahler, Konstantinos Gioutsos, Ralph A Schmid, Gregor J Kocher
PURPOSE: Up to 50% of traumatic sternoclavicular joint (SCJ) dislocations need open reduction and fixation to prevent long-term complications and complaints. We present our preferred surgical approach for acute as well as chronic SCJ dislocations, including their outcome. METHODS: Five consecutive male patients with a median age of 27 (range 20-49) were treated for traumatic anterior (n = 2) or posterior (n = 3) SCJ dislocation. Open reduction and surgical fixation were achieved by a modified figure-of-eight sutures using Fiberwire(®)...
January 21, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110361/the-impact-of-routine-whole-spine-mri-screening-in-the-evaluation-of-spinal-degenerative-diseases
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Rishi Mugesh Kanna, Younis Kamal, Anupama Mahesh, Prakash Venugopal, Ajoy Prasad Shetty, S Rajasekaran
PURPOSE: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine is a sensitive investigation, which not only provides detailed images of the spinal column but also adjacent spinal regions and para-vertebral organ systems. Such incidental findings (IF) can be asymptomatic but significant. The efficacy of whole spine T2 sagittal screening in providing additional information has been demonstrated in several spinal diseases but its routine use in patients with spinal degenerative diseases has not been studied...
January 21, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110342/tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad3-signaling-pathway-suppresses-cell-apoptosis-in-cerebral-ischemic-stroke-rats
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Haiping Zhu, Qunfeng Gui, Xiaobo Hui, Xiaodong Wang, Jian Jiang, Lianshu Ding, Xiaoyang Sun, Yanping Wang, Huaqun Chen
BACKGROUND We desired to observe the changes of transforming growth factor-β1/drosophila mothers against decapentaplegic protein (TGF-β1/Smad3) signaling pathway in the hippocampus region of cerebral ischemic stroke rats so that the effects of this pathway on nerve cells can be investigated. MATERIAL AND METHODS The ischemic stroke models were built by middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) in vivo and oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD) in vitro. TGF-β1 and TGF-β1 inhibitors were injected into rat models while TGF-β1, TGF-β1 siRNA, Smad3, and Smad3 siRNA were transfected into cells...
January 22, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110336/new-territory-for-an-old-disease-5-alpha-reductase-type-2-deficiency-in-bulgaria
#16
Silvia Andonova, Ralitsa Robeva, Radoslava Vazharova, Susanne Ledig, Liliana Grozdanova, Elisaveta Stefanova, Irena Bradinova, Tihomir Todorov, George Hadjidekov, Milko Sirakov, Peter Wiacker, Philip Kumanov, Alexey Savov
Disorders/differences of sexual development (DSD) are a group of conditions, some of which can be clinically indistinguishable mainly due to their phenotypic variability. Defining the molecular basis of their wide spectrum is still in progress. The diagnosis of 5-alpha-reductase type 2 (5α-reductase-2) deficiency is difficult especially in newborns and pre-pubertal individuals, and as a result its frequency might be underestimated. In the present study, we describe the clinical characteristics and molecular defects in 3 nonrelated 5α-reductase-2 deficiency patients of Bulgarian descent...
January 21, 2017: Sexual Development: Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution, Endocrinology, Embryology, and Pathology of Sex Determination and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110335/personalised-medicine-for-asthma-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#17
Liam G Heaney, Lorcan P A McGarvey
Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are prevalent conditions, and despite recent advances and multiple available therapies and interventions, there remains a significant unmet clinical need. In recent years, it has become clear that there is both significant heterogeneity within each of these conditions and additionally significant overlap in many of the clinical and inflammatory features. In parallel, useful clinical and immunological biomarkers which inform about prognosis and response to therapy have emerged in both asthma and COPD...
January 21, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110334/muscone-induces-cyp1a2-and-cyp3a4-enzyme-expression-in-l02-human-liver-cells-and-cyp1a2-and-cyp3a11-enzyme-expression-in-kunming-mice
#18
Sha Liu, Yujie Cheng, Menglin Rao, Mi Tang, Zhi Dong
AIM: To examine the effect of synthetic muscone on the expression of CYP1A2 and CYP3A4 enzymes in human liver L02 cells and in the liver tissue of Kunming mice. METHODS: The L02 hepatic cell line was used to study the effect of low (10-4 μmol/L), middle (10-3 μmol/L), and high concentrations (10-2 μmol/L) of muscone on the expression of CYP1A2 and CYP3A4 enzymes. In addition, the cytochrome P450 (CYP) expression was investigated in Kunming mice after the administration of 10 mg/kg (low), 50 mg/kg (middle), and 100 mg/kg (high) dose of muscone for 6 days...
January 21, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110324/setting-kinetics-and-mechanical-properties-of-flax-fibre-reinforced-glass-ionomer-restorative-materials
#19
Abou Neel Ensanya Ali, Young Anne M
Regardless of the excellent properties of glass ionomer cements, their poor mechanical properties limit their applications to non-load bearing areas. This study aimed to investigate the effect of incorporated short, chopped and randomly distributed flax fibers (0, 0.5, 1, 2.5, 5 and 25 wt%) on setting reaction kinetics, and mechanical and morphological properties of glass ionomer cements. Addition of flax fibers did not significantly affect the setting reaction extent. According to their content, flax fibers increased the compressive (from 148 to 250 MPa) and flexure strength (from 20 to 42 MPa)...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110319/perioperative-remote-acute-lung-injury-recent-update
#20
Jin Zhaosheng, Suen Ka Chun, Ma Daqing
Perioperative acute lung injury (ALI) is a syndrome characterised by hypoxia and chest radiograph changes. It is a serious post-operative complication, associated with considerable mortality and morbidity. In addition to mechanical ventilation, remote organ insult could also trigger systemic responses which induce ALI. Currently, there are limited treatment options available beyond conservative respiratory support. However, increasing understanding of the pathophysiology of ALI and the biochemical pathways involved will aid the development of novel treatments and help to improve patient outcome as well as to reduce cost to the health service...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
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