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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098316/a-family-of-mechanically-adaptive-supramolecular-graphene-oxide-poly-ethylenimine-hydrogels-from-aqueous-assembly
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Chao Wang, Yipin Duan, Nicole S Zacharia, Bryan D Vogt
Composite hydrogels containing graphene oxide (GO) offer advantageous mechanical properties, but tuning these properties generally requires the synthesis of new hydrogels or if the hydrogel is thermally responsive, utilization of a chemistry determined temperature window. Here, we demonstrate a simple route to generate a family of GO-based hydrogels from aqueous solution based assembly of GO with polycationic poly(ethylenimine), PEI, without any secondary chemical crosslinking. Tuning the ratio of GO : PEI during the assembly produces a family of hydrogels that responds to mechanical compression by irreversibly altering their equilibrium water content and mechanical properties in a controllable manner...
January 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097877/the-epigenetics-of-testicular-germ-cell-tumors-looking-for-novel-disease-biomarkers
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Ana Laura Costa, João Lobo, Carmen Jerónimo, Rui Henrique
Testicular germ cell tumors (TGCT) are a group of heterogeneous, biologically diverse and clinically challenging neoplasms. Despite the relatively low incidence and mortality rates, a subgroup of patients with disseminated disease relapse after conventional therapy and have a dismal prognosis. Moreover, TGCT afflict mostly young men and have therapeutic peculiarities, with some patients showing resistance to cisplatin-based treatments and others being troubled by irreversible side effects, such as infertility...
January 18, 2017: Epigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097864/the-evidence-of-giant-surface-flexoelectric-field-in-111-oriented-bifeo3-thin-film
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Tieying Yang, Xingmin Zhang, Bin Chen, Haizhong Guo, Kuijuan Jin, XiaoShan Wu, Xingyu Gao, Zhong Li, Can Wang, Xiaolong Li
In this work, the surface structure of a single-domain epitaxial BiFeO3 film with (111) orientation was investigated by in-situ grazing incidence x-ray diffraction and x-ray reflectivity. We found that a large strain gradient exists in the surface region (2-3 nm) of the BiFeO3 film. The strain gradient is approximately 107 m1, which is 2 or 3 orders of magnitude larger than the value inside the film. Moreover, we found that a surface layer with a lower electron density compared with the underlying BiFeO3 layer exists on the surface of BiFeO3 film, and this layer exhibits an irreversible surface structure transition occurs at 500 K, which should be associated with the surface flexoelectric field...
January 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096832/perioperative-care-in-elderly-cardiac-surgery-patients
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Ewa Kucewicz-Czech, Katarzyna Kiecak, Ewa Urbańska, Tomasz Maciejewski, Robert Kaliś, Waldemar Pakosiewicz, Tadeusz Kołodziej, Piotr Knapik, Roman Przybylski, Marian Zembala
INTRODUCTION: Surgery is an extreme physiological stress for the elderly. Aging is inevitably associated with irreversible and progressive cellular degeneration. Patients above 75 years of age are characterized by impaired responses to operative stress and a very narrow safety margin. AIM: To evaluate perioperative complications in patients aged ≥ 75 years who underwent cardiac surgery in comparison to outcomes in younger patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was conducted at the Silesian Centre for Heart Diseases in Zabrze in 2009-2014 after a standard of perioperative care in seniors was implemented to reduce complications, in particular to decrease the duration of mechanical ventilation and reduce postoperative delirium...
December 2016: Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096655/reversibility-of-retinal-ischemia-due-to-central-retinal-artery-occlusion-by-hyperbaric-oxygen
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Amir Hadanny, Amit Maliar, Gregory Fishlev, Yair Bechor, Jacob Bergan, Mony Friedman, Isaac Avni, Shai Efrati
PURPOSE: Ischemic retinal damage can be reversed by hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) as long as irreversible infarction damage has not developed. However, the time window till irreversible damage develops is still unknown. The study aim was to evaluate the effect of HBOT and determine possible markers for irreversible retinal damage. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective analysis of 225 patients treated with HBOT for central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) in 1999-2015...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096546/ma026-an-anti-hepatitis-c-virus-compound-opens-tight-junctions-of-the-epithelial-cell-membrane
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Yusuke Kanda, Youhei Yamasaki, Satomi Shimura, Shinji Kamisuki, Fumio Sugawara, Yoko Nagumo, Takeo Usui
MA026 is an antiviral natural compound against hepatitis C virus (HCV). It was recently reported that MA026 binds claudin-1 (CLDN1) and inhibits HCV infection. Although CLDN1 is an important component of tight junctions (TJ) in the epithelial cell layer, the effects of MA026 on the TJ barrier function remained to be revealed. Here we report that MA026 irreversibly opens the TJ. MA026 irreversibly increased FD4 permeability and decreased transepithelial electrical resistance (TER) for at least 5 h. Although MA026 increased Ca(2+) influx in layered MDCKII cells, the Ca(2+) influx was less than that of capsaicin, a reversible TJ opener...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096078/how-to-prevent-the-microvascular-complications-of-type-2-diabetes-beyond-glucose-control
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Willy Marcos Valencia, Hermes Florez
Microvascular complications (retinopathy, nephropathy, and neuropathy) affect hundreds of millions of patients with type 2 diabetes. They usually affect people with longstanding or uncontrolled disease, but they can also be present at diagnosis or in those yet to have a diagnosis made. The presentation and progression of these complications can lead to loss of visual, renal, and neurologic functions, impaired mobility and cognition, poor quality of life, limitations for employment and productivity, and increased costs for the patient and society...
January 17, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096042/acute-effect-of-intermittent-and-continuous-aerobic-exercise-on-release-of-cardiac-troponin-t-in-sedentary-men
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Rouhollah Ranjbar, Mohammad Amin Ahmadi, Abdossaleh Zar, Peter Krustrup
BACKGROUND: Studies have shown that acute exercise can increase serum concentrations of cardiac biomarkers, including cardiac troponin T (cTnT). We investigated the acute effects of intermittent (IE) and continuous (CE) exercise at the same cardiac workload on myocardial necrosis biomarkers in sedentary men. METHODS: Eleven sedentary healthy men aged 22.3±1.9years completed the study. The subjects were divided into two groups and performed, in random order, IE (intensity alternating between 50% (2min) and 80% (1min) HRreserve) or CE (60% HRreserve)...
January 9, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094087/-management-of-jaundice-in-the-newborn%C3%A2-35%C3%A2-gw-from-screening-to-follow-up-after-discharge-guidelines-for-clinical-practice
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A Cortey, L Renesme, J Raignoux, A Bedu, C Casper, P Tourneux, P Truffert
Jaundice due to unconjugated bilirubin is an everyday condition in the neonatal period because it results from the adaptation of bilirubin metabolism at this time of life. Hyperbilirubinemia has a potential neurotoxicity and although it most often resolves spontaneously, it can lead to acute and sometimes chronic encephalopathy. The latter condition is called kernicterus and induces severe and irreversible neurological sequelae. This rare complication is still reported in all countries throughout the world even if severe hyperbilirubinemia can be prevented and critical points points of failure in jaundice management are identified...
January 13, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093955/anatomically-realistic-simulations-of-liver-ablation-by-irreversible-electroporation
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Radwan Qasrawi, Louis Silve, Fernando Burdío, Ziad Abdeen, Antoni Ivorra
Irreversible electroporation is a novel tissue ablation technique which entails delivering intense electrical pulses to target tissue, hence producing fatal defects in the cell membrane. The present study numerically analyzes the potential impact of liver blood vessels on ablation by irreversible electroporation because of their influence on the electric field distribution. An anatomically realistic computer model of the liver and its vasculature within an abdominal section was employed, and blood vessels down to 0...
January 1, 2017: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093713/timing-of-future-remyelination-therapies-and-their-potential-to-stop-multiple-sclerosis-progression
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Burcu Zeydan, Moses Rodriguez, Orhun H Kantarci
Prior to the onset of demyelination in multiple sclerosis (MS), early oligodendrocyte injury, axonal degeneration and astroglial scarring occur. The irreversible progressive phase of MS begins when the axonal loss threshold is reached. Progressive disease onset has the highest impact on a poor prognosis in MS. Conversion to progressive disease is essentially an age-dependent process independent of disease duration and initial disease course. Although prevention of relapses has been the primary approach in the disease management, incomplete recovery from even the first relapse correlates with the long-term neurodegenerative phenotype of progressive MS onset...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093244/novel-mutations-on-egfr-leu792-potentially-correlate-to-acquired-resistance-to-osimertinib-in-advanced-nsclc
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Kai Chen, Fei Zhou, Wenxiang Shen, Tao Jiang, Xue Wu, Xiaoling Tong, Yang W Shao, Songbing Qin, Caicun Zhou
Osimertinib is an irreversible third generation EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) and has shown outstanding performances in treating EGFR T790M-positive advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients, but acquired resistance is inevitable. EGFR C797S is the most notable resistance mechanism to this drug, but other EGFR mutations may also exist. In three lung adenocarcinoma patients resistant to osimertinib, we identified recurrent novel mutations at EGFR Leu792 codon by targeted next generation sequencing (NGS) of cell free DNA (cfDNA) from plasma or pleural effusion...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092426/incomplete-reversibility-of-platelet-inhibition-following-prolonged-exposure-to-ticagrelor
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A J Gerrits, J A Jakubowski, A Sugidachi, A D Michelson, A L Frelinger
INTRODUCTION: Ticagrelor is described as a reversible P2Y12 antagonist. However, residual platelet inhibition persists after discontinuation of ticagrelor when plasma levels are undetectable. We assessed the reversibility of platelet inhibition by ticagrelor and its active metabolite (T-AM) in comparison with cangrelor and prasugrel's active metabolite (P-AM). METHODS: Whole blood was treated in vitro with ~50% inhibitory concentrations of ticagrelor, T-AM, cangrelor, P-AM and assessed for ADP-stimulated activated GPIIb-IIIa and P-selectin and vasodilator stimulated phosphoprotein (VASP) platelet reactivity index (PRI) before and after 100-fold dilution...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092376/infectious-immunity-in-the-central-nervous-system-and-brain-function
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REVIEW
Robyn S Klein, Charise Garber, Nicole Howard
Inflammation is emerging as a critical mechanism underlying neurological disorders of various etiologies, yet its role in altering brain function as a consequence of neuroinfectious disease remains unclear. Although acute alterations in mental status due to inflammation are a hallmark of central nervous system (CNS) infections with neurotropic pathogens, post-infectious neurologic dysfunction has traditionally been attributed to irreversible damage caused by the pathogens themselves. More recently, studies indicate that pathogen eradication within the CNS may require immune responses that interfere with neural cell function and communication without affecting their survival...
January 16, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091406/awareness-of-age-related-macular-degeneration-and-its-risk-factors-among-beijing-residents-in-china
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Chen-Xi Zhang, Gu-Muyang Zhang, Nan Ma, Song Xia, Jing-Yuan Yang, You-Xin Chen
BACKGROUND: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a major cause of irreversible blindness, and awareness of this disease is important in the prevention of blindness. However, lack of public awareness of AMD was shown in previous studies, and there was no report of AMD awareness in the Mainland of China. Therefore, the aim of our study was to assess the awareness of AMD and its risk factors among Beijing residents in China. METHODS: A cross-sectional, computer-assisted, telephone investigation was conducted to measure the awareness of AMD among Beijing residents...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090375/autologous-bone-marrow-transplantation-in-multiple-sclerosis-biomarker-relevance-for-patient-recruitment-and-follow-up
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Ana C Londoño, Carlos A Mora
BACKGROUND: Despite the current availability of disease modifying therapies for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, there are still patients who suffer from severe neurological dysfunction in the relapsing-remitting or early progressive forms of the disease. For these patients autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant offers an important therapeutic solution to prevent progression to irreversible disability. In spite of multiple studies in the last two decades, patient inclusion criteria, protocols for peripheral blood stem cell mobilization and bone marrow cell conditioning and methodology of follow up for autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant in multiple sclerosis have not been strictly unified...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087638/intrinsic-properties-of-limb-bud-cells-can-be-differentially-reset
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Patricia Saiz-Lopez, Kavitha Chinnaiya, Matthew Towers, Maria A Ros
An intrinsic timing mechanism specifies the positional values of the zeugopod (i.e. radius/ulna) and then autopod (i.e. wrist/digits) segments during limb development. Here we have addressed if this timing mechanism ensures that patterning events occur only once by grafting GFP-expressing autopod progenitor cells to the earlier host signaling environment of zeugopod progenitor cells. We show that early and late autopod progenitors fated for the wrist and phalanges, respectively, both contribute to the entire host autopod indicating that the autopod positional value is irreversibly determined as revealed by Hoxa13 expression...
January 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086992/therapies-for-bruxism-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis-protocol
#18
Mauro Elias Mesko, Brian Hutton, Jovito Adiel Skupien, Rafael Sarkis-Onofre, David Moher, Tatiana Pereira-Cenci
BACKGROUND: Bruxism is a sleep disorder characterized by grinding and clenching of the teeth that may be related to irreversible tooth injuries. It is a prevalent condition occurring in up to 31% of adults. However, there is no definitive answer as to which of the many currently available treatments (including drug therapy, intramuscular injections, physiotherapy, biofeedback, kinesiotherapy, use of intraoral devices, or psychological therapy) is the best for the clinical management of the different manifestations of bruxism...
January 13, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086264/structural-insights-into-the-redox-sensing-mechanism-of-marr-type-regulator-abfr
#19
Guijie Liu, Xing Liu, Hongjiao Xu, Xichun Liu, Hu Zhou, Zhen Huang, Jianhua Gan, Hao Chen, Lefu Lan, Cai-Guang Yang
As a master redox-sensing MarR-family transcriptional regulator, AbfR participates in oxidative stress responses and virulence regulations in Staphylococcus epidermidis. Here, we present structural insights into the DNA-binding mechanism of AbfR in different oxidation states by determining the X-ray crystal structures of a reduced-AbfR/DNA complex, an overoxidized (Cys13-SO2H and Cys13-SO3H) AbfR/DNA, and 2-disulfide cross-linked AbfR dimer. Together with biochemical analyses, our results suggest that the redox regulation of AbfR-sensing displays two novel features: i) the reversible disulfide modification, but not the irreversible overoxidation, significantly abolishes the DNA-binding ability of the AbfR repressor; ii) either 1-disulfide cross-linked or 2-disulfide cross-linked AbfR dimer is biologically significant...
January 13, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081367/ordered-mesoporous-titanium-nitride-as-a-promising-carbon-free-cathode-for-aprotic-lithium-oxygen-batteries
#20
Byung Gon Kim, Changshin Jo, Jaeho Shin, Yeongdong Mun, Jinwoo Lee, Jang Wook Choi
Despite the extraordinary gravimetric energy densities, Li-O2 batteries are still facing a technological challenge; limited round trip efficiency leading to insufficient cycle life. Recently, carbonaceous electrode materials were found to be one of the primary origins of the limited cycle life, as they produce irreversible side products during discharge. A few investigations based on non-carbonaceous materials have demonstrated largely suppressed accumulation of irreversible side products but such studies have focused mainly on the materials themselves rather than delicate morphology control...
January 12, 2017: ACS Nano
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