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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628659/wave-intensity-of-aortic-root-pressure-as-diagnostic-marker-of-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction
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Bernhard Hametner, Stephanie Parragh, Thomas Weber, Siegfried Wassertheurer
BACKGROUND: Systolic left ventricular function strongly influences the blood pressure waveform. Therefore, pressure-derived parameters might potentially be used as non-invasive, diagnostic markers of left ventricular impairment. The aim of this study was to investigate the performance of pressure-based parameters in combination with electrocardiography (ECG) for the detection of left ventricular systolic dysfunction defined as severely reduced ejection fraction (EF). METHODS AND RESULTS: Two populations, each comprising patients with reduced EF and pressure-matched controls, were included for the main analysis (51/102 patients) and model testing (44/88 patients)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623564/an-nadph-dependent-lactobacillus-composti-short-chain-dehydrogenase-reductase-characterization-and-application-to-r-1-phenylethanol-synthesis
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Ya-Jun Wang, Bin-Bin Ying, Min Chen, Wei Shen, Zhi-Qiang Liu, Yu-Guo Zheng
A new anti-Prelog short-chain dehydrogenase/reductase (SDR) encoding gene lcsdr was cloned from Lactobacillus composti DSM 18527, and heterologously expressed in Escherichia coli. LcSDR is nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH)-dependent and has a molecular weight of approximately 30 kDa. The optimal pH and temperature were 6.5 and 30 °C, respectively. The maximal reaction rate Vmax was 133.9 U mg(-1); the Michaelis-Menten constant K m of LcSDR were 0.345 mM for acetophenone (1a), and 0.085 mM for NADPH...
July 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623123/screening-mutations-in-drug-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-strains-in-yunnan-china
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Daoqun Li, Yuzhu Song, Cheng-Lin Zhang, Xiaofei Li, Xueshan Xia, A-Mei Zhang
Drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), especially multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), is a serious medical and societal problem in China. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the mutation characteristics of drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) isolates in Yunnan, China. Drug susceptibility testing (DST) was performed in 523 clinical M. tuberculosis isolates. Six drug resistance genes (katG, inhA, rpoB, rpsL, embB, and pncA) were selected to screen for mutations. In total, 54 clinical M...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619386/a-novel-17%C3%AE-hydroxysteroid-dehydrogenase-in-rhodococcus-sp-p14-for-transforming-17%C3%AE-estradiol-to-estrone
#4
Xueying Ye, Hui Wang, Jie Kan, Jin Li, Tongwang Huang, Guangming Xiong, Zhong Hu
17β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenases (17β-HSD) are a group of oxidoreductase enzymes that exhibit high specificity for 17C reduction/oxidation. However, the mechanism of 17β-HSD in oxidizing steroid hormone 17β-estradiol to estrone in bacterium is still unclear. In this work, a functional bacterium Rhodococcus sp. P14 was identified having rapid ability to oxidize estradiol into estrone in mineral salt medium (MSM) within 6 h. The functional genes encoding NADH-dependent oxidoreductase were successfully detected with the help of bioinformatics, and it was identified that it contained two consensus regions affiliated to the short-chain dehydrogenase/reductase (SDR) superfamily...
June 13, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617943/long-term-impact-of-childhood-selective-dorsal-rhizotomy-on-pain-fatigue-and-function-a-case-control-study
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Alecia K Daunter, Anna L Kratz, Edward A Hurvitz
AIM: Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) is a surgical treatment for spasticity in children with cerebral palsy (CP). Studies suggest long-lasting effects of SDR on spasticity; long-term effects on symptoms and function are not clear. This study tested whether adults with CP (average 22y after SDR) report less pain, fatigue, and functional decline than a retrospectively assessed non-surgical comparison group. METHOD: This was a case-control study. Eighty-eight adults with CP (mean age 27y; SDR=38 male/female/missing=20/16/2; non-surgical [comparison]=50, male/female=19/31) recruited from a tertiary care center and the community completed a battery of self-reported outcome measures...
June 15, 2017: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614783/effectiveness-and-safety-of-pd-1-pd-l1-inhibitors-in-the-treatment-of-solid-tumors-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Xiaohui Wang, Zhengqiang Bao, Xiaoju Zhang, Fei Li, Tianwen Lai, Chao Cao, Zhihua Chen, Wen Li, Huahao Shen, Songmin Ying
BACKGROUND: PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors have been implicated as potentially effective anti-cancer therapies. Some clinical randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have been completed for a variety of PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors to treat various malignancies, and more RCTs are still under way. We carried out this systematic meta-analysis to evaluate the efficacy and safety of PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors in the treatment of solid tumors. METHODS: We searched PubMed, EMBASE, clinical trial registers, conference reports, and related reviews...
May 31, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613173/large-scale-crowdsourced-study-for-tone-mapped-hdr-pictures
#7
Debarati Kundu, Deepti Ghadiyaram, Alan Bovik, Brian Evans
Measuring digital picture quality, as perceived by human observers, is increasingly important in many applications in which humans are the ultimate consumers of visual information. Standard dynamic range (SDR) images provide 8 bits/color/pixel. High dynamic range (HDR) images, usually created from multiple exposures of the same scene, can provide 16 or 32 bits/color/pixel, but need to be tonemapped to SDR for display on standard monitors. Multi-exposure fusion (MEF) techniques bypass HDR creation by fusing an exposure stack directly to SDR images to achieve aesthetically pleasing luminance and color distributions...
June 8, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595587/multiple-gene-movements-into-and-out-of-haploid-sex-chromosomes
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Agnieszka P Lipinska, Nicholas R T Toda, Svenja Heesch, Akira F Peters, J Mark Cock, Susana M Coelho
BACKGROUND: Long-term evolution of sex chromosomes is a dynamic process shaped by gene gain and gene loss. Sex chromosome gene traffic has been studied in XY and ZW systems but no detailed analyses have been carried out for haploid phase UV sex chromosomes. Here, we explore sex-specific sequences of seven brown algal species to understand the dynamics of the sex-determining region (SDR) gene content across 100 million years of evolution. RESULTS: A core set of sex-linked genes is conserved across all the species investigated, but we also identify modifications of both the U and the V SDRs that occurred in a lineage-specific fashion...
June 8, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595002/diacetyl-l-xylulose-reductase-mediates-chemical-redox-cycling-in-lung-epithelial-cells
#9
Shaojun Yang, Yi-Hua Jan, Vladimir Mishin, Diane E Heck, Debra L Laskin, Jeffrey D Laskin
Reactive carbonyls such as diacetyl (2,3-butanedione) and 2,3-pentanedione in tobacco and many food and consumer products are known to cause severe respiratory diseases. Many of these chemicals are detoxified by carbonyl reductases in the lung, in particular, dicarbonyl/L-xylulose reductase (DCXR), a multifunctional enzyme important in glucose metabolism. DCXR is a member of the short-chain dehydrogenase/reductase (SDR) superfamily. Using recombinant human enzyme, we discovered that DCXR mediates redox cycling of a variety of quinones generating superoxide anion, hydrogen peroxide and, in the presence of transition metals, hydroxyl radicals...
June 8, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590748/huygens-metasurfaces-enabled-by-magnetic-dipole-resonance-tuning-in-split-dielectric-nanoresonators
#10
Sheng Liu, Aleksandr Vaskin, Salvatore Campione, Omri Wolf, Michael B Sinclair, John L Reno, Gordon A Keeler, Isabelle Staude, Igal Brener
Dielectric metasurfaces that exploit the different Mie resonances of nanoscale dielectric resonators are a powerful platform for manipulating electromagnetic fields and can provide novel optical behavior. In this work, we experimentally demonstrate independent tuning of the magnetic dipole resonances relative to the electric dipole resonances of split dielectric resonators (SDRs). By increasing the split dimension, we observe a blue shift of the magnetic dipole resonance towards the electric dipole resonance...
June 7, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587722/comparative-evaluation-of-topographical-data-of-dental-implant-surfaces-applying-optical-interferometry-and-scanning-electron-microscopy
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N Kournetas, S Spintzyk, E Schweizer, T Sawada, F Said, P Schmid, J Geis-Gerstorfer, G Eliades, F Rupp
OBJECTIVE: Comparability of topographical data of implant surfaces in literature is low and their clinical relevance often equivocal. The aim of this study was to investigate the ability of scanning electron microscopy and optical interferometry to assess statistically similar 3-dimensional roughness parameter results and to evaluate these data based on predefined criteria regarded relevant for a favorable biological response. METHODS: Four different commercial dental screw-type implants (NanoTite Certain Prevail, TiUnite Brånemark Mk III, XiVE S Plus and SLA Standard Plus) were analyzed by stereo scanning electron microscopy and white light interferometry...
June 3, 2017: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577399/a-parsimonious-approach-to-estimate-pah-concentrations-in-river-sediments-of-anthropogenically-impacted-watersheds
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Marc Schwientek, Hermann Rügner, Ulrike Scherer, Michael Rode, Peter Grathwohl
The contamination of riverine sediments and suspended matter with hydrophobic pollutants is typically associated with urban land use. However, it is rarely related to the sediment supply of the watershed, because sediment yield data are often missing. We show for a suite of watersheds in two regions of Germany with contrasting land use and geology that the contamination of suspended particles with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) can be explained by the ratio of inhabitants residing within the watershed and the watershed's sediment yield...
May 31, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571830/effect-of-bulk-fill-base-material-on-fracture-strength-of-root-filled-teeth-restored-with-laminate-resin-composite-restorations
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N A Taha, G A Maghaireh, A S Ghannam, J E Palamara
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of using a bulk-fill flowable base material on fracture strength and fracture patterns of root-filled maxillary premolars with MOD preparations restored with laminate restorations. METHODS: Fifty extracted maxillary premolars were selected for the study. Standardized MOD cavities with endodontic treatment were prepared for all teeth, except for intact control. The teeth were divided randomly into five groups (n=10); (Group 1) sound teeth, (Group 2) unrestored teeth; (Group 3) MOD cavities with Vitrebond base and resin-based composite (Ceram...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552510/post-marketing-safety-surveillance-for-inactivated-and-live-attenuated-japanese-encephalitis-vaccines-in-china-2008-2013
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Wendi Wu, Dawei Liu, Keli Li, J Pekka Nuorti, Hanna M Nohynek, Disha Xu, Jiakai Ye, Jingshan Zheng, Huaqing Wang
INTRODUCTION: Two types of Japanese encephalitis (JE) vaccines, inactivated JE vaccine (JE-I) and live-attenuated JE vaccine (JE-L), are available and used in China. In particular, one JE-L, produced by a domestic manufacturer in China, was prequalified by WHO in 2013. We assessed the safety of JE vaccines in China during 2008-2013 using the Chinese National Adverse Events Following Immunization Information System (CNAEFIS) data. METHODS: We retrieved AEFI reporting data about JE vaccines from CNAEFIS, 2008-2013, examined demographic characteristics of AEFI cases, and used administrative data on vaccine doses as denominator to calculate and compare crude reporting rates...
June 22, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551096/fluorogenic-kinetic-assay-for-high-throughput-discovery-of-stereoselective-ketoreductases-relevant-to-pharmaceutical-synthesis
#15
Yen-Chi Thai, Anna Szekrenyi, Yuyin Qi, Gary W Black, Simon J Charnock, Wolf-Dieter Fessner
Enantiomerically pure 1-(6-methoxynaphth-2-yl) and 1-(6-(dimethylamino)naphth-2-yl) carbinols are fluorogenic substrates for aldo/keto reductase (KRED) enzymes, which allow the highly sensitive and reliable determination of activity and kinetic constants of known and unknown enzymes, as well as an immediate enantioselectivity typing. Because of its simplicity in microtiter plate format, the assay qualifies for the discovery of novel KREDs of yet unknown specificity among this vast enzyme superfamily. The suitability of this approach for enzyme typing is illustrated by an exemplary screening of a large collection of short-chain dehydrogenase/reductase (SDR) enzymes arrayed from a metagenomic approach...
May 13, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540421/yeast-env9-encodes-a-conserved-lipid-droplet-ld-short-chain-dehydrogenase-involved-in-ld-morphology
#16
Ikha M Siddiqah, Surya P Manandhar, Stephanie M Cocca, Teli Hsueh, Vanessa Cervantes, Editte Gharakhanian
Lipid droplets (LDs) have emerged as dynamic and interactive organelles with important roles in lipid metabolism and membrane biogenesis. Here, we report that Saccharomyces cerevisiae Env9 is a novel conserved oxidoreductase involved in LD morphology. Microscopic and biochemical studies confirm localization of tagged Env9 to LDs and implicate its C-terminal hydrophobic domain (aa241-265) in its membrane association and stability. Confocal studies reveal a role for Env9 in LD morphology. Env9 positively affects both formation of large LDs upon overexpression and LD proliferation under poor carbon source...
May 24, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539143/incidence-of-g-induced-loss-of-consciousness-and-almost-loss-of-consciousness-in-the-royal-air-force
#17
Ellen Slungaard, Judith McLeod, Nicholas D C Green, Amit Kiran, Di J Newham, Stephen D R Harridge
INTRODUCTION: Exposure to sustained +Gz acceleration with inadequate G protection can result in G-induced loss of consciousness (G-LOC) or almost loss of consciousness (A-LOC). The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) last conducted a survey of G-LOC within their military aircrew in 2005 with interventions subsequently introduced. The aim of this study was to repeat the 2005 survey in order to evaluate the impact of those interventions. METHODS: An anonymous questionnaire requesting details of G-LOC and A-LOC events was mailed to all RAF pilots (N = 1878) and weapons systems operators (WSOs) (N = 473), irrespective of aircraft currently flown...
June 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535857/functional-characterization-of-the-collagen-binding-protein-dip2093-and-its-influence-on-host-pathogen-interaction-and-arthritogenic-potential-of-corynebacterium-diphtheriae
#18
Renata Stavracakis Peixoto, Camila Azevedo Antunes, Liliane Simpson Lourêdo, Vanilda Gonçalves Viana, Cintia Silva Dos Santos, Jemima Fuentes Ribeiro da Silva, Raphael Hirata, Elena Hacker, Ana Luíza Mattos-Guaraldi, Andreas Burkovski
Corynebacterium diphtheriae is typically recognized as the a etiological agent of diphtheria, a toxaemic infection of the respiratory tract; however, both non-toxigenic and toxigenic strains are increasingly isolated from cases of invasive infections. The molecular mechanisms responsible for bacterial colonization and dissemination to host tissues remain only partially understood. In this report, we investigated the role of DIP2093, described as a putative adhesin of the serine-aspartate repeat (Sdr) protein family in host-pathogen interactions of C...
May 23, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532050/full-in-vitro-analyses-of-new-generation-bulk-fill-dental-composites-cured-by-halogen-light
#19
Tuçe Hazal Tekin, Aysel Kantürk Figen, Pınar Yılmaz Atalı, Bilge Coşkuner Filiz, Mehmet Burçin Pişkin
The objective of this study was to investigate the full in-vitro analyses of new-generation bulk-fill dental composites cured by halogen light (HLG). Two types' four composites were studied: Surefill SDR (SDR) and Xtra Base (XB) as bulk-fill flowable materials; QuixFill (QF) and XtraFill (XF) as packable bulk-fill materials. Samples were prepared for each analysis and test by applying the same procedure, but with different diameters and thicknesses appropriate to the analysis and test requirements. Thermal properties were determined by thermogravimetric analysis (TG/DTG) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis; the Vickers microhardness (VHN) was measured after 1, 7, 15 and 30days of storage in water...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524243/bulk-filled-posterior-resin-restorations-based-on-stress-decreasing-resin-technology-a-randomized-controlled-6-year-evaluation
#20
Jan W V van Dijken, Ulla Pallesen
This randomized study evaluated a flowable resin composite bulk-fill technique in posterior restorations and compared it intraindividually with a conventional 2-mm resin composite layering technique over a 6-yr follow-up period. Thirty-eight pairs of Class II restorations and 15 pairs of Class I restorations were placed in 38 adults. In all cavities a single-step self-etch adhesive (Xeno V) was applied. In the first cavity of each pair, the flowable resin composite (SDR) was placed, in bulk increments of up to 4 mm...
May 19, 2017: European Journal of Oral Sciences
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