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Kenn Foubert, Taposh Gorella, Ahmad Faizal, Paul Cos, Louis Maes, Sandra Apers, Danny Geelen, Luc Pieters
Within an ongoing research program on saponins with potential antileishmanial activity, four previously undescribed saponins were isolated from Maesa argentea leaves and identified by LC-MS/MS, GC-MS, and 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy as 3β-O-{([β-D-glucopyranosyl-(1 → 2)-α-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1 → 2)-β-D-galactopyranosyl-(1 → 3)]-[β-D-galactopyranosyl-(1 → 2)]-β-D-glucuronopyranosyl)}-21β-angeloyloxy-22α-butanoyloxy-13β,28-oxidoolean-16α,28α-diol (1), 3β-O-{([β-D-glucopyranosyl-(1 → 2)-α-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1 → 2)-β-D-galactopyranosyl-(1 → 3)]-[β-D-galactopyranosyl-(1 → 2)]-β-D-glucuronopyranosyl)}-21β,22α-angeloyloxy-13β,28-oxidoolean-16α,28α-diol (2), 3β-O-{([β-D-glucopyranosyl-(1 → 2)-α-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1 → 2)-β-D-galactopyranosyl-(1 → 3)]-[β-D-galactopyranosyl-(1 → 2)]-β-D-glucuronopyranosyl)}-21β-angeloyloxy-22α-(E)-cinnamoyloxy-13β,28-oxidoolean-16α,28α-diol (3), and 3β-O-{([α-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1 → 2)-β-D-galactopyranosyl-(1 → 3)]-[β-D-galactopyranosyl-(1 → 2)]-β-D-glucuronopyranosyl)}-21β-angeloyloxy-22α-(E)-cinnamoyloxy-13β,28-oxidoolean-16α,28α-diol (4)...
October 13, 2016: Planta Medica
Uku Vainik, Kenn Konstabel, Evelin Lätt, Jarek Mäestu, Priit Purge, Jaak Jürimäe
Subjective energy intake (sEI) is often misreported, providing unreliable estimates of energy consumed. Therefore, relating sEI data to health outcomes is difficult. Recently, Börnhorst et al. compared various methods to correct sEI-based energy intake estimates. They criticised approaches that categorise participants as under-reporters, plausible reporters and over-reporters based on the sEI:total energy expenditure (TEE) ratio, and thereafter use these categories as statistical covariates or exclusion criteria...
October 11, 2016: British Journal of Nutrition
Sophie Gubbels, Kenn Schultz Nielsen, Jakob Sandegaard, Kåre Mølbak, Jens Nielsen
INTRODUCTION: The Danish National Patient Registry (DNPR) contains clinical and administrative data on all patients treated in Danish hospitals. The data model used for reporting is based on standardized coding of contacts rather than courses of admissions and ambulatory care. METHODS: To reconstruct a coherent picture of courses of admission and ambulatory care, we designed an algorithm with 28 rules that manages transfers between departments, between hospitals and inconsistencies in the data, e...
November 2016: International Journal of Medical Informatics
Inga Jarosch, Sebastian Gehlert, Daniel Jacko, Rembert Andreas Koczulla, Marion Wencker, Tobias Welte, Wilhelm Bloch, Sabina Janciauskiene, Klaus Kenn
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) improves oxidative capacity of peripheral muscles in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The exercise-induced oxidative skeletal muscle adaptation in COPD patients with inherited alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (A1ATD) has not been studied. OBJECTIVES: To compare PR effects on skeletal muscle adaptation in COPD patients with and without A1ATD. METHODS: Nine COPD patients with A1ATD (genotype PiZZ, 6 receiving A1AT augmentation therapy), and 10 'usual' COPD patients (genotype PiMM) performed an incremental cycling test and underwent musculus vastus lateralis biopsies before and after a 3-week PR program including exercise training...
September 30, 2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Deric R Kenne, Kelsey Hamilton, Lauren Birmingham, Willie H Oglesby, Rebecca L Fischbein, Douglas L Delahanty
BACKGROUND: Since the early 1990s, the United States has seen a significant increase in the prevalence of prescription opioid misuse. Despite benefits prescription opioids provide, misuse can be fatal. OBJECTIVES: The current study was designed to investigate the prevalence of prescription opioid misuse, perceived harm of misuse, and reasons for misuse for physical or emotional pain instead of seeking professional medical or mental health treatment. METHODS: Survey data were collected in the fall of 2013 via an online survey to a random sample of 668 students from a public Midwestern university...
September 28, 2016: Substance Use & Misuse
Kenn Gerdes
Bacteria form persisters, cells that are tolerant to multiple antibiotics and other types of environmental stress. Persister formation can be induced either stochastically in single cells of a growing bacterial ensemble, or by environmental stresses, such as nutrient starvation, in a subpopulation of cells. In many cases, the molecular mechanisms underlying persistence are still unknown. However, there is growing evidence that, in enterobacteria, both stochastically and environmentally induced persistence are controlled by the second messenger (p)ppGpp...
November 5, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
Hanna Falk, Ingela Henoch, Anneli Ozanne, Joakim Öhlen, Eva Jakobsson Ung, Isabell Fridh, Elisabeth Kenne Sarenmalm, Kristin Falk
PURPOSE: To explore patient-reported symptom distress in relation to documentation of symptoms and palliative care designation in hospital inpatients. DESIGN: This cross-sectional study analyzed data from 710 inpatients at two large hospitals in Sweden using the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale and the Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale. Chart reviews focused on nurses' and physicians' symptom documentation and palliative turning point. METHODS: Descriptive statistics were calculated for all variables and provided summaries about the sample...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Gail G Salvatierra, Ruth C Bindler, Kenn B Daratha
PURPOSE: The purpose of this article is to present an overview of rapid response team (RRT) history in the United States, provide a review of prior RRT effectiveness research, and propose the reframing of four new questions of RRT measurement that are designed to better understand RRTs in the context of contemporary nursing practice as well as patient outcomes. ORGANIZING CONSTRUCT: RRTs were adopted in the United States because of their intuitive appeal, and despite a lack of evidence for their effectiveness...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
C Karrasch, D M Kennes, F Heidrich-Meisner
We study the thermal conductivity of the one-dimensional Fermi-Hubbard model at a finite temperature using a density matrix renormalization group approach. The integrability of this model gives rise to ballistic thermal transport. We calculate the temperature dependence of the thermal Drude weight at half filling for various interaction strengths. The finite-frequency contributions originating from the fact that the energy current is not a conserved quantity are investigated as well. We report evidence that breaking the integrability through a nearest-neighbor interaction leads to vanishing Drude weights and diffusive energy transport...
September 9, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Kenn Ghaffarian, Molly Furin, Robert Bassett
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 31, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Yuriy A Knirel, Xi Guo, Sof'ya N Senchenkova, Andrei V Perepelov, Bin Liu, Alexander S Shashkov
Based on the O-specific polysaccharides of the lipopolysaccharides (O-polysaccharides, O-antigens), strains of a clonal species Escherichia coli are classified into 184 O serogroups. In this work, structures of the O-polysaccharides of E. coli O69 and O146 were elucidated and gene clusters for their biosynthesis were characterized. The O-polysaccharides were released from the lipopolysaccharides by mild acid hydrolysis and studied by sugar analysis and one- and two-dimensional (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopy before and after O-deacetylation...
September 19, 2016: Glycoconjugate Journal
Virginie Woisard, Xuelai Liu, Marie Christine Arné Bes, Marion Simonetta-Moreau
Data, regarding the use of botulinum toxin (BT-A) in laryngeal dyspnea, are scarce, coming from some cases reports in the literature, including Vocal fold paralysis, laryngeal dystonia, vocal cord dysfunction also called paradoxical motion of the vocal fold (PMVF), and post-neuroleptic laryngeal dyskinesia. There is no consensus regarding the muscles and the doses to inject. The aim of this study is to present a retrospective review of patients treated in our ENT Department by BT-A injection in this indication...
September 6, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Kristoffer Winther, Jai J Tree, David Tollervey, Kenn Gerdes
The major human pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis can survive in the host organism for decades without causing symptoms. A large cohort of Toxin-Antitoxin (TA) modules contribute to this persistence. Of these, 48 TA modules belong to the vapBC (virulence associated protein) gene family. VapC toxins are PIN domain endonucleases that, in enterobacteria, inhibit translation by site-specific cleavage of initiator tRNA. In contrast, VapC20 of M. tuberculosis inhibits translation by site-specific cleavage of the universally conserved Sarcin-Ricin loop (SRL) in 23S rRNA...
September 5, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Linda Labberton, Ellinor Kenne, Andy T Long, Katrin F Nickel, Antonio Di Gennaro, Rachel A Rigg, James S Hernandez, Lynn Butler, Coen Maas, Evi X Stavrou, Thomas Renné
Polyphosphate is an inorganic procoagulant polymer. Here we develop specific inhibitors of polyphosphate and show that this strategy confers thromboprotection in a factor XII-dependent manner. Recombinant Escherichia coli exopolyphosphatase (PPX) specifically degrades polyphosphate, while a PPX variant lacking domains 1 and 2 (PPX_Δ12) binds to the polymer without degrading it. Both PPX and PPX_Δ12 interfere with polyphosphate- but not tissue factor- or nucleic acid-driven thrombin formation. Targeting polyphosphate abolishes procoagulant platelet activity in a factor XII-dependent manner, reduces fibrin accumulation and impedes thrombus formation in blood under flow...
2016: Nature Communications
Anika Langenfurth, Song Gu, Verena Bautze, Caiyi Zhang, Julia E Neumann, Ulrich Schüller, Kristin Stock, Susanne A Wolf, Anna-Maria Maier, Giorgia Mastrella, Andrew Pak, Hongwei Cheng, Roland E Kälin, Kenn Holmbeck, Jörg Strotmann, Helmut Kettenmann, Rainer Glass
The subventricular zone (SVZ) provides a constant supply of new neurons to the olfactory bulb (OB). Different studies have investigated the role of olfactory sensory input to neural precursor cell (NPC) turnover in the SVZ but it was not addressed if a reduced demand specifically for periglomerular neurons impacts on NPC-traits in the rostral migratory stream (RMS). We here report that membrane type-1 matrix metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP) deficient mice have reduced complexity of the nasal turbinates, decreased sensory innervation of the OB, reduced numbers of olfactory glomeruli and reduced OB-size without alterations in SVZ neurogenesis...
2016: Scientific Reports
Jeremy Graham, Lauren M Benson, Judy Swanson, Darryl Potyk, Kenn Daratha, Ken Roberts
PURPOSE: The primary focus of the study was to determine whether coursework in the medical humanities would ameliorate students' loss of and failure to develop empathy, a problem known to be common during medical education. METHODS: Students were offered an elective course in the Medical Humanities for academic credit. The Jefferson Scale of Empathy Student Version (JSE-S) was administered at the beginning and end of an academic year in which humanities courses were offered...
August 24, 2016: American Journal of Medicine
Jasper Fuk-Woo Chan, Cyril Chik-Yan Yip, Jessica Oi-Ling Tsang, Kah-Meng Tee, Jian-Piao Cai, Kenn Ka-Heng Chik, Zheng Zhu, Chris Chung-Sing Chan, Garnet Kwan-Yue Choi, Siddharth Sridhar, Anna Jinxia Zhang, Gang Lu, Kin Chiu, Amy Cheuk-Yin Lo, Sai-Wah Tsao, Kin-Hang Kok, Dong-Yan Jin, Kwok-Hung Chan, Kwok-Yung Yuen
Zika virus (ZIKV) is unique among human-pathogenic flaviviruses by its association with congenital anomalies and trans-placental and sexual human-to-human transmission. Although the pathogenesis of ZIKV-associated neurological complications has been reported in recent studies, key questions on the pathogenesis of the other clinical manifestations, non-vector-borne transmission and potential animal reservoirs of ZIKV remain unanswered. We systematically characterized the differential cell line susceptibility of 18 human and 15 nonhuman cell lines to two ZIKV isolates (human and primate) and dengue virus type 2 (DENV-2)...
August 24, 2016: Emerging Microbes & Infections
Sebastiaan Bijttebier, Anastasia Van der Auwera, Kenn Foubert, Stefan Voorspoels, Luc Pieters, Sandra Apers
It is vital to pay much attention to the design of extraction methods developed for plant metabolomics, as any non-extracted or converted metabolites will greatly affect the overall quality of the metabolomics study. Method validation is however often omitted in plant metabolome studies, as the well-established methodologies for classical targeted analyses such as recovery optimization cannot be strictly applied. The aim of the present study is to thoroughly evaluate state-of-the-art comprehensive extraction protocols for plant metabolomics with liquid chromatography-photodiode array-accurate mass mass spectrometry (LC-PDA-amMS) by bridging the gap with method validation...
September 7, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
Vasileios Andrianopoulos, Lowie E G W Vanfleteren, Inga Jarosch, Rainer Gloeckl, Tessa Schneeberger, Emiel F M Wouters, Martijn A Spruit, Klaus Kenn
BACKGROUND: Transcutaneous carbon-dioxide partial-pressure (TCPCO2) can be reliably measured and may be of clinical relevance in COPD. Changes in TCPCO2 and exercise-induced hypercapnia (EIH) during six-minute walk test (6MWT) need further investigation. We aimed (1) to define patterns of TCPCO2 trends during 6MWT and (2) to study determinants of CO2-retention and EIH. METHODS: Sixty-two COPD patients (age: 63±8years, FEV1: 33±10%pred.) were recruited and TCPCO2 was recorded by SenTec digital-monitoring-system during 6MWT...
November 2016: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
Marta Kaszowska, Katarina Stojkovic, Tomasz Niedziela, Czeslaw Lugowski
The structure of the repeating unit of O-antigen of Plesiomonas shigelloides serotype O36 has been investigated by (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopy, matrix-assisted laser-desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry and chemical methods. The new structure of trisaccharide has been established: [Formula: see text] These trisaccharide O-antigen units substitute the core undecasaccharide at C-4 of the β-D-GlcpNAc residue. The core oligosaccharide and lipid A are identical with these of the serotype O17 (PCM 2231) (Maciejewska, A...
July 21, 2016: Carbohydrate Research
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