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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231673/-changes-of-resistant-phenotype-and-crispr-cas-system-of-four-shigella-strains-passaged-for-90-times-without-antibiotics
#1
B Zhang, L J Hong, G C Duan, W J Liang, H Y Yang, Y L Xi
Objective: To explore the stability of resistant phenotypes and changes of clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated (Cas) gene system on four Shigella strains in the absence of antibiotics. Methods: Four clinical isolated Shigella strains that resistant to different antibiotics were consecutive passaged for 90 times without antibiotics. Agar dilution method was used to determine the minimum inhibitory concentration of Shigella strains. After sequence analysis with PCR, CRISPR Finder and Clustal X 2...
February 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231615/what-do-older-people-experiencing-loneliness-think-about-primary-care-or-community-based-interventions-to-reduce-loneliness-a-qualitative-study-in-england
#2
Kalpa Kharicha, Steve Iliffe, Jill Manthorpe, Carolyn A Chew-Graham, Mima Cattan, Claire Goodman, Maggie Kirby-Barr, Janet H Whitehouse, Kate Walters
Loneliness in later life is a common problem with poor health outcomes. However, interventions to prevent or ameliorate loneliness have a weak evidence base. The views of older people experiencing or at risk of loneliness in the community are important in identifying features of potential support, but have been little studied. Twenty-eight community dwelling people, aged 65 and over who reported being 'lonely much of the time' or identified as lonely from the de Jong Gierveld six-item loneliness scale in a larger study, participated in in-depth interviews, between June 2013 and May 2014...
February 23, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231583/prevalence-of-impaired-kidney-function-in-the-german-elderly-results-from-the-berlin-aging-study-ii-base-ii
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Maximilian König, Maik Gollasch, Ilja Demuth, Elisabeth Steinhagen-Thiessen
BACKGROUND: In aging populations with an ever-growing burden of risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension, chronic kidney disease (CKD) is on the rise. However, little is known about its exact prevalence among elderly adults, and often albuminuria is not included in the definition of CKD. Moreover, novel equations for the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) have recently emerged, which have not been applied comprehensively to older adults. Data on CKD awareness among the elderly are sparse...
February 24, 2017: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231559/prostate-cancer-heterogeneity-discovering-novel-molecular-targets-for-therapy
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REVIEW
Chiara Ciccarese, Francesco Massari, Roberto Iacovelli, Michelangelo Fiorentino, Rodolfo Montironi, Vincenzo Di Nunno, Francesca Giunchi, Matteo Brunelli, Giampaolo Tortora
Prostate cancer (PCa) shows a broad spectrum of biological and clinical behavior, which represents the epiphenomenon of an extreme genetic heterogeneity. Recent genomic profiling studies have deeply improved the knowledge of the genomic landscape of localized and metastatic PCa. The AR and PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling pathways are the two most frequently altered, representing therefore interestingly targets for therapy. Moreover, somatic or germline aberrations of DNA repair genes (DRGs) have been observed at high frequency, supporting the potential role of platinum derivatives and PARP inhibitors as effective therapeutic strategies...
February 11, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231530/identification-of-a-novel-low-level-impurity-in-fungicide-pyraclostrobin-by-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Kaimin Xia, ShanShan Shen, Qun Gao, Wei Shang, Yuanjiang Pan, Jun Wu
Pyraclostrobin is one kind of new type methoxy acrylate fungicides that has been widely used in agriculture at present, with a lot of advantages including broad spectrum, high efficiency and high selectivity. In this work, a novel low-level impurity in the pyraclostrobin at about 0.2% was separated and characterized by high-performance liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS). Firstly, the impurity was speculated to possess the same skeleton structure as the main product pyraclostrobin while the methyl group on the methyl ester was substituted to be CH2CH2Cl on the basis of the on-line multi-stage mass spectrometric behaviors compared with that of pyraclostrobin...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231517/measurements-of-x-ray-doses-and-spectra-produced-by-picosecond-laser-irradiated-solid-targets
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Bo Yang, Rui Qiu, Minghai Yu, Jinlong Jiao, Wei Lu, Yonghong Yan, Bo Zhang, Zhimeng Zhang, Weimin Zhou, Junli Li, Hui Zhang
Experiments have shown that high-intensity laser interaction with a solid target can generate significant X-ray doses. This study was conducted to determine the X-ray doses and spectra produced for picosecond laser-irradiated solid targets. The photon doses and X-ray spectra in the laser forward and side directions were measured using an XG III ps 300 TW laser system. For laser intensities of 7×10(18)-4×10(19)W/cm(2), the maximum photon dose was 16.8 mSv at 50cm with a laser energy of ~153J on a 1-mm Ta target...
February 9, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231482/fourier-transform-infrared-and-raman-spectroscopy-in-the-study-of-phase-transitions-in-dipyrazolium-iodide-triiodide-experimental-and-theoretical-analysis
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M Węcławik, J Baran, P Durlak, Ł Marciniak, A Piecha-Bisiorek, R Jakubas
The paper presents the Infrared and Raman spectra of the powdered [C3N2H5(+)]2[I(-)∙I3(-)] crystal at the temperature intervals of 11-270K, covering two low-temperature phase transitions: discontinuous at 182/188K (cooling/heating) and continuous at 254K. The research shows that the vibrational states of the pyrazolium cations change significantly during discontinuous phase transition (III→II), while the continuous nature of successive structural transformation is more subtle and displays an insignificant change in the temperature coefficient of numerous vibrations during the II→I PT at 254K...
February 16, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231480/feasibility-and-acceptability-of-post-hospitalization-ecological-momentary-assessment-in-patients-with-psychotic-spectrum-disorders
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Ethan Moitra, Brandon A Gaudiano, Carter H Davis, Dror Ben-Zeev
BACKGROUND: Up to 50% of patients with psychotic-spectrum disorders are medication nonadherent. The use of real-time assessment via ecological momentary assessment (EMA) on mobile devices might offer important insights into adherence behaviors that cannot be measured in the clinic. However, existing EMA studies have only studied acutely ill patients during hospitalization or more stable patients in the community. METHODS: Feasibility and acceptability of EMA in 65 patients with psychotic-spectrum disorders who were recently discharged from the hospital were assessed...
February 7, 2017: Comprehensive Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231293/photoacoustic-imaging-features-of-intraocular-tumors-retinoblastoma-and-uveal-melanoma
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Guan Xu, Yafang Xue, Zeynep Gürsel Özkurt, Naziha Slimani, Zizhong Hu, Xueding Wang, Kewen Xia, Teng Ma, Qifa Zhou, Hakan Demirci
The purpose of this study is to examine the capability of photoacoustic (PA) imaging (PAI) in assessing the unique molecular and architectural features in ocular tumors. A real-time PA and ultrasonography (US) parallel imaging system based on a research US platform was developed to examine retinoblastoma in mice in vivo and human retinoblastoma and uveal melanoma ex vivo. PA signals were generated by optical illumination at 720, 750, 800, 850, 900 and 950 nm delivered through a fiber optical bundle. The optical absorption spectra of the tumors were derived from the PA images...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231174/optimization-of-ultrasound-assisted-extraction-preliminary-characterization-and-in-vitro-antioxidant-activity-of-polysaccharides-from-green-pea-pods
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Maryam Jalili Safaryan, Ali Ganjloo, Mandana Bimakr, Soheila Zarringhalami
In this study, ultrasound-assisted extraction of green pea pod polysaccharide (GPPP) was investigated and optimized using a central composite response surface design coupled with a numerical optimization technique. The effects of ultrasonic power (50-150 W), sonication time (20-80 min), ratio of water to raw material (20:1-40:1 mL/g) and extraction temperature (40-80 °C) on polysaccharide extraction yield were studied. The maximum extraction yield was obtained with a sonication power of 135.34 W, extraction time of 48...
November 28, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231052/review-the-role-of-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-in-the-treatment-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Xin Sun, Yan Zhang, Meilin Xie
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has been defined as a spectrum of histological abnormalities and is characterized by significant and excessive accumulation of triglycerides in the hepatocytes in patients without alcohol consumption or other diseases. Current studies are targeting new molecular mechanisms that underlie NAFLD and associated metabolic disorders. Many therapeutic targets have been found and used in clinical studies. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are among the potential targets and have been demonstrated to exert a pivotal role in modulation of NAFLD...
March 1, 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231044/original-research-paper-switching-antipsychotics-results-of-16-month-non-interventional-prospective-observational-clinical-research-of-inpatients-with-schizophrenia-spectrum-disorders
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Cvetka Bačar Bole, Mitja Pišlar, Metka Šen, Rok Tavčar, Aleš Mrhar
The study aims to identify prescribing and switching patterns of antipsychotics in clinical practice. A 16-month, prospective study was conducted at the Psychiatric Hospital Idrija, Slovenia. Inpatients (N = 311) with schizophrenia spectrum disorders were observed. The causes for switching antipsychotics and switching strategies were analyzed. Analyzing a total of 3954 prescriptions, the collected data confirmed that treatment strategies in this psychiatric hospital are very complex. It was found that 37 percent of inpatients had at least one switch...
March 1, 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230992/novel-design-of-heptad-amphiphiles-to-enhance-cell-selectivity-salt-resistance-anti-biofilm-properties-and-their-membrane-disruptive-mechanism
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Xiujing Dou, Xin Zhu, Jiajun Wang, Na Dong, Anshan Shan
Coiled-coil, a basic folding pattern of native proteins, was previously demonstrated to be associated with the specific spatial recognition, association, and dissociation of proteins and can be used to perfect engineering peptide model. Thus, in this study, a series of amphiphiles composed of heptads repeats with coiled-coil structures was constructed, and the designed peptides exhibited a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activities. Circular dichroism and biological assays showed that the heptad repeats and length of the linker between the heptads largely influenced the amphiphile's helical propensity and cell selectivity...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230969/anatase-101-like-structural-model-revealed-for-metastable-rutile-tio2-011-surface
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Meiling Xu, Sen Shao, Bo Gao, Jian Lv, Quan Li, Yanchao Wang, Hui Wang, Lijun Zhang, Yanming Ma
Titanium dioxide has been widely used as efficient transition metal oxide photocatalyst. However, its photocatalytic activity is limited to ultraviolet spectrum range due to the deficient large bandgap beyond 3 eV. Efforts towards to reduce the bandgap for achieving a broader spectrum range of light absorption are attempted with a success on the experimental synthesis of dopant-free metastable surface structure of rutile-type TiO2 (011) 21. This new surface phase possesses a much reduced bandgap of ~2.1 eV, showing a great potential for an excellent photocatalyst covering a wide range of visible light...
February 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230965/fluorine-functionalized-graphene-quantum-dots-as-inhibitor-against-hiapp-amyloid-aggregation
#15
Maryam Yousaf, Huan Huang, Ping Li, Chen Wang, Yanlian Yang
Fibrillar deposits of the human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP) is considered as a root of Type II diabetes mellitus. Fluorinated graphene quantum dots (FGQDs) are new carbon nanomaterials with unique physicochemical properties containing highly electronegative F atoms. Herein we report a single step synthesis method of FGQDs with an inhibitory effect on aggregation and cytotoxicity of hIAPP in vitro. Highly fluorescent and water dispersible FGQDs, less than 3 nm in size were synthesized by the microwave-assisted hydrothermal method...
February 23, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230823/polymorphism-of-dna-repair-gene-xpd-lys751gln-and-chromosome-aberrations-in-lymphocytes-of-thyroid-cancer-patients-exposed-to-ionizing-radiation-due-to-the-chornobyl-accident
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V M Shkarupa, O Y Mishcheniuk, S O Henyk-Berezovska, V O Palamarchuk, S V Klymenko
: The aim of this work was to analyze the relationship between polymorphisms of DNA repair gene XPD Lys751Gln and frequency and spectrum of chromosome aberrations in the culture of peripheral blood lymphocytes of thyroid cancer (TC) patients having been exposed to ionizing radiation due to the Chornobyl accident. MATERIALS AND METHODS: XPD Lys751Gln polymorphisms were detected by polymerase chain reaction in 102 TC patients including 38 patients exposed to ionizing radiation due to Chornobyl disaster (Chornobyl recovery workers, evacuees, and the residents of contaminated areas), 64 patients without history of ionizing radiation exposure and 45 healthy residents of Ukraine as control group...
December 2016: Experimental Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230822/disordered-redox-metabolism-of-brain-cells-in-rats-exposed-to-low-doses-of-ionizing-radiation-or-uhf-electromagnetic-radiation
#17
A P Burlaka, M O Druzhyna, A V Vovk, S М Lukin
AIM: To investigate the changes of redox-state of mammalian brain cells as the critical factor of initiation and formation of radiation damage of biological structures in setting of continuous exposure to low doses of ionizing radiation or fractionated ultra high frequency electromagnetic radiation (UHF EMR) at non-thermal levels. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The influence of low-intensity ionizing radiation was studied on outbred female rats kept for 1.5 years in the Chernobyl accident zone...
December 2016: Experimental Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230711/asperger-syndrome-and-early-onset-schizophrenia-associated-with-a-novel-mecp2-deleterious-missense-variant
#18
Aurore Curie, Gaëtan Lesca, Gérald Bussy, Sabine Manificat, Valérie Arnaud, Sibylle Gonzalez, Olivier Revol, Alain Calender, Daniel Gérard, Vincent des Portes
Methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2) deleterious variants, which are responsible for Rett syndrome in girls, are involved in a wide spectrum of developmental disabilities in males. A neuropsychiatric phenotype without intellectual disability is uncommon in patients with MECP2 deleterious variants. We report on two dizygotic twins with an MECP2-related psychiatric disorder without intellectual disability. Neuropsychological and psychiatric phenotype assessments were performed, and a genetic analysis was carried out...
February 22, 2017: Psychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230653/suicides-by-jumping-off-istanbul-bridges-linking-asia-and-europe
#19
Ayşe Yurtseven, İbrahim Üzün, Murat Nihat Arslan
AIM: The aim of this study was to determine the injury spectrum and characteristics of people who committed suicide by jumping into water from the July 15th Martyrs Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridges in Istanbul, Turkey. METHODS: This study included all of the jumpers from the July 15th Martyrs Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge who were autopsied by the Council of Forensic Medicine, Istanbul Morgue Department, between 2000 and 2013. All of the data were collected from archived case files...
February 23, 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230533/thermophoretic-transport-of-ionic-liquid-droplets-in-carbon-nanotubes
#20
Rakesh Rajegowda, Sridhar Kannam, Remco Hartkamp, Sarith P Sathian
Thermal-gradient induced transport of ionic liquid (IL) and water droplets through a carbon nanotube (CNT) is investigated in this study using molecular dynamics simulations. Energetic analysis indicates that IL transport through a CNT is driven primarily by the fluid-solid interaction, while fluid-fluid interactions dominate in water-CNT systems. Droplet diffusion analysis via the Moment Scaling Spectrum reveals sub-diffusive motion of the IL droplet, in contrast to the self-diffusive motion of the water droplet...
February 23, 2017: Nanotechnology
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