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James F Collawn, Rafal Bartoszewski, Ahmad Lazrak, Sadis Matalon
The airway surface liquid (ASL) coats the lining of the airways and allows for efficient cilial movement and therefore effective mucociliary transport. Cell surface channels regulate the hydration status of the ASL and the two critical channels in the process are the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) and the amiloride-sensitive epithelial sodium channel (ENaC). In cystic fibrosis (CF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) there is loss of CFTR function or compromised CFTR function in chronic bronchitis, respectively...
January 4, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Mun Aw, Tamara M Armstrong, C Michele Nawata, Sarah N Bodine, Jeeeun J Oh, Guojun Wei, Kristen K Evans, Mohammad Shahidullah, Timo Rieg, Thomas L Pannabecker
In general, mammalian whole body mass-specific metabolic rate correlates positively with maximal urine concentration (Umax) irrespective of whether or not the species have adapted to arid or mesic habitat. Accordingly, we hypothesized that the thick ascending limb (TAL) of a rodent with markedly higher whole body mass-specific metabolism than rat exhibits a substantially higher TAL metabolic rate as estimated by Na+, K+-ATPase activity and Na+, K+-ATPase α1 gene and protein expression. The kangaroo rat inner stripe of the outer medulla exhibits significantly higher mean Na+, K+-ATPase activity (~70%) compared to 2 rat strains (Sprague-Dawley and Munich-Wistar), extending prior studies showing rat activity exceeds rabbit...
January 3, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
E Liu, Fangfang Jian
Anionic water clusters have long been studied to infer properties of the bulk hydrated electron. In particular, the question of whether the excess electron is on the surface of the cluster or in the interior of the clusters has been the subject of much speculation. The successes of solid-state physics are built on exploiting the regularity of atomic arrangements in crystal. Describing the crystalline order of solids is relatively straightforward. Here we report the crystal structure of an anionic water cluster polymer [(H₂O)18(OH)₂]n2n- moiety that is stabilized by bis(2,2'-bipyridine) cupric chloride [Cu(bipy)₂Cl]- host...
January 19, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Edoardo Picetti, Michela Generali, Francesca Mensi, Giampaolo Neri, Roberta Damia, Giuseppe Lippi, Gianfranco Cervellin
A 55 years old man self-presented to our Emergency Department (ED) reporting an attempted suicide by cutting the left forearm veins and ingesting approximately 200 mL of an herbicide (Myrtos®, containing 36% of glyphosate as isopropylamine salt). Laboratory tests showed metabolic acidosis. Hydration with normal saline and alkalinization with sodium bicarbonate was started according to suggestion of the poison control center, since an antidote was unavailable. Cardiorespiratory condition gradually worsened, so that non-invasive positive pressure ventilation (NIPPV) was applied and infusion of fluids was established...
January 16, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Nannan Wang, Xiaoning Zhao, Yiran Li, Congcong Cheng, Jiaxin Huai, Kaishun Bi, Ronghua Dai
To reveal the material basis of Huo Luo Xiao Ling Dan, a sensitive and selective ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UHPLC-Q-TOF/MS) method was developed to identify the absorbed components and metabolites in rat plasma after oral administration of HLXLD. The plasma samples were pretreated by liquid-liquid extraction and separated on a Shim-pack XR-ODS C18 column (75 mm × 3.0 mm, 2.2 μm) using a gradient elution program. With the optimized conditions and single sample injection of each positive or negative ion mode, a total of 109 compounds, including 78 prototype compounds and 31 metabolites were identified or tentatively characterized...
January 19, 2018: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
Evangelos Kaltsas, George Chalikias, Dimitrios Tziakas
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is one of the most common complications during hospitalization in various clinical settings. The goal of this review was to assess the incidence of AKI in acute myocardial infarction patients (AMI), how this incidence is affected by the diverse definitions, and if there is variability in the reported rates over recent years. Additionally, we sought to appraise the impact of AKI on short- and long-term prognosis of these patients. Finally, we report on the current preventive measures as they are suggested in the current guidelines of various societies, we comment on the evidence that support them, and we review the literature for other proposed therapeutic strategies, which either failed to prove their efficacy or they are not adequately confirmed yet...
January 19, 2018: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
S Habka, W Y Sohn, V Vaquero-Vara, M Géléoc, B Tardivel, V Brenner, E Gloaguen, M Mons
Asparagine (Asn) is a powerful turn-inducer residue, with a large propensity to occupy the second position in the central region of β-turns of proteins. The present work aims at investigating the role of a local anchoring between the Asn side chain and the main chain in this remarkable property. For this purpose, the H-bonding patterns of an asparagine residue in an isolated protein chain fragment forming a γ- or a β-turn have been determined using IR/UV double resonance gas phase spectroscopy on laser-desorbed, jet-cooled short models in conjunction with relevant quantum chemistry calculations...
January 19, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Katy J Sparrow, John D Kessler, John R Southon, Fenix Garcia-Tigreros, Kathryn M Schreiner, Carolyn D Ruppel, John B Miller, Scott J Lehman, Xiaomei Xu
In response to warming climate, methane can be released to Arctic Ocean sediment and waters from thawing subsea permafrost and decomposing methane hydrates. However, it is unknown whether methane derived from this sediment storehouse of frozen ancient carbon reaches the atmosphere. We quantified the fraction of methane derived from ancient sources in shelf waters of the U.S. Beaufort Sea, a region that has both permafrost and methane hydrates and is experiencing significant warming. Although the radiocarbon-methane analyses indicate that ancient carbon is being mobilized and emitted as methane into shelf bottom waters, surprisingly, we find that methane in surface waters is principally derived from modern-aged carbon...
January 2018: Science Advances
Xuejiao Liu, Benzhuo Lu
Potassium channels are much more permeable to potassium than sodium ions, although potassium ions are larger and both carry the same positive charge. This puzzle cannot be solved based on the traditional Poisson-Nernst-Planck (PNP) theory of electrodiffusion because the PNP model treats all ions as point charges, does not incorporate ion size information, and therefore cannot discriminate potassium from sodium ions. The PNP model can qualitatively capture some macroscopic properties of certain channel systems such as current-voltage characteristics, conductance rectification, and inverse membrane potential...
December 2017: Physical Review. E
Andrew Devenny, Danielle Lord, Joshua Matthews, Julia Tuhacek, Jennifer Vitlip, Mingxu Zhang, Amy C Bucha, Liyun Wang, Jenni M Buckley, Amy Cowperthwait
An overwhelming majority of hospitalized patients undergo intravenous (IV) catheter insertion in order to receive hydration and necessary medication. Current IV insertion training techniques include manikins that are unable to react or give feedback to the trainee. The Avstick® is a realistic training device that can be worn by an actor, allowing a nurse trainee to perform an IV catheter insertion on a live patient without causing the person harm. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Avstick in nursing education to increase nurse-patient communication and trainee self-efficacy...
January 17, 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
David James Coughtrie, Robin Giereth, Daniel Kats, Hans-Joachim Werner, Andreas Köhn
Internally contracted multireference coupled cluster (icMRCC) theory is embedded within multireference perturbation theory (MRPT) to calculate energy differences in large strongly correlated systems. The embedding scheme is based on partitioning the orbital spaces of a complete active space self consistent field (CASSCF) wave function, with the truncated virtual space constructed by transforming selected projected atomic orbitals (PAOs). MRPT is applied to the environment using a subtractive embedding approach, that also allows for multilayer embedding...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Heather K Vincent, Laura A Zdziarski, Kyle Fallgatter, Giorgio Negron, Cong Chen, Trevor Leavitt, MaryBeth Horodyski, Joseph G Wasser, Kevin R Vincent
PURPOSE: This study determined whether differential kinematics, kinetics, rates of energy use and cardiopulmonary responses occurred during running with water bottles and bottle belt holders compared to running only. METHODS: Trained runners (N=42; 27.2±6.4 yr) ran on an instrumented treadmill for four conditions in a randomized order: 1) control run (CON); 2) hand-held full water bottle (FULL, 16.9 fluid oz; 454 g); 3) hand-held half-full water bottle (HALF, 8...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
Meiying Qie, Jian Lin, Fang Kong, Mark A Silver, Zenghui Yue, Xiaomei Wang, Linjuan Zhang, Hongliang Bao, Thomas E Albrecht-Schmitt, Jian-Qiang Wang
The exploration of phase formation in the f-element-bearing iodate selenate system has resulted in 14 novel rare-earth-containing iodate selenates, Ln(IO3)(SeO4) (Ln = La, Ce, Pr, Nd; LnISeO-1), Ln(IO3)(SeO4)(H2O) (Ln = Sm, Eu; LnISeO-2), and Ln(IO3)(SeO4)(H2O)2·H2O (Ln = Gd, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, Y; LnISeO-3), as well as two new thorium iodate selenates, Th(OH)(IO3)(SeO4)(H2O) (ThISeO-1) and Th(IO3)2(SeO4) (ThISeO-2). LnISeO-3 and ThISeO-2 crystallize in the chiral space group P212121, while LnISeO-1, LnISeO-2, and ThISeO-1 crystallize in the centrosymmetric space group P21/c...
January 18, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Neerugatti KrishnaRao Eswar, Sangeeta Adhikari, Praveen C Ramamurthy, Giridhar Madras
The present work demonstrates an extremely proficient and robust study of efficient interfacial charge transfer through plasmonic Ag decorated Bi2O3 hierarchical photoanodes for the photoelectrochemical treatment of chlorinated phenols. Unique 2D flake-like Bi2O3 hierarchical nanostructures were grown onto a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate by a simple chemical bath deposition method using triethanolamine as complexing agent. The formation of Bi2O3 on FTO was governed by the decomposition of a nucleated bismuth-hydroxyl complex (Bi2O1-x(OH)x) and modification to the electrode was carried out by the deposition of Ag via a chemical reduction method using hydrazine hydrate...
January 18, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Michael Krzyzak, Natarajan Elangovan
Nonprescription drug use is increasingly prevalent in the United States. We report a case of a 31-year-old male who presented with hallucinations and was found to have rhabdomyolysis. He was consuming oxandrolone for six weeks and ingested methamphetamine the night prior to presentation. With supportive treatment, including intravenous hydration, the patient's mental status returned to baseline and rhabdomyolysis resolved. Our case illustrates the need to understand the interaction between different illicit substances...
November 13, 2017: Curēus
Andrew N Davies, Melanie Waghorn, Katherine Webber, Sigurd Johnsen, Jeewaka Mendis, Julia Boyle
BACKGROUND: The provision of clinically assisted hydration at the end-of-life is one of the most contentious issues in medicine. AIM: The aim of this feasibility study was to answer the question 'can a definitive (adequately powered) study be done?' DESIGN: The study was a cluster randomised trial, with sites randomised on a one-to-one basis to intervention 'A' (regular mouth care and usual other care) or intervention 'B' (clinically assisted hydration, mouth care and usual other care)...
January 1, 2018: Palliative Medicine
Mingling Dong, Wenshu Zheng, Yiping Chen, Bei Ran, Zhiyong Qian, Xingyu Jiang
Conventional magnetic sensors usually employ Fe-based magnetic materials as signal probes. In this work, we find that Cu(II) is also a useful longitudinal relaxation time (T1) signal-based magnetic probe. We adopt bathocuproinedisulfonic acid disodium salt hydrate (BCS) to chelate Cu(I) and form a stable Cu(I)-BCS complex in aqueous solution, and find the significant difference in T1 value of water protons between Cu(II) aqueous solution and Cu(I)-BCS complex aqueous solution. Redox reaction can convert Cu(II) to Cu(I) followed by the complexation of BCS, which results in apparent change of T1 that can serve as magnetic signal readout, which is the basis of this Cu-T1 sensor...
January 18, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Ruslan Zotov, Eugene Meshcheryakov, Alesia Livanova, Tamara Minakova, Oleg Magaev, Lyubov Isupova, Irina Kurzina
Interaction between the water adsorption ability of aluminium-oxide-based sorbents and their chemical composition, acid-base properties of the surface, and textural characteristics has been analysed. Alumina desiccants were synthesized with the centrifugal-thermal activation of gibbsite followed by the hydration of the gibbsite under mild conditions. It was demonstrated that the multicyclic adsorption regeneration of samples under realistic conditions results in structural transformations and changes in the acidity of their surfaces and water adsorption ability...
January 14, 2018: Materials
Sivaprakash Rajasekharan, Chris Vercruysse, Luc Martens, Ronald Verbeeck
Tricalcium silicate cements (TSC) are used in dental traumatology and endodontics for their bioactivity which is mostly attributed to formation of calcium hydroxide during TSC hydration and its subsequent release of calcium and hydroxide ions. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of volume (Vol), exposed surface area (ESA) and pH of surrounding medium on calcium ion release. Three commercially available hydraulic alkaline dental cements were mixed and condensed into cylindrical tubes of varying length and diameter (n = 6/group)...
January 13, 2018: Materials
Zhuo Liu, Juan Huang, Madhusudan Tyagi, Hugh O'Neill, Qiu Zhang, Eugene Mamontov, Nitin Jain, Yujie Wang, Jie Zhang, Jeremy C Smith, Liang Hong
Water is widely assumed to be essential for protein dynamics and function. In particular, the well-documented "dynamical" transition at ∼200  K, at which the protein changes from a rigid, nonfunctional form to a flexible, functional state, as detected in hydrogenated protein by incoherent neutron scattering, requires hydration. Here, we report on coherent neutron scattering experiments on perdeuterated proteins and reveal that a transition occurs in dry proteins at the same temperature resulting primarily from the collective heavy-atom motions...
July 28, 2017: Physical Review Letters
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