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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535669/acute-hepatitis-a-b-and-c-but-not-d-is-still-prevalent-in-mongolia-a-time-trend-analysis
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Oidov Baatarkhuu, Hye Won Lee, Jacob George, Dashchirev Munkh-Orshikh, Baasankhuu Enkhtuvshin, Sosorbaram Ariunaa, Mohammed Eslam, Sang Hoon Ahn, Kwang-Hyub Han, Do Young Kim
Background/Aims: Mongolia has one of the highest hepatitis A, C, B and D infection incidences worldwide. We sought to investigate changes in the proportion of acute viral hepatitis types in Mongolia over the last decade. Methods: The cohort comprised 546 consecutive patients clinically diagnosed with acute viral hepatitis from January 2012 to December 2014 in Ulaanbaatar Hospital, Mongolia. A time trend analysis investigating the change in proportion of acute hepatitis A virus, hepatitis C virus (HCV), hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis delta virus (HDV) infection among the cohort with respect to a previous published study was undertaken...
May 2, 2017: Clinical and Molecular Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534900/interplay-between-many-body-effects-and-coulomb-screening-in-the-optical-bandgap-of-atomically-thin-mos2
#2
Youngsin Park, Sang Wook Han, Christopher C S Chan, Benjamin P L Reid, Robert A Taylor, Nammee Kim, Yongcheol Jo, Hyunsik Im, Kwang S Kim
Due to its unique layer-number dependent electronic band structure and strong excitonic features, atomically thin MoS2 is an ideal 2D system where intriguing photoexcited-carrier-induced phenomena can be detected in excitonic luminescence. We perform micro-photoluminescence (PL) measurements and observe that the PL peak redshifts nonlinearly in mono- and bi-layer MoS2 as the excitation power is increased. The excited carrier-induced optical bandgap shrinkage is found to be proportional to n(4/3), where n is the optically-induced free carrier density...
May 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534584/composition-dependent-electronic-energy-relaxation-dynamics-of-metal-domains-as-revealed-by-bimetallic-au144-xagx-sc8h9-60-monolayer-protected-clusters
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Hongjun Zheng, Marcus A Tofanelli, Christopher J Ackerson, Kenneth L Knappenberger
We examined the electronic relaxation dynamics for mono and bimetallic Au144-xAgx(SC8H9)60 monolayer-protected clusters (MPCs) using femtosecond time-resolved transient extinction spectroscopy. MPCs provide compositionally well-defined model systems for structure-specific determination of nanoscale electronic properties. Based on pulse-energy-dependent transient extinction data, we quantified electron-phonon coupling constants for three distinct Au144-xAgx(SC8H9)60 MPC samples, where x = 0, 0 < x < 30, and x ∼ 30, as Gx=0 = (1...
May 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534430/variability-in-axillary-lymph-node-delineation-for-breast-cancer-radiotherapy-in-presence-of-guidelines-on-a-multi-institutional-platform
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Delia Ciardo, Angela Argenone, Genoveva Ionela Boboc, Francesca Cucciarelli, Fiorenza De Rose, Maria Carmen De Santis, Alessandra Huscher, Edy Ippolito, Maria Rosa La Porta, Lorenza Marino, Ilaria Meaglia, Isabella Palumbo, Francesca Rossi, Paolo Alpi, Mario Bignardi, Alessio Bonanni, Domenico Cante, Tino Ceschia, Letizia Fabbietti, Marco Lupattelli, Elisa Donatella Mantero, Alessia Monaco, Patrizia Porcu, Vincenzo Ravo, Sonia Silipigni, Angelo Tozzi, Vincenza Umina, Dario Zerini, Luigi Bordonaro, Giorgia Capezzali, Elena Clerici, Sarah Pia Colangione, Michela Dispinzieri, Jessica Dognini, Laura Donadoni, Sara Falivene, Alessandra Fozza, Barbara Grilli, Roberta Guarnaccia, Eva Iannacone, Valentina Lancellotta, Agnese Prisco, Rosalinda Ricotti, Roberto Orecchia, Barbara Alicja Jereczek-Fossa, Maria Cristina Leonardi
AIM: To quantify the variability between radiation oncologists (ROs) when outlining axillary nodes in breast cancer. MATERIAL AND METHODS: For each participating center, three ROs with different levels of expertise, i.e., junior (J), senior (S) and expert (E), contoured axillary nodal levels (L1, L2, L3 and L4) on the CT images of three different patients (P) of an increasing degree of anatomical complexity (from P1 to P2 to P3), according to contouring guidelines...
May 23, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533032/design-and-synthesis-of-an-immobilized-metal-affinity-chromatography-and-metal-oxide-affinity-chromatography-hybrid-material-for-improved-phosphopeptide-enrichment
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Da-Song Yang, Xi-Ying Ding, Hong-Ping Min, Bo Li, Meng-Xiang Su, Miao-Miao Niu, Bin Di, Fang Yan
Reversible phosphorylation of proteins is one of the most important post-translational modifications, while the detection of phosphopeptides is difficult due to their low abundance and the signal suppression of nonphosphorylated peptides. Therefore, selective enrichment of phosphopeptides from highly complicated mixtures is vital for MS-based phosphoproteome analysis. Despite various strategies have been developed, there is no single method that is capable of providing full coverage of the whole phosphoproteome...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533007/free-25-oh-d-concentrations-are-associated-with-atopy-and-lung-function-in-children-with-asthma
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Suzanne L Pollard, John J Lima, Edward Mougey, Karina Romero, Carla Tarazona-Meza, Katherine Tomaino, Gary Malpartida Guzmán, Nadia N Hansel, William Checkley
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests free mono-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) concentrations are more strongly linked to certain outcomes than total concentrations; however, no studies have examined the relation between free 25(OH)D and respiratory or allergic disease. OBJECTIVE: To examine associations between total and free 25(OH)D concentrations and asthma outcomes. METHODS: We quantified total and free 25(OH)D concentrations in 137 Peruvian children with asthma and 152 children without asthma and examined associations with asthma outcomes...
May 19, 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531915/bone-marrow-stem-cells-anti-liver-fibrosis-potency-inhibition-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-activity-and-extracellular-matrix-deposition
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Ervina Julien Sitanggang, Radiana Dhewayani Antarianto, Sri Widia A Jusman, Jeanne Adiwinata Pawitan, Ahmad Aulia Jusuf
Transplantation of bone marrow derived stem cells (BMSCs) has been reported inhibits liver fibrosis. Several in vitro studies by co-culturing BMSCs and hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) indirectly or directly in 2D models showed inhibition of HSC as the key player in liver fibrosis. In this study, we investigated direct effect of BMSCs on HSCs by co-culturing BMSCs and HSCs in 3D model as it represents the liver microenvironment with intricate cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions. Primary isolated rat HSCs and BMSCs were directly co-cultured at 1:1 ratio with hanging drop method...
May 30, 2017: International Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531656/biodegradation-of-phthalic-acid-esters-paes-and-in-silico-structural-characterization-of-mono-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-mehp-hydrolase-on-the-basis-of-close-structural-homolog
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Neha Singh, Vikram Dalal, Jai Krishna Mahto, Pravindra Kumar
Three bacterial strains capable of degrading phthalates namely Pseudomonas sp. PKDM2, Pseudomonas sp. PKDE1 and Pseudomonas sp. PKDE2 were isolated and characterized for their degradative potential. These strains efficiently degraded 77.4%-84.4% of DMP, 75.0%-75.7% of DEP and 71.7%-74.7% of DEHP, initial amount of each phthalate is 500mgL(-1) of each phthalate, after 44h of incubation. GC-MS results reveal the tentative DEHP degradation pathway, where hydrolases mediate the breakdown of DEHP to phthalic acid (PA) via an intermediate MEHP...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530812/probing-the-binding-modes-of-a-multi-domain-protein-to-lipid-based-nanoparticles-by-relaxation-based-nmr
#9
Alberto Ceccon, Vitali Tugarinov, Andrew J Boughton, David Fushman, G Marius Clore
The interactions of two model multi-domain proteins - covalently linked di-ubiquitins, Ub2 - with lipid-based nanoparticles have been quantitatively probed by the measurements of NMR lifetime line broadening, ΔR2. By combined analysis of ΔR2 profiles arising from interactions with liposomes of varying sizes, an approach recently developed for the characterization of interactions of mono-ubiquitin with liposomes, we determine how the parameters of exchange (liposome binding) and dynamics of each individual domain of Ub2 on the surface of liposomes change when the domains are covalently attached to one another by a flexible linker...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530588/capillary-electrophoresis-coupled-to-mass-spectrometry-employing-hexafluoro-2-propanol-for-the-determination-of-nucleosides-and-nucleotide-mono-di-and-tri-phosphates-in-baby-foods
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María Mateos-Vivas, Javier Domínguez-Álvarez, Encarnación Rodríguez-Gonzalo, Rita Carabias-Martínez
The present work describes a method for the simultaneous determination of unmodified nucleosides and nucleotide mono-, di- and tri-phosphates by capillary electrophoresis coupled to mass spectrometry (CE-MS). The use of hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP) in the separation medium, and as an additive to the sheath liquid of the electrospray interface (ESI), generated a highly efficient and sensitive method. Instrumental limits of detection in the range of 14-53ngmL(-1) for nucleosides and 7-23, 20-49 and 64-124ngmL(-1) for nucleotide mono-, di-, and tri-phosphates, respectively, were found...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530542/a-comparison-of-the-toxicity-of-mono-bis-tris-and-tetrakis-phosphino-silver-complexes-on-sno-esophageal-cancer-cells
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Zelinda Engelbrecht, Kariska Potgieter, Zenele Mpela, Rehana Malgas-Enus, Reinout Meijboom, Marianne J Cronje
Several silver(I) triphenylphosphine adducts were prepared as 1:1 to 1:4 ratios of silver nitrate to triphenylphosphine were used to determine their anticancer activity in a malignant SNO esophageal cell line. The silver-phosphine adducts include: [Ag(PPh3)]NO3 (1); [Ag(PPh3)2]NO3 (2); [Ag(PPh3)3]NO3 (3) and [Ag(PPh3)4]NO3 (4). In addition, the activity of 1-4 where compared to previously reported complexes [Ag(Ph2P(CH2)2PPh2)2]NO3 (5) and [Ag(Ph2P(CH2)3PPh2)2]NO3 (6). The cytotoxicity of complexes 1 to 6 was also evaluated in non-malignant human dermal fibroblast cells (HDF-a)...
May 22, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530298/aptabody-aptatope-interactions-in-aptablotting-assays
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Simranjeet Singh Sekhon, Hyun-Ju Um, Woo-Ri Shin, Sang-Hee Lee, Jiho Min, Ji-Young Ahn, Yang-Hoon Kim
We demonstrate an aptablotting assay method that involves direct and indirect aptabody recognition. Nanoscale single-stranded DNA aptamers against GST and DIG-tags are utilized as aptabodies (GST-2 and DIG-1, respectively), and the GST-2 aptabody binding site, or aptatope, as predicted by a MOE-docking simulation of the protein-aptamer complex, shows the interaction of the GST-2 aptabody at the catalytically active region. The aptabody-aptatope interaction was evaluated by an in vitro enzyme inhibitory analysis...
May 22, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530219/deterministic-strain-induced-arrays-of-quantum-emitters-in-a-two-dimensional-semiconductor
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Artur Branny, Santosh Kumar, Raphaël Proux, Brian D Gerardot
An outstanding challenge in quantum photonics is scalability, which requires positioning of single quantum emitters in a deterministic fashion. Site positioning progress has been made in established platforms including defects in diamond and self-assembled quantum dots, albeit often with compromised coherence and optical quality. The emergence of single quantum emitters in layered transition metal dichalcogenide semiconductors offers new opportunities to construct a scalable quantum architecture. Here, using nanoscale strain engineering, we deterministically achieve a two-dimensional lattice of quantum emitters in an atomically thin semiconductor...
May 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530032/hcv-ag-quantification-as-a-one-step-procedure-in-diagnosing-chronic-hepatitis-c-infection-in-cameroon-the-anrs-12336-study
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Léa Duchesne, Richard Njouom, Frédéric Lissock, Gishlaine Flore Tamko-Mella, Sandrine Rallier, Lila Poiteau, Alexandre Soulier, Stéphane Chevaliez, Guy Vernet, Nicolas Rouveau, Jean-Michel Pawlotsky, Pierre-Marie Girard, Karine Lacombe
INTRODUCTION: The diagnostic procedure for chronic hepatitis C infection (CHC) usually combines anti-HCV antibody (HCV-Ab) and HCV-RNA measurement. Quantifying HCV core antigen (cAg) as a one-step procedure could shorten the diagnostic process. We aimed to assess the performance of cAg quantification in diagnosing CHC and how it is influenced by concomitant HIV or HBV infections. METHODS: The cAg was quantified by an automated assay (Abbott Diagnostics) in 465 HCV-Ab negative serum samples and 544 HCV-RNA positive serum samples (n = 1009) collected in patients from the Pasteur Center in Cameroon, some of whom were infected by HBV or HIV...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529821/fabrication-of-silicon-films-from-patterned-protruded-seeds
#15
Huang Zeng, Wei Zhang, Jizhou Li, Cong Wang, Hui Yang, Yigang Chen, Xiaoyuan Chen, Dongfang Liu
Thin, flexible silicon crystals are starting up applications such as light-weighted flexible solar cells, SOI, flexible IC chips, 3D ICs imagers and 3D CMOS imagers on the demand of high performance with low cost. Kerfless wafering technology by direct conversion of source gases into mono-crystalline wafers on reusable substrates is highly cost-effective and feedstock-effective route to cheap wafers with the thickness down to several microns. Here we show a prototype for direct conversion of silicon source gases to wafers by using the substrate with protruded seeds...
May 2017: AIP Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529619/effects-of-prolonged-exposure-to-low-dose-metformin-in-thyroid-cancer-cell-lines
#16
Safar Kheder, Karen Sisley, Sirwan Hadad, Sabapathy P Balasubramanian
Background: Thyroid cancer is generally associated with an excellent prognosis, but there is significant long-term morbidity with standard treatment. Some sub-types however have a poor prognosis. Metformin, an oral anti-diabetic drug is shown to have anti-cancer effects in several types of cancer (breast, lung and ovarian cancer). The proposed mechanisms include activation of the Adenosine Mono-phosphate-activated Protein Kinase (AMPK) pathway and inhibition of the mTOR pathway (which promotes growth and proliferation)...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529051/ultrasound-assisted-biogas-production-from-co-digestion-of-wastewater-sludges-and-agricultural-wastes-comparison-with-microwave-pre-treatment
#17
B Aylin Alagöz, Orhan Yenigün, Ayşen Erdinçler
This study investigates the effect of ultrasonication and microwave sludge disintegration/pre-treatment techniques on the anaerobic co-digestion efficiency of wastewater sludges with olive and grape pomaces. The effects of both co-digestion and sludge pre-treatment techniques were evaluated in terms of the organic removal efficiency and the biogas production. The "co-digestion" of wastewater sludge with both types of pomaces was revealed to be a much more efficient way for the biogas production compared to the single (mono) sludge digestion...
May 11, 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528446/microsolvation-effects-on-the-reactivity-of-oxy-nucleophiles-the-case-of-gas-phase-sn2-reactions-of-yo-ch3oh-n-1-2-towards-ch3cl
#18
Liu Yun-Yun, Qiu Fang-Zhou, Zhu Jun, Ren Yi, Lau Kai-Chung
The modified G4(MP2) method was applied to explore microsolvation effects on the reactivity of four solvated normal oxy-nucleophiles YO(-)(CH3OH) n=1,2 (Y = CH3, C2H5, FC2H4, ClC2H4), and five α-oxy-nucleophiles YO(-)(CH3OH) n=1,2 (Y = HO, CH3O, F, Cl, Br), in gas-phase SN2 reactions towards the substrate CH3Cl. Based on a Brønsted-type plot, our calculations reveal that the overall activation barriers of five microsolvated α-oxy-nucleophiles are obviously smaller than the prediction from the correlation line constructed by four normal microsolvated ones to different degrees, and clearly demonstrate the existence of an α-effect in the presence of one or two methanol molecule(s)...
June 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527759/selection-of-new-lactic-acid-bacteria-strains-bearing-probiotic-features-from-mucosal-microbiota-of-healthy-calves-looking-for-immunobiotics-through-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-approaches-for-immunoprophylaxis-applications
#19
Sávio Sandes, Luige Alvim, Bruno Silva, Leonardo Acurcio, Cinara Santos, Márcia Campos, Camila Santos, Jacques Nicoli, Elisabeth Neumann, Álvaro Nunes
From the birth, since their mucosal microbiota and immune system are not fully developed, newborn calves are susceptible to several mucosal pathogenic microorganisms. Operating through humoral and non-humoral mechanisms in the host, several lactic acid bacteria strains bearing probiotic features are often employed in livestock as food supplement, improving animal production performance, promoting health and reducing the severity of mucosal infections. Accordingly, we isolated, species-level identified and screened for their probiotic potentials seventy lactic acid bacteria strains from upper airway, vaginal and intestinal mucosa of healthy calves...
July 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527666/hepatic-steatosis-progresses-faster-in-hiv-mono-infected-than-hiv-hcv-co-infected-patients-and-is-associated-with-liver-fibrosis
#20
Thomas Pembroke, Marc Deschenes, Bertrand Lebouché, Amine Benmassaoud, Maida Sewitch, Peter Ghali, Philip Wong, Alex Halme, Elise Vuille-Lessard, Costa Pexos, Marina B Klein, Giada Sebastiani
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Hepatic steatosis (HS) seems common in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). However, the relative effect of HIV, as well as hepatitis C virus (HCV) in those co-infected, and the influence of HS on liver fibrosis progression are unclear. METHODS: The LIVEr disease in HIV (LIVEHIV) is a Canadian prospective Cohort using transient elastography and associated controlled attenuation parameter (CAP) to screen for HS and liver fibrosis in unselected HIV-infected adults...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
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