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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531167/a-role-for-the-host-dna-damage-response-in-hepatitis-b-virus-cccdna-formation-and-beyond
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Sabrina Schreiner, Michael Nassal
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection puts more than 250 million people at a greatly increased risk to develop end-stage liver disease. Like all hepadnaviruses, HBV replicates via protein-primed reverse transcription of a pregenomic (pg) RNA, yielding an unusually structured, viral polymerase-linked relaxed-circular (RC) DNA as genome in infectious particles. Upon infection, RC-DNA is converted into nuclear covalently closed circular (ccc) DNA. Associating with cellular proteins into an episomal minichromosome, cccDNA acts as template for new viral RNAs, ensuring formation of progeny virions...
May 22, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530847/repeatability-of-mr-elastography-of-liver-a-meta-analysis
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Suraj D Serai, Nancy A Obuchowski, Sudhakar K Ventakesh, Claude B Sirlin, Frank H Miller, Edward Ashton, Patricia E Cole, Richard L Ehman
Purpose To perform a meta-analysis to generate an estimate of the repeatability coefficient (RC) for magnetic resonance (MR) elastography of the liver. Materials and Methods A systematic search of databases was performed for publications on MR elastography during the 10-year period between 2006 and 2015. The identified studies were screened independently and were verified reciprocally by all authors. Two reviewers independently determined the percentage RC and effective sample size from each article. A forest plot was constructed of the percentage RC estimates from the 12 studies...
May 22, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530469/rapid-bacterial-detection-during-endodontic-treatment
#3
D B Herzog, N A Hosny, S A Niazi, G Koller, R J Cook, F Foschi, T F Watson, F Mannocci, F Festy
Bacteria present in the root canal (RC) space following an RC treatment (RCT) can lead to persistent infections, resulting in treatment failure and the need for reintervention or extraction. Currently, there are no standardized methods in use to clinically detect bacterial presence within RC spaces. The use of paper point sampling and fluorescence staining was shown to be a rapid method, able to detect residual bacteria following treatment. The study demonstrated that Calcein acetoxymethyl (AM) proved to be a suitable dye for detecting vital bacteria within mature endodontic biofilms, with an improved sensitivity over colony-forming unit counting in a stressed biofilm model...
June 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528494/carotenoid-to-bacteriochlorophyll-energy-transfer-in-the-rc-lh1-pufx-complex-from-rhodobacter-sphaeroides-containing-the-extended-conjugation-keto-carotenoid-diketospirilloxanthin
#4
Václav Šlouf, Gürkan Keşan, Radek Litvín, David J K Swainsbury, Elizabeth C Martin, C Neil Hunter, Tomáš Polívka
RC-LH1-PufX complexes from a genetically modified strain of Rhodobacter sphaeroides that accumulates carotenoids with very long conjugation were studied by ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy. The complexes predominantly bind the carotenoid diketospirilloxanthin, constituting about 75% of the total carotenoids, which has 13 conjugated C=C bonds, and the conjugation is further extended to two terminal keto groups. Excitation of diketospirilloxanthin in the RC-LH1-PufX complex demonstrates fully functional energy transfer from diketospirilloxanthin to BChl a in the LH1 antenna...
May 20, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527614/n-o-344-salpingectomie-opportuniste-et-autres-m%C3%A3-thodes-pour-r%C3%A3-duire-le-risque-de-cancer-de-l-ovaire-de-la-trompe-de-fallope-et-du-p%C3%A3-ritoine-dans-la-population-g%C3%A3-n%C3%A3-rale
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Shannon Salvador, Stephanie Scott, Julie Ann Francis, Anita Agrawal, Christopher Giede
OBJECTIF: La présente directive clinique examine les avantages potentiels de la salpingectomie opportuniste pour prévenir le développement du cancer séreux de grade élevé de l'ovaire, de la trompe de Fallope et du péritoine à la lumière de données probantes actuelles selon lesquelles ce type de cancer prendrait naissance dans la trompe de Fallope. UTILISATEURS CIBLES: Gynécologues, obstétriciens, médecins de famille, infirmières autorisées, infirmières praticiennes, résidents et fournisseurs de soins de santé...
June 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525906/copy-number-variations-of-circulating-cell-free-dna-in-urothelial-carcinoma-of-the-bladder-patients-treated-with-radical-cystectomy-a-prospective-study
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Armin Soave, Felix K-H Chun, Timo Hillebrand, Michael Rink, Lars Weisbach, Bettina Steinbach, Margit Fisch, Klaus Pantel, Heidi Schwarzenbach
The aim of the present study was to establish a rapid profiling method using multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) and characterize copy number variations (CNV) in circulating, cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in 85 urothelial carcinoma of the bladder (UCB) patients treated with radical cystectomy (RC). MLPA was tested for the use of cfDNA extracted from serum and plasma by various commercial extraction kits. Eighteen probes served as reference to control denaturation, ligation and amplification efficiency...
May 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524078/measuring-dynamic-signals-with-direct-sensor-to-microcontroller-interfaces-applied-to-a-magnetoresistive-sensor
#7
Ernesto Sifuentes, Rafael Gonzalez-Landaeta, Juan Cota-Ruiz, Ferran Reverter
This paper evaluates the performance of direct interface circuits (DIC), where the sensor is directly connected to a microcontroller, when a resistive sensor subjected to dynamic changes is measured. The theoretical analysis provides guidelines for the selection of the components taking into account both the desired resolution and the bandwidth of the input signal. Such an analysis reveals that there is a trade-off between the sampling frequency and the resolution of the measurement, and this depends on the selected value of the capacitor that forms the RC circuit together with the sensor resistance...
May 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518000/comparison-of-simulated-microgravity-and-hydrostatic-pressure-for-chondrogenesis-of-hasc
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Liliana F Mellor, Andrew J Steward, Rachel C Nordberg, Michael A Taylor, Elizabeth G Loboa
BACKGROUND: Cartilage tissue engineering is a growing field due to the lack of regenerative capacity of native tissue. The use of bioreactors for cartilage tissue engineering is common, but the results are controversial. Some studies suggest that microgravity bioreactors are ideal for chondrogenesis, while others show that mimicking hydrostatic pressure is crucial for cartilage formation. A parallel study comparing the effects of loading and unloading on chondrogenesis has not been performed...
April 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513514/efficacy-of-polishing-kits-on-the-surface-roughness-and-color-stability-of-different-composite-resins
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H Kocaagaoglu, T Aslan, A Gürbulak, H Albayrak, Z Taşdemir, H Gumus
OBJECTIVE: Different polishing kits may have different effects on the composite resin surfaces. The aim of this study was to evaluate the surface roughness and color stability of four different composites which was applied different polishing technique. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty specimens were made for each composite resin group (nanohybrid, GrandioSo-GS; nanohybrid, Clearfil Majesty Esthetic-CME; hybrid, Valux Plus-VP; micro-hybrid, Ruby Comp-RC; [15 mm in diameter and 2 mm height]), with the different monomer composition and particle size from a total of 120 specimens...
May 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513297/former-food-products-safety-microbiological-quality-and-computer-vision-evaluation-of-packaging-remnants-contamination
#10
M Tretola, A R Di Rosa, E Tirloni, M Ottoboni, C Giromini, F Leone, C E M Bernardi, V Dell'Orto, V Chiofalo, L Pinotti
The use of alternative feed ingredients in farm animal's diets can be an interesting choice from several standpoints, including safety. In this respect, the aim of this study was to investigate the safety features of selected Former Food Products (FFPs) intended for animal nutrition produced in the framework of IZS PLV 06/14 RC project by a FFP processing plant. Six FFP samples, both mash and pelleted, were analysed for the enumeration of Total Viable Count (TVC) (ISO 4833), Enterobacteriaceae (ISO 21528-1), Escherichia coli (ISO 16649-1), coagulase-positive Staphylococci (CPS) (ISO 6888), presumptive B...
May 17, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513071/juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-in-multiplex-families-longitudinal-follow-up
#11
Munira Al Marri, Alya Qari, Sulaiman M Al-Mayouf
OBJECTIVE: To describe the physical, social, educational and employment status and clinical outcomes of patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) from multiplex families. METHODS: All familial JIA patients were treated and had regular follow-up between 1990 and 2015 at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH-RC), Riyadh, were included. Demographic data, disease duration, active arthritis and articular and extra-articular damage at last follow-up visit were reviewed...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512205/phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate-mediated-stabilization-of-leukemia-inhibitory-factor-lif-mrna-involvement-of-nucleolin-and-pcbp1
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Alina Chakraborty, Srimoyee Mukherjee, Sucharita Saha, Soumasree De, Sumita Sengupta Bandyopadhyay
LIF is a potent pleiotropic cytokine involved in diverse biological activities, thereby requiring precise spatial and temporal control of its expression. The present study reveals that enhanced expression of Leukemia Inhibitory Factor in response to PMA (phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate) in human histiocytic lymphoma cell-line U937 largely happens through stabilization of its mRNA. Functional characterization of the long 3'-untranslated region (3'-UTR) of human lif -mRNA revealed several conserved sequences with conventional cis -acting elements...
May 16, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511884/the-impact-of-quality-variations-on-patients-undergoing-surgery-for-renal-cell-carcinoma-a-national-cancer-database-study
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Keith A Lawson, Olli Saarela, Robert Abouassaly, Simon P Kim, Rodney H Breau, Antonio Finelli
BACKGROUND: Despite efforts to define metrics assessing hospital-level quality for renal cell carcinoma (RCC) surgical care there remains a paucity of real-world data validating their ability to benchmark performance. Consequently, whether poor performance on hospital-level quality indicators is associated with inferior patient outcomes remains unknown. OBJECTIVES: To determine hospital-level variations in RCC surgical quality after adjusting for differences in patient- and tumor-specific factors...
May 13, 2017: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511166/features-of-the-immunohistochemical-characteristics-of-primary-tumors-and-recurrences-of-breast-cancer-after-radical-treatment
#14
Yurij Y Prystash
INTRODUCTION: Appearance of Recurrence (RC) of breast cancer (BC) is associated with a high risk of distant metastases, needs re-treatment and indicates the tumor aggressiveness. It has been remained unclear the molecular characteristics both of the RC and primary tumors in patients with invasive forms of breast cancer after mastectomy by Madden. THE AIM: To explore the changing of the receptor status of the primary tumor and local RC in patients with breast cancer...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510131/generation-of-radical-form-of-dipyridamole-at-illumination-of-photosynthetic-reaction-centers-of-rb-sphaeroides
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P P Knox, K N Timofeev, V V Gorokhov, N Kh Seifullina, A B Rubin
The study of the effect of vasodilator, antiplatelet agent, and inhibitor P-glycoprotein dipyridamole (DIP) on the functioning of the transmembrane protein of the reaction center (RC) of Rb. sphaeroides showed that the activation of RC by constant light generates the DIP radical cation, which significantly affects the kinetics of recombination of charges divided between photoactive bacteriochlorophyll and quinone acceptors. Thus, the antioxidant properties of DIP may affect the functional activity of membrane proteins, and this apparently should be taken into account in the studies of the mechanisms of therapeutic action of this drug...
March 2017: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506860/characterization-of-late-recurrence-after-radical-cystectomy-in-a-large-multicenter-cohort-of-bladder-cancer-patients
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Francesco Soria, Marco Moschini, Gregory J Wirth, Kilian M Gust, Tobias Klatte, Alberto Briganti, Paolo Gontero, Mohammad Abufaraj, Mehmet Özsoy, Pierre I Karakiewicz, Shahrokh F Shariat
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the characteristics and outcomes of late recurrence (LR) in bladder cancer (BCa) patients treated with radical cystectomy (RC) and to identify clinico-pathologic predictors of LR and post-recurrence survival. METHODS: This multicenter study included 1652 BCa patients. LR was defined as occurring more than 5 years after RC. Differences in post-recurrence overall survival according to the timing of disease recurrence and to the location of recurrence were calculated using the log rank test...
May 12, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506489/enhancement-of-rotator-cuff-tendon-bone-healing-with-fibroblast-growth-factor-2-impregnated-in-gelatin-hydrogel-sheets-in-a-rabbit-model
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Takuya Tokunaga, Tatsuki Karasugi, Hitoshi Arimura, Ryuji Yonemitsu, Hidetoshi Sakamoto, Junji Ide, Hiroshi Mizuta
BACKGROUND: Application of fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF-2) may improve the healing response after rotator cuff (RC) surgical repair. This study aimed to determine whether FGF-2-impregnated gelatin hydrogel sheet (GHS) incorporation into the bony trough on the greater tuberosity facilitates healing after RC surgical repair in rabbits. METHODS: We assigned 120 adult male Japanese white rabbits treated with unilateral surgery for supraspinatus tendon repair into the following groups: suture-only group (suture); suture and GHS with phosphate-buffered saline (carrier); suture and GHS with 3 µg of FGF-2 (F3); and suture and GHS with 30 µg of FGF-2 (F30)...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505240/incidence-of-gonorrhea-and-chlamydia-following-hiv-preexposure-prophylaxis-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men-a-modeling-study
#18
Samuel M Jenness, Kevin M Weiss, Steven M Goodreau, Thomas Gift, Harrell Chesson, Karen W Hoover, Dawn K Smith, Albert Y Liu, Patrick S Sullivan, Eli S Rosenberg
Background: Preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is highly effective for preventing HIV, but risk compensation (RC) in men who have sex with men (MSM) raises concerns about increased sexually transmitted infections (STIs). CDC's PrEP guidelines recommend biannual STI screening, which may reduce incidence by treating STIs that would otherwise remain undiagnosed. We investigated the impact of these two potentially counteracting phenomena. Methods: With a stochastic network-based mathematical model of HIV and rectal/urogenital Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) and Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) transmission dynamics among MSM in the United States, we simulated PrEP uptake following the prescription indications and HIV/STI screening recommendations in the CDC guidelines...
May 13, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499496/relationships-between-quantitative-pulse-echo-ultrasound-parameters-from-the-superficial-zone-of-the-human-articular-cartilage-and-changes-in-surface-roughness-collagen-content-or-collagen-orientation-caused-by-early-degeneration
#19
Wataru Kiyan, Akira Ito, Yasuaki Nakagawa, Shogo Mukai, Koji Mori, Tatsuo Arai, Eiichiro Uchino, Yasushi Okuno, Hiroshi Kuroki
We aimed to quantitatively investigate the relationship between amplitude-based pulse-echo ultrasound parameters and early degeneration of the knee articular cartilage. Twenty samples from six human femoral condyles judged as grade 0 or 1 according to International Cartilage Repair Society grading were assessed using a 15-MHz pulsed-ultrasound 3-D scanning system ex vivo. Surface roughness (Rq), average collagen content (A1) and collagen orientation (A12) in the superficial zone of the cartilage were measured via laser microscopy and Fourier transform infrared imaging spectroscopy...
May 9, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499195/using-the-rubik-s-cube-to-directly-produce-paper-analytical-devices-for-quantitative-point-of-care-aptamer-based-assays
#20
Haiyan Fu, Juanhua Yang, Lin Guo, Jinfang Nie, Qiaobo Yin, Lang Zhang, Yun Zhang
In this article, we describe a facile method named as Rubik's Cube stamping (RCS) for equipment-free fabrication of microfluidic paper-based analytical devices (μPADs). RCS is inspired by the worldwide ubiquitous RC toy and requires no specialized electric equipment other than a classical six-faced RC that is assembled with home-made small iron components. It can pattern various rosin microstructures in paper simply by either using different functional faces of the modified RC or applying its internal pivot mechanism to adjust the components' patterning forms on one functional face...
May 6, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
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