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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728288/-descemet-s-membrane-endothelial-keratoplasty-for-treatment-of-patients-with-corneal-endothelial-decompensation
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T Huang, C Ouyang, J Zhan, L Jiang
Objective: To evaluate the clinical outcomes of Descemet's membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) for treatment of patients with corneal endothelial decompensation in China. Methods: Interventional case series. Ten patients (10 eyes) with the diagnosis of corneal endothelial decompensation received DMEK during July 2016 and September 2016 in Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center. Descemet's membrane of the donor tissue was carefully stripped from the underlying stroma manually and cut with a 7.75- or 8.0-mm-diameter donor punch...
July 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726911/feeding-a-sustainable-chemical-industry-do-we-have-the-bioproducts-cart-before-the-feedstocks-horse
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Bruce E Dale
A sustainable chemical industry cannot exist at scale without both sustainable feedstocks and feedstock supply chains to provide the raw materials. However, most current research focus is on producing the sustainable chemicals and materials. Little attention is given to how and by whom sustainable feedstocks will be supplied. In effect, we have put the bioproducts cart before the sustainable feedstocks horse. For example, bulky, unstable, non-commodity feedstocks such as crop residues probably cannot supply a large-scale sustainable industry...
July 20, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723714/vent-incisions-to-facilitate-peripheral-unfolding-of-the-dmek-graft
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Christopher Liu, Alfonso Vasquez-Perez, Jordan Vassileff Chervenkoff, Venkata Avadhanam
PURPOSE: To present the results of 15 cases in which a modified technique of Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) with vent incisions was used to assist unfolding of tight peripheral inward folds. METHODS: This is a retrospective case series of 15 consecutive eyes that underwent a modified vent incision technique for DMEK. Six oblique, small-size (1 mm) vent incisions parallel to the limbus and 3.5 mm from the center were performed after descemetorhexis...
July 17, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716186/formation-of-protein-surfactant-adsorption-layer-as-studied-by-dilational-surface-rheology
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REVIEW
Boris A Noskov, Michael M Krycki
The review discusses the mechanism of formation of protein/surfactant adsorption layers at the liquid - gas interface. The complexes of globular proteins usually preserve their compact structure a low surfactant concentrations. Therefore a simple kinetic model of the adsorption of charged compact nanoparticles is discussed first and compared with experimental data. The increase of surfactant concentrations results in various conformational transitions in the surface layer. One can obtain information on the changes of the adsorption layer structure using the dilational surface rheology...
July 6, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714778/how-clients-change-emotion-with-emotion-a-programme-of-research-on-emotional-processing
#5
Antonio Pascual-Leone
This paper reviews a body of research that has examined Pascual-Leone and Greenberg's sequential model of emotional processing or used its accompanying measure (the Classification of Affective Meaning States). Research from 24 studies using a plurality of methods examined process-outcome relationships from micro to macro levels of observation and builds support for emotional transformation as a possible causal mechanism of change in psychotherapy. A pooled sample of 310 clinical and 130 sub-clinical cases have been studied, reflecting the process of 7 different treatment approaches in addressing over 5 different presenting clinical problems (including depression, anxiety, relational trauma, and personality disorders)...
July 17, 2017: Psychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708401/cryopreservation-of-proteins-using-ionic-liquids-a-case-study-of-cytochrome-c
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Takahiro Takekiyo, Yuka Ishikawa, Yukihiro Yoshimura
Aqueous ionic liquid (IL) solutions form a glassy state at 77 K over a wide concentration of ILs. They have potential as novel cryopreservation/refolding solvents for proteins. However, even if proteins in glass-forming concentrations of ILs are preserved at 77 K, the recovery of activity and the structure of the proteins after cryopreservation are still unclear. To achieve high recovery of protein activity and structure by removal of ILs after cryopreservation at 77 K, we studied the recovery of activity and structural stability after cryopreservation of bovine heart cytochrome c in aqueous solutions with ILs, including ethylammonium nitrate (EAN) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium thiocyanate ([bmim][SCN]) over wide IL concentrations using UV-Vis, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701700/hdnetdb-a-molecular-interaction-database-for-network-oriented-investigations-into-huntington-s-disease
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Ravi Kiran Reddy Kalathur, José Pedro Pinto, Biswanath Sahoo, Gautam Chaurasia, Matthias E Futschik
Huntington's disease (HD) is a progressive and fatal neurodegenerative disorder caused by an expanded CAG repeat in the huntingtin gene. Although HD is monogenic, its molecular manifestation appears highly complex and involves multiple cellular processes. The recent application of high throughput platforms such as microarrays and mass-spectrometry has indicated multiple pathogenic routes. The massive data generated by these techniques together with the complexity of the pathogenesis, however, pose considerable challenges to researchers...
July 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692355/teaching-clinical-reasoning-to-medical-students
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Lisa Amey, Kenneth J Donald, Andrew Teodorczuk
Clinical reasoning is often not explicitly addressed in the early medical school curriculum. As a result, students observe the process while on clinical placements with little or no understanding of the complex processes underlying it. Clinical reasoning has significant implications for patient safety. Medical errors as a consequence of faulty reasoning contribute to patient morbidity and mortality. Educating medical students at an early stage about the processes of clinical reasoning and strategies to avoid associated errors can have positive impacts upon patient safety...
July 2, 2017: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642368/the-influence-of-disulfide-bonds-on-the-mechanical-stability-of-proteins-is-context-dependent
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Aitor Manteca, Álvaro Alonso-Caballero, Marie Fertin, Simon Poly, David De Sancho, Raul Perez-Jimenez
Disulfide bonds play a crucial role in proteins, modulating their stability and constraining their conformational dynamics. A particularly important case is that of proteins that need to withstand forces arising from their normal biological function and that are often disulfide bonded. However, the influence of disulfides on the overall mechanical stability of proteins is poorly understood. Here, we used single-molecule force spectroscopy (smFS) to study the role of disulfide bonds in different mechanical proteins in terms of their unfolding forces...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637916/model-based-analysis-of-an-outbreak-of-bubonic-plague-in-cairo-in-1801
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Xavier Didelot, Lilith K Whittles, Ian Hall
Bubonic plague has caused three deadly pandemics in human history: from the mid-sixth to mid-eighth century, from the mid-fourteenth to the mid-eighteenth century and from the end of the nineteenth until the mid-twentieth century. Between the second and the third pandemics, plague was causing sporadic outbreaks in only a few countries in the Middle East, including Egypt. Little is known about this historical phase of plague, even though it represents the temporal, geographical and phylogenetic transition between the second and third pandemics...
June 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637678/regulation-of-the-unfolded-protein-response-by-non-coding-rna
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Mari McMahon, Afshin Samali, Eric Chevet
Cells are exposed to various intrinsic and extrinsic stresses in both physiological and pathological conditions. To adapt to those conditions, cells have evolved various mechanisms to cope with the disturbances in protein demand, largely through the Unfolded Protein Response (UPR) in the Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER), but also through the Integrated Stress Response (ISR). Both responses initiate downstream signaling to transcription factors that, in turn, trigger adaptive programs and/or in the case of prolonged stress, cell death mechanisms...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629619/slow-interconversion-in-a-heterogeneous-unfolded-state-ensemble-of-outer-membrane-phospholipase-a
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Georg Krainer, Pablo Gracia, Erik Frotscher, Andreas Hartmann, Philip Gröger, Sandro Keller, Michael Schlierf
Structural and dynamic investigations of unfolded proteins are important for understanding protein-folding mechanisms as well as the interactions of unfolded polypeptide chains with other cell components. In the case of outer-membrane proteins (OMPs), unfolded-state properties are of particular physiological relevance, because these proteins remain unfolded for extended periods of time during their biogenesis and rely on interactions with binding partners to support proper folding. Using a combination of ensemble and single-molecule spectroscopy, we have scrutinized the unfolded state of outer-membrane phospholipase A (OmpLA) to provide a detailed view of its structural dynamics on timescales from nanoseconds to milliseconds...
June 16, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622138/cellular-and-plasma-nitrite-levels-in-myeloid-leukemia-a-pathogenetic-decrease
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Mili Jain, Ashutosh Kumar, Uma Shankar Singh, Rashmi Kushwaha, Abhishek Kumar Singh, Madhu Dikshit, Anil Kumar Tripathi
Nitric oxide (NO) has contributory role in hemopoietic cell growth and differentiation. The effects of NO on leukemic cell growth have been predominantly studied in in vitro settings. This study was done to assess the alterations in nitrite level in myeloid leukemias.Thirty six newly diagnosed cases of myeloid leukemia (16 AML and 20 CML) were enrolled in the study. Neutrophil precursors from the marrow aspirate and peripheral blood were separated into cell bands using Percoll density gradient method of Borregard and Cowland...
June 15, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618518/random-walks-on-activity-driven-networks-with-attractiveness
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Laura Alessandretti, Kaiyuan Sun, Andrea Baronchelli, Nicola Perra
Virtually all real-world networks are dynamical entities. In social networks, the propensity of nodes to engage in social interactions (activity) and their chances to be selected by active nodes (attractiveness) are heterogeneously distributed. Here, we present a time-varying network model where each node and the dynamical formation of ties are characterized by these two features. We study how these properties affect random-walk processes unfolding on the network when the time scales describing the process and the network evolution are comparable...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617828/erad-defects-and-the-hfe-h63d-variant-are-associated-with-increased-risk-of-liver-damages-in-alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency
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Philippe Joly, Hélène Vignaud, Julie Di Martino, Mathias Ruiz, Roman Garin, Lioara Restier, Abdelouahed Belmalih, Christelle Marchal, Christophe Cullin, Benoit Arveiler, Patricia Fergelot, Aaron D Gitler, Alain Lachaux, Julien Couthouis, Marion Bouchecareilh
BACKGROUND: The most common and severe disease causing allele of Alpha 1-Antitrypsin Deficiency (1ATD) is Z-1AT. This protein aggregates in the endoplasmic reticulum, which is the main cause of liver disease in childhood. Based on recent evidences and on the frequency of liver disease occurrence in Z-1AT patients, it seems that liver disease progression is linked to still unknown genetic factors. METHODS: We used an innovative approach combining yeast genetic screens with next generation exome sequencing to identify and functionally characterize the genes involved in 1ATD associated liver disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617612/effect-of-urea-on-g-quadruplex-stability
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Lusine Aslanyan, Jordan Ko, Byul G Kim, Ishkhan Vardanyan, Yeva B Dalyan, Tigran V Chalikian
G-quadruplexes represent a class of noncanonical nucleic acid structures implicated in transcriptional regulation, cellular function, and disease. An understanding of the forces involved in stabilization and destabilization of the G-quadruplex conformation relative to the duplex or single-stranded conformation is a key to elucidating the biological role of G-quadruplex-based genomic switches and the quest for therapeutic means for controlled induction or suppression of a G-quadruplex at selected genomic loci...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608264/the-small-heat-shock-protein-b8-hspb8-efficiently-removes-aggregating-species-of-dipeptides-produced-in-c9orf72-related-neurodegenerative-diseases
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Riccardo Cristofani, Valeria Crippa, Giulia Vezzoli, Paola Rusmini, Mariarita Galbiati, Maria Elena Cicardi, Marco Meroni, Veronica Ferrari, Barbara Tedesco, Margherita Piccolella, Elio Messi, Serena Carra, Angelo Poletti
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) are two neurodegenerative diseases in which similar pathogenic mechanisms are involved. Both diseases associate to the high propensity of specific misfolded proteins, like TDP-43 or FUS, to mislocalize and aggregate. This is partly due to their intrinsic biophysical properties and partly as a consequence of failure of the neuronal protein quality control (PQC) system. Several familial ALS/FTD cases are linked to an expansion of a repeated G4C2 hexanucleotide sequence present in the C9ORF72 gene...
June 12, 2017: Cell Stress & Chaperones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589937/loss-of-parkinson-s-disease-associated-protein-chchd2-affects-mitochondrial-crista-structure-and-destabilizes-cytochrome-c
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Hongrui Meng, Chikara Yamashita, Kahori Shiba-Fukushima, Tsuyoshi Inoshita, Manabu Funayama, Shigeto Sato, Tomohisa Hatta, Tohru Natsume, Masataka Umitsu, Junichi Takagi, Yuzuru Imai, Nobutaka Hattori
Mutations in CHCHD2 have been identified in some Parkinson's disease (PD) cases. To understand the physiological and pathological roles of CHCHD2, we manipulated the expression of CHCHD2 in Drosophila and mammalian cells. The loss of CHCHD2 in Drosophila causes abnormal matrix structures and impaired oxygen respiration in mitochondria, leading to oxidative stress, dopaminergic neuron loss and motor dysfunction with age. These PD-associated phenotypes are rescued by the overexpression of the translation inhibitor 4E-BP and by the introduction of human CHCHD2 but not its PD-associated mutants...
June 7, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586577/pattern-and-profile-of-electric-burn-injury-cases-at-a-burn-centre
#19
Saeed Ashraf Cheema
BACKGROUND: Electrical burns are quite different from thermal and chemical burns. This study is from a centre which deals with job related electric burn injuries alone and thus can give a pure account of the electric burns and discuss the related peculiarities. Study aims to highlight the differences in the mechanism of electric burn injury, its mode of presentation, morbidity, complications and thus the treatment strategies as compared to rest of the burn injuries. METHODS: This is a descriptive case series study of first consecutive 61 electric burn victims treated at a Burn Unit and Plastic Surgery centre...
October 2016: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585802/cu-zn-superoxide-dismutase-forms-amyloid-fibrils-under-near-physiological-quiescent-conditions-the-roles-of-disulfide-bonds-and-effects-of-denaturant
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M Ashhar I Khan, Michal Respondek, Sven Kjellstrom, Shashank Deep, Sara Linse, Mikael Akke
Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD1) forms intracellular aggregates that are pathological indicators of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. A large body of research indicates that the entry point to aggregate formation is a monomeric, metal-ion free (apo), and disulfide-reduced species. Fibril formation by SOD1 in vitro has typically been reported only for harsh solvent conditions or mechanical agitation. Here we show that monomeric apo-SOD1 in the disulfide-reduced state forms fibrillar aggregates under near-physiological quiescent conditions...
June 6, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
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