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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786939/an-update-on-enzymatic-cocktails-for-lignocellulose-breakdown
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Andreza de Mello Lopes, Edivaldo Ximenes Ferreira Filho, Leonora Rios de Souza Moreira
Alternative energy sources have received increasing attention in recent years. The possibility of adding value to agricultural wastes, by producing biofuels and other products with economic value from lignocellulosic biomass by enzymatic hydrolysis, has been widely explored. Lignocellulosic biomass, as well as being an abundant residue, is a complex recalcitrant structure that requires a consortium of enzymes for its complete degradation. Pools of enzymes with different specificities acting together usually produce an increase in hydrolysis yield...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786923/biodiversity-of-the-human-oral-mycobiome-in-health-and-disease
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H M H N Bandara, C P Panduwawala, L P Samaranayake
The organisms that colonize the human body over a lifetime are diverse, extensive and gargantuan. A fair proportion of the microbiota that constitutes this human microbiome live within our oral cavities mostly as harmonious associates causing only sporadic disease. An important core constituent of the microbiome is the mycobiome, representing various fungal genera. Up until recently, only a few species of fungi, mainly Candida species, were thought to constitute the human oral mycobiome. The reasons for this are manifold, although the uncultivable nature of many fungi in conventional laboratory media, and their complex genetic composition seem to be the major factors which eluded their detection over the years...
May 22, 2018: Oral Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786902/engineered-metalloenzymes-with-non-canonical-coordination-environments
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Takahiro Hayashi, Donald Hilvert, Anthony P Green
Nature employs a limited number of genetically encoded, metal coordinating residues to create metalloenzymes with diverse structures and functions. Engineered components of the cellular translation machinery can now be exploited to genetically encode non-canonical ligands with user-defined electronic and structural properties. This ability to efficiently install 'chemically programmed' ligands into proteins can provide powerful chemical probes of metalloenzyme mechanisms and presents excellent opportunities to create metalloprotein catalysts with augmented properties and novel activities...
May 22, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786894/the-prognostic-role-of-phase-angle-in-advanced-cancer-patients-a-systematic-review
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Mayane Marinho Esteves Pereira, Mariana Dos Santos Campello Queiroz, Nathália Masiero Cavalcanti de Albuquerque, Juliana Rodrigues, Emanuelly Varea Maria Wiegert, Larissa Calixto-Lima, Livia Costa de Oliveira
Phase angle (PA) is a ratio between the reactance and resistance obtained by bioelectric impedance analysis and has been interpreted as a cell membrane integrity indicator and a predictor of total body cell mass. A low PA may suggest deterioration of the cell membrane, which in advanced cancer patients may result in a reduced overall survival (OS). This systematic review sought to investigate the current evidence regarding whether there is an association between PA and OS in patients with advanced cancer (ie, metastatic disease)...
May 22, 2018: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786886/predictors-of-treatment-completion-for-families-referred-to-trauma-focused-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-after-child-abuse
#5
Marianne Celano, Amanda NeMoyer, Anna Stagg, Nikia Scott
Despite advances in the dissemination of evidence-based therapy for abuse-related traumatic stress, many referred children fail to complete treatment. Using archival data from a sample of children participating in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) at a hospital-based child advocacy center, analyses explored the impact of baseline child traumatic stress symptoms, a second (nonprimary) caregiver's treatment attendance, and the number of assessment sessions on treatment completion while controlling for demographic variables...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Traumatic Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786836/initiating-life-long-aerobic-exercise-4-5-days-week-before-or-near-age-50-years-is-this-the-holy-grail-of-preventing-age-related-central-artery-stiffness
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Gary L Pierce
Stiffening of the large elastic central arteries, including the aorta and carotid arteries, occurs with advancing age in sedentary adults and predicts cardiovascular disease (CVD) events independent of blood pressure and other risk factors. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
May 22, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786805/-classification-of-seizures-and-epilepsies
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Johan Zelano, Tommy Stödberg, Torbjörn Tomson
In 2017 the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) published position papers outlining new classifications of seizures and epilepsies. The aims of the new documents are to encompass advances in the field, provide a conceptual framework for future developments, and facilitate communication. In practice, the terminology is somewhat revised. For seizures the terms "partial" and "simple/complex" are replaced by "focal" and "aware/impaired awareness". The classification of a patient's epilepsy is based on seizures types (e...
May 21, 2018: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786793/a-method-for-prostate-and-breast-cancer-cell-spheroid-cultures-using-gelatin-methacryloyl-based-hydrogels
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Christoph Meinert, Christina Theodoropoulos, Travis J Klein, Dietmar W Hutmacher, Daniela Loessner
Modern tissue engineering technologies have delivered tools to recreate a cell's naturally occurring niche in vitro and to investigate normal and pathological cell-cell and cell-niche interactions. Hydrogel biomaterials mimic crucial properties of native extracellular matrices, including mechanical support, cell adhesion sites and proteolytic degradability. As such, they are applied as 3D cell culture platforms to replicate tissue-like architectures observed in vivo, allowing physiologically relevant cell behaviors...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786792/protocols-for-the-study-of-taxanes-chemosensitivity-in-prostate-cancer
#9
M Luz Flores, Carmen Sáez
Prostate cancer is major cause of cancer-related death among men in Western countries. Locally advanced prostate cancers are treated with castration therapy, which is initially effective, but after months the disease progresses to a hormone-refractory state whose treatment is chemotherapy based on taxanes. Although taxanes improve the survival of patients with castration-resistant prostate cancers, these patients often develop chemotherapy resistance, and new therapeutic strategies are necessary. Taxanes exert their action through interaction with β-tubulin which triggers cell cycle arrest in mitosis and the subsequent induction of the intrinsic apoptotic pathway...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786788/transplantable-animal-studies-and-whole-body-optical-imaging-in-prostate-carcinoma
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Geertje van der Horst, Maaike van der Mark, Henry Cheung, Gabri van der Pluijm
Current treatments of advanced prostate cancer only marginally increase overall survival and can be regarded as predominantly palliative. Hence, there is an urgent need for novel therapeutic strategies for the treatment of primary tumors and, more importantly perhaps, for the prevention of tumor progression and metastasis formation. Clinically relevant preclinical models are therefore urgently needed. An ideal, clinically relevant preclinical model would mimic the genetic and phenotypic changes that occur at the different stages of human prostate cancer progression and subsequent metastasis...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786784/generation-of-prostate-cancer-patient-derived-xenografts-to-investigate-mechanisms-of-novel-treatments-and-treatment-resistance
#11
Hung-Ming Lam, Holly M Nguyen, Eva Corey
Treatment advances lead to survival benefits of patients with advanced prostate cancer. These treatments are highly efficacious in a subset of patients; however, similarly to other cancers, after initial responses the tumors develop resistance (acquired resistance) and the patients succumb to the disease. Furthermore, there is a subset of patients who do not respond to the treatment at all (de novo resistance). Preclinical testing using patient-derived xenografts (PDXs) has led to successful drug development, and PDXs will continue to provide valuable resources to generate clinically relevant data with translational potential...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786782/preclinical-impact-of-high-dose-intermittent-antiangiogenic-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-pazopanib-in-intrinsically-resistant-tumor-models
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Elaine Reguera-Nuñez, Shan Man, Ping Xu, Robert S Kerbel
Antiangiogenic tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) target vascular endothelial growth factor receptors and other receptor tyrosine kinases. As a result of toxicity, the clinical failures or the modest benefits associated with antiangiogenic TKI therapy may be related in some cases to suboptimal drug dosing and scheduling, thereby facilitating resistance. Most antiangiogenic TKIs, including pazopanib, are administered on a continuous daily basis. Here, instead, we evaluated the impact of increasing the dose and administering the drug intermittently...
May 21, 2018: Angiogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786776/a-framework-for-image-based-modeling-of-acute-myocardial-ischemia-using-intramurally-recorded-extracellular-potentials
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Brett M Burton, Kedar K Aras, Wilson W Good, Jess D Tate, Brian Zenger, Rob S MacLeod
The biophysical basis for electrocardiographic evaluation of myocardial ischemia stems from the notion that ischemic tissues develop, with relative uniformity, along the endocardial aspects of the heart. These injured regions of subendocardial tissue give rise to intramural currents that lead to ST segment deflections within electrocardiogram (ECG) recordings. The concept of subendocardial ischemic regions is often used in clinical practice, providing a simple and intuitive description of ischemic injury; however, such a model grossly oversimplifies the presentation of ischemic disease-inadvertently leading to errors in ECG-based diagnoses...
May 21, 2018: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786773/survival-analysis-according-to-period-and-analysis-of-the-factors-influencing-changes-in-survival-in-patients-with-recurrent-breast-cancer-a-large-scale-single-center-study
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Sae Byul Lee, Guiyun Sohn, Jisun Kim, Il Yong Chung, Jong Won Lee, Hee Jeong Kim, Beom Seok Ko, Byung Ho Son, Sei-Hyun Ahn
BACKGROUND: We performed this study to analyze changing survival patterns regarding recurrent breast cancer in Korea during the last 16 years (1993-2008). We also sought to determine factors possibly influencing outcomes and changes over time in the duration of survival after recurrence. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 9671 patients with breast cancer treated between January 1993 and December 2008, comparing the periods 1993-2002 and 2003-2008.We retrospectively reviewed the collected database including the age at diagnosis, clinical manifestations, pathology report, surgical methods, types of adjuvant treatment modalities, type of recurrence, and follow-up period...
May 21, 2018: Breast Cancer: the Journal of the Japanese Breast Cancer Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786754/regulation-of-interferon-signaling-and-hcv%C3%A2-rna-replication-by-extracellular-matrix
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Takuya Kuwashiro, Shinji Iwane, Xia Jinghe, Sachiko Matsuhashi, Yuichiro Eguchi, Keizo Anzai, Kazuma Fujimoto, Toshihiko Mizuta, Naoya Sakamoto, Masanori Ikeda, Nobuyuki Kato, Iwata Ozaki
Although interferon (IFN)‑based treatment of patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is widely applied, treatment resistance is often observed in patients with advanced liver fibrosis. Given that the molecular mechanisms of IFN resistance in liver fibrosis remain elusive, the present study investigated the effects of extracellular matrix (ECM) on IFN signaling in hepatic cells. The native HuH‑7 human hepatoma cell line and HuH‑7 cells were stably transfected with full‑length HCV‑RNA fused with Renilla luciferase (OR6 cells) were cultured on ECM‑coated dishes or non‑coated plastic dishes (NDs), and treated with human IFN‑α...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786727/rational-design-of-multi-functional-gold-nanoparticles-with-controlled-biomolecule-adsorption-a-multi-method-approach-for-in-depth-characterization
#16
Isaac Ojea-Jiménez, Robin Capomaccio, Inês Osório, Dora Mehn, Giacomo Ceccone, Rohanah Hussain, Giuliano Siligardi, Pascal Colpo, François Rossi, Douglas Gilliland, Luigi Calzolai
Multi-functionalized nanoparticles are of great interest in biotechnology and biomedicine, especially for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. However, at the moment the characterization of complex, multi-functional nanoparticles is still challenging and this hampers the development of advanced nanomaterials for biological applications. In this work, we have designed a model system consisting of gold nanoparticles functionalized with two differentially-terminated poly(ethylene oxide) ligands, providing both "stealth" properties and protein-binding capabilities to the nanoparticles...
May 22, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786699/the-draft-genome-sequence-of-cork-oak
#17
António Marcos Ramos, Ana Usié, Pedro Barbosa, Pedro M Barros, Tiago Capote, Inês Chaves, Fernanda Simões, Isabl Abreu, Isabel Carrasquinho, Carlos Faro, Joana B Guimarães, Diogo Mendonça, Filomena Nóbrega, Leandra Rodrigues, Nelson J M Saibo, Maria Carolina Varela, Conceição Egas, José Matos, Célia M Miguel, M Margarida Oliveira, Cândido P Ricardo, Sónia Gonçalves
Cork oak (Quercus suber) is native to southwest Europe and northwest Africa where it plays a crucial environmental and economical role. To tackle the cork oak production and industrial challenges, advanced research is imperative but dependent on the availability of a sequenced genome. To address this, we produced the first draft version of the cork oak genome. We followed a de novo assembly strategy based on high-throughput sequence data, which generated a draft genome comprising 23,347 scaffolds and 953.3 Mb in size...
May 22, 2018: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786664/enable-2017-the-first-european-phd-and-post-doc-symposium-session-3-in-vitro-to-in-vivo-modeling-life-in-3d
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Gianmarco Di Mauro, Ambra Dondi, Giovanni Giangreco, Alexander Hogrebe, Elja Louer, Elisa Magistrati, Meeli Mullari, Gemma Turon, Wouter Verdurmen, Helena Xicoy Cortada, Sanja Zivanovic
The EUROPEAN ACADEMY FOR BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE (ENABLE) is an initiative funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 program involving four renowned European research institutes (Institute for Research in Biomedicine-IRB Barcelona, Spain; Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences-RIMLS, the Netherlands; Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research-NNF CPR, Denmark; European School of Molecular Medicine-SEMM, Italy) and an innovative science communication agency (Scienseed). With the aim to promote biomedical science of excellence in Europe, ENABLE organizes an annual three-day international event...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Personalized Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786636/standard-reference-materials-for-cement-paste-part-ii-determination-of-mixing-ratios
#19
Dong Kyu Lee, Myoung Sung Choi
A variety of special concrete structures have been designed for domestic and overseas construction markets that require highly advanced construction technology. Therefore, it is necessary to secure quantitative construction technology and develop a standard reference material (hereinafter: SRM) with consistent flow performance and quality in order to evaluate the quantitative performance of flowability. On the other hand, the flowability of concrete is influenced greatly by the flowability of the cement paste...
May 22, 2018: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786609/comparison-of-trapped-charges-and-hysteresis-behavior-in-hbn-encapsulated-single-mos-sub-2-sub-flake-based-field-effect-transistors-on-sio-sub-2-sub-and-hbn-substrates
#20
Changhee Lee, Servin Rathi, Muhammad Atif Khan, Dongsuk Lim, Yunseob Kim, Sun Jin Yun, Doo-Hyeb Youn, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Gil-Ho Kim
Molybdenum disulfide (MoS<sub>2</sub>) based field effect transistors (FETs) are of considerable interest in electronic and opto-electronic applications but often have large hysteresis and threshold voltage instabilities. In this study, by using advanced transfer techniques, hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) encapsulated FETs based on a single, homogeneous and atomic-thin MoS<sub>2</sub> flake are fabricated on hBN and SiO<sub>2</sub> substrates...
May 22, 2018: Nanotechnology
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