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Wolfgang Miehsler, Clemens Dejaco, Hans-Peter Gröchenig, Harry Fuchssteiner, Christoph Högenauer, Lili Kazemi-Shirazi, Harald Maier, Andreas Mayer, Alexander Moschen, Walter Reinisch, Wolfgang Petritsch, Reingard Platzer, Pius Steiner, Herbert Tilg, Harald Vogelsang, Heimo Wenzl, Gottfried Novacek
Anti-TNFα-antibodies have revolutionized the therapy of inflammatory bowel diseases and other immune-mediated inflammatory diseases. Due to the increasing application of these substances, the Working Group of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases of the Austrian Association of Gastroenterology and Hepatology intended to update their consensus report on the safe use of Infliximab (published in 2010) and to enlarge its scope to cover all anti-TNFα-antibodies. The present consensus report summarizes the current evidence on the safe use of anti-TNFα-antibodies and covers the following topics: general risk of infection, bacterial infections (i...
March 2018: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
Sang-Hyun Park, Zhen Lu, Robert S Hastings, Patricia A Campbell, Edward Ebramzadeh
BACKGROUND: In 2010, a widely used metal-on-metal hip implant design was voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer because of higher than anticipated failure rates at 5 years. Although there was a large published range of revision rates, numerous studies had reported a higher risk of revision for excessive wear and associated adverse tissue reactions when compared with other metal-on-metal total hips. The reasons for this were suggested by some to be related to cup design features. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: From retrievals of ASR metal-on-metal implants and tissue samples obtained at revision surgery, we asked the following questions: (1) What were the common and uncommon surface features? (2) What were the common and uncommon linear and volumetric wear characteristics? (3) Were there common taper corrosion characteristics? (4) What aseptic lymphocytic vasculitis-associated lesion (ALVAL) features were present in the tissues? METHODS: Five hundred fifty-five ASRs, including 23 resurfacings, were studied at one academic research center...
February 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Gulraj S Matharu, Andrew Judge, David W Murray, Hemant G Pandit
BACKGROUND: Metal-on-metal hip replacement (MoMHR) revision surgery for adverse reactions to metal debris (ARMD) has been associated with an increased risk of early complications and reoperation and inferior patient-reported outcome scores compared with non-ARMD revisions. As a result, early revision specifically for ARMD with adoption of a lower surgical threshold has been widely recommended with the goal of improving the subsequent prognosis after ARMD revisions. However, no large cohorts have compared the risk of complications and reoperation after MoMHR revision surgery for ARMD (an unanticipated revision indication) with those after non-ARMD revisions (which represent conventional modes of arthroplasty revision)...
February 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Brett K J Kilb, Andrew P Kurmis, Michael Parry, Karen Sherwood, Paul Keown, Bassam A Masri, Clive P Duncan, Donald S Garbuz
BACKGROUND: Once touted as the future of hip arthroplasty, metal-on-metal (MoM) bearing surfaces have fallen sharply from favor with the emergence of a strong body of evidence demonstrating unacceptably high premature implant failure rates. The previously unpredictable development of adverse local tissue reactions (ALTRs) has been a substantive contributor to this. Although the underlying pathophysiology of these so-called "pseudotumors" is now well understood, the fundamental predisposing patient risk factors have remained elusive...
February 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Ning Wang, Yanan Zhu, Min Xie, Lintao Wang, Feiyan Jin, Yihui Li, Qingxin Yuan, Wei De
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The main pathogenic mechanism of diabetes is a decrease in the number of islet beta cells or a decline in their function. Recent studies have shown that pancreatic long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have a high degree of tissue specificity and may be involved in the maintenance of islet cells function and the development of diabetes. The aim of this study was to investigate the molecular regulatory mechanism of mouse maternal expressed gene 3 (Meg3) in insulin biosynthesis in pancreatic islets...
March 6, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Sara C Atehortúa, Luz H Lugo, Mateo Ceballos, Esteban Orozco, Paula A Castro, Juan C Arango, Heidi E Mateus
OBJECTIVES: To determine the cost-effectiveness ratio of different courses of action for the diagnosis of Duchenne or Becker muscular dystrophy in Colombia. METHODS: The cost-effectiveness analysis was performed from the Colombian health system perspective. Decision trees were constructed, and different courses of action were compared considering the following tests: immunohistochemistry (IHC), Western blot (WB), multiplex polymerase chain reaction, multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA), and the complete sequencing of the dystrophin gene...
March 9, 2018: Value in Health Regional Issues
Olga Francisco, Ifeoluwa Idowu, Kelsey L Friesen, Matthew McDougall, Sara Seoin Choi, Patrique Bolluch, Oluwadamilola Daramola, Wesley Johnson, Vince Palace, Jörg Stetefeld, Gregg T Tomy
The efficacy of a lightly cross-linked polymeric bead to absorb polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from the surface of fresh- and salt-water in a simulated oil-spill scenario was assessed in this study. A layer of PAHs at the water surface was created by first preparing the PAHs in hexane and then carefully spiking this mixture onto the surface of water. Beads were then applied to the surface of the organic phase and the amount of hydrocarbons absorbed by the beads was examined at prescribed time intervals and at different temperatures...
March 5, 2018: Chemosphere
Thai Ha Tran, Jérôme Labanowski, Hervé Gallard
The manganese oxide birnessite adsorbed and catalyzed the transformation of the anthelminthic drug niclosamide (NIS) into 2-chloro-4-nitroaniline (CNA) and 5-chlorosalicylic acid (CSA) at acidic pH. The adsorption of NIS was fitted using a linear isotherm for all conditions and reaction times. Linear adsorption constant Kd was 103 000 L kg-1 at pH 5.0. The rate of transformation was first order with respect to both MnO2 and NIS. At pH 5.0, the second order rate constant was 3.3 (±0.3) × 10-1  M-1  s-1 ...
March 6, 2018: Chemosphere
Heiliane de Brito Fontana, Caroline Ruschel, Elisa Dell'Antonio, Alessandro Haupenthal, Gustavo Soares Pereira, Helio Roesler
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to analyze the effect of cadence, immersion level as well as body density on the vertical component (Fymax ) of ground reaction force (GRF) during stationary running (SR). METHODS: In a controlled, laboratory study, thirty-two subjects ran at a wide range of cadences (85-210 steps/min) in water, immersed to the hip and to the chest, and on dry land. Fymax. was verified by a waterproof force measurement system and predicted based on a statistical model including cadence, immersion ratio and body density...
March 9, 2018: Human Movement Science
Antonio N da Silva, Antonio B S Neto, Alcemira C Oliveira, Manoel C Junior, Jose A L Junior, Paulo T C Freire, Josué M Filho, Alcineia C Oliveira, Rossano Lang
High temperature and pressure effects on the physicochemical properties of binary oxides catalysts were investigated. The nanocomposites catalysts comprising of CeAl, CeMn and NiAl were characterized through various physicochemical techniques. A study of the temperature and pressure induced phenomena monitored by Raman spectroscopy was proposed and discussed. Spectral modifications of the Raman modes belonging to the CeMn suggest structural changes in the solid due to the MnO2 phase oxidation with increasing temperature...
February 26, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Smriti Srivastava, Devla Bimal, Kapil Bohra, Balram Singh, Prija Ponnan, Ruchi Jain, Mandira Varma-Basil, Jyotirmoy Maity, M Thirumal, Ashok K Prasad
A series of β-d-ribofuranosyl coumarinyl-1,2,3-triazoles have been synthesized by Cu-catalyzed cycloaddition reaction between azidosugar and 7-O-/7-alkynylated coumarins in 62-70% overall yields. The in vitro antimycobacterial activity evaluation of the synthesized triazolo-conjugates against Mycobacterium tuberculosis revealed that compounds were bactericidal in nature and some of them were found to be more active than one of the first line antimycobacterial drug ethambutol against sensitive reference strain H37Rv, and 7 to 420 times more active than all four first line antimycobacterial drugs (isoniazid, rifampicin, ethambutol and streptomycin) against multidrug resistant clinical isolate 591...
February 27, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Jana Wiemann, Lucie Heller, René Csuk
The promising combination of natural product leads and their derivatization by isocyanide-based multicomponent reactions (IMCRs) has gained interest in accessing diversity-oriented libraries with auspicious pharmacological potential. Therefore, a set of 34 Ugi and 3 Passerini products was successfully synthesized starting from naturally occurring triterpenoids, i.e. oleanolic acid (OA) and maslinic acid (MA), followed by a biological evaluation of the novel α-acylamino carboxamides and the α-acyloxy carboxamides in colorimetric SRB assays to determine their cytotoxic potential...
February 21, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Clarence T Sasaki, Sotirios G Doukas, Dimitra P Vageli
PURPOSE: Bile-containing gastroesophageal reflux may promote cancer at extraesophageal sites. Acidic bile can accelerate NF-κB activation and molecular events, linked to premalignant changes in murine hypopharyngeal mucosa (HM). We hypothesize that short-term in vivo topical application of NF-κB inhibitor BAY 11-7082 can prevent acidic bile-induced early preneoplastic molecular events, suggesting its potential role in disease prevention. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We topically exposed HM (C57Bl/6j wild-type) to a mixture of bile acids at pH 3...
March 9, 2018: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
Nicola Salvarese, Barbara Spolaore, Selena Marangoni, Anna Pasin, Alessandro Galenda, Sergio Tamburini, Gianfranco Cicoria, Fiorenzo Refosco, Cristina Bolzati
An assessment study involving the use of the transglutaminase (TGase) conjugation method and the nitride-technetium-99m labelling on a bis(thiosemicarbazone) (BTS) bifunctional chelating agent is presented. The previously described chelator diacetyl-2-(N4 -methyl-3-thiosemicarbazone)-3-(N4 -amino-3-thiosemicarbazone), H2 ATSM/A, has been functionalized with 6-aminohexanoic acid (ε-Ahx) to generate the bifunctional chelating agent diacetyl-2-(N4 -methyl-3-thiosemicarbazone)-3-[N4 -(amino)-(6-aminohexanoic acid)-3-thiosemicarbazone], H2 ATSM/A-ε-Ahx (1), suitable for conjugation to glutamine (Gln) residues of bioactive molecules via TGase...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Divya P Narayanan, Sudha Kochiyil Cherikallinmel, Sugunan Sankaran, Binitha N Narayanan
A one pot synthesis of carbon dot incorporated porous coconut shell char derived sulphonated catalyst is reported here for the first time and is effectively used in the multicomponent synthesis of amidoalkyl naphthol. Macroporous nature of the char is revealed from scanning electron microscopic (SEM) analysis, whereas the dispersion of carbon dots (CDs) on the porous coconut shell char is confirmed from the high resolution transmission electron microscopic (HRTEM) analysis. Fluorescence emission spectrum further confirmed the presence of CDs in the catalyst...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Betul Sen, Aysun Şavk, Fatih Sen
Dimethylamine borane (DMAB) has been considered as one of the important hydrogen sources with a simple process by the help of the efficient catalyst. For this purpose, herein, platinum nanoparticles (Pt NPs), placed inside carbon black hybrid (Pt NPs@CBH), activated carbon (Pt NPs@AC) and Vulcan carbon (Pt NPs@VC), have been prepared as highly monodisperse catalysts for dehydrogenation reactions of DMAB at room temperature. The morphological and physical structure of the monodisperse catalysts have been identified by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) etc...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Iker Riaño, Uxue Uria, Efraim Reyes, Luisa Carrillo, Jose L Vicario
A diastereodivergent approach to highly substituted bicyclo[3.1.0]hexanes has been developed through a transannular alkylation reaction that builds up the bicyclic core employing asymmetric organocatalysis as the tool for the installation of all stereocenters. On one hand, a Michael/Michael cascade process between enals and 4-alkenyl sulfamidate imines under the iminium/enamine activation manifold provides a oxathiazole-2,2-dioxide-fused cyclohexane adduct that, after isolation, is subsequently engaged in a transannular alkylation/hydrolysis through enamine activation by the use of a primary amine...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Lv Lin, Dace Zha, Yunjun Ruan, Zhishan Li, Xiang Ao, Jie Zheng, Jianjun Jiang, Hao Ming Chen, Wei-Hung Chiang, Jun Chen, Chundong Wang
Oxygen is the most abundant element in the Earth's crust. The oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is also the most important reaction in life processes and energy converting/storage systems. Developing techniques toward high-efficiency ORR remains highly desired and a challenge. Here, we report an N-doped carbon encapsulated CeO2/Co interfacial hollow structures (CeO2-Co-NC) via a generalized strategy for largely increased oxygen species adsorption and improved ORR activities. Firstly, the metallic Co nanoparticles not only provide high conductivity but also serve as electron donors to largely create oxygen vacancies in CeO2...
March 12, 2018: ACS Nano
Joseph Michael Dennis, Nicholas A White, Richard Y Liu, Stephen L Buchwald
Due to the low intrinsic acidity of amines, palladium-catalyzed C-N cross-coupling has been plagued continuously by the necessity to employ strong, inorganic, and/or insoluble bases. To surmount the many practical obstacles associated with these reagents, we utilized a commercially available, dialkyl triarylmonophosphine-supported palladium catalyst that facilitates a broad range of C-N coupling reactions in the presence of weak, soluble bases. The mild and general reaction conditions show extraordinary tolerance for even highly base-sensitive functional groups...
March 12, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Michael Lucas, Aaron M Thomas, Ralf I Kaiser, Eugene K Bashkirov, Valeriy N Azyazov, Alexander Moiseevich Mebel
We explored the elementary reaction of atomic carbon (C;3 Pj ) with pyridine (C5 H5 N; X1 A1 ) at a collision energy of 34 ± 4 kJ mol-1 utilizing the crossed molecular beams technique. Forward-convolution fitting of the data was combined with high-level electronic structure calculations and statistical (RRKM) calculations on the triplet C6 H5 N potential energy surface (PES). These investigations reveal that the reaction dynamics are indirect and dominated by large range reactive impact parameters leading via barrier-less addition to the nitrogen atom and to two chemically non-equivalent 'aromatic' carbon-carbon bonds forming three distinct collision complexes...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
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