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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108838/clinical-impact-of-preoperative-brain-mr-angiography-and-mr-imaging-in-candidates-for-liver-transplantation-a-propensity-score-matching-study-in-a-single-institution
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Mi Sun Chung, Ho Sung Kim, Young-Suk Lim, Sang-Beom Jeon, Seon-Ok Kim, Hwa Jung Kim, Shin Hwang, Seung Chai Jung, Choong Gon Choi, Sang Joon Kim
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the prevalence of cerebrovascular stenosis and white matter lesions on preoperative magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in liver transplantation candidates. METHODS: This retrospective study included 1,460 consecutive patients with liver cirrhosis (LC) who underwent MRA with/without brain MRI for pretransplantation evaluation. These patients were matched with 5,331 controls using propensity scores, and the prevalences of significant cerebrovascular stenosis and white matter lesions were compared...
January 20, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108625/combined-parthenolide-and-balsalazide-have-enhanced-antitumor-efficacy-through-blockade-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation
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Se-Lim Kim, Seong Hun Kim, Young Ran Park, Yu-Chuan Liu, Eun-Mi Kim, Hwan-Jeong Jeong, Yo Na Kim, Seung Young Seo, In Hee Kim, Seung Ok Lee, Soo Teik Lee, Sang-Wook Kim
: Balsalazide is a colon-specific prodrug of 5-aminosalicylate that is associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer in patients with ulcerative colitis. Parthenolide, a strong NF-κB inhibitor, has recently been demonstrated to be a promising therapeutic agent, promoting apoptosis of cancer cells. In the current study, the antitumor effect of balsalazide combined with parthenolide in human colorectal cancer cells and colitis-associated colon cancers (CAC) was investigated. The results demonstrate that the combination of balsalazide and parthenolide markedly suppress proliferation, nuclear translocation of NF-κB, IκB-α phosphorylation, NF-κB DNA binding, and expression of NF-κB targets...
November 14, 2016: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108620/adults-miscoded-and-misdiagnosed-as-having-pneumonia-results-from-the-british-thoracic-society-pneumonia-audit
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Priya Daniel, Thomas Bewick, Sally Welham, Tricia M Mckeever, Wei Shen Lim
A key objective of the British Thoracic Society national community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) audit was to determine the clinical characteristics and outcomes of hospitalised adults given a primary discharge code of pneumonia but who did not fulfil accepted diagnostic criteria for pneumonia. Adults miscoded as having pneumonia (n=1251) were older compared with adults with CAP (n=6660) (median 80 vs 78 years, p<0.001) and had more comorbid disease, significantly fewer respiratory symptoms (fever, cough, dyspnoea, pleuritic pain), more constitutional symptoms (general deterioration, falls) and significantly lower 30-day inpatient mortality (14...
January 20, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108547/characterising-the-difference-in-electrophysiological-substrate-and-outcomes-between-heart-failure-and-non-heart-failure-patients-with-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
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Shouvik K Haldar, David G Jones, Habib Khan, Sandeep Panikker, Julian W E Jarman, Charlie Butcher, Eric Lim, Gareth Wynn, Dhiraj Gupta, Wajid Hussain, Vias Markides, Tom Wong
AIMS: Characterizing the differences in substrate and clinical outcome between heart failure (HF) and non-heart failure (non-HF) patients undergoing persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using complex fractionated electrograms (CFE) as a surrogate marker of substrate complexity, we compared the bi-atrial substrate in patients with persistent AF with and without HF, at baseline and after ablation, to determine its impact on clinical outcome...
January 20, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108315/essential-role-of-notch4-stat3-signaling-in-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-of-tamoxifen-resistant-human-breast-cancer
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Quyen Thu Bui, Ji Hye Im, Sung Baek Jeong, Young-Mi Kim, Sung Chul Lim, Bumseok Kim, Keon Wook Kang
We previously demonstrated that tamoxifen (TAM)-resistant human breast cancer (TAMR-MCF-7) cells showed increased expression of mesenchymal marker proteins compared to the parent MCF-7 cells. Notch is functionally important in the promotion of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) during both development and tumor progression. Notch1 and Notch4 have been reported as prognostic markers in human breast cancer. Here, we indicated that Notch4, but not Notch1, plays a critical role in the regulation of EMT signaling in TAMR-MCF-7 cells...
January 17, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107869/measles-outbreaks-in-the-kyeongin-area-of-the-republic-of-korea-2013-2014-a-single-center-experience-in-a-country-of-measles-elimination
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Sun Hyoung Park, Dong Hun Lee, Jang Yong Jin, Young-Lim Shin, Meeyong Shin, Sung Shin Kim, Won Suk Suh, Jae Ock Park, Yong Hee Hong
OBJECTIVE: To identify the source of infection and determine the clinical features and laboratory finding of measles infection. METHODS: In 27 measles patients, except for 3 adult patients, the rest of 24 pediatric measles cases were analyzed with regard to age, sex, immunization status, transmission routes and molecular genotyping of measles virus. Eighteen measles patients who admitted in isolation ward were set apart to investigate clinical findings and its correlation with laboratory characteristics...
January 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107623/dna-advanced-glycation-end-products-dna-ages-are-elevated-in-urine-and-tissue-in-an-animal-model-of-type-2-diabetes
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Richard Jaramillo, Sarah C Shuck, Yin S Chan, Xueli Liu, Steven E Bates, Punnajit P Lim, Daniel Tamae, Sandrine Lacoste, Timothy R O'Connor, John Stephen Termini
More precise identification and treatment monitoring of prediabetic/diabetic individuals will require additional biomarkers to complement existing diagnostic tests. Candidates include hyperglycemia-induced adducts such as advanced glycation end products (AGEs) of proteins, lipids, and DNA. The potential for DNA-AGEs as diabetic biomarkers was examined in a longitudinal study using the Leprdb/db animal model of metabolic syndrome. The DNA-AGE, N2-(1-carboxyethyl)-2´-deoxyguanosine (CEdG) was quantified by mass spectrometry using isotope dilution from urine and tissue of hyperglycemic and normoglycemic mice...
January 20, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107609/carbon-nanodot-solar-cells-from-renewable-precursors
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Maria-Magdalena Titirici, Adam Marinovic, Steve Dunn, Lim Swee Kiat, Joe Briscoe
It has recently been shown that waste biomass can be converted into a wide range of functional materials, including those with desirable optical and electronic properties, offering the opportunity to find new uses for these renewable resources. Photovoltaics is one area where finding the combination of abundant, low-cost and non-toxic materials with the necessary functionality can be challenging. In this paper we compare the performance of carbon nanodots derived from a wide range of biomaterials obtained from different biomass sources as sensitizers for TiO2-based nanostructured solar cells; polysaccharides (chitosan and chitin), monosaccharide (D-glucose), amino acids (L-arginine and L-cysteine) and raw lobster shells are all used to produce carbon nanodots via hydrothermal carbonisation...
January 20, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107519/cudraflavone-c-induces-tumor-specific-apoptosis-in-colorectal-cancer-cells-through-inhibition-of-the-phosphoinositide-3-kinase-pi3k-akt-pathway
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Hsien-Chuen Soo, Felicia Fei-Lei Chung, Kuan-Hon Lim, Veronica Alicia Yap, Tracey D Bradshaw, Ling-Wei Hii, Si-Hoey Tan, Sze-Jia See, Yuen-Fen Tan, Chee-Onn Leong, Chun-Wai Mai
Cudraflavone C (Cud C) is a naturally-occurring flavonol with reported anti-proliferative activities. However, the mechanisms by which Cud C induced cytotoxicity have yet to be fully elucidated. Here, we investigated the effects of Cud C on cell proliferation, caspase activation andapoptosis induction in colorectal cancer cells (CRC). We show that Cud C inhibits cell proliferation in KM12, Caco-2, HT29, HCC2998, HCT116 and SW48 CRC but not in the non-transformed colorectal epithelial cells, CCD CoN 841. Cud C induces tumor-selective apoptosis via mitochondrial depolarization and activation of the intrinsic caspase pathway...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107408/effect-of-positive-end-expiratory-pressure-on-the-sonographic-optic-nerve-sheath-diameter-as-a-surrogate-for-intracranial-pressure-during-robot-assisted-laparoscopic-prostatectomy-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Ji-Hyun Chin, Wook-Jong Kim, Joonho Lee, Yun A Han, Jinwook Lim, Jai-Hyun Hwang, Seong-Sik Cho, Young-Kug Kim
BACKGROUND: Positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) can increase intracranial pressure. Pneumoperitoneum and the Trendelenburg position are associated with an increased intracranial pressure. We investigated whether PEEP ventilation could additionally influence the sonographic optic nerve sheath diameter as a surrogate for intracranial pressure during pneumoperitoneum combined with the Trendelenburg position in patients undergoing robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy. METHODS: After anesthetic induction, 38 patients were randomly allocated to a low tidal volume ventilation (8 ml/kg) without PEEP group (zero end-expiratory pressure [ZEEP] group, n = 19) or low tidal volume ventilation with 8 cmH2O PEEP group (PEEP group, n = 19)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106783/extract-of-polygala-tenuifolia-alleviates-stress-exacerbated-atopy-like-skin-dermatitis-through-the-modulation-of-protein-kinase-a-and-p38-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-signaling-pathway
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Bongjun Sur, Bombi Lee, Ye Seul Yoon, Pooreum Lim, Riwon Hong, Mijung Yeom, Hyang Sook Lee, Hijoon Park, Insop Shim, Hyejung Lee, Young Pyo Jang, Dae-Hyun Hahm
Atopic dermatitis (AD) and stress create a vicious cycle: stress exacerbates atopic symptoms, and atopic disease elicits stress and anxiety. Targeting multiple pathways including stress and allergic inflammation is, therefore, important for treating AD. In this study, we investigated the remedial value of Polygala tenuifolia Willd. (PTW) for treating immobilization (IMO) stress-exacerbated atopy-like skin dermatitis and its underlying mechanism. Trimellitic anhydride (TMA) was applied to dorsal skin for sensitization and subsequently both ears for eliciting T-cell-dependent contact hypersensitivity in mice, which underwent 2 h-IMO stress and PTW administration for the latter 6 and 9 days in the ear exposure period of TMA, respectively...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106744/oligonucleotide-therapy-for-obstructive-and-restrictive-respiratory-diseases
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Wupeng Liao, Jinrui Dong, Hong Yong Peh, Lay Hong Tan, Kah Suan Lim, Li Li, Wai-Shiu Fred Wong
Inhaled oligonucleotide is an emerging therapeutic modality for various common respiratory diseases, including obstructive airway diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and restrictive airway diseases like idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The advantage of direct accessibility for oligonucleotide molecules to the lung target sites, bypassing systemic administration, makes this therapeutic approach promising with minimized potential systemic side effects. Asthma, COPD, and IPF are common chronic respiratory diseases, characterized by persistent airway inflammation and dysregulated tissue repair and remodeling, although each individual disease has its unique etiology...
January 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106649/neutrophil-gelatinase-associated-lipocalin-biomarker-and-urinary-tract-infections-a-diagnostic-case-control-study-nuti-study
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Jameca Renee Price, Larissa Guran, Jeong Youn Lim, Christina J Megli, Amanda L Clark, Sharon Renee Edwards, Mary Anna Denman, W Thomas Gregory
OBJECTIVES: Acute uncomplicated urinary tract infection (UTI) in women is often treated based on symptoms alone. Urinary tract infection symptoms are highly sensitive but lack specificity and result in overuse of antibiotics. We sought to determine if urine neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (uNGAL) levels in urine can accurately discriminate between UTI and healthy women. METHODS: We recruited adult women aged 18 to 85 years presenting in the ambulatory setting from November 2014 to January 2016...
January 18, 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106427/pseudospin-vortex-ring-with-a-nodal-line-in-three-dimensions
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Lih-King Lim, Roderich Moessner
We present a model of a topological semimetal in three dimensions whose energy spectrum exhibits a nodal line acting as a vortex ring; this in turn is linked by a pseudospin structure akin to that of a smoke ring. Contrary to a Weyl point node spectrum, the vortex ring gives rise to Skyrmionic pseudospin patterns in cuts on both sides of the nodal ring plane; this pattern covers the full Brillouin zone, thus leading to a fully extended chiral Fermi arc and a new, "maximal," anomalous Hall effect in a 3D semimetal...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106175/a-bioorthogonal-turn-on-fluorescent-probe-for-tracking-mitochondrial-nitroxyl-formation
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Kyoung Sunwoo, Kondapa Naidu Bobba, Ja-Yun Lim, Taegun Park, Arup Podder, June Seok Heo, Seung Gwan Lee, Sankarprasad Bhuniya, Jong Seung Kim
A bioreductant-resistant 'turn-on' chemodosimetric fluorescent probe Mito-1 has been developed for the detection of mitochondrial HNO in live cells. Mito-1 enables the detection of HNO as low as ∼18 nM. It has the capability to detect both exogenous and endogenous mitochondrial HNO formations in cellular milieus by providing fluorescence images. Its two-photon imaging ability fosters its use as a noninvasive imaging tool for the detection of mitochondrial nitroxyl.
January 20, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106163/synergistically-enhanced-selective-intracellular-uptake-of-anticancer-drug-carrier-comprising-folic-acid-conjugated-hydrogels-containing-magnetite-nanoparticles
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Haneul Kim, Ara Jo, Seulgi Baek, Daeun Lim, Soon-Yong Park, Soo Kyung Cho, Jin Woong Chung, Jinhwan Yoon
Targeted drug delivery has long been extensively researched since drug delivery and release at the diseased site with minimum dosage realizes the effective therapy without adverse side effects. In this work, to achieve enhanced intracellular uptake of anticancer drug carriers for efficient chemo-therapy, we have designed targeted multifunctional anticancer drug carrier hydrogels. Temperature-responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAm) hydrogel core containing superparamagnetic magnetite nanoparticles (MNP) were prepared using precipitation polymerization, and further polymerized with amine-functionalized copolymer shell to facilitate the conjugation of targeting ligand...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105805/towards-3d-chemical-imaging-of-ternary-cu-sn-pb-alloys-using-femtosecond-laser-ablation-ionization-mass-spectrometry
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Valentine Grimaudo, Pavel Moreno-Garcia, Andreas Riedo, Stefan Meyer, Marek Tulej, Maike Brigitte Neuland, Miklós Mohos, Christoph Gütz, Siegfried R R Waldvogel, Peter Wurz, Peter Broekmann
Femtosecond Laser Ablation/Ionization Mass Spectrometry (LIMS) has been applied to probe the spatial element composition of three ternary Cu-Sn-Pb model bronze alloys (lead bronzes: CuSn10Pb10, CuSn7Pb15 and CuSn5Pb20), which were recently identified as high performance cathode materials in the context of electro-organic synthesis (dehalogenation, deoxygenation) of pharmaceutically relevant building blocks. The quantitative and spatially resolved element analysis of such cathode materials will help understanding the observed profound differences in their electrochemical reactivity and stability...
January 4, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105276/covalent-guanosine-mimetic-inhibitors-of-g12c-kras
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Yuan Xiong, Jia Lu, John Hunter, Lianbo Li, David Scott, Hwan Geun Choi, Sang Min Lim, Anuj Manandhar, Sudershan Gondi, Taebo Sim, Kenneth D Westover, Nathanael S Gray
Ras proteins are members of a large family of GTPase enzymes that are commonly mutated in cancer where they act as dominant oncogenes. We previously developed an irreversible guanosine-derived inhibitor, SML-8-73-1, of mutant G12C RAS that forms a covalent bond with cysteine 12. Here we report exploration of the structure-activity relationships (SAR) of hydrolytically stable analogues of SML-8-73-1 as covalent G12C KRAS inhibitors. We report the discovery of difluoromethylene bisphosphonate analogues such as compound 11, which, despite exhibiting reduced efficiency as covalent G12C KRAS inhibitors, remove the liability of the hydrolytic instability of the diphosphate moiety present in SML-8-73-1 and provide the foundation for development of prodrugs to facilitate cellular uptake...
January 12, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105269/electrophilic-helical-peptides-that-bond-covalently-irreversibly-and-selectively-in-a-protein-protein-interaction-site
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Aline Dantas de Araujo, Junxian Lim, Andrew C Good, Renato T Skerlj, David P Fairlie
Protein-protein interactions mediate most physiological and disease processes. Helix-constrained peptides potently mimic or inhibit these interactions by making multiple contacts over large surface areas. However, despite high affinities, they typically have short lifetimes bound to the protein. Here we insert both a helix-inducing constraint and an adjacent electrophile into the native peptide ligand BIM to target the oncogenic protein Bcl2A1. The modified BIM peptide bonds covalently and irreversibly to one cysteine within the helix-binding groove of Bcl2A1, but not to two other exposed cysteines on its surface, and shows no covalent bonding to other Bcl2 proteins...
January 12, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105240/transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-enhances-stemness-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-cells-through-activation-of-wnt-signaling
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Woo-Jin Bae, Sang-Hyuk Lee, Young-Soo Rho, Bon-Seok Koo, Young-Chang Lim
Transforming growth factor β (TGFβ) ligands, including TGFβ1, are multifunctional cytokines known as key regulators of cell growth, differentiation and inflammation. Dysregulated TGFβ signaling is common in numerous solid tumors, including head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Previously, TGFβ ligands were also reported to be associated with an enhancement of stemness in glioma stem-like cells. However, their role in HNSCC cancer stem cells (CSCs) has not been explored. The present study demonstrated that TGFβ1 enriches the properties of HNSCC CSCs...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
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