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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538776/spontaneous-pneumomediastinum-experience-in-18-patients-during-the-last-12-years
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Patrícia Dionísio, Luís Martins, Susana Moreira, Alda Manique, Rita Macedo, Fátima Caeiro, Luísa Boal, Cristina Bárbara
Objective: To characterize clinically all of the patients with spontaneous pneumomediastinum (SPM) admitted to an adult pulmonology ward in Lisbon, Portugal. Methods: This was a retrospective descriptive study of all adult patients (≥ 18 years of age) diagnosed with SPM between January of 2004 and September of 2015. Results: At least one predisposing factor was identified in most (88.9%) of the 18 patients who presented with SPM during the study period...
March 2017: Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia: Publicaça̋o Oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538530/clinical-assessment-and-diagnostics-of-patients-with-hand-disorders-a-case-study-approach
#2
Mabel Qi He Leow, Rebecca Qian Ru Lim, Shian Chao Tay
Clinical assessment of the hand is important for diagnosing underlying hand disorders. Using a case study approach, the clinical assessment for three disorders of the hands is presented: trigger finger (stenosing tenosynovitis), carpal tunnel syndrome, and ulnar-sided wrist injury (styloid impingement). We assess the annular one pulley and finger range of motion for patients with trigger finger. To diagnose for carpal tunnel syndrome, assessment for Tinel's sign, Phalen's sign, abductor pollicis brevis muscle bulk, two-point discrimination, and obtaining a nerve conduction study are performed...
May 2017: Orthopaedic Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538471/foreign-body-response-to-silicone-in-cochlear-implant-electrodes-in-the-human
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Jennifer T O'Malley, Barbara J Burgess, Donald Galler, Joseph B Nadol
HYPOTHESIS: Silicone as part of a cochlear implant electrode may be responsible for a foreign body response in the human. BACKGROUND: Clinical evidence of a foreign body response to a cochlear implant has been reported. In a previous study, particulate material found within the fibrous sheath and within macrophages surrounding a cochlear implant has been identified as being consistent with platinum. However, to date, there has been no histologic evidence of a role for silicone in this cellular immune response...
May 22, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538155/structure-and-intermolecular-interactions-between-l-type-straight-flagellar-filaments
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Daniel Louzon, Avi Ginsburg, Walter Schwenger, Tom Dvir, Zvonimir Dogic, Uri Raviv
Bacterial mobility is powered by rotation of helical flagellar filaments driven by rotary motors. Flagellin isolated from the Salmonella Typhimurium SJW1660 strain, which differs by a point mutation from the wild-type strain, assembles into straight filaments in which flagellin monomers are arranged in a left-handed helix. Using small-angle x-ray scattering and osmotic stress methods, we investigated the structure of SJW1660 flagellar filaments as well as the intermolecular forces that govern their assembly into dense hexagonal bundles...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538095/high-resolution-structures-of-the-amyloid-%C3%AE-1-42-dimers-from-the-comparison-of-four-atomistic-force-fields
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Viet Hoang Man, Phuong Hoang Nguyen, Philippe Derreumaux
The dimer of the amyloid-beta peptide Aβ of 42 residues is the smallest toxic species in Alzheimer's disease, but its equilibrium structures are unknown. Here we determined the equilibrium ensembles generated by the four atomistic OPLS-AA, CHARMM22*, AMBER99sb-ildn and AMBERsb14 force fields with the TIP3P water model. Based on 144 microsecond replica exchange molecular dynamics simulations (with 750 ns per replica), we find that the four force fields lead to random coil ensembles with calculated cross-collision sections, hydrodynamics properties and small-angle X-ray scattering profiles independent on the force field...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537743/er-3-photoluminescence-in-er2-c82-and-er2c2-c82-metallofullerenes-elucidated-by-density-functional-theory
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Jian Wang, Yuan-Yuan Zhao, Po-Heng Lee, Stephan Irle
Metallofullerenes with two erbium atoms encapsulated in IPR C82 cage isomers Cs-6 (I), C2v-9 (II), and C3v-8 (III) were investigated using density functional theory. The calculations suggest that erbium atoms assume a trivalent state with Er (4f(11)) valence electronic configuration in Er2@C82 and Er2C2@C82, where two electrons (6s(2)) per Er atom are transferred to the cage carrying four negative charges (C82(4-)), while the third electron is promoted from the 4f to the 5d shell, becoming involved in covalent bonding to near atoms...
May 24, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537728/antimalarial-inhibitors-targeting-serine-hydroxymethyltransferase-shmt-with-in-vivo-efficacy-and-analysis-of-their-binding-mode-based-on-x-ray-cocrystal-structures
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Geoffrey Schwertz, Matthias C Witschel, Matthias Rottmann, Roger Bonnert, Ubolsree Leartsakulpanich, Penchit Chitnumsub, Aritsara Jaruwat, Wanwipa Ittarat, Anja Schäfer, Raphael A Aponte, Susan A Charman, Karen L White, Abhijit Kundu, Surajit Sadhukhan, Mel Lloyd, Gail M Freiberg, Myron Srikumaran, Marc Siggel, Adrian Zwyssig, Pimchai Chaiyen, François Diederich
Target-based approaches towards new antimalarial treatments are highly valuable to prevent resistance development. We report several series of pyrazolopyran-based inhibitors targeting the enzyme serine hydroxymethyltransferase (SHMT), designed to improve microsomal metabolic stability and to identify suitable candidates for in vivo efficacy evaluation. The best ligands inhibited Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) and Arabidopsis thaliana (At) SHMT in target assays and PfNF54 strains in cell-based assays with values in the low nanomolar range (3...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537719/synthesis-and-characterization-of-the-lithium-rich-phosphidosilicates-li10si2p6-and-li3si3p7
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Henrik Eickhoff, Lorenzo Toffoletti, Wilhelm Klein, Gabriele Raudaschl-Sieber, Thomas F Fässler
The lithium phosphidosilicates Li10Si2P6 and Li3Si3P7 are obtained by high-temperature reactions of the elements or including binary Li-P precursors. Li10Si2P6 (P21/n, Z = 2, a = 7.2051(4) Å, b = 6.5808(4) Å, c = 11.6405(7) Å, β = 90.580(4)°) features edge-sharing SiP4 double tetrahedra forming [Si2P6](10-) units with a crystal structure isotypic to Na10Si2P6 and Na10Ge2P6. Li3Si3P7 (P21/m, Z = 2, a = 6.3356(4) Å, b = 7.2198(4) Å, c = 10.6176(6) Å, β = 102.941(6)°) crystallizes in a new structure type, wherein SiP4 tetrahedra are linked via common vertices and which are further connected by polyphosphide chains to form unique ∞(2)[Si3P7](3-) double layers...
May 24, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537709/titanium-oxo-cluster-with-six-peripheral-ferrocene-units-and-its-photocurrent-response-properties-for-saccharides
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Jin-Le Hou, Wen Luo, Yao Guo, Ping Zhang, Shen Yang, Qin-Yu Zhu, Jie Dai
A unique titanium oxo cluster with a ferrocene ligand was synthesized and characterized by single crystal X-ray analysis. Six ferrocene carboxylates coordinate to a D3d Ti6O6 core to be a redox active cluster 1, [Ti6O6(O(i)Pr)6(O2CFc)6]. An analogue 2, [Ti6O6(O(i)Pr)6(O2C(i)Bu)6], where the redox active ferrocene group is replaced by isobutyrate, is also reported as a contrast. The six ferrocene moieties in 1 are structurally identical to give a main redox wave at E1/2 = 0.62 V in dichloromethane investigated by cyclic voltammetry...
May 24, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537706/sodium-rivals-silver-as-single-atom-active-centers-for-catalyzing-abatement-of-formaldehyde
#10
Yaxin Chen, Jiayi Gao, Zhiwei Huang, Meijuan Zhou, Junxiao Chen, Chao Li, Zhen Ma, Jianmin Chen, Xingfu Tang
The development of efficient alkali-based catalysts for the abatement of formaldehyde (HCHO), a ubiquitous air pollutant, is economically desirable. Here we comparatively study the catalytic performance of two single-atom catalysts, Na1/HMO and Ag1/HMO (HMO = Hollandite manganese oxide), in the complete oxidation of HCHO at low temperatures, in which the products are only CO2 and H2O. These catalysts are synthesized by anchoring single sodium ions or silver atoms on HMO(001) surfaces. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction patterns with structural refinement together with transmission electron microscopy images demonstrate that single sodium ions on the HMO(001) surfaces of Na1/HMO have the same local structures as silver atoms of Ag1/HMO...
May 24, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537704/selective-etching-of-silicon-in-preference-to-germanium-and-si0-5ge0-5
#11
Christopher F Ahles, Jong Youn Choi, Steven F Wolf, Andrew C Kummel
The selective etching characteristics of silicon, germanium and Si0.5Ge0.5 subjected to a downstream H2/CF4/Ar plasma have been studied using a pair of in-situ quartz crystal microbalances (QCMs) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). At 50 °C and 760 mTorr, Si may be etched in preference to Ge and Si0.5Ge0.5 with an essentially infinite Si:Ge etch rate ratio (ERR), while for Si:Si0.5Ge0.5, the ERR is also infinite at 22 °C and 760 mTorr. XPS data shows the selectivity is due to differential suppression of etching by a ~2 ML thick CxHyFz layer formed by the H2/CF4/Ar plasma on Si and Ge or Si0...
May 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535642/-clinical-effects-of-dynesys-system-and-transfacet-decompression-through-wiltse-approach-in-the-treatment-of-lumbar-degenerative-diseases
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K Shang, M J Chen, D G Wang
Objective: To investigate the early clinical effects of Dynesys system and transfacet decompression by Wiltse approach in the treatment of lumbar degenerative diseases. Methods: From January 2010 to December 2013, 48 patients suffering from lumbar degenerative diseases were treated with Dynesys system in addition to transfacet decompression through Wiltse approach.There were 28 males and 20 females with age of (51.8±6.8). The preoperative diagnosis included lumbar spinal stenosis(10 cases); lumber intervertebral disc herniation (38 cases)...
May 23, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535413/controllable-synthesis-and-luminescent-properties-of-rare-earth-doped-gd2-moo4-3-nanoplates
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Lei Zhang, Bohua Dong, Guohua Wang, Rongjie Gao, Ge Su, Wei Wang, Lixin Cao
For the first time, we have successfully synthesized rare-earth doped Gd2(MoO4)3: RE(3+) (RE=Eu, Tb) nanoplates by solvothermal method. The morphology of Gd2(MoO4)3 can be manipulated by changing the reaction times and reaction temperatures. The composition and surface morphology have been investigated by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), respectively. Under the excitation of UV, Photoluminescence (PL) has been used to explore the excellent luminescence properties of the synthesized nanophosphors...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535128/low-and-high-let-ionizing-radiation-induces-delayed-homologous-recombination-that-persists-for-two-weeks-before-resolving
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Christopher P Allen, Hirokazu Hirakawa, Nakako Izumi Nakajima, Sophia Moore, Jingyi Nie, Neelam Sharma, Mayumi Sugiura, Yuko Hoki, Ryoko Araki, Masumi Abe, Ryuichi Okayasu, Akira Fujimori, Jac A Nickoloff
Genome instability is a hallmark of cancer cells and dysregulation or defects in DNA repair pathways cause genome instability and are linked to inherited cancer predisposition syndromes. Ionizing radiation can cause immediate effects such as mutation or cell death, observed within hours or a few days after irradiation. Ionizing radiation also induces delayed effects many cell generations after irradiation. Delayed effects include hypermutation, hyper-homologous recombination, chromosome instability and reduced clonogenic survival (delayed death)...
May 23, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535125/preparation-and-characterization-of-adefovir-dipivoxil-stearic-acid-cocrystal-with-enhanced-physicochemical-properties
#15
Jeong-Woong Seo, Kyu-Min Hwang, Sung-Hoon Lee, Dong-Wook Kim, Eun-Seok Park
The objectives of this study were to prepare cocrystal composed of adefovir dipivoxil (AD) and stearic acid (SA) and to investigate the enhanced properties of the cocrystal. The cocrystal was prepared by antisolvent precipitation and characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The enhanced properties were evaluated by dissolution testing, permeability studies, and powder rheology analysis...
May 23, 2017: Pharmaceutical Development and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535060/cinnamomols-a-and-b-immunostimulative-diterpenoids-with-a-new-carbon-skeleton-from-the-leaves-of-cinnamomum-cassia
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Lei Zhou, Yali Tuo, Yi Hao, Xiaoman Guo, Wei Tang, Yongbo Xue, Junfen Zeng, Yu Zhou, Ming Xiang, Jianping Zuo, Guangmin Yao, Yonghui Zhang
Two diterpenoids with an unprecedented diterpene carbon skeleton, cinnamomols A (1) and B (2), were isolated from the leaves of Cinnamomum cassia. 1 and 2 feature a cage-like, rigid, 5/5/5/5/5/6-fused hexacyclic ring system. The structures of 1 and 2 were established by extensive spectroscopic techniques and single-crystal X-ray diffraction, and their plausible biosynthetic pathways were proposed. 1 and 2 exhibited significant in vitro immunostimulative activity, and the mode of action of 1 was investigated...
May 23, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535042/dudawalamides-a-d-antiparasitic-cyclic-depsipeptides-from-the-marine-cyanobacterium-moorea-producens
#17
Jehad Almaliti, Karla L Malloy, Evgenia Glukhov, Carmenza Spadafora, Marcelino Gutiérrez, William H Gerwick
A family of 2,2-dimethyl-3-hydroxy-7-octynoic acid (Dhoya)-containing cyclic depsipeptides, named dudawalamides A-D (1-4), was isolated from a Papua New Guinean field collection of the cyanobacterium Moorea producens using bioassay-guided and spectroscopic approaches. The planar structures of dudawalamides A-D were determined by a combination of 1D and 2D NMR experiments and MS analysis, whereas the absolute configurations were determined by X-ray crystallography, modified Marfey's analysis, chiral-phase GCMS, and chiral-phase HPLC...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535039/deposition-of-gold-nanotriangles-in-large-scale-close-packed-monolayers-for-x-ray-based-temperature-calibration-and-sers-monitoring-of-plasmon-driven-catalytic-reactions
#18
Ferenc Liebig, Radwan M Sarhan, Mathias Sander, Wouter A Koopman, Roman Schuetz, Matias Bargheer, Joachim Koetz
Anisotropic plasmonic particles such as gold nanotriangles have extraordinary structural, optical and physico-chemical properties. For many applications in different fields it is essential to prepare them in a chemically and physically stable, structurally well-defined manner, e.g., as large and uniform coverage on a substrate. We present a direct method for the large scale close-packed monolayer formation of edge-to-edge ordered, ultrathin crystalline gold nanotriangles on Si-wafers or quartz glass via the transfer of these asymmetric particles to the air-liquid interface after adding ethanol-toluene mixtures without any subsequent surface functionalization...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535032/applying-thienyl-side-chains-and-different-%C3%AF-bridge-to-aromatic-side-chain-substituted-indacenodithiophene-based-small-molecule-donors-for-high-performance-organic-solar-cells
#19
Jin-Liang Wang, Kai-Kai Liu, Sha Liu, Feng Liu, Hongbin Wu, Yong Cao, Thomas P Russell
A pair of linear tetrafluorinated small molecular donors, named as ThIDTTh4F and ThIDTSe4F, which are with tetrathienyl-substituted IDT as electron-rich central core, electron-deficient difluorobenzothiadiazole as acceptor units, and donor end-capping groups, but having differences in the π-bridge (thiophene and selenophene), were successfully synthesized and evaluated as donor materials in organic solar cells. Such π-bridge and core units in these small molecules play a decisive role in the formation of the nanoscale separation of the blend films, which were systematically investigated through absorption spectra, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction pattern, transmission electron microscopy images, resonant soft X-ray scattering profiles, and charge mobility measurement...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535031/tunichrome-inspired-gold-enrichment-dispersion-matrix-and-its-application-in-water-treatment-a-proof-of-concept-investigation
#20
Amarendra Dhar Dwivedi, Rega Permana, Jitendra Pal Singh, Hakwon Yoon, Keun Hwa Chae, Yoon-Seok Chang, Dong Soo Hwang
Tunicate, a filter-feeder in seawater, is able to accumulate high amount of metals using intracellular polymer matrices. The woven pyrogallol structures of tunichrome, a small peptide contained in tunicate's blood cells, is believed to be responsible for selective metal sequestration in tunicates from seawater. However, the intriguing tunichrome matrix is difficult to harvest from the tunicate nor to synthesize massively due to the extreme oxidation sensitivity of the pyrogallol moiety which limits the study scope...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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