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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650525/thermal-synthesis-of-perchlorinated-oligosilanes-a-fresh-look-at-an-old-reaction
#1
Max C Holthausen, Felix Neumeyer, Julia I Schweizer, Lioba Meyer, Alexander G Sturm, Andor Nadj, Norbert Auner
A combined experimental and theoretical study of the high-temperature reaction of SiCl4 and elemental silicon is presented. The nature and reactivity of the product formed upon rapid cooling of the gaseous reaction mixture is investigated by comparison with defined model compounds, i.e. cyclo-Si5Cl10, n-Si5Cl12 and n-Si4Cl10. A DFT assessment provides mechanistic insight into the oligosilane formation. Experimental 29Si NMR investigations, supported by quantum-chemical 29Si NMR calculations, consistently show that the reaction product is composed of discrete molecular perchlorinated oligosilanes...
June 26, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649880/understanding-type-1-diabetes-through-proteomics
#2
Inne Crèvecoeur, Saurabh Vig, Chantal Mathieu, Lut Overbergh
Auto-immunity against pancreatic beta-cells leads to an absolute shortage of the hormone insulin, resulting in hyperglycemia and the onset of type 1 diabetes (T1D). Proteomic approaches have been used to elucidate the mechanisms of beta-cell dysfunction and death. Areas covered: In the present review, we discuss discoveries in the beta-cell proteome that have contributed to better insights in the role of the beta-cell in T1D. Techniques, such as 2D-DIGE and MALDI imaging, together with new approaches for sample preparation, including laser capture microdissection and immunopeptidomics, have resulted in novel mechanistic insights in the pathogenesis of T1D...
June 26, 2017: Expert Review of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649735/diagnostic-sensitivity-of-tc-99m-hynic-psma-spect-ct-in-prostate-carcinoma-a-comparative-analysis-with-ga-68-psma-pet-ct
#3
Ismaheel O Lawal, Alfred O Ankrah, Neo P Mokgoro, Mariza Vorster, Alex Maes, Mike M Sathekge
BACKGROUND: Emerging data from published studies are demonstrating the superiority of Ga-68 PSMA PET/CT imaging in prostate cancer. However, the low yield of the Ge-68/Ga-68 from which Gallium-68 is obtained and fewer installed PET/CT systems compared to the SPECT imaging systems may limit its availability. We, therefore, evaluated in a head-to-head comparison, the diagnostic sensitivity of Ga-68 PSMA PET/CT and Tc-99m PSMA SPECT/CT in patients with prostate cancer. METHODS: A total of 14 patients with histologically confirmed prostate cancer were prospectively recruited to undergo Ga-68 PSMA PET/CT and Tc-99m HYNIC PSMA SPECT/CT...
June 26, 2017: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647925/psychobehavioral-effects-of-meditation
#4
Mieczyslaw Pokorski, Anna Suchorzynska
Meditation is an increasingly popular psychobehavioral therapy. Various meditation techniques in use make it hard to objectively scrutinize the psychological benefits. Therefore, in this study we set out to examine the effects of two fundamentally different meditative techniques, Zazen, 'seated meditation', in which the body and mind are calmed, and Tai Chi, 'meditation in motion', based on energetic martial art performance. The aim was to compare the effects of both techniques on personality structure, emotional intelligence, mood, and coping with stress...
June 25, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647488/autoreactivity-to-malondialdehyde-modifications-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-is-linked-to-disease-activity-and-synovial-pathogenesis
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Caroline Grönwall, Khaled Amara, Uta Hardt, Akilan Krishnamurthy, Johanna Steen, Marianne Engström, Meng Sun, A Jimmy Ytterberg, Roman A Zubarev, Dagmar Scheel-Toellner, Jeffrey D Greenberg, Lars Klareskog, Anca I Catrina, Vivianne Malmström, Gregg J Silverman
Oxidation-associated malondialdehyde (MDA) modification of proteins can generate immunogenic neo-epitopes that are recognized by autoantibodies. In health, IgM antibodies to MDA-adducts are part of the natural antibody pool, while elevated levels of IgG anti-MDA antibodies are associated with inflammatory and autoimmune conditions. Yet, in human autoimmune disease IgG anti-MDA responses have not been well characterized and their potential contribution to disease pathogenesis is not known. Here, we investigate MDA-modifications and anti-MDA-modified protein autoreactivity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA)...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645486/adaptive-genetic-exchange-a-tangled-history-of-admixture-and-evolutionary-innovation
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Michael L Arnold, Krushnamegh Kunte
Genetic exchange between divergent evolutionary lineages, from introgressive hybridization between locally adapted populations to insertion of retroviral sequences into eukaryotic genomes, has now been documented. The detection of frequent divergence-with-gene-flow contrasts the neo-Darwinian paradigm of largely allopatric diversification. Nevertheless, of even greater significance is the growing wealth of data suggesting that the recipients of the transferred genomic material gain adaptive phenotypes from the donor lineages...
June 20, 2017: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644544/the-frontal-peak-sign-a-potential-new-indication-of-open-approach-in-frontal-sinus-mucoceles-with-posterior-table-erosion-a-retrospective-chart-review-of-thirty-seven-patients
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Emilie Béquignon, Jean-Philippe Blancal, Jean-Pierre Guichard, Katell Ruellan, Romain Kania, Elisabeth Sauvaget, Damien Bresson, Philippe Herman, Benjamin Verillaud
To date, most frontal mucoceles are treated endoscopically, provided that there is no major neo-osteogenesis and that the frontal sinus floor is wide enough to provide an adequate working space: the presence of a sinus wall dehiscence is not considered as a contraindication to an endoscopic approach. We report on a series of 37 patients presenting with frontal sinus mucoceles with posterior table erosion. Thirty-three (89.2%) had minimal erosion and/or a limited protrusion of the mucocele within the anterior cranial fossa on CT-scan, and were successfully operated on through an endoscopic approach...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644357/effect-of-synbiotic-on-the-gut-microbiota-of-cesarean-delivered-infants-a-randomized-double-blind-multicenter-study
#8
Mei Chin Chua, Kaouther Ben-Amor, Christophe Lay, Anne G E Neo, Wei Chin Chiang, Rajeshwar Rao, Charmaine Chew, Surasith Chaithongwongwatthana, Nipon Khemapech, Jan Knol, Voranush Chongsrisawat
We determined the effect of short-chain galacto-oligosaccharides (scGOS), long-chain fructo-oligosaccharides (lcFOS) and Bifidobacterium breve M-16V on the gut microbiota of cesarean-born infants. Infants were randomized to receive a standard formula (control), the same with scGOS/lcFOS and B. breve M-16V (synbiotic), or with scGOS/lcFOS (prebiotic) from birth until week 16, 30 subjects born vaginally were included as a reference group. Synbiotic supplementation resulted in a higher bifidobacteria proportion from day 3/5 (P < 0...
July 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643978/-diagnosis-and-management-of-gastro-esophageal-junction-tumor
#9
Mickael Chevallay, Minoa Jung, Nadja Niclauss, Philippe Morel, Stefan Mönig
At the border between the esophagus and the stomach, gastro-esophageal junction tumors require a specific management that cannot be simplified to either of these two organs. Staging work-up with endoscopy, CT-Scan and PET-Scan, is essential because it will condition the choice of neo-adjuvant treatment. Surgery remains the only curative treatment and should be undergone in specialized center.
June 14, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643572/distinctive-barriers-to-antiretroviral-therapy-adherence-among-non-adherent-adolescents-living-with-hiv-in-botswana
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Elizabeth Yang, Seipone Mphele, Neo Moshashane, Boineelo Bula, Jennifer Chapman, Harriet Okatch, Ed Pettitt, Ontibile Tshume, Tafireyi Marukutira, Gabriel Anabwani, Elizabeth Lowenthal
Levels of adherence to HIV treatment are lower among adolescents compared with older and younger individuals receiving similar therapies. We purposely sampled the most and least adherent adolescents from a 300-adolescent longitudinal HIV treatment adherence study in Gaborone, Botswana. Multiple objective and subjective measures of adherence were available and study participants were selected based on sustained patterns of either excellent or poor adherence over a one-year period. Focus group discussions (FGD) and in-depth interviews (IDI) were conducted with the adolescents and a subset of their caregivers with the goal of revealing barriers and facilitators of adherence...
June 23, 2017: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641310/potentiating-the-effects-of-radiotherapy-in-rectal-cancer-the-role-of-aspirin-statins-and-metformin-as-adjuncts-to-therapy
#11
K J Gash, A C Chambers, D E Cotton, A C Williams, M G Thomas
BACKGROUND: Complete tumour response (pCR) to neo-adjuvant chemo-radiotherapy for rectal cancer is associated with a reduction in local recurrence and improved disease-free and overall survival, but is achieved in only 20-30% of patients. Drug repurposing for anti-cancer treatments is gaining momentum, but the potential of such drugs as adjuncts, to increase tumour response to chemo-radiotherapy in rectal cancer, is only just beginning to be recognised. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted and all studies investigating the use of drugs to enhance response to neo-adjuvant radiation in rectal cancer were included...
June 22, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640920/pathogen-specific-mortality-in-very-low-birth-weight-infants-with-primary-bloodstream-infection
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Brar C Piening, Christine Geffers, Petra Gastmeier, Frank Schwab
OBJECTIVE: Mortality in very low birth weight infants following microbiology confirmed primary bloodstream infections varies with the type of causative pathogen. Given evidence from other studies that infections with gram negative bacteria and fungi cause a higher case fatality risk. We tried to confirm this in a nation-wide multi-center trial. METHODS: A cohort of 55,465 very low birth weight infants from 242 neonatal departments participating in the German national neonatal infection surveillance system NEO-KISS was used to investigate differences in the case fatality risk of microbiology confirmed primary bloodstream infections according to individual pathogens...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639110/neointimal-hyperplasia-covering-the-intraluminal-neo-metal-carina-12%C3%A2-years-after-the-simultaneous-kissing-stenting-technique-was-performed-insight-from-optical-frequency-domain-imaging-findings
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Naoki Yoshioka, Kensuke Takagi, Itsuro Morishima, Hideyuki Tsuboi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 21, 2017: Cardiovascular Intervention and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638786/polyelectrolyte-enrobed-cancer-cells-in-view-of-personalized-immune-therapy
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Lien Lybaert, Keun Ah Ryu, Riet De Rycke, Alfred C Chon, Olivier De Wever, Karim Y Vermaelen, Aaron Esser-Kahn, Bruno G De Geest
Targeting the immune system with a personalized vaccine containing cues derived from the patient's malignancy might be a promising approach in the fight against cancer. It includes neo-antigens as well as nonmutated tumor antigens, preferentially leading to an immune response that is directed to a broader range of epitopes compared to strategies involving a single antigen. Here, this paper reports on an elegant method to encapsulate whole cancer cells into polyelectrolyte particles. Porous and nonaggregated microparticles containing dead cancer cells are obtained by admixing mannitol and live cancer cells with oppositely charged polyelectrolytes, dextran sulfate (anionic polysaccharide), and poly-l-arginine (cationic polypeptide) prior to atomization into a hot air stream...
June 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638727/identification-of-an-immunogenic-neo-epitope-encoded-by-mouse-sarcoma-using-cxcr3-ligand-mrnas-as-sensors
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Keisuke Fujii, Yoshihiro Miyahara, Naozumi Harada, Daisuke Muraoka, Mitsuhiro Komura, Rui Yamaguchi, Hideo Yagita, Junko Nakamura, Sahoko Sugino, Satoshi Okumura, Seiya Imoto, Satoru Miyano, Hiroshi Shiku
The CXCR3 ligands CXCL9, 10, and 11 play critical roles in the amplification of immune responses by recruiting CXCR3(+) immune effector cells to the tumor site. Taking advantage of this property of CXCR3 ligands, we aimed to establish a novel approach to identify immunogenic mutated-antigens. We examined the feasibility of using CXCR3 ligand mRNAs as sensors for detection of specific immune responses in human and murine systems. We further investigated whether this approach is applicable for the identification of immunogenic mutated-antigens by using murine sarcoma lines...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637917/degree-heterogeneity-and-stability-of-ecological-networks
#16
Gang Yan, Neo D Martinez, Yang-Yu Liu
A classic measure of ecological stability describes the tendency of a community to return to equilibrium after small perturbations. While many advances show how the network architecture of these communities severely constrains such tendencies, one of the most fundamental properties of network structure, i.e. degree heterogeneity-the variability of the number of links associated with each species, deserves further study. Here we show that the effects of degree heterogeneity on stability vary with different types of interspecific interactions...
June 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637883/niche-mediated-depletion-of-the-normal-hematopoietic-stem-cell-reservoir-by-flt3-itd-induced-myeloproliferation
#17
Adam J Mead, Wen Hao Neo, Nikolaos Barkas, Sahoko Matsuoka, Alice Giustacchini, Raffaella Facchini, Supat Thongjuea, Lauren Jamieson, Christopher A G Booth, Nicholas Fordham, Cristina Di Genua, Deborah Atkinson, Onima Chowdhury, Emmanouela Repapi, Nicki Gray, Shabnam Kharazi, Sally-Ann Clark, Tiphaine Bouriez, Petter Woll, Toshio Suda, Claus Nerlov, Sten Eirik W Jacobsen
Although previous studies suggested that the expression of FMS-like tyrosine kinase 3 (Flt3) initiates downstream of mouse hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), FLT3 internal tandem duplications (FLT3 ITDs) have recently been suggested to intrinsically suppress HSCs. Herein, single-cell interrogation found Flt3 mRNA expression to be absent in the large majority of phenotypic HSCs, with a strong negative correlation between Flt3 and HSC-associated gene expression. Flt3-ITD knock-in mice showed reduced numbers of phenotypic HSCs, with an even more severe loss of long-term repopulating HSCs, likely reflecting the presence of non-HSCs within the phenotypic HSC compartment...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635375/therapeutic-effect-of-increased-openness-investigating-mechanism-of-action-in-mdma-assisted-psychotherapy
#18
Mark T Wagner, Michael C Mithoefer, Ann T Mithoefer, Rebecca K MacAulay, Lisa Jerome, Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Rick Doblin
A growing body of research suggests that traumatic events lead to persisting personality change characterized by increased neuroticism. Relevantly, enduring improvements in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms have been found in response to 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)-assisted psychotherapy. There is evidence that lasting changes in the personality feature of "openness" occur in response to hallucinogens, and that this may potentially act as a therapeutic mechanism of change. The present study investigated whether heightened Openness and decreased Neuroticism served as a mechanism of change within a randomized trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631072/down-regulation-of-soluble-fms-like-tyrosine-kinase-1-expression-in-invasive-placentation
#19
Scott A Shainker, Katelyn Dannheim, Kristin D Gerson, Dayna Neo, Zsuzsanna K Zsengeller, Elizabeth Pernicone, S Ananth Karumanchi, Michele R Hacker, Jonathan L Hecht
PURPOSE: To confirm reduced expression of soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt-1) in accreta/increta. METHODS: Formalin-fixed tissue sections from 11 peripartum hysterectomies with invasive placentation and 5 controls were stained for sFlt-1. Stain intensity was scored in selected 100× microscopic fields. We compared sFlt-1 expression in invasive areas among cases, non-invasive areas among cases and areas from control placentas. RESULTS: Chorionic villi displayed significantly decreased sFlt-1 expression in invasive areas of cases compared to control placentas (p = 0...
June 19, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630437/phylogenetic-analysis-of-f-bzip-transcription-factors-indicates-conservation-of-the-zinc-deficiency-response-across-land-plants
#20
Pedro Humberto Castro, Grmay H Lilay, Antonio Muñoz-Mérida, Jan K Schjoerring, Herlânder Azevedo, Ana G L Assunção
Basic leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factors control important developmental and physiological processes in plants. In Arabidopsis thaliana, the three gene F-bZIP subfamily has been associated with zinc deficiency and salt stress response. Benefiting from the present abundance of plant genomic data, we performed an evolutionary and structural characterization of plant F-bZIPs. We observed divergence during seed plant evolution, into two groups and inferred different selective pressures for each. Group 1 contains AtbZIP19 and AtbZIP23 and appears more conserved, whereas Group 2, containing AtbZIP24, is more prone to gene loss and expansion events...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
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