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Jean-Francois Lutz, Guillaume Fiers, Dalila Chouikhi, Laurence Oswald, Abdelaziz Al Ouahabi, Delphine Chan-Seng, Laurence Charles
Sequence-defined peptide triazole nucleic acids (PTzNA) were synthesized via a solid-phase orthogonal "AB + CD" iterative strategy. In this approach, AB and CD building blocks containing carboxylic acid (A), azide (B), alkyne (C) and primary amine (D) functions are assembled together by successive copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) and acid-amine coupling steps. Different PTzNA genetic sequences were prepared using a library of eight building blocks (i.e. 4 AB and 4 CD building blocks).
October 18, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Marc Brandt, Eva Becker, Ulrich Jöhncke, Daniel Sättler, Christoph Schulte
BACKGROUND: One important purpose of the European REACH Regulation (EC No. 1907/2006) is to promote the use of alternative methods for assessment of hazards of substances in order to avoid animal testing. Experience with environmental hazard assessment under REACH shows that efficient alternative methods are needed in order to assess chemicals when standard test data are missing. One such assessment method is the weight-of-evidence (WoE) approach. In this study, the WoE approach was used to assess the persistence of certain phenolic benzotriazoles, a group of substances including also such of very high concern (SVHC)...
2016: Environmental Sciences Europe
John F Obrycki, Kirk G Scheckel, Nicholas T Basta
Lead (Pb) contaminated soils are a potential exposure hazard to the public. Amending soils with phosphorus (P) may reduce Pb soil hazards. Soil from Cleveland, OH containing 726 ± 14 mg Pb kg(-1) was amended in a laboratory study with bone meal and triple super phosphate (TSP) at 5:1 P:Pb molar ratios. Soil was acidified, neturalized and re-acidified to encourage Pb phosphate formation. PRSTM-probes were used to evaluate changes in soil solution chemistry. Soil acidification did not decrease in vitro bioaccessible (IVBA) Pb using either a pH 1...
October 14, 2016: Environmental Pollution
Sheshagiri Rao Damera, Ramachandra Barik, Akula Siva Prasad
The angioplasty of chronic total aortoiliac occlusion using transfemoral is controversial. From March 2014 to December 2015, four consecutive patients (4 males; mean age 58.2±6.8 years; age of range 51-65 years) underwent angioplasty and stenting of TASC-D occlusion. In all the cases, we failed to cross from femoral approach. On switching over to left brachial access, angioplasty was done successfully in all. There was no procedural site complication or clinical evidence cerebral thromboembolism. Self-expandable stents were implanted in all with adequate pre and post dilation...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Patrick C Sanger, Vlad V Simianu, Cameron E Gaskill, Cheryl Al Armstrong, Andrea L Hartzler, Ross J Lordon, William B Lober, Heather L Evans
BACKGROUND: Postoperative surgical site infections (SSI) are common and costly. Most occur post-discharge, and may result in potentially preventable readmission and/or unnecessary urgent evaluation. Mobile health approaches incorporating patient-generated wound photos are being implemented in an attempt to optimize triage and management. We assessed how adding wound photos to existing data sources modifies provider decision-making. STUDY DESIGN: Web-based simulation survey using convenience sample of providers with expertise in surgical infections...
October 13, 2016: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
O Szerkus, J Jacyna, A Gibas, M Sieczkowski, D Siluk, M Matuszewski, R Kaliszan, M J Markuszewski
Fluoroquinolones are the drugs of choice in the prevention of bacterial infections after transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsy. In order to improve assessment of antibacterial efficacy in the target tissue a simple, selective, rapid and robust HPLC-ESI-MS/MS method for the determination of levofloxacin and ciprofloxacin concentrations in human prostate bioptates was developed and validated. Preparation procedure for prostate samples (10mg) was carried out using homogenization and filtration steps. Analyses were performed within 3...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Zoran Meštrović, Damir Roje, Marko Vulić, Mirela Zec
BACKGROUND: Optimal gestational weight gain has not yet been clearly defined and remains one of the most controversial issues in modern perinatology. The role of optimal weight gain during pregnancy is critical, as it has a strong effect on perinatal outcomes. PURPOSE: In this study, gestational body mass index (BMI) change, accounting for maternal height, was investigated as a new criterion for gestational weight gain determination, in the context of fetal growth assessment...
October 14, 2016: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Brent F B Huisman, J M Létang, É Testa, D Sarrut
There is interest in the particle therapy community in using prompt gammas (PGs), a natural byproduct of particle treatment, for range verification and eventually dose control. However, PG production is a rare process and therefore estimation of PGs exiting a patient during a proton treatment plan executed by a Monte Carlo (MC) simulation converges slowly. Recently, different approaches to accelerating the estimation of PG yield have been presented. Sterpin et al (2015 Phys. Med. Biol. 60 4915-46) described a fast analytic method, which is still sensitive to heterogeneities...
October 14, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Tian-Nyu Wang, Min Zhao
Laccases are green oxidases with a number of potential industrial applications. In this study, recombinant Bacillus subtilis CotA laccase was secreted by Escherichia coli via both the α-hemolysin secretion system and the YebF secretion system after microaerobic induction. Meanwhile, we discovered a much simpler approach for extracellular production of recombinant CotA laccase from E. coli, involving alternation of induction conditions to release recombinant CotA following intracellular expression. By optimizing the induction parameters, the extracellular yield of recombinant CotA laccase was improved from 157...
October 13, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Robert Gabriel Coumine Riis, Henrik Gudbergsen, Ole Simonsen, Marius Henriksen, Nasir Al-Mashkur, Mikkel Eld, Kristian Kjær Petersen, Olga Kubassova, Anne C Bay Jensen, Janus Damm, Henning Bliddal, Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Mikael Ploug Boesen
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association between MRI, macroscopic and histological assessments of synovitis in end-stage knee osteoarthritis (KOA). METHODS: Synovitis of end-stage osteoarthritic knees was assessed using non-contrast-enhanced (CE), CE-MRI and dynamic-CE (DCE)-MRI prior to total knee replacement and correlated with microscopic and macroscopic assessments of synovitis obtained intraoperatively. Multiple bivariate correlations were used with a pre-specified threshold of 0...
October 10, 2016: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
Giuliana Righi, Emanuela Mandic', Carla Sappino, Ergys Dema, Paolo Bovicelli
Herein the total synthesis of the pyrrolidine alkaloids 1,4-dideoxy-1,4-imino-d-galactitol and its diastereoisomer 1,4-dideoxy-1,4-imino-d-glucitol is described, starting from a common optically active precursor. The key step in our approach was the double diastereoselection in the asymmetric dihydroxylation of chiral vinyl azido alcohols, obtained by means of two different regio- and stereoselective nucleophilic openings of the corresponding chiral vinyl epoxide.
October 3, 2016: Carbohydrate Research
Sameh K Elsaidi, Mona H Mohamed, John S Loring, Bernard Peter McGrail, Praveen K Thallapally
The synthetic approaches for fine-tuning the structural properties of coordination polymers or metal organic frameworks have exponentially grown during the last decade. This is due to the control over the properties of the resulting structures such as stability, pore size, pore chemistry and surface area for myriad possible applications. Herein, we present a new class of porous materials called Covalent Coordination Frameworks (CCFs) that were designed and effectively synthesized using a two-step reticular chemistry approach...
October 13, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Tina Saberi Safaei, Adam H Mepham, Xueli Zheng, Yuanjie Pang, Cao-Thang Dinh, Min Liu, Shana O Kelley, Edward H Sargent
Conversion of CO2 to CO powered by renewable electricity not only reduces CO2 pollution, but also is a means to store renewable energy via chemical production of fuels from CO. However, the kinetics of this reaction are slow due its large energetic barrier. We have recently reported CO2 reduction that is considerably enhanced via local electric field concentration at the tips of sharp gold nanostructures. The high local electric field enhances CO2 concentration at the catalytic active sites, lowering the activation barrier...
October 13, 2016: Nano Letters
Nakyung Choi, Jeom-Sig Lee, Jieun Kwak, Junsoo Lee, In-Hwan Kim
A two-step enzymatic transesterification process in a solvent-free system has been developed as a novel approach to the production of biodiesel using acid oil from rice bran oil soapstock. The acid oil consisted of 53.7 wt% fatty acids, 2.4 wt% monoacylglycerols, 9.1 wt% diacylglycerols, 28.8 wt% triacylglycerols, and 6.0 wt% others. Three immobilized lipases were evaluated as potential biocatalysts, including Novozym 435 from Candida antarctica, Lipozyme RM IM from Rhizomucor miehei, and Lipozyme TL IM from Thermomyces lanuginosus...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Oleo Science
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BACKGROUND: Established in 2000, Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG4) catalysed extraordinary political, financial, and social commitments to reduce under-5 mortality by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015. At the country level, the pace of progress in improving child survival has varied markedly, highlighting a crucial need to further examine potential drivers of accelerated or slowed decreases in child mortality. The Global Burden of Disease 2015 Study (GBD 2015) provides an analytical framework to comprehensively assess these trends for under-5 mortality, age-specific and cause-specific mortality among children under 5 years, and stillbirths by geography over time...
October 8, 2016: Lancet
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BACKGROUND: Improving survival and extending the longevity of life for all populations requires timely, robust evidence on local mortality levels and trends. The Global Burden of Disease 2015 Study (GBD 2015) provides a comprehensive assessment of all-cause and cause-specific mortality for 249 causes in 195 countries and territories from 1980 to 2015. These results informed an in-depth investigation of observed and expected mortality patterns based on sociodemographic measures. METHODS: We estimated all-cause mortality by age, sex, geography, and year using an improved analytical approach originally developed for GBD 2013 and GBD 2010...
October 8, 2016: Lancet
Matthew E Wolak, Jane M Reid
1.Quantifying and predicting microevolutionary responses to environmental change requires unbiased estimation of quantitative genetic parameters in wild populations. 'Animal models', which utilise pedigree data to separate genetic and environmental effects on phenotypes, provide powerful means to estimate key parameters and have revolutionised quantitative genetic analyses of wild populations. 2.However, pedigrees collected in wild populations commonly contain many individuals with unknown parents. When unknown parents are non-randomly associated with genetic values for focal traits, animal model parameter estimates can be severely biased...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Animal Ecology
Abdelrahman A Nimeri, Ahmed Maasher, Talat Al Shaban, Elnazeer Salim, Maha Ibrahim
BACKGROUND: Conversion of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) to other operations is commonly done for significant weight recidivism and complications. METHODS: This is a consecutive series of LAGB converted to RYGB done at the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (BMI) Abu Dhabi from 2009 to 2013 for weight recidivism. Our preferred approach is to convert LAGB to LRYGB in one stage. All patients undergo upper endoscopy (EGD) and upper gastrointestinal series and are started on clears liquids 2 h after surgery without performing UGI studies...
October 12, 2016: Obesity Surgery
Eitan Lerner, SangYoon Chung, Benjamin L Allen, Shuang Wang, Jookyung Lee, Shijia W Lu, Logan W Grimaud, Antonino Ingargiola, Xavier Michalet, Yazan Alhadid, Sergei Borukhov, Terence R Strick, Dylan J Taatjes, Shimon Weiss
Initiation is a highly regulated, rate-limiting step in transcription. We used a series of approaches to examine the kinetics of RNA polymerase (RNAP) transcription initiation in greater detail. Quenched kinetics assays, in combination with gel-based assays, showed that RNAP exit kinetics from complexes stalled at later stages of initiation (e.g., from a 7-base transcript) were markedly slower than from earlier stages (e.g., from a 2- or 4-base transcript). In addition, the RNAP-GreA endonuclease accelerated transcription kinetics from otherwise delayed initiation states...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Tayyebeh Soltani, Byeong- Kyu Lee
In this study, we report the synthesis of high purity reduced graphene oxide (rGO) from pristine graphite via a fast and cost-effective one-step ultrasonic reduction method. Ultrasonic treatment was employed to avoid the harsh reaction conditions, including high temperature and use of highly toxic hydrazine, required for the conventional rGO preparation method. The high temperature produced during the ultrasound irradiation at low temperature and short reaction time enabled the reduction of graphene oxide (GO) into rGO without the use of toxic chemicals...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
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