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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155830/molecular-characterization-of-tsetse-s-proboscis-and-its-response-to-trypanosoma-congolense-infection
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Erick O Awuoche, Brian L Weiss, Aurélien Vigneron, Paul O Mireji, Emre Aksoy, Benson Nyambega, Geoffrey M Attardo, Yineng Wu, Michelle O'Neill, Grace Murilla, Serap Aksoy
Tsetse flies (Glossina spp.) transmit parasitic African trypanosomes (Trypanosoma spp.), including Trypanosoma congolense, which causes animal African trypanosomiasis (AAT). AAT detrimentally affects agricultural activities in sub-Saharan Africa and has negative impacts on the livelihood and nutrient availability for the affected communities. After tsetse ingests an infectious blood meal, T. congolense sequentially colonizes the fly's gut and proboscis (PB) organs before being transmitted to new mammalian hosts during subsequent feedings...
November 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155229/particle-agglomeration-of-chitosan-magnesium-aluminum-silicate-nanocomposites-for-direct-compression-tablets
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Rapee Khlibsuwan, Thaned Pogjanyakul
Exfoliated nanocomposites of chitosan-magnesium aluminum silicate (CS-MAS) particles are characterized by good compressibility but poor flowability. Thus, the aims of this study were to investigate agglomerates of CS-MAS nanocomposites prepared using the agglomerating agents water, ethanol, or polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) for flowability enhancement and to evaluate the agglomerates obtained as direct compression fillers for tablets. The results showed that the addition of agglomerating agents did not affect crystallinity, but slightly influenced thermal behavior of the CS-MAS nanocomposites...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153820/aortic-arch-hybrid-repair-stent-bridging-of-the-supra-aortic-vessel-anastomoses-savsteb
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Maximilian Pichlmaier, Maximilian Luehr, Simon Rutkowski, Thomas Fabry, Sabina Guenther, Christian Hagl, Sven Peterss
The reattachment of the supra-aortic vessels during hybrid arch repair using a branched prosthesis is time consuming and sometimes technically challenging. Here, we describe the surgical technique of bridging the end-to-end anastomoses between the graft branches and the supra-aortic vessels by self-expanding covered stents to reduce suturing time, avoid anastomotic bleeding, enhance true lumen remodeling, and improve vessel alignment to the hybrid graft.
December 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153645/protein-corona-between-nanoparticles-and-bacterial-proteins-in-activated-sludge-characterization-and-effect-on-nanoparticle-aggregation
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Peng Zhang, Xiao-Yan Xu, You-Peng Chen, Meng-Qian Xiao, Bo Feng, Kai-Xun Tian, Yue-Hui Chen, You-Zhi Dai
In this work, the protein coronas of activated sludge proteins on TiO2 nanoparticles (TNPs) and ZnO nanoparticles (ZNPs) were characterized. The proteins with high affinity to TNPs and ZNPs were identified by shotgun proteomics, and their effects of on the distributions of TNPs and ZNPs in activated sludge were concluded. In addition, the effects of protein coronas on the aggregations of TNPs and ZNPs were evaluated. Thirty and nine proteins with high affinities to TNPs and ZNPs were identified, respectively...
November 6, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147502/chemical-space-guided-discovery-of-antimicrobial-bridged-bicyclic-peptides-against-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-and-its-biofilms
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Ivan Di Bonaventura, Xian Jin, Ricardo Visini, Daniel Probst, Sacha Javor, Bee-Ha Gan, Gaëlle Michaud, Antonino Natalello, Silvia Maria Doglia, Thilo Köhler, Christian van Delden, Achim Stocker, Tamis Darbre, Jean-Louis Reymond
Herein we report the discovery of antimicrobial bridged bicyclic peptides (AMBPs) active against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a highly problematic Gram negative bacterium in the hospital environment. Two of these AMBPs show strong biofilm inhibition and dispersal activity and enhance the activity of polymyxin, currently a last resort antibiotic against which resistance is emerging. To discover our AMBPs we used the concept of chemical space, which is well known in the area of small molecule drug discovery, to define a small number of test compounds for synthesis and experimental evaluation...
October 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146928/significant-enhanced-uranyl-ions-extraction-efficiency-with-phosphoramidate-functionalized-ionic-liquids-via-synergistic-effect-of-coordination-and-hydrogen-bond
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Xiang Xie, Zhen Qin, Yao He, Penghui Xiong, Zeng Huang, Yiwu Mao, Hongyuan Wei, Liangang Zhuo
The influence of the linking group between the phosphoryl and bridging moieties in phosphoryl-containing task-specific ionic liquids (TSILs) on the extraction of uranyl ions was experimentally and theoretically investigated. A novel phosphoramidate-based TSIL with an amine group as the linking moiety resulted in a higher uranyl ion extraction efficiency compared with that of other phosphoryl-based TSILs. A distribution ratio of 4999 ± 51 can be achieved for uranyl ions. The uranyl ions (76.7 ± 1.5%) were stripped from the loaded ionic liquid phase in a single stage using 0...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145885/future-perspectives-in-melanoma-research-melanoma-bridge-napoli-november-30th-3rd-december-2016
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Paolo A Ascierto, Sanjiv S Agarwala, Gennaro Ciliberto, Sandra Demaria, Reinhard Dummer, Connie P M Duong, Soldano Ferrone, Silvia C Formenti, Claus Garbe, Ruth Halaban, Samir Khleif, Jason J Luke, Lluis M Mir, Willem W Overwijk, Michael Postow, Igor Puzanov, Paul Sondel, Janis M Taube, Per Thor Straten, David F Stroncek, Jennifer A Wargo, Hassane Zarour, Magdalena Thurin
Major advances have been made in the treatment of cancer with targeted therapy and immunotherapy; several FDA-approved agents with associated improvement of 1-year survival rates became available for stage IV melanoma patients. Before 2010, the 1-year survival were quite low, at 30%; in 2011, the rise to nearly 50% in the setting of treatment with Ipilimumab, and rise to 70% with BRAF inhibitor monotherapy in 2013 was observed. Even more impressive are 1-year survival rates considering combination strategies with both targeted therapy and immunotherapy, now exceeding 80%...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142072/salt-bridges-gate-alpha-catenin-activation-at-intercellular-junctions
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Samantha Barrick, Jing Li, Xinyu Kong, Alokananda Ray, Emad Tajkhorshid, Deborah Leckband
Cadherin complexes transduce force fluctuations at junctions to activate signals that reinforce stressed intercellular contacts. α-Catenin is an identified force transducer within cadherin complexes that is autoinhibited under low tension. Increased force triggers a conformational change that exposes a cryptic site for the actin-binding protein vinculin. This study tested predictions that salt bridges within the force-sensing core modulate α-catenin activation. Studies with a fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based α-catenin conformation sensor demonstrated that the salt-bridge mutations R551A and D503N each enhance α-catenin activation in live cells, but R551A has a greater impact...
November 15, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141185/increased-cross-bridge-recruitment-contributes-to-transient-increase-in-force-generation-beyond-maximal-capacity-in-human-myocardium
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Nima Milani-Nejad, Jae-Hoon Chung, Benjamin D Canan, Vadim V Fedorov, Bryan A Whitson, Ahmet Kilic, Peter J Mohler, Paul M L Janssen
Cross-bridge attachment allows force generation to occur, and rate of tension redevelopment (ktr) is a commonly used index of cross-bridge cycling rate. Tension overshoots have been observed briefly after a slack-restretch ktr maneuver in various species of animal models and humans. In this study, we set out to determine the properties of these overshoots and their possible underlying mechanism. Utilizing human cardiac trabeculae, we have found that tension overshoots are temperature-dependent and that they do not occur at resting states...
November 12, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138096/one-single-salt-bridge-explains-the-different-cytolytic-activities-shown-by-actinoporins-sticholysin-i-and-ii-from-the-venom-of-stichodactyla-helianthus
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Esperanza Rivera-de-Torre, Juan Palacios-Ortega, Sara García-Linares, José G Gavilanes, Álvaro Martínez-Del-Pozo
Sticholysins I and II (StnI and StnII), α-pore forming toxins from the sea anemone Stichodactyla helianthus, are water-soluble toxic proteins which upon interaction with lipid membranes of specific composition bind to the bilayer, extend and insert their N-terminal α-helix, and become oligomeric integral membrane structures. The result is a pore that leads to cell death by osmotic shock. StnI and StnII show 93% of sequence identity, but also different membrane pore-forming activities. The hydrophobicity profile along the first 18 residues revealed differences which were canceled by substituting StnI amino acids 2 and 9...
November 11, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132473/-progress-in-clinical-studies-of-chimeric-antigen-receptor-engineered-t-cells-for-treatment-of-childhood-cancer
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Ya-Ru Ni, Xiao-Jun Xu, Yong-Min Tang
Nowadays, the 5-year survival rate of childhood cancer patients can be more than 80%, but some patients with relapse and refractory cancers have shown no good response to traditional strategies. Chimeric antigen receptor engineered T (CAR-T) cell therapy is promising for these patients. CAR-T cells recognize the tumor-associated antigens in a non-major histocompatibility complex-restricted manner, so their anti-tumor ability is enhanced. There are four generations of CAR-T cells now. The complete remission rate of pediatric patients with relapse and refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia can be as high as 90% when treated with CD19-targeting CAR-T cells...
November 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131936/nanomechanical-force-mapping-of-restricted-cell-to-cell-collisions-oscillating-between-contraction-and-relaxation
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Benhui Hu, Wan Ru Leow, Pingqiang Cai, Yong-Qiang Li, Yun-Long Wu, Xiaodong Chen
Contact-mediated cell migration strongly determines the invasiveness of the corresponding cells, collective migration, and morphogenesis. The quantitative study of cellular response upon contact relies on cell-to-cell collision, which rarely occurs in conventional cell culture. Herein, we developed a strategy to activate a robust cell-to-cell collision within smooth muscle cell pairs. Nanomechanical traction force mapping reveals that the collision process is promoted by the oscillatory modulations between contraction and relaxation and orientated by the filopodial bridge composed of nanosized contractile machinery...
November 16, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127707/acoustic-characterization-and-enhanced-ultrasound-imaging-of-long-circulating-lipid-coated-microbubbles
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Hongbo Li, Yanye Yang, Meimei Zhang, Liping Yin, Juan Tu, Xiasheng Guo, Dong Zhang
OBJECTIVES: A long-circulating lipid-coated ultrasound (US) contrast agent was fabricated to achieve a longer wash-out time and gain more resistance against higher-mechanical index sonication. Systemic physical, acoustic, and in vivo imaging experiments were performed to better understand the underlying mechanism enabling the improvement of contrast agent performance by adjusting the physical and acoustic properties of contrast agent microbubbles. METHODS: By simply altering the gas core, a kind of US contrast agent microbubble was synthesized with a similar lipid-coating shell as SonoVue microbubbles (Bracco SpA, Milan, Italy) to achieve a longer wash-out time and higher inertial cavitation threshold...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127016/enhanced-activation-of-circulating-plasmacytoid-dendritic-cells-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-experimental-smoking-induced-emphysema
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Shi-Lin Qiu, Liang-Jian Kuang, Qi-Ya Tang, Min-Chao Duan, Jing Bai, Zhi-Yi He, Jian-Quan Zhang, Mei-Hua Li, Jing-Min Deng, Guang-Nan Liu, Xiao-Ning Zhong
Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) are key cells bridging the innate with adaptive immunity. However, the phenotypic characteristics of circulating pDCs and its role in smoking related-Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) remain largely unknown. The aim of this study was analyzed the phenotype of circulating pDCs and the expression of IFN-γ producing CD8(+)T cells and IL-17-producing CD8(+)T cells in patients with COPD by using multi-colour flow cytometry. The cytokine profiles in peripheral blood from all subjects were measured by ELISA...
November 7, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125283/high-lithium-storage-capacity-and-long-cycling-life-fe3s4-anodes-with-reversible-solid-electrolyte-interface-films-and-sandwiched-reduced-graphene-oxide-shells
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Yu-Jiao Zhang, Jin Qu, Shu-Meng Hao, Wei Chang, Qiu-Yu Ji, Zhong-Zhen Yu
Increasing demands for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) with high energy density and high power density require highly reversible electrochemical reactions to enhance the cyclability and capacities of electrodes. As the reversible formation/decomposition of the solid electrolyte interface (SEI) film during the lithiation/delithiation process of Fe3S4 could bring about a higher capacity than its theoretical value, in the present work, synthesized Fe3S4 nanoparticles are sandwich-wrapped with reduced graphene oxide (RGO) to fabricate highly reversible and long cycling life anode materials for high-performance LIBs...
November 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123356/translational-research-in-oncology-implications-for-palliative-care
#16
Arunangshu Ghoshal
The label "translational research" (TR) has become ever more popular in the biomedical domain in recent years. It is usually presented as an attempt to bridge a supposed gap between knowledge produced at the laboratory bench and its use at the clinical bedside. This is claimed to help society harvest the benefits of its investments in scientific research. The past decade has witnessed a remarkable acceleration in the pace of translational cancer medicine - genome sequencing of various human cancers has been broadly deployed in drug discovery programs, diagnostic tests have been developed to predict molecularly targeted anticancer agents, advent of cancer immunotherapies, an enhanced appreciation of the complex interactions that exist between tumor cells and their microenvironment have revolutionized the management of cancers...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120615/acentric-la3-io3-8-oh-and-la-io3-2-no3-partial-substitution-of-iodate-anions-in-la-io3-3-by-hydroxide-or-nitrate-anion
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Fei-Fei Mao, Chun-Li Hu, Bing-Xuan Li, Jiang-Gao Mao
Partial substitution of iodate anions in La(IO3)3 by OH(-) or NO3(-) anion led to acentric La3(IO3)8(OH) and chiral La(IO3)2(NO3). The structure of La3(IO3)8(OH) can be seen as a complex three-dimensional (3D) network composed of two-dimensional [La3(IO3)2(OH)](6+) cationic layers that are further bridged by remaining iodate anions, or alternatively as a 3D network composed of one-dimensional [La3(IO3)6(OH)](2+) cationic columns being further interconnected by additional iodate anions, while the structure of La(IO3)2(NO3) can be seen as a novel 3D structure with planar NO3 groups serving as linkage between the [La3(IO3)6](3+) triple layers...
November 9, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119983/phosphorescent-heterobimetallic-complexes-involving-platinum-iv-and-rhenium-vii-centers-connected-by-an-unsupported-%C3%AE-oxido-bridge
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Hajar Molaee, S Masoud Nabavizadeh, Mahboubeh Jamshidi, Max Vilsmeier, Arno Pfitzner, Mozhgan Samandar Sangari
Heterobimetallic compounds [(C^N)LMe2Pt(μ-O)ReO3] (C^N = ppy, L = PPh3, 2a; C^N = ppy, L = PMePh2, 2b; C^N = bhq, L = PPh3, 2c; C^N = bhq, L = PMePh2, 2d) containing a discrete unsupported Pt(iv)-O-Re(vii) bridge have been synthesized through a targeted synthesis route. The compounds have been prepared by a single-pot synthesis in which the Pt(iv) precursor [PtMe2I(C^N)L] complexes are allowed to react easily with AgReO4 in which the iodide ligand of the starting Pt(iv) complex is replaced by an ReO4(-) anion...
November 9, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117744/twelve-tips-to-promote-successful-development-of-a-learner-performance-dashboard-within-a-medical-education-program
#19
Christy Boscardin, Kirkpatrick B Fergus, Bonnie Hellevig, Karen E Hauer
Easily accessible and interpretable performance data constitute critical feedback for learners that facilitate informed self-assessment and learning planning. To provide this feedback, there has been a proliferation of educational dashboards in recent years. An educational (learner) dashboard systematically delivers timely and continuous feedback on performance and can provide easily visualized and interpreted performance data. In this paper, we provide practical tips for developing a functional, user-friendly individual learner performance dashboard and literature review of dashboard development, assessment theory, and users' perspectives...
November 9, 2017: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117674/dominant-pathways-of-adenosyl-radical-induced-dna-damage-revealed-by-qm-mm-metadynamics
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Paweł Wityk, Miłosz Wieczór, Samanta Makurat, Lidia Chomicz-Mańka, Jacek Czub, Janusz Rak
Brominated nucleobases sensitize double stranded DNA to hydrated electrons, one of the dominant genotoxic species produced in hypoxic cancer cells during radiotherapy. Such radiosensitizers can therefore be administered locally to enhance treatment efficiency within the solid tumor while protecting the neighboring tissue. When a solvated electron attaches to 8-bromoadenosine, a potential sensitizer, the dissociation of bromide leads to a reactive C8 adenosyl radical known to generate a range of DNA lesions...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
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