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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140282/magnetic-material-assessment-of-a-novel-ultra-high-step-up-converter-with-single-semiconductor-switch-and-galvanic-isolation-for-fuel-cell-power-system
#1
Chih-Lung Shen, Heng Liou
In this paper, a novel step-up converter is proposed, which has the particular features of single semiconductor switch, ultra-high conversion ratio, galvanic isolation, and easy control. Therefore, the proposed converter is suitable for the applications of fuel-cell power system. Coupled inductors and switched capacitors are incorporated in the converter to obtain an ultra-high voltage ratio that is much higher than that of a conventional high step-up converter. Even if the turns ratio of coupled inductor and duty ratio are only to be 1 and 0...
November 15, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139241/porcine-respiratory-disease-complex-after-the-introduction-of-h1n1-2009-influenza-virus-in-brazil
#2
R R Rech, D Gava, M C Silva, L T Fernandes, V Haach, J R Ciacci-Zanella, R Schaefer
From 2009 to 2015, 74 lungs from suckling (6.8%), nursing (70.3%), fattening (20.3%) pigs and pregnant sows (2.7%) with respiratory signs from pig farms in Southern Brazil were submitted to a diagnostic laboratory for necropsy and/or histologic examination and screening for respiratory agents by RT-qPCR, immunohistochemistry (IHC), virus isolation (VI) and subtyping for influenza A virus (IAV), IHC and nested PCR for Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (Mhyo), PCR for porcine circovirus 2 (PCV2), RT-qPCR for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and bacterial culture...
November 14, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138862/liver-kinase%C3%A2-b1-restoration-promotes-exosome-secretion-and-motility-of-lung-cancer-cells
#3
Cheng Zhang, Xiang Xiao, Minyi Chen, Hitham Aldharee, Yanfang Chen, Weiwen Long
Liver kinase B1 (LKB1) regulates a variety of cellular functions, including cell polarity, energy metabolism and cell growth, by targeting multiple signaling pathways such as AMPK/mTOR and p53. LKB1 functions as a tumor suppressor in sporadic cancers including lung cancer. Extracellular vesicles such as exosomes secreted by cancer cells modulate the tumor microenvironment and progression by targeting both tumor cells (autocrine actions) and other types of cells associated with tumors (paracrine actions). While the roles of LKB1 in cellular signaling in general is well-studied, its specific role in exosome-mediated signaling remains to be explored...
November 9, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138851/nrp1-positive-lung-cancer-cells-possess-tumor-initiating-properties
#4
Luis E Jimenez-Hernandez, Karla Vazquez-Santillan, Rosario Castro-Oropeza, Gustavo Martinez-Ruiz, Laura Muñoz-Galindo, Carolina Gonzalez-Torres, Carlo C Cortes-Gonzalez, Georgina Victoria-Acosta, Jorge Melendez-Zajgla, Vilma Maldonado
Tumor-initiating cells possess the capacity for self-renewal and to create heterogeneous cell lineages within a tumor. Therefore, the identification and isolation of cancer stem cells is an essential step in the analysis of their biology. The aim of the present study was to determine whether the cell surface protein neuropilin 1 (NRP1) can be used as a biomarker of stem-like cells in lung cancer tumors. For this purpose, NRP1-negative (NRP1-) and NRP1-positive (NRP1+) cell subpopulations from two lung cancer cell lines were sorted by flow cytometry...
November 9, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137331/hdac-inhibitors-enhance-the-immunotherapy-response-of-melanoma-cells
#5
Laurence Booth, Jane L Roberts, Andrew Poklepovic, John Kirkwood, Paul Dent
We focused on the ability of the pan-histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors AR42 and sodium valproate to alter the immunogenicity of melanoma cells. Treatment of melanoma cells with HDAC inhibitors rapidly reduced the expression of multiple HDAC proteins as well as the levels of PD-L1, PD-L2 and ODC, and increased expression of MHCA. In a cell-specific fashion, melanoma isolates released the immunogenic protein HMGB1 into the extracellular environment. Very similar data were obtained in ovarian and H&NSCC PDX isolates, and in established tumor cell lines from the lung and kidney...
October 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137182/current-and-prospective-protein-biomarkers-of-lung-cancer
#6
REVIEW
Tatiana N Zamay, Galina S Zamay, Olga S Kolovskaya, Ruslan A Zukov, Marina M Petrova, Ana Gargaun, Maxim V Berezovski, Anna S Kichkailo
Lung cancer is a malignant lung tumor with various histological variants that arise from different cell types, such as bronchial epithelium, bronchioles, alveoli, or bronchial mucous glands. The clinical course and treatment efficacy of lung cancer depends on the histological variant of the tumor. Therefore, accurate identification of the histological type of cancer and respective protein biomarkers is crucial for adequate therapy. Due to the great diversity in the molecular-biological features of lung cancer histological types, detection is impossible without knowledge of the nature and origin of malignant cells, which release certain protein biomarkers into the bloodstream...
November 13, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136326/dna-based-testing-in-lung-transplant-recipients-with-suspected-non-viral-lower-respiratory-tract-infection-a-prospective-observational-study
#7
Nora Drick, Benjamin Seeliger, Mark Greer, Benjamin A Bollmann, Stefan Ziesing, Tobias Welte, Jens Gottlieb
BACKGROUND: Non-viral lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI) are common among lung transplant (LTx) recipients with increased mortality. Early pathogen identification is crucial to guide therapy and avoid adverse events. Results from cultures may require up to 72 hours. Multiplex polymerase chain reaction assay (PCR) may allow faster pathogen identification, but its utility in LTx recipients with suspected non-viral LRTI remains unclear. METHODS: In a prospective open-label observational trial, LTx recipients presenting with suspected LRTI received bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL)...
November 14, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135920/environmental-burkholderia-cenocepacia-strain-enhances-fitness-by-serial-passages-during-long-term-chronic-airways-infection-in-mice
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Alessandra Bragonzi, Moira Paroni, Luisa Pirone, Ivan Coladarci, Fiorentina Ascenzioni, Annamaria Bevivino
Burkholderia cenocepacia is an important opportunistic pathogen in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, and has also been isolated from natural environments. In previous work, we explored the virulence and pathogenic potential of environmental B. cenocepacia strains and demonstrated that they do not differ from clinical strains in some pathogenic traits. Here, we investigated the ability of the environmental B. cenocepacia Mex1 strain, isolated from the maize rhizosphere, to persist and increase its virulence after serial passages in a mouse model of chronic infection...
November 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133293/il-33-responsive-group-2-innate-lymphoid-cells-are-regulated-by-female-sex-hormones-in-the-uterus
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Kathleen Bartemes, Chien-Chang Chen, Koji Iijima, Li Drake, Hirohito Kita
Group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) reside in multiple organs in the body, where they play roles in immunity, tissue homeostasis, and metabolic regulation. However, little is known about the regulatory mechanisms of ILC2s in different organs. Here, we identified ILC2s in the mouse uterus and found that they express cell surface molecules, including the IL-33 receptor, ST2, that are roughly comparable to those expressed by lung ILC2s. Both in vivo and in vitro treatment with IL-33 induced type 2 cytokine production in uterine ILC2s, suggesting that they respond to IL-33 in a manner similar to ILC2s in other organs...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132435/vasculotide-reduces-pulmonary-hyperpermeability-in-experimental-pneumococcal-pneumonia
#10
Birgitt Gutbier, Xiaohui Jiang, Kristina Dietert, Carolin Ehrler, Jasmin Lienau, Paul Van Slyke, Harold Kim, Van C Hoang, Jason T Maynes, Daniel J Dumont, Achim D Gruber, Norbert Weissmann, Timothy J Mitchell, Norbert Suttorp, Martin Witzenrath
BACKGROUND: Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Despite effective antimicrobial therapy, CAP can induce pulmonary endothelial hyperpermeability resulting in life-threatening lung failure due to an exaggerated host-pathogen interaction. Treatment of acute lung injury is mainly supportive because key elements of inflammation-induced barrier disruption remain undetermined. Angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1)-mediated Tie2 activation reduces, and the Ang-1 antagonist Ang-2 increases, inflammation and endothelial permeability in sepsis...
November 13, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129702/fkbp8-protects-the-heart-from-hemodynamic-stress-by-preventing-the-accumulation-of-misfolded-proteins-and-endoplasmic-reticulum-associated-apoptosis-in-mice
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Tomofumi Misaka, Tomokazu Murakawa, Kazuhiko Nishida, Yosuke Omori, Manabu Taneike, Shigemiki Omiya, Chris Molenaar, Yoshihiro Uno, Osamu Yamaguchi, Junji Takeda, Ajay M Shah, Kinya Otsu
Protein quality control in cardiomyocytes is crucial to maintain cellular homeostasis. The accumulation of damaged organelles, such as mitochondria and misfolded proteins in the heart is associated with heart failure. During the process to identify novel mitochondria-specific autophagy (mitophagy) receptors, we found FK506-binding protein 8 (FKBP8), also known as FKBP38, shares similar structural characteristics with a yeast mitophagy receptor, autophagy-related 32 protein. However, knockdown of FKBP8 had no effect on mitophagy in HEK293 cells or H9c2 myocytes...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128899/a-no-touch-technique-for-pulmonary-wedge-resection-of-lung-cancer
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Noriyoshi Sawabata, Takeru Hyakutaka, Takeshi Kawaguchi, Motoaki Yasukawa, Norikazu Kawai, Takashi Tojo, Shigeki Taniguchi
OBJECTIVE: Many of the surgical patients with lung cancer die by metastasis originated from circulating tumor cells (CTCs) which are seeds of metastases. A ring-shaped catching forceps, which generates the great pressure by compression, may reduce the risk of tumor cell spreading. Here, we investigated the efficacy of such forceps based on CTC occurrence. METHODS: Twenty-three patients with clinical stage IA lung cancer who underwent a pulmonary wedge resection were investigated in a clinical-pathological manner...
November 11, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128757/lethal-murine-infection-model-for-human-respiratory-disease-associated-pteropine-orthoreovirus
#13
Yuta Kanai, Takahiro Kawagishi, Minoru Okamoto, Yusuke Sakai, Yoshiharu Matsuura, Takeshi Kobayashi
Pteropine orthoreovirus (PRV) is an emerging bat-borne human pathogen causing severe respiratory illness. To date, however, the evaluation of PRV virulence has largely depended on the limited numbers of clinical cases owing to the lack of animal models. To develop an in vivo model of PRV infection, an inbred C3H mouse strain was infected intranasally with pathogenic PRV strain Miyazaki-Bali/2007. C3H mice suffered severe lung infection with significant body weight reduction and died within 7 days after intranasal infection...
November 9, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126784/steroids-from-helleborus-caucasicus-reduce-cancer-cell-viability-inducing-apoptosis-and-grp78-down-regulation
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Stefania Martucciello, Gaetana Paolella, Tamara Muzashvili, Alexandre Skhirtladze, Cosimo Pizza, Ivana Caputo, Sonia Piacente
Helleborus caucasicus (Ranunculaceae) is an endemic plant of the Caucasian flora, widely distributed in West Georgia. Biological activities for the extracts of some Helleborus species including H. caucasicus have been reported. In this work we found that butanolic extract of the underground parts of H. caucasicus and isolated compounds decreased cell viability in vitro on cancer cell line of lung origin (Calu-1) in a concentration-dependent manner, compared to the normal cell line. In particular, we identified that furostanol derivative (25S)-22α,25-epoxyfurost-5-ene-3β,11β,26-triol 26-O-β-d-glucopyranoside (5), 20-hydroxyecdysone (6), and 3β,5β,14β-trihydroxy-19-oxo-bufa-20,22-dienolide 3-O-α-l-rhamnopyranoside, known as deglucohellebrin (7) exerted a strong cytotoxic effect on the same cells and on other cancer cell lines (HepG2 and Caco-2) reducing the S-phase entry (compound 6) and inducing cell apoptosis associated with activation of caspase-3 (compound 7)...
November 7, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125743/heterogeneous-rupturing-dendrimers
#15
Oliver C J Andrén, Aristi P Fernandes, Michael Malkoch
Utilizing macromolecular scaffolds as templates for the production of small molecules that are distinctively different to the original monomer feedstock has many potential uses. Herein, as a proof-of-concept, a family of dendrimers displaying internally queued disulfide bridges were synthesized, and exploited as flawless macromolecular templates that selectively rupture, into a set of monomeric mercaptans. Disassembly was accomplished in a reducing environment, using DTT as an external stimulus, and the thiol constituents were successfully isolated...
November 10, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124658/atypical-hrct-manifestations-of-pulmonary-sarcoidosis
#16
Diletta Cozzi, Elena Bargagli, Alessandro Giuseppe Calabrò, Elena Torricelli, Federico Giannelli, Edoardo Cavigli, Vittorio Miele
PURPOSE: To present our experience of cases of pulmonary sarcoidosis with atypical HRCT patterns found during 2016 focusing on the differential diagnosis to contribute to the difficult role of the radiologist in the disease identification and to help the clinicians to reach the diagnosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The HRCT examinations of 47 patients with sarcoidosis were studied retrospectively. All patients had a histopathological confirm of the disease. 29 (61.7%) show a typical pulmonary pattern and 18 (38...
November 9, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122633/iridoids-and-sfingolipids-from-hedyotis-diffusa
#17
Changfu Wang, Ping Xin, Youzhi Wang, Xuegang Zhou, Donghua Wei, Chengjie Deng, Shiqin Sun
Seven new compounds were isolated from the aerial part of Hedyotis diffusa, including three iridoid glycosides, hedyoiridoidside A - C (1-3), two cerebrosides, hedyocerenoside F (4) and G (5), and two new ceramides, hedyoceramide A (6) and B (7). And six known iridoid glycosides (8-13) were also obtained. Their structures were established by their physico-chemical constants and spectroscopic analysis. The cytotoxicity of all compounds against tumor cell lines of human cervical cancer HeLa, human leukemia HL-60, human lung cancer A459, human hepatoma HepG2, human gastric gland carcinoma BCG-823, human nasopharyngeal cancer CNE-2, human colon cancer HCT15, and human prostate cancer PC-3 were also evaluated in vitro...
November 6, 2017: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121876/perceived-stigmatization-and-its-impact-on-quality-of-life-results-from-a-large-register-based-study-including-breast-colon-prostate-and-lung-cancer-patients
#18
J Ernst, A Mehnert, A Dietz, B Hornemann, P Esser
BACKGROUND: To date, research on stigmatization among cancer patients and related psychosocial consequences has been scarce and mostly based on small and highly selected samples. We investigated stigmatization and its impact on quality of life among a large sample including four major tumor entities. METHODS: We assessed 858 patients with breast, colon, lung or prostate cancer from two cancer registries. Stigmatization and quality of life (QoL) was assessed with the Social Impact Scale (SIS-D) and the EORTC Quality of Life Questionnaire (European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer), respectively...
November 9, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121069/developing-selective-media-for-quantification-of-multispecies-biofilms-following-antibiotic-treatment
#19
Eva Vandeplassche, Tom Coenye, Aurélie Crabbé
The lungs of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients are chronically colonized by a polymicrobial biofilm community, leading to difficult-to-treat infections. To combat these infections, CF patients are commonly treated with a variety of antibiotics. Understanding the dynamics of polymicrobial community composition in response to antibiotic therapy is essential in the search for novel therapies. Culture-dependent quantification of individual bacteria from defined multispecies biofilms is frequently carried out by plating on selective media...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120427/fully-integrated-silicon-probes-for-high-density-recording-of-neural-activity
#20
James J Jun, Nicholas A Steinmetz, Joshua H Siegle, Daniel J Denman, Marius Bauza, Brian Barbarits, Albert K Lee, Costas A Anastassiou, Alexandru Andrei, Çağatay Aydın, Mladen Barbic, Timothy J Blanche, Vincent Bonin, João Couto, Barundeb Dutta, Sergey L Gratiy, Diego A Gutnisky, Michael Häusser, Bill Karsh, Peter Ledochowitsch, Carolina Mora Lopez, Catalin Mitelut, Silke Musa, Michael Okun, Marius Pachitariu, Jan Putzeys, P Dylan Rich, Cyrille Rossant, Wei-Lung Sun, Karel Svoboda, Matteo Carandini, Kenneth D Harris, Christof Koch, John O'Keefe, Timothy D Harris
Sensory, motor and cognitive operations involve the coordinated action of large neuronal populations across multiple brain regions in both superficial and deep structures. Existing extracellular probes record neural activity with excellent spatial and temporal (sub-millisecond) resolution, but from only a few dozen neurons per shank. Optical Ca(2+) imaging offers more coverage but lacks the temporal resolution needed to distinguish individual spikes reliably and does not measure local field potentials. Until now, no technology compatible with use in unrestrained animals has combined high spatiotemporal resolution with large volume coverage...
November 8, 2017: Nature
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