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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091357/assessment-of-the-need-for-a-cardiac-morphology-curriculum-for-paediatric-cardiology-fellows
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Lindsay S Rogers, Melissa Klein, Jeanne James, Michael FitzGerald
BACKGROUND: Expert knowledge of cardiac malformations is essential for paediatric cardiologists. Current cardiac morphology fellowship teaching format, content, and nomenclature are left up to the discretion of the individual fellowship programmes. We aimed to assess practices and barriers in morphology education, perceived effectiveness of current curricula, and preferences for a standardised fellow morphology curriculum. METHODS: A web-based survey was developed de novo and administered anonymously via e-mail to all paediatric cardiology fellowship programme directors and associate directors in the United States of America; leaders were asked to forward the survey to fellows...
January 16, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090108/a-process-for-curricular-improvement-based-on-evaluation-of-student-performance-on-milestone-examinations
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Marcy Hernick, Ann C Hylton, Michael Justice
Objective. To identify and address areas for curricular improvement by evaluating student achievement of expected learning outcomes and competencies on annual milestone examinations. Design. Students were tested each professional year with a comprehensive milestone examination designed to evaluate student achievement of learning outcomes and professional competencies using a combination of multiple-choice questions, standardized patient assessments (SPAs), and objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) questions...
November 25, 2016: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090104/interprofessional-online-global-health-course
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Therese I Poirier, Radhika Devraj, Faustina Blankson, Huaibo Xin
Objective. The design and evaluation of an online global health course targeted for pharmacy and other undergraduates is presented. Design. Enrolled students represented nursing, health education, pharmacy and a variety of other disciplines. The course was designed as an entirely online one with no class meetings. The course consisted of eight modules addressing global health competencies and interprofessional education competencies. Readings, quizzes, study question and team projects were tailored to the goals of each module...
November 25, 2016: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089915/dendrimers-as-nanocarriers-for-nucleoside-analogues
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Michał Gorzkiewicz, Barbara Klajnert-Maculewicz
Dendrimers constitute a class of hyperbranched macromolecules with several potential applications due to their unique properties such as a well-defined structure, multivalency and biocompatibility. These polymers became one of the most promising drug nanocarriers, providing improved solubility of therapeutics, high loading capacity and controllable biodistribution pattern. In addition, the use of dendrimers as drug delivery devices in cancer therapies may help to overcome the resistance mechanisms by transporting activated drug molecules directly to cancer cells...
January 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089512/paleozoic-nymphal-wing-pads-support-dual-model-of-insect-wing-origins
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Jakub Prokop, Martina Pecharová, André Nel, Thomas Hörnschemeyer, Ewa Krzemińska, Wiesław Krzemiński, Michael S Engel
The appearance of wings in insects, early in their evolution [1], has been one of the more critical innovations contributing to their extraordinary diversity. Despite the conspicuousness and importance of wings, the origin of these structures has been difficult to resolve and represented one of the "abominable mysteries" in evolutionary biology [2]. More than a century of debate has boiled the matter down to two competing alternatives-one of wings representing an extension of the thoracic notum, the other stating that they are appendicular derivations from the lateral body wall...
January 9, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088927/assessing-understanding-of-relative-clauses-a-comparison-of-multiple-choice-comprehension-versus-sentence-repetition
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Pauline Frizelle, Clodagh O'Neill, Dorothy V M Bishop
Although sentence repetition is considered a reliable measure of children's grammatical knowledge, few studies have directly compared children's sentence repetition performance with their understanding of grammatical structures. The current study aimed to compare children's performance on these two assessment measures, using a multiple-choice picture-matching sentence comprehension task and a sentence repetition task. Thirty-three typically developing children completed both assessments, which included relative clauses representing a range of syntactic roles...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Child Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088504/novel-insights-into-the-transport-mechanism-of-the-human-amino-acid-transporter-lat1-slc7a5-probing-critical-residues-for-substrate-translocation
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Lara Napolitano, Michele Galluccio, Mariafrancesca Scalise, Chiara Parravicini, Luca Palazzolo, Ivano Eberini, Cesare Indiveri
BACKGROUND: LAT1 (SLC7A5) is the transport competent unit of the heterodimer formed with the glycoprotein CD98 (SLC3A2). It catalyzes antiport of His and some neutral amino acids such as Ile, Leu, Val, Cys, Met, Gln and Phe thus being involved in amino acid metabolism. Interestingly, LAT1 is over-expressed in many human cancers that are characterized by increased demand of amino acids. Therefore LAT1 was recently acknowledged as a novel target for cancer therapy. However, knowledge on molecular mechanism of LAT1 transport is still scarce...
January 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088447/differential-binding-of-monovalent-cations-to-kcsa-deciphering-the-mechanisms-of-potassium-channel-selectivity
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Estefanía Montoya, M Lourdes Renart, A Marcela Giudici, José A Poveda, Asia M Fernández, Andrés Morales, José M González-Ros
This work explores whether the ion selectivity and permeation properties of a model potassium channel, KcsA, could be explained based on ion binding features. Non-permeant Na(+) or Li(+) bind with low affinity (millimolar KD's) to a single set of sites contributed by the S1 and S4 sites seen at the selectivity filter in the KcsA crystal structure. Conversely, permeant K(+), Rb(+), Tl(+) and even Cs(+) bind to two different sets of sites as their concentration increases, consistent with crystallographic evidence on the ability of permeant species to induce concentration-dependent transitions between conformational states (non-conductive and conductive) of the channel's selectivity filter...
January 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087711/ctcf-mediated-topological-boundaries-during-development-foster-appropriate-gene-regulation
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Varun Narendra, Milica Bulajić, Job Dekker, Esteban O Mazzoni, Danny Reinberg
The genome is organized into repeating topologically associated domains (TADs), each of which is spatially isolated from its neighbor by poorly understood boundary elements thought to be conserved across cell types. Here, we show that deletion of CTCF (CCCTC-binding factor)-binding sites at TAD and sub-TAD topological boundaries that form within the HoxA and HoxC clusters during differentiation not only disturbs local chromatin domain organization and regulatory interactions but also results in homeotic transformations typical of Hox gene misregulation...
December 15, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086827/mothers-accounts-of-the-impact-on-emotional-wellbeing-of-organised-peer-support-in-pregnancy-and-early-parenthood-a-qualitative-study
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Jenny McLeish, Maggie Redshaw
BACKGROUND: The transition to parenthood is a potentially vulnerable time for mothers' mental health and approximately 9-21% of women experience depression and/or anxiety at this time. Many more experience sub-clinical symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as stress, low self-esteem and a loss of confidence. Women's emotional wellbeing is more at risk if they have little social support, a low income, are single parents or have a poor relationship with their partner. Peer support can comprise emotional, affirmational, informational and practical support; evidence of its impact on emotional wellbeing during pregnancy and afterwards is mixed...
January 13, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079725/new-medicine-for-the-u-s-health-care-system-training-physicians-for-structural-interventions
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Helena Hansen, Jonathan M Metzl
Structural competency provides a language and theoretical framework to promote institutional-level interventions by clinical practitioners working with community organizations, non-health-sector institutions, and policy makers. The special collection of articles on structural competency in this issue of Academic Medicine addresses the need to move from theory to an appraisal of core educational interventions that operationalize the goals of and foster structural competency. In this Commentary, the authors review the role of clinical practitioners in enhancing population-level health outcomes through collaborations with professionals in fields outside medicine, including the social sciences and law...
January 10, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078708/blood-vessel-formation-during-tail-regeneration-in-the-leopard-gecko-eublepharis-macularius-the-blastema-is-not-avascular
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Samantha L Payne, Hanna M Peacock, Matthew K Vickaryous
Unique among amniotes, many lizards are able to self-detach (autotomize) their tail and then regenerate a replacement. Tail regeneration involves the formation of a blastema, an accumulation of proliferating cells at the site of autotomy. Over time, cells of the blastema give rise to most of the tissues in the replacement tail. In non-amniotes capable of regenerating (such as urodeles and some teleost fish), the blastema is reported to be essentially avascular until tissue differentiation takes place. For tail regenerating lizards less is known...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078378/post-procedural-care-in-interventional-radiology-what-every-interventional-radiologist-should-know-part-i-standard-post-procedural-instructions-and-follow-up-care
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Bedros Taslakian, Divya Sridhar
Interventional radiology (IR) has evolved into a full-fledged clinical specialty with attendant patient care responsibilities. Success in IR now requires development of a full clinical practice, including consultations, inpatient admitting privileges, and an outpatient clinic. In addition to technical excellence and innovation, maintaining a comprehensive practice is imperative for interventional radiologists to compete successfully for patients and referral bases. A structured approach to periprocedural care, including routine follow-up and early identification and management of complications, facilitates efficient and thorough management with an emphasis on quality and patient safety...
January 11, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077912/emptyheaded-a-relational-engine-for-graph-processing
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Christopher R Aberger, Susan Tu, Kunle Olukotun, Christopher Ré
There are two types of high-performance graph processing engines: low- and high-level engines. Low-level engines (Galois, PowerGraph, Snap) provide optimized data structures and computation models but require users to write low-level imperative code, hence ensuring that efficiency is the burden of the user. In high-level engines, users write in query languages like datalog (SociaLite) or SQL (Grail). High-level engines are easier to use but are orders of magnitude slower than the low-level graph engines. We present EmptyHeaded, a high-level engine that supports a rich datalog-like query language and achieves performance comparable to that of low-level engines...
June 2016: Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077875/structural-basis-of-co-translational-quality-control-by-arfa-and-rf2-bound-to-ribosome
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Fuxing Zeng, Yanbo Chen, Jonathan Remis, Mrinal Shekhar, James C Phillips, Emad Tajkhorshid, Hong Jin
Quality control mechanisms intervene appropriately when defective translation events occur, in order to preserve the integrity of protein synthesis. Rescue of ribosomes translating on messenger RNAs that lack stop codons is one of the co-translational quality control pathways. In many bacteria, ArfA recognizes stalled ribosomes and recruits the release factor RF2, which catalyses the termination of protein synthesis. Although an induced-fit mechanism of nonstop mRNA surveillance mediated by ArfA and RF2 has been reported, the molecular interaction between ArfA and RF2 in the ribosome that is responsible for the mechanism is unknown...
January 11, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076660/influenza-a-virus-ns1-protein-induced-jnk-activation-and-apoptosis-are-not-functionally-linked
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Wolfgang Nacken, Viktor Wixler, Christina Ehrhardt, Stephan Ludwig
Expression of the influenza A virus (IAV) non-structural protein NS1 results in the activation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK). Both NS1 and JNK are involved in apoptosis induction. To investigate their interrelationship, we stably expressed a tamoxifen inducible NS1 oestrogen receptor fusion-protein (NS1ERT) in mammalian cells. Upon tamoxifen stimulation, NS1ERT expressing cells partially rescued the attenuated replication of NS1-deficient IAVs and also inhibited interferon up-regulation, confirming the functional competence of NS1ERT...
January 11, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074720/-registration-of-assessments-in-orthopaedic-residents-portfolios-is-falling-short
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S N van Vendeloo, P L P Brand, B J Burger, R G H H Nelissen, S K Bulstra, C C P M Verheyen
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate of the number of registered competency assessments in the portfolios of orthopaedic residents in the Netherlands, for whom a competency-based training programme is mandatory. DESIGN: National cohort study. METHOD: We collected data regarding the registered assessments of all orthopaedic residents who finished their training between 2012-2015. We determined the number of registered assessments of 'standard orthopaedic treatments' (evaluating residents' competency in 70 different orthopaedic treatments), objective structured clinical skills evaluations (OSCEs), critically appraised topics (CATs), and 360 degree feedback appraisals...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071914/synthesis-and-nmr-analysis-of-a-conformationally-controlled-%C3%AE-turn-mimetic-torsion-balance
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Alyssa B Lypson, Craig S Wilcox
The molecular torsion balance concept was applied to a new conformationally controlled scaffold and synthesized to accurately evaluate pairwise amino acid interactions in an antiparallel β-sheet motif. The scaffold's core design combines (ortho-tolyl)amide and o,o,o'-trisubstituted biphenyl structural units to provide a geometry better-suited for intramolecular hydrogen bonding. Like the dibenzodiazocine hinge of the traditional torsion balance, the (ortho-tolyl)amide unit offers restricted rotation around an N-aryl bond...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071730/structural-basis-of-human-pcna-sliding-on-dna
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Matteo De March, Nekane Merino, Susana Barrera-Vilarmau, Ramon Crehuet, Silvia Onesti, Francisco J Blanco, Alfredo De Biasio
Sliding clamps encircle DNA and tether polymerases and other factors to the genomic template. However, the molecular mechanism of clamp sliding on DNA is unknown. Using crystallography, NMR and molecular dynamics simulations, here we show that the human clamp PCNA recognizes DNA through a double patch of basic residues within the ring channel, arranged in a right-hand spiral that matches the pitch of B-DNA. We propose that PCNA slides by tracking the DNA backbone via a 'cogwheel' mechanism based on short-lived polar interactions, which keep the orientation of the clamp invariant relative to DNA...
January 10, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070677/potential-activity-of-subglacial-microbiota-transported-to-anoxic-river-delta-sediments
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Karen A Cameron, Marek Stibal, Nikoline S Olsen, Andreas B Mikkelsen, Bo Elberling, Carsten S Jacobsen
The Watson River drains a portion of the SW Greenland ice sheet, transporting microbial communities from subglacial environments to a delta at the head of Søndre Strømfjord. This study investigates the potential activity and community shifts of glacial microbiota deposited and buried under layers of sediments within the river delta. A long-term (12-month) incubation experiment was established using Watson River delta sediment under anaerobic conditions, with and without CO2/H2 enrichment. Within CO2/H2-amended incubations, sulphate depletion and a shift in the microbial community to a 52% predominance of Desulfosporosinus meridiei by day 371 provides evidence for sulphate reduction...
January 9, 2017: Microbial Ecology
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