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Novel MFRP Mutation with Nanophthalmos, Optic Disc Drusen, and Peripheral Retinoschisis Imaged with Ultra-Widefield OCT.

Retin Cases Brief Rep 2021 Jul 16. Epub 2021 Jul 16.

Department of Ophthalmology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, United States.

Purpose: To describe with multimodal imaging including the use of ultra-widefield optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging a distinct phenotype of autosomal recessive nanophthalmos associated with a novel mutation of the MFRP gene (membrane-type frizzled-related protein).

Methods: Case report and review of the relevant literature.

Patients: Single patient followed by the Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Ophthalmology Retina and Glaucoma Services. Read More

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Acceleration of polychlorinated biphenyls remediation in soil via sewage sludge amendment.

J Hazard Mater 2021 Jul 13;420:126630. Epub 2021 Jul 13.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore, Block E2-02-13, 1 Engineering Drive 3, Singapore 117576, Singapore. Electronic address:

Bioremediation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) is impeded by difficulties in massively cultivating bioinoculant. Meanwhile, sewage sludge is rich in pollutant-degrading microorganisms and nutrients, drawing our attention to investigate their potential to be used as a supplement for bioremediation of PCBs. Here we reported extensive microbial reductive dechlorination of PCBs by waste activated sludge (WAS) and digestion sludge (DS), which were identified to harbor multiple putative organohalide-respiring bacteria (i. Read More

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Biomass as source for hydrochar and biochar production to recover phosphates from wastewater: A review on challenges, commercialization, and future perspectives.

Chemosphere 2021 Jul 15;286(Pt 1):131490. Epub 2021 Jul 15.

Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, The Ohio State University, Wooster, OH, United States. Electronic address:

Excessive phosphate run-off with total phosphorus concentration greater than 20 μg P L triggers the growth of harmful algal species in waterbodies and potentially leads to eutrophication. This has severe negative implications on aquatic environment and impacts human health. The annual economic impact of harmful algal blooms is reported to be as high as $25 million for public health and commercial fishery sector, $29 million for recreation/tourism sector and $2 million for monitoring and management. Read More

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Molecular cloning and biochemical characterization of a new coumarin glycosyltransferase CtUGT1 from Cistanche tubulosa.

Fitoterapia 2021 Jul 19:104995. Epub 2021 Jul 19.

Modern Research Center for Traditional Chinese Medicine, School of Chinese Materia Medica, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, People's Republic of China. Electronic address:

UDP-glycosyltransferases (UGTs) are an important and functionally diverse family of enzymes involved in secondary metabolite biosynthesis. Coumarin is one of the most common skeletons of natural products with candidate pharmacological activities. However, to date, many reported GTs from plants mainly recognized flavonoids as sugar acceptors. Read More

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Fatty acids and evolving roles of their proteins in neurological, cardiovascular disorders and cancers.

Prog Lipid Res 2021 Jul 20;83:101116. Epub 2021 Jul 20.

Department of Nutrition, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway. Electronic address:

The dysregulation of fat metabolism is involved in various disorders, including neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, and cancers. The uptake of long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs) with 14 or more carbons plays a pivotal role in cellular metabolic homeostasis. Therefore, the uptake and metabolism of LCFAs must constantly be in tune with the cellular, metabolic, and structural requirements of cells. Read More

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Metachronous Skull Base Paraganglioma Surgical Management: 2-Dimensional Operative Video.

Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown) 2021 Jul 22. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

Department of Neurosurgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Paragangliomas (PGLs) are benign hypervascular tumors that can develop in head and neck at different locations, primarily in the carotid bifurcation, jugular bulb, tympanic plexus, and vagal ganglia.1 Different gene mutations have been linked to the familial inherited forms, which can represent approximately 30% of all PGLs.1,2 These are classified into 5 different clinical syndromes: PGL 1 to 5. Read More

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Transcondylar Odontoid Resection and Stabilization for Craniovertebral Degenerative Compression: 2-Dimensional Operative Video.

Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown) 2021 Jul 22. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

Department of Neurosurgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Non-neoplastic craniovertebral junction lesions are well known with various etiologies.1,2 They are frequently associated with craniovertebral junction instability. Many require only stabilization for their management. Read More

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Clinical characteristics and management of olecranon and prepatellar septic bursitis in a multicentre study.

J Antimicrob Chemother 2021 Jul 22. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

Rheumatology Department, CHU Nantes, Nantes, France.

Background: No current guidelines are available for managing septic bursitis (SB).

Objectives: To describe the clinical characteristics and management of olecranon and prepatellar SB in five French tertiary care centres.

Methods: This is a retrospective observational multicentre study. Read More

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A highly potent and safe pyrrolopyridine-based allosteric HIV-1 integrase inhibitor targeting host LEDGF/p75-integrase interaction site.

PLoS Pathog 2021 Jul 22;17(7):e1009671. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America.

Allosteric integrase inhibitors (ALLINIs) are a class of experimental anti-HIV agents that target the noncatalytic sites of the viral integrase (IN) and interfere with the IN-viral RNA interaction during viral maturation. Here, we report a highly potent and safe pyrrolopyridine-based ALLINI, STP0404, displaying picomolar IC50 in human PBMCs with a >24,000 therapeutic index against HIV-1. X-ray structural and biochemical analyses revealed that STP0404 binds to the host LEDGF/p75 protein binding pocket of the IN dimer, which induces aberrant IN oligomerization and blocks the IN-RNA interaction. Read More

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Silver Foams with Hierarchical Porous Structures: From Manufacturing to Antibacterial Activity.

ACS Appl Mater Interfaces 2021 Jul 22. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

University Materials Institute of Alicante, University of Alicante, Ap. 99, E-03690 Alicante, Spain.

The development of porous materials with hierarchical porous structures is currently of great interest. These materials exhibit properties representative of different pore scales and thus open up the possibility of being used in new applications. In this paper, a method for the preparation of silver foams with hierarchical porous structures is discussed. Read More

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Reconfigurable Chirality of DNA-Bridged Nanorod Dimers.

ACS Nano 2021 Jul 22. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States.

Gold nanorods assembled in a side-by-side chiral configuration have potential applications in sensing due to their strong chiroptical surface plasmon resonances. Recent experiments have shown that dimers of gold nanorods bridged by double-stranded DNA exhibit variable chiral configurations depending on the chemical and ionic properties of the solvent medium. Here, we uncover the underlying physics governing this intriguing chiral behavior of such DNA-bridged nanorods by theoretically evaluating their configurational free energy landscape. Read More

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Neo-clerodane Diterpenoids with Hypoglycemic Effects in Vivo from the Aerial Parts of Salvia hispanica L.

Chem Biodivers 2021 Jul 22. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, State Key Laboratory of Phytochemistry and Plant Resources in West China, 132 Lanhei Road, Heilongtan, Kunming 650201, Not Available, 650201, Kunming, CHINA.

A new neo -clerodane diterpenoid, salvihispin H ( 1 ), and six known ones ( 2 - 7 ) were identified from the aerial parts of Salvia hispanica L. The structure and absolute configuration of 1 were elucidated by extensive analysis of spectroscopic ( 1 H, 13 C, and 2D NMR, and HRESIMS) and single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. The anti-diabetic effects of salvihispin H ( 1 ) and salvifaricin ( 2 ) were evaluated in diabetic db/db mice. Read More

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Investigating Endocrine Disrupting Properties of Chemicals in Fish and Amphibians: Opportunities to Apply the 3Rs.

Integr Environ Assess Manag 2021 Jul 22. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

Shell Health, Shell International B.V., Carel van Bylandtlaan 16, 2596 HR, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Many regulations are beginning to explicitly require investigation of a chemical's endocrine disrupting properties as a part of the safety assessment process, for substances already on or about to be placed on the market. Different jurisdictions are applying distinct approaches. However, all share a common theme requiring testing for endocrine activity and adverse effects, typically involving in vitro and in vivo assays on selected endocrine pathways. Read More

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Habitat use and nursery evaluation for the longnose stingray Hypanus guttatus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801) using vertebral microchemistry.

J Fish Biol 2021 Jul 22. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

Laboratório de Dinâmica de Populações Marinhas (DIMAR), Departamento de Pesca e Aquicultura, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil.

Here, we use vertebral microchemistry to investigate the habitat use patterns of the longnose stingray Hypanus guttatus in the northern and northeastern regions of Brazil, and to evaluate the existence of potential nurseries of the species. Samples were collected in Maranhão, Rio Grande do Norte, and Pernambuco states between 2008 and 2019. Trace element concentrations of Ba:Ca, Mg:Ca, Mn:Ca, and Sr. Read More

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Cardiovascular Safety of Biologics Targeting Interleukin (IL)-12 and/or IL-23: What Does the Evidence Say?

Am J Clin Dermatol 2021 Jul 22. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

Centre for Dermatology Research, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.

There is substantial evidence regarding the association between psoriasis and the elevated risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease. Many patients with psoriasis may also be concerned that their treatments may be associated with a further increase in the risk of CV disease. In this article, we summarize the data regarding the biological role of interleukin (IL)-12/23 in atherogenesis. Read More

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A review on interplay between small RNAs and oxidative stress in cancer progression.

Mol Cell Biochem 2021 Jul 22. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

Department of Medical Biotechnology, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education (CARE), Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute (CHRI), Kelambakkam, Chennai, 603 103, India.

Oxidative stress has been known to be the underlying cause in many instances of cancer development. The new aspect of cancer genesis that has caught the attention of many researchers worldwide is its connection to non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs). ncRNAs may not be protein coding, but in light of the more recent discovery of their wide range of functions, the term 'dark matter of the genome' has been rendered inapplicable. Read More

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Enzymatic Synthesis of Eugenyl Acetate from Essential Oil of Clove Using Lipases in Liquid Formulation as Biocatalyst.

Appl Biochem Biotechnol 2021 Jul 22. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

Department of Chemical and Food Engineering, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, SC, Brazil.

In this research, eugenyl acetate, a compound with flavoring, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties, was obtained from essential oil of clove (Syzygium aromaticum) via liquid lipase-mediated acetylation. Clove essential oil was extracted by drag water vapor from dry flower buds and its physic-chemical characteristics were analyzed. For the enzymatic synthesis, an extensive evaluation of reaction parameters was accomplished through employment of distinct reaction temperatures, acetic anhydride to eugenol molar ratios, enzyme loads, and three different lipases (a lyophilized enzyme produced by solid-state fermentation of sunflower seed with Penicillium sumatrense microorganism and other two commercial lipases - Lipozyme TL 100L and CALB L). Read More

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Association of Concomitant Bone Resorption Inhibitors With Overall Survival Among Patients With Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer and Bone Metastases Receiving Abiraterone Acetate With Prednisone as First-Line Therapy.

JAMA Netw Open 2021 Jul 1;4(7):e2116536. Epub 2021 Jul 1.

Division of Medical Oncology, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Importance: Bone resorption inhibitors (BRIs) are recommended by international guidelines to prevent skeletal-related events (SREs) among patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) and bone metastases. Abiraterone acetate with prednisone is currently the most common first-line therapy for the treatment of patients with mCRPC; however, the clinical impact of the addition of BRIs to abiraterone acetate with prednisone in this disease setting is unknown.

Objective: To evaluate the association of the use of concomitant BRIs with overall survival (OS) and time to first SRE among patients with mCRPC and bone metastases receiving abiraterone acetate with prednisone as first-line therapy. Read More

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Distribution and ecological risk assessment of typical antibiotics in the surface waters of seven major rivers, China.

Zhizhen Yin

Environ Sci Process Impacts 2021 Jul 22. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

Key Laboratory of Pollutant Chemistry and Environmental Treatment, Yili Normal University, Yining 835000, China.

The consumption and production of antibiotics in China rank highest in the world. As such, the occurrence of antibiotics in environmental media of China has raised significant concerns. Rivers play an important role in the sustainable development of China's economy and society, possibly causing high levels and detection frequencies of antibiotics in the aquatic environment of rivers in China. Read More

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Neonatal Fournier's Gangrene: Avoiding Extensive Debridement.

Pediatr Infect Dis J 2021 Jul 20. Epub 2021 Jul 20.

From the Division of Plastic Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Surgery Department Neonatology Department Pediatric Surgery Department, Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, Madrid, Spain.

Fournier's gangrene is a necrotizing fasciitis of the scrotal and inguinal region, associating high mortality and complication rates. It is extremely rare in the neonatal period and may be life threatening. We present an exceptional case of a 24-day-old boy who consulted to the emergency department for fever (39 °C) and an indurated, fluctuating and painful erythema in both groins, left hemiscrotum, left anterior femoral region and perineum for the last 6 hours. Read More

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Analysis of Clinical Characteristics and Prognosis of Patients With Periocular Malignant Melanoma in Korea.

J Craniofac Surg 2021 Jul 20. Epub 2021 Jul 20.

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul Department of Ophthalmology, Hospital, National Cancer Center, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.

Objective: To report the clinical features of 20 patients with malignant melanoma and to evaluate the survival and prognosis of patients with malignant melanoma in Korea.

Methods And Analysis: The medical records of 20 patients with malignant melanoma treated between March 2004 and March 2020 were reviewed retrospectively. The demographic data, clinical characteristics, and outcomes were also reviewed. Read More

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Community-Driven Prioritization of Primary Health Care Access Issues by Bangladeshi-Canadians to Guide Program of Research and Practice.

Fam Community Health 2021 Jul 20. Epub 2021 Jul 20.

Department of Family Medicine (Dr Turin, N. Chowdhury, Yeasmin, and Ferdous and Mss Haque and Rashid), Department of Community Health Sciences (Drs Turin and M. Chowdhury), and Sleep Center, Foothills Medical Centre (Dr Rumana), University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Ms N. Rahman and Drs A. Rahman and Lasker are community scholars and citizen researchers, Bangladeshi-Canadian community, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Research around probable solutions to immigrants accessing health care in Canada is not extensive, and the perspective of immigrant communities on priorities and potential solutions has not been captured effectively. The purpose of this article is to describe a research initiative that involved grassroots community members as producers of research priorities on primary care access issues. This study aimed to seek input from an immigrant community in Calgary, Canada. Read More

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Exsanguination From Superficial Lower Extremity Trauma.

Am J Forensic Med Pathol 2021 Jul 21. Epub 2021 Jul 21.

From the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-South Georgia, Moultrie, GA Department of General Surgery, Huntington Memorial Hospital, University of Southern California, Pasadena, CA Department of Pathology, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, MI.

Abstract: Deaths related to exsanguination are not rare; however, most are related to large-caliber blood vessel or organ disruption. This article reports 2 deaths from external hemorrhage arising from superficial lower extremity trauma in persons with peripheral vascular disease and anticoagulant therapy. The first involved a 78-year-old woman who was found unconscious in her home by a relative, with a plastic bag tied around her left foot and evidence of profuse hemorrhage arising from a left great toenail partial avulsion injury. Read More

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Interdisciplinary management of peripheral arteriovenous malformations: review of the literature and current proceedings.

J Plast Surg Hand Surg 2021 Jul 22:1-10. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

Clinic for Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim - Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany.

Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are a rare congenital vascular disorder. They represent a fast-flow vascular malformation. Clinically, AVMs present a heterogenous expression and can affect every part of the body. Read More

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A new bioactive isocoumarin from the mangrove-derived fungus sp. TGM112.

J Asian Nat Prod Res 2021 Jul 22:1-6. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

Key Laboratory of Tropical Medicinal Resource Chemistry of Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hainan Normal University, Haikou 571158, China.

A new isocoumarin, penicimarin N (), along with five known compounds (), were isolated from the mangrove-derived fungus sp. TGM112. The structure of was elucidated on the basis of extensive spectroscopic data analysis, and the absolute configuration of was determined by comparison of their circular dichroism (CD) spectra with the literature. Read More

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Stimulant Therapy Utilization for Neurocognitive Deficits in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.

Sports Health 2021 Jul 22:19417381211031842. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

USF Morsani College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Tampa, Florida.

Context: There are 3.8 million mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs) that occur each year in the United States. Many are left with prolonged life-altering neurocognitive deficits, including difficulties in attention, concentration, mental fatigue, and distractibility. Read More

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Liquid-Liquid Phase Separation in Biology: Specific Stoichiometric Molecular Interactions vs Promiscuous Interactions Mediated by Disordered Sequences.

Biochemistry 2021 Jul 22. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

School of Life Sciences, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen 518055, China.

Extensive studies in the past few years have shown that nonmembrane bound organelles are likely assembled via liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS), a process that is driven by multivalent protein-protein and/or protein-nucleic acid interactions. Both stoichiometric molecular interactions and intrinsically disordered region (IDR)-driven interactions can promote the assembly of membraneless organelles, and the field is currently dominated by IDR-driven biological condensate formation. Here we discuss recent studies that demonstrate the importance of specific biomolecular interactions for functions of diverse physiological condensates. Read More

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Clinical features and imaging manifestations of retinoblastoma with hepatic metastasis.

Pediatr Blood Cancer 2021 Jul 22:e28959. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

Department of Pediatrics, Beijing Tongren Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China.

Clinical data of five patients with hepatic metastases of retinoblastoma were analyzed retrospectively (two had bilateral tumors three had unilateral intraocular tumors). On computed tomography, multiple and single low-density foci were observed. Four patients had tumor remission, and one showed no response after chemotherapy. Read More

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An SR protein is essential for activating DNA repair in malaria parasites.

J Cell Sci 2021 Jul 22. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, The Kuvin Center for the Study of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, IMRIC, The Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem 91120, Israel.

Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite responsible for the deadliest form of human malaria, replicates within the erythrocytes of its host where it encounters numerous pressures that cause extensive DNA damage, which must be repaired efficiently to ensure parasite survival. Malaria parasites, which lost the NHEJ pathway for repairing DNA double strand breaks, have evolved unique mechanisms that enable them to robustly maintain genome integrity under such harsh conditions. However, the nature of these adaptations is unknown. Read More

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Proliferative Clonal T-Cell Infiltrate Mimicking a Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma Arising in Active Regression of Melanoma.

Am J Dermatopathol 2021 Jul 20. Epub 2021 Jul 20.

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Baylor Scott and White Health, Texas A&M Medical CenterTemple, TX; and Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA.

Abstract: Complete melanoma regression is an uncommon phenomenon involving a complex interplay of the tumor microenvironment and host immune response. We report a case of an 84-year-old woman with a history of colon and breast cancers who presented with a right forearm tumor, which was found to be a nodular melanoma; focal features of regression were noted in the biopsy. Approximately 6 weeks later, surgical resection of the site revealed no gross evidence of tumor, and histologic sections showed an extensive lymphoid infiltrate with prominent epidermotropism. Read More

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