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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653828/generating-color-from-polydisperse-near-micron-sized-tio2-particles
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Al-Mahmnur Alam, KyungNae Baek, Jieun Son, Yi-Rong Pei, Dong Ha Kim, Jin-Ho Choy, Jerome Kartham Hyun
Single particle Mie calculations of near micron-sized TiO2 particles predict strong light scattering dominating the visible range that would give rise to a white appearance. We demonstrate that a polydisperse collection of these 'white' particles can result in the generation of visible colors through ensemble scattering. The weighted averaging of the scattering over the particle size distribution modifies the sharp, multiple, high order scattering modes from individual particles into broad variations in the collective extinction...
June 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651537/improving-sperm-banking-efficiency-in-endangered-species-through-the-use-of-a-sperm-selection-method-in-brown-bear-ursus-arctos-thawed-sperm
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L Anel-Lopez, C Ortega-Ferrusola, M Álvarez, S Borragán, C Chamorro, F J Peña, J Morrell, L Anel, P de Paz
BACKGROUND: Sperm selection methods such as Single Layer Centrifugation (SLC) have been demonstrated to be a useful tool to improve the quality of sperm samples and therefore to increase the efficiency of other artificial reproductive techniques in several species. This procedure could help to improve the quality of genetic resource banks, which is essential for endangered species. In contrast, these sperm selection methods are optimized and focused on farm animals, where the recovery task is not as important as in endangered species because of their higher sperm availability...
June 26, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648840/reducing-fluid-related-complications-during-operative-hysteroscopy-the-use-of-a-new-mandatory-fluid-balance-form
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Heli Alkaslassy, Raz Bahar, Hillel Henry Chill, Gilad Karavani, Orna Ben-Yosseff, Asher Shushan
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To examine whether our new reporting system and mandatory fluid-balance form could improve the communication and awareness within the surgical team and therefore the safety of hysteroscopic operations. DESIGN: A case-control study DESIGN: classification: II-2 SETTING: An endoscopic gynecology unit at a tertiary-care university hospital. PATIENTS: Women aged 17-88 (median 43.9) years, who underwent operative hysteroscopy to treat uterine pathology...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648419/diagnostic-accuracy-of-serum-cystatin-c-for-early-recognition-of-contrast-induced-nephropathy-in-western-indians-undergoing-cardiac-catheterization
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Anand N Shukla, Manish Juneja, Himanshu Patel, Komal H Shah, Ashwati Konat, Bhavesh M Thakkar, Tarun Madan, Jayesh Prajapati
AIMS: We aimed to compare the diagnostic efficacy of serum cystatin C (sCyC) for contrast induced nephropathy (CIN) in Western Indians undergoing cardiac catheterization. We also aimed to propose a clinically applicable cut-off of sCyC for early identification of CIN in this ethnic group. METHODS: In this prospective study, 253 patients undergoing coronary angiography and/or percutaneous coronary intervention were enrolled. The demographic and risk factor details, levels of sCr at baseline, 24 and 48h after the procedure, whereas baseline and 24h levels of sCyC were noted...
May 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648293/light-based-technologies-for-microbial-inactivation-of-liquids-bead-surfaces-and-powdered-infant-formula
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Cristina Arroyo, Anna Dorozko, Edurne Gaston, Michael O'Sullivan, Paul Whyte, James G Lyng
This study evaluates the potential of continuous wave Ultraviolet C light (UV-C) and broad-spectrum intense pulsed light (in this study referred to as High Intensity Light Pulses, HILP) for the inactivation of pathogens of public concern in powdered infant formula (PIF) producers. To achieve this goal a sequential set of experiments were performed, firstly in clear liquid media, secondly on the surface of spherical beads under agitation and, finally in PIF. L. innocua was the most sensitive microorganism to both technologies under all conditions studied with reductions exceeding 4 log10 cycles in PIF...
October 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647356/optimizing-bone-morphogenic-protein-4-mediated-human-embryonic-stem-cell-differentiation-into-trophoblast-like-cells-using-fibroblast-growth-factor-2-and-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-activin-nodal-signalling-inhibition
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Mariann Koel, Urmo Võsa, Kaarel Krjutškov, Elisabet Einarsdottir, Juha Kere, Juha Tapanainen, Shintaro Katayama, Sulev Ingerpuu, Viljar Jaks, Ulf-Hakan Stenman, Karolina Lundin, Timo Tuuri, Andres Salumets
Several studies have demonstrated that human embryonic stem cells (hESC) can be differentiated into trophoblast-like cells if exposed to bone morphogenic protein 4 (BMP4) and/or inhibitors of fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2) and the transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β)/activin/nodal signalling pathways. The goal of this study was to investigate how the inhibitors of these pathways improve the efficiency of hESC differentiation when compared with basic BMP4 treatment. RNA sequencing was used to analyse the effects of all possible inhibitor combinations on the differentiation of hESC into trophoblast-like cells over 12 days...
June 12, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646332/a-rational-approach-for-the-improvement-of-biomass-production-and-lipid-profile-in-cacao-cell-suspensions
#7
Adriana María Gallego Rúa, Luisa Fernanda Rojas, Aura Ines Urrea Trujillo, Oriana Parra Zuleta, Cristian David Correa Alvarez, Lucía Atehortúa Garcés
Cocoa butter (CB) is produced in the seeds of Theobroma cacao representing 50% of its dry weight. The lipid composition plays an important role in the physicochemical, rheological, and sensory properties of the CB, making this fat a valuable resource for the production of chocolates, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. In this paper, are described experimental strategies used for a rational improvement of biomass production and fatty acids in cacao cell suspension cultures. First, the lipid profile in four cacao varieties is characterized, and then, one variety is selected to induce cell suspensions using a direct method without previous establishment of a callus phase...
June 23, 2017: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643224/establishment-of-a-3d-cell-culture-model-of-primary-bovine-mammary-epithelial-cells-extracted-from-fresh-milk
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Maria Hillreiner, Nadine I Müller, Heiner M Koch, Christiane Schmautz, Bernhard Küster, Michael W Pfaffl, Heike Kliem
For the investigation of molecular processes underlying diseases of the bovine mammary gland, primary bovine mammary epithelial cells (pbMEC) are used. They are known to contribute to the innate immune system of the bovine mammary gland. The functionality of pbMEC depends on the maintenance of in vivo characteristics. So far, the optimization of pbMEC culture conditions was intended in a variety of experiments. For this purpose, most of the studies used stable cell lines or primary cells obtained from udder biopsies of slaughtered animals...
June 22, 2017: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642116/contrast-induced-nephropathy-basic-concepts-pathophysiological-implications-and-prevention-strategies
#9
REVIEW
Charalampos Mamoulakis, Konstantinos Tsarouhas, Irini Fragkiadoulaki, Ioannis Heretis, Martin F Wilks, Demetrios A Spandidos, Christina Tsitsimpikou, Aristides Tsatsakis
Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is reversible acute renal failure observed following administration of iodinated contrast media (CM) during angiographic or other medical procedures such as urography. There are various mechanisms through which CM develop their nephrotoxic effects, including oxidative stress and apoptosis. CIN is a real-life, albeit not very rare, entity. Exact pathophysiology remains obscure and no standard diagnostic criteria apply. The Acute Kidney Injury Network criteria was recently employed but its incidence/clinical significance warrants further clarification based on recent methodological advancements, because most published studies to date were contaminated by bias...
June 19, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641812/continuum-based-models-and-concepts-for-the-transport-of-nanoparticles-in-saturated-porous-media-a-state-of-the-science-review
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REVIEW
Peyman Babakhani, Jonathan Bridge, Ruey-An Doong, Tanapon Phenrat
Environmental applications of nanoparticles (NP) increasingly result in widespread NP distribution within porous media where they are subject to various concurrent transport mechanisms including irreversible deposition, attachment/detachment (equilibrium or kinetic), agglomeration, physical straining, site-blocking, ripening, and size exclusion. Fundamental research in NP transport is typically conducted at small scale, and theoretical mechanistic modeling of particle transport in porous media faces challenges when considering the simultaneous effects of transport mechanisms...
June 7, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640889/contrasting-academic-and-lay-press-print-coverage-of-the-2013-2016-ebola-virus-disease-outbreak
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Mark D Kieh, Elim M Cho, Ian A Myles
Under a traditional paradigm, only those with the expected background knowledge consume academic literature. The lay press, as well as government and non-government agencies, play a complementary role of extracting findings of high interest or importance and translating them for general viewing. The need for accurate reporting and public advising is paramount when attempting to tackle epidemic outbreaks through behavior change. Yet, public trust in media outlets is at a historic low. The Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) model for media reporting on public health emergencies was established in 2005 and has subsequently been used to analyze media reporting on outbreaks of influenza and measles as well as smoking habits and medication compliance...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638147/sensitivity-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-to-insulin-precipitation-induced-by-peristaltic-pump-based-medium-circulation-considerations-on-process-development
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Diana Massai, Emiliano Bolesani, Diana Robles Diaz, Christina Kropp, Henning Kempf, Caroline Halloin, Ulrich Martin, Tudor Braniste, Giuseppe Isu, Vanessa Harms, Umberto Morbiducci, Gerald Dräger, Robert Zweigerdt
Controlled large-scale production of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) is indispensable for their envisioned clinical translation. Aiming at advanced process development in suspension culture, the sensitivity of hPSC media to continuous peristaltic pump-based circulation, a well-established technology extensively used in hydraulically-driven bioreactors, was investigated. Unexpectedly, conditioning of low protein media (i.e. E8 and TeSR-E8) in a peristaltic pump circuit induced severe viability loss of hPSCs cultured as aggregates in suspension...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635617/the-dosimetric-impact-of-gadolinium-based-contrast-media-in-gbm-brain-patient-plans-for-a-mri-linac
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Syed Bilal Ahmad, Moti Raj Paudel, Arman Sarfehnia, Anthony Kim, Geordi Pang, Mark Ruschin, Arjun Sahgal, Brian M Keller
Dosimetric effects of gadolinium based contrast media (Gadovist) were evaluated for the Elekta MRI Linear accelerator (MRL) using the research version of Monaco treatment planning system (TPS). In order to represent a gadolinium uptake it was manually assigned to a phantom as well as to the Gross Tumour Volume (GTV) of 6 Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) patients. A preliminary estimate of dose enhancement, due to gadolinium, was performed using the phantom irradiated with a single beam. More complicated assessment was performed for the GBM patients using a 7 field IMRT technique...
June 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634640/the-microbiome-of-eucalyptus-roots-under-different-management-conditions-and-its-potential-for-biological-nitrogen-fixation
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Eduardo da Siva Fonseca, Raquel Silva Peixoto, Alexandre Soares Rosado, Fabiano de Carvalho Balieiro, James M Tiedje, Caio Tavora Coelho da Costa Rachid
Eucalyptus plantations offer a cost-effective and renewable source of raw material. There is substantial interest in improving forestry production, especially through sustainable strategies such as the use of plant growth-promoting bacteria. However, little is known about Eucalyptus microbiology. In this study, the endophytic bacterial community was assessed in Eucalyptus urograndis roots using culture-dependent and culture-independent techniques with plants grown under different conditions. Three phyla accounted for approximately 95% of the community, with Actinobacteria corresponding to approximately 59%...
June 21, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631141/cell-labeling-with-magneto-endosymbionts-and-the-dissection-of-the-subcellular-location-fate-and-host-cell-interactions
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Kayla R Lee, Abdul Wakeel, Papia Chakraborty, Chandler S Foote, Lauren Kajiura, Joyce C Barrozo, Andrea C Chan, Alexey V Bazarov, Ryan Spitler, Peter M Kutny, Jim M Denegre, Rob A Taft, Joachim Seemann, Bradley W Rice, Christopher H Contag, Brian K Rutt, Caleb B Bell
PURPOSE: The purposes of this study are to characterize magneto-endosymbiont (ME) labeling of mammalian cells and to discern the subcellular fate of these living contrast agents. MEs are novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents that are being used for cell tracking studies. Understanding the fate of MEs in host cells is valuable for designing in vivo cell tracking experiments. PROCEDURES: The ME's surface epitopes, contrast-producing paramagnetic magnetosomal iron, and genome were studied using immunocytochemistry (ICC), Fe and MRI contrast measurements, and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), respectively...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629621/differential-effect-of-obesity-on-prevalence-of-cardiac-and-carotid-target-organ-damage-in-hypertension-the-campania-salute-network
#16
Costantino Mancusi, Eva Gerdts, Maria Angela Losi, Andrea D'Amato, Maria Virginia Manzi, Grazia Canciello, Valentina Trimarco, Nicola De Luca, Giovanni de Simone, Raffaele Izzo
BACKGROUND: Whether increasing body mass index (BMI) is independently associated with parallel increased prevalence of hypertensive vascular and cardiac target organ damage (TOD) needs further clarification. METHODS: We analyzed 8815 hypertensive patients without prevalent cardiovascular disease, participating in the Campania Salute Network, grouped into BMI classes (normal 20-24.9kg/m(2), overweight 25-29.9kg/m(2) and obese ≥30kg/m(2)). Vascular and cardiac TOD was defined as ultrasound plaque (intima-media thickness>1...
June 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623038/perfusion-kinetics-in-human-brain-tumor-with-dce-mri-derived-model-and-cfd-analysis
#17
A Bhandari, A Bansal, A Singh, N Sinha
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death all over the world. Among the strategies that are used for cancer treatment, the effectiveness of chemotherapy is often hindered by factors such as irregular and non-uniform uptake of drugs inside tumor. Thus, accurate prediction of drug transport and deposition inside tumor is crucial for increasing the effectiveness of chemotherapeutic treatment. In this study, a computational model of human brain tumor is developed that incorporates dynamic contrast enhanced-magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) data into a voxelized porous media model...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622561/dendrite-like-ptag-alloyed-nanocrystals-highly-active-and-durable-advanced-electrocatalysts-for-oxygen-reduction-and-ethylene-glycol-oxidation-reactions
#18
Xuexiang Weng, Qing Liu, Jiu-Ju Feng, Junhua Yuan, Ai-Jun Wang
In this work, well-defined dendrite-like PtAg alloyed nanocrystals were prepared by a facile one-pot l-hydroxyproline-assisted successive coreduction approach on a large scale, where no any template or seed involved. l-Hydroxyproline was employed as a green structuring director. The formation mechanism of the alloyed dendritic nanocrystals was investigated in details. The as-prepared frameworks exhibited boosted electrocatalytic activity, improved stability and enhanced tolerance toward oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and ethylene glycol oxidation reaction (EGOR) in alkaline media in contrast with commercial Pt black catalyst...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622466/dissolved-co2-increases-breakthrough-porosity-in-natural-porous-materials
#19
Yi Yang, Stefan Bruns, Susan Louise Svane Stipp, Henning Osholm Sørensen
When reactive fluids flow through a dissolving porous medium, conductive channels form, leading to fluid breakthrough. This phenomenon is caused by the reactive infiltration instability and is important in geologic carbon storage where the dissolution of CO2 in flowing water increases fluid acidity. Using numerical simulations with high resolution digital models of North Sea chalk, we show that the breakthrough porosity is an important indicator of dissolution pattern. Dissolution patterns reflect the balance between the demand and supply of cumulative surface...
June 16, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621151/case-report-and-literature-review-on-contrast-induced-encephalopathy
#20
Mardi Hamra, Yasir Bakhit, Mahboob Khan, Roger Moore
Contrast-induced encephalopathy (CIE) is a rare neurological complication following the administration of injectable intravascular contrast media. Patients with CIE present a wide spectrum of symptoms such as headache, transient cortical blindness, seizure and focal neurological deficits. The diagnosis of CIE requires a high index of suspicion. Its early recognition is of paramount importance in instituting the appropriate supportive treatment in the form of intravenous fluids and also in avoiding unnecessary potentially harmful treatment such as intravenous thrombolysis for suspected ischemic stroke...
June 16, 2017: Future Cardiology
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