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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161799/risk-of-miscarriage-following-amniocentesis-and-chorionic-villus-sampling-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Jaroslaw Beta, Cristina Lesmes-Heredia, Chiara Bedetti, Ranjit Akolekar
OBJECTIVES: To estimate the risk of miscarriage after amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS) based on a systematic review of the literature. METHODS: A search of MEDLINE, EMBASE, and The Cochrane Library (2000-2017) was carried out to identify studies reporting complications following CVS or amniocentesis. The inclusion criteria for the systematic review were studies reporting results from large controlled studies (n≥1,000 invasive procedures) and those reporting data for pregnancy loss prior to 24 weeks' gestation...
November 21, 2017: Minerva Ginecologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161798/intrapartum-care-quality-indicators-a-literature-review
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Elisa Lazzaretto, Antonella Nespoli, Simona Fumagalli, Elisabetta Colciago, Sofia Perego, Anna Locatelli
BACKGROUND: Quality of care is increasingly recognized as a critical aspect of the maternal and newborn health, mainly with respect to care around labour and delivery and in the immediate postnatal period. The Aim of this Review is to identify the recommended intrapartum care indicators in order to measure the quality of Midwifery care. METHODS: A structured literature search was conducted in August 2017 incorporating English and Italian language studies from 1993 and onwards to identify published articles on quality standards of intrapartum care...
November 21, 2017: Minerva Ginecologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161676/hydrophilic-and-positively-charged-polyethylenimine-functionalized-mesoporous-magnetic-clusters-for-highly-efficient-removal-of-pb-ii-and-cr-vi-from-wastewater
#3
Min Young Lee, Ji Hwan Lee, Jae Woo Chung, Seung-Yeop Kwak
We develop mesoporous magnetic clusters (MMCs) functionalized with hydrophilic branched polyethylenimine (b-PEI), later called b-MG, and MMCs functionalized with positively charged b-PEI (p-MG). These materials efficiently remove Pb(II) and Cr(VI) from wastewater. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption analysis results clearly indicate that hydrophilic b-PEI and positively charged b-PEI are successfully attached to the MMC surfaces...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161670/construction-of-plasmonic-ag-modified-phosphorous-doped-ultrathin-g-c3n4-nanosheets-bivo4-photocatalyst-with-enhanced-visible-near-infrared-response-ability-for-ciprofloxacin-degradation
#4
Yaocheng Deng, Lin Tang, Chengyang Feng, Guangming Zeng, Jiajia Wang, Yaoyu Zhou, Yani Liu, Bo Peng, Haopeng Feng
To realize the full utilization of solar energy, the design of highly efficient photocatalyst with improved visible-near-infrared photocatalysis performance has attracted great attentions for environment pollutant removal. In this work, we rationally employed the surface plasmon resonance effect of metallic Ag in the phosphorus doped ultrathin g-C3N4 nanosheets (PCNS) and BiVO4 composites to construct a ternary Ag@PCNS/BiVO4 photocatalyst. It was applied for the photodegradation of ciprofloxacin (CIP), exhibiting 92...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161669/the-coastal-environment-affects-lead-and-sodium-uptake-by-the-moss-hypnum-cupressiforme-used-as-an-air-pollution-biomonitor
#5
Marie Renaudin, Sébastien Leblond, Caroline Meyer, Christophe Rose, Emeline Lequy
Several studies suggest that potential competition exists between marine cations and heavy metals for binding sites on the cell wall of mosses. This competition would impact the heavy metal concentration measured in mosses by biomonitoring programs, which may underestimate air pollution by heavy metals in a coastal environment. In the present study, we aim to identify possible mechanisms affecting lead uptake by mosses in a coastal environment, specifically, the competition between lead (Pb(2+)) and sodium (Na(+)) for binding sites in Hypnum cupressiforme (Hc)...
November 10, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161664/sandwich-type-biosensor-for-the-detection-of-%C3%AE-2-3-sialylated-glycans-based-on-fullerene-palladium-platinum-alloy-and-4-mercaptophenylboronic-acid-nanoparticle-hybrids-coupled-with-au-methylene-blue-mal-signal-amplification
#6
Qiqi Yuan, Junlin He, Yazhen Niu, Jun Chen, Yilin Zhao, Yuchan Zhang, Chao Yu
α2,3-sialylated glycans (α2,3-sial-Gs) are one of the significant tumour biomarkers for the early diagnosis of cancer. In this work, a neoteric sandwich-type biosensor was developed for detecting α2,3-sial-Gs using 4-mercaptophenylboronic acid (4-MPBA) to construct a novel molecular recognition system by the coordination of a boron atom of 4-MPBA to the amide group of Neu5Ac in the α2,3-sial-Gs structure. Amino-functionalized fullerene coupled with palladium-platinum bimetallic alloy nanocrystals (n-C60-PdPt) was synthesized to modify the surface of a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) because the n-C60 nanomaterial affords a large surface area for the on-site reduction of bimetallic alloy nanoparticles and an excellent capacity for electron transfer...
November 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161649/magic-angle-spinning-nmr-below-6%C3%A2-k-with-a-computational-fluid-dynamics-analysis-of-fluid-flow-and-temperature-gradients
#7
Erika L Sesti, Nicholas Alaniva, Peter W Rand, Eric J Choi, Brice J Albert, Edward P Saliba, Faith J Scott, Alexander B Barnes
We report magic angle spinning (MAS) up to 8.5 kHz with a sample temperature below 6 K using liquid helium as a variable temperature fluid. Cross polarization (13)C NMR spectra exhibit exquisite sensitivity with a single transient. Remarkably, (1)H saturation recovery experiments show a (1)H T1 of 21 s with MAS below 6 K in the presence of trityl radicals in a glassy matrix. Leveraging the thermal spin polarization available at 4.2 K versus 298 K should result in 71 times higher signal intensity...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161647/simple-synthesis-of-self-supported-hierarchical-aupd-alloyed-nanowire-networks-for-boosting-electrocatalytic-activity-toward-formic-acid-oxidation
#8
Tao Yuan, Hong-Yan Chen, Xiaohong Ma, Jiu-Ju Feng, Pei-Xin Yuan, Ai-Jun Wang
Herein, self-supported hierarchical AuPd alloyed interconnected nanowire networks (AuPd NCNs) were fabricated by a one-pot co-reduction method. Theophylline was acted as the capping and structure-directing agents. The product was mainly characterized by a series of techniques such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The hierarchical nanostructures had the enlarged electrochemically active surface area (EASA), and the enhanced catalytic activity toward formic acid oxidation reaction (FAOR) and strengthened poisoning tolerance for poisoning CO-like intermediates by cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry, which outperformed commercial Pd black catalyst...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161638/to-what-extent-do-structural-changes-in-catalytic-metal-sites-affect-enzyme-function
#9
Yana Valasatava, Antonio Rosato, Nicholas Furnham, Janet M Thornton, Claudia Andreini
About half of known enzymatic reactions involve metals. Enzymes belonging to the same superfamily often evolve to catalyze different reactions on the same structural scaffold. The work presented here investigates how functional differentiation, within superfamilies that contain metalloenzymes, relates to structural changes at the catalytic metal site. In general, when the catalytic metal site is unchanged across the enzymes of a superfamily, the functional differentiation within the superfamily tends to be low and the mechanism conserved...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161635/temperature-dependent-conformational-dynamics-of-cytochrome-c-implications-in-apoptosis
#10
Gurusamy Muneeswaran, Subramanian Kartheeswaran, Kaliappan Muthukumar, Chandran Karunakaran
Heat, electric shock, and burn injuries induce apoptosis by releasing cytochrome c (cyt-c) from mitochondria and by subsequently activating the death protease, caspases-3. During apoptosis, cyt-c undergoes changes in the secondary structure that have been suggested to increase its peroxidase activity. Information about these structural changes will provide better understanding of the apoptotic mechanism. Hence, temperature-dependent conformational dynamics of cyt-c has been investigated through molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to explain the structural changes and to correlate them with its apoptotic behavior...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161620/in-situ-elastic-strain-mapping-during-micromechanical-testing-using-ebsd
#11
Mark J McLean, William A Osborn
Compared to more commonly used strain measurement techniques, electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) offers improved spatial resolution and measurement sensitivity. Additionally, EBSD can provide the full deformation tensor, whereas other techniques, such as digital image correlation (DIC), are limited to only in-plane strains and rotations. In this work, EBSD was used to measure strains and rotations in-situ during testing of a single-crystal silicon micromechanical test specimen. The theta-like specimen geometry was chosen due to the complex and spatially-varying strain states that exist in the circular frame of the sample during testing, as well as the nominally uniform strains in the central web...
November 14, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161523/does-acute-propranolol-treatment-prevent-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-anxiety-and-depression-in-children-with-burns
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Laura Rosenberg, Marta Rosenberg, Sherri Sharp, Christopher R Thomas, Helen F Humphries, Charles E Holzer, David N Herndon, Walter J Meyer
OBJECTIVE: This study examined whether acute propranolol treatment prevented posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression in children hospitalized in the pediatric intensive care unit for large burns. We hypothesized that the prevalence of PTSD, anxiety, and depression would be significantly less in the propranolol than nonpropranolol groups. METHODS: Children who had previously participated in a randomized controlled clinical trial of acute propranolol and nonpropranolol controls were invited to participate in long-term follow-up interviews...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161504/solvent-and-temperature-effects-on-free-radical-formation-in-electronic-cigarette-aerosols
#13
Zachary T Bitzer, Reema Goel, Samantha M Reilly, Jonathan Foulds, Joshua Muscat, Ryan J Elias, John P Richie
The ever-evolving market of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) presents a challenge for analyzing and characterizing the harmful products they can produce. Earlier we reported that e-cigarette aerosols can deliver high levels of reactive free radicals; however, there is little data characterizing the production of these potentially harmful oxidants. Thus, we have performed a detailed analysis of the different parameters affecting free radical production from e-cigarettes. Using a temperature controlled e-cigarette device and novel mechanism for reliably simulating e-cigarette usage conditions including coil activation and puff flow, we analyzed the effects of temperature, wattage, and e-liquid solvent composition of propylene glycol (PG) and glycerol (GLY) on radical production...
November 21, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161499/polymerization-of-well-aligned-organic-nanowires-on-a-ferromagnetic-rare-earth-surface-alloy
#14
Mikel Abadía, Maxim Ilyn, Ignacio Piquero-Zulaica, Pierluigi Gargiani, Celia Rogero, Jose Enrique Ortega, Jens Brede
The high reactivity of magnetic substrate toward molecular overlayers has so far inhibited the realization of more sophisticated on-surface reactions thereby depriving these interfaces of a significant class of chemically tailored organics such as graphene nanoribbons, oligonuclear spin-chains, and metal-organic networks. Here, we present a multi-technique characterization of the polymerization of 4,4″-dibromo-p-terphenyl precursors into ordered poly (p-phenylene) arrays on top of the bi-metallic GdAu$_2$ surface alloy...
November 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161496/ion-transport-across-biological-membranes-by-carborane-capped-gold-nanoparticles
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Marcin P Grzelczak, Stephen P Danks, Robert C Klip, Domagoj Belic, Adnana Zaulet, Casper Kunstmann-Olsen, Dan F Bradley, Tatsuya Tsukuda, Clara Viñas, Francesc Teixidor, Jonathan J Abramson, Mathias Brust
2-3 nm carborane-capped gold nanoparticles (Au/carborane NPs) can act as artificial ion transporters across biological membranes. The particles themselves are large hydrophobic anions that have the ability to disperse in aqueous media and to partition over both sides of a phospholipid bilayer membrane. Their presence therefore causes a membrane potential that is determined by the relative concentrations of particles on each side of the membrane according to the Nernst-Equation. The particles tend to adsorb to both sides of the membrane and can flip across if changes in membrane potential require their repartitioning...
November 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161470/resequencing-of-a-mutant-bearing-an-iron-starvation-recovery-phenotype-defines-slr1658-as-a-new-player-in-the-regulatory-network-of-a-model-cyanobacterium
#16
Hagit Zer, Ketty Margulis, Jens Georg, Yoram Shotland, Gergana Kostova, Laure Sultan, Wolfgang R Hess, Nir Keren
Photosynthetic microorganisms encounter an erratic nutrient environment characterized by periods of iron limitation and sufficiency. Surviving in such an environment requires mechanisms for handling these transitions. Our study identified a regulatory system involved in the process of recovery from iron limitation in cyanobacteria. We set out to study the role of bacterioferritin co-migratory proteins during transitions in iron bioavailability in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 using knockout strains coupled with physiological and biochemical measurements...
November 21, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161466/treating-early-undifferentiated-arthritis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-direct-and-indirect-trial-evidence
#17
Maria A Lopez-Olivo, Voke Kakpovbia-Eshareturi, Jude des Bordes, Andrea Barbo, Robin Christensen, Maria E Suarez-Almazor
OBJECTIVE: We undertook a systematic review and meta-analysis of direct and indirect trial evidence to evaluate the efficacy of treatments for patients with undifferentiated arthritis (UA). METHODS: We searched four electronic databases from inception to January 2016, clinicaltrials. gov, and bibliographies of relevant articles. Two reviewers independently screened and evaluated the studies. The primary outcome was development of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RESULTS: Nine studies were included...
November 21, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161458/proton-pump-inhibitors-for-functional-dyspepsia
#18
REVIEW
Maria Ines Pinto-Sanchez, Yuhong Yuan, Ahmed Hassan, Premysl Bercik, Paul Moayyedi
BACKGROUND: Functional dyspepsia (FD or non-ulcer dyspepsia) is defined as continuous or frequently recurring epigastric pain or discomfort for which no organic cause can be found. Acid suppressive therapy, including proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), has been proposed as a therapeutic option in FD, but its efficacy remains controversial. While PPIs are generally considered safe and well tolerated, they have been associated with adverse events, especially in the long term. For this reason, decisions on whether to initiate or continue PPI therapy should be made based on an appropriate clinical indication...
November 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161457/the-soluble-guanylate-cyclase-cyg12-is-required-for-the-acclimation-to-hypoxia-and-trophic-regimes-in-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
#19
Melis Düner, Jan Lambertz, Carolin Mügge, Anja Hemschemeier
Oxygenic phototrophs frequently encounter environmental conditions that result in intracellular energy crises. Growth of the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii in hypoxia in the light depends on acclimatory responses of which the induction of photosynthetic cyclic electron flow is essential. The microalga cannot grow in the absence of molecular oxygen (O2 ) in the dark, although it possesses an elaborate fermentation metabolism. Not much is known about how the microalga senses and signals the lack of O2 or about its survival strategies during energy crises...
November 21, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161446/microglia-activation-and-gene-expression-alteration-of-neurotrophins-in-the-hippocampus-following-early-life-exposure-to-e-cigarette-aerosols-in-a-murine-model
#20
Judith T Zelikoff, Nancy Parmalee, Kevin Corbett, Terry Gordon, Catherine B Klein, Michael Aschner
Recent epidemiological data indicate that the popularity of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), and consequently nicotine use, is rising in both adolescent and adult populations. As nicotine is a known developmental neurotoxin, these products present a potential threat for those exposed during early life stages. Despite this, few studies have evaluated the toxicity of e-cigarettes on the developing central nervous system (CNS). The goal of this study was to assess neurotoxicity resulting from early life exposure to electronic cigarette aerosols in an in vivo model...
November 17, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
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