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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634757/a-uhplc-ms-ms-method-for-profiling-multifunctional-steroids-in-human-hair
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Zhen Dong, Caihong Wang, Jinlan Zhang, Zhe Wang
It is important to profile steroids in many physiological and pathological processes. Recently, hair has been used for the long-term measurement of endogenous steroid hormones. Analyzing hair has advantages of being noninvasive and time sequential compared with other bio-specimens. Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) techniques have been widely used over the past decades; however, it is challenging to profile estrogens in hair by LC-MS, and more comprehensive steroid profiling is required. In this paper, an ultra high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) method was developed to simultaneously profile 28 multifunctional steroids, including corticosteroids (n = 6), estrogens (n = 13), androgens (n = 5) and progestogens (n = 4), in human scalp hair in a single run...
June 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633622/search-for-capacity-limited-and-super-capacity-search
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Suk Won Han
The present study investigated capacity limitations of visual search. In a series of experiments, participants searched for a singleton target among homogenous distractors, a conjunction target defined by combination of two features, or a feature target among heterogeneous distractors. Using the simultaneous-sequential paradigm, I found that singleton search proceeded in a capacity-unlimited manner. By contrast, the performance of the conjunction search was found to depend on a capacity-limited process. For feature searches, the performance of searching for a specific color was not affected by how the stimuli were presented, while the orientation search performance was enhanced as the number of distractors simultaneously presented with the target increased...
May 2017: Experimental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629040/3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane-mediated-solvent-induced-synthesis-of-gold-nanoparticles-for-biomedical-applications
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Prem C Pandey, Gunjan Pandey, Alain Walcarius
The effect of acetone on 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (3-APTMS) mediated synthesis of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) in polar protic, polar aprotic and non polar solvents specifically water, acetone and chloroform has been studied. The findings revealed that acetone promotes the formation of siloxane polymer in chloroform and acetone solvents, but not in water, while AuNPs are formed in all cases. The bifunctional nature of 3-APTMS [NH2(CH2)3Si(OMe)3] controls the formation of siloxane polymer through hydrolysis and condensation of trimethoxysilyl group whereas the amine moieties are likely to form imine linkage, which are involved in the synthesis of gold nanoparticles...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624152/simultaneous-determination-of-14-disinfection-by-products-in-meat-products-using-microwave-assisted-extraction-and-static-headspace-coupled-to-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry
#4
Maria Jose Cardador, Mercedes Gallego
This paper described the first analytical method to simultaneously determine 14 disinfection by-products (DBPs) in meat products using microwave-assisted extraction (MAE) and static headspace (SHS) followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The DBPs included were 4 trihalomethanes, 7 haloacetic acids, 2 haloacetonitriles and trichloronitromethane, which are commonly formed as a consequence of the disinfection process of water. The combination of the MAE and SHS techniques allows meat samples to be analysed in two sequential steps into the same HS vial in spite of the sample's complexity...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614750/2d-cos-of-in-situ-%C3%AE-raman-and-in-situ-ir-spectra-for-structure-evolution-characterisation-of-nep-deposited-cobalt-oxide-catalyst-during-n-nonane-combustion
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Damian K Chlebda, Przemysław J Jodłowski, Roman J Jędrzejczyk, Joanna Łojewska
New catalytic systems are still in development to meet the challenge of regulations concerning the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This is because such compounds have a significant impact on air quality and some of them are toxic to the environment and human beings. The catalytic combustion process of VOCs over non-noble metal catalysts is of great interest to researchers. The high conversion parameters and cost effective preparation makes them a valuable alternative to monoliths and noble metal catalysts...
June 6, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607772/dark-signals-in-the-choroidal-vasculature-on-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-an-artefact-or-not
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Rui Hua, Hailin Wang
Optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) based on mathematical processing of sequentially acquired structural OCT images has been applied widely in both retinal and choroidal research and may have advantages over traditional angiography. Images obtained by OCTA are rendered under the assumption that the only moving entity in the retina is blood flow. Optical phenomena and image processing algorithms may create imaging artefacts. Therefore, OCTA images require careful interpretation. This review discusses the dark signals seen in the choroidal vasculature on OCTA using multiple factor analysis...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587703/make-it-two-a-case-report-of-dual-sequential-external-defibrillation
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Colin R Bell, Adam Szulewski, Steven C Brooks
Dual sequential external defibrillation (DSED) is the process of near simultaneous discharge of two defibrillators with differing pad placement to terminate refractory arrhythmias. Previously used in the electrophysiology suite, this technique has recently been used in the emergency department and prehospital setting for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). We present a case of successful DSED in the emergency department with neurologically intact survival to hospital discharge after refractory ventricular fibrillation (RVF) and review the putative mechanisms of action of this technique...
June 7, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559878/attentional-capture-to-a-singleton-distractor-degrades-visual-marking-in-visual-search
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Kenji Yamauchi, Takayuki Osugi, Ikuya Murakami
Visual search is easier after observing some distractors in advance; it is as if the previewed distractors were excluded from the search. This effect is referred to as the preview benefit, and a memory template that visually marks the old locations of the distractors is thought to help in prioritizing the locations of newly presented items. One remaining question is whether the presence of a conspicuous item during the sequential shift of attention within the new items reduces this preview benefit. To address this issue, we combined the above preview search and a conventional visual search paradigm using a singleton distractor and examined whether the search performance was affected by the presence of the singleton...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556559/synbiotic-fermentation-for-the-co-production-of-lactic-and-lactobionic-acids-from-residual-dairy-whey
#9
Cristina García, Manuel Rendueles, Mario Díaz
Besides its properties as an antioxidant, stabilizer or acidifier, lactobionic acid has emerged as a potential prebiotic compound, raising the possibility of being included together with the probiotic microorganism Lactobacillus casei in novel functional fermented foods with synbiotic characteristics. Their manufacturing strategy could benefit from the recently implemented microbial synthesis of lactobionic acid by the strong producer Pseudomonas taetrolens, employing residual dairy whey as raw material. The phenomenon of amensalism established between Pseudomonas and Lactobacillus makes simultaneous fermentation unfeasible...
May 27, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525780/age-of-despair-or-age-of-hope-palestinian-women-s-perspectives-on-midlife-health
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Doaa Hammoudeh, Ernestina Coast, David Lewis, Yoke van der Meulen, Tiziana Leone, Rita Giacaman
There is limited evidence about women's experiences of the midlife, beyond a narrow - frequently biomedical - focus on the menopause. The broader (physical, social, cultural, political) dimensions of women's midlife health are poorly understood, particularly in low and middle-income countries. Our study seeks to understand how women in the West Bank (occupied Palestinian territories) conceptualise, experience and manage their health in the midlife. We generated qualitative evidence using in-depth life history interviews in 2015 with women (n = 35) living in the West Bank, analysed thematically...
May 11, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508050/butterfly-gyroid-nanostructures-as-a-time-frozen-glimpse-of-intracellular-membrane-development
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Bodo D Wilts, Benjamin Apeleo Zubiri, Michael A Klatt, Benjamin Butz, Michael G Fischer, Stephen T Kelly, Erdmann Spiecker, Ullrich Steiner, Gerd E Schröder-Turk
The formation of the biophotonic gyroid material in butterfly wing scales is an exceptional feat of evolutionary engineering of functional nanostructures. It is hypothesized that this nanostructure forms by chitin polymerization inside a convoluted membrane of corresponding shape in the endoplasmic reticulum. However, this dynamic formation process, including whether membrane folding and chitin expression are simultaneous or sequential processes, cannot yet be elucidated by in vivo imaging. We report an unusual hierarchical ultrastructure in the butterfly Thecla opisena that, as a solid material, allows high-resolution three-dimensional microscopy...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507825/spatiotemporal-strategies-for-joint-segmentation-and-motion-tracking-from-cardiac-image-sequences
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Huafeng Liu, Ting Wang, Lei Xu, Pengcheng Shi
Although accurate and robust estimations of the deforming cardiac geometry and kinematics from cine tomographic medical image sequences remain a technical challenge, they have significant clinical value. Traditionally, boundary or volumetric segmentation and motion estimation problems are considered as two sequential steps, even though the order of these processes can be different. In this paper, we present an integrated, spatiotemporal strategy for the simultaneous joint recovery of these two ill-posed problems...
2017: IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504684/fully-automated-5-plex-fluorescent-immunohistochemistry-with-tyramide-signal-amplification-and-same-species-antibodies
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Wenjun Zhang, Antony Hubbard, Tobin Jones, Adriana Racolta, Srabani Bhaumik, Nick Cummins, Liping Zhang, Karl Garsha, Frank Ventura, Mark R Lefever, Zhenqiang Lu, John K Hurley, William A Day, Lidija Pestic-Dragovich, Larry E Morrison, Lei Tang
The ability to simultaneously visualize the presence, abundance, location and functional state of many targets in cells and tissues has been described as a true next-generation approach in immunohistochemistry (IHC). A typical requirement for multiplex IHC (mIHC) is the use of different animal species for each primary (1°Ab) and secondary (2°Ab) antibody pair. Although 1°Abs from different species have been used with differently labeled species-specific 2°Abs, quite often the appropriate combination of antibodies is not available...
May 15, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504643/exploiting-neurovascular-coupling-a-bayesian-sequential-monte-carlo-approach-applied-to-simulated-eeg-fnirs-data
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Pierpaolo Croce, Filippo Zappasodi, Arcangelo Merla, Antonio Chiarelli
OBJECTIVE: Electrical and hemodynamic brain activity are linked through the neurovascular coupling process and they can be simultaneously measured through integration of Electroencephalography (EEG) and functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS). Thanks to the lack of electro-optical interference, the two procedures can be easily combined and, whereas EEG provides electrophysiological information, fNIRS can provide measurements of two hemodynamic variables, such as oxygenated and deoxygenated hemoglobin...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487406/set1a-compass-and-shadow-enhancers-in-the-regulation-of-homeotic-gene-expression
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Kaixiang Cao, Clayton K Collings, Stacy A Marshall, Marc A Morgan, Emily J Rendleman, Lu Wang, Christie C Sze, Tianjiao Sun, Elizabeth T Bartom, Ali Shilatifard
The homeotic (Hox) genes are highly conserved in metazoans, where they are required for various processes in development, and misregulation of their expression is associated with human cancer. In the developing embryo, Hox genes are activated sequentially in time and space according to their genomic position within Hox gene clusters. Accumulating evidence implicates both enhancer elements and noncoding RNAs in controlling this spatiotemporal expression of Hox genes, but disentangling their relative contributions is challenging...
April 15, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482576/folate-decorated-pegylated-triblock-copolymer-as-a-ph-reduction-dual-responsive-nanovehicle-for-targeted-intracellular-co-delivery-of-doxorubicin-and-bcl-2-sirna
#16
Aili Suo, Junmin Qian, Minghui Xu, Weijun Xu, Yaping Zhang, Yu Yao
Co-delivery of chemotherapeutic drug and small interfering RNA (siRNA) within a single nanovehicle has emerged as a promising combination therapy approach to treating cancers because of their synergistic effect. Nanocarrier delivery systems with low cytotoxicity and high efficiency are needed for such a purpose. In this study, a novel folate-conjugated PEGylated cationic triblock copolymer, poly(acrylhydrazine)-block-poly(3-dimethylaminopropyl methacrylamide)-block-poly(acrylhydrazine) (PAH-b-PDMAPMA-b-PAH), was synthesized and evaluated as a stimuli-sensitive vehicle for the targeted co-delivery of doxorubicin (DOX) and Bcl-2 siRNA into breast cancer MCF-7 cells...
July 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460957/one-step-global-parameter-estimation-of-kinetic-inactivation-parameters-for-bacillus-sporothermodurans-spores-under-static-and-dynamic-thermal-processes
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F Cattani, K D Dolan, S D Oliveira, D K Mishra, C A S Ferreira, P M Periago, A Aznar, P S Fernandez, V P Valdramidis
Bacillus sporothermodurans produces highly heat-resistant endospores, that can survive under ultra-high temperature. High heat-resistant sporeforming bacteria are one of the main causes for spoilage and safety of low-acid foods. They can be used as indicators or surrogates to establish the minimum requirements for heat processes, but it is necessary to understand their thermal inactivation kinetics. The aim of the present work was to study the inactivation kinetics under both static and dynamic conditions in a vegetable soup...
November 2016: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458748/resolving-conflicts-between-syntax-and-plausibility-in-sentence-comprehension
#18
Glenda Andrews, Jessica E Ogden, Graeme S Halford
Comprehension of plausible and implausible object- and subject-relative clause sentences with and without prepositional phrases was examined. Undergraduates read each sentence then evaluated a statement as consistent or inconsistent with the sentence. Higher acceptance of consistent than inconsistent statements indicated reliance on syntactic analysis. Higher acceptance of plausible than implausible statements reflected reliance on semantic plausibility. There was greater reliance on semantic plausibility and lesser reliance on syntactic analysis for more complex object-relatives and sentences with prepositional phrases than for less complex subject-relatives and sentences without prepositional phrases...
2017: Advances in Cognitive Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457750/single-cell-rna-seq-analysis-maps-development-of-human-germline-cells-and-gonadal-niche-interactions
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Li Li, Ji Dong, Liying Yan, Jun Yong, Xixi Liu, Yuqiong Hu, Xiaoying Fan, Xinglong Wu, Hongshan Guo, Xiaoye Wang, Xiaohui Zhu, Rong Li, Jie Yan, Yuan Wei, Yangyu Zhao, Wei Wang, Yixin Ren, Peng Yuan, Zhiqiang Yan, Boqiang Hu, Fan Guo, Lu Wen, Fuchou Tang, Jie Qiao
Human fetal germ cells (FGCs) are precursors to sperm and eggs and are crucial for maintenance of the species. However, the developmental trajectories and heterogeneity of human FGCs remain largely unknown. Here we performed single-cell RNA-seq analysis of over 2,000 FGCs and their gonadal niche cells in female and male human embryos spanning several developmental stages. We found that female FGCs undergo four distinct sequential phases characterized by mitosis, retinoic acid signaling, meiotic prophase, and oogenesis...
June 1, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439250/differential-impact-of-visuospatial-working-memory-on-rule-based-and-information-integration-category-learning
#20
Qiang Xing, Hailong Sun
Previous studies have indicated that the category learning system is a mechanism with multiple processing systems, and that working memory has different effects on category learning. But how does visuospatial working memory affect perceptual category learning? As there is no definite answer to this question, we conducted three experiments. In Experiment 1, the dual-task paradigm with sequential presentation was adopted to investigate the influence of visuospatial working memory on rule-based and information-integration category learning...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
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