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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074384/microfluidic-gut-liver-chip-for-reproducing-the-first-pass-metabolism
#1
Aerim Choe, Sang Keun Ha, Inwook Choi, Nakwon Choi, Jong Hwan Sung
After oral intake of drugs, drugs go through the first pass metabolism in the gut and the liver, which greatly affects the final outcome of the drugs' efficacy and side effects. The first pass metabolism is a complex process involving the gut and the liver tissue, with transport and reaction occurring simultaneously at various locations, which makes it difficult to be reproduced in vitro with conventional cell culture systems. In an effort to tackle this challenge, here we have developed a microfluidic gut-liver chip that can reproduce the dynamics of the first pass metabolism...
March 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069780/a-chlorophyll-fluorescence-based-method-for-the-integrated-characterization-of-the-photophysiological-response-to-light-stress
#2
João Serôdio, William Schmidt, Silja Frankenbach
This work introduces a new experimental method for the comprehensive description of the physiological responses to light of photosynthetic organisms. It allows the integration in a single experiment of the main established manipulative chlorophyll fluorescence-based protocols. It enables the integrated characterization of the photophysiology of samples regarding photoacclimation state (generating non-sequential light-response curves of effective PSII quantum yield, electron transport rate or non-photochemical quenching), photoprotection capacity (running light stress-recovery experiments, quantifying non-photochemical quenching components) and the operation of photoinactivation and photorepair processes (measuring rate constants of photoinactivation and repair for different light levels and the relative quantum yield of photoinactivation)...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048463/th-c-brc-02-a-review-of-emerging-technologies-in-robotic-srs-sbrt-delivery
#3
L Wang
: The delivery techniques for SRS/SBRT have been under rapid developments in recent years, which pose new challenges to medical physicists ranging from planning and quality assurance to imaging and motion management. This educational course will provide a general overview of the latest delivery techniques in SRS/SBRT, and discuss the clinical processes to address the challenges of each technique with special emphasis on dedicated gamma-ray based device, robotic x-band linac-based system and conventional C-arm s-band linac-based SRS systems...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047808/th-c-brc-03-emerging-linac-based-srs-sbrt-technologies-with-modulated-arc-delivery
#4
L Ren
: The delivery techniques for SRS/SBRT have been under rapid developments in recent years, which pose new challenges to medical physicists ranging from planning and quality assurance to imaging and motion management. This educational course will provide a general overview of the latest delivery techniques in SRS/SBRT, and discuss the clinical processes to address the challenges of each technique with special emphasis on dedicated gamma-ray based device, robotic x-band linac-based system and conventional C-arm s-band linac-based SRS systems...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047049/th-c-brc-00-emerging-technologies-in-srs-sbrt-delivery
#5
Lei Ren
: The delivery techniques for SRS/SBRT have been under rapid developments in recent years, which pose new challenges to medical physicists ranging from planning and quality assurance to imaging and motion management. This educational course will provide a general overview of the latest delivery techniques in SRS/SBRT, and discuss the clinical processes to address the challenges of each technique with special emphasis on dedicated gamma-ray based device, robotic x-band linac-based system and conventional C-arm s-band linac-based SRS systems...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046393/th-c-brc-01-an-overview-of-emerging-technologies-in-srs-sbrt-delivery
#6
L Ma
: The delivery techniques for SRS/SBRT have been under rapid developments in recent years, which pose new challenges to medical physicists ranging from planning and quality assurance to imaging and motion management. This educational course will provide a general overview of the latest delivery techniques in SRS/SBRT, and discuss the clinical processes to address the challenges of each technique with special emphasis on dedicated gamma-ray based device, robotic x-band linac-based system and conventional C-arm s-band linac-based SRS systems...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043075/an-integrated-rotary-microfluidic-system-with-dna-extraction-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-and-lateral-flow-strip-based-detection-for-point-of-care-pathogen-diagnostics
#7
Byung Hyun Park, Seung Jun Oh, Jae Hwan Jung, Goro Choi, Ji Hyun Seo, Do Hyun Kim, Eun Yeol Lee, Tae Seok Seo
Point-of-care (POC) molecular diagnostics plays a pivotal role for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. In spite of recent advancement in microfluidic based POC devices, there are still rooms for development to realize rapid, automatic and cost-effective sample-to-result genetic analysis. In this study, we propose an integrated rotary microfluidic system that is capable of performing glass microbead based DNA extraction, loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP), and colorimetric lateral flow strip based detection in a sequential manner with an optimized microfluidic design and a rotational speed control...
December 14, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028114/distinct-gata1-point-mutations-in-monozygotic-twins-with-down-syndrome-and-transient-abnormal-myelopoiesis-from-a-triplet-pregnancy-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Liqun Yin, Mark A Lovell, Michael L Wilson, Qi Wei, Xiayuan Liang
OBJECTIVES: Down syndrome (DS)-associated transient abnormal myelopoiesis (TAM) or acute megakaryoblastic leukemia (AMKL) in monozygotic twins is exceedingly rare and has not been well characterized. METHODS: We describe a unique case of monozygotic twins with simultaneous TAM from a triplet pregnancy at 34 weeks' gestation. Previously reported cases of TAM and DS-AMKL in monozygotic twins have been reviewed to compare with our cases. The current concept of a sequential multistep process in leukemogenesis and disease evolution of TAM into DS-AMKL through the collaboration among trisomy 21, GATA1, and other gene mutations is also reviewed...
December 27, 2016: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018133/multi-objective-markov-decision-processes-for-data-driven-decision-support
#9
Daniel J Lizotte, Eric B Laber
We present new methodology based on Multi-Objective Markov Decision Processes for developing sequential decision support systems from data. Our approach uses sequential decision-making data to provide support that is useful to many different decision-makers, each with different, potentially time-varying preference. To accomplish this, we develop an extension of fitted-Q iteration for multiple objectives that computes policies for all scalarization functions, i.e. preference functions, simultaneously from continuous-state, finite-horizon data...
2016: Journal of Machine Learning Research: JMLR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009504/multifunctionalization-of-poly-vinylidene-fluoride-reactive-copolymer-blend-membranes-for-broad-spectrum-applications
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Dixit V Bhalani, Anupam Bera, Arvind K Singh Chandel, Sweta B Kumar, Suresh K Jewrajka
Simultaneous immobilization and cross-linking of antifouling/low toxic polymers, e.g., poly(ethylenimine) (PEI), dextran (Dex), agarose (Agr), poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), PEI-Dex, and PEI-PEG conjugates, and stimuli-responsive copolymers on a porous membrane surface in mild reaction conditions is desirable for the enhancement of hydrophilicity, antifouling character, cytocompatibility, and inducing stimuli-responsive behavior. Grafting to technique is required since the precursors of most of these macromolecules are not amenable to surface-initiated polymerization...
January 9, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009468/simultaneous-automatic-scoring-and-co-registration-of-hormone-receptors-in-tumor-areas-in-whole-slide-images-of-breast-cancer-tissue-slides
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Nicholas Trahearn, Yee Wah Tsang, Ian A Cree, David Snead, David Epstein, Nasir Rajpoot
Automation of downstream analysis may offer many potential benefits to routine histopathology. One area of interest for automation is in the scoring of multiple immunohistochemical markers to predict the patient's response to targeted therapies. Automated serial slide analysis of this kind requires robust registration to identify common tissue regions across sections. We present an automated method for co-localized scoring of Estrogen Receptor and Progesterone Receptor (ER/PR) in breast cancer core biopsies using whole slide images...
December 23, 2016: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987890/fabrication-of-chitosan-polycaprolactone-composite-nanofibrous-scaffold-for-simultaneous-delivery-of-ferulic-acid-and-resveratrol
#12
Balan Poornima, Purna Sai Korrapati
Wound healing is a complex cellular process involving various mechanisms making it intricate for designing a scaffold for therapeutic use. This study deals with the designing and development of coaxial electrospun Chitosan-Polycaprolactone nanofiber wound dressings for efficient simultaneous drug delivery. Ferulic acid and resveratrol were chosen for incorporation into core-shell nanofibers for their efficacy in anti-inflammatory and pro-angiogenic activities respectively. Structural and physico-chemical characterization of the scaffold confirmed the encapsulation of both the molecules...
February 10, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987680/mediating-bone-regeneration-by-means-of-drug-eluting-implants-from-passive-to-smart-strategies
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REVIEW
Sara Bagherifard
In addition to excellent biocompatibility and mechanical performance, the new generation of bone and craniofacial implants are expected to proactively contribute to the regeneration process and dynamically interact with the host tissue. To this end, integration and sustained delivery of therapeutic agents has become a rapidly expanding area. The incorporated active molecules can offer supplementary features including promoting oteoconduction and angiogenesis, impeding bacterial infection and modulating host body reaction...
February 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986906/shedding-new-light-on-the-process-of-licensing-for-pathogenicity-by-th-lymphocytes
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Cuiyan Tan, Wambui S Wandu, R Steven Lee, Samuel H Hinshaw, Dennis M Klinman, Eric Wawrousek, Igal Gery
Th cells sensitized against autoantigens acquire pathogenicity following two sequential events, namely activation by their target Ag and a process named "licensing." In this study, we analyzed these processes in a transgenic mouse system in which TCR-transgenic Th cells specific to hen egg lysozyme (HEL) are adoptively transferred to recipients and induce inflammation in eyes expressing HEL. Our data show that the notion that the lung is the organ where "licensing" for pathogenicity takes place is based on biased data collected with cells injected i...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966103/the-drift-diffusion-model-as-the-choice-rule-in-reinforcement-learning
#15
Mads Lund Pedersen, Michael J Frank, Guido Biele
Current reinforcement-learning models often assume simplified decision processes that do not fully reflect the dynamic complexities of choice processes. Conversely, sequential-sampling models of decision making account for both choice accuracy and response time, but assume that decisions are based on static decision values. To combine these two computational models of decision making and learning, we implemented reinforcement-learning models in which the drift diffusion model describes the choice process, thereby capturing both within- and across-trial dynamics...
December 13, 2016: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27951497/sequential-multi-nuclide-emission-rate-estimation-method-based-on-gamma-dose-rate-measurement-for-nuclear-emergency-management
#16
Xiaole Zhang, Wolfgang Raskob, Claudia Landman, Dmytro Trybushnyi, Yu Li
In case of a nuclear accident, the source term is typically not known but extremely important for the assessment of the consequences to the affected population. Therefore the assessment of the potential source term is of uppermost importance for emergency response. A fully sequential method, derived from a regularized weighted least square problem, is proposed to reconstruct the emission and composition of a multiple-nuclide release using gamma dose rate measurement. The a priori nuclide ratios are incorporated into the background error covariance (BEC) matrix, which is dynamically augmented and sequentially updated...
March 5, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936631/organocatalytic-asymmetric-synthesis-of-chiral-dioxazinanes-and-dioxazepanes-with-in-situ-generated-nitrones-via-a-tandem-reaction-pathway-using-a-cooperative-cation-binding-catalyst
#17
Yidong Liu, Jun Ao, Sushovan Paladhi, Choong Eui Song, Hailong Yan
Heterocyclic skeletons play major roles in pharmaceuticals and biological processes. Cycloaddition reactions are most suitable synthetic tools to efficiently construct chemically diverse sets of heterocycles with great structural complexity owing to the simultaneous or sequential formation of two or more bonds, often with a high degree of selectivity. Herein, we report an unprecedented formal cycloaddition of N-Boc-N-hydroxy amido sulfones as the nitrone precursors with terminal-hydroxy α,β-unsaturated carbonyls in the presence of Song's chiral oligoethylene glycol as a cation-binding catalyst and KF as a base to afford a wide range of highly enantio- and diastereo-enriched six-membered dioxazinane and seven-membered dioxazepane heterocycles...
December 21, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926916/elevated-temperature-and-allelopathy-impact-coral-recruitment
#18
Raphael Ritson-Williams, Cliff Ross, Valerie J Paul
As climate change continues to alter seawater temperature and chemistry on a global scale, coral reefs show multiple signs of degradation. One natural process that could facilitate the recovery of reef ecosystems is coral recruitment, which can be influenced by the benthic organisms in a local habitat. We experimentally tested both a global stressor (increased seawater temperature) and a local stressor (exposure to microcolin A, a natural product from a common marine benthic cyanobacterium) to determine how these stressors impacted coral larval sublethal stress, survival and settlement...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910824/accelerated-high-resolution-photoacoustic-tomography-via-compressed-sensing
#19
Simon Arridge, Paul Beard, Marta Betcke, Ben Cox, Nam Huynh, Felix Lucka, Olumide Ogunlade, Edward Zhang
Current 3D photoacoustic tomography (PAT) systems offer either high image quality or high frame rates but are not able to deliver high spatial and temporal resolution simultaneously, which limits their ability to image dynamic processes in living tissue (4D PAT). A particular example is the planar Fabry-Pérot (FP) photoacoustic scanner, which yields high-resolution 3D images but takes several minutes to sequentially map the incident photoacoustic field on the 2D sensor plane, point-by-point. However, as the spatio-temporal complexity of many absorbing tissue structures is rather low, the data recorded in such a conventional, regularly sampled fashion is often highly redundant...
December 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885978/factors-affecting-daily-cochlear-implant-use-in-children-datalogging-evidence
#20
Vijayalakshmi Easwar, Joseph Sanfilippo, Blake Papsin, Karen Gordon
BACKGROUND: Children with profound hearing loss can gain access to sound through cochlear implants (CIs), but these devices must be worn consistently to promote auditory development. Although subjective parent reports have identified several factors limiting long-term CI use in children, it is also important to understand the day-to-day issues which may preclude consistent device use. In the present study, objective measures gathered through datalogging software were used to quantify the following in children: (1) number of hours of CI use per day, (2) practical concerns including repeated disconnections between the external transmission coil and the internal device (termed "coil-offs"), and (3) listening environments experienced during daily use...
November 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
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