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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/28068100/directed-self-assembly-of-polystyrene-b-poly-propylene-carbonate-on-chemical-patterns-via-thermal-annealing-for-next-generation-lithography
#2
Guan-Wen Yang, Guang-Peng Wu, Xuanxuan Chen, Shisheng Xiong, Christopher G Arges, Shengxiang Ji, Paul F Nealey, Xiao-Bing Lu, Donald J Darensbourg, Zhi-Kang Xu
Directed self-assembly (DSA) of block copolymers (BCPs) combines advantages of conventional photolithography and polymeric materials and shows competence in semiconductors and data storage applications. Driven by the more integrated, much smaller and higher performance of the electronics, however, the industry standard polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) in DSA strategy cannot meet the rapid development of lithography technology because its intrinsic limited Flory-Huggins interaction parameter (χ)...
January 9, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063930/systematic-time-dependent-visualization-and-quantitation-of-the-neurogenic-rate-in-brain-organoids
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Yoichi Kosodo, Taeko Suetsugu, Tetsuya J Kobayashi, Fumio Matsuzaki
Organoids mimicking the formation of the brain cortex have been demonstrated to be powerful tools for developmental studies as well as pathological investigations of brain malformations. Here, we report an integrated approach for the quantification of temporal neural production (neurogenic rate) in organoids derived from embryonic brains. Spherical tissue fragments with polarized cytoarchitectures were incubated in multiple cavities arranged in a polymethylmethacrylate chip. The time-dependent neurogenic rate in the organoids was monitored by the level of EGFP under the promoter of Tbr2, a transcription factor that is transiently expressed in neural fate-committed progenitors during corticogenesis...
January 4, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063627/competition-between-rhizobia-under-different-environmental-conditions-affects-the-nodulation-of-a-legume
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Zhao Jun Ji, Hui Yan, Qing Guo Cui, En Tao Wang, Wen Feng Chen, Wen Xin Chen
Mutualistic symbiosis and nitrogen fixation of legume rhizobia play a key role in ecological environments. Although many different rhizobial species can form nodules with a specific legume, there is often a dominant microsymbiont, which has the highest nodule occupancy rates, and they are often known as the "most favorable rhizobia". Shifts in the most favorable rhizobia for a legume in different geographical regions or soil types are not well understood. Therefore, in order to explore the shift model, an experiment was designed using successive inoculations of rhizobia on one legume...
December 27, 2016: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061421/low-cost-and-facile-fabrication-of-a-paper-based-capillary-electrophoresis-microdevice-for-pathogen-detection
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Jee Won Lee, Dohwan Lee, Yong Tae Kim, Eun Yeol Lee, Do Hyun Kim, Tae Seok Seo
This paper describes the development of a novel paper-based capillary electrophoresis (pCE) microdevice using mineral paper, which is durable, oil and tear resistant, and waterproof. The pCE device is inexpensive (~$1.6 per device for materials), simple to fabricate, lightweight, and disposable, so it is more adequate for point-of-care (POC) pathogen diagnostics than a conventional CE device made of glass, quartz, silicon or polymer. In addition, the entire fabrication process can be completed within 1h without using expensive clean room facilities and cumbersome photolithography procedures...
December 28, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048455/we-ab-209-02-a-new-inverse-planning-framework-with-principle-based-modeling-of-inter-structural-dosimetric-tradeoffs
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H Liu, P Dong, L Xing
PURPOSE: Traditional radiotherapy inverse planning relies on the weighting factors to phenomenologically balance the conflicting criteria for different structures. The resulting manual trial-and-error determination of the weights has long been recognized as the most time-consuming part of treatment planning. The purpose of this work is to develop an inverse planning framework that parameterizes the inter-structural dosimetric tradeoff among with physically more meaningful quantities to simplify the search for a clinically sensible plan...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044203/advances-with-neonatal-aerodigestive-science-in-the-pursuit-of-safe-swallowing-in-infants-invited-review
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Sudarshan R Jadcherla
Feeding, swallowing, and airway protection are three distinct entities. Feeding involves a process of sequential, neurosensory, and neuromotor interactions of reflexes and behaviors facilitating ingestion. Swallowing involves anterograde bolus movement during oral-, pharyngeal-, and esophageal phases of peristalsis into stomach. During these events, coordination with airway protection is vital for homeostasis in clearing any material away from airway vicinity. Neurological-airway-digestive inter-relationships are critical to the continuum of successful feeding patterns during infancy, either in health or disease...
January 2, 2017: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018015/bayesian-nonparametric-estimation-for-dynamic-treatment-regimes-with-sequential-transition-times
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Yanxun Xu, Peter Müller, Abdus S Wahed, Peter F Thall
We analyze a dataset arising from a clinical trial involving multi-stage chemotherapy regimes for acute leukemia. The trial design was a 2 × 2 factorial for frontline therapies only. Motivated by the idea that subsequent salvage treatments affect survival time, we model therapy as a dynamic treatment regime (DTR), that is, an alternating sequence of adaptive treatments or other actions and transition times between disease states. These sequences may vary substantially between patients, depending on how the regime plays out...
2016: Journal of the American Statistical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995983/cognitive-control-activity-is-modulated-by-the-magnitude-of-interference-and-pre-activation-of-monitoring-mechanisms
#9
Jesús Cespón, Santiago Galdo-Álvarez, Fernando Díaz
The Simon task is used to study interference from irrelevant spatial information. Interference is manifested by longer reaction times when the required response -based on non-spatial features- is spatially incompatible with stimulus position. Interference is greater when incompatible trials are preceded by compatible trials (compatible-incompatible sequence) than when they are preceded by incompatible trials (incompatible-incompatible sequence). However, the relationships between spatial attention, interference and cognitive control have not been investigated...
December 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977051/parallel-activation-of-prospective-motor-plans-during-visually-guidedsequential-saccades
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Neha Bhutani, Sonal Sengupta, Debaleena Basu, Nikhil G Prabhu, Aditya Murthy
Behavioral evidences suggest that sequential saccades to multiple stimuli are planned in parallel. However, it remains unclear whether such parallel programmingreflects concurrent processing of goals or whether multiple motor plans coexist, unfolding subsequently during the execution. Here we use midway saccades, directed at intermediate locations between two targets, as a probe toaddress this questionin a novel double-step adaptation task.The task consisted of trials where subjects had to follow the appearance of two targets presented in succession with two sequential saccades...
December 14, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27951497/sequential-multi-nuclide-emission-rate-estimation-method-based-on-gamma-dose-rate-measurement-for-nuclear-emergency-management
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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
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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/27934196/a-facile-approach-for-constructing-conductive-polymer-patterns-for-application-in-electrochromic-devices-and-flexible-microelectrodes
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Dabum Kim, Jeonghun Kim, Youngsang Ko, Kyubin Shim, Jung Ho Kim, Jungmok You
We developed a novel strategy for fabricating poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) patterns on various substrates, including hydrogels, via sequential solution procedure without multistep chemical etching or lift-off processes. First, PEDOT nanothin films were prepared on a glass substrate by solution phase monomer casting and oxidative polymerization. As a second step, after UV-induced poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) photolithography at the PEDOT/PEG interface through a photomask, the hydrogel was peeled away from the PEDOT-coated glass substrate to detach the UV-exposed PEDOT region, which left the UV nonexposed PEDOT region intact on the glass substrate, resulting in PEDOT patterns...
December 7, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909395/reversal-learning-in-humans-and-gerbils-dynamic-control-network-facilitates-learning
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Christian Jarvers, Tobias Brosch, André Brechmann, Marie L Woldeit, Andreas L Schulz, Frank W Ohl, Marcel Lommerzheim, Heiko Neumann
Biologically plausible modeling of behavioral reinforcement learning tasks has seen great improvements over the past decades. Less work has been dedicated to tasks involving contingency reversals, i.e., tasks in which the original behavioral goal is reversed one or multiple times. The ability to adjust to such reversals is a key element of behavioral flexibility. Here, we investigate the neural mechanisms underlying contingency-reversal tasks. We first conduct experiments with humans and gerbils to demonstrate memory effects, including multiple reversals in which subjects (humans and animals) show a faster learning rate when a previously learned contingency re-appears...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885835/sequential-enzymatic-conversion-of-%C3%AE-angelica-lactone-to-%C3%AE-valerolactone-through-hydride-independent-c-c-bond-isomerization
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Nikolaus G Turrini, Elisabeth Eger, Tamara C Reiter, Kurt Faber, Mélanie Hall
A case of hydride-independent reaction catalyzed by flavin-dependent ene-reductases from the Old Yellow Enzyme (OYE) family was identified. α-Angelica lactone was isomerized to the conjugated β-isomer in a nicotinamide-free and hydride-independent process. The catalytic cycle of C=C bond isomerization appears to be flavin-independent and to rely solely on a deprotonation-reprotonation sequence through acid-base catalysis. Key residues in the enzyme active site were mutated and provided insight on important mechanistic features...
December 20, 2016: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862507/accelerated-ferumoxytol-enhanced-4d-multiphase-steady-state-imaging-with-contrast-enhancement-music-cardiovascular-mri-validation-in-pediatric-congenital-heart-disease
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Ziwu Zhou, Fei Han, Stanislas Rapacchi, Kim-Lien Nguyen, Daniel Z Brunengraber, Grace-Hyun J Kim, J Paul Finn, Peng Hu
The purpose of this work was to validate a parallel imaging (PI) and compressed sensing (CS) combined reconstruction method for a recently proposed 4D non-breath-held, multiphase, steady-state imaging technique (MUSIC) cardiovascular MRI in a cohort of pediatric congenital heart disease patients. We implemented a graphics processing unit accelerated CS-PI combined reconstruction method and applied it in 13 pediatric patients who underwent cardiovascular MRI after ferumoxytol administration. Conventional breath-held contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (CE-MRA) was first performed during the first pass of ferumoxytol injection, followed by the original MUSIC and the proposed CS-PI MUSIC during the steady-state distribution phase of ferumoxytol...
January 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810466/proposed-primary-endpoints-for-use-in-clinical-trials-that-compare-treatment-options-for-bloodstream-infection-in-adults-a-consensus-definition
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Patrick N A Harris, John F McNamara, David C Lye, Joshua S Davis, Louis Bernard, Allen C Cheng, Yohei Doi, Vance G Fowler, Keith S Kaye, Leonard Leibovici, Jeffrey Lipman, Martin J Llewelyn, Silvia Munoz-Price, Mical Paul, Anton Y Peleg, Jesús Rodríguez-Baño, Benjamin A Rogers, Harald Seifert, Visanu Thamlikitkul, Guy Thwaites, Steven Y C Tong, John Turnidge, Riccardo Utili, Steven A R Webb, David L Paterson
OBJECTIVES: To define standardised endpoints to aid the design of trials that compare antibiotic therapies for bloodstream infection (BSI). METHODS: Prospective studies, randomised trials or registered protocols comparing antibiotic therapies for BSI, published from 2005 to 2016, were reviewed. Consensus endpoints for BSI studies were defined using a modified Delphi process. RESULTS: Different primary and secondary endpoints were defined for pilot (small-scale studies designed to evaluate protocol design, feasibility and implementation) and definitive trials (larger-scale studies designed to test hypotheses and influence clinical practice), as well as for Staphylococcus aureus and Gram-negative BSI...
October 31, 2016: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766956/application-of-dynamic-topic-models-to-toxicogenomics-data
#18
Mikyung Lee, Zhichao Liu, Ruili Huang, Weida Tong
BACKGROUND: All biological processes are inherently dynamic. Biological systems evolve transiently or sustainably according to sequential time points after perturbation by environment insults, drugs and chemicals. Investigating the temporal behavior of molecular events has been an important subject to understand the underlying mechanisms governing the biological system in response to, such as, drug treatment. The intrinsic complexity of time series data requires appropriate computational algorithms for data interpretation...
October 6, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27748198/methods-for-selecting-phage-display-antibody-libraries
#19
Ricardo Jara-Acevedo, Paula Díez, María González-González, Rosa María Dégano, Nieves Ibarrola, Rafael Góngora, Alberto Orfao, Manuel Fuentes
The selection process aims sequential enrichment of phage antibody display library in clones that recognize the target of interest or antigen as the library undergoes successive rounds of selection. In this review, selection methods most commonly used for phage display antibody libraries have been comprehensively described.
October 7, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733614/spatiotemporal-distribution-of-location-and-object-effects-in-primary-motor-cortex-neurons-during-reach-to-grasp
#20
Adam G Rouse, Marc H Schieber
: Reaching and grasping typically are considered to be spatially separate processes that proceed concurrently in the arm and the hand, respectively. The proximal representation in the primary motor cortex (M1) controls the arm for reaching, while the distal representation controls the hand for grasping. Many studies of M1 activity therefore have focused either on reaching to various locations without grasping different objects, or else on grasping different objects all at the same location...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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