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Saeideh Tasharrofi, Hossein Taghdisian, Abdollah Golchoobi
In this study, pure and ternary adsorption of hydrogen sulfide (H2 S), ethylbenzene (EB), and carbon monoxide (CO) on different arrays of zigzag double wall carbon nanotube was investigated using grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations. The internal diameters of nanotube were fixed at 2r = 50.17 Å while nanotube wall distances were different values from d = 0 Å to d = 150 Å. Pure simulation results indicated that adsorption quantity of H2 S and EB in low pressure ranges of P = 1.9 bar to P = 3...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Jole Mariella, Eleonora Iacono, Aliai Lanci, Barbara Merlo, Caterina Palermo, Lee Morris, Carolina Castagnetti
The umbilical cord (UC), the connection between mother and fetus via the umbilical vessels, carries nutrients and oxygenated blood to the fetus through the umbilical vein and removes deoxygenated blood and waste products via the umbilical arteries. It is designed to protect blood flow to the fetus during pregnancy. In equine medicine, only a few studies have described the UC, and most of these involved Thoroughbreds. The present study describes and compares the macroscopic features of the equine umbilical cord in three different breeds and in relation to the foal's gender...
March 7, 2018: Theriogenology
Hirofumi Chiba, Yoichi Kakuta, Yoshitaka Kinouchi, Yosuke Kawai, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Munenori Nagao, Takeo Naito, Motoyuki Onodera, Rintaro Moroi, Masatake Kuroha, Yoshitake Kanazawa, Tomoya Kimura, Hisashi Shiga, Katsuya Endo, Kenichi Negoro, Masao Nagasaki, Michiaki Unno, Tooru Shimosegawa
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has an unknown etiology; however, accumulating evidence suggests that IBD is a multifactorial disease influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The influence of genetic variants on DNA methylation in cis and cis effects on expression have been demonstrated. We hypothesized that IBD susceptibility single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) regulate susceptibility gene expressions in cis by regulating DNA methylation around SNPs...
2018: PloS One
A-Ra Hong, Youngsun Kim, Tae Sup Lee, Sehoon Kim, Kwangyeol Lee, Gayoung Kim, Ho Seong Jang
In this study, intense single-band red-emitting upconversion nanophosphors (UCNPs) excited with 800 nm near infrared (NIR) light are reported. When a NaYF4 :Nd,Yb active-shell is formed on the 12.7 nm-sized NaGdF4 :Yb,Ho,Ce UCNP core, the core/shell (C/S) UCNPs show tunable emission from green to red depending on the Ce3+ concentration under excitation with 800 nm NIR light. Thirty mol% Ce3+ -doped C/S UCNPs exhibit single-band red emission peaking at 644 nm via a5 F5 →5 I8 transition of Ho3+ . A high Nd3+ concentration in the shell results in strong absorption at around 800 nm NIR light even though the shell thickness is not large, and small-sized C/S UCNPs (16...
March 16, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Anna Wickbom, Johan Bohr, Nils Nyhlin, Anders Eriksson, Annika Lapidus, Andreas Münch, Kjell-Arne Ung, Lina Vigren, Åke Öst, Curt Tysk
OBJECTIVES: Onset of microscopic colitis (MC) in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) or Crohn's disease (CD), or vice versa, has been reported occasionally but the subject is not well described. We therefore report a retrospective observational study of such patients and review the literature. METHODS: Forty-six Swedish gastroenterology clinics were contacted about patients with diagnoses of both inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and MC. Publications were searched on PubMed...
March 16, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
Lijun Ding, Guijun Yan, Bin Wang, Lu Xu, Yan Gu, Tong Ru, Xiaoying Cui, Lei Lei, Jingyu Liu, Xiaoqiang Sheng, Bin Wang, Chunxue Zhang, Yanjun Yang, Ruiwei Jiang, Jianjun Zhou, Na Kong, Feifei Lu, Huaijun Zhou, Yannan Zhao, Bing Chen, Yali Hu, Jianwu Dai, Haixiang Sun
Premature ovarian failure (POF) is a refractory disease for clinical treatment with the goal of restoring fertility. In this study, umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells on a collagen scaffold (collagen/UC-MSCs) can activate primordial follicles in vitro via phosphorylation of FOXO3a and FOXO1. Transplantation of collagen/UC-MSCs to the ovaries of POF patients rescued overall ovarian function, evidenced by elevated estradiol concentrations, improved follicular development, and increased number of antral follicles...
March 13, 2018: Science China. Life Sciences
Fabiola Trejo-Vazquez, Idalia Garza-Veloz, Gabriela Alejandra Villela-Ramirez, Yolanda Ortiz-Castro, Panfilo Mauricio-Saucedo, Edith Cardenas-Vargas, Mariana Diaz-Baez, Miguel A Cid-Baez, Rodrigo Castañeda-Miranda, Jose Manuel Ortiz-Rodriguez, Luis Octavio Solis-Sanchez, Margarita L Martinez-Fierro
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) includes ulcerative colitis (UC), Crohn's disease (CD) and indeterminate colitis. As these subtypes of IBD display important differences in the behavior of the natural course of the disease, the identification of non-invasive markers for IBD is important. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the serum levels of 10 adipokines and their association with endoscopic activity in IBD. The 10-protein profile (C-peptide, ghrelin, gastric inhibitory polypeptide, glucagon-like peptide-1, glucagon, insulin, leptin, plasminogen activator inhibitor-1, resistin and visfatin) was evaluated using serum from 53 participants (23 UC and 11 CD patients, as well as 19 controls) from Zacatecas (Mexico) by using the Bio-Plex Pro Human Diabetes 10-Plex Panel (Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Philip A Fontenot, Brian D Barnes, William P Parker, Hadley Wyre, Eugene K Lee, Jeffrey M Holzbeierlein
OBJECTIVES: To compare complication rates, perioperative outcomes, and survival after radical cystectomy (RC) in patients with prior abdominal and/or pelvic radiation therapy (RT) versus those without an RT history. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed patients undergoing RC for urothelial carcinoma (UC) between January 2008 and January 2016. Patients were stratified by receipt of RT, and differences in complications (any, minor, and major) at 30 and 90 days, as well as, estimated blood loss, length of surgery, length of hospital stay, and pathologic stage were compared...
March 12, 2018: Urology
Dragana Mijac, Irena Vukovic-Petrovic, Vera Mijac, Vladimir Perovic, Natasa Milic, Srdjan Djuranovic, Daniela Bojic, Dragan Popovic, Djordje Culafic, Miodrag Krstic, Goran Jankovic, Vera Pravica, Milos Markovic
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic disease of unknown etiology in which genetic factors contribute to development of disease. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in multidrug resistance 1 (MDR1) gene encoding transporter P-glycoprotein have been associated with IBD, but their role in disease susceptibility remains unclear. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the association of three MDR1 polymorphisms, C1236T (rs1128503), G2677T/A (rs2032582) and C3435T (rs1045642), with Serbian IBD patients...
2018: PloS One
Azael Che-Mendoza, Anuar Medina-Barreiro, Edgar Koyoc-Cardeña, Valentín Uc-Puc, Yamili Contreras-Perera, Josué Herrera-Bojórquez, Felipe Dzul-Manzanilla, Fabian Correa-Morales, Hilary Ranson, Audrey Lenhart, Philip J McCall, Axel Kroeger, Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec, Pablo Manrique-Saide
BACKGROUND: There is a need for effective methods to control Aedes aegypti and prevent the transmission of dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika viruses. Insecticide treated screening (ITS) is a promising approach, particularly as it targets adult mosquitoes to reduce human-mosquito contact. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A cluster-randomised controlled trial evaluated the entomological efficacy of ITS based intervention, which consisted of the installation of pyrethroid-impregnated long-lasting insecticide-treated netting material fixed as framed screens on external doors and windows...
March 15, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Marie Fallon, Jane Walker, Lesley Colvin, Aryelly Rodriguez, Gordon Murray, Michael Sharpe
Purpose Pain is suboptimally managed in patients with cancer. We aimed to compare the effect of a policy of adding a clinician-delivered bedside pain assessment and management tool (Edinburgh Pain Assessment and management Tool [EPAT]) to usual care (UC) versus UC alone on pain outcomes. Patients and Methods In a two-arm, parallel group, cluster randomized (1:1) trial, we observed pain outcomes in 19 cancer centers in the United Kingdom and then randomly assigned the centers to either implement EPAT or to continue UC...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Bei Tan, Pan Li, Hong Lv, Hong Yang, Yue Li, Ji Li, Ou Wang, Jiaming Qian
AIMS: To assess the necessity and efficacy of vitamin D supplementation in Chinese inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients with vitamin D insufficiency/deficiency. METHODS: Seventy-four ulcerative colitis (UC) patients and 71 Crohn's disease (CD) patients were randomly assigned into one of 3 arms for 12 months: Arm A (vitamin D3 150000IU per 3 months plus calcium 600mg oral daily); Arm B (calcium 600mg oral daily), and Arm C (vehicle control group), all in addition to conventional IBD treatment...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Digestive Diseases
Elizabeth Wilmerding, Mari Knuth-Bouracee, Jeffrey L Edleson
This article offers reflections on the article "Bystander Training as Leadership Training: Notes on the Origins, Philosophy and Pedagogy of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Model" by Jackson Katz in this issue of Violence Against Women. The authors rely on their unique perspectives in varying roles at the University of California (UC) Berkeley, as well as on relevant social science and social justice research. The article explores five themes of violence prevention and anti-oppression work: leadership, social justice, gender identity, issues of identity and status, and diffusion of innovation...
March 1, 2018: Violence Against Women
Ondrej Fabian, Ondrej Hradsky, Tereza Drskova, Filip Mikus, Josef Zamecnik, Jiri Bronsky
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of pediatric inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) remains challenging. We aimed at the value of immunohistochemical assessment of CD30+ lymphocytes in the intestinal mucosa in differential diagnosis between pediatric Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) and its utility as a predictor of future differentiation in patients with IBD unclassified (IBDU). METHODS: Seventy-four treatment naive pediatric patients with IBD (33 CD, 30 UC and 11 IBDU) were enrolled into the study...
March 14, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Emily G Westbrook, Peng Zhang
We report the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR)-enhanced triplet-triplet annihilation upconversion (TTA-UC) of polymeric acceptors containing high percentages of acceptor units. A poly[(methyl methacrylate)-co-(glycidyl methacrylate)] copolymer series with increasing glycidyl methacrylate ratio was prepared using reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. After post-modification of the glycidyl group with anthracene, the acceptor unit, a series of poly[(methyl methacrylate)-co-(2-hydroxypropyl-9-anthroate methacrylate)] (polyACA) was produced with different numbers of acceptor units...
March 15, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Shogo Amemori, Rakesh Kumar Gupta, Marcus Leo Böhm, James Xiao, Uyen Huynh, Tomoki Oyama, Kenji Kaneko, Akshay Rao, Nobuhiro Yanai, Nobuo Kimizuka
Hybrid materials consisting of semiconductor nanocrystals and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) were prepared for the first time to achieve photon upconversion based on triplet-triplet annihilation (TTA-UC) in the solid-state, which allowed TTA-UC with large anti-Stokes shifts in the visible and near-infrared regions.
March 15, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Jingping Zhang, Jingjing Huang, Kasimujiang Aximujiang, Chenbo Xu, Abulaiti Ahemaiti, Guixia Wu, Li Zhong, Kurexi Yunusi
Stress is a powerful modulator of neuroendocrine, behavioral, and immunological functions. So far, the molecular mechanisms of response to stressors still remain elusive. In the current study, after 10 days of repeated chronic stress (hot-dry environment and electric foot-shock), a murine model of combined-stress (CS) was created in the SPF Wistar rats. Meanwhile, we established an ulcerative-colitis (UC) rat model induced by 2,4,6-trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS)/ethanol enema according to previous studies...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Fred Stephen Sarfo, Osei Sarfo-Kantanka, Sheila Adamu, Vida Obese, Jennifer Voeks, Raelle Tagge, Vipin Sethi, Bruce Ovbiagele
BACKGROUND: There is an unprecedented rise in the prevalence of stroke in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Secondary prevention guidelines recommend that antihypertensive, statin and antiplatelet therapy be initiated promptly after ischemic stroke and adhered to in a persistent fashion to achieve optimal vascular-risk reduction. However, these goals are seldom realized in routine clinical care settings in SSA due to logistical challenges. We seek to assess whether a polypill containing fixed doses of three antihypertensive agents, a statin and antiplatelet therapy taken once daily per os for 12 months among recent stroke survivors would result in carotid intimal thickness regression compared with usual care (UC)...
March 14, 2018: Trials
Alejo Rodriguez-Vida, Joaquim Bellmunt
Metastatic urothelial carcinoma (UC) remains an aggressive disease associated with limited treatment options and a reduced survival. In spite of this, the first-line treatment based on platinum-based combinations has remained virtually unchanged for the last 20-30 years. Similarly, before the advent of the immune checkpoint inhibitors, there were no FDA-approved drugs for second-line therapy. In the last few years, impressive signs of anti-tumor activity have been reported with several immunotherapy agents targeting the programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) pathway...
March 14, 2018: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
Peter M Irving, Tariq Iqbal, Chuka Nwokolo, Sreedhar Subramanian, Stuart Bloom, Neeraj Prasad, Ailsa Hart, Charles Murray, James O Lindsay, Adam Taylor, Rachel Barron, Stephen Wright
Background: Cannabidiol (CBD) exhibits anti-inflammatory properties that could improve disease activity in inflammatory bowel disease. This proof-of-concept study assessed efficacy, safety and tolerability of CBD-rich botanical extract in ulcerative colitis (UC) patients. Methods: Patients aged 18 years or older, with left-sided or extensive UC, Mayo scores of 4-10 (endoscopy scores ≥1), and on stable 5-aminosalicylic acid dosing, were randomized to 10-weeks' CBD-rich botanical extract or placebo capsules...
March 10, 2018: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
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