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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544987/a-high-efficiency-denitrification-bioreactor-for-the-treatment-of-acrylonitrile-wastewater-using-waterborne-polyurethane-immobilized-activated-sludge
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Honghong Dong, Wei Wang, Zhaozheng Song, Hao Dong, Jianfeng Wang, Shanshan Sun, Zhongzhi Zhang, Ming Ke, Zhenjia Zhang, Wei-Min Wu, Guangqing Zhang, Jie Ma
The performance of a laboratory-scale, high-efficiency denitrification bioreactor (15L) using activated sludge immobilized by waterborne polyurethane in treating acrylonitrile wastewater with high concentration of nitrate nitrogen (249mg/L) was investigated. The bioreactor was operated at 30°C for 220days. Batch denitrification experiments showed that the optimal operation parameters were C/NO3(-)-N molar ratio of 2.0 using sodium acetate as electron donor and carrier filling rate of 20% (V/V) in the bioreactor...
May 5, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544426/the-catechol-o-methyltransferase-comt-val158met-genotype-modulates-working-memory-related-dorsolateral-prefrontal-response-and-performance-in-bipolar-disorder
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K W Miskowiak, H L Kjaerstad, M M Støttrup, A M Svendsen, K M Demant, L K Hoeffding, T M Werge, K E Burdick, K Domschke, A F Carvalho, E Vieta, M Vinberg, L V Kessing, H R Siebner, J Macoveanu
OBJECTIVES: Cognitive dysfunction affects a substantial proportion of patients with bipolar disorder (BD), and genetic-imaging paradigms may aid in the elucidation of mechanisms implicated in this symptomatic domain. The Val allele of the functional Val158Met polymorphism of the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene is associated with reduced prefrontal cortex dopamine and exaggerated working memory-related prefrontal activity. This functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study investigated for the first time whether the COMT Val158Met genotype modulates prefrontal activity during spatial working memory in BD...
May 23, 2017: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544232/peripartum-cytokine-flares-in-a-multiethnic-cohort-of-chronic-hepatitis-b-carriers-does-not-correlate-with-hepatitis-b-virus-suppression-or-increased-risk-of-liver-disease
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Shivali S Joshi, Daniel Wong, Eliana Castillo, Mark G Swain, Carla S Coffin
PROBLEM: In chronic hepatitis B (CHB) carriers, alanine transaminase (ALT) flares are common in the peripartum period. There are limited data on immunological changes of pregnancy in CHB. We hypothesize that in pregnant CHB carriers, the Th1/Th2 cytokine ratio is altered resulting in changes in biochemical/virological and liver fibrosis markers. STUDY METHODS: Serum from 38 pregnant/post-partum CHB carriers (median age 32 years, 53% Asian, 8 HBeAg(+) ) was tested for HBV DNA, quantitative HBV surface antigen, ALT and liver fibrosis by transient elastography (TE)...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541631/germline-and-somatic-mutations-in-homologous-recombination-genes-among-chinese-ovarian-cancer-patients-detected-using-next-generation-sequencing
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Qianying Zhao, Jiaxin Yang, Lei Li, Dongyan Cao, Mei Yu, Keng Shen
OBJECTIVE: To define genetic profiling of homologous recombination (HR) deficiency in Chinese ovarian cancer patients. METHODS: we have applied next-generation sequencing to detect deleterious mutations through all exons in 31 core HR genes. Paired whole blood and frozen tumor samples from 50 Chinese women diagnosed with epithelial ovarian carcinomas were tested to identify both germline and somatic variants. RESULTS: Deleterious germline HR-mutations were identified in 36% of the ovarian cancer patients...
July 2017: Journal of Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540262/inactive-hepatitis-b-carrier-and-pregnancy-outcomes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Afsaneh Keramat, Masud Younesian, Mohammad Gholami Fesharaki, Maryam Hasani, Samaneh Mirzaei, Elham Ebrahimi, Seyed Moaed Alavian, Fatemeh Mohammadi
BACKGROUND: We aimed to explore whether maternal asymptomatic hepatitis B (HB) infection effects on pre-term rupture of membranous (PROM), stillbirth, preeclampsia, eclampsia, gestational hypertension, or antepartum hemorrhage. METHODS: We searched the PubMed, Scopus, and ISI web of science from 1990 to Feb 2015. In addition, electronic literature searches supplemented by searching the gray literature (e.g., conference abstracts thesis and the result of technical reports) and scanning the reference lists of included studies and relevant systematic reviews...
April 2017: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538409/a-case-report-of-pedigree-of-a-homozygous-mutation-of-the-steroidogenic-acute-regulatory-protein-causing-lipoid-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia
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Rong Fu, Lin Lu, Jun Jiang, Min Nie, Xiaojing Wang, Zhaolin Lu
RATIONALE: Lipoid congenital adrenal hyperplasia (LCAH) is extremely rare, but is the most fatal form of congenital adrenal hyperplasia resulting from mutations in the steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (STAR) gene. LCAH arises from severe defects in the conversion of cholesterol to pregnenolone, the precursor of all steroids. PATIENT CONCERNS: A case was reported that an 11-month-old Chinese girl who presented with a sex development disorder and hyponatremia...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538249/norovirus-and-clostridium-difficile-outbreaks-squelching-the-wildfire
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Ann Fisher, Louise M Dembry
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Gastrointestinal outbreaks in the healthcare setting cause increased morbidity and mortality in an already vulnerable population. Optimization of infection prevention measures can be a challenge in healthcare settings. This review describes new literature that may change the traditional infection prevention approach to such outbreaks. RECENT FINDINGS: Asymptomatic carriers of both norovirus and Clostridium difficile can pose risk of transmission to others and the environment...
May 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537465/sulfated-archaeal-glycolipid-archaeosomes-as-a-safe-effective-vaccine-adjuvant-for-induction-of-cell-mediated-immunity
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Michael J McCluskie, Lise Deschatelets, Lakshmi Krishnan
Archaeosomes are liposomal vesicles composed of ether glycerolipids unique to the domain of Archaea. Unlike conventional ester-linked liposomes, archaeosomes exhibit high stability and possess strong adjuvant and immunostimulatory properties making them an attractive vaccine delivery vehicle. Traditionally comprised of total polar lipids (TPL) or semi-synthetic phospho-glycerolipids of ether-linked isoprenoid phytanyl cores with varied glycol- and amino-head groups, archaeosomes can induce robust and long-lasting humoral and cell-mediated immune responses against antigenic cargo and provide protection in murine models of infectious disease and cancer...
May 24, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537072/enhanced-photocatalytic-activities-in-g-c3n4-via-hybridization-with-bi-fe-nb-containing-ferroelectric-pyrochlore
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Xiaofeng Yin, Xiaoning Li, Wen Gu, Fangfang Wang, Yijun Zou, Shujie Sun, Zhengping Fu, Yalin Lu
Ferroelectricity may promote the photocatalytic performance because carrier separation efficiency can be effectively improved by the internal electrostatic field caused by spontaneous polarization. Heterostructures which combine ferroelectric materials with other semiconductor materials can be further advantageous to the photocatalysis process. In this work, the Bi1.65Fe1.16Nb1.12O7 was hybridized with g-C3N4 via a facile low temperature method. The results of high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) confirmed that the tight interface were formed between g-C3N4 and Bi1...
May 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536040/the-flir-one-thermal-imager-for-the-assessment-of-burn-wounds-reliability-and-validity-study
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M E H Jaspers, M E Carrière, A Meij-de Vries, J H G M Klaessens, P P M van Zuijlen
BACKGROUND: Objective measurement tools may be of great value to provide early and reliable burn wound assessment. Thermal imaging is an easy, accessible and objective technique, which measures skin temperature as an indicator of tissue perfusion. These thermal images might be helpful in the assessment of burn wounds. However, before implementation of a novel measurement tool into clinical practice is considered, it is appropriate to test its clinimetric properties (i.e. reliability and validity)...
May 20, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534667/commentary-on-the-use-of-96119-in-billing-for-neuropsychological-services
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Leslie D Rosenstein
OBJECTIVE: This commentary seeks to outline the problematic issues with the use of 96119 in billing for neuropsychological evaluations. Issues covered include billing for the provider's time when using technicians as well as the use of trainees when billing Medicare. METHOD: Resources from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) were reviewed along with a search of available documentation from regional carriers and the general literature. CONCLUSIONS: There has been much confusion in the professional community regarding billing for neuropsychological evaluation services when utilizing technicians and/or trainees...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534485/pseudoexfoliation-syndrome-associated-genetic-variants-affect-transcription-factor-binding-and-alternative-splicing-of-loxl1
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Francesca Pasutto, Matthias Zenkel, Ursula Hoja, Daniel Berner, Steffen Uebe, Fulvia Ferrazzi, Johannes Schödel, Panah Liravi, Mineo Ozaki, Daniela Paoli, Paolo Frezzotti, Takanori Mizoguchi, Satoko Nakano, Toshiaki Kubota, Shinichi Manabe, Erika Salvi, Paolo Manunta, Daniele Cusi, Christian Gieger, Heinz-Erich Wichmann, Tin Aung, Chiea Chuen Khor, Friedrich E Kruse, André Reis, Ursula Schlötzer-Schrehardt
Although lysyl oxidase-like 1 (LOXL1) is known as the principal genetic risk factor for pseudoexfoliation (PEX) syndrome, a major cause of glaucoma and cardiovascular complications, no functional variants have been identified to date. Here, we conduct a genome-wide association scan on 771 German PEX patients and 1,350 controls, followed by independent testing of associated variants in Italian and Japanese data sets. We focus on a 3.5-kb four-component polymorphic locus positioned spanning introns 1 and 2 of LOXL1 with enhancer-like chromatin features...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534299/adsorption-onto-mesoporous-silica-using-supercritical-fluid-technology-improves-dissolution-rate-of-carbamazepine-a-poorly-soluble-compound
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Aditya V Gandhi, Priyanka Thipsay, Bharat Kirthivasan, Emilio Squillante
The purpose of this research was to design and characterize an immediate-release formulation of carbamazepine (CBZ), a poorly soluble anti-epileptic drug, using a porous silica carrier. Carbon dioxide in its supercritical state (2000 psi, 30-35°C) was used as an anti-solvent to precipitate CBZ onto two particle size variants of silica. Adsorption isotherms were used as a pre-formulation strategy to select optimum ratios of silica and CBZ. The obtained drug-silica formulations were characterized by dissolution studies, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
May 22, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533877/-prevalence-of-hepatitis-b-surface-antigen-and-its-associated-factors-in-senegalese-military-personnel-sent-on-mission-to-darfur
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Moustapha Diop, Assane Diouf, Said Malaobé Seck, Gora Lo, Daye Ka, Aminata Massaly, Alassane Dieye, Ndeye Maguette Fall, Viviane Marie Pierre Cisse-Diallo, Khardiata Diallo-Mbaye, Ndèye Aissatou Lakhe, Louise Fortes-Déguénonvo, Cheikh Tidiane Ndour, Maserigne Soumaré, Moussa Seydi
INTRODUCTION: In Senegal, 85% of the adult population have been exposed to the hepatitis B virus and about 11% of them are chronic surface antigen (HBsAg) carriers. This infection is poorly documented among Senegalese Armed Forces. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of HBsAg in Senegalese military personnel on mission to Darfur (Sudan) and to identify its associated factors. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study among Senegalese military personnel stationed in Darfur from 1 July 2014 to 31 July 2014...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532080/antibiotic-loaded-microspheres-as-antimicrobial-delivery-systems-for-medical-applications
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J Szczeblinska, K Fijalkowski, J Kohn, M El Fray
In this paper, we present the preparation and antibiotic loading of polymeric microspheres, composed of copolymers derived from fatty acid/amino acid components, as new polymeric platforms for antibiotic delivery systems. New polymeric materials were used to prepare microspheres with and without immobilized model antibiotics (streptomycin, chloramphenicol and amphotericin B) by a W/O/W double-emulsion/solvent evaporation method, in which chloroform and poly(vinyl alcohol) are used as the solvent and emulsifier, respectively...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532028/newly-isolated-sporopollenin-microcages-from-platanus-orientalis-pollens-as-a-vehicle-for-controlled-drug-delivery
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Muhammad Mujtaba, Idris Sargin, Lalehan Akyuz, Talip Ceter, Murat Kaya
Sporopollenin microcages were produced from the pollens of Platanus orientalis. Paracetamol was loaded into the microcages. Pollen, sporopollenin, paracetamol and paracetamol-loaded sporopollenin microcages were characterized with FT-IR, TGA and SEM. The analytical analyses demonstrated that sporopollenin microcages were structurally intact, highly reticulated and thermally stable. The loading efficiency of the sporopollenin microcages was found to be 8.2% using the passive loading technique and 23.7% via evaporating loading technique...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532020/ph-responsive-drug-release-and-real-time-fluorescence-detection-of-porous-silica-nanoparticles
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Xu Zhang, Yamin Wang, Yanbao Zhao, Lei Sun
In this work, pH-sensitive "dual-switch" porous silica (pSiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) were constructed for drug delivery. Poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) was grafting onto the internal and external surfaces of amino groups functionalized porous silica (pSiO2-NH2) NPs by the amidation between the amino groups and the carboxyl groups of PAA for pH triggered drug release. The resultant pSiO2/PAA NPs have an average diameter of 50-60nm and high specific surface area (914m(2)·g(-1)). To improve the loading capacity, ZnO quantum dots (QDs) were used to block the partial pores of pSiO2/PAA and the loading capacity reached to 28% for methotrexate (MTX) model drug...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528518/a-multi-gene-panel-study-in-hereditary-breast-and-ovarian-cancer-in-colombia
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A M Cock-Rada, C A Ossa, H I Garcia, L R Gomez
Germline mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 account for approximately 50% of inherited breast and ovarian cancers. Three founder mutations in BRCA1/2 have been reported in Colombia, but the pattern of mutations in other cancer susceptibility genes is unknown. This study describes the frequency and type of germline mutations in hereditary breast and/or ovarian cancer genes in a referral cancer center in Colombia. Eighty-five women referred to the oncogenetics unit of the Instituto de Cancerologia Las Americas in Medellin (Colombia), meeting testing criteria for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome (NCCN 2015), who had germline testing with a commercial 25-gene hereditary cancer panel, were included in the analysis...
May 20, 2017: Familial Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527112/inhalation-of-roman-chamomile-essential-oil-attenuates-depressive-like-behaviors-in-wistar-kyoto-rats
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Yingying Kong, Ting Wang, Rong Wang, Yichuan Ma, Shanshan Song, Juan Liu, Weiwei Hu, Shengtian Li
The idea of aromatherapy, using essential oils, has been considered as an alternative antidepressant treatment. In the present study, we investigated the effect of Roman chamomile essential oil inhalation for two weeks on depressive-like behaviors in Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats. We found that inhalation of either Roman chamomile or one of its main components α-pinene, attenuated depressive-like behavior in WKY rats in the forced swim test. Using isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation analysis (iTRAQ), we found that inhalation of α-pinene increased expression of proteins that are involved in oxidative phosphorylation, such as cytochrome c oxidase subunit 6C-2, cytochrome c oxidase subunit 7A2, ATPase inhibitor in the hippocampus, and cytochrome c oxidase subunit 6C-2, ATP synthase subunit e, Acyl carrier protein, and Cytochrome b-c1 complex subunit 6 in the PFC (prefrontal cortex)...
May 16, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526975/lipid-nanoparticles-for-administration-of-poorly-water-soluble-neuroactive-drugs
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Elisabetta Esposito, Markus Drechsler, Paolo Mariani, Federica Carducci, Michela Servadio, Francesca Melancia, Patrizia Ratano, Patrizia Campolongo, Viviana Trezza, Rita Cortesi, Claudio Nastruzzi
This study describes the potential of solid lipid nanoparticles and nanostructured lipid carriers as nano-formulations to administer to the central nervous system poorly water soluble drugs. Different neuroactive drugs, i.e. dimethylfumarate, retinyl palmitate, progesterone and the endocannabinoid hydrolysis inhibitor URB597 have been studied. Lipid nanoparticles constituted of tristearin or tristearin in association with gliceryl monoolein were produced. The nanoencapsulation strategy allowed to obtain biocompatible and non-toxic vehicles, able to increase the solubility of the considered neuroactive drugs...
September 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
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