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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911362/automated-acoustic-dispensing-for-the-serial-dilution-of-peptide-agonists-in-potency-determination-assays
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Jacqueline Naylor, Alessandra Rossi, Christopher Brankin, David C Hornigold
As with small molecule drug discovery, screening for peptide agonists requires the serial dilution of peptides to produce concentration-response curves. Screening peptides affords an additional layer of complexity as conventional tip-based sample handling methods expose peptides to a large surface area of plasticware, providing an increased opportunity for peptide loss via adsorption. Preventing excessive exposure to plasticware reduces peptide loss via adherence to plastics and thus minimizes inaccuracies in potency prediction, and we have previously described the benefits of non-contact acoustic dispensing for in vitro high-throughput screening of peptide agonists(1)...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911073/reducing-risky-alcohol-use-what-health-care-systems-can-do
#2
Amity E Quinn, Mary Brolin, Maureen T Stewart, Brooke Evans, Constance Horgan
Risky, non-dependent alcohol use is prevalent in the United States, affecting 25% of adults (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014b). Massachusetts has higher rates of alcohol use and binge drinking than most states (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2015). Serious physical, social, and economic consequences result. Excessive alcohol use contributes to cancer, cardiovascular disease, sleep disorders, birth defects, motor vehicle injuries, and suicide, and it complicates management of chronic illnesses (Green, McKnight-Eily, Tan, Mejia, & Denny, 2016; Laramee et al...
April 27, 2016: Issue Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910468/gaseous-electron-multiplier-based-soft-x-ray-plasma-diagnostics-development-preliminary-tests-at-asdex-upgrade
#3
M Chernyshova, K Malinowski, T Czarski, A Wojeński, D Vezinet, K T Poźniak, G Kasprowicz, D Mazon, A Jardin, A Herrmann, E Kowalska-Strzęciwilk, R Krawczyk, P Kolasiński, W Zabołotny, P Zienkiewicz
A Gaseous Electron Multiplier (GEM)-based detector is being developed for soft X-ray diagnostics on tokamaks. Its main goal is to facilitate transport studies of impurities like tungsten. Such studies are very relevant to ITER, where the excessive accumulation of impurities in the plasma core should be avoided. This contribution provides details of the preliminary tests at ASDEX Upgrade (AUG) with a focus on the most important aspects for detector operation in harsh radiation environment. It was shown that both spatially and spectrally resolved data could be collected, in a reasonable agreement with other AUG diagnostics...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910392/real-time-radiative-divertor-feedback-control-development-for-the-nstx-u-tokamak-using-a-vacuum-ultraviolet-spectrometer
#4
V A Soukhanovskii, R Kaita, B Stratton
A radiative divertor technique is planned for the NSTX-U tokamak to prevent excessive erosion and thermal damage of divertor plasma-facing components in H-mode plasma discharges with auxiliary heating up to 12 MW. In the radiative (partially detached) divertor, extrinsically seeded deuterium or impurity gases are used to increase plasma volumetric power and momentum losses. A real-time feedback control of the gas seeding rate is planned for discharges of up to 5 s duration. The outer divertor leg plasma electron temperature Te estimated spectroscopically in real time will be used as a control parameter...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910223/synthesis-and-preliminary-evaluation-of-a-99m-tc-labeled-folate-pamam-dendrimer-for-fr-imaging
#5
Manli Song, Zhide Guo, Mengna Gao, Changrong Shi, Duo Xu, Linyi You, Xiaowei Wu, Xinhui Su, Rongqiang Zhuang, Weimin Pan, Ting Liu, Xianzhong Zhang
Folate receptor is an ideal target for tumor-specific diagnostic and therapeutic. The aim of this study was to synthesize (99m) Tc-labeled folate-polyamidoamine dendrimer modified with 2-hydrazinonicotinic acid ((99m) Tc-HP3 FA) for FR imaging. The (99m) Tc-HP3 FA conjugate was prepared using N-tris-(hydroxymethyl)-methylglycine and trisodium triphenylphosphine-3,3',3″-trisulfonate as coligands. Physicochemical properties, in vitro cell uptake study, and in vivo micro-single-photon emission computed tomography/CT imaging were performed...
November 7, 2016: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909957/adaptive-radiation-therapy-in-head-and-neck-cancer-for-clinical-practice-state-of-the-art-and-practical-challenges
#6
REVIEW
Ovidiu Veresezan, Idriss Troussier, Alexis Lacout, Sarah Kreps, Sophie Maillard, Aude Toulemonde, Pierre-Yves Marcy, Florence Huguet, Juliette Thariat
Modern radiation therapy techniques are characterized by high conformality to tumor volumes and steep dose gradients to spare normal organs. These techniques require accurate clinical target volume definitions and rigorous assessment of set up uncertainties using image guidance, a concept called image-guided radiation therapy. Due to alteration of patient anatomy, changes in tissue density/volumes and tumor shrinkage over the course of treatment, treatment accuracy may be challenged. This may result in excessive irradiation of organs at risk/healthy tissues and undercoverage of target volumes with a significant risk of locoregional failure...
December 1, 2016: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909471/contact-force-and-atrial-fibrillation-ablation
#7
REVIEW
Ullah W, Schilling Rj, Wong T
Catheters able to measure the force and vector of contact between the catheter tip and myocardium are now available. Pre-clinical work has established that the degree of contact between the radiofrequency ablation catheter and myocardium correlates with the size of the delivered lesion. Excess contact is associated with steam pops and perforation. Catheter contact varies within the left atrium secondary to factors including respiration, location, atrial rhythm and the trans-septal catheter delivery technology used...
February 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908245/perfect-hemihedral-twinning-in-crystals-of-the-%C3%AE-subunit-of-translation-initiation-factor-2-from-sulfolobus-solfataricus-cause-and-effect
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O V Kravchenko, O S Nikonov, N A Nevskaya, E A Stolboushkina, V I Arkhipova, M B Garber, S V Nikonov
The crystal structure of the γ-subunit of translation initiation factor 2 from the archaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus (SsoIF2γ) has been solved based on perfectly hemihedral twinned data. The protein was cocrystallized with the 10-fold molar excess of GTP analog (GDPCP) over protein. However, no nucleotide was found in the structure, and the model demonstrated the apo form of the protein. Two slightly different molecules in the asymmetric unit of the crystal are related by the non-crystallographic 2-fold axis and form a tightly associated dimer...
October 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908181/defining-and-assessing-an-anisotropic-delineation-margin-for-modern-radiotherapy
#9
L R Bell, E M Pogson, P E Metcalfe, L C Holloway
PURPOSE: Uncertainty in target volume delineation for modern radiotherapy impacts dosimetry and patient outcomes. Delineation uncertainty is generally overlooked in practice as a source of error, potentially since historically, other uncertainties have been the main focus. This work defined and assessed an anisotropic delineation margin in both polar and spherical coordinate systems in order to account for the spatially varying nature of this uncertainty using a whole breast radiotherapy cohort as a proof of concept...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906521/modeling-the-human-scarred-heart-in-vitro-toward-new-tissue-engineered-models
#10
Janine C Deddens, Amir Hossein Sadeghi, Jesper Hjortnaes, Linda W van Laake, Marc Buijsrogge, Pieter A Doevendans, Ali Khademhosseini, Joost P G Sluijter
Cardiac remodeling is critical for effective tissue healing, however, excessive production and deposition of extracellular matrix components contribute to scarring and failing of the heart. Despite the fact that novel therapies have emerged, there are still no lifelong solutions for this problem. An urgent need exists to improve the understanding of adverse cardiac remodeling in order to develop new therapeutic interventions that will prevent, reverse, or regenerate the fibrotic changes in the failing heart...
December 1, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906225/rf-subcarrier-assisted-four-state-continuous-variable-qkd-based-on-coherent-detection
#11
Zhen Qu, Ivan B Djordjevic, Mark A Neifeld
We theoretically investigate and experimentally demonstrate a RF-assisted four-state continuous-variable quantum key distribution (CV-QKD) system. Classical coherent detection is implemented with a simple digital phase noise cancelation scheme. In the proposed system, there is no need for frequency and phase locking between the quantum signals and the local oscillator laser. Moreover, in principle, there is no residual phase noise, and a mean excess noise of 0.0115 (in shot-noise units) can be acquired experimentally...
December 1, 2016: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906159/persistent-microbiome-alterations-modulate-the-rate-of-post-dieting-weight-regain
#12
Christoph A Thaiss, Shlomik Itav, Daphna Rothschild, Mariska Meijer, Maayan Levy, Claudia Moresi, Lenka Dohnalová, Sofia Braverman, Shachar Rozin, Sergey Malitsky, Mally Dori-Bachash, Yael Kuperman, Inbal Biton, Arieh Gertler, Alon Harmelin, Hagit Shapiro, Zamir Halpern, Asaph Aharoni, Eran Segal, Eran Elinav
In tackling the obesity pandemic, significant efforts are devoted to the development of effective weight reduction strategies, yet many dieting individuals fail to maintain a long-term weight reduction, and instead undergo excessive weight regain cycles. The mechanisms driving recurrent post-dieting obesity remain largely elusive. Here, we identify an intestinal microbiome signature that persists after successful dieting of obese mice, which contributes to faster weight regain and metabolic aberrations upon re-exposure to obesity-promoting conditions and transmits the accelerated weight regain phenotype upon inter-animal transfer...
November 24, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906124/one-health-in-china
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REVIEW
Jianyong Wu, Lanlan Liu, Guoling Wang, Jiahai Lu
As a result of rapid economic growth over the previous three decades, China has become the second largest economy worldwide since 2010. However, as a developing country with the largest population, this rapid economic growth primarily based on excessive consumption and waste of resources. Thus, China has been facing particularly severe ecological and environmental problems in speeding up industrialization and urbanization. The impact of the health risk factors is complex and difficult to accurately predict...
2016: Infection Ecology & Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905903/immediate-effect-of-cpap-titration-on-perceived-health-related-quality-of-life-a-prospective-observational-study
#14
Serena Iacono Isidoro, Adriana Salvaggio, Anna Lo Bue, Salvatore Romano, Oreste Marrone, Giuseppe Insalaco
BACKGROUND: Perceived Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) is impaired in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This study examines changes in HRQoL aspects occurring immediately after CPAP titration. Furthermore, we analyzed variations in each gender and in patients undergoing home or laboratory-based CPAP titration pathways. METHODS: Twohundredfive outpatients (151 M) (56.7 ± 10.3 years) were evaluated, before first visit and nocturnal diagnostic examination (T0), and the morning after CPAP titration (T1)...
December 1, 2016: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904740/from-substituent-effects-to-applications-enhancing-the-optical-response-of-a-four-component-assembly-for-reporting-ee-values
#15
Chung-Yon Lin, Michael W Giuliano, Bryan D Ellis, Scott J Miller, Eric V Anslyn
High-throughput screening for asymmetric catalysts has stimulated an interest in optically-based enantiomeric-excess (ee) sensors, primarily for their improved time and cost efficiency when compared to the standard HPLC analysis. We present herein substituent-effect studies on a recently reported Zn(II) multicomponent assembly that is used for chiral, secondary alcohol ee detemination. The systematic altering of assemblies formed from select substituted pyridyl ligands pointed to the conclusion that steric effects dominate the mode of interaction at the pyridyl 3- and 6- positions...
July 1, 2016: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904077/synthesis-characterization-and-evaluation-of-thiazolidine-derivatives-of-cysteine-for-suppressing-eumelanin-production
#16
Yusuke Amino, Yoshinobu Takino, Megumi Kaneko, Fumie Ookura, Mai Yamamoto, Tatsuki Kashiwagi, Keiji Iwasaki
In the pathway of melanin biosynthesis, cysteine (Cys) is utilized for the synthesis of pheomelanin. Accordingly, Cys is considered to suppress the formation of brown-black eumelanin. Although attempts have been made to utilize Cys and its derivatives as skin-whitening agents, their instability and odor hinders their application as a cosmetic agent. Herein, N-acetyl-2-methylthiazolidine-2,4-dicarboxylic acid ethyl ester (AcCP2Et) was proposed as a candidate for a stable and prolonged-release derivative of Cys to inhibit dopachrome formation after its degradation in melanocytes...
2016: Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903917/the-health-of-office-based-workers-in-kingston-jamaica
#17
Jascinth L M Lindo, Janet LaGrenade, Denise Eldemire-Shearer
The health status of Jamaican workers was evaluated as a baseline for workplace health promotion interventions. Socio-demographic, health status, and lifestyle data were collected from 1,087 employees. Blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels, and body mass index were measured for study participants. The most common illness reported by the study participants was migraine headaches (16.0%), followed by hypertension (13.5%) and asthma (6.1%). Based on blood pressure measurements, 34.1% were pre-hypertensive (120-139/80-89 mmHg), 13...
November 30, 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903892/methylation-sensitive-enrichment-of-minor-dna-alleles-using-a-double-strand-dna-specific-nuclease
#18
Yibin Liu, Chen Song, Ioannis Ladas, Mariana Fitarelli-Kiehl, G Mike Makrigiorgos
Aberrant methylation changes, often present in a minor allelic fraction in clinical samples such as plasma-circulating DNA (cfDNA), are potentially powerful prognostic and predictive biomarkers in human disease including cancer. We report on a novel, highly-multiplexed approach to facilitate analysis of clinically useful methylation changes in minor DNA populations. Methylation Specific Nuclease-assisted Minor-allele Enrichment (MS-NaME) employs a double-strand-specific DNA nuclease (DSN) to remove excess DNA with normal methylation patterns...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903493/cancer-detection-in-human-tissue-samples-using-a-fiber-tip-ph-probe
#19
Erik P Schartner, Matthew R Henderson, Malcolm Purdey, Deepak Dhatrak, Tanya M Monro, P Grantley Gill, David F Callen
Intraoperative detection of tumorous tissue is an important unresolved issue for cancer surgery. Difficulty in differentiating between tissue types commonly results in the requirement for additional surgeries to excise unremoved cancer tissue or alternatively in the removal of excess amounts of healthy tissue. Although pathologic methods exist to determine tissue type during surgery, these methods can compromise postoperative pathology, have a lag of minutes to hours before the surgeon receives the results of the tissue analysis, and are restricted to excised tissue...
December 1, 2016: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903302/preventing-the-ends-from-justifying-the-means-withholding-results-to-address-publication-bias-in-peer-review
#20
EDITORIAL
Katherine S Button, Liz Bal, Anna Clark, Tim Shipley
The evidence that many of the findings in the published literature may be unreliable is compelling. There is an excess of positive results, often from studies with small sample sizes, or other methodological limitations, and the conspicuous absence of null findings from studies of a similar quality. This distorts the evidence base, leading to false conclusions and undermining scientific progress. Central to this problem is a peer-review system where the decisions of authors, reviewers, and editors are more influenced by impressive results than they are by the validity of the study design...
December 1, 2016: BMC Psychology
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