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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793171/compositional-engineering-of-acceptors-for-highly-efficient-bulk-heterojunction-hybrid-organic-solar-cells
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S Amber Yousaf, M Ikram, S Ali
The wet chemical synthesis of chromium oxide (Cr2 O3 ) nanoparticles (NPs) and its application in active layer of inverted bulk heterojunction organic solar cells is documented in this research. Chromium oxide NPs of 10-30 nm size range having a band gap of 2.9 eV were successfully synthesized. These NPs were used in inverted organic solar cells in amalgamation with P3HT:PCBM and PTB7:PCBM polymers. The fabricated hybrid devices improves PCE significantly for P3HT:PCBM and PTB7:PCBM systems. The photophysical energy levels, optoelectrical properties and microscopic images have been systematically studied for the fabricated devices...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793140/effectiveness-of-a-voluntary-family-befriending-service-a-mixed-methods-evaluation-using-the-donabedian-model
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S V Gentry, E F J Powers, N Azim, M Maidrag
OBJECTIVES: Voluntary befriending schemes operate in many countries, promoting public health by supporting vulnerable individuals and families. Use of third sector and voluntary services to complement health and social care provision is increasingly important globally in the context of economic and demographic challenges, but the evidence base around such collaborations is limited. This article reports the results of operational evaluation research seeking to use robust routine work to generate transferable findings for use by those commissioning and providing services...
May 21, 2018: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793101/-survey-of-wellbeing-of-young-children-swyc-how-does-it-fit-for-screening-developmental-delay-in-brazilian-children-aged-4-to-58-months
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R S Moreira, L C Magalhães, C M Siqueira, C R L Alves
OBJECTIVE: To replicate the original normative study of the SWYC's Milestones Questionnaires for children in Brazil. Our goals were to compare the performance of Brazilian and North American children using this screening tool and to verify the reliability and validity of the Brazilian version. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Cross-sectional study with children aged 1-65 months and their guardians, recruited in southern Brazil. Parents were interviewed using the Developmental Milestones questionnaire, which contains 10 questions about cognitive, motor, social, and language abilities...
May 21, 2018: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793071/extracting-similar-terms-from-multiple-emr-based-semantic-embeddings-to-support-chart-reviews
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M S Cheng Ye, Daniel Fabbri
OBJECTIVE: Word embeddings project semantically similar terms into nearby points in a vector space. When trained on clinical text, these embeddings can be leveraged to improve keyword search and text highlighting. In this paper, we present methods to refine the selection process of similar terms from multiple EMR-based word embeddings, and evaluate their performance quantitatively and qualitatively across multiple chart review tasks. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Word embeddings were trained on each clinical note type in an EMR...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793061/microstructural-imaging-of-the-human-brain-with-a-super-scanner-10-key-advantages-of-ultra-strong-gradients-for-diffusion-mri
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D K Jones, D C Alexander, R Bowtell, M Cercignani, F Dell'Acqua, D J McHugh, K L Miller, M Palombo, G J M Parker, U S Rudrapatna, C M W Tax
The key component of a microstructural diffusion MRI 'super-scanner' is a dedicated high-strength gradient system that enables stronger diffusion weightings per unit time compared to conventional gradient designs. This can, in turn, drastically shorten the time needed for diffusion encoding, increase the signal-to-noise ratio, and facilitate measurements at shorter diffusion times. This review, written from the perspective of the National Facility for In Vivo MR Imaging of Human Tissue Microstructure, an initiative to establish a shared 300 mT/m-gradient facility amongst the microstructural imaging community, describes ten advantages of ultra-strong gradients for microstructural imaging...
May 21, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793046/validation-of-the-revised-pam-score-in-patients-with-aml-undergoing-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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Jan M Middeke, Frederike Kollinger, Henning Baldauf, Friedrich Stölzel, Martin Wermke, Malte von Bonin, Katja Sockel, Cornelia S Link, Raphael Teipel, Christoph Röllig, Christian Thiede, Uwe Platzbecker, Gerhard Ehninger, Martin Bornhäuser, Johannes Schetelig
PURPOSE: Despite recent advances, allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloHSCT) continues to be accompanied by a high rate of morbidity and mortality. Several scores have been developed to predict outcome after HSCT. The PAM score has been recently revised, and utilizes information on patient age, donor type, disease risk, cytomegalovirus (CMV) serostatus of patients and donors, and the forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1). The aim of this study was to analyze the predictive power of the PAM score in an independent, large cohort of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients...
May 21, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792990/identification-of-group-a-rotaviruses-from-zambian-fruit-bats-provides-evidence-for-long-distance-dispersal-events-in-africa
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Michihito Sasaki, Masahiro Kajihara, Katendi Changula, Akina Mori-Kajihara, Hirohito Ogawa, Bernard M Hang'ombe, Aaron S Mweene, Martin Simuunza, Reiko Yoshida, Michael Carr, Yasuko Orba, Ayato Takada, Hirofumi Sawa
Group A rotavirus (RVA) is a major cause of diarrhea in children worldwide. Although RVA infects many animals, little is known about RVA in bats. The present study investigated the genetic diversity of RVA in Zambian bats. We identified RVA from two straw-colored fruit bats (Eidolon helvum) and an Egyptian fruit bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus), and analyzed the genome sequences of these strains. Genome segments of the RVA strains from Zambian E. helvum showed 97%-99% nucleotide sequence identity with those of other RVA strains from E...
May 21, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792972/association-between-early-confirmatory-testing-and-the-adoption-of-active-surveillance-for-men-with-favorable-risk-prostate-cancer
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Deborah R Kaye, Ji Qi, Todd M Morgan, Susan Linsell, Brian R Lane, James E Montie, Michael L Cher, David C Miller
OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between the use and results of early confirmatory testing and persistence on active surveillance (AS). METHODS: We identified all men in the MUSIC registry diagnosed with favorable-risk prostate cancer from 01/2016-02/2017. We next examined trends in the use of early confirmatory test(s), defined as repeat biopsy, prostate MRI and/or molecular classifiers obtained within 6-months of the initial cancer diagnosis, in patients with favorable-risk prostate cancer...
May 21, 2018: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792960/hybrid-chitosan-tio-2-zns-prepared-under-mild-conditions-with-visible-light-driven-photocatalytic-activity
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A Jbeli, A M Ferraria, A M Botelho do Rego, S Boufi, S Bouattour
Thin films of chitosan (CS) coated on glass substrates were used as support for the immobilization of nanostructures TiO2 /ZnS via a mild chemical process followed by a hydrothermal treatment at 90 °C. The preparation route involved the coating of the CS film on the glass substrate followed by the deposition of a thin layer of Ti(OBu)4 precursor and immersion in a solution of Zn(O2 CCH3 )2 and Na2 S. After a hydrothermal treatment at 90 °C, an even layer of TiO2 anatase decorated by ZnS nanorods was generated...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792944/enrichment-of-low-density-symbiont-dna-from-minute-insects
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Corinne M Stouthamer, Suzanne Kelly, Martha S Hunter
Symbioses between bacteria and insects are often associated with changes in important biological traits that can significantly affect host fitness. To a large extent, studies of these interactions have been based on physiological changes or induced phenotypes in the host, and the genetic mechanisms by which symbionts interact with their hosts have only recently become better understood. Learning about symbionts has been challenging in part due to difficulties such as obtaining enough high quality genomic material for high throughput sequencing technology, especially for symbionts present in low titers, and in small or difficult to rear non-model hosts...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792927/bacillus-subtilis-as-probiotic-candidate-for-red-sea-bream-growth-performance-oxidative-status-and-immune-response-traits
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Amr I Zaineldin, Sayed Hegazi, Shunsuke Koshio, Manabu Ishikawa, Abdulnasser Bakr, Abeer M S El-Keredy, Mahmoud A O Dawood, Serge Dossou, Weilong Wang, Zhang Yukun
The effects of dietary administration of Bacillus subtilis on the growth, digestive enzyme activity, blood chemistry, oxidative status and immune response of red sea bream (Pagrus major) were evaluated in the current study. Fish fed five different levels of B. subtilis at 0 (BS0), 1 × 104 (BS1), 1 × 106 (BS2), 1 × 108 (BS3) and 1 × 1010 (BS4) CFU kg-1 diet for 60 days. The obtained results showed that B. subtilis supplementation significantly improved growth performance (FBW, WG and SGR), feed utilization (FI, FCE, PER and PG) and whole-body protein content when compared to the control group (P < 0...
May 21, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792904/monoclonal-antibody-dl11c8-identifies-adam23-as-a-component-of-lipid-raft-microdomains
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Zaine L M Borgonovo, Caroline F Ribeiro, Michele D M Costa, Ingrid L M Souza, Gustavo R Rossi, Monica V Alcantara, Max Ingberman, Luciano G Braga, Adriana F Mercadante, Lia S Nakao, Silvio M Zanata
A disintegrin and metalloprotease protein 23 (ADAM23) is a transmembrane type I glycoprotein involved with the development and maintenance of the nervous system, including neurite outgrowth, neuronal adhesion and differentiation and regulation of synaptic transmission. In addition, ADAM23 seems to participate in immune response and tumor establishment through interaction with different members of integrin receptors. Here, we describe a novel monoclonal antibody (DL11C8) that specifically recognizes the cysteine-rich domain of both pre-protein (100kDa) and mature (70 kDa) forms of ADAM23 from different species, including human, rodents and avian orthologs...
May 21, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792888/oral-vitamin-a-coupled-valsartan-nanomedicine-high-hepatic-stellate-cell-receptors-accessibility-and-prolonged-enterohepatic-residence
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Nesrine S El-Mezayen, Wessam F El-Hadidy, Wessam M El-Refaie, Thanaa I Shalaby, Mahmoud M Khattab, Aiman S El-Khatib
So far, liver fibrosis still has no clinically-approved treatment. The loss of stored vitamin-A (VA ) in hepatic stellate cells (HSCs), the main regulators to hepatic fibrosis, can be applied as a mechanism for their targeting. Valsartan is a good candidate for this approach; it is a marketed oral-therapy with inverse- and partial-agonistic activity to the over-expressed angiotensin-II type1 receptor (AT1R) and depleted nuclear peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPAR-γ), respectively, in activated HSCs...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792883/plasma-n-glycan-signatures-associate-with-features-of-inflammatory-bowel-diseases
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Florent Clerc, Mislav Novokmet, Viktoria Dotz, Karli R Reiding, Noortje de Haan, Guinevere S M Kammeijer, Hans Dalebout, Marco R Bladergroen, Frano Vukovic, Erdmann Rapp, Stephan R Targan, Gildardo Barron, Natalia Manetti, Anna Latiano, Dermot P B McGovern, Vito Annese, Gordan Lauc, Manfred Wuhrer
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Biomarkers are needed for early detection of Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) or to predict patient outcomes. Glycosylation is a common and complex post-translational modification of proteins that affects their structure and activity. We compared plasma N-glycosylation profiles between patients with CD or UC and healthy individuals (controls). METHODS: We analyzed the total plasma N-glycomes of 2635 patients with inflammatory bowel diseases and 996 controls by mass spectrometry with a linkage-specific sialic acid derivatization technique...
May 21, 2018: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792858/luciferase-of-the-japanese-syllid-polychaete-odontosyllis-umdecimdonta
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Darrin T Schultz, Alexey A Kotlobay, Rustam Ziganshin, Artyom Bannikov, Nadezhda M Markina, Tatiana V Chepurnyh, Ekaterina S Shakhova, Ksenia Palkina, Steven H D Haddock, Ilia V Yampolsky, Yuichi Oba
Odontosyllis undecimdonta is a marine syllid polychaete that produces bright internal and exuded bioluminescence. Despite over fifty years of biochemical investigation into Odontosyllis bioluminescence, the light-emitting small molecule substrate and catalyzing luciferase protein have remained a mystery. Here we describe the discovery of a bioluminescent protein fraction from O. undecimdonta, the identification of the luciferase using peptide and RNA sequencing, and the in vitro reconstruction of the bioluminescence reaction using highly purified O...
May 21, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792808/eradication-of-established-tumors-by-chemically-self-assembled-nanoring-csan-targeted-t-cells
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Jacob Petersburg, Jingjing Shen, Clifford M Csizmar, Katherine A Murphy, Justin Spanier, Kari Gabrielse, Thomas S Griffith, Brian Fife, Carston R Wagner
Our laboratory has developed chemically self-assembled nanorings (CSANs) as prosthetic antigen receptors (PARs) for the non-genetic modification of T-cell surfaces. PARs have been successfully employed in vitro to activate T cells for the selective killing of leukemia cells. However, PAR efficacy has yet to be evaluated in vivo or against solid tumors. Therefore, we developed bispecific PARs that selectively target the human CD3 receptor and human Epithelial Cell Adhesion Molecule (EpCAM), which is overexpressed on multiple carcinomas and cancer stem cells...
May 24, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792801/developing-a-novel-sulfoxide-containing-ms-cleavable-homobifunctional-cysteine-reactive-cross-linker-for-studying-protein-protein-interactions
#17
Craig B Gutierrez, Sarah A Block, Clinton Yu, Stephanie M Soohoo, Alexander S Huszagh, Scott D Rychnovsky, Lan Huang
Cross-linking mass spectrometry (XL-MS) has become an emerging technology for defining protein-protein interactions (PPIs) and elucidating architectures of large protein complexes. Up to now, the mostly widely used cross-linking reagents are targeting lysines. While such reagents have been successfully applied to map PPIs at the proteome-wide scale, comprehensive PPI profiling would require additional cross-linking chemistries. Cysteine is one of the most reactive amino acids and an attractive target for cross-linking owing to its unique role in protein structures...
May 24, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792777/dismantling-a-complex-of-anther-smuts-microbotryum-on-carnivorous-plants-in-the-genus-pinguicula
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Rebekka Ziegler, Matthias Lutz, Jolanta Piątek, Marcin Piątek
The anther smuts of the genus Microbotryum are known from host plant species belonging to the Caryophyllaceae, Dipsacaceae, Lamiaceae, Lentibulariaceae, Montiaceae, and Primulaceae. Of these, the anther smuts on Caryophyllaceae, in particular on Silene spp., are best known because they include model organisms studied in many disciplines of fungal biology. For Microbotryum species parasitic on Caryophyllaceae, a high degree of host specificity was revealed and several cryptic species were described. In contrast, the host specificity within Microbotryum pinguiculae occurring in anthers of different Pinguicula species (Lentibulariaceae) has not been investigated in detail until now...
March 15, 2018: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792775/a-narrative-review-of-the-technical-standards-for-extracorporeal-life-support-devices-pumps-and-oxygenators-in-europe
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Matteo Di Nardo, Leen Vercaemst, Justyna Swol, Nicholas Barret, Fabio S Taccone, Maximilian V Malfertheiner, Lars M Broman, Federico Pappalardo, Jan Belohlavek, Thomas Mueller, Roberto Lorusso, Margherita Lonero, Mirko Belliato
This review summarizes the European rules to control the market when introducing new products. In particular, it shows all the steps to achieve the European Conformity (CE Mark), a certification that all new medical products must achieve before being used in Europe. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) devices are exposed to the same procedures. Hereby, we present some regulatory issues regarding pumps and oxygenators, providing technical details as released by the manufacturers on their websites and information charts...
April 1, 2018: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792774/when-the-good-looks-bad-an-experimental-exploration-of-the-repulsion-effect
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Mikhail S Spektor, David Kellen, Jared M Hotaling
When people are choosing among different options, context seems to play a vital role. For instance, adding a third option can increase the probability of choosing a similar dominating option. This attraction effect is one of the most widely studied phenomena in decision-making research. Its prevalence, however, has been challenged recently by the tainting hypothesis, according to which the inferior option contaminates the attribute space in which it is located, leading to a repulsion effect. In an attempt to test the tainting hypothesis and explore the conditions under which dominated options make dominating options look bad, we conducted four preregistered perceptual decision-making studies with a total of 301 participants...
May 1, 2018: Psychological Science
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