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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934743/early-electroencephalography-suppression-and-postnatal-morbidities-correlate-with-cerebral-volume-at-term-equivalent-age-in-very-preterm-infants
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Sverre Wikström, Holger Hövel, Ingrid Hansen Pupp, Vineta Fellman, Petra S Hüppi, David Ley, Lena Hellström-Westas
BACKGROUND: Early brain activity is associated with long-term outcome. Establishing a relation also with postnatal brain growth may increase our understanding of early life influences on preterm brain development. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate whether early electroencephalography (EEG) activity in infants born very preterm is associated with brain volumes at term, and whether postnatal morbidity affects this association. METHODS: Very preterm infants (n = 38) with a median gestational age (GA) of 25...
September 22, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934237/identification-of-low-overpressure-interval-and-its-implication-to-hydrocarbon-migration-case-study-in-the-yanan-sag-of-the-qiongdongnan-basin-south-china-sea
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Qinghai Xu, Wanzhong Shi, Yuhong Xie, Zhenfeng Wang, Xusheng Li, Chuanxin Tong
The Qiongdongnan Basin is a strongly overpressured basin with the maximum pressure coefficient (the ratio of the actual pore pressure versus hydrostatic pressure at the same depth) over 2.27. However, there exists a widespread low-overpressure interval between the strong overpressure intervals in the Yanan Sag of western basin. The mechanisms of the low-overpressure interval are not well understood. Three main approaches, pore pressure test data and well-log analysis, pressure prediction based on the relationship between the deviation of the velocity and the pressure coefficients, and numerical modeling, were employed to illustrate the distribution and evolution of the low-overpressure interval...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933562/protective-approaches-and-mechanisms-of-microencapsulation-to-the-survival-of-probiotic-bacteria-during-processing-storage-and-gastrointestinal-digestion-a-review
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Huan Liu, Steve W Cui, Maoshen Chen, Yue Li, Rong Liang, Feifei Xu, Fang Zhong
In recent years, there is a rising interest in the number of food products containing probiotic bacteria with favorable health benefit effects. However, the viability of probiotic bacteria is always questionable when they exposure to the harsh environment during processing, storage and gastrointestinal digestion. To overcome these problems, microencapsulation of cells is currently receiving considerable attention and has obtained valuable effects. According to the drying temperature, the commonly used technologies can be divided into two patterns: high temperature drying (spray drying, fluid bed drying) and low temperature drying (ultrasonic vacuum spray drying, spray chilling, electrospinning, supercritical technique, freeze drying, extrusion, emulsion, enzyme gelation and impinging aerosol technique)...
September 21, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933222/altered-hippocampal-neurogenesis-during-the-first-7-days-after-a-fluid-percussion-traumatic-brain-injury
#4
Lee A Shapiro
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a devastating disorder causing negative outcomes in millions of people each year. Despite the alarming number of brain injuries and the long-term detrimental outcomes that can be associated with TBI, treatment options are lacking. Extensive investigation is underway, in hopes of identifying effective treatment strategies. Among the most state-of-the-art strategies is cell replacement therapy. TBI is a seemingly good candidate for cell replacement studies because there is often loss of neurons...
July 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932856/on-the-apparent-yield-stress-in-non-brownian-magnetorheological-fluids
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Daniel Vågberg, Brian P Tighe
We use simulations to probe the flow properties of dense two-dimensional magnetorheological fluids. Prior results from both experiments and simulations report that the shear stress σ scales with strain rate [small gamma, Greek, dot above] as σ ∼ [small gamma, Greek, dot above](1-Δ), with values of the exponent ranging between 2/3 < Δ ≤ 1. However it remains unclear what properties of the system select the value of Δ, and in particular under what conditions the system displays a yield stress (Δ = 1)...
September 21, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932674/propulsion-and-chemotaxis-in-bacteria-driven-microswimmers
#6
Jiang Zhuang, Byung-Wook Park, Metin Sitti
Despite the large body of experimental work recently on biohybrid microsystems, few studies have focused on theoretical modeling of such systems, which is essential to understand their underlying functioning mechanisms and hence design them optimally for a given application task. Therefore, this study focuses on developing a mathematical model to describe the 3D motion and chemotaxis of a type of widely studied biohybrid microswimmer, where spherical microbeads are driven by multiple attached bacteria. The model is developed based on the biophysical observations of the experimental system and is validated by comparing the model simulation with experimental 3D swimming trajectories and other motility characteristics, including mean squared displacement, speed, diffusivity, and turn angle...
September 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932659/conduction-electrohydrodynamics-with-mobile-electrodes-a-novel-actuation-system-for-untethered-robots
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Vito Cacucciolo, Hiroki Shigemune, Matteo Cianchetti, Cecilia Laschi, Shingo Maeda
Electrohydrodynamics (EHD) refers to the direct conversion of electrical energy into mechanical energy of a fluid. Through the use of mobile electrodes, this principle is exploited in a novel fashion for designing and testing a millimeter-scale untethered robot, which is powered harvesting the energy from an external electric field. The robot is designed as an inverted sail-boat, with the thrust generated on the sail submerged in the liquid. The diffusion constant of the robot is experimentally computed, proving that its movement is not driven by thermal fluctuations, and then its kinematic and dynamic responses are characterized for different applied voltages...
September 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931819/silicate-dissolution-boosts-the-co2-concentrations-in-subduction-fluids
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S Tumiati, C Tiraboschi, D A Sverjensky, T Pettke, S Recchia, P Ulmer, F Miozzi, S Poli
Estimates of dissolved CO2 in subduction-zone fluids are based on thermodynamic models, relying on a very sparse experimental data base. Here, we present experimental data at 1-3 GPa, 800 °C, and ∆FMQ ≈ -0.5 for the volatiles and solute contents of graphite-saturated fluids in the systems COH, SiO2-COH ( + quartz/coesite) and MgO-SiO2-COH ( + forsterite and enstatite). The CO2 content of fluids interacting with silicates exceeds the amounts measured in the pure COH system by up to 30 mol%, as a consequence of a decrease in water activity probably associated with the formation of organic complexes containing Si-O-C and Si-O-Mg bonds...
September 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931700/peritoneal-dialysis-for-the-treatment-of-cardiorenal-syndrome-type-1-a-prospective-brazilian-study
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Daniela Ponce, Cassiana Góes, Mariele Oliveira, Andre Balbi
This study aimed to explore the role of high-volume peritoneal dialysis (HVPD) in cardiorenal syndrome (CRS) type 1 patients in relation to metabolic and fluid control and outcome. Sixty-four patients were treated by HVPD (prescribed Kt/V = 0.50/session), flexible catheter and cycler. Mean age was 68.8 ± 15.4 years, 54.7% needed intravenous inotropic agents and/or intravenous vasodilators, 31.2% were on mechanical ventilation, acute coronary syndrome (ACS) was the main cause of acute disease heart failure (ADHF) 48...
September 2017: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931546/a-new-paradigm-of-sodium-regulation-in-inflammation-and-hypertension
#10
Annet Kirabo
Dysregulation of sodium (Na(+)) balance is a major cause of hypertensive cardiovascular disease. The current dogma is that interstitial Na(+) readily equilibrates with plasma and that renal excretion and reabsorption is sufficient to regulate extracellular fluid volume and control blood pressure. These ideas have been recently challenged by the discovery that Na(+) accumulates in tissues without commensurate volume retention and activates immune cells, leading to hypertension and autoimmune disease. However, objections have been raised to this new paradigm, with some investigators concerned about where and how salt is stored in tissues...
September 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931470/free-light-chains-eclectic-multipurpose-biomarker
#11
REVIEW
Umberto Basile, Francesca Gulli, Laura Gragnani, Cecilia Napodano, Krizia Pocino, Gian Ludovico Rapaccini, Michele Mussap, Anna Linda Zignego
The production of antibodies is accompanied by a slight excess of synthesis of κ and λ immunoglobulin light chains; small amounts of them are released in the peripheral blood and can also be found in various body fluids, such as synovial fluid, cerebrospinal fluid, urine and saliva. They are rapidly filtered by the glomerulus and >99% are reabsorbed from the cells of the proximal convoluted tubule, making them present in the urine in only trace amounts. The production of an excess of protein without a reason or a specific function in a biological system is rare...
September 17, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931340/lessons-learnt-from-early-failure-of-a-patient-trial-with-a-polymer-on-polymer-resurfacing-hip-arthroplasty
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Job L C Van Susante, Nico Verdonschot, L Paul A Bom, Pawel Tomaszewski, Pat Campbell, Edward Ebramzadeh, B Wim Schreurs
Background and purpose - Hip resurfacing (HR) is a treatment option promoted for hip arthritis in young and active patients. However, adverse reactions to metal are a concern and the search for non-metallic bearing options proceeds. We present the first clinical study performed in patients using a newly developed hydrophilic polymer-on-polymer hip resurfacing device. Patients and methods - After performing extensive hip simulator tests, biocompatibility testing and animal tests (ISO 14242-1,3; 10993-3,4,5,10,11), approval was obtained from the IRB committee to enroll 15 patients in the first clinical study in humans using this experimental polymer-on-polymer hip resurfacing device...
September 21, 2017: Acta Orthopaedica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931218/aberrant-humoral-immune-responses-in-neurosyphilis-cxcl13-cxcr5-play-a-pivotal-role-for-b-cell-recruitment-to-the-cerebrospinal-fluid
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Qian Yu, Yuanyuan Cheng, Yuanyuan Wang, Cuini Wang, Haikong Lu, Zhifang Guan, Jian Huang, Weiming Gong, Mei Shi, Liyan Ni, Juan Wu, Ruirui Peng, Pingyu Zhou
Background: Previous studies documented that humoral immune responses participated in neurological damage in neurosyphilis patients. However, the mechanisms that trigger and maintain humoral immunity involved in neurosyphilis remain unknown. Methods: Using flow cytometry, expression of B cells was measured in neurosyphilis and non-neurosyphilis. Expression of immunoglobulin indices and chemokine ligand CXCL13 was detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The migration and inhibition assays were evaluated by modified chamber assays...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930473/molecular-insights-into-human-serum-albumin-as-a-receptor-of-amyloid-%C3%AE-in-the-extracellular-region
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Tae Su Choi, Hyuck Jin Lee, Jong Yoon Han, Mi Hee Lim, Hugh I Kim
Regulation of amyloid-β (Aβ) aggregation by metal ions and proteins is essential for understanding the pathology of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Human serum albumin (HSA), a regulator of metal and protein transportation, can modulate metal-Aβ interactions and Aβ aggregation in human fluid; however, the molecular mechanisms for such activities remain unclear. Herein, we report the molecular-level complexation between Zn(II), Cu(II), Aβ, and HSA, which is able to alter the aggregation and cytotoxicity of Aβ peptides and induce their cellular transportation...
September 20, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930162/lean-body-mass-harbors-sensing-mechanisms-that-allow-safeguarding-of-methionine-homeostasis
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REVIEW
Yves Ingenbleek
Protein-depleted states generate allosteric inhibition of liver cystathionine β-synthase (CBS), which governs the first enzymatic step of the transsulfuration cascade, resulting in upstream accretion of homocysteine (Hcy) in body fluids. A similar Hcy increase may arise from normal hepatocytes undergoing experimentally-induced impairment of betaine-homocysteine methyltransferase (BHTM) activity or from components of lean body mass (LBM) submitted to any inflammatory disorder. LBM comprises a composite agglomeration of extrarenal tissues characterized by naturally occurring BHTM inactivity...
September 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929768/protein-corona-analysis-of-silver-nanoparticles-links-to-their-cellular-effects
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Sabine Juling, Alicia Niedzwiecka, Linda Böhmert, Dajana Lichtenstein, Soeren Selve, Albert Braeuning, Andreas F Thünemann, Eberhard Krause, Alfonso Lampen
The breadth of applications of nanoparticles and the access to food-associated consumer products containing nano-sized materials lead to oral human exposure to such particles. In biological fluids nanoparticles dynamically interact with biomolecules and form a protein corona. Knowledge about the protein corona is of great interest for understanding the molecular effects of particles as well as their fate inside the human body. We used a mass spectrometry-based toxicoproteomics approach to elucidate mechanisms of toxicity of silver nanoparticles and to comprehensively characterize the protein corona formed around silver nanoparticles in Caco-2 human intestinal epithelial cells...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929686/-borneol-promotes-catalpol-and-puerarin-crossing-through-blood-brain-barrier-in-focal-cerebral-ischemic-rats
#17
Jun-Jie Wu, Hong-Jin Wang, Shuai Yang, Yang Liu, Xiao-Yu Xu
Previous studies showed that borneol could promote some drugs crossing through the blood-brain-barrier (BBB) at certain conditions. However, the mechanism has not been clarified yet. This study aimed to investigate the effect of bornrol on promoting catalpol and puerarin through BBB and explore the relevant mechanism. The focal cerebral ischemic rats were divided into 7 groups randomly and then were administered corresponding drugs: model group (M, solvent), catalpol-puerarin group (ZG, catalpol 45 mg•kg⁻¹+puerarin 200 mg•kg⁻¹), catalpol-puerarin-bornrol group(ZGB, catalpol 45 mg•kg⁻¹+puerarin 200 mg•kg⁻¹ +bornrol 200 mg•kg⁻¹), catalpol-bornrol group(ZB, catalpol 45 mg•kg⁻¹ +bornrol 200 mg•kg⁻¹), puerarin-bornrol group(GB, puerarin 200 mg•kg⁻¹ +bornrol 200 mg•kg⁻¹), butoxamine-ZG group(BTX+ZG, butoxamine 1...
November 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929446/new-imaging-tools-in-cardiovascular-medicine-computational-fluid-dynamics-and-4d-flow-mri
#18
Keiichi Itatani, Shohei Miyazaki, Tokoki Furusawa, Satoshi Numata, Sachiko Yamazaki, Kazuki Morimoto, Rina Makino, Hiroko Morichi, Teruyasu Nishino, Hitoshi Yaku
Blood flow imaging is a novel technology in cardiovascular medicine and surgery. Today, two types of blood flow imaging tools are available: measurement-based flow visualization including 4D flow MRI (or 3D cine phase-contrast magnetic resonance imaging), or echocardiography flow visualization software, and computer flow simulation modeling based on computational fluid dynamics (CFD). MRI and echocardiography flow visualization provide measured blood flow but have limitations in temporal and spatial resolution, whereas CFD flow calculates the flow according to assumptions instead of flow measurement, and it has sufficiently fine resolution up to the computer memory limit, and it enables even virtual surgery when combined with computer graphics...
September 19, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929189/-hyponatremia-in-emergency-admissions-often-dangerous
#19
REVIEW
W Fenske
Hyponatremia is the most common electrolyte disorder in clinical practice and associated with increased morbidity and mortality, independent of underlying disease. Untreated acute hyponatremia can cause substantial morbidity and mortality as a result of osmotically induced cerebral edema whilst over rapid correction of chronic hyponatremia can cause serious neurologic impairment and death resulting from osmotic demyelination. Still hyponatremia is often neglected and insufficiently addressed, most likely due to limited understanding of its pathophysiological mechanisms...
September 19, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928386/flow-of-tunable-elastic-microcapsules-through-constrictions
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Débora F do Nascimento, Jorge A Avendaño, Ana Mehl, Maria J B Moura, Marcio S Carvalho, Wynter J Duncanson
We design and fabricate elastically tunable monodisperse microcapsules using microfluidics and cross-linkable polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). The overall stiffness of the microcapsules is governed by both the thickness and cross-link ratio of the polymer shell. Flowing suspensions of microcapsules through constricted spaces leads to transient blockage of fluid flow, thus altering the flow behavior. The ability to tune microcapsule mechanical properties enables the design of elastic microcapsules that can be tailored for desired flow behavior in a broad range of applications such as oil recovery, reactor feeding, red blood cell flow and chemical targeted delivery...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
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