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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215003/improved-electromagnetic-tracking-for-catheter-path-reconstruction-with-application-in-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy
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Elodie Lugez, Hossein Sadjadi, Chandra P Joshi, Selim G Akl, Gabor Fichtinger
PURPOSE: Electromagnetic (EM) catheter tracking has recently been introduced in order to enable prompt and uncomplicated reconstruction of catheter paths in various clinical interventions. However, EM tracking is prone to measurement errors which can compromise the outcome of the procedure. Minimizing catheter tracking errors is therefore paramount to improve the path reconstruction accuracy. METHODS: An extended Kalman filter (EKF) was employed to combine the nonlinear kinematic model of an EM sensor inside the catheter, with both its position and orientation measurements...
February 18, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214973/a-multifunctional-alanine-rich-anti-inflammatory-peptide-bcp61-showed-potent-inhibitory-effects-by-inhibiting-both-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-mapk-expression
#2
Yun Hee Choi, Yoon Seok Choi, Young Kyun Kim, Md Saifur Rahman, G C Pradeep, Jin Cheol Yoo, Joo-Won Suh
The purified BCP61 was reported to be a unique low-molecular-weight (MW) anti-microbial peptide because of its non-identical alanine-rich N-terminal sequence. In this study, we investigated the anti-inflammatory effects of BCP61 on induction of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), pro-inflammatory cytokines, nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB), and mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated Raw 264.7 cells. The treatment with BCP61, with varying concentrations of 10, 50, and 100 μg/mL, inhibited levels of expression of LPS-induced NF-κB and MAPKs (extracellular signal-related kinases (ERKs), c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK), and mitogen-activated protein (p38)) as well as production of pro-inflammatory mediators, such as nitric oxide (NO), prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), and interleukin-6 (IL-6)...
February 18, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214649/evaluation-of-dioxins-and-dioxin-like-compounds-from-a-cement-plant-using-carbide-slag-from-chlor-alkali-industry-as-the-major-raw-material
#3
Yuyang Zhao, Jiayu Zhan, Guorui Liu, Minghui Zheng, Rong Jin, Lili Yang, Liwei Hao, Xiaolin Wu, Xian Zhang, Pu Wang
Carbide slag produced from chlor-alkali industry contains high amounts of calcium compounds and can potentially be used as raw material for cement production; however, it contains large amounts of chlorine so it is essential to evaluate the emissions of chlorinated organic pollutants, including polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs). A field study of the emission profiles of these pollutants in a cement plant using such slag was performed...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213655/molecular-characterization-of-the-unique-mesostephanus-appendiculatus-trematoda-cyathocotylidae-by-small-ribosomal-rna-from-egypt
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Nasr M El-Bahy, Eman K Bazh, Shimaa S Sorour, Nagwa M Elhawary
M esostephanus appendiculatus (Family: Cyathocotylidae) is one of the unique trematodes that complete their cycles in human and animal intestines in many countries of the world. The main source of its transmission is eating raw or undercooked infected fish muscle. Earliest analyses of genes to different parasites supported the analysis of helminthes either biological or morphological. This paper detected M. appendiculatus sequence with GenBank accession number gb (KY026782). Comparison of M. appendiculatus with other helminthes using BioEdit 7 and MEGA7 program shows some similarity in different points along its sequence...
February 18, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213313/structural-investigation-of-the-cocrystal-formed-between-5-fluorocytosine-and-fumaric-acid-based-on-vibrational-spectroscopic-technique
#5
Yong Du, Qiang Cai, Jiadan Xue, Qi Zhang, Dan Qin
The vibrational spectra of 5-fluorocytosine, fumaric acid and their cocrystal were measured using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) and Raman spectroscopy at room temperature. Experimental THz results show that the cocrystal has distinct fingerprint spectra in terahertz region. The absorption peaks observed in the terahertz spectra of the cocrystal were at 0.61 and 0.91THz. These are quite different from corresponding raw starting materials. Raman spectra also show similar results about differences between the cocrystal and corresponding raw starting materials...
February 7, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213241/elime-assay-vs-real-time-pcr-and-conventional-culture-method-for-an-effective-detection-of-salmonella-in-fresh-leafy-green-vegetables
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L Fabiani, E Pucci, E Delibato, G Volpe, S Piermarini, D De Medici, F Capuano, G Palleschi
The detection of Salmonella according to EC regulation is still primarily based on traditional microbiological culture methods that may take several days to be completed. The purpose of this work is to demonstrate the applicability of an Enzyme-Linked-Immuno-Magnetic-Electrochemical (ELIME) assay, recently developed by our research group for the detection of salmonella in irrigation water, in fresh (raw and ready-to-eat) leafy green vegetables by comparison with Real-Time PCR (RTi-PCR) and ISO culture methods...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213215/silica-boronate-affinity-material-for-quick-enrichment-of-intracellular-nucleosides
#7
Shuxia Wang, Huihui Li, Xiujuan Guan, Ting Cheng, Haixia Zhang
Boronic acid modified materials have been widely used to adsorb nucleosides, but their adsorption capacities require further improvement. Most cis-diol containing biomolecules are in very low abundance along with interfering components in real samples, and need to be enriched specially. In this study, we synthesize a kind of silica absorbent modified with boronic acid derivative, using amorphous silica as raw material and obtaining high adsorption capacity for adenosine. In addition, the adsorption equilibrium can be completed within 10s and 1min for the desorption...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213136/systematic-development-of-a-two-stage-fed-batch-process-for-lipid-accumulation-in-rhodotorula-glutinis
#8
Eric Lorenz, Dennis Runge, Anna-Maria Marbà-Ardébol, Maximilian Schmacht, Ulf Stahl, Martin Senz
The application of oleaginous yeast cells as feed supplement, for instance in aqua culture, can be a meaningful alternative for fish meal and oil additives. Therefore, a two-stage fed-batch process split into growth and lipogenesis phase was systematically developed to enrich the oleaginous yeast Rhodotorula glutinis Rh-00301 with high amounts of lipids at industrial relevant biomasses. Thereby, the different carbon sources glucose, sucrose and glycerol were investigated concerning their abilities to serve as a suited raw material for growth and/or lipid accumulation...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213039/control-of-human-pathogenic-yersinia-enterocolitica-in-minced-meat-comparative-analysis-of-different-interventions-using-a-risk-assessment-approach
#9
I Van Damme, L De Zutter, L Jacxsens, M J Nauta
This study aimed to evaluate the effect of different processing scenarios along the farm-to-fork chain on the contamination of minced pork with human pathogenic Y. enterocolitica. A modular process risk model (MPRM) was used to perform the assessment of the concentrations of pathogenic Y. enterocolitica in minced meat produced in industrial meat processing plants. The model described the production of minced pork starting from the contamination of pig carcasses with pathogenic Y. enterocolitica just before chilling...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213017/inactivation-of-salmonella-spp-pathogenic-escherichia-coli-staphylococcus-spp-or-listeria-monocytogenes-in-chicken-purge-or-skin-using-a-405-nm-led-array
#10
Christopher Sommers, Nereus W Gunther, Shiowshuh Sheen
Raw poultry are sometimes contaminated with foodborne pathogens, which can lead to illness in humans. In recent years research has focused on a variety of light technologies to decontaminate food and food contact surfaces during meat and poultry processing. In this study we evaluated the ability of 405-nm light generated from an LED array to inactivate multi-isolate cocktails of either Salmonella spp., pathogenic Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus spp., or Listeria monocytogenes suspended in chicken purge or skin...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212692/oxygen-desaturation-index-differs-significantly-between-types-of-sleep-software
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Yvonne Ng, Simon A Joosten, Bradley A Edwards, Anthony Turton, Helen Romios, Thilini Samarasinghe, Shane Landry, Darren R Mansfield, Garun S Hamilton
STUDY OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare the oxygen desaturation index (ODI) generated by two different sleep software systems. METHODS: Participants undergoing diagnostic polysomnography for suspected obstructive sleep apnea underwent simultaneous oximetry recording using the ResMedApneaLink Plus device (AL) and Compumedics Profusion PSG3 system (Comp). The ODI was calculated by the algorithms in the respective software of each system. To determine if differences were due to algorithm or recording devices, the Comp software was also used to generate ODI values using oximetry data from the AL...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212394/de-novo-transcriptome-analysis-and-microsatellite-marker-development-for-population-genetic-study-of-a-serious-insect-pest-rhopalosiphum-padi-l-hemiptera-aphididae
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Xinle Duan, Kang Wang, Sha Su, Ruizheng Tian, Yuting Li, Maohua Chen
The bird cherry-oat aphid, Rhopalosiphum padi (L.), is one of the most abundant aphid pests of cereals and has a global distribution. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) is a rapid and efficient method for developing molecular markers. However, transcriptomic and genomic resources of R. padi have not been investigated. In this study, we used transcriptome information obtained by RNA-Seq to develop polymorphic microsatellites for investigating population genetics in this species. The transcriptome of R. padi was sequenced on an Illumina HiSeq 2000 platform...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212096/system-level-design-of-a-64-channel-low-power-neural-spike-recording-sensor
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Manuel Delgado-Restituto, Alberto Rodriguez-Perez, Angela Darie, Cristina Soto-Sanchez, Eduardo Fernandez-Jover, Angel Rodriguez-Vazquez
This paper reports an integrated 64-channel neural spike recording sensor, together with all the circuitry to process and configure the channels, process the neural data, transmit via a wireless link the information and receive the required instructions. Neural signals are acquired, filtered, digitized and compressed in the channels. Additionally, each channel implements an auto-calibration algorithm which individually configures the transfer characteristics of the recording site. The system has two transmission modes; in one case the information captured by the channels is sent as uncompressed raw data; in the other, feature vectors extracted from the detected neural spikes are released...
February 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211792/one-pot-synthesis-of-in-situ-carbon-coated-fe3o4-as-long-life-lithium-ion-battery-anode
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Min Liu, Hongyun Jin, Evan Uchaker, Zhiqiang Xie, Ying Wang, Guozhong Cao, Shuen Hou, Jiangyu Li
Fe3O4 has been regarded as a promising anode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) due to its high theoretical capacity, low cost, and environmental friendliness. In this work, we present a one-pot reducing-composite-hydroxide-mediated (R-CHM) method to synthesize in-situ carbon-coated Fe3O4 (Fe3O4@C) at 280 oC, using Fe(NO3)3·9H2O and PEG800 as raw materials and NaOH/KOH as the medium. The as-prepared Fe3O4 octahedron has an average size of 100 nm in diameter, covered by carbon layer with the thickness of 3 nm , as revealed by FESEM and HRTEM images...
February 17, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210968/study-on-critical-sized-ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene-wear-particles-loaded-with-alendronate-sodium-in-vitro-release-and-cell-response
#15
Yumei Liu, Feng Shi, Kemeng Gong, Yang Liu, Wei Zhi, Jie Weng, Shuxin Qu
The aim of this study was to investigate the in vitro release and the effect of RAW 264.7 macrophages of critical-sized wear particles of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) loaded with alendronate sodium (ALN), one of the most effective drugs to treat osteoporosis in clinic. The critical-sized UHMWPE-ALN 0.5 wt.% wear particles were prepared by vacuum gradient filtration combined with Pluronic F-68. In vitro release of ALN from critical-sized UHMWPE-ALN wear particles was investigated in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) at 37 °C with a shaker...
April 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210951/treatment-of-arctic-wastewater-by-chemical-coagulation-uv-and-peracetic-acid-disinfection
#16
Ravi Kumar Chhetri, Ewa Klupsch, Henrik Rasmus Andersen, Pernille Erland Jensen
Conventional wastewater treatment is challenging in the Arctic region due to the cold climate and scattered population. Thus, no wastewater treatment plant exists in Greenland, and raw wastewater is discharged directly to nearby waterbodies without treatment. We investigated the efficiency of physicochemical wastewater treatment, in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Raw wastewater from Kangerlussuaq was treated by chemical coagulation and UV disinfection. By applying 7.5 mg Al/L polyaluminium chloride (PAX XL100), 73% of turbidity and 28% phosphate was removed from raw wastewater...
February 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209540/in-vitro-characterization-of-ph-sensitive-azithromycin-loaded-methoxy-poly-ethylene-glycol-block-poly-aspartic-acid-graft-imidazole-micelles
#17
Fangfang Teng, Peizong Deng, Zhimei Song, Feilong Zhou, Runliang Feng, Na Liu
In order to improve azithromycin's antibacterial activity in acidic medium, monomethoxy poly (ethylene glycol)-block-poly (aspartic acid-graft-imidazole) copolymer was synthesized through allylation, free radical addition, ring-opening polymerization and amidation reactions with methoxy poly (ethylene glycol) as raw material. Drug loading capacity and encapsulation efficiency of azithromycin-loaded micelles prepared via thin film hydration method were 11.58±0.86% and 96.06±1.93%, respectively. The drug-loaded micelles showed pH-dependent property in the respects of particle size, zeta potential at the range of pH 5...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209502/detailed-phenotyping-and-characterization-of-choroidal-morphological-and-vascular-features-in-young-men-with-high-myopia-using-spectral-domain-optical-coherence-tomography
#18
Preeti Gupta, Sri Gowtham Thakku, Seang-Mei Saw, Mellisa Tan, Edmund Lim, Marcus Tan, Chui Ming Gemmy Cheung, Tien-Yin Wong, Ching-Yu Cheng
PURPOSE: To describe detailed morphological and vascular features of the choroid in eyes with high myopia. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: 515 eyes of young men (mean age 21.59±1.15) years) with high myopia (defined as -6.0 D or worse, mean spherical equivalent -8.66±2.00 D) and 88 controls with emmetropia in both eyes underwent choroidal imaging using spectral domain optical coherence tomography with enhanced depth imaging (EDI-OCT)...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208877/evaluation-of-antibiotic-residues-in-pasteurized-and-raw-milk-distributed-in-the-south-of-khorasan-e-razavi-province-iran
#19
Mortez Mohammadzadeh Moghadam, Mostafa Amiri, Hamed Ramezani Awal Riabi, Hamid Ramezani Awal Riabi
INTRODUCTION: The presence of antibiotic residues in milk and other products livestock is a health problem which can endanger public health. Antibiotics are used widely in animal husbandry to treat diseases related to bacterial infections. Antimicrobial drugs have been in use for decades in industry. They are commonly used in livestock facilities to treat mastitis. AIM: This study aimed to investigate antibiotic residues in pasteurized milk distributed in schools, in milk collection centers, and in milk production factories in Gonabad city...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208640/rapid-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-determination-and-optimization-of-extraction-parameters-of-the-%C3%AE-asarone-isolated-from-perilla-frutescens-l
#20
Seung Hwan Hwang, Shin Hwa Kwon, Young-Hee Kang, Jae-Yong Lee, Soon Sung Lim
Response surface methodology (RSM), based on a central composite design, was used to determine the best liquid-to-raw material ratio (10:3-15 mL/g), extraction time (1-3 h), and ethanol concentration (50%-100%) for maximum content of α-asarone from Perilla frutescens (PF) extract. Experimental values of α-asarone were 9.51-46.36 mg/g; the results fitted a second-order quadratic polynomial model and correlated with the proposed model (R2 > 0.9354). The best conditions were obtained with extraction time of 1...
February 10, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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