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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445767/the-visualized-macrocycles-chemistry-and-application-of-fluorophore-tagged-cyclodextrins
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Gábor Benkovics, Milo Malanga, Éva Fenyvesi
Cyclodextrins are macrocyclic molecules able to form host-guest complexes due to their hydrophobic cavity. Because of their carbohydrate nature they do not absorb light in the UV-vis region (200-800nm), but they can be converted into spectroscopically active compounds via modification with a chromophore unit. Among the chromophores, the group of fluorophores can provide high sensitivity in analytical applications (chemosensing) and low detection limit in optical imaging methods (fluorescent microscopy). Fluorophore-tagged cyclodextrins therefore combine interesting spectroscopic properties with promising supramolecular features which make these conjugates widely applicable in various pharmaceutical fields...
April 23, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444846/forensic-analysis-of-latent-fingermarks-by-silver-assisted-ldi-imaging-ms-on-non-conductive-surfaces
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Nidia Lauzon, Martin Dufresne, Alexandre Beaudoin, Pierre Chaurand
Silver-assisted laser desorption ionization (AgLDI) imaging mass spectrometry (IMS) has been demonstrated to be a useful technology for fingermark analysis allowing for the detection of several classes of endogenous as well as exogenous compounds. Ideally, in IMS analyses, the fingermarks are deposited under controlled conditions on metallized conductive target slides. However, in forensic investigations, fingermarks are often found on a variety of non-conductive surfaces. A sputtered silver layer renders the target surface conductive, which allows the analyses of insulating surfaces by time-of-flight (TOF) IMS...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442404/meta-analytic-investigations-of-common-and-distinct-grey-matter-alterations-in-youths-and-adults-with-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
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REVIEW
Xinyu Hu, Mingying Du, Lizhou Chen, Lei Li, Ming Zhou, Lianqing Zhang, Qi Liu, Lu Lu, Kunal Mreedha, Xiaoqi Huang, Qiyong Gong
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a disabling illness with onset generally in childhood. OCD-youths differ from OCD-adults with regard to gender distribution, comorbidity patterns and treatment options. However, little is known about the neural correlate differences underpin those two populations. The current meta-analysis summarizes voxel based morphometry findings to elucidate whether differences of neural correlates exist between these two populations. Both OCD-youths and OCD-adults demonstrated greater striatal volume and smaller prefrontal grey matter volume (GMV)...
April 22, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439620/development-of-an-optimal-filter-substrate-for-the-identification-of-small-microplastic-particles-in-food-by-micro-raman-spectroscopy
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Barbara E Oßmann, George Sarau, Sebastian W Schmitt, Heinrich Holtmannspötter, Silke H Christiansen, Wilhelm Dicke
When analysing microplastics in food, due to toxicological reasons it is important to achieve clear identification of particles down to a size of at least 1 μm. One reliable, optical analytical technique allowing this is micro-Raman spectroscopy. After isolation of particles via filtration, analysis is typically performed directly on the filter surface. In order to obtain high qualitative Raman spectra, the material of the membrane filters should not show any interference in terms of background and Raman signals during spectrum acquisition...
April 24, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438115/an-auditory-display-tool-for-dna-sequence-analysis
#5
Mark D Temple
BACKGROUND: DNA Sonification refers to the use of an auditory display to convey the information content of DNA sequence data. Six sonification algorithms are presented that each produce an auditory display. These algorithms are logically designed from the simple through to the more complex. Three of these parse individual nucleotides, nucleotide pairs or codons into musical notes to give rise to 4, 16 or 64 notes, respectively. Codons may also be parsed degenerately into 20 notes with respect to the genetic code...
April 24, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433062/electrospun-nafion-polyacrylonitrile-nanofibers-as-an-ion-exchange-ultrathin-layer-chromatographic-stationary-phase
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Yanhui Wang, Susan V Olesik
An ion-exchange method to separate charged biomolecules on ultrathin layer chromatographic (UTLC) plates using electrospun Nafion-Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) nanofibers as the stationary phase is described. Sulfonate groups on Nafion provide the ion-exchange sites. The addition of PAN (a higher molecular weight polymer than Nafion) was used to facilitate the nanofiber formation process using electrospinning. Electrospinning parameters and separation conditions were optimized using fractional factorial design and response surface methodology...
June 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428356/biological-variation-estimates-obtained-from-91-healthy-study-participants-for-9-enzymes-in-serum
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Anna Carobene, Thomas Røraas, Una Ørvim Sølvik, Marit Sverresdotter Sylte, Sverre Sandberg, Elena Guerra, Irene Marino, Niels Jonker, Gerhard Barla, William A Bartlett, Pilar Fernandez-Calle, Jorge Díaz-Garzón, Francesca Tosato, Mario Plebani, Abdurrahman Coŝkun, Mustafa Serteser, Ibrahim Unsal, Ferruccio Ceriotti
BACKGROUND: We sought to develop estimates of biological variation (BV) for 9 enzymes in blood serum as part of the European Biological Variation Study. METHODS: Ninety-one healthy study participants (38 male and 53 female, 21-69 years old) were phlebotomized in each of 10 consecutive weeks at 6 European laboratories. The same preanalytical sample-handling protocol was followed at each center before transport to San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy, for analysis...
April 20, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428164/zika-in-twitter-temporal-variations-of-locations-actors-and-concepts
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Anthony Stefanidis, Emily Vraga, Georgios Lamprianidis, Jacek Radzikowski, Paul L Delamater, Kathryn H Jacobsen, Dieter Pfoser, Arie Croitoru, Andrew Crooks
BACKGROUND: The recent Zika outbreak witnessed the disease evolving from a regional health concern to a global epidemic. During this process, different communities across the globe became involved in Twitter, discussing the disease and key issues associated with it. This paper presents a study of this discussion in Twitter, at the nexus of location, actors, and concepts. OBJECTIVE: Our objective in this study was to demonstrate the significance of 3 types of events: location related, actor related, and concept related, for understanding how a public health emergency of international concern plays out in social media, and Twitter in particular...
April 20, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428018/visual-analytics-dashboard-to-explore-the-relationship-of-unscheduled-treatment-interruptions-and-variations-in-airway-management-for-children-undergoing-external-beam-radiation-therapy
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Pandora Chua, Christine Hill-Kayser, Luis M Ahumada, Ali Jalal, Allan F Simpao, Arul M Lingappan, Abbas Jawad, Mohamed A Rehman, Jorge A Gálvez
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 20, 2017: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424742/fret-from-single-to-multiplexed-signaling-events
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REVIEW
Gertrude Bunt, Fred S Wouters
Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) is a powerful tool for the visualization of molecular signaling events such as protein activities and interactions in cells. In its different implementations, FRET microscopy has been mainly used for monitoring single events. Recently, there has been a trend of extending FRET imaging towards the simultaneous detection of multiple events and interactions. The concomitant increase in experimental complexity requires a deeper understanding of the biophysical background of FRET...
April 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423788/medical-and-healthcare-curriculum-exploratory-analysis
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Martin Komenda, Matěj Karolyi, Andrea Pokorná, Christos Vaitsis
In the recent years, medical and healthcare higher education institutions compile their curricula in different ways in order to cover all necessary topics and sections that the students will need to go through to success in their future clinical practice. A medical and healthcare curriculum consists of many descriptive parameters, which define statements of what, when, and how students will learn in the course of their studies. For the purpose of understanding a complicated medical and healthcare curriculum structure, we have developed a web-oriented platform for curriculum management covering in detail formal metadata specifications in accordance with the approved pedagogical background, namely outcome-based approach...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422254/a-dual-enzyme-inorganic-hybrid-nanoflower-incorporated-microfluidic-paper-based-analytic-device-%C3%AE-pad-biosensor-for-sensitive-visualized-detection-of-glucose
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Xueli Zhu, Jin Huang, Jinwen Liu, Hang Zhang, Jianhui Jiang, Ruqin Yu
A novel microfluidic paper-based analytic device (μPAD) biosensor is developed for sensitive and visualized detection of glucose. This biosensor is easily fabricated using the wax printing technique, with a hybrid nanocomplex composed of dual enzymes glucose oxidase (GOx) and horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and Cu3(PO4)2 inorganic nanocrystals incorporated in the detection zones. The hybrid nanocomplex is found to exhibit a flower-like structure, which allows co-immobilization of these two enzymes in a biocompatible environment...
April 19, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421225/using-telephony-data-to-facilitate-discovery-of-clinical-workflows
#13
Donald W Rucker
BACKGROUND:  Discovery of clinical workflows to target for redesign using methods such as Lean and Six Sigma is difficult. VoIP telephone call pattern analysis may complement direct observation and EMR-based tools in understanding clinical workflows at the enterprise level by allowing visualization of institutional telecommunications activity. OBJECTIVE:  To build an analytic framework mapping repetitive and high-volume telephone call patterns in a large medical center to their associated clinical units using an enterprise unified communications server log file and to support visualization of specific call patterns using graphical networks...
April 19, 2017: Applied Clinical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418634/protein-trapping-in-plasmonic-nanoslit-and-nanoledge-cavities-the-behavior-and-sensing
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Zheng Zeng, Xiaojun Shi, Taylor Mabe, Shaun Christie, Grant Gilmore, Adam W Smith, Jianjun Wei
A novel plasmonic nanoledge device was presented to explore the geometry-induced trapping of nanoscale biomolecules and examine a generation of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) for plasmonic sensing. To design an optimal plasmonic device, a semi-analytical model was implemented for a quantitative analysis of SPR under plane-wave illumination and a finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulation was used to study the optical transmission and refractive index (RI) sensitivity. In addition, total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) imaging was used to visualize the migration of fluorescently labeled bovine serum albumin (BSA) into the nanoslits; and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) was further used to investigate the diffusion of BSA in the nanoslits...
April 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411844/research-techniques-made-simple-mass-cytometry%C3%A2-analysis-tools-for-decrypting-the%C3%A2-complexity%C3%A2-of-biological-systems
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Tiago R Matos, Hongye Liu, Jerome Ritz
Mass cytometry by time-of-flight experiments allow analysis of over 40 functional and phenotypic cellular markers simultaneously at the single-cell level. The data dimensionality escalation accentuates limitations, inherent to manual analysis, as being subjective, labor-intensive, slow, and often incapable of showing the detailed features of each unique cell within populations. The subsequent challenge of examining, visualizing, and presenting mass cytometry data has motivated continuous development of dimensionality reduction methods...
May 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411630/an-immunochromatographic-assay-for-carcinoembryonic-antigen-on-cotton-thread-using-a-composite-of-carbon-nanotubes-and-gold-nanoparticles-as-reporters
#16
Xiaobo Jia, Tingting Song, Yan Liu, Lili Meng, Xun Mao
This paper describes a low-cost, sensitive, visual and rapid immunochromatographic assay method on cotton thread for carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) detection by using novel carbon nanotube/gold nanoparticles (CNT/GNPs) nanocomposite reporter probe. CEA, a lung cancer protein biomarker, was used as analyte to demonstrate the principle of the immunochromatographic assay on cotton thread biosensor. In the presence of target CEA, the decreasing aggregation amount of CNT/GNPs nanocomposite reporter probes on the test zone induced directly readout by naked eye...
May 29, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408869/rapid-long-range-disynaptic-inhibition-explains-the-formation-of-cortical-orientation-maps
#17
Ján Antolík
Competitive interactions are believed to underlie many types of cortical processing, ranging from memory formation, attention and development of cortical functional organization (e.g., development of orientation maps in primary visual cortex). In the latter case, the competitive interactions happen along the cortical surface, with local populations of neurons reinforcing each other, while competing with those displaced more distally. This specific configuration of lateral interactions is however in stark contrast with the known properties of the anatomical substrate, i...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407236/processes-to-preserve-spice-and-herb-quality-and-sensory-integrity-during-pathogen-inactivation
#18
Susan E Duncan, Kayla Moberg, Kemia N Amin, Melissa Wright, Jordan J Newkirk, Monica A Ponder, Gary R Acuff, James S Dickson
Selected processing methods, demonstrated to be effective at reducing Salmonella, were assessed to determine if spice and herb quality was affected. Black peppercorn, cumin seed, oregano, and onion powder were irradiated to a target dose of 8 kGy. Two additional processes were examined for whole black peppercorns and cumin seeds: ethylene oxide (EtO) fumigation and vacuum assisted-steam (82.22 °C, 7.5 psia). Treated and untreated spices/herbs were compared (visual, odor) using sensory similarity testing protocols (α = 0...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404759/paving-the-way-for-dose-banding-of-chemotherapy-an-analytical-approach
#19
Heike Reinhardt, Rainer Trittler, Alison G Eggleton, Stefan Wöhrl, Thomas Epting, Marion Buck, Sabine Kaiser, Daniel Jonas, Justus Duyster, Manfred Jung, Martin J Hug, Monika Engelhardt
Background: In an interdepartmental cooperation, we investigated the feasibility and benefits of implementing dose banding of chemotherapy at our medical center. Based on this concept, chemotherapy doses are clustered into bands of similar dosage levels, thereby allowing the preproduction of frequently used standard doses of drugs, with sufficient physicochemical stability. Although established practice in the United Kingdom, there is little published evidence of its introduction elsewhere. Methods: We performed an analysis of local prescribing practice (22,310 chemotherapies) and identified gemcitabine, 5-fluorouracil, and carboplatin, among various others, as cytotoxic drugs suitable for dose banding...
April 2017: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: JNCCN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402031/evaluation-of-osseous-associated-cervical-spondylomyelopathy-in-dogs-using-kinematic-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#20
Michele Provencher, Amy Habing, Sarah A Moore, Laurie Cook, Gary Phillips, Ronaldo C da Costa
Osseous-associated cervical spondylomyelopathy in dogs is characterized by both static and dynamic spinal cord compression; however, standard MRI methods only assess static compression. In humans with cervical spondylotic myelopathy, kinematic MRI is commonly used to diagnose dynamic spinal cord compressions. The purpose of this prospective, analytical study was to evaluate kinematic MRI as a method for characterizing the dynamic component of osseous-associated cervical spondylomyelopathy in dogs. We hypothesized that kinematic MRI would allow visualization of spinal cord compressions that were not identified with standard imaging...
April 12, 2017: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
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