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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150933/design-of-a-novel-continuous-flow-reactor-for-low-ph-viral-inactivation
#1
Stephanie A Parker, Linus Amarikwa, Kevin Vehar, Raquel Orozco, Scott Godfrey, Jon Coffman, Parviz Shamlou, Cameron L Bardliving
Insufficient mixing in laminar flow reactors due to diffusion-dominated flow limits their use in applications where narrow residence time distribution (RTD) is required. The aim of this study was to design and characterize a laminar flow (Re 187.7-375.5) tubular reactor for low pH viral inactivation with enhanced radial mixing via the incorporation of curvature and flow inversions. Towards this aim, the reactor described here, Jig in a Box (JIB), was designed with a flow path consisting of alternating 270° degree turns...
November 18, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150929/biomechanical-properties-of-feline-ventral-abdominal-wall-and-celiotomy-closure-techniques
#2
Fernando S Reina Rodriguez, Conor T Buckley, Joshua Milgram, Barbara M Kirby
OBJECTIVE: To compare biomechanical properties and mechanism of failure of 3 regions of ventral abdominal wall in cats by using 2 suture materials, 2 suture bite-to-stitch intervals (SBSI), and full-thickness versus fascia-only closure. STUDY DESIGN: Randomized, cadaveric, ex vivo mechanical testing. SAMPLE POPULATION: 16 adult cat cadavers, 3 samples per cat. METHODS: Three regions of ventral abdominal wall were mechanically tested (N = 48 samples)...
November 18, 2017: Veterinary Surgery: VS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150802/ion-imprinted-electrospun-nanofibers-of-chitosan-1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium-tetrafluoroborate-for-the-dynamic-expulsion-of-thorium-iv-ions-from-mimicked-effluents
#3
Prakash Macchindra Gore, Latika Khurana, Suhail Siddique, Anjana Panicker, Balasubramanian Kandasubramanian
The present study explores the innocuous, biocompatible, and extremely competent molecularly imprinted chitosan/RTIL electrospun nanofibers having average diameter of 30 nm for the expulsion of thorium (IV) ions from the mimicked effluent waste. The extended Flory-Huggins theory and three-dimensional molecular modeling have been effectively premeditated via Materials Studio software for enumerating the inter-miscibility and compatibility (Chi parameter (χ) = 1.019, mixing energy (Emix) = 0.603 kcal/mol) of the chitosan/RTIL (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate)...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150770/population-in-vitro-in-vivo-pharmacokinetic-model-of-first-pass-metabolism-itraconazole-and-hydroxy-itraconazole
#4
Ahmad Y Abuhelwa, Stuart Mudge, Richard N Upton, David J R Foster
The aim of this study was to develop a population in vitro-in vivo pharmacokinetic model that simultaneously describe the absorption and accumulation kinetics of itraconazole (ICZ) and hydroxy-itraconazole (HICZ) in healthy subjects. The model integrated meta-models of gastrointestinal pH and gastrointestinal transit time and in vitro dissolution models of ICZ with the absorption and disposition kinetics of ICZ and HICZ. Mean concentration intravenous data, and single- and multi-dose oral data were used for model development...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150721/adaptive-snp-set-association-testing-in-generalized-linear-mixed-models-with-application-to-family-studies
#5
Jun Young Park, Chong Wu, Saonli Basu, Matt McGue, Wei Pan
In genome-wide association studies (GWAS), it has been increasingly recognized that, as a complementary approach to standard single SNP analyses, it may be beneficial to analyze a group of functionally related SNPs together. Among the existent population-based SNP-set association tests, two adaptive tests, the aSPU test and the aSPUpath test, offer a powerful and general approach at the gene- and pathway-levels by data-adaptively combining the results across multiple SNPs (and genes) such that high statistical power can be maintained across a wide range of scenarios...
November 17, 2017: Behavior Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150713/efficacy-of-silexan-in-subthreshold-anxiety-meta-analysis-of-randomised-placebo-controlled-trials
#6
Hans-Jürgen Möller, Hans-Peter Volz, Angelika Dienel, Sandra Schläfke, Siegfried Kasper
Subthreshold psychiatric disorders do not fully meet the diagnostic criteria of syndromal disorders but may be associated with comparable disability. To investigate the anxiolytic effect of Silexan, an active substance from lavender oil for oral administration, in patients with subthreshold anxiety, a meta-analysis that included all published trials with Silexan in this indication was performed. Three randomised, placebo-controlled trials in subthreshold anxiety disorders (anxiety disorder not otherwise specified, restlessness and agitation, mixed anxiety and depressive disorder) were included...
November 17, 2017: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150707/a-guard-killer-phage-cocktail-effectively-lyses-the-host-and-inhibits-the-development-of-phage-resistant-strains-of-escherichia-coli
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Ling Yu, Shuang Wang, Zhimin Guo, Hongtao Liu, Diangang Sun, Guangmou Yan, Dongliang Hu, Chongtao Du, Xin Feng, Wenyu Han, Jingmin Gu, Changjiang Sun, Liancheng Lei
In recent years, after the emergence of a large number of multidrug-resistant bacteria, phages and phage-associated products for the prevention and control of bacterial disease have revealed prominent advantages as compared with antibiotics. However, bacteria are susceptible to becoming phage-resistant, thus severely limiting the application of phage therapy. In this study, Escherichia coli cells were incubated with lytic bacteriophages to obtain mutants that were resistant to the lytic phages. Then, bacteriophages against the phage-resistant variants were isolated and subsequently mixed with the original lytic phage to prepare a novel phage cocktail for bactericidal use...
November 17, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150628/artificial-topography-changes-the-growth-strategy-of-spartina-alterniflora-case-study-with-wave-exposure-as-a-comparison
#8
Hualong Hong, Minyue Dai, Haoliang Lu, Jingchun Liu, Jie Zhang, Chaoqi Chen, Kang Xia, Chongling Yan
This paper reports findings about the growth of Spartina alterniflora (Loisel.) near an engineered coastal protection defences to discover the potential influences on vegetation growth from the artificial topography. Impacts of the artificial topography on the sediment element composition were detected by comparing the fixed effects caused by artificial topography and wave exposure using linear mixed models. Surficial sediments under the impacts of artificial topography contain elevated levels of biogenic elements and heavy metals, including C (and organic carbon), N, S, Al, Fe, Mn, Cu, Zn, As, Cd, Cr, Ni, and Pb...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150627/high-efficiency-backward-four-wave-mixing-by-quantum-interference
#9
Zi-Yu Liu, Jian-Ting Xiao, Jia-Kang Lin, Jun-Jie Wu, Jz-Yuan Juo, Chin-Yao Cheng, Yong-Fan Chen
Electromagnetically-induced-transparency-based four-wave mixing (FWM) in a resonant four-level double-Λ system has a maximum conversion efficiency (CE) of 25% due to spontaneous emission. Herein, we demonstrate that spontaneous emission can be considerably suppressed by arranging the applied laser beams in a backward configuration. With the backward double-Λ FWM scheme, we observe a CE of 63% in cold rubidium atoms with an optical depth (OD) of 48. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first observation of a CE exceeding the conversion limit in resonant FWM processes...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150589/change-in-hydration-indices-associated-with-an-increase-in-total-water-intake-of-more-than-0-5%C3%A2-l-day-sustained-over-4%C3%A2-weeks-in-healthy-young-men-with-initial-total-water-intake-below-2%C3%A2-l-day
#10
Jodi D Stookey, Janice Hamer, David W Killilea
This secondary data analysis addressed gaps in knowledge about effects of chronic water intake. Longitudinal data from the Adapt Study were used to describe effects of prescribing a sustained increase in water intake relative to baseline, for 4 weeks, on multiple indices of total body water (TBW) flux, regulation, distribution, and volume in five healthy, free-living, young men, with mean total water intake initially below 2 L/day. Indices were measured weekly. Within-person fixed effect models tested for significant changes in indices over time and associations between changes in indices...
November 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150554/cancer-cells-induce-interleukin-22-production-from-memory-cd4-t-cells-via-interleukin-1-to-promote-tumor-growth
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Cornelia Voigt, Peter May, Adrian Gottschlich, Anamarija Markota, Daniel Wenk, Inga Gerlach, Sebastian Voigt, Georgios T Stathopoulos, Kristina A M Arendt, Constanze Heise, Felicitas Rataj, Klaus-Peter Janssen, Melanie Königshoff, Hauke Winter, Isabelle Himsl, Wolfgang E Thasler, Max Schnurr, Simon Rothenfußer, Stefan Endres, Sebastian Kobold
IL-22 has been identified as a cancer-promoting cytokine that is secreted by infiltrating immune cells in several cancer models. We hypothesized that IL-22 regulation would occur at the interface between cancer cells and immune cells. Breast and lung cancer cells of murine and human origin induced IL-22 production from memory CD4(+) T cells. In the present study, we found that IL-22 production in humans is dependent on activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome with the subsequent release of IL-1β from both myeloid and T cells...
November 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150473/patient-level-and-practice-level-factors-associated-with-consultation-duration-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-over-one-million-consultations-in-english-primary-care
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Sarah Stevens, Clare Bankhead, Toqir Mukhtar, Rafael Perera-Salazar, Tim A Holt, Chris Salisbury, F D Richard Hobbs
OBJECTIVES: Consultation duration has previously been shown to be associated with patient, practitioner and practice characteristics. However, previous studies were conducted outside the UK, considered only small numbers of general practitioner (GP) consultations or focused primarily on practitioner-level characteristics. We aimed to determine the patient-level and practice-level factors associated with duration of GP and nurse consultations in UK primary care. DESIGN AND SETTING: Cross-sectional data were obtained from English general practices contributing to the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) linked to data on patient deprivation and practice staffing, rurality and Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) achievement...
November 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150357/caregiver-burden-of-parents-of-young-children-with-cystic-fibrosis
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C Fitzgerald, S George, R Somerville, B Linnane, P Fitzpatrick
BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of research examining the impact of informal caregiving on parents of young children with cystic fibrosis (CF). The aim of this study was to examine caregiver burden and identify risk factors associated with high caregiver burden in mothers and fathers of young children with CF. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study of parents of young children with CF. A total of 213 families were invited to complete the CarerQoL questionnaire, a validated tool composed of two parts: (i) the CarerQol-7D which describes the care situation in terms of the negative and positive effects of caregiving and (ii) the visual analogue scale (VAS) which measures happiness on a scale from 0 to 10 (0=completely unhappy and 10=completely happy)...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis: Official Journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150312/the-effect-of-a-physical-activity-intervention-on-preschoolers-fundamental-motor-skills-a-cluster-rct
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Niko S Wasenius, Kimberly P Grattan, Alysha L J Harvey, Patti-Jean Naylor, Gary S Goldfield, Kristi B Adamo
OBJECTIVES: To assess the effect of a physical activity intervention delivered in the childcare centres (CC), with or without a parent-driven home physical activity component, on children's fundamental motor skills (FMS). DESIGN: Six-month 3-arm cluster randomized controlled trial. METHODS: Preschoolers were recruited from 18 licensed CC. CC were randomly assigned to a typical curriculum comparison group (COM), childcare intervention alone (CC), or childcare intervention with parental component (CC+HOME)...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150209/exploring-the-relationship-between-polio-type-2-serum-neutralizing-antibodies-and-intestinal-immunity-using-data-from-two-randomized-controlled-trials-of-new-bopv-ipv-immunization-schedules
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Ananda S Bandyopadhyay, Edwin J Asturias, Miguel O'Ryan, M Steven Oberste, William Weldon, Ralf Clemens, Ricardo Rüttimann, John F Modlin, Chris Gast
BACKGROUND: Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) is now the only source of routine type 2 protection. The relationship, if any, between vaccine-induced type 2 humoral and intestinal immunity is poorly understood. METHODS: Two clinical trials in five Latin American countries of mixed or sequential bOPV-IPV schedules in 1640 infants provided data on serum neutralizing antibodies (NAb) and intestinal immunity, assessed as viral shedding following oral mOPV2 challenge. Analyses with generalized additive and quantile regression models examined the relationships between prechallenge NAb titers and proportion, duration and titers (magnitude) of viral shedding...
November 14, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150069/effect-of-a-mobile-health-sensor-driven-asthma-management-platform-on-asthma-control
#16
Meredith A Barrett, Olivier Humblet, Justine E Marcus, Kelly Henderson, Ted Smith, Nemr Eid, J Wesley Sublett, Andrew Renda, LaQuandra Nesbitt, David Van Sickle, David Stempel, James L Sublett
BACKGROUND: Asthma inflicts a significant health and economic burden in the United States. Self-management approaches to monitoring and treatment can be burdensome for patients. OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of a digital health management program on asthma outcomes. METHODS: Residents of Louisville, Kentucky, with asthma were enrolled in a single-arm pilot study. Participants received electronic inhaler sensors that tracked the time, frequency, and location of short-acting β-agonist (SABA) use...
November 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149869/characterisation-of-sucking-dynamics-of-breastfeeding-preterm-infants-a-cross-sectional-study
#17
Donna T Geddes, Kok Chooi, Kathryn Nancarrow, Anna R Hepworth, Hazel Gardner, Karen Simmer
BACKGROUND: Full breastfeeding is the ultimate aim for preterm infants to ensure they receive the full benefits of human milk however, preterm infants face a number of challenges associated with their immaturity and associated morbidities. In order to facilitate oral feeding, it is essential to have a sound knowledge of the sucking dynamics of the breastfed infant. The aim of this study was to measure and describe the sucking dynamics of the preterm breastfeeding infant. METHODS: A prospective cross sectional observational study was carried out at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Perth...
November 17, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149791/the-dementia-care-coordination-program-engaging-health-systems-in-caregiver-supports
#18
Pamela Nadash, Nina M Silverstein, Frank Porell
This paper reports on a process evaluation using mixed methods to assess a Dementia Care Coordination Program, which is distinctive in using the medical system, rather than direct outreach, to identify and refer families to supports provided by an Alzheimer's Association chapter via dedicated care consultants. One care consultant received referrals from individual physicians, while the other, employed by a health plan, received referrals from health plan case managers. Through key informant interviews, focus groups, and physician and caregiver surveys, we identified key issues, finding high rates of stakeholder satisfaction, but some practical issues around information sharing and data tracking...
January 1, 2017: Dementia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149738/associations-of-urinary-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-metabolites-with-fractional-exhaled-nitric-oxide-and-exhaled-carbon-monoxide-a-cross-sectional-study
#19
Yun Zhou, Yuewei Liu, Huizhen Sun, Jixuan Ma, Lili Xiao, Limin Cao, Wei Li, Bin Wang, Jing Yuan, Weihong Chen
Exposure to Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) has been associated with inflammatory responses. Fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) and exhaled carbon monoxide (eCO) are both important inflammatory mediators especially in airways. However, few studies have investigated associations of PAH exposures with FeNO or eCO. Therefore, we aimed to quantify the associations of urinary PAH metabolites with FeNO and eCO levels, and investigate their potential effect modifiers by linear mixed models among 4133 participants from the Wuhan-Zhuhai cohort in China...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149664/copper-phospholipid-interaction-at-cell-membrane-model-hydrophobic-surfaces
#20
Marina Mlakar, Vlado Cuculić, Sanja Frka, Blaženka Gašparović
Detailed investigation of Cu (II) binding with natural lipid phosphatidylglycerol (PG) in aqueous solution was carried out by voltammetric measurements at the mercury drop electrode, complemented by monolayer studies in a Langmuir trough and electrophoretic measurements, all used as models for hydrophobic cell membranes. Penetration of copper ions into the PG layer was facilitated by the formation of hydrophilic Cu-Phenanthroline (Phen) complex in the subphase, followed by the mixed ligand Cu-Phen-PG complex formation at the hydrophobic interface...
November 11, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
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