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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727997/therapeutic-intranasal-instillation-of-allergen-loaded-microbubbles-suppresses-experimental-allergic-asthma-in-mice
#1
Blaise Corthésy, Gilles Bioley
Despite proven efficiency, subcutaneous immunotherapy for aeroallergens is impaired by the duration of the protocol, the repeated injections and potential side-effects associated with the doses of allergen administered. Intranasal delivery of immunotherapeutic agents may overcome several of these drawbacks, provided that an efficient allergen delivery vehicle can be identified. This study evaluates whether intranasally delivered gas-filled microbubble (MB)-associated ovalbumin (OVA), used as a model allergen, can serve as a therapeutic treatment in a mouse model of established allergic asthma...
July 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726561/characteristics-of-the-microwave-pyrolysis-and-microwave-co2-assisted-gasification-of-a-dewatered-sewage-sludge
#2
Young Nam Chun, Byeo Ri Jeong
Microwave drying-pyrolysis or drying-gasification characteristics was examined to convert sewage sludge into energy and resources. The gasification was carried out with carbon dioxide as a gasifying agent. The examination results were compared with those of the conventional heating-type electric furnace to compare both product characteristics. Through the pyrolysis or gasification, gas, tar and char were generated as products. The produced gas was the largest component of each process followed by the sludge char and the tar...
July 20, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725645/imaging-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-a-multimodality-update
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Thomas Semple, Mohammed R Akhtar, Catherine M Owens
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia is the most common form of infantile chronic lung disease and results in significant health-care expenditure. The roles of chest radiography and computed tomography (CT) are well documented but numerous recent advances in imaging technology have paved the way for newer imaging techniques including structural pulmonary assessment via lung magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional assessment via ventilation, and perfusion MRI and quantitative imaging techniques using both CT and MRI...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725562/pleural-empyema-and-streptococcal-toxic-shock-syndrome-due-to-streptococcus-pyogenes-in-a-healthy-spanish-traveler-in-japan
#4
Tetsuya Sakai, Daisuke Taniyama, Saeko Takahashi, Morio Nakamura, Takashi Takahashi
Group A Streptococcus (GAS, Streptococcus pyogenes) causes invasive infections including streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS) and local infections. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a case of an invasive GAS infection with pneumonia and pleural empyema (PE) followed by STSS (disseminated intravascular coagulation [DIC] and acute renal insufficiency) in a healthy male adult. He received combined supportive therapies of PE drainage, anti-DIC agent, hemodialysis, and antimicrobials and eventually made a clinical recovery...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722154/application-of-headspace-solid-phase-microextraction-followed-by-gas-chromatography-coupled-with-mass-spectrometry-spme-gc-ms-to-determine-esters-of-carboxylic-acids-and-other-volatile-compounds-in-d-maculatus-and-d-ater-lipids
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Magdalena Cerkowniak, Mieczysława I Boguś, Emilia Włóka, Piotr Stepnowski, Marek Gołębiowski
A constant problem in veterinary medicine, human healthcare, agriculture, forestry or horticulture is the large number of pests, and the lack of effective methods to combat them which cause no harm to the rest of the environment. It is recommended and desired to reduce the use of chemicals and increase the use of agents based on the knowledge acquired in the field of biology, chemistry, and agrochemicals. To learn the defense mechanisms of insects we should consider not only the site of their physiological ability to protect against external factors (cuticle), but also check the possibility of chemical protection, formed by all compounds on the surface and in the body of insects...
July 19, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720944/evaluation-of-the-chemical-composition-antioxidant-and-anti-inflammatory-activities-of-distillate-and-residue-fractions-of-sweet-basil-essential-oil
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Hailong Li, Yanhui Ge, Zhimin Luo, Yulan Zhou, Xuguang Zhang, Junqing Zhang, Qiang Fu
In this study, the chemical composition and antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities of sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum L. Lamiaceae family) were evaluated. Sweet basil is a food-related plant that is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine. Sweet basil crude oil was processed via molecular distillation and further characterized using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) to screen for new compounds. The GC-MS analysis identified thirty-eight compounds. The major constituents of the residue fraction were estragole (17...
June 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720729/inhibition-of-inflammasome-dependent-interleukin-1%C3%AE-production-by-streptococcal-nad-glycohydrolase-evidence-for-extracellular-activity
#7
Dóra Hancz, Elsa Westerlund, Benedicte Bastiat-Sempe, Onkar Sharma, Christine Valfridsson, Lena Meyer, John F Love, Maghnus O'Seaghdha, Michael R Wessels, Jenny J Persson
Group A Streptococcus (GAS) is a common human pathogen and the etiologic agent of a large number of diseases ranging from mild, self-limiting infections to invasive life-threatening conditions. Two prominent virulence factors of this bacterium are the genetically and functionally linked pore-forming toxin streptolysin O (SLO) and its cotoxin NAD(+)-glycohydrolase (NADase). Overexpression of these toxins has been linked to increased bacterial virulence and is correlated with invasive GAS disease. NADase can be translocated into host cells by a SLO-dependent mechanism, and cytosolic NADase has been assigned multiple properties such as protection of intracellularly located GAS bacteria and induction of host cell death through energy depletion...
July 18, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714890/cardamom-cumin-and-dill-weed-essential-oils-chemical-compositions-antimicrobial-activities-and-mechanisms-of-action-against-campylobacter-spp
#8
Aysegul Mutlu-Ingok, Funda Karbancioglu-Guler
Natural antimicrobials as well as essential oils (EOs) have gained interest to inhibit pathogenic microorganisms and to control food borne diseases. Campylobacter spp. are one of the most common causative agents of gastroenteritis. In this study, cardamom, cumin, and dill weed EOs were evaluated for their antibacterial activities against Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli by using agar-well diffusion and broth microdilution methods, along with the mechanisms of antimicrobial action. Chemical compositions of EOs were also tested by gas chromatography (GC) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS)...
July 15, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712599/effects-of-woody-peat-and-superphosphate-on-compost-maturity-and-gaseous-emissions-during-pig-manure-composting
#9
Difang Zhang, Wenhai Luo, Jing Yuan, Guoxue Li, Yuan Luo
This study investigated the effect of calcium superphosphate on compost maturity and gaseous emissions during pig manure composting with woody peat as the bulking agent. Two treatments were conducted with or without the addition of calcium superphosphate (10% dry weight of the composting mass), which were denoted as the control and superphosphate-amended treatment, respectively. Results show that the composting temperature of both treatments was higher than 50°C for more than 5days, which is typically required for pathogen destruction during manure composting...
July 13, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704051/a-combined-theoretical-and-experimental-study-of-sarin-gb-decomposition-at-high-temperatures
#10
Xiao Shan, Jack C Vincent, Sue Kirkpatrick, Maurice D Walker, Mark R Sambrook, David C Clary
Theoretical and experimental results are presented for the pyrolytic decomposition of the nerve agent sarin (GB) in the gas phase. High level quantum chemistry calculations are performed together with a semiclassical transition state theory for describing quantum mechanical tunneling. The experimental and theoretical results for the temperature dependence of the survival times show very good agreement, as does the calculated and measured activation energy for thermal decomposition. The combined results suggest that the thermal decomposition of GB, for temperature ranging from 350 °C to 500 °C, goes through a pericyclic reaction mechanism with a transition state consisting of a six-membered ring structure...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699518/nano-sized-ultrasound-contrast-agents-for-cancer-therapy-and-theranostics
#11
Hao Li, Shenglong Gan, Shi-Ting Feng, Guofu Zhou, Zhi Dong, Rongqin Zheng, Zi-Ping Li
Ultrasound contrast agents (UCA) represented by gas-filled microbubble, can provide simultaneous and co-localized enhancement on image contrast to help disease diagnosis by highlighting tissue borders. Nowadays, Some UCAs (e.g. Levovist®, Optison®, Definity®, and Sonovue®) are commercially available, and have been clinically utilized for enhanced ultrasonography in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and so on. However, their large diameters (1~10 μm) mainly hinder more precise and deeper applications in the imaging of capillary-abundant organs or tissues (e...
July 10, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685801/can-cs-gas-induce-myocardial-infarction
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Lilia Zakhama, Wassim Ben Ameur, Saoussen Antit, Iskander Slama, Alaa Eddine Jallad, Sara Chenik, Mourad Masmoudi, Besma Herbegue, Elhem Boussabah, Moez Thameur, Soraya Ben Youssef
"2-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile" also named CS gas is the most used riot-control agent in the world. Its reputation as the least toxic tear gas explains its large use by different authorities. Early exposure to CS spray commonly induces visual irritation, skin reactions, with increased mucous secretion in order to temporarily incapacitate targeted people. However, there is a large agreement that safety data of this product is limited and further studies need to be performed since serious problems could occur after heavy exposure such as loss of consciousness, laryngospasm, pulmonary edema and hemorrhage...
October 2016: La Tunisie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683960/arterial-stiffening-with-exercise-in-patients%C3%A2-with-heart-failure-and-preserved%C3%A2-ejection-fraction
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Yogesh N V Reddy, Mads J Andersen, Masaru Obokata, Katlyn E Koepp, Garvan C Kane, Vojtech Melenovsky, Thomas P Olson, Barry A Borlaug
BACKGROUND: Aortic stiffening and reduced nitric oxide (NO) availability may contribute to the pathophysiology of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). OBJECTIVES: This study compared indices of arterial stiffness at rest and during exercise in subjects with HFpEF and hypertensive control subjects to examine their relationships to cardiac hemodynamics and determine whether exertional arterial stiffening can be mitigated by inorganic nitrite. METHODS: A total of 22 hypertensive control subjects and 98 HFpEF subjects underwent hemodynamic exercise testing with simultaneous expired gas analysis to measure oxygen consumption...
July 11, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681358/delivering-transmembrane-peptide-complexes-to-the-gas-phase-using-nanodiscs-and-electrospray-ionization
#14
Jun Li, Michele R Richards, Elena N Kitova, John S Klassen
The gas-phase conformations of dimers of the channel-forming membrane peptide gramicidin A (GA), produced from isobutanol or aqueous solutions of GA-containing nanodiscs (NDs), are investigated using electrospray ionization-ion mobility separation-mass spectrometry (ESI-IMS-MS) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The IMS arrival times measured for (2GA + 2Na)(2+) ions from isobutanol reveal three different conformations, with collision cross-sections (Ω) of 683 Å(2) (conformation 1, C1), 708 Å(2) (C2), and 737 Å(2) (C3)...
July 5, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676445/metformin-reduces-intrahepatic-fibrosis-and-intrapulmonary-shunts-in-biliary-cirrhotic-rats
#15
Mu-Tzu Ko, Hui-Chun Huang, Wen-Shin Lee, Chiao-Lin Chuang, I-Fang Hsin, Shao-Jung Hsu, Fa-Yauh Lee, Ching-Chih Chang, Shou-Dong Lee
BACKGROUND: Liver fibrosis causes portal hypertension which dilates collateral vasculature and enhances extra-hepatic angiogenesis including intrapulmonary shunts, which subsequently complicates with hepatopulmonary syndrome. Metformin is an anti-diabetic agent which possesses anti-inflammation and anti-angiogenesis properties. This study evaluated the effect of metformin treatment on liver and lung in a non-diabetic rat model with biliary cirrhosis induced via common bile duct ligation (CBDL)...
July 1, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675241/a-chromogenic-and-ratiometric-fluorogenic-probe-for-rapid-detection-of-a-nerve-agent-simulant-dcp-based-on-a-hybrid-hydroxynaphthalene-hemicyanine-dye
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Syed Samim Ali, Ankita Gangopadhyay, Kalipada Maiti, Sanchita Mondal, Ajoy Kumar Pramanik, Uday Narayan Guria, Md Raihan Uddin, Sukhendu Mandal, Debasish Mandal, Ajit Kumar Mahapatra
A new cyanine dye (CYD) based on hybrid hydroxynaphthalene-hemicyanine has been synthesized and characterized. The chromogenic and ratiometric fluorogenic probe (CYD) enables a fast and highly sensitive response to an OP nerve agent mimic diethyl chlorophosphate (DCP) through tandem phosphorylation and intramolecular cyclization reaction within 1 min and with the detection limit as low as 18.86 nM. To our knowledge this is the first report of a hydroxyl assisted bathochromic shift in a selective chemodosimeter for DCP exhibiting a ratiometric response...
July 19, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672229/chloromethane-emissions-in-human-breath
#17
Frank Keppler, Jan Fischer, Tobias Sattler, Daniela Polag, Nicole Jaeger, Heinz Friedrich Schöler, Markus Greule
Chloromethane (CH3Cl), currently the most abundant chlorinated organic compound in the atmosphere at around ~550 parts per trillion by volume (pptv), is considered responsible for approximately 16% of halogen-catalyzed stratospheric ozone destruction. Although emissions of CH3Cl are known to occur from animals such as cattle, formation and release of CH3Cl from humans has not yet been reported. In this study a pre-concentration unit coupled with a gas chromatograph directly linked to a mass spectrometer was used to precisely measure concentrations of CH3Cl at the pptv level in exhaled breath from 31 human subjects with ages ranging from 3 to 87years...
June 30, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671392/recreational-waterborne-illnesses-recognition-treatment-and-prevention
#18
Allen Perkins, Marirose Trimmier
Illness after recreational water activities can be caused by a variety of agents, including bacteria, viruses, parasites, algae, and even chlorine gas. These illnesses are more common in summer. Waterborne illnesses are underreported because most recreational activity occurs in unsupervised venues or on private property, and participants tend to disperse before illness occurs. Symptoms of waterborne illness are primarily gastrointestinal, but upper respiratory and skin manifestations also occur. Gastrointestinal symptoms are usually self-limited, and supportive treatment may be all that is necessary...
May 1, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664829/quantification-of-induced-hypothermia-from-aseptic-scrub-applications-during-rodent-surgery-preparation
#19
Anna M Skorupski, Jingyi Zhang, Danielle Ferguson, Frank Lawrence, F Claire Hankenson
Laboratory mice (Mus musculus) are prone to develop hypothermia during anesthesia for surgery, thus potentially impedinganesthetic recovery, wound healing, and future health. The core body temperatures of isoflurane-anesthetized mice areinfluenced by the choice of supplemental heat sources; however, the contribution of various surgical scrubs on the bodytemperatures of mice under gas anesthesia has not been assessed. We sought to quantify the effect of using alcohol (70%isopropyl alcohol [IPA]) compared with saline to rinse away surgical scrub on the progression of hypothermia in anesthetizedmice (n = 47)...
June 29, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663616/effect-of-pregabalin-premedication-on-the-requirement-of-anesthetic-and-analgesic-drugs-in-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy-randomized-comparison-of-two-doses
#20
Prasoon Gupta, Anudeep Saxena, Lalita Chaudhary
BACKGROUND: Preoperative medication has a vital role in anesthesia. Pregabalin (PG) is a newer drug of gabapentinoid class and is six times more potent than gabapentin. Our study was designed to evaluate the effect of PG as premedication on the perioperative anesthetic requirement and analgesia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was conducted on ninety patients of American Society of Anesthesiologists Grade I and II of age group 20-60 years, allocated to one of the three groups of thirty patients each...
April 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
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