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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527296/performances-and-working-mechanism-of-a-novel-polycarboxylate-superplasticizer-synthesized-through-changing-molecular-topological-structure
#1
Xiao Liu, Jianan Guan, Guanghong Lai, Ziming Wang, Jie Zhu, Suping Cui, Mingzhang Lan, Huiqun Li
A novel star-shaped polycarboxylate superplasticizer (SPCE) was synthesized through a simple two-step method. (1)H Nuclear Magnetic Resonance ((1)H NMR) and Infrared Spectroscopy (IR) measurements were used for structural characterization. SPCE and comb-shaped polycarboxylate superplasticizer (CPCE) with same molecular weights were designed and synthesized. The cement paste containing SPCE exhibited better fluidity, fluidity retention, water reduction, 25% lower saturated dosage of PCE, 10% longer setting time, lower hydration heat, more delayed hydration heat evolution and lower amount of hydration products at early ages...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527195/changes-in-sternal-perfusion-following-internal-mammary-artery-bypass-surgery
#2
Christian D Taeger, Konstantin Klein, Raymund E Horch, Michael Weyand, Justus P Beier
BACKROUND: Coronary bypass surgery using the internal mammary artery (IMA) is among the most commonly performed procedures in treatment of advanced coronary vessel disease. Further, bilateral harvesting of the IMA is associated with increased rates of sternal wound infections. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore changes in sternal perfusion, following left internal mammary artery (LIMA) harvesting. METHODS: 60 patients were divided equally into intervention- and control cohorts and underwent assessment of oxygen saturation (sO2) and relative blood flow (RBF) by laser doppler flowmetry remission spectroscopy preoperatively, 24 h and 72 h postoperatively...
May 18, 2017: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526935/diabetes-induced-abnormalities-of-mitochondrial-function-in-rat-brain-cortex-the-effect-of-n-3-fatty-acid-diet
#3
Maria Chomova, Maria Balazova, Jana Muchova
Diabetic encephalopathy, a proven complication of diabetes is associated with gradually developing end-organ damage in the CNS increasing the risk of stroke, cognitive dysfunction or Alzheimer's disease. This study investigated the response of rat cortical mitochondria to streptozotocin-induced diabetes and the potential for fish oil emulsion (FOE) to modulate mitochondrial function. Diabetes-induced deregulation of the respiratory chain function as a result of diminished complex I activity (CI) and cytochrome c oxidase hyperactivity was associated with attenuation of antioxidant defense of isolated cortical mitochondria, monitored by SOD activity, the thiol content, the dityrosine and protein-lipid peroxidation adduct formation...
May 19, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526853/response-of-coral-calcification-and-calcifying-fluid-composition-to-thermally-induced-bleaching-stress
#4
J P D'Olivo, M T McCulloch
Severe, global-scale thermal stress events like those of 1998 and 2016, are becoming more frequent and intense, potentially compromising the future of coral reefs. Here we report the effects of the 1998 bleaching event on coral calcification as well as the composition of the calcifying fluid (cf) from which corals precipitate their calcium carbonate skeletons. This was investigated by using the Sr/Ca, Li/Mg (temperature), and boron isotopes (δ(11)B) and B/Ca (carbonate chemistry) proxies in a Porites sp. coral...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526848/room-temperature-magnetism-in-carbon-dots-and-enhanced-ferromagnetism-in-carbon-dots-polyaniline-nanocomposite
#5
Jian Liu, Hong Bi, Paulo Cesar Morais, Xiang Zhang, Fapei Zhang, Lin Hu
Room temperature magnetic ordering is reported for very small carbon dots (CDs), mat-like polyaniline nanofibers (Mat-PANI) and a composite of CDs@Mat-PANI containing 0.315 wt% CDs. We have found saturation magnetization (M S ) of CDs, Mat-PANI and CDs@Mat-PANI at 5 (20/300) K equals to 0.0079 (0.0048/0.0019), 0.0116 (0.0065/0.0055) and 0.0349 (0.0085/0.0077) emu/g, respectively. The M S enhancement in CDs@Mat-PANI (200% and 40% at 5 K and 300 K, respectively) is attributed to electron transfer from Mat-PANI imine N-atoms to the encapsulated CDs...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526821/influence-of-soil-moisture-on-codenitrification-fluxes-from-a-urea-affected-pasture-soil
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Timothy J Clough, Gary J Lanigan, Cecile A M de Klein, Md Sainur Samad, Sergio E Morales, David Rex, Lars R Bakken, Charlotte Johns, Leo M Condron, Jim Grant, Karl G Richards
Intensively managed agricultural pastures contribute to N2O and N2 fluxes resulting in detrimental environmental outcomes and poor N use efficiency, respectively. Besides nitrification, nitrifier-denitrification and heterotrophic denitrification, alternative pathways such as codenitrification also contribute to emissions under ruminant urine-affected soil. However, information on codenitrification is sparse. The objectives of this experiment were to assess the effects of soil moisture and soil inorganic-N dynamics on the relative contributions of codenitrification and denitrification (heterotrophic denitrification) to the N2O and N2 fluxes under a simulated ruminant urine event...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526714/constans-imparts-dna-sequence-specificity-to-the-histone-fold-nf-yb-nf-yc-dimer
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Nerina Gnesutta, Roderick W Kumimoto, Swadhin Swain, Matteo Chiara, Chamindika Siriwardana, David Stephen Horner, Ben F Holt, Roberto Mantovani
NF-Y is a heterotrimeric transcription factor that binds CCAAT elements. The NF-Y trimer is composed of a Histone Fold Domain (HFD) dimer (NF-YB/NF-YC) and NF-YA, which confers DNA sequence-specificity. NF-YA shares a conserved domain with the CCT (CONSTANS, CONSTANS-LIKE, TOC1) proteins. We show that CONSTANS (CO/BBX1), a master flowering regulator, forms a trimer with Arabidopsis NF-YB2/NF-YC3 to efficiently bind the CORE element of the FT promoter. We term this complex NF-CO. Using saturation mutagenesis EMSAs and RNA-Seq profiling of co, nf-yb, and nf-yc mutants, we identify CCACA elements as the core NF-CO binding site...
May 19, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526710/gbt1118-a-potent-allosteric-modifier-of-hemoglobin-oxygen-affinity-increases-tolerance-to-severe-hypoxia-in-mice
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Kobina Dufu, Ozlem Yalcin, Eilleen Sy Ao-Ieong, Athiwat Hutchaleelala, Qing Xu, Zhe Li, Nicholas Vlahakis, Donna Oksenberg, Josh Lehrer-Graiwer, Pedro Cabrales
Adaptation to hypoxia requires compensatory mechanisms that affect oxygen (O2) transport and utilization. Decreased hemoglobin (Hb)-O2 affinity is considered part of the physiological adaptive process to chronic hypoxia. This manuscript explores the hypothesis that increased Hb-O2 affinity can complement acute physiological responses to hypoxia by increasing O2 uptake and delivery when compared to normal Hb-O2 affinity during acute severe hypoxia. To test this hypothesis, mice Hb-O2 affinity was increased via oral administration of 70 or 140 mg/kg GBT1118...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526665/the-sensor-study-protocol-for-a-mixed-methods-study-of-self-management-checks-to-predict-exacerbations-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-in-patients-with-long-term-respiratory-conditions
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Claire Roberts, Thomas L Jones, Samal Gunatilake, Will Storrar, Scott Elliott, Sharon Glaysher, Ben Green, Steven Rule, Carole Fogg, Ann Dewey, Kevin A Auton, Anoop J Chauhan
BACKGROUND: There are an estimated three million people in the United Kingdom with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and the incidence of bronchiectasis is estimated at around 0.1% but is more common in COPD and severe asthma. Both COPD and bronchiectasis are characterized by exacerbations in which bacteria play a central role. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is isolated from sputum samples from 4% to 15% of adults with COPD and is more likely to be isolated from patients with severe disease...
May 19, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526618/24-hour-urine-metabolic-differences-between-solitary-and-multiple-stone-formers-results-of-the-collaboration-on-urolithiasis-in-pediatrics-cup-working-group
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Theodore R Saitz, Solange Mongoue-Tchokote, Cynthia Sharadin, Dana W Giel, Sean Corbett, Larisa Kovacevic, Aaron P Bayne
INTRODUCTION: Specific factors associated with the risk of developing pediatric urinary stone disease remain unclear, especially those that may be associated with recurrent stone disease. OBJECTIVE: We compared the results of 24-h urine collections in children with a solitary stone episode to those with multiple stone episodes to determine if there is a difference that may be associated with multiple stone formation in children. STUDY DESIGN: A multi-institutional retrospective analysis was completed to assess 24-h urinary metabolic profiles in children with urolithiasis aged 2-18 years old...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526431/measurement-of-apt-using-a-combined-cert-arex-approach-with-varying-duty-cycles
#11
Zhongliang Zu, Hua Li, Junzhong Xu, Xiao-Yong Zhang, Moritz Zaiss, Ke Li, Mark D Does, John C Gore, Daniel F Gochberg
The goal is to develop an imaging method where contrast reflects amide-water magnetization exchange, with minimal signal contributions from other sources. Conventional chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) imaging of amides (often called amide proton transfer, or APT, and quantified by the metric MTRasym) is confounded by several factors unrelated to amides, such as aliphatic protons, water relaxation, and macromolecular magnetization transfer. In this work, we examined the effects of combining our previous chemical exchange rotation (CERT) approach with the non-linear AREX method while using different duty cycles (DC) for the label and reference scans...
May 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526430/combination-of-integrated-dynamic-shimming-and-readout-segmented-echo-planar-imaging-for-diffusion-weighted-mri-of-the-head-and-neck-region-at-3tesla
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Sven S Walter, Wei Liu, Alto Stemmer, Petros Martirosian, Konstantin Nikolaou, Mike Notohamiprodjo, Sergios Gatidis
PURPOSE: To evaluate the performance of combined integrated slice-by-slice shimming and readout-segmented EPI (irsEPI) for diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DWI) of the neck at 3Tesla. METHODS: This study was approved by the local ethics committee. An anthropometric phantom of the head/neck region incorporating compartments with different diffusivities was constructed. In vivo measurements were performed in 10 healthy volunteers. DWI of the phantom and volunteers was performed on a 3Tesla MR scanner using single shot EPI (sEPI), a prototype single shot EPI with integrated slice-by-slice shimming (iEPI), readout segmented EPI (rsEPI) and a prototype readout segmented EPI with integrated shimming irsEPI...
May 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526391/withdrawal-from-high-carbohydrate-high-saturated-fat-diet-changes-saturated-fat-distribution-and-improves-hepatic-low-density-lipoprotein-receptor-expression-to-ameliorate-metabolic-syndrome-in-rats
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Ankita Hazarika, Himadri Kalita, Mohan Chandra Kalita, Rajlakshmi Devi
OBJECTIVE: The "lipid hypothesis" determined that saturated fatty acid (SFA) raises low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, thereby increasing the risk for metabolic syndrome (MetS). The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of subchronic withdrawal from a high-carbohydrate, high-saturated fat (HCHF) diet during MetS with reference to changes in deleterious SFA (C12:0, lauric acid; C14:0, myristic acid; C16:0, palmitic acid; C18:0, stearic acid) distribution in liver, white adipose tissue (WAT), and feces...
June 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526329/a-behaviour-change-intervention-to-reduce-sedentary-time-in-people-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Sonia Wing Mei Cheng, Jennifer Alison, Sarah Dennis, Emmanuel Stamatakis, Lissa Spencer, Renae McNamara, Susan Sims, Zoe McKeough
INTRODUCTION: Replacing sedentary behaviour with light intensity physical activity (ie, activities classified as less than three metabolic equivalents, such as slow-paced walking) may be a more realistic strategy for reducing cardiometabolic risk in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease than only aiming to increase levels of moderate-vigorous intensity physical activity. Behaviour change interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have not yet been developed or tested...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Physiotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526121/rates-of-nitrogen-uptake-by-cyanobacterially-dominated-assemblages-in-lake-taihu-china-during-late-summer
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Jingjing Yang, Han Gao, Patricia M Glibert, Yu Wang, Mengmeng Tong
Lake Taihu has suffered an increasing number of cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms (CyanoHABs) over the past three decades, bringing about formidable ecological and economical losses. Efforts to control phosphate (P) and/or nitrogen (N) have been applied to mitigate these blooms, but there has been much less attention paid to N and its different forms on the ecology of the blooms. Therefore, kinetic and nutrient enrichment experiments were conducted to assess N uptake rates under differing conditions, and to examine effects of changes in N forms (NH4(+), NO3(-) and urea) and P availability on phytoplankton community physiology...
May 2017: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526097/abundance-of-active-ingredients-in-sea-buckthorn-oil
#16
REVIEW
Aleksandra Zielińska, Izabela Nowak
Vegetable oils are obtained by mechanical extraction or cold pressing of various parts of plants, most often: seeds, fruits, and drupels. Chemically, these oils are compounds of the ester-linked glycerol and higher fatty acids with long aliphatic chain hydrocarbons (min. C14:0). Vegetable oils have a variety of properties, depending on their percentage of saturation. This article describes sea-buckthorn oil, which is extracted from the well characterized fruit and seeds of sea buckthorn. The plant has a large number of active ingredients the properties of which are successfully used in the cosmetic industry and in medicine...
May 19, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526086/comparison-of-fluid-balance-and-hemodynamic-and-metabolic-effects-of-sodium-lactate-versus-sodium-bicarbonate-versus-0-9-nacl-in-porcine-endotoxic-shock-a-randomized-open-label-controlled-study
#17
Thibault Duburcq, Arthur Durand, Anne-Frédérique Dessein, Joseph Vamecq, Jean-Claude Vienne, Dries Dobbelaere, Karine Mention, Claire Douillard, Patrice Maboudou, Valery Gmyr, François Pattou, Mercé Jourdain, Fabienne Tamion, Julien Poissy, Daniel Mathieu, Raphaël Favory
BACKGROUND: Sodium lactate has been shown to improve hemodynamics and avoid fluid overload. The objective of this study was to confirm a beneficial effect on fluid balance with sodium lactate infusion and to specify whether the advantage of lactate is related to a negative chloride balance, its particular metabolism, or simply its energy load. METHODS: This was an interventional, randomized, open-label, controlled experimental study. Fifteen female "large white" pigs (2 months old) were challenged with intravenous infusion of Escherichia coli endotoxin...
May 19, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526084/liver-phospholipids-fatty-acids-composition-in-response-to-different-types-of-diets-in-rats-of-both-sexes
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Slavica Ranković, Tamara Popović, Jasmina Debeljak Martačić, Snježana Petrović, Mirko Tomić, Đurđica Ignjatović, Gordana Tovilović-Kovačević, Maria Glibetić
BACKGROUND: Dietary intake influence changes in fatty acids (FA) profiles in liver which plays a central role in fatty acid metabolism, triacylglycerol synthesis and energy homeostasis. We investigated the effects of 4-weeks treatment with milk- and fish-based diet, on plasma biochemical parameters and FA composition of liver phospholipids (PL) in rats of both sexes. METHODS: Adult, 4 months old, Wistar rats of both sexes, were fed with different types of diets: standard, milk-based and fish-based, during 4 weeks...
May 19, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526082/proof-of-concept-non-invasive-estimation-of-peripheral-venous-oxygen-saturation
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Musabbir Khan, Chris G Pretty, Alexander C Amies, Joel Balmer, Houda E Banna, Geoffrey M Shaw, J Geoffrey Chase
BACKGROUND: Pulse oximeters continuously monitor arterial oxygen saturation. Continuous monitoring of venous oxygen saturation (SvO2) would enable real-time assessment of tissue oxygen extraction (O2E) and perfusion changes leading to improved diagnosis of clinical conditions, such as sepsis. METHODS: This study presents the proof of concept of a novel pulse oximeter method that utilises the compliance difference between arteries and veins to induce artificial respiration-like modulations to the peripheral vasculature...
May 19, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526025/the-effect-of-replacing-saturated-fat-with-mostly-n-6-polyunsaturated-fat-on-coronary-heart-disease-a-meta-analysis-of-randomised-controlled-trials
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REVIEW
Steven Hamley
BACKGROUND: A cornerstone of conventional dietary advice is the recommendation to replace saturated fatty acids (SFA) with mostly n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). Many clinical trials aimed to test this advice and have had their results pooled in several meta-analyses. However, earlier meta-analyses did not sufficiently account for major confounding variables that were present in some of those trials. Therefore, the aim of the study was to account for the major confounding variables in the diet heart trials, and emphasise the results from those trials that most accurately test the effect of replacing SFA with mostly n-6 PUFA...
May 19, 2017: Nutrition Journal
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