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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532033/synthesis-of-nano-sized-timolol-imprinted-polymer-via-ultrasonication-assisted-suspension-polymerization-in-silicon-oil-and-its-use-for-the-fabrication-of-timolol-voltammetric-sensor
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Taher Alizadeh, Mohammad Reza Ganjali, Faride Rafiei, Maedeh Akhoundian
A novel timolol voltammetric sensor based on the nano-sized molecularly imprinted polymer (nano-MIP)-modified carbon paste electrode was introduced. Timolol-imprinted polymers (MIP) were synthesized by the ultrasonic assisted suspension polymerization in silicon oil. The MIP nanoparticles were then embedded in a carbon paste (CP) electrode in order to prepare the nano-MIP-CP electrode. Timolol was extracted in the electrode for a definite time and then it was analyzed by square wave voltammetry, found to be an effective determination method...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532032/agar-gelatin-bilayer-gel-matrix-fabricated-by-simple-thermo-responsive-sol-gel-transition-method
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Yifeng Wang, Meng Dong, Mengmeng Guo, Xia Wang, Jing Zhou, Jian Lei, Chuanhang Guo, Chaoran Qin
We present a simple and environmentally-friendly method to generate an agar/gelatin bilayer gel matrix for further biomedical applications. In this method, the thermally responsive sol-gel transitions of agar and gelatin combined with the different transition temperatures are exquisitely employed to fabricate the agar/gelatin bilayer gel matrix and achieve separate loading for various materials (e.g., drugs, fluorescent materials, and nanoparticles). Importantly, the resulting bilayer gel matrix provides two different biopolymer environments (a polysaccharide environment vs a protein environment) with a well-defined border, which allows the loaded materials in different layers to retain their original properties (e...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532020/ph-responsive-drug-release-and-real-time-fluorescence-detection-of-porous-silica-nanoparticles
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Xu Zhang, Yamin Wang, Yanbao Zhao, Lei Sun
In this work, pH-sensitive "dual-switch" porous silica (pSiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) were constructed for drug delivery. Poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) was grafting onto the internal and external surfaces of amino groups functionalized porous silica (pSiO2-NH2) NPs by the amidation between the amino groups and the carboxyl groups of PAA for pH triggered drug release. The resultant pSiO2/PAA NPs have an average diameter of 50-60nm and high specific surface area (914m(2)·g(-1)). To improve the loading capacity, ZnO quantum dots (QDs) were used to block the partial pores of pSiO2/PAA and the loading capacity reached to 28% for methotrexate (MTX) model drug...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531761/3%C3%AE-hydroxy-urs-12-en-28-oic-acid-confers-protection-against-znonps-induced-adversity-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Hema Negi, Shilpi Khare Saikia, Ranjana Kanaujia, Satish Jaiswal, Rakesh Pandey
Despite their well reported potent risk towards human health and environment Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnONPs) find an extensive commercial usage due to their antimicrobial properties. Here, we evaluated the efficacy of a natural triterpene ursolic acid (3β-hydroxy-urs-12-en-28-oic acid; UA) for overcoming the cytotoxic challenges of ZnONPs employing Ceanorhabditis elegans. The 24h LC50 of Zn-ONPs (<50nm TEM) was deduced as 4.75mgL(-1). UA (25μM) was observed to defend against this toxicity by attenuating Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) resulting into better survival at 2mgL(-1) in a time dependent behavior...
May 8, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531550/barriers-and-facilitators-in-providing-oral-care-to-nursing-home-residents-from-the-perspective-of-care-aides-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Matthias Hoben, Alix Clarke, Kha Tu Huynh, Nadia Kobagi, Angelle Kent, Huimin Hu, Raissa A C Pereira, Tianyuan Xiong, Kexin Yu, Hongjin Xiang, Minn N Yoon
BACKGROUND: Oral health of nursing home residents is generally poor, with severe consequences for residents' general health and quality of life and for the health care system. Care aides in nursing homes provide up to 80% of direct care (including oral care) to residents, but providing oral care is often challenging. Interventions to improve oral care must tailor to identified barriers and facilitators to be effective. This review identifies and synthesizes the evidence on barriers and facilitators care aides perceive in providing oral care to nursing home residents...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531316/a-comprehensive-method-to-quantify-adaptations-by-male-and-female-mice-with-hot-flashes-induced-by-the-neurokinin-b-receptor-agonist-senktide
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Ashley A Krull, Sarah A Larsen, Donald K Clifton, Genevieve Neal-Perry, Robert A Steiner
Vasomotor symptoms (VMS, or hot flashes) plague millions of reproductive age men and women who have natural or iatrogenic loss of sex steroid production. Many affected individuals are left without treatment options because of contraindications to hormone replacement therapy and the lack of equally effective non-hormonal alternatives. Moreover, development of safer, more effective therapies has been stymied by the lack of an animal model that recapitulates the hot flash phenomenon and enables direct testing of hypotheses regarding the pathophysiology underlying hot flashes...
May 22, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531297/mechanisms-of-kappa-opioid-receptor-potentiation-of-dopamine-d2-receptor-function-in-quinpirole-induced-locomotor-sensitization-in-rats
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Angélica P Escobar, Marcela P González, Rodrigo C Meza, Verónica Noches, Pablo Henny, Katia Gysling, Rodrigo A España, José A Fuentealba, María E Andrés
Background: Increased locomotor activity in response to the same stimulus is an index of behavioral sensitization observed in preclinical models of drug addiction and compulsive behaviors. Repeated administration of Quinpirole (QNP), a D2/D3 dopamine agonist, induces locomotor sensitization. This effect is potentiated and accelerated by co-administration of U69593, a kappa opioid receptor agonist (KOR). The mechanism underlying KOR potentiation of QNP-induced locomotor sensitization remains to be elucidated...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531252/hick-hyman-law-is-mediated-by-the-cognitive-control-network-in-the-brain
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Tingting Wu, Alexander J Dufford, Laura J Egan, Melissa-Ann Mackie, Cong Chen, Changhe Yuan, Chao Chen, Xiaobo Li, Xun Liu, Patrick R Hof, Jin Fan
The Hick-Hyman law describes a linear increase in reaction time (RT) as a function of the information entropy of response selection, which is computed as the binary logarithm of the number of response alternatives. While numerous behavioral studies have provided evidence for the Hick-Hyman law, its neural underpinnings have rarely been examined and are still unclear. In this functional magnetic resonance imaging study, by utilizing a choice reaction time task to manipulate the entropy of response selection, we examined brain activity mediating the input and the output, as well as the connectivity between corresponding regions in human participants...
May 22, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531232/changes-in-primary-healthcare-providers-attitudes-and-counseling-behaviors-related-to-dietary-sodium-reduction-docstyles-2010-and-2015
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Zerleen S Quader, Mary E Cogswell, Jing Fang, Sallyann M Coleman King, Robert K Merritt
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The 2013 ACC/AHA Lifestyle Management Guideline recommends counseling pre-hypertensive and hypertensive patients to reduce sodium intake. Population sodium reduction efforts have been introduced in recent years, and dietary guidelines continued to emphasize sodium reduction in 2010 and 2015. The objective of this analysis was to determine changes in primary health care providers' sodium-reduction attitudes and counseling between 2010 and 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530795/modelling-living-cells-response-to-surface-tension-and-chemical-patterns
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Marco Macis, Francesca Lugli, Francesco Zerbetto
Mechanobiology is an important epigenetic factor. It influences cell functioning and bears on gene induction, protein synthesis, cell growth and differentiation. In the presence of patterned chemical cues, living cells can take shapes that are far from that of a drop of fluid. These shapes are characterized by inward curvatures that are pinned at the points of location of the cues. The mechano-chemical interactions that orchestrate cell behavior is simulated and controlled by modeling the cells as made by parcels of fluid...
May 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530663/a-cerebellum-like-circuit-in-the-auditory-system-cancels-responses-to-self-generated-sounds
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Shobhit Singla, Conor Dempsey, Richard Warren, Armen G Enikolopov, Nathaniel B Sawtell
The dorsal cochlear nucleus (DCN) integrates auditory nerve input with a diverse array of sensory and motor signals processed in circuitry similar to that of the cerebellum. Yet how the DCN contributes to early auditory processing has been a longstanding puzzle. Using electrophysiological recordings in mice during licking behavior, we show that DCN neurons are largely unaffected by self-generated sounds while remaining sensitive to external acoustic stimuli. Recordings in deafened mice, together with neural activity manipulations, indicate that self-generated sounds are cancelled by non-auditory signals conveyed by mossy fibers...
May 22, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530549/a-genetic-basis-for-molecular-asymmetry-at-vertebrate-electrical-synapses
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Adam C Miller, Alex C Whitebirch, Arish N Shah, Kurt C Marsden, Michael Granato, John O'Brien, Cecilia B Moens
Neural network function is based upon the patterns and types of connections made between neurons. Neuronal synapses are adhesions specialized for communication and they come in two types, chemical and electrical. Communication at chemical synapses occurs via neurotransmitter release whereas electrical synapses utilize gap junctions for direct ionic and metabolic coupling. Electrical synapses are often viewed as symmetrical structures, with the same components making both sides of the gap junction. By contrast, we show that a broad set of electrical synapses in zebrafish, Danio rerio, require two gap-junction-forming Connexins for formation and function...
May 22, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530528/objectifying-tactics-athlete-and-race-variability-in-elite-short-track-speed-skating
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Marco J Konings, Florentina J Hettinga
PURPOSE: To objectively capture and understand tactical considerations in a race, we explored whether race-to-race variation of an athlete and the variation of competitors within a race could provide insight into how and when athletes modify their pacing decisions in response to other competitors. METHODS: Lap times of elite 500, 1000 and 1500 m short-track speed skating competitions between 2011-2016 (n=6965 races) were collected. Log-transformed lap and finishing times were analyzed with mixed linear models...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530413/inverting-the-power-dynamic-the-process-of-first-sessions-of-psychotherapy-with-therapists-of-color-and-non-latino-white-patients
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Lia Okun, Doris F Chang, Gregory Kanhai, Jordan Dunn, Hailey Easley
The present study is the first to apply Trawalter, Richeson, and Shelton's (2009) stress and coping framework to qualitatively examine interracial interactions in initial sessions of psychotherapy. The sample included 22 dyads: 15 therapists of color administering various treatment modalities to 15 treatment-seeking non-Latino White (NLW) patients and a comparison group of 7 intraracial (NLW-NLW) dyads. In Phase 1, videorecordings of the first session of treatment were analyzed using inductive thematic analysis (TA) to describe patient and therapist behaviors...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Counseling Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530342/-behavioral-physiological-and-morphological-characteristics-associated-with-post-traumatic-response-to-continuous-exposure-versus-alternate-exposure-in-an-animal-model-of-post-traumatic-stress-disorder
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Ishay Ostfeld, Zeev Kaplan, Hagit Cohen
AIMS: The aim of this study was to approximate these conditions in an animal model of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). More specifically, the neurobiological basis of these conditions, focusing on stress-related behavioral changes, HPA-axis and morphological were evaluated. The intention was to employ this well-validated, reproducible and reliable model for PTSD, to elicit data which will provide some guidance in the planning of a prospective study involving military personal. BACKGROUND: Combat personnel are exposed to significant stress and hardship, both physical and emotional, during their service and especially during active combat...
December 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530340/-can-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-be-prevented-with-glucocorticoids
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Hagit Cohen, Zeev Kaplan, Joseph Zohar
Glucocorticoids (GCs) play a major role in orchestrating the complex physiological and behavioral reactions essential for the maintenance of homeostasis. These compounds enable the organism to prepare for, respond to and cope with the acute demands of physical and emotional stressors. The appropriate GC release, commensurate with stressor severity, enables the body to properly contain stress responses so as to promote recovery by rapidly restoring homeostasis. Indeed, inadequate GC release following stress not only delays recovery by disrupting biological homeostasis in the short run but can also interfere with the processing or interpretation of stressful information that results in long-term disruptions in memory integration...
December 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529816/sclerostin-activity-plays-a-key-role-in-the-negative-effect-of-glucocorticoid-signaling-on-osteoblast-function-in-mice
#17
Eric E Beier, Tzong-Jen Sheu, Emily A Resseguie, Masahiko Takahata, Hani A Awad, Deborah A Cory-Slechta, J Edward Puzas
Stress during prenatal development is correlated with detrimental cognitive and behavioral outcomes in offspring. However, the long-term impact of prenatal stress (PS) and disrupted glucocorticoid signaling on bone mass and strength is not understood. In contrast, the detrimental effect of lead (Pb) on skeletal health is well documented. As stress and Pb act on common biological targets via glucocorticoid signaling pathways and co-occur in the environment, this study first sought to assess the combined effect of stress and Pb on bone quality in association with alterations in glucocorticoid signaling...
2017: Bone Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529671/the-advection-of-microparticles-mcf-7-and-mda-mb-231-breast-cancer-cells-in-response-to-very-low-reynolds-numbers
#18
Sinéad T Morley, Michael T Walsh, David T Newport
The lymphatic system is an extensive vascular network that serves as the primary route for the metastatic spread of breast cancer cells (BCCs). The dynamics by which BCCs travel in the lymphatics to distant sites, and eventually establish metastatic tumors, remain poorly understood. Particle tracking techniques were employed to analyze the behavior of MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 BCCs which were exposed to lymphatic flow conditions in a 100 μm square microchannel. The behavior of the BCCs was compared to rigid particles of various diameters (η = dp/H= 0...
May 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529478/slow-and-fast-responses-two-mechanisms-of-trial-outcome-processing-revealed-by-eeg-oscillations
#19
Nikita A Novikov, Yulia M Nurislamova, Natalia A Zhozhikashvili, Evgenii E Kalenkovich, Anna A Lapina, Boris V Chernyshev
Cognitive control includes maintenance of task-specific processes related to attention, and non-specific regulation of motor threshold. Depending upon the nature of the behavioral tasks, these mechanisms may predispose to different kinds of errors, with either increased or decreased response time (RT) of erroneous responses relative to correct responses. Specifically, slow responses are related to attentional lapses and decision uncertainty, these conditions tending to delay RTs of both erroneous and correct responses...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529239/formulation-optimization-of-gastro-retention-tablets-of-paeonol-and-efficacy-in-treatment-of-experimental-gastric-ulcer
#20
Xitong Zhang, Yue Zhang, Han Han, Jun Yang, Benliang Xu, Bing Wang, Tong Zhang
This study aims to develop a gastroretentive sustained-release drug delivery system of paeonol using floating properties and to investigate its therapeutic effects in rat models. The gastric retention tablets of paeonol (GRT-Ps) were prepared by a direct compression method, and the Box-Behnken design was used to optimize its formulation. The optimized formulation containing 15% NaHCO3 and a 2:1 ratio of paeonol and HPMC-K4M floated within 1 min and remained afloat for more than 8 h in the simulated gastric fluid (200 mL, pH=1...
May 19, 2017: Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
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