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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334813/construction-of-ductal-diameter-centiles-in-the-first-24%C3%A2-h-of-life-and-their-relation-to-cerebral-blood-flow-in-neonates-weighing-less-than-1250%C3%A2-g-in-the-first-24%C3%A2-h-of-life
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Sunil Pawar, Deepak Sharma, Srinivas Murki, Sreeram Subramaniam, Hemashree Kandraju
Aims and objectives: To evaluate the ductal diameter centiles in the first 24 h of life and their relation to cerebral blood flow in neonates weighing <1250 g in the first 24 h of life. Method and material: This prospective observational cohort study enrolled 44 infants with birth weight <1250 g. Two-dimensional echocardiography and color Doppler were performed within the first 12 h of life and were repeated again in the next 12 h of life to assess the ductal size and middle cerebral artery (MCA) flows [peak systolic velocity (PSV), end diastolic velocity (EDV), mean velocity (MV) and pulsatility index (PI)]...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334502/development-of-a-dried-blood-spot-hplc-pda-method-for-the-analysis-of-linezolid-and-ciprofloxacin-in-hospital-acquired-pneumonia-patients
#2
Vincenzo Ferrone, Maura Carlucci, Roberto Cotellese, Paolo Raimondi, Annadomenica Cichella, Lorenzo Di Marco, Salvatore Genovese, Giuseppe Carlucci
This study developed a HPLC method involving dried blood spotting as sampling method for the therapeutic drug monitoring of the antimicrobial combination therapy with linezolid and ciprofloxacin. DBS for standards, quality control samples, and patient samples were excised and then extracted using a mixture of methanol/water/formic acid 80:20:0.1 (v/v/v), respectively. Linezolid (LZD) and ciprofloxacin (CPR) were measured by a high performance liquid chromatography using a Kinetex EVO C18 (100 x 4.6 mm I.D...
March 23, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333899/-stem-progenitor-cells-in-diseases-of-the-respiratory-tract
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EDITORIAL
Tadeusz Płusa
Stem cells (SCs - stem cells) are characterized by plasticity and the ability to differentiate into other cell types. They are obtained from bone marrow, peripheral blood and cord blood. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) shows a broad immunomodulating, increases the number of regulatory T cells (Treg), modifies the activity of T cells, dendritic cells and NK (natural killer). Direct impact on reducing the release of proinflammatory cytokines and increased release of proinflammatory cytokines. Within the respiratory tract has a number of resident stem and progenitor cells referred to as L-MSCs (lung mesenchymal stem cells) whose presence was confirmed by markers as defined in the trachea, epithelial cells and alveolar...
March 21, 2017: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333533/a-randomized-clinical-trial-of-behavioral-couples-therapy-versus-individually-based-treatment-for-drug-abusing-women
#4
Timothy J O'Farrell, Jeremiah A Schumm, Marie M Murphy, Patrice M Muchowski
OBJECTIVE: Behavioral couples therapy (BCT) is more efficacious than individually-based therapy (IBT) for substance and relationship outcomes among substance use disorder patients. This study compared BCT with IBT for drug-abusing women. METHOD: Sixty-one women, mostly White, late 30s, with primary substance use disorder other than alcohol (74% opioid), and male partners were randomized to 26 sessions over 13 weeks of BCT plus 12-step-oriented IBT (i.e., BCT + IBT) or IBT...
April 2017: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332830/performance-and-mechanism-of-uranium-adsorption-from-seawater-to-polydopamine-inspired-sorbents
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Fengcheng Wu, Ning Pu, Gang Ye, Taoxiang Sun, Zhe Wang, Yang Song, Wenqing Wang, Xiaomei Huo, Yuexiang Lu, Jing Chen
Developing facile and robust technologies for effective enrichment of uranium from the seawater is of great significance for resource sustainability and environmental safety. By exploiting the mussel-inspired polydopamine (PDA) chemistry, diverse types of PDA-functionalized sorbents including magnetic nanoparticle (MNP), ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) and glass fiber carpet (GFC) were synthesized. The PDA functional layers with abundant catechol and amine/imine groups provided an excellent platform for the binding to uranium...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331308/highly-effective-photothermal-chemotherapy-with-ph-responsive-polymer-coated-drug-loaded-melanin-like-nanoparticles
#6
Chengwei Zhang, Xiaozhi Zhao, Suhan Guo, Tingsheng Lin, Hongqian Guo
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter commonly used in clinical treatment. Polydopamine (PDA) has excellent histocompatibility and biosafety and can efficiently convert near-infrared reflection (NIR) to thermal energy. In this study, PDA was used as a promising carrier, and pH-responsive polymer-coated drug-loaded PDA nanoparticles (NPs; doxorubicin@ poly(allylamine)-citraconic anhydride [Dox@PAH-cit]/PDA NPs) were developed. As expected, the Dox@PAH-cit/PDA NPs exhibited excellent photothermal efficiency. In addition, at a low pH condition, the loaded Dox was released from the NPs due to the amide hydrolysis of PAH-cit...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329111/hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome-a-novel-surgical-strategy-for-small-volume-centres-%C3%A2
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Margaux Pontailler, Régis Gaudin, Marien Lenoir, Ayman Haydar, Diala Kraiche, Damien Bonnet, Pascal Vouhé, Olivier Raisky
OBJECTIVES: We describe in a prospective study, a novel surgical technique for the management of hypoplastic left heart syndrome inspired by the hybrid Norwood approach. METHODS: This new neonatal palliation comprises replacement of the patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) and aortic arch plasty with a pulmonary homograft associated with the banding of both pulmonary arteries and atrial septectomy, under cardiopulmonary bypass without aortic clamping and cardioplegia...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328125/two-patients-with-the-heterozygous-r189h-mutation-in-acta2-and-complex-congenital-heart-defects-expands-the-cardiac-phenotype-of-multisystemic-smooth-muscle-dysfunction-syndrome
#8
Thushiha Logeswaran, Christoph Friedburg, Karoline Hofmann, Hakan Akintuerk, Saskia Biskup, Michael Graef, Ali Rad, Axel Weber, Bernd A Neubauer, Dietmar Schranz, Patrice Bouvagnet, Birgit Lorenz, Andreas Hahn
De novo heterozygous mutations changing R179 to histidine, leucine, or cysteine in the ACTA2 gene are associated with Multisystemic Smooth Muscle Dysfunction Syndrome (MSMDS). Characteristic hallmarks of this condition, caused only by these specific ACTA2 mutations, are congenital mydriasis (mid-dilated, non-reactive pupils), a large persistent ductus arteriosus (PDA), aortic aneurysms evolving during childhood, and cerebrovascular anomalies. We describe two patients, a 3-day-old newborn and a 26-year-old woman, with this unique mutation in association with a huge PDA and an aorto-pulmonary window...
April 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327157/factors-influencing-implementation-of-a-patient-decision-aid-in-a-developing-country-an-exploratory-study
#9
Wen Ting Tong, Yew Kong Lee, Chirk Jenn Ng, Ping Yein Lee
BACKGROUND: Most studies on barriers and facilitators to implementation of patient decision aids (PDAs) are conducted in the west; hence, the findings may not be transferable to developing countries. This study aims to use a locally developed insulin PDA as an exemplar to explore the barriers and facilitators to implementing PDAs in Malaysia, an upper middle-income country in Asia. METHODS: Qualitative methodology was adopted. Nine in-depth interviews (IDIs) and three focus group discussions (FGDs) were conducted with policymakers (n = 6), medical officers (n = 13), diabetes educators (n = 5) and a nurse, who were involved in insulin initiation management at an academic primary care clinic...
March 21, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324717/fabrication-of-oriented-wrinkles-on-polydopamine-polystyrene-bilayer-films
#10
Rong Wang, Yuhua Long, Tang Zhu, Jing Guo, Chao Cai, Ning Zhao, Jian Xu
Wrinkles exist widely in nature and our life. In this paper, wrinkles on polydopamine (PDA)/polystyrene (PS) bilayer films were formed by thermal annealing due to the different thermal coefficients of expansion of each layer. The factors that influenced the dimensions of wrinkles were studied. We found that oriented wrinkles could be formed if the bilayer films were patterned with micro-grooves, and the degree of the orientation depended on the thickness of the PDA and the dimensions of the grooves. Combined with the strong adhesion, biocompatibility and reactivity of PDA, the oriented wrinkles on PDA/PS patterned bilayers may find potential application in diffraction gratings, optical sensors and microfluidic devices...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323418/bio-inspired-polydopamine-coated-hemoglobin-as-potential-oxygen-carriers-with-antioxidant-properties
#11
Quan Wang, Ruirui Zhang, Mingzi Lu, Guoxing You, Ying Wang, Gan Chen, Caiyan Zhao, Zhen Wang, Xiang Song, Yan Wu, Lian Zhao, Hong Zhou
Oxidative side reaction is one of major factors hindering the development of hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers (HBOCs). To avoid the oxidative toxicity, we designed and synthesized polydopamine coated hemoglobin (Hb-PDA) nanoparticles via simple one-step assemblage without any toxic reagent. Hb-PDA nanoparticles showed oxidative protection of Hb by inhibiting the generation of methemoglobin (MetHb) and ferryl (Fe IV) Hb, as well as excellent antioxidant properties by scavenging free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
March 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317759/the-effects-of-gallic-ferulic-caffeic-acids-on-colour-intensification-and-anthocyanin-stability
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Bing-Jun Qian, Jian-Hua Liu, Shu-Juan Zhao, Jian-Xiong Cai, Pu Jing
The mechanism by which copigments stabilize colour, by protecting anthocyanin chromophores from nucleophilic attack, seems well accepted. This study was to determine effects of gallic/ferulic/caffeic acids on colour intensification and anthocyanin stability. Molecular dynamics simulations were applied to explore molecular interactions. Phenolic acids intensified the colour by 19%∼27%. Colour fading during heating followed first-order reactions with half-lives of 3.66, 9.64, 3.50, and 3.39h, whereas anthocyanin degradation, determined by the pH differential method (or HPLC-PDA), followed second-order reactions with half-lives of 3...
August 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317628/outcomes-of-percutaneous-closure-of-patent-ductus-arteriosus-accompanied-with-unilateral-absence-of-pulmonary-artery
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Yankun Yang, Hong Zheng, Zhongying Xu, Gejun Zhang, Jinglin Jin, Haibo Hu, Tao Tian, Xianliang Zhou
BACKGROUND: Limited data have reported the outcomes of percutaneous closure of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) in patients with unilateral absence of pulmonary artery (UAPA). This study aimed to evaluate the symptomatology, diagnosis and therapy, especially the transcatheter closure of PDA in patients with PDA associated with UAPA. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients diagnosed with PDA and UAPA were retrospectively enrolled from August 2010 through January 2016. Clinical data, treatment and follow-up information were evaluated...
April 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306342/nmr-based-plasma-metabolomic-discrimination-for-male-fertility-assessment-of-rats-treated-with-eurycoma-longifolia-extracts
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Forough Ebrahimi, Baharudin Ibrahim, Chin-Hoe Teh, Vikneswaran Murugaiyah, Kit-Lam Chan
Male infertility is one of the leading causes of infertility which affects many couples worldwide. Semen analysis is a routine examination of male fertility status which is usually performed on semen samples obtained through masturbation that may be inconvenient to patients. Eurycoma longifolia (Tongkat Ali, TA), native to Malaysia, has been traditionally used as a remedy to boost male fertility. In our recent studies in rats, upon the administration of high-quassinoid content extracts of TA including TA water (TAW), quassinoid-rich TA (TAQR) extracts, and a low-quassinoid content extract including quassinoid-poor TA (TAQP) extract, sperm count (SC) increased in TAW- and TAQR-treated rats when compared to the TAQP-treated and control groups...
March 17, 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299667/runx3-and-cell-fate-decisions-in-pancreas-cancer
#15
Martin C Whittle, Sunil R Hingorani
The RUNX family transcription factors are critical regulators of development and frequently dysregulated in cancer. RUNX3, the least well characterized of the three family members, has been variously described as a tumor promoter or suppressor, sometimes with conflicting results and opinions in the same cancer and likely reflecting a complex role in oncogenesis. We recently identified RUNX3 expression as a crucial determinant of the predilection for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) cells to proliferate locally or promulgate throughout the body...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297812/-the-regulative-effects-of-aspergillus-fumigatus-on-expression-of-glucocorticoid-receptor-in-asthmatic-rats
#16
X Zhou, Y J Dang, G F Wang, X Q Jin
Objective: To study the regulative effects of Aspergillus fumigatus (A.fumigatus) on expression of glucocorticoid receptor (GCR) in asthmatic rats. Methods: Wistar rats were randomly divided into 4 groups: a normal control group (UC), a normal control with A. fumigatus group (UC+ AF), an OVA group (OVA), and an OVA with A. fumigatus group (OVA+ AF). OVA and OVA+ AF groups were sensitized and challenged with OVA to establish asthmatic models. UC and UC+ AF groups were given normal saline as controls. After the last challenge, OVA+ AF and UC+ AF groups were given A...
March 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296083/immobilization-of-pt-nanoparticles-via-rapid-and-reusable-electropolymerization-of-dopamine-on-tio2-nanotube-arrays-for-reversible-sers-substrates-and-nonenzymatic-glucose-sensors
#17
Jingsheng Cai, Jianying Huang, Mingzheng Ge, James Iocozzia, Zhiqun Lin, Ke-Qin Zhang, Yuekun Lai
Inspired by mussel-adhesion phenomena in nature, polydopamine (PDA) coatings are a promising route to multifunctional platforms for decorating various materials. The typical self-polymerization process of dopamine is time-consuming and the coatings of PDA are not reusable. Herein, a reusable and time-saving strategy for the electrochemical polymerization of dopamine (EPD) is reported. The PDA layer is deposited on vertically aligned TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTAs). Owing to the abundant catechol and amine groups in the PDA layer, uniform Pt nanoparticles (NPs) are deposited onto the TiO2 NTAs and can effectively prevent the recombination of electron-hole pairs generated from photo-electrocatalysis and transfer the captured electrons to participate in the photo-electrocatalytic reaction process...
March 10, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294860/-coronary-flow-reserve-in-the-left-anterior-and-posterior-descending-arteries-as-an-additional-option-to-dipyridamole-stress-echocardiography-for-detection-of-stenosis
#18
A A Boshchenko, A V Vrublevsky, R S Karpov
AIM: to assess additive diagnostic value of simultaneous evaluation of coronary flow reserve (CFR) in the left anterior descending (LAD) artery and posterior descending artery (PDA) during dipyridamole stress echocardiography (stress-Echo) for detection of LAD and PDA stenoses >50%. METHODS: 108 in-patients (mean age 50+/-11 years) with cardiac chest pain underwent dipyridamole stress-Echo with ECG-analysis, wall motion analysis by 2-dimentional imaging (2D) and coronary flow reserve (CFR) evaluation in both LAD and PDA by pulse-wave Doppler...
April 2016: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293942/a-new-dendritic-polydiacetylene-sensor-with-good-reversible-thermochromic-ability-in-aqueous-solution-and-solid-film
#19
Wenjie Dong, Guanhua Lin, Haifei Wang, Wensheng Lu
Thermal responsive polydiacetylene derived from PAMAM dendrimer (PDA-G0) was synthesized. Unlike the ethylenediamine substituted PDA (PDA-NH2) solution, the prepared PDA-G0 vesicle solution showed reversible thermochromism property when temperature varied from 20 oC to 90 oC, which is due to formation of internal hydrogen-bond in amide groups. Furthermore, PDA-G0/PMMA film with excellent stability was obtained by a mixed-drying method, which could be stored for a long time without denaturation. After polymerization by UV irradiation, it displayed much better reversible thermochromic ability and the responded temperature range became wider, from 20 oC to110 oC...
March 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290842/-serial-assessment-of-transthoracic-coronary-flow-reserve-as-method-of-assessing-efficacy-of-intracoronary-intervention-in-the-left-anterior-and-posterior-descending-arteries
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A A Boshchenko, A V Vrublevsky, R S Karpov
Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) has been described as an accurate technique for noninvasive evaluation of coronary flow reserve (CFR) of the left anterior descending artery (LAD) and posterior descending artery (PDA). Aim of this study was to find out whether serial measurement of CFR in LAD and PDA using TTE allows detection of stenosis elimination after intracoronary intervention and is a marker of successful procedure. METHODS: The study group comprised 14 patients with single-vessel coronary disease (stenosis 82+/-14%) of the LAD (9 patients) or right coronary artery (RCA, 5 patients) scheduled for stent implantation...
June 2016: Kardiologiia
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