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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207232/oxidant-induced-high-efficient-mussel-inspired-modification-on-pvdf-membrane-with-superhydrophilicity-and-underwater-superoleophobicity-characteristics-for-oil-water-separation
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Chongdan Luo, Qingxia Liu
In this work, a facile one-step approach was developed to modify hydrophobic polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) microfiltration membrane with superhydrophilicity and underwater superoleophobicity properties via a high-efficient deposition of polydopamine (PDA) coating oxidized by sodium periodate in a slightly acidic environment (pH = 5.0). In contrast to the traditional PDA coating on hydrophobic membranes autoxidized by O2 in a weak basic buffer solution, the superhydrophilicity and ultra-high pure water permeability (about 11934 L m-2 h-1 under 0...
February 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206995/patent-ductus-arteriosus-in-premature-infants-to-treat-or-not-to-treat
#2
M A Mohamed, M El-Dib, S Alqahtani, K Alyami, A N Ibrahim, H Aly
OBJECTIVE: Closing patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a widely accepted approach in the management of very low birth weight (VLBW) infants. Our objective is to test the hypothesis that conservative management (no treatment) of PDA will not affect survival without chronic lung diseases (CLD). STUDY DESIGN: This retrospective study utilizes a prospectively collected database to compare two cohorts of VLBW infants. Infants in the first group (2001 to 2009) had their PDA treated with pharmacological and if necessary with surgical ligation...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204952/a-preliminary-report-of-indigenous-fungal-isolates-from-contaminated-municipal-solid-waste-site-in-india
#3
Abhishek Kumar Awasthi, Akhilesh Kumar Pandey, Jamaluddin Khan
Municipal solid waste (MSW) containing harmful substances is a major concern in waste management and can cause adverse effects on diversity of fungi in soil. The main objective was to evaluate the fungal diversity inhabiting in the soil nearby MSW disposal site. The fungal strains were isolated in potato dextrose agar (PDA), media at temperatures 28 ± 1 °C by using standard serial dilution pour plate method, and appeared fungal colonies identified based on morphological characteristics. The overall most fungal diversity was found in soil sample collected from S5, followed by S4, S3, S1, and least in S2 site...
February 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203337/comparison-of-the-efficacy-of-three-natural-surfactants-curosurf-survanta-and-alveofact-in-the-treatment-of-respiratory-distress-syndrome-among-neonates-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#4
Mirhadi Mussavi, Keyvan Mirnia, Khairollah Asadollahi
BACKGROUND: Although several different types of natural surfactants are available, including Alveofact, Curosurf, and Survanta, the preferred type and the magnitude of their effects are unknown. OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to compare the effects of these three surfactants on the gas exchange and clinical outcomes of neonates with respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). METHODS: This triple-blind randomized clinical trial studied all preterm neonates ≤ 37 weeks with RDS who were admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of Taleghani hospital (Tabriz, Iran) between 2012 and 2013...
October 2016: Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202922/removal-of-silver-nanoparticles-by-mussel-inspired-fe3o4-polydopamine-core-shell-microspheres-and-its-use-as-efficient-catalyst-for-methylene-blue-reduction
#5
Maoling Wu, Yinying Li, Rui Yue, Xiaodan Zhang, Yuming Huang
The removal of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) from water is highly needed because of their increasing use and potential risk to the environment due to their toxic effects. Catalysis over AgNPs has received significant attention because of their highly catalytic performance. However, their use in practical applications is limited due to high cost and limited resources. Here, we present for the first time that the mussel-inspired Fe3O4@polydopamine (Fe3O4@PDA) nanocomposite can be used for efficient removal and recovery of AgNPs...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198631/robust-alginate-catechol-polydopamine-free-standing-mem-branes-obtained-from-the-water-air-interface
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Florian Ponzio, Vincent Le Houérou, Spyridon Zafeiratos, Christian Gauthier, Tony Garnier, Loic Jierry, Vincent Ball
The formation of polydopamine composite membranes at the water/air interface using different chemical strategies is reported. The use of either small molecules (urea, pyrocatechol) or polymers paves the way to understand which kind of compounds can be used for the formation of PDA-composite free-standing membranes produced at the water/air inter-face. Based on these screening results, we have found that alginate grafted with catechol groups allows the formation of robust free-standing films with asymmetric composition, stimuli-responsive and self-healing properties...
February 15, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197278/patent-ductus-arteriosus-with-eisenmenger-syndrome-difficult-diagnosis-made-easily-with-saline-contrast-echocardiography
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Prakash Kumar, Santosh Kumar Sinha, Umeshwar Pandey, Ramesh Thakur, Chandra Mohan Varma, Mohit Sachan, Amit Goel
The diagnosis of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) with Eisenmenger syndrome is difficult. We report a case of 35-year-old male who came to our outpatient department (OPD) for evaluation of repeated hemoptysis and dyspnea on exertion. He had already completed two courses of ATT. On examination, grade 3 ejection systolic murmur was audible over precordium. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) showed enlargement of right atrium (RA) and right ventricular (RV) with severe tricuspid regurgitation (TR). On agitated saline contrast injection, agitated saline was seen in pulmonary artery followed by filling of abdominal aorta without filling of ascending aorta, thus confirming the diagnosis of right to left shunt with PDA...
June 2016: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196929/pda-points-to-consider-technical-product-lifecycle-management-pharmaceutical-quality-system-effectiveness-for-managing-post-approval-changes
#8
Emma Ramnarine, Ursula Busse, Franck Chassant, Marcello Colao, Julia Edwards, Kevin O'Donnell, Maik Jornitz, Morten Munk, Melissa Seymour, Mihaela Simianu, Lisa Skeens, Anders Vinther
The International Council for Harmonisation Quality Guideline 10 (ICH Q10) describes the Pharmaceutical Quality System (PQS), indicating it is intended to apply throughout a product's lifecycle, in conjunction with good manufacturing practice (GMP) requirements, in order to achieve quality in a consistent and reproducible manner. Implementation of an effective PQS is essential for a company to achieve product realization, establish and maintain a state of control, and facilitate continual improvement (1). When changes are made during the commercial life of a product, an effective PQS, product and process understanding, and use of quality risk management should ensure that product quality, patient safety, and adequate supply to patients are maintained; this, according to ICH Q10-Annex 1, should provide companies the opportunity to manage post-approval changes (PAC) with reduced regulatory oversight (1)...
February 14, 2017: PDA Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196917/validation-of-milliflex%C3%A2-quantum-for-bioburden-testing-of-pharmaceutical-products
#9
Oliver Gordon, Marcel Goverde, Alexandra Staerk, David Roesti
This article reports the validation strategy used to demonstrate that the Milliflex® Quantum yielded non-inferior results to the traditional bioburden method. It was validated according to USP <1223>, Ph. Eur. 5.1.6 and PDA Technical Report No. 33 and comprised the validation parameters Robustness, Ruggedness, Repeatability, Specificity, Limit of Detection and Quantification, Accuracy, Precision, Linearity, Range and Equivalence in Routine Operation. For the validation, a combination of pharmacopeial ATCC strains as well as a broad selection of in-house isolates was used...
February 14, 2017: PDA Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195885/eisenmenger-syndrome-and-pregnancy-novel-ecmo-configuration-as-a-bridge-to-delivery-and-recovery-utilizing-a-multidisciplinary-team
#10
Erika B Rosenzweig, Darryl Abrams, Mauer Biscotti, Diane Kerstein, Daphnie Drassinower, Daniel Brodie, Matthew Bacchetta
Pregnancy is typically contraindicated in Eisenmenger syndrome because of its association with excessively high maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. We report on our novel approach to successfully managing a 29 year-old pregnant woman with an unrepaired patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) with Eisenmenger syndrome through delivery and recovery. Venovenous ECMO was utilized during induction of labor to stabilize maternal hemodynamics and optimize fetal oxygenation by creating an oxygenated right-to-left shunt through the PDA...
February 9, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194669/mir-143-targeting-tak1-attenuates-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma-progression-via-mapk-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-in-vitro
#11
Feng-Ting Huang, Juan-Fei Peng, Wen-Jie Cheng, Yan-Yan Zhuang, Ling-Yun Wang, Chu-Qiang Li, Jian Tang, Wen-Ying Chen, Yuan-Hua Li, Shi-Neng Zhang
BACKGROUND: Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β-activated kinase 1 (TAK1) is one of the major regulators of inflammation-induced cancer cell growth and progression. MiR-143 dysregulation is a common event in a variety of human diseases including pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA). AIMS: To identify the interaction between TAK1 and miR-143 in PDA. METHODS: Data mining of TAK1 expression in PDA patient gene profiling was conducted. QRT-PCR and western blot were performed to detect the expression of TAK1 in PDA tissues and cell lines...
February 13, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192655/structure-evolution-and-thermoelectric-properties-of-carbonized-polydopamine-thin-films
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Haoqi Li, Yaroslav V Aulin, Laszlo Frazer, Eric Borguet, Rohit Kakodkar, Joseph Feser, Yan Chen, Ke An, Dmitriy A Dikin, Fei Ren
Carbonization of nature-inspired polydopamine can yield thin films with high electrical conductivity. Understanding of the structure of carbonized PDA (cPDA) is therefore highly desired. In this study, neutron diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and other techniques indicate that cPDA samples are mainly amorphous with some short-range ordering and graphite-like structure that emerges with increasing heat treatment temperature. The electrical conductivity and the Seebeck coefficient show different trends with heat treatment temperature, while the thermal conductivity remains insensitive...
February 13, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191867/fabrication-of-polyamide-thin-film-nanocomposite-membranes-with-enhanced-surface-charge-for-nitrate-ion-removal-from-water-resources
#13
A Ghaee, M M Zerafat, P Askari, S Sabbaghi, B Sadatnia
Exclusion due to membrane surface charge is considered as one of the main separation mechanisms occurring in charged membranes, which can be varied through various approaches to affect membrane rejection performance. In this study, thin-film composite (TFC) polyamide (PA) membranes were fabricated via interfacial polymerization of m-phenylenediamine (m-PDA) and 2,4-diaminobenzene sulfonic acid with trimesoyl chloride (TMC) on a polysulfone sub-layer. The ability of the prepared membrane to remove nitrate ions from water resources has been investigated...
March 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188331/urnula-sp-an-endophyte-of-dicksonia-antarctica-making-a-fragrant-mixture-of-biologically-active-volatile-organic-compounds
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Gary Strobel, Amy Ericksen, Joe Sears, Jie Xie, Brad Geary, Bryan Blatt
Urnula sp. was isolated as an endophyte of Dicksonia antarctica and identified primarily on the basis of its ITS sequence and morphological features. The anamorphic state of the fungus appeared as a hyphomyceteous-like fungus as based on its features in culture and scanning electron microscopy examination of its spores. On potato dextrose agar (PDA), the organism makes a characteristic fragrance resembling peach pie with vanilla overtones. A GC/MS analysis done on the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) of this organism, trapped by carbotrap methodology, revealed over 150 compounds with high MS matching quality being noted for 44 of these...
February 10, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187686/nanofiltration-membrane-with-a-mussel-inspired-interlayer-for-improved-permeation-performance
#15
Xi Yang, Yong Du, Xi Zhang, Ai He, Zhi-Kang Xu
A mussel-inspired interlayer of polydopamine (PDA)/polyethylenimine (PEI) is codeposited on the ultrafiltration substrate to tune the interfacial polymerization of piperazine and trimesoyl chloride for the preparation of thin-film composite (TFC) nanofiltration membranes (NFMs). This hydrophilic interlayer results in an efficient adsorption of piperazine solution in the substrate pores. The solution height increases with the PDA/PEI codeposition time from 45 to 135 min due to the capillary effect of the substrate pores...
February 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185055/improving-pullulanase-catalysis-via-reversible-immobilization-on-modified-fe3o4-polydopamine-nanoparticles
#16
Jianfeng Wang, Zhongmei Liu, Zhemin Zhou
To improve the catalysis of pullulanase from Anoxybacillus sp.WB42, Fe3O4@polydopamine nanoparticles (Fe3O4@PDA) were prepared and modified with functional groups for immobilization of pullulanases via covalent binding or ionic adsorption. Immobilized pullulanases had lower thermal stability than that of free pullulanase, whereas their catalysis depended on the surface characteristics of nanoparticles. As for covalent immobilization of pullulanases onto Fe3O4@PDA derivatives, the spacer grafted onto Fe3O4@PDA made the catalytic efficiency of pullulanase increase up to the equivalence of free enzyme but dramatically reduced the pullulanase thermostability...
February 9, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181430/ellipsoidal-colloids-with-a-controlled-surface-roughness-via-bio-inspired-surface-engineering-building-blocks-for-liquid-marbles-and-superhydrophobic-surfaces
#17
Pengjiao Zhang, Lu Yang, Qiang Li, Songhai Wu, Shaoyi Jia, Zhanyong Li, Zhenkun Zhang, Linqi Shi
Understanding the important role of the surface roughness of nano-/colloidal particles and harnessing them for practical applications need novel strategies to control the particles' surface topology. Although there are many examples of spherical particles with a specific surface roughness, non-spherical ones with similar surface features are rare. The current work report a one-step, straightforward and bio-inspired surface engineering strategy to prepare ellipsoidal particles with a controlled surface roughness...
February 9, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170435/preventive-effect-of-dietary-astaxanthin-on-uva-induced-skin-photoaging-in-hairless-mice
#18
Toshiyuki Komatsu, Suguru Sasaki, Yuki Manabe, Takashi Hirata, Tatsuya Sugawara
Astaxanthin, a carotenoid found mainly in seafood, has potential clinical applications due to its antioxidant activity. In this study, we evaluated the effect of dietary astaxanthin derived from Haematococcus pluvialis on skin photoaging in UVA-irradiated hairless mice by assessing various parameters of photoaging. After chronic ultraviolet A (UVA) exposure, a significant increase in transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and wrinkle formation in the dorsal skin caused by UVA was observed, and dietary astaxanthin significantly suppressed these photoaging features...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167893/morphogenetic-alterations-of-alternaria-alternata-exposed-to-dicarboximide-fungicide-iprodione
#19
Eunji Kim, Hye Min Lee, Young Ho Kim
Fungicide-resistant Alternaria alternata impede the practical control of the Alternaria diseases in crop fields. This study aimed to investigate cytological fungicide resistance mechanisms of A. alternata against dicarboximide fungicide iprodione. A. alternata isolated from cactus brown spot was cultured on potato-dextrose agar (PDA) with or without iprodione, and the fungal cultures with different growth characteristics from no, initial and full growth were observed by light and electron microscopy. Mycelia began to grow from one day after incubation (DAI) and continued to be in full growth (control-growth, Con-G) on PDA without fungicide, while on PDA with iprodione, no fungal growth (iprodione-no growth, Ipr-N) occurred for the first 3 DAI, but once the initial growth (iprodione-initial growth, Ipr-I) began at 4-5 DAI, the colonies grew and expanded continuously to be in full growth (iprodione-growth, Ipr-G), suggesting Ipr-I may be a turning moment of the morphogenetic changes resisting fungicidal toxicity...
February 2017: Plant Pathology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165098/mechanosensitivity-of-polydiacetylene-with-a-phosphocholine-headgroup
#20
Roberto Diego Ortuso, Ugo Cataldi, Kaori Sugihara
We have demonstrated colorimetric and fluorescence detection of a peptide, melittin, based on polydiacetylene (PDA) made of 1,2-bis(10,12-tricosadiynoyl)-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DC(8,9)PC). The PDA used in this work has a phosphocholine headgroup, which mimics peptide-cell membrane interactions better than the conventional PDAs with carboxyl headgroups. The dose curve (colorimetric response vs. melittin concentration) showed a half maximum response at the melittin concentration of 0.1 mg ml(-1), which is similar to that reported in traditional PDA assays...
February 6, 2017: Soft Matter
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