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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933719/depth-profiling-cross-linked-poly-methyl-methacrylate-films-a-tof-sims-approach
#1
Soheila Naderi-Gohar, Kevin M H Huang, Yiliang Wu, Woon Ming Lau, Heng-Yong Nie
RATIONALE: In order to determine the degree of cross-linking on the surface and its variations in a nanometer-scale depth of organic materials, we developed an approach based on time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS), which provides rich chemical information in the form of fragment ions. TOF-SIMS is extremely surface sensitive and capable of depth profiling with the use of a sputter ion beam to remove controllable amounts of substance. METHODS: Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) films spin-coated on a Si substrate were cross-linked using a recently developed, surface sensitive, hyperthermal hydrogen projectile bombardment technique...
December 9, 2016: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933634/middle-cranial-fossa-approach-to-repair-tegmen-defects-assisted-by-three-dimensionally-printed-temporal-bone-models
#2
Sameer Ahmed, Kyle K VanKoevering, Stephanie Kline, Glenn E Green, H Alexander Arts
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To explore the perioperative utility of three-dimensionally (3D)-printed temporal bone models of patients undergoing repair of lateral skull base defects and spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leaks with the middle cranial fossa approach. STUDY DESIGN: Case series. METHODS: 3D-printed temporal bone models-based on patient-specific, high-resolution computed tomographic imaging-were constructed using inexpensive polymer materials...
December 9, 2016: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933563/sensitivity-to-crossover-constraints-during-native-and-non-native-pronoun-resolution
#3
Claudia Felser, Janna-Deborah Drummer
We report the results from two experiments examining native and non-native German speakers' sensitivity to crossover constraints on pronoun resolution. Our critical stimuli sentences contained personal pronouns in either strong (SCO) or weak crossover (WCO) configurations. Using eye-movement monitoring during reading and a gender-mismatch paradigm, Experiment 1 investigated whether a fronted wh-phrase would be considered as a potential antecedent for a pronoun intervening between the wh-phrase and its canonical position...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933544/dissection-of-host-susceptibility-to-bacterial-infections-and-its-toxins
#4
Aysar Nashef, Mahmoud Agbaria, Ariel Shusterman, Nicola Ivan Lorè, Alessandra Bragonzi, Ervin Wiess, Yael Houri-Haddad, Fuad A Iraqi
Infection is one of the leading causes of human mortality and morbidity. Exposure to microbial agents is obviously required. However, also non-microbial environmental and host factors play a key role in the onset, development and outcome of infectious disease, resulting in large of clinical variability between individuals in a population infected with the same microbe. Controlled and standardized investigations of the genetics of susceptibility to infectious disease are almost impossible to perform in humans whereas mouse models allow application of powerful genomic techniques to identify and validate causative genes underlying human diseases with complex etiologies...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933528/rna-seq-in-the-collaborative-cross
#5
Richard Green, Courtney Wilkins, Martin T Ferris, Michael Gale
The Collaborative Cross (CC) is a large panel of inbred mouse strains currently being developed for multiple areas of research. Scientists are taking integrated omics-style approaches to collecting data in order to obtain a deeper understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying a number of diverse disease phenotypes. As the cost of the next generation sequencing (NGS) decreases, RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) has become the favored approach to transcriptomic analyses versus microarrays due to increases in sensitivity and resolution...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933519/heterogeneous-stock-populations-for-analysis-of-complex-traits
#6
Leah C Solberg Woods, Richard Mott
Heterogeneous Stock (HS) populations allow for fine-resolution genetic mapping of a variety of complex traits. HS mice and rats were created from breeding together eight inbred strains, followed by maintaining the colony in a manner that minimizes inbreeding. After 50 or more generations of breeding, the resulting animals' chromosomes represent a genetic mosaic of the founders' haplotypes, with the average distance between recombination events in the centiMorgan range. This allows for genetic mapping to only a few Mb, a much smaller region than what can be identified using traditional F2 intercross or backcross mapping strategies...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933361/biotransformation-and-detectability-of-the-new-psychoactive-substances-n-n-diallyltryptamine-dalt-derivatives-5-fluoro-dalt-7-methyl-dalt-and-5-6-methylenedioxy-dalt-in-urine-using-gc-ms-lc-ms-n-and-lc-hr-ms-ms
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Julian A Michely, Simon D Brandt, Markus R Meyer, Hans H Maurer
Derivatives of N,N-diallyltryptamine (DALT) can be classified as new psychoactive substances. Biotransformation and detectability of 5-fluoro-DALT (5-F-DALT), 7-methyl-DALT (7-Me-DALT), and 5,6-methylenedioxy-DALT (5,6-MD-DALT) are described here. Their metabolites detected in rat urine and pooled human liver microsomes were identified by liquid chromatography (LC)-high resolution (HR)-tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). In addition, the human cytochrome-P450 (CYP) isoenzymes involved in the main metabolic steps were identified and detectability tested in urine by the authors' urine screening approaches using GC-MS, LC-MS(n), or LC-HR-MS/MS...
December 8, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933282/myocardial-perfusion-scintigraphy-dosimetry-optimal-use-of-spect-and-spect-ct-technologies-in-stress-first-imaging-protocol
#8
REVIEW
M Lecchi, S Malaspina, C Scabbio, V Gaudieri, A Del Sole
PURPOSE: Over the past decade, nuclear medicine experts have been seeking to minimize patient exposure to radiation in myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS). This review describes the latest technological innovations in MPS, particularly with regard to dose reduction. METHODS: We searched in PubMed for original clinical papers in English, published after 2008, using the following research criteria: (dose) and ((reduction) or (reducing)) and ((myocardial) or (cardiac) or (heart)) and ((nuclear medicine) or (nuclear imaging) or (radionuclide) or (scintigraphy) or (SPET) or (SPECT))...
2016: Clinical and Translational Imaging: Reviews in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933221/evaluating-the-biostability-of-yellow-and-clear-intraocular-lenses-with-a-system-simulating-natural-intraocular-environment
#9
Rijo Hayashi, Shimmin Hayashi, Kiyomi Arai, Shinichirou Yoshida, Makoto Chikuda, Shigeki Machida
PURPOSE: Blue light-filtering intraocular lenses (IOLs) are thought to protect the retina from blue light damage after cataract surgery, and the implantation of yellow-tinted IOLs has been commonly used in cataract surgery. To our knowledge, this is the first investigation measuring the long-term biostability of yellow-tinted IOLs using an in vitro system simulating natural intraocular environment. METHODS: Six hydrophobic acrylic IOLs, three clear IOLs, and three yellow-tinted IOLs were included in the study...
December 2016: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933199/efficacy-and-tolerability-of-repository-corticotropin-injection-in-patients-with-persistently-active-sle-results-of-a-phase-4-randomised-controlled-pilot-study
#10
Richard Furie, Margaret Mitrane, Enxu Zhao, Maya Das, Daner Li, Patrice M Becker
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of a prolonged-release formulation of a porcine adrenocorticotropic hormone analogue (repository corticotropin injection (RCI)) added to standard of care in patients requiring moderate-dose corticosteroids for symptomatic SLE. METHODS: This prospective, randomised, double-blind, phase 4, pilot study (NCT01753401) enrolled 38 patients with persistently active SLE involving skin and/or joints. Enrolled patients received RCI, 40 U daily or 80 U every other day, or volume-matched placebo gel, for 8 weeks, with dose tapering to twice weekly during weeks 5-8...
2016: Lupus Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933133/pre-operative-clinical-and-instrumental-factors-as-antireflux-surgery-outcome-predictors
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REVIEW
Salvatore Tolone, Giorgia Gualtieri, Edoardo Savarino, Marzio Frazzoni, Nicola de Bortoli, Manuele Furnari, Giuseppina Casalino, Simona Parisi, Vincenzo Savarino, Ludovico Docimo
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is nowadays a highly prevalent, chronic condition, with 10% to 30% of Western populations affected by weekly symptoms. Many patients with mild reflux symptoms are treated adequately with lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, and low-dose proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). For those with refractory GERD poorly controlled with daily PPIs, numerous treatment options exist. Fundoplication is currently the most commonly performed antireflux operation for management of GERD...
November 27, 2016: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933110/profiling-lung-adenocarcinoma-by-liquid-biopsy-can-one-size-fit-all
#12
Harry W Clifford, Amy P Cassidy, Courtney Vaughn, Evaline S Tsai, Bianka Seres, Nirmesh Patel, Hannah L O'Neill, Emil Hewage, John W Cassidy
BACKGROUND: Cancer is first and foremost a disease of the genome. Specific genetic signatures within a tumour are prognostic of disease outcome, reflect subclonal architecture and intratumour heterogeneity, inform treatment choices and predict the emergence of resistance to targeted therapies. Minimally invasive liquid biopsies can give temporal resolution to a tumour's genetic profile and allow the monitoring of treatment response through levels of circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA). However, the detection of ctDNA in repeated liquid biopsies is currently limited by economic and time constraints associated with targeted sequencing...
2016: Cancer Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933095/direct-derivation-of-maize-plant-and-crop-height-from-low-cost-time-of-flight-camera-measurements
#13
Martin Hämmerle, Bernhard Höfle
BACKGROUND: In agriculture, information about the spatial distribution of crop height is valuable for applications such as biomass and yield estimation, or increasing field work efficiency in terms of fertilizing, applying pesticides, irrigation, etc. Established methods for capturing crop height often comprise restrictions in terms of cost and time efficiency, flexibility, and temporal and spatial resolution of measurements. Furthermore, crop height is mostly derived from a measurement of the bare terrain prior to plant growth and measurements of the crop surface when plants are growing, resulting in the need of multiple field campaigns...
2016: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933073/mistletoe-berry-outline-mapping-with-a-path-curve-function-and-recording-the-circadian-rhythm-of-their-phenotypic-shape-change
#14
Renatus Derbidge, Stephan Baumgartner, Peter Heusser
This paper presents a discovery: the change of the outline shape of mistletoe (Viscum album ssp. album) berries in vivo and in situ during ripening. It was found that a plant organ that is usually considered to merely increase in size actually changes shape in a specific rhythmic fashion. We introduce a new approach to chronobiological research on a macro-phenotypic scale to trace changes over long periods of time (with a resolution from hours to months) by using a dynamic form-determining parameter called Lambda (λ)...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932947/increased-fmri-sensitivity-at-equal-data-burden-using-averaged-shifted-echo-acquisition
#15
Suzanne T Witt, Marcel Warntjes, Maria Engström
There is growing evidence as to the benefits of collecting BOLD fMRI data with increased sampling rates. However, many of the newly developed acquisition techniques developed to collect BOLD data with ultra-short TRs require hardware, software, and non-standard analytic pipelines that may not be accessible to all researchers. We propose to incorporate the method of shifted echo into a standard multi-slice, gradient echo EPI sequence to achieve a higher sampling rate with a TR of <1 s with acceptable spatial resolution...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932919/metabarcoding-of-marine-nematodes-evaluation-of-reference-datasets-used-in-tree-based-taxonomy-assignment-approach
#16
Oleksandr Holovachov
BACKGROUND: Metabarcoding is becoming a common tool used to assess and compare diversity of organisms in environmental samples. Identification of OTUs is one of the critical steps in the process and several taxonomy assignment methods were proposed to accomplish this task. This publication evaluates the quality of reference datasets, alongside with several alignment and phylogeny inference methods used in one of the taxonomy assignment methods, called tree-based approach. This approach assigns anonymous OTUs to taxonomic categories based on relative placements of OTUs and reference sequences on the cladogram and support that these placements receive...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932765/-influencial-factors-for-in-hospital-patients-with-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-after-emergency-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
#17
Chenyang Chen, Yiyuan Huang, Shenghua Zhou, Zhenfei Fang
To analyze the clinical outcomes of emergency percutaneous intervention in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) during hospital, and to find the relevant risk factors for the prognosis and cardiac events. 
 Methods: We retrospective analyzed the patient with acute ST segment elevation myocardial infarction, who was successfully performed emergency percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in the Cardiac Cath Lab of the Second Xiangya Hospital from January 2010 to December 2014. According to situation for cardiovascular events, patients were divided into 2 groups...
November 28, 2016: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932756/-inhibitory-effect-of-jianpi-jiedu-prescription-contained-serum-on-colorectal-cancer-sw48-cell-proliferation-by-mtor-p53-p21-signalling-pathway
#18
Fengxia Lin, Sanlin Lei, Jin'an Ma, Li Shi, Dan Mao, Shaofan Zhang, Jianhua Huang, Xinyi Liu, Dengfeng Ding, Yingjin Zhang, Sifang Zhang
To investigate the effect of jianpi-jiedu (JPJD) prescription-contained serum on colorectal cancer SW48 cell proliferation and the underlying mechanisms.
 Methods: Crude extract from JPJD was made by water extract method and the main components of crude extract from JPJD were analyzed by ultra-performance liquid phase high resolution time of flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-Q-TOF/MS). The low, medium, and high-concentration of JPJD-contained serum were prepared by the serum pharmacological method. The effect of serum containing JPJD on SW48 cell proliferation was determined by MTT assay...
November 28, 2016: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932750/-a-case-report-of-spontaneous-cerebrospinal-fluid-otorrhea
#19
Hidenori Anami, Shigeru Ikeda, Kotaro Nakaya, Makoto Sugiura, Takakazu Kawamata
Spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid(CSF)otorrhea is less common than CSF leakage caused by trauma, and rarely occurs in adults. We report an adult case of CSF otorrhea. A 71-year-old woman with no traumatic or otologic history was hospitalized due to bacterial meningitis. After hospitalization, CSF leakage started suddenly from the left external ear canal. A high resolution CT scan with intrathecal administration of contrast material revealed CSF leakage in the left ear canal and multiple bone erosions in both the tegmen mastoideum and the posterior fossa aspect of the petrous bone...
December 2016: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932748/-hydrocephalus-associated-with-small-clinoidal-meningioma-that-resolved-after-tumor-removal-a-case-report
#20
Hidemoto Fujiwara, Toyotaka Aiba, Toru Watanabe, Tetsuya Hiraishi, Yukihiko Fujii
PURPOSE: Small meningiomas causing hydrocephalus without obstruction of the ventricular system are rare. Herein, we report a case of small clinoidal meningioma with communicating hydrocephalus, which resolved after tumor removal. CASE PRESENTATION: A 70-year-old woman presented with a 1-month history of memory disturbance followed by gait disturbance. MR images revealed a right clinoidal meningioma, 2 cm in diameter, and dilatation of the ventricles suggesting communicating hydrocephalus...
December 2016: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
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