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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454300/gold-copper-bimetallic-nanoparticles-supported-on-nano-p-zeolite-modified-carbon-paste-electrode-as-an-efficient-electrocatalyst-and-sensitive-sensor-for-determination-of-hydrazine
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Fatemeh Amiripour, Seyed Naser Azizi, Shahram Ghasemi
In this report, a facile, efficient and low cost electrochemical sensor based on bimetallic Au-Cu nanoparticles supported on P nanozeolite modified carbon paste electrode (Au-Cu/NPZ/CPE) was constructed and its efficiency for determination of hydrazine in trace level was studied. For this purpose, agro waste material, stem sweep ash (SSA) was employed as the starting material (silica source) for the synthesis of nano P zeolite (NPZ). After characterization of the synthesized NPZ by analytical instruments (scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy), construction of Au-Cu/NPZ/CPE was performed by three steps procedure involving preparation of nano P zeolite modified carbon paste electrode (NPZ/CPE), introducing Cu +2 ions into nano zeolite structure by ion exchange and electrochemical reduction of Cu +2 ions upon applying constant potential...
February 5, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454297/intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-icsi-of-in-vitro-matured-oocytes-with-stored-epididymal-spermatozoa-in-camel-camelus-dromedarius-effect-of-exogenous-activation-on-in-vitro-embryo-development
#2
Nisar A Wani, Seungbum Hong
Experiments were conducted to investigate the development of in vitro matured camel oocytes after their intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) with epididymal sperm collected from slaughtered male camels. Ovaries and testes were collected from a local slaughterhouse in normal saline solution (NSS) at 37 °C and on ice (0-1 °C), respectively. Cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) aspirated from the follicles were randomly distributed to 4-well culture plates (20-25 COCs/well) containing 500 μL of maturation medium and cultured at 38...
February 8, 2018: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454288/apocynum-venetum-leaf-extract-reverses-depressive-like-behaviors-in-chronically-stressed-rats-by-inhibiting-oxidative-stress-and-apoptosis
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Xiangting Li, Ting Wu, Zhonghai Yu, Tingting Li, Jingsi Zhang, Zhennian Zhang, Min Cai, Wen Zhang, Jun Xiang, Dingfang Cai
BACKGROUND: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a common but serious psychiatric disorder, but current treatments are inadequate for approximately half of the patients with MDD. Thus, better methods of treatment are urgently needed. This study aimed to investigate the antidepressant-like effects and potential mechanism of Apocynum venetum leaf extract (AVLE) in chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) rat model of depression. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The CUMS rat model of depression was used to investigate the antidepressant-like activity and relevant mechanism of AVLE (30, 60, and 125 mg/kg, i...
February 14, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454279/bonding-of-composite-cements-to-zirconia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-in-vitro-studies
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Putsadeeporn Thammajaruk, Masanao Inokoshi, Shanley Chong, Massimiliano Guazzato
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to systematically review the literature and statistically analyze bond strength data to identify the influence that composite cements, type of test methodology, chemical and mechanical pre-treatments have on the bond strength of composite cements to zirconia in three different artificial aging conditions. METHODS: The literature was electronically searched in MEDLINE, PUBMED, EMBASE, and SCOPUS to select relevant articles that evaluated the bond strength between zirconia and composite cements...
February 8, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454274/a-multifaceted-coating-on-titanium-dictates-osteoimmunomodulation-and-osteo-angio-genesis-towards-ameliorative-osseointegration
#5
Long Bai, Zhibin Du, Jingjing Du, Wei Yao, Jiaming Zhang, Zeming Weng, Si Liu, Ya Zhao, Yanlian Liu, Xiangyu Zhang, Xiaobo Huang, Xiaohong Yao, Ross Crawford, Ruiqiang Hang, Di Huang, Bin Tang, Yin Xiao
A multifaceted coating for hard tissue implants, with favorable osteogenesis, angiogenesis, and osteoimmunomodulation abilities, would be of great value since it could improve osseointegration and alleviate prosthesis loosening. However, to date there are few coatings that fully satisfy these criteria. Herein we describe a microporous TiO 2 coating decorated with hydroxyapatite (HA) nanoparticles that is generated by micro-arc oxidation of pure titanium (Ti) and followed annealing. By altering the annealing temperature, it is possible to simultaneously tune the coating's physical (morphology and wettability) and chemical (composites and crystallinity) properties...
February 6, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454269/biological-effects-of-four-iron-containing-nanoremediation-materials-on-the-green-alga-chlamydomonas-sp
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Nhung H A Nguyen, Nadia R Von Moos, Vera I Slaveykova, Katrin Mackenzie, Rainer U Meckenstock, Silke Thűmmler, Julian Bosch, Alena Ševců
As nanoremediation strategies for in-situ groundwater treatment extend beyond nanoiron-based applications to adsorption and oxidation, ecotoxicological evaluations of newly developed materials are required. The biological effects of four new materials with different iron (Fe) speciations ([i] FerMEG12 - pristine flake-like milled Fe(0) nanoparticles (nZVI), [ii] Carbo-Iron ® - Fe(0)-nanoclusters containing activated carbon (AC) composite, [iii] Trap-Ox® Fe-BEA35 (Fe-zeolite) - Fe-doped zeolite, and [iv] Nano-Goethite - 'pure' FeOOH) were studied using the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas sp...
February 14, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454262/the-influence-of-evaluation-recommendations-on-instrumental-and-conceptual-uses-a-preliminary-analysis
#7
Isabelle Bourgeois, Jane Whynot
Evaluation recommendations are sometimes included in evaluation reports to highlight specific actions to be taken to improve a program or to make other changes to its operational context. This preliminary study sought to examine evaluation recommendations drawn from 25 evaluation reports published by Canadian federal government departments and agencies, in order to examine the evaluation issues covered and the focus of the recommendations. Our results show that in keeping with policy requirements, the evaluation recommendations focused on program relevance, effectiveness and efficiency and economy...
February 10, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454255/effects-of-adjunctive-eslicarbazepine-acetate-on-neurocognitive-functioning-in-children-with-refractory-focal-onset-seizures
#8
Sergiusz Jóźwiak, P Veggiotti, J Moreira, H Gama, F Rocha, P Soares-da-Silva
PURPOSE: This was a phase-II, randomized, double-blind (DB), placebo-controlled study aimed to evaluate neurocognitive effects of eslicarbazepine acetate (ESL) as adjunctive therapy in pediatric patients with refractory focal-onset seizures (FOS). METHODS: Children (6-16years old) with FOS were randomized (2:1) to ESL or placebo. Treatment started at 10mg/kg/day, was up-titrated up to 30mg/kg/day (target dose), and maintained for 8weeks, followed by one-year open-label follow-up...
February 13, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454246/screening-of-physicochemical-treatment-processes-for-reducing-toxicity-of-hair-care-products-wastewaters
#9
Elisa Dias de Melo, Ann Mounteer, Eduarda Reis, Ellen Costa, Alana Vilete
Toxicity reduction in wastewaters from small hair care products manufacturing companies using coagulation/flocculation/sedimentation or flotation, membrane separation and powdered activated charcoal adsorption was evaluated. Raw wastewater composition varied widely within and especially between companies, but all exhibited high acute toxicity to Daphnia similis (EC(I)50; 48 h < 0.02-0.33%). Coagulation with aluminum sulfate and polyaluminum chloride aided by cationic or anionic polymers, as well as filtration on ultra (UF) and nanofiltration (NF) membranes efficiently removed turbidity (>99%) and oil and grease (>99%) and all treated samples exhibited similar dissolved organic matter contents...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454244/-keeping-birth-normal-exploratory-evaluation-of-a-training-package-for-midwives-in-an-inner-city-alongside-midwifery-unit
#10
Shawn Walker, Laura Batinelli, Lucia Rocca-Ihenacho, Christine McCourt
OBJECTIVES: to gain understanding about how participants perceived the value and effectiveness of 'Keeping Birth Normal' training, barriers to implementing it in an along-side midwifery unit, and how the training might be enhanced in future iterations. DESIGN: exploratory interpretive. SETTING: inner-city maternity service. PARTICIPANTS: 31 midwives attending a one-day training package on one of three occasions. METHODS: data were collected using semi-structured observation of the training, a short feedback form (23/31 participants), and focus groups (28/31 participants)...
February 2, 2018: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454238/transformations-of-dissolved-organic-matter-induced-by-uv-photolysis-hydroxyl-radicals-chlorine-radicals-and-sulfate-radicals-in-aqueous-phase-uv-based-advanced-oxidation-processes
#11
Lathika Varanasi, Erica Coscarelli, Maryam Khaksari, Lynn R Mazzoleni, Daisuke Minakata
Considering the increasing identification of trace organic contaminants in natural aquatic environments, the removal of trace organic contaminants from water or wastewater discharge is an urgent task. Ultraviolet (UV) and UV-based advanced oxidation processes (AOPs), such as UV/hydrogen peroxide (UV/H 2 O 2 ), UV/free chlorine and UV/persulfate, are attractive and promising approaches for the removal of these contaminants due to the high reactivity of active radical species produced in these UV-AOPs with a wide variety of organic contaminants...
February 8, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454235/donor-and-recipient-p450-gene-polymorphisms-influence-individual-pharmacological-effects-of-tacrolimus-in-chinese-liver-transplantation-patients
#12
Jianyu Liu, Yabo Ouyang, Dexi Chen, Bo Yao, Dongdong Lin, Zhiqiang Li, Yunjin Zang, Huan Liu, Xiaoyue Fu
The immunosuppressant drug tacrolimus (Tac) used for the prevention of immunological rejection is a metabolic substrate of cytochrome P450 enzymes. This study was designed to evaluate the short-term and long-term potential influence of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in CYP450 genes of liver transplant (LT) recipients as well as the donors on individual pharmacological effects of Tac and to guide individualized-medication from the perspective of pharmacogenomics. Twenty-one SNPs of the CYP450 gene were genotyped for both recipients and donors in 373 LT patients receiving Tac-based immunosuppressants...
February 14, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454225/low-power-lasers-on-genomic-stability
#13
Larissa Alexsandra da Silva Neto Trajano, Luiz Philippe da Silva Sergio, Ana Carolina Stumbo, Andre Luiz Mencalha, Adenilson de Souza da Fonseca
Exposure of cells to genotoxic agents causes modifications in DNA, resulting to alterations in the genome. To reduce genomic instability, cells have DNA damage responses in which DNA repair proteins remove these lesions. Excessive free radicals cause DNA damages, repaired by base excision repair and nucleotide excision repair pathways. When non-oxidative lesions occur, genomic stability is maintained through checkpoints in which the cell cycle stops and DNA repair occurs. Telomere shortening is related to the development of various diseases, such as cancer...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454216/non-linear-effects-of-mean-temperature-and-relative-humidity-on-dengue-incidence-in-guangzhou-china
#14
Xiaocheng Wu, Lingling Lang, Wenjun Ma, Tie Song, Min Kang, Jianfeng He, Yonghui Zhang, Liang Lu, Hualiang Lin, Li Ling
BACKGROUND: Dengue fever is an important infectious disease in Guangzhou, China; previous studies on the effects of weather factors on the incidence of dengue fever did not consider the linearity of the associations. METHODS: This study evaluated the effects of daily mean temperature, relative humidity and rainfall on the incidence of dengue fever. A generalized additive model with splines smoothing function was performed to examine the effects of daily mean, minimum and maximum temperatures, relative humidity and rainfall on incidence of dengue fever during 2006-2014...
February 14, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454212/adsorption-of-sulfamethoxazole-by-magnetic-biochar-effects-of-ph-ionic-strength-natural-organic-matter-and-17%C3%AE-ethinylestradiol
#15
Febelyn Reguyal, Ajit K Sarmah
Recent studies have shown the widespread occurrence of pharmaceuticals in the aquatic environment leading to increasing global concern on their potential adverse effects in the environment and public health. In this study, we evaluated the use of magnetic biochar derived from pine sawdust, one of New Zealand's major wood wastes, to remove an emerging contaminant, sulfamethoxazole (SMX), at different pH, ionic strength, natural organic matter (NOM) and a competing compound, 17α-ethinylestradiol (EE2). In single-solute system, the sorption of SMX onto magnetic biochar was found to be highly pH-dependent and slightly increased with increase in ionic strength...
February 14, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454201/nitrous-oxide-emissions-from-near-zero-water-exchange-brackish-recirculating-aquaculture-systems
#16
Uri Yogev, Adiel Atari, Amit Gross
The development of intensive recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) with low water exchange has accelerated in recent years as a result of environmental, economic and other concerns. In these systems, fish are commonly grown at high density, 50 to 150kg/m 3 , using high-protein (30%-60%) feeds. Typically, the RAS consists of a solid treatment and a nitrification unit; in more advanced RAS, there is an additional denitrification step. Nitrous oxide (N 2 O), a byproduct during nitrification and denitrification processes, is a potent greenhouse gas that destroys the ozone layer...
February 14, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454196/sexually-transmitted-infections-and-immune-activation-among-hiv-infected-but-virally-suppressed-youth-on-antiretroviral-therapy
#17
Tanya L Kowalczyk Mullins, Su X Li, James Bethel, Maureen M Goodenow, Stephanie Hudey, John W Sleasman
BACKGROUND: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is associated with chronic immune activation, and concurrent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) may increase immune activation. OBJECTIVES: Because HIV-infected youth are at high risk of STIs and little is known about the impact of STIs on immune activation in HIV-infected youth, we conducted an exploratory study examining the association between STIs and systemic inflammation and immune activation among HIV-infected adolescents...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454189/pyrimidine-chloroquinoline-hybrids-synthesis-and-antiplasmodial-activity
#18
Rakesh Chopra, Kelly Chibale, Kamaljit Singh
Triazole tethered 7-chloroquinoline-pyrimidine-5-carboxylate hybrids were synthesized and evaluated for antiplasmodial activity against chloroquine sensitive (CQ S ) NF54 strain of Plasmodium falciparum. The most active hybrids of the series were further screened against the chloroquine resistant (CQ R ) Dd2 strain of the parasite and for in vitro cytotoxicity against mammalian Vero cell lines. Further, their physico-chemical properties, binding studies with hemin (monomeric &μ-oxo dimeric) and DNA [pUC-18, calf thymus (CT)] led us to plausible proposed binding mode of the most active member of the present series...
February 9, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454188/modified-two-step-emulsion-solvent-evaporation-technique-for-fabricating-biodegradable-rod-shaped-particles-in-the-submicron-size-range
#19
Hanieh Safari, Reheman Adili, Michael Holinstat, Omolola Eniola-Adefeso
HYPOTHESIS: Though the emulsion solvent evaporation (ESE) technique has been previously modified to produce rod-shaped particles, it cannot generate small-sized rods for drug delivery applications due to the inherent coupling and contradicting requirements for the formation versus stretching of droplets. The separation of the droplet formation from the stretching step should enable the creation of submicron droplets that are then stretched in the second stage by manipulation of the system viscosity along with the surface-active molecule and oil-phase solvent...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454185/preterm-infants-undergoing-laparotomy-for-necrotizing-enterocolitis-or-spontaneous-intestinal-perforation-display-evidence-of-impaired-cerebrovascular-autoregulation
#20
Sara J Kuik, Michelle E van der Laan, Margot T Brouwer-Bergsma, Jan B F Hulscher, Anthony R Absalom, Arend F Bos, Elisabeth M W Kooi
BACKGROUND: Preterm infants requiring surgery are at risk of impaired neurocognitive development caused, possibly, by cerebral ischemia associated with impaired cerebrovascular autoregulation (CAR). We evaluated CAR before, during, and after laparotomy. STUDY DESIGN: This was a hypothesis generating prospective observational cohort study. SUBJECTS: We included preterm infants requiring surgery for necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) or spontaneous intestinal perforation (SIP)...
February 14, 2018: Early Human Development
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