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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445861/the-application-of-silicon-sol-gel-technology-to-forensic-blood-substitute-development-investigation-of-the-spreading-dynamics-onto-a-paper-surface
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Theresa Stotesbury, Mike Illes, Paul Wilson, Andrew J Vreugdenhil
This work investigates the spreading dynamics of three candidate sol-gel solutions, of ranging viscosities, surface tensions and densities, and compares them with water and two commercial blood substitute products. Droplets were created with different sizes (10 to75μL) and impact velocities (1.4 to 6.0m/s) to strike 176gsm cardstock. Over 2200 droplets were created using the six different fluids and their final dried stain diameter was measured. Droplet spread was plotted using the Scheller and Bousfield correlation and uses effective viscosity as a parameter for non-Newtonian fluids...
April 1, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445801/an-ahp-based-evaluation-method-for-teacher-training-workshop-on-information-and-communication-technology
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Rochelle Irene Lucas, Michael Angelo Promentilla, Aristotle Ubando, Raymond Girard Tan, Kathleen Aviso, Krista Danielle Yu
The emergence of information and communication technology (ICT) has created opportunities for enhancing the learning process at different educational levels. However, its potential benefits can only be fully realized if teachers are properly trained to utilize such tools. The rapid evolution of ICT also necessitates rigorous assessment of training programs by participants. Thus, this study proposes an evaluation framework based on the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) to systematically evaluate such workshops designed for teachers...
April 19, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445762/analysis-of-active-transport-by-fluorescence-recovery-after-photobleaching
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Maria-Veronica Ciocanel, Jill A Kreiling, James A Gagnon, Kimberly L Mowry, Björn Sandstede
Fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) is a well-established experimental technique to study binding and diffusion of molecules in cells. Although a large number of analytical and numerical models have been developed to extract binding and diffusion rates from FRAP recovery curves, active transport of molecules is typically not included in the existing models that are used to estimate these rates. Here we present a validated numerical method for estimating diffusion, binding/unbinding rates, and active transport velocities using FRAP data that captures intracellular dynamics through partial differential equation models...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445746/crosstalk-and-the-dynamical-modularity-of%C3%A2-feed-forward-loops-in-transcriptional-regulatory-networks
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Michael A Rowland, Ahmed Abdelzaher, Preetam Ghosh, Michael L Mayo
Network motifs, such as the feed-forward loop (FFL), introduce a range of complex behaviors to transcriptional regulatory networks, yet such properties are typically determined from their isolated study. We characterize the effects of crosstalk on FFL dynamics by modeling the cross regulation between two different FFLs and evaluate the extent to which these patterns occur in vivo. Analytical modeling suggests that crosstalk should overwhelmingly affect individual protein-expression dynamics. Counter to this expectation we find that entire FFLs are more likely than expected to resist the effects of crosstalk (≈20% for one crosstalk interaction) and remain dynamically modular...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445743/egfr-targeted-micelles-containing-near-infrared-dye-for-enhanced-photothermal-therapy-in-colorectal-cancer
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Ying-Hsia Shih, Tsai-Yueh Luo, Ping-Fang Chiang, Cheng-Jung Yao, Wuu-Jyh Lin, Cheng-Liang Peng, Ming-Jium Shieh
The purpose of this research was to investigate the effectiveness of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) targeted micelles loaded with IR-780 (Cetuximab/IR-780/micelles) for generating tumor targeting, multimodal images, and photothermal therapy (PTT). We initially studied the cellular uptake of these micelles using the HCT-116 and SW-620 cell lines. HCT-116 (high expression of EGFR) and SW-620 (low expression of EGFR) cell lines were used to examine biodistribution and antitumor effects of Cetuximab/IR-780/micelles...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445519/the-effect-of-atomoxetine-on-random-and-directed-exploration-in-humans
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Christopher M Warren, Robert C Wilson, Nic J van der Wee, Eric J Giltay, Martijn S van Noorden, Jonathan D Cohen, Sander Nieuwenhuis
The adaptive regulation of the trade-off between pursuing a known reward (exploitation) and sampling lesser-known options in search of something better (exploration) is critical for optimal performance. Theory and recent empirical work suggest that humans use at least two strategies for solving this dilemma: a directed strategy in which choices are explicitly biased toward information seeking, and a random strategy in which decision noise leads to exploration by chance. Here we examined the hypothesis that random exploration is governed by the neuromodulatory locus coeruleus-norepinephrine system...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445314/bc-prom-validation-of-a-patient-reported-outcomes-measure-for-patients-with-breast-cancer
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Xiaojuan Hu, Chunsen Zhang, Yanbo Zhang
Key issues of treatment for patients with breast cancer such as patient satisfaction with treatments, compliance, and some side effects are essential for evaluating quality of life by patient-reported outcomes in clinical trials. The study aimed to develop and evaluate a specific patient-reported measure which included physical, psychological, social, and therapeutic domain for assessing the survival of patients with breast cancer.The pool of items was drafted after a theoretical revision and cognitive interviews with women with breast cancer...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445158/the-hdac-inhibitor-valproate-induces-a-bivalent-status-of-the-cd20-promoter-in-cll-patients-suggesting-distinct-epigenetic-regulation-of-cd20-expression-in-cll-in-vivo
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Annarita Scialdone, Muhammad Sharif Hasni, Jesper Kofoed Damm, Andreas Lennartsson, Urban Gullberg, Kristina Drott
Treatment with anti-CD20 antibodies is only moderately efficient in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), a feature which has been explained by the inherently low CD20 expression in CLL. It has been shown that CD20 is epigenetically regulated and that histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACis) can increase CD20 expression in vitro in CLL. To assess whether HDACis can upregulate CD20 also in vivo in CLL, the HDACi valproate was given to three del13q/NOTCH1wt CLL patients and CD20 levels were analysed (the PREVAIL study)...
April 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445100/remap-a-framework-for-goals-of-care-conversations
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Julie W Childers, Anthony L Back, James A Tulsky, Robert M Arnold
Conversations regarding goals of care with patients who have advanced cancer still occur too late, and oncologists say they lack the training to have these conversations effectively. Experts recommend a number of strategies when having these discussions, including discussing prognosis, responding to patient emotion, exploring values, and often making a recommendation for medical treatments that fit those values. To help learners, from residents to attending oncologists, learn these complex conversational skills, we have developed a framework with a mnemonic, REMAP: Reframe, Expect emotion, Map out patient goals, Align with goals, and Propose a plan...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445082/the-impact-of-%C3%AE-amyloid-positron-emission-tomography-on-the-diagnostic-and-treatment-decisions-of-dementia-experts
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Michael L Ganz, Alie F Tawah, Shien Guo, Abhishek S Chitnis, Hedwig Silies, Barbara Schäuble, Aleksandar Jovalekic, Norman L Foster
AIM: Amyloid positron emission tomography (aPET) measurement of Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology could improve the accurate diagnosis of cognitive disorders. Appropriate use criteria recommend that only dementia experts order aPET. MATERIALS & METHODS: We surveyed 145 dementia experts about their current approaches to evaluation and treatment and the likely influence of aPET. RESULTS: Experts expected aPET to alter diagnostic procedures and patient management and also increase diagnostic certainty...
April 26, 2017: Neurodegenerative Disease Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444967/co-delivery-of-microrna-21-antisense-oligonucleotides-and-gemcitabine-using-nanomedicine-for-pancreatic-cancer-therapy
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Yaqing Li, Yinting Chen, Jiajia Li, Zuoquan Zhang, Chumei Huang, Guoda Lian, Kege Yang, Shaojie Chen, Ying Lin, Lingyun Wang, Kaihong Huang, Linjuan Zeng
Tumor metastasis occurs naturally in pancreatic cancer, and the efficacy of chemotherapy is usually poor. Precision medicine, combining down-regulation of target genes with chemotherapy drugs, is expected to improve the therapeutic effects. Therefore, we developed a combined therapy of microRNA-21 antisense oligonucleotides (ASO-miR-21) and Gemcitabine (Gem) using a targeted co-delivery nanoparticle (NP) carrier and investigated the synergistic inhibitory effects on pancreatic cancer cells metastasis and growth...
April 26, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444931/study-of-structure-dependent-chromatographic-behavior-of-glycopeptides-using-reversed-phase-nanolc
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Petr Kozlik, Radoslav Goldman, Miloslav Sanda
Analysis of glycosylation is challenging due to micro- and macro-heterogeneity of the protein attachment. A combination of liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry is one of the most powerful tools for glycopeptide analysis. In this work, we show the effect of various monosaccharide units on the retention time of glycopeptides. Retention behavior of several glycoforms of six peptides obtained from tryptic digest of haptoglobin, hemopexin and sex hormone binding globulin was studied on a reversed phase chromatographic column...
April 26, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444778/development-and-implementation-of-an-84-channel-matrix-gradient-coil
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Sebastian Littin, Feng Jia, Kelvin J Layton, Stefan Kroboth, Huijun Yu, Jürgen Hennig, Maxim Zaitsev
PURPOSE: Design, implement, integrate, and characterize a customized coil system that allows for generating spatial encoding magnetic fields (SEMs) in a highly-flexible fashion. METHODS: A gradient coil with a high number of individual elements was designed. Dimensions of the coil were chosen to mimic a whole-body gradient system, scaled down to a head insert. Mechanical shape and wire layout of each element were optimized to increase the local gradient strength while minimizing eddy current effects and simultaneously considering manufacturing constraints...
April 25, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444689/the-young-s-modulus-fracture-stress-and-fracture-strain-of-gellan-hydrogels-filled-with-whey-protein-microparticles
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Cherry Wing Yu Lam, Shinya Ikeda
Texture modifying abilities of whey protein microparticles are expected to be dependent on pH during heat-induced aggregation of whey protein in the microparticulation process. Therefore, whey protein microparticles were prepared at either pH 5.5 or 6.8 and their effects on small and large deformation properties of gellan gels containing whey protein microparticles as fillers were investigated. The majority of whey protein microparticles had diameters around 2 μm. Atomic force microscopy images showed that whey protein microparticles prepared at pH 6...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444346/resistant-starch-as-a-novel-dietary-strategy-to-maintain-kidney-health-in-diabetes-mellitus
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Gar Yee Koh, Matthew J Rowling
The worldwide prevalence of diabetes mellitus is expected to reach 439 million by 2030. Diabetes increases the risk for developing secondary complications such as nephropathy and cardiovascular disease, critical factors that dictate the survival rate of diabetes patients. Compelling evidence has indicated that the positive impact of fermentable carbohydrates in obesity-related diabetes is mediated by the production of short-chain fatty acids and the modulation of colonic microbiota. This review summarizes the potential implications of dietary resistant starch, a class of fermentable fiber, in glucose homeostasis and kidney health in obesity-associated diabetes and examines the mechanisms underlying the protective effect of resistant starch...
April 22, 2017: Nutrition Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444223/gene-organizer-linking-genes-to-the-organs-they-affect
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David Gokhman, Guy Kelman, Adir Amartely, Guy Gershon, Shira Tsur, Liran Carmel
One of the biggest challenges in studying how genes work is understanding their effect on the physiology and anatomy of the body. Existing tools try to address this using indirect features, such as expression levels and biochemical pathways. Here, we present Gene ORGANizer (geneorganizer.huji.ac.il), a phenotype-based tool that directly links human genes to the body parts they affect. It is built upon an exhaustive curated database that links >7000 genes to ∼150 anatomical parts using >150 000 gene-organ associations...
April 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444211/effects-of-sample-size-and-full-sibs-on-genetic-diversity-characterization-a-case-study-of-three-syntopic-iberian-pond-breeding-amphibians
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Gregorio Sánchez-Montes, Arturo H Ariño, José L Vizmanos, Jinliang Wang, Íñigo Martínez-Solano
Accurate characterization of genetic diversity is essential for understanding population demography, predicting future trends and implementing efficient conservation policies. For that purpose, molecular markers are routinely developed for non-model species, but key questions regarding sampling design, like calculation of minimum sample sizes or the effect of relatives in the sample, are often neglected. We used accumulation curves and sibship analyses to explore how these two factors affect marker performance in the characterization of genetic diversity...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443936/effects-of-graphene-defects-on-gas-sensing-properties-towards-no2-detection
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Filiberto Ricciardella, Sten Vollebregt, Tiziana Polichetti, Mario Miscuglio, Brigida Alfano, Maria L Miglietta, Ettore Massera, Girolamo Di Francia, Pasqualina M Sarro
The crystal structure of graphene flakes is expected to significantly affect their sensing properties. Here we report an experimental investigation on the crystalline structure of graphene aimed at exploring the effects on the gas sensing properties. The morphology of graphene, prepared via Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD), Liquid Phase Exfoliation (LPE) and Mechanical Exfoliation (ME), is inspected through Raman spectroscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). CVD and LPE-graphene structures are found to be more defective with respect to ME-graphene...
April 26, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443908/polyvalent-c-glycomimetics-based-on-l-fucose-or-d-mannose-as-potent-dc-sign-antagonists
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Benedetta Bertolotti, Ieva Sutkeviciute, Martino Ambrosini, Renato Ribeiro-Viana, Javier Rojo, Franck Fieschi, Hana Dvořáková, Martina Kašáková, Kamil Parkan, Martina Hlaváčková, Kateřina Nováková, Jitka Moravcová
The C-type lectin DC-SIGN expressed on immature dendritic cells is a promising target for antiviral drug development. Previously, we have demonstrated that mono- and divalent C-glycosides based on d-manno and l-fuco configurations are promising DC-SIGN ligands. Here, we described the convergent synthesis of C-glycoside dendrimers decorated with 4, 6, 9, and 12 α-l-fucopyranosyl units and with 9 and 12 α-d-mannopyranosyl units. Their affinity against DC-SIGN was assessed by surface plasmon resonance (SPR) assays...
April 26, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443889/the-passivating-effect-of-cadmium-in-pbs-cds-colloidal-quantum-dots-probed-by-nm-scale-depth-profiling
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Pip C J Clark, Hanna Radtke, Atip Pengpad, Andrew I Williamson, Ben F Spencer, Samantha J O Hardman, Marina A Leontiadou, Darren C J Neo, Simon M Fairclough, Andrew A R Watt, Igor Pis, Silvia Nappini, Federica Bondino, Elena Magnano, Karsten Handrup, Karina Schulte, Mathieu G Silly, Fausto Sirotti, Wendy R Flavell
Achieving control of the surface chemistry of colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) is essential to fully exploit their properties in solar cells, but direct measurement of the chemistry and electronic structure in the outermost atomic layers is challenging. Here we probe the surface oxidation and passivation of cation-exchanged PbS/CdS core/shell CQDs with sub nm-scale precision using synchrotron-radiation-excited depth-profiling photoemission. We investigate the surface composition of the topmost 1-2.5 nm of the CQDs as a function of depth, for CQDs of varying CdS shell thickness, and examine how the surface changes after prolonged air exposure...
April 26, 2017: Nanoscale
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