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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915140/two-zinc-aminoclays-in-vitro-cytotoxicity-assessment-in-hela-cells-and-in-vivo-embryotoxicity-assay-in-zebrafish
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Hang-Suk Chun, Duckshin Park, Song Eun Lim, Kwang-Hun Jeong, Ji-Seon Park, Han-Jin Park, Shinyoung Kang, Kyoung Suk Kang, Hyun Gyu Park, Ha-Rim An, Yun Suk Huh, Young-Chul Lee
Two zinc-aminoclays [ZnACs] with functionalized primary amines [(-CH2)3NH2] were prepared by a simple sol-gel reaction using cationic metal precursors of ZnCl2 and Zn(NO3)2 with 3-aminopropyl triethoxysilane [APTES] under ambient conditions. Due to the facile interaction of heavy metals with primary amine sites and Zn-related intrinsic antimicrobial activity, toxicity assays of ZnACs nanoparticles (NPs) prior to their environmental and human-health applications are essential. However, such reports remain rare...
December 1, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915103/ammonia-modified-graphene-sheets-decorated-with-magnetic-fe3o4-nanoparticles-for-the-photocatalytic-and-photo-fenton-degradation-of-phenolic-compounds-under-sunlight-irradiation
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Purna K Boruah, Bhagyasmeeta Sharma, Indrapal Karbhal, Manjusha V Shelke, Manash R Das
Synthesis of easily separable and eco-friendly efficient catalyst with both photocatalytic and photo-Fenton degradation properties is of great importance for environment remediation application. Herein, ammonia-modified graphene (AG) sheets decorated with Fe3O4 nanoparticles (AG/Fe3O4) as a magnetically recoverable photocatalyst by a simple in situ solution chemistry approach. First, we have functionalized graphene oxide (GO) sheets by amide functional group and then Fe3O4 nanoparticles (NPs) are doped onto the functionalized GO surface...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915101/surface-active-bismuth-ferrite-as-superior-peroxymonosulfate-activator-for-aqueous-sulfamethoxazole-removal-performance-mechanism-and-quantification-of-sulfate-radical
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Wen-Da Oh, Zhili Dong, Goei Ronn, Teik-Thye Lim
A surface-active Bi2Fe4O9 nanoplates (BF-nP) was prepared using a facile hydrothermal protocol for sulfamethoxazole (SMX) removal via peroxymonosulfate (PMS). The catalytic activity of BF-nP was superior to other catalysts with the following order of performance: BF-nP>Bi2Fe4O9 (nanocubes)>Co3O4>Fe2O3 (low temperature co-precipitation method)>Fe2O3 (hydrothermal method)∼Bi2O3∼Bi(3+)∼Fe(3+). The empirical relationship of the apparent rate constant (kapp), BF-nP loading and PMS dosage can be described as follows: kapp=0...
November 20, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914985/combination-therapy-with-doxorubicin-loaded-galactosylated-poly-ethyleneglycol-lithocholic-acid-to-suppress-the-tumor-growth-in-an-orthotopic-mouse-model-of-liver-cancer
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Bijay Singh, Yoonjeong Jang, Sushila Maharjan, Hyeon-Jeong Kim, Ah Young Lee, Sanghwa Kim, Nomundelger Gankhuyag, Myeon-Sik Yang, Yun-Jaie Choi, Myung-Haing Cho, Chong-Su Cho
Despite advances in technology, neither conventional anti-cancer drugs nor current nanoparticle (NP) drugs have gained substantial success in cancer treatment. While conventional chemotherapy drugs have several limitations such as low potency, poor in vivo stability and limited bioavailability, non-specific targeting of NP drugs diminishes their potency at actual target sites. In addition, the development of drug resistance to anti-cancer drugs is another challenging problem. To overcome these limitations, we aimed to develop a polymer-drug conjugate, which functions as an active NP drug and drug carrier both, to deliver a chemotherapeutic drug for combination therapy...
November 24, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913831/high-transport-efficiency-of-nanoparticles-through-a-total-consumption-sample-introduction-system-and-its-beneficial-application-for-particle-size-evaluation-in-single-particle-icp-ms
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Shin-Ichi Miyashita, Hiroaki Mitsuhashi, Shin-Ichiro Fujii, Akiko Takatsu, Kazumi Inagaki, Toshiyuki Fujimoto
In order to facilitate reliable and efficient determination of both the particle number concentration (PNC) and the size of nanoparticles (NPs) by single-particle ICP-MS (spICP-MS) without the need to correct for the particle transport efficiency (TE, a possible source of bias in the results), a total-consumption sample introduction system consisting of a large-bore, high-performance concentric nebulizer and a small-volume on-axis cylinder chamber was utilized. Such a system potentially permits a particle TE of 100 %, meaning that there is no need to include a particle TE correction when calculating the PNC and the NP size...
December 2, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913343/a-frequency-shift-method-to-measure-shear-wave-attenuation-in-soft-tissues
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Simon Bernard, Siavash Kazemirad, Guy Cloutier
In vivo quantification of shear wave attenuation in soft tissues may help to better understand human tissue rheology and lead to new diagnostic strategies. Attenuation is difficult to measure in acoustic radiation force elastography because the shear wave amplitude decreases due to a combination of diffraction and viscous attenuation. Diffraction correction requires assuming a cylindrical wavefront and an isotropic propagation medium, which may not be the case in some applications. In this study, the frequency shift method, used in ultrasound imaging and seismology, was adapted for shear wave attenuation measurement in elastography...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913033/nurse-practitioner-prescribing-in-australia-a-comprehensive-literature-review
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Jacqueline Fong, Thomas Buckley, Andrew Cashin, Lisa Pont
BACKGROUND: In Australia, the nurse practitioner (NP) obtained prescriptive authority in some jurisdictions in 2001. One of the key aspects in which the scope of NPs differs from Registered Nurses (RNs) relates to the legal privilege to prescribe medications. Although NPs have had prescriptive authority in Australia since 2001, with access to the Commonwealth subsidy scheme (PBS) since 2010, little is known about NPs prescriptive patterns or outcomes of prescriptive practice. AIM: The aim of this scoping review was to examine the extent, range and nature of research conducted in relation to NP prescribing in the Australian health context as well as identify gaps in the existing literature...
November 29, 2016: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911822/urban-park-soil-microbiomes-are-a-rich-reservoir-of-natural-product-biosynthetic-diversity
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Zachary Charlop-Powers, Clara C Pregitzer, Christophe Lemetre, Melinda A Ternei, Jeffrey Maniko, Bradley M Hover, Paula Y Calle, Krista L McGuire, Jeanne Garbarino, Helen M Forgione, Sarah Charlop-Powers, Sean F Brady
Numerous therapeutically relevant small molecules have been identified from the screening of natural products (NPs) produced by environmental bacteria. These discovery efforts have principally focused on culturing bacteria from natural environments rich in biodiversity. We sought to assess the biosynthetic capacity of urban soil environments using a phylogenetic analysis of conserved NP biosynthetic genes amplified directly from DNA isolated from New York City park soils. By sequencing genes involved in the biosynthesis of nonribosomal peptides and polyketides, we found that urban park soil microbiomes are both rich in biosynthetic diversity and distinct from nonurban samples in their biosynthetic gene composition...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910914/in-vivo-stepwise-immunomodulation-using-chitosan-nanoparticles-as-a-platform-nanotechnology-for-cancer-immunotherapy
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Hee Dong Han, Yeongseon Byeon, Jong-Hwa Jang, Hat Nim Jeon, Ga Hee Kim, Min Gi Kim, Chan-Gi Pack, Tae Heung Kang, In Duk Jung, Yong Taik Lim, Young Joo Lee, Jeong-Won Lee, Byung Cheol Shin, Hyung Jun Ahn, Anil K Sood, Yeong-Min Park
Dentritic cell (DC)-based cancer immunotherapy faces challenges in both efficacy and practicality. However, DC-based vaccination requires multiple injections and elaborates ex vivo manipulation, which substantially limits their use. Therefore, we sought to develop a chitosan nanoparticle (CH-NP)-based platform for the next generation of vaccines to bypass the ex vivo manipulation and induce immune responses via active delivery of polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid sodium salt (poly I:C) to target Toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3) in endosomes...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910713/sn-38-loading-capacity-of-hydrophobic-polymer-blend-nanoparticles-formulation-optimization-and-efficacy-evaluation
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Simona Dimchevska, Nikola Geskovski, Gjorgji Petruševski, Marina Chacorovska, Riste Popeski-Dimovski, Sonja Ugarkovic, Katerina Goracinova
One of the most important problems in nanoencapsulation of extremely hydrophobic drugs is poor drug loading due to rapid drug crystallization outside the polymer core. The effort to use nanoprecipitation, as a simple one-step procedure with good reproducibility and FDA approved polymers like Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) and Polycaprolactone (PCL), will only potentiate this issue. Considering that drug loading is one of the key defining characteristics, in this study we attempted to examine whether the nanoparticle core composed of two hydrophobic polymers will provide increased drug loading for 7-Ethyl-10-hydroxy-camptothecin (SN-38), relative to nanoparticles prepared using individual polymers...
December 2, 2016: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910294/medication-management-in-the-older-adult-a-narrative-exploration
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Johnanna Hernandez
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to characterize the meaning nurse practitioners (NPs) ascribed to personal experiences providing care to older adults who take multiple medications to manage complex conditions. The study illuminated the NP experience in caring for the older adult while addressing the complexities of medication management through narrative stories in practice. METHODS: NPs self-identifying as caring for older adults were interviewed (N=15)...
December 2, 2016: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909942/experiment-design-for-nonparametric-models-based-on-minimizing-bayes-risk-application-to-voriconazole-formula-see-text
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David S Bayard, Michael Neely
An experimental design approach is presented for individualized therapy in the special case where the prior information is specified by a nonparametric (NP) population model. Here, a NP model refers to a discrete probability model characterized by a finite set of support points and their associated weights. An important question arises as to how to best design experiments for this type of model. Many experimental design methods are based on Fisher information or other approaches originally developed for parametric models...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909354/the-comprehension-of-sentences-with-unaccusative-verbs-in-aphasia-a-test-of-the-intervener-hypothesis
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Natalie Sullivan, Matthew Walenski, Tracy Love, Lewis P Shapiro
BACKGROUND: It is well accepted that individuals with agrammatic Broca's aphasia have difficulty comprehending some sentences with filler-gap dependencies. While investigations of these difficulties have been conducted with several different sentence types (e.g., object relatives, Wh-questions), we explore sentences containing unaccusative verbs, which arguably have a single noun phrase (NP) that is base-generated in object position but then is displaced to surface subject position. Unaccusative verbs provide an ideal test case for a particular hypothesis about the comprehension disorder-the Intervener Hypothesis-that posits that the difficulty individuals with agrammatic Broca's aphasia have comprehending sentences containing filler-gap dependencies results from similarity-based interference caused by the presence of an intervening NP between the two elements of a syntactic chain...
2017: Aphasiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908347/prognostic-implications-of-changes-in-n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Michael R Zile, Brian L Claggett, Margaret F Prescott, John J V McMurray, Milton Packer, Jean L Rouleau, Karl Swedberg, Akshay S Desai, Jianjian Gong, Victor C Shi, Scott D Solomon
BACKGROUND: Natriuretic peptides (NP) have prognostic value in heart failure (HF), although the clinical importance of changes in NP from baseline is unclear. OBJECTIVES: The authors assessed whether a reduction in N-terminal pro-B-type NP (NT-proBNP) was associated with a decrease in HF hospitalization and cardiovascular mortality (primary endpoint) in patients with HF and reduced ejection fraction, whether treatment with sacubitril/valsartan reduced NT-proBNP below specific partition values more than enalapril, and whether the relationship between changes in NT-proBNP and changes in the primary endpoint were dependent on assigned treatment...
December 6, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908267/development-of-poly-lactide-co-glicolide-nanoparticles-incorporating-morphine-hydrochloride-to-prolong-its-circulation-in-blood
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Victoria Gómez-Murcia, Mercedes García Montalbán, Juan Carmelo Gómez-Fernández, Pilar Almela
Formulations incorporating nanoparticles (NPs) are widely used to prolong drug release. In this regard, poly(lactide-co-glicolide) (PLGA) is often used in their preparation due to its high degree of biocompatibility and biodegradability. In the present study, morphine HCl is incorporated in PLGA-NPs and different preparation alternatives are evaluated for their effects on the properties, stability and capacity of encapsulation. NPs were prepared by a double emulsion solvent diffusion-ammonium loading (DESD-AL) or double emulsion solvent diffusion-traditional (DESD-T) technique...
December 1, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907156/increased-nasopharyngeal-density-and-concurrent-carriage-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-haemophilus-influenzae-and-moraxella-catarrhalis-are-associated-with-pneumonia-in-febrile-children
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Sopio Chochua, Valérie D'Acremont, Christiane Hanke, David Alfa, Joshua Shak, Mary Kilowoko, Esther Kyungu, Laurent Kaiser, Blaise Genton, Keith P Klugman, Jorge E Vidal
BACKGROUND: We assessed nasopharyngeal (NP) carriage of five pathogens in febrile children with and without acute respiratory infection (ARI) of the upper (URTI) or lower tract, attending health facilities in Tanzania. METHODS: NP swabs collected from children (N = 960) aged 2 months to 10 years, and with a temperature ≥38°C, were utilized to quantify bacterial density of S. pneumoniae (Sp), H. influenzae (Hi), M. catarrhalis (Mc), S. aureus (Sa), and N. meningitidis (Nm)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906951/changes-in-neuroglial-activity-in-multiple-spinal-segments-after-caudal-epidural-pulsed-radiofrequency-in-a-rat-model-of-lumbar-disc-herniation
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Hee Kyung Cho, Jae Hoon Kang, So-Yeon Kim, Mi-Jung Choi, Se Jin Hwang, Yun-Woo Cho, Sang-Ho Ahn
BACKGROUND: Herniated lumbar discs can induce sciatica by mechanical compression and/or chemical irritation. It was recently reported that neuroglial cellular activity after pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) application to a single dorsal root ganglion (DRG) attenuated neuroglial activity at the corresponding spinal dorsal horn. Recently, caudal epidural PRF has been used to manage neuropathic pain, but evidence of molecular changes after the administration of caudal epidural PRF to attenuate neuropathic pain is lacking, and it has not been determined whether caudal epidural PRF affects neuroglial activity at different spinal levels...
November 2016: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906418/assessment-of-celecoxib-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-nanoformulation-on-drug-pharmacodynamics-and-pharmacokinetics-in-rats
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S Harirforoosh, K O West, D E Murrell, J W Denham, P C Panus, G A Hanley
OBJECTIVE:  Celecoxib (CEL) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) showing selective cycloxygenase-2 inhibition. While effective as a pain reducer, CEL exerts some negative influence on renal and gastrointestinal parameters. This study examined CEL pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics following drug reformulation as a poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid nanoparticle (NP). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Rats were administered either vehicle (VEH) (methylcellulose solution), blank NP, 40 mg/kg CEL in methylcellulose, or an equivalent NP dose (CEL-NP)...
November 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906325/surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-for-2-d-wse-sub-2-sub-hybridized-with-functionalized-gold-nanoparticles
#19
Jun Young Kim, Jeongyong Kim, Jinsoo Joo
Two-dimensional (2-D) transition metal dichalcogenides, such as MoS<sub>2</sub>, WSe<sub>2</sub>, and WS<sub>2</sub>, are promising materials for application in field effect transistors, optoelectronics, and sensing devices. In this study, 2-D WSe<sub>2</sub> samples with various numbers of layers were hybridized with functionalized gold nanoparticles (Au-NPs) to achieve surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). The nanoscale Raman and photoluminescence spectra of the WSe<sub>2</sub> layers and WSe<sub>2</sub>/Au-NP hybrids were measured using a high-resolution laser confocal microscope...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906205/resonant-nanopillars-arrays-for-label-free-biosensing
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Ana L Hernández, Rafael Casquel, Miguel Holgado, Iñaki Cornago, Fátima Fernández, Paula Ciaurriz, Francisco J Sanza, Beatriz Santamaría, María V Maigler, María Fe Laguna
In our previous work we demonstrated for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, the experimental capability of resonant nanopillars (R-NP) arrays as biochemical transducers. In this Letter, we provide evidence of the capability and suitability of R-NP arrays on a chip to function as label-free optical multiplexed biosensors. R-NP are based on Si<sub>3</sub>N<sub>4</sub>/SiO<sub>2</sub> Bragg reflectors with a cavity of SiO<sub>2</sub>. In order to demonstrate the biosensing performance, R-NP were biofunctionalized by the immobilization of IgG antibodies acting as a bioreceptor...
December 1, 2016: Optics Letters
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