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Hweiyan Tsai, Zihkai Chen, Huiwen Deng, Sinmei Tsai, C Bor Fuh
We report a method that involves using atomic force microscopy to estimate molecular interaction forces for bioapplications. Experimental parameters, comprising the labeling concentrations of tips and substrates and the loading rates of tips, were optimized for estimating molecular interaction forces for three pairs of model molecules (IgG/anti-IgG, BSA/anti-BSA, streptavidin/biotin). The estimated molecular interaction forces of IgG/anti-IgG, BSA/anti-BSA, and streptavidin/biotin were 121 ± 3, 185 ± 4, and 241 ± 4 pN, respectively...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
David A Berlin, Harrison Peprah-Mensah, Seth Manoach, Paul M Heerdt
OBJECTIVE: The study tests the hypothesis that noninvasive cardiac output monitoring based upon bioreactance (Cheetah Medical, Portland, OR) has acceptable agreement with intermittent bolus thermodilution over a wide range of cardiac output in an adult porcine model of hemorrhagic shock and resuscitation. DESIGN: Prospective laboratory animal investigation. SETTING: Preclinical university laboratory. SUBJECTS: Eight ~ 50 kg Yorkshire swine with a femoral artery catheter for blood pressure measurement and a pulmonary artery catheter for bolus thermodilution...
October 3, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Lei Wang
The genetic code can be expanded to include unnatural amino acids (Uaas) by engineering orthogonal components involved in protein translation. To be compatible with live cells, side chains of Uaas have been limited to either chemically inert or bio-orthogonal (i.e., nonreactive toward biomolecules) functionalities. To introduce bioreactivity into live systems, the genetic code has recently been engineered to encode a new class of Uaas, the bioreactive Uaas. These Uaas, after being incorporated into proteins, specifically react with target natural amino acid residues via proximity-enabled bioreactivity, enabling the selective formation of new covalent linkages within and between proteins both in vitro and in live systems...
October 6, 2016: New Biotechnology
Dimuthu Vinayagam, Sophie Bowe, Elaine Sheehan, Basky Thilaganathan, Asma Khalil
BACKGROUND: Due to the importance of cardiovascular dysfunction and advances in the development and use of non-invasive cardiac output (CO) monitoring devices, there is a growing interest in their use in the obstetric population. The aim of this study was to compare two commercially available, non-invasive CO monitors in the assessment of heart rate (HR), stroke volume (SV), CO, cardiac index (CI) and total peripheral resistance (TPR) in an obstetric population. METHODS: This was a prospective, comparative study including two groups...
October 6, 2016: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
D Vinayagam, S Bampoe, B Thilaganathan, A Khalil
BACKGROUND: Intraoperative haemodynamic monitoring is carried out in high-risk surgical patients, often using invasive methods, including pulmonary artery catheterisation. Early goal-directed therapy in high-risk surgical patients reduces tissue hypoxia, organ failure and improves outcomes. Significant maternal morbidity arises as a result of perioperative haemorrhage. At present, heart rate and brachial blood pressure are used as proxy markers to aid in fluid resuscitation, however, we know that these exhibit minimal change during early stages of shock, and are poor indicators of the adequacy of therapeutic intervention...
August 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Mara Simopoulou, Laertis Gkoles, Panagiotis Bakas, Polina Giannelou, Theodoros Kalampokas, Konstantinos Pantos, Michael Koutsilieris
: Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is the most frequently applied method for fertilization making the process of identifying the perfect spermatozoon fundamental. Herein we offer a critical and thorough presentation on the techniques reported regarding (i) handling and preparing semen samples, (ii) identifying and 'fishing' spermatozoa, and (iii) improving key factors, such as motility for a successful ICSI practice. These approaches are suggested to make the process easier and more effective especially in atypical and challenging circumstances...
September 20, 2016: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Yu-Hsiang Yu, Pei-Ru Liao, Chien-Jung Guo, Che-Hong Chen, Daria Mochly-Rosen, Lee-Ming Chuang
The ALDH2 gene encodes the mitochondrial aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2), a critical enzyme involved in ethanol clearance through acetaldehyde metabolism. ALDH2 also catalyzes the metabolism of other bioreactive aldehydes, including propionaldehyde, butyraldehyde, and 4-hydroxykenals (4-HNE). Increased levels of 4-HNE in adipose tissue positively correlate with obesity and insulin resistance. However, it remains unclear whether ALDH2 is involved in regulation of adipocyte differentiation. Here, we found that ALDH2 protein levels were lower in white adipose tissue of high-fat diet-fed mice and ob/ob mice relative to lean mice...
2016: PloS One
Erhan Sukur, Yunus Emre Akman, Yusuf Ozturkmen, Fatih Kucukdurmaz
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory responses to wear debris cause osteolysis that leads to aseptic prosthesis loosening and hip arthroplasty failure. Although osteolysis is usually associated with aseptic loosening, it is rarely seen around stable implants. Aseptic implant loosening is a simple radiologic phenomenon, but a complex immunological process. Particulate debris produced by implants most commonly causes osteolysis, and this is called particle-associated periprosthetic osteolysis (PPO)...
2016: Open Orthopaedics Journal
Laura Casarrubios, María Concepción Matesanz, Sandra Sánchez-Salcedo, Daniel Arcos, María Vallet-Regí, María Teresa Portolés
HYPOTHESIS: Silicon substituted hydroxyapatites (SiHA) are highly crystalline bioceramics treated at high temperatures (about 1200°C) which have been approved for clinical use with spinal, orthopedic, periodontal, oral and craniomaxillofacial applications. The preparation of SiHA with lower temperature methods (about 700°C) provides nanocrystalline SiHA (nano-SiHA) with enhanced bioreactivity due to higher surface area and smaller crystal size. The aim of this study has been to know the nanocrystallinity effects on the response of both osteoblasts and osteoclasts (the two main cell types involved in bone remodelling) to silicon substituted hydroxyapatite...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Lauryn Samelko, Stefan Landgraeber, Kyron McAllister, Joshua Jacobs, Nadim James Hallab
Cobalt alloy debris has been implicated as causative in the early failure of some designs of current total joint implants. The ability of implant debris to cause excessive inflammation via danger signaling (NLRP3 inflammasome) vs. pathogen associated pattern recognition receptors (e.g. Toll-like receptors; TLRs) remains controversial. Recently, specific non-conserved histidines on human TLR4 have been shown activated by cobalt and nickel ions in solution. However, whether this TLR activation is directly or indirectly an effect of metals or secondary endogenous alarmins (danger-associated molecular patterns, DAMPs) elicited by danger signaling, remains unknown and contentious...
2016: PloS One
D Stott, M Bolten, M Salman, D Paraschiv, A Douiri, N A Kametas
This prospective observational study aimed to identify at presentation the maternal hemodynamic and demographic variables associated with a therapeutic response to oral labetalol and to use these variables to develop a prediction model to anticipate the response to labetalol monotherapy in women with hypertension. It was set at a maternity unit in a UK teaching hospital. Maternal demographic data from 50 pregnant women, presenting with hypertension between January and August 2013, was collected and blood pressure measured with a device validated for pregnancy and pre-eclampsia...
July 28, 2016: Journal of Human Hypertension
Po-Yuan Shih, Wen-Ying Lin, Ming-Hui Hung, Ya-Jung Cheng, Kuang-Cheng Chan
BACKGROUND: This study compared the cardiac output (CO) obtained from PiCCO with that obtained from the noninvasive NICOM method. METHODS: Twenty-one cirrhotic patients receiving liver transplantation were enrolled. During the operation, their CO was measured by the PiCCO system via the thermodilution method as the standard and by the NICOM method. Two parameters including cardiac index (CI) and stroke volume index (SVI) were collected simultaneously at three phases during the surgery including the dissection phase (T1), the anhepatic phase (T2), and the reperfusion phase (T3)...
June 2016: Acta Anaesthesiologica Taiwanica: Official Journal of the Taiwan Society of Anesthesiologists
Ioannis G Theodorou, Pakatip Ruenraroengsak, Andrew Gow, Stephan Schwander, Junfeng Jim Zhang, Kian Fan Chung, Teresa D Tetley, Mary P Ryan, Alexandra E Porter
Inhaled nanoparticles (NPs) have high-deposition rates in the alveolar region of the lung but the effects of pulmonary surfactant (PS) on nanoparticle bioreactivity are unclear. Here, the impact of PS on the stability and dissolution of ZnO nanowires (ZnONWs) was investigated, and linked with their bioreactivity in vitro with human alveolar epithelial type 1-like cells (TT1). Pre-incubation of ZnONWs with Curosurf® (a natural porcine PS) decreased their dissolution at acidic pH, through the formation of a phospholipid corona...
November 2016: Nanotoxicology
Alicia Sanz-Prat, Chuanhe Lu, Richard T Amos, Michael Finkel, David W Blowes, Olaf A Cirpka
Transport of reactive solutes in groundwater is affected by physical and chemical heterogeneity of the porous medium, leading to complex spatio-temporal patterns of concentrations and reaction rates. For certain cases of bioreactive transport, it could be shown that the concentrations of reactive constituents in multi-dimensional domains are approximately aligned with isochrones, that is, lines of identical travel time, provided that the chemical properties of the matrix are uniform. We extend this concept to combined physical and chemical heterogeneity by additionally considering the time that a water parcel has been exposed to reactive materials, the so-called exposure time...
September 2016: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
Sven Reinhardt, Marcus O W Grimm, Christoph Stahlmann, Tobias Hartmann, Koichi Shudo, Taisuke Tomita, Kristina Endres
Retinoic acid, the bioreactive metabolite of beta-carotene or vitamin A, plays a pleiotropic, multifunctional role in vertebrate development. Studies in rodents revealed that a diet deficient in vitamin A results in a complex neonatal syndrome (the VAD syndrome), manifested in many organs. In humans, the function of retinoic acid (RA) extends into adulthood, where it has important roles in fertility, vision, and suppression of neoplastic growth. In recent years, it has also been suggested that retinoic acid might potentially act as a therapeutically relevant drug in attenuating or even preventing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD)...
June 2, 2016: Current Alzheimer Research
R A Pereira, A F Salvador, P Dias, M F R Pereira, M M Alves, L Pereira
The catalytic effect of commercial microporous activated carbon (AC) and macroporous carbon nanotubes (CNT) is investigated in reductive bioreactions in continuous high rate anaerobic reactors, using the azo dye Acid Orange 10 (AO10) as model compound as electron acceptor and a mixture of VFA as electron donor. Size and concentration of carbon materials (CM) and hydraulic retention time (HRT) are assessed. CM increased the biological reduction rate of AO10, resulting in significantly higher colour removal, as compared to the control reactors...
September 15, 2016: Water Research
Nitish Yeredla, Taisuke Kojima, Yi Yang, Shuichi Takayama, Mathumai Kanapathipillai
Here, we produce poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) based microparticles with varying morphologies, and temperature responsive properties utilizing a Pluronic F127/dextran aqueous two-phase system (ATPS) assisted self-assembly. The PLGA polymer, when emulsified in Pluronic F127/dextran ATPS, forms unique microparticle structures due to ATPS guided-self assembly. Depending on the PLGA concentration, the particles either formed a core-shell or a composite microparticle structure. The microparticles facilitate the simultaneous incorporation of both hydrophobic and hydrophilic molecules, due to their amphiphilic macromolecule composition...
2016: Scientific Reports
Christoph Held, Gabriele Sadowski
Thermodynamic principles have been applied to enzyme-catalyzed reactions since the beginning of the 1930s in an attempt to understand metabolic pathways. Currently, thermodynamics is also applied to the design and analysis of biotechnological processes. The key thermodynamic quantity is the Gibbs energy of reaction, which must be negative for a reaction to occur spontaneously. However, the application of thermodynamic feasibility studies sometimes yields positive Gibbs energies of reaction even for reactions that are known to occur spontaneously, such as glycolysis...
June 7, 2016: Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Viktor Baranov, Jörg Lewandowski, Paul Romeijn, Gabriel Singer, Stefan Krause
Bioirrigation or the transport of fluids into the sediment matrix due to the activities of organisms such as bloodworms (larvae of Diptera, Chironomidae), has substantial impacts on sediment respiration in lakes. However, previous quantifications of bioirrigation impacts of Chironomidae have been limited by technical challenges such as the difficulty to separate faunal and bacterial respiration. This paper describes a novel method based on the bioreactive tracer resazurin for measuring respiration in-situ in non-sealed systems with constant oxygen supply...
2016: Scientific Reports
Xingpeng Zhou, Nengwang Chen, Zhihao Yan, Shuiwang Duan
Increases in water temperature, as a result of climate change, may influence biogeochemical cycles, sediment-water fluxes and consequently environmental sustainability. Effects of rising temperature on dynamics of nitrate, nitrite, ammonium, dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN), dissolved reactive phosphorus (DRP), dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and gaseous nitrogen (N2 and N2O) were examined in a subtropical river (the Jiulong River, southeast China) by microcosm experiments. Slurry sediments and overlying water were collected from three continuous cascade reservoirs, and laboratory incubations were performed at four temperature gradients (5 °C, 15 °C, 25 °C and 35 °C)...
May 27, 2016: Environmental Pollution
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