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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535348/coarse-grained-modeling-of-polyethylene-melts-effect-on-dynamics
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Brandon L Peters, K Michael Salerno, Anupriya Agrawal, Dvora Perahia, Gary S Grest
The distinctive viscoelastic behavior of polymers results from a coupled interplay of motion on multiple length and time scales. Capturing the broad time and length scales of polymer motion remains a challenge. Using polyethylene (PE) as a model macromolecule, we construct coarse-grained (CG) models of PE with 3-6 methyl groups per CG bead and probe two critical aspects of the technique: pressure corrections required after iterative Boltzmann inversion (IBI) to generate CG potentials that match the pressure of reference fully-atomistic melt simulations and the transferability of CG potentials across temperatures...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534383/in-vitro-anticancer-activity-and-cytotoxicity-screening-of-phytochemical-extracts-from-selected-traditional-chinese-medicinal-plants
#2
Chao Liang, Hui Pan, Haizhou Li, Yang Zhao, Yang Feng
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the anticancer activity of 10 selected traditional Chinese medicinal plants on 4 cancer cell lines, namely MCF-7 (breast carcinoma), BALL-1 (acute lymphoblastic leukemia), Huh-7 (hepatocellular carcinoma), HeLa (cervical carcinoma) and their cytotoxicity on a normal cell line, namely MCF-10A (non-tumorigenic mammary epithelial line), about which there were few reports previously. METHODS: Six phytochemical extracts, namely petroleum ether extract (PEE), chloroform extract (CE), ethyl acetate extract (EAE), n-butanol extract (BE), the remainder after extraction (RE) and water extract (WE) from each plant were prepared...
March 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534067/microplastics-in-sediment-cores-from-asia-and-africa-as-indicators-of-temporal-trends-in-plastic-pollution
#3
Yukari Matsuguma, Hideshige Takada, Hidetoshi Kumata, Hirohide Kanke, Shigeaki Sakurai, Tokuma Suzuki, Maki Itoh, Yohei Okazaki, Ruchaya Boonyatumanond, Mohamad Pauzi Zakaria, Steven Weerts, Brent Newman
Microplastics (<5 mm) were extracted from sediment cores collected in Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, and South Africa by density separation after hydrogen peroxide treatment to remove biofilms were and identified using FTIR. Carbonyl and vinyl indices were used to avoid counting biopolymers as plastics. Microplastics composed of variety of polymers, including polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), polyethyleneterphthalates (PET), polyethylene-polypropylene copolymer (PEP), and polyacrylates (PAK), were identified in the sediment...
May 22, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533960/body-composition-estimation-from-selected-slices-equations-computed-from-a-new-semi-automatic-thresholding-method-developed-on-whole-body-ct%C3%A2-scans
#4
Alizé Lacoste Jeanson, Ján Dupej, Chiara Villa, Jaroslav Brůžek
BACKGROUND: Estimating volumes and masses of total body components is important for the study and treatment monitoring of nutrition and nutrition-related disorders, cancer, joint replacement, energy-expenditure and exercise physiology. While several equations have been offered for estimating total body components from MRI slices, no reliable and tested method exists for CT scans. For the first time, body composition data was derived from 41 high-resolution whole-body CT scans. From these data, we defined equations for estimating volumes and masses of total body AT and LT from corresponding tissue areas measured in selected CT scan slices...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532040/design-synthesis-and-characterization-of-poly-methacrylic-acid-niclosamide-and-its-effect-on-arterial-function
#5
Rui Ma, Zhen-Gang Ma, Chang-Lin Zhen, Xin Shen, Shan-Liang Li, Li Li, Yu-Feng Zheng, De-Li Dong, Zhi-Jie Sun
We have found that niclosamide induced relaxation of constricted artery. However, niclosamide is insoluble, the low bioavailability and the resultant low plasma concentration limit its potential exertion in vivo. The aim of the present study is to synthesize a soluble poly (methacrylic acid-niclosamide) polymer (PMAN) and study the effects of PMAN on arterial function in vitro and the blood pressure and heart rate of rats in vivo. We synthesized the poly (methacrylic acid-niclosamide) polymer (PMAN), the chemical structure of which was identified by FTIR and (1)H NMR spectra...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531555/microbial-detoxification-of-carvedilol-a-%C3%AE-adrenergic-antagonist-by-the-filamentous-fungus-cunninghamella-echinulata
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Katarzyna Zawadzka, Przemysław Bernat, Aleksandra Felczak, Katarzyna Lisowska
Beta adrenergic antagonists like carvedilol are typical environmental pollutants detected in wastewater and surface water. Human metabolism of carvedilol is well investigated, while its environmental fates are still unknown. In recent years, there have been appearing reports on high toxicity of β-blockers toward aquatic organisms. In this paper the ability of the filamentous fungus C. echinulata to eliminate the β-blocker has been described for the first time. An 83% loss of carvedilol was observed after 120 h incubation of the tested fungus with the compound, where hydroxylated carvedilol metabolites were identified as the major biotransformation products...
May 16, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531338/placental-exosomes-as-early-biomarker-of-preeclampsia-potential-role-of-exosomal-micrornas-across-gestation
#7
Carlos Salomon, Dominic Guanzon, Katherin Scholz-Romero, Sherri Longo, Paula Correa, Sebastian E Illanes, Gregory E Rice
Context: There is a need to develop strategies for early prediction of patients who will develop preeclampsia (PE), in order to establish preventive strategies to reduce the prevalence and severity of the disease and their associated complications. Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate whether exosomes and their microRNA cargo present in maternal circulation can be used as early biomarker for PE. Design, Setting, Patients, and Interventions: A retrospective stratified study design was used to quantify total exosomes (EXO) and placenta-derived exosomes (PdE) present in maternal plasma of normal (n=32 per time point) and PE (n=15 per time point) pregnancies...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531172/experimental-evaluation-of-cryopreservative-solutions-to-maintain-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-infectivity-of-p-berghei-sporozoites
#8
Naresh Singh, Samantha J Barnes, Sandra Kennedy, John H Adams
The rodent malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei is an excellent model organism for laboratory-based experimental evaluation of anti-malarial therapeutics prior to studies with human malaria parasites. The rodent model is especially important for evaluation of pre-erythrocytic (PE) stage therapies, especially as current efforts to develop new PE vaccines and drugs is limited by access to P. falciparum and P. vivax sporozoites. Developing a more effective method for cryopreservation of sporozoites would help improve access to sporozoites for laboratories lacking suitable insectary facilities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530007/preventive-effect-of-cpp-acpf-paste-and-fluoride-toothpastes-against-erosion-and-erosion-plus-abrasion-%C3%A2-in-vitro-a-3d-profilometric-analysis
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Genaina Guimarães Soares, Pâmela Amorim Magalhães, Ana Beatriz Monteiro Fonseca, Monica Almeida Tostes, Eduardo Moreira da Silva, Thereza Christina Lopes Coutinho
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of CPP-ACPF paste and fluoride toothpastes on enamel subjected to erosion and erosion plus abrasion in vitro. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 220 human enamel blocks were divided into eleven groups (n = 20): CPP-ACPF paste (MPP), potassium nitrate/sodium fluoride toothpaste (PE), sodium fluoride toothpaste (FD), fluoride-free toothpaste (SO) and control (erosion only with no paste or toothpastes; CO) according to the experimental design: erosion or erosion plus abrasion immediately after erosion (ERO+I-ABR) or 30 min after erosion (ERO+30min-ABR)...
May 19, 2017: Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529584/anti-microrna-21-221-and-microrna-199a-transfected-by-ultrasound-microbubbles-induces-the-apoptosis-of-human-hepatoma-hepg2-cells
#10
Xinmin Guo, Shunhua Guo, Liwen Pan, Li Ruan, Yingshi Gu, Jichuang Lai
Gene therapy, particularly microRNA (miRNA), is a promising candidate in the treatment of cancer; however, it is challenging to develop gene delivery systems. Ultrasound microbubbles have been used for gene delivery with excellent results. The present study aimed to investigate the transfection efficiency of HepG2 cells using ultrasound microbubbles. The effects of three miRNAs (miR-21, miR-221 and miR-199a) on HepG2 cells were also determined by performing ultrasound microbubble-mediated gene transfection...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528289/platelet-hyperactivation-apoptosis-and-hypercoagulability-in-patients-with-acute-pulmonary-embolism
#11
Samin Rezania, Michael A Puskarich, Daniela N Petrusca, Evandro M Neto-Neves, Matthew T Rondina, Jeffrey A Kline
Changes in systemic redox balance can alter platelet activation and aggregation. Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a systematic inflammatory disease associated with mechanical shear stress, increased thrombin, catecholamines, serotonin and hemolysis, which cumulatively can hyperactivate platelets and accelerate their turnover. We tested the hypothesis that platelets from patients with moderately severe PE will show hyperstimulation and a pre-apoptotic phenotype associated with microparticles (MPs) in plasma...
May 13, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528274/angiopoietin-like-8-angptl8-controls-adipocyte-lipolysis-and-phospholipid-composition
#12
Raghavendra Mysore, Gerhard Liebisch, You Zhou, Vesa M Olkkonen, P A Nidhina Haridas
Angiopoietin-like 8 (Angptl8) inhibits lipolysis in the circulation together with Angplt3 and controls post-prandial fat storage in white adipose tissue (WAT). It is strongly induced by insulin in vivo in WAT and in vitro in adipocytes. In this study we addressed the function of Angptl8 in adipocytes by its stable lentivirus-mediated knock-down in 3T3-L1 cells, followed by analyses of triglyceride (TG) storage, lipid droplet (LD) morphology, the cellular lipidome, lipolysis, and gene expression. Depletion of Angptl8 did not drastically affect the adipocytic differentiation of 3T3-L1 cells but resulted in a moderate (18-19%) reduction of stored TGs...
May 17, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527471/the-electron-shuffle-cerium-influences-samarium-4f-orbital-occupancy-in-heteronuclear-ce-sm-oxide-clusters
#13
Jared O Kafader, Josey E Topolski, Vicmarie Marrero-Colon, Srinivasan S Iyengar, Caroline Chick Jarrold
The anion photoelectron (PE) spectra along with supporting results of density functional theory (DFT) calculations on SmO(-), SmCeOy(-), and Sm2Oy(-) (y = 1, 2) are reported and compared to previous results on CeO(-) [M. Ray et al., J. Chem. Phys. 142, 064305 (2015)] and Ce2Oy(-) (y = 1, 2) [J. O. Kafader et al., J. Chem. Phys. 145, 154306 (2016)]. Similar to the results on CexOy(-) clusters, the PE spectra of SmO(-), SmCeOy(-), and Sm2Oy(-) (y = 1, 2) all exhibit electronic transitions to the neutral ground state at approximately 1 eV e(-)BE...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527351/permutation-entropy-analysis-of-heart-rate-variability-for-the-assessment-of-cardiovascular-autonomic-neuropathy-in-type-1-diabetes-mellitus
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Claudia Carricarte Naranjo, Lazaro M Sanchez-Rodriguez, Marta Brown Martínez, Mario Estévez Báez, Andrés Machado García
Heart rate variability (HRV) analysis is a relevant tool for the diagnosis of cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN). To our knowledge, no previous investigation on CAN has assessed the complexity of HRV from an ordinal perspective. Therefore, the aim of this work is to explore the potential of permutation entropy (PE) analysis of HRV complexity for the assessment of CAN. For this purpose, we performed a short-term PE analysis of HRV in healthy subjects and type 1 diabetes mellitus patients, including patients with CAN...
May 8, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527240/recurrent-deep-vein-thrombosis-after-the-first-venous-thromboembolism-event-a-single-institution-experience
#15
Mohammad Asim, Hassan Al-Thani, Ayman El-Menyar
BACKGROUND We investigated the frequency, clinical presentation, risk factors, and outcome after the first deep vein thrombosis (DVT) event. MATERIAL AND METHODS A retrospective study was conducted for patients with DVT between 2008 and 2012 with a 1-year follow-up. Patients were divided into 2 groups: single vs. recurrent DVT (RDVT). RESULTS Of the 6420 patients screened for DVT, 662 (10.3%) had DVT. RDVT constituted 22% of cases. A single event was more frequent in left lower limb DVT (p=0.01), while RDVT cases had more bilateral DVT (p=0...
May 20, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525830/outpatient-management-of-pulmonary-embolism
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P-M Roy, T Moumneh, A Penaloza, O Sanchez
Despite clear potential benefits of outpatient care, most patients suffering from pulmonary embolism (PE) are currently hospitalized due to the fear of possible adverse events. Nevertheless, some teams have increased or envisage to increase outpatient treatment or early discharge. We performed a narrative systematic review of studies published on this topic. We identified three meta-analyses and 23 studies, which involved 3671 patients managed at home (n=3036) or discharged early (n=535). Two main different approaches were applied to select patients eligible for outpatient in recent prospective studies, one based on a list of pragmatic criteria as the HESTIA rule, the other adding severity criteria (i...
May 4, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523175/a-chronic-thromboembolic-pulmonary-hypertension-catch-22-situation-inferior-vena-caval-filter-plays-a-pivotal-role-in-an-unlikely-situation
#17
Karthik Seetharam, Elbert E Williams, Elizabeth Oswald, Ramachandra Reddy
Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is a rare clinical entity that occurs in a small subset of acute pulmonary embolism (PE) cases and is surgically cured by pulmonary endarterectomy. We report a case of a 44-year-old female with a complex history of CTEPH treated by thromboendarterectomy who presented with a subdural hematoma while on warfarin. The patient eventually recovered by a multidisciplinary approach, use of inferior vena caval filter, and effective anticoagulation management.
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523058/comparison-of-hydralazine-and-labetalol-to-lower-severe-hypertension-in-pregnancy
#18
Ayesha Khan, Sajida Hafeez, Farah Deeba Nasrullah
OBJECTIVE: To compare the intravenous Labetalol versus intravenous hydralazine in patients having severe Pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH) and pre eclampsia (PE) in pregnancy. METHODS: Seventy eight women admitted in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Civil Hospital Karachi, having severe PIH/PE and fulfilling the inclusion criteria were included in the study. Random selection of patients was performed using sealed opaqe envelop for administration of either intravenous noted (IV) Labetalol or Hydrallazine...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521611/sgpl1-sphingosine-phosphate-lyase-1-modulates-neuronal-autophagy-via-phosphatidylethanolamine-production
#19
Daniel N Mitroi, Indulekha Karunakaran, Markus Gräler, Julie D Saba, Dan Ehninger, María Dolores Ledesma, Gerhild van Echten-Deckert
Macroautophagy/autophagy defects have been identified as critical factors underlying the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases. The roles of the bioactive signaling lipid sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) and its catabolic enzyme SGPL1/SPL (sphingosine phosphate lyase 1) in autophagy are increasingly recognized. Here we provide in vitro and in vivo evidence for a previously unidentified route through which SGPL1 modulates autophagy in neurons. SGPL1 cleaves S1P into ethanolamine phosphate, which is directed toward the synthesis of phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) that anchors LC3-I to phagophore membranes in the form of LC3-II...
May 4, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521572/tissue-factor-activity-in-women-with-preeclampsia-or-sga-a-potential-explanation-for-the-excessive-thrombin-generation-in-these-syndromes
#20
Offer Erez, Roberto Romero, Edi Vaisbuch, Nandor Gabor Than, Juan Pedro Kusanovic, Shali Mazaki-Tovi, Francesca Gotsch, Pooja Mittal, Zhong Dong, Tinnakorn Chaiworapongsa, Chong Jai Kim, Chia-Ling Nhan-Chang, Sun Kwon Kim, Lami Yeo, Moshe Mazor, Sonia S Hassan
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine whether the activity of tissue factor (TF) and tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI) in the plasma of women with preeclampsia (PE) and small for gestational age (SGA) neonate differ from that of normal pregnant women and whether they are related to specific placental lesions. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included the following groups: (1) normal pregnancy (n = 68); (2) PE (n= 128); and (3) SGA (n = 56)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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