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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522398/study-on-the-synthesis-and-physicochemical-properties-of-starch-acetate-with-low-substitution-under-microwave-assistance
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Derong Lin, Wei Zhou, Jingjing Zhao, Weijie Lan, Rongming Chen, Yutong Li, Baoshan Xing, Zhuohao Li, Mengshi Xiao, Zhijun Wu, Xindan Li, Rongna Chen, Xingwen Zhang, Hong Chen, Qing Zhang, Wen Qin, Suqing Li
In this study, synthesis and physicochemical properties of starch acetate with low substitution under microwave were studied. A three-level-three-factorial Central Composite Design using Response Surface Methodology was employed to optimize the reaction conditions. The optimal parameters are as follows: amount of acetic anhydride of 12%, radiation time of 11min, and microwave power of 100W. These optimal conditions predicted by RSM were confirmed that the degree of substitution (DS) of acetate starch is 0.0691mg/g and the physical and chemical properties of natural corn starch (NCS) and corn starch acetate (ACS) were further studied...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513302/controlled-release-of-1-methylcyclopropene-from-its-functionalized-electrospun-fibers-under-constant-and-linearly-ramped-humidity
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Tze Loon Neoh, Hermawan Dwi Ariyanto, Patricia Menendez Galvan, Hidefumi Yoshii
The methodology to electrospin polystyrene (PS) fibers functionalized with the inclusion complex between 1-methylcyclopropene and α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) has been developed successfully. Due to limited availability, α-CD crystals instead of 1-MCP/α-CD complex were suspended in the electrospinning (ES) solutions to investigate the electrospinning process. The ES solutions were characterized in terms of viscosity, conductivity and surface tension. Meanwhile the fibers were subjected to scanning electron microscopy...
May 17, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496342/sialylation-facilitates-self-assembly-of-3d-multicellular-prostaspheres-by-using-cyclo-rgdfk-tpp-peptide
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Sabah Haq, Vanessa Samuel, Fiona Haxho, Roman Akasov, Maria Leko, Sergey V Burov, Elena Markvicheva, Myron R Szewczuk
BACKGROUND: Prostaspheres-based three dimensional (3D) culture models have provided insight into prostate cancer (PCa) biology, highlighting the importance of cell-cell interactions and the extracellular matrix (EMC) in the tumor microenvironment. Although these 3D classical spheroid platforms provide a significant advance over 2D models mimicking in vivo tumors, the limitations involve no control of assembly and structure with only limited spatial or glandular organization. Here, matrix-free prostaspheres from human metastatic prostate carcinoma PC3 and DU145 cell lines and their respective gemcitabine resistant (GemR) variants were generated by using cyclic Arg-Gly-Asp-D-Phe-Lys peptide modified with 4-carboxybutyl-triphenylphosphonium bromide (cyclo-RGDfK(TPP))...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491452/renal-oncocytoma-in-a-cat-with-chronic-renal-failure
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Sora Lee, Hyun-Ji Choi, Han-Byul Lee, Sung-Min Jo, Ji-Hye Mun, Woo-Chan Son
CASE SUMMARY: A 9-year-old male neutered domestic shorthair cat presented with anorexia. Ultrasonography showed an irregularly shaped hypoechoic mass in the cranial pole of the right kidney. Ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration of the renal mass was performed. Cytology revealed moderate cellularity smears composed of epithelial cell clusters, which consisted of an exclusive population of oncocytic cells seen in sheets and papillary clusters along with abundant single cells. A moderate-to-abundant amount of densely stained granular cytoplasm with round nuclei and indistinct nucleoli was seen...
January 2017: JFMS Open Rep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487255/disruption-of-adolescents-circadian-clock-the-vicious-circle-of-media-use-exposure-to-light-at-night-sleep-loss-and-risk-behaviors
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Yvan Touitou, David Touitou, Alain Reinberg
Although sleep is a key element in adolescent development, teens are spending increasing amounts of time online with health risks related to excessive use of electronic media (computers, smartphones, tablets, consoles…) negatively associated with daytime functioning and sleep outcomes. Adolescent sleep becomes irregular, shortened and delayed in relation with later sleep onset and early waking time due to early school starting times on weekdays which results in rhythm desynchronization and sleep loss. In addition, exposure of adolescents to the numerous electronic devices prior to bedtime has become a great concern because LEDs emit much more blue light than white incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescent bulbs and have therefore a greater impact on the biological clock...
May 6, 2017: Journal of Physiology, Paris
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455679/weight-loss-and-improvement-in-comorbidity-differences-at-5-10-15-and-over
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Donna H Ryan, Sarah Ryan Yockey
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: One begins to see improvement in glycemic measures and triglycerides with small amounts of weight loss, but with greater levels of weight loss there is even greater improvement. In fact, the relationship between weight loss and glycemia is one that is very close. RECENT FINDINGS: This is fortunate for diabetes prevention; it takes only small amounts of weight loss to prevent progression to type 2 diabetes from impaired glucose tolerance, and after the 10 kg of weight loss, one cannot demonstrate much additional improvement in risk reduction...
April 28, 2017: Current Obesity Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451799/micro-autologous-fat-transplantation-maft-for-forehead-volumizing-and-contouring
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C K Chou, S S Lee, T Y Lin, Y H Huang, H Takahashi, C S Lai, S D Lin, T M Lin
BACKGROUND: Frontal fullness in Asians is often considered to indicate one's public popularity and leadership skills. Numerous materials and techniques have been applied clinically to recontour or volumize the frontal area, with variable results. The micro-autologous fat transplantation (MAFT) technique proposed by Lin et al. (2nd academic congress of Taiwan Cosmetic Association Taipei, Taiwan) in 2007 has demonstrated its feasibility in facial rejuvenation. In the present study, we used an innovative instrument to apply the MAFT technique to frontal augmentation with fat grafting and reported the results...
April 27, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415511/facile-synthesis-and-characterization-of-novel-rapid-setting-spherical-sub-micron-bioactive-glasses-cements-and-their-biocompatibility-in-vitro
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Yuli Li, Qiming Liang, Cai Lin, Xian Li, Xiaofeng Chen, Qing Hu
Dental pulp vitality is extremely important for the tooth viability, since it provides nutrition and forms the dentin. Bioactive glasses (BGs) may be promising materials for pulp repair due to their excellent abilities of rapidly bonding to bone and stimulating new bone growth. However, the unsatisfied handling property, low plasticity, and poor rapid-setting property of traditional BGs limit its application in vital pulp therapy. Spherical bioactive glasses (SBGs) exhibited higher osteogenesis and odontogenic differentiation than irregular BGs...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405805/a-rotating-cerium-anode-x-ray-system-allows-visualization-of-intramural-coronary-vessels-after-cardiac-stem-cell-therapy-for-myocardial-infarction
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Chiharu Tanaka, Toru Hosoda, Yoshimori Ikeya, Yoshiro Shinozaki, Kikue Todoroki, Toru Shizuma, Takashi Shiraishi, Naoto Fukuyama, Toshihiko Ueda, Hidezo Mori
Conventional angiography is insufficient for evaluating the therapeutic effect of cardiac regeneration therapy. A microangiographic X-ray system using a cerium anode was developed. Cerium has a characteristic X-ray with a peak at 34.6 keV, which allows visualization of tiny amounts of iodine. The performance of the cerium anode X-ray system was evaluated in two excised normal canine hearts and in excised ischemic canine hearts treated with c-kit-positive cardiac stem cells (5 canines) or without cells (5 control canines)...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401733/effects-of-metals-cadmium-and-chromium-alone-and-in-combination-on-the-liver-and-kidney-tissue-of-male-spraque-dawley-rats-an-ultrastructural-and-electron-energy-loss-spectroscopy-investigation
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Chantelle Venter, Hester Magdalena Oberholzer, Franscious Riccardo Cummings, Megan Jean Bester
Heavy metal pollution has increased in the last decades. Water sources are contaminated and human exposure is often long term exposure to variable amounts of different metals. In this study, male Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed via oral gavage for 28 days to cadmium (Cd) and chromium (Cr), alone and in combination at concentrations 1000 times the human World Health Organization's acceptable water limits. Rat equivalent dosages were used. Blood markers of liver and kidney function were measured, changes to cellular morphology was determined with transmission electron microscopy and the intracellular metal localisation was determined with the electron energy-loss spectroscopy and energy filtered transmission electron microscopy analysis...
April 12, 2017: Microscopy Research and Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376906/braf-v600e-expression-in-histiocytic-sarcoma-associated-with-splenic-marginal-zone-lymphoma-a-case-report
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John L Vaughn, C Eric Freitag, Jessica A Hemminger, Jeffrey A Jones
BACKGROUND: Histiocytic sarcoma is a rare histiocytic neoplasm of unknown etiology that constitutes less than 1% of hematologic malignancies. A few cases of histiocytic sarcoma harboring the BRAF (V600E) mutation have been reported, but this finding has not been confirmed in all studies. CASE PRESENTATION: We report the case of a 63-year-old white woman with a history of splenic marginal zone lymphoma who presented with 2 weeks of right-sided neck swelling. Positron emission tomography revealed an intensely hypermetabolic and destructive soft tissue mass in her right skull base...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363786/non-invasive-monitoring-of-in-vivo-degradation-of-a-radiopaque-thermoreversible-hydrogel-and-its-efficacy-in-preventing-post-operative-adhesions
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Kewen Lei, Yipei Chen, Jinyao Wang, Xiaochun Peng, Lin Yu, Jiandong Ding
In vivo behavior of hydrogel-based biomaterials is very important for rational design of hydrogels for various biomedical applications. Herein, we developed a facile method for in situ fabrication of radiopaque hydrogel. An iodinated functional diblock copolymer of poly(ethylene glycol) and aliphatic polyester was first synthesized by coupling the hydroxyl end of the diblock copolymer with 2, 3, 5-triiodobenzoic acid (TIB) and then a radiopaque thermoreversible hydrogel was obtained by mixing it with the virgin diblock copolymer...
March 28, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356712/a-protocol-for-topographic-guided-corneal-repair-utilizing-the-us-food-and-drug-administration-approved-wavelight-contoura
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Manoj Motwani
PURPOSE: To demonstrate how Wavelight Contoura can be used to repair corneas damaged by trauma and prior poor surgical outcomes. METHODS: Four representative eyes are presented that show different scenarios in which highly irregular corneas can be corrected with Wavelight Contoura using a protocol (named the San Diego Protocol) designed to use the information in Contoura processing. Both laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) were used...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343229/cytological-findings-of-ascitic-fluid-with-a-malignant-ovarian-steroid-cell-tumor-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Nobuaki Kosaka, Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Kaori Kiuchi, Shoko Ochiai, Tamiko Nagai, Hiromi Machida, Yasuo Imai, Ichio Fukasawa
BACKGROUND: Ovarian steroid cell tumors (SCTs) are rare and usually benign, although 25-43% are reportedly malignant. The cytologic findings of these rare ovarian tumors have almost never been reported. CASE: We report a rare case of a malignant ovarian SCT with peritoneal dissemination and malignant ascites in a 40-year-old woman. Her tumor was classified as stage IIB (pT2bNoM0) according to the FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) classification system, and she was treated with adjuvant chemotherapy following staging laparotomy...
2017: Acta Cytologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335461/design-and-validation-of-a-low-cost-portable-device-to-quantify-postural-stability
#15
Yong Zhu
Measurement of the displacement of the center-of-pressure (COP) is an important tool used in biomechanics to assess postural stability and human balance. The goal of this research was to design and validate a low-cost portable device that can offer a quick indication of the state of postural stability and human balance related conditions. Approximate entropy (ApEn) values reflecting the amount of irregularity hiding in COP oscillations were used to calculate the index. The prototype adopted a portable design using the measurements of the load cells located at the four corners of a low-cost force platform...
March 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334646/defluoridation-of-drinking-water-using-a-new-flow-column-electrocoagulation-reactor-fcer-experimental-statistical-and-economic-approach
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Khalid S Hashim, Andy Shaw, Rafid Al Khaddar, Montserrat Ortoneda Pedrola, David Phipps
A new batch, flow column electrocoagulation reactor (FCER) that utilises a perforated plate flow column as a mixer has been used to remove fluoride from drinking water. A comprehensive study has been carried out to assess its performance. The efficiency of fluoride removal (R%) as a function of key operational parameters such as initial pH, detention time (t), current density (CD), inter-electrode distance (ID) and initial concentration (C0) has been examined and an empirical model has been developed. A scanning electron microscopy (SEM) investigation of the influence of the EC process on morphology of the surface of the aluminium electrodes, showed the erosion caused by aluminium loss...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318414/the-prevalence-of-self-reported-premenstrual-symptoms-and-evaluation-of-regular-exercise-with-premenstrual-symptoms-among-female-employees-in-taiwan
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Su-Ying Tsai, Fu-Chen Kuo, Hsin-Chih Kuo, Li-Ling Liao
Few studies have focused on premenstrual symptoms in employees. This study explored the prevalence of premenstrual symptoms in 7,193 female employees aged 18-55 years in a large electronics manufacturer in Taiwan from August 2014 to December 2014 and examined whether regular exercise was associated with premenstrual symptoms. Information was collected on demographics, lifestyle, menstrual history, menstrual pain, and premenstrual symptoms. Half of the participants reported irregular menstruation; 79.4% reported a moderate menstruation amount, and half reported little impact of menstrual pain at work...
March 20, 2017: Women & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287728/characterization-of-biomolecular-helices-and-their-complementarity-using-geometric-analysis
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Kevin Hauser, Yiqing He, Miguel Garcia-Diaz, Carlos Simmerling, Evangelos Coutsias
A general method is presented to characterize the helical properties of potentially irregular helices, such as those found in protein secondary and tertiary structures and nucleic acids. The method was validated using artificial helices with varying numbers of points, points per helical turn, pitch, and radius. The sensitivity of the method was validated by applying increasing amounts of random perturbation to the coordinates of these helices; 399 360 helices in total were evaluated. In addition, the helical parameters of protein secondary structure elements and nucleic acid helices were analyzed...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254297/a-novel-chitosan-hydrogel-membrane-by-an-improved-electrophoretic-deposition-and-its-characteristics-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#19
Wen-Wen Li, Hai-Yan Wang, Yu-Qing Zhang
Here, we report a novel chitosan hydrogel membrane (CHM) created by an improved electrophoretic deposition. Unlike a traditional CHM by electrophoretic deposition, the CHM was formed on a nanoporous film as a barrier using a homemade device at a high DC voltage (60 VDC). The CHM maximum recovery of 81.7% could be achieved after 1h of electrophoretic deposition. The transparent CHM with an elongation of 42.46% and swelling index of 538.86% was a mixture of type I and type II crystal structures. SEM revealed that the CHM had an irregular net structure...
May 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241535/speckle-reduction-in-laser-projection-using-microlens-array-screens
#20
Jaël Pauwels, Guy Verschaffelt
We report on a novel speckle reduction scheme using microlens arrays as screen material for application in laser-based projection systems. The scheme is based on properly adjusting the coherence properties on the screen: when the coherence area on the microlens-array screen is smaller than the microlens footprint, there is no interference between the fields emitted by the different microlenses and as a result no speckle is formed. We measured and modelled the speckle properties of microlens arrays with regular and irregular structure and lens sizes, and also a paper screen for comparison...
February 20, 2017: Optics Express
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