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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550818/blochsolver-a-gpu-optimized-fast-3d-mri-simulator-for-experimentally-compatible-pulse-sequences
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Ryoichi Kose, Katsumi Kose
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) simulator, which reproduces MRI experiments using computers, has been developed using two graphic-processor-unit (GPU) boards (GTX 1080). The MRI simulator was developed to run according to pulse sequences used in experiments. Experiments and simulations were performed to demonstrate the usefulness of the MRI simulator for three types of pulse sequences, namely, three-dimensional (3D) gradient-echo, 3D radio-frequency spoiled gradient-echo, and gradient-echo multislice with practical matrix sizes...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550817/atypical-presentation-and-outcome-of-cervicogenic-headache-in-patients-with-cervical-degenerative-disease-a-single-center-experience
#2
Shyamal C Bir, Anil Nanda, Devi Prasad Patra, Tanmoy Kumar Maiti, Cesar Liendo, Minagar Alireza, Oleg Y Chernyshev
OBJECTIVE: Cervicogenic headache affects a significant portion of the entire population. This type of headache especially with atypical presentation is often hard to diagnose and manage since its etiopathophysiology is not been yet well understood. We have investigated the prevalence of cervicogenic headache with atypical presentation and discussed the etiology of it, and the outcome of surgical intervention on this type of headache in patients with cervical degenerative disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Radiological and clinical data of 160 patients (from 2001 through 2016) were retrospectively reviewed...
May 13, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550816/designing-an-hcv-vaccine-a-unique-convergence-of-prevention-and-therapy
#3
REVIEW
Christopher M Walker
Direct acting antivirals can cure chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection but whether they will reduce global liver disease burden is uncertain. Most chronic infections are undiagnosed and transmission has increased in recent years. The first trial of a preventive vaccine is now underway in humans at risk for HCV infection. It will test the novel hypothesis that T cell-mediated immunity alone can prevent persistent HCV infection. Another vaccine that elicits neutralizing antibodies is at an advanced stage of development...
May 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550815/selection-for-intramuscular-fat-and-lean-meat-yield-will-improve-the-bloomed-colour-of-australian-lamb-loin-meat
#4
H B Calnan, R H Jacob, D W Pethick, G E Gardner
The colour of bloomed m. longissimus was measured 24h post slaughter for 8165 lamb carcasses produced over 5years across 8 sites in Australia. Intramuscular fat across a 2 to 8% range and shortloin fat weight were positively associated with meat lightness (L*), redness (a*), yellowness (b*), hue and chroma (P<0.01). Shortloin muscle weight was negatively associated with these meat colour parameters (P<0.01), although this was largely accounted for by correlated changes in intramuscular fat (P<0.01)...
May 2, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550814/determination-of-equilibrium-structures-of-bromothymol-blue-revealed-by-using-quantum-chemistry-with-an-aid-of-multivariate-analysis-of-electronic-absorption-spectra
#5
Toru Shimada, Takeshi Hasegawa
The pH dependent chemical structures of bromothymol blue (BTB), which have long been under controversy, are determined by employing a combined technique of multivariate analysis of electronic absorption spectra and quantum chemistry. Principle component analysis (PCA) of the pH dependent spectra apparently reveals that only two chemical species are adequate to fully account for the color changes, with which the spectral decomposition is readily performed by using augmented alternative least-squares (ALS) regression analysis...
May 19, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550813/a-reliable-sewage-quality-abnormal-event-monitoring-system
#6
Tianling Li, Melissa Winnel, Hao Lin, Jared Panther, Chang Liu, Roger O'Halloran, Kewen Wang, Taicheng An, Po Keung Wong, Shanqing Zhang, Huijun Zhao
With closing water loop through purified recycled water, wastewater becomes a part of source water, requiring reliable wastewater quality monitoring system (WQMS) to manage wastewater source and mitigate potential health risks. However, the development of reliable WQMS is fatally constrained by severe contamination and biofouling of sensors due to the hostile analytical environment of wastewaters, especially raw sewages, that challenges the limit of existing sensing technologies. In this work, we report a technological solution to enable the development of WQMS for real-time abnormal event detection with high reliability and practicality...
May 20, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550812/molecular-characterization-of-human-adenoviruses-in-urban-wastewaters-using-next-generation-and-sanger-sequencing
#7
M Iaconelli, B Valdazo-González, M Equestre, A R Ciccaglione, C Marcantonio, S Della Libera, G La Rosa
Human adenoviruses (HAdVs) are of major public health importance and are associated with a variety of clinical manifestations, including gastroenteritis, respiratory, ocular and urinary tract infections. To study the occurrence, prevalence and diversity of HAdV species and types circulating in Italy, we conducted a large-scale molecular-epidemiological investigation, a yearlong monitoring of 22 wastewater treatment plants, covering 10 Italian regions, representative of northern, central, and southern Italy...
May 19, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550811/influence-of-solids-residence-time-and-carbon-storage-on-nitrogen-and-phosphorus-recovery-by-microalgae-across-diel-cycles
#8
D A Gardner-Dale, I M Bradley, J S Guest
Microalgal treatment systems could advance nutrient recovery from wastewater by achieving effluent nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) levels below the current limit of technology, but their successful implementation requires an understanding of how design decisions influence nutrient uptake over daily (i.e., diel) cycles. This work demonstrates the ability to influence microalgal N:P recovery ratio via solids residence time (SRT) while maintaining complete nutrient removal across day/night cycles through carbon storage and mobilization...
May 18, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550810/rigid-aromatic-linking-moiety-in-cationic-lipids-for-enhanced-gene-transfection-efficiency
#9
Bing Wang, Rui-Mo Zhao, Ji Zhang, Yan-Hong Liu, Zheng Huang, Qing-Ying Yu, Xiao-Qi Yu
Although numerous cationic lipids have been developed as non-viral gene vectors, the structure-activity relationship (SAR) of these materials remains unclear and needs further investigation. In this work, a series of lysine-derived cationic lipids containing linkages with different rigidity were designed and synthesized. SAR studies showed that lipids with rigid aromatic linkage could promote the formation of tight liposomes and enhance DNA condensation, which is essential for the gene delivery process. These lipids could give much higher transfection efficiency than those containing more flexible aliphatic linkage in various cell lines...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550809/the-impact-of-childhood-overweight-and-obesity-on-healthcare-utilisation
#10
Edel Doherty, Michelle Queally, John Cullinan, Paddy Gillespie
Rising levels of childhood overweight and obesity represent a major global public health challenge. A number of studies have explored the association between childhood overweight and obesity and healthcare utilisation and costs. This paper adds to the literature by estimating the causal effect of child overweight and obesity status on use of general practitioner (GP) and hospital inpatient stays at two time points using instrumental variable (IV) methods The paper uses data from two waves of the Growing Up in Ireland survey of children when they are 9 and 13 years respectively and uses the biological mother's body mass index (BMI) as an instrument for the child's BMI...
May 12, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550808/the-association-between-height-and-hypertension-in-indonesia
#11
Kitae Sohn
There is growing interest in the influence of early-life conditions on the development of disease. Among diseases in adulthood, hypertension is particularly important for the developing world because considerably more people there are and will be afflicted with the disease than in the developed world and hypertensives there are often unaware of their disease status. We employed height as a proxy for the influence of early-life conditions and estimated the relation between height and hypertension status in Indonesia...
May 8, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550807/effects-of-waterborne-copper-delivered-under-two-different-exposure-and-salinity-regimes-on-osmotic-and-ionic-regulation-in-the-mudflat-fiddler-crab-minuca-rapax-ocypodidae-brachyura
#12
Mariana V Capparelli, John C McNamara, Martin Grosell
The effects of exposure to copper (Cu) on tissue Cu accumulation, on hemolymph osmotic, Na(+) and Cl(-) regulation, and on gill Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase (NKA) and carbonic anhydrase (CA) activities were evaluated in the fiddler crab Minuca rapax. Waterborne copper was delivered to the crabs at one of three salinities (seawater at 25‰ salinity [S] = isosmotic control; distilled water [<0.1‰ S] = hypo-osmotic medium; or 60‰ S = hyper-osmotic seawater) either for 5 days in a 0.5-cm water film containing 0, 50, 150, 250 or 500µg Cu/L with free access to a dry surface, or in crabs fully submerged for 5h at 0, 250 or 500µg Cu/L...
May 24, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550806/lettuce-facing-microcystins-rich-irrigation-water-at-different-developmental-stages-effects-on-plant-performance-and-microcystins-bioaccumulation
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Efi Levizou, George Statiris, Theodoti Papadimitriou, Chrysi S Laspidou, Konstantinos Ar Kormas
This study investigated the microcystins (MCs)-rich irrigation water effect on lettuce of different developmental stages, i.e. during a two months period, covering the whole period from seed germination to harvest at marketable size of the plant. We followed four lettuce plant groups receiving MCs-rich water (1.81μgl(-1) of dissolved MCs), originating from the Karla Reservoir, central Greece: 1) from seeds, 2) the cotyledon, 3) two true leaves and 4) four true leaves stages, all of which were compared to control plants that received tap water...
May 24, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550805/enantioselective-accumulation-metabolism-and-phytoremediation-of-lactofen-by-aquatic-macrophyte-lemna-minor
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Fang Wang, Xiaotong Yi, Han Qu, Li Chen, Donghui Liu, Peng Wang, Zhiqiang Zhou
Pesticides are frequently detected in water bodies due to the agricultural application, which may pose impacts on aquatic organisms. The enantioselective bioaccumulation and metabolism of the herbicide lactofen in aquatic floating macrophyte Lemna minor (L. minor) were studied and the potential L. minor phytoremediation was investigated. Ultra-high performance liquid chromatography - tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS-MS) analysis for lactofen and its two known metabolites in L. minor was performed. The initial concentrations of racemic lactofen, R-lactofen and S-lactofen were all 30μgL(-1) in the growth solution...
May 24, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550804/dispersant-approval-procedures-in-france-and-italy-a-comparative-ecotoxicity-study
#15
Loredana Manfra, Andrea Tornambè, Julien Guyomarch, Pascale Le Guerrogue, Loïc Kerambrun, Alice Rotini, Federica Savorelli, Fulvio Onorati, Erika Magaletti
A research project has been performed to the request of the RAMOGE Executive Secretariat to identify differences between dispersant approval procedures in France and Italy and propose ways to harmonize them. A collaborative study has been conducted by CEDRE (Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution) and ISPRA (Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research) to: a) compare current approval procedures in Italy and France with identification of differences and commonalities; b) carry out toxicity tests using both procedures on two selected dispersants; c) propose a common approach between Italy and France...
May 24, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550803/discourse-in-action-parents-use-of-medical-and-social-models-to-resist-disability-stigma
#16
Bianca Manago, Jenny L Davis, Carla Goar
For parents of children with disabilities, stigmatization is part of everyday life. To resist the negative social and emotional consequences of stigma, parents both challenge and deflect social devaluations. Challenges work to upend the stigmatizing structure, while deflections maintain the interaction order. We examine how parents of children with disabilities deploy deflections and challenges, and how their stigma resistance strategies combine with available models of disability discourse. Disability discourse falls into two broad categories: medical and social...
May 6, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550802/mechanism-of-action-of-three-newly-registered-drugs-for-multiple-sclerosis-treatment
#17
REVIEW
Kaja Kasarełło, Agnieszka Cudnoch-Jędrzejewska, Andrzej Członkowski, Dagmara Mirowska-Guzel
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of suspected autoimmune origin leading to neurodegeneration. The disease pathomechanism is considered to be primarily based on neuroinflammation directed against myelin antigens caused by autoreactive T cells. MS etiology remains still unknown, which makes it difficult to create an efficient therapy, therefore, MS treatment targets mechanisms involved in disease pathology. In this review, we present the mechanism of action of three newly registered drugs for MS. Dimethyl fumarate (DMF) is an agent presenting a broad spectrum of action...
February 22, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550801/the-nk-1-receptor-antagonist-l-732-138-induces-apoptosis-in-human-gastrointestinal-cancer-cell-lines
#18
Miguel Muñoz, Marisa Rosso, Rafael Coveñas
BACKGROUND: Gastric and colon cancer cells express the neurokinin-1 receptor (NK-1R) and the peptide substance P (SP), after binding to this receptor, elicits the proliferation of gastrointestinal cancer cells and an antiapoptotic effect. In these cells, NK-1R antagonists (L-733,060: a piperidine derivative; aprepitant: a morpholine derivative) block, after binding to the NK-1R, the action of SP and exert an antiproliferative action, both antagonists promote apoptosis and the death of cancer cells...
February 12, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550800/2-phthalimidethanol-and-2-phthalimidethyl-nitrate-inhibit-mechanical-allodynia-neutrophil-recruitment-and-cytokine-and-chemokine-production-in-a-murine-model-of-articular-inflammation
#19
Adriana M Godin, Débora P Araújo, Raquel R Menezes, Ana M S de Brito, Ivo S F Melo, Giovanna M E Coura, Leandro F S Bastos, Flávio A Amaral, Mauro M Teixeira, Ângelo de Fátima, Márcio M Coelho, Renes R Machado
BACKGROUND: Phthalimide analogs have been shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory, analgesic and immunomodulatory activities in different preclinical assays. This study aimed to investigate the potential role of 2-phthalimidethanol (PTD-OH) and 2-phthalimidethyl nitrate (PTD-NO) in a murine model of antigen-induced articular inflammation. METHODS: Articular inflammation was induced by intra-articular injection of methylated bovine serum albumin (mBSA) in the knee joint of immunized male C57BL/6J mice...
February 8, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550799/in%C3%A2-vivo-assessment-of-dermal-adhesion-penetration-and-bioavailability-of-tetrabromobisphenol-a
#20
Yunjiang Yu, Liangzhong Li, Hongyan Li, Xiaowei Yu, Yanping Zhang, Qiong Wang, Zhixiang Zhou, Dandan Gao, Hao Ye, Bigui Lin, Ruixue Ma
Individuals are exposed to brominated flame retardants (BFRs), including tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA), on a daily basis because of their widespread usage. These compounds may have adverse effects on human health. In the present study, dermal absorption experiments were conducted in vivo to predict the adhesion, penetration, and bioavailability of TBBPA. TBBPA was administered to Wistar rats for 6 h by repeated dermal exposure at doses of 20, 60, 200, and 600 mg of TBBPA per kg of body weight (bw). The skin adhesion coefficient (AC) was calculated using a difference-value method and ranged from 0...
May 24, 2017: Environmental Pollution
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