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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166329/pseudolesions-impersonating-osseous-tumor-involvement-on-both-contrast-enhanced-ct-and-fdg-pet-ct
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Jessica K Peterson, Rustain L Morgan, Joseph S Donald, Mark A Perry
A 27-year-old man with stage IV-B Hodgkin's lymphoma status post autologous peripheral stem cell transplant in 2015 with complete response, presented in 2017 with increasing back pain. Restaging contrast enhanced CT demonstrated left brachiocephalic vein occlusion with peripheral nodular high density areas within C7-T2 vertebral bodies with corresponding radiotracer uptake on same day PET/CT. No matching lesion was seen on noncontrast CT. Findings were consistent with pooling of contrast and radiotracer within vertebral venous plexus collaterals at the cervicothoracic junction secondary to brachiocephalic vein occlusion...
November 22, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166288/spirulina-platensis-affects-factors-involved-in-spermatogenesis-and-increases-ghrelin-receptors-in-testis-tissue-of-rats-fed-a-high-fat-diet
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O B B Esener, E Gurel-Gurevin, B Isbilen-Basok, F Yigit, T Bilal, A Altiner, N Yilmazer, E I Armutak
Ghrelin is a peptide hormone which plays important role in maintaining growth hormone release and energy homeostasis in vertebrates. Spirulina platensis (SP) has antioxidant and hypolipidemic effects due to its ingredients. In this study we aimed to investigate the effects of SP on the testicular structure and relation between ghrelin and testosterone in the testis of rats fed a high fat diet (HFD). Sixty four young adult male rats were used and divided to 8 equal groups. Experimental groups received addition of 10% cholesterol (CHL), 43% hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) and 3% SP alone or in combination to basal diet while the control group received only basal diet...
September 26, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165983/incorporating-electrode-modification-layer-with-vertical-phase-separated-photoactive-layer-for-efficient-and-stable-inverted-nonfullerene-polymer-solar-cells
#3
Zhenzhen Shi, Hao Liu, Yaping Wang, Jinyan Li, Yiming Bai, Fuzhi Wang, Xingming Bian, Tasawar Hayat, Ahmed Alsaedi, Zhan'ao Tan
For bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells (PSCs), the donors and acceptors featuring specific phase separation and concentration distribution within the electron donor:acceptor blends crucially affect the exciton dissociation and charge transportation. Herein, efficient and stable nonfullerene inverted PSCs incorporating phase separated photoactive layer and titanium chelate electrode modification layer are demonstrated. Water contact angle (WCA), scanning kelvin probe microscopy (SKPM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques are implemented to characterize the morphology of photoactive layers...
November 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165500/uv-vis-spectrophotometry-of-quinone-flow-battery-electrolyte-for-in-situ-monitoring-and-improved-electrochemical-modeling-of-potential-and-quinhydrone-formation
#4
Liuchuan Tong, Qing Chen, Andrew A Wong, Rafael Gómez-Bombarelli, Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Roy G Gordon, Michael J Aziz
Quinone-based aqueous flow batteries provide a potential opportunity for large-scale, low-cost energy storage due to their composition from earth abundant elements, high aqueous solubility, reversible redox kinetics and their chemical tunability such as reduction potential. In an operating flow battery utilizing 9,10-anthraquinone-2,7-disulfonic acid, the aggregation of an oxidized quinone and a reduced hydroquinone to form a quinhydrone dimer causes significant variations from ideal solution behavior and of optical absorption from the Beer-Lambert law...
November 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164154/the-application-of-dextran-sedimentation-as-an-initial-step-in-neutrophil-purification-promotes-their-stimulation-due-to-the-presence-of-monocytes
#5
Alex Quach, Antonio Ferrante
The purification of human neutrophils for in vitro studies is challenging as they are easily activated through ex vivo manipulations. The technique of erythrocyte sedimentation combined with density gradient centrifugation remains widely practiced and was the subject of this study. Since in the sedimentation step the leukocytes are incubated with dextran, we have raised the likelihood that cellular activation would occur with mediator release leading to neutrophil activation. By comparing the activity of neutrophils purified from whole blood by the classical 2-step method of dextran sedimentation followed by low-density Ficoll-Hypaque (1...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164048/a-retrospective-mid-and-long-term-follow-up-study-on-the-changes-in-hematologic-parameters-in-the-highly-exposed-residents-of-the-hebei-spirit-oil-spill-in-taean-south-korea
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Young-Hyun Choi, Jee-Young Hong, Moo-Sik Lee
Objectives: This study aimed to analyze changes in hematologic parameters in the residents of the areas highly contaminated by the Hebei Spirit Oil Spill in 2007 and those who participated in the clean-up activities. Methods: According to demographic characteristics, health status and behavior, and level of exposure to oil, we compared the hematologic results in 2009 and 2012 among 701 residents. The hematologic parameters were composed of white blood cell (WBC) count, and levels of hemoglobin, hematocrit (Hct), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), glucose, glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), creatinine (Cr), total cholesterol (T-chol), high-density lipoprotein (HDL), and triglyceride (TG)...
October 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163675/effects-of-different-concentrations-of-type-i-collagen-hydrogel-on-the-growth-and-differentiation-of-chondrocytes
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Deshan Hu, Xiuli Shan
The objective of this study was to analyze the effects of type-I collagen hydrogel of different concentrations on the growth and differentiation of rabbit chondrocytes. Articular cartilage from New Zealand white rabbits was harvested and cultured. Second-generation chondrocytes were collected for in vitro culture with 10, 7, and 5 mg/ml type-I collagen hydrogel, respectively (denoted as groups A, B, and C). After in vitro culture for 1 day, chondrocytes were stained with fluorescein diacetate (FDA)/propidium iodide (PI), and cell viability was observed by laser confocal microscopy...
December 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163607/increasing-leaf-vein-density-via-mutagenesis-in-rice-results-in-an-enhanced-rate-of-photosynthesis-smaller-cell-sizes-and-can-reduce-interveinal-mesophyll-cell-number
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Aryo B Feldman, Hei Leung, Marietta Baraoidan, Abigail Elmido-Mabilangan, Irma Canicosa, William P Quick, John Sheehy, Erik H Murchie
Improvements to leaf photosynthetic rates of crops can be achieved by targeted manipulation of individual component processes, such as the activity and properties of RuBisCO or photoprotection. This study shows that simple forward genetic screens of mutant populations can also be used to rapidly generate photosynthesis variants that are useful for breeding. Increasing leaf vein density (concentration of vascular tissue per unit leaf area) has important implications for plant hydraulic properties and assimilate transport...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163550/evaluation-of-alpha-1-antitrypsin-levels-and-serpina1-gene-polymorphisms-in-sickle-cell-disease
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Magda Oliveira Seixas Carvalho, André Luís Carvalho Santos Souza, Mauricio Batista Carvalho, Ana Paula Almeida Souza Pacheco, Larissa Carneiro Rocha, Valma Maria Lopes do Nascimento, Camylla Vilas Boas Figueiredo, Caroline Conceição Guarda, Rayra Pereira Santiago, Adekunle Adekile, Marilda de Souza Goncalves
Alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) is an inhibitor of neutrophil elastase and a member of the serine proteinase inhibitor (serpin) superfamily, and little is known about its activity in sickle cell disease (SCD). We hypothesize that AAT may undergo changes in SCD because of the high oxidative stress and inflammation associated with the disease. We have found high AAT levels in SCD patients compared to controls, while mutant genotypes of SERPINA1 gene had decreased AAT levels, in both groups. AAT showed negative correlation with red blood cells, hemoglobin (Hb), hematocrit, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, urea, creatinine, and albumin and was positively correlated with mean corpuscular Hb concentration, white blood cells, neutrophils, Hb S, bilirubin, lactate dehydrogenase, ferritin, and C-reactive protein...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163190/sr-bi-mediated-transcytosis-of-hdl-in-brain-microvascular-endothelial-cells-is-independent-of-caveolin-clathrin-and-pdzk1
#10
Karen Y Fung, Changsen Wang, Steffen Nyegaard, Bryan Heit, Gregory D Fairn, Warren L Lee
The vascular endothelium supplying the brain exhibits very low paracellular and transcellular permeability and is a major constituent of the blood-brain barrier. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) crosses the blood-brain barrier by transcytosis, but technical limitations have made it difficult to elucidate its regulation. Using a combination of spinning-disc confocal and total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy, we examined the uptake and transcytosis of HDL by human primary brain microvascular endothelial cell monolayers...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163071/systematic-morphometry-of-catecholamine-nuclei-in-the-brainstem
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Domenico Bucci, Carla L Busceti, Maria T Calierno, Paola Di Pietro, Michele Madonna, Francesca Biagioni, Larisa Ryskalin, Fiona Limanaqi, Ferdinando Nicoletti, Francesco Fornai
Catecholamine nuclei within the brainstem reticular formation (RF) play a pivotal role in a variety of brain functions. However, a systematic characterization of these nuclei in the very same experimental conditions is missing so far. Tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) immune-positive cells of the brainstem correspond to dopamine (DA)-, norepinephrine (NE)-, and epinephrine (E)-containing cells. Here, we report a systematic count of TH-positive neurons in the RF of the mouse brainstem by using stereological morphometry...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163020/what-drives-bird-vision-bill-control-and-predator-detection-overshadow-flight
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Graham R Martin
Although flight is regarded as a key behavior of birds this review argues that the perceptual demands for its control are met within constraints set by the perceptual demands of two other key tasks: the control of bill (or feet) position, and the detection of food items/predators. Control of bill position, or of the feet when used in foraging, and timing of their arrival at a target, are based upon information derived from the optic flow-field in the binocular region that encompasses the bill. Flow-fields use information extracted from close to the bird using vision of relatively low spatial resolution...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162870/hdl-particles-incorporate-into-lipid-bilayers-a-combined-afm-and-single-molecule-fluorescence-microscopy-study
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Birgit Plochberger, Clemens Röhrl, Johannes Preiner, Christian Rankl, Mario Brameshuber, Josef Madl, Robert Bittman, Robert Ros, Erdinc Sezgin, Christian Eggeling, Peter Hinterdorfer, Herbert Stangl, Gerhard J Schütz
The process, how lipids are removed from the circulation and transferred from high density lipoprotein (HDL) - a main carrier of cholesterol in the blood stream - to cells, is highly complex. HDL particles are captured from the blood stream by the scavenger receptor, class B, type I (SR-BI), the so-called HDL receptor. The details in subsequent lipid-transfer process, however, have not yet been completely understood. The transfer has been proposed to occur directly at the cell surface across an unstirred water layer, via a hydrophobic channel in the receptor, or after HDL endocytosis...
November 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162115/opportunities-for-topical-antimicrobial-therapy-permeation-of-canine-skin-by-fusidic-acid
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Sian-Marie Frosini, Ross Bond, Anette Loeffler, Jo Larner
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcal infection of the canine epidermis and hair follicle is amongst the commonest reasons for antimicrobial prescribing in small animal veterinary practice. Topical therapy with fusidic acid (FA) is an attractive alternative to systemic therapy based on low minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs, commonly <0.03 mg/l) documented in canine pathogenic staphylococci, including strains of MRSA and MRSP (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and S. pseudintermedius)...
November 21, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161346/co-transplantation-of-nanofat-enhances-neovascularization-and-fat-graft-survival-in-nude-mice
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Qian Yu, Yizuo Cai, He Huang, Zhenxing Wang, Peng Xu, Xiangsheng Wang, Lu Zhang, Wenjie Zhang, Wei Li
Background: Autologous fat grafting is commonly used for soft-tissue augmentation and reconstruction. However, this technique is limited by a high rate of graft absorption. Thus, approaches to improve fat graft survival that promote neovascularization are of great interest. Nanofat has several beneficial features that may render it more suitable for clinical applications than other stem-cell based approaches. Objectives: We aimed to determine whether nanofat could enhance new vessel formation and improve the long-term retention of fat grafts...
November 17, 2017: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161303/nonlinear-dynamics-of-early-atherosclerotic-plaque-formation-may-determine-the-efficacy-of-high-density-lipoproteins-hdl-in-plaque-regression
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Alexander D Chalmers, Christina A Bursill, Mary R Myerscough
We use a computational model to explore the effect of foam cell accumulation on plaque regression following an increase in high density lipoprotein (HDL) influx into the plaque. Atherosclerotic plaque formation is the outcome of cellular and cytokine responses to low density lipoproteins (LDL) that penetrate the artery wall following an injury to the endothelium and become modified. We modelled the cells and cytokines that are most important in plaque formation using partial differential equations. The model includes monocytes and macrophages, foam cells, macrophage chemoattractants, endothelium-stimulating cytokines, modified low density lipoproteins (mod LDL) and HDL...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161233/swimming-but-not-vitamin-e-ameliorates-prothrombotic-state-and-hypofibrinolysis-in-a-rat-model-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#17
Hussein F Sakr, Amr M Abbas, Mohamed A Haidara
BACKGROUND: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is associated with a systemic procoagulant hypofibrinolysis state that is considered as a risk factor for microangiopathy and peripheral vascular diseases. Swimming exercise ameliorates the metabolic dysfunction in type 2 diabetes. Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant that reduces the risk of endothelial dysfunction in metabolic syndrome. The aim of the present study is to investigate the effect of combined swimming exercise with vitamin E on coagulation as well as blood fibrinolysis markers in rats with NAFLD...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161152/proliferative-cells-isolated-from-the-adult-human-peripheral-retina-only-transiently-upregulate-key-retinal-markers-upon-induced-differentiation
#18
Erik O Johnsen, Rebecca C Frøen, Ole Kristoffer Olstad, Bjørn Nicolaissen, Goran Petrovski, Morten C Moe, Agate Noer
Purpose/Aim: The adult human retina has limited regenerative potential, and severe injury will result in permanent damage. Lower vertebrates handle retinal injury by activating neural stem cells (NSCs) in the ciliary marginal zone (CMZ). Müller glia-like cells expressing markers of NSCs are also present in the peripheral retina (PR) of the adult human eye, leading to the hypothesis that a CMZ-like zone might exists also in humans. In order to shed further light on this hypothesis we investigated the in vitro differentiation potential of proliferative cells isolated from the adult human PR towards a retinal phenotype...
November 21, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161075/metabolic-dysregulation-systemic-inflammation-and-pediatric-obesity-related-asthma
#19
Deepa Rastogi, Fernando Holguin
Obesity-related asthma is a distinct pediatric asthma phenotype. It is associated with higher disease burden, lower pulmonary function, and suboptimal response to current asthma medications. Recent studies have made inroads into elucidating its pathophysiology. Systemic immune responses in obese children with asthma are skewed to a nonatopic T-helper cell type 1 (Th1) pattern that correlates with pulmonary function deficits. The prevalence of metabolic dysregulation is also higher among obese children with asthma than among normal-weight children with asthma...
November 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160934/highly-efficient-perovskite-solar-cells-based-on-zn2ti3o8-nanoparticles-as-electron-transporting-material-with-efficiency-over-17
#20
Zhong-Ning Chen, Aiying Pang, Deli Shen, Mingdeng Wei
Developing ternary metal oxides as electron transporting layers (ETL) for perovskite solar cell is highly challenging in the field of third-generation photovoltaics. In this study, highly mesoporous zinc titanate oxide (Zn2Ti3O8) scaffold synthesized by ion-exchange method has been successfully used as ETL for the fabrication of methyl ammonium lead halide (CH3NH3PbI3) perovskite solar cells. The optimized devices exhibit 17.21% power conversion efficiency (PCE) with open circuit voltage (Voc) of 1.02 V, short-circuit current density (Jsc) of 21...
November 21, 2017: ChemSusChem
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