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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245153/catheter-ablation-of-focal-atrial-tachycardia-using-remote-magnetic-navigation
#1
Xiao-Yu Liu, Peter Karl Jacobsen, Steen Pehrson, Xu Chen
OBJECTIVES: The outcomes of catheter ablation in focal atrial tachycardia (AT) using remote magnetic navigation (RMN) are still controversial. The objectives of this study were to assess the acute and long-term outcomes of catheter ablation in focal AT using RMN. BACKGROUND: A total of 53 patients with focal AT who underwent catheter ablation using RMN were included. Thirty-six patients had structural heart disease, including previous atrial fibrillation ablation and heart surgery (abnormal group), and the remaining 17 patients had no structural heart disease (normal group)...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245147/levels-of-trace-elements-methylmercury-and-polybrominated-diphenyl-ethers-in-foraging-green-turtles-in-the-south-china-region-and-their-conservation-implications
#2
Connie Ka Yan Ng, James Chung Wah Lam, Xiao Hua Zhang, He Xiang Gu, Tsung Hsien Li, Min Bin Ye, Zhong Rong Xia, Fei Yan Zhang, Jin Xia Duan, Wen Xiong Wang, Isaac Kam Sum Lam, George H Balazs, Paul K S Lam, Margaret B Murphy
Sea turtles are globally endangered and face daily anthropogenic threats, including pollution. However, there is a lack of ecotoxicological information on sea turtles, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. This study aims to determine pollutant levels of foraging green turtles (Chelonia mydas) in South China, including Hong Kong, Guangdong and Taiwan, as a basis for their conservation. Scute, liver and muscle tissues of stranded green turtles were analysed for levels of 17 trace elements and methylmercury (MeHg) (n = 86 for scute and n = 14 for liver) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) (n = 11 for muscle and n = 13 for liver)...
December 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245131/premagnetization-enhancing-the-reactivity-of-fe0-passivated-fe0-system-for-high-concentration-p-nitrophenol-removal-in-aqueous-solution
#3
Yi Ren, Jun Li, Leiduo Lai, Bo Lai
In order to strengthen the treatment efficiency of Fe0 based system for high concentration wastewater treatment, Fe0 particles were passivated by concentrated nitric acid, and a premagnetization Fe0/(passivated Fe0) system was setup for high concentration p-nitrophenol (PNP) removal in this study. The significant parameters of this system were optimized. Under the optimal conditions, the premagnetization Fe0/(passivated Fe0) system could obtain high kobs value for PNP removal (0.100 min-1) and COD removal (15...
December 9, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245130/biodiesel-production-from-castor-oil-using-heterogeneous-ni-doped-zno-nanocatalyst
#4
G Baskar, I Aberna Ebenezer Selvakumari, R Aiswarya
In the present study, castor oil with high free fatty acid was used for biodiesel production using heterogeneous Ni doped ZnO nanocatalyst. Ni doped ZnO nanocomposite calcinated at 800 °C has shown better catalytic activity. Process parameters on heterogeneous catalysis of castor oil into biodiesel were optimized using conventional and Response Surface Methodology (RSM). RSM was found more accurate in estimating the optimum conditions with higher biodiesel yield (95.20%). The optimum conditions for transesterification was found to be oil to methanol molar ratio of 1:8, catalyst loading 11% (w/w), reaction temperature of 55 °C for 60 min of reaction time by response surface method...
December 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245115/effects-of-grain-size-on-the-microstructures-and-mechanical-properties-of-304-austenitic-steel-processed-by-torsional-deformation
#5
Ji Gu, Lixin Zhang, Song Ni, Min Song
In this paper, two grain sized 304 austenitic steel rods (coarse-grained steel with an average grain size of ∼20μm and ultra-coarse-grained steel with an average grain size of ∼1mm) were treated by pre-torsional deformation. Gradient microstructures with "dislocations→stacking faults→nanotwins" along the radial direction were formed in the ultra-coarse-grained specimen, and this type of gradient microstructures is beneficial to the mechanical properties. The results also showed that grain size affects the onset of twinning...
December 11, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245088/-ghost-peak-of-clofazimine-a-solution-degradation-product-of-clofazimine-via-nucleophilic-substitution-by-nitrite-leaching-from-certain-glass-hplc-vials
#6
Jinsheng Lin, Zhenghuai Lin, Dan Li, Mengxue Feng, Qin Yang, Wenping Hu, Yang Han, Wenquan Zhu, Min Li, LuShan Yu
Analytical solutions of clofazimine drug substance stored in glass HPLC vials were found to undergo degradation at room temperature occasionally. At the time of each sample preparation, it was unpredictable if a particular solution would undergo such solution degradation. Once the degradation peak was observed in a particular vial, typically within 24h, it would keep growing until reaching a total yield of approximately 2%. By using a strategy that combines LC-PDA/UV-MSn with mechanism-based stress studies, followed by preparative HPLC separation and subsequent structure characterization by 1D and 2D NMR, the unknown peak was identified as a clofazimine nitrite ester...
November 26, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245047/polyriboinosinic-polyribocytidylic-acid-facilitates-interleukin-6-and-interleukin-8-secretion-in-human-dermal-fibroblasts-via-the-jak-stat3-and-p38-mapk-signal-transduction-pathways
#7
Zhang Ying Zhu, Cong Zhuo Jia, Jian Min Luo, Li Wang
Polyriboinosinic-polyribocytidylic acid (polyI:C) is a viral dsRNA analoguethat promotes wounds healing, accelerates re-epithelialization, granulation and neovascularization, and induces pro-inflammatory cytokine release. Little is known about polyI:C mediated induction of inflammatory mediators in human dermal fibroblast (HDFs), which form the primary scaffold for epithelial cells covering the wound. Here, we found that polyI:C enhances IL-6 and IL-8 mRNA expression and induces of IL-6 and IL-8 production in a concentration-dependent and time-dependent manner in HDFs...
December 12, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245014/perinatal-licensing-of-thermogenesis-by-il-33-and-st2
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Justin I Odegaard, Min-Woo Lee, Yoshitaka Sogawa, Ambre M Bertholet, Richard M Locksley, David E Weinberg, Yuriy Kirichok, Rahul C Deo, Ajay Chawla
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 14, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244956/effects-of-carbohydrate-and-branched-chain-amino-acid-beverage-ingestion-during-acute-upper-body-resistance-exercise-on-performance-and-post-exercise-hormone-response
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JohnEric W Smith, Ben M Krings, Brandon D Shepherd, Hunter S Waldman, Steven A Basham, Matthew J McAllister
The purpose of this investigation was to examine the individual and combined effects of ingesting carbohydrates (CHO) and branched chain amino acids (BCAA) during high volume upper-body resistance exercise (RE) on markers of catabolism and performance. Thirteen resistance trained males completed four experimental trials with supplementation ingesting beverages containing CHO, BCAA, CHO+BCAA, or placebo (PLA) in a randomized, double-blind design. The beverages were ingested in 118 mL servings six times during a ~60 min RE session consisting of bench press, bent-over row, incline press, and close-grip row...
December 15, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244944/evaluating-the-performance-of-household-liquefied-petroleum-gas-cookstoves
#10
Guofeng Shen, Michael D Hays, Kirk R Smith, Craig Williams, Jerroll W Faircloth, James J Jetter
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cookstoves are considered to be an important solution for mitigating household air pollution; however, their performance has rarely been evaluated. To fill the data and knowledge gaps in this important area, eighty-nine laboratory tests were conducted to quantify efficiencies and pollutant emissions from five commercially available household LPG stoves under different burning conditions. The mean thermal efficiency (± standard deviation) for the tested LPG cookstoves was 51±6%, meeting guidelines for the highest tier level (Tier 4) under the International Organization for Standardization, International Workshop Agreement 11...
December 15, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244904/pharmacokinetics-of-the-cannabinoid-receptor-ligand-18-f-mk-9470-in-the-rat-brain-evaluation-of-models-using-micropet
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Isabelle Miederer, Hans-Georg Buchholz, Andrea Kronfeld, Stephan Maus, Veronika Weyer-Elberich, Philipp Mildenberger, Beat Lutz, Mathias Schreckenberger
PURPOSE: The positron emission tomography ligand [18 F]MK-9470 is an inverse agonist that binds reversibly and with high affinity to the cannabinoid type 1 receptor. Due to its slow brain kinetics, care is required in the definition of its dissociation rates from the receptor. The goal of this study was to investigate pharmacokinetic analysis methods using an arterial input function. METHODS: Five Sprague-Dawley rats received injections of 13 to 25 MBq of [18 F]MK-9470 and were scanned over a period of 90 min...
December 15, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244863/a-parapoxviral-virion-protein-targets-the-retinoblastoma-protein-to-inhibit-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling
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Ponnuraj Nagendraprabhu, Sushil Khatiwada, Sabal Chaulagain, Gustavo Delhon, Daniel L Rock
Poxviruses have evolved multiple strategies to subvert signaling by Nuclear Factor κB (NF-κB), a crucial regulator of host innate immune responses. Here, we describe an orf virus (ORFV) virion-associated protein, ORFV119, which inhibits NF-κB signaling very early in infection (≤ 30 min post infection). ORFV119 NF-κB inhibitory activity was found unimpaired upon translation inhibition, suggesting that virion ORFV119 alone is responsible for early interference in signaling. A C-terminal LxCxE motif in ORFV119 enabled the protein to interact with the retinoblastoma protein (pRb) a multifunctional protein best known for its tumor suppressor activity...
December 15, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244861/reliability-of-the-parameters-of-the-power-duration-relationship-using-maximal-effort-time-trials-under-laboratory-conditions
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Christoph Triska, Bettina Karsten, Bernd Heidegger, Bernhard Koller-Zeisler, Bernhard Prinz, Alfred Nimmerichter, Harald Tschan
The purpose of this study was to assess the reliability of critical power (CP) and the total amount of work accomplished above CP (W´) across repeated tests using ecologically valid maximal effort time-trials (TT) under laboratory conditions. After an initial incremental exercise test, ten well-trained male triathletes (age: 28.5 ± 4.7 years; body mass: 73.3 ± 7.9 kg; height: 1.80 ± 0.07 m; maximal aerobic power [MAP]: 329 ± 41 W) performed three testing sessions (Familiarization, Test I and Test II) each comprising three TT (12, 7, and 3 min with a passive recovery of 60 min between trials)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244850/intensity-matters-therapist-dependent-dose-of-spinal-transcutaneous-electrical-nerve-stimulation
#14
Diego Serrano-Muñoz, Julio Gómez-Soriano, Elisabeth Bravo-Esteban, María Vázquez-Fariñas, Julian Taylor, Juan Avendaño-Coy
The intensity used during transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) in both, clinical practice and research studies, is often based on subjective commands such as "strong but comfortable sensation". There is no consensus regarding the effectiveness dose of TENS. The objective was to determine the difference in the effect of spinal TENS on soleus H-reflex modulation when applied by two therapists instructed to apply the stimulation at a "strong but comfortable" intensity. Twenty healthy volunteers divided into two groups: Therapist 1 (n = 10) and Therapist 2 (n = 10)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244836/energy-compensation-after-sprint-and-high-intensity-interval-training
#15
Matthew M Schubert, Elyse Palumbo, Rebekah F Seay, Katie K Spain, Holly E Clarke
BACKGROUND: Many individuals lose less weight than expected in response to exercise interventions when considering the increased energy expenditure of exercise (ExEE). This is due to energy compensation in response to ExEE, which may include increases in energy intake (EI) and decreases in non-exercise physical activity (NEPA). We examined the degree of energy compensation in healthy young men and women in response to interval training. METHODS: Data were examined from a prior study in which 24 participants (mean age, BMI, & VO2max = 28 yrs, 27...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244820/probiotics-reduce-repeated-water-avoidance-stress-induced-colonic-microinflammation-in-wistar-rats-in-a-sex-specific-manner
#16
Ju Yup Lee, Nayoung Kim, Ryoung Hee Nam, Sung Hwa Sohn, Sun Min Lee, Daeun Choi, Hyuk Yoon, Yong Sung Kim, Hye Seung Lee, Dong Ho Lee
The colonic response to stress is greater in female rats than in male rats. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of probiotics in the repeated water avoidance stress (rWAS)-induced colonic microinflammation model of Wistar rats in a sex-specific manner. The three groups (no-stress, WAS, and WAS with probiotics) were exposed to r-WAS for 1 h daily for 10 days, and Lactobacillus farciminis was administered by oral gavage for 10 days to animals in the probiotics group. The visceromotor response (VMR) to colorectal distension (CRD) was assessed using a barostat and noninvasive manometry before and after WAS exposure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244803/changes-in-brain-morphology-and-microstructure-in-relation-to-early-brain-activity-in-extremely-preterm-infants
#17
Maria Luisa Tataranno, Nathalie H P Claessens, Pim Moeskops, Mona C Toet, Karina J Kersbergen, Giuseppe Buonocore, Ivana Išgum, Alexander Leemans, Serena Counsell, Floris Groenendaal, Linda S de Vries, Manon J N L Benders
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relation of early brain activity with structural (growth of the cortex and cerebellum) and white matter microstructural brain development. METHODS: 33 preterm neonates (gestational age 26±1 weeks) without major brain abnormalities were continuously monitored with electroencephalography (EEG) during the first 48 h of life. Rate of spontaneous activity transients per minute (SAT rate) and interSAT interval (ISI) in seconds per minute were calculated...
December 15, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244793/effects-of-epinephrine-on-hemodynamic-changes-during-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-in-a-neonatal-piglet-model
#18
Michael Wagner, Po-Yin Cheung, Elliott S Li, Tze-Fun Lee, Min Lu, Megan O'Reilly, Monika Olischar, Georg M Schmölzer
BACKGROUND: Asphyxia is the most common reason for newborns to fail to make a successful fetal to neonatal transition. There is currently a lack of data evaluating hemodynamic effects of epinephrine during neonatal cardiopulmonary resuscitation. METHODS: Twenty-four newborn piglets were exposed to asphyxia. Thereafter, positive pressure ventilation was commenced for 30 s, followed by chest compressions (CC). Piglets were randomized into three experimental groups: 3:1 compression:ventilation ratio; CC during sustained inflation (SI) at a rate of 90 CC per minute, or CC during SI at a rate of 120 CC per minute...
December 15, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244787/loss-of-podocalyxin-causes-a-novel-syndromic-type-of-congenital-nephrotic-syndrome
#19
Hee Gyung Kang, Moses Lee, Kyoung Boon Lee, Michael Hughes, Bo Sang Kwon, Sangmoon Lee, Kelly M McNagny, Yo Han Ahn, Jung Min Ko, Il-Soo Ha, Murim Choi, Hae Il Cheong
Many cellular structures directly imply specific biological functions. For example, normal slit diaphragm structures that extend from podocyte foot processes ensure the filtering function of renal glomeruli. These slits are covered by a number of surface proteins, such as nephrin, podocin, podocalyxin and CD2AP. Here we report a human patient presenting with congenital nephrotic syndrome, omphalocele and microcoria due to two loss-of-function mutations in PODXL, which encodes podocalyxin, inherited from each parent...
December 15, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244769/effects-of-uv-ozone-treatment-on-sensing-behaviours-of-egfets-with-al%C3%A2-o%C3%A2-sensing-film
#20
Cuiling Sun, Ruixue Zeng, Junkai Zhang, Zhi-Jun Qiu, Dongping Wu
The effects of UV-ozone (UVO) treatment on the sensing behaviours of extended-gate field-effect transistors (EGFETs) that use Al₂O₃ as the sensing film have been investigated. The Al₂O₃ sensing films are UVO-treated with various duration times and the corresponding EGFET sensing behaviours, such as sensitivity, hysteresis, and long-term stability, are electrically evaluated under various measurement conditions. Physical analysis is also performed to characterize the surface conditions of the UVO-treated sensing films using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy...
December 15, 2017: Materials
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