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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931176/the-role-of-cortisol-acth-ratio-for-screening-of-subclinical-hypercortisolism-in-patients-with-adrenal-incidentalomas
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Lele Li, Guoqing Yang, Jingtao Dou, Weijun Gu, Zhaohui Lv, Juming Lu, Yiming Mu
Introduction The cortisol/ACTH ratio was supposed to be helpful in the screening of subclinical hypercortisolism (SHC) in the published literatures. This study assessed the cortisol/ACTH ratio in patients with adrenal incidentaloma (AI) confirmed to have SHC and investigated its role for screening SCS in patients with AI. Methods This descriptive retrospective study included 183 patients with AIs [45 with SHC and 138 with non-functional adenoma (NFA)]. Cortisol and ACTH levels were measured at 8:00, 16:00, and 0:00, and the cortisol/ACTH ratio was calculated...
September 20, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931154/differentially-expressed-proteins-from-the-peritrophic-membrane-related-to-the-lethal-synergistic-mechanisms-observed-in-hyphantria-cunea-larvae-treated-with-a-mixture-of-bt-and-chlorbenzuron
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Ming Xu, Fuyuan Xu, Xiaoqin Wu
Hyphantria cunea (Drury) (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae) is an important forest insect pest around the world. It attacks a variety of broad-leaf trees. It has caused serious economic and ecological damage to its new habitats. A mixture of Bt and chlorbenzuron has a higher toxicity and faster killed than those of either agent alone to the 4th instar larvae of H. cunea both by the lab and field test results, and the toxic effect of the mixture treatment was significantly enhanced. Using proteomics technology, including SDS-PAGE and MALDI-TOF-TOF MS, we analyzed differentially expressed proteins of the peritrophic membrane (PM) of the 4th instar larvae of H...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930176/high-sensitivity-encoder-like-micro-area-changed-capacitive-transducer-for-a-nano-g-micro-accelerometer
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Wenjie Wu, Panpan Zheng, Jinquan Liu, Zhu Li, Ji Fan, Huafeng Liu, Liangcheng Tu
Encoder-like micro area-changed capacitive transducers are advantageous in terms of their better linearity and larger dynamic range compared to gap-changed capacitive transducers. Such transducers have been widely applied in rectilinear and rotational position sensors, lab-on-a-chip applications and bio-sensors. However, a complete model accounting for both the parasitic capacitance and fringe effect in area-changed capacitive transducers has not yet been developed. This paper presents a complete model for this type of transducer applied to a high-resolution micro accelerometer that was verified by both simulations and experiments...
September 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929983/genetic-perspective-of-milk-yield-persistency-in-the-first-three-lactations-of-iranian-buffaloes-bubalus-bubalis
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Navid Ghavi Hossein-Zadeh, Mohammad Ali Nazari, Abdol Ahad Shadparvar
The objectives of this study were to estimate the genetic parameters and genetic trends for different measures of persistency (PM) for milk yield in Iranian buffaloes using a random regression test day model. Test day records of the first three lactations of buffaloes within 715 herds comprising 43 014, 38 941 and 33 937 records, respectively, were obtained from the Animal Breeding Center of Iran during 1992 to 2012. Legendre polynomial functions were chosen to fit the lactation curves in the framework of a random regression test day model for estimating (co)variance components...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Dairy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929981/the-presence-of-acylated-ghrelin-during-in-vitro-maturation-of-bovine-oocytes-induces-cumulus-cell-dna-damage-and-apoptosis-and-impairs-early-embryo-development
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Matias A Sirini, Juan Mateo Anchordoquy, Juan Patricio Anchordoquy, Ana M Pascua, Noelia Nikoloff, Ana Carranza, Alejandro E Relling, Cecilia C Furnus
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of acylated ghrelin supplementation during in vitro maturation (IVM) of bovine oocytes. IVM medium was supplemented with 20, 40 or 60 pM acylated ghrelin concentrations. Cumulus expansion area and oocyte nuclear maturation were studied as maturation parameters. Cumulus-oocyte complexes (COC) were assessed with the comet, apoptosis and viability assays. The in vitro effects of acylated ghrelin on embryo developmental capacity and embryo quality were also evaluated...
September 20, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929790/the-variability-of-pm10-and-pm2-5-concentrations-in-selected-polish-agglomerations-the-role-of-meteorological-conditions-2006-2016
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Joanna Jędruszkiewicz, Bartosz Czernecki, Michał Marosz
The research focuses on the analysis of PM10 and PM2.5 concentrations variability at 11 stations in selected urbanized areas of Poland (Tricity, Poznań, Łódź, Kraków). Methods comprised: the analysis of basic statistical characteristics in yearly/monthly/daily/hourly scale and threshold exceedance frequencies. Also, correlations between PM10 and meteorological variables were investigated. GEV distribution analysis allowed the estimation of the return levels of monthly maxima of PM10 and PM2.5. Results show that in Tricity there are fewer than 5 % of days with PM10 and PM2...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Health Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929512/systematic-design-of-a-magnetically-levitated-brushless-dc-motor-for-a-reversible-rotary-intra-aortic-blood-pump
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Yaxin Wang, Thomas G Logan, P Alex Smith, Po-Lin Hsu, William E Cohn, Liping Xu, Richard A McMahon
The IntraVAD is a miniature intra-aortic ventricular assist device (VAD) designed to work in series with the compromised left ventricle. A reverse-rotation control (RRc) mode has been developed to increase myocardial perfusion and reduce ventricular volume. The RRc mode includes forward rotation in systole and reverse rotation in diastole, which requires the IntraVAD to periodically reverse its rotational direction in synchrony with the cardiac cycle. This periodic reversal leads to changes in pressure force over the impeller, which makes the entire system less stable...
September 20, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929053/thermoreversible-in-situ-gel-for-subgingival-delivery-of-simvastatin-for-treatment-of-periodontal-disease
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Swaminathan Rajendran, K Sathesh Kumar, S Ramesh, Suresh Ranga Rao
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this in vitro study was to formulate an in situ thermoreversible injectable gel with poloxamer (PM) and methylcellulose (MC) to deliver simvastatin (SMV) in a controlled manner. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Preformulation studies (Fourier transform infrared and differential scanning calorimetry) to assess the interaction between SMV and MC and PM were performed before gel formulation. Keeping the concentration of SMV at 2.2%, the concentration of PM and MC was altered to formulate in situ thermosensitive gel at 37°C...
April 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928292/elastomer-change-out-justification-for-minimizing-the-removal-of-elastomers-in-order-to-prevent-cross-contamination-in-a-multiproduct-facility
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Michael Parks, Niamh O'Dwyer, Jeremy Bollinger, Alan Johnson, Brian Goss, Ned Wyman, Adeyma Arroyo, Joseph Wood, Derek Willison-Parry
The primary objective of any Biopharmaceutical Product Changeover (PCO) program is to employ control strategies before, during, and after the manufacturing process, as well as from the beginning of the lifecycle approach for the equipment and validation, which will minimize the opportunity for cross- contamination when switching between products. Evaluation of the need for an Elastomer Change Out (ECO) should be considered as a segment of an overall changeover assessment. Lifecycle systems (e.g. Preventive Maintenance (PM), Cleanability Coupon Testing, Good Engineering Practices, etc...
September 19, 2017: PDA Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926789/profiling-quinones-in-ambient-air-samples-collected-from-the-athabasca-region-canada
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Andrzej Wnorowski, Jean-Pierre Charland
This paper presents new findings on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon oxidation products-quinones that were collected in ambient air samples in the proximity of oil sands exploration. Quinones were characterized for their diurnal concentration variability, phase partitioning, and molecular size distribution. Gas-phase (GP) and particle-phase (PM) ambient air samples were collected separately in the summer; a lower quinone content was observed in the PM samples from continuous 24-h sampling than from combined 12-h sampling (day and night)...
September 5, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926576/receptor-for-advanced-glycation-end-products-and-world-trade-center-particulate-induced-lung-function-loss-a-case-cohort-study-and-murine-model-of-acute-particulate-exposure
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Erin J Caraher, Sophia Kwon, Syed H Haider, George Crowley, Audrey Lee, Minah Ebrahim, Liqun Zhang, Lung-Chi Chen, Terry Gordon, Mengling Liu, David J Prezant, Ann Marie Schmidt, Anna Nolan
World Trade Center-particulate matter(WTC-PM) exposure and metabolic-risk are associated with WTC-Lung Injury(WTC-LI). The receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE) is most highly expressed in the lung, mediates metabolic risk, and single-nucleotide polymorphisms at the AGER-locus predict forced expiratory volume(FEV). Our objectives were to test the hypotheses that RAGE is a biomarker of WTC-LI in the FDNY-cohort and that loss of RAGE in a murine model would protect against acute PM-induced lung disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925971/superplastic-deformation-mechanisms-of-superfine-nanocrystalline-duplex-pm-tial-based-alloy
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Xuebo Gong, Zhenxin Duan, Wen Pei, Hua Chen
In this paper, the equiaxed superfine/nanocrystalline duplex PM-TiAl-based alloy with (γ + α₂) microstructure, Ti-45Al-5Nb (at %), has been synthesized by high-energy ball milling and vacuum hot pressing sintering. Superplastic deformation behavior has been investigated at 1000 °C and 1050 °C with strain rates from 5 × 10(-5) s(-1) to 1 × 10(-3) s(-1). The effects of deformation on the microstructure and mechanical behaviors of high Nb containing TiAl alloy have been characterized and analyzed. The results showed that, the ultimate tensile strength of the alloy was 58...
September 19, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924158/genome-wide-association-analysis-of-powdery-mildew-resistance-in-u-s-winter-wheat
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Na Liu, Guihua Bai, Meng Lin, Xiangyang Xu, Wenming Zheng
Wheat powdery mildew (PM), caused by Blumeria graminis f. sp. tritici, is a major fungal disease of wheat worldwide. It can cause considerable yield losses when epidemics occur. Use of genetic resistance is the most effective approach to control the disease. To determine the genomic regions responsible for PM resistance in a set of U.S. winter wheat and identify DNA markers in these regions, we conducted a genome-wide association study on a set of 185 U.S. winter wheat accessions using single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers from 90 K wheat SNP arrays...
September 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923710/spatiotemporal-drought-variability-on-the-mongolian-plateau-from-1980-2014-based-on-the-spei-pm-intensity-analysis-and-hurst-exponent
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Siqin Tong, Quan Lai, Jiquan Zhang, Yuhai Bao, A Lusi, Qiyun Ma, Xiangqian Li, Feng Zhang
Knowledge about variations of drought can provide a scientific basis for water resource planning and drought mitigation. In this study, the variations and patterns of drought identified by the Standardized Precipitation Evapotranspiration Index (SPEI) were investigated on the Mongolian Plateau for the period 1980-2014, based on intensity analysis, linear regression, the Mann-Kendall test, wavelet analysis, and Hurst exponent. The results show that: 1) the annual SPEI decreased at a rate of -0.0133/yr over the past 35years, and a major abrupt change occurred in 1999; 2) drought on the Mongolian Plateau intensified from 1980 to 2014, and the drought in Mongolia has been more serious than in Inner Mongolia since the beginning of the 21st century; 3) the rate of drought/wet changes in 1980s-1990s and 1990s-2000s were faster than in 2000s-2010s...
September 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922513/purpose-processes-partnerships-and-products-4ps-to-advance-participatory-socio-environmental-modeling
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Steven Gray, Alexey Voinov, Michael Paolisso, Rebecca Jordan, Todd BenDor, Pierre Bommel, Pierre Glynn, Beatrice Hedelin, Klaus Hubacek, Josh Introne, Nagesh Kolagani, Bethany Laursen, Christina Prell, Laura Schmitt-Olabisi, Alison Singer, Eleanor Sterling, Moira Zellner
Including stakeholders in environmental model building and analysis is an increasingly popular approach to understanding ecological change. This is because stakeholders often hold valuable knowledge about socio-environmental dynamics and collaborative forms of modeling produce important boundary objects used to collectively reason about environmental problems. Although the number of participatory modeling (PM) case studies and the number of researchers adopting these approaches has grown in recent years, the lack of standardized reporting and limited reproducibility have prevented PM's establishment and advancement as a cohesive field of study...
September 18, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921241/evaluating-the-efficacy-of-vaginal-dehydroepiandosterone-for-vaginal-symptoms-in-postmenopausal-cancer-survivors-ncctg-n10c1-alliance
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Debra L Barton, Jeff A Sloan, Lynne T Shuster, Paula Gill, Patricia Griffin, Kathleen Flynn, Shelby A Terstriep, Fauzia N Rana, Travis Dockter, Pamela J Atherton, Michaela Tsai, Keren Sturtz, Jacqueline M Lafky, Mike Riepl, Jacqueline Thielen, Charles L Loprinzi
BACKGROUND: Women with estrogen deficiencies can suffer from vaginal symptoms that negatively impact sexual health. This study evaluated vaginal dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) for alleviation of vaginal symptoms. METHODS: This three-arm randomized, controlled trial evaluated DHEA 3.25 mg and DHEA 6.5 mg, each compared to a plain moisturizer (PM) over 12 weeks, to improve the severity of vaginal dryness or dyspareunia, measured with an ordinal scale, and overall sexual health using the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI)...
September 18, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921051/fine-particle-matters-induce-dna-damage-and-g2-m-cell-cycle-arrest-in-human-bronchial-epithelial-beas-2b-cells
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Jing Wu, Yanfeng Shi, Collins Otieno Asweto, Lin Feng, Xiaozhe Yang, Yannan Zhang, Hejing Hu, Junchao Duan, Zhiwei Sun
There is compelling evidence that exposure to particulate matter (PM) is linked to lung tumorigenesis. However, there is not enough experimental evidence to support the specific mechanisms of PM2.5-induced DNA damage and cell cycle arrest in lung tumorigenesis. In this study, we investigated the toxic effects and molecular mechanisms of PM2.5 on bronchial epithelial (BEAS-2B) cells. PM2.5 exposure reduced cell viability and enhanced LDH activity. The cell growth curves of BEAS-2B cells decreased gradually with the increase in PM2...
September 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920626/mononuclear-salen-gallium-complexes-for-iso-selective-ring-opening-polymerization-rop-of-rac-lactide
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David Specklin, Christophe Fliedel, Frédéric Hild, Samir Mameri, Lydia Karmazin, Corinne Bailly, Samuel Dagorne
A series of mononuclear salen-supported gallium amido/alkoxide derivatives were prepared and structurally characterized and subsequently used as initiators in rac-lactide ring-opening polymerisation (ROP). The reaction of variously substituted salen ligands (1a-1f) with 0.5 equiv. of Ga2(NMe2)6 allowed the isolation of the corresponding (salen)Ga-NMe2 chelates (2b-2d, 2f) via an amine elimination route, as poorly soluble compounds in common solvents. The (salen)Ga-OBn derivatives (3a-3e) may be readily accessed by an amine-elimination/alcoholysis sequence and the molecular structures of 3a, 3d and 3e were confirmed through X-ray crystallography diffraction analysis...
September 18, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919867/sulfated-cholecystokinin-8-promotes-cd36-mediated-fatty-acid-uptake-into-primary-mouse-duodenal-enterocytes
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Claire Demenis, John McLaughlin, Craig P Smith
Cholecystokinin (CCK) is an archetypal incretin hormone secreted by intestinal enteroendocrine cells (EEC) in response to ingested nutrients. The aim of this study was to determine whether CCK modulates enterocyte fatty acid uptake by primary mouse duodenal cells. Exposure of primary mouse duodenal cells to 10 pM sulfated CCK-8 caused a two fold increase in dodecanoic acid fatty acid (FA) uptake. The selective CCK A receptor antagonist loxiglumide (100 μM) completely abolished the CCK-8 induced FA uptake. The CD36 fatty acid translocase-specific inhibitor sulfo-N-succinimidyl oleate (1 μM) also completely inhibited CCK-8 induced FA uptake, as did treatment with 200 μM phloretin...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919480/cholesterol-modulates-the-cellular-localization-of-orai1-channels-and-its-disposition-among-membrane-domains
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A Bohórquez-Hernández, Enrico Gratton, Jonathan Pacheco, Alexander Asanov, Luis Vaca
Store Operated Calcium Entry (SOCE) is one of the most important mechanisms for calcium mobilization in to the cell. Two main proteins sustain SOCE: STIM1 that acts as the calcium sensor in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and Orai1 responsible for calcium influx upon depletion of ER. There are many studies indicating that SOCE is modulated by the cholesterol content of the plasma membrane (PM). However, a myriad of questions remain unanswered concerning the precise molecular mechanism by which cholesterol modulates SOCE...
September 12, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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