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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153720/hierarchical-nanoporous-platinum-copper-alloy-nanoflowers-as-highly-active-catalysts-for-the-hydrolytic-dehydrogenation-of-ammonia-borane
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Qiuxia Zhou, Lei Qi, Hongxiao Yang, Caixia Xu
Hierarchical nanoporous platinum-copper (hnp-PtCu) alloy nanoflowers with bimodal pore/ligament size are easily fabricated by selectively dissolving Al atoms and part of Cu atoms from PtCuAl ternary alloy. The dealloyed samples consist of cross-linking porous nanoflowers with interconnected network skeleton and hollow channels penetrated. Hnp-PtCu alloy nanoflowers with different compositions exhibit dramatically enhanced catalytic activities toward the hydrolysis of ammonia borane (AB) compared with their monometallic components...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153526/economic-and-genetic-performance-of-various-combinations-of-in-vitro-produced-embryo-transfers-and-artificial-insemination-in-a-dairy-herd
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Karun Kaniyamattam, Jeremy Block, Peter J Hansen, Albert De Vries
The objective of this study was to find the optimal proportions of pregnancies from an in vitro-produced embryo transfer (IVP-ET) system and artificial insemination (AI) so that profitability is maximized over a range of prices for embryos and surplus dairy heifer calves. An existing stochastic, dynamic dairy model with genetic merits of 12 traits was adapted for scenarios where 0 to 100% of the eligible females in the herd were impregnated, in increments of 10%, using IVP-ET (ET0 to ET100, 11 scenarios). Oocytes were collected from the top donors selected for the trait lifetime net merit (NM$) and fertilized with sexed semen to produce IVP embryos...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153514/determination-of-fat-protein-moisture-and-salt-content-of-cheddar-cheese-using-mid-infrared-transmittance-spectroscopy
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Brenda J Margolies, David M Barbano
The objective of our work was to develop and evaluate the performance of a rapid method for measuring fat, protein, moisture, and salt content of Cheddar cheese using a combination mid-infrared (MIR) transmittance analysis and an in-line conductivity sensor in an MIR milk analyzer. Cheddar cheese was blended with a dissolving solution containing pentasodium triphosphate and disodium metasilicate to achieve a uniform, particle-free dispersion of cheese, which had a fat and protein content similar to milk and could be analyzed using a MIR transmittance milk analyzer...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151922/clinicopathological-characteristics-and-prognostic-value-of-signet-ring-cells-in-gastric-carcinoma-a-meta-analysis
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Run-Cong Nie, Shu-Qiang Yuan, Yuan-Fang Li, Yong-Ming Chen, Xiao-Jiang Chen, Bao-Yan Zhu, Li-Pu Xu, Zhi-Wei Zhou, Shi Chen, Ying-Bo Chen
Background and Objectives: Previous studies of the prognostic value of the signet ring cell (SRC) type have yielded inconsistent results. Therefore, the aim of the present meta-analysis is to explore the clinicopathological characteristics and prognostic value of SRCs. Methods: Relevant articles that compared SRC and non-SRC type in PubMed and Web of Science were comprehensively searched. Then, a meta-analysis was performed. Results: A total of 19 studies including 35947 cases were analyzed. Compared with non-SRC patients, SRC patients tended to be younger (WMD: -3...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151793/plasma-protein-absolute-quantification-by-nano-lc-q-tof-udms-e-for-clinical-biomarker-verification
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Maria Ilies, Cristina Adela Iuga, Felicia Loghin, Vishnu Mukund Dhople, Elke Hammer
Background and aims: Proteome-based biomarker studies are targeting proteins that could serve as diagnostic, prognosis, and prediction molecules. In the clinical routine, immunoassays are currently used for the absolute quantification of such biomarkers, with the major limitation that only one molecule can be targeted per assay. The aim of our study was to test a mass spectrometry based absolute quantification method for the verification of plasma protein sets which might serve as reliable biomarker panels for the clinical practice...
2017: Clujul Medical (1957)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151225/association-between-different-dietary-polyphenol-subclasses-and-the-improvement-in-cardiometabolic-risk-factors-evidence-from-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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Claudia Vetrani, Marilena Vitale, Lutgarda Bozzetto, Giuseppe Della Pepa, Sara Cocozza, Giuseppina Costabile, Anna Mangione, Paola Cipriano, Giovanni Annuzzi, Angela A Rivellese
AIMS: Due to their different chemical structures and metabolism, polyphenol subclasses may have specific impact on cardiometabolic risk factors. Our aim was to evaluate whether the intake of different polyphenol subclasses is associated with clinical outcomes beneficially improved by polyphenols in a nutritional trial performed by our group (postprandial lipid response, glucose homeostasis, early insulin secretion and oxidative stress). METHODS: The present study is a secondary analysis of a nutritional intervention study with a diet naturally rich in polyphenols...
November 18, 2017: Acta Diabetologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150989/an-evaluation-of-the-sentifit-270-analyser-for-quantitation-of-faecal-haemoglobin-in-the-investigation-of-patients-with-suspected-colorectal-cancer
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Josep M Auge, Cristina Rodriguez, Oihana Espanyol, Liseth Rivero, Silvia Sandalinas, Jaume Grau, Wladimiro Jimenez, Antoni Castells
BACKGROUND: An evaluation of SENTiFIT® 270 (Sentinel Diagnostics, Italy; Sysmex, Spain) analyser for the quantitation of faecal haemoglobin (f-Hb) was performed. METHODS: The analytical imprecision, linearity, carry over and f-Hb stability were determined. Evaluation of the diagnostic accuracy was performed on 487 patients. RESULTS: Within-run and between-run imprecision ranged 1.7%-5.1% and 3.8%-6.2%, respectively. Linearity studies revealed a mean recovery of 101...
November 18, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150102/evaluation-of-criteria-of-manual-blood-smear-review-following-automated-complete-blood-counts-in-a-large-university-hospital
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Samuel Ricardo Comar, Mariester Malvezzi, Ricardo Pasquini
BACKGROUND: There is great interest in reducing the number of automated complete blood counts requiring manual blood smear reviews without sacrificing the quality of patient care. This study was aimed at evaluating and establishing appropriate screening criteria for manual blood smear reviews to improve the performance in a hematology laboratory. METHOD: A total of 1977 consecutive samples from the daily workload were used to evaluate four sets of screening criteria for manual blood smear reviews to identify samples with positive smear findings...
October 2017: Revista Brasileira de Hematologia e Hemoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149880/analytical-performance-of-envisia-a-genomic-classifier-for-usual-interstitial-pneumonia
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Yoonha Choi, Jiayi Lu, Zhanzhi Hu, Daniel G Pankratz, Huimin Jiang, Manqiu Cao, Cristina Marchisano, Jennifer Huiras, Grazyna Fedorowicz, Mei G Wong, Jessica R Anderson, Edward Y Tom, Joshua Babiarz, Urooj Imtiaz, Neil M Barth, P Sean Walsh, Giulia C Kennedy, Jing Huang
BACKGROUND: Clinical guidelines specify that diagnosis of interstitial pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) requires identification of usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) pattern. While UIP can be identified by high resolution CT of the chest, the results are often inconclusive, making surgical lung biopsy necessary to reach a definitive diagnosis (Raghu et al., Am J Respir Crit Care Med 183(6):788-824, 2011). The Envisia genomic classifier differentiates UIP from non-UIP pathology in transbronchial biopsies (TBB), potentially allowing patients to avoid an invasive procedure (Brown et al...
November 17, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149735/carbamazepine-lamotrigine-levetiracetam-and-valproic-acid-in-dried-blood-spots-with-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-development-and-validation
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Camilla Linder, Anna Hansson, Sara Sadek, Lars L Gustafsson, Anton Pohanka
Monitoring of antiepileptic drugs in children with epilepsy require multiple visits at a clinic for blood collection. Dried blood spot sampling is an alternative way of collection, performed at home by self-collection and can save time and costs for patients and family members. The aim was to develop and validate an LC-MS/MS dried blood spot method for carbamazepine, lamotrigine, levetiracetam and valproic acid with the requirements of using standard equipment and material in a routine laboratory setting. Whatman-903 filter paper was utilized, and discs were punched into a 96 well plate with an automated puncher and barcode reading...
November 4, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149711/enantiomeric-characterization-of-herbicide-lactofen-enantioseparation-absolute-configuration-assignment-and-enantioselective-activity-and-toxicity
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Jingqian Xie, Lu Zhao, Kai Liu, Fangjie Guo, Zunwei Chen, Weiping Liu
Chiral herbicides consist of two or more enantiomers, which usually differ in their biological properties and behave enantioselectively in biochemical process. Scant studies have been published in the past decades to characterize the enantiomers of herbicide lactofen. In this study, a laboratory method was developed to prepare the lactofen enantiomers using normal phase high performance liquid chromatography with an AD-H column, and μg level production yield was achieved in a single run. The two separated enantiomers had purity of ≫99%, with their absolute configurations assigned by experimental and calculated electronic and vibrational circular dichroism...
October 31, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149063/estimating-stair-running-performance-using-inertial-sensors
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Lauro V Ojeda, Antonia M Zaferiou, Stephen M Cain, Rachel V Vitali, Steven P Davidson, Leia A Stirling, Noel C Perkins
Stair running, both ascending and descending, is a challenging aerobic exercise that many athletes, recreational runners, and soldiers perform during training. Studying biomechanics of stair running over multiple steps has been limited by the practical challenges presented while using optical-based motion tracking systems. We propose using foot-mounted inertial measurement units (IMUs) as a solution as they enable unrestricted motion capture in any environment and without need for external references. In particular, this paper presents methods for estimating foot velocity and trajectory during stair running using foot-mounted IMUs...
November 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148844/circadian-phase-circadian-period-and-chronotype-are-reproducible-over-months
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Thomas Kantermann, Charmane I Eastman
The timing of the circadian clock, circadian period and chronotype varies among individuals. To date, not much is known about how these parameters vary over time in an individual. We performed an analysis of the following five common circadian clock and chronotype measures: 1) the dim light melatonin onset (DLMO, a measure of circadian phase), 2) phase angle of entrainment (the phase the circadian clock assumes within the 24-h day, measured here as the interval between DLMO and bedtime/dark onset), 3) free-running circadian period (tau) from an ultradian forced desynchrony protocol (tau influences circadian phase and phase angle of entrainment), 4) mid-sleep on work-free days (MSF from the Munich ChronoType Questionnaire; MCTQ) and 5) the score from the Morningness-Eveningness Questionnaire (MEQ)...
November 17, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148331/financial-performance-of-health-insurers-state-run-versus-federal-run-exchanges
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Mark A Hall, Michael J McCue, Jennifer R Palazzolo
Many insurers incurred financial losses in individual markets for health insurance during 2014, the first year of Affordable Care Act mandated changes. This analysis looks at key financial ratios of insurers to compare profitability in 2014 and 2013, identify factors driving financial performance, and contrast the financial performance of health insurers operating in state-run exchanges versus the federal exchange. Overall, the median loss of sampled insurers was -3.9%, no greater than their loss in 2013. Reduced administrative costs offset increases in medical losses...
March 1, 2017: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148163/development-and-validation-of-a-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-method-for-determination-of-lisinopril-in-human-plasma-by-magnetic-solid-phase-extraction-and-pre-column-derivatization
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Noushin Rastkari, Reza Ahmadkhaniha
A sensitive, reliable and simple HPLC method was developed for the determination of lisinopril in human plasma. The method consists of extraction and clean-up steps based on magnetic solid-phase extraction and pre-column derivatization with a fluorescent reagent. The mobile phase consisted of a mixture of methanol-sodium dihydrogen phosphate (pH 3.0; 0.005 m; 75:25, v/v). The flow rate was set at 0.7 mL/min. Fluorescence detection was performed at 470nm excitation and 530nm emission wavelengths. Total chromatography run time was 5 min...
November 16, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146965/gpufit-an-open-source-toolkit-for-gpu-accelerated-curve-fitting
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Adrian Przybylski, Björn Thiel, Jan Keller-Findeisen, Bernd Stock, Mark Bates
We present a general purpose, open-source software library for estimation of non-linear parameters by the Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm. The software, Gpufit, runs on a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and executes computations in parallel, resulting in a significant gain in performance. We measured a speed increase of up to 42 times when comparing Gpufit with an identical CPU-based algorithm, with no loss of precision or accuracy. Gpufit is designed such that it is easily incorporated into existing applications or adapted for new ones...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146914/cat-d-a-targeted-sequencing-method-for-the-simultaneous-detection-of-small-dna-mutations-and-large-dna-deletions-with-flexible-boundaries
#17
Ru Hong, Udita Chandola, Li-Feng Zhang
We developed a targeted DNA sequencing method that is capable of detecting a comprehensive panel of DNA mutations including small DNA mutations and large DNA deletions with unknown/flexible boundaries. The method directly identifies the large DNA deletions (Cat-D) without relying on sequencing coverage to make the genotype calls. We performed the method to simultaneously detect 10 small DNA mutations in β-thalassemia and 2 large genomic deletions in α-thalassemia from 10 genomic DNA samples. Cat-D was performed on 8 genomic DNA samples in duplicate...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146412/skeletal-muscle-overexpression-of-nicotinamide-phosphoribosyl-transferase-in-mice-coupled-with-voluntary-exercise-augments-exercise-endurance
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Sheila R Costford, Bram Brouwers, Meghan E Hopf, Lauren M Sparks, Mauro Dispagna, Ana P Gomes, Heather H Cornnell, Chris Petucci, Peter Phelan, Hui Xie, Fanchao Yi, Glenn A Walter, Timothy F Osborne, David A Sinclair, Randall L Mynatt, Julio E Ayala, Stephen J Gardell, Steven R Smith
OBJECTIVE: Nicotinamide phosphoribosyl transferase (NAMPT) is the rate-limiting enzyme in the salvage pathway that produces nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+)), an essential co-substrate regulating a myriad of signaling pathways. We produced a mouse that overexpressed NAMPT in skeletal muscle (NamptTg) and hypothesized that NamptTg mice would have increased oxidative capacity, endurance performance, and mitochondrial gene expression, and would be rescued from metabolic abnormalities that developed with high fat diet (HFD) feeding...
November 6, 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145966/outcome-evaluation-of-staged-treatment-for-bicondylar-tibial-plateau-fractures
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Vincenzo Giordano, Ney Pecegueiro do Amaral, Hilton A Koch, Rodrigo Pires E Albuquerque, Felipe Serrão de Souza, José Félix Dos Santos Neto
BACKGROUND: The universal accepted strategy for treating high-energy tibial plateau fractures remains a topic of ongoing debate. The challenge for the practicing orthopaedic trauma surgeon is to provide anatomical articular fracture reduction, with successfully managing the complex soft-tissue injury that is commonly present at patient admission. The primary aim of the actual study was to evaluate the results of a staged protocol for the treatment of high-energy bicondylar tibial plateau fractures...
October 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145687/foot-strike-patterns-differ-between-children-and-adolescents-growing-up-barefoot-vs-shod
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Karsten Hollander, Johanna Elsabe de Villiers, Ranel Venter, Susanne Sehner, Karl Wegscheider, Klaus-Michael Braumann, Astrid Zech
Effects of early and permanent footwear use are not well understood. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of habituation to footwear on foot strike patterns of children and adolescents. Healthy habitually barefoot and shod participants (aged 6-18 years) from South Africa (n=288) and Germany (n=390) performed multiple 20-m jogging and running trials with and without shoes. Each foot strike was captured using a high-speed camera to determine a rearfoot or non-rearfoot strike. The probability of a rearfoot strike in both cohorts and each age was analyzed by using a mixed-effects logistic regression adjusted for possible confounders...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Sports Medicine
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