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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454482/effects-of-environmental-factors-and-metallic-electrodes-on-ac-electrical-conduction-through-dna-molecule
#1
S Abdalla, A Obaid, F M Al-Marzouki
BACKGROUND: Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is one of the best candidate materials for various device applications such as in electrodes for rechargeable batteries, biosensors, molecular electronics, medical- and biomedical-applications etc. Hence, it is worthwhile to examine the mechanism of charge transport in the DNA molecule, however, still a question without a clear answer is DNA a molecular conducting material (wire), semiconductor, or insulator? The answer, after the published data, is still ambiguous without any confirmed and clear scientific answer...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454384/new-applications-of-the-acridine-orange-fluorescence-staining-method-screening-for-circulating-tumor-cells
#2
Min Liu, Ruizhe Li, Yang Tang, Jiwu Chang, Rong Han, Shumin Zhang, Ning Jiang, Fuling Ma
The aim of the present study was to explore use of the acridine orange fluorescence (AO-F) staining method for screening of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patients. The AO-F positive staining rate of live and dead tumor cells was calculated. The positive staining rate in the live group was 93.4±3.0%, while the dead group failed to emit specific fluorescence. A known number of tumor cells were added to peripheral blood, and the detection sensitivity of the four groups (50, 100, 200 and 500 cells/tube) was 10...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454340/characterization-of-topoisomerase-ii-%C3%AE-and-minichromosome-maintenance-protein-2-expression-in-anal-carcinoma
#3
Cristovam Scapulatempo-Neto, Carlos Veo, José Humberto T G Fregnani, Adriana Lorenzi, Allini Mafra, Armando G F Melani, Edgar Antonio Alemán Loaiza, Luciana Albina Reis Rosa, Cristina Mendes de Oliveira, José Eduardo Levi, Adhemar Longatto-Filho
The present study aimed to ascertain the significance of topoisomerase II α (TOP2A) and minichromosome maintenance protein (MCM) 2 expression in anal carcinoma. A total of 75 anal lesions were retrieved from the files of the Department of Pathology of Barretos Cancer Hospital (Barretos, Brazil) in order to verify the human papillomavirus (HPV) statuses of these lesions and characterize the immunohistochemical expression levels of TOP2A and MCM2 in anal carcinoma, as these are important markers for cervical HPV-induced lesions; their expression was also compared with respect to p16 and Ki-67...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454269/bone-marrow-derived-dendritic-cells-under-influence-of-experimental-breast-cancer-and-physical-activity
#4
Douglas R Abdalla, Bruno B M Gomes, Eddie F C Murta, Márcia A Michelin
Immune cells are required in the immune response against tumours, although sometimes without success. The present study aimed to investigate dendritic cell (DC) maturation in animals with induced immunosuppression that were subjected to physical activity (PA). Immunosuppression was induced using 7,12-dimethyl-benzanthracene (DMBA). A total of 56 Balb/c mice were divided into four groups, including the control group, non-DMBA administered/PA group (GII), DMBA administered/non-PA group (GIII) and the DMBA administered/PA group (GIV)...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454220/efficacy-of-pegr-1-endostatin-combined-with-ionizing-radiation-on-hypoxic-conditions-in-nude-mice-bearing-skov3-ovarian-carcinoma
#5
Yong-Chun Zhang, Xiu-Mei Li, Zhuang Yu, Xiao-Li Shi, Yong Li, Wan-Lin Wang
Hypoxia occurs in a wide range of solid tumors, and is strongly associated with radio-resistance of malignant tumors. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of endostatin combined with ionizing radiation (IR) on hypoxic conditions. A total of 24 mice bearing SKOV3 ovarian carcinoma were divided into three groups. Following injection with pEgr-1-endostatin plasmid for 12 h, the mice in the endostatin-IR-treated group were exposed to 300 cGy/min X-ray for 48 h, and the IR-treated group was exposed to the same condition...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454146/snr-enhancement-in-high-resolution-phase-sensitive-otdr-systems-using-chirped-pulse-amplification-concepts
#6
Juan Pastor-Graells, Luis Romero Cortés, María R Fernández-Ruiz, Hugo F Martins, José Azaña, Sonia Martin-Lopez, Miguel Gonzalez-Herraez
Phase-sensitive optical time-domain reflectometry (φOTDR) is widely used for the distributed detection of mechanical or environmental variations with resolutions of typically a few meters. The spatial resolution of these distributed sensors is related to the temporal width of the input probe pulses. However, the input pulse width cannot be arbitrarily reduced (to improve the resolution), since a minimum pulse energy is required to achieve a good level of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), and the pulse peak power is limited by the advent of nonlinear effects...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454137/dynamic-stark-shift-induced-by-a-single-photon-packet
#7
D Valente, F Brito, T Werlang
The dynamic Stark shift results from the interaction of an atom with the electromagnetic field. We show how a propagating single-photon wave packet can induce a time-dependent dynamical Stark shift on a two-level system (TLS). A non-perturbative fully quantum treatment is employed, where the quantum dynamics of both the field and the TLS are analyzed. We also provide the means to experimentally access such time-dependent frequency by measuring the interference pattern in the electromagnetic field inside a 1D waveguide...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454066/direct-measurement-of-igm-antigen-interaction-energy-on-individual-red-blood-cells
#8
Natasha Yeow, Rico F Tabor, Gil Garnier
Most blood grouping tests rely on the principle of red blood cells (RBCs) agglutination. Agglutination is triggered by the binding of specific blood grouping antibodies to the corresponding RBC surface antigen on multiple cells. The interaction energies between blood grouping antibodies and antigens have been poorly defined in immunohaematology. Here for the first time, we functionalized atomic force microscope (AFM) cantilevers with the IgM form of blood grouping antibodies to probe populations of individual RBCs of different groups under physiological conditions...
April 21, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454055/evaluation-of-a-commercially-available-radioimmunoassay-and-enzyme-immunoassay-for-the-analysis-of-progesterone-and-estradiol-and-the-comparison-of-two-extraction-efficiency-methods
#9
C S Skenandore, A Pineda, J M Bahr, A E Newell-Fugate, F C Cardoso
The measurement of progesterone (P4) and estradiol (E2) is essential for monitoring reproductive cycles and can aid in diagnosing the cause of poor reproductive performance in dairy cattle. Readily available, reproducible, accurate, non-radioactive assays are needed for the assessment of P4 and E2 in bovine serum. The gold standard for hormone assessment, radioimmunoassay (RIA), was compared with enzyme-linked immunoassay (EIA). Serum collected from various points in the estrous cycle was extracted with radiolabeled P4 (ie, (3)H-P4; HE) and without (3)H-P4 (CE) before being used in the assay...
April 5, 2017: Domestic Animal Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454038/long-term-variations-measurement-of-electromagnetic-field-exposures-in-alcal%C3%A3-de-henares-spain
#10
R Sánchez-Montero, C Alén-Cordero, P L López-Espí, J M Rigelsford, F Aguilera-Benavente, J Alpuente-Hermosilla
Electromagnetic radiowave exposure is a major concern in most countries due to possible adverse health effects. Over the last 10years, many technological changes (digital television, mobile technologies, wireless networks…) have led to variations in the electromagnetic field (EMF) levels. A large number of studies devoted to the analysis of EMF levels with personal dosimeters or computer models of the exposure of mobile stations have been conducted. However, the study of the exposure values, taking into account all the existing sources, and their evolution in a wide area, using measurements, has rarely been performed...
April 25, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453995/synthesis-and-mechanistic-evaluation-of-novel-n-benzylidene-carbohydrazide-1h-pyrazolo-3-4-b-pyridine-derivatives-as-non-anionic-antiplatelet-agents
#11
André L Lourenço, Raquel R S Salvador, Leonardo A Silva, Max S Saito, Juliana F R Mello, Lúcio M Cabral, Carlos R Rodrigues, Maria A F Vera, Estela M F Muri, Alessandra M T de Souza, Charles S Craik, Luiza R S Dias, Helena C Castro, Plínio C Sathler
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) account for over 17 million deaths globally each year, with atherosclerosis as the underlying cause of most CVDs. Herein we describe the synthesis and in vitro mechanistic evaluation of novel N'-benzylidene-carbohydrazide-1H-pyrazolo[3,4-b]pyridines (3-22) designed as non-anionic antiplatelet agents and presenting a 30-fold increase in potency compared to aspirin. The mechanism underlying their antiplatelet activity was elucidated by eliminating potential targets through a series of in vitro assays including light transmission aggregometry, clot retraction, and quantitative ELISA, further identifying the reduction in biosynthesis of thromboxane B2 as their main mechanism of action...
April 14, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453973/determinants-of-children-s-exposure-to-pyrethroid-insecticides-in-western-france
#12
Philippe Glorennec, Tania Serrano, Morgane Fravallo, Charline Warembourg, Christine Monfort, Sylvaine Cordier, Jean-François Viel, Florent Le Gléau, Barbara Le Bot, Cécile Chevrier
Pyrethroids are insecticides frequently used in agriculture and in the home; exposure occurs through dietary and non-dietary pathways, including indoor and outdoor environmental contamination. Our objective was to study the potential determinants of pyrethroid metabolite concentrations measured in children's urine samples and in the dust of their homes. Specifically, we measured urinary metabolites from morning spot samples of 245 six-year-old children living in Brittany (France) in 2009-2012 and from dust vacuumed from the floor of their homes...
April 25, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453955/acoustic-tweezing-cytometry-enhances-osteogenesis-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-through-cytoskeletal-contractility-and-yap-activation
#13
Xufeng Xue, Xiaowei Hong, Zida Li, Cheri X Deng, Jianping Fu
Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) have great potential for cell-based therapies for treating degenerative bone diseases. It is known that mechanical cues in the cell microenvironment play an important role in regulating osteogenic (bone) differentiation of hMSCs. However, mechanoregulation of lineage commitment of hMSCs in conventional two-dimensional (2D) monocultures or bioengineered three-dimensional (3D) tissue constructs remains suboptimal due to complex biomaterial design criteria for hMSC culture...
April 22, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453943/supercharging-a-mno-sub-2-sub-nanowire-an-amine-altered-morphology-retains-capacity-at-high-rates-and-mass-loadings
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Girija Thesma Chandran, Gaurav Jha, Shaopeng Qiao, Mya Le Thai, Rajen Kumar Dutta, Alana F Ogata, Ji-Soo Jang, Il-Doo Kim, Reginald M Penner
The influence of hexamethylenetetraamine (HMTA) on the morphology of δ- MnO<sub>2</sub> and its properties for electrical energy storage are investigated - specifically for ultra-thick δ-MnO<sub>2<\sub> layers in the micron scale. Planar arrays of gold@δ-MnO<sub>2</sub>, core@shell nanowires, were prepared by electrodeposition with and without the HMTA and their elec- trochemical properties evaluated. HMTA alters the MnO<sub>2</sub> in three ways: First, it creates a more open morphology for the MnO<sub>2</sub> coating, characterized by "petals" with a thickness of 6 nm to 9 nm, rather than much thinner δ-MnO<sub>2</sub> sheets seen in the absence of HMTA...
April 28, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453882/the-validity-of-the-observed-to-expected-lung-to-head-ratio-in-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia-in-an-era-of-standardized-neonatal-treatment-a-multicenter-study
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Kitty G Snoek, Nina C J Peters, Joost van Rosmalen, Arno F J van Heijst, Alex J Eggink, Esther Sikkel, René M Wijnen, Hanneke IJsselstijn, Titia E Cohen-Overbeek, Dick Tibboel
OBJECTIVE: To assess the predictive value of observed-to-expected lung-to-head ratio (O/E LHR) for survival and chronic lung disease (CLD) in survivors of left-sided congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) in an era of standardized neonatal treatment, and to evaluate the predictive value of the O/E LHR trajectory for survival. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study was performed in two high-volume CDH centers in the Netherlands in prenatally detected, isolated left-sided CDH patients born between 2008-2014...
April 28, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453878/titanium-implant-functionalization-with-phosphate-containing-polymers-may-favor-in-vivo-osseointegration
#16
Marcio V Cardoso, Judith de Rycker, Amol Chaudhari, Eduardo Coutinho, Yasuhiro Yoshida, Bart Van Meerbeek, Marcelo F Mesquita, Wander J da Silva, Kumiko Yoshihara, Katleen Vandamme, Joke Duyck
AIM: Osseointegration of titanium implants is predictable, but can be improved via surface functionalization. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 120 implants were installed in parietal bone of 12 domestic pigs and left to heal for 1 or 3 months. Five groups were defined according surface treatments: immersion in water (H2O), 10% polyphosphoric acid (PPA10), 1% phosphorylated pullulan (PPL1), 10% phosphorylated pullulan (PPL10), or 10% phosphorylated pullulan + 1 μg BMP-2 (PPL10 BMP)...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453876/age-associated-changes-in-the-blood-brain-barrier-comparative-studies-in-human-and-mouse
#17
Emily F Goodall, Chunfang Wang, Julie E Simpson, David J Baker, David R Drew, Paul R Heath, M Jill Saffrey, Ignacio A Romero, Stephen B Wharton
AIMS: While vascular pathology is a common feature of a range of neurodegenerative diseases, we hypothesised that vascular changes occur in association with normal ageing. Therefore we aimed to characterise age-associated changes in the blood brain barrier (BBB) in human and mouse cohorts. METHODS: Immunohistochemistry and Evans Blue assays were used to characterise BBB dysfunction (tight junction protein expression and serum plasma protein accumulation), vascular pathology (pericyte loss and vascular density) and glial pathology (astrocyte and microglial density) in ageing neurological control human pre-frontal cortex (a total of 23 cases from 5 age groups representing the spectrum of young adult to old age: 20-30yrs, 31-45yrs, 46-60yrs, 61-75yrs and 75+) and C57BL/6 mice (3 month, 12 month, 18 month and 24 month, n=5/6 per group)...
April 28, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453869/nonsurgical-treatment-of-peri-implant-mucositis-and-peri-implantitis-at-two-piece-zirconium-implants-a-clinical-follow-up-observation-after-up-to-3-years
#18
G John, J Becker, A Schmucker, F Schwarz
OBJECTIVES: To assess the long-term clinical outcomes following nonsurgical therapy of peri-implant diseases at two-piece zirconium implants. MATERIAL & METHODS: A total of 27 patients suffering from either (i) peri-implant mucositis (n=24 implants) or (ii) peri-implantitis (n=16 implants) completed a mean follow-up period of 32.8±2.85 months (median: 34 months). The initial treatment procedures included (i) mechanical debridement + local antiseptic therapy using chlorhexidine digluconate (MD+CXH), or (ii) Er:YAG laser monotherapy (ERL)...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453861/functional-lung-avoidance-and-response-adaptive-escalation-flare-rt-multimodality-plan-dosimetry-of-a-precision-radiation-oncology-strategy
#19
Eunsin Lee, Jing Zeng, Robert S Miyaoka, Jatinder Saini, Paul E Kinahan, George A Sandison, Tony Wong, Hubert J Vesselle, Ramesh Rengan, Stephen R Bowen
PURPOSE: Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patient radiation therapy (RT) is planned without consideration of spatial heterogeneity in lung function or tumor response. We assessed the dosimetric and clinical feasibility of functional lung avoidance and response-adaptive escalation (FLARE) RT to reduce dose to [(99m) Tc]MAA-SPECT/CT perfused lung while redistributing an escalated boost dose within [(18) F]FDG-PET/CT-defined biological target volumes (BTV). METHODS: Eight stage IIB-IIIB NSCLC patients underwent FDG-PET/CT and MAA-SPECT/CT treatment planning scans...
April 28, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453838/impact-of-pre-exposure-history-and-host-genetics-on-antibody-avidity-following-norovirus-vaccination
#20
Lisa C Lindesmith, Michael L Mallory, Taylor A Jones, Charles Richardson, Robert R Goodwin, Frank Baehner, Paul M Mendelman, Robert F Bargatze, Ralph S Baric
Background.: Development of high avidity, broadly neutralizing antibodies (Abs) is a priority after vaccination against rapidly evolving, widely disseminated viruses like human norovirus. After vaccination with a multivalent GI.1 and GII.4c norovirus virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine candidate adjuvanted with alum and monophosphoryl lipid A (MPL), blockade Ab titers peaked early, with no increase in titer following a second vaccine dose. Methods.: Blockade Ab relative avidity was evaluated by measuring the slope of blockade Ab neutralization curves...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
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