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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821164/cape-gooseberry-physalis-peruviana-juice-as-a-modulator-agent-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-linked-apoptosis-and-cell-cycle-arrest
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Hanaa A Hassan, Hanaa M Serag, Makwan S Qadir, Mohamed Fawzy Ramadan
BACKGROUND: Cape gooseberry (Physalis peruviana) fruit is highly nutritious with high content of health-promoting compounds including minerals, phenolic compounds, as well as vitamins A and C. Physalis peruviana fruits were used as mutagenic, antispasmodic, anticoagulant, and antileucemis agents. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present work was to study the role of cape gooseberry juice (CG) as a natural modulator agent for adverse aspects associated with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)...
August 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821131/carboxymethyl-cellulose-production-from-sugarcane-bagasse-with-steam-explosion-pulping-experimental-modeling-and-optimization
#2
Loghman Golbaghi, Mehrdad Khamforoush, Tahmasb Hatami
The sugarcane bagasse was used for producing carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and obtaining high-molecular-mass hemicellulose as co-product. To this end, the steam explosion process was employed. It was found that the optimum operating conditions are the temperature of 187.15°C, NaOH/bagasse ratio of 39% (w/w), and retention time (RT) of 10min. Next, the obtained cellulose in the optimized condition was extracted and purified, and it was subsequently converted to CMC according to Williamson etherification technique...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821102/microencapsulation-of-sardine-oil-application-of-vanillic-acid-grafted-chitosan-as-a-bio-functional-wall-material
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K V Vishnu, Niladri S Chatterjee, K K Ajeeshkumar, R G K Lekshmi, C S Tejpal, Suseela Mathew, C N Ravishankar
Vanillic acid grafted chitosan (Va-g-Ch) was evaluated as a new antioxidant wall material for microencapsulation of polyunsaturated fatty acid rich sardine oil. A high grafting ratio of 305mg vanillic acid equivalent/g of polymer was achieved using a free radical mediated grafting reaction. Oil in water emulsion was prepared with an optimised combination of Va-g-Ch and Tween 20 (3.2:1). Sardine oil loaded microparticles (SO-M) were produced (∼75% yield) by spray drying. The average diameter and polydispersity Index (PDI) of the particles were found to be 2...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821079/highly-monodisperse-colloidal-coacervates-based-on-a-bioactive-lactose-modified-chitosan-from-synthesis-to-characterization
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Franco Furlani, Pasquale Sacco, Eleonora Marsich, Ivan Donati, Sergio Paoletti
The present contribution aims at describing the fabrication of coacervates in the nano-size range starting from a 1-deoxylactit-1-yl chitosan (in this manuscript termed as CTL60) and the multivalent anion tripolyphosphate (TPP). Colloidal coacervates have been obtained for precise values of the molar ratio of TPP to CTL60 repeating unit. Coacervation is ensured only at pH 4.5 and not at 7.4, thus demonstrating the key role of electrostatic interactions in the stabilization of the coacervates. At a variance with chitosan, CTL60 favors the formation of highly homogeneous coacervates with very low values of the polydispersity index (PDI)...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821072/understanding-the-mechanisms-of-oxygen-diffusion-through-surface-functionalized-nanocellulose-films
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Maria Soledad Peresin, Kari Kammiovirta, Harri Heikkinen, Leena-Sisko Johansson, Jari Vartiainen, Harri Setälä, Monika Österberg, Tekla Tammelin
A concept for direct surface modification on self-standing films of cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) is demonstrated using an aminosilane group in cellulose compatible solvent (dimethyl acetamide, DMA). The chemically modified structure efficiently prevents the oxygen molecules from interacting with the nanocellulose film in the presence of water molecules. Oxygen permeability values lower than 1mLmmm(-2)day(-1)atm(-1) were achieved at extremely high levels of relative humidity (RH95%). The aminosilane reaction is compared to conventional hydrophobization reaction using hexamethyldisilazane...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821046/water-sorption-in-microfibrillated-cellulose-mfc-the-effect-of-temperature-and-pretreatment
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Çağlar Meriçer, Matteo Minelli, Marco Giacinti Baschetti, Tom Lindström
Water sorption behavior of two different microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) films, produced by delamination of cellulose pulp after different pretreatment methods, is examined at various temperatures (16-65°C) and up to 70% RH. The effect of drying temperature of MFC films on the water uptake is also investigated. The obtained solubility isotherms showed the typical downward curvature at moderate RH, while no upturn is observed at higher RH; the uptakes are in line with characteristic values for cellulose fibers...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821015/extracting-replicable-associations-across-multiple-studies-empirical-bayes-algorithms-for-controlling-the-false-discovery-rate
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David Amar, Ron Shamir, Daniel Yekutieli
In almost every field in genomics, large-scale biomedical datasets are used to report associations. Extracting associations that recur across multiple studies while controlling the false discovery rate is a fundamental challenge. Here, we propose a new method to allow joint analysis of multiple studies. Given a set of p-values obtained from each study, the goal is to identify associations that recur in at least k > 1 studies while controlling the false discovery rate. We propose several new algorithms that differ in how the study dependencies are modeled, and compare them and extant methods under various simulated scenarios...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820996/exploring-ozonation-as-treatment-alternative-for-methiocarb-and-formed-transformation-products-abatement
#8
A Cruz-Alcalde, C Sans, S Esplugas
Despite the high toxicity and resistance to conventional water treatments exhibited by methiocarb (MC), there are no reports regarding the degradation of this priority pesticide by means of alternative purification technologies. In this work, the removal of MC by means of ozonation was studied for the first time, employing a multi-reactor methodology and neutral pH conditions. The second-order rate constants of MC reaction with molecular ozone (O3) and formed hydroxyl radicals (OH·) were determined to be 1...
August 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820955/integration-of-an-in-situ-maldi-based-high-throughput-screening-process-a-case-study-with-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-c-met
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Katrin Beeman, Jens Baumgärtner, Manuel Laubenheimer, Karlheinz Hergesell, Martin Hoffmann, Ulrich Pehl, Frank Fischer, Jan-Carsten Pieck
Mass spectrometry (MS) is known for its label-free detection of substrates and products from a variety of enzyme reactions. Recent hardware improvements have increased interest in the use of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) MS for high-throughput drug discovery. Despite interest in this technology, several challenges remain and must be overcome before MALDI-MS can be integrated as an automated "in-line reader" for high-throughput drug discovery. Two such hurdles include in situ sample processing and deposition, as well as integration of MALDI-MS for enzymatic screening assays that usually contain high levels of MS-incompatible components...
August 1, 2017: SLAS Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820944/exploration-of-macroporous-polymeric-sponges-as-drug-carriers
#10
Gaigai Duan, Amir R Reza Bagheri, Shaohua Jiang, Jacob Golenser, Seema Agarwal, Andreas Greiner
Achieving high drug loading capacity and controlling drug delivery are two main challenges related to drug carriers. In this study, polymeric macroporous sponges with very high pore volume and large porosity are introduced as a new-type of drug carrier. Due to the high pore volume (285 and 166 cm3/g for the sponges with densities of 3.5 and 6.0 mg/cm3, respectively), the sponges exhibit very high drug loading capacities with average values of 1870 ± 114 and 2697 ± 73 mg/g in the present study, which is much higher than the meso and microporous drug carriers (< 1500 mg/g)...
August 18, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820890/history-based-forward-and-feedback-mechanism-in-cooperative-spectrum-sensing-including-malicious-users-in-cognitive-radio-network
#11
Noor Gul, Ijaz Mansoor Qureshi, Adnan Omar, Atif Elahi, Sajjad Khan
In cognitive radio communication, spectrum sensing plays a vital role in sensing the existence of the primary user (PU). The sensing performance is badly affected by fading and shadowing in case of single secondary user(SU). To overcome this issue, cooperative spectrum sensing (CSS) is proposed. Although the reliability of the system is improved with cooperation but existence of malicious user (MU) in the CSS deteriorates the performance. In this work, we consider the Kullback-Leibler (KL) divergence method for minimizing spectrum sensing data falsification (SSDF) attack...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820689/reliability-of-diagnostic-criteria-for-neurocysticercosis-for-patients-with-ventricular-cystic-lesions-or-granulomas-a-systematic-review
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Javier A Bustos, Hector H García, Oscar H Del Brutto
Intraventricular neurocysticercosis (NCC) is a severe form of NCC requiring prompt diagnosis and treatment. We aimed to assess the reliability of the most recent version of diagnostic criteria for this form of NCC. Two systematic literature reviews were performed; one included case reports of patients with intraventricular cysticercosis and the other included case reports of patients with intraventricular cystic lesions or granulomas caused by infections other than NCC. All assessed cases were categorized according to the last revision of the long-standing Del Brutto's set of diagnostic criteria to determine its sensitivity, specificity, and predictive value for this form of NCC...
July 31, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820584/conjugated-backbone-effect-of-organic-small-molecules-for-n-type-thermoelectric-materials-with-zt-over-0-2
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Dazhen Huang, Huiying Yao, Yutao Cui, Ye Zou, Fengjiao Zhang, Chao Wang, Hongguang Shen, Wenlong Jin, Jia Zhu, Ying Diao, Wei Xu, Chong-An Di, Daoben Zhu
Conjugated backbones play a fundamental role in determining the electronic properties of organic semiconductors. Based on two solution-processable dropyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole-1,4-diylidene)bis(thieno[3,2-b]thiophene derivatives with aromatic and quinoid structures, we have carried out a systematic study of the relationship between the conjugated-backbone structure and the thermoelectric properties. In particular, a combination of UV-vis-NIR spectra, photoemission spectroscopy and doping optimization are utilized to probe the interplay between energy levels, chemical doping, and thermoelectric performance...
August 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820573/magnetically-aligned-co-c-mwcnts-composite-derived-from-mwcnts-interconnected-zeolitic-imidazolate-frameworks-for-lightweight-and-highly-efficient-electromagnetic-wave-absorber
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Yichao Yin, Xiaofang Liu, Xiaojun Wei, Ya Li, Xiaoyu Nie, Ronghai Yu, Jianglan Shui
Developing lightweight and highly efficient electromagnetic wave (EMW) absorbing materials is crucial but challenging for anti-electromagnetic irradiation and interference. Herein, we used MWCNTs as templates for growth of Co-based zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs), and obtained Co-C/MWCNTs composite by post pyrolysis. The MWCNTs interconnected the ZIF-derived Co-C porous particles, constructing a conductive network for electron hopping and migration. Moreover, the Co-C/MWCNTs composite was aligned in paraffin matrix under an external magnetic field, which led to the stretch of MWCNTs along the magnetic field direction...
August 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820500/odorous-compounds-from-poultry-manure-induce-dna-damage-nuclear-changes-and-decrease-cell-membrane-integrity-in-chicken-liver-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
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Adriana Nowak, Tadeusz Bakuła, Katarzyna Matusiak, Remigiusz Gałęcki, Sebastian Borowski, Beata Gutarowska
Animal breeding and management of organic wastes pose a serious problem to the health of livestock and workers, as well as the nearby residents. The aim of the present study was to determine the mechanisms of toxicity of selected common odorous compounds from poultry manure, including ammonia, dimethylamine (DMA), trimethylamine (TMA), butyric acid, phenol, and indole. We measured their genotoxic and cytotoxic activity in the model chicken cell line (LMH), in vitro, by comet assay and lactate dehydrogenase assay, respectively...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820444/a-novel-partial-discharge-localization-method-in-substation-based-on-a-wireless-uhf-sensor-array
#16
Zhen Li, Lingen Luo, Nan Zhou, Gehao Sheng, Xiuchen Jiang
Effective Partial Discharge (PD) localization can detect the insulation problems of the power equipment in a substation and improve the reliability of power systems. Typical Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) PD localization methods are mainly based on time difference information, which need a high sampling rate system. This paper proposes a novel PD localization method based on a received signal strength indicator (RSSI) fingerprint to quickly locate the power equipment with potential insulation defects. The proposed method consists of two stages...
August 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820403/high-levels-of-soluble-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-receptor-1-sflt1-and-low-levels-of-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-in-follicular-fluid-on-the-day-of-oocyte-retrieval-correlate-with-ovarian-hyperstimulation-syndrom-regardless-of-the-stimulation
#17
A J Jakimiuk, M A Nowicka, M Zagozda, K Koziol, P Lewandowski, T Issat
The aim of the study was to assess the predictive value of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), its soluble receptor - sVEGF-R1/sFlt1 and endocrine gland-derived vascular endothelial growth factor (EG-VEGF) concentrations in serum and follicular fluid (FF) for ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) in women undergoing controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) protocols. Patients have been divided into 3 groups: control group on natural cycle, patients stimulated with GnRH agonist and patients stimulated with GnRH antagonist...
June 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820311/clinical-radiobiology-of-proton-therapy-modeling-of-rbe
#18
B Jones
PURPOSE: To better estimate relative biological effectiveness (RBE) in therapeutic proton beams by using a modeled approach, in order to improve their clinical safety and effectiveness. INTRODUCTION: Concerns exist about the 1.1 RBE used in proton therapy, since it may lead to unintentional over- and under-dosage in patients and so lead to unexpected clinical outcomes. Late reacting normal tissues (with low α/β values), might be overdosed if RBE >1.1; very radiosensitive tumors (with high α/β), might be under-dosed if RBE <1...
August 18, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820304/predictors-of-quality-of-life-and-survival-following-gamma-knife-surgery-for-lung-cancer-brain-metastases-a-prospective-study
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Sidsel Bragstad, Marianne Flatebø, Gerd Karin Natvig, Geir Egil Eide, Geir Olve Skeie, Maziar Behbahani, Paal-Henning Pedersen, Per Øyvind Enger, Bente Sandvei Skeie
OBJECTIVE Lung cancer (LC) patients who develop brain metastases (BMs) have a poor prognosis. Estimations of survival and risk of treatment-related deterioration in quality of life (QOL) are important when deciding on treatment. Although we know of several prognostic factors for LC patients with BMs, the role of QOL has not been established. Authors of this study set out to evaluate changes in QOL following Gamma Knife surgery (GKS) for BMs in LC patients and QOL as a prognostic factor for survival. METHODS Forty-four of 48 consecutive LC patients with BMs underwent GKS in the period from May 2010 to September 2011, and their QOL was prospectively assessed before and 1, 3, 6, 9, and 12 months after GKS by using the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Brain (FACT-BR) questionnaire...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820287/comparison-of-pet-and-ct-radiomics-for-prediction-of-local-tumor-control-in-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#20
Marta Bogowicz, Oliver Riesterer, Luisa Sabrina Stark, Gabriela Studer, Jan Unkelbach, Matthias Guckenberger, Stephanie Tanadini-Lang
PURPOSE: An association between radiomic features extracted from CT and local tumor control in the head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) has been shown. This study investigated the value of pretreatment functional imaging (18F-FDG PET) radiomics for modeling of local tumor control. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data from HNSCC patients (n = 121) treated with definitive radiochemotherapy were used for model training. In total, 569 radiomic features were extracted from both contrast-enhanced CT and 18F-FDG PET images in the primary tumor region...
August 18, 2017: Acta Oncologica
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