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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031245/decrease-in-cavity-size-and-oligodendrocyte-cell-death-using-neurosphere-derived-oligodendrocyte-like-cells-in-spinal-cord-contusion-model
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Hojjat Allah Abbaszadeh, Taki Tiraihi, Yousef Sadeghi, Ali Reza Delshad, Majid Sadeghizadeh, Taher Taheri, Ali Noori-Zadeh
Background: Oligodendrocyte cell death is among the important features of spinal cord injury, which appears within 15 min and occurs intensely for 4 h after injury, in the rat spinal contusion model. Accordingly, the number of oligodendrocytes is progressively reduced within 24 h after injury. Administration of oligodendrocyte-like cells (OLCs) into the lesion area is one of the approaches to counterbalance this condition. Methods: Bone marrow stromal cells were transdifferentiated into neurospheres and then into neural stem cells and later were differentiated into OLCs using triiodothyronine and transplanted into the spinal cord contusion rats...
October 15, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031244/development-of-new-recombinant-dgk-antigen-for-diagnosis-of-dirofilaria-immitis-infections-in-dogs-using-elisa-technique-and-its-comparison-to-molecular-methods
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Rahmat Solgi, Seyed Mahmoud Sadjjadi, Mehdi Mohebali, Zabihollah Zarei, Majid Golkar, Abbasali Raz
Background: Dirofilaria immitis is a cosmopolitan zoonotic, vector-borne parasite of carnivorous animals causing dirofilariasis in human beings. Common commercial serodiagnostic tests for canine dirofilariasis usually lead to different results in their sensitivity and specificity. The present study reports development of recombinant DgK (rDgK) antigen of D. immitis for accurate immunodiagnosis of D. Immitis-infected dogs using indirect ELISA test. Methods: The rDgK coding sequence was successfully sequenced, codon optimized and cloned in pET-24a(+) expression vector and then expressed in Escherichia coli...
October 15, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031236/inhibitory-effect-of-probiotic-lactobacilli-supernatants-on-single-and-mixed-non-albicans-candida-species-biofilm
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Yulong Tan, Matthias Leonhard, Doris Moser, Su Ma, Berit Schneider-Stickler
OBJECTIVES: Oral candidiasis is one of the most common human fungal infections. While most cases of the Candida species isolated from the oral cavity are Candida albicans, a large number of candidiasis is attributed to non-albicans Candida species. In this study, we aim to evaluate the in vitro inhibition of supernatants of Lactobacillus gasseri and Lactobacillus rhamnosus on the single and mixed species biofilm of non-albicans Candida species, including Candida tropicalis, Candida krusei and Candida parapsilosis...
October 6, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031223/enhanced-antibacterial-activity-and-biocompatibility-of-zinc-incorporated-organic-inorganic-nanocomposite-coatings-via-electrophoretic-deposition
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Pin Huang, Kena Ma, Xinjie Cai, Dan Huang, Xu Yang, Jiabing Ran, Fushi Wang, Tao Jiang
Increased use of reconstruction procedures in orthopedics has improved the life of patients undergoing surgery. However, surgical site infection remains a major challenge. Efforts were made to fabricate antibacterial surfaces with good biocompatibility. This present study aimed to fabricate zinc-incorporated chitosan/gelatin (CS/G) nanocomposite coatings on the titanium substrates via electrophoretic deposition (EPD). Physicochemical characterization confirmed that zinc was successfully deposited in a metallic oxide/salt complex status...
October 6, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031214/land-use-regression-models-for-the-oxidative-potential-of-fine-particles-pm2-5-in-five-european-areas
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John Gulliver, David Morley, Chrissi Dunster, Adrienne McCrea, Erik van Nunen, Ming-Yi Tsai, Nicoltae Probst-Hensch, Marloes Eeftens, Medea Imboden, Regina Ducret-Stich, Alessio Naccarati, Claudia Galassi, Andrea Ranzi, Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, Ariadna Curto, David Donaire-Gonzalez, Marta Cirach, Roel Vermeulen, Paolo Vineis, Gerard Hoek, Frank J Kelly
Oxidative potential (OP) of particulate matter (PM) is proposed as a biologically-relevant exposure metric for studies of air pollution and health. We aimed to evaluate the spatial variability of the OP of measured PM2.5 using ascorbate (AA) and (reduced) glutathione (GSH), and develop land use regression (LUR) models to explain this spatial variability. We estimated annual average values (m(-3)) of OP(AA) and OP(GSH) for five areas (Basel, CH; Catalonia, ES; London-Oxford, UK (no OP(GSH)); the Netherlands; and Turin, IT) using PM2...
October 11, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031192/growth-and-endocrine-function-in-children-with-dravet-syndrome
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Krista Eschbach, Sharon Scarbro, Elizabeth Juarez-Colunga, Victoria Allen, Stephanie Hsu, Kelly Knupp
PURPOSE: Dravet syndrome is an intractable childhood epilepsy syndrome most often associated with an SCN1A mutation. In our clinical practice, several patients with Dravet syndrome were noted to have short stature and endocrine dysfunction. This has not been reported in the literature. Our study aim was to describe growth measurements and endocrine abnormalities in children with Dravet syndrome. METHOD: A retrospective chart review was performed at a single institution...
September 29, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031157/a-european-multi-centre-external-quality-assessment-eqa-study-on-phenotypic-and-genotypic-methods-used-for-herpes-simplex-virus-hsv-drug-resistance-testing
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Baharak Afshar, David F Bibby, Renata Piorkowska, Natasha Ohemeng-Kumi, Robert Snoeck, Graciela Andrei, Sarah Gillemot, Florence Morfin, Emilie Frobert, Sonia Burrel, David Boutolleau, Brendan Crowley, Jean L Mbisa
BACKGROUND: Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) drug resistance is a significant public health concern among immunocompromised individuals. Phenotypic assays are considered the gold standard method for detecting HSV drug resistance. However, plaque reduction assays (PRAs) are technically demanding, often with long turnaround times of up to four weeks. In contrast, genotypic tests can be performed within a few days. OBJECTIVES: The development and coordination of the first European External Quality Assessment (EQA) study to evaluate phenotypic and genotypic methods used for HSV drug resistance testing in specialised reference laboratories...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031156/hiv-misdiagnosis-a-root-cause-analysis-leading-to-improvements-in-hiv-diagnosis-and-patient-care
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Raynell Lang, Carmen Charlton, Brenda Beckthold, Kiana Kadivar, Stephanie Lavoie, Doug Caswell, Paul Levett, Greg Horsman, John Kim, M John Gill
BACKGROUND: Standard diagnostic testing for HIV infection has traditionally relied on a high sensitivity HIV antibody screening test using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) followed by a high specificity antibody confirmatory test such as a Western Blot. Recently several of the screening assays have been enhanced with an ability to identify p24 antigen thereby narrowing the diagnostic window. OBJECTIVES: To explore the implications of enhanced HIV screening methods that may be leading to HIV misdiagnoses...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031155/the-effect-of-nanoparticle-aggregation-on-surfactant-foam-stability
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Zuhair A AlYousef, Mohammed A Almobarky, David S Schechter
The combination of nanoparticles (NPs) and surfactant may offer a novel technique of generating stronger foams for gas mobility control. This study evaluates the potential of silica NPs to enhance the foam stability of three nonionic surfactants. Results showed that the concentration of surfactant and NPs is a crucial parameter for foam stability and that there is certain concentrations for strong foam generation. A balance in concentration between the nonionic surfactants and the NPs can enhance the foam stability as a result of forming flocs in solutions...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031151/fabrication-of-green-dye-sensitized-solar-cell-based-on-zno-nanoparticles-as-a-photoanode-and-graphene-quantum-dots-as-a-photo-sensitizer
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Golnoush Zamiri, Samira Bagheri
Zero-dimensional graphene quantum dots (GQDs) consist of single- or few-layer graphene with a size less than 20 nm and stand for a new type of QDs with unique properties combining the graphene nature and size-resulted quantum effects. GQDs possess unique optical and electronic properties, and in particular possess a band-gap less than 2.0 eV because of quantum confinement and edge effects. In this study, we investigated the performance of DSSCs using different thicknesses of ZnO nanoparticles as a photo-anode and GQDs as a green photosensitizer...
October 7, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031144/senegenin-exerts-anti-depression-effect-in-mice-induced-by-chronic-un-predictable-mild-stress-via-inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-regulating-nlrp3-signal-pathway
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Hongwei Li, Shiyi Lin, Tingting Qin, Hongyan Li, Zhanqiang Ma, Shiping Ma
Depressive disorder is a kind of affective disturbance disease. Emerging evidence has suggested that inflammation may contribute to the pathologic process of depressive disorder. Senegenin (SEN), a major bioactive constituent in Polygala tenuifolia Willd, has much bioactivity including anti-inflammatory and neuroprotection effects. However, the mechanism of its anti-depressant effect in mice remains unknown. This study aimed to explore the anti-depressant effects of SEN on behavioral changes and inflammatory responses in mice induced by chronic un-predictable mild stress (CUMS)...
October 11, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031141/analysis-of-spastic-gait-in-cervical-myelopathy-linking-compression-ratio-to-spatiotemporal-and-pedobarographic-parameters
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Taro Nagai, Yasuhito Takahashi, Kenji Endo, Ryo Ikegami, Ryuichi Ueno, Kengo Yamamoto
BACKGROUND: Gait dysfunction associated with spasticity and hyperreflexia is a primary symptom in patients with compression of cervical spinal cord. The objective of this study was to link maximum compression ratio (CR) to spatiotemporal/pedobarographic parameters. METHODS: Quantitative gait analysis was performed by using a pedobarograph in 75 elderly males with a wide range of cervical compression severity. CR values were characterized on T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
October 10, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031140/the-effects-of-real-and-artificial-leg-length-discrepancy-on-mechanical-work-and-energy-cost-during-the-gait
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T F Assogba, S Boulet, C Detrembleur, P Mahaudens
BACKGROUND: The impacts of Leg Length Discrepancy (LLD) on the kinematic and dynamic parameters of walking have been widely discussed. But little is known on total mechanical work and energy cost. These two variables are more representative of the functional impairment undergone by the LLD patients. AIM: To assess the changes of the mechanical work and energy cost of walking in subjects with real LLD and to compare their results with healthy subjects in whom the LLD has been simulated...
October 4, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031137/the-association-between-habitual-walking-speed-and-medial-femoral-cartilage-deformation-following-30minutes-of-walking
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Matthew S Harkey, J Troy Blackburn, Hope Davis, Leslie Sierra-Arévalo, Daniel Nissman, Brian Pietrosimone
Habitual walking speed is a key functional outcome that has implications for knee biomechanics that occur during gait. Lower extremity biomechanics during walking affects the loading of the femoral cartilage. Ultrasonography (US) can be used to assess resting femoral cartilage thickness and acute cartilage deformation in response to walking. The purpose of this study was to determine the association between habitual walking speed and both resting femoral cartilage thickness and deformation. Twenty-four healthy participants with no history of knee injury volunteered for this study...
October 7, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031130/a-validated-prognostic-biomarker-score-for-adult-patients-with-nonmetastatic-soft-tissue-sarcomas-of-the-trunk-and-extremities
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Katja Maretty-Kongstad, Ninna Aggerholm-Pedersen, Johnny Keller, Akmal Safwat
BACKGROUND: The prognostic value of serum biomarkers in soft tissue sarcoma (STS) is limited, and its clinical applicability is compromised by a common inability to adjust for important confounders. The aim of this study was to determine the prognostic value of pretreatment biomarkers on disease-specific survival (DSS) adjusted for confounders. METHODS: The study included 818 patients with localized STS. Pretreatment levels of albumin, C-reactive protein, hemoglobin, neutrophils, and lymphocytes were tested individually and combined in prognostic scores: neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR), Glasgow Prognostic Score (GPS), and Aarhus Composite Biomarker Score (ACBS) which includes all five biomarkers...
October 11, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031121/facilitating-decision-making-in-women-undergoing-genetic-testing-for-hereditary-breast-cancer-breconda-randomized-controlled-trial-results
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Kerry A Sherman, Christopher J Kilby, Laura-Kate Shaw, Caleb Winch, Judy Kirk, Kathy Tucker, Elisabeth Elder
BACKGROUND: Decision-making concerning risk-reducing mastectomy for women at hereditary risk of breast cancer entails complex personal choices. Deciding whether and how to restore breast shape after risk-reducing mastectomy is a key part of this process. We developed a web-based decision aid, BRECONDA (Breast Reconstruction Decision Aid), to assist women in decision-making regarding breast reconstruction. METHOD: This study assessed the efficacy of BRECONDA to assist women at increased risk of breast cancer in making decisions regarding risk-reducing mastectomy in terms of decisional conflict, knowledge, and satisfaction with information...
October 11, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031120/enabling-spontaneous-analogy-through-heuristic-change
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Thomas C Ormerod, James N MacGregor
Despite analogy playing a central role in theories of problem solving, learning and education, demonstrations of spontaneous analogical transfer are rare. Here, we present a theory of heuristic change for spontaneous analogical transfer, tested in four experiments that manipulated the experience of failure to solve a source problem prior to attempting a target problem. In Experiment 1, participants solved more source problems that contained an additional financial constraint designed to signal the inappropriateness of moves that maximized progress towards the goal...
October 11, 2017: Cognitive Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031111/immobilization-of-sugars-in-supermacroporous-cryogels-for-the-purification-of-lectins-by-affinity-chromatography
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Gabriel Ramos Ferreira Gonçalves, Olga Reinert Ramos Gandolfi, Leandro Soares Santos, Renata Cristina Ferreira Bonomo, Cristiane Martins Veloso, Lizzy Ayra Alcântara Veríssimo, Rafael da Costa Ilhéu Fontan
Lectins are glycoproteins that bind to carbohydrates or glycoconjugates by specific interactions. The specificity of lectins to various carbohydrates is a determinant factor in the choice of ligand for the chromatographic matrix when using chromatography as a lectin purification technique. In this work, the immobilization of three different aminated carbohydrates on the surface of macroporous polymeric cryogels was evaluated. Carbohydrates were immobilized on cryogel surfaces via the glutaraldehyde method to create spacer arms, reducing steric hindrance...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031107/accuracy-precision-and-inter-rater-reliability-of-micro-ct-analysis-of-false-starts-on-bones-a-preliminary-validation-study
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Guido Pelletti, Giovanni Cecchetto, Alessia Viero, Paolo Fais, Michael Weber, Diego Miotto, Massimo Montisci, Guido Viel, Chiara Giraudo
Micro computed tomography (micro-CT) has already been proposed as a useful technique for the qualitative analysis of false starts (FS) produced on human bones, although the reliability and the error rate of this technique have not been tested yet, neither for qualitative nor for quantitative assessments. The aim of the present study was to test the morphological agreement, accuracy, precision and inter-rater reliability of micro-CT analysis of FS on bones. The morphological agreement was assessed through the degree of concordance among the 3 independent blind raters in the identification of the shape of 24 FS manually produced on bones by 3 different saws (8 FS for each saw)...
October 6, 2017: Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031104/evaluation-of-the-gauss-eyring-model-to-predict-thermal-inactivation-of-micro-organisms-at-short-holding-times
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R A H Timmermans, H C Mastwijk, M N Nierop Groot, M A J S Van Boekel
Application of mild (non)-thermal processing technologies have received considerable interest as alternative to thermal pasteurisation, because of its shorter holding time and lower temperature aiming for an improved product quality. To understand and develop these alternative technologies, like pulsed electric fields, a proper comparison between the conventional thermal and alternative process is necessary. Up to recent, no suitable models were available to predict the inactivation of micro-organisms by a thermal process at a chosen short holding time, due to non-linearity...
October 2, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
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