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Francyenne Maira Castro Gonçalves, Alberto Carlos Botazzo Delbem, Juliano Pelim Pessan, Gabriel Pereira Nunes, Nayara Gonçalves Emerenciano, Luhana Santos Gonzales Garcia, Liliana Carolina Báez Quintero, José Guilherme Neves, Marcelle Danelon
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate in vitro the effect of neutral pH topical gels with reduced fluoride concentration (F), supplemented or not with sodium hexametaphosphate (HMP) on the remineralization of dental enamel, using a pH-cycling model. Materials and methods Bovine enamel blocks with caries-like lesions were randomly treated with five gels (n = 24/group): without F/HMP (Placebo); 4500 ppm F (4500F), 4500F plus 9% HMP (4500F + HMP); 9000 ppm F (9000F); and 12,300 ppm F (Acid gel)...
March 3, 2018: Archives of Oral Biology
Avinash Rao, Hesham Soliman, Mayank Kaushal, Oleysa Motovylak, Aditya Vedantam, Matthew D Budde, Brian Schmit, Marjorie Wang, Shekar N Kurpad
BACKGROUND: Fractional anisotropy (FA) of the high cervical cord correlates with upper limb function in acute cervical cord injury. We investigated the correlation between preoperative FA at the level of maximal compression and functional recovery in a group of patients after decompressive surgery for cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). OBJECTIVE: To determine the usefulness of FA as a biomarker for severity of CSM and as a prognostic biomarker for improvement after surgery...
February 23, 2018: Neurosurgery
Rui Sang, Peter Kucmierczyk, Kaiwu Dong, Robert Franke, Helfried Neumann, Ralf Jackstell, Matthias Beller
A general and selective palladium-catalyzed alkoxycarbonylation of all kinds of alkenes with formic acid (HCOOH, FA) is described. Terminal, di-, tri-and tetra-substituted including functionalized olefins are converted into linear esters with high yields and regiose-lectivity. Key-to-success is the use of specific palladium catalysts containing ligands with built-in base, e.g. L5. Comparison experiments demonstrate that the active catalyst system not only facilitates isomerization and carbonylation of alkenes, but also promotes the selective decomposition of HCOOH to CO under mild conditions...
March 12, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
P Gómez-Cortés, A Cívico, M A de la Fuente, N Núñez Sánchez, F Peña Blanco, A L Martínez Marín
Milk fat composition can be modulated by the inclusion of lipid supplements in ruminant diets. An interaction between the lipid supplement and the forage to concentrate ratio or the type of forage in the rations may affect milk fat composition. However, little is known about the effects of the starch-to-non-forage NDF ratio in the concentrate and lipid supplementation of goat diets. The aim of this work was to determine the role of dietary carbohydrates in goats rations supplemented with linseed oil on animal performance and milk fatty acid (FA) profile...
March 12, 2018: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
Valdeep Saini, Wayne W Fisher, Billie J Retzlaff
Prior research has evaluated the reliability and validity of structured criteria for visually inspecting functional-analysis (FA) results on a post-hoc basis, after completion of the FA (i.e., post-hoc visual inspection [PHVI]; e.g., Hagopian et al., 1997). However, most behavior analysts inspect FAs using ongoing visual inspection (OVI) as the FA is implemented, and the validity of applying structured criteria during OVI remains unknown. In this investigation, we evaluated the predictive validity and efficiency of applying structured criteria on an ongoing basis by comparing the interim interpretations produced through OVI with (a) the final interpretations produced by PHVI, (b) the authors' post-hoc interpretations (PHAI) reported in the research studies, and (c) the consensus interpretations of these two post-hoc analyses...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Patrick W Hales, Victoria Smith, Deepi Dhanoa-Hayre, Patricia O'Hare, Kshitij Mankad, Felice d'Arco, Jessica Cooper, Ramneek Kaur, Kim Phipps, Richard Bowman, Darren Hargrave, Christopher Clark
Background: Radiological biomarkers which correlate with visual function are needed to improve the clinical management of optic pathway glioma (OPG) patients. Currently, these are not available using conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sequences. The aim of this study was to determine whether diffusion MRI could be used to delineate the entire optic pathway in OPG patients, and provide imaging biomarkers within this pathway which correlate with a patient's visual acuity (VA)...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
Cheima Bouziane, Matthan W A Caan, Hyke G H Tamminga, Anouk Schrantee, Marco A Bottelier, Michiel B de Ruiter, Sandra J J Kooij, Liesbeth Reneman
Several diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) studies in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have shown a delay in brain white matter (WM) development. Because these studies were mainly conducted in children and adolescents, these WM abnormalities have been assumed, but not proven to progress into adulthood. To provide further insight in the natural history of WM maturation delay in ADHD, we here investigated the modulating effect of age on WM in children and adults. 120 stimulant-treatment naive male ADHD children (10-12 years of age) and adults (23-40 years of age) with ADHD (according to DSM-IV; all subtypes) were included, along with 23 age and gender matched controls...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
Ce Qi, Jin Sun, Yuan Xia, Renqiang Yu, Wei Wei, Jingying Xiang, Qingzhe Jin, Hang Xiao, Xingguo Wang
Fatty acid (FA) is the major energy resource in breast milk, which is important for infant development. FAs profiles with sn-2 positional preference were an important part of triacylglycerols due to their better availability. This profile is still not replicated in artificial formulas. This study quantified the FAs profile of total and sn-2 position in human breast milk samples from 103 healthy volunteers during colostrum, transitional, and mature stages. Multicomponent analysis showed significant differences in FAs profiles of different lactation periods, due to that with relative percentage less than 1%...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Yayuan Liu, Li Chen, Jinseng Zeng, Wenmei Li, Sudan Zeng, Bin Ye, Zhijian Liang
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the reorganization in ipsilesional and contralesional thalamic radiation fibers after unilateral focal thalamic stroke in sensory disturbance patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS We recruited 12 patients with acute unilateral thalamic infarction and sensory disturbance and 12 healthy age- and sex-matched controls. All patients underwent diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and were assessed with National Institutes of Health stroke scale (NIHSS), Barthel index (BI), and paragraph 8 of NIHSS (NIHSS8) at 1 week (W1), 4 weeks (W4), 3 months (M3), and 6 months (M6) after thalamic infraction...
March 11, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Katherine E Weisensee, M Katherine Spradley
This study examines levels of fluctuating asymmetry (FA) in Mexican residents, U.S. residents, and undocumented border crossers (UBCs) from Mexico to the United States. Craniofacial structures develop symmetrically under ideal circumstances; however, during periods of developmental stress random deviations from perfect symmetry, or FA, can occur. It is hypothesized that the UBC sample would represent individuals of a lower socioeconomic status (SES) who experienced higher stress levels during development, and that these individuals would consequently have higher levels of FA...
February 24, 2018: Economics and Human Biology
Alice Cappucci, Susana P Alves, Rui J B Bessa, Arianna Buccioni, Federica Mannelli, Mariano Pauselli, Carlo Viti, Roberta Pastorelli, Valentina Roscini, Andrea Serra, Giuseppe Conte, Marcello Mele
Agro-industrial by-products contain several secondary plant metabolites, such as polyphenols, tannins, saponins, and essential oils. The effects of these compounds on animal metabolism may vary significantly according to the dose, the chemical nature of the molecules, and the overall composition of the diet. In the Mediterranean area, the olive oil extraction is associated with 2 by-products: olive pomace and wastewater, both rich in polyphenols. In particular, wastewater may be further processed to obtain olive crude phenolic concentrate (OCPC)...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
V L N Brandao, X Dai, E M Paula, L G Silva, M I Marcondes, T Shenkoru, S R Poulson, A P Faciola
Camelina is a drought- and salt-tolerant oil seed, which in total ether extract (EE) contains up to 74% polyunsaturated fatty acids. The objective of this study was to assess the effects of replacing calcium salts of palm oil (Megalac, Church & Dwight Co. Inc., Princeton, NJ) with camelina seed (CS) on ruminal fermentation, digestion, and flows of fatty acids (FA) and AA in a dual-flow continuous culture system when supplemented at 5 or 8% dietary EE. Diets were randomly assigned to 8 fermentors in a 2 × 2 factorial arrangement of treatments in a replicated 4 × 4 Latin square design, with four 10-d experimental periods consisting of 7 d for diet adaptation and 3 d for sample collection...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
Regiamara Ribeiro Almeida, Elisa Tatiana Silva Damasceno, Stephanne Yonara Barbosa de Carvalho, Gustavo Senra Gonçalves de Carvalho, Leiriana Aparecida Pinto Gontijo, Luiz Gustavo de Lima Guimarães
In order to enable the applicability of the essential oil of Lippia origanoides Kunth, increasing its stability and dispersion in aqueous base, were prepared nanogels of chitosan modified with ferulic acid to be used in their encapsulation. The results obtained by FTIR and13 C SSNMR revealed the formation of CS-FA link in the different synthesized nanogels, while the studied by DLS showed particles with varied sizes and positive charge. A satisfactory encapsulation capacity of the essential oil was obtained for the nanogels...
May 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
Dongjing Zhang, Cheng Zhou, Pin Lv, Yulin Zhao, Jing Liang, Xiali Liao, Bo Yang
The purpose of this study was to develop a novel folate-modified host-guest complex to enhance antitumor activity of the artesunate and improve the solubility and stability by encapsulated in β-cyclodextrin and linked with folate. In this work, we designed and prepared the inclusion complex of adamantanamine conjugated artesunate (AD-ATS) with folic acid-ethylenediamine-β-cyclodextrin (FA-EN-β-CD). This material was characterized by 1D and 2D NMR, XRD, TG and SEM. The results suggested that AD-ATS was encapsulated within the FA-EN-β-CD cavity to form host-guest inclusion complex, and the water solubility of AD-ATS was improved in the form of inclusion complex with FA-EN-β-CD...
May 1, 2018: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Faysal A Yafi, Robert Andrianne, Laith Alzweri, Jeffrey Brady, Michael Butcher, Daniel Chevalier, Kenneth J DeLay, Antoine Faix, Georgios Hatzichristodoulou, Wayne J G Hellstrom, Lawrence Jenkins, Tobias S Kohler, Daniar Osmanov, Sun Hung Park, M David Schwabb, Robert Valenzuela, Koenraad van Renterghem, Steven K Wilson
BACKGROUND: After radical prostatectomy (RP), erectile dysfunction, often necessitating the need for inflatable penile prosthesis (IPP) insertion, and urinary incontinence and climacturia can ensue. AIM: To assess the efficacy and safety of the mini-jupette, a mesh used to approximate the medial aspects of the 2 corporotomies at the time of IPP insertion, for the management of climacturia and urine leakage in patients with minimal incontinence. METHODS: We conducted a pilot multicenter study of patients with post-RP erectile dysfunction and climacturia and/or mild urinary incontinence (≤2 pads/day [ppd]) undergoing IPP insertion with concomitant placement of a mini-jupette graft...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Sexual Medicine
Kelly W Sheppard, Carol L Cheatham
BACKGROUND: Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids (FAs) and their ratio have been shown to affect cognitive function in children and older adults. With these analyses, we aimed to describe omega-6 and omega-3 FA intake among children and older adults in light of FA intake recommendations and with consideration of overall diet. METHODS: Data were merged from two cross-sectional studies with 219 children 7 to 12 years old and one longitudinal study with 133 adults 65 to 79 years old...
March 9, 2018: Lipids in Health and Disease
Younghyun Park, Van Khanh Nguyen, Seonghwan Park, Jaecheul Yu, Taeho Lee
A flat-panel air-cathode microbial fuel cell (FA-MFC) is known to overcome the low conductivity and biodegradability of domestic wastewater. This study evaluated the normalized energy recovery (NER) based on the volume of wastewater treated (NERV ) and chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal (NERCOD ) using FA-MFCs with three anode spacing conditions and different flow rates (within a hydraulic retention time of 30 min). Generation of current was similar (11.7 ± 0.5 mA) at different spacings; however, COD removal was affected by the flow rates...
February 23, 2018: Bioresource Technology
S J Feldman, L A Boyd, J L Neva, S Peters, K S Hayward
BACKGROUND: Information about the structural integrity of the corticospinal tract (CST) from diffusion-weighted imaging can improve our ability to understand motor outcomes in people with upper limb impairment after stroke, especially those with severe impairment. Yet, there is no consensus on which method of CST generation most accurately represents function and impairment in individuals with chronic stroke. NEW METHOD: The aim of the study was to compare different methods of CST reconstruction and resulting microstructural properties, as well as the relationship between these properties and motor function and impairment...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
Shinta Indah, Denny Helard, Marjani Amajida Herfi, Hukama Hamid
  This paper aims to assess metallic pollution in the Batang Arau River, an important source of freshwater supply for local communities in West Sumatera, Indonesia, by applying multivariate statistical techniques. Sampling was conducted at eight stations along the river from March to May 2014. The results indicate that all the metals studied have similar spatial distribution patterns, with an increasing trend in concentration from upstream to downstream. Total concentration of six metals studied upstream, as background concentration, was 1...
March 1, 2018: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
Fangxu Sun, Alexander A Choi, Ronghu Wu
Fatty acids (FAs) are essential components in cells and are involved in many cellular activities. Abnormal FA metabolism has been reported to be related to human diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Identification and quantification of FAs provide insights into their functions in biological systems, but it is very challenging to analyze them due to their structures and properties. In this work, we developed a novel method by integrating tagging FAs with stable isotope labeled aminoxy tandem mass tags (aminoxyTMTs) and mass spectrometric analysis with the positive mode...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Proteome Research
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