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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223055/structure-elucidation-and-degradation-kinetic-study-of-ofloxacin-using-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy
#1
Marwa R El-Zahry, Bernhard Lendl
A simple, fast and sensitive surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) method for quantitative determination of fluoroquinolone antibiotic Ofloxacin (OFX) is presented. Also the stability behavior of OFX was investigated by monitoring the SERS spectra of OFX after various degradation processes. Acidic, basic and oxidative force degradation processes were applied at different time intervals. The forced degradation conditions were conducted and followed using SERS method utilizing silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) as a SERS substrate...
December 5, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223046/cohort-friendly-protocol-for-a-sensitive-and-fast-method-for-trihalomethanes-in-urine-using-gas-chromatography-triple-quadrupole-mass-spectrometry
#2
Pantelis Charisiadis, Konstantinos C Makris
A cohort-friendly biomonitoring protocol has been developed for measuring biomarkers of exposure to disinfection by-products (trihalomethanes, THM) in urine using small initial volume (3mL) and short analysis time (∼10min) that facilitates the throughput of a large number of samples. The objective of this study was to optimise a cohort-friendly biomonitoring protocol for the determination of four THM analytes in human urine using gas chromatography coupled with triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (GC-QqQ-MS/MS)...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223020/depressive-symptoms-impaired-glucose-metabolism-high-visceral-fat-and-high-systolic-blood-pressure-in-a-subgroup-of-women-with-recent-gestational-diabetes
#3
U Ferrari, F Banning, I Freibothe, K Tröndle, V Sacco, C Wichmann, S Reif, S Moschko, A Potzel, C Gar, N N Sommer, D Popp, J Seissler, A Lechner, H Künzel
Women with gestational diabetes (GDM) are a high risk group for early type 2 diabetes (T2D). Depression is a risk factor for T2D in the general population. We investigated in women after a recent pregnancy with GDM and without a clinical diagnosis of depression, whether mild to moderate depressive symptoms associate with pathologic glucose metabolism. In a cross-sectional analysis, we examined 173 women, 9 ± 3 months after delivery with several psychopathological assessments, 5-point oral glucose tolerance test with insulin, anthropometrics, and laboratory chemistry...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222903/vitamin-d-status-and-cardiometabolic-risk-factors-in-young-adults-in-hong-kong-associations-and-implications
#4
Erica Wei-Lan Wang, Marco Yiu-Chung Pang, Parco Ming-Fai Siu, Claudia Kam-Yuk Lai, Jean Woo, Andrew R Collins, Iris Ff Benzie
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Vitamin D deficiency is reportedly common, but we lack data from young adults. Such data are of interest because epidemiological data support vitamin D as a possible risk modulator for diabetes and cardiovascular ('cardiometabolic') disease. Our objectives were to assess vitamin D status (as plasma 25(OH)D concentration) and investigate associations between this and biomarkers of cardiometabolic disease risk in a group of still-healthy young adults in Hong Kong...
2018: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222893/postprandial-long-chain-n-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acid-response-to-krill-oil-and-fish-oil-consumption-in-healthy-women-a-randomised-controlled-single-dose-crossover-study
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Hyunsin H Sung, Andrew J Sinclair, Paul A Lewandowski, Xiao Q Su
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Krill oil (KO) and fish oil (FO) are good sources of health-benefiting long chain n- 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC n-3 PUFA), EPA and DHA. There are conflicting outcomes on the bioavailability of LC n-3 PUFA from KO compared with FO. This study investigated the postprandial incorporation of LC n- 3 PUFA into plasma lipids following consumption of 5 capsules of KO or FO in comparison with olive oil (OO) control in healthy women. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: 10 women (aged 18-45 years) consumed a high-fat (15 g) breakfast, supplemented with 5 g of KO, FO, or OO in a random order with a minimum seven-day washout period between the supplementations...
2018: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222891/effects-of-preoperative-oral-carbohydrate-therapy-on-perioperative-glucose-metabolism-during-oral-maxillofacial-surgery-randomised-clinical-trial
#6
Kanako Esaki, Masanori Tsukamoto, Eiji Sakamoto, Takeshi Yokoyama
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Preoperative oral carbohydrate therapy has been suggested to attenuate postoperative insulin resistance. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a carbohydrate-rich beverage given preoperatively on intraoperative glucose metabolism. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: This study was a randomised, open-label, placebo-controlled trial. Patients undergoing oral-maxillofacial surgery were divided into two groups. In the glucose group, patients took glucose (50 g/278 mL, p...
2018: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222858/obesity-lipid-profiles-and-oxidative-stress-in-children-after-liver-transplantation
#7
Piotr Czubkowski, Aldona Wierzbicka, Joanna Pawłowska, Irena Jankowska, Piotr Socha
PURPOSE: In adult liver transplant recipients, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure are significant cause of morbidity and mortality. This may be attributed to the long-term immunosuppressive treatment, mostly with calcineurin inhibitors and steroids, which in long-term may be associated with hyperlipidemia, oxidative stress and cardiovascular complications. Since such data for children is sparse, the aim of this study was to assess the lipid and oxidative stress markers after pediatric liver transplantation (LTx)...
December 10, 2017: Acta Biochimica Polonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222856/homocysteine-as-a-non-classical-risk-factor-for-atherosclerosis-in-relation-to-pharmacotherapy-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#8
Magdalena Borowska, Marzena Dworacka, Hanna Winiarska, Ewa Krzyżagórska
AIMS: The aim of our study was to evaluate which of the pharmacotherapeutic methods that are frequently used to treat type 2 diabetes is associated with the most beneficial profile in relation to pro-atherogenic homocysteine levels. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We measured the serum homocysteine level in 182 patients with type 2 diabetes treated with metformin (89), treated with insulin in combination with metformin (31), receiving sulfonylureas (31) and treated conventionally with insulin (31)...
December 7, 2017: Acta Biochimica Polonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222818/task-related-effective-connectivity-reveals-that-the-cortical-rich-club-gates-cortex-wide-communication
#9
Mario Senden, Niels Reuter, Martijn P van den Heuvel, Rainer Goebel, Gustavo Deco, Matthieu Gilson
Higher cognition may require the globally coordinated integration of specialized brain regions into functional networks. A collection of structural cortical hubs-referred to as the rich club-has been hypothesized to support task-specific functional integration. In the present paper, we use a whole-cortex model to estimate directed interactions between 68 cortical regions from functional magnetic resonance imaging activity for four different tasks (reflecting different cognitive domains) and resting state. We analyze the state-dependent input and output effective connectivity (EC) of the structural rich club and relate these to whole-cortex dynamics and network reconfigurations...
December 8, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222784/methods-for-quantitative-analysis-of-axonal-cargo-transport
#10
Matias Alloatti, Luciana Bruno, Tomas L Falzone
Neurons rely on complex axonal transport mechanisms that mediate the intracellular dynamics of proteins, vesicles, and mitochondria along their high polarized structure. The fast improvement of live imaging techniques of fluorescent cargos allowed the identification of the diverse motion properties of different transported molecules. These properties arise as the result of molecular interactions between many players involved in axonal transport. Motor proteins, microtubule tracks, cargo association, and even axonal viscosity contribute to the proper axonal dynamics of different cargos...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222760/computational-prediction-of-synthetic-lethals-in-genome-scale-metabolic-models-using-fast-sl
#11
Karthik Raman, Aditya Pratapa, Omkar Mohite, Shankar Balachandran
In this chapter, we describe Fast-SL, an in silico approach to predict synthetic lethals in genome-scale metabolic models. Synthetic lethals are sets of genes or reactions where only the simultaneous removal of all genes or reactions in the set abolishes growth of an organism. In silico approaches to predict synthetic lethals are based on Flux Balance Analysis (FBA), a popular constraint-based analysis method based on linear programming. FBA has been shown to accurately predict the viability of various genome-scale metabolic models...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222750/the-fastcore-family-for-the-fast-reconstruction-of-compact-context-specific-metabolic-networks-models
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Maria Pires Pacheco, Thomas Sauter
The FASTCORE family is a family of algorithms that are mainly used to build context-specific models but can also be applied to other tasks such as gapfilling and consistency testing. The FASTCORE family has very low computational demands with running times that are several orders of magnitude lower than its main competitors. Furthermore, the models built by the FASTCORE family have a better resolution power (defined as the ability to capture metabolic variations between different tissues, cell types, or contexts) than models from other algorithms...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222726/non-auditory-electrophysiological-potentials-preceding-dolphin-biosonar-click-production
#13
James J Finneran, Jason Mulsow, Ryan Jones, Dorian S Houser, Alyssa W Accomando, Sam H Ridgway
The auditory brainstem response to a dolphin's own emitted biosonar click can be measured by averaging epochs of the instantaneous electroencephalogram (EEG) that are time-locked to the emitted click. In this study, averaged EEGs were measured using surface electrodes placed on the head in six different configurations while dolphins performed an echolocation task. Simultaneously, biosonar click emissions were measured using contact hydrophones on the melon and a hydrophone in the farfield. The averaged EEGs revealed an electrophysiological potential (the pre-auditory wave, PAW) that preceded the production of each biosonar click...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222614/a-singular-k-space-model-for-fast-reconstruction-of-magnetic-resonance-images-from-undersampled-data
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Jianhua Luo, Zhiying Mou, Binjie Qin, Wanqing Li, Philip Ogunbona, Marc C Robini, Yuemin Zhu
Reconstructing magnetic resonance images from undersampled k-space data is a challenging problem. This paper introduces a novel method of image reconstruction from undersampled k-space data based on the concept of singularizing operators and a novel singular k-space model. Exploring the sparsity of an image in the k-space, the singular k-space model (SKM) is proposed in terms of the k-space functions of a singularizing operator. The singularizing operator is constructed by combining basic difference operators...
December 9, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222511/dynamics-of-transformation-from-platinum-icosahedral-nanoparticles-to-larger-fcc-crystal-at-millisecond-time-resolution
#15
Wenpei Gao, Jianbo Wu, Aram Yoon, Ping Lu, Liang Qi, Jianguo Wen, Dean J Miller, James C Mabon, William L Wilson, Hong Yang, Jian-Min Zuo
Atomic motion at grain boundaries is essential to microstructure development, growth and stability of catalysts and other nanostructured materials. However, boundary atomic motion is often too fast to observe in a conventional transmission electron microscope (TEM) and too slow for ultrafast electron microscopy. Here, we report on the entire transformation process of strained Pt icosahedral nanoparticles (ICNPs) into larger FCC crystals, captured at 2.5 ms time resolution using a fast electron camera. Results show slow diffusive dislocation motion at nm/s inside ICNPs and fast surface transformation at μm/s...
December 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222348/insulin-degrading-enzyme-contributes-to-the-pathology-in-a-mixed-model-of-type-2-diabetes-and-alzheimer-s-disease
#16
Huajie Li, Jian Wu, Linfeng Zhu, Luolin Sha, Song Yang, Jiang Wei, Lei Ji, Xiaochun Tang, Keshi Mao, Liping Cao, Ning Wei, Wei Xie, Zhilong Yang
Insulin degrading enzyme (IDE) is believed to act as a junction point of type 2 diabetes (T2D) and Alzheimer's disease (AD), however, the underlying mechanism was not completely clear yet. Transgenic APPSwe/PS1 mice were used as the AD model and were treated with streptozocin/streptozotocin (STZ) to develop a mixed mice model presenting both AD and T2D. Morris Water Maze (MWM) and recognition task were performed to trace the cognitive function. The detection of fasting plasma glucose (FPG) and plasma insulin concentration, and Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) were used to trace the metabolism evolution...
December 8, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222346/adiposity-inflammation-and-breast-cancer-pathogenesis-in-asian-women
#17
Neil M Iyengar, I-Chun Chen, Xi K Zhou, Dilip D Giri, Domenick J Falcone, Lisle A Winston, Hanhan Wang, Samantha Williams, Yen-Shen Lu, Tsu-Hsin Hsueh, Ann-Lii Cheng, Clifford A Hudis, Ching-Hung Lin, Andrew J Dannenberg
Obesity is associated with white adipose tissue (WAT) inflammation in the breast, elevated levels of the estrogen biosynthetic enzyme, aromatase, and systemic changes that predispose to breast cancer development. We examined whether WAT inflammation and its associated systemic effects correlate with body fat levels in an Asian population where body mass index (BMI) is not an accurate assessment of obesity and cancer risk. We also investigated whether biologic differences could account for the greater proportion of premenopausal estrogen receptor (ER)-positive breast cancer in Asian versus western countries...
December 8, 2017: Cancer Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222075/examining-tensions-that-affect-the-evaluation-of-technology-in-health-care-considerations-for-system-decision-makers-from-the-perspective-of-industry-and-evaluators
#18
Laura Desveaux, James Shaw, Ross Wallace, Onil Bhattacharyya, R Sacha Bhatia, Trevor Jamieson
Virtual technologies have the potential to mitigate a range of challenges for health care systems. Despite the widespread use of mobile devices in everyday life, they currently have a limited role in health service delivery and clinical care. Efforts to integrate the fast-paced consumer technology market with health care delivery exposes tensions among patients, providers, vendors, evaluators, and system decision makers. This paper explores the key tensions between the high bar for evidence prior to market approval that guides health care regulatory decisions and the "fail fast" reality of the technology industry...
December 8, 2017: JMIR Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222014/preparation-of-purified-fractions-for-polysaccharides-from-monetaria-moneta-linnaeus-and-comparison-their-characteristics-and-antioxidant-activities
#19
Jun Yuan, Shuxian Chen, Liping Wang, Tingting Xu, Xu Shi, Yi Jing, Haijiang Zhang, Yange Huang, Ying Xu, Dong Li, Xing Chen, Jianhui Chen, Qingping Xiong
The aim of this paper was to prepare purified fractions of polysaccharides from Monetaria moneta Linnaeus and further compare their characteristics and antioxidant activities. Firstly, three novel purified fractions, named MM-P1, MM-P2 and MM-P3, were successfully prepared by a DEAE-Sepharose fast-flow column. Then, their characteristics were compared using chemical testing, FT-IR, GC and HPGPC. The results suggested that MM-P3 had higher molecular weights than MM-P1 and MM-P2. MM-P1 was consisted of glucose, MM-P2 was consisted of glucose and xylose, and MM-P3 was comprised of glucose, xylose and mannose...
December 5, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221921/ethanol-embolotherapy-for-the-management-of-refractory-chronic-skin-ulcers-caused-by%C3%A2-arteriovenous-malformations
#20
YunBo Jin, Xi Yang, Chen Hua, XiaoXi Lin, Hui Chen, Gang Ma, TianYou Wang, WenXin Yu
PURPOSE: To describe the clinical features and treatment outcomes of ethanol embolotherapy in refractory chronic skin ulcers caused by arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). MATERIALS AND METHODS: From October 2011 to October 2015, 12 patients (5 male; mean age, 26.2 y) with refractory chronic skin ulcers caused by AVMs were treated at a single institution. Ethanol embolotherapy was performed by direct puncture techniques. Needles were directly inserted toward the nidus of the lesion based on imaging analysis...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
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