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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821205/cerebrospinal-fluid-circulating-tumor-cells-a-novel-tool-to-diagnose-leptomeningeal-metastases-from-epithelial-tumors
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Xuling Lin, Martin Fleisher, Marc Rosenblum, Oscar Lin, Adrienne Boire, Samuel Briggs, Yevgeniya Bensman, Brenda Hurtado, Larisa Shagabayeva, Lisa M DeAngelis, Katherine S Panageas, Antonio Omuro, Elena I Pentsova
Background: Diagnosis of leptomeningeal metastasis (LM) remains challenging due to low sensitivity of CSF cytology and infrequent unequivocal MRI findings. In a previous pilot study, we showed that rare cell capture technology (RCCT) could be used to detect circulating tumor cells (CTC) in the CSF of patients with LM from epithelial tumors. To establish the diagnostic accuracy of CSF-CTC in the diagnosis of LM, we applied this technique in a distinct, larger cohort of patients. Methods: In this institutional review board-approved prospective study, patients with epithelial tumors and clinical suspicion of LM underwent CSF-CTC evaluation and standard MRI and CSF cytology examination...
September 1, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821204/absence-of-cmv-viremia-in-high-grade-glioma-patients-under-low-dosage-glucocorticoid-treatment
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Martina Schneider, Eva-Maria Reitter, Marie-Theres Kastner, Jakob Thannesberger, Franz J J Rieder, Matthias Preusser, Christine Marosi, Christoph Steininger
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 1, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821196/negative-predictive-value-and-significance-of-benign-appearing-endometrial-cells-in-papanicolaou-tests
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Jing Yu, Agnieszka Onisko, R Marshall Austin
Objectives: Reporting benign-appearing endometrial cells (nEMCs) in Papanicolaou (Pap) smears of women 40 years and older, introduced in The Bethesda System 2001, may be interpreted as an abnormal finding and lead to unnecessary endometrial biopsies. To our knowledge, this is the first study on the negative predictive value (NPV) of this cytology finding. Methods: An 11-year database with 1,036,629 Pap test reports and 121,079 surgical pathology reports identified reports of nEMCs in women 40 years and older with follow-up endometrial histopathology within 6 months...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821179/pungency-evaluation-of-hydroxyl-sanshool-compounds-after-dissolution-in-taste-carriers-per-time-related-characteristics
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Lulu Zhang, Bolin Shi, Houyin Wang, Lei Zhao, Zhongxiu Chen
This study was conducted to investigate the sensory characteristics and temporal migration of hydroxyl-sanshool compounds at slight and moderate concentrations after dissolution in ethanol-water, saccharose, NaCl, and MSG via 2-AFC, time intensity (TI) and temporal dominance of sensations (TDS) methods. The pungency detection threshold (DT) was suppressed in saccharose while NaCl and MSG solutions showed no effect on pungency DT. The area under the curve (AUC) of pungency increased in NaCl and MSG solutions and decreased significantly in saccharose solution...
September 1, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821178/oil-perception-detection-thresholds-for-varying-fatty-stimuli-and-inter-individual-differences
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Jaana M Heinze, Andrew Costanzo, Inga Baselier, Andreas Fritsche, Melanie Lidolt, Jörg Hinrichs, Sabine Frank-Podlech, Russell Keast
Multiple lines of research have demonstrated that humans can perceive fat in the form of free fatty acids (FFAs). However, the dietary concentration of FFAs is generally very low and fat is mainly consumed as triacylglycerol (TAG). The aim of this study was to examine the perception of different fatty stimuli and possible associations between them. Therefore, detection thresholds for 4 fatty stimuli (oleic acid [FFA], paraffin oil [mixture of hydrocarbon molecules], canola oil [TAG-rich], and canola oil spiked with oleic acid [rich in TAGs and FFAs]) were determined in 30 healthy participants...
September 1, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821153/combination-of-microsized-mineral-particles-and-rosin-as-a-basis-for-converting-cellulosic-fibers-into-sticky-superhydrophobic-paper
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Xiaoyan Yu, Peiwen Bian, Yang Xue, Xueren Qian, Haipeng Yu, Wenshuai Chen, Xiaohai Hu, Peng Wang, Dong Wu, Qinghui Duan, Limei Li, Jing Shen, Yonghao Ni
The unique features of cellulosic paper including flexibility, biodegradability, and low cost enables it as a versatile, sustainable biomaterial for promising applications. In the paper industry, microsized mineral particles are widely used in the production of printing/writing paper grades, while rosin derived from trees is the earliest internal sizing agent for paper hydrophobication. On the basis of existing commercial practices associated with the use of mineral particles and rosin in paper production, we present a process concept of converting cellulosic fibers (paper-grade pulp) into "sticky" superhydrophobic paper involving the use of microsized mineral particles and rosin (a tree-derived natural product, mainly a mixture of resin acids, especially abietic acid with chemical formula of C19H29COOH)...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821152/the-common-lavender-lavandula-angustifolia-mill-pectic-polysaccharides-modulate-phagocytic-leukocytes-and-intestinal-peyer-s-patch-cells
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Yordan N Georgiev, Berit S Paulsen, Hiroaki Kiyohara, Milan Ciz, Manol H Ognyanov, Ondrej Vasicek, Frode Rise, Petko N Denev, Haruki Yamada, Antonin Lojek, Vesselin Kussovski, Hilde Barsett, Albert I Krastanov, Irina Z Yanakieva, Maria G Kratchanova
Two pectic (chPS-L1, chPS-L2) and one polyphenolic (chPP-L) fractions were obtained from lavender flowers after boiling water extraction, exhaustive removing of alcohol-soluble molecules and SEC. chPS-L1 (52.4kDa) contains mainly low-acetylated and high-methoxylated homogalacturonans (HG), and smaller rhamnogalacturonan (RG) I backbone fragments rich in 1,3,5-branched arabinan and arabinogalactan (AG) II side chains. chPS-L2 (21.8kDa) contains predominantly similarly esterified HG, followed by RGI with AGII structures and RGII...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821150/functionalized-alginate-with-liquid-like-behaviors-and-its-application-in-wet-spinning
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Zhen Sang, Wenqian Zhang, Zhiyuan Zhou, Huakang Fu, Yeqiang Tan, Kunyan Sui, Yanzhi Xia
Alginate is a kind of marine-derived plant polysaccharide with useful properties including inherent flame-retardancy and biocompatibility, yet poor flowability and low processing efficiency induced by high viscosity impede its further industrial applications. In this study, PEG-substituted tertiary amines were adapted to functionalize alginate with different molecular weight via acid-base reaction to improve the flowability. Based on alginate with low molecular weight, alginate fluids exhibited excellent flowability at room temperature in the absence of solvent...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821131/carboxymethyl-cellulose-production-from-sugarcane-bagasse-with-steam-explosion-pulping-experimental-modeling-and-optimization
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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/28821129/characterization-and-anticoagulant-activity-of-a-fucosylated-chondroitin-sulfate-with-unusually-procoagulant-effect-from-sea-cucumber
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Mohamed Ben Mansour, Rafik Balti, Véronique Ollivier, Hichem Ben Jannet, Frédéric Chaubet, Raoui Mounir Maaroufi
The fucosylated chondroitin sulfate (FuCS) was isolated from the sea cucumber Holothuria polii body wall and then purified by anion exchange chromatography and the structure was characterized by FT-IR and NMR spectroscopy. Anticoagulant activity was measured in plasma by classical anticoagulation tests and the thrombin generation was assessed by calibrated automated thrombography. The results showed that the FuCS obtained at a yield of 4.66% possesses high sulfate content 43% and an average molecular mass of 45...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821124/the-characterization-selenylation-and-antidiabetic-activity-of-mycelial-polysaccharides-from-catathelasma-ventricosum
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Yuntao Liu, Yuxian You, Yiwen Li, Lan Zhang, Leilei Yin, Yingbin Shen, Cheng Li, Hong Chen, Shujuan Chen, Bin Hu, Daiwen Chen
The mycelial polysaccharide from Catathelasma ventricosum (mCVP-1S) was found to be a heteropolysaccharide with an average size of 230kDa composed mainly of β-glucopyranosyl residues. The selenylation of mCVP-1S, performed using an HNO3-Na2SeO3 method, produced a series of selenized mCVP-1Ss (SemCVP-1Ss). Varying the reaction time, temperature and Na2SeO3 dosage altered the yield and selenium content of the SemCVP-1Ss. NMR spectra showed substitution mostly at C-6, and Congo red tests indicated excessive selenylation might destroy the triple-helical structure of SemCVP-1Ss...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821123/interfacial-modification-on-polyhydroxyalkanoates-starch-blend-by-grafting-%C3%A2-in-situ
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Pengwu Xu, Qingtao Zeng, Ying Cao, Piming Ma, Weifu Dong, Mingqing Chen
The interfacial adhesion between polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) and native starch is poor. To improve the interfacial adhesion, PHAs were in-situ grafted onto starch using dicumyl peroxide (DCP) as a free radical initiator. The grafting reaction was carefully characterized and confirmed by gel analysis and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The gel yield of the PHAs/starch/DCP blend increased with the DCP concentration up to 2wt%. Meanwhile, obvious plastic deformation (stretched fibrils) was observed at the interface in the PHAs/starch/DCP blend in comparison with complete interfacial debonding in the PHAs/starch physical blend...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821119/tailoring-of-temperature-and-ph-responsive-cotton-fabric-with-antimicrobial-activity-effect-of-the-concentration-of-a-bio-barrier-forming-agent
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Danaja Štular, Ivan Jerman, Barbara Simončič, Brigita Tomšič
A stimuli-responsive cotton fabric was designed using temperature and pH-responsive poly-N-isopropylacrylamide (poly-NiPAAm) and chitosan (PNCS) microgel as a carrier of antimicrobially active 3-(trimethoxysilyl)-propyldimethyloctadecyl ammonium chloride (Si-QAC), which forms a bio-barrier on the fibre surface. The influence of Si-QAC on the moisture management and thermoregulation abilities of the PNCS microgel was investigated. Using a pad-dry cure method, Si-QAC was applied to a 100% cotton fabric model in concentrations ranging from 0...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821105/production-of-xylooligosaccharides-by-autohydrolysis-of-hazelnut-corylus-avellana-l-shell
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Ece Surek, Ali Oguz Buyukkileci
Hazelnut shell (HS), husk and pruning residues were characterized and evaluated for xylooligosaccharides (XOS) production by autohydrolysis. HS contained the highest amount of xylan and yielded more XOS compared to other hazelnut residues. The temperature and holding time of HS autohydrolysis greatly influenced the composition of the liquor and the remaining solid. The highest XOS yield (62% of the feedstock xylan) was obtained at 190°C and 5min of holding time. At this temperature, 30min of holding time was required to maximize the percentage of XOS with low degree of polymerization...
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/28821101/cholesteric-film-of-cu-ii-doped-cellulose-nanocrystals-for-colorimetric-sensing-of-ammonia-gas
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Shidong Dai, Nana Prempeh, Dagang Liu, Yimin Fan, Mingyue Gu, Yu Chang
With the increasing demand of environmental monitoring for toxic and odorous ammonia gas it is desired to develop specific green, cost-effective and in situ passive colorimetric alternatives to current complex instrumentations. In this work, we designed an ammonia gas sensor based on cholesteric liquid crystal films of copper(II)-doped cellulose nanocrystals (CNCCu(II)) whose structure, optical and sensing properties were investigated. The hybrid films using the low doping Cu(II) as a color-tuning agent inherited the chiral nematic signature and optical activity of CNCs, suggesting a strong chelation between copper ions and negatively charged CNCs...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821098/physical-chemical-characteristics-and-potential-use-of-a-novel-alginate-zein-hydrogel-as-the-sorption-phase-for-polar-organic-compounds
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Natara D B Castilhos, Naiara M F M Sampaio, Bruno C da Silva, Izabel C Riegel-Vidotti, Marco T Grassi, Bruno J G Silva
A novel alginate based hydrogel was successfully prepared and tested for the solid phase microextraction of medium-to-high polarity compounds, when supported in a polypropylene (PP) fiber. Pure alginate when added onto the surface of the PP fiber, resulted in a significant improvement in the extraction efficiency of the analytes (except for β-estradiol). The alginate hydrogel was modified upon the incorporation of a small amount of zein, a corn protein. Interestingly, the alginate/zein-supported hydrogel was capable of successfully extracting compounds with low partition constant (Kow), such as 17-α-ethinyl estradiol, progesterone and estriol, since the initial water uptake decreased dramatically in this gel, therefore, leaving the alginate hydroxyl groups more available to interact with the polar compounds...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821097/thiolated-pectin-doxorubicin-conjugates-synthesis-characterization-and-anticancer-activity-studies
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Kamonrak Cheewatanakornkool, Sathit Niratisai, Somkamol Manchun, Crispin R Dass, Pornsak Sriamornsak
In this paper, pectin was cross-linked by a coupling reaction with either thioglycolic acid or cystamine dihydrochloride to form thiolated pectins. The thiolated pectins were then coupled with doxorubicin (DOX) derivative to obtain thiolated pectin-DOX conjugates by two different methods, disulfide bond formation and disulfide bond exchange. The disulfide bond exchange method provided a simple, fast, and efficient approach for synthesis of thiolated pectin-DOX conjugates, compared to the disulfide bond formation...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821084/green-synthesis-of-oriented-xanthan-gum-graphene-oxide-hybrid-aerogels-for-water-purification
#19
Shunli Liu, Fang Yao, Olayinka Oderinde, Zhihong Zhang, Guodong Fu
Three-dimensional xanthan gum (XG)/graphene oxide (GO) hybrid aerogels were fabricated by ice crystal templating without using chemical modifiers. The hybrid aerogels were prepared by the stirring of xanthan gum-graphene oxide hybrid solution, followed by freezing at low temperature and finally by freeze-drying. The whole preparation could be completed within 12h without producing any contamination and thus considered a fast, simple, economical, and green method for aerogel fabrication. XG/GO hybrid aerogels possessed different hierarchical pore structures because of various freezing temperatures...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821080/investigation-of-chitosan-s-antibacterial-activity-against-vancomycin-resistant-microorganisms-and-their-biofilms
#20
Eduardo M Costa, Sara Silva, Mariana Veiga, Sandra Vicente, Freni K Tavaria, Manuela E Pintado
Vancomycin-resistant microorganisms are a hurdle that traditional antibiotics struggle to overcome. These difficulties have led to search for new solutions based on natural products. Chitosan has been recognized as an effective antibacterial agent against a vast array of microorganisms including antibiotic resistant ones. As such, this work aimed to evaluate chitosan as an alternative to traditional antibiotics in the management/control of two vancomycin-resistant microorganisms, VRSA and VREF, in planktonic and sessile settings...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
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