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B Staber, J Guilleminot
In this work, we address the constitutive modeling, in a probabilistic framework, of the hyperelastic response of soft biological tissues. The aim is on the one hand to mimic the mean behavior and variability that are typically encountered in the experimental characterization of such materials, and on the other hand to derive mathematical models that are almost surely consistent with the theory of nonlinear elasticity. Towards this goal, we invoke information theory and discuss a stochastic model relying on a low-dimensional parametrization...
September 22, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Adnan A Kadi, Hany W Darwish, Mohamed W Attwa, Sawsan M Amer
In the current work, a rapid, specific, sensitive and validated liquid chromatography tandem mass-spectrometric method was developed for the quantification of ponatinib (PNT) in human plasma and rat liver microsomes (RLMs) with its application to metabolic stability. Chromatographic separation of PNT and vandetanib (IS) were accomplished on Agilent eclipse plus C18 analytical column (50 mm × 2.1 mm, 1.8 μm particle size) maintained at 21±2°C. Flow rate was 0.25 mLmin-1 with run time of 4 min. Mobile phase consisted of solvent A (10 mM ammonium formate, pH adjusted to 4...
2016: PloS One
Masahiro Ohgami, Masato Homma, Yoshiharu Suzuki, Kanako Naito, Motoko Yamada, Shoichi Mitsuhashi, Fumie Fujisawa, Hiroshi Kojima, Takayuki Kaburagi, Keiko Uchiumi, Yutaka Yamada, Hiroko Bando, Hisato Hara, Keiji Takei
BACKGROUND: Lapatinib and erlotinib are used for cancer treatment, showing large interindividual variability. Therapeutic drug monitoring may be useful for assessing the clinical outcomes and adverse events. A simple high-performance liquid chromatography ultraviolet method was developed for the determination of lapatinib and erlotinib in human plasma. METHODS: An aliquot of plasma sample spiked with IS was treated with acetonitrile to precipitate the proteins. Lapatinib and erlotinib were separated on an octadecylsilyl silica-gel column using a mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile, methanol, water, and trifluoroacetic acid (26:26:48:0...
October 17, 2016: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
Toshihiro Shoji, Atsushi Nakagomi, Sho Okada, Yuji Ohno, Yoshio Kobayashi
BACKGROUND: Studies have established the prognostic value of central SBP and pulse pressure (PP). The SphygmoCor XCEL (AtCor Medical, Sydney, Australia) device provides practical central blood pressure (BP) measurement for daily clinical use with its easy-to-use, operator-independent procedure. However, this device has not been validated against invasive measurement. METHOD: Simultaneous oscillometric and high-fidelity invasive measurements of central SBP and PP were compared for 36 patients who underwent coronary arteriography...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Joanne Avraam, Rosie Bourke, John A Trinder, Christian L Nicholas, Danny Brazzale, Fergal J O'Donoghue, Peter D Rochford, Amy S Jordan
Respiratory magnetometers are increasingly being used in sleep studies to measure changes in end expiratory lung volume (EELV), including in obese obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients. Despite this, the accuracy of magnetometers has not been confirmed in obese patients, nor compared between genders. Thus, we compared spirometer-measured and magnetometer-estimated lung volume and tidal volume changes during voluntary end-expiratory lung volume changes of 1.5L, 1L, and 0.5L above, and 0.5L below, functional respiratory capacity (FRC) in supine normal weight (BMI<25kg/m(2)) and healthy obese (BMI>30kg/m(2)) men and women...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
Megan K Young, Joseph Bertolini, Pushpa Kotharu, Darryl Maher, Allan W Cripps
The effectiveness of passive immunisation post-exposure to measles appears subject to a dose-response effect. New Zealand and the United Kingdom have increased the recommended dose of polyclonal human immunoglobulin for post-exposure prophylaxis within the last decade in response to concerns about decreasing levels of measles antibodies in these products. This study used the plaque-reduction neutralization test (PRNT) to measure the titre of measles-specific antibodies in Australian immunoglobulin products for post-exposure prophylaxis and compared the utility of an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to the PRNT in available Australian and international samples: Australian intramuscular (n = 10), Australian intravenous (n = 28), New Zealand intramuscular (n = 2), Hizentra (subcutaneous)(USA) (n = 3), and Privigen (intravenous)(USA) (n = 2)...
October 20, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Y Amerlinck, W De Keyser, G Urchegui, I Nopens
At wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) aeration is the largest energy consumer. This high energy consumption requires an accurate assessment in view of plant optimization. Despite the ever increasing detail in process models, models for energy production still lack detail to enable a global optimization of WWTPs. A new dynamic model for a more accurate prediction of aeration energy costs in activated sludge systems, equipped with submerged air distributing diffusers (producing coarse or fine bubbles) connected via piping to blowers, has been developed and demonstrated...
October 2016: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Cherie Walker, Peter Sinclair, Kenneth Graham, Stephen Cobley
Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) may offer an ecologically valid, reliable, and practical method for biomechanical performance analysis. With such potential in mind, Part 1 of this study examined the accuracy of IMUs gyroscopes with an optical system (Cortex 3.3). A calibration formula standardised the IMUs angular velocity output with the optical system. The percentage differences between the two measures = 0.5% (p < 0.05), suggest IMU's efficacy for application. In Part 2, the aim was to examine and understand how dive flight angular velocity time series plots change and increase according to dive degree of difficulty...
October 20, 2016: Sports Biomechanics
Anna A Ye, Stuart Cane, Thomas J Maresca
High-fidelity transmission of the genome through cell division requires that all sister kinetochores bind to dynamic microtubules (MTs) from opposite spindle poles. The application of opposing forces to this bioriented configuration produces tension that stabilizes kinetochore-microtubule (kt-MT) attachments. Defining the magnitude of force that is applied to kinetochores is central to understanding the mechano-molecular underpinnings of chromosome segregation; however, existing kinetochore force measurements span orders of magnitude...
October 20, 2016: Nature Communications
Christina Wegeberg, Christian Grundahl Frankær, Christine J McKenzie
The iodine L3-edge X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES) of organic and inorganic iodine compounds with formal iodine oxidation states ranging from -1 to +7 shows edge energies spanning from 4560.8 eV to 4572.5 eV. These were used to calibrate the oxidation state of iodine in a unique iron complex of iodosylbenzene (PhIO), [Fe(tpena)OIPh](2+) (tpena(-) = N,N,N'-tris(2-pyridylmethyl)ethylenediamine-N'-acetate), which was found to be +1.6. Thus the iodine oxidation state is reduced by 1.4 compared with that in precursor uncoordinated PhIO...
October 20, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Atsushi Nakagomi, Sho Okada, Toshihiro Shoji, Yoshio Kobayashi
Our aim was to assess the discrepancy in the blood pressure amplification (BPA) value defined as the aortic-to-brachial increase in systolic BP (SBP) between invasive and noninvasive brachial cuff-based methods. In 45 patients undergoing cardiac catheterization, BP in the brachial artery and ascending aorta were measured with an invasive catheter and a brachial cuff-based oscillometric device. To calculate aortic SBP, brachial waveforms were calibrated by the brachial systolic and diastolic BP (DBP) (C1 calibration) or by the brachial mean BP and DBP (C2 calibration)...
October 20, 2016: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
Xing Wei, Haigang Zhan, Peitong Ni, Shuqun Cai
The deterioration of dissolved oxygen conditions in the Pearl River Estuary (PRE) in summer has recently attracted considerable-scientific and political-attention. This paper documents the development, calibration, and verification of a coupled three-dimensional hydrodynamic and water quality model for the PRE. A comparison of the model's performance against field observations indicated that the model is capable of reproducing key hydrodynamic and water quality characteristics of the estuary within an acceptable range of accuracy...
October 16, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
H Felix Fischer, Matthias Rose
BACKGROUND: Recently, a growing number of Item-Response Theory (IRT) models has been published, which allow estimation of a common latent variable from data derived by different Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs). When using data from different PROs, direct estimation of the latent variable has some advantages over the use of sum score conversion tables. It requires substantial proficiency in the field of psychometrics to fit such models using contemporary IRT software. We developed a web application ( http://www...
October 19, 2016: BMC Medical Research Methodology
Hiroshi Imamura, Shinya Honda
Calibration-free concentration analysis (CFCA) based on surface plasmon resonance uses the diffusion coefficient of an analyte to determine the concentration of that analyte in a bulk solution. In general, CFCA is avoided when investigating analytes prone to self-association, as the heterogeneous diffusion coefficient results in a loss of precision. The derivation for self-association of the analyte was presented here. By using the diffusion coefficient for the monomeric state, CFCA provides the lowest possible concentration even though the analyte is self-associated...
October 16, 2016: Analytical Biochemistry
Arlene M McGarty, Victoria Penpraze, Craig A Melville
BACKGROUND: Valid objective measurement is integral to increasing our understanding of physical activity and sedentary behaviours. However, no population-specific cut points have been calibrated for children with intellectual disabilities. Therefore, this study aimed to calibrate and cross-validate the first population-specific accelerometer intensity cut points for children with intellectual disabilities. METHODS: Fifty children with intellectual disabilities were randomly assigned to the calibration (n = 36; boys = 28, 9...
2016: PloS One
Robson Azevedo Dutra, Adriana Cartafina Perez Boscollo
Background: The anorectal anomalies consist in a complex group of birth defects. Laparoscopic-assisted anorectoplasty improved visualization of the rectal fistula and the ability to place the pull-through segment within the elevator muscle complex with minimal dissection. There is no consensus on how the fistula should be managed. Aim: To evaluate the laparoscopic-assisted anorectoplasty and the treatment of the rectal urinary fistula by a bipolar sealing device...
July 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cirurgia Digestiva: ABCD, Brazilian Archives of Digestive Surgery
A Mulic, Ø Fredriksen, I D Jacobsen, A B Tveit, I Espelid, C G Crossner
AIM: To study the prevalence, distribution and severity of dental erosion among 16-year-old adolescents in the Troms region of Norway. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Study design: The participants were recruited through the Tromsø-study ("Fit Futures"), and 392 16-year-olds were examined for dental erosion using clinical intraoral photographs. Three calibrated clinicians used the Visual Erosion Dental Examination (VEDE) system to register and grade the dental erosive wear...
September 2016: European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry: Official Journal of European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
Samuel A Einstein, Bradley P Weegman, Meri T Firpo, Klearchos Papas, Michael Garwood
Techniques to monitor the oxygen partial pressure (pO<sub>2</sub>) within implanted tissue-engineered grafts (TEGs) are critically necessary for TEG development, but current methods are invasive and inaccurate. In this study, we investigated an accurate and noninvasive technique to monitor TEG pO<sub>2</sub> utilizing proton (<sup>1</sup>H) or fluorine (<sup>19</sup>F) magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) relaxometry. The value of the spin-lattice relaxation rate constant (R<sub>1</sub>) of some biocompatible compounds is sensitive to dissolved oxygen (and temperature), while insensitive to other external factors...
October 19, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
En-Ping Lin, Tai-Chia Chiu, Ming-Mu Hsieh
Dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction was combined with acetonitrile stacking in capillary electrophoresis for the identification of three selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (citalopram, fluoxetine, and fluvoxamine) in human fluids such as urine and plasma. Parameters that affect the extraction and stacking efficiency, such as the type and volume of the extraction and disperser solvent, extraction time, salt addition for dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction, and sample matrices, pH, and concentration of the separation buffer for stacking, were investigated and optimized...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Separation Science
Daniel P Pike, Celine L Hartman, Gregory J Weissler, Elisa N D Palladino, Carolyn J Albert, David A Ford
Platelet-activating factor (PAF) is a potent biologically active phospholipid that mediates human physiological and pathophysiologic responses. PAF levels increase transiently and are typically assessed by techniques with limitations related to expense, sensitivity, pre-analysis derivatization and interference with isobaric molecules. This study elucidates a facile, accurate liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry analytical method for PAF. In negative ion mode using electrospray ionization, collisionally-activated dissociation analysis showed a unique product ion for acetate adducts of PAF molecular species representing the loss of methyl acetate from the polar head group and loss of a part of the acetate group from the sn-2 position...
October 18, 2016: Lipids
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