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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927166/experimental-evaluation-of-respirable-dust-and-crystalline-silica-controls-during-simulated-performance-of-stone-countertop-fabrication-tasks-with-powered-hand-tools
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David L Johnson, Margaret L Phillips, Chaolong Qi, Anthony T Van, Danielle A Hawley
Objectives: Workers who fabricate stone countertops using hand tools are at risk of silicosis from overexposure to respirable crystalline silica. This study explored the efficacy of simple engineering controls that can be used for dust suppression during use of hand tools by stone countertop fabricators. Methods: Controlled experiments were conducted to measure whether wet methods and on-tool local exhaust ventilation (LEV) reduced respirable dust (RD) exposures during use of various powered hand tools on quartz-rich engineered stone...
July 1, 2017: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927089/chronic-radiation-exposure-of-neuroblastoma-cells-reduces-nmyc-copy-number
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Manu Gnanamony, Reuben Antony, Karen S Fernández, Libes Jaime, Julian Lin, Pushpa A Joseph, Christopher S Gondi
Neuroblastoma accounts for >15% of cancer-associated mortalities of children in the USA. Despite aggressive treatment regimens, the long-term survival for these children remains <40%. The identification of v-Myc avian myelocytomatosis viral oncogene neuroblastoma-derived homolog (nMYC) gene amplification during diagnosis is associated with poor prognosis in neuroblastoma. There are limited studies examining changes in nMYC copy numbers in response to therapy and its biological effect on cancer cells. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of radiation on nMYC expression and amplification status in high-risk neuroblastoma...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927047/msk1-downregulation-is-associated-with-neuronal-and-astrocytic-apoptosis-following-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-in-rats
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Bo Ning, Geng Guo, Hong Liu, Lei Ning, Bao-Liang Sun, Zhen Li, Shuo Wang, Zheng-Wen Lv, Cun-Dong Fan
MSK (mitogen- and stress-activated protein kinase) proteins are a family of mitogen-activated protein kinases. MSKs represent a novel type of pro-survival genes, potentially enhancing the phosphorylation of Bcl2-associated agonist of cell death. However, MSK's function and expression are poorly understood in the central nervous system. In the present study, a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) model was established in SD rats and the expression of MSK1 in the brain subsequent to experimental SAH was investigated...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927033/all-trans-retinoic-acid-enhances-temozolomide-induced-autophagy-in-human-glioma-cells-u251-via-targeting-keap1-nrf2-are-signaling-pathway
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Lin Shi, Hongyuan Li, Yang Zhan
The present study evaluated the retinoic acid (RA) enhancement of temozolomide (TMZ) effects on the human glioma cells U251 and explored its underlying molecular mechanism. The cell growth was detected using the MTT assay and the cell cycle was assessed by flow cytometry. Cell apoptosis was analyzed by Annexin V/propidium iodide staining, and the cell morphology was evaluated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Additionally, reverse transcription-PCR and western blot analysis were applied to detect the mRNA and protein levels...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926998/a-new-hydrogen-sensor-based-on-sns-fiber-interferometer-with-pd-wo%C3%A2-coating
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Jinxin Shao, Wenge Xie, Xi Song, Yanan Zhang
This paper presents a new hydrogen sensor based on a single mode-no core-single mode (SNS) fiber interferometer structure. The surface of the no core fiber (NCF) was coated by Pd/WO₃ film to detect the variation of hydrogen concentration. If the hydrogen concentration changes, the refractive index of the Pd/WO₃ film as well as the boundary condition for light propagating in the NCF will all be changed, which will then cause a shift into the resonant wavelength of interferometer. Therefore, the hydrogen concentration can be deduced by measuring the shift of the resonant wavelength...
September 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926948/field-emission-from-self-catalyzed-gaas-nanowires
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Filippo Giubileo, Antonio Di Bartolomeo, Laura Iemmo, Giuseppe Luongo, Maurizio Passacantando, Eero Koivusalo, Teemu V Hakkarainen, Mircea Guina
We report observations of field emission from self-catalyzed GaAs nanowires grown on Si (111). The measurements were taken inside a scanning electron microscope chamber with a nano-controlled tungsten tip functioning as anode. Experimental data were analyzed in the framework of the Fowler-Nordheim theory. We demonstrate stable current up to 10(-7) A emitted from the tip of single nanowire, with a field enhancement factor β of up to 112 at anode-cathode distance d = 350 nm. A linear dependence of β on the anode-cathode distance was found...
September 16, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926943/monoclonal-antibodies-in-preclinical-eae-models-of-multiple-sclerosis-a-systematic-review
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Katja Schmitz, Gerd Geisslinger, Irmgard Tegeder
Monoclonal antibodies (mAb) are promising therapeutics in multiple sclerosis and multiple new candidates have been developed, hence increasing the need for some agreement for preclinical mAb studies. We systematically analyzed publications of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) studies showing effects of monoclonal antibodies. A PubMed search retrieved 570 records, out of which 122 studies with 253 experiments were eligible based on experimental design, number of animals and presentation of time courses of EAE scores...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926929/response-characteristics-and-experimental-study-of-underground-magnetic-resonance-sounding-using-a-small-coil-sensor
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Shengwu Qin, Zhongjun Ma, Chuandong Jiang, Jun Lin, Yiguo Xue, Xinlei Shang, Zhiqiang Li
Due to its unique sensitivity to hydrogen protons, magnetic resonance sounding (MRS) is the only geophysical method that directly detects water and can provide nondestructive information on subsurface aquifer properties. The relationship between the surface MRS signal and the location and characteristics of aquifers using large-coil (typically 50-150 m) sensors has been discussed based on forward modelling and experiments. However, few researchers have studied underground MRS using a small-coil sensor. In this paper, a parametric study and a large-scale physical model test were conducted to shed light on the critical response characteristics of underground MRS using a small-coil sensor...
September 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926847/probing-the-stochastic-property-of-endoreduplication-in-cell-size-determination-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-leaf-epidermal-tissue
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Kensuke Kawade, Hirokazu Tsukaya
Cell size distribution is highly reproducible, whereas the size of individual cells often varies greatly within a tissue. This is obvious in a population of Arabidopsis thaliana leaf epidermal cells, which ranged from 1,000 to 10,000 μm2 in size. Endoreduplication is a specialized cell cycle in which nuclear genome size (ploidy) is doubled in the absence of cell division. Although epidermal cells require endoreduplication to enhance cellular expansion, the issue of whether this mechanism is sufficient for explaining cell size distribution remains unclear due to a lack of quantitative understanding linking the occurrence of endoreduplication with cell size diversity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926841/beneficial-combination-of-lacosamide-with-retigabine-in-experimental-animals-an-isobolographic-analysis
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Jarogniew J Luszczki, Mirosław Zagaja, Barbara Miziak, Maria W Kondrat-Wrobel, Katarzyna Zaluska, Paula Wroblewska-Luczka, Piotr Adamczuk, Stanislaw J Czuczwar, Magdalena Florek-Luszczki
BACKGROUND/AIM: To isobolographically determine the types of interactions that occur between retigabine and lacosamide (LCM; two third-generation antiepileptic drugs) with respect to their anticonvulsant activity and acute adverse effects (sedation) in the maximal electroshock-induced seizures (MES) and chimney test (motor performance) in adult male Swiss mice. METHODS: Type I isobolographic analysis for nonparallel dose-response effects for the combination of retigabine with LCM (at the fixed-ratio of 1:1) in both the MES and chimney test in mice was performed...
September 20, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926820/guided-university-debate-effect-of-a-new-teaching-learning-strategy-for-undergraduate-nursing-students
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Marta Arrue, Saloa Unanue, David Merida
BACKGROUND: A number of studies have shown that the traditional lecture suffers from limitations in the development of many important competencies such as reasoning ability for nursing professionals. OBJECTIVES: In view of this issue, the authors present a promising alternative to the traditional lecture: the Guided University Debate (GUD). With regard to this aim a teaching-learning sequence of schizophrenia is described based on the GUD. Next, the improvement in the argumentative and declarative knowledge of the students who have participated in the said methodology is demonstrated...
September 5, 2017: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926797/experimental-study-of-radiation-dose-rate-at-different-strategic-points-of-the-baec-triga-research-reactor
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M Ajijul Hoq, M A Malek Soner, M A Salam, M M Haque, Salma Khanom, S M Fahad
The 3MW TRIGA Mark-II Research Reactor of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) has been under operation for about thirty years since its commissioning at 1986. In accordance with the demand of fundamental nuclear research works, the reactor has to operate at different power levels by utilizing a number of experimental facilities. Regarding the enquiry for safety of reactor operating personnel and radiation workers, it is necessary to know the radiation level at different strategic points of the reactor where they are often worked...
September 9, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926793/early-symptomatic-improvement-affects-treatment-outcome-in-a-study-of-major-depressive-disorder
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Steven D Targum
Early symptomatic improvement immediately following randomization can affect signal detection in clinical trials. The impact of early improvement of the Montgomery-Asberg depression rating scale (MADRS) on eventual treatment outcome was examined in a 6-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of a putative antidepressant (CX157) versus placebo in depressed subjects with major depressive disorder (MDD) who had had an inadequate response to ongoing antidepressant treatment (NCT00739908). MADRS score changes within one week after randomization directly affected treatment outcome at the study endpoint (week 6)...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926772/ultrasound-assisted-interaction-between-chlorin-e6-and-human-serum-albumin-ph-dependence-singlet-oxygen-production-and-formulation-effect
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Mihaela N Mocanu, Fei Yan
The interaction between chlorin e6 (Ce6) and human serum albumin (HSA) in the presence and absence of ultrasound have been investigated by ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy and fluorescence spectroscopy. Ce6 is found to bind strongly to HSA at or near physiological pH conditions, but the strength of the binding is significantly weakened at lower pHs. The intrinsic fluorescence of HSA is incrementally quenched with increasing concentration of Ce6, and the quenching is enhanced after exposure to high-frequency ultrasound...
September 13, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926769/experimental-study-of-time-response-of-bending-deformation-of-bone-cantilevers-in-an-electric-field
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Huimin Kang, Zhende Hou, Qing-Hua Qin
Bone is a complex composite material with hierarchical structures and anisotropic mechanical properties. Bone also processes electromechanical properties, such as piezoelectricity and streaming potentials, which termed as stress generated potentials. Furthermore, the electrostrictive effect and flexoelectric effect can also affect electromechanical properties of the bone. In the present work, time responses of bending deflections of bone cantilever in an external electric field are measured experimentally to investigate bone's electromechanical behavior...
September 13, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926746/effect-of-modeled-microgravity-on-uv-c-induced-interplant-communication-of-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Ting Wang, Wei Xu, Huasheng Li, Chenguang Deng, Hui Zhao, Yuejin Wu, Min Liu, Lijun Wu, Jinying Lu, Po Bian
Controlled ecological life support systems (CELSS) will be an important feature of long-duration space missions of which higher plants are one of the indispensable components. Because of its pivotal role in enabling plants to cope with environmental stress, interplant communication might have important implications for the ecological stability of such CELSS. However, the manifestations of interplant communication in microgravity conditions have yet to be fully elucidated. To address this, a well-established Arabidopsis thaliana co-culture experimental system, in which UV-C-induced airborne interplant communication is evaluated by the alleviation of transcriptional gene silencing (TGS) in bystander plants, was placed in microgravity modeled by a two-dimensional rotating clinostat...
September 6, 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926739/electrophysiological-correlates-of-performance-monitoring-in-binge-drinking-impaired-error-related-but-preserved-feedback-processing
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Séverine Lannoy, Fabien D'Hondt, Valérie Dormal, Joël Billieux, Pierre Maurage
OBJECTIVE: Performance monitoring, which allows efficient behavioral regulation using either internal (error processing) or external (feedback processing) cues, has not yet been explored in binge drinking despite its adaptive importance in everyday life, particularly in the regulation of alcohol consumption. Capitalizing on a theoretical model of risky behaviors, the present study aimed at determining the behavioral and electrophysiological correlates of the cognitive (inhibition) and motivational (reward sensitivity) systems during performance monitoring...
September 2, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926732/multifunctional-mesoporous-zro2-encapsulated-upconversion-nanoparticles-for-mild-nir-light-activated-synergistic-cancer-therapy
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Lili Feng, Shili Gai, Fei He, Yunlu Dai, Chongna Zhong, Piaoping Yang, Jun Lin
Desirable nanosystem that could not only deliver drugs safely and effectively into tumor sites, but also be expected to serve as photosensitizer to realize the photodynamic therapeutic function, would be of great significance in the synergistic cancer therapy. To perform this task, a multifunctional nanosystem has been developed for markedly enhanced cancer therapeutic efficacy by loading chemotherapy agent (doxorubicin hydrochloride, DOX) and photosensitive drug chlorin e6 (Ce6) into the channels of mesoporous zirconium dioxide (ZrO2) layer which coats on Nd(3+)-doped upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs)...
September 13, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926712/pyrophosphate-release-in-the-protein-hiv-reverse-transcriptase
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Murat Atiş, Kenneth A Johnson, Ron Elber
Enzymatic reactions usually occur in several steps: A step of substrate binding to the surface of the protein, a step of protein re-organization around the substrate and conduction of a chemical reaction, and a step of product release. The release of inorganic phosphate - PPi - from the matrix of the protein HIV reverse transcriptase is investigated computationally. Atomically detailed simulations with explicit solvent are analyzed to obtain the free energy profile, mean first passage time, and detailed molecular mechanisms of PPi escape...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926710/structure-vibrational-frequencies-and-bond-energies-of-the-brhgox-and-brhgxo-species-formed-in-atmospheric-mercury-depletion-events
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Yuge Jiao, Theodore Simon Dibble
Photochemistry during the polar Spring leads to atmospheric mercury depletion events (AMDEs): Hg(0), which typically lives for months in the atmosphere, can experience losses of more than 90% in less than a day. These dramatic losses are known to be initiated largely by Br + Hg + M → BrHg• + M, but the fate of BrHg• is a matter of guesswork. It is believed that BrHg• largely reacts with halogen oxides, XO (X = Cl, Br, and I) to form BrHgOX compounds, but these species have never been studied experimentally...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
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