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Frederique E C M Peeters, Manouk J W van Mourik, Steven J R Meex, Jan Bucerius, Simon M Schalla, Suzanne C Gerretsen, Casper Mihl, Marc R Dweck, Leon J Schurgers, Joachim E Wildberger, Harry J G M Crijns, Bas L J H Kietselaer
BASIK2 is a prospective, double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial investigating the effect of vitamin K2 (menaquinone-7;MK7) on imaging measurements of calcification in the bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) and calcific aortic valve stenosis (CAVS). BAV is associated with early development of CAVS. Pathophysiologic mechanisms are incompletely defined, and the only treatment available is valve replacement upon progression to severe symptomatic stenosis. Matrix Gla protein (MGP) inactivity is suggested to be involved in progression...
March 21, 2018: Nutrients
Jianguo Wang, Nan Chen, Chuanping Feng, Miao Li
To obtain an economical and effective adsorbent for fluoride removal, lanthanum-loaded pomelo peel biochar (PPBC-La) was synthesized using a facile approach. The batch adsorption experiments were investigated to determine adsorbent performance. The PPBC-La and its pristine biochar (PPBC) were characterized by scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), zeta potential, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) methods. Experimental results showed that the adsorption data were described well by the pseudo-second-order kinetic and Freundlich isotherm models...
March 21, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Ana Quintáns-Fondo, Vanesa Santás-Miguel, Juan C Nóvoa-Muñoz, Manuel Arias-Estévez, María J Fernández-Sanjurjo, Esperanza Álvarez-Rodríguez, Avelino Núñez-Delgado
The purpose of this work was to elucidate the repercussion of changing pH, incubation time and As(V) competition on fluoride (F- ) sorption on forest and vineyard soil samples, pyritic, and granitic materials, as well as on the by-products pine sawdust, oak wood ash, mussel shell ash, fine and coarse mussel shell, and slate processing waste fines. To reach this end, the methodological approach was based on batch-type experiments. The results indicate that, for most materials, F- sorption was very high at the start, but was clearly diminished when the pH value increased...
2018: Frontiers in Chemistry
J Burgess-Allen, M Braithwaite, S Whiston
Public health competencies being illustrated; Planning, delivery and evaluation of health improvement programmes, addressing health inequalities, awareness of cultural impacts on health and wellbeing. Smile4Life, a schools-based, evidence informed oral health promotion programme, was designed to address high levels of oral health need and inequality within a UK City. The aims of the pilot described were to test the feasibility of delivering the programme (supervised tooth-brushing, take home kits, educational resources and application of fluoride varnish) in six culturally diverse schools in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, and evaluate its impact on caries prevalence...
March 20, 2018: Community Dental Health
Muge Yucel, Osman Akin, Mehmet Cayoren, Ibrahim Akduman, Alagappan Palaniappan, Bo Liedberg, Gurkan Hizal, Fatih Inci, Umit Hakan Yildiz
This study reports on a handheld volatilome analyzer for selective determination of clinically relevant biomarkers in exhaled breath. The sensing platform is based on electrospun polymer nanofiber-multi walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) sensing micro-channels. Polymer nanofibers of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF), polystyrene (PS), and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) incorporated with MWCNT exhibits stable response to interferences of humidity and CO2 and provides selective deformations upon exposure of exhaled breath target volatilomes acetone and toluene, exhibiting correlation to diabetes and lung cancer, respectively...
March 20, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Md Saddam Hossain, Takahiro Tanaka, Kazuyoshi Takagi, Junji Hayashi, Mamoru Wakayama
In the present study, we purified α-amino acid ester hydrolase (AEH) from cell-free extracts of the Stenotrophomonas maltophilia strain HS1. The approximately 70-kDa AEH from S. maltophilia HS1 (SmAEH) was homogeneous in sodium dodecyl sulphate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) analyses, and was present as a tetramer in gel-filtration experiments. The activity of the SmAEH enzyme was then determined by monitoring the synthesis of the antihypertensive agent dipeptide isoleucyl-tryptophan (Ile-Trp) from isoleucyl methyl ester (Ile-OMe) and tryptophan (Trp)...
March 2018: 3 Biotech
Yan Zhang, Hong Li, Yingqin Jia, Pengfei Yang, Feng Zhao, Wei Wang, Wenqing Liu, Guisheng Chen, Xiaoqing Zhuang, Juan Li
BACKGROUD: Vascular calcification is currently recognized as an important pathobiological process in atherosclerosis, but the mechanism remains elusive. Given the similarities in vascular calcification and bone formation,18 F-sodium fluoride (18 F-NaF) is now considered a novel marker of vascular calcification. This study aimed to correlate18 F-NaF accumulation with the histological characterization of vascular calcification in carotid plaques. METHODS: A total of 8 patients who were undergoing carotid endarterectomy (CEA) for carotid artery stenosis were recruited...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
A S Ochoa-Chavez, A Pieczyńska, A Fiszka Borzyszkowska, P J Espinoza-Montero, E M Siedlecka
In this study, the electrochemical degradation process of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) in aqueous media was performed using a continuous flow reactor in an undivided cell (system I), and in a divided cell with a cationic membrane (Nafion® 424) (system II). In system I, 75% of 5-FU degradation was achieved (50 mg L-1 ) with a applied current density japp  = 150 A m-2 , volumetric flow rate qv = 13 L h-1 , after 6 h of electrolysis (kapp  = 0.004 min-1 ). The removal efficiency of 5-FU was higher (95%) when the concentration was 5 mg L-1 under the same conditions...
March 9, 2018: Chemosphere
Hyun Ju, Dabin Park, Jooheon Kim
The fabrication of dodecylbenzenesulfonic acid (DBSA)-doped polyaniline (PANI)-coated SnSe0.8S0.2 (PANI-SnSeS) nanosheets and their application to flexible thermoelectric composite films are demonstrated. The thermoelectric power factor of PANI-SnSeS nanosheets was optimized by manipulating the number of PANI coating cycles, and changes in their electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient were investigated and analyzed by considering carrier transport properties. An optimized, solution-based procedure for introducing inorganic nanoparticles comprising PANI-SnSeS nanosheets into a polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) matrix maximized the power factor...
March 19, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Chang-Gu Lee, Hassan Javed, Danning Zhang, Jae-Hong Kim, Paul Westerhoff, Qilin Li, Pedro J J Alvarez
Using a bi-polymer system consisting of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF), P25-TiO2 was immobilized into thin film mats of porous electrospun fibers. Pores were introduced by dissolving sacrificial PVP to increase surface area and enhance access to TiO2. The highest photocatalytic activity was achieved using a PVDF:PVP weight ratio of 2:1. Methylene blue (MB) was used to visualize contaminant removal, assess the sorption capacity (5.93 ± 0.23 mg/g) and demonstrate stable removal kinetics (kMB > 0...
March 19, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Arup Tarai, Jubaraj B Baruah
A series of mononuclear complexes of divalent nickel and zinc with N-(4-methoxyphenyl)-2-(propan-2-ylidene)hydrazine carbothioamide (H2Lmethoxy) as well as with N-(4-nitrophenyl)-2-(propan-2-ylidene)hydrazine carbothioamide (H2Lnitro) have been structurally characterised. Among these two ligands, H2Lnitro formed an analogous copper(ii) complex to that of nickel and zinc, whereas H2Lmethoxy undergoes a catalytic cyclisation reaction in the presence of copper(ii) nitrate trihydrate. Control experiments based on ESR have revealed that copper(ii) is reduced to copper(i) and reverts back to copper(ii) as the cyclisation reaction proceeds, generating a catalytic reaction...
March 19, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Bianca Medeiros Maran, Laína Vochikovski, Diego Rafael de Andrade Hortkoff, Rodrigo Stanislawczuk, Alessandro D Loguercio, Alessandra Reis
OBJECTIVES: Desensitizing agents are usually included in the composition of bleaching agents to reduce bleaching-induced tooth sensitivity (TS). This randomized clinical trial (RCT) evaluated the risk and intensity of TS and color change after at-home bleaching with a desensitizing-containing (3% potassium nitrate and 0.2% sodium fluoride) and desensitizing-free 10% carbamide peroxide (CP) gel (Whiteness Perfect, FGM). METHODS: A triple-blind, within-person RCT was conducted on 60 caries-free adult patients...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Dentistry
Joanna A Ruszkiewicz, Adi Pinkas, Mahfuzur R Miah, Rebecca L Weitz, Michael J A Lawes, Ayodele J Akinyemi, Omamuyovwi M Ijomone, Michael Aschner
Due to many advantages Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) has become a preferred model of choice in many fields, including neurodevelopmental toxicity studies. This review discusses the benefits of using C. elegans as an alternative to mammalian systems and gives examples of the uses of the nematode in evaluating the effects of major known neurodevelopmental toxins, including manganese, mercury, lead, fluoride, arsenic and organophosphorus pesticides. Reviewed data indicates numerous similarities with mammals in response to these toxins...
March 14, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Wei Sun, Stacy Ho, Xiaojun Rick Fang, Thomas O'Shea, Hanlan Liu
An ultra-high pressure liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method was successfully developed and qualified for the simultaneous determination of triamcinolone hexacetonide (TAH) and triamcinolone acetonide (TAA, the active metabolite of TAH) in rabbit plasma. To prevent the hydrolysis of TAH to TAA ex vivo during sample collection and processing, we evaluated the effectiveness of several esterase inhibitors to stabilize TAH in plasma. Phenylmethanesulfonyl fluoride (PMSF) at 2.0 mM was chosen to stabilize TAH in rabbit plasma...
May 10, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
İlkay Aydogan, Mehmet Akif Karslı, Mehmet Başalan, Ebru Yıldırım, Miyase Çınar, Gökhan Şen, Tugce Sümer
We evaluated the effects of dietary epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) on the performance, biochemical parameters, and liver histopathology of fluoride-intoxicated broiler chickens. In total, 160 1-day-old male broiler chicks (Ross PM3 strain) were collected and assigned to four groups (40 animals each), with four replicates. The control group received a basal diet; the F group received 800 mg/kg fluoride; the EGCG group received 400 mg/kg EGCG; and the EGCG+F group received 400 mg/kg EGCG and 800 mg/kg fluoride...
March 16, 2018: Biological Trace Element Research
Anetta Zioła-Frankowska, Marcin Frankowski
The research presents the first results of aluminium speciation analysis in aqueous extracts of individual plant parts of Betula pendula and soil samples, using High Performance Ion Chromatography with Diode Array Detection (HPIC-DAD). The applied method allowed us to carry out a full speciation analysis of aluminium in the form of predominant aluminium-fluoride complexes: AlF(x=2,3,4) (3-x) (first analytical signal), AlF2+ (second analytical signal) and Al3+ (third analytical signal) in samples of lateral roots, tap roots, twigs, stem, leaf and soil collected under roots of B...
March 2018: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Santosh R Alluri, Patrick J Riss
A variety of substituted non-racemic aziridine-2-carboxylates equivalent to amino acids were prepared and subjected to ring opening reaction by [18F/19F]fluoride. The regio and stereospecific ring opening depends on the substituents on the nitrogen as well as both the carbons of aziridines. The applicability of the methods to afford access to 3-[18F/19F]fluoro amino acids are illustrated.
March 16, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Ruili Shi, Pengju Wang, Lingli Tang, Xiaoming Huang, Yonggang Chen, Yan Su, Jijun Zhao
Using a genetic algorithm incorporated in density functional theory, we explore the ground state structures of fluoride anion-water clusters F-(H2O)n with n = 1-10. The F-(H2O)n clusters prefer structures in which the F- anion remains at the surface of the structure and coordinates with four water molecules, as the F-(H2O)n clusters have strong F--H2O interactions as well as strong hydrogen bonds between H2O molecules. The strong interaction between the F- anion and adjacent H2O molecule leads to a longer O-H distance in the adjacent molecule than in an individual water molecule...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Marc A Bjurlin, Baris Turkbey, Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Sonia Gaur, Peter L Choyke, Samir S Taneja
Imaging is critically important for the diagnosis, staging, and management of men with high-risk prostate cancer. Conventional imaging modalities, including computed tomography and radionuclide bone scan have been employed for local and metastatic staging, but their performance has generally been poor. Sodium fluoride positron emission tomography is recommended when there is high suspicion for bone metastases despite a negative or indeterminate bone scan. Magnetic resonance imaging has advantages in local staging but its value depends on the extent of disease...
March 12, 2018: Urology
Stefanie Amend, Roland Frankenberger, Susanne Lücker, Eugen Domann, Norbert Krämer
OBJECTIVES: The present study aimed to establish Lactobacillus casei in a completely automated Streptococcus mutans-based artificial mouth model and to investigate secondary caries inhibiting properties of glass ionomer cements / resin composite groups in vitro. METHODS: Sixty extracted, caries-free human third molars were used for preparation of standardized class-V-cavities. Specimens were restored with a resin-modified (Photac Fil; PF) as well as a conventional glass ionomer cement (Ketac Molar; KM) and one resin composite bonded with and without conduction of etch-and-rinse technique (Prime&Bond NT, Ceram X mono; C+ERT, C)...
March 12, 2018: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
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