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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728289/-the-protective-effect-of-pigment-epithelial-derived-factor-modified-human-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stem-cells-on-rats-with-diabetic-retinopathy
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W Zhang, H T Duan, S Chen, Y X Wang, J H Kong, M Dong, X Bi, J Song
Objective: To investigate the effect of pigment epithelial-derived factor (PEDF) gene-modified human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) on rats with diabetic retinopathy (DR). Methods: Experimental study. Human umbilical cord MSC were transfected by lentivirus packaging PEDF-MSC-green fluorescent protein (GFP) and GFP-MSC plasmid vectors, and the expression of PEDF and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) was measured in the cell culture medium. Fifty adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into five groups: normal control group (group A), DR control group (group B), phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) treated group (group C), GFP-MSC treated group (group D) and PEDF-MSC-GFP treated group (group E), with 10 rats in each group...
July 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728184/multi-spectral-imaging-of-circumscribed-choroidal-hemangioma-introduction
#2
Nicola Y Gan, Cheryl Zimmer, Wai-Ching Lam
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: To illustrate the features of a circumscribed choroidal hemangioma (CCH) using Annidis RHA multi-spectral imaging (MSI) technology (Annidis Corporation, Ottawa, Canada). This novel imaging technique uses non-overlapping, narrow-band LED light sources ranging from 520 nm to 940 nm to create a monochromatic series of en face fundus images and oxy/deoxyhemoglobin contrasted maps of the retina and choroid. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Annidis RHA MSI images were taken of a 67-year-old Chinese male with CCH...
July 1, 2017: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728125/assessment-and-prediction-of-joint-algal-toxicity-of-binary-mixtures-of-graphene-and-ionic-liquids
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Zhuang Wang, Fan Zhang, Se Wang, Willie J G M Peijnenburg
Graphene and ionic liquids (ILs) released into the environment will interact with each other. So far however, the risks associated with the concurrent exposure of biota to graphene and ILs in the environment have received little attention. The research reported here focused on observing and predicting the joint toxicity effects in the green alga Scenedesmus obliquus exposed to binary mixtures of intrinsic graphene (iG)/graphene oxide (GO) and five ILs of varying anionic and cationic types. The isolated ILs in the binary mixtures were the main contributors to toxicity...
July 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728029/peroxidase-mimetic-activity-of-fe3o4-nanoparticle-prepared-based-on-magnetic-hydrogels-for-hydrogen-peroxide-and-glucose-detection
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Shasha Song, Yang Liu, Aixin Song, Zengdian Zhao, Hongsheng Lu, Jingcheng Hao
Stimuli-response magnetic hydrogels were prepared in the mixtures of magnetic surfactants, (CnTAFB(C), n=12, 14, 16), and chiral amphiphiles, sodium cholate (SC). The gelation behavior of CnTAFB(C)/SC were studied in detail. The results proved that the hydrophobicity of surfactants and the hydration radius (Rh) of anions played a vital role in the gelation process. The microstructure of the hydrogels were determined to be three-dimensional network of fibrous aggregates. The formation of the hydrogel fibrils was considered to be mainly driven by a delicate balance of multiple non-covalent interactions including hydrophobic interaction, electrostatic interaction, hydrogen bonding, van der Waals force, and the steric effect of SC molecule...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727940/intestinal-transit-time-and-cortisol-mediated-stress-in-zebrafish
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Clayton Brady, Maxwell Denora, Ian Shannon, Karl J Clark, Adam Rich
Intestinal motility, the spontaneous and rhythmic smooth muscle contraction, is a complex process that is regulated by overlapping and redundant regulatory mechanisms. Primary regulators intrinsic to the gastrointestinal tract include interstitial cells of Cajal, enteric neurons, and smooth muscle cells. Extrinsic primary regulators include the autonomic nervous system, immune system, and the endocrine system. Due to this complexity, a reductionist approach may be inappropriate if the ultimate goal is to understand motility regulation in vivo...
July 20, 2017: Zebrafish
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727917/a-3d-printed-portable-optical-sensing-platform-for-smartphones-capable-of-detecting-the-herbicide-2-4-dichlorophenoxyacetic-acid
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Yijia Wang, Mohamed Maarouf Ali Zeinhom, Mingming Yang, Rongrong Sun, Shengfu Wang, Jordan N Smith, Charles Timchalk, Lei Li, Yuehe Lin, Dan Du
Onsite rapid detection of herbicide and herbicide residuals in environmental and biological specimens is important for agriculture, environment, food safety, and health care. Traditional method for herbicide detection requires expensive laboratory equipment and a long turn-round time. In this work, we developed a single-stripe microliter plate smartphone colorimetric device for rapid and low-cost in-field test. This portable smartphone platform is capable of screening 8 samples in a microplate single-stripe...
July 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727390/use-of-indocyanine-green-angiography-in-microsurgical-subinguinal-varicocelectomy-lessons-learned-from-our-initial-experience
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Chak-Lam Cho, Kwan-Lun Ho, Wayne Kwun-Wai Chan, Ringo Wing-Hong Chu, In-Chak Law
Microsurgical subinguinal varicocelectomy (MSV) is generally considered the gold standard nowadays in view of the lower risk of complications and recurrence. To achieve complete ligation of veins while preserving testicular artery (TA) during the procedure remains challenging despite the application of high power optical magnification and micro-Doppler ultrasonography. The use of intraoperative indocyanine green angiography (ICGA) with infrared fluorescence operative micro-scope in MSV potentially lowers the incidence of TA injury and shortens the learning curve of nov-ice surgeons...
July 20, 2017: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727323/indocyanine-green-near-infrared-lymphangiography-for-evaluation-of-effectiveness-of-edema-fluid-flow-under-therapeutic-compression
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Marzanna T Zaleska, Waldemar L Olszewski
The commonly used modalities for therapy of limb lymphedema are manual lymphatic drainage, manual devices moving edema fluid and intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC). What seems to be necessary for validation of the effect of the compression procedure is imaging of the mobilized moving edema fluid. Picture of edema fluid flow would allow the therapist to use force adjusted to the tissue volume and stiffness differing in various limb regions as well as identify sites of abundant accumulation of fluid requiring more compression...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727009/effects-of-energy-supplementation-on-energy-losses-and-nitrogen-balance-of-steers-fed-green-chopped-wheat-pasture-i-calorimetry
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A L Shreck, P J Ebert, E A Bailey, J S Jennings, K D Casey, B E Meyer, N A Cole
Cattle grazing wheat pasture in the southern Great Plains are sometimes fed an energy supplement; however, the benefits of supplementation on nutrient balance, energy metabolism, and greenhouse gas emissions have not been elucidated. Therefore, we used 10 British crossbred steers (206 ± 10.7 kg initial BW) in a respiration calorimetry study to evaluate the effects of energy supplementation on energy losses, N balance, and nutrient digestibility of steers fed green-chopped wheat forage. The study design was an incomplete replicated 4 × 4 Latin square with treatments in a 2 × 2 factorial arrangement...
May 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726986/board-invited-review-quantifying-water-use-in-ruminant-production
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G Legesse, K H Ominski, K A Beauchemin, S Pfister, M Martel, E J McGeough, A Y Hoekstra, R Kroebel, M R C Cordeiro, T A McAllister
The depletion of water resources, in terms of both quantity and quality, has become a major concern both locally and globally. Ruminants, in particular, are under increased public scrutiny due to their relatively high water use per unit of meat or milk produced. Estimating the water footprint of livestock production is a relatively new field of research for which methods are still evolving. This review describes the approaches used to quantify water use in ruminant production systems as well as the methodological and conceptual issues associated with each approach...
May 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726889/modeling-electrochromic-poly-dioxythiophene-containing-materials-through-tddft
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D L Wheeler, L E Rainwater, A R Green, A L Tomlinson
A DFT/TDDFT model was developed to predict the chemical properties for three colored to nearly transmissive electrochromic polymers synthesized by the John Reynolds's group. Using a functional-basis set pairing of mPW1PBE/cc-PVDZ along with the conductor polarizable calculation model (CPCM), simulated neutral spectra showed a strong correlation to the experimental UV-Vis data where the largest absolute peak maximum difference was 14 nm. Frontier molecular orbitals, electronic transitions, and ground-state geometries of these systems were evaluated to provide further information about the oxidative process the polymers undergo...
July 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726869/one-step-green-synthesis-of-a-supramolecular-organogelator-based-on-mellitic-triimide-for-the-recognition-of-aromatic-compounds
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Masashi Mamada, Tsuyoshi Minami, Hiroshi Katagiri, Takafumi Omiya, Shizuo Tokito
Mellitic triimide derivatives with N-benzyl groups form conformations with concave cavities, that are capable of including aromatic molecules such as benzene, nitrobenzene, etc. In addition, they act as supramolecular gelators, which enable the detection of aromatic molecules as a gel-sol phase transition.
July 20, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726810/a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-disclosing-genetic-risk-information-for-alzheimer-disease-via-telephone
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Kurt D Christensen, Wendy R Uhlmann, J Scott Roberts, Erin Linnenbringer, Peter J Whitehouse, Charmaine D M Royal, Thomas O Obisesan, L Adrienne Cupples, Melissa B Butson, Grace-Ann Fasaye, Susan Hiraki, Clara A Chen, Uwe Siebert, Robert Cook-Deegan, Robert C Green
PurposeTelephone disclosure of genetic test results can improve access to services. To date, studies of its impact have focused on return of Mendelian risk information, principally hereditary cancer syndromes.MethodsIn a multisite trial of Alzheimer disease genetic risk disclosure, asymptomatic adults were randomized to receive test results in person or via telephone. Primary analyses examined patient outcomes 12 months after disclosure.ResultsData from 257 participants showed that telephone disclosure occurred 7...
July 20, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726793/correction-vitamin-b12-deficiency
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Ralph Green, Lindsay H Allen, Anne-Lise Bjørke-Monsen, Alex Brito, Jean-Louis Guéant, Joshua W Miller, Anne M Molloy, Ebba Nexo, Sally Stabler, Ban-Hock Toh, Per Magne Ueland, Chittaranjan Yajnik
This corrects the article DOI: 10.1038/nrdp.2017.40.
July 20, 2017: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726757/characterization-of-essential-oil-composition-in-different-basil-species-and-pot-cultures-by-a-gc-ms-method
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Andrea Muráriková, Anton Ťažký, Jarmila Neugebauerová, Alexandra Planková, Josef Jampílek, Pavel Mučaji, Peter Mikuš
Basil (Ocimum L.) species are used as medicinal plants due to their essential oils exhibiting specific biological activity. The present work demonstrated that both the variety and season/conditions of cultivation had a significant effect on (i) the produced amount (extraction yield), (ii) qualitative, as well as (iii) quantitative profile of basil essential oil. Among studied basil varieties, a new variety, 'Mánes', was characterized for the first time. Based on our quantitative evaluation of GC-MS profiles, the following chemotypes and average concentrations of a main component were detected in the studied basil varieties: 'Ohře', 'Lettuce Leaf', 'Purple Opaal', 'Dark Green' (linalool, 5...
July 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726405/fluorescence-enhancement-of-unconstrained-gfp-chromophore-analogues-based-on-the-push-pull-substituent-effect
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Meng-Shiue Tsai, Chun-Lin Ou, Chi-Jui Tsai, Yen-Chin Huang, Yuan-Chung Cheng, Shih-Sheng Sun, Jye-Shane Yang
Unlike the high fluorescence quantum yield of the naturally occurring green fluorescence protein (GFP, Φf ∼ 0.8), the GFP chromophore, a benzylidenedimethylimidazolinone (BDI) dye, is nearly nonfluorescent (Φf < 0.001) in common solutions at room temperature. While many efforts have been devoted into the BDI chromophore engineering for fluorescence recovery, limited success has been achieved for structurally unconstrained GFP chromophore analogues (uGFPc). Herein we report a rational design of uGFPc toward an unprecedentedly high fluorescence quantum efficiency of 0...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726390/glycolipid-biosurfactants-activate-dimerize-and-stabilize-t-lanuginosus-lipase-in-a-ph-dependent-fashion
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Jens Kvist Madsen, Jorn Dovling Kaspersen, Camilla Bertel Andersen, Jannik Nedergaard Pedersen, Kell Kleiner Andersen, Jan Skov Pedersen, Daniel Erik Otzen
We present a study of the interactions between the lipase from Thermomyces lanuginosus (TlL) and the two microbially produced biosurfactants (BS), rhamnolipid (RL) and sophorolipid (SL). Both RL and SL are glycolipids, but RL is anionic while SL is a mixture of anionic and non-ionic species. We investigate the interactions of RL and SL with TlL at pH 6 and 8 and observe different effects at the two pH values. At pH 8, neither RL nor SL had any major effect on TlL stability and activity. At pH 6, in contrast, both surfactants increase TlL's thermal stability and fluorescence and activity measurements indicate interfacial activation of TlL, resulting in 3- and 6-fold improved activity in SL and RL, respectively...
July 20, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726273/epigallocatechin-gallate-enhances-treatment-efficacy-of-oral-nifedipine-against-pregnancy-induced-severe-pre-eclampsia-a-double-blind-randomized-and-placebo-controlled-clinical-study
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D-D Shi, J-J Guo, L Zhou, N Wang
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Oral nifedipine is commonly used to treat pre-eclampsia, one of the most severe complications during pregnancy, but its clinical efficacy is less than ideal. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a natural compound from green tea, could benefit cardiovascular health especially hypertension. We investigated the clinical efficacy of EGCG, when complemented with oral nifedipine, in treating pre-eclampsia. METHODS: A total of 350 pregnant women with severe pre-eclampsia were recruited and randomized to receive oral nifedipine, together with placebo (NIF+placebo) or EGCG (NIF+EGCG)...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726259/characterization-of-adenoviral-transduction-profile-in-prostate-cancer-cells-and-normal-prostate-tissue
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Jianzhong Ai, Phillip W L Tai, Yi Lu, Jia Li, Hong Ma, Qin Su, Qiang Wei, Hong Li, Guangping Gao
BACKGROUND: Prostate diseases are common in males worldwide with high morbidity. Gene therapy is an attractive therapeutic strategy for prostate diseases, however, it is currently underdeveloped. As well known, adeno virus (Ad) is the most widely used gene therapy vector. The aims of this study are to explore transduction efficiency of Ad in prostate cancer cells and normal prostate tissue, thus further providing guidance for future prostate pathophysiological studies and therapeutic development of prostate diseases...
July 20, 2017: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726152/cardiovascular-outcome-trial-update-in-diabetes-new-evidence-remaining-questions
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Rebecca Herbst, Wilburn Bolton, Afreen Shariff, Jennifer B Green
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Seven trials of new agents to treat type 2 diabetes (T2DM) have been performed to assess cardiovascular (CV) safety. A significant amount of information regarding the effects of drugs in three classes is available, with new data from multiple other trials expected shortly. This article provides a summary of recently completed trials. RECENT FINDINGS: The dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors studied thus far do not alter the risk of major adverse CV events (MACE)...
September 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
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