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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641183/size-partitioning-and-mixing-behavior-of-trace-metals-and-dissolved-organic-matter-in-a-south-china-estuary
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Wenhao Wang, Min Chen, Laodong Guo, Wen-Xiong Wang
The Jiulong River estuary, located in the southeastern China, suffered from metal pollution due to industrial effluent releases. Mixing of effluent and estuarine water may have significantly affected the size distribution of trace metals and their environmental fate. In the present study, colloidal size distribution of organic matter and selected metals were quantified using asymmetric flow field-flow fractionation (AF4) and ICP-MS. We demonstrated a dominance of dissolved metals in the 1-10kDa fraction, and metals such as Cu, Zn, Ni, Co, Pb, Cd and Mn were mostly regulated by terrestrial fulvic acid...
June 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640969/control-of-breathing-and-ventilatory-acclimatization-to-hypoxia-in-deer-mice-native-to-high-altitudes
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Catherine M Ivy, Graham R Scott
AIM: We compared the control of breathing and heart rate by hypoxia between high- and low-altitude populations of Peromyscus mice, to help elucidate the physiological specializations that help high-altitude natives cope with O2 limitation. METHODS: Deer mice (P. maniculatus) native to high altitude and congeneric mice native to low altitude (P. leucopus) were bred in captivity at sea level. The F1 progeny of each population were raised to adulthood and then acclimated to normoxia or hypobaric hypoxia (12 kPa, simulating hypoxia at ~4300 m) for 5 months...
June 22, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640847/heart-rate-lowering-treatment-leads-to-a-reduction-in-vulnerable-plaque-features-in-atherosclerotic-rabbits
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Raf H M van Hoof, Evelien Hermeling, Judith C Sluimer, Julie Salzmann, Arnold P G Hoeks, Jérôme Roussel, Mat J A P Daemen, Harry Struijker-Boudier, Joachim E Wildberger, Sylvia Heeneman, M Eline Kooi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of a heart rate (HR) lowering agent (Ivabradine) on features of atherosclerotic plaque vulnerability with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound imaging, and histology. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Atherosclerosis was induced in the abdominal aorta of 19 rabbits. Nine rabbits were treated with Ivabradine (17 mg/kg/day) during the entire study period. At week 14, imaging was performed. Plaque size was quantified on contrast-enhanced T1-weighted MR images...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640651/association-of-the-lipoprotein-lipase-gene-ser447ter-polymorphism-with-hypertension-and-blood-pressure-variation-evidence-from-an-updated-meta-analysis
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June Wang, Shenlin Du, Jiamin Wang, Man Zhu, Xue Wen, Weiqing Yang
The polymorphism of lipoprotein lipase (LPL) gene Ser447Ter (S447X) has long been linked to hypertension and blood pressure variation, but the established data remained controversial. To better elucidate this inconsistency, a meta-analysis was conducted. We comprehensively searched electronic databases, including Pubmed, EMBASE, China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Web of Science, for all literatures with the last update on February 2016. The strength of association was calculated by using odds ratios (ORs) and weighted mean differences (WMDs) with corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CIs)...
June 22, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637047/pleural-adhesion-assessment-as-a-predictor-for-pneumothorax-after-endobronchial-valve-treatment
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Wouter H van Geffen, Karin Klooster, Jorine E Hartman, Nick H T Ten Hacken, Huib A M Kerstjens, Rienhart F E Wolf, Dirk-Jan Slebos
BACKGROUND: Pneumothorax after bronchoscopic lung volume reduction using one-way endobronchial valves (EBVs) in patients with advanced emphysema occurs in approximately 20% of patients. It is not well known which factors predict the development of pneumothorax. OBJECTIVE: To assess whether pleural adhesions on pretreatment high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scans are associated with pneumothorax occurrence after EBV treatment. METHODS: HRCT scan analyses were performed on all patients who received EBV treatment in a randomized controlled trial...
June 22, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636825/a-new-mixed-all-atom-coarse-grained-model-application-to-melittin-aggregation-in-aqueous-solution
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Mee Y Shelley, Myvizhi Esai Selvan, Jun Zhao, Volodymyr Babin, Chenyi Liao, Jianing Li, John Clarence Shelley
We introduce a new mixed resolution, all-atom/coarse-grained approach (AACG) for modeling peptides in aqueous solution and apply it to characterizing the aggregation of melittin. All of the atoms in peptidic components are represented while a single site is used for each water molecule. With the full flexibility of the peptide retained, our AACG method achieves speedups by a factor of 3-4 for CPU time reduction and another factor of roughly 7 for diffusion. An Ewald treatment permits the inclusion of long-range electrostatic interactions...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636752/comparison-of-effect-sizes-between-enriched-and-non-enriched-trials-of-analgesics-for-chronic-musculoskeletal-pain-a-systematic-review
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Tie P Yamato, Chris G Maher, Bruno T Saragiotto, Christina Abdel Shaheed, Anne M Moseley, Chung-Wei Christine Lin, Bart Koes, Andrew J McLachlan
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the use of an enriched study design on the estimates of treatment effect in analgesic trials for chronic musculoskeletal pain METHODS: Database searches were conducted from 2004 to 2014. We included randomised placebo-controlled trials evaluating pain medications for chronic musculoskeletal pain. Methodological quality was assessed using the PEDro scale. The estimates of treatment effect on pain and adverse events were compared between enriched and non-enriched designs...
June 21, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636594/surface-tension-prevails-over-solute-effect-in-organic-influenced-cloud-droplet-activation
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Jurgita Ovadnevaite, Andreas Zuend, Ari Laaksonen, Kevin J Sanchez, Greg Roberts, Darius Ceburnis, Stefano Decesari, Matteo Rinaldi, Natasha Hodas, Maria Cristina Facchini, John H Seinfeld, Colin O' Dowd
The spontaneous growth of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) into cloud droplets under supersaturated water vapour conditions is described by classic Köhler theory. This spontaneous activation of CCN depends on the interplay between the Raoult effect, whereby activation potential increases with decreasing water activity or increasing solute concentration, and the Kelvin effect, whereby activation potential decreases with decreasing droplet size or increases with decreasing surface tension, which is sensitive to surfactants...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636403/applying-precision-medicine-to-trial-design-using-physiology-extracorporeal-co2-removal-for-ards
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Ewan C Goligher, Marcelo B P Amato, Arthur S Slutsky
In clinical trials of therapies for ARDS, the average treatment effect in the study population may be attenuated because individual patient responses vary widely. This inflates sample size requirements and increases the cost and difficulty of conducting successful clinical trials. One solution is to enrich the study population with patients most likely to benefit based on predicted patient response to treatment (predictive enrichment). In this perspective, we apply the precision medicine paradigm to the emerging use of extracorporeal CO2 removal (ECCO2R) for ultra-protective ventilation in ARDS...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636267/strontium-releasing-fluorapatite-glass-ceramics-crystallization-behavior-microstructure-and-solubility
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Isabelle Denry, Ourania-Menti Goudouri, Jeffrey D Harless, E M Hubbard, Julie A Holloway
The purpose of this work was to investigate the effect of strontium partial replacement for calcium on the crystallization behavior, microstructure and solubility of fluorapatite glass-ceramics. Four glass compositions were prepared with increasing amounts of strontium partially replacing calcium. The crystallization behavior was analyzed by differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The microstructure was investigated by scanning electron microscopy. The chemical solubility was quantified according to ISO standard 10993-14...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636165/a-feasibility-and-safety-study-of-intracoronary-hemodilution-during-primary-coronary-angioplasty-in-order-to-reduce-reperfusion-injury-in-myocardial-infarction
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Michael McGarvey, Omar Ali, M Bilal Iqbal, Charles Ilsley, Joyce Wong, Carlo Di Mario, Simon Redwood, Tiffany Patterson, Dudley J Pennell, Paula Rogers, Miles Dalby
OBJECTIVES: We designed a pilot study to evaluate safety and feasibility of an inexpensive and simple approach to intracoronary hemodilution during primary angioplasty (PPCI) to reduce reperfusion injury. INTRODUCTION: Early revascularization in acute myocardial infarction decreases infarct size and improves outcomes. However, abrupt restoration of coronary flow results in myocardial reperfusion injury and increased final infarct size. Dilution of coronary blood during revascularization may help reduce this damage...
June 21, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635678/evaluation-of-classifier-performance-for-multiclass-phenotype-discrimination-in-untargeted-metabolomics
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Patrick J Trainor, Andrew P DeFilippis, Shesh N Rai
Statistical classification is a critical component of utilizing metabolomics data for examining the molecular determinants of phenotypes. Despite this, a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation of the accuracy of classification techniques for phenotype discrimination given metabolomics data has not been conducted. We conducted such an evaluation using both simulated and real metabolomics datasets, comparing Partial Least Squares-Discriminant Analysis (PLS-DA), Sparse PLS-DA, Random Forests, Support Vector Machines (SVM), Artificial Neural Network, k-Nearest Neighbors (k-NN), and Naïve Bayes classification techniques for discrimination...
June 21, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635560/sorafenib-in-japanese-patients-with-locally-advanced-or-metastatic-medullary-thyroid-carcinoma-and-anaplastic-thyroid-carcinoma
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Yasuhiro Ito, Naoyoshi Onoda, Ken-Ichi Ito, Iwao Sugitani, Shunji Takahashi, Iku Yamaguchi, Koki Kabu, Katsuya Tsukada
BACKGROUND: Therapeutic options for treating advanced or metastatic medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) and anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) are still limited in Japan even though vandetanib for MTC, and lenvatinib for MTC and ATC have been approved. Sorafenib is an oral multikinase inhibitor approved for the treatment of patients with radioactive iodine-refractory (RAI-R) differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC). We conducted an uncontrolled, open-label, multicenter, single-arm, phase 2 clinical study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of sorafenib in Japanese patients with MTC and ATC...
June 21, 2017: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635414/core-shell-pla-pva-porous-microparticles-as-carriers-for-bacteriocin-nisin
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Pavlina Holcapkova, Martina Hrabalikova, Petra Stoplova, Vladimir Sedlarik
This work is focused on preparation of novel porous type of core-shell-structured microparticles based on polylactide (shell) and poly(vinyl alcohol) cross-linked with glutaric acid (GA) (core) prepared by water-in-oil-in-water solvent evaporation technique. The microparticle systems were used as delivery systems for immobilisation of model antibacterial agent - nisin. The effect of cross-linking and the initial amount of nisin on their morphology was investigated using scanning electron microscopy, BET analysis, zeta potential measurement and Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Microencapsulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635285/triazole-triazine-functionalized-mesoporous-silica-as-a-hybrid-material-support-for-palladium-nanocatalyst
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Ali Saad, Christian Vard, Manef Abderrabba, Mohamed Mehdi Chehimi
Noble and precious metal catalysts are sought for their remarkable efficiency in catalyzing numerous reactions in heterogeneous phase. However, they are costly and request the development of high surface area supports that favor their strong immobilization, dispersion and stability. Towards this end, mesoporous silica-based materials can be regarded as unique supports for nanometric-sized noble metal catalysts provided they are functionalized with appropriate ligands. In this work, mesoporous silica SBA-15 was prepared and modified with 3-azidopropyltriethoxysilane then clicked with alkyne derivatives of 1,3,5-triazines complex ligand...
June 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635186/catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-with-box-isolation-of-fibrotic-areas-lessons-on-fibrosis-distribution-and-extent-clinical-characteristics-and-their-impact-on-long-term-outcome
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Doreen Schreiber, Andreas Rieger, Fabian Moser, Hans Kottkamp
INTRODUCTION: The BIFA concept (box isolation of fibrotic areas) supplementing pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) was implemented in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with fibrotic atrial cardiomyopathy (FACM) to improve catheter ablation outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: 92 patients with FACM underwent PVI+BIFA. We investigated patient characteristics (58 persistent/34 paroxysmal,68±8y,LA 44±7mm,CHA2 DS2 -VASc 2.6±1.3,FACM I:15.2%,II:53.3%,III:26.1%,IV:5.4%), periprocedural data concerning fibrosis extent/distribution and their impact on outcome...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635182/the-effect-of-flaxseed-supplementation-on-body-weight-and-body-composition-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-45-randomized-placebo-controlled-trials
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M Mohammadi-Sartang, Z Mazloom, H Raeisi-Dehkordi, R Barati-Boldaji, N Bellissimo, J O Totosy de Zepetnek
Flaxseed consumption may be inversely associated with obesity; however, findings of available randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are conflicting. The present study aimed to systematically review and analyse RCTs assessing the effects of flaxseed consumption on body weight and body composition. PubMed, Medline via Ovid, SCOPUS, EMBASE and ISI Web of Sciences databases were searched up to November 2016. Mean changes in body composition indices including body weight, body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference were extracted...
June 21, 2017: Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634860/molecular-chaperone-hsp70-and-its-constitutively-active-form-hsc70-play-an-indispensable-role-during-eye-development-of-drosophila-melanogaster
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Ajay Kumar, Anand K Tiwari
In the present study, we demonstrate that molecular chaperone Hsp70 and Hsc70 is essential for normal organization and development of ommatidial cells in Drosophila melanogaster eye. An exogenously expressed dominant negative mutant of Hsp70 (K71E) and Hsc70.4 (K71S and D206S) in an eye-specific manner resulted in eye degeneration that includes loss of eye pigment, disorganized ommatidia, abnormality in bristle cell arrangement and reduction in the eye size. The developmental organization of ommatidial cells (cone, photoreceptor, pigment, and bristle cell complex) was disturbed in Hsp70 and Hsc70 mutants...
June 20, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634838/superselective-transarterial-chemoembolization-as-an-alternative-to-surgery-in-symptomatic-enlarging-liver-hemangiomas
#19
İlgin Özden, Arzu Poyanlı, Yılmaz Önal, Ali Aslan Demir, Gültekin Hoş, Bülent Acunaş
BACKGROUND: Transarterial embolization of liver hemangiomas has not been considered to be consistently effective. METHODS: The charts of 25 patients who underwent superselective transarterial chemoembolization with the bleomycin-lipiodol emulsion were evaluated retrospectively. RESULTS: Twenty-two patients had abdominal pain; asymptomatic/vaguely symptomatic enlargement was the treatment indication in three patients. A single session was conducted in 17 patients, two sessions in 7 and three sessions in one...
June 20, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634713/characterization-and-in-vitro-antibacterial-activity-of-saponin-conjugated-silver-nanoparticles-against-bacteria-that-cause-burn-wound-infection
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Anbarasan Muniyan, Kalaiselvi Ravi, Udayamathi Mohan, Rajasekar Panchamoorthy
Saponins are glycosides, which destabilize the membrane by altering the membrane permeability. Thus, the present study was aimed to fabricate the silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using fenugreek derived saponin (SN) against multi-drug resistant bacteria. This study has optimized the concentration of SN (240 mg/mL) for the synthesis of an effective AgNPs against the test organism Escherichia coli. The SN reduced AgNPs produced a reddish-brown colour and displayed UV absorption at 416 nm. The bio-reducing efficiency of SN (62...
July 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
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