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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098465/rejection-of-commonly-used-electrolyte-in-asymmetric-flow-field-flow-fractionation-effects-of-membrane-molecular-weight-cut-off-size-fluid-dynamics-and-valence-of-electrolytes
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Thilak K Mudalige, Haiou Qu, Sean W Linder
Asymmetric flow field flow fractionation (AF4) is an efficient size based separation technique for the characterization of submicron size particulates. In AF4, membranes having various molecular weight cut-off sizes are used as a barrier to retain particles while allowing carrier fluid containing electrolytes to permeate. Here, we hypothesized that electrolyte rejection by the barrier membrane lead to the accumulation of the electrolytes in the channel during operation. Electrolyte accumulation can cause various adverse effects which can lead to membrane fouling...
January 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097509/revealing-pmdi-spray-initial-conditions-flashing-atomisation-and-the-effect-of-ethanol
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Nicholas Mason-Smith, Daniel J Duke, Alan L Kastengren, Daniela Traini, Paul M Young, Yang Chen, David A Lewis, Daniel Edgington-Mitchell, Damon Honnery
PURPOSE: Sprays from pressurised metered-dose inhalers are produced by a transient discharge of a multiphase mixture. Small length and short time scales have made the investigation of the governing processes difficult. Consequently, a deep understanding of the physical processes that govern atomisation and drug particle formation has been elusive. METHODS: X-ray phase contrast imaging and quantitative radiography were used to reveal the internal flow structure and measure the time-variant nozzle exit mass density of 50 µL metered sprays of HFA134a, with and without ethanol cosolvent...
January 17, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096239/skin-to-skin-care-in-preterm-infants-receiving-respiratory-support-does-not-lead-to-physiological-instability
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Laila Lorenz, Jennifer A Dawson, Hannah Jones, Susan E Jacobs, Jeanie L Cheong, Susan M Donath, Peter G Davis, C Omar F Kamlin
OBJECTIVE: Providing skin-to-skin care (SSC) to preterm infants is standard practice in many neonatal intensive care units. There are conflicting reports on the stability of oxygen saturation (SpO2) during SSC, which may create a barrier to a wider implementation of SSC to infants receiving respiratory support. Regional cerebral oxygenation (rcO2) measured using near-infrared spectroscopy can serve as a surrogate parameter for cerebral oxygen delivery and consumption. We hypothesised that rcO2 during SSC would be similar to standard care in preterm infants receiving respiratory support...
January 17, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093463/bidirectional-cavopulmonary-anastomosis-with-additional-pulmonary-blood-flow-good-or-bad-pre-fontan-strategy
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Nataliya R Nichay, Yuriy N Gorbatykh, Igor A Kornilov, Ilya A Soynov, Sergey M Ivantsov, Artem V Gorbatykh, Dmitriy N Ponomarev, Alexander V Bogachev-Prokophiev, Alexander M Karaskov
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the influence of preserved additional pulmonary blood flow (APBF) on survival after bidirectional cavopulmonary shunt (BCPS) and completion of Fontan circulation. METHODS: From March 2003 and April 2015, 156 patients with a single ventricle underwent BCPS. After performing propensity score analysis (1:1) for the entire sample, 50 patients with APBF (APBF group) were matched with 50 patients without APBF (no-APBF group). RESULTS: Age (P = 0...
January 15, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093446/tumor-infiltrating-merkel-cell-polyomavirus-specific-t-cells-are-diverse-and-associated-with-improved-patient-survival
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Natalie J Miller, Candice D Church, Lichun Dong, David Crispin, Matthew P Fitzgibbon, Kristina Lachance, Lichen Jing, Michi Shinohara, Ioannis Gavvovidis, Gerald Willimsky, Martin McIntosh, Thomas Blankenstein, David M Koelle, Paul Nghiem
Tumor-infiltrating CD8(+) T cells are associated with improved survival of patients with Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), an aggressive skin cancer causally linked to Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV). However, CD8(+) T-cell infiltration is robust in only 4% to 18% of MCC tumors. We characterized the T-cell receptor (TCR) repertoire restricted to one prominent epitope of MCPyV (KLLEIAPNC, "KLL") and assessed whether TCR diversity, tumor infiltration, or T-cell avidity correlated with clinical outcome. HLA-A*02:01/KLL tetramer(+) CD8(+) T cells from MCC patient peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) and tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) were isolated via flow cytometry...
January 16, 2017: Cancer Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092949/label-free-separation-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-with-anti-ssea-1-antibody-immobilized-microfluidic-channel
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Akihisa Otaka, Kazuki Kitagawa, Takahiko Nakaoki, Mitsuhi Hirata, Kyoko Fukazawa, Kazuhiko Ishihara, Atsushi Mahara, Tetsuji Yamaoka
When induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) is routinely cultured, the obtained cells are a heterogeneous mixture, including feeder cells and partially differentiated cells. Therefore, a purification process is required to use them in a clinical stage. We described a label-free separation of iPSCs using a microfluidic channel. Antibodies against stage-specific embryonic antigen 1 (SSEA-1) was covalently immobilized on the channel coated with a phospholipid polymer. After injection of the heterogeneous cell suspension containing iPSCs, the velocity of cell movement under a liquid flow condition was measured...
January 16, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091966/aortic-regurgitation-generates-a-kinematic-obstruction-which-hinders-left-ventricular-filling
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Ikechukwu Okafor, Vrishank Raghav, Jose F Condado, Prem A Midha, Gautam Kumar, Ajit P Yoganathan
An incompetent aortic valve (AV) results in aortic regurgitation (AR), where retrograde flow of blood into the left ventricle (LV) is observed. In this work, we parametrically characterized the detailed changes in intra-ventricular flow during diastole as a result of AR in a physiological in vitro left-heart simulator (LHS). The loss of energy within the LV as the level of AR increased was also assessed. The validated LHS consisted of an optically-clear, flexible wall LV and a modular AV holder. Two-component, planar, digital particle image velocimetry was used to visualize and quantify intra-ventricular flow...
January 13, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091562/unravelling-a-simple-method-for-the-low-temperature-synthesis-of-silicon-nanocrystals-and-monolithic-nanocrystalline-thin-films
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Ka-Hyun Kim, Erik V Johnson, Andrey G Kazanskii, Mark V Khenkin, Pere Roca I Cabarrocas
In this work, we present new results on the plasma processing and structure of hydrogenated polymorphous silicon (pm-Si:H) thin films. pm-Si:H thin films consist of a low volume fraction of silicon nanocrystals embedded in a silicon matrix with medium range order, and they possess this morphology as a significant contribution to their growth comes from the impact on the substrate of silicon clusters and nanocrystals synthesized in the plasma. Quadrupole mass spectrometry, ion flux measurements, and material characterization by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy all provide insight on the contribution to the growth by silicon nanocrystals during PECVD deposition...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090298/in-situ-expression-of-bcl-2-in-pulmonary-artery-endothelial-cells-associates-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-relative-to-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Raymond L Benza, Gretchen Williams, Changgong Wu, Kelly J Shields, Amresh Raina, Srinivas Murali, Michael J Passineau
We have previously reported that pulmonary artery endothelial cells (PAECs) can be harvested from the tips of discarded Swan-Ganz catheters after right heart catheterization (RHC). In this study, we tested the hypothesis that the existence of an antiapoptotic phenotype in PAECs obtained during RHC is a distinctive feature of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH; World Health Organization group 1) and might be used to differentiate PAH from other etiologies of pulmonary hypertension. Specifically, we developed a flow cytometry-based measure of Bcl-2 activity, referred to as the normalized endothelial Bcl-2 index (NEBI)...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090297/exhaled-nitric-oxide-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-associated-with-systemic-sclerosis
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Zeling Cao, Stephen C Mathai, Laura K Hummers, Ami A Shah, Fredrick M Wigley, Noah Lechtzin, Paul M Hassoun, Reda E Girgis
The fractional exhaled concentration of nitric oxide (FENO) has been shown to be reduced in idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) but has not been adequately studied in PAH associated with systemic sclerosis (SSc). We measured FENO at an expiratory flow rate of 50 mL/s in 21 treatment-naive patients with SSc-associated PAH (SSc-PAH), 94 subjects with SSc without pulmonary involvement, and 84 healthy volunteers. Measurements of FENO at additional flow rates of 100, 150, and 250 mL/s were obtained to derive the flow-independent nitric oxide exchange parameters of maximal airway flux (J'awNO) and steady-state alveolar concentration (CANO)...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089907/adenosine-and-preeclampsia
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Rocío Salsoso, Marcelo Farías, Jaime Gutiérrez, Fabián Pardo, Delia I Chiarello, Fernando Toledo, Andrea Leiva, Alfonso Mate, Carmen M Vázquez, Luis Sobrevia
Adenosine is an endogenous nucleoside with pleiotropic effects in different physiological processes including circulation, renal blood flow, immune function, or glucose homeostasis. Changes in adenosine membrane transporters, adenosine receptors, and corresponding intracellular signalling network associate with development of pathologies of pregnancy, including preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a cause of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality affecting 3-5% of pregnancies. Since the proposed mechanisms of preeclampsia development include adenosine-dependent biological effects, adenosine membrane transporters and receptors, and the associated signalling mechanisms might play a role in the pathophysiology of preeclampsia...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089397/challenges-for-critical-raw-material-recovery-from-weee-the-case-study-of-gallium
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Maximilian Ueberschaar, Sarah Julie Otto, Vera Susanne Rotter
Gallium and gallium compounds are more frequently used in future oriented technologies such as photovoltaics, light diodes and semiconductor technology. In the long term the supply risk is estimated to be critical. Germany is one of the major primary gallium producer, recycler of gallium from new scrap and GaAs wafer producer. Therefore, new concepts for a resource saving handling of gallium and appropriate recycling strategies have to be designed. This study focus on options for a possible recycling of gallium from waste electric and electronic equipment...
January 12, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089233/epicardial-adipose-tissue-and-myocardial-ischemia-assessed-by-computed-tomography-perfusion-imaging-and-invasive-fractional-flow-reserve
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Rahul G Muthalaly, Nitesh Nerlekar, Dennis T L Wong, James D Cameron, Sujith K Seneviratne, Brian S Ko
BACKGROUND: Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) is a metabolically active fat depot that is associated with incident coronary artery disease (CAD) and major adverse cardiovascular events. The relationship between EAT and myocardial ischemia remains unclear. This study investigated the relationship between EAT volume and the presence of perfusion defects on myocardial computed tomographic perfusion imaging (CTP) and functional stenoses on invasive fractional flow-reserve (FFR). METHODS: Data were obtained from a previous prospective cross-sectional study in patients with suspected CAD...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089095/characteristics-of-anatomy-and-function-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-and-their-relationships-in-patients-with-cardioembolic-stroke-a-3-dimensional-transesophageal-echocardiography-study
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Yuki Matsumoto, Yoshihiro Morino, Akiko Kumagai, Maiko Hozawa, Motoyuki Nakamura, Yasuo Terayama, Atsushi Tashiro
BACKGROUND: Increasing attention is being paid to the left atrial appendage (LAA) in the context of risk stratification in cardioembolic stroke (CES) and the requirement for meticulous planning of percutaneous closure device implantation. However, detailed systematic assessment of the LAA remains limited. METHODS: This study evaluated the anatomy and function of LAA using 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (3D-TEE) on 194 consecutive patients older than 50 years old hospitalized exclusively for CES...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088481/saxs-structural-studies-of-dps-from-deinococcus-radiodurans-highlights-the-conformation-of-the-mobile-n-terminal-extensions
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Sandra P Santos, Maxime G Cuypers, Adam Round, Stephanie Finet, Theyencheri Narayanan, Edward P Mitchell, Célia V Romão
The radiation resistant bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans contains two DNA binding proteins from starved cells (Dps): Dps1 (DR2263) and Dps2 (DRB0092). These are suggested to play a role in DNA interaction, manganese and iron storage. The proteins assemble as a conserved dodecameric structure with structurally uncharacterized N-terminal extensions. In the case of DrDps1 these extensions have been proposed to be involved in DNA interactions, while in DrDps2 their function has yet to be established. The reported data reveals the relative position of the N-terminal extensions to the dodecameric sphere in solution for both Dps...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086778/diabetes-does-not-impact-the-diagnostic-performance-of-contrast-based-fractional-flow-reserve-insights-from-the-contrast-study
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Giuseppe Gargiulo, Eugenio Stabile, Marco Ferrone, Emanuele Barbato, Frederik M Zimmermann, Julien Adjedj, Barry Hennigan, Mitsuaki Matsumura, Nils P Johnson, William F Fearon, Allen Jeremias, Bruno Trimarco, Giovanni Esposito
BACKGROUND: Adenosine-free coronary pressure wire metrics have been proposed to test the functional significance of coronary artery lesions, but it is unexplored whether their diagnostic performance might be altered in patients with diabetes. METHODS: We performed a post-hoc analysis of the CONTRAST study, which prospectively enrolled an international cohort of patients undergoing routine fractional flow reserve (FFR) assessment for standard indications. Paired, repeated measurements of all physiology metrics (Pd/Pa, iFR, contrast-based FFR, and FFR) were made...
January 13, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081526/phosphomolybdic-acid-and-ferric-iron-as-efficient-electron-mediators-for-coupling-biomass-pretreatment-to-produce-bioethanol-and-electricity-generation-from-wheat-straw
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Yi Ding, Bo Du, Xuebing Zhao, J Y Zhu, Dehua Liu
Phosphomolybdic acid (PMo12) was used as an electron mediator and proton carrier to mediate biomass pretreatment for ethanol production and electricity generation from wheat straw. In the pretreatment, lignin was oxidized anaerobically by PMo12 with solubilization of a fraction of hemicelluloses, and the PMo12 was simultaneously reduced. In an external liquid flow cell, the reduced PMo12 was re-oxidized with generation of electricity. The effects of several factors on pretreatment were investigated for optimizing the conditions...
January 3, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076241/phenotypic-and-functional-characteristics-of-hla-dr-neutrophils-in-brazilians-with-cutaneous-leishmaniasis
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Richard E Davis, Smriti Sharma, Jacilara Conceição, Pedro Carneiro, Fernanda Novais, Phillip Scott, Shyam Sundar, Olivia Bacellar, Edgar M Carvalho, Mary E Wilson
The protozoan Leishmania braziliensis causes cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) in endemic regions. In murine models, neutrophils (PMNs) are recruited to the site of infection soon after parasite inoculation. However, the roles of neutrophils during chronic infection and in human disease remain undefined. We hypothesized that neutrophils help maintain a systemic inflammatory state in subjects with CL. Lesion biopsies from all patients with CL tested contained neutrophils expressing HLA-DR, a molecule thought to be restricted to professional antigen-presenting cells...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075411/tamaractam-a-new-bioactive-lactam-from-tamarix-ramosissima-induces-apoptosis-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-fibroblast-like-synoviocytes
#19
Yao Yao, Cheng-Shuai Jiang, Na Sun, Wei-Qi Li, Yang Niu, Huai-Qin Han, Zhen-Hua Miao, Xun-Xia Zhao, Jing Zhao, Juan Li
Chemical investigation of Tamarix ramosissima Ledeb, a traditional herbal medicine used for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatment in northwest China, led to the discovery of a new phenolic aromatic rings substituted lactam, tamaractam (1), together with the previously reported compounds cis-N-feruloyl-3-O-methyldopamine (2) and trans-N-feruloyl-3-O-methyldopamine (3). The structures of the compounds were determined by high resolution electrospray ionization mass spectroscopy (HRESIMS) and 1D and 2D-NMR experiments, as well as comparison with the literature data...
January 10, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074063/direct-in-vivo-evidence-for-increased-proliferation-of-cll-cells-in-lymph-nodes-compared-to-bone-marrow-and-peripheral-blood
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T M Herndon, S-S Chen, N S Saba, J Valdez, C Emson, M Gatmaitan, X Tian, T E Hughes, C Sun, D C Arthur, M Stetler-Stevenson, C M Yuan, C U Niemann, G E Marti, G Aue, S Soto, M Z H Farooqui, S E M Herman, N Chiorazzi, A Wiestner
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) is a progressive malignancy of mature B-cells that involves the peripheral blood (PB), lymph nodes (LNs) and bone marrow (BM). While the majority of CLL cells are in a resting state, small populations of proliferating cells exist; however, the anatomical site of active cell proliferation remains to be definitively determined. Based on findings that CLL cells in LNs have increased expression of B-cell activation genes, we tested the hypothesis that the fraction of 'newly born' cells would be highest in the LNs...
January 11, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
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