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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820988/integrating-printed-microfluidics-with-silicon-photomultipliers-for-miniaturised-and-highly-sensitive-atp-bioluminescence-detection
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M F Santangelo, S Libertino, A P F Turner, D Filippini, W C Mak
Bioluminescence has been widely used for important biosensing applications such as the measurement of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy unit in biological systems and an indicator of vital processes. The current technology for detection is mainly based on large equipment such as readers and imaging systems, which require intensive and time-consuming procedures. A miniaturised bioluminescence sensing system, which would allow sensitive and continuous monitoring of ATP, with an integrated and low-cost disposable microfluidic chamber for handling of biological samples, is highly desirable...
July 27, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820987/a-new-label-free-electrochemical-immunosensor-based-on-dendritic-core-shell-aupd-au-nanocrystals-for-highly-sensitive-detection-of-prostate-specific-antigen
#2
Rui Wang, Wei-Dong Liu, Ai-Jun Wang, Yadong Xue, Liang Wu, Jiu-Ju Feng
Herein, bimetallic dendritic core-shell AuPd@Au nanocrystals (AuPd@Au NCs) were prepared by a simple one-pot aqueous method using xanthine as a green growth-directing agent. By virtue of the enhanced peak currents in the H2O2 reduction catalyzed by AuPd@Au NCs, a label-free immunosensor was constructed for the detection of prostate specific antigen (PSA). The immunosensor exhibited significantly improved analytical performance for the assay of PSA with wide linear range of 0.1-50ngmL(-1) and low detection limit of 0...
August 10, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820733/pubertal-assessment-targeted-educational-intervention-for-pediatric-trainees
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Aditi Khokhar, Sairaman Nagarajan, Yagnaram Ravichandran, Sheila Perez-Colon
Background Timely and periodic pubertal assessment in children is vital to identify puberty related disorders. Pediatricians need to have working knowledge of puberty time and tempo. Pediatric residency is an important platform to acquire physical examination skills including pubertal assessment. Objective An educational intervention for teaching pubertal assessment was piloted on pediatric residents at our institution. Methods The intervention comprised of interactive lecture series, ID badge size Tanner stage cards and Tanner posters placed in residents' continuity clinics...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820729/head-phantoms-for-electroencephalography-and-transcranial-electric-stimulation-a-skull-material-study
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Alexander Hunold, Daniel Strohmeier, Patrique Fiedler, Jens Haueisen
Physical head phantoms allow the assessment of source reconstruction procedures in electroencephalography and electrical stimulation profiles during transcranial electric stimulation. Volume conduction in the head is strongly influenced by the skull, which represents the main conductivity barrier. Realistic modeling of its characteristics is thus important for phantom development. In the present study, we proposed plastic clay as a material for modeling the skull in phantoms. We analyzed five clay types varying in granularity and fractions of fire clay, each with firing temperatures from 550°C to 950°C...
August 18, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820674/restoration-of-fmri-decodability-does-not-imply-latent-working-memory-states
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Sebastian Schneegans, Paul M Bays
Recent imaging studies have challenged the prevailing view that working memory is mediated by sustained neural activity. Using machine learning methods to reconstruct memory content, these studies found that previously diminished representations can be restored by retrospective cueing or other forms of stimulation. These findings have been interpreted as evidence for an activity-silent working memory state that can be reactivated dependent on task demands. Here, we test the validity of this conclusion by formulating a neural process model of working memory based on sustained activity and using this model to emulate a spatial recall task with retro-cueing...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820608/skeletal-muscle-ultrasound-in-critical-care-a-tool-in-need-of-translation
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Marina Mourtzakis, Selina Parry, Bronwen Connolly, Zudin Puthucheary
With the emerging interest in documenting and understanding muscle atrophy and function in critically ill patients and survivors, ultrasonography has transformational potential in measuring muscle quantity and quality. Here, we discuss the importance of quantifying skeletal muscle in the ICU setting. We also identify the merits and limitations of various modalities that are capable of accurately and precisely measuring muscularity. Ultrasound is emerging as a potentially powerful tool for skeletal muscle quantification; however, there are key challenges that need to be addressed in future work to ensure useful interpretation and comparability of results across diverse observational and interventional studies...
August 18, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820591/predicting-relative-stability-of-conformers-in-solution-with-cosmo-rs
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Astrid Pung, Ivo Leito
The ability of the COSMO-RS method to predict the relative stability of different conformers of the same species in solution was evaluated by comparing computational results with experimental conformer data for 101 molecules from 20 literature sources. The solvents CDCl3, CD2Cl2, benzene, toluene, ethyl ether, tetrahydrofuran, acetone, dimethylformamide, DMSO (and DMSO-d6), water and ethanol were used (dictated by the solvents used in the literature). In the case of 16 molecules the quantitative conformer abundances were also available and were compared with the data from computations...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820431/high-throughput-screening-assay-for-laccase-engineering-toward-lignosulfonate-valorization
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David Rodríguez-Escribano, Felipe de Salas, Isabel Pardo, Susana Camarero
Lignin valorization is a pending issue for the integrated conversion of lignocellulose in consumer goods. Lignosulfonates (LS) are the main technical lignins commercialized today. However, their molecular weight should be enlarged to meet application requirements as additives or dispersing agents. Oxidation of lignosulfonates with fungal oxidoreductases, such as laccases, can increase the molecular weight of lignosulfonates by the cross-linking of lignin phenols. To advance in this direction, we describe here the development of a high-throughput screening (HTS) assay for the directed evolution of laccases, with lignosulfonate as substrate and the Folin-Ciocalteau reagent (FCR), to detect the decrease in phenolic content produced upon polymerization of lignosulfonate by the enzyme...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820402/does-signaling-of-estrogen-related-receptors-affect-structure-and-function-of-bank-vole-leydig-cells
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P Pawlicki, A Milon, M Zarzycka, J Galas, W Tworzydlo, A Kaminska, L Pardyak, K Lesniak, A Pacwa, B Bilinska, E Gorowska-Wojtowicz, M Kotula-Balak
To get a deeper insight into the function of estrogen-related receptors (ERRs) and dissect underlying mechanism in Leydig cells, ERRs (type α, β and γ) were blocked or activated in testes of adult bank voles (Myodes glareolus) which show seasonal changes in the intratesticular sex hormones level. Both actively reproducing animals (long day conditions; LD) and those with regression of the reproductive system (short day conditions; SD) received intraperitoneal injections of selective ERRα antagonist 3-[4-(2,4-Bis-trifluoromethylbenzyloxy)-3-methoxyphenyl]-2-cyano-N-(5-trifluoromethyl-1,3,4-thiadiazol-2-yl)acrylamide (XCT 790) or selective ERRβ/ERRγ agonist N-(4-(Diethylaminobenzylidenyl)-N'-(4-hydroxybenzoyl)-hydrazine (DY131) (50 μ/kg bw; six doses every other day)...
June 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820204/droplet-microfluidics-for-synthetic-biology
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Philip C Gach, Kosuke Iwai, Peter W Kim, Nathan J Hillson, Anup K Singh
Synthetic biology is an interdisciplinary field that aims to engineer biological systems for useful purposes. Organism engineering often requires the optimization of individual genes and/or entire biological pathways (consisting of multiple genes). Advances in DNA sequencing and synthesis have recently begun to enable the possibility of evaluating thousands of gene variants and hundreds of thousands of gene combinations. However, such large-scale optimization experiments remain cost-prohibitive to researchers following traditional molecular biology practices, which are frequently labor-intensive and suffer from poor reproducibility...
August 18, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820183/technique-of-retinal-gene-therapy-delivery-of-viral-vector-into-the-subretinal-space
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K Xue, M Groppe, A P Salvetti, R E MacLaren
PurposeSafe and reproducible delivery of gene therapy vector into the subretinal space is essential for successful targeting of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and photoreceptors. The success of surgery is critical for the clinical efficacy of retinal gene therapy. Iatrogenic detachment of the degenerate (often adherent) retina in patients with hereditary retinal degenerations and small volume (eg, 0.1 ml) subretinal injections pose new surgical challenges.MethodsOur subretinal gene therapy technique involved pre-operative planning with optical coherence tomography (OCT) and autofluorescence (AF) imaging, 23 G pars plana vitrectomy, internal limiting membrane staining with Membrane Blue Dual (DORC BV, Zuidland, Netherlands), a two-step subretinal injection using a 41 G Teflon tipped cannula (DORC) first with normal saline to create a parafoveal bleb followed by slow infusion of viral vector via the same self-sealing retinotomy...
August 18, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820165/extraocular-needle-guided-haptic-insertion-technique-of-scleral-fixation-intraocular-lens-surgeries-x-nit
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Prabu Baskaran, Pratyusha Ganne, Sahil Bhandari, Seema Ramakrishnan, Rengaraj Venkatesh, Prashant Gireesh
The most challenging step in sutureless scleral fixation of intraocular lens (SFIOL) is exteriorization of haptics. The conventional handshake technique has a learning curve since it involves intraocular handing over of haptics from one forceps to another. Here, we describe "extraocular needle-guided haptic insertion technique" (X-NIT), a novel technique of exteriorizing haptics that totally eliminates intraocular manipulations. This method involves sequential introduction of two bent 26-gauge needles through the sclera (pars plicata zone) into the eye which are brought out through a sclerocorneal wound...
August 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820153/learning-curve-of-femtosecond-laser-assisted-cataract-surgery-experience-of-surgeons-new-to-femtosecond-laser-platform
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Josephine Susai Christy, Manas Nath, Fredrick Mouttapa, Rengaraj Venkatesh
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to assess the learning curve in the initial 100 cases of cataract surgery performed using femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) by experienced cataract surgeons without prior experience in femtosecond laser platform. METHODS: This study was conducted at tertiary care eye hospital, South India. This was a prospective interventional study. The first 100 consecutive eyes undergoing FLACS were studied to understand docking time, number of docking attempts, problems encountered during docking, and complications attributable to docking...
August 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819981/highly-efficient-guiding-of-motile-microtubules-on-non-topographical-motor-patterns
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Cordula Reuther, Matthäus Mittasch, Sundar Naganathan, Stephan Grill, Stefan Diez
Molecular motors, highly-efficient biological nano-machines, hold the potential to be employed for a wide range of nanotechnological applications. Towards this end, kinesin, dynein or myosin motor proteins are commonly surface-immobilized within engineered environments in order to transport cargo attached to cytoskeletal filaments. Being able to flexibly control the direction of filament motion - in particular on planar, non-topographical surfaces - has, however, remained challenging. Here, we demonstrate the applicability of a UV-laser-based ablation technique to programmably generate highly-localized patterns of functional kinesin-1 motors with different shapes and sizes on PLL-g-PEG-coated polystyrene surfaces...
August 18, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819966/characterization-of-nanopipet-supported-ities-tips-for-scanning-electrochemical-microscopy-of-single-solid-state-nanopores
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Ran Chen, Ryan James Balla, Alex Lima, Shigeru Amemiya
Nanoscale scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) is a powerful scanning probe technique that enables high-resolution imaging of chemical processes at single nanometer-sized objects. However, it has been a challenging task to quantitatively understand nanoscale SECM images, which requires to accurately characterize the size and geometry of nanoelectrode tips. Herein, we address this challenge through transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of quartz nanopipets for SECM imaging of single solid-state nanopores by using nanopipet-supported interfaces between two immiscible electrolyte solutions (ITIES) as tips...
August 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819940/the-analysis-of-repeatability-and-reproducibility-of-bladder-neck-mobility-measurements-obtained-during-pelvic-floor-sonography-performed-introitally-with-2d-transvaginal-probe
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Edyta Wlaźlak, Tomasz Kluz, Jacek Kociszewski, Karolina Frachowicz, Magdalena Janowska, Wiktor Wlaźlak, Grzegorz Surkont
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was the evaluation of repeatability and reproducibility of chosen urethral neck mobility measurements obtained during introital pelvic floor sonography performed with a 2D transvaginal probe. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In order to assess the repeatability and reproducibility, independent measurements on the ultra-sound image were taken by two specialists on 92 female patients at rest and at strain (Valsalva maneuver). 2D ultrasound examination was performed introitally with a transvaginal probe (PFS-TV)...
2017: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819894/cross-cultural-adaptation-and-validation-of-the-dutch-version-of-the-core-outcome-measures-index-for-low-back-pain
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J Van Lerbeirghe, J Van Lerbeirghe, P Van Schaeybroeck, H Robijn, R Rasschaert, J Sys, T Parlevliet, G Hallaert, P Van Wambeke, B Depreitere
PURPOSE: The core outcome measures index (COMI) is a validated multidimensional instrument for assessing patient-reported outcome in patients with back problems. The aim of the present study is to translate the COMI into Dutch and validate it for use in native Dutch speakers with low back pain. METHODS: The COMI was translated into Dutch following established guidelines and avoiding region-specific terminology. A total of 89 Dutch-speaking patients with low back pain were recruited from 8 centers, located in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium...
August 17, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819840/microfluidic-based-enrichment-and-retrieval-of-circulating-tumor-cells-for-rt-pcr-analysis
#18
Priya Gogoi, Saedeh Sepehri, Will Chow, Kalyan Handique, Yixin Wang
Molecular analysis of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) is hindered by low sensitivity and high level of background leukocytes of currently available CTC enrichment technologies. We have developed a novel device to enrich and retrieve CTCs from blood samples by using a microfluidic chip. The Celsee PREP100 device captures CTCs with high sensitivity and allows the captured CTCs to be retrieved for molecular analysis. It uses the microfluidic chip which has approximately 56,320 capture chambers. Based on differences in cell size and deformability, each chamber ensures that small blood escape while larger CTCs of varying sizes are trapped and isolated in the chambers...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819828/-patio-repair-for-urethrocutaneous-fistulae-results-of-a-multicentre-retrospective-study
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REVIEW
J Kranz, O A Brinkmann, B Brinkmann, J Steffens, P Malone
BACKGROUND: Urethrocutaneous (UC) fistulae are common complications after hypospadias surgery and they have been a serious problem for surgeons since the repair was first attempted. We present the results of our multicentre retrospective study for repairing UC fistulae using the Patio ("preserve the tract and turn it inside out") repair described by Malone. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 16 boys (Eschweiler 2, Lingen 4, Reading 10) at the ages of 1-10 years were treated for UC fistulae...
August 17, 2017: Der Urologe. Ausg. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819816/a-new-non-radioactive-deoxyhypusine-synthase-assay-adaptable-to-high-throughput-screening
#20
Myung Hee Park, Ajeet Mandal, Swati Mandal, Edith C Wolff
Deoxyhypusine synthase (DHS) catalyzes the post-translational modification of eukaryotic translation factor 5A (eIF5A) by the polyamine, spermidine, that converts one specific lysine residue to deoxyhypusine [N (ε) -4-aminobutyl(lysine)], which is subsequently hydroxylated to hypusine [N (ε) -4-amino-2-hydroxybutyl(lysine)]. Hypusine synthesis represents the most critical function of polyamine. As eIF5A has been implicated in various human diseases, identification of specific inhibitors of hypusine modification is of vital importance...
August 17, 2017: Amino Acids
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