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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440620/water-proton-nmr-a-tool-for-protein-aggregation-characterization
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Marc B Taraban, Roberto A DePaz, Brian Lobo, Yihua Bruce Yu
Formulation stability is a critical attribute of any protein-based biopharmaceutical drug due to a protein's inherent tendency to aggregate. Advanced analytical techniques currently used for characterization of protein aggregates are prone to a number of limitations, and usually require additional manipulations with the sample, such as dilution, separation, labeling and use of special cuvettes. In the present work, we compared conventional techniques for the analysis of protein aggregates with a novel approach that employs the water proton transverse relaxation rate R2(1H2O)...
April 25, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440619/collagen-membranes-with-ribonuclease-inhibitors-for-long-term-stability-of-electrochemical-aptamer-based-sensors-employing-rna
#2
Mirelis Santos-Cancel, Ryan J White
Electrochemical aptamer-based (E-AB) sensors offer advantageous analytical detection abilities on account of their rapid response time (sec to min), specificity to a target, and selectivity to function in complex media. Ribonucleic acid (RNA) aptamers employed in this class of sensor offer favorable binding characteristics resulting from the ability of RNA to form stable tertiary folds aided by long-range intermolecular interactions. As a result, RNA aptamers can fold into more complex three-dimensional structures than their DNA counterparts, and consequently, exhibit better binding ability to target analytes...
April 25, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438253/development-and-validation-of-the-work-conflict-appraisal-scale-wcas
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Pilar González-Navarro, Lucía Llinares-Insa, Rosario Zurriaga-Llorens, Susana Lloret-Segura
BACKGROUND: In the context of cognitive appraisal, the Work Conflict Appraisal Scale (WCAS) was developed to assess work conflict in terms of threat and challenge. METHOD: In the first study, the factorial structure of the scale was tested using confirmatory factor analysis with a Spanish multi-occupational employee sample (N= 296). In the sec-ond study, we used multi-sampling confirmatory factor analysis (N= 815) to cross-validate the results. RESULTS: The analyses confirm the validity of the scale and are con-sistent with the tri-dimensional conflict classification...
May 2017: Psicothema
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437601/maternal-hemodynamics-in-normal-pregnancies-reference-ranges-and-the-role-of-maternal-characteristics
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Dimuthu Vinayagam, Baskaran Thilaganathan, Oliver Stirrup, Elena Mantovani, Asma Khalil
OBJECTIVES: The main aim of this study was to construct reference ranges of the maternal central hemodynamic parameters during pregnancy. The second aim was to determine the maternal and pregnancy characteristics, which influence these hemodynamic parameters. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study of low-risk pregnant women attending for routine antenatal care at St George's Hospital, London. The exclusion criteria included any medical disorder present at the time of study recruitment, or development of hypertension or intrauterine fetal growth restriction following study recruitment...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437192/phototoxicity-of-vascular-endothelial-cells-caused-by-contact-with-talaporfin-sodium-for-15-120-min-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-studies
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Risa Hamada, Emiyu Ogawa, Tsunenori Arai
OBJECTIVE: To reveal the mechanism of vascular patency in the myocardium after photosensitization immediately after talaporfin sodium (TS) injection in a canine model, we investigated acute injury to vascular endothelial cells (VECs) in vitro and in vivo. BACKGROUND DATA: There are many reports of vascular shutdown within the target region in photodynamic therapy with TS. Vascular patency within healthy canine myocardium in which a photosensitization reaction starts immediately after injection of TS has been reported...
February 22, 2017: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437191/analysis-of-human-tooth-pulp-chamber-temperature-after-670%C3%A2-nm-laser-irradiation-in-vitro-study
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Cleide Regina Alves Carrara de Oliveira, Fátima Zanin, Alessandra Cassoni, José Augusto Rodrigues, Landulfo Silveira, Marcos Tadeu Pacheco, Aldo Brugnera
OBJECTIVE: One of the limiting factors of employing laser radiation on dental therapies is the potential of causing thermal injuries to pulp tissues. The purpose of this study was to evaluate intra-chamber temperature increase on extracted human teeth exposed to 670 nm wavelength InGaAlP laser diode radiation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In vitro intra-chamber temperature measurements of 12 standardized human teeth (incisors, canines, premolars, and molars; n = 3) were taken both before and after laser radiation...
February 16, 2017: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436835/neural-spike-train-synchronisation-indices-definitions-interpretations-and-applications
#7
D M Halliday, J R Rosenberg
A comparison of previously defined spike train syncrhonization indices is undertaken within a stochastic point process framework. The second order cumulant density (covariance density) is shown to be common to all the indices. Simulation studies were used to investigate the sampling variability of a single index based on the second order cumulant. The simulations used a paired motoneurone model and a paired regular spiking cortical neurone model. The sampling variability of spike trains generated under identical conditions from the paired motoneurone model varied from 50% { 160% of the estimated value...
April 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436746/penetration-time-profiles-for-two-class-3b-lasers-in-in-situ-human-achilles-at-rest-and-stretched
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Daniel Huseby Bordvik, Sturla Haslerud, Ingvill Fjell Naterstad, Rodrigo Alvaro Brandão Lopes-Martins, Ernesto Cesar Pinto Leal Junior, Jan Magnus Bjordal, Jon Joensen
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The majority of studies investigating penetration of laser light are performed in vitro on skin flaps, with measures of immediate penetration depth and energy loss. The aim of this study was to investigate the penetration time profiles for two different lasers used in low-level laser therapy, during 150 sec of exposure both in stretched and relaxed human Achilles in situ. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-four Achilles tendons from 17 healthy volunteers were irradiated by an 810 nm, 200 mW, continuous- and a 904 nm, 60 mW, super-pulsed laser...
April 21, 2017: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436401/effects-of-amplitude-and-phase-duration-modification-on-electrically-induced-contraction-force-and-discomfort
#9
Shmuel Springer, Maxim Shapiro
BACKGROUND: Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) is commonly used in rehabilitation. However, the optimal combination of phase-duration and amplitude for enhancing motor output is not yet resolved. OBJECTIVE: To test the effects of increasing phase-duration and amplitude on isometric knee extension force and discomfort, while controlling the effects of electrode-skin resistance and body mass index (BMI). METHODS: Twenty-one healthy volunteers participated in the study...
April 14, 2017: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436359/robotic-prostatectomy-versus-brachytherapy-for-the-treatment-of-low-risk-prostate-cancer
#10
Claudio Giberti, Fabrizio Gallo, Maurizio Schenone, Emilio Gastaldi, Pierluigi Cortese, Gaetano Ninotta, Davide Becco
INTRODUCTION: To compare oncological and functional results of robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) and brachytherapy (BT) with a single-center prospective randomized study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From January 2012 to January 2014, 165 patients with low risk prostate cancer, prostate volume ≤ 50 g, normal urinary (IPSS ≤ 7 and mean flow rate ≥ 15 mL/sec) and erectile functions (IIEF-5 > 17) were enrolled and randomly assigned to the RARP or BT group...
April 2017: Canadian Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435837/staphylococcus-aureus-type-i-signal-peptidase-essential-or-not-essential-that-s-the-question
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Wouter L Hazenbos, Elizabeth Skippington, Man-Wah Tan
Secretion of proteins into the extracellular environment is crucial for the normal physiology and virulence of pathogenic bacteria. Type I signal peptidase (SPase I) mediates the final step of bacterial secretion, by cleaving proteins at their signal peptide once they are translocated by the Sec or twin-arginine (Tat) translocon. SPase I has long been thought to be essential for viability in multiple bacterial pathogens. Challenging this view, we and others have recently created Staphylococcus aureus bacteria lacking the SPase I SpsB that are viable and able to grow in vitro when over-expressing a native gene cassette encoding for a putative ABC transporter...
March 17, 2017: Microbial Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435220/formulation-release-characteristics-and-bioavailability-study-of-gastroretentive-floating-matrix-tablet-and-floating-raft-system-of-mebeverine-hcl
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Mohamed A El Nabarawi, Mahmoud H Teaima, Rehab A Abd El-Monem, Nagla A El Nabarawy, Dalia A Gaber
To prolong the residence time of dosage forms within the gastrointestinal tract until all drug is released at the desired rate is one of the real challenges for oral controlled-release drug delivery systems. This study was designed to develop a controlled-release floating matrix tablet and floating raft system of Mebeverine HCl (MbH) and evaluate different excipients for their floating behavior and in vitro controlled-release profiles. Oral pharmacokinetics of the optimum matrix tablet, raft system formula, and marketed Duspatalin(®) 200 mg retard as reference were studied in beagle dogs...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435186/a-low-power-thermal-based-sensor-system-for-low-air-flow-detection
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Akm Arifuzzman, Mohammad Rafiqul Haider, David B Allison
Being able to rapidly detect a low air flow rate with high accuracy is essential for various applications in the automotive and biomedical industries. We have developed a thermal-based low air flow sensor with a low-power sensor readout for biomedical applications. The thermal-based air flow sensor comprises a heater and three pairs of temperature sensors that sense temperature differences due to laminar air flow. The thermal-based flow sensor was designed and simulated by using laminar flow, heat transfer in solids and fluids physics in COMSOL MultiPhysics software...
November 2016: Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434738/relationships-among-superantigen-toxin-gene-profiles-genotypes-and-pathogenic-characteristics-of-staphylococcus-aureus-isolates-from-bovine-mastitis
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Dong Wang, Limei Zhang, Changfu Yong, Mingliang Shen, Tariq Ali, Muhammad Shahid, Kun Han, Xuezhang Zhou, Bo Han
Staphylococcus aureus is one of the major etiological agents of bovine mastitis, harboring a wide variety of staphylococcal superantigen (SAg) toxin genes. The SAg toxin genes are reported to be closely associated with the pathogenicity of the Staph. aureus causing the bovine mastitis. This study was conducted to investigate SAg toxin gene profiles and to assess the relationships among SAg toxin genes, genotypes of Staph. aureus, and their pathogenic properties. A total of 327 quarter milk samples were collected from bovine mastitis cases for isolation and identification of pathogens...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434212/effects-of-environmental-factors-on-cyanobacterial-production-of-odorous-compounds-geosmin-and-2-methylisoborneol
#15
Hyung-Seok Oh, Chang Soo Lee, Ankita Srivastava, Hee-Mock Oh, Chi-Yong Ahn
Geosmin and 2-methylisoborneol (2-MIB), responsible for earthy or musty smell, are a major concern for safe drinking water supplies. This study investigated the effects of environmental factors on odorous compounds production and cell growth in cyanobacterial strains. Anabaena sp. FACHB-1384, a 2-MIB producer, was sensitive to low temperature (<20°C). However, geosmin producers, Anabaena sp. Chusori and Anabaena sp. NIER, were sensitive to high light intensity (>100 μmol/m²/sec), but not to low temperature...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433940/a-novel-dual-ratiometric-response-fluorescent-probe-for-so2-clo-detection-in-cells-and-in%C3%A2-vivo-and-its-application-in-exploring-the-dichotomous-role-of-so2-under-the-clo-induced-oxidative-stress
#16
Kun Dou, Qiang Fu, Guang Chen, Fabiao Yu, Yuxia Liu, Ziping Cao, Guoliang Li, Xianen Zhao, Lian Xia, Lingxin Chen, Hua Wang, Jinmao You
Intracellular reactive sulfur species and reactive oxygen species play vital roles in immunologic mechanism. As an emerging signal transmitter, SO2 can be generated as the anti-oxidant, while SO2 is also a potential oxidative stress-inducer in organism. Aiming to elucidate in-depth the dichotomous role of SO2 under oxidative stress, we designed a dual-response fluorescent probe that enabled the respective or successive detection of SO2 and ClO(-). The probe itself emits the red fluorescence (625 nm) which can largely switch to blue (410 nm) and green fluorescence (500 nm) respectively in response to SO2 and ClO(-), allowing the highly selective and accurate ratiometric quantification for both SO2 and ClO(-) in cells...
April 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431512/hemoglobin-a1c-and-risk-of-left-atrial-thrombus-and-spontaneous-echo-contrast-in-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-patients
#17
Rong-Ren Kuang, Fang-Zhou Liu, Yun-Peng Li, Wei-Dong Lin, Hua-Sheng Liang, Ai-Hua Chen
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the relationship between hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) and risk of left atrial thrombus/spontaneous echo contrast (LAT/SEC) in non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. METHODS: In this retrospective study, 1158 consecutive non-valvular AF patients undergoing transesophageal echocardiography prior to radiofrequency catheter ablation or electric cardioversion were enrolled. Baseline characteristics were collected and analyzed. RESULTS: There were 87 (7...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431324/achievable-separation-performance-and-analysis-time-in-current-liquid-chromatographic-practice-for-monoclonal-antibody-separations
#18
Szabolcs Fekete, Jean-Luc Veuthey, Davy Guillarme
The separation performance of a chromatographic system is often described in terms of column efficiency and peak capacity. Thanks to the new developments in column technology over the past few years, the achievable peak capacity drastically improved and the analysis time can be significantly shortened. Indeed, highly efficient wide-pore reversed-phase (RPLC) materials packed with small fully porous and superficially porous particles can be successfully used for the analytical characterization of therapeutic proteins...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430369/quantitative-segmental-analysis-of-myocardial-perfusion-to-differentiate-stress-cardiomyopathy-from-acute-myocardial-infarction-a-myocardial-contrast-echocardiography-study
#19
Sun-Yang Min, Jong-Min Song, Yewon Shin, Min-Jung Sin, Dae-Hee Kim, Duk-Hyun Kang, Jae-Kwan Song
BACKGROUND: Both stress cardiomyopathy (SCMP) and acute myocardial infarction (AMI) present with similar clinical symptoms and signs, and apical akinesis. HYPOTHESIS: Quantitative segmental analysis of myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) helps to differentiate AMI from SCMP. METHODS: Real-time MCE was performed in 33 consecutive patients who presented with an acute symptom/sign and a new apical akinesis on echocardiography. In 18 left ventricular (LV) myocardial segments, a replenishment curve was obtained in each segment to measure peak plateau myocardial contrast intensity (MCI) (A) and the replenishment curve slope (β)...
April 21, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429896/production-of-a-conjugate-between-the-rk346-antigen-from-leishmania-infantum-and-the-horseradish-peroxidase-c-for-the-detection-of-rk346-antibodies
#20
Juan Rengifo-González, Yollyseth Medina-Mora, Sasha Silva-Barrios, María Elizabeth Márquez-Contreras, María Tibisay Ruiz, Ana J Cáceres, Juan Luis Concepción, Wilfredo Quiñones
It was designed and characterized a reporter system to be captured by an- tibodies bound to ELISA plates. The system was designed with the rK346 from Leishmania infantum, a highly antigenic and specific protein. The rK346 was coupled to the horseradish peroxidase C (HRPc) from Armoracia rusticana using glutaraldehyde or sulfo-SMCC. Gluta- raldehyde conjugation was performed in two steps. Separation of conjugates was carried out using a Sepharose S-200 in size exclusion chromatography (SEC); fractions were analyzed via HRPc activity and through ELISA plates sensitized with polyclonal anti-rK346 IgG puri- fied from rabbit serum...
June 2016: Investigación Clínica
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