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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778081/molecular-aspect-of-silver-nanoparticles-regulated-embryonic-development-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio-by-oct-4-expression
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Biplab Sarkar, Suresh K Verma, Javed Akhtar, Surya Prakash Netam, Sanjay Kr Gupta, Pritam Kumar Panda, Koel Mukherjee
With the enhancement of commercial manifestation of silver nanoparticles, concerned has risen on their accumulation in aquatic system and consequent effects on fish development and metabolism. In this study, experiments were conducted to assess the impacts of silver nanoparticles on early life cycles of fish considering Zebrafish (Danio rerio) as experimental model. Silver nanoparticles were synthesized through chemical reduction method and characterized through UV-visible spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS), and HR-TEM...
May 4, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778060/experimental-investigation-of-material-nonlinearity-using-the-rayleigh-surface-waves-excited-and-detected-by-angle-beam-wedge-transducers
#2
Shuzeng Zhang, Xiongbing Li, Hyunjo Jeong, Hongwei Hu
Angle beam wedge transducers are widely used in nonlinear Rayleigh wave experiments as they can generate Rayleigh wave easily and produce high intensity nonlinear waves for detection. When such a transducer is used, the spurious harmonics (source nonlinearity) and wave diffraction may occur and will affect the measurement results, so it is essential to fully understand its acoustic nature. This paper experimentally investigates the nonlinear Rayleigh wave beam fields generated and received by angle beam wedge transducers, in which the theoretical predictions are based on the acoustic model developed previously for angle beam wedge transducers [S...
May 12, 2018: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778043/investigation-of-interactions-of-comtan-with-human-serum-albumin-by-mathematically-modeled-voltammetric-data-a-study-from-bio-interaction-to-biosensing
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Ali R Jalalvand, Sirous Ghobadi, Hector C Goicoechea, Hui-Wen Gu, Esmael Sanchooli
In this work, voltammetric data recorded at a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) were separately used to investigate the interactions of entacapone (Comtan, CAT) with human serum albumin (HSA). Then, an augmented data matrix was constructed by the combination of voltammetric and spectroscopic data and simultaneously analysed by multivariate curve resolution-alternating least squares (MCR-ALS) to obtain more information about CAT-HSA interactions. The absence of rotational ambiguities in results obtained by MCR-ALS was verified with the help of MCR-BANDS and we confirmed that the results were unambiguous and reliable...
May 16, 2018: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778018/phytochemistry-and-pharmacology-of-anti-depressant-medicinal-plants-a-review
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REVIEW
Jeanette Martins, Brijesh S
Stress renders an individual to experience mental pressure and exhaustion which brings about feelings of anxiety, depression, anger and/or other negative emotions. Depression affects a person's state of mind, behaviour, health and is often associated with suicide. The use of anti-depressant drugs as therapeutic agents is associated with symptoms such as, delayed onset of action, side-effects, drug-drug and dietary interactions, sexual dysfunction, cardiac toxicity, etc. Thus, there is need to target these issues and improve current treatment options...
May 16, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777986/predicting-of-the-refractive-index-of-haemoglobin-using-the-hybrid-ga-svr-approach
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Tajudeen A Oyehan, Ibrahim O Alade, Aliyu Bagudu, Kazeem O Sulaiman, Sunday O Olatunji, Tawfik A Saleh
The optical properties of blood play crucial roles in medical diagnostics and treatment, and in the design of new medical devices. Haemoglobin is a vital constituent of the blood whose optical properties affect all of the optical properties of human blood. The refractive index of haemoglobin has been reported to strongly depend on its concentration which is a function of the physiology of biological cells. This makes the refractive index of haemoglobin an essential non-invasive bio-marker of diseases. Unfortunately, the complexity of blood tissue makes it challenging to experimentally measure the refractive index of haemoglobin...
April 30, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777920/modeling-and-manova-studies-on-toxicity-and-endocrine-potential-of-packaging-materials-exposed-to-different-extraction-schemes
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Natalia Szczepańska, Błażej Kudłak, Stefan Tsakovski, Galina Yotova, Miroslava Nedyalkova, Vasil Simeonov, Anna Dołęga, Jacek Namieśnik
The stability of the linings of packaging that is in contact with the goods stored has been of major concern during decades of the development of packaging materials. In this work, an attempt was undertaken to assess the applicability of using two bioassays (Microtox® and XenoScreen YES/YAS) in estimating the stability of packaging (cans, caps, multilayer material) and the impact of their degradation on the toxicity of some simulated media. The assessment of the impact of packaging storage conditions (temperature, disinfection, preservation, extracting and washing solvents) was planned and performed with i) regression modeling of the experimental effects on the ecotoxicity readings, ii) ANOVA and MANOVA estimation of the experimental conditions as significant factors affecting the toxicity results and iii) FTIR analysis of the packages...
May 16, 2018: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777828/mutual-connectivity-analysis-of-resting-state-functional-mri-data-with-local-models
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Adora M DSouza, Anas Z Abidin, Udaysankar Chockanathan, Giovanni Schifitto, Axel Wismüller
Functional connectivity analysis of functional MRI (fMRI) can represent brain networks and reveal insights into interactions amongst different brain regions. However, most connectivity analysis approaches adopted in practice are linear and non-directional. In this paper, we demonstrate the advantage of a data-driven, directed connectivity analysis approach called Mutual Connectivity Analysis using Local Models (MCA-LM) that approximates connectivity by modeling nonlinear dependencies of signal interaction, over more conventionally used approaches, such as Pearson's and partial correlation, Patel's conditional dependence measures, etcetera...
May 16, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777814/effect-of-vinyl-montmorillonite-on-the-physical-responsive-and-antimicrobial-properties-of-the-optimized-polyacrylic-acid-chitosan-superabsorbent-via-box-behnken-model
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Mohamed S Abdel Aziz, Hend E Salama
This work aims to study the effect of a vinyl-modified montmorillonite (VMT) on the physical and antimicrobial properties of chitosan-graft-polyacrylic acid superabsorbent (Ch-g-PA). Ch-g-PA was first optimized using Box-Behnken Design to obtain the maximum equilibrium swelling, and the model was efficient to express the experimental swelling data (R2  = 0.999). VMT was further added to the optimized Ch-g-PA in different contents 0, 4, 7 and 10 wt%. FTIR confirmed the successful synthesis of the copolymers and their nanocomposites...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777807/identification-of-polysaccharides-extracted-from-pea-pod-by-products-and-evaluation-of-their-biological-and-functional-properties
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Lilia Belghith-Fendri, Fatma Chaari, Khawla Ben Jeddou, Fatma Kallel, Fatma Bouaziz, Claire Boisset Helbert, Lobna Abdelkefi-Mesrati, Semia Ellouz-Chaabouni, Dhouha Ghribi-Aydi
A three-variable Box-Behnken design was employed to obtain the best possible combination of extraction time, ratio (raw material/water) and extraction temperature to allow maximum extraction yield of polysaccharides from pea pod (PPP). The preferred extraction conditions were: extraction time 195 min, extraction temperature 70 °C and ratio of raw material/water 1/40. Under these conditions, the experimental yield was 16.21 ± 1.12%, which is in close agreement with the value predicted by response surface methodology model yield (16...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777685/thiamine-preserves-mitochondrial-function-in-a-rat-model-of-traumatic-brain-injury-preventing-inactivation-of-the-2-oxoglutarate-dehydrogenase-complex
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Garik V Mkrtchyan, Muammer Üçal, Andrea Müllebner, Sergiu Dumitrescu, Martina Kames, Rudolf Moldzio, Marek Molcanyi, Samuel Schaefer, Adelheid Weidinger, Ute Schaefer, Juergen Hescheler, Johanna Catharina Duvigneau, Heinz Redl, Victoria I Bunik, Andrey V Kozlov
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Based on the fact that traumatic brain injury is associated with mitochondrial dysfunction we aimed at localization of mitochondrial defect and attempted to correct it by thiamine. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Interventional controlled experimental animal study was used. Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to lateral fluid percussion traumatic brain injury. Thiamine was administered 1 h prior to trauma; cortex was extracted for analysis 4 h and 3 d after trauma...
May 16, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777674/an-approach-for-brain-controlled-prostheses-based-on-scene-graph-steady-state-visual-evoked-potentials
#11
Rui Li, Xiaodong Zhang, Hanzhe Li, Liming Zhang, Zhufeng Lu, Jiangcheng Chen
Brain control technology can restore communication between the brain and a prosthesis, and choosing a Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) paradigm to evoke electroencephalogram (EEG) signals is an essential step for developing this technology. In this paper, the Scene Graph paradigm used for controlling prostheses was proposed; this paradigm is based on Steady-State Visual Evoked Potentials (SSVEPs) regarding the Scene Graph of a subject's intention. A mathematic model was built to predict SSVEPs evoked by the proposed paradigm and a sinusoidal stimulation method was used to present the Scene Graph stimulus to elicit SSVEPs from subjects...
May 16, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777506/an-extended-kalman-filter-for-mouse-tracking
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Hongjun Choi, Mingi Kim, Onseok Lee
Animal tracking is an important tool for observing behavior, which is useful in various research areas. Animal specimens can be tracked using dynamic models and observation models that require several types of data. Tracking mouse has several barriers due to the physical characteristics of the mouse, their unpredictable movement, and cluttered environments. Therefore, we propose a reliable method that uses a detection stage and a tracking stage to successfully track mouse. The detection stage detects the surface area of the mouse skin, and the tracking stage implements an extended Kalman filter to estimate the state variables of a nonlinear model...
May 19, 2018: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777504/implementation-and-validation-of-constitutive-relations-for-human-dermis-mechanical-response
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Alessandra Aldieri, Mara Terzini, Cristina Bignardi, Elisabetta M Zanetti, Alberto L Audenino
Finite element models in conjunction with adequate constitutive relations are pivotal in several physiological and medical applications related to both native and engineered tissues, allowing to predict the tissue response under various loading states. In order to get reliable results, however, the validation of the constitutive models is crucial. Therefore, the main purpose of this work is to provide an experimental-computational approach to the biomechanical investigation of soft tissues such as the dermis...
May 19, 2018: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777491/-effects-of-an-integrated-neighborhood-approach-on-older-people-s-health-related-quality-of-life-and-well-being
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Hanna M van Dijk, Jane M Cramm, Erwin Birnie, Anna P Nieboer
Integrated neighborhood approaches (INAs) are increasingly advocated to support community-dwelling older people; their effectiveness however remains unknown. We evaluated INA effects on older people's (health-related) quality of life (HRQoL) and well-being in Rotterdam. We used a matched quasi-experimental design comparing INA with "usual" care and support. Community-dwelling people (aged ≥70) and control subjects (n = 186 each) were followed over a one-year period (measurements at baseline, 6 and 12 months)...
May 18, 2018: Tijdschrift Voor Gerontologie en Geriatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777358/generation-of-genetically-engineered-animals-using-engineered-endonucleases
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REVIEW
Jong Geol Lee, Young Hoon Sung, In-Jeoung Baek
The key to successful drug discovery and development is to find the most suitable animal model of human diseases for the preclinical studies. The recent emergence of engineered endonucleases is allowing for efficient and precise genome editing, which can be used to develop potentially useful animal models for human diseases. In particular, zinc finger nucleases, transcription activator-like effector nucleases, and the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat systems are revolutionizing the generation of diverse genetically-engineered experimental animals including mice, rats, rabbits, dogs, pigs, and even non-human primates that are commonly used for preclinical studies of the drug discovery...
May 17, 2018: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777353/intestinal-histopathological-changes-in-a-porcine-model-of-pneumoperitoneum-induced-intra-abdominal-hypertension
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Ester Párraga Ros, Laura Correa-Martín, Francisco M Sánchez-Margallo, Irma Eugenia Candanosa-Aranda, Manu L N G Malbrain, Robert Wise, Rafael Latorre, Octavio López Albors, Gregorio Castellanos
BACKGROUND: Low splanchnic perfusion is an immediate effect of pneumoperitoneum-induced intra-abdominal hypertension (IAH). Anatomical structure results in the intestinal mucosa being the area most sensitive to hypoperfusion. The relationship between intestinal injury and clinical parameters of tissue perfusion [abdominal perfusion pressure (APP), gastric intramucosal pH (pHi ) and lactic acid (Lc)] has not been previously studied. This study aimed to monitorize intestinal pathogenesis through sequential ileal biopsies and to measure APP, pHi , and Lc levels at different pneumoperitoneum-induced intra-abdominal pressures (20, 30, and 40 mmHg) to evaluate the potential relationships between them...
May 17, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777342/selective-predation-on-acorn-weevils-by-seed-caching-siberian-chipmunk-tamias-sibiricus-in-a-tripartite-interaction
#17
Yueqin Yang, Zhenyu Wang, Chuan Yan, Yihao Zhang, Dongyuan Zhang, Xianfeng Yi
Although food-hoarding animals benefit plant seeds by generating predation pressure on granivorous insects, we lack experimental evidence of whether the tripartite interactions maintain a mutualistic relationship between the third trophic level and primary producers. Relying on the behavior of shelling, Siberian chipmunks (Tamias sibiricus) selectively consumed weevil larvae infested in acorns of Mongolian oak (Quercus mongolica) but chose the non-infested acorns to scatter-hoard. Shelling not only reduced volatile emission from acorns but also decreased cache loss to pilferers, weevil larvae and fungi, allowing T...
May 19, 2018: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777321/how-changes-in-interconnectivity-affect-the-bulk-properties-of-articular-cartilage-a-fibre-network-study
#18
M A Bilton, A Thambyah, R J Clarke
The remarkable compressive strength of articular cartilage arises from the mechanical interactions between the tension-resisting collagen fibrils and swelling proteoglycan proteins within the tissue. These interactions are facilitated by a significant level of interconnectivity between neighbouring collagen fibrils within the extracellular matrix. A reduction in interconnectivity is suspected to occur during the early stages of osteoarthritic degeneration. However, the relative contribution of these interconnections towards the bulk mechanical properties of articular cartilage has remained an open question...
May 18, 2018: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777290/two-dimensional-grid-optimization-for-sedimentation-velocity-analysis-in-the-analytical-ultracentrifuge
#19
Haram Kim, Emre Brookes, Weiming Cao, Borries Demeler
Sedimentation velocity experiments performed in the analytical ultracentrifuge are modeled using finite-element solutions of the Lamm equation. During modeling, three fundamental parameters are optimized: the sedimentation coefficients, the diffusion coefficients, and the partial concentrations of all solutes present in a mixture. A general modeling approach consists of fitting the partial concentrations of solutes defined in a two-dimensional grid of sedimentation and diffusion coefficient combinations that cover the range of possible solutes for a given mixture...
May 17, 2018: European Biophysics Journal: EBJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777059/sequence-diversity-of-tubulin-isotypes-in-regulation-of-the-mitochondrial-voltage-dependent-anion-channel
#20
Tatiana K Rostovtseva, Philip A Gurnev, David P Hoogerheide, Amandine Rovini, Minhajuddin Sirajuddin, Sergey M Bezrukov
The microtubule protein tubulin is a heterodimer comprising α/β subunits, in which each subunit features multiple isotypes in vertebrates. For example, seven α-tubulin and eight β-tubulin isotypes in the human tubulin gene family vary mostly in the length and primary sequence of the disordered anionic C-terminal tails (CTTs). The biological reason for such sequence diversity remains a topic of vigorous enquiry. Here, we demonstrate that it may be a key feature of tubulin's role in regulation of the permeability of the mitochondrial outer membrane voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC)...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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