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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728289/-the-protective-effect-of-pigment-epithelial-derived-factor-modified-human-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stem-cells-on-rats-with-diabetic-retinopathy
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W Zhang, H T Duan, S Chen, Y X Wang, J H Kong, M Dong, X Bi, J Song
Objective: To investigate the effect of pigment epithelial-derived factor (PEDF) gene-modified human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) on rats with diabetic retinopathy (DR). Methods: Experimental study. Human umbilical cord MSC were transfected by lentivirus packaging PEDF-MSC-green fluorescent protein (GFP) and GFP-MSC plasmid vectors, and the expression of PEDF and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) was measured in the cell culture medium. Fifty adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into five groups: normal control group (group A), DR control group (group B), phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) treated group (group C), GFP-MSC treated group (group D) and PEDF-MSC-GFP treated group (group E), with 10 rats in each group...
July 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728129/a-finite-element-model-development-for-simulation-of-the-impact-of-slab-thickness-joints-and-membranes-on-indoor-radon-concentration
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E Muñoz, B Frutos, M Olaya, J Sánchez
The focus of this study is broadly to define the physics involved in radon generation and transport through the soil and other materials using different parameter-estimation tools from the literature. The effect of moisture in the soil and radon transport via water in the pore space was accounted for with the application of a porosity correction coefficient. A 2D finite element model is created, which reproduces the diffusion and advection mechanisms resulting from specified boundary conditions. A comparison between the model and several analytical and numerical solutions obtained from the literature and field studies validates the model...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728067/an-optimized-hplc-uv-method-for-quantitatively-determining-sesquiterpenes-in-nardostachyos-radix-et-rhizoma
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Vu Ngoc Han Le, Trong Quan Khong, Min Kyun Na, Kyung Tae Kim, Jong Seong Kang
Nardostachyos Radix et Rhizoma (NR), the root and rhizome from either Nardostachys jatamansi Batal or Nardostachys jatamansi DC, is known to have biological functions including neuro-protective and anti-pancreatitis activity. The main bioactive compounds within NR are all classified as sesquiterpenes, and include desoxo-narchinol A, nardosinonediol, and nardosinone. Although NR is a valuable herb that is widely used in many Asian countries, robust quality control protocols for NR are still in question, especially those that can analyze the three main active compounds...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727985/comparative-study-and-analytical-verification-of-pcr-methods-for-the-diagnosis-of-congenital-chagas-disease
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Carolina Inés Cura, Juan Carlos Ramírez, Marcelo Rodríguez, Constanza Lopez-Albízu, Lucía Irazu, Karenina Scollo, Sergio Sosa-Estani
Congenital infection is currently the first cause of new cases of Chagas disease in Argentina and nonendemic areas worldwide. Its diagnosis is of utmost importance to guarantee curative treatment. To improve such diagnosis, a transfer process of PCR tests to the national laboratory network has been initiated. We performed a comparative study of four PCR assays [two end-point PCR and two duplex real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR) procedures] to detect Trypanosoma cruzi DNA in blood samples. Because satellite DNA and kinetoplastid DNA qPCR methods have the best performance and the use of two different molecular targets for confirmatory purposes has been recommended, these methods selected to perform the transfer process and, in consequence, subjected to an analytical verification protocol based on international guidelines...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727912/multivariate-analysis-for-quantification-of-plutonium-iv-in-nitric-acid-based-on-absorption-spectra
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Amanda M Lines, Susan R Adami, Sergey I Sinkov, Gregg J Lumetta, Samuel A Bryan
Development of more effective, reliable, and fast methods for monitoring process streams is a growing opportunity for analytical applications. Many fields can benefit from on-line monitoring, including the nuclear fuel cycle where improved methods for monitoring radioactive materials will facilitate maintenance of proper safeguards and ensure safe and efficient processing of materials. On-line process monitoring with a focus on optical spectroscopy can provide a fast, non-destructive method for monitoring chemical species...
July 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727723/analytical-sensitivity-and-specificity-of-a-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp-kit-prototype-for-detection-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-dna-in-human-blood-samples
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Susana A Besuschio, Mónica Llano Murcia, Alejandro F Benatar, Severine Monnerat, Israel Cruz Mata, Albert Picado de Puig, María de Los Ángeles Curto, Yutaka Kubota, Diana P Wehrendt, Paula Pavia, Yasuyoshi Mori, Concepción Puerta, Joseph M Ndung'u, Alejandro G Schijman
This study aimed to assess analytical parameters of a prototype LAMP kit that was designed for detection of Trypanosoma cruzi DNA in human blood. The prototype is based on the amplification of the highly repetitive satellite sequence of T.cruzi in microtubes containing dried reagents on the inside of the caps. The reaction is carried out at 65°C during 40 minutes. Calcein allows direct detection of amplified products with the naked eye. Inclusivity and selectivity were tested in purified DNA from Trypanosoma cruzi stocks belonging to the six discrete typing units (DTUs), in DNA from other protozoan parasites and in human DNA...
July 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727644/cariprazine-specificity-profile-in-the-treatment-of-acute-schizophrenia-a-meta-analysis-and-meta-regression-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Filippo Corponi, Alessandro Serretti, Stuart Montgomery, Chiara Fabbri
Cariprazine is a new dopamine D2 and D3 receptor partial agonist antipsychotic. Meta-analytic evidence of efficacy in acute schizophrenia and specific groups of patients is lacking. We carried out a meta-analysis in patients with acute schizophrenia to evaluate the efficacy of cariprazine over placebo and active comparators in overall symptoms, positive and negative symptoms and quality of life. Low and high (≥6 mg/day) doses were tested separately. The possible effect of clinical-demographic modulators was also tested...
July 19, 2017: International Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727567/intuitionistic-multiplicative-group-analytic-hierarchy-process-and-its-use-in-multicriteria-group-decision-making
#8
Zhiming Zhang, Witold Pedrycz
As an extension of multiplicative preference relations (MPRs), intuitionistic MPRs (IMPRs) reflect experts' hesitant quantitative judgments. This paper presents an intuitionistic multiplicative preference information-based group analytic hierarchy process (AHP) and develops an intuitionistic multiplicative group AHP (IMGAHP), which addresses multicriteria group decision-making (MCGDM) that uses IMPRs to capture experts' preference judgments. First, we introduce a consistency index to gauge the consistency of IMPRs and describe the concept of acceptably consistent IMPRs...
July 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727447/a-systematic-comparison-between-half-and-full-dielectric-barrier-discharges-based-on-the-ltp-and-dbdi-configurations
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Felix David Klute, Sebastian Brandt, Pascal Vogel, Beatrix Biskup, Charlotte Reininger, Vlasta Horvatic, Cedomil Vadla, Paul B Farnsworth, Joachim Franzke
Dielectric barrier discharge (DBD)-based analytical applications have experienced rapid development in recent years. DBD designs and parameters and the application they are used for can vary considerably. This leads to a diverse field with many apparently unique systems that are all based on the same physical principle. The most significant changes among DBDs used for chemical analysis are in how the discharge electrodes are separated from the ignited discharge gas. While the official definition of a DBD states that at least one electrode has to be covered by a dielectric to be considered a DBD, configurations with both electrodes covered by dielectric layers can also be realized...
July 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727438/a-wettability-metric-for-characterization-of-capillary-flow-on-textured-superhydrophilic-surfaces
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Taylor P Allred, Justin A Weibel, Suresh V Garimella
Surface wettability is typically characterized by measuring the static contact angle of a sessile droplet placed on the surface. For extremely wetting surfaces on which liquid spontaneously spreads into a thin liquid film, the near-zero static contact angle is not amenable to measurement and does not fully describe the wetting behavior. There are unmet needs in microfluidics, boiling heat transfer enhancement, and anti-fogging applications for a metric to characterize highly wetting (i.e., superhydrophilic) textured surfaces based on their capillary-driven liquid pumping performance, as a supplement to the contact angle for this highly wetting regime...
July 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727240/development-and-dissemination-of-the-el-centro-health-disparities-measures-library
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Victoria Behar Mitrani, Joanne E O'Day, Timothy B Norris, Oluwamuyiwa Winifred Adebayo
PURPOSE: This report describes the development and dissemination of a library of English measures, with Spanish translations, on constructs relevant to social determinants of health and behavioral health outcomes. The El Centro Measures Library is a product of the Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research: El Centro, a program funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The library is aimed at enhancing capacity for minority health and health disparities research, particularly for Hispanics living in the United States and abroad...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727210/thermal-affinity-as-the-dominant-factor-changing-mediterranean-fish-abundances
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Or Givan, Dor Edelist, Oren Sonin, Jonathan Belmaker
Recent decades have seen profound changes in species abundance and community composition. In the marine environment, the major anthropogenic drivers of change comprise exploitation, invasion by non-indigenous species, and climate change. However, the magnitude of these stressors has been widely debated and we lack empirical estimates of their relative importance. In this study, we focused on Eastern Mediterranean, a region exposed to an invasion of species of Red Sea origin, extreme climate change, and high fishing pressure...
July 20, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727176/polygenic-risk-score-analysis-of-pathologically-confirmed-alzheimer-s-disease
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Valentina Escott-Price, Amanda J Myers, Matt Huentelman, John Hardy
Previous estimates of the utility of polygenic risk score analysis for the prediction of Alzheimer's disease have given Area Under the Curve estimates of <80%. However, these have been based on the genetic analysis of clinical case control series. Here we apply the same analytic approaches to a pathological case control series and show a predictive AUC of 84%. We suggest that this analysis has clinical utility and that there is limited room for further improvement using genetic data. This article is protected by copyright...
July 20, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727158/hplc-fingerprinting-approach-for-raw-material-assesment-and-unit-operation-tracking-for-ivig-production-from-cohn-i-ii-iii-fraction
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Sebastijan Peljhan, Tina Jakop, Dunja Šček, Vid Skvarča, Blaž Goričar, Romina Žabar, Nina Mencin
The plasma derived immunoglobulin G (IgG) used either for diagnostic purpose or intravenous application (in form of IVIG) in various medical therapies is certainly gaining more and more attention on annual basis. Different manufacturing processes are used to isolate immunoglobulins from human plasma. However, a quest for alternative paths in IgG isolation not only requires development of the most efficient isolation process, but also a rapid and reliable analytics to track the purification. Fast and reliable fingerprint-based method for characterization of IgG prepared from Cohn I+II+III paste is presented in this paper...
July 20, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726940/measurement-of-specific-heat-and-thermal-conductivity-of-supported-and-suspended-graphene-by-a-comprehensive-raman-optothermal-method
#15
Qin-Yi Li, Kailun Xia, Ji Zhang, Yingying Zhang, Qunyang Li, Koji Takahashi, Xing Zhang
The last decade has seen the rapid growth of research on two-dimensional (2D) materials, represented by graphene, but research on their thermophysical properties is still far from sufficient owing to the experimental challenges. Herein, we report the first measurement of the specific heat of multilayer and monolayer graphene in both supported and suspended geometries. Their thermal conductivities were also simultaneously measured using a comprehensive Raman optothermal method without needing to know the laser absorption...
July 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726912/3d-material-cytometry-3dmac-a-very-high-replicate-high-throughput-analytical-method-using-microfabricated-shape-specific-cell-material-niches
#16
Kirsten Parratt, Jenny Jeong, Peng Qiu, Krishnendu Roy
Studying cell behavior within 3D material niches is key to understanding cell biology in health and diseases, and developing biomaterials for regenerative medicine applications. Current approaches to studying these cell-material niches have low throughput and can only analyze a few replicates per experiment resulting in reduced measurement assurance and analytical power. Here, we report 3D material cytometry (3DMaC), a novel high-throughput method based on microfabricated, shape-specific 3D cell-material niches and imaging cytometry...
July 20, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726909/lysine-based-amino-functionalized-lipids-for-gene-transfection-the-protonation-state-in-monolayers-at-the-air-liquid-interface
#17
Stephanie Tassler, Christian Wölk, Christopher Janich, Bodo Dobner, Gerald Brezesinski
Cationic lipids are considered as non-viral carriers for genetic material used in gene therapy. They have no carcinogenic potential and cause low immune response compared to existing viral systems. The protonation degree of these cationic lipids is a crucial parameter for the binding behavior of polynucleotides (e.g., DNA). Newly synthesized peptide-mimic lysine-based amino-functionalized lipids have been investigated in 2D models as monolayers at the air-liquid interface. Standard surface pressure - area isotherms have been measured to prove the layer stability...
July 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726718/inhibitory-effects-of-trapping-agents-of-sulfur-drug-reactive-intermediates-against-major-human-cytochrome-p450-isoforms
#18
Jasleen K Sodhi, Erlie Marie Delarosa, Jason S Halladay, James P Driscoll, Teresa Mulder, Patrick M Dansette, S Cyrus Khojasteh
In some cases, the formation of reactive species from the metabolism of xenobiotics has been linked to toxicity and therefore it is imperative to detect potential bioactivation for candidate drugs during drug discovery. Reactive species can covalently bind to trapping agents in in vitro incubations of compound with human liver microsomes (HLM) fortified with β-nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH), resulting in a stable conjugate of trapping agent and reactive species, thereby facilitating analytical detection and providing evidence of short-lived reactive metabolites...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726388/detection-of-pesticide-residues-in-food-using-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy-a-review
#19
Menglei Xu, Yu Gao, Xiao Xia Han, Bing Zhao
Pesticides directly pollute the environment and contaminate foods ultimately being absorbed by the human body. Their residues contain highly toxic substances that have been found to cause serious problems to human health even at very low concentrations. The gold standard method, gas/liquid chromatography combined with mass spectroscopy, has been widely used for the detection of pesticide residues. However, these methods have some drawbacks such as complicated pre-treatment and cleanup steps. Recent technological advancements of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) has promoted the creation of alternative detection techniques...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726383/marangoni-convection-assisted-single-molecule-detection-with-nanojet-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy
#20
Te-Wei Chang, Xinhao Wang, Amirreza Mahigir, Georgios Veronis, Gang Logan Liu, Manas Ranjan Gartia
Many single-molecule (SM) label-free techniques such as scanning probe microscopies (SPM) and magnetic force spectroscopies (MFS) provide high resolution surface topography information, but lack chemical information. Typical surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) systems provide chemical information on the analytes, but lack spatial resolution. In addition, a challenge in SERS sensors is to bring analytes into the so-called "hot spots" (locations where the enhancement of electromagnetic field amplitude is larger than 10(3))...
July 20, 2017: ACS Sensors
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