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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914018/encapsulation-of-%C3%AE-sitosterol-in-polyurethane-by-sol-gel-electrospinning
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Musarat Amina, Touseef Amna, Nawal Al-Musayeib, Sami A Zabin, M Shamshi Hassan, Myung-Seob Khil
Pristine β-sitosterol or in combination with other phytosterols is utilized in an array of enriched commercial foods. Considering the presence of β-sitosterol in different functional foods and its potential role in prevention and cure of neurodegenerative diseases, the aims of our investigation were to encapsulate β-sitosterol in nanofibers and to estimate influence of β-sitosterol on proliferation of fibroblasts. Electrospun nanofibers have widely been used as scaffolds to mimic natural extracellular matrix...
December 2, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914006/accurate-myocardial-blood-flow-measurements-quality-from-start-to-finish-is-key-to-success
#2
EDITORIAL
James Case
Overall repeatability and accuracy of myocardial blood flow measurements depend on the quality of the image data, the proper use of the quantitative software, and the training of clinical staff. Unlike most imaging tests, absolute blood flow measurements have the potential to provide accurate information beyond what is seen visually. This additive information has been shown to help identify multivessel disease, balanced ischemia, true normal studies, and quality control problems that may not be visible in the relative perfusion pattern...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913905/proteins-immunologically-related-to-map65-1-accumulate-and-localize-differentially-during-bud-development-in-vitis-vinifera-l
#3
Luigi Parrotta, Claudia Faleri, Mauro Cresti, Giampiero Cai
Various arrays of microtubules are present throughout the plant cell cycle and are involved in distinct functions. Microtubule-associated proteins (MAPs) regulate microtubule dynamics by acting as stabilizers, destabilizers, and promoters of microtubule dynamics. The MAP65 family is a specific group of cross-linkers required for structural maintenance of microtubules. In plants, different isoforms of MAP65 are differentially expressed according to their developmental program. In this work, we analyzed the differential distribution of proteins immunologically related to MAP65-1 during bud development in grapevine (Vitis vinifera L...
December 2, 2016: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913643/biogenesis-and-transcriptional-regulation-of-long-noncoding-rnas-in-the-human-immune-system
#4
REVIEW
Charles F Spurlock, Philip S Crooke, Thomas M Aune
The central dogma of molecular biology states that DNA makes RNA makes protein. Discoveries over the last quarter of a century found that the process of DNA transcription into RNA gives rise to a diverse array of functional RNA species, including genes that code for protein and noncoding RNAs. For decades, the focus has been on understanding how protein-coding genes are regulated to influence protein expression. However, with the completion of the Human Genome Project and follow-up ENCODE data, it is now appreciated that only 2-3% of the genome codes for protein-coding gene exons and that the bulk of the transcribed genome, apart from ribosomal RNAs, is at the level of noncoding RNA genes...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913617/evaluating-sequence-based-genomic-prediction-with-an-efficient-new-simulator
#5
Miguel Pérez-Enciso, Natalia Forneris, Gustavo de Los Campos, Andrés Legarra
The vast amount of sequence data to analyze complex traits is posing new challenges in terms of analysis and interpretation of the results. Although simulation is a fundamental tool to investigate the reliability of genomic analyses and to optimize experimental design, existing software cannot simulate complete genomes realistically. To remedy this, we have developed a new strategy (Sequence Based Virtual Breeding, SBVB) that consists of using real sequence data and simulating new offspring genomes and phenotypes in a very efficient and flexible manner...
December 2, 2016: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913377/optimization-and-assessment-of-three-different-high-performance-liquid-chromatographic-systems-for-the-combinative-fingerprint-analysis-and-multi-ingredients-quantification-of-sangju-ganmao-tablet
#6
Meng-Zhe Guo, Jie Han, Dan-Dan He, Jia-Hui Zou, Zheng Li, Yan Du, Dao-Quan Tang
Chromatographic separation is still a critical subject for the quality control of traditional Chinese medicine. In this study, three different high performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) systems employing commercially available columns packed with 1.8, 3.5 and 5.0 μm particles were respectively developed and optimized for the combinative fingerprint analysis and multi-ingredients quantification of Sangju Ganmao tablet (SGT). Chromatographic parameters including the repeatability of retention time and peak area, symmetry factor, resolution, number of theoretical plates and peak capacity were used to assess the chromatographic performance of different HPLC systems...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Chromatographic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913351/adaptive-multispectral-demosaicking-based-on-frequency-domain-analysis-of-spectral-correlation
#7
Sunil Jaiswal, Lu Fang, Vinit Jakhetiya, Jiahao Pang, Klaus Mueller, Oscar C Au
Color filter array (CFA) interpolation, or 3-band demosaicking, is a process of interpolating the missing color samples in each band to reconstruct a full color image. In this paper, we are concerned with the challenging problem of multispectral demosaicking, where each band is significantly undersampled due to the increment in the number of bands. Specifically, we demonstrate a frequency-domain analysis of the subsampled color-difference signal and observe that the conventional assumption of highly correlated spectral bands for estimating undersampled components is not precise...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913346/automatic-design-of-high-sensitivity-color-filter-arrays-with-panchromatic-pixels
#8
Jia Li, Chenyan Bai, Zhouchen Lin, Jian Yu
In most of existing digital cameras, color images have to be reconstructed from raw images which only have one color sensed at each pixel, as their imaging sensors are covered by color filter arrays (CFAs). At each pixel a CFA usually allows only a portion of the light spectrum to pass through and thereby reduces the light sensitivity of pixels. To address this issue, previous works have explored adding panchromatic pixels into CFAs. However, almost all existing methods assign panchromatic pixels empirically, making the designed CFAs prone to aliasing artifacts...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913330/ex-vivo-hifu-experiments-using-a-32-times-32-element-cmut-array
#9
Hyo-Seon Yoon, Chienliu Chang, Ji Hoon Jang, Anshuman Bhuyan, Jung Woo Choe, Amin Nikoozadeh, Ronald D Watkins, Douglas N Stephens, Kim Butts Pauly, Butrus T Khuri-Yakub
High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) has been used as noninvasive treatment for various diseases. For these therapeutic applications, capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducers (CMUTs) have advantages that make them potentially preferred transducers over traditional piezoelectric transducers. In this paper, we present the design and the fabrication process of an 8 ×8 -mm (2) 32 ×32 -element 2-D CMUT array for HIFU applications. To reduce the system complexity for addressing the 1024 transducer elements, we propose to group the CMUT array elements into eight HIFU channels based on the phase delay from the CMUT element to the targeted focal point...
December 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913329/2-d-ultrasound-sparse-arrays-multidepth-radiation-optimization-using-simulated-annealing-and-spiral-array-inspired-energy-functions
#10
Emmanuel Roux, Alessandro Ramalli, Piero Tortoli, Christian Cachard, Marc C Robini, Herve Liebgott
Full matrix arrays are excellent tools for 3-D ultrasound imaging, but the required number of active elements is too high to be individually controlled by an equal number of scanner channels. The number of active elements is significantly reduced by the sparse array techniques, but the position of the remaining elements must be carefully optimized. This issue is faced here by introducing novel energy functions in the simulated annealing (SA) algorithm. At each iteration step of the optimization process, one element is freely translated and the associated radiated pattern is simulated...
December 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913326/delay-and-standard-deviation-beamforming-to-enhance-specular-reflections-in-ultrasound-imaging
#11
Raja Sekhar Bandaru, Anders Rasmus Sornes, Jeroen Hermans, Eigil Samset, Jan D'hooge
Although interventional devices, such as needles, guide wires, and catheters, are best visualized by X-ray, real-time volumetric echography could offer an attractive alternative as it avoids ionizing radiation; it provides good soft tissue contrast, and it is mobile and relatively cheap. Unfortunately, as echography is traditionally used to image soft tissue and blood flow, the appearance of interventional devices in conventional ultrasound images remains relatively poor, which is a major obstacle toward ultrasound-guided interventions...
December 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913323/a-tikhonov-regularization-scheme-for-focus-rotations-with-focused-ultrasound-phased-arrays
#12
Alec Hughes, Kullervo Hynynen
Phased arrays have a wide range of applications in focused ultrasound therapy. By using an array of individually driven transducer elements, it is possible to steer a focus through space electronically and compensate for acoustically heterogeneous media with phase delays. In this paper, the concept of focusing an ultrasound-phased array is expanded to include a method to control the orientation of the focus using a Tikhonov regularization scheme. It is then shown that the Tikhonov regularization parameter used to solve the ill-posed focus rotation problem plays an important role in the balance between quality focusing and array efficiency...
December 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913240/activity-of-vancomycin-release-from-bioinspired-coatings-of-hydroxyapatite-or-tio2-nanotubes
#13
Daniela Ionita, Daniela Bajenaru-Georgescu, Georgeta Totea, Anca Mazare, Patrik Schmuki, Ioana Demetrescu
Herein we investigate the efficiency of various biomimetic coatings for localized drug delivery, using vancomycin as key therapeutic drug, which is a widely used antibiotic for the treatment of strong infections caused by positive Gram bacteria. We evaluate classical hydroxyapatite and biomimetic hydroxyapatite-collagen coatings obtained by electrochemical deposition as well as TiO2 nanotubes arrays obtained by electrochemical anodization. Surface morphology, compositional and structural data confirm the incorporation of vancomycin into the layers and drug release profiles for vancomycin evaluate their release ability...
November 29, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913146/effects-of-high-fat-diet-on-plasma-profiles-of-eicosanoid-metabolites-in-mice
#14
Weicang Wang, Jun Yang, Haixia Yang, Katherine Z Sanidad, Bruce D Hammock, Daeyoung Kim, Guodong Zhang
Obesity is a serious health problem in the US and is associated with increased risks of various human diseases. To date, the mechanisms by which obesity increases the risks of a wide range of human diseases are not well understood. Here we used a LC-MS/MS-based lipidomics, which can analyze >100 bioactive lipid mediators produced by cyclooxygenase, lipoxygenase, and cytochrome P450 enzymes, to analyze plasma profiles of lipid mediators in high-fat diet induced obesity in C57BL/6 mice. Our results showed that the plasma concentrations of epoxyoctadecenoic acids (EpOMEs, also termed as leukotoxins) were significantly increased in plasma of high-fat diet-fed mice, in addition, EpOMEs are among the most abundant lipid mediators detected in mouse plasma...
November 29, 2016: Prostaglandins & Other Lipid Mediators
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913124/lower-expression-of-genes-involved-in-protection-against-oxidative-stress-in-symptomatic-carotid-atherosclerosis
#15
Nuria Zamora-González, Jesús Crespo-Sanjuán, M Dolores Calvo-Nieves, Diego Sánchez, M Dolores Ganfornina, Gerardo Martínez, Beatriz Aguirre-Gervás, J Antonio González-Fajardo
OBJECTIVE: Oxidative stress is increased in atherosclerosis, manifested both in blood and tissue (atherosclerotic plaque). We aim at describing the expression of a number of genes related to oxidative stress response in carotid atherosclerotic plaques and their relation to symtomatic state. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We have studied the mRNA expression levels for genes related to oxidative stress in a population of 44 patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy, according to the presence (24 patients) or absence (20 patients) of symptoms...
November 29, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913115/computer-design-synthesis-and-bioactivity-analyses-of-drugs-like-fingolimod-used-in-the-treatment-of-multiple-sclerosis
#16
Gurbet Çelik Turgut, Doğukan Doyduk, Yılmaz Yıldırır, Serkan Yavuz, Atilla Akdemir, Ali Dişli, Alaattin Şen
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a very common disease of vital importance. In the MS treatment, some drugs such as fingolimod which help to protect nerves from damage are used. The main goal of the drug therapy in MS is to take control of the inflammation which leads to the destruction of myelin and axons in nerve cell and thus prevent and stop the progression of the disease. Fingolimod (FTY720) is an orally active immunomodulatory drug that has been used for the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis...
November 18, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912315/genetics-of-infectious-and-inflammatory-diseases-overlapping-discoveries-from-association-and-exome-sequencing-studies
#17
David Langlais, Nassima Fodil, Philippe Gros
Genome technologies have defined a complex genetic architecture in major infectious, inflammatory, and autoimmune disorders. High density marker arrays and Immunochips have powered genome-wide association studies (GWAS) that have mapped nearly 450 genetic risk loci in 22 major inflammatory diseases, including a core of common genes that play a central role in pathological inflammation. Whole-exome and whole-genome sequencing have identified more than 265 genes in which mutations cause primary immunodeficiencies and rare forms of severe inflammatory bowel disease...
December 1, 2016: Annual Review of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912115/self-assembled-hemispherical-nanowell-arrays-for-superhydrophobic-antireflection-coatings
#18
Cheng-Yen Lin, Kun-Yi Andrew Lin, Ting-Wei Yang, Ying-Chu Chen, Hongta Yang
The present study reports an inexpensive and simple bottom-up technology for fabricating superhydrophobic antireflection coatings with highly ordered hemispherical nanowell structures, which are assembled by a scalable Langmuir-Blodgett technology. The subwavelength gratings lead to a gradual change in the effective refractive index, substantially suppressing specular reflection over the entire visible wavelength range. After surface modification with fluorinated silane, the resulting nanowell arrays exhibit superhydrophobic surface with high static water contact angle (154°) and low water contact angle hysteresis (7°)...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911950/a-specialized-multi-transmit-head-coil-for-high-resolution-fmri-of-the-human-visual-cortex-at-7t
#19
Shubharthi Sengupta, Alard Roebroeck, Valentin G Kemper, Benedikt A Poser, Jan Zimmermann, Rainer Goebel, Gregor Adriany
PURPOSE: To design, construct and validate radiofrequency (RF) transmit and receive phased array coils for high-resolution visual cortex imaging at 7 Tesla. METHODS: A 4 channel transmit and 16 channel receive array was constructed on a conformal polycarbonate former. Transmit field efficiency and homogeneity were simulated and validated, along with the Specific Absorption Rate, using [Formula: see text] mapping techniques and electromagnetic simulations. Receiver signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), temporal SNR (tSNR) across EPI time series, g-factors for accelerated imaging and noise correlations were evaluated and compared with a commercial 32 channel whole head coil...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911923/morphology-and-hydraulic-architecture-of-vitis-vinifera-l-cv-syrah-and-torront%C3%A3-s-riojano-plants-are-unaffected-by-variations-in-red-to-far-red-ratio
#20
Carina Verónica González, María Florencia Jofré, Hernán F Vila, Markus Stoffel, Rubén Bottini, Carla Valeria Giordano
Plants have evolved an array of specific photoreceptors to acclimate to the light environment. By sensing light signals, photoreceptors modulate plant morphology, carbon- and water-physiology, crop yield and quality of harvestable organs, among other responses. Many cultural practices and crop management decisions alter light quantity and quality perceived by plants cultivated in the field. Under full sunlight, phytochromes perceive high red to far red ratios (R:FR; 1.1), whereas overhead or lateral low R:FR (below 1...
2016: PloS One
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