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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089400/selective-sequential-separation-of-abs-hips-and-pvc-from-automobile-and-electronic-waste-shredder-residue-by-hybrid-nano-fe-ca-cao-assisted-ozonisation-process
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Srinivasa Reddy Mallampati, Byoung Ho Lee, Yoshiharu Mitoma, Cristian Simion
The separation of plastics containing brominated flame retardants (BFR) like (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), high-impact polystyrene (HIPS), and polyvinyl chloride (PVC)) from automobile and electronic waste shredder residue (ASR/ESR) are a major concern for thermal recycling. In laboratory scale tests using a hybrid nano-Fe/Ca/CaO assisted ozonation treatment has been found to selectively hydrophilize the surface of ABS/HIPS and PVC plastics, enhancing ABS wettability and thereby promoting its separation from ASR/ESR by means of froth flotation...
January 12, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087671/induction-and-differentiation-of-il-10-producing-regulatory-b-cells-from-healthy-blood-donors-and-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
#2
Zsuzsanna Bankó, Judit Pozsgay, Dániel Szili, Mária Tóth, Tamás Gáti, György Nagy, Bernadette Rojkovich, Gabriella Sármay
The most important feature of B cells is the production of Abs upon activation; additionally, B cells produce pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines in response to certain stimuli. IL-10-producing B cells represent a major subset of regulatory B cells (Bregs) that suppress autoimmune and inflammatory responses. B cells play a crucial role in the development and maintenance of the chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis (RA); however, controversial data are available on IL-10- producing Bregs in RA...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087665/nkg2d-promotes-b1a-cell-development-and-protection-against-bacterial-infection
#3
Maja Lenartić, Vedrana Jelenčić, Biljana Zafirova, Mateja Ožanič, Valentina Marečić, Slaven Jurković, Veronika Sexl, Marina Šantić, Felix M Wensveen, Bojan Polić
NKG2D is a potent activating receptor that is expressed on cytotoxic immune cells such as CD8 T and NK cells, where it promotes cytotoxicity after binding stress ligands on infected or transformed cells. On NK cell precursors NKG2D modulates proliferation and maturation. Previously, we observed that NKG2D deficiency affects peripheral B cell numbers. In this study, we show that NKG2D regulates B1a cell development and function. We find that mice deficient for NKG2D have a strong reduction of B1a cell numbers...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066983/endoscopic-ultrasound-guided-antegrade-biliary-stenting-for-unresectable-malignant-biliary-obstruction-in-patients-with-surgically-altered-anatomy-a-single-center-prospective-pilot-study
#4
Takuji Iwashita, Ichiro Yasuda, Tsuyoshi Mukai, Keisuke Iwata, Shinpei Doi, Shinya Uemura, Masatoshi Mabuchi, Mitsuru Okuno, Masahito Shimizu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Endoscopic retrograde cholangiography (ERCP) with biliary stenting for the treatment of unresectable malignant biliary obstruction (MBO) is challenging among patients with surgically altered anatomy. Endoscopic ultrasound-guided antegrade biliary stenting (EUS-ABS) was introduced as an alternative biliary drainage method, although it has not been well studied yet. In this single-center prospective pilot study, we aimed to evaluate the feasibility and safety of EUS-ABS for MBO in patients with surgically altered anatomy...
January 9, 2017: Digestive Endoscopy: Official Journal of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062719/characteristics-in-limbic-encephalitis-with-anti-adenylate-kinase-5-autoantibodies
#5
Le-Duy Do, Eve Chanson, Virginie Desestret, Bastien Joubert, François Ducray, Sabine Brugière, Yohann Couté, Maité Formaglio, Veronique Rogemond, Catherine Thomas-Antérion, Laura Borrega, Brice Laurens, Francois Tison, Jonathan Curot, Thomas De Brouker, Christine Lebrun-Frenay, Jean-Yves Delattre, Jean-Christophe Antoine, Jerome Honnorat
OBJECTIVE: To report 10 patients with limbic encephalitis (LE) and adenylate kinase 5 autoantibodies (AK5-Abs). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study in a cohort of 50 patients with LE with uncharacterized autoantibodies and identified a specific target using immunohistochemistry, Western blotting, immunoprecipitation, mass spectrometry, and cell-based assay. RESULTS: AK5 (a known autoantigen of LE) was identified as the target of antibodies in the CSFs and sera of 10 patients with LE (median age 64 years; range 57-80), which was characterized by subacute anterograde amnesia without seizure and sometimes preceded by a prodromal phase of asthenia or mood disturbances...
January 6, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062698/monoclonal-antibodies-against-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-acquire-an-ability-to-kill-tumor-cells-through-complement-activation-by-mutations-that-selectively-facilitate-the-hexamerization-of-igg-on-opsonized-cells
#6
Annalina Tammen, Stefanie Derer, Ralf Schwanbeck, Thies Rösner, Anna Kretschmer, Frank J Beurskens, Janine Schuurman, Paul W H I Parren, Thomas Valerius
Triggering of the complement cascade induces tumor cell lysis via complement-dependent cytotoxicity (CDC) and attracts and activates cytotoxic cells. It therefore represents an attractive mechanism for mAb in cancer immunotherapy development. The classical complement pathway is initiated by IgG molecules that have assembled into ordered hexamers after binding their Ag on the tumor cell surface. The requirements for CDC are further impacted by factors such as Ab epitope, valency, and affinity. Thus, mAb against well-validated solid tumor targets, such as the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) that effectively induces complement activation and CDC, are highly sought after...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060449/therapeutic-effects-of-drug-switching-between-acetylcholinesterase-inhibitors-in-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease
#7
Yasuyuki Ohta, Mohamed Darwish, Nozomi Hishikawa, Toru Yamashita, Kota Sato, Mami Takemoto, Koji Abe
AIM: To evaluate the therapeutic effects of switching from one acetylcholinesterase inhibitor (ChEI), donepezil, galantamine or rivastigmine, to another in Alzheimer's disease patients. METHODS: We retrospectively enrolled 171 Alzheimer's disease patients, whose ChEI medication was changed. The patients were evaluated on three major aspects of dementia - cognitive, affective and activities of daily living (ADL) measures - at 6 months (M) before the drug switch, at the time of drug switch (baseline), and at 3 M and 6 M after the drug switch...
January 6, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060295/the-isolation-differentiation-and-quantification-of-human-antibody-secreting-b-cells-from-blood-elispot-as-a-functional-readout-of-humoral-immunity
#8
Shiang-Jong Tzeng
The hallmark of humoral immunity is to generate functional ASCs, which synthesize and secrete Abs specific to an antigen (Ag), such as a pathogen, and are used for host defense. For the quantitative determination of the functional status of the humoral immune response of an individual, both serum Abs and circulating ASCs are commonly measured as functional readouts. In humans, peripheral blood is the most convenient and readily accessible sample that can be used for the determination of the humoral immune response elicited by host B cells...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058697/macro-scale-model-study-of-a-tunable-drug-dispensation-mechanism-for-controlled-drug-delivery-in-potential-wound-healing-applications
#9
Mariam Mir, Umar Ansari, Murtaza Najabat Ali
BACKGROUND: Auxetic materials tend to exhibit stretching in the direction of the applied load as well as in the perpendicular direction. This may be an inherent property of the material, or it might be a particular structural characteristic that confers it with auxetic properties. In this study, the auxetic properties of a rotating squares auxetic design were utilized in tandem with a stretching mechanism to manufacture a device that offers the advantages of adjustable pore size and hence tunable drug delivery characteristics...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054001/aquaporin-4-antibody-titration-in-nmo-patients-treated-with-rituximab-a-retrospective-study
#10
Paola Valentino, Fabiana Marnetto, Letizia Granieri, Marco Capobianco, Antonio Bertolotto
OBJECTIVE: We undertook an observational retrospective study to investigate the usefulness of aquaporin-4 (AQP4) antibodies (Ab) titration in the management of patients with neuromyelitis optica (NMO) treated with rituximab (RTX) by studying (1) the correlation between AQP4-Ab titer and disease activity, (2) the influence of RTX on antibody levels, and (3) the association between AQP4-Ab levels and responsiveness to RTX. METHODS: A cell-based assay was used for AQP4-Ab titration in 322 serum samples from 7 patients with NMO treated with RTX (median follow-up 65 months), according to a treatment-to-target approach...
March 2017: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048639/tu-h-209-02-quality-assurance-and-qmp-for-brachytherapy-treatment-delivery-and-treatment-planning-system
#11
M Chilukuri
Learnings Objectives: 1. Although brachytherapy is the oldest form of radiation therapy, the rapid advancement of the methods of dose calculation, treatment planning and treatment delivery pushes us to keep updating our knowledge and experience to new procedures all the time. Our purpose is to present the newest applicators used in Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI) and the techniques of using them for a maximum effective treatment. Our objective will be to get the user familiar with the Savi, Contura and ML Mammosite from the detailed description and measurements to cavity eval and choice or size, to acceptance tests and use of each...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048577/tu-h-campus-iep2-05-breast-and-soft-tissue-equivalent-3d-printed-phantoms-for-imaging-and-dosimetry
#12
D Hintenlang, B Terracino
PURPOSE: The study has the goal to demonstrate that breast and soft tissue-equivalent phantoms for dosimetry applications in the diagnostic energy range can be fabricated using common 3D printing methods. METHODS: 3D printing provides the opportunity to rapidly prototype uniquely designed objects from a variety of materials. Common 3D printers are usually limited to printing objects based on thermoplastic materials such as PLA, or ABS. The most commonly available plastic is PLA, which has a density significantly greater than soft tissue...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048565/th-ab-201-09
#13
L Mirzakhanian, H Benmakhlouf, J Seuntjens
PURPOSE: To determine the k_(Q_msr,Q)^(f_msr,f_ref) factor, introduced in the small field formalism for five common type chambers used in the calibration of Leksell Gamma-Knife Perfexion model over a range of different phantom electron densities. METHODS: Five chamber types including Exradin-A16, A14SL, A14, A1SL and IBA-CC04 are modeled in EGSnrc and PENELOPE Monte Carlo codes using the blueprints provided by the manufacturers. The chambers are placed in a previously proposed water-filled phantom and four 16-cm diameter spherical phantoms made of liquid water, Solid Water, ABS and polystyrene...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048533/su-c-201-06-small-field-correction-factors-for-the-microdiamond-detector-in-the-gamma-knife-model-c-derived-using-monte-carlo-methods
#14
J C Barrett, C Knill
PURPOSE: To determine small field correction factors for PTW's microDiamond detector in Elekta's Gamma Knife Model-C unit. These factors allow the microDiamond to be used in QA measurements of output factors in the Gamma Knife Model-C; additionally, the results also contribute to the discussion on the water equivalence of the relatively-new microDiamond detector and its overall effectiveness in small field applications. METHODS: The small field correction factors were calculated as k correction factors according to the Alfonso formalism...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048509/th-a-brc-03-aapm-tg218-measurement-methods-and-tolerance-levels-for-patient-specific-imrt-verification-qa
#15
M Miften
: AAPM TG-135U1 QA for Robotic Radiosurgery - Sonja Dieterich Since the publication of AAPM TG-135 in 2011, the technology of robotic radiosurgery has rapidly developed. AAPM TG-135U1 will provide recommendations on the clinical practice for using the IRIS collimator, fiducial-less real-time motion tracking, and Monte Carlo based treatment planning. In addition, it will summarize currently available literature about uncertainties. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 1. Understand the progression of technology since the first TG publication 2...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048203/su-f-p-15-report-on-aapm-tg-178-gamma-knife-dosimetry-and-quality-assurance
#16
S Goetsch
PURPOSE: AAPM Task Group 178 Gamma Stereotactic Radiosurgery Dosimetry and Quality Assurance was formed in August, 2008. The Task Group has 12 medical physicists, two physicians and two consultants. METHODS: A round robin dosimetry intercomparison of proposed ionization chambers, electrometer and dosimetry phantoms was conducted over a 15 month period in 2011 and 2012 (Med Phys 42, 11, Nov, 2015). The data obtained at 9 institutions (with ten different Elekta Gamma Knife units) was analyzed by the lead author using several protocols...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048088/su-f-t-47-mri-t2-exclusive-based-planning-using-the-endocavitary-interstitial-gynecological-benidorm-applicator-a-proposed-tps-library-and-preplan-efficient-methodology
#17
J Richart, A Otal, S Rodriguez, M Santos, J Perez-Calatayud
PURPOSE: ABS and GEC-ESTRO have recommended MRI T2 for image guided brachytherapy. Recently, a new applicator (Benidorm Template, TB) has been developed in our Department (Rodriguez et al 2015). TB is fully MRI compatible because the Titanium needles and it allows the use of intrauterine tandem. Currently, TPS applicators library are not currently available for non-rigid applicators in case of interstitial component as the TB.The purpose of this work is to present the development of a library for the TB, together with its use on a pre-planning technique...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047974/tu-h-209-03-planning-and-treatment-delivery-for-apbi-using-savi-contura-and-ml-mammosite
#18
S Pella
Learnings Objectives: 1. Although brachytherapy is the oldest form of radiation therapy, the rapid advancement of the methods of dose calculation, treatment planning and treatment delivery pushes us to keep updating our knowledge and experience to new procedures all the time. Our purpose is to present the newest applicators used in Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI) and the techniques of using them for a maximum effective treatment. Our objective will be to get the user familiar with the Savi, Contura and ML Mammosite from the detailed description and measurements to cavity eval and choice or size, to acceptance tests and use of each...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047759/th-a-brc-00-new-task-groups-for-external-beam-qa-an-overview
#19
Sonja Dieterich
: AAPM TG-135U1 QA for Robotic Radiosurgery - Sonja Dieterich Since the publication of AAPM TG-135 in 2011, the technology of robotic radiosurgery has rapidly developed. AAPM TG-135U1 will provide recommendations on the clinical practice for using the IRIS collimator, fiducial-less real-time motion tracking, and Monte Carlo based treatment planning. In addition, it will summarize currently available literature about uncertainties. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 1. Understand the progression of technology since the first TG publication 2...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047258/tu-h-209-00-planning-and-delivering-hdr-apbi-treatments
#20
Angelina Bacala
Learnings Objectives: 1. Although brachytherapy is the oldest form of radiation therapy, the rapid advancement of the methods of dose calculation, treatment planning and treatment delivery pushes us to keep updating our knowledge and experience to new procedures all the time. Our purpose is to present the newest applicators used in Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI) and the techniques of using them for a maximum effective treatment. Our objective will be to get the user familiar with the Savi, Contura and ML Mammosite from the detailed description and measurements to cavity eval and choice or size, to acceptance tests and use of each...
June 2016: Medical Physics
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