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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821066/mechanical-properties-improvement-of-chitosan-films-via-the-use-of-plasticizer-charge-modifying-agent-and-film-solution-homogenization
#1
Sarinya Prateepchanachai, Wasina Thakhiew, Sakamon Devahastin, Somchart Soponronnarit
Glycerol, charge modifying agent (NaCl) and high-pressure homogenization were used to prepare chitosan film-forming solution prior to drying to improve mechanical properties of the resulting films. Zeta potential and viscosity of each film solution were measured, while mechanical properties viz. tensile strength and percent elongation of the films were assessed. X-ray diffraction analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and dynamic mechanical analysis results of the films were obtained and used to explain the mechanical property data...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820930/comparison-of-minimally-invasive-strabismus-surgery-miss-and-conventional-strabismus-surgery-using-the-limbal-approach
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Poonam Gupta, Subhash Dadeya, Kamlesh, Vishaal Bhambhawani
PURPOSE: To compare minimally invasive strabismus surgery (MISS) with conventional strabismus surgery for horizontal recti in terms of functional outcome and complications. METHODS: A total of 40 patients requiring surgery for horizontal recti were divided into two groups: those undergoing MISS and those operated on using the conventional limbal technique. In the MISS group, two small keyhole radial cuts were made superior and inferior to the insertion of the muscle margin...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820903/prominent-facilitation-at-beta-and-gamma-frequency-range-revealed-with-physiological-calcium-concentration-in-adult-mouse-piriform-cortex-in-vitro
#3
Marie Gleizes, Simon P Perrier, Caroline Fonta, Lionel G Nowak
Neuronal activity is characterized by a diversity of oscillatory phenomena that are associated with multiple behavioral and cognitive processes, yet the functional consequences of these oscillations are not fully understood. Our aim was to determine whether and how these different oscillatory activities affect short-term synaptic plasticity (STP), using the olfactory system as a model. In response to odorant stimuli, the olfactory bulb displays a slow breathing rhythm as well as beta and gamma oscillations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820839/smaller-diameter-anastomotic-coupling-devices-have-higher-rates-of-venous-thrombosis-in-microvascular-free-tissue-transfer
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Summer E Hanson, Matthew B Mitchell, Nihanth Palivela, S Andrew Peng, Lei Feng, Rene D Largo, Charles E Butler, Patrick B Garvey
BACKGROUND: Smaller anastomotic coupling devices may increase the risk of complications in free flap reconstructions; however, the relationship between coupler size and venous thrombosis rates has not been adequately evaluated. We hypothesized that smaller-diameter coupling devices are associated with higher rates of venous thrombosis than larger diameter devices in free tissue transfer. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed data prospectively entered into a central departmental database for all patients who underwent microsurgical free tissue transfer at our institution in 2001-2013...
August 8, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820838/five-year-follow-up-of-midface-distraction-in-growing-children-with-syndromic-craniosynostosis
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Parit A Patel, Pradip Shetye, Stephen M Warren, Barry H Grayson, Joseph G McCarthy
BACKGROUND: Maxillary position in patients with syndromic craniosynostosis after midface distraction has been shown to be stable 1 year postoperatively. The purpose of this study is to assess midfacial position in the growing child with craniosynostosis 5 years after Le Fort III advancement with a rigid external device (RED). METHODS: Seventeen consecutive patients were identified to have the diagnosis of syndromic craniosynostosis and who underwent midface advancement...
August 8, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820834/super-thin-scip-flap-for-reconstruction-of-subungual-melanoma-aesthetic-functional-surgery
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Kyeong-Tae Lee, Bo Young Park, Eun-Ji Kim, Jung-Han Kim, Kee-Taek Jang, Sang-Hee Choi, Dong-Youn Lee, Goo-Hyun Mun
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to use a super-thin, free superficial circumflex iliac artery perforator (SCIP) flap in the functional surgery for treating subungual melanoma and to evaluate its outcomes. METHODS: Forty-one patients with primary subungual melanoma of ≤ 2-mm thickness who were treated with functional surgery were prospectively enrolled. Following oncologic resection, a thin SCIP flap was harvested along the trans-superficial fat layer and transferred to the defect with further thinning by primary defatting...
August 8, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820756/telmesani-radiological-classification-of-the-location-of-the-vertical-segment-of-the-facial-nerve-impact-on-surgical-approach-in-cochlear-implant-surgery
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Laila Mohammed Telmesani, Mona Khalid Alrammah
OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to establish a radiological classification of the location of the vertical segment of the facial nerve (VSFN) and to see if this has implications on the surgical technique needed to access the round window niche (RWN) in cochlear implant (CI) surgery. STUDY DESIGN: Observational case series study. SETTING: Tertiary referral center. PATIENTS: One hundred twenty seven patients underwent CI surgery, and high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) of 140 temporal bones was studied...
August 17, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820741/electromagnetic-and-optical-characteristics-of-nb5-doped-double-crossover-and-salmon-dna-thin-films
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Mitta Sekhar Babu, Sreekantha Reddy Dugasani, Soon-Gil Jung, Srivithya Vellampatti, Tuson Park, Sung Ha Park
We report the fabrication and physical characteristics of niobium ion (Nb5+)-doped double-crossover DNA (DX-DNA) and salmon DNA (SDNA) thin films. Different concentrations of Nb5+ ([Nb5+]) are coordinated into the DNA molecules, and the thin films are fabricated via substrate-assisted growth (DX-DNA) and drop-casting (SDNA) on oxygen plasma treated substrates. We conducted atomic force microscopy to estimate the optimum concentration of Nb5+ ([Nb5+]O = 0.08 mM) in Nb5+-doped DX-DNA thin films, up to which the DX-DNA lattices maintain their structures without deformation...
August 18, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820728/radiostereometric-migration-measurement-of-an-uncemented-cerafit%C3%A2-femoral-stem-26-patients-followed-for-10-years
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Stefan Sesselmann, Yotung Hong, Frank Schlemmer, Isabell Hussnaetter, Lutz A Mueller, Raimund Forst, Franz Tschunko
Radiostereometric analysis (RSA) is the gold standard for evaluating micromotions of orthopaedic implants. The method is applied for identifying novel design weaknesses in endoprostheses. Current research frequently assesses relatively short time periods. Short-term RSA studies have been widely used for predicting the long-term stability of many hip prosthetic designs, but only a few studies have focused on uncemented hip implants, especially for extended periods. The purpose of this study was to analyse the migration pattern of the Cerafit® femoral stem within 10 years and to verify the predictive value of short-term RSA after 2 years for this uncemented femoral hip stem...
August 18, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820553/is-transcatheter-tricuspid-valve-in-valve-implantation-feasible-in-the-presence-of-right-atrial-thrombus
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Jan Henzel, Zofia Dzielińska, Marek Konka, Maciej Dąbrowski, Marcin Protasiewicz, Adam Witkowski, Marcin Demkow
The case is reported of a successful transcatheter implantation of an Edwards SAPIEN 3 valve (29 mm) into a failing tricuspid bioprosthesis (Sorin Pericarbon, 31 mm). The procedure was performed in a 69-year-old woman with post-rheumatic mitral and tricuspid valve disease. Multiple previous cardiac surgeries precluded the use of another surgical approach. A large, organized, two-piece thrombus in the enlarged right atrium was not considered an absolute contraindication to the procedure. The SAPIEN 3 valve was implanted under general anesthesia, via a femoral venous access, under three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography guidance...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820499/choline-supplementation-normalizes-fetal-adiposity-and-reduces-lipogenic-gene-expression-in-a-mouse-model-of-maternal-obesity
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Chauntelle Jack-Roberts, Yaelle Joselit, Khatia Nanobashvili, Rachel Bretter, Olga V Malysheva, Marie A Caudill, Anjana Saxena, Kathleen Axen, Ahmed Gomaa, Xinyin Jiang
Maternal obesity increases fetal adiposity which may adversely affect metabolic health of the offspring. Choline regulates lipid metabolism and thus may influence adiposity. This study investigates the effect of maternal choline supplementation on fetal adiposity in a mouse model of maternal obesity. C57BL/6J mice were fed either a high-fat (HF) diet or a control (NF) diet and received either 25 mM choline supplemented (CS) or control untreated (CO) drinking water for 6 weeks before timed-mating and throughout gestation...
August 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820476/biosynthesis-of-s-adenosylmethionine-by-magnetically-immobilized-escherichia-coli-cells-highly-expressing-a-methionine-adenosyltransferase-variant
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Chunli Yin, Tao Zheng, Xin Chang
S-Adenosylmethionine (SAM) is a natural metabolite having important uses in the treatment of various diseases. To develop a simple and effective way to produce SAM, immobilized Escherichia coli cells highly expressing an engineered variant of methionine adenosyltransferase (MAT) were employed to synthesize SAM. The recombinant I303V MAT variant was successfully produced at approximately 900 mg/L in a 10-L bioreactor and exhibited significantly less product inhibition and had a four-fold higher specific activity (14...
August 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820469/a-third-generation-glucose-biosensor-based-on-cellobiose-dehydrogenase-immobilized-on-a-glassy-carbon-electrode-decorated-with-electrodeposited-gold-nanoparticles-characterization-and-application-in-human-saliva
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Paolo Bollella, Lo Gorton, Roland Ludwig, Riccarda Antiochia
Efficient direct electron transfer (DET) between a cellobiose dehydrogenase mutant from Corynascus thermophilus (CtCDH C291Y) and a novel glassy carbon (GC)-modified electrode, obtained by direct electrodeposition of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) was realized. The electrode was further modified with a mixed self-assembled monolayer of 4-aminothiophenol (4-APh) and 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (4-MBA), by using glutaraldehyde (GA) as cross-linking agent. The CtCDH C291Y/GA/4-APh,4-MBA/AuNPs/GC platform showed an apparent heterogeneous electron transfer rate constant (ks) of 19...
August 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820462/wettability-investigations-and-wet-transfer-enhancement-of-large-area-cvd-graphene-on-aluminum-nitride
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Marius Knapp, René Hoffmann, Volker Cimalla, Oliver Ambacher
The two-dimensional and virtually massless character of graphene attracts great interest for radio frequency devices, such as surface and bulk acoustic wave resonators. Due to its good electric conductivity, graphene might be an alternative as a virtually massless electrode by improving resonator performance regarding mass-loading effects. We report on an optimization of the commonly used wet transfer technique for large-area graphene, grown via chemical vapor deposition, onto aluminum nitride (AlN), which is mainly used as an active, piezoelectric material for acoustic devices...
August 18, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820442/tuning-properties-of-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-in-aqueous-synthesis-without-ligands-to-improve-mri-relaxivity-and-sar
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Debora Bonvin, Duncan T L Alexander, Angel Millán, Rafael Piñol, Beatriz Sanz, Gerardo F Goya, Abelardo Martínez, Jessica A M Bastiaansen, Matthias Stuber, Kurt J Schenk, Heinrich Hofmann, Marijana Mionić Ebersold
Aqueous synthesis without ligands of iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) with exceptional properties still remains an open issue, because of the challenge to control simultaneously numerous properties of the IONPs in these rigorous settings. To solve this, it is necessary to correlate the synthesis process with their properties, but this correlation is until now not well understood. Here, we study and correlate the structure, crystallinity, morphology, as well as magnetic, relaxometric and heating properties of IONPs obtained for different durations of the hydrothermal treatment that correspond to the different growth stages of IONPs upon initial co-precipitation in aqueous environment without ligands...
August 18, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820420/alterations-in-placenta-redox-status-during-experimental-model-of-hypoxia-induced-preeclampsia
#16
A Sharashenidze, L Panchulidze, T Sanikidze
An important pathogenetic link of preeclampsia (PE) is hypoxia of uterine-placental tissues, accompanied by damage of the vascular endothelium and the release of vasoactive mediators, violate vascular tone and microcirculation in the maternal organism and placenta and development of a number of pathological processes in the mother's and fetus body. The aim of the study was to establish metabolic abnormalities of oxidative metabolism of the placenta during experimental model of PE (uterine/placental hypoxia)...
July 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820356/a-phantom-study-for-the-comparison-of-different-brands-of-computed-tomography-scanners-and-software-packages-for-endovascular-aneurysm-repair-sizing-and-planning
#17
Juliëtte F Velu, Erik Groot Jebbink, Jean-Paul Pm de Vries, Job Am van der Palen, Cornelis H Slump, Robert H Geelkerken
Objectives Correct sizing of endoprostheses used for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms is important to prevent endoleaks and migration. Sizing requires several steps and each step introduces a possible sizing error. The goal of this study was to investigate the magnitude of these errors compared to the golden standard: a vessel phantom. This study focuses on the errors in sizing with three different brands of computed tomography angiography scanners in combination with three reconstruction software packages...
January 1, 2017: Vascular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820308/resection-of-pituitary-macroadenomas-via-the-pseudocapsule-along-the-posterior-tumor-margin-a-cohort-study-and-technical-note
#18
Davis G Taylor, John A Jane, Edward H Oldfield
OBJECTIVE Extracapsular resection of pituitary microadenomas improves remission rates, but the application of pseudocapsular techniques for macroadenomas has not been well described. In larger tumors, the extremely thin, compressed normal gland or its complete absence along the tumor's anterior surface limits the application of the traditional pseudocapsular technique that can be used for microadenomas. However, in the authors' experience, the interface between the pseudocapsule at the posterior margin of the adenoma and the compressed normal gland behind it is universally present, providing a surgical dissection plane...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820303/rapid-ventricular-pacing-for-clip-reconstruction-of-complex-unruptured-intracranial-aneurysms-results-of-an-interdisciplinary-prospective-trial
#19
Juergen Konczalla, Johannes Platz, Stephan Fichtlscherer, Haitham Mutlak, Ulrich Strouhal, Volker Seifert
OBJECTIVE To date, treatment of complex unruptured intracranial aneurysms (UIAs) remains challenging. Therefore, advanced techniques are required to achieve an optimal result in treating these patients safely. In this study, the safety and efficacy of rapid ventricular pacing (RVP) to facilitate microsurgical clip reconstruction was investigated prospectively in a joined neurosurgery, anesthesiology, and cardiology study. METHODS Patients with complex UIAs were prospectively enrolled. Both the safety and efficacy of RVP were evaluated by recording cardiovascular events and outcomes of patients as well as the amount of aneurysm occlusion after the surgical clip reconstruction procedure...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820294/k-deficiency-caused-defects-in-renal-tubular-cell-proliferation-oxidative-stress-response-tissue-repair-and-tight-junction-integrity-but-enhanced-energy-production-proteasome-function-and-cellular-k-uptake
#20
Chompunoot Kapincharanon, Visith Thongboonkerd
Hypokalemia is a common electrolyte disorder in hospitalized patients and those with chronic diseases and is associated with renal tubular injury. Our recent expression proteomics study revealed changes in levels of several proteins in renal tubular cells during K(+) deficiency. However, functional significance and mechanisms underlying such changes remained unclear. The present study, thus, aimed to investigate functional changes of renal tubular cells induced by K(+) deficiency. MDCK cells were maintained in normal-K(+) (ANK; [K(+)] = 5...
August 18, 2017: Cell Adhesion & Migration
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