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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817618/national-scale-cropland-mapping-based-on-spectral-temporal-features-and-outdated-land-cover-information
#1
François Waldner, Matthew C Hansen, Peter V Potapov, Fabian Löw, Terence Newby, Stefanus Ferreira, Pierre Defourny
The lack of sufficient ground truth data has always constrained supervised learning, thereby hindering the generation of up-to-date satellite-derived thematic maps. This is all the more true for those applications requiring frequent updates over large areas such as cropland mapping. Therefore, we present a method enabling the automated production of spatially consistent cropland maps at the national scale, based on spectral-temporal features and outdated land cover information. Following an unsupervised approach, this method extracts reliable calibration pixels based on their labels in the outdated map and their spectral signatures...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816422/dolichol-kinase-deficiency-dolk-cdg-two-new-cases-and-expansion-of-phenotype
#2
Eric T Rush, Craig V Baker, William B Rizzo
Congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDGs) are a group of genetic diseases caused by mutations in genes that are necessary for the addition of oligosaccharides to acceptor proteins or lipids. An early step in this process requires dolichol kinase (DK) to catalyze the formation of dolichyl phosphate, which acts as a membrane anchor for initial attachment of sugar residues that are subsequently built up to oligosaccharides and transferred to acceptor proteins and lipids for further processing. Biallelic mutations in DOLK, the gene for DK, result in human in a CDG with variable symptoms, ranging from nonsyndromic dilated cardiomypopathy to severe multiorgan involvement...
September 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815330/homer1a-protein-expression-in-schizophrenia-bipolar-disorder-and-major-depression
#3
Stefan L Leber, Ida C Llenos, Christine L Miller, Jeannette R Dulay, Johannes Haybaeck, Serge Weis
In recent years, there was growing interest in postsynaptic density proteins in the central nervous system. Of the most important candidates of this specialized region are proteins belonging to the Homer protein family. This family of scaffolding proteins is suspected to participate in the pathogenesis of a variety of diseases. The present study aims to compare Homer1a expression in the hippocampus and cingulate gyrus of patients with major psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813094/fatty-acid-profile-in-vertical-strata-of-elephant-grass-subjected-to-intermittent-stocking
#4
Kamila M Dias, Daniel Schmitt, Giselle R Rodolfo, Francisco C Deschamps, Guilherme N Camargo, Raphael S Pereira, André F Sbrissia
The milk and meat from animals with a pasture-based diet have higher proportions of CLA and C18:3 and lower omega-6:omega-3 ratios than products from animals with diets based on corn silage and concentrate. However, most of the published studies have evaluated fatty acid profiles in temperate climate grasses and the literature with tropical grasses is scarce. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate the morphological and fatty acid compositions in the vertical strata of elephant grass (Pennisetum purpureum Schum...
August 14, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807818/novel-concentrated-water-in-oil-emulsions-based-on-a-non-ionic-silicone-surfactant-appealing-application-properties-and-tuneable-viscoelasticity
#5
Lisa Binder, Johannes Jatschka, Dieter Baurecht, Michael Wirth, Claudia Valenta
Silicone excipients are non-irritating ingredients that are extensively used in topical formulations. In the present study, innovative water-in-oil emulsions with a high water content stabilised by a non-ionic silicone surfactant were developed. Effects of formulation composition on its properties and stability were investigated. It was possible to prepare highly stable emulsions with a water volume fraction of up to 80%. The emulsions exhibited desirable application properties such as non-sticky and cooling qualities...
August 11, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807615/interfacial-properties-of-avian-stratum-corneum-monolayers-investigated-by-brewster-angle-microscopy-and-vibrational-sum-frequency-generation
#6
Ellen M Adams, Alex M Champagne, Joseph B Williams, Heather C Allen
The outermost layer of skin, the stratum corneum (SC), contains a complex mixture of lipids, which controls the rate of cutaneous water loss (CWL) in reptiles, mammals, and birds. However, the molecular structure of SC lipids and how molecular configurations influence CWL is poorly understood. Here, the organization and structure of SC lipids extracted from birds were investigated by means of Langmuir films. Properties of lipids from the SC of arid and semi-arid adapted larks, known to have a low CWL, were compared with lipids extracted from the SC of mesic lark species with higher CWL to gain insight into how structure impacts CWL...
August 11, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807189/effect-of-non-monetary-incentives-on-uptake-of-couples-counselling-and-testing-among-clients-attending-mobile-hiv-services-in-rural-zimbabwe-a-cluster-randomised-trial
#7
Euphemia L Sibanda, Mary Tumushime, Juliet Mufuka, Sue Napierala Mavedzenge, Stephano Gudukeya, Sergio Bautista-Arredondo, Karin Hatzold, Harsha Thirumurthy, Sandra I McCoy, Nancy Padian, Andrew Copas, Frances M Cowan
BACKGROUND: Couples' HIV testing and counselling (CHTC) is associated with greater engagement with HIV prevention and care than individual testing and is cost-effective, but uptake remains suboptimal. Initiating discussion of CHTC might result in distrust between partners. Offering incentives for CHTC could change the focus of the pre-test discussion. We aimed to determine the impact of incentives for CHTC on uptake of couples testing and HIV case diagnosis in rural Zimbabwe. METHODS: In this cluster-randomised trial, 68 rural communities (the clusters) in four districts receiving mobile HIV testing services were randomly assigned (1:1) to incentives for CHTC or not...
September 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805092/a-review-of-bf-200-ala-for-the-photodynamic-treatment-of-mild-to-moderate-actinic-keratosis
#8
Uwe Reinhold
BF-200 ALA is a combination of a nanoscale-lipid vesicle formulation and the prodrug 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA). The nanoemulsion stabilizes the prodrug and enhances its penetration through the stratum corneum. It has shown excellent therapeutic results in both lesion and field-directed photodynamic therapy of actinic keratosis (AK). AK is an early form of epidermal neoplasia and a precursor of invasive cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. It is characterized by the combination of visible neoplastic lesions and surrounding tissue also harboring tumorigenic UV-induced mutations: a concept called field cancerization...
August 14, 2017: Future Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802793/pickering-emulsions-stabilized-by-biodegradable-block-copolymer-micelles-for-controlled-topical-drug-delivery
#9
Faiza Laredj-Bourezg, Marie-Alexandrine Bolzinger, Jocelyne Pelletier, Yves Chevalier
Surfactant-free biocompatible and biodegradable Pickering emulsions were investigated as vehicles for skin delivery of hydrophobic drugs. O/w emulsions of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil droplets loaded with all-trans retinol as a model hydrophobic drug were stabilized by block copolymer nanoparticles: either poly(lactide)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PLA-b-PEG) or poly(caprolactone)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PCL-b-PEG). Those innovative emulsions were prepared using two different processes allowing drug loading either inside oil droplets or inside both oil droplets and non-adsorbed block copolymer nanoparticles...
August 9, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800544/protease-loaded-permeation-enhancer-liposomes-for-treatment-of-skin-fibrosis-arisen-from-second-degree-burn
#10
Kamini Sahu, Monika Kaurav, Ravi Shankar Pandey
Cysteine protease (papain) is a plant derived enzyme and due to its collagenolytic activity has potential in fibrosis reduction. However, a major hurdle in its use as fibrosis reducing agent is to overcome stratum corneum skin barrier via topical application, owing to its hydrophilic and high molecular weight and protein nature which is prone to degradation. The aim of the present study was to develop a penetration enhancer incorporated drug delivery system, i.e. propylene glycol (PG) liposomes, loaded with papain for application in fibrosis therapy...
August 8, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796918/hydrogel-carbon-nanotubes-needle-free-device-for-electrostimulated-skin-delivery
#11
Jean-François Guillet, Emmanuel Flahaut, Muriel Golzio
The permeability of skin allows passive diffusion across the epidermis to reach blood vessels but this is possible only for small molecules such as nicotine. In order to achieve transdermal delivery of large molecules such as insulin or plasmid DNA, permeability of the skin and mainly the permeability of stratum corneum has to be increased. Moreover, alternative routes that avoid the use of needles will improve the quality of life of patients. A method named "electropermeabilization" has been shown to increase skin permeability...
August 10, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789996/review-of-data-on-the-dermal-penetration-of-mineral-oils-and-waxes-used-in-cosmetic-applications
#12
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T Petry, D Bury, R Fautz, M Hauser, B Huber, A Markowetz, S Mishra, K Rettinger, W Schuh, T Teichert
Mineral oils and waxes used in cosmetic products, also referred to as "personal care products" outside the European Union, are mixtures of predominantly saturated hydrocarbons consisting of straight-chain, branched and ring structures with carbon chain lengths greater than C16. They are used in skin and lip care cosmetic products due to their excellent skin tolerance as well as their high protecting and cleansing performance and broad viscosity options. Recently, concerns have been raised regarding potential adverse health effects of mineral oils and waxes from dermal application of cosmetics...
August 5, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783857/trends-in-the-prevalence-of-live-macrosomic-newborns-according-to-gestational-age-strata-in-brazil-2001-2010-and-2012-2014
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Maria Isabel do Nascimento, Daniele Francine Pereira, Calliana Lopata, Carina Ladeia Flores Oliveira, Ariane Arruda de Moura, Maria Júlia da Silva Mattos, Lucas Saraiva da Silva
Purpose To describe the trends in the prevalence of macrosomia (birth weight ≥ 4,000 g) according to gestational age in Brazil in the periods of 2001-2010 and 2012-2014. Methods Ecological study with data from the Brazilian Live Birth Information System (SINASC, in the Portuguese acronym) regarding singleton live newborns born from 22 gestational weeks. The trends in Brazil as a whole and in each of its five regions were analyzed according to preterm (22-36 gestational weeks) and term (37-42 gestational weeks) strata...
August 2017: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780927/white-matter-microstructure-predicts-longitudinal-social-cognitive-outcomes-after-paediatric-traumatic-brain-injury-a-diffusion-tensor-imaging-study
#14
N P Ryan, S Genc, M H Beauchamp, K O Yeates, S Hearps, C Catroppa, V A Anderson, T J Silk
BACKGROUND: Deficits in social cognition may be among the most profound and disabling sequelae of paediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI); however, the neuroanatomical correlates of longitudinal outcomes in this domain remain unexplored. This study aimed to characterize social cognitive outcomes longitudinally after paediatric TBI, and to evaluate the use of sub-acute diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to predict these outcomes. METHODS: The sample included 52 children with mild complex-severe TBI who were assessed on cognitive theory of mind (ToM), pragmatic language and affective ToM at 6- and 24-months post-injury...
August 7, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780040/long-term-direct-visualization-of-passively-transferred-fluorophore-conjugated-antibodies
#15
Jeffrey R Schneider, Ann M Carias, Arangaserry R Bastian, Gianguido C Cianci, Patrick F Kiser, Ronald S Veazey, Thomas J Hope
The use of therapeutic antibodies, delivered by intravenous (IV) instillation, is a rapidly expanding area of biomedical treatment for a variety of conditions. However, little is known about how the antibodies are anatomically distributed following infusion and the underlying mechanism mediating therapeutic antibody distribution to specific anatomical sites remains to be elucidated. Current efforts utilize low resolution and sensitivity methods such as ELISA and indirect labeling imaging techniques, which often leads to high background and difficulty in assessing biodistribution...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777674/dsm-5-tobacco-use-disorder-and-sleep-disturbance-findings-from-the-national-epidemiologic-survey-on-alcohol-and-related-conditions-iii-nesarc-iii
#16
Amie C Hayley, Con Stough, Luke A Downey
INTRODUCTION: The DSM-5 Tobacco use disorder diagnosis incorporates tobacco misuse, addictive behaviors and withdrawal symptomology. Tobacco use is bidirectionally associated with sleep pathology; however, no epidemiological studies have yet evaluated the associations between DSM-5 Tobacco use disorder and self-reported sleep disturbance. The current study aimed to evaluate health, medical and sleep-related factors among individuals within this diagnostic stratum. METHOD: A total of N = 36,177 adults who participated in the 2012-2013 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC-III) were included for analyses...
August 4, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776235/an-array-of-porous-microneedles-for-transdermal-monitoring-of-intercellular-swelling
#17
Kuniaki Nagamine, Jun Kubota, Hiroyuki Kai, Yoshinobu Ono, Matsuhiko Nishizawa
An array of porous microneedles was developed for minimally-invasive transdermal electrolytic connection through the human skin barrier, the stratum corneum. The length of microneedle was designed to be 100 μm so that it penetrates into the epidermis layer without pain. Each microneedle was supported by a thicker cylindrical post protruding from a planar substrate to realize its effective penetration even into elastic human skin. Since this support (post and substrate) was equally porous as the needles, the needle chip was entirely permeable for electrolyte...
September 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776220/nanostructured-lipid-carriers-to-enhance-transdermal-delivery-and-efficacy-of-diclofenac
#18
Chien Ngoc Nguyen, Thi Thuy Trang Nguyen, Hanh Thuy Nguyen, Tuan Hiep Tran
Lipid carrier-mediated transdermal drug delivery offers several advantages because it is non-irritating and non-toxic, provides effective control of drug release, and forms an adhesive film that hydrates the outer skin layers. However, to penetrate the deeper skin layers, these formulations need to overcome several barriers in the stratum corneum. This study evaluates factors influencing particle size and drug-loading capacity, which play a key role in drug permeation and efficacy. Diclofenac sodium was chosen as the model drug...
August 3, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772066/varus-thrust-and-incident-and-progressive-knee-osteoarthritis
#19
Leena Sharma, Alison H Chang, Rebecca D Jackson, Michael Nevitt, Kirsten C Moisio, Marc Hochberg, Charles Eaton, C Kent Kwoh, Orit Almagor, Jane Cauley, Joan S Chmiel
BACKGROUND: To determine if varus thrust, bowing-out of the knee during gait, i.e., the first appearance or worsening of varus alignment during stance, is associated with incident and progressive knee osteoarthritis (OA), we undertook an Osteoarthritis Initiative ancillary study. We further considered hypothesized associations adjusted for static alignment, anticipating some attenuation. METHODS: 2-3 trained examiners/site at 4 sites observed gait. In eligible knees, incident OA was analyzed as subsequent incident KL≥2, whole and partial-grade medial joint space narrowing (JSN), and annualized loss of joint space width (JSW), and progression as medial JSN and JSW loss...
August 3, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771172/development-of-novel-faster-dissolving-microneedle-patches-for-transcutaneous-vaccine-delivery
#20
Akihiko Ono, Sayami Ito, Shun Sakagami, Hideo Asada, Mio Saito, Ying-Shu Quan, Fumio Kamiyama, Sachiko Hirobe, Naoki Okada
Microneedle (MN) patches are promising for transcutaneous vaccination because they enable vaccine antigens to physically penetrate the stratum corneum via low-invasive skin puncturing, and to be effectively delivered to antigen-presenting cells in the skin. In second-generation MN patches, the dissolving MNs release the loaded vaccine antigen into the skin. To shorten skin application time for clinical practice, this study aims to develop novel faster-dissolving MNs. We designed two types of MNs made from a single thickening agent, carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) or hyaluronan (HN)...
August 3, 2017: Pharmaceutics
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