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Tamanna Jahan Mony, Jae Won Lee, Cheryl Dreyfus, Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom, Hee Jae Lee
Objective: We reported that postnatal exposure of rats to valproic acid (VPA) stimulated proliferation of glial precursors during cortical gliogenesis. However, there are no reports whether enhanced postnatal gliogenesis affects behaviors related to neuropsychiatric disorders. Methods: After VPA treatment during the postnatal day (PND) 2 to PND 4, four behavioral test, such as open field locomotor test, elevated plus maze test, three-chamber social interaction test, and passive avoidance test, were performed at PND 21 or 22...
November 30, 2016: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
A C Sampaio, R J Mendes, P G Castro, A M Silva
Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) are used as carriers for drug delivery, and are high biocompatible and designed to endure in the host organism. Despite its current industrial production is low, many of these substances are available on the market, and much more are in the production pipeline. As a result, many of them will end in aquatic systems raising the question whether they can pose a risk to aquatic biota and the associated ecological processes. Microbial decomposers of plant litter, play a key role in forested streams being responsible for the energy flow between terrestrial and aquatic environments...
October 21, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
E Auvinet, F Multon, V Manning, J Meunier, J P Cobb
Gait asymmetry information is a key point in disease screening and follow-up. Constant Relative Phase (CRP) has been used to quantify within-stride asymmetry index, which requires noise-free and accurate motion capture, which is difficult to obtain in clinical settings. This study explores a new index, the Longitudinal Asymmetry Index (ILong) which is derived using data from a low-cost depth camera (Kinect). ILong is based on depth images averaged over several gait cycles, rather than derived joint positions or angles...
August 24, 2016: Gait & Posture
Zheyu Shen, Aiguo Wu, Xiaoyuan Chen
Magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (MIONs) have attracted enormous attention due to their wide applications, including magnetic separation, magnetic hyperthermia and as contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This review article introduces the methods of synthesizing MIONs, and their application as MRI contrast agents. Currently, many methods have been reported for the synthesis of MIONs. Herein, we only focus on the liquid-based synthesis methods including aqueous phase methods and organic phase methods...
October 24, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Erwin Santo, Anna Itshak, Liat Mlynarsky, Moshe Leshno, Nathan Gluck
BACKGROUND: Biliary strictures (BS) are a common complication of liver transplantation. The standard treatment is sequential insertion of increasing numbers of plastic stents by endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). Despite high success rates, some strictures fail to resolve and require surgery as definitive treatment. GOALS: To identify predictors of response or failure of standard endoscopic treatment, allowing earlier referral to alternative modalities when needed and avoiding unnecessary procedures...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Feng Su, Pamela K Green, Kristin Berry, George N Ioannou
: Black race and Hispanic ethnicity were associated with lower rates of sustained virologic response (SVR) to interferon (IFN)-based treatments for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection whereas Asian race was associated with higher SVR rates compared to white patients. We aimed to describe the association between race/ethnicity and effectiveness of new direct-acting antiviral (DAA) regimens in the Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system nationally. We identified 21,095 HCV-infected patients (11,029 [52%] white, 6,171 [29%] black, 1,187 [6%] Hispanic, 348 [2%] Asian/Pacific Islander/American Indian/Alaska Native [Asian/PI/AI/AN] and 2,360 [11%] declined/missing race or ethnicity) who initiated antiviral treatment with regimens containing sofosbuvir (SOF), simeprevir + sofosbuvir (SMV+SOF), ledipasvir/sofosbuvir (LDV/SOF) or paritaprevir/ombitasvir/ritonavir/dasabuvir (PrOD), during the 18-month period from 01/01/2014 to 06/30/2015...
October 24, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Pablo Alonso-González, Alexey Y Nikitin, Yuanda Gao, Achim Woessner, Mark B Lundeberg, Alessandro Principi, Nicolò Forcellini, Wenjing Yan, Saül Vélez, Andreas J Huber, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Félix Casanova, Luis E Hueso, Marco Polini, James Hone, Frank H L Koppens, Rainer Hillenbrand
Terahertz (THz) fields are widely used for sensing, communication and quality control. In future applications, they could be efficiently confined, enhanced and manipulated well below the classical diffraction limit through the excitation of graphene plasmons (GPs). These possibilities emerge from the strongly reduced GP wavelength, λp, compared with the photon wavelength, λ0, which can be controlled by modulating the carrier density of graphene via electrical gating. Recently, GPs in a graphene/insulator/metal configuration have been predicted to exhibit a linear dispersion (thus called acoustic plasmons) and a further reduced wavelength, implying an improved field confinement, analogous to plasmons in two-dimensional electron gases (2DEGs) near conductive substrates...
October 24, 2016: Nature Nanotechnology
Peng Jiang, Yang Feng, Feng Wu
This study addresses the optimization of node redeployment coverage in underwater wireless sensor networks. Given that nodes could easily become invalid under a poor environment and the large scale of underwater wireless sensor networks, an underwater sensor network redeployment algorithm was developed based on wolf search. This study is to apply the wolf search algorithm combined with crowded degree control in the deployment of underwater wireless sensor networks. The proposed algorithm uses nodes to ensure coverage of the events, and it avoids the prematurity of the nodes...
October 21, 2016: Sensors
Banu Bozkurt, Hasibe Artac, Hulya Ozdemir, Ali Ünlü, Mete Kaan Bozkurt, Murat Irkec
PURPOSE: To evaluate serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D3] levels of vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC) children. METHODS: A total of 62 non-atopic healthy children (64.5% male, mean age 10.79 ± 3.3 years) and 29 VKC children (75.9%, mean age 12.17 ± 2.7 years) were included in the study. Serum 25(OH)D3 levels measured by HPLC were compared between the two groups and a p value of <0.05 was considered as statistically significant. RESULTS: The mean serum 25(OH)D3 level of VKC group was significantly lower than in the control group (11...
October 24, 2016: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
Jaroslaw Smieja, Marzena Dolbniak
This paper deals with development of signaling pathways models and using plasmid-based experiments to support parameter estimation. We show that if cells transfected with plasmids are used in experiments, the models should include additional components that describe explicitly effects induced by plasmids. Otherwise, when the model is used to analyze responses of wild type, i.e. non-transfected cells, it may not capture their dynamics properly or even lead to false conclusions. In order to illustrate this, an original mathematical model of miRNA-mediated control of gene expression in the NFκB pathway is presented...
December 1, 2016: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering: MBE
Christoph Sadee, Eugene Kashdan
In this work, we investigate chemo- thermotherapy, a recently clinically-approved post-surgery treatment of non muscle invasive urothelial bladder carcinoma. We developed a mathematical model and numerically simulated the physical processes related to this treatment. The model is based on the conductive Maxwell's equations used to simulate the therapy administration and Convection-Diffusion equation for incompressible fluid to study heat propagation through the bladder tissue. The model parameters correspond to the data provided by the thermotherapy device manufacturer...
December 1, 2016: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering: MBE
M Oviedo Gutiérrez, S Amat Valero, A Gómez Farpón, C Montalvo Ávalos, L Fernández García, D C Lara Cárdenas, S Barnes Marañón, C Granell Suárez, N Vega Mata, A J López López, M González Guerrero, V Álvarez Muñoz
PURPOSE: Gastrointestinal adenomyoma is a rare benign tumor most frequently located in the stomach. The differential diagnosis is wide because of its large clinical spectrum and unspecific radiological findings. Surgical excision is both diagnostic and therapeutic. CASE REPORT: A 49-days old girl presented with nonbilious vomiting of 48 hours of evolution. Infantile hypertrofic pyloric stenosis was suspected. Ultrasound showed a nonobstructive nodular lesion in the anterior pyloric wall...
April 20, 2016: Cirugía Pediátrica: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Cirugía Pediátrica
N Vicente, M Pérez, R Gander, A Segarra, C Leganés, J Bueno
AIM: Congenital portosistemic shunt (CPSS) is an uncommon condition that can cause serious complications such as encephalopathy and liver tumors at risk of malignant degeneration. Occlusion of the shunt by surgery or interventional radiology can prevent and even improve such complications. In some cases, liver transplantation is the only curative option. We describe our experience with this condition. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between 1992 and 2013, eight children (four male and four female) were diagnosed with CPSS (four extrahepatic and four intrahepatic) in our center, of which seven were diagnosed after 2007...
January 15, 2016: Cirugía Pediátrica: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Cirugía Pediátrica
Ying-Feng Hsu, Yu-Hsun Chen, Chih-Wei Chang
We performed comprehensive studies on the photoluminescence properties of the carbon dots prepared from citric acid (C-dots(CA)) and citric acid + ethylenediamine (C-dots(CA+EDA)). The cryogenic experiment confirmed that the excitation dependent fluorescence and the spectral relaxation dynamics of the C-dots are associated with the presence of multiple emissive states/species in the C-dots instead of solvation dynamics. Moreover, we also compared the size of the C-dots estimated from the TEM/AFM images and fluorescence anisotropy methods...
October 24, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Murat Akbaba, Vedat Davutoğlu
The relationship between patients and physicians has maintained its importance throughout human history because of special features of the medical profession. This relationship engendered true loyalty of patients to their physicians as well as serious legal conflicts. Medical malpractice has gained importance among physicians and ignited discussion because of new articles added to the Turkish Penal Code in 2005. In a very short time, the penalties mandated had a chilling, negative effect on doctors, resulting in loss of affection for the profession, hesitation to intervene, and burnout syndrome...
October 2016: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
S G Mistry, D R Strachan, E L Loney
BACKGROUND: Functional endoscopic sinus surgery is recognised to have a significant complication profile (e.g. blindness, cerebrospinal fluid leak and intracranial sepsis). Pre-operative computed tomography imaging is considered mandatory for surgical planning to reduce intra-operative risk. A radiological report is the 'gold standard' in image interpretation; however, because of a lack of otolaryngological or radiological guidance, its contents may be variable. By surveying practising otolaryngologists, this study aimed to provide some guidance which may be used by radiologists to produce more surgically relevant radiological reports...
October 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
Yuanhua Qiao, Xiaojie Liu, Jun Miao, Lijuan Duan
In this paper, a two-layer network is built to simulate the mechanism of visual selection and shifting based on the mapping dynamic model for instantaneous frequency. Unlike the differential equation model using limit cycle to simulate neuron oscillation, we build an instantaneous frequency mapping dynamic model to describe the change of the neuron frequency to avoid the difficulty of generating limit cycle. The activity of the neuron is rebuilt based on the instantaneous frequency and in this work, we use the first layer of neurons to implement image segmentation and the second layer of neurons to act as visual selector...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience
Anna Laura Capriotti, Chiara Cavaliere, Patrizia Foglia, Giorgia La Barbera, Roberto Samperi, Salvatore Ventura, Aldo Laganà
Recently, magnetic solid-phase extraction has gained interest because it presents various operational advantages over classical solid-phase extraction. Furthermore, magnetic nanoparticles are easy to prepare, and various materials can be used in their synthesis. In the literature, there are only few studies on the determination of mycoestrogens in milk, although their carryover in milk has occurred. In this work, we wanted to develop the first (to the best of our knowledge) magnetic solid-phase extraction protocol for six mycoestrogens from milk, followed by liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry analysis...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Separation Science
L Sharpe, M Brookes, E Jones, C Gittins, E Wufong, M K Nicholas
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the effects of fear of pain (FOP) and threat on attentional biases, using eye-tracking methods. METHOD: One hundred and seven undergraduate students were randomized to receive threatening or reassuring information about the cold pressor task; and divided into high and low FOP groups. Participants completed the dot-probe task, while their eye movements were tracked. RESULTS: Results showed that those who received threatening information were less likely to have their first fixation on pain words, particularly affective pain words...
October 24, 2016: European Journal of Pain: EJP
Toru Otori, Sumio Matzno, Atushi Kawase, Masahiro Iwaki, Tetsutaro Kimachi, Keiji Nishiwaki, William C Figoni, Ryuta Tominaga, Mai Asahide, Mayumi Nishikata, Yoshikazu Ishii, Kenji Matsuyama
OBJECTIVES: To avoid the chelate formation between levofloxacin (LVFX) and aluminium hydroxide in gastrointestinal tract, an ethoxycarbonyl 1-ethyl hemiacetal ester of levofloxacin (LVFX-EHE) was synthesised as a prodrug. METHODS: The effects of aluminium hydroxide on the bioavailability of LVFX following oral administration of LVFX-EHE were investigated in rats. Furthermore, the effects of aluminium hydroxide on small intestinal absorption of LVFX and LVFX-EHE when subjected to a hydrolysis experiment using in situ everted gut sac were investigated, and the minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of LVFX and LVFX-EHE for various intestinal bacteria were measured...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
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