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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820542/efficacy-and-complications-of-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-with-and-without-balloon-aortic-valvuloplasty
#1
Kuljit Singh, Kristin Carson, Onn Akbar Ali, Rohan Jayasinghe, Alexander Dick, Christopher Glover, Marino Labinaz
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is an effective treatment for severe aortic stenosis in high-risk patients. Several complications related to the TAVI procedure, including aortic regurgitation (AR), cerebrovascular accident (CVA) and the requirement for permanent pacemaker (PPM), are thought to be secondary to balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV) before TAVI. The aim of the present review was to evaluate any beneficial role of the direct TAVI approach over BAVTAVI...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820246/manganese-catalyzed-upgrading-of-ethanol-into-1-butanol
#2
Shaomin Fu, Zhihui Shao, Yujie Wang, Qiang Liu
Biomass-derived ethanol is an important renewable feedstock. Its conversion into high-quality biofuels is a promising route to replace fossil resources. Herein, an efficient manganese-catalyzed Guerbet-type condensation reaction of ethanol to form 1-butanol was explored. This is the first example of upgrading ethanol into higher alcohols using a homogeneous non-noble-metal catalyst. This process proceeded selectively in the presence of a well-defined manganese pincer complex at the parts per million (ppm) level...
August 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819990/effects-of-maternal-high-fat-diet-and-sedentary-lifestyle-on-susceptibility-of-adult-offspring-to-ozone-exposure-in-rats
#3
C J Gordon, P M Phillips, A F M Johnstone, J Schmid, M C Schladweiler, A Ledbetter, S J Snow, U P Kodavanti
Epidemiological and experimental data suggest that obesity exacerbates the health effects of air pollutants such as ozone (O3). Maternal inactivity and calorically rich diets lead to offspring that show signs of obesity. Exacerbated O3 susceptibility of offspring could thus be manifested by maternal obesity. Thirty-day-old female Long-Evans rats were fed a control (CD) or high-fat (HF) (60% calories) diet for 6 wks and then bred. GD1 rats were then housed with a running wheel (RW) or without a wheel (SED) until parturition, creating four groups of offspring: CD-SED, CD-RW, HF-SED and HF-RW...
August 18, 2017: Inhalation Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819084/the-significance-of-lactate-and-lipid-peaks-for-predicting-primary-neuroepithelial-tumor-grade-with-proton-mr-spectroscopy
#4
Hisao Nakamura, Masatomo Doi, Takuya Suzuki, Yasuyuki Yoshida, Masahiro Hoshikawa, Masashi Uchida, Yuichiro Tanaka, Masayuki Takagi, Yasuo Nakajima
PURPOSE: (1)H-MRS is a non-invasive technique used to assess the metabolic activity of brain tumors. The technique is useful for the preoperative prediction of tumor grade, which is important for treatment planning and accurate prognosis. We used (1)H-MRS to study the lactate peak, which appears in various conditions, including hyperglycemia, ischemia, and hypoxia and lipid peak, which is associated with necrotic cells. The purpose of this study was to retrospectively examine the frequency and significance of lactate and lipid peaks in relation to brain tumor grade...
August 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medical Sciences: MRMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817314/role-of-geraniol-against-lead-acetate-mediated-hepatic-damage-and-their-interaction-with-liver-carboxylesterase-activity-in-rats
#5
Ahmet Ozkaya, Zafer Sahin, Muslum Kuzu, Yavuz Selim Saglam, Mustafa Ozkaraca, Mirac Uckun, Ertan Yologlu, Veysel Comakli, Ramazan Demirdag, Semra Yologlu
In this study, the effect of geraniol (50 mg/kg for 30 d), a natural antioxidant and repellent/antifeedant monoterpene, in a rat model of lead acetate-induced (500 ppm for 30 d) liver damage was evaluated. Hepatic malondialdehyde increased in the lead acetate group. Reduced glutathione unchanged, but glutathione S-transferase, glutathione reductase, as well as carboxylesterase activities decreased in geraniol, lead acetate and geraniol + lead acetate groups. 8-OhDG immunoreactivity, mononuclear cell infiltrations and hepatic lead concentration were lower in the geraniol + lead acetate group than the lead acetate group...
August 17, 2017: Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815228/inertio-elastic-flow-instabilities-in-a-90%C3%A2-bent-microchannel
#6
Junghee Kim, Sun Ok Hong, Tae Soup Shim, Ju Min Kim
Biological samples having viscoelastic properties are frequently tested using microfluidic devices. In addition, viscoelastic fluids such as polymer solutions have been used as a suspending medium to spatially focus particles in microchannels. The occurrence of flow instability even at low Reynolds number is a unique property of viscoelastic fluids. In this study, we report the instability in viscoelastic flow for a channel having a 90° bent geometry, which is a characteristic of many microfluidic devices...
August 17, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814807/psychological-impact-of-vehicle-exhaust-exposure-insights-from-an-animal-model
#7
Ankita Salvi, Gaurav Patki, Hesong Liu, Samina Salim
Air pollution resulting from exhaust emissions of vehicles has risen in the recent years, reportedly causing major adverse effects on the heart, lungs and the brain. Though respiratory and cardiovascular effects of these emissions are well identified, psychological and neurobiological complications of prolonged exposure to vehicle emissions remain unknown. Pro-oxidants are considered as major constituents of vehicle emissions. This is important considering causal link between oxidative stress and behavioral and cognitive impairments...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812867/ultrasensitive-silicon-nanowire-sensor-developed-by-a-special-ag-modification-process-for-rapid-nh3-detection
#8
Yuxiang Qin, Diao Liu, Tianyi Zhang, Zhen Cui
Surface functionalization is very effective in enhancing sensing properties of a chemiresistive gas sensor. In this work, we develop a novel and cost-effective process to prepare Ag-modified silicon nanowire (SiNW) sensors and further suggest a resistance effect model to clarify the enhanced sensing mechanism of Ag-modified SiNWs. The SiNWs were formed via metal-assisted chemical etching (MACE), and the Ag nanoparticle (NP) modification was achieved in situ based on the MACE-produced Ag dendrites by involving a crucial anisotropic postetching of TMAH...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812354/3d-moldable-nanofiber-reinforced-transparent-composites-with-hierarchically-self-assembled-reverse-nacre-like-architecture
#9
Subir Kumar Biswas, Hironari Sano, Md Iftekhar Shams, Hiroyuki Yano
Achieving structural hierarchy and a uniform nanofiller dispersion simultaneously remains highly challenging for obtaining a robust polymer nanocomposite of immiscible components. In this study, a remarkably facile Pickering emulsification approach is developed to fabricate hierarchical composites of immiscible acrylic polymer and native cellulose nanofibers by taking advantage of the dual role of the nanofibers as both the emulsion stabilizer and polymer reinforcement. The composites feature a unique "reverse" nacre-like microstructure reinforced with well-dispersed two-tier hierarchical nanofiber network, leading to a synergistic high strength, modulus, and toughness (20, 50, and 53 times that of neat polymer, respectively), high optical transparency (89%), high flexibility and a drastically low thermal expansion (13 ppm/K, 1/15th of the neat polymer)...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812184/ozone-generated-by-air-purifier-in-low-concentrations-friend-or-foe
#10
Larissa Vivan Cestonaro, Ana Maria Marcolan, Luciana Grazziotin Rossato-Grando, Ana Paula Anzolin, Gabriela Goethel, Angélica Vilani, Solange Cristina Garcia, Charise Dallazem Bertol
Ozone helps decontamination environments due to its oxidative power, however present toxicity when it is in high concentrations, by long periods of exposition. This study aimed to assess the safety of ozone generator air purifier at concentrations of 0.05 ppm in rats exposed to 3 and 24 h/day for 14 and 28 days. No significant differences are observed between groups in clinical signs, feed and water intake, relative body weight gain and relative weight of organs, macroscopy and microscopy of lungs, and oxidative plasma assay...
August 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811584/nanopriming-technology-for-enhancing-germination-and-starch-metabolism-of-aged-rice-seeds-using-phytosynthesized-silver-nanoparticles
#11
Wuttipong Mahakham, Ajit K Sarmah, Santi Maensiri, Piyada Theerakulpisut
Application of nanomaterials for agriculture is relatively new as compared to their use in biomedical and industrial sectors. In order to promote sustainable nanoagriculture, biocompatible silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) have been synthesized through green route using kaffir lime leaf extract for use as nanopriming agent for enhancing seed germination of rice aged seeds. Results of various characterization techniques showed the successful formation of AgNPs which were capped with phytochemicals present in the plant extract...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810788/direct-measurement-of-site-specific-rates-of-reactions-of-h-with-c3h8-i-c4h10-and-n-c4h10
#12
Chia-Chieh Lin, Wei-Yu Chen, Hiroyuki Matsui, Niann-Shiah Wang
We measured the rates of abstraction of a hydrogen atom from specific sites in propane C3H8, 2-methyl propane (i-C4H10), and butane (n-C4H10); the sites are a primary hydrogen of C3H8 and i-C4H10 and a secondary hydrogen of n-C4H10. The excellent reproducibility of conditions of a diaphragm-less shock tube enabled us to conduct comparative measurements of the evolution of H atoms in three mixtures-(i) 0.5 ppm C2H5I + Ar, (ii) 0.5 ppm C2H5I + 50-100 ppm alkane as C3H8 or i-C4H10 or n-C4H10 + Ar, and (iii) the same concentrations of alkane + Ar without C2H5I-in the temperature range 1000-1200 K and at a pressure of 2...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809763/persistent-placoid-maculopathy-complicated-by-cerebral-vasculitis
#13
Eva Lenassi, Maja Kojovic, Polona Jaki Mekjavić, Sasa Sega, Natasa Vidovič Valentinčič
Persistent placoid maculopathy (PPM) is a bilateral inflammatory chorioretinopathy characterized by long-standing plaque-like macular lesions. No systemic manifestations have been reported to date. We describe a case of PPM complicated by cerebral vasculitis, suggesting that neurological symptoms, including headache, should be enquired about in all PPM subjects.
September 2017: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809680/high-performance-saw-resonator-on-new-multi-layered-substrate-using-litao3-crystal
#14
Tsutomu Takai, Hideki Iwamoto, Yuichi Takamine, Hisashi Yamazaki, Toshiyuki Fuyutsume, Haruki Kyoya, Takeshi Nakao, Hajime Kando, Masahiro Hiramoto, Takanori Toi, Masayoshi Koshino, Norio Nakajima
To develop the high performance filters and duplexers required for recent LTE frequency bands in mobile handsets, a surface acoustic wave (SAW) resonator is needed that have higher quality (Q) and a lower temperature coefficient of frequency (TCF). To achieve this, the authors focused on acoustic energy confinement in the depth direction for a rotated Y-X LiTaO3 (LT) substrate. Characteristics of multi-layered substrates with low impedance and high impedance layers under LT layer were studied numerically in terms of acoustic energy distribution, phase velocity, coupling coefficient and temperature characteristics employing a finite element method (FEM) simulation...
August 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809478/ruthenium-ii-and-ruthenium-iii-complexes-of-p-benziporphyrin-merging-equatorial-and-axial-organometallic-coordination
#15
Aneta Idec, Miłosz Pawlicki, Lechosław Latos-Grażyński
A diamagnetic ruthenium(II) complex of 5,10,15,20-tetraphenyl-p-benziporphyrin [Ru(II)(p-BzP)(CO)Cl] was obtained via the insertion of ruthenium into p-benziporphyrin using triruthenium(0) dodecacarbonyl [Ru3(CO)12] as the metal source. The procedure applying dichloro(cycloocta-1,5-diene)ruthenium(II) (polymer, [Ru(COD)Cl2]n) afforded the paramagnetic six-coordinate ruthenium(III) p-benziporphyrin [Ru(III)(p-BzP)Cl2]. As shown by X-ray crystallography, the p-phenylene ring in both complexes is sharply tilted out of the N3 plane, as reflected by the respective N3 (pyrrole)-C6 (p-phenylene) dihedral angle [Ru(II)(p-BzP)(CO)Cl, 52...
August 15, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809442/simultaneous-degradation-and-removal-of-cr-vi-from-aqueous-solution-with-zr-based-mofs-bearing-inherent-reductive-sites
#16
Zhe Wang, Jian Yang, Yongsheng Li, Qixin Zhuang, Jinlou Gu
Given the serious harm of chromium Cr(VI) to human health, development of efficient techniques for its degradation and subsequent in situ adsorptive removal is highly desirable. Herein, UiO-66 type MOFs integrated with various hydroxyl groups (UiO-66, UiO-66-OH, and UiO-66-(OH)2) were successfully explored for the efficient decontamination of Cr(VI) from aqueous solution. The abundant hydroxyl groups in organic ligands not only served as reductive sites for the degradation of Cr(VI) to less toxic Cr(III) but also acted as inherent anchorages for the efficient capture of Cr(III)...
August 15, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809112/mofs-for-the-sensitive-detection-of-ammonia-deployment-of-fcu-mof-thin-films-as-effective-chemical-capacitive-sensors
#17
Ayalew Hussen Assen, Omar Yassine, Osama Shekhah, Mohamed Eddaoudi, Khaled N Salama
This work reports on the fabrication and deployment of a select metal-organic framework (MOF) thin film as an advanced chemical capacitive sensor for the sensing/detection of ammonia (NH3) at room temperature. Namely, the MOF thin film sensing layer consists of a rare-earth (RE) MOF (RE-fcu-MOF) deposited on a capacitive interdigitated electrode (IDE). Purposely, the chemically stable naphthalene-based RE-fcu-MOF (NDC-Y-fcu-MOF) was elected and prepared/arranged as a thin film on a pre-functionalized capacitive IDE via the solvothermal growth method...
August 15, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808410/the-effects-of-erzincan-grape-vitis-vinifera-spp-cimin-and-benzothiazol-on-a-caenorhabditis-elegans-organism-model
#18
Hulya Ozpinar, Necati Ozpinar, Savas Karakus
BACKGROUND: Grapes and their products are known to have been used for the treatment of diseases throughout history. OBJECTIVE: It was aimed to investigate the effects of Erzincan Cimin grapes on an organism model of Caenorhabditis elegans N2 wild type and C. elegans BS913 strains with gonad cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The effects of methanol extracts of the skin and seeds of Erzincan Cimin grapes were examined separately on C. elegans N2 wild type and an effect was determined on lifespan...
July 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807663/incidence-and-predictors-of-late-atrioventricular-conduction-recovery-among-patients-requiring-permanent-pacemaker-for-complete-heart-block-after-cardiac-surgery
#19
Erich L Kiehl, Tarek Makki, Ralph M Matar, Douglas R Johnston, John W Rickard, Khaldoun G Tarakji, Mohamed Kanj, Oussama M Wazni, Walid I Saliba, Niraj Varma, Bruce L Wilkoff, Daniel J Cantillon
BACKGROUND: New-onset complete heart block (CHB) commonly complicates cardiac surgery, for which some patients require a permanent pacemaker (PPM). Little is known regarding late atrioventricular (AV) conduction recovery. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the incidence and predictors of late AV conduction recovery among patients requiring PPM after cardiac surgery. METHODS: Consecutive patients receiving PPM for CHB following cardiac surgery at a high-volume US center from 2000-2014 were evaluated...
August 11, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807552/assessment-of-deformation-of-the-mitral-valve-complex-during-off-pump-coronary-artery-bypass-surgery-using-three-dimensional-echocardiography-in-a-porcine-model
#20
Takashi Igarashi, Masumi Iwai-Takano, Hiroki Wakamatsu, Mineyuki Haruta, Sadao Omata, Hitoshi Yokoyama
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to assess the deformation of the mitral valve complex during the displacement of the beating heart by using three-dimensional echocardiography in a porcine off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB) model. METHODS: In nine healthy swine, we positioned the beating heart as an OPCAB model, i.e. control, left anterior descending artery (LAD), right coronary artery (RCA), and left circumflex artery (LCX) positions. In each position, three-dimensional echocardiography was performed to assess the mitral valve complex with hemodynamic parameters...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
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