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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110138/contributions-to-ultrasound-monitoring-of-the-process-of-milk-curdling
#1
Antonio Jiménez, Montaña Rufo, Jesús M Paniagua, Abel T Crespo, M Patricia Guerrero, M José Riballo
Ultrasound evaluation permits the state of milk being curdled to be determined quickly and cheaply, thus satisfying the demands faced by today's dairy product producers. This paper describes the non-invasive ultrasonic method of in situ monitoring the changing physical properties of milk during the renneting process. The basic objectives of the study were, on the one hand, to confirm the usefulness of conventional non-destructive ultrasonic testing (time-of-flight and attenuation of the ultrasound waves) in monitoring the process in the case of ewe's milk, and, on the other, to include other ultrasound parameters which have not previously been considered in studies on this topic, in particular, parameters provided by the Fast Fourier Transform technique...
January 10, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109887/compressed-sensing-based-simultaneous-black-and-gray-blood-carotid-vessel-wall-mr-imaging
#2
Bo Li, Hao Li, Hanjing Kong, Li Dong, Jue Zhang, Jing Fang
OBJECTIVE: In this study, we sought to demonstrate the blood suppression performance, image quality and morphological measurements for compressed sensing (CS) based simultaneous 3D black- and gray-blood imaging sequence (CS-siBLAG) in carotid vessel wall MR imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seven healthy volunteers and five patients were recruited. Healthy subjects underwent five CS-siBLAG scans with 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5-fold accelerations. Signal-to-tissue ratio (STR) and contrast-to-tissue ratios (CTR) were computed as the measures of flowing signal suppression performance and the image quality for black-blood imaging of the technique...
January 18, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109712/effects-of-long-haul-transmeridian-travel-on-player-preparedness-case-study-of-a-national-team-at-the-2014-fifa-world-cup
#3
Peter M Fowler, Alan McCall, Mark Jones, Rob Duffield
OBJECTIVES: Describe the effects of eastward long-haul transmeridian air travel on subjective jet-lag, sleep and wellness in professional football (soccer) players prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. DESIGN: Single cohort involving twenty-two male professional football players representing a national football team. METHODS: Data was collected from players prior to and following international travel from Sydney, Australia to Vitoria, Brazil...
September 2, 2016: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109550/rapid-detection-of-high-risk-enterococcus-faecium-clones-by-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
#4
Ana R Freitas, Clara Sousa, Carla Novais, Liliana Silva, Helena Ramos, Teresa M Coque, João Lopes, Luísa Peixe
We aimed to explore the potential of matrix assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) for early identification of dominant Enterococcus faecium (Efm) clones involved in human infections. Well-characterized Efm isolates (n=77), analyzed by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and multilocus sequence typing(eBURST and BAPS [Bayesian analysis of population structure] algorithms), and belonging to different hospital (n=53) and community (n=24) phylogenomic groups, were tested...
December 14, 2016: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109117/lipid-profiling-of-parkin-mutant-human-skin-fibroblasts
#5
Simona Lobasso, Paola Tanzarella, Daniele Vergara, Michele Maffia, Tiziana Cocco, Angela Corcelli
Parkin mutations are a major cause of early-onset Parkinson's disease (PD). The impairment of protein quality control system together with defects in mitochondria and autophagy process are consequences of the lack of parkin, which leads to neurodegeneration. Little is known about the role of lipids in these alterations of cell functions. In the present study parkin-mutant human skin primary fibroblasts have been considered as cellular model of PD to investigate on possible lipid alterations associated with the lack of parkin protein...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108381/metabolomic-study-of-the-intervention-effects-of-shuihonghuazi-formula-a-traditional-chinese-medicinal-formulae-on-hepatocellular-carcinoma-hcc-rats-using-performance-hplc-esi-tof-ms
#6
Yongrui Bao, Shuai Wang, Xinxin Yang, Li Tianjiao, Mingyue Xia, Xiansheng Meng
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Metabolomics is the comprehensive assessment of endogenous metabolites of a biological system in a holistic context, and its property consists with the global view of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Shuihonghuazi Formula (SHHZF) has been used for liver cancer early treatment in clinical for more than thirty years, but its mechanism remains unclear completely. This paper was designed to explore the therapeutic effects of SHHZF on liver cancer and its metabolomic characters...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107982/quantification-of-real-thermal-catalytic-and-hydrodeoxygenated-bio-oils-via-comprehensive-two-dimensional-gas-chromatography-with-mass-spectrometry
#7
Raquel V S Silva, Nathalia S Tessarolo, Vinícius B Pereira, Vitor L Ximenes, Fábio L Mendes, Marlon B B de Almeida, Débora A Azevedo
The elucidation of bio-oil composition is important to evaluate the processes of biomass conversion and its upgrading, and to suggest the proper use for each sample. Comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography with time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GC×GC-TOFMS) is a widely applied analytical approach for bio-oil investigation due to the higher separation and resolution capacity from this technique. This work addresses the issue of analytical performance to assess the comprehensive characterization of real bio-oil samples via GC×GC-TOFMS...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107975/comparison-of-sample-preparation-strategies-for-target-analysis-of-total-thyroid-hormones-levels-in-serum-by-liquid-chromatography-quadrupole-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
#8
E Álvarez, Y Madrid, M D Marazuela
This paper describes a novel method based on liquid chromatography quadrupole time-of-flight-mass spectrometry (LC-QTOF-MS) for target analysis of total THs in serum. Several sample preparation strategies have been evaluated to reduce matrix effect (namely, HybridSPE cartridges, supported liquid extraction, SLE and solid phase extraction, SPE). Deproteinization and further clean-up with mixed-mode SPE was selected as the best strategy for sample preparation, since achieved the cleanest extracts and reduced ionization suppression effects (between -11 and -24%)...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107941/mil-101-cr-as-matrix-for-sensitive-detection-of-quercetin-by-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-mass-spectrometry
#9
Guobin Han, Qiaoling Zeng, Zhongwei Jiang, Tiantian Xing, Chengzhi Huang, Yuanfang Li
Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS) has been proven as a useful and advanced technique in the identification of polymers and proteins. However, MALDI-TOF-MS still has the unavoidable drawback of self-signal interference with traditional organic matrices, which could suppress and overlap with the analyte signals in the low-mass region. In this work, MIL-101(Cr), a kind of metal-organic frameworks which possess high molecular weight, π-conjugated 3-D structure, coordinately unsaturated chromium sites (CUS) and strong absorption in the UV range, was employed to replace traditional organic matrices, and it was found that MIL-101(Cr) can dramatically eliminate the background peaks, showing high signal-to-noise level in the analysis of small molecules...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107809/plasma-protein-profiling-for-potential-biomarkers-in-the-early-diagnosis-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#10
Yuki Kitamura, Ryoko Usami, Sahoko Ichihara, Hirotaka Kida, Masayuki Satoh, Hidekazu Tomimoto, Mariko Murata, Shinji Oikawa
OBJECTIVES: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia in elderly persons. Since the pathology of AD develops slowly from a preclinical or early phase into a fully expressed clinical syndrome, at the time of diagnosis the disease has been progressing for many years. To facilitate the early diagnosis of AD, we performed protein profiling of blood in patients with mild AD as defined by the Functional Assessment Staging (FAST) scale. METHODS: Plasma samples from mild AD patients and healthy controls were analyzed using two-dimensional differential gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE) combined with matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF/TOF/MS) followed by peptide mass fingerprinting...
January 20, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107368/multi-channel-optical-coherence-elastography-using-relative-and-absolute-shear-wave-time-of-flight
#11
Eli Elyas, Alex Grimwood, Janine T Erler, Simon P Robinson, Thomas R Cox, Daniel Woods, Peter Clowes, Ramona De Luca, Franco Marinozzi, Jérémie Fromageau, Jeffrey C Bamber
Elastography, the imaging of elastic properties of soft tissues, is well developed for macroscopic clinical imaging of soft tissues and can provide useful information about various pathological processes which is complementary to that provided by the original modality. Scaling down of this technique should ply the field of cellular biology with valuable information with regard to elastic properties of cells and their environment. This paper evaluates the potential to develop such a tool by modifying a commercial optical coherence tomography (OCT) device to measure the speed of shear waves propagating in a three-dimensional (3D) medium...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106819/modeling-aboveground-biomass-in-hulunber-grassland-ecosystem-by-using-unmanned-aerial-vehicle-discrete-lidar
#12
Dongliang Wang, Xiaoping Xin, Quanqin Shao, Matthew Brolly, Zhiliang Zhu, Jin Chen
Accurate canopy structure datasets, including canopy height and fractional cover, are required to monitor aboveground biomass as well as to provide validation data for satellite remote sensing products. In this study, the ability of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) discrete light detection and ranging (lidar) was investigated for modeling both the canopy height and fractional cover in Hulunber grassland ecosystem. The extracted mean canopy height, maximum canopy height, and fractional cover were used to estimate the aboveground biomass...
January 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106519/subunit-mass-analysis-for-monitoring-antibody-oxidation
#13
Izabela Sokolowska, Jingjie Mo, Jia Dong, Michael J Lewis, Ping Hu
Methionine oxidation is a common posttranslational modification (PTM) of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). Oxidation can reduce the in-vivo half-life, efficacy and stability of the product. Peptide mapping is commonly used to monitor the levels of oxidation, but this is a relatively time-consuming method. A high-throughput, automated subunit mass analysis method was developed to monitor antibody methionine oxidation. In this method, samples were treated with IdeS, EndoS and dithiothreitol to generate three individual IgG subunits (light chain, Fd' and single chain Fc)...
January 20, 2017: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106042/diverse-feather-shape-evolution-enabled-by-coupling-anisotropic-signalling-modules-with-self-organizing-branching-programme
#14
Ang Li, Seth Figueroa, Ting-Xin Jiang, Ping Wu, Randall Widelitz, Qing Nie, Cheng-Ming Chuong
Adaptation of feathered dinosaurs and Mesozoic birds to new ecological niches was potentiated by rapid diversification of feather vane shapes. The molecular mechanism driving this spectacular process remains unclear. Here, through morphology analysis, transcriptome profiling, functional perturbations and mathematical simulations, we find that mesenchyme-derived GDF10 and GREM1 are major controllers for the topologies of rachidial and barb generative zones (setting vane boundaries), respectively, by tuning the periodic-branching programme of epithelial progenitors...
January 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103538/taking-flight
#15
Gary Singh
Dolores Kaufman often begins her pieces by transmuting scanned photos and objects into new digital images. She seeks to explore the mystery and symbolism embedded in the seemingly mundane ephemera with which we share our lives. Kaufman's Eye Sea will be included in the MoonArk, a six-inch-tall capsule designed by a team at Carnegie Mellon University that will be travelling to the moon in competition for the Google Lunar X Prize.
January 2017: IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103484/reiterative-deconvolution-new-technique-for-time-of-flight-estimation-errors-reduction-in-case-of-close-proximity-of-two-reflections
#16
Linas Svilainis, Kristina Lukoseviciute, Dobilas Liaukonis
ToF estimation errors for two reflections have been analyzed. Case of high signal-to-noise ratio was assumed, when accuracy of the order of few nanoseconds can be achieved. It was indicated that additional bias errors are introduced in ToF estimator when other reflection is in close temporal proximity to the reflection of interest. Research demonstrates that iterative deconvolution does not improve the accuracy significantly. Novel technique is suggested which addresses this issue by means of a reiterative deconvolution...
January 7, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103301/differences-in-beef-quality-between-angus-bos-taurus-taurus-and-nellore-bos-taurus-indicus-cattle-through-a-proteomic-and-phosphoproteomic-approach
#17
Rafael Torres de Souza Rodrigues, Mario Luiz Chizzotti, Camilo Elber Vital, Maria Cristina Baracat-Pereira, Edvaldo Barros, Karina Costa Busato, Rafael Aparecido Gomes, Márcio Machado Ladeira, Taiane da Silva Martins
Proteins are the major constituents of muscle and are key molecules regulating the metabolic changes during conversion of muscle to meat. Brazil is one of the largest exporters of beef and most Brazilian cattle are composed by zebu (Nellore) genotype. Bos indicus beef is generally leaner and tougher than Bos taurus such as Angus. The aim of this study was to compare the muscle proteomic and phosphoproteomic profile of Angus and Nellore. Seven animals of each breed previously subjected the same growth management were confined for 84 days...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103230/conspicuity-of-malignant-lesions-on-pet-ct-and-simultaneous-time-of-flight-pet-mri
#18
Ryogo Minamimoto, Andrei Iagaru, Mehran Jamali, Dawn Holley, Amir Barkhodari, Shreyas Vasanawala, Greg Zaharchuk
PURPOSE: To compare the conspicuity of malignant lesions between FDG PET/CT and a new simultaneous, time-of-flight (TOF) enabled PET/MRI scanner. METHODS: All patients underwent a single-injection of FDG, followed by a dual imaging protocol consisting of PET/CT followed by TOF PET/MRI. PET/CT and PET/MRI images were evaluated by two readers independently for areas of FDG uptake compatible with malignancy, and then categorized into 5 groups (1: PET/MRI and PET/CT positive; 2: PET/MRI positive, PET/CT positive in retrospect; 3: PET/CT positive, PET/MRI positive in retrospect; 4: PET/MRI positive, PET/CT negative; 5: PET/MRI negative, PET/CT positive) by consensus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102830/can-exhaled-volatile-organic-compounds-predict-asthma-exacerbations-in-children
#19
Dillys van Vliet, Agnieszka Smolinska, Quirijn Jöbsis, Jean Muris, Philippe Rosias, Jan Dallinga, Edward Dompeling, Frederik van Schooten
Background Asthma control falls short of current goals of asthma management guidelines. Non-invasive monitoring of airway inflammation may help to improve the level of asthma control in children. Aim 1) To identify a set of exhaled volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that is most predictive for an asthma exacerbation in children. 2) To determine the chemical background of predictive VOCs. Methods In an one-year prospective observational study, 96 asthmatic children were studied . At clinical visits with an interval of 2 months, asthma control, fractional exhaled nitric oxide, lung function (FEV1, FEV1/VC) and VOCs in exhaled breath were determined by means of gas chromatography time-of-flight mass spectrometry...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102479/peripherally-inserted-central-catheter-related-bloodstream-infection-caused-by-kocuria-marina-in-an-elderly-man
#20
Nobuaki Mori, Yuichi Nishihara, Hideki Tayama, Akiko Higuchi, Yasuko Aoki
BACKGROUND: Kocuria species are Gram-positive, aerobic cocci, and members of the Micrcoccaceae family that are known to be opportunistic pathogens. Although there have been sporadic reports of infections caused by Kocuria species, little is known regarding their human pathogenicity and clinical characteristics. CASE REPORT: We herein report a case of a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC)-related bloodstream infection caused by Kocuria marina in a 90-year-old Japanese with multiple cancer...
January 19, 2017: Infection
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