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Nathan McClane, Walter Jeske, Jeanine M Walenga, Vicki Escalante, Debra Hoppensteadt, Jeffrey Schwartz, Mamdouh Bakhos
Heart failure affects over 5 million people in the United States. Its rising prevalence and the limited supply of donor hearts is increasing the use of mechanical cardiac support with the implantation of continuous-flow ventricular assist devices (CF-VAD). Patients with CF-VAD implants are at risk of complications, specifically adverse hemostatic events such as nonsurgical bleeding and thrombosis. Development of a pump thrombus requires clinical intervention and/or surgical replacement significantly increasing the risk of patient morbidity and mortality...
January 1, 2018: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
Ai-Hua Wang, Li-Man Ma, Shan-Shan Fan, Guang-Xue Liu, Feng Xu, Ming-Ying Shang, Shao-Qing Cai
This experiment was performed to analyze and identify the chemical constituents of Sinopodophylli Fructus by HPLC-DAD-ESI-IT-TOF-MSn. The analysis was performed on an Agilent Zorbax SB-C₁₈ (4.6 mm×250 mm, 5 μm) column.The mobile phase consisted of 0.1% formic acid was used for gradient at a flow rate of 1.0 mL·min⁻¹. Electrospray ionization ion trap time-of-flight multistage mass spectrometry was applied for qualitative analysis under positive and negative ion modes. The results indicated that 54 compounds consisted of 18 lignans and 36 flavonoids from Xiaoyelian had been detected by their HRMS data, the information of literature and reference substance...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
P J Zarco-Tejada, A Hornero, R Hernández-Clemente, P S A Beck
The operational monitoring of forest decline requires the development of remote sensing methods that are sensitive to the spatiotemporal variations of pigment degradation and canopy defoliation. In this context, the red-edge spectral region (RESR) was proposed in the past due to its combined sensitivity to chlorophyll content and leaf area variation. In this study, the temporal dimension of the RESR was evaluated as a function of forest decline using a radiative transfer method with the PROSPECT and 3D FLIGHT models...
March 2018: ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Ting-Bo Chen, Yi-Han Zuo, Geng-Ting Dong, Liang Liu, Hua Zhou
BACKGROUND: Guanxin Kangtai preparation (GXKT), consisting of Panax ginseng, Panax notoginseng and Ilex pubescens, is a new proprietary Chinese medicines under development for treating coronary heart disease. Like other Chinese medicines, the components of GXKT were complex and the bioactive compounds remained unclear. PURPOSE: To discover bioactive compounds as quality markers (Q-markers) for better quality control of GXKT. STUDY DESIGN: Chinese medicines was separated into fractions...
March 6, 2018: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Bao-Ming Huang, Qing-Lin Zha, Ting-Bo Chen, Sheng-Yuan Xiao, Ying Xie, Pei Luo, Ying-Ping Wang, Liang Liu, Hua Zhou
BACKGROUND: Ginseng (Ginseng Radix et Rhizoma, Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer) is gaining more publicity in modern society due to its health benefit and huge value in market. In the practice of grading and pricing of ginseng, the age is one of the major factor influencing the price and grade of ginseng. Therefore, the age discrimination is an important task for the quality control of ginseng. However, the traditional morphological methods are too subjective to be reproductive in discrimination...
March 7, 2018: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Szu-Yuan Wu, Nam-Nhut Phan, Shih-Hsin Ho, Yu-Heng Lai, Tsai Chih-Hung, Yang Chung-Han, Kuan-Lun Li, Hang-Gan Yu, Jung-Chieh Wang, Pung-Ling Huang, Yen-Chang Lin
CONTEXT: Arsenic poisoning commonly occurs through exposure to water contaminated with arsenic and causes long-term symptoms. Of all the arsenic derivatives, arsenite is the one of the most toxic compounds. However, the toxicity of arsenite during developmental stages is still unclear. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we performed a metabolomic analysis of arsenite responses in embryonic zebrafish. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Embryonic zebrafish were used as an animal model in this study...
March 15, 2018: Toxicology Letters
Carlos Rodríguez-Lucas, M Rosario Rodicio, Isabel Costales, José Antonio Boga, Fernando Vazquez, Javier Fernández
Blood stream infections are serious conditions associated with high morbi-mortality. In this study, the new Sepsis Flow Chip (SFC) assay for identification of Gram-negative bacteria and their antimicrobial resistance genes was evaluated in positive blood cultures (BCs). SFC is a microarray with a broad panel comprising the most frequent causative agents of sepsis and antimicrobial resistance genes associated with them. A total of 100 prospective BCs, positive for Gram-negative bacilli, were assessed in the routine of the clinical microbiology laboratory and also applying the SFC assay...
February 14, 2018: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Galal Alobthani, Victor Romanov, Kayako Isohashi, Keiko Matsunaga, Tadashi Watabe, Hiroki Kato, Mitsuaki Tatsumi, Eku Shimosegawa, Jun Hatazawa
OBJECTIVE: Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) cases with inconclusive biopsy findings are not infrequently referred for fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18 F-FDG PET/CT). We searched for maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) cut-off values that could discriminate between indolent and aggressive NHL in conventional non-time of flight (non-TOF)18 F-FDG PET/CT and TOF18 F-FDG PET/CT. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Retrospectively, 328 patients were selected by the following inclusion criteria: biopsy-proven NHL with no more than one histopathological type; new cases with less than 90 days between obtaining biopsy and18 F-FDG PET/CT scanning; recurrent cases with time interval more than six months since the last therapy with no history of transformation; and blood glucose less than 150mg/dL...
March 20, 2018: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Bo Zhuang, Zhi-Ming Bi, Zi-Yuan Wang, Li Duan, Chang-Jiang-Sheng Lai, E-Hu Liu
Platycladi Cacumen (PC) is a traditional Chinese medicine used for the treatment of hemorrhages, cough, asthma and hair loss. To get a better understanding of the chemical constituents in PC, ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled with electrospray ionization quadrupole time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-Q-TOF-MS/MS) and diagnostic ion filtering strategy were firstly employed for chemical profiling of PC. A total of 43 compounds including organic acids and derivatives, flavonoids as well as phenylpropanolds were unambiguously or reasonably identified...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
M Moreno, A Zacarias, A Porzel, L Velasquez, G Gonzalez, M Alegría-Arcos, F Gonzalez-Nilo, E K U Gross
Emerging and re-emerging epidemic diseases pose an ongoing threat to global health. Currently, Enterobactin and Enterobactin derivatives have gained interest, owing to their potential application in the pharmaceutical field. As it is known [J. Am. Chem. Soc (1979) 101, 20, 6097-6104], Enterobactin (H6 EB) is an efficient iron carrier synthesized and secreted by many microbial species. In order to facilitate the elucidation of enterobactin and its analogues, here we propose the creation of a H6 EB standard set using Density Functional Theory Infrared (IR) and NMR spectra...
March 2, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Zhao-Lian Lu, Ying-Jian Chen, Xin-Yan Jing, Na-Na Wang, Ting Zhang, Cheng-Jin Hu
BACKGROUND Papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) is currently the most commonly diagnosed endocrine malignancy. In addition, the sex- and age-adjusted incidence of PTC has exhibited a greater increase over the last 2 decades than in many other malignancies. Thus, discovering noninvasive specific serum biomarker to distinguish PTC from cancer-free controls in its early stages remains an important goal. MATERIAL AND METHODS Serum samples from 88 PTC patients and 80 cancer-free controls were randomly allocated into training or validation sets...
March 17, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Gottfried Sachs, Henri Weimerskirch
Investigating the unique ability of frigatebirds of flying inside clouds, it is shown that they achieve a large energy gain by ascents to high altitudes in strong updrafts of trade cumulus clouds. Frigatebirds often perform that kind of flight, at daytime as well as in the night. This suggests that they are capable of flying inside clouds in a controlled and stabilized manner. The control requirements for ascents in terms of a circling flight in updrafts of trade cumulus clouds are analyzed, and the necessary aerodynamic control moments are determined...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Theoretical Biology
Derek Wakeman, Max R Langham
The operating room (OR) is a special place wherein groups of highly skilled individuals must work in a coordinated and harmonious fashion to deliver optimal patient care. Team dynamics and human factors principles were initially studied by the aviation industry to better understand and prevent airline accidents. As a result, crew resource management (CRM) training was designed for all flight personnel to create a highly reliable industry with a commitment to a culture of safety. CRM has since been adapted to health care, resulting in care improvement and harm reduction across a wide variety of medical specialties...
April 2018: Seminars in Pediatric Surgery
Malgorzata A Gazda, Pedro Andrade, Sandra Afonso, Jolita Dilyte, John P Archer, Ricardo J Lopes, Rui Faria, Miguel Carneiro
Racing pigeons have been selectively bred to find their way home quickly over what are often extremely long distances. This breed is of substantial commercial value and is also an excellent avian model to gain empirical insights into the evolution of traits associated with flying performance and spatial orientation. Here, we investigate the molecular basis of the superior athletic and navigational capabilities of racing pigeons using whole-genome and RNA sequencing data. We inferred multiple signatures of positive selection distributed across the genome of racing pigeons...
March 13, 2018: Molecular Biology and Evolution
Samuel Mesihää, Ilpo Rasanen, Ilkka Ojanperä
Gas chromatography (GC) hyphenated with nitrogen chemiluminescence detection (NCD) and quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (QTOFMS) was applied for the first time to the quantitative analysis of new psychoactive substances (NPS) in urine, based on the N-equimolar response of NCD. A method was developed and validated to estimate the concentrations of three metabolites of the common stimulant NPS α-pyrrolidinovalerophenone (α-PVP) in spiked urine samples, simulating an analysis having no authentic reference standards for the metabolites and using the parent drug instead for quantitative calibration...
February 27, 2018: Forensic Science International
Estefanija Bogdanova, Irina Rozentale, Iveta Pugajeva, Emeka E Emecheta, Vadims Bartkevics
This work reports data on the occurrence of nine mycotoxins and two food processing contaminants - acrylamide and furan - in a total of 100 beers produced in Latvia. Mycotoxins were detected by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) coupled with time-of-flight mass spectrometry, acrylamide by HPLC coupled with quadrupole-Orbitrap mass spectrometry, and furan by headspace gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The most frequently occurring mycotoxins were HT-2 and deoxynivalenol (DON), which were detected in 52% and 51% of the analysed samples...
March 16, 2018: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
Qiong Wu, Huan Zhang, Jia-Rong Ding, Zhan-Ying Hong, Hao Wu, Zhen-Yu Zhu, Zhi-Yong Guo, Yi-Feng Chai
As one of the most troublesome complications in patients with chronic renal disease, the etiology of uremic pruritus remains unknown, and the current therapeutic approaches are limited and unsatisfactory. To identify potential biomarkers for improving diagnosis and treatment and obtain a better understanding of the pathogenesis of uremic pruritus, we compared serum metabolome profiles of severe uremic pruritus (HUP) patients with mild uremic pruritus (LUP) patients using ultraperformance liquid chromatography-quadruple time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-QTOF MS)...
2018: BioMed Research International
Christopher D Zevitas, John D Spengler, Byron Jones, Eileen McNeely, Brent Coull, Xiaodong Cao, Sin Ming Loo, Anna-Kate Hard, Joseph G Allen
OBJECTIVE: To measure sound levels in the aircraft cabin during different phases of flight. METHODS: Sound level was measured on 200 flights, representing six aircraft groups using continuous monitors. A linear mixed-effects model with random intercept was used to test for significant differences in mean sound level by aircraft model and across each flight phase as well as by flight phase, airplane type, measurement location and proximity to engine noise. RESULTS: Mean sound levels across all flight phases and aircraft groups ranged from 37...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology
Diana Schoeppler, Hans-Ulrich Schnitzler, Annette Denzinger
Bats of the Rhinolophidae and Hipposideridae families, and Pteronotus parnellii, compensate for Doppler shifts generated by their own flight movement. They adjust their call frequency such that the frequency of echoes coming from ahead fall in a specialized frequency range of the hearing system, the auditory fovea, to evaluate amplitude and frequency modulations in echoes from fluttering prey. Some studies in hipposiderids have suggested a less sophisticated or incomplete Doppler shift compensation. To investigate the precision of Doppler shift compensation in Hipposideros armiger, we recorded the echolocation and flight behaviour of bats flying to a grid, reconstructed the flight path, measured the flight speed, calculated the echo frequency, and compared it with the resting frequency prior to each flight...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
S A Amukotuwa, M P Marks, G Zaharchuk, F Calamante, R Bammer, N Fischbein
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Intracranial dural arteriovenous fistulas carry a risk of substantial neurologic complications but can be difficult to detect on structural MR imaging and TOF-MRA. The purpose of this study was to assess the accuracy and added value of 3D pseudocontinuous arterial spin-labeling MR imaging for the detection of these lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective study included 39 patients with a dural arteriovenous fistula and 117 controls who had undergone both DSA and MR imaging with pseudocontinuous arterial spin-labeling...
March 15, 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
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