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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346700/vitamin-d-status-in-wild-toque-macaques-macaca-sinica-in-sri-lanka
#1
Michael L Power, Wolfgang P J Dittus
The vitamin D receptor is found on most cells, including active immune cells, implying that vitamin D has important biological functions beyond calcium metabolism and bone health. Although captive primates should be given a dietary source of vitamin D, under free-living conditions vitamin D is not a required nutrient, but rather is produced in skin when exposed to UV-B light. The circulating level of 25 hydroxyvitamin D (25-OH-D) considered adequate for humans is a topic of current controversy. Levels of circulating 25-OH-D sufficient for good health for macaques and other Old World anthropoids are assumed to be the same as human values, but data from free-living animals are scant...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346605/does-including-public-health-students-on-interprofessional-teams-increase-attainment-of-interprofessional-practice-competencies
#2
Pamela Ann Duffy, Julie A Ronnebaum, Teri A Stumbo, Kari Nies Smith, Rachel A Reimer
CONTEXT: Interprofessional education (IPE) creates dynamic experiential learning that can address social determinants of health that influence health outcomes. OBJECTIVE: To examine the effects of including public health students on IPE teams on the interprofessional practice domain constructs (values/ethics, roles/responsibilities, interprofessional communication, and teams and teamwork). METHODS: This single-case, mixed-methods study was performed using a grounded theory approach...
April 1, 2017: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346403/near-infrared-optogenetic-pair-for-protein-regulation-and-spectral-multiplexing
#3
Taras A Redchuk, Evgeniya S Omelina, Konstantin G Chernov, Vladislav V Verkhusha
Multifunctional optogenetic systems are in high demand for use in basic and biomedical research. Near-infrared-light-inducible binding of bacterial phytochrome BphP1 to its natural PpsR2 partner is beneficial for simultaneous use with blue-light-activatable tools. However, applications of the BphP1-PpsR2 pair are limited by the large size, multidomain structure and oligomeric behavior of PpsR2. Here, we engineered a single-domain BphP1 binding partner, Q-PAS1, which is three-fold smaller and lacks oligomerization...
March 27, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346381/multifaceted-applications-of-chitosan-in-cancer-drug-delivery-and-therapy
#4
REVIEW
Anish Babu, Rajagopal Ramesh
Chitosan is a versatile polysaccharide of biological origin. Due to the biocompatible and biodegradable nature of chitosan, it is intensively utilized in biomedical applications in scaffold engineering as an absorption enhancer, and for bioactive and controlled drug release. In cancer therapy, chitosan has multifaceted applications, such as assisting in gene delivery and chemotherapeutic delivery, and as an immunoadjuvant for vaccines. The present review highlights the recent applications of chitosan and chitosan derivatives in cancer therapy...
March 27, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346101/semiautomatic-high-content-analysis-of-complex-images-from-cocultures-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-and-macrophages
#5
Matthias Roeper, Ruediger C Braun-Dullaeus, Sönke Weinert
Automatization in microscopy, cell culture, and the ease of digital imagery allow obtainment of more information from single samples and upscaling of image-based analysis to high-content approaches. Simple segmentation algorithms of biological imagery are nowadays widely spread in biomedical research, but processing of complex sample structures, for example, variable sample compositions, cell shapes, and sizes, and rare events remains a difficult task. As there is no perfect method for image segmentation and fully automatic image analysis of complex content, we aimed to succeed by identification of unique and reliable features within the sample...
February 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345871/in-vivo-targeting-and-positron-emission-tomography-imaging-of-tumor-with-intrinsically-radioactive-metal-organic-frameworks-nanomaterials
#6
Daiqin Chen, Dongzhi Yang, Casey Dougherty, Weifei Lu, Hongwei Wu, Xianran He, Ting Cai, Marcian E Van Dort, Brian D Ross, Hao Hong
Nanoscale metal-organic frameworks (nMOF) materials represent an attractive tool for various biomedical applications. Due to the chemical versatility, enormous porosity, and tunable degradability of nMOFs, they have been adopted as carriers for delivery of imaging and/or therapeutic cargos. However, the relatively low stability of most nMOFs has limited practical in vivo applications. Here we report the production and characterization of an intrinsically radioactive UiO-66 nMOF (89Zr-UiO-66) with incorporation of positron-emitting isotope zirconium-89 (89Zr)...
March 27, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345866/biocompatible-hydroxylated-boron-nitride-nanosheets-polyvinyl-alcohol-interpenetrating-hydrogels-with-enhanced-mechanical-and-thermal-responses
#7
Lin Jing, Hongling Li, Roland Yingjie Tay, Bo Sun, Siu Hon Tsang, Olivier Cometto, Jinjun Lin, Edwin Hang Tong Teo, Alfred Iing Yoong Tok
Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) hydrogels with tissue-like viscoelasticity, excellent biocompatibility and high hydrophilicity have been considered as promising cartilage replacement materials. However, lack of sufficient mechanical properties is a critical barrier to their usage as load-bearing cartilage substitutes. Herein, we report hydroxylated boron nitride nanosheets (OH-BNNS)/PVA interpenetrating hydrogels by cyclically freezing/thawing the aqueous mixture of PVA and highly hydrophilic OH-BNNS (up to 0.6 mg/mL, two times the highest reported so far)...
March 27, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345852/layer-number-dependent-antibacterial-and-osteogenic-behaviors-of-graphene-oxide-electrophoretic-deposited-on-titanium
#8
Jiajun Qiu, Hao Geng, Donghui Wang, Shi Qian, Hongqin Zhu, Yuqin Qiao, Wenhao Qian, Xuanyong Liu
Graphene oxide has attracted widespread attentions in the biomedical fields due to its excellent biocompatibility. Herein we investigated the layer-number dependent antibacterial and osteogenic behaviors of graphene oxide in biointerfaces. Graphene oxide with different layer numbers was deposited on the titanium surfaces by cathodal electrophoretic deposition with varied deposition voltages. The initial cell adhesion and spreading, cell proliferation and osteogenic differentiation were observed from all the samples using rat bone mesenchymal stem cells...
March 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345756/the-dawn-of-dentistry-in-the-late-upper-paleolithic-an-early-case-of-pathological-intervention-at-riparo-fredian
#9
Gregorio Oxilia, Flavia Fiorillo, Francesco Boschin, Elisabetta Boaretto, Salvatore A Apicella, Chiara Matteucci, Daniele Panetta, Rossella Pistocchi, Franca Guerrini, Cristiana Margherita, Massimo Andretta, Rita Sorrentino, Giovanni Boschian, Simona Arrighi, Irene Dori, Giuseppe Mancuso, Jacopo Crezzini, Alessandro Riga, Maria C Serrangeli, Antonino Vazzana, Piero A Salvadori, Mariangela Vandini, Carlo Tozzi, Adriana Moroni, Robin N M Feeney, John C Willman, Jacopo Moggi-Cecchi, Stefano Benazzi
OBJECTIVES: Early evidence for the treatment of dental pathology is found primarily among food-producing societies associated with high levels of oral pathology. However, some Late Pleistocene hunter-gatherers show extensive oral pathology, suggesting that experimentation with therapeutic dental interventions may have greater antiquity. Here, we report the second earliest probable evidence for dentistry in a Late Upper Paleolithic hunter-gatherer recovered from Riparo Fredian (Tuscany, Italy)...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345352/metal-free-photoinduced-electron-transfer-atom-transfer-radical-polymerization-integrated-with-bio-inspired-polydopamine-chemistry-as-a-green-strategy-for-surface-engineering-of-magnetic-nanoparticles
#10
Yang Yang, Xuegang Liu, Gang Ye, Shan Zhu, Zhe Wang, Xiaomei Huo, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Yuexiang Lu, Jing Chen
Developing green and efficient technologies for surface modification of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) is of crucial importance for their biomedical and environmental applications. This study reports, for the first time, a novel strategy by integrating metal-free photoinduced electron transfer-atom transfer radical polymerization (PET-ATRP) with the bio-inspired polydopamine (PDA) chemistry for controlled architecture of functional polymer brushes from MNPs. Conformal PDA encapsulation layers were initially generated on the surfaces of MNPs, which served as the protective shells while providing an ideal platform for tethering 2-bromo-2-phenylacetic acid (BPA), a highly efficient initiator...
March 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344902/isolation-and-characterization-of-human-articular-chondrocytes-from-surgical-waste-after-total-knee-arthroplasty-tka
#11
Jakob Naranda, Lidija Gradišnik, Mario Gorenjak, Matjaž Vogrin, Uroš Maver
BACKGROUND: Cartilage tissue engineering is a fast-evolving field of biomedical engineering, in which the chondrocytes represent the most commonly used cell type. Since research in tissue engineering always consumes a lot of cells, simple and cheap isolation methods could form a powerful basis to boost such studies and enable their faster progress to the clinics. Isolated chondrocytes can be used for autologous chondrocyte implantation in cartilage repair, and are the base for valuable models to investigate cartilage phenotype preservation, as well as enable studies of molecular features, nature and scales of cellular responses to alterations in the cartilage tissue...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344485/biochemical-and-molecular-modulation-of-ccl4-induced-peripheral-and-central-damage-by-tilia-americana-var-mexicanaextracts
#12
Elvia Coballase-Urrutia, Noemí Cárdenas-Rodríguez, María Carolina González-García, Eithan Núñez-Ramírez, Esaú Floriano-Sánchez, María Eva González-Trujano, Berenice Fernández-Rojas, José Pedraza-Chaverrí, Hortencia Montesinos-Correa, Liliana Rivera-Espinosa, Aristides Iii Sampieri, Liliana Carmona-Aparicio
Around the world, species from the genus Tilia are commonly used because of their peripheral and central medicinal effects; they are prepared as teas and used as tranquilizing, anticonvulsant, and analgesic agents. In this study, we provide evidence of the protective effects of organic and aqueous extracts (100 mg/kg, i.p.) obtained from the leaves of Tilia americana var. mexicana on CCl4-induced liver and brain damage in the rat. Protection was observed in the liver and brain (cerebellum, cortex and cerebral hemispheres) by measuring the activity of antioxidant enzymes and levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) using spectrophotometric methods...
March 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343169/a-bayesian-semiparametric-factor-analysis-model-for-subtype-identification
#13
Jiehuan Sun, Joshua L Warren, Hongyu Zhao
Disease subtype identification (clustering) is an important problem in biomedical research. Gene expression profiles are commonly utilized to infer disease subtypes, which often lead to biologically meaningful insights into disease. Despite many successes, existing clustering methods may not perform well when genes are highly correlated and many uninformative genes are included for clustering due to the high dimensionality. In this article, we introduce a novel subtype identification method in the Bayesian setting based on gene expression profiles...
March 25, 2017: Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343111/the-intimate-relationship-as-a-site-of-social-protection-partnerships-between-people-who-inject-drugs
#14
Tim Rhodes, Jake Rance, Suzanne Fraser, Carla Treloar
Public health research treats intimate partnerships as sites of risk management, including in the management of HIV and hepatitis C transmission. This risk-infused biomedical approach tends to undermine appreciation of the emotional and socially situated meanings of care in intimate partnerships. In this article we explore qualitative interview accounts of the care enacted in partnerships between people who inject drugs, drawing on a 2014 study of 34 couples and 12 individuals living in two locations of Australia...
March 10, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343097/strait-razor-v2s-advancing-sequence-based-str-allele-reporting-and-beyond-to-other-marker-systems
#15
Jonathan L King, Frank R Wendt, Jie Sun, Bruce Budowle
STRait Razor has provided the forensic community a free-to-use, open-source tool for short tandem repeat (STR) analysis of massively parallel sequencing (MPS) data. STRait Razor v2s (SRv2s) allows users to capture physically phased haplotypes within the full amplicon of both commercial (ForenSeq) and "early access" panels (PowerSeq, Mixture ID). STRait Razor v2s may be run in batch mode to facilitate population-level analysis and is supported by all Unix distributions (including MAC OS). Data are reported in tables in string (haplotype), length-based (e...
March 12, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343096/sd-sem-sparse-dense-correspondence-for-3d-reconstruction-of-microscopic-samples
#16
Ahmadreza Baghaie, Ahmad P Tafti, Heather A Owen, Roshan M D'Souza, Zeyun Yu
Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging has been a principal component of many studies in biomedical, mechanical, and materials sciences since its emergence. Despite the high resolution of captured images, they remain two-dimensional (2D). In this work, a novel framework using sparse-dense correspondence is introduced and investigated for 3D reconstruction of stereo SEM images. SEM micrographs from microscopic samples are captured by tilting the specimen stage by a known angle. The pair of SEM micrographs is then rectified using sparse scale invariant feature transform (SIFT) features/descriptors and a contrario RANSAC for matching outlier removal to ensure a gross horizontal displacement between corresponding points...
March 20, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343075/an-update-on-application-of-nanotechnology-and-stem-cells-in-spinal-cord-injury-regeneration
#17
REVIEW
Kazem Nejati-Koshki, Yousef Mortazavi, Younes Pilehvar-Soltanahmadi, Sumit Sheoran, Nosratollah Zarghami
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to the spinal cord that leads to sudden loss of motor and autonomic function and sensory under the level of the injury. The pathophysiological advancement of SCI is divided into two categories: primary injury and secondary injury. Due to the loss of motor, sensory, or cognitive function, a patient's quality of life is likely reduced and places a great burden on society in order to supply health care costs. Therefore, it is important to develop suitable therapeutic strategies for SCI therapy...
March 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342938/the-impact-of-neoadjuvant-therapy-on-the-histopathological-features-of-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
REVIEW
Stephan Schorn, Ihsan Ekin Demir, Carmen Mota Reyes, Cemil Saricaoglu, Nicole Samm, Rebekka Schirren, Elke Tieftrunk, Daniel Hartmann, Helmut Friess, Güralp Onur Ceyhan
BACKGROUND: Due to increased rates of curative tumor resections exceeding 60% after FOLFIRINOX-treatment, neoadjuvant therapy/NTx is increasingly recognized as an effective therapy option for downstaging borderline or locally advanced pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma/PDAC. Yet, the effects of NTx on the common histopathological features of PDAC have not been systematically analysed. Therefore, the aim of the current study was to assess the impact of NTx on relevant histopathological features of PDAC...
March 14, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342438/-use-of-the-term-%C3%A2-pre-embryo%C3%A2-in-the-biomedical-literature-from-its-origin-to-the-present
#19
Modesto Ferrer Colomer, Luis Miguel Pastor
In this article, we present a review about the use of the term ″preembryo″ in the scientific literature as well as Bioethics from its origin, back in June 1979, to the end of the year 2014. We analyze their evolution along the time comparing with other terms commonly used in embryology. Also, we show the relevant journals in which this term appears, (offering the impact index within their specific field), and the authors who use it the most. The term ″preembryo″ arose in the scientific literature in 1979, remaining for about 6 years without reappearing in the scientific literature...
January 2017: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342048/assessing-knowledge-performance-and-efficiency-for-hospital-waste-management-a-comparison-of-government-and-private-hospitals-in-pakistan
#20
Mustafa Ali, Wenping Wang, Nawaz Chaudhry, Yong Geng, Uzma Ashraf
Proper management of healthcare waste is a critical concern in many countries of the world. Rapid urbanization and population growth rates pose serious challenges to healthcare waste management infrastructure in such countries. This study was aimed at assessing the situation of hospital waste management in a major city of Pakistan. Simple random sampling was used to select 12 government and private hospitals in the city. Field visits, physical measurements, and questionnaire survey method were used for data collection...
April 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
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