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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434000/apolipoprotein-a1-inhibits-the-tgf-%C3%AE-1-induced-endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-of-human-coronary-artery-endothelial-cells
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Juling Feng, Jingjing Zhang, Ampadu O Jackson, Xiao Zhu, Hainan Chen, Wen Chen, Qingjun Gui, Kai Yin
OBJECTIVE: Transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) is the major cytokine for stimulating endothelial cells (ECs) to transdifferentiate to mesenchymal cells (MCs) in the process known as endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT). Recently, TGF-β1-induced EndMT has been implicated in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis (AS). It has been identified that apolipoprotein A1 (ApoA-I) obstructs TGF-β1-induced endothelial dysfunction, providing a protective effect for ECs and also anti-AS activity...
April 22, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433920/proteomic-analysis-of-sockeye-salmon-serum-as-a-tool-for-biomarker-discovery-and-new-insight-into-the-sublethal-toxicity-of-diluted-bitumen
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Sarah L Alderman, Laura A Dindia, Christopher J Kennedy, Anthony P Farrell, Todd E Gillis
Pipelines carrying diluted bitumen (dilbit) from Canada's oil sands traverse North America, including the freshwater habitat of Pacific salmon, posing a risk of environmental release and aquatic exposure. Swimming performance is impacted in juvenile sockeye (Oncorhynchus nerka) exposed to dilbit; therefore biomarkers of dilbit exposure will be valuable for monitoring at-risk salmon stocks. This study characterized changes in the serum proteome of sockeye exposed to a sub-lethal and environmentally relevant concentration of dilbit using isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ), and included a range of experimental conditions to permit identification of biomarkers that are robust across time (1 and 4wk) and exercise level (at rest and following a swim test)...
April 12, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433419/disconnect-between-alcohol-induced-alterations-in-chromatin-structure-and-gene-transcription-in-a-mouse-embryonic-stem-cell-model-of-exposure
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Kylee J Veazey, Haiqing Wang, Yudhishtar S Bedi, William M Skiles, Richard Cheng-An Chang, Michael C Golding
Alterations to chromatin structure induced by environmental insults have become an attractive explanation for the persistence of exposure effects into subsequent life stages. However, a growing body of work examining the epigenetic impact that alcohol and other drugs of abuse exert consistently notes a disconnection between induced changes in chromatin structure and patterns of gene transcription. Thus, an important question is whether perturbations in the 'histone code' induced by prenatal exposures to alcohol implicitly subvert gene expression, or whether the hierarchy of cellular signaling networks driving development is such that they retain control over the transcriptional program...
January 11, 2017: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433156/ternary-natural-deep-eutectic-solvent-nades-infused-phthaloyl-starch-as-cost-efficient-quasi-solid-gel-polymer-electrolyte
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Vidhya Selvanathan, Ahmad Danial Azzahari, Adyani Azizah Abd Halim, Rosiyah Yahya
A first-of-its-kind, eco-friendly quasi-solid bioelectrolyte derived from potato starch was prepared. Starch was chemically modified via phthaloylation to synthesize amorphous, hydrophobic starch derivative and the attachment of the phthaloyl group was confirmed via FTIR which showed phthalate ester peak at 1715cm(-1); and (1)H NMR peaks between 7.30-7.90ppm attributed to the aromatic protons of the phthaloyl group. The resulting starch derivative was then infused with ternary natural deep eutectic solvent (NADES) made from different molar ratios of choline chloride, urea and glycerol...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433153/polyethylenimine-kappa-carrageenan-micro-arc-oxidation-coating-for-passivation-of-magnesium-alloy
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A Golshirazi, M Kharaziha, M A Golozar
The aim of this study was to combine micro-arc oxidation (MAO) and self-assembly technique to improve corrosion resistivity of AZ91 alloy. While a silicate-fluoride electrolyte was adopted for MAO treatment, polyethylenimine (PEI)/kappa carrageenan (KC) self-assembly coating was applied as the second coating layer. Resulted demonstrated the formation of forsterite-fluoride containing MAO coating on AZ91 alloy depending on the voltage and time of anodizing process. Addition of the second PEI/KC coating layer on MAO treated sample effectively enhanced the adhesive strength of MAO coated sample due to filling the pores with polymers and increase in the mechanical interlocking of coating to the substrate...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433055/pyrenyl-carbon-nanostructures-for-ultrasensitive-measurements-of-formaldehyde-in-urine
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Gayan Premaratne, Sabrina Farias, Sadagopan Krishnan
Measurement of ultra-low (e.g., parts-per-billion) levels of small-molecule markers in body fluids (e.g., serum, urine, saliva) involves a considerable challenge in view of designing assay strategies with sensitivity and selectivity. Herein we report for the first time an amperometric nano-bioelectrode design that uniquely combines 1-pyrenebutyric acid units pi-pi stacked with carboxylated multiwalled carbon nanotubes on the surface of gold screen printed electrodes for covalent attachment of NAD(+) dependent formaldehyde dehydrogenase (FDH)...
June 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432874/delayed-changes-in-auditory-status-in-cochlear-implant-users-with-preserved-acoustic-hearing
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Rachel A Scheperle, Viral D Tejani, Julia K Omtvedt, Carolyn J Brown, Paul J Abbas, Marlan R Hansen, Bruce J Gantz, Jacob J Oleson, Marie V Ozanne
This retrospective review explores delayed-onset hearing loss in 85 individuals receiving cochlear implants designed to preserve acoustic hearing at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics between 2001 and 2015. Repeated measures of unaided behavioral audiometric thresholds, electrode impedance, and electrically evoked compound action potential (ECAP) amplitude growth functions were used to characterize longitudinal changes in auditory status. Participants were grouped into two primary categories according to changes in unaided behavioral thresholds: (1) stable hearing or symmetrical hearing loss and (2) delayed loss of hearing in the implanted ear...
April 12, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432747/whole-body-adipose-tissue-and-lean-muscle-volumes-and-their-distribution-across-gender-and-age-mr-derived-normative-values-in-a-normal-weight-swiss-population
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Erika J Ulbrich, Daniel Nanz, Olof Dahlqvist Leinhard, Magda Marcon, Michael A Fischer
PURPOSE: To determine age- and gender-dependent whole-body adipose tissue and muscle volumes in healthy Swiss volunteers in Dixon MRI in comparison with anthropometric and bioelectrical impedance (BIA) measurements. METHODS: Fat-water-separated whole-body 3 Tesla MRI of 80 healthy volunteers (ages 20 to 62 years) with a body mass index (BMI) of 17.5 to 26.2 kg/m(2) (10 men, 10 women per decade). Age and gender-dependent volumes of total adipose tissue (TAT), visceral adipose tissue (VAT), total abdominal subcutaneous adipose tissue (ASAT) and total abdominal adipose tissue (TAAT), and the total lean muscle tissue (TLMT) normalized for body height were determined by semi-automatic segmentation, and correlated with anthropometric and BIA measurements as well as lifestyle parameters...
April 22, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432532/a-portable-battery-powered-microfluidic-impedance-cytometer-with-smartphone-readout-towards-personal-health-monitoring
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Niloy Talukder, Abbas Furniturewalla, Tuan Le, Matthew Chan, Shreyas Hirday, Xinnan Cao, Pengfei Xie, Zhongtian Lin, Azam Gholizadeh, Steve Orbine, Mehdi Javanmard
We present a portable system for personalized blood cell counting consisting of a microfluidic impedance cytometer and portable analog readout electronics, feeding into an analog-to-digital converter (ADC), and being transmitted via Bluetooth to a user-accessible mobile application. We fabricated a microfluidic impedance cytometer with a novel portable analog readout. The novel design of the analog readout, which consists of a lock-in-amplifier followed by a high-pass filter stage for subtraction of drift and DC offset, and a post-subtraction high gain stage, enables detection of particles and cells as small as 1 μm in diameter, despite using a low-end 8-bit ADC...
June 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432530/an-integrated-microsystem-with-dielectrophoresis-enrichment-and-impedance-detection-for-detection-of-escherichia-coli
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Renjie Wang, Yi Xu, Haitao Liu, Jinlan Peng, Joseph Irudayaraj, Feiyun Cui
An integrated microsystem device with matched interdigitated microelectrode chip was fabricated for enrichment and detection of Escherichia coli O157:H7. The microsystem has integrated with positive dielectrophoresis (pDEP) enrichment and in situ impedance detection, whose total volume is only 3.0 × 10(-3) m(3), and could provide impedance testing voltages of 0 ~ 10 V, detection frequencies of 1 KHz ~ 1 MHz, DEP excitation signals with amplitude of 0 ~ 10 Vpp and frequencies of 1KHz ~ 1 MHz, which fully meets the demands of pDEP enrichment and impedance detection for bacteria...
June 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432501/high-scale-yield-of-nano-hydroxyapatite-through-combination-of-mechanical-activation-and-chemical-dispersion
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Xueling Gao, Chunchu Dai, Weiwei Liu, Yumei Liu, Ru Shen, Xiaotong Zheng, Ke Duan, Jie Weng, Shuxin Qu
The aim of this study is to develop a simple, convenient and effective approach to synthesize nano-sized hydroxyapatite (nano-HA) at high-scale yield. Nano-HA was wet synthesized in the presence or absence of alendronate sodium (ALN), one of bisphosphonates for anti-osteoporotic. Then aged and washed nano-HA precipitate was directly treated by mechanical activation combined with the chemical dispersion of ALN to prevent the agglomeration of nano-HA. ALN acted not only as a chemical dispersant but also as an orthopedic drug...
June 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431563/inheritance-of-brewing-relevant-phenotypes-in-constructed-saccharomyces-cerevisiae%C3%A2-%C3%A3-%C3%A2-saccharomyces-eubayanus-hybrids
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Kristoffer Krogerus, Tuulikki Seppänen-Laakso, Sandra Castillo, Brian Gibson
BACKGROUND: Interspecific hybridization has proven to be a potentially valuable technique for generating de novo lager yeast strains that possess diverse and improved traits compared to their parent strains. To further enhance the value of hybridization for strain development, it would be desirable to combine phenotypic traits from more than two parent strains, as well as remove unwanted traits from hybrids. One such trait, that has limited the industrial use of de novo lager yeast hybrids, is their inherent tendency to produce phenolic off-flavours; an undesirable trait inherited from the Saccharomyces eubayanus parent...
April 21, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430955/measurement-of-platelet-counts-and-volume-using-magnesium-sulfate-as-an-anticoagulant-%C3%A2-comparison-of-impedance-and-light-scatter-technology
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Steffen Mannuß, Peter Kohlschein, Katrin Dreißiger, Peter Schuff-Werner
Objectives: Magnesium sulfate (MgSO 4 ) was recently reported as an alternative in vitro anticoagulant in pseudo-thrombocytopenia. Its suitability as an anticoagulant for the determination of reliable platelet parameters is the subject of this study. Methods: Platelet count and mean platelet volume were measured in blood samples anticoagulated with EDTA and MgSO 4 and compared. The platelet parameters were determined by impedance (XE 5000 [Sysmex, Norderstedt, Germany]; DxH 800 [Beckman-Coulter, Krefeld, Germany]) and laser light-scatter technology (Advia 120 [Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Eschborn, Germany])...
November 1, 2016: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430418/effects-of-small-polar-molecules-ma-and-h2o-on-degradation-processes-of-perovskite-solar-cells
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Chunqing Ma, Dong Shen, Jian Qing, Hrisheekesh Thachoth Chandran, Ming-Fai Lo, Chun-Sing Lee
Degradation mechanisms of methylammonium lead halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have drawn much attention recently. Herein, the bulk and surface degradation processes of the perovskite were differentiated for the first time by employing combinational studies using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), capacitance frequency (CF), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies with particular attention on the roles of small polar molecules (MA(+) and H2O). CF study shows that short-circuit current density of the PSCs is increased by H2O at the beginning of the degradation process coupled with an increased surface capacitance...
April 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430384/pharmacokinetics-of-concentrated-naloxone-nasal-spray-over-first-30%C3%A2-minutes-post-dosing-analysis-of-suitability-for-opioid-overdose-reversal
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Gill Mundin, Rebecca McDonald, Kevin Smith, Stephen Harris, John Strang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Lack of non-injectable naloxone formulations has impeded widespread take-home provision for the prevention of heroin/opioid overdose deaths. For non-injectable formulations that are finally being investigated, rapid onset of action and sufficient bioavailability will be vital. We present analysis of data from a study of concentrated naloxone nasal spray formulations. Our aims are: to assess 1) pharmacokinetic properties and 2) suitability for overdose reversal in terms of naloxone absorption within 30 minutes post-dosing...
April 21, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430236/spectral-characterization-and-discrimination-of-synthetic-fibers-with-near-infrared-hyperspectral-imaging-system
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Xiaoke Jin, Hafeezullah Memon, Wei Tian, Qinli Yin, Xiaofang Zhan, Chengyan Zhu
Synthetic fibers account for about half of all fiber usage, with applications in every textile field. The phenomenon of fiber composition not matching the label harms consumer interests and impedes market development. Hyperspectral imaging technology as a potential technique can be utilized to discriminate mass synthetic fibers rapidly and nondestructively and achieves the functions that traditional Fourier transform infrared instruments do not have. On the basis of investigating the impact of dope-dyeing and wrapping processes on spectra, the spectral features (from 900 to 2500 nm) of six categories of synthetic fibers were extracted with a hyperspectral imaging system...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429831/one-step-fabrication-of-monolithic-electrodes-comprising-co9s8-particles-supported-on-cobalt-foam-for-efficient-and-durable-oxygen-evolution-reaction
#17
Dehua Xiong, Qingqing Zhang, Sitaramanjaneya Mouli Thalluri, Junyuan Xu, Wei Li, Xiuli Fu, Lifeng Liu
We report a very easy and cost-effective approach to the fabrication of monolithic Co9S8 water oxidation electrodes (Co@Co9S8), which is fabricated by one-step hydrothermal treatment of commercially available cobalt foam in the presence of thiourea. The morphology, crystal structure, microstructure, and composition of as-fabricated Co@Co9S8 electrodes are examined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and their electrochemical properties are investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronopotentiometry (CP), chronoamperometry (CA), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS)...
April 21, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429571/melatonin-antagonizes-interleukin-18-mediated-inhibition-on-neural-stem-cell-proliferation-and-differentiation
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Zheng Li, Xingye Li, Matthew T V Chan, William Ka Kei Wu, DunXian Tan, Jianxiong Shen
Neural stem cells (NSCs) are self-renewing, pluripotent and undifferentiated cells which have the potential to differentiate into neurons, oligodendrocytes and astrocytes. NSC therapy for tissue regeneration, thus, gains popularity. However, the low survivals rate of the transplanted cell impedes its utilities. In this study, we tested whether melatonin, a potent antioxidant, could promote the NSC proliferation and neuronal differentiation, especially, in the presence of the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-18 (IL-18)...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429200/achalasia-it-is-not-all-black-and-white
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REVIEW
Santosh Sanagapalli, Rami Sweis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review aims to shed light on subtleties of achalasia diagnosis, including potential pitfalls that may lead to errors. Optimal methods for assessment of disease severity and the relationship between achalasia and other motility disorders will also be reviewed with an emphasis on recent findings from the literature. RECENT FINDINGS: Adjunctive testing with viscous substances or larger water volumes should be used routinely as it improves the accuracy of achalasia diagnosis...
June 2017: Current Gastroenterology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428985/strain-capacitance-relationship-in-polymer-actuators-based-on-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes-and-ionic-liquid-gels
#20
Hyacinthe Randriamahazaka, Kinji Asaka
We investigate the electromechanical properties of bucky-gel electrochemical actuators incorporating various amounts of single-walled carbon nanotubes and an ionic liquid electrolyte, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, that are able to convert electrochemical energy into mechanical energy. The interplay between mechanical and electrochemical effects is studied. The electromechanical responses are investigated by means of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and bending displacement measurements...
April 21, 2017: Faraday Discussions
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