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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821150/functionalized-alginate-with-liquid-like-behaviors-and-its-application-in-wet-spinning
#1
Zhen Sang, Wenqian Zhang, Zhiyuan Zhou, Huakang Fu, Yeqiang Tan, Kunyan Sui, Yanzhi Xia
Alginate is a kind of marine-derived plant polysaccharide with useful properties including inherent flame-retardancy and biocompatibility, yet poor flowability and low processing efficiency induced by high viscosity impede its further industrial applications. In this study, PEG-substituted tertiary amines were adapted to functionalize alginate with different molecular weight via acid-base reaction to improve the flowability. Based on alginate with low molecular weight, alginate fluids exhibited excellent flowability at room temperature in the absence of solvent...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820933/surface-chemistry-of-la0-99sr0-01nbo4-d-and-its-implication-for-proton-conduction
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Cheng Li, Stevin S Pramana, Na Ni, John A Kilner, Stephen J Skinner
Acceptor doped LaNbO4 is a promising electrolyte material for proton conducting fuel cell (PCFC) applications. As charge transfer processes govern device performance, the outermost surface of acceptor doped LaNbO4 will play an important role in determining the overall cell performance. However, the surface composition is poorly characterized, and the understanding of its impact on the proton exchange process is rudimentary. In this work, the surface chemistry of 1 at% Sr doped LaNbO4 (La0.99Sr0.01NbO4-d, denoted as LSNO) proton conductor is characterized using LEIS and SIMS...
August 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820729/head-phantoms-for-electroencephalography-and-transcranial-electric-stimulation-a-skull-material-study
#3
Alexander Hunold, Daniel Strohmeier, Patrique Fiedler, Jens Haueisen
Physical head phantoms allow the assessment of source reconstruction procedures in electroencephalography and electrical stimulation profiles during transcranial electric stimulation. Volume conduction in the head is strongly influenced by the skull, which represents the main conductivity barrier. Realistic modeling of its characteristics is thus important for phantom development. In the present study, we proposed plastic clay as a material for modeling the skull in phantoms. We analyzed five clay types varying in granularity and fractions of fire clay, each with firing temperatures from 550°C to 950°C...
August 18, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820609/cardio-pulmonary-interactions-physiologic-basis-and-clinical-applications
#4
Michael R Pinsky
The hemodynamic effects of ventilation can be grouped into three concepts: 1) spontaneous ventilation is exercise; 2) changes in lung volume alter autonomic tone, pulmonary vascular resistance, and can compress the heart in the cardiac fossa; 3) spontaneous inspiratory efforts decrease intrathoracic pressure (ITP) increasing venous return and impeding left ventricular (LV) ejection; whereas positive pressure ventilation decreases venous return and unloads LV ejection. Spontaneous inspiratory efforts may induce acute LV failure and cardiogenic pulmonary edema...
August 18, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820467/aquaporin-4-functionality-and-virchow-robin-space-water-dynamics-physiological-model-for-neurovascular-coupling-and-glymphatic-flow
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REVIEW
Tsutomu Nakada, Ingrid L Kwee, Hironaka Igarashi, Yuji Suzuki
The unique properties of brain capillary endothelium, critical in maintaining the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and restricting water permeability across the BBB, have important consequences on fluid hydrodynamics inside the BBB hereto inadequately recognized. Recent studies indicate that the mechanisms underlying brain water dynamics are distinct from systemic tissue water dynamics. Hydrostatic pressure created by the systolic force of the heart, essential for interstitial circulation and lymphatic flow in systemic circulation, is effectively impeded from propagating into the interstitial fluid inside the BBB by the tightly sealed endothelium of brain capillaries...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819982/hiv-testing-in-the-dental-setting-perspectives-and-practices-of-experienced-dental-professionals
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Carrigan L Parish, Karolynn Siegel, Terri Liguori, Stephen N Abel, Harold A Pollack, Margaret R Pereyra, Lisa R Metsch
The dental setting is a largely untapped venue to identify patients with undiagnosed HIV infection. Yet, uptake of rapid HIV testing within the dental community remains low. This study sought to better understand the experiences of dental professionals who have administered the test and how these experiences might inform efforts to promote greater uptake of rapid HIV testing in dental settings. Qualitative interviews were conducted with United States dentists (N = 37) and hygienists (N = 5) who offered rapid HIV testing in their practices...
August 18, 2017: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819428/development-of-a-new-analog-of-sgk1-inhibitor-and-its-evaluation-as-a-therapeutic-molecule-of-colorectal-cancer
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Xuchun Liang, Chunling Lan, Jinzhe Zhou, Wencheng Fu, Xuesha Long, Yu An, Guanming Jiao, Kejin Wang, Yongqin Li, Jiahong Xu, Qi Huang, Bin Xu, Junjie Xiao
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most leading causes of cancer-related death worldwide. The serum and glucocorticoid inducible kinase SGK1 is highly expressed and involved in several tumors. GSK650394, a SGK1 inhibitor, has been proved to be effective in impeding tumor growth in vitro. In this study, we developed a novel analog of GSK650394, and evaluated its effects on CRC cells and tumor growth both in vitro and in vivo. HCT116 cells were treated with a concentration gradient of new developed compounds and cholecystokinin octapeptide (CCK-8) assay was used to calculate the IC50 value of every analog...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819323/excessive-body-fat-linked-to-blunted-somatosensory-cortex-response-to-general-reward-in-adolescents
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J F Navas, A Barros-Loscertales, V Costumero-Ramos, J Verdejo-Román, R Vilar-López, A Verdejo-García
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The brain reward system is key to understanding adolescent obesity in the current obesogenic environment, rich in highly appetising stimuli, to which adolescents are particularly sensitive. We aimed to examine the association between body fat levels and brain reward system responsivity to general (monetary) rewards in male and female adolescents. METHOD: Sixty-eight adolescents (34 females; mean age [standard deviation]=16.56 [1.35]) were measured for body fat levels with bioelectric impedance, and underwent a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan during the Monetary Incentive Delay (MID) task...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819223/levobuipivacaine-induced-dissemination-of-a549-lung-cancer-cells
#9
Shun-Ming Chan, Bo-Feng Lin, Chih-Shung Wong, Wen-Ting Chuang, Yu-Ting Chou, Zhi-Fu Wu
While anaesthetics are frequently used on cancer patients during surgical procedures, their consequence on cancer progression remains to be elucidated. In this study, we sought to investigate the influence of local anesthetics on lung cancer cell dissemination in vitro and in vivo. A549 human non-small lung cancer cells were treated with various local anaesthetics including ropivacaine, lidocaine, levobupivacaine and bupivacaine. Cell barrier property was assessed using an electric cell-substrate impedance sensing (ECIS) system...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818832/b-cell-ox40l-supports-t-follicular-helper-cell-development-and-contributes-to-sle-pathogenesis
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Andrea Cortini, Ursula Ellinghaus, Talat H Malik, Deborah S Cunningham Grahman, Marina Botto, Timothy James Vyse
OBJECTIVES: TNFSF4 (encodes OX40L) is a susceptibility locus for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Risk alleles increase TNFSF4 expression in cell lines, but the mechanism linking this effect to disease is unclear, and the OX40L-expressing cell types mediating the risk are not clearly established. Blockade of OX40L has been demonstrated to reduce disease severity in several models of autoimmunity, but not in SLE. We sought to investigate its potential therapeutic role in lupus. METHODS: We used a conditional knockout mouse system to investigate the function of OX40L on B and T lymphocytes in systemic autoimmunity...
August 17, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818695/direct-detection-of-neural-activity-in-vitro-using-magnetic-resonance-electrical-impedance-tomography-mreit
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Rosalind J Sadleir, Fanrui Fu, Corey Falgas, Stephen Holland, May Boggess, Samuel C Grant, Eung Je Woo
We describe a sequence of experiments performed in vitro to verify the existence of a new magnetic resonance imaging contrast - Magnetic Resonance Electrical Impedance Tomography (MREIT) -sensitive to changes in active membrane conductivity. We compared standard deviations in MREIT phase data from spontaneously active Aplysia abdominal ganglia in an artificial seawater background solution (ASW) with those found after treatment with an excitotoxic solution (KCl). We found significant increases in MREIT treatment cases, compared to control ganglia subject to extra ASW...
August 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818507/optimizing-quality-of-endoscopy-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-focus-on-surveillance-and-management-of-colorectal-dysplasia-using-interactive-image-and-video-based-teaching
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Tonya R Kaltenbach, Roy M Soetikno, Rebecca DeVivo, Loren A Laine, Alan Barkun, Kenneth R McQuaid
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Varying recommendations regarding the detection and management of dysplasia can lead to uncertainty and may have impeded the uptake of strategies that could improve surveillance in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). As such, an educational event was held to assist in disseminating the recently published Surveillance for Colorectal Endoscopic Neoplasia Detection and Management in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients: International Consensus Recommendations (SCENIC)...
August 14, 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818248/cancer-risk-promoting-information-the-communication-environment-of-young-adults
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Rachel F McCloud, Racquel E Kohler, K Viswanath
Young adulthood represents a time of myriad transitions, which leave young adults (YAs) more susceptible to the influences of cancer risk-promoting information. The tobacco, alcohol, indoor tanning, and food and beverage industries engage in aggressive marketing strategies through both traditional and social media to target this age group to consume their products, which have known links to cancer. Despite this barrage of messaging, detailed data are lacking on the communication behaviors of subgroups of this diverse age group, particularly those from low SES...
September 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817834/mdm2-promotes-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-and-metastasis-of-ovarian-cancer-skov3-cells
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Ying Chen, Dan-Dan Wang, Ye-Ping Wu, Dan Su, Tian-Yi Zhou, Ren-Hua Gai, Ying-Ying Fu, Lin Zheng, Qiao-Jun He, Hong Zhu, Bo Yang
BACKGROUND: Metastasis accounts for the most lethal reason for the death of ovarian cancer patients, but remains largely untreated. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is critical for the conversion of early-stage ovarian tumours into metastatic malignancies. Thus the exploration of the signalling pathways promoting EMT would open potential opportunities for the treatment of metastatic ovarian cancer. Herein, the putative role of MDM2 in regulating EMT and metastasis of ovarian cancer SKOV3 cells was investigated...
August 17, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817501/nurses-perceptions-of-a-novel-protocol-addressing-uniform-periods-of-minimum-assessment-times
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Annamma Steaphen, DaiWai M Olson, Sonja E Stutzman
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This quality improvement project aimed to understand the impact of a quiet time protocol on nurses and patients in the neurocritical care unit (NCCU) by comparing pretest and posttest outcomes, taking decibel readings, and abstracting chart information. BACKGROUND: Sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy life. Patients in the NCCU often do not get adequate amounts of sleep. Quiet time studies have focused on implementing periods of reduced noise levels to improve patient sleep...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817390/hypoalbuminemia-is-a-predictive-factor-for-fistula-formation-in-recurrent-cervical-cancer
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Lavanya H Palavalli Parsons, Brandon Roane, Dustin B Manders, Debra L Richardson, Siobhan M Kehoe, Matthew Carlson, David S Miller, Jayanthi S Lea
OBJECTIVE: Antivascular endothelial growth factor monoclonal antibodies inhibit tumor angiogenesis, consequently impeding the recruitment of new vasculature to existing and new tumor lesions. We sought to evaluate toxicities in women with recurrent cervical cancer after receiving bevacizumab combination chemotherapy. METHODS: A review was conducted of women with recurrent and metastatic cervical cancer who were treated with salvage chemotherapy with or without bevacizumab between 2005 and 2015...
August 16, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817256/tailorable-exciton-transport-in-doped-peptide-amphiphile-assemblies
#17
Lee A Solomon, Matthew E Sykes, Yimin A Wu, Richard D Schaller, Gary P Wiederrecht, Harry Christopher Fry
Light-harvesting biomaterials are an attractive target in photovoltaics, photocatalysis, and artificial photosynthesis. Through peptide self-assembly, complex nanostructures can be engineered to study the role of chromophore organization during light absorption and energy transport. To this end, we demonstrate the one-dimensional transport of excitons along naturally occurring, light-harvesting, Zn-protoporphyrin IX chromophores within self-assembled peptide-amphiphile nanofibers. The internal structure of the nanofibers induces packing of the porphyrins into linear chains...
August 17, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817084/permalloy-based-thin-film-structures-magnetic-properties-and-the-giant-magnetoimpedance-effect-in-the-temperature-range-important-for-biomedical-applications
#18
Anna A Chlenova, Alexey A Moiseev, Mikhail S Derevyanko, Aleksandr V Semirov, Vladimir N Lepalovsky, Galina V Kurlyandskaya
Permalloy-based thin film structures are excellent materials for sensor applications. Temperature dependencies of the magnetic properties and giant magneto-impedance (GMI) were studied for Fe19Ni81-based multilayered structures obtained by the ion-plasma sputtering technique. Selected temperature interval of 25 °C to 50 °C corresponds to the temperature range of functionality of many devices, including magnetic biosensors. A (Cu/FeNi)₅/Cu/(Cu/FeNi)₅ multilayered structure with well-defined traverse magnetic anisotropy showed an increase in the GMI ratio for the total impedance and its real part with temperature increased...
August 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816518/balancing-between-prejudice-and-fact-for-gaming-disorder-does-the-existence-of-alcohol-use-disorder-stigmatize-healthy-drinkers-or-impede-scientific-research
#19
Seung-Yup Lee, Hyekyung Choo, Hae Kook Lee
The inclusion of Gaming Disorder (GD) criteria in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) beta draft was recently criticized, and an argument was made for its removal to "avoid a waste of public resources." However, these misleading statements are believed to be based on under estimation of this ever-growing problem. Such claims may endanger public health and the psychosocial well-being of affected individuals. Thus, the seriousness of the problem was briefly emphasized in our response paper...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Behavioral Addictions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816432/an-integrated-microsystem-for-real-time-detection-and-threshold-activated-treatment-of-bacterial-biofilms
#20
Sowmya Subramanian, Ekaterina I Tolstaya, Thomas Winkler, William E Bentley, Reza Ghodssi
Bacterial biofilms are the primary cause of infections in medical implants and catheters. Delayed detection of biofilm infections contributes to the widespread use of high doses of antibiotics, leading to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains. Accordingly, there is an urgent need for systems that can rapidly detect and treat biofilm infections in situ. As a step towards this goal, in this work we have developed for the first time a threshold-activated feedback-based impedance sensor-treatment system for combined real-time detection and treatment of biofilms...
August 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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