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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320043/effects-of-ranolazine-in-a-model-of-doxorubicin-induced-left-ventricle-diastolic-dysfunction
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Donato Cappetta, Grazia Esposito, Raffaele Coppini, Elena Piegari, Rosa Russo, Loreta Pia Ciuffreda, Alessia Rivellino, Lorenzo Santini, Concetta Rafaniello, Cristina Scavone, Francesco Rossi, Liberato Berrino, Konrad Urbanek, Antonella De Angelis
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Doxorubicin (DOXO) is a highly effective anticancer drug but its clinical application is impeded by cardiotoxicity. Asymptomatic diastolic dysfunction can be the earliest manifestation of DOXO cardiotoxicity. Therefore, a search for therapeutic intervention that can interfere with early manifestations and possibly prevent late cardiotoxicity is warranted. Increased DOXO-dependent reactive oxygen species may explain, in part, Ca(2+) and Na(+) overload that contributes to diastolic dysfunction and development of heart failure...
March 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319904/sensitivity-enhancement-of-graphene-zinc-oxide-nanocomposite-based-electrochemical-impedance-genosensor-for-single-stranded-rna-detection
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Sze Shin Low, Hwei-San Loh, Jian Sheng Boey, Poi Sim Khiew, Wee Siong Chiu, Michelle T T Tan
An efficient electrochemical impedance genosensing platform has been constructed based on graphene/zinc oxide nanocomposite produced via a facile and green approach. Highly pristine graphene was synthesised from graphite through liquid phase sonication and then mixed with zinc acetate hexahydrate for the synthesis of graphene/zinc oxide nanocomposite by solvothermal growth. The as-synthesised graphene/zinc oxide nanocomposite was characterised with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffractometry (XRD) to evaluate its morphology, crystallinity, composition and purity...
February 27, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319897/dialysis-membrane-enforced-microelectrode-array-measurement-of-diverse-gut-electrical-activity
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Naoko Iwata, Takumi Fujimura, Chiho Takai, Kei Odani, Shin Kawano, Shinsuke Nakayama
A variety of electrical activities occur depending on the functional state in each section of the gut, but the application of microelectrode array (MEA) is rather limited. We thus developed a dialysis membranes-enforced technique to investigate diverse and complex spatio-temporal electrical activity in the gut. Muscle sheets isolated from the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of mice along with a piece of dialysis membrane were woven over and under the strings to fix them to the anchor rig, and mounted on an 8×8 MEA (inter-electrode distance=150µm)...
March 16, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319679/evaluation-of-body-composition-with-bioimpedence-a-comparison-between-athletic-and-non-athletic-children
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Domenico Meleleo, Nicola Bartolomeo, Liliana Cassano, Alessandro Nitti, Giovanna Susca, Giuseppina Mastrototaro, Umberto Armenise, Annapaola Zito, Fiorella Devito, Pietro Scicchitano, Marco Matteo Ciccone
PURPOSE: Conventional Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) or Bioelectrical Impedance Vector Analysis (BIVA) can provide direct evaluations of body composition. The purpose of this study was to evaluate lean and fat mass (FM), and hydration of children involved in daily competitive sports. METHODS: 190 non-athletic [8.2-10.5 years] and 29 competitive children [8.0-10.5 years] were enrolled. They were evaluated: at baseline (t0), 6 months (t1) and one year (t2)...
March 20, 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319030/ischemic-small-intestine-in-vivo-versus-ex-vivo-bioimpedance-measurements
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Runar James Strand-Amundsen, Henrik Reims, Christian Tronstad, Havard Kalvoy, Orjan Martinsen, Jan Hogetveit, Tom Erik Ruud, Tor Inge Tønnessen
Bioimpedance has been used to investigate changes in electrical parameters during ischemia in various tissues. The small intestine is a multi-layered structure, with several distinct tissue types, and ischemia related changes occur at different times in the different intestinal layers. When investigating how the electrical properties in the small intestine is affected by ischemia, some researchers have used ex-vivo models while others have used in-vivo models. In this study, we compare ischemic time development of electrical parameters in ischemic in-vivo versus ex-vivo small intestine...
March 20, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318821/snf2-family-protein-fft3-suppresses-nucleosome-turnover-to-promote-epigenetic-inheritance-and-proper-replication
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Nitika Taneja, Martin Zofall, Vanivilasini Balachandran, Gobi Thillainadesan, Tomoyasu Sugiyama, David Wheeler, Ming Zhou, Shiv I S Grewal
Heterochromatin can be epigenetically inherited in cis, leading to stable gene silencing. However, the mechanisms underlying heterochromatin inheritance remain unclear. Here, we identify Fft3, a fission yeast homolog of the mammalian SMARCAD1 SNF2 chromatin remodeler, as a factor uniquely required for heterochromatin inheritance, rather than for de novo assembly. Importantly, we find that Fft3 suppresses turnover of histones at heterochromatic loci to facilitate epigenetic transmission of heterochromatin in cycling cells...
March 8, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318631/the-antihelmenthic-phosphate-niclosamide-impedes-renal-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-homeodomain-interacting-protein-kinase-2-expression
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Xiaoyan Chang, Xin Zhen, Jixing Liu, Xiaomei Ren, Zheng Hu, Zhanmei Zhou, Fengxin Zhu, Ke Ding, Jing Nie
Renal fibrosis is the final common pathway of all varieties of progressive chronic kidney disease. However, there are no effective therapies to prevent or slow the progression of renal fibrosis. Niclosamide is a US Food and Drug Administration-approved oral antihelminthic drug used for treating most tapeworm infections. Here, we demonstrated that phosphate niclosamide, the water-soluble form of niclosamide, significantly reduced proteinuria, glomerulosclrotic lesions, and interstitial fibrosis in a murine model of adriamycin nephropathy...
March 16, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318143/designing-squaraines-to-control-charge-injection-and-recombination-processes-in-nio-based-dye-sensitized-solar-cells
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Oliver Langmar, Davide Saccone, Anna Amat, Simona Fantacci, Guido Viscardi, Claudia Barolo, Ruben Costa, Dirk Michael Guldi
Herein, the synthesis of a novel family of squaraines (SQ) and their application in p-type dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) is presented. In particular, two sets of SQs were designed. The SQs have been characterized by using a joint theoretical, photophysical and electrochemical approach. Importantly, the presence of different central groups forces them into a frozen cis (dicyanovinyl group) or a trans (oxygen group) conformation. Based on the latter, the current work enables the direct comparison between cis and trans isomers, as well as the impact of a different number of anchors...
March 20, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317995/in-situ-deprotection-and-dynamic-covalent-assembly-using-a-dual-role-catalyst
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T Wei, J C Furgal, T F Scott
Utilization of constituent molecular precursors bearing covalently coreactive functional groups for self-assembly risks premature reaction, impeding synthetic and purification efforts. To prevent premature amine-aldehyde condensation for oligomers bearing both groups, we employ a dual-role Lewis acid catalyst for both in situ acetal deprotection and subsequent imine exchange, effecting oligomer assembly.
March 20, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317985/hierarchical-porous-ni-boehmite-nickel-aluminum-oxide-flakes-with-enhanced-microwave-absorption-ability
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Biao Zhao, Junwei Liu, Xiaoqin Guo, Wanyu Zhao, Luyang Liang, Chao Ma, Rui Zhang
In this article, composites consisting of porous Ni cores coated with boehmite/nickel aluminum oxide nanoflakes were successfully prepared by a versatile method. The crystal constituents and shapes of the boehmite/nickel aluminum oxide nanoflakes were strongly influenced by reaction temperature, and their microwave absorption properties were investigated in terms of complex permittivity and permeability. The results reveal that the composites comprising porous Ni cores coated with boehmite/nickel aluminum oxide synthesized at 180 °C present superior absorption properties...
March 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317954/surface-chemistry-of-pure-tetragonal-zro2-and-gas-phase-dependence-of-the-tetragonal-to-monoclinic-zro2-transformation
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Eva-Maria Köck, Michaela Kogler, Thomas Götsch, Lukas Schlicker, Maged F Bekheet, Andrew Doran, Aleksander Gurlo, Bernhard Klötzer, Benedikt Petermüller, Daniel Schildhammer, Nevzat Yigit, Simon Penner
The surface chemical properties of undoped tetragonal ZrO2 and the gas-phase dependence of the tetragonal-to-monoclinic transformation are studied using a tetragonal ZrO2 polymorph synthesized via a sol-gel method from an alkoxide precursor. The obtained phase-pure tetragonal ZrO2 is defective and strongly hydroxylated with pronounced Lewis acidic and Brønsted basic surface sites. Combined in situ FT-infrared and electrochemical impedance measurements reveal effective blocking of coordinatively unsaturated sites by both CO and CO2, as well as low conductivity...
March 20, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317927/observation-of-acoustic-dirac-like-cone-and-double-zero-refractive-index
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Marc Dubois, Chengzhi Shi, Xuefeng Zhu, Yuan Wang, Xiang Zhang
Zero index materials where sound propagates without phase variation, holds a great potential for wavefront and dispersion engineering. Recently explored electromagnetic double zero index metamaterials consist of periodic scatterers whose refractive index is significantly larger than that of the surrounding medium. This requirement is fundamentally challenging for airborne acoustics because the sound speed (inversely proportional to the refractive index) in air is among the slowest. Here, we report the first experimental realization of an impedance matched acoustic double zero refractive index metamaterial induced by a Dirac-like cone at the Brillouin zone centre...
March 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317677/trends-in-cataract-surgery-training-curricula
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Mona Lotfipour, Ramunas Rolius, Erik B Lehman, Seth M Pantanelli, Ingrid U Scott
PURPOSE: To evaluate trends in cataract surgery training curricula and factors affecting timing of resident participation as a primary surgeon. SETTING: Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study of anonymous survey results. METHODS: A description of the study and link to an online survey was e-mailed to program directors of each ophthalmology residency training program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)...
January 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317452/recent-advances-in-diagnostic-testing-for-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease
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Rishi D Naik, Michael F Vaezi
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) has a large economic burden with important complications that include esophagitis, Barrett's esophagus, and adenocarcinoma. Despite endoscopy, validated patient questionnaires, and traditional ambulatory pH monitoring, the diagnosis of GERD continues to be challenging. Areas covered: This review will explore the difficulties in diagnosing GERD with a focus on new developments, ranging from basic fundamental changes (histology and immunohistochemistry) to direct patient care (narrow-band imaging, impedance, and response to anti-reflux surgery)...
March 20, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315996/olfactory-preferences-of-the-parasitic-nematode-howardula-aoronymphium-and-its-insect-host-drosophila-falleni
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James A Cevallos, Ryo P Okubo, Steve J Perlman, Elissa A Hallem
Many parasitic nematodes have an environmental infective stage that searches for hosts. Olfaction plays an important role in this process, with nematodes navigating their environment using host-emitted and environmental olfactory cues. The interactions between parasitic nematodes and their hosts are also influenced by the olfactory behaviors of the host, since host olfactory preferences drive behaviors that may facilitate or impede parasitic infection. However, how olfaction shapes parasite-host interactions is poorly understood...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315970/a-root-penetration-model-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-in-phytagel-medium-with-different-strength
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Jie Yan, Bochu Wang, Yong Zhou
Phytagel media were evaluated as systems to mechanically impede roots of A. thaliana. Studying mechanical properties of Phytagel and exploring the root response to mechanical stimulation can facilitate plant culture and plant development. Breaking strengths of 0.5-2.0% phytagel media were tested by uniaxial compression test. Different phytagel concentrations were set to alter the strength of layers in growth medium. Negative correlations were observed between root length, straightness and medium strength. When roots elongated through soft upper-layer (0...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315813/the-case-for-applying-tissue-engineering-methodologies-to-instruct-human-organoid-morphogenesis
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REVIEW
Carlos R Marti-Figueroa, Randolph S Ashton
Three-dimensional organoids derived from human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC) derivatives have become widely used in vitro models for studying development and disease. Their ability to recapitulate facets of normal human development during in vitro morphogenesis produces tissue structures with unprecedented biomimicry. Current organoid derivation protocols primarily rely on spontaneous morphogenesis processes to occur within 3-D spherical cell aggregates with minimal to no exogenous control. This yields organoids containing microscale regions of biomimetic tissues, but at the macroscale (i...
March 15, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314449/aligning-mental-health-treatments-with-the-developmental-stage-and-needs-of-late-adolescents-and-young-adults
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REVIEW
Brian Skehan, Maryann Davis
Transitional age youth (TAY) are in a discrete developmental stage, different from both adolescents and mature adults. Serious mental illness can result in their delayed psychosocial development and morbidity. Systemic, provider, and individual barriers result in poor access to care for these youth, potentially impeding their transition to mature adulthood. Current strategies for TAY treatment include patient centered care, vocational and educational support, and shared decision making. There is a paucity of evidence-based practices to effectively treat this population or provide practice guidelines...
April 2017: Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314218/microfauna-community-during-pulp-and-paper-wastewater-treatment-in-a-unox-system
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Katarzyna Bernat, Dorota Kulikowska, Adam Drzewicki
This study characterized the microfauna community during treatment of pulp and paper wastewater in a UNOX system aerated with pure oxygen, and with a high organic loading rate (0.4±0.06kg BOD/kg MLSSday), low sludge retention time (3.73±0.33 day), and high oxygen concentration (≤20mg O2/L) in comparison to municipal treatment systems. In the aeration tank, temperatures were high, averaging 35.7°C (March-May), then 38.9°C (June-August). Effluent quality was acceptable: 180±22mg COD/L, 7.2±2.1mg BOD5/L, and 33±5mg TSS/L...
March 2, 2017: European Journal of Protistology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314167/electrochemical-dna-biosensor-for-detection-of-dna-damage-induced-by-hydroxyl-radicals
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Andrea Hájková, Jiří Barek, Vlastimil Vyskočil
A simple electrochemical DNA biosensor based on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was prepared by adsorbing double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) onto the GCE surface and subsequently used for the detection of dsDNA damage induced by hydroxyl radicals. Investigation of the mutual interaction between hydroxyl radicals and dsDNA was conducted using a combination of several electrochemical detection techniques: square-wave voltammetry for direct monitoring the oxidation of dsDNA bases, and cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy as indirect electrochemical methods making use of the redox-active indicator [Fe(CN)6](4-/3-)...
March 1, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
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