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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107729/recombinant-lh-supplementation-in-patients-with-a-relative-reduction-in-lh-levels-during-ivf-icsi-cycles-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-trial
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Robert Lahoud, John Ryan, Peter Illingworth, Frank Quinn, Michael Costello
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess the use of recombinant luteinizing hormone (rLH) supplementation in patients who experience a reduction in LH concentration during controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) for IVF/ICSI. METHODS: A multi-center prospective randomized controlled trial (RCT) was performed over three years. Two hundred and forty patients aged between 24 and 42 years undergoing IVF/ICSI treatment with a long down regulation (LDR) protocol were recruited...
January 9, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107720/enhanced-treatment-performance-of-coking-wastewater-and-reduced-membrane-fouling-using-a-novel-embr
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Bei Jiang, Cong Du, Shengnan Shi, Liang Tan, Meidi Li, Jiaxin Liu, Lanlan Xue, Xiangyu Ji
A novel EMBR (electric field applied in MBR) by placing stainless steel mesh cathode inside a flat membrane module and stainless steel mesh anode outside the module was built and operated to enhance the treatment performance of coking wastewater containing phenol, pyridine and quinoline and reduce the membrane fouling. The degradation rates of COD, phenol, pyridine and quinoline in EMBR with electric field (reactor A) were significantly higher than the sum of EMBR without electric field (reactor B) and only electro-catalytic degradation during the long-term treatment, confirming that a coupling effect was existed between biodegradation and electro-catalytic degradation process...
January 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107665/a-%C3%AF-%C3%AF-conjugation-containing-soft-and-conductive-injectable-polymer-hydrogel-highly-efficiently-rebuilds-cardiac-function-after-myocardial-infarction
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Rui Bao, Baoyu Tan, Shuang Liang, Ning Zhang, Wei Wang, Wenguang Liu
Previous studies suggested that a stiffer hydrogel system exhibited a better performance to promote heart function after myocardial infarction (MI). However, the nature of myocardium, a tissue that alternately contracts and relaxes with electrical impulses, leads us to hypothesize that a soft and conductive hydrogel may be in favor of mechanical and electrical signals transmission to enhance heart function after MI. In this work, π-π conjugation interaction was first employed to produce a soft injectable hydrogel with conductive property...
January 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107628/constructing-fast-carrier-tracks-into-flexible-perovskite-photodetectors-to-greatly-improve-responsivity
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Xiaoming Li, Dejian Yu, Jun Chen, Yue Wang, Fei Cao, Yi Wei, Ye Wu, Lin Wang, Ying Zhu, Zhiguo Sun, Jianping Ji, Yalong Shen, Handong Sun, Haibo Zeng
Intrinsically high mobility and large absorption coefficient endow inorganic halide perovskites (IHPs) with great promise for high-performance photodetectors (PDs), which, however, are being hindered by the low carrier extraction and transport efficiency of the solution assembled films. Here, we report on a general strategy to enhance the film conductivity of perovskites that conductive nanonets were constructed with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to provide fast carriers tracks. As a result, the CsPbBr3 nanosheet/CNT composite films exhibit high conductivity and the advantages are demonstrated by the high performances of corresponding planar PDs...
January 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107617/fabrication-of-nanostructured-mesoporous-germanium-for-applications-in-laser-desorption-ionization-mass-spectrometry
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Hazem H Abdelmaksoud, Taryn M Guinan, Nicolas H Voelcker
Surface-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (SALDI-MS) is a high-throughput analytical technique ideally suited for small molecule detection from different bodily fluids (e.g. saliva, urine, and blood plasma). Many SALDI-MS substrates require complex fabrication processes and further surface modifications. Furthermore, some substrates show instability upon exposure to ambient conditions and need to be kept under special inert conditions. We have successfully optimized mesoporous germanium (meso-pGe) using bipolar electrochemical etching (BEE) and efficiently applied meso-pGe as a SALDI-MS substrate for the detection of cocaine in the context of workplace, roadside, and anti-addictive drug compliance...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107602/evaluation-of-a-24-gene-signature-for-prognosis-of-metastatic-events-and-prostate-cancer-specific-mortality
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Kathryn L Pellegrini, Martin G Sanda, Dattatraya Patil, Qi Long, María Santiago-Jiménez, Mandeep Takhar, Nicholas Erho, Kasra Yousefi, Elai Davicioni, Eric A Klein, Robert B Jenkins, R Jeffrey Karnes, Carlos S Moreno
OBJECTIVES: To determine the prognostic potential of Sig24 for identifying prostate cancer patients at risk of developing metastases or experiencing PCSM following radical prostatectomy. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Sig24 scores were calculated from previously collected gene expression microarray data from the Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic (I and II). The performance of Sig24 was determined using time-dependent c-index analysis, Cox proportional hazards regression and Kaplan-Meier survival analysis...
January 20, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107572/introduction-of-a-new-paediatric-asthma-guideline-effects-on-asthma-control-levels
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S C Hammer, L J H Sonneveld, K D G van de Kant, H J Hendriks, J W Heynens, R Droog, E Dompeling, Q Jöbsis
BACKGROUND: In 2008, a new national paediatric asthma management guideline based on the international Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) guideline, was launched in the Netherlands. We studied whether asthma control and treatment regimens improved after introduction of the guideline by comparing survey data before and after the guideline introduction. METHODS: Two comparable groups of children (6-16 years) with asthma were included before (2004) and after (2013) the introduction of the guideline...
January 20, 2017: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107568/oral-immunoglobulin-treatment-improved-intestinal-permeability-in-children-with-active-crohn-s-disease
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Tommy Sundqvist, Lars Stenhammar, Bo Tjellström, Karl-Eric Magnusson, Tony Forslund, Lotta Högberg
AIM: Crohn's disease (CD) is a chronic mucosal inflammation that affects the intestinal barrier function, for example by altering the intestinal permeability. This pilot clinical study investigated the impact of oral human immunoglobulin (OHIG) treatment on permeability characteristics in children with active luminal Crohn's disease. METHODS: The study was performed at the Department of Paediatrics, Norrköping Hospital, Sweden. Intestinal permeability was studied in three boys aged 13, 15 and 18 years with active CD, before and after a six-week treatment programme with OHIG, using different-sized polyethylene glycols the test molecules...
January 20, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107538/structural-controllability-of-temporal-networks-with-a-single-switching-controller
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Peng Yao, Bao-Yu Hou, Yu-Jian Pan, Xiang Li
Temporal network, whose topology evolves with time, is an important class of complex networks. Temporal trees of a temporal network describe the necessary edges sustaining the network as well as their active time points. By a switching controller which properly selects its location with time, temporal trees are used to improve the controllability of the network. Therefore, more nodes are controlled within the limited time. Several switching strategies to efficiently select the location of the controller are designed, which are verified with synthetic and empirical temporal networks to achieve better control performance...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107500/diagnostic-efficacy-of-sentinel-lymph-node-biopsy-in-early-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-a-meta-analysis-of-66-studies
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Muyuan Liu, Steven J Wang, Xihong Yang, Hanwei Peng
OBJECTIVES: The diagnostic efficacy of sentinel lymph node biopsy(SLNB) in early oral squamous cell carcinoma(OSCC) still remains controversial. This meta-analysis was conducted to assess the diagnostic value of SLNB in clinically neck-negative T1-2 OSCC. METHODS: A systematic literature search for relevant literature published up to September 11, 2016 was conducted in PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Cochrane Library and ClinicalTrials, and the reference lists of eligible studies were examined...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107486/determinants-of-cervical-cancer-screening-accuracy-for-visual-inspection-with-acetic-acid-via-and-lugol-s-iodine-vili-performed-by-nurse-and-physician
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Amidu O Raifu, Mariam El-Zein, Ghislain Sangwa-Lugoma, Agnihotram Ramanakumar, Stephen D Walter, Eduardo L Franco
BACKGROUND: Visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) and Lugol's iodine (VILI) are used to screen women for cervical cancer in low-resource settings. Little is known about correlates of their diagnostic accuracy by healthcare provider. We examined determinants of VIA and VILI screening accuracy by examiner in a cross-sectional screening study of 1528 women aged 30 years or older in a suburb of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. METHODS: We used a logistic regression model for sensitivity and specificity to estimate the diagnostic accuracy of VIA and VILI, independently performed by nurse and physician, as a function of sociodemographic and reproductive health characteristics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107470/development-of-a-blocking-elisa-using-a-monoclonal-antibody-to-a-dominant-epitope-in-non-structural-protein-3a-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus-as-a-matching-test-for-a-negative-marker-vaccine
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Yuanfang Fu, Pinghua Li, Yimei Cao, Na Wang, Pu Sun, Qian Shi, Xincheng Ji, Huifang Bao, Dong Li, Yingli Chen, Xingwen Bai, Xueqing Ma, Jing Zhang, Zengjun Lu, Zaixin Liu
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a devastating animal disease. Strategies for differentiation of infected from vaccinated animals (DIVA) remain very important for controlling disease. Development of an epitope-deleted marker vaccine and accompanying diagnostic method will improve the efficiency of DIVA. Here, a monoclonal antibody (Mab) was found to recognize a conserved "AEKNPLE" epitope spanning amino acids 109-115 of non-structural protein (NSP) 3A of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV; O/Tibet/CHA/99 strain), which could be deleted by a reverse-genetic procedure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107466/thermal-conductivity-performance-of-polypropylene-composites-filled-with-polydopamine-functionalized-hexagonal-boron-nitride
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Lin Chen, Hong-Fei Xu, Shao-Jian He, Yi-Hang Du, Nan-Jie Yu, Xiao-Ze Du, Jun Lin, Sergei Nazarenko
Mussel-inspired approach was attempted to non-covalently functionalize the surfaces of boron nitride (BN) with self-polymerized dopamine coatings in order to reduce the interfacial thermal barrier and enhance the thermal conductivity of BN-containing composites. Compared to the polypropylene (PP) composites filled with pristine BN at the same filler content, thermal conductivity was much higher for those filled with both functionalized BN (f-BN) and maleic anhydride grafted PP (PP-g-ma) due to the improved filler dispersion and better interfacial filler-matrix compatibility, which facilitated the development of more thermal paths...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107455/staged-versus-one-time-complete-revascularization-with-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-stemi-patients-with-multivessel-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Zhenwei Li, Yijiang Zhou, Qingqing Xu, Xiaomin Chen
INTRODUCTION: In patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the preferred intervention is percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).Whether staged PCI (S-PCI) or one-time complete PCI (MV-PCI) is more beneficial and safer in terms of treating the non-culprit vessel during the primary PCI procedure is unclear. We performed a meta-analysis of all randomized and non-randomized controlled trials comparing S-PCI with MV-PCI in patients with acute STEMI and MVD. METHODS: Studies of STEMI with multivessel disease receiving primary PCI were searched in PUBMED, EMBASE and The Cochrane Register of Controlled Trials from January 2004 to December 2014...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107451/effect-of-nocturnal-hemodialysis-versus-conventional-hemodialysis-on-end-stage-renal-disease-a-meta-analysis-and-systematic-review
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Fangjie Liu, Yiting Sun, Tianhua Xu, Li Sun, Linlin Liu, Wei Sun, Xin Feng, Jianfei Ma, Lining Wang, Li Yao
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to assess the efficacy and safety of nocturnal hemodialysis on end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients. METHODS: We searched Medline, EmBase, and the Cochrance Central Register of Controlled Trials for studies up to January 2016. Analysis was done to compare variant outcomes of different hemodialysis schedules, including mortality, cardiovascular-associated variables, uremia-associated variables, quality of life (QOL), side-effects, and drug usage...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107422/comparison-of-hapmap-and-1000-genomes-reference-panels-in-a-large-scale-genome-wide-association-study
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Paul S de Vries, Maria Sabater-Lleal, Daniel I Chasman, Stella Trompet, Tarunveer S Ahluwalia, Alexander Teumer, Marcus E Kleber, Ming-Huei Chen, Jie Jin Wang, John R Attia, Riccardo E Marioni, Maristella Steri, Lu-Chen Weng, Rene Pool, Vera Grossmann, Jennifer A Brody, Cristina Venturini, Toshiko Tanaka, Lynda M Rose, Christopher Oldmeadow, Johanna Mazur, Saonli Basu, Mattias Frånberg, Qiong Yang, Symen Ligthart, Jouke J Hottenga, Ann Rumley, Antonella Mulas, Anton J M de Craen, Anne Grotevendt, Kent D Taylor, Graciela E Delgado, Annette Kifley, Lorna M Lopez, Tina L Berentzen, Massimo Mangino, Stefania Bandinelli, Alanna C Morrison, Anders Hamsten, Geoffrey Tofler, Moniek P M de Maat, Harmen H M Draisma, Gordon D Lowe, Magdalena Zoledziewska, Naveed Sattar, Karl J Lackner, Uwe Völker, Barbara McKnight, Jie Huang, Elizabeth G Holliday, Mark A McEvoy, John M Starr, Pirro G Hysi, Dena G Hernandez, Weihua Guan, Fernando Rivadeneira, Wendy L McArdle, P Eline Slagboom, Tanja Zeller, Bruce M Psaty, André G Uitterlinden, Eco J C de Geus, David J Stott, Harald Binder, Albert Hofman, Oscar H Franco, Jerome I Rotter, Luigi Ferrucci, Tim D Spector, Ian J Deary, Winfried März, Andreas Greinacher, Philipp S Wild, Francesco Cucca, Dorret I Boomsma, Hugh Watkins, Weihong Tang, Paul M Ridker, Jan W Jukema, Rodney J Scott, Paul Mitchell, Torben Hansen, Christopher J O'Donnell, Nicholas L Smith, David P Strachan, Abbas Dehghan
An increasing number of genome-wide association (GWA) studies are now using the higher resolution 1000 Genomes Project reference panel (1000G) for imputation, with the expectation that 1000G imputation will lead to the discovery of additional associated loci when compared to HapMap imputation. In order to assess the improvement of 1000G over HapMap imputation in identifying associated loci, we compared the results of GWA studies of circulating fibrinogen based on the two reference panels. Using both HapMap and 1000G imputation we performed a meta-analysis of 22 studies comprising the same 91,953 individuals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107416/validation-of-a-modified-child-turcotte-pugh-classification-system-utilizing-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-for-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-an-hbv-endemic-area
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Dong Hyeon Lee, Jeong-Hoon Lee, Yong Jin Jung, Jungsoo Gim, Won Kim, Byeong Gwan Kim, Kook Lae Lee, Yuri Cho, Jeong-Ju Yoo, Minjong Lee, Young Youn Cho, Eun Ju Cho, Su Jong Yu, Yoon Jun Kim, Jung-Hwan Yoon
BACKGROUND: Recently, a modified insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF)-Child-Turcotte-Pugh (CTP) classification was proposed to improve the original CTP classification. This study aimed to validate the new IGF-CTP classification system as a prognostic maker for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in a hepatitis B virus endemic area. METHODS: We conducted a post-hoc analysis of a prospective cohort study. We used Harrell's C-index and U-statistics to compare the prognostic performance of both IGF-CTP and CTP classifications for overall survival...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107410/prognostic-impact-of-ct-quantified-muscle-and-fat-distribution-before-and-after-first-line-chemotherapy-in-lung-cancer-patients
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Johanna Nattenmüller, Raoul Wochner, Thomas Muley, Martin Steins, Simone Hummler, Birgit Teucher, Joachim Wiskemann, Hans-Ulrich Kauczor, Mark Oliver Wielpütz, Claus Peter Heussel
INTRODUCTION: Cachexia and sarcopenia are associated with poor outcome and increased chemotherapy-induced toxicity in lung cancer patients. However, the complex interplay of obesity, sarcopenia and cachexia, and its impact on survival in the context of first-line-chemotherapy is not yet understood. METHODS: In 200 consecutively recruited lung cancer patients (70 female, mean age 62y; mean BMI 25 kg/m2; median follow-up 15.97 months) with routine staging-CT before and after chemotherapy (CTX, mean interval: 4...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107385/evaluating-the-significance-of-viscoelasticity-in-diagnosing-early-stage-liver-fibrosis-with-transient-elastography
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Jingxin Zhao, Fei Zhai, Jun Cheng, Qiong He, Jianwen Luo, Xueping Yang, Jinhua Shao, Huichun Xing
Transient elastography quantifies the propagation of a mechanically generated shear wave within a soft tissue, which can be used to characterize the elasticity and viscosity parameters of the tissue. The aim of our study was to combine numerical simulation and clinical assessment to define a viscoelastic index of liver tissue to improve the quality of early diagnosis of liver fibrosis. This is clinically relevant, as early fibrosis is reversible. We developed an idealized two-dimensional axisymmetric finite element model of the liver to evaluate the effects of different viscoelastic values on the propagation characteristics of the shear wave...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107376/deletion-of-ph-regulator-pac-3-affects-cellulase-and-xylanase-activity-during-sugarcane-bagasse-degradation-by-neurospora-crassa
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Amanda Cristina Campos Antoniêto, Wellington Ramos Pedersoli, Lílian Dos Santos Castro, Rodrigo da Silva Santos, Aline Helena da Silva Cruz, Karoline Maria Vieira Nogueira, Rafael Silva-Rocha, Antonio Rossi, Roberto Nascimento Silva
Microorganisms play a vital role in bioethanol production whose usage as fuel energy is increasing worldwide. The filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa synthesize and secrete the major enzymes involved in plant cell wall deconstruction. The production of cellulases and hemicellulases is known to be affected by the environmental pH; however, the regulatory mechanisms of this process are still poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the role of the pH regulator PAC-3 in N. crassa during their growth on sugarcane bagasse at different pH conditions...
2017: PloS One
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