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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335264/antimicrobial-properties-of-biofunctionalized-silver-nanoparticles-on-clinical-isolates-of-streptococcus-mutans-and-its-serotypes
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Ángel Manuel Martínez-Robles, Juan Pablo Loyola-Rodríguez, Norma Verónica Zavala-Alonso, Rita Elizabeth Martinez-Martinez, Facundo Ruiz, René Homero Lara-Castro, Alejandro Donohué-Cornejo, Simón Yobanny Reyes-López, León Francisco Espinosa-Cristóbal
(1) Background: Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) is the principal pathogen involved in the formation of dental caries. Other systemic diseases have also been associated with specific S. mutans serotypes (c, e, f, and k). Silver nanoparticles (SNP) have been demonstrated to have good antibacterial effects against S. mutans; therefore, limited studies have evaluated the antimicrobial activity of biofunctionalized SNP on S. mutans serotypes. The purpose of this work was to prepare and characterize coated SNP using two different organic components and to evaluate the antimicrobial activity of SNP in clinical isolates of S...
July 22, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333064/the-removal-of-typical-pollutants-in-secondary-effluent-by-the-combined-process-of-powdered-activated-carbon-ultrafiltration
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Lihua Sun, Ning He, Tianmin Yu, Xi Duan, Cuimin Feng, Yajun Zhang
This paper focused on the effects of powdered activated carbon (PAC) dosage on ultrafiltration (UF) membrane flux caused by natural organic matter (NOM). Three model foulants, humic acid (HA), bovine serum albumin (BSA) and sodium alginate (SA), were adopted to represent different NOM fractions in secondary effluent treated by the combined process of PAC-UF. Moreover, the membrane fouling resistance and fouling mechanism were also analyzed. The results indicated that the best PAC dosage for the membrane flux variation was 20 mg/L for HA and SA, and 10 mg/L for BSA...
March 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332958/effect-of-prediabetes-on-allograft-survival-and-evolution-of-new-onset-diabetes-after-transplant-in-deceased-donor-kidney-transplant-recipients-during-long-term-follow-up
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Frank Peter Tillmann, Amira Radtke, Lars Christian Rump, Ivo Quack
OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the effect of prediabetes in long-term deceased-donor renal transplant recipients regarding graft survival, graft function, and evolution of new-onset diabetes after transplant compared with a control group of graft recipients with normal glucose tolerance test results. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a follow-up trial of 187 deceased-donor renal transplant recipients. Based on oral glucose tolerance test results, the cohort was divided into groups A and B, comprising individuals with normal glucose metabolism (n = 130, 69...
March 22, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332251/measuring-the-depth-of-the-caudal-epidural-space-to-prevent-dural-sac-puncture-during-caudal-block-in-children
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Hyun Jeong Lee, Ji Young Min, Hyun Il Kim, Hyo-Jin Byon
BACKGROUND: Caudal blocks are performed through the sacral hiatus in order to provide pain control in children undergoing lower abdominal surgery. During the block, it is important to avoid advancing the needle beyond the sacrococcygeal ligament too much to prevent unintended dural puncture. This study used demographic data to establish simple guidelines for predicting a safe needle depth in the caudal epidural space in children. METHODS: A total of 141 children under 12 years old who had undergone lumbar-sacral magnetic resonance imaging were included...
March 23, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330071/unexpected-formation-of-n-phenyl-thiophosphorohydrazidic-acid-o-s-dimethyl-ester-from-acephate-chemical-biotechnical-and-computational-study
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Vijay Kumar, Sukhmanpreet Kaur, Simranjeet Singh, Niraj Upadhyay
By the nucleophilic attack of phenylhydrazine on acephate in aqueous medium, a stable product N'-phenyl-thiophosphorohydrazidic acid O,S-dimethyl ester (1) was obtained and characterized by elemental, spectral and thermal analysis. Thermodynamic parameters, Ea, ΔH°, ΔS° and ΔG°, have found to be 62.15, -67.95, -0.068 and -20.05 kJ mol(-1) according to the Coats-Redfern equation. Analysis of interaction of 1 with BSA protein was done by using the UV-Vis and FTIR spectroscopic methods. The observed binding constants was 1...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329656/pediatric-stevens-johnson-syndrome-and-toxic-epidermal-necrolysis-in-the-us
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Derek Y Hsu
Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) are life-threatening blistering disorders. Few studies have addressed SJS/TEN in children. We sought to determine risk factors, comorbidities, inpatient burden and mortality in US children with SJS, SJS-TEN and TEN. We analyzed data from the 2009-2012 Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), containing a representative 20% sample of all hospitalizations in the US. SJS, SJS-TEN and TEN were identified by a validated algorithm using ICD-9-CM codes...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329461/cardiac-function-after-tetralogy-of-fallot-complete-atrioventricular-canal-repair
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Elizabeth H Stephens, Jennifer Tingo, Marc Najjar, Betul Yilmaz, Stéphanie Levasseur, Jeffrey D Dayton, Ralph S Mosca, Paul Chai, Jan M Quaegebeur, Emile A Bacha
BACKGROUND: Repair of complete atrioventricular canal (CAVC) with tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) is a challenging operation increasingly being performed as a complete, primary repair in infancy. Previous studies have focused on perioperative outcomes; however, midterm valve function, ventricular function, and residual obstruction have received little attention. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 20 patients who underwent CAVC/TOF repair (January 2005 to December 2014)...
March 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329447/formation-of-a-multi-ligand-complex-of-bovine-serum-albumin-with-retinol-resveratrol-and-epigallocatechin-3-gallate-for-the-protection-of-bioactive-components
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Yi Wu, Hao Cheng, Yantao Chen, Lingyun Chen, Zheng Fang, Li Liang
Clarification of the interaction mechanisms between proteins and bioactive components is important to develop effective carriers for encapsulation and protection of bioactive components. Bovine serum albumin (BSA), a globular protein in serum and milk, contains multiple sites to bind a variety of low-molecular-weight molecules, forming protein-mono-ligand complexes. In this study, the interactions of BSA with retinol, resveratrol and/or (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) were investigated by using fluorescence, circular dichroism and molecular docking techniques...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329177/can-perceval-sutureless-valve-reduce-the-rate-of-patient-prosthesis-mismatch-%C3%A2
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Igor Belluschi, Stefano Moriggia, Andrea Giacomini, Benedetto Del Forno, Stefania Di Sanzo, Andrea Blasio, Antonio Scafuri, Ottavio Alfieri
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to compare the theoretical incidence of patient-prosthesis mismatch (PPM) in patients undergoing a sutureless or a sutured aortic valve replacement using an exact statistical matching. METHODS: Between May 2012 and March 2016, 65 patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis underwent a sutureless aortic valve replacement with the Perceval bioprosthesis in 2 centres. Moreover, 177 aortic valve replacements with conventional sutured bioprosthesis were performed between August 2003 and September 2015...
February 27, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328710/fatty-acid-saturation-of-albumin-used-in-resuscitation-fluids-modulates-cell-damage-in-shock-in-vitro-results-using-a-novel-technique-to-measure-fatty-acid-binding-capacity
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Alexander H Penn, Michael A Dubick, Ivo P Torres Filho
The use of albumin for resuscitation has not proven as beneficial in human trials as expected from numerous animal studies. One explanation could be the practice of adding fatty acid (FA) during manufacture of pharmaceutical albumin. During ischemia, unbound free FAs (FFA) in the circulation could potentially induce cellular damage. We hypothesized that albumins with higher available binding capacities (ABC) for FFAs may prevent that damage. Therefore, we developed a technique to measure ABC, determined if pharmaceutical human serum albumin (HSA) has decreased ABC compared to FA-free bovine serum albumin (BSA), and if binding capacity would affect hemolysis when blood is mixed with exogenous FFA at levels similar to those observed in shock...
March 21, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326681/population-pharmacokinetics-of-selumetinib-and-its-metabolite-n-desmethyl-selumetinib-in-adult-patients-with-advanced-solid-tumors-and-children-with-low-grade-gliomas
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Y T Patel, V M Daryani, P Patel, D Zhou, J Fangusaro, D J Carlile, P D Martin, L Aarons, C F Stewart
Selumetinib (AZD6244, ARRY-142886), a mitogen activated protein kinases (MEK1 and 2) inhibitor, has been granted orphan drug designation for differentiated thyroid cancer. The primary aim of this analysis was to characterize the population pharmacokinetics of selumetinib and its active metabolite N-desmethyl-selumetinib in patients with cancer. Concentration-time data from adult and pediatric clinical trials were pooled to develop a population pharmacokinetic model using a sequential approach where selumetinib and N-desmethyl-selumetinib data were modeled separately...
March 22, 2017: CPT: Pharmacometrics & Systems Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326227/uptake-of-the-proteins-htra1-and-htra2-by-cells-mediated-by-calcium-phosphate-nanoparticles
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Olga Rotan, Katharina N Severin, Simon Pöpsel, Alexander Peetsch, Melisa Merdanovic, Michael Ehrmann, Matthias Epple
The efficient intracellular delivery of (bio)molecules into living cells remains a challenge in biomedicine. Many biomolecules and synthetic drugs are not able to cross the cell membrane, which is a problem if an intracellular mode of action is desired, for example, with a nuclear receptor. Calcium phosphate nanoparticles can serve as carriers for small and large biomolecules as well as for synthetic compounds. The nanoparticles were prepared and colloidally stabilized with either polyethyleneimine (PEI; cationic nanoparticles) or carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC; anionic nanoparticles) and loaded with defined amounts of the fluorescently labelled proteins HTRA1, HTRA2, and BSA...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325614/gothic-aortic-arch-and-cardiac-mechanics-in-young-patients-after-arterial-switch-operation-for-d-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
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Giovanni Di Salvo, Ziad Bulbul, Valeria Pergola, Ziad Issa, Ghassan Siblini, Nisreen Muhanna, Domenico Galzerano, Bahaa Fadel, Mansour Al Joufan, Majid Al Fayyadh, Zohair Al Halees
BACKGROUND: In patients who have undergone arterial switch operation (ASO) for d-transposition of the great arteries a gothic aortic arch (GA) morphology has been found and it has been associated with abnormal aortic bio-elastic properties. HYPOTHESIS: GA is frequent in ASO patients and may have an impact on cardiac mechanics. Our study aims were to assess 1- the occurrence of GA in a large sample of patients after ASO; 2- the association between GA and aortic bio-elastic properties; and 3- the impact of GA on left ventricular (LV) function using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE)...
March 11, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325343/nonspecific-protein-adsorption-on-cationically-modified-lyocell-fibers-monitored-by-zeta-potential-measurements
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Claudia Payerl, Matej Bračič, Armin Zankel, Wolfgang J Fischer, Manuel Kaschowitz, Eleonore Fröhlich, Rupert Kargl, Franz Stelzer, Stefan Spirk
Nonspecific protein deposition on Lyocell fibers via a cationization step was explored by adsorption of two different N,N,N-trimethyl chitosan chlorides (TMCs). Both, the cationization and the subsequent protein deposition steps were performed and monitored in situ by evaluating the zeta potential using the streaming potential method. Both employed TMCs (degree of substitution with N(+)Me3Cl groups: 0.27 and 0.64) irreversibly adsorb on the fibers as proven by charge reversal (-12 to +7mV for both derivatives) after the final rinsing step...
May 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325072/aortic-assessment-of-bicuspid-aortic-valve-patients-and-their-first-degree-relatives
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Pablo Straneo, Gabriel Parma, Natalia Lluberas, Alvaro Marichal, Gerardo Soca, Leandro Cura, Juan J Paganini, Daniel Brusich, Lucia Florio, Victor Dayan
Background Bicuspid aortic valve patients have an increased risk of aortic dilatation. A deficit of nitric oxide synthase has been proposed as the causative factor. No correlation between flow-mediated dilation and aortic diameter has been performed in patients with bicuspid aortic valves and normal aortic diameters. Being a hereditary disease, we compared echocardiographic features and endothelial function in these patients and their first-degree relatives. Methods Comprehensive physical examinations, routine laboratory tests, transthoracic echocardiography, and measurements of endothelium-dependent and non-dependent flow-mediated vasodilatation were performed in 18 bicuspid aortic valve patients (14 type 1 and 4 type 2) and 19 of their first-degree relatives...
March 2017: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324981/hemodynamic-determinants-and-ventriculo-arterial-coupling-are-sex-associated-in-heart-failure-patients
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Peter L Kerkhof, Guy R Heyndrickx, John K-J Li
End-systolic volume (ESV) and end-diastolic volume (EDV) are key parameters in the analysis of left ventricular (LV) function, and the study of cardiac remodeling. The volume regulation graph (VRG) relates these fundamental determinants, and permits convenient stratification for clinically relevant covariates. This contribution analyzes sex-associated differences in hemodynamic parameters for 197 heart failure (HF) patients, evaluated by biplane ventriculography, in combination with arterial pressure. We calculated LV parameters such as stroke volume (SV), cardiac output (CO), ESV, EDV, ejection fraction (EF), end-systolic elastance (Emax), besides arterial parameters: effective arterial elastance (Ea), elastance ratio (the coupling index k), peripheral resistance (Rs), pulse pressure (PP), and arterial compliance (C), all normalized for body surface area when appropriate...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324859/bovine-serum-albumin-as-an-effective-sensitivity-enhancer-for-peptide-based-amperometric-biosensor-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-prostate-specific-antigen
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Zhongxue Tang, Yuanyuan Fu, Zhanfang Ma
Bovine serum albumin (BSA) was firstly implemented as an effective sensitivity enhancer for a peptide-based amperometric biosensor for the ultrasensitive detection of prostate specific antigen (PSA). A porous and conductive substrate of chitosan-lead ferrocyanide-(poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride)-graphene oxide) was in-situ generated on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE), in which Pb2[Fe(CN)6] served as a novel redox species with strong current signal at -0.46 V (vs. Ag/AgCl). Poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride)-graphene oxide was applied to improve conductivity of the substrate...
March 16, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324061/progesterone-protects-against-bpa-induced-arrhythmias-in-female-rat-cardiac-myocytes-via-rapid-signaling
#18
Jianyong Ma, Kui Hong, Hong-Sheng Wang
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an estrogenic endocrine disrupting chemical (EDC) that has a range of potential adverse health effects. Previously we showed that acute exposure to BPA promoted arrhythmias in female rat hearts through estrogen receptor rapid signaling. Progesterone (P4) and estrogen have antagonistic or complementary actions in a number of tissues and systems. In the current study, we examined the influence, and possible protective effect, of P4 on the rapid cardiac actions of BPA in female rat cardiac myocytes...
January 25, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323379/effects-of-short-term-levothyroxine-therapy-on-myocardial-injuries-in-patients-with-severe-overt-hypothyroidism-evidence-from-a-cardiac-mri-study
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Xia Gao, Zhe Chen, Min Liu, Yu-Mei Jia, Ning Yang, Zhi Yao, Xiao-Meng Feng, Yuan Xu, Guang Wang
PURPOSE: To investigate using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) myocardial injuries and cardiac function in patients with newly diagnosed severe primary overt hypothyroidism (HT) before and after achieving euthyroidism by short-term levothyroxine treatment. Levothyroxine treatment improves cardiovascular performance and ventricular remodeling in patients with HT, but diffuse myocardial injuries induced by HT are difficult to detect clinically. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Myocardial longitudinal relaxation time (T1 ) mapping using the modified Look-Locker inversion-recovery (MOLLI) sequences at 3...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323295/augd-integrated-nanoprobes-for-optical-mri-ct-triple-modal-in-vivo-tumor-imaging
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Chao Xu, Yaling Wang, Chunyu Zhang, Yanwei Jia, Yunjing Luo, Xueyun Gao
Multi-modal imaging agents are desirable for tumor diagnosis because they can provide more information on the tumor than single-modal imaging agents. However, most reported multi-modal imaging agents are dual-modal agents rather than tri-modal agents; therefore, detailed information on the tumor may still be insufficient when such imaging agents are used. To ameliorate this issue, we synthesized a tri-modal imaging agent, composed of gold cluster and gadolinium oxide integrated nanoparticles (denoted as AuGds) using bovine serum albumin (BSA) as the template via a bio-mineralization method...
March 21, 2017: Nanoscale
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