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Chang-Gu Lee, Hassan Javed, Danning Zhang, Jae-Hong Kim, Paul Westerhoff, Qilin Li, Pedro J J Alvarez
Using a bi-polymer system consisting of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF), P25-TiO2 was immobilized into thin film mats of porous electrospun fibers. Pores were introduced by dissolving sacrificial PVP to increase surface area and enhance access to TiO2. The highest photocatalytic activity was achieved using a PVDF:PVP weight ratio of 2:1. Methylene blue (MB) was used to visualize contaminant removal, assess the sorption capacity (5.93 ± 0.23 mg/g) and demonstrate stable removal kinetics (kMB > 0...
March 19, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Hande Nalvuran, Ayşe Eser Elçin, Yaşar Murat Elçin
Graphene and silk fibroin (SF) have been extensively investigated in the literature. Hybrid scaffolds of SF and graphene combine the properties of both of the materials and provide promising applications for tissue engineering purposes. In this study, reduced graphene oxide (RGO) (0.5%, 1.0% and 2.0% (w/v)) was incorporated into SF and fabricated into composite nanofibers through electrospinning. The fibers were characterized and analyzed by SEM, XRD, FTIR, TGA, circular dichroism analysis, contact angle measurements and tensile tests...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Christian Hove Rasmussen, Mike K Smith, Kaori Ito, Vijayakumar Sundararajan, Mats O Magnusson, E Niclas Jonsson, Luke Fostvedt, Paula Burger, Lynn McFadyen, Thomas G Tensfeldt, Timothy Nicholas
Every year, the pharmaceutical industry generates a large number of scientific reports related to drug research, development, and regulatory submissions. Many of these reports are created using text processing tools such as Microsoft Word. Given the large number of figures, tables, references, and other elements, this is often a tedious task involving hours of copying and pasting and substantial efforts in quality control (QC). In the present article, we present the LaTeX-based open-source reporting platform, PharmTeX, a community-based effort to make reporting simple, reproducible, and user-friendly...
March 16, 2018: AAPS Journal
Igor S Pessi, Yannick Lara, Benoit Durieu, Pedro de C Maalouf, Elie Verleyen, Annick Wilmotte
The terrestrial Antarctic Realm has recently been divided into 16 Antarctic Conservation Biogeographic Regions (ACBRs) based on environmental properties and the distribution of biota. Despite their prominent role in the primary production and nutrient cycling in Antarctic lakes, cyanobacteria were only poorly represented in the biological dataset used to delineate these ACBRs. Here we provide a first high-throughput sequencing (HTS) insight into the spatial distribution of benthic cyanobacterial communities in Antarctic lakes located in four distinct, geographically distant ACBRs and covering a range of limnological conditions...
March 14, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
Corina Nüesch, Jan-Arie Overberg, Hermann Schwameder, Geert Pagenstert, Annegret Mündermann
BACKGROUND: Instrumented treadmills with integrated pressure mats measure spatiotemporal, pressure and force parameters and are often used to investigate changes in gait patterns due to injury or rehabilitation. RESEARCH QUESTION: What is the within- and between-day repeatability of such an instrumented treadmill for spatiotemporal parameters, peak pressures and forces during walking and running? METHODS: Treadmill gait and running analysis were performed at 5...
March 7, 2018: Gait & Posture
Gloria Huerta-Ángeles, Kateřina Knotková, Petr Knotek, Ondrej Židek, Martina Brandejsová, Marek Pokorný, Hana Vagnerová, Ipsita Roy, Vladimir Velebný
In this work, a hybrid copolymer consisting of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) grafted to hyaluronic acid (HA) was synthesised and characterised. Once formed, the P(3HB)-g-HA copolymer was soluble in water allowing a green electrospinning process. The diameters of nanofibres can be tailored by simply varying the Mw of polymer. The optimization of the process allowed to produce fibres of average diameter in the range of 100-150 nm and low polydispersity. The hydrophobic modification has not only increased the fibre diameter, but also the obtained layers were homogenous...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
Peter Nash, Philip J Mease, Iain B McInnes, Proton Rahman, Christopher T Ritchlin, Ricardo Blanco, Eva Dokoupilova, Mats Andersson, Radhika Kajekar, Shephard Mpofu, Luminita Pricop
BACKGROUND: The study aimed to assess 52-week efficacy and safety of secukinumab self-administration by autoinjector in patients with active psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in the FUTURE 3 study ( NCT01989468). METHODS: Patients (≥ 18 years of age; N = 414) with active PsA were randomized 1:1:1 to subcutaneous (s.c.) secukinumab 300 mg, 150 mg, or placebo at baseline, weeks 1, 2, 3, and 4, and every 4 weeks thereafter. Per clinical response, placebo-treated patients were re-randomized to s...
March 15, 2018: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Takashi Kumagai, Janina N Ladenthin, Yair Litman, Mariana Rossi, Leonhard Grill, Sylwester Gawinkowski, Jacek Waluk, Mats Persson
Tautomerization in single porphycene molecules is investigated on Cu(111), Ag(111), and Au(111) surfaces by a combination of low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) experiments and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. It is revealed that the trans configuration is the thermodynamically stable form of porphycene on Cu(111) and Ag(111), whereas the cis configuration occurs as a meta-stable form. The trans → cis or cis → trans conversion on Cu(111) can be induced in an unidirectional fashion by injecting tunneling electrons from the STM tip or heating the surface, respectively...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
Dustin A Bruening, Kota Z Takahashi
BACKGROUND: Kinematic multi-segment foot models have been increasingly used to study foot function. The addition of kinetics to these models may enhance their utility; however, this been hindered by limitations in measuring ground reaction forces (GRFs) under individual foot segments. PURPOSE: To determine the accuracy of partitioning segment GRFs from a single force platform on foot joint kinetics. METHODS: Two potential partitioning methods were applied to a previously published three-segment kinetic foot model...
March 6, 2018: Gait & Posture
Nancy D Campbell
Using the ethical and legal concept of shared responsibility for healthy births, this article considers social, cultural, and historical contexts in which medicalization and criminalization have worked in tandem to widen surveillance in ways that intensify scrutiny of women's lives under the guise of child protection, bringing women who are pregnant, postpartum, or parenting under criminal justice control. Although pregnant and postpartum women are prime candidates for medication-assisted treatment (MAT), the expanding carceral system has not prioritized drug treatment or reproductive justice...
March 1, 2018: AMA Journal of Ethics
Carina Strell, Markus M Hilscher, Navya Laxman, Jessica Svedlund, Chenglin Wu, Chika Yokota, Mats Nilsson
Single-cell transcriptomics provides us with completely new insights into the molecular diversity of different cell-types and the different states they can adopt. The technique generates inventories of cells that constitute the building blocks of multicellular organisms. However, since the method requires isolation of discrete cells, information about the original location within tissue is lost. Therefore, it is not possible to draw detailed cellular maps of tissue architecture and their positioning in relation to other cells...
March 14, 2018: FEBS Journal
Mat Nicholls, Ajay Manjoo, Peter Shaw, Faizan Niazi, Jeffrey Rosen
INTRODUCTION: This study aims to compare the properties of currently available intra-articular hyaluronate (IA-HA) products widely available in the USA to those of healthy knee synovial fluid with respect to their bulk rheological properties. We hypothesize that products would have differing rheological properties, with some more closely resembling the properties and physiological aspects of healthy joint fluid HA. METHODS: We obtained reported HA product molecular weights, as well as measurements of the presence of cross-linking, zero shear rate viscosity, shear thinning ratio, and crossover frequency for the following IA-HA products available in the USA: Euflexxa® , Orthovisc® , Supartz® , Monovisc® , Synvisc® , Synvisc-One® , Gel-One® , and Hyalgan® ...
March 14, 2018: Advances in Therapy
Bin Deng, Mats Lundqvist, Qianqian Fang, Stefan A Carp
Near-infrared diffuse optical tomography (NIR-DOT) is an emerging technology that offers hemoglobin based, functional imaging tumor biomarkers for breast cancer management. The most promising clinical translation opportunities are in the differential diagnosis of malignant vs. benign lesions, and in early response assessment and guidance for neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Accurate quantification of the tissue oxy- and deoxy-hemoglobin concentration across the field of view, as well as repeatability during longitudinal imaging in the context of therapy guidance, are essential for the successful translation of NIR-DOT to clinical practice...
March 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Imelda Seminerio, Nadège Kindt, Géraldine Descamps, Justine Bellier, Jérôme R Lechien, Quentin Mat, Charles Pottier, Fabrice Journé, Sven Saussez
Incidence of human papillomavirus (HPV)-related head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs) has increased over the last few decades. The reaction of the host immune system to these tumors remains biologically complex. Here, we investigated CD68+ macrophage numbers, reporting the prognostic value in comparison to other risk factors. We also examined CD68+ macrophage infiltration during disease progression regarding the impact of HPV infection, and we studied the role of HPV16-E6/E7 oncoproteins in CD68+ macrophage recruitment...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
John Connolly, Maria-Teresa Sebastià, Laura Kirwan, John Anthony Finn, Rosa Llurba, Matthias Suter, Rosemary P Collins, Claudio Porqueddu, Áslaug Helgadóttir, Ole H Baadshaug, Gilles Bélanger, Alistair Black, Caroline Brophy, Jure Čop, Sigridur Dalmannsdóttir, Ignacio Delgado, Anjo Elgersma, Michael Fothergill, Bodil E Frankow-Lindberg, An Ghesquiere, Piotr Golinski, Philippe Grieu, Anne-Maj Gustavsson, Mats Höglind, Olivier Huguenin-Elie, Marit Jørgensen, Zydre Kadziuliene, Tor Lunnan, Paivi Nykanen-Kurki, Angela Ribas, Friedhelm Taube, Ulrich Thumm, Alex De Vliegher, Andreas Lüscher
Grassland diversity can support sustainable intensification of grassland production through increased yields, reduced inputs and limited weed invasion. We report the effects of diversity on weed suppression from 3 years of a 31-site continental-scale field experiment.At each site, 15 grassland communities comprising four monocultures and 11 four-species mixtures based on a wide range of species' proportions were sown at two densities and managed by cutting. Forage species were selected according to two crossed functional traits, "method of nitrogen acquisition" and "pattern of temporal development"...
March 2018: Journal of Applied Ecology
Carina Carnlöf, Per Insulander, Mats Jensen-Urstad, Marie Iwarzon, Fredrik Gadler
OBJECTIVES: To explore sex differences regarding indication for atrio-ventricular junction ablation (AVJ), choice of pacing system, complications to pacemaker treatment, long-term outcome, and cause of death after AVJ ablation. DESIGN: 700 patients who had undergone AVJ ablation between January 1990 and December 2010 were included. Data were retrieved from the patients´ medical records and the Swedish Pacemaker and Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Registry...
March 14, 2018: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
Min Hu, Yuehui Zhang, Jiaxing Feng, Xue Xu, Jiao Zhang, Wei Zhao, Xiaozhu Guo, Juan Li, Edvin Vestin, Peng Cui, Xin Li, Xiaoke Wu, Mats Brannstrom, Linus R Shao, Hakan Billig
Impaired progesterone (P4) signaling is linked to endometrial dysfunction and infertility in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Here we report for the first time that elevated expression of progesterone receptor (PGR) isoforms A and B parallels increased estrogen receptor (ER) expression in PCOS-like rat uteri. The aberrant PGR-targeted gene expression in PCOS-like rats before and after implantation overlaps with dysregulated expression of Fkbp52 and Ncoa2, two genes that contribute to the development of uterine P4 resistance...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Endocrinology
Elías López-Alba, Sebastian Schmeer, Francisco Díaz
The study of natural fiber reinforcement composite structures has focused the attention of the automobile industry due to the new regulation in relation to the recyclability and the reusability of the materials preserving and/or improving the mechanical characteristics. The influence of different parameters on the material behavior of natural fiber reinforced plastic structures has been investigated, showing the potential for transport application in energy absorbing structures. Two different woven fabrics (twill and hopsack) made of flax fibers as well as a non-woven mat made of a mixture of hemp and kenaf fibers were employed as reinforcing materials...
March 13, 2018: Materials
Olle Ringden, Arjang Baygan, Mats Remberger, Britt Gustafsson, Jacek Winiarski, Bita Khoein, Guido Moll, Lena Klingspor, Magnus Westgren, Behnam Sadeghi
Severe acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a life-threatening complication after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). The placenta protects the fetus from the mother's immune system. We evaluated placenta-derived decidua stromal cells (DSCs), which differ from bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells (BM-MSCs), as a treatment for severe acute GVHD. DSCs were obtained from term placentas. The DSCs were given to 38 patients with severe acute GVHD; 25 were steroid refractory (SR). DSCs were thawed and infused in buffer supplemented with either 10% AB plasma (group 1, n = 17), or 5% albumin (group 2, n = 21)...
March 13, 2018: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Krista Vaht, Magnus Göransson, Kristina Carlson, Cecilia Isaksson, Stig Lenhoff, Anna Sandstedt, Bertil Uggla, Jacek Winiarski, Per Ljungman, Mats Brune, Per-Ola Andersson
OBJECTIVES: Antithymocyte globulin (ATG)-based immunosuppression remains a cornerstone in aplastic anaemia (AA) treatment. However, most ATG studies are not population-based and knowledge about real-world results concerning response and outcome could offer important information for treating physicians. METHODS: We have recently performed a nationwide retrospective cohort study on all AA patients diagnosed in Sweden in 2000-2011 and now present treatment and outcome data on patients receiving first-line ATG...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Haematology
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