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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532129/-131-i-traced-plga-lipid-nanoparticles-as-drug-delivery-carriers-for-the-targeted-chemotherapeutic-treatment-of-melanoma
#1
Haiyan Wang, Weizhong Sheng
Herein, folic acid (FA) conjugated Poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA)-lipid composites (FA-PL) were developed as nanocarriers for the targeted delivery of insoluble anti-cancer drug paclitaxel (PTX), resulting FA-PLP nanoparticles. Furthermore, (131)I, as a radioactive tracer, was used to label FA-PLP nanoparticles (FA-PLP-(131)I) to evaluate their cell uptake activity, in vivo blood circulation, and biodistribution. The FA-PLP-(131)I nanoparticles had a spherical morphology with great stability, a narrow size distribution (165...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532127/investigation-of-free-standing-plasmonic-mesoporous-ag-cmk-8-nafion-composite-membrane-for-the-removal-of-organic-pollutants-with-254-nm-uv-irradiation
#2
Chuan Ming Tseng, Hsin Liang Chen, Sz Nian Lai, Ming Shiung Chen, Chien Jung Peng, Chia Jui Li, Wei Hsuan Hung
"Carbon-based material" has demonstrated a great potential on water purification due to its strong physical adsorption to organic pollutants in the water. Three-dimensional cubic ordered mesoporous carbon (CMK-8), one of the well-known ordered mesoporous carbons, was prepared by using nanocasting method with mesoporous silica (KIT-6) as the template. In this study, CMK-8 blended with Nafion polymer to form a free-standing mesoporous CMK-8-Nafion composite membrane. The synthesis of high crystallinity CMK-8 was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532053/functionalized-fe3o4-graphene-oxide-nanocomposites-with-hairpin-aptamers-for-the-separation-and-preconcentration-of-trace-pb-2-from-biological-samples-prior-to-determination-by-icp-ms
#3
Mojtaba Shamsipur, Leila Farzin, Mahmoud Amouzadeh Tabrizi, Shahab Sheibani
Lead (Pb) as a topically poisonous metal represents a serious threat to the ecological environment and especially to human beings. Therefore, it is urgent to develop a rapid and reliable monitoring technique for this heavy metal in the environmental samples. In the present study, we have designed a selective and sensitive method for the determination of ultratrace contents of Pb(2+) in biological samples, based on the guanine (G)-quadruplex formed by the aptamer with hairpin structure and Pb(2+). For this purpose, Pb(2+) specific aptamer serving as affinity probe to capture and separate trace amounts of the analyte, was covalently linked to Fe3O4/graphene oxide (GO) surface by using a suitable cross-linking agent...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532045/electrochemically-reduced-graphene-oxide-poly-glycine-composite-modified-electrode-for-sensitive-determination-of-l-dopa
#4
Venkata Narayana Palakollu, Neeta Thapliyal, Tirivashe E Chiwunze, Rajshekhar Karpoormath, Sivanandhan Karunanidhi, Srinivasulu Cherukupalli
A facile preparation strategy based on electrochemical technique for the fabrication of glycine (Poly-Gly) and electrochemically reduced graphene oxide (ERGO) composite modified electrode was developed. The morphology of the developed composite (ERGO/Poly-Gly) was investigated using field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM). The composite modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was characterized using fourier transform-infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531999/zro2-toughened-al2o3-based-near-net-shaped-femoral-head-unique-fabrication-approach-3d-microstructure-burst-strength-and-muscle-cell-response
#5
Debasish Sarkar, Sourav Mandal, B S Reddy, Nitu Bhaskar, D C Sundaresh, Bikramjit Basu
The development of reliable biomedical devices demands the use of an integrated manufacturing protocol with comprehensive understanding of prototype characterization in terms of 3D microstructural analysis along with biocompatibility. While addressing these issues for ZrO2 (3mol% Y2O3 stabilized)-toughened Al2O3-based femoral head prototypes, the present work reports a unique fabrication protocol involving a sequence of uniaxial compaction followed by pre-sintering, machining, final sintering and polishing to ensure dimensional tolerance with respect to the design of patient-specific femoral head...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531847/colorimetric-detection-of-biothiols-based-on-aggregation-of-chitosan-stabilized-silver-nanoparticles
#6
Somayeh Mohammadi, Gholamreza Khayatian
We have described a simple and reliable colorimetric method for the sensing of biothiols such as cysteine, homocysteine, and glutathione in biological samples. The selective binding of chitosan capped silver nanoparticles to biothiols induced aggregation of the chitosan-Ag NPs. But the other amino acids that do not have thiol group cannot aggregate the chitosan-Ag NPs. Aggregation of chitosan-Ag NPs has been confirmed with UV-vis absorption spectra, zeta potential and transmission electron microscopy images...
May 17, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531843/rapid-ic-ms-ms-determination-of-methylphosphonic-acid-in-urine-of-rats-exposed-to-organophosphorus-nerve-agents
#7
Timur Baygildiev, Alexandra Zatirakha, Igor Rodin, Arkady Braun, Andrey Stavrianidi, Nadezhda Koryagina, Igor Rybalchenko, Oleg Shpigun
A direct approach for the determination of a specific hydrolysis product of organophosphorus nerve agents such as methylphosphonic acid (MPA) in urine by ion chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry (IC-MS/MS) has been developed. The first advantage of the proposed approach is a rapid and simple sample preparation, which does not require a large sample volume, complicated and laborious preconcentration and derivatization steps, and takes less than 7min per sample. The second advantage is the fast and selective IC determination of MPA carried out on a noncommercial anion exchanger based on a poly(styrene-co-divinylbenzene) (PS-DVB) substrate with a high degree of crosslinking and a covalently-bonded branched functional layer, which enables complete resolution of MPA from major urine matrix components and allows one to overcome matrix effects...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531831/workflow-methodology-for-rat-brain-metabolome-exploration-using-nmr-lc-ms-and-gc-ms-analytical-platforms
#8
Binta Diémé, Antoine Lefèvre, Lydie Nadal-Desbarats, Laurent Galineau, Blandine Madji Hounoum, Frédéric Montigny, Hélène Blasco, Christian R Andres, Patrick Emond, Sylvie Mavel
We developed a multi-platform approach for the metabolome exploration of rat brain tissue, using liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (LC-MS), nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) and gas-chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The critical steps for metabolite exploration of cerebral tissues are tissue lysis and metabolites extraction. We first evaluated the impact of freeze-drying compared to wet tissue metabolites extraction using NMR and LC-MS with a reversed phase liquid chromatography...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531818/pharmacophore-searching-a-potential-solution-for-correcting-unknown-ligands-unk-labelling-errors-in-protein-data-bank-pdb-s
#9
Musadiq Ibrahim, Adrian Jonathan Lapthorn, Mohammad Ibrahim
The Protein Data Bank (PDB) is the single most important repository of structural data for proteins and other biologically relevant molecules. Therefore, it is critically important to keep the PDB data, error-free as much as possible. In this study, we have critically examined PDB structures of 292 protein molecules which have been deposited in the repository along with potentially incorrect ligands labelled as Unknown ligands (UNK). Pharmacophores were generated for all the protein structures by using Discovery Studio Visualizer (DSV) and Accelrys, Catalyst(®)...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531767/the-standard-joint-unit
#10
Cristina Casajuana Kögel, María Mercedes Balcells-Olivero, Hugo López-Pelayo, Laia Miquel, Lídia Teixidó, Joan Colom, David John Nutt, Jürgen Rehm, Antoni Gual
OBJECTIVE: Reliable data on cannabis quantities is required to improve assessment of cannabis consumption for epidemiological analysis and clinical assessment, consequently a Standard Joint Unit (SJU) based on quantity of 9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (9-THC) has been established. METHODOLOGY: Naturalistic study of a convenience sample recruited from February 2015-June 2016 in universities, leisure spaces, mental health services and cannabis clubs in Barcelona. Adults, reporting cannabis use in the last 60 days, without cognitive impairment or language barriers, answered a questionnaire on cannabis use and were asked to donate a joint to further determine their 9-THC and Cannabidiol (CBD) content...
May 16, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531766/development-and-initial-validation-of-a-cessation-fatigue-scale
#11
Amanda R Mathew, Bryan W Heckman, Ellen Meier, Matthew J Carpenter
BACKGROUND: Smoking cessation fatigue, or tiredness of attempting to quit smoking, has been posited as a latent construct encompassing loss of motivation, loss of hope in cessation success, decreased self-efficacy, and exhaustion of self-control resources. Despite the potential clinical impact of characterizing cessation fatigue, there is currently no validated measure to assess it. Using a rational scale development approach, we developed a cessation fatigue measure and examined its reliability and construct validity in relation to a) smokers' experience of a recently failed quit attempt (QA) and b) readiness to engage in a subsequent QA...
May 17, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531661/investigation-of-the-thermal-hazardous-effect-of-protective-clothing-caused-by-stored-energy-discharge
#12
Jiazhen He, Yehu Lu, Yan Chen, Jun Li
In addition to direct thermal energy from a heating source, a large amount of thermal energy stored in clothing will continuously discharge to skin after exposure. Investigating the thermal hazardous effect of clothing caused by stored energy discharge is crucial for the reliability of thermal protective clothing. In this study several indices were proposed and applied to evaluate the impact of thermal energy discharge on human skin. The heat discharge from different layers of fabric systems was investigated, and the influences of air gaps and applied compression were examined...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531566/the-high-molecular-weight-multimer-form-of-adiponectin-is-a-useful-marker-of-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-in-bahraini-arab-women
#13
Amina M Al-Awadi, Sameh Sarray, Mona R Arekat, Layal R Saleh, Naeema Mahmood, Wassim Y Almawi
BACKGROUND & AIMS: We tested if decreased total and high molecular weight (HMW)-adiponectin, and altered HMW/total adiponectin ratio (HMWR) constitute reliable markers of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) among Bahraini Arab women. METHODS: Case-control study involving 122 Bahraini Arab women with PCOS and 89 ethnically-matched control women. PCOS was evaluated according to 2003 Rotterdam criteria. Total and HMW-adiponectin were measured by ELISA. RESULTS: Compared to controls, women with PCOS had significantly reduced plasma HMW-adiponectin, and HMWR, more so than total adiponectin...
June 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531456/multi-frequency-bioelectrical-impedance-analysis-bia-compared-to-magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri-for-estimation-of-fat-free-mass-in-colorectal-cancer-patients-treated-with-chemotherapy
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Stine S Palle, Line T Møllehave, Zahra Taheri-Kadkhoda, Susanne Johansen, Lisbeth Larsen, Janne W Hansen, Nikolaj K G Jensen, Anette O Elingaard, Alice H Møller, Karen Larsen, Jens R Andersen
BACKGROUND: Changes in body composition in cancer patients during chemotherapy are associated with treatment related toxicities or mortalities. Thus, it is relevant to identify accessible, relatively inexpensive, portable and reliable tools for evaluation of body composition in cancer patients during the course of their treatments. OBJECTIVE: To examine relationships between single cross-sectional thighs magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), skeletal muscle mass (SM) as reference and multi-frequency bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) fat free mass (FFM) in patients with colorectal cancer undergoing chemotherapy...
December 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531454/preliminary-validation-of-the-malay-yale-food-addiction-scale-factor-structure-and-item-analysis-in-an-obese-population
#15
Yogarabindranath Swarna Nantha, Norafidza Ashiquin Abd Patah, Mahalakshmi Ponnusamy Pillai
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Researchers suggest that the rise in obesity rates may be explained by the addictive properties of certain types of food. In view of the growing obesity epidemic in South-East Asia, there is a need for a psychometric tool to assess the concept of food addiction amongst high-risk populations. The objective of this study is to translate the Yale Food Addiction Scale (YFAS) into the Malay language and subsequently validate its use in an obese population. METHODS: Between the year 2014 and 2015, a total of 250 obese adults were assessed for food addiction utilizing the Malay version of the YFAS at a primary care clinic...
December 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531449/validity-of-the-adductor-pollicis-muscle-as-a-component-of-nutritional-screening-in-the-hospital-setting-a-systematic-review
#16
REVIEW
Charles Chin Han Lew, Fangyi Ong, Michelle Miller
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The thickness of the adductor pollicis muscle (TAPM) is the only muscle that can be directly measured with a caliper. Recent studies demonstrate that the TAPM could be used as part of nutritional screening, but this has not been systematically reviewed. We aimed to review the validity and reliability of TAPM in identifying malnutrition risk. METHODS: PubMed, CINAHL and Scopus were systematically searched. Eligible studies were cross-sectional, case-control or cohort studies which recruited adult patients in the hospital, measured the TAPM along with a valid nutritional assessment tool and evaluated the validity of TAPM with univariate, multivariate, discriminative and/or agreement statistics...
December 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531380/are-traditional-body-fat-equations-and-anthropometry-valid-to-estimate-body-fat-in-children-and-adolescents-living-with-hiv
#17
Luiz Rodrigo Augustemak de Lima, Priscila Custódio Martins, Carlos Alencar Souza Alves Junior, João Antônio Chula de Castro, Diego Augusto Santos Silva, Edio Luiz Petroski
The aim of this study was to assess the validity of traditional anthropometric equations and to develop predictive equations of total body and trunk fat for children and adolescents living with HIV based on anthropometric measurements. Forty-eight children and adolescents of both sexes (24 boys) aged 7-17 years, living in Santa Catarina, Brazil, participated in the study. Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry was used as the reference method to evaluate total body and trunk fat. Height, body weight, circumferences and triceps, subscapular, abdominal and calf skinfolds were measured...
May 19, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531341/intra-observer-reliability-and-agreement-of-manual-and-digital-orthodontic-model-analysis
#18
Vasiliki Koretsi, Linda Tingelhoff, Peter Proff, Christian Kirschneck
Background and aim: Digital orthodontic model analysis is gaining acceptance in orthodontics, but its reliability is dependent on the digitalisation hardware and software used. We thus investigated intra-observer reliability and agreement / conformity of a particular digital model analysis work-flow in relation to traditional manual plaster model analysis. Materials and methods: Forty-eight plaster casts of the upper/lower dentition were collected. Virtual models were obtained with orthoX®scan (Dentaurum) and analysed with ivoris®analyze3D (Computer konkret)...
May 22, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531331/diagnostic-challenges-in-meningioma
#19
Martha Nowosielski, Nobert Galldiks, Sarah Iglseder, Philipp Kickingereder, Andreas von Deimling, Martin Bendszus, Wolfgang Wick, Felix Sahm
Advances in molecular profiling and the application of advanced imaging techniques are currently refreshing diagnostic considerations in meningioma patients. Not only technical refinements but also sophisticated histopathological and molecular studies have the potential to overcome some of the challenges during meningioma management. Exact tumor delineation, assessment of tumor growth and pathophysiological parameters were recently addressed by "advanced" magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography...
May 20, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531270/utilization-of-quantitative-susceptibility-mapping-for-direct-targeting-of-the-subthalamic-nucleus-during-deep-brain-stimulation-surgery
#20
Jonathan Rasouli, Ritesh Ramdhani, Fedor E Panov, Alexey Dimov, Yan Zhang, Catherine Cho, Yi Wang, Brian Harris Kopell
BACKGROUND: Deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) has demonstrated efficacy in improving motor disability in Parkinson's disease. The recently developed quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) technique, which can accurately map iron deposits in deep brain nuclei, promises precise targeting of the STN. OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the use of QSM to target STN effectively by correlating with classical physiological-based targeting measures in a prospective study...
May 21, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
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