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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441748/convergent-validity-of-a-wearable-sensor-system-for-measuring-sub-task-performance-during-the-timed-up-and-go-test
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James Beyea, Chris A McGibbon, Andrew Sexton, Jeremy Noble, Colleen O'Connell
BACKGROUND: The timed-up-and-go test (TUG) is one of the most commonly used tests of physical function in clinical practice and for research outcomes. Inertial sensors have been used to parse the TUG test into its composite phases (rising, walking, turning, etc.), but have not validated this approach against an optoelectronic gold-standard, and to our knowledge no studies have published the minimal detectable change of these measurements. METHODS: Eleven adults performed the TUG three times each under normal and slow walking conditions, and 3 m and 5 m walking distances, in a 12-camera motion analysis laboratory...
April 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441737/commitment-of-scaffold-proteins-in-the-onco-biology-of-human-colorectal-cancer-and-liver-metastases-after-oxaliplatin-based-chemotherapy
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Deborah Rotoli, Manuel Morales, Julio Ávila, María Del Carmen Maeso, María Del Pino García, Ali Mobasheri, Pablo Martín-Vasallo
Scaffold proteins play pivotal roles in the regulation of signaling pathways, integrating external and internal stimuli to various cellular outputs. We report the pattern of cellular and subcellular expression of scaffoldins angiomotin-like 2 (AmotL2), FK506 binding protein 5 (FKBP51) and IQ motif containing GTPase-activating protein 1 (IQGAP1) in colorectal cancer (CRC) and metastases in liver resected after oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy (CT). Positive immunostaining for the three scaffoldins was found in most cells in healthy colon, tumor, healthy liver and metastasized liver...
April 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441501/hooked-on-cryogels-a-carbamate-linker-based-depot-for-slow-drug-release
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Duygu Aydin, Mehmet Arslan, Amitav Sanyal, Rana Sanyal
Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) based bulk hydrogels and cryogels containing activated carbonate groups as amine reactive handles to facilitate drug conjugations through carbamate linkages were fabricated and evaluated as slow releasing drug reservoirs. As an initial approach, photopolymerization of N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS)-activated carbonate functional group containing monomer and PEG-methacrylate in the presence of a crosslinker was utilized to obtain bulk hydrogels with high gel conversions. The resultant hydrogels possessed moderate water uptake (170-340 %) which was dependent on the monomer ratios...
April 25, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441471/gemcitabine-integrated-nano-prodrug-carrier-system
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Seren Hamsici, Melis Sardan Ekiz, Goksu Cinar Ciftci, Ayse Begum Tekinay, Mustafa O Guler
Peptide nanomaterials have received a great deal of interest in drug delivery applications due to their biodegradability, biocompatibility, suitability for large scale synthesis, high drug loading capacities, targeting ability and ordered structural organization. The covalent conjugation of drugs to peptide backbone results in prolonged circulation time and improved stability of drugs. Therapeutic efficacy of gemcitabine, which is used for breast cancer treatment, is severely compromised due to its rapid plasma degradation...
April 25, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441470/al2o3-and-sio2-atomic-layer-deposition-layers-on-zno-photoanodes-and-degradation-mechanisms
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Qian Cheng, Manpuneet Kaur Benipal, Qianlang Liu, Xingye Wang, Peter A A Crozier, Candace K Chan, Robert J Nemanich
Strategies for protecting unstable semiconductors include the utilization of surface layers comprised of thin films deposited using atomic layer deposition (ALD). The protective layer is expected to: (1) be stable against reaction with photogenerated holes, (2) prevent direct contact of the unstable semiconductor with the electrolyte, and (3) prevent the migration of ions through the semiconductor/electrolyte interface, while still allowing photogenerated carriers to transport to the interface and participate in the desired redox reactions...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441449/effectiveness-and-safety-of-mycophenolate-mofetil-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Anoop M Nambiar, Antonio R Anzueto, Jay I Peters
BACKGROUND: Currently available antifibrotic treatments may slow down disease progression in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), but are associated with potentially significant side effects and are costly. Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) is well known for its potent immunosuppressive properties and possesses important antiproliferative and antifibrotic effects. The safety and effectiveness of MMF in IPF is unknown. METHODS: We performed a retrospective multicohort analysis of IPF patients treated with MMF compared to those treated with either ineffective/harmful treatments or no treatment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441301/regenerative-medicine-and-stem-cells-in-dermatology
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Eduardo K Moioli, Diana Bolotin, Murad Alam
BACKGROUND: Clinically relevant regenerative medicine is still in its early stages of development. Difficulties in regenerating large-scale and complex structures, the lack of safety data, and the paucity of clinical trials have slowed the process of technological advance. OBJECTIVE: To familiarize the clinician with techniques available in the laboratory and experimental approaches being tested clinically. In addition, a layout is discussed for how dermatologists can lead the way in bringing regenerative medicine to clinical reality...
May 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441034/thrombus-formation-at-high-shear-rate
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Lauren D C Casa, David N Ku
The final common pathway in myocardial infarction and ischemic stroke is occlusion of blood flow from a thrombus forming under high shear rates in arteries. A high-shear thrombus forms rapidly and is distinct from the slow formation of coagulation that occurs in stagnant blood. Thrombosis at high shear rates depends primarily on the long protein von Willebrand factor (vWF) and platelets, with hemodynamics playing an important role in each stage of thrombus formation, including vWF binding, platelet adhesion, platelet activation, and rapid thrombus growth...
April 24, 2017: Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440621/gas-phase-sensing-of-alcohols-by-metal-organic-framework-polymer-composite-materials
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Sumit Sachdeva, Sander J H Koper, Anahid Sabetghadam, Dimitri Soccol, Dirk J Gravesteijn, Freek Kapteijn, Ernst J R Sudhölter, Jorge Gascon, Louis C P M de Smet
Affinity layers play a crucial role in chemical sensors for the selective and sensitive detection of analytes. Here, we report the use of composite affinity layers containing Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) in a polymeric matrix for sensing purposes. Nanoparticles of NH2-MIL-53(Al) were dispersed in a Matrimid polymer matrix with different weight ratios (0-100 wt %) and drop-casted on planar capacitive transducer devices. These coated devices were electrically analyzed using impedance spectroscopy and investigated for their sensing properties toward the detection of a series of alcohols and water in the gas phase...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440386/effect-of-chemical-structure-of-s-nitrosothiols-on-nitric-oxide-release-mediated-by-the-copper-sites-of-a-metal-organic-framework-based-environment
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Kiara Taylor-Edinbyrd, Tanping Li, Revati Kumar
The effect of chemical structure of different biologically compatible S-nitrosothiols on the solvation environment at catalytic copper sites in a metal organic framework (MOF) suspended in a solution of ethanol is probed using computational methods. The use of a copper based MOF as a storage vehicle and catalyst (copper sites of the MOF) in the controlled and sustained release of chemically stored nitric oxide (NO) from S-nitrosocysteine has been shown to occur both experimentally and computationally [J. Am...
April 25, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440320/a-review-of-pomegranate-in-prostate-cancer
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REVIEW
C J Paller, A Pantuck, M A Carducci
BACKGROUND: Preclinical studies showing that pomegranate juice and its components inhibit prostate cancer led to multiple clinical trials to determine whether pomegranate products could slow the growth of prostate cancer. This review summarizes the preclinical data and discusses the results of the clinical trials. METHODS: Trials targeted patients on active surveillance, neoadjuvant patients, patients with biochemical recurrence (BCR) following local therapy for prostate cancer, and patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC)...
April 25, 2017: Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440080/redox-gated-tristable-molecular-brakes-of-geared-rotation
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Ting Tseng, Hsiu-Feng Lu, Chen-Yi Kao, Chun-Wei Chiu, Ito Chao, Chetti Prabhakar, Jye-Shane Yang
p-Bis(arylcarbonyl)pentiptycenes 2 (aryl = 4-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl) and 3 (aryl = mesityl) have been prepared and investigated as redox-gated molecular rotors. For 2, rotations about the pentiptycene-carbonyl bond (theαrotation) and about the aryl-carbonyl bond (the β rotation) are independent and the rotation barriers are 11.3 and 9.5 kcal mol-1, respectively, at 298 K. In contrast, the α and β rotations in 3 are correlated (geared) in a 2-fold cogwheel pathway between the aryl and the pentiptycene groups with a much lower rotation barrier of 6...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439784/practical-calculation-method-to-estimate-the-absolute-boron-concentration-in-tissues-using-18-f-fbpa-pet
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Tadashi Watabe, Kohei Hanaoka, Sadahiro Naka, Yasukazu Kanai, Hayato Ikeda, Masanao Aoki, Eku Shimosegawa, Mitsunori Kirihata, Jun Hatazawa
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to establish a practical method to estimate the absolute boron concentrations in the tissues based on the standardized uptake values (SUVs) after administration of 4-borono-phenylalanine (BPA) using 4-borono-2-(18)F-fluoro-phenylalanine ((18)F-FBPA) PET. METHODS: Rat xenograft models of C6 glioma (n = 7, body weight 241 ± 28.0 g) were used for the study. PET was performed 60 min after intravenous injection of (18)F-FBPA (30...
April 24, 2017: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439628/visual-salience-of-the-stop-signal-affects-movement-suppression-process
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Roberto Montanari, Margherita Giamundo, Emiliano Brunamonti, Stefano Ferraina, Pierpaolo Pani
We investigated how the ability to suppress an impending movement is affected by the visual salience of the stop-signal in a reaching countermanding task. We found that when the stop-signal was easy to detect, stop performance was better than when the stop-signal was difficult to detect. In an exploratory analysis, we also found that the change in salience of the stop-signal can have an effect on the speed of response in trials following the stop-signal. This effect occurred together with strategic slowing down after an error in inhibiting was committed and together with a repetition priming effect due to the stop-signal presented in the previous trial...
April 24, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439519/structured-illumination-diffuse-optical-tomography-for-noninvasive-functional-neuroimaging-in-mice
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Matthew D Reisman, Zachary E Markow, Adam Q Bauer, Joseph P Culver
Optical intrinsic signal (OIS) imaging has been a powerful tool for capturing functional brain hemodynamics in rodents. Recent wide field-of-view implementations of OIS have provided efficient maps of functional connectivity from spontaneous brain activity in mice. However, OIS requires scalp retraction and is limited to superficial cortical tissues. Diffuse optical tomography (DOT) techniques provide noninvasive imaging, but previous DOT systems for rodent neuroimaging have been limited either by sparse spatial sampling or by slow speed...
April 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439020/mathematical-model-of-chronic-pancreatitis
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Wenrui Hao, Hannah M Komar, Phil A Hart, Darwin L Conwell, Gregory B Lesinski, Avner Friedman
Chronic pancreatitis (CP) is a progressive inflammatory disease of the pancreas, leading to its fibrotic destruction. There are currently no drugs that can stop or slow the progression of the disease. The etiology of the disease is multifactorial, whereas recurrent attacks of acute pancreatitis are thought to precede the development of CP. A better understanding of the pathology of CP is needed to facilitate improved diagnosis and treatment strategies for this disease. The present paper develops a mathematical model of CP based on a dynamic network that includes macrophages, pancreatic stellate cells, and prominent cytokines that are present at high levels in the CP microenvironment...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438899/galectin-3-a-positive-regulator-of-leukocyte-recruitment-in-the-inflamed-microcirculation
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Beatrice R Gittens, Jennifer V Bodkin, Sussan Nourshargh, Mauro Perretti, Dianne Cooper
In vivo and ex vivo imaging were used to investigate the function of galectin-3 (Gal-3) during the process of leukocyte recruitment to the inflamed microcirculation. The cremasteric microcirculation of wild-type (C57BL/6), Gal-3(-/-), and CX3CR1(gfp/+) mice were assessed by intravital microscopy after PBS, IL-1β, TNF-α, or recombinant Gal-3 treatment. These cellular responses were investigated further using flow-chamber assays, confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, PCR analysis, and proteome array. We show that mechanisms mediating leukocyte slow rolling and emigration are impaired in Gal-3(-/-) mice, which could be because of impaired expression of cell adhesion molecules and an altered cell surface glycoproteome...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438771/unusual-presentation-for-a-tailgut-cyst
#18
Daniel Hancu, James Williams, Faris Kubba, Abhay Chopada
A 67-year-old man with a slow-growing, asymptomatic perianal lesion was presented to the colorectal clinic. Physical examination and radiological investigation were suggestive of an externally prolapsing colonic polyp. However, intraoperative findings of a cystic lesion containing a thick brown substance questioned the initial diagnosis. After complete surgical resection of the encapsulated lesion, histological examination revealed a tailgut cyst (cystic hamartoma). These uncommon lesions originate from an embryological remnant of the hindgut...
April 24, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438285/fungal-rhinosinusitis-a-radiological-review-with-intraoperative-correlation
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REVIEW
Elaine Ni Mhurchu, Javier Ospina, Arif S Janjua, Jason R Shewchuk, Alexandra T Vertinsky
The interaction between fungi and the sinonasal tract results in a range of clinical presentations with a broad spectrum of clinical severity. The most commonly accepted classification system divides fungal rhinosinusitis into invasive and noninvasive subtypes based on histopathological evidence of tissue invasion by fungi. Invasive fungal rhinosinusitis is subdivided into acute invasive and chronic invasive categories. The chronic invasive category includes a subcategory of chronic granulomatous disease. Noninvasive fungal disease includes localized fungal colonization, fungal ball, and allergic fungal rhinosinusitis...
May 2017: Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal, Journal L'Association Canadienne des Radiologistes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438005/comparative-studies-on-the-quality-factors-of-whispering-gallery-modes-and-hybrid-plasmon-photon-modes
#20
Ping Gu, Jiawei Chen, Mingjie Wan, Zhuo Chen, Zhenlin Wang
We theoretically and experimentally investigate the multipolar hybrid plasmon-photon modes supported by a dielectric-metal core-shell resonator consisting of a dielectric core wrapped by a thin silver shell and the whispering-gallery modes in its pure dielectric counterpart (the dielectric sphere with the same size). We theoretically demonstrate that in a certain wavelength range the achievable maximum Q-factors of hybrid modes could be either larger or smaller than that of whispering-gallery modes, depending on the size of the resonator...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
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