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Kelly Adamson, Lois Jackson, Jacqueline Gahagan
A complex array of intersecting social contextual factors are known to influence safer and/or unsafe practices among people who inject drugs. However, less is known about the social contextual factors that may specifically influence injection practices for young people who inject drugs. In this qualitative study, we explored with young people, ages 18-29, living in an urban centre in Nova Scotia, Canada, their perceptions and experiences of the social contextual factors that influence their safer and/or unsafe injection practices...
October 19, 2016: International Journal on Drug Policy
Katie Bardsley, Agnieska Kwarciak, Christine Freeman, Ian Brook, Paul Hatton, Aileen Crawford
The regeneration of large bone defects remains clinically challenging. The aim of our study was to use a rat model to use nasal chondrocytes to engineer a hypertrophic cartilage tissue which could be remodelled into bone in vivo by endochondral ossification. Primary adult rat nasal chondrocytes were isolated from the nasal septum, the cell numbers expanded in monolayer culture and the cells cultured in vitro on polyglycolic acid scaffolds in chondrogenic medium for culture periods of 5-10 weeks. Hypertrophic differentiation was assessed by determining the temporal expression of key marker genes and proteins involved in hypertrophic cartilage formation...
October 11, 2016: Biomaterials
Nancy M Lee, Cevat Erisken, Thomas Iskratsch, Michael Sheetz, William N Levine, Helen H Lu
Physiologically relevant models of wound healing are essential for understanding the biology of connective tissue repair and healing. They can also be used to identify key cellular processes and matrix characteristics critical for the design of soft tissue grafts. Modeling the various stages of repair post tendon injury, polymer meshes of varying fiber diameter (nano-1 (390 nm) < nano-2 (740 nm) < micro (1420 nm)) were produced. Alignment was also introduced in the nano-2 group to model matrix undergoing biological healing rather than scar formation...
October 12, 2016: Biomaterials
Claudia L Bianchi, Benedetta Sacchi, Carlo Pirola, Francesco Demartin, Giuseppina Cerrato, Sara Morandi, Valentino Capucci
Micro-sized TiO2 catalyst was employed to degrade pharmaceutical compounds, i.e. aspirin and paracetamol, two of the most widely used drugs, purchasable without prescription. Their active agents, acetylsalicylic acid and acetaminophen, are characterized by different substituent groups, linked to the aromatic ring, which affect both the photodegradation and mineralization processes. The experimental conditions highlight the relationship between the nature of the pristine molecules, their degradation mechanisms, their mutual interference and the water's role...
October 21, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
E Laird, T Shannon, V E F Crowley, M Healy
CONTEXT: There have been few published reports of visualising vitamin D status at a micro level, i.e., within large individual urban centres of countries. OBJECTIVE: To produce a visual map of the vitamin D status [25-hydroxy vitamin D-25(OH)D] of a large urban centre (n > 350,000) incorporating the regions of Dublin city that constitute the general practitioner catchment area of a large academic teaching adult hospital. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: An observational investigation of 5287 free living Irish adults (>18 years)...
October 21, 2016: Irish Journal of Medical Science
Yanzhu Lin, Zhen-Xia Chen, Brian Oliver, Susan T Harbison
Differences in phenotype among genetically identical individuals exposed to the same environmental condition are often noted in genetic studies. Despite this commonplace observation, little is known about the causes of this variability, which has been termed microenvironmental plasticity. One possibility is that stochastic or technical sources of variance produce these differences. A second possibility is that this variation has a genetic component. We have explored gene expression robustness in the transcriptomes of 730 individual Drosophila melanogaster of 16 fixed genotypes, 9 of which are infected with Wolbachia Three replicates of flies were grown controlling for food, day/night cycles, humidity, temperature, sex, mating status, social exposure, and circadian timing of RNA extraction...
October 21, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Juan A Sanchis-Gimeno, Susanna Llido, David Guede, Francisco Martinez-Soriano, Jose R Caeiro, Esther Blanco-Perez
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: To date, no information about the cortical bone microstructural properties in atlas vertebrae with posterior arch defects has been reported. PURPOSE: To test if there is an increased cortical bone thickening in atlases with Type A posterior atlas arch defects in an experimental model. STUDY DESIGN: Micro-computed tomography study on cadaveric atlas vertebrae. METHODS: We analyzed the cortical bone thickness, the cortical volume, and the medullary volume (SkyScan 1172 Bruker micro-CT NV, Kontich, Belgium) in cadaveric dry vertebrae with a Type A atlas arch defect and normal control vertebrae...
October 18, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Dr Gian Domenico Giusti, Dr Cecilia Rogari, Dr Alessio Gili, Dr Fulvio Nisi
BACKGROUND: Endotracheal intubation (ETI) for mechanical ventilation has a central role in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). ETI is one of the main risk factors for the development of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) as its presence reduces the natural defences of the upper airway and allows the micro-suction of secretions in the airways. In order to minimise such complications, it is fundamental to maintain a suitable pressure inside the tube cuff. AIM AND SCOPE: The main objective of the present study is to evaluate the effectiveness and reliability of palpation method, performed with the operators fingers, for detecting the tube cuff pressure...
October 18, 2016: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
Mariusz Ślachciński
The Flow Focusing Pneumatic Nebulizer (FFPN) working at low liquid flow rates was evaluated for the elemental analysis in slurried samples by argon-helium microwave induced plasma optical emission spectrometry (MIP-OES). The obtained results achieved were compared with commercially available V-groove Babington type nebulizer (VBPN). A univariate approach and the simplex optimization procedure were used to achieve optimized conditions and derive analytical figures of merit. Analytical performance of the micro nebulization system was characterized by a determination of the limits of detection (LODs), the precision (RSDs) and the wash-out times for Ba, Ca, Cd, Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn, Pb and Sr...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Zhongling Liu, Wei Yu, Hanqi Zhang, Fanbin Gu, Xiangqun Jin
Salting-out homogenous extraction followed by ionic liquid/ionic liquid dispersive liquid-liquid micro-extraction system was developed and applied to the extraction of sulfonamides in blood. High-performance liquid chromatography was applied to the determination of the analytes. The blood sample was centrifuged to obtain the serum. After the proteins in the serum were removed in the presence of acetonitrile, ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, dipotassium hydrogen phosphate, ionic liquid 1-Hexyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate were added into the resulting solution...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Magdalena Krawczyk, Ewa Stanisz
The combination of ultrasound-assisted dispersive micro solid-phase extraction (USA DMSPE), with the use of TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) as adsorbent, with cold vapor atomic absorption spectrometry (CV AAS) is proposed for preconcentration and determination of mercury species (Hgtotal, Hg(2+) and CH3Hg(+)) in biological, geological and water samples. The experimental parameters including the amount of TiO2 NPs, pH of sample solution, ultrasonication and centrifugation time, TiO2 slurry solution preparation before injection to CV AAS were investigated...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Pavel Kubáň, Knut Fredrik Seip, Astrid Gjelstad, Stig Pedersen-Bjergaard
This work investigated selective micro-electromembrane extractions (μ-EMEs) of the colored indicators metanil yellow and congo red (visual proof-of-principle) and the small drug substances nortriptyline, papaverine, mianserin, and citalopram (model analytes) based on their acid-base strength. With two free liquid membranes (FLMs), the target analytes were extracted from aqueous donor solution, across FLM 1 (1-pentanol, 1-ethyl-2-nitrobenzene (ENB) or 4-nitrocumene (4-NC)), into aqueous acceptor solution 1, further across FLM 2 (1-pentanol, ENB or 4-NC), and finally into aqueous acceptor solution 2...
November 2, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
Judith Hagenbuchner, Martina Rupp, Christina Salvador, Bernhard Meister, Ursula Kiechl-Kohlendorfer, Thomas Müller, Kathrin Geiger, Consolato Sergi, Petra Obexer, Michael J Ausserlechner
Neuroblastoma is the most frequent, extracranial solid tumor in children with still poor prognosis in stage IV disease. In this study, we analyzed FOXO3-phosphorylation and cellular localization in tumor biopsies and determined the function of this homeostasis regulator in vitro and in vivo. FOXO3-phosphorylation at threonine-32 (T32) and nuclear localization in biopsies significantly correlated with stage IV disease. DNA-damaging drugs induced nuclear accumulation of FOXO3, which was associated with elevated T32-phosphorylation in stage IV-derived neuroblastoma cells, thereby reflecting the in situ results...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Yasushi Wada, Tomomi Higashide, Atsushi Nagata, Kazuhisa Sugiyama
Purpose: To investigate longitudinal changes in mean blur rate (MBR) measured by laser speckle flowgraphy (LSFG) in the rat optic nerve head (ONH), and the reproducibility of MBR. Methods: Rats were dilated under general anesthesia. Intraocular pressure (IOP), blood pressure, ocular perfusion pressure (OPP), heart rate, and LSFG were measured 30 minutes later. Mean blur rate in the ONH was determined using LSFG-Micro and was subdivided into MBR of the total area (MA), vessel region (MV), and tissue region (MT)...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Ryan J Milcarek, Michael J Garrett, Amrish Baskaran, Jeongmin Ahn
Combustion based power generation has been accomplished for many years through a number of heat engine systems. Recently, a move towards small scale power generation and micro combustion as well as development in fuel cell research has created new means of power generation that combine solid oxide fuel cells with open flames and combustion exhaust. Instead of relying upon the heat of combustion, these solid oxide fuel cell systems rely on reforming of the fuel via combustion to generate syngas for electrochemical power generation...
October 2, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Mathieu Manassero, Adeline Decambron, Bui Truong Huu Thong, Véronique Viateau, Morad Bensidhoum, Hervé Petite
The use of tissue-engineered bone constructs is an appealing strategy to overcome drawbacks of autografts for the treatment of massive bone defects. As a model organism, the mouse has already been widely used in bone-related research. Large diaphyseal bone defect models in mice, however, are sparse and often use bone fixation which fills the bone marrow cavity and does not provide optimal mechanical stability. The objectives of the current study were to develop a critical-size, segmental, femoral defect in nude mice...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Po C Liu, Yi T Lee, Chun Y Wang, Ya-Tang Yang
We describe a low cost, configurable morbidostat for characterizing the evolutionary pathway of antibiotic resistance. The morbidostat is a bacterial culture device that continuously monitors bacterial growth and dynamically adjusts the drug concentration to constantly challenge the bacteria as they evolve to acquire drug resistance. The device features a working volume of ~10 ml and is fully automated and equipped with optical density measurement and micro-pumps for medium and drug delivery. To validate the platform, we measured the stepwise acquisition of trimethoprim resistance in Escherichia coli MG 1655, and integrated the device with a multiplexed microfluidic platform to investigate cell morphology and antibiotic susceptibility...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Vi Khanh Truong, Miljan Stefanovic, Shane Maclaughlin, Mark Tobin, Jitraporn Vongsvivut, Mohammad Al Kobaisi, Russell J Crawford, Elena P Ivanova
Corrosion of metallic surfaces is prevalent in the environment and is of great concern in many areas, including the military, transport, aviation, building and food industries, amongst others. Polyester and coatings containing both polyester and silica nanoparticles (SiO2NPs) have been widely used to protect steel substrata from corrosion. In this study, we utilized X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, attenuated total reflection infrared micro-spectroscopy, water contact angle measurements, optical profiling and atomic force microscopy to provide an insight into how exposure to sunlight can cause changes in the micro- and nanoscale integrity of the coatings...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Dong-Eog Kim, Jeong-Yeon Kim, Su-Kyoung Lee, Ju Hee Ryu, Ick Chan Kwon, Cheol-Hee Ahn, Kwangmeyung Kim, Dawid Schellingerhout
Direct thrombus imaging visualizes the root cause of thromboembolic infarction. Being able to image thrombus directly allows far better investigation of stroke than relying on indirect measurements, and will be a potent and robust vascular research tool. We use an optical imaging approach that labels thrombi with a molecular imaging thrombus marker - a Cy5.5 near-infrared fluorescent (NIRF) probe that is covalently linked to the fibrin strands of the thrombus by the fibrin-crosslinking enzymatic action of activated coagulation factor XIIIa during the process of clot maturation...
September 25, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Nadia Mohd Effendy, Mohd Fadhli Khamis, Ahmad Nazrun Shuid
BACKGOUND: Labisia pumila (LP) is a popular herb used by women over the past few decades. This herb has shown potentials as an alternative agent for treatment and prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis. It was observed in previous studies that supplementation to ovariectomized rats were associated with increased bone antioxidative enzymes and reduced lipid peroxidation activity. It had also improved bone formation markers in ovariectomized rats. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of giving different forms of LP extracts on the trabecular bone microarchitecture of ovariectomised rats...
October 21, 2016: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
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