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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793106/microplastics-in-mussels-sampled-from-coastal-waters-and-supermarkets-in-the-united-kingdom
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Jiana Li, Christopher Green, Alan Reynolds, Huahong Shi, Jeanette M Rotchell
Global contamination of the marine environment by plastic has led to the discovery of microplastics in a range of marine species, including those for human consumption. In this study, the presence of microplastics and other anthropogenic debris in seawater and mussels (Mytilus edulis) from coastal waters of the U.K., as well as supermarket sources, was investigated. These were detected in all samples from all sites with spatial differences observed. Seawater samples taken from 6 locations (in triplicates) displayed 3...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793079/shifts-in-wind-energy-potential-following-land-use-driven-vegetation-dynamics-in-complex-terrain
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Jiannong Fang, Alexander Peringer, Mihai-Sorin Stupariu, Ileana Pǎtru-Stupariu, Alexandre Buttler, Francois Golay, Fernando Porté-Agel
Many mountainous regions with high wind energy potential are characterized by multi-scale variabilities of vegetation in both spatial and time dimensions, which strongly affect the spatial distribution of wind resource and its time evolution. To this end, we developed a coupled interdisciplinary modeling framework capable of assessing the shifts in wind energy potential following land-use driven vegetation dynamics in complex mountain terrain. It was applied to a case study area in the Romanian Carpathians...
May 21, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793061/microstructural-imaging-of-the-human-brain-with-a-super-scanner-10-key-advantages-of-ultra-strong-gradients-for-diffusion-mri
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D K Jones, D C Alexander, R Bowtell, M Cercignani, F Dell'Acqua, D J McHugh, K L Miller, M Palombo, G J M Parker, U S Rudrapatna, C M W Tax
The key component of a microstructural diffusion MRI 'super-scanner' is a dedicated high-strength gradient system that enables stronger diffusion weightings per unit time compared to conventional gradient designs. This can, in turn, drastically shorten the time needed for diffusion encoding, increase the signal-to-noise ratio, and facilitate measurements at shorter diffusion times. This review, written from the perspective of the National Facility for In Vivo MR Imaging of Human Tissue Microstructure, an initiative to establish a shared 300 mT/m-gradient facility amongst the microstructural imaging community, describes ten advantages of ultra-strong gradients for microstructural imaging...
May 21, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792941/in-situ-analysis-of-grain-rotation-and-lattice-strain-within-a-magnesium-polycrystal-based-on-synchrotron-polychromatic-x-ray-diffraction-technique-i-prior-to-twin
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Li Li, Yuanzhi Wu, Jie Wu
Hexagonal-close-packed structure aggregates exhibit complicated deformation behaviors, involving different slips and twinning. Synchrotron polychromatic X-ray microdiffraction (micro-XRD) was utilized to study in situ an extruded Mg-3Al-1Zn strip subjected to uniaxial tension. The evolution of grain rotation and lattice strain was analyzed under the load levels from 12 to 73 MPa. The micro-XRD data was used to map an area of 396 × 200 μm within the region of interest. The experimental set-up and X-ray diffraction microscopy in two dimensions allow the morphology, orientation and strain of the target grain to be determined at the submicron size...
May 17, 2018: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792732/phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-isoforms-play-key-roles-in-metastasis-of-prostate-cancer-du145-cells
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Zhe Zhang, Jie Liu, Yingying Wang, Xiao Tan, Wennan Zhao, Xiaoxue Xing, Yuling Qiu, Ran Wang, Meihua Jin, Guanwei Fan, Ping Zhang, Yuxu Zhong, Dexin Kong
Metastasis is the main cause of the lethality of prostate cancer. Class I phosphatidylinositol 3-kinases (PI3Ks), which contain 4 isoforms, α, β, δ, and γ, are known to play important roles in cell growth, migration, invasion, and so on. However, the respective role of each PI3K isoform in cancer cell migration and invasion remains unknown. In a study that aimed to elucidate the respective role of the 4 PI3K isoforms, we investigated the change in migratory and invasive ability of DU145 cells after treatment with each PI3K isoform-specific inhibitor...
May 24, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792513/cardiogenic-shock-complicating-peripartum-cardiomyopathy-importance-of-early-left-ventricular-unloading-and-bromocriptine-therapy
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Jan-Thorben Sieweke, Tobias Jonathan Pfeffer, Dominik Berliner, Tobias König, Maximiliane Hallbaum, L Christian Napp, Jörn Tongers, Christian Kühn, Jan D Schmitto, Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner, Andreas Schäfer, Johann Bauersachs
INTRODUCTION: Acute peripartum cardiomyopathy complicated by cardiogenic shock is a rare but life-threatening disease. A prolactin fragment is considered causal for the pathogenesis of peripartum cardiomyopathy. This analysis sought to investigate the role of early percutaneous mechanical circulatory support with micro-axial flow-pumps and/or veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in combination with the prolactin inhibitor bromocriptine in refractory cardiogenic shock complicating peripartum cardiomyopathy...
May 1, 2018: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792508/effects-of-tgf-%C3%AE-overexpression-via-raav-gene-transfer-on-the-early-repair-processes-in-an-osteochondral-defect-model-in-minipigs
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Magali Cucchiarini, Ann-Kathrin Asen, Lars Goebel, Jagadeesh K Venkatesan, Gertrud Schmitt, David Zurakowski, Michael D Menger, Matthias W Laschke, Henning Madry
BACKGROUND: Application of the chondrogenic transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) is an attractive approach to enhance the intrinsic biological activities in damaged articular cartilage, especially when using direct gene transfer strategies based on the clinically relevant recombinant adeno-associated viral (rAAV) vectors. PURPOSE: To evaluate the ability of an rAAV-TGF-β construct to modulate the early repair processes in sites of focal cartilage injury in minipigs in vivo relative to control (reporter lacZ gene) vector treatment...
May 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792417/directional-passive-transport-of-micro-droplets-in-oil-infused-diverging-channels-for-effective-condensate-removal
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Hongxia Li, Ablimit Aili, Mohamed H Alhosani, Qiaoyu Ge, TieJun Zhang
Condensation widely exists in nature and industry, and its performance heavily relies on the efficiency of condensate removal. Recent advances in micro/nano-scale surface engineering enable condensing droplet removal from solid surfaces without extra energy cost, but it is still challenging to achieve passive transport of micro-droplets over long distance along horizontal surfaces. The mobility of these condensate droplets can be enhanced by lubricant oil infusion on flat surfaces and frequent coalescence, which lead to fast growth but random motion of droplets...
May 24, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792338/molecular-mechanism-for-the-influence-of-gender-dimorphism-on-alcoholic-liver-injury-in-mice
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S-Q Li, P Wang, D-M Wang, H-J Lu, R-F Li, L-X Duan, S Zhu, S-L Wang, Y-Y Zhang, Y-L Wang
It is known that women develop alcoholic liver injury more rapidly and have a lower alcohol toxic threshold than men. However, the detailed molecular mechanisms remain unclear. The precise mechanism responsible for the sex difference needs to be determined. Female and male mice were given ethanol by intragastric infusion every day for 4 weeks. The pathological changes were detected by hematoxylin-eosin, Sirius red, oil red O, periodic acid-Schiff, and Hochest33258 staining in the liver of female and male mice...
January 1, 2018: Human & Experimental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792191/cost-of-provision-of-opioid-substitution-therapy-provision-in-tijuana-mexico
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Jose Luis Burgos, Javier A Cepeda, James G Kahn, Maria Luisa Mittal, Emilio Meza, Raúl Rafael Palacios Lazos, Psyché Calderón Vargas, Peter Vickerman, Steffanie A Strathdee, Natasha K Martin
BACKGROUND: Mexico recently enacted drug policy reform to decriminalize possession of small amounts of illicit drugs and mandated that police refer identified substance users to drug treatment. However, the economic implications of drug treatment expansion are uncertain. We estimated the costs of opioid substitution therapy (OST) provision in Tijuana, Mexico, where opioid use and HIV are major public health concerns. METHODS: We adopted an economic health care provider perspective and applied an ingredients-based micro-costing approach to quantify the average monthly cost of OST (methadone maintenance) provision at two providers (one private and one public) in Tijuana, Mexico...
May 23, 2018: Harm Reduction Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792153/antimicrobial-evaluation-of-erythrinan-alkaloids-from-erythrina-crista-galli-l
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Janaina M de Avila, Ionara I Dalcol, Alessandra O Pereira, Eveline W Santos, Adriano Ferraz, Maura Z Santos, Marco Aurelio Mostardeiro, Ademir F Morel
BACKGROUND: Several species of the genus Erythrina have been used as sedative, antidepressant, and anticonvulsant. Erythrina crista-galli is native to the Pampa Biome and is widely used for medicinal purposes. Erythrinan alkaloids exhibit a range of pharmacological properties. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the basic fractions and the alkaloids isolated from E. crista-galli bark against a collection of bacteria and fungi for the first time. METHODS: Erythrina crista-galli stem bark was extracted with MeOH under reflux...
May 23, 2018: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792041/increased-diagnostic-confidence-in-the-diagnosis-of-pituitary-micro-lesions-with-the-addition-of-three-dimensional-sampling-perfection-with-application-optimized-contrasts-using-different-flip-angle-evolutions-sequences
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Ying Tang, Yue Wu, Hua Zhang, Jing Wang, ZhenWei Yao
Background Conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is adversely affected by thick slices, small intersection gaps, and the partial volume effect, leading to the missed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of pituitary micro-lesions. Purpose To evaluate the diagnostic yield of three-dimensional sampling perfection with application-optimized contrasts using different flip-angle evolutions (3D-T2 SPACE) sequences compared with a standard MRI protocol for the diagnosis of pituitary micro-lesions. Material and Methods The MRI findings of 664 patients with clinically suspected pituitary lesions were retrospectively analyzed...
January 1, 2018: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791896/deterioration-of-cortical-bone-microarchitecture-critical-component-of-renal-osteodystrophy-evaluation
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Ashish K Sharma, Nigel D Toussaint, Rosemary Masterson, Stephen G Holt, Chamith S Rajapakse, Peter R Ebeling, Sindhu T Mohanty, Paul Baldock, Grahame J Elder
BACKGROUND: Cortical bone is a significant determinant of bone strength and its deterioration contributes to bone fragility. Thin cortices and increased cortical porosity have been noted in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), but the "Turnover Mineralization Volume" classification of renal osteodystrophy does not emphasize cortical bone as a key parameter. We aimed to assess trabecular and cortical bone microarchitecture by histomorphometry and micro-CT in patients with CKD G5 and 5D (dialysis)...
May 23, 2018: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791803/bacteria-activated-janus-particles-driven-by-chemotaxis
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Zihan Huang, Pengyu Chen, Guo-Long Zhu, Ye Yang, Ziyang Xu, Li-Tang Yan
In the development of biocompatible nano/micro-motors for drug and cargo delivery, motile bacteria represent an excellent energy source for biomedical applications. Despite intense research of the fabrication of bacteria-based motors, how to effectively utilize the instinctive responses of bacteria to environmental stimuli in the fabrication process, particularly, chemotaxis, remains an urgent and critical issue. Here, by developing a molecular-dynamics model of bacterial chemotaxis, we present an investigation of the transport of a bacteria-activated Janus particle driven by chemotaxis...
May 23, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791795/surface-acoustic-wave-saw-driven-device-for-dynamic-cell-cultures
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Gina Greco, Matteo Agostini, Ilaria Tonazzini, Damiano Sallemi, Stefano Barone, Marco Cecchini
In the last decades new types of cell cultures have been introduced to provide better cell survival and development, and micro/nano-environmental physico-chemical conditions aimed to mimic those present in vivo. However, despite the efforts made, the systems available to date are often difficult to replicate and use. Here, an easy-to-use surface acoustic wave (SAW)-based platform is presented for realizing dynamic cell cultures that is compatible with standard optical microscopes, incubators and cell culture dishes...
May 23, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791569/solubility-porosity-and-fluid-uptake-of-calcium-silicate-based-cements
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Fernanda Ferrari Esteves Torres, Juliane Maria Guerreiro-Tanomaru, Roberta Bosso-Martelo, Gisselle Moraima Chavez-Andrade, Mario Tanomaru Filho
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the absorption/fluid uptake, solubility and porosity of White mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) Angelus, Biodentine (BIO), and zinc oxide-eugenol (ZOE). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Solubility was evaluated after immersion in distilled water for 7 and 30 days. Porosity was evaluated using digital inverted microscope, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and micro-computed tomography (micro-CT). For the fluid uptake test, specimens were immersed in Hank's balanced salt solution (HBSS) for 1, 7, 14 and 28 days...
2018: Journal of Applied Oral Science: Revista FOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791029/development-of-a-3d-ultrasound-guidance-system-for-permanent-breast-seed-implantation
#17
Justin Michael, Daniel Morton, Deidre Batchelar, Michelle Hilts, Juanita Crook, Aaron Fenster
PURPOSE: Permanent breast seed implantation (PBSI) is a promising radiotherapy technique for early-stage breast cancer, completed in a single visit by permanently implanting 103 Pd seeds using needles inserted through a template and guided by 2D ultrasound (US). However, operator dependence has been highlighted as a limitation of this procedure. Consequently, we propose and have developed an intraoperative guidance system using 3D US and an instrumented mechanical arm to provide intraoperative 3D imaging and needle template tracking...
May 23, 2018: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790875/visible-light-induced-electropolymerization-of-suspended-hydrogel-bioscaffolds-in-a-microfluidic-chip
#18
Pan Li, Haibo Yu, Na Liu, Feifei Wang, Gwo-Bin Lee, Yuechao Wang, Lianqing Liu, Wen Jung Li
The development of microengineered hydrogels co-cultured with cells in vitro could advance in vivo bio-systems in both structural complexity and functional hierarchy, which holds great promise for applications in regenerative tissues or organs, drug discovery and screening, and bio-sensors or bio-actuators. Traditional hydrogel microfabrication technologies such as ultraviolet (UV) laser or multiphoton laser stereolithography and three-dimensional (3D) printing systems have advanced the development of 3D hydrogel micro-structures but need either expensive and complex equipment, or harsh material selection with limited photoinitiators...
May 23, 2018: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790741/entrapment-of-prostate-cancer-circulating-tumor-cells-with-a-sequential-size-based-microfluidic-chip
#19
Xiang Ren, Brittni Foster, Parham Ghassemi, Jeannine S Strobl, Bethany A Kerr, Masoud Agah
Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are broadly accepted as an indicator for early cancer diagnosis and disease severity. However, there is currently no reliable method available to capture and enumerate all CTCs as most systems require either an initial CTC isolation or antibody-based capture for CTC enumeration. Many size-based CTC detection and isolation microfluidic platforms were presented in the past few years. Here we describe a new size-based, multiple-row cancer cell entrapment device that captured LNCaP-C4-2 prostate cancer cells with >95% efficiency when in spiked mouse whole blood at ~50 cells/mL...
May 23, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790593/efficacy-and-absorption-of-topical-sirolimus-for-the-treatment-of-vascular-anomalies-in-children-a-case-series
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Sophie Le Sage, Michèle David, Josée Dubois, Julie Powell, Catherine C McCuaig, Yves Théorêt, Niina Kleiber
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Efficacy of topical sirolimus has recently been described in lymphatic anomalies but not in other types of vascular anomalies. To our knowledge, systemic absorption of topical sirolimus in these lesions has not yet been reported. The objective was to evaluate the efficacy, tolerance, and absorption of topical sirolimus 0.1% with different types of vascular anomalies in children. METHODS: Sirolimus 0.1% was applied on cutaneous vascular anomalies in six children aged 2-17...
May 23, 2018: Pediatric Dermatology
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