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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334397/recombinant-phosphatidylserine-binding-nanobodies-for-targeting-of-extracellular-vesicles-to-tumor-cells-a-plug-and-play-approach
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Sander A A Kooijmans, Jerney J J M Gitz-Francois, Raymond M Schiffelers, Pieter Vader
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are increasingly being recognized as candidate drug delivery systems due to their ability to functionally transfer biological cargo between cells. However, manipulation of targeting properties of EVs through engineering of the producer cells can be challenging and time-consuming. As a novel approach to confer tumor targeting properties to isolated EVs, we generated recombinant fusion proteins of nanobodies against the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) fused to phosphatidylserine (PS)-binding domains of lactadherin (C1C2)...
January 15, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334339/impact-of-spasticity-on-transfers-and-activities-of-daily-living-in-individuals-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Jacqueline Tibbett, Eva G Widerström-Noga, Christine K Thomas, Edelle C Field-Fote
CONTEXT/OBJECTIVE: For persons with spinal cord injury, spasticity commonly interferes with activities of daily living such as transfers. Electromyography can be used to objectively measure muscle spasms during transfers, but how electromyographic measures relate to the impact spasticity has on life, or to clinically-rated spasticity, is unclear. We aimed to characterize relationships among spasm duration and magnitude, impact of spasticity on daily life, and a clinical measure of extensor spasticity, as well as to determine reliability of the electromyographic measures...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334203/modeling-in-vitro-fertilization-data-considering-multiple-outcomes-observed-among-iranian-infertile-women
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Azadeh Ghaheri, Aliakbar Rasekhi, Reza Omani Samani, Ebrahim Hajizadeh
Background: Women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles should successfully go through multiple points during the procedure (i.e., implantation, clinical pregnancy, no spontaneous abortion and delivery) to achieve live births. In this study, data from multiple cycles and multiple points during the IVF cycle are collected for each individual to model the effects of factors associated with success at different stages of IVF cycles in Iranian infertile women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This historical cohort study includes 996 assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycles of 511 infertile women...
April 2018: International Journal of Fertility & Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333332/next-generation-tissue-engineering-of-orthopedic-soft-tissue-to-bone-interfaces
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Alexander J Boys, Mary Clare McCorry, Scott Rodeo, Lawrence J Bonassar, Lara A Estroff
Soft tissue-to-bone interfaces are complex structures that consist of gradients of extracellular matrix materials, cell phenotypes, and biochemical signals. These interfaces, called entheses for ligaments, tendons, and the meniscus, are crucial to joint function, transferring mechanical loads and stabilizing orthopedic joints. When injuries occur to connected soft tissue, the enthesis must be re-established to restore function, but due to structural complexity, repair has proven challenging. Tissue engineering offers a promising solution for regenerating these tissues...
September 2017: MRS Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332826/a-robust-and-extendable-sheath-flow-interface-with-minimal-dead-volume-for-coupling-ce-with-esi-ms
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Pan Fang, Jian-Zhang Pan, Qun Fang
In this paper, we describe a robust sheath flow-based CE-MS interface with minimal interface dead volume based on an extended pattern. A 20µm i.d. × 90µm o.d. fused-silica capillary with a chemically-etched thin-wall tip (30µm o.d.) was used as the separation capillary as well as electrospray emitter, and a 200µm i.d. × 375µm o.d. capillary with a tapered tip (40µm o.d.) was used as the sheath flow capillary. An extendable sheath-flow interface mode was adopted by decreasing the thickness of separation capillary tip and extending the separation capillary tip out from the sheath flow capillary tip, and allowing the sheath flow to be transferred to the separation capillary tip along its outer surface, forming a surface sheath flow to mix with sample flow at the separation capillary tip...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332797/electrodialytic-in-line-preconcentration-for-ionic-solute-analysis
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Shin-Ichi Ohira, Takayuki Yamasaki, Takumi Koda, Yuko Kodama, Kei Toda
Preconcentration is an effective way to improve analytical sensitivity. Many types of methods are used for enrichment of ionic solute analytes. However, current methods are batchwise and include procedures such as trapping and elution. In this manuscript, we propose in-line electrodialytic enrichment of ionic solutes. The method can enrich ionic solutes within seconds by quantitative transfer of analytes from the sample solution to the acceptor solution under an electric field. Because of quantitative ion transfer, the enrichment factor (the ratio of the concentration in the sample and to that in the obtained acceptor solution) only depends on the flow rate ratio of the sample solution to the acceptor solution...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332742/the-effects-of-dorso-lumbar-motion-restriction-on-emg-activity-of-selected-muscles-during-running
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Joseph J Morley, Edward Traum
The effects of restricting dorso-lumbar spine mobility on electromyographic activity of the erector spinae, quadriceps femoris, hamstrings and gastrocnemius muscles in runners was investigated. Thermoplastic casting material was fashioned into a rigid orthosis and used to restrict spinal motion during running. Volunteers ran on a treadmill at 2.78 m/sec, under normal conditions and with spinal motion restricted. Surface electromyographic data was collected during both sets of trials. Normal electromyographic data was also compared with previous authors to determine similarity with their electromyographic data...
January 2018: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332623/gene-expression-and-lymphocyte-population-at-the-fetal-maternal-interface-in-sheep-pregnancies-established-by-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer
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Jason A Koroghli, Elizabeth Floyd, Misha Regouski, Kerry Rood, Kirsten Gash, Kip Panter, Rusty Stott, Christopher J Davies, Irina A Polejaeva, Heloisa M Rutigliano
The hypothesis of this study was that the leukocyte populations and expression levels of genes related to immune response, growth factors and apoptosis would be altered at the fetal-maternal interface in somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT)-generated sheep pregnancies. Placental and endometrial samples from sheep pregnancies established by SCNT and natural breeding (control) were collected at 45 days and at term. Expression of genes related to growth factors, apoptosis and immune response was examined using quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction...
January 15, 2018: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331715/toxicokinetics-of-zn-and-cd-in-the-earthworm-eisenia-andrei-exposed-to-metal-contaminated-soils-under-different-combinations-of-air-temperature-and-soil-moisture-content
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M Nazaret González-Alcaraz, Susana Loureiro, Cornelis A M van Gestel
This study evaluated how different combinations of air temperature (20 °C and 25 °C) and soil moisture content (50% and 30% of the soil water holding capacity, WHC), reflecting realistic climate change scenarios, affect the bioaccumulation kinetics of Zn and Cd in the earthworm Eisenia andrei. Earthworms were exposed for 21 d to two metal-contaminated soils (uptake phase), followed by 21 d incubation in non-contaminated soil (elimination phase). Body Zn and Cd concentrations were checked in time and metal uptake (k1) and elimination (k2) rate constants determined; metal bioaccumulation factor (BAF) was calculated as k1/k2...
January 8, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331557/soil-to-plant-transfer-factors-of-natural-radionuclides-226ra-and-40k-in-selected-thai-medicinal-plants
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Kiadtisak Saenboonruang, Endu Phonchanthuek, Kamonkhuan Prasandee
A soil-to-plant transfer factor (TF) is an important parameter that could be used to estimate radionuclides levels in medicinal plants. This work reports concentrations of natural radionuclides (226Ra and 40K) and TFs in six Thai medicinal plants grown in central Thailand using an HPGe gamma ray spectrometer. Either root, leaf, or flower parts of each medicinal plant were selected for use in the investigation according to their practical uses in traditional medicine. The results showed that due to K being essential in plants, 40K had higher arithmetic means of activity concentrations and geometric means of TFs (geometric standard deviations in parentheses) of 610 ± 260 Bq kg-1 dry weight (DW) and 2...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331034/effects-of-in-situ-selenium-exposure-and-maternal-transfer-on-survival-and-deformities-of-brown-trout-salmo-trutta-fry
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Sean M Covington, Rami B Naddy, Alan L Prouty, Steven A Werner, Mark Dunn Lewis
Offspring of wild adult brown trout exposed to a range of selenium (Se) concentrations were reared in a laboratory setting to primarily assess effects on survival and deformities. Maternal whole body Se concentrations ranged from 4.7 to 22.6 mg/kg dry weight (dw) for wild fish. Corresponding Se concentrations in embryos ranged from 6.2 to 40.3 mg/kg dw. Significant relationships were found between embryo and whole-body tissue concentrations. Increasing egg Se concentrations were correlated with decreasing survival; however, hatch success was not significantly correlated with increasing embryo Se...
January 13, 2018: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330968/correlation-of-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-mri-derived-volume-transfer-constant-with-histological-angiogenic-markers-in-high-grade-gliomas
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Ningning Di, Chenjun Yao, Wenna Cheng, Yan Ren, Jianxun Qu, Bin Wang, Zhenwei Yao
INTRODUCTION: To ascertain if the volume transfer constant (Ktrans ) derived from T1 dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) correlates with the immunohistological markers of angiogenesis in high-grade gliomas. METHODS: Fifty-one image-guided biopsy specimens in 34 patients with newly presenting high-grade gliomas (grade III = 16; grade IV = 18) underwent preoperative imaging (conventional imaging and T1 DCE-MRI). We correlated vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression and the microvessel density (MVD) of MRI-guided biopsy specimens with the corresponding DCE-derived Ktrans ...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330842/self-perceived-long-term-transfer-of-learning-after-postpartum-hemorrhage-simulation-training
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Brena C P Melo, Ana R Falbo, Jette Led Sorensen, Jeroen J G van Merriënboer, Cees van der Vleuten
OBJECTIVE: To explore long-term transfer (application of acquired knowledge and skills on the job) after postpartum hemorrhage simulation training based on either instructional design (ID) principles or conventional best practice. METHODS: In this qualitative study, semi-structured interviews with obstetrics and gynecology healthcare practitioners were conducted between August 7 and September 26, 2015, in Recife, Brazil. The participants were randomly selected from each of two postpartum hemorrhage simulations attended 2 years earlier (one ID and one conventional best practice)...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330789/fluorescence-lifetime-imaging-microscopy-flim-as-a-tool-to-investigate-hypoxia-induced-protein-protein-interaction-in-living-cells
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Vera Schützhold, Joachim Fandrey, Katrin Prost-Fingerle
Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) is widely used as a method to investigate protein-protein interactions in living cells. A FRET pair donor fluorophore in close proximity to an appropriate acceptor fluorophore transfers emission energy to the acceptor, resulting in a shorter lifetime of the donor fluorescence. When the respective FRET donor and acceptor are fused with two proteins of interest, a reduction in donor lifetime, as detected by fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM), can be taken as proof of close proximity between the fluorophores and therefore interaction between the proteins of interest...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330699/accounting-of-ghg-emissions-and-removals-from-forest-management-a-long-road-from-kyoto-to-paris
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REVIEW
Joachim H A Krug
BACKGROUND: Forests have always played an important role in agreeing on accounting rules during the past two decades of international climate policy development. Starting from activity-based gross-net accounting of selected forestry activities to mandatory accounting against a baseline-rules have changed quite rapidly and with significant consequences for accounted credits and debits. Such changes have direct consequences on incentives for climate-investments in forestry. There have also been strong arguments not to include forests into the accounting system by considering large uncertainties, procedural challenges and a fear of unearned credits corrupting the overall accounting system, among others...
January 3, 2018: Carbon Balance and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330411/x-ray-induced-scintillation-governed-by-energy-transfer-process-in-glasses
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Hirokazu Masai, Go Okada, Aya Torimoto, Takaaki Usui, Noriaki Kawaguchi, Takayuki Yanagida
The efficiency of X-ray-induced scintillation in glasses roughly depends on both the effective atomic number Zeff and the photoluminescence quantum efficiency Qeff of glass, which are useful tools for searching high-performance phosphors. Here, we demonstrate that the energy transfer from host to activators is also an important factor for attaining high scintillation efficiency in Ce-doped oxide glasses. The scintillation intensity of glasses with coexisting fractions of Ce3+ and Ce4+ species is found to be higher than that of a pure-Ce3+-containing glass with a lower Zeff value...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329581/microrna-124-regulates-the-expression-of-mekk3-in-the-inflammatory-pathogenesis-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Longping Yao, Yongyi Ye, Hengxu Mao, Fengfei Lu, Xiaozheng He, Guohui Lu, Shizhong Zhang
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease (PD) is the most prevalent neurodegenerative disorder that is characterised by selective loss of midbrain dopaminergic (DA) neurons. Chronic inflammation of the central nervous system is mediated by microglial cells and plays a critical role in the pathological progression of PD. Brain-specific microRNA-124 (miR-124) expression is significantly downregulated in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-treated BV2 cells and in the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) model of PD...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329076/attachment-of-nanoparticulate-drug-release-systems-on-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-nanofibers-via-a-graftpolymer-as-interlayer
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Dominik de Cassan, Steffen Sydow, Nadeschda Schmidt, Peter Behrens, Yvonne Roger, Andrea Hoffmann, Anna Lena Hoheisel, Birgit Glasmacher, Robert Hänsch, Henning Menzel
Electrospun poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) fiber mats are modified using a chitosan grafted with PCL (CS-g-PCL), to improve the biological performance and to enable further modifications. The graft copolymer is immobilized by the crystallization of the PCL grafts on the PCL fiber surface as binding mechanism. In this way, the surface of the fibers is covered with chitosan bearing cationic amino groups, which allow adsorption of oppositely charged nanoparticulate drug-delivery systems. The modification of the fiber mats and the attachment of the drug delivery systems are easy and scalable dip processes...
December 29, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328783/signaling-to-and-from-the-rna-polymerase-iii-transcription-and-processing-machinery
#19
Ian M Willis, Robyn D Moir
RNA polymerase (Pol) III has a specialized role in transcribing the most abundant RNAs in eukaryotic cells, transfer RNAs (tRNAs), along with other ubiquitous small noncoding RNAs, many of which have functions related to the ribosome and protein synthesis. The high energetic cost of producing these RNAs and their central role in protein synthesis underlie the robust regulation of Pol III transcription in response to nutrients and stress by growth regulatory pathways. Downstream of Pol III, signaling impacts posttranscriptional processes affecting tRNA function in translation and tRNA cleavage into smaller fragments that are increasingly attributed with novel cellular activities...
January 12, 2018: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327912/reliable-manipulation-of-gas-bubble-size-on-superaerophilic-cones-in-aqueous-media
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Xiuzhan Xue, Ruixiao Wang, Linwen Lan, Jingming Wang, Zhongxin Xue, Lei Jiang
Gas bubbles in aqueous media are ubiquitous in a broad range of applications. In most cases, the size of bubbles must be manipulated precisely. However, it is very difficult to control the size of gas bubbles. The size of gas bubbles is affected by many factors both during and after the generation process. Thus, precise manipulation of gas bubble size still remains a great challenge. The ratchet and conical hairs of the Chinese brush enable it to realize a significant capacity for holding ink and transferring them onto paper continuously and controllably...
January 12, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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