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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245144/the-myorobot-a-novel-automated-biomechatronics-system-to-assess-voltage-ca2-biosensors-and-active-passive-biomechanics-in-muscle-and-biomaterials
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M Haug, B Reischl, G Prölß, C Pollmann, T Buckert, C Keidel, S Schürmann, M Hock, S Rupitsch, M Heckel, T Pöschel, T Scheibel, C Haynl, L Kiriaev, S I Head, O Friedrich
We engineered an automated biomechatronics system, MyoRobot, for robust objective and versatile assessment of muscle or polymer materials (bio-)mechanics. It covers multiple levels of muscle biosensor assessment, e.g. membrane voltage or contractile apparatus Ca2+ ion responses (force resolution 1µN, 0-10mN for the given sensor; [Ca2+] range ~ 100nM-25µM). It replaces previously tedious manual protocols to obtain exhaustive information on active/passive biomechanical properties across various morphological tissue levels...
December 7, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245086/liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometric-assay-for-the-quantitation-of-the-novel-radiation-protective-agent-and-radiation-mitigator-jp4-039-in-murine-plasma
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Susan Christner, Jianxia Guo, Robert A Parise, Melanie Ringeval, Adam T Hoye, Peter Wipf, Michael W Epperly, Joel S Greenberger, Jan H Beumer, Julie L Eiseman
JP4-039 radio-protects prior to, and radio-mitigates after ionizing radiation by neutralizing reactive oxygen species. We developed and validated an LC-MS/MS assay for the quantitation of JP4-039 in murine plasma. Methanol protein precipitation of 50μL plasma was followed by isocratic reverse phase chromatography for a 6min run time, and electrospray positive mode ionization mass spectrometric detection. The plasma assay was linear from 1 to 1000ng/mL with appropriate accuracy (97.1-107.6%) and precision (3...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245053/influence-of-diabetes-on-the-foreign-body-response-to-nitric-oxide-releasing-implants
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Robert J Soto, Elizabeth P Merricks, Dwight A Bellinger, Timothy C Nichols, Mark H Schoenfisch
The foreign body response (FBR) to nitric oxide (NO)-releasing subcutaneous implants was compared between healthy and streptozotocin-induced diabetic swine by evaluating inflammation, collagen capsule formation, and angiogenesis. Steel wire substrates were first modified with polyurethane membranes capable of diverse NO-release kinetics (NO fluxes and release durations of 0.8-630.0 pmol cm-2 s-1 and 2-13 d, respectively). The NO-releasing materials were implanted in the subcutis for 3, 10, or 25 d for histological and immunohistochemical evaluation of the FBR...
November 30, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245033/response-of-detoxification-system-genes-on-chironomus-riparius-aquatic-larvae-after-antibacterial-agent-triclosan-exposures
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Pedro Martínez-Paz
Triclosan (TCS) is an antimicrobial agent used in a range of personal care and consumer products and is commonly detected in aquatic ecosystems. In the present study, the effects of TCS at the molecular level on the detoxification system of Chironomus riparius aquatic larvae, a test organism widely used for the assessment of aquatic toxicology, were evaluated. The obtained results show that this xenobiotic was able to induce significant changes in transcripts from different cytochrome P450s and glutathione s-transferases genes, involved in phase I and phase II of detoxification system, respectively...
December 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245022/cost-effective-way-to-reduce-stimulant-abuse-among-gay-bisexual-men-and-transgender-women-a-randomized-clinical-trial-with-a-cost-comparison
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S X Zhang, S Shoptaw, C J Reback, K Yadav, A M Nyamathi
OBJECTIVES: A randomized controlled study was conducted with 422 homeless, stimulant-using gay/bisexual (G/B) men and 29 transgender women (n = 451) to assess two community-based interventions to reduce substance abuse and improve health: (a) a nurse case-managed program combined with contingency management (NCM + CM) versus (b) standard education plus contingency management (SE + CM). STUDY DESIGN: Hypotheses tested included: a) completion of hepatitis A/B vaccination series; b) reduction in stimulant use; and c) reduction in number of sexual partners...
December 12, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244972/evaluating-an-ipad-app-in-measuring-wound-dimension-a-pilot-study
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P C B Khong, M S W Yeo, C C Goh
OBJECTIVE: This pilot study tested the reliability, validity and sensitivity of an innovative prototype iPad app, WoundAide, developed to measure wound dimension (length, width and surface area) using image analysis. METHOD: A prospective evaluation was conducted comparing WoundAide (WA) with two gold standard instruments, Wound Zoom (WZ) and Visitrak (VT). The study was conducted in a tertiary hospital in Singapore. Patients were recruited after obtaining local ethics approval...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244967/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-chronic-wounds-current-standards-of-germany-s-initiative-for-chronic-wounds-e-v
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J Dissemond, A Bültemann, V Gerber, B Jäger, K Kröger, C Münter
The diagnosis and treatment of patients with chronic wounds is an enormous challenge in various disciplines of medicine. These very complex processes usually involve several experts of different medical specialties with varying educational backgrounds. A necessary basis for consistent communication and documentation is the use of unambiguous nomenclature. Therefore, the board of the German wound association, Initiative for Chronic Wounds (ICW) e.V., has started to define various terms and procedures. An easy to remember algorithm, in the form of the ABCDE rule, has been developed for the structured diagnosis of chronic wounds...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244957/hypercementosis-associated-with-enpp1-mutations-and-gaci
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V Thumbigere-Math, A Alqadi, N I Chalmers, M B Chavez, E Y Chu, M T Collins, C R Ferreira, K FitzGerald, R I Gafni, W A Gahl, K S Hsu, M S Ramnitz, M J Somerman, S G Ziegler, B L Foster
Mineralization of bones and teeth is tightly regulated by levels of extracellular inorganic phosphate (Pi) and pyrophosphate (PPi). Three regulators that control pericellular concentrations of Pi and PPi include tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase (TNAP), progressive ankylosis protein (ANK), and ectonucleotide pyrophosphatase/phosphodiesterase 1 (ENPP1). Inactivation of these factors results in mineralization disorders affecting teeth and their supporting structures. This study for the first time analyzed the effect of decreased PPi on dental development in individuals with generalized arterial calcification of infancy (GACI) due to loss-of-function mutations in the ENPP1 gene...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244900/the-bidirectional-relationship-between-anxiety-disorders-and-circulating-levels-of-inflammatory-markers-results-from-a-large-longitudinal-population-based-study
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Jennifer Glaus, Roland von Känel, Aurélie M Lasserre, Marie-Pierre F Strippoli, Caroline L Vandeleur, Enrique Castelao, Mehdi Gholam-Rezaee, Ciro Marangoni, En-Young N Wagner, Pedro Marques-Vidal, Gérard Waeber, Peter Vollenweider, Martin Preisig, Kathleen R Merikangas
BACKGROUND: Although there has been abundant research on chronic low-grade inflammation as a potential mechanism underlying the link between mood disorders and cardiovascular risk, less is known about the role of inflammatory factors and anxiety disorders. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the bi-directional associations between inflammatory markers including interleukin (IL)-6, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, and high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) with anxiety disorders and its subgroups...
December 15, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244821/genotyping-of-mycobacterium-leprae-for-better-understanding-of-leprosy-transmission-in-fortaleza-northeastern-brazil
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Amanda N B Fontes, Luana N G C Lima, Rosa M S Mota, Rosa L F Almeida, Maria A Pontes, Heitor de S Gonçalves, Cristiane C Frota, Varalakshmi D Vissa, Patrick J Brennan, Ricardo J P S Guimaraes, Carl Kendall, Ligia R F S Kerr, Philip N Suffys
Leprosy is endemic in large part of Brazil with 28,761 new patients in 2015, the second largest number worldwide and reaches 9/10.000 in highly endemic regions and 2.7/10.000 in the city of Fortaleza, Ceará, Northeast Brazil. For better understanding of risk factors for leprosy transmission, we conducted an epidemiologic study supplemented by 17 locus VNTR and SNP 1-4 typing of Mycobacterium leprae in skin biopsy samples from new multibacillary (MB) patients diagnosed at a reference center in 2009 and 2010...
December 15, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244816/treatment-with-albumin-hydroxyoleic-acid-complex-restores-sensorimotor-function-in-rats-with-spinal-cord-injury-efficacy-and-gene-expression-regulation
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Gerardo Avila-Martin, Manuel Mata-Roig, Iriana Galán-Arriero, Julian S Taylor, Xavier Busquets, Pablo V Escribá
Sensorimotor dysfunction following incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI) is often characterized by paralysis, spasticity and pain. Previously, we showed that intrathecal (i.t.) administration of the albumin-oleic acid (A-OA) complex in rats with SCI produced partial improvement of these symptoms and that oral 2-hydroxyoleic acid (HOA, a non-hydrolyzable OA analogue), was efficacious in the modulation and treatment of nociception and pain-related anxiety, respectively. Here we observed that intrathecal treatment with the complex albumin-HOA (A-HOA) every 3 days following T9 spinal contusion injury improved locomotor function assessed with the Rotarod and inhibited TA noxious reflex activity in Wistar rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244814/forecasting-influenza-like-illness-dynamics-for-military-populations-using-neural-networks-and-social-media
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Svitlana Volkova, Ellyn Ayton, Katherine Porterfield, Courtney D Corley
This work is the first to take advantage of recurrent neural networks to predict influenza-like illness (ILI) dynamics from various linguistic signals extracted from social media data. Unlike other approaches that rely on timeseries analysis of historical ILI data and the state-of-the-art machine learning models, we build and evaluate the predictive power of neural network architectures based on Long Short Term Memory (LSTMs) units capable of nowcasting (predicting in "real-time") and forecasting (predicting the future) ILI dynamics in the 2011 - 2014 influenza seasons...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244804/conditional-knockout-mice-for-the-distal-appendage-protein-cep164-reveal-its-essential-roles-in-airway-multiciliated-cell-differentiation
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Saul S Siller, Himanshu Sharma, Shuai Li, June Yang, Yong Zhang, Michael J Holtzman, Wipawee Winuthayanon, Holly Colognato, Bernadette C Holdener, Feng-Qian Li, Ken-Ichi Takemaru
Multiciliated cells of the airways, brain ventricles, and female reproductive tract provide the motive force for mucociliary clearance, cerebrospinal fluid circulation, and ovum transport. Despite their clear importance to human biology and health, the molecular mechanisms underlying multiciliated cell differentiation are poorly understood. Prior studies implicate the distal appendage/transition fiber protein CEP164 as a central regulator of primary ciliogenesis; however, its role in multiciliogenesis remains unknown...
December 15, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244803/changes-in-brain-morphology-and-microstructure-in-relation-to-early-brain-activity-in-extremely-preterm-infants
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Maria Luisa Tataranno, Nathalie H P Claessens, Pim Moeskops, Mona C Toet, Karina J Kersbergen, Giuseppe Buonocore, Ivana Išgum, Alexander Leemans, Serena Counsell, Floris Groenendaal, Linda S de Vries, Manon J N L Benders
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relation of early brain activity with structural (growth of the cortex and cerebellum) and white matter microstructural brain development. METHODS: 33 preterm neonates (gestational age 26±1 weeks) without major brain abnormalities were continuously monitored with electroencephalography (EEG) during the first 48 h of life. Rate of spontaneous activity transients per minute (SAT rate) and interSAT interval (ISI) in seconds per minute were calculated...
December 15, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244710/physicochemical-and-antimicrobial-characterization-of-beeswax-starch-food-grade-nanoemulsions-incorporating-natural-antimicrobials
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Teresita Arredondo-Ochoa, Blanca E García-Almendárez, Monserrat Escamilla-García, Olga Martín-Belloso, Giovanna Rossi-Márquez, Luis Medina-Torres, Carlos Regalado-González
Nanoemulsions are feasible delivery systems of lipophilic compounds, showing potential as edible coatings with enhanced functional properties. The aim of this work was to study the effect of emulsifier type (stearic acid (SA), Tween 80 (T80) or Tween 80/Span 60 (T80/S60)) and emulsification process (homogenization, ultrasound or microfluidization) on nanoemulsion formation based on oxidized corn starch, beeswax (BW) and natural antimicrobials (lauric arginate and natamycin). The response variables were physicochemical properties, rheological behavior, wettability and antimicrobial activity of BW-starch nanoemulsions (BW-SN)...
December 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244701/reconstruction-of-a-neglected-tibial-plateau-fracture-malunion-with-an-open-book-osteotomy-a-case-report
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Dimitrios S Mastrokalos, Georgios N Panagopoulos, Dimitrios Koulalis, Konstantinos C Soultanis, Vasileios A Kontogeorgakos, Panayiotis J Papagelopoulos
CASE: Surgical management of tibial plateau fractures can be challenging, and complications can be devastating. We report the case of a lateral tibial plateau fracture malunion with an associated intra-articular depression, which we treated with an open-book osteotomy, obviating the need for an early corrective osteotomy or knee arthroplasty. CONCLUSION: A tibial plateau fracture malunion can be reconstructed. The surgical team should give priority to salvage options, which can obviate or delay the need for and the implications of an early total knee arthroplasty, especially in a young and active patient...
January 2017: JBJS Case Connector
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244539/genotype-phenotype-variability-of-retinal-manifestation-in-primary-hyperoxaluria-type-1
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S Dulz, E Bigdon, Y Atiskova, F Schuettauf, R Cerkauskiene, J Oh, F Brinkert
BACKGROUND: Primary hyperoxaluria type 1 (PH1) is a rare congenital metabolic disorder of the glyoxylate pathway, which manifests with nephrocalcinosis, urolithiasis, and end-stage renal failure (ESRD) as well as deposition of oxalate crystals within ocular tissues. This report demonstrates classical ocular features of PH1 of the posterior pole and furthermore highlights the ocular genotype-phenotype variability among siblings with identical compound heterozygous alanine-glyoxylate aminotransferase (AGXT) mutations...
December 15, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244532/risk-factors-and-predictors-of-significant-chondral-surface-change-from-primary-to-revision-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-a-moon-and-mars-cohort-study
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Robert A Magnussen, James R Borchers, Angela D Pedroza, Laura J Huston, Amanda K Haas, Kurt P Spindler, Rick W Wright, Christopher C Kaeding, Christina R Allen, Allen F Anderson, Daniel E Cooper, Thomas M DeBerardino, Warren R Dunn, Brett A Lantz, Barton Mann, Michael J Stuart, John P Albright, Annunziato Amendola, Jack T Andrish, Christopher C Annunziata, Robert A Arciero, Bernard R Bach, Champ L Baker, Arthur R Bartolozzi, Keith M Baumgarten, Jeffery R Bechler, Jeffrey H Berg, Geoffrey A Bernas, Stephen F Brockmeier, Robert H Brophy, Charles A Bush-Joseph, J Brad Butler, John D Campbell, James L Carey, James E Carpenter, Brian J Cole, Jonathan M Cooper, Charles L Cox, R Alexander Creighton, Diane L Dahm, Tal S David, David C Flanigan, Robert W Frederick, Theodore J Ganley, Elizabeth A Garofoli, Charles J Gatt, Steven R Gecha, James Robert Giffin, Sharon L Hame, Jo A Hannafin, Christopher D Harner, Norman Lindsay Harris, Keith S Hechtman, Elliott B Hershman, Rudolf G Hoellrich, Timothy M Hosea, David C Johnson, Timothy S Johnson, Morgan H Jones, Ganesh V Kamath, Thomas E Klootwyk, Bruce A Levy, C Benjamin Ma, G Peter Maiers, Robert G Marx, Matthew J Matava, Gregory M Mathien, David R McAllister, Eric C McCarty, Robert G McCormack, Bruce S Miller, Carl W Nissen, Daniel F O'Neill, Brett D Owens, Richard D Parker, Mark L Purnell, Arun J Ramappa, Michael A Rauh, Arthur C Rettig, Jon K Sekiya, Kevin G Shea, Orrin H Sherman, James R Slauterbeck, Matthew V Smith, Jeffrey T Spang, Steven J Svoboda, Timothy N Taft, Joachim J Tenuta, Edwin M Tingstad, Armando F Vidal, Darius G Viskontas, Richard A White, James S Williams, Michelle L Wolcott, Brian R Wolf, James J York
BACKGROUND: Articular cartilage health is an important issue following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and primary ACL reconstruction. Factors present at the time of primary ACL reconstruction may influence the subsequent progression of articular cartilage damage. HYPOTHESIS: Larger meniscus resection at primary ACL reconstruction, increased patient age, and increased body mass index (BMI) are associated with increased odds of worsened articular cartilage damage at the time of revision ACL reconstruction...
December 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244499/lanthanides-as-catalysts-guided-ion-beam-and-theoretical-studies-of-sm-cos
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Peter B Armentrout, Richard M Cox, Brendan C Sweeny, Shaun G Ard, Nicholas S Shuman, Albert A Viggiano
Reactions of samarium cations with carbonyl sulfide are examined using a guided ion beam tandem mass spectrometer and a variable temperature selected ion flow tube apparatus. Formation of SmS+ + CO is observed in both instruments with a kinetic energy and temperature dependence demonstrating a barrierless reaction occurring with an efficiency of 26 ± 9%. Formation of SmO+ + CS is also observed at high kinetic energies and exhibits a threshold determined as 2.81 ± 0.32 eV, substantially higher than expected from known thermochemistry...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244495/antiprotozoal-sesquiterpene-lactones-and-other-constituents-from-tarchonanthus-camphoratus-and-schkuhria-pinnata
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Njogu M Kimani, Josphat C Matasyoh, Marcel Kaiser, Reto Brun, Thomas J Schmidt
In continuation of a search for new antiprotozoal agents from plants of the family Asteraceae, Tarchonanthus camphoratus and Schkuhria pinnata have been investigated. By following the promising in vitro activity of the dichloromethane extracts from their aerial parts, bioassay-guided chromatographic isolation yielded two known sesquiterpene lactones (1 and 2) from T. camphoratus and 20 known compounds of this type from S. pinnata. From the latter, a new eudesmanolide, (1R*,5S*,6R*,7R*,8R*,10R*)-1-hydroxy-8-[5″-hydroxy-4'-(2″-hydroxyisovaleroyloxy)tigloyloxy]-3-oxoeudesma-11(13)-en-6,12-olide (3), and two new germacranolides, 3β-(2″-hydroxyisovaleroyloxy)-8β-(3-furoyloxy)costunolide (14) and 1(10)-epoxy-3β-hydroxy-8β-[5'-hydroxy-4'-(2″-hydroxyisovaleroyloxy)tigloyloxy]costunolide (16), were obtained...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
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