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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738617/flexible-immunosensor-for-the-detection-of-salivary-%C3%AE-amylase-in-body-fluids
#1
Bartolomeo Della Ventura, Nikola Sakač, Riccardo Funari, Raffaele Velotta
The development of a portable testing device for detecting Human Salivary α-Amylase (HSA) is very timely since such an enzyme is a valuable biomarker for diagnosing many diseases and monitoring the human stress. We show that an easy-to-use and robust device like the Quartz-Crystal Microbalance (QCM) can be a suitable platform for HSA sensing with a limit of detection of 1µg/mL (77 U/L). The functionalization of the gold surface is realized by the Photochemical Immobilization Technique (PIT), a powerful and simple method based on an appropriate UV-activation of antibodies...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738582/metaboqc-a-tool-for-correcting-untargeted-metabolomics-data-with-mass-spectrometry-detection-using-quality-controls
#2
Mónica Calderón-Santiago, María A López-Bascón, Ángela Peralbo-Molina, Feliciano Priego-Capote
Nowadays most metabolomic studies involve the analysis of large sets of samples to find a representative metabolite pattern associated to the factor under study. During a sequence of analyses the instrument signals can be subjected to the influence of experimental variability sources. Implementation of quality control (QC) samples to check the contribution of experimental variability is the most common approach in metabolomics. This practice is based on the filtration of molecular entities experiencing a variation coefficient higher than that measured in the QC data set...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738565/zwitterionic-hydrophilic-interaction-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-with-hybridspe-precipitation-for-the-determination-of-intact-cisplatin-in-human-plasma
#3
Feifan Xie, Pieter Colin, Jan Van Bocxlaer
Cisplatin is a first-line chemotherapeutic for the treatment of a wide variety of cancers since its discovery in the 1960s. Although various techniques have been reported for the measurement of total platinum in biological matrices, such as inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry and derivatization procedures, a specific, sensitive and robust assay for the quantification of intact cisplatin is still lacking. Therefore, we present a rapid, selective, sensitive, and reliable UHPLC-MS/MS based method for the determination of intact cisplatin in human plasma in support of a Phase II clinical trial...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738555/assessment-of-mercury-speciation-in-feathers-using-species-specific-isotope-dilution-analysis
#4
Marina Renedo, Paco Bustamante, Emmanuel Tessier, Zoyne Pedrero, Yves Cherel, David Amouroux
Seabirds are considered as effective sentinels of environmental marine contamination and their feathers are extensively used as non-lethal samples for contaminant biomonitoring. This tissue represents the main route for mercury (Hg) elimination in seabirds and contains predominantly methylmercury (MeHg). In this work, we developed a robust analytical technique for precise and accurate simultaneous quantification of MeHg, inorganic Hg (iHg) and consequently total Hg (THg), in feathers by gas-chromatography (GC)-ICPMS analyses using species-specific isotope dilution technique...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738377/updated-nasal-surgery-for-obstructive-sleep-apnea
#5
David M Johnson, Ryan J Soose
Numerous studies report that difficulty breathing through the nose is associated with reduced sleep quality, increased daytime dysfunction, and increased risk of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Additionally, chronic nasal obstruction often complicates and limits successful medical device therapy for OSA, particularly with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). When medical evaluation and management of the nose is inadequate, surgical therapy to lower nasal resistance has been shown to substantially improve sleep and breathing outcome measures...
2017: Advances in Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738324/the-link-between-refractoriness-and-neuroprogression-in-treatment-resistant-bipolar-disorder
#6
Isabelle E Bauer, Jair C Soares, Salih Selek, Thomas D Meyer
Treatment refractoriness remains one of the biggest challenges in the field of bipolar disorder (BD) as treatments are often suboptimal or unsatisfactory. Recent evidence points towards a potential link between the progressively evolving nature of BD, increased inflammation, and reduced treatment response. There are several medications and other somatic treatments available, but remission rates are low, and medication compliance is still problematic. Psychotherapeutic techniques appear to be promising in several disease states and in relapse prevention, but additional research is needed to determine who will benefit from what strategy the most...
July 24, 2017: Modern Trends in Pharmacopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738200/global-distribution-of-dissolved-organic-matter-along-the-aquatic-continuum-across-rivers-lakes-and-oceans
#7
Philippe Massicotte, Eero Asmala, Colin Stedmon, Stiig Markager
Based on an extensive literature survey containing more than 12,000 paired measurements of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentrations and absorption of chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) distributed over four continents and seven oceans, we described the global distribution and transformation of dissolved organic matter (DOM) along the aquatic continuum across rivers and lakes to oceans. A strong log-linear relationship (R(2)=0.92) between DOC concentration and CDOM absorption at 350nm was observed at a global scale, but was found to be ecosystem-dependent at local and regional scales...
July 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738137/public-health-and-economic-consequences-of-vaccine-hesitancy-for-measles-in-the-united-states
#8
Nathan C Lo, Peter J Hotez
Importance: Routine childhood vaccination is declining in some regions of the United States due to vaccine hesitancy, which risks the resurgence of many infectious diseases with public health and economic consequences. There are ongoing policy debates on the state and national level, including legislation around nonmedical (personal-belief) exemptions for childhood vaccination and possibly a special government commission on vaccine safety, which may affect vaccine coverage. Objective: To estimate the number of measles cases in US children and the associated economic costs under scenarios of different levels of vaccine hesitancy, using the case example of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination and measles...
July 24, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738126/comparing-plasma-phospho-tau-total-tau-and-phospho-tau-total-tau-ratio-as-acute-and-chronic-traumatic-brain-injury-biomarkers
#9
Richard Rubenstein, Binggong Chang, John K Yue, Allen Chiu, Ethan A Winkler, Ava M Puccio, Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, Esther L Yuh, Pratik Mukherjee, Alex B Valadka, Wayne A Gordon, David O Okonkwo, Peter Davies, Sanjeev Agarwal, Fan Lin, George Sarkis, Hamad Yadikar, Zhihui Yang, Geoffrey T Manley, Kevin K W Wang, Shelly R Cooper, Kristen Dams-O'Connor, Allison J Borrasso, Tomoo Inoue, Andrew I R Maas, David K Menon, David M Schnyer, Mary J Vassar
Importance: Annually in the United States, at least 3.5 million people seek medical attention for traumatic brain injury (TBI). The development of therapies for TBI is limited by the absence of diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers. Microtubule-associated protein tau is an axonal phosphoprotein. To date, the presence of the hypophosphorylated tau protein (P-tau) in plasma from patients with acute TBI and chronic TBI has not been investigated. Objective: To examine the associations between plasma P-tau and total-tau (T-tau) levels and injury presence, severity, type of pathoanatomic lesion (neuroimaging), and patient outcomes in acute and chronic TBI...
July 24, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738070/determinants-associated-with-deprivation-in-multimorbid-patients-in-primary-care-a-cross-sectional-study-in-switzerland
#10
Silja Leiser, Anouk Déruaz-Luyet, A Alexandra N'Goran, Jérôme Pasquier, Sven Streit, Stefan Neuner-Jehle, Andreas Zeller, Dagmar M Haller, Lilli Herzig, Patrick Bodenmann
BACKGROUND: Deprivation usually encompasses material, social, and health components. It has been shown to be associated with greater risks of developing chronic health conditions and of worse outcome in multimorbidity. The DipCare questionnaire, an instrument developed and validated in Switzerland for use in primary care, identifies patients subject to potentially higher levels of deprivation. OBJECTIVES: To identifying determinants of the material, social, and health profiles associated with deprivation in a sample of multimorbid, primary care patients, and thus set priorities in screening for deprivation in this population...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738015/observational-study-to-estimate-the-changes-in-the-effectiveness-of-bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-bcg-vaccination-with-time-since-vaccination-for-preventing-tuberculosis-in-the-uk
#11
Punam Mangtani, Patrick Nguipdop-Djomo, Ruth H Keogh, Lucy Trinder, Peter G Smith, Paul Em Fine, Jonathan Sterne, Ibrahim Abubakar, Emilia Vynnycky, John Watson, David Elliman, Marc Lipman, Laura C Rodrigues
BACKGROUND: Until recently, evidence that protection from the bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination lasted beyond 10 years was limited. In the past few years, studies in Brazil and the USA (in Native Americans) have suggested that protection from BCG vaccination against tuberculosis (TB) in childhood can last for several decades. The UK's universal school-age BCG vaccination programme was stopped in 2005 and the programme of selective vaccination of high-risk (usually ethnic minority) infants was enhanced...
July 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737896/interfacial-shear-strength-and-adhesive-behavior-of-silk-ionomer-surfaces
#12
Sunghan Kim, Ren D Geryak, Shuaidi Zhang, Ruilong Ma, Rossella Calabrese, David L Kaplan, Vladimir V Tsukruk
The interfacial shear strength between different layers in multi-layered structures of layer-by-layer (LbL) microcapsules is a crucial mechanical property to ensure their robustness. In this work, we investigated the interfacial shear strength of modified silk fibroin ionomers utilized in LbL shells, an ionic-cationic pair with complimentary ionic pairing, (SF)-poly-L-glutamic acid (Glu) and SF- poly-L-lysine (Lys) and a complementary pair with partially screened Coulombic interactions due to the presence of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) segments, SF-Glu/SF-Lys[PEG] pair...
July 24, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737890/a-difluoroboron-%C3%AE-diketonate-probe-shows-turn-on-near-infrared-fluorescence-specific-for-tau-fibrils
#13
Kwang-Su Park, Mi Kyoung Kim, Yujin Seo, Taewoong Ha, Kyeongha Yoo, Seung Jae Hyeon, Yu Jin Hwang, Junghee Lee, Hoon Ryu, Hyunah Choo, Youhoon Chong
Tau aggregation in neuronal cells has recently received significant attention as a robust predictor of the progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD) because of its proven correlation with the degree of cognitive impairment in AD patients. Accordingly, non-invasive imaging of tau aggregates has been highlighted as a promising diagnostic tool for AD. We have previously identified a tau-specific "turn-on" near-infrared fluorescent (NIRF) probe (1) and, in this study, structural modification was performed to optimize its physicochemical as well as fluorescence properties...
July 24, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737886/ex-vivo-rat-eye-model-for-investigating-transport-of-next-generation-precision-polyester-nanosystems-p2ns
#14
Raghu Ganugula, Meenakshi Arora, Majeti N V Ravi Kumar
We present for the first time a robust ex vivo rat eye model for investigating the transport of precision polyester nanosystems (P2Ns) across the blood-retinal barrier, intended for systemic administration. The P2Ns-GA actively transport exploiting transferrin receptors present in the inner retinal barrier and co-localize in ganglion cells. Such delivery approaches have the potential to deliver drugs to posterior segments of the eye, which is still a major challenge in treating posterior ocular disorders.
July 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737859/association-between-dietary-glycemic-load-and-metabolic-syndrome-in-obese-children-and-adolescents
#15
Angela Cornejo-Monthedoro, Isel Negreiros-Sánchez, Carlos Del Águila, Marlit Ysla-Marquillo, Percy Mayta-Tristán
OBJETIVE: To study the association between the metabolic syndrome (MS) and the glycemic load (GL) of food intake among obese children and adolescents seen in consultation by the endocrinology team in a pediatric referral hospital in Lima, Peru. POPULATION AND METHOD: Cross-sectional study among obese children and adolescents (body mass index ≥ 95 percentile), 10-15 years old. The MS was classified according to criteria of the International Diabetes Federation...
August 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737815/isofraxidin-a-coumarin-component-improves-high-fat-diet-induced-hepatic-lipid-homeostasis-disorder-and-macrophage-inflammation-in-mice
#16
Jian Li, Xiaofei Li, Zhike Li, Lu Zhang, Yonggang Liu, Hong Ding, Shanye Yin
Isofraxidin (IF) is a coumarin compound produced in the functional foods Siberian ginseng and Apium graveolens. The first objective of this study was to investigate the protective effects and putative methods of IF in combating lipotoxicity in vitro and in vivo. Oleic acid was used to induce lipid turbulence in human hepatoma cells (HepG2). Alterations in triglyceride metabolism, inflammation and oxidative status were monitored. Results show that IF mainly reduced triglyceride accumulation, TNF-α release and ROS activation in metabolic disordered cells...
July 24, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737813/the-synthesis-of-cuymnzal1-zox-mixed-oxide-as-a-low-temperature-nh3-scr-catalyst-with-enhanced-catalytic-performance
#17
Qinghua Yan, Sining Chen, Lei Qiu, Yanshan Gao, Dermot O'Hare, Qiang Wang
A new type of low-temperature selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalyst, CuyMnzAl1-zOx, derived from layered double hydroxides is presented in this contribution. By tuning the Cu/Mn/Al ratio, the optimal catalyst Cu2Mn0.5Al0.5Ox resulted in a NOx conversion of 91.2% at 150 °C, which is much higher than that of all other control catalysts, Cu2AlOx (71.1%), Cu-Mn/γ-Al2O3 (65.23%), and Mn/γ-Al2O3 (59.32%). All samples were characterized in detail using various physico-chemical techniques including XRD, BET, FTIR, TEM, H2-TPR, NH3-TPD, and XPS analyses, and the results revealed that the superior catalytic performance of the Cu2Mn0...
July 24, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737769/local-lung-hypoxia-determines-epithelial-fate-decisions-during-alveolar-regeneration
#18
Ying Xi, Thomas Kim, Alexis N Brumwell, Ian H Driver, Ying Wei, Victor Tan, Julia R Jackson, Jianming Xu, Dong-Kee Lee, Jeffrey E Gotts, Michael A Matthay, John M Shannon, Harold A Chapman, Andrew E Vaughan
After influenza infection, lineage-negative epithelial progenitors (LNEPs) exhibit a binary response to reconstitute epithelial barriers: activating a Notch-dependent ΔNp63/cytokeratin 5 (Krt5) remodelling program or differentiating into alveolar type II cells (AEC2s). Here we show that local lung hypoxia, through hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF1α), drives Notch signalling and Krt5(pos) basal-like cell expansion. Single-cell transcriptional profiling of human AEC2s from fibrotic lungs revealed a hypoxic subpopulation with activated Notch, suppressed surfactant protein C (SPC), and transdifferentiation toward a Krt5(pos) basal-like state...
July 24, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737752/mechanical-strain-sensing-implicated-in-cell-shape-recovery-in-escherichia-coli
#19
Felix Wong, Lars D Renner, Gizem Özbaykal, Jayson Paulose, Douglas B Weibel, Sven van Teeffelen, Ariel Amir
The shapes of most bacteria are imparted by the structures of their peptidoglycan cell walls, which are determined by many dynamic processes that can be described on various length scales ranging from short-range glycan insertions to cellular-scale elasticity(1-11). Understanding the mechanisms that maintain stable, rod-like morphologies in certain bacteria has proved to be challenging due to an incomplete understanding of the feedback between growth and the elastic and geometric properties of the cell wall(3,4,12-14)...
July 24, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737745/electromagnetized-gold-nanoparticles-mediate-direct-lineage-reprogramming-into-induced-dopamine-neurons-in-vivo-for-parkinson-s-disease-therapy
#20
Junsang Yoo, Euiyeon Lee, Hee Young Kim, Dong-Ho Youn, Junghyun Jung, Hongwon Kim, Yujung Chang, Wonwoong Lee, Jaein Shin, Soonbong Baek, Wonhee Jang, Won Jun, Soochan Kim, Jongki Hong, Hi-Joon Park, Christopher J Lengner, Sang Hyun Moh, Youngeun Kwon, Jongpil Kim
Electromagnetic fields (EMF) are physical energy fields generated by electrically charged objects, and specific ranges of EMF can influence numerous biological processes, which include the control of cell fate and plasticity. In this study, we show that electromagnetized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) in the presence of specific EMF conditions facilitate an efficient direct lineage reprogramming to induced dopamine neurons in vitro and in vivo. Remarkably, electromagnetic stimulation leads to a specific activation of the histone acetyltransferase Brd2, which results in histone H3K27 acetylation and a robust activation of neuron-specific genes...
July 17, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
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