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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743170/current-trends-in-patient-enrollment-for-robotic-assisted-laparoscopic-prostatectomy-in-belgium
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Simone Albisinni, Steven Joniau, Thierry Quackels, Greet De Coster, Peter Dekuyper, Ben Van Cleynenbreugel, Nancy Van Damme, Elisabeth Van Eycken, Filip Ameye, Thierry Roumeguère
BACKGROUND: During the last decade, an inverse stage migration has been observed in radical prostatectomy series at tertiary centers. However, it remains unclear whether similar trends can also be observed in solely robotic practices, including nonreferral centers. The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical and pathological trends in robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) enrollment in Belgium over a period of 6 years through an analysis of a prospective registry...
July 25, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742775/estimation-of-stroke-volume-and-stroke-volume-changes-by-electrical-impedance-tomography
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Fernando José da Silva Ramos, André Hovnanian, Rogério Souza, Luciano C P Azevedo, Marcelo B P Amato, Eduardo L V Costa
BACKGROUND: Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) is a noninvasive imaging method that identifies changes in air and blood volume based on thoracic impedance changes. Recently, there has been growing interest in EIT to measure stroke volume (SV). The objectives of this study are as follows: (1) to evaluate the ability of systolic impedance variations (ΔZsys) to track changes in SV in relation to a baseline condition; (2) to assess the relationship of ΔZsys and SV in experimental subjects; and (3) to identify the influence of body dimensions on the relationship between ΔZsys and SV...
July 24, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740866/distinct-properties-of-the-triplet-pair-state-from-singlet-fission
#3
M Tuan Trinh, Andrew Pinkard, Andrew B Pun, Samuel N Sanders, Elango Kumarasamy, Matthew Y Sfeir, Luis M Campos, Xavier Roy, X-Y Zhu
Singlet fission, the conversion of a singlet exciton (S1) to two triplets (2 × T1), may increase the solar energy conversion efficiency beyond the Shockley-Queisser limit. This process is believed to involve the correlated triplet pair state (1)(TT). Despite extensive research, the nature of the (1)(TT) state and its spectroscopic signature remain actively debated. We use an end-connected pentacene dimer (BP0) as a model system and show evidence for a tightly bound (1)(TT) state. It is characterized in the near-infrared (IR) region (~1...
July 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734952/potential-predictive-role-of-lipid-peroxidation-markers-for-type-2-diabetes-in-the-tunisian-population
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Houda Bouhajja, Faten Hadj Kacem, Rania Abdelhedi, Marwa Ncir, Jordan D Dimitrov, Rim Marrakchi, Kamel Jamoussi, Ahmed Rebai, Abdelfattah El Feki, Mohamed Abid, Hammadi Ayadi, Srini V Kaveri, Mouna Mnif-Feki, Noura Bougacha-Elleuch
OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the potential clinical relevance of malondialdehyde (MDA) and autoantibodies to copper oxidized low-density lipoprotein (CuOx-LDL) in type 2 diabetes occurrence. METHODS: This cross-sectional study enrolled 69 normoglycemic subjects, 18 prediabetic patients and 108 type 2 diabetes patients. MDA concentration was assessed spectrophotometrically. Plasma IgG, IgA and IgM levels to CuOx-LDL were determined by ELISA. RESULTS: Plasma MDA levels were considerably higher in obese, prediabetic and type 2 diabetes subjects compared to controls...
July 19, 2017: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734815/progressive-macula-vessel-density-loss-in-primary-open-angle-glaucoma-a-longitudinal-study
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Takuhei Shoji, Linda M Zangwill, Tadamichi Akagi, Luke J Saunders, Adeleh Yarmohammadi, Patricia Isabel C Manalastas, Rafaella C Penteado, Robert N Weinreb
PURPOSE: To characterize the rate of macula vessel density loss in primary open angle glaucoma (POAG), glaucoma suspect, and healthy eyes. DESIGN: Longitudinal, observational cohort from the Diagnostic Innovations in Glaucoma Study. METHODS: One hundred eyes (32 POAG, 30 glaucoma suspect and 38 healthy) followed for at least one year with optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) imaging on at least two visits were included. Vessel density was calculated in the macula superficial layer...
July 19, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733327/cenp-a-and-topoisomerase-ii-antagonistically-affect-chromosome-length
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A-M Ladouceur, Rajesh Ranjan, Lydia Smith, Tanner Fadero, Jennifer Heppert, Bob Goldstein, Amy Shaub Maddox, Paul S Maddox
The size of mitotic chromosomes is coordinated with cell size in a manner dependent on nuclear trafficking. In this study, we conducted an RNA interference screen of the Caenorhabditis elegans nucleome in a strain carrying an exceptionally long chromosome and identified the centromere-specific histone H3 variant CENP-A and the DNA decatenizing enzyme topoisomerase-II (topo-II) as candidate modulators of chromosome size. In the holocentric organism C. elegans, CENP-A is positioned periodically along the entire length of chromosomes, and in mitosis, these genomic regions come together linearly to form the base of kinetochores...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732344/visible-light-driven-label-free-photoelectrochemical-immunosensor-based-on-tio2-s-bivo4-ag2s-nanocomposites-for-sensitive-detection-ota
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Jinhui Feng, Yueyun Li, Zengqiang Gao, Hui Lv, Xiaobo Zhang, Dawei Fan, Qin Wei
A label-free photoelectrochemical (PEC) platform with high visible-light activity for quantitative detection of the ochratoxin A (OTA) was developed by assembly of Ag2S nanoparticles (NPs) sensitized on titanium dioxide/red blood cell-like shape bismuth vanadate (TiO2/S-BiVO4) electrode via layer-by-layer (LBL) strategy. In this protocol, ascorbic acid was used as an efficient electron donor for scavenging photo-generated holes and inhibiting light driven electron-hole pair recombination. TiO2 has good photoelectric activity and large surface area...
July 13, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731212/cross-validation-of-commercial-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-and-radioimmunoassay-for-porcine-c-peptide-concentration-measurements-in-non-human-primate-serum
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Sarah C Gresch, Lucas A Mutch, Jody L Janecek, Rebecca L Hegstad-Davies, Melanie L Graham
BACKGROUND: C-peptide concentration is widely used as a marker of insulin secretion and is especially relevant in evaluating islet graft function following transplantation, because its measurement is not confounded by the presence of exogenous insulin. To address the shortage of human islet donors, the use of porcine islets has been proposed as a possible solution and the stringent pig-to-non-human primate (NHP) model is often the most relevant for pre-clinical evaluation of the potential for diabetes reversal resulting from an islet xenograft...
July 21, 2017: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729443/theta-and-beta-band-neural-activity-reflect-independent-syllable-tracking-and-comprehension-of-time-compressed-speech
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Maria Pefkou, Luc H Arnal, Lorenzo Fontolan, Anne-Lise Giraud
Recent psychophysics data suggest that speech perception is not limited by the capacity of the auditory system to encode fast acoustic variations through neural gamma activity, but rather by the time given to the brain to decode them. Whether the decoding process is bounded by the capacity of theta rhythm to follow speech syllabic rhythm, or constrained by a more endogenous top-down mechanism, e.g. involving beta activity, is unknown. We addressed the dynamics of auditory decoding in speech comprehension by challenging syllable tracking and speech decoding using comprehensible and incomprehensible time-compressed auditory sentences...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728376/effect-of-condensed-tannins-containing-ficus-infectoria-and-psidium-guajava-leaf-meal-mixture-supplementation-on-nutrient-metabolism-methane-emission-and-performance-of-lambs
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A K Pathak, Narayan Dutta, A K Pattanaik, V B Chaturvedi, K Sharma
Objective: The study was conducted to examine the effect of condensed tannins (CT) containing Ficus infectoria and Psidium guajava leaf meal mixture (LMM) supplementation on nutrient metabolism, methane emission and performance of lambs. Methods: Twenty four lambs of ~ 6 months age (average body weight 10.1±0.60 kg) were randomly divided into 4 dietary treatments (CT-0, CT-1, CT-1.5 and CT-2 containing 0, 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 percent CT through LMM, respectively) consisting of 6 lambs each in a completely randomized design...
June 27, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726146/an-odyssey-of-complications-from-band-to-sleeve-to-bypass-definitive-laparoscopic-completion-gastrectomy-with-distal-esophagectomy-and-esophagojejunostomy-for-persistent-leak
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Hideo Takahashi, Andrew T Strong, Alfredo D Guerron, John H Rodriguez, Matthew Kroh
INTRODUCTION: Anastomotic leaks are uncommon yet potentially devastating complications after bariatric surgery. While the initial management includes resuscitation and sepsis control, the definitive management often requires endoscopic or surgical interventions. Surgical revision of the initial surgery may be necessary for chronic non-healing fistula. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The patient is a 45-year-old female with history of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding who underwent band removal and conversion to a sleeve gastrectomy (SG) due to her failed weight loss, which resulted in a leak at gastroesophageal junction...
July 19, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725409/development-of-methane-conversion-factor-models-for-zebu-beef-cattle-fed-low-quality-crop-residues-and-by-products-in-tropical-regions
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Chatchai Kaewpila, Kritapon Sommart
The enteric methane conversion factor (Ym) is an important country-specific value for the provision of precise enteric methane emissions inventory reports. The objectives of this meta-analysis were to develop and evaluate the empirical Ym models for the national level and the farm level for tropical developing countries according to the IPCC's categorization. We used datasets derived from 18 in vivo feeding experiments from 1999 to 2015 of Zebu beef cattle breeds fed low-quality crop residues and by-products...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722735/lithiation-of-multilayer-ni-nio-electrodes-criticality-of-nickel-layer-thicknesses-on-conversion-reaction-kinetics
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Guennadi Evmenenko, Timothy T Fister, D Bruce Buchholz, Fernando C Castro, Qianqian Li, Jinsong Wu, Vinayak P Dravid, Paul Fenter, Michael J Bedzyk
X-ray reflectivity and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were used to characterize the morphological changes in thin film electrodes with alternating Ni and NiO layers during lithiation as a function of the Ni buffer layer thickness. Complete lithiation of the active NiO layers occurs only when the thickness of the Ni/NiO bilayers are less than 75 Å - a threshold value that is determined by the sum of the Ni quantity in the Ni/NiO bilayer of the multilayer stack. Thicker Ni/NiO bilayers present a kinetic barrier for lithium ion diffusion inside the stack resulting in partial lithiation of the multilayer electrodes in which only the top NiO layer lithiates...
July 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715728/mobile-phone-use-during-driving-effects-on-speed-and-effectiveness-of-driver-compensatory-behaviour
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Pushpa Choudhary, Nagendra R Velaga
This study analysed and modelled the effects of conversation and texting (each with two difficulty levels) on driving performance of Indian drivers in terms of their mean speed and accident avoiding abilities; and further explored the relationship between speed reduction strategy of the drivers and their corresponding accident frequency. 100 drivers of three different age groups (young, mid-age and old-age) participated in the simulator study. Two sudden events of Indian context: unexpected crossing of pedestrians and joining of parked vehicles from road side, were simulated for estimating the accident probabilities...
July 14, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712746/formation-of-an-angular-aromatic-polyketide-from-a-linear-anthrene-precursor-via-oxidative-rearrangement
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Guixi Gao, Xiangyang Liu, Min Xu, Yemin Wang, Fei Zhang, Lijun Xu, Jin Lv, Qingshan Long, Qianjin Kang, Hong-Yu Ou, Ying Wang, Jürgen Rohr, Zixin Deng, Ming Jiang, Shuangjun Lin, Meifeng Tao
Bacterial aromatic polyketides are a group of natural products synthesized by polyketide synthases (PKSs) that show diverse structures and biological activities. They are structurally subclassified into linear, angular, and discoid aromatic polyketides, the formation of which is commonly determined by the shaping and folding of the poly-β-keto intermediates under the concerted actions of the minimal PKSs, cyclases and ketoreductases. Murayaquinone, found in several streptomycetes, possesses an unusual tricyclic angular aromatic polyketide core containing a 9,10-phenanthraquinone...
July 20, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711751/the-conversion-ratio-from-intravenous-hydromorphone-to-oral-opioids-in-cancer-patients
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Akhila Reddy, Marieberta Vidal, Saneese Stephen, Karen Baumgartner, Sara Dost, Ann Nguyen, Yvonne Heung, Simeon Kwan, Angelique Wong, Imelda Pangemanan, Ahsan Azhar, Supakarn Tayjasanant, Edenmae Rodriguez, Jessica Waletich, Kyu-Hyoung Lim, Jimin Wu, Diane Liu, Janet Williams, Sriram Yennurajalingam, Eduardo Bruera
BACKGROUND: The lack of knowledge of the accurate conversion ratio (CR) between intravenous (IV) and oral hydromorphone and opioid rotation ratio (ORR) between IV hydromorphone and oral morphine equivalent daily dose (MEDD) may lead to poorly controlled pain or overdosing in cancer inpatients. We aimed to determine the CR and ORR from IV hydromorphone to oral hydromorphone and MEDD (obtained from oral morphine and oxycodone). METHODS: 4745 consecutive inpatient palliative care consults during 2010-14 were reviewed for conversions from IV hydromorphone to oral hydromorphone, morphine or oxycodone...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710934/adaption-of-a-pin-diode-detector-as-an-online-neutron-monitor-for-the-thermal-column-of-the-triga-research-reactor
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Tobias Schmitz, Matthias Blaickner
A BNCT online neutron monitoring system was tested in a TRIGA reactor, using a silicon PIN-diode with a conversion foil. The setup was tested with different reactor powers at the hot and cold ends of the irradiation channel, using activation foils to compare with measured fluxes. The results demonstrate good reproducibility and show a linear correlation between signal of the PIN-diode and neutron flux at all positions, demonstrating this approach to be suitable for online monitoring of the neutron flux.
July 8, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710859/carbonitride-aerogels-for-the-photoredox-conversion-of-water
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Honghui Ou, Pengju Yang, Lihua Lin, Masakazu Anpo, Xinchen Wang
Aerogel structures have attracted increasing research interest in energy storage and conversion owing to their unique structural features, and a variety of matters has been engineered into aerogels, including carbons, metal oxides, linear polymers and even metal chalcogenides. However, manufacturing of aerogels from nitride-based materials, particularly the emerging light-weight carbonitride (CN) is rarely reported. Here, we develop a facile method based on self-assembly chemistry to produce self-supported CN aerogels, without using any cross-linking agents...
July 15, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709316/effect-of-impurities-on-chirality-conversion-by-grinding
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Hiroyasu Katsuno, Makio Uwaha
We study the effect of chiral impurities on Viedma ripening using a simple reaction model. The exponential amplification of the enantiomeric excess (EE) is greatly accelerated by a smaller growth rate of solids with monomers caused by the chiral impurities. From the analysis of the model, it is found that the time evolution of the EE is essentially described by a second-order differential equation. The effect of chiral impurities is that the unstable fixed point is shifted from the racemic point, which leads to the linear amplification behavior observed experimentally...
June 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700666/effects-of-kluyveromyces-marxianus-supplementation-on-immune-responses-intestinal-structure-and-microbiota-in-broiler-chickens
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Weiwei Wang, Zhui Li, Zengpeng Lv, Beibei Zhang, Hong Lv, Yuming Guo
To investigate the effects of Kluyveromyces marxianus on immune responses, intestinal structure and microbiota in broilers, 840 1-d-old broiler chicks were randomly divided into seven groups (eight replicates) and were fed basal diets without or with 0.25, 0.50, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, and 2.5 g/kg of K. marxianus (2.0×1010 CFU/g). Serum and intestine samples were collected at 21 d of age. The results showed that increasing K. marxianus addition linearly reduced feed conversion ratio but linearly elevated relative thymus weight, as well as quadratically increased serum lysozyme and IgG levels, with the medium dose (1...
2017: PloS One
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