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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785729/tg-51-reference-dosimetry-for-the-halcyon%C3%A2-a-clinical-experience
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Samantha A M Lloyd, Tze Yee Lim, Xenia Fave, Everardo Flores-Martinez, Todd F Atwood, Vitali Moiseenko
Halcyon™ is a single-energy (6 MV-FFF), bore-enclosed linear accelerator. Patient setup is performed by first aligning to external lasers mounted to the front of the bore, and then loading to isocenter through pre-defined couch shifts. There is no light field, optical distance indicator or front pointer mechanism, so positioning is verified through MV imaging with kV imaging scheduled to become available in the future. TG-51 reference dosimetry was successfully performed for Halcyon™ in this imaging-based setup paradigm...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785277/intake-and-performance-of-lambs-finished-in-feedlot-with-wet-brewer-s-grains
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Mônica Feksa Frasson, Sérgio Carvalho, Gustavo Jaurena, Aliei Maria Menegon, Marcelo Machado Severo, Juliano Henriques da Motta, William Soares Teixeira
Background: The use of agroindustrial by-products in ruminant nutrition to be an interesting alternative in order to reduce production costs and environmental impacts arising from the inadequate destination of residues. The initial step of beer production yields a large volume of wet brewer's grains all year around, which is available at a low cost and has a high nutritional quality, and hence a big potential for animal production. Methods: Twenty-four Suffolk non-castrated male lambs, from simple parturition were kept in individual spots and allocated to four treatments constituted by four levels of substitution of sorghum silage by WBG (i...
2018: Journal of Animal Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784507/in-hospital-length-of-stay-after-major-surgical-oncological-procedures
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Sebastiano Nazzani, Felix Preisser, Elio Mazzone, Zhe Tian, Francesco A Mistretta, Shahrokh F Shariat, Fred Saad, Markus Graefen, Derya Tilki, Emanuele Montanari, Stefano Luzzago, Alberto Briganti, Luca Carmignani, Pierre I Karakiewicz
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Enhanced recovery after surgery protocols (ERAS) have been developed and implemented as of 2001. However, no previous analyses targeted length of stay (LOS) changes over time after major surgical oncological procedures (MSOPs). METHODS: Between 2003 and 2013, we retrospectively identified patients, who underwent prostatectomy, colectomy, cystectomy, mastectomy, gastrectomy, hysterectomy, nephrectomy, oophorectomy, lung resection or pancreatectomy within the Nationwide Inpatient Sample...
May 9, 2018: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779410/personalized-charts-for-the-fetal-corpus-callosum-length
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Abraham Tsur, Boaz Weisz, Orgad Rosenblat, Daniel Shai, Estela Derazne, David K Stevenson, Reuven Achiron, Eldad Katorza
OBJECTIVE: To personally customize the antenatal ultrasound charts for the fetal corpus callosum (CC) length. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of fetal neuro-sonography scans. Cases were grouped as normal neuro-sonographic evaluation (normal) or as high risk and suspected brain anomaly (abnormal). The normal group was subcategorized according to Cignini's CC length charts. Data of fetuses with a CC length between the 5th-95th percentile served for creating new charts, describing the ratio of the CC length to the major biometric parameters as a function of gestational age (GA)...
May 20, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777820/accuracy-and-precision-of-quantitative-dce-mri-parameters-how-should-one-estimate-contrast-concentration
#5
Nicole Wake, Hersh Chandarana, Henry Rusinek, Koji Fujimoto, Linda Moy, Daniel K Sodickson, Sungheon Gene Kim
INTRODUCTION: Pharmacokinetic parameters derived from dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) data are sensitive to acquisition and post-processing techniques, which makes it difficult to compare results obtained using different methods. In particular, one of the most important factors affecting estimation of model parameters is how to convert MRI signal intensities to contrast agent concentration. The purpose of our study was to quantitatively compare a linear signal-to-concentration conversion (LC) as an approximation and a non-linear conversion (NLC) based on the MRI signal equation, in terms of the accuracy and precision of the pharmacokinetic parameters in T1 -weighted DCE-MRI...
May 16, 2018: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777006/in-vivo-characterization-and-quantification-of-neurofibrillary-tau-pet-radioligand-18-f-mk-6240-in-humans-from-alzheimer-s-disease-dementia-to-young-controls
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Tobey J Betthauser, Karly A Cody, Matthew D Zammit, Dhanabalan Murali, Alexander K Converse, Todd E Barnhart, Charles K Stone, Howard A Rowley, Sterling C Johnson, Bradley T Christian
Tau positron emission tomography (PET) imaging has potential for elucidating changes in the deposition of neuropathological tau aggregates that are occurring during the progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD). This work investigates in vivo kinetics, quantification strategies and imaging characteristics of a novel tau PET radioligand [18 F]MK-6240 in humans. Methods: Fifty-one individuals ranging from cognitively normal young controls to persons with dementia underwent T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and [11 C]PiB and [18 F]MK-6240 PET imaging...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776313/bioinspired-thermoresponsive-nanoscaled-coatings-tailor-made-polymer-brushes-with-bioconjugated-arginine-glycine-aspartic-acid-peptides
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Ulla König, Evmorfia Psarra, Olga Guskova, Eva Bittrich, Klaus-Jochen Eichhorn, Martin Müller, Petra B Welzel, Manfred Stamm, Petra Uhlmann
The development of bioengineered surface coatings with stimuli-responsive properties is beneficial for a number of biomedical applications. Environmentally responsive and switchable polymer brush systems have a great potential to create such smart biointerfaces. This study focuses on the bioconjugation of cell-instructive peptides, containing the arginine-glycine-aspartic acid tripeptide sequence (RGD motif), onto well-defined polymer brush films. Herein, the highly tailored end-grafted homo polymer brushes are either composed of the polyelectrolyte poly(acrylic) acid (PAA), providing the reactive carboxyl functionalities, or of the temperature-responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm)...
May 18, 2018: Biointerphases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775853/an-ultrasensitive-electrochemiluminescence-biosensor-for-detection-of-microrna-by-in-situ-electrochemically-generated-copper-nanoclusters-as-luminophore-and-tio-2-as-coreaction-accelerator
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Hongxia Liao, Ying Zhou, Yaqin Chai, Ruo Yuan
Herein, we constructed an ultrasensitive electrochemiluminescence (ECL) biosensor for detecting microRNA-21 (miR-21) based on in-situ generation of copper nanoclusters (Cu NCs) as luminophore and titanium dioxide (TiO2 ) as coreaction accelerator. First, numerous AT-rich double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) was produced from the conversion of a small amount of target miR-21 via the combination of exonuclease III (Exo III)-assisted amplification and hybridization chain reaction (HCR), which could reduce the aggregation-caused self-etching effect of Cu NCs and improve the emitting of Cu NCs...
May 8, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774828/bilberry-pomace-in-rabbit-nutrition-effects-on-growth-performance-apparent-digestibility-caecal-traits-bacterial-community-and-antioxidant-status
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S Dabbou, I Ferrocino, A Kovitvadhi, S Bergagna, D Dezzuto, A Schiavone, L Cocolin, F Gai, V Santoro, L Gasco
Agricultural by-products could be used as alternative raw materials in rabbit nutrition as they have been found to be highly nutritious and low cost feeding sources. The aim of this study was to estimate the nutritive value and potential use of bilberry pomace (BP) for growing rabbits. A total of 144 Grimaud rabbits (35 days old) were allotted to four groups and fed with a diet containing increasing level of BP: BP0 (basal diet), BP5, BP10 and BP15 containing 0, 50, 100 and 150 g/kg respectively. Growth trial lasted 48 days; apparent digestibility was evaluated, starting at 46 days of age, over 4 consecutive days...
May 18, 2018: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774758/evaluation-of-natural-bv-as-a-novel-feed-additive-in-fast-growing-broilers
#10
Da Hye Kim, Sang Mi Han, Moung Cheul Keum, Sang Lee, Byoung Ki An, Sang-Rak Lee, Kyung-Woo Lee
1. The present study was designed to evaluate purified bee venom (BV) as an alternative to antibiotics in broiler chickens. The experimental treatment diets were formulated by adding BV into a maize-soybean meal-based diet to give 0, 10, 50, 100, and 500 μg BV per kg of diet. 2. Dietary BV quadratically improved (P<0.05) feed conversion ratio and increased body weight gain at 1-21 days as level in diet increased. Higher BV levels lowered relative weight of spleen (linear and quadratic, P<0.05), bursa of Fabricius (quadratic, P<0...
May 18, 2018: British Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773063/conversion-of-protein-active-regions-into-peptidomimetic-therapeutic-leads-using-backbone-cyclization-and-cycloscan-how-to-do-it-yourself
#11
Samuel J S Rubin, Yftah Tal-Gan, Chaim Gilon, Nir Qvit
Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) are particularly important for controlling both physiologic and pathologic biological processes but are difficult to target due to their large and/or shallow interaction surfaces unsuitable for small molecules. Linear peptides found in nature interact with some PPIs, and protein active regions can be used to design synthetic peptide compounds for inhibition of PPIs. However, linear peptides are limited therapeutically by poor metabolic and conformational stability, which can compromise their bioactivity and half-life...
May 17, 2018: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772769/damage-evaluation-of-concrete-column-under-impact-load-using-a-piezoelectric-based-emi-technique
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Shuli Fan, Shaoyu Zhao, Baoxin Qi, Qingzhao Kong
One of the major causes of damage to column-supported concrete structures, such as bridges and highways, are collisions from moving vehicles, such as cars and ships. It is essential to quantify the collision damage of the column so that appropriate actions can be taken to prevent catastrophic events. A widely used method to assess structural damage is through the root-mean-square deviation (RMSD) damage index established by the collected data; however, the RMSD index does not truly provide quantitative information about the structure...
May 17, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772612/activity-and-structure-of-human-acetyl-coa-carboxylase-targeted-by-a-specific-inhibitor
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SoRi Jang, Piotr Gornicki, Jasmina Marjanovic, Ethan Bass, Toni Lurcotta, Pedro Rodriguez, Jotham Austin, Robert Haselkorn
We have studied a series of human acetyl CoA-carboxylase (ACC) 1 and ACC2 proteins with deletions and/or Ser to Ala substitutions of the known phosphorylation sites. In vitro dephosphorylation/phosphorylation experiments reveal a substantial level of phosphorylation of human ACCs produced in insect cells. Our results are consistent with AMPK phosphorylation of Ser29, Ser80 , Ser1,201 and Ser1,216 . Phosphorylation of the N-terminal regulatory domain decreases ACC1 activity, while phosphorylation of residues in the ACC central domain has no effect...
May 17, 2018: FEBS Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772081/a-photon-source-model-based-on-particle-transport-in-a-parameterized-accelerator-structure-for-monte-carlo-dose-calculations
#14
Yoshiki Ishizawa, Suguru Dobashi, Noriyuki Kadoya, Kengo Ito, Takahito Chiba, Yoshiki Takayama, Kiyokazu Sato, Ken Takeda
PURPOSE: An accurate source model of a medical linear accelerator is essential for Monte Carlo (MC) dose calculations. This study aims to propose an analytical photon source model based on particle transport in parameterized accelerator structures, focusing on a more realistic determination of linac photon spectra compared to existing approaches. METHODS: We designed the primary and secondary photon sources based on the photons attenuated and scattered by a parameterized flattening filter...
May 17, 2018: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769556/optimal-design-of-miniaturized-reflecting-metasurfaces-for-ultra-wideband-and-angularly-stable-polarization-conversion
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Michele Borgese, Filippo Costa, Simone Genovesi, Agostino Monorchio, Giuliano Manara
An ultra-wideband linear polarization converter based on a reflecting metasurface is presented. The polarizer is composed by a periodic arrangement of miniaturized metallic elements printed on a grounded dielectric substrate. In order to achieve broadband polarization converting properties, the metasurface is optimized by employing a genetic algorithm (GA) which imposes the minimization of the amplitude of the co-polar reflection coefficient over a wide frequency band. The enhanced angular stability of the polarization converter is due to the miniaturized unit cell which is obtained by imposing the maximum periodicity of the metasurface in the GA optimization process...
May 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769098/wing-morphometrics-of-aedes-ochlerotatus-albifasciatus-macquart-1838-diptera-culicidae-from-different-climatic-regions-of-argentina
#16
Maximiliano J Garzón, Nicolás Schweigmann
BACKGROUND: Gene flow restrictions between populations of Aedes albifasciatus, the vector of Western equine encephalitis and Dirophilaria immitis, have been described in the central region of Argentina. Genetic and eco-physiological variations usually result in local forms reflecting the climatic regions. Mosquito wings and their different parts have ecological functions in flight and communication. Therefore, wing shape could be considered an aspect of sexual dimorphism, and its eco-physiological responses can be expressed as morphological changes induced by the environment...
May 16, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767150/effect-of-storage-time-on-the-characteristics-of-corn-and-efficiency-of-its-utilization-in-broiler-chickens
#17
Dafei Yin, Jianmin Yuan, Yuming Guo, Lee I Chiba
Corn is one of the staple food and feed ingredients in China, therefore its storage is of particular importance. Corn is typically stored for 2 or more years in national barns before it is sold as a food or feed ingredient. However, the effects of stored corn in national barns on the animal performance and nutrient utilization have not been investigated thus far. This study attempted to determine the effects of storage time on the chemical and physical characteristics of corn and its nutritional value, broiler growth performance, and meat quality...
September 2017: Animal nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767144/growth-performance-of-nursery-and-grower-finisher-pigs-fed-diets-supplemented-with-benzoic-acid
#18
Hengxiao Zhai, Wen Ren, Shikui Wang, Jinlong Wu, Patrick Guggenbuhl, Anna-Maria Kluenter
Two experiments were conducted to investigate the efficacy of benzoic acid on the growth performance of nursery and grower-finisher pigs. A randomized complete block design was used in both experiments with the initial body weight as the blocking factor. There were 3 treatments corresponding to 3 dietary levels of benzoic acid: 0, 0.3%, and 0.5%. In experiment 1, a total of 144 PIC L1050 barrows (initial body weight 7.1 ± 0.6 kg) were used with each treatment replicated 8 times. In experiment 2, a total of 288 PIC L1050 barrows (initial body weight 36...
September 2017: Animal nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767099/growth-performance-nutrient-digestibility-antioxidant-capacity-blood-biochemical-biomarkers-and-cytokines-expression-in-broiler-chickens-fed-different-phytogenic-levels
#19
Vasileios Paraskeuas, Konstantinos Fegeros, Irida Palamidi, Christine Hunger, Konstantinos C Mountzouris
The effects of inclusion levels of a phytogenic feed additive (PFA), characterized by menthol anethol and eugenol, on broiler growth performance, nutrient digestibility, biochemical biomarkers and total antioxidant capacity (TAC) of plasma and meat, as well as on the relative expression of selected cytokines, were studied in a 42-d experiment. A total of 225 one-day-old male Cobb broiler chickens were assigned into 3 treatments, with 5 replicates of 15 chickens each. Chickens were fed maize-soybean meal basal diets following a 3 phase (i...
June 2017: Animal nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767056/performance-and-ruminal-parameters-of-fattening-moghani-lambs-fed-recycled-poultry-bedding
#20
Ayoub Azizi, Afrooz Sharifi, Arash Azarfar, Ali Kiani, Alireza Jolazadeh
This study investigated the effects of recycled poultry bedding (RPB) on performance and protozoa population, microbial enzyme activity and microbial protein synthesis (MPS) in rumen contents of fattening lambs. Thirty-six male Moghani lambs (31.4 ± 3.2 kg body weight) were fed iso-energetic and iso-nitrogenous diets containing 0, 70, 140 or 210 g/kg dry matter (DM) RPB in a balanced randomized design (9 lambs per treatment). Results showed that final body weight, DM intake, average daily gain and feed conversion ratio were unchanged ( P  > 0...
June 2017: Animal nutrition
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