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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922186/characterization-of-the-pro-inflammatory-cytokine-il-1%C3%AE-on-butyrate-oxidation-in-colorectal-cancer-cells
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Megan Johnstone, Natalie Bennett, Cynthia Standifer, Alexis Smith, Anna Han, Ahmed Bettaieb, Jay Whelan, Dallas R Donohoe
Cancer, in part, is driven, by alterations in cellular metabolism that promote cell survival and cell proliferation. Identifying factors that influence this shift in cellular metabolism in cancer cells is important. Interleukin-1β (IL-1β) is a pro-inflammatory cytokine that has been reported to be elevated in colorectal cancer patients. While much is known towards the effect of dietary nutrients on regulating inflammation and the inflammatory response, which includes cytokines such as IL-1β, far less is understood how cytokines impact nutrient fate to alter cancer cell metabolism...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922093/algaas-55-fe-x-ray-radioisotope-microbattery
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S Butera, M D C Whitaker, G Lioliou, A M Barnett
This paper describes the performance of a fabricated prototype Al0.2Ga0.8As (55)Fe radioisotope microbattery photovoltaic cells over the temperature range -20 °C to 50 °C. Two 400 μm diameter p(+)-i-n(+) (3 μm i-layer) Al0.2Ga0.8As mesa photodiodes were used as conversion devices in a novel X-ray microbattery prototype. The changes of the key microbattery parameters were analysed in response to temperature: the open circuit voltage, the maximum output power and the internal conversion efficiency decreased when the temperature was increased...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922033/profilometry-of-thin-films-on-rough-substrates-by-raman-spectroscopy
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Martin Ledinský, Bertrand Paviet-Salomon, Aliaksei Vetushka, Jonas Geissbühler, Andrea Tomasi, Matthieu Despeisse, Stefaan De Wolf, Christophe Ballif, Antonín Fejfar
Thin, light-absorbing films attenuate the Raman signal of underlying substrates. In this article, we exploit this phenomenon to develop a contactless thickness profiling method for thin films deposited on rough substrates. We demonstrate this technique by probing profiles of thin amorphous silicon stripes deposited on rough crystalline silicon surfaces, which is a structure exploited in high-efficiency silicon heterojunction solar cells. Our spatially-resolved Raman measurements enable the thickness mapping of amorphous silicon over the whole active area of test solar cells with very high precision; the thickness detection limit is well below 1 nm and the spatial resolution is down to 500 nm, limited only by the optical resolution...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921426/-gestational-diabetes-mellitus
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Hana Krejčí
The present generation of women of childbearing age more frequently suffer from overweight, obesity, initial as well as fully established metabolic syndrome, which together with postponing motherhood until the third decade in life plays an important role in the increasing incidence of gestational diabetes (GDM) that currently affects about 1/5 of pregnant women. However the causal link between diabetes during pregnancy and metabolic diseases in the whole population is mutual. By way of epigenetic changes, maternal diabetes unfavourably programmes metabolism of the offspring, who tend to transfer the disorder to the next generations...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920976/resting-state-theta-band-connectivity-and-graph-analysis-in-generalized-social-anxiety-disorder
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Mengqi Xing, Reza Tadayonnejad, Annmarie MacNamara, Olusola Ajilore, Julia DiGangi, K Luan Phan, Alex Leow, Heide Klumpp
BACKGROUND: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) resting-state studies show generalized social anxiety disorder (gSAD) is associated with disturbances in networks involved in emotion regulation, emotion processing, and perceptual functions, suggesting a network framework is integral to elucidating the pathophysiology of gSAD. However, fMRI does not measure the fast dynamic interconnections of functional networks. Therefore, we examined whole-brain functional connectomics with electroencephalogram (EEG) during resting-state...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920896/assessing-the-hyperthermic-properties-of-magnetic-heterostructures-the-case-of-gold-iron-oxide-composites
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Elvira Fantechi, Paula M Castillo, Erika Conca, Francesca Cugia, Claudio Sangregorio, Maria Francesca Casula
Gold-iron oxide composites were obtained by in situ reduction of an Au(III) precursor by an organic reductant (either potassium citrate or tiopronin) in a dispersion of preformed iron oxide ultrasmall magnetic (USM) nanoparticles. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, chemical analysis and mid-infrared spectroscopy show the successful deposition of gold domains on the preformed magnetic nanoparticles, and the occurrence of either citrate or tiopronin as surface coating. The potential of the USM@Au nanoheterostructures as heat mediators for therapy through magnetic fluid hyperthermia was determined by calorimetric measurements under sample irradiation by an alternating magnetic field with intensity and frequency within the safe values for biomedical use...
December 6, 2016: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920890/mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-equipped-with-surface-nanovalves-for-ph-controlled-liberation-of-doxorubicin
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N V Roik, L A Belyakova
Silica carriers equipped with molecular and supramolecular pH-sensitive nanovalves were designed by combination of sol-gel synthesis and selective postsynthetic modification. Mesoporous structure of synthesized materials was characterized by low-temperature nitrogen adsorption-desorption, small-angle X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Chemical immobilization of N-[N'-(N'-phenyl)-2-aminophenyl]aminoalkyl groups was confirmed by IR spectral and chemical analyses of surface layer. Loading and release behaviour of synthesized drug carriers was studied in phosphate buffer solutions with pH 5...
December 6, 2016: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920797/genome-wide-association-study-for-identifying-loci-that-affect-fillet-yield-carcass-and-body-weight-traits-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss
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Dianelys Gonzalez-Pena, Guangtu Gao, Matthew Baranski, Thomas Moen, Beth M Cleveland, P Brett Kenney, Roger L Vallejo, Yniv Palti, Timothy D Leeds
Fillet yield (FY, %) is an economically-important trait in rainbow trout aquaculture that affects production efficiency. Despite that, FY has received little attention in breeding programs because it is difficult to measure on a large number of fish and cannot be directly measured on breeding candidates. The recent development of a high-density SNP array for rainbow trout has provided the needed tool for studying the underlying genetic architecture of this trait. A genome-wide association study (GWAS) was conducted for FY, body weight at 10 (BW10) and 13 (BW13) months post-hatching, head-off carcass weight (CAR), and fillet weight (FW) in a pedigreed rainbow trout population selectively bred for improved growth performance...
2016: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920532/the-effect-of-magnetic-nanoparticles-on-neuronal-differentiation-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-neural-precursors
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Klára Jiráková, Monika Šeneklová, Daniel Jirák, Karolína Turnovcová, Magda Vosmanská, Michal Babič, Daniel Horák, Pavel Veverka, Pavla Jendelová
INTRODUCTION: Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is suitable for noninvasive long-term tracking. We labeled human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neural precursors (iPSC-NPs) with two types of iron-based nanoparticles, silica-coated cobalt zinc ferrite nanoparticles (CZF) and poly-l-lysine-coated iron oxide superparamagnetic nanoparticles (PLL-coated γ-Fe2O3) and studied their effect on proliferation and neuronal differentiation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We investigated the effect of these two contrast agents on neural precursor cell proliferation and differentiation capability...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920500/design-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-vegf-sirna-crs-as-a-novel-vector-for-gene-delivery
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Wen Zhao, Yifan Zhang, Xueyun Jiang, Chunying Cui
Small interfering RNA (siRNA) delivery is a prospective method in gene therapy, but it has application limitations such as negative charge, water solubility and high molecular weight. In this study, a safe and efficient nano-vector, CRS, was designed and synthesized to facilitate siRNA delivery. Physical and chemical properties of VEGF-siRNA/CRS were characterized by methods including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy, zeta potential (ζ) measurement, drug-releasing rate measurement, gel electrophoresis and confocal microscopy...
2016: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920173/invasiveness-of-aedes-aegypti-and-aedes-albopictus-and-vectorial-capacity-for-chikungunya-virus
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Leon Philip Lounibos, Laura D Kramer
In this review, we highlight biological characteristics of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, 2 invasive mosquito species and primary vectors of chikungunya virus (CHIKV), that set the tone of these species' invasiveness, vector competence, and vectorial capacity (VC). The invasiveness of both species, as well as their public health threats as vectors, is enhanced by preference for human blood. Vector competence, characterized by the efficiency of an ingested arbovirus to replicate and become infectious in the mosquito, depends largely on vector and virus genetics, and most A...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919750/mapping-the-functional-connectome-in-traumatic-brain-injury-what-can-graph-metrics-tell-us
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Karen Caeyenberghs, Helena Verhelst, Adam Clemente, Peter H Wilson
OBJECTIVE: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is associated with cognitive and motor deficits, and poses a significant personal, societal, and economic burden. One mechanism by which TBI is thought to affect cognition and behaviour is through changes in functional connectivity. Graph theory is a powerful framework for quantifying topological features of neuroimaging-derived functional networks. The objective of this paper is to review studies examining functional connectivity in TBI with an emphasis on graph theoretical analysis that is proving to be valuable in uncovering network abnormalities in this condition...
December 2, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919529/three-step-effluent-chlorination-increases-disinfection-efficiency-and-reduces-dbp-formation-and-toxicity
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Yu Li, Xiangru Zhang, Mengting Yang, Jiaqi Liu, Wanxin Li, Nigel J D Graham, Xiaoyan Li, Bo Yang
Chlorination is extensively applied for disinfecting sewage effluents, but it unintentionally generates disinfection byproducts (DBPs). Using seawater for toilet flushing introduces a high level of bromide into domestic sewage. Chlorination of sewage effluent rich in bromide causes the formation of brominated DBPs. The objectives of achieving a disinfection goal, reducing disinfectant consumption and operational costs, as well as diminishing adverse effects to aquatic organisms in receiving water body remain a challenge in sewage treatment...
December 2, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919519/investigation-of-the-acid-base-and-electromigration-properties-of-5-azacytosine-derivatives-using-capillary-electrophoresis-and-density-functional-theory-calculations
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Denisa Geffertová, Syed Tahir Ali, Veronika Šolínová, Marcela Krečmerová, Antonín Holý, Zdeněk Havlas, Václav Kašička
Capillary electrophoresis (CE) and quantum mechanical density functional theory (DFT) were applied to the investigation of the acid-base and electromigration properties of important compounds: newly synthesized derivatives of 5-azacytosine - analogs of efficient antiviral drug cidofovir. These compounds exhibit a strong antiviral activity and they are considered as potential new antiviral agents. For their characterization and application, it is necessary to know their acid-base properties, particularly the acidity constants (pKa) of their ionogenic groups (the basic N(3) atom of the triazine ring and the acidic phosphonic acid group in the alkyl chain)...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919396/think-time-a-novel-approach-to-analysis-of-clinicians-behavior-after-reduction-of-drug-drug-interaction-alerts
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Richard Schreiber, Julia A Gregoire, Jacob E Shaha, Steven H Shaha
OBJECTIVES: Pharmacologic interaction alerting offers the potential for safer medication prescribing, but research reveals persistent concerns regarding alert fatigue. Research studies have tried various strategies to resolve this problem, with low overall success. We examined the effects of targeted alert reduction on clinician behavior in a resource constrained hospital. METHODS: A physician and a pharmacy informaticist reduced alert levels of several drug-drug interactions (DDI) that clinicians almost always overrode with approval from and knowledge of the medical staff...
January 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919391/privacy-preserving-data-cube-for-electronic-medical-records-an-experimental-evaluation
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Soohyung Kim, Hyukki Lee, Yon Dohn Chung
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of privacy-preserving data cubes of electronic medical records (EMRs). An EMR data cube is a complex of EMR statistics that are summarized or aggregated by all possible combinations of attributes. Data cubes are widely utilized for efficient big data analysis and also have great potential for EMR analysis. For safe data analysis without privacy breaches, we must consider the privacy preservation characteristics of the EMR data cube...
January 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919385/usability-problems-do-not-heal-by-themselves-national-survey-on-physicians-experiences-with-ehrs-in-finland
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Johanna Kaipio, Tinja Lääveri, Hannele Hyppönen, Suvi Vainiomäki, Jarmo Reponen, Andre Kushniruk, Elizabeth Borycki, Jukka Vänskä
PURPOSE: Survey studies of health information systems use tend to focus on availability of functionalities, adoption and intensity of use. Usability surveys have not been systematically conducted by any healthcare professional groups on a national scale on a repeated basis. This paper presents results from two cross-sectional surveys of physicians' experiences with the usability of currently used EHR systems in Finland. The research questions were: To what extent has the overall situation improved between 2010 and 2014? What differences are there between healthcare sectors? METHODS: In the spring of 2014, a survey was conducted in Finland using a questionnaire that measures usability and respondents' user experiences with electronic health record (EHR) systems...
January 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918919/efficiency-measurement-and-monte-carlo-simulations-of-a-cebr3-scintillator
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E Picado, M Carmona-Gallardo, J Cal-González, L M Fraile, H Mach, J M Udías, V Vedia
CeBr3 crystals meet many of the demands of high performance scintillators, due to their excellent timing properties, good effective Z and high photon yield. It is important to characterize their efficiency and to verify whether modern Monte Carlo codes are reliable enough to reproduced the observed values. We report here on the measurement of both total and photopeak efficiency of a 1" diameter×1" height CeBr3 crystal for gamma-ray energies up to 1.4MeV at several distances, using a variety of low energy gamma rays sources...
November 23, 2016: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918680/is-there-an-optimal-pole-length-for-double-poling-in-cross-country-skiing
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Franziska Onasch, Anthony Killick, Walter Herzog
The aim of this study was to determine the effects of pole length on energy cost and kinematics in cross country double poling. Seven sub-elite male athletes were tested using pole sets of different lengths (ranging between 77 and 98% of participants' body height). Tests were conducted on a treadmill, set to a 2% incline and an approximate racing speed. Poling forces, contact times, and oxygen uptake were measured throughout the testing. Pole length was positively correlated with ground contact time (r = .57, p < ...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918663/comparison-of-critical-power-and-w-derived-from-two-or-three-maximal-tests
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Len Parker Simpson, Mehdi Kordi
PURPOSE: Typically, accessing the asymptote (Critical Power; CP) and curvature constant (W') parameters of the hyperbolic power-duration relationship requires multiple constant-power, exhaustive exercise trials, spread over several visits. However, more recently single-visit protocols and personal power meters have been used. We investigated the practicality of using a two-trial, single-visit protocol in providing reliable CP & W' estimates. METHODS: 8 trained cyclists underwent 3- and 12-min maximal exercise trials in a single session to derive (2-trial) CP & W' estimates...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
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