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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151005/synthesis-of-a-novel-polymeric-magnetic-solid-phase-extraction-adsorbent-for-selective-extraction-of-amphetamine-from-urine-samples-coupled-with-high-performance-liquid-chromatography
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Arezou Taghvimi, Marjan Ghorbani, Hamed Hamishehkar
A novel pH-responsive block copolymer (Poly ethylene glycol-b-poly (N,N-dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate-co-maleic acid) was designed for the decoration and stabilization of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) to apply as an efficient magnetic nano adsorbent for extraction of amphetamine (AM) from biological urine samples to be determined by high performance liquid chromatography ultra violet detector (HPLC-UV). Full characterization of the synthesized Polymeric magnetic nanoparticles (PMNPs) were followed by various techniques like Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, powder x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM)...
November 18, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150943/muscle-regeneration-potential-and-satellite-cell-activation-profile-during-recovery-following-hindlimb-immobilization-in-mice
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Maria Guitart, Josep Lloreta, Laura Mañas-Garcia, Esther Barreiro
Reduced muscle activity leads to muscle atrophy and function loss in patients and animal models. Satellite cells (SCs) are postnatal muscle stem cells that play a pivotal role in skeletal muscle regeneration following injury. The regenerative potential, satellite cell numbers, and markers during recovery following immobilization of the hindlimb for seven days were explored. In mice exposed to seven days of hindlimb immobilization, in those exposed to recovery (seven days, splint removal), and in contralateral control muscles, muscle precursor cells were isolated from all hindlimb muscles (fluorescence-activated cell sorting, FACS), and SCs and muscle regeneration were identified using immunofluorescence (gastrocnemius and soleus) and electron microscopy (EM, gastrocnemius)...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150680/potential-landscape-of-high-dimensional-nonlinear-stochastic-dynamics-with-large-noise
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Ying Tang, Ruoshi Yuan, Gaowei Wang, Xiaomei Zhu, Ping Ao
Quantifying stochastic processes is essential to understand many natural phenomena, particularly in biology, including the cell-fate decision in developmental processes as well as the genesis and progression of cancers. While various attempts have been made to construct potential landscape in high dimensional systems and to estimate transition rates, they are practically limited to the cases where either noise is small or detailed balance condition holds. A general and practical approach to investigate real-world nonequilibrium systems, which are typically high-dimensional and subject to large multiplicative noise and the breakdown of detailed balance, remains elusive...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149909/testing-the-implementation-and-sustainment-facilitation-isf-strategy-as-an-effective-adjunct-to-the-addiction-technology-transfer-center-attc-strategy-study-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomized-trial
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Bryan R Garner, Mark Zehner, Mathew R Roosa, Steve Martino, Heather J Gotham, Elizabeth L Ball, Patricia Stilen, Kathryn Speck, Denna Vandersloot, Traci R Rieckmann, Michael Chaple, Erika G Martin, David Kaiser, James H Ford
BACKGROUND: Improving the extent to which evidence-based practices (EBPs)-treatments that have been empirically shown to be efficacious or effective-are integrated within routine practice is a well-documented challenge across numerous areas of health. In 2014, the National Institute on Drug Abuse funded a type 2 effectiveness-implementation hybrid trial titled the substance abuse treatment to HIV Care (SAT2HIV) Project. Aim 1 of the SAT2HIV Project tests the effectiveness of a motivational interviewing-based brief intervention (MIBI) for substance use as an adjunct to usual care within AIDS service organizations (ASOs) as part of its MIBI Experiment...
November 17, 2017: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147919/alterations-to-swallowing-physiology-as-the-result-of-effortful-swallowing-in-healthy-seniors
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Sonja M Molfenter, Chuan-Ya Hsu, Ying Lu, Cathy L Lazarus
A significant proportion of healthy seniors report difficulty swallowing, thought to result from age-related decline in muscle bulk/function. Effortful Swallowing (ES) is used both as a compensatory maneuver to improve pharyngeal propulsion/clearance and has been proposed as an exercise to improve pharyngeal strength. This study sought to quantify the immediate kinematic, temporal, and functional changes during an ES maneuver to quantify its exercise potential to combat age-related changes in swallowing. Videofluoroscopy data were collected from 44 healthy seniors (21 male) over 65 years old (mean = 76...
November 17, 2017: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147716/complex-coacervation-of-mg-ii-phospho-polymethacrylate-a-synthetic-analog-of-sandcastle-worm-adhesive-phosphoproteins
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In Taek Song, Russell J Stewart
The highly phosphorylated Pc3 proteins, major components of the sandcastle worm adhesive, are sequestered with Mg as spherical sub-granules within heterogeneous secretory granules in adhesive gland cells. The phase behavior of a synthetic phospho-polymethacrylate analog of the Pc3 phosphoproteins, in the presense of Mg(ii), was characterized to determine whether it is chemically possible for the natural adhesive components to be packaged and stored as liquid complex coacervates. Of several multivalent metal salts tested, only MgCl induced complex coacervation of the phospho-copolymer...
November 17, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147549/redox-sensitive-reversible-self-assembly-of-amino-acid-naphthalene-diimide-conjugates
#7
Wathsala Liyanage, Paul W Rubeo, Bradley L Nilsson
Peptide and low molecular weight amino acid-based materials that self-assemble in response to environmental triggers are highly desirable candidates in forming functional materials with tunable biophysical properties. In this paper, we explore redox-sensitive self-assembly of cationic phenylalanine derivatives conjugated to naphthalene diimide (NDI). Self-assembly of the cationic Phe-NDI conjugates into nanofibrils was induced in aqueous solvent at high ionic strength. Under reducing conditions, these self-assembled Phe-NDI conjugate fibrils underwent a morphological change to non-fibril aggregates...
December 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146924/interpretation-of-dynamic-tensile-behavior-by-austenite-stability-in-ferrite-austenite-duplex-lightweight-steels
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Jaeyeong Park, Min Cheol Jo, Hyeok Jae Jeong, Seok Su Sohn, Jai-Hyun Kwak, Hyoung Seop Kim, Sunghak Lee
Phenomena occurring in duplex lightweight steels under dynamic loading are hardly investigated, although its understanding is essentially needed in applications of automotive steels. In this study, quasi-static and dynamic tensile properties of duplex lightweight steels were investigated by focusing on how TRIP and TWIP mechanisms were varied under the quasi-static and dynamic loading conditions. As the annealing temperature increased, the grain size and volume fraction of austenite increased, thereby gradually decreasing austenite stability...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146364/long-term-stability-of-compression-molded-soybean-protein-concentrate-films-stored-under-specific-conditions
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Emiliano M Ciannamea, Juan P Espinosa, Pablo M Stefani, Roxana A Ruseckaite
Post-processing evolution of the functional properties of soybean protein concentrate (SPC) films, plasticized with varying levels of glycerol and processed by compression molding, was examined over a period of 90days. Films stored in the glassy state (25±2°C and 65±2% relative humidity) lost glycerol and water over time, as determined by gas chromatography and the decline in moisture content. SPC films plasticized with 40-50% glycerol showed a time-dependent increment of the elastic modulus and the tensile strength...
March 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146046/influence-of-different-smear-layers-on-bond-durability-of-self-etch-adhesives
#10
Toshiki Takamizawa, Wayne W Barkmeier, Keiichi Sai, Akimasa Tsujimoto, Arisa Imai, Robert L Erickson, Mark A Latta, Masashi Miyazaki
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of different smear layers on enamel and dentin bond durability of various types of self-etch adhesives. METHODS: Two universal adhesives, Scotchbond Universal (SU) and Prime & Bond elect (PE); a conventional single-step self-etch adhesive, G-ænial Bond (GB); and two two-step self-etch adhesives, Optibond XTR (OX) and Clearfil SE Bond (SE) were used in this study. Shear bond strengths (SBS) and shear fatigue strengths (SFS) to human enamel and dentin were determined with different smear layer conditions...
November 13, 2017: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145580/effect-of-botulinum-toxin-a-on-muscle-healing-and-its-implications-in-aesthetic-and-reconstructive-surgery
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Eldad Silberstein, Ehud Maor, Oleg Sukmanov, Alexander Bogdanov Berezovsky, Yaron Shoham, Yuval Krieger
Background: Muscle activity contributes to the enhancement of facial aging deformity, blepharospasm, cerebral palsy spasticity, trismus, torticollis, and other conditions. Myotomy of the involved muscles in order to reduce the deformity has variable success rates due to muscle healing and regeneration of activity. Objectives: The goal of this study was to investigate whether blocking striated muscle activity with Botulinum toxin (BtxA) during the healing time after myotomy alters the healing process and reduces long-term muscle activity...
November 14, 2017: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145526/factors-affecting-the-decision-to-use-cemented-or-screw-retained-fixed-implant-supported-prostheses-a-critical-review
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Miguel Gómez-Polo, Rocio Ortega, Cristina Gómez-Polo, Alicia Celemin, Jaime Del Rio Highsmith
PURPOSE: This review aimed to compile and enumerate all the factors described in the literature that may affect the decision to use either cemented or screw-retained restorations and to determine the relative weights of each factor by type of retention and prosthesis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The literature was reviewed, and the factors were classified as either determining (present in a clinical situation in which one of the retention mechanisms was clearly more suitable than the other) or conditioning (present in clinical situations in which one type of restoration was not clearly more advantageous than the other)...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Prosthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145111/a-novel-protein-tyrosine-phosphatase-like-phytase-from-lactobacillus-fermentum-nkn51-cloning-characterization-and-application-in-mineral-release-for-food-technology-applications
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Rekha Sharma, Piyush Kumar, Vandana Kaushal, Rahul Das, Naveen Kumar Navani
A novel protein tyrosine phosphatase like phytase (PTPLP), designated as PhyLf from probiotic bacterium Lactobacillus fermentum NKN51 was identified, cloned, expressed and characterized. The recombinant PhyLf showed specific activity of 174.5 U/mg. PhyLf exhibited strict specificity towards phytate and optimum temperature at 60 °C, pH 5.0 and ionic strength of 100 mM. Km and Kcat of PhyLf for phytate were 0.773 mM and 84.31 s(-1), respectively. PhyLf exhibited high resistance against oxidative inactivation...
November 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145002/different-transport-behaviors-of-bacillus-subtilis-cells-and-spores-in-saturated-porous-media-implications-for-contamination-risks-associated-with-bacterial-sporulation-in-aquifer
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Qi Li, Jiakuan Yang, Wei Fan, Dandan Zhou, Xiaoyu Wang, Leilei Zhang, Mingxin Huo, John C Crittenden
In this study, we compared the transport characteristics of Bacillus subtilis cells and their spores in saturated porous media. Both the bacteria cells and spores were readily transported under lower ionic strengths (IS) (1mM), featuring high mass recovery rates (>75%). The bacteria cells recovery rate declined to 58.05% when the IS increased to 100mM; but the spores recovery rate remained at 74.54%. Spores appear to be more mobile than bacterial cells over wide range of IS. Surface properties and breakthrough curves analysis of the two bio-particles (cells and spores) indicated that attachment, straining and blocking mechanisms contribute differently to deposition processes...
November 11, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144877/role-of-proteolytic-enzyme-inhibitors-on-carious-and-eroded-dentin-associated-with-a-universal-bonding-system
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M C Giacomini, Pmc Scaffa, L P Chaves, Cmp Vidal, T N Machado, H M Honório, L Tjäderhane, L Wang
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of proteolytic inhibitors on the bond strength of a universal adhesive system (etch-and-rinse mode) applied to artificial carious and eroded dentin. METHODS: Ninety molars were prepared and randomly divided into three groups according to the substrate: N, no challenges; ACD, artificial carious dentin simulation and ERO, artificial erosion simulation with orange juice. All groups were redivided into three subgroups according to the dentin pretreatment: W, water; CHX, 2% digluconate chlorhexidine; and E-64 (trans-epoxysuccinyl-L-leucylamido-[4-guanidino] butane), 5 μM E-64 inhibitor...
November 2017: Operative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144757/versatile-encapsulation-technology-based-on-tailored-ph-responsive-amphiphilic-polymers-emulsion-gels-and-capsules
#16
Clémentine Locatelli-Champagne, Jean-Marc Suau, Olivier Guerret, Charlotte Pellet, Michel Cloitre
We present a multipurpose technology to encapsulate hydrophobic substances in micron-size emulsion droplets and capsules. The encapsulating agent is a comb-like stimuli-responsive copolymer comprising side chain surfactants attached to a methacrylic acid/ethylacrylate polyelectrolyte backbone. The composition and structure of the hydrophobic moieties of the side chains are customized in order to tune the particle morphology and the processing conditions. The technology exploits the synergy of properties provided by the copolymer: interfacial activity, pH responsiveness, and viscoelasticity...
November 16, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143443/multiscale-characterisation-of-cortical-bone-composition-microstructure-and-nanomechanical-properties-in-experimentally-induced-osteoporosis
#17
Furqan A Shah, Adrian Stoica, Carina Cardemil, Anders Palmquist
Cortical bone plays a vital role in determining overall bone strength. We investigate the structural, compositional, and nanomechanical properties of cortical bone following ovariectomy (OVX) of 12 week old Sprague Dawley rats, since this animal model is frequently employed to evaluate the performance of implantable biomaterials in compromised bone healing conditions. Morphological parameters and material properties of bone in the geometrical centre of the femoral cortex were investigated four and eight weeks post-OVX and in unoperated controls (Ctrl), using X-ray micro-computed tomography, backscattered electron scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and nanoindentation...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143352/assessment-of-exposure-to-radio-frequency-electromagnetic-fields-from-smart-utility-meters-in-gb-part-ii-numerical-assessment-of-induced-sar-within-the-human-body
#18
Muhammad R A Qureshi, Yasir Alfadhl, Xiaodong Chen, Azadeh Peyman, Myron Maslanyj, Simon Mann
Human body exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic waves emitted from smart meters was assessed using various exposure configurations. Specific energy absorption rate distributions were determined using three anatomically realistic human models. Each model was assigned with age- and frequency-dependent dielectric properties representing a collection of age groups. Generalized exposure conditions involving standing and sleeping postures were assessed for a home area network operating at 868 and 2,450 MHz...
November 16, 2017: Bioelectromagnetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143267/hamstring-injury-prevention-practices-in-elite-sport-evidence-for-eccentric-strength-vs-lumbo-pelvic-training
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Anthony J Shield, Matthew N Bourne
Hamstring strain injuries are endemic in running-based sports. Given the economic and performance implications of these injuries, a significant body of research has emerged in recent years in an attempt to identify risk factors and develop or optimise injury prevention strategies. Surveys of injury prevention practices among medical and conditioning staff in elite sport suggest that many sporting clubs invest significant efforts in eccentric hamstring conditioning and lumbo-pelvic or trunk stability programmes...
November 15, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143259/adsorption-reduction-of-hg-ii-and-pb-ii-from-aqueous-solutions-by-using-bone-ash-nzvi-composite-effects-of-aging-time-fe-loading-quantity-and-co-existing-ions
#20
Antonio Gil, Mohammad Javad Amiri, Jahangir Abedi-Koupai, Saeid Eslamian
In this research, a versatile and highly efficient method for the stabilization of nanoscale zerovalent iron particles (nZVI) on the surface of ostrich bone ash (OBA) was presented as a novel inorganic adsorbent (OBA/nZVI) for the removal of Hg(II) and Pb(II) ions from aqueous solutions, even after 1 year of storage under room conditions. The removal behavior of the OBA/nZVI was assessed as a function of the initial pH, contact time, initial pollutants concentration, temperature, amount of adsorbent, effect of competitive metal ions, and ionic strength...
November 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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