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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550796/a-novel-tertiary-prep-hplc-method-for-the-isolation-of-single-amino-acids-for-ams-radiocarbon-measurement
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Ricardo Fernandes, Tomas Koudelka, Andreas Tholey, Alexander Dreves
AMS-radiocarbon measurements of amino acids can potentially provide more reliable radiocarbon dates than bulk collagen analysis. Nonetheless, the applicability of such an approach is often limited by the low-throughput of existing isolation methods and difficulties in determining the contamination introduced during the separation process. A novel tertiary prep-HPLC amino acid isolation method was developed that relies on the combustion of eluted material without requiring any additional chemical steps. Amino acid separation was carried out using a gradient mix of pure water and phosphoric acid with an acetonitrile step in-between runs to remove hydrophobic molecules from the separation column...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550791/environmental-indicators-of-the-combustion-of-prospective-coal-water-slurry-containing-petrochemicals
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Margarita A Dmitrienko, Galina S Nyashina, Pavel A Strizhak
Negative environmental impact of coal combustion has been known to humankind for a fairly long time. Sulfur and nitrogen oxides are considered the most dangerous anthropogenic emissions. A possible solution to this problem is replacing coal dust combustion with that of coal water slurry containing petrochemicals (CWSP). Coal processing wastes and used combustible liquids (oils, sludge, resins) are promising in terms of their economic and energy yield characteristics. However, no research has yet been conducted on the environmental indicators of fuels based on CWSP...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550741/exploring-syndrome-differentiation-using-non-negative-matrix-factorization-and-cluster-analysis-in-patients-with-atopic-dermatitis
#3
Younghee Yun, Wonmo Jung, Hyunho Kim, Bo-Hyoung Jang, Min-Hee Kim, Jiseong Noh, Seong-Gyu Ko, Inhwa Choi
Syndrome differentiation (SD) results in a diagnostic conclusion based on a cluster of concurrent symptoms and signs, including pulse form and tongue color. In Korea, there is a strong interest in the standardization of Traditional Medicine (TM). In order to standardize TM treatment, standardization of SD should be given priority. The aim of this study was to explore the SD, or symptom clusters, of patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) using non-negative factorization methods and k-means clustering analysis...
May 22, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550737/activated-carbon-from-sugarcane-bagasse-ash-for-melanoidins-recovery
#4
A Kaushik, S Basu, K Singh, V S Batra, M Balakrishnan
This work investigates the value added utilization of two sugar-distillery wastes: (i) melanoidins, which are complex Maillard reaction products in molasses distillery wastewater, and (ii) unburnt carbon in sugarcane bagasse ash. Activated unburnt carbon (AUC), prepared by deashing and steam activation, had properties comparable to commercial activated carbon (CAC). Both carbons are suitable for melanoidins adsorption followed by desorption using 25% pyridine solution. For AUC, the equilibrium adsorption data is well described by Langmuir isotherm up to 35 °C while Freundlich model fits better at higher temperature...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550723/tyrosine-receptor-kinase-b-gene-variants-ntrk2-variants-are-associated-with-depressive-disorders-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Carolina Machado Torres, Marina Siebert, Hugo Bock, Suelen Mandelli Mota, Juliana Unis Castan, Francisco Scornavacca, Luiza Amaral de Castro, Maria Luiza Saraiva-Pereira, Marino Muxfeldt Bianchin
RATIONALE: Psychiatric comorbidities are highly prevalent in epilepsy, adding an important burden to the disease and profoundly affecting the quality of life of these individuals. Patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) are especially at risk to develop depression and several lines of evidence suggest that the association of depression with epilepsy might be related to common biological substrates. In this study, we test whether NTRK2 allele variants are associated with mood disorders or depressive disorders in patients with TLE...
May 24, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550716/ex-vivo-measurement-of-scalp-follicular-infundibulum-delivery-of-zinc-pyrithione-and-climbazole-from-an-anti-dandruff-shampoo
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Guoqiang Chen, Chengdong Ji, Miao Miao, Kang Yang, Yajun Luo, Michael Hoptroff, Luisa Z Collins, Hans-Gerd Janssen
Efficient delivery of anti-dandruff (AD) actives into the scalp follicular infundibulum as well as onto the scalp surface is critical for the efficacy of AD shampoos. A method involving scalp cyanoacrylate (CA) biopsy sampling, a tailor made cutting device, ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurement and Raman imaging has been developed for the measurement of delivery of zinc pyrithione (ZPT) and climbazole (CBZ) from an AD shampoo into the scalp follicular infundibulum...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550635/growth-corruption-health-triaca-and-environmental-degradation-empirical-evidence-from-indonesia-malaysia-and-thailand
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Muhammad Azam, Abdul Qayyum Khan
This study examines the impact of economic growth, corruption, health, and poverty on environmental degradation for three countries from ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand using annual data over the period of 1994-2014. The relationship between environmental degradation (pollution) by carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and economic growth is examined along with some other variables, namely health expenditure, poverty, agriculture value added growth, industrial value added growth, and corruption. The ordinary least squares (OLS) method is applied as an analytical technique for parameter estimation...
May 27, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550602/optimizing-the-modification-of-wood-waste-biochar-via-metal-oxides-to-remove-and-recover-phosphate-from-human-urine
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Kangning Xu, Chuke Zhang, Xiaomin Dou, Weifang Ma, Chengwen Wang
The recovery of phosphate from human urine has been considered as one of the most attractive benefits of urine source separation because P is an essential but limited macronutrient. This study investigated the approach to modify wood waste biochar via metal oxides aiming to recover phosphate from human urine to produce a value-added biochar. Results showed the phosphate removal ability was enhanced for the modified biochar pre-treated in modification solutions of MgCl2, AlCl3, CaCl2 and FeCl3, respectively, while natural biochar released phosphate to urine...
May 26, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550593/impact-of-black-soldier-fly-larval-meal-on-growth-performance-apparent-digestibility-haematological-and-blood-chemistry-indices-of-guinea-fowl-starter-keets-under-tropical-conditions
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P A Wallace, J K Nyameasem, G A Adu-Aboagye, S Affedzie-Obresi, E K Nkegbe, N Karbo, F Murray, W Leschen, P -O Maquart
In order to assess the impact of larval meal on guinea fowl, six iso-caloric and iso-nitrogenous diets were fed to day-old-keets ad libitum till 8 weeks of age. Water was also freely provided. The fishmeal (FM) component of the experimental diets was replaced with black soldier fly larval meal (BSFLM) in the following percentage ratios of 0-100%. Results showed that body weight gain significantly (P < 0.05) increased in all the BSFLM treatment groups compared to the control group. The final body weight of the birds at age 8 weeks differed significantly (P < 0...
May 26, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550465/differential-diagnosis-of-oligodendroglial-and-astrocytic-tumors-using-imaging-results-the-added-value-of-perfusion-mr-imaging
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Hyun Jung Yoon, Kook Jin Ahn, Song Lee, Jin Hee Jang, Hyun Seok Choi, So Lyung Jung, Bum Soo Kim, Shin Soo Jeun, Yong Kil Hong
PURPOSE: The purposes of the present study are to assess whether different characteristics of oligodendrogliomas and astrocytic tumors are visible on MR imaging and to determine the added value of perfusion imaging in conventional MR imaging when differentiating oligodendrogliomas from astrocytic tumors. METHODS: We retrospectively studied 22 oligodendroglioma and 54 astrocytic tumor patients, including glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). The morphological tumor characteristics were evaluated using MR imaging...
May 26, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550453/exchange-of-genetic-sequences-between-viruses-and-hosts
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Robin A Weiss
Although genetic transfer between viruses and vertebrate hosts occurs less frequently than gene flow between bacteriophages and prokaryotes, it is extensive and has affected the evolution of both parties. With retroviruses, the integration of proviral DNA into chromosomal DNA can result in the activation of adjacent host gene expression and in the transduction of host transcripts into retroviral genomes as oncogenes. Yet in contrast to lysogenic phage, there is little evidence that viral oncogenes persist in a chain of natural transmission or that retroviral transduction is a significant driver of the horizontal spread of host genes...
May 28, 2017: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550314/adaptive-stochastic-resonance-for-unknown-and-variable-input-signals
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Patrick Krauss, Claus Metzner, Achim Schilling, Christian Schütz, Konstantin Tziridis, Ben Fabry, Holger Schulze
All sensors have a threshold, defined by the smallest signal amplitude that can be detected. The detection of sub-threshold signals, however, is possible by using the principle of stochastic resonance, where noise is added to the input signal so that it randomly exceeds the sensor threshold. The choice of an optimal noise level that maximizes the mutual information between sensor input and output, however, requires knowledge of the input signal, which is not available in most practical applications. Here we demonstrate that the autocorrelation of the sensor output alone is sufficient to find this optimal noise level...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550283/high-resolution-bioelectrical-imaging-of-a%C3%AE-induced-network-dysfunction-on-cmos-meas-for-neurotoxicity-and-rescue-studies
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Hayder Amin, Thierry Nieus, Davide Lonardoni, Alessandro Maccione, Luca Berdondini
Neurotoxicity and the accumulation of extracellular amyloid-beta1-42 (Aβ) peptides are associated with the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and correlate with neuronal activity and network dysfunctions, ultimately leading to cellular death. However, research on neurodegenerative diseases is hampered by the paucity of reliable readouts and experimental models to study such functional decline from an early onset and to test rescue strategies within networks at cellular resolution. To overcome this important obstacle, we demonstrate a simple yet powerful in vitro AD model based on a rat hippocampal cell culture system that exploits large-scale neuronal recordings from 4096-electrodes on CMOS-chips for electrophysiological quantifications...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550261/effect-of-apoe-%C3%AE%C2%B54-genotype-on-metabolic-biomarkers-in-aging-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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Jill Morris K, Roxanne Adeline Z Uy, Eric D Vidoni, Heather M Wilkins, Ashley E Archer, John P Thyfault, John M Miles, Jeffrey M Burns
Alzheimer's disease (AD) may have heterogeneous pathophysiological underpinnings, with risk factors including apolipoprotein rmvarep4 (APOE4) genotype and insulin resistance. We hypothesized that distinct phenotypes exist within AD. We examined APOE4 and metabolic biomarkers in 338 subjects (n = 213 nondemented (ND), n = 125 AD). We further characterized steady state free fatty acid (FFA) levels in a subset of 45 participants who had also participated in a hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp. Insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) was elevated in AD versus ND (p = 0...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550260/living-alone-with-alzheimer-s-disease-data-from-svedem-the-swedish-dementia-registry
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Pavla Cermakova, Maja Nelson, Juraj Secnik, Sara Garcia-Ptacek, Kristina Johnell, Johan Fastbom, Lena Kilander, Bengt Winblad, Maria Eriksdotter, Dorota Religa
BACKGROUND: Many people with Alzheimer's disease (AD) live alone in their own homes. There is a lack of knowledge about whether these individuals receive the same quality of diagnostics and treatment for AD as patients who are cohabiting. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the diagnostic work-up and treatment of community-dwelling AD patients who live alone. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional cohort study based on data from the Swedish Dementia Registry (SveDem)...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550259/transport-of-non-transferrin-bound-iron-to-the-brain-implications-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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Ajai K Tripathi, Shilpita Karmakar, Abhishek Asthana, Ajay Ashok, Vilok Desai, Shounak Baksi, Neena Singh
A direct correlation between brain iron and Alzheimer's disease (AD) raises questions regarding the transport of non-transferrin-bound iron (NTBI), a toxic but less researched pool of circulating iron that is likely to increase due to pathological and/or iatrogenic systemic iron overload. Here, we compared the distribution of radiolabeled-NTBI (59Fe-NTBI) and transferrin-bound iron (59Fe-Tf) in mouse models of iron overload in the absence or presence of inflammation. Following a short pulse, most of the 59Fe-NTBI was taken up by the liver, followed by the kidney, pancreas, and heart...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550258/effect-of-apoe-genotype-on-amyloid-deposition-brain-volume-and-memory-in-cognitively-normal-older-individuals
#17
Yen Ying Lim, Robert Williamson, Simon M Laws, Victor L Villemagne, Pierrick Bourgeat, Christopher Fowler, Stephanie Rainey-Smith, Olivier Salvado, Ralph N Martins, Christopher C Rowe, Colin L Masters, Paul Maruff
BACKGROUND: The association between the apolipoprotein E (APOE) ɛ4 allele and high risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD) dementia before the age of 80 has been recognized for over 30 years. However, the timing and mode of action of APOE is not understood, nor has there been a detailed analysis of the effect of APOE genotype on memory, hippocampal volume, and amyloid-β (Aβ) levels in cognitively normal adults. OBJECTIVE: Examine the effect of APOE allelic genotype on the relationship between Aβ levels, hippocampal volume, and memory in cognitively normal adults...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550257/increasing-body-mass-index-at-midlife-is-associated-with-increased-cortical-thinning-in-alzheimer-s-disease-vulnerable-regions
#18
Marnie E Shaw, Walter P Abhayaratna, Kaarin J Anstey, Nicolas Cherbuin
Higher body mass index (BMI) at midlife is associated with greater decreases in cognitive function at older age as well as increased Alzheimer's disease (AD) risk, compared to those with normal BMI. Here, we tested whether BMI at midlife was associated with cortical thinning in brain regions known to be affected in early AD. We examined a large sample (n = 404) of midlife individuals (44-49 years) from the PATH population-based study. Individuals were scanned with magnetic resonance imaging (1.5T) on up to three occasions over eight years...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550255/sembragiline-in-moderate-alzheimer-s-disease-results-of-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-ii-trial-mayflower-road
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Stephane Nave, Rachelle S Doody, Mercè Boada, Timo Grimmer, Juha-Matti Savola, Paul Delmar, Meike Pauly-Evers, Tania Nikolcheva, Christian Czech, Edilio Borroni, Benedicte Ricci, Juergen Dukart, Marie Mannino, Tracie Carey, Emma Moran, Inma Gilaberte, Nicoletta Milani Muelhardt, Irene Gerlach, Luca Santarelli, Susanne Ostrowitzki, Paulo Fontoura
BACKGROUND: Sembragiline is a potent, selective, long-acting, and reversible MAO-B inhibitor developed as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease (AD). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of sembragiline in patients with moderate AD. METHODS: In this Phase II study (NCT01677754), 542 patients with moderate dementia (MMSE 13-20) on background acetylcholinesterase inhibitors with/without memantine were randomized (1:1:1) to sembragiline 1 mg, 5 mg, or placebo once daily orally for 52 weeks...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550254/precuneus-failures-in-subjects-of-the-psen1-e280a-family-at-risk-of-developing-alzheimer-s-disease-detected-using-quantitative-electroencephalography
#20
John Fredy Ochoa, Joan Francesc Alonso, Jon Edinson Duque, Carlos Andrés Tobón, Ana Baena, Francisco Lopera, Miguel Angel Mañanas, Alher Mauricio Hernández
BACKGROUND: Presenilin-1 (PSEN1) mutations are the most common cause of familial early onset Alzheimer's disease (AD). The PSEN1 E280A (E280A) mutation has an autosomal dominant inheritance and is involved in the production of amyloid-β. The largest family group of carriers with E280A mutation is found in Antioquia, Colombia. The study of mutation carriers provides a unique opportunity to identify brain changes in stages previous to AD. Electroencephalography (EEG) is a low cost and minimally invasiveness technique that enables the following of brain changes in AD...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
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