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Mohammad A Altamimi, Steven H Neau
PURPOSE: To evaluate the physicochemical and in vitro characteristics of solid dispersions using BCS II model drugs with Soluplus® and one of its component homopolymers, PEG 6000. METHODS: Nifedipine (NIF) and sulfamethoxazole (SMX) of 99.3% and 99.5% purity, respectively, were selected as BCS II model drugs, such that an improved dissolution rate and concentration in the gastrointestinal tract should increase oral bioavailability. Soluplus® is an amorphous, tri-block, graft co-polymer with polyvinyl caprolactam, polyvinyl acetate, and polyethylene glycol (PCL:PVAc:PEG6000) in the ratio 57:30:13...
March 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
Xiao Meng, Ni Zeng, Jin Zhang, Long Jiang, Yi Dan
Herein, we report a new approach to fabricate polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) based hydrophilic monoliths by alcoholysis of porous emulsion-templated polyvinyl acetate (PVAc). The precursory PVAc-based monolith is obtained by polymerization of a W/O high internal phase emulsion (HIPE) containing vinyl acetate as the external phase while water as the internal phase. As an alcoholysis-stable tri-functional commonomer, triallyl isocyanurate is chosen as the crosslinking agent to prevent possible collapse of the polymeric skeleton and the consequent losses in mechanical properties during the alcoholysis step...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Edina Nagy-Baló, Mihran Martirosyan, Gábor Sándorfi, Orsolya Hajas, Levente Lánczi, Ervin Berényi, Lilla Ladányi, Alexandra Kiss, István Édes, Zoltán Csanádi
BACKGROUND: High incidences of silent cerebral ischemia (SCI) have been revealed by diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW MRI) after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for atrial fibrillation. A high number of mostly gaseous micro-embolic signals (MESs) was detected by transcranial Doppler (TCD) during PVI. In this investigation the possible relationship between MESs detected intraoperatively by TCD and new SCI on DW MRI post-ablation is reported. METHODS: 27 consecutive atrial fibrillation patients (6 female, age median: 64 interquartile range: 13...
March 10, 2017: Cardiology Journal
F Fredriksson, F Sellberg, T Bowden, T Engstrand, D Berglund, H E Lilja
BACKGROUND: Intraperitoneal adhesions cause significant morbidity. They occur after peritoneal trauma, which induces oxidative stress with production of inflammatory cytokines, peroxidized proteins (carbonyls) and lipids (aldehydes). This study aimed to investigate if carbazate-activated polyvinyl alcohol (PVAC), an aldehyde-carbonyl inhibitor, can reduce intraperitoneal adhesions in an experimental model. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats (n=110) underwent laparotomy, cecal abrasion and construction of a small bowel anastomosis...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Hagit Aviv, Shirly Berezin, Ortal Agai, Miri Sinwani, Yaakov R Tischler
Phase separation occurs whenever a solvent leaves a solution of strongly incompatible polymers. This can happen in bulk and in films. Films can be tailored as substrates for multiple applications such as solar cells, surface catalysis, and antireflection coatings. In this study, polystyrene (PS) was dissolved with polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) in different ratios using chlorobenzene as the solvent. Thin films of different ratios of PS and PVAc were deposited on glass via spin coating. The deposited films were investigated for their morphology, strain, surface area, and Raman scattering...
February 15, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Shan Jiang, Tian Ya Huang, Ke Min Wang, Ben Zhong Tang, Qiang Yu
An accurate method of the fluorescence probe approach based on an aggregation-induced emission (AIE) molecule (tetraphenylethylene) for measuring the solubility parameter of the polymer is reported. This method is distinctive in that the approach can make the polymer chain conformation in solution be related to the fluorescence intensity. Since the solubility parameter of the polymer is also closely linked to its chain conformation in solution, the solubility parameter can be determined by the fluorescence intensity...
December 30, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Aurélie Bechoff, Claudie Dhuique-Mayer
Dietary and human factors have been found to be the major factors influencing the bioavailability of micronutrients, such as provitamin A carotenoid (pVAC), iron, and zinc, in biofortified crops. Dietary factors are related to food matrix structure and composition. Processing can improve pVAC bioavailability by disrupting the food matrix but can also result in carotenoid losses. By degrading antinutrients, such as phytate, processing can also enhance mineral bioavailability. In in vivo interventions, biofortified crops have been shown to be overall efficacious in reducing micronutrient deficiency, with bioconversion factors varying between 2...
February 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Conn Sugihara Mbbs, Neil Barlow Mbbs, Emma Owens Mbbs, David Sallomi Mb ChB, Neil Sulke Md
Threshold testing of cardiac rhythm devices is essential to monitoring the proper functioning of such devices (1). However, the currently method of applying multiple ECG leads to the patient is burdensome and time consuming (2). We are presenting a completely new way to perform cardiac rhythm device threshold testing using pulse oximetry. Twenty patients, with varying cardiac rhythm devices and pacing modes, were enrolled and had their atrial and ventricular thresholds tested. A comparison was made between simultaneous threshold determinations via the standard EGM based method and the new pulse oximetry based method...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
Antoine Lepillier, Xavier Copie, Gilles Lascault, Olivier Paziaud, Olivier Piot
PURPOSE: Catheter radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is an effective treatment for symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). It has been demonstrated that the multielectrode pulmonary vein ablation catheter (PVAC) has favourable outcomes at 6-12 months post-ablation, but there are only few studies with a long-term follow-up. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 77 consecutive PVAC procedures in our centre, from November 2007 to December 2012. RFA was attempted in patients with symptomatic paroxysmal AF (mean age 58...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
P Gal, T J Buist, J J J Smit, A Adiyaman, A R Ramdat Misier, P P H M Delnoy, A Elvan
INTRODUCTION: Pulmonary vein (PV) reconnection is frequently the cause of recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) after ablation. The second-generation gold multi-electrode ablation (Gold-MEA) catheter has a new design possibly resulting in improved lesion formation compared with its predecessor. We aimed to determine the association between effective radiofrequency applications with the Gold-MEA catheter and outcome after AF ablation. METHODS: 50 consecutive patients with paroxysmal AF underwent Gold-MEA (PVAC GOLD(TM), Medtronic Inc...
January 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
Elvis Cudjoe, Mo Hunsen, Zhaojun Xue, Amanda E Way, Elizabeth Barrios, Rebecca A Olson, Michael J A Hore, Stuart J Rowan
With a goal of identifying a new scalable source for cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs), we successfully isolated CNCs from a sustainable, non-invasive grass, Miscanthus x. Giganteus (MxG). Subjecting MxG stalks to base hydrolysis, bleaching and acid hydrolysis allowed access to cellulose nanocrystals (MxG-CNC) in high yields. X-ray diffraction studies showed the crystallinity of the MxG-CNCs increased with subsequent treatment conditions (>90% after HCl hydrolysis). Transmission electron microscopy showed that the MxG-CNC exhibit relatively high aspect ratios (60-70), and small angle neutron scattering showed the crystals were ribbon-like with a width and thickness of 8...
January 2, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
Stuti S Rajgarhia, Sadhan C Jana, George G Chase
Polymer nanofibers with interpenetrating network (IPN) morphology are used in this work for the development of composite, hydrophobic filter media in conjunction with glass fibers for removal of water droplets from ultralow sulfur diesel (ULSD). The nanofibers are produced from hydrophobic polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) and hydrophilic polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) by spinning the polymer solutions using gas jet fiber (GJF) method. The nanofibers coat the individual glass fibers due to polar-polar interactions during the spinning process and render the filter media highly hydrophobic with a water contact angle approaching 150°...
August 24, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Chandan Bhugra, Chitra Telang, Robert Schwabe, Li Zhong
API-polymer interactions, used to select the right polymeric matrix with an aim to stabilize an amorphous dispersion, are routinely studied using spectroscopic and/or calorimetric techniques (i.e., melting point depression). An alternate selection tool has been explored to rank order polymers for formation of stable amorphous dispersions as a pragmatic method for polymer selection. Reduced crystallization temperature of API, a parameter introduced by Zhou et al.,1 was utilized in this study for rank ordering interactions in API-polymeric systems...
September 6, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Eulício O Lobo-Júnior, Ellen F M Gabriel, Rodrigo A Dos Santos, Fabrício R de Souza, Wanderson D Lopes, Renato S Lima, Angelo L Gobbi, Wendell K T Coltro
This study describes a simple, rapid, and cost-effective fabrication of PDMS electrophoresis microchips using poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) emulsion as photoresist master. High-relief microfluidic structures were defined on poly(vinyl acetate) previously deposited on printed circuit boards surfaces without cleanroom facilities and sophisticated instrumentation. After a UV exposure, channels with heights ranging from 30 to 140 μm were obtained by controlling the emulsion mass deposited on the master surface. The developing stage was performed using water rather than the organic solvents that are applied for conventional masks...
January 2017: Electrophoresis
Robert Larbig, Ralf Dittrich, Simon Kochhaeuser, Patrick Leitz, Fatih Guener, Catharina Korsukewitz, Dirk Dechering, Christian Pott, Kristina Wasmer, Jan Schmitges, Monika Kerckhoff, Lars Eckardt, Gerold Moennig
OBJECTIVE: We had the objective to determine the impact of clinical parameters and anticoagulation status on cerebral microembolic signals (MES) during pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for atrial fibrillation (AF). BACKGROUND: Thromboembolism and stroke are the most feared complications of PVI. MES can help to evaluate embolic burden. It is unknown whether clinical parameters have an impact on embolic risk during PVI. METHODS: In this retrospective analysis we investigated the impact of clinical parameters, including the CHADS2- and CHA2DS2-VASc-score, pulmonary vein variants and echocardiographic parameters on MES rates in patients that underwent PVI using three different ablation approaches (radiofrequency ablation (iRF), pulmonary vein ablation catheter (PVAC) with deactivated electrode pair 1 or 5 (PVAC-red) or PVAC without deactivation (PVAC-all)...
2016: PloS One
Stefan Weber, Martin Höher, Dominik Schultes
PURPOSE: Pulmonary vein isolation with radiofrequency energy is widely used as a strategy for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). Anatomically designed catheters have been developed to increase the efficiency of AF ablation procedures. The second-generation circular ablation catheter, PVAC GOLD, was re-designed to improve energy delivery and mitigate emboli. We investigated the procedural efficiency, biophysics, and chronic efficacy of PVAC GOLD in patients with AF. METHODS: We consecutively enrolled 40 patients (60 ± 11 years) with highly symptomatic, drug refractory AF...
November 2016: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
L M Rademakers, I Romero, T A Simmers, P H van der Voort, A M Meijer, L R Dekker
INTRODUCTION: Recurrence of atrial fibrillation after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) occurs frequently and may be associated with electrical reconnection of the pulmonary veins (PV). We investigated spatial distribution of electrical reconnection during re-do procedures in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation who had previous successful acute electrical PVI with either single irrigated tip, antral ablation (s-RF; n = 38) or multi-electrode, duty-cycled ablation (PVAC; n = 48)...
July 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
Francesca Tavano, Massimiliano Copetti, Ada Piepoli, Massimo Carella, Annamaria Gentile, Francesca Paola Burbaci, Andrea Fontana, Antonio De Bonis, Fabio Francesco di Mola, Pierluigi di Sebastiano, Angelo Andriulli
Adenocarcinomas of Vater's papilla (PVAC) may originate from either the pancreatic duct or the intestinal epithelium. Conflicting data have been reported about the frequency of the 2 anatomical entities and their influence on patients' prognosis. To ascertain the anatomical origin of PVAC in a family member of a Lynch syndrome kindred, we searched for microRNA (miRNA) expression profiles on resected tumor specimens. The support vector machine was trained on our previous miRNAs expression data sets of pancreatic and colorectal tissue samples and used to classify the site of origin of the tumor in our patient...
April 2016: Pancreas
Mélèze Hocini, Cathy Condie, Mark T Stewart, Nicole Kirchhof, Jason D Foell
BACKGROUND: Long-term clinical outcomes for atrial fibrillation ablation depend on the creation of durable transmural lesions during pulmonary vein isolation and on substrate modification. Focal conventional radiofrequency (RF) ablation studies have demonstrated that tissue temperature and power are important factors for lesion formation. However, the impact and predictability of temperature and power on contiguous, transmural lesion formation with a phased RF system has not been described...
July 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Kristina Wasmer, David Krüsemann, Patrick Leitz, Fatih Güner, Christian Pott, Stephan Zellerhoff, Dirk Dechering, Julia Köbe, Philipp S Lange, Lars Eckardt, Gerold Mönnig
BACKGROUND: Left atrial tachycardias (LAT) occur in about 5% of patients after irrigated-tip circumferential antral (CA) pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). They may cause debilitating symptoms in the patient and may be very difficult to treat. OBJECTIVE: To assess the incidence of LAT after PVI with the multielectrode phased-radiofrequency pulmonary vein ablation catheter (PVAC) compared to circumferential antral PVI with an irrigated-tip catheter. METHODS: We analyzed data from our ablation database...
August 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
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