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Darwin Ortiz, Amudhan Ponrajan, Juan Pablo Bonnet, Torbert Rocheford, Mario G Ferruzzi
Translation of the breeding efforts designed to biofortify maize (Z. mays) genotypes with higher levels of provitamin A carotenoid (pVAC) content for sub-Saharan Africa is dependent in part on the stability of carotenoids during post-harvest through industrial and in-home food processing operations. The purpose of this study was to simulate production of commercial milled products by determining the impact of dry-milling and extrusion processing on carotenoid stability in three higher pVAC maize genotypes (C17xDE3, Orange ISO, Hi27xCML328)...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Sabine Fredersdorf, Carolin Fenzl, Carsten Jungbauer, Stefan Weber, Christian von Bary, Alexander Dietl, Joachim Seegers, Lars S Maier, Ekrem Ücer
PURPOSE: Despite various techniques used in atrial fibrillation ablation, recurrence of atrial arrhythmias still constitutes a clinical problem. The aim of this study was to document the long-term outcomes of pulmonary vein isolation with a ring-shaped ablation catheter (PVAC). METHODS: All consecutive patients presenting with paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation (pxAF or perAF, respectively) treated with PVAC (first generation) were enrolled. After standard follow-up during the first year, all patients were contacted for long-term follow-up...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Yunna Song, Yuehai Li, Jihui Li, Yongshen Li, Shuai Niu, Ning Li
In the article, graphene oxide (GO) was prepared by flake graphite, nitric acid and peroxyacetic acid via the sonochemical method and characterized, and polyvinyl alcohol carbonate/GO composite (PVAC/GO composite) was synthesized by polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), dimethyl carbonate (DMC) and GO via the approach of transesterification in the case of ultrasonic-microwave synergistic effects and characterized, and three-dimensional PVAC/GO sponge (3D PVAC/GO sponge) was manufactured by PVAC/GO composite via the foaming approach and characterized, and the thermal stability and surface resistivity of 3D PVAC/GO sponge were investigated...
April 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Bruno Michel Ameduri, Rinaldo Poli, Vincent Ladmiral, Sanjib Banerjee, Antoine Debuigne, Christophe Detrembleur
An unprecedented level of control for the radical polymerization of vinylidene fluoride (VDF), yielding well-defined PVDF (at least up to 14,500 g/mol) with low dispersity (≤1.32), was achieved using organometallic mediated radical polymerization (OMRP) with an organocobalt compound as initiator. The high chain-end fidelity was demonstrated by the synthesis of PVDF- and PVAc-containing di-and tri-block copolymers. DFT calculations rationalize the equally efficient reactivation of the dormant species with both head and tail chain ends...
January 12, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
Yun Zhang, Bo Pang, Sen Yang, Wei Fang, Sheng Yang, Tong-Qi Yuan, Run-Cang Sun
Polyvinyl acetate emulsion adhesive has been widely used due to its good bonding performance and environmentally friendly properties. Indeed, the bonding performance can be further improved by copolymerizing with other monomers. In this study, the effect of the adjunction of redox initiator (hydrogen peroxide-tartaric acid, H₂O₂-TA) on the properties of the poly (vinyl acetate-butyl acrylate) (P (VAc-BA)) emulsion adhesive was investigated. With increasing dosage, the reaction became more complete and the obtained film was more compact, as identified via SEM...
January 8, 2018: Materials
Tommaso Mazza, Massimiliano Copetti, Daniele Capocefalo, Caterina Fusilli, Tommaso Biagini, Massimo Carella, Antonio De Bonis, Nicola Mastrodonato, Ada Piepoli, Valerio Pazienza, Evaristo Maiello, Fabio Francesco di Mola, Pierluigi di Sebastiano, Angelo Andriulli, Francesca Tavano
MiRNA expression abnormalities in adenocarcinoma arising from pancreatic ductal system (PDAC) and Vater's papilla (PVAC) could be associated with distinctive pathologic features and clinical cancer behaviours. Our previous miRNA expression profiling data on PDAC (n=9) and PVAC (n=4) were revaluated to define differences/similarities in miRNA expression patterns. Afterwards, in order to uncover target genes and core signalling pathways regulated by specific miRNAs in these two tumour entities, miRNA interaction networks were wired for each tumour entity, and experimentally validated target genes underwent pathways enrichment analysis...
December 1, 2017: Oncotarget
Avishag Laish-Farkash, Mahmoud Suleiman
Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) has become the mainstay of therapy for atrial fibrillation (AF) and one of the most frequently performed procedures in the cardiac electrophysiology laboratory. PVI by a single-tip radiofrequency (RF) ablation catheter remains a complex and time-consuming procedure, especially in centers with limited experience. In order to simplify the PVI procedure, to shorten it and reduce the complication rate, circular multi-electrode catheters were introduced for simultaneous mapping and ablation...
April 2017: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
Conn Sugihara, Steve Furniss, Jonathan Hyde, Michael Lewis, Neil Sulke
Aims: To investigate the effect of minimally invasive thoracoscopic surgical ablation and nMARQ irrigated multi-electrode phased radiofrequency (RF) ablation to treat paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) compared with PVAC multi-electrode phased RF ablation, with beat-to-beat device-derived Holter monitoring throughout the study duration. Methods and results: An investigator-initiated prospective trial of patients with paroxysmal AF randomized (1:1:1) to initial surgical, nMARQ or PVAC ablation...
October 30, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Yves De Greef, Edwin Ströker, Bruno Schwagten, Kaspars Kupics, Jeroen De Cocker, Gian-Battista Chierchia, Carlo de Asmundis, Dirk Stockman, Ian Buysschaert
Aims: To define predictors of complications of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) and compare safety between different ablation techniques. Methods and results: One thousand patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) (age 60 ± 10, 72% males, CHA2DS2-VASc score 1 ± 1) underwent PVI using various techniques: conventional PVI (CPVI) using mapping with irrigated point-per-point RF ablation (n = 576), multi-electrode RF ablation with the pulmonary vein ablation catheter (PVAC) (n = 272) or high density mesh ablator (HDMA) (n = 59) and cryoballoon (CB) ablation (n = 93)...
August 3, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
P Chapuis, P C Montgomery, F Anstotz, A Leong-Hoï, C Gauthier, J Baschnagel, G Reiter, G B McKenna, A Rubin
Glass formation and glassy behavior remain as the important areas of investigation in soft matter physics with many aspects which are still not completely understood, especially at the nanometer size-scale. In the present work, we show an extension of the "nanobubble inflation" method developed by O'Connell and McKenna [Rev. Sci. Instrum. 78, 013901 (2007)] which uses an interferometric method to measure the topography of a large array of 5 μm sized nanometer thick films subjected to constant inflation pressures during which the bubbles grow or creep with time...
September 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
Giovanni Rovaris, Paolo De Filippo, Francesco Laurenzi, Gabriele Zanotto, Nicola Bottoni, Mattia Pozzi, Fabrizio Giofrè, Piergiuseppe De Girolamo, Emanuela Visentin, Elena Piazzi, Paola Ferrari
PURPOSE: Complete pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is the best documented target for catheter ablation, and different technologies have shown comparable outcomes. The multielectrode phased-RF/duty cycled (PhRF/DC) pulmonary vein ablation catheter (PVAC) and its second generation (PVAC-GOLD) have shown promising clinical results in single and multicenter experiences. Our aim is to assess and compare the safety and efficacy in the real clinical practice among two generations of circular PhRF/DC catheters by performing PVI in patients suffering from recurrent atrial fibrillation (AF)...
December 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Christian Luebbert, Gabriele Sadowski
Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) are often dissolved in polymeric matrices to control the gastrointestinal dissolution and to stabilize the amorphous state of the API. During the pharmaceutical development of new formulations, stability studies via storage at certain temperature and relative humidity (RH) have to be carried out to verify the long-term thermodynamic stability of these formulations against unwanted recrystallization and moisture-induced amorphous-amorphous phase separation (MIAPS). This study focuses on predicting the MIAPS of API/polymer formulations at elevated RH...
September 1, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Elvis Cudjoe, Shaghayegh Khani, Amanda E Way, Michael J A Hore, Joao Maia, Stuart J Rowan
Inspired by the ability of the sea cucumber to (reversibly) increase the stiffness of its dermis upon exposure to a stimulus, we herein report a stimuli-responsive nanocomposite that can reversibly increase its stiffness upon exposure to warm water. Nanocomposites composed of cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) that are grafted with a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) polymer embedded within a poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) matrix show a dramatic increase in modulus, for example, from 1 to 350 MPa upon exposure to warm water, the hypothesis being that grafting the polymers from the CNCs disrupts the interactions between the nanofibers and minimizes the mechanical reinforcement of the film...
August 23, 2017: ACS Central Science
Mohammad Sabzi, Masoud Babaahmadi, Mohammadreza Rahnama
This work aimed to develop a facile and broadly applicable method for fabricating multistimuli responsive triple-shape memory polymers (SMPs). Hence, herein the SMPs were prepared through the simple physical blending of two commercially available biopolymers, poly(lactic acid) (PLA) and poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc), in the presence of robust and conductive graphene nanoplatelets. Interestingly, atomic force microscopy observations and thermal analyses revealed that the presence of nanofillers led to phase separation and appearance of two well-separated transition temperatures in the blend of these two miscible polymers...
July 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jianna Bao, Xiaojia Xue, Kai Li, Xiaohua Chang, Qing Xie, Chengtao Yu, Pengju Pan
Promoting the stereocomplexation ability of high-molecular-weight poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) and poly(d-lactic acid) (PDLA) is an efficient way to improve the thermal resistance of the resulting materials. Herein, we studied the competing crystallization kinetics, polymorphic crystalline structure, and lamellae structure of the PLLA/PDLA component in its miscible blends with poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) and proposed a method to improve the stereocomplexation ability of PLLA and PDLA through miscible blending with the other polymer...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Sanjib Banerjee, Vincent Ladmiral, Antoine Debuigne, Christophe Detrembleur, S M Wahidur Rahaman, Rinaldo Poli, Bruno Ameduri
Organometallic-mediated radical polymerization (OMRP) has given access to well-defined poly(vinyl acetate-alt-tert-butyl-2-trifluoromethacrylate)-b-poly(vinyl acetate) and poly(VAc-alt-MAF-TBE) copolymers composed of two electronically distinct monomers: vinyl acetate (VAc, donor, D) and tert-butyl-2-trifluoromethacrylate (MAF-TBE, acceptor, A), with low dispersity (≤1.24) and molar masses up to 57 000 g mol-1 . These copolymers have a precise 1:1 alternating structure over a wide range of comonomer feed compositions...
August 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
Fabio Dorfman, Cristiano Dietrich, Paulo Costa, Evandro Sbaraini, Rafael Abt, Dalmo Moreira, Cézar Mesas
Phased radiofrequency ablation with a single catheter technique, using a 9-electrode circumferential catheter, is a viable approach to pulmonary vein isolation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. However, creating effective transmural lesions with such technique, while avoiding serious complications like atrioesophageal fistula, can be difficult. This case illustrates a challenging scenario, where catheter maneuvers fail to allow safe radiofrequency delivery, due to esophageal temperature rise, despite extensive navigating maneuvers...
October 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
Víctor Taleon, Luke Mugode, Luisa Cabrera-Soto, Natalia Palacios-Rojas
Orange maize is being promoted as a source of provitamin A carotenoids (pVAC) in Zambia. Carotenoid retention in orange maize grains stored in metal silos, multilayer polyethylene and common woven bags, and maize meal packaged in single and multilayer polyethylene bags was evaluated. Significant differences in total pVAC retention were found between grain storage methods (48.1-57.2%) after 6months of storage. Total pVAC retention in hammer meal (73.1-73.5%) was higher than in breakfast meal (64.3-69.3%) after 4months of storage; however, no differences in pVAC retention were found between meal types when stored in single and multilayer polyethylene bags...
October 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
In Hyu Ryu, Yong Joo Kim, Yeon Sik Jung, Jong Sung Lim, Caroline A Ross, Jeong Gon Son
Block copolymers (BCPs) with a high Flory-Huggins interaction parameter (χ) can form well-defined sub-10 nm periodic structures and can be used as a template for fabrication of various functional nanostructures. However, the large difference of surface energy between the blocks commonly found in high-χ BCPs makes it challenging to stabilize a useful gyroid morphology in thin film form. Here, we used an interfacial-energy-tailored top-coat on a blended film of a polystyrene-block-polydimethylsiloxane (PS-b-PDMS) BCP and a low-molecular-weight PDMS homopolymer with a hydrophilic end functional group...
May 10, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Stefan G Spitzer, Patrick Leitz, Anke Langbein, Laszlo Karolyi, Frank Scharfe, Thomas Weinmann, Carola Rämmler, Christian Pott, Gerold Mönnig, Lars Eckardt
BACKGROUND: There is a lack of procedural and follow-up data on pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) with the second-generation pulmonary vein ablation catheter® (PVAC Gold) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). This study provides data on PVI procedures and 1-year follow-up results with PVAC Gold in patients with AF treated in clinical practice. METHODS AND RESULTS: Three hundred and eighty four patients with documented symptomatic paroxysmal (n=198) or persistent (n=186) AF were included in a non-randomized prospectively designed database...
April 12, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
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