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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447452/a-single-usage-of-a-kitchen-degreaser-can-alter-indoor-aerosol-composition-for-days
#1
Jaroslav Schwarz, Otakar Makeš, Jakub Ondráček, Michael Cusack, Nicholas Talbot, Petr Vodička, Lucie Kubelova, Vladimir Zdimal
To the best of our knowledge, this study represents the first observation of multi-day persistence of an indoor aerosol transformation linked to a kitchen degreaser containing mono-ethanol amine (MEA). MEA remaining on the cleaned surfaces and on a wiping paper towel in a trash can was able to transform ammonium sulfate and ammonium nitrate into (MEA)2SO4 and (MEA)NO3. This influence persisted for at least 60 hours despite a high average ventilation rate. The influence was observed using both offline (filters, impactors, and ion chromatography analysis) and online (compact time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometer) techniques...
April 27, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438071/time-to-re-evaluate-art-protocols-in-the-light-of-advances-in-knowledge-about-methylation-and-epigenetics-an-opinion-paper
#2
Yves Menezo, Brian Dale, Kay Elder
DNA methylation is a biochemical process that modifies gene expression without changing the underlying DNA sequence, and this represents the molecular basis for imprinting and epigenetics. Recent reports have revealed alterations in DNA methylation profiles in the placenta of babies born from assisted reproductive technologies (ART). This supports several previous observations that suggested an increase in the prevalence of imprinting diseases following ART treatment, and also fits our observations regarding the metabolism and requirements of early human embryos...
April 25, 2017: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431151/dietary-choline-and-phospholipid-supplementation-enhanced-docosahexaenoic-acid-enrichment-in-egg-yolk-of-laying-hens-fed-a-2-schizochytrium-powder-added-diet
#3
H Wang, H J Zhang, X C Wang, S G Wu, J Wang, L Xu, G H Qi
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of dietary phospholipid supplementation on laying hen performance, egg quality, and the fatty acid profile of egg yolks from hens fed a 2% Schizochytrium powder diet. Three-hundred-sixty 28-wk-old Hy-line W-36 laying hens were randomly allocated to one of the 5 dietary treatments, each treatment with 6 replicates of 12 birds each. All diets included 2% Schizochytrium powder (docosahexaenoic acid [DHA], 137.09 mg/g). The control group was not supplemented with any additional phospholipids, whereas the other 4 experimental diets were supplemented with 1,000 mg/kg choline (CHO), 1,000 mg/kg monoethanolamine (MEA), 1,000 mg/kg lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC), or 500 mg/kg LPC + 500 mg/kg MEA (LPC + MEA)...
April 20, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423836/piloting-a-collaborative-web-based-system-for-testing-icd-11
#4
Marc Donada, Nenad Kostanjsek, Vincenzo Della Mea, Can Celik, Robert Jakob
BACKGROUND: The 11<sup>th</sup> revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), for the first time in ICD history, deployed web-based collaboration of experts and ICT tools. To ensure that ICD-11 is working well, it needs to be systematically field tested in different settings, across the world. This will be done by means of a number of experiments. In order to support its implementation, a web-based system (ICDfit) has been designed and developed. The present paper illustrates the current prototype of the system and its technical testing...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420990/managed-entry-agreements-for-oncology-drugs-lessons-from-the-european-experience-to-inform-the-future
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Kim Pauwels, Isabelle Huys, Sabine Vogler, Minne Casteels, Steven Simoens
Objectives: The aim of this study is to conduct an analysis on the regulation and application of managed entry agreements (MEA) for oncology drugs across different European countries. Methods: Literature search and document analysis were performed between September 2015 and June 2016 to collect information on the regulatory framework and practice of MEA in Belgium, The Netherlands, Scotland, England and Wales, Sweden, Italy, Czech Republic and France. An overview of the content and typology of MEA applied for oncology drugs between 2008 and 2015 was generated based on publically available sources and contributions by national health authorities...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411433/preparation-method-of-ni-pt-c-nanocatalyst-affects-the-performance-of-direct-borohydride-hydrogen-peroxide-fuel-cell-improved-power-density-and-increased-catalytic-oxidation-of-borohydride
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Mir Ghasem Hosseini, Raana Mahmoodi
The Ni@Pt/C electrocatalysts were synthesized using two different methods: with sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and without SDS. The metal loading in synthesized nanocatalysts was 20wt% and the molar ratio of Ni: Pt was 1:1. The structural characterizations of Ni@Pt/C electrocatalysts were investigated by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM)...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401983/using-confirmatory-factor-analysis-to-validate-the-chamberlin-affective-instrument-for-mathematical-problem-solving-with-academically-advanced-students
#7
Scott A Chamberlin, Alan D Moore, Kelly Parks
BACKGROUND: Student affect plays a considerable role in mathematical problem solving performance, yet is rarely formally assessed. In this manuscript, an instrument and its properties are discussed to enable educational psychologists the opportunity to assess student affect. AIMS: The study was conducted to norm the CAIMPS (instrument) with gifted students. In so doing, educational psychologists are informed of the process and the instrument's properties. SAMPLE: The sample was comprised of 160 middle-grade (7 and 8) students, identified as gifted, in the United States...
April 12, 2017: British Journal of Educational Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390968/inhibition-of-substance-p-induced-defensive-behavior-via-neurokinin-1-receptor-antagonism-in-the-central-and-medial-but-not-basolateral-nuclei-of-the-amygdala-in-male-wistar-rats
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G S Bassi, M C Carvalho, R C Almada, M L Brandão
RATIONALE: The production of unconditioned defensive behaviors has been related to the amygdala, a key component of the encephalic aversion system. Microinjection of the neuropeptide substance P (SP) in the amygdala elicits defensive behaviors via the activation of type 1 neurokinin (NK-1) receptors. However, no studies have investigated whether intra-amygdala SP/NK-1 mechanisms can elicit other types of defensive responses, such as antinociception and ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs)...
April 6, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387235/streptomyces-pactum-assisted-phytoremediation-in-zn-pb-smelter-contaminated-soil-of-feng-county-and-its-impact-on-enzymatic-activities
#9
Amjad Ali, Di Guo, Amanullah Mahar, Fang Ma, Ronghua Li, Feng Shen, Ping Wang, Zengqiang Zhang
Anthropogenic activities, such as industrial expansion, smelting, mining and agricultural practices, have intensified the discharge of potentially toxic trace elements (PTEs) into the environment, threatening human health and other organisms. To assist phytoremediation by sorghum in soil contaminated by smelters/mines in Feng County (FC), a pot experiment was performed to examine the phytoremediation potential of Streptomyces pactum (Act12) + biochar. The results showed that root uptake of Zn and Cd was reduced by 45 and 22%, respectively, while the uptake of Pb and Cu increased by 17 and 47%, respectively...
April 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377112/the-assessment-of-electrophysiological-activity-in-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-exposed-to-dimethyl-sulfoxide-and-ethanol-by-manual-patch-clamp-and-multi-electrode-array-system
#10
Soo-Wang Hyun, Bo-Ram Kim, Sung-Ae Hyun, Joung-Wook Seo
INTRODUCTION: Recently, electrophysiological activity has been effectively measured in human-induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) to predict drug-induced arrhythmia. Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and ethanol have been used as diluting agents in many experiments. However, the maximum DMSO and ethanol concentrations that can be effectively used in the measurement of electrophysiological parameters in hiPSC-CMs-based patch clamp and multi-electrode array (MEA) have not been fully elucidated...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371737/place-preferences-associated-with-pups-or-cocaine-change-the-expression-of-d2r-v1ar-and-otr-in-the-nacc-and-mea-and-the-levels-of-plasma-avp-ot-t-and-e2-in-mandarin-vole-fathers
#11
Qianqian Fang, Jianli Wang
Drug abuse often has negative impacts on parenting behavior. The dopamine (DA), arginine vasopressin (AVP) and oxytocin (OT) systems are involved in paternal behavior and drug-induced behaviors. Mandarin voles (Microtus mandarinus) are socially monogamous rodents with high levels of paternal behavior. The aims of this study were to examine the protein expression levels of the DA 2-type receptor (D2R), AVP receptor 1A(V1aR) and OT receptor (OTR) in the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) and medial amygdala (MeA) as well as the plasma hormone responses after mandarin vole fathers were conditioned with their pups or cocaine...
March 4, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348919/optimized-multiresidue-analysis-of-organic-contaminants-of-priority-concern-in-a-daily-consumed-fish-grass-carp
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Wei He, Yanru Chen, Chen Yang, Wenxiu Liu, Xiangzhen Kong, Ning Qin, Qishuang He, Fuliu Xu
The organic contaminants, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), are of priority concern because of their persistence, toxicity, and long-distance transportation in global environment. Their residues in a daily consumed fish (grass carp) pose potential threat to human health and aquatic ecosystems. The present study optimized an analytical protocol of microwave-assisted extraction (MAE), lip-removal by gel permeation chromatography (GPC), cleanup by solid phase cartridge (SC) or adsorption chromatography column (CC), and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS)...
2017: Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337912/nanostructured-nickel-cobalt-titanium-alloy-grown-on-titanium-substrate-as-efficient-electrocatalyst-for-alkaline-water-electrolysis
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Pandian Ganesan, Arumugam Sivanantham, Sangaraju Shanmugam
One of the important challenges in alkaline water electrolysis is to utilize a bifunctional catalyst for both hydrogen evolution (HER) and oxygen evolution (OER) reactions to increase the efficiency of water splitting devices for the long durable operations. Herein, nickel-cobalt-titanium (NCT) alloy is directly grown on a high corrosion resistance titanium foil by a simple, single, and rapid electrochemical deposition at room temperature. The electrocatalytic activity of NCT alloy electrodes is evaluated for both HER and OER in aqueous electrolyte...
March 30, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335275/methanol-tolerant-platinum-palladium-catalyst-supported-on-nitrogen-doped-carbon-nanofiber-for-high-concentration-direct-methanol-fuel-cells
#14
Jiyoung Kim, Jin-Sung Jang, Dong-Hyun Peck, Byungrok Lee, Seong-Ho Yoon, Doo-Hwan Jung
Pt-Pd catalyst supported on nitrogen-doped carbon nanofiber (N-CNF) was prepared and evaluated as a cathode electrode of the direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC). The N-CNF, which was directly synthesized by the catalytic chemical vapor deposition from acetonitrile at 640 °C, was verified as having a change of electrochemical surface properties such as oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activities and the electrochemical double layer compared with common carbon black (CB). To attain the competitive oxygen reduction reaction activity with methanol tolerance, the Pt and Pd metals were supported on the CB or the N-CNF...
August 15, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335260/a-label-free-microelectrode-array-based-on-one-step-synthesis-of-chitosan-multi-walled-carbon-nanotube-thionine-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-carcinoembryonic-antigen
#15
Huiren Xu, Yang Wang, Li Wang, Yilin Song, Jinping Luo, Xinxia Cai
Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) has been an extensively used tumor marker responsible for clinical early diagnosis of cervical carcinomas, and pancreatic, colorectal, gastric and lung cancer. Combined with micro-electro mechanical system (MEMS) technology, it is important to develop a novel immune microelectrode array (MEA) not only for rapid analysis of serum samples, but also for cell detection in vitro and in vivo. In this work, we depict a simple approach to modify chitosan-multi-walled carbon nanotubes-thionine (CS-MWCNTs-THI) hybrid film through one-step electrochemical deposition and the CS-MWCNTs-THI hybrid films are successfully employed to immobilize anti-CEA for fabricating simple, label-free, and highly sensitive electro-chemical immune MEAs...
July 11, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334223/is-bamm-flawed-theoretical-and-practical-concerns-in-the-analysis-of-multi-rate-diversification-models
#16
Daniel L Rabosky, Jonathan S Mitchell, Jonathan Chang
BAMM (Bayesian Analysis of Macroevolutionary Mixtures) is a statistical framework that uses reversible jump MCMC to infer complex macroevolutionary dynamics of diversification and phenotypic evolution on phylogenetic trees. A recent article by Moore and coauthors (MEA) reported a number of theoretical and practical concerns with BAMM. Major claims from MEA are that (1) BAMM's likelihood function is incorrect, because it does not account for unobserved rate shifts; (2) the posterior distribution on the number of rate shifts is overly sensitive to the prior; and (3) diversification rate estimates from BAMM are unreliable...
February 21, 2017: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329830/secondhand-smoke-prevalent-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-binary-mixture-induced-specific-mitogenic-and-pro-inflammatory-cell-signaling-events-in-lung-epithelial-cells
#17
Ross S Osgood, Brad L Upham, Pierre R Bushel, Kalpana Velmurugan, Ka-Na Xiong, Alison K Bauer
Low molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (LMW PAHs; < 206.3 g/mol) are prevalent and ubiquitous environmental contaminants, presenting a human health concern, and have not been as thoroughly studied as the high MW PAHs. LMW PAHs exert their pulmonary effects, in part, through P38-dependent and -independent mechanisms involving cell-cell communication and the production of pro-inflammatory mediators known to contribute to lung disease. Specifically, we determined the effects of two representative LMW PAHs, 1-methylanthracene (1-MeA) and fluoranthene (Flthn), individually and as a binary PAH mixture on the dysregulation of gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) and connexin 43 (Cx43), activation of mitogen activated protein kinases (MAPK), and induction of inflammatory mediators in a mouse non-tumorigenic alveolar type II cell line (C10)...
January 30, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324940/use-of-local-field-potentials-of-dissociated-cultures-grown-on-multi-electrode-arrays-for-pharmacological-assays
#18
G D C Mendis, E Morrisroe, C A Reid, S K Halgamuge, S Petrou
In vitro Multi-Electrode Arrays (MEA) are an extracellular recording technology that enables the analysis of networks of neurons in vitro. Neurons in culture exhibit a range of behavioral dynamics, which can be measured in terms of individual action potentials, network-wide synchronized firing and a host of other features that characterize network activity. MEA data analysis was historically focused on high frequency spike data forgoing the low frequency content of the signal. In this study, we use local field potentials, which are low frequency components of MEA signals, to differentiate between two types of antiepileptic drugs (p<;0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322793/temporal-relation-between-neural-activity-and-neurite-pruning-on-a-numerical-model-and-a-microchannel-device-with-micro-electrode-array
#19
Yohei Kondo, Yuichiro Yada, Tatsuya Haga, Yuzo Takayama, Takuya Isomura, Yasuhiko Jimbo, Osamu Fukayama, Takayuki Hoshino, Kunihiko Mabuchi
Synapse elimination and neurite pruning are essential processes for the formation of neuronal circuits. These regressive events depend on neural activity and occur in the early postnatal days known as the critical period, but what makes this temporal specificity is not well understood. One possibility is that the neural activities during the developmentally regulated shift of action of GABA inhibitory transmission lead to the critical period. Moreover, it has been reported that the shifting action of the inhibitory transmission on immature neurons overlaps with synapse elimination and neurite pruning and that increased inhibitory transmission by drug treatment could induce temporal shift of the critical period...
March 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322053/development-of-a-novel-lysosome-targeted-ruthenium-ii-complex-for-phosphorescence-time-gated-luminescence-assay-of-biothiols
#20
Quankun Gao, Wenzhu Zhang, Bo Song, Run Zhang, Weihua Guo, Jingli Yuan
Considering the important roles of biothiols in lysosomes of live organisms, and unique photophysical/photochemical properties of ruthenium(II) complexes, a novel ruthenium(II) complex, Ru-2, has been developed as a molecular probe for phosphorescence and time-gated luminescence assay of biothiols in human sera, live cells, and in vivo. Ru-2 is weakly luminescent due to the effective photoinduced electron transfer (PET) from Ru(II) luminophore to electron acceptor, 2,4-dinitrobenzene-sulfonyl (DNBS). In the presence of biothiols, such as glutathione (GSH), cysteine (Cys), and homocysteine (Hcy), the emission of Ru-2 solution was switched ON, as a result of the cleavage of quencher to form the product, Ru-1...
March 31, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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