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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213525/conformational-profiling-of-the-at1-angiotensin-ii-receptor-reflects-biased-agonism-g-protein-coupling-and-cellular-context
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Dominic Devost, Rory Sleno, Darlaine Petrin, Alice Zhang, Yuji Shinjo, Rakan Okde, Junken Aoki, Asuka Inoue, Terence E Hebert
Here, we report the design and use of GPCR-based biosensors to monitor ligand-mediated conformational changes in receptors in intact cells. These biosensors use Bioluminescence Resonance Energy Transfer (BRET) with Renilla luciferase (RlucII) as an energy donor, placed at the distal end of the receptor C-tail and the small fluorescent molecule FlAsH, as an energy acceptor, its binding site inserted at different positions throughout the intracellular loops and carboxy-terminal tail of the angiotensin II type I receptor (AT1R)...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212109/sustainable-exposure-prevention-through-innovative-detection-and-remediation-technologies-from-the-niehs-superfund-research-program
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Heather F Henry, William A Suk
Innovative devices and tools for exposure assessment and remediation play an integral role in preventing exposure to hazardous substances. New solutions for detecting and remediating organic, inorganic, and mixtures of contaminants can improve public health as a means of primary prevention. Using a public health prevention model, detection and remediation technologies contribute to primary prevention as tools to identify areas of high risk (e.g. contamination hotspots), to recognize hazards (bioassay tests), and to prevent exposure through contaminant cleanups...
February 17, 2017: Reviews on Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212099/high-density-high-radiance-%C3%AE-led-matrix-for-optogenetic-retinal-prostheses-and-planar-neural-stimulation
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Ahmed Soltan, Brian McGovern, Emmanuel Drakakis, Mark Neil, Pleun Maaskant, Mahbub Akhter, Jun Su Lee, Patrick Degenaar
Optical neuron stimulation arrays are important for both in-vitro biology and retinal prosthetic biomedical applications. Hence, in this work, we present an 8100 pixel high radiance photonic stimulator. The chip module vertically combines custom made gallium nitride μLEDs with a CMOS application specific integrated circuit. This is designed with active pixels to ensure random access and to allow continuous illumination of all required pixels. The μLEDs have been assembled on the chip using a solder ball flip-chip bonding technique which has allowed for reliable and repeatable manufacture...
February 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210442/a-portable-fiber-optic-raman-spectrometer-concept-for-evaluation-of-mineral-content-within-enamel-tissue
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Anna Akkus, Shan Yang, Renato Roperto, Hathem Mustafa, Sorin Teich, Ozan Akkus
BACKGROUND: Measurement of tooth enamel mineralization using a clinically viable method is essential since variation of mineralization may be used to monitor caries risk or in assessing the effectiveness of remineralization therapy. Fiber optic Raman systems are becoming more affordable and popular in context of biomedical applications. However, the applicability of fiber optic Raman systems for measurement of mineral content within enamel tissue has not been elucidated significantly in the prior literature...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208871/clinical-utility-of-fractional-exhaled-nitric-oxide-feno-as-a-biomarker-to-predict-severity-of-disease-and-response-to-inhaled-corticosteroid-ics-in-asthma-patients
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Revathy Neelamegan, Vinodkumar Saka, Kadhiravan Tamilarasu, Manju Rajaram, Sandhiya Selvarajan, Adithan Chandrasekaran
INTRODUCTION: Bronchial asthma is a common chronic inflammatory airway disease diagnosed and is based on symptomatic history and Pulmonary Function Tests (PFT). Fractional exhaled Nitric Oxide (FeNO) is exclusively a non-invasive biomarker of on-going eosinophilic airway inflammation which remains unpredictable only with PFTs. FeNO measurement is recommended in predicting asthma severity and Inhaled Corticosteroid (ICS) response but further research is required to understand its clinical utility and agreement with current recommendations in a specific population...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204998/discrimination-between-emboli-and-artifacts-for-outpatient-transcranial-doppler-ultrasound-data
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Blaise Kévin Guépié, Bruno Sciolla, Fabien Millioz, Marilys Almar, Philippe Delachartre
This paper addresses the detection of emboli in transcranial Doppler ultrasound data acquired from an original portable device. The challenge is the removal of several artifacts (motion and voice) intrinsically related to long-duration (up to 1 h 40 mn per patient) outpatient signals monitoring from this device, as well as high intensities due to the stochastic nature of blood flow. This paper proposes an adapted removal procedure. This firstly consists of reducing the background noise and detecting the blood flow in the time-frequency domain using a likelihood method for contour detection...
February 15, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199317/colorimetric-tests-for-diagnosis-of-filarial-infection-and-vector-surveillance-using-non-instrumented-nucleic-acid-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-nina-lamp
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Catherine B Poole, Zhiru Li, Andy Alhassan, Dylan Guelig, Steven Diesburg, Nathan A Tanner, Yinhua Zhang, Thomas C Evans, Paul LaBarre, Samuel Wanji, Robert A Burton, Clotilde K S Carlow
Accurate detection of filarial parasites in humans is essential for the implementation and evaluation of mass drug administration programs to control onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis. Determining the infection levels in vector populations is also important for assessing transmission, deciding when drug treatments may be terminated and for monitoring recrudescence. Immunological methods to detect infection in humans are available, however, cross-reactivity issues have been reported. Nucleic acid-based molecular assays offer high levels of specificity and sensitivity, and can be used to detect infection in both humans and vectors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199219/clinical-applications-of-near-infrared-diffuse-correlation-spectroscopy-and-tomography-for-tissue-blood-flow-monitoring-and-imaging
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Yu Shang, Ting Li, Guoqiang Yu
Near-infrared (NIR) light enables the deep tissue investigation of microvascular hemodynamics. Blood flow is one such available observable promoting a wealth of physiological insight both individually and in combination with other metrics. Diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS) and, to a lesser extent, diffuse correlation tomography (DCT), have received interest over the past two decades as noninvasive methods for tissue blood flow measurement and imaging. DCS employs coherent point-illumination NIR light to penetrate deep tissues and commonly uses avalanche photodiodes to detect temporal speckle fluctuations of the diffuse light in a single speckle area of tissue surface, which are sensitive to the motions of red blood cells in the microvasculature of the detected tissue volume...
February 15, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192917/simple-reagentless-quantification-of-total-bilirubin-in-blood-via-microfluidic-phototreatment-and-image-analysis
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Brandon L Thompson, Sarah L Wyckoff, Doris M Haverstick, James P Landers
Total bilirubin (T-Bil) is an important clinical diagnostic marker that is measured frequently by physicians to assist in the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of multiple medical conditions. The work demonstrated here utilizes the 48-year-old mechanism of phototherapy that is commonly implemented in the treatment of infants with exaggerated physiologic and pathologic jaundice but adapts it to the microfluidic level for the ultimate purpose of total bilirubin quantitation. After acquisition of a small volume of blood (<10 μL) and through subsequent separation (plasma + red blood cells), a 3 μL plasma sample was imaged by a portable scanner and analyzed through a custom algorithm for color intensity...
February 13, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181898/-placement-of-nasoenteral-feeding-tubes-by-nurses
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T H Mungroop, A Gerritsen, A Duflou, O R Busch, E M Mathus-Vliegen, M G Besselink
Electromagnetic-guided placement of nasoenteral feeding tubes by nurses is an alternative to endoscopic placement by gastroenterologists. During placement, the electromagnetic signal that is emitted by the tip of the guidewire enables visualisation of the position of the tube on a portable monitor. The procedure can be performed by a trained endoscopy nurse at the bedside of the patient. This could have logistic advantages, as the patient transport is not necessary and confirmation of the position of the tube by an abdominal X-ray is not required...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177565/the-impact-of-capnography-monitoring-among-children-and-adolescents-in-the-postanesthesia-care-unit-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Melissa L Langhan, Fang-Yong Li, J Lance Lichtor
BACKGROUND: Pulse oximetry does not reliably recognize respiratory depression, particularly in the presence of supplemental oxygen. Capnography frequently detects hypoventilation and apnea among children recovering from anesthesia. Although children are routinely monitored with capnography during anesthesia, reducing the rate of adverse events, it is not routinely used in the postanesthesia care unit (PACU), where patients remain at risk for respiratory depression. AIM: We hypothesized that children monitored with capnography would have more frequent staff interventions and fewer adverse events than children monitored with pulse oximetry alone...
February 8, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174110/cortical-and-cardiovascular-responses-to-acute-stressors-and-their-relations-with-psychological-distress
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Agostino Brugnera, Cristina Zarbo, Roberta Adorni, Giorgio A Tasca, Massimo Rabboni, Emi Bondi, Angelo Compare, Kaoru Sakatani
The purpose of this study was to assess the interrelation between cortical, cardiovascular, behavioural, and psychological responses to acute stressors in a large sample of healthy individuals. To date, there are only preliminary evidences for a significant association among these psychophysiological indexes during a stress task. 65 participants completed psychological questionnaires (Beck Depression Inventory and State-Trait Anxiety Inventory) and underwent a psychosocial math stress task, consisting of a control and an experimental (i...
February 4, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162801/characteristics-and-applications-of-small-portable-gaseous-air-pollution-monitors
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REVIEW
Grant R McKercher, Jennifer A Salmond, Jennifer K Vanos
BACKGROUND: Traditional approaches for measuring air quality based on fixed measurements are inadequate for personal exposure monitoring. To combat this issue, the use of small, portable gas-sensing air pollution monitoring technologies is increasing, with researchers and individuals employing portable and mobile methods to obtain more spatially and temporally representative air pollution data. However, many commercially available options are built for various applications and based on different technologies, assumptions, and limitations...
February 2, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162763/sedum-dominated-green-roofs-in-a-semi-arid-region-increase-co2-concentrations-during-the-dry-season
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Har'el Agra, Tamir Klein, Amiel Vasl, Hadar Shalom, Gyongyver Kadas, Leon Blaustein
Green roofs are expected to absorb and store carbon in plants and soils and thereby reduce the high CO2 concentration levels in big cities. Sedum species, which are succulent perennials, are commonly used in extensive green roofs due to their shallow root system and ability to withstand long water deficiencies. Here we examined CO2 fixation and emission rates for Mediterranean Sedum sediforme on green-roof experimental plots. During late winter to early spring, we monitored CO2 concentrations inside transparent tents placed over 1m(2) plots and followed gas exchange at the leaf level using a portable gas-exchange system...
February 2, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159104/how-cutting-edge-technologies-impact-the-design-of-electrochemical-bio-sensors-for-environmental-analysis-a-review
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REVIEW
Fabiana Arduini, Stefano Cinti, Viviana Scognamiglio, Danila Moscone, Giuseppe Palleschi
Through the years, scientists have developed cutting-edge technologies to make (bio)sensors more convenient for environmental analytical purposes. Technological advancements in the fields of material science, rational design, microfluidics, and sensor printing, have radically shaped biosensor technology, which is even more evident in the continuous development of sensing systems for the monitoring of hazardous chemicals. These efforts will be crucial in solving some of the problems constraining biosensors to reach real environmental applications, such as continuous analyses in field by means of multi-analyte portable devices...
March 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157939/remote-detection-of-rotating-machinery-with-a-portable-atomic-magnetometer
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Luca Marmugi, Lorenzo Gori, Sarah Hussain, Cameron Deans, Ferruccio Renzoni
We demonstrate remote detection of rotating machinery, using an atomic magnetometer at room temperature and in an unshielded environment. The system relies on the coupling of the AC magnetic signature of the target with the spin-polarized, precessing atomic vapor of a radio-frequency optical atomic magnetometer. The AC magnetic signatures of rotating equipment or electric motors appear as sidebands in the power spectrum of the atomic sensor, which can be tuned to avoid noisy bands that would otherwise hamper detection...
January 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153815/clinical-evaluation-of-the-measurement-performance-of-the-philips-health-watch-a-within-person-comparative-study
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Jos Hendrikx, Loes S Ruijs, Lieke Ge Cox, Paul Mc Lemmens, Erik Gp Schuijers, Annelies Hc Goris
BACKGROUND: Physical inactivity is an important modifiable risk factor for chronic diseases. A new wrist-worn heart rate and activity monitor has been developed for unobtrusive data collection to aid prevention and management of lifestyle-related chronic diseases by means of behavioral change programs. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to evaluate the performance of total energy expenditure and resting heart rate measures of the Philips health watch. Secondary objectives included the assessment of accuracy of other output parameters of the monitor: heart rate, respiration rate at rest, step count, and activity type recognition...
February 2, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153229/comparing-the-analytical-performances-of-micro-nir-and-ft-nir-spectrometers-in-the-evaluation-of-acerola-fruit-quality-using-pls-and-svm-regression-algorithms
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Cristina Malegori, Emanuel José Nascimento Marques, Sergio Tonetto de Freitas, Maria Fernanda Pimentel, Celio Pasquini, Ernestina Casiraghi
The main goal of this study was to investigate the analytical performances of a state-of-the-art device, one of the smallest dispersion NIR spectrometers on the market (MicroNIR 1700), making a critical comparison with a benchtop FT-NIR spectrometer in the evaluation of the prediction accuracy. In particular, the aim of this study was to estimate in a non-destructive manner, titratable acidity and ascorbic acid content in acerola fruit during ripening, in a view of direct applicability in field of this new miniaturised handheld device...
April 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148457/identification-of-technical-problems-affecting-performance-of-dusttrak-drx-aerosol-monitors
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Ioar Rivas, Mandana Mazaheri, Mar Viana, Teresa Moreno, Samuel Clifford, Congrong He, Oliver F Bischof, Vânia Martins, Cristina Reche, Andrés Alastuey, Mar Alvarez-Pedrerol, Jordi Sunyer, Lidia Morawska, Xavier Querol
The TSI DustTrak Aerosol Monitor is a portable real-time instrument widely used for particulate matter (PM) mass concentrations monitoring. The aim of this work is to report on issues that have arisen from the use of the latest generation models DustTrak DRX (8533 and 8534) in the BREATHE, UPTECH and IMPROVE projects that can compromise data quality. The main issue we encountered was the occurrence of sudden artefact jumps in PM concentration, which can involve an increase from a few to some hundreds of μg·m(-3)...
January 30, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147347/ph-response-and-tooth-surface-solubility-at-the-tooth-bacteria-interface
#20
Gen Mayanagi, Koei Igarashi, Jumpei Washio, Nobuhiro Takahashi
Evaluating the physiochemical processes at the tooth surface/bacteria interface is important for elucidating the etiology of dental caries. This study aimed to compare the mineral solubility and protein degradation of coronal enamel (CE) and root dentin (RD), and investigate the involvement of dissolved components in bacteria-induced pH changes using a model of tooth/bacteria interface. An experimental apparatus forming a well was made of polymethyl methacrylate, and a bovine tooth (CE or RD) specimen was fixed at the bottom of the well...
February 2, 2017: Caries Research
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