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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921285/spatiotemporal-distribution-modeling-of-pet-tracer-uptake-in-solid-tumors
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Madjid Soltani, Mostafa Sefidgar, Hossein Bazmara, Michael E Casey, Rathan M Subramaniam, Richard L Wahl, Arman Rahmim
OBJECTIVE: Distribution of PET tracer uptake is elaborately modeled via a general equation used for solute transport modeling. This model can be used to incorporate various transport parameters of a solid tumor such as hydraulic conductivity of the microvessel wall, transvascular permeability as well as interstitial space parameters. This is especially significant because tracer delivery and drug delivery to solid tumors are determined by similar underlying tumor transport phenomena, and quantifying the former can enable enhanced prediction of the latter...
December 5, 2016: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921245/a-novel-method-for-preventing-surface-film-entrapment-of-water-fleas-and-its-application-for-toxicity-testing-with-heavy-metals
#2
Rongxue Cui, Jin Il Kwak, Youn-Joo An
Some water fleas such as Daphnia galeata and Bosmina longirostris are difficult to culture and use in ecotoxicity testing since they can easily become entrapped at the surface film. Cetyl alcohol was the most prevalent chemical used to prevent the entrapment of water fleas in previous studies. However, cetyl alcohol possesses a number of disadvantages including its toxicity and water insolubility. This study presents a novel method for preventing surface film entrapment of the water flea D. galeata and B. longirostris acute testing...
December 5, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921173/day-to-day-variations-in-the-amplitude-of-the-soil-temperature-cycle-and-impact-on-adult-eclosion-timing-of-the-onion-fly
#3
Kazuhiro Tanaka, Yasuhiko Watari
The onion fly Delia antiqua advances its eclosion timing with decreasing temperature amplitude to compensate for a depth-dependent phase delay of the zeitgeber. To elucidate whether or not naturally occurring day-to-day variations in the amplitude of soil temperature cycle disturb this compensatory response, we monitored daily variations in the temperature amplitude in natural soils and evaluated the impact on adult eclosion timing. Our results indicated that both median and variance of the soil temperature amplitude become smaller as depth increases...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920249/evaluating-the-impact-of-continuous-quality-improvement-methods-at-hospitals-in-tanzania-a-cluster-randomized-trial
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Yusuke Kamiya, Hisahiro Ishijma, Akiko Hagiwara, Shizu Takahashi, Henook A M Ngonyani, Eleuter Samky
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of implementing continuous quality improvement (CQI) methods on patient's experiences and satisfaction in Tanzania. DESIGN: Cluster-randomized trial, which randomly allocated district-level hospitals into treatment group and control group, was conducted. SETTING: Sixteen district-level hospitals in Kilimanjaro and Manyara regions of Tanzania. PARTICIPANTS: Outpatient exit surveys targeting totally 3292 individuals, 1688 in the treatment and 1604 in the control group, from 3 time-points between September 2011 and September 2012...
December 4, 2016: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919901/safety-and-pharmacokinetics-of-cd101-iv-a-novel-echinocandin-in-healthy-adults
#5
Taylor Sandison, Voon Ong, Jonathan Lee, Dirk Thye
CD101 IV is a novel echinocandin with distinctive pharmacokinetic properties that is being developed as a once-weekly treatment for candidemia and invasive candidiasis. CD101 has potent in vitro activity and in vivo efficacy against a broad range of Candida and Aspergillus species. The primary objective of two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-escalation studies in healthy adults was to determine the safety and tolerability of CD101 IV. Sequential cohorts of 8 subjects (n=6, active; n=2, placebo) were administered single (50, 100, 200, 400 mg) or multiple once-weekly (100 mg ×2, 200 mg ×2, 400 mg ×3) doses of CD101 IV infused over 1 hour...
December 5, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919873/managing-transitions-from-oral-factor-xa-inhibitors-to-unfractionated-heparin-infusions
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Andrew C Faust, Dave Kanyer, Ann K Wittkowsky
PURPOSE: Published evidence regarding the effects of oral factor Xa inhibitors on anticoagulation monitoring tests is reviewed with a focus on monitoring concerns that can arise during transitions to i.v. heparin therapy. SUMMARY: Assays that measure inhibition of factor Xa activity (i.e., anti-Xa assays) are widely used in U.S. institutions to monitor i.v. heparin therapy and, in some cases, for monitoring other types of anticoagulation therapy. Clinicians have raised concerns that the use of anti-Xa assays to monitor heparin levels in hospitalized patients who must be transitioned from oral factor Xa inhibitor therapy to i...
December 15, 2016: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919213/characteristics-and-performance-of-flurbiprofen-8-75-mg-spray-for-sore-throat
#7
David Veale, Adrian Shephard, Verity Adams, Charlotte Lidster
BACKGROUND: Sore throat sprays provide targeted relief by delivering the active ingredient directly to the site of pain. Although there are several throat sprays available, they vary with respect to the spray characteristics, thus affecting delivery of the active ingredient to the throat as well as more functional attributes of the product, which have the potential to impact compliance. OBJECTIVE: The characteristics and performance of flurbiprofen 8.75 mg sore throat spray were compared with 12 other sprays...
December 5, 2016: Current Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918990/effects-of-tripolyphosphate-on-cellular-uptake-and-rna-interference-efficiency-of-chitosan-based-nanoparticles-in-raw-264-7-macrophages
#8
Bo Xiao, Panpan Ma, Lijun Ma, Qiubing Chen, Xiaoying Si, Lewins Walter, Didier Merlin
Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) is a major pro-inflammatory cytokine that is mainly secreted by macrophages during inflammation. Here, we synthesized a series of N-(2-hydroxy)propyl-3-trimethyl ammonium chitosan chlorides (HTCCs), and then used a complex coacervation technique or tripolyphosphate (TPP)-assisted ionotropic gelation strategy to complex the HTCCs with TNF-α siRNA (siTNF) to form nanoparticles (NPs). The resultant NPs had a desirable particle size (210-279nm), a slightly positive zeta potential (14-22mV), and negligible cytotoxicity against Raw 264...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918668/the-influence-of-changes-in-acute-training-load-on-daily-sensitivity-of-morning-measured-fatigue-variables-in-elite-soccer-players
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Robin T Thorpe, Anthony J Strudwick, Martin Buchheit, Greg Atkinson, Barry Drust, Warren Gregson
PURPOSE: To determine the sensitivity of a range of potential fatigue measures to daily training load accumulated over the previous two, three and four days during a short in-season competitive period in elite senior soccer players (n=10). METHODS: Total high-speed running distance, perceived ratings of wellness (fatigue, muscle soreness, sleep quality), counter-movement jump height (CMJ), submaximal heart rate (HRex), post-exercise heart rate recovery (HRR) and heart rate variability (HRV: Ln rMSSD) were analysed during an in-season competitive period (17 days)...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918661/how-does-a-short-interrupted-recovery-break-affect-performance-and-how-is-it-assessed-a-study-on-acute-effects
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Maximilian Pelka, Alexander Ferrauti, Tim Meyer, Mark Pfeiffer, Michael Kellmann
A recovery process with optimal prerequisites, which is interrupted, is termed disrupted recovery. Whether this process has an influence on performance-related factors needs to be investigated. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine how a short disturbance of a recovery phase is assessed and whether subsequent repeated sprint performance is affected by it. A quasi-experimental 2x2-factors cross-over design with 34 sport science undergraduate students (age 20.3 ± 2.1) was applied. Factors were the type of intervention (power nap vs...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918448/secondary-structure-adopted-by-the-gly-gly-x-repetitive-regions-of-dragline-spider-silk
#11
Geoffrey M Gray, Arjan van der Vaart, Chengchen Guo, Justin Jones, David Onofrei, Brian R Cherry, Randolph V Lewis, Jeffery L Yarger, Gregory P Holland
Solid-state NMR and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are presented to help elucidate the molecular secondary structure of poly(Gly-Gly-X), which is one of the most common structural repetitive motifs found in orb-weaving dragline spider silk proteins. The combination of NMR and computational experiments provides insight into the molecular secondary structure of poly(Gly-Gly-X) segments and provides further support that these regions are disordered and primarily non-β-sheet. Furthermore, the combination of NMR and MD simulations illustrate the possibility for several secondary structural elements in the poly(Gly-Gly-X) regions of dragline silks, including β-turns, 310-helicies, and coil structures with a negligible population of α-helix observed...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918447/enhanced-antimicrobial-and-anticancer-activity-of-silver-and-gold-nanoparticles-synthesised-using-sargassum-incisifolium-aqueous-extracts
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Mokone Mmola, Marilize Le Roes-Hill, Kim Durrell, John J Bolton, Nicole Sibuyi, Mervin E Meyer, Denzil R Beukes, Edith Antunes
A detailed, methodical approach was used to synthesise silver and gold nanoparticles using two differently prepared aqueous extracts of the brown algae Sargassum incisifolium. The efficiency of the extracts in producing nanoparticles were compared to commercially available brown algal fucoidans, a major constituent of brown algal aqueous extracts. The nanoparticles were characterised using TEM, XRD and UV/Vis spectroscopy and zeta potential measurements. The rate of nanoparticle formation was assessed using UV/Vis spectroscopy and related to the size, shape and morphology of the nanoparticles as revealed by TEM...
December 2, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918291/approximate-analytical-solutions-to-the-double-stance-dynamics-of-the-lossy-spring-loaded-inverted-pendulum
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Mohammad Shahbazi, Uluç Saranlı, Robert Babuška, Gabriel A D Lopes
This paper introduces approximate time-domain solutions to the otherwise non-integrable double-stance dynamics of the 'bipedal' spring-loaded inverted pendulum (B-SLIP) in the presence of non-negligible damping. We first introduce an auxiliary system whose behavior under certain conditions is approximately equivalent to the B-SLIP in double-stance. Then, we derive approximate solutions to the dynamics of the new system following two different methods: (i) updated-momentum approach that can deal with both the lossy and lossless B-SLIP models, and (ii) perturbation-based approach following which we only derive a solution to the lossless case...
December 5, 2016: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918253/placental-growth-factor-alone-or-in-combination-with-soluble-fms-like-tyrosine-kinase-1-as-an-aid-to-the-assessment-of-women-with-suspected-pre-eclampsia-systematic-review-and-economic-analysis
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Geoff K Frampton, Jeremy Jones, Micah Rose, Liz Payne
BACKGROUND: Pre-eclampsia (PE) prediction based on blood pressure, presence of protein in the urine, symptoms and laboratory test abnormalities can result in false-positive diagnoses. This may lead to unnecessary antenatal admissions and preterm delivery. Blood tests that measure placental growth factor (PlGF) or the ratio of soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt-1) to PlGF could aid prediction of PE if either were added to routine clinical assessment or used as a replacement for proteinuria testing...
November 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917540/interaction-of-procarbazine-with-calf-thymus-dna-a-biophysical-and-molecular-docking-study
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Razique Anwer, Nazia Ahmad, Khalid I Al Qumaizi, Osama A Al Khamees, Waleed Mohammed Al Shaqha, Tasneem Fatma
Interaction of procarbazine (PCZ) with calf thymus DNA was studied using biophysical and molecular docking studies. Procarbazine was to interact with DNA with a binding constant of 6.52 × 10(3)  M(-1) as calculated using ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. To find out the binding mode, molecular docking was performed that predicted PCZ to interact with DNA through groove binding mode with binding affinity of -6.7 kcal/mole. To confirm the groove binding nature, different experiments were performed. Dye displacement assays confirmed the non-intercalative binding mode...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917407/microwave-heating-of-synthetic-skin-samples-for-potential-treatment-of-gout-using-the-metal-assisted-and-microwave-accelerated-decrystallization-technique
#16
Salih Toker, Zainab Boone-Kukoyi, Nishone Thompson, Hillary Ajifa, Travis Clement, Birol Ozturk, Kadir Aslan
Physical stability of synthetic skin samples during their exposure to microwave heating was investigated to demonstrate the use of the metal-assisted and microwave-accelerated decrystallization (MAMAD) technique for potential biomedical applications. In this regard, optical microscopy and temperature measurements were employed for the qualitative and quantitative assessment of damage to synthetic skin samples during 20 s intermittent microwave heating using a monomode microwave source (at 8 GHz, 2-20 W) up to 120 s...
November 30, 2016: ACS Omega
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916658/referenceless-one-dimensional-nyquist-ghost-correction-in-multicoil-single-shot-spatiotemporally-encoded-mri
#17
Ying Chen, Yupeng Liao, Lisha Yuan, Hui Liu, Seong Dae Yun, Nadim Joni Shah, Zhong Chen, Jianhui Zhong
Single-shot spatiotemporally encoded (SPEN) MRI is a novel fast imaging method capable of retaining the time efficiency of single-shot echo planar imaging (EPI) but with distortion artifacts significantly reduced. Akin to EPI, the phase inconsistencies between mismatched even and odd echoes also result in the so-called Nyquist ghosts. However, the characteristic of the SPEN signals provides the possibility of obtaining ghost-free images directly from even and odd echoes respectively, without acquiring additional reference scans...
December 1, 2016: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916471/the-efficacy-of-faropenem-for-patients-with-acute-cystitis-caused-by%C3%A2-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-escherichia-coli
#18
Keiko Fujino, Yoshiki Hiyama, Teruhisa Uehara, Koji Ichihara, Jiro Hashimoto, Satoshi Fujii, Masaaki Shinagawa, Satoshi Takahashi, Naoya Masumori
The number of patients with acute cystitis caused by extended spectrum β lactamase (ESBL)-producing Escherichia coli (E. coli) is increasing gradually. Although it is reported that ESBL-producing E. coli are sensitive to faropenem (FRPM), there are few clinical studies on the efficiency of FRPM against acute cystitis caused by the bacteria. Therefore, we retrospectively reviewed the medical charts of patients with acute cystitis caused by ESBL-producing E. coli who were treated with the oral antimicrobial agent faropenem (FRPM) in our institution from June 2011 to May 2015...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916128/a-paper-based-platform-with-a-pencil-drawn-dual-amperometric-detector-for-the-rapid-quantification-of-ortho-diphenols-in-extravirgin-olive-oil
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Nicolò Dossi, Rosanna Toniolo, Flavia Impellizzieri, Franco Tubaro, Gino Bontempelli, Fabio Terzi, Evandro Piccin
A simple, sensitive and fast responding device is described for the discrimination of hydrophilic ortho-diphenols, whose presence in abundant enough amounts is typical for extra virgin olive oils (EVOOs), from hydrophilic mono-phenols instead present in almost all vegetable oils. It consists of a dual electrode detector pencil-drawn at the end of a paper microfluidic channel, defined by hydrophobic barriers, where samples of these antioxidants, extracted from vegetable oils by a 80:20% v/v acetonitrile/water mixture, were applied...
January 15, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916121/development-of-an-indirect-elisa-for-the-determination-of-ethyl-carbamate-in-chinese-rice-wine
#20
Lin Luo, Hong-Tao Lei, Jin-Yi Yang, Gong-Liang Liu, Yuan-Ming Sun, Wei-Dong Bai, Hong Wang, Yu-Dong Shen, Sui Chen, Zhen-Lin Xu
The widespread occurrence of ethyl carbamate (EC, 89.09 Da), a group 2A carcinogen, in fermented foods and alcoholic beverages has raised worldwide public health concern. Immunoassay for EC is unavailable due to the simple and small structure of EC. In this work, an initial attempt to produce antibody specific for EC, by using 4-((ethoxycarbonyl)amino)butanoic acid as hapten, was made but failed. However, since EC can easily react with 9-xanthydrol to form xanthyl ethyl carbamate (XEC), two haptens based on XEC structure were designed and synthesized...
January 15, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
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