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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343129/nano-sized-molecularly-imprinted-polymer-for-selective-ultrasound-assisted-microextraction-of-pesticide-carbaryl-from-water-samples-spectrophotometric-determination
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A A Bazrafshan, M Ghaedi, Z Rafiee, S Hajati, A Ostovan
Ultrasound-assisted dispersive solid phase microextraction followed by UV-Vis spectrophotometry (UA-DSPME UV-Vis) was designed for the extraction and preconcentration of Carbaryl using nano-sized molecularly-imprinted polymer (MIP-NP). Nano-sized Carbaryl-imprinted polymer was characterized by scanning electron microscopy. A preliminary Plackett-Burman design was applied for screening. Subsequently, central composite design under response surface methodology was used to investigate and model the Carbaryl adsorption as response as well as to optimize this response versus variables such as Carbaryl MIP-NP mass, sonication time, temperature, eluent volume, pH and vortex time...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342698/targeted-exome-sequencing-and-chromosomal-microarray-for-the-molecular-diagnosis-of-nevoid-basal-cell-carcinoma-syndrome
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Yoshihiro Matsudate, Takuya Naruto, Yumiko Hayashi, Mitsuyoshi Minami, Mikiko Tohyama, Kenji Yokota, Daisuke Yamada, Issei Imoto, Yoshiaki Kubo
BACKGROUND: Nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome (NBCCS) is an autosomal dominant disorder mainly caused by heterozygous mutations of PTCH1. In addition to characteristic clinical features, detection of a mutation in causative genes is reliable for the diagnosis of NBCCS; however, no mutations have been identified in some patients using conventional methods. OBJECTIVE: To improve the method for the molecular diagnosis of NBCCS. METHODS: We performed targeted exome sequencing (TES) analysis using a multi-gene panel, including PTCH1, PTCH2, SUFU, and other sonic hedgehog signaling pathway-related genes, based on next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology in 8 cases in whom possible causative mutations were not detected by previously performed conventional analysis and 2 recent cases of NBCCS...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339315/identification-of-asymptomatic-prosthetic-joint-infection-microbiologic-and-operative-treatment-outcomes
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Przemysław L Bereza, Alicja Ekiel, Aleksandra Auguściak-Duma, Małgorzata Aptekorz, Iwona Wilk, Piotr Wojciechowski, Damian J Kusz, Gayane Martirosian
BACKGROUND: This prospective study investigated the role of mechanical and biological factors in aseptic implant loosening or presumed silent prosthetic joint infection (PJI). METHODS: Thirty-seven patients were investigated. Microbiologic and molecular methods were used to detect bacteria on the surface of the failed implants removed during revision arthroplasty. Histopathologic analysis was performed. The influence of body mass index (BMI) and various co-morbidities on implant failure also was determined...
March 24, 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337669/sonocatalysis-a-potential-sustainable-pathway-for-the-valorization-of-lignocellulosic-biomass-and-derivatives
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Ewelina Kuna, Ronan Behling, Sabine Valange, Gregory Chatel, Juan Carlos Colmenares
Lignocellulosic biomass represents a natural renewable chemical feedstock that can be used to produce high value-added chemicals and platform molecules. Nowadays, there are extensive studies on a variety of aspects concerning the valorization of lignocellulosic biomass into desirable products. Among the current technologies for biomass conversion some require extreme conditions along with high temperatures and pressures. Therefore, major technological innovations based on more economical and environmental methodologies are currently developed both in academic laboratories and in industry...
April 2017: Topics in Current Chemistry (Journal)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337620/date-palm-waste-derived-biochar-composites-with-silica-and-zeolite-synthesis-characterization-and-implication-for-carbon-stability-and-recalcitrant-potential
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Munir Ahmad, Mahtab Ahmad, Adel R A Usman, Abdullah S Al-Faraj, Adel Abduljabbar, Yong Sik Ok, Mohammad I Al-Wabel
Engineered organo-mineral composites were synthesized from date palm waste biochar and silica or zeolite via mechanochemical treatments. Date palm tree rachis (leaves) waste biomass was pre-treated with silica or zeolite minerals via ball milling and sonication prior to pyrolysis at 600 °C. The resultant organo-mineral composites and pristine materials were characterized using X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric-differential thermal (TG-DTA), Fourier transform infrared, scanning electron microscope analyses and surface area and porosity analyzer to investigate the variations in physiochemical and structural characteristics...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336201/a-facile-method-for-isolation-of-recombinant-human-apolipoprotein-a-i-from-e-coli
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Nikita Ikon, Jennifer Shearer, Jianfang Liu, Jesse J Tran, ShiBo Feng, Ayako Kamei, Jennifer A Beckstead, Robert S Kiss, Paul M Weers, Gang Ren, Robert O Ryan
Apolipoprotein (apo) A-I is the major protein component of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and plays key roles in the Reverse Cholesterol Transport pathway. In the past decade, reconstituted HDL (rHDL) has been employed as a therapeutic agent for treatment of atherosclerosis. The ability of rHDL to promote cholesterol efflux from peripheral cells has been documented to reduce the size of atherosclerotic plaque lesions. However, development of apoA-I rHDL-based therapeutics for human use requires a cost effective process to generate an apoA-I product that meets "Good Manufacturing Practice" standards...
March 20, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335347/the-dispersion-state-of-tangled-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes-affects-their-cytotoxicity
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Chika Kuroda, Hisao Haniu, Kumiko Ajima, Manabu Tanaka, Atsushi Sobajima, Haruka Ishida, Tamotsu Tsukahara, Yoshikazu Matsuda, Kaoru Aoki, Hiroyuki Kato, Naoto Saito
The medical applications of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have garnered much attention. However, evaluating the safety of CNTs remains difficult, and no consensus has been reached. Moreover, assessing the biosafety of multi-walled CNTs (MWCNTs), which can become tangled during manufacturing, is challenging because they do not readily disperse. We studied how the dispersion state of tangled MWCNTs affects their cytotoxicity, using three sonicators. Flotube 9110 (FT9110), tangled MWCNTs, were dispersed in two dispersants (fetal bovine serum and polysorbate 80) using a new type of sonicator (PR-1) and two conventional sonicators...
November 19, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335344/a-targeted-nanoprobe-based-on-carbon-nanotubes-natural-biopolymer-chitosan-composites
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Baoyan Wu, Na Zhao
A novel targeting theranostic nanoprobe based on single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs)-natural biopolymer chitosan composites was developed for cancer cell targeting imaging and fluorescence imaging-guided photodynamic therapy. First, chitosan was respectively conjugated with a tumor-homing molecule folic acid, or a photosensitizing drug pyropheophorbide a using a water-soluble carbodiimide coupling chemistry. Chitosan was fluorescently labeled by fluorescein isothiocyanate via the covalently linkage of the isothiocyanate group with the amino group...
November 17, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334757/perturbations-in-cell-signaling-elicit-early-cardiac-defects-in-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-ii
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Roberto Costa, Andrea Urbani, Marika Salvalaio, Stefania Bellesso, Domenico Cieri, Ilaria Zancan, Mirella Filocamo, Paolo Bonaldo, Ildiko Szabò, Rosella Tomanin, Enrico Moro
Morphogens release and activity can be negatively affected by an impaired glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) turnover and proteoglycans assembly in the extracellular matrix, leading to altered tissue morphogenesis. In this work, we show that loss of Iduronate-2-sulfatase (IDS) activity, affecting GAGs catabolism and responsible for a life-threatening valvulopathy in mucopolysaccharidosis type II (MPSII), triggers early Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) and Wnt/β-catenin signaling defects, leading to aberrant heart development and atrioventricular valve formation in a zebrafish model...
February 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334689/design-characterization-and-in-vitro-evaluation-of-linalool-loaded-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-as-potent-tool-in-cancer-therapy
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Boris Rodenak-Kladniew, German A Islan, Margarita G de Bravo, Nelson Durán, Guillermo R Castro
Linalool (LN) is a monoterpene found in essential oils of plants and herbs that produces multiple effects on the mevalonate pathway and interesting antiproliferative activity in cancer cells. However, due to its poor aqueous solubility, an efficient vehicle is needed to improve its administration and bioavailability in physiological media. LN encapsulation in solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) with different compositions was explored and in vitro tested in two cancer cell lines. SLN of myristyl myristate (MM), cetyl esters (SS) and cetyl palmitate (CP) were prepared by sonication in the presence of Pluronic(®)F68 as surfactant...
March 9, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333448/role-of-oxygen-functionalities-in-graphene-oxide-architectural-laminates-goal-sub-nanometer-spacing-and-water-transport
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Carlo Alberto Amadei, Andrea Montessori, Julian P Kadow, Sauro Succi, Chad David Vecitis
Active research in nanotechnology contemplates the use of nanomaterials for environmental engineering applications. However, a primary challenge is understanding the effects of nanomaterial properties on industrial device performance and translating unique nanoscale properties to the macroscale. One emerging example is graphene oxide (GO) membranes for separation processes. Thus, here we investigate how individual GO properties, in particular the GO chemistry, can impact GO membrane characteristics and water permeability...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332058/bilateral-axillo-breast-approach-robotic-thyroidectomy-baba-rt-does-not-interfere-with-breast-image-follow-up
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Hyeong Won Yu, Young Jun Chai, Hyungju Kwon, Su-Jin Kim, June Young Choi, Kyu Eun Lee
BACKGROUND: Bilateral axillo-breast approach robotic thyroidectomy (BABA RT) is frequently performed and has excellent cosmetic results. However, there has been concern that subcutaneous tunneling in construction of the operation field might interfere with subsequent breast imaging. In this study, we evaluated whether BABA RT interferes with breast imaging by evaluating serial perioperative results of mammography and ultrasonography. METHODS: We selected female patients who underwent BABA RT between 2008 and 2012, and who also had mammography or ultrasonography pre- and postoperatively, and compared the results of pre- and postoperative imaging...
March 22, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331815/measuring-e-coli-and-bacteriophage-dna-in-cell-sonicates-to-evaluate-the-cal1-reaction-as-a-synthetic-biology-standard-for-qpcr
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Alexander Templar, Desmond M Schofield, Darren N Nesbeth
We measured the impact of the presence of total Escherichia coli (E. coli) cellular material on the performance of the Linear Regression of Efficiency (LRE) method of absolute quantitative PCR (LRE qPCR), which features the putatively universal CAL1 calibration reaction, which we propose as a synthetic biology standard. We firstly used a qPCR reaction in which a sequence present in the lone genomic BirA locus is amplified. Amplification efficiency for this reaction, a key metric for many quantitative qPCR methods, was inhibited by cellular material from bioreactor cultivation to a greater extent than material from shake flask cultivation...
March 2017: Biomolecular Detection and Quantification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330270/expression-and-purification-of-a-gene-encoding-a-9-7%C3%A2-kda-pe-protein-of-mycobacterium-avium-subsp-paratuberculosis
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S Chandra Sekar, P P Goswami, R Deb
Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (Map) contains PE family antigens which are Proline and glutamic acid rich and may play important role as T-cell antigens. In the present study, the Map 1507 ORF encoding 9.7 kDa PE protein was amplified by polymerase chain reaction and cloned into E. coli vector pQE30 UA. The recombinant plasmid designated as pQ PE was transformed into E. coli M15 cells and induced with IPTG revealed the high level expression of 11.9 kDa His-fusion protein as estimated by migration in 15 % sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE)...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329259/evaluation-of-modified-2-tiered-serodiagnostic-testing-algorithms-for-early-lyme-disease
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John A Branda, Klemen Strle, Lise E Nigrovic, Paul M Lantos, Timothy J Lepore, Nitin S Damle, Mary Jane Ferraro, Allen C Steere
Background.: The conventional 2-tiered serologic testing protocol for Lyme disease (LD), an enzyme immunoassay (EIA) followed by immunoglobulin M and immunoglobulin G Western blots, performs well in late-stage LD but is insensitive in patients with erythema migrans (EM), the most common manifestation of the illness. Western blots are also complex, difficult to interpret, and relatively expensive. In an effort to improve test performance and simplify testing in early LD, we evaluated several modified 2-tiered testing (MTTT) protocols, which use 2 assays designed as first-tier tests sequentially, without the need of Western blots...
January 27, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328109/a-cohort-study-of-gorlin-syndrome-with-emphasis-on-standardised-phenotyping-and-quality-of-life-assessment
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Aamira J Huq, Michael Bogwitz, Alexandra Gorelik, Ingrid M Winship, Susan M White, Alison H Trainer
BACKGROUND: Gorlin syndrome (Nevoid Basal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome) is a rare genetic predisposition to basal cell carcinomas (BCCs), keratocysts of the jaw and calcification of the falx cerebri amongst other clinical features. With the advent of sonic hedgehog inhibitors for the treatment of BCCs, it is timely to establish a cohort of individuals with Gorlin syndrome and collect standardised phenotypic information on these individuals. Moreover, the health-related quality of life (QoL) in individuals with Gorlin syndrome is not well studied...
March 22, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326666/from-millimeter-to-subnanometer-vapor-solid-deposition-of-carbon-nitride-hierarchical-nanostructures-directed-by-supramolecular-assembly
#17
Jingsan Xu, Hong Wang, Chao Zhang, Xiaofei Yang, Shaowen Cao, Jiaguo Yu, Menny Shalom
Shape and nanostructure control has great potential to enable graphitic carbon nitride (C3 N4 ) structures with new properties and functionalities. In this work, a new type of hierarchically structured nanoporous C3 N4 is introduced. The C3 N4 exhibits unique, edelweiss-like morphology, with components ranging from millimeter-sized bunches to subnanometer-thick layers. A one-step vapor-solid deposition approach using supramolecular aggregates as the precursor is carried out to accomplish the growth. Supramolecular pre-association plays a crucial role in achieving this nanostructure by directing the vaporization and deposition processes...
March 22, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325652/effect-of-ultrasound-on-silver-electrodeposition-crystalline-structure-modification
#18
Aymeric Nevers, Loïc Hallez, Francis Touyeras, Jean-Yves Hihn
An attractive possibility for influencing microstructures of electrodeposited coatings, and therefore their properties such as hardness, brightness etc. resides in the use of ultrasound. This method is particularly competitive as it may result in a reduction of chemical use, or even in the complete suppression of chemicals. This paper deals with silver coatings depending strongly on current density, with two main categories identified by X-ray diffraction: one poorly structured and the other following the [110] orientation...
February 27, 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325042/enhanced-endosomal-escape-by-light-fueled-liquid-metal-transformer
#19
Yue Lu, Yiliang Lin, Zhaowei Chen, Quanyin Hu, Yang Liu, Shuangjiang Yu, Wei Gao, Michael D Dickey, Zhen Gu
Effective endosomal escape remains as the "holy grail" for endocytosis-based intracellular drug delivery. To date, most of the endosomal escape strategies rely on small molecules, cationic polymers, or pore-forming proteins, which are often limited by the systemic toxicity and lack of specificity. We describe here a light-fueled liquid-metal transformer for effective endosomal escape-facilitated cargo delivery via a chemical-mechanical process. The nanoscale transformer can be prepared by a simple approach of sonicating a low-toxicity liquid-metal...
March 22, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321490/c-reactive-protein-may-misdiagnose-prosthetic-joint-infections-particularly-chronic-and-low-grade-infections
#20
Daniel Pérez-Prieto, María E Portillo, Lluís Puig-Verdié, Albert Alier, Santos Martínez, Lluisa Sorlí, Juan P Horcajada, Joan C Monllau
BACKGROUND: Periprosthetic tissue cultures, sonication and synovial fluid cultures remain the gold standard for prosthetic joint infection (PJI) diagnosis. However, some 15-20% culture-negative PJI are still reported. Therefore, there is the need for other diagnostic criteria. One point of concern relative to the different definitions of PJI is as to the inclusion of the c-reactive protein (CRP) and the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) as diagnostic criteria for PJI despite them being non-specific inflammatory blood tests...
March 21, 2017: International Orthopaedics
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