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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346217/the-possibility-of-multi-layer-nanofabrication-via-atomic-force-microscope-based-pulse-electrochemical-nanopatterning
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Uksu Kim, Noboru Morita, Deug Lee, Martin Jun, Jeong Woo Park
Pulse electrochemical nanopatterning (PECN), a non-contact scanning probe lithography (NC-SPL) process using ultrashort voltage pulses, is based primarily on an electrochemical machining (ECM) process using localized electrochemical oxidation between a sharp tool tip and the sample surface. In this study, nanoscale oxide patterns were formed on silicon Si (100) wafer surfaces via electrochemical surface nanopatterning, by supplying external pulsed currents through non-contact atomic force microscopy. Nanoscale oxide width and height were controlled by modulating the applied pulse duration...
March 27, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345688/a-vacuum-ultraviolet-laser-pulsed-field-ionization-photoion-study-of-methane-ch4-determination-of-the-appearance-energy-of-methylium-from-methane-with-unprecedented-precision-and-the-resulting-impact-on-the-bond-dissociation-energies-of-ch4-and-ch4
#2
Yih-Chung Chang, Bo Xiong, David H Bross, Branko Ruscic, C Y Ng
We report on the successful implementation of a high-resolution vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) laser pulsed field ionization-photoion (PFI-PI) detection method for the study of unimolecular dissociation of quantum-state- or energy-selected molecular ions. As a test case, we have determined the 0 K appearance energy (AE0) for the formation of methylium, CH3(+), from methane, CH4, as AE0(CH3(+)/CH4) = 14.32271 ± 0.00013 eV. This value has a significantly smaller error limit, but is otherwise consistent with previous laboratory and/or synchrotron-based studies of this dissociative photoionization onset...
March 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345460/coactivator-associated-arginine-methyltransferase-1-promotes-cell-growth-and-is-targeted-by-microrna-195-5p-in-human-colorectal-cancer
#3
Meifeng Zhang, Wei Wu, Ming Gao, Jie Zhang, Xinde Ding, Ronghua Zhu, Haiqun Chen, Zhewei Fei
The pathogenesis of colorectal cancer remains poorly understood. Here, we show that coactivator-associated arginine methyltransferase 1 is frequently upregulated in colorectal cancer tissues and promotes cell growth in vitro and in vivo. Using bioinformatics-based prediction and luciferase reporter system, we found that coactivator-associated arginine methyltransferase 1 is post-transcriptionally targeted by microRNA-195-5p in colorectal cancer. Ectopic expression of microRNA-195-5p led to the suppression of the coactivator-associated arginine methyltransferase 1 3'-untranslated regions activity and downregulation of the endogenous coactivator-associated arginine methyltransferase 1 protein in colorectal cancer cells...
March 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345350/boron-enhanced-growth-of-micron-length-carbon-based-nanowalls-a-route-towards-high-rates-electrochemical-biosensing
#4
Katarzyna Siuzdak, Mateusz Ficek, Michal Sobaszek, Jacek Ryl, Marcin Gnyba, Paweł Niedziałkowski, Natalia Malinowska, Jakub Karczewski, Robert Bogdanowicz
In this study we have demonstrated the fabrication of novel material called boron-doped carbon nanowalls (B:CNW) which is characterized by remarkable electrochemical properties like high standard rate constant k°, low peak to peak separation value (ΔE) for oxidation and reduction processes of [Fe(CN)6]3-/4- redox system and low surface resistivity. The B:CNW samples were deposited by the microwave plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition (CVD) using a gas mixture of H2:CH4:B2H6 and N2. Growth results in sharp edge, flat and long carbon nanowalls rich in sp2 as well as sp3 hybridized phases...
March 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344815/occupational-exposure-to-sharps-injury-among-healthcare-providers-in-ethiopia-regional-hospitals
#5
Nigussie Tadesse Sharew, Getaneh Baye Mulu, Tesfa Dejenie Habtewold, Kefyalew Dagne Gizachew
BACKGROUND: Sharps injury is a penetrating stab wound from a needle, scalpel, or another sharp object that may result in exposure to blood or other body fluids. According to World Health Organization pooled estimate, the annual incidence of sharps injury in Africa was ranged from 2.10 to 4.68 per person per year, but research data in Ethiopia is limited. The aim of the study was to investigate sharps injury prevalence and associated risk factors. METHODS: Institution based cross-sectional study was conducted with 200 healthcare providers (HCP) in Northeast Ethiopia...
2017: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344725/sensitive-and-predictable-separation-of-microfluidic-droplets-by-size-using-in-line-passive-filter
#6
Ruihua Ding, W Lloyd Ung, John A Heyman, David A Weitz
Active manipulation of droplets is crucial in droplet microfluidics. However, droplet polydispersity decreases the accuracy of active manipulation. We develop a microfluidic "droplet filter" that accurately separates droplets by size. The droplet filter has a sharp size cutoff and is capable of distinguishing droplets differing in volume by 20%. A simple model explains the behavior of the droplets as they pass through the filter. We show application of the filter in improving dielectric sorting efficiency.
January 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344468/high-performance-thin-layer-chromatography-based-assay-and-stress-study-of-a-rare-steroidal-alkaloid-solanopubamine-in-six-species-of-solanum-grown-in-saudi-arabia
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Nasir A Siddiqui, Mohammad K Parvez, Adnan J Al-Rehaily, Mohammed S Al Dosari, Perwez Alam, Faiyaz Shakeel, Hattan A Al Harbi
The present study describes a method developed for quantification and stability study of a rare steroidal alkaloid solanopubamine (SPN) in aerial parts of six different species of genus Solanum extracted with two different solvents. The Solanum species selected for investigation include S. schimperianum (SS), S. villosum (SV), S. coagulans (SC), S. glabratum (SG), S. incanum (SI) and S. nigrum (SN). The estimation of SPN was done by a validated high-performance thin layer chromatography method. The developed chromatographic system was found to give a sharp spot for solanopubamine at Rf  = 0...
February 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343347/bioanalysis-of-farnesyl-pyrophosphate-in-human-plasma-by-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-coupled-to-triple-quadrupole-tandem-mass-spectrometry-and-hybrid-quadrupole-orbitrap-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry
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Hiroshi Sugimoto, Mie Iguchi, Fumihiro Jinno
The isoprenoids farnesyl pyrophosphate (FPP) and geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate (GGPP) are pivotal intermediates for cholesterol homeostasis and cell signaling in the mevalonate pathway. We developed a sensitive and selective high-performance liquid chromatography tandem triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (LC-QQQ-MS) method for FPP in human plasma without the need for a derivatization process. We optimized the sample preparation procedure to extract FPP and (13)C5-FPP (as internal standard) from sample fluids using methanol...
March 25, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343212/suicide-case-with-multiple-injuries-with-sharp-objects
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Валентина В Черняк, Александр Е Девяткин, Галия М Мустафина, Артём Г Никифоров
The work of forensic - medical expert examination of the corpse at the place of its discovery and further research in the morgue often there are certain difficulties associated with the solution of a number of issues, including the establishment of a kind of death. Bringing the case demonstrates that, during the initial examination of the corpse to the place of its discovery the presence of multiple injuries on the body of a different nature, as a rule, initially suggest investigators to suspect that the murder occurred...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342963/new-insights-into-cellular-cholesterol-acquisition-promoter-analysis-of-human-hmgcr-and-sqle-two-key-control-enzymes-in-cholesterol-synthesis
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Vicky Howe, Laura J Sharpe, Anika V Prabhu, Andrew J Brown
BACKGROUND: The two control points of cholesterol synthesis, 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase (HMGCR) and squalene monooxygenase (SQLE) are known targets of the transcription factor sterol-regulatory element binding protein-2 (SREBP-2). Yet the location of the sterol-regulatory elements (SREs) and cofactor binding sites, nuclear factor-Y (NF-Y) and specificity protein 1 (Sp1), have not been satisfactorily mapped in the human SQLE promoter, or at all in the human HMGCR promoter...
March 22, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342942/the-nature-of-early-astroglial-protection-fast-activation-and-signaling
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REVIEW
Julianna Kardos, László Héja, Katalin Jemnitz, Richárd Kovács, Miklós Palkovits
Our present review is focusing on the uniqueness of balanced astroglial signaling. The balance of excitatory and inhibitory signaling within the CNS is mainly determined by sharp synaptic transients of excitatory glutamate (Glu) and inhibitory γ-aminobutyrate (GABA) acting on the sub-second timescale. Astroglia is involved in excitatory chemical transmission by taking up i) Glu through neurotransmitter-sodium transporters, ii) K(+) released due to presynaptic action potential generation, and iii) water keeping osmotic pressure...
March 22, 2017: Progress in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342721/four-year-follow-up-of-the-changes-in-anterior-segment-after-phakic-collamer-lens-icl-implantation
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Yuanyuan Lu, Na Yang, Xuedong Li, Jun Kong
PURPOSE: To assess the changes and relationship in central vaulting, flare intensity and crystalline lens thickness during a follow-up period of 4 years after Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) implantation in eyes with high myopia. DESIGN: Retrospective observational study. METHODS: 98 eyes of 50 patients were followed up with routine measurements of central vaulting, crystalline lens thickness, endothelial cell density and aqueous flare postoperatively...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341973/counting-the-cost-of-cancer-out-of-pocket-payments-made-by-colorectal-cancer-survivors
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Alan Ó Céilleachair, Paul Hanly, Máiréad Skally, Eamonn O'Leary, Ciaran O'Neill, Patricia Fitzpatrick, Kanika Kapur, Anthony Staines, Linda Sharp
PURPOSE: Cancer places a significant cost burden on health services. There is increasing recognition that cancer also imposes a financial and economic burden on patients but this has rarely been quantified outside North America. We investigate out-of-pocket costs (OOPCs) incurred by colorectal (CRC) survivors in Ireland. METHODS: CRC survivors (ICD10 C18-20) diagnosed 6-30 months previously were identified from the National Cancer Registry Ireland and invited to complete a postal questionnaire...
March 24, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341596/application-of-an-nlme-stochastic-deconvolution-approach-to-level-a-ivivc-modeling
#14
Maziar Kakhi, Sandra Suarez-Sharp, Terry Shepard, Jason Chittenden
Stochastic deconvolution is a parameter estimation method that calculates drug absorption using a non-linear mixed effects model in which the random effects associated with absorption represent a Wiener process. The present work compares, 1) stochastic deconvolution, and 2) numerical deconvolution, using clinical pharmacokinetic data generated for an IVIVC study of extended release (ER) formulations of a BCS class III drug substance. The preliminary analysis found that numerical and stochastic deconvolution yielded superimposable fraction absorbed (Fabs) versus time profiles when supplied with exactly the same externally-determined unit impulse response parameters...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341543/long-term-prognostic-impact-of-the-great-east-japan-earthquake-in-patients-with-cardiovascular-disease-report-from-the-chart-2-study
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Satoshi Miyata, Yasuhiko Sakata, Masanobu Miura, Takeshi Yamauchi, Takeo Onose, Kanako Tsuji, Ruri Abe, Takuya Oikawa, Shintaro Kasahara, Masayuki Sato, Kotaro Nochioka, Takashi Shiroto, Jun Takahashi, Hiroaki Shimokawa
BACKGROUND: We and others have previously reported that the Great East Japan Earthquake (GEJE) caused a significant but transient increase in cardiovascular diseases and deaths in the disaster area. However, it remains to be examined whether the GEJE had a long-term prognostic influence in large-scale cohort studies. This point is important when analyzing the data before and after the GEJE in the cohort studies in the disaster area. METHODS: We examined 8676 patients registered in our Chronic Heart Failure Analysis and Registry in the Tohoku District-2 (CHART-2) Study (N=10,219) between 2006 and 2010 and were alive after March 10, 2011...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341407/comparison-of-endoscopic-laser-therapy-and-self-expanding-metal-stents-for-palliation-in-patients-with-non-resectable-oesophageal-carcinoma
#16
R J Drummond, D G Vass, K Robertson, C Sharp, S Gibson
BACKGROUND: There are currently limited data on the comparative success of endoscopic laser therapy (NLT) and self expanding metal stents (SEMS) as palliative measures in patients with non-resectable oesophageal cancer. This study aims to assess and compare the outcomes of these methods of endoscopic palliation. METHODS: Patients with non-curative oesophageal/gastro-oesophageal cancers with dysphagia were identified prospectively and consented to swallow assessment and follow-up...
March 21, 2017: Surgeon: Journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340338/a-phase-separation-model-for-transcriptional-control
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REVIEW
Denes Hnisz, Krishna Shrinivas, Richard A Young, Arup K Chakraborty, Phillip A Sharp
Phase-separated multi-molecular assemblies provide a general regulatory mechanism to compartmentalize biochemical reactions within cells. We propose that a phase separation model explains established and recently described features of transcriptional control. These features include the formation of super-enhancers, the sensitivity of super-enhancers to perturbation, the transcriptional bursting patterns of enhancers, and the ability of an enhancer to produce simultaneous activation at multiple genes. This model provides a conceptual framework to further explore principles of gene control in mammals...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340008/pre-treatment-interleukin-6-levels-strongly-affect-bone-erosion-progression-and-repair-detected-by-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
#18
Yasushi Kondo, Yuko Kaneko, Hiroaki Sugiura, Shunsuke Matsumoto, Naoshi Nishina, Masataka Kuwana, Masahiro Jinzaki, Tsutomu Takeuchi
Objective.: To examine the relationship between MRI structural damage and repair and plasma inflammatory cytokines in patients with RA. Methods.: A total of 88 newly diagnosed, untreated RA patients were enrolled. Contrast MRI of the dominant hand and X-rays of the hands and feet were performed at baseline and 1 year later. MR images were evaluated using RA MRI scoring, and X-ray. were assessed by the modified total Sharp score. Erosion progression was defined as changes in RA MRI scoring erosion or modified total Sharp score erosion of >0...
March 8, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339738/a-multi-biomarker-score-measuring-disease-activity-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-tapering-adalimumab-or-etanercept-predictive-value-for-clinical-and-radiographic-outcomes
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Chantal A M Bouman, Aatke van der Maas, Noortje van Herwaarden, Eric H Sasso, Frank H J van den Hoogen, Alfons A den Broeder
Objective.: The aim was to evaluate the predictive value of the baseline multi-biomarker disease activity (MBDA) score in long-standing RA patients with low disease activity tapering TNF inhibitors (TNFi) for successful tapering or discontinuation, occurrence of flare and major flare, and radiographic progression. Methods.: Dose REduction Strategies of Subcutaneous TNF inhibitors (Dutch Trial Register, NTR 3216) is an 18-month non-inferiority randomized controlled trial comparing tapering of TNFi until discontinuation or flaring with usual care (UC) in long-standing RA patients with stable low disease activity...
February 22, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339448/efficacious-dorsal-root-ganglion-stimulation-for-painful-small-fiber-neuropathy-a-case-report
#20
Paolo Maino, Eva Koetsier, Alain Kaelin-Lang, Claudio Gobbi, Roberto Perez
Small fiber neuropathy is a disorder of the peripheral nerves with typical symptoms of burning, sharp, and shooting pain and sensory disturbances in the feet. Pain treatment depends principally on the underlying etiology with concurrent administration of antidepressants, anticonvulsants, opioids, and topical treatments like capsaicin and local anesthetics. However, treatments for pain relief in these patients frequently fail. We describe the first case of intractable painful small fiber neuropathy of the foot successfully treated with spinal cord stimulation of the left L5 dorsal root ganglion...
March 2017: Pain Physician
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