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Yanjun Wan, Xuchun Zheng, Cheng Ma
A novel strategy to generate functionalized 1-azatriene intermediates for 6π electrocyclizations was developed by using readily accessible dienyne-imides and various terminal olefins under Pd(II) catalysis. Taking advantage of the sequential cooperation between preloaded and incorporated functional handles at 1,3-dien-5-yne skeletons, this protocol not only enables the selective generation of putative 1-azatrienes but significantly accelerates their thermal 6π-electrocyclic ring closure processes to a series of highly substituted furo[2,3-b]dihydropyridine derivatives in good yields...
March 13, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
Holger Zipprich, Florian Rathe, Sören Pinz, Luca Schlotmann, Hans-Christoph Lauer, Christoph Ratka
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of tightening torque, screw head angle, and thread number on the preload force of abutment screws. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The test specimens consisted of three self-manufactured components (ie, a thread sleeve serving as an implant analog, an abutment analog, and an abutment screw). The abutment screws were fabricated with metric M1.6 external threads. The thread number varied between one and seven threads...
March 2018: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
Sung-Yong Cho, Yun-Hyuk Huh, Chan-Jin Park, Lee-Ra Cho
PURPOSE: To investigate the stress distribution in an implant-abutment complex with a preloaded abutment screw by comparing implant-abutment engagement features using three-dimensional finite element analysis (FEA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: For FEA modeling, two implants-one with a single (S) engagement system and the other with a double (D) engagement system-were placed in the human mandibular molar region. Two types of abutments (hexagonal, conical) were connected to the implants...
March 2018: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
Mohsen Bakouri
In this study, the physiological control algorithm using sliding mode control method is implemented to track the reference input signal. The controller is developed using feed-forward part, reference model, and steady-state flow estimator. The proposed control method is evaluated using a dynamic heart-pump interaction model incorporating descriptions of the cardiovascular system - rotary blood pump. The immediate response of the controller to preload as well as afterload was studied. Stability and feasibility of the control system were demonstrated through the tests...
April 2018: IET Systems Biology
Alessandro Satriano, Edward J Vigmond, David S Schwartzman, Elena S Di Martino
Mechanical stretch plays a major role in modulating atrial function, being responsible for beat-by-beat responses to changes in chamber preload, enabling a prompt regulation of cardiac function. Mechano-electric coupling (MEC) operates through many mechanisms and has many targets, making it experimentally difficult to isolate causes and effects especially under sinus conditions where effects are more transient and subtle. Therefore, modelling is a powerful tool to help understand the role of MEC with respect to the atrial electromechanical interaction...
February 21, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
Olivier Gach, Astrid Nyssen, Charles Pirlet, Julien Magne, Cécile Oury, Patrizio Lancellotti
AIMS: Preload with clopidogrel, ticagrelor, or prasugrel in the setting of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) treated by primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is frequently applied. Limited data are available regarding the outcome impact of pretreatment with these drugs in the real world. METHODS AND RESULTS: The outcome of 760 STEMI patients treated by primary PCI receiving clopidogrel, prasugrel, or ticagrelor (n = 269, 327, 164, respectively) was evaluated...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Michael Gottlieb, Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
INTRODUCTION: Aortic stenosis is a common condition among older adults that can be associated with dangerous outcomes, due to both the disease itself and its influence on other conditions. OBJECTIVE: This review provides an evidence-based summary of the current emergency department (ED) evaluation and management of aortic stenosis. DISCUSSION: Aortic stenosis refers to significant narrowing of the aortic valve and can be caused by calcific disease, congenital causes, or rheumatic valvular disease...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Kimberly R Warren, Heidi J Wehring, Fang Liu, Robert P McMahon, Shuo Chen, Charlene Chester, Deanna L Kelly
Overweight and obesity in schizophrenia are prevalent, affecting half to three-quarters of people with schizophrenia. Hyperphagia and increased meal size have also been implicated as significant contributors to the weight gain problem. Oxytocin has shown to play a role in appetite control in humans and is considered an anorexigenic peptide. This two-day, within-subjects, challenge study involved the examination of satiety after administration of 24 IU oxytocin (intranasal) vs. placebo in participants with a DSM-IV diagnosis of schizophrenia (N = 16)...
March 7, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
Ricardo Reyes, Jose Antonio Rodríguez, Josune Orbe, María Rosa Arnau, Carmen Évora, Araceli Delgado
The effect of dual delivery of bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) and matrix metalloproteinase 10 (MMP10) on bone regeneration was investigated in a murine model of calvarial critical-size defect, hypothesizing that it would result in an enhanced bone formation. Critical-size calvarial defects (4 mm diameter) were created in mice and PLGA microspheres preloaded with either BMP-2, MMP10 or a microsphere combination of both were transplanted into defect sites at different doses. Empty microspheres were used as the negative control...
November 2018: Drug Delivery
Jae Hyun Bae, Lee Kyung Kim, Se Hee Min, Chang Ho Ahn, Young Min Cho
AIMS/INTRODUCTION: Protein preload improves postprandial glycemia by stimulating secretion of insulin and incretin hormones. However, it requires a large dose of protein to produce a significant effect. This study was conducted to investigate the postprandial glucose-lowering effect of premeal protein-enriched, dietary fiber-fortified bar (PFB), which contains moderate amounts of protein, in subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D) or normal glucose tolerance (NGT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The participants (15 T2D and 15 NGT) were randomly assigned to either a premeal or postmeal PFB group and underwent two mixed meal tolerance tests (MMTTs), 1 week apart in reverse order...
March 4, 2018: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
Yi-Zhen Song, Xiu-Xiu Zhang, Jia-Juan Liu, Fang Fang, Zhi-Yong Wu
Electrokinetic stacking (ES) is effective for improving sensitivity of paper-based analytical device (PAD) for charged analytes. In this paper, we successfully demonstrated ES of electrically neutral analytes on PAD, and the performance was characterized by smartphone-based colorimetry and fluorescence. Firstly, SDS from cathode reservoir stacked as a micelle band on an open paper fluidic channel by ES, and the target analyte was swept by the micelle. Meanwhile, the probes at the other side were carried by electroosmotic flow (EOF)...
May 15, 2018: Talanta
Min Hur, Seokha Yoo, Jung-Yoon Choi, Sun-Kyung Park, Dhong Eun Jung, Won Ho Kim, Jin-Tae Kim, Jae-Hyon Bahk
BACKGROUND: Dynamic change in central venous pressure (CVP) was associated with fluid responsiveness. External jugular venous pressure (EJVP) may reliably estimate CVP and have the advantages of being less invasive. We investigated whether increase in EJVP induced by positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) could be a reliable predictor of fluid responsiveness in patients undergoing robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP). METHODS: Fifty patients who underwent RALP with steep Trendelenburg position were enrolled...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Anesthesia
Li-Ming Zhao, Dong-Mu Tian, Yue Wei, Jun-Hui Zhang, Zheng-Lin Di, Zhi-Yong He, Yong-Cheng Hu
OBJECTIVE: To study the biomechanical properties of a novel modular intercalary prosthesis for humeral diaphyseal segmental defect reconstruction, to establish valid finite element humerus and prosthesis models, and to analyze the biomechanical differences in modular intercalary prostheses with or without plate fixation. METHODS: Three groups were set up to compare the performance of the prosthesis: intact humerus, humerus-prosthesis and humerus-prosthesis-plate...
February 2018: Orthopaedic Surgery
Cheng Wang, Shaoqing Chen, Yunxin Wang, Xuerong Liu, Fuqiang Hu, Jihong Sun, Hong Yuan
Insufficient drug release as well as poor drug penetration are major obstacles for effective nanoparticles (NPs)-based cancer therapy. Herein, the high aqueous instability of amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) is employed to construct doxorubicin (DOX) preloaded and monostearin (MS) coated "Pandora's box" (MS/ACC-DOX) NPs for lipase-triggered water-responsive drug release in lipase-overexpressed tumor tissue to induce a neighboring effect and enhance drug penetration. MS as a solid lipid can prevent potential drug leakage of ACC-DOX NPs during the circulatory process, while it can be readily be disintegrated in lipase-overexpressed SKOV3 cells to expose the ACC-DOX core...
February 27, 2018: Advanced Materials
Chih-Kai Hong, Kai-Lan Hsu, Fa-Chuan Kuan, Cheng-Li Lin, Ming-Long Yeh, Wei-Ren Su
PURPOSE: To compare the biomechanical properties of an transtendinous all-suture anchor technique with the commonly-accepted interference screw technique in a cadaveric model. METHODS: Sixteen fresh-frozen human cadaveric shoulders (mean age, 67.6 ± 5.8 years) were used and were randomly divided into 2 experimental long head of the biceps brachii (LHB) tenodesis groups (n = 8), namely transtendinous all-suture anchor technique and interference screw technique...
February 23, 2018: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
Kjirsten Swenson, Shannon Rankin, Leticia Daconti, Tomas Villarreal, Jens Langsjoen, Darren Braude
INTRODUCTION: Bolus-dose phenylephrine (BDPE) is routinely used to treat hypotension in the operating room. BDPE's fast onset of action and ability to be administered peripherally have prompted calls for its use in the Emergency Department (ED). There are few published data on the safety of BDPE use in the ED. Primary concerns include BDPE's potential to cause dangerous hypertension or reflex bradycardia. We hypothesize that BDPE is a safe short-term vasopressor choice for hypotensive ED patients...
February 19, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Sarah N Gartner, Fraser Aidney, Anica Klockars, Colin Prosser, Elizabeth A Carpenter, Kiriana Isgrove, Allen S Levine, Pawel K Olszewski
Human and laboratory animal studies suggest that dietary supplementation of a free essential amino acid, l-tryptophan (TRP), reduces food intake. It is unclear whether an acute gastric preload of TRP decreases consumption and whether central mechanisms underlie TRP-driven hypophagia. We examined the effect of TRP administered via intragastric gavage on energy- and palatability-induced feeding in mice. We sought to identify central mechanisms through which TRP suppresses appetite. Effects of TRP on consumption of energy-dense and energy-dilute tastants were established in mice stimulated to eat by energy deprivation or palatability...
February 19, 2018: Appetite
C Nafati, M Gardette, M Leone, L Reydellet, V Blasco, A Lannelongue, F Sayagh, S Wiramus, F Antonini, J Albanèse, L Zieleskiewicz
BACKGROUND: In critical patients, left ventricular ejection fraction and fractional shortening are used to reflect left ventricular systolic function. An emerging technique, two-dimensional-strain echocardiography, allows assessment of the left ventricle systolic longitudinal deformation (global longitudinal strain) and the speed at which this deformation occurs (systolic strain rate). This technique is of increasing use in critical patients in intensive care units and in the peri-operative period where preload constantly varies...
February 21, 2018: Annals of Intensive Care
Marcus W Ni, Ray O Prather, Giovanna Rodriguez, Rachel Quinn, Eduardo Divo, Mark Fogel, Alain J Kassab, William M DeCampli
Children born with anatomic or functional "single ventricle" must progress through two or more major operations to sustain life. This management sequence culminates in the total cavopulmonary connection, or "Fontan" operation. A consequence of the "Fontan circulation", however, is elevated central venous pressure and inadequate ventricular preload, which contribute to continued morbidity. We propose a solution to these problems by increasing pulmonary blood flow using an "injection jet" (IJS) in which the source of blood flow and energy is the ventricle itself...
February 20, 2018: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
Mohamed Mohamed Tawfik, Amany Ismail Tarbay, Ahmed Mohamed Elaidy, Karim Ali Awad, Hanaa Mohamed Ezz, Mohamed Ahmed Tolba
BACKGROUND: The optimal strategy of fluid administration during spinal anesthesia for cesarean delivery is still unclear. Ultrasonography of the inferior vena cava (IVC) has been recently used to assess the volume status and predict fluid responsiveness. In this double-blind, randomized controlled study, we compared maternal hemodynamics using a combination of 500-mL colloid preload and 500-mL crystalloid coload versus 1000-mL crystalloid coload. We assessed the IVC at baseline and at subsequent time points after spinal anesthesia...
February 14, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
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