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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226745/in-vivo-characterization-of-genetic-expression-of-virus-transduced-calcium-indicators-in-retinal-ganglion-cells-using-a-low-cost-funduscope
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Yao-Chuan Chang, Steven T Walston, Robert H Chow, James D Weiland, Yao-Chuan Chang, Steven T Walston, Robert H Chow, James D Weiland, Robert H Chow, Yao-Chuan Chang, Steven T Walston, James D Weiland
Virus-transduced calcium indicators are effective reporters of neural activity, offering the advantage of cell-specific labeling. To track the level of in vivo expression of genetically encoded calcium indicators (GECIs) in rodent retina, we developed a noninvasive imaging approach based on a custom-modified low-cost and simple fundus system that enabled us to monitor and characterize in vivo bright-field and fluorescence retinal image. The system clearly resolves individual retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) and axons...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225873/alert-for-bone-alterations-and-low-serum-concentrations-of-vitamin-d-in-patients-with-intestinal-inflammatory-disease
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Lorete Maria da Silva Kotze, Carolina Tabata Costa, Murilo Franco Cavassani, Renato Mitsunori Nisihara
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), including Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), are characterized by chronic inflammation of the intestine that can reduce the absorption of nutrients such as vitamin D and calcium. OBJECTIVE: To investigate bone alterations and serum levels of vitamin D in patients with IBD. METHOD: This was a cross-sectional study based on a review of medical records of patients from a private office in Curitiba, PR, Brazil...
January 1, 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224886/alginate-hydrogels-modified-with-low-molecular-weight-hyaluronate-for-cartilage-regeneration
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Honghyun Park, Hyun Ji Lee, Hyoseok An, Kuen Yong Lee
Alginate is a typical biomaterial that forms hydrogels in the presence of calcium ions and has often been utilized in tissue engineering approaches. However, it lacks biofunctionality in the form of interactions with cells and proteins. Hyaluronate, a main component of glycosaminoglycans, provides CD44-specific interactions with chondrocytes but typically requires chemical cross-linking agents to fabricate hydrogels, which may cause unexpected side effects in the body. In this study, we propose the design and fabrication of a hybrid structure of alginate and hyaluronate useful for cartilage regeneration...
April 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224265/effect-of-serum-albumin-on-the-prognosis-of-elderly-patients-with-stage-3-4-chronic-kidney-disease
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Hongru Fan, Jihong Yang, Lili Liu, Yu Qiao, Meng Wang, Lei Qiu, Hong Shi, Huan Xi, Yao Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the influence of serum albumin on the prognosis of elderly patients with stage 3-4 chronic kidney disease (CKD). METHODS: From July 2013 to November 2015, elderly CKD patients (≥60 years), with eGFR ≥15 mL/min/1.73 m(2) and <60 mL/min/1.73 m(2), with CKD stage 3-4 in the geriatric nephrology clinic were enrolled. General information and underlying diseases were recorded. Laboratory indices were evaluated. Composite endpoint events (CEE) including renal endpoint events, cardiocerebral vascular endpoint events, and death were elucidated...
February 21, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223025/transcriptional-regulation-of-human-paraoxonase-1-by-nuclear-receptors
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N Ponce-Ruiz, F E Murillo-González, A E Rojas-García, Mike Mackness, Y Y Bernal-Hernández, B S Barrón-Vivanco, C A González-Arias, I M Medina-Díaz
Paraoxonase 1 (PON1) is a calcium-dependent esterase synthesized primarily in the liver and secreted into the plasma, where it is associates with high density lipoproteins (HDL). PON1 acts as antioxidant preventing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation which is believed to be critical in the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis. Additionally, PON1 hydrolyzes and detoxifies some toxic metabolites of organophosphorus compounds (OPs). Thus, PON1 activity and expression levels are important for determining susceptibility to OPs intoxication and risk of diseases related to inflammation and oxidative stress...
February 18, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223004/sudden-cardiac-death-among-hemodialysis-patients
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Melissa S Makar, Patrick H Pun
Hemodialysis patients carry a large burden of cardiovascular disease; most onerous is the high risk for sudden cardiac death. Defining sudden cardiac death among hemodialysis patients and understanding its pathogenesis are challenging, but inferences from the existing literature reveal differences between sudden cardiac death among hemodialysis patients and the general population. Vascular calcifications and left ventricular hypertrophy may play a role in the pathophysiology of sudden cardiac death, whereas traditional cardiovascular risk factors seem to have a more muted effect...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222952/esters-production-via-carboxylates-from-anaerobic-paper-mill-wastewater-treatment
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Carlos I Cabrera-Rodríguez, Mónica Moreno-González, Florence A de Weerd, Vidhvath Viswanathan, Luuk A M van der Wielen, Adrie J J Straathof
This paper describes a new option for integrated recovery and esterification of carboxylates produced by anaerobic digestion at a pH above the pKa. The carboxylates (acetate, propionate, butyrate, valerate and lactate) are recovered using a strong anion exchange resin in the bicarbonate form, and the resin is regenerated using a CO2-expanded alcohol technique, which allows for low chemicals consumption and direct esterification. Paper mill wastewater was used to study the effect of pH and the presence of other inorganic anions and cations on the adsorption and desorption with CO2-expanded methanol...
February 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221144/-may-renal-lithiasis-be-really-prevented-new-trends-and-therapeutic-tools
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Félix Grases, Antonia Costa-Bauzá, Rafael M Prieto
Renal calculi are generally formed as a result of the combination of certain factors, some related to urine composition (concentration of lithogenic substances, deficiency of crystallization inhibitors, presence of heterogeneous nucleants) and others with renal morphology and anatomy (urinary tract stasis, low urodynamic efficiency cavities, morpho-anatomic deformations, renal papillary tissue lesions). In fact, the composition, macrostructure and microstructure of the calculus will clearly depend on the factors that have induced it...
January 2017: Archivos Españoles de Urología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221141/-etiopathogenic-factors-of-the-different-types-of-urinary-litiasis
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Miguel Arrabal-Martín, María Carmen Cano-García, Miguel Ángel Arrabal-Polo, Alejandro Domínguez-Amillo, Nelson Canales-Casco, Javier de la Torre-Trillo, José Manuel Cózar-Olmo
In this review, we analyze the etiopathogenic principles of urinary lithiasis formation. In the kidney, calcifications that may cause renal lithiasis are produced as a consequence of processes that injury the urothelium at the papilla and Bellini's ducts. With the improvement of imaging techniques, mainly micro CT scan, it is possible to detect them and we may be able to anticipate to the formation of lithiasis. As we well know, there are different factors that influence the formation of the calculi depending on their composition...
January 2017: Archivos Españoles de Urología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220621/a-low-prevalence-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-patients-with-type-1-diabetes-is-associated-to-decreased-subclinical-cardiovascular-disease
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Enric Serra-Planas, Eva Aguilera, Laura Castro, Raúl Rodríguez, Isabel Salinas, Anna Lucas, Clara Joaquín, Rocio Puig, Dídac Mauricio, Manel Puig-Domingo
BACKGROUND: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has been proposed as an independent cardiovascular risk factor. This study evaluated the prevalence of NAFLD in a cohort of Type 1 Diabetic (T1D) patients and its potential relationship with subclinical cardiovascular disease (CVD). METHODS: Cross-sectional study in which 100 T1D patients (39.4 ± 7.8 years, 54% male, all Caucasian, disease duration 21.7 ± 8.6 years, HbA1c 8.1 ± 1.0 % (64.2 ± 7...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219837/chronic-maternal-calcium-and-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-deficiency-in-wistar-rats-programs-abnormal-hepatic-gene-expression-leading-to-hepatic-steatosis-in-female-offspring
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Sona S Sharma, Nivedita M Jangale, Abhay M Harsulkar, Medha K Gokhale, Bimba N Joshi
Importance of calcium and vitamin D deficiency is well established in adult dyslipidemia. We hypothesized that maternal calcium and vitamin D deficiency could alter offspring's lipid metabolism. Our objective was to investigate the effect of maternal dietary calcium and vitamin D deficiency on lipid metabolism and liver function of the F1 generation offspring. intergenerational calcium-deficient (CaD) and vitamin D-deficient (VDD) models were developed by mating normal male rats with deficient females and continuing maternal-deficient diets through pregnancy and lactation...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219690/factors-associated-with-shorter-colonoscopy-surveillance-intervals-for-patients-with-low-risk-colorectal-adenomas-and-effects-on-outcome
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Joseph C Anderson, John A Baron, Dennis J Ahnen, Elizabeth L Barry, Roberd M Bostick, Carol A Burke, Robert S Bresalier, Timothy R Church, Bernard F Cole, Marcia Cruz-Correa, Adam S Kim, Leila A Mott, Robert S Sandler, Douglas J Robertson
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Endoscopists do not routinely follow guidelines to survey individuals with low-risk adenomas (LRAs, 1-2 small tubular adenomas, less than 1 cm) every 5-10 years for colorectal cancer (CRC)-many endoscopists recommend shorter surveillance intervals for these individuals. We aimed to identify reasons that endoscopists recommend shorter surveillance intervals for some individuals with LRAs and determine whether timing affects outcomes at follow-up examinations. METHODS: We collected data from 1560 individuals (45-75 years old) who participated in a prospective chemoprevention trial (of vitamin D and calcium) from 2004 through 2008...
February 17, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219689/in-vitro-drug-release-profiles-of-ph-sensitive-hydroxyethylacryl-chitosan-sodium-alginate-hydrogels-using-paracetamol-as-a-soluble-model-drug
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Pitchaya Treenate, Pathavuth Monvisade
The aim of this study is to investigate in vitro drug release profiles of pH-sensitive hydrogels composed of hydroxyethylacryl chitosan (HC) and sodium alginate (SA). The hydrogels were crosslinked by dipping method using different ionic crosslinkers (e.g., Ca(2+), Zn(2+) and Cu(2+)). The crosslinking reaction was confirmed by FT-IR. Swelling behavior and stability of the hydrogels in simulated digestive media were investigated. The result indicated that the combination between HC and SA could delay the degradation time of the hydrogels...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219688/mesoporous-phenylalanine-ammonia-lyase-microspheres-with-improved-stability-through-calcium-carbonate-templating
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Jiandong Cui, Yamin Zhao, Zhilei Tan, Cheng Zhong, Peipei Han, Shiru Jia
Cross-linked enzyme aggregates (CLEAs) have recently emerged as a promising method for enzyme immobilization due to its simplicity and low cost. However, a lack of good size and morphological control over the as-prepared CLEAs has limited their practical applications in some cases. Here, monodisperse spherical CLEAs of phenylalanine ammonia lyase (PAL microspheres) were prepared based on CaCO3 microtemplates. The preparation procedure involves filling porous CaCO3 microtemplates with the protein by salt precipitation, glutaraldehyde crosslinking, and dissolution of the microtemplates...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218743/vitamin-d-signaling-and-melanoma-role-of-vitamin-d-and-its-receptors-in-melanoma-progression-and-management
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REVIEW
Andrzej T Slominski, Anna A Brożyna, Michal A Zmijewski, Wojciech Jóźwicki, Anton M Jetten, Rebecca S Mason, Robert C Tuckey, Craig A Elmets
Ultraviolet B (UVB), in addition to having carcinogenic activity, is required for the production of vitamin D3 (D3) in the skin which supplies >90% of the body's requirement. Vitamin D is activated through hydroxylation by 25-hydroxylases (CYP2R1 or CYP27A1) and 1α-hydroxylase (CYP27B1) to produce 1,25(OH)2D3, or through the action of CYP11A1 to produce mono-di- and trihydroxy-D3 products that can be further modified by CYP27B1, CYP27A1, and CYP24A1. The active forms of D3, in addition to regulating calcium metabolism, exert pleiotropic activities, which include anticarcinogenic and anti-melanoma effects in experimental models, with photoprotection against UVB-induced damage...
February 20, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218507/enabling-inkjet-printed-graphene-for-ion-selective-electrodes-with-post-print-thermal-annealing
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Qing He, Suprem R Das, Nathaniel T Garland, Dapeng Jing, John A Hondred, Allison A Cargill, Shaowei Ding, Chandran Karunakaran, Jonathan C Claussen
Inkjet printed graphene (IPG) has recently shown tremendous promise in reducing the cost and complexity of graphene circuit fabrication. Herein we demonstrate, for the first time, the fabrication of an ion selective electrode (ISE) with IPG. A thermal annealing process in a nitrogen ambient environment converts the IPG into a highly conductive electrode (sheet resistance changes from 52.8 ± 7.4 MΩ/☐ for unannealed graphene to 172.7 ± 33.3Ω/☐ for graphene annealed at 950°C). Raman spectroscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) analysis reveals that the printed graphene flakes begin to smooth at an annealing temperature of 500°C and then become more porous and more electrically conductive when annealed at temperatures of 650°C and above...
February 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218351/the-role-of-ionized-calcium-and-magnesium-in-regional-citrate-anticoagulation-and-its-impact-on-inflammatory-parameters
#17
Karin Strobl, Stephan Harm, Viktoria Weber, Jens Hartmann
INTRODUCTION: Regional anticoagulation with citrate has been found to be superior to heparin in terms of biocompatibility, and numerous protocols for regional citrate anticoagulation have been published, while a consensus on the target concentration of ionized calcium (Ca2+) in the extracorporeal circuit has not been reached so far. METHODS: The aim of this in vitro study was to assess the impact of different citrate concentrations on coagulation as well as on complement activation and cytokine secretion and to investigate the impact of ionized magnesium (Mg2+) on these parameters...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217679/effect-of-calcium-on-premenstrual-syndrome-a-double-blind-randomized-clinical-trial
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Fatemeh Shobeiri, Fahimeh Ezzati Araste, Reihaneh Ebrahimi, Ensiyeh Jenabi, Mansour Nazari
OBJECTIVE: Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) affects millions of women and is known as the most important disorder among them. The very aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of low dose calcium on severity of PMS. METHODS: This study can be considered as a double-blind randomized clinical trial. Female students of Hamadan University of Medical Sciences diagnosed with PMS in 2014 participated in the present study. Sixty-six female students diagnosed with PMS were involved in the experimental and control groups...
January 2017: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217672/effects-of-vitamin-d-deficiency-and-daily-calcium-intake-on-bone-mineral-density-and-osteoporosis-in-korean-postmenopausal-woman
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Seung Joo Chon, Yae Kyu Koh, Jin Young Heo, Jinae Lee, Min Kyoung Kim, Bo Hyon Yun, Byung Seok Lee, Seok Kyo Seo
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the combined effects of vitamin D and daily calcium intake on bone mineral density (BMD) and osteoporosis in Korean postmenopausal women. METHODS: This study is a cross-sectional study consisting of 1,921 Korean postmenopausal women aged 45 to 70 years without thyroid dysfunction, from the 2008-2011 Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Participants were classified into six groups according to serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) levels and daily calcium intake...
January 2017: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217089/differential-modulation-of-rhythmic-brain-activity-in-healthy-adults-by-a-t-type-calcium-channel-blocker-an-meg-study
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Kerry D Walton, Emeline L Maillet, John Garcia, Timothy Cardozo, Isaac Galatzer-Levy, Rodolfo R Llinás
1-octanol is a therapeutic candidate for disorders involving the abnormal activation of the T-type calcium current since it blocks this current specifically. Such disorders include essential tremor and a group of neurological and psychiatric disorders resulting from thalamocortical dysrhythmia (TCD). For example, clinically, the observable phenotype in essential tremor is the tremor itself. The differential diagnostic of TCD is not based only on clinical signs and symptoms. Rather, TCD incorporates an electromagnetic biomarker, the presence of abnormal thalamocortical low frequency brain oscillations...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
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