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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442212/effects-of-underwater-ultrasound-therapy-on-pain-inflammation-hand-function-and-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Márta Király, Zsuzsanna Varga, Ferenc Szanyó, Rita Kiss, Katalin Hodosi, Tamás Bender
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects of underwater ultrasound (US) therapy in 48 patients with moderately active rheumatoid arthritis (disease activity score in 28 joints [DAS28]>3.2 and<5.1). METHODS: Patients randomly assigned to the ultrasound group (n=25) received underwater continuous ultrasound therapy to both wrists and hands for 7min per session with an intensity of 0.7W/cm(2) for 10 sessions. The control group (n=23) received sham treatment under the same conditions...
April 13, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438657/the-thiol-of-human-serum-albumin-acidity-microenvironment-and-mechanistic-insights-on-its-oxidation-to-sulfenic-acid
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Jenner Bonanata, Lucía Turell, Laura Antmann, Gerardo Ferrer-Sueta, Santiago Botasini, Eduardo Méndez, Beatriz Alvarez, E Laura Coitiño
Human serum albumin (HSA) has a single reduced cysteine residue, Cys34, whose acidity has been controversial. Three experimental approaches (pH-dependence of reactivity towards hydrogen peroxide, ultraviolet titration and infrared spectroscopy) are used to determine that the pKa value in delipidated HSA is 8.1 ± 0.2 at 37°C and 0.1M ionic strength. Molecular dynamics simulations of HSA in the sub-microsecond timescale show that while sulfur exposure to solvent is limited and fluctuating in the thiol form, it increases in the thiolate, stabilized by a persistent hydrogen-bond (HB) network involving Tyr84 and bridging waters to Asp38 and Gln33 backbone...
April 21, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436646/filaments-with-affinity-binding-and-wet-strength-can-be-achieved-by-spinning-bifunctional-cellulose-nanofibrils
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Maija Vuoriluoto, Hannes Orelma, Meri Johanna Lundahl, Maryam Borghei, Orlando J Rojas
We demonstrate benzophenone (BP) conjugation via amine-reactive esters onto oxidized cellulosic fibers that were used as precursors, after microfluidization, of photo-active cellulose nanofibrils (CNF). From these fibrils, cellulose I filaments were synthesized by hydrogel spinning in an anti-solvent followed by fast bi-radical UV crosslinking. As a result, the BP-CNF filaments developed a wet tensile strength of up to ~105 MPa (a remarkable retention of ~80% of the dry strength). Thus, the principal limitation of these emerging materials was resolved (< 0...
April 24, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434789/conversion-of-biomass-to-hydroxymethylfurfural-a-review-of-catalytic-systems-and-underlying-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Iris K M Yu, Daniel C W Tsang
Conversion of biomass waste to hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), a value-added platform chemical, has captured great research interests driven by the economic and environmental incentives. This review evaluates the recent development of biomass conversion systems for high HMF yield and selectivity, with a focus on the performance of emerging catalysts and solvents from a mechanistic view. We highlight that the ratio and strength of Brønsted and Lewis acid in bifunctional catalyst are critical for maximizing HMF production by selective improvement in the kinetics of desirable reactions (hydrolysis, isomerization, and dehydration) over undesirable reactions (rehydration, polymerization)...
April 9, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425752/use-of-standard-laboratory-methods-to-obviate-routine-dithiothreitol-treatment-of-blood-samples-with-daratumumab-interference
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Nicholas J Lintel, Debra K Brown, Diane T Schafer, Farai M Tsimba-Chitsva, Scott A Koepsell, Sara M Shunkwiler
Daratumumab is an antibody currently used in the treatment of patients with refractory multiple myeloma. Blood samples from patients being treated with daratumumab may show panreactivity during pre-transfusion testing. To facilitate the provision of blood components for such patients, it is recommended that a baseline phenotype or genotype be established prior to starting treatment with daratumumab. If patient red blood cells (RBCs) require phenotyping after the start of daratumumab treatment, dithiothreitol (DTT) treatment of the patient's RBCs should be performed...
January 2017: Immunohematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424879/drinking-water-management-and-governance-in-canada-an-innovative-plan-do-check-act-pdca-framework-for-a-safe-drinking-water-supply
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Ty Bereskie, Manuel J Rodriguez, Rehan Sadiq
Drinking water management in Canada is complex, with a decentralized, three-tiered governance structure responsible for safe drinking water throughout the country. The current approach has been described as fragmented, leading to governance gaps, duplication of efforts, and an absence of accountability and enforcement. Although there have been no major waterborne disease outbreaks in Canada since 2001, a lack of performance improvement, especially in small drinking water systems, is evident. The World Health Organization water safety plan approach for drinking water management represents an alternative preventative management framework to the current conventional, reactive drinking water management strategies...
April 19, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422586/the-reactive-strength-index-reflects-vertical-stiffness-during-drop-jumps
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Kristof Kipp, Michael T Kiely, Matthew D Giordanelli, Philip J Malloy, Christopher F Geiser
The reactive strength index (RSI) is often used to quantify drop jump (DJ) performance; however, not much is known about the biomechanical determinants of the RSI. The purpose of this study was to investigate the correlations between the RSI and several biomechanical variables calculated from DJ performed with different initial drop heights. Twelve, male NCAA DI basketball players performed DJ from drop heights of 30, 45, and 60 cm. Force plates were used to calculate DJ performance parameters (i.e., DJ height, contact time, and RSI) and DJ biomechanical variables (i...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417957/attractive-force-driven-superhardening-of-graphene-membranes-as-a-pin-point-breaking-of-continuum-mechanics
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Makoto Ashino, Roland Wiesendanger
Bending at the nanometre scale can substantially modify the mechanical, chemical and electronic properties of graphene membranes. The subsequent response of chemical bonds leads to deviations from plate idealisation in continuum mechanics. However, those phenomena have thus far been investigated exclusively by measuring the electronic properties of graphene deformed by compressing and stretching with local-probe techniques. Here, we report that the interatomic-attractive forces applied on the convexly-curved graphene by the probe tip give rise to a pin-point breaking of the plate idealisation in the continuum mechanics, facilitating atomically-localised enhancements in its chemical reactivity and mechanical strength...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417128/surface-reactivity-and-vacancy-defects-in-single-layer-borophene-polymorphs
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Vadym V Kulish
Single-layer borophene is a novel 2D material which combines high strength, light weight and metallicity. Using first-principles calculations, we systematically investigate the defect formation and surface reactivity in three major borophene polymorphs (α, β and triangular). We find that β-B is generally the most reactive borophene form, while α-B is the least reactive. In particular, there is more than 1.5 eV difference in substitutional energies for typical dopants in β-B and α-B polymorphs. Single vacancy defects can be created quite easily in all borophene sheets with formation energies (0...
April 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415534/influence-of-si-substitution-on-the-reactivity-of-%C3%AE-tricalcium-phosphate
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Mariana Motisuke, Gemma Mestres, Caroline O Renó, Raúl G Carrodeguas, Cecília A C Zavaglia, Maria-Pau Ginebra
Silicon substituted calcium phosphates have been widely studied over the last ten years due to their enhanced osteogenic properties. Notwithstanding, the role of silicon on α-TCP reactivity is not clear yet. Therefore, the aim of this work was to evaluate the reactivity and the properties of Si-α-TCP in comparison to α-TCP. Precursor powders have similar properties regarding purity, particle size distribution and specific surface area, which allowed a better comparison of the Si effects on their reactivity and cements properties...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415487/simultaneous-formation-and-mineralization-of-star-p-eo-stat-po-hydrogels
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Martha Schamel, Jürgen Groll, Uwe Gbureck
Natural bone is an organic-inorganic composite of highly ordered collagen fibrils and ~60-70% nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (HA) crystals resulting in a high fracture resistance for various mechanical loading situations. This study aimed to synthesize highly mineralized hydrogels to mimic the mechanical properties of cancellous bone. A six armed star molecule functionalized with isocyanate groups as reactive termini (NCO-sP(EO-stat-PO)) was used to build up a hydrogel matrix, which was then subsequently mineralized with hydroxyapatite nanocrystals following the hydrolysis of incorporated α-tricalcium phosphate particles...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412282/physiological-reactivity-to-spontaneously-occurring-seizure-activity-in-dogs-with-epilepsy-and-their-carers
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R M A Packer, H A Volk, R C Fowkes
There is a complex bidirectional relationship between stress and epilepsy. Stressful stimuli and subsequent cortisol release act as a trigger for seizure activity in some individuals with epilepsy, and seizure activity itself may act as a stressor to the affected individual. Epilepsy is the most common chronic neurological condition in domestic dogs and requires chronic management by their human carers, impacting upon the quality of life of both dog and carer. Seizures occur unpredictably and may be stressful for carers to witness and manage...
April 12, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405920/effector-functions-of-memory-ctls-can-be-affected-by-signals-received-during-reactivation
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Yingjun Lv, Elliot Mattson, Anjuli Bhadurihauck, Karla Garcia, Lei Li, Zhengguo Xiao
Memory cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) are able to provide protections to the host against repeated insults from intracellular pathogens. However, it has not been completely understood how the effector functions of memory CTLs are induced upon antigen challenge, which is directly related to the efficacy of their protection. Third signal cytokines, such as IL-12 and type I interferon, have been suggested to be involved in the protective function of memory CTLs, but direct evidence is warranted. In this report, we found that memory CTLs need to be reactivated to exert effector functions...
April 12, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401492/the-alphabet-soup-of-hiv-reservoir-markers
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REVIEW
Radwa R Sharaf, Jonathan Z Li
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Despite the success of antiretroviral therapy in suppressing HIV, life-long therapy is required to avoid HIV reactivation from long-lived viral reservoirs. Currently, there is intense interest in searching for therapeutic interventions that can purge the viral reservoir to achieve complete remission in HIV patients off antiretroviral therapy. The evaluation of such interventions relies on our ability to accurately and precisely measure the true size of the viral reservoir...
April 2017: Current HIV/AIDS Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401165/evaluation-of-mobile-phone-and-cordless-phone-use-and-glioma-risk-using-the-bradford-hill-viewpoints-from-1965-on-association-or-causation
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REVIEW
Michael Carlberg, Lennart Hardell
Objective. Bradford Hill's viewpoints from 1965 on association or causation were used on glioma risk and use of mobile or cordless phones. Methods. All nine viewpoints were evaluated based on epidemiology and laboratory studies. Results. Strength: meta-analysis of case-control studies gave odds ratio (OR) = 1.90, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.31-2.76 with highest cumulative exposure. Consistency: the risk increased with latency, meta-analysis gave in the 10+ years' latency group OR = 1.62, 95% CI = 1.20-2...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397167/a-simple-in-situ-preconcentration-method-for-the-simultaneous-determination-of-major-and-minor-alkali-and-alkaline-earth-metals-in-natural-waters-using-iminodiacetate-grafted-fiber
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Fyodor S Kot, Kunio Fujiwara, Malik Kochva
A simple and effective procedure was developed for the simultaneous in situ preconcentration of major and minor alkali and alkaline-earth metals (Li, Na, K, Rb, Mg, Ca, Sr, and Ba) from natural waters with iminodiacetate-grafted fiber (IDA-fiber), using soil water extracts as an example. The method was verified on mixed standard solutions of the metals at concentrations and ionic strengths reported for regular soil solutions. When complemented with routine microfiltration procedures, the method could distinguish between the dissolved in hydrated ion form and bound fractions of these metals, presumably colloidal and firmly complexed...
April 10, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392959/restricted-blood-flow-exercise-in-sedentary-overweight-african-american-females-may-increase-muscle-strength-and-decrease-endothelial-function-and-vascular-autoregulation
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Vernon Bond, Bryan Heath Curry, Krishna Kumar, Sudhakar Pemminati, Vasavi Rakesh Gorantla, Kishan Kadur, Richard Mark Millis
OBJECTIVES: Exercise with partially restricted blood flow is a low-load, low-intensity resistance training regimen which may have the potential to increase muscle strength in the obese, elderly and frail who are unable to do high-load training. Restricted blood flow exercise has also been shown to affect blood vessel function variably and can, therefore, contribute to blood vessel dysfunction. This pilot study tests the hypothesis that unilateral resistance training of the leg extensors with partially restricted blood flow increases muscle strength and decreases vascular autoregulation...
March 2017: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388513/biochemical-characterization-of-the-bacterial-peroxidase-from-the-human-pathogen-neisseria-gonorrhoeae
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Cláudia S Nóbrega, Mariana Raposo, Gonzalez Van Driessche, Bart Devreese, Sofia R Pauleta
Neisseria gonorrhoeae is an obligate human pathogen that expresses an array of molecular systems to detoxify reactive oxygen species as defense mechanisms during colonization and infection. One of these is the bacterial peroxidase that reduces H2O2 to water in its periplasm. The soluble form of this enzyme was heterologously expressed in E. coli in the holo-form binding two c-types hemes, a high-potential E heme and a low-potential P heme, with redox potentials of (+310mV) and (-190mV/-300mV), respectively in the presence of calcium ions, at pH7...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382952/parvalbumin-expressing-interneurons-coordinate-hippocampal-network-dynamics-required-for-memory-consolidation
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Nicolette Ognjanovski, Samantha Schaeffer, Jiaxing Wu, Sima Mofakham, Daniel Maruyama, Michal Zochowski, Sara J Aton
Activity in hippocampal area CA1 is essential for consolidating episodic memories, but it is unclear how CA1 activity patterns drive memory formation. We find that in the hours following single-trial contextual fear conditioning (CFC), fast-spiking interneurons (which typically express parvalbumin (PV)) show greater firing coherence with CA1 network oscillations. Post-CFC inhibition of PV+ interneurons blocks fear memory consolidation. This effect is associated with loss of two network changes associated with normal consolidation: (1) augmented sleep-associated delta (0...
April 6, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374423/effect-of-6-gingerol-on-physicochemical-properties-of-grass-carp%C3%A2-ctenopharyngodon-idellus-surimi-fortified-with-perilla-oil-during-refrigerated-storage
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Hongbo Mi, Bo Zhao, Cong Wang, Shumin Yi, Yongxia Xu, Jianrong Li
BACKGROUND: Surimi is produced from deboned fish muscle through being washed to remove blood, lipids, sarcoplasmic proteins, and other impurities. There is an increasing interest in the fortification of surimi with ω-3 PUFAs because of their health benefits. However, lipid oxidation should be considered as an important factor during storage. Hence, in this study, the quality properties and oxidative stability of surimi fortified with 30 g kg(-1) perilla oil (PO), or 5 g kg(-1) 6-gingerol (GI) or their combination (PO+GI) was investigated...
April 4, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
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