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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330155/purification-and-characterization-of-rga2-a-rho2-gtpase-activating-protein-from-tinospora-cordifolia
#1
Mohd Amir, Mohammad Aasif Dar, Wahiduzzaman, Asimul Islam, Faizan Ahmad, Md Imtaiyaz Hassan
Rho GTPases activating protein 2 (RGA2) is primarily involved in the modulation of numerous morphological events in eukaryotes. It protects plants by triggering the defense system which restricts the pathogen growth. This is the first report on the isolation, purification and characterization of RGA2 from the stems of Tinospora cordifolia, a medicinal plant. The RGA2 was purified using simple two-step process using DEAE-Hi-Trap FF and Superdex 200 chromatography columns, with a high yield. The purity of RGA2 was confirmed by SDS-PAGE and identified by MALDI-TOF/MS...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328741/sagittal-plane-parameters-in-growing-rod-patients-following-final-fusion
#2
Robert F Murphy, John B Emans, Michael Troy, Patricia E Miller, Michael T Hresko, Lawrence I Karlin, Daniel J Hedequist, Michael P Glotzbecker
Almost half of growing rod (GR) patients that undergo final fusion (FF) have an extension of instrumented levels. The purpose of this study was to review sagittal plane radiographic parameters of patients with distal extension of instrumented levels at FF to those whose levels remained the same. Radiographs were assessed preoperatively, after GR insertion/first lengthening, following GR treatment before FFs, and after FF. Measurements included sagittal balance, lumbar lordosis, thoracic kyphosis, and distal junction angle (DJA)...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. Part B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324271/anti-mullerian-hormone-concentrations-in-individual-follicular-fluids-within-one-stimulated-ivf-cycle-resemble-blood-serum-values
#3
Michael Schenk, Julia Maria Kröpfl, Barbara Obermayer-Pietsch, Elisabeth Feldmeier, Gregor Weiss
PURPOSE: Anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) is commonly known as the most potent marker for ovarian reserve due to its decline as female age increases. While serum AMH (sAMH) levels have been intensively investigated, there is less data regarding AMH concentrations in follicular fluid (FF), since FF has usually been designated as waste product during oocyte collection in assisted reproductive technologies. This pilot study investigated follicle AMH concentrations (fAMH) of several follicles per ovary, individually collected with the Steiner-Tan needle, and compared them to sAMH concentrations in women undergoing IVF treatment...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323970/obesity-modulates-inflammation-and-lipid-metabolism-oocyte-gene-expression-a-single-cell-transcriptome-perspective
#4
Meghan L Ruebel, Matthew Cotter, Clark R Sims, Dean M Moutos, Thomas M Badger, Mario A Cleves, Kartik Shankar, Aline Andres
Context: It is hypothesized that obesity adversely affects the ovarian environment which can disrupt oocyte maturation and may further impact embryonic development. Objective: This study aimed to compare oocyte gene expression profiles and follicular fluid (FF) content from overweight/obese (OW) women and normal weight (NW) women who were undergoing fertility treatments. Design: Using single cell transcriptomic analyses, we investigated oocyte gene expression using RNA-seq...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323929/human-brown-adipose-tissue-temperature-and-fat-fraction-are-related-to-its-metabolic-activity
#5
Kalle Koskensalo, Juho Raiko, Teemu Saari, Virva Saunavaara, Olli Eskola, Pirjo Nuutila, Jani Saunavaara, Riitta Parkkola, Kirsi A Virtanen
Background and aim: The metabolic activity of human brown adipose tissue (BAT) has been previously examined using positron-emission-tomography (PET). The aim of this study was to use proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (1H MRS) to investigate whether the temperature and the fat fraction (FF) of brown and white adipose tissue (WAT) are associated with BAT metabolic activity determined by 18F-FDG-PET. Materials and methods: Ten healthy subjects (4f/6m, 25-45 y) were studied using PET-MRI during acute cold exposure and at ambient room temperature...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316876/automated-brightness-and-contrast-adjustment-of-color-fundus-photographs-for-the-grading-of-age-related-macular-degeneration
#6
Edem Tsikata, Inês Laíns, João Gil, Marco Marques, Kelsey Brown, Tânia Mesquita, Pedro Melo, Maria da Luz Cachulo, Ivana K Kim, Demetrios Vavvas, Joaquim N Murta, John B Miller, Rufino Silva, Joan W Miller, Teresa C Chen, Deeba Husain
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to develop an algorithm to automatically standardize the brightness, contrast, and color balance of digital color fundus photographs used to grade AMD and to validate this algorithm by determining the effects of the standardization on image quality and disease grading. METHODS: Seven-field color photographs of patients (>50 years) with any stage of AMD and a control group were acquired at two study sites, with either the Topcon TRC-50DX or Zeiss FF-450 Plus cameras...
March 2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314194/electrocatalytic-reduction-of-low-concentration-thiamphenicol-and-florfenicol-in-wastewater-with-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes-modified-electrode
#7
Dongli Deng, Fei Deng, Bobin Tang, Jinzhong Zhang, Jiang Liu
The electrocatalytic reduction of thiamphenicol (TAP) and florfenicol (FF) was investigated with multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) modified electrode. MWCNTs was dispersed in pure water with the assistance of dihexadecyl phosphate (DHP), and then modified on glassy carbon electrode (GCE). The electrocatalytic reduction conditions, such as bias voltage, supporting electrolyte and its initial pH, and the initial concentrations of TAP and FF, were also optimized. The experimental results indicated that the removal efficiencies of 2mgL(-1) TAP and FF in 0...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302923/improving-medication-safety-and-diabetes-management-in-hong-kong-a-multidisciplinary-approach
#8
A Ys Chung, S Anand, I Ck Wong, K Cb Tan, C Ff Wong, W Cm Chui, E W Chan
INTRODUCTION: Patients with diabetes often require complex medication regimens. The positive impact of pharmacists on improving diabetes management or its co-morbidities has been recognised worldwide. This study aimed to characterise drug-related problems among diabetic patients in Hong Kong and their clinical significance, and to explore the role of pharmacists in the multidisciplinary diabetes management team by evaluating the outcome of their clinical interventions. METHODS: An observational study was conducted at the Diabetes Clinic of a public hospital in Hong Kong from October 2012 to March 2014...
March 17, 2017: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301265/acoustic-analysis-of-snoring-sounds-originating-from-different-sources-determined-by-drug-induced-sleep-endoscopy
#9
Hao Peng, Huijie Xu, Zhiyong Xu, Weining Huang, Ruifang Jia, Hui Yu, Zhao Zhao, Jiajun Wang, Zhan Gao, Qiuying Zhang, Weihong Huang
OBJECTIVE: To discuss the possibility of fundamental frequency (F0) and formant frequency (FF) to generally differentiate the sources of snoring sounds determined by drug-induced sleep endoscopy (DISE). METHODS: A total of 74 snoring subjects underwent DISE and snoring sounds were recorded simultaneously. The noise-suppressed snoring sounds were analyzed and classified into different groups based on the sources of vibration identified by DISE. F0 and FFs were calculated...
March 16, 2017: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300374/efficient-independent-planar-dose-calculation-for-fff-imrt-qa-with-a-bivariate-gaussian-source-model
#10
Feifei Li, Ji-Yeon Park, Brendan Barraclough, Bo Lu, Jonathan Li, Chihray Liu, Guanghua Yan
The aim of this study is to perform a direct comparison of the source model for photon beams with and without flattening filter (FF) and to develop an efficient independent algorithm for planar dose calculation for FF-free (FFF) intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) quality assurance (QA). The source model consisted of a point source modeling the primary photons and extrafocal bivariate Gaussian functions modeling the head scatter, monitor chamber backscatter, and collimator exchange effect. The model parameters were obtained by minimizing the difference between the calculated and measured in-air output factors (Sc )...
March 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300259/-d-%C3%AF-a-2-%C3%AF-d-a-type-ferrocenyl-bisthiazole-linked-triphenylamine-based-molecular-systems-for-dssc-synthesis-experimental-and-theoretical-performance-studies
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Ramesh Maragani, Rajneesh Misra, M S Roy, Manish Kumar Singh, Ganesh D Sharma
We have designed and synthesized ferrocenyl (donor) bisthiazole linked triphenylamine (donor) based donor-π-acceptor-π-donor-acceptor (D-π-A)2-π-D-A type dyes D1 and D2 by using Pd-catalyzed Sonogashira cross-coupling and Knoevenagel condensation reactions. Their photophysical, electrochemical and computational studies reveal strong donor-acceptor interaction. Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on D1 and D2 exhibit power conversion efficiencies (PCE) of 6.33% and 5.03%, respectively. The higher PCE value of the D1 based DSSC is attributed to its enhanced short-circuit current (Jsc) and open-circuit current (Voc) and fill factor (FF) values because of the strong binding of the anchoring cyanoacrylic acid with the TiO2 surface as compared to the dicyanovinyl unit in D2...
March 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299219/spontaneous-rupture-of-pyometra-in-a-nonpregnant-young-woman
#12
Parvin Mostafa-Gharabaghi, Shima Bordbar, Shabnam Vazifekhah, Mohammad Naghavi-Behzad
A 40-year-old woman presented with severe vaginal bleeding. Initial workup with an abdominal sonography revealed endometrium for about 3 mm and free fluid in the abdomen. Hemodynamic instability with abdominal pain and free fluid in the abdomen prompted blood transfusion and laparotomy. There were about 1000 cc blood and clots in the abdomen at laparotomy. There was a longitudinal rupture from fundus up to cervix at the left side of the uterus. Tearing was in full thickness from serosa to endometrium. Scar of previous cesarean was transvers and not associated with this tearing...
2017: Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298378/antepartum-uterine-rupture-at-29%C3%A2-weeks-gestation-following-unilateral-salpingectomy-and-review-of-literature
#13
Yu-Ting Huang, Stephen Li-Yen Yim, Supuni Kapurubandara, Anbu Anpalagan
Antepartum uterine rupture following salpingectomy is a rare condition and is associated with high fetal and maternal mortality and morbidity. We illustrate a 33-year-old primigravida who presented with abdominal pain at 29 weeks of gestation. Her previous obstetric history included a ruptured right ectopic pregnancy for which she underwent laparoscopic salpingectomy with no breach of uterine cavity. Her antenatal care had otherwise been unremarkable. Following admission for undetectable fetal heart, ultrasound and CT demonstrated an extrauterine fetus at the right adnexal region with free fluid consistent with intra-abdominal haemorrhage...
March 15, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297660/progesterone-prevents-high-grade-serous-ovarian-cancer-by-inducing-necroptosis-of-p53-defective-fallopian-tube-epithelial-cells
#14
Na-Yiyuan Wu, Hsuan-Shun Huang, Tung Hui Chao, Hsien Ming Chou, Chao Fang, Chong-Zhen Qin, Chueh-Yu Lin, Tang-Yuan Chu, Hong Hao Zhou
High-grade serous ovarian carcinoma (HGSOC) originates mainly from the fallopian tube (FT) epithelium and always carries early TP53 mutations. We previously reported that tumors initiate in the FT fimbria epithelium because of apoptotic failure and the expansion of cells with DNA double-strand breaks (DSB) caused by bathing of the FT epithelial cells in reactive oxygen species (ROSs) and hemoglobin-rich follicular fluid (FF) after ovulation. Because ovulation is frequent and HGSOC is rare, we hypothesized that luteal-phase progesterone (P4) could eliminate p53-defective FT cells...
March 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297327/small-field-detector-correction-factors-effects-of-the-flattening-filter-for-elekta-and-varian-linear-accelerators
#15
Madelaine K Tyler, Paul Z Y Liu, Christopher Lee, David R McKenzie, Natalka Suchowerska
Flattening filter-free (FFF) beams are becoming the preferred beam type for stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic ablative radiation therapy (SABR), as they enable an increase in dose rate and a decrease in treatment time. This work assesses the effects of the flattening filter on small field output factors for 6 MV beams generated by both Elekta and Varian linear accelerators, and determines differences between detector response in flattened (FF) and FFF beams. Relative output factors were measured with a range of detectors (diodes, ionization chambers, radiochromic film, and microDiamond) and referenced to the relative output factors measured with an air core fiber optic dosimeter (FOD), a scintillation dosimeter developed at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, Sydney...
May 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297306/epid-based-dosimetry-to-verify-imrt-planar-dose-distribution-for-the-as1200-epid-and-fff-beams
#16
Narges Miri, Peter Keller, Benjamin J Zwan, Peter Greer
We proposed to perform a basic dosimetry commissioning on a new imager system, the Varian aS1200 electronic portal imaging device (EPID) and TrueBeam 2.0 linear accelerator for flattened (FF) and flattening filter-free (FFF) beams, then to develop an image-based quality assurance (QA) model for verification of the system delivery accuracy for intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatments. For dosimetry testing, linearity of dose response with MU, imager lag, and effectiveness of backscatter shielding were investigated...
November 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297295/a-comparison-of-methods-for-monitoring-photon-beam-energy-constancy
#17
Song Gao, Peter A Balter, Mark Rose, William E Simon
In extension of a previous study, we compared several photon beam energy metrics to determine which was the most sensitive to energy change; in addition to those, we accounted for both the sensitivity of each metric and the uncertainty in determining that metric for both traditional flattening filter (FF) beams (4, 6, 8, and 10 MV) and for flattening filter-free (FFF) beams (6 and 10 MV) on a Varian TrueBeam. We examined changes in these energy metrics when photon energies were changed to ±5% and ±10% from their nominal energies: 1) an attenuation-based metric (the percent depth dose at 10 cm depth, PDD(10)) and, 2) profile-based metrics, including flatness (Flat) and off-axis ratios (OARs) measured on the orthogonal axes or on the diagonals (diagonal normalized flatness, FDN)...
November 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296305/on-flattening-filter-free-portal-dosimetry
#18
Eduardo Pardo, Juan Castro Novais, María Yolanda Molina López, Sheila Ruiz Maqueda
Varian introduced (in 2010) the option of removing the flattening filter (FF) in their C-Arm linacs for intensity-modulated treatments. This mode, called flattening filter-free (FFF), offers the advantage of a greater dose rate. Varian's "Portal Dosimetry" is an electronic portal imager device (EPID)-based tool for IMRT verification. This tool lacks the capability of verifying flattening filter-free (FFF) modes due to saturation and lack of an image prediction algorithm. (Note: the latest versions of this software and EPID correct these issues...
July 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288815/rf313-an-orally-bioavailable-neuropeptide-ff-receptor-antagonist-opposes-effects-of-rf-amide-related-peptide-3-and-opioid-induced-hyperalgesia-in-rodents
#19
Khadija Elhabazi, Jean-Paul Humbert, Isabelle Bertin, Raphaelle Quillet, Valérie Utard, Martine Schmitt, Jean-Jacques Bourguignon, Emilie Laboureyras, Meric Ben Boujema, Guy Simonnet, Caroline Ancel, Valérie Simonneaux, Massimiliano Beltramo, Bernard Bucher, Tania Sorg, Hamid Meziane, Elodie Schneider, Benoit Petit-Demoulière, Brigitte Ilien, Frédéric Bihel, Frédéric Simonin
Although opiates represent the most effective analgesics, their use in chronic treatments is associated with numerous side effects including the development of pain hypersensitivity and analgesic tolerance. We recently identified a novel orally active neuropeptide FF (NPFF) receptor antagonist, RF313, which efficiently prevents the development of fentanyl-induced hyperalgesia in rats. In this study, we investigated the properties of this compound into more details. We show that RF313 exhibited a pronounced selectivity for NPFF receptors, antagonist activity at NPFF1 receptor (NPFF1R) subtype both in vitro and in vivo and no major side effects when administered in mice up to 30 mg/kg...
March 10, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287699/efficient-polymer-solar-cells-with-high-open-circuit-voltage-containing-diketopyrrolopyrrole-based-non-fullerene-acceptor-core-end-capped-with-rhodanine-units
#20
María Privado, Virginia Cuesta, Pilar de la Cruz, Mukhamed L Keshtov, Rahul Singhal, Ganesh D Sharmad, Fernando Langa
Herein we report the synthesis of a novel A-D-A-D-A non-fullerene small-molecule acceptor (NFSMA) bearing a diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) acceptor central core coupled to terminal rhodanine acceptors via a thiophene donor linker (denoted as MPU1) for use in non-fullerene polymer solar cells (PSCs). This NFSMA exhibits a narrow optical band gap (1.48 eV), strong absorption in the 600-800 nm wavelength region of the solar spectrum, and a lowest unoccupied energy level of -3.99 eV. When the mixture of a medium band gap D-A copolymer P (1...
March 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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