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Mahdi Akbari, Mojtaba Shariaty-Niassar, Takeshi Matsuura, Ahmad Fauzi Ismail
Although polymeric membranes find important role in water and waste water treatment in recent years, their fouling is still an important problem. Application of hydrophilic nanoparticles (NPs) is one of the proposed methods for reducing fouling of membranes but their dispersion and stability in hydrophobic polymer matrix is challenging. In this study Janus functionalization of the NPs was introduced as a promising technique toward achieving this goal. Polysulfone (PSf) membranes containing various concentrations of graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets and Janus graphene oxide (Janus GO) nanosheets (as additives) were fabricated via phase inversion...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Da Tian, Wenchao Wang, Mu Su, Junyi Zheng, Yuanyi Wu, Shimei Wang, Zhen Li, Shuijin Hu
Phosphate-solubilizing fungi (PSF) can secrete large amounts of organic acids. In this study, the application of the fungus Penicillium oxalicum and geological fluorapatite (FAp) to lead immobilization was investigated. The formation and morphology of the lead-related minerals were analyzed by ATR-IR, XRD, Raman, and SEM. The quantity of organic acids secreted by P. oxalicum reached the maximum on the fourth day, which elevated soluble P concentrations from 0.4 to 108 mg/L in water. The secreted oxalic acid dominates the acidity in solution...
May 16, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Hiroyoshi Mori, Sho Torii, Emanuel Harari, Hiroyuki Jinnouchi, Ryan Brauman, Samantha Smith, Robert Kutys, David Fowler, Maria Romero, Renu Virmani, Aloke V Finn
BACKGROUND: Despite the increasing use of left main (LM) percutaneous coronary intervention (LM-PCI), there have been no pathological studies devoted to understanding the causes of LM stent failure. We aimed to systematically determine the pathological mechanisms of LM stent failure. METHODS AND RESULTS: From the CVPath Stent registry, a total of 46 lesions were identified to have LM-PCI. Pathologic stent failure (PSF) was defined as stent thrombosis, restenosis and in-stent chronic total occlusion (CTO)...
July 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Heleen A Booij, Wietse D C Gaykema, Kamiel A J Kuijpers, Marie-José M Pouwels, Heleen M den Hertog
BACKGROUND: Poststroke fatigue (PSF) is a highly prevalent and debilitating condition. However, the etiology remains incompletely understood. Literature suggests the co-prevalence of pituitary dysfunction (PD) with stroke, and the question raises whether this could be a contributing factor to the development of PSF. This study reviews the prevalence of PD after stroke and other acquired brain injuries and its association with fatigue. SUMMARY: We performed a bibliographic literature search of MEDLINE and Embase databases for English language studies on PD in adult patients with stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI) or aneurysmatic subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH)...
May 10, 2018: Endocrine Connections
Xiao Fu, Jian-Ping Ning
Anticoagulation therapy plays a vital role in the prevention of blood clot formation during hemodialysis and hemofiltration, especially for critical care patients. Here, we synthesized a novel argatroban (Arg)-modified polysulfone (PSf) membrane for anticoagulation. Arg was grafted onto the PSF membrane via chemical modification to increase membrane hydrophilicity. Protein adsorption, coagulation, as well as activation of platelets and complement systems were greatly reduced on the Arg-modified PSf membrane...
May 9, 2018: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
Saeed Ur Rahman, Joung-Hwan Oh, Young-Dan Cho, Shin Hye Chung, Gene Lee, Jeong-Hwa Baek, Hyun-Mo Ryoo, Kyung Mi Woo
Nanofibrous engineered matrices have significant potential in cellular differentiation and tissue regeneration. Stem cells require specific extracellular signals that lead to the induction of different lineages. However, the mechanisms by which the nanofibrous matrix promotes mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) differentiation are largely unknown. Here, we investigated the mechanisms which underlie nanofibrous matrix-induced odontoblastic differentiation of human dental pulp MSCs (DP-MSCs). An electrospun polystyrene nanofibrous (PSF) matrix was prepared, and the cell responses to the PSF matrix were assessed in comparison with those on conventional tissue culture dishes...
May 9, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Xiaobo Dong, Amna Al-Jumaily, Isabel C Escobar
Organic solvents, such as N -methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) and dimethylacetamide (DMAc), have been traditionally used to fabricate polymeric membranes. These solvents may have a negative impact on the environment and human health; therefore, using renewable solvents derived from biomass is of great interest to make membrane fabrication sustainable. Methyl-5-(dimethylamino)-2-methyl-5-oxopentanoate (Rhodiasolv PolarClean) is a bio-derived, biodegradable, nonflammable and nonvolatile solvent. Polysulfone is a commonly used polymer to fabricate membranes due to its thermal stability, strong mechanical strength and good chemical resistance...
May 7, 2018: Membranes
Javier Pizones, Mar Pérez Martín-Buitrago, José Miguel Sánchez Márquez, Nicomedes Fernández-Baíllo, Montserrat Baldan-Martin, Francisco Javier Sánchez Pérez-Grueso
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective comparative analysis. OBJECTIVE: Study early-onset scoliosis (EOS) graduated patients to establish founded criteria for graduation decision making and determine the risks and benefits of definitive fusion. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: EOS is treated by growth-friendly techniques until skeletal maturity. Afterwards, patients can be "graduated," either by definitive fusion (posterior spinal fusion [PSF]) or by retaining the previous implants (Observation) with no additional surgery...
May 2018: Spine Deformity
Courtney O'Donnell, Nicole Michael, X Pan, John Emans, Sumeet Garg, Mark Erickson
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: Retrospective comparison of radiographic and clinical outcomes between anterior spinal fusion (ASF) and posterior spinal fusion (PSF) in surgical treatment of Lenke 5 curves. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: ASF and PSF are used for treatment of Lenke 5 curves in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). Currently, no consensus exists for optimal surgical treatment of Lenke 5 curves...
May 2018: Spine Deformity
Saira Khalid, Jong-In Han, Imran Hashmi, Ghalib Hasnain, Muhammad Ajaz Ahmed, Sher Jamal Khan, Muhammad Arshad
Bacterial cell immobilization offer considerable advantages over traditional biotreatment systems using free cells. Calcium alginate matrix usually used for bacterial immobilization is susceptible to biodegradation in harsh environment. Current study aimed to produce and characterize stable macrocapsules (MCs) of Chlorpyrifos (CP) degrading bacterial consortium using biocompatible calcium alginate matrix coupled with environmentally stable polysulfone. In current study bacterial consortium capable of CP biodegradation was immobilized using calcium alginate in a form of microcapsule (MC) reinforced by being coated with a synthetic polymer polysulfone (PSf) through phase inversion...
August 1, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Susan Mahon, Alice Theadom, Suzanne Barker-Collo, Steve Taylor, Rita Krishnamurthi, Kelly Jones, Emma Witt, Valery Feigin
BACKGROUND: Fatigue is a debilitating symptom after stroke, which may persist for many years. Survivors of stroke commonly have comorbid medical conditions such as hypertension and diabetes mellitus that may produce fatigue by themselves. The contribution of vascular and other risk factors on long-term poststroke fatigue (PSF) has not been sufficiently investigated at a population-based level. METHODS: Adults (N = 256) with stroke, who consented into the Auckland Regional Stroke Outcomes Study (ARCOS-IV), completed assessments including the Fatigue Severity Scale (FFS) at 4 years poststroke...
April 30, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Won-Sup Lee, Geon Lim, Wan-Chin Kim, Guk-Jong Choi, Han-Wook Yi, No-Cheol Park
In this paper, we report the enhancement of resolution of continuous wave (CW) stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy by a novel method of structured illumination of an excitation beam. Illumination by multiple excitation beams through the specific pupil apertures with high in-plane wave vectors leads to interference of diffracted light flux near the focal plane, resulting in the contraction of the point spread function (PSF) of the excitation. Light spot reduction by the suggested standing wave (SW) illumination method contributes to make up much lower depletion efficiency of the CW STED microscopy than that of the pulsed STED method...
April 16, 2018: Optics Express
M Siemons, C N Hulleman, R Ø Thorsen, C S Smith, S Stallinga
Point spread function (PSF) engineering is used in single emitter localization to measure the emitter position in 3D and possibly other parameters such as the emission color or dipole orientation as well. Advanced PSF models such as spline fits to experimental PSFs or the vectorial PSF model can be used in the corresponding localization algorithms in order to model the intricate spot shape and deformations correctly. The complexity of the optical architecture and fit model makes PSF engineering approaches particularly sensitive to optical aberrations...
April 2, 2018: Optics Express
Pierre Bon, Jeanne Linarès-Loyez, Maxime Feyeux, Kevin Alessandri, Brahim Lounis, Pierre Nassoy, Laurent Cognet
Fluorescence localization microscopy has achieved near-molecular resolution capable of revealing ultra-structures, with a broad range of applications, especially in cellular biology. However, it remains challenging to attain such resolution in three dimensions and inside biological tissues beyond the first cell layer. Here we introduce SELFI, a framework for 3D single-molecule localization within multicellular specimens and tissues. The approach relies on self-interference generated within the microscope's point spread function (PSF) to simultaneously encode equiphase and intensity fluorescence signals, which together provide the 3D position of an emitter...
April 30, 2018: Nature Methods
Xiao-Tong Wang, Qiu-Yuan Xia, Sheng-Bing Ye, Xuan Wang, Rui Li, Ru Fang, Shan-Shan Shi, Ru-Song Zhang, Xiao Tan, Jie-Yu Chen, Ke Sun, Xiao-Dong Teng, Heng-Hui Ma, Zhen-Feng Lu, Xiao-Jun Zhou, Qiu Rao
Both Xp11 translocation renal cell carcinomas and the corresponding mesenchymal neoplasms are characterized by a variety of gene fusions involving TFE3. It has been known that tumors with different gene fusions may have different clinicopathologic features; however, further in-depth investigations of subtyping Xp11 translocation-associated cancers are needed in order to explore more meaningful clinicopathologic correlations. A total of 22 unusual cases of Xp11 translocation-associated cancers were selected for the current study; 20 cases were further analyzed by RNA sequencing to explore their TFE3 gene fusion partners...
April 30, 2018: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Eliška Kuťáková, Tomáš Herben, Zuzana Münzbergová
Plant-soil feedback is one of the mechanisms affecting co-existence of species, ecological succession, and species invasiveness. However, in contrast to conspecific plant-soil feedback, general patterns in heterospecific feedback are mostly unknown. We used a meta-analysis to search for correlations between heterospecific feedback and species relatedness, functional traits, and field co-occurrence patterns. We searched published literature and compiled a data set of 618 PSF interactions. We gathered data on species traits reflecting plant size and growth rate (height, specific leaf area, and life span), co-occurrence in habitats and phylogenetic distance between species pairs...
April 25, 2018: Oecologia
Joshua M Pahys, Andrew C Vivas, Amer F Samdani, Gregory Cunn, Randal R Betz, Peter O Newton, Patrick J Cahill
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective review of a prospectively collected multicenter database OBJECTIVE.: To assess the effect of proximal hooks vs. screws on proximal junctional kyphosis (PJK) as well as shoulder balance in otherwise all pedicle screw (>80%) posterior spinal fusion (PSF) constructs in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Less rigid forms of fixation at the top of constructs in degenerative lumbar PSF have been postulated to decrease the risk of PJK...
April 23, 2018: Spine
Anna-Karin Gustavsson, Petar N Petrov, Maurice Y Lee, Yoav Shechtman, W E Moerner
To obtain a complete picture of subcellular nanostructures, cells must be imaged with high resolution in all three dimensions (3D). Here, we present tilted light sheet microscopy with 3D point spread functions (TILT3D), an imaging platform that combines a novel, tilted light sheet illumination strategy with engineered long axial range point spread functions (PSFs) for low-background, 3D super localization of single molecules as well as 3D super-resolution imaging in thick cells. TILT3D is built upon a standard inverted microscope and has minimal custom parts...
February 2018: Proceedings of SPIE
P Castro, C Huerga, P Chamorro, J Garayoa, M Roch, L Pérez
INTRODUCTION: The goals of the study are to characterize imaging properties in 2D PET images reconstructed with the iterative algorithm ordered-subset expectation maximization (OSEM) and to propose a new method for the generation of synthetic images. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The noise is analyzed in terms of its magnitude, spatial correlation, and spectral distribution through standard deviation, autocorrelation function, and noise power spectrum (NPS), respectively...
April 17, 2018: Revista Española de Medicina Nuclear e Imagen Molecular
Soo Chin Kim, Ji-Hoon Kim, Jae-Kyung Won, Eun Jae Chung
RATIONALE: There have been many reports of non-thyroidal lesions which can be mistaken for thyroidal lesions on ultrasound (US) examination. However, it is not known that pyriform sinus fistula (PSF) can manifest as an incidental thyroid nodule and cause serious complication on fine-needle aspiration (FNA). PATIENT CONCERNS: We present a 34-year-old man with PSF incidentally detected on US. US examination showed hypoechoic nodule with several bright echogenic spots at the uppermost part of left thyroid gland...
April 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
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