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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432915/proton-induced-production-and-radiochemical-isolation-of-44-ti-from-scandium-metal-targets-for-44-ti-44-sc-generator-development
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Valery Radchenko, Jonathan W Engle, Dmitri G Medvedev, Joel M Maassen, Cleo M Naranjo, George A Unc, Catherine A L Meyer, Tara Mastren, Mark Brugh, Leonard Mausner, Cathy S Cutler, Eva R Birnbaum, Kevin D John, F Meiring Nortier, Michael E Fassbender
Scandium-44g (half-life 3.97h) shows promise for application in positron emission tomography (PET), due to favorable decay parameters. One of the sources of (44g)Sc is the (44)Ti/(44g)Sc generator, which can conveniently provide this radioisotope on a daily basis at a diagnostic facility. Titanium-44 (half-life 60.0 a), in turn, can be obtained via proton irradiation of scandium metal targets. A substantial (44)Ti product batch, however, requires high beam currents, long irradiation times and an elaborate chemical procedure for (44)Ti isolation and purification...
April 7, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432857/on-the-importance-of-intramolecular-hydrogen-bond-cooperativity-in-d-glucose-an-nmr-and-qtaim-approach
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John S Lomas, Laurent Joubert
The idea that hydrogen bond cooperativity is responsible for the structure and reactivity of carbohydrates is examined. Density functional theory and gauge-including atomic orbital calculations on the known conformers of the α and β anomers of D-glucopyranose in the gas phase are used to compute proton NMR chemical shifts and interatomic distances, which are taken as criteria for probing intramolecular interactions. Atom-atom interaction energies are calculated by the interacting quantum atoms approach in the framework of the quantum theory of atoms in molecules...
April 22, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry: MRC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432832/profiling-microrna-from-nephrectomy-and-biopsy-specimens-predictors-of-progression-and-survival-in-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Casey G Kowalik, Drew A Palmer, Travis B Sullivan, Patrick A Teebagy, John M Dugan, John A Libertino, Eric J Burks, David Canes, Kimberly M Rieger-Christ
OBJECTIVE: To identify miRNA characteristic of metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) and those indicative of cancer specific survival in nephrectomy and biopsy specimens. We also sought to determine if a miRNA panel could differentiate benign from ccRCC tissue. MATERIALS AND METHODS: RNA was isolated from nephrectomy and kidney biopsy specimens (n=156; n=46 respectively). Samples were grouped: benign, non-progressive and progressive ccRCC. MiRNA were profiled by microarray and validated by qRT-PCR...
April 22, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432822/focal-liver-lesions-segmentation-and-classification-in-nonenhanced-t2-weighted-mri
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Ilias Gatos, Stavros Tsantis, Maria Karamesini, Stavros Spiliopoulos, Dimitris Karnabatidis, John D Hazle, George C Kagadis
PURPOSE: To automatically segment and classify focal liver lesions (FLLs) on nonenhanced T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans using a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) algorithm. METHODS: 71 FLLs (30 benign lesions, 19 hepatocellular carcinomas, and 22 metastases) on T2-weighted MRI scans were delineated by the proposed CAD scheme. The FLL segmentation procedure involved wavelet multiscale analysis to extract accurate edge information and mean intensity values for consecutive edges computed using horizontal and vertical analysis that were fed into the subsequent fuzzy C-means algorithm for final FLL border extraction...
April 22, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432821/addition-of-hydrogen-peroxide-to-groundwater-with-natural-iron-induces-water-disinfection-by-photo-fenton-at-circumneutral-ph-and-other-photochemical-events
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Héctor Mario Gutiérrez-Zapata, John Jairo Alvear-Daza, Julián Andrés Rengifo-Herrera, Janeth Sanabria
Samples of natural groundwater (with low turbidity, neutral pH and 0.3 mg L(-1) iron concentration) inoculated with Escherichia coli K-12, were exposed to simulated solar light both in the presence and absence 10 mg L(-1) of H2 O2. Results demonstrated that the viability of E. coli (by DVC-FISH) was grounded to zero after 360 min of irradiation. This abatement could be caused by the oxidative stress induced by •OH radicals or another photo-induced reactive oxygen species. Two 2(3) factorial experimental designs enabled the evaluation of the effects of chemical factors on the inactivation of E...
April 22, 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432807/incidental-findings-in-student-ultrasound-models-implications-for-instructors
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Yonaton Siegel-Richman, John L Kendall
As ultrasonography continues to become integrated into undergraduate medical education, there have been concerns raised about the use of volunteer models and the ability to maintain patient privacy during scanning sessions. To date, there have been no reports on how instructors should manage situations in which incidental findings are made during educational ultrasonography sessions. We present three different examples of incidental findings that occurred at our institution and the various approaches taken by the instructors...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432803/sequencing-and-functional-validation-of-the-jgi-brachypodium-distachyon-t-dna-collection
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Mon Mandy Hsia, Ronan O'Malley, Amy Cartwright, Rita Nieu, Sean P Gordon, Sandra Kelly, Tina G Williams, Delilah F Wood, Yunjun Zhao, Jennifer Bragg, Mark Jordan, Markus Pauly, Joseph R Ecker, Yong Gu, John P Vogel
Due to a large and growing collection of genomic and experimental resources, Brachypodium distachyon has emerged as a powerful experimental model for the grasses. To add to these resources we sequenced 21,165 T-DNA lines, 15,569 of which were produced in this study. This increased the number of unique insertion sites in the T-DNA collection by 21,078 bringing the overall total to 26,112. Thirty seven percent (9,754) of these insertion sites are within genes (including UTRs and introns) and 28% (7,217) are within 500 bp of a gene...
April 22, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432711/vdr-gene-methylation-as-a-molecular-adaption-to-light-exposure-historic-recent-and-genetic-influences
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Emma L Beckett, Patrice Jones, Martin Veysey, Konsta Duesing, Charlotte Martin, John Furst, Zoe Yates, Nina G Jablonski, George Chaplin, Mark Lucock
OBJECTIVES: The vitamin D receptor (VDR) is a member of the nuclear receptor family of transcription factors. We examined whether degree of VDR gene methylation acts as a molecular adaptation to light exposure. We explored this in the context of photoperiod at conception, recent UV irradiance at 305 nm, and gene-latitude effects. METHODS: Eighty subjects were examined for VDR gene-CpG island methylation density. VDR gene variants were also examined by PCR-RFLP. RESULTS: Photoperiod at conception was significantly positively related to VDR methylation density, explaining 17% of the variance in methylation (r(2)  = 0...
April 22, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432679/potential-use-of-cowpea-vigna-unguiculata-l-walp-stover-treated-with-white-rot-fungi-as-rabbit-feed
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Ederson Andrade, Victor Pinheiro, Alexandre Gonçalves, John W Cone, Guilhermina Marques, Valéria Silva, Luis Ferreira, Miguel Rodrigues
BACKGROUND: Lignin inhibitory effects within the cell wall structure constitute a serious drawback in maximizing the utilization of fibrous feedstuffs in animal feeding. In this way, treatments that promote efficient delignification of these materials must be applied. This study evaluated the potential of white-rot fungi to upgrade the nutritive value of cowpea stover for rabbits feeding. RESULTS: There was an increase in the crude protein content of all substrates as a result of fungi treatments reaching a net gain of 13% for Pleurotus citrinopileatus incubation...
April 22, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432623/performance-of-cstr-egsb-sbr-system-for-treating-sulfate-rich-cellulosic-ethanol-wastewater-and-microbial-community-analysis
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Lili Shan, Zhaohan Zhang, Yanling Yu, John Justo Ambuchi, Yujie Feng
Performance and microbial community composition were evaluated in a two-phase anaerobic and aerobic system treating sulfate-rich cellulosic ethanol wastewater (CEW). The system was operated at five different chemical oxygen demand (COD)/SO4(2-) ratios (63.8, 26.3, 17.8, 13.7, and 10.7). Stable performance was obtained for total COD removal efficiency (94.5%), sulfate removal (89.3%), and methane production rate (11.5 L/day) at an organic loading rate of 32.4 kg COD/(m(3)·day). The acidogenic reactor made a positive contribution to net VFAs production (2318...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432524/correlation-of-serum-mmp3-and-other-biomarkers-with-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-a-pilot-study
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Dongyi He, Qi Zhu, Quan Zhou, Qing Qi, Hongmei Sun, Liza M Zachariah, Grace Wang, John D Reveille, Yongtao Guan, Xiaodong Zhou
The studies aimed to assess a set of biomarkers for their correlations with disease activity/severity of patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). A total of 24 AS patients were treated with etanercept and prospectively followed for 12 weeks. Serum levels of TNF-α, IFN-γ, TGF-β, IL6, IL15, IL17, MMP3, and MICA were measured at baseline and after treatment. The change of these biomarkers was analyzed for correlations with MRI indices for joint inflammation, Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index, Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index, AS Disease Activity Score, serum CRP, and ESR...
April 22, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432489/design-development-and-clinical-validation-of-computer-aided-surgical-simulation-system-for-streamlined-orthognathic-surgical-planning
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Peng Yuan, Huaming Mai, Jianfu Li, Dennis Chun-Yu Ho, Yingying Lai, Siting Liu, Daeseung Kim, Zixiang Xiong, David M Alfi, John F Teichgraeber, Jaime Gateno, James J Xia
PURPOSE: There are many proven problems associated with traditional surgical planning methods for orthognathic surgery. To address these problems, we developed a computer-aided surgical simulation (CASS) system, the AnatomicAligner, to plan orthognathic surgery following our streamlined clinical protocol. METHODS: The system includes six modules: image segmentation and three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction, registration and reorientation of models to neutral head posture, 3D cephalometric analysis, virtual osteotomy, surgical simulation, and surgical splint generation...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432483/what-s-in-a-gold-standard-in-defence-of-randomised-controlled-trials
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Marius Backmann
The standardised randomised clinical trial (RCT) has been exceedingly popular in medical research, economics, and practical policy making. Recently, RCTs have faced criticism. First, it has been argued by John Worrall that we cannot be certain that our sample is not atypical with regard to possible confounding factors. I will argue that at least in the case of medical research, we know enough about the relevant causal mechanisms to be justified to ignore a number of factors we have good reason not to expect to be disruptive...
April 21, 2017: Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432387/yttrium-90-radioembolization-for-unresectable-combined-hepatocellular-cholangiocarcinoma
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Lauren S Chan, Daniel Y Sze, George A Poultsides, John D Louie, Mohammed A Abdelrazek Mohammed, David S Wang
PURPOSE: Combined hepatocellular-cholangiocarcinoma (cHCC-CC) is a rare mixed cell type primary liver cancer with limited data to guide management. Transarterial radioembolization with yttrium-90 microspheres (RE) is an emerging treatment option for both hepatocellular carcinoma and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. This study explored the safety and efficacy of RE for unresectable cHCC-CC. METHODS: Patients with histopathologically confirmed cHCC-CC treated with RE were retrospectively evaluated...
April 21, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432381/modulation-of-the-multidrug-efflux-pump-emrd-3-from-vibrio-cholerae-by-allium-sativum-extract-and-the-bioactive-agent-allyl-sulfide-plus-synergistic-enhancement-of-antimicrobial-susceptibility-by-a-sativum-extract
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Merissa M Bruns, Prathusha Kakarla, Jared T Floyd, Mun Mun Mukherjee, Robert C Ponce, John A Garcia, Indrika Ranaweera, Leslie M Sanford, Alberto J Hernandez, T Mark Willmon, Grace L Tolson, Manuel F Varela
The causative agent of cholera, Vibrio cholerae, is a public health concern. Multidrug-resistant V. cholerae variants may reduce chemotherapeutic efficacies of severe cholera. We previously reported that the multidrug efflux pump EmrD-3 from V. cholerae confers resistance to multiple structurally distinct antimicrobials. Medicinal plant compounds are potential candidates for EmrD-3 efflux pump modulation. The antibacterial activities of garlic Allium sativum, although poorly understood, predicts that a main bioactive component, allyl sulfide, modulates EmrD-3 efflux...
April 21, 2017: Archives of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432346/functionally-interchangeable-cis-acting-rna-elements-in-both-genome-segments-of-a-picorna-like-plant-virus
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Jiangbo Guo, Junping Han, Junyan Lin, John Finer, Anne Dorrance, Feng Qu
Cis-acting RNA structures in the genomes of RNA viruses play critical roles in viral infection, yet their importance in the bipartite genomes of the picorna-like, plant-infecting comoviruses has not been carefully investigated. We previously characterized SLC, a stem-loop structure in the 5' untranslated region (UTR) of the bean pod mottle comovirus (BPMV) RNA2, and found it to be essential for RNA2 accumulation in infected cells. Here we report the identification of SL1, a similar cis-acting element in the other BPMV genome segment - RNA1...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432210/a-randomised-controlled-trial-of-a-complex-intervention-to-reduce-children-s-exposure-to-secondhand-smoke-in-the-home
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Elena Ratschen, Rebecca Thorley, Laura Jones, Magdalena Opazo Breton, Juliette Cook, Ann McNeill, John Britton, Tim Coleman, Sarah Lewis
OBJECTIVES: Exposing children to secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS) causes significant harm and occurs predominantly through smoking by caregivers in the family home. We report a trial of a complex intervention designed to reduce secondhand smoke exposure of children whose primary caregiver feels unable or unwilling to quit smoking. DESIGN: An open-label, parallel, randomised controlled trial. SETTING: Deprived communities in Nottingham City and County, England PARTICIPANTS: Caregivers resident in Nottingham City and County in England who were at least 18 years old, the main caregiver of a child aged under 5 years living in their household, and reported that they were smoking tobacco inside their home...
April 21, 2017: Tobacco Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432198/folate-dependent-methylation-of-septins-governs-ciliogenesis-during-neural-tube-closure
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Manami Toriyama, Michinori Toriyama, John B Wallingford, Richard H Finnell
Periconception maternal folic acid (vitamin B9) supplementation can reduce the prevalence of neural tube defects (NTDs), although just how folates benefit the developing embryo and promote closing of the neural tube and other morphologic processes during development remains unknown. Folate contributes to a 1-carbon metabolism, which is essential for purine biosynthesis and methionine recycling and affects methylation of DNA, histones, and nonhistone proteins. Herein, we used animal models and cultured mammalian cells to demonstrate that disruption of the methylation pathway mediated by folate compromises normal neural tube closure (NTC) and ciliogenesis...
April 21, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432132/do-memory-cd4-t-cells-keep-their-cell-type-programming-plasticity-versus-fate-commitment-epigenome-a-dynamic-vehicle-for-transmitting-and-recording-cytokine-signaling
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John L Johnson, Golnaz Vahedi
CD4(+) T cells are critical for the elimination of an immense array of microbial pathogens. Although there are aspects of helper T-cell differentiation that can be modeled as a classic cell-fate commitment, CD4(+) T cells also maintain considerable flexibility in their transcriptional program. Here, we present an overview of chromatin biology during cellular reprogramming and, within this context, envision how the scope of cellular reprogramming may be expanded to further our understanding of the controversy surrounding CD4(+) T lymphocyte plasticity or determinism...
April 21, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432103/morphology-and-cardiac-physiology-are-differentially-affected-by-temperature-in-developing-larvae-of-the-marine-fish-mahi-mahi-coryphaena-hippurus
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Prescilla Perrichon, Christina Pasparakis, Edward M Mager, John D Stieglitz, Daniel D Benetti, Martin Grosell, Warren W Burggren
Cardiovascular performance is altered by temperature in larval fishes, but how acute vs. chronic temperature exposures independently affect cardiac morphology and physiology in the growing larva is poorly understood. Consequently, the influence of water temperature on cardiac plasticity was investigated in developing mahi-mahi. Morphological (e.g. standard length, heart angle) and physiological cardiac variables (e.g. heart rate fH, stroke volume, cardiac output) were recorded under two conditions by imaging: i) under acute temperature exposure where embryos were reared at 25°C up to 128 hours post-fertilization (hpf) and then acutely exposed to 25° (rearing temperature), 27° and 30°C; ii) at two rearing (chronic) temperatures of 26° and 30°C and performed at 32 and 56 hpf...
April 21, 2017: Biology Open
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