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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777765/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation-of-an-oral-sustained-release-hepatoprotective-caffeine-loaded-w-o-pickering-emulsion-formula-containing-wheat-germ-oil-and-stabilized-by-magnesium-oxide-nanoparticles
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Heba Elmotasem, Hala K Farag, Abeer A A Salama
The objective of this study was to innovate an effective oral sustained release hepatoprotective formula for - the water soluble drug - caffeine. Caffeine is rapidly absorbed and eliminated which dictates frequent administration to achieve adequate therapeutic effect. A w/o Pickering emulsion incorporating caffeine in the internal phase was primed. It contained wheat germ oil and was stabilized by synthesized magnesium oxide nanoparticles (MgO NPs). Components selection was based on their antioxidant, hepatoprotective and anticarcinogenic effects...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777327/intensity-discrimination-and-speech-recognition-of-cochlear-implant-users
#2
Colette M McKay, Natalie Rickard, Katherine Henshall
The relation between speech recognition and within-channel or across-channel (i.e., spectral tilt) intensity discrimination was measured in nine CI users (11 ears). Within-channel intensity difference limens (IDLs) were measured at four electrode locations across the electrode array. Spectral tilt difference limens were measured with (XIDL-J) and without (XIDL) level jitter. Only three subjects could perform the XIDL-J task with the amount of jitter required to limit use of within-channel cues. XIDLs (normalized to %DR) were correlated with speech recognition (r = 0...
May 17, 2018: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777203/ginkgo-biloba-extracts-prevent-aortic-rupture-in-angiotensin-ii-infused-hypercholesterolemic-mice
#3
Xiao-Fang Huang, Song-Zhao Zhang, Ya-Yu You, Na Zhang, Hong Lu, Alan Daugherty, Xiao-Jie Xie
Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) are a chronic vascular disease characterized by pathological luminal dilation. Aortic rupture is the fatal consequence of AAAs. Ginkgo biloba extracts (GBEs), a natural herb extract widely used as food supplements, drugs, and cosmetics, has been reported to suppress development of calcium chloride-induced AAAs in mice. Calcium chloride-induced AAAs do not rupture, while angiotensin II (AngII)-induced AAAs in mice have high rate of aortic rupture, implicating potentially different mechanisms from calcium chloride-induced AAAs...
May 18, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777124/synchronised-dual-wavelength-mode-locking-in-waveguide-lasers
#4
Wen Qi Zhang, David G Lancaster, Tanya M Monro, Shahraam Afshar Vahid
We present a novel approach to study continuous-wave mode-locking in a waveguide laser in the presence of a gain profile with complex features. We introduce a new simulation approach where we separate the role of gain, nonlinearity, dispersion and saturable absorption elements to provide a better understanding of the interplay between these elements. In particular, we use the simulation to explain synchronised dual-wavelength mode-locking. The results show that despite the existence of dispersion which tends to form separate pulse trains in the laser cavity, the saturable absorber plays a critical role in keeping the different wavelength components synchronised...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776584/dopamine-assisted-co-deposition-an-emerging-and-promising-strategy-for-surface-modification
#5
REVIEW
Wen-Ze Qiu, Hao-Cheng Yang, Zhi-Kang Xu
Mussel-inspired chemistry based on polydopamine (PDA) deposition has been developed as a facile and universal method for the surface modification of various materials. However, the inherent shortcomings of PDA coatings still impede their practical applications in the development of functional materials. In this review, we introduce the recent progress in the emerging dopamine-assisted co-deposition as a one-step strategy for functionalizing PDA-based coatings, and improving them in the aspects of deposition rate, morphology uniformity, surface wettability and chemical stability...
April 27, 2018: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776163/constructing-hopf-bifurcation-lines-for-the-stability-of-nonlinear-systems-with-two-time-delays
#6
Romain Modeste Nguimdo
Although the plethora real-life systems modeled by nonlinear systems with two independent time delays, the algebraic expressions for determining the stability of their fixed points remain the Achilles' heel. Typically, the approach for studying the stability of delay systems consists in finding the bifurcation lines separating the stable and unstable parameter regions. This work deals with the parametric construction of algebraic expressions and their use for the determination of the stability boundaries of fixed points in nonlinear systems with two independent time delays...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776065/multifrequency-raman-amplifiers
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Ido Barth, Nathaniel J Fisch
In its usual implementation, the Raman amplifier features only one pump carrier frequency. However, pulses with well-separated frequencies can also be Raman amplified while compressed in time. Amplification with frequency-separated pumps is shown to hold even in the highly nonlinear, pump-depletion regime, as derived through a fluid model, and demonstrated via particle-in-cell simulations. The resulting efficiency is similar to single-frequency amplifiers, but, due to the beat-wave waveform of both the pump lasers and the amplified seed pulses, these amplifiers feature higher seed intensities with a shorter spike duration...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776005/flexible-and-hierarchical-metal-organic-framework-composites-for-high-performance-catalysis
#8
Ning Huang, Hannah Drake, Jialuo Li, Jiangdong Pang, Ying Wang, Shuai Yuan, Qi Wang, Peiyu Cai, Junsheng Qin, Hong-Cai Zhou
The development of new types of porous composite materials is of great significance owing to their potentially improved performance over those of individual components and extensive applications in separation, energy storage, and heterogeneous catalysis. In this work, we integrated mesoporous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with macroporous melamine foam (MF) using a one-pot process, generating a series of MOF/MF composite materials with preserved crystallinity, hierarchical porosity, and increased stability over that of melamine foam...
May 18, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775640/prestimulus-delta-and-theta-contributions-to-equiprobable-go-nogo-processing-in-healthy-ageing
#9
Frances M De Blasio, Robert J Barry
Ongoing EEG activity contributes to ERP outcomes of stimulus processing, and each of these measures is known to undergo (sometimes significant) age-related change. Variation in their relationship across the life-span may thus elucidate mechanisms of normal and pathological ageing. This study assessed the relationships between low-frequency EEG prestimulus brain states, the ERP, and behavioural outcomes in a simple equiprobable auditory Go/NoGo paradigm, comparing these for 20 young (Mage  = 20.4 years) and 20 healthy older (Mage  = 68...
May 15, 2018: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774041/report-on-the-current-inventory-of-the-toolbox-for-plant-cell-wall-analysis-proteinaceous-and-small-molecular-probes
#10
REVIEW
Maja G Rydahl, Aleksander R Hansen, Stjepan K Kračun, Jozef Mravec
Plant cell walls are highly complex structures composed of diverse classes of polysaccharides, proteoglycans, and polyphenolics, which have numerous roles throughout the life of a plant. Significant research efforts aim to understand the biology of this cellular organelle and to facilitate cell-wall-based industrial applications. To accomplish this, researchers need to be provided with a variety of sensitive and specific detection methods for separate cell wall components, and their various molecular characteristics in vitro as well as in situ ...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773934/iglarlixi-a-new-once-daily-fixed-ratio-combination-of-basal-insulin-glargine-and-lixisenatide-for-the-management-of-type-2-diabetes
#11
Debbie Hinnen, Jodi Strong
Background: Patients with type 2 diabetes require treatment intensification to maintain glycemic control. Clinician reluctance, patient injection fears, hypoglycemia, weight gain, or other objections may lead to clinical inertia, whereby therapy is not intensified and patients live with uncontrolled hyperglycemia and increased risk for complications. Initiation of injectable therapy with a glucagon-like peptide (GLP)-1 receptor agonist and/or basal insulin is a recommended option for patients with type 2 diabetes inadequately controlled on one or more oral agents...
May 2018: Diabetes Spectrum: a Publication of the American Diabetes Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772674/encapsidated-host-factors-in-alphavirus-particles-influence-midgut-infection-of-aedes-aegypti
#12
David Mackenzie-Liu, Kevin J Sokoloski, Sarah Purdy, Richard W Hardy
Transmission of mosquito-borne viruses requires the efficient infection of both a permissive vertebrate host and a competent mosquito vector. The infectivity of Sindbis virus (SINV), the type species of the Alphavirus genus, is influenced by both the original and new host cell. We have shown that infection of vertebrate cells by SINV, chikungunya virus (CHIKV), and Ross River virus (RRV) produces two subpopulations of virus particles separable based on density. In contrast, a single population of viral particles is produced by mosquito cells...
May 16, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772387/validation-of-the-seattle-angina-questionnaire-in-women-with-ischemic-heart-disease
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Krishna K Patel, Suzanne V Arnold, Paul S Chan, Yuanyuan Tang, Philip G Jones, Jianping Guo, Donna M Buchanan, Mohammed Qintar, Carole Decker, David A Morrow, John A Spertus
BACKGROUND: Although the Seattle Angina Questionnaire (SAQ) has been widely used to assess disease-specific health status in patients with ischemic heart disease, it was originally developed in a predominantly male population and its validity in women has been questioned. METHODS: Using data from 8892 men and 4013 women across 2 multicenter trials and 5 registries, we assessed the construct validity, test-retest reliability, responsiveness to clinical change, and predictive validity of the SAQ Summary Score (SS) and its 5 subdomains (Physical Limitation (PL), Anginal Stability (AS), Angina Frequency (AF), Treatment Satisfaction (TS), and Quality of Life (QoL)) separately in men and women...
April 21, 2018: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772341/development-of-an-auto-phase-separable-and-reusable-graphene-oxide-potato-starch-based-cross-linked-bio-composite-adsorbent-for-removal-of-methylene-blue-dye
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Amartya Bhattacharyya, Bhaskar Banerjee, Soumitra Ghorai, Dipak Rana, Indranil Roy, Gunjan Sarkar, Nayan Ranjan Saha, Sriparna De, Tapas Kumar Ghosh, Sourav Sadhukhan, Dipankar Chattopadhyay
In this work, we report the development of a cross-linked bio-composite consisting of graphene oxide, potato starch, cross-linker glutaraldehyde and its application to adsorption of the industrial dye, methylene blue, from aqueous solution. The inexpensiveness, non-hazardous nature and easy bio-degradability are the major reasons for the selection of starch material as one of the components of the bio-composite. The bio-composite has been characterized by FTIR, SEM, XRD, particle size and zeta potential analysis...
May 14, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771709/combined-recirculatory-compartmental-population-pharmacokinetic-modeling-of-arterial-and-venous-plasma-s-and-r-ketamine-concentrations
#15
Thomas K Henthorn, Michael J Avram, Albert Dahan, Lars L Gustafsson, Jan Persson, Tom C Krejcie, Erik Olofsen
BACKGROUND: The pharmacokinetics of infused drugs have been modeled without regard for recirculatory or mixing kinetics. We used a unique ketamine dataset with simultaneous arterial and venous blood sampling, during and after separate S(+) and R(-) ketamine infusions, to develop a simplified recirculatory model of arterial and venous plasma drug concentrations. METHODS: S(+) or R(-) ketamine was infused over 30 min on two occasions to 10 healthy male volunteers...
May 16, 2018: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770827/%C3%AF-%C3%AF-stacking-induced-high-current-density-and-improved-efficiency-in-ternary-organic-solar-cells
#16
Lijuan Li, Hui Lin, Xiao Kong, Xiaoyang Du, Xinwei Chen, Ling Zhou, Silu Tao, Caijun Zheng, Xiaohong Zhang
Ternary blend systems have been used to enhance the short-circuit current density (JSC) and fill factor (FF) of organic solar cells (OSCs). However, it is still a challenge to find suitable third components that concurrently possess complementary light absorption and well-matched energy levels. Here, a small organic molecule, 4,4'-(9,9-dihexyl-9H-fluorene-2,7-diyl)bis(N,N-bis(4-(pyren-1-yl)phenyl)anili-ne) (DFNPy), which contains a triphenylamine core and bulky pyrene rings, was designed and used to construct ternary blend OSCs...
May 17, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770685/tft-directed-electroplating-of-rgb-luminescent-films-without-a-vacuum-or-mask-toward-a-full-color-amoled-pixel-matrix
#17
Rong Wang, Donglian Zhang, You Xiong, Xuehong Zhou, Cao Liu, Weifeng Chen, Weijing Wu, Lei Zhou, Miao Xu, Lei Wang, Linlin Liu, Junbiao Peng, Yuguang Ma, Yong Cao
The thin-film transistor (TFT) driving circuit is a separate electronic component embedded within the panel itself to switch the current for each pixel in active-matrix organic light-emitting diode displays. We reported a TFT-directed dye electroplating method to fabricate pixels; this would be a new method to deposit films on prepatterned electrode for organic full-color display, where TFT driving circuit provide a switching current signal to drive and direct dye depositing on selected RGB pixels. A prototype patterned color pixel matrix was achieved, as high-quality light-emitting films with uniform morphology, pure RGB chromaticity, and stable output...
May 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770540/efficient-adsorption-characteristics-of-pristine-and-silver-doped-graphene-oxide-towards-contaminants-a-novel-approach-to-water-purification-mechanism
#18
Tanveer Hussain, Puspamitra Panigrahi, Ashok Kumar Dhinakaran, Yuvaraj Sekar, Rajeev Ahuja
In this work, we have investigated the potential of pristine and silver (Ag) functionalized graphene oxide monolayers GO (GO-Ag) as efficient membranes for water filtration and separation. Our first principles calculation based on density functional theory (DFT) reveled the hydrophilic nature of GO surfaces. The phonon frequency calculations within density functional perturbation theory (DFPT) confirmed the stability of GO sheets in the aqueous medium. Van der Waals corrected binding energies of GO sheet towards the heavy metals predicts that even pristine GO sheets would be completely impermeable to various heavy metals like arsenic (As) and lead (Pb)...
May 16, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768490/purification-of-complex-samples-implementation-of-a-modular-and-reconfigurable-droplet-based-microfluidic-platform-with-cascaded-deterministic-lateral-displacement-separation-modules
#19
Eloise Pariset, Catherine Pudda, François Boizot, Nicolas Verplanck, Frédéric Revol-Cavalier, Jean Berthier, Aurélie Thuaire, Vincent Agache
Particle separation in microfluidic devices is a common problematic for sample preparation in biology. Deterministic lateral displacement (DLD) is efficiently implemented as a size-based fractionation technique to separate two populations of particles around a specific size. However, real biological samples contain components of many different sizes and a single DLD separation step is not sufficient to purify these complex samples. When connecting several DLD modules in series, pressure balancing at the DLD outlets of each step becomes critical to ensure an optimal separation efficiency...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768471/performance-based-approach-for-movement-artifact-removal-from-electroencephalographic-data-recorded-during-locomotion
#20
Evyatar Arad, Ronny P Bartsch, Jan W Kantelhardt, Meir Plotnik
The appreciation for the need to record electroencephalographic (EEG) signals from humans while walking has been steadily growing in recent years, particularly in relation to understanding gait disturbances. Movement artefacts (MA) in EEG signals originate from mechanical forces applied to the scalp electrodes, inducing small electrode movements relative to the scalp which, in turn, cause the recorded voltage to change irrespectively of cortical activity. These mechanical forces, and thus MA, may have various sources (e...
2018: PloS One
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