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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914330/synergistic-effect-of-p-n-heterojunction-supporting-and-zeolite-nanoparticles-in-enhanced-photocatalytic-activity-of-nio-and-sno2
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Hadis Derikvandi, Alireza Nezamzadeh-Ejhieh
Increased photocatalytic activity of NiO and SnO2 was achieved by coupling and supporting of them onto clinoptilolite nanoparticles (NC) via calcination of Ni(II)-Sn(IV) - exchanged NC in photocatalytic degradation of metronidazole (MZ) aqueous solution. XRD, XRF, FTIR, SEM, X-ray mapping, DRS, TEM, BET Cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy techniques (EIS) were used for characterization of samples. Red shift occurred in bang gap energies of the coupled semiconductors with respect to monocomponent one...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914320/biochemical-precursor-effects-on-the-fatty-acid-production-in-cell-suspension-cultures-of-theobroma-cacao-l
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O Parra, A M Gallego, A Urrea, L F Rojas, C Correa, L Atehortúa
Cocoa butter (CB) is composed of 96% palmitic, stearic, oleic, linoleic and linolenic fatty acids that are responsible for the hardness, texture and fusion properties of chocolate. Through in vitro plant cell culture it is possible to modify CB lipid profiles and to study the fatty acid biosynthesis pathway on a subcellular level, evaluating fundamental aspects to enhance in vitro fatty acid production in a specific and controlled way. In this research, culture media was supplemented with acetate, biotin, pyruvate, bicarbonate and glycerol at three different concentrations and the effects on the biomass production (g/L), cell viability, and fatty acids profile and production was evaluated in in vitro cell suspensions culture...
November 25, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911829/supramolecular-pegylation-of-biopharmaceuticals
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Matthew J Webber, Eric A Appel, Brittany Vinciguerra, Abel B Cortinas, Lavanya S Thapa, Siddharth Jhunjhunwala, Lyle Isaacs, Robert Langer, Daniel G Anderson
The covalent modification of therapeutic biomolecules has been broadly explored, leading to a number of clinically approved modified protein drugs. These modifications are typically intended to address challenges arising in biopharmaceutical practice by promoting improved stability and shelf life of therapeutic proteins in formulation, or modifying pharmacokinetics in the body. Toward these objectives, covalent modification with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) has been a common direction. Here, a platform approach to biopharmaceutical modification is described that relies on noncovalent, supramolecular host-guest interactions to endow proteins with prosthetic functionality...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909504/long-term-evolution-of-patients-treated-for-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-with-first-and-second-generation-cryoballoon-catheter-ablation-with-a-prospective-protocol-guided-by-complete-bidirectional-left-atrium-pulmonary-veins-disconnection-after-adenosine
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Jesus M Paylos Md PhD, Aracelis Morales Md, Luis Azcona Md, Marisol Paradela Md, Raquel Yagüe Md, Fernando Gómez-Guijarro Md, Lourdes Lacal Md, Clara Ferrero Rn, Octavio Rodríguez Md
INTRODUCTION: Cryoballoon ablation (CB) has proven effective for treating patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). We analyzed our seven year follow-up of patients, treated for PAF with first (CB1) and second generation (CB2), with demonstration of LA-PV disconnection with bidirectional block (BB) after adenosine (AD). METHODS: Since November 2008 to May 2015, 128 patients, 97 male (58±7 years), without heart disease, highly symptomatic, refractory to antiarrhythmic drugs (AAD) were treated, and follow-up (1411 ±727 days)...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909503/first-and-second-generation-cryoballoon-ablation-efficacy-restoring-and-maintaining-sinus-rhythm-in-patients-electrically-selected-and-treated-for-long-standing-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-after-acute-complete-electrical-disconnection-of-pulmonary-veins
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Jesus M Paylos Md PhD, Luis Azcona Md, Lourdes Lacal Md, Marisol Paradela Md, Carmen Cilleros Md, Ildefonso Del Campo Md, Clara Ferrero Rn Carlos Martínez Md PhD, Aracelis Morales Md
Introduction Cryoballoon ablation (CB) has proven effective to treatment of patients (pts) with atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the isolated efficacy of CB to treat pts with long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (LSPAF) is less know. We analyzed the acute results and the long-term follow-up of our pts suffering LSPAF and initially treated with CB. Methods A cohort of 44 pts, 37 male (84%) mean age (60±10 year) suffering LSPAF were treated with first (CB1): 15pts, and second (CB2): 29 pts, generation CB...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909474/efficacy-high-procedural-safety-and-rapid-optimization-of-cryoballoon-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-in-the-hands-of-a-new-operator
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Eberhard Scholz, Patrick Lugenbiel, Patrick A Schweizer, Panagiotis Xynogalos, Claudia Seyler, Edgar Zitron, Rüdiger Becker, Hugo A Katus, Dierk Thomas
BACKGROUND: Cryoballoon (CB) ablation is successful in eliminating atrial fibrillation (AF). PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess procedural efficacy and safety of CB ablation performed by a newly trained operator. METHODS: Forty patients with documented paroxysmal AF (58 ± 11 years, 26 male) undergoing CB catheter ablation were prospectively enrolled. RESULTS: Electrical pulmonary vein (PV) isolation was achieved in all patients (156 PVs)...
February 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909337/optimization-of-the-optical-transparency-of-rodent-tissues-by-modified-pact-based-passive-clearing
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Jiwon Woo, Mirae Lee, Jeong Min Seo, Hyo Suk Park, Yong Eun Cho
Recently, a bio-electrochemical technique known as CLARITY was reported for three-dimensional phenotype mapping within transparent tissues, allowing clearer whole-body and organ visualization with CB-perfusion (CUBIC) and leading to the development of whole-body clearing and transparency of intact tissues with the PACT (passive clarity technique) and PARS (perfusion-assisted agent release in situ) methodologies. We evaluated the structure-function relationships in circuits of the whole central nervous system (CNS) and various internal organs using improved methods with optimized passive clarity...
December 2, 2016: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907097/levels-of-selected-persistent-organic-pollutants-pcb-pbde-and-pesticides-in-honey-bee-pollen-sampled-in-poland
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Marek Łukasz Roszko, Marta Kamińska, Krystyna Szymczyk, Renata Jędrzejczak
Chemical plant protection is a commonly discussed factor potentially responsible for decline in pollinators and other beneficial insect populations. Various groups of chemicals including persistent organic pollutants could impact a bee colony's welfare and are reported to be present in bee tissue and apiary products. The aim of this work was to evaluate the presence of selected persistent organic pollutant and pesticide residues in bee pollen originating from different geographical regions of Poland. Pesticide residues were identified in 60% of tested bee pollen samples...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905905/prevalence-and-co-occurrence-of-compulsive-buying-problematic-internet-and-mobile-phone-use-in-college-students-in-yantai-china-relevance-of-self-traits
#9
Zhaocai Jiang, Mingyan Shi
BACKGROUND: Until now, most research in the prevalence of compulsive buying (CB) has been developed from samples in western developed countries, this study aimed to estimate the prevalence and co-morbidities of CB, problematic Internet use (PIU) and problematic mobile phone use (PMPU) in college students in Yantai, China. Moreover, based on the lack of research focusing on differences between CB and addiction, we will explore whether CB and PIU/PMPU individuals are characterized by the same self-traits (i...
December 1, 2016: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905684/the-effect-of-maternal-and-infant-factors-on-cord-blood-yield
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Seyed Hadi Mousavi, Saeid Abroun, Morteza Zarrabi, Mona Ahmadipanah
Umbilical cord blood (CB) can be used as an alternative hematopoietic stem cell source for transplantation in hematological malignancy and blood disorders. The success of transplantation is highly related to the levels of total nucleated cell and CD34(+) cell counts. The evaluation of optimal conditions can decrease the rate of graft rejection due to low cell count and increases the quality of CB units (CBUs) in the blood bank and the success rate of engraftment. To this end, we review the maternal and infant parameters affecting the quality and quantity of CBUs...
December 1, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902863/evaluation-of-recurrent-high-grade-gliomas-treated-with-bevacizumab-a-preliminary-report-of-3d-pseudocontinuous-artery-spin-labeling
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Yuelei Lyu, Shuai Liu, Hui You, Bo Hou, Yu Wang, Wenbin Ma, Feng Feng
PURPOSE: To investigate the role of cerebral blood flow (CBF) derived from a 3D fast spin echo (FSE) pseudocontinuous artery spin labeling (pcASL) sequence in evaluating the survival rate of recurrent high-grade gliomas (rHGGs) that were treated with bevacizumab (BEV). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixteen patients with rHGGs who underwent 3T 3D FSE pcASL imaging 1-2 days before (baseline or pre-BEV) and within 1 month after BEV treatment initiation (post-BEV) were included in the study...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900720/effect-of-forestry-waste-biochars-on-adsorption-of-pb-ii-and-antibiotic-florfenicol-in-red-soil
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Canlan Jiang, Hao Cai, Lulu Chen, Liwei Chen, Tianming Cai
Biochars derived from Pinus massoniana and Cunninghamia lanceolata trunks (abbreviated as PB and CB, respectively) were used to investigate their potential capabilities to improve lead (Pb(II)) and antibiotic florfenicol (FLO) immobilization in soil. Results shows that, after incubation for 60 days, the maximum adsorption capacities (Q m ) of biochar-treated soils (soil-PB and soil-CB) for Pb(II) was increased by 27 and 14 %, respectively, compared with pristine soil sample. In the case of FLO, however, the Q m of biochar-treated soils were enhanced by 266 and 206 % for soil-PB and soil-CB, respectively...
November 30, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897389/new-insights-into-the-difference-between-rotaxane-and-pseudorotaxane
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He-Lue Sun, Heng-Yi Zhang, Zhen Dai, Xu Han, Yu Liu
Rotaxane and pseudorotaxane are two sorts of different mechanically interlocked molecular architectures, and there is obvious topological difference and boundary between them. In this work, a "suggested [2]rotaxane 1α-CD" was constructed based on an axle molecule 1 bearing two terminal ferrocene groups and a wheel component α-cyclodextrin (α-CD), but the result obtained indicated that the ferrocene group cannot prevent α-CD dethreading under UV irradiation. That is, 1α-CD is just a pseudo[2]rotaxane...
November 29, 2016: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893529/the-role-of-theory-specific-techniques-and-therapeutic-alliance-in-promoting-positive-outcomes-integrative-psychotherapy-for-world-trade-center-responders
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Peter Tejas Haugen, Aditi Sinha Werth, Alyce Lauren Foster, Jesse Owen
World Trade Center responders demonstrate high symptom burden, underscoring the importance of refining treatment approaches for this cohort. One method is examining the impact of therapy techniques on outcomes, and the interactions between technique and alliance on outcomes. This study a) examined the interaction of early treatment techniques on integrative psychotherapy outcomes and b) explored whether associations differed at varying levels of alliance. Twenty-nine adult responders diagnosed with partial or full posttraumatic stress disorder received outpatient psychotherapy and completed weekly measures of alliance, technique, and symptom distress...
December 2016: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891049/quantifying-the-seafood-consumption-patterns-of-recreational-anglers-in-charleston-and-berkeley-counties-south-carolina
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Matthew T Perkinson, Trevor D Faith, Grace M Vahey, John E Vena, Edith M Williams
This study was designed to provide self-reported data on the frequency of fish consumption and shellfish consumption in Charleston and Berkeley (CB) counties, South Carolina. While commercial fishing and recreational fishing have played an important role in the culture and history of the area, information on the specific patterns of consumption by recreational anglers has been previously unavailable. The pilot data presented here will help determine the feasibility of a large-scale survey of seafood consumption in coastal South Carolina...
2016: Environmental Health Insights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890602/the-endocannabinoid-hydrolysis-inhibitor-sa-57-intrinsic-antinociceptive-effects-augmented-morphine-induced-antinociception-and-attenuated-heroin-seeking-behavior-in-mice
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Jenny L Wilkerson, Sudeshna Ghosh, Mohammed Mustafa, Rehab A Abdullah, Micah J Niphakis, Roberto Cabrera, Rafael L Maldonado, Benjamin F Cravatt, Aron H Lichtman
Although opioids are highly efficacious analgesics, their abuse potential and other untoward side effects diminish their therapeutic utility. The addition of non-opioid analgesics offers a promising strategy to reduce required antinociceptive opioid doses that concomitantly reduce opioid-related side effects. Inhibitors of the primary endocannabinoid catabolic enzymes fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) and monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL) show opioid-sparing effects in preclinical models of pain. As simultaneous inhibition of these enzymes elicits enhanced antinociceptive effects compared with single enzyme inhibition, the present study tested whether the dual FAAH-MAGL inhibitor SA-57 [4-[2-(4-chlorophenyl)ethyl]-1-piperidinecarboxylic acid 2-(methylamino)-2-oxoethyl ester] produces morphine-sparing antinociceptive effects, without major side effects associated with either drug class...
November 24, 2016: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888484/persulfate-assisted-photodegradation-of-diethylstilbestrol-using-monoclinic-bivo4-under-visible-light-irradiation
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Yang Liu, Yongli Zhang, Hongguang Guo, Xin Cheng, Hongwei Liu, Weihong Tang
In this study, the photosynergistic performance of BiVO4 with persulfate (PS) is demonstrated under visible light irradiation for the first time. Diethylstilbestrol (DES) was selected as a reluctant compound, and factors including dosages of PS and catalyst, solution pHs, initial concertration of DES, and inorganic anions were evaluated. The morphology and chemical state of bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS), and ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS)...
November 26, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885579/an-integrated-assessment-of-pollution-and-biological-effects-in-flounder-mussels-and-sediment-in-the-southern-baltic-sea-coastal-area
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Henryka Dabrowska, Orest Kopko, Kari K Lehtonen, Thomas Lang, Ilona Waszak, Maija Balode, Evita Strode
Organic and metal contaminants and biological effects were investigated in flounder, mussels, and sediments in the southern Baltic Sea coastal area in order to assess environmental quality status in that area. Four sites were selected, including two within the Gulf of Gdańsk (GoG). In biota and sediment at each site, DDTs dominated over PCBs and PBDEs were the least abundant among organic contaminants. Their concentrations decreased progressively outward from GoG. Among metal contaminants, the levels of Hg, Pb, and Cd were elevated in GoG...
November 24, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884423/alterations-in-a-unique-class-of-cortical-chandelier-cell-axon-cartridges-in-schizophrenia
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Brad R Rocco, Adam M DeDionisio, David A Lewis, Kenneth N Fish
BACKGROUND: The axons of chandelier cells (ChCs) target the axon initial segment of pyramidal neurons, forming an array of boutons termed a cartridge. In schizophrenia, the density of cartridges detectable by gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) membrane transporter 1 immunoreactivity is lower, whereas the density of axon initial segments detectable by immunoreactivity for the α2 subunit of the GABAA receptor is higher in layers 2/superficial 3 of the prefrontal cortex. These findings were interpreted as compensatory responses to lower GABA levels in ChCs...
September 29, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881624/an-acceptance-and-commitment-therapy-self-help-intervention-for-carers-of-patients-in-palliative-care-protocol-of-a-feasibility-randomised-controlled-trial
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Esther L Davis, Frank P Deane, Geoffrey Cb Lyons
Undertaking a caregiving role at end of life can have enduring psychological consequences for carers, including poor adjustment in bereavement. Acceptance and commitment therapy-based interventions have demonstrated effectiveness in helping people cope with a range of life challenges. This article presents the protocol of a feasibility randomised controlled trial of an acceptance and commitment therapy self-help intervention for psychological distress and grief in carers of patients in palliative care. We will assess feasibility and acceptability of the trial procedures and intervention as well as preliminary effectiveness of the intervention on carer well-being outcomes...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Health Psychology
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