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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933641/method-of-b0-mapping-with-magnitude-based-correction-for-bipolar-two-point-dixon-cardiac-mri
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Junmin Liu, Dana C Peters, Maria Drangova
PURPOSE: The conventional two-point (2pt) Dixon technique explicitly estimates B0 map by performing phase unwrapping. When signal loss, phase singularity, artifacts, or spatially isolated regions corrupt the measured phase images, this unwrapping-based technique will face difficulty. This work aims to improve the reliability of B0 mapping by performing unwrapping error correction. METHOD: To detect the unwrapping-caused phase errors, we determined a magnitude-based fat/water mask and used it as reference to identify pixels being mismatched by the phase-based mask, which was derived from the B0-corrected phase term of the Hermitian product between echoes...
December 8, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933231/intuitionistic-fuzzy-based-model-for-failure-detection
#2
Daniel O Aikhuele, Faiz B M Turan
In identifying to-be-improved product component(s), the customer/user requirements which are mainly considered, and achieved through customer surveys using the quality function deployment (QFD) tool, often fail to guarantee or cover aspects of the product reliability. Even when they do, there are always many misunderstandings. To improve the product reliability and quality during product redesigning phase and to create that novel product(s) for the customers, the failure information of the existing product, and its component(s) should ordinarily be analyzed and converted to appropriate design knowledge for the design engineer...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932998/gene-expression-dynamics-in-major-endocrine-regulatory-pathways-along-the-transition-from-solitary-to-social-life-in-a-bumblebee-bombus-terrestris
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Pavel Jedlička, Ulrich R Ernst, Alena Votavová, Robert Hanus, Irena Valterová
Understanding the social evolution leading to insect eusociality requires, among other, a detailed insight into endocrine regulatory mechanisms that have been co-opted from solitary ancestors to play new roles in the complex life histories of eusocial species. Bumblebees represent well-suited models of a relatively primitive social organization standing on the mid-way to highly advanced eusociality and their queens undergo both, a solitary and a social phase, separated by winter diapause. In the present paper, we characterize the gene expression levels of major endocrine regulatory pathways across tissues, sexes, and life-stages of the buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, with special emphasis on critical stages of the queen's transition from solitary to social life...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932083/room-temperature-ionic-liquids-based-salting-in-strategy-for-counter-current-chromatography-in-the-separation-of-arctiin
#4
Yanyan Wang, Lihong Zhang, Dingding Wang, Xiuyun Guo, Shihua Wu
Counter-current chromatography (CCC) is a solid support-free liquid-liquid partition chromatography and has wide applications. However, CCC separation is still a challenging process and the selection of appropriate solvent system for separation of target compound(s) is still relatively time-consuming. In this work, we introduced a room temperature ionic liquids-based salting-in strategy for the rapid selection of suitable solvent systems for CCC separation. In the randomly selected solvent systems, such as ethyl acetate-water, n-butanol-water, n-pentanol-water, n-hexanol-water, and n-octanol-water, several ionic liquids such as [AMIM]Cl, [MAMIM]Cl, and [BMIM]Cl can increase the solubility of the solutes in the lower phase, which made a dose-dependent decreasing of partition coefficient of solute in the two-phase solvent system...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931777/effects-of-maternal-separation-on-nicotine-induced-conditioned-place-preference-and-subsequent-learning-and-memory-in-adolescent-female-rats
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Fatemeh Delavari, Nouzar Nakhaee, Khadijeh Esmaeilpour, Saeid Esmaeili Mahani, Vahid Sheibani
Adverse early life experiences can potentially increase risk for drug abuse later in life. However, little research has been conducted studying the effects of maternal separation (MS), an experimental model for early life stress, on the rewarding effects of nicotine. Cognitive function may be affected by MS. So, we also investigated whether nicotine administration affect spatial learning and memory in MS adolescent female rats. Rat pups were subjected to daily MS for 15min (MS15) or 180min (MS180) during the first 2 weeks of life or reared under normal animal facility rearing (AFR) conditions...
December 5, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931588/evaluation-of-mannose-binding-lectin-is-a-useful-approach-to-predict-the-risk-of-infectious-complications-following-autologous-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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Z B Radnay, M Udvardy, M Papp, J Hársfalvi, L Rejto, I Pál, Á Illés, A Kiss
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) associated immunocompromised state carries high risk of infectious complications. Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) is an acute phase protein involved in innate immune response. Serum MBL level is genetically determined and quite stable. According to literature, significant association was shown between low MBL concentrations and serious infections. The association between serum MBL level and frequency and severity of infections was studied in 186 patients following autologous HSCT...
December 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930830/mutual-diffusion-driven-nmr-a-new-approach-for-the-analysis-of-mixtures-by-spatially-resolved-nmr-spectroscopy
#7
Christian F Pantoja, Jose A Bolaños, Andrés Bernal, Julien Wist
We introduce a new approach for resolving the NMR spectra of mixtures that relies on the mutual diffusion of dissolved species when a concentration gradient is established within the NMR tube. This is achieved by cooling down a biphasic mixture of triethylamine and deuterated water below its mixing temperature, where a single phase is expected. Until equilibrium is reached, a gradient of concentration, from "pure" triethylamine to "pure" water, establishes within the tube. The amount of time required to reach this equilibrium is controlled by the mutual diffusion coefficient of both species...
December 8, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry: MRC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929519/collisions-in-outer-space-produced-an-icosahedral-phase-in-the-khatyrka-meteorite-never-observed-previously-in-the-laboratory
#8
Luca Bindi, Chaney Lin, Chi Ma, Paul J Steinhardt
We report the first occurrence of an icosahedral quasicrystal with composition Al62.0(8)Cu31.2(8)Fe6.8(4), outside the measured equilibrium stability field at standard pressure of the previously reported Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal (AlxCuyFez, with x between 61 and 64, y between 24 and 26, z between 12 and 13%). The new icosahedral mineral formed naturally and was discovered in the Khatyrka meteorite, a recently described CV3 carbonaceous chondrite that experienced shock metamorphism, local melting (with conditions exceeding 5 GPa and 1,200 °C in some locations), and rapid cooling, all of which likely resulted from impact-induced shock in space...
December 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929488/production-and-quality-control-177lu-nca-dotmp-as-a-potential-agent-for-bone-pain-palliation
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Nafise Salek, Mojtaba Shamsaei, Mohammad Ghannadi Maragheh, Simindokht Shirvani Arani, Ali Bahrami Samani
Skeletal uptake of radiolabeled-1, 4, 7, 10-tetraazacyclododecane-1, 4, 7, 10-tetramethylene phosphoric acid (e.g., 177Lu-DOTMP) complex, is used for bone pain palliation. The moderate energy of β-emitting 177Lu (T½ = 6.7 d, Eβmax = 497keV) has been considered as a potential radionuclide for development of the bone-seeking radiopharmaceutical. Since the specific activity of the radiolabeled carrier molecules should be high, the "no-carrier-added radionuclides" have sig-nificant roles in nuclear medicine...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929406/a-thin-film-nanocomposite-membrane-with-mcm-41-silica-nanoparticles-for-brackish-water-purification
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Mohammed Kadhom, Jun Yin, Baolin Deng
Thin film nanocomposite (TFN) membranes containing MCM-41 silica nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by the interfacial polymerization (IP) process. An m-phenylenediamine (MPD) aqueous solution and an organic phase with trimesoyl chloride (TMC) dissolved in isooctane were used in the IP reaction, occurring on a nanoporous polysulfone (PSU) support layer. Isooctane was introduced as the organic solvent for TMC in this work due to its intermediate boiling point. MCM-41 silica NPs were loaded in MPD and TMC solutions in separate experiments, in a concentration range from 0 to 0...
December 6, 2016: Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929156/correlation-of-annealing-time-with-crystal-structure-composition-and-electronic-properties-of-ch3nh3pbi3-xclx-mixed-halide-perovskite-films
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Maryline Ralaiarisoa, Yan Busby, Johannes Frisch, Ingo Salzmann, Jean-Jacques Pireaux, Norbert Koch
Using 3D imaging with time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) complemented by grazing-incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), we spatially resolve changes in both the composition and structure of CH3NH3I3-xClx perovskite films on conducting polymer substrates at different annealing stages, in particular, before and after complete perovskite crystallization. The early stage of annealing is characterized by phase separation throughout the entire film into domains with perovskite and domains with a dominating chloride-rich phase...
December 8, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929081/magnetic-separation-of-general-solid-particles-realised-by-a-permanent-magnet
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K Hisayoshi, C Uyeda, K Terada
Most existing solids are categorised as diamagnetic or weak paramagnetic materials. The possibility of magnetic motion has not been intensively considered for these materials. Here, we demonstrate for the first time that ensembles of heterogeneous particles (diamagnetic bismuth, diamond and graphite particles, as well as two paramagnetic olivines) can be dynamically separated into five fractions by the low field produced by neodymium (NdFeB) magnets during short-duration microgravity (μg). This result is in contrast to the generally accepted notion that ordinary solid materials are magnetically inert...
December 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928968/rationale-for-assessing-safety-and-efficacy-of-drug-candidates-alone-and-in-combination-with-medical-devices-the-case-study-of-spinalontm
#13
Pierre A Guertin
The aim of this review is to describe the rationale and main underlying reasons for undertaking, during clinical development, the study of drug candidates used separately and/or in combination with other technologies. To ease comprehension, reference will be made to the case of SpinalonTM, a new fixed-dose combination (FDC) product composed of levodopa/carbidopa/buspirone. This drug is capable of triggering, within minutes after a single administration orally, 45 minute- episodes of basic involuntary 'reflex' walking in paraplegic animals...
December 7, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928890/identification-of-porcine-relaxin-in-plasma-by-liquid-chromatography-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry
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April S Y Wong, Emmie N M Ho, W H Kwok, Gary N W Leung, YueHong Shen, Robert Z Qi, Samuel K Yue, Terence S M Wan
Relaxin (RLX) has demonstrated diverse pharmacological effects in various scientific and clinical studies. The emergence of porcine relaxin (pRLX) has raised concerns on the doping potential of pRLX. There have also been speculations in the horseracing industry on its covert use. In order to control the abuse of pRLX in equine sports, a method to detect pRLX effectively and to provide its unequivocal identification in equine biological samples is required. This paper reports on the detection and confirmation of pRLX in equine plasma by liquid chromatography/high resolution mass spectrometry...
December 8, 2016: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926437/involvement-of-opioid-signaling-in-food-preference-and-motivation-studies-in-laboratory-animals
#15
I Morales, L Font, P J Currie, R Pastor
Motivation is a complex neurobiological process that initiates, directs, and maintains goal-oriented behavior. Although distinct components of motivated behavior are difficult to investigate, appetitive and consummatory phases of motivation are experimentally separable. Different neurotransmitter systems, particularly the mesolimbic dopaminergic system, have been associated with food motivation. Over the last two decades, however, research focusing on the role of opioid signaling has been particularly growing in this area...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925738/experimental-evidence-of-the-gardner-phase-in-a-granular-glass
#16
A Seguin, O Dauchot
Analyzing the dynamics of a vibrated bidimensional packing of bidisperse granular disks below jamming, we provide evidence of a Gardner phase deep into the glass phase. To do so, we perform several compression cycles within a given realization of the same glass and show that the particles select different average vibrational positions at each cycle, while the neighborhood structure remains unchanged. The separation between the cages obtained for different compression cycles plateaus with an increasing packing fraction, while the mean square displacement steadily decreases...
November 25, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925716/incorporating-noise-quantitatively-in-the-phase-field-crystal-model-via-capillary-fluctuation-theory
#17
Gabriel Kocher, Nana Ofori-Opoku, Nikolas Provatas
A tacit assumption underlying most phase field models of nonequilibrium phase transformations is that of scale separation. Stochastic order parameter field theories utilize noise to separate atomic-scale fluctuations from the slowly varying fields that describe microstructure patterns. The mesoscale distribution of such stochastic variables is generally assumed to follow Gaussian statistics, with their magnitude following fluctuation-dissipation relations. However, there is still much debate about how atomic-scale fluctuations map onto the mesoscale upon coarse graining of microscopic theories...
November 25, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925630/interface-stability-interface-fluctuations-and-the-gibbs-thomson-relationship-in-motility-induced-phase-separations
#18
Chiu Fan Lee
Minimal models of self-propelled particles with short-range volume exclusion interactions have been shown to exhibit the signatures of phase separation. Here I show that the observed interfacial stability and fluctuations in motility-induced phase separations (MIPS) can be explained by modeling the microscopic dynamics of the active particles in the interfacial region. In addition, I demonstrate the validity of the Gibbs-Thomson relationship in MIPS, which provides a functional relationship between the size of a condensed drop and its surrounding vapor concentration...
December 7, 2016: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925271/validation-of-an-lc-ms-ms-method-for-simultaneous-detection-of-four-hdac-inhibitors-belinostat-panobinostat-rocilinostat-and-vorinostat-in-mice-plasma-and-its-application-to-a-mice-pharmacokinetic-study
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Kalpesh Kumar Giri, Suresh P S, Syed Mohd Saim, Mohd Zainuddin, Ravi Kanth Bhamidipati, Purushottam Dewang, Mahanandeesha S Hallur, Sridharan Rajagopal, Sriram Rajagopal, Ramesh Mullangi
A sensitive and rapid LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the simultaneous quantitation of four HDAC inhibitors namely belinostat (BST), panobinostat (PST), rocilinostat (RST) and vorinostat (VST) in mice plasma as per regulatory guidelines. The analytes and internal standard were extracted from 50 μL mice plasma by protein precipitation, followed by chromatographic separation using an Atlantis C18 column with an isocratic mobile phase comprising 0.1% formic acid: acetonitrile (25:75,, v/v) at a flow rate of 0...
December 7, 2016: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925254/relative-tissue-distribution-and-excretion-studies-of-gastrodin-and-parishin-from-powder-and-extract-of-gastrodiae-rhizoma-in-rat-by-uhplc-esi-ms-ms
#20
Zhengmeng Jiang, Xiuyan Zheng, Xiaojian Gong, Chao Zhao, Xin Zhou, Yang Zhao, Yanfang Yan
New research indicated that Gastrodiae rhizome (GR) has potential anti-diabetic and anti-asthmatic effects in mice models. On the basis of our previously study of the relative bioavailability of gastrodin (GAS) and parishin (PA) from extract and powder of GR., we make further research on the tissue distribution and excretion studies of the two analytes. A reliable bioanalytical method for the quantification of GAS and PA in rat tissues and excretion is required. Chromatographic separation was carried out on a gradient mobile phase of acetonitrile-water with 0...
December 7, 2016: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
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