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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734956/fast-carotid-artery-mr-angiography-with-compressed-sensing-based-three-dimensional-time-of-fight-sequence
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Bo Li, Hao Li, Li Dong, Guofu Huang
OBJECTIVE: In this study, we sought to investigate the feasibility of fast carotid artery MR angiography (MRA) by combining three-dimensional time-of-flight (3D TOF) with compressed sensing method (CS-3D TOF). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A pseudo-sequential phase encoding order was developed for CS-3D TOF to generate hyper-intense vessel and suppress background tissues in under-sampled 3D k-space. Seven healthy volunteers and one patient with carotid artery stenosis were recruited for this study...
July 19, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724559/identification-of-leishmania-by-maldi-tof-mass-spectrometry-using-a-free-web-based-application-and-a-dedicated-mass-spectral-library
#2
Laurence Lachaud, Anna Fernández-Arévalo, Anne Cécile Normand, Patrick Lami, Cécile Nabet, Jean Luc Donnadieu, Martine Piarroux, Farid Djenad, Carole Cassagne, Christophe Ravel, Silvia Tebar, Teresa Llovet, Denis Blanchet, Magalie Demar, Zoubir Harrat, Karim Aoun, Patrick Bastien, Carmen Muñoz, Montserrat Gállego, Renaud Piarroux
Human leishmaniasis are widely spread diseases with different clinical forms caused by about 20 species within the Leishmania genus. Leishmania species identification is relevant for therapeutic management and prognosis, especially for cutaneous and muco-cutaneous forms. Several methods are available to identify Leishmania species from culture, but they have not been standardized for the majority of the currently described species, with the exception of MultiLocus Enzyme Electrophoresis. Moreover, these techniques are expensive, time-consuming and not available in all laboratories...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708731/noncontrast-hybrid-arterial-spin-labeled-imaging-of-the-intracranial-arteries
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Ruth P Lim, Elena Trajcevska, Farah Al Rawi, Dinesh Gooneratne, Windell Ang, Yuliya Perchyonok, Gregory Fitt, Andrew Kemp, Shivraman Giri, Davide Piccini, Amy Brodtmann, Helen Dewey, Ioannis Koktzoglou
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate feasibility, image quality (IQ), and accuracy of noncontrast hybrid arterial spin labeling (NoHASL) magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) compared with time of flight (TOF) MRA and contrast-enhanced (CE) MRA in patients with known/suspected cerebrovascular ischemia. METHODS: Thirty inpatients were imaged at 1.5 T. Two neuroradiologists assessed 630 intracranial arterial segments for IQ (1, nondiagnostic; 3, satisfactory for diagnosis; and 5, excellent)...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705667/clinical-characteristics-of-bacteraemia-caused-by-burkholderia-cepacia-complex-species-and-antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-the-isolates-in-a-medical-centre-in-taiwan
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Ying-Chun Chien, Chun-Hsing Liao, Wang-Huei Sheng, Jung-Yien Chien, Yu-Tsung Huang, Chong-Jen Yu, Po-Ren Hsueh
This study investigated the clinical characteristics and outcomes of bacteraemia due to Burkholderia cepacia complex (BCC) species among 54 patients without cystic fibrosis from January 2013 to February 2015. BCC isolates were identified to the species level by the Bruker Biotyper MALDI-TOF MS system and by sequencing analysis of the 16S rRNA and recA genes. Antimicrobial susceptibilities of the isolates were determined by the agar dilution method. Sequencing of the recA gene in the 54 blood isolates revealed 37 (68...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696656/distinct-chemical-and-physical-properties-of-janus-nanosheets
#5
Al C de Leon, Bradley J Rodier, Qinmo Luo, Christina M Hemmingsen, Peiran Wei, Kevin Abbasi, Rigoberto Advincula, Emily B Pentzer
Janus particles have recently garnered significant attention for their distinct properties compared to particles that are homogeneously functionalized. Moreover, high aspect ratio Janus particles that are rod-like or planar (i.e., nanosheets) are especially intriguing considering their interfacial properties, as well as their ability to assemble into higher order and hybrid structures. To date, major challenges facing the exploration and utilization of 2D Janus particles are scalability of synthesis, characterization of tailored chemical functionalization, and ability to introduce a diverse set of functionalities...
July 11, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695531/gain-switching-for-a-detection-system-to-accommodate-a-newly-developed-maldi-based-quantification-method
#6
Sung Hee Ahn, Taeghwan Hyeon, Myung Soo Kim, Jeong Hee Moon
In matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF), matrix-derived ions are routinely deflected away to avoid problems with ion detection. This, however, limits the use of a quantification method that utilizes the analyte-to-matrix ion abundance ratio. In this work, we will show that it is possible to measure this ratio by a minor instrumental modification of a simple form of MALDI-TOF. This involves detector gain switching. Graphical Abstract ᅟ.
July 10, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693729/sialic-acid-linkage-specific-permethylation-for-improved-profiling-of-protein-glycosylation-by-maldi-tof-ms
#7
Kuan Jiang, He Zhu, Lei Li, Yuxi Guo, Ebtesam Gashash, Cheng Ma, Xiaolin Sun, Jing Li, Lianwen Zhang, Peng George Wang
Protein glycosylation mediates a wide range of cellular processes, affecting development and disease in mammals. Deciphering the "glycocodes" requires rapid, sensitive and in-depth characterization of diverse glycan structures derived from biological samples. In this study, we described a two-step derivatization strategy termed linkage-specific sialic acid permethylation (SSAP) consisting of dimethylamination and permethylation for the improved profiling of glycosylation by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) time-of-fight (TOF) mass spectrometry (MS)...
August 15, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692896/side-chain-fluorinated-polymer-surfactants-in-aquatic-sediment-and-biosolid-augmented-agricultural-soil-from-the-great-lakes-basin-of-north-america
#8
Shaogang Chu, Robert J Letcher
Side-chain fluorinated polymer surfactants are the main components of fabric protector sprays and used extensively on furniture and textiles. The composition of these commercial protector products has changed, but there is currently a total dearth of information on these novel fluorinated polymers in the environment. Using a developed analytical approach, two complementary studies examined the distribution of Scotchgard™ fabric protector components in aquatic sediment and in agricultural soils where wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) sourced biosolid application occurred, and in samples from sites in the Laurentian Great Lakes basin of North America...
July 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691526/non-enhanced-versus-low-dose-contrast-enhanced-renal-magnetic-resonance-angiography-at-7-t-a-feasibility-study
#9
Anja Laader, Karsten Beiderwellen, Oliver Kraff, Stefan Maderwald, Mark E Ladd, Michael Forsting, Lale Umutlu
Background Considering the currently reported association between a repetitive application and cumulative dosage of Gadolinium (Gd)-based contrast agents and Gd-deposition in brain tissue as well as the risk for the advent of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF), techniques allowing for a dose reduction become an important key aspect aside from non-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) techniques. Thus, this study was focused on the reduction and/or complete omission of contrast agent for renal MRA at 7T...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689148/contribution-of-biogenic-and-photochemical-sources-to-ambient-vocs-during-winter-to-summer-transition-at-a-semi-arid-urban-site-in-india
#10
L K Sahu, Nidhi Tripathi, Ravi Yadav
This paper presents the sources and characteristics of ambient volatile organic compounds (VOCs) measured using PTR-TOF-MS instrument in a metropolitan city of India during winter to summer transition period. Mixing ratios of VOCs exhibited strong diurnal, day-to-day and episodic variations. Methanol was the most dominant species with monthly mean values of 18-22 pbbv. The emission ratios of VOCs relative to benzene calculated from nighttime data were used to estimate the relative contributions of vehicle exhaust and other sources...
July 6, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686267/growth-of-germanium-on-au-111-formation-of-germanene-or-intermixing-of-au-and-ge-atoms
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Esteban D Cantero, Lara M Solis, Yongfeng Tong, Javier D Fuhr, María Luz Martiarena, Oscar Grizzi, Esteban A Sánchez
We studied the growth of Ge layers on Au(111) under ultra-high vacuum conditions from the submonolayer regime up to a few layers with Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), Direct Recoiling Spectroscopy (DRS) and Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED). Most STM images for the thicker layers are consistent with a commensurate 5 × 8 arrangement. The high surface sensitivity of TOF-DRS allows us to confirm the coexistence of Au and Ge atoms in the top layer for all stages of growth. An estimation of the Au to Ge ratio at the surface of the thick layer gives about 1 Au atom per 2 Ge ones...
July 7, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679151/non-target-evaluation-of-contaminants-in-honey-bees-and-pollen-samples-by-gas-chromatography-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
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E Hakme, A Lozano, M M Gómez-Ramos, M D Hernando, A R Fernández-Alba
This work presents a non-targeted screening approach for the detection and quantitation of contaminants in bees and pollen, collected from the same hive, by GC-EI-ToF-MS. It consists of a spectral library datasets search using a compound database followed by a manual investigation and analytical standard confirmation together with semi-quantitation purposes. Over 20% of the compounds found automatically by the library search could not be confirmed manually. This number of false positive detections was mainly a consequence of an inadequate ion ratio criterion (±30%), not considered in the automatic searching procedure...
October 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669943/-a-prenatal-ultrasound-study-of-cerebral-sulci-and-gyrus-development-in-fetuses-with-tetralogy-of-fallot
#13
Jia-Min He, Sheng-Li Li, Xi Chen, Hua-Xuan Wen, Ying Yuan, Dan-Dan Luo
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the development of the cerebral sulci and gyrus and cerebral blood flow in fetuses with tetralogy of Fallot (ToF) in the second and third trimesters using ultrasound imaging. METHODS: Forty fetuses (23-33(+6) weeks) with ToF diagnosed using ultrasound imaging between December, 2015 and September, 2016 were analyzed in this study. The development of the cerebral sulci and gyrus was evaluated by measuring the parietal-occipital fissure (POF) depth, POF angle, sylvian fissure (SF) depth, SF width, uncovered insular width, calcarine fissure (CF) depth, hemisphere depth on the views of POF, SF and CF, uncovered insular ratio, biparietal diameter (BPD), and head circumference (HC)...
June 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665489/proof-of-concept-prototype-time-of-flight-pet-system-based-on-high-quantum-efficiency-multi-anode-pmts
#14
Jeong-Whan Son, Kyeong Yun Kim, Hyun Suk Yoon, Jun Yeon Won, Guen Bae Ko, Min Sun Lee, Jae Sung Lee
PURPOSE: Time-of-flight (TOF) information in positron emission tomography (PET) scanners enhances the diagnostic power of PET scans owing to the increased signal-to-noise ratio of reconstructed images. There are numerous additional benefits of TOF reconstruction, including the simultaneous estimation of activity and attenuation distributions from emission data only. Exploring further TOF gains by using TOF PET scanners is important because it can broaden the applications of PET scans and expand our understanding of TOF techniques...
June 30, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662770/monitoring-intraoperative-neuromuscular-blockade-and-blood-pressure-with-one-device-tof-cuff-a-comparative-study-with-mechanomyography-and-invasive-blood-pressure
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G Veiga Ruiz, J García Cayuela, J Orozco Montes, M Parreño Caparrós, B García Rojo, J L Aguayo Albasini
OBJECTIVE: The overall objective of the study is to determine the ability of TOF-Cuff device (blood-pressure modified cuff, including stimulation electrodes) to monitor with the same device the non-invasive blood pressure (NIBP) and the depth of a neuromuscular blockade (NMB) induced pharmacologically, by stimulation of the brachial plexus at the humeral level and recording evoked changes in arterial pressure. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Clinical, single-centre, open-controlled study with 32 adult patients ASA I-III for scheduled elective surgery under general anaesthesia in supine position, for the validation of neuromuscular monitoring, comparing the values obtained from neuromuscular relaxation TOF-Cuff with those obtained by mechanomyography (MMG) (control method) during the recovery phase of NMB, when a TOF ratio>0...
June 26, 2017: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662061/ultra-high-field-upper-extremity-peripheral-nerve-and-non-contrast-enhanced-vascular-imaging
#16
Shailesh B Raval, Cynthia A Britton, Tiejun Zhao, Narayanan Krishnamurthy, Tales Santini, Vijay S Gorantla, Tamer S Ibrahim
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to explore the efficacy of Ultra-high field [UHF] 7 Tesla [T] MRI as compared to 3T MRI in non-contrast enhanced [nCE] imaging of structural anatomy in the elbow, forearm, and hand [upper extremity]. MATERIALS AND METHOD: A wide range of sequences including T1 weighted [T1] volumetric interpolate breath-hold exam [VIBE], T2 weighted [T2] double-echo steady state [DESS], susceptibility weighted imaging [SWI], time-of-flight [TOF], diffusion tensor imaging [DTI], and diffusion spectrum imaging [DSI] were optimized and incorporated with a radiofrequency [RF] coil system composed of a transverse electromagnetic [TEM] transmit coil combined with an 8-channel receive-only array for 7T upper extremity [UE] imaging...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658569/surfactant-free-synthesis-of-carbon-supported-palladium-nanoparticles-and-size-dependent-hydrogen-production-from-formic-acid-formate-solution
#17
Shuo Zhang, Bei Jiang, Kun Jiang, Wen-Bin Cai
Steerable hydrogen generation from the hydrogen storage chemical formic acid via heterogeneous catalysis has attracted considerable interest given the safety and efficiency concerns in handling H2. Herein, a series of carbon-supported capping-agent-free Pd nanoparticles (NPs) with mean sizes tunable from 2.0 to 5.2 nm are developed due to the demand for more efficient dehydrogenation from a formic acid-formate solution of pH 3.5 at room temperature. The trick for the facile size-controlled synthesis of Pd/C catalysts is the selective addition of Na2CO3, NH3·H2O, or NaOH to a Pd(II) solution to attain initial pH values of 7-9...
July 11, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655664/protection-of-hydrophobic-amino-acids-against-moisture-induced-deterioration-in-the-aerosolization-performance-of-highly-hygroscopic-spray-dried-powders
#18
Jiaqi Yu, Hak-Kim Chan, Thomas Gengenbach, John A Denman
BACKGROUND: Inhalable particles containing amorphous form of drugs or excipients may absorb atmospheric moisture, causing powder aggregation and recrystallization, adversely affecting powder dispersion and lung deposition. The present study aims to explore hydrophobic amino acids for protection against moisture in spray-dried amorphous powders, using disodium cromoglycate (DSCG) as a model drug. MATERIALS AND METHODS: DSCG powders were produced by co-spray drying with isoleucine (Ile), valine (Val) and methionine (Met) in various concentrations (10, 20 and 40% w/w)...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640017/reversal-of-vecuronium-induced-neuromuscular-blockade-with-low-dose-sugammadex-at-train-of-four-count-of-four-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#19
László Asztalos, Zoltán Szabó-Maák, András Gajdos, Réka Nemes, Adrienn Pongrácz, Szabolcs Lengyel, Béla Fülesdi, Edömér Tassonyi
BACKGROUND: Rocuronium-induced neuromuscular block that spontaneously recovered to a train-of-four count of four can be reversed with sugammadex 0.5 or 1.0 mg/kg. We investigated whether these doses of sugammadex can also reverse vecuronium at a similar level of block. METHODS: Sixty-five patients were randomly assigned, and 64 were analyzed in this controlled, superiority study. Participants received general anesthesia with propofol, sevoflurane, fentanyl, and vecuronium...
June 21, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627098/effect-of-concomitant-birth-defects-and-genetic-anomalies-on-infant-mortality-in-tetralogy-of-fallot
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Eric G Jernigan, Paula D Strassle, Rebecca C Stebbins, Robert E Meyer, Jennifer S Nelson
BACKGROUND: A substantial proportion of infants born with tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) die in infancy. A better understanding of the heterogeneity associated with TOF, including extracardiac malformations and chromosomal anomalies is vital to stratifying risk and optimizing outcomes during infancy. METHODS: Using the North Carolina Birth Defects Monitoring Program, infants diagnosed with TOF and born between 2003 and 2012 were included. Kaplan-Meier survival curves were used to estimate cumulative 1-year mortality, stratified by the presence of concomitant birth defects (BDs) and chromosomal anomalies...
June 19, 2017: Birth defects research
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