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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335450/assessment-of-radioactive-materials-and-heavy-metals-in-the-surface-soil-around-the-bayanwula-prospective-uranium-mining-area-in-china
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Haribala Bai, Bitao Hu, Chengguo Wang, Shanhu Bao, Gerilemandahu Sai, Xiao Xu, Shuai Zhang, Yuhong Li
The present work is the first systematic and large scale study on radioactive materials and heavy metals in surface soil around the Bayanwula prospective uranium mining area in China. In this work, both natural and anthropogenic radionuclides and heavy metals in 48 surface soil samples were analyzed using High Purity Germanium (HPGe) γ spectrometry and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The obtained mean activity concentrations of (238)U, (226)Ra, (232)Th, (40)K, and (137)Cs were 25.81 ± 9...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335448/a-community-multi-omics-approach-towards-the-assessment-of-surface-water-quality-in-an-urban-river-system
#2
David J Beale, Avinash V Karpe, Warish Ahmed, Stephen Cook, Paul D Morrison, Christopher Staley, Michael J Sadowsky, Enzo A Palombo
A multi-omics approach was applied to an urban river system (the Brisbane River (BR), Queensland, Australia) in order to investigate surface water quality and characterize the bacterial population with respect to water contaminants. To do this, bacterial metagenomic amplicon-sequencing using Illumina next-generation sequencing (NGS) of the V5-V6 hypervariable regions of the 16S rRNA gene and untargeted community metabolomics using gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (GC-MS) were utilized. The multi-omics data, in combination with fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) counts, trace metal concentrations (by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)) and in-situ water quality measurements collected from various locations along the BR were then used to assess the health of the river ecosystem...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335307/zinc-oxide-nanorods-decorated-graphene-nanoplatelets-a-promising-antimicrobial-agent-against-the-cariogenic-bacterium-streptococcus-mutans
#3
Elena Zanni, Chandrakanth Reddy Chandraiahgari, Giovanni De Bellis, Maria Rita Montereali, Giovanna Armiento, Paolo Ballirano, Antonella Polimeni, Maria Sabrina Sarto, Daniela Uccelletti
Nanomaterials are revolutionizing the field of medicine to improve the quality of life due to the myriad of applications stemming from their unique properties, including the antimicrobial activity against pathogens. In this study, the antimicrobial and antibiofilm properties of a novel nanomaterial composed by zinc oxide nanorods-decorated graphene nanoplatelets (ZNGs) are investigated. ZNGs were produced by hydrothermal method and characterized through field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques...
September 29, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335271/distribution-of-iron-oxide-core-titanium-dioxide-shell-nanoparticles-in-vx2-tumor-bearing-rabbits-introduced-by-two-different-delivery-modalities
#4
Tamer Refaat, Derek West, Samar El Achy, Vamsi Parimi, Jasmine May, Lun Xin, Kathleen R Harris, William Liu, Michael Beau Wanzer, Lydia Finney, Evan Maxey, Stefan Vogt, Reed A Omary, Daniele Procissi, Andrew C Larson, Tatjana Paunesku, Gayle E Woloschak
This work compares intravenous (IV) versus fluoroscopy-guided transarterial intra-catheter (IC) delivery of iron oxide core-titanium dioxide shell nanoparticles (NPs) in vivo in VX2 model of liver cancer in rabbits. NPs coated with glucose and decorated with a peptide sequence from cortactin were administered to animals with developed VX2 liver cancer. Two hours after NPs delivery tumors, normal liver, kidney, lung and spleen tissues were harvested and used for a series on histological and elemental analysis tests...
August 3, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332154/altered-cerebrospinal-fluid-dynamics-in-neurofibromatosis-type-l-severe-arachnoid-thickening-in-patients-with-neurofibromatosis-type-1-may-cause-abnormal-csf-dynamic
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Young Sill Kang, Eun-Kyung Park, Yong-Oock Kim, Ju-Seong Kim, Dong-Seok Kim, U W Thomale, Kyu-Won Shim
INTRODUCTION: The object of this study is to understand abnormal dynamic of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), which may cause temporal lobe herniation and bulging of temporal fossa. METHODS: Four patients, three females and one male, with NF1 were studied retrospectively. They presented with a similar craniofacial deformity, which consisted of pulsatile exophthalmos, an enlarged bony orbit, dysplasia of the sphenoid wing with the presence of a herniation of the temporal lobe into the orbit, and a bulging temporal fossa...
March 22, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330755/microwave-assisted-modification-of-cellulose-by-gallic-acid-and-its-application-for-removal-of-aluminium-from-real-samples
#6
W I Mortada, I M M Kenawy, Y G Abou El-Reash, A A Mousa
Microwave assisted preparation of cellulose modified with Gallic acid (MA-Cell-GA) was developed for high efficient adsorption of Al(3+). The as-prepared modified cellulose has been characterized by elemental analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and zeta potential measurements. Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectrum was utilized to proof the adsorption of Al(3+). The effect of various experimental factors, as pH, amount of adsorbent, shaking time, initial metal ion concentration, temperature, concomitant ions and desorption conditions on the extraction efficiency was investigated and optimized in batch mode experiments...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330412/early-asymmetric-cardio-cerebral-causality-and-outcome-after-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
#7
Lei Gao, Peter Smieleweski, Marek Czosnyka, Ari Ercole
The brain and heart are two vital systems in health and disease, increasingly recognised as a complex, interdependent network with constant information flow in both directions. After severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), the causal, directed interactions between the brain, heart and autonomic nervous system have not been well established. Novel methods are needed to probe unmeasured, potentially prognostic information in complex biological networks that are not revealed via traditional means. In this study, we examined potential bi-directional causality between intracranial pressure (ICP), mean arterial pressure (MAP) and heart rate (HR) and its relationship to mortality in a 24-hour period early after TBI...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329435/face-shield-design-against-blast-induced-head-injuries
#8
Long Bin Tan, Kwong Ming Tse, Yuan Hong Tan, Mohamad Ali Bin Sapingi, Vincent Beng Chye Tan, Heow Pueh Lee
Blast-induced traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been on the rise in recent years due to the increasing use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in conflict zones. Our study investigates the response of a helmeted human head subjected to a blast of 1 atm peak overpressure, for cases with and without a standard polycarbonate (PC) face shield and for face shields comprising of composite PC and aerogel materials and with lateral edge extension. The novel introduction of aerogel into the laminate face shield is explored and its wave-structure interaction mechanics and performance in blast mitigation is analysed...
March 22, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326239/nanostructured-carbon-materials-decorated-with-organophosphorus-moieties-synthesis-and-application
#9
Giacomo Biagiotti, Vittoria Langè, Cristina Ligi, Stefano Caporali, Maurizio Muniz-Miranda, Anna Flis, K Michał Pietrusiewicz, Giacomo Ghini, Alberto Brandi, Stefano Cicchi
A new synthetic approach for the production of carbon nanomaterials (CNM) decorated with organophosphorus moieties is presented. Three different triphenylphosphine oxide (TPPO) derivatives were used to decorate oxidized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (ox-MWCNTs) and graphene platelets (GPs). The TPPOs chosen bear functional groups able to react with the CNMs by Tour reaction (an amino group), nitrene cycloaddition (an azido group) or CuAAC reaction (one terminal C-C triple bond). All the adducts were characterized by FTIR, Raman spectroscopy, TEM, XPS, elemental analysis and ICP-AES...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326234/self-assembly-of-silicon-nanowires-studied-by-advanced-transmission-electron-microscopy
#10
Marta Agati, Guillaume Amiard, Vincent Le Borgne, Paola Castrucci, Richard Dolbec, Maurizio De Crescenzi, My Alì El Khakani, Simona Boninelli
Scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) was successfully applied to the analysis of silicon nanowires (SiNWs) that were self-assembled during an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) process. The ICP-synthesized SiNWs were found to present a Si-SiO2 core-shell structure and length varying from ≈100 nm to 2-3 μm. The shorter SiNWs (maximum length ≈300 nm) were generally found to possess a nanoparticle at their tip. STEM energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy combined with electron tomography performed on these nanostructures revealed that they contain iron, clearly demonstrating that the short ICP-synthesized SiNWs grew via an iron-catalyzed vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism within the plasma reactor...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325458/chronic-subdural-hematoma-icu-management
#11
REVIEW
Jeremy T Ragland, Kiwon Lee
Patients with cSDH presenting with new or worsening neurological deficits, especially if they are debilitating and adversely affecting quality of life require urgent medical and surgical attention. Neurological and neurosurgical critical care team need to stabilize the patient by reversing any underlying coagulopathy states in order to prevent further hematoma expansion.In the event of brain herniation and presumed ICP elevation and CPP compromise, step-wise ICP management should be instituted promptly.Seizure prophylaxis treatment is reasonable...
April 2017: Neurosurgery Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324127/development-of-certified-reference-materials-for-electrolytes-in-human-serum-gbw09124-09126
#12
Liuxing Feng, Jun Wang, Yanjie Cui, Naijie Shi, Haifeng Li, Hongmei Li
Three reference materials, at relatively low, middle, and high concentrations, were developed for analysis of the mass fractions of electrolytes (K, Ca, Na, Mg, Cl, and Li) in human serum. The reference materials were prepared by adding high purity chloride salts to normal human serum. The concentration range of the three levels is within ±20% of normal human serum. It was shown that 14 units with duplicate analysis is enough to demonstrate the homogeneity of these candidate reference materials. The statistical results also showed no significant trends in both short-term stability test for 1 week at 40 °C and long-term stability test for 14 months...
March 21, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323657/histology-and-gadolinium-distribution-in-the-rodent-brain-after-the-administration-of-cumulative-high-doses-of-linear-and-macrocyclic-gadolinium-based-contrast-agents
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Jessica Lohrke, Anna-Lena Frisk, Thomas Frenzel, Laura Schöckel, Martin Rosenbruch, Gregor Jost, Diana Constanze Lenhard, Martin A Sieber, Volker Nischwitz, Astrid Küppers, Hubertus Pietsch
OBJECTIVES: Retrospective studies in patients with primary brain tumors or other central nervous system pathologies as well as postmortem studies have suggested that gadolinium (Gd) deposition occurs in the dentate nucleus (DN) and globus pallidus (GP) after multiple administrations of primarily linear Gd-based contrast agents (GBCAs). However, this deposition has not been associated with any adverse effects or histopathological alterations. The aim of this preclinical study was to systematically examine differences between linear and macrocyclic GBCAs in their potential to induce changes in brain and skin histology including Gd distribution in high spatial resolution...
March 20, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322562/massively-enhanced-electroosmotic-transport-in-nanochannels-grafted-with-end-charged-polyelectrolyte-brushes
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Guang Chen, Siddhartha Das
We establish that nanochannels grafted with pH-responsive, end-charged polyelectrolyte (PE) brushes demonstrate a massive augmentation in the strength of the electroosmotic (EOS) transport in presence of an external electric field. This contradicts the existing understanding that the EOS transport is severely retarded in channels grafted with the PE brushes due to the brush-induced enhanced drag force. Our mathematical model, developed on the basis of the fact that the ion concentration polarization (ICP) effect can be neglected, explains this enhancement of the EOS transport by noting that the end-charged PE brushes demonstrate a unique ability of localizing the electric double layer (or the EDL) or equivalently localizing the maximum charge density of the electrolyte ions at the location of its end, i...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321504/quantitative-characterization-of-single-cells-by-use-of-immunocytochemistry-combined-with-multiplex-la-icp-ms
#15
Larissa Mueller, Antje J Herrmann, Sandra Techritz, Ulrich Panne, Norbert Jakubowski
Actual research demonstrates that LA-ICP-MS is capable of being used as an imaging tool with cellular resolution. The aim of this investigation was the method development for LA-ICP-MS to extend the versatility to quantitative and multiplexing imaging of single eukaryotic cells. For visualization of individual cells selected, lanthanide-labeled antibodies were optimized for immuno-imaging of single cells with LA-ICP-MS. The molar content of the artificial introduced labels per cell was quantified using self-made nitrocellulose-coated slides for matrix-matched calibration and calculated amounts were in the range of 3...
March 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321470/a-novel-selective-deep-eutectic-solvent-extraction-method-for-versatile-determination-of-copper-in-sediment-samples-by-icp-oes
#16
Esra Bağda, Huseyin Altundağ, Mustafa Tüzen, Mustafa Soylak
In the present study, a simple, mono step deep eutectic solvent (DES) extraction was developed for selective extraction of copper from sediment samples. The optimization of all experimental parameters, e.g. DES type, sample/DES ratio, contact time and temperature were performed with using BCR-280 R (lake sediment certified reference material). The limit of detection (LOD) and the limit of quantification (LOQ) were found as 1.2 and 3.97 µg L(-1), respectively. The RSD of the procedure was 7.5%. The proposed extraction method was applied to river and lake sediments sampled from Serpincik, Çeltek, Kızılırmak (Fadl and Tecer region of the river), Sivas-Turkey...
March 20, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320134/post-hemorrhagic-hydrocephalus-recent-advances-and-new-therapeutic-insights
#17
REVIEW
Qianwei Chen, Zhou Feng, Qiang Tan, Jing Guo, Jun Tang, Liang Tan, Hua Feng, Zhi Chen
Post-hemorrhagic hydrocephalus (PHH), also referred to as progressive ventricular dilatation, is caused by disturbances in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow or absorption following hemorrhage in the brain. As one of the most serious complications of neonatal/adult intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH), subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), and traumatic brain injury (TBI), PHH is associated with increased morbidity and disability of these events. Common sequelae of PHH include neurocognitive impairment, motor dysfunction, and growth impairment...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320080/interlaboratory-trial-for-the-measurement-of-total-cobalt-in-equine-urine-and-plasma-by-icp-ms
#18
Marie-Agnes Popot, Emmie N M Ho, Natali Stojiljkovic, Florian Bagilet, Pierre Remy, Pascal Maciejewski, Benoit Loup, George H M Chan, Sabine Hargrave, Rick M Arthur, Charlie Russo, James White, Pamela Hincks, Clive Pearce, George Ganio, Paul Zahra, David Batty, Mark Jarrett, Lydia Brooks, Lise-Anne Prescott, Ludovic Bailly-Chouriberry, Yves Bonnaire, Terence S M Wan
Cobalt is an essential mineral micronutrient and is regularly present in equine nutritional and feed supplements. Therefore, cobalt is naturally present at low concentrations in biological samples. The administration of cobalt chloride is considered to be blood doping and is thus prohibited. In order to control the misuse of cobalt, it was mandatory to establish an international threshold for cobalt in plasma and/or in urine. To achieve this goal an international collaboration, consisting of an interlaboratory comparison, between 5 laboratories for the urine study and 8 laboratories for the plasma study has been undertaken...
March 20, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319428/two-cases-of-first-onset-intrahepatic-cholestasis-of-pregnancy-associated-with-moderate-ovarian-hyperstimulation-syndrome-after-ivf-treatment-and-review-of-the-literature
#19
Mehmet Firat Mutlu, Koray Aslan, Ismail Guler, Ilknur Mutlu, Mehmet Erdem, Nuray Bozkurt, Ahmet Erdem
Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) is an uncommon disorder, which generally occurs in the second and third trimester of pregnancy with symptoms of pruritus. The cause of ICP is unknown but genetic, hormonal and environmental factors contribute to its pathogenesis. The aetiology of ICP is unclear but elevation in oestrogen levels thought to cause ICP is typically seen in the third trimester of pregnancy, and for this reason it is not usually considered in the differential diagnosis of pruritus and liver function disorders in the first trimester of the pregnancy...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317950/in-vivo-identification-of-potential-uranium-protein-targets-in-zebrafish-ovaries-after-chronic-waterborne-exposure
#20
Y Eb-Levadoux, S Frelon, O Simon, C Arnaudguilhem, R Lobinski, S Mounicou
Ecotoxicological studies have indicated the reprotoxicity of uranium (U) in zebrafish, but its molecular mechanisms remain unclear. Due to the non-covalent nature of U-protein complexes, canonical proteomics approaches are often not relevant as they usually use denaturating reagents or solvents. In this study, non-denaturating (ND) methods were used to obtain insight into the nature of U potential targets in ovaries of reproduced and non-reproduced zebrafish after 20 days of exposure to an environmentally relevant U concentration (20 μg L(-1))...
March 20, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
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