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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324953/electrical-resistance-increases-at-the-tissue-electrode-interface-as-an-early-response-to-nucleus-accumbens-deep-brain-stimulation
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Rajas P Kale, Abbas Z Kouzani, Julian Berk, Ken Walder, Michael Berk, Susannah J Tye
The therapeutic actions of deep brain stimulation are not fully understood. The early inflammatory response of electrode implantation is associated with symptom relief without electrical stimulation, but is negated by anti-inflammatory drugs. Early excitotoxic necrosis and subsequent glial scarring modulate the conductivity of the tissue-electrode interface, which can provide some detail into the inflammatory response of individual patients. The feasibility of this was demonstrated by measuring resistance values across a bipolar electrode which was unilaterally implanted into the nucleus accumbens of a rat while receiving continuous deep brain stimulation with a portable back-mounted device using clinical parameters (130Hz, 200μA, 90μs) for 3 days...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324940/use-of-local-field-potentials-of-dissociated-cultures-grown-on-multi-electrode-arrays-for-pharmacological-assays
#2
G D C Mendis, E Morrisroe, C A Reid, S K Halgamuge, S Petrou
In vitro Multi-Electrode Arrays (MEA) are an extracellular recording technology that enables the analysis of networks of neurons in vitro. Neurons in culture exhibit a range of behavioral dynamics, which can be measured in terms of individual action potentials, network-wide synchronized firing and a host of other features that characterize network activity. MEA data analysis was historically focused on high frequency spike data forgoing the low frequency content of the signal. In this study, we use local field potentials, which are low frequency components of MEA signals, to differentiate between two types of antiepileptic drugs (p<;0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324879/quantitative-analysis-of-uveitis-macular-edema-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients-receiving-deep-posterior-sub-tenon-triamcinolone-acetonide-injection
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Svetlana Jovanović, Tatjana Šarenac Vulović, Filip Radotić, Zorica Tončić, Maja Živković, Nenad Petrović
AIM: We aimed to analyze the effects of adjunctive posterior sub-Tenon capsule triamcinolone acetonide injection in the treatment of intermediate uveitis macular edema in multiple sclerosis patients that could not be controlled by systemic corticosteroid medications and immunomodulators. METHODS: The study included 30 eyes of 25 patients with multiple sclerosis who received a posterior sub-Tenon injection of 40 mg/mL triamcinolone acetonide. Parameters monitored for therapy efficiency were best-corrected visual acuity, intraocular pressure, central foveal thickness (CFT), and fluorescein angiography (FA) scores...
March 22, 2017: Ophthalmic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323619/fast-spiking-gaba-circuit-dynamics-in-the-auditory-cortex-predict-recovery-of-sensory-processing-following-peripheral-nerve-damage
#4
Jennifer Resnik, Daniel B Polley
Cortical neurons remap their receptive fields and rescale sensitivity to spared peripheral inputs following sensory nerve damage. To address how these plasticity processes are coordinated over the course of functional recovery, we tracked receptive field reorganization, spontaneous activity, and response gain from individual principal neurons in the adult mouse auditory cortex over a 50-day period surrounding either moderate or massive auditory nerve damage. We related the day-by-day recovery of sound processing to dynamic changes in the strength of intracortical inhibition from parvalbumin-expressing (PV) inhibitory neurons...
March 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320080/interlaboratory-trial-for-the-measurement-of-total-cobalt-in-equine-urine-and-plasma-by-icp-ms
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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/28320052/soft-tissue-infections-from-fish-spike-wounds-normal-commensal-bacteria-are-more-common-than-marine-pathogens
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Hannah Collins, Kin Mun Lee, Paul T-Y Cheng, Sarah Hulme
BACKGROUND: A fish spike injury can be sustained by anyone handling fish; during fishing, meal preparation or in retail. Case reports of fish spikes inoculating victims with virulent marine-specific pathogens and causing systemic illness led us to question whether empirical treatment of these injuries with amoxicillin and clavulanic acid is adequate. METHODS: This 2-year prospective observational study was conducted at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand...
March 20, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319905/a-new-amplified-%C3%AF-shape-electrochemical-aptasensor-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-aflatoxin-b1
#7
Khalil Abnous, Noor Mohammad Danesh, Mona Alibolandi, Mohammad Ramezani, Ahmad Sarreshtehdar Emrani, Reza Zolfaghari, Seyed Mohammad Taghdisi
There is a prompt need for determination of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) in food products to avoid distribution and consumption of contaminated food products. In this study, an accurate electrochemical sensing strategy was presented for detection of AFB1 based on aptamer (Apt)-complementary strands of aptamer (CSs) complex which forms a π-shape structure on the surface of electrode and exonuclease I (Exo I). The presence of π-shape structure as a double-layer physical barrier allowed detection of AFB1 with high sensitivity...
March 17, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319898/immunodetection-of-salivary-biomarkers-by-an-optical-microfluidic-biosensor-with-polyethylenimine-modified-polythiophene-c70-organic-photodetectors
#8
Tao Dong, Nuno Miguel Matos Pires
This work reports a novel optical microfluidic biosensor with highly sensitive organic photodetectors (OPDs) for absorbance-based detection of salivary protein biomarkers at the point of care. The compact and miniaturized biosensor has comprised OPDs made of polythiophene-C70 bulk heterojunction for the photoactive layer; whilst a calcium-free cathode interfacial layer, made of linear polyethylenimine, was incorporated to the photodetectors to enhance the low cost. The OPDs realized onto a glass chip were aligned to antibody-functionalized chambers of a poly(methyl methacrylate) microfluidic chip, in where immunogold-silver assays were conducted...
March 6, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319897/dialysis-membrane-enforced-microelectrode-array-measurement-of-diverse-gut-electrical-activity
#9
Naoko Iwata, Takumi Fujimura, Chiho Takai, Kei Odani, Shin Kawano, Shinsuke Nakayama
A variety of electrical activities occur depending on the functional state in each section of the gut, but the application of microelectrode array (MEA) is rather limited. We thus developed a dialysis membranes-enforced technique to investigate diverse and complex spatio-temporal electrical activity in the gut. Muscle sheets isolated from the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of mice along with a piece of dialysis membrane were woven over and under the strings to fix them to the anchor rig, and mounted on an 8×8 MEA (inter-electrode distance=150µm)...
March 16, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319873/magnetoencephalography-with-temporal-spread-imaging-to-visualize-propagation-of-epileptic-activity
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Sumiya Shibata, Masao Matsuhashi, Takeharu Kunieda, Yukihiro Yamao, Rika Inano, Takayuki Kikuchi, Hisaji Imamura, Shigetoshi Takaya, Riki Matsumoto, Akio Ikeda, Ryosuke Takahashi, Tatsuya Mima, Hidenao Fukuyama, Nobuhiro Mikuni, Susumu Miyamoto
OBJECTIVE: We describe temporal spread imaging (TSI) that can identify the spatiotemporal pattern of epileptic activity using Magnetoencephalography (MEG). METHODS: A three-dimensional grid of voxels covering the brain is created. The array-gain minimum-variance spatial filter is applied to an interictal spike to estimate the magnitude of the source and the time (Ta) when the magnitude exceeds a predefined threshold at each voxel. This calculation is performed through all spikes...
January 30, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319860/effects-of-silver-nanoparticles-on-survival-biomass-change-and-avoidance-behaviour-of-the-endogeic-earthworm-allolobophora-chlorotica
#11
C Brami, A R Glover, K R Butt, C N Lowe
Increasing commercial application of silver nanoparticles (Ag NP) and subsequent presence in wastewater and sewage sludge has raised concerns regarding their effects in the aquatic and terrestrial environment. Several studies have employed standardised acute and chronic earthworm-based tests to establish the toxicological effects of Ag NP within soil. These studies have relied heavily on the use of epigiec earthworm species which may have limited ecological relevance in mineral soil. This study assessed the influence of Ag NP (uncoated 80nm powder) and AgNO3 on survival, change in biomass and avoidance behaviour in a soil dwelling (endogiec) species, Allolobophora chlorotica...
March 15, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319701/tracking-effluent-discharges-in-undisturbed-stony-soil-and-alluvial-gravel-aquifer-using-synthetic-dna-tracers
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Liping Pang, Beth Robson, Kata Farkas, Erin McGill, Arvind Varsani, Lea Gillot, Jinhua Li, Phillip Abraham
With the intensification of human activities, fresh water resources are increasingly being exposed to contamination from effluent disposal to land. Thus, there is a greater need to identify the sources and pathways of water contamination to enable the development of better mitigation strategies. To track discharges of domestic effluent into soil and groundwater, 10 synthetic double-stranded DNA (dsDNA)(3) tracers were developed in this study. Laboratory column experiment and field groundwater and soil lysimeter studies were carried out spiking DNA with oxidation-pond domestic effluent...
March 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319143/toxicity-effects-of-di-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-to-eisenia-fetida-at-enzyme-cellular-and-genetic-levels
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Tingting Ma, Wei Zhou, Li'ke Chen, Longhua Wu, Peter Christie, Haibo Zhang, Yongming Luo
Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is a dominant phthalic acid ester (PAE) that has aroused public concern due to its resistance to degradation and its toxicity as an endocrine-disrupting compound. Effects of different concentrations of DEHP on Eisenia fetida in spiked natural soil have been studied in the body of the earthworm by means of soil cultivation tests 7, 14, 21 and 28 days after exposure. The results indicated that, in general, superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity, malondialdehyde (MDA) content, metallothionein (MT) content, the expression of heat shock protein 70 (HSP 70) and all the tested geno-toxicity parameters are promoted as time elapses and with increasing concentration of DEHP...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318566/automated-dispersive-liquid-liquid-microextraction-coupled-to-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-cold-vapour-atomic-fluorescence-spectroscopy-for-the-determination-of-mercury-species-in-natural-water-samples
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Yao-Min Liu, Feng-Ping Zhang, Bao-Yu Jiao, Jin-Yu Rao, Geng Leng
An automated, home-constructed, and low cost dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) device that directly coupled to a high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) - cold vapour atomic fluorescence spectroscopy (CVAFS) system was designed and developed for the determination of trace concentrations of methylmercury (MeHg(+)), ethylmercury (EtHg(+)) and inorganic mercury (Hg(2+)) in natural waters. With a simple, miniaturized and efficient automated DLLME system, nanogram amounts of these mercury species were extracted from natural water samples and injected into a hyphenated HPLC-CVAFS for quantification...
March 4, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318488/computational-models-of-o-lm-cells-are-recruited-by-low-or-high-theta-frequency-inputs-depending-on-h-channel-distributions
#15
Vladislav Sekulić, Frances K Skinner
Although biophysical details of inhibitory neurons are becoming known, it is challenging to map these details onto function. Oriens-lacunosum/moleculare (O-LM) cells are inhibitory cells in the hippocampus that gate information flow, firing while phase-locked to theta rhythms. We build on our existing computational model database of O-LM cells to link model with function. We place our models in high-conductance states and modulate inhibitory inputs at a wide range of frequencies. We find preferred spiking recruitment of models at high (4-9 Hz) or low (2-5 Hz) theta depending on, respectively, the presence or absence of h-channels on their dendrites...
March 20, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318242/whole-blood-metabolomics-by-1h-nmr-spectroscopy-provides-a-new-opportunity-to-evaluate-coenzymes-and-antioxidants
#16
G A Nagana Gowda, Daniel Raftery
Conventional human blood metabolomics employs serum or plasma and provides a wealth of metabolic information therein. However, this approach lacks the ability to measure and evaluate important metabolites such as coenzymes that are present at high concentrations in red blood cells. As an important alternative to serum/plasma metabolomics, we show here that a simple 1H NMR experiment can simultaneously measure coenzymes and antioxidants in extracts of whole human blood, in addition to the nearly 70 metabolites that were shown to be quantitated in serum/plasma, recently [Anal...
March 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318106/lack-of-rivaroxaban-influence-on-a-prothrombinase-based-assay-for-the-detection-of-activated-c-protein-resistance-an-italian-ex-vivo-and-in-vitro-study-in-normal-subjects-and-factor-v-leiden-carriers
#17
G Gessoni, S Valverde, L Valle, F Gessoni, P Caruso, R Valle
INTRODUCTION: Activated protein C resistance (APCr) leads to hypercoagulability and is due, often but not exclusively, to Factor V Leiden (FVL). The aim of this study was to assess the ex vivo and in vitro interference of the direct factor Xa inhibitor rivaroxaban (RIV) on a prothrombinase-based assay for APCr detection. METHODS: An ex vivo study was performed on fresh plasma samples obtained from 44 subjects with FV wild-type and seven with FVL heterozygous, all treated with RIV...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317742/determination-of-hymexazol-in-26-foods-of-plant-origin-by-modified-quechers-method-and-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#18
Zejun Jiang, Hui Li, Xiaolin Cao, Pengfei Du, Hua Shao, Fen Jin, Maojun Jin, Jing Wang
A rapid and sensitive method based on modified QuEChERS for hymexazol determination in 26 plant-derived foods using liquid chromatography tandem-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) was developed. Variables affecting the separation (LC column, mobile phase additives) and clean-up effects of various dispersive phases, such as PSA, C18, GCB, MWCNTs, PEP-2, Al2O3, Florisil, and PVPP were evaluated. The method was validated using 26 matrices at spiked levels of 0.01 or 0.02, 0.05, 0.1, and 0.5mg/kg (0.05, 0.2, 0.5, and 1...
August 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317727/application-of-carbon-and-hydrogen-stable-isotope-analyses-to-detect-exogenous-citric-acid-in-japanese-apricot-liqueur
#19
Fumikazu Akamatsu, Takaaki Oe, Tomokazu Hashiguchi, Yuri Hisatsune, Takafumi Kawao, Tsutomu Fujii
Japanese apricot liqueur manufacturers are required to control the quality and authenticity of their liqueur products. Citric acid made from corn is the main acidulant used in commercial liqueurs. In this study, we conducted spiking experiments and carbon and hydrogen stable isotope analyses to detect exogenous citric acid used as an acidulant in Japanese apricot liqueurs. Our results showed that the δ(13)C values detected exogenous citric acid originating from C4 plants but not from C3 plants. The δ(2)H values of citric acid decreased as the amount of citric acid added increased, whether the citric acid originated from C3 or C4 plants...
August 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317684/comparison-of-the-performance-and-safety-of-2-ophthalmic-viscosurgical-devices-in-cataract-surgery
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Gerd U Auffarth, Florian N Auerbach, Tanja Rabsilber, José A Gegúndez, Ricardo Cuiña, Yves Renard, Paolo Vinciguerra, Fabrizio Camesasca, Francoise Van Cauwenberge, Thierry Amzallag, Gysbert Van Setten, Mike P Holzer
PURPOSE: To compare the clinical performance and safety of 2 ophthalmic viscosurgical devices (OVDs)-Twinvisc (OVD 1) and Duovisc (OVD 2)-in cataract surgery. SETTING: European multicenter study. DESIGN: Prospective randomized controlled study. METHODS: Patients with cataract had phacoemulsification and intraocular lens implantation in 1 eye. They were randomly assigned to receive OVD 1 or OVD 2. Preoperative and postoperative examinations over 3 months included mean intraocular pressure (IOP), incidence of IOP peaks (≥30 mm Hg and ≥24 mm Hg), endothelial cell count (ECC), corneal thickness, and intraocular inflammation...
January 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
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