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María Jesús Pérez-Granda, Beatriz Alonso, Ana Rodríguez-Huerta, Carmen Rodríguez, María Guembe
INTRODUCTION: Catheter-related bloodstream infection (C-RBSI) can sometimes be managed without catheter removal by combining systemic therapy with catheter lock therapy. Most antiseptic lock solutions are made up of ethanol combined with an anticoagulant. However, data regarding the anti-biofilm activity of ethanol combined with enoxaparin are scarce. We aimed to assess the efficacy of ethanol at different concentrations combined with enoxaparin 60IU as a lock solution for eradication of the biofilm of different microorganisms...
December 7, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
Kylian Kirkham, Jessica M Munson, Susan V McCluskey, Kevin K Graner
The stability of dalteparin 1,000 units/mL in 0.9% sodium chloride for injection stored in polypropylene syringes under refrigeration was examined. Dalteparin 1,000-units/mL syringes were prepared by adding 9 mL of 0.9% sodium chloride for injection to 1 mL of dalteparin sodium 10,000 unit/mL from commercial single-use syringes. Compounded solutions in 0.5-mL aliquots were transferred to 1-mL polypropylene syringes and sealed with a Luer lock tip cap and stored at refrigerated temperatures (2°C to 8°C) with ambient fluorescent light exposure...
September 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
Amirhesam Amerinatanzi, Hashem Zamanian, Narges Shayesteh Moghaddam, Ahmadreza Jahadakbar, Mohammad Elahinia
Hinge-based Ankle Foot Orthosis (HAFO) is one of the most common non-surgical solutions for the foot drop. In conventional HAFOs, the ankle joint is almost locked, and plantar flexion is restricted due to the high stiffness of the hinge mechanism. This often leads to a rigid walking gate cycle, poor muscle activity, and muscle atrophy. Since the ankle torque-angle loop has a non-linear profile, the use of a superelastic NiTi spring within the hinge, due to its nonlinear behavior, could recreate a close-to-normal stiffness of the normal ankle joint, which, in turn, could create a more natural walk...
December 7, 2017: Bioengineering
Bruce E Reidenberg, Christoph Wanner, Bruce Polsky, Mariana Castanheira, Alla Shelip, Dirk Stalleicken, Antony E Pfaffle
Catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSI) are major complications for patients with life-threatening conditions requiring chronic vascular catheterization. The wide range of etiologic microbes and the ongoing development of resistance to antimicrobials with specific mechanisms of action make this an appropriate target for applying a nonspecific antimicrobial therapeutic. Taurolidine hydrolyzes into two antimicrobial moieties, formaldehyde and methylene glycol, which react with microbial surfaces. Neutrolin® (taurolidine, heparin, calcium citrate) was recently introduced in Germany as an antimicrobial catheter lock solution...
December 6, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Jianxing Song
In his Nobel Lecture, Anfinsen stated "the native conformation is determined by the totality of interatomic interactions and hence by the amino acid sequence, in a given environment." As aqueous solutions and membrane systems co-exist in cells, proteins are classified into membrane and non-membrane proteins, but whether one can transform one into the other remains unknown. Intriguingly, many well-folded non-membrane proteins are converted into "insoluble" and toxic forms by aging- or disease-associated factors, but the underlying mechanisms remain elusive...
December 4, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
Juliana da Nóbrega Carreiro, Iara Leão Luna de Souza, Joedna Cavalcante Pereira, Luiz Henrique César Vasconcelos, Rafael de Almeida Travassos, Barbara Viviana de Oliveira Santos, Bagnólia Araújo da Silva
BACKGROUND: Galetin 3,6-dimethyl ether (FGAL) is a flavonoid isolated from aerial parts of Piptadenia stipulacea. Previously, FGAL was shown to inhibit both carbachol- and oxytocin-induced phasic contractions in the rat uterus, which was more potent with oxytocin. Thus, in this study, we aimed to investigate the tocolytic action mechanism of FGAL on the rat uterus. METHODS: Segments of rat uterus ileum were suspended in organ bath containing modified Locke-Ringer solution at 32 °C, bubbled with carbogen mixture under a resting tension of 1 g...
December 2, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
T Schemmelmann, F Tabbert, A Pimenov, A G Vladimirov, S V Gurevich
We investigate the spatiotemporal dynamics of cavity solitons in a broad area vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser with saturable absorption subjected to time-delayed optical feedback. Using a combination of analytical, numerical, and path continuation methods, we analyze the bifurcation structure of stationary and moving cavity solitons and identify two different types of traveling localized solutions, corresponding to slow and fast motion. We show that the delay impacts both stationary and moving solutions either causing drifting and wiggling dynamics of initially stationary cavity solitons or leading to stabilization of intrinsically moving solutions...
November 2017: Chaos
Lina Jaurigue, Bernd Krauskopf, Kathy Lüdge
Passively mode-locked semiconductor lasers are compact, inexpensive sources of short light pulses of high repetition rates. In this work, we investigate the dynamics and bifurcations arising in such a device under the influence of time delayed optical feedback. This laser system is modelled by a system of delay differential equations, which includes delay terms associated with the laser cavity and feedback loop. We make use of specialised path continuation software for delay differential equations to analyse the regime of short feedback delays...
November 2017: Chaos
Claudio R Mirasso, Pedro V Carelli, Tiago Pereira, Fernanda S Matias, Mauro Copelli
Anticipated and zero-lag synchronization have been observed in different scientific fields. In the brain, they might play a fundamental role in information processing, temporal coding and spatial attention. Recent numerical work on anticipated and zero-lag synchronization studied the role of delays. However, an analytical understanding of the conditions for these phenomena remains elusive. In this paper, we study both phenomena in systems with small delays. By performing a phase reduction and studying phase locked solutions, we uncover the functional relation between the delay, excitation and inhibition for the onset of anticipated synchronization in a sender-receiver-interneuron motif...
November 2017: Chaos
Anton V Kovalev, Evgeny A Viktorov
We consider a delay differential equation (DDE) model for mode-locked operation in class-A semiconductor lasers containing both gain and absorber sections. The material processes are adiabatically eliminated as these are considered fast in comparison to the delay time for a long cavity device. We determine the steady states and analyze their bifurcations using DDE-BIFTOOL [Engelborghs et al., ACM Trans. Math. Software 28, 1 (2002)]. Multiple forms of coexistence, transformation, and hysteretic behavior of stable steady states and fundamental periodic regimes are discussed in bifurcation diagrams...
November 2017: Chaos
Guillaume Chazot, Manolie Mehdi, Christie Lorriaux, Patrik Deleaval, Brice Mayor, Guillaume Jean, Charles Chazot, Sylvain Lechevallier, Oriane Moncel, Cyril Vo-Van, Jean-Marc Hurot
INTRODUCTION: Citrate 4% is an alternative to heparin as catheter-locking solution in chronic hemodialysis patients. We compared catheter dysfunction episodes, dialysis adequacy, plasminogen-tissular activators use and costs according to catheter-locking solution in our centre. METHODS: Prospective, monocentric, cohort study (NephroCare Tassin-Charcot) on 49 prevalent patients in chronic hemodialysis. Two main groups were formed according to the prescription of catheter-locking solution at the beginning of the study (03/02/2016) and followed until 05/10/2016: heparin (n=26) and citrate (n=22)...
November 27, 2017: Néphrologie & Thérapeutique
Kimberlee L Baker, Paul R Thomas, Locke A Karriker, Alejandro Ramirez, Jianqiang Zhang, Chong Wang, Derald J Holtkamp
BACKGROUND: Since its emergence in 2013, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) spread rapidly throughout the country due, in part, to contaminated livestock trailers. The objective of this study was to test the efficacy of an accelerated hydrogen peroxide (AHP) disinfectant for inactivating PEDV in swine feces on metal surfaces under freezing conditions. One 15.24 X 15.24 X 2.54 cm aluminum coupon, contaminated with swine feces, and randomly matched to one pig was the experimental unit...
December 1, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
J O Campos, R W Dos Santos, J Sundnes, B M Rocha
Computational modeling of the heart is a subject of substantial medical and scientific interest, which may contribute to increase the understanding of several phenomena associated with cardiac physiological and pathological states. Modeling the mechanics of the heart have led to considerable insights, but it still represents a complex and a demanding computational problem, especially in a strongly coupled electromechanical setting. Passive cardiac tissue is commonly modeled as hyperelastic, and is characterized by quasi-incompressible, orthotropic and non-linear material behavior...
November 27, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
Ismaël Duchesne, Tigran Galstian, Simon Rainville
Flagellated bacteria often proliferate in inhomogeneous environments, such as biofilms, swarms and soil. In such media, bacteria are observed to move efficiently only if they can get out of "dead ends" by changing drastically their swimming direction, and even to completely reverse it. Even though these reorientations are ubiquitous, we have only recently begun to describe and understand how they happen. In the present work, we visualized the flagella of bacteria swimming in a soft agar solution. The surprising observation that the filaments do not rotate while being flipped from one side of the cell to the other suggests that reversals are driven directly by the motor rather than by the thrust created by the rotating filament...
November 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
Mikael P Johansson, Hannu Maaheimo, Filip S Ekholm
Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) are emerging as a promising class of selective drug delivery systems in the battle against cancer and other diseases. The auristatins monomethyl auristatin E (MMAE) and monomethyl auristatin F (MMAF) appear as the cytotoxic drug in almost half of the state-of-the-art ADCs on the market or in late stage clinical trials. Here, we present the first complete NMR spectroscopic characterisation of these challenging molecules, and investigate their structural properties by a combined NMR and quantum chemical modelling approach...
November 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
Cheng Chen, Weimin Liu, Mikhail S Baranov, Nadezhda S Baleeva, Ilia V Yampolsky, Liangdong Zhu, Yanli Wang, Alexandra Shamir, Kyril M Solntsev, Chong Fang
Super-photoacidity involves ultrafast proton motions implicated in numerous chemical and biological processes. We used conformational locking and strategic addition of electron-withdrawing substituents to synthesize a new GFP-chromophore analog: p-HO-3,5-diF-BDI:BF2 (diF). It is highly fluorescent and exhibits excited-state proton transfer (ESPT) in various solvents, placing it among the strongest photoacids. Tunable femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy with unique resonance conditions and transient absorption are complementarily employed to elucidate structural basis for super-photoacidity...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Haiyang Xu, Man Jiang, Pu Zhou, Guomin Zhao, Xijia Gu
Sustained self-pulsing and self-mode-locking (SML) are detrimental to the performance of continuous-wave (CW) fiber lasers. We demonstrate an all-fiber method to eliminate SML pulsing by employing a low-reflectivity fiber Bragg grating (FBG) outside of a laser cavity to provide feedback. A narrow-bandwidth FBG is used to form an external cavity with the output coupler FBG, which suppresses the SML up to a certain output power level, at which point, the laser emission linewidth is still within the bandwidth of the FBG...
November 10, 2017: Applied Optics
Marina Romanchikova, Karl Harrison, Neil G Burnet, Andrew Fc Hoole, Michael Pf Sutcliffe, Michael Andrew Parker, Rajesh Jena, Simon J Thomas
OBJECTIVE: To enable fast and customisable automated collection of radiotherapy data from tomotherapy storage. METHODS: Human-readable data maps (TagMaps) were created to generate DICOM-RT data from tomotherapy archives, and provided access to "hidden" information comprising delivery sinograms, positional corrections and adaptive-RT doses. RESULTS: 797 datasets totalling 25,000 scans were batch-exported in 31.5 hours. All archived information was restored, including the data not available via commercial software...
November 10, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
Fadwa Al-Ali, Ahmad F Hamdy, Abdullah Hamad, Mohamed Elsayed, Zafar Zafar Iqbal, Aisha Elsayed, Rania Ibrahim, Hoda Tolba, Hisham Buanan, Ashraf Fawzy
Background: Taurolidine citrate with heparin (Taurolock/Hep) is a promising central venous catheter lock solution. Despite its universal use among our hemodialysis patients, the prevalence of catheter malfunction was high. We aimed to compare Taurolock/Hep and taurolidine citrate with urokinase (Taurolock/U) as a catheter lock solution in order to identify whether either solution could reduce catheter-related dysfunction. Methods: In this prospective, randomized, controlled trial, patients were randomized to receive either Taurolock/Hep or Taurolock/U and were followed for 6 months...
July 4, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Trevan Locke, Stavroula Sofou
GALA-peptide is a random coil in neutral pH; in acidic pH, it becomes an amphipathic α-helix that aggregates in solution, possibly via its hydrophobic facet that runs along the helix's long axis. In the presence of fluid lipid membranes, the GALA-helix exhibits membrane-active properties that originate from the same hydrophobic facet; these properties make GALA a candidate for inclusion in drug delivery systems requiring permeation of the endosomal membrane to enable drug escape into the cytoplasm. Previous work has shown that the uniform functionalization of carrier nanoparticles with GALA-peptides improved their membrane activity and enhanced the endosomal escape of delivered therapeutics...
November 13, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
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