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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108974/design-and-evaluation-of-topical-diclofenac-sodium-gel-using-hot-melt-extrusion-technology-as-a-continuous-manufacturing-process-with-kolliphor%C3%A2-p407
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Jaywant Pawar, Rajkiran Narkhede, Purnima Amin, Vaishali Tawde
The aim of the present context was to develop and evaluate a Kolliphor® P407-based transdermal gel formulation of diclofenac sodium by hot melt extrusion (HME) technology; central composite design was used to optimize the formulation process. In this study, we have explored first time ever HME as an industrially feasible and continuous manufacturing technology for the manufacturing of gel formulation using Kolliphor® P407 and Kollisolv® PEG400 as a gel base. Diclofenac sodium was used as a model drug. The HME parameters such as feeding rate, screw speed, and barrel temperature were crucial for the semisolid product development, and were optimized after preliminary trials...
January 20, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108895/chronic-wound-healing-a-review-of-current-management-and-treatments
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REVIEW
George Han, Roger Ceilley
Wound healing is a complex, highly regulated process that is critical in maintaining the barrier function of skin. With numerous disease processes, the cascade of events involved in wound healing can be affected, resulting in chronic, non-healing wounds that subject the patient to significant discomfort and distress while draining the medical system of an enormous amount of resources. The healing of a superficial wound requires many factors to work in concert, and wound dressings and treatments have evolved considerably to address possible barriers to wound healing, ranging from infection to hypoxia...
January 21, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108860/early-cardioversion-in-atrial-fibrillation-earlier-is-better-but-not-always-and-maybe-not-immediately
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REVIEW
Paloma G Piña, Alexandru B Chicos
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia in humans. One of its important features is the tendency to become more persistent over time, even in the absence of underlying progressive heart disease. Conversion and maintenance of sinus rhythm by pharmacological or electrical methods become increasingly difficult the longer the arrhythmia persists. Electrical, mechanical, structural, and autonomic remodeling processes have been implicated in the mechanisms of AF initiation, perpetuation, and progression...
January 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108530/use-of-performance-metrics-for-the-measurement-of-universal-coverage-for-maternal-care-in-mexico
#4
Edson Serván-Mori, David Contreras-Loya, Octavio Gomez-Dantés, Gustavo Nigenda, Sandra G Sosa-Rubí, Rafael Lozano
This study provides evidence for those working in the maternal health metrics and health system performance fields, as well as those interested in achieving universal and effective health care coverage. Based on the perspective of continuity of health care and applying quasi-experimental methods to analyse the cross-sectional 2009 National Demographic Dynamics Survey (n = 14 414 women), we estimated the middle-term effects of Mexico's new public health insurance scheme, Seguro Popular de Salud (SPS) (vs women without health insurance) on seven indicators related to maternal health care (according to official guidelines): (a) access to skilled antenatal care (ANC); (b) timely ANC; (c) frequent ANC; (d) adequate content of ANC; (e) institutional delivery; (f) postnatal consultation and (g) access to standardized comprehensive antenatal and postnatal care (or the intersection of the seven process indicators)...
January 20, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108448/arnapipe-a-balanced-efficient-and-distributed-pipeline-for-processing-rna-seq-data-in-high-performance-computing-environments
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Arnald Alonso, Brittany N Lasseigne, Kelly Williams, Josh Nielsen, Ryne C Ramaker, Andrew A Hardigan, Bobbi Johnston, Brian S Roberts, Sara J Cooper, Sara Marsal, Richard M Myers
The wide range of RNA-seq applications and their high computational needs require the development of pipelines orchestrating the entire workflow and optimizing usage of available computational resources. We present aRNApipe, a project-oriented pipeline for processing of RNA-seq data in high performance cluster environments. aRNApipe is highly modular and can be easily migrated to any high performance computing (HPC) environment. The current applications included in aRNApipe combine the essential RNA-seq primary analyses, including quality control metrics, transcript alignment, count generation, transcript fusion identification, alternative splicing, and sequence variant calling...
January 19, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108394/unsmoothed-functional-mri-of-the-human-amygdala-and-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-during-processing-of-emotional-faces
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Ronald Sladky, Nicole Geissberger, Daniela M Pfabigan, Christoph Kraus, Martin Tik, Michael Woletz, Katharina Paul, Thomas Vanicek, Bastian Auer, Georg S Kranz, Claus Lamm, Rupert Lanzenberger, Christian Windischberger
Functional neuroimaging of the human amygdala has been of great interest to uncover the neural underpinnings of emotions, mood, motivation, social cognition, and decision making, as well as their dysfunction in psychiatric disorders. Yet, several factors limit in vivo imaging of amygdalar function, most importantly its location deep within the temporal lobe adjacent to air-filled cavities that cause magnetic field inhomogeneities entailing signal dropouts. Additionally, the amygdala and the extended amygdalar region consist of several substructures, which have been assigned different functions and have important implications for functional and effective connectivity studies...
January 17, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108294/the-dimensional-reduction-method-for-identification-of-parameters-that-trade-off-due-to-similar-model-roles
#7
Shaun M Davidson, Paul D Docherty, Rua Murray
Parameter identification is an important and widely used process across the field of biomedical engineering. However, it is susceptible to a number of potential difficulties, such as parameter trade-off, causing premature convergence at non-optimal parameter values. The proposed Dimensional Reduction Method (DRM) addresses this issue by iteratively reducing the dimension of hyperplanes where trade off occurs, and running subsequent identification processes within these hyperplanes. The DRM was validated using clinical data to optimize 4 parameters of the widely used Bergman Minimal Model of glucose and insulin kinetics, as well as in-silico data to optimize 5 parameters of the Pulmonary Recruitment (PR) Model...
January 17, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107995/multivariate-optimization-of-headspace-trap-for-furan-and-furfural-simultaneous-determination-in-sponge-cake
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Mayela Cepeda-Vázquez, David Blumenthal, Valérie Camel, Barbara Rega
Furan, a possibly carcinogenic compound to humans, and furfural, a naturally occurring volatile contributing to aroma, can be both found in thermally treated foods. These process-induced compounds, formed by close reaction pathways, play an important role as markers of food safety and quality. A method capable of simultaneously quantifying both molecules is thus highly relevant for developing mitigation strategies and preserving the sensory properties of food at the same time. We have developed a unique reliable and sensitive headspace trap (HS trap) extraction method coupled to GC-MS for the simultaneous quantification of furan and furfural in a solid processed food (sponge cake)...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107994/application-of-passive-sampling-devices-based-on-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes-for-the-isolation-of-selected-pharmaceuticals-and-phenolic-compounds-in-water-samples-possibilities-and-limitations
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Aleksandra Jakubus, Magdalena Tyma, Piotr Stepnowski, Monika Paszkiewicz
Nowadays, carbon nanotubes, as commercially available materials, have attracted great attention because of their unique physicochemical properties, especially their strong adsorption abilities. This paper deals with the possibilities and limitations of the application of multi-walled carbon nanotubes as an alternative sorbent in passive sampling devices for the isolation of selected pharmaceuticals and phenolic compounds directly in water samples. Compounds with different properties, including sulfapyridine, sulfamethoxazole, carbamazepine, p-nitrophenol, 17-β-estradiol, 3,5-dichlorophenol and diclofenac were selected as model compounds...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107990/combined-use-of-peptide-ion-and-normalized-delta-scores-to-evaluate-milk-authenticity-by-ion-trap-based-proteomics-coupled-with-error-tolerant-searching
#10
Donatella Nardiello, Anna Natale, Carmen Palermo, Maurizio Quinto, Diego Centonze
A fundamental issue in proteomics is the peptide identification by database searching and the assessment of the goodness of fit between experimental and theoretical data. Despite the different number of ways to measure the quality of search results, the definition of a scoring criterion is still highly desirable in ion-trap based proteomics. Indeed, in order to fully take advantage of a low resolution MS/MS dataset, it is essential to strike a balance between greater information capture and reduced number of incorrect peptide assignments...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107973/high-precision-measurement-of-silicon-in-naphthas-by-icp-oes-using-isooctane-as-diluent
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M F Gazulla, M Rodrigo, M Orduña, M J Ventura, C Andreu
An analytical protocol for the accurate and precise determination of Si in naphthas is presented by using ICP-OES, optimizing from the sample preparation to the measurement conditions, in order to be able to analyze for the first time silicon contents below 100µgkg(-1) in a relatively short time thus being used as a control method. In the petrochemical industry, silicon can be present as a contaminant in different petroleum products such as gasoline, ethanol, or naphthas, forming different silicon compounds during the treatment of these products that are irreversibly adsorbed onto catalyst surfaces decreasing its time life...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107965/loopback-rolling-circle-amplification-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-kras-gene
#12
Huo Xu, Dong Wu, Yifan Jiang, Rongbo Zhang, Qingzheng Wu, Yiyun Liu, Feng Li, Zai-Sheng Wu
Mutations in Kras gene may be used as a diagnostic marker and a target for treatment of the broad spectrum of human cancers. In this study, we developed a new class of amplification assay, double-hairpin molecular beacon (DHMB)-based cascade rolling circle amplification (RCA), for ultrasensitive and selective detection of Kras gene in a homogenous solution. Specifically, target DNA can hybridize with DHMB and activate cyclical target strand-displacement polymerization (CTDP) and nicking-mediated strand-displacement polymerization (NMDP)...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107914/development-of-amino-functionalized-carbon-coated-magnetic-nanoparticles-and-their-application-to-electrochemical-detection-of-hybridization-of-nucleic-acids
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Cansu Altay, R Hilal Senay, Ece Eksin, Gulsah Congur, Arzum Erdem, Sinan Akgol
In our study, the development of amino functionalized carbon coated magnetic nanoparticles (NH2-CC-MNPs) and their usage for electrochemical detection of hybridization of nucleic acids have been aimed. Firstly, NH2-CC-MNPs were prepared by coating of pristine Fe3O4 nanoparticles with two layers via caramelization and silanization processes respectively. After the morphological characterization with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) it was seen that NH2-CC-MNPs was spherical shaped and in 28nm sized. Investigation of chemical composition with the help of scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDX) and fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) was showed incorporation of carbon and APTES to the structure of NH2-CC-MNPs...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107912/maldi-ltq-orbitrap-mass-spectrometry-imaging-for-lipidomic-analysis-in-kidney-under-cisplatin-chemotherapy
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Estefanía Moreno-Gordaliza, Diego Esteban-Fernández, Alberto Lázaro, Blanca Humanes, Sarah Aboulmagd, Alberto Tejedor, Michael W Linscheid, M Milagros Gómez-Gómez
Imaging techniques for mapping molecular distributions in tissue sections can reveal valuable information on biomolecules involved in relevant biochemical processes. A method has been developed for comprehensive, reproducible and sensitive lipid imaging by matrix-assisted laser/desorption ionization-LTQ-Orbitrap mass spectrometry in kidney sections, showing the benefits of exact mass determination. Matrix deposition parameters for positive and negative lipid ion imaging using different matrices such as 2,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid (DHB), 9-aminoacridine (9-AA) or α-cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid (CHCA) have been optimized for the broadest detection and identification of renal lipids...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107908/evaluation-and-reduction-of-the-analytical-uncertainties-in-gc-ms-analysis-using-a-boundary-regression-model
#15
Miao Yu, Xingwang Hou, Qian Liu, Yawei Wang, Jiyan Liu, Guibin Jiang
The uncertainties in analysis of trace environmental pollutants may come from sample matrix and sample pretreatment process. In this study, a boundary model was developed based on the visualized data of mass spectrometry to evaluate the influences from sample matrix and pretreatment process. The factors affecting the pretreatment procedures, such as the solvents, the extraction sorbents and the extraction process had limited influences compared with matrix effects. Using such boundary model, we found that selecting suitable qualitative and quantitative ions for MS detector is more important for reducing the matrix effect in GC-MS analysis than the traditionally used methods of optimizing the pretreatment process since some clean up sorbents might be useless to reduce the matrix effects...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107819/mc-genomekey-a-multicloud-system-for-the-detection-and-annotation-of-genomic-variants
#16
Hatem Elshazly, Yassine Souilmi, Peter J Tonellato, Dennis P Wall, Mohamed Abouelhoda
BACKGROUND: Next Generation Genome sequencing techniques became affordable for massive sequencing efforts devoted to clinical characterization of human diseases. However, the cost of providing cloud-based data analysis of the mounting datasets remains a concerning bottleneck for providing cost-effective clinical services. To address this computational problem, it is important to optimize the variant analysis workflow and the used analysis tools to reduce the overall computational processing time, and concomitantly reduce the processing cost...
January 20, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107745/femtomolar-detection-of-cardiac-troponin-i-using-a-novel-label-free-and-reagent-free-dendrimer-enhanced-impedimetric-immunosensor
#17
Rashida Akter, Bongjin Jeong, Yong-Mi Lee, Jong-Soon Choi, Md Aminur Rahman
A novel highly sensitive dendrimer coupled impedimetric immunosensor was developed for the label-free and reagent-free detection of cardiac troponin I (TnI) in serum samples. The immunosensor probe was fabricated by covalently attaching carboxylic acid-functionalized third generation (G3) poly (amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimer (Den) on the 3, 3', 5, 5'-tetramethyl benzidine (TMB) modified 6-mercaptohexanoic acid (MHA) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on a gold (Au) electrode. Monoclonal anti-TnI antibody was then covalently immobilized on the Den and TMB attached MHA SAM modified surface...
January 12, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107708/acid-base-treated-vermiculite-as-high-performance-adsorbent-insights-into-the-mechanism-of-cationic-dyes-adsorption-regeneration-recyclability-and-stability-studies
#18
Wojciech Stawiński, Agnieszka Węgrzyn, Tomasz Dańko, Olga Freitas, Sónia Figueiredo, Lucjan Chmielarz
Additional treatment with NaOH of acid activated vermiculite results in even higher increase in the adsorption capacity in comparison to samples modified only in acidic solution (first step of activation) with respect to raw material. Optimization of treatment conditions and adsorption capacity for two cationic dyes (methylene blue (MB) and astrazon red (AR)), also as binary mixture, was evaluated. The capacity, based on column studies, increased from 48 ± 2 to 203 ± 4 mg g(-1) in the case of methylene blue and from 51 ± 1 to 127 ± 2 mg g(-1) in the case of astrazon red on starting and acid-base treated material, respectively...
January 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107663/antibacterial-anti-oxidant-electroactive-injectable-hydrogel-as-self-healing-wound-dressing-with-hemostasis-and-adhesiveness-for-cutaneous-wound-healing
#19
Xin Zhao, Hao Wu, Baolin Guo, Ruonan Dong, Yusheng Qiu, Peter X Ma
Injectable self-healing hydrogel dressing with multifunctional properties including anti-infection, anti-oxidative and conductivity promoting wound healing process will be highly desired in wound healing application and its design is still a challenge. We developed a series of injectable conductive self-healed hydrogels based on quaternized chitosan-g-polyaniline (QCSP) and benzaldehyde group functionalized poly(ethylene glycol)-co-poly(glycerol sebacate) (PEGS-FA) as antibacterial, anti-oxidant and electroactive dressing for cutaneous wound healing...
January 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107662/a-simple-and-powerful-co-delivery-system-based-on-ph-responsive-metal-organic-frameworks-for-enhanced-cancer-immunotherapy
#20
Fei Duan, Xiaochen Feng, Xinjian Yang, Wentong Sun, Yi Jin, Huifang Liu, Kun Ge, Zhenhua Li, Jinchao Zhang
Tumor-associated antigens (TAAs)-loaded nanoparticles are able to be actively internalized by antigen-presenting cells (APCs) and have shown promising potential in cancer immunotherapy. However, current TAAs delivery strategy exhibits limitations of complicated synthesis process, low loading efficiency and inefficient CD8(+) cytotoxic T lymphocyte activation leading to unsatisfactory therapeutic effect. Thus, the construction of novel TAAs-delivery systems for enhanced cancer therapy is highly desirable. In this work, we fabricated a very simple yet powerful antigens-delivery system for cancer immunotherapy based-on pH-responsive metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with size about 30 nm...
January 11, 2017: Biomaterials
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