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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636289/loss-of-idealism-or-realistic-optimism-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-dental-hygiene-students-and-registered-dental-hygienists-professional-identity-perceptions
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J M Champine, M R Inglehart, D Furgeson, J F Halaris, M Fitzgerald, T E Danciu, J S Kinney
OBJECTIVES: The dental hygiene profession in the U.S. is in the process of establishing a direct access model of care and contributing to the creation of the profession of a dental therapist. The objectives were to analyse the professional role perceptions of dental hygiene students and registered dental hygienists in these times of change. Specifically, it was explored whether dental hygiene students' current professional identities differ (i) from their expected future identities, and (ii) from dental hygienists' current and (iii) past identities...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Dental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636232/a-genetic-stochastic-process-model-for-genome-wide-joint-analysis-of-biomarker-dynamics-and-disease-susceptibility-with-longitudinal-data
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Liang He, Ilya Zhbannikov, Konstantin G Arbeev, Anatoliy I Yashin, Alexander M Kulminski
Unraveling the underlying biological mechanisms or pathways behind the effects of genetic variations on complex diseases remains one of the major challenges in the post-GWAS (where GWAS is genome-wide association study) era. To further explore the relationship between genetic variations, biomarkers, and diseases for elucidating underlying pathological mechanism, a huge effort has been placed on examining pleiotropic and gene-environmental interaction effects. We propose a novel genetic stochastic process model (GSPM) that can be applied to GWAS and jointly investigate the genetic effects on longitudinally measured biomarkers and risks of diseases...
June 21, 2017: Genetic Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635956/self-assembled-three-dimensional-network-designs-for-soft-electronics
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Kyung-In Jang, Kan Li, Ha Uk Chung, Sheng Xu, Han Na Jung, Yiyuan Yang, Jean Won Kwak, Han Hee Jung, Juwon Song, Ce Yang, Ao Wang, Zhuangjian Liu, Jong Yoon Lee, Bong Hoon Kim, Jae-Hwan Kim, Jungyup Lee, Yongjoon Yu, Bum Jun Kim, Hokyung Jang, Ki Jun Yu, Jeonghyun Kim, Jung Woo Lee, Jae-Woong Jeong, Young Min Song, Yonggang Huang, Yihui Zhang, John A Rogers
Low modulus, compliant systems of sensors, circuits and radios designed to intimately interface with the soft tissues of the human body are of growing interest, due to their emerging applications in continuous, clinical-quality health monitors and advanced, bioelectronic therapeutics. Although recent research establishes various materials and mechanics concepts for such technologies, all existing approaches involve simple, two-dimensional (2D) layouts in the constituent micro-components and interconnects. Here we introduce concepts in three-dimensional (3D) architectures that bypass important engineering constraints and performance limitations set by traditional, 2D designs...
June 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635678/evaluation-of-classifier-performance-for-multiclass-phenotype-discrimination-in-untargeted-metabolomics
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Patrick J Trainor, Andrew P DeFilippis, Shesh N Rai
Statistical classification is a critical component of utilizing metabolomics data for examining the molecular determinants of phenotypes. Despite this, a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation of the accuracy of classification techniques for phenotype discrimination given metabolomics data has not been conducted. We conducted such an evaluation using both simulated and real metabolomics datasets, comparing Partial Least Squares-Discriminant Analysis (PLS-DA), Sparse PLS-DA, Random Forests, Support Vector Machines (SVM), Artificial Neural Network, k-Nearest Neighbors (k-NN), and Naïve Bayes classification techniques for discrimination...
June 21, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635591/camoptimus-a-tool-for-exploiting-complex-adaptive-evolution-to-optimize-experiments-and-processes-in-biotechnology
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Ayca Cankorur-Cetinkaya, Joao M L Dias, Jana Kludas, Nigel K H Slater, Juho Rousu, Stephen G Oliver, Duygu Dikicioglu
Multiple interacting factors affect the performance of engineered biological systems in synthetic biology projects. The complexity of these biological systems means that experimental design should often be treated as a multiparametric optimization problem. However, the available methodologies are either impractical, due to a combinatorial explosion in the number of experiments to be performed, or are inaccessible to most experimentalists due to the lack of publicly available, user-friendly software. Although evolutionary algorithms may be employed as alternative approaches to optimize experimental design, the lack of simple-to-use software again restricts their use to specialist practitioners...
June 21, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635463/an-overview-of-the-evidence-based-practice-process-for-novice-researchers
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Emma Rowles, Amanda McNaughton
This article explores how nurses can use evidence-based practice to critique and evaluate the rationale and evidence for specific nursing procedures or practices. Through the development of a focused research question and search strategy, nurses can select and critique relevant research articles to answer the research question, which can support the provision of optimal practice and high-quality care. This article demonstrates the process of evidence-based practice, with the aim of increasing novice researchers' confidence in applying this process in practice...
June 21, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634757/a-uhplc-ms-ms-method-for-profiling-multifunctional-steroids-in-human-hair
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Zhen Dong, Caihong Wang, Jinlan Zhang, Zhe Wang
It is important to profile steroids in many physiological and pathological processes. Recently, hair has been used for the long-term measurement of endogenous steroid hormones. Analyzing hair has advantages of being noninvasive and time sequential compared with other bio-specimens. Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) techniques have been widely used over the past decades; however, it is challenging to profile estrogens in hair by LC-MS, and more comprehensive steroid profiling is required. In this paper, an ultra high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) method was developed to simultaneously profile 28 multifunctional steroids, including corticosteroids (n = 6), estrogens (n = 13), androgens (n = 5) and progestogens (n = 4), in human scalp hair in a single run...
June 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634487/dynamic-inertia-weight-binary-bat-algorithm-with-neighborhood-search
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Xingwang Huang, Xuewen Zeng, Rui Han
Binary bat algorithm (BBA) is a binary version of the bat algorithm (BA). It has been proven that BBA is competitive compared to other binary heuristic algorithms. Since the update processes of velocity in the algorithm are consistent with BA, in some cases, this algorithm also faces the premature convergence problem. This paper proposes an improved binary bat algorithm (IBBA) to solve this problem. To evaluate the performance of IBBA, standard benchmark functions and zero-one knapsack problems have been employed...
2017: Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634454/the-structure-and-function-of-the-na-k-atpase-isoforms-in-health-and-disease
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Michael V Clausen, Florian Hilbers, Hanne Poulsen
The sodium and potassium gradients across the plasma membrane are used by animal cells for numerous processes, and the range of demands requires that the responsible ion pump, the Na,K-ATPase, can be fine-tuned to the different cellular needs. Therefore, several isoforms are expressed of each of the three subunits that make a Na,K-ATPase, the alpha, beta and FXYD subunits. This review summarizes the various roles and expression patterns of the Na,K-ATPase subunit isoforms and maps the sequence variations to compare the differences structurally...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634074/distinct-regulation-of-activity-dependent-transcription-of-immediate-early-genes-in-cultured-rat-cortical-neurons
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Mamoru Fukuchi, Tomofumi Sanabe, Toshifumi Watanabe, Takane Kubota, Akiko Tabuchi, Masaaki Tsuda
The activity-regulated expression of immediate early genes (IEGs) contributes to long-lasting neuronal functions underlying long-term memory. However, their response properties following neuronal activity are unique and remain poorly understood. To address this knowledge gap, here we further investigated the response properties of two representative IEGs, c-fos and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (Bdnf). Treatment of cultured cortical cells with KCl produces a depolarization process that results in the increase of intracellular calcium concentration in a KCl concentration-dependent manner...
June 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634067/magnetic-graphene-coated-inorganic-organic-hybrid-nanocomposite-for-enhanced-preconcentration-of-selected-pesticides-in-tomato-and-grape
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Hamid Rashidi Nodeh, Hassan Sereshti, Hamid Gaikani, Muhammad Afzal Kamboh, Zahra Afsharsaveh
The new magnetic graphene based hybrid silica-N-[3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyl]ethylenediamine (MG@SiO2-TMSPED) nanocomposite was synthesized via sol-gel process, and used as an effective adsorbent in magnetic solid phase extraction (MSPE) of three selected pesticides followed by gas chromatography micro-electron capture detection (GC-μECD). The adsorbent was characterized using Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), Barrett-Joyner-Halenda (BJH), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS) techniques...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633960/effect-of-stimulus-level-on-the-temporal-response-properties-of-the-auditory-nerve-in-cochlear-implants
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Michelle L Hughes, Sarah A Laurello
Electrically evoked compound action potentials (ECAPs) have been used to examine temporal response patterns of the auditory nerve in cochlear implant (CI) recipients. ECAP responses to individual pulses in a pulse train vary across stimulation rates for individual CI users. For very slow rates, auditory neurons have ample time to discharge, recover, and respond to each pulse in the train. As the pulse rate increases, an alternating ECAP-amplitude pattern occurs. As the stimulation rate increases further, the alternating pattern eventually ceases and the overall ECAP amplitudes are diminished, yielding a relatively stochastic state that presumably reflects a combination of adaptation, desynchronization, and facilitation across fibers...
June 13, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633855/nanocomposites-synthesis-characterization-and-its-application-to-removal-azo-dyes-using-ultrasonic-assisted-method-modeling-and-optimization
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Sima Porhemmat, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Ali Reza Rezvani, Mohammad Hossein Ahmadi Azqhandi, Ali Akbar Bazrafshan
S-doped and Cu- and Co-doped TiO2 was synthesized by a sol-gel method and characterized by FE-SEM, XRD, EDX and FTIR. The Co/Cu/S-TiO2 nanocomposite loaded on the activated carbon as new nanoadsorbent was used for simultaneous removal of methylene blue (MB) and sunset yellow (SY) from aqueous solution by ultrasonic-assisted adsorption method. In this work, central composite design (CCD) and adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) as a support tool for examining data and making prediction are used to recognize and predict the removal percentage in MB and SY dye solution of different concentrations...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633848/novel-synthesis-of-nanocomposite-for-the-extraction-of-sildenafil-citrate-viagra-from-water-and-urine-samples-process-screening-and-optimization
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Arash Asfaram, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Mihir Kumar Purkait
A sensitive analytical method is investigated to concentrate and determine trace level of Sildenafil Citrate (SLC) present in water and urine samples. The method is based on a sample treatment using dispersive solid-phase micro-extraction (DSPME) with laboratory-made Mn@ CuS/ZnS nanocomposite loaded on activated carbon (Mn@ CuS/ZnS-NCs-AC) as a sorbent for the target analyte. The efficiency was enhanced by ultrasound-assisted (UA) with dispersive nanocomposite solid-phase micro-extraction (UA-DNSPME). Four significant variables affecting SLC recovery like; pH, eluent volume, sonication time and adsorbent mass were selected by the Plackett-Burman design (PBD) experiments...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633846/aqueous-norfloxacin-sonocatalytic-degradation-with-multilayer-flower-like-zno-in-the-presence-of-peroxydisulfate
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Shou-Bo Hu, Liang Li, Meng-Yu Luo, Ya-Feng Yun, Chang-Tang Chang
Multilayer ZnO nanoflowers were synthesized through a simple precipitation method and characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) and nitrogen absorption-desorption techniques. The FE-SEM images show the integrated morphology of an individual flower-like ZnO nanostructure, which is made of nano-platelets with uniform thickness (20-30nm). The average pore size and Brunauer-Emmet-Teller (BET) surface area of the as-synthesized ZnO were 27...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633845/intensification-of-extraction-of-curcumin-from-curcuma-amada-using-ultrasound-assisted-approach-effect-of-different-operating-parameters
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S R Shirsath, S S Sable, S G Gaikwad, S H Sonawane, D R Saini, P R Gogate
Curcumin, a dietary phytochemical, has been extracted from rhizomes of Curcuma amada using ultrasound assisted extraction (UAE) and the results compared with the conventional extraction approach to establish the process intensification benefits. The effect of operating parameters such as type of solvent, extraction time, extraction temperature, solid to solvent ratio, particle size and ultrasonic power on the extraction yield have been investigated in details for the approach UAE. The maximum extraction yield as 72% was obtained in 1h under optimized conditions of 35°C temperature, solid to solvent ratio of 1:25, particle size of 0...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633841/novel-approaches-based-on-ultrasound-for-treatment-of-wastewater-containing-potassium-ferrocyanide
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Rajashree H Jawale, Akash Tandale, Parag R Gogate
Industrial wastewaters containing biorefractory compounds like cyanide offer significant environmental problems attributed to the fact that the conventional methods have limited effectiveness and hence developing efficient treatment approaches is an important requirement. The present work investigates the use of novel treatment approach of ultrasound (US) combined with advanced oxidation techniques for the degradation of potassium ferrocyanide (KFC) for the first time. An ultrasonic bath equipped with longitudinal horn (1kW rated power and 25kHz frequency) has been used...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633823/sono-synthesis-of-solar-light-responsive-s-n-c-tri-doped-tio2-photo-catalyst-under-optimized-conditions-for-degradation-and-mineralization-of-diclofenac
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Sara Ramandi, Mohammad H Entezari, Narjes Ghows
C-N-S-tri doped TiO2 anatase phase was synthesized using a facile, effective and novel sonochemical method at low frequency (20kHz) and at room temperature. Titanium butoxide as the titanium precursor and thiourea as the dopant source were used in the synthesis of the photo-catalyst. The effects of important parameters such as thiourea/Ti molar ratio, ultrasound intensity, sonication time and temperature were studied on the synthesis of tri-doped TiO2. The XPS results confirmed the presence of N, S, and C in the photo-catalyst...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633815/ultrasound-assisted-selective-catalytic-transfer-hydrogenation-of-soybean-oil-using-5-pd-c-as-catalyst-under-ambient-conditions-in-water
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Sonam V Sancheti, Parag R Gogate
Catalytic transfer hydrogenation (CTH) is an alternative approach that does not require the use of potentially dangerous hydrogen gas. Pd/C is the most favoured catalyst for the selective hydrogenation of soybean oil yielding lower extent of formation of stearic acid and trans-isomer, which have adverse health effects. The present work deals with intensification of catalytic transfer hydrogenation of soybean oil in the presence of 5wt.% Pd/C using ultrasound under ambient reaction conditions. The effect of important operating parameters such as ultrasound power, temperature, type of hydrogen donor, catalyst loading and donor concentration on the progress of reaction has been investigated...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633643/enhancement-of-thermoalkaliphilic-xylanase-production-by-pichia-pastoris-through-novel-fed-batch-strategy-in-high-cell-density-fermentation
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Tingting Shang, Dayong Si, Dongyan Zhang, Xuhui Liu, Longmei Zhao, Cong Hu, Yu Fu, Rijun Zhang
BACKGROUND: Xylanase degrades xylan into monomers of various sizes by catalyzing the endohydrolysis of the 1,4-β-D-xylosidic linkage randomly, possessing potential in wide industrial applications. Most of xylanases are susceptible to be inactive when suffering high temperature and high alkaline process. Therefore, it is necessary to develop a high amount of effective thermoalkaliphilic xylanases. This study aims to enhance thermoalkaliphilic xylanase production in Pichia pastoris through fermentation parameters optimization and novel efficient fed-batch strategy in high cell-density fermentation...
June 21, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
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