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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092862/protective-effects-of-total-flavonoids-of-astragalus-against-adjuvant-induced-arthritis-in-rats-by-regulating-opg-rankl-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Xin-Yu Liu, Lu Xu, Ying Wang, Jin-Xia Li, Yu Zhang, Chong Zhang, Sha-Sha Wang, Xue-Mei Zhang
BACKGROUND: Astragalus membranaceus Bunge is one of the oldest and most frequently used crude herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. The total flavonoids of Astragalus (TFA) are the main active components isolated from Astragalus membranaceus Bunge. Our recent study has shown its potential immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects in vivo and in vitro. However, its anti-arthritic effects and mechanisms of action involved have not been elucidated. The aim of this study was to evaluate the protective effects and possible mechanisms of TFA on Freund's complete adjuvant (FCA)-induced arthritis in rats...
January 13, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092859/n-2-arylmethylimino-ethyl-7-chloroquinolin-4-amine-derivatives-synthesized-by-thermal-and-ultrasonic-means-are-endowed-with-anti-zika-virus-activity
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Giselle Barbosa-Lima, Ligia S da Silveira Pinto, Carlos R Kaiser, James L Wardell, Caroline S De Freitas, Yasmine R Vieira, Andressa Marttorelli, José Cerbino Neto, Patrícia T Bozza, Solange M S V Wardell, Marcus V N de Souza, Thiago M L Souza
Zika virus (ZIKV), an emerging Flavivirus, was recently associated with severe neurological complications and congenital diseases. Therefore, development of antiviral agents capable of inhibiting ZIKV replication is urgent. Chloroquine is a molecule with a confirmed safety history for use with pregnant women, and has been found to exhibit anti-ZIKV activity at concentrations around 10 μM. This suggests that modifications to the chloroquine structure could be promising for obtaining more effective anti-ZIKV agents...
January 6, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092844/enhanced-effect-in-combination-of-curcumin-and-ketoconazole-loaded-methoxy-poly-ethylene-glycol-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-micelles
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Fangfang Teng, Peizong Deng, Zhimei Song, Feilong Zhou, Runliang Feng
In order to enhance water-solubility and realize controlled release while keeping synergistic effects of ketoconazole and curcumin, drug-loaded methoxy poly (ethylene glycol)-b-poly (ε-caprolactone) micelles were prepared through thin membrane hydration method. Transmission electric microscopy and dynamitic light scattering characterization revealed the formation of ketoconazole- and curcumin-loaded micelles with an average size of 44.70nm and 39.56nm, respectively. The drug-loaded micelles endowed the two drugs' slow controlled release with water-solubility enhanced to 85 and 82000 folds higher than the corresponding raw drugs, respectively...
January 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092824/chemically-modified-amino-porphyrin-tio2-for-the-degradation-of-acid-black-1-under-day-light-illumination
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Balu Krishnakumar, Avula Balakrishna, Cláudia T Arranja, Carlos M F Dias, Abilio J F N Sobral
In this paper, for the first time, chemically modified 5,10,15,20-meso-tetra-(para-amino)-phenyl-porphyrin/TiO2 (TPAPP/TiO2) was prepared and used for the degradation of an azo dye Acid Black 1 (AB 1) under direct sunlight. Initially, TiO2 was prepared by sol-gel method. Before making a TPAPP/TiO2 composite, the surface modification of TiO2 was carried out with glycidoxypropyltrimethoxy silane (GPTMS) which acts as a coupling agent. This is an epoxy terminated silane and could easily bond to the amino group of TPAPP through epoxy cleavage...
January 9, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092817/porous-bimetallic-pdni-catalyst-with-high-electrocatalytic-activity-for-ethanol-electrooxidation
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Yue Feng, Duan Bin, Bo Yan, Yukou Du, Tetsuro Majima, Weiqiang Zhou
Porous bimetallic PdNi catalysts were fabricated by a novel method, namely, reduction of Pd and Ni oxides prepared via calcining the complex chelate of PdNi-dimethylglyoxime (PdNi-dmg). The morphology and composition of the as-prepared PdNi were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Furthermore, the electrochemical properties of PdNi catalysts towards ethanol electrooxidation were also studied by electrochemical impedance spectrometry (EIS), cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronoamperometry (CA) measurement...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092807/application-of-the-dreadd-technique-in-biomedical-brain-research
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REVIEW
Grzegorz Dobrzanski, Małgorzata Kossut
The DREADD (Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs) technique is a new chemogenetic approach allowing for selective and remote control of neural activity with a high degree of spatial resolution. Since its discovery in 2007 the DREADD technique was successfully employed into basic research, and together with the optogenetic method provided so far the best tool to influence the activity of the brain circuits and cell populations. The first aim of this review was to concisely describe the technique with regard to such issues like the history of its development, biochemistry as well as modes of the designer receptors delivery and expression...
October 29, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092802/signal-and-binding-i-physico-chemical-response-to-macromolecule-ligand-interactions
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REVIEW
Wlodzimierz Bujalowski, Maria J Jezewska, Paul J Bujalowski
Obtaining a detailed knowledge about energetics of ligand-macromolecule interactions is a prerequisite for elucidation of the nature, behavior, and activities of the formed complexes. The most commonly used methods in characterizing molecular interactions are physico-chemical techniques based mainly on spectroscopic, calorimetric, hydrodynamic, etc., measurements. The major advantage of the physico-chemical methods is that they do not require large quantities of material and, if performed carefully, do not perturb examined reactions...
January 3, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092785/integrated-ssfp-for-functional-brain-mapping-at-7t-with-reduced-susceptibility-artifact
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Kaibao Sun, Rong Xue, Peng Zhang, Zhentao Zuo, Zhongwei Chen, Bo Wang, Thomas Martin, Yi Wang, Lin Chen, Sheng He, Danny J J Wang
Balanced steady-state free precession (bSSFP) offers an alternative and potentially important tool to the standard gradient-echo echo-planar imaging (GE-EPI) for functional MRI (fMRI). Both passband and transition band based bSSFP have been proposed for fMRI. The applications of these methods, however, are limited by banding artifacts due to the sensitivity of bSSFP signal to off-resonance effects. In this article, a unique case of the SSFP-FID sequence, termed integrated-SSFP or iSSFP, was proposed to overcome the obstacle by compressing the SSFP profile into the width of a single voxel...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092780/standardization-of-106-ru-rh-by-live-timed-anticoincidence-counting-and-gamma-emission-determination
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C J da Silva, E A Rezende, R Poledna, L Tauhata, A Iwahara, R T Lopes
The absolute activity standardization measurement system of radionuclide by live-timed anticoincidence counting was implemented at LNMRI in 2008 to reduce the effects of some correction factors on the determination of activity with coincidence counting technique used for decades in the laboratory, for example, the corrections of dead time and resolution. With the live-timed anticoincidence system, the variety of radionuclides that can be calibrated by LNMRI was increased in relation to the type of decay. The objective of this study was to standardize the (106)Ru activity, determine gamma emission probabilities by spectrometric method for some energies, and estimate measurement uncertainties...
January 12, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092754/public-participation-gis-for-improving-wood-burning-emissions-from-residential-heating-and-urban-environmental-management
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Susana López-Aparicio, Matthias Vogt, Philipp Schneider, Maarit Kahila-Tani, Anna Broberg
A crowdsourcing study supported by a public participation GIS tool was designed and carried out in two Norwegian regions. The aim was to improve the knowledge about emissions from wood burning for residential heating in urban areas based on the collection of citizens' localized insights. We focus on three main issues: 1) type of dwelling and residential heating source; 2) wood consumption and type of wood appliances; and 3) citizens' perception of the urban environment. Our study shows the importance of wood burning for residential heating, and of the resulted particle emissions, in Norwegian urban areas...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092727/sitting-ducks-face-chronic-disease-an-analysis-of-newspaper-coverage-of-sedentary-behaviour-as-a-health-issue-in-australia-2000-2012
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Josephine Y Chau, Catriona Bonfiglioli, Amy Zhong, Zeljko Pedisic, Michelle Daley, Bronwyn McGill, Adrian Bauman
Issue addressed: This study examines how sedentary behaviour (too much sitting) was covered as a health issue by Australian newspapers and how physical activity was framed within this newspaper coverage.Methods: Articles featuring sedentary behaviour published in Australian newspapers between 2000 and 2012 were analysed for content and framing. Main outcome measures were volume, number and content of newspaper articles; framing and types of sedentary behaviour; responsibility for the problem of and solutions to high levels of sedentary behaviour; and physical activity mentions and how it was framed within sedentary behaviour coverage...
January 12, 2017: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092654/promoter-polymorphism-of-toll-like-receptor-4-is-associated-with-a-decreased-risk-of-coronary-artery-disease-a-case-control-study-in-the-chinese-han-population
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Dandan Sun, Liping Sun, Qian Xu, Honghu Wang, Jun Yang, Yuan Yuan
BACKGROUND Coronary artery disease (CAD) is considered a chronic inflammatory disease of the blood vessels. Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) is a transmembrane receptor involved in inflammatory reactions. The aim of this study was to determine the association between polymorphisms in the promoter region and 3'-untranslated region (3'-UTR) of TLR4, and the associated CAD risk. MATERIAL AND METHODS This study enrolled 424 participants with CAD and 424 controls without CAD. The polymorphisms in the promoter region and 3'-UTR of TLR4 were identified from the HapMap database, including rs10116253, rs10983755, and rs11536889...
January 16, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092615/immunoreactivity-of-arcuate-nucleus-astrocytes-in-rats-after-intragastric-administration-of-habanero-peppers-capsicum-chinese-jacq
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K Rycerz, A Krawczyk, J Jaworska-Adamu, M Gołyński, K Lutnicki, I Balicki
Habanero pepper fruits contain capsaicin (CAP) characterised by a spicy taste. Astrocytes express vanilloid receptor (TRPV1), which interacts with cannabinoids including CAP. Only a few studies revealed that CAP leads to alterations of the arcuate nucleus (ARC) structures. The aim of this study was to analyse the GFAP (GFAP-IR) and S100β (S100β-IR) immunoreactive astrocytes of ARC in adult rats after intragastric administration of habanero pepper fruits. Adult, Wistar rats received a peanut oil - control group (C) - and oil suspension of habanero pepper fruits at a dose of 0...
December 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092581/an-integrated-maximum-current-density-approach-for-noninvasive-detection-of-myocardial-infarction
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Chen Zhao, Shiqin Jiang, Yanhua Wu, Junjie Zhu, Dafang Zhou, Birgit Hailer, Dietrich Gronemeyer, Peter Van Leeuwen
We present a new approach of integrated maximum current density (IMCD) for the noninvasive detection of myocardial infarction (MI) using magnetocardiography (MCG) data acquired from a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) system. In this study, we investigated the relationship of the maximum current density (MCD) in the current density map and the underlying equivalent current dipole (ECD) based on a novel method of reconstructing the ECD in the extremum circle of the magnetic field map. The performance of IMCD and the integrated ECD (IECD) approaches were also evaluated by using 61-channel MCG data from 39 healthy subjects and 102 patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)...
January 9, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092549/learning-short-binary-codes-for-large-scale-image-retrieval
#15
Li Liu, Mengyang Yu, Ling Shao
Large-scale visual information retrieval has become an active research area in this big data era. Recently, hashing/ binary coding algorithms prove to be effective for scalable retrieval applications. Most existing hashing methods require relatively long binary codes (i.e., over hundreds of bits, sometimes even thousands of bits) to achieve reasonable retrieval accuracies. However, for some realistic and unique applications such as on wearable or mobile devices, only short binary codes can be used for efficient image retrieval due to the limitation of computational resources or bandwidth on these devices...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092540/robust-and-discriminative-labeling-for-multi-label-active-learning-based-on-maximum-correntropy-criterion
#16
Bo Du, Zengmao Wang, Lefei Zhang, Liangpei Zhang, Dacheng Tao
Multi-label learning draws great interests in many real world applications. It is a highly costly task to assign many labels by the oracle for one instance. Meanwhile, it is also hard to build a good model without diagnosing discriminative labels. Can we reduce the label costs and improve the ability to train a good model for multi-label learning simultaneously? Active learning addresses the less training samples problem by querying the most valuable samples to achieve a better performance with little costs...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092522/active-self-paced-learning-for-cost-effective-and-progressive-face-identification
#17
Liang Lin, Keze Wang, Deyu Meng, Wangmeng Zuo, Lei Zhang
This paper aims to develop a novel cost-effective framework for face identification, which progressively maintains a batch of classifiers with the increasing face images of different individuals. By naturally combining two recently rising techniques: active learning (AL) and self-paced learning (SPL), our framework is capable of automatically annotating new instances and incorporating them into training under weak expert recertification. We first initialize the classifier using a few annotated samples for each individual, and extract image features using the convolutional neural nets...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092518/compositional-model-based-fisher-vector-coding-for-image-classi%C3%AF-cation
#18
Lingqiao Liu, Peng Wang, Chunhua Shen, Lei Wang, Anton van den Hengel, Chao Wang, Heng Tao Shen
Deriving from the gradient vector of a generative model of local features, Fisher vector coding (FVC) has been identified as an effective coding method for image classification. Most, if not all, FVC implementations employ the Gaussian mixture model (GMM) as the generative model for local features. However, the representative power of a GMM can be limited because it essentially assumes that local features can be characterized by a fixed number of feature prototypes, and the number of prototypes is usually small in FVC...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092510/unobtrusive-and-wearable-systems-for-automatic-dietary-monitoring
#19
Temiloluwa Prioleau, Elliot Moore, Maysam Ghovanloo
The threat of obesity, diabetes, anorexia and bulimia in our society today has motivated extensive research on dietary monitoring. Standard self-report methods such as 24-hour recall and food frequency questionnaires are expensive, burdensome and unrealiable to handle the growing health crisis. Long-term activity monitoring in daily living is a promising approach to provide individuals with quantitative feedback that can encourage healthier habits. Although several studies have attempted automating dietary monitoring using wearable, hand-held, smartobject, and environmental systems, it remains an open research problem...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092506/wideband-2-d-array-design-optimization-with-fabrication-constraints-for-3-d-us-imaging
#20
Emmanuel Roux, Alessandro Ramalli, Herve Liebgott, Christian Cachard, Marc C Robini, Piero Tortoli
Ultrasound (US) 2-D arrays are of increasing interest due to their electronic steering capability to investigate 3-D regions without requiring any probe movement. These arrays are typically populated by thousands of elements that, ideally, should be individually driven by the companion scanner. Since this is not convenient, the so-called microbeamforming methods, yielding a prebeamforming stage performed in the probe handle by suitable custom integrated circuits, have so far been implemented in a few commercial high-end scanners...
January 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
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