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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214275/detection-of-pneumocystis-jirovecii-by-nested-pcr-in-hiv-negative-patients-with-pulmonary-disease
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Cristina Rodrigues Santos, Ângela M de Assis, Edson A Luz, Luzia Lyra, Ivan F Toro, José Claudio C Seabra, Dira H Daldin, Tathiane U Marcalto, Marcos T Galasso, Ronaldo F Macedo, Angélica Z Schreiber, Francisco H Aoki
BACKGROUND: Nested PCR can be used to determine the status of Pneumocystis jirovecii infection in other lung diseases. AIMS: This study sought to detect a target DNA fragment (mitochondrial large subunit rRNA or mtL SUrRNA) of P. jirovecii in patients with lung disease who underwent bronchoscopy with collection of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL). METHODS: The results from toluidine blue staining were compared with those obtained using molecular methods that included an "in house" DNA extraction procedure, PCR and nested PCR...
February 14, 2017: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214249/perceived-neighborhood-social-cohesion-and-preventive-healthcare-use
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Eric S Kim, Ichiro Kawachi
INTRODUCTION: Neighborhood social cohesion has been linked with better health and health behaviors, but its association with patterns of preventive healthcare use remains understudied. The hypothesis was that people with higher perceived neighborhood social cohesion would display increased use of preventive healthcare services. METHODS: Participants (N=7,168) were drawn from the 2006 wave of the Health and Retirement Study-a prospective and nationally representative panel study of American adults aged >50 years-and tracked for one wave (2 years)...
February 14, 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214103/tracking-the-evolution-and-differences-between-guest-induced-phases-of-ga-mil-53-via-ultra-wideline-69-71-ga-solid-state-nmr-spectroscopy
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Yue Zhang, Bryan E G Lucier, Victor V Terskikh, Renlong Zheng, Yining Huang
Ga-MIL-53 is a metal-organic framework (MOF) that exhibits a "breathing effect," in which the pore size and overall MOF topology can be influenced by temperature, pressure, and host-guest interactions. The phase control afforded by this flexible framework renders Ga-MIL-53 a promising material for guest storage and sensing applications. In this work, the structure and behavior of four Ga-MIL-53 phases (as, ht, enp and lt), along with CO2 adsorbed within Ga-MIL-53 at various loading levels, has been investigated using (69/71)Ga solid-state NMR (SSNMR) experiments at 21...
January 31, 2017: Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214088/a-case-of-seropositive-autoimmune-autonomic-ganglionopathy-with-diffuse-esophageal-spasm
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Nobutoshi Morimoto, Sakuma Takahashi, Tomoki Inaba, Motonori Takamiya, Yasuhiko Kageyama, Mizuki Morimoto, Yoshiaki Takahashi, Hirotake Nishimura, Shunya Nakane, Koji Abe
Autoimmune autonomic ganglionopathy (AAG) is an immune-mediated disorder that leads to various autonomic failures associated with anti-ganglionic acetylcholine receptor antibodies (anti-gAChR-Abs). Diffuse esophageal spasm (DES) is an uncommon esophageal motility disorder. We herein report the case of a 68-year-old woman with DES as a partial symptom of AAG. She presented with chronic esophageal transit failure, constipation, and numbness of the hands and feet, Adie's pupil, thermal hypoalgesia, and decreased deep tendon reflexes...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213758/influence-of-a-combined-ct-c-arm-system-on-periprocedural-workflow-and-procedure-times-in-mechanical-thrombectomy
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Johannes Pfaff, Silvia Schönenberger, Christian Herweh, Mirko Pham, Simon Nagel, Peter Arthur Ringleb, Sabine Heiland, Martin Bendszus, Markus Alfred Möhlenbruch
OBJECTIVE: To achieve the fastest possible workflow in ischaemic stroke, we developed a CT/C-arm system, which allows imaging and endovascular treatment on the same patient table. METHODS: This prospective, monocentric trial was conducted between October 2014 and August 2016. Patients received stroke imaging and mechanical thrombectomy under general anaesthesia (GA) or conscious sedation (CS) using our combined setup comprising a CT-scanner and a mobile C-arm X-ray device...
February 17, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213285/mechanical-and-chemical-studies-on-eps-from-sulfobacillus-thermosulfidooxidans-from-planktonic-to-biofilm-cells
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Qian Li, Wolfgang Sand
Bacteria attach to minerals and form biofilms, which can initiate and enhance bioleaching. Extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) play a crucial role during the whole process. Little is known how the cell surface/EPS mechanically and chemically respond to transformation from planktonic to biofilm cells. In this study the attachment and biofilm formation by Sulfobacillus thermosulfidooxidans were followed during pyrite leaching. Adhesiveness and stiffness of the cell/biofilm and the pyrite surface were checked by atomic force microscopy (AFM) in force mapping mode under real living conditions...
February 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213284/synthesis-of-hetero-annulated-isoxazolo-pyrido-and-pyrimido-carbazoles-screened-for-in%C3%A2-vitro-antitumor-activity-and-structure-activity-relationships-a-novel-2-amino-4-3-bromo-4-methoxyphenyl-8-chloro-11h-pyrimido-4-5-a-carbazole-as-an-antitumor-agent
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Karunanidhi Murali, Hazel A Sparkes, Karnam Jayarampillai Rajendra Prasad
Claisen-Schmidt condensation of 2,3,4,9-tetrahydro-1H-carbazol-1-one with 3-bromo-4-methoxy benzaldehyde afforded the 2-(3'-bromo-4'-methoxybenzylidene)-2,3,4,9-tetrahydro-1H-carbazol-1-one 3. Compound 3 was allowed to react with different organic reactants, hydroxylamine hydrochloride, malononitrile and guanidine nitrate through condensation cum cycloaddition reactions to afford a series of the respective novel hetero annulated carbazoles such as isoxazolo-, pyrido- and pyrimido carbazoles. The structures of the compounds were established by FT-IR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, X-ray diffraction and elemental analysis...
February 7, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213277/fluorescence-and-computed-tomography-for-assessing-the-biodistribution-of-sirna-after-intratracheal-application-in-mice
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Antonia Geyer, Cornelia Lorenzer, Sebastian Gehrig, Manuela Simlinger, Johannes Winkler, Haider Sami, Manfred Ogris
Pulmonary delivery of nucleic acids opens the possibility for direct treatment of lung diseases, like fibrosis, cancer, and infections. Lung retention and biodistribution of nucleic acids remain important issues for the development of suitable therapeutic approaches. Moreover, monitoring the dynamic biodistribution processes of siRNA after aerosol delivery can help in identifying bottlenecks and optimising therapeutic concepts. We investigated dynamic biodistribution events after intratracheal application of chemically stabilised siRNA labeled with near infrared emitting dye AlexaFluor750 (AF750)...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213265/magnetic-mixed-hemimicelles-dispersive-solid-phase-extraction-based-on-ionic-liquid-coated-attapulgite-polyaniline-polypyrrole-fe3o4-nanocomposites-for-determination-of-acaricides-in-fruit-juice-prior-to-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-diode-array-detection
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Xiaoling Yang, Kexin Qiao, Fang Liu, Xiaoling Wu, Miyi Yang, Jing Li, Haixiang Gao, Sanbing Zhang, Wenfeng Zhou, Runhua Lu
In this research, a novel method using magnetic mixed hemimicelles dispersive solid-phase extraction (MMHDSPE) based on C16mimBr-coated attapulgite/polyaniline-polypyrrole/Fe3O4 (ATP/PANI-PPY/Fe3O4) nanocomposites were investigated for enrichment and separation of three acaricides in fruit juice. In this method, we combined the simplicity and speed of dispersive solid-phase extraction, the advantages of mixed hemimicelles and the facility of the phase separation of the magnetic nanoparticles to develop a simple, rapid, sensitive, and effective method for detecting target analytes from the juice samples...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213260/the-fabrication-of-carbon-nanotubes-array-based-electrochemical-chiral-sensor-by-electrosynthesis
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Hong Zhu, Fengxia Chang, Zhiwei Zhu
How to align the single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) onto the electrode vertically and to control their density and orientation are still a major challenge. Theoretically, properly selected chiral SWCNTs can discriminate enantiomers through their different dielectric response to the adsorption of chiral species, few reports can confirm this theoretic model. Herein, we presented a new strategy to fabricate SWCNTs array-based electrochemical chiral sensor. Carboxylated chiral SWCNTs were vertically attached to the oxidized glass carbon electrode with ethylenediamine as a linker by electrosynthesis...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213232/analysis-of-flavors-and-fragrances-by-hplc-with-fe3o4-go-magnetic-nanocomposite-as-the-adsorbent
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Rui Xiao, Xiaoting Zhang, Xiaona Zhang, Jiahua Niu, Minghua Lu, Xiuhua Liu, Zongwei Cai
In this article, a method for the analysis of flavors and fragrances including ethyl vanillin, trans-cinnamic acid, methyl cinnamate, ethyl cinnamate, and benzyl cinnamate in foods by HPLC with Fe3O4@GO nanocomposite as the adsorbent of magnetic solid-phase extraction was developed. The magnetic Fe3O4@GO nanocomposite was prepared and characterized by transmission electron microscope, infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and vibrating sample magnetometer. The as-prepared Fe3O4@GO nanocomposite was used as adsorbent for extraction and preconcentration of flavors and fragrances in foods...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213223/electrochemical-determination-of-arsenic-in-natural-waters-using-carbon-fiber-ultra-microelectrodes-modified-with-gold-nanoparticles
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Patricio Carrera, Patricio J Espinoza-Montero, Lenys Fernández, Hugo Romero, José Alvarado
We have developed an anodic stripping voltammetry method that employs carbon fiber ultra-microelectrodes modified with gold nanoparticles to determine arsenic in natural waters. Gold nanoparticles were potentiostatically deposited on carbon fiber ultra-microelectrodes at -0.90V (vs SCE) for a time of 15s, to form the carbon fiber ultra-microelectrodes modified with gold nanoparticles. Cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy coupled to an X-ray microanalysis system were used to check and confirm the presence of gold nanoparticles on the carbon fiber ultra-microelectrodes...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213151/automatic-method-for-estimation-of-in-situ-effective-contact-angle-from-x-ray-micro-tomography-images-of-two-phase-flow-in-porous-media
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Alessio Scanziani, Kamaljit Singh, Martin J Blunt, Alberto Guadagnini
Multiphase flow in porous media is strongly influenced by the wettability of the system, which affects the arrangement of the interfaces of different phases residing in the pores. We present a method for estimating the effective contact angle, which quantifies the wettability and controls the local capillary pressure within the complex pore space of natural rock samples, based on the physical constraint of constant curvature of the interface between two fluids. This algorithm is able to extract a large number of measurements from a single rock core, resulting in a characteristic distribution of effective in situ contact angle for the system, that is modelled as a truncated Gaussian probability density distribution...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213150/preparation-of-the-go-pd-nanocomposite-and-its-application-for-the-degradation-of-organic-dyes-in-water
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Afshan Omidvar, Babak Jaleh, Mahmoud Nasrollahzadeh
A GO/Pd nanocomposite has been successfully synthesized applying a simple method via immobilizing Pd on the surface of the graphene oxide (GO). The GO/Pd nanocomposite was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transformed infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, Raman, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) techniques. The surface morphology of Pd NPs was viewed by TEM, the particles are spherical with an average particle size of 11nm...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212933/surfactant-modified-chitosan-beads-for-cadmium-ion-adsorption
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Preeti Pal, Anjali Pal
Cadmium is one of the most toxic heavy metals, which has been classified as human carcinogen and tetratogen. In the present study chitosan (CS) beads are modified, in a novel way, using sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), a well known anionic surfactant. The concentration of SDS has been judiciously selected to form surfactant bilayers on CS surface. These modified beads are designated as surfactant-modified chitosan (SMCS) beads. The adsorbent has been characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and X-ray diffraction (XRD)...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212858/refractive-index-and-thickness-determination-in-langmuir-monolayers-of-myelin-lipids
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Julio M Pusterla, Antonio A Malfatti-Gasperini, Ximena E Puentes-Martinez, Leide P Cavalcanti, Rafael G Oliveira
Langmuir monolayers at the air/water interface are widely used as biomembrane models and for amphiphilic molecules studies in general. Under controlled intermolecular organization (lateral molecular area), surface pressure, surface potential, reflectivity (R) and other magnitudes can be precisely determined on these planar monomolecular films. However, some physical parameters such as the refractive index of the monolayer (n) still remain elusive. The refractive index is very relevant because (in combination with R) it allows for the determination of the thickness of the film...
February 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212595/preparation-and-characterization-of-gold-nanoparticles-in-the-presence-of-citrate-and-soybean-seed-extract-in-an-acidic-conditions
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Ebrahim Izadi, Ali Rasooli, Abolfazl Akbarzadeh, Soodabeh Davaran
Through the present study, an eco-friendly method was used to synthesize the gold nanoparticles (GNPs) by using the sodium citrate and extract of the soybean seed as reducing the agents at PH 3. X-Ray diffraction (XRD) method was used to evaluate the crystal structure of as-synthesized NPs and it's revealed that this method leads to well crystallized GNPs. In order to determine the particle size and their distribution, field emission scanning microscopy (FE-SEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) were used...
February 17, 2017: Drug Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212514/removal-mechanism-of-selenite-by-fe3o4-precipitated-mesoporous-magnetic-carbon-microspheres
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Jianwei Lu, Fenglian Fu, Zecong Ding, Na Li, Bing Tang
A mesoporous composite of magnetic carbon microspheres (MCMSs) was synthesized via introducing Fe3O4 nanoscale particles to the surface of carbon microspheres (CMSs) by coprecipitation. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy showed the Fe3O4 nanoscale particles were dispersedly immobilized on the surface of CMSs. The MCMSs demonstrated effective removal of selenite (Se(IV)) from wastewater. MCMSs showed the regular pattern where the lower pH value, the lower residual Se(IV) concentration...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212513/simultaneous-removal-of-no-and-hg-0-over-ce-cu-modified-v2o5-tio2-based-commercial-scr-catalysts
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Guilong Chi, Boxiong Shen, Ranran Yu, Chuan He, Xiao Zhang
A series of novel Ce-Cu modified V2O5/TiO2 based commercial SCR catalysts were prepared via ultrasonic-assisted impregnation method for simultaneous removal of NO and elemental mercury (Hg(0)). Nitrogen adsorption, X-ray diffraction (XRD), temperature programmed reduction of H2 (H2-TPR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to characterize the catalysts. 7% Ce-1% Cu/SCR catalyst exhibited the highest NO conversion efficiency (>97%) at 200-400°C, as well as the best Hg(0) oxidation activity (>75%) at 150-350°C among all the catalysts...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212335/fructose-in-breast-milk-is-positively-associated-with-infant-body-composition-at-6-months-of-age
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Michael I Goran, Ashley A Martin, Tanya L Alderete, Hideji Fujiwara, David A Fields
Dietary sugars have been shown to promote excess adiposity among children and adults; however, no study has examined fructose in human milk and its effects on body composition during infancy. Twenty-five mother-infant dyads attended clinical visits to the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center at 1 and 6 months of infant age. Infants were exclusively breastfed for 6 months and sugars in breast milk (i.e., fructose, glucose, lactose) were measured by Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and glucose oxidase...
February 16, 2017: Nutrients
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