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Amarateedha H Prak, Kristina M Dela Rosa
With skin lesions that have failed previous treatments, consideration for an atypical mycobacteria, specifically Mycobacterium marinum, infection should be suspected. Importance of the history cannot be stressed as this is a clue that the patient may have been inoculated and infected in the field environment. A marine with chronic right knee plaque for 3 yr that first appeared after a field exercise at The Basic School but worsened despite treatment with clindamycin, TMP-SMX, and incision and drainage in 2012...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
Hamid Reza Rajabi, Fatemeh Karimi, Hossein Kazemdehdashti, Leila Kavoshi
In this research, a sono-assisted chemical precipitation method was developed for a quick and efficient water-based synthesis of zinc sulfide (ZnS) quantum dots (QDs), in room temperature. ZnS QDs as pure and doped with some transition metal ions (such as Cu2+ , Mn2+ , Ag+ ) were prepared in the presence of l-cysteine, as capping agent. In comparison with the previous conventional methods, applying the ultrasonic irradiation provides a significant decrease in the reaction time. In comparison with previous reported conventional chemical QD synthesis methods, the required time for a complete synthesis in the presence of ultrasonic irradiations was significantly reduced to a period as short as 15 min, in a temperature of 40 °C...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Christopher Nicolai Roterman, Won-Kyung Lee, Xinming Liu, Rongcheng Lin, Xinzheng Li, Yong-Jin Won
The recent discovery of two new species of kiwaid squat lobsters on hydrothermal vents in the Pacific Ocean and in the Pacific sector of the Southern Ocean has prompted a re-analysis of Kiwaid biogeographical history. Using a larger alignment with more fossil calibrated nodes than previously, we consider the precise relationship between Kiwaidae, Chirostylidae and Eumunididae within Chirostyloidea (Decapoda: Anomura) to be still unresolved at present. Additionally, the placement of both new species within a new "Bristly" clade along with the seep-associated Kiwa puravida is most parsimoniously interpreted as supporting a vent origin for the family, rather than a seep-to-vent progression...
2018: PloS One
Giovanni Di Liberto, Riccardo Conte, Michele Ceotto
We present an investigation of vibrational features in water clusters performed by means of our recently established divide-and-conquer semiclassical approach [M. Ceotto, G. Di Liberto, and R. Conte, Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 010401 (2017)]. This technique allows us to simulate quantum vibrational spectra of high-dimensional systems starting from full-dimensional classical trajectories and projection of the semiclassical propagator onto a set of lower dimensional subspaces. The potential energy surface employed is a many-body representation up to three-body terms, in which monomers and two-body interactions are described by the high level Wang-Huang-Braams-Bowman (WHBB) water potential, while, for three-body interactions, calculations adopt a fast permutationally invariant ab initio surface at the same level of theory of the WHBB 3-body potential...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
Wenge Chen, Yunlong Cheng, Jianzhong Chen, Jiahang Chen, Kai Jiang, Yuyang Zhou, Lee Jia
Mifepristone (RU486) is developed originally as a contraceptive used by hundreds of millions of women world-wide, and also reported as a safe and long-term psychotic depressant, or as a cancer chemotherapeutic agent used by both sexes. In our preliminary study aimed at developing mifepristone as a cancer metastatic chemopreventive, we coincidentally observed that blood mifepristone concentrations in female rats seem to be higher than those in male ones post administration. To substantiate if the pharmacokinetic differences between sexes exist, we established a fast UPLC-MS/MS method to determine mifepristone concentrations in plasma, and analyzed blood concentrations of mifepristone over time in rats and dogs of both sexes...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Dariusz Dziga, Anna Maksylewicz, Magdalena Maroszek, Sylwia Marek
Under some conditions the growth of toxic cyanobacteria must be controlled by treatment with algicidal compounds. Hydrogen peroxide has been proposed as an efficient and relatively safe chemical which can remove cyanobacteria from the environment selectively, without affecting other microorganisms. However, the uncontrolled release of secondary metabolites, including toxins may occur after such a treatment. Our proposal presented in this paper concerns fast biodegradation of microcystin released after cell lysis induced by hydrogen peroxide...
March 15, 2018: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Musammir Khan, Janne T Koivisto, Terttu I Hukka, Mikko Hokka, Minna Kellomäki
Biopolymers are attractive candidates to fabricate biocompatible hydrogels, but the low water solubility of most of them at physiological pH, has hindered their applications. To prepare a water-soluble derivative of chitosan (WSC) biopolymer, it was grafted with a small anionic amino acid, L-glutamic acid, using a single step 1-Ethyl-3-[3-dimethylaminopropyl] carbodiimide coupling reaction. This resulted in a zwitterion-tethered structure onto the polymer backbone. The degree of substitution ranged between 13-16 ± 1...
March 15, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Piotr Sowa, Hanne F Harbo, Nathan S White, Elisabeth G Celius, Hauke Bartsch, Pål Berg-Hansen, Stine M Moen, Atle Bjørnerud, Lars T Westlye, Ole A Andreassen, Anders M Dale, Mona K Beyer
BACKGROUND: Restriction spectrum imaging (RSI) is a recently introduced magnetic resonance imaging diffusion technique. The utility of RSI in multiple sclerosis (MS) is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between RSI-derived parameters and neurological disability in MS. METHODS: Seventy-seven relapsing-remitting MS patients were scanned with RSI on a 3-T scanner. RSI-derived parameters: fast and slow apparent diffusion coefficient (sADC), fractional anisotropy, restricted fractional anisotropy, neurite density (ND), cellularity, extracellular water fraction, and free water fraction, were obtained in white matter lesions (WML) and normal appearing white matter (NAWM)...
March 1, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
Giuseppe Magistro, Philipp Weinhold, Christian G Stief, Christian Gratzke
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The main objective of novel minimally invasive treatment options is to provide relief of bothersome lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) equally effective to current standard techniques, but with a more favorable safety profile. Here we present the first clinical experience with the prostatic urethral lift (Urolift) and the convective water vapor energy ablation (Rezūm). RECENT FINDINGS: Urolift offers rapid and durable relief of LUTS with complete preservation of sexual function...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Urology
Alfredo Mirandola, Giuseppe Magro, Marco Lavagno, Andrea Mairani, Silvia Molinelli, Stefania Russo, Edoardo Mastella, Alessandro Vai, Davide Maestri, Vanessa La Rosa, Mario Ciocca
PURPOSE: To dosimetrically characterize a multi-layer ionization chamber (MLIC) prototype for quality assurance (QA) of pristine integral ionization curves (ICs) and spread-out-Bragg-peaks (SOBPs) for scanning light ion beams. METHODS: QUBE (De.Tec.Tor., Torino, Italy) is a modular detector designed for QA in particle therapy (PT). Its main module is a MLIC detector, able to evaluate particle beam relative depth ionization distributions at different beam energies and modulations...
March 14, 2018: Medical Physics
Robin A Wilson, William Deasy, Christos G Stathis, Alan Hayes, Matthew B Cooke
Intermittent fasting (IF) and high intensity interval training (HIIT) are effective lifestyle interventions for improving body composition and overall health. However, the long-term effects of IF and potential synergistic effects of combining IF with exercise are unclear. The purpose of the study was to investigate the long-term effects of IF, with or without HIIT, on body composition and markers of metabolic health in diet-induced obese mice. In a randosmised, controlled design, 8-week-old C57BL/6 mice (males ( n = 39) and females ( n = 49)) were fed a high fat (HF) and sugar (S) water diet (30% ( w / v )) for 24-weeks but were separated into five groups at 12-weeks: (1) 'obese' baseline control (OBC); (2) no intervention (CON); (3) intermittent fasting (IF); (4) high intensity intermittent exercise (HIIT) and (5) combination of dietary and exercise intervention (IF + HIIT)...
March 12, 2018: Nutrients
Avshalom Leibowitz, Ariel Bier, Mayan Gilboa, Edna Peleg, Iris Barshack, Ehud Grossman
Recent data indicate that artificial sweeteners (AS) may have deleterious effects on glucose metabolism. The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of AS and the effects of a high fructose diet (HFrD) on glucose metabolism and insulin resistance (IR) in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. SD rats were fed either regular chow, chow with saccharin (Sac) (0.1 mg/mL) placed in their water, or HFrD for seven weeks. Glucose, insulin, and triglycerides (Tg) levels were measured upon completion. A homeostatic model assessment (HOMA)-IR index was used to determine insulin resistance...
March 12, 2018: Nutrients
Wenjia Wu, Yifan Li, Jindun Liu, Jingtao Wang, Yakun He, Kenneth Davey, Shi-Zhang Qiao
Nanophase-separated membranes hold promise for fast molecule or ion transfer. However, development and practical application are significantly hindered by both the difficulty of chemical modification and nanophase instability. This can be addressed by organic-inorganic hybridization of functional fillers with a precise distribution in specific nanophase. Here, a molecular-level hybridization for nanophase-separated Nafion using 2-5 nm quantum dots (QDs) as a new smart filler is demonstrated. Two kinds of QDs are prepared and used: hydrophilic polymer-like QDs (PQDs) and hydrophobic graphene oxide QDs (GQDs)...
March 13, 2018: Advanced Materials
Antonio Tursi, Amerigo Beneduci, Francesco Chidichimo, Nicoletta De Vietro, Giuseppe Chidichimo
Remediation of water bodies from petroleum hydrocarbons is of the utmost importance due to health risks related to the high toxicity, mutagenicity and carcinogenicity of the hydrocarbons components that may enter into the food chain. Though several methods were proposed to face up this challenge, they are generally not easily feasible at a contaminated site and quite costly. Here we propose a green, cost-effective technology based on hydrophobized Spanish Broom (SB) cellulose fiber. The natural cellulose fiber was extracted by alkaline digestion of the raw vegetable...
March 7, 2018: Chemosphere
Farzad Seidi, Ratchapol Jenjob, Daniel Crespy
Incorporating labile bonds inside polymer backbone and side chains yields interesting polymer materials that are responsive to change of environmental stimuli. Drugs can be conjugated to various polymers through different conjugation linkages and spacers. One of the key factors influencing the release profile of conjugated drugs is the hydrolytic stability of the conjugated linkage. Generally, the hydrolysis of acid-labile linkages, including acetal, imine, hydrazone, and to some extent β-thiopropionate, are relatively fast and the conjugated drug can be completely released in the range of several hours to a few days...
March 13, 2018: Chemical Reviews
Zhu Liang, Wei Bu, Karl J Schweighofer, David J Walwark, Jeffrey S Harvey, Glenn R Hanlon, Daniel Amoanu, Cem Erol, Ilan Benjamin, Mark L Schlossman
During solvent extraction, amphiphilic extractants assist the transport of metal ions across the liquid-liquid interface between an aqueous ionic solution and an organic solvent. Investigations of the role of the interface in ion transport challenge our ability to probe fast molecular processes at liquid-liquid interfaces on nanometer-length scales. Recent development of a thermal switch for solvent extraction has addressed this challenge, which has led to the characterization by X-ray surface scattering of interfacial intermediate states in the extraction process...
March 12, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Hojun Song, Cheol Moon, Beom-Jin Lee, Euichaul Oh
Herein, we aimed to prepare porous granules of pravastatin and evaluate their applicability to orally disintegrating tablets (ODTs). Pravastatin solid dispersion granules (PSDGs-A) were prepared by dispersing pravastatin sodium in D-mannitol (the dispersion medium) in the presence of ammonium bicarbonate (the sublimation agent) using a spray-drying process. The PSDGs-A were round, irregularly shaped, mesoporous agglomerates with appropriate particle size, bulk density, and flowability for the tableting process...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Jiří Novák, Branislav Vrana, Tatsiana Rusina, Krzysztof Okonski, Roman Grabic, Peta A Neale, Beate I Escher, Miroslava Macová, Selim Ait-Aissa, Nicolas Creusot, Ian Allan, Klára Hilscherová
Many aquatic pollutants can be present at low concentrations, but their mixtures can still affect health or behavior of exposed organisms. In this study, toxicological and chemical analyses were combined for spatial contamination profiling using an innovative passive sampling approach. A novel Dynamic Passive Sampler (DPS) was employed as a mobile sampler from a ship cruising along 2130km of the Danube river during the Joint Danube Survey 3 (JDS3). The sampling was performed in eight subsequent river stretches with two types of complementary passive samplers: silicone rubber sheets (SR) used for non-polar chemicals and SDB-RPS Empore™ disks (ED) for more hydrophilic compounds...
March 9, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Agata Tobola-Galus, Jan Swakon, Pawel Olko
The aim of these studies was to investigate depth dose distribution of a 60 MeV proton beam formed by a set of dedicated mesh-formed collimators. The set of mini-beams formed by the mesh is scattered in the tissue and lead to uniform energy deposition in the target volume. The rationale is to protect the eyelid skin from complications after hypofractionated radiation therapy. The experimental verification of the depth dose distribution for collimators of 1-3 mm mesh size was performed in solid state and water phantoms on 60 MeV proton beam from the AIC-144 cyclotron...
February 24, 2018: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
Xuehui Cao, Fangfang Zhang, Dongyu Zhao, Danshi Zhu, Jianrong Li
BACKGROUND: freezing preservation is one of the most effective methods used to maintain flavour and nutritional value of fruit. The effects of different freezing conditions, -20 °C, -40 °C, -80 °C, and immersion in liquid nitrogen on quality changes of freeze-thawed blueberries were studied in this research. The water distribution estimates of blueberries were measured based on low-field NMR analysis. The pectin content, drip loss, and fruit texture were also detected to evaluate quality changes in samples...
March 12, 2018: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
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