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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431455/uhplc-q-tof-ms-ms-based-screening-and-characterization-of-metabolites-of-cnidilin-in-human-liver-microsomes
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Lin Yuan, Yuqian Zhang, Man Liao, Yanyan Liu, Changchen Wan, Lantong Zhang
Cnidilin is an active natural furocoumarin ingredient originating from well-known traditional Chinese medicine Radix Angelicae dahuricae. In the present study, an efficient approach was developed for the screening and identification of cnidilin metabolites using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled to quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry. In this approach, an on-line data acquisition method multiple mass defect filter (MMDF) combined with dynamic background subtraction was developed to trace all probable metabolites...
April 21, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431452/-treatment-options-for-neurogenic-drop-foot-a-systematic-literature-research
#2
Eike Jakubowitz, Daiwei Yao, Henning Windhagen, Christina Stukenborg-Colsman, Anna Thomann, Kiriakos Daniilidis
Background Neurogenic drop foot may be caused by central or peripheral lesions of the nervous system. Depending on whether the first or second motor neuron is damaged, a flaccid or spastic drop foot develops. Spastic drop foot persists as a residual long-term complication after stroke in about 14 % of patients. Various conservative and surgical treatment options are available. Methods This article is based on a systematic literature review for medical evidence of functional electrical stimulation (FES) with the keywords "functional electrical stimulation AND drop foot" and "functional electrical stimulation AND gait AND stroke" in PubMed and Cochrane databases...
April 21, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431374/atmospheric-fallout-radionuclides-in-peatland-from-southern-poland
#3
Tomasz Mróz, Edyta Łokas, Justyna Kocurek, Michał Gąsiorek
Two peat profiles were collected in a peat bog located in Southern Poland and their geochronology were determined using (210)Pb, (238,239+240)Pu and (137)Cs radiometric techniques. The (210)Pb chronologies were established using the constant rate of supply model (CRS) and are in good agreement with the Pu isotopes and (137)Cs time markers. Maximum activities of Pu isotopes were found at a depth corresponding to the early 1960s, which is the period characterized by the maximum nuclear weapon tests. The results showed that the (210)Pb method is the most accurate technique for the determination age and accumulation rate of a peat...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431336/beam-induced-back-streaming-electron-suppression-analysis-for-an-accelerator-type-neutron-generator-designed-for-40-ar-39-ar-geochronology
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Cory Waltz, Mauricio Ayllon, Tim Becker, Lee Bernstein, Ka-Ngo Leung, Leo Kirsch, Paul Renne, Karl Van Bibber
A facility based on a next-generation, high-flux D-D neutron generator has been commissioned and it is now operational at the University of California, Berkeley. The current generator designed for (40)Ar/(39)Ar dating of geological materials produces nearly monoenergetic 2.45MeV neutrons at outputs of 10(8)n/s. The narrow energy range is advantageous relative to the (235)U fission spectrum neutrons due to (i) reduced (39)Ar recoil energy, (ii) minimized production of interfering argon isotopes from K, Ca, and Cl, and (iii) reduced total activity for radiological safety and waste generation...
April 13, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431334/one-hundred-injured-patients-a-day-multicenter-emergency-room-surveillance-of-trauma-in-pakistan
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A A Hyder, S He, W Zafar, M U Mir, J A Razzak
OBJECTIVES: Injuries increasingly contribute to the global burden of disease in low- and middle-income countries. This study presents results from a large-scale surveillance study on injury from several urban emergency departments (EDs) in Pakistan. The objective is to document the burden of injuries that present to the healthcare system in Pakistan and to test the feasibility of an ED-based injury and trauma surveillance system. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study conducted using active surveillance approach...
April 18, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431315/effects-of-pm2-5-exposure-on-the-notch-signaling-pathway-and-immune-imbalance-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Xing-Yu Gu, Xu Chu, Xiao-Li Zeng, Hai-Rong Bao, Xiao-Ju Liu
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is associated with T lymphocytes subset (Th1/Th2, Th17/Treg) imbalance. Notch signaling pathway plays a key role in the development of the adaptive immunity. The immune disorder induced by fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is related to COPD. The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanism by which PM2.5 influences the Notch signaling pathway leading to worsening immune disorder and accelerating COPD development. A COPD mouse model was established by cigarette smoke exposure...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431313/raman-spectroscopy-for-the-characterization-of-different-fractions-of-hemp-essential-oil-extracted-at-130%C3%A2-c-using-steam-distillation-method
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Muhammad Asif Hanif, Haq Nawaz, Saima Naz, Rubina Mukhtar, Nosheen Rashid, Ijaz Ahmad Bhatti, Muhammad Saleem
In this study, Raman spectroscopy along with Principal Component Analysis (PCA) is used for the characterization of pure essential oil (pure EO) isolated from the leaves of the Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.,) as well as its different fractions obtained by fractional distillation process. Raman spectra of pure Hemp essential oil and its different fractions show characteristic key bands of main volatile terpenes and terpenoids, which significantly differentiate them from each other. These bands provide information about the chemical composition of sample under investigation and hence can be used as Raman spectral markers for the qualitative monitoring of the pure EO and different fractions containing different active compounds...
April 1, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431312/melatonin-charge-transfer-complex-with-2-3-dichloro-5-6-dicyano-1-4-benzoquinone-molecular-structure-dft-studies-thermal-analyses-evaluation-of-biological-activity-and-utility-for-determination-of-melatonin-in-pure-and-dosage-forms
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Gehad G Mohamed, Maher M Hamed, Nadia G Zaki, Mohamed M Abdou, Marwa El-Badry Mohamed, Abanoub Mosaad Abdallah
A simple, accurate and fast spectrophotometric method for the quantitative determination of melatonin (ML) drug in its pure and pharmaceutical forms was developed based on the formation of its charge transfer complex with 2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone (DDQ) as an electron acceptor. The different conditions for this method were optimized accurately. The Lambert-Beer's law was found to be valid over the concentration range of 4-100μgmL(-1) ML. The solid form of the CT complex was structurally characterized by means of different spectral methods...
April 4, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431207/syntheses-of-chroman-2-ones-and-%C3%AE-amino-acids-through-a-diastereoselective-domino-reaction
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D Balaji Chandrasekhar, Shwu-Chen Tsay, Tapan K Pradhan, Jih Ru Hwu
Many 3-aminochroman-2-ones and β,β-diarylalanines exhibit significant biological activities. A new method was thus developed for the syntheses of these compounds with high efficiency and diastereoselectivity. First, treatment of various phenols with Erlenmeyer-Plochl (Z)-azlactones and AlCl3 in toluene produced the desired cis-3-aminochroman-2-ones in 65-90% yields under kinetic control. This coupling reaction involved a domino process of Friedel-Crafts alkylation, 1,4-AlCl3 shift, transesterification, and protodealumination in a "single-flask...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431044/leonurine-attenuates-fibroblast-like-synoviocyte-mediated-synovial-inflammation-and-joint-destruction-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Nan Li, Qiang Xu, Qingping Liu, Dongmei Pan, Yubao Jiang, Minying Liu, Mingling Liu, Hanshi Xu, Changsong Lin
Objective.: To explore the role of leonurine in the regulation of synovial inflammation and joint destruction inRA. Methods.: Fibroblast-like synoviocytes were isolated from synovial tissue from RA patients. Pro-inflammatory cytokine and MMP expression was evaluated using real-time PCR and a cytometric bead array. Cell migration and invasion in vitro were measured using the Boyden chamber method and the scratch assay, respectively. Protein expression was measured by western blotting...
April 18, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430889/accuracy-of-diagnostic-tests-for-schistosoma-mansoni-infection-in-asymptomatic-eritrean-refugees-serology-and-poc-cca-against-stool-microscopy
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Afona Chernet, Kerstin Kling, Véronique Sydow, Esther Kuenzli, Christoph Hatz, Jürg Utzinger, Lisette van Lieshout, Hanspeter Marti, Niklaus D Labhardt, Andreas Neumayr
Background: The unprecedented increase in number of African refugees arriving in Europe is confronting clinicians and general practitioners with the question of whether or not and how to screen migrants from endemic regions for Schistosoma mansoni infection. Methods: We assessed the accuracy of three different diagnostic tests for S.mansoni infection (stool microscopy [samples prepared by sedimentation technique], serology, and point-of-care circulating cathodic antigen [POC-CCA] urine cassette test) in 107 newly arrived asymptomatic Eritrean refugees in Switzerland...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430812/nacl-cotransporter-abundance-in-urinary-vesicles-is-increased-by-calcineurin-inhibitors-and-predicts-thiazide-sensitivity
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Omar A Z Tutakhel, Arthur D Moes, Marco A Valdez-Flores, Marleen L A Kortenoeven, Mathijs V D Vrie, Sabina Jeleń, Robert A Fenton, Robert Zietse, Joost G J Hoenderop, Ewout J Hoorn, Luuk Hilbrands, René J M Bindels
Animal studies have shown that the calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) cyclosporine and tacrolimus can activate the thiazide-sensitive NaCl cotransporter (NCC). A common side effect of CNIs is hypertension. Renal salt transporters such as NCC are excreted in urinary extracellular vesicles (uEVs) after internalization into multivesicular bodies. Human studies indicate that CNIs also increase NCC abundance in uEVs, but results are conflicting and no relationship with NCC function has been shown. Therefore, we investigated the effects of CsA and Tac on the abundance of both total NCC (tNCC) and phosphorylated NCC at Thr60 phosphorylation site (pNCC) in uEVs, and assessed whether NCC abundance in uEVs predicts the blood pressure response to thiazide diuretics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430740/low-dose-computed-tomography-scans-with-automatic-exposure-control-for-patients-of-different-ages-undergoing-cardiac-pet-ct-and-spect-ct
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Ching-Ching Yang, Bang-Hung Yang, Chun-Yuan Tu, Tung-Hsin Wu, Shu-Hsin Liu
PURPOSE: This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of automatic exposure control (AEC) in order to optimize low-dose computed tomography (CT) protocols for patients of different ages undergoing cardiac PET/CT and single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT). METHODS: One PET/CT and one SPECT/CT were used to acquire CT images for four anthropomorphic phantoms representative of 1-year-old, 5-year-old and 10-year-old children and an adult...
April 20, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430555/beyond-wires-and-seeds-reflector-guided-breast-lesion-localization-and-excision
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Victoria L Mango, Ralph T Wynn, Sheldon Feldman, Lauren Friedlander, Elise Desperito, Sejal N Patel, Ameer Gomberawalla, Richard Ha
Purpose To evaluate outcomes of Savi Scout (Cianna Medical, Aliso Viejo, Calif) reflector-guided localization and excision of breast lesions by analyzing reflector placement, localization, and removal, along with target excision and rates of repeat excision (referred to as re-excision). Materials and Methods A single-institution retrospective review of 100 women who underwent breast lesion localization and excision by using the Savi Scout surgical guidance system from June 2015 to May 2016 was performed. By using image guidance 0-8 days before surgery, 123 nonradioactive, infrared-activated, electromagnetic wave reflectors were percutaneously inserted adjacent to or within 111 breast targets...
April 21, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430358/regulation-of-axon-arborization-pattern-in-the-developing-chick-ciliary-ganglion-possible-involvement-of-caspase-3
#15
Hidetaka Katow, Teppei Kanaya, Tomohisa Ogawa, Ryo Egawa, Hiromu Yawo
During a certain critical period in the development of the central and peripheral nervous systems, axonal branches and synapses are massively reorganized to form mature connections. In this process, neurons search their appropriate targets, expanding and/or retracting their axons. Recent work suggested that the caspase superfamily regulates the axon morphology. Here, we tested the hypothesis that caspase 3, which is one of the major executioners in apoptotic cell death, is involved in regulating the axon arborization...
April 21, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430221/numerical-simulation-on-the-performance-analysis-of-a-graphene-coated-optical-fiber-plasmonic-sensor-at-anti-crossing
#16
Jeeban Kumar Nayak, Rajan Jha
A graphene-based surface plasmon resonance sensor using D-shaped fiber in anti-crossing has been designed. Silver as a plasmon active metal is followed by graphene, which helps in preventing oxidation and shows better adsorption efficiency to biomolecules. A wavelength interrogation technique based on the finite element method has been used to evaluate performance parameters. Design parameters such as thickness of silver, residual cladding, and GeO<sub>2</sub> dopant concentration have been optimized...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430216/ultrahigh-birefringence-ultralow-material-loss-porous-core-single-mode-fiber-for-terahertz-wave-guidance
#17
Kawsar Ahmed, Sawrab Chowdhury, Bikash Kumar Paul, Md Shadidul Islam, Shuvo Sen, Md Ibadul Islam, Sayed Asaduzzaman
In this paper, a novel polarization-maintaining single-mode photonic crystal fiber (PCF) has been suggested for terahertz (THz) transmission applications. The reported PCF has five layers of hexagonal cladding with two layers of porous core. The cladding and core territory of the PCF are constituted by circular and elliptical air cavities, accordingly acting as a dielectric medium. Different geometrical parameters of the proposed PCF including pitches and diameters of circular air holes with the major and minor axes of elliptical air cavities being varied with the optimized structure...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430203/photoredox-activation-of-carbon-dioxide-for-amino-acid-synthesis-in-continuous-flow
#18
Hyowon Seo, Matthew H Katcher, Timothy F Jamison
Although carbon dioxide (CO2) is highly abundant, its low reactivity has limited its use in chemical synthesis. In particular, methods for carbon-carbon bond formation generally rely on two-electron mechanisms for CO2 activation and require highly activated reaction partners. Alternatively, radical pathways accessed via photoredox catalysis could provide new reactivity under milder conditions. Here we demonstrate the direct coupling of CO2 and amines via the single-electron reduction of CO2 for the photoredox-catalysed continuous flow synthesis of α-amino acids...
May 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430162/ameliorative-effects-and-possible-molecular-mechanism-of-action-of-black-ginseng-panax-ginseng-on-acetaminophen-mediated-liver-injury
#19
Jun-Nan Hu, Zhi Liu, Zi Wang, Xin-Dian Li, Lian-Xue Zhang, Wei Li, Ying-Ping Wang
Background: Frequent overdosing of acetaminophen (APAP) has become the major cause of acute liver injury (ALI). The present study aimed to evaluate the potential hepatoprotective effects of black ginseng (BG) on APAP-induced mice liver injuries and the underlying mechanisms of action were further investigated for the first time. Methods: Mice were treated with BG (300, 600 mg/kg) by oral gavage once a day for seven days. On the 7th day, all mice were treated with 250 mg/kg APAP which caused severe liver injury after 24 h and hepatotoxicity was assessed...
April 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430004/a-strategy-for-l-isoleucine-dioxygenase-screening-and-4-hydroxyisoleucine-production-by-resting-cells
#20
Chenglin Zhang, Jie Ma, Zhixiang Li, Yunlong Liang, Qingyang Xu, Xixian Xie, Ning Chen
L-Isoleucine dioxygenase (IDO) specifically converts L-isoleucine(L-Ile) to 4-hydroxyisoleucine(4-HIL). To obtain IDO with improved activity, a strategy was developed that is dependent on the restoration of succinate-minus E. coli cell growth by the coupling of L-Ile hydroxylation and the oxidation of α-ketoglutarate(α-KGA) to succinate. Five mutants were obtained with this strategy, and the characteristics of IDO(M3), which exhibited the highest activity, were studied. The catalytic efficiency, thermal stability and catalytic rate of IDO(M3) were significantly improved compared with those of wild-type IDO...
April 21, 2017: Bioengineered
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