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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087056/extraction-chromatographic-separations-of-tantalum-and-tungsten-from-hafnium-and-complex-matrix-constituents
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Mathew S Snow, Martha R Finck, Kevin P Carney, Samuel S Morrison
Tantalum (Ta), hafnium (Hf), and tungsten (W) analyses from complex matrices require high purification of these analytes from each other and major/trace matrix constituents, however, current state-of-the-art Ta/Hf/W separations rely on traditional anion exchange approaches that show relatively similar distribution coefficient (Kd) values for each element. This work reports an assessment of three commercially available extraction chromatographic resins (TEVA, TRU, and UTEVA) for Ta/Hf/W separations. Batch contact studies show differences in Ta/Hf and Ta/W Kd values of up to 10(6) and 10(4) (respectively), representing an improvement of a factor of 100 and 300 in Ta/Hf and Ta/W Kd values (respectively) over AG1×4 resin...
January 8, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086909/fast-detection-and-data-compensation-for-electrodes-disconnection-in-long-term-monitoring-of-dynamic-brain-electrical-impedance-tomography
#2
Ge Zhang, Meng Dai, Lin Yang, Weichen Li, Haoting Li, Canhua Xu, Xuetao Shi, Xiuzhen Dong, Feng Fu
BACKGROUND: Electrode disconnection is a common occurrence during long-term monitoring of brain electrical impedance tomography (EIT) in clinical settings. The data acquisition system suffers remarkable data loss which results in image reconstruction failure. The aim of this study was to: (1) detect disconnected electrodes and (2) account for invalid data. METHODS: Weighted correlation coefficient for each electrode was calculated based on the measurement differences between well-connected and disconnected electrodes...
January 7, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079135/predicting-drug-target-interactions-by-dual-network-integrated-logistic-matrix-factorization
#3
Ming Hao, Stephen H Bryant, Yanli Wang
In this work, we propose a dual-network integrated logistic matrix factorization (DNILMF) algorithm to predict potential drug-target interactions (DTI). The prediction procedure consists of four steps: (1) inferring new drug/target profiles and constructing profile kernel matrix; (2) diffusing drug profile kernel matrix with drug structure kernel matrix; (3) diffusing target profile kernel matrix with target sequence kernel matrix; and (4) building DNILMF model and smoothing new drug/target predictions based on their neighbors...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077112/prevalence-and-factors-associated-with-hypertension-in-burkina-faso-a-countrywide-cross-sectional-study
#4
Joseph Kouesyandé Soubeiga, Tieba Millogo, Brice W Bicaba, Boukare Doulougou, Séni Kouanda
BACKGROUND: High blood pressure (HBP) is an increasing public health issue for developing countries. HBP is an important contributing factor to many non-communicable diseases that were until very recently thought to be rare in developing countries. There is not enough evidence on its burden and risk factors in Africa. We report in this study on the prevalence and factors associated with HBP in the adult and active population of Burkina Faso from a nationally representative sample. METHODS: We conducted a secondary analysis of data from the World Health Organization (WHO) Stepwise approach to Surveillance(STEPS) survey on the prevalence of major risk factors for non-communicable diseases in Burkina Faso...
January 11, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072669/swimming-pool-electrical-injuries-steps-toward-prevention
#5
Jun Tashiro, Cathy A Burnweit
OBJECTIVE: Electrical injuries in swimming pools are an important pediatric public health concern. We sought to (1) improve our understanding of the clinical presentation and outcomes following and (2) describe the epidemiology of swimming pool electrical injuries in the United States. METHODS: We reviewed 4 cases of pediatric (<18 y old) electrical injury from a single, urban level 1 pediatric trauma center. We also queried the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) for emergency department visits due to electrical injury associated with swimming pools, occurring between 1991 and 2013...
January 9, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069233/a-facile-sonochemical-synthesis-of-shell-stabilized-reactive-microbubbles-using-surface-thiolated-bovine-serum-albumin-with-the-traut-s-reagent
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Xiaochen Ma, Adrien Bussonniere, Qingxia Liu
The short lifetime of proteinaceous microbubbles produced using conventional sonication method has hindered their applications in drug delivery and metal removal from wastewater. In this study, we aimed to synthesize stable proteinaceous microbubbles and to demonstrate their reactivity. Our model protein, bovine serum albumin (BSA) was treated with 2-iminothiolane hydrochloride (Traut's reagent) to convert primary amines to thiols before the synthesis of microbubbles. Microbubbles produced with the Traut's reagent-treated BSA (BSA-SH MBs) were initially concentrated at median sizes of 0...
May 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069215/intensification-of-esterification-of-non-edible-oil-as-sustainable-feedstock-using-cavitational-reactors
#7
Ashish V Mohod, Abhijeet S Subudhi, Parag R Gogate
Using sustainable feed stock such as non-edible oil for the biodiesel production can be one of the cost effective approaches considering the ever growing interest towards renewable energy and problems in existing approaches for production. However, due to the high free fatty acid content, non-edible oils require considerable preprocessing before the actual transesterification reaction for biodiesel production. The present work focuses on intensification of the esterification reaction used as preprocessing step based on acoustic and hydrodynamic cavitation also presenting the comparison with the conventional approach...
May 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067366/controlled-solvent-vapor-annealing-of-a-high-%C3%AF-block-copolymer-thin-film
#8
Ross Lundy, Shauna P Flynn, Cian Cummins, Susan M Kelleher, Maurice N Collins, Eric Dalton, Stephen Daniels, Michael A Morris, Ryan Enright
Molecular self-assembling block copolymers (BCPs) have shown promise as a next generation bottom-up lithography technology. However, a critical step in advancing this approach is the elimination of polymer dewetting due to bulk solvent nucleation and thermodynamically driven film rupture that can occur during the solvent vapor annealing process. We report on the pattern formation via phase segregation of spin coated diblock copolymer films through the investigation of annealing parameters in the limit of high solvent vapor saturation conditions that results in wafer-scale patterning without observing polymer dewetting defects...
January 9, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064376/docking-and-molecular-dynamics-studies-on-triclosan-derivatives-binding-to-fabi
#9
Xuyun Yang, Junrui Lu, Ming Ying, Jiangbei Mu, Peichun Li, Yue Liu
FabI, enoyl-ACP reductase (ENR), is the rate-limiting enzyme in the last step for fatty acids biosynthesis in many bacteria. Triclosan (TCL) is a commercial bactericide, and as a FabI inhibitor, it can depress the substrate (trans-2-enoyl-ACP) binding with FabI to hinder the fatty acid synthesis. The structure-activity relationship between TCL derivatives and FabI protein has already been acknowledged, however, their combination at the molecular level has never been investigated. This paper uses the computer-aided approaches, such as molecular docking, molecular dynamics simulation, and binding free energy calculation based on the molecular mechanics/Poisson-Bolzmann surface area (MM/PBSA) method to illustrate the interaction rules of TCL derivatives with FabI and guide the development of new derivatives...
January 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063635/determination-of-cocaine-and-its-derivatives-in-hair-samples-by-liquid-phase-microextraction-lpme-and-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-gc-ms
#10
A M F Pego, F L Roveri, R Y Kuninari, V Leyton, I D Miziara, M Yonamine
Hair testing is a recognized approach when it comes to accessing historical drug use. According to the World Drug Report of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 2015, Brazil is the largest cocaine (COC) market in South America. New analytical methodologies to detect crack/cocaine analytes in hair samples are highly desirable. Here, a method consisting of a liquid-phase microextraction (LPME) as a clean-up step, followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis has been proposed. The new validated method consisted of a washing step; an overnight incubation with methanol and a quick derivatization with butylchloroformate...
December 23, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063429/initial-mechanisms-for-the-unimolecular-decomposition-of-electronically-excited-bisfuroxan-based-energetic-materials
#11
Bing Yuan, Elliot R Bernstein
Unimolecular decomposition of energetic molecules, 3,3'-diamino-4,4'-bisfuroxan (labeled as A) and 4,4'-diamino-3,3'-bisfuroxan (labeled as B), has been explored via 226/236 nm single photon laser excitation/decomposition. These two energetic molecules, subsequent to UV excitation, create NO as an initial decomposition product at the nanosecond excitation energies (5.0-5.5 eV) with warm vibrational temperature (1170 ± 50 K for A, 1400 ± 50 K for B) and cold rotational temperature (<55 K). Initial decomposition mechanisms for these two electronically excited, isolated molecules are explored at the complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF(12,12)/6-31G(d)) level with and without MP2 correction...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062341/implementation-and-impact-of-patient-lay-navigator-led-advance-care-planning-conversations
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Gabrielle B Rocque, J Nicholas Dionne-Odom, Chao-Hui Sylvia Huang, Soumya J Niranjan, Courtney P Williams, Bradford E Jackson, Karina I Halilova, Kelly M Kenzik, Kerri S Bevis, Audrey S Wallace, Nedra Lisovicz, Richard A Taylor, Maria Pisu, Edward E Partridge, Linda A Briggs, Elizabeth A Kvale
CONTEXT: Advance care planning (ACP) improves alignment between patient preferences for life-sustaining treatment and care received at end of life (EOL). OBJECTIVES: To evaluate implementation of lay navigator-led ACP. METHODS: A convergent, parallel mixed-methods design was employed to evaluate implementation of navigator-led ACP across 12 cancer centers. Data collection included: (1) electronic navigation records, (2) navigator surveys (n=45), (3) claims-based patient outcomes (n=820), and (4) semi-structured navigator interviews (n=26)...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059874/a-structured-approach-to-capture-the-lived-experience-of-spinal-cord-injury-data-model-and-questionnaire-of-the-international-spinal-cord-injury-community-survey
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Christine Fekete, Marcel W M Post, Jerome Bickenbach, James Middleton, Birgit Prodinger, Melissa Selb, Gerold Stucki
The International Spinal Cord Injury (InSCI) community survey has been developed to collect internationally comparable data on the lived experience of persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) in all 6 WHO regions. The InSCI survey provides a crucial first step to generate evidence on functioning, health maintenance, and subjective well-being in persons with SCI globally. A major challenge in setting up the InSCI community survey was to develop a data model and questionnaire that comprehensively captures what matters to people and, at the same time, is feasible and parsimonious in terms of participant's burden...
February 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058778/synthetic-route-to-quinoxyfen-photometabolite-2-chloro-10-fluorochromeno-2-3-4-de-quinoline
#14
Peter L Johnson, Jeremy Kister, Scott Thornburgh
BACKGROUND: Quinoxyfen is a fungicide developed by Dow AgroSciences for the control of powdery mildew. Re-registration studies required gram quantities of 2-chloro-10-fluorochromeno[2,3,4-de]quinoline, a photometabolite of quinoxyfen. The only previous method of preparation of this photometabolite was by photolysis of quinoxyfen in less than one percent yield. Therefore, a new method allowing for the preparation of this photometabolite in gram quantities was required. RESULTS: Several different metal catalyzed intramolecular cyclization approaches were investigated for the synthesis of 2-chloro-10-fluorochromeno[2,3,4-de]quinoline...
January 6, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057026/advances-in-rare-cell-isolation-an-optimization-and-evaluation-study
#15
Stefan Schreier, Piamsiri Sawaisorn, Rachanee Udomsangpetch, Wannapong Triampo
BACKGROUND: Rare nucleated CD45 negative cells in peripheral blood may be malignant such as circulating tumor cells. Untouched isolation thereof by depletion of normal is favored yet still technological challenging. We optimized and evaluated a novel magnetic bead-based negative selection approach for enhanced enrichment of rare peripheral blood nucleated CD45 negative cells and investigated the problem of rare cell contamination during phlebotomy. METHODS: Firstly, the performance of the magnetic cell separation system was assessed using leukocytes and cultivated fibroblast cells in regard to depletion efficiency and the loss of cells of interest...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056859/molecular-chess-hallmarks-of-anti-cancer-drug-resistance
#16
REVIEW
Ian A Cree, Peter Charlton
BACKGROUND: The development of resistance is a problem shared by both classical chemotherapy and targeted therapy. Patients may respond well at first, but relapse is inevitable for many cancer patients, despite many improvements in drugs and their use over the last 40 years. REVIEW: Resistance to anti-cancer drugs can be acquired by several mechanisms within neoplastic cells, defined as (1) alteration of drug targets, (2) expression of drug pumps, (3) expression of detoxification mechanisms, (4) reduced susceptibility to apoptosis, (5) increased ability to repair DNA damage, and (6) altered proliferation...
January 5, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055986/robust-heart-rate-estimation-using-wrist-type-photoplethysmographic-signals-during-physical-exercise-an-approach-based-on-adaptive-filtering
#17
Sibylle Fallet, Jean-Marc Vesin
Photoplethysmographic (PPG) signals are easily corrupted by motion artifacts when the subjects perform physical exercise. This paper introduces a two-step processing scheme to estimate heart rate (HR) from wrist-type PPG signals strongly corrupted by motion artifacts. Adaptive noise cancellation, using normalized least-mean-square algorithm, is first performed to attenuate motion artifacts and reconstruct multiple PPG waveforms from different combinations of corrupted PPG waveforms and accelerometer data. An adaptive band-pass filter is then used to track the common instantaneous frequency component (i...
January 5, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055299/guiding-bispecific-monovalent-antibody-formation-through-proteolysis-of-igg1-single-chain
#18
Nazzareno Dimasi, Ryan Fleming, Kris F Sachsenmeier, Binyam Bezabeh, Carl Hay, Jincheng Wu, Erin Sult, Saravanan Rajan, Li Zhuang, Peter Cariuk, Andrew Buchanan, Michael A Bowen, Herren Wu, Changshou Gao
We developed an IgG1 domain-tethering approach to guide the correct assembly of two light and two heavy chains, derived from two different antibodies, to form bispecific monovalent antibodies in IgG1 format. We show here that assembling two different light and heavy chains by sequentially connecting them with protease-cleavable polypeptide linkers results in the generation of monovalent bispecific antibodies that have IgG1 sequence, structure and functional properties. This approach was used to generate a bispecific monovalent antibody targeting the epidermal growth factor receptor and the type I insulin-like growth factor receptor that: 1) can be produced and purified using standard IgG1 techniques; 2) exhibits stability and structural features comparable to IgG1; 3) binds both targets simultaneously; and 4) has potent anti-tumor activity...
January 5, 2017: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051827/job-stress-an-in-depth-investigation-based-on-the-hse-questionnaire-and-a-multistep-approach-in-order-to-identify-the-most-appropriate-corrective-actions
#19
S De Sio, F Cedrone, E Greco, M Di Traglia, D Sanità, D Mandolesi, S A Stansfeld
BACKGROUND: Psychosocial hazards and work-related stress have reached epidemic proportions in Europe. The Italia law introduced in 2008 the obligation for Italian companies to assess work related stress risk in order to protect their workers' safety and health. The purpose of our study was to propose an accurate measurement tool, using the HSE indicator tool, for more appropriate and significant work-related stress' prevention measures. METHODS: The study was conducted on 204 visual display unit (VDU) operators: 106 male and 98 female...
November 2016: La Clinica Terapeutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050779/a-current-perspective-on-cancer-immune-therapy-step-by-step-approach-to-constructing-the-magic-bullet
#20
REVIEW
Gabriele D'Errico, Heather L Machado, Bruno Sainz
Immunotherapy is the new trend in cancer treatment due to the selectivity, long lasting effects, and demonstrated improved overall survival and tolerance, when compared to patients treated with conventional chemotherapy. Despite these positive results, immunotherapy is still far from becoming the perfect magic bullet to fight cancer, largely due to the facts that immunotherapy is not effective in all patients nor in all cancer types. How and when will immunotherapy overcome these hurdles? In this review we take a step back to walk side by side with the pioneers of immunotherapy in order to understand what steps need to be taken today to make immunotherapy effective across all cancers...
December 2017: Clinical and Translational Medicine
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