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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078511/intra-individual-comparison-of-different-gadolinium-based-contrast-agents-in-the-quantitative-evaluation-of-c6-glioma-with-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Ying Li, Gang Liu, Xin Lou, Zhiye Chen, Lin Ma
This experiment aimed to compare the ionic (Gadodiamide, Gd-DTPA-BMA) and non-ionic (Gadopentetate dimeglumine, Gd-DTPA) gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCA) in the quantitative evaluation of C6 glioma with dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI). A C6 glioma model was established in 12 Wistar rats, and magnetic resonance (MR) scans were performed six days after tumor implantation. Imaging was performed using a 3.0-T MR scanner with a 7-inch handmade circular coil. Pre-contrast T1 mapping and dynamic contrast-enhanced T1WI after a bolus injection (0...
January 4, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060917/a-novel-mouse-segmentation-method-based-on-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-micro-ct-images
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Dongmei Yan, Zhihong Zhang, Qingming Luo, Xiaoquan Yang
With the development of hybrid imaging scanners, micro-CT is widely used in locating abnormalities, studying drug metabolism, and providing structural priors to aid image reconstruction in functional imaging. Due to the low contrast of soft tissues, segmentation of soft tissue organs from mouse micro-CT images is a challenging problem. In this paper, we propose a mouse segmentation scheme based on dynamic contrast enhanced micro-CT images. With a homemade fast scanning micro-CT scanner, dynamic contrast enhanced images were acquired before and after injection of non-ionic iodinated contrast agents (iohexol)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044314/allelic-variations-and-differential-expressions-detected-at-qtl-loci-for-salt-stress-tolerance-in-wheat
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Benedict C Oyiga, Ram C Sharma, Michael Baum, Francis C Ogbonnaya, Jens Léon, Agim Ballvora
The increasing salinization of agricultural lands is a threat to global wheat production. Understanding of the mechanistic basis of salt tolerance (ST) is essential for developing breeding and selection strategies that would allow for increased wheat production under saline conditions to meet the increasing global demand. We used a set of 150 diversity panel genotyped with 90 K SNP Chip and phenotyped for ST across three growth stages and for ionic (leaf K(+) and Na(+) contents) traits to dissect the genetic architecture regulating ST in wheat...
January 3, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920774/effects-of-tween-80-on-growth-and-biofilm-formation-in-laboratory-media
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Christina K Nielsen, Jørgen Kjems, Tina Mygind, Torben Snabe, Rikke L Meyer
Tween 80 is a widely used non-ionic emulsifier that is added to cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and foods. Because of its widespread use we need to understand how it affects bacteria on our skin, in our gut, and in food products. The aim of this study is to investigate how Tween 80 affects the growth and antimicrobial susceptibility of Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, and Pseudomonas fluorescens, which are common causes of spoilage and foodborne illnesses. Addition of 0.1% Tween 80 to laboratory growth media increased the growth rate of planktonic S...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913957/chemical-characterization-of-rainwater-at-a-high-altitude-site-nainital-in-the-central-himalayas-india
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Deewan Singh Bisht, A K Srivastava, H Joshi, K Ram, N Singh, M Naja, M K Srivastava, S Tiwari
The present study investigates the chemical composition of rainwater (RW) from a high-altitude site "Nainital" (1958 m above msl) in the central Himalaya region, to understand the influence of local, regional, and long-range transport of pollutants. A total of 55 (2 in pre-monsoon and 53 in monsoon) RW samples were collected during the study period (June-September 2012) and were analyzed for major anions and cations using an ion chromatograph. The pH of precipitation events ranged from 4.95 to 6.50 (average 5...
December 2, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878040/effect-of-contrast-media-on-urinary-cytopathology-specimens
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Sebastian Frees, Samir Bidnur, Michael Metcalfe, Peter Raven, Claudia Chavez-Munoz, Igor Moskalev, Ladan Fazli, Alan So
INTRODUCTION: Urological dogma dictates that washings collected from the urinary tract for cytological assessment must be performed without interference from contrast agents that may alter cellular integrity and diagnostic interpretation. In practice, the initial contrast used to outline the upper tracts is commonly discarded with subsequent saline washings sent for cytology. We hypothesize that contrast washings do not affect the morphology of urothelial carcinoma cells or the integrity of cytology interpretation...
August 2016: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877155/weak-and-saturable-protein-surfactant-interactions-in-the-denaturation-of-apo-%C3%AE-lactalbumin-by-acidic-and-lactonic-sophorolipid
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Kell K Andersen, Brian S Vad, Sophie Roelants, Inge N A van Bogaert, Daniel E Otzen
Biosurfactants are of growing interest as sustainable alternatives to fossil-fuel-derived chemical surfactants, particularly for the detergent industry. To realize this potential, it is necessary to understand how they affect proteins which they may encounter in their applications. However, knowledge of such interactions is limited. Here, we present a study of the interactions between the model protein apo-α-lactalbumin (apo-aLA) and the biosurfactant sophorolipid (SL) produced by the yeast Starmerella bombicola...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869282/adsorption-and-desorption-behavior-of-ionic-and-nonionic-surfactants-on-polymer-surfaces
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Giulia Magi Meconi, Nicholas Ballard, José M Asua, Ronen Zangi
We report combined experimental and computational studies aiming to elucidate the adsorption properties of ionic and nonionic surfactants on hydrophobic polymer surface such as poly(styrene). To represent these two types of surfactants, we choose sodium dodecyl sulfate and poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(ethylene) block copolymers, both commonly utilized in emulsion polymerization. By applying quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring we find that the non-ionic surfactants are desorbed from the poly(styrene) surface slower, and at low surfactant concentrations they adsorb with stronger energy, than the ionic surfactant...
December 6, 2016: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868467/k-channel-reorganization-and-homeostatic-plasticity-during-postembryonic-development-biophysical-and-genetic-analyses-in-acutely-dissociated-drosophila-central-neurons
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Taixiang Saur, I-Feng Peng, Peng Jiang, Neng Gong, Wei-Dong Yao, Tian-Le Xu, Chun-Fang Wu
Intrinsic electric activities of neurons play important roles in establishing and refining neural circuits during development. However, how the underlying ionic currents undergo postembryonic reorganizations remains largely unknown. Using acutely dissociated neurons from larval, pupal, and adult Drosophila brains, we show drastic re-assemblies and compensatory regulations of voltage-gated (IKv) and Ca(2+)-activated (IK(Ca)) K(+ )currents during postembryonic development. Larval and adult neurons displayed prominent fast-inactivating IKv, mediated by the Shaker (Sh) channel to a large extent, while in the same neurons IK(Ca) was far smaller in amplitude...
September 2016: Journal of Neurogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863354/contrast-media-use-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-undergoing-coronary-angiography-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-trials
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Bhavi Pandya, Jean Chaloub, Valay Parikh, Sainath Gaddam, Jonathan Spagnola, Suzanne El-Sayegh, Marc Bogin, Ruben Kandov, James Lafferty, Sripal Bangalore
BACKGROUND: Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) undergoing coronary angiography (CA), adequate hydration and minimizing volume of contrast media (CM) are class 1b recommendations for preventing contrast induced nephropathy (CIN). Current data are insufficient to justify specific recommendations about isoosmolar vs. low-osmolar contrast media by the ACCF/AHA/SCAI guidelines. METHODS: Randomized trials comparing IOCM to LOCM in CKD stage 3 and above patients undergoing CA, and reporting incidence of CIN (defined by a rise in creatinine of 25% from baseline) were included in the analysis...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826994/diagnostic-efficacy-of-single-pass-abdominal-multidetector-row-ct-prospective-evaluation-of-a-low-dose-protocol
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Luigi Camera, Immacolata Liccardo, Federica Romano, Raffaele Liuzzi, Antonio Rispo, Massimo Imbriaco, Anna Testa, Gaetano Luglio, Simona De Fronzo, Fabiana Castiglione, Luigi Bucci, Arturo Brunetti
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of single-pass contrast-enhanced multi-detector CT (CE-MDCT) performed with a low radiation-high contrast (LR-HC) dose protocol in selected patients with non traumatic acute bowel disease. METHODS: Sixty-five (32 M; 33 F; aged 20-67 years) consecutive patients with non traumatic acute bowel disease underwent single-pass CE-MDCT performed 70-100 sec after i.v. bolus injection of a non ionic iodinated contrast media (370 mgI/ml)...
November 9, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809540/chemisorption-of-hydroxide-on-2d-materials-from-dft-calculations-graphene-versus-hexagonal-boron-nitride
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Benoit Grosjean, Clarisse Pean, Alessandro Siria, Lydéric Bocquet, Rodolphe Vuilleumier, Marie-Laure Bocquet
Recent nanofluidic experiments revealed strongly different surface charge measurements for boron-nitride (BN) and graphitic nanotubes when in contact with saline and alkaline water (Nature 2013, 494, 455-458; Phys. Rev. Lett. 2016, 116, 154501). These observations contrast with the similar reactivity of a graphene layer and its BN counterpart, using density functional theory (DFT) framework, for intact and dissociative adsorption of gaseous water molecules. Here we investigate, by DFT in implicit water, single and multiple adsorption of anionic hydroxide on single layers...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796332/smooth-deuterated-cellulose-films-for-the-visualisation-of-adsorbed-bio-macromolecules
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Jielong Su, Vikram S Raghuwanshi, Warwick Raverty, Christopher J Garvey, Peter J Holden, Marie Gillon, Stephen A Holt, Rico Tabor, Warren Batchelor, Gil Garnier
Novel thin and smooth deuterated cellulose films were synthesised to visualize adsorbed bio-macromolecules using contrast variation neutron reflectivity (NR) measurements. Incorporation of varying degrees of deuteration into cellulose was achieved by growing Gluconacetobacter xylinus in deuterated glycerol as carbon source dissolved in growth media containing D2O. The derivative of deuterated cellulose was prepared by trimethylsilylation(TMS) in ionic liquid(1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride). The TMS derivative was dissolved in toluene for thin film preparation by spin-coating...
October 31, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27792324/how-do-short-chain-nonionic-detergents-destabilize-g-protein-coupled-receptors
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Sangbae Lee, Allen Mao, Supriyo Bhattacharya, Nathan Robertson, Reinhard Grisshammer, Christopher G Tate, Nagarajan Vaidehi
Stability of detergent-solubilized G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) is crucial for their purification in a biologically relevant state, and it is well-known that short chain detergents such as octylglucoside are more denaturing than long chain detergents such as dodecylmaltoside. However, the molecular basis for this phenomenon is poorly understood. To gain insights into the mechanism of detergent destabilization of GPCRs, we used atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of thermostabilized adenosine receptor (A2AR) mutants embedded in either a lipid bilayer or detergent micelles of alkylmaltosides and alkylglucosides...
November 30, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789781/the-dnae-polymerase-from-deinococcus-radiodurans-features-reca-dependent-dna-polymerase-activity
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Lorenzo Randi, Alessandro Perrone, Mirko Maturi, Fabrizio Dal Piaz, Michela Camerani, Alejandro Hochkoeppler
We report in the present study on the catalytic properties of the Deinococcus radiodurans DNA polymerase III α subunit (αDr). The αDr enzyme was overexpressed in Escherichia coli, both in soluble form and as inclusion bodies. When purified from soluble protein extracts, αDr was found to be tightly associated with E. coli RNA polymerase, from which αDr could not be dissociated. On the contrary, when refolded from inclusion bodies, αDr was devoid of E. coli RNA polymerase and was purified to homogeneity...
December 2016: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27785644/effect-of-ica-l-blockade-on-adrenergic-stimulation-in-developing-heart
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T L Zefirov, A M Kuptsova, R G Biktemirova, N I Ziyatdinova, A L Zefirov
The effect of verapamil-induced blockade of L-type calcium ionic currents (ICa,L) on the action of non-selective adrenergic cardiac stimulation by norepinephrine was examined during different periods of early postnatal ontogeny. In 1-week-old rats, intravenous norepinephrine induced a short-term tachycardia both with and without preliminary injected verapamil. In 3-week-old rats, norepinephrine alone produced no chronotropic effect; in contrast, it induced a biphasic tachycardia in verapamil-treated rats. In 6- and 20-month-old rats, norepinephrine induced a short-term tachycardia, which could be prevented by verapamil...
October 2016: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27782655/nonlocal-electrostatics-in-ionic-liquids-the-key-to-an-understanding-of-the-screening-decay-length-and-screened-interactions
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Roland Kjellander
Screened electrostatic interactions in ionic liquids are investigated by means of exact statistical mechanical analysis combined with physical arguments that enhance the transparency and conceptual accessibility of the analysis and results. The constituent ions and immersed particles in the liquid can have arbitrary shapes and any internal charge distributions. The decay of the screened electrostatic potential and the free energy of interaction in ionic liquids can be exponentially damped oscillatory (like in molten simple salts) as well as plain exponential and long-ranged (like in dilute electrolyte solutions)...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27767294/manipulating-and-visualizing-molecular-interactions-in-customized-nanoscale-spaces
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Gil Henkin, Daniel Berard, Francis Stabile, Marjan Shayegan, Jason S Leith, Sabrina R Leslie
We present a dynamically adjustable nanofluidic platform for formatting the conformations of and visualizing the interaction kinetics between biomolecules in solution, offering new time resolution and control of the reaction processes. This platform extends convex lens-induced confinement (CLiC), a technique for imaging molecules under confinement, by introducing a system for in situ modification of the chemical environment; this system uses a deep microchannel to diffusively exchange reagents within the nanoscale imaging region, whose height is fixed by a nanopost array...
November 15, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27763572/destabilization-mechanism-of-ionic-surfactant-on-curcumin-nanocrystal-against-electrolytes
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Heni Rachmawati, Annisa Rahma, Loaye Al Shaal, Rainer H Müller, Cornelia M Keck
We have successfully developed curcumin nanosuspension intended for oral delivery. The main purpose is to improve bioavailability through enhancing its solubility. The nanoparticles were stabilized using various stabilizers, including polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP), polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), sodium carboxymethylcellulose (Na-CMC), d-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS), and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). The average diameter of particles, microscopic appearance, and sedimentation of each preparation was observed and compared...
October 18, 2016: Scientia Pharmaceutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27762420/probing-driving-forces-in-aerolysin-and-%C3%AE-hemolysin-biological-nanopores-electrophoresis-versus-electroosmosis
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Mordjane Boukhet, Fabien Piguet, Hadjer Ouldali, Manuela Pastoriza-Gallego, Juan Pelta, Abdelghani Oukhaled
The transport of macromolecules through nanopores is involved in many biological functions and is today at the basis of promising technological applications. Nevertheless the interpretation of the dynamics of the macromolecule/nanopore interaction is still misunderstood and under debate. At the nanoscale, inside biomimetic channels under an external applied voltage, electrophoresis, which is the electric force acting on electrically charged molecules, and electroosmotic flow (EOF), which is the fluid transport associated with ions, contribute to the direction and magnitude of the molecular transport...
October 20, 2016: Nanoscale
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