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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214451/a-novel-lc-ms-ms-method-for-the-simultaneous-quantification-of-topiramate-and-its-main-metabolites-in-human-plasma
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Daniela Milosheska, Robert Roškar
The aim of the present report was to develop and validate simple, sensitive and reliable LC-MS/MS method for quantification of topiramate (TPM) and its main metabolites: 2,3-desisopropylidene TPM, 4,5-desisopropylidene TPM, 10-OH TPM and 9-OH TPM in human plasma samples. The most abundant metabolite 2,3-desisopropylidene TPM was isolated from patients urine, characterized and afterwards used as an authentic standard for method development and validation. Sample preparation method employs 100μL of plasma sample and liquid-liquid extraction with a mixture of ethyl acetate and diethyl ether as extraction solvent...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214447/influence-of-pressures-up-to-50bar-on-two-stage-anaerobic-digestion
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Wolfgang Merkle, Katharina Baer, Jonas Lindner, Simon Zielonka, Felix Ortloff, Frank Graf, Thomas Kolb, Thomas Jungbluth, Andreas Lemmer
The concept of pressurized two-stage anaerobic digestion integrates biogas production, purification and pressure boosting within one process. The produced methane-rich biogas can be fed into gas grids with considerably less purification effort. To investigate biogas production under high pressures up to 50bar, a lab scale two-stage anaerobic digestion system was constructed including one continuously operated pressurized methane reactor. This investigation examined the effects of different operating pressures in methane reactor (10, 25, 50bar) on biogas quantity and quality, pH value and process stability...
February 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214445/immobilization-of-aspergillus-oryzae-%C3%AE-galactosidase-in-an-agarose-matrix-functionalized-by-four-different-methods-and-application-to-the-synthesis-of-lactulose
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Cecilia Guerrero, Carlos Vera, Nestor Serna, Andrés Illanes
Aspergillus oryzae β-galactosidase was immobilized in monofunctional glyoxyl-agarose and heterofunctional supports (amino-glyoxyl, carboxy-glyoxyl and chelate-glyoxyl agarose), for obtaining highly active and stable catalysts for lactulose synthesis. Specific activities of the amino-glyoxyl agarose, carboxy-glyoxyl agarose and chelate-glyoxyl agarose derivatives were 3676, 430 and 454IU/g biocatalyst with half-life values at 50°C of 247, 100 and 100h respectively. Specific activities of 3490, 2559 and 1060IU/g were obtained for fine, standard and macro agarose respectively...
February 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214439/different-cultivation-methods-to-acclimatise-ammonia-tolerant-methanogenic-consortia
#4
Hailin Tian, Ioannis A Fotidis, Enrico Mancini, Irini Angelidaki
Bioaugmentation with ammonia tolerant-methanogenic consortia was proposed as a solution to overcome ammonia inhibition during anaerobic digestion process recently. However, appropriate technology to generate ammonia tolerant methanogenic consortia is still lacking. In this study, three basic reactors (i.e. batch, fed-batch and continuous stirred-tank reactors (CSTR)) operated at mesophilic (37°C) and thermophilic (55°C) conditions were assessed, based on methane production efficiency, incubation time, TAN/FAN (total ammonium nitrogen/free ammonia nitrogen) levels and maximum methanogenic activity...
February 11, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214430/development-of-evidence-based-practice-in-academic-service-partnerships-experiences-of-working-life-representatives-from-social-and-health-care-sectors
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Hanna-Leena Melender
Learning about how to develop and lead the implementation of evidence based practice (EBP) in services is an important part of the education of developers and managers for the social and health care sectors. In order to develop this teaching and to support the development of EBP in services, a Teaching Development Effort (TDE) was conducted by establishing academic service partnerships (ASPs) and connecting Master's students' assignments with them. The TDE was conducted as a part of a larger project whose main aims were to strengthen, develop and renew transfers of knowledge and competence between higher education institutions and workplaces, and to strive for a more multidisciplinary quality in workplace innovations...
February 9, 2017: Nurse Education in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214393/flow-cytometric-bacterial-cell-counts-challenge-conventional-heterotrophic-plate-counts-for-routine-microbiological-drinking-water-monitoring
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REVIEW
S Van Nevel, S Koetzsch, C R Proctor, M D Besmer, E I Prest, J S Vrouwenvelder, A Knezev, N Boon, F Hammes
Drinking water utilities and researchers continue to rely on the century-old heterotrophic plate counts (HPC) method for routine assessment of general microbiological water quality. Bacterial cell counting with flow cytometry (FCM) is one of a number of alternative methods that challenge this status quo and provide an opportunity for improved water quality monitoring. After more than a decade of application in drinking water research, FCM methodology is optimised and established for routine application, supported by a considerable amount of data from multiple full-scale studies...
February 8, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214388/modified-automatic-term-selection-v2-a-faster-algorithm-to-calculate-inelastic-scattering-cross-sections
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Ján Rusz
We present a new algorithm for calculating inelastic scattering cross-section for fast electrons. Compared to the previous Modified Automatic Term Selection (mats) algorithm (Rusz et al. [18]), it has far better convergence properties in zone axis calculations and it allows to identify contributions of individual atoms. One can think of it as a blend of mats algorithm and a method described by Weickenmeier and Kohl [10].
January 25, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214376/sensitive-quantification-of-coixol-a-potent-insulin-secretagogue-in-scoparia-dulcis-extract-using-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-combined-with-tandem-mass-spectrometry-and-uv-detection
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Arslan Ali, Faraz Ul Haq, Qamar Ul Arfeen, Khaga Raj Sharma, Achyut Adhikari, Syed Ghulam Musharraf
Diabetes is a major global health problem which requires new studies for its prevention and control. Scoparia dulcis, an herbal product, is widely used for treatment of diabetes. Recent studies demonstrate coixol as a potent and non-toxic insulin secretagogue from S. dulcis. This study focuses on developing two quantitative methods of coixol in Scoparia dulcis methanol-based extracts. Quantification of coixol was performed using high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (method 1) and high performance liquid chromatography-ultraviolet detection (method 2) with limit of detection of 0...
February 18, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214369/diagnostic-accuracy-of-history-physical-exam-laboratory-tests-and-point-of-care-ultrasound-for-pediatric-acute-appendicitis-in-the-emergency-department-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Roshanak Benabbas, Mark Hanna, Jay Shah, Richard Sinert
BACKGROUND: Acute appendicitis (AA) is the most common surgical emergency in children. Accurate and timely diagnosis is crucial but challenging due to atypical presentations and the inherent difficulty of obtaining a reliable history and physical examination in younger children. OBJECTIVES: To determine the utility of history, physical exam, laboratory tests, Pediatric Appendicitis Score (PAS) and Emergency Department-Point-of-Care Ultrasound (ED-POCUS) in the diagnosis of AA in ED pediatric patients...
February 18, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214368/evaluation-of-deformable-image-registration-between-external-beam-radiotherapy-and-hdr-brachytherapy-for-cervical-cancer-with-a-3d-printed-deformable-pelvis-phantom
#10
Noriyuki Kadoya, Yuya Miyasaka, Yujiro Nakajima, Yoshihiro Kuroda, Kengo Ito, Mizuki Chiba, Kiyokazu Sato, Suguru Dobashi, Takaya Yamamoto, Noriyoshi Takahashi, Masaki Kubozono, Ken Takeda, Keiichi Jingu
PURPOSE: In this study, we developed a 3D-printed deformable pelvis phantom for evaluating spatial DIR accuracy. We then evaluated the spatial DIR accuracies of various DIR settings for cervical cancer. METHODS: A deformable female pelvis phantom was created based on patient CT data using 3D printing. To create the deformable uterus phantom, we first 3D printed both a model of uterus and a model of the internal cavities of the vagina and uterus. We then made a mold using the 3D printed uterus phantom...
February 18, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214350/upregulation-of-microrna-15a-contributes-to-pathogenesis-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-aaa-by-modulating-the-expression-of-cyclin-dependent-kinase-inhibitor-2b-cdkn2b
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Peng Gao, Jiyuan Si, Bin Yang, Jixiang Yu
BACKGROUND The objective of the present study was to identify the association between miR-15a-5p and CDKN2B, and their roles in regulating the development of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). MATERIAL AND METHODS We searched the miRNA database online (www.mirdb.org) and used a luciferase reporter assay system to study the regulatory relationship between miR-15a-5p and CDKN2B. We also conducted real-time PCR and Western blot analysis to study the mRNA and protein expression level of CDKN2B among different patient groups (participants with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and normal controls) or cells treated with scramble control, miR-15a-5p mimics, CDKN2B siRNA, and miR-15a-5p inhibitors...
February 18, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214348/organo-protective-and-antioxidant-properties-of-leaf-extracts-of-syzygium-guineense-var-macrocarpum-against-ferric-nitriloacetate-induced-stress-of-wistar-rats
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Francine Tankeu Nzufo, Constant Anatole Pieme, Jacques Romain Njimou, Prosper Cabral Biapa Nya, Bruno Moukette Moukette, Bravi Marco, Chianese Angelo, Ngogang Jeanne Yonkeu
Background The present study focused on the antioxidant, phenolic profile and free radical scavenging-mediated protective effect of leaves extracts of Syzygium guineense var. macrocarpum against ferric nitriloacetate-induced stress in the liver, heart, kidney and brain tissues of Wistar rats homogenates. Methods Spectrophotometric standardized methods were used to determine the free radical scavenging potential, antioxidant and protective properties of plant extracts on rat homogenates. Results All the extracts showed a concentration-dependent free radical quenching potential, and the ability to protect all the tested organs by inhibiting the lipid peroxidation and potentiating or restoring the activity of enzymatic and non enzymatic markers...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214330/automated-microfluidic-sorting-of-mammalian-cells-labeled-with-magnetic-microparticles-for-those-that-efficiently-express-and-secrete-a-protein-of-interest
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Xuan Droz, Niamh Harraghy, Etienne Lançon, Valérie Le Fourn, David Calabrese, Thierry Colombet, Pascal Liechti, Amar Rida, Pierre-Alain Girod, Nicolas Mermod
We developed a method for the fast sorting and selection of mammalian cells expressing and secreting a protein at high levels. This procedure relies on cell capture using an automated microfluidic device handling antibody-coupled magnetic microparticles and on a timed release of the cells from the microparticles after capture. Using clinically compatible materials and procedures, we show that this approach is able to discriminate between cells that truly secrete high amounts of a protein from those that just display it at high levels on their surface without properly releasing it...
February 18, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214327/improved-exposure-estimation-in-soil-screening-and-clean-up-criteria-for-volatile-organic-chemicals
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George E DeVaull
Soil clean-up criteria define acceptable concentrations of organic chemical constituents for exposed humans. These criteria sum the estimated soil exposure over multiple pathways. Assumptions for ingestion, dermal contact, and dust exposure generally presume a chemical persists in surface soils at a constant concentration level for the entire exposure duration. For volatile chemicals this is an unrealistic assumption. A calculation method is presented for surficial soil criteria which include volatile depletion of chemical for these uptake pathways...
February 18, 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214326/treatment-preferences-for-biologicals-in-psoriasis-experienced-patients-appreciate-sustainability
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Christian Kromer, Wiebke K Peitsch, Raphael Herr, Astrid Schmieder, Diana Sonntag, Marthe-Lisa Schaarschmidt
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Treatment satisfaction can be improved by integrating patients' preferences into shared decision-making. We recently investigated patients' preferences for attributes of biologicals, and showed high preferences for safety and efficacy. The objective of the present study was to assess the impact of treatment experience on these preferences. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Preferences for outcome (probability of 50 % and 90 % improvement, time until response, sustainability of success, probability of mild and severe adverse events, probability of ACR 20 response) and process attributes (treatment location, frequency, duration, and delivery method) were analyzed in 200 participants with moderate-to-severe psoriasis using conjoint analysis...
February 2017: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214320/indocyanine-green-assisted-sentinel-lymph-node-biopsy-in-melanoma-using-the-fovis-system
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Daniela Göppner, Stephan Nekwasil, Anne Jellestad, Alexander Sachse, Karl-Heinz Schönborn, Harald Gollnick
BACKGROUND: Metastatic involvement of the sentinel lymph node (SLN) represents a key prognostic factor in melanoma. The combined use of a radiocolloid (technetium-99m) and blue dye is the gold standard in sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB). In this context, near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence imaging with indocyanine green (ICG) has been suggested as an alternative. The objective of the present study was to examine the potential advantages of fluorescence-guided SLNB - compared to the conventional method - with respect to the visualization of lymphatic drainage pathways and the SLN...
February 2017: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214300/sentinel-lymphknoten-biopsie-des-melanoms-mittels-indocyaningr%C3%A3-n-und-fovis-system
#17
Daniela Göppner, Stephan Nekwasil, Anne Jellestad, Alexander Sachse, Karl-Heinz Schönborn, Harald Gollnick
HINTERGRUND: Der Nachweis metastatischer Infiltrate im Sentinel-Lymphkoten (SLN) gilt als wesentlicher prognostischer Faktor des Melanoms. Alternativ zur Farbstoffmethode mit Patentblau zum Goldstandard der SLN-Biopsie (SLNB) mittels Radiokolloid wird die fluoreszenzoptische Darstellung mit Hilfe von Indocyaningrün (ICG) und Nahinfrarot (NIR)-Kamerasystem kommuniziert. Im Vergleich zur konventionellen Methode wurde die Wertigkeit des ICG-/NIR-Verfahrens in Abhängigkeit vom Body-Mass-Index (BMI) des Patienten und der Konzentration von ICG bezüglich der Visualisierung des Lymphabstroms und des SLNs untersucht...
February 2017: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214294/ptk6-localized-at-the-plasma-membrane-promotes-cell-proliferation-and-migration-through-phosphorylation-of-eps8
#18
Won-Sik Shin, Hyun Jae Shim, Young Hun Lee, Minju Pyo, Jun Sang Park, So Yun Ahn, Seung-Taek Lee
Protein tyrosine kinase 6 (PTK6; also known as Brk) is closely related to the Src family kinases, but lacks a membrane-targeting myristoylation signal. Sublocalization of PTK6 at the plasma membrane enhances its oncogenic potential. To understand the mechanism(s) underlying the oncogenic property of plasma-membrane-associated PTK6, proteins phosphorylated by membrane-targeted myristoylated PTK6 (Myr-PTK6) were enriched and analyzed using a proteomics approach. Eps8 which was identified by this method is phosphorylated by Myr-PTK6 in HEK293 cells...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214290/evaluate-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-anti-epileptic-medications-for-partial-seizures-of-epilepsy-a-network-meta-analysis
#19
Teng Zhao, Xuemin Feng, Jingyao Liu, Jiguo Gao, Chunkui Zhou
Epilepsy is a brain and neurological disorder with high prevalence. It was reported that more than 70% of epileptic seizures were controlled by anti-epileptic medications, whereas the lack of evidence with respect to head-to-head comparisons motivated researchers to seek alternative approaches that are able to provide deep insights into the profile of anti-epileptic medications. In this study, we performed a network meta-analysis (NMA) to evaluate the efficacy and safety of anti-epileptic medications for partial seizures of epilepsy...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214276/-in-vitro-antifungal-activity-of-azoles-and-amphotericin-b-against-malassezia-furfur-by-the-clsi-m27-a3-microdilution-and-etest-%C3%A2-methods
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Juan Camilo Galvis-Marín, María Ximena Rodríguez-Bocanegra, Adriana Del Pilar Pulido-Villamarín, Rubiela Castañeda-Salazar, Adriana Marcela Celis-Ramírez, Melva Yomary Linares-Linares
BACKGROUND: Malassezia furfur is a human skin commensal yeast that can cause skin and opportunistic systemic infections. Given its lipid dependant status, the reference methods established by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) to evaluate antifungal susceptibility in yeasts are not applicable. AIMS: To evaluate the in vitro susceptibility of M. furfur isolates from infections in humans to antifungals of clinical use. METHODS: The susceptibility profile to amphotericin B, itraconazole, ketoconazole and voriconazole of 20 isolates of M...
February 14, 2017: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
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