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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913333/super-cell-piezoelectric-composite-with-1-3-connectivity
#1
Remi Rouffaud, Franck Levassort, Mai Pham Thi, Claire Bantignies, Marc Lethiecq, Anne-Christine Hladky-Hennion
The standard fabrication method for 1-3 piezocomposites for ultrasound transducers is the "dice and fill" method (DFM) in which lateral periodicity is introduced. This contributes to the appearance of spurious modes that can drastically affect the performance of the device if they appear near its thickness mode frequency, thus limiting the effective frequency range. A new 1-3 piezocomposite fabricated with a super-cell structure [1-3 super cell (13SC)] was designed in order to overcome these limitations. It consists of the merging of several periodic cells with 47% PZT volume fraction and epoxy resin as the matrix...
December 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913044/clinical-validation-of-the-50-gene-ampliseq-cancer-panel-v2-for-use-on-a-next-generation-sequencing-platform-using-formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded-and-fine-needle-aspiration-tumour-specimens
#2
Vivek Rathi, Gavin Wright, Diana Constantin, Siok Chang, Huong Pham, Kerryn Jones, Atha Palios, Sue-Anne Mclachlan, Matthew Conron, Penny McKelvie, Richard Williams
The advent of massively parallel sequencing has caused a paradigm shift in the ways cancer is treated, as personalised therapy becomes a reality. More and more laboratories are looking to introduce next generation sequencing (NGS) as a tool for mutational analysis, as this technology has many advantages compared to conventional platforms like Sanger sequencing. In Australia all massively parallel sequencing platforms are still considered in-house in vitro diagnostic tools by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) and a comprehensive analytical validation of all assays, and not just mere verification, is a strict requirement before accreditation can be granted for clinical testing on these platforms...
November 29, 2016: Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911910/molecular-markers-of-radiation-induced-attenuation-in-intrahepatic-plasmodium-falciparum-parasites
#3
Miranda S Oakley, Nitin Verma, Hong Zheng, Vivek Anantharaman, Kazuyo Takeda, Yamei Gao, Timothy G Myers, Phuong Thao Pham, Babita Mahajan, Nirbhay Kumar, Davison Sangweme, Abhai K Tripathi, Godfree Mlambo, L Aravind, Sanjai Kumar
Experimental immunization with radiation attenuated sporozoites (RAS) and genetically attenuated sporozoites has proved to be a promising approach for malaria vaccine development. However, parasite biomarkers of growth attenuation and enhanced immune protection in response to radiation remain poorly understood. Here, we report on the effect of an attenuating dose of γ-irradiation (15 krad) on the Plasmodium falciparum sporozoite (PfSPZ) ultrastructure by electron microscopy, growth rate of liver stage P. falciparum in liver cell cultures, and genome-wide transcriptional profile of liver stage parasites by microarray...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910660/low-noise-heterodyne-receiver-for-electron-cyclotron-emission-imaging-and-microwave-imaging-reflectometry
#4
B Tobias, C W Domier, N C Luhmann, C Luo, M Mamidanna, T Phan, A-V Pham, Y Wang
The critical component enabling electron cyclotron emission imaging (ECEI) and microwave imaging reflectometry (MIR) to resolve 2D and 3D electron temperature and density perturbations is the heterodyne imaging array that collects and downconverts radiated emission and/or reflected signals (50-150 GHz) to an intermediate frequency (IF) band (e.g. 0.1-18 GHz) that can be transmitted by a shielded coaxial cable for further filtering and detection. New circuitry has been developed for this task, integrating gallium arsenide (GaAs) monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) mounted on a liquid crystal polymer (LCP) substrate...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905982/the-use-of-a-lot-quality-assurance-sampling-methodology-to-assess-and-manage-primary-health-interventions-in-conflict-affected-west-darfur-sudan
#5
Kiemanh Pham, Emily Chambers Sharpe, William M Weiss, Alexander Vu
BACKGROUND: Organizations working in conflict-affected areas have a need to monitor and evaluate their programs, however this is often difficult due to the logistical challenges of conflict areas. Lot quality assurance sampling may be a suitable method of assessing programs in these situations. METHODS: We conducted a secondary data analysis of information collected during Medair's routine program management functions. Medair's service area in West Darfur, Sudan was divided into seven supervisory areas...
October 6, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902979/altered-systemic-adipokines-in-patients-with-chronic-urticaria
#6
Hoang Kim Tu Trinh, Duy Le Pham, Ga-Young Ban, Hyun-Young Lee, Hae-Sim Park, Young-Min Ye
BACKGROUND: Increasing evidence suggests that adipokines affect immune responses and chronic urticaria (CU) is associated with an altered immune response related to chronic systemic inflammation. Our objectives were to investigate whether adipokines are involved in CU pathogenesis and to outline relationships between adipokines and urticaria severity and quality of life. METHODS: Serum adiponectin, leptin, lipocalin-2 (LCN2), interleukin (IL)-10, IL-6, and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α concentrations were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays in 191 CU patients and 89 healthy controls...
December 1, 2016: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900431/interspecies-comparison-of-peptide-substrate-reporter-metabolism-using-compartment-based-modeling
#7
Allison J Tierney, Nhat Pham, Kunwei Yang, Brooks K Emerick, Michelle L Kovarik
Peptide substrate reporters are fluorescently labeled peptides that can be acted upon by one or more enzymes of interest. Peptide substrates are readily synthesized and more easily separated than full-length protein substrates; however, they are often more rapidly degraded by peptidases. As a result, peptide reporters must be made resistant to proteolysis in order to study enzymes in intact cells and lysates. This is typically achieved by optimizing the reporter sequence in a single cell type or model organism, but studies of reporter stability in a variety of organisms are needed to establish the robustness and broader utility of these molecular tools...
November 29, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898629/influenza-like-illness-diagnosis-and-management-in-the-acute-care-setting
#8
Sharon G Humiston, Thuylinh N Pham
During influenza season, acute respiratory illness due to influenza is difficult to distinguish from other influenza-like illnesses, but testing should be reserved for situations when timely results will influence management or infection control measures. Immunization status and timing of disease onset notwithstanding, a neuraminidase inhibitor should be offered immediately for certain high-risk children; neuraminidase inhibitor treatment should be considered if shorter illness is warranted or an at-risk sibling may be protected...
December 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896344/thermodynamics-and-kinetics-of-graphene-chemistry-a-graphene-hydrogenation-prototype-study
#9
Buu Q Pham, Mark S Gordon
The thermodynamic and kinetic controls of graphene chemistry are studied computationally using a graphene hydrogenation reaction and polyaromatic hydrocarbons to represent the graphene surface. Hydrogen atoms are concertedly chemisorped onto the surface of graphene models of different shapes (i.e., all-zigzag, all-armchair, zigzag-armchair mixed edges) and sizes (i.e., from 16-42 carbon atoms). The second-order Z-averaged perturbation theory (ZAPT2) method combined with Pople double and triple zeta basis sets are used for all calculations...
November 29, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895974/genetic-screening-in-patients-with-craniofacial-malformations
#10
REVIEW
Amanda J Yoon, Binh N Pham, Katrina M Dipple
Craniofacial malformations include a variety of anomalies, including cleft lip with or without cleft palate, craniosynostosis, microtia, and hemifacial microsomia. All of these anomalies can be either isolated or part of a defined genetic syndrome. A clinical geneticist or genetic counselor should be a member of the craniofacial team to help determine which patients have isolated anomalies and which are likely to have a syndrome. They would then arrange for the appropriate genetic testing to confirm the diagnosis of the specific syndrome...
December 2016: Journal of Pediatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895483/improved-proliferation-of-antigen-specific-cytolytic-t-lymphocytes-using-a-multimodal-nanovaccine
#11
Bo Li, Michael Siuta, Vanessa Bright, Dmitry Koktysh, Brittany K Matlock, Megan E Dumas, Meiying Zhu, Alex Holt, Donald Stec, Shenglou Deng, Paul B Savage, Sebastian Joyce, Wellington Pham
The present study investigated the immunoenhancing property of our newly designed nanovaccine, that is, its ability to induce antigen-specific immunity. This study also evaluated the synergistic effect of a novel compound PBS-44, an α-galactosylceramide analog, in boosting the immune response induced by our nanovaccine. The nanovaccine was prepared by encapsulating ovalbumin (ova) and an adjuvant within the poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) nanoparticles. Quantitative analysis of our study data showed that the encapsulated vaccine was physically and biologically stable; the core content of our nanovaccine was found to be released steadily and slowly, and nearly 90% of the core content was slowly released over the course of 25 days...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895017/molecular-investigation-of-resistance-to-second-line-injectable-drugs-in-multidrug-resistant-clinical-isolates-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-in-france
#12
Florence Brossier, Anne Pham, Christine Bernard, Alexandra Aubry, Vincent Jarlier, Nicolas Veziris, Wladimir Sougakoff
The second line injectable drugs (SLID, i.e. amikacin, kanamycin, capreomycin) are key drugs for the treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Mutations in rrs region 1400, tlyA and eis promoter are associated with resistance to SLID, to capreomycin and to kanamycin respectively. In this study, the sequencing data of SLID resistance-associated genes were compared to the results of phenotypic drug susceptibility testing by the proportion method for the SLID in 206 multidrug-resistant clinical isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis collected in France...
November 28, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894063/loss-of-glutaredoxin-3-impedes-mammary-lobuloalveolar-development-during-pregnancy-and-lactation
#13
Khanh Pham, Jie Dong, Xiqian Jiang, Ying Qu, Han Yu, Yisheng Yang, Walter Olea, Juan C Marini, Lawrence Chan, Jin Wang, Xander H T Wehrens, Xiaojiang Cui, Yi Li, Darryl L Hadsell, Ninghui Cheng
Mammalian glutaredoxin 3 (Grx3) has been shown to be important for regulating cellular redox homeostasis in the cell. Our previous studies indicate that Grx3 is significantly overexpressed in various human cancers including breast cancer and demonstrate that Grx3 controls cancer cell growth and invasion by regulating ROS and NF-κB signaling pathways. However, it remains to be determined whether Grx3 is required for normal mammary gland development and how it contributes to epithelial cell proliferation and differentiation in vivo In the present study, we examined Grx3 expression in different cell types within the developing mouse mammary gland (MG) and found enhanced expression of Grx3 at pregnancy and lactation stages...
November 15, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893540/eight-years-experience-of-sentinel-lymph-node-biopsy-in-melanoma-using-lymphoscintigraphy-and-gamma-probe-detection-after-radiocolloid-mapping
#14
Nathalie Pham Dang, Sophie Cassier, Aurélien Mulliez, Sandrine Mansard, Michel DʼIncan, Isabelle Barthélémy
BACKGROUND: Isosulfan blue dye peripheral injection is used in preoperative sentinel lymph node (SLN) identification alone or, to increase sensitivity, in conjunction with radiocolloid mapping. However, isosulfan blue dye has certain drawbacks and limitations. OBJECTIVE: This study assesses the authors' experience of SLN biopsy using only radiocolloid tracer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between 2000 and 2008, 218 patients underwent SLN biopsy with radiocolloid mapping, preoperative localization by lymphoscintigraphy and intraoperative confirmation by gamma probe in primary malignant cutaneous melanoma...
November 23, 2016: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893516/caregiver-expectations-and-satisfaction-of-urgent-care-in-a-pediatric-emergency-department
#15
Greg P Marconi, Phung K Pham, Alan L Nager
Health care delivery expectations that may affect patient and caregiver satisfaction are not clearly understood. This study examined caregiver expectations and satisfaction with urgent care in a pediatric emergency department. Of 201 caregivers surveyed, we found that caregivers have specific expectations regarding clinical care of their child in terms of radiographic imaging, blood testing, antibiotics, pain management, and subspecialty consultation. Caregivers were generally less dissatisfied with the actual care provided than the urgent care physicians expected...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892715/incorporation-of-chemotherapeutic-agent-and-photosensitizer-in-a-low-temperature-sensitive-liposome-for-effective-chemo-hyperthermic-anticancer-activity
#16
Hanh Thuy Nguyen, Tuan Hiep Tran, Raj Kumar Thapa, Tung Thanh Pham, Jee-Heon Jeong, Yu Seok Youn, Han-Gon Choi, Chul Soon Yong, Jong Oh Kim
OBJECTIVES: In this study, we combined chemo- and hyperthermia therapy in a low temperature-sensitive liposome (LTSL) for potential cancer treatment. METHODS: Docetaxel (DOC) and indocyanine green (ICG) as a therapeutic agent and photosensitizer, respectively, were incorporated in a low temperature-sensitive liposome (LTSL/DI). Nanoparticles were evaluated for the physicochemical characterizations, in vitro uptake and cytotoxicity, and furthermore in vivo anticancer activity...
November 28, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891773/cigarette-smoke-alters-the-secretome-of-lung-epithelial-cells
#17
Alessandra Mossina, Christina Lukas, Juliane Merl-Pham, Franziska E Uhl, Kathrin Mutze, Andrea Schamberger, Claudia Staab-Weijnitz, Jie Jia, Ali Ö Yildirim, Melanie Königshoff, Stefanie M Hauck, Oliver Eickelberg, Silke Meiners
Cigarette smoke is the most relevant risk factor for the development of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Many of its more than 4500 chemicals are highly reactive thereby altering protein structure and function. Here, we used subcellular fractionation coupled to label-free quantitative mass spectrometry to globally assess alterations in the proteome of different compartments of lung epithelial cells upon exposure to cigarette smoke extract. Proteomic profiling of the human alveolar-derived cell line A549 revealed the most pronounced changes within the cellular secretome with preferential downregulation of proteins involved in wound healing and extracellular matrix (ECM) organization...
November 28, 2016: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890614/structural-insights-into-the-binding-of-lauric-acid-to-cyp107l2-from-streptomyces-avermitilis
#18
Songhee Han, Tan-Viet Pham, Joo-Hwan Kim, Young-Ran Lim, Hyoung-Goo Park, Dabin Jeong, Chul-Ho Yun, Young-Jin Chun, Lin-Woo Kang, Donghak Kim
Streptomyces avermitilis is an actinobacterium known to produce clinically useful macrolides including avermectins. CYP107L2 from S. avermitilis shares a high sequence similarity with the PikC (CYP107L1) from S. venezuelae. To elucidate the structural features of CYP107L2, we conducted biochemical and structural characterization of CYP107L2 from S. avermitilis. The CYP107L2 gene was cloned, and its recombinant protein was expressed and purified. The CYP107L2 showed a low-spin state of heme, and the reduced form yielded the CO difference spectra with a maximal absorption at 449 nm...
November 25, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890269/-anorexia-and-borderline-personality-disorder%C3%A2-bonds-pathology
#19
Delphine Cayn, Alexandra Pham-Scottez
Comorbidity with a borderline personality disorder is far from rare in patients suffering from eating disorders. Clinically, this presents as chronic instability in many areas: interpersonal relationships, self-image, emotions, mood and acting out. Treatment is mainly based on a containing and reassuring therapeutic framework. A care plan may be put in place that incorporates reducing impulsive harmful, eating and self-harming behaviours. Dialectical behaviour therapy is intended in particular to prevent suicide risk in borderline personality disorder patients...
November 2016: Soins. Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889516/lenalidomide-enhances-the-function-of-dendritic-cells-generated-from-patients-with-multiple-myeloma
#20
Manh-Cuong Vo, Truc Anh-NguyenThi, Hyun-Ju Lee, Thanh-Nhan Nguyen-Pham, Thangaraj Jaya Lakshmi, Sung-Hoon Jung, Hyeoung-Joon Kim, Je-Jung Lee
Lenalidomide (LEN) has been used as an immunomodulatory drug with direct and indirect anti-tumor effects. In this study, we evaluated the effect of LEN on the differentiation, maturation, and function of dendritic cells (DCs) in patients with multiple myeloma (MM) in vitro. Various doses of LEN were added after the monocytes had differentiated into immature DCs (imDCs) and activated into mature DCs (mDCs). LEN (5 μg/mL) was the optimal concentration to promote differentiation and maturation of DCs. imDCs treated with LEN showed enhanced endocytic capacity...
November 23, 2016: Experimental Hematology
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