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Kamelia Afshinnia, Mithun Sikder, Bo Cai, Mohammed Baalousha
Nanomaterial (NM) aggregation is a key process determining their environmental, fate behavior and effects. Nanomaterials are typically engineered to remain kinetically stable; however, in environmental and toxicological media, NMs are prone to aggregation. The aggregation kinetics of NM is typically quantified by measuring their attachment efficiency (α) and critical coagulation concentration (CCC). Several studies measured α and CCC for Ag NMs with a major focus on investigating the effects of ionic strength, ion valency and natural organic matter, with few studies investigating other environmental factors such as light and dissolved oxygen and none investigating the effect of particle size, buffer type and concentration, or surface coverage by capping agent...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Bassem Refaat, Jawwad Ahmad, Shakir Idris, Fadi Fayez Kamfar, Ahmed Mohamed Ashshi, Sarah Abdullah Batwa, Faizah Ahmed Malibary
This is a prospective observational study that measures the expression of vitamin D (VD) metabolising and signalling molecules and Ca(2+) sensing receptor (CaSR) in human Fallopian tube (FT) during the menstrual cycle and ectopic pregnancy (EP). Fresh FTs were obtained during total abdominal hysterectomy at the follicular (n = 16) and midluteal (n = 16) phases. Specimens from remote and implantation sites as well as trophoblastic tissues were also freshly collected from each FT with EP (n = 10)...
October 22, 2016: Cell and Tissue Research
Nur Nadia Mohamed, See Ling Loy, Che Nin Man, Abdullah Al-Mamun, Hamid Jan Jan Mohamed
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study are to determine parental and children's hair nicotine levels, their relationships as well as to investigate the association of smoking status of the fathers with mothers' and children's hair nicotine. METHODS: A cross-sectional study design was conducted among 124 families who were participants of the Universiti Sains Malaysia Pregnancy Cohort Study. Both parents with their 2 years old children joined this study. A total of 92 hair samples of fathers, 124 hair samples of mothers and 111 hair samples of children were collected and analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry...
October 21, 2016: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
Carolina Anazco, Alberto J Lopez-Jimenez, Mohamed Rafi, Lorenzo Vega-Montoto, Ming-Zhi Zhang, Billy G Hudson, Roberto M Vanacore
The 7S dodecamer is recognized as an important structural crosslinking domain of collagen IV networks that provide mechanical stability to basement membranes, a specialized form of extracellular matrix essential for the development and maintenance of tissue architecture. Although the 7S dodecamer is stabilized by covalent crosslinking, the molecular mechanism by which such crosslinks are formed has not been revealed. Here we aimed to identify the enzyme(s) that crosslinks the 7S dodecamer and characterize its expression in the kidney glomerulus...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
George Kokosis, Zhifei Sun, Yash J Avashia, Mohamed A Adam, Howard Levinson, Detlev Erdmann, Christopher R Mantyh, John Migaly
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to compare wound complications from V-Y flap vs primary closure in the setting of abdominoperineal resection. METHODS: This was a single institution retrospective review (1999-2014). The main outcome measures were any wound complication, hospital length of stay, and unplanned readmissions. RESULTS: Among 80 patients included, 21 (26%) received reconstruction with V-Y flap. Compared with those who received primary closure, patients who underwent V-Y flap reconstruction had lower rates of overall wound complications (14...
July 21, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
Omar Mahmoud, Lara Hathout, Sherif G Shaaban, Mohamed A Elshaikh, Sushil Beriwal, William Small
PURPOSE: The Gynecologic Oncology group (GOG) 0263 trial is currently exploring whether adding chemotherapy to adjuvant radiotherapy improves recurrence-free and/or overall survival in stage IB-IIA cervical cancer patients with pathologic intermediate-risk factors. Using the National Cancer Data Base, we evaluated the benefit of adjuvant chemoradiotherapy over adjuvant radiotherapy alone in the community practice setting. MATERIALS: The analysis included 869 stage IB-IIA cervical cancer patients who underwent radical hysterectomy retrieving intermediate-risk factors justifying adjuvant therapy...
October 18, 2016: Gynecologic Oncology
Virginia Moreno, Eulogio J Llorent-Martínez, Mohammed Zougagh, Angel Ríos
A supercritical carbon dioxide medium was used for the decoration of functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) with metallic nanoparticles. This procedure allowed the rapid and simple decoration of carbon nanotubes with the selected metallic nanoparticles. The prepared nanomaterials were used to modify screen-printed electrodes, improving their electrochemical properties and allowing to obtain a wide range of working electrodes based on carbon nanotubes. These electrodes were applied to the amperometric determination of vitamin B6 in food and pharmaceutical samples as an example of the analytical potentiality of the electrodes thus prepared...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Ahmed I Nossier, Ola S Mohammed, Rasha R Fakhr El-Deen, Ashraf S Zaghloul, Sanaa Eissa
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), in particularly gelatinases (MMP-2 and MMP-9) were reported as urinary markers of bladder cancer. In this work, we developed a simple colorimetric gold nanoparticle (AuNP) assay for rapid and sensitive detection of urinary total gelatinase activity based on the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) property of AuNPs. Gelatin-modified AuNPs were stably suspended in solution even upon addition of an aggregation inducer as 6-mercaptohexan-1-ol (6-MCH). Gelatinases digest gelatin capping...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Noemí León-Roque, Mohamed Abderrahim, Luis Nuñez-Alejos, Silvia M Arribas, Luis Condezo-Hoyos
Several procedures are currently used to assess fermentation index (FI) of cocoa beans (Theobroma cacao L.) for quality control. However, all of them present several drawbacks. The aim of the present work was to develop and validate a simple image based quantitative procedure, using color measurement and artificial neural network (ANNs). ANN models based on color measurements were tested to predict fermentation index (FI) of fermented cocoa beans. The RGB values were measured from surface and center region of fermented beans in images obtained by camera and desktop scanner...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Khursheed Ahmad, Ved P Kumar, Bheem Dutt Joshi, Mohamed Raza, Parag Nigam, Anzara Anjum Khan, Surendra P Goyal
BACKGROUND: The Tibetan antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii), or chiru, is an endangered antelope, distributed in China [Xinjiang, Xizang, Qinghai, Zhuolaihu Lake (Breeding habitat)], and India (Aksai Chin and Ladakh). There is a global demand for the species prized wool, which is used in weaving shahtoosh shawls. Over the years, the population of the Tibetan antelope has drastically declined from more than a million to a few thousand individuals, mainly due to poaching. Field studies undertaken in Ladakh, India also indicated winter migration of the population to Tibet...
October 21, 2016: BMC Research Notes
Yuri N Clement, Varune Mahase, Annelise Jagroop, Kelly Kissoon, Aarti Maharaj, Prashant Mathura, Chrys Mc Quan, Divya Ramadhin, Cherrista Mohammed
BACKGROUND: Cancer is a major disease worldwide, and many patients use complementary and alternative treatments. The purpose of this study was to identify the herbal remedies and functional foods used as complementary medicine by prostate, breast and colorectal cancer patients at speciality care facilities in Trinidad. We also sought to determine how patients rated the efficacy of these modalities compared with conventional treatment. METHODS: A descriptive, cross-sectional survey was conducted using an interviewer-administered pilot-tested de novo questionnaire during the period June to August 2012 at two speciality treatment centres on the island...
October 21, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Lamiaa Mobarak, Dalia Omran, Mohammed M Nabeel, Zeinab Zakaria
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIM: It is well known that hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) develops as a consequence of hepatic fibrosis progression. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the inflammatory and fibrosis markers as predictors for HCC development among patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) related chronic liver disease to help in early diagnosis and management of HCC. METHODS: A total of 280 patients with chronic liver disease were included in this retrospective study, out of them 140 had liver cirrhosis with HCC and 140 had cirrhosis without HCC...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Medical Virology
Mohamed Bouchahda, Valérie Boige, Denis Smith, Abdoulaye Karaboué, Michel Ducreux, Mohamed Hebbar, Céline Lepère, Christian Focan, Rosine Guimbaud, Pasquale Innominato, Sameh Awad, Carlos Carvalho, Salvatore Tumolo, Stephanie Truant, Thierry De Baere, Denis Castaing, Philippe Rougier, Jean-François Morère, Julien Taieb, René Adam, Francis Lévi
BACKGROUND: Early tumour shrinkage has been associated with improved survival in patients receiving cetuximab-based systemic chemotherapy for liver metastases from colorectal cancer (LM-CRC). We tested this hypothesis for previously treated LM-CRC patients receiving cetuximab (500 mg/m(2)) and triplet hepatic artery infusion (HAI) within European trial OPTILIV. METHODS: Irinotecan (180 mg/m(2)), 5-fluorouracil (2800 mg/m(2)) and oxaliplatin (85 mg/m(2)) were given as chronomodulated or conventional delivery...
October 17, 2016: European Journal of Cancer
Amal A Sultan, Sanaa A El-Gizawy, Mohamed A Osman, Gamal M El Maghraby
Mixed micelles provide promising strategy for enhancing dissolution and permeability of drugs. However, their fluid nature limited the stability of the loaded drug and hindered the development of stable oral dosage form. Accordingly, the objective was to develop solid self dispersing mixed micelle forming systems (MMFS) for enhanced dissolution and intestinal permeability of hydrochlorothiazide. Pseudoternary phase diagrams were constructed using sodium cholate, lecithin with either poloxamer 407 or PEG 4000 to determine the composition of MMFS...
October 13, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Divya Singh, Ghanshyam Upadhyay, Ananya Sengupta, Mohammed A Biplob, Shaleen Chakyayil, Tiji George, Shireen Saleque
Understanding the production and differentiation of megakaryocytes from progenitors is crucial for realizing the biology and functions of these vital cells. Previous gene ablation studies demonstrated the essential role of the transcriptional repressor Gfi1b (growth factor independence 1b) in the generation of both erythroid and megakaryocytic cells. However, our recent work has demonstrated the down-regulation of this factor during megakaryocytic differentiation. In this study we identify two new gene targets of Gfi1b, the cytoskeletal proteins Kindlin3 and Talin1, and demonstrate the inverse expression and functions of these cytoskeletal targets relative to Gfi1b, during megakaryocytic differentiation...
2016: PloS One
Mohammed Al-Temimi, Michael Kidon, Samir Johna
CONTEXT: Reports evaluating faculty knowledge of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) core competencies in community hospitals without a dedicated residency program are uncommon. OBJECTIVE: Faculty evaluation regarding knowledge of ACGME core competencies before a residency program is started. DESIGN: Physicians at the Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center (N = 480) were surveyed for their knowledge of ACGME core competencies before starting new residency programs...
October 14, 2016: Permanente Journal
Nihar Ranjan Dash, Ragini Kilambi, Anand Narayan Singh, Sujoy Pal, Mohammed Adil Asfan
Pseudoaneurysmogastric fistula is a rare consequence of pseudoaneurysms occurring in the vicinity of stomach. They are the result of pseudoaneurysms eroding into the stomach, and represent a life threatening emergency. Urgent surgical intervention is often necessary to salvage the patient. Data regarding the presentation and management of this condition is sparse. Herein, we present our experience with four cases of pseudoaneurysmogastric fistula, their clinical context, presentation, management and outcomes...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
H Abdalla, A Abramowski, F Aharonian, F Ait Benkhali, A G Akhperjanian, T Andersson, E O Angüner, M Arrieta, P Aubert, M Backes, A Balzer, M Barnard, Y Becherini, J Becker Tjus, D Berge, S Bernhard, K Bernlöhr, E Birsin, R Blackwell, M Böttcher, C Boisson, J Bolmont, P Bordas, J Bregeon, F Brun, P Brun, M Bryan, T Bulik, M Capasso, J Carr, S Casanova, N Chakraborty, R Chalme-Calvet, R C G Chaves, A Chen, J Chevalier, M Chrétien, S Colafrancesco, G Cologna, B Condon, J Conrad, C Couturier, Y Cui, I D Davids, B Degrange, C Deil, J Devin, P deWilt, A Djannati-Ataï, W Domainko, A Donath, L O'C Drury, G Dubus, K Dutson, J Dyks, M Dyrda, T Edwards, K Egberts, P Eger, J-P Ernenwein, S Eschbach, C Farnier, S Fegan, M V Fernandes, A Fiasson, G Fontaine, A Förster, S Funk, M Füßling, S Gabici, M Gajdus, Y A Gallant, T Garrigoux, G Giavitto, B Giebels, J F Glicenstein, D Gottschall, A Goyal, M-H Grondin, M Grudzińska, D Hadasch, J Hahn, J Hawkes, G Heinzelmann, G Henri, G Hermann, O Hervet, A Hillert, J A Hinton, W Hofmann, C Hoischen, M Holler, D Horns, A Ivascenko, A Jacholkowska, M Jamrozy, M Janiak, D Jankowsky, F Jankowsky, M Jingo, T Jogler, L Jouvin, I Jung-Richardt, M A Kastendieck, K Katarzyński, U Katz, D Kerszberg, B Khélifi, M Kieffer, J King, S Klepser, D Klochkov, W Kluźniak, D Kolitzus, Nu Komin, K Kosack, S Krakau, M Kraus, F Krayzel, P P Krüger, H Laffon, G Lamanna, J Lau, J-P Lees, J Lefaucheur, V Lefranc, A Lemière, M Lemoine-Goumard, J-P Lenain, E Leser, R Liu, T Lohse, M Lorentz, I Lypova, V Marandon, A Marcowith, C Mariaud, R Marx, G Maurin, N Maxted, M Mayer, P J Meintjes, M Meyer, A M W Mitchell, R Moderski, M Mohamed, K Morå, E Moulin, T Murach, M de Naurois, F Niederwanger, J Niemiec, L Oakes, P O'Brien, H Odaka, S Ohm, M Ostrowski, S Öttl, I Oya, M Padovani, M Panter, R D Parsons, M Paz Arribas, N W Pekeur, G Pelletier, C Perennes, P-O Petrucci, B Peyaud, S Pita, H Poon, D Prokhorov, H Prokoph, G Pühlhofer, M Punch, A Quirrenbach, S Raab, A Reimer, O Reimer, M Renaud, R de Los Reyes, F Rieger, C Romoli, S Rosier-Lees, G Rowell, B Rudak, C B Rulten, V Sahakian, D Salek, D A Sanchez, A Santangelo, M Sasaki, R Schlickeiser, F Schüssler, A Schulz, U Schwanke, S Schwemmer, M Settimo, A S Seyffert, N Shafi, I Shilon, R Simoni, H Sol, F Spanier, G Spengler, F Spies, Ł Stawarz, R Steenkamp, C Stegmann, F Stinzing, K Stycz, I Sushch, J-P Tavernet, T Tavernier, A M Taylor, R Terrier, L Tibaldo, M Tluczykont, C Trichard, R Tuffs, J van der Walt, C van Eldik, B van Soelen, G Vasileiadis, J Veh, C Venter, A Viana, P Vincent, J Vink, F Voisin, H J Völk, T Vuillaume, Z Wadiasingh, S J Wagner, P Wagner, R M Wagner, R White, A Wierzcholska, P Willmann, A Wörnlein, D Wouters, R Yang, V Zabalza, D Zaborov, M Zacharias, A A Zdziarski, A Zech, F Zefi, A Ziegler, N Żywucka
: A search for dark matter linelike signals iss performed in the vicinity of the Galactic Center by the H.E.S.S. experiment on observational data taken in 2014. An unbinned likelihood analysis iss developed to improve the sensitivity to linelike signals. The upgraded analysis along with newer data extend the energy coverage of the previous measurement down to 100 GeV. The 18 h of data collected with the H.E.S.S. array allow one to rule out at 95% C.L. the presence of a 130 GeV line (at l=-1...
October 7, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Rola F Turki, Mourad Assidi, Huda A Banni, Hanan A Zahed, Sajjad Karim, Hans-Juergen Schulten, Muhammad Abu-Elmagd, Abdulrahim A Rouzi, Osama Bajouh, Hassan S Jamal, Mohammed H Al-Qahtani, Adel M Abuzenadah
BACKGROUND: Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) or recurrent spontaneous abortion is an obstetric complication that affects couples at reproductive age. Previous reports documented a clear relationship between parents with chromosomal abnormalities and both recurrent miscarriages and infertility. However, limited data is available from the Arabian Peninsula which is known by higher rates of consanguineous marriages. The main goal of this study was to determine the prevalence of chromosomal abnormalities and thrombophilic polymorphisms, and to correlate them with RPL and consanguinity in Saudi Arabia...
October 10, 2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Fehmida Bibi, Muhammad I Naseer, Sana Akhtar Alvi, Muhammad Yasir, Asif A Jiman-Fatani, Ali Sawan, Adel M Abuzenadah, Mohammed H Al-Qahtani, Esam I Azhar
BACKGROUND: The role of small non-coding microRNAs (miRNAs) in several types of cancer has been evident. However, its expression studies have never been performed in gastric cancer (GC) patients from Saudi population. First time this study was conducted to identify miRNAs that are differentially expressed in GC patients compared with normal controls. METHODS: We investigated the role of miRNAs in GC patients using formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissues of 34 samples from GC patients (early stage = 7 and late-stage = 26) and 15 from normal control...
October 17, 2016: BMC Genomics
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