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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738556/development-of-a-new-sample-preparation-method-based-on-liquid-liquid-liquid-extraction-combined-with-dispersive-liquid-liquid-microextraction-and-its-application-on-unfiltered-samples-containing-high-content-of-solids
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Mir Ali Farajzadeh, Maryam Abbaspour
A new sample preparation method based on liquid-liquid-liquid extraction combined with dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction followed by gas chromatography-flame ionization detection has been reported for the extraction/preconcentration and determination of trace levels of twelve pesticide residues from different samples with high content of solids without filtration. This method consists of a three-phase system including an aqueous phase (sample solution), acetonitrile, and hexane. The extraction mechanism is based on different affinities of the substances from the sample matrices towards each of the involved phase, which provides a high selectivity to the process...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714091/habitual-diet-and-diet-quality-in-irritable-bowel-syndrome-a%C3%A2-case-control-study
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E F Tigchelaar, Z Mujagic, A Zhernakova, M A M Hesselink, S Meijboom, C W M Perenboom, A A M Masclee, C Wijmenga, E J M Feskens, D M A E Jonkers
BACKGROUND: Diet is considered to be a key factor in symptom generation in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and patients tend to exclude food products from their diet in pursue of symptom relief, which may impair diet quality. METHODS: We evaluated habitual dietary intake in IBS patients with regard to nutrients and food products using an extensive food frequency questionnaire. One hundred ninety-four IBS patients were compared to 186 healthy controls using multiple logistic regression analysis...
July 17, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701316/diagnostic-performance-of-high-sensitivity-compared-with-contemporary-cardiac-troponin-i-for-the-diagnosis-of-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Yader Sandoval, Stephen W Smith, Sarah E Thordsen, Charles A Bruen, Michelle D Carlson, Kenneth W Dodd, Brian E Driver, Katherine Jacoby, Benjamin K Johnson, Sara A Love, Johanna C Moore, Anne Sexter, Karen Schulz, Nathaniel L Scott, Jennifer Nicholson, Fred S Apple
BACKGROUND: We examined the diagnostic performance of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI) vs contemporary cTnI with use of the 99th percentile alone and with a normal electrocardiogram (ECG) to rule out acute myocardial infarction (MI) and serial changes (deltas) to rule in MI. METHODS: We included consecutive patients presenting to a US emergency department with serial cTnI on clinical indication (NCT02060760). Diagnostic performance for acute MI, including MI subtypes, and 30-day outcomes were examined...
July 12, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688253/effects-of-apple-branch-biochar-on-soil-c-mineralization-and-nutrient-cycling-under-two-levels-of-n
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Shuailin Li, Chutao Liang, Zhouping Shangguan
The incorporation of biochar into soil has been proposed as a strategy for enhancing soil fertility and crop productivity. However, there is limited information regarding the responses of soil respiration and the C, N and P cycles to the addition of apple branch biochar at different rates to soil with different levels of N. A 108-day incubation experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of the rate of biochar addition (0, 1, 2 and 4% by mass) on soil respiration and nutrients and the activities of enzymes involved in C, N and P cycling under two levels of N...
July 5, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675568/sciatic-nerve-regeneration-by-transplantation-of-schwann-cells-via-erythropoietin-controlled-releasing-polylactic-acid-multiwalled-carbon-nanotubes-gelatin-nanofibrils-neural-guidance-conduit
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Majid Salehi, Mahdi Naseri-Nosar, Somayeh Ebrahimi-Barough, Mohammdreza Nourani, Arash Khojasteh, Amir-Ali Hamidieh, Amir Amani, Saeed Farzamfar, Jafar Ai
The current study aimed to enhance the efficacy of peripheral nerve regeneration using an electrically conductive biodegradable porous neural guidance conduit for transplantation of allogeneic Schwann cells (SCs). The conduit was produced from polylactic acid (PLA), multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), and gelatin nanofibrils (GNFs) coated with the recombinant human erythropoietin-loaded chitosan nanoparticles (rhEpo-CNPs). The PLA/MWCNTs/GNFs/rhEpo-CNPs conduit had the porosity of 85.78 ± 0.70%, the contact angle of 77...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654874/aquatic-toxicity-of-ivermectin-in-cattle-dung-assessed-using-microcosms
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Leticia M Mesa, I Lindt, L Negro, M F Gutierrez, G Mayora, L Montalto, M Ballent, A Lifschitz
Ivermectin (IVM) is a parasiticide widely used for livestock. It is a semisynthetic derivative of avermectin, a macrocyclic lactone produced by Streptomyces avermitilis. This drug is only partly metabolized by livestock; considerable amounts of parent drug are excreted mostly via feces. To simulate exposure of aquatic invertebrates and macrophytes to direct excretion of cattle dung into surface waters, a microcosm experiment with IVM spiked in cattle dung was conducted. The objectives of this study were to characterize accumulation of IVM in water, sediment+dung, roots of the floating fern Salvinia and the zooplankton Ceriodaphnia dubia, the amphipod Hyalella and the apple snail Pomacea; to determine the effect of this drug spiked in cattle dung on life-history traits of these invertebrates; and to evaluate the influence of IVM on aquatic nutrient cycling...
June 24, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653154/dna-persistence-of-bite-marks-on-food-and-its-relevance-for-str-typing
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Céline M Pfeifer, Anja Gass, Rachel Klein-Unseld, Peter Wiegand
In forensic DNA analysis, salivary traces at crime scenes are a promising way to identify a person. However, crime scenes are oftentimes investigated a while after the crime and recovered samples might have been degraded leading to poor PCR amplification. Probably due to decomposition and negative visual impression of spoiled food, bite mark samples make up only a small part of our casework routine. In this study, bite marks on apples and chocolate bars as well as on an inert surface (microscope slide) were stored up to 3 weeks indoors and outdoors during different seasons and analyzed for amylase activity and DNA quantity and quality...
June 26, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650114/the-effect-of-adhesives-on-inflammatory-immune-markers-during-renal-injury-healing
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José Miguel Lloris-Carsí, Carlos Barrios, Beatriz Prieto-Moure, José Miguel Lloris-Cejalvo, Dolores Cejalvo-Lapeña
Renal injury is common in abdominal trauma. Adhesives and sealants can be used to repair and preserve damaged organs. We describe the effect of three biomaterial treatments (TachoSil, GelitaSpon, and Adhflex) on injured renal tissue. Renal traumatic injuries were experimentally induced in male Wistar rats (n = 90) using a punch. Animals were divided into five groups: (1) sham noninjured (n = 3) and punch injury groups; (2) nontreated (n = 6); (3) TachoSil (n = 27); (4) GelitaSpon (n = 27); and (5) Adhflex (n = 27)...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646436/behavior-of-fluopyram-and-tebuconazole-and-some-selected-pesticides-in-ripe-apples-and-consumer-exposure-assessment-in-the-applied-crop-protection-framework
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Magdalena Podbielska, Ewa Szpyrka, Bartosz Piechowicz, Aneta Zwolak, Stanisław Sadło
The supervised field trials were conducted in a commercial apple orchard in 2016. The trials were an attempt to determine a model for dissipation and toxicological evaluation of fluopyram, tebuconazole, captan, tetrahydrophthalimide (THPI), pirimicarb, spirodiclofen, and boscalid residues detected in fruit of Red Jonaprince, Lobo, and Gala varieties immediately before harvest. The analysis also covered amounts of pesticides still present in remnants of calyx in Lobo and Gala varieties immediately before harvest...
July 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631360/reduced-cell-attachment-to-poly-2-hydroxyethyl-methacrylate-coated-ventricular-catheters-in-vitro
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Brian W Hanak, Chia-Yun Hsieh, William Donaldson, Samuel R Browd, Kenneth K S Lau, William Shain
The majority of patients with hydrocephalus are dependent on ventriculoperitoneal shunts for diversion of excess cerebrospinal fluid. Unfortunately, these shunts are failure-prone and over half of all life-threatening pediatric failures are caused by obstruction of the ventricular catheter by the brain's resident immune cells, reactive microglia and astrocytes. Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) hydrogels are widely used for biomedical implants. The extreme hydrophilicity of PHEMA confers resistance to protein fouling, making it a strong candidate coating for ventricular catheters...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622474/larch-arabinogalactan-attenuates-myocardial-injury-by-inhibiting-apoptotic-cascades-in-a-rat-model-of-ischemia-reperfusion
#11
Sun-Ha Lim
We reported previously that supplementation with apple pectin, a dietary fiber, reduced myocardial injury in a rat model of ischemia-reperfusion. In this study, we further investigated an arabinogalactan, one of the constituent polysaccharides of pectin, to determine which domains comprising pectin were responsible for the protection. In a rat model of 30-min ischemia followed by 3-h reperfusion, supplementation with larch arabinogalactan (LAG) over 50 mg/kg/day significantly reduced infarct size. Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), immunohistochemistry, and immunoblot analyses showed that intake of LAG blocked the steps involved in apoptotic cascades through downregulation of gelsolin gene expression at the protein (Gelsolin) level, inhibition of p38 phosphorylation in mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways, decreased bax/bcl-2 ratio at the protein (Bax/Bcl-2) level, which was correlated with the ratio at the mRNA level, inhibition of the conversion of Procaspase protein to Caspase-3 protein, and consequently a decrease in apoptotic cells...
July 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593682/interactive-pediatric-emergency-checklists-to-the-palm-of-your-hand-how-the-pedi-crisis-app-traveled-around-the-world
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Jorge A Gálvez, Justin L Lockman, Laura E Schleelein, Allan F Simpao, Luis M Ahumada, Bryan A Wolf, Maully J Shah, Eugenie Heitmiller, Mohamed Rehman
BACKGROUND: Cognitive aids help clinicians manage critical events and have been shown to improve outcomes by providing critical information at the point of care. Critical event guidelines, such as the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia's Critical Events Checklists described in this article, can be distributed globally via interactive smartphone apps. From October 1, 2013 to January 1, 2014, we performed an observational study to determine the global distribution and utilization patterns of the Pedi Crisis cognitive aid app that the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia developed...
June 7, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500731/alternative-plasticizer-4-cyclohexene-1-2-dicarboxylic-acid-dinonyl-ester-for-blood-containers-with-protective-effects-on-red-blood-cells-and-improved-cold-resistance
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Yuki Morishita, Yusuke Nomura, Chie Fukui, Ayano Fujisawa, Kayo Watanabe, Hideo Fujimaki, Hidefumi Kumada, Kaoru Inoue, Tomomi Morikawa, Miwa Takahashi, Tsuyoshi Kawakami, Hideyuki Sakoda, Tomokazu Mukai, Toshiyasu Yuba, Ken-Ichi Inamura, Akito Tanoue, Ken-Ichi Miyazaki, Ung-Il Chung, Kumiko Ogawa, Midori Yoshida, Yuji Haishima
Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), a typical plasticizer used for polyvinyl chloride (PVC), is eluted from PVC-made blood containers and protects against red blood cell (RBC) hemolysis. However, concerns have arisen regarding the reproductive and developmental risks of DEHP in humans, and the use of alternative plasticizers for medical devices has been recommended worldwide. In this study, we propose that the use of a novel plasticizer, 4-cyclohexene-1,2-dicarboxylic acid dinonyl ester (DL9TH), could help produce more useful and safe blood containers...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479735/cucurbitane-type-triterpenoids-from-the-blood-glucose-lowering-extracts-of-coccinia-indica-and-momordica-balsamina-fruits
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Ujjwal Kaushik, Vidhu Aeri, R Mir Showkat, Mohammad Ali
CONTEXT: Few vegetables that are commonly consumed in India as part of diet have been claimed for their antidiabetic potential. OBJECTIVE: The present study was aimed at evaluating preventive effects of cucurbit vegetables namely, Coccinia indica and Momordica balsamina belonging to family Cucurbitaceae in diabetic hyperglycemia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The fruits of M. balsamina and C. indica were extracted with chloroform and fractionated with hexane to prepare an extract rich in moderately polar components...
January 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431510/delayed-response-to-cold-stress-is-characterized-by-successive-metabolic-shifts-culminating-in-apple-fruit-peel-necrosis
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Nigel E Gapper, Maarten L A T M Hertog, Jinwook Lee, David A Buchanan, Rachel S Leisso, Zhangjun Fei, Guiqin Qu, James J Giovannoni, Jason W Johnston, Robert J Schaffer, Bart M Nicolaï, James P Mattheis, Christopher B Watkins, David R Rudell
BACKGROUND: Superficial scald is a physiological disorder of apple fruit characterized by sunken, necrotic lesions appearing after prolonged cold storage, although initial injury occurs much earlier in the storage period. To determine the degree to which the transition to cell death is an active process and specific metabolism involved, untargeted metabolic and transcriptomic profiling was used to follow metabolism of peel tissue over 180 d of cold storage. RESULTS: The metabolome and transcriptome of peel destined to develop scald began to diverge from peel where scald was controlled using antioxidant (diphenylamine; DPA) or rendered insensitive to ethylene using 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) beginning between 30 and 60 days of storage...
April 21, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419685/scaffolds-for-epithelial-tissue-engineering-customized-in-elastomeric-molds
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Mohamed-Nur Abdallah, Sara Abdollahi, Marco Laurenti, Dongdong Fang, Simon D Tran, Marta Cerruti, Faleh Tamimi
Restoration of soft tissue defects remains a challenge for surgical reconstruction. In this study, we introduce a new approach to fabricate poly(d,l-lactic acid) (PDLLA) scaffolds with anatomical shapes customized to regenerate three-dimensional soft tissue defects. Highly concentrated polymer/salt mixtures were molded in flexible polyether molds. Microcomputed tomography showed that with this approach it was possible to produce scaffolds with clinically acceptable volume ratio maintenance (>90%). Moreover, this technique allowed us to customize the average pore size and pore interconnectivity of the scaffolds by using variations of salt particle size...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414437/phenolic-content-and-antioxidant-activity-during-the-development-of-brookfield-and-mishima-apples
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Mayara C Stanger, Cristiano A Steffens, Cristina Soethe, Marcelo A Moreira, Cassandro V T do Amarante
The aim of this study was to characterize the changes in the contents of total (TPC) and individual (IPC) phenolic compounds, the total antioxidant activity (TAA) in the peel and pulp, and total anthocyanins (TAN) in the peel during the development of the fruits of 'Brookfield' and 'Mishima' apple trees. 'Brookfield' apples were harvested from the 49th to the 138th days after full bloom (DAFB) and 'Mishima' apples from the 45th to the 172th DAFB. In the pulp, the IPC, TPC, and TAA rapidly reduced at 75 and 79 DAFB for the 'Brookfield' and 'Mishima' apples, respectively, and then remained constant until commercial maturity...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376257/the-stiffness-of-a-crosslinked-hyaluronan-hydrogel-affects-its-chondro-induction-activity-on-hadscs
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Benjamin Teong, Shun-Cheng Wu, Chien-Mei Chang, Jhen-Wei Chen, Hui-Ting Chen, Chung-Hwan Chen, Je-Ken Chang, Mei-Ling Ho
Matrix stiffness plays an important role in stem cell differentiation. This study reports the synthesis of methacrylated hyaluronan (MeHA) with different degrees of methacrylation, ranging from 15 to 140% per disaccharide unit, which corresponds to a matrix stiffness ranging from 1.5 to 8 KPa. The swelling ratio was inversely proportional to the matrix stiffness, but the water content remained constant at >97% of the hydrogel mass. A fibril-like surface morphology and larger pore size were observed in lyophilized MeHA hydrogel with a lower stiffness...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364359/mhealth-app-for-ios-to-help-in-diagnostic-decision-in-ophthalmology-to-primary-care-physicians
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Marta Manovel López, Miguel Maldonado López, Isabel de la Torre Díez, José Carlos Pastor Jimeno, Miguel López-Coronado
Decision support systems (DSS) are increasingly demanded due that diagnosis is one of the main activities that physicians accomplish every day. This fact seems critical when primary care physicians deal with uncommon problems belonging to specialized areas. The main objective of this paper is the development and user evaluation of a mobile DSS for iOS named OphthalDSS. This app has as purpose helping in anterior segment ocular diseases' diagnosis, besides offering educative content about ophthalmic diseases to users...
May 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359205/quality-stability-and-sensory-attributes-of-apple-juice-processed-by-thermosonication-pulsed-electric-field-and-thermal-processing
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Alifdalino Sulaiman, Mohammed Farid, Filipa Vm Silva
Worldwide, apple juice is the second most popular juice, after orange juice. It is susceptible to enzymatic browning spoilage by polyphenoloxidase, an endogenous enzyme. In this study, Royal Gala apple juice was treated by thermosonication (TS: 1.3 W/mL, 58 ℃, 10 min), pulsed electric field (PEF: 24.8 kV/cm, 60 pulses, 169 µs treatment time, 53.8 ℃) and heat (75 ℃, 20 min) and stored at 3.0 ℃ and 20.0 ℃ for 30 days. A sensory analysis was carried out after processing. The polyphenoloxidase activity, antioxidant activity and total color difference of the apple juice were determined before and after processing and during storage...
April 2017: Food Science and Technology International, Ciencia y Tecnología de Los Alimentos Internacional
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