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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212344/green-microwave-assisted-combustion-synthesis-of-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-with-citrullus-colocynthis-l-schrad-characterization-and-biomedical-applications
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Susan Azizi, Rosfarizan Mohamad, Mahnaz Mahdavi Shahri
In this paper, a green microwave-assisted combustion approach to synthesize ZnO-NPs using zinc nitrate and Citrullus colocynthis (L.) Schrad (fruit, seed and pulp) extracts as bio-fuels is reported. The structure, optical, and colloidal properties of the synthesized ZnO-NP samples were studied. Results illustrate that the morphology and particle size of the ZnO samples are different and depend on the bio-fuel. The XRD results revealed that hexagonal wurtzite ZnO-NPs with mean particle size of 27-85 nm were produced by different bio-fuels...
February 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209661/non-topical-management-of-recalcitrant-paediatric-atopic-dermatitis
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Jin Ho Chong, Mark Jean Aan Koh
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common chronic, pruritic skin disease in children. As the incidence of AD increases, especially in high-income countries, paediatricians may see an increasing number of recalcitrant AD cases in their practice. Although these cases are principally managed by paediatric dermatologists, it is important for paediatricians to be aware of the use and side effects of non-topical treatment like phototherapy and systemic agents as well as the evidence for alternative treatment, which caregivers may ask about...
February 16, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187403/green-synthesis-of-silver-nanoparticle-for-the-selective-and-sensitive-colorimetric-detection-of-mercury-ii-ion
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Vijay Kumar, Devendra K Singh, Sweta Mohan, Daraksha Bano, Ravi Kumar Gundampati, Syed Hadi Hasan
An ecofriendly and zero cost approach has been developed for the photoinduced synthesis of more stable AgNPs using an aqueous extract of Murraya koenigii (AEM) as a reducing and stabilizing agent. The exposed reaction mixture of AEM and AgNO3 to sunlight turned dark brown which primarily confirmed the biosynthesis of AgNPs. The biosynthesis was monitored by UV-vis spectroscopy which exhibited a sharp SPR band at 430nm after 30min of sunlight exposure. The optimum conditions for biosynthesis of AgNPs were 30min of sunlight exposure, 2...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178814/formation-of-atomically-ordered-and-chemically-selective-si-o-ti-monolayer-on-si0-5ge0-5-110-for-a-mis-structure-via-h2o2-g-functionalization
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Sang Wook Park, Jong Youn Choi, Shariq Siddiqui, Bhagawan Sahu, Rohit Galatage, Naomi Yoshida, Jessica Kachian, Andrew C Kummel
Si0.5Ge0.5(110) surfaces were passivated and functionalized using atomic H, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), and either tetrakis(dimethylamino)titanium (TDMAT) or titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) and studied in situ with multiple spectroscopic techniques. To passivate the dangling bonds, atomic H and H2O2(g) were utilized and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) demonstrated unpinning of the surface Fermi level. The H2O2(g) could also be used to functionalize the surface for metal atomic layer deposition. After subsequent TDMAT or TiCl4 dosing followed by a post-deposition annealing, scanning tunneling microscopy demonstrated that a thermally stable and well-ordered monolayer of TiOx was deposited on Si0...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174044/propylparaben-applied-after-pilocarpine-induced-status-epilepticus-modifies-hippocampal-excitability-and-glutamate-release-in-rats
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César Emmanuel Santana-Gómez, Sandra Adela Orozco-Suárez, Alan Talevi, Luis Bruno-Blanch, Víctor Manuel Magdaleno-Madrigal, Rodrigo Fernández-Mas, Luisa Rocha
Propylparaben (PPB) induces cardioprotection after ischemia-reperfusion injury by inhibiting voltage-dependent Na(+) channels. The present study focuses on investigating whether the i.p. application of 178mg/kg PPB after pilocarpine-induced status epilepticus (SE) reduces the acute and long-term consequences of seizure activity. Initially, we investigated the effects of a single administration of PPB after SE. Our results revealed that compared to rats receiving diazepam (DZP) plus vehicle after 2h of SE, animals receiving a single dose of PPB 1h after DZP injection presented 126% (p<0...
February 4, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168735/does-imiquimod-pretreatment-optimize-308-nm-excimer-laser-uvb-therapy-in-psoriasis-patients
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Joselin D Tacastacas, Patricia Oyetakin-White, David C Soler, Andrew Young, Sarah Groft, Kord Honda, Kevin D Cooper, Thomas S McCormick
Psoriasis continues to be a debilitating skin disease affecting 1-3% of the United States population. Although the effectiveness of several current biologic therapies have described this pathology as a IL-23, TNF-α and Th17-mediated disease, less invasive approaches are still in use and in need of refinement. One of these is the usage of narrow band-UVB (NB-UVB) therapy to deplete specifically intra-epidermal CD3(+) , CD4(+) and CD8(+) cells to clear psoriatic plaques. In order to improve NB-UVB therapy, we sought to determine whether skin pre-treatment with the TLR7 agonist imiquimod (IMQ) would help increase the efficiency of the former at resolving psoriatic plaques...
February 7, 2017: Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141689/radiographic-assessment-of-guided-growth-the-correlation-between-screw-divergence-and-change-in-anatomic-alignment
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Kyle R Sweeney, Weilong J Shi, Michael B Gottschalk, Jason E Kappa, Robert W Bruce, Nicholas D Fletcher
BACKGROUND: Assessment of changes in anatomic alignment following guided growth traditionally utilizes full-length standing radiographs which subjects patients to larger radiation doses than does a single anteroposterior radiograph of the knee. In an effort to minimize radiation exposure, the present study sought to determine whether changes in screw divergence (SD) of the 2-hole tension band plate used for hemiepiphysiodesis reliably predicts change in alignment. METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted involving all patients with genu varum or genu valgum treated with hemiepiphysiodesis at a single institution...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133388/high-energy-electron-irradiation-of-interstellar-carbonaceous-dust-analogs-cosmic-ray-effects-on-the-carriers-of-the-3-4-%C3%A2%C2%B5m-absorption-band
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Belén Maté, Germán Molpeceres, Miguel Jiménez-Redondo, Isabel Tanarro, Víctor J Herrero
The effects of cosmic rays on the carriers of the interstellar 3.4 μm absorption band have been investigated in the laboratory. This band is attributed to stretching vibrations of CH3 and CH2 in carbonaceous dust. It is widely observed in the diffuse interstellar medium (ISM), but disappears in dense clouds. Destruction of CH3 and CH2 by cosmic rays could become relevant in dense clouds, shielded from the external ultraviolet field. For the simulations, samples of hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) have been irradiated with 5 keV electrons...
November 1, 2016: Astrophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128855/simultaneous-confidence-bands-for-log-logistic-regression-with-applications-in-risk-assessment
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Lucy X Kerns
In risk assessment, it is often desired to make inferences on the low dose levels at which a specific benchmark risk is attained. Applications of simultaneous hyperbolic confidence bands for low-dose risk estimation with quantal data under different dose-response models (multistage, Abbott-adjusted Weibull, and Abbott-adjusted log-logistic models) have appeared in the literature. The use of simultaneous three-segment bands under the multistage model has also been proposed recently. In this article, we present explicit formulas for constructing asymptotic one-sided simultaneous hyperbolic and three-segment bands for the simple log-logistic regression model...
January 27, 2017: Biometrical Journal. Biometrische Zeitschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128335/repeated-nicotine-strengthens-gamma-oscillations-in-the-prefrontal-cortex-and-improves-visual-attention
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Lezio S Bueno-Junior, Nicholas W Simon, Meredyth A Wegener, Bita Moghaddam
Nicotine has strong addictive as well as procognitive properties. While a large body of research on nicotine continues to inform us about mechanisms related to its reinforcing effects, less is known about clinically relevant mechanisms that subserve its cognitive enhancing properties. Understanding the latter is critical for developing optimal strategies for treating cognitive deficits. The primary brain region implicated in cognitive functions improved by nicotine is the prefrontal cortex (PFC). Here we assessed the impact of nicotine on unit activity and local field potential (LFP) oscillations in the PFC of behaving rats...
January 27, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119996/pre-elafin-is-involved-in-ultraviolet-induced-keratinocyte-apoptosis-via-pro-caspase-3-activation-associated-with-cystatin-a-down-regulation
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Hyangmi Kim, Minsoo Noh, Ok-Nam Bae, Chang-Hoon Lee, Ai-Young Lee
Pre-elafin controls keratinocyte integrity via cornified envelope formation and inhibition of desquamation, but its role in ultraviolet (UV)-induced keratinocyte apoptosis is unknown. This study examined the role of pre-elafin in volunteer skin samples and primary cultured normal human keratinocytes irradiated with phototoxic doses of UVA/narrow-band UVB, and in keratinocytes with pre-elafin overexpression/knockdown, under conditions of low and high calcium. Phototoxic doses of UV increased pre-elafin mRNA and protein expression in inverse proportion to keratinocyte survival...
January 25, 2017: Acta Dermato-venereologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119136/gabaergic-effect-on-resting-state-functional-connectivity-dynamics-under-pharmacological-antagonism
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Fatima A Nasrallah, Kavita Kaur D/O Ranjit Singh, Ling Yun Yeow, Kai-Hsiang Chuang
Resting state functional connectivity MRI measures synchronous activity among brain regions although the mechanisms governing the temporally coherent BOLD signals remain unclear. Recent studies suggest that γ-amino butyric acid (GABA) levels are correlated with functional connectivity. To understand whether changes in GABA transmission alter functional connectivity, we modulated the GABAergic activity by a GABAA receptor antagonist, bicuculline. Resting and evoked electrophysiology and BOLD signals were measured in isoflurane-anesthetized rats under infusion of low-dose bicuculline or vehicle individually...
January 21, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112361/modulation-of-mmp-2-and-mmp-9-secretion-by-cytokines-inducers-and-inhibitors-in-human-glioblastoma-t-98g-cells
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M Waheed Roomi, Tatiana Kalinovsky, Matthias Rath, Aleksandra Niedzwiecki
Brain tumors are highly aggressive, characterized by the secretion of high levels of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 and MMP-9 that degrade the extracellular matrix and basement membrane, allowing cancer cells to spread to distal organs. Various cytokines, mitogens, growth factors, inducers and inhibitors control MMP activity. We investigated the roles of these in the regulation of MMP-2 and MMP-9 in human glioblastoma T-98G cells. Human T-98G cells were grown in DME supplemented with 15% fetal bovine serum and antibiotics in 24-well tissue culture plates...
January 19, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079801/acute-necrotizing-retinal-vasculitis-as-onset-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-case-report
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Simeon Monov, Ruska Hristova, Rositza Dacheva, Reni Toncheva, Russka Shumnalieva, Viara Shoumnalieva-Ivanova, Daniela Monova
RATIONALE: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex autoimmune disease characterized by autoantibody production, complement activation, and deposition of immune complexes in tissues and organs. SLE can involve any region of the visual system. Although ocular manifestations are not part of the classification criteria for SLE, they can be observed in up to one-third of the patients with SLE. They are rarely reported at the time of disease onset. Retinal vasculitis is usually associated with active generalized disease...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074369/mitigating-cadmium-accumulation-in-greenhouse-lettuce-production-using-biochar
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Ruilun Zheng, Guoxin Sun, Cui Li, Brian J Reid, Zubin Xie, Bo Zhang, Qinghai Wang
Greenhouse experiments were conducted to investigate the influence of rice straw biochar (RSB) on soil cadmium (Cd) availability and accumulation in lettuce. The RSB was applied either in bands or broadcast in the test site of four greenhouses with soil Cd concentrations ranging from 1.70-3.14 μg g(-1). Biochar doses applied in bands were half of those broadcast. The Cd levels in the shoots of lettuce were observed to be reduced by up to 57% with increasing RSB application rate (0, 6, 12, 18 t ha(-1))...
January 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048811/su-g-tep4-15-the-roucoulette-a-set-of-quality-control-tests-for-dynamic-trajectory-4pi-treatment-delivery-techniques
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T Teke
PURPOSE: To present and validate a set of quality control tests for trajectory treatment delivery using synchronized dynamic couch (translation and rotation), MLC and collimator motion. METHODS: The quality control tests are based on the Picket fence test, which consist of 5 narrow band 2mm width spaced at 2.5cm intervals, and adds progressively synchronized dynamic motions. The tests were exposed on GafChromic EBT3 films. The first test is a regular (no motion and MLC static while beam is on) Picket Fence test used as baseline...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048463/th-c-brc-02-a-review-of-emerging-technologies-in-robotic-srs-sbrt-delivery
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L Wang
: The delivery techniques for SRS/SBRT have been under rapid developments in recent years, which pose new challenges to medical physicists ranging from planning and quality assurance to imaging and motion management. This educational course will provide a general overview of the latest delivery techniques in SRS/SBRT, and discuss the clinical processes to address the challenges of each technique with special emphasis on dedicated gamma-ray based device, robotic x-band linac-based system and conventional C-arm s-band linac-based SRS systems...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047808/th-c-brc-03-emerging-linac-based-srs-sbrt-technologies-with-modulated-arc-delivery
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L Ren
: The delivery techniques for SRS/SBRT have been under rapid developments in recent years, which pose new challenges to medical physicists ranging from planning and quality assurance to imaging and motion management. This educational course will provide a general overview of the latest delivery techniques in SRS/SBRT, and discuss the clinical processes to address the challenges of each technique with special emphasis on dedicated gamma-ray based device, robotic x-band linac-based system and conventional C-arm s-band linac-based SRS systems...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047577/th-cd-201-08-flexible-dosimeter-bands-for-whole-body-dosimetry
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T Kim, B Fahimian, G Pratx
PURPOSE: The two commonly used radiotherapy techniques are total body irradiation (TBI) and the total skin irradiation (TSI). In order to ensure the accuracy of the prescription beams, the dose received throughout the entire body must be checked using dosimetry. However, the available number of data points is limited as the dosimeters are manually placed on the patient. We developed a flexible and wearable dosimeter that can collect 1D continuous dose information around the peripheral of the patients' body, including areas obscured from the beam path...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047389/mo-fg-campus-tep3-04-deliverable-robust-optimization-in-impt-using-quadratic-objective-function
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J Shan, W Liu, M Bues, S Schild
PURPOSE: To find and evaluate the way of applying deliverable MU constraints into robust spot intensity optimization in Intensity-Modulated- Proton-Therapy (IMPT) to prevent plan quality and robustness from degrading due to machine deliverable MU-constraints. METHODS: Currently, the influence of the deliverable MU-constraints is retrospectively evaluated by post-processing immediately following optimization. In this study, we propose a new method based on the quasi-Newton-like L-BFGS-B algorithm with which we turn deliverable MU-constraints on and off alternatively during optimization...
June 2016: Medical Physics
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