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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433998/interferon-%C3%AE-1a-modulates-expression-of-rage-but-not-s100a12-and-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients
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Gholamreza Asadikaram, Saam Noroozi, Hossein Ali Ebrahimi Meimand, Mojgan Sanjari, Nahid Zainodini, Hossein Khoramdelazad, Nader Shahrokhi, Mohammad Kazemi Arababadi
OBJECTIVES: Interferon-β 1a (IFN-β 1a) is a common strategy therapy for multiple sclerosis (MS) with unknown mechanisms. S100A12 (S100 calcium-binding protein A12) is a damage-associated molecular pattern molecule which binds to its receptor, RAGE (receptor for advanced glycation end products), and activates nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB). NF-κB is transcribed from proinflammatory molecules, which may participate in the pathogenesis of MS. Therefore, the aims of this study were to compare mRNA levels of S100A12, RAGE, and NF-κB in newly diagnosed MS patients with healthy controls and determine whether IFN-β 1a therapy affects the expression of the molecules...
April 22, 2017: Neuroimmunomodulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433930/environmental-electrokinetics-for-a-sustainable-subsurface
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REVIEW
A T Lima, A Hofmann, D Reynolds, C J Ptacek, P Van Cappellen, L M Ottosen, S Pamukcu, A Alshawabekh, D M O'Carroll, C Riis, E Cox, D B Gent, R Landis, J Wang, A I A Chowdhury, E L Secord, A Sanchez-Hachair
Soil and groundwater are key components in the sustainable management of the subsurface environment. Source contamination is one of its main threats and is commonly addressed using established remediation techniques such as in-situ chemical oxidation (ISCO), in-situ chemical reduction (ISCR; most notably using zero-valent iron [ZVI]), enhanced in-situ bioremediation (EISB), phytoremediation, soil-washing, pump-and-treat, soil vapour extraction (SVE), thermal treatment, and excavation and disposal. Decades of field applications have shown that these techniques can successfully treat or control contaminants in higher permeability subsurface materials such as sands, but achieve only limited success at sites where low permeability soils, such as silts and clays, prevail...
April 11, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433858/reduced-graphene-oxide-chitosan-aptamer-interface-as-new-platform-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-2
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Arezoo Tabasi, Abdollah Noorbakhsh, Ensiyeh Sharifi
The present work describes an ultrasensitive electrochemical aptamer-based assay for detection of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 protein (HER2) cancer biomarker as a model analyte. Results show that the reduced graphene oxide-chitosan (rGO-Chit) film as a suitable electrode material possesses great favorable properties including high homogeneity, good stability, large surface area and high fraction of amine groups as aptamer binding sites. Various steps of aptasensor fabrication were characterized using microscopic, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDAX), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and electrochemical techniques...
April 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433843/use-of-pneumoperitoneal-puncture-for-peritoneal-catheter-placement-in-lumboperitoneal-shunt-surgery-technical-note
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Junhua He, Xin Jin, Jun Kong, Yihai Lin, Zhangyi Wu, Xinwen Zhang
BACKGROUND: In hydrocephalus shunt surgery, a peritoneal catheter is traditionally inserted with laparotomy incision. The abdominal incision length will not be shorter than 3 cm in most cases. A longer incision has to be made in obese patients. The lateral position in lumboperitoneal shunt (LPS) surgery also increases the difficulty of laparotomy. The present report introduces a simple technique of pneumoperitoneal puncture for peritoneal catheter placement in LPS. METHODS: Twenty-eight communicating hydrocephalus cases underwent pneumoperitoneal puncture in an LPS operation...
April 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433757/surgical-volunteerism-or-voluntourism-are-we-doing-more-harm-than-good
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EDITORIAL
Faheem Ahmed, Madeline Grade, Carl Malm, Sophia Michelen, Na'eem Ahmed
The significant rise in the number of international health electives undertaken by medical students and doctors in the US, Canada and UK reflects acknowledgement of the inter-connected nature of these challenges to health systems and the drive to help solve them. However, the next generation of international volunteers often operate under a conflicting duality: whilst many of their role models have devoted their lives to global health following a similar volunteering experience, there are pervasive ethical problems associated with short-term global health work that must be identified and addressed to ensure positive outcomes for all parties involved...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433588/how-environmental-noise-can-contract-and-destroy-a-persistence-zone-in-population-models-with-allee-effect
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Irina Bashkirtseva, Lev Ryashko
A problem of the analysis of the noise-induced extinction in population models with Allee effect is considered. To clarify mechanisms of the extinction, we suggest a new technique combining an analysis of the geometry of attractors and their stochastic sensitivity. For the conceptual one-dimensional discrete Ricker-type model, on the base of the bifurcation analysis, deterministic persistence zones are constructed in the space of initial states and biological parameters. It is shown that the random environmental noise can contract, and even destroy these persistence zones...
April 19, 2017: Theoretical Population Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433454/a-randomized-comparison-of-three-chest-compression-techniques-and-associated-hemodynamic-effect-during-infant-cpr-a-randomized-manikin-study
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Jacek Smereka, Lukasz Szarpak, Antonio Rodríguez-Núñez, Jerzy R Ladny, Steve Leung, Kurt Ruetzler
INTRODUCTION: Pediatric cardiac arrest is an uncommon but critical life-threatening event requiring effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation. High-quality cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is essential, but is poorly performed, even by highly skilled healthcare providers. The recently described two-thumb chest compression technique (nTTT) consists of the two thumbs directed at the angle of 90° to the chest while having the fingers fist-clenched. This technique might facilitate adequate chest-compression depth, chest-compression rate and rate of full chest-pressure relief...
April 14, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433171/gellan-gum-based-physical-hydrogels-incorporating-highly-valuable-endogen-molecules-and-associating-bmp-2-as-bone-formation-platforms
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Rita López-Cebral, Ana Civantos, Viviana Ramos, Begoña Seijo, José Luis López-Lacomba, José Vicente Sanz-Casado, Alejandro Sanchez
Physical hydrogels have been designed for a double purpose: as growth factor delivery systems and as scaffolds to support cell colonization and formation of new bone. Specifically, the polysaccharide gellan gum and the ubiquitous endogenous molecules chondroitin, albumin and spermidine have been used as exclusive components of these hydrogels. The mild ionotropic gelation technique was used to preserve the bioactivity of the selected growth factor, rhBMP-2. In vitro tests demonstrated the effective delivery of rhBMP-2 in its bioactive form...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433052/metabolomics-strategies-to-define-the-role-of-metabolism-in-virus-infection-and-pathogenesis
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Marianne Manchester, Anisha Anand
Metabolomics is an analytical profiling technique for measuring and comparing large numbers of metabolites present in biological samples. Combining high-throughput analytical chemistry and multivariate data analysis, metabolomics offers a window on metabolic mechanisms. Because they intimately utilize and often rewire host metabolism, viruses are an excellent choice to study by metabolomics techniques. Studies of the effects of viruses on metabolism during replication in vitro and infection in animal models or human subjects have provided novel insights into these networks and provided new targets for therapy and biomarker development...
2017: Advances in Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433023/rotational-resonance-for-a-heteronuclear-spin-pair-under-magic-angle-spinning-in-solid-state-nmr
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Takayuki Kamihara, K Takegoshi
Rotational resonance (R2) is one of the widely applied techniques in solid-state NMR for recoupling a homonuclear dipolar interaction under magic-angle spinning (MAS). R2 occurs as the result of interference between the difference of the chemical shifts and MAS. In this work, we extend R2 to a heteronuclear dipolar interaction in the interaction frame of RF irradiation. Based on the average Hamiltonian theory, we show that the recoupling of the heteronuclear dipolar (I-S) interaction occurs at the recoupling conditions written as ΩI(')±ΩS(')=kωr (k=0,±1,±2), where ΩX(') is the RF offset for spin-X (X = I or S) scaled by RF irradiation...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433021/to-kink-or-not-a-search-for-long-chain-cumulenones-using-microwave-spectral-taxonomy
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Michael C McCarthy, Luyao Zou, Marie-Aline Martin-Drumel
A systematic search for carbon-chain cumulenones beyond H2C4O has been undertaken using microwave spectral taxonomy in combination with a pulsed jet discharge source. No evidence was found for the C2υ isomer of H2C5O or its longer derivatives, but HC(O)C4H, the longer variant of propynal, HC(O)CCH, was identified instead. Its rotational and leading centrifugal distortion constants have been derived to high accuracy from detection of both a- and b-type lines; those below 40 GHz were measured using a Fabry-Perot cavity, while lines between 40 and 72 GHz were recorded by double resonance techniques...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432875/one-step-surgical-correction-of-transverse-and-anteroposterior-maxillary-deficiencies-using-wire-fixation-a-new-approach-and-long-term-stability
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Max Domingues Pereira, Vivian Farfel, Gabriela Pereira Ribeiro Prado, Lydia Masako Ferreira
PURPOSE: To describe a retrospective assessment of the long-term stability of a new approach using wire fixation for 1-step surgical correction of transverse and anteroposterior maxillary deficiencies. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The authors implemented a case series of 5 adult patients (3 men and 2 women; mean age, 31.4 yr) needing maxillary advancement less than 5 mm and had transverse maxillary deficiency greater than 7 mm who underwent total Le Fort I and median palatal suture osteotomies and had their maxilla advanced and stabilized bilaterally with stainless steel wire...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432831/oncopeltus-fasciatus-as-an-evo-devo-research-organism
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REVIEW
Ariel D Chipman
The large milkweed bug Oncopeltus fasciatus was one of the main study insects for a range of biological questions throughout much of the 20(th) century. Its importance waned with the introduction of Drosophila melanogaster as a genetic model organism. The evo-devo revolution of the turn of the century re-introduced Oncopeltus into the scientific community, and it has proved increasingly useful, mostly within a comparative context for evolution driven research. The last few years have seen a number of significant contributions to our understanding of the evolution of developmental processes in insects, and in arthropods in general, arise from work on Oncopeltus...
April 22, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432657/in-vitro-assay-for-measuring-real-time-topotecan-release-from-liposomes-release-kinetics-and-cellular-internalization
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Roger Gilabert-Oriol, Lina Chernov, Malathi Anantha, Wieslawa H Dragowska, Marcel B Bally
Topotecan is a drug that is under investigation for the treatment of neuroblastoma and has been encapsulated into liposomes to improve its therapeutic efficacy. However, liposomal formulations still need to be optimized for drug retention and new techniques to measure drug release are required to better understand this process. Here, a novel in vitro method based on fluorescence de-quenching and an automated microscopy imaging platform were developed for monitoring, in real time, the release of topotecan from a liposomal formulation...
April 21, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432633/synthesis-spectral-properties-and-dft-calculations-of-new-ruthenium-ii-polypyridyl-complexes-dna-binding-affinity-and-in-vitro-cytotoxicity-activity
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Rajender Reddy Mallepally, Nagamani Chintakuntla, Venkat Reddy Putta, Nagasuryaprasad K, Ravi Kumar Vuradi, Madhuri P, Satyanarayana Singh S, Ramesh Kumar Chitumalla, Joonkyung Jang, Nagababu Penumaka, Satyanarayana Sirasani
In this paper a novel ligand debip (2-(4-N,N-diethylbenzenamine)1H-imidazo[4,5-f] [1, 10]phenanthroline) and its Ru(II) polypyridyl complexes [Ru(L)2(debip)](2+), (L = phen (1), bpy (2) and dmb (3)) have been synthesized and characterized by spectroscopic techniques. The DNA binding studies for all these complexes were examined by absorption, emission, quenching studies, viscosity measurements and cyclic voltammetry. The light switching properties of complexes 1-3 have been evaluated. Molecular docking, Density Functional Theory (DFT) and time dependent DFT calculations were performed...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432606/neuromuscular-electrostimulation-a-new-therapeutic-option-to-improve-radio-cephalic-arteriovenous-fistula-maturation-in-end-stage-chronic-kidney-disease-patients
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Lucia Martinez, Vicent Esteve, Montserrat Yeste, Vicent Artigas, Secundino Llagostera
BACKGROUND: Radio-cephalic arteriovenous fistula (RCAVF) is the gold standard vascular access for end-stage chronic kidney disease patients. Exercises after arteriovenous fistula (AVF) creation improve maturation. No articles are published regarding neuromuscular electrostimulation (NMES) in AVF maturation. OBJECTIVES: To assess the usefulness of a NMES programme on RCAVF maturation process. METHODS: An 8-week single-centre prospective study...
April 21, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432447/twofold-minimum-variance-beamforming-for-enhanced-ultrasound-imaging
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Sayed Mahmoud Sakhaei, Seyede Elham Shamsian
PURPOSE: To calculate the optimal weights of a minimum variance (MV) beamformer, the covariance matrix of the received data should be estimated. In ultrasound imaging, it is done through spatial smoothing. However, this technique reduces the effective aperture and consequently limits the attainable resolution. To mitigate this effect, we propose a new configuration for applying an adaptive beamforming method. METHODS: The method is based on applying MV in a twofold configuration such that the outputs of the subarrays are combined through an adaptive MV-like beamformer, instead of simply summing them...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432063/a-realist-review-to-explore-how-low-income-pregnant-women-use-food-vouchers-from-the-uk-s-healthy-start-programme
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Heather Ohly, Nicola Crossland, Fiona Dykes, Nicola Lowe, Victoria Hall-Moran
OBJECTIVES: To explore how low-income pregnant women use Healthy Start food vouchers, the potential impacts of the programme, and which women might experience these impacts and why. DESIGN: A realist review. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR SELECTING STUDIES: Primary or empirical studies (of any design) were included if they contributed relevant evidence or insights about how low-income women use food vouchers from the Healthy Start (UK) or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programmes...
April 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431730/a-new-device-of-needlescopic-thoracic-sympathectomy-through-a-skin-incision
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Hidehiro Yamamoto, Masayoshi Okada
We describe a new technique of performing sympathectomy with a new device. A single skin incision 3 mm long was made in the armpit. The device enables complete resection of the sympathetic segment through a single skin incision, whereas sympathectomy is limited by the use of the conventional needle technique. Even if sympathetic nerves and blood vessels were overlapping, separation of the two organs was performed safely. This device increases the possibility of planning surgical procedures for patients with difficult anatomies...
May 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431570/a-relative-quantitative-methylation-sensitive-amplified-polymorphism-msap-method-for-the-analysis-of-abiotic-stress
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Piotr T Bednarek, Renata Orłowska, Agnieszka Niedziela
BACKGROUND: We present a new methylation-sensitive amplified polymorphism (MSAP) approach for the evaluation of relative quantitative characteristics such as demethylation, de novo methylation, and preservation of methylation status of CCGG sequences, which are recognized by the isoschizomers HpaII and MspI. We applied the technique to analyze aluminum (Al)-tolerant and non-tolerant control and Al-stressed inbred triticale lines. The approach is based on detailed analysis of events affecting HpaII and MspI restriction sites in control and stressed samples, and takes advantage of molecular marker profiles generated by EcoRI/HpaII and EcoRI/MspI MSAP platforms...
April 21, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
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