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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823115/identification-of-distinctive-clinical-significance-in-hospitalized-patients-with-endoscopic-duodenal-mucosal-lesions
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Yeji Han, Hye-Kyung Jung, Ji Young Chang, Chang Mo Moon, Seong-Eun Kim, Ki-Nam Shim, Sung-Ae Jung, Joo-Young Kim, Ji-Yun Bae, Sae-In Kim, Ji-Hyun Lee, Sanghui Park
Background/Aims: Duodenitis is not infrequent finding in patient undergoing endoscopy. However, hospitalized patients have a higher incidence of secondary duodenal mucosal lesions that might be related with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, tuberculosis, immunologic disorders, or other rare infections. We aimed to identify clinicopathologic features of duodenal mucosal lesions in hospitalized patients. Methods: All hospitalized patients having duodenal mucosal lesions were identified by endoscopic registration data and pathologic data query from 2011 to 2014...
August 21, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823113/dual-mode-endomicroscopy-for-detection-of-epithelial-dysplasia-in-the-mouth-a-descriptive-pilot-study
#2
Nico Bodenschatz, Catherine F Poh, Sylvia Lam, Pierre Lane, Martial Guillaud, Calum E MacAulay
Dual-mode endomicroscopy is a diagnostic tool for early cancer detection. It combines the high-resolution nuclear tissue contrast of fluorescence endomicroscopy with quantified depth-dependent epithelial backscattering as obtained by diffuse optical microscopy. In an in vivo pilot imaging study of 27 oral lesions from 21 patients, we demonstrate the complementary diagnostic value of both modalities and show correlations between grade of epithelial dysplasia and relative depth-dependent shifts in light backscattering...
August 2017: Journal of Biomedical Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823098/modified-rapid-immunohistochemical-staining-for-intraoperative-diagnosis-of-malignant-brain-tumors
#3
Akane Suzuki, Takashi Maruyama, Masayuki Nitta, Takashi Komori, Soko Ikuta, Takakazu Kawamata, Yoshihiro Muragaki
Rapid immunohistochemistry (R-IHC) has been developing mainly as a support technique in the rapid diagnosis of central nervous system tumors; however, there have been problems regarding instability in specimen preparation and immunostaining. To overcome the weakness of this technology, the instability of immunostaining, we developed a modified R-IHC. This was achieved by switching to 4% paraformaldehyde as the fixative solution and utilizing a commercially available Polymer Refine Detection Kit, as a high-sensitivity kit, in place of the secondary antibodies...
August 19, 2017: Brain Tumor Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823079/mechanobiological-model-of-arterial-growth-and-remodeling
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Maziyar Keshavarzian, Clark A Meyer, Heather N Hayenga
A coupled agent-based model (ABM) and finite element analysis (FEA) computational framework is developed to study the interplay of bio-chemo-mechanical factors in blood vessels and their role in maintaining homeostasis. The agent-based model implements the power of REPAST Simphony libraries and adapts its environment for biological simulations. Coupling a continuum-level model (FEA) to a cellular-level model (ABM) has enabled this computational framework to capture the response of blood vessels to increased or decreased levels of growth factors, proteases and other signaling molecules (on the micro scale) as well as altered blood pressure...
August 19, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823052/sensitivity-analysis-of-ventricular-activation-and-electrocardiogram-in-tailored-models-of-heart-failure-patients
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C Sánchez, G D'Ambrosio, F Maffessanti, E G Caiani, F W Prinzen, R Krause, A Auricchio, M Potse
Cardiac resynchronization therapy is not effective in a variable proportion of heart failure patients. An accurate knowledge of each patient's electroanatomical features could be helpful to determine the most appropriate treatment. The goal of this study was to analyze and quantify the sensitivity of left ventricular (LV) activation and the electrocardiogram (ECG) to changes in 39 parameters used to tune realistic anatomical-electrophysiological models of the heart. Electrical activity in the ventricles was simulated using a reaction-diffusion equation...
August 19, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823019/sensitive-and-selective-turn-on-chemodosimetric-probes-for-fe-3-based-on-a-skeleton-of-2-hydroxy-1-naphthaldehyde
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Ghulam Shabir, Aamer Saeed, Pervaiz Ali Channar, Fayaz Ali Larik, Tanzeela AbdulFatah
A naked-eye colored chemodosimeteric probes 4a-f, based on Schiff-azo dye conjugates were synthesized and characterized. All compounds 4a-f exhibited excellent selectivity and high sensitivity in absorbance toward detection of Fe(3+) in alcoholic solutions under neutral pH conditions. The detection limit of the probe was shown to be up to 0.05 ppm. A simple paper test strip system for the rapid monitoring of Fe(3+) was developed, indicating their convenient use in environmental samples. Electrochemical analysis of metal free conjugates and iron chelated probes confirmed the chelation of ligands...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823014/assessment-of-the-quality-of-the-harran-plain-soils-under-long-term-cultivation
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Ali Volkan Bilgili, Çiğdem Küçük, Harold M Van Es
Soil quality refers to the ability of soils to perform their functions well. The soils of the Harran Plain, Turkey, have been put into intensive crop production with the introduction of an irrigation scheme and become increasingly degraded due to unsustainable management and cropping systems that resulted in the loss of production potential. The goal of this study was to quantify the quality of common soil series in the Plain using soil quality indexes (SQI) and to compare SQIs of two long-term crop rotations, cotton and wheat-corn cultivation, and different soil types...
August 19, 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823012/ratio-of-circulating-estrogen-receptors-beta-and-alpha-er%C3%AE-er%C3%AE-indicates-endoscopic-activity-in-patients-with-crohn-s-disease
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Pablo M Linares, Alicia Algaba, Ana Urzainqui, Mercedes Guijarro-Rojas, Rafael González-Tajuelo, Jesús Garrido, María Chaparro, Javier P Gisbert, Fernando Bermejo, Iván Guerra, Víctor Castellano, María-Encarnación Fernández-Contreras
BACKGROUND: Data supporting a role of female hormones and/or their receptors in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are increasing, but most of them are derived from animal models. Estrogen receptors alpha (ERα) and beta (ERβ) participate in immune and inflammatory response, among a variety of biological processes. Their effects are antagonistic, and the net action of estrogens may depend on their relative proportions. AIM: To determine the possible association between the balance of circulating ERβ and ERα (ERβ/ERα) and IBD risk and activity...
August 19, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822988/the-components-of-shear-stress-affecting-insect-cells-used-with-the-baculovirus-expression-vector-system
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Tobias Weidner, Damir Druzinec, Martina Mühlmann, Rainer Buchholz, Peter Czermak
Insect-based expression platforms such as the baculovirus expression vector system (BEVS) are widely used for the laboratory- and industrial-scale production of recombinant proteins. Thereby, major drawbacks to gain high-quality proteins are the lytic infection cycle and the shear sensitivity of infected insect cells due to turbulence and aeration. Smaller bubbles were formerly assumed to be more harmful than larger ones, but we found that cell damage is also dependent on the concentration of protective agents such as Pluronic®...
August 21, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822982/evaluation-of-aortic-regurgitation-with-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-a-systematic-review
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James C Lee, Kelley R Branch, Christian Hamilton-Craig, Eric V Krieger
This review summaries the utility, application and data supporting use of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) to evaluate and quantitate aortic regurgitation. We systematically searched Medline and PubMed for original research articles published since 2000 that provided data on the quantitation of aortic regurgitation by CMR and identified 11 articles for review. Direct aortic measurements using phase contrast allow quantitation of volumetric flow across the aortic valve and are highly reproducible and accurate compared with echocardiography...
August 19, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822980/principal-component-analysis-of-socioeconomic-factors-and-their-association-with-malaria-and-arbovirus-risk-in-tanzania-a-sensitivity-analysis
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Esha Homenauth, Debora Kajeguka, Manisha A Kulkarni
Principal component analysis (PCA) is frequently adopted for creating socioeconomic proxies in order to investigate the independent effects of wealth on disease status. The guidelines and methods for the creation of these proxies are well described and validated. The Demographic and Health Survey, World Health Survey and the Living Standards Measurement Survey are examples of large data sets that use PCA to create wealth indices particularly in low and middle-income countries (LMIC), where quantifying wealth-disease associations is problematic due to the unavailability of reliable income and expenditure data...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822945/development-of-an-accurate-and-sensitive-method-for-lactate-analysis-in-exhaled-breath-condensate-by-lc-ms-ms
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Thomas C Jackson, Yan Victoria Zhang, Patricia J Sime, Richard P Phipps, R Matthew Kottmann
Exhaled breath condensate (EBC) is easily obtained for clinical diagnosis and prognosis for pulmonary diseases and has gained much interest in biomarker discovery research and studies. Lactate, a physiological material, is found in EBC and has been demonstrated to be a potential indicator of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other lung diseases. Several assays are available to detect lactate in human body fluids, and yet none is suitable for detecting lactate in EBC. Due to the very low concentration of lactate in EBC and low volume of EBC, it is very important to develop an assay to measure lactate with high sensitivity, accuracy and easy sample processing...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822929/enhanced-roadside-drainage-system-for-environmentally-sensitive-areas
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William R Trenouth, Bahram Gharabaghi, Hani Farghaly
Stormwater runoff from roadways that encroach upon environmentally sensitive areas (ESAs) is one of the leading causes of degradation in urbanizing watersheds around the world. This is due to toxicity of the pollutant cocktail commonly found in roadway runoff, including heavy metals and sediments, as well as road salts from winter maintenance operations. This paper presents a novel design of an enhanced roadside drainage system (ERDS); an improved roadside drainage system that is intended to protect groundwater recharge zones and sensitive aquatic species in ESAs...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822927/comparative-ozone-responses-of-cutleaf-coneflowers-rudbeckia-laciniata-var-digitata-var-ampla-from-rocky-mountain-and-great-smoky-mountains-national-parks-usa
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Howard S Neufeld, Jennifer Johnson, Robert Kohut
Cutleaf coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata L. var. digitata) is native to Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM) and an ozone bioindicator species. Variety ampla, whose ozone sensitivity is less well known, is native to Rocky Mountain National Park (ROMO). In the early 2000s, researchers found putative ozone symptoms on var. ampla and rhizomes were sent to Appalachian State University to verify that the symptoms were the result of ozone exposure. In 2011, potted plants were exposed to ambient ozone from May to August...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822923/sequential-exposure-to-low-levels-of-pesticides-and-temperature-stress-increase-toxicological-sensitivity-of-crustaceans
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Renato Russo, Jeremias Martin Becker, Matthias Liess
Frequent pesticide-related impacts on ecosystems at concentrations considered environmentally safe indicate that the current risk assessment framework for registration of pesticides is not protective enough. Causes may include difficulties in assessing the effects of sequential pesticide pulses and their interaction with environmental stressors. By contrast to such realistic scenarios, risk assessment for registration of pesticides is typically based on tests of a single exposure period under benign laboratory conditions...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822913/polyphosphate-is-a-key-factor-for-cell-survival-after-dna-damage-in-eukaryotic-cells
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Samuel Bru, Bàrbara Samper-Martín, Eva Quandt, Sara Hernández-Ortega, Joan M Martínez-Laínez, Eloi Garí, Marta Rafel, Javier Torres-Torronteras, Ramón Martí, Mariana P C Ribeiro, Javier Jiménez, Josep Clotet
Cells require extra amounts of dNTPs to repair DNA after damage. Polyphosphate (polyP) is an evolutionary conserved linear polymer of up to several hundred inorganic phosphate (Pi) residues that is involved in many functions, including Pi storage. In the present article, we report on findings demonstrating that polyP functions as a source of Pi when required to sustain the dNTP increment essential for DNA repair after damage. We show that mutant yeast cells without polyP produce less dNTPs upon DNA damage and that their survival is compromised...
August 8, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822891/comparative-toxicity-of-the-plasticizer-dibutyl-phthalate-to-two-freshwater-algae
#17
Shurui Gu, Hao Zheng, Qingqing Xu, Cuizhu Sun, Mei Shi, Zhenyu Wang, Fengmin Li
Phthalate esters (PAEs), a family of emerging environmental contaminants, have been frequently detected in soils and water. However, intensive studies on the toxicity of PAEs have focused on growth response of terrestrial and aquatic animals, while only limited attention has been paid to aquatic plants, especially phytoplankton, the primary producer in aquatic ecosystems. Therefore, the acute toxic effects and underlying mechanisms of dibutyl phthalate (DBP) at different concentrations (0-20mgL(-1)) on two typical freshwater algae (Scenedesmus obliquus and Chlorella pyrenoidosa) were investigated...
August 12, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822878/in-vitro-method-to-evaluate-the-barrier-properties-of-medical-devices-for-cutaneous-use
#18
Antonella Casiraghi, Francesco Ranzini, Umberto M Musazzi, Silvia Franzè, Marisa Meloni, Paola Minghetti
Barrier creams (BC) are marketed as cosmetic products or locally-applied medical devices to protect skin against damages induced by chemical agents or physical insults. However, the determination of the BC effectiveness is still a matter of discussion at both the clinical and the regulatory level. In this context, this work aimed at the development of a reliable, reproducible and easy-to-perform experimental protocol for the evaluation of BC performances. Preliminarily, an in vivo method based on the measurement of trans-epidermal water loss had been matter of investigation and was discarded: it required too much time and was not robust and sensitive enough...
August 16, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822866/profiles-of-soluble-proteins-in-chemosensory-organs-of-three-members-of-the-afro-tropical-anopheles-gambiae-complex
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Immacolata Iovinella, Beniamino Caputo, Maria Calzetta, Laurence J Zwiebel, Francesca Romana Dani, Alessandra Della Torre
In female mosquitoes, host-seeking and preference as well as several other important behaviors are largely driven by olfaction. Species of the Afrotropical Anopheles gambiae complex display divergent host-preference that are associated with significant differences in their vectorial capacity for human malaria. Olfactory sensitivity begins with signal transduction and activation of peripheral sensory neurons that populate the antennae, maxillary palps and other appendages. We have used shotgun proteomics to characterize the profile of soluble proteins of antennae and maxillary palps of three different species: An...
August 2, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822844/a-ph-sensitive-methenamine-mandelate-loaded-nanoparticle-induces-dna-damage-and-apoptosis-of-cancer-cells
#20
Linhua Zhang, Wenbo Hao, Lv Xu, Yongfeng Gao, Xusheng Wang, Dunwan Zhu, Zhuo Chen, Xudong Zhang, Hongbo Chen, Lin Mei
Methenamine mandelate is a urinary antibacterial agent, which can be converted to formaldehyde in urine that has a relatively low pH of average 5.5-6.8. Here, we prepare a pH-sensitive PLGA-based nanoparticle containing both methenamine mandelate and NaHCO3. Methenamine mandelate/NaHCO3-coloaded nanoparticle could enter cells via endosome/lysosome pathway. The pH in lysosomes and endo-lysosomes is approximately 5.0. In the acidic environment, NaHCO3 reacts with proton and produce CO2 bubbles, which burst nanoparticles and lead to the rapidly release of methenamine mandelate...
August 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
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