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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651408/-identification-and-evaluation-of-t-cell-epitopes-of-rv0585c-from-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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X X Wang, X Chen, Y Q Li, T Y Xiao, Y Jiang, M C Li, H C Liu, K L Wan
Objective: To investigate the human T cell epitopes of Mycobacterium (M.) tuberculosis Rv0585c protein antigen and their immunogenicity and provide evidence for the development of specific tuberculosis immune diagnostic techniques and tuberculosis vaccine. Methods: We synthesized peptides from M. tuberculosis Rv0585c protein antigen predicted by TE-predict and IEDB human T cell epitope prediction tool. The cellular immunoreactivity of the predicted peptides was evaluated through ELISpot assay with the peripheral blood monouclear cells (PBMC) of clinical tuberculosis patients...
May 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651381/meta-barcoding-in-combination-with-palynological-inference-is-a-potent-diagnostic-marker-for-honey-floral-composition
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Rama Chandra Laha, Surajit De Mandal, Lalhmanghai Ralte, Laldinfeli Ralte, Nachimuthu Senthil Kumar, Guruswami Gurusubramanian, Ramalingam Satishkumar, Raja Mugasimangalam, Nagesh Aswathnarayana Kuravadi
Identification of floral samples present in honey is important in order to determine the medicinal value, enhance the production of honey as well as to conserve the honey bees. Traditional approaches for studying pollen samples are based on microscopic observation which is laborious, time intensive and requires specialized palynological knowledge. Present study compares two composite honey metagenome collected from 20 samples in Mizoram, Northeast India using three gene loci- rbcL, matK and ITS2 that was sequenced using a next-generation sequencing (NGS) platform (Illumina Miseq)...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651360/novel-reproductive-technologies-to-prevent-mitochondrial-disease
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Lyndsey Craven, Mao-Xing Tang, Gráinne S Gorman, Petra De Sutter, Björn Heindryckx
BACKGROUND: The use of nuclear transfer (NT) has been proposed as a novel reproductive treatment to overcome the transmission of maternally-inherited mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations. Pathogenic mutations in mtDNA can cause a wide-spectrum of life-limiting disorders, collectively known as mtDNA disease, for which there are currently few effective treatments and no known cures. The many unique features of mtDNA make genetic counselling challenging for women harbouring pathogenic mtDNA mutations but reproductive options that involve medical intervention are available that will minimize the risk of mtDNA disease in their offspring...
June 23, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651334/tsgsis-a-high-dimensional-grouped-variable-selection-approach-for-detection-of-whole-genome-snp-snp-interactions
#4
Yao-Hwei Fang, Jie-Huei Wang, Chao A Hsiung
Motivation: Identification of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) interactions is an important and challenging topic in genome-wide association studies (GWAS). Many approaches have been applied to detecting whole-genome interactions. However, these approaches to interaction analysis tend to miss causal interaction effects when the individual marginal effects are uncorrelated to trait, while their interaction effects are highly associated with the trait. Results: A grouped variable selection technique, called two-stage grouped sure independence screening (TS-GSIS), is developed to study interactions that may not have marginal effects...
June 23, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651276/white-paper-interventional-mri-current-status-and-potential-for-development-considering-economic-perspectives-part-1-general-application
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Jörg Barkhausen, Thomas Kahn, Gabriele A Krombach, Christiane K Kuhl, Joachim Lotz, David Maintz, Jens Ricke, Stefan O Schönberg, Thomas J Vogl, Frank K Wacker
Background MRI is attractive for the guiding and monitoring of interventional procedures due to its high intrinsic soft tissue contrast and the possibility to measure physiologic parameters like flow and cardiac function. Method The current status of interventional MRI for the clinical routine was analyzed. Results The effort needed for the development of MR-safe monitoring systems and instruments initially resulted in the application of interventional MRI only for procedures that could not be performed by other means...
July 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651228/ante-situm-liver-resection-with-inferior-vena-cava-replacement-under-hypothermic-cardiopolmunary-bypass-for-hepatoblastoma-report-of-a-case-and-review-of-the-literature
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Roberta Angelico, Annalisa Passariello, Michele Pilato, Tommaso Cozzolino, Marcello Piazza, Roberto Miraglia, Paolo D'Angelo, Mariella Capasso, Maria Cristina Saffioti, Daniele Alberti, Marco Spada
INTRODUCTION: Hepatoblastoma with tumour thrombi extending into inferior-vena-cava and right atrium are often unresectable with an extremely poor prognosis. The surgical approach is technically challenging and might require major liver resection with vascular reconstruction and extracorporeal circulation. However, which is the best surgical technique is yet unclear. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 11-months-old boy was referred for a right hepatic lobe mass(90×78mm) suspicious of hepatoblastoma with tumoral thrombi extending into the inferior-vena-cava and the right atrium, bilateral lung lesions and serum alpha-fetoprotein level of 50...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651202/durable-superamphiphobic-coatings-repelling-both-cool-and-hot-liquids-based-on-carbon-nanotubes
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Naihua Zhai, Ling Fan, Lingxiao Li, Junping Zhang
Superamphiphobic coatings have wide potential applications in many fields, however, preparation of superamphiphobic coatings with low sliding angles and high durability is very challenging. Here, we report a facile spray-coating method for the preparation of durable superamphiphobic coatings repelling both cool and hot liquids from polyperfluoroalkylsilane-modified multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs@fluoroPOS). The MWCNTs@fluoroPOS suspensions were preparation by hydrolytic condensation of 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecyltrichlorosilane (PFDTES) and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) on the surface of MWCNTs...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651200/nanostructured-micro-raspberries-from-superparamagnetic-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-studying-agglomeration-degree-and-redispersibility-of-nanoparticulate-powders-via-magnetisation-measurements
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Claudia Stauch, Stephan Späth, Thomas Ballweg, Robert Luxenhofer, Karl Mandel
Surface modified superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles are assembled into nanostructured micro-raspberry particles via spray drying. The micro-raspberry powder is readily redispersed to individual nanoparticles or nanostructured sub-units, depending on the initially adjusted nanoparticle modification. In this work, it is demonstrated how the technique of magnetic zero-field-cooled/field-cooled (ZFC/FC) measurements can be used to judge the degree of agglomeration, i.e. the extent of hard-agglomerates and soft-agglomerates in a system and predict the redispersibility of the powder particles...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651193/p-p-methoxyl-diphenyl-diselenideincorporation-into-polymeric-nanocapsules-improves-its-antinociceptive-action-physicochemical-and-behavioral-studies
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Marcel Henrique Marcondes Sari, Luana Mota Ferreira, Vanessa AngonesiZborowski, Paulo Cesar Oliveira Araujo, Jessica Mendes Nadal, Paulo Vitor Farago, Letícia Cruz, Cristina Wayne Nogueira
The p,p'-methoxyl-diphenyl diselenide [(OMePhSe)2] is an, organoselenium compound that elicits antinociceptive action in different, animal models of pain. However, the compound has physicochemical, Limitations that delay its clinical studies. Herein, (OMePhSe)2, nanocapsules were developed and their physicochemical properties were, analyzed using different techniques (Scanning electron microscopy with, field emissionguns, wide-angle X-ray diffractometry, fourier-transform, infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and differential, scanning calorimetry)...
June 20, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651184/computational-study-of-structural-optoelectronic-and-nonlinear-optical-properties-of-dynamic-solid-state-chalcone-derivatives
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Aijaz Rasool Chaudhry, Ahmad Irfan, Shabbir Muhammad, Abdullah G Al-Sehemi, R Ahmed, Zhang Jingping
In the present study, we use the state of art density functional theory (DFT) techniques to calculate the structural, optoelectronic and nonlinear optical (NLO) properties for two novel chalcone derivatives. The geometrical structures of chalcone derivatives compound 1 and 2 are optimized using periodic boundary conditions (PBC) in solid-state phase as well as isolated single molecular geometry in the gas phase. The reasonable agreement is found among experimental, solid-state and gas phase single molecular geometries, which provide us, further confidence to explore the potential of above-entitled derivatives as good functional materials for electro-optical applications...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651180/does-a-short-term-exposure-to-atrazine-provoke-cellular-senescence-in-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
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Marta Esperanza, Magali Houde, Marta Seoane, Ángeles Cid, Carmen Rioboo
The aim of this study was to investigate the impacts and modes of action of a chemical and nutrient deprivation on the cellular senescence process of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Several molecular and cellular parameters related to senescence phenomena were monitored in C. reinhardtii cells exposed for 24h to a sublethal concentration (0.25μM) of the herbicide atrazine and in unexposed 96h cells in an early stationary phase of growth. All endpoints showed the same pattern of response between treatments, except for the intracellular level of calcium, where a significant increase was observed in 24h-exposed cultures compared to 24h-log controls...
June 19, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651175/challenges-in-gc-ms-analysis-case-studies-on-phenibut-and-ethylphenidate
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Hui Zhi Shirley Lee, Mei Ching Ong, Jong Lee Wendy Lim, Tiong Whei Angeline Yap
The challenges associated with drug analysis using GC-MS such as thermal degradation, cyclisation or unwanted side reactions causing potential erroneous identification have become evident in view of the high surge in new drugs available in the market. Two case studies illustrated how alternative methods or modifications to existing techniques can help to circumvent the limitations. In the first case study, phenibut which is a GABA analogue, cyclises to 4-phenyl-2-pyrrolidinone under thermal conditions. The identification of phenibut was achieved through derivatisation and identification of its TMS derivative...
June 9, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651145/polymer-structure-property-requirements-for-stereolithographic-3d-printing-of-soft-tissue-engineering-scaffolds
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REVIEW
Ryan J Mondschein, Akanksha Kanitkar, Christopher B Williams, Scott S Verbridge, Timothy E Long
This review highlights the synthesis, properties, and advanced applications of synthetic and natural polymers 3D printed using stereolithography for soft tissue engineering applications. Soft tissue scaffolds are of great interest due to the number of musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and connective tissue injuries and replacements humans face each year. Accurately replacing or repairing these tissues is challenging due to the variation in size, shape, and strength of different types of soft tissue. With advancing processing techniques such as stereolithography, control of scaffold resolution down to the μm scale is achievable along with the ability to customize each fabricated scaffold to match the targeted replacement tissue...
June 6, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651119/experimental-ultrasonic-characterization-of-polyester-based-materials-for-cultural-heritage-applications
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Andres Arciniegas, Loic Martinez, Arnaud Briand, Sophie Prieto, Stéphane Serfaty, Nicolas Wilkie-Chancellier
For several years, the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand-Palais has produced polyester resin reproductions in order to replace marble sculptures that have weakened by outdoor exposure. These objects are made of a complex multilayered polyester composite material including reinforcements to ensure the mechanical strength of the final structure and mineral fillers that allow to imitate the original aesthetics. However, the final structure also weakens because of constant outdoor exposure and ageing. This observation leads today to conduct research related to the structural health monitoring of reproductions for preventive conservation of cultural heritage...
June 17, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651108/synchronous-characterization-of-carbohydrates-and-ginsenosides-yields-deeper-insights-into-the-processing-chemistry-of-ginseng
#15
Shan-Shan Zhou, Jun Xu, Ming Kong, Ka-Man Yip, Jin-Di Xu, Hong Shen, Zhong-Zhen Zhao, Song-Lin Li, Hu-Biao Chen
Carbohydrates and ginsenosides in ginseng are biologically interrelated. Their synchronous analysis is therefore essential in chemical research on ginseng to characterize its "holistic" quality. Here we investigated the processing chemistry of red ginseng (RG), a ginseng product processed by water-steaming, for which both carbohydrates and ginsenosides were qualitatively and quantitatively determined through multiple analytical techniques. Results revealed that the steam-processing not only qualitatively and quantitatively altered the ginsenosides but also affected the polymeric carbohydrates via changing their physiochemical parameters, i...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651071/an-independent-active-contours-segmentation-framework-for-bone-micro-ct-images
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Vasileios Ch Korfiatis, Simone Tassani, George K Matsopoulos
Micro-CT is an imaging technique for small tissues and objects that is gaining increased popularity especially as a pre-clinical application. Nevertheless, there is no well-established micro-CT segmentation method, while typical procedures lack sophistication and frequently require a degree of manual intervention, leading to errors and subjective results. To address these issues, a novel segmentation framework, called Independent Active Contours Segmentation (IACS), is proposed in this paper. The proposed IACS is based on two autonomous modules, namely automatic ROI extraction and IAC Evolution, which segments the ROI image using multiple Active Contours that evolve simultaneously and independently of one another...
June 19, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651057/how-to-identify-plasmons-from-the-optical-response-of-nanostructures
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Runmin Zhang, Luca Bursi, Joel D Cox, Yao Cui, Caroline M Krauter, Alessandro Alabastri, Alejandro Manjavacas, Arrigo Calzolari, Stefano Corni, Elisa Molinari, Emily A Carter, F Javier Garcia de Abajo, Hui Zhang, Peter Nordlander
A promising trend in plasmonics involves shrinking the size of plasmon-supporting structures down to a few nanometers, thus enabling control over light-matter interaction at extreme-subwavelength scales. In this limit, quantum-mechanical effects, such as nonlocal screening and size quantization, strongly affect the plasmonic response, rendering it substantially different from classical predictions. For very small clusters and molecules, collective plasmonic modes are hard to distinguish from other excitations such as single-electron transitions...
June 26, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651041/interaction-of-vivo-acac-2-with-human-serum-transferrin-and-albumin
#18
João Costa Pessoa, Isabel Correia, Ielyzaveta Chorna, Isabel Cavaco, Somnath Roy, Maxim L Kuznetsov, Nádia Ribeiro, Gonçalo Justino, Fernanda Marques, Teresa Santos Silva, Marino Santos, Hugo M Santos, José L Capelo, James Doutch
[VO(acac)2] is a remarkable vanadium compound and has potential as a therapeutic drug. It is important to clarify how it is transported in blood, but the reports addressing its binding to serum proteins have been contradictory. We use several spectroscopic and mass spectrometric techniques (ESI and MALDI-TOF), small-angle X-ray scattering and size exclusion chromatography (SEC) to characterize solutions containing [VO(acac)2] and either human serum apotransferrin (apoHTF) or albumin (HSA). DFT and modeling protein calculations are carried out to disclose the type of binding to apoHTF...
June 26, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651016/enhanced-light-microscopy-visualization-of-virus-particles-from-zika-virus-to-filamentous-ebolaviruses
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George G Daaboul, David S Freedman, Steven M Scherr, Erik Carter, Alexandru Rosca, David Bernstein, Chad E Mire, Krystle N Agans, Thomas Hoenen, Thomas W Geisbert, M Selim Ünlü, John H Connor
Light microscopy is a powerful tool in the detection and analysis of parasites, fungi, and prokaryotes, but has been challenging to use for the detection of individual virus particles. Unlabeled virus particles are too small to be visualized using standard visible light microscopy. Characterization of virus particles is typically performed using higher resolution approaches such as electron microscopy or atomic force microscopy. These approaches require purification of virions away from their normal millieu, requiring significant levels of expertise, and can only enumerate small numbers of particles per field of view...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650987/accuracy-of-zika-virus-disease-case-definition-during-simultaneous-dengue-and-chikungunya-epidemics
#20
José Ueleres Braga, Clarisse Bressan, Ana Paula Razal Dalvi, Guilherme Amaral Calvet, Regina Paiva Daumas, Nadia Rodrigues, Mayumi Wakimoto, Rita Maria Ribeiro Nogueira, Karin Nielsen-Saines, Carlos Brito, Ana Maria Bispo de Filippis, Patrícia Brasil
BACKGROUND: Zika is a new disease in the American continent and its surveillance is of utmost importance, especially because of its ability to cause neurological manifestations as Guillain-Barré syndrome and serious congenital malformations through vertical transmission. The detection of suspected cases by the surveillance system depends on the case definition adopted. As the laboratory diagnosis of Zika infection still relies on the use of expensive and complex molecular techniques with low sensitivity due to a narrow window of detection, most suspected cases are not confirmed by laboratory tests, mainly reserved for pregnant women and newborns...
2017: PloS One
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