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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231673/-changes-of-resistant-phenotype-and-crispr-cas-system-of-four-shigella-strains-passaged-for-90-times-without-antibiotics
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B Zhang, L J Hong, G C Duan, W J Liang, H Y Yang, Y L Xi
Objective: To explore the stability of resistant phenotypes and changes of clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated (Cas) gene system on four Shigella strains in the absence of antibiotics. Methods: Four clinical isolated Shigella strains that resistant to different antibiotics were consecutive passaged for 90 times without antibiotics. Agar dilution method was used to determine the minimum inhibitory concentration of Shigella strains. After sequence analysis with PCR, CRISPR Finder and Clustal X 2...
February 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231570/analysis-of-a-surgical-treatment-for-persistent-urorectal-fistulas-after-radical-cancer-surgery-a-comparison-of-prostate-cancer-and-rectal-cancer
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Yasuyuki Sakai, Yoshinobu Komai, Norio Saito, Masaaki Ito, Minoru Sakuraba
INTRODUCTION: The study aimed to present our experience of surgical treatment for urorectal fistulas (URF) that develop after cancer surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fourteen patients with URF who were treated at our institution from 2005 through 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. Among these, 7 patients had previous surgical treatment of prostate cancer (PC) and the other 7 had been treated for rectal cancer (RC). The fistula was resected through a perineal incision, and the urinary and fecal defects were separately closed with the hinge flap method followed by interposition of a muscle flap transfer...
February 24, 2017: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231555/edge-preserving-denoising-for-intra-operative-cone-beam-ct-in-endovascular-aneurysm-repair
#3
Yi Liu, Miguel Castro, Mathieu Lederlin, Huazhong Shu, Adrien Kaladji, Pascal Haigron
C-arm cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) acquisition during endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) is an emergent technology with more and more applications. It offers real time imaging with a stationary patient and provides 3-D information to achieve guidance of intervention. However, there is growing concern on the overall radiation doses delivered to patients all along the endovascular management due to pre-, intra-, and post-operative X-ray imaging. Manufactures may have their low dose protocols to realize reduction of radiation dose, but CBCT with a low dose protocol has too many artifacts, particularly streak artifacts, and decreased contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR)...
January 30, 2017: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231553/a-reusable-aptasensor-of-thrombin-based-on-dna-machine-employing-resonance-light-scattering-technique
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Yining Hou, Jifeng Liu, Min Hong, Xia Li, Yanhua Ma, Qiaoli Yue, Chen-Zhong Li
The design of molecular nanodevices attracted great interest in these years. Herein, a reusable, sensitive and specific aptasensor was constructed based on an extension-contraction movement of DNA interconversion for the application of human thrombin detection. The present biosensor was based on resonance light scattering (RLS) using magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) as the RLS probe. MNPs coated with streptavidin can combine with biotin labeled thrombin aptamers. The combined nanoparticles composite is monodispersed in aqueous medium...
February 20, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231539/a-new-model-to-predict-diffusive-self-heating-during-composting-incorporating-the-reaction-engineering-approach-rea-framework
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Aditya Putranto, Xiao Dong Chen
During composting, self-heating may occur due to the exothermicities of the chemical and biological reactions. An accurate model for predicting maximum temperature is useful in predicting whether the phenomena would occur and to what extent it would have undergone. Elevated temperatures would lead to undesirable situations such as the release of large amount of toxic gases or sometimes would even lead to spontaneous combustion. In this paper, we report a new model for predicting the profiles of temperature, concentration of oxygen, moisture content and concentration of water vapor during composting...
February 1, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231538/biochars-with-excellent-pb-ii-adsorption-property-produced-from-fresh-and-dehydrated-banana-peels-via-hydrothermal-carbonization
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Nan Zhou, Honggang Chen, Junting Xi, Denghui Yao, Zhi Zhou, Yun Tian, Xiangyang Lu
Fresh and dehydrated banana peels were used as biomass feedstock to produce highly effective sorbent biochars through a facile one-step hydrothermal carbonization approach with 20%vol phosphoric acid as the reaction medium. The elemental ratio of oxygen content of the two as-prepared biochars were about 20%, and the FT-IR analysis confirmed the existence of abundant surface functional groups such as hydroxyl and carboxyl which greatly enhanced the adsorption performance. The sorbents showed excellent lead clarification capability of 359mg·g(-1) and 193mg·g(-1) for dehydrated and fresh banana peels based biochars, respectively...
February 12, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231411/guanidinium-group-is-protonated-in-a-strongly-basic-arginine-solution
#7
Bo Xu, Michael I Jacobs, Oleg Kostko, Musahid Ahmed
Knowledge of the acid dissociation constant of an amino acid has very important ramifications in the biochemistry of proteins and lipid bilayers in aqueous environments since charge and proton transfer depend on its value. The acid dissociation constant for the guanidinium group in arginine has historically been posited as 12.5, but there is substantial variation in published values over the years. Recent experiments suggest that the dissociation constant for arginine is much higher than 12.5, which explains why the arginine guanidinium group retains its positive charge under all physiological conditions...
February 23, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231398/living-with-melanoma-%C3%A2-for-a-day-a-phenomenological-analysis-of-medical-students-simulated-experiences
#8
M Corr, G Roulston, N King, T Dornan, C Blease, G J Gormley
BACKGROUND: Despite the rising incidence of melanoma, medical students have progressively fewer opportunities to encounter patients with this important condition. Curricula tend to attach the greatest value to intellectual forms of learning. Compared to intellectual learning, however, experiential learning affords students deep insights about a condition. Doctors who experience ill health are more empathic towards patients. However opportunities to learn about cancer experientially are limited...
February 23, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231002/mid-infrared-photoluminescence-up-to-290-k-reveals-radiative-mechanisms-and-substrate-doping-type-effects-of-inas-nanowires
#9
Xiren Chen, Qiandong Zhuang, Hayfaa Alradhi, ZhiMing Jin, Liangqing Zhu, Xin Chen, Jun Shao
Photoluminescence (PL) as a conventional yet powerful optical spectroscopy may provide crucial insight into the mechanism of carrier recombination and bandedge structure in semiconductors. In this study, mid-infrared PL measurements on vertically aligned InAs nanowires (NWs) are realized for the first time in a wide temperature range of up to 290 K, by which the radiative recombinations are clarified in the NWs grown on n- and p-type Si substrates, respectively. A dominant PL feature is identified to be from the type-II optical transition across the interfaces between the zinc-blend (ZB) and the wurtzite (WZ) InAs, a lower-energy feature at low temperatures is ascribed to impurity-related transition, and a higher-energy feature at high temperatures originates in the interband transition of the WZ InAs being activated by thermal-induced electron transfer...
February 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230991/electron-accumulation-on-naphthalene-diimide-photosensitized-by-ru-2-2-bipyridine-3-2
#10
Michael Skaisgirski, Xingwei Guo, Oliver S Wenger
In a molecular triad comprised of a central naphthalene diimide (NDI) unit flanked by two [Ru(bpy)3](2+) (bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine) sensitizers, NDI(2-) is formed after irradiation with visible light in deaerated CH3CN in the presence of excess triethylamine. The mechanism for this electron accumulation involves a combination of photoinduced and thermal elementary steps. In a structurally related molecular pentad with two peripheral triarylamine (TAA) electron donors attached covalently to a central [Ru(bpy)3](2+)-NDI-[Ru(bpy)3](2+) core but no sacrificial reagents present, photoexcitation only leads to NDI(-) (and TAA(+)), whereas NDI(2-) is unattainable due to rapid electron transfer events counteracting charge accumulation...
February 23, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230978/a-label-free-method-using-a-weighted-phase-algorithm-to-quantitate-nanoscale-interactions-between-molecules-on-dna-microarrays
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Qi Li, Rongxin Fu, Junqi Zhang, Ruliang Wang, Jiancheng Ye, Ning Xue, Xue Lin, Ya Su, Wupeng Gan, Ying Lu, Guoliang Huang
White light interference is used as a label-free method to detect nanoscale changes on surfaces. However, the signal-to-noise ratio of the white light interference method is very low, thus resulting in inaccurate results. In this paper, we report a corrected label-free method based on hyperspectral interferometry to overcome the shortcoming of the white light interference method. A platform based on hyperspectral interferometry was established, and a DNA hybridization microarray was constructed to quantitate thickness variation of molecules on a solid surface...
February 23, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230972/paclitaxel-biosynthesis-adenylation-and-thiolation-domains-of-an-nrps-tyca-pheat-module-produce-various-arylisoserine-coa-thioesters
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Ruth Muchiri, Kevin D Walker
Structure-activity relationship studies show that the phenylisoserinyl moiety of paclitaxel is largely necessary for the effective anticancer activity. Several paclitaxel analogs with a variant isoserinyl sides chain have improved pharmaceutical properties over the parent drug. To produce the isoserinyl CoAs as intermediates needed for enzyme catalysis on a semibiosynthetic pathway to paclitaxel analogs, we repurposed the adenylation and thiolation domains of a non-ribosomal peptide synthetase (Phe-AT) to function as a CoA ligase...
February 23, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230971/multifaceted-gold-palladium-bimetallic-nanorods-and-their-geometric-compositional-and-catalytic-tunabilities
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Lichao Sun, Qingfeng Zhang, Guangfang Grace Li, Esteban Villarreal, Xiaoqi Fu, Hui Wang
Kinetically controlled, seed-mediated coreduction provides a robust and versatile synthetic approach to multimetallic nanoparticles with precisely controlled geometries and compositions. Here we demonstrate that single-crystalline cylindrical Au nanorods selectively transform into a series of structurally distinct Au@Au-Pd alloy core-shell bimetallic nanorods with exotic multifaceted geometries enclosed by specific types of facets upon seed-mediated Au-Pd coreduction under diffusion controlled conditions. By adjusting several key synthetic parameters, such as the Pd/Au precursor ratio, the reducing agent concentration, the capping surfactant concentration, and foreign metal ion additives, we have been able to simultaneously fine-tailor the atomic-level surface structures and fine-tune the compositional stoichiometries of the multifaceted Au-Pd bimetallic nanorods...
February 23, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230880/atomic-layer-deposited-ultrafine-mos2-nanocrystals-on-cobalt-foam-for-efficient-and-stable-electrochemical-oxygen-evolution
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Dehua Xiong, Qingqing Zhang, Wei Li, Junjie Li, Xiuli Fu, M F Cerqueira, Pedro Alpuim, Lifeng Liu
Ultrafine molybdenum sulfide (MoS2) nanocrystals are grown on a porous cobalt (Co) foam current collector by atomic layer deposition (ALD) using molybdenum hexacarbonyl and hydrogen sulfide as precursors. When used to catalyze the oxygen evolution reaction (OER), the optimal Co@MoS2 electrode, even with a MoS2 loading as small as 0.06 mg cm(-2), exhibits a large cathodic shift of ca. 200 mV in the onset potential (the potential at which the current density is 5 mA cm(-2)), a low overpotential of only 270 mV to attain an anodic current density of 10 mA cm(-2), much smaller charge transfer resistance and substantially improved long-term stability at both low and high current densities, with respect to the bare Co foam electrode, showing substantial promise for use as an efficient, low-cost and durable anode in water electrolyzers...
February 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230868/tuning-calcium-biosensors-with-a-single-site-mutation-structural-dynamics-insights-from-femtosecond-raman-spectroscopy
#15
Sean R Tachibana, Longteng Tang, Yanli Wang, Liangdong Zhu, Weimin Liu, Chong Fang
Fluorescent protein biosensors are popular reporters for biological processes and life sciences, but their fundamental working mechanisms remain unclear. To characterize the functional fluorescence events on their native timescales, we implemented wavelength-tunable femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS) to shed light on a blue-green emission-ratiometric fluorescent protein based Ca(2+) biosensor with a single Pro377Arg mutation. The transient Raman modes of the embedded chromophore from ca. 1000-1650 cm(-1) exhibit characteristic intensity and frequency dynamics which infer the underlying atomic motions and photochemical reaction stages...
February 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230867/ultrafast-electron-and-hole-transfer-dynamics-of-a-solar-cell-dye-containing-hole-acceptors-on-mesoporous-tio2-and-al2o3
#16
Mirko Scholz, Oliver Flender, Gerrit Boschloo, Kawon Oum, Thomas Lenzer
The stability of dye cations against recombination with conduction band electrons in mesoporous TiO2 electrodes is a key property for improving light harvesting in dye-sensitised solar cells. Using ultrafast transient broadband absorption spectroscopy, we monitor efficient intramolecular hole transfer in the solar cell dye E6 having two peripheral triarylamine acceptors. After photoexcitation, two hole transfer mechanisms are identified: a concerted mechanism for electron injection and hole transfer (2.4 ps) and a sequential mechanism with time constants of 3...
February 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230781/-dose-to-mother-deuterium-oxide-dilution-technique-an-accurate-strategy-to-measure-vitamin-a-intake-in-breastfed-infants
#17
Veronica Lopez-Teros, Ana Teresa Limon-Miro, Humberto Astiazaran-Garcia, Sherry A Tanumihardjo, Orlando Tortoledo-Ortiz, Mauro E Valencia
In Mexico, infants (0-2 years old) show the highest prevalence of vitamin A deficiency (VAD), measured by serum retinol concentrations. Thus, we consider that low vitamin A (VA) intake through breast milk (BM) combined with poor weaning practices are the main factors that contribute to VAD in this group. We combined the assessment of VA status in lactating women using BM retinol and a stable isotope 'dose-to-mother' technique to measure BM production in women from urban and agricultural areas. Infants' mean BM intake was 758 ± 185 mL, and no difference was observed between both areas (p = 0...
February 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230645/clinical-scale-rapid-autologous-bk-virus-specific-t-cell-line-generation-from-kidney-transplant-recipients-with-active-viremia-for-adoptive-immunotherapy
#18
Caroline Lamarche, Julie Orio, Victoria Georges-Tobar, Thomas Pincez, Mathieu Goupil, Amina Dahmani, Cedric Carli C, Ann Brasey, Lambert Busque, Jean-Sébastien Delisle
BACKGROUND: Polyomavirus-associated nephropathy (PVAN) following BK virus reactivation in kidney transplant recipients (KTR) can compromise graft survival. Lowering immunosuppression is the only established approach to prevent or treat PVAN but nonspecifically increasing host immune competence also augments rejection risk. Ex vivo T cell stimulation/expansion offers the possibility to generate BK-specific T cell lines for adoptive immunotherapy. The objective of this study was to develop and characterize a clinical scale protocol to generate BK-specific T cell lines from viremic KTR...
February 23, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230539/polyenergetic-known-component-ct-reconstruction-with-unknown-material-compositions-and-unknown-x-ray-spectra
#19
Shiyu Xu, Ali Uneri, Akhil Khanna, Jeffrey Siewerdsen, Joseph Webster Stayman
Metal artifacts can cause substantial image quality issues in computed tomography. This is particularly true in interventional imaging where surgical tools or metal implants are in the field-of-view. Moreover, the region-of-interest is often near such devices which is exactly where image quality degradations are largest. Previous work on known-component reconstruction (KCR) has shown the incorporation of a physical model (e.g. shape, material composition, etc.) of the metal component into the reconstruction algorithm can significantly reduce artifacts even near the edge of a metal component...
February 23, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230538/interrogating-surface-state-of-isolated-and-agglomerated-pbs-quantum-dots-with-solvent-induced-stress
#20
Pin-Hao Sher, Juen-Kai Wang
Applications of quantum dot (QD) are often obstructed by its associated surface electronic states that quench photoluminescence (PL) and hinder charge transport. Their origins are still largely stymied owing to lacking means to regulate their presence. Dispersing PbS QDs in toluene, we show that varying solvent temperature offers an opportunity to modulate their surface electronic state. A comprehensive energy-transfer model explains all anomalous temperature-dependent behaviors of absorption and PL, explicitly revealing PL quenching dynamics of isolated QDs due to induced surface state by imposed solvent stress to their surface ligands...
February 23, 2017: Nanotechnology
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