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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231591/predictive-success-factors-in-selective-upper-airway-stimulation
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Clemens Heiser, Benedikt Hofauer
Obstructive sleep apnea is one of the most common diseases in Western industrialized countries. A variety of conservative and surgical treatment options are available for its treatment. In recent years, selective upper airway stimulation (sUAS) has been shown to be effective and safe. Different biomarkers have been investigated as predictive clinical success factors in a number of clinical trials. Age does not matter in sUAS, as compared to its predictive role in other therapies. Weight seems to play a limited role, depending on drug-induced sleep endoscopy to rule out a complete concentric collapse with an increased body mass index...
February 24, 2017: ORL; Journal for Oto-rhino-laryngology and its related Specialties
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/28231421/varying-demographic-impacts-of-different-fisheries-on-three-mediterranean-seabird-species
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M Genovart, D Doak, J M Igual, S Sponza, J Kralj, D Oro
Fisheries have an enormous economic importance but reconciling their socio-economic features with the conservation and sustainability of marine ecosystems presents major challenges. Bycatch mortality from fisheries is clearly among the most serious global threats for marine ecosystems, affecting a wide range of top predators. Recent estimates report ca. 200,000 seabirds killed annually by bycatch in European waters. However there is an urgent need to rigorously estimate actual mortality rates and quantify effects of bycatch on populations...
February 23, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231328/integrating-the-sd-clue-s-and-invest-models-into-assessment-of-oasis-carbon-storage-in-northwestern-china
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Youjia Liang, Lijun Liu, Jiejun Huang
Spatio-temporal integrated assessment of land-use change impacts on carbon storage services is a new and important research field in land science and landscape ecology. The objective of this paper is to use an integrated SD-CLUE-S and InVEST model to simulate and predict land-use changes impacts during 2000-2018 on carbon storage at pixel and regional scales in the Zhangye oasis, Northwest China. The SD-CLUE-S model was used to simulate land-use change, and three land-use scenarios (current trend, moderate protection, and strict protection) were defined in collaboration with oasis socioeconomic development and ecological environment conservation by local government...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231321/argonaute10-promotes-the-degradation-of-mir165-6-through-the-sdn1-and-sdn2-exonucleases-in-arabidopsis
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Yu Yu, Lijuan Ji, Brandon H Le, Jixian Zhai, Jiayi Chen, Elizabeth Luscher, Lei Gao, Chunyan Liu, Xiaofeng Cao, Beixin Mo, Jinbiao Ma, Blake C Meyers, Xuemei Chen
The degradation of small RNAs in plants and animals is associated with small RNA 3' truncation and 3' uridylation and thus relies on exonucleases and nucleotidyl transferases. ARGONAUTE (AGO) proteins associate with small RNAs in vivo and are essential for not only the activities but also the stability of small RNAs. AGO1 is the microRNA (miRNA) effector in Arabidopsis, and its closest homolog, AGO10, maintains stem cell homeostasis in meristems by sequestration of miR165/6, a conserved miRNA acting through AGO1...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231316/a-balanced-solution-to-the-cumulative-threat-of-industrialized-wind-farm-development-on-cinereous-vultures-aegypius-monachus-in-south-eastern-europe
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Dimitris P Vasilakis, D Philip Whitfield, Vassiliki Kati
Wind farm development can combat climate change but may also threaten bird populations' persistence through collision with wind turbine blades if such development is improperly planned strategically and cumulatively. Such improper planning may often occur. Numerous wind farms are planned in a region hosting the only cinereous vulture population in south-eastern Europe. We combined range use modelling and a Collision Risk Model (CRM) to predict the cumulative collision mortality for cinereous vulture under all operating and proposed wind farms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231288/characterization-and-expression-analysis-of-genes-encoding-ubiquitin-conjugating-domain-containing-enzymes-in-carica-papaya
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Dengwei Jue, Xuelian Sang, Bo Shu, Liqin Liu, Yicheng Wang, Zhiwei Jia, Yu Zou, Shengyou Shi
BACKGROUND: Ripening affects the quality and nutritional contents of fleshy fruits and is a crucial process of fruit development. Although several studies have suggested that ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme (E2s or UBC enzymes) are involved in the regulation of fruit ripening, little is known about the function of E2s in papaya (Carica papaya). METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In the present study, we searched the papaya genome and identified 34 putative UBC genes, which were clustered into 17 phylogenetic subgroups...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231271/applying-antibody-sensitive-hypervariable-region-1-deleted-hepatitis-c-virus-to-the-study-of-escape-pathways-of-neutralizing-human-monoclonal-antibody-ar5a
#8
Rodrigo Velázquez-Moctezuma, Mansun Law, Jens Bukh, Jannick Prentoe
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major cause of end-stage liver diseases. With 3-4 million new HCV infections yearly, a vaccine is urgently needed. A better understanding of virus escape from neutralizing antibodies and their corresponding epitopes are important for this effort. However, for viral isolates with high antibody resistance, or antibodies with moderate potency, it remains challenging to induce escape mutations in vitro. Here, as proof-of-concept, we used antibody-sensitive HVR1-deleted (ΔHVR1) viruses to generate escape mutants for a human monoclonal antibody, AR5A, targeting a rare cross-genotype conserved epitope...
February 23, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231253/community-analysis-of-pigment-patterns-from-37-microalgae-strains-reveals-new-carotenoids-and-porphyrins-characteristic-of-distinct-strains-and-taxonomic-groups
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Benoît Serive, Elodie Nicolau, Jean-Baptiste Bérard, Raymond Kaas, Virginie Pasquet, Laurent Picot, Jean-Paul Cadoret
Phytoplankton, with an estimated 30 000 to 1 000 000 species clustered in 12 phyla, presents a high taxonomic and ecophysiological diversity, reflected by the complex distribution of pigments among the different algal classes. High performance liquid chromatography is the gold standard method for qualitative and quantitative analysis of phytoplankton pigments in seawater and culture samples, but only a few pigments can be used as robust chemotaxonomic markers. A major challenge is thus to identify new ones, characteristic of a strain, species, class or taxon that cannot be currently identified on the basis of its pigment signature...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230979/simple-expendable-3d-printed-microfluidic-systems-for-sample-preparation-of-petroleum
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Erica Megumi Kataoka, Rui Cesar Murer, Jandyson Machado Santos, Rogerio Mesquita de Carvalho, Marcos Nogueira Eberlin, Fabio Augusto, Ronei Jesus Poppi, Angelo Luiz Gobbi, Leandro Wang Hantao
In this study, we introduce a simple protocol to manufacture disposable, 3D-printed microfluidic systems for sample preparation of petroleum. Such platform is produced with a consumer-grade 3D-printer, using fused deposition modeling. Successful incorporation of solid-phase extraction (SPE) to microchip was ensured by facile 3D element integration using proposed approach. This 3D-printed μSPE device was applied to challenging matrices in oil & gas industry, such as crude oil and oil-brine emulsions. Case studies investigated important limitations of non-silicon and non-glass microchips, namely, resistance to nonpolar solvents and conservation of sample integrity...
February 23, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230857/protein-phosphatase-4-coordinates-glial-membrane-recruitment-and-phagocytic-clearance-of-degenerating-axons-in-drosophila
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Lilly M Winfree, Sean D Speese, Mary A Logan
Neuronal damage induced by injury, stroke, or neurodegenerative disease elicits swift immune responses from glial cells, including altered gene expression, directed migration to injury sites, and glial clearance of damaged neurons through phagocytic engulfment. Collectively, these responses hinder further cellular damage, but the mechanisms that underlie these important protective glial reactions are still unclear. Here, we show that the evolutionarily conserved trimeric protein phosphatase 4 (PP4) serine/threonine phosphatase complex is a novel set of factors required for proper glial responses to nerve injury in the adult Drosophila brain...
February 23, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230789/fungal-ribotoxins-a-review-of-potential-biotechnological-applications
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REVIEW
Miriam Olombrada, Rodrigo Lázaro-Gorines, Juan C López-Rodríguez, Álvaro Martínez-Del-Pozo, Mercedes Oñaderra, Moisés Maestro-López, Javier Lacadena, José G Gavilanes, Lucía García-Ortega
Fungi establish a complex network of biological interactions with other organisms in nature. In many cases, these involve the production of toxins for survival or colonization purposes. Among these toxins, ribotoxins stand out as promising candidates for their use in biotechnological applications. They constitute a group of highly specific extracellular ribonucleases that target a universally conserved sequence of RNA in the ribosome, the sarcin-ricin loop. The detailed molecular study of this family of toxic proteins over the past decades has highlighted their potential in applied research...
February 21, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230771/antibiotic-resistance-determinant-focused-acinetobacter-baumannii-vaccine-designed-using-reverse-vaccinology
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Zhaohui Ni, Yan Chen, Edison Ong, Yongqun He
As one of the most influential and troublesome human pathogens, Acinetobacter baumannii (A. baumannii) has emerged with many multidrug-resistant strains. After collecting 33 complete A. baumannii genomes and 84 representative antibiotic resistance determinants, we used the Vaxign reverse vaccinology approach to predict classical type vaccine candidates against A. baumannii infections and new type vaccine candidates against antibiotic resistance. Our genome analysis identified 35 outer membrane or extracellular adhesins that are conserved among all 33 genomes, have no human protein homology, and have less than 2 transmembrane helices...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230716/experimental-texture-analysis-in-glioblastoma-a-methodological-study
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Nicolin Hainc, Christoph Stippich, Bram Stieltjes, Severina Leu, Andrea Bink
OBJECTIVES: Analysis of a single slice of a tumor to extract biomarkers for texture analysis may result in loss of information. We investigated correlation of fractional volumes to entire tumor volumes and introduced expanded regions of interest (ROIs) outside the visual tumor borders in glioblastoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective slice-by-slice volumetric texture analysis on 46 brain magnetic resonance imaging subjects with histologically confirmed glioblastoma was performed...
February 22, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230657/stabilized-hiv-1-envelope-glycoprotein-trimers-for-vaccine-use
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Max Medina-Ramírez, Rogier W Sanders, Quentin J Sattentau
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To provide an update on the latest developments in the field of HIV-1 antibody-based soluble envelope glycoprotein (Env) trimer design for vaccine use. RECENT FINDINGS: The development of soluble native-like HIV-1 Env trimer immunogens has moved the field of antibody-based vaccine design forward dramatically over the past few years with refinement of various stabilizing approaches. However, despite this progress, significant challenges remain...
February 21, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230588/how-to-expose-the-entire-sella-floor-with-minimal-manipulation-during-an-endoscopic-endonasal-transsphenoidal-approach
#16
Do Hyun Kim, Yong-Kil Hong, Sin-Soo Jeun, Yong Jin Park, Soo Whan Kim, Jin Hee Cho, Boo-Young Kim, Sung Won Kim
OBJECTIVE: A method of opening the posterior ethmoid air cells with minimal manipulation is important for adequate exposure of the sella floor and minimal nasal morbidity. METHODS: Between February 2009 and August 2016, 373 patients with skull-base tumors underwent surgery via endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal approach with the 2-nostrils/4-hands technique using this technique. RESULTS: A linear incision was made laterally toward one-third of the superior turbinate along the superior border of the sphenoid sinus ostium...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230573/global-sagittal-imbalance-due-to-change-in-pelvic-incidence-after-traumatic-spinopelvic-dissociation
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Han-Dong Lee, Chang-Hoon Jeon, Nam-Su Chung, Suk-Hyeong Won
OBJECTIVES: Traumatic spinopelvic dissociation separates the spinal column from the pelvis, which usually creates lumbosacral kyphosis. We aimed to examine how the spinopelvic profiles changes after traumatic spinopelvic dissociation, and which are the relevant factors for the sagittal imbalance of the spine. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis. SETTING: Level I trauma center PATIENTS:: Thirty-nine consecutive patients who were diagnosed with traumatic spinopelvic dissociation and had a minimum 2-year radiological follow-up were included...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230417/aging-and-half-ironman-performance
#18
M J Stones, Adric Hartin
: Background/Study Context: Previous research on triathlon performance analyzed age trends for the Top Ten or Top Five finishers in world championship or national races at Olympic, Half-Ironman, and Ironman distances. The findings indicated higher age declines and/or earlier onset of decline in swimming and running than cycling. However, the designs of those studies took no account of possible differences between cross-sectional and longitudinal trends (i.e., cohort differences versus age changes)...
March 2017: Experimental Aging Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230348/nmr-structures-of-gcn4p-are-largely-conserved-when-ion-pairs-are-disrupted-at-acidic-ph-but-show-a-relaxation-of-the-coiled-coil-superhelix
#19
Anne R Kaplan, Megan R Brady, Mark W Maciejewski, Richard A Kammerer, Andrei T Alexandrescu
To understand the roles ion pairs play in stabilizing coiled coils we determined NMR structures of GCN4p at three pH values. At pH 6.6 all acidic residues are fully charged, at pH 4.4 they are half-charged, and at pH 1.5 they are protonated and uncharged. The α-helix monomer and coiled coil structures of GCN4p are largely conserved, except for a loosening of the coiled coil quaternary structure with decreasing pH. Differences going from neutral to acidic pH include (i) an unwinding of the coiled coil superhelix due to the loss of inter-chain ion pair contacts, (ii) a small increase in the separation of the monomers in the dimer, (iii) a loosening of knobs-into-holes packing motifs, and (iv) an increased separation between oppositely charged residues that participate in ion pairs at neutral pH...
February 23, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230174/a-hydrophobic-patch-surrounding-trp154-in-human-neuroserpin-controls-the-helix-f-dynamics-with-implications-in-inhibition-and-aggregation
#20
Mohammad Farhan Ali, Abhinav Kaushik, Charu Kapil, Dinesh Gupta, Mohamad Aman Jairajpuri
Neuroserpin (NS) mediated inhibition of tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) is important for brain development, synapse formation and memory. Aberrations in helix F and β-sheet A movement during inhibition can directly lead to epilepsy or dementia. Conserved W154 residue in a hydrophobic patch between helix F and β-sheet A is ideally placed to control their movement during inhibition. Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulation on wild type (WT) NS and its two variants (W154A and W154P) demonstrated partial deformation in helix F and conformational differences in strands 1A and 2A only in W154P...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
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