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Tamara Markovic, Saba Manzoor, Emma Humphreys-Williams, Guy Kirk, Ramon Vilar, Dominik Jakob Weiss
The stable isotope signatures of zinc are increasingly used to study plant and soil processes. Complexation with phytosiderophores is a key process and understanding the controls of isotope fractionation is central to such studies. Here, we investigated isotope fractionation during complexation of Zn2+ with the phytosiderophore 2'-deoxymugeneic acid (DMA) - which we synthesised - and with three commercially-available structural analogues of DMA: EDTA, TmDTA and CyDTA. We used ion exchange chromatography to separate free and complexed zinc, and identified appropriate cation exchange resins for the individual systems...
October 17, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Jesse J Jung, Michael H Chen, Caroline R Frambach, Soraya Rofagha, Scott S Lee
PURPOSE: To compare the spectral domain and swept source optical coherence tomography angiography findings in two cases of sickle cell maculopathy. METHODS: A 53-year-old man and a 24-year-old man both with sickle cell disease (hemoglobin SS) presented with no visual complaints; Humphrey visual field testing demonstrated asymptomatic paracentral scotomas that extended nasally in the involved eyes. Clinical examination and multimodal imaging including spectral domain and swept source optical coherence tomography, and spectral domain optical coherence tomography angiography and swept source optical coherence tomography angiography (Carl Zeiss Meditec Inc, Dublin, CA) were performed...
October 5, 2016: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
Stefan Abrahamczyk, Michael Kessler, Daniel Hanley, Dirk N Karger, Matthias P J Müller, Anina C Knauer, Felix Keller, Michael Schwerdtfeger, Aelys M Humphreys
A longstanding debate concerns whether nectar sugar composition evolves as an adaptation to pollinator dietary requirements or whether it is 'phylogenetically constrained'. Here we use a modeling approach to evaluate the hypothesis that nectar sucrose proportion (NSP) is an adaptation to pollinators. We analyze ~2,100 species of asterids, spanning several plant families and pollinator groups (PGs), and show that the hypothesis of adaptation cannot be rejected: NSP evolves toward two optimal values, high NSP for specialist-pollinated and low NSP for generalist-pollinated plants...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Nicole K Scripsema, Patricia M Garcia, Richard D Bavier, Toco Y P Chui, Brian D Krawitz, Shelley Mo, Steven A Agemy, Luna Xu, Yijie B Lin, Joseph F Panarelli, Paul A Sidoti, James C Tsai, Richard B Rosen
Purpose: To compare perfused peripapillary capillary density in primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), normal-tension glaucoma (NTG), and normal patients using optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A). Methods: A retrospective review of POAG, NTG, and normal patients imaged with OCT-A was performed. En face OCT angiograms identifying peripapillary vessels were obtained using a spectral-domain OCT system (Avanti RTVue-XR). A custom image analysis approach identified perfused peripapillary capillaries, quantified perfused capillary density (PCD), and generated color-coded PCD maps for 3...
July 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Alla Yankouskaya, Diahann Palmer, Moritz Stolte, Jie Sui, G W Humphreys
We present novel data on the role of attention in eliciting enhanced processing of stimuli associated with self. Participants were required to make pro- or anti-saccades according to whether learned shape-label pairings matched or mismatched. When stimuli matched participants were required to make an anti-saccade and when the stimuli mismatched a pro-saccade was required. We found that anti-saccades were difficult to make to stimuli associated with self when compared to stimuli associated with a friend and a stranger...
October 14, 2016: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
Annabel Y Minard, Martin K L Wong, Rima Chaudhuri, Shi-Xiong Tan, Sean J Humphrey, Benjamin L Parker, Jean Y Yang, D Ross Laybutt, Gregory J Cooney, Adelle C F Coster, Jacqueline Stoeckli, David E James
Hyperinsulinemia, which is associated with aging and metabolic disease, may lead to defective protein homeostasis (proteostasis) due to hyper-activation of insulin sensitive pathways such as protein synthesis. We investigated the effect of chronic hyperinsulinemia on proteostasis, by generating a time-resolved map of insulin-regulated protein turnover in adipocytes using metabolic pulse chase labelling and high-resolution mass spectrometry. Hyperinsulinemia increased the synthesis of nearly half of all detected proteins and did not affect protein degradation, despite suppressing autophagy...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Siva T Gounder, Delendra Rasith Wijayanayaka, Rinki Murphy, Delwyn Armstrong, Richard G Cutfield, David Dw Kim, Michael Graham Clarke, Nicholas J Evennett, Martyn Lee Humphreys, Steven John Robinson, Michael Wc Booth
AIM: To provide a longitudinal analysis of the direct healthcare costs of providing laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) and laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) surgery service in the context of a randomised control trial (RCT) of obese patients with type 2 diabetes in Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand. METHODS: The Waitemata District Health Board costing system was used to calculate costs in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) associated with all pre- and post-operative hospital clinic visits, peri-operative care, hospitalisations and medication costs up to one year after bariatric surgery...
October 14, 2016: New Zealand Medical Journal
Michael D Humphrey
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October 17, 2016: Medical Journal of Australia
Vanessa M Oddo, Parul Christian, Joanne Katz, Li Liu, Naoko Kozuki, Robert E Black, Robert Ntozini, Jean Humphrey
BACKGROUND: In sub-Saharan Africa, one-third of all births are small for gestational age (SGA), and 4.4 million children are stunted; both conditions increase the risk of child mortality. SGA has also been shown to increase the risk of stunting. OBJECTIVE: We tested whether the association between SGA and postneonatal mortality is mediated by stunting. METHODS: We used longitudinal data from children aged 6 wk to 24 mo (n = 12,155) enrolled in the ZVITAMBO (Zimbabwe Vitamin A for Mothers and Babies) trial...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Nutrition
Daniel Humphreys, Vikash Singh, Vassilis Koronakis
To establish pathogenicity, bacteria must evade phagocytosis directed by remodeling of the actin cytoskeleton. We show that macrophages facilitate pathogen phagocytosis through actin polymerization mediated by the WAVE regulatory complex (WRC), small GTPases Arf and Rac1, and the Arf1 activator ARNO. To establish extracellular infections, enteropathogenic (EPEC) and enterohaemorrhagic (EHEC) Escherichia coli hijack the actin cytoskeleton by injecting virulence effectors into the host cell. Here, we find that the virulence effector EspG counteracts WRC-dependent phagocytosis, enabling EPEC and EHEC to remain extracellular...
October 11, 2016: Cell Reports
Santiago Rodríguez-Jiménez, Humphrey L C Feltham, Sally Brooker
Materials capable of sensing volatile guests at room temperature by an easily monitored set of outputs are of great appeal for development as chemical sensors of small volatile organics and toxic gases. Herein the dinuclear iron(II) complex, [Fe(II)2 (L)2 (CH3 CN)4 ](BF4 )4 ⋅2 CH3 CN (1) [L=4-(4-methylphenyl)-3-(3-pyridazinyl)-5-pyridyl-4H-1,2,4-triazole], is shown to undergo reversible single-crystal-to-single-crystal (SCSC) transformations upon exposure to vapors of different guests: 1 (MeCN)⇌2 (EtOH)→3 (H2 O)⇌1 (MeCN)...
October 12, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Judith S Brand, Elham Hedayati, Nirmala Bhoo-Pathy, Jonas Bergh, Per Hall, Keith Humphreys, Jonas F Ludvigsson, Kamila Czene
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a serious complication of cancer and its treatment. The current study assessed the risk and clinical predictors of VTE in breast cancer patients by time since diagnosis. METHODS: This Swedish population-based study included 8338 breast cancer patients diagnosed from 2001 to 2008 in the Stockholm-Gotland region with complete follow-up until 2012. Their incidence of VTE was compared with the incidence among 39,013 age-matched reference individuals from the general population...
October 11, 2016: Cancer
Kimberly A Homan, David B Kolesky, Mark A Skylar-Scott, Jessica Herrmann, Humphrey Obuobi, Annie Moisan, Jennifer A Lewis
Three-dimensional models of kidney tissue that recapitulate human responses are needed for drug screening, disease modeling, and, ultimately, kidney organ engineering. Here, we report a bioprinting method for creating 3D human renal proximal tubules in vitro that are fully embedded within an extracellular matrix and housed in perfusable tissue chips, allowing them to be maintained for greater than two months. Their convoluted tubular architecture is circumscribed by proximal tubule epithelial cells and actively perfused through the open lumen...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hannington Ssemmanda, Tonny Stone Luggya, Clare Lubulwa, Zeridah Muyinda, Pascal Kwitonda, Humphrey Wanzira, Joseph Ejoku
Background. Critical care in Uganda is a neglected speciality and deemed costly with limited funding/prioritization. We studied admission X-ray and MEWS as mortality predictors of ICU patients requiring mechanical ventilation. Materials and Methods. We did a cross-sectional study in Mulago Hospital ICU and 87 patients for mechanical ventilation were recruited with mortality as the outcome of interest. Chest X-ray results were the main independent variable and MEWS was also gotten for all patients. Results. We recruited 87 patients; most were males (60...
2016: Critical Care Research and Practice
Fredrik Strand, Keith Humphreys, Abbas Cheddad, Sven Törnberg, Edward Azavedo, John Shepherd, Per Hall, Kamila Czene
BACKGROUND: Interval breast cancers are often diagnosed at a more advanced stage than screen-detected cancers. Our aim was to identify features in screening mammograms of the normal breast that would differentiate between future interval cancers and screen-detected cancers, and to understand how each feature affects tumor detectability. METHODS: From a population-based cohort of invasive breast cancer cases in Stockholm-Gotland, Sweden, diagnosed from 2001 to 2008, we analyzed the contralateral mammogram at the preceding negative screening of 394 interval cancer cases and 1009 screen-detected cancers...
October 5, 2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Hong Shen, Lifei Wang, Weiqi Chen, Krista Menard, Yang Hong, Yuan Tian, Samuel J Bonacorsi, W Griffith Humphreys, Francis Y Lee, Jinping Gan
To assess targeting of an epothilone folate conjugate (BMS-753493) to the folate receptor (FR)-overexpressed tumor in mice bearing both FR+ and FR- tumors, a series of experiments were conducted by quantitative whole-body autoradiography (QWBA) and LC-MS/MS following i.v. administration of BMS-753493 or its active moiety, BMS-748285 in mice bearing FR+ (98M109) and FR- (M109) tumors. QWBA showed [(3)H]BMS-753493-derived radioactivity was extensively distributed to various tissues. The FR over-expressing 98M109 tumors showed consistently higher level of radioactivity than FR-negative tumors (i...
September 2016: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
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World leaders gather at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this month to mount a response to the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. Gary Humphreys and Fiona Fleck report.
September 1, 2016: Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Theresa Wildegger, Glyn Humphreys, Anna C Nobre
Orienting attention retrospectively to selective contents in working memory (WM) influences performance. A separate line of research has shown that stimulus strength shapes perceptual representations. There is little research on how stimulus strength during encoding shapes WM performance, and how effects of retrospective orienting might vary with changes in stimulus strength. We explore these questions in three experiments using a continuous-recall WM task. In Experiment 1 we show that benefits of cueing spatial attention retrospectively during WM maintenance (retrocueing) varies according to stimulus contrast during encoding...
2016: PloS One
Haidar M Abdul-Muhsin, Nicholas J Jakob, Ryan M McLemore, Sean B McAdams, Mitchell R Humphreys
INTRODUCTION: To examine the infectious outcomes after the insertion of the temporary prostatic urethral stent (TPUS) in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Between November 2007 and September 2012, ninety TPUS were used in 33 patients with BPH at our institution. All patients had negative urine cultures prior to the first stent insertion. TPUS were sent for cultures at time of removal or exchange. Stents were removed at the time of definite surgical intervention, at 4-6 weeks, or when patients elected another course of treatment...
October 2016: Canadian Journal of Urology
Debra Pugh, Samantha Halman, Isabelle Desjardins, Susan Humphrey-Murto, Timothy J Wood
: Construct: The impact of using nonbinary checklists for scoring residents from different levels of training participating in objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) progress tests was explored. BACKGROUND: OSCE progress tests typically employ similar rating instruments as traditional OSCEs. However, progress tests differ from other assessment modalities because learners from different stages of training participate in the same examination, which can pose challenges when deciding how to assign scores...
October 2016: Teaching and Learning in Medicine
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