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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346896/weak-size-dependence-of-resuspended-radiocesium-adsorbed-on-soil-particles-collected-after-the-fukushima-nuclear-accident
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Naoki Kaneyasu, Hideo Ohashi, Fumie Suzuki, Tomoaki Okuda, Fumikazu Ikemori, Naofumi Akata, Toshihiro Kogure
Most studies of the properties of airborne radionuclides emitted from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant have focused on the relatively early stages of the accident, and little is known about the characteristics of radiocesium in the long-term. In this study, we analyzed activity size distributions of airborne radiocesium collected over 5 months in Tsukuba, Japan. Radiocesium in the accumulation mode size range (0.1-2 μm in aerodynamic diameter) was overwhelming in the early aerosol samples and decreased with time, while that associated with coarse aerosols remained airborne...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346882/determination-of-prodrug-treosulfan-and-its-biologically-active-monoepoxide-in-rat-plasma-liver-lungs-kidneys-muscle-and-brain-by-hplc-esi-ms-ms-method
#2
Michał Romański, Anna Kasprzyk, Artur Teżyk, Agnieszka Widerowska, Czesław Żaba, Franciszek Główka
A prodrug treosulfan (TREO) is currently investigated in clinical trials for conditioning prior to hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Bioanalysis of TREO and its active derivatives, monoepoxide (S,S-EBDM) and diepoxide, in plasma and urine underlay the pharmacokinetic studies of these compounds but cannot explain an organ pharmacological action or toxicity. Recently, distribution of TREO and S,S-EBDM into brain, cerebrospinal fluid, and aqueous humor of the eye has been investigated in animal models and the obtained results presented clinical relevance...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346874/protective-effects-of-hepatocyte-specific-glycyrrhetic-derivatives-against-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-liver-damage-in-mice
#3
Yifei Yang, Lingyun Yang, Yaodan Han, Zhenwei Wu, Pan Chen, Huibin Zhang, Jinpei Zhou
Glycyrrhetic acid (GA), the main hydrolysate of glycyrrhizic acid extracted from the roots of the Chinese herb Glycyrrhiza glabra, was reported to be accumulated in hepatocytes due to the extensive distribution of GA receptors in liver. A series of hepatocyte-specific derivatives on the basis of anetholtrithione and glycyrrhizic were designed and synthesized. The potential beneficial effect was evaluated in carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced liver injury model. In addition, the hepatoprotective activity of these derivatives was assessed by measuring levels of serum marker enzymes, including serum glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (GOT), serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase (GPT), alkaline phosphatase (AKP), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and the ratio of GSH to GSSG...
March 20, 2017: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346870/-to-the-victor-go-the-spoils-infants-expect-resources-to-align-with-dominance-structures
#4
Elizabeth A Enright, Hyowon Gweon, Jessica A Sommerville
Previous research has found that within the first year of life infants possess rich knowledge about social structures (i.e., that some individuals are dominant over other individuals) as well as expectations about resource distributions (i.e., that resources are typically distributed equally to recipients). We investigated whether infants' expectations about resource distribution can be modulated by information about the dominance structure between the recipients. We first replicated the finding that infants attribute a stable dominance hierarchy to a pair of individuals when their goals conflicted and one individual yielded to the other (Expt...
March 24, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346841/rapid-and-reliable-genotyping-of-hla-b-57-01-in-four-chinese-populations-using-a-single-tube-duplex-real-time-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay
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Min Han, Xing Kang, Zhengbin Liu, Tingting Zhang, Yanwei Li, Chao Chen, Huijuan Wang
HLA-B*57:01 is strongly associated with severe adverse drug reaction induced by the anti-HIV drug abacavir (ABC) and antibiotic flucloxacillin. This study was dedicated to establishing a new method for HLA-B*57:01 genotyping and investigating the HLA-B*57:01 distribution pattern in four Chinese populations. A single-tube duplex real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) system was established by combining the amplification refractory mutation system and TaqMan probe. The reliability of this assay was validated by comparing the genotyping results with those by sequence-based typing...
March 27, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346764/mapping-the-interactions-of-selective-biochemical-probes-of-antibody-conformation-by-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange-mass-spectrometry
#6
Ulrike Leurs, Hermann Beck, Lea Bonnington, Ingo Lindner, Ewa Pol, Kasper Dyrberg Rand
Protein-based pharmaceuticals represent the fastest growing group of drugs in development in the pharmaceutical industry. One of the major challenges in the discovery, development and distribution of biopharmaceuticals is the assessment of changes in their higher-order structure due to chemical modifications. Here, we investigate the interactions of three different biochemical probes (Fabs) generated to detect conformational changes in a therapeutic IgG1 antibody (mAbX) by local hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry (HDX-MS)...
March 27, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346698/how-do-rivers-geographic-distance-and-dispersal-behavior-influence-genetic-structure-in-two-sympatric-new-world-monkeys
#7
Emilie Lecompte, Mohand-Ameziane Bouanani, Benoît de Thoisy, Brigitte Crouau-Roy
Dispersal, one of the major factors affecting the gene flow between populations, shapes the spatial distribution of genetic diversity within species. Alouatta macconnelli and Saguinus midas are two Neotropical monkey species that sympatrically inhabit the Guiana shield in northern Amazonia and are likely to differ in their dispersal behavior and vagility. We took advantage of their sympatry to investigate, over a fine geographical scale (∼50 km long), the relationship between spatial genetic structure, on the one hand, and geographical features and the species' dispersal behavior on the other...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346661/a-major-shift-in-diversification-rate-helps-explain-macroevolutionary-patterns-in-primate-species-diversity
#8
Jessica H Arbour, Sharlene E Santana
Primates represent one of the most species rich, wide ranging and ecologically diverse clades of mammals. What major macroevolutionary factors have driven their diversification and contributed to the modern distribution of primate species remains widely debated. We employed phylogenetic comparative methods to examine the role of clade age and evolutionary rate heterogeneity in the modern distribution of species diversity of Primates. Primate diversification has accelerated since its origin, with decreased extinction leading to a shift to even higher evolutionary rates in the most species rich family (Cercopithecidae)...
March 27, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346603/residency-program-directors-interview-methods-and-satisfaction-with-resident-selection-across-multiple-specialties
#9
Tonya VanOrder, Wayne Robbins, Eric Zemper
CONTEXT: Competition for postdoctoral training positions is at an all-time high, and residency program directors continue to have little direction when it comes to structuring an effective interview process. OBJECTIVES: To examine whether a relationship existed between interview methods used and program director satisfaction with resident selection decisions and whether programs that used methods designed to assess candidate personal characteristics were more satisfied with their decisions...
April 1, 2017: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346588/association-between-childhood-onset-epilepsy-and-amyloid-burden-5-decades-later
#10
Juho Joutsa, Juha O Rinne, Bruce Hermann, Mira Karrasch, Anu Anttinen, Shlomo Shinnar, Matti Sillanpää
Importance: The effect of childhood epilepsy on later-life cognitive and brain health is an unclear and little-explored issue. Objective: To determine whether adults with a history of childhood-onset epilepsy exhibit increased brain amyloid accumulation, possibly predisposing to accelerated cognitive impairment or even frank cognitive disorders in later life. Design, Setting, and Participants: Forty-one adults from a population-based cohort of individuals with childhood-onset epilepsy in southwestern Finland, together with 46 matched population-based controls, underwent amyloid ligand carbon 11-labeled Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB) positron emission tomography after long-term prospective follow-up...
March 27, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346573/assessment-of-glycemic-control-in-nursing-home-residents-with-diabetes
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F Retornaz, M Grino, L Mari, C Oliver
OBJECTIVE: To describe glycemic control in nursing home residents with diabetes and to evaluate the relevance of HbA1c in the detection of hypoglycemia risk. DESIGN AND METHODS: Diabetes treatment, geriatric assessment, blood capillary glucose (n= 24,682), and HbA1c were collected from medical charts of 236 southern France nursing home residents during a 4-month period. Glycemic control was divided into four categories: tight, fair, and moderate or severe chronic hyperglycemia using the High Blood Glucose Index or the analysis of blood glucose frequency distribution...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346548/kinetics-of-light-induced-ordering-and-deformation-in-lc-azobenzene-containing-materials
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Vladimir Toshchevikov, Tatiana Petrova, Marina Saphiannikova
Azobenzene-containing smart materials are able to transform the energy of light into directional mechanical stress. We develop a theory of time-dependent light-induced ordering and deformation in azobenzene materials starting from the kinetic equations of photoisomerization. The liquid crystalline (LC) interactions between rod-like trans-isomers are taken into account. Angular selectivity of the photoisomerization known as an "angular hole burning" or the Weigert effect leads to the light-induced ordering and deformation of the azobenzene materials...
March 27, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346542/unusual-behaviour-of-phototrophic-picoplankton-in-turbid-waters
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Boglárka Somogyi, Károly Pálffy, Katalin V-Balogh, Zoltán Botta-Dukát, Lajos Vörös
Autotrophic picoplankton (APP) abundance and contribution to phytoplankton biomass was studied in Hungarian shallow lakes to test the effect of inorganic turbidity determining the size distribution of the phytoplankton. The studied lakes displayed wide turbidity (TSS: 4-2250 mg l-1) and phytoplankton biomass (chlorophyll a: 1-460 μg l-1) range, as well as APP abundance (0 and 100 million cells ml-1) and contribution (0-100%) to total phytoplankton biomass. Inorganic turbidity had a significant effect on the abundance and contribution of APP, resulting in higher values compared to other freshwater lakes with the same phytoplankton biomass...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346527/a-qualitative-study-of-secondary-distribution-of-hiv-self-test-kits-by-female-sex-workers-in-kenya
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Suzanne Maman, Katherine R Murray, Sue Napierala Mavedzenge, Lennah Oluoch, Florence Sijenje, Kawango Agot, Harsha Thirumurthy
Promoting awareness of serostatus and frequent HIV testing is especially important among high risk populations such as female sex workers (FSW) and their sexual partners. HIV self-testing is an approach that is gaining ground in sub-Saharan Africa as a strategy to increase knowledge of HIV status and promote safer sexual decisions. However, little is known about self-test distribution strategies that are optimal for increasing testing access among hard-to-reach and high risk individuals. We conducted a qualitative study with 18 FSW who participated in a larger study that provided them with five oral fluid-based self-tests, training on how to use the tests, and encouragement to offer the self-tests to their sexual partners using their discretion...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346490/effect-of-hiv-and-malaria-parasites-co-infection-on-immune-hematological-profiles-among-patients-attending-anti-retroviral-treatment-art-clinic-in-infectious-disease-hospital-kano-nigeria
#15
Feyisayo Ebenezer Jegede, Tinuade Ibijoke Oyeyi, Surajudeen Abiola Abdulrahman, Henry Akwen Mbah, Titilope Badru, Chinedu Agbakwuru, Oluwasanmi Adedokun
BACKGROUND: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and malaria co-infection may present worse health outcomes in the tropics. Information on HIV/malaria co-infection effect on immune-hematological profiles is critical for patient care and there is a paucity of such data in Nigeria. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate immune-hematological profiles among HIV infected patients compared to HIV/malaria co-infected for ART management improvement. METHODS: This was a cross sectional study conducted at Infectious Disease Hospital, Kano...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346480/stationarity-of-the-inter-event-power-law-distributions
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Yerali Gandica, João Carvalho, Fernando Sampaio Dos Aidos, Renaud Lambiotte, Timoteo Carletti
A number of human activities exhibit a bursty pattern, namely periods of very high activity that are followed by rest periods. Records of these processes generate time series of events whose inter-event times follow a probability distribution that displays a fat tail. The grounds for such phenomenon are not yet clearly understood. In the present work we use the freely available Wikipedia's editing records to unravel some features of this phenomenon. We show that even though the probability to start editing is conditioned by the circadian 24 hour cycle, the conditional probability for the time interval between successive edits at a given time of the day is independent from the latter...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346478/association-of-enos-and-cav-1-gene-polymorphisms-with-susceptibility-risk-of-large-artery-atherosclerotic-stroke
#17
Hann-Yeh Shyu, Ming-Hua Chen, Yi-Hsien Hsieh, Jia-Ching Shieh, Ling-Rong Yen, Hsiao-Wei Wang, Chun-Wen Cheng
Endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) is localized in caveole and has important effects on caveolar coordination through its interaction with caveolin-1 (Cav-1), which supports normal functioning of vascular endothelial cells. However, the relationship between genotypic polymorphisms of e-NOS and Cav-1 genes and ischemic stroke (IS) remains lesser reported. This hospital-based case-control study aimed to determine the genetic polymorphisms of the eNOS (Glu298Asp) and Cav-1 (G14713A and T29107A) genes in association with susceptibility risk in patients who had suffered from a large artery atherosclerotic (LAA) stroke...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346477/disruption-of-sorcs2-reveals-differences-in-the-regulation-of-stereociliary-bundle-formation-between-hair-cell-types-in-the-inner-ear
#18
Andrew Forge, Ruth R Taylor, Sally J Dawson, Michael Lovett, Daniel J Jagger
Behavioural anomalies suggesting an inner ear disorder were observed in a colony of transgenic mice. Affected animals were profoundly deaf. Severe hair bundle defects were identified in all outer and inner hair cells (OHC, IHC) in the cochlea and in hair cells of vestibular macular organs, but hair cells in cristae were essentially unaffected. Evidence suggested the disorder was likely due to gene disruption by a randomly inserted transgene construct. Whole-genome sequencing identified interruption of the SorCS2 (Sortilin-related VPS-10 domain containing protein) locus...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346440/endocytic-proteins-are-partitioned-at-the-edge-of-the-clathrin-lattice-in-mammalian-cells
#19
Kem A Sochacki, Andrea M Dickey, Marie-Paule Strub, Justin W Taraska
Dozens of proteins capture, polymerize and reshape the clathrin lattice during clathrin-mediated endocytosis (CME). How or if this ensemble of proteins is organized in relation to the clathrin coat is unknown. Here, we map key molecules involved in CME at the nanoscale using correlative super-resolution light and transmission electron microscopy. We localize 19 different endocytic proteins (amphiphysin1, AP2, β2-arrestin, CALM, clathrin, DAB2, dynamin2, EPS15, epsin1, epsin2, FCHO2, HIP1R, intersectin, NECAP, SNX9, stonin2, syndapin2, transferrin receptor, VAMP2) on thousands of individual clathrin structures, generating a comprehensive molecular architecture of endocytosis with nanoscale precision...
March 27, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346395/a-correlation-based-joint-cfar-detector-using-adaptively-truncated-statistics-in-sar-imagery
#20
Jiaqiu Ai, Xuezhi Yang, Fang Zhou, Zhangyu Dong, Lu Jia, He Yan
Traditional constant false alarm rate (CFAR) detectors only use the contrast information between ship targets and clutter, and they suffer probability of detection (PD) degradation in multiple target situations. This paper proposes a correlation-based joint CFAR detector using adaptively-truncated statistics (hereafter called TS-2DLNCFAR) in SAR images. The proposed joint CFAR detector exploits the gray intensity correlation characteristics by building a two-dimensional (2D) joint log-normal model as the joint distribution (JPDF) of the clutter, so joint CFAR detection is realized...
March 27, 2017: Sensors
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