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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927015/mothers-perceived-neighbourhood-environment-and-outdoor-play-of-2-to-3-5-year-old-children-findings-from-the-healthy-beginnings-trial
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Huilan Xu, Li Ming Wen, Louise L Hardy, Chris Rissel
BACKGROUND: This study aims to investigate whether mothers' perceived neighbourhood environment is associated with outdoor playtime of 2- to 3.5-year-old children. METHODS: Cross-sectional analyses were conducted using data from the Healthy Beginnings Trial (HBT). Data on children's outdoor playtime and mothers' perceived neighbourhood environment were collected through face-to-face interviews with mothers when their children were 2 and 3.5 years old. Walk score was obtained from a publicly available website and population density data were obtained from Australian Census data...
September 18, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926594/history-of-nonnative-monk-parakeets-in-mexico
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Elizabeth A Hobson, Grace Smith-Vidaurre, Alejandro Salinas-Melgoza
Nonnative Monk Parakeets have been reported in increasing numbers across many cities in Mexico, and were formally classified as an invasive species in Mexico in late 2016. However, there has not been a large-scale attempt to determine how international pet trade and national and international governmental regulations have played a part in colonization, and when the species appeared in different areas. We describe the changes in regulations that led the international pet trade market to shift to Mexico, then used international trade data to determine how many parakeets were commercially imported each year and where those individuals originated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924235/single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-of-nucleotide-excision-repair-pathway-are-significantly-associated-with-outcomes-of-platinum-based-chemotherapy-in-lung-cancer
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Xiao Song, Shiming Wang, Xuan Hong, Xiaoying Li, Xueying Zhao, Cong Huai, Hongyan Chen, Zhiqiang Gao, Ji Qian, Jiucun Wang, Baohui Han, Chunxue Bai, Qiang Li, Junjie Wu, Daru Lu
Nucleotide excision repair (NER) pathway plays critical roles in repairing DNA disorders caused by platinum. To comprehensively understand the association between variants of NER and clinical outcomes of platinum-based chemotherapy, 173 SNPs in 27 genes were selected to evaluate association with toxicities and efficiency in 1004 patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer. The results showed that consecutive significant signals were observed in XPA, RPA1, POLD1, POLD3. Further subgroup analysis showed that GTF2H4 presented consecutive significant signals in clinical benefit among adenocarcimoma...
September 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923936/isolation-of-exosomes-from-whole-blood-by-integrating-acoustics-and-microfluidics
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Mengxi Wu, Yingshi Ouyang, Zeyu Wang, Rui Zhang, Po-Hsun Huang, Chuyi Chen, Hui Li, Peng Li, David Quinn, Ming Dao, Subra Suresh, Yoel Sadovsky, Tony Jun Huang
Exosomes are nanoscale extracellular vesicles that play an important role in many biological processes, including intercellular communications, antigen presentation, and the transport of proteins, RNA, and other molecules. Recently there has been significant interest in exosome-related fundamental research, seeking new exosome-based biomarkers for health monitoring and disease diagnoses. Here, we report a separation method based on acoustofluidics (i.e., the integration of acoustics and microfluidics) to isolate exosomes directly from whole blood in a label-free and contact-free manner...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923126/-drawing-aside-the-curtain-natural-childbirth-on-screen-in-1950s-britain
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Salim Al-Gailani
This article recovers the importance of film, and its relations to other media, in communicating the philosophies and methods of 'natural childbirth' in the post-war period. It focuses on an educational film made in South Africa around 1950 by controversial British physician Grantly Dick-Read, who had achieved international fame with bestselling books arguing that relaxation and education, not drugs, were the keys to freeing women from pain in childbirth. But he soon came to regard the 'vivid' medium of film as a more effective means of disseminating the 'truth of [his] mission' to audiences who might never have read his books...
September 2017: British Journal for the History of Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923111/a-novel-coltivirus-related-virus-isolated-from-free-tailed-bats-from-c%C3%A3-te-d-ivoire-is-able-to-infect-human-cells-in-vitro
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Sabrina Weiss, Piotr Wojtek Dabrowski, Andreas Kurth, Siv Aina J Leendertz, Fabian H Leendertz
BACKGROUND: Zoonotic transmission events play a major role in the emergence of novel diseases. While such events are virtually impossible to predict, wildlife screening for potential emerging pathogens can be a first step. Driven by recent disease epidemics like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), and Ebola, bats have gained special interest as reservoirs of emerging viruses. METHODS: As part of a bigger study investigating pathogens in African bats we screened animals for the presence of known and unknown viruses...
September 18, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922923/interfacial-properties-and-mechanisms-dominating-gas-hydrate-cohesion-and-adhesion-in-liquid-and-vapor-hydrocarbon-phases
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Sijia Hu, Carolyn A Koh
The interfacial properties and mechanisms of gas hydrate systems play a major role in controlling their interparticle and surface interactions, which is desirable for nearly all energy applications of clathrate hydrates. In particular, preventing gas hydrate interparticle agglomeration and/or particle-surface deposition is critical to the prevention of gas hydrate blockages during the exploration and transportation of oil and gas subsea flowlines. These agglomeration and deposition processes are dominated by particle-particle cohesive forces and particle-surface adhesive force...
September 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922469/one-pot-synthesis-of-gdp-mannose-by-a-multi-enzyme-cascade-for-enzymatic-assembly-of-lipid-linked-oligosaccharides
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Thomas F T Rexer, Anna Schildbach, Jan Klapproth, Angelika Schierhorn, Reza Mahour, Markus Pietzsch, Erdmann Rapp, Udo Reichl
Glycosylation of proteins is a key function of the biosynthetic-secretory pathway in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and Golgi apparatus. Glycosylated proteins play a crucial role in cell trafficking and signaling, cell-cell adhesion, blood-group antigenicity, and immune response. In addition, the glycosylation of proteins is an important parameter in the optimization of many glycoprotein-based drugs such as monoclonal antibodies. In vitro glycoengineering of proteins requires glycosyltransferases as well as expensive nucleotide sugars...
September 18, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922434/association-of-microrna-polymorphisms-with-the-risk-of-gastric-cancer-in-a-romanian-population
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Ion Rogoveanu, Florin Burada, Mihai Gabriel Cucu, Cristin Constantin Vere, Mihai Ioana, Raluca Alexandra Cîmpeanu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play an important role in the occurrence and progression of human cancers, including gastric cancer. Our hospital-based case-control study aimed to investigate whether four commonly studied single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have effects on susceptibility to gastric cancer in a Romanian population. METHOD: We genotyped the miR-27a rs895819, miR-146a rs2910164, miR-196a2 rs11614913 and miR-499 rs3746444 SNPs by real-time PCR using predesignated TaqMan assays in 430 individuals (142 gastric cancer patients and 288 age and gender matched cancer-free controls)...
September 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921916/inversed-expression-patterns-of-s100a4-and-e-cadherin-in-cervical-cancers-implication-in-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition
#10
Ming Liu, Jia Liu, Bin Yang, Xue Gao, Ling-Lu Gao, Qing-You Kong, Peng Zhang, Hong Li
Cervical cancer/CC is the third commonest female malignancy worldwide. The aggressive growth and distal metastases are the leading causes of CC mortality, which is largely due to epithelial-mesenchymal transition/EMT. Fibroblast specific protein S100A4 promotes cancer metastasis and epithelial type cadherin/E-cadherin play pivotal roles in cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix interaction. Therefore, the expression patterns of S100A4 and E-cadherin reflect statuses of EMT of carcinoma cells. However, S100A4 expression and its relevance with E-cadherin and HPV16 infection in cervical cancers remain unknown...
September 16, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921897/a-combined-experimental-and-theoretical-approaches-to-correlate-the-structure-and-properties-of-n-methylpyrrolidone-based-protic-ionic-liquids
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Somenath Panda, Kaushik Kundu, Siva Umapathy, Ramesh Gardas
Correlation of the structure and properties of ionic liquids (ILs) is essential for the development of optimized materials in the fields of gas capture and separation, battery electrolyte, and cellulose dissolution process. In view of this, a detailed vibrational spectroscopic analysis and quantum-chemical calculation were performed to explore the interionic interactions in N-methylpyrrolidone cation and carboxylate anion-based ILs. FTIR and Raman spectroscopy were applied to identify the H-bonding interactions between ion-pair, in which red-shifted vibrational modes were evidenced as a function of anion chain length...
September 17, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919745/dose-and-time-effect-of-cdte-quantum-dots-on-antioxidant-capacities-of-the-liver-and-kidneys-in-mice
#12
Jilong Wang, Hubo Sun, Peijun Meng, Mengmeng Wang, Mi Tian, Yamin Xiong, Xueying Zhang, Peili Huang
Although quantum dot (QD)-induced toxicity occurs due to free radicals, generation of oxidative stress mediated by reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation is considered an important mechanism. However, free radical mechanisms are essentially difficult to elucidate at the molecular level because most biologically relevant free radicals are highly reactive and short-lived, making them difficult to directly detect, especially in vivo. Antioxidants play an important role in preventing or, in most cases, limiting the damage caused by ROS...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918480/sgs1-helicase-is-required-for-efficient-pcna-monoubiquitination-and-translesion-dna-synthesis-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Fangfang Li, Lindsay G Ball, Li Fan, Michelle Hanna, Wei Xiao
DNA-damage tolerance (DDT) is employed by eukaryotes to deal with replication blocks on the template strand, and is divided into two parallel pathways that are activated by sequential ubiquitination of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) at the Lys164 residue. Rad6-Rad18-mediated PCNA monoubiquitination promotes translesion DNA synthesis (TLS) and the monoubiquitinated PCNA can be further polyubiquitinated by an Mms2-Ubc13-Rad5 complex, leading to error-free lesion bypass. We previously reported that the DNA helicase Sgs1 is required for error-free lesion bypass, probably through the double-Holliday junction migration and subsequent resolution...
September 16, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918092/growth-rate-dependent-regulation-of-trna-level-and-charging-in-bacillus-licheniformis
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Iolanda Ferro, Klaus Liebeton, Zoya Ignatova
Cellular growth crucially depends on protein synthesis and the abundance of translational components. Among them, aminoacyl-tRNAs play a central role in biosynthesis and shape the kinetics of mRNA translation, thus influencing protein production. Here, we used microarray-based approaches to determine the charging levels and tRNA abundance of Bacillus licheniformis. We observed an interesting cross-talk among tRNA expression, charging pattern and growth rate. For a large subset of tRNAs, we found a co-regulated and augmented expression at high growth rate...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918013/mir-135b-stimulates-osteosarcoma-recurrence-and-lung-metastasis-via-notch-and-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
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Hua Jin, Song Luo, Yun Wang, Chang Liu, Zhenghao Piao, Meng Xu, Wei Guan, Qing Li, Hua Zou, Qun-You Tan, Zhen-Zhou Yang, Yan Wang, Dong Wang, Cheng-Xiong Xu
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) play an important role in osteosarcoma (OS) metastasis and recurrence, and both Wnt/β-catenin and Notch signaling are essential for the development of the biological traits of CSCs. However, the mechanism that underlies the simultaneous hyperactivation of both Wnt/β-catenin and Notch signaling in OS remains unclear. Here, we report that expression of miR-135b correlates with the overall and recurrence-free survival of OS patients, and that miR-135b has an activating effect on both Wnt/β-catenin and Notch signaling...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917797/a-rapid-and-specific-colorimetric-method-for-free-tryptophan-quantification
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Yinan Wu, Tianmin Wang, Chong Zhang, Xin-Hui Xing
Tryptophan is one of the eight essential amino acids and plays an important role in many biological processes. For its interaction with human health, environment and relevant commercial interest in biotechnology-based production, rapid and specific quantification method for this molecule accessible to common laboratories is badly needed. We herein reported a simple colorimetric method for free tryptophan quantification with 96-well-plate-level throughput. Our protocol firstly converted tryptophan to indole enzymatically by purified tryptophanases and then used reactivity of indole with hydroxylamine to form pink product with absorption peak at 530nm, enabling the quantification of tryptophan with simple spectrometry in just two hours...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917184/investigation-of-the-chemical-mechanisms-involved-in-the-electropulsation-of-membranes-at-the-molecular-level
#17
Marie Breton, Lluis M Mir
The chemical consequences of electropulsation on giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs), in particular the possible oxidation of unsaturated phospholipids, have been investigated by mass spectrometry, flow cytometry and absorbance methods. Pulse application induced oxidation of the GUV phospholipids and the oxidation level depended on the duration of the pulse. Light and O2 increased the level of pulse-induced lipid peroxidation whereas the presence of antioxidants either in the membrane or in the solution completely suppressed peroxidation...
September 11, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917052/monitoring-of-methionine-sulfoxide-content-and-methionine-sulfoxide-reductase-activity
#18
Lionel Tarrago, Emmanuel Oheix, Zalán Péterfi, Vadim N Gladyshev
The sulfur-containing amino acid methionine (Met) plays critical roles in protein synthesis, methylation, and sulfur metabolism. Both in its free form and in the form of an amino acid residue, it can be oxidized to the R and S diastereomers of methionine sulfoxide (MetO). Organisms evolved methionine sulfoxide reductases (MSRs) to reduce MetO to Met, with the MSRs type A (MSRA) and type B (MSRB) being specific for the S and R forms of MetO, respectively. In mammals, the selenoprotein MSRB1 plays an important protein repair function, and its expression is tightly regulated by dietary selenium...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915943/derivatization-enhanced-separation-and-sensitivity-of-long-chain-free-fatty-acids-application-to-asthma-using-targeted-and-non-targeted-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-approach
#19
Xiqing Bian, Baoqing Sun, Peiyan Zheng, Na Li, Jian-Lin Wu
Long chain-free fatty acids (LCFFAs) play pivotal roles in various physiological functions, like inflammation, insulin resistance, hypertension, immune cell behavior and other biological activities. However, the detection is obstructed by the low contents, structural diversity, high structural similarity, and matrix interference. Herein, a fast cholamine-derivatization, within 1 min at room temperature, coupled with liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) approach was developed to determine LCFFAs in complex samples...
October 9, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915892/modelling-the-impact-of-the-long-term-use-of-insecticide-treated-bed-nets-on-anopheles-mosquito-biting-time
#20
Claudia P Ferreira, Silas P Lyra, Franciane Azevedo, David Greenhalgh, Eduardo Massad
BACKGROUND: Evidence of changing in biting and resting behaviour of the main malaria vectors has been mounting up in recent years as a result of selective pressure by the widespread and long-term use of insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs), and indoor residual spraying. The impact of resistance behaviour on malaria intervention efficacy has important implications for the epidemiology and malaria control programmes. In this context, a theoretical framework is presented to understand the mechanisms determining the evolution of feeding behaviour under the pressure of use of ITNs...
September 15, 2017: Malaria Journal
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