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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550773/susceptibility-resistance-and-resilience-of-anammox-biomass-to-nanoscale-copper-stress
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Zheng-Zhe Zhang, Hai-Yan Hu, Jia-Jia Xu, Zhi-Jian Shi, Yang-Yang Shen, Man-Ling Shi, Ren-Cun Jin
The increasing use of engineered nanoparticles (NPs) poses an emerging challenge to biological wastewater treatment. The long-term impact of CuNPs on anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) process was firstly investigated in this study. The nitrogen removal capacity of anammox reactor was nearly deprived within 30days under the stress of 5.0mgL(-1) CuNPs and the relative abundance of anammox bacteria (Ca. Kuenenia) was decreased from 29.59% to 17.53%. Meanwhile, copper resistance genes associated with the Cus, Cop and Pco systems were enriched to eliminate excess intracellular copper...
May 15, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550519/drug-abuse-associated-mortality-across-the-lifespan-a-population-based-longitudinal-cohort-and-co-relative-analysis
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Kenneth S Kendler, Henrik Ohlsson, Kristina Sundquist, Jan Sundquist
PURPOSE: Nationwide data have been lacking on drug abuse (DA)-associated mortality. We do not know the degree to which this excess mortality results from the characteristics of drug-abusing individuals or from the effects of DA itself. METHOD: DA was assessed from medical, criminal, and prescribed drug registries. Relative pairs discordant for DA were obtained from the Multi-Generation and Twin Registers. Mortality was obtained from the Swedish Mortality registry...
May 26, 2017: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549777/p32-is-required-for-appropriate-interleukin-6-production-upon-lps-stimulation-and-protects-mice-from-endotoxin-shock
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Katsuhiko Sasaki, Kazuhito Gotoh, Sho Miake, Daiki Setoyama, Mikako Yagi, Ko Igami, Takeshi Uchiumi, Donchon Kang
Sepsis is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in seriously ill patients and mitochondrial dysfunction is associated with poor outcomes in septic patients. Although interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a good prognostic marker for sepsis, the relationship between mitochondrial dysfunction and IL-6 remains poorly understood. We identified p32/C1QBP/HABP1 as a regulator of IL-6 production in response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS). LPS induced IL-6 overproduction in p32 deficient mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) through NF-κB independent but activating transcription factor (ATF) 4 dependent pathways...
May 11, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549723/tracheobronchomalacia
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Abhishek Biswas, Michael A Jantz, P S Sriram, Hiren J Mehta
The term tracheobronchomalacia refers to excessively compliant and collapsible central airways leading to symptoms. Although seen as a coexisting condition with various other pulmonary condition, it may cause symptoms by itself. The condition is often misdiagnosed as asthma, bronchitis or just chronic cough due to a lack of specific pathognomonic history and clinical findings. The investigation revolves around different modes of imaging, lung function testing and usually confirmed by flexible bronchoscopy. The treatment widely varies based on the cause, with most cases treated conservatively with non-invasive ventilation...
May 23, 2017: Disease-a-month: DM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549194/disentangling-timing-of-admixture-patterns-of-introgression-and-phenotypic-indicators-in-a-hybridizing-wolf-population
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M Galaverni, R Caniglia, L Pagani, E Fabbri, A Boattini, E Randi
Hybridization is a natural or anthropogenic process that can deeply affect the genetic make-up of populations, possibly decreasing individual fitness but sometimes favouring local adaptations. The population of Italian wolves (Canis lupus), after protracted demographic declines and isolation, is currently expanding in anthropic areas, with documented cases of hybridization with stray domestic dogs. However, identifying admixture patterns in deeply introgressed populations is far from trivial. In this study, we used a panel of 170,000 SNPs analysed with multivariate, Bayesian and local ancestry reconstruction methods to identify hybrids, estimate their ancestry proportions and timing since admixture...
May 26, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548835/rapid-deposition-of-uniform-polydopamine-coatings-on-nanoparticle-surfaces-with-controllable-thickness
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Nazar Orishchin, Cameron C Crane, Matthew Brownell, Tengjiao Wang, Samuel Jenkins, Min Zou, Arun Nair, Jingyi Chen
Polydopamine is a bioinspired, versatile material that can adhere to bulk and nanoscale surfaces made of disparate materials to improve their physical and chemical properties in many applications. The typical methods to coat polydopamine on the nanoparticle substrates usually take several hours to a day. This work successfully applies a dispersion method to form a controllable, uniform coating on a nanoparticle surface within minutes. Using plasmonic Ag nanoparticles as a substrate, the coating thickness can be monitored using a spectroscopic method based on the extinction peak shifts of the Ag nanoparticles...
May 26, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548508/possible-dark-matter-annihilation-signal-in-the-ams-02-antiproton-data
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Ming-Yang Cui, Qiang Yuan, Yue-Lin Sming Tsai, Yi-Zhong Fan
Using the latest AMS-02 cosmic-ray antiproton flux data, we search for a potential dark matter annihilation signal. The background parameters about the propagation, source injection, and solar modulation are not assumed a priori but based on the results inferred from the recent B/C ratio and proton data measurements instead. The possible dark matter signal is incorporated into the model self-consistently under a Bayesian framework. Compared with the astrophysical background-only hypothesis, we find that a dark matter signal is favored...
May 12, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548453/mortality-in-type-1-diabetes-diagnosed-in-childhood-in-northern-ireland-during-1989-2012-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Eileen Morgan, Catherine R Black, Noina Abid, Christopher R Cardwell, David R McCance, Christopher C Patterson
OBJECTIVE: To investigate long-term mortality rates and causes of death in individuals diagnosed with type 1 diabetes before the age of 15 years during the period 1989-2012 or known to paediatric diabetes teams in 1989, in Northern Ireland. METHODS: A cohort of 3129 patients from the Northern Ireland Childhood Diabetes Register was linked to death registrations and underlying causes, coded according to ICD-9 or ICD-10. Standardized mortality ratios (SMRs) were calculated as the ratio of observed to expected deaths by sex, attained age, time since diagnosis, calendar period, and cause of death...
May 26, 2017: Pediatric Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546827/chemical-constituents-from-a-gynostemma-laxum-and-their-antioxidant-and-neuroprotective-activities
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Ji Yeon Seo, Sang Kyum Kim, Phi Hung Nguyen, Ju Yong Lee, Pham Ha Thanh Tung, Sang Hyun Sung, Won Keun Oh
BACKGROUND: A few bioactivities of constituents from Gynostemma laxum, which has been collected in Vietnam, have been reported until now. There is no report about the effects of constituents from G. laxum although the nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2)-mediated heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) antioxidant defense system is involved in neuroprotection in the brain. Therefore, we investigated whether quercetin (2), benzoic acid (10) and their analogues (1, 3-9 and 11) from G. laxum have the antioxidant and neuroprotective activities and also their underlying mechanism...
2017: Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546641/why-study-eu-foreign-policy-at-all-a-response-to-keuleers-fonck-and-keukeleire
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Hylke Dijkstra, Sophie Vanhoonacker
In an important article on the state of European Union (EU) foreign policy research, Keuleers, Fonck and Keukeleire show that academics excessively focus on the study of the EU foreign policy system and EU implementation rather than the consequences of EU foreign policy for recipient countries. While the article is empirical, based on a dataset of 451 published articles on EU foreign policy, the normative message is that it is time to stop 'navel-gazing' and pay more attention to those on the receiving end of EU foreign policy...
June 2017: Cooperation and Conflict
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546583/hybridizing-feature-selection-and-feature-learning-approaches-in-qsar-modeling-for-drug-discovery
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Ignacio Ponzoni, Víctor Sebastián-Pérez, Carlos Requena-Triguero, Carlos Roca, María J Martínez, Fiorella Cravero, Mónica F Díaz, Juan A Páez, Ramón Gómez Arrayás, Javier Adrio, Nuria E Campillo
Quantitative structure-activity relationship modeling using machine learning techniques constitutes a complex computational problem, where the identification of the most informative molecular descriptors for predicting a specific target property plays a critical role. Two main general approaches can be used for this modeling procedure: feature selection and feature learning. In this paper, a performance comparative study of two state-of-art methods related to these two approaches is carried out. In particular, regression and classification models for three different issues are inferred using both methods under different experimental scenarios: two drug-like properties, such as blood-brain-barrier and human intestinal absorption, and enantiomeric excess, as a measurement of purity used for chiral substances...
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546321/inguinal-hernia-repair-among-men-in-relation-to-occupational-mechanical-exposures-and-lifestyle-factors-a-longitudinal-study
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Marie Vestergaard Vad, Poul Frost, Jacob Rosenberg, Johan Hviid Andersen, Susanne Wulff Svendsen
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate exposure-response relationships between occupational mechanical exposures and first-time lateral and medial inguinal hernia repair and effects of lifestyle factors. To estimate if occupational mechanical exposures advance the repairs. METHODS: This longitudinal study was based on a cohort of men aged 18-65 years with questionnaire data from the Musculoskeletal Research Database at the Danish Ramazzini Centre. We estimated occupational mechanical exposures using a job exposure matrix...
May 25, 2017: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545513/cross-sectional-assessment-of-infants-exposure-to-toxic-metals-through-breast-milk-in-a-prospective-cohort-study-of-mining-communities-in-ghana
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David Kwaku Bansa, Adolf Kofi Awua, Rose Boatin, Theodosia Adom, Edward Christian Brown-Appiah, Kennedy Kwame Amewosina, Akusika Diaba, Dominic Datoghe, Wilhelmina Okwabi
BACKGROUND: Although breastfeeding of infants is recommended globally, the fact that maternal toxic metal stores are mobilised into breast milk implies infants, whose mothers live and work in mining communities, are at risk of multiple exposure to mining related toxic metals, such as Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg), Cadmium (Cd) and Arsenic (As), through breast milk intake, in addition to in utero exposure. METHOD: A total of 114 mother-baby pairs, recruited from two community hospitals servicing mining communities in two different regions in Ghana (57 each), were involved in this study...
May 25, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545031/sociodemographic-and-economic-factors-are-associated-with-weight-gain-between-before-and-after-cancer-diagnosis-results-from-the-prospective-population-based-nutrinet-sant%C3%A3-cohort
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Philippine Fassier, Laurent Zelek, Patrick Bachmann, Marina Touillaud, Nathalie Druesne-Pecollo, Valentin Partula, Serge Hercberg, Pilar Galan, Patrice Cohen, Hélène Hoarau, Paule Latino-Martel, Bernard Srour, Rebeca Gonzalez, Mélanie Deschasaux, Mathilde Touvier
PURPOSE: While many cancer patients are affected by weight loss, others tend to gain weight, which may impact prognosis and risk of recurrence and of second cancer. The aim of this prospective study was to investigate weight variation between before and after cancer diagnosis and socio-demographic, economic, lifestyle and clinical factors associated with moderate-to-severe weight gain. METHODS: 1051 incident cases of first primary cancer were diagnosed in the NutriNet-Santé cohort between 2009 and 2015...
May 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544443/development-of-a-clinical-trials-version-of-the-impact-of-weight-on-quality-of-life-lite-questionnaire-iwqol-lite-clinical-trials-version-results-from-two-qualitative-studies
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R L Kolotkin, C M Ervin, H H Meincke, L Højbjerre, S E Fehnel
Existing measures of health-related quality of life and patient functioning in obesity, such as the Impact of Weight on Quality of Life-Lite (IWQOL-Lite) questionnaire, lack the developmental rigour required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to support product labelling. Two iterative qualitative studies informed development of a version of the IWQOL-Lite questionnaire optimized for use in obesity clinical trials: the IWQOL-Lite Clinical Trials Version. Study 1 included 42 patients with body mass index (BMI) ≥ 30 kg m(-2) (obesity); and Study 2 included 29 patients with type 2 diabetes and BMI ≥ 27 kg m(-2) (overweight)...
May 22, 2017: Clinical Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543989/brain-structural-alterations-in-obese-children-with-and-without-prader-willi-syndrome
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Mingze Xu, Yi Zhang, Karen M von Deneen, Huaiqiu Zhu, Jia-Hong Gao
Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a genetic imprinting disorder that is mainly characterized by hyperphagia and childhood obesity. Previous neuroimaging studies revealed that there is a significant difference in brain activation patterns between obese children with and without PWS. However, whether there are differences in the brain structure of obese children with and without PWS remains elusive. In the current study, we used T1-weighted and diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging to investigate alterations in the brain structure, such as the cortical volume and white matter integrity, in relation to this eating disorder in 12 children with PWS, 18 obese children without PWS (OB) and 18 healthy controls...
May 23, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543946/predicting-dose-sparing-benefit-and-bleeding-risk-of-pharmacokinetic-based-personalized-prophylactic-dosing-of-factor-viii-products
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M A Tegenge, H Yang, R A Forshee
BACKGROUND: Previously published factor VIII (FVIII) pharmacokinetic (PK)-based dosing approaches employ fixed infusion interval with a wide dose range that may lead to increased risk of bleeding, excessive doses or decreased health-related quality of life. AIM: The objectives of the study includes (i) personalizing infusion interval in lieu of fixed infusion, (ii) constraining dose within the range of 10-50 IU/kg and (iii) characterizing bleeding risk of PK-based dosing in comparison with empiric standard doses...
May 24, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543938/high-throughput-assay-for-enantiomeric-excess-determination-in-1-2-and-1-3-diols-and-direct-asymmetric-reaction-screening
#18
Elena G Shcherbakova, Valentina Brega, Vincent M Lynch, Tony D James, Pavel Anzenbacher
A simple and efficient method for determination of the yield, enantiomeric/diasteriomeric excess (ee/de), and absolute configuration of crude chiral diols without the need of work-up and product isolation in a high throughput setting is described. This approach utilizes a self-assembled iminoboronate ester formed as a product by dynamic covalent self-assembly of a chiral diol with an enantiopure fluorescent amine such as tryptophan methyl ester or tryptophanol and 2-formylphenylboronic acid. The resulting diastereomeric boronates display different photophysical properties and allow for fluorescence-based ee determination of molecules containing a 1,2- or 1,3-diol moiety...
May 23, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543690/smokeless-tobacco-consumption-and-stillbirth-population-based-case-control-study-in-rural-bangladesh
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Mohammad Shakhawat Hossain, Kypros Kypri, Bayzidur Rahman, Abul Hasnat Milton
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: To investigate the association between smokeless tobacco consumption (STC) during pregnancy and risk of stillbirth. DESIGN AND METHODS: We conducted a population-based case-control study of 253 cases and 759 randomly selected control women in Madaripur, Bangladesh. We conducted a survey of two rural local government areas, including 8082 women, and identified cases based on self-report of a stillbirth outcome of each participant's first pregnancy...
May 25, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542723/spectroscopic-evidence-for-the-presence-of-a-high-valent-fe-iv-species-in-the-ferroxidase-reaction-of-an-archaeal-ferritin
#20
Kourosh Honarmand Ebrahimi, Eckhard Bill, Peter-Leon Hagedoorn, Wilfred R Hagen
A high-valent Fe(IV) species is proposed to be generated from the decay of a peroxodiferric intermediate in the catalytic cycle at the di-iron cofactor center of dioxygen activating enzymes such as methane monooxygenase. However, it is believed that this intermediate is not formed in the di-iron substrate site of ferritin, where oxidation of Fe(II) substrate to Fe(III) (ferroxidase reaction) occurs also via a peroxodiferric intermediate. In opposition to this generally accepted view, here we present evidence for the occurrence of a high-valent Fe(IV) in the ferroxidase reaction of an archaeal ferritin, which is based on trapped intermediates obtained with the freeze-quench technique and combination of spectroscopic characterization...
May 25, 2017: FEBS Letters
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