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Jing Huang, Guohe Huang, Chunjiang An, Yuan He, Yao Yao, Peng Zhang, Jian Shen
Global water safety is facing great challenges due to increased population and demand. There is an urgent need to develop suitable water treatment strategy for small rural and remote communities in low-income developing countries. In order to find a low-cost solution, the reduction of E. coli using ceramic water disk coated with nano ZnO was investigated in this study. The performance of modified ceramic disk filters was influenced by several factors in the filter production process. Based on the factorial analysis, the pore size of the disk filters was the most significant factor for influencing E...
March 12, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Heejung Kim, Dugin Kaown, Bernhard Mayer, Jin-Yong Lee, Kang-Kun Lee
Hyporheic zones are considered hot spots for numerically vast and phylogenetically diverse microbial communities. However, biogeochemical effects of hyporheic zones have rarely been investigated in detail because of the difficulty in accurately measuring denitrification in these zones. To date, little is known about the hydroecology of hyporheic zones. The effect of changes in hydraulic conditions on the community variations of indigenous microorganisms and water quality was examined based on the depth of the hyporheic zone...
March 12, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Fraser Magee, Michael Bailey, David V Pilcher, Johan Mårtensson, Rinaldo Bellomo
PURPOSE: To investigate the relationship between dysglycemia and hospital mortality in patients with and without a preadmission diagnosis of insulin treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM). MATERIALS AND METHODS: An observational multicentre cohort study using the ANZICS-APD database on adult patients admitted to ICU with sepsis between January 1st 2006 and December 31st 2015. Four domains of dysglycemia were investigated (highest, mean and lowest blood glucose levels and glycemic variability: the absolute difference between the highest and lowest level)...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Critical Care
Irena Branyikova, Monika Filipenska, Katerina Urbanova, Marek C Ruzicka, Martin Pivokonsky, Tomas Branyik
Alkaline flocculation has been studied due to its potential as a low-cost harvesting method for microalgae. However, surface properties (zeta potential, contact angles) as inputs into physicochemical interaction models have not yet been applied systematically. In this work, forced alkaline flocculation of the freshwater microalgae Chlorella vulgaris induced by calcium phosphate precipitates was studied as a model system. Response surface methodology was used to quantify the effect of independent variables (concentration of Ca2+ (0...
March 6, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Brenda Si Elias, Ana Hanlon-Dearman, Betty Head, Geoffrey G Hicks
Translating to the Community (T2C) is a social bio-repository designed to advance new diagnostic tools and realign community-clinical processes, with the aim to mitigate the short-and-long term impacts of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), prenatal alcohol exposure, and its co-morbidities and behaviors. In this paper, we describe the evolution of this repository as a new translational partnership to advance a precision medicine approach to FASD. Key to its evolution was a partnership between academic researchers, Indigenous communities, families and a regional diagnostic clinic...
March 15, 2018: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
Samiul M Ansari, David S Palmer
Recently, Güssregen et al. used solute-solvent distribution functions calculated by the 3D Reference Interaction Site Model (3DRISM) in a 3D-QSAR approach to model activity data for a set of serine protease inhibitors; this approach was referred to as Comparative Analysis of 3D RISM MAps (CARMa). [J. Chem. Inf. MODEL: , 2017, 57, 1652-1666] Here we extend this idea by introducing probe atoms into the 3DRISM solvent model in order to directly capture other molecular interactions in addition to those related to hydration/dehydration...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
Ken W S Ashwell, Boaz Shulruf
We have used an unbiased statistical approach to compare the pace of development in the main and accessory olfactory systems in monotremes and metatherians with that in rodents and humans. We hypothesized that if metatherians and monotremes, which are born at small body size, use olfaction to locate the pouch and/or teat/milk field, then olfactory structures should reach structural maturity in metatherians and monotremes at a smaller size than eutherians like humans and rodents. The achievement of key structural milestones in the development of the main and accessory olfactory systems (11 and 7 milestones, respectively) was scored for 354 specimens and compared against a measure of general somatic growth (body length)...
March 15, 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
Nigel Scrutton, Uzma Choudry, Derren Heyes, Samantha Hardman, Michiyo Sakuma, Igor Sazanovich, Joyce Woodhouse, Eugenio De La Mora, Martin Pederson, Michael Wulff, Martin Weik, Giorgio Schiro
Phytochromes are bilin-containing photoreceptors that are typically sensitive to the red / far-red region of the visible spectrum. Recently phytochromes from certain eukaryotic algae have become attractive targets for optogenetic applications because of their unique ability to respond to multiple wavelengths of light. Here, we have used a combination of time-resolved spectroscopy and structural approaches across picosecond to second timescales to map photochemical mechanisms and structural change in this atypical group of phytochromes...
March 15, 2018: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
Hylke F E van der Toom, Marc P van der Schroeff, Robert Jan Pauw
Importance: The ideal surgical treatment of cholesteatoma has been subject to discussion for years because both traditional surgical techniques (canal wall down [CWD] and canal wall up [CWU] tympanoplasty) have their own advantages and disadvantages. A more recently propagated surgical approach, to combine the CWD or CWU tympanoplasty technique with obliteration of the mastoid and epitympanum, is showing promising results. Objective: To systematically review the literature on recurrent and residual cholesteatoma rates after single-stage CWU and CWD tympanoplasty with mastoid obliteration...
March 15, 2018: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Mathieu Bonneau, Régis Sabbadin, Fred A Johnson, Bradley Stith
Conversion of wild habitats to human dominated landscape is a major cause of biodiversity loss. An approach to mitigate the impact of habitat loss consists of designating reserves where habitat is preserved and managed. Determining the most valuable areas to preserve in a landscape is called the reserve design problem. There exists several possible formulations of the reserve design problem, depending on the objectives and the constraints. In this article, we considered the dynamic problem of designing a reserve that contains a desired area of several key habitats...
2018: PloS One
Azael Che-Mendoza, Anuar Medina-Barreiro, Edgar Koyoc-Cardeña, Valentín Uc-Puc, Yamili Contreras-Perera, Josué Herrera-Bojórquez, Felipe Dzul-Manzanilla, Fabian Correa-Morales, Hilary Ranson, Audrey Lenhart, Philip J McCall, Axel Kroeger, Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec, Pablo Manrique-Saide
BACKGROUND: There is a need for effective methods to control Aedes aegypti and prevent the transmission of dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika viruses. Insecticide treated screening (ITS) is a promising approach, particularly as it targets adult mosquitoes to reduce human-mosquito contact. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A cluster-randomised controlled trial evaluated the entomological efficacy of ITS based intervention, which consisted of the installation of pyrethroid-impregnated long-lasting insecticide-treated netting material fixed as framed screens on external doors and windows...
March 15, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Plansky Hoang, Jason Wang, Bruce R Conklin, Kevin E Healy, Zhen Ma
The creation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) has provided an unprecedented opportunity to study tissue morphogenesis and organ development through 'organogenesis-in-a-dish'. Current approaches to cardiac organoid engineering rely on either direct cardiac differentiation from embryoid bodies (EBs) or generation of aligned cardiac tissues from predifferentiated cardiomyocytes from monolayer hiPSCs. To experimentally model early cardiac organogenesis in vitro, our protocol combines biomaterials-based cell patterning with stem cell organoid engineering...
April 2018: Nature Protocols
Alessandra Livigni, Laura O'Hara, Marta E Polak, Tim Angus, Derek W Wright, Lee B Smith, Tom C Freeman
A major endeavor of systems biology is the construction of graphical and computational models of biological pathways as a means to better understand their structure and function. Here, we present a protocol for a biologist-friendly graphical modeling scheme that facilitates the construction of detailed network diagrams, summarizing the components of a biological pathway (such as proteins and biochemicals) and illustrating how they interact. These diagrams can then be used to simulate activity flow through a pathway, thereby modeling its dynamic behavior...
April 2018: Nature Protocols
Danika Martyn, Maryse Darch, Ashley Roberts, Han Youl Lee, Tina Yaqiong Tian, Naoko Kaburagi, Pablo Belmar
The current review examined published data on the intake of all major low-/no-calorie sweeteners-aspartame, acesulfame-K, saccharin, sucralose, cyclamate, thaumatin and steviol glycosides-globally over the last decade. The most detailed and complex exposure assessments were conducted in Europe, following a standardized approach. Japan and Korea similarly had up-to-date and regular intake data available. The data for other Asian countries, Latin America, Australia/New Zealand and global estimates, evaluated by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), while available, were shown to be more limited in terms of design...
March 15, 2018: Nutrients
Muyang Yang, Lixia Yu, Ruiwei Guo, Anjie Dong, Cunguo Lin, Jianhua Zhang
Synergistic combination therapy by integrating chemotherapeutics and chemosensitizers into nanoparticles has demonstrated great potential to reduce side effects, overcome multidrug resistance (MDR), and thus improve therapeutic efficacy. However, with regard to the nanocarriers for multidrug codelivery, it remains a strong challenge to maintain design simplicity, while incorporating the desirable multifunctionalities, such as coloaded high payloads, targeted delivery, hemodynamic stability, and also to ensure low drug leakage before reaching the tumor site, but simultaneously the corelease of drugs in the same cancer cell...
March 15, 2018: Nanomaterials
Kateřina Štulíková, Marcel Karabín, Jakub Nešpor, Pavel Dostálek
Hop ( Humulus lupulus L.), as a key ingredient for beer brewing, is also a source of many biologically active molecules. A notable compound, 8-prenylnaringenin (8-PN), structurally belonging to the group of prenylated flavonoids, was shown to be a potent phytoestrogen, and thus, became the topic of active research. Here, we overview the pharmacological properties of 8-PN and its therapeutic opportunities. Due to its estrogenic effects, administration of 8-PN represents a novel therapeutic approach to the treatment of menopausal and post-menopausal symptoms that occur as a consequence of a progressive decline in hormone levels in women...
March 15, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Alejandro A Gru, Jinah Kim, Melissa Pulitzer, Joan Guitart, Maxime Battistella, Gary S Wood, Lorenzo Cerroni, Werner Kempf, Rein Willemze, Joya Pawade, Christiane Querfeld, Andras Schaffer, Laura Pincus, Michael Tetzlaff, Madeleine Duvic, Julia Scarisbrick, Pierluigi Porcu, Aaron R Mangold, David J Dicaudio, Michi Shinohara, Eric K Hong, Bethany Horton, Youn H Kim
This pathology PILOT study aims to define the role and feasibility of centralized pathology review in a cohort of 75 patients from different centers in the United States and Europe using digital slide scanning. The pathologic material from 75 patients who had been diagnosed with mycosis fungoides/Sézary syndrome and were clinically staged as IIb or above was retrieved from 11 participating centers. Each pathology reviewer was provided with the pathologic diagnosis (by the referring pathologist), and the following list of histopathologic criteria (presence or absence) from the initial report: epidermotropism, folliculotropism (FT), large cell transformation, syringotropism, and granulomas...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
Julie A Cohen, Anusha Kassan
This qualitative study explored the cultural identity negotiation of young adult immigrants. Using a grounded theory research design, 10 semistructured interviews were conducted with emerging adult immigrants (EAI), ages 19-27. Results yielded a substantive model of cultural identity negotiation (MCIN) for EAI and posited that One's Motivation and Sense of Agency to Negotiate Cultural Identity is at the core of how participants navigate their cultural identities. This model included 6 major categories: (a) Family Cultural Rigidity ; (b) Connections Specific to Canada ; (c) Connection to a Same Cultured Community ; (d) Sense of Permanency ; (e) Desire to Preserve Culture of Origin ; (f) Desire to Fit in to Canadian Culture , as well as 2 overarching factors ( Dimension of Time and Dimension of Age ), which were found to be influential on participants' cultural identity negotiation...
March 2018: Journal of Counseling Psychology
Somali Mukherjee, Sumi Ganguly, Krishnendu Manna, Sanchaita Mondal, Supratim Mahapatra, Debasis Das
Five new coordination polymers (CPs) namely, [{Zn(μ2 -H2 O)0.5 (5N3 -IPA)(2,2'-bpe)}]∞ (1), [{Zn(μ2 -H2 O)0.5 (5N3 -IPA)(1,10-phen)}]∞ (2), [{Zn(5N3 -IPA)(1,2-bpe)}]∞ (3), [{Zn(5N3 -IPA)(1,2-bpey)}]∞ (4), and [{Zn(H2 O)(5N3 -IPA)(4,4'-tme)}(H2 O)0.5 ]∞ (5) (5N3 -H2 IPA = 5-azidoisophthalic acid, 2,2'-bpe= 2,2'-bipyridine, 1,10-phen = 1,10-phenanthroline, 1,2-bpe = 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethane, 1,2-bpey = 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethylene, 4,4'-tme = 4,4'-trimethylenedipyridine), have been synthesized based on a mixed ligand approach adopting a solvothermal technique...
March 15, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Matthew P Kroonblawd, Fabio Pietrucci, Antonino Marco Saitta, Nir Goldman
We demonstrate the capability of creating robust density functional tight binding (DFTB) models for chemical reactivity in prebiotic mixtures through force matching to short time scale quantum free energy estimates. Molecular dynamics using density functional theory (DFT) is a highly accurate approach to generate free energy surfaces for chemical reactions, but the extreme computational cost often limits the time scales and range of thermodynamic states that can feasibly be studied. In contrast, DFTB is a semi-empirical quantum method that affords up to a thousandfold reduction in cost and can recover DFT-level accuracy...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
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