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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214969/attached-and-suspended-denitrifier-communities-in-pristine-limestone-aquifers-harbor-high-fractions-of-potential-autotrophs-oxidizing-reduced-iron-and-sulfur-compounds
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M Herrmann, S Opitz, R Harzer, K U Totsche, K Küsel
Oxygen and nitrate availability as well as the presence of suitable organic or inorganic electron donors are strong drivers of denitrification; however, the factors influencing denitrifier abundance and community composition in pristine aquifers are not well understood. We explored the denitrifier community structure of suspended and attached groundwater microorganisms in two superimposed limestone aquifer assemblages with contrasting oxygen regime in the Hainich Critical Zone Exploratory (Germany). Attached communities were retrieved from freshly crushed parent rock material which had been exposed for colonization in two groundwater wells (12...
February 18, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214945/characterization-of-tunneling-nanotubes-in-wharton-s-jelly-mesenchymal-stem-cells-an-intercellular-exchange-of-components-between-neighboring-cells
#2
Viviana Sanchez, Nerina Villalba, Luciano Fiore, Carlos Luzzani, Santiago Miriuka, Alberto Boveris, Ricardo J Gelpi, Alicia Brusco, Juan José Poderoso
Intercellular communication is one of the most important events in cell population behavior. In the last decade, tunneling nanotubes (TNTs) have been recognized as a new form of long distance intercellular connection. TNT function is to allow molecular and subcellular structure exchange between neighboring cells via the transfer of molecules and organelles such as calcium ions, prions, viral and bacterial pathogens, small lysosomes and mitochondria. New findings support the concept that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can affect cell microenvironment by the release of soluble factors or the transfer of cellular components to neighboring cells, in a way which significantly contributes to cell regulation and tissue repair, although the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood...
February 18, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214925/missed-opportunities-in-neonatal-deaths-in-rwanda-applying-the-three-delays-model-in-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-neonatal-death
#3
Efua Wilmot, Marcel Yotebieng, Alison Norris, Fidele Ngabo
Objective Administered in a timely manner, current evidence-based interventions could reduce neonatal deaths from infections, intrapartum injuries and complications due to prematurity. The three delays model (delay in seeking care, in arriving at a health facility, and in receiving adequate care), which has been applied to understanding maternal deaths, may be useful for understanding neonatal deaths. We assess the main causes of neonatal deaths in Rwanda and their associated delays. Methods Using a cross-sectional study design, we evaluated data from 2012 from 40 facilities in which babies were delivered...
February 18, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214722/when-high-pressure-system-constraints-and-a-social-justice-mission-collide-a-socio-structural-analysis-of-emergency-department-social-work-services
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Megan Moore, Margaret Cristofalo, Danae Dotolo, Nicole Torres, Alexandra Lahdya, Leyna Ho, Mia Vogel, Mollie Forrester, Bonnie Conley, Susan Fouts
The emergency department (ED) can be a critical intervention point for many patients with multifaceted needs. Social workers have long been part of interdisciplinary ED teams. This study aimed to contribute to the limited understanding of social worker-patient interactions and factors influencing social work services in this setting. This paper reports a qualitative content analysis of social work medical record notes (N = 1509) of services provided to trauma patients in an urban, public, level 1 trauma center and an in-depth analysis of semi-structured interviews with ED social workers (N = 10)...
February 11, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214692/multi-view-clustering-via-multi-manifold-regularized-non-negative-matrix-factorization
#5
Linlin Zong, Xianchao Zhang, Long Zhao, Hong Yu, Qianli Zhao
Non-negative matrix factorization based multi-view clustering algorithms have shown their competitiveness among different multi-view clustering algorithms. However, non-negative matrix factorization fails to preserve the locally geometrical structure of the data space. In this paper, we propose a multi-manifold regularized non-negative matrix factorization framework (MMNMF) which can preserve the locally geometrical structure of the manifolds for multi-view clustering. MMNMF incorporates consensus manifold and consensus coefficient matrix with multi-manifold regularization to preserve the locally geometrical structure of the multi-view data space...
February 8, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214543/theoretical-structural-characterization-of-lymphoguanylin-a-potential-candidate-for-the-development-of-drugs-to-treat-gastrointestinal-disorders
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Állan S Pires, William F Porto, Pryscilla O Castro, Octavio L Franco, Sérgio A Alencar
Guanylin peptides (GPs) are small cysteine-rich peptide hormones involved in salt absorption, regulation of fluids and electrolyte homeostasis. This family presents four members: guanylin (GN), uroguanylin (UGN), lymphoguanylin (LGN) and renoguanylin (RGN). GPs have been used as templates for the development of drugs for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. Currently, LGN is the only GP with just one disulfide bridge, making it a remarkable member of this family and a potential drug template; however, there is no structural information about this peptide...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214239/feasibility-and-factor-structure-of-the-frail-scale-in-older-adults
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Ivan Aprahamian, Sumika Mori Lin, Claudia Kimie Suemoto, Daniel Apolinario, Natália Oiring de Castro Cezar, Serpui Marie Elmadjian, Wilson Jacob Filho, Mônica Sanches Yassuda
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to (1) evaluate a geriatric outpatient sample with the FRAIL scale; (2) investigate the psychometric properties of the scale; and (3) characterize different associations of the subdimensions of the scale with demographic and clinical data. DESIGN: Cross-sectional observational study. SETTING: Geriatric outpatient center a university-based hospital in São Paulo, Brazil. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 811 men and women aged 60 years or older evaluated between March 2015 and September 2015...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214085/folic-acid-protects-against-lead-acetate-induced-hepatotoxicity-by-decreasing-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-il-1%C3%AE-production-and-lipid-peroxidation-mediataed-cell-injury
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Eman S H Abd Allah, Dalia M Badary
Folic acid plays an important role in cellular metabolic activities. The present study was designed to investigate the protective effect of folic acid against lead acetate-induced hepatotoxicity. Twenty four male Wistar albino rats were randomly divided into four groups, six animals each. Negative control group received the vehicle, positive control group received 1mg/kg folic acid for five consecutive days/week for 4 weeks orally, lead-exposed group received 10mg/kg lead acetate intraperitoneally (IP) for five consecutive days/week for 4 weeks, and lead-treated group received 10mg/kg lead acetate IP and 1mg/kg folic acid orally for five consecutive days/week for 4 weeks concurrently...
February 10, 2017: Pathophysiology: the Official Journal of the International Society for Pathophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213964/when-sensing-is-gambling-an-experimental-system-reveals-how-plasticity-can-generate-tunable-bet-hedging-strategies
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Colin S Maxwell, Paul M Magwene
Genotypes can persist in unpredictable environments by 'hedging their bets' and producing diverse phenotypes. Theoretical studies have shown that the phenotypic variability needed for a bet-hedging strategy can be generated by factors either inside or outside an organism. However, sensing the environment and bet hedging are frequently treated as distinct evolutionary strategies. Furthermore, nearly all empirical studies of the molecular underpinnings of bet-hedging strategies to date have focused on internal sources of variability...
February 18, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213905/a-ten-gene-containing-genomic-island-determines-flagellin-glycosylation-implication-for-its-regulatory-role-in-motility-and-virulence-of-xanthomonas-oryzae-pv-oryzae
#10
Chao Yu, Huamin Chen, Fang Tian, Fenghuan Yang, Xiaochen Yuan, Ching-Hong Yang, Chenyang He
Flagellin glycosylation plays crucial roles in flagellar assembly, motility and virulence in several pathogenic bacteria. However, little is known about the genetic determinants and biological functions of flagellin glycosylation in Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae (Xoo), the causal pathogen of bacterial blight of rice. Here, the structure, regulation and functions of a ten-gene cluster gigX (glycosylation island genes of Xoo), which was embedded in a flagellar regulon were characterized. gigX1 through gigX10, encoded putative enzymes or proteins involved in glycan biosynthesis and transfer, including a nucleotide sugar transaminase, an acyl-carrier protein (ACP), a 3-oxoacyl-ACP synthase, a 3-oxoacyl-ACP reductase, a dehydrogenase, an acetyltransferase, a ring hydroxylating dioxygenase, a hypothetical protein, a methyltransferanse, and a glycosyltransferase, respectively...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213732/the-potential-of-lactic-acid-bacteria-to-colonize-biotic-and-abiotic-surfaces-and-the-investigation-of-their-interactions-and-mechanisms
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Mattia Pia Arena, Vittorio Capozzi, Giuseppe Spano, Daniela Fiocco
Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are a heterogeneous group of Gram-positive bacteria that comprise several species which have evolved in close association with humans (food and lifestyle). While their use to ferment food dates back to very ancient times, in the last decades, LAB have attracted much attention for their documented beneficial properties and for potential biomedical applications. Some LAB are commensal that colonize, stably or transiently, host mucosal surfaces, inlcuding the gut, where they may contribute to host health...
February 17, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213705/responses-of-soil-methanogens-methanotrophs-and-methane-fluxes-to-land-use-conversion-and-fertilization-in-a-hilly-red-soil-region-of-southern-china
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Huifeng Liu, Xing Wu, Zongshan Li, Qing Wang, Dan Liu, Guohua Liu
Changes in land-uses and fertilization are important factors regulating methane (CH4) emissions from paddy soils. However, the responses of soil CH4 emissions to these factors and the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. The objective of this study was to explore the effects of land-use conversion from paddies to orchards and fertilization on soil CH4 fluxes, and the abundance and community compositions of methanogens and methanotrophs. Soil CH4 fluxes were quantified by static chamber and gas chromatography technology...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213686/the-iswi-remodeler-in-plants-protein-complexes-biochemical-functions-and-developmental-roles
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REVIEW
Dongjie Li, Jie Liu, Wu Liu, Guang Li, Zhongnan Yang, Peng Qin, Lin Xu
Imitation Switch (ISWI) is a member of the ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling factor family, whose members move or restructure nucleosomes using energy derived from ATP hydrolysis. ISWI proteins are conserved in eukaryotes and usually form complexes with DDT (DNA-binding homeobox and different transcription factors)-domain proteins. Here, we review recent research on ISWI in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana (AtISWI). AtISWI forms complexes with AtDDT-domain proteins, many of which have domain structures that differ from those of DDT-domain proteins in yeast and animals...
February 17, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213600/caesarean-sections-and-for-profit-status-of-hospitals-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ilir Hoxha, Lamprini Syrogiannouli, Xhyljeta Luta, Kali Tal, David C Goodman, Bruno R da Costa, Peter Jüni
OBJECTIVE: Financial incentives may encourage private for-profit providers to perform more caesarean section (CS) than non-profit hospitals. We therefore sought to determine the association of for-profit status of hospital and odds of CS. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, EMBASE and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews from the first year of records through February 2016. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: To be eligible, studies had to report data to allow the calculation of ORs of CS comparing private for-profit hospitals with public or private non-profit hospitals in a specific geographic area...
February 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213545/antifungal-bacteria-on-woodland-salamander-skin-exhibit-high-taxonomic-diversity-and-geographic-variability
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Carly R Muletz-Wolz, Graziella V DiRenzo, Stephanie A Yarwood, Evan H Campbell Grant, Robert C Fleischer, Karen R Lips
Diverse bacteria inhabit amphibian skin, some of which inhibit growth of the fungal pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd). Yet, there has been no systematic survey of anti-Bd bacteria across localities, species and elevations. This is important given geographic and taxonomic variation in amphibian susceptibility to Bd. Our sites were within the Appalachian Mountains where previous sampling indicated low Bd prevalence. We determined the number and identity of anti-Bd bacteria on 61 Plethodon salamanders (37 P...
February 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213542/plant-community-and-nitrogen-deposition-as-drivers-of-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-prokaryotic-diversity-in-reconstructed-oil-sands-soils-and-natural-boreal-forest-soils
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Jacynthe Masse, Cindy E Prescott, Sébastien Renaut, Yves Terrat, Sue J Grayston
The Athabasca Oil Sands deposit is one of the largest single oil deposits in the world. Following surface mining, companies are required to restore soil-like profiles that can support the previous land capabilities. The objective of this study was to assess if soil prokaryotic α- and β-diversity in oil-sands soils reconstructed 20-30 years previously, and planted to one of three vegetation types (coniferous or deciduous trees and grassland) were similar to those found in natural boreal-forest soils subject to wildfire disturbance...
February 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213515/hendra-virus-fusion-protein-transmembrane-domain-contributes-to-pre-fusion-protein-stability
#17
Stacy Webb, Tamas Nagy, Hunter Moseley, Michael Fried, Rebecca Ellis Dutch
Enveloped viruses utilize fusion (F) proteins studding the surface of the virus to facilitate membrane fusion with a target cell membrane. Fusion of the viral envelope with a cellular membrane is required for release of viral genomic material so the virus can ultimately reproduce and spread. To drive fusion, the F protein undergoes an irreversible conformational change, transitioning from a meta-stable pre-fusion conformation to a more thermodynamically stable post-fusion structure. Understanding the elements which control stability of the pre-fusion state and triggering to the post-fusion conformation is important for understanding F protein function...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213494/plc%C3%AE%C2%B51-regulates-sdf-1%C3%AE-induced-lymphocyte-adhesion-and-migration-to-sites-of-inflammation
#18
Marianne Strazza, Inbar Azoulay-Alfaguter, Michael Peled, Alan V Smrcka, Edward Y Skolnik, Shekhar Srivastava, Adam Mor
Regulation of integrins is critical for lymphocyte adhesion to endothelium and migration throughout the body. Inside-out signaling to integrins is mediated by the small GTPase Ras-proximate-1 (Rap1). Using an RNA-mediated interference screen, we identified phospholipase Cε 1 (PLCε1) as a crucial regulator of stromal cell-derived factor 1 alpha (SDF-1α)-induced Rap1 activation. We have shown that SDF-1α-induced activation of Rap1 is transient in comparison with the sustained level following cross-linking of the antigen receptor...
February 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213474/a-bayesian-approach-for-analysis-of-whole-genome-bisulphite-sequencing-data-identifies-disease-associated-changes-in-dna-methylation
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Owen J L Rackham, Sarah R Langley, Thomas Oates, Eleni Vradi, Nathan Harmston, Prashant K Srivastava, Jacques Behmoaras, Petros Dellaportas, Leonardo Bottolo, Enrico Petretto
DNA methylation is a key epigenetic modification involved in gene regulation whose contribution to disease susceptibility remains to be fully understood. Here, we present a novel Bayesian smoothing approach (called ABBA) to detect differentially methylated regions (DMRs) from whole-genome bisulphite sequencing (WGBS). We also show how this approach can be leveraged to identify disease-associated changes in DNA methylation, suggesting mechanisms through which these alterations might affect disease. From a data modeling perspective, ABBA has the distinctive feature of automatically adapting to different correlation structures in CpG methylation levels across the genome whilst taking into account the distance between CpG sites as a covariate...
February 17, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213286/investigation-of-silicon-carbon-nitride-nanocomposite-films-as-a-wear-resistant-layer-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-for-joint-replacement-applications
#20
Y Liang, D G Liu, W Q Bai, J P Tu
Silicon-contained CNx nanocomposite films were prepared using the ion beam assisted magnetron sputtering under different nitrogen gas pressure. With increase of the nitrogen pressure, silicon and nitrogen content of the CNx films drastically increase, and is saturated as the PN2 reach about 40%. Surface roughness and the contact angle are increase, while the friction coefficient decreased. The CNx film with 5.7at.% Si content possess the lowest friction coefficient of only 0.07, and exhibited the best tribological properties...
February 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
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