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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331853/mobility-of-heavy-metals-in-sandy-soil-after-application-of-composts-produced-from-maize-straw-sewage-sludge-and-biochar
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K Gondek, M Mierzwa-Hersztek, M Kopeć
Studies on the availability of heavy metals in composted organic materials and in soil amended with these materials are of practical significance. They are used in the assessment of the purity of the soil environment and of the biological value of plants intended for human and animal consumption. Composting of organic materials has a significant effect on changes in mobile forms of heavy metals. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the effect of the addition of biochar and sewage sludge on (i) the contents of water soluble forms of Cu, Cd, Pb, and Zn in composts; and (ii) the contents of mobile forms of these elements in sandy soil after the addition of composts...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331247/a-biopsy-of-breast-cancer-mobile-applications-state-of-the-practice-review
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G Giunti, D H Giunta, E Guisado-Fernandez, J L Bender, L Fernandez-Luque
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. The use of mobile software applications for health and wellbeing promotion has grown exponentially in recent years. We systematically reviewed the breast cancer apps available in today's leading smartphone application stores and characterized them based on their features, evidence base and target audiences. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed to characterize breast cancer apps from the two major smartphone app stores (iOS and Android)...
February 2018: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330182/fluorescence-recovery-allows-the-implementation-of-a-fluorescence-reporter-gene-platform-applicable-for-the-detection-and-quantification-of-horizontal-gene-transfer-in-anoxic-environments
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Rafael Pinilla, Leise Riber, Søren J Sørensen
The study of horizontal gene transfer (HGT) in microbial communities has been revolutionized by significant advances in cultivation-independent methods based on fluorescence reporter gene technologies. Recently, the combination of these novel approaches with flow cytometry has presented itself as one of the most powerful tools to study the spread of mobile genetic elements (MGEs) in the environment. However, the use of fluorescent markers like green fluorescent protein (GFP) and mCherry is limited by environmental constraints that affect the correct maturation of their fluorophores, such as oxygen availability and pH levels...
January 12, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329668/helicobacter-pylori-induces-direct-activation-of-the-lymphotoxin-beta-receptor-and-non-canonical-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-signaling
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Michael Hartmut Feige, Michael Vieth, Olga Sokolova, Christian Täger, Michael Naumann
The pathogen Helicobacter pylori, which infects half of the world's population, is a major risk factor for the development of gastric diseases including chronic gastritis and gastric cancer. Among H. pylori's virulence factors is the cytotoxin-associated gene pathogenicity island (cagPAI), which encodes for a type IV secretion system (T4SS). The T4SS induces fast canonical nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) signaling, a major factor increasing inflammation, supressing apoptotic cell death and thereby promoting the development of neoplasia...
January 9, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329145/orthopaedic-management-of-leg-length-discrepancy-in-proteus-syndrome-a-case-series
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Molly M Crenshaw, Cara G Goerlich, Lauren E Ivey, Julie C Sapp, Kim M Keppler-Noreuil, Allison C Scott, Leslie G Biesecker, Laura L Tosi
INTRODUCTION: Proteus syndrome (PS) is a rare mosaic disorder comprising asymmetric bony and soft tissue overgrowth leading to significant morbidity. Placement of growth inhibition hardware with subsequent epiphyseal arrest improves leg-length and angular deformities in pediatric patients without PS. The purpose of this study was to review the surgical approach and present outcomes, complications, and recommendations in 8 patients with PS and leg-length discrepancy (LLD). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of 8 patients with PS whose primary reason for surgery was LLD...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328623/mimicking-biological-synaptic-functionality-with-an-indium-phosphide-synaptic-device-on-silicon-for-scalable-neuromorphic-computing
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Debarghya Sarkar, Jun Tao, Wei Wang, Qingfeng Lin, Matthew Yeung, Chenhao Ren, Rehan Kapadia
Neuromorphic or "brain-like" computation is a leading candidate for efficient, fault-tolerant processing of large-scale data, as well as real-time sensing and transduction of complex multivariate systems and networks such as self-driving vehicles or Internet of Things applications. In biology, the synapse serves as an active memory unit in the neural system, and is the component responsible for learning and memory. Electronically emulating this element via a compact, scalable technology which can be integrated in a 3-D architecture is critical for future implementations of neuromorphic processors...
January 12, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328367/tumorigenic-proteins-upregulated-in-the-mycn-amplified-imr-32-human-neuroblastoma-cells-promote-proliferation-and-migration
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Hayat Zaatiti, Jad Abdallah, Zeina Nasr, George Khazen, Anthony Sandler, Tamara J Abou-Antoun
Childhood neuroblastoma is one of the most common types of extra-cranial cancer affecting children with a clinical spectrum ranging from spontaneous regression to malignant and fatal progression. In order to improve the clinical outcomes of children with high-risk neuroblastoma, it is crucial to understand the tumorigenic mechanisms that govern its malignant behaviors. MYCN proto-oncogene, bHLH transcription factor (MYCN) amplification has been implicated in the malignant, treatment-evasive nature of aggressive, high-risk neuroblastoma...
January 4, 2018: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327410/genomic-insights-into-the-acidobacteria-reveal-strategies-for-their-success-in-terrestrial-environments
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Stephanie A Eichorst, Daniela Trojan, Simon Roux, Craig Herbold, Thomas Rattei, Dagmar Woebken
Members of the phylum Acidobacteria are abundant and ubiquitous across soils. We performed the largest (to date) comparative genome analysis spanning subdivisions 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 23 (n=24) with the goal to identify features to help explain their prevalence in soils and understand their ecophysiology. In contrast to earlier studies, our analysis revealed that bacteriophage integration events along with transposable and mobile elements influenced the structure and plasticity of these genomes. Low- and high-affinity respiratory oxygen reductases were detected in multiple genomes, suggesting the capacity for growing across different oxygen gradients...
January 12, 2018: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325415/recrystallization-of-manganite-%C3%AE-mnooh-and-implications-for-trace-element-cycling
#9
Tobias Hens, Joël Brugger, Susan Cumberland, Barbara Etschmann, Andrew J Frierdich
The recrystallization of Mn(III,IV) oxides is catalyzed by aqueous Mn(II) (Mn(II)aq) during (bio)geochemical Mn redox cycling. It is poorly understood how trace metals associated with Mn oxides (e.g., Ni) are cycled during such recrystallization. Here, we use X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) to examine the speciation of Ni associated with manganite (γ-Mn(III)OOH) suspensions in the presence or absence of Mn(II)aq under variable pH conditions (pH 5.5 and 7.5). In a second set of experiments, we used a 62Ni isotope tracer to quantify the amount of dissolved Ni that exchanges with Ni incorporated in the manganite crystal structure during reactions in 1 mM Mn(II)aq and in Mn(II)-free solutions...
January 11, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325122/lines-contribute-to-the-origins-of-middle-bodies-of-sines-besides-3-tails
#10
Kenji K Kojima
Short interspersed elements (SINEs), which are non-autonomous transposable elements, require the transposition machinery of long interspersed elements (LINEs) to mobilize. SINEs are composed of two or more independently originating parts. The 5' region is called the "head" and is derived mainly from small RNAs, and the 3' region ("tail") originates from the 3' region of LINEs and is responsible for being recognized by counterpart LINE proteins. The origin of the middle "body" of SINEs is enigmatic, although significant sequence similarities among SINEs from very diverse species have been observed...
January 9, 2018: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325009/efficient-generation-of-complete-sequences-of-mdr-encoding-plasmids-by-rapid-assembly-of-minion-barcoding-sequencing-data
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Ruichao Li, Miaomiao Xie, Ning Dong, Dachuan Lin, Xuemei Yang, Marcus Ho Yin Wong, Edward Wai-Chi Chan, Sheng Chen
Background: Multidrug resistance (MDR)-encoding plasmids are considered major molecular vehicles responsible for transmission of antibiotic resistance genes among bacteria of the same or different species. Delineating the complete sequences of such plasmids could provide valuable insight into the evolution and transmission mechanisms underlying bacterial antibiotic resistance development. However, due to the presence of multiple repeats of mobile elements, complete sequencing of MDR plasmids remains technically complicated, expensive and time-consuming...
January 9, 2018: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324382/spatial-and-temporal-distribution-of-antibiotic-resistomes-in-a-peri-urban-area-is-associated-significantly-with-anthropogenic-activities
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Qian Xiang, Qing-Lin Chen, Dong Zhu, Xin-Li An, Xiao-Ru Yang, Jian-Qiang Su, Min Qiao, Yong-Guan Zhu
With the rapid development of urbanization and industrialization, the peri-urban areas are often the sites for waste dumps, which may exacerbate the occurrence and spread of antibiotic resistance from waste to soil bacteria. However, the profiles of antibiotic resistomes and the associated factors influencing their dissemination in peri-urban areas have not been fully explored. Here, we characterized the antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) in peri-urban arable and pristine soils in four seasons at the watershed scale, by using high-throughput qPCR...
January 8, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324285/lithium-as-an-emerging-environmental-contaminant-mobility-in-the-soil-plant-system
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Brett H Robinson, Rohith Yalamanchali, René Reiser, Nicholas M Dickinson
Contamination of soil with lithium (Li) is likely to increase due to its wider dispersal in the environment, associated in particular, with the disposal of the now ubiquitous Li-ion batteries. There is, however, a paucity of information on the behaviour of Li in the soil-plant system. We measured the sorption of added Li to soil, and uptake of Li by food and fodder species. Around New Zealand, soil concentrations were shown to range from 0.08 mg/kg to 92 mg/kg, and to be positively correlated with clay content...
January 5, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322334/detection-of-%C3%AE-lactamase-encoding-genes-in-feces-soil-and-water-from-a-brazilian-pig-farm
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João Pedro Rueda Furlan, Eliana Guedes Stehling
β-lactam antibiotics are widely used for the treatment of different types of infections worldwide and the resistance to these antibiotics has grown sharply, which is of great concern. Resistance to β-lactams in gram-negative bacteria is mainly due to the production of β-lactamases, which are classified according to their functional activities. The aim of this study was to verify the presence of β-lactamases encoding genes in feces, soil, and water from a Brazilian pig farm. Different β-lactamases encoding genes were found, including blaCTX-M-Gp1, blaCTX-M-Gp9, blaSHV, blaOXA-1-like, blaGES, and blaVEB...
January 10, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321962/mutual-influence-of-secondary-and-key-drug-resistance-mutations-on-catalytic-properties-and-thermal-stability-of-tem-type-%C3%AE-lactamases
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Vitaly Grigorenko, Igor Uporov, Maya Rubtsova, Irina Andreeva, Dmitrii Shcherbinin, Alexander Veselovsky, Oksana Serova, Maria Ulyashova, Igor Ishtubaev, Alexey Egorov
Highly mutable β-lactamases are responsible for the ability of Gram-negative bacteria to resist β-lactam antibiotics. Using site-directed mutagenesis technique, we have produced in vitro a number of recombinant analogs of naturally occurring TEM-type β-lactamases, bearing the secondary substitution Q39K and key mutations related to the extended-spectrum (E104K, R164S) and inhibitor-resistant (M69V) β-lactamases. The mutation Q39K alone was found to be neutral and hardly affected the catalytic properties of β-lactamases...
January 2018: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313040/a-computational-exploration-of-the-crystal-energy-and-charge-carrier-mobility-landscapes-of-the-chiral-6-helicene-molecule
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Beth Rice, Luc M LeBlanc, Alberto Otero-de-la-Roza, Matthew J Fuchter, Erin R Johnson, Jenny Nelson, Kim E Jelfs
The potential of a given π-conjugated organic molecule in an organic semiconductor device is highly dependent on molecular packing, as it strongly influences the charge-carrier mobility of the material. Such solid-state packing is sensitive to subtle differences in their intermolecular interactions and is challenging to predict. Chirality of the organic molecule adds an additional element of complexity to intuitive packing prediction. Here we use crystal structure prediction to explore the lattice-energy landscape of a potential chiral organic semiconductor, [6]helicene...
January 9, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306071/humic-acids-decrease-uptake-and-distribution-of-trace-metals-but-not-the-growth-of-radish-exposed-to-cadmium-toxicity
#17
Gabrijel Ondrasek, Zed Rengel, Davor Romic
Naturally-occurring highly-complexed and polymerised organics such as humic acids (HA), due to their large negative charge, play a crucial role in biogeochemistry of trace metals (TM). Toxic (Cd) as well as essential (Zn, Cu, Mn) TM bind strongly to HA, but how these organo-metalic forms influence metal uptake by plants is poorly understood. A solution culture study was conducted to characterize the effects of different concentrations of HA (0-225mg/L) on the growth and element uptake/distribution in roots, shoots and hypocotyls of radish (Raphanus sativus L...
January 3, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304382/transcriptional-regulation-of-chickpea-ferritin-cafer1-influences-its-role-in-iron-homeostasis-and-stress-response
#18
Shaista Parveen, Aarti Pandey, Neha Jameel, Subhra Chakraborty, Niranjan Chakraborty
Ferritin, ubiquitous among all living organisms except yeast, exhibits iron-regulated expression. In plants, this regulation is applied through transcriptional control. Previous studies established the presence of two types of cis-acting elements in the promoter region: the iron regulatory element (FRE) in soybean and the iron-dependent regulatory sequence (IDRS) in maize and Arabidopsis. Adverse environmental conditions (e.g. water-deficit and oxidative stress) are known to modulate the expression of phytoferritin genes...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304091/mineralogical-characteristics-of-sediments-and-heavy-metal-mobilization-along-a-river-watershed-affected-by-acid-mine-drainage
#19
Yingying Xie, Guining Lu, Chengfang Yang, Lu Qu, Meiqin Chen, Chuling Guo, Zhi Dang
Trace-element concentrations in acid mine drainage (AMD) are primarily controlled by the mineralogy at the sediment-water interface. Results are presented for a combined geochemical and mineralogical survey of Dabaoshan Mine, South China. Developed sequential extraction experiments with the analysis of the main mineralogical phases by semi-quantitative XRD, differential X-ray diffraction (DXRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were conducted to identify the quantitative relationship between iron minerals and heavy metals...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297472/the-effect-of-hybrid-treatment-on-the-rehabilitation-and-clinical-condition-of-patients-with-multi-vessel-coronary-artery-disease
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Joanna Foik, Anna Brzęk, Marek J Gierlotka, Michał O Zembala, Mariusz Gąsior, Marian Zembala
INTRODUCTION    Rehabilitation after coronary revascularization procedures is an intrinsic element of treatment during the in-hospital period. OBJECTIVES    The aim of this study was to compare the course and effects of rehabilitation in patients receiving hybrid or classical treatment during the in-hospital period. PATIENTS AND METHODS    Two hundred patients participating in a prospective, random-ized clinical trial (POLMIDES), that assessed the effect of hybrid treatment on in-hospital outcomes and remote results in patients with multi-vessel coronary artery disease were ana-lysed...
January 2, 2018: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
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