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Jian Wang, Radovan Krejci, Scott Giangrande, Chongai Kuang, Henrique M J Barbosa, Joel Brito, Samara Carbone, Xuguang Chi, Jennifer Comstock, Florian Ditas, Jost Lavric, Hanna E Manninen, Fan Mei, Daniel Moran-Zuloaga, Christopher Pöhlker, Mira L Pöhlker, Jorge Saturno, Beat Schmid, Rodrigo A F Souza, Stephen R Springston, Jason M Tomlinson, Tami Toto, David Walter, Daniela Wimmer, James N Smith, Markku Kulmala, Luiz A T Machado, Paulo Artaxo, Meinrat O Andreae, Tuukka Petäjä, Scot T Martin
The nucleation of atmospheric vapours is an important source of new aerosol particles that can subsequently grow to form cloud condensation nuclei in the atmosphere. Most field studies of atmospheric aerosols over continents are influenced by atmospheric vapours of anthropogenic origin (for example, ref. 2) and, in consequence, aerosol processes in pristine, terrestrial environments remain poorly understood. The Amazon rainforest is one of the few continental regions where aerosol particles and their precursors can be studied under near-natural conditions, but the origin of small aerosol particles that grow into cloud condensation nuclei in the Amazon boundary layer remains unclear...
October 24, 2016: Nature
Alejo Mancebo, María Luisa González-Diéguez, Carmen A Navascués, Valle Cadahía, María Varela, Ramón Pérez, Luis Rodrigo, Manuel Rodríguez
BACKGROUND: Patient adherence to screening for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is not well known. Our aims were to analyze the adherence to a surveillance program in a prospective cohort of cirrhotic patients and to examine its association with HCC stage at diagnosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 770 patients with cirrhosis were examined semiannually by ultrasound and alpha-fetoprotein at a tertiary center. We collected data on 17 variables at baseline. Suboptimal adherence was defined as failure to complete 2 consecutive screening rounds...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
J Rodrigo Magana, Yury V Kolen'ko, Francis Leonard Deepak, Conxita Solans, Rekha Goswami Shrestha, Jonathan P Hill, Katsuhiko Ariga, Lok Kumar Shrestha, Carlos Rodriguez-Abreu
Carbon nanofibers (CNFs) with high surface area (820 m2/g) have been successfully prepared by a nanocasting approach using silica nanofibers obtained from chromonic liquid crystals as a template. CNFs with randomly oriented graphitic layers show outstanding electrochemical supercapacitance performance exhibiting a specific capacitance of 327 F/g at a scan rate of 5 mV/s with long life cycling capability. Approximately 95% capacitance retention is observed after 1000 charge-discharge cycles. Furthermore, about 80% of capacitance is retained at higher scan rates (up to 500 mV/s) and current densities (from 1 to 10 A/g)...
October 24, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Rodrigo C Silva, Virgínia B Richini-Pereira, Mariana Kikuti, Pâmela M Marson, Helio Langoni
BACKGROUND: Canine Visceral Leishmaniasis (CVL) is a worldwide parasitic zoonosis caused by Leishmania (Leishmania) infantum around the world. Canids are the definitive hosts and sand flies the intermediate hosts. OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that a new set of species-specific primers (Lch14:Lch15, targeting a multiple alignment for L. infantum kDNA minicircle) is an efficient diagnostic tool for routine and epidemiological studies regarding L. infantum. METHODS: The presence of L...
October 24, 2016: Veterinary Quarterly
Carles Pericay, Fernando Rivera, Carlos Gomez-Martin, Inmaculada Nuñez, Alejo Cassinello, Esteban Rodrigo Imedio
Tumors of the upper gastrointestinal tract are increasing in incidence; yet, approaches to the treatment of advanced gastric and/or gastroesophageal junction cancer vary widely, with no internationally agreed first-line regimens. Recent clinical trials have shown that second-line treatment is now possible for selected patients with advanced disease, and current data suggest that the combination of ramucirumab plus paclitaxel may become a standard of care in the second-line setting for metastatic gastric cancer...
October 24, 2016: Cancer Medicine
Eliza de Oliveira Cardoso, Bruno José Conti, Karina Basso Santiago, Fernanda Lopes Conte, Lucas Pires Garcia Oliveira, Rodrigo Tavanelli Hernandes, Marjorie de Assis Golim, José Maurício Sforcin
OBJECTIVES: Propolis is a natural product with a complex chemical composition. Its isolated compounds exert biological activities; however, its synergistic effects are unknown. The involvement of phenolic acids (caffeic - Caf, dihydrocinnamic - Cin and p-coumaric - Cou) alone or in combination was investigated in the action of propolis in human monocytes. METHODS: Cell viability was analysed by MTT assay; TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-10 production by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA); cell markers expression by flow cytometry; colony-forming units were counted to assess the microbicidal activity; and H2 O2 production was analysed by colorimetric assay...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Filip Bielejec, Guy Baele, Allen G Rodrigo, Marc A Suchard, Philippe Lemey
Various factors determine the rate at which mutations are generated and fixed in viral genomes. Viral evolutionary rates may vary over the course of a single persistent infection and can reflect changes in replication rates and selective dynamics. Dedicated statistical inference approaches are required to understand how the complex interplay of these processes shapes the genetic diversity and divergence in viral populations. Although evolutionary models accommodating a high degree of complexity can now be formalized, adequately informing these models by potentially sparse data, and assessing the association of the resulting estimates with external predictors, remains a major challenge...
July 2016: Virus Evolution
Elisa Corrêa Marson, Rodrigo Sudatti Delevatti, Alexandre Konig Garcia Prado, Nathalie Netto, Luiz Fernando Martins Kruel
OBJECTIVE: To assess the associations of aerobic, resistance, and combined exercise with changes in insulin resistance, fasting glucose, and fasting insulin in children and adolescents who are overweight or obese. DATA SEARCHES: MEDLINE via Pubmed, Cochrane-CENTRAL, SPORTDiscus, and LILACS. STUDY SELECTION: Randomized clinical trials of at least six weeks of duration that evaluated the ability of exercise training to lower at least one of the following outcomes: insulin resistance-HOMA, fasting glucose, and fasting insulin in children and/or adolescents classified as obese or overweight...
October 20, 2016: Preventive Medicine
E Vieira Dos Santos, C Sáez, P Cañizares, C A Martínez-Huitle, M A Rodrigo
This study demonstrates the application of reversible electrokinetic adsorption barrier (REKAB) technology to soils spiked with low-solubility pollutants. A permeable reactive barrier (PRB) of granular activated carbon (GAC) was placed between the anode and cathode of an electrokinetic (EK) soil remediation bench-scale setup with the aim of enhancing the removal of two low-solubility herbicides (atrazine and oxyfluorfen) using a surfactant solution (sodium dodecyl sulfate) as the flushing fluid. This innovative study focused on evaluating the interaction between the EK system and the GAC-PRB, attempting to obtain insights into the primary mechanisms involved...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Michelle M A C Ribeiro, Thiago C Oliveira, Alex D Batista, Rodrigo A A Muñoz, Eduardo M Richter
This paper reports for the first time, a method for simultaneous determination of naphazoline (NPZ) and zinc (Zn) using an analytical separation technique (capillary electrophoresis with capacitively coupled contactless conductivity detection -CE-C(4)D). A single run is possible every 55s (sampling rate=65h(-1)). The separation by CE-C(4)D was achieved on a fused silica capillary (50cm length - 10cm effective, 50μm i.d.) with a background electrolyte (BGE) composed by 20mmolL(-1) of 2-(morpholin-4-yl)ethane-1-sulfonic acid (MES) and 20mmolL(-1) of histidine (HIS) (pH 6...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
E Vieira Dos Santos, C Sáez, P Cañizares, C A Martínez-Huitle, M A Rodrigo
This works is focused on the treatment by sono-electrolysis of the liquid effluents produced during the Surfactant-Aided Soil-Washing (SASW) of soils spiked with herbicide oxyfluorfen. Results show that this combined technology is very efficient and attains the complete mineralization of the waste, regardless of the surfactant/soil radio applied in the SASW process (which is the main parameter of the soil remediation process and leads to very different wastes). Both the surfactant and the herbicide are completely degraded, even when single electrolysis is used; and only two intermediates are detected by HPLC in very low concentrations...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Silvia Honda Takada, Juliane Midori Ikebara, Erica de Sousa, Débora Sterzeck Cardoso, Rodrigo Ribeiro Resende, Henning Ulrich, Martin Rückl, Sten Rüdiger, Alexandre Hiroaki Kihara
It is well known that calcium (Ca(2+)) is involved in the triggering of neuronal death. Ca(2+) cytosolic levels are regulated by Ca(2+) release from internal stores located in organelles, such as the endoplasmic reticulum. Indeed, Ca(2+) transit from distinct cell compartments follows complex dynamics that are mediated by specific receptors, notably inositol trisphosphate receptors (IP3Rs). Ca(2+) release by IP3Rs plays essential roles in several neurological disorders; however, details of these processes are poorly understood...
October 22, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Rodrigo Almeida-Paes, Manoel Marques Evangelista Oliveira, Dayvison Francis Saraiva Freitas, Antônio Carlos Francesconi do Valle, Maria Clara Gutierrez-Galhardo, Rosely Maria Zancopé-Oliveira
Sporotrichosis is a subacute to chronic infection caused by members of the Sporothrix schenckii complex. Itraconazole is the first choice antifungal drug for treating this infection, with terbinafine and potassium iodide as alternatives and amphotericin B used in cases of severe infections. Correlation of antifungal susceptibility data with the clinical outcome of the patients is scarce. The aim of this study was to correlate clinical and mycological data in patients with refractory sporotrichosis. In this work, antifungal susceptibilities, determined according to the reference M38-A2 CLSI protocol, of 25 Sporothrix strains, isolated from seven human cases of sporotrichosis with adversities in the treatment, are presented...
October 22, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
Rodrigo Antonio Rocha da Cruz Adry, Lucas Crociati Meguins, Sebastião Carlos da Silva Júnior, Carlos Umberto Pereira, Gerardo Maria de Araújo Filho, Lúcia Helena Neves Marques
BACKGROUND: Mesial temporal sclerosis (MTS) is the most common disease found in an epilepsy surgery series. Early age of onset, a history of febrile convulsions, epileptiform discharges on EEG, duration of epilepsy, number of generalized seizures and severity of psychiatric disorders are possible prognostic factors in patients with MTS. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to review the clinical, semiotic, psychological, electrophysiological and neuroradiological researches and relate their findings to the prognosis of patients with MTS who underwent anteromedial temporal lobectomy (ATL)...
October 21, 2016: Acta Neurochirurgica
Angélica Rossana Castro de Souza, Daiana Bortoluzzi Baldoni, Jessica Lima, Vitória Porto, Camila Marcuz, Carolina Machado, Rafael Camargo Ferraz, Raquel C Kuhn, Rodrigo J S Jacques, Jerson V C Guedes, Marcio A Mazutti
Production of a bioherbicide for biological control of weeds requires a series of steps, from selection of a suitable microbial strain to final formulation. Thus, this study aimed to select fungi for production of secondary metabolites with herbicidal activity using biological resources of the Brazilian Pampa biome. Phytopathogenic fungi were isolated from infected tissues of weeds in the Pampa biome. A liquid synthetic culture medium was used for production of metabolites. The phytotoxicity of fungal metabolites was assessed via biological tests using the plant Cucumis sativus L...
October 4, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
Marco Guzman, Rodrigo Jara, Christian Olavarria, Paloma Caceres, Geordette Escuti, Fernanda Medina, Laura Medina, Sofia Madrid, Daniel Muñoz, Anne-Maria Laukkanen
PURPOSE: The purpose of the present study was to determine the efficacy of water resistance therapy (WRT) in a long-term period of voice treatment in subjects diagnosed with voice disorders. METHODS: Twenty participants, with behavioral dysphonia, were randomly assigned to one of two treatment groups: (1) voice treatment with WRT, and (2) voice treatment with tube phonation with the distal end in air (TPA). Before and after voice therapy, participants underwent aerodynamic, electroglottographic, acoustic, and auditory-perceptual assessments...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
Maria A Pérez-Jacoiste Asín, Nerea Carrasco-Antón, Mario Fernández-Ruiz, Rafael San Juan, Rodrigo Alonso-Moralejo, Esther González, Amado Andrés, Francisco López-Medrano, Jose M Aguado
BACKGROUND: The incidence of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) after solid organ transplantation (SOT) is increasing. The optimal therapy for post-transplant VL remains unclear, as relapses after liposomal amphotericin B (L-AmB) are common. Miltefosine has been shown to be effective for treating VL in immunocompetent patients, although data in the specific population of SOT recipients are lacking. METHODS: In the setting of an outbreak of leishmaniasis occurring in Southwest Madrid, we reviewed our experience in 6 SOT recipients with persistent or relapsing VL who received a 28-day course of miltefosine (2...
October 21, 2016: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
Eduardo Rodrigo, Inés Alonso, José Luis García Ruano, M Belén Cid
The easily available vinyl sulfone 3 showed a great potential for new applications in several fields, such as organic synthesis and bioconjugates formation. This was demonstrated by performing a systematic assessment of its reactivity in Michael, radical and cycloaddition reactions. Heteroaryl vinyl sulfone 3 presented an excellent output in terms of reactivity and selectivity, proving superior to phenyl vinyl sulfone 1 and with clear advantages over bis-sulfone 2. This behavior might be due to the conformational and orbital control exerted by the tetrazole unit according to DFT calculations...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Ana Claudia Gomes Pereira Petisco, Jorge Eduardo Assef, Carlos Alberto de Jesus, Mohamed Hassan Saleh, Jose Eduardo Martins Barbosa, David Costa de Souza Le Bihan, Ibraim Masciarelli França Pinto, Simone Rolim Fernandes Fontes Pedra, Rodrigo Bellio de Mattos Barretto, Amanda Guerra de Moraes Rego Sousa
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of mortality among women in several countries. Early detection of subclinical atherosclerosis (SA) could enable the adoption of preventive measures to avoid cardiovascular events. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of SA in Brazilian asymptomatic postmenopausal women in Framingham Risk Score (FRS) low and intermediate groups. Computed tomography (CT) and ultrasound (US) scans were performed in 138 asymptomatic postmenopausal women (56.1 ± 4.9 years of age) to survey for coronary artery and aortic calcification (CT scan) and assess carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and identify carotid plaques (US)...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Xiaohong Ruby Xu, Naadiya Carrim, Miguel Antonio Dias Neves, Thomas McKeown, Tyler W Stratton, Rodrigo Matos Pinto Coelho, Xi Lei, Pingguo Chen, Jianhua Xu, Xiangrong Dai, Benjamin Xiaoyi Li, Heyu Ni
Platelets are central mediators of thrombosis and hemostasis. At the site of vascular injury, platelet accumulation (i.e. adhesion and aggregation) constitutes the first wave of hemostasis. Blood coagulation, initiated by the coagulation cascades, is the second wave of thrombin generation and enhance phosphatidylserine exposure, can markedly potentiate cell-based thrombin generation and enhance blood coagulation. Recently, deposition of plasma fibronectin and other proteins onto the injured vessel wall has been identified as a new "protein wave of hemostasis" that occurs prior to platelet accumulation (i...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
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