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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921173/day-to-day-variations-in-the-amplitude-of-the-soil-temperature-cycle-and-impact-on-adult-eclosion-timing-of-the-onion-fly
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Kazuhiro Tanaka, Yasuhiko Watari
The onion fly Delia antiqua advances its eclosion timing with decreasing temperature amplitude to compensate for a depth-dependent phase delay of the zeitgeber. To elucidate whether or not naturally occurring day-to-day variations in the amplitude of soil temperature cycle disturb this compensatory response, we monitored daily variations in the temperature amplitude in natural soils and evaluated the impact on adult eclosion timing. Our results indicated that both median and variance of the soil temperature amplitude become smaller as depth increases...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921012/expression-of-the-gene-for-autotransporter-autb-of-neisseria-meningitidis-affects-biofilm-formation-and-epithelial-transmigration
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Jesús Arenas, Fernanda L Paganelli, Patricia Rodríguez-Castaño, Sara Cano-Crespo, Arie van der Ende, Jos P M van Putten, Jan Tommassen
Neisseria meningitidis is a Gram-negative bacterium that resides as a commensal in the upper respiratory tract of humans, but occasionally, it invades the host and causes sepsis and/or meningitis. The bacterium can produce eight autotransporters, seven of which have been studied to some detail. The remaining one, AutB, has not been characterized yet. Here, we show that the autB gene is broadly distributed among pathogenic Neisseria spp. The gene is intact in most meningococcal strains. However, its expression is prone to phase variation due to slipped-strand mispairing at AAGC repeats located within the DNA encoding the signal sequence and is switched off in the vast majority of these strains...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920527/pharmacokinetics-and-safety-of-dts-108-a-human-oligopeptide-bound-to-sn-38-with-an-esterase-sensitive-cross-linker-in-patients-with-advanced-malignancies-a-phase-i-study
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Romain Coriat, Sandrine J Faivre, Olivier Mir, Chantal Dreyer, Stanislas Ropert, Mohammed Bouattour, Robert Desjardins, François Goldwasser, Eric Raymond
BACKGROUND: DTS-108 is a hydrosoluble prodrug, where the SN-38 moiety is covalently linked to a 20-amino acid vector peptide by a specific esterase-sensitive cross-linker, releasing 7-ethyl-10-hydroxycampthotecin (SN-38) by esterase bond cleavage. METHODS: The pharmacokinetics of DTS-108, adverse events graded according to NCI-CTCv3.1, dose-limiting toxicities at cycle 1, the maximum tolerated dose (MTD), and the recommended Phase II dose (RP2D) of intravenous DTS-108 (1-2 hours) every 2 weeks were evaluated in a first-in-human Phase I study in patients with advanced/metastatic carcinomas, according to an accelerated dose escalation design...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920192/results-of-an-international-phosphorus-digestibility-ring-test-with-broiler-chickens
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M Rodehutscord, O Adeola, R Angel, P Bikker, E Delezie, W A Dozier, M Umar Faruk, M Francesch, C Kwakernaak, A Narcy, C M Nyachoti, O A Olukosi, A Preynat, B Renouf, A Saiz Del Barrio, K Schedle, W Siegert, S Steenfeldt, M M van Krimpen, S M Waititu, M Witzig
The objective of this ring test was to investigate the prececal phosphorus (P) digestibility of soybean meal (SBM) in broiler chickens using the trial protocol proposed by the World's Poultry Science Association. It was hypothesized that prececal P digestibility of SBM determined in the collaborating stations is similar. Three diets with different inclusion levels of SBM were mixed in a feed mill specialized in experimental diets and transported to 17 collaborating stations. Broiler chicks were raised on commercial starter diets according to station-specific management routine...
December 5, 2016: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918413/a-brain-machine-interface-based-on-erd-ers-for-an-upper-limb-exoskeleton-control
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Zhichuan Tang, Shouqian Sun, Sanyuan Zhang, Yumiao Chen, Chao Li, Shi Chen
To recognize the user's motion intention, brain-machine interfaces (BMI) usually decode movements from cortical activity to control exoskeletons and neuroprostheses for daily activities. The aim of this paper is to investigate whether self-induced variations of the electroencephalogram (EEG) can be useful as control signals for an upper-limb exoskeleton developed by us. A BMI based on event-related desynchronization/synchronization (ERD/ERS) is proposed. In the decoder-training phase, we investigate the offline classification performance of left versus right hand and left hand versus both feet by using motor execution (ME) or motor imagery (MI)...
December 2, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917292/deep-resequencing-of-cftr-in-762-f508del-homozygotes-reveals-clusters-of-non-coding-variants-associated-with-cystic-fibrosis-disease-traits
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Briana Vecchio-Pagán, Scott M Blackman, Melissa Lee, Melis Atalar, Matthew J Pellicore, Rhonda G Pace, Arianna L Franca, Karen S Raraigh, Neeraj Sharma, Michael R Knowles, Garry R Cutting
Extensive phenotypic variability is commonly observed in individuals with Mendelian disorders, even among those with identical genotypes in the disease-causing gene. To determine whether variants within and surrounding CFTR contribute to phenotypic variability in cystic fibrosis (CF), we performed deep sequencing of CFTR in 762 patients homozygous for the common CF-causing variant, F508del. In phase 1, ~200 kb encompassing CFTR and extending 10 kb 5' and 5 kb 3' of the gene was sequenced in 486 F508del homozygotes selected from the extremes of sweat chloride concentration...
2016: Human Genome Variation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917102/euler-lagrange-computational-fluid-dynamics-for-bio-reactor-scale-down-an-analysis-of-organism-lifelines
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Cees Haringa, Wenjun Tang, Amit T Deshmukh, Jianye Xia, Matthias Reuss, Joseph J Heijnen, Robert F Mudde, Henk J Noorman
The trajectories, referred to as lifelines, of individual microorganisms in an industrial scale fermentor under substrate limiting conditions were studied using an Euler-Lagrange computational fluid dynamics approach. The metabolic response to substrate concentration variations along these lifelines provides deep insight in the dynamic environment inside a large-scale fermentor, from the point of view of the microorganisms themselves. We present a novel methodology to evaluate this metabolic response, based on transitions between metabolic "regimes" that can provide a comprehensive statistical insight in the environmental fluctuations experienced by microorganisms inside an industrial bioreactor...
October 2016: Engineering in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917071/a-distinct-source-and-differentiation-history-for-kolumbo-submarine-volcano-santorini-volcanic-field-aegean-arc
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Martijn Klaver, Steven Carey, Paraskevi Nomikou, Ingrid Smet, Athanasios Godelitsas, Pieter Vroon
This study reports the first detailed geochemical characterization of Kolumbo submarine volcano in order to investigate the role of source heterogeneity in controlling geochemical variability within the Santorini volcanic field in the central Aegean arc. Kolumbo, situated 15 km to the northeast of Santorini, last erupted in 1650 AD and is thus closely associated with the Santorini volcanic system in space and time. Samples taken by remotely-operated vehicle that were analyzed for major element, trace element and Sr-Nd-Hf-Pb isotope composition include the 1650 AD and underlying K2 rhyolitic, enclave-bearing pumices that are nearly identical in composition (73 wt...
August 2016: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems: G³
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916264/the-use-of-conifer-needles-as-biomonitor-candidates-for-the-study-of-temporal-air-pollution-variation-in-the-strasbourg-region
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Josephine Al-Alam, Ziad Fajloun, Asma Chbani, Maurice Millet
The continuous emission of polluting chemicals into the atmosphere requires the implementation of monitoring of ambient air quality. The use of vegetation for environmental monitoring can be considered as a simple monitoring technique by providing a cheap and accessible matrix. In this study, needles of two conifers (Pinus nigra and Cedrus atlantica), were used for the consecutive biomonitoring of multipollutants such as pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in an urban area in Strasbourg (France)...
December 1, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914014/experimental-and-theoretical-investigation-of-sodiated-multimers-of-steroid-epimers-with-ion-mobility-mass-spectrometry
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Christopher D Chouinard, Vinícius Wilian D Cruzeiro, Adrian E Roitberg, Richard A Yost
Ion mobility-mass spectrometry (IM-MS) has recently seen increased use in the analysis of small molecules, especially in the field of metabolomics, for increased breadth of information and improved separation of isomers. In this study, steroid epimers androsterone and trans-androsterone were analyzed with IM-MS to investigate differences in their relative mobilities. Although sodiated monomers exhibited very similar collision cross-sections (CCS), baseline separation was observed for the sodiated dimer species (RS = 1...
December 2, 2016: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913009/quantitative-changes-in-late-gadolinium-enhancement-at-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-in-the-early-phase-of-acute-myocarditis
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Enrico Ammirati, Francesco Moroni, Paola Sormani, Angelica Peritore, Angela Milazzo, Giuseppina Quattrocchi, Manlio Cipriani, Fabrizio Oliva, Cristina Giannattasio, Maria Frigerio, Alberto Roghi, Paolo G Camici, Patrizia Pedrotti
BACKGROUND: The presence of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) at cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) has diagnostic and prognostic value in patients with acute myocarditis (AM). Aim of our study was to quantify the changes in LGE extension (LGE%) early after AM and evaluate its relations with biventricular function and morphology. METHODS: We investigated 76 consecutive patients with AM (acute onset of chest pain/heart failure/ventricular arrhythmias not explained by other causes, and raised troponin) that met CMR criteria based on myocardial oedema at T2-weighted images and LGE on post-contrast images at median time of 6days from onset of symptoms...
November 23, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912933/efficacy-of-healing-meditation-in-reducing-anxiety-of-individuals-at-the-phase-of-weight-loss-maintenance-a-randomized-blinded-clinical-trial
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Cynthia Vieira Sanches Sampaio, Manuela Garcia Lima, Ana Marice Ladeia
OBJECTIVE: To verify the efficacy of Healing Meditation in reducing anxiety levels in individuals on a weight loss maintenance program. DESIGN: A randomized, controlled, evaluator-blinded clinical trial, conducted between January and October 2014, with a follow-up of 12 weeks. SETTING: A weight loss secondary care facility in Salvador, Brazil., of 41 patients at the weight maintenance phase (Mean initial BMI 33.6±4.7kg/m(2), who had attained a mean BMI of 24...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912170/influence-of-attention-alternation-on-movement-related-cortical-potentials-in-healthy-individuals-and-stroke-patients
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Susan Aliakbaryhosseinabadi, Vladimir Kostic, Aleksandra Pavlovic, Sasa Radovanovic, Ernest Nlandu Kamavuako, Ning Jiang, Laura Petrini, Kim Dremstrup, Dario Farina, Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting
OBJECTIVE: In this study, we analyzed the influence of artificially imposed attention variations using the auditory oddball paradigm on the cortical activity associated to motor preparation/execution. METHODS: EEG signals from Cz and its surrounding channels were recorded during three sets of ankle dorsiflexion movements. Each set was interspersed with either a complex or a simple auditory oddball task for healthy participants and a complex auditory oddball task for stroke patients...
November 10, 2016: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911786/geometry-induced-sequence-of-nanoscale-frank-kasper-and-quasicrystal-mesophases-in-giant-surfactants
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Kan Yue, Mingjun Huang, Ryan L Marson, Jinlin He, Jiahao Huang, Zhe Zhou, Jing Wang, Chang Liu, Xuesheng Yan, Kan Wu, Zaihong Guo, Hao Liu, Wei Zhang, Peihong Ni, Chrys Wesdemiotis, Wen-Bin Zhang, Sharon C Glotzer, Stephen Z D Cheng
Frank-Kasper (F-K) and quasicrystal phases were originally identified in metal alloys and only sporadically reported in soft materials. These unconventional sphere-packing schemes open up possibilities to design materials with different properties. The challenge in soft materials is how to correlate complex phases built from spheres with the tunable parameters of chemical composition and molecular architecture. Here, we report a complete sequence of various highly ordered mesophases by the self-assembly of specifically designed and synthesized giant surfactants, which are conjugates of hydrophilic polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane cages tethered with hydrophobic polystyrene tails...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911295/efficacy-and-safety-of-plasma-exchange-with-5-albumin-to-modify-cerebrospinal-fluid-and-plasma-amyloid-%C3%AE-concentrations-and-cognition-outcomes-in%C3%A2-alzheimer-s-disease-patients-a%C3%A2-multicenter-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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Mercè Boada, Fernando Anaya, Pilar Ortiz, Javier Olazarán, Joshua R Shua-Haim, Thomas O Obisesan, Isabel Hernández, Joan Muñoz, Mar Buendia, Montserrat Alegret, Asunción Lafuente, Lluís Tárraga, Laura Núñez, Mireia Torres, Joan Ramon Grifols, Isidre Ferrer, Oscar L Lopez, Antonio Páez
BACKGROUND: Studies conducted in animal models and humans suggest the presence of a dynamic equilibrium of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide between cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and plasma compartments. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether plasma exchange (PE) with albumin replacement was able to modify Aβ concentrations in CSF and plasma as well as to improve cognition in patients with mild-moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD). METHODS: In a multicenter, randomized, patient- and rater-blind, controlled, parallel-group, phase II study, 42 AD patients were assigned (1 : 1) to PE treatment or control (sham) groups...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911050/tuning-the-reactivity-of-graphene-by-surface-phase-orientation
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Jan Plsek, Petr Kovaricek, Vaclav Vales, Martin Kalbac
Tuning the local reactivity of graphene is a subject of paramount importance. Among the available strategies, the activation/passivation of graphene by copper substrate is very promising, because it enables to influence the properties of graphene without any transfer procedure as graphene can be grown directly on copper. Here, we demonstrate that the reactivity of graphene towards fluorination is strongly influenced by the face of the surface of the copper substrate. We probed graphene on the copper foil with identified grain orientations...
December 2, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910897/genomic-variations-leading-to-alterations-in-cell-morphology-of-campylobacter-spp
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Diane Esson, Alison E Mather, Eoin Scanlan, Srishti Gupta, Stefan P W de Vries, David Bailey, Simon R Harris, Trevelyan J McKinley, Guillaume Méric, Sophia K Berry, Pietro Mastroeni, Samuel K Sheppard, Graham Christie, Nicholas R Thomson, Julian Parkhill, Duncan J Maskell, Andrew J Grant
Campylobacter jejuni, the most common cause of bacterial diarrhoeal disease, is normally helical. However, it can also adopt straight rod, elongated helical and coccoid forms. Studying how helical morphology is generated, and how it switches between its different forms, is an important objective for understanding this pathogen. Here, we aimed to determine the genetic factors involved in generating the helical shape of Campylobacter. A C. jejuni transposon (Tn) mutant library was screened for non-helical mutants with inconsistent results...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910841/incommensurate-density-modulation-in-a-na-rich-plagioclase-feldspar-z-contrast-imaging-and-single-crystal-x-ray-diffraction-study
#18
Huifang Xu, Shiyun Jin, Bruce C Noll
Plagioclase feldspars are the most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. Intermediate plagioclase feldspars commonly display incommensurately modulated or aperiodic structures. Z-contrast images show both Ca-Na ordering and density modulation. The local structure of lamellae domains has I1-like symmetry. The neighboring lamellae domains are in an inversion twinning relationship. With a state-of-the-art X-ray diffraction unit, second-order satellite reflections (f-reflections) are observed for the first time in andesine (An45), a Na-rich e-plagioclase...
December 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica Section B, Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910662/a-novel-multi-channel-quadrature-doppler-backward-scattering-reflectometer-on-the-hl-2a-tokamak
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Zhongbing Shi, Wulu Zhong, Min Jiang, Zengchen Yang, Boyu Zhang, Peiwan Shi, Wei Chen, Jie Wen, Chengyuan Chen, Bingzhong Fu, Zetian Liu, Xuantong Ding, Qingwei Yang, Xuru Duan
A novel 16-channel fixed frequency Doppler backward scattering (DBS) reflectometer system has been developed on the HL-2A tokamak. This system is based on the filter-based feedback loop microwave source (FFLMS) technique, which has lower phase noise and lower power variation compared with present tunable frequency generation and comb frequency array generation techniques [J. C. Hillesheim et al. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 80, 083507 (2009) and W. A. Peebles et al. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 81, 10D902 (2010)]. The 16-channel DBS system is comprised of four × four-frequency microwave transmitters and direct quadrature demodulation receivers...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909855/conifer-monoterpene-chemistry-during-an-outbreak-enhances-consumption-and-immune-response-of-an-eruptive-folivore
#20
Amy M Trowbridge, M Deane Bowers, Russell K Monson
Changes in the chemical composition of plant defense compounds during herbivory can impact herbivore resource allocation patterns and thereby herbivore survival, growth, and immune response against endoparasitoid infection. Few studies have investigated folivore responses to changes in plant chemistry that occur under outbreak conditions in mature conifer systems. Using data from an earlier observational field study, we carried out laboratory bioassays to test how variation in monoterpenes in piñon pine trees (Pinus edulis, Pinaceae) during an outbreak affects growth, consumption, and immune response of a specialist herbivore, the Southwestern tiger moth (Lophocampa ingens, Arctiidae)...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Chemical Ecology
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