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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934287/priming-effects-on-labile-and-stable-soil-organic-carbon-decomposition-pulse-dynamics-over-two-years
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Xiuwei Zhang, Xiaozeng Han, Wantai Yu, Peng Wang, Weixin Cheng
Soil organic carbon (SOC) is a major component in the global carbon cycle. Yet how input of plant litter may influence the loss of SOC through a phenomenon called priming effect remains highly uncertain. Most published results about the priming effect came from short-term investigations for a few weeks or at the most for a few months in duration. The priming effect has not been studied at the annual time scale. In this study for 815 days, we investigated the priming effect of added maize leaves on SOC decomposition of two soil types and two treatments (bare fallow for 23 years, and adjacent old-field, represent stable and relatively labile SOC, respectively) of SOC stabilities within each soil type, using a natural 13C-isotope method...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932267/clinical-performance-of-an-infliximab-rapid-quantification-assay
#2
Fernando Magro, Joana Afonso, Susana Lopes, Rosa Coelho, Raquel Gonçalves, Paulo Caldeira, Paula Lago, Helena Tavares de Sousa, Jaime Ramos, Ana Rita Gonçalves, Paula Ministro, Isadora Rosa, Tânia Meira, Patrícia Andrade, João-Bruno Soares, Diana Carvalho, Paula Sousa, Ana Isabel Vieira, Joanne Lopes, Cláudia Camila Dias, Karel Geboes, Fátima Carneiro
BACKGROUND: Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM)-based algorithms can be used to guide infliximab (IFX) adjustments in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients. This study aimed to explore a rapid IFX-quantification test from a clinical perspective. METHODS: This manuscript describes a prospective cohort study involving 110 ulcerative colitis (UC) patients on the maintenance phase of IFX. IFX trough levels were quantified using a rapid quantification assay and a commonly-used reference kit...
September 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930636/the-role-of-exact-exchange-and-relativistic-approximations-in-calculating-19-f-magnetic-shielding-in-solids-using-a-cluster-ansatz
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Fahri Alkan, Sean T Holmes, Cecil Dybowski
Calculations of (19)F magnetic shielding in various materials are presented. In calculations on gas-phase molecules, the variation of magnetic shielding with the amount of Hartree-Fock exchange (HFX) in the functional demonstrates that excellent agreement with experiment is obtained with an admixture of 50%, here denoted PBE0 (50%). Calculations at the PBE, PBE0 (25%), and PBE0 (50%) levels on 10 crystalline organofluorines and 15 crystalline inorganic fluorides, in which a cluster <I>ansatz</I> is used to model the lattice environment, were performed...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930473/molecular-insights-into-human-serum-albumin-as-a-receptor-of-amyloid-%C3%AE-in-the-extracellular-region
#4
Tae Su Choi, Hyuck Jin Lee, Jong Yoon Han, Mi Hee Lim, Hugh I Kim
Regulation of amyloid-β (Aβ) aggregation by metal ions and proteins is essential for understanding the pathology of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Human serum albumin (HSA), a regulator of metal and protein transportation, can modulate metal-Aβ interactions and Aβ aggregation in human fluid; however, the molecular mechanisms for such activities remain unclear. Herein, we report the molecular-level complexation between Zn(II), Cu(II), Aβ, and HSA, which is able to alter the aggregation and cytotoxicity of Aβ peptides and induce their cellular transportation...
September 20, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929504/simultaneous-determination-of-serum-propafenone-and-its-metabolites-using-high-performance-liquid-chromatography
#5
Yuki Shirayama, Kosuke Doki, Yukio Sekiguchi, Kazutaka Aonuma, Yukinao Kohda, Masato Homma
Propafenone, a class Ic antiarrhythmic agent, is metabolized to 5-hydroxypropafeone (5-OHP) and N-depropylpropafenone (NDPP). Simultaneous determination of serum propafenone and its metabolites was performed using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) equipped with a conventional octadecylsilyl silica column and ultraviolet detector. The wavelength was set at 250 nm. Propafenone and its metabolites in the serum were extracted using diethyl ether. The mobile phase solution, comprising 1-pentanesulfonic acid sodium salt (0...
September 19, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927938/hollow-porous-molecularly-imprinted-polymer-for-highly-selective-clean-up-followed-by-influential-preconcentration-of-ultra-trace-glibenclamide-from-bio-fluid
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Abbas Ostovan, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Maryam Arabi, Arash Asfaram
In the present work, hollow porous molecularly imprinted polymer (HPMIP) was prepared via adopting a sacrificial support approach using glibenclamide (GB) as template, methacrylic acid (MAA) as functional monomer, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as cross-linker (EGDMA) and mesoporous MCM-48 nanospheres as support. Owing to a short thickness of the foresaid HPMIP, a suitable steric structure was readily available that lead to fast and effective mass transfer of target analyte to sorbent and consequently supply high binding capacity...
September 10, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927525/alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency-genetic-variations-clinical-manifestations-and-therapeutic-interventions
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Younis Mohammad Hazari, Arif Bashir, Mudasir Habib, Samirul Bashir, Huma Habib, M Abul Qasim, Naveed Nazir Shah, Ehtishamul Haq, Jeffrey Teckman, Khalid Majid Fazili
Alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) is an acute phase secretory glycoprotein that inhibits neutrophil proteases like elastase and is considered as the archetype of a family of structurally related serine-protease inhibitors termed serpins. Serum AAT predominantly originates from liver and increases three to five fold during host response to tissue injury and inflammation. The AAT deficiency is unique among the protein-misfolding diseases in that it causes target organ injury by both loss-of-function and gain-of-toxic function mechanisms...
July 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926808/active-pharmaceutical-ingredients-entering-the-aquatic-environment-from-wastewater-treatment-works-a-cause-for-concern
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Sean Comber, Mike Gardner, Pernilla Sörme, Dean Leverett, Brian Ellor
This work reports on the variation in wastewater treatment works (WwTW) influent concentrations of a wide variety of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), their removal efficiency, effluent concentrations and potential risks to the aquatic environment. The research is based on data generated from two large UK-wide WwTW monitoring programmes. Taking account of removal of parent compound from the aqueous phase during treatment in combination with estimates of dilution available it is possible to prioritise the APIs of greatest risk of exceeding estimates of predicted no effect concentrations (PNEC) in receiving waters for all WwTW in the UK...
September 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926116/a-molar-microwear-texture-analysis-of-pitheciid-primates
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Anna J Ragni, Mark F Teaford, Peter S Ungar
Dental microwear textures have been examined for a broad range of extant primates to assess their efficacy for reconstructing diets of fossil species. To date though, no dental microwear texture data have been published for pitheciid molars, despite reported variation in degree of sclerocarpy and, by extension, the fracture properties of foods these platyrrhines eat. While all pitheciids eat hard or tough seeds, Chiropotes and Pithecia have been documented to consume more than Callicebus. In this study, we explored whether measures of molar microwear texture complexity discriminate taxa following variation in reliance upon seeds, and whether dispersion among variables is greatest in Callicebus, which has the most variable diet...
September 19, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926095/model-based-assessment-using-conventional-bioequivalence-limits-to-ensure-safety-and-efficacy-of-rivaroxaban-in-patients-undergoing-hip-or-knee-replacement
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Mario González-Sales, Lanyan Fang, Myong-Jin Kim, Liang Zhao
We evaluated whether the current bioequivalence limit is adequate to ensure safety and efficacy of rivaroxaban in patients under total hip arthroplasty and total knee arthroplasty based on its model informed benefit/risk profile. Clinical data from a total of 7145 patients from 3 phase 2 and 4 phase 3 clinical trials were included in the current model-based exposure-response analysis. The relationships between rivaroxaban exposure measurements (ie, minimum or trough, maximum, average concentration, and area under the concentration-time curve [AUC] at steady state) and clinical outcomes (ie, the probabilities of major bleeding [MB] and venous thromboembolism [VTE]) were modeled using NONMEM 7...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923994/the-direct-identification-of-core-collapse-supernova-progenitors
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REVIEW
Schuyler D Van Dyk
To place core-collapse supernovae (SNe) in context with the evolution of massive stars, it is necessary to determine their stellar origins. I describe the direct identification of SN progenitors in existing pre-explosion images, particularly those obtained through serendipitous imaging of nearby galaxies by the Hubble Space Telescope I comment on specific cases representing the various core-collapse SN types. Establishing the astrometric coincidence of a SN with its putative progenitor is relatively straightforward...
October 28, 2017: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922774/crop-model-assisted-phenomics-and-genome-wide-association-study-for-climate-adaptation-of-indica-rice-1-phenology
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Michael Dingkuhn, Richard Pasco, Julie M Pasuquin, Jean Damo, Jean-Christophe Soulié, Louis-Marie Raboin, Julie Dusserre, Abdoulaye Sow, Baboucarr Manneh, Suchit Shrestha, Alpha Balde, Tobias Kretzschmar
Phenology and time of flowering are crucial determinants of rice adaptation to climate variation. A previous study characterized flowering responses of 203 diverse indica rices (the ORYTAGE panel) to ten environments in Senegal (six sowing dates) and Madagascar (two years and two altitudes) under irrigation in the field. This study used the physiological phenology model RIDEV V2 to heuristically estimate component traits of flowering such as cardinal temperatures (base temperature (Tbase) and optimum temperature), basic vegetative phase, photoperiod sensitivity and cold acclimation, and to conduct a genome-wide association study for these traits using 16 232 anonymous single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921823/encoding-seasonal-information-in-a-two-oscillator-model-of-the-multi-oscillator-circadian-clock
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Jihwan Myung, Scott D Pauls
The suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) is a collection of about 10,000 neurons, each of which functions as a circadian clock with slightly different periods and phases, that work in concert to form and maintain the master circadian clock for the organism. The diversity among neurons confers on the SCN the ability to robustly encode both the 24-hour light pattern as well as the seasonal time. Cluster synchronization brings the different neurons into line and reduces the large population to essentially two oscillators, coordinated by a macroscopic network motif of asymmetric repulsive-attractive coupling...
September 16, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921669/respiratory-variation-in-left-ventricular-cardiac-function-with-3d-double-golden-angle-whole-heart-cine-imaging
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Karen Holst, Martin Ugander, Andreas Sigfridsson
PURPOSE: To develop a 3-dimensional free-breathing cardiovascular MR technique for quantifying the variation in left ventricular end-diastolic volume (LVEDV) during the respiratory cycle. METHODS: A 3-dimensional radial trajectory with double golden-angle ordering was used for free-running data acquisition during free breathing in healthy volunteers (N = 8). A respiratory self-gating signal was extracted from the center of k-space, and data were retrospectively binned into eight respiratory phases in end-diastole...
September 17, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921647/pharmacogenomics-implementation-at-the-national-institutes-of-health-clinical-center
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Tristan M Sissung, Jon W McKeeby, Jharana Patel, Juan J Lertora, Parag Kumar, Willy A Flegel, Sharon D Adams, Ellen J Eckes, Frank Mickey, Teri M Plona, Stephanie D Mellot, Ryan N Baugher, Xiaolin Wu, Daniel R Soppet, Mary E Barcus, Vivekananda Datta, Kristen M Pike, Gary DiPatrizio, William D Figg, Barry R Goldspiel
The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (NIH CC) is the largest hospital in the United States devoted entirely to clinical research, with a highly diverse spectrum of patients. Patient safety and clinical quality are major goals of the hospital, and therapy is often complicated by multiple cotherapies and comorbidities. To this end, we implemented a pharmacogenomics program in 2 phases. In the first phase, we implemented genotyping for HLA-A and HLA-B gene variations with clinical decision support (CDS) for abacavir, carbamazepine, and allopurinol...
October 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921052/in-vitro-evaluation-of-flow-patterns-and-turbulent-kinetic-energy-in-trans-catheter-aortic-valve-prostheses
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Daniel Giese, Kilian Weiss, Bettina Baeßler, Navid Madershahian, Yeong-Hoon Choi, David Maintz, Alexander C Bunck
OBJECTIVES: The objective of the current work was to evaluate flow and turbulent kinetic energy in different transcatheter aortic valve implants using highly undersampled time-resolved multi-point 3-directional phase-contrast measurements (4D Flow MRI) in an in vitro setup. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A pulsatile flow setup was used with a compliant tubing mimicking a stiff left ventricular outflow tract and ascending aorta. Five different implants were measured using a highly undersampled multi-point 4D Flow MRI sequence...
September 18, 2017: Magma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919900/preliminary-studies-to-characterize-the-temporal-variation-of-micronutrient-composition-of-the-above-ground-organs-of-maize-and-correlated-uptake-rates
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Karla Vilaça Martins, Durval Dourado-Neto, Klaus Reichardt, Quirijn de Jong van Lier, José Laércio Favarin, Felipe Fadel Sartori, Guilherme Felisberto, Simone da Costa Mello
The improvement of agronomic practices and the use of high technology in field crops contributes for significant increases in maize productivity, and may have altered the dynamics of nutrient uptake and partition by the plant. Official recommendations for fertilizer applications to the maize crop in Brazil and in many countries are based on critical soil nutrient contents and are relatively outdated. Since the factors that interact in an agricultural production system are dynamic, mathematical modeling of the growth process turns out to be an appropriate tool for these studies...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919656/direct-valorisation-of-waste-cocoa-butter-triglycerides-via-catalytic-epoxidation-ring-opening-and-polymerisation
#18
Dorota D Plaza, Vinzent Strobel, Parminder Kaur Ks Heer, Andrew B Sellars, Seng-Soi Hoong, Andrew J Clark, Alexei A Lapkin
BACKGROUND: Development of circular economy requires significant advances in the technologies for valorisation of waste, as waste becomes new feedstock. Food waste is a particularly important feedstock, containing large variation of complex chemical functionality. Although most food waste sources are complex mixtures, waste from food processing, no longer suitable for the human food chain, may also represent relatively clean materials. One such material requiring valorisation is cocoa butter...
September 2017: Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919407/how-to-target-inter-regional-phase-synchronization-with-dual-site-transcranial-alternating-current-stimulation
#19
Guilherme Bicalho Saturnino, Kristoffer Hougaard Madsen, Hartwig Roman Siebner, Axel Thielscher
Large-scale synchronization of neural oscillations is a key mechanism for functional information exchange among brain areas. Dual-site Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (ds-TACS) has been recently introduced as non-invasive technique to manipulate the temporal phase relationship of local oscillations in two connected cortical areas. While the frequency of ds-TACS is matched, the phase of stimulation is either identical (in-phase stimulation) or opposite (anti-phase stimulation) in the two cortical target areas...
September 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918948/firing-of-replication-origins-frees-dbf4-cdc7-to-target-eco1-for-destruction
#20
Agustin I Seoane, David O Morgan
Robust progression through the cell-division cycle depends on the precisely ordered phosphorylation of hundreds of different proteins by cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) and other kinases. The order of CDK substrate phosphorylation depends on rising CDK activity, coupled with variations in substrate affinities for different CDK-cyclin complexes and the opposing phosphatases [1-4]. Here, we address the ordering of substrate phosphorylation by a second major cell-cycle kinase, Cdc7-Dbf4 or Dbf4-dependent kinase (DDK)...
September 12, 2017: Current Biology: CB
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