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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639486/estimated-prevalence-of-the-target-population-for-brain-computer-interface-neurotechnology-in-the-netherlands
#1
Elmar G M Pels, Erik J Aarnoutse, Nick F Ramsey, Mariska J Vansteensel
BACKGROUND: People who suffer from paralysis have difficulties participating in society. Particularly burdensome is the locked-in syndrome (LIS). LIS patients are not able to move and speak but are cognitively healthy. They rely on assistive technology to interact with the world and may benefit from neurotechnological advances. Optimal research and design of such aids requires a well-defined target population. However, the LIS population is poorly characterized and the number of patients in this condition is unknown...
June 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636451/assessing-hydrogen-peroxide-vapor-exposure-from-hospital-sterilizers
#2
Robert Cornelia, P Richard Warburton
This study examined the hydrogen peroxide concentrations measured near four models of hydrogen peroxide sterilizers, from two manufacturers, monitored in seven hospitals across the US and Canada over several years. The results showed that the majority of sterilizers do not emit hazardous levels of hydrogen peroxide and none of them exceeded the OSHA PEL of 1 ppm (8 hour time weighted average (TWA)), however several of the sterilizers exceeded 3 ppm, the short term exposure limit in a couple of states, Washington and Hawaii...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634301/microbial-glycoside-hydrolases-as-antibiofilm-agents-with-cross-kingdom-activity
#3
Brendan D Snarr, Perrin Baker, Natalie C Bamford, Yukiko Sato, Hong Liu, Mélanie Lehoux, Fabrice N Gravelat, Hanna Ostapska, Shane R Baistrocchi, Robert P Cerone, Elan E Filler, Matthew R Parsek, Scott G Filler, P Lynne Howell, Donald C Sheppard
Galactosaminogalactan and Pel are cationic heteropolysaccharides produced by the opportunistic pathogens Aspergillus fumigatus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, respectively. These exopolysaccharides both contain 1,4-linked N-acetyl-d-galactosamine and play an important role in biofilm formation by these organisms. Proteins containing glycoside hydrolase domains have recently been identified within the biosynthetic pathway of each exopolysaccharide. Recombinant hydrolase domains from these proteins (Sph3h from A...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629207/h2o2-as-a-candidate-bottleneck-for-mnp-activity-during-cultivation-of-agaricus-bisporus-in-compost
#4
Aurin M Vos, Edita Jurak, Jordi F Pelkmans, Koen Herman, Gill Pels, Johan J Baars, Ed Hendrix, Mirjam A Kabel, Luis G Lugones, Han A B Wösten
Degradation of lignin by fungi enhances availability of cellulose and hemicellulose in plant waste and thereby increases the amount of carbon source available to these microorganisms. The button mushroom Agaricus bisporus degrades only about half of the lignin in compost and about 40% of the carbohydrates remain unutilized during mushroom cultivation. Here it was assessed whether over-expression of the manganese peroxidase gene mnp1 improves lignin degradation and, as a consequence, carbohydrate breakdown by A...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612322/integrative-assessment-of-sediment-quality-in-lower-basin-affected-by-former-mining-in-brazil
#5
Estefanía Bonnail, Lucas M Buruaem, Lucas G Morais, Giuliana S Araujo, Denis M S Abessa, Aguasanta M Sarmiento, T Ángel DelValls
The Ribeira de Iguape River (Southeast Brazil) is metal contaminated by mining activities. Despite it has been cataloged as "in via of restoration" by the literature, this basin is still a sink of pollution in some segments of the fluvial system. This study aimed to assess the sediment quality in the lower part of the RIR basin. The employed approach was based on biological responses of the freshwater clam Corbicula fluminea after 7-day exposure bioassays using as the reference site the Perequê Ecological Park...
June 13, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609772/lymphoproliferative-disorders-of-the-lung
#6
Raphaël Borie, Marie Wislez, Martine Antoine, Jacques Cadranel
This review aims to describe some of the most frequent lymphoproliferative disorders arising from the lung: pulmonary mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma, lymphomatoid granulomatosis (LG), multicentric Castleman disease (MCD), primary effusion lymphoma (PEL), and nodular lymphoid hyperplasia (NLH). Primary pulmonary lymphoma is defined as a clonal lymphoproliferative disorder affecting one or both lungs, without extrapulmonary involvement 3 months after diagnosis, and includes pulmonary MALT lymphoma and LG...
June 14, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609402/hiv-associated-kaposi-sarcoma-and-related-diseases
#7
Priscila H Gonçalves, Thomas S Uldrick, Robert Yarchoan
The search for the etiologic agent for Kaposi sarcoma (KS) led to the discovery of Kaposi sarcoma associated herpesvirus (KSHV) in 1994. KSHV, also called human herpesvirus-8 (HHV-8) has since been shown to be the etiologic agent for several other tumors and diseases, including primary effusion lymphoma (PEL), an extracavitary variant of PEL, KSHV-associated diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, a form of multicentric Castleman disease (MCD), and KSHV inflammatory cytokine syndrome (KICS). KSHV encodes several genes that interfere with innate and specific immunity, thwart apoptosis, enhance cell proliferation and cytokine production, and promote angiogenesis, and these play important roles in the disease pathogenesis...
June 12, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602767/an-easily-transfectable-cell-line-that-produces-an-infectious-reporter-virus-for-routine-and-robust-quantitation-of-kaposi-s-sarcoma-associated-herpesvirus-reactivation
#8
Jennifer L DeCotiis, Noelle C Ortiz, Brian A Vega, David M Lukac
Reactivation of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KHSV; also known as Human herpesvirus (HHV)-8) from latency is associated with progression to disease. The primary experimental models for studying KSHV reactivation are B lymphocyte cell lines derived from patients with primary effusion lymphoma (PEL). PEL models have remained essential tools for understanding molecular details of latency and reactivation, yet they have shortcomings. In particular, PEL cells are difficult to transfect with plasmid DNA, which limits their routine use in studies that require introduction of exogenous DNA...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601772/mechanism-and-optimization-for-plasma-electrolytic-liquefaction-of-sawdust
#9
Dengke Xi, Rusen Zhou, Renwu Zhou, Xianhui Zhang, Liyi Ye, Jiangwei Li, Congcong Jiang, Qiang Chen, Guoya Sun, Qinghuo Liu, Size Yang
In this work, plasma electrolytic technology was successfully employed to achieve fast liquefaction of sawdust when polyethylene glycol 200 (PEG 200) and glycerol were used as liquefacient in the presence of the catalyst sulfuric acid. Results showed that H ions could heat the solution effectively during the plasma electrolytic liquefaction (PEL) process. The influence of some key parameters including liquefaction time, catalyst percentage, liquefacient/sawdust mass ratio, and PEG 200/glycerol molar ratio on the liquefaction yield were investigated...
May 24, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591700/restoration-of-immune-surface-molecules-in-kaposi-sarcoma-associated-herpesvirus-infected-cells-by-lenalidomide-and-pomalidomide
#10
David A Davis, Suraj Mishra, Holda A Anagho, Ashley I Aisabor, Prabha Shrestha, Victoria Wang, Yuki Takamatsu, Kenji Maeda, Hiroaki Mitsuya, Jerome B Zeldis, Robert Yarchoan
Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is the cause of several tumors, including Kaposi sarcoma and primary effusion lymphoma (PEL). Most viruses have evolved means of escaping immune recognition. KSHV downregulates MHC-I expression during lytic infection, and expression of ICAM-1 and B7-2 (CD86) during latent infection, allowing evasion of T cell and natural killer immunity respectively. These effects are largely mediated by two KSHV-encoded proteins, K3 and K5. We show here that lenalidomide (Len) and pomalidomide (Pom) prevent down-regulation of MHC-I during lytic activation, and restore ICAM-1 and B7-2 surface expression in latently infected PEL cells...
May 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547877/comparative-study-of-osteogenic-activity-of-multilayers-made-of-synthetic-and-biogenic-polyelectrolytes
#11
Deepak Guduru, Marcus S Niepel, Cristina Gonzalez-Garcia, Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez, Thomas Groth
Polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) coatings on biomaterials are applied to tailor adhesion, growth, and function of cells on biomedical implants. Here, biogenic and synthetic polyelectrolytes (PEL) are used for layer-by-layer assembly to study the osteogenic activity of PEM with human osteosarcoma MG-63 cells in a comparative manner. Formation of PEM is achieved with biogenic PEL fibrinogen (FBG) and poly-l-lysine (PLL) as well as biotinylated chondroitin sulfate (BCS) and avidin (AVI), while poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) and polystyrene sulfonate (PSS) represent a fully synthetic PEM used as a reference system here...
May 26, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524879/energy-landscape-driven-non-equilibrium-evolution-of-inherent-structure-in-disordered-material
#12
Yue Fan, Takuya Iwashita, Takeshi Egami
Complex states in glasses can be neatly expressed by the potential energy landscape (PEL). However, because PEL is highly multi-dimensional it is difficult to describe how the system moves around in PEL. Here we demonstrate that it is possible to predict the evolution of macroscopic state in a metallic glass, such as ageing and rejuvenation, through a set of simple equations describing excitations in the PEL. The key to this simplification is the realization that the step of activation from the initial state to the saddle point in PEL and the following step of relaxation to the final state are essentially decoupled...
May 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504647/identification-of-a-nucleoside-analog-active-against-adenosine-kinase-expressing-plasma-cell-malignancies
#13
Utthara Nayar, Jouliana Sadek, Jonathan Reichel, Denise Hernandez-Hopkins, Gunkut Akar, Peter J Barelli, Michelle A Sahai, Hufeng Zhou, Jennifer Totonchy, David Jayabalan, Ruben Niesvizky, Ilaria Guasparri, Duane Hassane, Yifang Liu, Shizuko Sei, Robert H Shoemaker, J David Warren, Olivier Elemento, Kenneth M Kaye, Ethel Cesarman
Primary effusion lymphoma (PEL) is a largely incurable malignancy of B cell origin with plasmacytic differentiation. Here, we report the identification of a highly effective inhibitor of PEL. This compound, 6-ethylthioinosine (6-ETI), is a nucleoside analog with toxicity to PEL in vitro and in vivo, but not to other lymphoma cell lines tested. We developed and performed resistome analysis, an unbiased approach based on RNA sequencing of resistant subclones, to discover the molecular mechanisms of sensitivity...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503745/interactions-between-phyb-and-pif-proteins-alter-thermal-reversion-reactions-in-vitro
#14
Robert W Smith, Britta Helwig, Adrie H Westphal, Eran Pel, Jan Willem Borst, Christian Fleck
The dynamic behaviour of the plant red/far-red light photoreceptor phytochrome B (phyB) has been elucidated in natural and synthetic systems. Red light switches phyB from the inactive Pr state to the active Pfr state, a process that is reversed by far-red light. Alongside light signals, phyB activity is constrained by thermal reversion (that is prominent in the dark) and protein-protein interactions between phyB, other phytochrome molecules, and, among others, PHYTOCHROME INTERACTING FACTORs (PIFs). Requirements for phyB-PIF association have been well studied and are central to light-regulated synthetic tools...
May 15, 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503574/vitamin-d-modulates-hematological-parameters-and-cell-migration-into-peritoneal-and-pulmonary-cavities-in-alloxan-diabetic-mice
#15
Leonardo M Bella, Isis Fieri, Fernando H G Tessaro, Eduardo L Nolasco, Fernanda P B Nunes, Sabrina S Ferreira, Carolina B Azevedo, Joilson O Martins
Background/Aims. The effects of cholecalciferol supplementation on the course of diabetes in humans and animals need to be better understood. Therefore, this study investigated the effect of short-term cholecalciferol supplementation on biochemical and hematological parameters in mice. Methods. Male diabetic (alloxan, 60 mg/kg i.v., 10 days) and nondiabetic mice were supplemented with cholecalciferol for seven days. The following parameters were determined: serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D, phosphorus, calcium, urea, creatinine, alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase, alkaline phosphatase, red blood cell count, white blood cell count (WBC), hematocrit, hemoglobin, differential cell counts of peritoneal lavage (PeL), and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluids and morphological analysis of lung, kidney, and liver tissues...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497299/ecotoxicological-and-health-risk-assessment-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-pahs-in-short-neck-clam-paphia-undulata-and-contaminated-sediments-in-malacca-strait-malaysia
#16
Mehrzad Keshavarzifard, Mohamad Pauzi Zakaria, Reza Sharifi
The distribution, sources, and human health risk assessment of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in surface sediment and the edible tissue of short-neck clam (Paphia undulata) from mudflat ecosystem in the west coast of Malaysia were investigated. The concentrations of ∑16 PAHs varied from 347.05 to 6207.5 and 179.32 to 1657.5 ng g(-1) in sediment and short-neck clam samples, respectively. The calculations of mean PEL quotients (mean-PELQs) showed that the ecological risk of PAHs in the sediment samples was low to moderate-high level, whereas the total health risk through ingestion and dermal contact was considerably high...
May 11, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481873/restoring-pu-1-induces-apoptosis-and-modulates-viral-transactivation-via-interferon-stimulated-genes-in-primary-effusion-lymphoma
#17
H Goto, R Kariya, E Kudo, Y Okuno, K Ueda, H Katano, S Okada
Primary effusion lymphoma (PEL), which is an aggressive subgroup of B-cell lymphoma associated with Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpes virus/human herpes virus-8, is refractory to the standard treatment, and exhibits a poor survival. Although PU.1 is downregulated in PEL, the potential role of its reduction remains to be elucidated. In this investigation, we analyzed the DNA methylation of PU.1 cis-regulatory elements in PEL and the effect of restoring PU.1 on PEL cells. The mRNA level of PU.1 was downregulated in PEL cells...
May 8, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470376/sublethal-effects-in-perinereis-gualpensis-polychaeta-nereididae-exposed-to-mercury-pyrene-sediment-mixture-observed-in-a-multipolluted-estuary
#18
M Díaz-Jaramillo, K S B Miglioranza, P Carriquiriborde, D Marino, C N Pegoraro, G Valenzuela, R Barra
Sediment-living organisms can be subjected to a multi-pollution condition due to an increase in the diversity of contaminants. Sediment mixtures of Mercury (Hg) and some polycyclic aromatics hydrocarbons like Pyrene (Pyr) are common in heavily industrialized coastal zones. In the present study, greater than (>) and less than (<) probable effect concentration levels (PELs) of Hg and Pyr were assessed using spiked sediments in order to determine combined (Hg + Pyr) effects in uptake, metabolization and oxidative balance in the polychaete Perinereis gualpensis at short and medium-term exposure...
May 3, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468596/multiple-viral-infections-in-primary-effusion-lymphoma-a-model-of-viral-cooperation-in-lymphomagenesis
#19
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Annunziata Gloghini, Chiara C Volpi, Ambra V Gualeni, Riccardo Dolcetti, Italia Bongarzone, Paolo De Paoli, Antonino Carbone
Primary effusion lymphoma (PEL) is a rare B-cell lymphoid neoplasm mainly associated with HIV infection, presenting as pleural, peritoneal, and pericardial effusions. A defining property of PEL is its consistent association with Kaposi sarcoma associated herpesvirus (KSHV) infection, and, in most cases, Epstein Barr virus (EBV) co-infection. On these grounds, a review of the literature related to viral cooperation and lymphomagenesis can help to understand the complex interplay between KSHV and EBV in PEL pathogenesis...
June 2017: Expert Review of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459883/nlrx1-negatively-modulates-type-i-ifn-to-facilitate-kshv-reactivation-from-latency
#20
Zhe Ma, Sharon E Hopcraft, Fan Yang, Alex Petrucelli, Haitao Guo, Jenny P-Y Ting, Dirk P Dittmer, Blossom Damania
Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is a herpesvirus that is linked to Kaposi's sarcoma (KS), primary effusion lymphoma (PEL) and multicentric Castleman's disease (MCD). KSHV establishes persistent latent infection in the human host. KSHV undergoes periods of spontaneous reactivation where it can enter the lytic replication phase of its lifecycle. During KSHV reactivation, host innate immune responses are activated to restrict viral replication. Here, we report that NLRX1, a negative regulator of the type I interferon response, is important for optimal KSHV reactivation from latency...
May 2017: PLoS Pathogens
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