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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793162/new-insights-into-the-formation-of-silver-based-nanoparticles-under-natural-and-semi-natural-conditions
#1
Andreas Wimmer, Anna Kalinnik, Michael Schuster
For the first time, the natural formation of silver-based nanoparticles (Ag-b-NPs) was studied in field investigations of two pre-alpine lakes in Germany that contain geogenic silver traces in the sub-ng L-1 range. Light-sensitive microorganisms most likely accumulate and transport these silver traces from deeper water layers to the surface. At the surface of the eutrophic lake, approximately 40% of total silver (5.7 ng L-1 ) consisted of Ag-b-NPs, whereas in the oligotrophic lake with similar enrichment of silver species, no Ag-b-NPs were detected...
May 10, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793116/patterns-of-invasive-growth-in-malignant-gliomas-the-hippocampus-emerges-as-an-invasion-spared-brain-region
#2
Awais A Mughal, Lili Zhang, Artem Fayzullin, Andres Server, Yuping Li, Yingxi Wu, Rainer Glass, Torstein Meling, Iver A Langmoen, Trygve B Leergaard, Einar O Vik-Mo
BACKGROUND: Widespread infiltration of tumor cells into surrounding brain parenchyma is a hallmark of malignant gliomas, but little data exist on the overall invasion pattern of tumor cells throughout the brain. METHODS: We have studied the invasive phenotype of malignant gliomas in two invasive mouse models and patients. Tumor invasion patterns were characterized in a patient-derived xenograft mouse model using brain-wide histological analysis and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging...
May 21, 2018: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793071/extracting-similar-terms-from-multiple-emr-based-semantic-embeddings-to-support-chart-reviews
#3
M S Cheng Ye, Daniel Fabbri
OBJECTIVE: Word embeddings project semantically similar terms into nearby points in a vector space. When trained on clinical text, these embeddings can be leveraged to improve keyword search and text highlighting. In this paper, we present methods to refine the selection process of similar terms from multiple EMR-based word embeddings, and evaluate their performance quantitatively and qualitatively across multiple chart review tasks. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Word embeddings were trained on each clinical note type in an EMR...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793067/performance-and-methane-fermentation-characteristics-of-a-pilot-scale-anaerobic-membrane-bioreactor-anmbr-for-treating-pharmaceutical-wastewater-containing-m-cresol-mc-and-iso-propyl-alcohol-ipa
#4
Zhaobo Chen, Xue Li, Dongxue Hu, Yubo Cui, Fuguang Gu, Fuquan Jia, Tingting Xiao, Haiyan Su, Jiao Xu, Haixu Wang, Pan Wu, Ying Zhang, Na Jiang
In this study, a pilot scale anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) was operated for 80 days to treat pharmaceutical wastewater containing m-cresol (MC) and iso-propyl alcohol (IPA). The aim of the study is to investigate the performance and methane fermentation characteristics of AnMBR at different hydraulic retention time (HRT) (48, 36, 24, 18 and 12 h). The average total removal efficiencies of MC and IPA were 95%, 96% during the 80 days, which demonstrated that the AnMBR system performed well in the MC and IPA removal...
May 11, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793040/quinones-and-nitroaromatic-compounds-as-subversive-substrates-of-staphylococcus-aureus-flavohemoglobin
#5
Myriam Moussaoui, Lina Misevičienė, Žilvinas Anusevičius, Audronė Marozienė, Florence Lederer, Laura Baciou, Narimantas Čėnas
In microorganisms, flavohemoglobins (FHbs) containing FAD and heme (Fe3+ , metHb) convert NO. into nitrate at the expense of NADH and O2 . FHbs contribute to bacterial resistance to nitrosative stress. Therefore, inhibition of FHbs functions may decrease the pathogen virulence. We report here a kinetic study of the reduction of quinones and nitroaromatic compounds by S. aureus FHb. We show that this enzyme rapidly reduces quinones and nitroaromatic compounds in a mixed single- and two-electron pathway. The reactivity of nitroaromatics increased upon an increase in their single-electron reduction potential (E1 7 ), whereas the reactivity of quinones poorly depended on their E1 7 with a strong preference for a 2-hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone structure...
May 21, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793033/expression-of-anabaena-sensory-rhodopsin-is-influenced-by-different-codons-of-seven-residues-at-the-n-terminal-region
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Otgontuya Tsogbadrakh, Ah Reum Choi, Kwang-Hwan Jung
Microbial rhodopsins are well-known seven-transmembrane proteins that have been extensively studied for their structure and function. These retinal-binding proteins can be divided into two types. Type I is microbial rhodopsin, and type II (visual pigment) is expressed mostly in mammalian eyes. The two primary functions of type I rhodopsin are ion pumping activity and sensory transduction. Anabaena sensory rhodopsin (ASR) is a microbial rhodopsin with a specific function of photosensory transduction. ASR is expressed at moderate levels in Escherichia coli, but its expression level is lower compared to the general green light absorbing proteorhodopsin (GPR)...
May 21, 2018: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792991/codon-adaptation-biases-among-sylvatic-and-urban-genotypes-of-dengue-virus-type-2
#7
Marielton Dos Passos Cunha, Ayda Susana Ortiz-Baez, Caio César de Melo Freire, Paolo Marinho de Andrade Zanotto
Dengue virus (DENV) emerged from the sylvatic environment and colonized urban settings, being sustained in a human-Aedes-human transmission chain, mainly by the bites of females of the anthropophilic species Aedes aegypti. Herein, we sought evidence for fine-tuning in viral codon usage, possibly due to viral adaptation to human transmission. We compared the codon adaptation of DENV serotype 2 (DENV-2) genotypes from urban and sylvatic habitats and tried to correlate the findings with key evolutionary determinants...
May 21, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792892/beef-quality-labels-a-combination-of-sensory-acceptance-test-stated-willingness-to-pay-and-choice-based-conjoint-analysis
#8
Stephan G H Meyerding, Maria Gentz, Brianne Altmann, Lisa Meier-Dinkel
Consumer perspectives of beef quality are complex, leading to a market that is increasingly differentiating. Thus, ongoing monitoring and assessment of changes in consumer perspectives is essential to identify changing market conditions. Often only credence and search characteristics are evaluated in consumer studies; therefore the object of the present study is to examine consumer preferences and perceptions towards beef steaks, also including experience characteristics, using a mixed methods approach. For this reason, 55 consumers participated in an experiment in Germany, including a sensory acceptance test, stated willingness to pay, and choice-based conjoint analysis (CBCA)...
May 21, 2018: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792869/preferential-inputs-from-cholecystokinin-positive-neurons-to-the-somatic-compartment-of-parvalbumin-expressing-neurons-in-the-mouse-primary-somatosensory-cortex
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Hiroyuki Hioki, Jaerin Sohn, Hisashi Nakamura, Shinichiro Okamoto, Jungwon Hwang, Yoko Ishida, Megumu Takahashi, Hiroshi Kameda
Parvalbumin-positive (PV+) neurons in the cerebral cortex, mostly corresponding to fast-spiking basket cells, have been implicated in higher-order brain functions and psychiatric disorders. We previously demonstrated that the somatic compartment of PV+ neurons received inhibitory inputs mainly from vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP)+ neurons, whereas inhibitory inputs to the dendritic compartment were derived mostly from PV+ and somatostatin (SOM)+ neurons. However, a substantial number of the axosomatic inputs have remained unidentified...
May 21, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792735/hip-fracture-in-the-setting-of-limited-life-expectancy-the-importance-of-considering-goals-of-care-and-prognosis
#10
C Bree Johnston, Amanda Holleran, Thuan Ong, Ursula McVeigh, Elizabeth Ames
IMPORTANCE: Many older patients with a limited life expectancy experience fragility fracture of the hip, and this event is associated with increased risk of premature mortality, functional decline, and institutionalization. The treating team, in collaboration with patients and their families, must determine whether a surgical or conservative approach is in the patient's best interest when a patient has limited life expectancy. OBSERVATION: Goals of care discussions appear to be rare in the setting of fragility fracture...
May 24, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792699/water-soluble-ruthenium-ii-carbonyls-with-1-3-5-triaza-7-phosphoadamantane
#11
Federica Battistin, Gabriele Balducci, Barbara Milani, Enzo Alessio
As a continuation of our strategy for preparing new Ru(II) precursors with improved water solubility through the introduction of highly water-soluble 1,3,5-triaza-7-phosphoadamantane (PTA) supporting ligands in the coordination sphere, in this work, we address the largely unexplored preparation of Ru(II)-PTA carbonyls. Two complementary synthetic approaches were used: (1) the treatment of a series of neutral Ru(II)-CO-dmso compounds of general formula RuCl2 (CO) n (dmso)4- n ( n = 1-3, 1-5) with PTA; (2) the reaction of Ru(II)-PTA complexes with CO...
May 24, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792689/selectivity-within-a-family-of-bacterial-phosphothreonine-lyases
#12
Kaitlin A Chambers, Nile S Abularrage, Rebecca A Scheck
Phosphothreonine lyases are bacterial effector proteins secreted into host cells to facilitate the infection process. This enzyme family catalyzes an irreversible elimination reaction that converts phosphothreonine or phosphoserine to dehydrobutyrine or dehydroalanine, respectively. Herein we report a study of substrate selectivity for each of the four known phosphothreonine lyases. This was accomplished using a combination of mass spectrometry and enzyme kinetics assays for a series of phosphorylated peptides derived from the mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) activation loop...
May 24, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792482/discrimination-and-externalizing-problems-among-moroccan-and-romanian-origin-early-adolescents-in-italy-moderating-role-of-cultural-orientations-and-impulse-control
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Diana Miconi, Gianmarco Altoè, Silvia Salcuni, Daniela Di Riso, Sami Schiff, Ughetta Moscardino
OBJECTIVE: Although discrimination is a common stressor in the everyday life of immigrant youth, individuals are not equally susceptible to its adverse effects. This cross-sectional study aimed to examine whether cultural orientation preferences and impulse control (IC) moderate the association between perceived discrimination and externalizing problems among Moroccan- and Romanian-origin early adolescents in Italy. METHOD: The sample included 126 Moroccan and 126 Romanian youths (46% girls, 42% first-generation) aged 11-13 years and their parents...
May 24, 2018: Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792440/looking-at-the-eyes-interferes-with-facial-emotion-recognition-in-alexithymia
#14
Esther Fujiwara
Alexithymia refers to difficulties in identifying, differentiating, and describing feelings. This personality trait is highly prevalent in many psychiatric conditions and may drive associated social-emotional problems, including the ability to decode emotions in faces. This study probed alexithymic problems with identifying clear and ambiguous blends of emotions in faces and their underlying visual attention patterns. Using the Toronto Alexithymia Scale-20, students with high alexithymia (HA, n = 73) or low alexithymia (LA, n = 76) were enrolled in this study...
May 24, 2018: Journal of Abnormal Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792416/phosphotriesterase-magnetic-nanoparticles-bioconjugates-with-improved-enzyme-activity-in-a-biocatalytic-membrane-reactor
#15
Abaynesh Yihdego Gebreyohannes, Rosalinda Mazzei, Mohamed Yahia Marei Abdelrahim, Giuseppe Vitola, Elena Porzio, Giuseppe Manco, Mihail Barboiu, Lidietta Giorno
The need to find alternative bioremediation solutions for organophosphate degradation pushed the research to develop technologies based on organophosphate degrading enzymes, such as phosphotriesterase. The use of free phosphotriesterase poses limits in terms of enzyme reuse, stability and process development. The heterogenization of enzyme on a support and their use in bioreactors implemented by membrane seems a suitable strategy, thanks to the ability of membranes to compartmentalize, to govern mass transfer and provide microenvironment with tuned physico-chemical and structural properties...
May 24, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792296/-it-s-totally-okay-to-be-sad-but-never-lose-hope-content-analysis-of-infertility-related-videos-on-youtube-in-relation-to-viewer-preferences
#16
Margot Kelly-Hedrick, Paul H Grunberg, Felicia Brochu, Phyllis Zelkowitz
BACKGROUND: Infertility patients frequently use the internet to find fertility-related information and support from people in similar circumstances. YouTube is increasingly used as a source of health-related information and may influence health decision making. There have been no studies examining the content of infertility-related videos on YouTube. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to (1) describe the content of highly viewed videos on YouTube related to infertility and (2) identify video characteristics that relate to viewer preference...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792294/training-working-memory-in-adolescents-using-serious-game-elements-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
#17
Wouter J Boendermaker, Thomas E Gladwin, Margot Peeters, Pier J M Prins, Reinout W Wiers
BACKGROUND: Working memory capacity has been found to be impaired in adolescents with various psychological problems, such as addictive behaviors. Training of working memory capacity can lead to significant behavioral improvements, but it is usually long and tedious, taxing participants' motivation to train. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate whether adding game elements to the training could help improve adolescents' motivation to train while improving cognition...
May 23, 2018: JMIR Serious Games
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792292/identifying-medication-management-smartphone-app-features-suitable-for-young-adults-with-developmental-disabilities-delphi-consensus-study
#18
Teresa M Salgado, Alexa Fedrigon, Donna Riccio Omichinski, Michelle A Meade, Karen B Farris
BACKGROUND: Smartphone apps can be a tool to facilitate independent medication management among persons with developmental disabilities. At present, multiple medication management apps exist in the market, but only 1 has been specifically designed for persons with developmental disabilities. Before initiating further app development targeting this population, input from stakeholders including persons with developmental disabilities, caregivers, and professionals regarding the most preferred features should be obtained...
May 23, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792288/tralokinumab-for-severe-uncontrolled-asthma-stratos-1-and-stratos-2-two-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-3-clinical-trials
#19
Reynold A Panettieri, Ulf Sjöbring, AnnaMaria Péterffy, Peter Wessman, Karin Bowen, Edward Piper, Gene Colice, Christopher E Brightling
BACKGROUND: Tralokinumab is an anti-interleukin-13 human monoclonal antibody developed for the treatment of severe, uncontrolled asthma. These clinical trials aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of tralokinumab in this population. METHODS: STRATOS 1 and STRATOS 2 were randomised, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled, phase 3 clinical trials that enrolled participants aged 12-75 years with severe asthma that was inadequately controlled despite use of inhaled corticosteroids (≥500 μg per day fluticasone or equivalent) and a long-acting β2 agonist (but not oral corticosteroids)...
May 18, 2018: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792157/long-term-health-and-germline-transmission-in-transgenic-cattle-following-transposon-mediated-gene-transfer
#20
Soo-Young Yum, Song-Jeon Lee, Sin-Gi Park, In-Gang Shin, Sang-Eun Hahn, Woo-Jae Choi, Hee-Soo Kim, Hyeong-Jong Kim, Seong-Hun Bae, Je-Hyeong Lee, Joo-Yeong Moon, Woo-Sung Lee, Ji-Hyun Lee, Choong-Il Lee, Seong-Jin Kim, Goo Jang
BACKGROUND: Transposon-mediated, non-viral gene delivery is a powerful tool for generating stable cell lines and transgenic animals. However, as multi-copy insertion is the preferred integration pattern, there is the potential for uncontrolled changes in endogenous gene expression and detrimental effects in cells or animals. Our group has previously reported on the generation of several transgenic cattle by using microinjection of the Sleeping Beauty (SB) and PiggyBac (PB) transposons and seeks to explore the long-term effects of this technology on cattle...
May 23, 2018: BMC Genomics
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