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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793209/effect-of-thermal-pretreatment-on-chemical-composition-physical-structure-and-biogas-production-kinetics-of-wheat-straw
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Asad Ayub Rajput, Zeshan, Chettiyappan Visvanathan
Hard lignocellulosic structure of wheat straw is the main hindrance in its anaerobic digestion. Thus, a laboratory scale batch experiment was conducted to study the effect of thermal pretreatment on anaerobic digestion of wheat straw. For this purpose, different thermal pretreatment temperatures of 120, 140, 160 and 180 °C were studied and the results were compared with raw wheat straw. Significant differences in biogas production were observed at temperature higher than 160 °C. Highest biogas yield of 615 Nml/gVS and volatile solids reduction of 69% was observed from wheat straw pretreated at 180 °C...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793198/assessment-of-cu-sub-lethal-toxicity-lc-50-in-the-cold-water-gorgonian-dentomuricea-meteor-under-a-deep-sea-mining-activity-scenario
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Inês Martins, António Godinho, Joana Goulart, Marina Carreiro-Silva
Previous aquaria-based experiments have shown dissolution and leaching of metals, especially copper (Cu), from the simulated sediment plumes generated during mining activities resulting in a pronounced increase of Cu contamination in the surrounding seawater. Metals are bioavailable to corals with food, through ingestion (particulate phase) and through tissue-facilitated transport (passive diffusion). With corals being particularly vulnerable to metal contamination, resuspension of metal-bearing sediments during mining activities represents an important ecological threat...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793194/simultaneous-determination-of-18-psychoactive-agents-and-6-metabolites-in-plasma-using-lc-ms-ms-and-application-to-actual-plasma-samples-from-conscription-candidates
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Dongeun Park, Hyeyoung Choi, Moonhee Jang, Hyejin Chang, Sanghee Woo, Wonkyung Yang
In Korea, an increasing number of people attempt to evade military conscription by posing as mental health patients. To verify the authenticity of mental illness, there is a need to detect wide range of psychoactive agents in biological specimens of conscription candidates. In this study, we developed and validated a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for simultaneous determination of 18 psychoactive agents and 6 metabolites in human plasma. The method was characterized by the use of a simple, fast and cheap protein precipitation as sample preparation, a rapid run time (11min) and a low volume of plasma sample (200μL)...
April 22, 2018: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793189/effects-of-exposure-to-anti-vaping-public-service-announcements-among-current-smokers-and-dual-users-of-cigarettes-and-electronic-nicotine-delivery-systems
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Andy S L Tan, Vaughan W Rees, Justin Rodgers, Emeka Agudile, Natasha A Sokol, Kyeungyeun Yie, Ashley Sanders-Jackson
INTRODUCTION: Anti-vaping public service announcements (PSAs) are intended to discourage vaping or use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). However, vaping portrayals in PSAs may have unintended effects if they increase smoking or vaping urges. This study examined benefits and unintended effects of anti-vaping PSAs with vapor portrayals on smoking and vaping-related outcomes. METHODS: Young adult smokers (N = 171) and dual users (N = 122) aged 21-30 years were randomly assigned to view: 1) anti-vaping PSAs with vapor; 2) anti-vaping PSAs without vapor; 3) physical activity PSAs; or 4) anti-smoking PSAs with smoking cues...
May 16, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793176/non-ldl-dyslipidemia-is-prevalent-in-the-young-and-determined-by-lifestyle-factors-and-age-the-lifelines-cohort
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Jeroen K de Vries, Jan W Balder, Michelle J Pena, Petra Denig, Andries J Smit
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Non-LDL dyslipidemia (NLD) confers cardiovascular risk, and prevalence rates appear to be high in elderly populations. Small cohorts have identified several lifestyle, anthropometric, and medical factors associated with NLD. We aimed to assess sex- and age-specific prevalence of NLD in a contemporary population cohort (n = 167 729), and to identify independent determinants of NLD, focusing on lifestyle, anthropometric, and medical factors. METHODS: The prevalence of NLD was assessed per 10-year age intervals in adults without cardiovascular disease not using lipid-modifying drugs from the Dutch LifeLines cohort...
May 21, 2018: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793150/exploring-the-victimization%C3%A2-early-substance-misuse-relationship-in-search-of-moderating-and-mediating-effects
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Glenn D Walters, Dorothy L Espelage
This study was designed to address two research questions. The first research question asked whether physical abuse victimization at the hands of parents/guardians, bullying victimization at the hands of peers, and the abuse x bullying interaction encouraged early involvement in substance misuse. The second research question inquired as to whether the victimization‒substance misuse relationship was mediated by variables proposed by various theories and research studies-specifically, cognitive impulsivity, negative affect, and low self-esteem...
May 21, 2018: Child Abuse & Neglect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793149/educational-and-emotional-health-outcomes-in-adolescence-following-maltreatment-in-early-childhood-a-population-based-study-of-protective-factors
#7
Nisreen Khambati, Liam Mahedy, Jon Heron, Alan Emond
Although childhood maltreatment is associated with long-term impairment, some children function well despite this adversity. This study aimed to identify the key protective factors for good educational attainment and positive emotional health in adolescents who experienced maltreatment in early childhood. Data were analyzed from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, a large UK prospective cohort study. The sample was defined by maternally reported exposure to physical or emotional maltreatment by a parent prior to 5 years...
May 21, 2018: Child Abuse & Neglect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793125/assessment-of-cam-morphology-of-the-hip-with-ultra-sound-imaging-by-physical-therapists-is-reliable-and-valid
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Liliane Mandema, Igor Tak, Brigitte Mooij, Ruud Groeneweg, Eric Bakker, Peter van Veldhoven
BACKGROUND: Femoroacetabular impingement syndrome is considered present when a combination of clinical symptoms, signs and morphological features of the hip co-exist. Imaging is increasingly popular in primary health care settings with physical therapists performing ultrasound (US). OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic accuracy and inter-rater reliability of ultrasound in determining presence of cam morphology. DESIGN: A concurrent validity and inter-rater reliability study...
April 14, 2018: Physical Therapy in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793112/3d-printed-membrane-as-an-alternative-to-amniotic-membrane-for-ocular-surface-conjunctival-defect-reconstruction-an-in-vitro-in-vivo-study
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Shima Dehghani, Morteza Rasoulianboroujeni, Hamed Ghasemi, Saeed Heidari Keshel, Zohreh Nozarian, Mohammad Naser Hashemian, Mehran Zarei-Ghanavati, Golshan Latifi, Reza Ghaffari, Zhanfeng Cui, Hua Ye, Lobat Tayebi
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the surgical handling and clinical applicability of a specific 3D-printed membrane design fabricated using a gelatin, elastin and sodium hyaluronate blend for conjunctival reconstruction and compare it with amniotic membrane (AM), which is normally used in such surgeries. METHODS: 3D printing technique was employed to fabricate the membrane based on gradient design. Prior to printing, rheometry was employed to optimize the ink composition...
May 11, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793091/effects-of-surface-modification-of-as-2-o-3-loaded-plga-nanoparticles-on-its-anti-liver-cancer-ability-an-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-study
#10
Xiaoli Song, Juan You, Hongxia Shao, Caifeng Yan
As2 O3 -loaded nanoparticles (NPs) based on poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) were prepared by double emulsion-solvent evaporation method. Then Lactose acid (LA) and/or PEG were modified onto the NPs by chemical covalent coupling through -NH2 and -COOH. The FTIR results showed that LA and PEG could be successfully modified onto the surface of the NPs. All the As2 O3 -loaded PLGA NPs (As2 O3 @PLGA NPs) presented suitable physical stability, favorable size, and spherical shape. The in vitro release rate of As2 O3 from the NPs depended on the surface of the NPs...
May 21, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793052/title-lhp1-interacts-with-atrx-through-plant-specific-domains-at-specific-loci-targeted-by-prc2
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Haifeng Wang, Danhua Jiang, Elin Axelsson, Zdravko J Lorković, Sean Montgomery, Sarah Holec, Bas J G E Pieters, Abbas H K Al Temimi, Jasmin Mecinović, Frédéric Berger
Heterochromatin Protein 1 (HP1) is a major regulator of chromatin structure and function. In animals, the network of proteins interacting with HP1 is mainly associated with constitutive heterochromatin marked by H3K9me3. HP1 physically interacts with the putative orthologue of the SNF2 chromatin remodeler ATRX, which controls deposition of the histone variant H3.3 in mammals. In Arabidopsis thaliana, we show that the orthologue of ATRX participates in H3.3 deposition and characterize the function of conserved domains of plant ATRX...
May 21, 2018: Molecular Plant
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792997/risk-factors-for-low-back-pain-and-sciatica-an-umbrella-review
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P Parreira, C Maher, D Steffens, M Hancock, M Ferreira
BACKGROUND: Low back pain (LBP) is a highly prevalent condition and it is associated with significant disability and work absenteeism worldwide. A variety of environmental and individual characteristics have been reported to increase the risk of low back pain (LBP). To our knowledge, there has been no previous attempt to summarise the evidence from existing systematic reviews of risk factors for LBP and/or sciatica PURPOSE: to provide an overview of risk factors for LBP, we completed an umbrella review of the evidence from existing systematic reviews...
May 21, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792993/responsiveness-of-the-japanese-orthopaedic-association-back-pain-evaluation-questionnaire-in-lumbar-surgery-and-its-threshold-for-indicating-clinically-important-differences
#13
Takahito Fujimori, Toshitada Miwa, Takenori Oda
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Introduced in 2007, the Japanese Orthopaedic Association Back Pain Evaluation Questionnaire (JOABPEQ) has been widely used, but its psychometric properties have not been well studied. PURPOSE: To assess the responsiveness and the clinically important differences of JOABPEQ for lumbar surgery. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective study. PATIENT SAMPLE: Two hundreds and three consecutive patients underwent lumbar surgeries between July 2013 and November 2015 in a single hospital...
May 21, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792988/towards-quantitative-prediction-of-the-performance-of-dry-powder-inhalers-by-multi-scale-simulations-and-experiments
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Duy Nguyen, Johan Remmelgas, Ingela Niklasson Björn, Berend van Wachem, Kyrre Thalberg
This work demonstrates the use of multi-scale simulations coupled with experiments to build a quantitative prediction tool for the performance of adhesive mixtures in a dry powder inhaler (DPI). Using discrete element model (DEM), the behaviour of fine-carrier particle assemblies upon different mechanisms encountered during dose entrainment and dispersion can be described at the individual particle level. Combining these results with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations, the complete dosing event from a DPI can be captured and key performance measures can be extracted...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792820/hydrogel-tissue-chemistry-principles-and-applications
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Viviana Gradinaru, Jennifer Treweek, Kristin Overton, Karl Deisseroth
Over the past five years, a rapidly developing experimental approach has enabled high-resolution and high-content information retrieval from intact multicellular animal (metazoan) systems. New chemical and physical forms are created in the hydrogel-tissue chemistry process, and the retention and retrieval of crucial phenotypic information regarding constituent cells and molecules (and their joint interrelationships) are thereby enabled. For example, rich data sets defining both single-cell-resolution gene expression and single-cell-resolution activity during behavior can now be collected while still preserving information on three-dimensional positioning and/or brain-wide wiring of those very same neurons-even within vertebrate brains...
May 20, 2018: Annual Review of Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792816/the-physics-of-the-metaphase-spindle
#16
David Oriola, Daniel J Needleman, Jan Brugués
The assembly of the mitotic spindle and the subsequent segregation of sister chromatids are based on the self-organized action of microtubule filaments, motor proteins, and other microtubule-associated proteins, which constitute the fundamental force-generating elements in the system. Many of the components in the spindle have been identified, but until recently it remained unclear how their collective behaviors resulted in such a robust bipolar structure. Here, we review the current understanding of the physics of the metaphase spindle that is only now starting to emerge...
May 20, 2018: Annual Review of Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792780/cardiovascular-screening-practices-and-attitudes-from-the-ncaa-autonomous-power-5-conferences
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Christopher W Miars, Andreas Stamatis, Grant B Morgan, Jonathan A Drezner
BACKGROUND: The development of athlete-specific electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation standards, along with recent rates of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in athletes being higher than previously estimated, has heightened the debate in the sports medicine community regarding cardiovascular screening of the college athlete, including whether certain high-risk subsets, such as male basketball athletes, should undergo more intensive screening. HYPOTHESIS: ECG and/or echocardiography screening in National Collegiate Athletic Association Autonomous 5 Division I (A5DI) schools will be more common than previous reports, and there will be more frequent use of noninvasive cardiac screening for men's basketball players than the general athlete population...
May 1, 2018: Sports Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792778/does-iron-supplementation-improve-performance-in-iron-deficient-nonanemic-athletes
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Amity Rubeor, Carmen Goojha, Jeffrey Manning, Jordan White
CONTEXT: Supplementing iron-deficient nonanemic (IDNA) athletes with iron to improve performance is a trend in endurance sports. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the benefits of iron on performance, identify a ferritin level cutoff in IDNA athletes, and determine which iron supplementation regimens are most effective. DATA SOURCES: A search of the PubMed, CINAHL, Embase, ERIC, and Cochrane databases was performed in 2014 including all articles. Citations of pertinent review articles were also searched...
May 1, 2018: Sports Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792710/measuring-the-adhesion-forces-for-the-multivalent-binding-of-vancomycin-conjugated-dendrimer-to-bacterial-cell-wall-peptide
#19
Elizabeth Peterson, Christine Joseph, Hannah Peterson, Rachael Bouwman, Shengzhuang Tang, Jayme Cannon, Kumar Sinniah, Seok Ki Choi
Multivalent ligand-receptor interaction provides the fundamental basis for the hypothetical notion that high binding avidity relates to the strong force of adhesion. Despite its increasing importance in the design of targeted nanoconjugates, an understanding of the physical forces underlying the multivalent interaction remains a subject of urgent investigation. In this study, we designed three vancomycin (Van)-conjugated dendrimers G5(Van)n (n = mean valency = 0, 1, 4) for bacterial targeting with generation 5 (G5) poly(amidoamine) dendrimer as a multivalent scaffold, and evaluated both their binding avidity and physical force of adhesion to a bacterial model surface by employing surface plasmon resonance (SPR) spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM)...
May 24, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792706/adaptable-detection-strategies-in-membrane-based-immunoassays-calibration-free-quantitation-with-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-readout
#20
Aleksander Skuratovsky, Robert J Soto, Marc D Porter
This paper presents a method for immunometric biomarker quantitation that uses standard flow-through assay reagents and obviates the need for constructing a calibration curve. The approach relies on a nitrocellulose immunoassay substrate with multiple physical addresses for analyte capture, each modified with different amounts of an analyte-specific capture antibody. As such, each address generates a distinctly different readout signal that is proportional to the analyte concentration in the sample. To establish the feasibility of this concept, equations derived from antibody-antigen binding equilibrium were first applied in modeling experiments...
May 24, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
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