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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545267/-influence-of-postoperative-pelvic-floor-function-on-different-surgical-procedures-of-hysterectomy
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A L Tan, L Hong, Y Z Zhao, L Jiang
Objective: To compare the influence of postoperative pelvic floor function after different surgical procedures of hysterectomy. Methods: A total of 260 patients who underwent hysterectomy in Renmin hospital of Wuhan University from January 2012 to January 2014 were enrolled in the study, and divided into 5 groups by different surgical procedures, which were total abdominal hysterectomy (A-TH; 46 cases), total laparoscopic hysterectomy (L-TH; 59 cases), total vaginal hysterectomy (V-TH; 42 cases), abdominal intrafascial hysterectomy (A-CISH; 78 cases), laparoscopic intrafascial hysterectomy (L-CISH; 35 cases)...
May 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545262/photoluminescence-properties-of-polymorphic-modifications-of-low-molecular-weight-poly-3-hexylthiophene
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Takashi Kobayashi, Keita Kinoshita, Akitsugu Niwa, Takashi Nagase, Hiroyoshi Naito
The structural and photoluminescence (PL) properties of thin films of poly(3-hexylthophene) (P3HT) with molecular weights (MWs) of 3000 and 13,300 have been investigated. Although high MW P3HT always self-organizes into one packing structure (form I), low MW P3HT forms two different packing structures (forms I and II) depending on the fabrication conditions. In this work, several fabrication techniques have been examined to obtain form II samples with little inclusion of a form I component. It is found that drop-cast thin films of low MW P3HT (form II) exhibit a PL spectrum that is different from that of form I and does not contain the form I component...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545257/the-reactive-sulfur-species-concept-15-years-on
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REVIEW
Gregory I Giles, Muhammad Jawad Nasim, Wesam Ali, Claus Jacob
Fifteen years ago, in 2001, the concept of "Reactive Sulfur Species" or RSS was advocated as a working hypothesis. Since then various organic as well as inorganic RSS have attracted considerable interest and stimulated many new and often unexpected avenues in research and product development. During this time, it has become apparent that molecules with sulfur-containing functional groups are not just the passive "victims" of oxidative stress or simple conveyors of signals in cells, but can also be stressors in their own right, with pivotal roles in cellular function and homeostasis...
May 23, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545245/multimodal-bio-inspired-tactile-sensing-module-for-surface-characterization
#4
Thiago Eustaquio Alves de Oliveira, Ana-Maria Cretu, Emil M Petriu
Robots are expected to recognize the properties of objects in order to handle them safely and efficiently in a variety of applications, such as health and elder care, manufacturing, or high-risk environments. This paper explores the issue of surface characterization by monitoring the signals acquired by a novel bio-inspired tactile probe in contact with ridged surfaces. The tactile module comprises a nine Degree of Freedom Microelectromechanical Magnetic, Angular Rate, and Gravity system (9-DOF MEMS MARG) and a deep MEMS pressure sensor embedded in a compliant structure that mimics the function and the organization of mechanoreceptors in human skin as well as the hardness of the human skin...
May 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545219/new-species-for-the-biomitigation-of-a-super-intensive-marine-fish-farm-effluent-combined-use-of-polychaete-assisted-sand-filters-and-halophyte-aquaponics
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Bruna Marques, Ricardo Calado, Ana I Lillebø
The main objective of this study was to test an innovative biomitigation approach, where polychaete-assisted (Hediste diversicolor) sand filters were combined with the production of Halimione portulacoides in aquaponics, to remediate an organic-rich effluent generated by a super intensive fish farm operating a land-based RAS (Recirculating aquaculture system). The set up included four different experimental combinations that were periodically monitored for 5months. After this period, polychaete-assisted sand filters reduced in 70% the percentage of OM and the average densities increased from ≈400ind...
May 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545216/multi-proxy-evidence-for-decreased-terrestrial-contribution-to-sedimentary-organic-matter-in-coastal-areas-of-the-east-china-sea-during-the-past-100years
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Yunyun Cao, Lei Xing, Ting Zhang, Wen-Hsuan Liao
Little is known about temporal changes in sedimentary organic matter (OM) in the East China Sea (ECS) due to the lack of continuous high-resolution records. In this study, we used a multi-proxy approach to reconstruct sedimentary OM variations over the past 100years from three sediment cores collected from the coastal areas of the ECS. For the three cores, total organic carbon (TOC) normalized concentrations of phytoplankton biomarkers (brassicasterol+dinosterol+alkenones) and a marine archaea biomarker (crenarchaeol) showed gradual increases over the past 100years with a greater increase after the 1980s...
May 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545215/fertilizer-performance-of-liquid-fraction-of-digestate-as-synthetic-nitrogen-substitute-in-silage-maize-cultivation-for-three-consecutive-years
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I Sigurnjak, C Vaneeckhaute, E Michels, B Ryckaert, G Ghekiere, F M G Tack, E Meers
Following changes over recent years in fertilizer legislative framework throughout Europe, phosphorus (P) is taking over the role of being the limiting factor in fertilizer application rate of animal manure. This results in less placement area for spreading animal manure. As a consequence, more expensive and energy demanding synthetic fertilizers are required to meet crop nutrient requirements despite existing manure surpluses. Anaerobic digestion followed by mechanical separation of raw digestate, results in liquid fraction (LF) of digestate, a product poor in P but rich in nitrogen (N) and potassium (K)...
May 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545214/sediment-carbon-and-nutrient-fluxes-from-cleared-and-intact-temperate-mangrove-ecosystems-and-adjacent-sandflats
#8
Richard H Bulmer, Luitgard Schwendenmann, Andrew M Lohrer, Carolyn J Lundquist
The loss of mangrove ecosystems is associated with numerous impacts on coastal and estuarine function, including sediment carbon and nutrient cycling. In this study we compared in situ fluxes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the sediment to the atmosphere, and fluxes of dissolved inorganic nutrients and oxygen across the sediment-water interface, in intact and cleared mangrove and sandflat ecosystems in a temperate estuary. Measurements were made 20 and 25months after mangrove clearance, in summer and winter, respectively...
May 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545207/quality-and-reactivity-of-dissolved-organic-matter-in-a-mediterranean-river-across-hydrological-and-spatial-gradients
#9
Elisabet Ejarque, Anna Freixa, Eusebi Vazquez, Alba Guarch, Stefano Amalfitano, Stefano Fazi, Anna M Romaní, Andrea Butturini
Understanding DOM transport and reactivity in rivers is essential to having a complete picture of the global carbon cycle. In this study, we explore the effects of hydrological variability and downstream transport on dissolved organic matter (DOM) dynamics in a Mediterranean river. We sampled the main stem of the river Tordera from the source to the sea, over a range of fifteen hydrological conditions including extreme events (flood and drought). By exploring spatial and temporal gradients of DOM fluorescence properties, river hydrology was found to be a significant predictor of DOM spatial heterogeneity...
May 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545205/organic-composition-and-multiphase-stable-isotope-analysis-of-active-degrading-and-restored-blanket-bog
#10
Laura McAnallen, Rory Doherty, Neil Ogle
Here we used organic composition and stable isotopic analysis to evaluate the effects of drainage and restoration at an ombrotrophic peatland, to assess whether rewetting of blanket bogs will reverse degradation. The organic composition of the peat and the isotopic fractionation between the solid (peat), liquid (pore water) and gas (soil gas) phases on actively accumulating, degrading and restored locations are compared. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis of the organic material has shown a high level of humification (low decomposition) in the active peat...
May 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545169/plasma-cystatin-c-is-a-predictor-of-renal-dysfunction-aclf-and-mortality-in-patients-with-acutely-decompensated-liver-cirrhosis
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Daniel Markwardt, Lesca Holdt, Christian Steib, Andreas Benesic, Flemming Bendtsen, Mauro Bernardi, Richard Moreau, Daniel Teupser, Julia Wendon, Frederik Nevens, Jonel Trebicka, Elisabet Garcia, Marco Pavesi, Vicente Arroyo, Alexander L Gerbes
BACKGROUND: The development of acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) in patients with liver cirrhosis is associated with high mortality rates. Renal failure is the most significant organ dysfunction that occurs in ACLF. So far there are no biomarkers predicting ACLF. AIM: To investigate whether Cystatin C (CysC) and neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) can predict development of renal dysfunction (RD), hepatorenal syndrome (HRS), ACLF and mortality, respectively...
May 25, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545161/classic-galactosemia-study-on-the-late-prenatal-development-of-galt-specific-activity-in-a-sheep-model
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Ana I Coelho, Jörgen Bierau, Martijn Lindhout, Jelle Achten, Boris W Kramer, M Estela Rubio-Gozalbo
BACKGROUND: Classic galactosemia results from deficient activity of galactose-1-phosphate uridylyltransferase (GALT), a key enzyme of galactose metabolism. Despite early diagnosis and early postnatal therapeutic intervention, patients still develop neurologic and fertility impairments. Prenatal developmental toxicity has been hypothesized as a determinant factor of disease. In order to shed light on the importance of prenatal GALT activity, several studies have examined GALT activity throughout development...
May 25, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545156/the-boron-transporter-bnac4-bor1-1c-is-critical-for-inflorescence-development-and-fertility-under-boron-limitation-in-brassica-napus
#13
Quan Zhang, Haifei Chen, Mingliang He, Zhuqing Zhao, Hongmei Cai, Guangda Ding, Lei Shi, Fangsen Xu
Boron (B) is an essential micronutrient for plants, but the molecular mechanisms underlying the uptake and distribution of B in allotetraploid rapeseed (Brassica napus) are unclear. Here, we identified a B transporter of rapeseed, BnaC4.BOR1;1c, which expressed in shoot nodes and involved in distributing B to the reproductive organs. Transgenic Arabidopsis plants containing a BnaC4.BOR1;1c promoter-driven GUS reporter gene showed strong GUS activity in roots, nodal regions of the shoots and immature floral buds...
May 25, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545155/rapid-diagnostic-tests-for-typhoid-and-paratyphoid-enteric-fever
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REVIEW
Lalith Wijedoru, Sue Mallett, Christopher M Parry
BACKGROUND: Differentiating both typhoid (Salmonella Typhi) and paratyphoid (Salmonella Paratyphi A) infection from other causes of fever in endemic areas is a diagnostic challenge. Although commercial point-of-care rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for enteric fever are available as alternatives to the current reference standard test of blood or bone marrow culture, or to the widely used Widal Test, their diagnostic accuracy is unclear. If accurate, they could potentially replace blood culture as the World Health Organization (WHO)-recommended main diagnostic test for enteric fever...
May 26, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545147/chromosome-divergence-during-evolution-of-the-tetraploid-clawed-frogs-xenopus-mellotropicalis-and-xenopus-epitropicalis-as-revealed-by-zoo-fish
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Martin Knytl, Ondřej Smolík, Svatava Kubíčková, Tereza Tlapáková, Ben J Evans, Vladimír Krylov
Whole genome duplication (WGD) generates new species and genomic redundancy. In African clawed frogs of the genus Xenopus, this phenomenon has been especially important in that (i) all but one extant species are polyploid and (ii) whole genome sequences of some species provide an evidence for genomic rearrangements prior to or after WGD. Within Xenopus in the subgenus Silurana, at least one allotetraploidization event gave rise to three extant tetraploid (2n = 4x = 40) species-Xenopus mellotropicalis, X. epitropicalis, and X...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545146/transcriptomics-technologies
#16
Rohan Lowe, Neil Shirley, Mark Bleackley, Stephen Dolan, Thomas Shafee
Transcriptomics technologies are the techniques used to study an organism's transcriptome, the sum of all of its RNA transcripts. The information content of an organism is recorded in the DNA of its genome and expressed through transcription. Here, mRNA serves as a transient intermediary molecule in the information network, whilst noncoding RNAs perform additional diverse functions. A transcriptome captures a snapshot in time of the total transcripts present in a cell. The first attempts to study the whole transcriptome began in the early 1990s, and technological advances since the late 1990s have made transcriptomics a widespread discipline...
May 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545130/responses-of-absolute-and-specific-enzyme-activity-to-consecutive-application-of-composted-sewage-sludge-in-a-fluventic-ustochrept
#17
Xiao Liu, Kangli Guo, Lin Huang, Zhengyu Ji, Huimin Jiang, Hu Li, Jianfeng Zhang
Composted sewage sludge (CS) is considered a rich source of soil nutrients and significantly affects the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of soil, but its effect on specific enzyme activity in soil is disregarded. The present experiment examined the absolute and specific enzyme activity of the enzymes involved in carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles, the diversity of soil microbial functions, and soil community composition in a Fluventic Ustochrept under a maize-wheat rotation system in North China during 2012-2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545126/pheromone-sensing-neurons-regulate-peripheral-lipid-metabolism-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#18
Rosalind Hussey, Jon Stieglitz, Jaleh Mesgarzadeh, Tiffany T Locke, Ying K Zhang, Frank C Schroeder, Supriya Srinivasan
It is now established that the central nervous system plays an important role in regulating whole body metabolism and energy balance. However, the extent to which sensory systems relay environmental information to modulate metabolic events in peripheral tissues has remained poorly understood. In addition, it has been challenging to map the molecular mechanisms underlying discrete sensory modalities with respect to their role in lipid metabolism. In previous work our lab has identified instructive roles for serotonin signaling as a surrogate for food availability, as well as oxygen sensing, in the control of whole body metabolism...
May 18, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545122/spot-a-novel-and-streamlined-microarray-platform-for-observing-cellular-trna-levels
#19
Simon Grelet, Ariel McShane, Eveline Hok, Jensen Tomberlin, Philip H Howe, Renaud Geslain
Recent studies have placed transfer RNA (tRNA), a housekeeping molecule, in the heart of fundamental cellular processes such as embryonic development and tumor progression. Such discoveries were contingent on the concomitant development of methods able to deliver high-quality tRNA profiles. The present study describes the proof of concept obtained in Escherichia coli (E. coli) for an original tRNA analysis platform named SPOt (Streamlined Platform for Observing tRNA). This approach comprises three steps. First, E...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545115/network-architecture-associated-with-the-highly-specialized-hindlimb-of-frogs
#20
Daniel Andrés Dos Santos, Jéssica Fratani, María Laura Ponssa, Virginia Abdala
Network analyses have been increasingly used in the context of comparative vertebrate morphology. The structural units of the vertebrate body are treated as discrete elements (nodes) of a network, whose interactions at their physical contacts (links) determine the phenotypic modules. Here, we use the network approach to study the organization of the locomotor system underlying the hindlimb of frogs. Nodes correspond to fibrous knots, skeletal and muscular units. Edges encode the ligamentous and monoaxial tendinous connections in addition to joints...
2017: PloS One
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