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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432991/characteristics-of-adapted-hydrogenotrophic-community-during-biomethanation
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Lydia Rachbauer, Reinhard Beyer, Günther Bochmann, Werner Fuchs
The results presented in this study were carried out as concomitant experiments during the start-up and operation of a biomethanation unit to evaluate the effect of process parameters on carbon conversion, product formation (methane and acetate) and community composition. For that, two different samples were withdrawn from a trickle-bed reactor with immobilized enrichment culture of hydrogenotrophic methanogens adapted from sewage sludge. One sample was taken from the recirculation liquid during start-up phase while the other was withdrawn directly from the carrier material in the reactor...
April 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432989/the-effect-of-natural-ventilation-strategy-on-indoor-air-quality-in-schools
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Luca Stabile, Marco Dell'Isola, Aldo Russi, Angelamaria Massimo, Giorgio Buonanno
In order to reduce children's exposure to pollutants in classrooms a proper ventilation strategy need to be adopted. Such strategy is even more important in naturally ventilated schools where the air exchange rate is only based on the manual airing of classrooms. The present work aimed to evaluate the effect of the manual airing strategy on indoor air quality in Italian classrooms. For this aim, schools located in the Central Italy were investigated. Indoor air quality was studied in terms of CO2, particle number and PM concentrations and compared to corresponding outdoor levels...
April 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432986/the-effects-of-thymoquinone-on-hippocampal-cytokine-level-brain-oxidative-stress-status-and-memory-deficits-induced-by-lipopolysaccharide-in-rats
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Rahimeh Bargi, Fereshteh Asgharzadeh, Farimah Beheshti, Mahmoud Hosseini, Hamid Reza Sadeghnia, Majid Khazaei
OBJECTIVE: The study objective was to determine the protective effects of thymoquinone (TQ) on brain tissues oxidative stress status, hippocampal cytokine level, and learning and memory deficits induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in rats. METHODS: Animals were randomly divided into the following groups and treated: (1) Control (saline), (2) LPS (1mg/kg i.p.), (3-5) 2, 5 or 10mg/kg TQ extract 30min before LPS injection. The treatment was started since two weeks before the behavioral experiments and continued during the behavioral tests (LPS injected 2h before each behavioral experiment)...
April 19, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432981/hidden-markov-model-and-chapman-kolmogrov-for-protein-structures-prediction-from-images
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Md Sarwar Kamal, Linkon Chowdhury, Mohammad Ibrahim Khan, Amira S Ashour, João Manuel R S Tavares, Nilanjan Dey
Protein structure prediction and analysis are more significant for living organs to perfect asses the living organ functionalities. Several protein structure prediction methods use neural network (NN). However, the Hidden Markov model is more interpretable and effective for more biological data analysis compared to the NN. It employs statistical data analysis to enhance the prediction accuracy. The current work proposed a protein prediction approach from protein images based on Hidden Markov Model and Chapman Kolmogrov equation...
April 13, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432970/insights-into-key-factors-controlling-go-stability-in-natural-surface-waters
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Yang Gao, Xuemei Ren, Xiaoli Tan, Tasawar Hayat, Ahmed Alsaedi, Changlun Chen
The effects of pH, cations (Na(+), K(+), Mg(2+), Ca(2+) and Al(3+)), and anions (Cl(-), HCO3(-), HPO4(2-) and SO4(2-)) on graphene oxide (GO) stability were investigated to address the current limitations in the knowledge regarding the stability of GO in natural surface water and its underlying mechanism. The threshold values of cations that destabilize GO were obtained and affected by both pH and anions. By employing elemental mapping and studying the effects of polyacrylic acid (PAA) on GO sedimentation and the re-dispersion of GO aggregates, we find that the GO aggregates induced by Na(+) and K(+) via electric double layer suppression and by Ca(2+) and Al(3+) via strong complxing are difficult to re-disperse completely...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432942/insights-into-the-diversity-of-nod-like-receptors-identification-and-expression-analysis-of-nlrc3-nlrc5-and-nlrx1-in-rainbow-trout
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Claudio A Álvarez, Felipe Ramírez-Cepeda, Paula Santana, Elisa Torres, Jimena Cortés, Fanny Guzmán, Paulina Schmitt, Luis Mercado
Nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain (NOD)-like receptors (NLRs) are efficient soluble intracellular sensors that activate defense mechanisms against pathogens. In teleost fish, the involvement of NLRs in the immune response is not well understood. However, recent work has evidenced the expression of different NLRs in response to some pathogen associated molecular patterns (PAMPs). In the present work, the cDNA sequence encoding three new NOD-like receptors were identified in Oncorhynchus mykiss, namely OmNLRC3, OmNLRC5 and OmNLRX1...
April 19, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432932/surveillance-of-vittaforma-corneae-in-hot-springs-by-a-small-volume-procedure
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Jung-Sheng Chen, Tsui-Kang Hsu, Bing-Mu Hsu, Tung-Yi Huang, Yu-Li Huang, Men-Fang Shaio, Dar-Der Ji
Vittaforma corneae is an obligate intracellular fungus and can cause human ocular microsporidiosis. Although accumulating reports of V. corneae causing keratoconjunctivitis in both healthy and immunocompromised persons have been published, little is known about the organism's occurrence in aquatic environments. Limitations in detection sensitivity have meant a large sampling volume is required to detect the pathogen up to now, which is problematic. A recent study in Taiwan has shown that some individuals suffering from microsporidial keratitis (MK) were infected after exposure to the pathogen at a hot spring...
April 19, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432922/restricted-access-magnetic-core-mesoporous-shell-microspheres-with-c8-modified-interior-pore-walls-for-the-identification-of-20-s-protopanaxadiol-metabolites-in-rat-plasma-using-uplc-q-tof-ms-ms
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Jin Ling, Yingjia Yu, Jianan Feng, Changjiang Xu, Jiebing Jiang, Liping Wang, Jiakun Long, Yan Li, Gengli Duan
In the present study, a novel sample preparation method based on magnetic core-mesoporous shell microspheres with C8-modified interior pore walls (C8-Fe3O4@mSiO2) was established for the identification of 20(S)-protopanaxadiol (PPD) metabolites in rat plasma by UPLC-Q-TOF-MS/MS analysis. C8-Fe3O4@mSiO2 allowed selective extraction of PPD metabolites from rat plasma by excluding macromolecules in the plasma owing to size exclusion effect. Five extraction conditions including the amount of C8-Fe3O4@mSiO2 microspheres used, extraction time, elution solvents, elution volume, and elution time were investigated and optimized...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432906/hydrophobic-and-hydrophilic-properties-of-pollutants-as-a-factor-influencing-their-redistribution-during-snowpack-melt
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Krystyna Kozioł, Katarzyna Kozak, Żaneta Polkowska
Glaciers accumulate organic pollutants delivered by snow. However, our understanding of the exact dynamics of organic pollutants in the snowpack relies primarily on laboratory experiments and mathematical models. To fill the gap related to the detailed field data, we have conducted observations of melting snow profiles in two locations and three different stages of melting on one High Arctic glacier, as well as in superimposed ice. We monitored the chemical concentrations of formaldehyde, phenols, short-chain carboxylic acids, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and snow water equivalents to derive chemical loads...
April 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432897/hba1c-variability-in-type-2-diabetes-is-associated-with-the-occurrence-of-new-onset-albuminuria-within-three-years
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Sreemanee Raaj Dorajoo, Joceline Shi Ling Ng, Jessica Hui Fen Goh, Su Chi Lim, Chun Wei Yap, Alexandre Chan, Joyce Yu Chia Lee
AIMS: To evaluate the association between HbA1c coefficient of variation (HbA1c-CV) and 3-year new-onset albuminuria risk. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study involving 716 normoalbuminuric type 2 diabetes patients was conducted between 2010 and 2014. HbA1c-CV was used to categorize patients into low, moderate or high variability groups. Multivariate logistic models were constructed and validated. Integrated discrimination (IDI) and net reclassification (NRI) improvement indices were used to quantify the added predictive value of HbA1c-CV...
February 14, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432885/from-laboratory-to-field-studies-the-assessment-of-biscutella-laevigata-suitability-to-biological-reclamation-of-areas-contaminated-with-lead-and-cadmium
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Ewa Muszyńska, Ewa Hanus-Fajerska, Barbara Piwowarczyk, Joanna Augustynowicz, Krystyna Ciarkowska, Tomasz Czech
The aim of the work was to evaluate the usefulness of the in vitro multiplication of Biscutella laevigata calamine ecotype for in situ reclamation of post-flotation wastes polluted with Pb and Cd. The experiment was conducted on three steps: (i) plant shoots' production under in vitro condition, (ii) establishment of the material in greenhouse experiment, and finally (iii) field cultivation directly on the mining-waste heap of Olkusz Ore-Bearing Region, Poland. This region is known to be one of the most chemically-degraded area in central Europe...
April 19, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432863/prevalence-and-factors-associated-with-breast-milk-donation-in-banks-that-receive-human-milk-in-primary-health-care-units
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Tatiana Mota Xavier de Meneses, Maria Inês Couto de Oliveira, Cristiano Siqueira Boccolini
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence and to analyze factors associated with breast milk donation at primary health care units in order to increase the human milk bank reserves. METHODS: Cross-sectional study carried out in 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A representative sample of 695 mothers of children younger than 1 year attended to at the nine primary health care units with human milk donation services were interviewed. A hierarchical approach was used to obtain adjusted prevalence ratios (APR) by Poisson regression with robust variance...
April 19, 2017: Jornal de Pediatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432840/detection-of-egfr-mutations-in-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-by-high-resolution-melting-comparison-with-other-methods
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Carlos Martínez-Carretero, Fernando Iguaz Pascual, Antonio Rus, Ivan Bernardo
BACKGROUND: The discovery of mutations in the epidermal growth factor receptor gene (EGFR) related to the clinical response to tyrosine kinase inhibitors, has transformed the management of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Several methods have been developed for determination of mutations in EGFR, with different sensitivity and potential ability to detect a different number of mutations. METHODS: We developed a screening method by high resolution melting (HRM) to detect EGFR mutations, and compared the results of 123 fixed in formalin and paraffin embedded (FFPE) tumor tissue samples with the detection of mutations by allele-specific PCR...
April 22, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432828/quantitative-contrast-enhanced-spectral-mammography-based-on-photon-counting-detectors-a-feasibility-study
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Huanjun Ding, Sabee Molloi
PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility of accurate quantification of iodine mass thickness in contrast-enhanced spectral mammography. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A computer simulation model was developed to evaluate the performance of a photon-counting spectral mammography system in the application of contrast-enhanced spectral mammography. A figure-of-merit (FOM), which was defined as the decomposed iodine signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) with respect to the square root of the mean glandular dose (MGD), was chosen to optimize the imaging parameters, in terms of beam energy, splitting energy, and pre-filtrations for breasts of various thicknesses and densities...
April 22, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432822/focal-liver-lesions-segmentation-and-classification-in-nonenhanced-t2-weighted-mri
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Ilias Gatos, Stavros Tsantis, Maria Karamesini, Stavros Spiliopoulos, Dimitris Karnabatidis, John D Hazle, George C Kagadis
PURPOSE: To automatically segment and classify focal liver lesions (FLLs) on nonenhanced T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans using a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) algorithm. METHODS: 71 FLLs (30 benign lesions, 19 hepatocellular carcinomas, and 22 metastases) on T2-weighted MRI scans were delineated by the proposed CAD scheme. The FLL segmentation procedure involved wavelet multiscale analysis to extract accurate edge information and mean intensity values for consecutive edges computed using horizontal and vertical analysis that were fed into the subsequent fuzzy C-means algorithm for final FLL border extraction...
April 22, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432778/cross-species-studies-of-cognition-relevant-to-drug-discovery-a-translational-approach
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REVIEW
T W Robbins
This Review advances the case that bidirectional, cross-species translation of findings from experimental animals to and from humans is an important strategy for drug discovery. Animal models of mental disorders require appropriate behavioural or cognitive outcome variables that can be generalized cross-species. One example is the treatment of impulsive behaviour in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with stimulant drugs. Performance on the stop signal reaction task as an index of impulsivity is improved both in healthy human volunteers and in patients with adult ADHD by stimulant drugs and also by the selective noradrenergic reuptake blocker atomoxetine...
April 22, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432777/preparative-isoelectric-focusing-in-a-cellulose-based-separation-medium
#17
Jiří Šalplachta, Marie Horká, Karel Šlais
An improved preparative method based on isoelectric focusing of analytes in a cellulose-based separation medium is described in this study. Cellulose is suspended in an aqueous solution of simple buffers, ethylene glycol, glycerol, nonionic surfactant, and colored pI markers. Water partially evaporates during focusing run and the separation takes place in an in-situ generated layer of cellulose, which has a gel-like appearance at the end of analysis. Final positions of analytes are indicated by the positions of zones of focused pI markers...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432775/application-for-lower-facial-fat-reduction-and-tightening-by-static-type-monopolar-1-mhz-radio-frequency%C3%A2-for-body-contouring
#18
Jun Sugawara, Seiko Kou, Kenichi Kokubo, Aimi Kuroda, Yoshie Hashizume, Shinji Kobayashi, Jirou Maegawa, Toshihiko Satake
INTRODUCTION: Liposuction and mesotherapy are popular treatments for fat reduction of lower face, but because these treatments are invasive, a novel non-invasive treatment with similar or better efficacy has been sought. There are various devices such as CoolSculpt, laser, RF, and HIFU that are used as non-invasive treatments for fat reduction and body contouring, but these applications have not been applied to facial fat reduction. In this study, we selected Monopolar 1-MHz RF for body contouring to be applied for fat reduction and tightening of the lower face...
April 22, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432755/mitochondria-and-ageing-role-in-heart-skeletal-muscle-and-adipose-tissue
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REVIEW
Kerstin Boengler, Maik Kosiol, Manuel Mayr, Rainer Schulz, Susanne Rohrbach
Age is the most important risk factor for most diseases. Mitochondria play a central role in bioenergetics and metabolism. In addition, several lines of evidence indicate the impact of mitochondria in lifespan determination and ageing. The best-known hypothesis to explain ageing is the free radical theory, which proposes that cells, organs, and organisms age because they accumulate reactive oxygen species (ROS) damage over time. Mitochondria play a central role as the principle source of intracellular ROS, which are mainly formed at the level of complex I and III of the respiratory chain...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432678/anal-metastasis-of-rectal-cancer-adenocarcinoma-of-squamous-cells-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#20
Shun Sasaki, Masahiko Sugiyama, Yu Nakaji, Ryota Nakanishi, Yuichiro Nakashima, Hiroshi Saeki, Eiji Oki, Yoshinao Oda, Yoshihiko Maehara
Anal metastasis of colorectal cancer is very rare and is usually associated with a history of anal disease, including anal fistula, fissure, hemorrhoidectomy, and anastomotic injury. We report a case of rectal cancer with a synchronous anal metastasis consisting of adenocarcinoma of squamous cells without a history of anal disease. A 60-year-old woman had a chief complaint of melena. She had a 1.5-cm anal tumor on the perianal skin, and a Bollman type 2 rectal tumor on the Ra portion was found on colonoscopy...
December 2017: Surgical Case Reports
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