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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735491/nanofluidic-allele-specific-digital-pcr-method-for-quantifying-idh1-and-idh2-mutation-burden-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#1
Daniel H Wiseman, Tim C P Somervaille
Precise quantitation of allelic burden for a pathogenic mutation has diverse clinical and research applications but can be difficult to achieve with conventional qPCR-based techniques, especially at lower mutant allele frequencies. Digital PCR overcomes many of the limitations of qPCR and can be highly quantitative even for single-nucleotide variants, with distinct advantages over next-generation sequencing approaches. Here we describe a method combining the principles of TaqMan(®)-chemistry SNP genotyping with microfluidic digital PCR to generate a highly sensitive, quantitative allele-specific digital PCR assay for the six most common IDH1 and IDH2 mutations encountered in myeloid malignancy...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735402/determination-of-total-sulfur-sulfate-sulfite-thiosulfate-and-sulfolipids-in-plants
#2
Assylay Kurmanbayeva, Galina Brychkova, Aizat Bekturova, Inna Khozin, Dominic Standing, Dmitry Yarmolinsky, Moshe Sagi
In response to oxidative stress the biosynthesis of the ROS scavenger, glutathione is induced. This requires the induction of the sulfate reduction pathway for an adequate supply of cysteine, the precursor for glutathione. Cysteine also acts as the sulfur donor for the sulfuration of the molybdenum cofactor, crucial for the last step of ABA biosynthesis. Sulfate and sulfite are, respectively, the precursor and intermediate for cysteine biosynthesis and there is evidence for stress-induced sulfate uptake and further downstream, enhanced sulfite generation by 5'-phosphosulfate (APS) reductase (APR, EC 1...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735326/high-seroprevalence-of-cmv-among-women-of-childbearing-age-implicates-high-burden-of-congenital-cytomegalovirus-infection-in-poland
#3
Joanna Siennicka, Milena Dunal-Szcepaniak, Agnieszka Trzcińska, Paulina Godzik, Magdalena Rosińska
Cytomegaloviruses are common worldwide, with variable frequency of infections. The infection in pregnancy may lead to pregnancy loss or serious sequelae for the child. To understand the risk posed by CMV in Poland we conducted cross-sectional study on women aged 15-49 basing on existing serum bank. Age dependent incidence, the rates of congenital infection and sequelae were modelled from sero-prevalence, literature and demographic data. The overall anti-CMV IgG prevalence was 81.9% increasing from 74.3% in <30 years old to 94...
January 2, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735317/genetic-characterization-of-a-novel-composite-transposon-carrying-arma-and-aac-6-ib-genes-in-an-escherichia-coli-isolate-from-egypt
#4
Mona T Kashef, Omneya M Helmy
Aminoglycosides are used in treating a wide range of infections caused by Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria; however, aminoglycoside resistance is common and occurs by several mechanisms. Among these mechanisms is bacterial rRNA methylation by the 16S rRNA methyl transferase (16S-RMTase) enzymes; but data about the spread of this mechanism in Egypt are scarce. Cephalosporins are the most commonly used antimicrobial agents in Egypt; therefore, this study was conducted to determine the frequency of 16S-RMTase among third generation cephalosporin-resistant clinical isolates in Egypt...
July 6, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735228/the-role-of-nitrogen-uptake-on-the-competition-ability-of-three-vineyard-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-strains
#5
Chiara Vendramini, Gemma Beltran, Chiara Nadai, Alessio Giacomini, Albert Mas, Viviana Corich
Three vineyard strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, P301.4, P304.4 and P254.12, were assayed in comparison with a commercial industrial strain, QA23. The aim was to understand if nitrogen availability could influence strain competition ability during must fermentation. Pairwise-strain fermentations and co-fermentations with the simultaneous presence of the four strains were performed in synthetic musts at two nitrogen levels: control nitrogen condition (CNC) that assured the suitable assimilable nitrogen amount required by the yeast strains to complete the fermentation and low nitrogen condition (LNC) where nitrogen is present at very low level...
July 13, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735211/runoff-initiation-soil-detachment-and-connectivity-are-enhanced-as-a-consequence-of-vineyards-plantations
#6
A Cerdà, S D Keesstra, J Rodrigo-Comino, A Novara, P Pereira, E Brevik, A Giménez-Morera, M Fernández-Raga, M Pulido, S di Prima, A Jordán
Rainfall-induced soil erosion is a major threat, especially in agricultural soils. In the Mediterranean belt, vineyards are affected by high soil loss rates, leading to land degradation. Plantation of new vines is carried out after deep ploughing, use of heavy machinery, wheel traffic, and trampling. Those works result in soil physical properties changes and contribute to enhanced runoff rates and increased soil erosion rates. The objective of this paper is to assess the impact of the plantation of vineyards on soil hydrological and erosional response under low frequency - high magnitude rainfall events, the ones that under the Mediterranean climatic conditions trigger extreme soil erosion rates...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735195/modified-carbon-fiber-magnetic-graphene-epoxy-composites-with-synergistic-effect-for-electromagnetic-interference-shielding-over-broad-frequency-band
#7
Jiaming Wu, Zhengmao Ye, Heyi Ge, Juan Chen, Wenxiu Liu, Zhifang Liu
The study on electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding materials is a long-standing project in civil and military areas. In this work, a novel kind of shielding material was fabricated and the shielding effectiveness (SE) over broad frequency was investigated. The epoxy (EP) resin was reinforced by reduced graphene oxide coated carbon fiber (rGO-CF, GCF) and Fe3O4 nanoparticles deposited rGO nanohybrids (magnetic graphene, MG). With only 0.5wt% of GCF and 9wt% of MG, the GCF/MG3/EP exhibited excellent SE (>30dB over 8...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735090/impacts-of-the-2003-and-2015-summer-heatwaves-on-permafrost-affected-rock-walls-in-the-mont-blanc-massif
#8
L Ravanel, F Magnin, P Deline
Rockfall is one of the main geomorphological processes that affects the evolution and stability of rock-walls. At high elevations, rockfall is largely climate-driven, very probably because of the warming of rock-wall permafrost. So with the ongoing global warming that drives the degradation of permafrost, the related hazards for people and infrastructure could continue to increase. The heatwave of summer 2015, which affected Western Europe from the end of June to August, had a serious impact on the stability of high-altitude rock-walls, including those in the Mont Blanc massif...
July 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735055/molecular-analysis-of-virulence-genes-and-the-accessory-gene-regulator-agr-types-among-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa-strains
#9
Sara Cheraghi, Leyla Pourgholi, Maryam Shafaati, Shirinsadat Hashemi Fesharaki, Arash Jalali, Rahim Nosrati, MohammadAli Boroumand
OBJECTIVES: Methicillin resistant S. aureus (MRSA) strains are a main cause of hospital-acquired infections and are considered as a serious public-health concern. MRSA isolates have plenty of virulence factors, which are the basis for its pathogenicity. The controlling and coordination of the expression of these genes perform by the accessory gene regulator (agr). The aim of this study was to determine the rate of some virulence genes encoding the enterotoxin, exfoliative toxin genes (eta), the adhesin genes and identification of agr specificity groups in MRSA isolates...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735039/frequency-and-correlates-of-sleep-disturbance-in-methadone-and-buprenorphine-maintained-patients
#10
Kelly E Dunn, Patrick H Finan, D Andrew Tompkins, Eric C Strain
BACKGROUND: Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a significant public health problem, and opioid maintenance treatment (OMT) on methadone or buprenorphine is a common approach. This study characterized sleep impairment in patients maintained on methadone or buprenorphine, and evaluated its association with psychiatric and medical comorbidities. METHODS: Participants (N=185) maintained on methadone (N=125) or buprenorphine (N=60) for OUD completed the Medical Outcomes Study Sleep Scale (MOS) to provide a point-prevalence assessment of sleep impairment...
July 14, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734871/the-role-of-temporal-contrast-and-blue-light-in-emmetropization
#11
Frances Rucker, Mark Henriksen, Tiffany Yanase, Christopher Taylor
A previous experiment showed that blue light (as a component of white light) protected against low temporal frequency dependent eye growth. This experiment investigated the role of temporal contrast. White leghorn chicks were exposed to white (with blue) or yellow (without blue) LED lighting modulated at either low (0.2 Hz) or high (10 Hz) temporal frequencies. Four cone contrast conditions were used: low (16%), medium (32%), medium-high (60%) and very-high (80%). Chicks were exposed to the lighting condition for 3 days (mean 680 lux)...
July 19, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734722/guidelines-for-the-understanding-and-management-of-pain-in-chronic-pancreatitis
#12
REVIEW
Asbjørn M Drewes, Stefan A W Bouwense, Claudia M Campbell, Güralp O Ceyhan, Myriam Delhaye, Ihsan Ekin Demir, Pramod K Garg, Harry van Goor, Christopher Halloran, Shuiji Isaji, John P Neoptolemos, Søren S Olesen, Tonya Palermo, Pankaj Jay Pasricha, Andrea Sheel, Tooru Shimosegawa, Eva Szigethy, David C Whitcomb, Dhiraj Yadav
Abdominal pain is the foremost complication of chronic pancreatitis (CP). Pain can be related to recurrent or chronic inflammation, local complications or neurogenic mechanisms with corresponding changes in the nervous systems. Both pain intensity and the frequency of pain attacks have been shown to reduce quality of life in patients with CP. Assessment of pain follows the guidelines for other types of chronic pain, where the multidimensional nature of symptom presentation is taken into consideration. Quantitative sensory testing may be used to characterize pain, but is currently used in a research setting in advanced laboratories...
July 13, 2017: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734548/ubiquitin-like-modifications-in-the-dna-damage-response
#13
REVIEW
Zhifeng Wang, Wei-Guo Zhu, Xingzhi Xu
Genomic DNA is damaged at an extremely high frequency by both endogenous and environmental factors. An improper response to DNA damage can lead to genome instability, accelerate the aging process and ultimately cause various human diseases, including cancers and neurodegenerative disorders. The mechanisms that underlie the cellular DNA damage response (DDR) are complex and are regulated at many levels, including at the level of post-translational modification (PTM). Since the discovery of ubiquitin in 1975 and ubiquitylation as a form of PTM in the early 1980s, a number of ubiquitin-like modifiers (UBLs) have been identified, including small ubiquitin-like modifiers (SUMOs), neural precursor cell expressed, developmentally down-regulated 8 (NEDD8), interferon-stimulated gene 15 (ISG15), human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-F adjacent transcript 10 (FAT10), ubiquitin-fold modifier 1 (UFRM1), URM1 ubiquitin-related modifier-1 (URM1), autophagy-related protein 12 (ATG12), autophagy-related protein 8 (ATG8), fan ubiquitin-like protein 1 (FUB1) and histone mono-ubiquitylation 1 (HUB1)...
July 11, 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734253/polybrominated-diphenyl-ether-flame-retardant-concentrations-in-faeces-from-young-children-in-queensland-australia-and-associations-with-environmental-and-behavioural-factors
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Karin English, Yiqin Chen, Leisa-Maree Toms, Paul Jagals, Robert S Ware, Jochen F Mueller, Peter D Sly
The aim of our study was to investigate children's exposure to the flame retardants polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) by analysing faecal content, a non-invasive matrix, as well as responses to an exposure-assessment questionnaire. A convenience sample of 61 parents with children (aged >3 months to <2 years) completed an online pre-tested questionnaire and provided faecal samples for analysis by high resolution gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. BDE-209 was the dominant congener in faecal samples adjusted to 8...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734252/river-sequesters-atmospheric-carbon-and-limits-the-co2-degassing-in-karst-area-southwest-china
#15
Tao Zhang, Jianhong Li, Junbing Pu, Jonathan B Martin, Mitra B Khadka, Feihong Wu, Li Li, Feng Jiang, Siyu Huang, Daoxian Yuan
CO2 fluxes across water-air interfaces of river systems play important roles in regulating the regional and global carbon cycle. However, great uncertainty remains as to the contribution of these inland water bodies to the global carbon budget. Part of the uncertainty stems from limited understanding of the CO2 fluxes at diurnal and seasonal frequencies caused by aquatic metabolism. Here, we measured surface water characteristics (temperature, pH, and DO, DIC, Ca(2+) concentrations) and CO2 fluxes across the air-water interface at two transects of Guijiang River, southwest China to assess the seasonal and diurnal dynamics of fluvial carbon cycling and its potential role in regional and global carbon budgets...
July 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734235/characterization-of-cognitive-performance-and-evaluation-of-quality-of-life-among-patients-with-htlv-1
#16
Liliana Raulino Goncalves, Leopoldo Nelson Fernandes Barbosa, Paula Machado Ribeiro Magalhaes, Pedro Augusto Sampaio Rocha-Filho
OBJECTIVE: To characterize cognitive alterations among patients with HTLV-1, ascertain what is associated with these alterations and evaluate these patients' quality of life. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study. Patients infected by HTLV-1 who were seen at the Oswaldo Cruz University Hospital from March 2014 to June 2015 were included in the study. A semi-structured questionnaire and the Mini-Mental State Examination, Color Trails Test, Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-III), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale and Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey (SF36) were used...
July 12, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734215/dna-damage-and-cytotoxicity-induced-on-common-carp-by-pollutants-in-water-from-an-urban-reservoir-mad%C3%A3-n-reservoir-a-case-study
#17
I Pérez-Coyotl, C Martínez-Vieyra, M Galar-Martínez, L M Gómez-Oliván, S García-Medina, H Islas-Flores, R Pérez-Pasten Borja, E Gasca-Pérez, K A Novoa-Luna, O Dublán-García
Madín Reservoir provides a substantial amount of drinking water to two municipalities close to Mexico City metropolitan area. However, it receives untreated wastewater discharges from domestic sources in the towns of Nuevo Madín and others, as well as diverse pollutants which are hauled by the Río Tlalnepantla from its upper reaches, so that the xenobiotics in the reservoir are highly diverse in terms of type and quantity. Previous studies showed that MR is contaminated with xenobiotics such as Al, Hg and Fe, as well as NSAIDs, at concentrations exceeding the limits established for aquatic life protection...
July 18, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734175/cd8-t-cell-programming-by-cytomegalovirus-vectors-applications-in-prophylactic-and-therapeutic-vaccination
#18
REVIEW
Klaus Früh, Louis Picker
Vectors based on cytomegalovirus (CMV) represent a novel vaccine platform that maintains high frequencies of non-exhausted effector memory T cells in both CMV sero-positive and sero-negative individuals. In non-human primate models, CMV vectored vaccines provide unprecedented protection against simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV). Moreover, CMV vectors can be genetically altered to program highly diverse CD8+ T cell responses that differ in their epitope targeting including conventional, MHC-I restricted CD8+ T cells as well as unconventional CD8+ T cells restricted by MHC class II or non-polymorphic MHC-E...
July 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734110/when-can-refuges-mediate-the-genetic-effects-of-fire-regimes-a-simulation-study-of-the-effects-of-topography-and-weather-on-neutral-and-adaptive-genetic-diversity-in-fire-prone-landscapes
#19
Sam C Banks, Ian D Davies, Geoffrey J Cary
Understanding how landscape heterogeneity mediates the effects of fire on biodiversity is increasingly important under global changes in fire regimes. We used a simulation experiment to investigate how fire regimes interact with topography and weather to shape neutral and selection-driven genetic diversity under alternative dispersal scenarios, and to explore the conditions under which micro-refuges can maintain genetic diversity of populations exposed to recurrent fire. Spatial heterogeneity in simulated fire frequency occurred in topographically-complex landscapes, with fire refuges and fire-prone 'hotspots' apparent...
July 22, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734107/extended-release-naltrexone-for-methamphetamine-dependence-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial
#20
Phillip O Coffin, Glenn-Milo Santos, Jaclyn Hern, Eric Vittinghoff, Deirdre Santos, Tim Matheson, Grant Colfax, Steven L Batki
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Methamphetamine use is increasingly prevalent and associated with HIV transmission. Early phase human studies suggested naltrexone reduced amphetamine use among dependent individuals. We tested if extended-release naltrexone (XRNTX) reduces methamphetamine use and associated sexual risk behaviors among high-risk methamphetamine-dependent men who have sex with men (MSM). DESIGN: Double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial of XRTNX versus placebo over 12 weeks from 2012-2015...
July 22, 2017: Addiction
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