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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151002/management-of-arrhythmia-in-sepsis-and-septic-shock
#1
Martin Balik, Vojtech Matousek, Michal Maly, Tomas Brozek
The occurrence of supraventricular arrhythmias is associated with an unfavourable prognosis in septic shock. Available trials are difficult to apply in sepsis and septic shock patients due to included cohorts, control groups and because "one size does not fit all". The priorities in the critically ill are maintenance of a sinus rhythm and diastolic ventricular filling. The rate control modality should be reserved for chronic AF and in situations when a sinus rhythm is difficult to maintain due to extreme stress conditions resulting from a high dosage of vasoactive agents...
November 18, 2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150840/longitudinal-pathways-between-mental-health-difficulties-and-academic-performance-during-middle-childhood-and-early-adolescence
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Jessica Deighton, Neil Humphrey, Jay Belsky, Jan Boehnke, Panos Vostanis, Praveetha Patalay
There is a growing appreciation that child functioning in different domains, levels, or systems are interrelated over time. Here, we investigate links between internalizing symptoms, externalizing problems, and academic attainment during middle childhood and early adolescence, drawing on two large data sets (child: mean age 8.7 at enrolment, n = 5,878; adolescent: mean age 11.7, n = 6,388). Using a 2-year cross-lag design, we test three hypotheses - adjustment erosion, academic incompetence, and shared risk - while also examining the moderating influence of gender...
November 18, 2017: British Journal of Developmental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150759/from-experiment-to-theory-what-can-we-learn-from-growth-curves
#3
Irina Kareva, Georgy Karev
Finding an appropriate functional form to describe population growth based on key properties of a described system allows making justified predictions about future population development. This information can be of vital importance in all areas of research, ranging from cell growth to global demography. Here, we use this connection between theory and observation to pose the following question: what can we infer about intrinsic properties of a population (i.e., degree of heterogeneity, or dependence on external resources) based on which growth function best fits its growth dynamics? We investigate several nonstandard classes of multi-phase growth curves that capture different stages of population growth; these models include hyperbolic-exponential, exponential-linear, exponential-linear-saturation growth patterns...
November 17, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150721/adaptive-snp-set-association-testing-in-generalized-linear-mixed-models-with-application-to-family-studies
#4
Jun Young Park, Chong Wu, Saonli Basu, Matt McGue, Wei Pan
In genome-wide association studies (GWAS), it has been increasingly recognized that, as a complementary approach to standard single SNP analyses, it may be beneficial to analyze a group of functionally related SNPs together. Among the existent population-based SNP-set association tests, two adaptive tests, the aSPU test and the aSPUpath test, offer a powerful and general approach at the gene- and pathway-levels by data-adaptively combining the results across multiple SNPs (and genes) such that high statistical power can be maintained across a wide range of scenarios...
November 17, 2017: Behavior Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149350/a-data-fusion-pipeline-for-generating-and-enriching-adverse-outcome-pathway-descriptions
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Penny Nymark, Linda Rieswijk, Friederike Ehrhart, Nina Jeliazkova, Georgia Tsiliki, Haralambos Sarimveis, Chris T Evelo, Vesa Hongisto, Pekka Kohonen, Egon Willighagen, Roland C Grafström
Increasing amounts of systems toxicology data, including omics results, are becoming publically available and accessible in databases. Data-driven and informatics-tool supported pipeline schemas for fitting such data into Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP) descriptions could potentially aid the development of non-animal based hazard and risk assessment methods. We devised a six-step workflow that integrated diverse types of toxicology data into a novel AOP scheme for pulmonary fibrosis. Mining of literature references and diverse data sources covering previous pathway descriptions and molecular results were coupled in a stepwise manner with informatics tools applications that enabled gene linkage and pathway identification in molecular interaction maps...
November 15, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149077/rna-virus-evolution-via-a-quasispecies-based-model-reveals-a-drug-target-with-a-high-barrier-to-resistance
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Richard J Bingham, Eric C Dykeman, Reidun Twarock
The rapid occurrence of therapy-resistant mutant strains provides a challenge for anti-viral therapy. An ideal drug target would be a highly conserved molecular feature in the viral life cycle, such as the packaging signals in the genomes of RNA viruses that encode an instruction manual for their efficient assembly. The ubiquity of this assembly code in RNA viruses, including major human pathogens, suggests that it confers selective advantages. However, their impact on viral evolution cannot be assessed in current models of viral infection that lack molecular details of virus assembly...
November 17, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149021/using-gamma-and-quantile-regressions-to-explore-the-association-between-job-strain-and-adiposity-in-the-elsa-brasil-study-does-gender-matter
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Maria de Jesus Mendes da Fonseca, Leidjaira Lopes Juvanhol, Lúcia Rotenberg, Aline Araújo Nobre, Rosane Härter Griep, Márcia Guimarães de Mello Alves, Letícia de Oliveira Cardoso, Luana Giatti, Maria Angélica Nunes, Estela M L Aquino, Dóra Chor
This paper explores the association between job strain and adiposity, using two statistical analysis approaches and considering the role of gender. The research evaluated 11,960 active baseline participants (2008-2010) in the ELSA-Brasil study. Job strain was evaluated through a demand-control questionnaire, while body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC) were evaluated in continuous form. The associations were estimated using gamma regression models with an identity link function. Quantile regression models were also estimated from the final set of co-variables established by gamma regression...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148964/twenty-five-years-of-the-binary-power-law-for-characterizing-heterogeneity-of-disease-incidence
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Laurence V Madden, Gareth Hughes, Wanderson Bucker Moraes, Xiangming Xu, William W Turechek
Spatial pattern, an important epidemiological property of plant diseases, can be quantified at different scales using a range of methods. The spatial heterogeneity (or overdispersion) of disease incidence among sampling units is an especially important measure of small-scale pattern. As an alternative to Taylor's power law for the heterogeneity of counts with no upper bound, the binary power law (BPL) was proposed in 1992 as a model to represent the heterogeneity of disease incidence (number of plant units diseased out of n observed in each sampling unit, or the proportion diseased in each sampling unit)...
November 17, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148135/cadence-tracking-and-disturbance-rejection-in-functional-electrical-stimulation-cycling-for-paraplegic-subjects-a-case-study
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Lucas O da Fonseca, Antônio P L Bó, Juliana A Guimarães, Miguel E Gutierrez, Emerson Fachin-Martins
Functional electrical stimulation cycling has been proposed as an assistive technology with numerous health and fitness benefits for people with spinal cord injury, such as improvement in cardiovascular function, increase in muscular mass, and reduction of bone mass loss. However, some limitations, for example, lack of optimal control strategies that would delay fatigue, may still prevent this technology from achieving its full potential. In this work, we performed experiments on a person with complete spinal cord injury using a stationary tadpole trike when both cadence tracking and disturbance rejection were evaluated...
November 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147984/removal-of-fluoroquinolone-from-aqueous-solution-using-graphene-oxide-experimental-and-computational-elucidation
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Sarita Yadav, Neetu Goel, Vinod Kumar, Kulbhushan Tikoo, Sonal Singhal
The environmental risks of antibiotics have attracted increasing research attention due to their prevalence and persistence in the aquatic environment. In this study, oxygen functionalized graphene, namely, graphene oxide (GO), was synthesized by modified Hummer's and Offeman's method and used as potential effective absorbent for the removal of fluoroquinolones (FQs), i.e., ciprofloxacin (CIP), norfloxacin (NOR), and ofloxacin (OFL), from aqueous solution. The as-synthesized GO was characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM)...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146965/gpufit-an-open-source-toolkit-for-gpu-accelerated-curve-fitting
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Adrian Przybylski, Björn Thiel, Jan Keller-Findeisen, Bernd Stock, Mark Bates
We present a general purpose, open-source software library for estimation of non-linear parameters by the Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm. The software, Gpufit, runs on a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and executes computations in parallel, resulting in a significant gain in performance. We measured a speed increase of up to 42 times when comparing Gpufit with an identical CPU-based algorithm, with no loss of precision or accuracy. Gpufit is designed such that it is easily incorporated into existing applications or adapted for new ones...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146596/structure-and-function-of-the-leptospira-interrogans-peroxide-stress-regulator-perr-an-atypical-perr-devoid-of-a-structural-metal-binding-site
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Mounira Kebouchi, Frederick Saul, Raleb Taher, Annie Landier, Benedicte Beaudeau, Sarah Dubrac, Patrick Weber, Ahmed Haouz, Mathieu Picardeau, Nadia Benaroudj
Peroxide sensing is essential for bacteria survival during aerobic metabolism and host infection. Peroxide stress regulators (PerRs) are homodimeric transcriptional repressors with each monomer typically containing both structural and regulatory metal-binding sites. PerR binding to gene promoters is controlled by the presence of iron in the regulatory site, and iron-catalyzed oxidation of PerR by H2O2 leads to the dissociation of PerR from DNA. In addition to a regulatory metal, most PerRs require a structural metal for proper dimeric assembly...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145855/generation-of-a-platform-strain-for-ionic-liquid-tolerance-using-adaptive-laboratory-evolution
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Elsayed T Mohamed, Shizeng Wang, Rebecca M Lennen, Markus J Herrgård, Blake A Simmons, Steven W Singer, Adam M Feist
BACKGROUND: There is a need to replace petroleum-derived with sustainable feedstocks for chemical production. Certain biomass feedstocks can meet this need as abundant, diverse, and renewable resources. Specific ionic liquids (ILs) can play a role in this process as promising candidates for chemical pretreatment and deconstruction of plant-based biomass feedstocks as they efficiently release carbohydrates which can be fermented. However, the most efficient pretreatment ILs are highly toxic to biological systems, such as microbial fermentations, and hinder subsequent bioprocessing of fermentative sugars obtained from IL-treated biomass...
November 16, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145644/paf1-and-ctr9-core-components-of-the-paf1-complex-maintain-low-levels-of-telomeric-repeat-containing-rna
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Joana Rodrigues, David Lydall
The conserved PAF1 complex (Cdc73, Paf1, Ctr9, Leo1 and Rtf1, in yeast), binds RNA pol II, and affects levels of many RNAs. Although PAF1 is a complex, there is evidence that different components perform different functions. In yeast, Cdc73, Paf1 and Ctr9 maintain normal telomerase RNA (TLC1) levels and affect telomere length. Here we report a new connection between the PAF1 complex and telomere biology. We show that Paf1 and Ctr9 maintain low telomere repeat containing RNA (TERRA) levels while Cdc73, Leo1 and Rtf1 have lesser effects...
November 14, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145427/do-microplastic-particles-affect-daphnia-magna-at-the-morphological-life-history-and-molecular-level
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Hannes K Imhof, Jakub Rusek, Michaela Thiel, Justyna Wolinska, Christian Laforsch
Microplastic particles are ubiquitous not only in marine but also in freshwater ecosystems. However, the impacts of microplastics, consisting of a large variety of synthetic polymers, on freshwater organisms remains poorly understood. We examined the effects of two polymer mixtures on the morphology, life history and on the molecular level of the waterflea Daphnia magna (three different clones). Microplastic particles of ~40 μm were supplied at a low concentration (1% of the food particles) leading to an average of ~30 particles in the digestive tract which reflects a high microplastic contamination but still resembles a natural situation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145119/amine-functionalized-magnetic-bamboo-based-activated-carbon-adsorptive-removal-of-ciprofloxacin-and-norfloxacin-a-batch-and-fixed-bed-column-study
#16
Xiaoming Peng, Fengping Hu, Tao Zhang, Fengxian Qiu, Hongling Dai
Amine-functionalized magnetic bamboo-based activated carbon (AFM-BAC) derived from bamboo products wastes were employed for effective adsorption of fluoroquinolone antibiotics ciprofloxacin (CIP) and norfloxacin (NOR) through batch processing. The effects of factors on the adsorption of both antibiotics were studied. The studies of various factors influencing the adsorption behavior indicated that the maximum adsorption capacities for two antibiotics adsorption were observed in weakly acidic condition and the adsorption amounts of two antibiotics increased with the increase of zwitterionic form, implying the importance of zwitterionic form, and the adsorption process is spontaneous and endothermic...
November 2, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144582/a-window-into-the-transcriptomic-basis-of-genotype-by-genotype-interactions-in-the-legume-rhizobia-mutualism
#17
Corlett W Wood, John R Stinchcombe
The maintenance of genetic variation in the benefits provided by mutualists is an evolutionary puzzle (Heath & Stinchcombe, ). Over time, natural selection should favour the benefit strategy that confers the highest fitness, eroding genetic variation in partner quality. Yet abundant genetic variation in partner quality exists in many systems (Heath & Stinchcombe, ). One possible resolution to this puzzle is that the genetic identity of both a host and its partner affects the benefits each mutualist provides to the other, a pattern known as a genotype-by-genotype interaction (Figure )...
November 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143905/measurement-invariance-of-the-whoqol-age-questionnaire-across-three-european-countries
#18
David Santos, Francisco J Abad, Marta Miret, Somnath Chatterji, Beatriz Olaya, Katarzyna Zawisza, Seppo Koskinen, Matilde Leonardi, Josep Maria Haro, José Luis Ayuso-Mateos, Francisco Félix Caballero
PURPOSE: Developing valid and reliable instruments that can be used across countries is necessary. The present study aimed to test the comparability of quality of life scores across three European countries (Finland, Poland, and Spain). METHOD: Data from 9987 participants interviewed between 2011 and 2012 were employed, using nationally representative samples from the Collaborative Research on Ageing in Europe project. The WHOQOL-AGE questionnaire is a 13-item test and was employed to assess the quality of life in the three considered countries...
November 16, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143699/are-there-distinct-cognitive-and-motivational-sub-groups-of-children-with-adhd
#19
Rikke Lambek, Edmund Sonuga-Barke, Rosemary Tannock, Anne Virring Sørensen, Dorte Damm, Per Hove Thomsen
BACKGROUND: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is proposed to be a neuropsychologically heterogeneous disorder that encompasses two distinct sub-groups, one with executive function (EF) deficits and one with delay aversion (DA). However, such claims have often been based on studies that have operationalized neuropsychological deficits using a categorical approach - using intuitive but rather arbitrary, clinical cut-offs. The current study applied an alternative empirical approach to sub-grouping in ADHD, latent profile analysis (LPA), and attempted to validate emerging subgroups through clinically relevant correlates...
November 16, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143637/impact-of-malaria-interventions-on-child-mortality-in-endemic-african-settings-comparison-and-alignment-between-list-and-spectrum-malaria-model
#20
Eline Korenromp, Matthew Hamilton, Rachel Sanders, Guy Mahiané, Olivier J T Briët, Thomas Smith, William Winfrey, Neff Walker, John Stover
BACKGROUND: In malaria-endemic countries, malaria prevention and treatment are critical for child health. In the context of intervention scale-up and rapid changes in endemicity, projections of intervention impact and optimized program scale-up strategies need to take into account the consequent dynamics of transmission and immunity. METHODS: The new Spectrum-Malaria program planning tool was used to project health impacts of Insecticide-Treated mosquito Nets (ITNs) and effective management of uncomplicated malaria cases (CMU), among other interventions, on malaria infection prevalence, case incidence and mortality in children 0-4 years, 5-14 years of age and adults...
November 7, 2017: BMC Public Health
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