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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914349/effects-of-clay-minerals-hydroxides-and-timing-of-dissolved-organic-matter-addition-on-the-competitive-sorption-of-copper-nickel-and-zinc-a-column-experiment
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Yasser Refaey, Boris Jansen, John R Parsons, Pim de Voogt, Simone Bagnis, Adriaan Markus, Abdel-Hamid El-Shater, Abdel-Aziz El-Haddad, Karsten Kalbitz
Infiltration of heavy metal (HM) polluted wastewater can seriously compromise soil and groundwater quality. Interactions between mineral soil components (e.g. clay minerals) and dissolved organic matter (DOM) play a crucial role in determining HM mobility in soils. In this study, the influence of the timing of addition of DOM, i.e. concurrent with or prior to HMs, on HM mobility was explored in a set of continuous flow column experiments using well defined natural soil samples amended with goethite, birnessite and/or smectite...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914340/nickelocene-as-precursor-of-microporous-organometallic-derived-carbon-and-nickel-oxide-carbon-nanocomposite
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P González-García, D Arenas-Esteban, D Ávila-Brande, E Urones-Garrote, L C Otero-Díaz
Microporous flower-like and spherical carbon particles, made of graphene-like layers, have been obtained via chlorination of nickelocene (Ni(C5H5)2). Their mechanism of formation, in terms of morphology and micro-nanostructure, has been followed from 200 to 900°C. Conventional transmission electron microscopy and high-resolution-TEM observations allow determining that their structure is made of highly disordered graphene-like layers. The Raman spectrum of the high temperature sample exhibits the characteristics D and G bands...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914338/dopamine-conjugated-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-nanoparticles-for-protein-delivery-to-macrophages
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Song Yi Lee, Hyun-Jong Cho
Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)-dopamine (PLGA-D)-based nanoparticles (NPs) were developed for the delivery of protein to macrophages. PLGA-D was synthesized via amide bond formation between the amine group of D and the carboxylic acid group of PLGA. Bovine serum albumin (BSA, model protein) was encapsulated in PLGA NPs and PLGA-D NPs, which had an approximately 200nm mean diameter, <0.2 polydispersity index, and negative zeta potential value. There was no increment in the mean diameters of BSA-loaded NPs after 24h of incubation in biological fluid-simulated media (i...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914324/development-and-validation-of-species-specific-molecular-diagnostic-tool-for-opisthorchis-felineus-digenea-opisthorchiidae-metacercariae
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Monica Caffara, Laura Serracca, Andrea Gustinelli, Walter Vencia, Irene Rossini, Marino Prearo, Maria L Fioravanti
Opisthorchis felineus (family Opisthorchiidae) is a parasitic flatworm representing a serious threat to humans in some countries. Opisthorchiasis occurs after consumption of raw or undercooked cyprinid fish infected by the metacercarial stage of the parasite. Due to its small size, detection of the parasite in fish fillet is time-consuming and difficult. Furthermore, isolated metacercariae can be identified to genus but not to species level using morphological features and molecular techniques are necessary...
November 28, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914322/association-between-pigs-with-high-caecal-salmonella-loads-and-carcass-contamination
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M Pesciaroli, L Cucco, S De Luca, F R Massacci, C Maresca, L Medici, M Paniccià, E Scoccia, M Staffolani, G Pezzotti, C F Magistrali
Contaminated pork is a significant source of foodborne Salmonella infections. Pork is contaminated at the slaughterhouse; however, the mechanisms driving Salmonella contamination of carcasses are still poorly understood. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the amount of Salmonella carried by slaughtered pigs in their guts has an influence on carcass contamination. On that account, we tested whether the number of carcasses contaminated during a slaughter day was associated with the prevalence of highly contaminated pigs (HCP: Salmonella caecal loads ≥3log/g), or with the prevalence of pigs that simply carry Salmonella spp...
November 23, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914318/older-adults-attentional-deployment-differential-gaze-patterns-for-different-negative-mood-states
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Ineke Demeyer, Alvaro Sanchez, Rudi De Raedt
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Older adults are characterized by an attentional preference for positive over negative information. Since this positivity effect is considered to be an emotion regulation strategy, it should be more pronounced when emotion regulation is needed. In contrast to previous studies that focused on the effects of sad mood on attention, we used a stressor to activate emotion regulation and evaluate the effects of different types of mood state changes. Moreover, we evaluated mood effects on attentional processes using a paradigm that allows disentangling between different attentional engagement and disengagement processes...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914315/and-justice-for-all-examining-corruption-as-a-contextual-source-of-mental-illness
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Ioana van Deurzen
In the present study, I focus on the relationship between corruption and mental health as measured by the level of depressive symptoms. I use data collected by the European Social Survey in 2006, 2012 and 2014 from 99,159 individuals that lived in 24 European countries. I employ two types of analyses: static analyses, i.e., multilevel models estimated in each wave, and dynamic analyses, i.e., fixed effects models for pseudo-panel data. Both static and dynamic analyses suggested that corruption had a detrimental effect on mental health...
November 25, 2016: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914307/a-multivariate-random-parameters-tobit-model-for-analyzing-highway-crash-rates-by-injury-severity
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Qiang Zeng, Huiying Wen, Helai Huang, Xin Pei, S C Wong
In this study, a multivariate random-parameters Tobit model is proposed for the analysis of crash rates by injury severity. In the model, both correlation across injury severity and unobserved heterogeneity across road-segment observations are accommodated. The proposed model is compared with a multivariate (fixed-parameters) Tobit model in the Bayesian context, by using a crash dataset collected from the Traffic Information System of Hong Kong. The dataset contains crash, road geometric and traffic information on 224 directional road segments for a five-year period (2002-2006)...
November 30, 2016: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914305/effectiveness-of-a-cross-circuit-exercise-training-program-in-improving-the-fitness-of-overweight-or-obese-adolescents-with-intellectual-disability-enrolled-in-special-education-schools
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Wen-Lan Wu, Yu-Fen Yang, I-Hua Chu, Hsiu-Tao Hsu, Feng-Hua Tsai, Jing-Min Liang
This study assessed the effects of a cross-circuit training intervention program on the body composition, cardiorespiratory fitness, balance, and muscular strength endurance of overweight or obese students with intellectual disability. A total of 43 students with intellectual disability (aged 13-19 years) were enrolled in this program; 28 overweight/obese students were assigned to either an obesity-control group (n=14) or obesity-exercise group (n=14), and those with normal weight were assigned to a normal weight group (n=15)...
November 30, 2016: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914302/progressive-multi-atlas-label-fusion-by-dictionary-evolution
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Yantao Song, Guorong Wu, Khosro Bahrami, Quansen Sun, Dinggang Shen
Accurate segmentation of anatomical structures in medical images is important in recent imaging based studies. In the past years, multi-atlas patch-based label fusion methods have achieved a great success in medical image segmentation. In these methods, the appearance of each input image patch is first represented by an atlas patch dictionary (in the image domain), and then the latent label of the input image patch is predicted by applying the estimated representation coefficients to the corresponding anatomical labels of the atlas patches in the atlas label dictionary (in the label domain)...
November 24, 2016: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914301/hierarchical-organization-in-visual-working-memory-from-global-ensemble-to-individual-object-structure
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Qi-Yang Nie, Hermann J Müller, Markus Conci
When remembering a natural scene, both detailed information about specific objects and summary representations such as the gist of a scene are encoded. However, formal models of change detection that are used to estimate working memory capacity, typically assume observers simply encode and maintain memory representations that are treated independently from one another without considering the (hierarchical) object or scene structure. To overcome this limitation, we present a hierarchical variant of the change detection task that attempts to formalize the role of object structure, thus, allowing for richer, more graded memory representations...
November 30, 2016: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914295/sarcopenia-and-post-hospital-outcomes-in-older-adults-a-longitudinal-study
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Mario Ulises Pérez-Zepeda, Aldo Sgaravatti, Elsa Dent
INTRODUCTION: Sarcopenia poses a significant problem for older adults, yet very little is known about this medical condition in the hospital setting. The aims of this hospital-based study were to determine: (i) the prevalence of sarcopenia; (ii) factors associated with sarcopenia; and (iii) the association of sarcopenia with adverse clinical outcomes post-hospitalisation. METHODS: This is a longitudinal analysis of consecutive patients aged ≥70 years admitted to a Geriatric Management and Evaluation Unit (GEMU) ward...
November 17, 2016: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914277/accurate-assessment-of-the-weight-of-evidence-for-dna-mixtures-by-integrating-the-likelihood-ratio
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Klaas Slooten
Several methods exist for weight of evidence calculations on DNA mixtures. Especially if dropout is a possibility, it may be difficult to estimate mixture specific parameters needed for the evaluation. For semi-continuous models, the LR for a person to have contributed to a mixture depends on the specified number of contributors and the probability of dropout for each. We show here that, for the semi-continuous model that we consider, the weight of evidence can be accurately obtained by applying the standard statistical technique of integrating the likelihood ratio against the parameter likelihoods obtained from the mixture data...
November 16, 2016: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914265/automated-quantification-of-three-dimensional-organization-of-fiber-like-structures-in-biological-tissues
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Zhiyi Liu, Dimitra Pouli, Disha Sood, Aswin Sundarakrishnan, Carrie K Hui Mingalone, Lisa M Arendt, Carlo Alonzo, Kyle P Quinn, Charlotte Kuperwasser, Li Zeng, Thomas Schnelldorfer, David L Kaplan, Irene Georgakoudi
Fiber-like structures are prevalent in biological tissues, yet quantitative approaches to assess their three-dimensional (3D) organization are lacking. We develop 3D directional variance, as a quantitative biomarker of truly 3D fibrillar organization by extending the directional statistics formalism developed for describing circular data distributions (i.e. when 0° and 360° are equivalent) to axial ones (i.e. when 0° and 180° are equivalent). Significant advantages of this analysis include its time efficiency, sensitivity and ability to provide quantitative readouts of organization over different size scales of a given data set...
November 25, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914258/centralised-decentralised-or-hybrid-sanitation-systems-economic-evaluation-under-urban-development-uncertainty-and-phased-expansion
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Ivar Roefs, Brendo Meulman, Jan H G Vreeburg, Marc Spiller
Sanitation systems are built to be robust, that is, they are dimensioned to cope with population growth and other variability that occurs throughout their lifetime. It was recently shown that building sanitation systems in phases is more cost effective than one robust design. This phasing can take place by building small autonomous decentralised units that operate closer to the actual demand. Research has shown that variability and uncertainty in urban development does affect the cost effectiveness of this approach...
November 23, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914236/disentangling-the-mental-health-impact-of-childhood-abuse-and-neglect
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Charlotte A M Cecil, Essi Viding, Pasco Fearon, Danya Glaser, Eamon J McCrory
It is unclear whether maltreatment types exert common or specific effects on mental health. In the current study, we aimed to systematically characterize the unique, shared and cumulative effects of maltreatment types on psychiatric symptoms, using data drawn from a community sample of high-risk youth (n=204, M=18.85). Analyses controlled for a range of potentially confounding variables, including socio-demographic variables, neighbourhood deprivation and levels of community violence exposure. Outcome measures included multi-informant reports of internalizing difficulties, as well as data on externalizing problems and trauma-related symptoms...
November 30, 2016: Child Abuse & Neglect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914226/drinking-motives-and-alcohol-outcome-expectancies-as-mediators-of-the-association-between-negative-urgency-and-alcohol-consumption
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Amber M Anthenien, Jordanna Lembo, Clayton Neighbors
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the effects of negative urgency, a unique facet of impulsivity marked by engaging in potentially unhealthy and rash behaviors in order to cope with anxiety or negative moods, on drinking behavior can be explained by positive and negative alcohol outcome expectancies and specific drinking motives (i.e., coping and enhancement). METHODS: College students (N=194) completed web-based surveys in exchange for course credit. Students completed measures of negative urgency, comprehensive effects of alcohol, drinking motives, and alcohol use behaviors...
November 15, 2016: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914217/hla-g-3-untranslated-region-polymorphic-sites-associated-with-increased-hla-g-production-are-more-frequent-in-patients-exhibiting-differentiated-thyroid-tumors
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Nathalie Lobo de Figueiredo-Feitosa, Gustavo Martelli Palomino, Daiani Cristina Cilião Alves, Celso Teixeira Mendes Junior, Eduardo Antonio Donadi, Léa Maria Zanini Maciel
BACKGROUND: HLA-G is a non-classical class I histocompatibility molecule implicated on the immune escape mechanism of tumor cells. We evaluated the genetic diversity of HLA-G 3' untranslated region (3'UTR) and associated polymorphic sites with clinical presentation and with the magnitude of HLA-G thyroid expression. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Polymorphic sites at 3'UTR (14bpINS/DEL, +3003C/T, +3010C/G, +3027A/C, +3035C/T, +3142C/G, +3187A/G, +3196C/G) were characterized by sequencing analyses in blood samples of 72 patients exhibiting papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC), 22 follicular thyroid carcinomas (FTC), 19 follicular adenomas (FA), 21 colloid goiters and 156 healthy controls...
December 2, 2016: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914215/lysine-specific-demethylase-1-lsd1-inhibitor-s2101-induces-autophagy-via-the-akt-mtor-pathway-in-skov3-ovarian-cancer-cells
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Shujun Feng, Ye Jin, Mengjiao Cui, Jianhua Zheng
BACKGROUND S2101 is one of the most potent LSD1 inhibitors, which can inhibit ovarian cancer cells viability. This study aimed to detect the mechanism behind the anticancer properties of S2101 in SKOV3 ovarian cells. MATERIAL AND METHODS Cell viability was tested by Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK-8) assay. Cellular apoptosis and autophagy were evaluated by flow cytometric analysis using Annexin-V/PI staining methods and Green fluorescent protein (GFP)-fused-LC3 (GFP-LC3), respectively. Western blotting was performed for analyzing the Bax, Bcl-2, mTOR, p- mTOR, p62, LC3-I, LC3-II, AKT, and p-AKT protein expression...
December 3, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914204/the-genetic-architecture-of-tristyly-and-its-breakdown-to-self-fertilization
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Ramesh Arunkumar, Wei Wang, Stephen I Wright, Spencer C H Barrett
The floral polymorphism tristyly involves three style morphs with a reciprocal arrangement of stigma and anther heights governed by two diallelic loci (S and M). Tristyly functions to promote cross-pollination, but modifications to stamen position commonly cause transitions to selfing. Here, we integrate whole genome sequencing and genetic mapping to investigate the genetic architecture of the M locus and the genetic basis of independent transitions to selfing in tristylous Eichhornia paniculata. We crossed independently derived semi-homostylous selfing variants of the long- and mid-styled morph fixed for alternate alleles at the M locus (ssmm and ssMM, respectively) and backcrossed the F1 to the parental ssmm genotype...
December 3, 2016: Molecular Ecology
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