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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351013/dynamics-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes-in-microbial-fuel-cell-coupled-constructed-wetlands-treating-antibiotic-polluted-water
#1
Shuai Zhang, Hai-Liang Song, Xiao-Li Yang, Shan Huang, Zhe-Qin Dai, Hua Li, Yu-Yue Zhang
Microbial fuel cell-coupled constructed wetlands (CW-MFCs) use electrochemical, biological, and ecological functions to treat wastewater. However, few studies have investigated the risks of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) when using such systems to remove antibiotics. Therefore, three CW-MFCs were designed to assess the dynamics of ARGs in filler biofilm and effluent over 5000 h of operation. The experimental results indicated that relatively high steady voltages of 605.8 mV, 613.7 mV, and 541.4 mV were obtained at total influent antibiotic concentrations of 400, 1,000, and 1600 μg L(-1), respectively...
March 22, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350957/ion-diffusion-within-water-films-in-unsaturated-porous-media
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Tetsu K Tokunaga, Stefan Finsterle, Yongman Kim, Jiamin Wan, Antonio Lanzirotti, Matthew Newville
Diffusion is important in controlling local solute transport and reactions in unsaturated soils and geologic formations. Although it is commonly assumed that thinning of water films controls solute diffusion at low water contents, transport under these conditions is not well understood. We conducted experiments in quartz sands at low volumetric water contents (θ) to quantify ion diffusion within adsorbed films. At the lowest water contents, we employed fixed relative humidities to control water films at nm thicknesses...
March 28, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350889/cultural-representations-of-dementia
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Alexandra Hillman, Joanna Latimer
In a Perspective, Alexandra Hillman and Joanna Latimer discuss cultural representations of dementia in the media, film, and literature.
March 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350737/updated-guidelines-on-digital-media-use-by-children
#4
Joseph Isaac Licata, Amy Elizabeth Baker
Given the speed at which mobile media has grown recently, the updated American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for digital technology use by children are a welcome addition to the toolbox of pediatric healthcare providers. This article discusses the changes to the guidelines as well as other useful current research not specifically included in those guidelines.
April 2017: JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350686/so-do-you-want-to-be-facebook-friends-how-social-media-have-changed-plastic-surgery-and-medicine-forever
#5
Rod J Rohrich
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350664/human-adipose-derived-stem-cells-labeled-with-plasmonic-gold-nanostars-for-cellular-tracking-and-photothermal-cancer-cell-ablation
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Ronnie L Shammas, Andrew M Fales, Bridget M Crawford, Amy J Wisdom, Gayathri R Devi, David A Brown, Tuan Vo-Dinh, Scott T Hollenbeck
BACKGROUND: Gold nanostars are unique nanoplatforms that can be imaged in real time and transform light energy into heat to ablate cells. Adipose-derived stem cells migrate toward tumor niches in response to chemokines. The ability of adipose-derived stem cells to migrate and integrate into tumors makes them ideal vehicles for the targeted delivery of cancer nanotherapeutics. METHODS: To test the labeling efficiency of gold nanostars, undifferentiated adipose-derived stem cells were incubated with gold nanostars and a commercially available nanoparticle (Qtracker), then imaged using two-photon photoluminescence microscopy...
April 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346815/improvement-of-identification-methods-for-honeybee-specific-lactic-acid-bacteria-future-approaches
#7
Sepideh Lamei, Yue O O Hu, Tobias C Olofsson, Anders F Andersson, Eva Forsgren, Alejandra Vásquez
Honeybees face many parasites and pathogens and consequently rely on a diverse set of individual and group-level defenses to prevent disease. The crop microbiota of Apis mellifera, composed of 13 Lactic Acid Bacterial (LAB) species within the genera Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, form a beneficial symbiotic relationship with each other and the honeybee to protect their niche and their host. Possibly playing a vital role in honeybee health, it is important that these honeybee specific Lactic Acid Bacterial (hbs-LAB) symbionts can be correctly identified, isolated and cultured, to further investigate their health promoting properties...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346811/improved-soluble-scfv-elisa-screening-approach-for-antibody-discovery-using-phage-display-technology
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Mohammad R Tohidkia, Maryam Sepehri, Shirin Khajeh, Jaleh Barar, Yadollah Omidi
Phage display technology (PDT) is a powerful tool for the isolation of recombinant antibody (Ab) fragments. Using PDT, target molecule-specific phage-Ab clones are enriched through the "biopanning" process. The individual specific binders are screened by the monoclonal scFv enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) that may associate with inevitable false-negative results. Thus, in this study, three strategies were investigated for optimization of the scFvs screening using Tomlinson I and J libraries, including (1) optimizing the expression of functional scFvs, (2) improving the sensitivity of ELISA, and (3) preparing different samples containing scFvs...
March 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346797/substituted-borosilicate-glasses-with-improved-osteogenic-capacity-for-bone-tissue-engineering
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João S Fernandes, Piergiorgio Gentile, Aileen Crawford, Ricardo A Pires, Paul V Hatton, Rui L Reis
Borosilicate bioactive glasses (BBGs) have shown the capacity to promote higher formation of new bone when compared with silicate bioactive glasses. Herein, we assessed the capacity of BBGs to induce osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) as a function of their substituted divalent cations (Mg(2+), Ca(2+), Sr(2+)). To this purpose, we synthesized BBG particles by melt quenching. The cell viability, proliferation, and morphology (i.e., PrestoBlue(®), PicoGreen(®), and DAPI and Phalloidin stainings, respectively), as well as protein expression (i...
March 27, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346796/harnessing-external-cues-development-and-evaluation-of-an-in-vitro-culture-system-for-osteochondral-tissue-engineering
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Deborah L Dorcemus, Eve O George, Caroline N Dealy, Syam P Nukavarapu
Over the last decade, engineered structures have been developed for osteochondral (OC) tissue regeneration. While the optimal structure design is yet to be determined, these scaffolds require in vitro evaluation before clinical use. However, the means by which complex scaffolds, such as OC scaffolds, can be tested are limited. Taking advantage of a mesenchymal stem cell's (MSC's) ability to respond to its surrounding we harness external cues, such as the cell's mechanical environment and delivered factors, to create an in vitro culture system for OC tissue engineering with a single cell source on a gradient yet integrated scaffold system...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346794/comparative-study-of-xenobiotic-free-media-for-the-cultivation-of-human-limbal-epithelial-stem-progenitor-cells
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Sheyla González, Luxia Chen, Sophie X Deng
The culture of human limbal epithelial stem/progenitor cells (LSCs) in the presence of animal components poses the risk of cross-species contamination in clinical applications. We quantitatively compared different xenobiotic-free culture media for the cultivation of human LSCs. LSCs were cultured from 2 × 2 mm limbal tissue explants on denuded human amniotic membrane with different xenobiotic-free culture media: CnT-Prime (CnT-PR) supplemented with 0%, 1%, 5%, and 10% human serum (HS), embryonic stem cell medium (ESCM) alone or in combination with the standard supplemented hormonal epithelium medium (SHEM, control) at a 1:1 dilution ratio, and modified SHEM (mSHEM), in which cholera toxin and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) were removed, isoproterenol was added, and the epidermal growth factor concentration was reduced...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346743/fabrication-of-a-mechanically-anisotropic-poly-glycerol-sebacate-membrane-for-tissue-engineering
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Chi-Nung Hsu, Pei-Yuan Lee, Ho-Yi Tuan-Mu, Chen-Yu Li, Jin-Jia Hu
Poly(glycerol sebacate) (PGS) has been used successfully as a scaffolding material for soft tissue engineering. PGS scaffolds, however, are usually mechanically isotropic, which may restrict their use in tissue repairs as many soft tissues in the body have anisotropic mechanical behaviors. Although various methods have been used to fabricate anisotropic scaffolds, it remains challenging to make anisotropic scaffolds from thermoset PGS. Here a new, simple method to fabricate an anisotropic PGS membrane which can then be used to construct thicker three-dimensional anisotropic scaffolds was developed...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346593/parental-sharing-on-the-internet-child-privacy-in-the-age-of-social-media-and-the-pediatrician-s-role
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Bahareh Ebadifar Keith, Stacey Steinberg
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 27, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346497/determinants-of-infant-nutritional-status-in-dabat-district-north-gondar-ethiopia-a-case-control-study
#14
Amarech Asratie Wubante
BACKGROUND: Malnutrition is the top cause of global burden of disease, disability and mortality among infants. Over two-thirds of deaths of children globally occur during the first year of life (infancy). Malnutrition among infants is substantially high in Ethiopia. Therefore, this study is aimed to assess determinants of infant nutritional status. METHODS: A community based nested case-control study was conducted from February to June 2013 in Dabat district. A total of 80 cases and 320 controls (1:4 ratios) were studied...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346481/edaravone-protects-against-hyperosmolarity-induced-oxidative-stress-and-apoptosis-in-primary-human-corneal-epithelial-cells
#15
Yanwei Li, Haifeng Liu, Wei Zeng, Jing Wei
An increase in the osmolarity of tears induced by excessive evaporation of the aqueous tear phase is a major pathological mechanism behind dry eye. Exposure of epithelial cells on the surface of the human eye to hyperosmolarity leads to oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, and apoptosis. Edaravone, a hydroxyl radical scavenging agent, is clinically used to reduce neuronal damage following ischemic stroke. In this study, we found that treatment with hyperosmotic media at 400 and 450 mOsM increased the levels of ROS and mitochondrial oxidative damage, which were ameliorated by edaravone treatment in a dose-dependent manner...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346376/blend-hydrogel-microspheres-of-carboxymethyl-chitosan-and-gelatin-for-the-controlled-release-of-5-fluorouracil
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Vanarchi Rajini Kanth, Praveen B Kajjari, Priya M Madalageri, Sakey Ravindra, Lata S Manjeshwar, Tejraj M Aminabhavi
Carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCS) was synthesized and blended with gelatin (GE) to prepare hydrogel microspheres by w/o emulsion cross-linking in the presence of glutaraldehyde (GA), which acted as a cross-linker. 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) was encapsulated to investigate its controlled release (CR) characteristics in acidic (pH 1.2) and alkaline (pH 7.4) buffer media. The microspheres which formed were spherical in nature, with smooth surfaces, as judged by the scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) confirmed the carboxymethylation of CS and the chemical stability of 5-FU in the formulations...
March 27, 2017: Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346182/social-otitis-media-ear-infection-and-disparity-in-australia
#17
Georgina Kenyon
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346161/gender-differences-in-sleep-hygiene-practices-and-sleep-quality-in-new-zealand-adolescents-aged-15-to-17-years
#18
Barbara C Galland, Andrew R Gray, Jonathan Penno, Claire Smith, Carmen Lobb, Rachael W Taylor
AIM: To examine, in a nationwide sample of New Zealand adolescents, self-reported sleep hygiene, and specifically evening technology and caffeine use, and body mass index, in relation to sleep quality. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 692 adolescents (59% girls), predominantly European (78%), with an average age of 16 years 9 months were recruited through schools, community advertising, and social media. MEASURES: All participants completed the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and Adolescent Sleep Hygiene Scale online, and questions about their height, weight, evening technology use, and caffeine consumption...
April 2017: Sleep Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345919/photocontrol-of-clustering-retaining-and-releasing-of-microbeads-concomitant-with-phototransformation-of-supramolecular-architecture-of-amphiphilic-diarylethene
#19
Akira Sakaguchi, Kenji Higashiguchi, Hajime Yotsuji, Kenji Matsuda
Photoinduced clustering of polystyrene microbeads and photocontrol of their diffusion was achieved in water with the assistance of photoinduced transformation of supramolecular architecture of amphiphilic diarylethene between sphere and fiber states. When a suspension of polystyrene beads containing the sphere state of diarylethene was UV-irradiated from beneath, clustering of the polystyrene beads by thermal convection was observed. The velocity of clustering was dependent on the amount of photogenerated nanofibers that determines the viscosity of the water...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345877/direct-analysis-of-metal-ions-in-solutions-with-high-salt-concentrations-by-total-reflection-x-ray-fluorescence-txrf
#20
Mercedes Regadío, Sofía Riaño, Koen Binnemans, Tom Vander Hoogerstraete
Total Reflection X-ray Fluorescence (TXRF) is becoming more and more popular for elemental analysis in academia and industry. However, simplification of the procedures for analyzing samples with complex compositions and residual matrix effects is still needed. In this work, the effect of an inorganic (CaCl2) and an organic (tetraalkylphosphonium chloride) matrix on metals quantification by TXRF was investigated for liquid samples. The samples were spiked with up to 20 metals at concentrations ranging from 3 to 50 mg L-1 per element, including elements with spectral peaks near the peaks of the matrix elements or near the Raleigh and Compton scattering peaks of the X-ray source (molybdenum anode)...
March 27, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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