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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651360/novel-reproductive-technologies-to-prevent-mitochondrial-disease
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Lyndsey Craven, Mao-Xing Tang, Gráinne S Gorman, Petra De Sutter, Björn Heindryckx
BACKGROUND: The use of nuclear transfer (NT) has been proposed as a novel reproductive treatment to overcome the transmission of maternally-inherited mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations. Pathogenic mutations in mtDNA can cause a wide-spectrum of life-limiting disorders, collectively known as mtDNA disease, for which there are currently few effective treatments and no known cures. The many unique features of mtDNA make genetic counselling challenging for women harbouring pathogenic mtDNA mutations but reproductive options that involve medical intervention are available that will minimize the risk of mtDNA disease in their offspring...
June 23, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651342/emissions-of-volatile-odorous-metabolites-by-clostridium-perfringens-in-vitro-study-using-two-broth-cultures
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Nishchal K Sharma, Chuck Keerqin, Shu-Biao Wu, Mingan Choct, Robert A Swick
An in vitro study was carried out to investigate the volatile odorous metabolites produced by necrotic enteritis inducing Clostridium perfringens (Cp) type A field strain (EHE-NE18) cultured in two broth media (thioglycollate broth, brain heart infusion broth) at three levels (0, 103 cfu/mL, 106 cfu/mL) using 2 × 3 factorial arrangement of treatments, with each replicated three times. The culture media with and without Cp was freshly prepared on the day of measurement and the culture headspace concentration of odorants was measured using selected ion-flow tube mass spectrometry (SIFT-MS)...
June 23, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651254/a-preliminary-study-of-a-spanish-graphic-novella-targeting-hearing-loss-prevention
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Mark Guiberson, Emily Wakefield
Purpose: This preliminary study developed a digital graphic novella targeting hearing protection beliefs of Spanish-speaking agricultural workers. Researchers used pretest-posttest interview surveys to establish if the novella had an immediate influence on the participants' beliefs about noise-induced hearing loss and usage of hearing protection devices. Method: Researchers developed a digital graphic novella directed to increase knowledge about noise-induced hearing loss and increase the proper use of hearing protection devices...
June 23, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650799/learning-the-personalized-intransitive-preferences-of-images
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Jun Chen, Chaokun Wang, Jianmin Wang, Xiang Ying, Xuecheng Wang
Most of the previous studies on the user preferences assume that there is a personal transitive preference ranking of the consumable media like images. For example, the transitivity of preferences is one of the most important assumptions in the recommender system research. However, the intransitive relations have also been widely observed, such as the win/loss relations in online video games, in sport matches, and even in rock-paper-scissors games. It is also found that different subjects demonstrate the personalized intransitive preferences in the pairwise comparisons between the applicants for college admission...
September 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650789/effects-of-cola-flavored-beverages-and-caffeine-on-streptococcus-mutans-biofilm-formation-and-metabolic-activity
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Roger P Dotsey, Elizabeth A S Moser, George J Eckert, Richard L Gregory
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effects of cola-flavored beverages and caffeine on growth and metabolism of Streptococcus mutans biofilm. This study was designed to determine if carbonated beverages or caffeine can increase S. mutans growth and biofilm formation and metabolic activity in vitro, potentially leading to increased S. mutans-associated cariogenicity in children that consume them. STUDY DESIGN: Six different cola-flavored products, plus pure caffeine, and pure high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), at different concentrations similar to those in the beverages were tested...
2017: Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650774/monte-carlo-electron-track-structure-calculations-in-liquid-water-using-a-new-model-dielectric-response-function
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Dimitris Emfietzoglou, George Papamichael, Hooshang Nikjoo
Monte Carlo track structure codes provide valuable information for understanding radiation effects down to the DNA level, where experimental measurements are most difficult or unavailable. It is well recognized that the performance of such codes, especially at low energies and/or subcellular level, critically depends on the reliability of the interaction cross sections that are used as input in the simulation. For biological media such as liquid water, one of the most challenging issues is the role of condensed-phase effects...
June 26, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650666/labile-incorporation-of-cholesterol-terminated-poly-acrylic-acid-for-the-facile-surface-modification-of-lipid-vesicles
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Sang-Min Lee
An amphiphilic cholesterol-terminated poly[acrylic acid] (Chol-PAA) that can be self-aggregated into nanoscale micelles in aqueous media has been prepared via nitroxide-mediated radical polymerization for the facile postformation modification of lipid vesicles. By varying the amount of Chol-PAA addition, the incorporation of Chol-PAA on the liposome templates was verified with zeta potential while the dynamic light scattering measurements revealed the polymer length of Chol-PAA dictated the hydrodynamic diameter of the resulting polymer-grafted vesicles (PGVs)...
June 26, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650660/ph-triggered-recovery-and-reuse-of-thiolated-poly-acryl-acid-functionalized-gold-nanoparticles-with-applications-in-colloidal-catalysis
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Siyam M Ansar, Benjamin D Fellows, Patrick Mispireta, O Thompson Mefford, Christopher L Kitchens
Thiolated poly(acrylic acid) (PAA-SH) functionalized gold nanoparticles were explored as a colloidal catalyst with potential application as a recoverable catalyst where the PAA provides pH-responsive dispersibility and phase transfer capability between aqueous and organic media. This system demonstrates complete nanoparticle recovery and redispersion over multiple reaction cycles without changes in nanoparticle morphology or reduction in conversion. The catalytic activity (rate constant) was reduced in subsequent reactions when recovery by aggregation was employed, despite unobservable changes in morphology or dispersability...
June 26, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650655/vibrational-relaxation-of-the-backbone-and-bases-modes-in-lacdna-complexes-by-uv-resonance-raman-spectroscopy
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Cristina M Muntean, Ioan Bratu, Antonio Hernanz
Vibrational band shape analysis through time correlation function concept is widely used to obtain experimental information on the molecular dynamics of medium size molecules in different environments. Interesting details are revealed by extending this technique to biomolecules such as functional groups of the nucleic acids in media approaching the physiological conditions. In this work a study into the UV resonance Raman (UVRR) vibrational half bandwidths of functional groups in LacDNA, upon lowering the pH (pH 6...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650614/electrochemical-stimuli-driven-facile-metal-free-hydrogen-evolution-from-pyrene-porphyrin-based-crystalline-covalent-organic-framework
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Subhajit Bhunia, Sabuj Kanti Das, Rajkumar Jana, Sebastian C Peter, Santanu Bhattacharya, Matthew Addicoat, Asim Bhaumik, Anirban Pradhan
A [2+2] Schiff base type condensation between 5, 10, 15, 20-tetrakis(4-aminophenyl)porphyrin (TAP) and 1,3,6,8-tetrakis (4-formylphenyl) pyrene (TFFPy) under solvothermal condition yields a crystalline, quasi-two dimensional covalent organic framework (SB-PORPy-COF). The porphyrin and pyrene units are alternatively occupied in the vertex of 3D triclinic crystal having permanent micro-porosity with moderately high surface area (~869 m2g-1) and promising chemical stability. The AA stacking of the monolayers give a pyrene bridged conducting channel...
June 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650607/self-diffusion-driven-ultrafast-detection-of-ppm-level-nitro-aromatic-pollutants-in-aqueous-media-using-a-hydrophilic-fluorescent-paper-sensor
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Wei Lu, Jiawei Zhang, Youju Huang, Patrick Theato, Qing Huang, Tao Chen
Development of fluorescent film probes for toxic nitro aromatic compound pollutants (NACs) such as 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) in real water samples implies broad applications in environmental and industrial safety control. Despite many recent advances, there are still some difficult challenges facing this area, e.g., the restricted sensitivity and long response time caused by hindered and slow diffusion of aqueous NACs samples inside a dense, solid film. Hence, we report herein a robust fluorescent paper sensor with improved sensing abilities, which is prepared by absorbing hydrophilic pyrene-functionalized polymer uniformly into cellulose-based filter papers...
June 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650568/enhanced-functional-properties-of-human-limbal-stem-cells-by-inhibition-of-the-mir-31-fih-1-p21-axis
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Zhiping Liu, Weijiao Zhan, Minzhi Zeng, Jinghong Chen, Huyong Zou, Zhiqun Min
OBJECTIVE: On the basis of the functional roles of the embryonic stem cell niche (ESCN) in the human limbal stem cells (LSCs), we proposed to explore the potential roles of microRNAs in regulating the self-renewal and differentiation of LSCs cultured in the ESCN. METHODS: The LSCs were cultured in different media, either in CnT-20 media or in CnT-20 + 20% ES culture supernatant (ESC-CM). The LSCs cultured in ESC-CM were then transfected with microRNA-31 (miR-31) mimic or antago-31...
June 26, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650523/characterization-of-the-phosphate-specific-transport-system-in-cronobacter-sakazakii-baa-894
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Xiujun Liang, Xiaoqing Hu, Xiaoyuan Wang, Jianli Wang, Yu Fang, Yanyan Li
AIMS: Characterize the phosphate-specific transport system in Cronobacter sakazakii BAA-894. METHODS AND RESULTS: The genes relevant to phosphate transfer in C. sakazakii BAA-894 were determined by using sequence alignment to the corresponding genes in Escherichia coli. Then, the determined pst operon in C. sakazakii BAA-894 was deleted using the lambda Red recombination system. Using the wild type C. sakazakii BAA-894 as a control, the membrane permeability, auto-aggregation, exopolysaccharide biosynthesis, biofilm formation, and adhesion ability of the mutant △pst grown in media containing high or low concentrations of phosphate were investigated; stronger auto-aggregation, less biofilm formation and higher adhesion ability were observed in △pst cells grown in low phosphate media...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650512/elucidating-sequence-and-solvent-specific-design-targets-to-protect-and-stabilize-enzymes-for-biocatalysis-in-ionic-liquids
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K G Sprenger, J G Plaks, J L Kaar, J Pfaendtner
For many different frameworks, the structure, function, and dynamics of an enzyme is largely determined by the nature of its interactions with the surrounding host environment, thus a molecular level understanding of enzyme/host interactions is essential to the design of new processes and applications. Ionic liquid (IL) solvents are a popular class of solvents in which to study enzyme behavior, yet it is still not possible to predict how a given enzyme will behave in a given IL solvent. Furthermore, a dearth of experimental data with which to evaluate simulation force fields has prevented the full integration of experimental and computational techniques to gain a complete picture of enzyme/IL interactions...
June 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650491/tunable-and-selective-hydrogenation-of-furfural-to-furfuryl-alcohol-and-cyclopentanone-over-pt-supported-on-biomass-derived-porous-heteroatom-doped-carbon
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Xiuyun Liu, Bo Zhang, Benhua Fei, Xiufang Chen, Junyi Zhang, Xindong Mu
The search for and exploitation of efficient catalytic systems for selective conversion of furfural into various high value-added chemicals remains a huge challenge for green synthesis in the chemical industry. Here, novel Pt nanoparticles supported on bamboo shoot-derived porous heteroatom doped carbon materials were designed as highly active catalysts for controlled hydrogenation of furfural in aqueous media. The porous heteroatom doped carbon supported Pt catalysts were endowed with a large surface area with a hierarchical porous structure, a high content of nitrogen and oxygen functionalities, a high dispersion of the Pt nanoparticles, good water dispersibility and reaction stability...
June 26, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650444/nutrient-recycling-facilitates-long-term-stability-of-marine-microbial-phototroph-heterotroph-interactions
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Joseph A Christie-Oleza, Despoina Sousoni, Matthew Lloyd, Jean Armengaud, David J Scanlan
Biological interactions underpin the functioning of marine ecosystems, be it via competition, predation, mutualism or symbiosis processes. Microbial phototroph-heterotroph interactions propel the engine that results in the biogeochemical cycling of individual elements, and they are critical for understanding and modelling global ocean processes. Unfortunately, studies thus far have focused on exponentially growing cultures in nutrient-rich media, meaning knowledge of such interactions under in situ conditions is rudimentary at best...
June 26, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650346/real-time-monitoring-through-the-use-of-technology-to-enhance-performances-throughout-hiv-cascades
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Matthew Avery, Stephen J Mills, Eric Stephan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Controlling the HIV epidemic requires strong linkages across a 'cascade' of prevention, testing, and treatment services. Information and communications technology (ICT) offers the potential to monitor and improve the performance of this HIV cascade in real time. We assessed recent (<18 months) peer-reviewed publications regarding uses of ICT to improve performance through expanded and targeted reach, improved clinical service delivery, and reduced loss to follow-up...
June 23, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650313/molecular-mechanisms-and-epidemiology-of-resistance-in-streptococcus-pneumoniae-in-the-middle-east-region
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Grace El Moujaber, Marwan Osman, Rayane Rafei, Fouad Dabboussi, Monzer Hamze
PURPOSE: Streptococcus pneumoniae is a commensal bacterium that normally colonizes the human nasopharyngeal cavity. Once disseminated, it can cause several diseases, ranging from non-invasive infections such as acute otitis media and sinusitis through to invasive infections with higher mortality, including meningitis and septicaemia. Since the identification of the first S. pneumoniae strain with decreased susceptibility to penicillin in the 1960s, antibiotic resistance among S. pneumoniae has increased disturbingly and the mechanisms of resistance have begun to unfold...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650250/a-retrospective-longitudinal-claims-based-comparison-of-concomitant-diagnoses-between-individuals-with-and-without-down-syndrome
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Amanda M Kong, Dana Hurley, Kristin A Evans, Diana Brixner, Csilla Csoboth, Jeannie Visootsak
BACKGROUND: Individuals with Down syndrome (DS) experience various comorbidities in excess of the prevalence seen among the non-DS population. However, the extent of the excess burden of comorbidities specifically within commercially and publicly insured DS populations aged < 21 years is not currently known. OBJECTIVES: To (a) describe the most common diagnoses among individuals with DS who have either commercial or Medicaid insurance and (b) compare the prevalence of those diagnoses between DS cases and non-DS controls...
July 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650243/antigenicity-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-an-inflamed-joint-environment
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Jacqueline A Hill, Jennifer M Cassano, Margaret B Goodale, Lisa A Fortier
OBJECTIVE To determine whether major histocompatability complex (MHC) class II expression in equine mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) changes with exposure to a proinflammatory environment reflective of an inflamed joint. SAMPLE Cryopreserved bone marrow-derived MSCs from 12 horses and cartilage and synovium samples from 1 horse euthanized for reasons other than lameness. PROCEDURES In part 1 of a 3-part study, the suitability of a quantitative reverse transcriptase PCR (qRT-PCR) assay for measurement of MHC class II expression in MSCs following stimulation with interferon (IFN)-γ was assessed...
July 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
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