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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226681/thermal-analysis-of-multiple-antenna-excited-breast-model-for-breast-cancer-detection
#1
Yinan Li, Babak Fahimi, Yinan Li, Babak Fahimi, Babak Fahimi, Yinan Li
Infrared thermography (IRT), or thermal imaging has long been proposed as a novel method in early detection of breast cancer. Most of the work done was through the detection of abnormal hotspot, or asymmetries in a thermal texture map. However, the surface temperature may not appear symmetric even for a healthy breast because of variations in blood supply and individual differences. In this paper, a method that is independent of the aforementioned symmetry is proposed. The breast under detection is initially excited by a group of patch antennas...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225828/systematic-analysis-of-non-structural-protein-features-for-the-prediction-of-ptm-function-potential-by-artificial-neural-networks
#2
Henry M Dewhurst, Matthew P Torres
Post-translational modifications (PTMs) provide an extensible framework for regulation of protein behavior beyond the diversity represented within the genome alone. While the rate of identification of PTMs has rapidly increased in recent years, our knowledge of PTM functionality encompasses less than 5% of this data. We previously developed SAPH-ire (Structural Analysis of PTM Hotspots) for the prioritization of eukaryotic PTMs based on function potential of discrete modified alignment positions (MAPs) in a set of 8 protein families...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225707/nonadherence-to-antiretroviral-therapy-among-hiv-infected-patients-in-zambia-is-concentrated-among-a-minority-of-patients-and-is-highly-variable-across-clinics
#3
Nancy L Czaicki, Charles B Holmes, Izukanji Sikazwe, Carolyn Bolton, Theodora Savory, Mwanza Wa Mwanza, Crispin Moyo, Nancy S Padian, Elvin H Geng
OBJECTIVES: The distribution of adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) can indicates whether barriers are concentrated or more distributed. We quantified the medication possession ratio (MPR) and characterized the distribution of medication nonpossession in a network of clinics in Zambia to identify 'hotspots' and predictors of poorer adherence. METHODS: We analyzed a population of adults on ART for more than 3 months who made at least one clinic visit between 1 January 2013 and 28 February 2015...
March 13, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224061/isolation-and-characterization-of-microsatellite-loci-in-sorbus-porrigentiformis-and-cross-amplification-in-s-aria-and-s-rupicola-rosaceae
#4
Rosalía Piñeiro, Freja Karrman-Bailey, Robyn S Cowan, Michael F Fay
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Southwestern Britain is an emblematic hotspot of polyploid diversity of whitebeams (Sorbus aria agg.; Rosaceae) with ca. 30 polyploid endemic species. The tetraploid S. porrigentiformis is postulated as one of the parents of most of these endemics, along with the sexual diploid S. aria s. str. and the tetraploid S. rupicola. METHODS AND RESULTS: We isolated 16 nuclear microsatellite loci from S. porrigentiformis and characterized them on 45 trees representing the three putative parental species...
February 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223970/tet-c-gene-transfer-between-chlamydia-suis-strains-occurs-by-homologous-recombination-after-co-infection-implications-for-spread-of-tetracycline-resistance-among-chlamydiaceae
#5
Hanna Marti, Hoyon Kim, Sandeep J Joseph, Stacey Dojiri, Timothy D Read, Deborah Dean
Chlamydia suis is a swine pathogen that has also recently been found to cause zoonotic infections of the human eye, pharynx, and gastrointestinal tract. Many strains contain a tetracycline class C gene [tet(C)] cassette that confers tetracycline resistance. The cassette was likely originally acquired by horizontal gene transfer from a Gram-negative donor after the introduction of tetracycline into animal feed in the 1950s. Various research groups have described the capacity for different Chlamydia species to exchange DNA by homologous recombination...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222925/linking-national-wood-consumption-with-global-biodiversity-and-ecosystem-service-losses
#6
Abhishek Chaudhary, L Roman Carrasco, Thomas Kastner
Identifying the global hotspots of forestry driven species, ecosystem services losses and informing the consuming nations of their environmental footprint domestically and abroad is essential to design demand side interventions and induce sustainable production methods. Here we first use countryside species area relationship model to project species extinctions of four vertebrate taxa (mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles) due to forest land use in 174 countries. We combine the projected extinctions with a global database on the monetary value of ecosystem services provided by different biomes and with bilateral trade data of wood products to calculate species extinctions and ecosystem services losses inflicted by national wood consumption and international wood trade...
February 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222862/commercially-important-species-associated-with-horse-mussel-modiolus-modiolus-biogenic-reefs-a-priority-habitat-for-nature-conservation-and-fisheries-benefits
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Flora E A Kent, James M Mair, Jason Newton, Charles Lindenbaum, Joanne S Porter, William G Sanderson
Horse mussel reefs (Modiolus modiolus) are biodiversity hotspots afforded protection by Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the NE Atlantic. In this study, horse mussel reefs, cobble habitats and sandy habitats were assessed using underwater visual census and drop-down video techniques in three UK regions. Megafauna were enumerated, differences in community composition and individual species abundances were analysed. Samples of conspicuous megafauna were also collected from horse mussel reefs in Orkney for stable isotope analysis...
February 17, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222046/evaluation-method-for-in-situ-electric-field-in-standardized-human-brain-for-different-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-coils
#8
Masahiro Iwahashi, Jose Gomez-Tames, Ilkka Laakso, Akimasa Hirata
This study proposes a method to evaluate the electric field induced in the brain by transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to realize focal stimulation in the target area considering the inter-subject difference of the brain anatomy. The TMS is a non-invasive technique used for treatment/diagnosis, and it works by inducing an electric field in a specific area of the brain via a coil-induced magnetic field. Recent studies that report on the electric field distribution in the brain induced by TMS coils have been limited to simplified human brain models or a small number of detailed human brain models...
February 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221699/beehive-fences-as-a-multidimensional-conflict-mitigation-tool-for-farmers-coexisting-with-elephants
#9
Lucy E King, Fredrick Lala, Hesron Nzumu, Emmanuel Mwambingu, Iain Douglas-Hamilton
Increasing habitat fragmentation and human population growth in Africa has resulted in an escalation in human-elephant conflict between small-scale farmers and free-ranging African elephants (Loxodonta Africana). In 2012 Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) implemented the national 10-year Conservation and Management Strategy for the Elephant in Kenya, which includes an action aimed at testing whether beehive fences can be used to mitigate human-elephant conflict. From 2012 to 2015, we field-tested the efficacy of beehive fences to protect 10 0...
February 21, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219137/-analysis-of-the-application-and-funding-projects-of-national-natural-science-foundation-of-china-in-the-field-of-burns-and-plastic-surgery-from-2010-to-2016
#10
Z C Zhang, D Dou, X Y Wang, D H Xie, Z C Yan
We analyzed the data of application and funding projects of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) during 2010-2016 in the field of burns and plastic surgery and summarized the NSFC funding pattern, the research hotspots, and weaknesses in this field. The NSFC has funded 460 projects in the field of burns and plastic surgery, with total funding of RMB 227.96 million. The scientific issues involved in the funding projects include orthotherapy against malformations, wound repair, basic research of burns, skin grafting, scars prevention, and regeneration of hair follicle and sweat glands...
February 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218290/the-interaction-between-the-proliferating-macroalga-asparagopsis-taxiformis-and-the-coral-astroides-calycularis-induces-changes-in-microbiome-and-metabolomic-fingerprints
#11
Stéphane Greff, Tânia Aires, Ester A Serrão, Aschwin H Engelen, Olivier P Thomas, Thierry Pérez
Mediterranean Sea ecosystems are considered as hotspots of biological introductions, exposed to possible negative effects of non-indigenous species. In such temperate marine ecosystems, macroalgae may be dominant, with a great percentage of their diversity represented by introduced species. Their interaction with temperate indigenous benthic organisms have been poorly investigated. To provide new insights, we performed an experimental study on the interaction between the introduced proliferative red alga Asparagopsis taxiformis and the indigenous Mediterranean coral Astroides calycularis...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216505/-effect-of-hypoxia-on-expression-of-multidrug-resistance-protein-2-and-its-regulation-mechanism
#12
Bingfeng Luo, Wenbin Li, Rong Wang, Hui Lu, Tao Yang, Zhengping Jia
Drug efflux transporters plays a key role in pharmacokinetics parameters changes. In recent years, in addition to P-glycoprotein (P-gp), breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP), MRP2 has become an advanced research hotspot. Several signaling pathways andtranscription factors have been reported to be involved in regulation of MRP2 expression in hypoxic microenvironment of tumor, such as peroxisome proliferators-activated receptors (PPARα), nuclear factor κB (NF-κB), pregnane X receptor (PXR), farnesoid X receptor (FXR), constitutive androstane receptor (CAR) and microRNA...
January 28, 2017: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215572/plastid-phylogenomics-and-adaptive-evolution-of-gaultheria-series-trichophyllae-ericaceae-a-clade-from-sky-islands-of-the-himalaya-hengduan-mountains
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Ming-Ying Zhang, Peter W Fritsch, Peng-Fei Ma, Hong Wang, Lu Lu, De-Zhu Li
Gaultheria series Trichophyllae Airy Shaw is an angiosperm clade of high-alpine shrublets endemic to the Himalaya-Hengduan Mountains and characterized by recent species divergence and convergent character evolution that has until recently caused much confusion in species circumscription. Although multiple DNA sequence regions have been employed previously, phylogenetic relationships among species in the group have remained largely unresolved. Here we examined the effectiveness of plastid genome for improving phylogenetic resolution within the G...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213677/a-new-distribution-range-of-ateles-chamek-humboldt-1812-in-an-ecotone-of-three-biomes-in-the-paraguay-river-basin
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Manoel Dos Santos-Filho, Christine Steiner São Bernardo, Henry Willian Van der Laan Barbosa, Almério Câmara Gusmão, Leandro Jerusalinsky, Gustavo Rodrigues Canale
Historical records of Ateles chamek (black-faced black spider monkey) suggest that the species range extends further south of the known species distribution, within an ecotonal region between the Amazonia, Cerrado and Pantanal biomes in Brazil. Ecotones are zones of habitat transition with high species richness that remain undersampled as conservationists often prioritize biodiversity hotspots. Thus, distribution ranges may be inaccurately measured when species occur in ecotonal zones. We report the first precise records of A...
February 17, 2017: Primates; Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212986/correlating-the-effects-of-antimicrobial-preservatives-on-conformational-stability-aggregation-propensity-and-backbone-flexibility-of-an-igg1-monoclonal-antibody
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Jayant Arora, Sangeeta B Joshi, C Russell Middaugh, David D Weis, David B Volkin
Multi-dose formulations of biotherapeutics, which offer better dosage management and reduced production costs, require the addition of antimicrobial preservatives (APs). APs have been shown, however, to decrease protein stability in solution and cause protein aggregation. In this report, the effect of four APs, m-cresol, phenol, phenoxyethanol and benzyl alcohol, on conformational stability, aggregation propensity and backbone flexibility of an IgG1 monoclonal antibody, mAb-4, is investigated. Compared to no preservative control, each of the APs decreased the conformational stability of mAb-4 as measured by DSC and extrinsic fluorescence spectroscopy...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212554/afb1-hepatocarcinogenesis-is-via-lipid-peroxidation-that-inhibits-dna-repair-sensitizes-mutation-susceptibility-and-induces-aldehyde-dna-adducts-at-p53-mutational-hotspot-codon-249
#16
Mao-Wen Weng, Hyun-Wook Lee, Bongkun Choi, Hsiang-Tsui Wang, Yu Hu, Manju Mehta, Dhimant Desai, Shantu Amin, Yi Zheng, Moon-Shong Tang
Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) contamination in the food chain is a major cause of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). More than 60% of AFB1 related HCC carry p53 codon 249 mutations but the causal mechanism remains unclear. We found that 1) AFB1 induces two types of DNA adducts in human hepatocytes, AFB1-8,9-epoxide-deoxyguanosine (AFB1-E-dG) induced by AFB1-E and cyclic α-methyl-γ-hydroxy-1,N2-propano-dG (meth-OH-PdG) induced by lipid peroxidation generated acetaldehyde (Acet) and crotonaldehyde (Cro); 2) the level of meth-OH-PdG is >30 fold higher than the level of AFB1-E-dG; 3) AFB1, Acet, and Cro, but not AFB1-E, preferentially induce DNA damage at codon 249; 4) methylation at -CpG- sites enhances meth-OH-PdG formation at codon 249; and 5) repair of meth-OH-PdG at codon 249 is poor...
February 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212109/sustainable-exposure-prevention-through-innovative-detection-and-remediation-technologies-from-the-niehs-superfund-research-program
#17
Heather F Henry, William A Suk
Innovative devices and tools for exposure assessment and remediation play an integral role in preventing exposure to hazardous substances. New solutions for detecting and remediating organic, inorganic, and mixtures of contaminants can improve public health as a means of primary prevention. Using a public health prevention model, detection and remediation technologies contribute to primary prevention as tools to identify areas of high risk (e.g. contamination hotspots), to recognize hazards (bioassay tests), and to prevent exposure through contaminant cleanups...
February 17, 2017: Reviews on Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211931/the-dynamic-conductance-response-and-mechanics-modulated-memristive-behavior-of-the-azurin-monolayer-under-cyclic-loads
#18
Xiaoyue Zhang, Jian Shao, Yun Chen, Weijin Chen, Jing Yu, Biao Wang, Yue Zheng
Azurin (Az) has been considered as the research hotspot in molecular electronics, as well as a promising material for building functional devices on the molecular scale because of its special electrical properties and force-dependent conductance effects. Here we carry out an in-depth investigation combined with molecular scale experiments, molecular dynamics simulations, first-principles calculations and theoretical models to reveal the dynamic conductance response of the Az monolayer under cyclic mechanical loading...
February 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211479/decoupling-absorption-and-emission-processes-in-super-resolution-localization-of-emitters-in-a-plasmonic-hotspot
#19
David L Mack, Emiliano Cortés, Vincenzo Giannini, Peter Török, Tyler Roschuk, Stefan A Maier
The absorption process of an emitter close to a plasmonic antenna is enhanced due to strong local electromagnetic (EM) fields. The emission, if resonant with the plasmonic system, re-radiates to the far-field by coupling with the antenna via plasmonic states, whose presence increases the local density of states. Far-field collection of the emission of single molecules close to plasmonic antennas, therefore, provides mixed information of both the local EM field strength and the local density of states. Moreover, super-resolution localizations from these emission-coupled events do not report the real position of the molecules...
February 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211256/endemic-prevalence-of-hepatitis-b-and-c-in-mongolia-a-nationwide-survey-among-mongolian-adults
#20
Bekhbold Dashtseren, Andreas Bungert, Purevjargal Bat-Ulzii, Maralmaa Enkhbat, Oyungerel Lkhagva-Ochir, Ganbolor Jargalsaikhan, Anir Enkhbat, Odgerel Oidovsambuu, Jane Klemen, Naranbaatar Dashdorj, Naranjargal Dashdorj, Zulkhuu Genden, Dahgwahdorj Yagaanbuyant
In this study a representative group of Mongolian adults was tested for hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV). Screening was conducted at 17 different locations on a randomly sampled group, representative of the Mongolian adult population. A total of 1158 adults, 500 (43.1%) men and 659 (56.9%) women were included. The prevalence estimates of HBV and HCV among the general Mongolian adult population were found to be 11.1%± 1% (SE) and 8.5% ± 0.7% or 207,418 and 160,228 cases, respectively. For HCV the majority of cases are concentrated in older age groups with a prevalence of 25...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
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