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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340462/assessment-of-arsenic-and-fluorine-in-surface-soil-to-determine-environmental-and-health-risk-factors-in-the-comarca-lagunera-mexico
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Yareli A Sariñana-Ruiz, Jorge Vazquez-Arenas, Fabiola S Sosa-Rodríguez, Israel Labastida, Ma Aurora Armienta, Antonio Aragón-Piña, Miguel A Escobedo-Bretado, Laura S González-Valdez, Patricia Ponce-Peña, Hugo Ramírez-Aldaba, René H Lara
Total, bioaccessible and mobile concentrations of arsenic and fluorine are determined in polluted surface soil within the Comarca Lagunera region using standardized protocols to obtain a full description of the environmental behavior for these elements. The composition of mineral phases associated with them is evaluated with microscopic and spectroscopic techniques. Mineralogical characterizations indicate that ultra-fine particles (<1-5 μm) including mimetite-vanadite (Pb5(AsO4)3Cl, Pb5(AsO4, VO4)3Cl)-like, lead arseniate (Pb3(AsO4)2)-like and complex arsenic-bearing compounds are main arsenic-bearing phases, while fluorite (CaF2) is the only fluorine-bearing phase...
March 10, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340420/extended-anaerobic-conditions-in-the-biological-wastewater-treatment-higher-reduction-of-toxicity-compared-to-target-organic-micropollutants
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Johannes Völker, Tobias Vogt, Sandro Castronovo, Arne Wick, Thomas A Ternes, Adriano Joss, Jörg Oehlmann, Martin Wagner
Extended anaerobic conditions during biological wastewater treatment may enhance the biodegradation of micropollutants. To explore this, we combined iron-reducing or substrate-limited anaerobic conditions and aerobic pilot-scale reactors directly at a wastewater treatment plant. To investigate the detoxification by these processes, we applied two in vitro bioassays for baseline toxicity (Microtox) and reactive toxicity (AREc32) as well as in vivo bioassays with aquatic model species in two laboratory experiments (Desmodesmus subspicatus, Daphnia magna) and two on-site, flow-through experiments (Potamopyrgus antipodarum, Lumbriculus variegatus)...
March 14, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340370/validation-of-comet-assay-in-oregon-r-and-wild-type-strains-of-drosophila-melanogaster-exposed-to-a-natural-radioactive-environment-in-brazilian-semiarid-region
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Cícero Jorge Verçosa, Aroldo Vieira de Moraes Filho, Ícaro Fillipe de Araújo Castro, Robson Gomes Dos Santos, Kenya Silva Cunha, Daniela de Melo E Silva, Ana Cristina Lauer Garcia, Julio Alejandro Navoni, Viviane Souza do Amaral, Claudia Rohde
Natural radiation of geological origin is a common phenomenon in Brazil, a country where radioactive agents such as uranium may be often found. As an unstable atom, uranium undergoes radioactive decay with the generation of a series of decay by-products, including radon, which may be highly genotoxic and trigger several pathological processes, among which cancer. Because it is a gas, radon may move freely between cracks and gaps in the ground, seeping upwards into the buildings and in the environment. In this study, two Drosophila melanogaster Meigen (Diptera, Drosophilidae) strains called Oregon-R and Wild (collected in a non-radioactive environment) were exposed to atmospheric radiation in the Lajes Pintadas city, in the semiarid zone of northeastern Brazil...
March 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340281/high-ten-year-remission-rates-following-rituximab-fludarabine-mitoxantrone-and-dexamethasone-r-fnd-with-interferon-maintenance-in-indolent-lymphoma-results-of-a-randomized-study
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Loretta J Nastoupil, Peter McLaughlin, Lei Feng, Sattva S Neelapu, Felipe Samaniego, Fredrick B Hagemeister, Ana Ayala, Jorge E Romaguera, Andre H Goy, Eleanor Neal, Michael Wang, Luis Fayad, Michelle A Fanale, Yasuhiro Oki, Jason R Westin, Maria A Rodriguez, Fernando Cabanillas, Nathan H Fowler
We report a single-centre, randomized study evaluating the efficacy and safety of concurrent fludarabine, mitoxantrone, dexamethasone (FND) and rituximab versus sequential FND followed by rituximab in 158 patients with advanced stage, previously untreated indolent lymphoma, enrolled between 1997 and 2002. Patients were randomized to 6-8 cycles of FND followed by 6 monthly doses of rituximab or 6 doses of rituximab given concurrently with FND. All patients who achieved at least a partial response received 12 months of interferon (IFN) maintenance...
March 24, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340175/funresdb-a-web-resource-for-genotypic-susceptibility-testing-of-aspergillus-fumigatus
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Michael Weber, Jonas Schaer, Grit Walther, Kerstin Kaerger, Jörg Steinmann, Peter-Michael Rath, Birgit Spiess, Dieter Buchheidt, Axel Hamprecht, Oliver Kurzai
Therapy of invasive aspergillosis is becoming more difficult due to the emergence of azole resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus. A majority of resistant strains carries mutations in the CYP51A gene. Due to a lack of sensitivity of culture-based methods, molecular detection of A. fumigatus has become an important diagnostic tool. We set up the database FunResDB (www.nrz-myk.de/funresdb) to gather all available information about CYP51A-dependent azole resistance from published literature. In summary, the screening resulted in 79 CYP51A variants, which are linked to 59 nonsynonymous mutations...
March 11, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339949/bone-biopsy-practice-patterns-across-europe-the-european-renal-osteodystrophy-initiative-a-position-paper
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Pieter Evenepoel, Patrick D'Haese, Justine Bacchetta, Jorge Cannata-Andia, Anibal Ferreira, Mathias Haarhaus, Sandro Mazzaferro, Marie-Helene Lafage Proust, Syazrah Salam, Goce Spasovski, Mario Cozzolino
Renal osteodystrophy (ROD) is a heterogeneous group of metabolic bone diseases complicating progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD). Bone biomarkers and bone imaging techniques may help to assess bone health and predict fractures in CKD but do have important inherent limitations. By informing on bone turnover and mineralization, a bone biopsy may help to guide prevention and treatment of ROD and its consequences. According to a recent survey conducted among European nephrologists, bone biopsies are performed rather exceptionally, both for clinical and research purposes...
March 3, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339807/differential-effects-of-carbohydrates-on-arabidopsis-pollen-germination
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Jörg Hirsche, José M García Fernández, Edith Stabentheiner, Dominik K Großkinsky, Thomas Roitsch
Pollen germination as a crucial process in plant development strongly depends on the accessibility of carbon as energy source. Carbohydrates, however, function not only as a primary energy source, but also as important signaling components. In a comprehensive study, we analyzed various aspects of the impact of 32 different sugars on in vitro germination of Arabidopsis pollen comprising about 150 variations of individual sugars and combinations. Twenty-six structurally different mono-, di- and oligosaccharides, and sugar analogs were initially tested for their ability to support pollen germination...
February 10, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339668/immunogenicity-of-a-booster-dose-of-quadrivalent-meningococcal-conjugate-vaccine-in-previously-immunized-hiv-infected-children-and-youth
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Meredith G Warshaw, George K Siberry, Paige Williams, Michael D Decker, Patrick Jean-Philippe, Jorge Lujan-Zilbermann
Background.: The US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends a booster dose of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) after initial immunization for patients at high risk for meningococcal infection. Methods.: The International Maternal Pediatric Adolescents AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT) P1065 trial evaluated the use of MCV4 in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected children and youth. The final step of this trial was an open-label study of an MCV4 booster dose 3...
February 18, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339660/eculizumab-in-secondary-atypical-haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome
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Teresa Cavero, Cristina Rabasco, Antía López, Elena Román, Ana Ávila, Ángel Sevillano, Ana Huerta, Jorge Rojas-Rivera, Carolina Fuentes, Miquel Blasco, Ana Jarque, Alba García, Santiago Mendizabal, Eva Gavela, Manuel Macía, Luis F Quintana, Ana María Romera, Josefa Borrego, Emi Arjona, Mario Espinosa, José Portolés, Carolina Gracia-Iguacel, Emilio González-Parra, Pedro Aljama, Enrique Morales, Mercedes Cao, Santiago Rodríguez de Córdoba, Manuel Praga
Background.: Complement dysregulation occurs in thrombotic microangiopathies (TMAs) other than primary atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS). A few of these patients have been reported previously to be successfully treated with eculizumab. Methods.: We identified 29 patients with so-called secondary aHUS who had received eculizumab at 11 Spanish nephrology centres. Primary outcome was TMA resolution, defined by a normalization of platelet count (>150 × 10 9 /L) and haemoglobin, disappearance of all the markers of microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia (MAHA), and improvement of renal function, with a ≥25% reduction of serum creatinine from the onset of eculizumab administration...
February 20, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339605/uniparental-chicken-offsprings-derived-from-oogenesis-of-chicken-primordial-germ-cells-zz-%C3%A2
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Chunhai Liu, Il-Kuk Chang, Kamal A Khazanehdari, Shruti Thomas, Preetha Varghese, Vijaya Baskar, Razan Alkhatib, Wenhai Li, Jörg Kinne, Michael J McGrew, Ulrich Wernery
Cloning (somatic cell nuclear transfer) in avian species has proven unachievable due to the physical structure of the avian oocyte. Here, the sexual differentiation of primordial germ cells with genetic sex ZZ (ZZ PGCs) was investigated in female germline chimeric chicken hosts with the aim to produce uniparental offspring. ZZ PGCs were expanded in culture and transplanted into the same and opposite sex chicken embryos which were partially sterilized using irradiation. All tested chimeric roosters (ZZ/ZZ) showed germline transmission with transmission rates of 3...
February 2, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339570/frequency-of-different-electrocardiographic-abnormalities-in-a-large-cohort-of-spanish-workers
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Jorge Rodríguez-Capitán, Ana Fernández-Meseguer, José Manuel García-Pinilla, Eva Calvo-Bonacho, Manuel Jiménez-Navarro, Teresa García-Margallo, Fernando Cabrera-Bueno, Ignacio Echeverria-Lucotti, Juan José Gómez-Doblas, Eduardo De Teresa-Galván
Aims: Our aim was to describe the electrocardiographic findings of a large sample of Spanish workers from several different employment sectors. Methods and results: Between May 2008 and November 2010, 13 495 consecutive 12-lead resting electrocardiograms (ECGs) were obtained during health examinations of working adults aged 16-74 years in 5 cities in different regions of Spain. Of those, 13 179 ECGs suitable for interpretation were included in this study. All tracings were classified by the same cardiologist, according to the Minnesota Code criteria...
October 6, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339473/characterization-of-lignocellulolytic-activities-from-fungi-isolated-from-the-deep-sea-sponge-stelletta-normani
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Ramón Alberto Batista-García, Thomas Sutton, Stephen A Jackson, Omar Eduardo Tovar-Herrera, Edgar Balcázar-López, María Del Rayo Sánchez-Carbente, Ayixon Sánchez-Reyes, Alan D W Dobson, Jorge Luis Folch-Mallol
Extreme habitats have usually been regarded as a source of microorganisms that possess robust proteins that help enable them to survive in such harsh conditions. The deep sea can be considered an extreme habitat due to low temperatures (<5°C) and high pressure, however marine sponges survive in these habitats. While bacteria derived from deep-sea marine sponges have been studied, much less information is available on fungal biodiversity associated with these sponges. Following screening of fourteen fungi isolated from the deep-sea sponge Stelletta normani sampled at a depth of 751 metres, three halotolerant strains (TS2, TS11 and TS12) were identified which displayed high CMCase and xylanase activities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339288/the-proximal-tibiofibular-joint-a-biomechanical-analysis-of-the-anterior-and-posterior-ligamentous-complexes
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Daniel Cole Marchetti, Gilbert Moatshe, Brian M Phelps, Kimi D Dahl, Marcio Balbinotti Ferrari, Jorge Chahla, Travis Lee Turnbull, Robert F LaPrade
BACKGROUND: Dislocation of the proximal tibiofibular joint is a complex injury that is often overlooked or misdiagnosed. Surgical management is recommended for severe acute or for chronic symptomatic instability of the proximal tibiofibular joint. Although the anterior ligamentous complex has been reported to be stronger than the posterior complex, biomechanical data are lacking. PURPOSE: To determine the ultimate load of the anterior and posterior ligamentous complexes of the proximal tibiofibular joint to determine optimal graft selection...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334975/apricot-an-integrated-computational-pipeline-for-the-sequence-based-identification-and-characterization-of-rna-binding-proteins
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Malvika Sharan, Konrad U Förstner, Ana Eulalio, Jörg Vogel
RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) have been established as core components of several post-transcriptional gene regulation mechanisms. Experimental techniques such as cross-linking and co-immunoprecipitation have enabled the identification of RBPs, RNA-binding domains (RBDs) and their regulatory roles in the eukaryotic species such as human and yeast in large-scale. In contrast, our knowledge of the number and potential diversity of RBPs in bacteria is poorer due to the technical challenges associated with the existing global screening approaches...
March 2, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334945/ubiquitin-related-network-underlain-by-cag-n-loci-modulate-age-at-onset-in-machado-joseph-disease
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Zhao Chen, Chunrong Wang, Caifa Zheng, Zhe Long, Li Cao, Xunhua Li, Huifang Shang, Xinzhen Yin, Baorong Zhang, Jingyu Liu, Dongxue Ding, Yun Peng, Huirong Peng, Wei Ye, Rong Qiu, Qian Pan, Kun Xia, Shengdi Chen, Jorge Sequeiros, Tetsuo Ashizawa, Beisha Tang, Hong Jiang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334889/the-primary-transcriptome-of-neisseria-meningitidis-and-its-interaction-with-the-rna-chaperone-hfq
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Nadja Heidrich, Saskia Bauriedl, Lars Barquist, Lei Li, Christoph Schoen, Jörg Vogel
Neisseria meningitidis is a human commensal that can also cause life-threatening meningitis and septicemia. Despite growing evidence for RNA-based regulation in meningococci, their transcriptome structure and output of regulatory small RNAs (sRNAs) are incompletely understood. Using dRNA-seq, we have mapped at single-nucleotide resolution the primary transcriptome of N. meningitidis strain 8013. Annotation of 1625 transcriptional start sites defines transcription units for most protein-coding genes but also reveals a paucity of classical σ70-type promoters, suggesting the existence of activators that compensate for the lack of -35 consensus sequences in N...
March 17, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334862/the-wilms-tumor-protein-wt1-contributes-to-female-fertility-by-regulating-oviductal-proteostasis
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Abinaya Nathan, Peter Reinhardt, Dagmar Kruspe, Tjard Jörß, Marco Groth, Hendrik Nolte, Andreas Habenicht, Jörg Herrmann, Verena Holschbach, Bettina Toth, Marcus Krüger, Zhao-Qi Wang, Matthias Platzer, Christoph Englert
Although the zinc finger transcription factor Wt1 has been linked to female fertility, its precise role in this process has not yet been understood. We have sequenced the WT1 exons in a panel of patients with idiopathic infertility and have identified a missense mutation in WT1 in one patient out of eight. This mutation leads to an amino acid change within the zinc finger domain and results in reduced DNA binding. We utilized Wt1+/- mice as a model to mechanistically pinpoint the consequences of reduced Wt1 levels for female fertility...
March 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334857/co-cultures-with-stem-cell-derived-human-sensory-neurons-reveal-regulators-of-peripheral-myelination
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Alex J Clark, Malte S Kaller, Jorge Galino, Hugh J Willison, Simon Rinaldi, David L H Bennett
Effective bidirectional signalling between axons and Schwann cells is essential for both the development and maintenance of peripheral nerve function. We have established conditions by which human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived sensory neurons can be cultured with rat Schwann cells, and have produced for the first time long-term and stable myelinating co-cultures with human neurons. These cultures contain the specialized domains formed by axonal interaction with myelinating Schwann cells, such as clustered voltage-gated sodium channels at the node of Ranvier and Shaker-type potassium channel (Kv1...
February 15, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334800/optimization-of-a-novel-biophysical-model-using-large-scale-in-vivo-antisense-hybridization-data-displays-improved-prediction-capabilities-of-structurally-accessible-rna-regions
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Jorge Vazquez-Anderson, Mia K Mihailovic, Kevin C Baldridge, Kristofer G Reyes, Katie Haning, Seung Hee Cho, Paul Amador, Warren B Powell, Lydia M Contreras
Current approaches to design efficient antisense RNAs (asRNAs) rely primarily on a thermodynamic understanding of RNA-RNA interactions. However, these approaches depend on structure predictions and have limited accuracy, arguably due to overlooking important cellular environment factors. In this work, we develop a biophysical model to describe asRNA-RNA hybridization that incorporates in vivo factors using large-scale experimental hybridization data for three model RNAs: a group I intron, CsrB and a tRNA. A unique element of our model is the estimation of the availability of the target region to interact with a given asRNA using a differential entropic consideration of suboptimal structures...
February 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334667/redox-controlled-release-dynamics-of-thallium-in-periodically-flooded-arable-soil
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Svetlana Antić-Mladenović, Tina Frohne, Mirjana Kresović, Hans-Joachim Stärk, Dubravka Savić, Vlado Ličina, Jörg Rinklebe
To our knowledge, this is the first work to mechanistically study the impact of the redox potential (EH) and principal factors, such as pH, iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), dissolved organic carbon (DOC), dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC), chlorides (Cl(-)) and sulfates (SO4(2-)), on the release dynamics of thallium (Tl) in periodically flooded soil. We simulated flooding using an automated biogeochemical microcosm system that allows for systematical control of pre-defined redox windows. The EH value was increased mechanistically at intervals of approximately 100 mV from reducing (-211 mV) to oxidizing (475 mV) conditions...
March 16, 2017: Chemosphere
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