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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823071/accelerating-the-integration-of-distributed-water-solutions-a-conceptual-financing-model-from-the-electricity-sector
#1
Kimberly J Quesnel, Newsha K Ajami, Noemi Wyss
Modern challenges require new approaches to urban water management. One solution in the portfolio of potential strategies is the integration of distributed water infrastructure, practices, and technologies into existing systems. However, many practical barriers have prevented the widespread adoption of these systems in the US. The objective of this paper is to address these challenges by developing a conceptual model encompassing regulatory, financial, and governance components that can be used to incorporate new distributed water solutions into our current network...
August 19, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822889/metformin-targets-gastric-cancer-stem-cells
#2
Sarah Courtois, Raúl V Durán, Julie Giraud, Elodie Sifré, Julien Izotte, Francis Mégraud, Philippe Lehours, Christine Varon, Emilie Bessède
Gastric cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide and has still a poor prognosis. Therefore, new therapeutic strategies are needed: among them, targeting cancer stem cells (CSCs) could offer new opportunities. The aim of our study was to evaluate the anti-tumoural effect of metformin on gastric cancer in vitro and in vivo and especially, to determine whether this molecule could target the gastric CSCs. Metformin effects were evaluated on the proliferation and tumourigenic properties of the gastric CSCs from patient-derived primary tumour xenografts (PDXs) and cancer cell lines (MKN45, AGS and MKN74) in vitro in conventional 2 dimensional (2D) and in 3 dimensional (3D) culture systems, in which only CSCs are able to form tumourspheres and in mouse xenograft models in vivo...
August 17, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822790/galectin-3-as-a-novel-regulator-of-osteoblast-osteoclast-interaction-and-bone-homeostasis
#3
Dominic Simon, Anja Derer, Fabian Andes, Patrick Lezuo, Aline Bozec, Georg Schett, Martin Herrmann, Ulrike Harre
Bone tissue undergoes permanent and lifelong remodeling with a concerted action of bone-building osteoblasts and bone-resorbing osteoclasts. A precise cooperation between those two cell types is critical in the complex process of bone renewal. Galectin-3 is a member of the β-galactoside-binding lectin family playing multiple roles in cell growth, differentiation and aggregation. As it has been described to be expressed in bone, galectin-3 might influence bone homeostasis by regulating the function and/or interplay of osteoblasts and osteoclasts...
August 16, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822628/retrospective-cohort-study-of-cervical-pessary-use-in-women-with-short-cervix-at-risk-of-preterm-delivery
#4
Laura Karis Allen, Jane Schulz, Catherine Flood, Sue Ross, Kentia Naud
OBJECTIVE: A paucity of effective interventions exists for the prevention of preterm birth (PTB). Renewed interest has focused on cervical pessaries, which have the benefits of being inexpensive, nonsurgical, and easily inserted and removed. In this study, we aim to describe our experience with this device in a Canadian tertiary care centre. Primary outcomes were rates of spontaneous or iatrogenic PTB before 37, 34, and 28 weeks gestation in pregnancies complicated by short cervix treated with cervical pessary...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822032/synthesis-of-rigid-polyurethane-foams-from-phosphorylated-biopolyols
#5
Juan Carlos de Haro, Daniel López-Pedrajas, Ángel Pérez, Juan Francisco Rodríguez, Manuel Carmona
Renewable resources are playing a key role on the synthesis of biodegradable polyols. Moreover, the incorporation of covalently linked additives is increasing in importance in the polyurethane (PU) market. In this work, previously epoxidized grape seed oil and methyl oleate were transformed into phosphorylated biopolyols through an acid-catalyzed ring-opening hydrolysis in the presence of H3PO4. The formation of phosphate polyesters was confirmed by FT-IR and (31)P-NMR. However, the synthesis of a high-quality PU rigid foam was not possible using exclusively these polyols attending to their low hydroxyl value...
August 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821996/mesenchymal-stromal-stem-cell-separation-methods-concise-review
#6
REVIEW
Andreas Nicodemou, Lubos Danisovic
Mesenchymal stem (stromal) cells (MSCs) possess unique biological characteristics such as plasticity, long term self-renewal, secretion of various bioactive molecules and ability of active migration to the diseased tissues that make them unique tool for regenerative medicine, nowadays. Until now MSCs were successfully derived from many tissue sources including bone marrow, umbilical cord, adipose tissue, dental pulp etc. The crucial step prior to their in vitro expansion, banking or potential clinical application is their separation...
August 18, 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821879/musashi-1-enhances-glioblastoma-cell-migration-and-cytoskeletal-dynamics-through-translational-inhibition-of-tensin3
#7
Hsiao-Yun Chen, Liang-Ting Lin, Mong-Lien Wang, Benoit Laurent, Chih-Hung Hsu, Chih-Ming Pan, Wan-Ru Jiang, Pau-Yuan Chen, Hsin-I Ma, Yi-Wei Chen, Pin-I Huang, Arthur Chiou, Shih-Hwa Chiou
The RNA-binding protein Musashi-1 (MSI1) exerts essential roles in multiple cellular functions, such as maintenance of self-renewal and pluripotency of stem cells. MSI1 overexpression has been observed in several tumor tissues, including glioblastoma (GBM), and is considered as a well-established marker for tumor metastasis and recurrence. However, the molecular mechanisms by which MSI1 regulates cell migration are still undetermined. Here we reported that MSI1 alters cell morphology, promotes cell migration, and increases viscoelasticity of GBM cells...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821835/seeing-biomass-recalcitrance-through-fluorescence
#8
Thomas Auxenfans, Christine Terryn, Gabriel Paës
Lignocellulosic biomass is the only renewable carbon resource available in sufficient amount on Earth to go beyond the fossil-based carbon economy. Its transformation requires controlled breakdown of polymers into a set of molecules to make fuels, chemicals and materials. But biomass is a network of various inter-connected polymers which are very difficult to deconstruct optimally. In particular, saccharification potential of lignocellulosic biomass depends on several complex chemical and physical factors. For the first time, an easily measurable fluorescence properties of steam-exploded biomass samples from miscanthus, poplar and wheat straw was shown to be directly correlated to their saccharification potential...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821772/asynchrony-of-wind-and-hydropower-resources-in-australia
#9
Udaya Bhaskar Gunturu, Willow Hallgren
Wind and hydropower together constitute nearly 80% of the renewable capacity in Australia and their resources are collocated. We show that wind and hydro generation capacity factors covary negatively at the interannual time scales. Thus, the technology diversity mitigates the variability of renewable power generation at the interannual scales. The asynchrony of wind and hydropower resources is explained by the differential impact of the two modes of the El Ni˜no Southern Oscillation - canonical and Modoki - on the wind and hydro resources...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821049/corrigendum-to-rapeseed-straw-as-a-renewable-source-of-hemicelluloses-extraction-characterization-and-film-formation-carbohydr-polym-133-2015-179-186
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Antonia Svärd, Elisabet Brännvall, Ulrica Edlund
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820970/utility-of-the-comprehensive-marijuana-motives-questionnaire-among-medical-cannabis-patients
#11
Kipling M Bohnert, Erin E Bonar, J Todd Arnedt, Deirdre A Conroy, Maureen A Walton, Mark A Ilgen
BACKGROUND: Little is known about motives for cannabis use among the population of adults using cannabis medically. Therefore, we evaluated the performance of the 12 factor, 36-item Comprehensive Marijuana Motives Questionnaire (CMMQ) among a sample of medical cannabis patients. METHODS: Study participants were adults ages 21years or older with scheduled appointments to obtain new or renewed medical cannabis certification from clinics in one Midwestern state (n=1116)...
August 3, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820246/manganese-catalyzed-upgrading-of-ethanol-into-1-butanol
#12
Shaomin Fu, Zhihui Shao, Yujie Wang, Qiang Liu
Biomass-derived ethanol is an important renewable feedstock. Its conversion into high-quality biofuels is a promising route to replace fossil resources. Herein, an efficient manganese-catalyzed Guerbet-type condensation reaction of ethanol to form 1-butanol was explored. This is the first example of upgrading ethanol into higher alcohols using a homogeneous non-noble-metal catalyst. This process proceeded selectively in the presence of a well-defined manganese pincer complex at the parts per million (ppm) level...
August 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818620/secrets-from-immortal-worms-what-can-we-learn-about-biological-ageing-from-the-planarian-model-system
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REVIEW
Sounak Sahu, Anish Dattani, A Aziz Aboobaker
Understanding how some animals are immortal and avoid the ageing process is important. We currently know very little about how they achieve this. While research in genetic model systems has revealed the existence of conserved genetic pathways and molecular processes that affect longevity. Most of these studies have been performed in established model organisms, amenable to both classical and molecular genetic approaches, with relatively short lifespans. Here we consider the use of planarians, with an immortal life-history that is able to entirely avoid the ageing process...
August 14, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818395/lymphocyte-fate-and-metabolism-a-clonal-balancing-act
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REVIEW
Simone A Nish, Wen-Hsuan W Lin, Steven L Reiner
Activated lymphocytes perform a clonal balancing act, yielding a daughter cell that differentiates owing to intense PI3K signaling, alongside a self-renewing sibling cell with blunted anabolic signaling. Divergent cellular anabolism versus catabolism is emerging as a feature of several developmental and regenerative paradigms. Metabolism can dictate cell fate, in part, because lineage-specific regulators are embedded in the circuitry of conserved metabolic switches. Unequal transmission of PI3K signaling during regenerative divisions is reminiscent of compartmentalized PI3K activity during directed motility or polarized information flow in non-dividing cells...
August 14, 2017: Trends in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817737/myc-mediates-cancer-stem-like-cells-and-emt-changes-in-triple-negative-breast-cancers-cells
#15
Shuping Yin, Vino T Cheryan, Liping Xu, Arun K Rishi, Kaladhar B Reddy
Women with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) have poor prognosis compared to other breast cancer subtypes. There were several reports indicating racial disparity in breast cancer outcomes between African American (AA) and European American (EA) women. For example, the mortality rates of AA breast cancer patients were three times higher than of EA patients, even though, the incidence is lower in AA women. Our in vitro studies indicate that cancer stem-like cells (CSCs) derived from AA TNBC cell lines have significantly higher self-renewal potential (mammosphere formation) than CSCs derived from EA cell lines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817520/renew-wyoming-s-answer-to-academic-progression-in-nursing
#16
Jennifer Anderson, Kathy Wells, Charlotte Mather, Mary E Burman
AIM: The aim of the study was to describe Wyoming's approach to academic progression and its projected impact. The collaborative process used to develop the shared statewide BSN curriculum is described along with recommendations. BACKGROUND: Successful educational models that address the Institute of Medicine's recommendation that 80 percent of RNs have a baccalaureate degree by 2020 face numerous challenges, especially in rural states. METHOD: ReNEW (Revolutionizing Nursing Education in Wyoming) is a creative solution designed to decrease barriers to BSN education and increase motivation through a streamlined shared curriculum building on a strong community college system and the state's one BSN program...
September 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817124/directed-differentiation-and-long-term-maintenance-of-epicardial-cells-derived-from-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-under-fully-defined-conditions
#17
Xiaoping Bao, Xiaojun Lian, Tongcheng Qian, Vijesh J Bhute, Tianxiao Han, Sean P Palecek
Here, we describe how to efficiently direct human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) differentiation into self-renewing epicardial cells in a completely defined, xeno-free system by temporal modulation of regulators of canonical Wnt signaling. Appropriate differentiation-stage-specific application of Gsk3 inhibitor, Wnt inhibitor, and Gsk3 inhibitor (GiWiGi) is sufficient to produce cells expressing epicardial markers and exhibiting epicardial phenotypes with a high yield and purity from multiple hPSC lines in 16 d...
September 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816557/cd44-as-a-cancer-stem-cell-marker-and-its-prognostic-value-in-patients-with-ovarian-carcinoma
#18
Alena Bartakova, Kveta Michalova, Jiri Presl, Pavel Vlasak, Jan Kostun, Jiri Bouda
The aim of our study was to clarify whether the CD44 adhesion molecule as a cancer stem cell marker could also serve as a prognostic factor in patients with epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). A retrospective study was performed on 87 patients with histologically verified EOC. Specimens of both primary tumour and implantation metastases were tested from 48 of them. CD44 expression was detected by immunohistochemistry. We looked for the cut-off levels of CD44 expression using the Cox regression model. We confirmed statistically significant prognostic factors for overall survival (OS) and disease-free interval (DFI) to be: stage of the disease, postoperative residual tumour and papillary serous histological type...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816413/porcine-spermatogonial-stem-cells-self-renew-effectively-in-a-three-dimensional-culture-microenvironment
#19
Ji Eun Park, Min Hee Park, Min Seong Kim, Yeo Reum Park, Jung Im Yun, Hee Tae Cheong, Minseok Kim, Jung Hoon Choi, Eunsong Lee, Seung Tae Lee
Generally, self-renewal of spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) is maintained in vivo in a three-dimensional (3D) microenvironment consisting of the seminiferous tubule basement membrane, indicating the importance of the 3D microenvironment for in vitro culture of SSCs. Here, we report a 3D culture microenvironment that effectively maintains porcine SSC self-renewal during culture. Porcine SSCs were cultured in an agarose-based 3D hydrogel and in 2D culture plates either with or without feeder cells. Subsequently, the effects of 3D culture on the maintenance of undifferentiated SSCs were identified by analyzing cell colony formation and morphology, AP activity, and transcriptional and translational regulation of self-renewal-related genes and the effects on proliferation by analyzing cell viability and single cell-derived colony number...
August 17, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816218/continuing-professional-development-of-doctors
#20
Tejinder Singh
After graduating from medical school, all doctors need to undertake some training activities lifelong to maintain, update or develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes towards their professional practice. Continuing professional development (CPD) refers to continuing development of medical and non- medical competencies including professionalism, and interpersonal, managerial and communication skills. There is no single correct way of doing CPD. Most learning in CPD is self-directed and based on one's own learning needs...
March 2017: National Medical Journal of India
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