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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222326/crossing-kingdoms-using-decellularized-plants-as-perfusable-tissue-engineering-scaffolds
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Joshua R Gershlak, Sarah Hernandez, Gianluca Fontana, Luke R Perreault, Katrina J Hansen, Sara A Larson, Bernard Y K Binder, David M Dolivo, Tianhong Yang, Tanja Dominko, Marsha W Rolle, Pamela J Weathers, Fabricio Medina-Bolivar, Carole L Cramer, William L Murphy, Glenn R Gaudette
Despite significant advances in the fabrication of bioengineered scaffolds for tissue engineering, delivery of nutrients in complex engineered human tissues remains a challenge. By taking advantage of the similarities in the vascular structure of plant and animal tissues, we developed decellularized plant tissue as a prevascularized scaffold for tissue engineering applications. Perfusion-based decellularization was modified for different plant species, providing different geometries of scaffolding. After decellularization, plant scaffolds remained patent and able to transport microparticles...
February 10, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222302/how-to-handle-adsorption-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-amyloid-%C3%AE-1-42-in-laboratory-practice-identifying-problematic-handlings-and-resolving-the-issue-by-use-of-the-a%C3%AE-42-a%C3%AE-40-ratio
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Eline Willemse, Kees van Uffelen, Britta Brix, Sebastiaan Engelborghs, Hugo Vanderstichele, Charlotte Teunissen
INTRODUCTION: We aimed to investigate factors defining amyloid-β (1-42) (Aβ1-42) adsorption during preanalytical workup of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). METHODS: CSF was transferred to new tubes ≤4 times. Variables tested were different polypropylene tube brands, volumes, CSF Aβ1-42 concentrations, incubation times, pipettes, vortex intensities, and other CSF proteins, including hyperphosphorylated tau and IL-1RAcP. An enquiry assessed the number of transfers in current practice...
February 18, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222253/flow-cytometry-based-rapid-duplexed-immunoassay-for-fusarium-mycotoxins
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Árpád Czéh, Miklós Mézes, Francis Mandy, Zsuzsanna Szőke, György Nagyéri, Noémi Laufer, Balázs Kőszegi, Tamás Koczka, Sándor Kunsági-Máté, György Lustyik
At small food processing facilities, the most frequently used test to determine if grain-derived mycotoxin concentrations are compliant with legal limits is the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Each kit is designed to detect one of the six dangerous mycotoxins. With the increasing occurrence of coinfection of grain with multiple-mycotoxins in the field and/or during storage, ELISA is no longer a cost effective best assay option. With ELISA, each species of mycotoxin requires different sample preparation/extraction and a 45 min incubation...
February 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221987/quantifying-bacterial-cross-contamination-rates-between-fresh-cut-produce-and-hands
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Dane A Jensen, Michelle D Danyluk, Linda J Harris, Donald W Schaffner
This study quantifies the cross-contamination rates between fresh-cut produce and hands using a nalidixic acid-resistant nonpathogenic Enterobacter aerogenes and cocktails of rifampin-resistant Salmonella or Escherichia coli O157:H7 strains. Volunteers performed the E. aerogenes experiments (n = 20), and one of the authors performed the Salmonella and E. coli O157:H7 experiments multiple times (n =15 and n =10, respectively). Each participant handled 25 g of fresh-cut carrots, celery, or cantaloupe in two different scenarios...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221985/role-of-food-handlers-in-norovirus-outbreaks-in-london-and-south-east-england-2013-to-2015
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C Rumble, S Addiman, S Balasegaram, K Chima, D Ready, J Heard, E Alexander
Outbreaks caused by norovirus infection are common and occur throughout the year. Outbreaks can be related to food outlets either through a contaminated food source or an infected food handler. Both asymptomatic and symptomatic food handlers are potentially implicated in outbreaks, but evidence of transmission is limited. To understand potential food handler transmission in outbreak scenarios, epidemiological and microbiological data on possible and confirmed norovirus outbreaks reported in London and South East England in a 2-year period were reviewed...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221965/explanatory-variables-associated-with-campylobacter-and-escherichia-coli-concentrations-on-broiler-chicken-carcasses-during-processing-in-two-slaughterhouses
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Ewa Pacholewicz, Arno Swart, Jaap A Wagenaar, Len J A Lipman, Arie H Havelaar
This study aimed at identifying explanatory variables that were associated with Campylobacter and Escherichia coli concentrations throughout processing in two commercial broiler slaughterhouses. Quantative data on Campylobacter and E. coli along the processing line were collected. Moreover, information on batch characteristics, slaughterhouse practices, process performance, and environmental variables was collected through questionnaires, observations, and measurements, resulting in data on 19 potential explanatory variables...
December 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221963/prevalence-and-antimicrobial-resistance-of-enterobacteriaceae-in-shell-eggs-from-small-scale-poultry-farms-and-farmers-markets
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A Kilonzo-Nthenge, S N Nahashon, S Godwin, S Liu, D Long
Public health concerns over the emergence of antimicrobial resistant bacteria have increased recently. The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence of antimicrobial resistant Enterobacteriaceae in shell eggs purchased from small poultry farms and farmers' markets. A total of 504 eggs were pooled to make 252 composite samples, consisting of 2 eggs per composite. The microbial quality of shell eggs was determined by standard quantitative, biochemical, and PCR techniques. Susceptibility to 13 antimicrobial agents was determined by the Kirby-Bauer disk diffusion technique, and results were interpreted based on Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute values...
December 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221956/microbiological-quality-and-occurrence-of-nontuberculous-mycobacteria-in-fresh-squeezed-orange-juice-samples-purchased-from-street-vendors-in-mexico-city
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Jorge F Cerna-Cortes, Ana Laura Cortes-Cueto, Maria Rosalia Cano-Gaona, Nancy Leon-Montes, Addy C Helguera-Repetto, Sandra Rivera-Gutierrez, Laura P Salas-Rangel, Javier Castro-Rosas, Jorge A Gonzalez-Y-Merchand
Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are potentially pathogenic agents commonly found in a natural ecosystem. For this reason, food is considered another source of NTM transmission for humans. The aims of this study were to evaluate the microbiological quality and the occurrence of NTM in fresh-squeezed orange juice samples purchased from street vendors. All 102 samples analyzed were positive for aerobic mesophilic bacteria (AMB), with limits ranging from 1.8 to 6.2 log CFU/ml. A total of 55 (54%), 25 (25%), and 13 (13%) orange juice samples were positive for total coliforms (TC), fecal coliforms (FC), and Escherichia coli , respectively...
December 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221952/development-of-a-home-food-safety-questionnaire-based-on-the-precede-model-targeting-iranian-women
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Fatemeh Esfarjani, Hedayat Hosseini, Fatemeh Mohammadi-Nasrabadi, Alireza Abadi, Roshanak Roustaee, Haleh Alikhanian, Marjan Khalafi, Mohammad Farhad Kiaee, Ramin Khaksar
Food safety is an essential public health issue for all countries. This study was the first attempt to design and develop a home food safety questionnaire (HFSQ), in the conceptual framework of the PRECEDE (predisposing, reinforcing, and enabling constructs in educational diagnosis and evaluation) model, and to assess its validity and reliability. The HFSQ was developed by reviewing electronic databases and 12 focus group discussions with 96 women volunteers. Ten panel members reviewed the questionnaire, and the content validity ratio and content validity index were computed...
December 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221939/load-and-prevalence-of-antimicrobial-resistant-escherichia-coli-from-fresh-goat-meat-in-arusha-tanzania
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Gaspary Mwanyika, Douglas R Call, Benardether Rugumisa, Catherine Luanda, Rehema Murutu, Murugan Subbiah, Joram Buza
Given the potential public health risks associated with a burgeoning goat meat industry in Tanzania, we estimated the load of Escherichia coli and the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant strains for goat meat by using a cross-sectional study design (June to July 2015). Five large (n = 60 samples) and five small (n = 64 samples) slaughterhouses were sampled over a period of four to six visits each. Meat rinsate was prepared and plated onto MacConkey agar, and presumptive E. coli colonies were enumerated and reported as CFU per milliliter of rinsate...
September 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221937/food-safety-perceptions-and-practices-among-smallholder-pork-value-chain-actors-in-hung-yen-province-vietnam
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Sinh Dang-Xuan, Hung Nguyen-Viet, Tongkorn Meeyam, Reinhard Fries, Huong Nguyen-Thanh, Phuc Pham-Duc, Steven Lam, Delia Grace, Fred Unger
Pork safety is an important public health concern in Vietnam and is a shared responsibility among many actors along the pork value chain. We examined the knowledge, perceptions, and practices regarding food safety, disease, and health risk among selected pork value chain actors (slaughterhouse owners and workers, people living around slaughterhouses, pork sellers, consumers, and veterinary and public health staff) in three districts in Hung Yen Province, Vietnam. We randomly selected 52 pork value chain actors to be surveyed through questionnaires, observation checklists, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions...
September 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221913/an-immunoassay-for-quantification-of-contamination-by-raw-meat-juice-on-food-contact-surfaces
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Fur-Chi Chen, Sandria Godwin, Edgar Chambers
Raw chicken products often are contaminated with Salmonella and Campylobacter , which can be transmitted from packages to contact surfaces. Raw meat juices from these packages also provide potential media for cross-contamination. There are limited quantitative data on the levels of consumer exposure to raw meat juice during shopping for and handling of chicken products. An exposure assessment is needed to quantify the levels of transmission and to assess the risk. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was developed and validated for quantitative detection of raw meat juice on hands and various food contact surfaces...
November 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221893/summary-of-the-workshop-on-the-safe-handling-of-hazardous-drugs-cohosted-by-the-national-institute-for-occupational-safety-and-health-and-the-american-society-of-clinical-oncology
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Thomas H Connor, Paul Celano, James N Frame, Robin T Zon
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February 21, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221888/histamine-formation-in-a-dry-salted-twaite-shad-alosa-fallax-lacustris-product
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Mauro Vasconi, Federica Bellagamba, Cristian Bernardi, Piera Anna Martino, Vittorio Maria Moretti
Landlocked shad is a freshwater clupeid fish ( Alosa fallax lacustris ) whose consumption is associated with the risk of scombrotoxin poisoning. Traditionally, fresh shad are subjected to an artisanal processing procedure, consisting of dry salting and maturation under pressure, to give a fish product named missoltino , which is stored in large metallic barrels and is sold to local consumers and restaurants. In recent years, the introduction of modern food packaging technologies has enabled this product to also be distributed in shops and supermarkets...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221881/antimicrobial-resistance-and-molecular-characterization-of-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamases-and-other-escherichia-coli-isolated-from-food-of-animal-origin-and-human-intestinal-isolates
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Manja Krizman, Jerneja Ambrozic Avgustin, Irena Zdovc, Majda Golob, Marija Trkov, Urska Jamnikar Ciglenecki, Majda Biasizzo, Andrej Kirbis
Antibiotics have always appeared miraculous, saving innumerable lives. However, the unwise use of antimicrobial drugs has led to the appearance of resistant bacteria. The purpose of this study was to evaluate antimicrobial resistance in Escherichia coli (n =160) isolated from food of animal origin. The focus was on E. coli -producing extended-spectrum β-lactamases. E. coli was chosen because it is a part of the normal microbiota in mammals and can enter the food chain during slaughtering and food manipulation...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221862/randomized-phase-ii-study-of-clofarabine-based-consolidation-for-younger-adults-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia-in-first-remission
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Xavier Thomas, Stéphane de Botton, Sylvie Chevret, Denis Caillot, Emmanuel Raffoux, Emilie Lemasle, Jean-Pierre Marolleau, Céline Berthon, Arnaud Pigneux, Norbert Vey, Oumedaly Reman, Marc Simon, Christian Recher, Jean-Yves Cahn, Olivier Hermine, Sylvie Castaigne, Karine Celli-Lebras, Norbert Ifrah, Claude Preudhomme, Christine Terré, Hervé Dombret
Purpose To evaluate the efficacy and safety of a clofarabine-based combination (CLARA) versus conventional high-dose cytarabine (HDAC) as postremission chemotherapy in younger patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Patients and Methods Patients age 18 to 59 years old with intermediate- or unfavorable-risk AML in first remission and no identified donor for allogeneic stem-cell transplantation (SCT) were eligible. Two hundred twenty-one patients were randomly assigned to receive three CLARA or three HDAC consolidation cycles...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221857/listeria-monocytogenes-isolates-carrying-virulence-attenuating-mutations-in-internalin-a-are-commonly-isolated-from-ready-to-eat-food-processing-plant-and-retail-environments
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A VAN Stelten, A R Roberts, C S Manuel, K K Nightingale
Listeria monocytogenes is a human foodborne pathogen that may cause an invasive disease known as listeriosis in susceptible individuals. Internalin A (InlA; encoded by inlA) is a virulence factor that facilitates crossing of host cell barriers by L. monocytogenes . At least 19 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in inlA that result in a premature stop codon (PMSC) have been described worldwide. SNPs leading to a PMSC in inlA have been shown to be causally associated with attenuated virulence. L. monocytogenes pathogens carrying virulence-attenuating (VA) mutations in inlA have been commonly isolated from ready-to-eat (RTE) foods but rarely have been associated with human disease...
October 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221804/semiconductor-seeded-nanorods-with-graded-composition-exhibiting-high-quantum-yield-high-polarization-and-minimal-blinking
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Ido Hadar, John Patrick Philbin, Yossef Efraim Panfil, Shany Neyshtadt, Itai Lieberman, Hagai Eshet, Sorin Lazar, Eran Rabani, Uri Banin
Seeded semiconductor nanorods represent a unique family of quantum confined materials that manifest characteristics of mixed dimensionality. They show polarized emission with high quantum yield and fluorescence switching under an electric field, features that are desirable for use in display technologies and other optical applications. So far, their robust synthesis has been limited mainly to CdSe/CdS heterostructures, thereby constraining the spectral tunability to the red region of the visible spectrum. Herein we present a novel synthesis of CdSe/Cd1-xZnxS seeded nanorods with radially graded composition that show bright and highly polarized green emission with minimal intermittency, as confirmed by ensemble and single nanorods optical measurements...
February 21, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221786/chemical-trends-in-solid-alkali-pertechnetates
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Jamie Weaver, Chuck Z Soderquist, Nancy M Washton, Andrew S Lipton, Paul L Gassman, Wayne W Lukens, Albert A Kruger, Nathalie A Wall, John S McCloy
Insight into the solid-state chemistry of pure technetium-99 ((99)Tc) oxides is required in the development of a robust immobilization and disposal system for nuclear waste stemming from the radiopharmaceutical industry, from the production of nuclear weapons, and from spent nuclear fuel. However, because of its radiotoxicity and the subsequent requirement of special facilities and handling procedures for research, only a few studies have been completed, many of which are over 20 years old. In this study, we report the synthesis of pure alkali pertechnetates (sodium, potassium, rubidium, and cesium) and analysis of these compounds by Raman spectroscopy, X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XANES and EXAFS), solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (static and magic angle spinning), and neutron diffraction...
February 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221112/variegated-squirrel-bornavirus-1-in-squirrels-germany-and-the-netherlands
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Kore Schlottau, Maria Jenckel, Judith van den Brand, Christine Fast, Christiane Herden, Dirk Höper, Timo Homeier-Bachmann, Jens Thielebein, Niels Mensing, Bert Diender, Donata Hoffmann, Rainer G Ulrich, Thomas C Mettenleiter, Marion Koopmans, Dennis Tappe, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, Chantal B E M Reusken, Martin Beer, Bernd Hoffmann
We screened squirrels in Germany and the Netherlands for the novel zoonotic variegated squirrel bornavirus 1 (VSBV-1). The detection of VSBV-1 in 11 squirrels indicates a considerable risk for transmission to humans handling those animals. Therefore, squirrels in contact with humans should routinely be tested for VSBV-1.
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
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