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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150591/cholesterol-depletion-does-not-alter-the-capacitance-or-ca-handling-of-the-surface-or-t-tubule-membranes-in-mouse-ventricular-myocytes
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Hanne C Gadeberg, Cherrie H T Kong, Simon M Bryant, Andrew F James, Clive H Orchard
Cholesterol is a key component of the cell plasma membrane. It has been suggested that the t-tubule membrane of cardiac ventricular myocytes is enriched in cholesterol and that this plays a role in determining t-tubule structure and function. We have used methyl-β-cyclodextrin (MβCD) to deplete cholesterol in intact and detubulated mouse ventricular myocytes to investigate the contribution of cholesterol to t-tubule structure, membrane capacitance, and the distribution of Ca flux pathways. Depletion of membrane cholesterol was confirmed using filipin; however, di-8-ANEPPS staining showed no differences in t-tubule structure following MβCD treatment...
November 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150445/the-antiapoptotic-protein-hax-1-mediates-half-of-phospholamban-s-inhibitory-activity-on-calcium-cycling-and-contractility-in-the-heart
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Philip A Bidwell, Kobra Haghighi, Evangelia G Kranias
The antiapoptotic protein HS-associated protein X-1 (HAX-1) localizes to sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) in the heart and interacts with the small membrane protein phospholamban (PLN), inhibiting the cardiac sarco/endoplasmic reticulum calcium ATPase (SERCA2a) in the regulation of overall calcium handling and heart muscle contractility. However, because global HAX-1 deletion causes early lethality, how much endogenous HAX-1 contributes to PLN's inhibitory activity on calcium cycling is unknown. We therefore generated a cardiac-specific and inducible knockout mouse model...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150444/toll-like-receptor-4-induced-ryanodine-receptor-2-oxidation-and-sarcoplasmic-reticulum-ca2-leakage-promote-cardiac-contractile-dysfunction-in-sepsis
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Jie Yang, Rui Zhang, Xin Jiang, Jingzhang Lv, Ying Li, Hongyu Ye, Wenjuan Liu, Gang Wang, Cuicui Zhang, Na Zheng, Ming Dong, Yan Wang, Peiya Chen, Kumar Santosh, Yong Jiang, Jie Liu
Studies suggest the potential role of sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+ leak in cardiac contractile dysfunction in sepsis. However, direct supporting evidence is lacking, and the mechanisms underlying this SR leak are poorly understood. Here, we investigated the changes in cardiac Ca2+ handling and contraction in LPS-treated rat cardiomyocytes and a mouse model of polymicrobial sepsis produced by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP). LPS decreased the systolic Ca2+ transient and myocyte contraction, as well as SR Ca2+ content...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149838/genetic-variation-in-populations-of-the-earthworm-lumbricus-rubellus-across-contaminated-mine-sites
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Craig Anderson, Luis Cunha, Pierfrancesco Sechi, Peter Kille, David Spurgeon
BACKGROUND: Populations of the earthworm, Lumbricus rubellus, are commonly found across highly contaminated former mine sites and are considered to have under-gone selection for mitigating metal toxicity. Comparison of adapted populations with those found on less contaminated soils can provide insights into ecological processes that demonstrate the long-term effects of soil contamination. Contemporary sequencing methods allow for portrayal of demographic inferences and highlight genetic variation indicative of selection at specific genes...
November 17, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149560/the-extended-zinc-amber-force-field-ezaff
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Zhuoqin Yu, Pengfei Li, Kenneth M Merz
An empirical approach based on the previously developed zinc AMBER force field (ZAFF) is proposed for the determination of the parameters for bonds and angles involving zinc. We call it the extended ZAFF (EZAFF) model because the original ZAFF model was only formulated for 4-coordinated systems, while EZAFF additionally can tackle 5- and 6-coordinated systems. Tests were carried out for 6 metalloproteins and 5 organometallic compounds with different coordination spheres. Results validated the reliability of the current model to handle a variety of zinc containing complexes...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149487/fabrication-of-chelate-setting-%C3%AE-tricalcium-phosphate-cement-using-sodium-citrate-and-sodium-alginate-as-mixing-solution-and-its-in-vivo-osteoconductivity
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Toshiisa Konishi, Poon Nian Lim, Michiyo Honda, Masaki Nagaya, Hiroshi Nagashima, Eng San Thian, Mamoru Aizawa
Moldable and injectable calcium-phosphate cements (CPCs) are material candidates for bone replacement applications. In the present study, we examined the effectiveness of sodium alginate and sodium citrate additives to the liquid phase of CPC, in improving its handling property as well as mechanical strength. The use of these additives enhanced the handling property significantly, in terms of consistency as compared to CPC without additives due to the liquefying effect caused by the adsorption of citrate ions on the cement particles...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148967/group-b-streptococcus-infections-caused-by-improper-sourcing-and-handling-of-fish-for-raw-consumption-singapore-2015-2016
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Man L Chau, Swaine L Chen, Min Yap, Sri H P Hartantyo, Paul K T Chiew, Charlene J Fernandez, Wai K Wong, Rockey K Fong, Wei L Tan, Brian Z Y Tan, Youming Ng, Kyaw T Aung, Kurosh S Mehershahi, Christopher Goh, Joanne S L Kang, Timothy Barkham, Adeline O K Leong, Ramona A Gutiérrez, Lee C Ng
We assessed microbial safety and quality of raw fish sold in Singapore during 2015-2016 to complement epidemiologic findings for an outbreak of infection with group B Streptococcus serotype III sequence type (ST) 283 associated with raw fish consumption. Fish-associated group B Streptococcus ST283 strains included strains nearly identical (0-2 single-nucleotide polymorphisms) with the human outbreak strain, as well as strains in another distinct ST283 clade (57-71 single-nucleotide polymorphisms). Our investigations highlight the risk for contamination of freshwater fish (which are handled and distributed separately from saltwater fish sold as sashimi) and the need for improved hygienic handling of all fish for raw consumption...
December 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148432/a-singular-value-decomposition-linear-programming-svdlp-optimization-technique-for-circular-cone-based-robotic-radiotherapy
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Bin Liang, Yongbao Li, Wei Ran, Bin Guo, Xuang Xu, Bo Liu, Jiafeng Li, Qiuwen Wu, Fugen Zhou
With robot-controlled linac positioning, the robotic radiotherapy system such as CyberKnife significantly increases the freedom in radiation beam placement, but also imposes more challenges on treatment plan optimization. The resampling mechanism in vendor supplied treatment planning system (MultiPlan) could not fully explore the increased beam direction search space. Besides, a sparse treatment plan (using fewer beams) is desired to improve the treatment efficiency. This study proposes a singular value decomposition linear programming (SVDLP) optimization technique for circular collimator based robotic radiotherapy...
November 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147989/abatement-of-humic-acid-from-aqueous-solution-using-a-carbonaceous-conjugated-microporous-polymer-derived-from-waste-polystyrene
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Nhamo Chaukura, Welldone Moyo, Bhekie B Mamba, Thabo I Nkambule
Humic acid (HA) is a major constituent of natural organic matter (NOM) found in water systems. Although NOM generally does not have any known harmful effects to humans, it imparts repulsive organoleptic properties to water, reacts with disinfectants to produce toxic products, and interferes with the efficiency of water treatment processes. The removal of NOM and related compounds from water is therefore important to render water potable and suitable for other applications. In this work, a hitherto unreported carbonaceous conjugated microporous polymer (CCMP) prepared through the organic-polymeric-precursor-controlled carbonization of hypercrosslinked post-consumer waste polystyrene (WPS) was evaluated for its capacity to remove HA from synthetic wastewater...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147980/a-long-term-comparative-assessment-of-human-health-risk-to-leachate-contaminated-groundwater-from-heavy-metal-with-different-liner-systems
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Harshit Mishra, Subhankar Karmakar, Rakesh Kumar, Praneeth Kadambala
The handling and management of municipal solid waste (MSW) are major challenges for solid waste management in developing countries. Open dumping is still the most common waste disposal method in India. However, landfilling also causes various environmental, social, and human health impacts. The generation of heavily polluted leachate is a major concern to public health. Engineered barrier systems (EBSs) are commonly used to restrict potentially harmful wastes by preventing the leachate percolation to groundwater and overflow to surface water bodies...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147954/a-fully-automatic-end-to-end-method-for-content-based-image-retrieval-of-ct-scans-with-similar-liver-lesion-annotations
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A B Spanier, N Caplan, J Sosna, B Acar, L Joskowicz
PURPOSE: The goal of medical content-based image retrieval (M-CBIR) is to assist radiologists in the decision-making process by retrieving medical cases similar to a given image. One of the key interests of radiologists is lesions and their annotations, since the patient treatment depends on the lesion diagnosis. Therefore, a key feature of M-CBIR systems is the retrieval of scans with the most similar lesion annotations. To be of value, M-CBIR systems should be fully automatic to handle large case databases...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147679/dense-fluidized-granular-media-in-microgravity
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Philip Born, Johannes Schmitz, Matthias Sperl
Handling and transport of granular media are inevitably governed by the settling of particles. Settling into a dense state is one of the defining characteristics of granular media, among dissipation and absence of thermal agitation. Hence, settling complicates the adaptation of microscopic theories from atomic, molecular, or colloidal media to granular media. It is desirable to provide experiments in which selectively one of the granular characteristics is tuned to test suitable adaptation of a theory. Here we show that gas fluidization of granular media in microgravity is a suitable approach to achieve steady states closer to thermally agitated systems free of settling...
2017: NPJ Microgravity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147116/influence-of-water-sanitation-and-hygiene-practices-on-common-infections-among-under-five-children-in-longido-and-monduli-districts-of-arusha-tanzania
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Hoyce Amini Mshida, Neema Kassim, Martin Epafras Kimanya, Emmanuel Mpolya
The study aimed at assessing water, sanitation, and hygiene practices and their influence on infectious diseases among under-five children in semipastoral communities of Arusha. The study was cross-sectional in design. Prevalence of infectious diseases among under-five children was derived from patients' attendance register. Mothers randomly sampled from households were interviewed using questionnaire. Information regarding child morbidity and sociodemographic and WASH characteristics was gathered. Hospital data revealed that 2/3 of under-five patients visited the hospitals annually were suffering from infectious diseases...
2017: Journal of Environmental and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146931/a-novel-magnet-actuated-droplet-manipulation-platform-using-a-floating-ferrofluid-film
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Chao Yang, Gang Li
In this paper, we propose a novel but versatile magnet-actuated platform for droplet manipulation, which uses a ferrofluid film floating on a liquid surface as magnetic actuator. In contrast to the traditional magnetic droplet manipulation, this platform can handle droplets without magnetically functionalizing them. Due to the immiscibility of the oil-based ferrofluid and water, the droplets desired to be manipulated can stably rest on the surface of the floating ferrofluid film (FFF) under the action of surface tension, thereby offering possibilities for magnetically-driven droplet manipulations...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146304/extensive-evaluation-of-fastidious-anaerobic-bacteria-recovery-from-the-copan-eswab%C3%A2-transport-system
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Thomas Demuyser, Deborah De Geyter, Daisy Van Dorpe, Kristof Vandoorslaer, Ingrid Wybo
Anaerobic infections are difficult to diagnose and treat, because of the often slow in vitro growth, the polymicrobial nature and the increasing antimicrobial resistance. Furthermore because of their fastidiousness, anaerobic bacteria often stay unrecognized in clinical practice. Clinical specimens potentially harboring these species require special handling to permit satisfactory recovery of these potential important pathogens. In a clinical setting, temporary storage and transportation to the laboratory are unavoidable before these specimens can be cultured...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145966/outcome-evaluation-of-staged-treatment-for-bicondylar-tibial-plateau-fractures
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Vincenzo Giordano, Ney Pecegueiro do Amaral, Hilton A Koch, Rodrigo Pires E Albuquerque, Felipe Serrão de Souza, José Félix Dos Santos Neto
BACKGROUND: The universal accepted strategy for treating high-energy tibial plateau fractures remains a topic of ongoing debate. The challenge for the practicing orthopaedic trauma surgeon is to provide anatomical articular fracture reduction, with successfully managing the complex soft-tissue injury that is commonly present at patient admission. The primary aim of the actual study was to evaluate the results of a staged protocol for the treatment of high-energy bicondylar tibial plateau fractures...
October 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145804/a-descriptive-study-of-the-health-information-needs-of-kenyan-women-in-the-first-6%C3%A2-weeks-postpartum
#17
Everlyne Rotich, Liz Wolvaardt
BACKGROUND: A large number of maternal and neonatal deaths occur during birth and 48 h after birth. The benefits of postnatal care to the mother and newborn cannot be overemphasized as this is another opportunity where complications that might arise from pregnancy and childbirth can be treated, as well as the time to provide important information on maternal and newborn care after delivery. This study aimed to determine the information needs of mother-baby pairs in the first 6 weeks after birth...
November 16, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145798/experimental-transmission-of-bovine-digital-dermatitis-to-sheep-development-of-an-infection-model
#18
Jennifer H Wilson-Welder, Jarlath E Nally, David P Alt, Mitchell V Palmer, John Coatney, Paul Plummer
Digital dermatitis is an infectious cause of lameness primarily affecting cattle but also described in sheep, goats, and wild elk. Digital dermatitis is a polymicrobial infection, involving several Treponema species and other anaerobic bacteria. Although the exact etiology has not been demonstrated, a number of bacterial, host, and environmental factors are thought to contribute to disease development. To study host-bacterial interactions, a reproducible laboratory model of infection is required. The objective of this study was to demonstrate key aspects of bovine digital dermatitis lesions in an easy-to-handle sheep model...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145425/statistical-analysis-of-co-occurrence-patterns-in-microbial-presence-absence-datasets
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Kumar P Mainali, Sharon Bewick, Peter Thielen, Thomas Mehoke, Florian P Breitwieser, Shishir Paudel, Arjun Adhikari, Joshua Wolfe, Eric V Slud, David Karig, William F Fagan
Drawing on a long history in macroecology, correlation analysis of microbiome datasets is becoming a common practice for identifying relationships or shared ecological niches among bacterial taxa. However, many of the statistical issues that plague such analyses in macroscale communities remain unresolved for microbial communities. Here, we discuss problems in the analysis of microbial species correlations based on presence-absence data. We focus on presence-absence data because this information is more readily obtainable from sequencing studies, especially for whole-genome sequencing, where abundance estimation is still in its infancy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145393/estimating-the-probabilities-of-rare-arrhythmic-events-in-multiscale-computational-models-of-cardiac-cells-and-tissue
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Mark A Walker, Viatcheslav Gurev, John J Rice, Joseph L Greenstein, Raimond L Winslow
Ectopic heartbeats can trigger reentrant arrhythmias, leading to ventricular fibrillation and sudden cardiac death. Such events have been attributed to perturbed Ca2+ handling in cardiac myocytes leading to spontaneous Ca2+ release and delayed afterdepolarizations (DADs). However, the ways in which perturbation of specific molecular mechanisms alters the probability of ectopic beats is not understood. We present a multiscale model of cardiac tissue incorporating a biophysically detailed three-dimensional model of the ventricular myocyte...
November 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
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