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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438014/characterization-of-a-glutamate-decarboxylase-gad-from-enterococcus-avium-m5-isolated-from-jeotgal-a-fermented-korean-sea-food
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Kang Wook Lee, Jae Min Shim, Zhuang Yao, Jeong A Kim, Hyun-Jin Kim, Jeong Hwan Kim
To develop starters for the production of functional foods or materials, lactic acid bacteria producing γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) were screened from jeotgals, Korean fermented sea foods. One isolate producing high amount of GABA from monosodium L-glutamate (MSG) was identified as Enterococcus avium by 16S rRNA gene sequencing. E. avium M5 produced 18.47 ± 1.26 mg/ml GABA when incubated for 48 h at 37°C in MRS broth with MSG (3%, w/v). A gadB gene encoding glutamate decarboxylase (GAD) was cloned and overexpressed in E...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437972/integration-of-bow-tie-plasmonic-nano-antennas-on-tapered-fibers
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Abdul Khaleque, Evgeny G Mironov, Jonas H Osório, Ziyuan Li, Cristiano M B Cordeiro, Liming Liu, Marcos A R Franco, Jong-Leng Liow, Haroldo T Hattori
In this article, a new and flexible approach to control the electric field enhancement of bow-tie nano-antennas by integrating them on the lateral of a tapered optical fiber is proposed. The device is driven by a Q-switched laser and the performance of a fabricated nano-antenna in a quartz slide is tested by a Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) experiment. A refractive index sensing experiment is also performed and a sensitivity of (240 ± 30) nm/RIU is found in the 1.33-1.35 index range.
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437954/microstructured-fbg-hydrogen-sensor-based-on-pt-loaded-wo-sub-3-sub
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Xian Zhou, Yutang Dai, Joseph Muna Karanja, Fufei Liu, Minghong Yang
Hydrogen gas sensing properties of Pt-WO<sub>3</sub> films on spiral microstructured fiber Bragg grating (FBG) has been demonstrated. Pt-WO<sub>3</sub> film was prepared by hydrothermal method. The spiral microsturctured FBG was fabricated using femtosecond laser. Spiral microstructure FBG hydrogen sensor can detect hydrogen concentration from 0.02% H<sub>2</sub> to 4% H<sub>2</sub> at room temperature, and the response time is shortened from a few minutes to 10~30 s...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437948/uv-sensitive-superconducting-nanowire-single-photon-detectors-for-integration-in-an-ion-trap
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D H Slichter, V B Verma, D Leibfried, R P Mirin, S W Nam, D J Wineland
We demonstrate superconducting nanowire single photon detectors with 76 ± 4% system detection efficiency at a wavelength of 315 nm and an operating temperature of 3.2 K, with a background count rate below 1 count per second at saturated detection efficiency. We propose integrating these detectors into planar surface electrode radio-frequency Paul traps for use in trapped ion quantum information processing. We operate detectors integrated into test ion trap structures at 3.8 K both with and without typical radio-frequency trapping electric fields...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437909/editorial-optics-express-now-how-did-that-happen
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J H Eberly
Founding Editor-in-Chief Joseph Eberly tells how Optics Express was conceived as an entirely new kind of journal and the significant effort required to launch the first issue.
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437902/high-performance-temperature-sensing-using-a-selectively-filled-solid-core-photonic-crystal-fiber-with-a-central-air-bore
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J Ma, H H Yu, X Jiang, D S Jiang
A high-performance temperature sensor based on mode-coupling principle is proposed using a selectively filled, solid-core photonic crystal fiber with a central air-bore. The fibers are fabricated using the "stack-and-draw" method, with a micro scale central bore deliberately kept during the drawing procedure. The addition of the central air-bore enhances the mode-coupling efficiency between the fundamental core mode and modes in the high-index liquid-filled holes in the fiber cladding, therefore, the fiber can be used for a novel sensing architecture, when cladding holes are selectively filled with temperature sensitive liquids...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437850/public-perception-of-uncertainties-within-climate-change-science
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Vivianne H M Visschers
Climate change is a complex, multifaceted problem involving various interacting systems and actors. Therefore, the intensities, locations, and timeframes of the consequences of climate change are hard to predict and cause uncertainties. Relatively little is known about how the public perceives this scientific uncertainty and how this relates to their concern about climate change. In this article, an online survey among 306 Swiss people is reported that investigated whether people differentiate between different types of uncertainty in climate change research...
April 24, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437820/-therapy-of-hemifacial-spasm-with-botulinum-toxin
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Wolfgang H Jost, Rainer Laskawi, Anja Palmowski-Wolfe, Peter P Urban
Hemifacial spasm (HFS) is a frequent disorder characterized by involuntary contractions of those muscles innervated by the facialis nerve on one side of the face. The symptoms can appear as tonic or clonic, intermittent or permanent. Diagnosis is based purely on clinical observation. Differential diagnosis should rely on cranial MRI, which can demonstrate a pathological contact between the nerves and vessels and exclude alternative causation. Often, the symptoms are not marked so that therapy may not be necessary...
April 2017: Fortschritte der Neurologie-Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437803/prevalence-of-helicobacter-pylori-infection-among-blood-donors-in-saxony-anhalt-germany-a-region-at-intermediate-risk-for-gastric-cancer
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Caspar Franck, Armin Hoffmann, Alexander Link, Christian Schulz, Kerstin Wuttig, Elke Becker, Marcell Heim, Marino Venerito, Peter Malfertheiner
Background In the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt, gastric cancer (GC) incidence ranks among the highest in Germany. Helicobacter pylori prevalence is a surrogate marker for GC risk in a given population. In 2010 we reported an H. pylori seroprevalence of 44.4 % in patients at the emergency ward of the University Hospital of Magdeburg, the capital of Saxony-Anhalt. Our aim is to update these findings in a cohort of healthy blood donors from the same region. Materials and methods The sera of 516 consecutive blood donors (40...
April 24, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437796/toward-optimal-control-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-in-persons-with-substance-use-disorders
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Andrew H Talal, Dave L Thomas, Jessica L Reynolds, Jag H Khalsa
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 25, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437783/evacuation-of-a-tertiary-neonatal-centre-lessons-from-the-2016-kumamoto-earthquakes
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Osuke Iwata, Akihiko Kawase, Masanori Iwai, Kazuko Wada
BACKGROUND: Newborn infants hospitalised in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are vulnerable to natural disasters. However, publications on evacuation from NICUs are sparse. The 2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes caused serious damage to Kumamoto City Hospital and its level III regional core NICU. Local/neighbour NICU teams and the disaster-communication team of a neonatal academic society cooperated to evacuate 38 newborn infants from the ward. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper was to highlight potential key factors to improve emergency NICU evacuation and coordination of hospital transportation following natural disasters...
April 25, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437747/concurrent-evaluation-of-personal-damaging-and-beneficial-uv-exposures-over-an-extended-period
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L K Wainwright, A V Parisi, N J Downs
Personal exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is acknowledged as having both positive and negative effects on human health. This study aimed to measure concurrently the personal erythemal UV, UVA and vitamin D effective exposures of participants in each season of a year. Participants were all indoor office workers located at two different sites less than 6.5 km apart at the sub-tropical location of Toowoomba (27°33'S 151°55'E). The subjects wore a combined dosimeter badge horizontally on the shoulder for a minimum of one week in each season; this badge used 8-methoxypsoralen film to record the UVA waveband and polyphenylene oxide film for the erythemal and the vitamin D effective UV wavebands...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437734/idf-diabetes-atlas-global-estimates-for-the-prevalence-of-diabetes-for-2015-and-2040
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K Ogurtsova, J D da Rocha Fernandes, Y Huang, U Linnenkamp, L Guariguata, N H Cho, D Cavan, J E Shaw, L E Makaroff
AIM: To produce current estimates of the national, regional and global impact of diabetes for 2015 and 2040. METHODS: A systematic literature review was conducted to identify data sources on the prevalence of diabetes from studies conducted in the period from 1990 to 2015. An analytic hierarchy process was used to select the most appropriate studies for each country, and estimates for countries without data were modelled using extrapolation from similar countries that had available data...
March 31, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437717/traumatic-axonal-injury-a-clinical-pathological-correlation
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N Davceva, A Sivevski
Traumatic axonal injury (TAI) is a distinct clinicopathological entity that can cause serious impairment of the brain function and can sometimes be found as a concrete cause of death. It has been discussed from the perspective of its biomechanical importance, and also from the standpoint of certain criteria for the pathological diagnosis of TAI. However, since the time when DAI (diffuse axonal injury) was initially described, there have been few, if any, discussions about the clinical-pathological correlation in TAI...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437706/three-phases-in-ph-dependent-heme-abstraction-from-myoglobin
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Sohini Mukherjee, Manjistha Mukherjee, Sabyasachi Bandyopadhyay, Abhishek Dey
The extent of heme extraction from myoglobin (Mb) by methylethyl ketone is found to be pH dependent and show three distinct phases. Parallel investigations of the protein using resonance Raman (rR) and circular dichroism (CD) across these pH regions indicate that these phases correspond to three different protonation steps in holoMb as the pH of the solution changed. The first transition occurs between pH5-6 and is due to the protonation of one of the heme propionate groups which disrupts its H-bonding with Arg 45 in the loop...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437675/whole-blood-sequencing-reveals-circulating-microrna-associations-with-high-risk-traits-in-non-st-segment-elevation-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Alice Wang, Lydia Coulter Kwee, Elizabeth Grass, Megan L Neely, Simon G Gregory, Keith A A Fox, Paul W Armstrong, Harvey D White, E Magnus Ohman, Matthew T Roe, Svati H Shah, Mark Y Chan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Although circulating microRNA (miRNAs) have emerged as biomarkers predicting mortality in acute coronary syndrome (ACS), more data are needed to understand these mechanisms. Mapping miRNAs to high-risk traits may identify miRNAs involved in pathways conferring risk for poor outcome in ACS. We aim to investigate the relationship between circulating miRNAs and high-risk traits in non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS). METHODS: Whole-genome miRNA sequencing was performed on RNA extracted from whole blood of 199 patients with NSTE-ACS...
March 30, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437662/life-in-earth-the-root-microbiome-to-the-rescue
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Tim H Mauchline, Jacob G Malone
Manipulation of the soil microbiome holds great promise for contributing to more environmentally benign agriculture, with soil microbes such as Pseudomonas promoting plant growth and effectively suppressing pathogenic microorganisms. Next-generation sequencing has enabled a new generation of research into soil microbiomes, presenting the opportunity to better understand and exploit these valuable resources. Soil bacterial communities are both highly complex and variable, and contain vast interspecies and intraspecies diversity, both of which respond to environmental variation...
April 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437653/effects-of-acidic-and-neutral-biochars-on-properties-and-cadmium-retention-of-soils
#18
Fangjie Qi, Zhaomin Dong, Dane Lamb, Ravi Naidu, Nanthi S Bolan, Yong Sik Ok, Cuixia Liu, Naser Khan, M A H Johir, Kirk T Semple
In this study, an acidic biochar and a neutral biochar were applied at 5 wt% into two soils for an 11-month incubation experiment. One Ferrosol soil (Ba) was slightly acidic with low organic matter and the other Dermosol soil (Mt) was slightly alkaline with high organic matter. The acidic (pH = 3.25) wood shaving (WS) biochar had no marked impact on nutrient levels, cation exchange capacity (CEC), pH and acid neutralization capacity (ANC) of either soil. By contrast, the neutral (pH = 7.00) chicken litter (CL) biochar significantly increased major soluble nutrients, pH, ANC of soil Ba...
April 5, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437650/indoor-to-outdoor-relationship-of-aerosol-particles-inside-a-naturally-ventilated-apartment-a-comparison-between-single-parameter-analysis-and-indoor-aerosol-model-simulation
#19
Tareq Hussein
The indoor-to-outdoor relationship of aerosol particles is affected by several mechanisms including penetration, ventilation rate, dry deposition rate and sources. Understanding the effect of these factors is essential for a deeper knowledge of the indoor-to-outdoor relationship. In real-life conditions, it is difficult to analyze these factors in a naturally ventilated environment. In this study, a naturally ventilated and an occupied apartment was used to investigate the indoor-to-outdoor relationship of aerosol particles by applying two different techniques; single-parameter analysis and indoor aerosol model simulation...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437622/sexually-active-bucks-counterbalance-the-seasonal-negative-feedback-of-estradiol-on-lh-in-ovariectomized-goats
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A L Muñoz, D Chesneau, H Hernández, M Bedos, G Duarte, J Vielma, L A Zarazaga, P Chemineau, M Keller, J A Delgadillo
We showed previously that the permanent presence of bucks rendered sexually active by photoperiodic treatments, thereafter called photostimulated bucks, prevents the occurrence of seasonal anovulation; also, the introduction of these sexually active bucks induces ovulations during seasonal anestrus. Here, we studied the response of ovariectomized goats bearing 12-mm subcutaneous implants filled or not with estradiol to sexually active males to determine (1) whether the permanent presence of such bucks prevents the decrease of LH despite the presence of a negative feedback by estradiol mimicking that of seasonal anestrus (experiment 1) and (2) whether the introduction of photostimulated bucks increases the plasma LH concentrations in spite of this negative feedback (experiment 2)...
March 31, 2017: Domestic Animal Endocrinology
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