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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793197/association-of-low-moderate-urine-arsenic-and-qt-interval-cross-sectional-and-longitudinal-evidence-from-the-strong-heart-study
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Katherine A Moon, Yiyi Zhang, Eliseo Guallar, Kevin A Francesconi, Walter Goessler, Jason G Umans, Lyle G Best, Barbara V Howard, Richard B Devereux, Peter M Okin, Ana Navas-Acien
Epidemiologic studies suggest that chronic exposure to arsenic is related to cardiovascular disease (CVD), but the pathophysiological link remains uncertain. We evaluated the association of chronic low-moderate arsenic exposure and arsenic metabolism with baseline difference and annual change in ECG measures (QT interval, JT interval, PR interval, QRS duration, and QT dispersion) using linear mixed models in the Strong Heart Study main cohort (N = 1174, median age 55 years) and family study (N = 1695 diabetes-free, median age 36 years)...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793183/environmental-radionuclides-as-contaminants-of-hpge-gamma-ray-spectrometers-monte-carlo-simulations-for-modane-underground-laboratory
#2
R Breier, V B Brudanin, P Loaiza, F Piquemal, P P Povinec, E Rukhadze, N Rukhadze, I Štekl
The main limitation in the high-sensitive HPGe gamma-ray spectrometry has been the detector background, even for detectors placed deep underground. Environmental radionuclides such as 40 K and decay products in the 238 U and 232 Th chains have been identified as the most important radioactive contaminants of construction parts of HPGe gamma-ray spectrometers. Monte Carlo simulations have shown that the massive inner and outer lead shields have been the main contributors to the HPGe-detector background, followed by aluminum cryostat, copper cold finger, detector holder and the lead ring with FET...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793175/apolipoprotein-ciii-and-n-terminal-prohormone-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-as-independent-predictors-for-cardiovascular-disease-in-type-2-diabetes
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Marco Colombo, Helen C Looker, Bassam Farran, Felix Agakov, M Julia Brosnan, Paul Welsh, Naveed Sattar, Shona Livingstone, Paul N Durrington, D John Betteridge, Paul M McKeigue, Helen M Colhoun
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Developing sparse panels of biomarkers for cardiovascular disease in type 2 diabetes would enable risk stratification for clinical decision making and selection into clinical trials. We examined the individual and joint performance of five candidate biomarkers for incident cardiovascular disease (CVD) in type 2 diabetes that an earlier discovery study had yielded. METHODS: Apolipoprotein CIII (apoCIII), N-terminal prohormone B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), high sensitivity Troponin T (hsTnT), Interleukin-6, and Interleukin-15 were measured in baseline serum samples from the Collaborative Atorvastatin Diabetes trial (CARDS) of atorvastatin versus placebo...
May 21, 2018: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793173/ag-nanoparticles-loading-of-polypyrrole-coated-superwetting-mesh-for-on-demand-separation-of-oil-water-mixtures-and-catalytic-reduction-of-aromatic-dyes
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Sun Yihan, Liu Mingming, Zhiguang Guo
Herein, a catalytic mesh with unique wettability, high oil-water separation efficiency and excellent catalytic performance towards aromatic dyes was fabricated. Polypyrrole (PPy) was firstly pre-coated on pristine stainless-steel mesh (SSM) surface via cyclic voltammetry approach. Subsequently, a simple electrodeposition process was performed to prepare and anchor Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs) onto the PPy-coated SSM surface. The PPy-coated mesh with anchored AgNPs was denoted as PPy/AgNPs-coated SSM. The obtained PPy/AgNPs-coated SSM exhibited dual superlyophobic properties and were able to achieve on-demand separation to deal with various of light oil (ρoil  < ρwater ) and heavy oil (ρoil  > ρwater )-water mixtures...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793164/childhood-socioeconomic-status-and-longitudinal-patterns-of-alcohol-problems-variation-across-etiological-pathways-in-genetic-risk
#5
Peter B Barr, Judy Silberg, Danielle M Dick, Hermine H Maes
Childhood socioeconomic status (SES) is an important aspect of early life environment associated with later life health/health behaviors, including alcohol misuse. However, alcohol misuse is modestly heritable and involves differing etiological pathways. Externalizing disorders show significant genetic overlap with substance use, suggesting an impulsivity pathway to alcohol misuse. Alcohol misuse also overlaps with internalizing disorders, suggesting alcohol is used to cope. These differing pathways could lead to different patterns over time and/or differential susceptibility to environmental conditions, such as childhood SES...
May 14, 2018: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793163/rheological-characterisation-of-concentrated-domestic-slurry
#6
A K Thota Radhakrishnan, J B van Lier, F H L R Clemens
The much over-looked element in new sanitation, the transport systems which bridge the source and treatment facilities, is the focus of this study. The knowledge of rheological properties of concentrated domestic slurry is essential for the design of the waste collection and transport systems. To investigate these properties, samples were collected from a pilot sanitation system in the Netherlands. Two types of slurries were examined: black water (consisting of human faecal waste, urine, and flushed water from vacuum toilets) and black water with ground kitchen waste...
May 3, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793162/new-insights-into-the-formation-of-silver-based-nanoparticles-under-natural-and-semi-natural-conditions
#7
Andreas Wimmer, Anna Kalinnik, Michael Schuster
For the first time, the natural formation of silver-based nanoparticles (Ag-b-NPs) was studied in field investigations of two pre-alpine lakes in Germany that contain geogenic silver traces in the sub-ng L-1 range. Light-sensitive microorganisms most likely accumulate and transport these silver traces from deeper water layers to the surface. At the surface of the eutrophic lake, approximately 40% of total silver (5.7 ng L-1 ) consisted of Ag-b-NPs, whereas in the oligotrophic lake with similar enrichment of silver species, no Ag-b-NPs were detected...
May 10, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793157/energy-dissipation-in-quasi-linear-viscoelastic-tissues-cells-and-extracellular-matrix
#8
Behzad Babaei, A J Velasquez-Mao, Kenneth M Pryse, William B McConnaughey, Elliot L Elson, Guy M Genin
Characterizing how a tissue's constituents give rise to its viscoelasticity is important for uncovering how hidden timescales underlie multiscale biomechanics. These constituents are viscoelastic in nature, and their mechanics must typically be assessed from the uniaxial behavior of a tissue. Confounding the challenge is that tissue viscoelasticity is typically associated with nonlinear elastic responses. Here, we experimentally assessed how fibroblasts and extracellular matrix (ECM) within engineered tissue constructs give rise to the nonlinear viscoelastic responses of a tissue...
May 21, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793116/patterns-of-invasive-growth-in-malignant-gliomas-the-hippocampus-emerges-as-an-invasion-spared-brain-region
#9
Awais A Mughal, Lili Zhang, Artem Fayzullin, Andres Server, Yuping Li, Yingxi Wu, Rainer Glass, Torstein Meling, Iver A Langmoen, Trygve B Leergaard, Einar O Vik-Mo
BACKGROUND: Widespread infiltration of tumor cells into surrounding brain parenchyma is a hallmark of malignant gliomas, but little data exist on the overall invasion pattern of tumor cells throughout the brain. METHODS: We have studied the invasive phenotype of malignant gliomas in two invasive mouse models and patients. Tumor invasion patterns were characterized in a patient-derived xenograft mouse model using brain-wide histological analysis and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging...
May 21, 2018: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793114/soil-types-influence-the-fate-of-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria-and-antibiotic-resistance-genes-following-the-land-application-of-sludge-composts
#10
Junya Zhang, Qianwen Sui, Juan Tong, Hui Zhong, Yawei Wang, Meixue Chen, Yuansong Wei
Sewage sludge was generally considered a significant reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) and could enter agricultural systems as fertilizer after composting. Soil types and the discrepancy of sludge composts could have influenced the fate of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (ARB) following the land application of sludge composts, which deserved to be clarified. Thus, the fate of ARB and ARGs following the land application of three types of sludge composts (A, B, and C) to three different soils (red soil, loess, and black soil) was investigated...
May 21, 2018: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793105/copd-rat-model-is-more-susceptible-to-cold-stress-and-pm-2-5-exposure-and-the-underlying-mechanism
#11
Kai Zhang, Lei Guo, Qiaozhen Wei, Quanquan Song, Jiangtao Liu, Jingping Niu, Li Zhang, Ye Ruan, Bin Luo
The purpose of this study is to verify the hypothesis that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) model rat is more susceptible to cold stress and fine particulate matter (PM2.5 ) exposure than the healthy rat, and explore the related mechanism. COPD rat model, established with cigarette smoke and lipopolysaccharide intratracheal instillation, were exposed to cold stress (0 °C) and PM2.5 (0, 3.2, 12.8 mg/ml). After that, the levels of superoxide dismutase, inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), monocyte chemotactic protein 1 (MCP-1) and angiotensin Ⅱ (Ang-Ⅱ) in lung were measured, as well as the expression levels of lung 8-hydroxy-2-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG), nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB), heme-oxygenase-1 (HO-1) and nuclear factor erythroid-2-related factor 2 (Nrf2)...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793087/skin-allografting-activates-anti-tumor-immunity-and-suppresses-growth-of-colon-cancer-in-mice
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Xiang Li, Xu Lan, Grace Wang, Yi Liu, Ke Zhao, Shan-Zheng Lu, Xiao-Xi Xu, Gang-Gang Shi, Kui Ye, Bao-Ren Zhang, Yi-Ming Zhao, Hong-Qiu Han, Cai-Gan Du, Thomas E Ichim, Hao Wang
INTRODUCTION: The tumor cells could escape from the immune elimination through the immunoediting mechanisms including the generation of immunosuppressive or immunoregulative cells. By contrast, allograft transplantation could activate the immune system and induce a strong allogenic response. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of allogenic skin transplantation in the inhibition of tumor growth through the activation of allogenic immune response. METHODS: Full-thickness skin transplantation was performed from C57BL/6 (H-2b ) donors to BALB/c (H-2d ) recipients that were receiving subcutaneous injection of isogenic CT26 colon cancer cells (2 × 106 cells) at the same time...
May 21, 2018: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793065/arsenic-removal-by-as-hyperaccumulator-pteris-vittata-from-two-contaminated-soils-a-5-year-study
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Evandro B da Silva, Jason T Lessl, Ann C Wilkie, Xue Liu, Yungen Liu, Lena Q Ma
The ability of As-hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata to remove As from two contaminated soils (CCA from an As-treated wood facility and DVA from a cattle-dipping vat) over 5 years was investigated for the first time. The goal was to evaluate P. vittata's ability to continuously remove As during 10 harvests and identify how soil As was affected by P. vittata under P-sufficient (P-fertilizer) and P-limiting (phosphate rock) conditions. Sequential extraction was used to determine changes in metal distribution among different soil fractions...
May 10, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793061/microstructural-imaging-of-the-human-brain-with-a-super-scanner-10-key-advantages-of-ultra-strong-gradients-for-diffusion-mri
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D K Jones, D C Alexander, R Bowtell, M Cercignani, F Dell'Acqua, D J McHugh, K L Miller, M Palombo, G J M Parker, U S Rudrapatna, C M W Tax
The key component of a microstructural diffusion MRI 'super-scanner' is a dedicated high-strength gradient system that enables stronger diffusion weightings per unit time compared to conventional gradient designs. This can, in turn, drastically shorten the time needed for diffusion encoding, increase the signal-to-noise ratio, and facilitate measurements at shorter diffusion times. This review, written from the perspective of the National Facility for In Vivo MR Imaging of Human Tissue Microstructure, an initiative to establish a shared 300 mT/m-gradient facility amongst the microstructural imaging community, describes ten advantages of ultra-strong gradients for microstructural imaging...
May 21, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793054/bacillus-clausii-inhibits-bone-loss-by-skewing-treg-th17-cell-equilibrium-in-postmenopausal-osteoporotic-mice-model
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Hamid Y Dar, Subhashis Pal, Prashant Shukla, Pradyumna K Mishra, Geetanjali B Tomar, Naibedya Chattopadhyay, Rupesh K Srivastava
OBJECTIVES: Postmenopausal osteoporosis is one of most commonly occurring skeletal diseases leading to bone loss and fragility. Probiotics have been associated with various immunomodulatory properties and thus can be exploited to enhance bone health. In the present study, we report, to our knowledge for the first time, that oral administration of Bacillus clausii (BC) in postmenopausal osteoporotic (OVX) mice model enhances bone health. METHODS: BC was selected as probiotic of choice due to its established immunomodulatory properties...
March 20, 2018: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793051/promising-antileishmanial-activity-of-novel-imidazole-antifungal-drug-luliconazole-against-leishmania-major-in-vitro-and-in-silico-studies
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Azar Shokri, Mahdi Abastabar, Masoud Keighobadi, Saeed Emami, Mahdi Fakhar, Saeed Hosseini Teshnizi, Koichi Makimura, Ali Rezaei-Matehkolaei, Hassan Mirzaei
OBJECTIVES: Pentavalent antimonials have been used for the treatment of leishmaniasis for more than 70 years; however their toxicity limits their benefits. Unfortunately, the efficacy of the first line drugs has been decreased and resistance seems to be noticeable. Luliconazole is a new azole with unique effects on fungi which has not been tested on Leishmania parasites yet. METHODS: In the present study, we evaluated cytotoxicity and anti-leishmanial activities of Luliconazole on promastigotes and intracellular amastigotes of Leishmania major (L...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793044/isolation-of-ferritin-and-its-interaction-with-bmnpv-in-the-silkworm-bombyx-mori
#17
Dong-Qiong Fei, Hai-Zhong Yu, Jia-Ping Xu, Shang-Zhi Zhang, Jie Wang, Bing Li, Li-Ang Yang, Pei Hu, Xin Xu, Kang Zhao, Toufeeq Shahzad
Ferritin is a ubiquitous iron storage protein that plays an important role in host defence against pathogen infections. In the present study, native ferritin was isolated from the hemolymph of Bombyx mori using native-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (native-PAGE) and sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE). The results revealed that ferritin consisted of two subunits, designated as BmFerHCH and BmFerLCH. Previously integrated previous transcriptome and iTRAQ data showed that the two subunits were down-regulated in resistant silkworm strain BC9 and there was no obvious change in the expression levels of the subunits in susceptible silkworm strain P50 after BmNPV infection...
May 9, 2018: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793043/type-b-laparoscopic-radical-trachelectomy-with-uterine-artery-preservation-for-stage-ib1-cervical-cancer
#18
Victor Gabriele, Lise Lecointre, Emilie Faller, Cherif Akladios
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 21, 2018: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793038/therapeutic-drug-monitoring-and-safety-of-voriconazole-therapy-in-patients-with-child-pugh-class-b-and-c-cirrhosis-a-multicenter-study
#19
Taotao Wang, Miao Yan, Dan Tang, Ling Xue, Tao Zhang, Yuzhu Dong, Li Zhu, Xinggang Wang, Yalin Dong
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate the pharmacokinetic profile and safety of voriconazole treatment in patients with Child-Pugh class B and C cirrhosis. METHODS: Liver cirrhosis patients receiving recommended voriconazole maintenance dose (group A) and halved maintenance dose (group B) orally or intravenously were involved. Voriconazole-related adverse events (AEs) were defined according to Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events. RESULTS: A total of 110 voriconazole Cmin were monitored from 78 patients...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793031/cloning-overexpression-and-purification-of-a-gene-of-unknown-function-of-prophage-loci-from-candidatus-liberibacter-asiaticus-the-destructive-bacterial-pathogen-of-huanglongbing-disease-in-citrus-plants
#20
Duangtip Sudhan, Thamrongjet Puttamuk, Supachai Vuttipongchaikij, Pitak Chuawong
Citrus Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening is one of the most destructive diseases affecting citrus industry worldwide. The causal agent in Asia is a phloem-limited, Gram-negative bacterium, 'Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus' (CLas). Within the genome of CLas lies prophage regions, classified as Type-A, B, C, and D. In particular, Type-D has been indicated to correlate with the blotchy-mottle symptoms of citrus trees. Here we reported the cloning, overexpression, and purification of the ORF1, an open reading frame from the partial Type-D region of CLas obtained from an infected lime tree (Citrus aurantifolia Swingle)...
May 21, 2018: Protein Expression and Purification
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