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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793202/itraq-based-quantitative-proteomic-analysis-of-the-earthworm-eisenia-fetida-response-to-escherichia-coli-o157-h7
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Xing Wang, Xiaoqin Li, Zhenjun Sun
Soil environment contaminated by Escherichia coli O157:H7 which come from the waste of infected animals. Earthworms can live in the pathogens-polluted soil by their innate immunity. How the proteins of earthworms E. fetida will response to E. coli O157:H7-contaminated-soil still unclear? To identify the defense proteins under E. coli O157:H7 stress, we performed a proteomic analysis of earthworm under E. coli O157:H7 exposure through an iTRAQ technology. In total, we found 283 non-redundant proteins, including fibrinolytic protease 1, lombricine kinase, lysozyme, gelsolin, coelomic cytolytic factor-1, antimicrobial peptide lumbricin-l, lysenin, and et al...
May 21, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793195/alcohol-and-drugs-use-among-drivers-injured-in-road-accidents-in-campania-italy-a-8-years-retrospective-analysis
#2
Anna Carfora, Carlo Pietro Campobasso, Paola Cassandro, Raffaella Petrella, Renata Borriello
A recent update of the Italian Road Traffic Law (RTL 41/2016), established severe penal sanctions when drivers, driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or drugs (DUID), are involved in road accident that results in death or injuries. A study was carried out to assess the trends of consumption of alcohol, illicit drugs or pharmaceutical among injured drivers suspected for DUI or DUID from 2009 to 2016 in the region of Campania (Italy). Confirmation toxicological analyses were performed on 780 blood samples and 1017 urine samples collected from 1797 injured drivers...
May 9, 2018: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793194/simultaneous-determination-of-18-psychoactive-agents-and-6-metabolites-in-plasma-using-lc-ms-ms-and-application-to-actual-plasma-samples-from-conscription-candidates
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Dongeun Park, Hyeyoung Choi, Moonhee Jang, Hyejin Chang, Sanghee Woo, Wonkyung Yang
In Korea, an increasing number of people attempt to evade military conscription by posing as mental health patients. To verify the authenticity of mental illness, there is a need to detect wide range of psychoactive agents in biological specimens of conscription candidates. In this study, we developed and validated a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for simultaneous determination of 18 psychoactive agents and 6 metabolites in human plasma. The method was characterized by the use of a simple, fast and cheap protein precipitation as sample preparation, a rapid run time (11min) and a low volume of plasma sample (200μL)...
April 22, 2018: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793188/prioritization-of-reproductive-toxicants-in-unconventional-oil-and-gas-operations-using-a-multi-country-regulatory-data-driven-hazard-assessment
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Salmaan H Inayat-Hussain, Masao Fukumura, A Muiz Aziz, Chai Meng Jin, Low Wei Jin, Rolando Garcia-Milian, Vasilis Vasiliou, Nicole C Deziel
BACKGROUND: Recent trends have witnessed the global growth of unconventional oil and gas (UOG) production. Epidemiologic studies have suggested associations between proximity to UOG operations with increased adverse birth outcomes and cancer, though specific potential etiologic agents have not yet been identified. To perform effective risk assessment of chemicals used in UOG production, the first step of hazard identification followed by prioritization specifically for reproductive toxicity, carcinogenicity and mutagenicity is crucial in an evidence-based risk assessment approach...
May 21, 2018: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793172/on-the-autonomous-motion-of-active-drops-or-bubbles
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Yuri S Ryazantsev, Manuel G Velarde, Eduardo Guzman, Ramón G Rubio, Francisco Ortega, Juan-Jose Montoya
Thermo-capillary stresses on the surface of a drop can be the result of a non-isothermal surface chemical conversion of a reactant dissolved in the host fluid. The strength of heat production (with e.g. absorption) on the surface is ruled by the diffusion of the reactant and depends on the state of motion of the drop. Such thermo-capillary stresses can provoke the motion of the drop or its motionless state in the presence of an external body force. If in the balance of forces, including indeed viscous drag, the net resultant force vanishes there is the possibility of autonomous motion with constant velocity of the drop...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793161/exposure-of-microcystis-aeruginosa-to-hydrogen-peroxide-and-titanium-dioxide-under-visible-light-conditions-modeling-the-impact-of-hydrogen-peroxide-and-hydroxyl-radical-on-cell-rupture-and-microcystin-degradation
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Che-Wei Chang, Xiangchen Huo, Tsair-Fuh Lin
The aims of this study are to evaluate, under visible light conditions, the ability of H2 O2 and TiO2 to produce OH, their quantitative impacts on the cell integrity of Microcystis, and the subsequent release and degradation of microcystins (MCs). A sequential reaction model was developed, including one sub-model to simulate the rupture kinetics for cell integrity of Microcystis, and another to describe the release and degradation of MCs. For cell rupture, the dual-oxidant Delayed Chick-Watson model (DCWM) and dual-oxidant Hom model (HM) were first proposed and developed, giving excellent simulation results of cell rupture kinetics...
May 14, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793140/effectiveness-of-a-voluntary-family-befriending-service-a-mixed-methods-evaluation-using-the-donabedian-model
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S V Gentry, E F J Powers, N Azim, M Maidrag
OBJECTIVES: Voluntary befriending schemes operate in many countries, promoting public health by supporting vulnerable individuals and families. Use of third sector and voluntary services to complement health and social care provision is increasingly important globally in the context of economic and demographic challenges, but the evidence base around such collaborations is limited. This article reports the results of operational evaluation research seeking to use robust routine work to generate transferable findings for use by those commissioning and providing services...
May 21, 2018: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793097/quantitative-assessment-of-placental-perfusion-by-three-dimensional-power-doppler-ultrasound-for-twins-with-selective-intrauterine-growth-restriction-in-one-twin
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Wei Sun, Jingyi Liu, Ying Zhang, Ailu Cai, Zeyu Yang, Yili Zhao, Yu Wang, Zhe Cao, Qiuju Wei
OBJECTIVE: We quantitatively assessed placental perfusion using three-dimensional (3D) power Doppler ultrasound for twins with selective intrauterine growth restriction (sIUGR) in one twin. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective cross-sectional study was performed for 104 normal monochorionic diamniotic twins and 30 twins with sIUGR. Twins with sIUGR were divided into two groups: in group I (19 twins), both fetuses had continuous forward end-diastolic blood flow in the umbilical artery; in group II (11 twins), the smaller fetus had a loss or a reverse end-diastolic blood flow in the umbilical artery, but the larger fetus had continuous forward end-diastolic blood flow...
May 17, 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793080/visualizing-the-shape-of-society-an-analysis-of-public-bads-and-burden-allocation-due-to-household-consumption-using-an-input-output-approach
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Andrew Chapman, Yosuke Shigetomi
This study investigates how our lifestyles can cause societal issue including a reduction in social equity due to the consumption of natural resources. Based on a range of household environmental footprints and their application to a quantitative social equity evaluation framework, a methodology is proposed which identifies the creation and origin of public bads within society. This research builds on the methodologies of energy policy sustainability evaluation incorporated with environmentally extended input output analysis in order to critically assess lifestyle-based consumption impacts, and to quantify the allocation of subsequent burdens across generations...
May 21, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793072/leveraging-semantic-labels-for-multi-level-abstraction-in-medical-process-mining-and-trace-comparison
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Giorgio Leonardi, Manuel Striani, Silvana Quaglini, Anna Cavallini, Stefania Montani
Many medical information systems record data about the executed process instances in the form of an event log. In this paper, we present a framework, able to convert actions in the event log into higher level concepts, at different levels of abstraction, on the basis of domain knowledge. Abstracted traces are then provided as an input to trace comparison and semantic process discovery. Our abstraction mechanism is able to manage non trivial situations, such as interleaved actions or delays between two actions that abstract to the same concept...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793071/extracting-similar-terms-from-multiple-emr-based-semantic-embeddings-to-support-chart-reviews
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M S Cheng Ye, Daniel Fabbri
OBJECTIVE: Word embeddings project semantically similar terms into nearby points in a vector space. When trained on clinical text, these embeddings can be leveraged to improve keyword search and text highlighting. In this paper, we present methods to refine the selection process of similar terms from multiple EMR-based word embeddings, and evaluate their performance quantitatively and qualitatively across multiple chart review tasks. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Word embeddings were trained on each clinical note type in an EMR...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793044/isolation-of-ferritin-and-its-interaction-with-bmnpv-in-the-silkworm-bombyx-mori
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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/29792998/bmi-and-gender-increase-risk-for-sacral-fractures-after-multilevel-instrumented-spinal-fusion-compared-to-bone-mineral-density-and-pelvic-parameters
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Stephan N Salzmann, Courtney Ortiz Miller, John A Carrino, Jingyan Yang, Jennifer Shue, Andrew A Sama, Frank P Cammisa, Federico P Girardi, Alexander P Hughes
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Sacral fractures are a rare but potentially devastating complication. Long-fusion constructs including the sacrum that do not extend to the pelvis may result in sacral fractures. Besides established risk factors including gender, age and number of levels fused, body mass index (BMI), pelvic parameters and bone mineral density (BMD) have also been proposed as potential risk factors for postoperative sacral fractures. The literature supporting this, however, is limited...
May 21, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792988/towards-quantitative-prediction-of-the-performance-of-dry-powder-inhalers-by-multi-scale-simulations-and-experiments
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Duy Nguyen, Johan Remmelgas, Ingela Niklasson Björn, Berend van Wachem, Kyrre Thalberg
This work demonstrates the use of multi-scale simulations coupled with experiments to build a quantitative prediction tool for the performance of adhesive mixtures in a dry powder inhaler (DPI). Using discrete element model (DEM), the behaviour of fine-carrier particle assemblies upon different mechanisms encountered during dose entrainment and dispersion can be described at the individual particle level. Combining these results with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations, the complete dosing event from a DPI can be captured and key performance measures can be extracted...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792970/investigation-of-the-efficacy-of-alcohol-based-solutions-on-adenovirus-serotypes-8-19-and-37-the-common-cause-of-epidemic-keratoconjunctivitis-after-an-adenovirus-outbreak-occurred-in-the-hospital
#15
Hüseyin Uzuner, Aynur Karadenizli, Doğanhan Kadir Er, Agim Osmani
BACKGROUND: Hand antiseptics are of great importance in the prevention of nosocomial infections. Due to the frequent occurrence of adenoviral epidemic keratoconjunctivitis outbreaks in our hospital, we needed to detect the efficiency of alcohol-based-solutions on adenovirus. AIM: To investigate the efficacy of alcohol-based-solutions, that commonly found in hand-antiseptics against adenovirus 8, 19 and 37. METHODS: We investigated the efficacy of ethanol, isopropanol, chlorhexidine-digluconate, n-butanol and different combinations of these antiseptics on adenovirus serotypes that typically cause to epidemic keratoconjunctivitis...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792950/transcriptome-profile-analysis-reveals-the-ontogenesis-of-rooted-chichi-in-ginkgo-biloba-l
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Xiaojing Liu, Limin Sun, Qikui Wu, Xiaoyan Men, Linmei Yao, Shiyan Xing
The Ginkgo biloba L. chichi is a unique organ. To explore the molecular mechanisms underlying the ontogenesis of G. biloba chichi, we used RNA-seq to analyse the transcriptome profile of rooted chichi at two developmental stages (ch1 and ch2) and nearby tissues (ck), and each sample had three biological replicates. A total of 57.74 Gb of clean bases were generated in nine cDNA libraries. These bases were de novo assembled into 68,277 unigenes with average length of 844 bp, and 51.47% of the unigenes had a match in at least one public database...
May 21, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792946/investigation-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-induced-drug-metabolism-by-comparative-global-toxicoproteomics
#17
Ann-Yae Na, Jung Jae Jo, Ok Kwang Kwon, Riya Shrestha, Piljoung Cho, Kyu Min Kim, Sung Hwan Ki, Tae Hee Lee, Tae Won Jeon, Tae Cheon Jeong, Sangkyu Lee
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) includes conditions such as steatosis, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, and ultimately hepatocellular carcinoma. Although the pathology of NAFLD is well-established, NAFLD-induced drug metabolism mediated by cytochrome P450 (CYP) in the liver has remained largely unexplored. Therefore, we investigated NAFLD-induced drug metabolism mediated by CYP by quantitative toxicoproteomics analysis. After administration of a methionine-choline deficient (MCD) diet to induce development of NAFLD, tandem mass tags-based liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry analysis was conducted to investigate the dynamics of hepatic proteins...
May 21, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792945/cross-linking-by-epichlorohydrin-and-diepoxybutane-correlates-with-cytotoxicity-and-leads-to-apoptosis-in-human-leukemia-hl-60-cells
#18
Phuong M Le, Vanesa L Silvestri, Samuel C Redstone, Jordanne B Dunn, Julie T Millard
The bifunctional alkylating agents epichlorohydrin (ECH) and diepoxybutane (DEB) have been linked to increased cancer risks in industrial workers. These compounds react with DNA and proteins, leading to genotoxic effects. We used the comet assay to monitor formation of cross-links in HL-60 cells treated with ECH, DEB, and the structurally related anti-cancer drug mechlorethamine (HN2). We report a time- and dose-dependent cytotoxicity that correlated with cross-linking activity, following the order HN2 > DEB > ECH...
May 21, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792916/flow-cytometry-based-method-facilitates-optimization-of-pma-treatment-condition-for-pma-qpcr-method
#19
Zhiqing Huang, Jianwei Zheng, Chunmei Shi, Qiang Chen
Coupling propidium monoazide (PMA) with quantitative PCR (PMA-qPCR) has been successfully applied to specific detection and quantification of viable cells in various samples. The optimal PMA treatment condition is usually determined through qPCR. However, it is a tedious, time consuming and costly process including DNA extraction and qPCR. To overcome this problem, a flow cytometry-based (FCM-based) method was first proposed in this study to replace qPCR for screening of the optimal PMA treatment condition for Helicobacter pylori, since the pure culture treated with PMA was actually a single cell suspension with fluorescent dye...
May 21, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Probes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792897/mathematical-modeling-and-numerical-simulation-of-the-mitotic-spindle-orientation-system
#20
Bashar Ibrahim
The mitotic spindle orientation and position is crucial for the fidelity of chromosome segregation during asymmetric cell division to generate daughter cells with different sizes or fates. This mechanism is best understood in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, named the spindle position checkpoint (SPOC). The SPOC inhibits cells from exiting mitosis until the mitotic spindle is properly oriented along the mother-daughter polarity axis. Despite many experimental studies, the mechanisms underlying SPOC regulation remains elusive and unexplored theoretically...
May 21, 2018: Mathematical Biosciences
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