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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732010/biofilm-imaging-in-porous-media-by-laboratory-x-ray-tomography-combining-a-non-destructive-contrast-agent-with-propagation-based-phase-contrast-imaging-tools
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Maxence Carrel, Mario A Beltran, Verónica L Morales, Nicolas Derlon, Eberhard Morgenroth, Rolf Kaufmann, Markus Holzner
X-ray tomography is a powerful tool giving access to the morphology of biofilms, in 3D porous media, at the mesoscale. Due to the high water content of biofilms, the attenuation coefficient of biofilms and water are very close, hindering the distinction between biofilms and water without the use of contrast agents. Until now, the use of contrast agents such as barium sulfate, silver-coated micro-particles or 1-chloronaphtalene added to the liquid phase allowed imaging the biofilm 3D morphology. However, these contrast agents are not passive and potentially interact with the biofilm when injected into the sample...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730564/a-new-approach-to-assess-occupational-exposure-to-airborne-fungal-contamination-and-mycotoxins-of-forklift-drivers-in-waste-sorting-facilities
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Carla Viegas, Tiago Faria, Ana Cebola de Oliveira, Liliana Aranha Caetano, Elisabete Carolino, Anita Quintal-Gomes, Magdalena Twarużek, Robert Kosicki, Ewelina Soszczyńska, Susana Viegas
The waste management industry is an important employer, and exposure of waste-handling workers to microorganisms is considered an occupational health problem. Besides fungal contamination, it is important to consider the co-occurrence of mycotoxins in this setting. Forklifts with closed cabinet and air conditioner are commonly used in waste industry to transport waste and other products within the facilities, possibly increasing the risk of exposure under certain conditions. The aim of this study was to assess the fungal contamination and mycotoxin levels in filters from the air conditioning system of forklift cabinets, as an indicator to assess occupational exposure of the drivers working in a waste sorting facility...
July 20, 2017: Mycotoxin Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730458/generation-and-screening-of-t-dna-insertion-mutants-mediated-by-agrobacterium-tumefaciens-in-the-garden-asparagus-stem-blight-pathogen-phomopsis-asparagi
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Yueping Zhang, Huaxiang Qu, Ping Zhao, Yongping Tang, Jingsong Zhou, Shaochun Luo, Yuling Yin, Guangyu Chen
The garden asparagus stem blight caused by filamentous fungus Phomopsis asparagi exposes a serious threat on asparagus production globally. However, to present, we understand poorly about the molecular mechanisms of fungal pathogenicity. To facilitate functional genomics research of P. asparagi, here we developed a highly efficient and stable Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation approach which yielded 150-200 transformants per 1 × 10(6) conidia. Our results indicated that 25 °C, acetosyringone concentration of 150 μmol/L, and 72 h were recommended as optimal co-cultivation conditions for the transformation...
July 20, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730107/induction-of-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-receptor-expression-in-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells-after-repeated-bevacizumab-treatment-in-vitro
#4
Ji Eun Lee, Jin Young Kim, Jae Ho Jung, Dong Hoon Shin, Sung Who Park
AIM: To investigate the mechanism underlying the loss of responsiveness to anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) treatment after repeated injections for choroidal neovascularization, VEGF and VEGF receptor (VEGFR) expressions were evaluated following repeated bevacizumab treatments in hypoxic human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) in vitro. METHODS: HUVECs were incubated under hypoxic conditions in two media of different bevacizumab concentrations (1...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729427/sialylated-glycosylphosphatidylinositols-suppress-the-production-of-toxic-amyloid-%C3%AE-oligomers
#5
William Nolan, Harriet McHale-Owen, Clive Bate
The production of amyloid-β (Aβ) is a key factor driving pathogenesis in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Increasing concentrations of soluble Aβ oligomers within the brain lead to synapse degeneration and the progressive dementia characteristic of AD. Since Aβ exists in both disease-relevant (toxic) and non-toxic forms, the factors that affected the release of toxic Aβ were studied in a cell model. 7PA2 cells expressing the human amyloid precursor protein released Aβ oligomers that caused synapse damage when incubated with cultured neurons...
July 20, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728524/what-s-at-stake-in-u-s-health-reform-a-guide-to-the-affordable-care-act-and-value-based-care
#6
Betty A Rambur
The U.S. presidential election of 2016 accentuated the divided perspectives on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, commonly known as Obamacare. The perspectives included a pledge from then candidate Donald J. Trump to "repeal and replace on day one"; Republican congressional leaders' more temperate suggestions in the first weeks of the Trump administration to "repair" the Affordable Care Act (ACA); and President Trump's February 5, 2017 statement-16 days after inauguration-that a Republican replacement for the ACA may not be ready until late 2017 or 2018...
January 1, 2017: Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726415/enhanced-diffusion-of-passive-tracers-in-active-enzyme-solutions
#7
Xi Zhao, Krishna Kanti Dey, Selva Jeganathan, Peter J Butler, Ubaldo M Córdova-Figueroa, Ayusman Sen
Colloidal suspensions containing microscopic swimmers have been the focus of recent studies aimed at understanding the principles of energy transfer in fluidic media at low Reynolds number conditions. Going down in scale, active enzymes have been shown to be force-generating, non-equilibrium systems, thus offering opportunity to examine energy transfer at the ultralow Reynolds number regime. By monitoring the change of diffusion of inert tracers dispersed in active enzyme solutions, we demonstrate that the nature of energy transfer in these systems is similar to that reported for larger microscopic active systems, despite the large differences in scale, modes of energy transduction and propulsion...
July 20, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726125/nitrogen-assimilation-in-denitrifier-bacillus-azotoformans-lmg-9581-t
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Yihua Sun, Paul De Vos, Anne Willems
Until recently, it has not been generally known that some bacteria can contain the gene inventory for both denitrification and dissimilatory nitrate (NO3(-))/nitrite (NO2(-)) reduction to ammonium (NH4(+)) (DNRA). Detailed studies of these microorganisms could shed light on the differentiating environmental drivers of both processes without interference of organism-specific variation. Genome analysis of Bacillus azotoformans LMG 9581(T) shows a remarkable redundancy of dissimilatory nitrogen reduction, with multiple copies of each denitrification gene as well as DNRA genes nrfAH, but a reduced capacity for nitrogen assimilation, with no nas operon nor amtB gene...
July 19, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725453/development-of-an-implementation-intention-based-intervention-to-change-children-s-and-parent-carers-behaviour
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Karen Davies, Christopher J Armitage, Yin-Ling Lin, James Munro, Tanya Walsh, Peter Callery
BACKGROUND: Implementation intentions enable individuals to translate good intentions into action. Parents and children can find maintaining oral health difficult, as evidenced by the presence of tooth decay. This is a common condition in children in spite of being preventable through the use of regular tooth brushing, fluoride protection and avoiding sugar intake. Even when parents and children are positive about looking after the teeth, they can face challenges in maintaining consistent habits...
2018: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725266/highly-efficient-methane-generation-from-untreated-microalgae-biomass
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Viktor Klassen, Olga Blifernez-Klassen, Daniel Wibberg, Anika Winkler, Jörn Kalinowski, Clemens Posten, Olaf Kruse
BACKGROUND: The fact that microalgae perform very efficiently photosynthetic conversion of sunlight into chemical energy has moved them into the focus of regenerative fuel research. Especially, biogas generation via anaerobic digestion is economically attractive due to the comparably simple apparative process technology and the theoretical possibility of converting the entire algal biomass to biogas/methane. In the last 60 years, intensive research on biogas production from microalgae biomass has revealed the microalgae as a rather challenging substrate for anaerobic digestion due to its high cell wall recalcitrance and unfavorable protein content, which requires additional pretreatment and co-fermentation strategies for sufficient fermentation...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725218/all-new-faces-of-diatoms-potential-source-of-nanomaterials-and-beyond
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REVIEW
Meerambika Mishra, Ananta P Arukha, Tufail Bashir, Dhananjay Yadav, G B K S Prasad
Nature's silicon marvel, the diatoms have lately astounded the scientific community with its intricate designs and lasting durability. Diatoms are a major group of phytoplanktons involved in the biogeochemical cycling of silica and are virtually inherent in every environment ranging from water to ice to soil. The usage of diatoms has proved prudently cost effective and its handling neither requires costly materials nor sophisticated instruments. Diatoms can easily be acquired from the environment, their culture requires ambient condition and does not involve any costly media or expensive instruments, besides, they can be transported in small quantities and proliferated to a desirable confluence from that scratch, thus are excellent cost effective industrial raw material...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725005/endothelial-dysfunction-in-severe-preeclampsia-is-mediated-by-soluble-factors-rather-than-extracellular-vesicles
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Michelle O'Brien, Dora Baczyk, John C Kingdom
In severe early-onset preeclampsia (sPE) the placenta releases soluble angiogenesis-regulating proteins, trophoblast-derived fragments, and extracellular vesicles (EVs). Their relative importance in disease pathogenesis is not presently understood. We explanted placental villi from healthy and sPE women then separated the media into: total-conditioned, EV-depleted and EV-enriched media. Three fractions were compared for; angiogenic protein secretion by ELISA, angiogenic and inflammation gene mRNA expression and leukocyte adhesion assay...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723646/collagen-type-1-promotes-survival-of-human-breast-cancer-cells-by-overexpressing-kv10-1-potassium-and-orai1-calcium-channels-through-ddr1-dependent-pathway
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Mehdi Badaoui, Cloé Mimsy-Julienne, Charles Saby, Laurence Van Gulick, Marta Peretti, Pierre Jeannesson, Hamid Morjani, Halima Ouadid-Ahidouch
Collagen type 1 is among the tumor microenvironment (TM) factors, that regulates proliferation, survival, migration and invasion. Ion channels are key players in interactions between tumor cells and TM. Kv10.1 has been shown to play an essential role in breast cancer cell proliferation and migration by permitting Ca2+ influx notably via Orai1. Here, we show that human breast cancer (BC) cells growing, in culture media completely devoid of the serum and seeded on collagen 1 coating, exhibited less apoptotic rate and a decrease in Bax expression when compared to those grown on plastic...
July 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720403/gradenigo-s-syndrome-a-case-of-a-common-infection-with-uncommon-consequences
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Matthew Vitale, Misra Amrit, Rajan Arora, Julie Lata
Acute otitis media is a common diagnosis encountered by emergency medicine providers. With appropriate antibiotic treatment, patients with otitis media, in general, have minimal long-term sequela from their underlying infection (Limb et al., 2017 [1]). However, untreated cases can develop life-threatening complications that require prompt intervention. We report a case of an 8-year-old that developed Gradenigo's syndrome, a condition characterized by the triad of otitis media, facial pain in the distribution of the trigeminal nerve, and abducens nerve palsy (Yeung and Lustig, 2016; Janjua et al...
July 5, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720219/monitoring-leachables-from-single-use-bioreactor-bags-for-mammalian-cell-culture-by-dispersive-liquid-liquid-microextraction-followed-by-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-quadrupole-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
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N Dorival-García, J Bones
A method for the identification of leachables in chemically defined media for CHO cell culture using dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) and UHPLC-MS is described. A Box-Behnken design of experiments (DoE) approach was applied to obtain the optimum extraction conditions of the target analytes. Performance of DLLME as extraction technique was studied by comparison of two commercial chemically defined media for CHO cell culture. General extraction conditions for any group of leachables, regardless of their specific chemical functionalities can be applied and similar optimum conditions were obtained with the two media...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719545/social-media-in-pediatric-orthopaedics
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Sarah T Lander, James O Sanders, Peter C Cook, Natasha T O'Malley
BACKGROUND: Internet searches and social media utilization in health care has exploded over the past 5 years, and patients utilize it to gain information on their health conditions and physicians. Social media has the potential to serve as a means for education, communication, and marketing in all health care specialties. Physicians are sometimes reluctant to engage because of concerns of privacy, litigation, and lack of experience with this modality. Many surgical subspecialties have capitalized on social media but no study to date has examined the specific footprint of pediatric orthopaedic surgeons in this realm...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719350/characterization-of-candidate-probionts-isolated-from-human-breast-milk
#17
S Khalkhali, N Mojgani
This study was designed to isolate and identify the potential probionts present in 32 healthy mothers' breast milk. Microbial culture media and 16SrRNA sequencing were used to isolate and identify the bacteria and all isolates were analyzed for their antagonistic potential, resistance to acidic pH, bile salts and survival under simulated gastric and intestinal conditions. The colonization potential was further assessed based on adherence to human enterocyte-like Caco-2 cell lines. The breast milk samples harbored significant numbers of Gram positive and catalase negative (85%) bacteria...
May 20, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718869/-the-refugee-crisis-in-the-psychotherapeutic-treatment-room
#18
Anna-Maria Thöle, Simone Penka, Marion Aichberger, Andreas Heinz, Ulrike Kluge
Objective Aim of the study was to examine how discourses of refugees in the media influence the perspective of independent psychotherapists working with refugees. Methods 20 problem-centered interviews were carried out across Germany with independent psychotherapists, and were analyzed using the principles of Grounded Theory. Results 4 portrayals of refugees were identified: 'The problematic Other' (1), 'No Other' (2), 'The advantageous Other' (3) and 'The excluded subject' (4). Conclusion The impact of discourses about refugees in the media can contribute to understand the findings in this study...
June 29, 2017: Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, Medizinische Psychologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718804/electromagnetic-differential-measuring-method-application-in-microstrip-sensors-developing
#19
Francisco Javier Ferrández-Pastor, Juan Manuel García-Chamizo, Mario Nieto-Hidalgo
Electromagnetic radiation is energy that interacts with matter. The interaction process is of great importance to the sensing applications that characterize material media. Parameters like constant dielectric represent matter characteristics and they are identified using emission, interaction and reception of electromagnetic radiation in adapted environmental conditions. How the electromagnetic wave responds when it interacts with the material media depends on the range of frequency used and the medium parameters...
July 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718190/-prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-myopia-in-children-and-adolescents-in-germany-results-of-the-kiggs-survey
#20
Alexander K Schuster, Heike M Elflein, Roman Pokora, Michael S Urschitz
Purpose To determine the population prevalence and risk factors of myopia in children and adolescents in Germany. Methods The prevalence of myopia in Germany was computed using data from the 2003-2006 German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents (N=17 640, 49% girls). Status of myopia was derived from parental questionnaire responses for myopia and the use of spectacles. Potential risk factors were identified using directed acyclic graphs and evaluated using multivariable logistic regression analysis...
July 2017: Klinische Pädiatrie
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