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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087492/multi-antibiotic-resistant-and-putative-virulence-gene-signatures-in-enterococcus-species-isolated-from-pig-farms-environment
#1
Abeni Beshiru, Isoken H Igbinosa, Faith I Omeje, Abraham G Ogofure, Martin M Eyong, Etinosa O Igbinosa
The continuous misuse of antimicrobials in food animals both orally and subcutaneously as therapeutic and prophylactic agents to bacterial infections could be detrimental and contribute to the dissemination of resistant clones in livestock production. The present study was carried out to determine the antibiogram and virulence gene characteristics of Enterococcus species from pig farms. A total of 300 faecal samples were obtained from two pig farms in Benin City between February and July, 2016. Standard culture-based and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay were adopted in the detection and characterization of the Enterococcus species...
January 10, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074925/atomization-of-high-viscosity-fluids-for-aromatherapy-using-micro-heaters-for-heterogeneous-bubble-nucleation
#2
Junhui Law, Ka Wai Kong, Ho-Yin Chan, Winston Sun, Wen Jung Li, Eric Boa Fung Chau, George Kak Man Chan
The development of a novel lead-free microelectromechanical-system (MEMS)-based atomizer using the principle of thermal bubble actuation is presented. It is a low-cost, lead-free design that is environmentally friendly and harmless to humans. It has been tested to be applicable over a wide range of fluid viscosities, ranging from 1 cP (e.g., water) to 200 cP (e.g., oil-like fluid) at room temperature, a range that is difficult to achieve using ordinary atomizers. The results demonstrate that the average power consumption of the atomizer is approximately 1 W with an atomization rate of 0...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072995/-the-effects-of-platelet-rich-fibrin-extract-on-mc3t3-e1-cells-cultured-on-the-titanium-discs
#3
X J Zhang, S Xu, W Y Meng, H J Xiao, K Dong, Z H Liu
Objective: To evaluate the effect of platelet-rich fibrin extract (PRFe) on the adhesion, proliferation and differentiation of MC3T3-E1 cells cultured on the titanium discs. Methods: Samples were divided into experimental group (P) and control group (D). Group P used the α-minimal essential medium (α-MEM) containing PRFe (0.5%), while group D used only the α-MEM. Cell adhesion and cytoskeleton were observed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM). Methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium (MTT) assay to detect the number of the osteoblasts at 1, 3, 5, 7 d; the activity of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) to detect the differentiation of osteoblast at 1, 3, 5, 7 d; the level of osteogenetic biomarkers core-binding factorα1 (cbfα1) and osteocalcin (OCN) were quantified by quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) at 3 and 7 d...
January 9, 2017: Zhonghua Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069835/multielectrode-vs-point-by-point-mapping-for-ventricular-tachycardia-substrate-ablation-a-randomized-study
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Juan Acosta, Diego Penela, David Andreu, Mario Cabrera, Alicia Carlosena, Francesca Vassanelli, Francisco Alarcón, David Soto-Iglesias, Viatcheslav Korshunov, Roger Borras, Markus Linhart, Mikel Martínez, Juan Fernández-Armenta, Lluis Mont, Antonio Berruezo
AIMS: Ventricular tachycardia (VT) substrate ablation is based on detailed electroanatomical maps (EAM). This study analyses whether high-density multielectrode mapping (MEM) is superior to conventional point-by-point mapping (PPM) in guiding VT substrate ablation procedures. METHODS AND RESULTS: This was a randomized controlled study (NCT02083016). Twenty consecutive ischemic patients undergoing VT substrate ablation were randomized to either group A [n = 10; substrate mapping performed first by PPM (Navistar) and secondly by MEM (PentaRay) ablation guided by PPM] or group B [n = 10; substrate mapping performed first by MEM and second by PPM ablation guided by MEM]...
January 8, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068397/burn-injury-leads-to-increased-long-term-susceptibility-to-respiratory-infection-in-both-mouse-models-and-population-studies
#5
Vanessa S Fear, James H Boyd, Suzanne Rea, Fiona M Wood, Janine M Duke, Mark W Fear
BACKGROUND: Burn injury initiates an acute inflammatory response that subsequently drives wound repair. However, acute disruption to the immune response is also common, leading to susceptibility to sepsis and increased morbidity and mortality. Despite increased understanding of the impact of burn injury on the immune system in the acute phase, little is known about long-term consequences of burn injury on immune function. This study was established to determine whether burn injury has long-term clinical impacts on patients' immune responses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067020/spatial-detection-of-outlier-loci-with-moran-eigenvector-maps-mem
#6
Helene H Wagner, Mariana Chávez-Pesqueira, Brenna R Forester
The spatial signature of micro-evolutionary processes structuring genetic variation may play an important role in the detection of loci under selection. However, the spatial location of samples hasn't yet been used to quantify this. Here, we present a new two-step method of spatial outlier detection at the individual and deme levels using the power spectrum of Moran eigenvector maps (MEM). The MEM power spectrum quantifies how the variation in a variable, such as the frequency of an allele at a SNP locus, is distributed across a range of spatial scales defined by MEM spatial eigenvectors...
January 9, 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060706/comparison-of-the-thermal-degradation-of-heavily-nb-doped-and-normal-pzt-thin-films
#7
Jeong-Suong Yang, Yunsung Kang, Inyoung Kang, Seungmo Lim, Seung-Joo Shin, Jungwon Lee, Kangheon Hur
The degradation of Niobium-doped lead zirconate titanate (PZT) and two types of PZT thin films were investigated. Undoped PZT, 2-step PZT and heavily Nb-doped PZT (PNZT) around the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) were in-situ deposited under optimum condition by RF-magnetron sputtering. All 2 μm thick films had dense perovskite columnar grain structure and self-polarized (100) dominant orientation. PZT thin films were deposited on Pt/TiOx bottom electrode on Si wafer, and Nb doped PZT thin film was on Ir/TiW electrode with help of orientation control...
January 4, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060013/behavioral-economic-incentives-to-improve-adherence-to-antiretrovirals-early-evidence-from-a-randomized-controlled-trial-in-uganda
#8
Sebastian Linnemayr, Chad Stecher, Barbara Mukasa
OBJECTIVE: Fixed incentives have been largely unsuccessful in improving adherence to antiretroviral (ARV) medication. Therefore we evaluate whether small incentives based on behavioral economic theory can increase adherence to ARV medication among treatment-mature adults in Kampala, Uganda. DESIGN: A randomized control trial design tests whether providing small incentives based on either attending timely clinic visits (intervention group 1) or achieving high medication adherence (intervention group 2) can increase ARV adherence...
January 4, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059340/highly-efficient-manipulation-of-laplace-fields-in-film-system-with-structured-bilayer-composite
#9
Chuwen Lan, Ming Lei, Ke Bi, Bo Li, Ji Zhou
Using metamaterials or transformation optics to manipulate Laplace fields, such as magnetic, electric and thermal fields, has become a research highlight. These studies, however, are usually limited to a bulk material system and to single field manipulation. In this paper, we focus on a film system and propose a general practical method applicable for such a system. In this method, the background film is covered with another one to construct a so-called "bilayer composite" to achieve required physical parameters...
December 26, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054698/digital-microelectromechanical-sensor-with-an-engineered-polydimethylsiloxane-pdms-bridge-structure
#10
Lingju Meng, Shicheng Fan, Seyed Milad Mahpeykar, Xihua Wang
Functional electronic devices integrated on flexible substrates are of great interest in both academia and industry for their potential applications in wearable technologies. Recently, there have been an increasing number of investigations on developing new materials for flexible strain sensors and pressure sensors, with the aim of achieving better sensitivity and detection ranges. However, the analog signal outputs of these sensors are accompanied with challenges regarding device reproducibility and reliability...
January 5, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049586/local-temperature-measurement-in-tem-by-parallel-beam-electron-diffraction
#11
Florian Niekiel, Simon M Kraschewski, Julian Müller, Benjamin Butz, Erdmann Spiecker
With the recent advances in instrumentation pushing the limits of in situ transmission electron microscopy, the question of local sample temperature comes into focus again. In this work the applicability of parallel beam electron diffraction to locally measure and monitor the sample temperature in TEM is assessed, with applications for in situ heating experiments in mind. With Au nanoparticles applied to the sample surface, temperature is measured in the range from RT to 890°C by evaluating the change in scattering angle upon thermal expansion...
December 7, 2016: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043362/rutin-can-replace-the-use-of-three-other-antioxidants-in-the-culture-medium-maintaining-the-viability-of-sheep-isolated-secondary-follicles
#12
T L B G Lins, A Y P Cavalcante, J M S Santos, V G Menezes, V R P Barros, R S Barberino, M É S Bezerra, T J S Macedo, M H T Matos
The present study evaluated the effect of addition of rutin alone or combined with other antioxidants (transferrin, selenium and ascorbic acid) present in the culture medium on the in vitro development of ovine isolated secondary follicles. After collection of the sheep ovaries, secondary follicles (200-230 μm) were isolated and cultured for 12 days in α-Minimal Essential Medium (α-MEM) supplemented with BSA, insulin, glutamine and hypoxanthine (α-MEM: antioxidant free-medium) or in this medium also added by transferrin, selenium and ascorbic acid (AO: base medium with antioxidants)...
February 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043356/anethole-improves-the-in%C3%A2-vitro-development-of-isolated-caprine-secondary-follicles
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N A R Sá, V R Araújo, H H V Correia, A C A Ferreira, D D Guerreiro, A M Sampaio, E Escobar, F W Santos, A A Moura, C H Lôbo, V M Ceccatto, C C Campello, A P R Rodrigues, J H Leal-Cardoso, J R Figueiredo
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of three concentrations of anethole (30, 300, and 2000 μg/mL) on survival, antrum formation, follicular diameter, and oocyte maturation in the caprine species. The study also evaluated the effects of anethole on transcripts of ICAM-1, CAV-1, TIMP-2, and PAI-1 genes and levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in isolated goat preantral ovarian follicles before and after in vitro culture for 18 days. Preantral follicles were isolated from goat ovaries and individually cultured in alpha minimum essential medium modified (α-MEM(+)), defined as the control treatment, α-MEM(+) supplemented with ascorbic acid at a concentration of 100 μg/mL (AA), or α-MEM(+) supplemented with three different concentrations of anethole (30, 300, 2000 μg/mL) for a period of 18 days...
February 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042830/programmable-low-power-low-noise-capacitance-to-voltage-converter-for-mems-accelerometers
#14
Guillermo Royo, Carlos Sánchez-Azqueta, Cecilia Gimeno, Concepción Aldea, Santiago Celma
In this work, we present a capacitance-to-voltage converter (CVC) for capacitive accelerometers based on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Based on a fully-differential transimpedance amplifier (TIA), it features a 34-dB transimpedance gain control and over one decade programmable bandwidth, from 75 kHz to 1.2 MHz. The TIA is aimed for low-cost low-power capacitive sensor applications. It has been designed in a standard 0.18-μm CMOS technology and its power consumption is only 54 μW. At the maximum transimpedance configuration, the TIA shows an equivalent input noise of 42 fA/ Hz at 50 kHz, which corresponds to 100 μg/ Hz ...
December 30, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042814/in-situ-real-time-monitoring-of-glutamate-and-electrophysiology-from-cortex-to-hippocampus-in-mice-based-on-a-microelectrode-array
#15
Xinyi Fan, Yilin Song, Yuanlin Ma, Song Zhang, Guihua Xiao, Lili Yang, Huiren Xu, Dai Zhang, Xinxia Cai
Changes in the structure and function of the hippocampus contribute to epilepsy, schizophrenia and other neurological or mental disorders of the brain. Since the function of the hippocampus depends heavily on the glutamate (Glu) signaling pathways, in situ real-time detection of Glu neurotransmitter release and electrophysiological signals in hippocampus is of great significance. To achieve the dual-mode detection in mouse hippocampus in vivo, a 16-channel implantable microelectrode array (MEA) was fabricated by micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) technology...
December 30, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032745/biobased-high-performance-rotary-micromotors-for-individually-reconfigurable-micromachine-arrays-and-microfluidic-applications
#16
Kwanoh Kim, Zexi Liang, Minliang Liu, Donglei Emma Fan
In this work, we report an innovative type of rotary bio-micromachines by using diatom frustules as integrated active components, including the assembling, operation, and performance characterization. We further investigate and demonstrate unique applications of the bio-micromachines in achieving individually reconfigurable micromachine arrays and microfluidic mixing. Diatom frustules are porous cell walls of diatoms made of silica. We assembled rotary micromachines consisting of diatom frustules serving as rotors and patterned magnets serving as bearings in electric fields...
December 29, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029613/a-mems-condenser-microphone-based-intracochlear-acoustic-receiver
#17
Flurin Pfiffner, Lukas Prochazka, Dominik Peus, Ivo Dobrev, Adrian Dalbert, Jae Hoon Sim, Rahel Kesterke, Joris Walraevens, Francesca Paris, Christof Roosli, Dominik Obrist, A M Huber
GOAL: Intracochlear sound pressure (ICSP) measurements are limited by the small dimensions of the human inner ear and the requirements imposed by the liquid medium. A robust intracochlear acoustic receiver (ICAR) for repeated use with a simple data acquisition system that provides the required high sensitivity and small dimensions does not yet exist. The work described in this report aims to fill this gap and presents a new MEMS condenser microphone (CMIC) based ICAR concept suitable for ICSP measurements in human temporal bones...
December 16, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024508/-reconstruction-of-humanized-bone-marrow-niche-in-immunodeficiency-mouse
#18
Huan Chen, Zheng Tian, Bin Li, Hai-Yan Xing, Huan Li, Ke-Jing Tang, Min Wang, Qing Rao
OBJECTIVE: To reconstruct a human bone marrow niche in immunodeficiency mouse (NOD/SCID) so as to provide a model for observing the effect of abnormal BM niche on the occurence and development of leukemia. METHODS: Human platelet lysate(HPL) was obtained by repeated freezing and thawing of concentrated platelet. Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells were cultured in α-minimal essential medium (α-MEM) containing 10% HPL or 10% FBS. The morphology, cell phenotype, multilineage differentiation potential in vitro and proliferation capacity between the mesenchymal stem cells cultured with HPL or FBS were compared...
December 2016: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013442/dmso-free-cryopreservation-of-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-expansion-medium-affects-post-thaw-survival
#19
Olena Rogulska, Yuri Petrenko, Alexander Petrenko
Off-the-shelf availability of human adipose-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (ASCs) for regenerative medicine application requires the development of nontoxic, safe, and efficient protocols for cryopreservation. Favorably, such cell processing protocols should not contain xenogeneic or toxic components, such as fetal bovine serum (FS) and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). The objective of the study was to assess the sensitivity of ASCs to DMSO-free cryopreservation protocol depending on their expansion conditions: conventional, based on the application of FS or xeno-free, using PL as a medium supplement...
December 24, 2016: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011768/seqlib-a-c%C3%A2-api-for-rapid-bam-manipulation-sequence-alignment-and-sequence-assembly
#20
Jeremiah Wala, Rameen Beroukhim
: We present SeqLib, a C ++ API and command line tool that provides a rapid and user-friendly interface to BAM/SAM/CRAM files, global sequence alignment operations and sequence assembly. Four C libraries perform core operations in SeqLib: HTSlib for BAM access, BWA-MEM and BLAT for sequence alignment and Fermi for error correction and sequence assembly. Benchmarking indicates that SeqLib has lower CPU and memory requirements than leading C ++ sequence analysis APIs. We demonstrate an example of how minimal SeqLib code can extract, error-correct and assemble reads from a CRAM file and then align with BWA-MEM...
December 22, 2016: Bioinformatics
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