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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210900/false-responses-of-renilla-luciferase-reporter-control-to-nuclear-receptor-tr4
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Dongyun Zhang, Sam S Atlasi, Krishna K Patel, Zihao Zhuang, Anthony P Heaney
Renilla luciferase reporter is a widely used internal control in dual luciferase reporter assay system, where its transcription is driven by a constitutively active promoter. However, the authenticity of the Renilla luciferase response in some experimental settings has recently been questioned. Testicular receptor 4 (TR4, also known as NR2C2) belongs to the subfamily 2 of nuclear receptors. TR4 binds to a direct repeat regulatory element in the promoter of a variety of target genes and plays a key role in tumorigenesis, lipoprotein regulation, and central nervous system development...
February 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209077/using-gp-trainees-as-role-players-as-a-teaching-training-tool-for-established-gp-trainers
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Kim Emerson, Penny Moore, Jill Edwards
This work aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of using GP trainees in place of professional actors, to role-play trainees with 'difficulties' or various challenging characteristics, as an educational tool for skills development of experienced GP trainers. The context was a residential experienced GP trainers' course and the role players were local ST3 GP trainees. Professional actors have been used for this purpose for many years in medical education at all levels, particularly in teaching communication and consultation skills in the Thames Valley area of the UK...
February 16, 2017: Education for Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208733/a-survey-on-banknote-recognition-methods-by-various-sensors
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Ji Woo Lee, Hyung Gil Hong, Ki Wan Kim, Kang Ryoung Park
Despite a decrease in the use of currency due to the recent growth in the use of electronic financial transactions, real money transactions remain very important in the global market. While performing transactions with real money, touching and counting notes by hand, is still a common practice in daily life, various types of automated machines, such as ATMs and banknote counters, are essential for large-scale and safe transactions. This paper presents studies that have been conducted in four major areas of research (banknote recognition, counterfeit banknote detection, serial number recognition, and fitness classification) in the accurate banknote recognition field by various sensors in such automated machines, and describes the advantages and drawbacks of the methods presented in those studies...
February 8, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207958/shared-care-requires-a-shared-vision-communities-of-clinical-practice-in-a-primary-care-setting
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Jessica Young, Tony Egan, Chrystal Jaye, Martyn Williamson, Anna Askerud, Peter Raude, Maree Penese
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To understand how a vision of care is formed and shared by patients and the primary care professionals involved in their care. BACKGROUND: To achieve the best health outcomes, it is important for patients and those who care for them to have a mutual understanding about what is important to the patient in their everyday life and why, and what care is necessary to realise this vision. Shared or team care does not necessarily translate to a consistent and integrated approach to a patient's care...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207023/chelated-bis-nhc-complexes-of-saturated-imidazolin-2-ylidene-nhc-ligands-structural-authentication-and-facile-ligand-fragmentation
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Michael G Gardiner, David S McGuinness, Catriona R Vanston
The CH2-linked bis(NHC) complexes [{((S)MesIm)2CH2}PdBr2] and [{((S)MesIm)2CH2}Pd(NCMe)2][PF6]2 are reported. These represent the first structurally characterized chelated, saturated bis(NHC) complexes. The complexes are subject to facile ligand fragmentation during their synthesis. Longer (CH2)n-linkers in the imidazolin-2-ylidene-based series of ligands afforded the pendant imidazolinium mono(NHC) complexes [{((S)MesImH)((S)MesIm)(CH2)n}PdBr3] by reaction of the diimidazolinium salts (n = 2, 3) with palladium acetate...
February 16, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205005/a-selective-group-authentication-scheme-for-iot-based-medical-information-system
#6
YoHan Park, YoungHo Park
The technology of IoT combined with medical systems is expected to support advanced medical services. However, unsolved security problems, such as misuse of medical devices, illegal access to the medical server and so on, make IoT-based medical systems not be applied widely. In addition, users have a high burden of computation to access Things for the explosive growth of IoT devices. Because medical information is critical and important, but users have a restricted computing power, IoT-based medical systems are required to provide secure and efficient authentication for users...
April 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196961/bacterial-topography-of-the-healthy-human-lower-respiratory-tract
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Robert P Dickson, John R Erb-Downward, Christine M Freeman, Lisa McCloskey, Nicole R Falkowski, Gary B Huffnagle, Jeffrey L Curtis
Although culture-independent techniques have refuted lung sterility in health, controversy about contamination during bronchoscope passage through the upper respiratory tract (URT) has impeded research progress. We sought to establish whether bronchoscopic sampling accurately reflects the lung microbiome in health and to distinguish between two proposed routes of authentic microbial immigration, (i) dispersion along contiguous respiratory mucosa and (ii) subclinical microaspiration. During bronchoscopy of eight adult volunteers without lung disease, we performed seven protected specimen brushings (PSB) and bilateral bronchoalveolar lavages (BALs) per subject...
February 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196871/identification-of-a-transcriptional-activation-domain-in-yeast-repressor-activator-protein-1-rap1-using-an-altered-dna-binding-specificity-variant
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Amanda N Johnson, P Anthony Weil
Repressor Activator Protein 1 (Rap1) performs multiple vital cellular functions in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. These include regulation of telomere length, transcriptional repression of both telomere-proximal genes and the silent mating type loci, and transcriptional activation of hundreds of mRNA-encoding genes, including the highly transcribed ribosomal protein- and glycolytic enzyme-encoding genes. Studies of the contributions of Rap1 to telomere length regulation and transcriptional repression have yielded significant mechanistic insights...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196793/specific-factor-ix-mrna-and-protein-features-favor-drug-induced-readthrough-over-recurrent-nonsense-mutations
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Alessio Branchini, Mattia Ferrarese, Matteo Campioni, Giancarlo Castaman, Rosella Mari, Francesco Bernardi, Mirko Pinotti
Drug-induced readthrough over premature stop codons (PTCs) is a potentially attractive therapy for genetic disorders but a wide outcome variability has been observed. Through expression studies we investigated the responsiveness to the readthrough-inducing drug geneticin of eleven rationally-selected factor IX (FIX) nonsense mutations, present in 70% (324/469) of Hemophilia B (HB) patients with PTCs. Among the predicted readthrough-permissive TGA variants, only two (p.W240X, p.R384X) responded with a remarkable rescue of FIX activity...
February 14, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196517/simultaneous-detection-of-bovine-and-porcine-dna-in-pharmaceutical-gelatin-capsules-by-duplex-pcr-assay-for-halal-authentication
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Jafar Nikzad, Soraya Shahhosseini, Maryam Tabarzad, Nastaran Nafissi-Varcheh, Maryam Torshabi
BACKGROUND: In the pharmaceutical industry, hard- and soft-shelled capsules are typically made from gelatin, commonly derived from bovine and porcine sources. To ensure that pharmaceutical products comply with halal regulations in Muslim countries (no porcine products allowed), development of a valid, reliable, quick, and most importantly, cost-effective tests are of utmost importance. METHODS: We developed a species-specific duplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay targeting 149 bp porcine and 271 bp bovine mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) to simultaneously detect both porcine and bovine DNA (in one reaction at the same time) in gelatin...
February 14, 2017: Daru: Journal of Faculty of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194205/feedback-in-the-nonshifting-context-of-the-midwifery-clinical-education-in-indonesia-a-mixed-methods-study
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Esti Nugraheny, Mora Claramita, Gandes R Rahayu, Amitya Kumara
BACKGROUND: Clinical education in some countries applies a hospital-based learning approach where each student rotates to one division to another division (call of shifting). However, for clinical midwifery education in Indonesia each student remains in a community midwifery clinic (call of nonshifting). Because of the differences in the shifting system used, the question of "How is feedback in the nonshifting context of the clinical midwifery education being given?" needs to be explored...
November 2016: Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193421/physicochemical-characteristics-of-the-cold-pressed-oil-obtained-from-seeds-of-fagus-sylvatica-l
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Aleksander Siger, Krzysztof Dwiecki, Wojciech Borzyszkowski, Mieczysław Turski, Magdalena Rudzińska, Małgorzata Nogala-Kałucka
A physicochemical characteristic of the cold-pressed oil obtained from seeds of common beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) has been presented. This plant may be considered as unconventional oilseeds crops because of relatively high content of fat (27.25%). The analyzed beech seeds oil has been classified as oleic-linoleic acids oil with more than 76% percentage share of those species. Beech seeds oil contains 4.2% of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Unique characteristic is the high content of γ-tocopherol (75.4mg/100g) and δ-tocopherol (34...
June 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193412/lepteridine-as-a-unique-fluorescent-marker-for-the-authentication-of-manuka-honey
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Bin Lin, Kerry M Loomes, Gordana Prijic, Ralf Schlothauer, Jonathan M Stephens
The recent discovery of two unique manuka marker fluorescence wavelengths (MM1 and MM2) potentially offers a rapid and cost-effective approach for manuka honey authentication using spectroscopy. The fluorophore responsible for the MM1 marker has been identified as leptosperin. We investigated whether lepteridine may be responsible for the MM2 fluorescence. We quantified the lepteridine in manuka honey and manuka nectar, which ranged between 5-52mg/kg and 80-205mg/kg, respectively. Notably, the fluorescent spectrum of synthetic lepteridine matched the MM2 fluorescence signature...
June 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193352/a-straightforward-validated-liquid-chromatography-coupled-to-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-for-the-simultaneous-detection-of-nine-drugs-of-abuse-and-their-metabolites-in-hair-and-nails
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Delphine Cappelle, Mireille De Doncker, Celine Gys, Kamelia Krysiak, Steven De Keukeleire, Walid Maho, Cleo L Crunelle, Geert Dom, Adrian Covaci, Alexander L N van Nuijs, Hugo Neels
Hair and nails allow for a stable accumulation of compounds over time and retrospective investigation of past exposure and/or consumption. Owing to their long window of detection (weeks to months), analysis of these matrices can provide information complementary to blood and urine analysis or can be used in standalone when e.g. elimination from the body has already occurred. Drugs of abuse are often used together and, therefore, multi-analyte methods capable of detecting several substances and their metabolites in a single run are of importance...
April 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192860/amplitude-of-low-frequency-fluctuations-during-resting-state-differentially-predicts-authentic-and-hubristic-pride
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Feng Kong, Qiaolin He, Xiqin Liu, Xiayu Chen, Xu Wang, Jingjing Zhao
OBJECTIVE: Pride is an important self-conscious emotion and comprised of two distinct conceptual facets: arrogant, egotistic "hubristic pride", and pro-social, achievement-oriented "authentic pride". However, little is known about the neural basis of two facets of pride. Here we investigated the association between spontaneous brain activity and these two facets of pride in resting state. METHOD: We measured 276 participants on authentic and hubristic pride. The fractional amplitude of low frequency fluctuations (fALFF) was used to identify pride-related regions...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Personality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192450/a-novel-rna-sequencing-data-analysis-method-for-cell-line-authentication
#16
Erik Fasterius, Cinzia Raso, Susan Kennedy, Nora Rauch, Pär Lundin, Walter Kolch, Mathias Uhlén, Cristina Al-Khalili Szigyarto
We have developed a novel analysis method that can interrogate the authenticity of biological samples used for generation of transcriptome profiles in public data repositories. The method uses RNA sequencing information to reveal mutations in expressed transcripts and subsequently confirms the identity of analysed cells by comparison with publicly available cell-specific mutational profiles. Cell lines constitute key model systems widely used within cancer research, but their identity needs to be confirmed in order to minimise the influence of cell contaminations and genetic drift on the analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192034/physiological-and-perceived-responses-in-different-levels-of-exergames-in-elite-athletes
#17
Louisa Ming Yan Chung, Feng Hua Sun, Chris Tsz Man Cheng
OBJECTIVE: Exergames have been suggested to increase the public's physical activity and to benefit cardiovascular health, particularly among the youth. However, not many studies compared the physiological and perceived responses between exergames and the authentic sports especially for elite athletes. This study aimed to investigate the physiological and perceived responses in different levels of Nintendo(®) Wii Fit™ U rowing exergames in one group of elite rowing athletes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All participants were asked to perform the authentic rowing on the indoor rowing machine on the first day and to play the rowing exergames on the second day, in three levels with 1 hour rest between levels...
February 2017: Games for Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191784/derivation-of-transgene-free-rat-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-approximating-the-quality-of-embryonic-stem-cells
#18
Shuping Li, He Lan, Hongsheng Men, Yuanyuan Wu, Ning Li, Mario R Capecchi, Elizabeth C Bryda, Sen Wu
Although a variety of reprogramming strategies have been reported to create transgene-free induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells from differentiated cell sources, a fundamental question still remains: Can we generate safe iPS cells that have the full spectrum of features of corresponding embryonic stem (ES) cells? Studies in transgene-free mouse iPS cells have indicated a positive answer to this question. However, the reality is that no other species have a derived transgene-free iPS cell line that can truly mimic ES cell quality...
February 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191758/preclinical-analysis-of-fetal-human-mesencephalic-neural-progenitor-cell-lines-characterization-and-safety-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#19
Jisook Moon, Sigrid C Schwarz, Hyun-Seob Lee, Jun Mo Kang, Young-Eun Lee, Bona Kim, Mi-Young Sung, Günter Höglinger, Florian Wegner, Jin Su Kim, Hyung-Min Chung, Sung Woon Chang, Kwang Yul Cha, Kwang-Soo Kim, Johannes Schwarz
We have developed a good manufacturing practice for long-term cultivation of fetal human midbrain-derived neural progenitor cells. The generation of human dopaminergic neurons may serve as a tool of either restorative cell therapies or cellular models, particularly as a reference for phenotyping region-specific human neural stem cell lines such as human embryonic stem cells and human inducible pluripotent stem cells. We cultivated 3 different midbrain neural progenitor lines at 10, 12, and 14 weeks of gestation for more than a year and characterized them in great detail, as well as in comparison with Lund mesencephalic cells...
February 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190699/correcting-false-positive-medium-chain-acyl-coa-dehydrogenase-deficiency-results-from-newborn-screening-synthesis-purification-and-standardization-of-branched-chain-c8-acylcarnitines-for-use-in-their-selective-and-accurate-absolute-quantitation-by-uhplc-ms
#20
Paul E Minkler, Maria S K Stoll, Stephen T Ingalls, Charles L Hoppel
While selectively quantifying acylcarnitines in thousands of patient samples using UHPLC-MS/MS, we have occasionally observed unidentified branched-chain C8 acylcarnitines. Such observations are not possible using tandem MS methods, which generate pseudo-quantitative acylcarnitine "profiles". Since these "profiles" select for mass alone, they cannot distinguish authentic signal from isobaric and isomeric interferences. For example, some of the samples containing branched-chain C8 acylcarnitines were, in fact, expanded newborn screening false positive "profiles" for medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (MCADD)...
February 8, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
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