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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435960/meteorite-impacts-on-ancient-oceans-opened-up-multiple-nh3-production-pathways
#1
Kohei Shimamura, Fuyuki Shimojo, Aiichiro Nakano, Shigenori Tanaka
A recent series of shock experiments by Nakazawa et al. starting in 2005 (e.g. [Nakazawa et al., Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 2005, 235, 356]) suggested that meteorite impacts on ancient oceans would have yielded a considerable amount of NH3 to the early Earth from atmospheric N2 and oceanic H2O through reduction by meteoritic iron. To clarify the mechanisms, we imitated the impact events by performing multi-scale shock technique-based ab initio molecular dynamics in the framework of density functional theory in combination with multi-scale shock technique (MSST) simulations...
April 24, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429066/atmospheric-pressure-maldi-for-the-noninvasive-characterization-of-carbonaceous-ink-from-renaissance-documents
#2
Giuseppe Grasso, Marzia Calcagno, Alessandro Rapisarda, Roberta D'Agata, Giuseppe Spoto
The analytical methods that are usually applied to determine the compositions of inks from ancient manuscripts usually focus on inorganic components, as in the case of iron gall ink. In this work, we describe the use of atmospheric pressure/matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometry (AP/MALDI-MS) as a spatially resolved analytical technique for the study of the organic carbonaceous components of inks used in handwritten parts of ancient books for the first time. Large polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (L-PAH) were identified in situ in the ink of XVII century handwritten documents...
April 21, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419880/trepanation-practices-in-asclepieia-systematizing-a-neurosurgerical-innovation
#3
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Gregory Tsoucalas, Antonis A Kousoulis, Theodoros Mariolis-Sapsakos, Markos Sgantzos
As ancient Greeks started looking for deities that could fulfil the pragmatic needs of common people, local heroes started being mythologized and worshipped through cults. The most widespread such example was Asclepius, possibly a skilled war surgeon who followed military expeditions to Colchis and Troy. He was worshipped at religious temples called Asclepieia where certain specific medical and surgical techniques were followed. The most advanced must have been skull trepanation, most likely done as an acute operation to release intracranial pressure...
April 15, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408382/extending-the-spectrum-of-dna-sequences-retrieved-from-ancient-bones-and-teeth
#4
Isabelle Glocke, Matthias Meyer
The number of DNA fragments surviving in ancient bones and teeth is known to decrease with fragment length. Recent genetic analyses of Middle Pleistocene remains have shown that the recovery of extremely short fragments can prove critical for successful retrieval of sequence information from particularly degraded ancient biological material. Current sample preparation techniques, however, are not optimized to recover DNA sequences from fragments shorter than approximately 35 base pairs (bp). Here we show that much shorter DNA fragments are present in ancient skeletal remains but lost during DNA extraction...
April 13, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393935/how-are-the-ancient-cystic-fibrosis-patients-cystic-fibrosis-diagnosed-over-60-years-old
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C Prados, M Lerín, J J Cabanillas, L Gómez-Carrera, R Álvarez-Sala
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: To specify the prevalence of patients diagnosed with CF at age of ≥60 year-old and to analyze their characteristics. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Observational study of CF patients which were diagnosed at age ≥60 year-old. The analyzed variables were: age, sex, nationality, lung function parameters, conditions present at diagnosis, microbiological characteristics and genetic findings. RESULTS: eight patients were included...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393120/raman-identification-of-cuneiform-tablet-pigments-emphasis-and-colour-technology-in-ancient-mesopotamian-mid-third-millennium
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Daniele Chiriu, Pier Carlo Ricci, Carlo Maria Carbonaro, Davide Nadali, Andrea Polcaro, Paul Collins
Cuneiform tablets tell the life and culture of Sumerian people in a sort of black and white tale because of the binary engraving technique. A leading question arises: did Mesopotamian people apply some kind of colour to decorate their tablets or to put emphasis on selected words? Some administrative and literary Sumerian cuneiform tablets of mid-third Millennium B.C. from the site of Kish (central Mesopotamia, modern Iraq) were dug up in twentieth-century and stored at the Ashmolean Museum of the Oxford University...
March 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387562/if-you-re-not-measuring-you-re-guessing-the-advent-of-objective-concussion-assessments
#7
Steven P Broglio, Kevin M Guskiewicz, John Norwig
Sport-related concussion remains one of the most complex injuries presented to sports medicine professionals. Although the injury has been recognized since ancient times, the concussion-assessment process has seen significant advances over the last 30 years. This review outlines the addition of objective measures to the clinical evaluation of the concussed athlete, beginning in the 1980s and continuing through the modern age. International and domestic organizations now describe standardized symptom reports, neurostatus and neurocognitive-function evaluations, and postural-control measures as standards of medical care, a significant shift from a short time ago...
March 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377649/comparative-evaluation-of-clinical-and-radiographic-success-of-formocresol-propolis-turmeric-gel-and-calcium-hydroxide-on-pulpotomized-primary-molars-a-preliminary-study
#8
Shivayogi M Hugar, Pratibha Kukreja, Shweta S Hugar, Niraj Gokhale, Harsha Assudani
AIMS: Despite various advents in technology, the present era marks a shift to phytotherapeutics and alternative modalities to conventional endodontic treatments. Newer endodontic modalities have been developed inculcating the ancient system of medicine. The present study was done to compare and evaluate the clinical pulp response and radiographic signs after pulpotomy in four groups of primary molar teeth treated with formocresol (control), propolis extract, turmeric gel, and calcium hydroxide respectively...
January 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374609/micro-laser-induced-breakdown-spectroscopy-micro-libs-study-on-ancient-roman-mortars
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Stefano Pagnotta, Marco Lezzerini, Laura Ripoll-Seguer, Montserrat Hidalgo, Emanuela Grifoni, Stefano Legnaioli, Giulia Lorenzetti, Francesco Poggialini, Vincenzo Palleschi
The laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) technique was used for analyzing the composition of an ancient Roman mortar (5th century A.D.), exploiting an experimental setup which allows the determination of the compositions of binder and aggregate in few minutes, without the need for sample treatment. Four thousand LIBS spectra were acquired from an area of 10 mm(2), with a 50 µm lateral resolution. The elements of interest in the mortar sample (H, C, O, Na, Mg, Al, Si, K, Ca, Ti, Mn, Fe) were detected and mapped...
April 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348856/genomic-characterization-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-lineage-7-and-a-proposed-name-aethiops-vetus
#10
Hanna Nebenzahl-Guimaraes, Solomon A Yimer, Carol Holm-Hansen, Jessica de Beer, Roland Brosch, Dick van Soolingen
Lineage 7 of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex has recently been identified among strains originating from Ethiopia. Using different DNA typing techniques, this study provides additional information on the genetic heterogeneity of five lineage 7 strains collected in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. It also confirms the phylogenetic positioning of these strains between the ancient lineage 1 and TbD1-deleted, modern lineages 2, 3 and 4 of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Four newly identified large sequence polymorphisms characteristic of the Amhara Region lineage 7 strains are described...
June 2016: Microbial Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346509/systematic-identification-of-phosphorylation-mediated-protein-interaction-switches
#11
Matthew J Betts, Oliver Wichmann, Mathias Utz, Timon Andre, Evangelia Petsalaki, Pablo Minguez, Luca Parca, Frederick P Roth, Anne-Claude Gavin, Peer Bork, Robert B Russell
Proteomics techniques can identify thousands of phosphorylation sites in a single experiment, the majority of which are new and lack precise information about function or molecular mechanism. Here we present a fast method to predict potential phosphorylation switches by mapping phosphorylation sites to protein-protein interactions of known structure and analysing the properties of the protein interface. We predict 1024 sites that could potentially enable or disable particular interactions. We tested a selection of these switches and showed that phosphomimetic mutations indeed affect interactions...
March 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337070/genomic-methods-and-microbiological-technologies-for-profiling-novel-and-extreme-environments-for-the-extreme-microbiome-project-xmp
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Scott Tighe, Ebrahim Afshinnekoo, Tara M Rock, Ken McGrath, Noah Alexander, Alexa McIntyre, Sofia Ahsanuddin, Daniela Bezdan, Stefan J Green, Samantha Joye, Sarah Stewart Johnson, Don A Baldwin, Nathan Bivens, Nadim Ajami, Joseph R Carmical, Ian Charold Herriott, Rita Colwell, Mohamed Donia, Jonathan Foox, Nick Greenfield, Tim Hunter, Jessica Hoffman, Joshua Hyman, Ellen Jorgensen, Diana Krawczyk, Jodie Lee, Shawn Levy, Natàlia Garcia-Reyero, Matthew Settles, Kelley Thomas, Felipe Gómez, Lynn Schriml, Nikos Kyrpides, Elena Zaikova, Jon Penterman, Christopher E Mason
The Extreme Microbiome Project (XMP) is a project launched by the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities Metagenomics Research Group (ABRF MGRG) that focuses on whole genome shotgun sequencing of extreme and unique environments using a wide variety of biomolecular techniques. The goals are multifaceted, including development and refinement of new techniques for the following: 1) the detection and characterization of novel microbes, 2) the evaluation of nucleic acid techniques for extremophilic samples, and 3) the identification and implementation of the appropriate bioinformatics pipelines...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Techniques: JBT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323047/biochemical-and-chemical-characterization-of-cynara-cardunculus-l-extract-and-its-potential-use-as-co-adjuvant-therapy-of-chronic-myeloid-leukemia
#13
Antonio Russo, Mariarita Perri, Erika Cione, Maria Luisa Di Gioia, Monica Nardi, Maria Cristina Caroleo
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Ancient mediterranean diet was characterized by consuming the spontaneous forms of Cynara Cardunculus L. (CCL), commonly called artichoke. Cultivated and/or spontaneous forms of CC studies have demonstrated that methanol extract of CCL flower and/or cynaropicrin showed remarkable anti-proliferative activity in vitro models of leukocyte cancer cell. AIM OF THE STUDY: Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is associated with a reciprocal translocation of the long arms of chromosomes 9 and 22 generating the BCR/ABL fusion gene, translated in the p210(BCR/ABL) oncoprotein kinase...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286102/historical-gene-flow-and-profound-spatial-genetic-structure-among-golden-pheasant-populations-suggested-by-multi-locus-analysis
#14
Ke He, Hong-Yi Liu, Yun-Fa Ge, Shao-Ying Wu, Qiu-Hong Wan
Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) is a good marker system for geographical genetics since they are functional genes in the immune system that are likely to affect the fitness of the individual, and the survival and evolutionary potential of a population in a changing environment. Golden pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus) is a wild Phasianidae distributed in central and north China. In this study, we used a locus-specific genotyping technique for MHC IIB genes of golden pheasant. Combining with microsatellites (simple sequence repeat, SSR) and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) D-loop region, we investigated the demographic history and illuminate genetic structure of this bird in detail...
March 7, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260515/in-silico-and-in-vivo-toxicological-evaluation-of-cissampelos-sympodialis-secondary-metabolites-in-rattus-norvegicus
#15
Luciana Scotti
Cissampelos sympodialis is a plant to northeastern Brazil region used by populace for treating diseases respiratory. Several studies have shown that the ethanol extract of the leaves have immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory activities. The infusion is an ancient popular technique widely used in traditional medicine using as extracting means just hot water. This study aims to investigate the acute toxicological potential administering a dose of 2000mg/kg in Rattus norvegicus combined with in silico study of 117 alkaloids present in Cissampelos genre...
March 1, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259146/conservation-of-estrogen-receptor-function-in-invertebrate-reproduction
#16
Brande L Jones, Chris Walker, Bahareh Azizi, Laren Tolbert, Loren Dean Williams, Terry W Snell
BACKGROUND: Rotifers are microscopic aquatic invertebrates that reproduce both sexually and asexually. Though rotifers are phylogenetically distant from humans, and have specialized reproductive physiology, this work identifies a surprising conservation in the control of reproduction between humans and rotifers through the estrogen receptor. Until recently, steroid signaling has been observed in only a few invertebrate taxa and its role in regulating invertebrate reproduction has not been clearly demonstrated...
March 4, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245078/identification-of-huoshan-shihu-fengdou-comparative-authentication-of-the-daodi-herb-dendrobium-huoshanense-and-its-related-species-by-macroscopic-and-microscopic-features
#17
Yujiao Zhao, Bangxing Han, Huasheng Peng, Xiao Wang, Shanshan Chu, Jun Dai, Daiyin Peng
"Huoshan shihu," derived from Dendrobium huoshanense, is a well-known, valuable, and rare Daodi herb. Because of its higher price and scarce resources, its related species D. officinale and D. moniliforme are usually presented as "Huoshan shihu" for sale. Fengdou, the processed form of D. huoshanense, its identification is particularly important. To effectively identify Fengdou of D. huoshanense and protect the Daodi herb, the morphological and microscopic characteristics of the stems of three Dendrobium species were examined...
February 28, 2017: Microscopy Research and Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228511/the-opiliones-tree-of-life-shedding-light-on-harvestmen-relationships-through-transcriptomics
#18
Rosa Fernández, Prashant P Sharma, Ana Lúcia Tourinho, Gonzalo Giribet
Opiliones are iconic arachnids with a Palaeozoic origin and a diversity that reflects ancient biogeographic patterns dating back at least to the times of Pangea. Owing to interest in harvestman diversity, evolution and biogeography, their relationships have been thoroughly studied using morphology and PCR-based Sanger approaches to infer their systematic relationships. More recently, two studies utilized transcriptomics-based phylogenomics to explore their basal relationships and diversification, but sampling was limiting for understanding deep evolutionary patterns, as they lacked good taxon representation at the family level...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221153/ultra-mini-pnl-ump-material-indications-technique-advantages-and-results
#19
Janak D Desai
Stone disease has afflicted mankind since centuries; records from ancient civilisations of India and Egypt have shown stones in human bodies. The scientific mind of humans has always made smart endeavours to remove the kidney stones. From large instruments made like the beaks of different animals and birds in 600 BC (Indian civilisation) to extremely sophisticated and miniaturised endoscopic intruments of today the human race has travelled a long way. The theme has always been to remove the stones with minimal morbidity and mortality and with minimum pain to the patient...
January 2017: Archivos Españoles de Urología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216890/evaluate-the-antigenotoxicity-and-anticancer-role-of-%C3%AE-sitosterol-by-determining-oxidative-dna-damage-and-the-expression-of-phosphorylated-mitogen-activated-protein-kinases-c-fos-c-jun-and-endothelial-growth-factor-receptor
#20
Ramalingam Sharmila, Ganapathy Sindhu
BACKGROUND: Plant sterols are the major source of micronutrients and have not shown any obvious side effects in human. β-sitosterol is one of the most prevalent phytosterols which have been recorded in ancient medicinal history for its use in the treatment of many chronic diseases, especially cancer. The modulations of mitogen-activated protein kinases' (MAPKs') play a crucial role in the development of human renal cell carcinoma. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the current study is to evaluate the antigenotoxic and anticancer role of β-sitosterol against renal carcinogen...
January 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
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