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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108889/hg-and-se-exposure-in-brain-tissues-of-striped-dolphin-stenella-coeruleoalba-and-bottlenose-dolphin-tursiops-truncatus-from-the-tyrrhenian-and-adriatic-seas
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Antonio Bellante, Fabio D'Agostino, Anna Traina, Daniela Piazzese, Maria Francesca Milazzo, Mario Sprovieri
In this study we analyzed Hg and Se concentrations in dolphin brain tissues of fifteen specimens of striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) and eight specimens of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) stranded in the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Seas, in order to assess the toxicological risks associated with Hg exposure. High Hg concentrations were found in brain tissues of both analyzed specie (1.86-243 mg/kg dw for striped dolphin and 2.1-98.7 mg/kg dw for bottlenose dolphin), exceeding levels associated with marine mammals neurotoxicity...
January 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108874/surviving-in-isolation-genetic-variation-bottlenecks-and-reproductive-strategies-in-the-canarian-endemic-limonium-macrophyllum-plumbaginaceae
#2
Ares Jiménez, Barbara Weigelt, Arnoldo Santos-Guerra, Juli Caujapé-Castells, José María Fernández-Palacios, Elena Conti
Oceanic archipelagos are typically rich in endemic taxa, because they offer ideal conditions for diversification and speciation in isolation. One of the most remarkable evolutionary radiations on the Canary Islands comprises the 16 species included in Limonium subsection Nobiles, all of which are subject to diverse threats, and legally protected. Since many of them are single-island endemics limited to one or a few populations, there exists a risk that a loss of genetic variation might limit their long-term survival...
January 20, 2017: Genetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107633/binding-and-proton-blockage-by-amantadine-variants-of-the-influenza-m2wt-and-m2s31n-explained
#3
Christina Tzitzoglaki, Anna K Wright, Kathrin-Maria Freudenberger, Anja Hoffmann, Ian Tietjen, Ioannis Stylianakis, Felix Kolarov, David Fedida, Michaela Schmidtke, Guenter Gauglitz, Timothy A Cross, Antonios Kolocouris
While aminoadamantanes are well-established inhibitors of the influenza A M2 proton channel, the mechanisms by which they are rendered ineffective against M2S31N are unclear. Solid state NMR, isothermal titration calorimetry, electrophysiology, anti-viral assays and molecular dynamics simulations suggest stronger binding interactions for aminoadamantanes to M2WT compared to negligible or weak binding to M2S31N. This is due to reshaping of the M2pore when N31 is present, which in contrast to WT, leads: A) to the loss of the V27 pocket for the adamantyl cage and to a predominant orientation of the ligand's ammonium group toward the N-terminus and, B) to the lack of a helical kink upon ligand binding...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107621/a-molecular-dynamics-study-of-water-flow-across-multiple-layers-of-pristine-oxidized-and-mixed-regions-of-graphene-oxide
#4
Jon Alexander Lewis Willcox, Hyung J Kim
A molecular dynamics graphene oxide model is used to shed light on commonly overlooked features of graphene oxide membranes. The model features both perpendicular and parallel water flow across multiple sheets of pristine and/or oxidized graphene to simulate "brick-and-mortar" microstructures. Additionally, regions of pristine/oxidized graphene overlap which have thus far been overlooked in the literature are explored. Differences in orientational and hydrogen-bonding features between adjacent layers of water in this mixed region are found to be even more prominent than differences between pristine and oxidized channels...
January 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107350/maternal-and-newborn-health-in-karnataka-state-india-the-community-level-interventions-for-pre-eclampsia-clip-trial-s-baseline-study-results
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Mrutynjaya B Bellad, Marianne Vidler, Narayan V Honnungar, Ashalata Mallapur, Umesh Ramadurg, Umesh Charanthimath, Geetanjali Katageri, Shashidhar Bannale, Avinash Kavi, Chandrashekhar Karadiguddi, Sumedha Sharma, Tang Lee, Jing Li, Beth Payne, Laura Magee, Peter von Dadelszen, Richard Derman, Shivaprasad S Goudar
Existing vital health statistics registries in India have been unable to provide reliable estimates of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity, and region-specific health estimates are essential to the planning and monitoring of health interventions. This study was designed to assess baseline rates as the precursor to a community-based cluster randomized control trial (cRCT)-Community Level Interventions for Pre-eclampsia (CLIP) Trial (NCT01911494; CTRI/2014/01/004352). The objective was to describe baseline demographics and health outcomes prior to initiation of the CLIP trial and to improve knowledge of population-level health, in particular of maternal and neonatal outcomes related to hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, in northern districts the state of Karnataka, India...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106449/water-penetration-through-a-superhydrophobic-mesh-during-a-drop-impact
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Seunggeol Ryu, Prosenjit Sen, Youngsuk Nam, Choongyeop Lee
When a water drop impacts a mesh having submillimeter pores, a part of the drop penetrates through the mesh if the impact velocity is sufficiently large. Here we show that different surface wettability, i.e., hydrophobicity and superhydrophobicity, leads to different water penetration dynamics on a mesh during drop impact. We show, despite the water repellence of a superhydrophobic surface, that water can penetrate a superhydrophobic mesh more easily (i.e., at a lower impact velocity) over a hydrophobic mesh via a penetration mechanism unique to a superhydrophobic mesh...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106437/main-ion-intrinsic-toroidal-rotation-profile-driven-by-residual-stress-torque-from-ion-temperature-gradient-turbulence-in-the-diii-d-tokamak
#7
B A Grierson, W X Wang, S Ethier, G M Staebler, D J Battaglia, J A Boedo, J S deGrassie, W M Solomon
Intrinsic toroidal rotation of the deuterium main ions in the core of the DIII-D tokamak is observed to transition from flat to hollow, forming an off-axis peak, above a threshold level of direct electron heating. Nonlinear gyrokinetic simulations show that the residual stress associated with electrostatic ion temperature gradient turbulence possesses the correct radial location and stress structure to cause the observed hollow rotation profile. Residual stress momentum flux in the gyrokinetic simulations is balanced by turbulent momentum diffusion, with negligible contributions from turbulent pinch...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106432/time-to-go-beyond-triple-gauge-boson-coupling-interpretation-of-w-pair-production
#8
Zhengkang Zhang
W boson pair production processes at e^{+}e^{-} and pp colliders have been conventionally interpreted as measurements of WWZ and WWγ triple gauge couplings (TGCs). Such an interpretation is based on the assumption that new physics effects other than anomalous TGCs are negligible. While this "TGC dominance assumption" was well motivated and useful at LEP2 thanks to precision electroweak constraints, it is already challenged by recent LHC data. In fact, contributions from anomalous Z boson couplings that are allowed by electroweak precision data but neglected in LHC analyses, which are enhanced at high energy, can even dominate over those from the anomalous TGCs considered...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106202/a-colorimetric-sensing-platform-based-upon-recognizing-hybridization-chain-reaction-products-with-oligonucleotide-modified-gold-nanoparticles-through-triplex-formation
#9
Li Zou, Ruimin Li, Manjun Zhang, Yanwei Luo, Nian Zhou, Jing Wang, Liansheng Ling
A novel colorimetric sensing strategy for biomolecule assay has been developed, which integrates the signal amplification of the hybridization chain reaction (HCR) with the assembly of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) through triplex formation. In the presence of targets, the HCR process can be triggered, the HCR products are specifically recognized by triplex-forming oligonucleotide (TFO) functionalized AuNPs, accompanying the aggregation of AuNPs and a dramatic absorbance change at 522 nm. In addition, the DNA hairpin probes can form rigid triplex structures with TFO-functionalized AuNPs in the absence of targets, resulting in a negligible background signal...
January 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106154/anisotropic-hydrogen-diffusion-in-%C3%AE-zr-and-zircaloy-predicted-by-accelerated-kinetic-monte-carlo-simulations
#10
Yongfeng Zhang, Chao Jiang, Xianming Bai
This report presents an accelerated kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) method to compute the diffusivity of hydrogen in hcp metals and alloys, considering both thermally activated hopping and quantum tunneling. The acceleration is achieved by replacing regular KMC jumps in trapping energy basins formed by neighboring tetrahedral interstitial sites, with analytical solutions for basin exiting time and probability. Parameterized by density functional theory (DFT) calculations, the accelerated KMC method is shown to be capable of efficiently calculating hydrogen diffusivity in α-Zr and Zircaloy, without altering the kinetics of long-range diffusion...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105469/qin-dawg-validation-of-gradient-nonlinearity-bias-correction-workflow-for-quantitative-diffusion-weighted-imaging-in-multicenter-trials
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Dariya I Malyarenko, Lisa J Wilmes, Lori R Arlinghaus, Michael A Jacobs, Wei Huang, Karl G Helmer, Bachir Taouli, Thomas E Yankeelov, David Newitt, Thomas L Chenevert
Previous research has shown that system-dependent gradient nonlinearity (GNL) introduces a significant spatial bias (nonuniformity) in apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps. Here, the feasibility of centralized retrospective system-specific correction of GNL bias for quantitative diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in multisite clinical trials is demonstrated across diverse scanners independent of the scanned object. Using corrector maps generated from system characterization by ice-water phantom measurement completed in the previous project phase, GNL bias correction was performed for test ADC measurements from an independent DWI phantom (room temperature agar) at two offset locations in the bore...
December 2016: Tomography: a Journal for Imaging Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103954/differential-correlation-for-sequencing-data
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Charlotte Siska, Katerina Kechris
BACKGROUND: Several methods have been developed to identify differential correlation (DC) between pairs of molecular features from -omics studies. Most DC methods have only been tested with microarrays and other platforms producing continuous and Gaussian-like data. Sequencing data is in the form of counts, often modeled with a negative binomial distribution making it difficult to apply standard correlation metrics. We have developed an R package for identifying DC called Discordant which uses mixture models for correlations between features and the Expectation Maximization (EM) algorithm for fitting parameters of the mixture model...
January 19, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102953/air-kerma-strength-determination-of-an-hdr-192-ir-source-including-a-geometric-sensitivity-study-of-the-seven-distance-method
#13
Blake R Smith, John A Micka, Manik Aima, Larry A DeWerd, Wesley S Culberson
PURPOSE: To perform an in-air air-kerma strength (SK) calibration of the Bebig model Ir2.A85-2 192Ir high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy source manufactured by Mallinckrodt Medical (Westerduinweg, Germany) with the NIST-traceable seven-distance technique established by the University of Wisconsin. A comparison was made between the reference air-kerma rate (RAKR) reported on a certificate from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (Berlin, Germany) (PTB) primary laboratory and the SK determined at the University of Wisconsin Madison Radiation Research Center (UWMRRC)...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101943/stability-of-color-in-spanish-style-green-table-olives-pasteurized-and-stored-in-plastic-containers
#14
Antonio Higinio Sánchez, Antonio López-López, Víctor Manuel Beato, Antonio de Castro, Alfredo Montaño
BACKGROUND: There is an increasing interest in the use of pasteurizable plastic packaging by the olive industry. In order to investigate the change from traditional glass or varnished can containers to plastic packaging, the proper plastic material that is compatible with fermented olives while maintaining color quality during pasteurization treatment and storage must be selected. This work is focused on color stability in two distinct pasteurizable plastic containers with different oxygen permeability...
January 19, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101592/long-term-safety-and-outcome-of-fludarabine-cyclophosphamide-and-mitoxantrone-fcm-regimen-in-previously-untreated-patients-with-advanced-follicular-lymphoma-12%C3%A2-years-follow-up-of-a-phase-2-trial
#15
Laura Magnano, Silvia Montoto, Eva González-Barca, Javier Briones, Juan Manuel Sancho, Ana Muntañola, Antonio Salar, Joan Besalduch, Lourdes Escoda, Carol Moreno, Eva Domingo-Domenech, Cristina Estany, Albert Oriol, Albert Altés, Carmen Pedro, Santiago Gardella, Antoni Asensio, Pilar Vivancos, Alberto Fernández de Sevilla, Josep María Ribera, Dolors Colomer, Elias Campo, Armando López-Guillermo
Fludarabine combinations are very affective in follicular lymphoma (FL) with high rates of complete response and prolonged survival. However, late toxicities could be a concern. The aim of the present study was to analyze the long-term impact on survival, relapse and late toxicities of a trial of treatment with fludarabine, mitoxantrone and cyclophosphamide (FCM regimen) for untreated patients with advanced stage FL. One hundred and twenty patients enrolled in a phase 2 trial of treatment with FCM regimen between 2000 and 2003 were evaluated...
January 18, 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101457/therapeutic-effects-of-omega-3-fatty-acids-on-chronic-kidney-disease-associated-pruritus-a-literature-review
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Yunes Panahi, Simin Dashti-Khavidaki, Farahnoosh Farnood, Hamid Noshad, Mahsa Lotfi, Afshin Gharekhani
Uremic pruritus remains one of the most tormenting, frequent and potentially disabling problem in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. However, an area of substantial etiological interest with relation to uremic pruritus is the essential fatty acids deficiency. So we performed a literature review to elucidate the efficacy of omega-3 fatty acids on uremic pruritus. This review evaluated all of the studies published in English language, focusing on the clinical effects of omega-3 fatty acids on uremic pruritus...
December 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101428/wide-field-and-highly-sensitive-angiography-based-on-optical-coherence-tomography-with-akinetic-swept-source
#17
Jingjiang Xu, Shaozhen Song, Wei Wei, Ruikang K Wang
Wide-field vascular visualization in bulk tissue that is of uneven surface is challenging due to the relatively short ranging distance and significant sensitivity fall-off for most current optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) systems. We report a long ranging and ultra-wide-field OCTA (UW-OCTA) system based on an akinetic swept laser. The narrow instantaneous linewidth of the swept source with its high phase stability, combined with high-speed detection in the system enable us to achieve long ranging (up to 46 mm) and almost negligible system sensitivity fall-off...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100485/quantification-of-growth-factor-signaling-and-pathway-crosstalk-by-live-cell-imaging
#18
Sean M Gross, Peter Rotwein
Peptide growth factors stimulate cellular responses through activation of their trans-membrane receptors. Multiple intracellular signaling cascades are engaged following growth factor - receptor binding, leading to short- and long-term biological effects. Each receptor-activated signaling pathway does not act in isolation, but rather interacts at different levels with other pathways to shape signaling networks that are distinctive for each growth factor. To gain insights into the specifics of growth factor-regulated interactions among different signaling cascades, we developed a HeLa cell line stably expressing fluorescent live-cell imaging reporters that are readouts for two major growth factor-stimulated pathways, Ras - Raf - Mek - Erk and PI3-kinase - Akt...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100125/sulphur-dioxide-in-meat-products-3-years-control-results-of-an-accredited-italian-laboratory
#19
Marco Iammarino, Anna Rita Ientile, Aurelia Di Taranto
Sulphiting agents are well-known food preservatives. The European legislation does not allow their addition in fresh meat preparations. Therefore this type of food products has often been verified. To high sulphite levels in food is a health safety risk, due to toxic effects that these compounds may exercise on humans. In this study the control activity as performed by an Italian accredited laboratory from 2013 to 2015, relating to determination of sulphites in meat products, is described. Six hundred and sixty-nine meat product samples were analysed...
January 19, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098991/evidence-of-absence-estrogenicity-assessment-of-a-new-food-contact-coating-and-the-bisphenol-used-in-its-synthesis
#20
Ana M Soto, Cheryl Schaeberle, Mark S Maier, Carlos Sonnenschein, Maricel V Maffini
Consumer concerns about exposure to substances found in food contact materials with estrogenic activity (EA) have created substantial demand for alternatives. We assessed the potential EA of both a new bisphenol monomer used to synthesize polymeric coatings for metal food-contact applications and the nonintentionally added substances (NIAS) that may migrate into food. We evaluated tetramethyl bisphenol F (TMBPF) using in vitro and in vivo assays. We extracted the polymeric coating using food simulants ethanol (50% v/v) and acetic acid (3% w/v) and measured migration using tandem liquid chromatography (LC)/mass spectrometry (MS) and LC time-of-flight MS for TMBPF and NIAS, respectively...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
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