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Eildert Groeneveld, Helmut Lichtenberg
The fast development of high throughput genotyping has opened up new possibilities in genetics while at the same time producing considerable data handling issues. TheSNPpit is a database system for managing large amounts of multi panel SNP genotype data from any genotyping platform. With an increasing rate of genotyping in areas like animal and plant breeding as well as human genetics, already now hundreds of thousand of individuals need to be managed. While the common database design with one row per SNP can manage hundreds of samples this approach becomes progressively slower as the size of the data sets increase until it finally fails completely once tens or even hundreds of thousands of individuals need to be managed...
2016: PloS One
Laura Hermosilla, Marcos Caroli Rezende, Vanderlei Gageiro Machado, Rafaela I Stock
The cationic halochromism and thermohalochromism of four phenolate dyes conjugated with aryl moieties substituted with one or two nitro groups were investigated in the presence of organic (tetra-n-butylammonium bromide and benzyltriethylammonium chloride) and inorganic (sodium perchlorate) salts, in hydrogen-bond donating (water, 1-propanol, 1-butanol and 2-propanol) and hydrogen-bond accepting (acetonitrile and dimethylsulfoxide) solvents. Although a positive halochromic response was observed in water for tetraalkylammonium salts, their thermohalochromic behavior was negligible...
October 17, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Volker Sommer, Umaru Buba, Gonçalo Jesus, Alejandra Pascual-Garrido
OBJECTIVE: At some sites across Africa, chimpanzees consume army ants, often aided by plant tools, although consumption frequencies vary greatly. Other populations do not eat these insects at all, despite apparent abundance. The relative importance of this type of myrmecophagy for chimpanzee diet therefore remains unclear. We investigate if army ants constitute a preferred food or a fallback resource for chimpanzees at Gashaka, Nigeria, where army ants are consumed much more frequently than elsewhere...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Ismail Fidan, Emel Önal, Yusuf Yerli, Dominique Luneau, Vefa Ahsen, Catherine Hirel
The synthesis of a homogeneous neutral hexaradical architecture consisting of six imino nitroxide radical moieties covalently bonded on a cyclotriphosphazene scaffold was reported. The synthesis of hexaradical imino nitroxide compounds follows the Ullman procedure involving the condensation of 2,3-bis(hydroxylamino)-2,3-dimethylbutane with hexa-(4-formylphenoxy)cyclotriphosphazene (3) followed by oxidation of the condensation product hexa-[4-(1-hydroxy-4,4,5,5-tetramethyl-2-imidazoline-2-yl)phenoxy]cyclotriphosphazene (2) by NaIO4...
October 25, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Chayanon Ngambenjawong, Julio Marco B Pineda, Suzie H Pun
Peptide cyclization is a strategy used to improve stability and/or activity of peptides. The most commonly used cyclization method is disulfide bridge formation of cysteine-containing peptides as typically found in nature. Over the years, an increasing number of alternative chemistries for peptide cyclization with improved efficiency, kinetics, orthogonality, and stability have been reported. However, there has been less appreciation for the opportunity to fine-tune peptide activity via the diverse chemical entities introduced at the site of linkage by different cyclization strategies...
October 25, 2016: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Raziye Mohammadpour, Shahrokh Safarian, Brandon Buckway, Hamidreza Ghandehari
Polymer architecture can influence biodistribution and the mode of presentation of bioactive agents to cells. Herein delivery, loading efficiency, and mode of cellular entry of polymer conjugates of the photosensitizer Meso-Tetra (4-Carboxyphenyl) Porphyrine (MTCP) are examined when attached to hyperbranched amine terminated poly(amido amine) (PAMAM) dendrimer or random coil linear N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide (HPMA) copolymer containing free amines in the side chains. The in vitro dark cytotoxicity and phototoxicity of MTCP and related conjugates are assessed on mouth epidermal carcinoma (KB) and human adenocarcinoma alveolar basal epithelial (A549) cells...
October 25, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
H Bayram, A Sayadi, J Goenaga, E Immonen, G Arnqvist
The seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus is a significant agricultural pest and increasingly studied model of sexual conflict. Males possess genital spines that increase the transfer of seminal fluid proteins (SFPs) into the female body. As SFPs alter female behaviour and physiology, they are likely to modulate reproduction and sexual conflict in this species. Here, we identified SFPs using proteomics combined with a de novo transcriptome. A prior 2D-sodium dodecyl sulphate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis analysis identified male accessory gland protein spots that were probably transferred to the female at mating...
October 24, 2016: Insect Molecular Biology
Hassan Bardania, Seyed Abbas Shojaosadati, Farzad Kobarfard, Farid Dorkoosh, Marjan Esfahani Zadeh, Mahmoud Naraki, Mehrdad Faizi
Eptifibatide is an antiplatelet drug used for the treatment of thrombosis. However, as a result of its accumulation in non-targeted tissues and short half-life, it has a limited efficacy. In this study, RGD-modified nano-liposomes (RGD-MNL) were prepared as carriers for the targeted delivery of eptifibatide to activated platelets. The nano-liposomes were about 90 ± 10 nm in size, with an encapsulation efficiency of 37 ± 5 % and a good stability during 21 days, with a negligible change in the size of nanoliosomes...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Prajna Shetty, Ryan Rivas, Vagelis Hristidis
BACKGROUND: There is a push towards quality measures in health care. As a consequence, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has been publishing insurance plan quality measures. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to examine the relationship between insurance plan quality measures and the participating providers (doctors). METHODS: We collected and analyzed provider and insurance plan data from several online sources, including provider directories, provider referrals and awards, patient reviewing sites, and hospital rankings...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Medical Internet Research
J Flemmig, D Schlorke, F-W Kühne, J Arnhold
Excessive release of hemoglobin from red blood cells markedly disturbs the health status of patients due to cytotoxic effects of free hemoglobin and heme. The latter component is able to initiate novel hemolytic events in unperturbed red blood cells. We modelled this process by incubation of ferric protoporphyrin IX with freshly isolated red blood cells from healthy volunteers. The heme-induced hemolysis was inhibited in a concentration-dependent manner by the chlorite-based drug WF10, whereby the hemolysis degree was totally abolished at a molar ratio of 1: 2 between chlorite and heme...
October 24, 2016: Free Radical Research
Karell Martínez-Guijarro, Ashraf Ramadan, Bondi Gevao
A sampling campaign was carried out to assess the impact of the oil field activities on the concentrations of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs) and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (dl-PCBs) in ambient air at Umm Al-Aish oil field in northern Kuwait. Sixteen samples were collected from March 2014 to January 2015. The concentrations of ΣPCDD/Fs were relatively high (33.6-586 fg I-TEQ/m(3); median: 94.7 fg I-TEQ/m(3); 31.2 to 516 fg WHO-TEQ2005/m(3); median: 83...
October 21, 2016: Chemosphere
Xiaolan Zeng, Jing Chen, Ruijuan Qu, Xiaoxue Pan, Zunyao Wang
The atmospheric chemical reactions of some polyfluorinated dibenzofurans (PFDFs) and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs), initiated by OH radical, were investigated by performing theoretical calculations using density functional theory (DFT) and B3LYP/6-311++G(2df,p) method. The obtained results indicate that OH addition reactions of PFDFs and PCDFs occurring at C1∼4 and CA sites are thermodynamic spontaneous changes and the branching ratio of the PF(C)DF-OH adducts is decided primarily by kinetic factor...
October 21, 2016: Chemosphere
Xinyao Ji, Dylan S Small, Charles E Leonard, Sean Hennessy
Cohort studies can be biased by unmeasured confounding. We propose a hybrid ecologic-epidemiologic design called the trend-in-trend design, which requires a strong time-trend in exposure, but is unbiased unless there are unmeasured factors affecting outcome for which there are time-trends in prevalence that are correlated with time-trends in exposure across strata with different exposure trends. Thus, the conditions under which the trend-in-trend study is biased are a subset of those under which a cohort study is biased...
October 20, 2016: Epidemiology
Joey Berlin
A shoulder dystocia birth in which the baby was born with neurologic dysfunction is the focus of a negligence lawsuit with broad legal implications.
October 1, 2016: Texas Medicine
Sung-Jin Jung, Seong-Kwan Hong, Oh-Kyong Kwon
A readout integrated circuit (ROIC) using two-step fastest signal identification (FSI) is proposed to reduce the number of input channels of a data acquisition (DAQ) block with a high-channel reduction ratio. The two-step FSI enables the proposed ROIC to filter out useless input signals that arise from scattering and electrical noise without using complex and bulky circuits. In addition, an asynchronous fastest signal identifier and a self-trimmed comparator are proposed to identify the fastest signal without using a high-frequency clock and to reduce misidentification, respectively...
October 20, 2016: Sensors
Fereidoon Shahidi, Adriano Costa de Camargo
Edible oils are the major natural dietary sources of tocopherols and tocotrienols, collectively known as tocols. Plant foods with low lipid content usually have negligible quantities of tocols. However, seeds and other plant food processing by-products may serve as alternative sources of edible oils with considerable contents of tocopherols and tocotrienols. Tocopherols are among the most important lipid-soluble antioxidants in food as well as in human and animal tissues. Tocopherols are found in lipid-rich regions of cells (e...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Alfonso Ielasi, Attilio Varricchio, Gianluca Campo, Massimo Leoncini, Bernardo Cortese, Paolo Vicinelli, Salvatore Brugaletta, Fortunato Scotto di Uccio, Azeem Latib, Maurizio Tespili
OBJECTIVES: To assess the feasibility and the clinical results following a prespecified bioresorbable vascular scaffold (Absorb BVS) implantation strategy in ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients. BACKGROUNDS: Concerns raised about the BVS safety in STEMI setting because a not negligible thrombosis rate was reported within 30 days and 12 months after implantation. Technical procedural issues related to the structural BVS features were advocated as probable causes for the thrombotic events...
October 24, 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Pavel Trtik, Manuel Morgano, Roman Bentz, Eberhard Lehmann
The recent developments in scientific complementary metal oxide semiconductor (sCMOS) detector technology allow for imaging of relevant processes with very high temporal resolution with practically negligible readout time. However, it is neutron intensity that limits the high temporal resolution neutron imaging. In order to partially overcome the neutron intensity problem for the high temporal resolution imaging, a parabolic neutron focussing guide was utilized in the test arrangement and placed upstream the detector in such a manner that the focal point of the guide was positioned slightly behind the scintillator screen...
2016: MethodsX
Peihua Yang, Dongliang Chao, Changrong Zhu, Xinhui Xia, Yongqi Zhang, Xingli Wang, Peng Sun, Beng Kang Tay, Ze Xiang Shen, Wenjie Mai, Hong Jin Fan
Ultrahigh rates realized by ALD-made TiN. The symmetric full-cell supercapacitors deliver a typical capacitance of 20.7 F cm(-3) at a scan rate of 1 V s(-1), and retain 4.3 F cm(-3) at high rate of 100 V s(-1). The devices can be charged and discharged for 20 000 cycles with negligible capacitance loss and with an ultralow self-discharge current (≈1 μA).
June 2016: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
Adriaan A van Beek, Bruno Sovran, Floor Hugenholtz, Ben Meijer, Joanne A Hoogerland, Violeta Mihailova, Corine van der Ploeg, Clara Belzer, Mark V Boekschoten, Jan H J Hoeijmakers, Wilbert P Vermeij, Paul de Vos, Jerry M Wells, Pieter J M Leenen, Claudio Nicoletti, Rudi W Hendriks, Huub F J Savelkoul
Although it is clear that probiotics improve intestinal barrier function, little is known about the effects of probiotics on the aging intestine. We investigated effects of 10-week bacterial supplementation of Lactobacillus plantarum WCFS1, Lactobacillus casei BL23, or Bifidobacterium breve DSM20213 on gut barrier and immunity in 16-week-old accelerated aging Ercc1(-/Δ7) mice, which have a median lifespan of ~20 weeks, and their wild-type littermates. The colonic barrier in Ercc1(-/Δ7) mice was characterized by a thin (< 10 μm) mucus layer...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
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