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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214628/differences-in-biological-traits-composition-of-benthic-assemblages-between-unimpacted-habitats
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S G Bolam, C Garcia, J Eggleton, A J Kenny, L Buhl-Mortensen, G Gonzalez-Mirelis, T van Kooten, G Dinesen, J Hansen, J G Hiddink, M Sciberras, C Smith, N Papadopoulou, A Gumus, G Van Hoey, O R Eigaard, F Bastardie, A D Rijnsdorp
There is an implicit requirement under contemporary policy drivers to understand the characteristics of benthic communities under anthropogenically-unimpacted scenarios. We used a trait-based approach on a large dataset from across the European shelf to determine how functional characteristics of unimpacted benthic assemblages vary between different sedimentary habitats. Assemblages in deep, muddy environments unaffected by anthropogenic disturbance show increased proportions of downward conveyors and surface deposit-feeders, while burrowing, diffusive mixing, scavenging and predation traits assume greater numerical proportions in shallower habitats...
January 23, 2017: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214618/deep-neck-flexor-endurance-in-the-adolescent-and-young-adult-normative-data-and-associated-attributes
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Nathan F Jarman, Toby Brooks, C Roger James, Troy Hooper, Mark Wilhelm, Jean-Michel Brismée, Manuel A Domenech, Stanley J Kotara, Phillip S Sizer
BACKGROUND: Deep neck flexor (DNF) muscles stabilize the neck and contribute to head acceleration control. The function of DNF in cervical spine dynamic stabilization has not been examined in athletes of any age group, including adolescents. This investigation was necessary prior to studying the DNF muscles' role in cervical spine injury patterns. OBJECTIVES: (1) To determine average Deep Neck Flexor Endurance Test (DNFET) time scores in high school and university-aged subjects (ages 14-22); and (2) To establish the relationship between gender and age for adolescent DNFET time scores...
February 15, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214393/flow-cytometric-bacterial-cell-counts-challenge-conventional-heterotrophic-plate-counts-for-routine-microbiological-drinking-water-monitoring
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REVIEW
S Van Nevel, S Koetzsch, C R Proctor, M D Besmer, E I Prest, J S Vrouwenvelder, A Knezev, N Boon, F Hammes
Drinking water utilities and researchers continue to rely on the century-old heterotrophic plate counts (HPC) method for routine assessment of general microbiological water quality. Bacterial cell counting with flow cytometry (FCM) is one of a number of alternative methods that challenge this status quo and provide an opportunity for improved water quality monitoring. After more than a decade of application in drinking water research, FCM methodology is optimised and established for routine application, supported by a considerable amount of data from multiple full-scale studies...
February 8, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214368/evaluation-of-deformable-image-registration-between-external-beam-radiotherapy-and-hdr-brachytherapy-for-cervical-cancer-with-a-3d-printed-deformable-pelvis-phantom
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Noriyuki Kadoya, Yuya Miyasaka, Yujiro Nakajima, Yoshihiro Kuroda, Kengo Ito, Mizuki Chiba, Kiyokazu Sato, Suguru Dobashi, Takaya Yamamoto, Noriyoshi Takahashi, Masaki Kubozono, Ken Takeda, Keiichi Jingu
PURPOSE: In this study, we developed a 3D-printed deformable pelvis phantom for evaluating spatial DIR accuracy. We then evaluated the spatial DIR accuracies of various DIR settings for cervical cancer. METHODS: A deformable female pelvis phantom was created based on patient CT data using 3D printing. To create the deformable uterus phantom, we first 3D printed both a model of uterus and a model of the internal cavities of the vagina and uterus. We then made a mold using the 3D printed uterus phantom...
February 18, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214110/pediatric-echocardiographic-nomograms-what-has-been-done-and-what-still-needs-to-be-done
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REVIEW
Massimiliano Cantinotti, Shelby Kutty, Eliana Franchi, Marco Paterni, Marco Scalese, Giorgio Iervasi, Martin Koestenberger
Nomograms are essential tools for quantification in pediatric echocardiography. In the last few years, multiple sources highlight that nomograms employed for decades presented significant numerical and methodological limitations. As a result, widely different ranges of normality were generated, thus creating confusion in estimation of several cardiac diseases. New nomograms have recently been generated, overcoming some of the gaps of previous research: wider sample sizes (including neonates/infants), solid statistical/methodological plan, and availability of new data (chamber dimensions, many functional parameters)...
January 19, 2017: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213887/rituals-improve-children-s-ability-to-delay-gratification
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Veronika Rybanska, Ryan McKay, Jonathan Jong, Harvey Whitehouse
To be accepted into social groups, individuals must internalize and reproduce appropriate group conventions, such as rituals. The copying of such rigid and socially stipulated behavioral sequences places heavy demands on executive function. Given previous research showing that challenging executive functioning improves it, it was hypothesized that engagement in ritualistic behaviors improves children's executive functioning, in turn improving their ability to delay gratification. A 3-month circle time games intervention with 210 schoolchildren (Mage  = 7...
February 18, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213868/elliptical-fourier-analysis-fundamentals-applications-and-value-for-forensic-anthropology
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REVIEW
Jodi Caple, John Byrd, Carl N Stephan
The numerical description of skeletal morphology enables forensic anthropologists to conduct objective, reproducible, and structured tests, with the added capability of verifying morphoscopic-based analyses. One technique that permits comprehensive quantification of outline shape is elliptical Fourier analysis. This curve fitting technique allows a form's outline to be approximated via the sum of multiple sine and cosine waves, permitting the profile perimeter of an object to be described in a dense (continuous) manner at a user-defined level of precision...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213644/circulating-micrornas-and-diabetes-mellitus-a-novel-tool-for-disease-prediction-diagnosis-and-staging
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REVIEW
G Sebastiani, L Nigi, G E Grieco, F Mancarella, G Ventriglia, F Dotta
Diabetes is a complex, multifactorial group of metabolic diseases characterized by chronic hyperglycaemia due to pancreatic beta-cell dysfunction and/or loss. It is characterized by an asymptomatic and highly variable prodromic phase, which renders diabetes mellitus difficult to be predicted with sufficient accuracy. Despite several efforts in the identification and standardization of newly trustable. Biomarkers able to predict and follow-up diabetes and to specifically subtype its different forms, few of them have proven of clinical utility...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213515/hendra-virus-fusion-protein-transmembrane-domain-contributes-to-pre-fusion-protein-stability
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Stacy Webb, Tamas Nagy, Hunter Moseley, Michael Fried, Rebecca Ellis Dutch
Enveloped viruses utilize fusion (F) proteins studding the surface of the virus to facilitate membrane fusion with a target cell membrane. Fusion of the viral envelope with a cellular membrane is required for release of viral genomic material so the virus can ultimately reproduce and spread. To drive fusion, the F protein undergoes an irreversible conformational change, transitioning from a meta-stable pre-fusion conformation to a more thermodynamically stable post-fusion structure. Understanding the elements which control stability of the pre-fusion state and triggering to the post-fusion conformation is important for understanding F protein function...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213402/a-novel-method-of-standardized-myocardial-infarction-in-aged-rabbits
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Patrick J Morrissey, Kevin R Murphy, Jean M Daley, Lorraine Schofield, Nilufer N Turan, Karuppiah Arunachalam, J Dawn Abbott, Gideon Koren
The incidence of myocardial infarction (MI) and sudden cardiac death increases with age. Here we describe the development of a minimally invasive large animal model of MI that can be applied to young or aged animals. We demonstrate that rabbit coronary anatomy is highly variable, more so than described in previous literature. In this work we categorize the coronary pattern of 37 young and 63 aged rabbits. Aged rabbits had a higher degree of branching from the left main coronary artery. Standardizing the model across age cohorts required a new approach, targeting an area of myocardium rather than a specific vessel...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213328/an-integrated-dual-functional-recognition-amplification-bio-label-for-the-one-step-impedimetric-detection-of-micro-rna-21
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Sawsen Azzouzi, Wing Cheung Mak, Kamalodin Kor, Anthony P F Turner, Mounir Ben Ali, Valerio Beni
Alteration in expression of miRNAs has been correlated with different cancer types, tumour stage and response to treatments. In this context, a structurally responsive oligonucleotide-based electrochemical impedimetric biosensor has been developed for the simple and sensitive detection of miRNA-21. A highly specific biotinylated DNA/LNA molecular beacon (MB) probe was conjugated with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) to create an integrated, dual function bio-label (biotin-MB-AuNPs) for both biorecognition and signal generation...
February 10, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213280/magnetic-lateral-flow-immunoassay-test-strip-development-considerations-for-proof-of-concept-evaluation
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R Connolly, R O' Kennedy
Lateral flow immunoassays (LFIA) have grown to become the predominant test device format for the diagnostics and point-of-care industries. The demand for robust and reproducible LFIAs has been facilitated through scale-up production methods using specialized and automated instruments. However, the feasibility of a LFIA device can still be evaluated in a small-scale laboratory setting through controlled manual preparation methods. The advent of super-paramagnetic (SPMP) labels for use in lateral flow has heralded the possibility of highly sensitive and stable LFIAs...
February 14, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213250/novel-electroanalytical-method-based-on-the-electrostriction-phenomenon-and-its-application-to-determination-of-cr-vi-by-the-flow-injection-technique
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Marcin Wieczorek, Jolanta Kochana, Paweł Knihnicki, Karolina Wapiennik, Paweł Kościelniak
The electrostriction phenomenon is observed in membranes of thickness in the nanometer range, e.g. bilayer lipid membranes or self-assembled monolayers. Strong electrical field of 105-106V/cm in intensity appears when applying the potential lower than 1V to these membranes. Electrostatic forces change the dimensions of a dielectric, hence the membrane compression and decrease in thickness are observed. As a result, increase in the membrane capacitance is recorded. The presented work covers development and application of a new analytical method based on the innovative capacitance-to-frequency conversion method and flow technique...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213235/preparation-and-characterization-of-a-packed-bead-immobilized-trypsin-reactor-integrated-into-a-pdms-microfluidic-chip-for-rapid-protein-digestion
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Adam Kecskemeti, Attila Gaspar
This paper demonstrates the design, efficiency and applicability of a simple, inexpensive and high sample throughput microchip immobilized enzymatic reactor (IMER) for rapid protein digestion. The IMER contains conventional silica particles with covalently immobilized trypsin packed inside of a poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) microchip channel (10mm×1mm×35µm). The microchip consists of 9 different channels, enabling 9 simultaneous protein digestions. Trypsin was covalently immobilized using carbodiimide activation, the ideal trypsin/silica particle ratio (i...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213224/ordered-titanium-templates-functionalized-by-gold-films-for-biosensing-applications-towards-non-enzymatic-glucose-detection
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Katarzyna Grochowska, Mariusz Szkoda, Jakub Karczewski, Gerard Śliwiński, Katarzyna Siuzdak
Recently, metal nanostructures evoke much interest due to application potential in highly sensitive detectors in biochemistry and medical diagnostics. In this work we report on preparation and characteristics of thin (1-100nm) Au films deposited onto highly ordered structured titanium templates for SERS (Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy) and electrochemical sensing. The Ti templates are formed by selective removal of TiO2 nanotubes out of as-anodized titanium substrate. The surface of the obtained material reproduce precisely the bottom layer of the nanotubes and consists of a uniformly distributed dimples with diameter of ~100nm...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213214/bifunctional-polydopamine-thin-film-coated-zinc-oxide-nanorods-for-label-free-photoelectrochemical-immunoassay
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Yan Yang, Weihua Hu
Photoelectrochemical (PEC) detection is a promising method for label-free immunoassay by reporting the specific biological recognition events with electrical signals. However, it is challenging to rationally incorporate immunosensing components with a photocurrent conversion interface, which generally necessitates multistep fabrication and careful tailoring of various components such as photoactive material and biological probe. For high detection reliability and reproducibility, it is highly desirable to rationally construct an efficient PEC interface with architecture as simple as possible...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213200/validation-of-a-quantitative-method-to-measure-neural-respiratory-drive-in-children-during-sleep
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Sandra Ya-Chu Chuang, Arthur Teng, Jane Elizabeth Butler, Simon Charles Gandevia, Hiran Selvadurai, Adam Jaffe
AIMS: Quantitatively measure and validate analysis of neural respiratory drive (NRD) using a commercial polysomnography system in children during sleep. METHOD: Surface electromyogram of the diaphragm (sEMGdi) recorded from primary snoring children were analysed. A subset was re-analysed to assess intra- and inter-investigator reproducibility. Effects of different band pass filter settings (20-100Hz vs 10-1000Hz) on sEMGdi amplitude were evaluated. RESULTS: Mean sEMGdi from 45 children aged 4...
February 14, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213185/a-comparative-study-of-photogrammetric-methods-using-panoramic-photography-in-a-forensic-context
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Kayleigh Sheppard, John P Cassella, Sarah Fieldhouse
Taking measurements of a scene is an integral aspect of the crime scene documentation process, and accepted limits of accuracy for taking measurements at a crime scene vary throughout the world. In the UK, there is no published accepted limit of accuracy, whereas the United States has an accepted limit of accuracy of 0.25 inch. As part of the International organisation for Standardisation 17020 accreditation competency testing is required for all work conducted at the crime scene. As part of this, all measuring devices need to be calibrated within known tolerances in order to meet the required standard, and measurements will be required to have a clearly defined limit of accuracy...
February 4, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213171/13c-labeling-analysis-of-sugars-by-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry-for-metabolic-flux-analysis
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Sébastien Acket, Anthony Degournay, Franck Merlier, Brigitte Thomasset
Metabolic flux analysis is particularly complex in plant cells because of highly compartmented metabolism. Analysis of free sugars is interesting because it provides data to define fluxes around hexose, pentose, and triose phosphate pools in different compartment. In this work, we present a method to analyze the isotopomer distribution of free sugars labeled with carbon 13 using a liquid chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry, without derivatized procedure, adapted for Metabolic flux analysis. Our results showed a good sensitivity, reproducibility and better accuracy to determine isotopic enrichments of free sugars compared to our previous methods [5, 6]...
February 14, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213055/electrophysiological-measurements-that-can-explain-and-guide-temporary-accelerated-pacing-to-avert-re-occurrence-of-torsade-de-pointes-arrhythmias-in-the-canine-chronic-atrioventricular-block-model
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Sofieke C Wijers, Alexandre Bossu, Albert Dunnink, Jet D M Beekman, Rosanne Varkevisser, Alfonso Aranda Hernández, Mathias Meine, Marc A Vos
BACKGROUND: Pacing at higher rates is known to suppress Torsade de Pointes (TdP) arrhythmias. Nevertheless, exact application and mechanism need further clarification. In the anesthetized, canine, chronic atrioventricular block model, ventricular remodeling is responsible for a high and reproducible incidence of TdP upon a challenge with dofetilide. OBJECTIVE: We used this model to investigate by what mechanism accelerated pacing averts TdP and what repolarization parameter could be used to guide temporary applied accelerated pacing (TAP)...
February 14, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
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