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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150930/photoautotrophic-production-of-macular-pigment-in-a-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii-strain-generated-by-using-dna-free-crispr-cas9-rnp-mediated-mutagenesis
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Kwangryul Baek, Jihyeon Yu, Jooyeon Jeong, Sang Jun Sim, Sangsu Bae, EonSeon Jin
Lutein and zeaxanthin are dietary carotenoids reported to be protective against age-related macular degeneration. Recently, the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii has received attention as a photosynthetic cell factory, but the potential of this alga for carotenoid production has not yet been evaluated. In this study, we selected the C. reinhardtii CC-4349 strain as the best candidate among seven laboratory strains tested for carotenoid production. A knock-out mutant of the zeaxanthin epoxidase gene induced by preassembled DNA-free CRISPR-Cas9 ribonucleoproteins in the CC-4349 strain had a significantly higher zeaxanthin content (56-fold) and productivity (47-fold) than the wild type without the reduction in lutein level...
November 18, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150805/aspergillus-terreus-treated-rice-straw-suppresses-methane-production-and-enhances-feed-digestibility-in-goats
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P Mohd Azlan, M F Jahromi, M O Ariff, M Ebrahimi, S C L Candyrine, J B Liang
The objectives of this study were to test the efficacy of producing lovastatin in rice straw treated with Aspergillus terreus in larger laboratory scale following the procedure previously reported and to investigate the effectiveness of the treated rice straw containing lovastatin on methane mitigation in goats. The concentration of lovastatin in the treated rice straw was 0.69 ± 0.05 g/kg dry matter (DM) rice straw. Our results showed that supplementation of lovastatin at 4.14 mg/kg BW reduced methane production by 32% while improving the DM digestibility by 13% (P < 0...
November 17, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150661/morphological-differentiation-of-brachionus-calyciflorus-caused-by-predation-and-coal-ash-pollution
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Ying-Hao Xue, Xiao-Xue Yang, Gen Zhang, Yi-Long Xi
Different rotifer stains exhibited remarkably morphological differences which could not be eliminated under laboratory conditions. In the present study, we hypothesized that predation pressure and pollution might be two forces driving morphological differentiation of rotifer. To test this hypothesis, rotifers (Brachionus calyciflorus) belonging to two sibling species were collected from three special lakes (with coal ash pollution, high predation pressure or neither) and cultured for more than three months to investigate their potential differentiation in morphology...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150298/spontaneous-osteoclastogenesis-hypothesis-for-gender-unrelated-osteoporosis-screening-and-diagnosis
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F Salamanna, R Giardino, M Fini
Women are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis (OP). However, in the past few years it has become more widely recognized that OP is a significant problem also in men although OP is frequently under-diagnosed and, consequently, under treated in men. Most guidelines, screening and fracture risk evaluation methods as well as pharmacologic agents have been developed for women and then adapted to men. Bone Mineral Density (BMD) measurement by Dual X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) is reported as T score and the capability of DEXA to diagnose OP and predict fracture risk is still debated...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150249/accuracy-of-the-cobas-egfr-mutation-assay-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-compared-with-three-laboratory-developed-tests
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Haruhiko Nakamura, Hirotaka Koizumi, Hiroki Sakai, Hiroyuki Kimura, Tomoyuki Miyazawa, Hideki Marushima, Hisashi Saji, Masayuki Takagi
BACKGROUND: The reliability of the cobas EGFR assay to detect epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) as an in vitro diagnostic test was compared with 3 laboratory-developed tests (LDTs). MATERIALS AND METHODS: After screening for EGFR mutations using formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded NSCLC tissue sections using the cobas EGFR assay, 151 samples were further tested with 3 LDTs; the peptide nucleic acid-locked nucleic acid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) clamp, PCR invader, and Cycleave assays...
October 28, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150231/diagnosis-of-hyperferritinemia-in-routine-clinical-practice
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Bernard Lorcerie, Sylvain Audia, Maxime Samson, Aurélie Millière, Nicolas Falvo, Vanessa Leguy-Seguin, Sabine Berthier, Bernard Bonnotte
The discovery of hyperferritinemia is often fortuitous, revealed in results from a laboratory screening or follow-up test. The aim of the diagnostic procedure is therefore to identify its cause and to identify or rule out hepatic iron overload, in a three-stage process. In the first step, clinical findings and several simple laboratory tests are sufficient to detect four of the most frequent causes of high ferritin concentrations: alcoholism, inflammatory syndrome, cytolysis, and metabolic syndrome. None of these causes is associated with substantial hepatic iron overload...
November 14, 2017: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149950/structural-and-functional-adaptation-of-the-remnant-kidney-after-living-kidney-donation-long-term-follow-up
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M Meier, J Winterhoff, L Fricke, H Lehnert, M Nitschke
OBJECTIVE: Several adjustments occur after nephrectomy (NT) in the donor's remnant kidney. We investigated kidney donors 10 years after NT and compared several parameters before and after transplantation. METHODS: A total of 42 kidney donors of the University of Luebeck's Transplant Center were scheduled for a 10-year follow-up and were offered several investigations: laboratory tests, urinalysis and kidney ultrasound examination including determination of kidney volume (KV), resistive index (RI) and pulsatility index (PI)...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149912/trial-to-incentivise-adherence-for-diabetes-triad-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Marcel Bilger, Mitesh Shah, Ngiap Chuan Tan, Kaye Louise Howard, Hui Yan Xu, Ecosse Luc Lamoureux, Eric Andrew Finkelstein
BACKGROUND: Many people with diabetes have suboptimal glycaemic control due to not being adherent to their treatment regimen. Behavioural economic theory suggests that the lack of adherence results from the disconnect between the timing of when costs and benefits accrue. One strategy to address this discontinuity is to offer patients a near-term benefit, such as a financial reward. Whereas there is evidence that rewards can improve treatment adherence and sometimes health outcomes, further research is needed to determine whether rewards are more effective when targeting processes or intermediary health outcomes...
November 17, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149880/analytical-performance-of-envisia-a-genomic-classifier-for-usual-interstitial-pneumonia
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Yoonha Choi, Jiayi Lu, Zhanzhi Hu, Daniel G Pankratz, Huimin Jiang, Manqiu Cao, Cristina Marchisano, Jennifer Huiras, Grazyna Fedorowicz, Mei G Wong, Jessica R Anderson, Edward Y Tom, Joshua Babiarz, Urooj Imtiaz, Neil M Barth, P Sean Walsh, Giulia C Kennedy, Jing Huang
BACKGROUND: Clinical guidelines specify that diagnosis of interstitial pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) requires identification of usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) pattern. While UIP can be identified by high resolution CT of the chest, the results are often inconclusive, making surgical lung biopsy necessary to reach a definitive diagnosis (Raghu et al., Am J Respir Crit Care Med 183(6):788-824, 2011). The Envisia genomic classifier differentiates UIP from non-UIP pathology in transbronchial biopsies (TBB), potentially allowing patients to avoid an invasive procedure (Brown et al...
November 17, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149432/ebola-in-the-netherlands-2014-2015-costs-of-preparedness-and-response
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Anita W M Suijkerbuijk, Corien M Swaan, Marie-Josee J Mangen, Johan J Polder, Aura Timen, Wilhelmina L M Ruijs
The recent epidemic of Ebola virus disease (EVD) resulted in countries worldwide to prepare for the possibility of having an EVD patient. In this study, we estimate the costs of Ebola preparedness and response borne by the Dutch health system. An activity-based costing method was used, in which the cost of staff time spent in preparedness and response activities was calculated based on a time-recording system and interviews with key professionals at the healthcare organizations involved. In addition, the organizations provided cost information on patient days of hospitalization, laboratory tests, personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as the additional cleaning and disinfection required...
November 17, 2017: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149214/new-insights-on-the-species-specific-allelopathic-interactions-between-macrophytes-and-marine-hab-dinoflagellates
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Hela Ben Gharbia, Ons Kéfi-Daly Yahia, Philippe Cecchi, Estelle Masseret, Zouher Amzil, Fabienne Herve, Georges Rovillon, Habiba Nouri, Charaf M'Rabet, Douglas Couet, Habiba Zmerli Triki, Mohamed Laabir
Macrophytes are known to release allelochemicals that have the ability to inhibit the proliferation of their competitors. Here, we investigated the effects of the fresh leaves of two magnoliophytes (Zostera noltei and Cymodocea nodosa) and thalli of the macroalgae Ulva rigida on three HAB-forming benthic dinoflagellates (Ostreopsis cf. ovata, Prorocentrum lima, and Coolia monotis). The effects of C. nodosa and U. rigida were also tested against the neurotoxic planktonic dinoflagellate Alexandrium pacificum Litaker sp...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149155/lower-cutoffs-for-lc-ms-ms-urine-drug-testing-indicates-better-patient-compliance
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Kevin Krock, Amadeo Pesce, Dennis Ritz, Richard Thomas, Agnes Cua, Ryan Rogers, Phil Lipnick, Kristen Kilbourn
BACKGROUND: Urine drug testing is used by health care providers to determine a patient's compliance to their prescribed regimen and to detect non-prescribed medications and illicit drugs. However, the cutoff levels used by clinical labs are often arbitrarily set and may not reflect the urine drug concentrations of compliant patients. OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to test the hypothesis that commonly used cutoffs for many prescribed and illicit drugs were set too high, and methods using these cutoffs may yield a considerable number of false-negative results...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148899/patients-with-cranial-dural-arteriovenous-fistulas-may-benefit-from-expanded-hypercoagulability-and-cancer-screening
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Sean P Polster, Hussein A Zeineddine, Joseph Baron, Seon-Kyu Lee, Issam A Awad
OBJECTIVE Cranial dural arteriovenous fistulas (DAVFs) have been associated with dural sinus occlusion, and previous reports have suggested the association of hypercoagulability with some cases. But the prevalence of a hypercoagulable state has not been systematically analyzed in conjunction with laboratory markers and clinical manifestations, including history of thromboembolism or systemic malignancy. The authors hypothesize that laboratory or clinical evidence of a hypercoagulable state, including cancer, is commonly identifiable in consecutively identified patients with DAVFs, with implications for clinical management...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148613/ambrosia-artemisiifolia-as-a-potential-resource-for-management-of-golden-apple-snails-pomacea-canaliculata-lamarck
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Wenbing Ding, Rui Huang, Zhongshi Zhou, Hualiang He, Youzhi Li
BACKGROUND: Ambrosia artemisiifolia, an invasive weed in Europe and Asia, is highly toxic to the golden apple snail (GAS; Pomacea canaliculata) in laboratory test. However, little is known about the chemical components of A. artemisiifolia associated with the molluscicidal activity or about its potential application for GAS control in rice fields. This study evaluated the molluscicidal activities of powders, methanol extracts, and individual compounds from A. artemisiifolia against GAS in rice fields and under laboratory conditions...
November 17, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148538/molecular-testing-for-braf-mutations-to-inform-melanoma-treatment-decisions-a-move-toward-precision-medicine
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Liang Cheng, Antonio Lopez-Beltran, Francesco Massari, Gregory T MacLennan, Rodolfo Montironi
Approximately one-half of advanced (unresectable or metastatic) melanomas harbor a mutation in the BRAF gene, with V600E being the most common mutation. Targeted therapy with BRAF and MEK inhibitors is associated with significant long-term treatment benefit in patients with BRAF V600-mutated melanoma. Therefore, molecular testing for BRAF mutations is a priority in determining the course of therapy. A literature search was performed using MEDLINE/PubMed and scientific congress databases using the terms 'BRAF,' 'mutation,' and 'cancer/tumor...
November 17, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148090/assessment-of-cumulative-health-risk-in-the-world-trade-center-general-responder-cohort
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Ghalib A Bello, Susan L Teitelbaum, Roberto G Lucchini, Christopher R Dasaro, Moshe Shapiro, Julia R Kaplan, Michael A Crane, Denise J Harrison, Benjamin J Luft, Jacqueline M Moline, Iris G Udasin, Andrew C Todd
BACKGROUND: Multiple comorbidities have been reported among rescue/recovery workers responding to the 9/11/2001 WTC disaster. In this study, we developed an index that quantifies the cumulative physiological burden of comorbidities and predicts life expectancy in this cohort. METHODS: A machine learning approach (gradient boosting) was used to model the relationship between mortality and several clinical parameters (laboratory test results, blood pressure, pulmonary function measures)...
November 17, 2017: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147914/novice-chimpanzees-cooperate-successfully-in-the-presence-of-experts-but-may-have-limited-understanding-of-the-task
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Malini Suchak, Julia Watzek, Luke F Quarles, Frans B M de Waal
Despite many observations of cooperation in nature, laboratory studies often fail to find careful coordination between individuals who are solving a cooperative task. Further, individuals tested are often naïve to cooperative tasks and there has been little exploration of partnerships with mixed expertise. In the current study, we examined acquisition of a cooperative pulling task in a group with both expert (N = 4) and novice (N = 11) chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). We used five measures of competence and understanding: (1) success at the task, (2) latency to succeed, (3) efficiency, (4) uncoordinated pulling, and (5) pulling when a partner was present versus absent...
November 17, 2017: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147871/an-optimized-and-feasible-preparation-technique-for-the-industrial-production-of-hydrogel-patches
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Wei-Ze Li, Wen-Xia Han, Xu-Liang Hao, Ning Zhao, Xi-Feng Zhai, Li-Bin Yang, Shu-Miao He, Yu-Chuan Cheng, Han Zhang, Li-Na Fu, Yan Zhang, Ze Liang
For hydrogel patches, the laboratory tests could not fully reveal the existing problems of full scale of industrial production, and there are few studies about the preparation technique for the industrial manufacturing process of hydrogel patches. So, the purpose of this work was to elucidate the effects of mainly technological operation and its parameters on the performance of hydrogel patches at the industrial-scale production. The results revealed the following: (1) the aqueous phase was obtained by polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) along with tartaric acid dissolved in purified water, then feeding this into a vacuum mixer as a whole in one batch, thus extended the crosslinking reaction time of hydrogel paste (matrix) and allowed the operation of coating/cutting-off to be carried out easily, and there was no permeation of backing layer; (2) the gel strength of the hydrogel patches increased with the increase of working temperature, however, once the temperature exceeded 35 ± 2 °C, the hydrogel paste would lose water severely and the resultant physical crosslinking structure which has lower gel/cohesive strength would easily bring gelatinization/residues during application; (3) the relative humidity (RH) of the standing-workshop was dynamically controlled (namely at 35 ± 2 °C, keeping the RH at 55 ± 5% for 4 days, then 65 ± 5% for 2 days), which would make patches with satisfactory characteristics such as better flexibility, higher adhesive force, smooth flat matrix surface, and without gelatinization/residues and warped edge during the using process; (4) the aging of the packaged hydrogel patches was very sensitive to storage temperature, higher temperature, higher gel strength and lower adhesiveness...
November 16, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147675/newborn-screening-for-sickle-cell-disease-in-st-vincent-and-the-grenadines-results-of-a-pilot-newborn-screening-program
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Shelly-Ann Williams, Beneka Browne-Ferdinand, Ynolde Smart, Kristen Morella, Susan G Reed, Julie Kanter
Objective: To pilot a newborn screening program for sickle cell disease (SCD) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines using a novel partnership method to determine the feasibility of a universal newborn screening program in this country. Methods: A prospective study of mothers and their newborns was conducted between January 1, 2015, and November 1, 2015, at the country's main hospital. Mothers of infants born at this hospital were offered screening for SCD for their infants. If accepted, the newborn's heel-stick blood specimen was obtained and mailed to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Newborn Screening Laboratory for testing...
2017: Global Pediatric Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147079/laboratory-evaluation-of-residual-efficacy-of-actellic-300-cs-pirimiphos-methyl-and-k-othrine-wg-250-deltamethrin-on-different-indoor-surfaces
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Kolade T Ibrahim, Kehinde O Popoola, Kenneth O Akure
The nature and type of local indoor resting wall surfaces to certain level influences the residual bio-efficacy of insecticides used in indoor residual spraying programs. Knockdown and mortality effects of an organophosphate Actellic 300 CS and pyrethroid K-Othrine WG 250 insecticides on the field-collected Culex quinquefasciatus were assessed bimonthly from July to November 2014, using World Health Organization (WHO) cones bioassay test. Knockdown and mortality rates were subjected to statistical analysis using χ(2) and Student t tests...
2017: International Journal of Insect Science
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