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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734246/topological-pattern-for-the-search-of-new-active-drugs-against-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
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Jose I Bueso-Bordils, Maria T Perez-Gracia, Beatriz Suay-Garcia, Maria J Duart, Rafael V Martin Algarra, Luis Lahuerta Zamora, Gerardo M Anton-Fos, Pedro A Aleman Lopez
Molecular topology was used to develop a mathematical model capable of classifying compounds according to antimicrobial activity against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Topological indices were used as structural descriptors and their relation to antimicrobial activity was determined by using linear discriminant analysis. This topological model establishes new structure activity relationships which show that the presence of cyclopropyl, chlorine and ramification pairs at a distance of two bonds favor this activity, while the presence of tertiary amines decreases it...
July 8, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734191/evolutionary-dynamics-of-recent-peste-des-petits-ruminants-virus-epidemic-in-china-during-2013-2014
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Jingyue Bao, Qinghua Wang, Lin Li, Chunju Liu, Zhicheng Zhang, Jinming Li, Shujuan Wang, Xiaodong Wu, Zhiliang Wang
Peste des petits ruminants virus (PPRV) causes a highly contagious disease, peste des petits ruminants (PPR), in sheep and goats which has been considered as a serious threat to the local economy in Africa and Asia. However, the in-depth evolutionary dynamics of PPRV during an epidemic is not well understood. We conducted phylogenetic analysis on genomic sequences of 25 PPRV strains from China 2013-2014 outbreaks. All these strains clustered into a novel clade in lineage 4. An evolutionary rate of 2.61 × 10(-6) nucleotide substitutions per site per day was estimated, dating the most recent common ancestor of PPRV China 2013-2014 strains to early August 2013...
July 19, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732296/contribution-of-waste-water-treatment-plants-to-pesticide-toxicity-in-agriculture-catchments
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Trong Dieu Hien Le, Andreas Scharmüller, Mira Kattwinkel, Ralph Kühne, Gerrit Schüürmann, Ralf B Schäfer
Pesticide residues are frequently found in water bodies and may threaten freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity. In addition to runoff or leaching from treated agricultural fields, pesticides may enter streams via effluents from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). We compared the pesticide toxicity in terms of log maximum Toxic Unit (log mTU) of sampling sites in small agricultural streams of Germany with and without WWTPs in the upstream catchments. We found an approximately half log unit higher pesticide toxicity for sampling sites with WWTPs (p < 0...
July 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732223/effect-of-piezoelectric-units-on-the-implantable-cardioverter-and-defibrillator
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Gonzalo Gómez Val, Fernando Jara, Baltasar Sánchez, Miguel Roig, Ricard Ferrer, Fernando Duran-Sindreu
PURPOSE: Evidence-based research appears to conflict on the potential risk of electromagnetic interference (EMI) between piezoelectric units (Pzs) and implantable cardioverters and defibrillators (ICDs). The purpose of this study was to observe whether the EMI produced by Pzs is hazardous for ICDs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 6 Pzs was conducted in vitro for EMI using an ICD system. To simulate the human body's electrical resistance, electrographic recordings were made of the ICD and lead that were immersed in a bath of saline solution...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732034/neglecting-the-call-of-the-wild-captive-frogs-like-the-sound-of-their-own-voice
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Luiza Figueiredo Passos, Gerardo Garcia, Robert John Young
Acoustic communication is highly influential in the expression of social behavior by anuran amphibians, transmitting information about the individual's physical condition and motivation. We studied the phonotactic (approach movements) responses of wild and captive male golden mantella frogs to conspecific wild and captive playback calls to determine the impact of captivity on social behaviour mediated by vocalisations. Calls were recorded from one wild and two captive populations. Phonotaxis experiments were then conducted by attracting M...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732016/maternal-residential-proximity-to-unconventional-gas-development-and-perinatal-outcomes-among-a-diverse-urban-population-in-texas
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Kristina W Whitworth, Amanda K Marshall, Elaine Symanski
OBJECTIVE: To assess associations between unconventional natural gas development (UGD) and perinatal outcomes. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective birth cohort study among 158,894 women with a birth or fetal death from November 30, 2010-November 29, 2012 in the Barnett Shale, in North Texas. We constructed three UGD-activity metrics by calculating the inverse distance-weighted sum of active wells within three separate geographic buffers surrounding the maternal residence: ≤½, 2, or 10-miles...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732010/biofilm-imaging-in-porous-media-by-laboratory-x-ray-tomography-combining-a-non-destructive-contrast-agent-with-propagation-based-phase-contrast-imaging-tools
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Maxence Carrel, Mario A Beltran, Verónica L Morales, Nicolas Derlon, Eberhard Morgenroth, Rolf Kaufmann, Markus Holzner
X-ray tomography is a powerful tool giving access to the morphology of biofilms, in 3D porous media, at the mesoscale. Due to the high water content of biofilms, the attenuation coefficient of biofilms and water are very close, hindering the distinction between biofilms and water without the use of contrast agents. Until now, the use of contrast agents such as barium sulfate, silver-coated micro-particles or 1-chloronaphtalene added to the liquid phase allowed imaging the biofilm 3D morphology. However, these contrast agents are not passive and potentially interact with the biofilm when injected into the sample...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731980/running-performance-nationality-sex-and-age-in-the-10-km-half-marathon-marathon-and-the-100-km-ultramarathon-iaaf-1999-2015
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Pantelis T Nikolaidis, Vincent O Onywera, Beat Knechtle
Nikolaidis PT, Onywera VO, and Knechtle B. Running performance, nationality, sex, and age in the 10-km, half-marathon, marathon, and the 100-km ultramarathon IAAF 1999-2015. J Strength Cond Res 31(8): 2189-2207, 2017-The aim of this study was to examine the performance of the world's best runners in the 10-km, half-marathon, marathon, and 100-km races by age, sex, and nationality during 1999-2015, using data from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). A total of 38,895 runners (17,136 women and 21,759 men) were evaluated, with 2,594 (1,360 women and 1,234 men) in the 10-km; 11,595 (5,225 women and 6,370 men) in the half-marathon; 23,973 (10,208 women and 13,765 men) in the marathon; and 733 (343 women and 390 men) in 100-km events...
August 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731979/global-positioning-system-analysis-of-a-high-school-football-scrimmage
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Benjamin H Gleason, Matthew L Sams, John T Salley, A Andrew Pustina, Michael H Stone
Gleason, BH, Sams, M, Salley, JT, Pustina, A, and Stone, MH. Global positioning system analysis of a high school football scrimmage. J Strength Cond Res 31(8): 2183-2188, 2017-The purpose of this study was to examine the physical demands of a high school American football scrimmage. Male high school football players (N = 25) participated in a spring scrimmage. Global positioning system data and game film were recorded throughout the entirety of the scrimmage to determine the total distance covered, the distance covered in different velocity bands, the number of accelerations and decelerations performed, and the work-to-rest ratio of the scrimmage...
August 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731978/differences-in-spatiotemporal-parameters-between-trained-runners-and-untrained-participants
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Josué Gómez-Molina, Ana Ogueta-Alday, Christopher Stickley, Jesús Cámara, Jon Cabrejas-Ugartondo, Juan García-López
Gómez-Molina, J, Ogueta-Alday, A, Stickley, C, Tobalina, JC, Cabrejas-Ugartondo, J, and García-López, J. Differences in spatiotemporal parameters between trained runners and untrained participants. J Strength Cond Res 31(8): 2169-2175, 2017-The aim of this study was to compare the spatiotemporal parameters of trained runners and untrained participants with the same foot strike pattern (rearfoot) during running at controlled speeds. Twenty-one participants were classified in 2 groups according to their training experience: Trained (n = 10, amateur runners with long distance training experience) and Untrained (n = 11, healthy untrained participants)...
August 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731847/the-colorful-world-of-extracellular-electron-shuttles
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Nathaniel R Glasser, Scott H Saunders, Dianne K Newman
Descriptions of the changeable, striking colors associated with secreted natural products date back well over a century. These molecules can serve as extracellular electron shuttles (EESs) that permit microbes to access substrates at a distance. In this review, we argue that the colorful world of EESs has been too long neglected. Rather than simply serving as a diagnostic attribute of a particular microbial strain, redox-active natural products likely play fundamental, underappreciated roles in the biology of their producers, particularly those that inhabit biofilms...
July 21, 2017: Annual Review of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731802/neurovascular-structures-at-risk-with-curved-retrograde-ttc-fusion-nails
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Cesar de Cesar Netto, David Johannesmeyer, Brent Cone, Ibukunoluwa Araoye, Parke William Hudson, Bahman Sahranavard, Michael Johnson, Ashish Shah
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to assess the risk of iatrogenic injury to plantar neurovascular structures of the foot during insertion of a curved retrograde tibiotalocalcaneal (TTC) fusion nail. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Ten below-knee thawed fresh-frozen cadaveric specimens underwent curved retrograde nailing of the ankle. The shortest distance between the nail and the main plantar neurovascular branches and injured structures were recorded during dissection...
July 1, 2017: Foot & Ankle International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731764/phase-tuned-entangled-state-generation-between-distant-spin-qubits
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R Stockill, M J Stanley, L Huthmacher, E Clarke, M Hugues, A J Miller, C Matthiesen, C Le Gall, M Atatüre
Quantum entanglement between distant qubits is an important feature of quantum networks. Distribution of entanglement over long distances can be enabled through coherently interfacing qubit pairs via photonic channels. Here, we report the realization of optically generated quantum entanglement between electron spin qubits confined in two distant semiconductor quantum dots. The protocol relies on spin-photon entanglement in the trionic Λ system and quantum erasure of the Raman-photon path information. The measurement of a single Raman photon is used to project the spin qubits into a joint quantum state with an interferometrically stabilized and tunable relative phase...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731761/dissipatively-stabilized-quantum-sensor-based-on-indirect-nuclear-nuclear-interactions
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Q Chen, I Schwarz, M B Plenio
We propose to use a dissipatively stabilized nitrogen vacancy (NV) center as a mediator of interaction between two nuclear spins that are protected from decoherence and relaxation of the NV due to the periodical resets of the NV center. Under ambient conditions this scheme achieves highly selective high-fidelity quantum gates between nuclear spins in a quantum register even at large NV-nuclear distances. Importantly, this method allows for the use of nuclear spins as a sensor rather than a memory, while the NV spin acts as an ancillary system for the initialization and readout of the sensor...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731541/demography-and-genome-divergence-of-lake-and-stream-populations-of-an-east-african-cichlid-fish
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Bernd Egger, Marius Rösti, Astrid Böhne, Olivia Roth, Walter Salzburger
Disentangling the processes and mechanisms underlying divergent selection in diversification is facilitated by the comparative study of replicate population pairs that have diverged along a similar environmental gradient. Such a setting is realized in a cichlid fish from southern Lake Tanganyika, Astatotilapia burtoni, which occurs both within the lake proper as well as in various affluent rivers. Previous studies demonstrated that independent lake and stream populations show respectively similar adaptations to the two habitat regimes...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731453/topological-alterations-and-symptom-relevant-modules-in-the-whole-brain-structural-network-in-semantic-dementia
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Junhua Ding, Keliang Chen, Weibin Zhang, Ming Li, Yan Chen, Qing Yang, Yingru Lv, Qihao Guo, Zaizhu Han
BACKGROUND: Semantic dementia (SD) is characterized by a selective decline in semantic processing. Although the neuropsychological pattern of this disease has been identified, its topological global alterations and symptom-relevant modules in the whole-brain anatomical network have not been fully elucidated. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to explore the topological alteration of anatomical network in SD and reveal the modules associated with semantic deficits in this disease...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731346/kinetics-of-light-induced-intramolecular-energy-transfer-in-different-conformational-states-of-nadh
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Zsuzsanna Heiner, Thomas Roland, Jérémie Léonard, Stefan Haacke, Géza I Groma
When bound to a protein, the coenzyme NAD+/NADH typically exists in an extended conformation, while in aqueous solutions it can be characterized by an equilibrium of folded and unfolded structures. It was recognized long ago that in the folded conformation light absorption at the adenine ring initiates an effective energy transfer (ET) towards the nicotinamide group, but the mechanism of this process is still unexplored. Here we apply ultrafast transient absorption measurements on NADH combined with compartmental model analysis for following the kinetics of the ET...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731307/environmental-impact-of-alkyl-lead-iv-derivatives-perspective-after-their-phase-out
#18
Montserrat Filella, Josep Bonet
The use of alkyl lead derivatives as antiknock agents in gasoline can be considered as one of the main pollution disasters of the 20th century because of both the global character of the pollution emitted and the seriousness of the impact on human health. Alkyl lead derivatives in themselves cannot be considered to be persistent pollutants because they readily degrade either before being released from the tailpipes or soon afterwards in the atmosphere. However, the inorganic lead they produced has been deposited in soils all over the planet, largely, but not exclusively in urban areas and along motorways, since the direct emission of lead into the atmosphere favored its dispersal over great distances: The signal of the massive use of alkyl lead derivatives has been found all over the world, including in remote sites such as polar areas...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731059/optical-coherence-tomography-detection-of-characteristic-retinal-nerve-fiber-layer-thinning-in-nasal-hypoplasia-of-the-optic-disc
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M Haruta, R Kodama, R Yamakawa
PurposeTo determine the clinical usefulness of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for detecting thinning of the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) in eyes with nasal hypoplasia of the optic discs (NHOD).Patients and methodsThe medical records of five patients (eight eyes) with NHOD were reviewed. The ratio of the disc-macula distance to the disc diameter (DM/DD) and the disc ovality ratio of the minimal to maximal DD were assessed using fundus photographs. The RNFL thicknesses of the temporal, superior, nasal, and inferior quadrants were evaluated using OCT quadrant maps...
July 21, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730917/novice-runners-show-greater-changes-in-kinematics-with-fatigue-compared-with-competitive-runners
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Ellen Maas, Jorien De Bie, Riet Vanfleteren, Wouter Hoogkamer, Benedicte Vanwanseele
Fatigue, developed over the course of a run, may cause changes in running kinematics. Training status may influence the effect of fatigue on running kinematics, since well trained, competitive runners are used to running until exhaustion, whereas novice runners are not. This study aimed to determine changes in running kinematics during an exhaustive run in both novice (NOVICE) and competitive (COMP) long-distance runners. About 15 NOVICE and 15 COMP runners performed a treadmill run, until voluntary exhaustion at 3,200 m time trial pace...
July 21, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
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