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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732403/ecosystem-service-trade-offs-and-their-influencing-factors-a-case-study-in-the-loess-plateau-of-china
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Qiang Feng, Wenwu Zhao, Bojie Fu, Jingyi Ding, Shuai Wang
Soil erosion control (SEC), carbon sequestration (CAS), and soil moisture (SMO) strongly interact in the semi-arid Loess Plateau. Since SMO has supportive effects on SEC and CAS, it can be considered as ecosystem service (ES), and there is an immediate need to coordinate the relationships among these ecosystem services (ESs) to promote the sustainability of vegetation recovery. In this study, we quantified the ESs, ES trade-offs, and the environmental factors in 151 sample plots in the Ansai watershed, and we used a redundancy analysis (RDA) to clarify the effects of environmental factors on these ESs and their trade-offs...
July 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731680/nitrilotriacetic-amine-functionalized-polymeric-core-shell-nanoparticles-as-enzyme-immobilization-supports
#2
Dominic Keller, Ana Beloqui, Monica Martínez-Martínez, Manuel Ferrer, Guillaume Delaittre
Nitrilotriacetic amine (NTA) functionalized nanoparticles obtained by aqueous polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA) are introduced as immobilization supports for polyhistidine-functionalized (His-tagged) enzymes. A novel initiator for nitroxide-mediated polymerization based on the nitroxide SG1 and carrying a protected NTA moiety was first synthesized. Size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) proved the ability of this initiator to produce well-defined end-functional vinyl polymers...
July 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730997/improving-the-electrical-contact-at-a-pt-tio2-nanowire-interface-by-selective-application-of-focused-femtosecond-laser-irradiation
#3
Songling Xing, Luchan Lin, Guisheng Zou, Lei Liu, Peng Peng, Aiping Wu, Walter W Duley, Norman Zhou
In this paper, we show that tightly focused femtosecond laser irradiation is effective in improving nanojoining of an oxide nanowire (TiO2) to a metal electrode (Pt), and how this process can be used to modify contact states. Enhanced chemical bondings are created due to localized plasmonically enhanced optical absorption at the Pt/TiO2 interface as confirmed by finite element simulations of the localized field distribution during irradiation. Nano Auger electron spectroscopy shows that the resulting heterojunction is depleted in oxygen, suggesting that a TiO2-x layer is formed between the Pt electrode and the TiO2 nanowire...
July 21, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730712/slow-conduction-through-an-arc-of-block-a-basis-for-arrhythmia-formation-post-myocardial-infarction
#4
Eugene Patterson, Benjamin J Scherlag, Edward J Berbari, Ralph Lazzara
INTRODUCTION: The electrophysiologic basis for characteristic rate-dependent, constant-late-coupled (390+54 msec) premature ventricular beats (PVBs) present 4-5 days following coronary artery occlusion were examined in 108 anesthetized dogs. METHODS AND RESULTS: Fractionated/double potentials were observed in injured zone bipolar and composite electrograms at prolonged sinus cycle lengths (1296 ± 396 msec). At shorter cycle lengths, conduction of the delayed potential decremented, separating from the initial electrogram by a progressively prolonged isoelectric interval...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729901/aptamer-functionalized-neural-recording-electrodes-for-the-direct-measurement-of-cocaine-in-vivo
#5
I Mitch Taylor, Zhanhong Du, Emma T Bigelow, James R Eles, Anthony R Horner, Kasey A Catt, Stephen G Weber, Brian G Jamieson, X Tracy Cui
Cocaine is a highly addictive psychostimulant that acts through competitive inhibition of the dopamine transporter. In order to fully understand the region specific neuropathology of cocaine abuse and addiction, it is unequivocally necessary to develop cocaine sensing technology capable of directly measuring real-time cocaine transient events local to different brain regions throughout the pharmacokinetic time course of exposure. We have developed an electrochemical aptamer-based in vivo cocaine sensor on a silicon based neural recording probe platform capable of directly measuring cocaine from discrete brain locations using square wave voltammetry (SWV)...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Materials Chemistry. B, Materials for Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729209/clonal-spread-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-t6065-cc5-sccmecv-agrii-in-a-libyan-hospital
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Monia Khemiri, Ali Akrout Alhusain, Mohamed Salah Abbassi, Houyem El Ghaieb, Sofia Santos Costa, Adriana Belas, Constança Pomba, Salah Hammami
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to characterize 32 MRSA isolates recovered from wound specimens of patients in a Hospital in Tripoli, Libya, during 2013. METHODS: MRSA isolates were characterized by determining their antibiotic susceptibilities, genes encoding antibiotic resistance and virulence factors, the SCCmec class, agr type, spa typing, PFGE and MLST. RESULTS: PFGE and MLST revealed that all isolates were clonal and belonged to the Clonal Complex 5 (CC5)...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729179/global-regression-model-for-moisture-content-determination-using-near-infrared-spectroscopy
#7
Matthieu Clavaud, Yves Roggo, Klara Degardin, Pierre-Yves Sacré, Philippe Hubert, Eric Ziemons
Near-infrared (NIR) global quantitative models were evaluated for the moisture content (MC) determination of three different freeze-dried drug products. The quantitative models were based on 3822 spectra measured on two identical spectrometers to include variability. The MC, measured with the reference Karl Fischer (KF) method, were ranged from 0.05% to 4.96%. Linear and non-linear regression models using Partial Least Square (PLS), Decision Tree (DT), Bayesian Ridge Regression (Bayes-RR), K-Nearest Neighbors (KNN), and Support Vector Regression (SVR) algorithms were created and evaluated...
July 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729138/spatial-working-memory-in-the-touchscreen-operant-platform-is-disrupted-in-female-rats-by-ovariectomy-but-not-estrous-cycle
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Alyssa M Sbisa, Andrea Gogos, Maarten van den Buuse
Learning and memory deficits have been described in rats and mice after ovariectomy (OVX) and across the estrous cycle. Preclinical researchers therefore often avoid using female animals and, consequently, a large male bias exists in the preclinical cognitive literature. In the present study we examined the role of sex hormones in the touchscreen operant platform using the spatial working memory trial unique nonmatching-to-location (TUNL) task. Twenty-nine Long Evans rats were trained to acquire the TUNL task including three incremental spatial separations (S0, S1, S2)...
July 17, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727544/abbreviated-biparametric-prostate-mr-imaging-in-men-with-elevated-prostate-specific-antigen
#9
Christiane K Kuhl, Robin Bruhn, Nils Krämer, Sven Nebelung, Axel Heidenreich, Simone Schrading
Purpose To determine the diagnostic accuracy for clinically significant prostate cancer achieved with abbreviated biparametric prostate magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in comparison with full multiparametric contrast material-enhanced prostate MR imaging in men with elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and negative transrectal ultrasonography (US)-guided biopsy findings; to determine the significant cancer detection rate of biparametric versus full multiparametric contrast-enhanced MR imaging and between-reader agreement for interpretation of biparametric MR imaging...
July 20, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726390/glycolipid-biosurfactants-activate-dimerize-and-stabilize-t-lanuginosus-lipase-in-a-ph-dependent-fashion
#10
Jens Kvist Madsen, Jorn Dovling Kaspersen, Camilla Bertel Andersen, Jannik Nedergaard Pedersen, Kell Kleiner Andersen, Jan Skov Pedersen, Daniel Erik Otzen
We present a study of the interactions between the lipase from Thermomyces lanuginosus (TlL) and the two microbially produced biosurfactants (BS), rhamnolipid (RL) and sophorolipid (SL). Both RL and SL are glycolipids, but RL is anionic while SL is a mixture of anionic and non-ionic species. We investigate the interactions of RL and SL with TlL at pH 6 and 8 and observe different effects at the two pH values. At pH 8, neither RL nor SL had any major effect on TlL stability and activity. At pH 6, in contrast, both surfactants increase TlL's thermal stability and fluorescence and activity measurements indicate interfacial activation of TlL, resulting in 3- and 6-fold improved activity in SL and RL, respectively...
July 20, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726323/characterization-of-a-cathepsin-d-protease-from-cho-cell-free-medium-and-mitigation-of-its-impact-on-the-stability-of-a-recombinant-therapeutic-protein
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Amareth Lim, Brandon L Doyle, Gerard M Kelly, Angelia M Reed-Bogan, Lawrence H Breen, Parviz A Shamlou, Peter K Lambooy
During purification process development of a recombinant therapeutic protein, an endoproteolytic activity endogenous to the Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells and leading to degradation at particular hydrophobic amino acid residues (e.g., Phe and Trp) was observed when processing at acidic pH. The presence of residual levels of protease activity in purified protein batches affected the inherent activity of the product when stored as a solution. In order to develop a robust purification strategy to minimize this undesirable impact, identification and characterization of this protease was essential to ultimately ensure that a solution formulation was stable for many years...
July 20, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724440/bottleneck-in-secretion-of-%C3%AE-amylase-in-bacillus-subtilis
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REVIEW
Shaomin Yan, Guang Wu
Amylase plays an important role in biotechnology industries, and Gram-positive bacterium Bacillus subtilis is a major host to produce heterogeneous α-amylases. However, the secretion stress limits the high yield of α-amylase in B. subtilis although huge efforts have been made to address this secretion bottleneck. In this question-oriented review, every effort is made to answer the following questions, which look simple but are long-standing, through reviewing of literature: (1) Does α-amylase need a specific and dedicated chaperone? (2) What signal sequence does CsaA recognize? (3) Does CsaA require ATP for its operation? (4) Does an unfolded α-amylase is less soluble than a folded one? (5) Does α-amylase aggregate before transporting through Sec secretion system? (6) Is α-amylase sufficient stable to prevent itself from misfolding? (7) Does α-amylase need more disulfide bonds to be stabilized? (8) Which secretion system does PrsA pass through? (9) Is PrsA ATP-dependent? (10) Is PrsA reused after folding of α-amylase? (11) What is the fate of PrsA? (12) Is trigger factor (TF) ATP-dependent? The literature review suggests that not only the most of those questions are still open to answers but also it is necessary to calculate ATP budget in order to better understand how B...
July 19, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723576/an-atlas-of-human-regulatory-t-helper-like-cells-reveals-features-of-th2-like-tregs-that-support-a-tumorigenic-environment
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Leena Halim, Marco Romano, Reuben McGregor, Isabel Correa, Polychronis Pavlidis, Nathali Grageda, Sec-Julie Hoong, Muhammed Yuksel, Wayel Jassem, Rosalind F Hannen, Mark Ong, Olivia Mckinney, Bu'Hussain Hayee, Sophia N Karagiannis, Nicholas Powell, Robert I Lechler, Estefania Nova-Lamperti, Giovanna Lombardi
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) play a pivotal role in maintaining immunological tolerance, but they can also play a detrimental role by preventing antitumor responses. Here, we characterized T helper (Th)-like Treg subsets to further delineate their biological function and tissue distribution, focusing on their possible contribution to disease states. RNA sequencing and functional assays revealed that Th2-like Tregs displayed higher viability and autocrine interleukin-2 (IL-2)-mediated activation than other subsets...
July 18, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722284/the-effectiveness-of-a-novel-highly-flexible-tip-guidewire-on-selective-biliary-cannulation-compared-to-conventional-guidewire-a-randomized-controlled-study
#14
Jin-Seok Park, Seok Jeong, Don Haeng Lee
BACKGROUND/AIM: Endoscopic access to the common bile duct remains difficult in 10% of cases undergoing endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticography (ERCP). In the current study, we evaluated the effectiveness of a stiff-shaft and flexible-tip guidewire (Visiglide2(®) ) for selective biliary access. METHODS: We conducted a prospective, randomized controlled study involving patients with a naïve papilla who required biliary cannulation in a single center. We randomly allocated the patients to the Visiglide 2 group (Group V) or conventional guidewire group (Group C)...
July 19, 2017: Digestive Endoscopy: Official Journal of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720400/viewing-an-ultra-brief-chest-compression-only-video-improves-some-measures-of-bystander-cpr-performance-and-responsiveness-at-a-mass-gathering-event
#15
Daniel L Beskind, Uwe Stolz, Rebecca Thiede, Riley Hoyer, Whitney Robertson, Jeffrey Brown, Melissa Ludgate, Timothy Tiutan, Romy Shane, Deven McMorrow, Michael Pleasants, Karl B Kern, Ashish R Panchal
BACKGROUND: CPR training at mass gathering events is an important part of health initiatives to improve cardiac arrest survival. However, it is unclear whether training lay bystanders using an ultra-brief video at a mass gathering event improves CPR quality and responsiveness. OBJECTIVE: To determine if showing a chest-compression only (CCO) Ultra-Brief Video (UBV) at a mass gathering event is effective in teaching lay bystanders CCO-CPR. METHODS: Prospective control trial in adults (age >18) who attended either a women's University of Arizona or a men's Phoenix Suns basketball game...
July 15, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718710/compressed-air-noise-reductions-from-using-advanced-air-gun-nozzles-in-research-and-development-environments
#16
Kurt Prieve, Amanda Rice, Peter C Raynor
The aims of this study were to evaluate sound levels produced by compressed air guns in research and development (R&D) environments, replace conventional air gun models with advanced noise-reducing air nozzles, and measure changes in sound levels to assess the effectiveness of the advanced nozzles as engineering controls for noise. Ten different R&D manufacturing areas that used compressed air guns were identified and included in the study. A-weighted sound level and Z-weighted octave band measurements were taken simultaneously using a single instrument...
August 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718221/multidimensional-assessment-of-quality-of-life-of-children-and-problems-of-parents-in-indian-society-after-pediatric-renal-transplant-beyond-the-conventional-thoughts
#17
Priyank Yadav, Sandeep Nunia, Ankur Bansal, Sanjoy K Sureka, Rahul Jena, Mohd Sualeh Ansari, Aneesh Srivastava
This study evaluated multidimensional QoL after renal transplant to find the physical, psychosocial, and economic issues after pediatric transplant. Sixty-two patients under the age of 18 at the time of assessment were asked to complete WHOQOL questionnaires. Assessment of behavioral, emotional status of child, problems of parents, and SEC of family were also performed. The beneficial effect of transplantation was observed across all domains of QoL (physical, psychological, social, environmental, and overall QoL)...
July 17, 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718101/flexible-bronchoscopic-intubation-through-the-auragain%C3%A2-laryngeal-mask-versus-a-slit-guedel-tube-a-non-inferiority-randomized-controlled-trial
#18
Berthold Moser, Laurent Audigé, Christian Keller, Joseph Brimacombe, Lukas Gasteiger, Heinz R Bruppacher
PURPOSE: AuraGain(TM), a novel third-generation laryngeal mask, can facilitate insertion of a gastric tube and provide the potential advantage of intubation. Data are lacking on intubation through the AuraGain laryngeal mask. METHODS: Eighty-eight hip or knee surgery patients were enrolled in this parallel randomized-controlled trial. We hypothesized that intubation time using the AuraGain laryngeal mask would be no longer than that for standard flexible bronchoscopic intubation over a slit Guedel tube, with a non-inferiority margin of five seconds...
July 17, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717545/low-dose-lignocaine-butorphanol-vs-low-dose-bupivacaine-for-spinal-anaesthesia-in-day-care-urological-surgeries-a-prospective-randomized-control-trial
#19
Shahil Rameshbhai Khant, Rajeev Chaudhari, Rishikesh Arun Kore, Shirish Bhagwat, Ranjan Purushottam Jakhalekar
OBJECTIVE: A local anaesthetic with fast onset, short and reliable duration of anaesthesia may be preferable for day care urological surgeries. Low dose lignocaine is believed to act faster and to have a shorter duration of action than low dose bupivacaine. Use of lignocaine for spinal anesthesia is discouraged now a days because of rare reports of transient neurological symptoms. The purpose of this study was to compare effectiveness and safety of low dose of lignocaine + butorphanol against low dose of bupivacaine for day care urological surgeries...
June 2017: Turkish Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717421/isolation-of-membrane-vesicles-from-prokaryotes-a-technical-and-biological-comparison-reveals-heterogeneity
#20
Priscila Dauros Singorenko, Vanessa Chang, Alana Whitcombe, Denis Simonov, Jiwon Hong, Anthony Phillips, Simon Swift, Cherie Blenkiron
Prokaryotes release membrane vesicles (MVs) with direct roles in disease pathogenesis. MVs are heterogeneous when isolated from bacterial cultures so Density Gradient Centrifugation (DGC) is valuable for separation of MV subgroups from contaminating material. Here we report the technical variability and natural biological heterogeneity seen between DGC preparations of MVs for Mycobacterium smegmatis and Escherichia coli and compare these DGC data with size exclusion chromatography (SEC) columns. Crude preparations of MVs, isolated from cultures by ultrafiltration and ultracentrifugation were separated by DGC with fractions manually collected as guided by visible bands...
2017: Journal of Extracellular Vesicles
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