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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092828/a-flexible-microbial-co-culture-platform-for-simultaneous-utilization-of-methane-and-carbon-dioxide-from-gas-feedstocks
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Eric A Hill, William B Chrisler, Alex S Beliaev, Hans C Bernstein
A new co-cultivation technology is presented that converts greenhouse gasses, CH4 and CO2, into microbial biomass. The methanotrophic bacterium, Methylomicrobium alcaliphilum 20z, was coupled to a cyanobacterium, Synechococcus PCC 7002 via oxygenic photosynthesis. The system exhibited robust growth on diverse gas mixtures ranging from biogas to those representative of a natural gas feedstock. A continuous processes was developed on a synthetic natural gas feed that achieved steady-state by imposing coupled light and O2 limitations on the cyanobacterium and methanotroph, respectively...
January 3, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088738/piperine-modulates-isoproterenol-induced-myocardial-ischemia-through-antioxidant-and-anti-dyslipidemic-effect-in-male-wistar-rats
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Velumani Dhivya, Lohanathan Bharathi Priya, Hilda T Chirayil, Swamiappan Sathiskumar, Chih-Yang Huang, Viswanadha Vijaya Padma
Myocardial infarction due to ischemia accounts for majority of deaths among cardiovascular disorders. Isoproterenol (ISO) induced myocardial infarction and the protection offered by piperine was investigated in the present report. Lipid profile analysis by determining the levels of cholesterol, phospholipids, triglycerides and lipoproteins in serum and heart tissues showed anti-dyslipidemic action of piperine against ISO induced myocardial injury by modulating the ISO induced altered lipid profiles, maintaining to near control values...
January 12, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076949/arsenic-methyltransferase-is-involved-in-arsenosugar-biosynthesis-by-providing-dma
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Xi-Mei Xue, Jun Ye, Georg Raber, Kevin A Francesconi, Gang Li, Hong Gao, Yu Yan, Christopher Rensing, Yong-Guan Zhu
Arsenic is an ubiquitous toxic element in the environment, and organisms have evolved different arsenic detoxification strategies. Studies on arsenic biotransformation mechanisms have mainly focused on arsenate reduction, arsenite oxidation, and arsenic methylation; little is known, however, about the pathway for the biosynthesis of arsenosugars, which are significant arsenic transformation products. Here, the involvement of arsenite S-Adenosylmethionine methyltransferase (ArsM) in arsenosugar synthesis is demonstrated for the first time...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074381/adrenal-hormones-before-and-after-venography-during-adrenal-venous-sampling-a-self-controlled-study
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Yuya Koike, Seishi Matsui, Masao Omura, Kohzoh Makita, Alfonso W D Obara, Nobukazu Moriya, Tetsuo Nishikawa
OBJECTIVE: A stress reaction involving increased adrenal hormone release occurs when starting adrenal venous sampling (AVS). The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of single shot venography on adrenal hormone production during AVS. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This was a prospective self-controlled study. We enrolled 54 consecutive patients (21 men, 33 women; mean age 52 ± 11 years) with primary aldosteronism who underwent AVS from May 2014 to February 2015...
January 10, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074036/redox-crisis-underlies-conditional-light-dark-lethality-in-cyanobacterial-mutants-that-lack-the-circadian-regulator-rpaa
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Spencer Diamond, Benjamin E Rubin, Ryan K Shultzaberger, You Chen, Chase D Barber, Susan S Golden
Cyanobacteria evolved a robust circadian clock, which has a profound influence on fitness and metabolism under daily light-dark (LD) cycles. In the model cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942, a functional clock is not required for diurnal growth, but mutants defective for the response regulator that mediates transcriptional rhythms in the wild-type, regulator of phycobilisome association A (RpaA), cannot be cultured under LD conditions. We found that rpaA-null mutants are inviable after several hours in the dark and compared the metabolomes of wild-type and rpaA-null strains to identify the source of lethality...
January 10, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070973/dissociation-between-amygdala-and-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-during-threat-anticipation-in-female-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-patients
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Leonie Brinkmann, Christine Buff, Paula Neumeister, Sara V Tupak, Michael P I Becker, Martin J Herrmann, Thomas Straube
Feelings of uncontrollability and anxiety regarding possibly harmful events are key features of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptomatology. Due to a lack of studies, the neural correlates of anticipatory anxiety in PTSD are still poorly understood. During functional magnetic resonance imaging, female PTSD patients with interpersonal violence trauma and healthy controls (HC) anticipated the temporally unpredictable presentation of aversive (human scream) or neutral sounds. Based on separate analysis models, we investigated phasic and sustained brain activations...
January 10, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070262/experiences-of-women-regarding-gaps-in-preconception-care-services-in-the-iranian-reproductive-health-care-system-a-qualitative-study
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Roghieh Bayrami, Robab Latifnejad Roudsari, Hamid Allahverdipour, Mojgan Javadnoori, Habibollah Esmaily
INTRODUCTION: Despite the beginnings of preconception care (PCC) delivery around a decade ago in Iran, there are still significant gaps in its service delivery. The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions and experiences of women as well as midwives toward gaps in PCC delivery in the Iranian reproductive health care system. METHODS: In this exploratory qualitative study, 27 married women and 13 midwives were recruited using purposive sampling from five health centers in Mashhad, Northeast of Iran...
November 2016: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068058/extensive-turnover-of-compatible-solutes-in-cyanobacteria-revealed-by-deuterium-oxide-d2o-stable-isotope-probing
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Richard Baran, Rebecca Lau, Benjamin P Bowen, Spencer Diamond, Nick Jose, Ferran Garcia-Pichel, Trent R Northen
Cyanobacteria are important primary producers of organic matter in diverse environments on a global scale. While mechanisms of CO2 fixation are well understood, the distribution of the flow of fixed organic carbon within individual cells and complex microbial communities is less well characterized. To obtain a general overview of metabolism, we describe the use of deuterium oxide (D2O) to measure deuterium incorporation into the intracellular metabolites of two physiologically diverse cyanobacteria: a terrestrial filamentous strain (Microcoleus vaginatus PCC 9802) and a euryhaline unicellular strain (Synechococcus sp...
January 9, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065435/patient-involvement-and-language-barriers-problems-of-agreement-or-understanding
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Anne Marie Dalby Landmark, Jan Svennevig, Jennifer Gerwing, Pål Gulbrandsen
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to explicate efforts for realizing patient-centeredness (PCC) and involvement (SDM) in a difficult decision-making situation. It investigates what communicative strategies a physician used and the immediate, observable consequences for patient participation. METHODS: From a corpus of videotaped hospital encounters, one case in which the physician and patient used Norwegian as lingua franca was selected for analysis using conversation analysis (CA)...
December 14, 2016: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064366/increased-heterocyst-frequency-by-patn-disruption-in-anabaena-leads-to-enhanced-photobiological-hydrogen-production-at-high-light-intensity-and-high-cell-density
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Hajime Masukawa, Hidehiro Sakurai, Robert P Hausinger, Kazuhito Inoue
The effects of increasing the heterocyst-to-vegetative cell ratio on the nitrogenase-based photobiological hydrogen production by the filamentous heterocyst-forming cyanobacterium Anabaena sp. PCC 7120 were studied. Using the uptake hydrogenase-disrupted mutant (ΔHup) as the parent, a deletion-insertion mutant (PN1) was created in patN, known to be involved in heterocyst pattern formation and leading to multiple singular heterocysts (MSH) in Nostoc punctiforme strain ATCC 29133. The PN1 strain showed heterocyst differentiation but failed to grow in medium free of combined-nitrogen; however, a spontaneous mutant (PN22) was obtained on prolonged incubation of PN1 liquid cultures and was able to grow robustly on N2...
January 7, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063398/brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-bdnf-and-oxidative-stress-in-heroin-dependent-male-patients-undergoing-methadone-maintenance-treatment
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Meng-Chang Tsai, Tiao-Lai Huang
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and oxidative stress may play a role in patients with heroin dependence. The aim of this study was to investigate the serum levels and activities of BDNF and oxidative stress markers, such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GPx), thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS), protein carbonyl content (PCC), and 8-hydroxy 2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG), in heroin-dependent patients undergoing methadone maintenance treatment (MMT). 60 heroin-dependent male MMT patients and 30 healthy males were recruited for this study...
December 27, 2016: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058690/functions-of-chromophore-containing-domain-in-the-large-linker-lcm-polypeptide-of-phycobilisome
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I V Elanskaya, I A Kononova, E P Lukashev, Y V Bolychevtseva, M F Yanushin, I N Stadnichuk
In the large linker ArcE polypeptide of the phycobilisome (PBS) from the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803, the chromophore-containing 26-kDa domain was deleted with consequent disturbance of the main PBS functions. Phycobilisomes in mutant cells staying in contact with photosystem I cannot transfer energy to the photosystem II. Under the bright light conditions, the interaction of PBSs with the photoprotective orange carotenoid protein in the mutant was lost and the implementation of transition states 1 and 2 of the pigment apparatus was significantly reduced...
November 2016: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057655/protocol-for-a-scoping-review-study-to-identify-and-classify-patient-centred-quality-indicators
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Rachel J Jolley, Diane L Lorenzetti, Kimberly Manalili, Mingshan Lu, Hude Quan, Maria J Santana
INTRODUCTION: The concept of patient-centred care (PCC) is changing the way healthcare is understood, accepted and delivered. The Institute of Medicine has defined PCC as 1 of its 6 aims to improve healthcare quality. However, in Canada, there are currently no nationwide standards in place for measuring and evaluating healthcare from a patient-centred approach. In this paper, we outline our scoping review protocol to systematically review published and unpublished literature specific to patient-centred quality indicators that have been implemented and evaluated across various care settings...
January 5, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056772/in-silico-screening-for-candidate-chassis-strains-of-free-fatty-acid-producing-cyanobacteria
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Olaa Motwalli, Magbubah Essack, Boris R Jankovic, Boyang Ji, Xinyao Liu, Hifzur Rahman Ansari, Robert Hoehndorf, Xin Gao, Stefan T Arold, Katsuhiko Mineta, John A C Archer, Takashi Gojobori, Ivan Mijakovic, Vladimir B Bajic
BACKGROUND: Finding a source from which high-energy-density biofuels can be derived at an industrial scale has become an urgent challenge for renewable energy production. Some microorganisms can produce free fatty acids (FFA) as precursors towards such high-energy-density biofuels. In particular, photosynthetic cyanobacteria are capable of directly converting carbon dioxide into FFA. However, current engineered strains need several rounds of engineering to reach the level of production of FFA to be commercially viable; thus new chassis strains that require less engineering are needed...
January 5, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049144/molecular-diffusion-through-cyanobacterial-septal-junctions
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Mercedes Nieves-Morión, Conrad W Mullineaux, Enrique Flores
: Heterocyst-forming cyanobacteria grow as filaments in which intercellular molecular exchange takes place. During the differentiation of N2-fixing heterocysts, regulators are transferred between cells. In the diazotrophic filament, vegetative cells that fix CO2 through oxygenic photosynthesis provide the heterocysts with reduced carbon and heterocysts provide the vegetative cells with fixed nitrogen. Intercellular molecular transfer has been traced with fluorescent markers, including calcein, 5-carboxyfluorescein, and the sucrose analogue esculin, which are observed to move down their concentration gradient...
January 3, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048724/su-f-j-84-comparison-of-quantitative-deformable-image-registration-evaluation-tools-application-to-prostate-igart
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N Dogan, E Weiss, W Sleeman, G Christensen, J Williamson, J Ford
PURPOSE: Errors in displacement vector fields (DVFs) generated by Deformable Image Registration (DIR) algorithms can give rise to significant uncertainties in contour propagation and dose accumulation in Image-Guided Adaptive Radiotherapy (IGART). The purpose of this work is to assess the accuracy of two DIR algorithms using a variety of quality metrics for prostate IGART. METHODS: Pelvic CT images were selected from an anonymized database of nineteen prostate patients who underwent 8-12 serial scans during radiotherapy...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047554/su-f-i-09-improvement-of-image-registration-using-total-variation-based-noise-reduction-algorithms-for-low-dose-cbct
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S Mukherjee, J Farr, T Merchant, W Yao
PURPOSE: To study the effect of total-variation based noise reduction algorithms to improve the image registration of low-dose CBCT for patient positioning in radiation therapy. METHODS: In low-dose CBCT, the reconstructed image is degraded by excessive quantum noise. In this study, we developed a total-variation based noise reduction algorithm and studied the effect of the algorithm on noise reduction and image registration accuracy. To study the effect of noise reduction, we have calculated the peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR)...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046024/chest-fat-quantification-via-ct-based-on-standardized-anatomy-space-in-adult-lung-transplant-candidates
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Yubing Tong, Jayaram K Udupa, Drew A Torigian, Dewey Odhner, Caiyun Wu, Gargi Pednekar, Scott Palmer, Anna Rozenshtein, Melissa A Shirk, John D Newell, Mary Porteous, Joshua M Diamond, Jason D Christie, David J Lederer
PURPOSE: Overweight and underweight conditions are considered relative contraindications to lung transplantation due to their association with excess mortality. Yet, recent work suggests that body mass index (BMI) does not accurately reflect adipose tissue mass in adults with advanced lung diseases. Alternative and more accurate measures of adiposity are needed. Chest fat estimation by routine computed tomography (CT) imaging may therefore be important for identifying high-risk lung transplant candidates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043156/absence-of-braf-mutation-in-pheochromocytoma-and-paraganglioma
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T Vosecka, A Vicha, T Zelinka, P Jencova, K Pacak, J Duskova, J Benes, A Guha, L Stanek, M Kohoutova, Z Musil
Pheochromocytomas and Paragangliomas (PHEO/PARA) are rare endocrine tumors originating from the adrenal medulla. More than 20 genes are involved in the tumorigenesis of these tumors, but a substantial part of the causative genetic events remains unexplained. A recent study has reported the presence of the activating BRAF V600E mutation in PCC, suggesting a role for BRAF activation in tumor development. Other studies have not find this mutation. This study investigates the occurrence of the BRAF V600E mutation in these tumors...
January 3, 2017: Neoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032414/the-german-intelligibility-in-context-scale-ics-g-reliability-and-validity-evidence
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Sandra Neumann, Christian Rietz, Prisca Stenneken
BACKGROUND: In 2012 the Intelligibility in Context Scale (ICS) was published as a parent-report screening assessment that considers parents' perceptions of their children's functional intelligibility with a range of communication partners that differ in levels of authority and familiarity in real-life situations. To date, the ICS has been translated into 60 languages (including German). AIMS: To evaluate the psychometric properties of the German translation of the ICS ( = ICS-G), especially its reliability and validity, using four objective measures of speech sound disorder (SSD) severity: percentage of consonants correct (PCC); percentage of initial consonants correct (PICC); percentage of vowels correct (PVC); and percentage of phonemes correct (PPC)...
December 29, 2016: International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders
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