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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350441/ultrasensitive-detection-of-shiga-toxin-2-and-its-variants-in-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-strains-by-a-time-resolved-fluorescence-immunoassay
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Tian Wen, Chao Huang, Yi Zhang, Xiaoyan Zeng, Wendong Liu, Zhenbang Jiao, Xiling Guo, Yongjun Jiao
A rapid and sensitive two-step time-resolved fluorescence immunoassay (TRFIA) was developed for the detection of Shiga toxin 2 (Stx2) and its variants in Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) strains. In sandwich mode, a monoclonal antibody against Stx2 was coated on a microtiter plate as a capture antibody. A tracer antibody against Stx2 labeled with europium(III) (Eu3+ ) chelate was then used as a detector, followed by fluorescence measurements using time-resolved fluorescence. The sensitivity of Stx2 detection was 0...
January 19, 2018: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349110/data-on-assessment-of-groundwater-quality-for-drinking-and-irrigation-in-rural-area-sarpol-e-zahab-city-kermanshah-province-iran
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Hamed Soleimani, Abbas Abbasnia, Mahmood Yousefi, Ali Akbar Mohammadi, Fazlollah Changani Khorasgani
In present study 30 groundwater samples were collected from Sarpol-e Zahab area, Kermanshah province of Iran in order to assess the quality of groundwater in subjected area and determining its suitability for drinking and agricultural purposes. Also the variations in the quality levels of groundwater were compared over the years of 2015 and 2016. Statistical analyses including Spearman correlation coefficients and factor analysis display good correlation between physicochemical parameters (EC, TDS and TH) and Na+, Mg2+, Ca2+, Cl- and [Formula: see text] ionic constituents...
April 2018: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347722/stochastic-thermodynamics-of-periodically-driven-systems-fluctuation-theorem-for-currents-and-unification-of-two-classes
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Somrita Ray, Andre C Barato
Periodic driving is used to operate machines that go from standard macroscopic engines to small nonequilibrium microsized systems. Two classes of such systems are small heat engines driven by periodic temperature variations, and molecular pumps driven by external stimuli. Well-known results that are valid for nonequilibrium steady states of systems driven by fixed thermodynamic forces, instead of an external periodic driving, have been generalized to periodically driven heat engines only recently. These results include a general expression for entropy production in terms of currents and affinities, and symmetry relations for the Onsager coefficients from linear-response theory...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347467/increased-persistence-via-asynchrony-in-oscillating-ecological-populations-with-long-range-interaction
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Anubhav Gupta, Tanmoy Banerjee, Partha Sharathi Dutta
Understanding the influence of the structure of a dispersal network on the species persistence and modeling a realistic species dispersal in nature are two central issues in spatial ecology. A realistic dispersal structure which favors the persistence of interacting ecological systems was studied [M. D. Holland and A. Hastings, Nature (London) 456, 792 (2008)NATUAS0028-083610.1038/nature07395], where it was shown that a randomization of the structure of a dispersal network in a metapopulation model of prey and predator increases the species persistence via clustering, prolonged transient dynamics, and amplitudes of population fluctuations...
October 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347296/temperature-dependence-of-the-nonlinear-optical-response-of-smectic-liquid-crystals-containing-gold-nanorods
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R S Silva, P B de Melo, L Omena, A M Nunes, M G A da Silva, M R Meneghetti, I N de Oliveira
The present study is devoted to the investigation of the nonlinear optical properties of a smectic liquid crystal doped with gold nanorods. Using the Z-scan technique, we investigate the changes in the optical birefringence of a homeotropic sample upon laser exposure, considering the configurations of normal and oblique incidence. Our results reveal that the birefringence variations may be governed by distinct physical mechanisms, depending on the relative angle between the far-field director and the wave vector of the excitation laser beam...
December 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347019/humidity-insensitive-water-evaporation-from-molecular-complex-fluids
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Jean-Baptiste Salmon, Frédéric Doumenc, Béatrice Guerrier
We investigated theoretically water evaporation from concentrated supramolecular mixtures, such as solutions of polymers or amphiphilic molecules, using numerical resolutions of a one-dimensional model based on mass transport equations. Solvent evaporation leads to the formation of a concentrated solute layer at the drying interface, which slows down evaporation in a long-time-scale regime. In this regime, often referred to as the falling rate period, evaporation is dominated by diffusive mass transport within the solution, as already known...
September 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346901/method-of-model-reduction-and-multifidelity-models-for-solute-transport-in-random-layered-porous-media
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Zhijie Xu, Alexandre M Tartakovsky
This work presents a method of model reduction that leads to models with three solutions of increasing fidelity (multifidelity models) for solute transport in a bounded layered porous media with random permeability. The model generalizes the Taylor-Aris dispersion theory to stochastic transport in random layered porous media with a known velocity covariance function. In the reduced model, we represent (random) concentration in terms of its cross-sectional average and a variation function. We derive a one-dimensional stochastic advection-dispersion-type equation for the average concentration and a stochastic Poisson equation for the variation function, as well as expressions for the effective velocity and dispersion coefficient...
September 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346646/the-evolutionary-history-of-nebraska-deer-mice-local-adaptation-in-the-face-of-strong-gene-flow
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Susanne P Pfeifer, Stefan Laurent, Vitor C Sousa, Catherine R Linnen, Matthieu Foll, Laurent Excoffier, Hopi E Hoekstra, Jeffrey D Jensen
The interplay of gene flow, genetic drift, and local selective pressure is a dynamic process that has been well studied from a theoretical perspective over the last century. Wright and Haldane laid the foundation for expectations under an island-continent model, demonstrating that an island-specific beneficial allele may be maintained locally if the selection coefficient is larger than the rate of migration of the ancestral allele from the continent. Subsequent extensions of this model have provided considerably more insight...
January 15, 2018: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346531/doppler-assessment-of-aortic-stenosis-a-25-operator-study-demonstrating-why-reading-the-peak-velocity-is-superior-to-velocity-time-integral
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Stefania Sacchi, Niti M Dhutia, Matthew J Shun-Shin, Massoud Zolgharni, Nilesh Sutaria, Darrel P Francis, Graham D Cole
Aims: Measurements with superior reproducibility are useful clinically and research purposes. Previous reproducibility studies of Doppler assessment of aortic stenosis (AS) have compared only a pair of observers and have not explored the mechanism by which disagreement between operators occurs. Using custom-designed software which stored operators' traces, we investigated the reproducibility of peak and velocity time integral (VTI) measurements across a much larger group of operators and explored the mechanisms by which disagreement arose...
January 15, 2018: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346442/comparative-metabolic-ecology-of-tropical-herbivorous-echinoids-on-a-coral-reef
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Levi S Lewis, Jennifer E Smith, Yoan Eynaud
BACKGROUND: The metabolic rate of consumers is a key driver of ecosystem dynamics. On coral reefs, herbivorous echinoids consume fleshy algae, facilitating the growth of reef-building calcified organisms; however, little is known about differences among species in their metabolic and functional ecology. Here, we used log-linear (log-log) regression models to examine the allometric scaling of mass and routine metabolic rate for five common herbivorous echinoids on a Hawaiian coral reef: Echinothrix calamaris, E...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346414/reliability-of-plasma-polar-metabolite-concentrations-in-a-large-scale-cohort-study-using-capillary-electrophoresis-mass-spectrometry
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Sei Harada, Akiyoshi Hirayama, Queenie Chan, Ayako Kurihara, Kota Fukai, Miho Iida, Suzuka Kato, Daisuke Sugiyama, Kazuyo Kuwabara, Ayano Takeuchi, Miki Akiyama, Tomonori Okamura, Timothy M D Ebbels, Paul Elliott, Masaru Tomita, Asako Sato, Chizuru Suzuki, Masahiro Sugimoto, Tomoyoshi Soga, Toru Takebayashi
BACKGROUND: Cohort studies with metabolomics data are becoming more widespread, however, large-scale studies involving 10,000s of participants are still limited, especially in Asian populations. Therefore, we started the Tsuruoka Metabolomics Cohort Study enrolling 11,002 community-dwelling adults in Japan, and using capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry (CE-MS) and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. The CE-MS method is highly amenable to absolute quantification of polar metabolites, however, its reliability for large-scale measurement is unclear...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343250/evaluation-of-health-status-in-patients-with-hepatitis-c-treated-with-and-without-interferon
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R Ragusa, G Bertino, A Bruno, E Frazzetto, F Cicciu, G Giorgianni, L Lupo
BACKGROUND: The evolution of technology in healthcare has increased the health care's costs and, the universal healthcare systems, in developed countries, need to ensure proper allocation of resources. Thus, the major issue is assessing the effectiveness of new medical technologies. The evaluation of quality of life in response to new treatments has become a key indicator in chronic conditions for which medical interventions are evaluated not only in terms of increasing the number of expected life years but also in terms of increasing quality of life...
January 17, 2018: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342085/development-of-a-region-specific-physiologically-based-pharmacokinetic-brain-model-to-assess-hippocampus-and-frontal-cortex-pharmacokinetics
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Zaril Zakaria, Raj Badhan
Central nervous system drug discovery and development is hindered by the impermeable nature of the blood-brain barrier. Pharmacokinetic modeling can provide a novel approach to estimate CNS drug exposure; however, existing models do not predict temporal drug concentrations in distinct brain regions. A rat CNS physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model was developed, incorporating brain compartments for the frontal cortex (FC), hippocampus (HC), "rest-of-brain" (ROB), and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Model predictions of FC and HC Cmax, tmax and AUC were within 2-fold of that reported for carbamazepine and phenytoin...
January 17, 2018: Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341598/a-joint-strategy-to-evaluate-the-microscopic-origin-of-the-second-harmonic-generation-response-in-nonpolar-abco3f-compounds
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Qun Jing, Guang Yang, Zhaohui Chen, Xiaoyu Dong, Yunjing Shi
In this paper, a joint strategy was proposed to investigate the microscopic origin of the second-harmonic-generation (SHG) response in nonpolar ABCO3F compounds. The SHG coefficients of ABCO3F were evaluated using finite-field and sum-over-states methods. The tendency of the obtained SHG tensors is in good agreement with the powder SHG response. The atomic contribution was investigated using variation of the atomic charges and bandwidth of occupied atomic states. The results show that oxygen states play a key role in determining the SHG response, and the neighboring divalent cations exert a indirect influence via covalent interaction...
January 17, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341467/optoacoustic-sensing-of-hematocrit-to-improve-the-accuracy-of-hybrid-fluorescence-ultrasound-intravascular-imaging
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Dmitry Bozhko, Angelos Karlas, Dimitris Gorpas, Vasilis Ntziachristos
Hybrid intravascular fluorescence-ultrasound imaging is emerging for reading anatomical and biological information in vivo. By operating through blood, intravascular near-infrared fluorescence (NIRF) detection is affected by hemoglobin attenuation. Improved quantification has been demonstrated with methods that correct for the attenuation of the optical signal as it propagates through blood. These methods assume an attenuation coefficient for blood and measure the distance between detector and the vessel wall by observing the intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) images...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341454/socioeconomic-deprivation-and-the-burden-of-head-and-neck-cancer-regional-variations-of-incidence-and-mortality-in-merseyside-and-cheshire-north-west-england
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B G Taib, J Oakley, Y Dailey, I Hodge, P Wright, R du Plessis, J Rylands, D Taylor-Robinson, S Povall, A Schache, R Shaw, A Dingle, T M Jones
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this longitudinal study is to examine the distribution of head and neck cancer (HANC) disease burden across the region comparing it to national trends. DESIGN: We undertook a retrospective study of routine data combining it with indicators of deprivation and lifestyle at small geographical areas within the nine Local Authorities (LAs) of Merseyside and Cheshire Network (MCCN)for head and neck cancers. Data from the North West of England and England were used as comparator regions...
January 17, 2018: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340004/performance-and-kinematic-differences-in-putting-between-healthy-and-disabled-elite-golfers
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Tomáš Gryc, Petr Stastny, František Zahálka, Wojciech Smółka, Piotr Żmijewski, Artur Gołaś, Marek Zawartka, Tomáš Malý
Golfers with disability are limited in the execution of the full golf swing, but their performance in putting may be comparable because this stroke does not demand significant strength, balance and range of motion. Therefore, the aim of this study was to compare putting performance, kinetic and kinematic consistency between golfers with different disabilities and healthy athletes. The participants consisted of three disabled athletes (perinatal cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, below knee lower limb amputee) and three healthy golfers (age 34 ± 4...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339999/reliability-and-usefulness-of-the-30-15-intermittent-fitness-test-in-male-and-female-professional-futsal-players
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Santiago Valladares-Rodríguez, Ezequiel Rey, Marcos Mecías-Calvo, Roberto Barcala-Furelos, Antonio J Bores-Cerezal
The purpose of this study was to determine the reliability and usefulness of the 30-15 Intermittent Fitness Test (30-15IFT) in professional male and female futsal players. Thirteen male (24.4 ± 5.6 years; 174.5 ± 10.3 cm; 70.3 ± 9.9 kg) and fourteen female (23.3 ± 4.5 years; 165.8 ± 6.2 cm; 61.7 ± 5.5 kg) professional futsal players performed the 30-15IFT on two occasions, separated by 5 days. Maximal intermittent running velocity (VIFT) and heart rate at exhaustion (HRpeak) data were collected for both tests...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339394/population-pharmacokinetics-of-finafloxacin-in-healthy-volunteers-and-patients-with-complicated-urinary-tract-infections
#19
Max Taubert, Mark Lückermann, Andreas Vente, Axel Dalhoff, Uwe Fuhr
Background: Finafloxacin is a novel fluoroquinolone with increased antibacterial activity at acidic pH and reduced susceptibility to several resistance mechanisms. A phase II study revealed a good efficacy/safety profile in patients with complicated urinary tract infections (cUTI) while pharmacokinetics was characterized by highly variable concentration vs. time profiles, suggesting the need for an elaborated pharmacokinetic model.Methods: Data from three clinical trials were evaluated; 127 healthy volunteers were dosed orally (N=77) or intravenously (N=50) and 139 patients with cUTI received finafloxacin intravenously...
January 16, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339222/measurement-variability-of-liver-metastases-from-neuroendocrine-tumors-on-different-magnetic-resonance-imaging-sequences
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T Lestra, L Kanagaratnam, S Mulé, A Janvier, H Brixi, G Cadiot, A Dohan, C Hoeffel
PURPOSE: To assess dimension measurement variability of liver metastases from neuroendocrine tumors (LMNET) on different magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sequences. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this institutional review board-approved retrospective study from January 2011 to December 2012, all liver MRI examinations performed at our department in patients with at least one measurable LMNET according to response evaluation criteria in solid tumors (RECIST1.1) were included...
January 12, 2018: Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging
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