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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445824/the-shadow-price-of-co2-emissions-in-china-s-iron-and-steel-industry
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Ke Wang, Linan Che, Chunbo Ma, Yi-Ming Wei
As China becomes the world's largest energy consumer and CO2 emitter, there has been a rapidly emerging literature on estimating China's abatement cost for CO2 using a distance function approach. However, the existing studies have mostly focused on the cost estimates at macro levels (provinces or industries) with few examining firm-level abatement costs. No work has attempted to estimate the abatement cost of CO2 emissions in the iron and steel industry. Although some have argued that the directional distance function (DDF) is more appropriate in the presence of bad output under regulation, the choice of directions is largely arbitrary...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445781/mitochondrial-ros-control-of-cancer
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REVIEW
María Del Pilar Sosa Idelchik, Ulrike Begley, Thomas J Begley, J Andrés Melendez
Mitochondria serve a primary role in energy maintenance but also function to govern levels of mitochondria-derived reactive oxygen species (mROS). ROS have long been established to play a critical role in tumorigenesis and are now considered to be integral to the regulation of diverse signaling networks that drive proliferation, tumor cell survival and malignant progression. mROS can damage DNA, activate oncogenes, block the function of tumor suppressors and drive migratory signaling. The mitochondrion's oxidant scavenging systems including SOD2, Grx2, GPrx, Trx and TrxR are key of the cellular redox tone...
April 23, 2017: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445774/voxresnet-deep-voxelwise-residual-networks-for-brain-segmentation-from-3d-mr-images
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REVIEW
Hao Chen, Qi Dou, Lequan Yu, Jing Qin, Pheng-Ann Heng
Segmentation of key brain tissues from 3D medical images is of great significance for brain disease diagnosis, progression assessment and monitoring of neurologic conditions. While manual segmentation is time-consuming, laborious, and subjective, automated segmentation is quite challenging due to the complicated anatomical environment of brain and the large variations of brain tissues. We propose a novel voxelwise residual network (VoxResNet) with a set of effective training schemes to cope with this challenging problem...
April 23, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445738/ochratoxin-a-and-its-metabolites-in-urines-of-german-adults-an-assessment-of-variables-in-biomarker-analysis
#4
Nurshad Ali, Katherine Muñoz, Gisela H Degen
Ochratoxin A (OTA), a mycotoxin known for its nephrotoxic and carcinogenic properties, is a worldwide occurring contaminant in a variety of food commodities. Biomonitoring (i.e. analysis in biological fluids) can serve to assess human internal exposure from all consumed foods and beverages. We now determined the concentration of OTA and its metabolite ochratoxin alpha (OTα) in plasma and in urine of two male volunteers with different food habits, in order to assess intra-individual temporal fluctuations and inter-individual differences in their biomarker levels...
April 23, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445415/bioactive-peptides
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REVIEW
Eric Banan-Mwine Daliri, Deog H Oh, Byong H Lee
The increased consumer awareness of the health promoting effects of functional foods and nutraceuticals is the driving force of the functional food and nutraceutical market. Bioactive peptides are known for their high tissue affinity, specificity and efficiency in promoting health. For this reason, the search for food-derived bioactive peptides has increased exponentially. Over the years, many potential bioactive peptides from food have been documented; yet, obstacles such as the need to establish optimal conditions for industrial scale production and the absence of well-designed clinical trials to provide robust evidence for proving health claims continue to exist...
April 26, 2017: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445408/algal-proteins-extraction-application-and-challenges-concerning-production
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REVIEW
Stephen Bleakley, Maria Hayes
Population growth combined with increasingly limited resources of arable land and fresh water has resulted in a need for alternative protein sources. Macroalgae (seaweed) and microalgae are examples of under-exploited "crops". Algae do not compete with traditional food crops for space and resources. This review details the characteristics of commonly consumed algae, as well as their potential for use as a protein source based on their protein quality, amino acid composition, and digestibility. Protein extraction methods applied to algae to date, including enzymatic hydrolysis, physical processes, and chemical extraction and novel methods such as ultrasound-assisted extraction, pulsed electric field, and microwave-assisted extraction are discussed...
April 26, 2017: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445323/examination-of-the-relationship-between-management-and-clinician-perception-of-patient-safety-climate-and-patient-satisfaction
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Olena Mazurenko, Jason Richter, Abby Swanson Kazley, Eric Ford
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between managers and clinicians' agreement on deeming the patient safety climate as high or low and the patients' satisfaction with those organizations. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: We used two secondary data sets: the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (2012) and the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (2012). METHODOLOGY/APPROACH: We used ordinary least squares regressions to analyze the relationship between the extent of agreement between managers and clinicians' perceptions of safety climate in relationship to patient satisfaction...
April 25, 2017: Health Care Management Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445253/micro-rna-screening-and-prediction-model-construction-for-diagnosis-of-salt-sensitive-essential-hypertension
#8
Han Qi, Zheng Liu, Bin Liu, Han Cao, Weiping Sun, Yuxiang Yan, Ling Zhang
Commonly used tests for diagnosis of salt-sensitive hypertension (SSH) are complex and time-consuming, so new methods are required. Many studies have demonstrated roles for miRNAs in hypertension; however, the diagnostic value of miRNAs has yet to be determined for human SSH. In this study, we examined miRNA expression profiles by initial high-throughput miRNA sequencing of samples from patients with salt-sensitive and salt-resistant hypertension (SSH and SRH, respectively; n = 6, both groups), followed by validation by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) in a larger cohort (n = 91)...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445231/the-effects-of-multi-day-vs-single-pre-exercise-nitrate-supplement-dosing-on-simulated-cycling-time-trial-performance-and-skeletal-muscle-oxygenation
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Edward Jo, Michelle Fischer, Alexandra T Auslander, Alan Beigarten, Bruce Daggy, Ken Hansen, Lisa Kessler, Adam Osmond, Hong Wang, Rachel Wes
A transient augmentation in the metabolic efficiency of skeletal muscle is the purported basis for dietary nitrate supplementation amongst competitive and recreational athletes alike. Previous studies support the ergogenic effects of nitrate supplementation as findings indicated improved microvascular blood flow, exercise economy, and performance with relatively short-term supplementation. As with most ergogenic aids, the optimum duration of supplementation prior to performance or competition, i.e. loading phase, is a critical determinant for efficacy...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445194/successful-treatment-of-stable-vitiligo-by-low-density-cultured-autologous-melanocyte-transplantation-combined-with-narrowband-ultraviolet-b-therapy
#10
Lei Yao, Yuanyuan Liu, Yang Song, Shuxia Zhong, Shanshan Li
BACKGROUND: Cultured autologous melanocyte transplantation (CMT) is an effective treatment for stable vitiligo, but the current method is time consuming and expensive because of the requirement of a large number of melanocytes. OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical effect of low-density CMT combined with narrowband ultraviolet B (NB-UVB) in treating stable vitiligo. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The authors treated 8 patients with CMT at a low cell density (less than 2...
April 24, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445171/identification-of-depressive-signs-in-patients-and-their-family-members-during-ipad-based-audiovisual-sessions
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Carol E Smith, Marilyn Werkowitch, Donna Macan Yadrich, Noreen Thompson, Eve-Lynn Nelson
Home parenteral nutrition requires a daily life-sustaining intravenous infusion over 12 hours. The daily intravenous infusion home care procedures are stringent, time-consuming tasks for patients and family caregivers who often experience depression. The purposes of this study were (1) to assess home parenteral nutrition patients and caregivers for depression and (2) to assess whether depressive signs can be seen during audiovisual discussion sessions using an Apple iPad Mini. In a clinical trial (N = 126), a subsample of 21 participants (16...
April 25, 2017: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445045/intermediates-and-reactivity-in-iron-catalyzed-cross-couplings-of-alkynyl-grignards-with-alkyl-halides
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Jared L Kneebone, William W Brennessel, Michael L Neidig
Iron-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions using alkynyl nucleophiles represent an attractive approach for the incorporation of alkynyl moieties into organic molecules. In the present study, a multi-technique approach combining inorganic spectroscopic methods, inorganic synthesis, and reaction studies is applied to iron-SciOPP catalyzed alkynyl-alkyl cross-couplings, providing the first detailed insight into the effects of variation from sp(2) to sp nucleophiles on iron speciation and reactivity. Reaction studies demonstrate that reaction of FeBr2(SciOPP) with 1 equiv (triisopropylsilyl)ethynylmagnesium bromide (TIPS-CC-MgBr) leads to a distribution of mono-, bis-, and tris-alkynylated iron(II)-SciOPP species due to rapid alkynyl ligand redistribution...
April 26, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444662/early-mitochondrial-adaptations-in-skeletal-muscle-to-obesity-and-obesity-resistance-differentially-regulated-by-high-fat-diet
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Jingyu Sun, Tao Huang, Zhengtang Qi, Songhui You, Jingmei Dong, Chen Zhang, Lili Qin, Yunhe Zhou, Shuzhe Ding
The mechanism for different susceptibilities to obesity after short-term high-fat diet (HFD) feeding is largely unknown. Given the close association between obesity occurrence and mitochondrial dysfunction, the early events in skeletal muscle mitochondrial adaptations between HFD-induced obesity (DIO) and HFD-induced obesity resistant (DIO-R) lean phenotype under excess nutritional environment were explored.ICR/JCL male mice were randomly divided into 2 groups, as follows: low-fat diet (LFD) and HFD groups...
April 25, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444640/diagnostic-value-of-the-dual-luciferase-report-assay-for-predicting-response-to-glucocorticoid-in-children-with-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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X Wang, P Chen, Y Sun, Y Chen, M Mao, T Jiang, J Ouyang
OBJECTIVE: Resistance to glucocorticoid (GC) is a significant clinical problem in some cases of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Current methods of assessing GC resistance are time consuming and have limited reproducibility; in this study, we sought to define a new method of evaluating GC sensitivity and resistance in vitro. METHODS: Based on the mechanisms of GC resistance, we hypothesized that the dual-luciferase report (DLR) assay could reflect the transcription effects of GC downstream of the GC-glucocorticoid receptor signaling pathway, thereby allowing the evaluation of reactions to GC...
April 25, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444606/species-evolution-and-quality-evaluation-of-four-coptis-herbal-medicinal-materials-in-southwest-china
#15
Hanting Chen, Gang Fan, Yang He
Coptis herbs, which are important herbal medicinal materials, are the dried rhizomes of various plants. In China's herbal market, drying herbs can severely influence morphological markers such as shape, color, and odor, which make consumers difficult to precisely identify the herbs and effectively evaluate the quality. Here, we present the phylogenetic analysis of four Coptis herbal medicinal materials based on internal transcribed spacer sequences. C. chinensis, C. omeiensis, C. deltoidea and C. teeta constituted a monophyletic group...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444573/the-effect-of-different-types-of-nanoparticles-on-fus-and-tdp-43-solubility-and-subcellular-localization
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Jasna Lojk, Sonja Prpar Mihevc, Vladimir Boštjan Bregar, Mojca Pavlin, Boris Rogelj
Increased environmental pollution has been suggested as one of the possible causes for increased incidence of neurodegenerative and developmental disorders. Through the environmental pollution, everyday consumer products and nanomedical applications, we are also exposed to various nanoparticles (NPs). Specific types of NPs have been shown to be able to cause neural damage in vivo through processes such as disruption of the blood-brain barrier, induction of neuroinflammation, increase in oxidative stress and protein aggregation...
April 25, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444456/free-leucine-supplementation-during-an-8-week-resistance-training-program-does-not-increase-muscle-mass-and-strength-in-untrained-young-adult-subjects
#17
Andreo Fernando Aguiar, Alan Pablo Grala, Rubens Alexandre da Silva, Lúcio Flávio Soares-Caldeira, Francis Lopes Pacagnelli, Alex Silva Ribeiro, Douglas Kratki da Silva, Walquíria Batista de Andrade, Mario Carlos Welin Balvedi
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of free leucine supplementation on changes in skeletal muscle mass and strength during a resistance training (RT) program in previously untrained, young subjects. In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, 20 healthy young (22 ± 2 years) participants were assigned to two groups: a placebo-supplement group (PLA, N = 10) or a leucine-supplement group (LEU, N = 10). Both groups underwent an 8-week hypertrophic RT program (2 days/week), consuming an equivalent amount of leucine (3...
April 25, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444416/control-of-dna-integrity-in-skeletal-muscle-under-physiological-and-pathological-conditions
#18
REVIEW
Yara Bou Saada, Vlada Zakharova, Boris Chernyak, Carla Dib, Gilles Carnac, Svetlana Dokudovskaya, Yegor S Vassetzky
Skeletal muscle is a highly oxygen-consuming tissue that ensures body support and movement, as well as nutrient and temperature regulation. DNA damage induced by reactive oxygen species is present in muscles and tends to accumulate with age. Here, we present a summary of data obtained on DNA damage and its implication in muscle homeostasis, myogenic differentiation and neuromuscular disorders. Controlled and transient DNA damage appears to be essential for muscular homeostasis and differentiation while uncontrolled and chronic DNA damage negatively affects muscle health...
April 25, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444380/polymorphisms-in-the-lac12-gene-explain-lactose-utilisation-variability-in-kluyveromyces-marxianus-strains
#19
Javier A Varela, Noemi Montini, Damhan Scully, Ralph Van der Ploeg, Mislav Oreb, Eckhard Boles, Junya Hirota, Rinji Akada, Hisashi Hoshida, John P Morrissey
Kluyveromyces marxianus is a safe yeast used in the food and biotechnology sectors. One of the important traits that sets it apart from the familiar yeasts, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, is its capacity to grow using lactose as a carbon source. Like in its close relative, Kluyveromyces lactis, this requires lactose transport via a permease and intracellular hydrolysis of the disaccharide. Given the importance of the trait, it was intriguing that most, but not all, strains of K. marxianus are reported to consume lactose efficiently...
April 18, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444077/chronic-critical-illness-are-we-saving-patients-or-creating-victims
#20
Sergio Henrique Loss, Diego Silva Leite Nunes, Oellen Stuani Franzosi, Gabriela Soranço Salazar, Cassiano Teixeira, Silvia Regina Rios Vieira
The technological advancements that allow support for organ dysfunction have led to an increase in survival rates for the most critically ill patients. Some of these patients survive the initial acute critical condition but continue to suffer from organ dysfunction and remain in an inflammatory state for long periods of time. This group of critically ill patients has been described since the 1980s and has had different diagnostic criteria over the years. These patients are known to have lengthy hospital stays, undergo significant alterations in muscle and bone metabolism, show immunodeficiency, consume substantial health resources, have reduced functional and cognitive capacity after discharge, create a sizable workload for caregivers, and present high long-term mortality rates...
January 2017: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
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