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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548622/fungal-contamination-in-green-coffee-beans-samples-a-public-health-concern
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Carla Viegas, Cátia Pacífico, Tiago Faria, Ana Cebola de Oliveira, Liliana Aranha Caetano, Elisabete Carolino, Anita Quintal Gomes, Susana Viegas
Studies on the microbiology of coffee cherries and beans have shown that the predominant toxigenic fungal genera (Aspergillus and Penicillium) are natural coffee contaminants. The aim of this study was to investigate the distribution of fungi in Coffea arabica L. (Arabica coffee) and Coffea canephora L. var. robusta (Robusta coffee) green coffee samples obtained from different sources at the pre-roasting stage. Twenty-eight green coffee samples from different countries of origin (Brazil, Timor, Honduras, Angola, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, India, and Uganda) were evaluated...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547383/complete-nucleotide-sequence-of-a-highly-divergent-cherry-associated-luteovirus-chalv-isolate-from-peach-in-south-korea
#2
Davaajargal Igori, Seungmo Lim, Dasom Baek, In Sook Cho, Jae Sun Moon
We determined the complete genome sequence of a highly divergent South Korean (SK) isolate of a cherry-associated luteovirus (ChALV) from peach. The ChALV-SK genome consists of 5,815 nucleotides, and contains five open reading frames (ORFs). A comparative analysis of the full genome showed only 73.1% nucleotide sequence identity with a recently described ChALV from the Czech Republic (CZ). Amino acid similarities of the individual ORFs between ChALV-SK and other luteoviruses range from 17.3 to 92%, which places the new isolate close to the species demarcation value for luteoviruses...
May 25, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547382/comparative-analysis-of-cherry-virus-a-genome-sequences-assembled-from-deep-sequencing-data
#3
Prasad Kesanakurti, Mark Belton, Hanaa Saeed, Heidi Rast, Ian Boyes, Michael Rott
Cherry virus A (CVA) is a ubiquitous graft-transmissible virus that mainly infects Prunus spp. Next-generation sequencing was applied to 39 tree fruit specimens infected with CVA, and 75 full and 16 partial-length CVA genome sequences were assembled. Phylogenetic analysis of these and 11 previously sequenced CVA genomes resulted in six major clusters with no observable relationship between the host and the assembled genome sequences. Recombination analysis detected four recombinants. Consistent single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) patterns were observed between the 75 full-length genomes and their sequence clouds, which supports a quasispecies model for CVA evolution...
May 25, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546695/retinal-vascular-occlusion-secondary-to-retrobulbar-injection-case-report-and-literature-review
#4
Dhaivat Vasavada, Prabu Baskaran, Seema Ramakrishnan
Retrobulbar injection has been widely practiced as a technique of ocular anesthesia for many decades. Nevertheless, the technique is not free from complications. Vascular occlusion secondary to retrobulbar injection is rare but can be vision threatening. We report a case series of two such patients who presented with poor vision following retrobulbar injection. Fundus showed pale retina with cherry red spot suggestive of central retinal artery occlusion in case 1 and pale disc with sclerosed vessels and multiple superficial hemorrhages suggestive of a combined occlusion of retinal artery and vein in case 2...
January 2017: Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541567/dna-methylation-and-small-interference-rnas-participate-in-the-regulation-of-mads-box-genes-involved-in-dormancy-in-sweet-cherry-prunus-avium-l
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Karin Rothkegel, Evelyn Sánchez, Christian Montes, Macarena Greve, Sebastián Tapia, Soraya Bravo, Humberto Prieto, Andréa Miyasaka Almeida
Epigenetic modifications can yield information about connections between genotype, phenotype variation and environmental conditions. Bud dormancy release in temperate perennial fruit trees depends on internal and environmental signals such as cold accumulation and photoperiod. Previous investigations have noted the participation of epigenetic mechanisms in the control of this physiological process. We examined whether epigenetic modifications were modulated in MADS-box genes, potential candidates for the regulation of bud dormancy and flowering in sweet cherry (Prunus avium L...
May 24, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541388/the-genome-sequence-of-sweet-cherry-prunus-avium-for-use-in-genomics-assisted-breeding
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Kenta Shirasawa, Kanji Isuzugawa, Mitsunobu Ikenaga, Yutaro Saito, Toshiya Yamamoto, Hideki Hirakawa, Sachiko Isobe
We determined the genome sequence of sweet cherry (Prunus avium) using next-generation sequencing technology. The total length of the assembled sequences was 272.4 Mb, consisting of 10,148 scaffold sequences with an N50 length of 219.6 kb. The sequences covered 77.8% of the 352.9 Mb sweet cherry genome, as estimated by k-mer analysis, and included >96.0% of the core eukaryotic genes. We predicted 43,349 complete and partial protein-encoding genes. A high-density consensus map with 2,382 loci was constructed using double-digest restriction site-associated DNA sequencing...
May 25, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541359/potential-antiproliferative-activity-of-polyphenol-metabolites-against-human-breast-cancer-cells-and-their-urine-excretion-pattern-in-healthy-subjects-following-acute-intake-of-a-polyphenol-rich-juice-of-grumixama-eugenia-brasiliensis-lam
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L L Teixeira, G R Costa, F A Dörr, T P Ong, E Pinto, F M Lajolo, N M A Hassimotto
The bioavailability and metabolism of anthocyanins and ellagitannins following acute intake of grumixama fruit, native Brazilian cherry, by humans, and its in vitro antiproliferative activity against breast cancer cells (MDA-MB-231) were investigated. A single dose of grumixama juice was administered to healthy women (n = 10) and polyphenol metabolites were analyzed in urine and plasma samples collected over 24 h. The majority of the metabolites circulating and excreted in urine were phenolic acids and urolithin conjugates, the gut microbiota catabolites of both classes of polyphenols, respectively...
May 25, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540636/gm2-activator-deficiency-caused-by-a-homozygous-exon-2-deletion-in-gm2a
#8
Patricia L Hall, Regina Laine, John J Alexander, Arunkanth Ankala, Lisa A Teot, Hart G W Lidov, Irina Anselm
GM2 activator (GM2A) deficiency (OMIM 613109) is a rare lysosomal storage disorder, with onset typically in infancy or early childhood. Clinically, it is almost indistinguishable from Tay-Sachs disease (OMIM 272800) or Sandhoff disease (OMIM 268800); however, traditionally available biochemical screening tests will most likely reveal normal results. We report a 2-year-old male with initially normal development until the age of 9 months, when he presented with developmental delay and regression. Workup at that time was unrevealing; at 15 months, he had abnormal brain MRI findings and a cherry red spot on ophthalmological examination...
May 25, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540445/indications-for-kidney-biopsy-in-idiopathic-childhood-nephrotic-syndrome
#9
Alanoud Alshami, Abishek Roshan, Marisa Catapang, Jasper J Jöbsis, Trevor Kwok, Nonnie Polderman, Jennifer Sibley, Matt Sibley, Cherry Mammen, Douglas G Matsell
BACKGROUND: Most cases of childhood nephrotic syndrome (NS) are due to minimal change disease (MCD), while a minority of children have focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and an unfavorable clinical course, requiring a kidney biopsy to confirm diagnosis. We hypothesized that clinical characteristics at diagnosis and initial response to corticosteroid treatment accurately predict FSGS and can be used to guide consistent practice in the indications for kidney biopsy. METHODS: This was a case control study (1990-2012)...
May 24, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538667/impact-of-maturity-of-malay-cherry-lepisanthes-alata-leaves-on-the-inhibitory-activity-of-starch-hydrolases
#10
Yan Zhang, Yuyang Gui, Dejian Huang
Aqueous extracts of young (7-day-old) Malay cherry (Lepisanthes alata) leaves were incorporated into wheat and rice flours to evaluate their inhibitory activities against α-amylase and α-glucosidase. HPLC-ESI/MS² results showed that the active components in young leaves were proanthocyanidins with lower mean degrees of polymerisation (≤10). The IC50 of the aqueous extracts of young leaves were 2.50 ± 0.03 and 12.91 ± 0.29 µg/mL, against α-amylase and α-glucosidase, which make them less active compared to the mature leaves...
May 24, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535760/disparities-of-time-trends-and-birth-cohort-effects-on-invasive-breast-cancer-incidence-in-shanghai-and-hong-kong-pre-and-post-menopausal-women
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Feng Wang, Lap Ah Tse, Wing-Cheong Chan, Carol Chi-Hei Kwok, Siu-Lan Leung, Cherry Wu, Oscar Wai-Kong Mang, Roger Kai-Cheong Ngan, Mengjie Li, Wai-Cho Yu, Koon-Ho Tsang, Sze-Hong Law, Xiaoping Miao, Chunxiao Wu, Ying Zheng, Fan Wu, Xiaohong R Yang, Ignatius Tak-Sun Yu
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer morbidity among Shanghai and Hong Kong women, which contributes to 20-25% of new female cancer incidents. This study aimed to describe the temporal trend of breast cancer and interpret the potential effects on the observed secular trends. METHODS: Cancer incident data were obtained from the cancer registries. Age-standardized incidence rate was computed by the direct method using the World population of 2000...
May 23, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535184/maternal-zika-virus-disease-severity-virus-load-prior-dengue-antibodies-and-their-relationship-to-birth-outcomes
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U A Halai, K Nielsen-Saines, M E Moreira, P C Sequeira, J P Pereira Junior, A A Zin, J D Cherry, C R Gabaglia, S L Gaw, K Adachi, I Tsui, J H Pilotto, R M Ribeiro Nogueira, A M Bispo de Filippis, P Brasil
Background: Congenital Zika virus (ZIKV) syndrome is a newly identified condition resulting from infection during pregnancy. We analyzed outcome data from a mother-infant cohort in Rio de Janeiro in order to assess whether clinical severity of maternal ZIKV infection was associated with maternal virus load, prior dengue antibodies or abnormal pregnancy/infant outcomes. Methods: A clinical severity assessment tool was developed based on duration of fever, severity of rash, multisystem involvement and duration of symptoms during ZIKV infection...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534825/a-novel-combination-of-withaferin-a-and-sulforaphane-inhibits-epigenetic-machinery-cellular-viability-and-induces-apoptosis-of-breast-cancer-cells
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Kendra J Royston, Neha Udayakumar, Kayla Lewis, Trygve O Tollefsbol
With cancer often classified as a disease that has an important epigenetic component, natural compounds that have the ability to regulate the epigenome become ideal candidates for study. Humans have a complex diet, which illustrates the need to elucidate the mechanisms of interaction between these bioactive compounds in combination. The natural compounds withaferin A (WA), from the Indian winter cherry, and sulforaphane (SFN), from cruciferous vegetables, have numerous anti-cancer effects and some report their ability to regulate epigenetic processes...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532285/utility-of-transient-elastography-in-estimating-hepatic-iron-concentration-in-comparison-to-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-patients-who-are-transfusion-dependent-a-canadian-center-experience
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George Ou, Hin Hin Ko, Pari Tiwari, Navdeep Sandhu, Cherry Galorport, Terry Lee, Hatoon Ezzat
Transfusion-dependent hereditary anemias such as β-thalassemia (β-thal), predispose patients to iron overload and its numerous clinical sequelae. Accurate assessment of overall iron status and prompt initiation of chelation therapy to prevent irreversible end-organ damage can be achieved using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure liver iron concentration (LIC) as a surrogate marker of total body iron; however, its access may be associated with long wait times and delay in treatment. We report an observational cohort study at a single tertiary care center assessing the theoretical role of transient elastography (TE), which measures liver stiffness, in estimating LIC compared to other established diagnostic measures...
January 2017: Hemoglobin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531130/comparative-safety-and-efficacy-profile-of-a-novel-oil-in-water-vaccine-adjuvant-comprising-vitamins-a-and-e-and-a-catechin-in-protective-anti-influenza-immunity
#15
Sapna Patel, Yasser Faraj, Debra K Duso, William W Reiley, Erik A Karlsson, Stacey Schultz-Cherry, Michael Vajdy
Non-replicating vaccines, such as those based on recombinant proteins, require adjuvants and delivery systems, which have thus far depended on mimicking pathogen danger signals and strong pro-inflammatory responses. In search of a safer and more efficacious alternative, we tested whether vaccinations with influenza recombinant hemagglutinin (HA) mixed with a novel vegetable oil in water emulsion adjuvant (Natural Immune-enhancing Delivery System, NIDS), based on the immune-enhancing synergy of vitamins A and E and a catechin, could protect against intra-nasal challenge with live influenza virus...
May 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529187/multiple-outcomes-and-analyses-in-clinical-trials-create-challenges-for-interpretation-and-research-synthesis
#16
Evan Mayo-Wilson, Nicole Fusco, Tianjing Li, Hwanhee Hong, Joe Canner, Kay Dickersin
OBJECTIVE: To identify variations in outcomes and results across public and non-public reports of randomized clinical trials (RCTs). STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Eligible RCTs examined gabapentin for neuropathic pain and quetiapine for bipolar depression, reported in public (e.g., journal articles) and non-public sources (e.g., clinical study reports) available by 2015. We recorded pre-specified outcome domains. We considered outcomes "defined" if they included the domain, measure, metric, method of aggregation, and time-point...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528110/effect-of-regulated-deficit-irrigation-on-quality-parameters-carotenoids-and-phenolics-of-diverse-tomato-varieties-solanum-lycopersicum-l
#17
Elena Coyago-Cruz, Mireia Corell, Carla M Stinco, Dolores Hernanz, Alfonso Moriana, Antonio J Meléndez-Martínez
This study aims to evaluate the effects of regulated deficit irrigation (RDI) and of cluster position (CI: first and second cluster; CII: third and fourth cluster; CIII: fifth and sixth cluster) on fruit quality parameters, carotenoids and phenolics in tomatoes. Three common ('Tigerella', 'Palamós' and 'Byelsa') and two cherry varieties ('Lazarino' and 'Summerbrix') were studied. The results showed that the regulated deficit irrigation with reduction of 40 and 50% in the leaf water potential in common and cherry tomatoes did not affect greatly the organoleptic quality of common tomatoes and 'Summerbrix', while cherry varieties were significantly affected with the cluster position...
June 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512371/first-report-of-the-spiral-nematode-helicotylenchus-microlobus-infecting-soybean-in-north-dakota
#18
Guiping Yan, Addison Plaisance, Danqiong Huang, Zafar A Handoo
Spiral nematodes (Helicotylenchus spp.) are common plant-parasitic nematodes in fields of many crops. In June 2015, two soil samples were collected from a soybean field in Richland County, ND. Nematodes were extracted from soil using the sugar centrifugal flotation method (Jenkins, 1964). Plant-parasitic nematodes were identified to genus based on morphological features and counted. Both samples contained spiral nematodes from 1,500 to 3,300 per kilogram of soil. In June and August 2016, 10 soil samples were collected from the same field...
March 2017: Journal of Nematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511581/the-ranzcp-guidelines-for-schizophrenia-why-is-our-practice-so-far-short-of-our-recommendations-and-what-can-we-do-about-it
#19
Olav Nielssen, Patrick McGorry, David Castle, Cherrie Galletly
The new RANZCP guidelines for the treatment of schizophrenia and related disorders highlights what we know works. In this paper, we examine why patients so often fail to benefit from this knowledge and why clinical practice falls so far short of the recommended standard. Instead of the continuous improvement that we expect of health care in general, in psychiatry we face an accelerating decline in systems of care. There has been a sustained underinvestment in public mental health care and a shared failure by State and Federal governments to construct and commit to a governance and funding model that can deliver the standard of care that is available in other major non-communicable diseases, and which we know is equally possible for severe mental illness...
May 1, 2017: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510728/spatial-and-temporal-dynamics-of-aphids-hemiptera-aphididae-in-the-columbia-basin-and-northeastern-oregon
#20
Mathew L Klein, Silvia I Rondon, Darrin L Walenta, Qamar Zeb, Alexzandra F Murphy
Aphid species, such as the potato aphid, Macrosiphum euphorbiae Thomas, and the green peach aphid, Myzus persicae Sulzer, are routinely considered the most important pests of potatoes. Potato aphid, green peach aphid, and more recently, other aphids such as the bird cherry-oat aphid Rhopalosiphum padi L. have been identified as vectors of multiple plant pathogenic viruses in potatoes. Since 2006, an area-wide trapping network consisting of ∼60 sites was developed through collaboration between researchers, extension faculty, and stakeholders, to monitor aphid populations in the Columbia Basin of Oregon (Umatilla and Morrow counties) and in northeastern Oregon (Union and Baker counties)...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
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