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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330294/immuno-hybrid-algorithm-a-novel-hybrid-approach-for-grn-reconstruction
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A S Jereesh, V K Govindan
Bio-inspired algorithms are widely used to optimize the model parameters of GRN. In this paper, focus is given to develop improvised versions of bio-inspired algorithm for the specific problem of reconstruction of gene regulatory network. The approach is applied to the data set that was developed by the DNA microarray technology through biological experiments in the lab. This paper introduced a novel hybrid method, which combines the clonal selection algorithm and BFGS Quasi-Newton algorithm. The proposed approach implemented for real world E...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330244/elucidation-of-impact-of-heavy-metal-pollution-on-soil-bacterial-growth-and-extracellular-polymeric-substances-flexibility
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Muniswamy David, Paidi Murali Krishna, Jeybalan Sangeetha
Metal bioaccessibility is an alarming issue in croplands of mining sites due to overloading of toxic metals. Hence, the present study is aimed to determine the overloading of toxic metal in croplands across the Tawag village, Hutti, Raichur, India. Correspondingly, to identify the soil bacterial growth, physiological oxidative stress enzyme activity and surface macromolecular functional group evolution were analysed in and around the toxic metal contaminated sites through FT-IR and FT-Raman spectrometry. The evaluated results attribute that the study area is heavily polluted with the toxic metals such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead and zinc...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330106/enhanced-production-of-pectinase-by-aspergillus-terreus-ncft-4269-10-using-banana-peels-as-substrate
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Bijay Kumar Sethi, Prativa Kumari Nanda, Santilata Sahoo
Aspergillus terreus NCFT4269.10 was implemented in solid-state (SSF) and liquid static surface fermentation (LSSF) for biosynthesis of pectinase. Amongst various substrates, like, mustard oil cake, neem oil cake, groundnut oil cake, black gram peels, green gram peels, chickling vetch peels/grass pea peels wheat bran, pearl millet residues, finger millet waste, broken rice, banana peels (BP), apple pomace (AP) and orange peels, banana peel (Musa paradisiaca L.; Family: Musaceae) was most suitable for pectinase biosynthesis (LSSF: 400 ± 21...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329726/folate-biofortification-in-food-crops
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REVIEW
Simon Strobbe, Dominique Van Der Straeten
Folates are essential vitamins in the human diet. Folate deficiency is still very common, provoking disorders such as birth defects and anemia. Biofortification via metabolic engineering is a proven powerful means to alleviate folate malnutrition. A variety of metabolic engineering approaches have been successfully implemented in different crops and tissues. Furthermore, ensuring folate stability is crucial for long-term storage of crop products. However, the current strategies, shown to be successful in rice and tomato, will need to be fine-tuned to enable adequate biofortification of other staples such as potato, wheat and cassava...
March 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329718/a-pilot-investigation-of-acute-inhibitory-control-training-in-cocaine-users
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Joseph L Alcorn, Erika Pike, William S Stoops, Joshua A Lile, Craig R Rush
BACKGROUND: Disrupted response inhibition and presence of drug-cue attentional bias in cocaine-using individuals have predicted poor treatment outcomes. Inhibitory control training could help improve treatment outcomes by strengthening cognitive control. This pilot study assessed the effects of acute inhibitory control training to drug- and non-drug-related cues on response inhibition performance and cocaine-cue attentional bias in cocaine-using individuals. METHODS: Participants who met criteria for a cocaine-use disorder underwent five sessions of inhibitory control training to either non-drug-related cues (i...
February 28, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329440/using-an-academic-and-practice-partnership-to-teach-and-promote-ebp
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Amy Hagedorn Wonder, Jacki York
This column shares the best evidence-based strategies and innovative ideas on how to facilitate the learning and implementation of EBP principles and processes by clinicians as well as nursing and interprofessional students. Guidelines for submission are available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1741-6787.
March 22, 2017: Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329412/measuring-flow-rate-in-crystalline-bedrock-wells-using-the-dissolved-oxygen-alteration-method
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Sarah A Vitale, Gary A Robbins
Determination of vertical flow rates in a fractured bedrock well can aid in planning and implementing hydraulic tests, water quality sampling, and improving interpretations of water quality data. Although flowmeters are highly accurate in flow rate measurement, the high cost and logistics may be limiting. In this study the dissolved oxygen alteration method (DOAM) is expanded upon as a low-cost alternative to determine vertical flow rates in crystalline bedrock wells. The method entails altering the dissolved oxygen content in the wellbore through bubbler aeration, and monitoring the vertical advective movement of the dissolved oxygen over time...
March 22, 2017: Ground Water
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329407/regulatory-requirements-for-genotoxicity-assessment-of-plant-protection-product-active-ingredients-impurities-and-metabolites
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REVIEW
Ewan D Booth, Paul J Rawlinson, Priscila Maria Fagundes, Kevin A Leiner
Active ingredients in plant protection products are subject to rigorous safety assessment during their development, including assessment of genotoxicity. Plant protection products are used for agriculture in multiple regions and for the registration of active ingredients it is necessary to satisfy the data requirements of these different regions. There are no overarching global agreements on which genotoxicity studies need to be conducted to satisfy the majority of regulatory authorities. The implementation of new OECD guidelines for the in vitro micronucleus, transgenic rodent somatic and germ cell gene mutation and in vivo comet assays, as well as the revision of a number of other OECD test guidelines has resulted in some changes to data requirements...
March 22, 2017: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329389/radial-versus-femoral-access-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndromes-with-or-without-st-segment-elevation-a-pre-specified-analysis-from-the-randomized-minimizing-adverse-haemorrhagic-events-by-transradial-access-site-and-systemic-implementation-of-angiox
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Pascal Vranckx, Enrico Frigoli, Martina Rothenbühler, Francesco Tomassini, Stefano Garducci, Giuseppe Andò, Andrea Picchi, Paolo Sganzerla, Anita Paggi, Fabrizio Ugo, Arturo Ausiello, Gennaro Sardella, Nicoletta Franco, Marco Nazzaro, Nicoletta de Cesare, Paolo Tosi, Camillo Falcone, Carlo Vigna, Pietro Mazzarotto, Emilio Di Lorenzo, Claudio Moretti, Gianluca Campo, Carlo Penzo, Giampaolo Pasquetto, Dik Heg, Peter Jüni, Stephan Windecker, Marco Valgimigli
Aims: To assess whether radial compared with femoral access is associated with consistent outcomes in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS). Methods and results: In the Minimizing Adverse Haemorrhagic Events by TRansradial Access Site and Systemic Implementation of angioX (MATRIX) programme patients were randomized to radial or femoral access, stratified by STEMI (2001 radial, 2009 femoral) and NSTE-ACS (2196 radial, 2198 femoral)...
February 28, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329368/intermittent-preventive-treatment-with-dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine-for-the-prevention-of-malaria-among-hiv-infected-pregnant-women
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Paul Natureeba, Abel Kakuru, Mary Muhindo, Eric Littmann, Teddy Ochieng, John Ategeka, Catherine A Koss, Albert Plenty, Edwin D Charlebois, Tamara D Clark, Bridget Nzarubara, Miriam Nakalembe, Deborah Cohan, Gabrielle Rizzuto, Atis Muehlenbachs, Theodore Ruel, Prasanna Jagannathan, Diane V Havlir, Moses R Kamya, Grant Dorsey
Background.: Daily trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) and insecticide treated nets (ITNs) remain the main interventions for prevention of malaria in HIV-infected pregnant women in Africa. However, antifolate and pyrethroid resistance threaten the effectiveness of these intervention and new ones are needed. Methods.: We conducted a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial comparing daily TMP-SMX plus monthly dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DP) to daily TMP-SMX alone in HIV-infected pregnant women in an area of Uganda where indoor residual spraying of insecticide (IRS) had recently been implemented...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329359/larger-lateral-prefrontal-cortex-volume-predicts-better-exercise-adherence-among-older-women-evidence-from-two-exercise-training-studies
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John R Best, Bryan K Chiu, Peter A Hall, Teresa Liu-Ambrose
Background: Recent research has suggested an important role of lateral prefrontal cortex (lPFC) in consistent implementation of positive health behaviors and avoidance of negative health behaviors. Methods: We examined whether gray matter volume in the lPFC prospectively predicts exercise class attendance among older women (n = 122) who underwent either a 52-week or 26-week exercise training intervention. Structural magnetic resonance imaging determined gray matter volume at baseline...
March 17, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329352/costs-and-consequences-of-early-hospital-discharge-after-major-inpatient-surgery-in-older-adults
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Scott E Regenbogen, Anne H Cain-Nielsen, Edward C Norton, Lena M Chen, John D Birkmeyer, Jonathan S Skinner
Importance: As prospective payment transitions to bundled reimbursement, many US hospitals are implementing protocols to shorten hospitalization after major surgery. These efforts could have unintended consequences and increase overall surgical episode spending if they induce more frequent postdischarge care use or readmissions. Objective: To evaluate the association between early postoperative discharge practices and overall surgical episode spending and expenditures for postdischarge care use and readmissions...
March 22, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329238/practice-patterns-and-outcomes-associated-with-procalcitonin-use-in-critically-ill-patients-with-sepsis
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David C Chu, Anuj B Mehta, Allan J Walkey
Background: Randomized trials support use of procalcitonin-based algorithms to decrease duration of antibiotics for critically ill patients with sepsis. However, current utilization of procalcitonin and associated outcomes in "real world" clinical settings is unclear. We sought to determine procalcitonin utilization in critically ill patients with sepsis in the United States and to examine associations between procalcitonin use and clinical outcomes. Methods: Retrospective cohort study of approximately 20% of patients hospitalized in US Intensive Care Units with sepsis...
February 24, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329208/differentiated-hiv-rna-viral-load-monitoring-in-resource-limited-settings-an-economic-analysis
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Diana M Negoescu, Zhenhuan Zhang, Heiner C Bucher, Eran Bendavid
Background: Viral load (VL) monitoring for patients receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) is recommended worldwide. However, the costs of frequent monitoring are a barrier to implementation in resource-limited settings. The extent to which personalized monitoring frequencies may be cost-effective is unknown. Methods: We created a simulation model parameterized using person-level longitudinal data to assess the benefits of flexible monitoring frequencies. Our data-driven model tracked HIV+ individuals for 10 years following ART initiation...
March 1, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329179/research-on-skin-cancer-related-behaviors-and-outcomes-in-the-nih-grant-portfolio-2000-2014-skin-cancer-intervention-across-the-cancer-control-continuum-sci-3c
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Frank M Perna, Laura A Dwyer, Gina Tesauro, Jennifer M Taber, Wynne E Norton, Anne M Hartman, Alan C Geller
Importance: The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer broadly identified research gaps, but specific objectives are needed to further behavioral intervention research. Objective: To review National Institute of Health (NIH) grants targeting skin cancer-related behaviors and relevant outcomes. Design, Setting, and Participants: A portfolio analysis of the title, abstract, specific aims, and research plans of identified grant applications from 2000 to 2014 targeting skin cancer-related behaviors or testing behavioral intervention effects on cancer-relevant outcomes along the cancer continuum...
March 22, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329024/toward-developing-recombinant-gonadotropin-based-hormone-therapies-for-increasing-fertility-in-the-flatfish-senegalese-sole
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François Chauvigné, Judith Ollé, Wendy González, Neil Duncan, Ignacio Giménez, Joan Cerdà
Captive flatfishes, such as the Senegalese sole, typically produce very low volumes of sperm. This situation is particularly prevalent in the first generation (F1) of reared sole males, which limits the development of artificial fertilization methods and the implementation of selective breeding programs. In this study, we investigated whether combined treatments with homologous recombinant follicle-stimulating (rFsh) and luteinizing (rLh) hormones, produced in a mammalian host system, could stimulate spermatogenesis and enhance sperm production in Senegalese sole F1 males...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329002/emergency-department-outpatient-treatment-of-alcohol-intoxicated-bicyclists-increases-the-cost-of-medical-care-in-japan
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Yosuke Homma, Sunao Yamauchi, Michiko Mizobe, Yoshiyuki Nakashima, Jin Takahashi, Hiraku Funakoshi, Kevin Y Urayama, Sachiko Ohde, Osamu Takahashi, Takashi Shiga
Riding a bicycle under the influence of alcohol is illegal in Japan. Nevertheless, intoxicated bicyclists are frequently treated at hospital emergency departments for bicycle-related injuries. This patient population usually requires more hospital resources, even for relatively minor injuries. Therefore, we hypothesized that bicycle-related crashes involving bicyclists under the influence of alcohol cost more to treat than those that do not involve alcohol intoxication. The aim of the present study was to examine the costs associated with bicycle-related minor injuries and alcohol intoxication of the bicyclist...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328992/prediction-based-association-control-scheme-in-dense-femtocell-networks
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Nak Woon Sung, Ngoc-Thai Pham, Thong Huynh, Won-Joo Hwang, Ilsun You, Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo
The deployment of large number of femtocell base stations allows us to extend the coverage and efficiently utilize resources in a low cost manner. However, the small cell size of femtocell networks can result in frequent handovers to the mobile user, and consequently throughput degradation. Thus, in this paper, we propose predictive association control schemes to improve the system's effective throughput. Our design focuses on reducing handover frequency without impacting on throughput. The proposed schemes determine handover decisions that contribute most to the network throughput and are proper for distributed implementations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328986/estimation-of-genetic-parameters-and-genotype-by-environment-interactions-related-to-acute-ammonia-stress-in-pacific-white-shrimp-litopenaeus-vannamei-juveniles-at-two-different-salinity-levels
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Xia Lu, Sheng Luan, Baoxiang Cao, Xianhong Meng, Juan Sui, Ping Dai, Kun Luo, Xiaoli Shi, Dengchun Hao, Guomin Han, Jie Kong
Regarding the practical farming of Litopenaeus vannamei, the deterioration of water quality from intensive culture systems and environmental pollution is a common but troublesome problem in the cultivation of this species. The toxicities that result from deteriorating water quality, such as that from ammonia stress, have lethal effects on juvenile shrimp and can increase their susceptibility to pathogens. The toxicity of ammonia plays an important role in the frequently high mortality during the early stage on shrimp farms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328983/novel-keyword-co-occurrence-network-based-methods-to-foster-systematic-reviews-of-scientific-literature
#20
Srinivasan Radhakrishnan, Serkan Erbis, Jacqueline A Isaacs, Sagar Kamarthi
Systematic reviews of scientific literature are important for mapping the existing state of research and highlighting further growth channels in a field of study, but systematic reviews are inherently tedious, time consuming, and manual in nature. In recent years, keyword co-occurrence networks (KCNs) are exploited for knowledge mapping. In a KCN, each keyword is represented as a node and each co-occurrence of a pair of words is represented as a link. The number of times that a pair of words co-occurs in multiple articles constitutes the weight of the link connecting the pair...
2017: PloS One
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