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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786424/tuning-gene-activity-by-inducible-and-targeted-regulation-of-gene-expression-in-minimal-bacterial-cells
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Ana M Mariscal, Shigeyuki Kakizawa, Jonathan Y Hsu, Kazuki Tanaka, Luis González-González, Alicia Broto, Enrique Querol, Maria Lluch-Senar, Carlos Piñero-Lambea, Lijie Sun, Philip D Weyman, Kim S Wise, Chuck Merryman, Gavin Tse, Adam J Moore, Clyde A Hutchison, Hamilton O Smith, Masaru Tomita, J Craig Venter, John I Glass, Jaume Piñol, Yo Suzuki
Functional genomics studies in minimal mycoplasma cells enable unobstructed access to some of the most fundamental processes in biology. Conventional transposon bombardment and gene knockout approaches often fail to reveal functions of genes that are essential for viability, where lethality precludes phenotypic characterization. Conditional inactivation of genes is effective for characterizing functions central to cell growth and division, but tools are limited for this purpose in mycoplasmas. Here we demonstrate systems for inducible repression of gene expression based on clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats-mediated interference (CRISPRi) in Mycoplasma pneumoniae and synthetic Mycoplasma mycoides, two organisms with reduced genomes actively used in systems biology studies...
May 22, 2018: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784921/the-significance-of-deformation-mechanisms-on-the-fracture-behavior-of-phase-reversion-induced-nanostructured-austenitic-stainless-steel
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R D K Misra, V S Y Injeti, M C Somani
We describe here the relationship between grain structure, deformation mechanism and fracture characteristics in an austenitic stainless steel. This was accomplished using the novel concept of phase reversion that enabled a wide range of grain size from nanograined/ultrafine grained (NG/UFG) to coarse-grained (CG) regime to be obtained in a single material through change in temperature-time annealing sequence. In the NG/UFG structure, a marked increase in abundance of stacking faults (SFs) and twin density with strain was observed that led to a decrease in the average spacing between adjacent SFs, thus converting stacking faults into twins...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783849/sex-differences-in-the-association-between-cyberbullying-victimization-and-mental-health-substance-use-and-suicidal-ideation-in-adolescents
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Soyeon Kim, Melissa Kimber, Michael H Boyle, Katholiki Georgiades
OBJECTIVE: To examine sex differences in the association between cyberbullying victimization and mental health (psychological distress and delinquency), substance use-related outcomes (drug and tobacco use, binge drinking), and suicide ideation among adolescents. METHOD: Data were obtained from the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS; 2013, N=10,272, grade 7 to 12). The sample for analysis included 4,940 students with a mean age of 15.1 years (43...
January 1, 2018: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne de Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783191/ganga-water-pollution-a-potential-health-threat-to-inhabitants-of-ganga-basin
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REVIEW
Sanjay Dwivedi, Seema Mishra, Rudra Deo Tripathi
BACKGROUND: The water quality of Ganga, the largest river in Indian sub-continent and life line to hundreds of million people, has severely deteriorated. Studies have indicated the presence of high level of carcinogenic elements in Ganga water. OBJECTIVES: We performed extensive review of sources and level of organic, inorganic pollution and microbial contamination in Ganga water to evaluate changes in the level of various pollutants in the recent decade in comparison to the past and potential health risk for the population through consumption of toxicant tainted fishes in Ganga basin...
May 18, 2018: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783170/impact-of-long-term-salinity-exposure-in-anaerobic-membrane-bioreactors-treating-phenolic-wastewater-performance-robustness-and-endured-microbial-community
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Julian D Muñoz Sierra, Margreet J Oosterkamp, Wei Wang, Henri Spanjers, Jules B van Lier
Industrial wastewaters are becoming increasingly associated with extreme conditions such as the presence of refractory compounds and high salinity that adversely affect biomass retention or reduce biological activity. Hence, this study evaluated the impact of long-term salinity increase to 20 gNa+ .L-1 on the bioconversion performance and microbial community composition in anaerobic membrane bioreactors treating phenolic wastewater. Phenol removal efficiency of up to 99.9% was achieved at 14 gNa+ .L-1 . Phenol conversion rates of 5...
May 7, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782693/multidomain-intervention-for-the-prevention-of-cognitive-decline-after-stroke-a-pooled-patient-level-data-analysis
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Yvonne Teuschl, Hege Ihle-Hansen, Karl Matz, Alexandra Dachenhausen, Paulina Ratajczak, Jaakko Tuomilehto, Marie Helene Ursin, Guri Hagberg, Bente Thommessen, Anne Rita Øksengård, Michael Brainin
BACKGROUND: The aim of this pooled patient-level data analysis was to test if multidomain interventions, addressing several modifiable vascular risk factors simultaneously, is more effective than usual post-stroke care for the prevention of cognitive decline after stroke. METHODS: This pooled patient-level data analysis includes two randomised controlled trials using a multidomain approach to target vascular risk factors in stroke patients and cognition as primary outcome...
May 21, 2018: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782254/-symptoms-and-signs-of-heart-failure-in-the-russian-clinical-guidelines-of-2016-lost-and-displaced
#7
S N Bel'diev, D Y Platonov, N G Gavrilenko, T S Myasnikova
Using the example of Russian and European clinical guidelines on diagnosis and treatment of heart failure the article addressed issues, which may arise from word-for-word or component-wise translation to Russian of some English medical terms, such as bendopnea (or flexodyspnea, a symptom of shortness of breath when bending forward), a symptom (subjective symptom), and a sign (objective symptom).
2018: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780720/uniportal-video-assisted-thoracic-surgery-treatment-of-intra-operative-complications
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Vasilios Tentzeris, Kostas Papagiannopoulos
Background: The uniportal video-assisted thoracic surgery (U-VATS) approach is rapidly gaining attention. Still there is lack of gross engagement to this technique, even within the VATS surgeons. We believe that the uniportal approach needs the same attention as any newly introduced skill; it would be a great mistake to be considered as a simple variation of the standardised multi-portal VATS. Methods: We have evaluated personal and institutional experience, supported by international bibliography...
2018: Journal of Visualized Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780351/cerebral-blood-flow-changes-in-multiple-sclerosis-and-neuromyelitis-optica-and-their-correlations-with-clinical-disability
#9
Xue Zhang, Xi Guo, Ningnannan Zhang, Huanhuan Cai, Jie Sun, Qiuhui Wang, Yuan Qi, Linjie Zhang, Li Yang, Fu-Dong Shi, Chunshui Yu
Distinguishing relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) and neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is clinically important because they differ in prognosis and treatment. This study aimed to identify perfusion abnormalities in RRMS and NMO and their correlations with gray matter volume (GMV) atrophy and clinical parameters. Structural and arterial spin labeling MRI scans were performed in 39 RRMS patients, 62 NMO patients, and 73 healthy controls. The gray matter cerebral blood flow (CBF) values were voxel-wisely compared among the three groups with and without GMV correction...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779675/utilization-of-head-ct-during-injury-visits-to-united-states-emergency-departments-2012-2015
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Brian J Yun, Pierre Borczuk, Kori S Zachrison, Joshua N Goldstein, Yosef Berlyand, Ali S Raja
INTRODUCTION: Studies have shown increasing utilization of head computed tomography (CT) imaging of emergency department (ED) patients presenting with an injury-related visit. Multiple initiatives, including the Choosing Wisely™ campaign and evidence-based clinical decision support based on validated decision rules, have targeted head CT use in patients with injuries. Therefore, we investigated national trends in the use of head CT during injury-related ED visits from 2012 to 2015. METHODS: This was a secondary analysis of data from the annual United States (U...
May 18, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779424/current-evidence-on-the-effects-of-intensive-early-reading-interventions
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Jeanne Wanzek, Elizabeth A Stevens, Kelly J Williams, Nancy Scammacca, Sharon Vaughn, Katherine Sargent
Many students at risk for or identified with reading disabilities need intensive reading interventions. This meta-analysis provides an update to the Wanzek and Vaughn synthesis on intensive early reading interventions. Effects from 25 reading intervention studies are analyzed to examine the overall effect of intensive early reading interventions as well as relationships between intervention and student characteristics related to outcomes. The weighted mean effect size (ES) estimate (ES = 0.39), with a mean effect size adjusted for publication bias (ES = 0...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Learning Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779248/analysis-of-intraspecific-seeds-diversity-in-astragalus-aquilanus-fabaceae-endemic-species-of-central-apennine
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V Di Cecco, M Di Musciano, A A D'Archivio, A R Frattaroli, L Di Martino
This work aims to study the seeds of the endemic species Astragalus aquilanus from four different populations of Central Italy. We investigated the seed morpho-colorimetric features (shape and size) and chemical differences (through infrared spectroscopy) among populations and between dark and light seeds. Seed morpho-colorimetric quantitative variables, describing shape, size and colour seed traits, were measured using image analysis techniques. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy was used to attempt seed chemical characterization...
May 20, 2018: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778601/diagnosis-classification-and-management-of-fourth-ventriculomegaly-in-adults-report-of-9-cases-and-literature-review
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Kaveh Barami, Indro Chakrabarti, James Silverthorn, Jeremy Ciporen, Paul T Akins
OBJECTIVE: An enlarged fourth ventricle otherwise known as fourth ventriculomegaly (4th VM) has been previously reported in the pediatric population yet literature on adults is scant. We report our experience with 4th VM in adults over an 11 year period and review the literature. MATERIAL/METHODS: retrospective chart review of adult patients with the diagnosis of 4th VM admitted to the ICU in a tertiary care center RESULTS: 9 patients were identified with 4th VM...
May 17, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778546/imaging-genetics-paradigms-in-depression-research-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Lícia P Pereira, Cristiano A Köhler, Brendon Stubbs, Kamilla W Miskowiak, Gerwyn Morris, Bárbara P de Freitas, Trevor Thompson, Brisa S Fernandes, André R Brunoni, Michael Maes, Diego A Pizzagalli, André F Carvalho
Imaging genetics studies involving participants with major depressive disorder (MDD) have expanded. Nevertheless, findings have been inconsistent. Thus, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of imaging genetics studies that enrolled MDD participants across major databases through June 30th, 2017. Sixty-five studies met eligibility criteria (N = 4034 MDD participants and 3293 controls), and there was substantial between-study variability in the methodological quality of included studies. However, few replicated findings emerged from this literature with only 22 studies providing data for meta-analyses (882 participants with MDD and 616 controls)...
May 17, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777855/polymer-lipid-hybrid-nanoparticles-as-enhanced-indomethacin-delivery-systems
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Annalisa Dalmoro, Sabrina Bochicchio, Shamil F Nasibullin, Paolo Bertoncin, Gaetano Lamberti, Anna Angela Barba, Rouslan I Moustafine
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), i.e. indomethacin used for rheumatoid arthritis and non-rheumatoid inflammatory diseases, are known for their injurious actions on the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Mucosal damage can be avoided by using nanoscale systems composed by a combination of liposomes and biodegradable natural polymer, i.e. chitosan, for enhancing drug activity. Aim of this study was to prepare chitosan-lipid hybrid delivery systems for indomethacin dosage through a novel continuous method based on microfluidic principles...
May 16, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777821/regional-cardiac-function-analysis-from-tagged-mri-images-comparison-of-techniques-harmonic-phase-harp-versus-sinusoidal-modeling-sinmod-analysis
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El-Sayed H Ibrahim, Jadranka Stojanovska, Azza Hassanein, Claire Duvernoy, Pierre Croisille, Rodica Pop-Busui, Scott D Swanson
Cardiac MRI tagging is a valuable technique for evaluating regional heart function. Currently, there are a number of different techniques for analyzing the tagged images. Specifically, k-space-based analysis techniques showed to be much faster than image-based techniques, where harmonic-phase (HARP) and sine-wave modeling (SinMod) stand as two famous techniques of the former group, which are frequently used in clinical studies. In this study, we compared HARP and SinMod and studied inter-observer variability between the two techniques for evaluating myocardial strain and apical-to-base torsion in numerical phantom, nine healthy controls, and thirty diabetic patients...
May 16, 2018: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777402/a-national-study-of-the-use-of-asymptomatic-systemic-imaging-for-surveillance-following-breast-cancer-treatment-aft-01
#17
Jessica R Schumacher, Heather B Neuman, George J Chang, Benjamin D Kozower, Stephen B Edge, Menggang Yu, David J Vanness, Yajuan Si, Elizabeth A Jacobs, Amanda B Francescatti, Patricia A Spears, Jeffrey Havlena, Taiwo Adesoye, Daniel McKellar, David Winchester, Elizabeth S Burnside, Caprice C Greenberg
BACKGROUND: Although not guideline recommended, studies suggest 50% of locoregional breast cancer patients undergo systemic imaging during follow-up, prompting its inclusion as a Choosing Wisely measure of potential overuse. Most studies rely on administrative data that cannot delineate scan intent (prompted by signs/symptoms vs. asymptomatic surveillance). This is a critical gap as intent is the only way to distinguish overuse from appropriate care. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to assess surveillance systemic imaging post-breast cancer treatment in a national sample accounting for scan intent...
May 17, 2018: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777353/intestinal-histopathological-changes-in-a-porcine-model-of-pneumoperitoneum-induced-intra-abdominal-hypertension
#18
Ester Párraga Ros, Laura Correa-Martín, Francisco M Sánchez-Margallo, Irma Eugenia Candanosa-Aranda, Manu L N G Malbrain, Robert Wise, Rafael Latorre, Octavio López Albors, Gregorio Castellanos
BACKGROUND: Low splanchnic perfusion is an immediate effect of pneumoperitoneum-induced intra-abdominal hypertension (IAH). Anatomical structure results in the intestinal mucosa being the area most sensitive to hypoperfusion. The relationship between intestinal injury and clinical parameters of tissue perfusion [abdominal perfusion pressure (APP), gastric intramucosal pH (pHi ) and lactic acid (Lc)] has not been previously studied. This study aimed to monitorize intestinal pathogenesis through sequential ileal biopsies and to measure APP, pHi , and Lc levels at different pneumoperitoneum-induced intra-abdominal pressures (20, 30, and 40 mmHg) to evaluate the potential relationships between them...
May 17, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776654/defining-and-measuring-a-standard-set-of-patient-relevant-outcomes-in-coronary-artery-disease
#19
Edgar J Daeter, Marijke J C Timmermans, Alexander Hirsch, Eric Lipsic, Saskia Houterman, Dennis van Veghel, Paul B van der Nat
Systematic outcome measurement enables to continuously improve treatment results and stimulates dissemination of best practices. For patients with coronary artery disease, no examples yet exist of standard sets of patient-relevant outcome measures that have already been fully implemented at a large scale in clinical care. The aim of this paper is twofold: (1) to share the standard set of outcome measures as developed by Meetbaar Beter, and (2) to show how the standard set is presented and published to support improvement of cardiac care...
April 20, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774868/-seizure-susceptible-brain-regions-in-patients-with-low-grade-gliomas
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Yinyan Wang, Tao Jiang
Patients afflicted with low-grade glioma frequently suffer from seizures. The mechanisms for seizure initiation in these patients remain poorly understood. Tumor location is correlated with seizure initiation. However, these correlative studies rely on dichotomized data analysis which is based on arbitrary lobe assignments. As a result, the lesion-symptom correlation may be incorrectly interpreted. Categorizing patients according to tumor involvement in a single brain lobe might cause the neglect of important information, such as lesion location and lesion volume...
April 28, 2018: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
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