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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353309/methods-for-enhancing-cyanobacterial-stress-tolerance-to-enable-improved-production-of-biofuels-and-industrially-relevant-chemicals
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REVIEW
Rebecca L Kitchener, Amy M Grunden
Cyanobacteria are photosynthetic prokaryotes that can fix atmospheric CO2 and can be engineered to produce industrially important compounds such as alcohols, free fatty acids, alkanes used in next-generation biofuels, and commodity chemicals such as ethylene or farnesene. They can be easily genetically manipulated, have minimal nutrient requirements, and are quite tolerant to abiotic stress making them an appealing alternative to other biofuel-producing microbes which require additional carbon sources and plants which compete with food crops for arable land...
January 20, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353253/experiential-learning-to-increase-palliative-care-competence-among-the-indigenous-workforce-an-australian-experience
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Shaouli Shahid, Stuart Ekberg, Michele Holloway, Catherine Jacka, Patsy Yates, Gail Garvey, Sandra C Thompson
OBJECTIVES: Improving Indigenous people's access to palliative care requires a health workforce with appropriate knowledge and skills to respond to end-of-life (EOL) issues. The Indigenous component of the Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) includes opportunities for Indigenous health practitioners to develop skills in the palliative approach by undertaking a supervised clinical placement of up to 5 days within specialist palliative care services. This paper presents the evaluative findings of the components of an experiential learning programme and considers the broader implications for delivery of successful palliative care education programme for Indigenous people...
January 20, 2018: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352710/changes-in-hepg2-spheroid-behavior-induced-by-differences-in-the-gap-distance-between-spheroids-in-a-micropatterned-culture-system
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Daisuke Miyamoto, Takuya Hara, Ai Hyakutake, Kohji Nakazawa
Micropatterning is a promising technique for modulating culture environments. In this study, we investigated the effect of spheroid separation distance on their properties in a micropatterned chip of HepG2 spheroids. The basic chip design consisted of 37 collagen spots (300 μm in diameter) in a hexagonal arrangement on a glass substrate; the region without collagen-spots was modified by polyethylene glycol to create the non-adhesive surface. Three similar chips were fabricated with gap distances between collagen-spots of 500, 1000, and 1500 μm...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350155/yersinia-pestis-survival-and-replication-in-potential-ameba-reservoir
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David W Markman, Michael F Antolin, Richard A Bowen, William H Wheat, Michael Woods, Mercedes Gonzalez-Juarrero, Mary Jackson
Plague ecology is characterized by sporadic epizootics, then periods of dormancy. Building evidence suggests environmentally ubiquitous amebae act as feral macrophages and hosts to many intracellular pathogens. We conducted environmental genetic surveys and laboratory co-culture infection experiments to assess whether plague bacteria were resistant to digestion by 5 environmental ameba species. First, we demonstrated that Yersinia pestis is resistant or transiently resistant to various ameba species. Second, we showed that Y...
February 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346070/key-pharmacovigilance-stakeholders-experiences-of-direct-patient-reporting-of-adverse-drug-reactions-and-their-prospects-of-future-development-in-the-european-union
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P Inácio, A Cavaco, E Allan, M Airaksinen
OBJECTIVES: In the European Union (EU), legislation allows patients to directly report adverse drug reactions (ADRs) to competent authorities. Five years after its implementation, patient reporting is not equal in all countries. This study aimed to explore key stakeholders' perceptions of patient reporting in four EU countries. STUDY DESIGN: Qualitative study design. METHODS: Twelve representatives from national pharmacovigilance centres and/or authorities as well as national pharmaceutical industry bodies in four EU countries participated in the study...
January 12, 2018: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345294/hypoxia-stimulates-the-cytoplasmic-localization-of-oncogenic-long-noncoding-rna-linc00152-in-colorectal-cancer
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Yujiro Nishizawa, Masamitsu Konno, Ayumu Asai, Jun Koseki, Koichi Kawamoto, Norikatsu Miyoshi, Hidekazu Takahashi, Naohiro Nishida, Naotsugu Haraguchi, Daisuke Sakai, Toshihiro Kudo, Taishi Hata, Chu Matsuda, Tsunekazu Mizushima, Taroh Satoh, Yuichiro Doki, Masaki Mori, Hideshi Ishii
Recent studies have indicated that long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) play a pivotal role in almost all physiological cellular processes, including every stage of cancer development. Given that hypoxia in the tumor microenvironment is involved in the malignant behavior of tumors, such as invasion and metastasis, we investigated the cytoplasmic and nuclear localization of lncRNAs in colorectal cancer cells. A cell culture under hypoxic conditions revealed several lncRNAs, such as LINC00152, whose levels were increased in the cytoplasm of colorectal cancer cells...
February 2018: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344457/development-and-implementation-of-module-for-medical-graduates-to-improve-socio-cultural-sensitivity-towards-people-living-with-hiv
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Sushanta Kumar Mishra, Somanath Dash
Background: Health professionals are documented as an important cause for stigmatizing people living with HIV (PLHIV). Since traditional teaching on HIV in India does not address cultural competencies, medical graduates lack sociocultural sensitiveness while addressing the health needs of PLHIV. Aim: The aim of this study is to develop and to implement a module for medical graduates to improve their sociocultural sensitivity toward PLHIV. Methodology: A module was designed and introduced to address the core sensitive issues in HIV among medical graduates with the help of trained faculty...
December 2017: International Journal of Applied and Basic Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343255/inducible-hiv-rna-transcription-assays-to-measure-hiv-persistence-pros-and-cons-of-a-compromise
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Johann Plantin, Marta Massanella, Nicolas Chomont
With the increasing number of therapeutic strategies tested in humans to reduce the size of the latent reservoir, the development of a robust, precise and clinical trial scalable assay that measures the frequency of infected cells carrying inducible replication-competent HIV is urgently needed. The size of the pool of cells carrying replication-competent HIV is largely overestimated by DNA assays, as a result of a large proportion of defective viruses, and underestimated by co-culture outgrowth assays. New culture methods that measure the inducible HIV reservoir have been developed during the past few years...
January 17, 2018: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340725/decision-making-in-management-of-the-complex-trauma-patient-changing-the-mindset-of-the-non-trauma-surgeon
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Linda Sonesson, Kenneth Boffard, Lars Lundberg, Martin Rydmark, Klas Karlgren
BACKGROUND: European surgeons are frequently subspecialized and trained primarily in elective surgical techniques. As trauma leaders, they may occasionally have to deal with complex polytrauma, advanced management techniques, differing priorities, and the need for multidisciplinary care. There is a lack of expertise, experience, and a low trauma volume, as well as a lack of research, with limited support as to the decision-making and teaching challenges present. We studied what experienced trauma experts describe as the challenges that are specific to the advanced surgical decision-making required, whether civilian, humanitarian, or military...
January 16, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339927/factors-affecting-the-cultural-competence-of-visiting-nurses-for-rural-multicultural-family-support-in-south-korea
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Min Hyun Suk, Won-Oak Oh, YeoJin Im
Background: With the recent growth of multicultural families in the Korean society, the importance of the role of qualified visiting nurses in the delivery of culturally sensitive health care has grown dramatically. As the primary health care provider for multicultural families enrolled in public community-based health care centers, the cultural competence of visiting nurses is an essential qualification for the provision of quality health care for multicultural families, especially in rural areas...
2018: BMC Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339746/zika-virus-in-salivary-glands-of-five-different-species-of-wild-caught-mosquitoes-from-mexico
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Darwin Elizondo-Quiroga, Aarón Medina-Sánchez, Jorge M Sánchez-González, Kristen Allison Eckert, Erendira Villalobos-Sánchez, Antonio Rigoberto Navarro-Zúñiga, Gustavo Sánchez-Tejeda, Fabián Correa-Morales, Cassandra González-Acosta, Carlos F Arias, Susana López, Rosa María Del Ángel, Victoria Pando-Robles, Armando E Elizondo-Quiroga
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-borne pathogen, and Aedes aegypti has been identified as the main vector of the disease. Other mosquito species in the Aedes and Culex genera have been suggested to have the potential for being competent vectors based on experimental exposition of mosquitoes to an infectious blood meal containing ZIKV. Here, we report the isolation in cell culture of ZIKV obtained from different body parts of wild-caught female mosquitoes (Ae. aegypti, Ae. vexans, Cx. quinquefasciatus, Cx. coronator, and Cx...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339425/secondary-metabolism-and-interspecific-competition-affect-accumulation-of-spontaneous-mutants-in-the-gacs-gaca-regulatory-system-in-pseudomonas-protegens
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Qing Yan, Lucas D Lopes, Brenda T Shaffer, Teresa A Kidarsa, Oliver Vining, Benjamin Philmus, Chunxu Song, Virginia O Stockwell, Jos M Raaijmakers, Kerry L McPhail, Fernando D Andreote, Jeff H Chang, Joyce E Loper
Secondary metabolites are synthesized by many microorganisms and provide a fitness benefit in the presence of competitors and predators. Secondary metabolism also can be costly, as it shunts energy and intermediates from primary metabolism. In Pseudomonas spp., secondary metabolism is controlled by the GacS-GacA global regulatory system. Intriguingly, spontaneous mutations in gacS or gacA (Gac- mutants) are commonly observed in laboratory cultures. Here we investigated the role of secondary metabolism in the accumulation of Gac- mutants in Pseudomonas protegens strain Pf-5...
January 16, 2018: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338663/cultural-competency-in-dementia-care-an-african-american-case-study
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Jennie Leeder Clark, Sarah Phoenix, Ann Choryan Bilbrey, Terese McManis, Kristel Anne Escal, Rohini Arulanantham, Tiana Sisay, Rita Ghatak
Age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, the most common cause of dementia. The older population in the United States is growing, and within this demographic ethnic and racial diversity is also on the rise. This article introduces Stanford Health Care's Memory Support Program (MSP) as a model for culturally competent dementia care that spans inpatient and outpatient settings. The case study of an African American patient and family dealing with an Alzheimer's disease diagnosis and comorbid conditions is presented and explored to illustrate the MSP model...
December 26, 2017: Clinical Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337662/studies-of-transgenic-mosquitoes-in-disease-endemic-countries-preparation-of-containment-facilities
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M Megan Quinlan, James Mutuku Mutunga, Abdoulaye Diabaté, Moussa Namountougou, Mamadou B Coulibaly, Lakamy Sylla, Jonathan Kayondo, Victor Balyesima, Lorna Clark, Mark Q Benedict, Peter Raymond
Novel approaches to area-wide control of vector species offer promise as additional tools in the fight against vectored diseases. Evaluation of transgenic insect strains aimed at field population control in disease-endemic countries may involve international partnerships and should be done in a stepwise approach, starting with studies in containment facilities. The preparations of both new-build and renovated facilities are described, including working with local and national regulations regarding land use, construction, and biosafety requirements, as well as international guidance to fill any gaps in regulation...
January 2018: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336921/legal-and-policy-issues-for-lgbt-patients-with-cancer-or-at-elevated-risk-of-cancer
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REVIEW
Sean R Cahill
OBJECTIVE: To understand the major legal and policy issues for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) cancer patients. DATA SOURCES: LGBT health policy research. CONCLUSION: Major policy issues include discrimination, lack of cultural competency and clinically appropriate care, insurance coverage, family recognition, and sexual orientation and gender identity data collection. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Nurses play a major role in providing affirming and competent care to LGBT cancer patients...
January 11, 2018: Seminars in Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336483/glucose-metabolism-during-in-vitro-maturation-of-mouse-oocytes-an-study-using-rna-interference
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Hong-Li Xie, Shuai Zhu, Jie Zhang, Jing Wen, Hong-Jie Yuan, Liu-Zhu Pan, Ming-Jiu Luo, Jing-He Tan
In previous studies on glucose metabolism during in vitro maturation, intact cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) were treated with enzyme inhibitors/activators. Because inhibitors/activators may have non-specificity and/or toxicity, and culture of COCs cannot differentiate whether glucose metabolism of cumulus cells (CCs) or that of the oocyte supports oocyte maturation, results from the previous studies must be verified by silencing genes in either CCs or cumulus-denuded oocytes (DOs). In this study, RNAi was adopted to specify the effects of glucose metabolism in CCs or DOs on oocyte maturation...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335809/healthcare-and-social-services-providers-who-serve-sexual-and-gender-minorities-in-a-u-s-mexico-border-city
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Oralia Loza, Carlos R Alvarez, David Peralta-Torres
Sexual and gender minorities, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, experience barriers to healthcare as a result of stigma, discrimination, and poor cultural competence by healthcare and social services providers (HCSSP). The purpose of the study is to increase access to care and services for the LGBTQ community in a U.S.-Mexico border city by identifying LGBTQ-friendly HCSSP. A survey, developed based on concerns voiced in a predominantly Hispanic LGBTQ community, was administered to HCSSP and used to create a referral list, "The Purple Pages of El Paso" (PPoEP)...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335090/improving-the-efficacy-of-healthcare-services-for-aboriginal-australians
#18
Kylie Gwynne, Thomas Jeffries, Michelle Lincoln
Objective The aim of the present systematic review was to examine the enablers for effective health service delivery for Aboriginal Australians.Methods This systematic review was undertaken in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) statement. Papers were included if they had data related to health services for Australian Aboriginal people and were published between 2000 and 2015. The 21 papers that met the inclusion criteria were assessed using the Effective Public Health Practice Project Quality Assessment Tool for Quantitative Studies...
January 16, 2018: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334968/barriers-and-facilitators-to-cultural-competence-in-rehabilitation-services-a-scoping-review
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Viviane Grandpierre, Victoria Milloy, Lindsey Sikora, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Roanne Thomas, Beth Potter
BACKGROUND: There is an important need to evaluate whether rehabilitation services effectively address the needs of minority culture populations with North America's increasingly diverse population. The objective of this paper was therefore to review and assess the state of knowledge of barriers and facilitators to cultural competence in rehabilitation services. METHOD: Our scoping review focused on cultural competence in rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation services included in this review were: audiology, speech-language pathology, physiotherapy, and occupational therapy...
January 15, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334763/long-non-coding-rna-linc01619-regulates-mir-27a-foxo1-and-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-mediated-podocyte-injury-in-diabetic-nephropathy
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Xiaoyan Bai, Jian Geng, Xiao Li, Jiao Wan, Jixing Liu, Zhan Mei Zhou, Xiaoting Liu
AIMS: Altered activities of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been implicated in the regulation of microRNAs. MicroRNA-27a (miR-27a) upregulation has been shown to induce endoplasmic reticulum stress (ER stress) and podocyte injury in diabetic nephropathy (DN). Herein, we aim to interrogate the mutually regulated network of miR-27a with long intergenic non-coding RNA 1619 (LINC01619) and the target gene. RESULTS: LINC01619 downregulation was found in human DN renal biopsy tissues and contributed to proteinuria and diminished renal function...
January 15, 2018: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
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