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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334774/high-tolerance-to-self-targeting-of-the-genome-by-the-endogenous-crispr-cas-system-in-an-archaeon
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Aris-Edda Stachler, Israela Turgeman-Grott, Ella Shtifman-Segal, Thorsten Allers, Anita Marchfelder, Uri Gophna
CRISPR-Cas systems allow bacteria and archaea to acquire sequence-specific immunity against selfish genetic elements such as viruses and plasmids, by specific degradation of invader DNA or RNA. However, this involves the risk of autoimmunity if immune memory against host DNA is mistakenly acquired. Such autoimmunity has been shown to be highly toxic in several bacteria and is believed to be one of the major costs of maintaining these defense systems. Here we generated an experimental system in which a non-essential gene, required for pigment production and the reddish colony color, is targeted by the CRISPR-Cas I-B system of the halophilic archaeon Haloferax volcanii...
March 2, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334443/pollutant-ground-concentrations-of-nonneutrally-buoyant-particles
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Alon Mandel, Eli Stern, Amos Ullmann, Neima Brauner
A methodology is suggested for the estimation of the mass density and the cumulative ground deposition of a nonvolatile, nonneutrally buoyant, air pollutant (liquid or solid) released from a polluted column (following an explosion caused during routine operation in, e.g., the chemical industry or due to any kind of hostile act) and deposited on the ground via gravitational settling. In many cases, the deposited mass due to gravitational settling constitutes a significant fraction of the original inventory released from the source...
March 23, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333448/role-of-oxygen-functionalities-in-graphene-oxide-architectural-laminates-goal-sub-nanometer-spacing-and-water-transport
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Carlo Alberto Amadei, Andrea Montessori, Julian P Kadow, Sauro Succi, Chad David Vecitis
Active research in nanotechnology contemplates the use of nanomaterials for environmental engineering applications. However, a primary challenge is understanding the effects of nanomaterial properties on industrial device performance and translating unique nanoscale properties to the macroscale. One emerging example is graphene oxide (GO) membranes for separation processes. Thus, here we investigate how individual GO properties, in particular the GO chemistry, can impact GO membrane characteristics and water permeability...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333340/evaluation-of-the-new-genotype-ntm-dr-kit-for-the-molecular-detection-of-antimicrobial-resistance-in-non-tuberculous-mycobacteria
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Faiza Mougari, Jade Loiseau, Nicolas Veziris, Christine Bernard, Béatrice Bercot, Wladimir Sougakoff, Vincent Jarlier, Laurent Raskine, Emmanuelle Cambau
Objectives: Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are emerging pathogens causing difficult-to-treat infections. We tested a new assay (GenoType NTM-DR) that detects natural and acquired resistance mechanisms to macrolides and aminoglycosides in frequently isolated NTM species. Methods: Performance was assessed on 102 isolates including reference strains [16 Mycobacterium avium , 10 Mycobacterium intracellulare , 8 Mycobacterium chimaera , 15 Mycobacterium chelonae and 53 Mycobacterium abscessus (including subsp...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332754/detection-of-carbapenemase-producing-organisms-with-a-carbapenem-based-fluorogenic-probe
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Wuyu Mao, Lingying Xia, Hexin Xie
Antibiotic resistance has become a major challenge to public health worldwide. This crisis is further aggravated by the increasing emergence of bacterial resistance to carbapenems, typically considered as the antibiotics of last resort, which is mainly due to the production of carbapenem-hydrolyzing carbapenemases in bacteria. Herein, the carbapenem-based fluorogenic probe CB-1 with an unprecedented enamine-BODIPY switch is developed for the detection of carbapenemase activity. This reagent is remarkably specific towards carbapenemases over other prevalent β-lactamases...
March 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332655/livestock-vaccination-in-india-an-analysis-of-theory-and-practice-among-multiple-stakeholders
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P Rathod, M Chander, Y Bangar
An effective and efficient disease prevention and control strategy is of paramount importance to improve the quality and quantity of livestock production in the Indian context. Although livestock vaccination is considered an emerging innovation of socioeconomic importance in the Indian dairy industry, the rate of adoption and diffusion of vaccination technology is very low at field level. In this context, the authors examined the efforts of the Government of India to protect livestock health and control disease, considered the lessons learnt from rinderpest eradication, looked at field practices and the reality on the ground, and studied the perceptions of multiple stakeholders with regards to the relevance, profitability and sustainability of vaccination...
December 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332582/light-controlled-assembly-of-silver-nanoparticles
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Andreas Polywka, Christian Tückmantel, Patrick Görrn
Metal nanoparticles show a particularly strong interaction with light, which is the basis for nanoparticle plasmonics. One of the main goals of this emerging research field is the alignment of nanoparticles and their integration into sophisticated nanostructures providing a tailored interaction with light. This assembly of nanoparticles at well-controlled substrate sites often involves expensive technological approaches, such as electron beam lithography in order to fabricate the nanoparticle structures. Furthermore difficult numerical simulations are needed to predict their optical properties...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331202/immune-evasion-of-borrelia-miyamotoi-cbia-a-novel-outer-surface-protein-exhibiting-complement-binding-and-inactivating-properties
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Florian Röttgerding, Alex Wagemakers, Joris Koetsveld, Volker Fingerle, Michael Kirschfink, Joppe W Hovius, Peter F Zipfel, Reinhard Wallich, Peter Kraiczy
Borrelia (B.) miyamotoi, an emerging tick-borne relapsing fever spirochete, resists complement-mediated killing. To decipher the molecular principles of immune evasion, we sought to identify determinants contributing to complement resistance. Employing bioinformatics, we identified a gene encoding for a putative Factor H-binding protein, termed CbiA (complement binding and inhibitory protein A). Functional analyses revealed that CbiA interacted with complement regulator Factor H (FH), C3, C3b, C4b, C5, and C9...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331172/an-anti-coagulation-conundrum-implantation-of-total-artificial-heart-in-a-patient-with-heparin-induced-thrombocytopenia-type-ii
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Theodore J Cios, Yuliana Salamanca-Padilla, Dmitri Guvakov
BACKGROUND Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is a rare but life-threatening complication of heparin administration. It can present a major clinical dilemma for physicians caring for patients requiring life-saving urgent or emergent cardiac surgery. Studies have been published examining the use of alternative anticoagulants for patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), however, evidence does not clearly support any particular approach. Presently, there are no large-scale, prospective randomized studies examining the impact of alternative anticoagulants on clinical outcomes for HIT-positive patients requiring cardiac surgery...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330529/highlight-on-bottlenecks-in-food-allergen-analysis-detection-and-quantification-by-mass-spectrometry
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Mélanie Planque, Thierry Arnould, Patricia Renard, Philippe Delahaut, Marc Dieu, Nathlie Gillard
Food laboratories have developed methods for testing allergens in foods. The efficiency of qualitative and quantitativemethods is of prime importance in protecting allergic populations. Unfortunately, food laboratories encounter barriers to developing efficient methods. Bottlenecks include the lack of regulatory thresholds, delays in the emergence of reference materials and guidelines, and the need to detect processed allergens. In this study, ultra-HPLC coupled to tandem MS was used to illustrate difficulties encountered in determining method performances...
February 9, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330268/antimicrobial-activity-of-pvp-coated-silver-nanoparticles-synthesized-by-lysinibacillus-varians
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Divya Bhatia, Ashwani Mittal, Deepak Kumar Malik
Emergence of resistant microbes to conventional antibiotics and increased emphasis on health-care costs has raised the concern for the development of new effective antimicrobial reagents. Silver nanoparticles being an excellent broad-spectrum antibacterial agent could be considered as a suitable alternative for existing antibiotic. This study demonstrates the extra-cellular synthesis of stable silver nanoparticles using supernatant of Lysinibacillus varians. The synthesized silver nanoparticles were characterized by using UV-visible spectrum analysis, X-ray diffraction, Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and FT-IR analysis...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328691/factors-associated-with-discharge-home-after-transfer-to-a-pediatric-emergency-department
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Erin R Peebles, Michael R Miller, Tim P Lynch, Janice A Tijssen
OBJECTIVES: The transfer of children from community emergency departments (EDs) to tertiary care pediatric EDs for investigations, interventions, or a second opinion is common. In order to improve health care system efficiency, we must have a better understanding of this population and identify areas for education and capacity building. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of all patients (aged 0-17 years) who were transferred from community ED to a pediatric ED from November 2013 to November 2014...
March 21, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328519/a-framework-for-mixed-type-multi-outcome-prediction-with-applications-in-healthcare
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Budhaditya Saha, Sunil Gupta, Dinh Phung, Svetha Venkatesh
Health analysis often involves prediction of multiple outcomes of mixed-type. Existing work is restrictive to either a limited number or specific outcome types. We propose a framework for mixed-type multi-outcome prediction. Our proposed framework proposes a cumulative loss function composed of a specific loss function for each outcome type - as an example, least square (continuous outcome), hinge (binary outcome), poisson (count outcome) and exponential (non-negative outcome). To model these outcomes jointly, we impose a commonality across the prediction parameters through a common matrix-Normal prior...
March 16, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328516/anrad-a-neuromorphic-anomaly-detection-framework-for-massive-concurrent-data-streams
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Qiuwen Chen, Ryan Luley, Qing Wu, Morgan Bishop, Richard W Linderman, Qinru Qiu
The evolution of high performance computing technologies has enabled the large-scale implementation of neuromorphic models and pushed the research in computational intelligence into a new era. Among the machine learning applications, unsupervised detection of anomalous streams is especially challenging due to the requirements of detection accuracy and real-time performance. Designing a computing framework that harnesses the growing computing power of the multicore systems while maintaining high sensitivity and specificity to the anomalies is an urgent research topic...
March 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328511/wireless-power-transfer-strategies-for-implantable-bioelectronics-methodological-review
#15
Kush Agarwal, Rangarajan Jegadeesan, Yong-Xin Guo, Nitish V Thakor
Neural implants have emerged over the last decade as highly effective solutions for the treatment of dysfunctions and disorders of the nervous system. These implants establish a direct, often bidirectional, interface to the nervous system, both sensing neural signals and providing therapeutic treatments. As a result of the technological progress and successful clinical demonstrations, completely implantable solutions have become a reality and are now commercially available for the treatment of various functional disorders...
March 16, 2017: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328241/perfusion-ct-in-acute-stroke-effectiveness-of-automatically-generated-colour-maps
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Maja Ukmar, Ferruccio Degrassi, Roberta Antea Pozzi Mucelli, Francesca Neri, Fabio Pozzi Mucelli, Maria Assunta Cova
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the accuracy of perfusion CT (pCT) in the definition of the infarcted core and the penumbra, comparing the data obtained from the evaluation of parametric maps [cerebral blood volume (CBV), cerebral blood flow (CBF) and mean transit time (MTT)] with software-generated colour maps. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed to identify patients with suspected acute ischaemic strokes and who had undergone unenhanced CT and pCT carried out within 4...
April 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327449/integrated-local-binary-pattern-texture-features-for-classification-of-breast-tissue-imaged-by-optical-coherence-microscopy
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Sunhua Wan, Hsiang-Chieh Lee, Xiaolei Huang, Ting Xu, Tao Xu, Xianxu Zeng, Zhan Zhang, Yuri Sheikine, James L Connolly, James G Fujimoto, Chao Zhou
This paper proposes a texture analysis technique that can effectively classify different types of human breast tissue imaged by Optical Coherence Microscopy (OCM). OCM is an emerging imaging modality for rapid tissue screening and has the potential to provide high resolution microscopic images that approach those of histology. OCM images, acquired without tissue staining, however, pose unique challenges to image analysis and pattern classification. We examined multiple types of texture features and found Local Binary Pattern (LBP) features to perform better in classifying tissues imaged by OCM...
March 8, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326179/clinic-continuity-of-care-clinical-outcomes-and-direct-costs-for-copd-in-sweden-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Sofia Sveréus, Kjell Larsson, Clas Rehnberg
Introduction: In this study we investigate whether clinic level continuity of care (COC) for individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with better health care outcomes and lower costs in a Swedish setting. Methods: Individuals with COPD (N = 20,187) were identified through ICD-10 codes in all Stockholm County health care registries in 2007-2011 (59% female, 40% in the age group 65-74 years). We followed the individuals prospectively for 365 days after their first outpatient visit in 2012...
2017: European Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325612/cost-effectiveness-of-high-sensitivity-troponin-compared-to-conventional-troponin-among-patients-presenting-with-undifferentiated-chest-pain-a-trial-based-analysis
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Billingsley Kaambwa, Julie Ratcliffe, Matthew Horsfall, Carolyn Astley, Jonathan Karnon, Penelope Coates, Margaret Arstall, Christopher Zeitz, Matthew Worthley, John Beltrame, Derek P Chew
BACKGROUND: Patients with low and intermediate risk chest pain features comprise the greatest proportion presenting to emergency services for evaluation of suspected acute coronary syndromes (ACS). The efficient and timely identification of patients with these features remains a major challenge within clinical practice. Troponin assays are increasingly being used for the determination of risk among patients presenting with chest pain potentially facilitating more appropriate care. To date, no economic evaluation comparing high-sensitivity troponin T (hs-TnT) reporting to standard troponin T (c-TnT) reporting in the routine management of suspected ACS and based on longer-term clinical outcomes has been conducted...
March 2, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325368/chagas-disease-diagnostic-applications-present-knowledge-and-future-steps
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V Balouz, F Agüero, C A Buscaglia
Chagas disease, caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, is a lifelong and debilitating illness of major significance throughout Latin America and an emergent threat to global public health. Being a neglected disease, the vast majority of Chagasic patients have limited access to proper diagnosis and treatment, and there is only a marginal investment into R&D for drug and vaccine development. In this context, identification of novel biomarkers able to transcend the current limits of diagnostic methods surfaces as a main priority in Chagas disease applied research...
2017: Advances in Parasitology
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