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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438012/smartphone-based-dual-modality-imaging-system-for-quantitative-detection-of-color-or-fluorescent-lateral-flow-immunochromatographic-strips
#1
Yafei Hou, Kan Wang, Kun Xiao, Weijian Qin, Wenting Lu, Wei Tao, Daxiang Cui
Nowadays, lateral flow immunochromatographic assays are increasingly popular as a diagnostic tool for point-of-care (POC) test based on their simplicity, specificity, and sensitivity. Hence, quantitative detection and pluralistic popular application are urgently needed in medical examination. In this study, a smartphone-based dual-modality imaging system was developed for quantitative detection of color or fluorescent lateral flow test strips, which can be operated anywhere at any time. In this system, the white and ultra-violet (UV) light of optical device was designed, which was tunable with different strips, and the Sobel operator algorithm was used in the software, which could enhance the identification ability to recognize the test area from the background boundary information...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437900/model-and-reconstruction-of-a-k-edge-contrast-agent-distribution-with-an-x-ray-photon-counting-detector
#2
Bo Meng, Wenxiang Cong, Yan Xi, Bruno De Man, Jian Yang, Ge Wang
Contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT) helps enhance the visibility for tumor imaging. When a high-Z contrast agent interacts with X-rays across its K-edge, X-ray photoelectric absorption would experience a sudden increment, resulting in a significant difference of the X-ray transmission intensity between the left and right energy windows of the K-edge. Using photon-counting detectors, the X-ray intensity data in the left and right windows of the K-edge can be measured simultaneously. The differential information of the two kinds of intensity data reflects the contrast-agent concentration distribution...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437727/new-inter-correlated-genes-targeted-by-diatom-derived-polyunsaturated-aldehydes-in-the-sea-urchin-paracentrotus-lividus
#3
Nadia Ruocco, Anna Maria Fedele, Susan Costantini, Giovanna Romano, Adrianna Ianora, Maria Costantini
The marine environment is continually subjected to the action of stressors (including natural toxins), which represent a constant danger for benthic communities. In the present work using network analysis we identified ten genes on the basis of associated functions (FOXA, FoxG, GFI-1, nodal, JNK, OneCut/Hnf6, TAK1, tcf4, TCF7, VEGF) in the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus, having key roles in different processes, such as embryonic development and asymmetry, cell fate specification, cell differentiation and morphogenesis, and skeletogenesis...
April 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437719/matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-mass-spectrometric-imaging-of-olanzapine-in-a-single-hair-using-esculetin-as-a-matrix
#4
Hang Wang, Ying Wang, Ge Wang, Lizhi Hong
Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-mass spectrometric imaging (MALDI-MSI) for the analysis of intact hair is a powerful tool for monitoring changes in drug consumption. The embedding of a low drug concentration in the hydrophobic hair matrix makes it difficult to extract and detect, and requires an improved method to increase detection sensitivity. In this study, an MSI method using MALDI-Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance was developed for direct identification and imaging of olanzapine in hair samples using the positive ion mode...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437708/primary-secondary-and-tertiary-prevention-of-human-papillomavirus-driven-head-and-neck-cancers
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REVIEW
Haïtham Mirghani, Alain C Jung, Carole Fakhry
Human papillomavirus (HPV)-driven oropharyngeal cancers (OPCs) represent an increasing proportion of head and neck cancers that could become, in the next few decades, a public health problem in certain western countries. This significant epidemiological change strongly calls for preventive measures. Prophylactic HPV vaccination and screening programmes for early identification and treatment of premalignant lesions are currently being used to reduce the incidence of uterine cervical cancer, which is the paradigm of HPV-driven malignancy...
April 19, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437687/use-of-tourmaline-as-a-potential-petrogenetic-indicator-in-the-determination-of-host-magma-crs-xrd-and-ped-xrf-methods
#6
Bahattin Gullu, Yusuf Kagan Kadioglu
Tourmaline defines a group of complex borosilicate forms as accessory mineral in igneous and metamorphic rocks and they act an important role in the interpretation of the chemical composition changes of the composition of the host fluid of the magma. The variety of tourmaline can be identified by using optical microscopy, X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and by determining its chemical composition through Polarized Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (PED-XRF) methods. However, microscopic investigations and XRD analyses are not quite adequate for detailed determination of tourmaline sub-groups...
April 19, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437685/rapid-label-free-identification-of-klebsiella-pneumoniae-antibiotic-resistant-strains-by-the-drop-coating-deposition-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-method
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Youjin Cheong, Young Jin Kim, Heeyoon Kang, Samjin Choi, Hee Joo Lee
Although many methodologies have been developed to identify unknown bacteria, bacterial identification in clinical microbiology remains a complex and time-consuming procedure. To address this problem, we developed a label-free method for rapidly identifying clinically relevant multilocus sequencing typing-verified quinolone-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae strains. We also applied the method to identify three strains from colony samples, ATCC70063 (control), ST11 and ST15; these are the prevalent quinolone-resistant K...
April 20, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437667/social-identity-shapes-stress-appraisals-in-people-with-a-history-of-depression
#8
Alexandra Isaksson, Peter Martin, Jan Kaufmehl, Markus Heinrichs, Gregor Domes, Nicolas Rüsch
Ingroup perception or the views people with depression have about their group, may influence their vulnerability to social identity threat and lead to enhanced stress reactions and impaired performance. It is unclear how ingroup perception can influence stress appraisals in performance situations among people with a history of depression who are currently in remission. We investigated the impact of ingroup perception on primary stress appraisal, i.e. how threatening a test situation is perceived, as well as on secondary stress appraisal, or perceived coping resources...
April 12, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437642/pentoses-and-light-intensity-increase-the-growth-and-carbohydrate-production-and-alter-the-protein-profile-of-chlorella-minutissima
#9
B C B Freitas, A P A Cassuriaga, M G Morais, J A V Costa
High concentrations of carbon, which is considered a necessary element, are required for microalgal growth. Therefore, the identification of alternative carbon sources available in large quantities is increasingly important. This study evaluated the effects of light variation and pentose addition on the carbohydrate content and protein profile of Chlorella minutissima grown in a raceway photobioreactor. The kinetic parameters, carbohydrate content, and protein profile of Chlorella minutissima and its theoretical potential for ethanol production were estimated...
April 9, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437554/molecular-identification-of-cetaceans-from-the-west-atlantic-using-the-e3-i5-region-of-coi
#10
L H O Falcão, A S Campos, J E P Freitas, M A A Furtado-Neto, V V Faria
Molecular identification is very useful in cases where morphology-based species identification is not possible. Examples for its application in cetaceans include the identification of carcasses of stranded animals in advanced state of decomposition and body parts that are illegally traded. One DNA region that is often used for molecular identification is the Folmer region of the mitochondrial gene cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) (locus 48 to 705 bp). This locus has been used for the identification of several animal species, including whales and dolphins...
April 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437475/the-school-malaise-trap-program-coupling-educational-outreach-with-scientific-discovery
#11
Dirk Steinke, Vanessa Breton, Emily Berzitis, Paul D N Hebert
The School Malaise Trap Program (SMTP) provides a technologically sophisticated and scientifically relevant educational experience that exposes students to the diversity of life, enhancing their understanding of biodiversity while promoting environmental stewardship. Since 2013, the SMTP has allowed 15,000 students at 350 primary and secondary schools to explore insect diversity in Canadian schoolyards. Students at each school collected hundreds of insects for an analysis of DNA sequence variation that enabled their rapid identification to a species...
April 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437432/genome-wide-identification-and-expression-analysis-of-calcium%C3%A2-dependent-protein-kinase-and-its-related-kinase-gene-families-in-melon-cucumis-melo-l
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Haifei Zhang, Chunhua Wei, Xiaozhen Yang, Hejie Chen, Yongchao Yang, Yanling Mo, Hao Li, Yong Zhang, Jianxiang Ma, Jianqiang Yang, Xian Zhang
The calcium-dependent protein kinase (CDPK) is a ser/thr protein kinase that plays vital roles in plant growth, development, and responses to multiple stresses. Despite an important member of the stress responsive gene family, little is known about the evolutionary history and expression patterns of CDPK genes in melon. Herein, a total of 18 CDPK genes and 7 CDPK-related protein kinases (CRK) genes were identified in the melon genome via bioinformatic analysis, which were unevenly distributed across eleven chromosomes with an apparent exception for chromosome 3...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437427/bacterial-diversity-of-bacteriomes-and-organs-of-reproductive-digestive-and-excretory-systems-in-two-cicada-species-hemiptera-cicadidae
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Zhou Zheng, Dandan Wang, Hong He, Cong Wei
Cicadas form intimate symbioses with bacteria to obtain nutrients that are scarce in the xylem fluid they feed on. The obligate symbionts in cicadas are purportedly confined to specialized bacteriomes, but knowledge of bacterial communities associated with cicadas is limited. Bacterial communities in the bacteriomes and organs of reproductive, digestive and excretory systems of two cicada species (Platypleura kaempferi and Meimuna mongolica) were investigated using different methods, and the bacterial diversity and distribution patterns of dominant bacteria in different tissues were compared...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437395/global-survey-of-the-immunomodulatory-potential-of-common-drugs
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Gregory I Vladimer, Berend Snijder, Nikolaus Krall, Johannes W Bigenzahn, Kilian V M Huber, Charles-Hugues Lardeau, Kumar Sanjiv, Anna Ringler, Ulrika Warpman Berglund, Monika Sabler, Oscar Lopez de la Fuente, Paul Knöbl, Stefan Kubicek, Thomas Helleday, Ulrich Jäger, Giulio Superti-Furga
Small-molecule drugs may complement antibody-based therapies in an immune-oncology setting, yet systematic methods for the identification and characterization of the immunomodulatory properties of these entities are lacking. We surveyed the immumomodulatory potential of 1,402 small chemical molecules, as defined by their ability to alter the cell-cell interactions among peripheral mononuclear leukocytes ex vivo, using automated microscopy and population-wide single-cell image analysis. Unexpectedly, ∼10% of the agents tested affected these cell-cell interactions differentially...
April 24, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437320/development-of-a-claims-based-frailty-indicator-anchored-to-a-well-established-frailty-phenotype
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Jodi B Segal, Hsien-Yen Chang, Yu Du, Jeremy D Walston, Michelle C Carlson, Ravi Varadhan
BACKGROUND: Fried and colleagues described a frailty phenotype measured in the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS). This phenotype is manifest when ≥3 of the following are present: low grip strength, low energy, slowed waking speed, low physical activity, or unintentional weight loss. We sought to approximate frailty phenotype using only administrative claims data to enable frailty to be assessed without physical performance measures. STUDY DESIGN: We used the CHS cohort data linked to participants Medicare claims...
April 21, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437232/epidemiological-physiological-and-molecular-characteristics-of-a-brazilian-collection-of-carbapenem-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#16
Vanessa Cordeiro Dias, Juliana Alves Resende, André Netto Bastos, Lucas Quinet De Andrade Bastos, Victor Quinet De Andrade Bastos, Ricardo Villela Bastos, Cláudio Galuppo Diniz, Vânia Lúcia Da Silva
Nonfermenting Gram-negative bacteria such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter baumannii are widespread in the environment and are increasingly associated with nosocomial infections, often associated with multidrug-resistance phenotypes. This study aimed to evaluate epidemiological, physiological, and molecular characteristics of carbapenem resistance in P. aeruginosa and A. baumannii. In total, 63 nonreplicated strains (44 A. baumannii and 19 P. aeruginosa) were isolated from hospitalized patients. Antimicrobial resistance patterns, biocide tolerance, oxidative stress, hemolytic activity, and biofilm formation were assessed...
February 24, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437228/first-case-of-ndm-1-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-in-annaba-university-hospital-algeria
#17
Amel Abderrahim, Nassima Djahmi, Charlotte Pujol, Sabina Nedjai, Mohamed Cherif Bentakouk, Djamila Kirane-Gacemi, Mazouz Dekhil, Albert Sotto, Jean-Philippe Lavigne, Alix Pantel
AIM: The aim of this study was to characterize two carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates recovered from urine samples in a patient hospitalized at Annaba University hospital (Algeria) in 2014. RESULTS: Two K. pneumoniae isolates were studied because they proved resistant to almost all antibiotics tested with a high level resistance to ertapenem (minimum inhibitory concentration = 32 mg/L). The results of modified Hodge test and combined disk test (ROSCO Diagnostica, Taastrup, Denmark) were positive...
February 22, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437196/surgical-site-infection-and-colorectal-surgical-procedures-a-prospective-analysis-of-risk-factors
#18
E Carter Paulson, Earl Thompson, Najjia Mahmoud
BACKGROUND: Colorectal surgical procedures (CRS) are associated with the highest surgical site infection (SSI) rate among elective operations. A wide range of patient and surgical characteristics have been identified as risk factors for SSI. Most studies are limited by reliance on retrospective data or subset analysis of data that includes CRS. This study reflects analysis of SSI risk factors using prospectively collected data in an elective CRS population. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We analyzed data prospectively collected as part of a randomized, blinded trial of skin anti-sepsis in elective CRS to identify risk factors associated with SSI, including superficial or deep SSI or cellulitis within 30 days post-discharge...
February 22, 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437106/allosteric-targeting-of-the-fanconi-anemia-ubiquitin-conjugating-enzyme-ube2t-by-fragment-screening
#19
Francesca E Morreale, Alessio Bortoluzzi, Viduth K Chaugule, Connor Arkinson, Helen Walden, Alessio Ciulli
Ube2T is the E2 ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme of the Fanconi anemia DNA repair pathway and it's overexpressed in several cancers, representing an attractive target for the development of inhibitors. Despite the extensive efforts in targeting the ubiquitin system, very few E2 binders have currently been discovered. Herein we report the identification of a new allosteric pocket on Ube2T through a fragment screening using biophysical methods. Several fragments binding to this site inhibit ubiquitin conjugation in vitro...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437060/high-throughput-and-quantitative-measurement-of-microbial-metabolome-by-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-using-automated-alkyl-chloroformate-derivatization
#20
Linjing Zhao, Yan Ni, Mingming Su, Hongsen Li, Fangcong Dong, Wenlian Chen, Runmin Wei, Lulu Zhang, Seu-Ping Guiraud, François-Pierre J Martin, Cynthia Rajani, Guoxiang Xie, Wei Jia
The ability to identify and quantify small molecule metabolites derived from gut microbial-mammalian co-metabolism is essential for the understanding of the distinct metabolic functions of the microbiome. To date, analytical protocols that quantitatively measure a complete panel of microbial metabolites in biological samples have not been established, but urgently needed by the microbiome research community. Here, we report an automated high-throughput quantitative method using a gas chromatography/time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GC/TOFMS) platform to simultaneously measure over one hundred microbial metabolites in human serum, urine, feces and Escherichia coli cell samples within 15 minutes per sample...
April 24, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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