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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934657/characterisation-of-artisanal-mine-waste-on-buru-island-indonesia-and-toxicity-to-the-brittle-star-amphipholis-squamata
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Amanda J Reichelt-Brushett, Bernard Thomas, Pelli L Howe, Yusthinus Male, Malcolm W Clark
Artisanal small-scale gold mining (ASGM) using mercury (Hg) amalgamation commenced on Buru Island, Indonesia, in 2012, but was halted in 2015 due to concerns of widespread Hg contamination. Much of the Hg used in the mining process is lost to trommel waste which is disposed of in settlement ponds that drain into adjacent waterways and into Kayeli Bay. Several thousand unmanaged trommel sites and associated tailing ponds exist on Buru Island. This study shows that waste from the Marloso trommel at the Gogrea site contained 203 mg/kg total Hg (THg), with a negligible proportion present as bioavailable methyl Hg (MeHg) and a low total organic carbon content...
September 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934415/first-report-of-urease-activity-in-the-novel-systemic-fungal-pathogen-emergomyces-africanus-a-comparison-with-the-neurotrope-cryptococcus-neoformans
#2
Barbra Lerm, Chris Kenyon, Ilan S Schwartz, Heinrich Kroukamp, Riaan de Witt, Nelesh P Govender, G Sybren de Hoog, Alfred Botha
Cryptococcus neoformans is an opportunistic pathogen responsible for the AIDS-defining illness, cryptococcal meningitis. During the disease process, entry of cryptococcal cells into the brain is facilitated by virulence factors that include urease enzyme activity. A novel species of an Emmonsia-like fungus, recently named Emergomyces africanus, was identified as a cause of disseminated mycosis in HIV-infected persons in South Africa. However, in contrast to C. neoformans, the enzymes produced by this fungus, some of which may be involved in pathogenesis, have not been described...
November 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934400/genomic-characterisation-of-environmental-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-isolated-from-dental-unit-waterlines-revealed-the-insertion-sequence-ispa11-as-a-chaotropic-element
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Antony T Vincent, Luca Freschi, Julie Jeukens, Irena Kukavica-Ibrulj, Jean-Guillaume Emond-Rheault, Annie Leduc, Brian Boyle, Fabrice Jean-Pierre, Marie-Christine Groleau, Eric Déziel, Jean Barbeau, Steve J Charette, Roger C Levesque
The bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa is well known to have a remarkable adaptive capacity allowing it to colonise many environments. A recent study on environmental isolates from dental unit waterlines (DUWLs) hinted at a genetic clustering into two groups. Isolates from one of these groups, named cluster III, were shown to have unusual phenotypes for environmental isolates, such as an increased biofilm production. To have a better ecological view, more specifically on isolates from cluster III, the complete genomes of 39 isolates including 16 from DUWLs were sequenced...
September 1, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934343/disparate-gain-and-loss-of-parasitic-abilities-among-nematode-lineages
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Martijn Holterman, Akbar Karegar, Paul Mooijman, Hanny van Megen, Sven van den Elsen, Mariette T W Vervoort, Casper W Quist, Gerrit Karssen, Wilfrida Decraemer, Charles H Opperman, David M Bird, Jan Kammenga, Aska Goverse, Geert Smant, Johannes Helder
Plant parasitism has arisen time and again in multiple phyla, including bacteria, fungi, insects and nematodes. In most of these organismal groups, the overwhelming diversity hampers a robust reconstruction of the origins and diversification patterns of this trophic lifestyle. Being a moderately diversified phylum with ≈ 4,100 plant parasites (15% of total biodiversity) subdivided over four independent lineages, nematodes constitute a major organismal group for which the genesis of plant parasitism could be mapped...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934303/characterization-of-the-cpap-treated-patient-population-in-catalonia
#5
Cecilia Turino, Sandra Bertran, Ricard Gavaldá, Ivan Teixidó, Holger Woehrle, Montserrat Rué, Francesc Solsona, Joan Escarrabill, Cristina Colls, Anna García-Altés, Jordi de Batlle, Manuel Sánchez de-la-Torre, Ferran Barbé
There are different phenotypes of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), many of which have not been characterised. Identification of these different phenotypes is important in defining prognosis and guiding the therapeutic strategy. The aim of this study was to characterise the entire population of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)-treated patients in Catalonia and identify specific patient profiles using cluster analysis. A total of 72,217 CPAP-treated patients who contacted the Catalan Health System (CatSalut) during the years 2012 and 2013 were included...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934239/characterisation-of-north-american-brucella-isolates-from-marine-mammals
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Adrian M Whatmore, Claire Dawson, Jakub Muchowski, Lorraine L Perrett, Emma Stubberfield, Mark Koylass, Geoffrey Foster, Nicholas J Davison, Christine Quance, Inga F Sidor, Cara L Field, Judy St Leger
Extension of known ecological niches of Brucella has included the description of two novel species from marine mammals. Brucella pinnipedialis is associated predominantly with seals, while two major Brucella ceti clades, most commonly associated with porpoises or dolphins respectively, have been identified. To date there has been limited characterisation of Brucella isolates obtained from marine mammals outside Northern European waters, including North American waters. To address this gap, and extend knowledge of the global population structure and host associations of these Brucella species, 61 isolates from marine mammals inhabiting North American waters were subject to molecular and phenotypic characterisation enabling comparison with existing European isolates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933993/gradual-physical-decline-characterises-the-illness-trajectories-of-care-home-residents
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Anne M Finucane, Barbara Stevenson, Scott A Murray
BACKGROUND: Three archetypal trajectories of physical decline have been identified: a short period of rapid decline; long-term limitations with intermittent acute periods; and a prolonged gradual decline. An understanding of illness trajectories can help clarify the evolving needs of people with progressive conditions, and inform the development of palliative care services to meet their needs. Many frail older people live and die in care homes; the present study is the first to explore the illness trajectories of residents in care home settings...
September 2, 2017: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933706/the-influence-of-atmosphere-on-performance-of-pure-phase-wz-and-zb-inas-nanowire-transistors
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Abu Rifat Ullah, Hannah J Joyce, Hoe Tan, Chennupati Jagadish, Adam P Micolich
We compare the characteristics of phase-pure MOCVD grown ZB and WZ InAs nanowire transistors in several atmospheres: air, dry pure N<sub>2</sub> and O<sub>2</sub>, and N<sub>2</sub> bubbled through liquid H<sub>2</sub>O and alcohols to identify whether phase-related structural/surface differences affect their response. Both WZ and ZB give poor gate characteristics in dry state. Adsorption of polar species reduces off-current by 2-3 orders of magnitude, increases on-off ratio and significantly reduces sub-threshold slope...
September 21, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933415/integrative-systems-biology-investigation-of-fabry-disease
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Marco Fernandes, Holger Husi
Fabry disease (FD) is a rare X-linked recessive genetic disorder caused by a deficient activity of the lysosomal enzyme alpha-galactosidase A (GLA) and is characterised by intra-lysosomal accumulation of globotriaosylceramide (Gb3). We performed a meta-analysis of peer-reviewed publications including high-throughput omics technologies including naïve patients and those undergoing enzyme replacement therapy (ERT). This study describes FD on a systems level using a systems biology approach, in which molecular data sourced from multi-omics studies is extracted from the literature and integrated as a whole in order to reveal the biochemical processes and molecular pathways potentially affected by the dysregulation of differentially expressed molecules...
November 15, 2016: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933236/evaluating-the-contribution-of-lower-extremity-kinetics-to-whole-body-power-output-during-the-power-snatch
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Sangwoo Lee, Kyle D DeRosia, Landon M Lamie
This study evaluated the contribution of lower extremity (hip, knee and ankle) net joint torques (NJT) to whole body power (WBP) output during the power snatch (PS). Ten experienced weightlifters (five males and five females) performed five trials of the PS with 60% of one repetition maximum. Lower extremity NJT and WBP were extracted through a three-dimensional motion analyses and used for data analyses. Pearson correlation coefficients were obtained to observe the relationship between lower extremity NJT and WBP...
September 21, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933043/quantifying-the-effect-of-uncertainty-in-input-parameters-in-a-simplified-bidomain-model-of-partial-thickness-ischaemia
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Barbara M Johnston, Sam Coveney, Eugene T Y Chang, Peter R Johnston, Richard H Clayton
Reduced blood flow in the coronary arteries can lead to damaged heart tissue (myocardial ischaemia). Although one method for detecting myocardial ischaemia involves changes in the ST segment of the electrocardiogram, the relationship between these changes and subendocardial ischaemia is not fully understood. In this study, we modelled ST-segment epicardial potentials in a slab model of cardiac ventricular tissue, with a central ischaemic region, using the bidomain model, which considers conduction longitudinal, transverse and normal to the cardiac fibres...
September 20, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933030/phenotype-comparison-confirms-zmynd11-as-a-critical-gene-for-10p15-3-microdeletion-syndrome
#12
Birute Tumiene, Ž Čiuladaitė, E Preikšaitienė, R Mameniškienė, A Utkus, V Kučinskas
Proper epigenetic regulation processes are crucial in the normal development of the human brain. An ever-increasing group of neurodevelopmental disorders due to derangements of epigenetic regulation involve both microdeletion and monogenic syndromes. Some of these syndromes have overlapping clinical phenotypes due to haploinsufficiency-sensitive genes involved in microdeletions. It was shown recently that the ZMYND11 gene has important functions in epigenetic regulation as an unconventional transcription co-repressor of highly expressed genes, possibly acting in the repression of cryptic transcription from gene bodies...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Applied Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932935/a-mixed-methods-evaluation-of-paediatric-trainee-preparedness-to-manage-cardiopulmonary-arrests
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Órla Walsh, Sinéad Lydon, Paul O'Connor
Paediatric cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA) survival rates are strongly linked to the training of the doctors responding to the event. This study sought to characterise the level of experience in managing CPAs among paediatric trainees and to investigate the nontechnical (NTS) required to effectively lead a paediatric CPA team. A mixed-methods research design was used. For the quantitative phase, a questionnaire was developed to assess training, confidence, and experiences related to CPA management. During the qualitative phase, 17 paediatric trainees participated in a series of critical incident technique (CIT) interviews to explore the NTS used during the management of paediatric CPAs...
September 21, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932553/the-relationship-between-apnoea-hypopnoea-index-and-gensini-score-in-patients-with-acute-myocardial-infarction-undergoing-emergency-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Cai-Ping Zhu, Tao-Ping Li, Xiao Wang, Yu-Hua Zhao, Shi-Xi Zhou, Yan Fu, Yi-Wei Jiang, Xue-Ping Xiao
BACKGROUND: Sleep apnoea hypopnoea syndrome (SAHS) is characterised by repetitive nocturnal hypoxemia and has a high prevalence among patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). But there are few studies on patients with AMI undergoing emergency primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI). In this study, we want to find the prevalence of SAHS among patients with AMI undergoing emergency pPCI and determine whether SAHS would worsen the condition among these people, and especially affect the damage degree of the coronary artery...
August 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931864/lymphoblastoid-cell-lines-from-diamond-blackfan-anaemia-patients-exhibit-a-full-ribosomal-stress-phenotype-that-is-rescued-by-gene-therapy
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Anna Aspesi, Valentina Monteleone, Marta Betti, Chiara Actis, Giulia Morleo, Marika Sculco, Simonetta Guarrera, Marcin W Wlodarski, Ugo Ramenghi, Claudio Santoro, Steven R Ellis, Fabrizio Loreni, Antonia Follenzi, Irma Dianzani
Diamond Blackfan anaemia (DBA) is a congenital bone marrow failure syndrome characterised by selective red cell hypoplasia. DBA is most often due to heterozygous mutations in ribosomal protein (RP) genes that lead to defects in ribosome biogenesis and function and result in ribosomal stress and p53 activation. The molecular mechanisms underlying this pathology are still poorly understood and studies on patient erythroid cells are hampered by their paucity. Here we report that RP-mutated lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs) established from DBA patients show defective rRNA processing and ribosomal stress features such as reduced proliferation, decreased protein synthesis, and activation of p53 and its target p21...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931821/measuring-the-effects-of-particle-orientation-to-improve-the-efficiency-of-electron-cryomicroscopy
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Katerina Naydenova, Christopher J Russo
The orientation distribution of a single-particle electron cryomicroscopy specimen limits the resolution of the reconstructed density map. Here we define a statistical quantity, the efficiency, E od, which characterises the orientation distribution via its corresponding point spread function. The efficiency measures the ability of the distribution to provide uniform information and resolution in all directions of the reconstruction, independent of other factors. This metric allows rapid and rigorous evaluation of specimen preparation methods, assisting structure determination to high resolution with minimal data...
September 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931814/optical-trapping-of-otoliths-drives-vestibular-behaviours-in-larval-zebrafish
#17
Itia A Favre-Bulle, Alexander B Stilgoe, Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Ethan K Scott
The vestibular system, which detects gravity and motion, is crucial to survival, but the neural circuits processing vestibular information remain incompletely characterised. In part, this is because the movement needed to stimulate the vestibular system hampers traditional neuroscientific methods. Optical trapping uses focussed light to apply forces to targeted objects, typically ranging from nanometres to a few microns across. In principle, optical trapping of the otoliths (ear stones) could produce fictive vestibular stimuli in a stationary animal...
September 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931660/predicting-epiglottic-collapse-in-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnoea
#18
Ali Azarbarzin, Melania Marques, Scott A Sands, Sara Op de Beeck, Pedro R Genta, Luigi Taranto-Montemurro, Camila M de Melo, Ludovico Messineo, Olivier M Vanderveken, David P White, Andrew Wellman
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is characterised by pharyngeal obstruction occurring at different sites. Endoscopic studies reveal that epiglottic collapse renders patients at higher risk of failed oral appliance therapy or accentuated collapse on continuous positive airway pressure. Diagnosing epiglottic collapse currently requires invasive studies (imaging and endoscopy). As an alternative, we propose that epiglottic collapse can be detected from the distinct airflow patterns it produces during sleep.23 OSA patients underwent natural sleep endoscopy...
September 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931648/targeting-epithelial-mesenchymal-plasticity-in-cancer-clinical-and-preclinical-advances-in-therapy-and-monitoring
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Sugandha Bhatia, James Monkman, Alan Kie Leong Toh, Shivashankar H Nagaraj, Erik W Thompson
The concept of epithelial-mesenchymal plasticity (EMP), which describes the dynamic flux within the spectrum of phenotypic states that invasive carcinoma cells may reside, is being increasingly recognised for its role in cancer progression and therapy resistance. The myriad of events that are able to induce EMP, as well as the more recently characterised control loops, results in dynamic transitions of cancerous epithelial cells to more mesenchymal-like phenotypes through an epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), as well as the reverse transition from mesenchymal phenotypes to an epithelial one...
September 20, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931601/local-cellular-neighbourhood-controls-proliferation-in-cell-competition
#20
Anna Bove, Daniel Gradeci, Yasuyuki Fujita, Shiladitya Banerjee, Guillaume Charras, Alan R Lowe
Cell competition is a quality control mechanism through which tissues eliminate unfit cells. Cell competition can result from short-range biochemical inductions or long-range mechanical cues. However, little is known about how cell-scale interactions give rise to population shifts in tissues, due to the lack of experimental and computational tools to efficiently characterise interactions at the single-cell level. Here, we address these challenges by combining long-term automated microscopy with deep learning image analysis to decipher how single-cell behaviour determines tissue make-up during competition...
September 20, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
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