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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440941/ingestion-of-microplastics-by-fish-and-its-potential-consequences-from-a-physical-perspective
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Boris Jovanović
The European Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the United States Microbead Free Waters Act are credited for being ambitious in their goals for protecting the marine environment from microplastics pollution. As a result, the microplastic pollution of marine environments and the incidence of microplastic ingestion by fish is rapidly receiving an increase in overdue attention. This commentary summarizes recent discoveries regarding the potential negative effects of micro- and nanoplastic ingestion by fish...
May 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431992/genomic-answers-for-recurrent-spontaneous-abortion-in-saudi-arabia-an-array-comparative-genomic-hybridization-approach
#2
Sajjad Karim, Hasan Salleh Jamal, Abdullraheem Rouzi, Mohammed Salleh M Ardawi, Hans-Juergen Schulten, Zeenat Mirza, Nuha A Alansari, Maha M Al-Quaiti, Heba Abusamra, Muhammad Imran Naseer, Rola Turki, Adeel Gulzar Chaudhary, Mamdooh Gari, Adel Mohammed Abuzenadah, Mohammed Hussain Al-Qhatani
To study the genomics/genetic factors associated with recurrent spontaneous abortion (RSA), as ∼50% of RSA are unexplained. However, chromosome abnormalities have been reported to play major role in RSA. We performed whole genome array-CGH based genomic analysis of forty four Saudi RSA patients to identify potential molecular and chromosomal abnormalities. We identified a total of 845 alterations, usually not detected by classic cytogenetic methods, in different genomic regions using a cut off value of -0...
April 18, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427451/household-level-spatio-temporal-analysis-of-plasmodium-falciparum-and-plasmodium-vivax-malaria-in-ethiopia
#3
Dinberu Seyoum, Delenasaw Yewhalaw, Luc Duchateau, Patrick Brandt, Angel Rosas-Aguirre, Niko Speybroeck
BACKGROUND: The global decline of malaria burden and goals for elimination has led to an increased interest in the fine-scale epidemiology of malaria. Micro-geographic heterogeneity of malaria infection could have implications for designing targeted small-area interventions. METHODS: Two-year longitudinal cohort study data were used to explore the spatial and spatio-temporal distribution of malaria episodes in 2040 children aged < 10 years in 16 villages near the Gilgel-Gibe hydropower dam in Southwest Ethiopia...
April 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423079/the-partitioning-of-food-resources-between-two-rodents-in-the-subtropical-region-of-southern-brazil
#4
Fábio P Espinelli, Fabiano Corrêa, Elton P Colares, Ioni G Colares
The capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) and nutria (Myocastor coypus) are herbivorous semi-aquatic rodents. Although these rodents occur in sympatry in southern South America, little is known about how the two species interact in relationship to food resources. In this context, the aim of this study was to analyze the food resource overlap, the feeding strategy and the diversity of the diet of capybaras and nutria. A micro-histological analysis of feces was used to study the diets. A total of 48 plant species belonging to 10 families were identified in the diet of H...
January 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420407/understanding-phlebotomus-perniciosus-abundance-in-south-east-spain-assessing-the-role-of-environmental-and-anthropic-factors
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José Risueño, Clara Muñoz, Pedro Pérez-Cutillas, Elena Goyena, Moisés Gonzálvez, María Ortuño, Luis Jesús Bernal, Juana Ortiz, Bulent Alten, Eduardo Berriatua
BACKGROUND: Leishmaniosis is associated with Phlebotomus sand fly vector density, but our knowledge of the environmental framework that regulates highly overdispersed vector abundance distributions is limited. We used a standardized sampling procedure in the bioclimatically diverse Murcia Region in Spain and multilevel regression models for count data to estimate P. perniciosus abundance in relation to environmental and anthropic factors. METHODS: Twenty-five dog and sheep premises were sampled for sand flies using adhesive and light-attraction traps, from late May to early October 2015...
April 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414692/neuronal-fibers-and-neurotransmitter-receptor-expression-in-the-human-endolymphatic-sac
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Martin Nue Møller, Svend Kirkeby, Jonas Vikeså, Finn Cilius Nielsen, Per Cayé-Thomasen
INTRODUCTION: Recent studies suggest that the human endolymphatic sac (ES) may have multiple functions, including an ion-transport capacity comparable to the kidney, an immunological capacity and a possible natriuretic capacity. Further, there have been speculations of a yet undefined role in intracranial pressure homeostasis. The anatomical location towards the sigmoid sinus would suggest a possible endo- and/or paracrine signaling. However, neuronal connections may also apply, but it remains very scarcely explored in the human ES...
April 14, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411625/rapid-imaging-and-detection-of-circulating-tumor-cells-using-a-wide-field-fluorescence-imaging-system
#7
Tomoko Yoshino, Kaori Takai, Ryo Negishi, Tatsuya Saeki, Hisashige Kanbara, Yoshihito Kikuhara, Tadashi Matsunaga, Tsuyoshi Tanaka
Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) provide potentially accessible in vivo sources of metastatic cancer cells. As such, considerable focus has been placed on analyzing the genetics of single-CTCs. Prior to these analyses, however, CTCs must first be detected within the blood samples of cancer patients. Current methods for detection of CTCs by fluorescence microscopy require the analysis of hundreds of images per blood sample, making this a time-consuming process that creates a bottleneck in CTC analysis. In this study, we therefore developed a wide-field fluorescence imaging system for rapid CTC detection...
May 29, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409326/effect-of-corticision-on-orthodontic-tooth-movement-in-a-rat-model-as-assessed-by-rna-sequencing
#8
Qihui Gu, Shuyu Guo, Dongyue Wang, Tingting Zhou, Lin Wang, Zhendong Wang, Junqing Ma
Corticision is a common technique to accelerate orthodontic tooth movement; however, not much is known about the underlying mechanisms. In this study, we investigated the mechanism of alveolar tissue remodeling after corticision in a rat model of tooth movement (TM) by analyzing the differential transcriptome. A total of 36 male rats were equally divided into TM and TM with corticision (TM+C) groups. Alveolar bone response was examined using micro-computed tomography (micro-CT). Osteoclasts and osteoblasts were quantified on tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) and Goldner's trichrome staining...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403850/rationale-and-design-of-a-multicenter-placebo-controlled-double-blind-randomized-trial-to-evaluate-the-effect-of-empagliflozin-on-endothelial-function-the-emblem-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Atsushi Tanaka, Michio Shimabukuro, Yosuke Okada, Isao Taguchi, Minako Yamaoka-Tojo, Hirofumi Tomiyama, Hiroki Teragawa, Seigo Sugiyama, Hisako Yoshida, Yasunori Sato, Atsushi Kawaguchi, Yumi Ikehara, Noritaka Machii, Tatsuya Maruhashi, Kosuke R Shima, Toshinari Takamura, Yasushi Matsuzawa, Kazuo Kimura, Masashi Sakuma, Jun-Ichi Oyama, Teruo Inoue, Yukihito Higashi, Shinichiro Ueda, Koichi Node
BACKGROUND: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is characterized by systemic metabolic abnormalities and the development of micro- and macrovascular complications, resulting in a shortened life expectancy. A recent cardiovascular (CV) safety trial, the EMPA-REG OUTCOME trial, showed that empagliflozin, a sodium glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, markedly reduced CV death and all-cause mortality and hospitalization for heart failure in patients with T2DM and established CV disease (CVD)...
April 12, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402589/carbonate-clumped-isotope-analyses-with-the-long-integration-dual-inlet-lidi-workflow-scratching-at-the-lower-sample-weight-boundaries
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Inigo A Müller, Alvaro Fernandez, Jens Radke, Joep van Dijk, Devon Bowen, Johannes Schwieters, Stefano M Bernasconi
RATIONALE: Clumped isotope analyses (Δ47 ) of carbonates by dual inlet (DI) mass spectrometry require long integration times to reach the necessary high precision due to the low abundance of the rare isotopologue (13) C(18) O(16) O. Traditional DI protocols reach this only with large amounts of sample and/or a large number of replicates as a large portion of the analyte gas is wasted. We tested an improved analytical workflow that significantly reduces the sample sizes and total analysis time per sample while preserving precision and accuracy...
April 12, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395776/evaluation-of-coloured-materials-in-microfluidic-flow-cells-for-chemiluminescence-detection
#11
Kara B Spilstead, Richard Alexander, Egan H Doeven, Stephen J Haswell, Neil W Barnett, Paul S Francis
Recent advances in the construction of chemiluminescence flow-cells has included high precision milling of channels into a range of different polymer materials, in efforts to maximise the transfer of light from the chemical reaction to the photodetector. However, little is known of the extent that the colour of polymer materials will influence this transfer. This may become increasingly important as chemiluminescence detection zones are integrated with other operations within microfluidic devices or micro total analysis systems (μTAS)...
May 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394904/discordant-population-histories-of-host-and-its-parasite-a-role-for-ecological-permeability-of-extreme-environment
#12
Dagmar Jirsová, Jan Štefka, Miloslav Jirků
Biogeographical and ecological barriers strongly affect the course of micro-evolutionary processes in free living organisms. Here we assess the impact of a recently emerged barrier on populations of limnic fauna. Genetic diversity and population structure in a host-parasite system (Wenyonia virilis tapeworm, Synodontis schall catfish) are analyzed in the recently divided Turkana and Nile basins. The two basins, were repeatedly connected during the Holocene wet/dry climatic oscillations, following late Pleistocene dessication of the Turkana basin...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393293/gata4-regulates-osteoblastic-differentiation-and-bone-remodeling-via-p38-mediated-signaling
#13
Tingting Zhou, Shuyu Guo, Yuxin Zhang, Yajuan Weng, Lin Wang, Junqing Ma
Osteoblasts play a major role in bone remodeling and are regulated by transcription factors. GATA4, a zinc finger transcription factor from the GATA family, has an unclear role in osteoblast differentiation. In this study, the role of GATA4 in osteoblast differentiation was studied both in vitro and in vivo by GATA4 knockdown. GATA4 expression increased during osteoblast differentiation. GATA4 knockdown in osteoblast precursor cells reduced alkaline phosphatase activity and decreased the formation of calcified nodule in an osteogenic-induced cell culture system...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392529/development-of-a-high-density-microplasma-emission-source-for-a-micro-total-analysis-system
#14
Ken Kakegawa, Ryoto Harigane, Mari Aida, Hidekazu Miyahara, Shoji Maruo, Akitoshi Okino
To achieve a highly sensitive and onsite analysis of a small amount samples, a microplasma-based micro total analysis systems (μ-TAS) device was developed. A dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) that can generate a stable plasma at atmospheric pressure was generated in a microchip and used as the plasma source. The use of DBD suppresses the temperature rise of the electrodes and enables operation for long times because of a reduction of the electrode damage due to suppression of the current via dielectric interposing between the electrodes...
2017: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389977/micro-computed-tomography-analysis-of-early-stage-bone-healing-using-micro-porous-titanium-mesh-for-guided-bone-regeneration-preliminary-experiment-in-a-canine-model
#15
Yunia Dwi Rakhmatia, Yasunori Ayukawa, Yohei Jinno, Akihiro Furuhashi, Kiyoshi Koyano
The aim of this study was to evaluate the amount of bone formation beneath a defect area after treatment with titanium mesh membranes with different thicknesses and pore sizes alone or in combination with bone graft to induce bone formation during the early stage of healing time. The mandibular premolars were extracted bilaterally from three adult beagle dogs, and 8-mm-diameter bone defects were created on the buccal site of the premolar regions. Hydroxyapatite bone graft substitute was applied in the defect site unilaterally, and other site was left empty...
April 7, 2017: Odontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382193/validation-of-iranian-version-of-pregnancy-related-anxiety-questionnaire
#16
Ghasem Askarizadeh, Mahsa Karamoozian, Ali Darekordi
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy is an acute period in the lifetime of women, during which numerous excitatory physical and social changes occur. The purpose of this study is confirmatory factor analysis of Pregnancy Related Anxiety Questionnaire (PRAQ) that is designed in Iranian pregnant women population. METHODS: A total of 170 pregnant women in health centers of Kerman city were chosen through random sampling method and completed PRAQ questionnaire and Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI)...
2017: International Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379559/sperm-recovery-and-icsi-outcomes-in-klinefelter-syndrome-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#17
Giovanni Corona, Alessandro Pizzocaro, Fabio Lanfranco, Andrea Garolla, Fiore Pelliccione, Linda Vignozzi, Alberto Ferlin, Carlo Foresta, Emmanuele A Jannini, Mario Maggi, Andrea Lenzi, Daniela Pasquali, Sandro Francavilla
BACKGROUND: Specific factors underlying successful surgical sperm retrieval rates (SRR) or pregnancy rates (PR) after testicular sperm extraction (TESE) in adult patients with Klinefelter syndrome (KS) have not been completely clarified. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: The aim of this review was to meta-analyse the currently available data from subjects with KS regarding SRRs as the primary outcome. In addition, when available, PRs and live birth rates (LBRs) after the ICSI technique were also investigated as secondary outcomes...
April 4, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376399/whey-protein-isolate-cellulose-nanofibre-tio2-nanoparticle-rosemary-essential-oil-nanocomposite-film-its-effect-on-microbial-and-sensory-quality-of-lamb-meat-and-growth-of-common-foodborne-pathogenic-bacteria-during-refrigeration
#18
Mahmood Alizadeh Sani, Ali Ehsani, Mohammad Hashemi
The use of biodegradable nanocomposite films in active packaging is of great importance since they can have a controlled release of antimicrobial compounds. This study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of whey protein isolate (WPI)/cellulose nanofibre (CNF) nanocomposite films containing 1.0% (w/w) titanium dioxide (TiO2) and 2.0% (w/v) rosemary essential oil (REO) in preserving the microbial and sensory quality of lamb meat during the storage at 4±1°C. Initially, the best concentration of each compound to be added to the film was determined by micro-dilution and disc diffusion methods...
March 28, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372737/fabrication-of-mesoporous-lignin-based-biosorbent-from-rice-straw-and-its-application-for-heavy-metal-ion-removal
#19
Fang Xu, Ting-Ting Zhu, Qing-Quan Rao, Sheng-Wen Shui, Wen-Wei Li, Hong-Bo He, Ri-Sheng Yao
Lignocellulosic biomass offers the most abundant renewable resource in replacing traditional fossil resources. However, it is still a major challenge to directly convert the lignin component into value-added materials. The availability of plentiful hydroxyl groups in lignin macromolecules and its unique three-dimensional structure make it an ideal precursor for mesoporous biosorbents. In this work, we reported an environmentally friendly and economically feasible method for the fabrication of mesoporous lignin-based biosorbent (MLBB) from lignocellulosic biomass through a SO3 micro-thermal-explosion process, as a byproduct of microcrystalline cellulose...
March 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371842/correlation-analysis-of-cortical-geometry-of-tibia-and-humerus-of-white-leghorns-using-clinical-quantitative-computed-tomography-and-microcomputed-tomography-scans1
#20
P Regmi, A G Cox, C I Robison, D M Karcher
Peripheral quantitative computed tomography (QCT) has been used in poultry bone research in recent years to analyze cortical and cross-sectional geometry. For QCT to be used as a standard research tool for analysis of bones of laying hens (cortical thickness <2 mm), the accuracy of the scans must be assessed. The primary difference between the QCT and micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) is image resolution. Image resolution is inversely related to the pixel size. The aim of the current study was to correlate the cortical parameters measured using clinical CT scans with the measurements from micro-CT, the current gold standard...
March 24, 2017: Poultry Science
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