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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732329/an-experimental-study-on-the-influence-of-water-stagnation-and-temperature-change-on-water-quality-in-a-full-scale-domestic-drinking-water-system
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Lj Zlatanović, J P van der Hoek, J H G Vreeburg
The drinking water quality changes during the transport through distribution systems. Domestic drinking water systems (DDWSs), which include the plumbing between the water meter and consumer's taps, are the most critical points in which water quality may be affected. In distribution networks, the drinking water temperature and water residence time are regarded as indicators of the drinking water quality. This paper describes an experimental research on the influence of stagnation time and temperature change on drinking water quality in a full-scale DDWS...
July 10, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731321/conjugation-dependent-interaction-of-folic-acid-with-folate-binding-protein
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Rachel Leah Merzel, Carolina Frey, Junjie Chen, Rachel Garn, Mallory A van Dongen, Casey A Dougherty, Ananda Kandaluru, Philip S Low, E Neil G Marsh, Mark M Banaszak Holl
Serum proteins play a critical role in the transport, uptake, and efficacy of targeted drug therapies, and here we investigate the interactions between folic acid-polymer conjugates and serum folate binding protein (FBP), the soluble form of the cellular membrane-bound folate receptor. We demonstrate that both choice of polymer and method of ligand conjugation affect the interactions between folic acid-polymer conjugates and serum FBP, resulting in changes in the folic acid-induced protein aggregation process...
July 21, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731222/bio-nano-interface-and-environment-a-critical-review
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Gerardo Pulido-Reyes, Francisco Leganes, Francisca Fernández-Piñas, Roberto Rosal
The Bio-Nano interface is the boundary where the Engineered NanoMaterials (ENM) meet the biological system, exerting the biological function for what they have been designed or inducing adverse effects to other cells or organisms when they reach non-target scenarios, i.e: the natural environment. Research has been performed to determine the fate, transport, and toxic properties of ENM, but much of it focused on pristine or "as manufactured" ENM or where modifications of the materials were not assessed. This article reviews the most recent progresses regarding the Bio-Nano interface and the transformations that ENM suffer in the environment, paying special attention to the adsorption of environmental biomolecules on the surface of ENM...
July 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730564/a-new-approach-to-assess-occupational-exposure-to-airborne-fungal-contamination-and-mycotoxins-of-forklift-drivers-in-waste-sorting-facilities
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Carla Viegas, Tiago Faria, Ana Cebola de Oliveira, Liliana Aranha Caetano, Elisabete Carolino, Anita Quintal-Gomes, Magdalena Twarużek, Robert Kosicki, Ewelina Soszczyńska, Susana Viegas
The waste management industry is an important employer, and exposure of waste-handling workers to microorganisms is considered an occupational health problem. Besides fungal contamination, it is important to consider the co-occurrence of mycotoxins in this setting. Forklifts with closed cabinet and air conditioner are commonly used in waste industry to transport waste and other products within the facilities, possibly increasing the risk of exposure under certain conditions. The aim of this study was to assess the fungal contamination and mycotoxin levels in filters from the air conditioning system of forklift cabinets, as an indicator to assess occupational exposure of the drivers working in a waste sorting facility...
July 20, 2017: Mycotoxin Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730152/zebrafish-get-connected-investigating-neurotransmission-targets-and-alterations-in-chemical-toxicity
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Katharine A Horzmann, Jennifer L Freeman
Neurotransmission is the basis of neuronal communication and is critical for normal brain development, behavior, learning, and memory. Exposure to drugs and chemicals can alter neurotransmission, often through unknown pathways and mechanisms. The zebrafish (Danio rerio) model system is increasingly being used to study the brain and chemical neurotoxicity. In this review, the major neurotransmitter systems, including glutamate, GABA, dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, acetylcholine, histamine, and glutamate are surveyed and pathways of synthesis, transport, metabolism, and action are examined...
September 2016: Toxics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730141/extracellular-vesicles-as-modulators-of-tumor-microenvironment-and-disease-progression-in-glioma
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Abir Mondal, Divya Kumari Singh, Suchismita Panda, Anjali Shiras
Diffuse gliomas are lethal tumors of the central nervous system (CNS) characterized by infiltrative growth, aggressive nature, and therapeutic resistance. The recent 2016 WHO classification for CNS tumors categorizes diffuse glioma into two major types that include IDH wild-type glioblastoma, which is the predominant type and IDH-mutant glioblastoma, which is less common and displays better prognosis. Recent studies suggest presence of a distinct cell population with stem cell features termed as glioma stem cells (GSCs) to be causal in driving tumor growth in glioblastoma...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729941/hippocampal-slice-preparation-in-rats-acutely-suppresses-immunoreactivity-of-microtubule-associated-protein-map2-%C3%A2-and-glycogen-levels-without-affecting-numbers-of-glia%C3%A2-or-levels-of-the-glutamate-transporter-vglut1
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Liana R Stein, Charles F Zorumski, Yukitoshi Izumi
INTRODUCTION: With its preservation of cytoarchitecture and synaptic circuitry, the hippocampal slice preparation has been a critical tool for studying the electrophysiological effects of pharmacological and genetic manipulations. To analyze the maximum number of slices or readouts per dissection, long incubation times postslice preparation are commonly used. We were interested in how slice integrity is affected by incubation postslice preparation. METHODS: Hippocampal slices were prepared by three different methods: a chopper, a vibratome, and a rotary slicer...
July 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729247/adaptive-regulation-of-pancreatic-acinar-mitochondrial-thiamin-pyrophosphate-uptake-process-possible-involvement-of-epigenetic-mechanism-s
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Subrata Sabui, Veedamali S Subramanian, Rubina Kapadia, Hamid M Said
The essentiality of thiamin stems from its roles as a co-factor (mainly in the form of thiamin pyrophosphate, TPP) in critical metabolic reactions including oxidative energy metabolism and reduction of cellular oxidative stress. Like other mammalian cells, pancreatic acinar cells (PAC) obtain thiamin from their surroundings and convert it to TPP; mitochondria then take up TPP by a carrier-mediated process that involves the mitochondrial TPP (MTPP) transporter (MTPPT; product of SLC25A19 gene). Previous studies have characterized different physiological/biological aspects of the MTPP uptake process, but little is known about its possible adaptive-regulation...
July 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726639/mitochondrial-calcium-uniporter-in-drosophila-transfers-calcium-between-the-endoplasmic-reticulum-and-mitochondria-in-oxidative-stress-induced-cell-death
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Sekyu Choi, Xianglan Quan, Sunhoe Bang, Heesuk Yoo, Jiyoung Kim, Jiwon Park, Kyu-Sang Park, Jongkyeong Chung
Mitochondrial calcium plays critical roles in diverse cellular processes ranging from energy metabolism to cell death. Previous studies have demonstrated that mitochondrial calcium uptake is mainly mediated by the mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) complex. However, the roles of the MCU complex in calcium transport, signaling, and dysregulation by oxidative stress still remain unclear. Here, we confirmed that Drosophila MCU contains evolutionarily conserved structures and requires essential MCU regulator (EMRE) for its calcium channel activities...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726015/community-perceptions-of-hospitals-and-shared-physical-space-a-qualitative-study
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Daniel Skinner, Berkeley Franz, Kelly Kelleher, Robert Penfold
In addition to providing critical medical services to communities, hospitals are also forces of broader change when seen from the perspective of neighborhood development. Over the past few decades the obligation on the part of U.S. nonprofit hospitals to positively impact the communities in which they are located has become entrenched in both U.S. tax law and the practices of many hospitals. This article presents findings from a grounded theory qualitative study of the relationship between a non-profit children's hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and the neighborhood in which it is located...
July 19, 2017: Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724756/lysosomal-targeting-of-sidt2-via-multiple-yxx%C3%AE-motifs-is-required-for-sidt2-function-in-the-process-of-rnautophagy
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Viorica Raluca Contu, Katsunori Hase, Hiroko Kozuka-Hata, Masaaki Oyama, Yuuki Fujiwara, Chihana Kabuta, Masayuki Takahashi, Fumihiko Hakuno, Shin-Ichiro Takahashi, Keiji Wada, Tomohiro Kabuta
RNA degradation is an essential process for maintaining cellular homeostasis. Previously, we have discovered a novel RNA degradation system, RNautophagy, during which direct import of RNA into lysosomes in an ATP-dependent manner followed by degradation takes place. The putative nucleic acids transporter, SID-1 transmembrane family member 2 (SIDT2), predominantly localizes to lysosomes and mediates the translocation of RNA into lysosomes during RNautophagy. However, little is known about the mechanisms of sorting SIDT2 to lysosomes...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724592/vascular-development-in-very-young-conifer-seedlings-theoretical-hydraulic-capacities-and-potential-resistance-to-embolism
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Megan L Miller, Daniel M Johnson
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Conifers have the highest rates of mortality during their first year, often attributed to water stress; yet, this tree life stage is the least studied in terms of hydraulic properties. Previous work has revealed correlations between xylem anatomy to both hydraulic transport capacity and resistance to hydraulic dysfunction. In this study, we compared xylem anatomical and plant functional traits of Pseudotsuga menziesii, Larix occidentalis, and Pinus ponderosa seedlings over the first 10 wk of growth to evaluate potential maximum hydraulic capabilities and resistance to drought-induced embolism...
July 19, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723192/mechanistic-challenges-and-advantages-of-biosensor-miniaturization-into-the-nanoscale
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Leyla Soleymani, Feng Li
Over the past few decades, there has been tremendous interest in developing biosensing systems that combine high sensitivity and specificity with rapid sample-to-answer times, portability, low-cost operation, and ease-of-use. Miniaturizing the biosensor dimensions into the nanoscale has been identified as a strategy for addressing the functional requirements of point-of-care and wearable biosensors. However, it is important to consider that decreasing the critical dimensions of biosensing elements impacts the two most important performance metrics of biosensors: limit-of-detection and response time...
April 28, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722396/a-novel-ceramic-grafted-separator-with-highly-thermal-stability-for-safe-lithium-ion-batteries
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Xiaoyu Jiang, Xiaoming Zhu, Xinping Ai, Hanxi Yang, Yuliang Cao
Separator is a critical component of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), which not only allows ionic transport while prevents electrical contact between electrodes, but also plays a key role for thermal safety performance of LIBs. However, commercial separators for LIBs are typically microporous polyolefin membranes that pose challenges for battery safety, due to shrinking and melting at elevated temperature. Here, we demonstrate a strategy to improve the thermal stability and electrolyte affinity of polyethylene (PE) separators...
July 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721073/exploration-of-the-molecular-mechanism-of-prostate-cancer-based-on-mrna-and-mirna-expression-profiles
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Xing Zhang, YuYan Sun, Peng Wang, Changfu Yang, Shengwei Li
Prostate cancer, the second most common cancer in men, has been rarely explored by integrating mRNA and miRNA expression profiles. In this study, we combined two mRNA expression datasets and six documented miRNAs to uncover the comprehensive molecular mechanism of prostate cancer. Results showed that a total of 30 genes were significantly differentially expressed in 49 tumor samples by comparing with 22 normal samples. Importantly, all samples from the two datasets can be clearly classified into two groups, tumor group and normal group, based on the selected differentially expressed genes (DEGs)...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720723/profile-and-outcomes-of-critically-ill-children-in-a-lower-middle-income-country
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Muhammad Irfan Habib, Khalid Mehmood A Khan
OBJECTIVE: To determine the clinical profile and outcome of critically ill children presenting to a paediatric ED in a lower middle-income country. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of children (<14 years) presenting to the ED of the National Institute of Child Health, Karachi, between January and December 2014 who were assigned to acuity 1 (requiring immediate life-saving interventions) according to the Emergency Severity Index. Data included demographic variables, presenting complaints, interventions and outcomes in the ED...
July 18, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720664/dynein-efficiently-navigates-the-dendritic-cytoskeleton-to-drive-the-retrograde-trafficking-of-bdnf-trkb-signaling-endosomes
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Swathi Ayloo, Pedro Guedes-Dias, Amy E Ghiretti, Erika L F Holzbaur
The efficient transport of cargoes within axons and dendrites is critical for neuronal function. While we have a basic understanding of axonal transport, much less is known about transport in dendrites. We employed an optogenetic approach to recruit motor proteins to cargo in real time within axons or dendrites in hippocampal neurons. Kinesin-1, a robust axonal motor, moves cargo less efficiently in dendrites. In contrast, cytoplasmic dynein efficiently navigates both axons and dendrites; in both compartments, dynamic microtubule plus-ends enhance dynein-dependent transport...
July 18, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719877/functional-genomic-assessment-of-2-2-bis-bromomethyl-1-3-propanediol-induced-cytotoxicity-in-a-single-gene-knockout-library-of-e-%C3%A2-coli
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Miao Guan, Xiaowei Zhang
Functional gene fingerprinting of chemicals could be used to understand the direct gene-chemical interaction in the process of toxification from a genome-wide scale. 2, 2-bis (bromomethyl)-1, 3-propanediol (BMP) is a brominated flame retardant with widespread production but with very limited toxicological data. Here the cytotoxicity of BMP was assessed by Escherichia coli (E. coli) functional genome-wide knockout mutants screening and the underlying molecular mechanism was investigated. The median inhibition concentration (IC50) of BMP was 1...
July 9, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719225/association-between-social-support-and-self-care-behaviors-in-adults-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Zijing Chen, Vincent S Fan, Basia Belza, Kenneth Pike, Huong Q Nguyen
RATIONALE: Higher social support is associated with a better quality of life and functioning in adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). OBJECTIVES: To determine the association between structural and functional social support and self-care behaviors in adults with COPD. METHODS: This was a longitudinal study using data from the CASCADE (COPD Activity: Serotonin Transporter, Cytokines, and Depression) study which was focused on depression and functioning in COPD...
July 18, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718701/occludin-regulates-glucose-uptake-and-atp-production-in-pericytes-by-influencing-amp-activated-protein-kinase-activity
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Victor Castro, Marta Skowronska, Jorge Lombardi, Jane He, Neil Seth, Martina Velichkovska, Michal Toborek
Energetic regulation at the blood-brain barrier is critical for maintaining its integrity, transport capabilities, and brain demands for glucose. However, the underlying mechanisms that regulate these processes are still poorly explored. We recently characterized the protein occludin as a NADH oxidase and demonstrated its influence on the expression and activation of the histone deacetylase SIRT-1. Because SIRT-1 works in concert with AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) (AMPK), we investigated the impact of occludin on this metabolic switch...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
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