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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149320/organic-scintillator-for-real-time-neutron-dosimetry
#1
Kyle A Beyer, Angela Di Fulvio, Liliana Stolarczyk, Wiktor Parol, Natalia Mojzeszek, Renata Kopéc, Shaun D Clarke, Sara A Pozzi
We developed a radiation detector based on an organic scintillator for spectrometry and dosimetry of out-of-field secondary neutrons from clinical proton beams. The detector consists of an EJ-299-34 crystalline organic scintillator, coupled by fiber optic cable to a silicon photomultiplier (SiPM). Proof of concept measurements were taken with 137Cs and 252Cf, and corresponding simulations were performed in MCNPX-PoliMi. Despite its small size, the detector is able to discriminate between neutron and gamma-rays via pulse shape discrimination...
November 15, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145860/a-new-single-step-protocol-for-rapid-baculovirus-driven-protein-production-in-insect-cells
#2
Judith Scholz, Sabine Suppmann
BACKGROUND: In the last three decades, the Baculovirus expression vector system (BEV) has evolved to one of the most widely used eukaryotic systems for heterologous protein expression including approved vaccines and therapies. Despite the significant improvements introduced during the past years, the BEV system still has major drawbacks, primarily the time required to generate recombinant virus and virus instability for certain target proteins. In this study we show that the conventional method to generate recombinant Baculovirus using a Tn7 transposition based system can be shortened to a single-step transfection-only procedure without further amplification...
November 16, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144601/anti-bacterial-anti-biofilm-and-anti-quorum-sensing-effects-of-thymus-daenensis-and-satureja-hortensis-essential-oils-against-staphylococcus-aureus-isolates
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Aram Sharifi, Abdolmajid Mohammadzadeh, Taghi Zahraei Salehi, Pezhman Mahmoodi
AIMS: The present study was conducted to investigate the effects of Thymus daenensis and Satureja hortensis essential oils (EOs) on the planktonic growth, biofilm formation and quorum sensing (QS) of some Staphylococcus aureus isolates (strong biofilm producers). METHODS AND RESULTS: MIC of the EOs, inhibition of biofilm formation as well as disruption of preformed S. aureus biofilms were assessed. The anti-biofilm activity of the EOs was determined using microtiter-plate test (MtP) and scanning electron microscope (SEM)...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139478/trigger-happy-resident-memory-cd4-t-cells-inhabit-the-human-lungs
#4
A E Oja, B Piet, C Helbig, R Stark, D van der Zwan, H Blaauwgeers, E B M Remmerswaal, D Amsen, R E Jonkers, P D Moerland, M A Nolte, R A W van Lier, P Hombrink
Resident memory T cells (TRM) reside in the lung epithelium and mediate protective immunity against respiratory pathogens. Although lung CD8(+) TRM have been extensively characterized, the properties of CD4(+) TRM remain unclear. Here we determined the transcriptional signature of CD4(+) TRM, identified by the expression of CD103, retrieved from human lung resection material. Various tissue homing molecules were specifically upregulated on CD4(+) TRM, whereas expression of tissue egress and lymph node homing molecules were low...
November 15, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138501/targeting-sxip-eb1-interaction-an-integrated-approach-to-the-discovery-of-small-molecule-modulators-of-dynamic-binding-sites
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T B Almeida, A J Carnell, I L Barsukov, N G Berry
End binding protein 1 (EB1) is a key element in the complex network of protein-protein interactions at microtubule (MT) growing ends, which has a fundamental role in MT polymerisation. EB1 is an important protein target as it is involved in regulating MT dynamic behaviour, and has been associated with several disease states, such as cancer and neuronal diseases. Diverse EB1 binding partners are recognised through a conserved four amino acid motif, (serine-X-isoleucine-proline) which exists within an intrinsically disordered region...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134386/laparoscopic-deloyers-procedure-to-facilitate-primary-anastomosis-after-extended-resection-for-synchronous-cancers-of-transverse-colon-and-rectum-easy-to-preform-with-good-functional-outcome
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K Otani, H Nozawa, T Kiyomatsu, K Kawai, K Hata, T Tanaka, T Nishikawa, K Sasaki, M Kaneko, K Murono, S Emoto, T Watanabe
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 13, 2017: Techniques in Coloproctology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133157/microbiological-and-clinical-characteristics-of-biofilm-forming-candida-parapsilosis-isolates-associated-with-fungaemia-and-their-impact-on-mortality
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Silvia Soldini, Brunella Posteraro, Antonietta Vella, Elena De Carolis, Elisa Borghi, Monica Falleni, Angela Raffaella Losito, Giuseppe Maiuro, Enrico Maria Trecarichi, Maurizio Sanguinetti, Mario Tumbarello
OBJECTIVES: Biofilm formation (BF) by fungal isolates may dramatically complicate infection. We determined the ability of C. parapsilosis isolates from single fungaemia episodes to form biofilms and we analysed biofilm subgroups for antifungal susceptibility and pathogenic potential. We then correlated BF with clinical characteristics and outcomes of the episodes. METHODS: BF was measured using the crystal-violet biomass assay, antifungal susceptibility of preformed biofilms was assessed, and virulence was studied using the Galleria mellonella model...
November 10, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131588/kinetic-isotope-effects-and-transition-state-structure-for-hypoxanthine-guanine-xanthine-phosphoribosyltransferase-from-plasmodium-falciparum
#8
Rodrigo G Ducati, Ross S Firestone, Vern L Schramm
Plasmodium falciparum parasites are purine auxotrophs that rely exclusively on the salvage of preformed purines from their human hosts to supply the requirement for purine nucleotides. Hypoxanthine-guanine-xanthine phosphoribosyltransferase (HGXPRT) catalyzes the freely reversible Mg2+-dependent conversion of 6-oxopurine bases to their respective nucleotides and inorganic pyrophosphate. The phosphoribosyl group is derived from 5-phospho--D-ribosyl 1-pyrophosphate (PRPP). The enzyme from malaria parasites (PfHGXPRT) is essential as hypoxanthine is the major precursor in purine metabolism...
November 13, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129788/a-new-formulation-of-poly-maotib-nanoparticles-as-an-efficient-contrast-agent-for-in-vivo-x-ray-imaging
#9
Justine Wallyn, Nicolas Anton, Christophe Serra, Michel Bouquey, Mayeul Collot, Halina Anton, Jean-Luc Weickert, Nadia Messaddeq, Thierry F Vandamme
Polymeric nanoparticles (PNPs) are gaining increasing importance as nanocarriers or contrasting material for preclinical diagnosis by micro-CT scanner. Here, we investigated a straightforward approach to produce a biocompatible, radiopaque, and stable polymer-based nanoparticle contrast agent, which was evaluated on mice. To this end, we used a nanoprecipitation dropping technique to obtain PEGylated PNPs from a preformed iodinated homopolymer, poly(MAOTIB), synthesized by radical polymerization of 2-methacryloyloxyethyl(2,3,5-triiodobenzoate) monomer (MAOTIB)...
November 9, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128217/altering-the-ratio-of-dietary-palmitic-stearic-and-oleic-acids-in-diets-with-or-without-whole-cottonseed-affects-nutrient-digestibility-energy-partitioning-and-production-responses-of-dairy-cows
#10
J de Souza, C L Preseault, A L Lock
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of varying the ratio of dietary palmitic (C16:0), stearic (C18:0), and oleic (cis-9 C18:1) acids in basal diets containing soyhulls or whole cottonseed on nutrient digestibility, energy partitioning, and production response of lactating dairy cows. Twenty-four mid-lactation multiparous Holstein cows were used in a split-plot Latin square design. Cows were allocated to a main plot receiving either a basal diet with soyhulls (SH, n = 12) or a basal diet with whole cottonseed (CS, n = 12) that was fed throughout the experiment...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128213/the-effects-of-feeding-a-partial-mixed-ration-plus-a-top-dress-before-feeding-on-milk-production-and-the-daily-rhythm-of-feed-intake-and-plasma-hormones-and-metabolites-in-dairy-cows
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M Niu, K J Harvatine
Total mixed rations (TMR) are commonly fed to dairy cows with a goal of reducing ruminal acidosis, but the daily pattern of feed intake has major implication for rumen fermentation and postabsorptive physiology. Generally there is low feed intake during the overnight period and high intake after feeding and during the afternoon. The objective of this study was to determine if feeding a partial mixed ration (PMR) plus a high starch top-dress before feeding of the PMR would improve production and modify key daily rhythms...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128210/short-communication-the-effects-of-morning-compared-with-evening-feed-delivery-in-lactating-dairy-cows-during-the-summer
#12
M Niu, K J Harvatine
Delivering fresh feed in the evening is a management strategy sometimes used during periods of heat stress, but previous experiments have observed that night feeding increased feed intake during the 2 h after feeding and did not change intake during the overnight period. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of night feeding on daily rhythms of the dairy cow during the summer season. Twelve Holstein cows were used in a crossover design with 14-d periods. An automated system recorded the timing of feed intake over the last 7 d of each period...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127280/electrostrictive-microelectromechanical-fibres-and-textiles
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Tural Khudiyev, Jefferson Clayton, Etgar Levy, Noémie Chocat, Alexander Gumennik, Alexander M Stolyarov, John Joannopoulos, Yoel Fink
Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) enable many modern-day technologies, including actuators, motion sensors, drug delivery systems, projection displays, etc. Currently, MEMS fabrication techniques are primarily based on silicon micromachining processes, resulting in rigid and low aspect ratio structures. In this study, we report on the discovery of MEMS functionality in fibres, thereby opening a path towards flexible, high-aspect ratio, and textile MEMS. The method used for generating these MEMS fibres leverages a preform-to-fibre thermal drawing process, in which the MEMS architecture and materials are embedded into a preform and drawn into kilometers of microstructured multimaterial fibre devices...
November 10, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125499/mast-cells-in-the-brain%C3%A2-old-cells-new-target
#14
Giovanna Traina
Mast cells (MCs) are mainly known for their involvement on allergic reactions through degranulation and release of vasoactive, inflammatory and nociceptive mediators. Upon encountering an allergen, MCs are first responders, true sensors of the environment, actually they respond to a wide range of "danger" signals both immunological and non-immunological in rapid and selective manner. They secrete both preformed and newly synthesized mediators acting as effectors in relationship between nervous, vascular and immune systems...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125028/molecular-basis-of-citrus-sunki-susceptibility-and-poncirus-trifoliata-resistance-upon-phytophthora-parasitica-attack
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Ronaldo J D Dalio, Heros José Máximo, Tiago Silva Oliveira, Thamara Azevedo, Henrique Leme Felizatti, Magnólia Araújo Campos, Marcos Antonio Antonio Machado
Coevolution has shaped the molecular basis of an extensive number of defense mechanisms in plant-pathogen interactions. Phytophthora parasitica, a hemibiothrophic oomycete pathogen and the causal agent of citrus root rot and gummosis, interacts differently with Citrus sunki and Poncirus trifoliata; two commonly favored citrus rootstocks that are recognized as susceptible and resistant, respectively, to P. parasitica. The molecular core of these interactions remains elusive. Here, we provide evidences on the defense strategies employed by both susceptible and resistant citrus rootstocks, in parallel with P...
November 10, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124499/association-between-social-support-and-health-related-quality-of-life-among-chinese-rural-elders-in-nursing-homes-the-mediating-role-of-resilience
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Menglian Wu, Yang Yang, Dan Zhang, Xia Zhao, Yaoyao Sun, Hui Xie, Jihui Jia, Yonggang Su, Yuqin Li
PURPOSE: This study aims to confirm the relationship between social support and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among rural Chinese elders in nursing homes, and to examine the mediating role of resilience in the impact of social support on HRQOL. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of 205 elders aged 60 and above was conducted in five rural public nursing homes. Sociodemographic characteristics, the SF-36 questionnaire, and information about social support and resilience were collected...
November 9, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122734/gene-editing-of-mps-i-human-fibroblasts-by-co-delivery-of-a-crispr-cas9-plasmid-and-a-donor-oligonucleotide-using-nanoemulsions-as-nonviral-carriers
#17
Roselena Silvestri Schuh, Talita Giacomet de Carvalho, Roberto Giugliani, Ursula Matte, Guilherme Baldo, Helder Ferreira Teixeira
Mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I) is an inherited disease caused by the deficiency of alpha-L-iduronidase (IDUA). This study shows the use of nanoemulsions co-complexed with the plasmid of CRISPR/Cas9 system and a donor oligonucleotide aiming at MPS I gene editing in vitro. Nanoemulsions composed of MCT, DOPE, DOTAP, DSPE-PEG, and water were prepared by high-pressure homogenization. The DNA was complexed by adsorption or encapsulation of preformed DNA/DOTAP complexes with nanoemulsions at +4/ -1 charge ratio...
November 6, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122486/trapezius-flaps-for-reconstruction-of-head-and-neck-defects-following-oncological-resection-a-systematic-review
#18
Conor M Sugrue, Grainne Rooney, Ryan M Sugrue
OBJECTIVE: Head and neck (H&N) reconstruction after cancer resection is challenging. Myocutaneous trapezius flaps provide an alternative reconstruction for patients not suitable for microvascular free tissue transfer. METHODS: A systematic review was performed on studies involving trapezius flaps for H&N reconstruction post oncological resection between the years 1985-2015. Data extracted included patient numbers and demographics, operative technique and complications...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119957/-the-psychological-security-in-the-framework-of-the-system-of-factors-responsible-for-the-effectiveness-of-spa-and-health-resort-based-rehabilitation
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T M Krasnyanskaya, V G Tylets
AIM: The present work was designed to address the problem of ensuring the psychological security in the framework of organization of the rehabilitative treatment based at the spa and health resort facilities. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We undertook the questionnaire study for which 650 subjects were recruited among those attending spa and health resort facilities of the cities of Essentuki and Kislovodsk. The participants were asked to estimate the level of their personal security and the quality of the provided means for the rehabilitative treatment and general health improvement...
2017: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119674/assessment-of-hydrogels-for-bioprinting-of-endothelial-cells
#20
Leo Benning, Ludwig Gutzweiler, Kevin Tröndle, Julian Riba, Roland Zengerle, Peter Koltay, Stefan Zimmermann, G Björn Stark, Günter Finkenzeller
In tissue engineering applications, vascularization can be accomplished by co-implantation of tissue forming cells and endothelial cells (ECs), whereby the latter are able to form functional blood vessels. The use of three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting technologies has the potential to improve the classical tissue engineering approach because these will allow the generation of scaffolds with high spatial control of endothelial cell allocation. This study focuses on a side by side comparisons of popular commercially available bioprinting hydrogels (matrigel, fibrin, collagen, gelatin, agarose, Pluronic F-127, alginate and alginate/gelatin) in the context of their physicochemical parameters, their swelling/degradation characteristics, their biological effects on vasculogenesis-related EC parameters and their printability...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
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