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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914355/characterisation-of-fine-grained-tailings-from-a-marble-processing-plant-and-their-acute-effects-on-the-copepod-calanus-finmarchicus
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Julia Farkas, Dag Altin, Karen M Hammer, Kaja C Hellstrøm, Andy M Booth, Bjørn Henrik Hansen
Submarine tailing disposal (STD) of mining waste is practiced as an alternative to land fill disposal in several countries. Knowledge regarding the environmental implications of STD on fjord and other marine ecosystems, including the pelagic environment, is scarce. In this study, we characterised the particle shape, size and metal content of the fine-grained fraction of tailings (FGT) from a Norwegian marble processing plant and investigated their acute toxicity and impact on feeding rate in adult Calanus finmarchicus...
November 30, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914322/association-between-pigs-with-high-caecal-salmonella-loads-and-carcass-contamination
#2
M Pesciaroli, L Cucco, S De Luca, F R Massacci, C Maresca, L Medici, M Paniccià, E Scoccia, M Staffolani, G Pezzotti, C F Magistrali
Contaminated pork is a significant source of foodborne Salmonella infections. Pork is contaminated at the slaughterhouse; however, the mechanisms driving Salmonella contamination of carcasses are still poorly understood. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the amount of Salmonella carried by slaughtered pigs in their guts has an influence on carcass contamination. On that account, we tested whether the number of carcasses contaminated during a slaughter day was associated with the prevalence of highly contaminated pigs (HCP: Salmonella caecal loads ≥3log/g), or with the prevalence of pigs that simply carry Salmonella spp...
November 23, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914289/metals-transfer-from-tobacco-to-cigarette-smoke-evidences-in-smokers-lung-tissue
#3
Edgar Pinto, Mariana Cruz, Patrícia Ramos, Agostinho Santos, Agostinho Almeida
Tobacco use kills millions of people every year around the world. The current level of 11 metals in tobacco was determined and their transfer rate to cigarette smoke was calculated as the difference between the total metal content in cigarettes and the amount present in its ashes. The metals content was also determined in the lung tissue of smokers and non-smokers in order to evaluate the marks that smoking leaves in this tissue. Metals content in tobacco ranged from less than 1μg/g (Co, Cd, Pb, As and Tl) to several hundreds of μg/g (Al, Mn and Ba)...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914288/the-use-of-red-mud-as-an-immobiliser-for-metal-metalloid-contaminated-soil-a-review
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Yumei Hua, Kate V Heal, Wolfgang Friesl-Hanl
This review focuses on the applicability of red mud as an amendment for metal/metalloid-contaminated soil. The varying properties of red muds from different sources are presented as they influence the potentially toxic element (PTE) concentration in amended soil. Experiments conducted worldwide from the laboratory to the field scale are screened and the influencing parameters and processes in soils are highlighted. Overall red mud amendment is likely to contribute to lowering the PTE availability in contaminated soil...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914280/trace-isotope-analysis-of-ricinus-communis-seed-core-for-provenance-determination-by-laser-ablation-icp-ms
#5
Christina K Bagas, Rachel L Scadding, Cameron J Scadding, R John Watling, Warren Roberts, Simon P B Ovenden
The castor bean plant, Ricinus communis, grows wild throughout many regions of Australia. The seeds of the plant contain the schedule 1 chemical agent ricin, a type II ribosomal inhibiting protein. Currently there are limited analytical techniques that can be applied in analysis of the seeds to establish attribution. In this study, laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) was used for the analysis of seeds collected from 68 plants across 38 locations around Australia. Of the 92 elemental isotopes measured, fifteen ((24)Mg, (27)Al, (44)Ca, (53)Cr, (55)Mn, (57)Fe, (60)Ni, (65)Cu, (66)Zn, (75)As, (85)Rb, (88)Sr, (98)Mo, (138)Ba and (202)Hg) yielded data that were relevant to all collection sites...
November 25, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914110/physical-exercise-for-the-treatment-of-non-ulcerated-chronic-venous-insufficiency
#6
REVIEW
Diego N Araujo, Cibele Td Ribeiro, Alvaro Cc Maciel, Selma S Bruno, Guilherme Af Fregonezi, Fernando Al Dias
BACKGROUND: Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a common disease that causes discomfort and impairs the quality of life of affected persons. Treatments such as physical exercise that aim to increase the movement of the ankle joint and strengthen the muscle pump in the calf of the leg may be useful to reduce the symptoms of CVI. OBJECTIVES: To assess and summarise the existing clinical evidence on the efficacy and safety of physical exercise programmes for the treatment of individuals with non-ulcerated CVI...
December 3, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914088/murine-mycobacterium-marinum-infection-as-a-model-for-tuberculosis
#7
Julia Lienard, Fredric Carlsson
Mycobacteria are a major human health problem globally. Regarding tuberculosis the situation is worsened by the poor efficacy of current vaccine regimens and by emergence of drug-resistant strains (Manjelievskaia J et al, Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 110: 110, 2016; Pereira et al., Lancet Infect Dis 12:300-306, 2012; http://www.who.int/tb/publications/global_report/en/) undermining both disease-prevention and available treatments. Thus, increased basic understanding of mycobacterial-and particularly Mycobacterium tuberculosis-virulence strategies and pathogenesis is of great importance...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914058/osprey-predicts-resistance-mutations-using-positive-and-negative-computational-protein-design
#8
Adegoke Ojewole, Anna Lowegard, Pablo Gainza, Stephanie M Reeve, Ivelin Georgiev, Amy C Anderson, Bruce R Donald
Drug resistance in protein targets is an increasingly common phenomenon that reduces the efficacy of both existing and new antibiotics. However, knowledge of future resistance mutations during pre-clinical phases of drug development would enable the design of novel antibiotics that are robust against not only known resistant mutants, but also against those that have not yet been clinically observed. Computational structure-based protein design (CSPD) is a transformative field that enables the prediction of protein sequences with desired biochemical properties such as binding affinity and specificity to a target...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914056/parallel-computational-protein-design
#9
Yichao Zhou, Bruce R Donald, Jianyang Zeng
Computational structure-based protein design (CSPD) is an important problem in computational biology, which aims to design or improve a prescribed protein function based on a protein structure template. It provides a practical tool for real-world protein engineering applications. A popular CSPD method that guarantees to find the global minimum energy solution (GMEC) is to combine both dead-end elimination (DEE) and A* tree search algorithms. However, in this framework, the A* search algorithm can run in exponential time in the worst case, which may become the computation bottleneck of large-scale computational protein design process...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914018/encapsulation-of-%C3%AE-sitosterol-in-polyurethane-by-sol-gel-electrospinning
#10
Musarat Amina, Touseef Amna, Nawal Al-Musayeib, Sami A Zabin, M Shamshi Hassan, Myung-Seob Khil
Pristine β-sitosterol or in combination with other phytosterols is utilized in an array of enriched commercial foods. Considering the presence of β-sitosterol in different functional foods and its potential role in prevention and cure of neurodegenerative diseases, the aims of our investigation were to encapsulate β-sitosterol in nanofibers and to estimate influence of β-sitosterol on proliferation of fibroblasts. Electrospun nanofibers have widely been used as scaffolds to mimic natural extracellular matrix...
December 2, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913973/emergence-of-new-virulent-rabbit-hemorrhagic-disease-virus-strains-in-saudi-arabia
#11
Mahmoud M Ismail, Mahmoud H A Mohamed, Ibrahim M El-Sabagh, Mohamed A Al-Hammadi
Rabbit hemorrhagic disease is an acute fatal highly contagious viral infectious disease that causes high losses among rabbitries. The disease was first reported in China in 1984 and later on in Saudi Arabia in 1996. The aim of this study was to investigate the emergence and pathogenicity of new rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) strains in Saudi Arabia. The pathogenicity was confirmed by inoculation in susceptible rabbits. Three RHDV strains were detected by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) using primers targeting VP60 capsid protein gene in infected rabbitries during 2012 and 2013...
December 2, 2016: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913970/radiological-and-biochemical-effects-ctx-ii-mmp-3-8-and-13-of-low-level-laser-therapy-lllt-in-chronic-osteoarthritis-in-al-kharj-saudi-arabia
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Gopal Nambi S, Walid Kamal, Julie George, Elbagir Manssor
Inflammation of synovial membrane and degeneration of articular cartilage in osteoarthritis (OA) lead to major changes in joint space width (JSW) and biochemical components such as collagen-II telopeptide (CTX-II) and matrix metallo protineases (MMP-3, 8, and 13). Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is thought to have an analgesic effect as well as biomodulatory effect on microcirculation and cartilage regeneration in animal studies. The objective of this study was to examine the analgesic and biochemical effect of LLLT in patients with knee osteoarthritis...
December 3, 2016: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913867/comparison-of-different-concepts-for-interpretation-of-chromosomal-aberrations-in-urothelial-cells-detected-by-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization
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Johannes Mischinger, Lutz Philipp Guttenberg, Jörg Hennenlotter, Georgios Gakis, Stefan Aufderklamm, Steffen Rausch, Eva Neumann, Jens Bedke, Stefan Kruck, Christian Schwentner, Arnulf Stenzl, Tilman Todenhöfer
PURPOSE: Urine fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) has become a broadly used marker for noninvasive detection of bladder cancer (BC). However, it has been discussed whether the interpretation algorithm proposed by the manufacturer could be improved. Aim of the present study was to compare alternative evaluation strategies of FISH for detection of BC. METHODS: We included 1048 patients suspicious for BC, who underwent urine FISH examination before cystoscopy (diagnostic cohort)...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913837/hospitalizations-due-to-preventable-adverse-reactions-a-systematic-review
#14
REVIEW
Nidhi S Patel, Tejas K Patel, Parvati B Patel, Viren N Naik, C B Tripathi
PURPOSE: The study aimed to measure the percentage of preventable adverse drug reactions that lead to the hospitalization (PADRAd) and to explore the heterogeneity in its estimation through subgroup analysis of study characteristics. METHODS: Two investigators independently searched in electronic databases and related bibliography for prospective studies involving PADRAd. We excluded studies investigating medication errors and spontaneous and retrospective reporting...
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913688/left-ventricle-transcriptomic-analysis-reveals-connective-tissue-accumulation-associates-with-initial-age-dependent-decline-in-v%C3%AC-o2peak-from-its-lifetime-apex
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Gregory N Ruegsegger, Ryan G Toedebusch, Joshua F Braselton, Thomas E Childs, Frank W Booth
Peak oxygen consumption (V̇O2peak) strongly predicts morbidity and mortality better than other established risk factors, yet mechanisms associated with its age-associated decline are unknown. Our lab has shown that V̇O2peak first begins to decrease at the same age of 19-20 weeks old in both sedentary and wheel-running, female Wistar rats (Toedebusch et al., Physiol Genomics. 48:101-15, 2016). Here, we employed a total systemic approach using unsupervised interrogation of mRNA with RNA-sequencing. The purpose of our study was to analyze transcriptomic profiles from both sedentary (SED) and wheel-running (RUN) conditions as a strategy to identify pathways in the left ventricle that may contribute to the initial reductions in V̇O2peak occurring between 19 and 27 weeks of age...
December 2, 2016: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913686/micrognathia-in-mouse-models-of-ciliopathies
#16
REVIEW
Hadeel Adel Al-Lami, William B Barrell, Karen J Liu
Defects in the development of the mandible can lead to micrognathia, or small jaw, which manifests in ciliopathic conditions, such as orofaciodigital syndrome, Meckel-Gruber syndrome, and Bardet-Biedl syndrome. Although micrognathia occurs frequently in human and mouse ciliopathies, it has been difficult to pinpoint the underlying cellular causes. In this mini-review, we shed light on the tissue-specific contributions to ciliary dysfunction in the development of the mandible. First, we outline the steps involved in setting up the jaw primordium and subsequent steps in the outgrowth of the mandibular skeleton...
December 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913645/iga-complexes-in-plasma-and-synovial-fluid-of-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-induce-neutrophil-extracellular-traps-via-fc%C3%AE-ri
#17
Esil Aleyd, Marjon Al, Cornelis W Tuk, Conny J van der Laken, Marjolein van Egmond
Autoantibodies, including rheumatoid factor (RF), are an important characteristic of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Interestingly, several studies reported a correlation between the presence of IgA autoantibodies and worse disease course. We demonstrated previously that triggering the IgA Fc receptor (FcαRI) on neutrophils results in neutrophil recruitment and the release of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs). Because this can lead to tissue damage, we investigated whether IgA immune complexes in plasma and synovial fluid of RA patients activate neutrophils...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913577/metabolite-profiling-of-lada-challenges-the-view-of-a-metabolically-distinct-subtype
#18
Mahmoud Al-Majdoub, Arslan Ali, Petter Storm, Anders Rosengren, Leif Groop, Peter Spégel
Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA) usually refers to GADAb positive diabetes with onset after 35 years of age and no insulin treatment within the first 6 months after diagnosis. However, it is not always easy to distinguish LADA from type 1 or type 2 diabetes.In this study we examined whether metabolite profiling could help to distinguish LADA (N=50) from type 1 (N=50) and type 2 diabetes (N=50).Out of 123 identified metabolites, 99 differed between the diabetes types. However, no unique metabolite profile could be identified for any of the types...
December 2, 2016: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913344/perceptual-image-fusion-using-wavelets
#19
Paul Hill, Mohammed Ebrahim Al-Mualla, David Bull
A perceptual image fusion method is proposed that employs explicit luminance and contrast masking models. These models are combined to give the perceptual importance of each coefficient produced by the Dual-Tree Complex Wavelet Transform of each input image. This combined model of perceptual importance is used to select which coefficients are retained and furthermore to determine how to present the retained information in the most effective way. This work is the first to give a principled approach to image fusion from a perceptual perspective...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913321/deterioration-of-r-wave-detection-in-pathology-and-noise-a-comprehensive-analysis-using-simultaneous-truth-and-performance-level-estimation
#20
Muhammad Kashif, Stephan Jonas, Thomas Deserno
OBJECTIVE: For long-term electrocardiography (ECG) recordings, accurate R-wave detection is essential. Several algorithms have been proposed but not yet compared on large, noisy, or pathological data, since manual ground truth establishment is impossible on such large data. METHODS: We apply the simultaneous truth and performance level estimation (STAPLE) method to ECG signals comparing 9 R-wave detectors: Pan & Tompkins (1985), Chernenko (2007), Arzeno et al. (2008), Manikandan et al...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
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