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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550798/sediment-quality-in-a-metal-contaminated-tropical-bay-assessed-with-a-multiple-lines-of-evidence-approach
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Sarah K Rodrigues, Denis M S Abessa, Ana Paula de C Rodrigues, Abílio Soares-Gomes, Carolina B Freitas, Ricardo E Santelli, Aline S Freire, Wilson Machado
A sediment quality assessment was performed near to the main industrial source of metal contamination in Sepetiba Bay, Brazil, which represents one of the worst cases of trace metal contamination reported for coastal areas. Acute and chronic toxicity tests, benthic fauna community analysis and metal bioavailability evaluations were applied to identify risks to the benthic community. Significant amphipod mortality was observed close to the major pollution source and lower copepod fertility was observed for all stations...
May 24, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550796/a-novel-tertiary-prep-hplc-method-for-the-isolation-of-single-amino-acids-for-ams-radiocarbon-measurement
#2
Ricardo Fernandes, Tomas Koudelka, Andreas Tholey, Alexander Dreves
AMS-radiocarbon measurements of amino acids can potentially provide more reliable radiocarbon dates than bulk collagen analysis. Nonetheless, the applicability of such an approach is often limited by the low-throughput of existing isolation methods and difficulties in determining the contamination introduced during the separation process. A novel tertiary prep-HPLC amino acid isolation method was developed that relies on the combustion of eluted material without requiring any additional chemical steps. Amino acid separation was carried out using a gradient mix of pure water and phosphoric acid with an acetonitrile step in-between runs to remove hydrophobic molecules from the separation column...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549673/ozone-therapy-protects-against-rejection-in-a-lung-transplantation-model-a-new-treatment
#3
Norberto Santana-Rodríguez, Pedro Llontop, Bernardino Clavo, María D Fiuza-Pérez, Keila Zerecero, Adil Ayub, Khalid Alshehri, Nagib A Yordi, Lamberto Re, Wissam Raad, Leandro Fernández-Pérez, Ricardo García-Herrera, Chyun-Yin J Huang, Faiz Y Bhora
BACKGROUND: No satisfactory treatment exists for chronic rejection (CR) after lung transplantation (LT). Our objective was to assess whether ozone (O3) treatment could ameliorate CR. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley inbred rats (n = 36) were randomly assigned into four groups: (1) control (n = 6), (2) sham (n = 6), (3) LT (n = 12), and (4) O3-LT (n = 12). Animals underwent left LT. O3 was rectally administered daily for 2 weeks before LT (from 20 to 50 μg) and 3 times/wk (50 μg/dose) up to 3 months...
May 24, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549395/utility-and-clinical-profile-of-dexmedetomidine-in-pediatric-cardiac-catheterization-procedures-a-matched-controlled-analysis
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Ricardo Riveros, Natalya Makarova, Efrain Riveros-Perez, Praneeta Chodavarapu, Wael Saasouh, Hüseyin Oğuz Yılmaz, Evis Cuko, Rovnat Babazade, Stephen Kimatian, Alparslan Turan
BACKGROUND: Dexmedetomidine is increasingly used in children undergoing cardiac catheterization procedures. We compared the percentage of surgical time with hemodynamic instability and the incidence of postoperative agitation between pediatric cardiac catheterization patients who received dexmedetomidine infusion and those who did not and the incidence of postoperative agitation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We matched 653 pediatric patients scheduled for cardiac catheterization...
May 1, 2017: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548178/stereospecific-control-of-the-metal-centred-chirality-of-rhodium-iii-and-iridium-iii-complexes-bearing-tetradentate-cnn-p-ligands
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María Carmona, Ricardo Rodríguez, Isabel Méndez, Vincenzo Passarelli, Fernando J Lahoz, Pilar García-Orduña, Daniel Carmona
Ligands LH1-LH3 have been prepared by two successive condensation/reduction steps. These ligands react with MCl3 (M = Rh, Ir) rendering the trichlorido complexes [MCl3(κ(3)N,N',P-LH)] (M = Rh, LH = LH1 (1), LH2 (2), LH3 (3); M = Ir, LH = LH1, (4)) as racemic mixtures of fac and mer isomers. Only one of the two possible fac isomers was detected. The mer isomer of the rhodium compounds 1-3 quantitatively isomerizes to the more stable fac isomer, whereas the mer isomer of the iridium complex 4 does not. DFT calculations indicate a dissociative pathway for this isomerization...
May 26, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547182/three-year-survival-of-art-high-viscosity-glass-ionomer-and-resin-composite-restorations-in-people-with-disability
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Gustavo F Molina, Denise Faulks, Ignacio Mazzola, Ricardo J Cabral, Jan Mulder, Jo E Frencken
OBJECTIVES: To assess the 3-year cumulative survival rate of atraumatic restorative treatment (ART) and conventional resin composite restorations (CRT) placed in persons with disability. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients referred for restorative care to the Haemophilia Foundation special care service were treated by one of two specialists. Patients and/or caregivers were provided with written and verbal information regarding treatment options and selected the alternative they preferred...
May 25, 2017: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546499/genomovirus-genomes-recovered-from-echinothrips-americanus-sampled-in-florida-usa
#7
Simona Kraberger, Jane E Polston, Heather M Capobianco, Ricardo I Alcalá-Briseño, Rafaela S Fontenele, Arvind Varsani
Four genomovirus genomes were recovered from thrips (Echinothrips americanus) collected in Florida, USA. These represent four new species which are members of the Gemycircularvirus (n = 2), Gemyduguivirus (n = 1), and Gemykibivirus (n = 1) genera. This is the first record, to our knowledge, of genomoviruses associated with a phytophagous insect.
May 25, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546139/cognitive-testing-in-people-at-increased-risk-of-dementia-using-a-smartphone-app-the-ivitality-proof-of-principle-study
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Susan Jongstra, Liselotte Willemijn Wijsman, Ricardo Cachucho, Marieke Peternella Hoevenaar-Blom, Simon Pieter Mooijaart, Edo Richard
BACKGROUND: Smartphone-assisted technologies potentially provide the opportunity for large-scale, long-term, repeated monitoring of cognitive functioning at home. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this proof-of-principle study was to evaluate the feasibility and validity of performing cognitive tests in people at increased risk of dementia using smartphone-based technology during a 6 months follow-up period. METHODS: We used the smartphone-based app iVitality to evaluate five cognitive tests based on conventional neuropsychological tests (Memory-Word, Trail Making, Stroop, Reaction Time, and Letter-N-Back) in healthy adults...
May 25, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546072/dendrimer-conjugated-peptide-vaccine-enhances-clearance-of-chlamydia-trachomatis-genital-infection
#9
Ingrid S Ganda, Qian Zhong, Mirabela Hali, Ricardo L C Albuquerque, Francine F Padilha, Sandro R P da Rocha, Judith A Whittum-Hudson
Peptide-based vaccines have emerged in recent years as promising candidates in the prevention of infectious diseases. However, there are many challenges to maintaining in vivo peptide stability and enhancement of peptide immunogenicity to generate protective immunity which enhances clearance of infections. Here, a dendrimer-based carrier system is proposed for peptide-based vaccine delivery, and shows its anti-microbial feasibility in a mouse model of Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydiae are the most prevalent sexually transmitted bacteria worldwide, and also the causal agent of trachoma, the leading cause of preventable infectious blindness...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546066/v-neck-technique-a-novel-improvement-to-the-infra-pubic-placement-of-an-inflatable-penile-implant
#10
Bhavik B Shah, Adam S Baumgarten, Kevin Morgan, Jonathan A Beilan, Michael Bickell, Ricardo Munarriz, Justin Parker, Rafael Carrion
BACKGROUND: Infra-pubic placement of an inflatable penile prosthesis (IPP) has a well-known configuration deformity from contralateral tubing that crosses the corporal bodies, resulting in tubing visibility and irritation under the penile skin. AIM: To present a novel step to eliminate this tubing crossover deformity. METHODS: The V-neck technique was applied to five patients, two of whom underwent suprapubic fat pad excision with simultaneous infra-pubic IPP placement and three patients who underwent only infra-pubic IPP placement...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545870/strain-transfer-behavior-of-different-planning-options-for-mandibular-single-molar-replacement
#11
Eduardo Bortolas de Carvalho, Paulo Eduardo Herbst, Adriana Cláudia Lapria Faria, Ricardo Faria Ribeiro, Priscila Paganini Costa, Rodrigo Tiossi
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: The loss of the first molar and second premolar could lead to mesial movement of the second molar, thus limiting the restoration space for the 2 missing teeth. Placement of a larger first molar is a common choice, but the best implant number and position option remain controversial. PURPOSE: The purpose of this in vitro study was to test different planning options for replacing the mandibular first molar. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Two polyoxymethylene models simulated first molar edentulous spaces of 11 mm (conventional size first molar: control group) and 14 mm (enlarged first molar: all remaining groups other than control)...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545219/new-species-for-the-biomitigation-of-a-super-intensive-marine-fish-farm-effluent-combined-use-of-polychaete-assisted-sand-filters-and-halophyte-aquaponics
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Bruna Marques, Ricardo Calado, Ana I Lillebø
The main objective of this study was to test an innovative biomitigation approach, where polychaete-assisted (Hediste diversicolor) sand filters were combined with the production of Halimione portulacoides in aquaponics, to remediate an organic-rich effluent generated by a super intensive fish farm operating a land-based RAS (Recirculating aquaculture system). The set up included four different experimental combinations that were periodically monitored for 5months. After this period, polychaete-assisted sand filters reduced in 70% the percentage of OM and the average densities increased from ≈400ind...
May 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545217/a-miniature-bird-borne-passive-air-sampler-for-monitoring-halogenated-flame-retardants
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Manon Sorais, Ali Rezaei, Joseph O Okeme, Miriam L Diamond, Ricardo Izquierdo, Jean-François Giroux, Jonathan Verreault
Birds have been used intensively as biomonitors of halogenated flame retardants (HFRs), and several studies have reported elevated tissue concentrations and inter-individual variability for these contaminants. While diet is known to be an important exposure pathway for HFRs in birds, it has been suggested that exposure through air may represent an underestimated source of HFRs for certain species. However, a method was not available for measuring the atmospheric exposure of individual birds to HFRs or other semi-volatile contaminants...
May 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544947/measuring-cortical-motor-hemodynamics-during-assisted-stepping-an-fnirs-feasibility-study-of-using-a-walker
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Andrea Cristina de Lima-Pardini, Guilherme A Zimeo Morais, Joana Bisol Balardin, Daniel Boari Coelho, Nametala Maia Azzi, Luis Augusto Teixeira, João Ricardo Sato
Walkers are commonly prescribed worldwide to individuals unable to walk independently. Walker usage leads to improved postural control and voluntary movement during step. In the present study, we aimed to provide a concept-proof on the feasibility of an event-related protocol integrating the analyses of biomechanical variables of step initiation and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to measure activation of the supplementary motor area (SMA) while using a walker. Healthy young participants were tested while stepping with versus without the use of the walker...
May 17, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544784/presynaptic-congenital-myasthenic-syndrome-with-a-homozygous-sequence-variant-in-lama5-combines-myopia-facial-tics-and-failure-of-neuromuscular-transmission
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Ricardo A Maselli, Juan Arredondo, Jessica Vázquez, Jessica X Chong, Michael J Bamshad, Deborah A Nickerson, Marian Lara, Fiona Ng, Victoria L Lo, Peter Pytel, Craig M McDonald
Defects in genes encoding the isoforms of the laminin alpha subunit have been linked to various phenotypic manifestations, including brain malformations, muscular dystrophy, ocular defects, cardiomyopathy, and skin abnormalities. We report here a severe defect of neuromuscular transmission in a consanguineous patient with a homozygous variant in the laminin alpha-5 subunit gene (LAMA5). The variant c.8046C>T (p.Arg2659Trp) is rare and has a predicted deleterious effect. The affected individual, who also carries a rare homozygous sequence variant in LAMA1, had muscle weakness, myopia, and facial tics...
May 25, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544777/the-prognostic-significance-of-circulating-serum-amyloid-a-and-cxc-chemokine-ligand-4-in-osteosarcoma
#16
Ricardo J Flores, Aaron J Kelly, Yiting Li, Xiang Chen, Colin McGee, Mark Krailo, Donald A Barkauskas, John Hicks, Tsz-Kwong Man
BACKGROUND: Osteosarcoma (OS) is the most common pediatric bone cancer.  Despite advances in treatment regimens, the survival rate remains 60-70%.  There is an urgent need to identify prognostic biomarkers, so that targeted therapies can be developed to improve the outcome. PROCEDURE: Our laboratory has previously identified that circulating serum amyloid A (SAA) and CXC chemokine ligand 4 (CXCL4) are upregulated in patients with OS.  In this study, we tested if they could be used as prognostic biomarkers...
May 24, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544615/suppressing-inflammation-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-does-patient-global-assessment-blur-the-target-a-practice-based-call-for-a-paradigm-change
#17
Ricardo J O Ferreira, Cátia Duarte, Mwidimi Ndosi, Maarten de Wit, Laure Gossec, J A P da Silva
OBJECTIVES: In current management paradigms of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), patient global assessment (PGA) is crucial to decide whether a patient has attained remission (target) or needs reinforced therapy. We investigated whether the clinical and psychological determinants of PGA are appropriate to support this important role. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional, single centre study including consecutive ambulatory RA patients. Data collection comprised swollen (SJC28) and tender joint counts (TJC28), C-Reactive protein (CRP), PGA, pain, fatigue, function, anxiety, depression, happiness, personality traits, and comorbidities...
May 23, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544262/synthesis-theoretical-studies-and-effect-on-the-photosynthetic-electron-transport-of-trifluoromethyl-arylamides
#18
Róbson Ricardo Teixeira, Marcus Vinícius de Andrade Barros, Gustavo Costa Bressan, Raoni Pais Siqueira, Fabíola Suelen Dos Santos, Michele Bertazzini, Rudolf Kiralj, Márcia Miguel Castro Ferreira, Giuseppe Forlani
BACKGROUND: The photosynthetic apparatus is targeted by various herbicides, including several amides such as diuron and linuron. Considering the need for the discovery of new active ingredients to cope with weed resistance, the synthesis of a series of trifluoromethyl aryl amides is herein described whose inhibitory properties were assessed in vitro on the photosynthetic electron transport chain, and in vivo on the growth of a model cyanobacterial strain. Theoretical studies were also carried out...
May 25, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543932/tolerance-to-winemaking-stress-conditions-of-patagonian-strains-of-saccharomyces-eubayanus-and-saccharomyces-uvarum
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Andrea Cecilia Origone, Silvana María Del Mónaco, José Ricardo Ávila, Melisa González Flores, María Eugenia Rodríguez, Christian Ariel Lopes
AIMS: Evaluating the winemaking stress tolerance of a set of both S. eubayanus and S. uvarum strains from diverse Patagonian habitats. METHODS AND RESULTS: Yeast strains growth was analysed under increasing ethanol concentrations; all of them were able to grow until 8% v/v ethanol. The effect of different temperature and pH conditions as well as at SO2 and hexose concentrations was evaluated by means of a Central Composite Experimental Design. Only two S. uvarum strains (NPCC 1289 and 1321) were able to grow in most stress conditions...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543179/genetic-ancestry-and-prostate-cancer-susceptibility-snps-in-puerto-rican-and-african-american-men
#20
Margarita Irizarry-Ramírez, Rick A Kittles, Xuemei Wang, Jeannette Salgado-Montilla, Graciela M Nogueras-González, Ricardo Sánchez-Ortiz, Lourdes Guerrios, Keila Rivera, Ebony Shah, Ina Prokhorova, Pamela Roberson, Patricia Troncoso, Curtis A Pettaway
BACKGROUND: The Puerto Rican (PR) population is a racially admixed population that has a high prostate cancer (PCa) mortality rate. We hypothesized in this pilot study that West African Ancestry (WAA) was associated with PCa in this heterogeneous (PR) population. METHODS: A case/case and case/control study was performed. Controls, 207 African American (AA) and 133 PR were defined as men with no PCa, a serum PSA < 2.5 ng/mL and a negative rectal examination...
May 24, 2017: Prostate
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