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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332210/pathogen-specific-leptospiral-proteins-in-urine-of-patients-with-febrile-illness-aids-in-differential-diagnosis-of-leptospirosis-from-dengue
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R Chaurasia, K C Thresiamma, C K Eapen, B J Zachariah, R Paul, M Sritharan
Leptospirosis and dengue are two commonly seen infectious diseases of the tropics. Differential diagnosis of leptospirosis from dengue fever is often difficult due to overlapping clinical symptoms and lack of economically viable and easy-to-perform laboratory tests. The gold standard for diagnosis is the microscopic agglutination test (MAT). In this study, the diagnostic potential of screening for pathogen-specific leptospiral antigens in urine samples is presented as a non-invasive method of disease diagnosis...
January 13, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332007/impacts-of-canada-s-minimum-age-for-tobacco-sales-mats-laws-on-youth-smoking-behaviour-2000-2014
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Russell Clarence Callaghan, Marcos Sanches, Jodi Gatley, James K Cunningham, Michael Oliver Chaiton, Robert Schwartz, Susan Bondy, Claire Benny
BACKGROUND: Recently, the US Institute of Medicine has proposed that raising the minimum age for tobacco purchasing/sales to 21 years would likely lead to reductions in smoking behavior among young people. Surprisingly few studies, however, have assessed the potential impacts of minimum-age tobacco restrictions on youth smoking. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the impacts of Canadian minimum age for tobacco sales (MATS) laws on youth smoking behaviour. DESIGN: A regression-discontinuity design, using seven merged cycles of the Canadian Community Health Survey, 2000-2014...
January 13, 2018: Tobacco Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331467/canadian-national-dairy-study-herd-level-milk-quality
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C A Bauman, H W Barkema, J Dubuc, G P Keefe, D F Kelton
The objective of this study was to estimate Canadian national milk quality parameters and estimate the bulk tank milk (BTM) prevalence of 4 mastitis pathogens, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus agalactiae, Mycoplasma bovis, and Prototheca spp., on Canadian dairy farms. A questionnaire was sent to all Canadian dairy producers. Of the 1,062 producers who completed the questionnaire, 374 producers from across the country were visited and milking hygiene was assessed. Farm-level milk quality data for all Canadian dairy producers was collected from the provincial marketing boards and combined with the questionnaire and farm visit data...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331466/high-grain-diets-supplemented-with-phytogenic-compounds-or-autolyzed-yeast-modulate-ruminal-bacterial-community-and-fermentation-in-dry-cows
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V Neubauer, R Petri, E Humer, I Kröger, E Mann, N Reisinger, M Wagner, Q Zebeli
The feeding of concentrate-rich diets may lead to microbial imbalances and dysfermentation in the rumen. The main objective of this study was to determine the effects of supplementing phytogenic compounds (PHY) or autolyzed yeast (AY) on rumen fermentation and microbial abundance in cows intermittently fed concentrate-rich diets. The experiment was carried out as an incomplete 3 × 4 Latin square design, with 8 nonlactating rumen-fistulated Holstein-Friesian cows. The cows were randomly assigned to a concentrate diet that was either not supplemented (CON), or supplemented with PHY or AY...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331301/marrow-adipose-tissue-imaging-in-humans
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Vibha Singhal, Miriam A Bredella
Bone strength is affected not only by bone mineral density (BMD) and bone microarchitecture but also its microenvironment. Recent studies have focused on the role of marrow adipose tissue (MAT) in the pathogenesis of bone loss. Osteoblasts and adipocytes arise from a common mesenchymal stem cell within bone marrow and many osteoporotic states, including aging, medication use, immobility, over - and undernutrition are associated with increased marrow adiposity. Advancements in imaging technology allow the non-invasive quantification of MAT...
January 10, 2018: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329285/a-direct-interaction-of-cholesterol-with-the-dopamine-transporter-prevents-its-out-to-inward-transition
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Talia Zeppelin, Lucy Kate Ladefoged, Steffen Sinning, Xavier Periole, Birgit Schiøtt
Monoamine transporters (MATs) carry out neurotransmitter reuptake from the synaptic cleft, a key step in neurotransmission, which is targeted in the treatment of neurological disorders. Cholesterol (CHOL), a major component of the synaptic plasma membrane, has been shown to exhibit a modulatory effect on MATs. Recent crystal structures of the dopamine transporter (DAT) revealed the presence of two conserved CHOL-like molecules, suggesting a functional protein-CHOL direct interaction. Here, we present extensive atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of DAT in an outward-facing conformation...
January 12, 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329076/attachment-of-nanoparticulate-drug-release-systems-on-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-nanofibers-via-a-graftpolymer-as-interlayer
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Dominik de Cassan, Steffen Sydow, Nadeschda Schmidt, Peter Behrens, Yvonne Roger, Andrea Hoffmann, Anna Lena Hoheisel, Birgit Glasmacher, Robert Hänsch, Henning Menzel
Electrospun poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) fiber mats are modified using a chitosan grafted with PCL (CS-g-PCL), to improve the biological performance and to enable further modifications. The graft copolymer is immobilized by the crystallization of the PCL grafts on the PCL fiber surface as binding mechanism. In this way, the surface of the fibers is covered with chitosan bearing cationic amino groups, which allow adsorption of oppositely charged nanoparticulate drug-delivery systems. The modification of the fiber mats and the attachment of the drug delivery systems are easy and scalable dip processes...
December 29, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329054/relationship-between-sedentary-behavior-and-depression-a-mediation-analysis-of-influential-factors-across-the-lifespan-among-42-469-people-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Brendon Stubbs, Davy Vancampfort, Joseph Firth, Felipe B Schuch, Mats Hallgren, Lee Smith, Benjamin Gardner, Kai G Kahl, Nicola Veronese, Marco Solmi, André F Carvalho, Ai Koyanagi
BACKGROUND: Sedentary behavior (SB) is associated with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and low mood. There is a paucity of multi-national research investigating SB and depression, particularly among low- and middle-income countries. This study investigated the association between SB and depression, and factors which influence this. METHODS: Cross-sectional data were analyzed from the World Health Organization's Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health. Depression was based on the Composite International Diagnostic Interview...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328656/design-and-synthesis-of-novel-reactive-oxygen-species-inducers-for-the-treatment-of-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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Yuting Kuang, Mario Sechi, Salvatore Nurra, Mats Ljungman, Nouri Neamati
Altering redox homeostasis provides distinctive therapeutic opportunities for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. Quinazolinediones (QDs) are novel redox modulators that we previously showed to induce potent growth inhibition in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) cell lines. Our lead optimization campaign yielded QD325 as the most potent redox modulator candidate inducing substantial reactive oxygen species (ROS) in PDAC cells. Nascent RNA sequencing following treatments with the QD compounds revealed induction of stress responses in nucleus, endoplasmic reticulum, and mitochondria of pancreatic cancer cells...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328619/characterization-of-the-polyspecific-transferase-of-murine-type-i-fatty-acid-synthase-fas-and-implications-for-polyketide-synthase-pks-engineering
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Alexander Rittner, Karthik S Paithankar, Khanh Vu Huu, Martin Grininger
Fatty acid synthases (FASs) and polyketide synthases (PKSs) condense acyl compounds to fatty acids and polyketides, respectively. Both, FASs and PKSs, harbor acyltransferases (ATs), which select substrates for condensation by β-ketoacyl synthases (KSs). Here, we present the structural and functional characterization of the polyspecific malonyl/acetyltransferase (MAT) of murine FAS. We assign kinetic constants for the transacylation of the native substrates, acetyl- and malonyl-CoA, and demonstrate the promiscuity of FAS to accept structurally and chemically diverse CoA-esters...
January 12, 2018: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328062/cyanobacterial-photosynthesis-under-sulfidic-conditions-insights-from-the-isolate-leptolyngbya-sp-strain-hensonii
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Trinity L Hamilton, Judith M Klatt, Dirk de Beer, Jennifer L Macalady
We report the isolation of a pinnacle-forming cyanobacterium isolated from a microbial mat covering the sediment surface at Little Salt Spring-a flooded sinkhole in Florida with a perennially microoxic and sulfidic water column. The draft genome of the isolate encodes all of the enzymatic machinery necessary for both oxygenic and anoxygenic photosynthesis, as well as genes for methylating hopanoids at the C-2 position. The physiological response of the isolate to H2S is complex: (i) no induction time is necessary for anoxygenic photosynthesis; (ii) rates of anoxygenic photosynthesis are regulated by both H2S and irradiance; (iii) O2 production is inhibited by H2S concentrations as low as 1 μM and the recovery rate of oxygenic photosynthesis is dependent on irradiance; (iv) under the optimal light conditions for oxygenic photosynthesis, rates of anoxygenic photosynthesis are nearly double those of oxygenic photosynthesis...
January 12, 2018: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327741/fabrication-and-assessment-of-an-electrospun-polymeric-microfiber-based-platform-under-bulk-flow-conditions-with-rapid-and-efficient-antigen-capture
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Carlton F O Hoy, Keiichiro Kushiro, Madoka Takai
This study investigated the fabrication and proof of concept design demonstrating rapid and highly sensitive antigen capture utilizing electrospun polystyrene (PS) microfiber mat substrates paired with vacuum pump pressurization to induce bulk flow. In comparison with conventional flat PS surfaces used for immunoassay purposes, this system optimizes the increased surface area of the electrospun polystyrene (ESPS) fiber mat substrates and the accelerated propagation of the antigen through the detection platform by using a vacuum pump to enable efficient and rapid antigen capture...
January 12, 2018: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325734/fat-mass-and-obesity-associated-gene-rs9939609-polymorphism-is-a-potential-biomarker-of-recurrent-venous-thromboembolism-in-male-but-not-in-female-patients
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Abrar Ahmad, Ashfaque A Memon, Jan Sundquist, Peter J Svensson, Bengt Zöller, Kristina Sundquist
Multiple genetic variations have been identified in FTO (fat mass and obesity-associated) gene. Among them, FTO rs9939609 polymorphism is shown to be associated with the risk of primary venous thromboembolism (VTE). However, its role in recurrent VTE is not known. The aim of our study was to investigate the association between FTO rs9939609 polymorphism and the risk of VTE recurrence in a prospective follow-up study in both male and female patients. FTO rs9939609 polymorphism (T/A) was analyzed in the Malmö thrombophilia study (MATS, followed for ~10 years) by using TaqMan PCR...
January 8, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325209/branch-like-iron-nitride-and-carbide-magnetic-fibres-via-electrospinning-technique
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Alfonso García-Márquez, Stefan Glatzel, Alexander Kraupner, Klaus Kiefer, Konrad Siemensmeyer, Cristina Giordano
Fe3N and Fe3C nanocomposites have a wide range of applications thanks to their ceramic nature, magnetic properties, conductivity and catalytic activity, just to cite some. In many fields optimal performances are ensured by crystallinity, homogeneity and hierarchical organization. In the present paper, crystalline, magnetic and well-defined nanofibres of iron nitride and iron carbide/carbon nanocomposite with tunable composition and size were prepared via electrospinning. The starting polymeric material was directly electrospun into fibres and then calcined, leading to a highly homogeneous final product of nanoparticles along the fibres (both outside and inside)...
January 11, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324763/factors-associated-with-urinary-tract-infections-among-hiv-1-infected-patients
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Agata Skrzat-Klapaczyńska, Bartłomiej Matłosz, Agnieszka Bednarska, Marcin Paciorek, Ewa Firląg-Burkacka, Andrzej Horban, Justyna D Kowalska
BACKGROUND: Urinary tract infections remain an important yet underinvestigated clinical problem among HIV infected patients. Here we analyze factors associated with its occurrence and the spectrum of bacterial pathogens identified in the group of patients followed at the HIV Out-Patient Clinic in Warsaw. METHODS: Clinic database collected all medical information on patients routinely followed since 1994 to 2015. All patients with available urine culture were included into analyses, only the first culture was included...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323379/chemical-profiling-of-two-congeneric-sea-mat-corals-along-the-brazilian-coast-adaptive-and-functional-patterns
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L V Costa-Lotufo, F Carnevale-Neto, A E Trindade-Silva, R R Silva, G G Z Silva, D V Wilke, F C L Pinto, B D B Sahm, P C Jimenez, J N Mendonça, T M C Lotufo, O D L Pessoa, N P Lopes
Metabolomic profiles were explored to understand environmental and taxonomic influences on the metabolism of two congeneric zoanthids, Palythoa caribaeorum and P. variabilis, collected across distinct geographical ranges. Integrated mass spectrometry data suggested the major influence of geographical location on chemical divergence when compared to species differentiation.
January 11, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321850/bird-species-richness-is-associated-with-phylogenetic-relatedness-plant-species-richness-and-altitudinal-range-in-inner-mongolia
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Chenxia Liang, Gang Feng, Xingfeng Si, Lingfeng Mao, Guisheng Yang, Jens-Christian Svenning, Jie Yang
Bird species richness is mediated by local, regional, and historical factors, for example, competition, environmental heterogeneity, contemporary, and historical climate. Here, we related bird species richness with phylogenetic relatedness of bird assemblages, plant species richness, topography, contemporary climate, and glacial-interglacial climate change to investigate the relative importance of these factors. This study was conducted in Inner Mongolia, an arid and semiarid region with diverse vegetation types and strong species richness gradients...
January 2018: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321476/sample-handling-of-gastric-tissue-and-o-glycan-alterations-in-paired-gastric-cancer-and-non-tumorigenic-tissues
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Barbara Adamczyk, Chunsheng Jin, Karol Polom, Pedro Muñoz, Miguel A Rojas-Macias, David Zeeberg, Mats Borén, Franco Roviello, Niclas G Karlsson
Sample collection, handling and storage are the most critical steps for ensuring the highest preservation of specimens. Pre-analytical variability can influence the results as protein signatures alter rapidly after tissue excision or during long-term storage. Hence, we evaluated current state-of-the-art biobank preservation methods from a glycomics perspective and analyzed O-glycan alterations occurring in the gastric cancer tissues. Paired tumor and adjacent normal tissue samples were obtained from six patients undergoing gastric cancer surgery...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320915/healthcare-utilization-and-costs-associated-with-treatment-for-opioid-dependence
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Ankit Shah, Margaret Duncan, Nipun Atreja, Kei Sing Tai, Mugdha Gore
OBJECTIVE: Opioid use disorder (OUD) can be managed with medication assisted therapy (MAT) (methadone [MET], buprenorphine [BUP], or extended-release naltrexone [XR-NTX]) or counseling alone (non-pharmacological therapy [NPT]). The objective of this study was to evaluate healthcare resource utilization and costs associated with XR-NTX compared with alternative treatments for opioid dependence. METHODS: Adults with a diagnosis of opioid dependence who initiated treatment with XR-NTX, BUP, MET, or NPT between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2014 were identified in the Truven Health MarketScan Commercial administrative claims database...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319827/barnl%C3%A3-kare-bannar-barnhabilitering-%C3%A2-blir-bakl%C3%A3-xa
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Mats Reimer
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December 29, 2017: Läkartidningen
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