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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335509/novel-diagnostic-and-predictive-biomarkers-in-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma
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John C Chang, Madappa Kundranda
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a highly lethal disease for a multitude of reasons including very late diagnosis. This in part is due to the lack of understanding of the biological behavior of PDAC and the ineffective screening for this disease. Significant efforts have been dedicated to finding the appropriate serum and imaging biomarkers to help early detection and predict response to treatment of PDAC. Carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA 19-9) has been the most validated serum marker and has the highest positive predictive value as a stand-alone marker...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335214/graphene-fets-with-low-resistance-hybrid-contacts-for-improved-high-frequency-performance
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Chowdhury Al-Amin, Mustafa Karabiyik, Phani Kiran Vabbina, Raju Sinha, Nezih Pala
This work proposes a novel geometry field effect transistor with graphene as a channel-graphene field-effect transistor (GFET), having a hybrid contact that consists of an ohmic source/drain and its extended part towards the gate, which is capacitively coupled to the channel. The ohmic contacts are used for direct current (DC) biasing, whereas their capacitive extension reduces access region length and provides the radio frequency (RF) signal a low impedance path. Minimization of the access region length, along with the paralleling of ohmic contact's resistance and resistive part of capacitively coupled contact's impedance, lower the overall source/drain resistance, which results in an increase in current gain cut-off frequency, fT...
May 10, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335095/genetic-correlation-between-live-body-measurements-and-beef-cutability-traits-in-hanwoo-steers
#3
Yun Ho Choy, Jae Goo Lee, Alam Mahboob, Tae Jeong Choi, Seung Hee Rho
The growth, carcass and retail cut yield records on 1,428 Hanwoo steers obtained through progeny testing were analyzed in this study, and their heritability and genetic relationships among the traits were estimated using animal models. Two different models were compared in this study. Each model was fitted for different fixed class effects, date of slaughter for carcass traits and batch of progeny test live measurement traits, and a choice of covariates (carcass weight in Model 1 or backfat thickness in Model 2) for carcass traits...
March 21, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335093/carbohydrate-and-lipid-spectroscopic-molecular-structures-of-different-alfalfa-hay-and-their-relationship-with-nutrient-availability-in-ruminants
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Mojtaba Yari, Reza Valizadeh, Abbas Ali Naserian, Arjan Jonker, Peiqiang Yu
Objective: This study was conducted to determine molecular structures related to carbohydrates and lipid in alfalfa hay cut at early bud, late bud and early flower and in the afternoon and next morning using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT/IR) and to determine their relationship with alfalfa hay nutrient profile and availability in ruminants. Methods: Chemical composition analysis, carbohydrate fractionation, in situ ruminal degradability and DVE/OEB model were used to measure nutrient profile and availability of alfalfa hay...
March 21, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334980/public-health-implications-of-4-decades-of-neoliberal-policy-a-qualitative-case-study-from-post-industrial-west-central-scotland
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L M Garnham
Background: The UK has long had a strong commitment to neoliberal policy, the risks of which for population health are well researched. Within Europe, Scotland demonstrates especially poor health outcomes, much of which is driven by high levels of deprivation, wide inequalities and the persistent impacts of deindustrialisation. The processes through which neoliberalism has contributed to this poor health record are the subject of significant research interest. Methods: Qualitative case study of a post-industrial town in west central Scotland...
March 4, 2017: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334893/a-new-score-for-screening-of-malnutrition-in-patients-with-inoperable-gastric-adenocarcinoma
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Ali Esfahani, Mohammad Hossein Somi, Mohammad Asghari Jafarabadi, Alireza Ostadrahimi, Mousa Ghayour Nahand, Zahra Fathifar, Akram Doostzadeh, Zohreh Ghoreishi
Background: Malnutrition is common in patients with gastric cancer. Early identification of malnourished patients results in improving quality of life. We aimed to assess the nutritional status of patients with inoperable gastric adenocarcinoma (IGA) and finding a precise malnutrition screening score for these patients before the onset of chemotherapy. Methods: Nutritional status was assessed using patient generated subjective global assessment (PG-SGA), visceral proteins, and high-sensitivity C reactive protein...
March 10, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334658/extraction-of-the-3d-local-orientation-of-myocytes-in-human-cardiac-tissue-using-x-ray-phase-contrast-micro-tomography-and-multi-scale-analysis
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François Varray, Iulia Mirea, Max Langer, Françoise Peyrin, Laurent Fanton, Isabelle E Magnin
This paper presents a methodology to access the 3D local myocyte arrangements in fresh human post-mortem heart samples. We investigated the cardiac micro-structure at a high and isotropic resolution of 3.5 µm in three dimensions using X-ray phase micro-tomography at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility. We then processed the reconstructed volumes to extract the 3D local orientation of the myocytes using a multi-scale approach with no segmentation. We created a simplified 3D model of tissue sample made of simulated myocytes with known size and orientations, to evaluate our orientation extraction method...
February 20, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334620/supercritical-water-oxidation-of-oil-based-drill-cuttings
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Zhong Chen, Zeliang Chen, Fengjun Yin, Guangwei Wang, Hongzhen Chen, Chunlan He, Yuanjian Xu
Oil-based drill cuttings (OBDC) are a typical hazardous solid waste that arises from drilling operations in oil and gas fields. The supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) of OBDC was comprehensively investigated in a batch reactor under the conditions of various oxygen coefficients (OC, 1.5-3.5), temperatures (T, 400-500°C) and reaction times (t, 0.5-10min). Preheating experiments indicated that most of the organic compounds in the initial OBDC sample were distributed within gaseous, oil, aqueous and solid phases, with no more than 9...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334369/isotropic-failure-criteria-are-not-appropriate-for-anisotropic-fibrous-biological-tissues
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Christopher E Korenczuk, Lauren E Votava, Rohit Y Dhume, Shannen B Kizilski, George E Brown, Rahul Narain, Victor H Barocas
The von Mises (VM) stress is a common stress measure for finite-element models of tissue mechanics. The VM failure criterion, however, is inherently isotropic, and therefore may yield incorrect results for anisotropic tissues, and the relevance of the VM stress to anisotropic materials is not clear. We explored the application of a well-studied anisotropic failure criterion, the Tsai-Hill (TH) theory, to the mechanically anisotropic porcine aorta. Uniaxial dogbones were cut at different angles and stretched to failure...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334245/coordinated-nitrogen-and-carbon-remobilization-for-nitrate-assimilation-in-leaf-sheath-and-root-and-associated-cytokinin-signals-during-early-regrowth-of-lolium-perenne
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Jessica Roche, Matthew H Turnbull, Qianqian Guo, Ondrej Novák, Jana Späth, Steven P Gieseg, Paula E Jameson, Jonathan Love
Background and Aims: The efficiency of N assimilation in response to defoliation is a critical component of plant regrowth and forage production. The aim of this research was to test the effect of the internal C/N balance on NO3- assimilation and to estimate the associated cytokinin signals following defoliation of perennial ryegrass ( Lolium perenne L. 'Grasslands Nui') plants. Methods: Plants, manipulated to have contrasting internal N content and contrasting availability of water soluble carbohydrates (WSCs), were obtained by exposure to either continuous light or short days (8:16 h light-dark), and watered with modified N-free Hoagland medium containing either high (5 m m ) or low (50 μ m ) NO3- as sole N source...
March 14, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334220/effect-of-vitamin-d-deficiency-in-developed-countries
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Zaki K Hassan-Smith, Martin Hewison, Neil J Gittoes
Introduction: Vitamin D deficiency is common worldwide with adverse effects on skeletal health. In recent years, there has been great interest in non-classical actions of vitamin D. Basic research has uncovered actions in a range of non-skeletal tissues, and observational studies have identified inverse relationships with risk of a number of disease states including sarcopenia, obesity, the metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, cancer and autoimmune diseases. Sources of data: PubMed, Medline and Cochrane Systematic Reviews...
March 9, 2017: British Medical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334218/reconciliation-between-operational-taxonomic-units-and-species-boundaries
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Mohamed Mysara, Peter Vandamme, Ruben Props, Frederiek-Maarten Kerckhof, Natalie Leys, Nico Boon, Jeroen Raes, Pieter Monsieurs
The development of high-throughput sequencing technologies has revolutionized the field of microbial ecology via 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing approaches. Clustering those amplicon sequencing reads into Operational Taxonomic Units (OTUs) using a fixed cut-off is a commonly used approach to estimate microbial diversity. A 97% threshold was chosen with the intended purpose that resulting OTUs could be interpreted as a proxy for a bacterial species. Our results show that the robustness of such a generalized cut-off is questionable when applied to short amplicons only covering one or two variable regions of the 16S rRNA gene...
March 10, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334154/ethical-issues-of-crispr-technology-and-gene-editing-through-the-lens-of-solidarity
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John J Mulvihill, Benjamin Capps, Yann Joly, Tamra Lysaght, Hub A E Zwart, Ruth Chadwick
Background: The avalanche of commentaries on CRISPR-Cas9 technology, a bacterial immune system modified to recognize any short DNA sequence, cut it out, and insert a new one, has rekindled hopes for gene therapy and other applications and raised criticisms of engineering genes in future generations. Sources of data: This discussion draws on articles that emphasize ethics, identified partly through PubMed and Google, 2014-2016. Areas of agreement: CRISPR-Cas9 has taken the pace and prospects for genetic discovery and applications to a high level, stoking anticipation for somatic gene engineering to help patients...
February 23, 2017: British Medical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334123/x-ray-irradiation-control-of-frankliniella-occidentalis-and-frankliniella-intonsa-thysanoptera-thripidae-in-the-exportation-of-freshly-cut-lily-flowers
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Hyun-Na Koo, Seung-Hwan Yun, Hyun-Ju Kim, Hyun Kyung Kim, Gil-Hah Kim
Lily (Lilium longiflorum Thunb.) is the most representative bulb flower, and it is the third most important flower in the flower industry of South Korea after rose and chrysanthemum. To determine the efficacy of X-ray irradiation for use in quarantine processing, two species of flower thrips (Frankliniella intonsa (Trybom) and Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande)) were placed in the top, middle, and bottom locations of lily boxes and irradiated with different X-ray doses. After irradiation with an X-ray dose of 150 Gy, the egg hatching of the two flower thrips was completely inhibited at every location in the lily boxes, and the irradiated F...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334011/suitability-of-eastern-pines-for-oviposition-and-survival-of-sirex-noctilio-f
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Laurel J Haavik, Kevin J Dodds, Jeremy D Allison
The European woodwasp, Sirex noctilio F., is a pest of pines in many areas around the world. Since its introduction to North America, the distribution of S. noctilio overlaps with a known host (Pinus sylvestris) and hosts native to North America. Direct comparisons of suitability for oviposition and larval survival among these pines have not been made. We tested the relative suitability of four common pine species in northeastern North America (P. sylvestris, P. resinosa, P. banksiana, and P. strobus) as hosts for S...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333986/building-the-road-to-a-regional-zoonoses-strategy-a-survey-of-zoonoses-programmes-in-the-americas
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Melody J Maxwell, Mary H Freire de Carvalho, Armando E Hoet, Marco A N Vigilato, Julio C Pompei, Ottorino Cosivi, Victor J Del Rio Vilas
BACKGROUND: In recent years, global public health security has been threatened by zoonotic disease emergence as exemplified by outbreaks of H5N1 and H1N1 influenza, SARS, and most recently Ebola and Zika. Additionally, endemic zoonoses, such as rabies, burden countries year after year, placing demands on limited finances and personnel. To survey the baseline status of the emerging and endemic zoonoses programmes of the Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) countries, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) conducted a survey of priority emerging and endemic zoonoses, countries´ prioritization criteria and methodologies, and suggestions to strengthen countries capacities and regional approaches to zoonoses control...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333926/performance-of-tci-tcvi-tcii-chagas-flow-ate-igg2a-for-universal-and-genotype-specific-serodiagnosis-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection
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Glaucia Diniz Alessio, Fernanda Fortes de Araújo, Denise Fonseca Côrtes, Policarpo Ademar Sales Júnior, Daniela Cristina Lima, Matheus de Souza Gomes, Laurence Rodrigues do Amaral, Marcelo Antônio Pascoal Xavier, Andréa Teixeira-Carvalho, Olindo Assis Martins-Filho, Marta de Lana
Distinct Trypanosoma cruzi genotypes have been considered relevant for patient management and therapeutic response Chagas disease. However, typing strategies for genotype-specific serodiagnosis of Chagas disease are still unavailable and requires standardization for practical application. In this study, an innovative TcI/TcVI/TcII Chagas Flow ATE-IgG2a technique was developed with applicability for universal and genotype-specific diagnosis of T. cruzi infection. For this purpose, the reactivity of serum samples (percentage of positive fluorescent parasites-PPFP) obtained from mice chronically infected with TcI/Colombiana, TcVI/CL or TcII/Y strain as well as non-infected controls were determined using amastigote-AMA, trypomastigote-TRYPO and epimastigote-EPI in parallel batches of TcI, TcVI and TcII target antigens...
March 23, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333570/plantar-pressure-and-surgical-indication-of-toe-arthroplasty-for-rheumatoid-forefoot-deformity
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Hyunho Lee, Hajime Ishikawa, Yusuke Miyagawa, Chinatsu Takai, Yumi Nomura, Tetsuya Nemoto, Daisuke Kobayashi, Asami Abe, Hiroshi Otani, Satoshi Ito, Kiyoshi Nakazono, Takao Ishii, Shu Saito, Yasuaki Tokuhashi, Akira Murasawa
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study is to clarify the surgical indication for rheumatoid forefoot deformity according to background characteristics and plantar pressure. METHODS: Patients with rheumatoid arthritis were divided into a non-surgical group (group N) and a surgical group (group S). The former consisted of 225 ft, and the latter consisted of 88 ft. DAS28, Japanese Society for Surgery of the Foot rheumatoid arthritis foot and ankle scale (JSSF scale) and hallux valgus angle (HVA) were evaluated as background characteristics...
March 23, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333466/covalent-modification-of-glassy-carbon-surfaces-by-electrochemical-grafting-of-aryl-iodides
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Line Koefoed, Steen U Pedersen, Kim Daasbjerg
The reduction of an aryl iodide is generally believed to involve a clean-cut two-electron reduction to produce an aryl anion and iodide. This is in contradiction to what is observed if a highly efficient grafting agent, such as an aryldiazonium salt, is employed. The difference in behavior is explained by the much more extreme potentials required for reducing an aryl iodide, which facilitates the further reduction of the aryl radical formed as an intermediate. However, in this study we disclose that electrografting of aryl iodides is indeed possible upon extended voltammetric cycling...
March 23, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333337/tubal-anastomosis-after-previous-sterilization-a-systematic-review
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Jacoba A H van Seeters, Su Jen Chua, Ben W J Mol, Carolien A M Koks
BACKGROUND: Female sterilization is one of the most common contraceptive methods. A small number of women, however, opt for reversal of sterilization procedures after they experience regret. Procedures can be performed by laparotomy or laparoscopy, with or without robotic assistance. Another commonly utilized alternative is IVF. The choice between surgery and IVF is often influenced by reimbursement politics for that particular geographic location. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: We evaluated the fertility outcomes of different surgical methods available for the reversal of female sterilization, compared these to IVF and assessed the prognostic factors for success...
February 22, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
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