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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806784/structural-analysis-of-p-falciparum-kahrp-and-pfemp1-complexes-with-host-erythrocyte-spectrin-suggests-a-model-for-cytoadherent-knob-protrusions
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Erin E Cutts, Niklas Laasch, Dirk M Reiter, Raphael Trenker, Leanne M Slater, Phillip J Stansfeld, Ioannis Vakonakis
Plasmodium falciparum Erythrocyte Membrane Protein 1 (PfEMP1) and Knob-associated Histidine-rich Protein (KAHRP) are directly linked to malaria pathology. PfEMP1 and KAHRP cluster on protrusions (knobs) on the P. falciparum-infected erythrocyte surface and enable pathogenic cytoadherence of infected erythrocytes to the host microvasculature, leading to restricted blood flow, oxygen deprivation and damage of tissues. Here we characterize the interactions of PfEMP1 and KAHRP with host erythrocyte spectrin using biophysical, structural and computational approaches...
August 14, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806554/metal-bioaccumulation-and-biomarkers-of-effects-in-caged-mussels-exposed-in-the-athabasca-oil-sands-area
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M Pilote, C André, P Turcotte, F Gagné, C Gagnon
The Athabasca oil sands deposit is the world's largest known reservoir of crude bitumen and the third-largest proven crude oil reserve. Mining activity is known to release contaminants, including metals, and to potentially impact the aquatic environment. The purpose of this study was to determine the impacts of oil sands mining on water quality and metal bioaccumulation in mussels from the Fort McMurray area in northern Alberta, Canada. The study presents two consecutive years of contrasting mussel exposure conditions (low and high flows)...
August 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806218/hypoxemic-patients-with-bilateral-infiltrates-treated-with-high-flow-nasal-cannula-present-a-similar-pattern-of-biomarkers-of-inflammation-and-injury-to-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-patients
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Marina García-de-Acilu, Judith Marin-Corral, Antonia Vázquez, Laura Ruano, Mònica Magret, Ricard Ferrer, Joan R Masclans, Oriol Roca
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether patients with acute hypoxemia and bilateral opacities treated with high-flow nasal cannula and acute respiratory distress syndrome patients who were directly mechanically ventilated are similar in terms of lung epithelial, endothelial, and inflammatory biomarkers. DESIGN: Prospective, multicenter study. SETTING: ICUs at three university tertiary hospitals. PATIENTS: Intubated and nonintubated patients admitted to the ICU with acute hypoxemia (PaO2/FIO2 ≤ 300) and bilateral opacities...
August 10, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805949/the-reversible-p2y12-antagonist-act-246475-causes-significantly-less-blood-loss-than-ticagrelor-at-equivalent-antithrombotic-efficacy-in-rat
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Markus Rey, Markus Kramberg, Patrick Hess, Keith Morrison, Roland Ernst, Franck Haag, Edgar Weber, Martine Clozel, Martine Baumann, Eva Caroff, Francis Hubler, Markus A Riederer, Beat Steiner
The P2Y12 receptor is a validated target for prevention of major adverse cardiovascular events in patients with acute coronary syndrome. The aim of this study was to compare two direct-acting, reversible P2Y12 antagonists, ACT-246475 and ticagrelor, in a rat thrombosis model by simultaneous quantification of their antithrombotic efficacy and surgery-induced blood loss. Blood flow velocity was assessed in the carotid artery after FeCl3 -induced thrombus formation using a Doppler flow probe. At the same time, blood loss after surgical wounding of the spleen was quantified...
October 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805872/microfluidic-co-flow-of-newtonian-and-viscoelastic-fluids-for-high-resolution-separation-of-microparticles
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Fei Tian, Wei Zhang, Lili Cai, Shanshan Li, Guoqing Hu, Yulong Cong, Chao Liu, Tiejun Li, Jiashu Sun
The microfluidic passive control of microparticles largely relies on the hydrodynamic effects of the carrier media such as Newtonian fluids and viscoelastic fluids. Yet the viscoelastic/Newtonian interfacial effect has been scarcely investigated, especially for high-resolution particle separation. Here we report a microfluidic co-flow of Newtonian (water or PBS) and viscoelastic fluids (PEO) for the size-dependent separation of microparticles. The co-flow condition generates a stable viscoelastic/Newtonian interface, giving rise to the wall-directed elastic lift forces that compete with the center-directed lift forces, and efficiently hinders the migration of microparticles from the Newtonian to the viscoelastic fluid in a size-dependent manner...
August 14, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805708/correlation-of-leukocyte-telomere-length-measurement-methods-in-patients-with-dyskeratosis-congenita-and-in-their-unaffected-relatives
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Payal P Khincha, Casey L Dagnall, Belynda Hicks, Kristine Jones, Abraham Aviv, Masayuki Kimura, Hormuzd Katki, Geraldine Aubert, Neelam Giri, Blanche P Alter, Sharon A Savage, Shahinaz M Gadalla
Several methods have been employed to measure telomere length (TL) in human studies. It has been difficult to directly compare the results from these studies because of differences in the laboratory techniques and output parameters. We compared TL measurements (TLMs) by the three most commonly used methods, quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), flow cytometry with fluorescence in situ hybridization (flow FISH) and Southern blot, in a cohort of patients with the telomere biology disorder dyskeratosis congenita (DC) and in their unaffected relatives (controls)...
August 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804537/an-integrated-approach-to-coronary-heart-disease-diagnosis-and-clinical-management
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Teresa Infante, Ernesto Forte, Concetta Schiano, Carlo Cavaliere, Carlo Tedeschi, Andrea Soricelli, Marco Salvatore, Claudio Napoli
The major issue in coronary heart disease (CHD) diagnosis and management is that symptoms onset in an advanced state of disease. Despite the availability of several clinical risk scores, the prediction of cardiovascular events is lacking, and many patients at risk are not well stratified according to the canonical risk factors alone. Therefore, adequate risk assessment remains the most challenging issue. Recently, the integration of imaging data with biochemical markers in a radiogenomic framework has been proposed in many fields of medicine as well as in cardiology...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804487/the-response-of-phagocytes-to-indoor-air-toxicity
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Liisa K Vilén, Janne Atosuo, Esa-Matti Lilius
This perspective presents a viewpoint on potential methods assessing toxicity of indoor air. Until recently, the major techniques to document moldy environment have been microbial isolation using conventional culture techniques for fungi and bacteria as well as in some instances polymerase chain reaction to detect microbial genetic components. However, it has become increasingly evident that bacterial and fungal toxins, their metabolic products, and volatile organic substances emitted from corrupted constructions are the major health risks...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803685/quantification-of-pulmonary-regurgitation-by-vector-flow-mapping-in-congenital-heart-patients-after-repair-of-right-ventricular-outflow-obstruction-a-preliminary-study
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Ashley Hoi-Man To, Vivian Wing-Yi Li, Ming-Yen Ng, Yiu-Fai Cheung
BACKGROUND: Vector flow mapping (VFM) enables direct visualization of flow pattern and estimation of flow volume. The aim of this study was to determine its accuracy in the quantification of pulmonary regurgitation (PR) in congenital heart patients after repair of right ventricular (RV) outflow obstruction. METHODS: This study comprised two parts: (1) validation of VFM in the quantification of PR in patients with repaired tetralogy of Fallot by cardiac magnetic resonance and (2) clinical application of VFM to determine PR in patients after biventricular repair of pulmonary atresia and stenosis with intact ventricular septum...
August 10, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803269/the-callosal-relay-model-of-interhemispheric-communication-new-evidence-from-effective-connectivity-analysis
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Saskia Steinmann, Jan Meier, Guido Nolte, Andreas K Engel, Gregor Leicht, Christoph Mulert
Interhemispheric auditory connectivity via the corpus callosum has been demonstrated to be important for normal speech processing. According to the callosal relay model, directed information flow from the right to the left auditory cortex has been suggested, but this has not yet been proven. For this purpose, 33 healthy participants were investigated with 64-channel EEG while performing the dichotic listening task in which two different consonant-vowel syllables were presented simultaneously to the left (LE) and right ear (RE)...
August 12, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803214/self-defensive-antibiotic-loaded-layer-by-layer-coatings-imaging-of-localized-bacterial-acidification-and-ph-triggering-of-antibiotic-release
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Victoria Albright, Iryna Zhuk, Yuhao Wang, Victor Selin, Betsy van de Belt-Gritter, Henk J Busscher, Henny C van der Mei, Svetlana Sukhishvili
Self-defensive antibiotic-loaded coatings have shown promise in inhibiting growth of pathogenic bacteria adhering to biomaterial implants and devices, but direct proof that their antibacterial release is triggered by bacterially-induced acidification of the immediate environment under buffered conditions remained elusive. Here, we demonstrate that Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli adhering to such coatings generate highly localized acidification, even in buffered conditions, to activate pH-triggered, self-defensive antibiotic release...
August 9, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803200/ecological-state-of-a-mountain-river-before-and-after-a-large-flood-implications-for-river-status-assessment
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Hanna Hajdukiewicz, Bartłomiej Wyżga, Antoni Amirowicz, Paweł Oglęcki, Artur Radecki-Pawlik, Joanna Zawiejska, Paweł Mikuś
Assessment of the ecological status of rivers is key to monitoring the achievement of the environmental goal of the EU Water Framework Directive and the success of restoration projects. In summer of 2009 and 2010, repeated assessments of physical habitat conditions and of fish and benthic invertebrate communities were performed at low-flow conditions in 10 unmanaged and 10 channelized cross-sections of the Biała River, Polish Carpathians. Between the two surveys, an 80-year flood occurred, significantly affecting habitat characteristics and river communities...
August 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802767/real-rock-microfluidic-flow-cell-a-test-bed-for-real-time-in-situ-analysis-of-flow-transport-and-reaction-in-a-subsurface-reactive-transport-environment
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Rajveer Singh, Mayandi Sivaguru, Glenn A Fried, Bruce W Fouke, Robert A Sanford, Martin Carrera, Charles J Werth
Physical, chemical, and biological interactions between groundwater and sedimentary rock directly control the fundamental subsurface properties such as porosity, permeability, and flow. This is true for a variety of subsurface scenarios, ranging from shallow groundwater aquifers to deeply buried hydrocarbon reservoirs. Microfluidic flow cells are now commonly being used to study these processes at the pore scale in simplified pore structures meant to mimic subsurface reservoirs. However, these micromodels are typically fabricated from glass, silicon, or polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), and are therefore incapable of replicating the geochemical reactivity and complex three-dimensional pore networks present in subsurface lithologies...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802744/remediation-of-thiothrix-spp-associated-bulking-problems-by-raw-wastewater-feeding-a-full-scale-experience
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Cristobal A Onetto, Kathryn L Eales, Paul R Grbin
An industrial wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in Australia has long suffered from bulking problems associated with the proliferation of Thiothrix spp. The WWTP consists of a covered anaerobic lagoon (CAL) followed by a sequencing batch reactor (SBR). The CAL functions as both an anaerobic digester and surge lagoon for the irregular flow of wastewater generated from the production of seasonal products. Chemical analysis of the raw influent showed it was composed of a mixture of organic acids, phenols and alcohols...
July 27, 2017: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802228/mtdh-and-map3k1-are-direct-targets-of-apoptosis-regulating-mirnas-in-colorectal-carcinoma
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Sohair M Salem, Ahmed R Hamed, Rehab M Mosaad
Artificially designed miRNAs mimics and inhibitors that specifically target known oncogenes have attracted significant research attention. Herein, we aimed to explore whether MIR-375, MIR-145, and MIR-224 are involved in induction of apoptosis of CRC cells by regulating apoptosis-mediating genes MTDH, MAP3K1, PDK1, BAX, and BCL-XL. MTT assay was used to assess cell growth. Apoptosis was determined in terms of caspase activity measurement and phosphatidylserine detection using annexin V staining by flow cytometry...
August 9, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802195/measurements-and-simulation-of-liquid-films-during-drainage-displacements-and-snap-off-in-constricted-capillary-tubes
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Sophie Roman, Moataz O Abu-Al-Saud, Tetsu Tokunaga, Jiamin Wan, Anthony R Kovscek, Hamdi A Tchelepi
When a wetting liquid is displaced by air in a capillary tube, a wetting film develops between the tube wall and the air that is responsible for the snap-off mechanism of the gas phase. By dissolving a dye in the wetting phase it is possible to relate a measure of the absorbance in the capillary to the thickness of liquid films. These data could be used to compare with cutting edge numerical simulations of the dynamics of snap-off for which experimental and numerical data are lacking. Drainage experiments in constricted capillary tubes were performed where a dyed wetting liquid is displaced by air for varying flow rates...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802014/flow-covariate-prediction-of-stream-pesticide-concentrations
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Paul L Mosquin, Jeremy Aldworth, Wenlin Chen
Potential "peak" functions (e.g., maximum rolling averages over a given duration) of annual pesticide concentrations in the aquatic environment are important exposure parameters (or target quantities) for ecological risk assessments. These target quantities require accurate concentration estimates on non-sampled days in a monitoring program. In this paper, we examine stream flow as a covariate via universal kriging to improve predictions of maximum m-day (m = 1, 7, 14, 30, 60) rolling averages and the 95(th) percentiles of atrazine concentration in streams where data were collected every 7 or 14 days...
August 12, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801901/functional-screening-of-core-promoter-activity
#18
Dan Y Even, Adi Kedmi, Diana Ideses, Tamar Juven-Gershon
The core promoter is the DNA sequence that recruits the basal transcription machinery and directs accurate initiation of transcription. It is an active contributor to gene expression that can be rationally designed to manipulate the levels of expression. Core promoter function can be analyzed using different experimental approaches. Here, we describe the qualitative and quantitative analysis of engineered core promoter functions using the EGFP reporter gene that is driven by distinct core promoters. Expression plasmids are transfected into different mammalian cell lines, and the resulting fluorescence is monitored by live cell imaging , as well as by flow cytometry...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801109/modelling-and-understanding-powder-flow-properties-and-compactability-of-selected-active-pharmaceutical-ingredients-excipients-and-physical-mixtures-from-critical-material-properties
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Zelalem Ayenew Worku, Dinesh Kumar, João Victor Gomes, Yunliang He, Brian Glennon, Kiran A Ramisetty, Åke C Rasmuson, Peter O'Connell, Kieran Gallagher, Trevor Woods, Nalini R Shastri, Anne-Marie Healy
The development of solid dosage forms and manufacturing processes are governed by complex physical properties of the powder and the type of pharmaceutical unit operation the manufacturing processes employs. Suitable powder flow properties and compactability are crucial bulk level properties for tablet manufacturing by direct compression. It is also generally agreed that small scale powder flow measurements can be useful to predict large scale production failure. In this study, predictive multilinear regression models were effectively developed from critical material properties to estimate static powder flow parameters from particle size distribution data for a single component and for binary systems...
August 8, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800964/the-effect-of-metal-ions-released-from-different-dental-implant-abutment-couples-on-osteoblast-function-and-secretion-of-bone-resorbing-mediators
#20
Ghada O Alrabeah, Peter Brett, Jonathan C Knowles, Haralampos Petridis
OBJECTIVES: The etiology of the reduced marginal bone loss observed around platform-switched implant-abutment connections is not clear but could be related to the release of variable amounts of corrosion products. The present study evaluated the effect of different concentrations of metal ions released from different implant abutment couples on osteoblastic cell viability, apoptosis and expression of genes related to bone resorption. METHODS: Osteoblastic cells were exposed to five conditions of culture media prepared containing metal ions (titanium, aluminum, vanadium, cobalt, chromium and molybdenum) in different concentrations representing the amounts released from platform-matched and platform-switched implant-abutment couples as a result of an earlier accelerated corrosion experiment...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Dentistry
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