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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161512/trophodynamics-of-organic-pollutants-in-pelagic-and-benthic-food-webs-of-lake-dianchi-importance-of-ingested-sediment-as-uptake-route
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Senrong Fan, Beili Wang, Hang Liu, Shixiong Gao, Tong Li, Shuran Wang, Yong Liu, Xueqin Liu, Yi Wan
Habitat is of great importance in determining the trophic transfer of pollutants in freshwater ecosystems; however, the major factors influencing chemical trophodynamics in pelagic and benthic food webs remain unclear. This study investigated the levels of p,p'-dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (p,p'-DDE), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and substituted PAHs (s-PAHs) in two plankton species, six invertebrate species, and ten fish species collected from Lake Dianchi in southern China. Relatively high concentrations of PAHs and s-PAHs were detected with total concentrations of 11...
November 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161442/origin-and-evolution-of-the-bartonella-gene-transfer-agent
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Daniel Tamarit, Minna-Maria Neuvonen, Philipp Engel, Lionel Guy, Siv G E Andersson
Gene transfer agents (GTAs) are domesticated bacteriophages that have evolved into molecular machines for the transfer of bacterial DNA. Despite their widespread nature and their biological implications, the mechanisms and selective forces that drive the emergence of GTAs are still poorly understood. Two GTAs have been identified in the Alphaproteobacteria: the RcGTA, which is widely distributed in a broad range of species; and the BaGTA, which has a restricted host range that includes vector-borne intracellular bacteria of the genus Bartonella...
November 17, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161027/virus-transfer-at-the-skin-liquid-interface
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Ana K Pitol, Heather Bischel, Tamar Kohn, Timothy R Julian
Understanding virus transfer between liquid and skin is necessary to estimate transmission during water-related activities. In the present study, we modeled virus transfer from liquid-to-skin and skin-to-liquid. Specifically, we performed human subject studies using unenveloped (MS2, Qβ) and enveloped (Φ6) bacteriophage as pathogenic virus surrogates. Our study shows that transfer from liquid-to-skin is describable by a single, universal model based on 1) virus concentration and 2) volume of liquid remaining on skin...
November 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160899/persistent-sample-circulation-microextraction-combined-with-graphite-furnace-atomic-absorption-spectroscopy-for-trace-determination-of-heavy-metals-in-fish-species-marketed-in-kermanshah-iran-and-human-health-risk-assessment
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Yahya Safari, Mostafa Karimaei, Kiomars Sharafi, Hossein Arfaeinia, Masoud Moradi, Nazir Fattahi
BACKGROUND: The persistent sample circulation microextraction (PSCME) joined with the graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS) was developed as a high preconcentration technique for the determination of heavy metals in fish species. In this method, a few microliter of organic solvent (40.0 µl carbon tetrachloride) was transferred to the bottom of a conical sample cup. Then a 10.0 ml of aqueous solution transformed to fine droplets while passing through an organic solvent...
November 21, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160851/development-of-an-impedimetric-aptasensor-for-the-detection-of-staphylococcus-aureus
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Peggy Reich, Regina Stoltenburg, Beate Strehlitz, Dieter Frense, Dieter Beckmann
In combination with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, aptamer-based biosensors are a powerful tool for fast analytical devices. Herein, we present an impedimetric aptasensor for the detection of the human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus. The used aptamer targets protein A, a surface bound virulence factor of S. aureus. The thiol-modified protein A-binding aptamer was co-immobilized with 6-mercapto-1-hexanol onto gold electrodes by self-assembly. Optimization of the ratio of aptamer to 6-mercapto-1-hexanol resulted in an average density of 1...
November 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160424/effect-of-prophylactic-non-invasive-mechanical-ventilation-on-functional-capacity-after-heart-valve-replacement-a-clinical-trial
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Amaro Afrânio de Araújo-Filho, Manoel Luiz de Cerqueira-Neto, Lucas de Assis Pereira Cacau, Géssica Uruga Oliveira, Telma Cristina Fontes Cerqueira, Valter Joviniano de Santana-Filho
OBJECTIVE: During cardiac surgery, several factors contribute to the development of postoperative pulmonary complications. Non-invasive ventilation is a promising therapeutic tool for improving the functionality of this type of patient. The aim of this study is to evaluate the functional capacity and length of stay of patients in a nosocomial intensive care unit who underwent prophylactic non-invasive ventilation after heart valve replacement. METHOD: The study was a controlled clinical trial, comprising 50 individuals of both sexes who were allocated by randomization into two groups with 25 patients in each group: the control group and experimental group...
October 2017: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160173/gene-delivery-to-joints-by-intra-articular-injection
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Christopher H Evans, Steven Craig Ghivizzani, Paul D Robbins
Most forms of arthritis are incurable, difficult to treat and a major cause of disability in western countries. Better local treatment of arthritis is impaired by the pharmacokinetics of the joint that make it very difficult to deliver drugs to joints at sustained, therapeutic concentrations. This is especially true of biologic drugs, such as proteins and RNA, many of which show great promise in pre-clinical studies. Gene transfer provides a strategy for overcoming this limitation. The basic concept is to deliver cDNAs encoding therapeutic products by direct intra-articular injection, leading to sustained, endogenous synthesis of the gene products within the joint...
November 21, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159966/interrogating-marine-virus-host-interactions-and-elemental-transfer-with-boncat-and-nanosims-based-methods
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Alexis L Pasulka, Kimberlee Thamatrakoln, Sebastian H Kopf, Yunbin Guan, Bonnie Poulos, Annie Moradian, Michael J Sweredoski, Sonja Hess, Mathew B Sullivan, Kay D Bidle, Victoria J Orphan
While the collective impact of marine viruses has become more apparent over the last decade, a deeper understanding of virus-host dynamics and the role of viruses in nutrient cycling would benefit from direct observations at the single-virus level. We describe two new complementary approaches - stable isotope probing coupled with nanoscale secondary ion mass spectrometry (nanoSIMS) and fluorescence-based biorthogonal non-canonical amino acid tagging (BONCAT) - for studying the activity and biogeochemical influence of marine viruses...
November 21, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159944/effect-of-iron-on-the-growth-of-phaeodactylum-tricornutum-via-photosynthesis
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Peipei Zhao, Wenhui Gu, Aiyou Huang, Songcui Wu, Changheng Liu, Li Huan, Shan Gao, Xiujun Xie, Guangce Wang
Iron is a limiting factor in the modern ocean, which is a major factor that controls the phytoplankton biomass of the ocean, and iron fertilization of the ocean could lead to blooms dominated by diatoms. Thus, iron plays an important role in controlling the distribution of diatoms. In this study, we measured the growth rate and photosynthetic activity of the model diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum cultured under different iron concentrations and found that it grew more rapidly and had a much higher photosynthetic efficiency under higher iron concentrations...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159850/from-two-to-three-dimensions-the-importance-of-the-third-dimension-for-evaluating-the-limits-to-neuronal-miniaturization-in-insects
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Stefan Fischer, Zhiyuan Lu, Ian A Meinertzhagen
Most studies dealing with the limits to miniaturization in insect brains have until now relied on information based on data collected in two dimensions: either histological sections imaged by light microscopy, or electron micrographs of single ultrathin sections imaged by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). To test the validity of transferring information gained from two-dimensional images to the third dimension, we examined a 3D image stack from serial-section TEM (ssTEM) of the optic neuropiles of the miniature parasitic wasp Trichogramma brassicae (Bezdenko, 1968)...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159357/characterizing-the-interplay-of-pauli-repulsion-electrostatics-dispersion-and-charge-transfer-in-halogen-bonding-with-energy-decomposition-analysis
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Jonathan Thirman, Elric Engelage, Stefan M Huber, Martin Head-Gordon
The halogen bond is a class of non-covalent interaction that has attracted considerable attention recently. A widespread theory for describing them is the σ-hole concept, which predicts that the strength of the interaction is proportional to the size of the σ-hole, a region of positive electrostatic potential opposite a σ bond. Previous work shows that in the case of CX3I, with X equal to F, Cl, Br, and I, the σ-hole trend is exactly opposite to the trend in binding energy with common electron pair donors...
November 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159356/influence-of-the-anatase-rutile-ratio-on-the-charge-transport-properties-of-tio2-nts-arrays-studied-by-dual-wavelength-opto-electrochemical-impedance-spectroscopy
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T Cottineau, H Cachet, V Keller, E M M Sutter
The modification of photo-generated charge transport properties in aligned titanium dioxide nanotubes (TiO2-NTs) regarding the anatase/rutile ratio was studied by photo-electrochemical methods. TiO2-NTs obtained by anodization were thermally treated under air flux at different temperatures to significantly modify the proportion of TiO2 anatase and rutile phases in the tubular structure. Material characterisation methods (XRD, SEM, UV-visible spectroscopy) were used to determine the characteristics of the different TiO2-NT electrodes in terms of dimensions, proportion of each phase and optical properties...
November 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159318/young-donor-white-blood-cell-immunotherapy-induces-extensive-tumor-necrosis-in-advanced-stage-solid-tumors
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Dipnarine Maharaj, Pedro G Vianna, Wendy Ward, Anthony J Messina, Trevor Rayborn, Jacqueline V Gouvea, Richard D Hammer, Zheng Cui
Background: In the past decade, a variety of immunotherapy approaches focused predominantly on the adaptive immune system have shown unprecedented responses in patients with advanced-stage malignancies. However, studies in spontaneous regression/complete resistance (SR/CR) mice and humans have shown a novel innate cancer-killing activity mediated by granulocytes, which is completely transferable for prevention or therapy against established malignancies. Methods: Three patients with advanced, relapsed or refractory solid tumors for which no standard therapy was available or was refused were enrolled into this ongoing combined phase I/II open label clinical trial testing the safety, dose tolerance, and possible antineoplastic efficacy of sequential infusions of HLA-mismatched non-irradiated allogeneic white cells (68-91% granulocytes) collected by leukapheresis from young, healthy donors (age 18-35) following mobilization with granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) and dexamethasone...
October 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158890/oxidation-of-pyrrole-by-dehaloperoxidase-hemoglobin-chemoenzymatic-synthesis-of-pyrrolin-2-ones
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Nikolette L McCombs, Tatyana Smirnova, Reza A Ghiladi
The use of oxidoreductases as biocatalysts in the syntheses of functionalized, monomeric pyrroles has been a challenge owing to, among a number of factors, undesired polypyrrole formation. Here, we have investigated the ability of dehaloperoxidase (DHP), the coelomic hemoglobin from the terebellid polychaete Amphitrite ornata, to catalyze the H2O2-dependent oxidation of pyrroles as a new class of substrate for this enzyme. Substrate oxidation was observed for all compounds employed (pyrrole, N-methylpyrrole, 2-methylpyrrole, 3-methylpyrrole and 2,5-dimethylpyrrole) under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions...
2017: Catalysis Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158610/cephalotrichum-and-related-synnematous-fungi-with-notes-on-species-from-the-built-environment
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J H C Woudenberg, M Sandoval-Denis, J Houbraken, K A Seifert, R A Samson
A recent taxonomic revision of Microascaceae with an emphasis on synnematous fungi enabled re-identification of previously isolated indoor strains of Cephalotrichum. All available Cephalotrichum strains from the culture collection of the Westerdijk Institute were studied, 20 originating from the built environment. Phylogenetic relationships were inferred from DNA sequence data from the internal transcribed spacer 1 and 2 and intervening 5.8S nrDNA (ITS), and parts of β-tubulin (tub2) and translation elongation factor 1-α (tef1) genes...
September 2017: Studies in Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158338/genes-integral-to-the-reproductive-function-of-male-reproductive-tissues-drive-heterogeneity-in-evolutionary-rates-in-japanese-quail
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Findley R Finseth, Richard G Harrison
Early comparative genomics studies originally uncovered a non-intuitive pattern - genes involved in reproduction appeared to evolve more rapidly than other classes of genes.  Currently, however, the emerging consensus is that genes encoding reproductive proteins evolve under variable selective pressures, producing more heterogeneous divergence patterns than previously appreciated.  We investigate a facet of that heterogeneity and explore the factors that drive male reproductive tissue-based heterogeneity in evolutionary rates...
November 20, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158231/receptor-mediated-drp1-oligomerization-on-endoplasmic-reticulum
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Wei-Ke Ji, Rajarshi Chakrabarti, Xintao Fan, Lori Schoenfeld, Stefan Strack, Henry N Higgs
Drp1 is a dynamin guanosine triphosphatase important for mitochondrial and peroxisomal division. Drp1 oligomerization and mitochondrial recruitment are regulated by multiple factors, including interaction with mitochondrial receptors such as Mff, MiD49, MiD51, and Fis. In addition, both endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and actin filaments play positive roles in mitochondrial division, but mechanisms for their roles are poorly defined. Here, we find that a population of Drp1 oligomers is associated with ER in mammalian cells and is distinct from mitochondrial or peroxisomal Drp1 populations...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158184/tgf-%C3%AE-mediated-upregulation-of-sox9-in-fibroblast-promotes-renal-fibrosis
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Huanan Li, Huimin Cai, Jia Deng, Xiaolong Tu, Yanyan Sun, Zhen Huang, Zhi Ding, Lei Dong, Jiangning Chen, Yuhui Zang, Junfeng Zhang
TGF-β signaling plays a principal role in renal fibrosis, but the precise mechanisms and the downstream factors are still largely unknown. Sox9 exhibits diverse roles in regulating the production of extracellular matrix proteins. Here we found that Sox9 was induced by TGF-β in the kidney fibroblast and acted as an important downstream mediator of TGF-β signaling in promoting renal fibrosis. TGF-β/Smad signaling mediated the upregulation of Sox9 in kidney fibroblast by binding to a conserved enhancer. In different mouse models of renal fibrosis, as well as in the kidney biopsy tissue from patients with renal fibrosis, Sox9 expression significantly increased...
November 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158075/intermediate-care-unit-after-cardiac-surgery-impact-on-length-of-stay-and-outcomes
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Carlos Labata, Teresa Oliveras, Elisabet Berastegui, Xavier Ruyra, Bernat Romero, Maria-Luisa Camara, Maria-Soledad Just, Jordi Serra, Ferran Rueda, Marc Ferrer, Cosme García-García, Antoni Bayes-Genis
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Current postoperative management of adult cardiac surgery often comprises transfer from the intensive care unit (ICU) to a conventional ward. Intermediate care units (IMCU) permit hospital resource optimization. We analyzed the impact of an IMCU on length of stay (both ICU and in-hospital) and outcomes (in-hospital mortality and 30-day readmissions) after adult cardiac surgery (IMCU-CS). METHODS: From November 2012 to April 2015, 1324 consecutive patients were admitted to a university hospital for cardiac surgery...
November 17, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156596/microvesicle-involvement-in-shiga-toxin-associated-infection
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Annie Villysson, Ashmita Tontanahal, Diana Karpman
Shiga toxin is the main virulence factor of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli, a non-invasive pathogen that releases virulence factors in the intestine, causing hemorrhagic colitis and, in severe cases, hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). HUS manifests with acute renal failure, hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia. Shiga toxin induces endothelial cell damage leading to platelet deposition in thrombi within the microvasculature and the development of thrombotic microangiopathy, mostly affecting the kidney. Red blood cells are destroyed in the occlusive capillary lesions...
November 19, 2017: Toxins
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