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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346844/inactivation-of-i-clostridium-difficile-i-spore-outgrowth-by-synergistic-effects-of-nisin-and-lysozyme
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Changhoon Chai, Kyung-Soo Lee, Goo-Sang Imm, Young Soon Kim, Se-Wook Oh
Inactivating <i>Clostridium difficile</i> spores is difficult, as they are resistant to heat, chemicals, and antimicrobials. However, this note describes inactivation of <i>C. difficile</i> spore outgrowth by incubation in a solution containing a germinant (1% w/v sodium taurocholate), co-germinants (1% w/v tryptose and 1% w/v NaCl), and natural antimicrobials (20 nM nisin and 0.2 mM lysozyme). <i>C. difficile</i> spores were resistant to nisin and lysozyme but became susceptible during germination and outgrowth triggered and promoted by sodium taurocholate, tryptose, and NaCl...
March 27, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346737/easl-and-aasld-recommendations-for-the-diagnosis-of-hcc-to-the-test-of-daily-practice
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Christophe Aubé, Frederic Oberti, Julie Lonjon, Georges Pageaux, Olivier Seror, Giséle N'Kontchou, Agnes Rode, Sylvie Radenne, Christophe Cassinotto, Julien Vergniol, Ivan Bricault, Vincent Leroy, Maxime Ronot, Laurent Castera, Sophie Michalak, Maxime Esvan, Valérie Vilgrain
AIM: To evaluate the diagnostic performance of CT, MRI, and CEUS alone and in combination, for the diagnosis of HCC between 10 and 30 mm, in a large population of cirrhotic patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In a multicentre prospective trial, 442 patients have been enrolled. Within a month CEUS, CT and MRI were performed for all patients. A composite algorithm was defined to obtain the more accurate gold standard. RESULTS: 544 nodules in 381 patients have been retained for the performance analysis...
March 27, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346543/prevalence-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-risk-factors-for-advanced-fibrosis-and-mortality-in-the-united-states
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Michael H Le, Pardha Devaki, Nghiem B Ha, Dae Won Jun, Helen S Te, Ramsey C Cheung, Mindie H Nguyen
In the United States, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common liver disease and associated with higher mortality according to data from earlier National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 1988-1994. Our goal was to determine the NAFLD prevalence in the recent 1999-2012 NHANES, risk factors for advanced fibrosis (stage 3-4) and mortality. NAFLD was defined as having a United States Fatty Liver Index (USFLI) > 30 in the absence of heavy alcohol use and other known liver diseases...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346151/bidirectional-associations-of-accelerometer-determined-sedentary-behavior-and-physical-activity-with-reported-time-in-bed-women-s-health-study
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Kelley Pettee Gabriel, Barbara Sternfeld, Eric J Shiroma, Adriana Pérez, Joseph Cheung, I-Min Lee
OBJECTIVE: To examine the day-to-day, bidirectional associations of accelerometer-derived sedentary behavior and physical activity (PA) with reported time in bed in a large cohort of older women. METHODS: Data are from 10086 Women's Health Study participants (aged 71.6 years; SD, 5.7) who agreed to wear an accelerometer and complete a diary for 7 consecutive days. Generalized linear (multilevel) models with repeated measures were used to examine the adjusted associations of the following: (1) reported time in bed with next-day accelerometer-determined counts and time spent sedentary and in light- and moderate-to-vigorous-intensity PA (MVPA) and (2) accelerometer estimates with reported time in bed that night, expressed as short (<7 hours), optimal (7-9 hours), and long (>9 hours) sleep...
February 2017: Sleep Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346147/differences-in-short-and-long-sleep-durations-between-blacks-and-whites-attributed-to-emotional-distress-analysis-of-the-national-health-interview-survey-in-the-united-states
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Azizi A Seixas, Emmanuella Auguste, Mark Butler, Caryl James, Valerie Newsome, Evan Auguste, Vilma Aparecida da Silva Fonseca, Andres Schneeberger, Ferdinand Zizi, Girardin Jean-Louis
OBJECTIVES: The current study examined the role of emotional distress in explaining racial/ethnic differences in unhealthy sleep duration. DESIGN: Data from the 2004-2013 National Health Interview Survey were analyzed using SPSS 20. SETTING: Data were collected through personal household interviews in the United States. PARTICIPANTS: Of the total 261,686 participants (age≥18 years), 17.0% were black, 83.0% were white, and the mean age was 48 years (SE=0...
February 2017: Sleep Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346071/mineral-composition-and-toxic-element-levels-of-muscle-liver-and-kidney-of-intensive-swedish-landrace-and-extensive-mangulica-pigs-from-serbia
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Dragica Nikolic, Jasna Djinovic-Stojanovic, Sasa Jankovic, Nikola Stanisic, Cedomir Radovic, Lato Pezo, Mila Lausevic
Mineral composition (Fe, Zn, Cu, Mn, Se, Cr, Co, Ni, Na, K, Mg, Ca) and toxic element levels (Cd, Pb, Hg, As) of soil, feed and tissue (muscle, liver and kidney) from intensive (Swedish Landrace, housed indoors, fed a known diet, 4 years) and extensive (Mangulica, free-roaming, non-specified diet, 7-8 months) pigs was determined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Controlled nutrition produced pigs with higher concentrations of most minerals (muscle: Mn, Se, K, Mg; liver: Zn, Cu, Mn, Se, Cr, Ca; kidney: Zn, Cu, Mn, Se, K, Mg), but for Fe, the opposite trend was found...
March 27, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345884/canted-antiferromagnetism-on-rectangular-layers-of-fe-2-in-polymorphic-cafeseo
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Kwing To Lai, Alexander Christoph Komarek, Maria Teresa Fernández-Díaz, Pi-Shan Chang, Sungjoon Huh, Helge Rosner, Chang-Yang Kuo, Zhiwei Hu, Tun-Wen Pi, Peter Adler, Vadim Ksenofontov, Liu Hao Tjeng, Martin Valldor
From stoichiometric amounts of CaO, Fe, and Se, pure powders and single crystals of quaternary [Formula: see text] can be obtained by solid-state reaction and self-flux growth, respectively. The as-synthesized compound exhibits a polymorphic crystal structure, where the two modifications have different stacking sequences of [Formula: see text] layers. The two polymorphs have similar unit cells but different crystal symmetries (Cmc21 and Pnma), of which the former is non-centrosymmetric. Fe is divalent (d(6)) and high-spin, as proven by X-ray spectroscopy, Mössbauer spectroscopy, and powder neutron diffraction data...
March 27, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345870/ultra-fast-separation-and-analysis-of-monoclonal-antibody-aggregates-using-membrane-chromatography
#8
Pedram Madadkar, Umatheny Umatheva, Geoff Hale, Yves Durocher, Raja Ghosh
We discuss a method for rapid and cost-effective analysis of monoclonal antibody (mAb) aggregates. Hydrophobic interaction membrane chromatography, which was previously shown to be highly suitable for such separation and analysis, was used in a recently developed format referred to as laterally-fed membrane chromatography (or LFMC). A stack of rectangular polyvinylidene fluoride (or PVDF) membranes having 0.22 µm pores housed within a modified analytical-scale LFMC device was used for analyzing aggregate types and content in different monoclonal antibody samples...
March 27, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345315/the-role-of-macrophage-lipophagy-in-reverse-cholesterol-transport
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Se Jin Jeong, Mi Ni Lee, Goo Taeg Oh
Macrophage cholesterol efflux is a central step in reverse cholesterol transport, which helps to maintain cholesterol homeostasis and to reduce atherosclerosis. Lipophagy has recently been identified as a new step in cholesterol ester hydrolysis that regulates cholesterol efflux, since it mobilizes cholesterol from lipid droplets of macrophages via autophagy and lysosomes. In this review, we briefly discuss recent advances regarding the mechanisms of the cholesterol efflux pathway in macrophage foam cells, and present lipophagy as a therapeutic target in the treatment of atherosclerosis...
March 2017: Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344847/exercise-self-efficacy-as-a-mediator-between-goal-setting-and-physical-activity-developing-the-workplace-as-a-setting-for-promoting-physical-activity
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Yoshie Iwasaki, Sumihisa Honda, Shuji Kaneko, Kazuhiro Kurishima, Ayumi Honda, Ayumu Kakinuma, Doosub Jahng
BACKGROUND: Physical activity (PA) is ranked as a leading health indicator and the workplace is a key setting to promote PA. The purpose of this study was to examine how goal-setting and exercise self-efficacy (SE) during a health promotion program influenced PA level among Japanese workers. METHODS: Using a cross-sectional study design, we surveyed 281 employees. The short version of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire was used to assess PA level...
March 2017: Safety and Health At Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344759/susceptibility-to-ebbinghaus-and-m%C3%A3-ller-lyer-illusions-in-autistic-children-a-comparison-of-three-different-methods
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Catherine Manning, Michael J Morgan, Craig T W Allen, Elizabeth Pellicano
BACKGROUND: Studies reporting altered susceptibility to visual illusions in autistic individuals compared to that typically developing individuals have been taken to reflect differences in perception (e.g. reduced global processing), but could instead reflect differences in higher-level decision-making strategies. METHODS: We measured susceptibility to two contextual illusions (Ebbinghaus, Müller-Lyer) in autistic children aged 6-14 years and typically developing children matched in age and non-verbal ability using three methods...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344087/subacute-alcohol-and-or-disulfiram-intake-affects-bioelements-and-redox-status-in-rat-testes
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Ana Djuric, Aida Begic, Borko Gobeljic, Ana Pantelic, Goran Zebic, Ivana Stevanovic, Dragan Djurdjevic, Milica Ninkovic, Vera Prokic, Ivan Stanojevic, Danilo Vojvodic, Mirjana Djukic
The aim of the study was to investigate if alcohol and disulfiram (DSF) individually and in combination affect bioelements' and red-ox homeostasis in testes of the exposed rats. The animals were divided into groups according to the duration of treatment (21 and/or 42 days): C21/C42 groups (controls); OL21/OL42 groups (0.5 mL olive oil intake); A1-21 groups (3 mL 20% ethanol intake); DSF1-21 groups (178.5 mg DSF/kg/day); and A21+DSF22-42 groups (the DSF ingestion followed previous 21 days' treatment with alcohol)...
March 23, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343958/simultanagnosia-does-not-affect-processes-of-auditory-gestalt-perception
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Johannes Rennig, Anna Lena Bleyer, Hans-Otto Karnath
Simultanagnosia is a neuropsychological deficit of higher visual processes caused by temporo-parietal brain damage. It is characterized by a specific failure of recognition of a global visual Gestalt, like a visual scene or complex objects, consisting of local elements. In this study we investigated to what extend this deficit should be understood as a deficit related to specifically the visual domain or whether it should be seen as defective Gestalt processing per se. To examine if simultanagnosia occurs across sensory domains, we designed several auditory experiments sharing typical characteristics of visual tasks that are known to be particularly demanding for patients suffering from simultanagnosia...
March 23, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343868/medial-prefrontal-cortex-reduces-memory-interference-by-modifying-hippocampal-encoding
#14
Kevin G Guise, Matthew L Shapiro
The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is crucial for accurate memory performance when prior knowledge interferes with new learning, but the mechanisms that minimize proactive interference are unknown. To investigate these, we assessed the influence of medial PFC (mPFC) activity on spatial learning and hippocampal coding in a plus maze task that requires both structures. mPFC inactivation did not impair spatial learning or retrieval per se, but impaired the ability to follow changing spatial rules. mPFC and CA1 ensembles recorded simultaneously predicted goal choices and tracked changing rules; inactivating mPFC attenuated CA1 prospective coding...
March 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343686/analysis-of-essential-oils-and-fragrances-with-a-new-generation-of-highly-inert-gas-chromatographic-columns-coated-with-ionic-liquids
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Cecilia Cagliero, Carlo Bicchi, Chiara Cordero, Erica Liberto, Patrizia Rubiolo, Barbara Sgorbini
In the fields of essential oils and fragrances, samples often consist of mixtures of compounds with similar structural and physical characteristics (e.g. mono- and sesquiterpenoids), whose correct identification closely depends on the synergic combination of chromatographic and mass spectral data. This sample complexity means that new GC stationary phases with different selectivities are continually being investigated. Ionic liquids (ILs) are of great interest as GC stationary phases in this field because of their selectivity (significantly different than that of currently phases) and their high temperature stability...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343632/metal-pollution-in-al-khobar-seawater-arabian-gulf-saudi-arabia
#16
Talal Alharbi, Hussain Alfaifi, Abdelbaset El-Sorogy
In order to assess heavy metals pollution along the Al-Khobar coastline, 30 seawater samples and 15 sediment ones were collected for Al, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Se, Sr, Mo, Cd, Hg and Pb analysis by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS). The analysis indicated a southward decreasing pattern in most heavy metal concentrations and the average values of Zn, Fe, Mn, Cu, As and Cr were higher than the ones reported from some worldwide seas and gulfs. Most of the highest levels were recorded within the bays and were related with in situ under sediments especially that composed of clays and very fine sands, and in localities characterized with anthropogenic activities like landfilling, desalination plants, fishing boats, oil spills and solid rubbish...
March 23, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343393/selenium-bioaccessibility-and-speciation-in-selenium-enriched-lettuce-investigation-of-the-selenocompounds-liberated-after-in-vitro-simulated-human-digestion-using-two-dimensional-hplc-icp-ms
#17
Emanueli DO Nascimento DA Silva, Federica Aureli, Marilena D'Amato, Andrea Raggi, Solange Cadore, Francesco Cubadda
The evaluation of selenium-enriched vegetables as potential dietary sources of selenium, an essential element for humans, requires an assessment of the plant accumulation ability as well as of the bioaccessibility and speciation of the accumulated selenium, which influence its biological effects in humans. Lettuce hydroponically grown at three selenite (SeVI)/selenate (SeIV) amendment levels was characterized accordingly. Selenium accumulation in lettuce leaves was greatest with Se(VI) amendment, whereas bioaccessibility was 70% on average in both cases...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343270/magnetic-field-discrimination-learning-and-memory-in-the-yellow-stingray-urobatis-jamaicensis
#18
Kyle C Newton, Stephen M Kajiura
Elasmobranch fishes (sharks, skates, and rays) have been hypothesized to use the geomagnetic field as a cue for orienting and navigating across a wide range of spatial scales. Magnetoreception has been demonstrated in many invertebrate and vertebrate taxa, including elasmobranchs, but this sensory modality and the cognitive abilities of cartilaginous fishes are poorly studied. Wild caught yellow stingrays, Urobatis jamaicensis (N = 8), underwent conditioning to associate a magnetic stimulus with a food reward in order to elicit foraging behaviors...
March 25, 2017: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343020/selenium-speciation-influences-bioaccumulation-in-limnodynastes-peronii-tadpoles
#19
C M Lanctôt, S D Melvin, T Cresswell
Despite being essential for animal health and fitness, Se has a relatively narrow range between deficiency and toxicity, and excess Se can cause a variety of adverse effects in aquatic organisms. Amphibians are particularly vulnerable to contaminants during larval aquatic life stage, because they can accumulate toxic ions through various routes including skin, gills, lungs and digestive tract. Few attempts have been made to understand the tissue-specific accumulation of trace elements, including the impacts of chemical speciation in developing amphibian larvae...
March 12, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342962/intellectual-evaluation-of-children-exposed-to-phthalate-tainted-products-after-the-2011-taiwan-phthalate-episode
#20
Po-Chin Huang, Chih-Hsin Tsai, Chu-Chih Chen, Ming-Tsang Wu, Mei-Lien Chen, Shu-Li Wang, Bai-Hsiun Chen, Ching-Chang Lee, Jouni J K Jaakkola, Wen-Chiu Wu, Min-Kung Chen, Chao A Hsiung, Rapit Group
INTRODUCTION: Phthalate exposure may reduce intellectual development in young children. In 2011, numerous Taiwanese children had been reported to have consumed phthalate-tainted products. We investigated the effects of phthalate exposure on the intellectual development of these children after the 2011 Taiwan di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) episode. METHODS: We recruited 204 children, aged 3-12 y, from 3 hospitals in Taiwan between 2012 and 2013. First-morning urine samples were collected for analyzing 5 phthalate metabolites...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Research
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