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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214393/flow-cytometric-bacterial-cell-counts-challenge-conventional-heterotrophic-plate-counts-for-routine-microbiological-drinking-water-monitoring
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S Van Nevel, S Koetzsch, C R Proctor, M D Besmer, E I Prest, J S Vrouwenvelder, A Knezev, N Boon, F Hammes
Drinking water utilities and researchers continue to rely on the century-old heterotrophic plate counts (HPC) method for routine assessment of general microbiological water quality. Bacterial cell counting with flow cytometry (FCM) is one of a number of alternative methods that challenge this status quo and provide an opportunity for improved water quality monitoring. After more than a decade of application in drinking water research, FCM methodology is optimised and established for routine application, supported by a considerable amount of data from multiple full-scale studies...
February 8, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214390/robust-peptidoglycan-growth-by-dynamic-and-variable-multi-protein-complexes
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REVIEW
Manuel Pazos, Katharina Peters, Waldemar Vollmer
In Gram-negative bacteria such as Escherichia coli the peptidoglycan sacculus resides in the periplasm, a compartment that experiences changes in pH value, osmolality, ion strength and other parameters depending on the cell's environment. Hence, the cell needs robust peptidoglycan growth mechanisms to grow and divide under different conditions. Here we propose a model according to which the cell achieves robust peptidoglycan growth by employing dynamic multi-protein complexes, which assemble with variable composition from freely diffusing sets of peptidoglycan synthases, hydrolases and their regulators, whereby the composition of the active complexes depends on the cell cycle state - cell elongation or division - and the periplasmic growth conditions...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214340/molecular-tiling-on-the-surface-of-a-bacterial-spore-the-exosporium-of-the-bacillus-anthracis-cereus-thuringiensis-group
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Cassandra Terry, Shuo Jiang, David S Radford, Wan Qiang, Svetomir Tzokov, Anne Moir, Per A Bullough
Bacteria of the genera Bacillus and Clostridium form highly resistant spores, which in the case of some pathogens act as the infectious agents. An exosporium forms the outermost layer of some spores; it plays roles in protection, adhesion, dissemination, host targeting in pathogens, and germination control. The exosporium of the Bacillus cereus group, including the anthrax pathogen, contains a 2D-crystalline basal layer, overlaid by a hairy nap. BclA and related proteins form the hairy nap, and require ExsFA (BxpB) for their localisation on the basal layer...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214254/normothermia-in-arthroplasty
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REVIEW
Mark W Allen, David J Jacofsky
Since the initial design of surgical theaters, the thermal environment of the operating suite itself has been an area of concern and robust discussion. In the 1950s, correspondence in the British Medical Journal discussed the most suitable design for a surgeon's cap to prevent sweat from dripping onto the surgical field. These deliberations stimulated questions about the effects of sweat-provoking environments on the efficiency of the surgical team, not to mention the effects on the patient. Although these benefits translate to implant-based orthopedic surgery, they remain poorly understood and, at times, ignored...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214239/feasibility-and-factor-structure-of-the-frail-scale-in-older-adults
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Ivan Aprahamian, Sumika Mori Lin, Claudia Kimie Suemoto, Daniel Apolinario, Natália Oiring de Castro Cezar, Serpui Marie Elmadjian, Wilson Jacob Filho, Mônica Sanches Yassuda
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to (1) evaluate a geriatric outpatient sample with the FRAIL scale; (2) investigate the psychometric properties of the scale; and (3) characterize different associations of the subdimensions of the scale with demographic and clinical data. DESIGN: Cross-sectional observational study. SETTING: Geriatric outpatient center a university-based hospital in São Paulo, Brazil. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 811 men and women aged 60 years or older evaluated between March 2015 and September 2015...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214110/pediatric-echocardiographic-nomograms-what-has-been-done-and-what-still-needs-to-be-done
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Massimiliano Cantinotti, Shelby Kutty, Eliana Franchi, Marco Paterni, Marco Scalese, Giorgio Iervasi, Martin Koestenberger
Nomograms are essential tools for quantification in pediatric echocardiography. In the last few years, multiple sources highlight that nomograms employed for decades presented significant numerical and methodological limitations. As a result, widely different ranges of normality were generated, thus creating confusion in estimation of several cardiac diseases. New nomograms have recently been generated, overcoming some of the gaps of previous research: wider sample sizes (including neonates/infants), solid statistical/methodological plan, and availability of new data (chamber dimensions, many functional parameters)...
January 19, 2017: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214044/enhancement-of-antigen-specific-cd4-and-cd8-t-cell-responses-using-a-self-assembled-biologic-nanolipoprotein-particle-vaccine
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Dina Weilhammer, Alexis D Dunkle, Craig D Blanchette, Nicholas O Fischer, Michele Corzett, Doerte Lehmann, Tyler Boone, Paul Hoeprich, Adam Driks, Amy Rasley
To address the need for vaccine platforms that induce robust cell-mediated immunity, we investigated the potential of utilizing self-assembling biologic nanolipoprotein particles (NLPs) as an antigen and adjuvant delivery system to induce antigen-specific murine T cell responses. We utilized OT-I and OT-II TCR-transgenic mice to investigate the effects of NLP-mediated delivery of the model antigen ovalbumin (OVA) on T cell activation. Delivery of OVA with the TLR4 agonist monophosphoryl lipid A (MPLA) in the context of NLPs significantly enhanced the activation of both CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells in vitro compared to co-administration of free OVA and MPLA...
February 14, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214023/using-aequorin-probes-to-measure-ca-2-in-intracellular-organelles
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REVIEW
María Teresa Alonso, Macarena Rodríguez-Prados, Paloma Navas-Navarro, Jonathan Rojo-Ruiz, Javier García-Sancho
Aequorins are excellent tools for measuring intra-organellar Ca(2+) and assessing its role in physiological and pathological functions. Here we review targeting strategies to express aequorins in various organelles. We address critical topics such as probe affinity tuning as well as normalization and calibration of the signal. We also focus on bioluminescent Ca(2+) imaging in nucleus or mitochondria of living cells. Finally, recent advances with a new chimeric GFP-aequorin protein (GAP), which can be used either as luminescent or fluorescent Ca(2+) probe, are presented...
January 16, 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213969/highly-efficient-neural-conversion-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-in-adherent-and-animal-free-conditions
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Dunja Lukovic, Andrea Diez Lloret, Petra Stojkovic, Daniel Rodríguez-Martínez, Maria Amparo Perez Arago, Francisco Javier Rodriguez-Jimenez, Patricia González-Rodríguez, José López-Barneo, Eva Sykova, Pavla Jendelova, Jelena Kostic, Victoria Moreno-Manzano, Miodrag Stojkovic, Shomi S Bhattacharya, Slaven Erceg
Neural differentiation of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) can produce a valuable and robust source of human neural cell subtypes, holding great promise for the study of neurogenesis and development, and for treating neurological diseases. However, current hESCs and hiPSCs neural differentiation protocols require either animal factors or embryoid body formation, which decreases efficiency and yield, and strongly limits medical applications. Here we develop a simple, animal-free protocol for neural conversion of both hESCs and hiPSCs in adherent culture conditions...
February 18, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213928/problem-solving-phase-transitions-during-team-collaboration
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Travis J Wiltshire, Jonathan E Butner, Stephen M Fiore
Multiple theories of problem-solving hypothesize that there are distinct qualitative phases exhibited during effective problem-solving. However, limited research has attempted to identify when transitions between phases occur. We integrate theory on collaborative problem-solving (CPS) with dynamical systems theory suggesting that when a system is undergoing a phase transition it should exhibit a peak in entropy and that entropy levels should also relate to team performance. Communications from 40 teams that collaborated on a complex problem were coded for occurrence of problem-solving processes...
February 18, 2017: Cognitive Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213925/rotator-cuff-disease-opinion-regarding-surgical-criteria-and-likely-outcome
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Alison Thorpe, Mark Hurworth, Peter O'Sullivan, Tim Mitchell, Anne Smith
BACKGROUND: Clinical guidelines for the management of rotator cuff disease are not clear. Surgeon surveys in the USA and UK lack agreement regarding surgical indications. Physical examination tests aid surgical decision-making but also lack robust evidence. Study aims were to evaluate: Western Australian orthopaedic surgeons' perceptions about surgical indications; utility of physical examination tests; findings at surgery predictive of outcome and surgeon opinion of a successful surgical outcome...
February 17, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213668/effect-of-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-on-survival-in-patients-with-stable-ischemic-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Francisco Ujueta, Ephraim N Weiss, Binita Shah, Steven P Sedlis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This study aims to determine if percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) does improve survival in stable ischemic heart disease (SIHD). RECENT FINDINGS: The International Study of Comparative Health Effectiveness with Medical and Invasive Approaches (ISCHEMIA) trial will evaluate patients with moderate to severe ischemia and will be the largest randomized trial of an initial management strategy of coronary revascularization (percutaneous or surgical) versus optimal medical therapy alone for SIHD...
February 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213602/understanding-the-epidemiology-of-avoidable-significant-harm-in-primary-care-protocol-for-a-retrospective-cross-sectional-study
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Brian G Bell, Stephen Campbell, Andrew Carson-Stevens, Huw Prosser Evans, Alison Cooper, Christina Sheehan, Sarah Rodgers, Christine Johnson, Adrian Edwards, Sarah Armstrong, Rajnikant Mehta, Antony Chuter, Ailsa Donnelly, Darren M Ashcroft, Joanne Lymn, Pam Smith, Aziz Sheikh, Matthew Boyd, Anthony J Avery
INTRODUCTION: Most patient safety research has focused on specialist-care settings where there is an appreciation of the frequency and causes of medical errors, and the resulting burden of adverse events. There have, however, been few large-scale robust studies that have investigated the extent and severity of avoidable harm in primary care. To address this, we will conduct a 12-month retrospective cross-sectional study involving case note review of primary care patients. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: We will conduct electronic searches of general practice (GP) clinical computer systems to identify patients with avoidable significant harm...
February 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213600/caesarean-sections-and-for-profit-status-of-hospitals-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ilir Hoxha, Lamprini Syrogiannouli, Xhyljeta Luta, Kali Tal, David C Goodman, Bruno R da Costa, Peter Jüni
OBJECTIVE: Financial incentives may encourage private for-profit providers to perform more caesarean section (CS) than non-profit hospitals. We therefore sought to determine the association of for-profit status of hospital and odds of CS. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, EMBASE and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews from the first year of records through February 2016. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: To be eligible, studies had to report data to allow the calculation of ORs of CS comparing private for-profit hospitals with public or private non-profit hospitals in a specific geographic area...
February 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213521/signalling-adaptor-shcd-suppresses-erk-phosphorylation-distal-to-the-ret-and-trk-neurotrophic-receptors
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Melanie K B Wills, Ava Keyvani Chahi, Hayley R Lau, Manali Tilak, Brianna Guild, Laura A New, Peihua Lu, Keévin Jacquet, Susan O Meakin, Nicolas Bisson, Nina Jones
Proteins of the Shc family are typically involved in signal transduction events involving Ras/MAPK and PI3K/Akt pathways. In the nervous system, they function proximal to the neurotrophic factors that regulate cell survival, differentiation, and neuron-specific characteristics. The least-characterized homolog, ShcD, is robustly expressed in the developing and mature nervous system, but its contributions to neural cell circuitry are largely uncharted. We now report that ShcD binds to active Ret, TrkA, and TrkB neurotrophic factor receptors predominantly via its phosphotyrosine binding (PTB) domain...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213339/classifying-empirically-valid-and-clinically-meaningful-change-in-eating-disorders-using-the-eating-disorders-inventory-version-2-edi-2
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David Clinton, Andreas Birgegård
The study examined the ability of the EDI-2 to classify empirically valid and clinically meaningful change using clinical significance and the Reliable Change Index (CS/RCI), and compared CS/RCI to classification based on diagnostic change. Eating disorder (ED) patients (N=363) were assessed at intake and after 36months on measures of ED and psychiatric symptoms, self-image, interpersonal relationships, treatment satisfaction and general outcome. Patients were categorized using a four-way classification scheme as "Deteriorated", "Unchanged", "Improved" or "No ED"; and using a two-way classification scheme as either in remission or not in remission...
February 9, 2017: Eating Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213328/an-integrated-dual-functional-recognition-amplification-bio-label-for-the-one-step-impedimetric-detection-of-micro-rna-21
#17
Sawsen Azzouzi, Wing Cheung Mak, Kamalodin Kor, Anthony P F Turner, Mounir Ben Ali, Valerio Beni
Alteration in expression of miRNAs has been correlated with different cancer types, tumour stage and response to treatments. In this context, a structurally responsive oligonucleotide-based electrochemical impedimetric biosensor has been developed for the simple and sensitive detection of miRNA-21. A highly specific biotinylated DNA/LNA molecular beacon (MB) probe was conjugated with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) to create an integrated, dual function bio-label (biotin-MB-AuNPs) for both biorecognition and signal generation...
February 10, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213285/mechanical-and-chemical-studies-on-eps-from-sulfobacillus-thermosulfidooxidans-from-planktonic-to-biofilm-cells
#18
Qian Li, Wolfgang Sand
Bacteria attach to minerals and form biofilms, which can initiate and enhance bioleaching. Extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) play a crucial role during the whole process. Little is known how the cell surface/EPS mechanically and chemically respond to transformation from planktonic to biofilm cells. In this study the attachment and biofilm formation by Sulfobacillus thermosulfidooxidans were followed during pyrite leaching. Adhesiveness and stiffness of the cell/biofilm and the pyrite surface were checked by atomic force microscopy (AFM) in force mapping mode under real living conditions...
February 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213280/magnetic-lateral-flow-immunoassay-test-strip-development-considerations-for-proof-of-concept-evaluation
#19
R Connolly, R O' Kennedy
Lateral flow immunoassays (LFIA) have grown to become the predominant test device format for the diagnostics and point-of-care industries. The demand for robust and reproducible LFIAs has been facilitated through scale-up production methods using specialized and automated instruments. However, the feasibility of a LFIA device can still be evaluated in a small-scale laboratory setting through controlled manual preparation methods. The advent of super-paramagnetic (SPMP) labels for use in lateral flow has heralded the possibility of highly sensitive and stable LFIAs...
February 14, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213262/one-single-fast-and-robust-capillary-electrophoresis-method-for-the-direct-quantification-of-intact-adenovirus-particles-in-upstream-and-downstream-processing-samples
#20
Ewoud van Tricht, Lars Geurink, Harold Backus, Marta Germano, Govert W Somsen, Cari E Sänger-van de Griend
During development of adenovirus-based vaccines, samples have to be analyzed in order to either monitor the production process or control the quality and safety of the product. An important quality attribute is the total concentration of intact adenoviruses, which currently is determined by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) or anion exchange-HPLC. Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) was evaluated as alternative to the current methods with the aim to have one single method that allows reliable and fast quantification of adenovirus particles throughout the full process...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
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