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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793199/effects-of-acute-and-chronic-exposures-of-fluoxetine-on-the-chinese-fish-topmouth-gudgeon-pseudorasbora-parva
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Hongxing Chen, Xiangfeng Zeng, Lei Mu, Liping Hou, Bin Yang, Jianliang Zhao, Daniel Schlenk, Wu Dong, Lingtian Xie, Qianru Zhang
Fluoxetine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor used as an antidepressant and has been frequently detected in aquatic environments. However, its effects in fish from Asia remain relatively less studied. In this study, the topmouth gudgeon Pseudorasbora parva was exposed to 0, 50, and 200 µg/L of fluoxetine for 4 h and 42 d. The effects of fluoxetine on biometrics were compared to biochemical endpoints indicative of stress in different fish tissues (brain, liver, gills and intestine) following exposures...
May 21, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793194/simultaneous-determination-of-18-psychoactive-agents-and-6-metabolites-in-plasma-using-lc-ms-ms-and-application-to-actual-plasma-samples-from-conscription-candidates
#2
Dongeun Park, Hyeyoung Choi, Moonhee Jang, Hyejin Chang, Sanghee Woo, Wonkyung Yang
In Korea, an increasing number of people attempt to evade military conscription by posing as mental health patients. To verify the authenticity of mental illness, there is a need to detect wide range of psychoactive agents in biological specimens of conscription candidates. In this study, we developed and validated a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for simultaneous determination of 18 psychoactive agents and 6 metabolites in human plasma. The method was characterized by the use of a simple, fast and cheap protein precipitation as sample preparation, a rapid run time (11min) and a low volume of plasma sample (200μL)...
April 22, 2018: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793188/prioritization-of-reproductive-toxicants-in-unconventional-oil-and-gas-operations-using-a-multi-country-regulatory-data-driven-hazard-assessment
#3
Salmaan H Inayat-Hussain, Masao Fukumura, A Muiz Aziz, Chai Meng Jin, Low Wei Jin, Rolando Garcia-Milian, Vasilis Vasiliou, Nicole C Deziel
BACKGROUND: Recent trends have witnessed the global growth of unconventional oil and gas (UOG) production. Epidemiologic studies have suggested associations between proximity to UOG operations with increased adverse birth outcomes and cancer, though specific potential etiologic agents have not yet been identified. To perform effective risk assessment of chemicals used in UOG production, the first step of hazard identification followed by prioritization specifically for reproductive toxicity, carcinogenicity and mutagenicity is crucial in an evidence-based risk assessment approach...
May 21, 2018: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793175/apolipoprotein-ciii-and-n-terminal-prohormone-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-as-independent-predictors-for-cardiovascular-disease-in-type-2-diabetes
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Marco Colombo, Helen C Looker, Bassam Farran, Felix Agakov, M Julia Brosnan, Paul Welsh, Naveed Sattar, Shona Livingstone, Paul N Durrington, D John Betteridge, Paul M McKeigue, Helen M Colhoun
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Developing sparse panels of biomarkers for cardiovascular disease in type 2 diabetes would enable risk stratification for clinical decision making and selection into clinical trials. We examined the individual and joint performance of five candidate biomarkers for incident cardiovascular disease (CVD) in type 2 diabetes that an earlier discovery study had yielded. METHODS: Apolipoprotein CIII (apoCIII), N-terminal prohormone B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), high sensitivity Troponin T (hsTnT), Interleukin-6, and Interleukin-15 were measured in baseline serum samples from the Collaborative Atorvastatin Diabetes trial (CARDS) of atorvastatin versus placebo...
May 21, 2018: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793170/effective-size-selection-of-mos-2-nanosheets-by-a-novel-liquid-cascade-centrifugation-influences-of-the-flakes-dimensions-on-electrochemical-and-photoelectrochemical-applications
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Marzieh Kajbafvala, Mansoor Farbod
Although liquid phase exfoliation is a powerful method to produce MoS2 nanosheets in large scale, but its effectiveness is limited by the diversity of produced nanosheets sizes. Here a novel approach for separation of MoS2 flakes having various lateral sizes and thicknesses based on the cascaded centrifugation has been introduced. This method involves a pre-separation step which is performed through low-speed centrifugation to avoid the deposition of large area single and few-layers by the heavier particles...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793160/water-footprint-characteristic-of-less-developed-water-rich-regions-case-of-yunnan-china
#6
Yiying Qian, Huijuan Dong, Yong Geng, Shaozhuo Zhong, Xu Tian, Yanhong Yu, Yihui Chen, Dana Avery Moss
Rapid industrialization and urbanization pose pressure on water resources in China. Virtual water trade proves to be an increasingly useful tool in water stress alleviation for water-scarce regions, while bringing opportunities and challenges for less developed water-rich regions. In this study, Yunnan, a typical province in southwest China, was selected as the case study area to explore its potential in socio-economic development in the context of water sustainability. Both input-output analysis and structural decomposition analysis on Yunnan's water footprint for the period of 2002-2012 were performed at not only an aggregated level but also a sectoral level...
March 30, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793146/development-of-a-novel-tridentate-ligand-for-colorimetric-detection-of-mn-2-based-on-agnps
#7
Jianyu Wei, Jinfan Chen, Guozong Yue, Liangsheng Hu, Danqing Zhao, Jing Zhu, Luming Yang, Deshun Huang, Pengxiang Zhao
A novel tridentate ligand nitrilotris(methylene)tris(1,2,3-triazole)triacetate (NTTTA) has been synthesized by click reaction and followed with ester hydrolysis reaction. The silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were then modified and stabilized by this ligand, and subsequently been employed for the highly selective and sensitive colorimetric detection of Mn2+ in aqueous solution. The presence of Mn2+ can cause the aggregation of AgNPs, which leads to the color change of the dispersion from yellow to brown, as well as the decrease and red-shift of the surface plasmon resonance absorption...
May 9, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793145/mechanistic-approach-to-study-conjugation-of-nanoparticles-for-biomedical-applications
#8
Imran Uddin
Interaction of nanoparticles with biological systems turns out to be vibrant for their efficient application in biomedical field. Here, we have shown antibiotic amakicin loaded nanoparticles are responsible for the dual role as reducing and stabilizing the silver nanoparticles without the use of any undesired chemicals. Synthesized nanoparticles are well-dispersed having quasi spherical morphology with an average particle size around 10-11 nm. Crystallinity of nanoparticles was measured using selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and powder XRD analysis which show that particles are perfectly crystalline with cubic phase of geometry...
May 16, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793143/oxidation-at-c-16-enhances-butyrylcholinesterase-inhibition-in-lupane-triterpenoids
#9
María Julia Castro, Victoria Richmond, María Belén Faraoni, Ana Paula Murray
A set of triterpenoids with different grades of oxidation in the lupane skeleton were prepared and evaluated as cholinesterase inhibitors. Allylic oxidation with selenium oxide and Jones's oxidation were employed to obtain mono-, di- and tri-oxolupanes, starting from calenduladiol (1) and lupeol (3). All the derivatives showed a selective inhibition of butyrylcholinesterase over acetylcholinesterase (BChE vs. AChE). A kinetic study proved that compounds 2 and 9, the more potent inhibitors of the series, act as competitive inhibitors...
May 17, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793133/an-ultrasensitive-and-selective-electrochemical-aptasensor-based-on-rgo-mwcnts-chitosan-carbon-quantum-dot-for-the-detection-of-lysozyme
#10
Behzad Rezaei, Hamid Reza Jamei, Ali Asghar Ensafi
An aptamer-based method is described for the electrochemical determination of lysozyme. A glassy carbon electrode was modified with a nanocomposite composed of reduced graphene oxide (rGO), multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), chitosan (CS), and a synthesized carbon quantum dot (CQD) from CS. The composition of the nanocomposite (rGO-MWCNT/CS/CQD) warrants a high surface-to-volume ratio, high conductivity, high stability, and great electrocatalytic activity. This nanocomposite provides a suitable site for better immobilization of aptamers due to the existence of many amino and carboxyl functional groups, and remaining oxygen-related defects properties in rGO...
May 9, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793114/soil-types-influence-the-fate-of-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria-and-antibiotic-resistance-genes-following-the-land-application-of-sludge-composts
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Junya Zhang, Qianwen Sui, Juan Tong, Hui Zhong, Yawei Wang, Meixue Chen, Yuansong Wei
Sewage sludge was generally considered a significant reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) and could enter agricultural systems as fertilizer after composting. Soil types and the discrepancy of sludge composts could have influenced the fate of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (ARB) following the land application of sludge composts, which deserved to be clarified. Thus, the fate of ARB and ARGs following the land application of three types of sludge composts (A, B, and C) to three different soils (red soil, loess, and black soil) was investigated...
May 21, 2018: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793110/remembrance-of-inferences-past-amortization-in-human-hypothesis-generation
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Ishita Dasgupta, Eric Schulz, Noah D Goodman, Samuel J Gershman
Bayesian models of cognition assume that people compute probability distributions over hypotheses. However, the required computations are frequently intractable or prohibitively expensive. Since people often encounter many closely related distributions, selective reuse of computations (amortized inference) is a computationally efficient use of the brain's limited resources. We present three experiments that provide evidence for amortization in human probabilistic reasoning. When sequentially answering two related queries about natural scenes, participants' responses to the second query systematically depend on the structure of the first query...
May 21, 2018: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793106/microplastics-in-mussels-sampled-from-coastal-waters-and-supermarkets-in-the-united-kingdom
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Jiana Li, Christopher Green, Alan Reynolds, Huahong Shi, Jeanette M Rotchell
Global contamination of the marine environment by plastic has led to the discovery of microplastics in a range of marine species, including those for human consumption. In this study, the presence of microplastics and other anthropogenic debris in seawater and mussels (Mytilus edulis) from coastal waters of the U.K., as well as supermarket sources, was investigated. These were detected in all samples from all sites with spatial differences observed. Seawater samples taken from 6 locations (in triplicates) displayed 3...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793097/quantitative-assessment-of-placental-perfusion-by-three-dimensional-power-doppler-ultrasound-for-twins-with-selective-intrauterine-growth-restriction-in-one-twin
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Wei Sun, Jingyi Liu, Ying Zhang, Ailu Cai, Zeyu Yang, Yili Zhao, Yu Wang, Zhe Cao, Qiuju Wei
OBJECTIVE: We quantitatively assessed placental perfusion using three-dimensional (3D) power Doppler ultrasound for twins with selective intrauterine growth restriction (sIUGR) in one twin. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective cross-sectional study was performed for 104 normal monochorionic diamniotic twins and 30 twins with sIUGR. Twins with sIUGR were divided into two groups: in group I (19 twins), both fetuses had continuous forward end-diastolic blood flow in the umbilical artery; in group II (11 twins), the smaller fetus had a loss or a reverse end-diastolic blood flow in the umbilical artery, but the larger fetus had continuous forward end-diastolic blood flow...
May 17, 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793093/graphene-oxide-assisted-au-nanoparticle-strip-biosensor-based-on-gr-5-dnazyme-for-rapid-lead-ion-detection
#15
Hai-Bo Wang, Li-Hong Ma, Bi-Yun Fang, Yuan-Di Zhao, Xue-Bin Hu
This study has reported that a GR-5 DNAzyme based lead ion strip biosensor could exhibit an enhanced specificity with the assistance of graphene oxide (GO). This enhancement results from the specific π-stacking interaction between the ribose rings of the nucleobases and the carbon hexagons in GO which can reduce the false positive interference by removing unhybridized ssDNA during the annealing of GR-5 DNAzyme. Meanwhile, conjugate pad was sprayed with two kinds of AuNP-DNA probes, and nitrocellulose membrane test zone and control zone were immobilized with two kinds of biotin-DNA probes, respectively...
May 21, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793081/geochemical-anomalies-of-trace-elements-in-unremediated-soils-of-mt-karcz%C3%A3-wka-a-historic-lead-mining-area-in-the-city-of-kielce-poland
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Agnieszka Gałuszka, Zdzisław M Migaszewski, Sabina Dołęgowska, Artur Michalik
Concentrations of selected trace elements (Ag, As, Ba, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb, Zn) and rare earth elements were determined in 61 samples of surface soils collected from Mt. Karczówka, a historic Pb ore mining area located in the city of Kielce, south-central Poland. Some of these samples were subjected to XRD analyses and Pb stable isotope measurements. The mineral and chemical composition of rock samples were also examined. Mining activity in the study area was conducted mostly during 15th-17th centuries using technologically primitive methods, and was finally ceased in the first half of the 19th century...
May 21, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793077/fmri-classification-method-with-multiple-feature-fusion-based-on-minimum-spanning-tree-analysis
#17
Hao Guo, Pengpeng Yan, Chen Cheng, Yao Li, Junjie Chen, Yong Xu, Jie Xiang
Resting state functional brain networks have been widely studied in brain disease research. Conventional network analysis methods are hampered by differences in network size, density and normalization. Minimum spanning tree (MST) analysis has been recently suggested to ameliorate these limitations. Moreover, common MST analysis methods involve calculating quantifiable attributes and selecting these attributes as features in the classification. However, a disadvantage of these methods is that information about the topology of the network is not fully considered, limiting further improvement of classification performance...
May 21, 2018: Psychiatry research. Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793071/extracting-similar-terms-from-multiple-emr-based-semantic-embeddings-to-support-chart-reviews
#18
M S Cheng Ye, Daniel Fabbri
OBJECTIVE: Word embeddings project semantically similar terms into nearby points in a vector space. When trained on clinical text, these embeddings can be leveraged to improve keyword search and text highlighting. In this paper, we present methods to refine the selection process of similar terms from multiple EMR-based word embeddings, and evaluate their performance quantitatively and qualitatively across multiple chart review tasks. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Word embeddings were trained on each clinical note type in an EMR...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793054/bacillus-clausii-inhibits-bone-loss-by-skewing-treg-th17-cell-equilibrium-in-postmenopausal-osteoporotic-mice-model
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Hamid Y Dar, Subhashis Pal, Prashant Shukla, Pradyumna K Mishra, Geetanjali B Tomar, Naibedya Chattopadhyay, Rupesh K Srivastava
OBJECTIVES: Postmenopausal osteoporosis is one of most commonly occurring skeletal diseases leading to bone loss and fragility. Probiotics have been associated with various immunomodulatory properties and thus can be exploited to enhance bone health. In the present study, we report, to our knowledge for the first time, that oral administration of Bacillus clausii (BC) in postmenopausal osteoporotic (OVX) mice model enhances bone health. METHODS: BC was selected as probiotic of choice due to its established immunomodulatory properties...
March 20, 2018: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793046/validation-of-the-revised-pam-score-in-patients-with-aml-undergoing-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
#20
Jan M Middeke, Frederike Kollinger, Henning Baldauf, Friedrich Stölzel, Martin Wermke, Malte von Bonin, Katja Sockel, Cornelia S Link, Raphael Teipel, Christoph Röllig, Christian Thiede, Uwe Platzbecker, Gerhard Ehninger, Martin Bornhäuser, Johannes Schetelig
PURPOSE: Despite recent advances, allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloHSCT) continues to be accompanied by a high rate of morbidity and mortality. Several scores have been developed to predict outcome after HSCT. The PAM score has been recently revised, and utilizes information on patient age, donor type, disease risk, cytomegalovirus (CMV) serostatus of patients and donors, and the forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1). The aim of this study was to analyze the predictive power of the PAM score in an independent, large cohort of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients...
May 21, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
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