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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351411/disruption-of-the-lens-circulation-causes-calcium-accumulation-and-precipitates-in-connexin-mutant-mice
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Junyuan Gao, Peter J Minogue, Eric C Beyer, Richard T Mathias, Viviana M Berthoud
The lens is an avascular organ whose function and survival depend on an internal circulation system. Cx46fs380 mice model a human autosomal dominant cataract caused by a mutant lens connexin. In these mice, fiber cell connexin levels and gap junction coupling are severely decreased. The present studies were conducted to examine components of the lens circulation system that might be altered and contribute to the pathogenesis of cataracts. Lenses from wild type mice and Cx46fs380 heterozygotes and homozygotes were studied at 2 months of age...
January 3, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347985/seasonal-and-inter-annual-variation-of-malaria-parasite-detection-in-wild-chimpanzees
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Doris F Wu, Therese Löhrich, Andreas Sachse, Roger Mundry, Roman M Wittig, Sébastien Calvignac-Spencer, Tobias Deschner, Fabian H Leendertz
BACKGROUND: Cross-sectional surveys of chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) communities across sub-Saharan Africa show large geographical variation in malaria parasite (Plasmodium spp.) prevalence. The drivers leading to this apparent spatial heterogeneity may also be temporally dynamic but data on prevalence variation over time are missing for wild great apes. This study aims to fill this fundamental gap. METHODS: Some 681 faecal samples were collected from 48 individuals of a group of habituated chimpanzees (Taï National Park, Côte d'Ivoire) across four non-consecutive sampling periods between 2005 and 2015...
January 18, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347914/in-depth-proteomic-analysis-of-boar-spermatozoa-through-shotgun-and-gel-based-methods
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Jean M Feugang, Shengfa F Liao, Scott T Willard, Peter L Ryan
BACKGROUND: Mature spermatozoa contain numerous epididymal and seminal plasma proteins, which full identification through high-throughput technologies may allow for a better understanding of the sperm biology. Therefore, we conducted a global proteomic analysis of boar spermatozoa through shotgun and gel-based methodologies. RESULTS: The total proteins were extracted from mature spermatozoa and subjecsted to proteome analyses. Functional analyses of gene ontology representations and pathway enrichments were conducted on the shotgun dataset, followed by immunology and gene expression validations...
January 18, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345632/brain-machine-interfaces-for-controlling-lower-limb-powered-robotic-systems
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Yongtian He, David Eguren, José M Azorín, Robert Grossman, Trieu Phat Luu, Jose Luis Pepe Contreras-Vidal
Lower-limb, powered robotics systems such as exoskeletons and orthoses have emerged as novel robotic interventions to assist or rehabilitate people with walking disabilities. These devices are generally controlled by certain physical maneuvers, for example pressing buttons or shifting body weight. Although effective, these control schemes are not what humans naturally use. The usability and clinical relevance of these robotics systems could be further enhanced by brain-machine interfaces (BMIs). A number of preliminary studies have been published on this topic, but a systematic understanding of the experimental design, tasks, and performance of BMI-exoskeleton systems for restoration of gait is lacking...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345454/stability-and-performance-of-cspbi2br-thin-films-and-solar-cell-devices
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Silvia Mariotti, Oliver S Hutter, Laurie J Phillips, Peter J Yates, Biswajit Kundu, Ken Durose
In this manuscript, the inorganic perovskite CsPbI2Br is investigated as a photovoltaic material that offers higher stability than the organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite materials. It is demonstrated that CsPbI2Br does not irreversibly degrade to its component salts as in the case of methylammonium lead iodide but instead is induced (by water vapor) to transform from its metastable brown cubic (1.92 eV band gap) phase to a yellow phase having a higher band gap (2.85 eV). This is easily reversed by heating to 350 °C in a dry environment...
January 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344084/the-strengths-and-difficulties-questionnaire-sdq-in-africa-a-scoping-review-of-its-application-and-validation
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Nikhat Hoosen, Eugene Lee Davids, Petrus J de Vries, Maylene Shung-King
Background: Child and adolescent mental health in Africa remains largely neglected. Quick and cost-effective ways for early detection may aid early intervention. The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) is globally used to screen for mental health problems, but little is known about its use in Africa. We set out to perform a scoping review to examine existing studies that have used the SDQ in Africa. Methods: A comprehensive scoping review methodology was used to identify all peer-reviewed studies ever published that have used the SDQ in Africa...
2018: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343691/use-of-nanoparticle-concentration-as-a-tool-to-understand-the-structural-properties-of-colloids
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Lígia Nunes de Morais Ribeiro, Verônica Muniz Couto, Leonardo Fernandes Fraceto, Eneida de Paula
Elucidation of the structural properties of colloids is paramount for a successful formulation. However, the intrinsic dynamism of colloidal systems makes their characterization a difficult task and, in particular, there is a lack of physicochemical techniques that can be correlated to their biological performance. Nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA) allows measurements of size distribution and nanoparticle concentration in real time. Its analysis over time also enables the early detection of physical instability in the systems not assessed by subtle changes in size distribution...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343036/-analysis-of-genotype-and-hematological-phenotype-of-14-patients-with-coinheritance-hk%C3%AE-%C3%AE-and-south-east-deletion-thalassemia
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L Y Zhong, F Wang, P S Chen, Y J Xie, J Y Tan, M Liu, B Huang, W B Lin
Objective: To analyze the genotype-phenotype correlations among those thalassemia samples with the presence of -α(3.7,) --(SEA) and normal α(2) alleles on their α-globin gene clusters. Methods: Fourteen patients(including 1fetus, 4 males and 9 females, aged 0- 56 years old)who were suspected diagnosed by hematologic analysis and genetic testing among 16 080 participants in our laboratory since from August 2011 to August 2016, were enrolled. Complete blood cell count was performed on XE4000i automatic hemocyte analyzer...
January 9, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341862/identification-of-three-genetic-variants-as-novel-susceptibility-loci-for-body-mass-index-in-a-japanese-population
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Yoshiki Yasukochi, Jun Sakuma, Ichiro Takeuchi, Kimihiko Kato, Mitsutoshi Oguri, Tetsuo Fujimaki, Hideki Horibe, Yoshiji Yamada
Recent genome-wide association studies have identified various obesity or metabolic syndrome (MetS) susceptibility loci. However, most studies were conducted in a cross-sectional manner. To address this gap, we performed a longitudinal exome-wide association study to identify susceptibility loci for obesity and MetS in a Japanese population. We traced clinical data of 6022 Japanese who had annual health check-ups for several years (mean follow-up period, 5 years), and genotyped ~244,000 genetic variants. The association of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with body mass index (BMI) or the prevalence of obesity and MetS was examined using a generalized estimating equation model...
January 12, 2018: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341175/investigation-of-the-axial-gap-clearance-in-a-hydrodynamic-passive-magnetically-levitated-rotary-blood-pump-using-x-ray-radiography
#10
Bente Thamsen, Mathieu Plamondon, Marcus Granegger, Marianne Schmid Daners, Rolf Kaufmann, Antonia Neels, Mirko Meboldt
The HeartWare HVAD is a radial rotary blood pump with a combination of passive magnetic and hydrodynamic bearings to levitate the impeller. The axial gap size between impeller and housing in this bearing and its sensitivity to speed, flow, and pressure difference is difficult to assess. Shear stresses are exceptionally high in this tiny gap making it important for blood damage and related adverse events. Therefore, the aim of this study was to measure the axial gap clearance in the HVAD at different operating conditions employing radiography...
January 17, 2018: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340523/a-case-of-severe-glutathione-synthetase-deficiency-with-novel-gss-mutations
#11
H Xia, J Ye, L Wang, J Zhu, Z He
Glutathione synthetase deficiency (GSSD) is a rare inborn error of glutathione metabolism with autosomal recessive inheritance. The severe form of the disease is characterized by acute metabolic acidosis, usually present in the neonatal period with hemolytic anemia and progressive encephalopathy. A case of a male newborn infant who had severe metabolic acidosis with high anion gap, hemolytic anemia, and hyperbilirubinemia is reported. A high level of 5-oxoproline was detected in his urine and a diagnosis of generalized GSSD was made...
January 11, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337313/complete-genome-sequencing-of-the-luminescent-bacterium-vibrio-qinghaiensis-sp-q67-using-pacbio-technology
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Liang Gong, Yu Wu, Qijie Jian, Chunxiao Yin, Taotao Li, Vijai Kumar Gupta, Xuewu Duan, Yueming Jiang
Vibrio qinghaiensis sp.-Q67 (Vqin-Q67) is a freshwater luminescent bacterium that continuously emits blue-green light (485 nm). The bacterium has been widely used for detecting toxic contaminants. Here, we report the complete genome sequence of Vqin-Q67, obtained using third-generation PacBio sequencing technology. Continuous long reads were attained from three PacBio sequencing runs and reads >500 bp with a quality value of >0.75 were merged together into a single dataset. This resultant highly-contiguous de novo assembly has no genome gaps, and comprises two chromosomes with substantial genetic information, including protein-coding genes, non-coding RNA, transposon and gene islands...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334293/dna-barcoding-for-species-identification-in-deep-sea-clams-mollusca-bivalvia-vesicomyidae
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Jun Liu, Haibin Zhang
Deep-sea clams (Bivalvia: Vesicomyidae) have been found in reduced environments over the world oceans, but taxonomy of this group remains confusing at species and supraspecific levels due to their high-morphological similarity and plasticity. In the present study, we collected mitochondrial COI sequences to evaluate the utility of DNA barcoding on identifying vesicomyid species. COI dataset identified 56 well-supported putative species/operational taxonomic units (OTUs), approximately covering half of the extant vesicomyid species...
January 15, 2018: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331861/synthesis-of-colloidal-silver-nanoparticle-clusters-and-their-application-in-ascorbic-acid-detection-by-sers
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Jorge L Cholula-Díaz, Diana Lomelí-Marroquín, Bidhan Pramanick, Alfonso Nieto-Argüello, Luis A Cantú-Castillo, Hyundoo Hwang
Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) has an essential role in the human body mainly due to its antioxidant function. In this work, metallic silver nanoparticle (AgNP) colloids were used in SERS experiments to detect ascorbic acid in aqueous solution. The AgNPs were synthesized by a green method using potato starch as reducing and stabilizing agent, and water as the solvent. The optical properties of the yellowish as-synthesized silver colloids were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, in which besides a typical band at 410 nm related to the localized surface plasmon resonance of the silver nanoparticles, a shoulder band around 500 nm, due to silver nanoparticle cluster formation, is presented when relatively higher concentrations of starch are used in the synthesis...
December 29, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331482/genetic-basis-of-hearing-loss-in-spanish-hispanic-and-latino-populations
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REVIEW
Rahul Mittal, Amit P Patel, Desiree Nguyen, Debbie R Pan, Vasanti M Jhaveri, Jason R Rudman, Arjuna Dharmaraja, Denise Yan, Yong Feng, Prem Chapagain, David J Lee, Susan H Blanton, Xue Zhong Liu
Hearing loss (HL) is the most common neurosensory disorder affecting humans. The screening, prevention and treatment of HL require a better understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms. Genetic predisposition is one of the most common factors that leads to HL. Most HL studies include few Spanish, Hispanic and Latino participants, leaving a critical gap in our understanding about the prevalence, impact, unmet health care needs, and genetic factors associated with hearing impairment among Spanish, Hispanic and Latino populations...
January 10, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329715/ten-questions-you-should-consider-before-submitting-an-article-to-a-scientific-journal
#16
A Falcó-Pegueroles, D Rodríguez-Martín
Investigating involves not only knowing the research methods and designs; it involves knowing the strategies for disseminating and publishing the results in scientific journals. An investigation is considered complete when it is published and is disclosed to the scientific community. The publication of a manuscript is not simple, since it involves examination by a rigorous editorial process evaluator to ensure the scientific quality of the proposal. The objective of this article is to communicate to potential authors the main errors or deficiencies that typically and routinely explain the decision by the referees of scientific journals not to accept a scientific article...
January 9, 2018: Enfermería Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328284/improving-the-performance-of-hollow-fiber-surface-plasssmon-resonance-sensor-with-one-dimensional-photonic-crystal-structure
#17
Xian Zhang, Xiao-Song Zhu, Yi-Wei Shi
A high performance hollow fiber (HF) surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor utilizing one-dimensional photonic crystal (1DPC) is proposed. The performance of the designed sensor is analyzed theoretically with respect to the center wavelength and the bilayer period. Because the light transmitted in the sensor mostly have large incident angles, the center wavelength of the 1DPC should shift to longer wavelength to ensure the band gap covers the spectrum range of the incident light. The sensor exhibits better performance when the detection spectral range is located in the band gap of 1DPC for incident angle larger than 80°...
January 8, 2018: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328039/influence-of-metabolic-syndrome-on-condition-of-microcirculatory-bed-of-oral-cavity
#18
O Denga, T Pyndus, V Gargin, S Schneider
Metabolic syndrome (MS) can be characterized as the clustering of combination of impaired glucose regulation, metabolic disorders accompanied by abdominal obesity, hyperglycemia, high blood pressure and dyslipidemia. Detection of changes in microcirculatory bed (MCB) of oral cavity in metabolic syndrome could be important for completion of gap for developing of adequate therapeutical measure for prevention of pathological periodontal disorder that was the purpose of our study. We performed experimental investigation with modulation of MS (on white male rats 1...
December 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327691/fermi-level-tuning-of-the-dirac-surface-state-in-bi-sub-1-i-x-i-sub-sb-sub-i-x-i-sub-sub-2-sub-se-sub-3-sub-thin-films
#19
Yosuke Satake, Junichi Shiogai, Daichi Takane, Keiko Yamada, Kohei Fujiwara, Seigo Souma, Takafumi Sato, Takashi Takahashi, Atsushi Tsukazaki
We report on the electronic states and the transport properties of three-dimensional topological insulator (Bi<sub>1-<i>x</i></sub>Sb<sub><i>x</i></sub>)<sub>2</sub>Se<sub>3</sub> ternary alloy thin films grown on an isostructural Bi<sub>2</sub>Se<sub>3</sub> buffer layer on InP substrates. By angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, we clearly detected Dirac surface states with a large bulk band gap of 0.2 - 0...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326112/epidemiology-of-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-following-coronary-artery-bypass-graft-surgery
#20
Giovanni Filardo, Ralph J Damiano, Gorav Ailawadi, Vinod H Thourani, Benjamin D Pollock, Danielle M Sass, Teresa K Phan, Hoa Nguyen, Briget da Graca
OBJECTIVES: Postoperative atrial fibrillation (AF) following coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) is significantly associated with reduced survival, but poor characterisation and inconsistent definitions present barriers to developing effective prophylaxis and management. We sought to address this knowledge gap. METHODS: From 2002 to 2010, 11 239 consecutive patients without AF underwent isolated CABG at five sites. Clinical data collected for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Database were augmented with details on AF detected via continuous in-hospital ECG/telemetry monitoring to assess new-onset post-CABG AF (adjusted for STS risk of mortality); time to first AF; durations of first and longest AF episodes; total in-hospital time in AF; number of in-hospital AF episodes; operative mortality; stroke; discharge in AF; and length of stay (LOS)...
January 11, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
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