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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778035/formation-of-contact-active-antimicrobial-surfaces-by-covalent-grafting-of-quaternary-ammonium-compounds
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REVIEW
Poverenov Elena, Klein Miri
Different synthetic strategies for the formation of contact active antimicrobial materials utilizing covalent linkage of quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs) were reviewed. There is a demand to find methods that will prevent bacterial fouling without the release of antimicrobial agents, because biocides cause environment pollution and promote the development of bacteria resistance mechanisms. The contact active antimicrobial surfaces may provide a useful tool for this purpose. The covalent surface grafting of QACs seems to be a feasible and promising approach for the formation of safe and effective antimicrobial materials that could be utilized for medical devices, food industry, water treatment systems and other applications...
May 16, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777452/revision-of-surgical-margin-under-frozen-section-to-achieve-r0-status-on-survival-in-patients-with-pancreatic-cancer
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Zi Yin, Yu Zhou, Baohua Hou, Tingting Ma, Min Yu, Chuanzhao Zhang, Xin Lu, Zhixiang Jian
OBJECTIVE: The aim is to investigate whether additional resection based on intraoperative frozen section (FS) to a secondary R0(s) status are associated with different long-term survivals in pancreatic cancer patients, comparing to those with R1 or primary R0(p) status. METHODS: A systematic literature search (PubMed, Embase, Science Citation Index, Springer-Link, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials) was performed to identify all studies published up to June 2017...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777445/a-reverse-genetics-system-for-enterovirus-d68-using-human-rna-polymerase-i
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Minglei Pan, Shuai Gao, Zhenwei Zhou, Keke Zhang, Sihua Liu, Zhiyun Wang, Tao Wang
Human enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is a highly contagious virus, which causes respiratory tract infections. However, no effective vaccines are currently available for controlling EV-D68 infection. Here, we developed a reverse genetics system to recover EV-D68 minireplicons and infectious EV-D68 from transfected plasmids using the RNA polymerase I (Pol I) promoter. The EV-D68 minireplicons contained the luciferase reporter gene, which flanked by the non-coding regions of the EV-D68 RNA. The luciferase signals could be detected in cells after transfection and Pol I promoter-mediated luciferase signal was significantly stronger than that mediated by the T7 promoter...
May 17, 2018: Virus Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777319/what-does-sex-have-to-do-with-it-the-role-of-sex-as-a-biological-variable-in-the-development-of-posttraumatic-stress-disorder
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REVIEW
Sara L Kornfield, Liisa Hantsoo, C Neill Epperson
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review highlights the neurobiological aspects of sex differences in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), specifically focusing on the physiological responses to trauma and presents evidence supporting hormone and neurosteroid/peptide differences from both preclinical and clinical research. RECENT FINDINGS: While others have suggested that trauma type or acute emotional reaction are responsible for women's disproportionate risk to PTSD, neither of these explanations fully accounts for the sex differences in PTSD...
May 18, 2018: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777119/changes-in-t-cell-effector-functions-over-an-8-year-period-with-tnf-antagonists-in-patients-with-chronic-inflammatory-rheumatic-diseases
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Ilaria Sauzullo, Rossana Scrivo, Paola Sessa, Fabio Mengoni, Vincenzo Vullo, Guido Valesini, Claudio Maria Mastroianni
The aim of the study was to clarify the effect of long-term anti-TNF therapy on T cell function in patients with rheumatologic immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMID). The production of IFNγ by T cells was evaluated at baseline and after 1, 2, 4, and 8 years of anti-TNF agents by means of a QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube assay. The T cell proliferation and surface co-expression of CD25/CD134 in response to phytohaemagglutinin together with the in vitro impact of anti-TNF therapy on the functional capacity of T cells were evaluated after 8 years from the onset of the biological treatment...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777098/stepwise-control-of-host-guest-interaction-using-a-coordination-polymer-gel
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Rahul Dev Mukhopadhyay, Gourab Das, Ayyappanpillai Ajayaghosh
Precise control of host-guest interaction as seen in biological processes is difficult to achieve with artificial systems. Herein we have exploited the thermodynamic benefits of a system in equilibrium to achieve controlled stepwise release and capture of cyclodextrin (guest) using a coordination polymer (Mg-CP) as the host and temperature as the stimulus. Since temperature is not a precision stimulus for artificial host-guest interaction, the present system is a distinct prototype that manifests temperature-controlled natural host-guest interaction...
May 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777094/biological-monitoring-and-lung-function-assessment-among-workers-exposed-to-chromium-in-the-ceramic-industry
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Fatemeh Kargar Shouroki, Seyed Jamaleddin Shahtaheri, Farideh Golbabaei, Abolfazle Barkhordari, Abbas Rahimi-Froushani
BACKGROUND: Chromium exposure occurs in various industries such as ceramics industry. The main disadvantage of chromium is high toxicity when absorbed by the body. This study aimed to determine and compare urinary chromium values in the pre- and post-shift of ceramic glazers and the control group; investigate urinary chromium value according to the study variables; compare pulmonary function tests between ceramic glazers vs. the control group. STUDY DESIGN: A cross-sectional study...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Research in Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777075/long-term-monitoring-of-disease-impact-rabbit-haemorrhagic-disease-as-a-biological-control-case-study
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Brian Cooke
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 19, 2018: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777025/victoria-sanz-moreno-rho-together-for-cancer-research
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Marie Anne O'Donnell
Sanz-Moreno investigates how the cytoskeleton controls tumor biology.
May 18, 2018: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776641/cortisol-awakening-response-is-decreased-in-patients-with-first-episode-psychosis-and-increased-in-healthy-controls-with-a-history-of-severe-childhood-abuse
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Simone Ciufolini, Charlotte Gayer-Anderson, Helen L Fisher, Tiago Reis Marques, Heather Taylor, Marta Di Forti, Patricia Zunszain, Craig Morgan, Robin M Murray, Carmine M Pariante, Paola Dazzan, Valeria Mondelli
BACKGROUND: Childhood abuse is highly prevalent in psychosis patients, but whether/how it affects hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis at the onset of psychosis remains unclear. We aimed to investigate the effects of severity of childhood abuse on HPA axis activity, in first-episode psychosis (FEP) and healthy controls. METHODS: We recruited 169 FEP patients and 133 controls with different degrees of childhood physical and sexual abuse (i.e. no abuse exposure, non-severe abuse exposure, and severe abuse exposure)...
May 15, 2018: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776622/sleep-deficiency-among-native-hawaiian-pacific-islander-black-and-white-americans-and-the-association-with-cardiometabolic-diseases-analysis-of-the-national-health-interview-survey-data
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Ellyn E Matthews, Chenghui Li, Christopher R Long, Marie-Rachelle Narcisse, Bradley C Martin, Pearl Anna McElfish
PURPOSE: Examine sleep deficiency, factors, and associations with cardiometabolic diseases in United States Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders (NHPI), Blacks, and Whites. DESIGN: Data from the 2014 National Health Interview Survey and NHPI National Health Interview Survey household interviews of adults were analyzed. PARTICIPANTS: Of 31,724 participants, 7% were NHPI, 14% were Black, and 79% were White. METHODS: Habitual sleep duration and quality, sociodemographic/economic covariates, health behaviors, psychological distress, and chronic diseases were self-reported...
June 2018: Sleep Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776602/blurring-boundaries-receptor-tyrosine-kinases-as-functional-g-protein-coupled-receptors
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Caitrin Crudden, Takashi Shibano, Dawei Song, Naida Suleymanova, Ada Girnita, Leonard Girnita
Receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) such as the insulin-like growth factor type 1 receptor (IGF-1R) control important biological activities as well as being involved in pathological processes. Due to their supportive nature in many human cancers they have long been considered attractive therapeutic targets. However, lessons learnt from early targeting trials highlight that a simple "active versus inactive" state model with classical kinase-only signaling is overly simplistic and does not describe reality...
2018: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776547/on-the-potential-of-ion-mobility-spectrometry-coupled-to-gc-pre-separation-a-tutorial
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REVIEW
Wolfgang Vautz, Joachim Franzke, Stefano Zampolli, Ivan Elmi, Sascha Liedtke
In this tutorial, we want to demonstrate the significant potential of ion mobility spectrometry (IMS), an analytical technique for identification and quantification of gas-phase compounds, in particular combined to other useful analytical tools. Coupled to gas-chromatographic pre-separation (GC-IMS), selectivity can be improved significantly, thus enabling the analysis of complex, humid mixtures. In-line pre-concentration can improve sensitivity down to the ppqV range. Furthermore, the use of non-radioactive ionisation sources in the near future could gain acceptance and will avoid legal restrictions...
September 18, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776525/ability-to-monitor-driving-under-the-influence-of-marijuana-among-non-fatal-motor-vehicle-crashes-an-evaluation-of-the-colorado-electronic-accident-reporting-system
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Alexis B Peterson, Erin K Sauber-Schatz, Karin A Mack
INTRODUCTION: As more states legalize medical/recreational marijuana use, it is important to determine if state motor-vehicle surveillance systems can effectively monitor and track driving under the influence (DUI) of marijuana. This study assessed Colorado's Department of Revenue motor-vehicle crash data system, Electronic Accident Reporting System (EARS), to monitor non-fatal crashes involving driving under the influence (DUI) of marijuana. METHODS: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on surveillance system evaluation were used to assess EARS' usefulness, flexibility, timeliness, simplicity, acceptability, and data quality...
June 2018: Journal of Safety Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776438/uninterrupted-monitoring-of-drug-effects-in-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-with-bioluminescence-ca-2-microscopy
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Kazushi Suzuki, Takahito Onishi, Chieko Nakada, Shunsuke Takei, Matthew J Daniels, Masahiro Nakano, Tomoki Matsuda, Takeharu Nagai
OBJECTIVE: Cardiomyocytes derived from human-induced pluripotent stem cells are a powerful platform for high-throughput drug screening in vitro. However, current modalities for drug testing, such as electrophysiology and fluorescence imaging have inherent drawbacks. To circumvent these problems, we report the development of a bioluminescent Ca2+ indicator GmNL(Ca2+ ), and its application in a customized microscope for high-throughput drug screening. RESULTS: GmNL(Ca2+ ) gives a 140% signal change with Ca2+ , and can image drug-induced changes of Ca2+ dynamics in cultured cells...
May 18, 2018: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776407/comparative-genomics-of-the-miniature-wasp-and-pest-control-agent-trichogramma-pretiosum
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Amelia R I Lindsey, Yogeshwar D Kelkar, Xin Wu, Dan Sun, Ellen O Martinson, Zhichao Yan, Paul F Rugman-Jones, Daniel S T Hughes, Shwetha C Murali, Jiaxin Qu, Shannon Dugan, Sandra L Lee, Hsu Chao, Huyen Dinh, Yi Han, Harsha Vardhan Doddapaneni, Kim C Worley, Donna M Muzny, Gongyin Ye, Richard A Gibbs, Stephen Richards, Soojin V Yi, Richard Stouthamer, John H Werren
BACKGROUND: Trichogrammatids are minute parasitoid wasps that develop within other insect eggs. They are less than half a millimeter long, smaller than some protozoans. The Trichogrammatidae are one of the earliest branching families of Chalcidoidea: a diverse superfamily of approximately half a million species of parasitoid wasps, proposed to have evolved from a miniaturized ancestor. Trichogramma are frequently used in agriculture, released as biological control agents against major moth and butterfly pests...
May 18, 2018: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776387/integrative-genomics-approaches-validate-ppyuc11-like-as-candidate-gene-for-the-stony-hard-trait-in-peach-p-persica-l-batsch
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Marco Cirilli, Daniela Giovannini, Angelo Ciacciulli, Remo Chiozzotto, Stefano Gattolin, Laura Rossini, Alessandro Liverani, Daniele Bassi
BACKGROUND: Texture is one of the most important fruit quality attributes. In peach, stony hard (SH) is a recessive monogenic trait (hd/hd) that confers exceptionally prolonged firm flesh to fully ripe fruit. Previous studies have shown that the SH mutation affects the fruit ability to synthesize appropriate amounts of indol-3-acetic acid (IAA), which orchestrates the ripening processes through the activation of system 2 ethylene pathway. Allelic variation in a TC microsatellite located within the first intron of PpYUC11-like (a YUCCA-like auxin-biosynthesis gene) has been recently proposed as the causal mutation of the SH phenotype...
May 18, 2018: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776357/anopheles-arabiensis-in-sudan-a-noticeable-tolerance-to-urban-polluted-larval-habitats-associated-with-resistance-to-temephos
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Rasha S Azrag, Babiker H Mohammed
BACKGROUND: It has been documented that unplanned urbanization leads to the exposure of members of the Anopheles vectors to a range of water pollution in urban settings. Many surveys from African and Asian countries reported the presence of Anopheles larvae in polluted urban habitats. The present study documents an obvious tolerance of the melanic and normal forms of Anopheles arabiensis to urban polluted larval habitats accompanied by resistance to Temephos larvicide. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was carried out to inspect apparently polluted An...
May 18, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776355/can-deep-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-dtms-be-used-to-treat-substance-use-disorders-sud-a-systematic-review
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Karina Karolina Kedzior, Imke Gerkensmeier, Maria Schuchinsky
BACKGROUND: Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (DTMS) is a non-invasive method of stimulating widespread cortical areas and, presumably, deeper neural networks. The current study assessed the effects of DTMS in the treatment of substance use disorders (SUD) using a systematic review. METHODS: Electronic literature search (PsycInfo, Medline until April 2017) identified k = 9 studies (k = 4 randomized-controlled trials, RCTs, with inactive sham and k = 5 open-label studies)...
May 18, 2018: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776351/a-computational-study-of-hedgehog-signalling-involved-in-basal-cell-carcinoma-reveals-the-potential-and-limitation-of-combination-therapy
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Antoine Buetti-Dinh, Rebecca Jensen, Ran Friedman
BACKGROUND: The smoothened (SMO) receptor is an essential component of the Sonic hedgehog (SHH) signalling, which is associated with the development of skin basal cell carcinoma (BCC). SMO inhibitors are indicated for BCC patients when surgical treatment or radiation therapy are not possible. Unfortunately, SMO inhibitors are not always well tolerated due to severe side effects, and their therapeutical success is limited by resistance mutations. METHODS: We investigated how common are resistance-causing mutations in two genomic databases which are not linked to BCC or other cancers, namely 1000 Genomes and ExAC...
May 18, 2018: BMC Cancer
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