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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822950/enhancement-of-organic-matter-degradation-and-methane-gas-production-of-anaerobic-granular-sludge-by-degasification-of-dissolved-hydrogen-gas
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Hisashi Satoh, Wasala M K R T W Bandara, Manabu Sasakawa, Yoshihito Nakahara, Masahiro Takahashi, Satoshi Okabe
A hollow fiber degassing membrane (DM) was applied to enhance organic matter degradation and methane gas production of anaerobic granular sludge process by reducing the dissolved hydrogen gas (D-H2) concentration in the liquid phase. DM was installed in the bench-scale anaerobic granular sludge reactors and D-H2 was removed through DM using a vacuum pump. Degasification improved the organic matter degradation efficiency to 79% while the efficiency was 62% without degasification at 12,000mgL(-1) of the influent T-COD concentration...
August 9, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822878/in-vitro-method-to-evaluate-the-barrier-properties-of-medical-devices-for-cutaneous-use
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Antonella Casiraghi, Francesco Ranzini, Umberto M Musazzi, Silvia Franzè, Marisa Meloni, Paola Minghetti
Barrier creams (BC) are marketed as cosmetic products or locally-applied medical devices to protect skin against damages induced by chemical agents or physical insults. However, the determination of the BC effectiveness is still a matter of discussion at both the clinical and the regulatory level. In this context, this work aimed at the development of a reliable, reproducible and easy-to-perform experimental protocol for the evaluation of BC performances. Preliminarily, an in vivo method based on the measurement of trans-epidermal water loss had been matter of investigation and was discarded: it required too much time and was not robust and sensitive enough...
August 16, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822795/strategies-for-analyzing-bisulfite-sequencing-data
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Katarzyna Wreczycka, Alexander Gosdschan, Dilmurat Yusuf, Björn Grüning, Yassen Assenov, Altuna Akalin
DNA methylation is one of the main epigenetic modifications in the eukaryotic genome; it has been shown to play a role in cell-type specific regulation of gene expression, and therefore cell-type identity. Bisulfite sequencing is the gold-standard for measuring methylation over the genomes of interest. Here, we review several techniques used for the analysis of high-throughput bisulfite sequencing. We introduce specialized short-read alignment techniques as well as pre/post-alignment quality check methods to ensure data quality...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822541/only-7-of-the-variation-in-feed-efficiency-in-veal-calves-can-be-predicted-from-variation-in-feeding-motivation-digestion-metabolism-immunology-and-behavioral-traits-in-early-life
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M S Gilbert, J J G C van den Borne, C G van Reenen, W J J Gerrits
High interindividual variation in growth performance is commonly observed in veal calf production and appears to depend on milk replacer (MR) composition. Our first objective was to examine whether variation in growth performance in healthy veal calves can be predicted from early life characterization of these calves. Our second objective was to determine whether these predictions differ between calves that are fed a high- or low-lactose MR in later life. A total of 180 male Holstein-Friesian calves arrived at the facilities at 17 ± 3...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822450/-evaluating-the-efficacy-of-fractional-exhaled-nitric-oxide-and-impulse-oscillometry-in-screening-out-cough-variant-asthma-from-patients-with-subacute-cough
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S Fang, S Y Chen, X He, Q X Shen, H Z Fan, X P Wu, Z K Fang, H P Yu
Objective: To evaluate the clinical value of fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) and impulse oscillometry (IOS) in screening out cough variant asthma (CVA) from patients with subacute cough. Methods: Patients with subacute cough were included from the outpatient department of Respiratory Medicine of Zhujiang Hospital of Southern Medical University from May to October in 2016. Based on "the guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of cough (2015 edition)" , patients were classified into CVA group, and non CVP group with other causes of subacute cough...
August 8, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822339/effects-of-simulated-n-deposition-on-foliar-nutrient-status-n-metabolism-and-photosynthetic-capacity-of-three-dominant-understory-plant-species-in-a-mature-tropical-forest
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Qinggong Mao, Xiankai Lu, Hui Mo, Per Gundersen, Jiangming Mo
Anthropogenic increase of nitrogen (N) deposition has threatened forest ecosystem health at both regional and global scales. In N-limited ecosystems, atmospheric N input is regarded as an important nutrient source for plant growth. However, it remains an open question on how elevated N deposition affects plant growth in N-rich forest ecosystems. To address this question, we used a simulated N deposition experiment in an N-rich mature tropical forest of southern China, with N addition levels as 0kgNha(-1)yr(-1) (Control), 50kgNha(-1)yr(-1) (Low-N), 100kgNha(-1)yr(-1) (Middle-N) and 150kgNha(-1)yr(-1) (High-N), respectively...
August 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822269/correlation-of-cholinergic-drug-induced-quenching-of-acetylcholinesterase-bound-thioflavin-t-fluorescence-with-their-inhibition-activity
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Mullah Muhaiminul Islam, Mostofa Ataur Rohman, Arun Bahadur Gurung, Atanu Bhattacharjee, Kripamoy Aguan, Sivaprasad Mitra
The development of new acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEIs) and subsequent assay of their inhibition efficiency is considered to be a key step for AD treatment. The fluorescence intensity of thioflavin-T (ThT) bound in the active site of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) quenches substantially in presence of standard AChEI drugs due to the dynamic replacement of the fluorophore from the AChE active site as confirmed from steady state emission as well as time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy measurement and molecular dynamics simulation in conjunction with docking calculation...
August 5, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822121/investigating-the-origin-of-acoustic-attenuation-in-liquid-foams
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Juliette Pierre, Camille Gaulon, Caroline Derec, Florence Elias, Valentin Leroy
Liquid foams are known to be highly efficient to absorb acoustic waves but the origin of the sound dissipation remains unknown. In this paper, we present low frequency (0.5-4kHz) experimental results measured with an impedance tube and we confront the recorded attenuations with a simple model that considers the foam as a concentrate bubbly liquid. In order to identify the influence of the different parameters constituting the foams we probe samples with different gases, and various liquid fractions and bubble size distributions...
August 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822113/economic-evaluation-of-interventions-for-children-with-neurodevelopmental-disorders-opportunities-and-challenges
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Ramesh Lamsal, Jennifer D Zwicker
Economic evaluation is a tool used to inform decision makers on the efficiency of comparative healthcare interventions and inform resource allocation decisions. There is a growing need for the use of economic evaluations to assess the value of interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs), a population that has increasing demands for healthcare services. Unfortunately, few evaluations have been conducted to date, perhaps stemming from challenges in applying existing economic evaluation methodologies in this heterogeneous population...
August 18, 2017: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822069/characterization-of-ofloxacin-interaction-with-mutated-a91v-quinolone-resistance-determining-region-of-dna-gyrase-in-mycobacterium-leprae-through-computational-simulation
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J Nisha, V Shanthi
Mycobacterium leprae, the causal agent of leprosy is non-cultivable in vitro. Thus, the assessment of antibiotic activity against Mycobacterium leprae depends primarily upon the time-consuming mouse footpad system. The GyrA protein of Mycobacterium leprae is the target of the antimycobacterial drug, Ofloxacin. In recent times, the GyrA mutation (A91V) has been found to be resistant to Ofloxacin. This phenomenon has necessitated the development of new, long-acting antimycobacterial compounds. The underlying mechanism of drug resistance is not completely known...
August 18, 2017: Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821805/transmission-zone-plates-as-analyzers-for-efficient-parallel-2d-rixs-mapping
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Felix Marschall, Zhong Yin, Jens Rehanek, Martin Beye, Florian Döring, Katharina Kubiček, Dirk Raiser, Sreevidya Thekku Veedu, Jens Buck, André Rothkirch, Benedikt Rösner, Vitaliy A Guzenko, Jens Viefhaus, Christian David, Simone Techert
We have implemented and successfully tested an off-axis transmission Fresnel zone plate as spectral analyzer for resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS). The imaging capabilities of zone plates allow for advanced two-dimensional (2D) mapping applications. By varying the photon energy along a line focus on the sample, we were able to simultaneously record the emission spectra over a range of excitation energies. Moreover, by scanning a line focus across the sample in one dimension, we efficiently recorded RIXS spectra spatially resolved in 2D, increasing the throughput by two orders of magnitude...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821768/real-time-monitoring-of-water-level-and-temperature-in-storage-fuel-pools-through-optical-fibre-sensors
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S Rizzolo, J Périsse, A Boukenter, Y Ouerdane, E Marin, J-R Macé, M Cannas, S Girard
We present an innovative architecture of a Rayleigh-based optical fibre sensor for the monitoring of water level and temperature inside storage nuclear fuel pools. This sensor, able to withstand the harsh constraints encountered under accidental conditions such as those pointed-out during the Fukushima-Daiichi event (temperature up to 100 °C and radiation dose level up to ~20 kGy), exploits the Optical Frequency Domain Reflectometry technique to remotely monitor a radiation resistant silica-based optical fibre i...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821669/transcriptomic-analysis-of-ribosome-bound-mrna-in-cortical-neurites-in-vivo
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Rebecca Ouwenga, Allison M Lake, David O'Brien, Amit Mogha, Adish Dani, Joseph D Dougherty
Localized translation in neurites helps regulate synaptic strength and development. Dysregulation of local translation is associated with many neurological disorders. However, due to technical limitations, study of this phenomenon has largely been limited to brain regions with laminar organization of dendrites such as the hippocampus or cerebellum. It has not been examined in the cortex, a region of importance for most neurological disorders, where dendrites of each neuronal population are densely intermingled with cell bodies of others...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821595/a-computational-model-of-1-5-ag-dynamics-during-pregnancy
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Seyedeh M Zekavat, Slava Butkovich, Grace J Young, David M Nathan, Danny Petrasek
The importance of 1,5-anhydroglucitol (1,5-AG) as an intermediate biomarker for diabetic pregnancy is multi-fold: (1) it serves as a reliable indicator of moderate-level glycemic control, especially during early gestation; (2) it has been associated with increased risk of diabetes, independent of HbA1c and fasting glucose; and (3) it is an independent risk factor for the development of eclampsia during pregnancy. However, the clinical use of this biomarker during pregnancy has been underutilized due to physiological changes in glomerular filtration rate, plasma volume, and other hemodynamic parameters which have been hypothesized to bias gestational serum 1,5-AG concentrations...
August 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821588/accumulation-of-deleterious-mutations-during-bacterial-range-expansions
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Lars Bosshard, Isabelle Dupanloup, Olivier Tenaillon, Rémy Bruggmann, Martin Ackermann, Stephan Peischl, Laurent Excoffier
Recent theory predicts that the fitness of pioneer populations can decline when species expand their range, due to high rates of genetic drift on wave fronts making selection less efficient at purging deleterious variants. To test these predictions, we studied the fate of mutator bacteria expanding their range for 1650 generations on agar plates. In agreement with theory, we find that growth abilities of strains with a high mutation rate (HMR lines) decreased significantly over time, unlike strains with a lower mutation rate (LMR lines) that present 3-4 times fewer mutations...
August 16, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821565/down-regulation-of-xiap-enhances-the-radiosensitivity-of-esophageal-cancer-cells-in-vivo-and-in-vitro
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Xin Wen, Xin-Rui Han, Shao-Hua Fan, Zi-Feng Zhang, Lu Chen, Gao Yi, Dong-Mei Wu, Jun Lu, Yuan-Lin Zheng
The study investigated the effects of XIAP gene silencing on the radiosensitivity of esophageal cancer (EC) cells. Western blotting was used to select EC cell lines with XIAP overexpression. Selected EC9706 and KYSE30 cell lines were both divided into four groups: the blank control group, the negative control (NC) group (transfected with pBSHH1), the siRNA-enhanced group (transfected with pBSHH1-XIAP1-siRNA), and the siRNA-decreased group (transfected with pBSHH1-XIAP2-siRNA). Expressions of XIAP were measured by reverse transcription quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) and Western blotting, cell survival and viability by MTT assay and colony formation assay, and cell apoptosis by flow cytometry, respectively...
August 18, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821474/validation-relaxation-a-quality-assurance-strategy-for-electronic-data-collection
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Avi Kenny, Nicholas Gordon, Thomas Griffiths, John D Kraemer, Mark J Siedner
BACKGROUND: The use of mobile devices for data collection in developing world settings is becoming increasingly common and may offer advantages in data collection quality and efficiency relative to paper-based methods. However, mobile data collection systems can hamper many standard quality assurance techniques due to the lack of a hardcopy backup of data. Consequently, mobile health data collection platforms have the potential to generate datasets that appear valid, but are susceptible to unidentified database design flaws, areas of miscomprehension by enumerators, and data recording errors...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821393/nutritional-status-brain-network-organization-and-general-intelligence
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Marta K Zamroziewicz, M Tanveer Talukdar, Chris E Zwilling, Aron K Barbey
The high energy demands of the brain underscore the importance of nutrition in maintaining brain health and further indicate that aspects of nutrition may optimize brain health, in turn enhancing cognitive performance. General intelligence represents a critical cognitive ability that has been well characterized by cognitive neuroscientists and psychologists alike, but the extent to which a driver of brain health, namely nutritional status, impacts the neural mechanisms that underlie general intelligence is not understood...
August 15, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821372/efficiency-transfer-method-applied-to-surface-beta-contamination-measurements
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D Stanga, P De Felice, M Capogni
In this paper, the application of the efficiency transfer method to the evaluation of the surface beta contamination is described. Using efficiency transfer factors, the reference calibration factor of contamination monitors is corrected, to obtain the calibration factor for an actual contamination source. The experimental part of the paper illustrates the applicability of the method to the direct measurement of the surface beta contamination.
August 9, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821247/a-cost-effective-approach-to-produce-15-n-labelled-amino-acids-employing-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii-cc503
#20
Jesús Nicolás Carcelén, Juan Manuel Marchante-Gayón, Pablo Rodríguez González, Luis Valledor, María Jesús Cañal, José Ignacio García Alonso
BACKGROUND: The use of enriched stable isotopes is of outstanding importance in chemical metrology as it allows the application of isotope dilution mass spectrometry (IDMS). Primary methods based on IDMS ensure the quality of the analytical measurements and traceability of the results to the international system of units. However, the synthesis of isotopically labelled molecules from enriched stable isotopes is an expensive and a difficult task. Either chemical and biochemical methods to produce labelled molecules have been proposed, but so far, few cost-effective methods have been described...
August 18, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
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