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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550811/influence-of-solids-residence-time-and-carbon-storage-on-nitrogen-and-phosphorus-recovery-by-microalgae-across-diel-cycles
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D A Gardner-Dale, I M Bradley, J S Guest
Microalgal treatment systems could advance nutrient recovery from wastewater by achieving effluent nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) levels below the current limit of technology, but their successful implementation requires an understanding of how design decisions influence nutrient uptake over daily (i.e., diel) cycles. This work demonstrates the ability to influence microalgal N:P recovery ratio via solids residence time (SRT) while maintaining complete nutrient removal across day/night cycles through carbon storage and mobilization...
May 18, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550810/rigid-aromatic-linking-moiety-in-cationic-lipids-for-enhanced-gene-transfection-efficiency
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Bing Wang, Rui-Mo Zhao, Ji Zhang, Yan-Hong Liu, Zheng Huang, Qing-Ying Yu, Xiao-Qi Yu
Although numerous cationic lipids have been developed as non-viral gene vectors, the structure-activity relationship (SAR) of these materials remains unclear and needs further investigation. In this work, a series of lysine-derived cationic lipids containing linkages with different rigidity were designed and synthesized. SAR studies showed that lipids with rigid aromatic linkage could promote the formation of tight liposomes and enhance DNA condensation, which is essential for the gene delivery process. These lipids could give much higher transfection efficiency than those containing more flexible aliphatic linkage in various cell lines...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550790/trophic-fate-of-inorganic-and-methyl-mercury-in-a-macrophyte-chironomid-food-chain
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Rebecca Beauvais-Flück, Frédéric Gimbert, Ophélie Méhault, Claudia Cosio
Dietary transfer of mercury (Hg) is central for its effects on higher trophic animals, nonetheless, its driving parameters and characteristics are not well understood. Here we measured Hg species transfer (uptake) from the macrophyte Elodea nuttallii -mimicking tissues incorporation in sediments after decay- to Chironomus riparius. Methyl-Hg (MMHg) was more transferable than inorganic Hg (IHg) from plant's intracellular and cell wall compartments. After 10-d-long exposure, MMHg was predominantly found in MMHg form in the cytosolic compartment (S) of chironomids, while IHg showed similar concentrations in S and insoluble debris (P) compartments...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550704/integrating-engagement-and-improvement-work-in-a-pediatric-hospital
#4
Mireille Brosseau, Diane Gagnon, Kristina Rohde, Jennifer Schellinck
Although geared towards a common goal - improved patient-centred care - quality improvement strategies and patient engagement-focused approaches are often developed and conducted in silos. The lack of integration may lead, on the one hand, to the uptake of patient suggestions that do not always take into consideration implications for the delivery of quality care and, on the other hand, to inadequate understanding of patient views required to create optimal services. The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)'s action plans to address gaps in patient engagement and quality improvement, two of its priority areas, were initially carried out in isolation of each other...
2017: Healthcare Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550639/philadelphia-chromosome-positive-acute-myeloid-leukemia-with-masses-and-osteolytic-lesions-finding-of-18f-fdg-pet-ct
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Zhan Su, Fengyu Wu, Weiyu Hu, Xiaodan Liu, Shaoling Wu, Xianqi Feng, Zhongguang Cui, Jie Yang, Zhenguang Wang, Hongzai Guan, Hongguo Zhao, Wei Wang, Chunting Zhao, Jun Peng
Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute myeloid leukemia is controversial and difficult to distinguish from the blast phase of chronic myeloid leukemia. As a myeloid neoplasm, rare cases of this leukemia manifest multiple soft-tissue tumors or bone lytic lesions. In this paper, we describe a 49-year-old male patient who had an abrupt onset with sharp chest pain, fever, fatigue, emaciation, and splenomegaly. 18F-fluoro-deoxy-glucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT) result showed diffuse and uneven hypermetabolic lesions in the bone marrow with peripheral bone marrow expansion, multiple soft tissue neoplasms with high 18F-FDG uptake, and lytic bone lesions...
May 27, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550634/long-term-dispersion-and-availability-of-metals-from-submarine-mine-tailing-disposal-in-a-fjord-in-arctic-norway
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Kristine B Pedersen, Pernille E Jensen, Beata Sternal, Lisbeth M Ottosen, Mie Vesterskov Henning, Manja Marie Kudahl, Juho Junttila, Kari Skirbekk, Marianne Frantzen
Mining of Cu took place in Kvalsund in the Arctic part of Norway in the 1970s, and mine tailings were discharged to the inner part of the fjord, Repparfjorden. Metal speciation analysis was used to assess the historical dispersion of metals as well as their potential bioavailability from the area of the mine tailing disposal. It was revealed that the dispersion of Ba, Cr, Ni, Pb and Zn from the mine tailings has been limited. Dispersion of Cu to the outer fjord has, however, occurred; the amounts released and dispersed from the mine tailing disposal area quantified to be 2...
May 27, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550630/the-effects-of-different-sewage-sludge-amendment-rates-on-the-heavy-metal-bioaccumulation-growth-and-biomass-of-cucumbers-cucumis-sativus-l
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Ebrahem M Eid, Sulaiman A Alrumman, Ahmed F El-Bebany, Abd El-Latif Hesham, Mostafa A Taher, Khaled F Fawy
When sewage sludge is incorrectly applied, it may adversely impact agro-system productivity. Thus, this study addresses the reaction of Cucumis sativus L. (cucumber) to different amendment rates (0, 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 g kg(-1)) of sewage sludge in a greenhouse pot experiment, in which the plant growth, heavy metal uptake and biomass were evaluated. A randomized complete block design with six treatments and six replications was used as the experimental design. The soil electrical conductivity, organic matter and Cr, Fe, Zn and Ni concentrations increased, but the soil pH decreased in response to the sewage sludge applications...
May 26, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550471/blood-lactate-accumulation-decreases-during-the-slow-component-of-oxygen-uptake-without-a-decrease-in-muscular-efficiency
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J M O'Connell, J M Weir, B R MacIntosh
Pulmonary oxygen uptake ([Formula: see text]) slowly increases during exercise above the anaerobic threshold, and this increase is called the slow component of [Formula: see text]. The mechanism of the increase in [Formula: see text] is assumed to be due to increasing energy cost associated with increasingly inefficient muscle contraction. We hypothesized that the increase in [Formula: see text] would be accompanied by a constant or increasing rate of accumulation of blood lactate, indicating sustained anaerobic metabolism while [Formula: see text] increased...
May 26, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550384/investigation-of-glycochenodeoxycholate-sulfate-and-chenodeoxycholate-glucuronide-as-surrogate-endogenous-probes-for-drug-interaction-studies-of-oatp1b1-and-oatp1b3-in-healthy-japanese-volunteers
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Issey Takehara, Hanano Terashima, Takeshi Nakayama, Takashi Yoshikado, Miwa Yoshida, Kenichi Furihata, Nobuaki Watanabe, Kazuya Maeda, Osamu Ando, Yuichi Sugiyama, Hiroyuki Kusuhara
PURPOSE: To assess the use of glycochenodeoxycholate-3-sulfate (GCDCA-S) and chenodeoxycholate 3- or 24-glucuronide (CDCA-3G or -24G) as surrogate endogenous substrates in the investigation of drug interactions involving OATP1B1 and OATP1B3. METHODS: Uptake of GCDCA-S and CDCA-24G was examined in HEK293 cells transfected with cDNA for OATP1B1, OATP1B3, and NTCP and in cryopreserved human hepatocytes. Plasma concentrations of bile acids and their metabolites (GCDCA-S, CDCA-3G, and CDCA-24G) were determined by LC-MS/MS in eight healthy volunteers with or without administration of rifampicin (600 mg, po)...
May 26, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550259/transport-of-non-transferrin-bound-iron-to-the-brain-implications-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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Ajai K Tripathi, Shilpita Karmakar, Abhishek Asthana, Ajay Ashok, Vilok Desai, Shounak Baksi, Neena Singh
A direct correlation between brain iron and Alzheimer's disease (AD) raises questions regarding the transport of non-transferrin-bound iron (NTBI), a toxic but less researched pool of circulating iron that is likely to increase due to pathological and/or iatrogenic systemic iron overload. Here, we compared the distribution of radiolabeled-NTBI (59Fe-NTBI) and transferrin-bound iron (59Fe-Tf) in mouse models of iron overload in the absence or presence of inflammation. Following a short pulse, most of the 59Fe-NTBI was taken up by the liver, followed by the kidney, pancreas, and heart...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550245/amyloid-burden-in-obstructive-sleep%C3%A2-apnea
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Chang-Ho Yun, Ho-Young Lee, Seung Ku Lee, Hyun Kim, Hyung Suk Seo, Seong Ae Bang, Sang Eun Kim, Douglas N Greve, Rhoda Au, Chol Shin, Robert J Thomas
To test the hypothesis that excessive amyloid deposition is a biological link between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and Alzheimer's disease, we determined whether OSA increases cerebral amyloid burden, relative to controls, using Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB) PET imaging. The subjects were adult participants (age 50-65 years) from the Korean Genome and Epidemiology Study. Polysomnography, brain MRI including 3D images, and a detailed neuro-cognitive function test battery were done in 2011-2012. Nineteen OSA subjects (Apnea-Hypopnea Index [AHI] ≥15/h, 21...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550173/experimental-cardiac-radiation-exposure-induces-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Hirofumi Saiki, Gilles Moulay, Adam J Guenzel, Weibin Liu, Teresa Decklever, Kelly Classic, Linh Pham, Horng H Chen, John C Burnett, Stephen J Russell, Margaret M Redfield
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer radiotherapy increases the risk of heart failure (HF) with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Cardiomyocytes are highly radio-resistant but radiation specifically affects coronary microvascular endothelial cells with subsequent microvascular inflammation and rarefaction. The effects of radiation on left ventricular (LV) diastolic function are poorly characterized. We hypothesized that cardiac radiation exposure may result in diastolic dysfunction without reduced EF...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550119/francisella-novicida-inhibits-spontaneous-apoptosis-and-extends-human-neutrophil-lifespan
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Lauren C Kinkead, Drew C Fayram, Lee-Ann H Allen
Francisella novicida is a Gram-negative bacterium that is closely related to the highly virulent facultative intracellular pathogen, Francisella tularensis Data published by us and others demonstrate that F. tularensis virulence correlates directly with its ability to impair constitutive apoptosis and extend human neutrophil lifespan. In contrast, F. novicida is attenuated in humans, and the mechanisms that account for this are incompletely defined. Our published data demonstrate that F. novicida binds natural IgG that is present in normal human serum, which in turn, elicits NADPH oxidase activation that does not occur in response to F...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550089/advancing-precision-medicine-in-healthcare
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Olivia M Dong, Tim Wiltshire
The incorporation of precision medicine into the clinical setting is becoming increasingly feasible with the availability of more affordable genetic sequencing technologies and successful genetic associations with phenotypes, especially in the pharmacogenomic field. Although substantial progress has been made to ensure successful uptake of pharmacogenomic testing in the clinical setting already, many challenges still remain for sustainable implementation. The importance of pharmacogenomic information in patient care, identifying key barriers, and proposed solutions for advancing pharmacogenomic implementation will be discussed...
May 26, 2017: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550061/the-lectin-chaperone-calnexin-is-involved-in-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-response-by-regulating-ca-2-homeostasis-in-aspergillus-nidulans
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Shenghua Zhang, Hailin Zheng, Qiuyi Chen, Yuan Chen, Sha Wang, Ling Lu, Shizhu Zhang
The Ca(2+)-mediated signaling pathway is crucial for environmental adaptation in fungi. Here we show that calnexin, a molecular chaperone located in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), plays an important role in regulating cytosolic free calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)]c) in Aspergillus nidulans Inactivation of calnexin (ClxA) in A. nidulans caused severe defects in hyphal growth and conidiation under ER stress caused by the ER-stress inducing agent dithiothreitol (DTT) or high temperature. Importantly, defects in the ΔclxA mutant were restored by the addition of extracellular calcium...
May 26, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549973/targeted-delivery-of-rosmarinic-acid-across-the-blood-brain-barrier-for-neuronal-rescue-using-polyacrylamide-chitosan-poly-lactide-co-glycolide-nanoparticles-with-surface-cross-reacting-material-197-and-apolipoprotein-e
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Yung-Chih Kuo, Rajendiran Rajesh
Rosmarinic acid-loaded polyacrylamide-chitosan-poly(lactide-co-glycolide) nanoparticles (RA-PAAM-CH-PLGA NPs) were grafted with cross-reacting material 197 (CRM197) and apolipoprotein E (ApoE) for targeting of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and rescuing degenerated neurons. The polymeric nanocarriers were prepared by microemulsion, solvent diffusion, grafting, and surface modification, and CRM197-ApoE-RA-PAAM-CH-PLGA NPs were used to treat human brain-microvascular endothelial cells, RWA264.7 cells, and Aβ-insulted SK-N-MC cells...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549972/quality-by-design-approach-for-studying-the-impact-of-formulation-and-process-variables-on-product-quality-of-oral-disintegrating-films
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Sonal Mazumder, Naresh Pavurala, Prashanth Manda, Xiaoming Xu, Celia N Cruz, Yellela S R Krishnaiah
The present investigation was carried out to understand the impact of formulation and process variables on the quality of oral disintegrating films (ODF) using Quality by Design (QbD) approach. Lamotrigine (LMT) was used as a model drug. Formulation variable was plasticizer to film former ratio and process variables were drying temperature, air flow rate in the drying chamber, drying time and wet coat thickness of the film. A Definitive Screening Design: of Experiments (DoE) was used to identify and classify the critical formulation and process variables impacting critical quality attributes (CQA)...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549890/-18-f-labeled-indole-based-analogs-as-highly-selective-radioligands-for-imaging-sigma-2-receptors-in-the-brain
#18
Liang Wang, Jiajun Ye, Yingfang He, Winnie Deuther-Conrad, Jinming Zhang, Xiaojun Zhang, Mengchao Cui, Jörg Steinbach, Yiyun Huang, Peter Brust, Hongmei Jia
We have designed and synthesized a series of indole-based σ2 receptor ligands containing 5,6-dimethoxyisoindoline or 6,7-dimethoxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline as pharmacophore. In vitro competition binding assays showed that all ten ligands possessed low nanomolar affinity (Ki=1.79-5.23nM) for σ2 receptors and high subtype selectivity (Ki (σ2)/Ki (σ1)=56-708). Moreover, they showed high selectivity for σ2 receptor over the vesicular acetylcholine transporter (>1000-fold). The corresponding radiotracers [(18)F]16 and [(18)F]21 were prepared by an efficient one-pot, two-step reaction sequence with a home-made automated synthesis module, with 10-15% radiochemical yield and radiochemical purity of >99%...
May 10, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549864/hyaluronan-hydrogels-with-a-low-degree-of-modification-as-scaffolds-for-cartilage-engineering
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Annalisa La Gatta, Giulia Ricci, Antonietta Stellavato, Marcella Cammarota, Rosanna Filosa, Agata Papa, Antonella D'Agostino, Marianna Portaccio, Ines Delfino, Mario De Rosa, Chiara Schiraldi
In the field of cartilage engineering, continuing efforts have focused on fabricating scaffolds that favor maintenance of the chondrocytic phenotype and matrix formation, in addition to providing a permeable, hydrated, microporous structure and mechanical support. The potential of hyaluronan-based hydrogels has been well established, but the ideal matrix remains to be developed. This study describes the development of hyaluronan sponges-based scaffolds obtained by lysine methyl-ester crosslinking. The reaction conditions are optimized with minimal chemical modifications to obtain materials that closely resemble elements in physiological cellular environments...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549804/the-efficient-clade-lactic-acid-bacteria-for-industrial-chemical-production
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Michael Sauer, Hannes Russmayer, Reingard Grabherr, Clemens K Peterbauer, Hans Marx
Lactic acid bacteria are well known to be beneficial for food production and, as probiotics, they are relevant for many aspects of health. However, their potential as cell factories for the chemical industry is only emerging. Many physiological traits of these microorganisms, evolved for optimal growth in their niche, are also valuable in an industrial context. Here, we illuminate these features and describe why the distinctive adaptation of lactic acid bacteria is particularly useful when developing a microbial process for chemical production from renewable resources...
May 23, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
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