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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535344/clarifying-the-controversial-catalytic-performance-of-co-oh-2-and-co3o4-for-oxygen-reduction-evolution-reactions-toward-efficient-zn-air-batteries
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Zhishuang Song, Xiaopeng Han, Yida Deng, Naiqin Zhao, Wenbin Hu, Cheng Zhong
Cobalt-based nanomaterials have been widely studied as catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) due to their remarkable bifunctional catalytic activity, low cost and easy available. However, controversial results concerning OER/ORR performance exist between different types of cobalt-based catalysts, especially for Co(OH)2 and Co3O4. To address this issue, we develop a facile electrochemical deposition method to grow Co(OH)2 directly on the skeleton of carbon cloth, and further Co3O4 was obtained by post thermal treatment...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532195/vertical-mother-to-child-hiv-transmission-in-babies-born-in-a-tertiary-hospital-in-southern-brazil
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Manoela Muller Barbieri, Renate von Linsingen, Renato Luiz Sbalqueiro, Edson Gomes Tristão
PURPOSE: Programs for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are essentially focused on prevention actions that occur during prenatal care. This study aimed to evaluate the mother-to-child vertical transmission (MCVT) rate, and identify its possible causes, in a sample of pregnant women with HIV. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective and descriptive study. The sample was composed of HIV-positive pregnant women who delivered a live infant in the maternity ward at the hospital of the Federal University of Parana in Brazil, between January 2007 and December 2012...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531943/recent-trends-in-zikv-research-a-step-away-from-cure
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REVIEW
Aftab Alam, Nikhat Imam, Anam Farooqui, Shahnawaz Ali, Md Zubbair Malik, Romana Ishrat
Zika virus (ZikV) is a member of the Flaviviridae virus family, genus Flavivirus has emerged as a potential threat to human health worldwide. Consequences of vertical infections includes microcephaly with brain and eye anomalies, and adult infections includes Guillain-Barrésyndrome (GBS), brain ischemia, myelitis and meningoencephalitis. To develop a better treatment, many efforts are being made, like drug-repurposing concept for FDA-approved drugs for antiviral activity are screened against ZikV infection and emerging as a promising alternative to expedite drug development and various vaccines like DNA, ZPIV, LAIV, mRNA and AGS-v vaccines have been designed and in under clinical trial phases...
May 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531092/effective-silicon-nanowire-arrays-wo3-core-shell-photoelectrode-for-neutral-ph-water-splitting
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Zhen Chen, Ning Minghui, Ge Ma, Qingguo Meng, Yongguang Zhang, Jinwei Gao, Mingliang Jin, Zhihong Chen, Mingzhe Yuan, Xin Wang, Junming Liu, Guofu Zhou
We report the first demonstration of a high-efficiency photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting reaction using a novel Si NWs/WO3 core/shell photoanode prepared by a mild and inexpensive metal-catalyzed electroless etching (MCEE) process followed by dip-coating, airing and annealing methods. The dense and vertically aligned Si NWs/WO3 core/shell nanostructure were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). In comparison to planar n-Si, Si NWs and planar Si/WO3, the Si NWs/WO3 samples showed significantly enhanced photocurrent over the entire potential sweep range...
May 22, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528816/vertical-transmission-of-microcystins-to-nile-crocodile-crocodylus-niloticus-eggs
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Alukhethi Singo, Jan G Myburgh, Peter N Laver, Elizabeth A Venter, Gezina C H Ferreira, Gertruida M Rösemann, Christo J Botha
Cyanobacteria or blue green algae are known for their extensive and highly visible blooms in eutrophic, stagnant freshwater bodies. Climate change and global warming have also contributed to a rise in toxic cyanobacterial blooms. One of the most important cyanobacteria is Microcystis aeruginosa, which can synthesize various microcystins that can affect the health of terrestrial and aquatic animals. Commercial Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) farming in South Africa is based on keeping breeders (adult males and females) in big dams on farms (captive-bred approach)...
May 18, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515218/group-b-streptococcus-among-pregnant-women-and-newborns-in-mirzapur-bangladesh-colonization-vertical-transmission-and-serotype-distribution
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Samir K Saha, Zabed B Ahmed, Joyanta K Modak, Hakka Naziat, Shampa Saha, Mohammad A Uddin, Maksuda Islam, Abdullah H Baqui, Gary L Darmstadt, Stephanie J Schrag
Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infection is a leading cause of death in newborns in developed countries. Data on burden of GBS in Asian countries is lacking. This study aimed to understand i) rate of maternal recto-vaginal GBS carriage, ii) vertical transmission of GBS as determined by culturing ear, umbilicus and nasal swabs, and iii) distribution of GBS serotypes. This prospective observational study was conducted from September 2012 to November 2013 at Kumudini Hospital, a secondary level hospital, at Mirzapur, Bangladesh...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509908/microbial-contributions-to-the-persistence-of-coral-reefs
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Nicole S Webster, Thorsten B H Reusch
On contemplating the adaptive capacity of reef organisms to a rapidly changing environment, the microbiome offers significant and greatly unrecognised potential. Microbial symbionts contribute to the physiology, development, immunity and behaviour of their hosts, and can respond very rapidly to changing environmental conditions, providing a powerful mechanism for acclimatisation and also possibly rapid evolution of coral reef holobionts. Environmentally acquired fluctuations in the microbiome can have significant functional consequences for the holobiont phenotype upon which selection can act...
May 16, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509763/achilles-tendon-load-is-progressively-increased-with-reductions-in-walking-speed
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Torsten Brauner, Philippe Pourcelot, Nathalie Crevier-Denoix, Thomas Horstmann, Scott C Wearing
INTRODUCTION: Achilles tendon rehabilitation protocols commonly recommend a gradual increase in walking speed to progressively intensify tendon loading. This study used transmission-mode ultrasound to evaluate the influence of walking speed on loading of the human Achilles tendon in vivo. METHODS: Axial transmission speed of ultrasound was measured in the right Achilles tendon of 33 adults (mean ± SD; age, 29 ± 3 years; height, 1.725 ± 0.069 m; weight, 71.4 ± 19...
May 15, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508047/kin-based-cultural-transmission-of-tool-use-in-wild-chimpanzees
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Noemie Lamon, Christof Neumann, Thibaud Gruber, Klaus Zuberbühler
Current research on animal culture has focused strongly on cataloging the diversity of socially transmitted behaviors and on the social learning mechanisms that sustain their spread. Comparably less is known about the persistence of cultural behavior following innovation in groups of wild animals. We present observational data and a field experiment designed to address this question in a wild chimpanzee community, capitalizing on a novel tool behavior, moss-sponging, which appeared naturally in the community in 2011...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507928/the-role-of-direct-acting-antivirals-in-the-treatment-of-children-with-chronic-hepatitis-c
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REVIEW
Christine Hong Ting Yang, Eric R Yoo, Aijaz Ahmed
In the United States, chronic infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) affects an estimated 0.1-2% of the pediatric population, who are consequently at risk for major complications, including cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and death. The current standard of treatment for chronic hepatitis C (CHC) in children is pegylated-interferon-alpha (PEG-IFN) in combination with ribavirin. PEG-IFN/ribavirin therapy is approved for children ages 3 and older; however, it is often held from use until adulthood because of its extensive list of potential side effects and high likelihood of causing adverse symptoms...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507333/janus-monolayers-of-transition-metal-dichalcogenides
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Ang-Yu Lu, Hanyu Zhu, Jun Xiao, Chih-Piao Chuu, Yimo Han, Ming-Hui Chiu, Chia-Chin Cheng, Chih-Wen Yang, Kung-Hwa Wei, Yiming Yang, Yuan Wang, Dimosthenis Sokaras, Dennis Nordlund, Peidong Yang, David A Muller, Mei-Yin Chou, Xiang Zhang, Lain-Jong Li
Structural symmetry-breaking plays a crucial role in determining the electronic band structures of two-dimensional materials. Tremendous efforts have been devoted to breaking the in-plane symmetry of graphene with electric fields on AB-stacked bilayers or stacked van der Waals heterostructures. In contrast, transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers are semiconductors with intrinsic in-plane asymmetry, leading to direct electronic bandgaps, distinctive optical properties and great potential in optoelectronics...
May 15, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498185/the-effect-of-a-continuous-quality-improvement-intervention-on-retention-in-care-at-6-months-postpartum-in-a-pmtct-program-in-northern-nigeria-results-of-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-study
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Bolanle Oyeledun, Abimbola Phillips, Frank Oronsaye, Oluwafemi David Alo, Nathan Shaffer, Bamidele Osibo, Collins Imarhiagbe, Francis Ogirima, Abiola Ajibola, Obioma Ezebuka, Bebia Ojong-Etta, Adaobi Obi, John Falade, Adunbi Kareem Uthman, Busuyi Famuyide, Deborah Odoh, Renaud Becquet
BACKGROUND: Retention in care is critical for improving HIV-infected maternal outcomes and reducing vertical transmission. Health systems' interventions such as continuous quality improvement (CQI) may support health services to address factors that affect the delivery of HIV-related care and thereby influence rates of retention-in-care. METHODOLOGY: We evaluated the effect of a CQI intervention on retention-in-care at 6 months postpartum of pregnant women and mothers living with HIV who had been started on lifelong antiretroviral treatment...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497227/seroprevalence-of-neospora-caninum-and-toxoplasma-gondii-in-exotic-ruminants-and-camelids-in-the-czech-republic
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Eva Bártová, Kateřina Kobédová, Jiří Lamka, Radim Kotrba, Roman Vodička, Kamil Sedlák
Neospora caninum and Toxoplasma gondii are the protozoan parasites with definitive hosts from order Carnivora. Due to vertical transmission, both parasites can cause abortions and neonatal mortality that lead to significant productive and economic losses in the domestic ruminants. The aim of this study was to describe N. caninum and T. gondii seroprevalence in the group of frequently farmed captive exotic ruminants (n = 184) including Bovidae (barbary sheep, bezoar goat, common eland, American bison, water buffalo, and yak) and Camelidae (bactrian camel, guanaco, llama, and alpaca)...
May 11, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494237/microbial-vertical-transmission-during-human-pregnancy
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REVIEW
Nitin Arora, Yoel Sadovsky, Terence S Dermody, Carolyn B Coyne
Congenital infections with pathogens such as Zika virus, Toxoplasma gondii, Listeria monocytogenes, Treponema pallidium, parvovirus, HIV, varicella zoster virus, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus, and Herpesviruses are a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Despite the devastating impact of microbial infections on the developing fetus, relatively little is known about how pathogens associated with congenital disease breach the placental barrier to transit vertically during human pregnancy. In this Review, we focus on transplacental transmission of pathogens during human gestation...
May 10, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490590/the-c-terminus-of-the-herpes-simplex-virus-pul25-protein-is-required-for-release-of-viral-genomes-from-capsids-bound-to-nuclear-pores
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Jamie B Huffman, Gina R Daniel, Erik Falck-Pedersen, Alexis Huet, Greg A Smith, James F Conway, Fred L Homa
The herpes simplex virus (HSV) capsid is released into the cytoplasm after fusion of viral and host membranes, whereupon dynein-dependent trafficking along microtubules targets it to the nuclear envelope. Binding of the capsid to the nuclear pore complex (NPC) is mediated by the capsid protein pUL25 and the capsid-tethered tegument protein pUL36. Temperature-sensitive mutants in both pUL25 and pUL36 dock at the NPC but fail to release DNA. The uncoating reaction has been difficult to study due to the rapid release of the genome once the capsid interacts with the nuclear pore...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489549/secure-and-energy-efficient-data-transmission-system-based-on-chaotic-compressive-sensing-in-body-to-body-networks
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Haipeng Peng, Ye Tian, Jurgen Kurths, Lixiang Li, Yixian Yang, Daoshun Wang
Applications of wireless body area networks (WBANs) are extended from remote health care to military, sports, disaster relief, etc. With the network scale expanding, nodes increasing, and links complicated, a WBAN evolves to a body-to-body network. Along with the development, energy saving and data security problems are highlighted. In this paper, chaotic compressive sensing (CCS) is proposed to solve these two crucial problems, simultaneously. Compared with the traditional compressive sensing, CCS can save vast storage space by only storing the matrix generation parameters...
May 8, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487528/fabrication-and-application-of-indium-tin-oxide-nanowire-networks-by-polystyrene-assisted-growth
#17
Qiang Li, Feng Yun, Yufeng Li, Wen Ding, Ye Zhang
The fabrication and application of polystyrene (PS)-assisted ITO nanowire (NW) networks are reported. The ITO-NW networks are fabricated by means of electron-beam deposition via PS. This method has the advantages of low-temperature (~300 °C), low-cost, facile and efficient operation. The growth mechanism of PS-assisted ITO NWs was analyzed in detail, and the morphology of which could be regulated by the size of PS. X-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscope show that the ITO NWs are close to an integral cubic lattice...
May 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487016/the-expression-level-of-c19mc-mirnas-in-early-pregnancy-and-in-response-to-viral-infection
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Tina M F Dumont, Jean-Francois Mouillet, Avaraham Bayer, Christina L Gardner, William B Klimstra, Dana G Wolf, Simcha Yagel, Fabiola Balmir, Anna Binstock, Joseph S Sanfilippo, Carolyn B Coyne, Jacob C Larkin, Yoel Sadovsky
INTRODUCTION: We have previously shown that miRNAs produced from the Chromosome 19 MiRNA Cluster (C19MC), which are expressed almost exclusively in primate trophoblasts and are released into the maternal circulation, reduce viral replication in non-placental cells and can modulate migratory behavior of extravillous trophoblast. We sought to define the expression pattern of C19MC miRNA in early pregnancy and in response to viral infection in vitro and in vivo. METHODS: We prospectively followed women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) and determined their blood level of C19MC miRNA using RT-qPCR...
May 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486633/development-of-a-murine-vertical-transmission-model-for-toxoplasma-gondii-oocyst-infection-and-studies-on-the-efficacy-of-bumped-kinase-inhibitor-bki-1294-and-the-naphthoquinone-buparvaquone-against-congenital-toxoplasmosis
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Joachim Müller, Adriana Aguado-Martínez, Luis-Miguel Ortega-Mora, Javier Moreno-Gonzalo, Ignacio Ferre, Matthew A Hulverson, Ryan Choi, Molly C McCloskey, Lynn K Barrett, Dustin J Maly, Kayode K Ojo, Wes Van Voorhis, Andrew Hemphill
Objectives: Establishment of a mouse model for congenital toxoplasmosis based on oral infection with oocysts from Toxoplasma gondii ME49 and its application for investigating chemotherapeutic options against congenital toxoplasmosis. Methods: CD1 mice were mated, orally infected with 5, 25, 100, 500 or 2000 oocysts and monitored for clinical signs and survival of dams and pups until 4 weeks post partum . The parasite burden in infected mice was quantified by real-time PCR in lungs, brains and, in the case of surviving pups, also in eyes...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485707/exploring-the-factors-considered-by-people-living-with-hiv-and-their-partners-during-preconception
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V Logan Kennedy, Micaela Collins, Mark H Yudin, Lena Serghides, Sharon Walmsley, Jonathan B Angel, Fanta Ongoiba, Jeff Powis, Fiona Smaill, Wangari Tharao, Anita Rachlis, Michael Silverman, Roger Sandre, Dean A Regier, Mona Loutfy
Data are lacking on factors that may impact conception-related decision-making among individuals living with HIV. This study's aim was to shed light on these considerations. Participants were invited to complete a survey on preconception considerations. A rank-ordered logit model was fit to estimate the relative importance of listed consideration factors; the interaction of HIV status and the factors was assessed. Fifty-nine participants living with HIV and 18 partners (11 HIV-negative participants and 7 living with HIV) were included...
May 2017: Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
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