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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101712/herbicides-and-trace-metals-in-urban-waters-in-melbourne-australia-2011-12-concentrations-and-potential-impact
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Mayumi Allinson, Pei Zhang, AnhDuyen Bui, Jackie H Myers, Vincent Pettigrove, Gavin Rose, Scott A Salzman, Robert Walters, Graeme Allinson
Urban stormwater samples were collected from five aquatic systems in Melbourne, Australia, on six occasions between October 2011 and March 2012 and tested for 30 herbicides and 14 trace metals. Nineteen different herbicides were observed in one or more water samples from the five sites; chemicals observed at more than 40% of sites were simazine (100%), MCPA (83%), diuron (63%) and atrazine (53%). Using the toxicity unit (TU) concept to assess potential risk to aquatic ecosystems, none of the detected herbicides were considered to pose an individual, group or collective short-term risk to fish or zooplankton in the waters studied...
January 19, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100230/seroprevalence-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-in-feral-cats-in-qatar
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Sonia Boughattas, Jerzy Behnke, Aarti Sharma, Marawan Abu-Madi
BACKGROUND: Cats are essential in the life cycle of Toxoplasma gondii as they can shed the environmentally resistant oocysts after acquiring infection. Human populations living in cities with high densities of feral cats are therefore likely to be at risk of infection. The current study is the first to estimate the seroprevalence of T. gondii in the feral cat population in Qatar. We investigated the seroprevalence of T. gondii among 495 adult cats from urban and suburban districts in Qatar...
January 18, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100054/efficacy-of-silver-hydrophilic-poly-p-xylylene-on-preventing-bacterial-growth-and-biofilm-formation-in-urinary-catheters
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Hamideh Heidari Zare, Viktorija Juhart, Attila Vass, Gerhard Franz, Dieter Jocham
Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), caused by several strains of bacteria, are a common complication for catheterized patients. This may eventually lead to a blockage of the catheter due to the formation of a crystalline or amorphous biofilm. Inhibiting bacteria should result in a longer application time free of complaints. This issue has been investigated using an innovative type of silver-coated catheter with a semipermeable cap layer to prevent CAUTI. In this work, two different types of silver catheters were investigated, both of which were capped with poly(p-xylylene) (PPX-N) and exhibited different surface properties that completely changed their wetting conduct with water...
January 18, 2017: Biointerphases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100022/mycorrhizal-specificity-does-not-limit-the-distribution-of-an-endangered-orchid-species
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Michael Waud, Rein Brys, Wouter Van Landuyt, Bart Lievens, Hans Jacquemyn
What factors determine the distribution of a species is a central question in ecology and conservation biology. In general, the distribution of plant species is assumed to be controlled by dispersal or environmentally controlled recruitment. For plant species which are critically dependent on mycorrhizal symbionts for germination and seedling establishment, specificity in mycorrhizal associations and availability of suitable mycorrhizal fungi can be expected to have a major impact on successful colonization and establishment, and thus ultimately on a species distribution...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096605/molecular-and-epidemiological-updates-on-cystic-echinococcosis-infecting-water-buffaloes-from-egypt
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Ibrahim Abbas
AIM: Cystic echinococcosis (CE) represents a serious parasitic disease at both animal and public health levels. The majority of reports negated the CE infection in buffaloes from Egypt; however, one study illustrated their infection with G6 genotype (camel strain). The present work contributed to update the epidemiological and molecular knowledge about CE infecting this economically important animal for better understanding of its role in maintaining the Echinococcus life cycle. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 120 slaughtered water buffaloes at Mansoura abattoir, Dakahlia province, Egypt, were inspected for the existence of hydatid cysts...
December 2016: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092742/short-term-in-vivo-exposure-to-graphene-oxide-can-cause-damage-to-the-gut-and-testis
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Marta Dziewięcka, Julia Karpeta-Kaczmarek, Maria Augustyniak, Magdalena Rost-Roszkowska
Graphene oxide (GO) has unique physicochemical properties and also has a potentially widespread use in every field of daily life (industry, science, medicine). Demand for nanotechnology is growing every year, and therefore many aspects of its toxicity and biocompatibility still require further clarification. This research assesses the in vivo toxicity of pure and manganese ion-contaminated GO that were administrated to Acheta domesticus with food (at 200mgkg(-1) of food) throughout their ten-day adult life...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089376/chemotherapy-completion-in-elderly-women-with-ovarian-primary-peritoneal-or-fallopian-tube-cancer-an-nrg-oncology-gynecologic-oncology-group-study
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Vivian E von Gruenigen, Helen Q Huang, Jan H Beumer, Heather A Lankes, William Tew, Thomas Herzog, Arti Hurria, Robert S Mannel, Tina Rizack, Lisa M Landrum, Peter G Rose, Ritu Salani, William H Bradley, Thomas J Rutherford, Robert V Higgins, Angeles Alvarez Secord, Gini Fleming
PURPOSE: A simple measure to predict chemotherapy tolerance in elderly patients would be useful. We prospectively tested the association of baseline Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) score with ability to complete 4 cycles of first line chemotherapy without dose reductions or >7days delay in elderly ovarian cancer patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients' age ≥70 along with their physicians chose between two regimens: CP (Carboplatin AUC 5, Paclitaxel 135mg/m(2)) or C (Carboplatin AUC 5), both given every 3weeks either after primary surgery or as neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) with IADL and quality of life assessments performed at baseline, pre-cycle 3, and post-cycle 4...
January 12, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088060/life-cycle-analysis-of-mitigation-methodologies-for-railway-rolling-noise-and-groundbourne-vibration
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Mariana Valente Tuler, Sakdirat Kaewunruen
Negative outcomes such as noise and vibration generated by railways have become a challenge for both industry and academia in order to guarantee that the railway system can accomplish its purposes and at the same time provide comfort for users and people living in the neighbourhood along the railway corridor. The research interest on this field has been increasing and the advancement in noise and vibration mitigation methodologies can be observed using various engineering techniques that are constantly put into test to solve such effects...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087198/cloning-characterization-and-transmission-blocking-potential-of-midgut-carboxypeptidase-a-in-anopheles-stephensi
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V VenkatRao, Surendra K Kumar, P Sridevi, Vijaykumar Yogesh Muley, R K Chaitanya
Transmission-blocking vaccines (TBV) interrupt malaria parasite transmission and hence form an important component for malaria eradication. Mosquito midgut exopeptidases such as aminopeptidase N & carboxypeptidase B have demonstrated TBV potential. In the present study, we cloned and characterized carboxypeptidase A (CPA) from the midgut of an important malarial vector, Anopheles stephensi. ClustalW amino acid alignment and in silico 3-dimensional structure analysis of CPA predicted the presence of active sites involved in zinc and substrate binding that are conserved among all the known mosquito species...
January 10, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080022/single-wall-carbon-nanotubes-doping-in-lead-acid-batteries-a-new-horizon
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Anjan Banerjee, Baruch Ziv, Yuliya Shilina, Elena Levi, Shalom Luski, Doron Aurbach
The addition of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) to lead-acid battery electrodes is the most efficient suppresser of uncontrolled sulfation processes. Due to the cost of SWCNT, we studied the optimization loading of SWCNT in lead-acid batteries electrodes. We optimized the SWCNT loading concentrations in both the positive and negative plates, separately. Loadings of 0.01% and 0.001% in the positive and negative active masses were studied, respectively. Two volts of lead-acid laboratory cells with sulfuric acid, containing silica gel-type electrolytes, were cycled in a 25% and 50% depth-of-discharge (DOD) cycling with a charging rate of C and 2C, respectively, and discharge rates of C/2 and C, respectively...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077087/embryogenesis-in-the-parasitic-nematode-heterodera-glycines-is-independent-of-host-derived-hatching-stimulation
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Sita Thapa, Jayna A Patel, Ursula Reuter-Carlson, Nathan E Schroeder
BACKGROUND: Many parasites regulate their development to synchronize their life cycle with a compatible host. The parasitic nematode Heterodera glycines displays incomplete host-mediated hatching behavior wherein some H. glycines individuals hatch only in the presence of a host-derived cue while others hatch in water alone. Furthermore, H. glycines shows variable hatching behavior based on oviposition location. The mechanisms regulating this hatching variability are unknown. In this study, we established a detailed timeline of the H...
January 11, 2017: BMC Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074782/the-need-for-a-life-cycle-based-aging-paradigm-for-nanomaterials-importance-of-real-world-test-systems-to-identify-realistic-particle-transformations
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Denise M Mitrano, Bernd Nowack
Assessing the risks of manufactured nanomaterials (MNM) has been almost exclusively focused on the pristine, as-produced materials with far fewer studies delving into more complex, real world scenarios. However, when considering a life-cycle perspective, it is clear that MNM released from commercial products during manufacturing, use and disposal are far more relevant both in terms of more realistic environmental fate and transport as well as environmental risk. The quantity in which the particles are released and their (altered) physical and chemical form should be identified and it is these metrics that should be used to assess the exposure and hazard the materials pose...
January 11, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073275/highly-efficient-retention-of-polysulfides-in-sea-urchin-like-carbon-nanotube-nanopolyhedra-superstructures-as-cathode-material-for-ultralong-life-lithium-sulfur-batteries
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Tao Chen, Baorui Cheng, Guoyin Zhu, Renpeng Chen, Yi Hu, Lianbo Ma, Hongling Lv, Yanrong Wang, Jia Liang, Zuoxiu Tie, Zhong Jin, Jie Liu
Despite high theoretical energy density, the practical deployment of lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries is still not implemented because of the severe capacity decay caused by polysulfide shuttling and the poor rate capability induced by low electrical conductivity of sulfur. Herein, we report a novel sulfur host material based on "sea urchin"-like cobalt nanoparticle embedded and nitrogen-doped carbon nanotube/nanopolyhedra (Co-NCNT/NP) superstructures for Li-S batteries. The hierarchical micromesopores in Co-NCNT/NP can allow efficient impregnation of sulfur and block diffusion of soluble polysulfides by physical confinement, and the incorporation of embedded Co nanoparticles and nitrogen doping (∼4...
January 11, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072648/locking-cap-designs-improve-fatigue-properties-of-polyaxial-screws-in-upper-extremity-applications
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Surena Namdari, Samir Mehta, Ann Tierney, Michael W Hast
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to examine fatigue characteristics of two polyaxial locking screw designs: locking cap (LC) and cross-threaded (CT). The goal was to compare LC and CT implants at 0, 10, and 15 degrees of angulation to determine the effect of locking mechanism on screw-plate interface failure. The hypothesis was LC implants would have superior fatigue properties in comparison to CT designs and that increased angulation of the screw would have a negative impact on the fatigue life of CT implants, but would not have any effect on LC implants...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057344/depuration-of-perfluoroalkyl-substances-from-the-edible-tissues-of-wild-caught-invertebrate-species
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Matthew D Taylor, Karl C Bowles, Daniel D Johnson, Natalie A Moltschaniwskyj
Detection and quantification of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in aquatic organisms is increasing, particularly for saltwater species. Depuration can remove PFASs from the tissues of some species once they are removed from the contaminant source, but it is not known if this process occurs for saltwater crustaceans. Such information is important for managing human health risks for exploited migratory species following exposure. We present the results of a depuration trial for School Prawn (Metapenaeus macleayi) and Mud Crab (Scylla serrata), two commercially important crustaceans in Australia...
January 2, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057063/avian-malaria-on-madagascar-bird-hosts-and-putative-vector-mosquitoes-of-different-plasmodium-lineages
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Sandrine Schmid, Anke Dinkel, Ute Mackenstedt, Michaël Luciano Tantely, Fano José Randrianambinintsoa, Sébastien Boyer, Friederike Woog
BACKGROUND: Avian malaria occurs almost worldwide and is caused by Haemosporida parasites (Plasmodium, Haemoproteus and Leucocytozoon). Vectors such as mosquitoes, hippoboscid flies or biting midges are required for the transmission of these parasites. There are few studies about avian malaria parasites on Madagascar but none about suitable vectors. METHODS: To identify vectors of avian Plasmodium parasites on Madagascar, we examined head, thorax and abdomen of 418 mosquitoes from at least 18 species using a nested PCR method to amplify a 524 bp fragment of the haemosporidian mitochondrial cytochrome b gene...
January 5, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057055/functional-characterization-of-plasmodium-berghei-psop25-during-ookinete-development-and-as-a-malaria-transmission-blocking-vaccine-candidate
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Wenqi Zheng, Fei Liu, Yiwen He, Qingyang Liu, Gregory B Humphreys, Takafumi Tsuboi, Qi Fan, Enjie Luo, Yaming Cao, Liwang Cui
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium ookinete surface proteins as post-fertilization target antigens are potential malaria transmission-blocking vaccine (TBV) candidates. Putative secreted ookinete protein 25 (PSOP25) is a highly conserved ookinete surface protein, and has been shown to be a promising novel TBV target. Here, we further investigated the TBV activities of the full-length recombinant PSOP25 (rPSOP25) protein in Plasmodium berghei, and characterized the potential functions of PSOP25 during the P...
January 5, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056926/edible-bird-s-nest-modulate-intracellular-molecular-pathways-of-influenza-a-virus-infected-cells
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Amin Haghani, Parvaneh Mehrbod, Nikoo Safi, Fadzilah A'ini Abd Kadir, Abdul Rahman Omar, Aini Ideris
BACKGROUND: Edible Bird's Nest (EBN) as a popular traditional Chinese medicine is believed to have health enhancing and antiviral activities against influenza A virus (IAV); however, the molecular mechanism behind therapeutic effects of EBN is not well characterized. METHODS: In this study, EBNs that underwent different enzymatic preparation were tested against IAV infected cells. 50% cytotoxic concentration (CC50) and 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50) of the EBNs against IAV strain A/Puerto Rico/8/1934(H1N1) were determined by HA and MTT assays...
January 5, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041898/-graded-cycling-test-with-talk-test-is-a-reliable-test-to-monitor-cardiovascular-fitness-in-patients-with-minor-stroke
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Rikke Steen Krawcyk, Anders Vinther, Nicolas Caesar Petersen, Christina Kruuse
BACKGROUND: Physical exercise is generally recommended as part of life style changes post stroke. Monitoring cardiovascular effects may help motivate patients for further exercise, and can be an instrument to assess intervention effects in clinical trials. In 1 of 4 stroke patients, the heart rate variability may challenge currently used cardiovascular monitoring. The Graded Cycling Test with Talk Test is a submaximal exercise test independent of heart rate variability, shown reliable for patients with cardiac disease...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038431/comparative-effects-of-histone-deacetylases-inhibitors-and-resveratrol-on-trypanosoma-cruzi-replication-differentiation-infectivity-and-gene-expression
#20
Vanina A Campo
Histone post-translational modification, mediated by histone acetyltransferases and deacetylases, is one of the most studied factors affecting gene expression. Recent data showing differential histone acetylation states during the Trypanosoma cruzi cell cycle suggest a role for epigenetics in the control of this process. As a starting point to study the role of histone deacetylases in the control of gene expression and the consequences of their inhibition and activation in the biology of T. cruzi, two inhibitors for different histone deacetylases: trichostatin A for class I/II and sirtinol for class III and the activator resveratrol for class III, were tested on proliferative and infective forms of this parasite...
December 21, 2016: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
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