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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914258/centralised-decentralised-or-hybrid-sanitation-systems-economic-evaluation-under-urban-development-uncertainty-and-phased-expansion
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Ivar Roefs, Brendo Meulman, Jan H G Vreeburg, Marc Spiller
Sanitation systems are built to be robust, that is, they are dimensioned to cope with population growth and other variability that occurs throughout their lifetime. It was recently shown that building sanitation systems in phases is more cost effective than one robust design. This phasing can take place by building small autonomous decentralised units that operate closer to the actual demand. Research has shown that variability and uncertainty in urban development does affect the cost effectiveness of this approach...
November 23, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912781/an-immune-stratification-reveals-a-subset-of-pd-1-lag-3-double-positive-triple-negative-breast-cancers
#2
Giulia Bottai, Carlotta Raschioni, Agnese Losurdo, Luca Di Tommaso, Corrado Tinterri, Rosalba Torrisi, Jorge S Reis-Filho, Massimo Roncalli, Christos Sotiriou, Armando Santoro, Alberto Mantovani, Sherene Loi, Libero Santarpia
BACKGROUND: Stromal tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) are a robust prognostic factor in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). However, the clinical significance of TILs may be influenced by the complex landscape of the tumor immune microenvironment. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the composition and the functionality of lymphocytic infiltration and checkpoint receptors in TNBC. METHODS: Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues were retrospectively collected from a cohort of patients with early-stage TNBC treated with adjuvant anthracycline-based chemotherapy (n = 259)...
December 3, 2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912078/mouse-double-minute-2-homolog-actively-suppresses-p53-activity-in-oocytes-during-mouse-folliculogenesis
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Chen-Xi Zhang, Qin Zhang, Yin-Yin Xie, Xue-Yan He, Cong Xiang, Xiao-Shuang Hou, Ying Zhou, Lai Chen, Guo-Xin Zhang, Geng Liu
The p53 signaling network is indispensible in cellular stress responses and tumor suppression. Negative regulations of p53 by mouse double minute 2 and 4 homologs (MDM2) and (MDM4) are an integrated component of the network and have been implicated in regulating the stress responses and the maintenance of normal development and homeostasis of multiple somatic cell lineages. However, the regulatory role of MDM2 on p53 and stress responses in female germ cells remains undetermined. Here, we used the Cre-loxP system to delete Mdm2 in oocytes at different stages of folliculogenesis in mice...
November 29, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911547/parametric-symmetry-breaking-in-a-nonlinear-resonator
#4
Anina Leuch, Luca Papariello, Oded Zilberberg, Christian L Degen, R Chitra, Alexander Eichler
Much of the physical world around us can be described in terms of harmonic oscillators in thermodynamic equilibrium. At the same time, the far-from-equilibrium behavior of oscillators is important in many aspects of modern physics. Here, we investigate a resonating system subject to a fundamental interplay between intrinsic nonlinearities and a combination of several driving forces. We have constructed a controllable and robust realization of such a system using a macroscopic doubly clamped string. We experimentally observe a hitherto unseen double hysteresis in both the amplitude and the phase of the resonator's response function and present a theoretical model that is in excellent agreement with the experiment...
November 18, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909164/rapid-and-sustained-symptom-reduction-following-psilocybin-treatment-for-anxiety-and-depression-in-patients-with-life-threatening-cancer-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#5
Stephen Ross, Anthony Bossis, Jeffrey Guss, Gabrielle Agin-Liebes, Tara Malone, Barry Cohen, Sarah E Mennenga, Alexander Belser, Krystallia Kalliontzi, James Babb, Zhe Su, Patricia Corby, Brian L Schmidt
BACKGROUND: Clinically significant anxiety and depression are common in patients with cancer, and are associated with poor psychiatric and medical outcomes. Historical and recent research suggests a role for psilocybin to treat cancer-related anxiety and depression. METHODS: In this double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial, 29 patients with cancer-related anxiety and depression were randomly assigned and received treatment with single-dose psilocybin (0...
December 2016: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906486/the-fractional-occupation-number-weighted-density-as-a-versatile-analysis-tool-for-molecules-with-a-complicated-electronic-structure
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Christoph Alexander Bauer, Andreas Hansen, Stefan Grimme
The fractional occupation number weighted density (FOD) analysis is explored as a general theoretical diagnostic for complicated electronic structures. Its main feature is to provide robustly and fast the information where 'hot' (strongly correlated and chemically active) electrons are localized in a molecule. We demonstrate its usage in four different prototypical applications: (i) As a new and fast measure for the biradical character of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, (ii) for the selection of active orbital spaces in multiconfigurational or complete active space self consistent field (MCSCF/CASSCF) treatments, (iii) as a possibility to consistently describe molecular energy landscapes in regions with varying biradical character as exemplified by partial double bond torsions, and (iv) as a powerful visualization method for static electron correlation effects in large biomolecules in connection with an efficient semi-empirical tight-binding molecular orbital scheme...
December 1, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905938/the-impact-of-epidemics-on-labor-market-identifying-victims-of-the-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-in-the-korean-labor-market
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Ayoung Lee, Joonmo Cho
BACKGROUND: The vulnerability approach suggests that disasters such as epidemics have different effects according not only to physical vulnerability but also to economic class (status). This paper examines the effect of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome epidemic on the labor market to investigate whether vulnerable groups become more vulnerable due to an interaction between the socio-economic structure and physical risk. METHODS: This paper examines the effect of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome epidemic on the labor market by considering unemployment status, job status, working hours, reason for unemployment and underemployment status...
December 1, 2016: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901539/colloidal-molecules-assembled-from-binary-spheres-under-an-ac-electric-field
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Kelley Lynch Heatley, Fuduo Ma, Ning Wu
Colloidal particles are envisioned as analogues of atoms and molecules, however they often lack the complexities present in their counterparts. In this work, we report the assembly of colloidal molecules from a binary mixture of polystyrene spheres (1, 1.6, 2, and 4 μm) under an alternating current electric field. The rich family of assembled oligomers typically consists of a large sphere that is closely surrounded by a number of smaller petal particles, driven by the dipolar attraction between large and small particles...
November 30, 2016: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900791/robust-graft-survival-and-normalized-dopaminergic-innervation-does-not-obligate-recovery-in-a-pd-patient
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Jeffrey H Kordower, Christopher G Goetz, Yaping Chu, Glenda M Halliday, Daniel A Nicholson, Timothy Musial, David J Marmion, A Jon Stoessl, Vesna Sossi, Thomas B Freeman, C Warren Olanow
OBJECTIVE: The main goal of dopamine cell replacement therapy in Parkinson's disease (PD) is to provide clinical benefit mediated by graft survival with nigrostriatal reinnervation. We report a dichotomy between graft structure and clinical function in a patient dying sixteen years following fetal nigral grafting. METHODS: A 55-year-old levodopa-responsive woman with PD received bilateral putamenal fetal mesencephalic grafts as part of an NIH-sponsored double-blind sham-controlled trial...
November 30, 2016: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895474/efficacy-of-l-carnitine-supplementation-on-frailty-status-and-its-biomarkers-nutritional-status-and-physical-and-cognitive-function-among-prefrail-older-adults-a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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M Badrasawi, Suzana Shahar, A M Zahara, R Nor Fadilah, Devinder Kaur Ajit Singh
BACKGROUND: Frailty is a biological syndrome of decreased reserve and resistance to stressors due to decline in multiple physiological systems. Amino acid deficiency, including L-carnitine, has been proposed to be associated with its pathophysiology. Nevertheless, the efficacy of L-carnitine supplementation on frailty status has not been documented. Thus, this study aimed to determine the effect of 10-week L-carnitine supplement (1.5 g/day) on frailty status and its biomarkers and also physical function, cognition, and nutritional status among prefrail older adults in Klang Valley, Malaysia...
2016: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893927/model-averaged-double-robust-estimation
#11
Matthew Cefalu, Francesca Dominici, Nils Arvold, Giovanni Parmigiani
Researchers estimating causal effects are increasingly challenged with decisions on how to best control for a potentially high-dimensional set of confounders. Typically, a single propensity score model is chosen and used to adjust for confounding, while the uncertainty surrounding which covariates to include into the propensity score model is often ignored, and failure to include even one important confounder will results in bias. We propose a practical and generalizable approach that overcomes the limitations described above through the use of model averaging...
November 28, 2016: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889723/vitamin-d-supplementation-for-treatment-and-prevention-of-pneumonia-in-under-five-children-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
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Piyush Gupta, Pooja Dewan, Dheeraj Shah, Nisha Sharma, Nidhi Bedi, Iqbal R Kaur, Ajay Kumar Bansal, S V Madhu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of single oral mega-dose of Vitamin D3 for treatment and prevention of pneumonia in under-five children. DESIGN: Randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled trial. SETTING: Tertiary-care hospital. PARTICIPANTS: 324 children (of 980 assessed) between 6 mo-5 y age (median (IQR): 12 (7,19.8) mo) with WHO-defined severe pneumonia. Of these, 126 (39%) were vitamin D deficient (serum 25(OH)D <12 ng/mL)...
November 15, 2016: Indian Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889705/effect-estimation-in-point-exposure-studies-with-binary-outcomes-and-high-dimensional-covariate-data-a-comparison-of-targeted-maximum-likelihood-estimation-and-inverse-probability-of-treatment-weighting
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Menglan Pang, Tibor Schuster, Kristian B Filion, Mireille E Schnitzer, Maria Eberg, Robert W Platt
Inverse probability of treatment weighting (IPW) and targeted maximum likelihood estimation (TMLE) are relatively new methods proposed for estimating marginal causal effects. TMLE is doubly robust, yielding consistent estimators even under misspecification of either the treatment or the outcome model. While IPW methods are known to be sensitive to near violations of the practical positivity assumption (e. g., in the case of data sparsity), the consequences of this violation in the TMLE framework for binary outcomes have been less widely investigated...
November 29, 2016: International Journal of Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886486/atom-chip-fountain-gravimeter
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S Abend, M Gebbe, M Gersemann, H Ahlers, H Müntinga, E Giese, N Gaaloul, C Schubert, C Lämmerzahl, W Ertmer, W P Schleich, E M Rasel
We demonstrate a quantum gravimeter by combining the advantages of an atom chip for the generation, delta-kick collimation, and coherent manipulation of freely falling Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) with an innovative launch mechanism based on Bloch oscillations and double Bragg diffraction. Our high-contrast BEC interferometer realizes tens of milliseconds of free fall in a volume as little as a one centimeter cube and paves the way for measurements with sub-μGal accuracies in miniaturized, robust devices...
November 11, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881676/cytoplasmic-localization-of-proline-glutamic-acid-leucine-rich-protein-1-pelp1-induces-breast-epithelial-cell-migration-through-upregulation-of-inhibitor-of-kappa-b-kinase-epsilon-and-inflammatory-crosstalk-with-macrophages
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Brian J Girard, Todd P Knutson, Bethanie Kuker, Laura McDowell, Kathryn L Schwertfeger, Julie H Ostrander
Cytoplasmic localization of proline, glutamic acid, leucine rich protein 1 (PELP1) is observed in about 40% of women with invasive breast cancer. In mouse models, PELP1 overexpression in the mammary gland leads to pre-malignant lesions and eventually mammary tumors. In preliminary clinical studies, cytoplasmic localization of PELP1 was seen in 36% of women at high risk of developing breast cancer. Here, we investigated whether cytoplasmic PELP1 signaling promotes breast cancer initiation in models of immortalized human mammary epithelial cells (HMECs)...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879333/the-genome-wide-interaction-network-of-nutrient-stress-genes-in-escherichia-coli
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Jean-Philippe Côté, Shawn French, Sebastian S Gehrke, Craig R MacNair, Chand S Mangat, Amrita Bharat, Eric D Brown
: Conventional efforts to describe essential genes in bacteria have typically emphasized nutrient-rich growth conditions. Of note, however, are the set of genes that become essential when bacteria are grown under nutrient stress. For example, more than 100 genes become indispensable when the model bacterium Escherichia coli is grown on nutrient-limited media, and many of these nutrient stress genes have also been shown to be important for the growth of various bacterial pathogens in vivo To better understand the genetic network that underpins nutrient stress in E...
November 22, 2016: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871727/critical-material-attributes-of-strip-films-loaded-with-poorly-water-soluble-drug-nanoparticles-ii-impact-of-polymer-molecular-weight
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Scott M Krull, Jennifer Ammirata, Sonia Bawa, Meng Li, Ecevit Bilgili, Rajesh N Davé
Recent work established polymer strip films as a robust platform for delivery of poorly water-soluble drug particles. However, a simple means of manipulating rate of drug release from films with minimal impact on film mechanical properties has yet to be demonstrated. This study explores the impact of film-forming polymer molecular weight (MW) and concentration on properties of polymer films loaded with poorly water-soluble drug nanoparticles. Nanoparticles of griseofulvin, a model Biopharmaceutics Classification System class II drug, were prepared in aqueous suspension via wet stirred media milling...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869783/comparative-analysis-of-rnai-based-methods-to-down-regulate-expression-of-two-genes-expressed-at-different-levels-in-myzus-persicae
#18
Michaël Mulot, Sylvaine Boissinot, Baptiste Monsion, Maryam Rastegar, Gabriel Clavijo, David Halter, Nicole Bochet, Monique Erdinger, Véronique Brault
With the increasing availability of aphid genomic data, it is necessary to develop robust functional validation methods to evaluate the role of specific aphid genes. This work represents the first study in which five different techniques, all based on RNA interference and on oral acquisition of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA), were developed to silence two genes, ALY and Eph, potentially involved in polerovirus transmission by aphids. Efficient silencing of only Eph transcripts, which are less abundant than those of ALY, could be achieved by feeding aphids on transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana expressing an RNA hairpin targeting Eph, on Nicotiana benthamiana infected with a Tobacco rattle virus (TRV)-Eph recombinant virus, or on in vitro-synthesized Eph-targeting dsRNA...
November 19, 2016: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869649/randomized-trial-of-calcipotriol-combined-with-5-fluorouracil-for-skin-cancer-precursor-immunotherapy
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Trevor J Cunningham, Mary Tabacchi, Jean-Pierre Eliane, Sara Moradi Tuchayi, Sindhu Manivasagam, Hengameh Mirzaalian, Ahu Turkoz, Raphael Kopan, Andras Schaffer, Arturo P Saavedra, Michael Wallendorf, Lynn A Cornelius, Shadmehr Demehri
BACKGROUND: Actinic keratosis is a precursor to cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. Long treatment durations and severe side effects have limited the efficacy of current actinic keratosis treatments. Thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) is an epithelium-derived cytokine that induces a robust antitumor immunity in barrier-defective skin. Here, we investigated the efficacy of calcipotriol, a topical TSLP inducer, in combination with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) as an immunotherapy for actinic keratosis...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866765/safety-tolerability-and-immunogenicity-of-a-single-dose-4-antigen-or-3-antigen-staphylococcus-aureus-vaccine-in-healthy-older-adults-results-of-a-randomised-trial
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C Buddy Creech, Robert W Frenck, Eric A Sheldon, David J Seiden, Martin K Kankam, Edward T Zito, Douglas Girgenti, Joseph M Severs, Frederick W Immermann, Lisa K McNeil, David Cooper, Kathrin U Jansen, William Gruber, Joseph Eiden, Annaliesa S Anderson, James Baber
BACKGROUND: The decline in immune function with age is a challenge to vaccine development. Following an initial study in adults aged 18-64years, this study evaluated the safety and immunogenicity of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) 4-antigen (SA4Ag) and 3-antigen (SA3Ag) vaccine in older adults. SA3Ag included capsular polysaccharide serotypes 5 and 8 (CP5 and CP8) conjugated to the nontoxic mutant form of diphtheria toxin (CRM197) and a recombinant version of clumping factor A (ClfA)...
November 17, 2016: Vaccine
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