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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922803/micropredator-niche-differentiation-between-bulk-soil-and-rhizosphere-of-an-agricultural-soil-depends-on-bacterial-prey
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Lu Zhang, Tillmann Lueders
Predation is a fundamental mechanism of all food webs, but its drivers and organismic connectivities, especially at microbial level, are still poorly understood. Specifically, competitive carbon flows in the presence of multiple micropredators, as well as trophic links within and between microbial kingdoms have rarely been resolved. Here, using maize-planted agricultural soil as a model system, we have investigated the predation of amended bacterial prey by both prokaryotic and eukaryotic micropredators. We have queried how soil compartment (rhizosphere vs bulk soil) and nature of prey (Gram-positive vs Gram-negative) influence predation outcomes...
September 1, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922734/persistent-antidepressant-effect-of-low-dose-ketamine-and-activation-in-the-supplementary-motor-area-and-anterior-cingulate-cortex-in-treatment-resistant-depression-a-randomized-control-study
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Mu-Hong Chen, Cheng-Ta Li, Wei-Chen Lin, Chen-Jee Hong, Pei-Chi Tu, Ya-Mei Bai, Chih-Ming Cheng, Tung-Ping Su
A single low-dose ketamine infusion exhibited a rapid antidepressant effect within 1h. Despite its short biological half-life (approximately 3h), the antidepressant effect of ketamine has been demonstrated to persist for several days. However, changes in brain function responsible for the persistent antidepressant effect of a single low-dose ketamine infusion remain unclear METHODS: Twenty-four patients with treatment-resistant depression (TRD) were randomized into three groups according to the treatment received: 0...
September 9, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922621/a-21-winter-seasons-retrospective-study-of-antibody-response-after-influenza-vaccination-in-elderly-60-85%C3%A2-years-old-and-very-elderly-85%C3%A2-years-old-institutionalized-subjects
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Emilia Nunzi, Anna Maria Iorio, Barbara Camilloni
Influenza vaccination is considered the best mean for preventing the higher rates of mortality associated with influenza virus infection in the elderly as compared with younger people. Since the number of very elderly subjects, aged >85 years, is rapidly increasing, and some authors reported increments in influenza-associated mortality with age, the aim of this study was to increase the limited information available on the immunogenicity of the influenza vaccines in this age group. This was a retrospective study which analyzed the antibody response induced by commercially available trivalent inactivated influenza vaccines in 1491 elderly subjects (60-85 years old) and 1139 very elderly subjects (>85 years old) during 21 winter seasons included between 1993-1994 and 2014-2015...
September 18, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922598/proteolytic-unlocking-of-ultra-stable-twin-acylhydrazone-linkers-for-lysosomal-acid-triggered-release-of-anticancer-drugs
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Yiwu Zheng, Jing Ren, Yaqi Wu, Xiaoting Meng, Yibing Zhao, Chuanliu Wu
Targeted prodrugs exploiting cleavable linkers capable of responding to endogenous stimuli have increasingly been explored for cancer therapy. Successful application of these prodrug designs relies on the manipulation of both stability and responsiveness of the cleavable linkers, which, however, are difficult to be finely regulated, particularly for acid-responsive acylhydrazone bonds. Here we developed a new class of peptide-bridged twin-acylhydrazone linkers (PTA linkers) displaying both an ultrahigh stability and a rapid responsiveness-highly stable in neutral and acidic conditions due to effect of cooperativity between the two acylhydrazone bonds, easily cleavable in acidic conditions after enzymatically-triggered unlocking of the two bonds...
September 18, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922589/higher-baseline-proinflammatory-cytokines-mark-poor-antidepressant-response-in-bipolar-disorder
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Francesco Benedetti, Sara Poletti, Thomas A Hoogenboezem, Clara Locatelli, Harm de Wit, Annemarie J M Wijkhuijs, Cristina Colombo, Hemmo A Drexhage
BACKGROUND: The clinical relevance of raised levels of circulating cytokines in bipolar disorder is still unclear. Cytokines influence neurotransmitters, neuroplasticity, and white matter integrity. An inconsistent literature suggests that higher cytokine levels could hamper antidepressant response. Total sleep deprivation (TSD) and light therapy (LT) prompt a rapid antidepressant response and can provide a model treatment to study predictors of response. METHODS: We studied at baseline 15 immune-regulating compounds in 37 consecutively admitted inpatients with a major depressive episode in the course of bipolar disorder (DSM-5 criteria) and in 24 controls...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922380/the-warburg-effect-as-an-adaptation-of-cancer-cells-to-rapid-fluctuations-in-energy-demand
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Tamir Epstein, Robert A Gatenby, Joel S Brown
To maintain optimal fitness, a cell must balance the risk of inadequate energy reserve for response to a potentially fatal perturbation against the long-term cost of maintaining high concentrations of ATP to meet occasional spikes in demand. Here we apply a game theoretic approach to address the dynamics of energy production and expenditure in eukaryotic cells. Conventionally, glucose metabolism is viewed as a function of oxygen concentrations in which the more efficient oxidation of glucose to CO2 and H2O produces all or nearly all ATP except under hypoxic conditions when less efficient (2 ATP/ glucose vs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922359/a-first-linkage-map-and-downy-mildew-resistance-qtl-discovery-for-sweet-basil-ocimum-basilicum-facilitated-by-double-digestion-restriction-site-associated-dna-sequencing-ddradseq
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Robert Pyne, Josh Honig, Jennifer Vaiciunas, Adolfina Koroch, Christian Wyenandt, Stacy Bonos, James Simon
Limited understanding of sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) genetics and genome structure has reduced efficiency of breeding strategies. This is evidenced by the rapid, worldwide dissemination of basil downy mildew (Peronospora belbahrii) in the absence of resistant cultivars. In an effort to improve available genetic resources, expressed sequence tag simple sequence repeat (EST-SSR) and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers were developed and used to genotype the MRI x SB22 F2 mapping population, which segregates for response to downy mildew...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922016/high-degree-of-variability-in-reporting-of-clinical-and-patient-reported-outcomes-after-hip-arthroscopy
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Austin V Stone, Cale A Jacobs, T David Luo, Molly C Meadows, Shane J Nho, Allston J Stubbs, Eric C Makhni
BACKGROUND: Hip arthroscopy for the treatment of intra-articular pathology is a rapidly expanding field. Outcome measures should be reported to document the efficacy of arthroscopic procedures; however, the most effective outcome measures are not established. PURPOSE: To evaluate the variability in outcomes reported after hip arthroscopy and to compare the responsiveness of patient-reported outcome (PRO) instruments. STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921832/synthesis-and-bioactivity-assessment-of-high-silica-content-quaternary-glasses-with-ca-p-ratios-of-1-5-and-1-67-made-by-a-rapid-sol-gel-process
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Basam A E Ben-Arfa, Hugo R Fernandes, Isabel M Miranda Salvado, José M F Ferreira, Robert C Pullar
Sol-gel glasses in quaternary silica-sodium-calcium-phosphorous systems have been synthesised using a rotary evaporator for rapid drying without ageing. This novel fast drying method drastically decreases the total drying and ageing time from several weeks to only 1 hour, thus overcoming a serious drawback in sol-gel preparation procedures for bioglasses. This work investigates the bioactivity behaviour of two glasses synthesised by this fast method, with Ca:P ratios of 1.5, and 1.67. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Inductive coupled plasma (ICP), Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy were used to confirm the bioactivity of the synthesised powders...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921742/processing-of-temporally-patterned-sounds-in-the-auditory-cortex-of-seba-s-short-tailed-bat-carollia-perspicillata
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Lisa M Martin, Francisco García-Rosales, M Jerome Beetz, Julio C Hechavarría
This article presents a characterization of cortical responses to artificial and natural temporally-patterned sounds in the bat species Carollia perspicillata, a species that produces vocalizations at rates above 50 Hz. Multi-unit activity was recorded in three different experiments. In the first experiment, amplitude modulated (AM) pure tones were used as stimuli to drive auditory cortex (AC) units. AC units of both ketamine-anesthetized and awake bats could lock their spikes to every cycle of the stimulus modulation envelope, but only if the modulation frequency was below 22 Hz...
September 16, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921687/multimodal-treatment-of-a-dog-with-disseminated-cutaneous-viral-papillomatosis
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Britt J Levy, Susannah J Sample, Hang Yuan
BACKGROUND: Canine papillomaviruses (CPVs) are associated with varied cutaneous manifestations. Spontaneous resolution typically occurs within one to 12 months. This case report describes multimodal treatment of a dog with severe disseminated papillomatosis. CLINICAL SUMMARY: An eight-month-old, female spayed, mixed breed dog was presented with a two month history of rapidly progressing papillomatosis and lack of response to oral azithromycin therapy. The dog was severely pruritic and malodorous; the weight and growth of lesions had progressed to affect the dog's gait and vision, and led to decreased quality of life...
September 18, 2017: Veterinary Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921638/graft-infiltrating-pd-l1-hi-cross-dressed-dendritic-cells-regulate-anti-donor-t-cell-responses-in-mouse-liver-transplant-tolerance
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Yoshihiro Ono, Angelica Perez-Gutierrez, Toshimasa Nakao, Helong Dai, Geoffrey Camirand, Osamu Yoshida, Shinichiro Yokota, Donna Beer Stolz, Mark A Ross, Adrian E Morelli, David A Geller, Angus W Thomson
While a key role of cross-dressing has been established in immunity to viral infection and more recently in the instigation of transplant rejection, its role in tolerance is unclear. Here, we investigated the role of intra-graft dendritic cells (DC) and cross-dressing in mouse major histocompatibility complex (MHC)-mismatched liver transplant tolerance that occurs without therapeutic immunosuppression. While donor interstitial DC diminished rapidly following transplantation, they were replaced in the liver by host DC that peaked on postoperative day (POD) 7 and persisted indefinitely...
September 16, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921511/bone-marrow-ilc2s-a-local-source-of-il-5-in-il-33-driven-eosinophilia
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Kristina Johansson, Carina Malmhäll, Patricia Ramos-Ramírez, Madeleine Rådinger
T helper type 2 (TH 2) cells, type 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) and eosinophil progenitors have previously been described to produce IL-5 in the airways upon allergen provocation or by direct administration of IL-33. Eosinophilic airway inflammation is known to be associated with IL-5-dependent eosinophil development in the bone marrow, however, the source of IL-5 remains unclear. TH cells, ILC2s and CD34(+) progenitors have been proposed to be involved in this process, therefore, we investigated whether these cells are taking part in eosinophilopoiesis by producing IL-5 locally in the bone marrow in IL-33-driven inflammation...
September 16, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921431/cell-free-production-of-protein-biologics-within-24-h
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Challise J Sullivan, Erik D Pendleton, John Dresios
Protein biologics have emerged as a safe and effective group of drug products that can be used in a variety of medical disorders and clinical settings, including treatment of orphan diseases, personalized medicine, and point-of-care applications. However, the full potential of protein biologics for such applications will not be realized until there are methods available for rapid and cost-effective production of small scale products for individual needs. Here, we describe a modular and scalable method for rapid and adaptable production of protein-based medical products at small doses...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920997/rapid-and-highly-sensitive-detection-of-extracellular-and-intracellular-h2s-by-an-azide-functionalized-al-iii-based-metal-organic-framework
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Soutick Nandi, Helge Reinsch, Sooram Banesh, Norbert Stock, Vishal Trivedi, Shyam Biswas
A new, azide-functionalized Al(iii)-based metal-organic framework (MOF) denoted as CAU-10-N3 (1, CAU = Christian-Albrechts-University) and consisting of the 5-azido-isophthalic acid (H2IPA-N3) ligand was employed as a reaction-based fluorescent turn-on probe for the detection of H2S. The activated compound (1') showed fast, selective and highly sensitive sensing properties for extracellular H2S in HEPES buffer (10 mM, pH = 7.4). The material retained its high selectivity even in the presence of possibly competing biological species...
September 18, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920792/squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-rostral-maxilla-in-an-adult-captive-whitespotted-bamboo-shark-chiloscyllium-plagiosum
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Betsy E Culp, Martin Haulena, Kelly Britt, Hannah Evans, Stephen Raverty
An approximately 10-yr-old adult female whitespotted bamboo shark (Chiloscyllium plagiosum) presented with a smooth, white, irregular, ulcerated, and expansile lesion on the left lateral aspect of the maxillary rostrum. The lesion had short periods of abrupt and rapid proliferation and then remained static for several months. Cytology and culture were nonspecific and did not reveal any discernible etiologic agents or cellular atypia. The lesion was nonresponsive to parenteral antibiotics. One year after the initial onset of the lesion, the ulcer was 10 cm in diameter, a percentage increase in size of 455%...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920784/treatment-success-in-three-andean-bears-tremarctos-ornatus-with-alopecia-syndrome-using-oclacitinib-maleate-apoquel%C3%A2
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Gabby J Drake, Tim Nuttall, Javier López, William Magnone, Antoine Leclerc, Romain Potier, Alexis Lécu, Maëlle Guézénec, Lydia Kolter, Amélie Nicolau, Karin Lemberger, Didier Pin, Sallie B Cosgrove
Andean bear (Tremarctos ornatus) alopecia syndrome (ABAS) commonly affects captive bears, particularly sexually mature females. ABAS is characterized by bilaterally symmetrical predominantly flank alopecia with or without profound pruritus and secondary bacterial and Malassezia infections. There is no effective treatment and severely affected bears have been euthanized. This paper describes the successful management of ABAS in three female Andean bears. Skin biopsies and cytology revealed a mixed dermal inflammatory infiltrate, alopecia, hyperkeratosis, and Malassezia dermatitis...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920554/a-pulmonary-embolism-response-team-s-initial-20-month-experience-treating-87-patients-with-submassive-and-massive-pulmonary-embolism
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Akhilesh K Sista, Oren A Friedman, Eda Dou, Brendan Denvir, Gulce Askin, Jamie Stern, Jaclyn Estes, Arash Salemi, Ronald S Winokur, James M Horowitz
Pulmonary Embolism Response Teams (PERTs) have emerged to provide rapid multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of PE patients. However, descriptive institutional experience and preliminary outcomes data from such teams are sparse. PERT activations were identified through a retrospective review. Only confirmed submassive or massive PEs were included in the data analysis. In addition to baseline variables, the therapeutic intervention, length of stay (LOS), in-hospital mortality, and bleeding rate/severity were recorded...
September 1, 2017: Vascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920433/fluorotryptophan-incorporation-modulates-the-structure-and-stability-of-transthyretin-in-a-site-specific-manner
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Xun Sun, H Jane Dyson, Peter E Wright
Abnormal deposition of aggregated wild-type (WT) human transthyretin (TTR) and its pathogenic variants is responsible for cardiomyopathy and neuropathy related to TTR amyloidosis. The tryptophan (Trp) fluorescence measurements typically used to study structural changes of TTR do not yield site-specific information on the two Trp residues per TTR protomer. To obtain such information, tryptophan labeled with fluorine at the 5 and 6 positions (5FW and 6FW) was incorporated into TTR. Fluorescence of 5FW and 6FW-labeled WT-TTR (WT-5FW and WT-6FW) and a single-Trp mutant W41Y showed that the photophysics of incorporated fluoro-Trp is consistent with site-specific solvation of the indole ring of W41 and W79...
September 18, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920141/effects-of-moso-bamboo-phyllostachys-edulis-invasions-on-soil-nitrogen-cycles-depend-on-invasion-stage-and-warming
#20
Zhenzhen Li, Ling Zhang, Bangliang Deng, Yuanqiu Liu, Fanqian Kong, Guoxian Huang, Qin Zou, Qian Liu, Xiaomin Guo, Yanqiu Fu, Dekui Niu, Evan Siemann
Plant invasions may alter soil nutrient cycling due to differences in physiological traits between the invader and species they displace as well as differences in responses to anthropogenic factors such as nitrogen deposition and warming. Moso bamboo is expanding its range rapidly around the world, displacing diverse forests. In addition, near expansion fronts where invasions are patchy, moso bamboo and other species each contribute soil inputs. Nitrogen transformations and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are important processes associated with nutrient availability and climate change that may be impacted by bamboo invasions...
September 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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