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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934263/temporal-dynamics-and-leishmania-infantum-infection-prevalence-of-phlebotomus-perniciosus-diptera-phlebotominae-in-highly-endemic-areas-of-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-tunisia
#1
Meriem Benabid, Jamila Ghrab, Adel Rhim, Rania Ben-Romdhane, Karim Aoun, Aïda Bouratbine
Phlebotomus perniciosus is one of the major vectors of Leishmania infantum in the Mediterranean basin. The aim of this work was (i) to provide information about abundance and temporal dynamics of this Larroussius species in a hot spot area of visceral leishmaniasis in Tunisia, (ii) to detect L. infantum DNA in wild caught female sandflies and (iii) to measure Phlebotomus perniciosus infection rate throughout the active season. Sandflies were collected monthly during one year using CDC miniature light-traps in house and in animal shelters...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934240/microbial-characterization-of-bee-pollen-from-the-vesuvius-area-collected-by-using-three-different-traps
#2
Gianluigi Mauriello, Annachiara De Prisco, Gennaro Di Prisco, Antonietta La Storia, Emilio Caprio
Flower pollen is collected by honeybee foragers, adhered on their rear legs and transported into the hives in the form of pellets. Once in the hives, bee pollen is moisturised with nectar and bee mouth secretions and due to enzymatically modifications it becomes the so-called bee-bread, the protein reservoir of young bees. Bee pollen can be artificially removed from bee legs and collected by using specific systems, the bee pollen traps. Bee pollen is commercialized for human consumption as fresh product and after freezing or drying...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934229/above-and-below-ground-carbohydrate-allocation-differs-between-ash-fraxinus-excelsior-l-and-beech-fagus-sylvatica-l
#3
Ronny Thoms, Michael Köhler, Arthur Gessler, Gerd Gleixner
We investigated soluble carbohydrate transport in trees that differed in their phloem loading strategies in order to better understand the transport of photosynthetic products into the roots and the rhizosphere as this knowledge is needed to better understand the respiratory processes in the rhizosphere. We compared beech, which is suggested to use mainly passive loading of transport sugars along a concentration gradient into the phloem, with ash that uses active loading and polymer trapping of raffinose family oligosaccharides (RFOs)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934202/platelet-dysfunction-contributes-to-bleeding-complications-in-patients-with-probable-leptospirosis
#4
Rahajeng N Tunjungputri, Muhammad Hussein Gasem, Willemijn van der Does, Pandu H Sasongko, Bambang Isbandrio, Rolf T Urbanus, Philip G de Groot, Andre van der Ven, Quirijn de Mast
BACKGROUND: Severe leptospirosis is frequently complicated by a hemorrhagic diathesis, of which the pathogenesis is still largely unknown. Thrombocytopenia is common, but often not to the degree that spontaneous bleeding is expected. We hypothesized that the hemorrhagic complications are not only related to thrombocytopenia, but also to platelet dysfunction, and that increased binding of von Willebrand factor (VWF) to platelets is involved in both platelet dysfunction and increased platelet clearance...
September 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934071/prevalence-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-orientia-tsutsugamushi-in-rodents-and-mites-from-central-india
#5
Ruchi Bhate, Nilesh Pansare, Sandeep P Chaudhari, Sukhadeo B Barbuddhe, Vijay K Choudhary, Nitin V Kurkure, Sunil W Kolte
Orientia tsutsugamushi, the causative agent of scrub typhus in humans, is an obligate intracytosolic bacterium transmitted among animals and to humans by some species of larval trombiculid mites (chiggers) and is hosted mainly by rodents. In this study, we attempted detection of O. tsutsugamushi from blood and tissue samples of rodents trapped from different locations in Central India using PCR targeting the 56 kDa outer membrane protein gene and the 47 kDa high temperature transmembrane protein gene. A total of 59 rodent samples comprising 38 of blood collected from domestic and public surroundings and 21 of tissue from agricultural farm were included in this study...
September 21, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933819/superior-plasmonic-photodetectors-based-on-au-mos2-core-shell-heterostructures
#6
Yuan Li, Jennifer G DiStefano, Akshay A Murthy, Jeffrey D Cain, Eve D Hanson, Qianqian Li, Fernando C Castro, Xinqi Chen, Vinayak P Dravid
Integrating plasmonic materials into semiconductor media provides a promising approach for applications such as photo-sensing and solar energy conversion. The resulting structures introduce enhanced light-matter interactions, additional charge trap states, and efficient charge-transfer pathways for light-harvesting devices, especially when an intimate interface is built between the plasmonic nanostructure and semiconductor. Herein, we report the development of plasmonic photodetectors using Au@MoS2 heterostructures - an Au nanoparticle core that is encapsulated by a CVD-grown multilayer MoS2 shell, which perfectly realizes the intimate and direct interfacing of Au and MoS2...
September 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933555/a-water-stable-cl-ag14-cluster-based-metal-organic-open-framework-for-dichromate-trapping-and-bacterial-inhibition
#7
Shan-Shan Zhang, Xin Wang, Hai-Feng Su, Lei Feng, Zhi Wang, Wen-Qiang Ding, Vladislav A Blatov, Mohamedally Kurmoo, Chen-Ho Tung, Di Sun, Lan-Sun Zheng
Decoding the principles of cluster-based framework assembly at the molecular level remains a persistent challenge. Herein, we isolated and characterized a novel water-stable three-dimensional (3D) metal-organic open framework [Cl@Ag14(cPrC≡C)10Cl2·(p-TOS)·1/3H2O]n (SD/Ag14, cPrC≡CH = cyclopropylacetylene; p-TOS = p-toluenesulfonate), which contains a chloride-templated Ag14 cluster as building block. For SD/Ag14, one chloride acts as the template to shape the Ag14 cluster and the other bridges the clusters to a 3D pcu-h open framework...
September 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933531/room-temperature-activation-of-ingazno-thin-film-transistors-via-he-irradiation
#8
Michael G Stanford, Joo Hyon Noh, Kyle Mahady, Anton V Ievlev, Petro Maksymovych, Olga S Ovchinnikova, Philip D Rack
Amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide (a-IGZO) is a transparent semiconductor which has demonstrated excellent electrical performance as thin film transistors (TFTs). However, a high-temperature activation process is generally required which is incompatible for next-generation flexible electronic applications. In this work, He(+) irradiation is demonstrated as an athermal activation process for a-IGZO TFTs. Controlling He+ dose enables the tuning of charge density and a dose of 1×10(14) He(+)/cm(2) induces a change in charge density of 2...
September 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932993/oxygen-therapy-with-high-flow-nasal-cannula-as-an-effective-treatment-for-perioperative-pneumocephalus-case-illustrations-and-pathophysiological-review
#9
Jason L Siegel, Karen Hampton, Alejandro A Rabinstein, Diane McLaughlin, Jose L Diaz-Gomez
Pneumocephalus (PNC) is a condition in which when air is trapped inside the intracranial vault. The causes are varied, but include trauma and intracranial surgery. Treatment of PNC typically consists of augmenting patient oxygenation with the attempt of washing out pulmonary nitrogen, creating a gradient in which nitrogen in the intracranial air bubble diffuses out of the lungs via the blood. Though several high flow methods have been tested, the ideal mode of oxygenation has not fully been investigated. Here we present 3 cases of post-operative PNC who we felt were symptomatic from PNC...
September 20, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932572/chronic-lung-allograft-dysfunction-phenotypes-and-treatment
#10
REVIEW
Stijn E Verleden, Robin Vos, Bart M Vanaudenaerde, Geert M Verleden
Chronic lung allograft dysfunction (CLAD) remains a major hurdle limiting long-term survival post lung transplantation. Given the clinical heterogeneity of CLAD, recently two phenotypes of CLAD have been defined [bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS) vs. restrictive allograft syndrome (RAS) or restrictive CLAD (rCLAD)]. BOS is characterized by an obstructive pulmonary function, air trapping on CT and obliterative bronchiolitis (OB) on histopathology, while RAS/rCLAD patients show a restrictive pulmonary function, persistent pleuro-parenchymal infiltrates on CT and pleuroparenchymal fibro-elastosis on biopsies...
August 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932537/the-role-of-video-assisted-thoracoscopic-surgery-for-management-of-symptomatic-pleural-effusion-after-coronary-artery-bypass-surgery-a-best-evidence-topic-report
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REVIEW
Alfonso Fiorelli, Francesco Caronia, Aldo Prencipe, Mario Santini, Brendon Stiles
A best evidence topic in thoracic surgery was written addressing whether video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) talc pleurodesis could be justified in patients with pleural effusion (PE) after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery and no-responded to repeated thoracentesis. Ten papers were identified to answer the question. Of these, two were case-series study including ≥4 patients, 7 retrospective analytical studies, and one observational study but no randomized controlled trial (RCTs) was included in the analysis...
August 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931815/silicon-single-photon-avalanche-diodes-with-nano-structured-light-trapping
#12
Kai Zang, Xiao Jiang, Yijie Huo, Xun Ding, Matthew Morea, Xiaochi Chen, Ching-Ying Lu, Jian Ma, Ming Zhou, Zhenyang Xia, Zongfu Yu, Theodore I Kamins, Qiang Zhang, James S Harris
Silicon single-photon avalanche detectors are becoming increasingly significant in research and in practical applications due to their high signal-to-noise ratio, complementary metal oxide semiconductor compatibility, room temperature operation, and cost-effectiveness. However, there is a trade-off in current silicon single-photon avalanche detectors, especially in the near infrared regime. Thick-junction devices have decent photon detection efficiency but poor timing jitter, while thin-junction devices have good timing jitter but poor efficiency...
September 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931814/optical-trapping-of-otoliths-drives-vestibular-behaviours-in-larval-zebrafish
#13
Itia A Favre-Bulle, Alexander B Stilgoe, Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Ethan K Scott
The vestibular system, which detects gravity and motion, is crucial to survival, but the neural circuits processing vestibular information remain incompletely characterised. In part, this is because the movement needed to stimulate the vestibular system hampers traditional neuroscientific methods. Optical trapping uses focussed light to apply forces to targeted objects, typically ranging from nanometres to a few microns across. In principle, optical trapping of the otoliths (ear stones) could produce fictive vestibular stimuli in a stationary animal...
September 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931754/activated-signature-of-antiphospholipid-syndrome-neutrophils-reveals-potential-therapeutic-target
#14
Jason S Knight, He Meng, Patrick Coit, Srilakshmi Yalavarthi, Gautam Sule, Alex A Gandhi, Robert C Grenn, Levi F Mazza, Ramadan A Ali, Paul Renauer, Jonathan D Wren, Paula L Bockenstedt, Hui Wang, Daniel T Eitzman, Amr H Sawalha
Antiphospholipid antibodies, present in one-third of lupus patients, increase the risk of thrombosis. We recently reported a key role for neutrophils - neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs), in particular - in the thrombotic events that define antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). To further elucidate the role of neutrophils in APS, we performed a comprehensive transcriptome analysis of neutrophils isolated from patients with primary APS. Moreover, APS-associated venous thrombosis was modeled by treating mice with IgG prepared from APS patients, followed by partial restriction of blood flow through the inferior vena cava...
September 21, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931002/enhanced-proofreading-governs-crispr-cas9-targeting-accuracy
#15
Janice S Chen, Yavuz S Dagdas, Benjamin P Kleinstiver, Moira M Welch, Alexander A Sousa, Lucas B Harrington, Samuel H Sternberg, J Keith Joung, Ahmet Yildiz, Jennifer A Doudna
The RNA-guided CRISPR-Cas9 nuclease from Streptococcus pyogenes (SpCas9) has been widely repurposed for genome editing(1-4). High-fidelity (SpCas9-HF1) and enhanced specificity (eSpCas9(1.1)) variants exhibit substantially reduced off-target cleavage in human cells, but the mechanism of target discrimination and the potential to further improve fidelity are unknown(5-9). Using single-molecule Förster resonance energy transfer (smFRET) experiments, we show that both SpCas9-HF1 and eSpCas9(1.1) are trapped in an inactive state(10) when bound to mismatched targets...
September 20, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931000/trapping-of-micro-particles-in-nanoplasmonic-optical-lattice
#16
Dinesh Bhalothia, Ya-Tang Yang
The plasmonic optical tweezer has been developed to overcome the diffraction limits of the conventional far field optical tweezer. Plasmonic optical lattice consists of an array of nanostructures, which exhibit a variety of trapping and transport behaviors. We report the experimental procedures to trap micro-particles in a simple square nanoplasmonic optical lattice. We also describe the optical setup and the nanofabrication of a nanoplasmonic array. The optical potential is created by illuminating an array of gold nanodiscs with a Gaussian beam of 980 nm wavelength, and exciting plasmon resonance...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930991/using-an-adapted-microfluidic-olfactory-chip-for-the-imaging-of-neuronal-activity-in-response-to-pheromones-in-male-c-elegans-head-neurons
#17
Douglas K Reilly, Daniel E Lawler, Dirk R Albrecht, Jagan Srinivasan
The use of calcium indicators has greatly enhanced our understanding of neural dynamics and regulation. The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, with its completely mapped nervous system and transparent anatomy, presents an ideal model for understanding real-time neural dynamics using calcium indicators. In combination with microfluidic technologies and experimental designs, calcium-imaging studies using these indicators are performed in both free-moving and trapped animals. However, most previous studies utilizing trapping devices, such as the olfactory chip described in Chronis et al...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930319/revealing-the-correlation-between-charge-carrier-recombination-and-extraction-in-an-organic-solar-cell-under-varying-illumination-intensity
#18
Abhishek Sharma, Mihirsinh Chauhan, Vishal Bharti, Manoj Kumar, Suresh Chand, Brijesh Tripathi, J P Tiwari
The design and fabrication of better excitonic solar cells are the need of the hour for futuristic energy solutions. This designing needs a better understanding of the charge transport properties of excitonic solar cells. One of the popular methods of understanding the charge transport properties is the analysis of the J-V characteristics of a device through theoretical simulation at varied illumination intensity. Herein, a J-V characteristic of a polymer:fullerene based bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic solar cells (OSCs) of structure ITO/PEDOT:PSS (∼40 nm)/PTB7:PC71BM (∼100 nm)/Al (∼120 nm) is analyzed using one- and two-diode models at varied illumination intensity in the range of 0...
September 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930008/usutu-virus-rna-in-mosquitoes-israel-2014-2015
#19
Batya Mannasse, Ella Mendelson, Laor Orshan, Orna Mor, Uri Shalom, Tamar Yeger, Yaniv Lustig
We identified Usutu virus (USUV) RNA in 6 pools of mosquitoes trapped in northern Israel during 2014-2015. These Israeli strains were most similar to strains identified in Senegal and Germany, which further elucidates common ancestry and evolutionary dynamics of USUV. Our findings suggest that human infection with USUV might occur in Israel.
October 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929912/in%C3%A2-vivo-induction-of-neutrophil-extracellular-traps-by-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-in-a-guinea-pig-model
#20
Georgina Filio-Rodríguez, Iris Estrada-García, Patricia Arce-Paredes, María M Moreno-Altamirano, Sergio Islas-Trujillo, M Dolores Ponce-Regalado, Oscar Rojas-Espinosa
In 2004, a novel mechanism of cellular death, called 'NETosis', was described in neutrophils. This mechanism, different from necrosis and apoptosis, is characterized by the release of chromatin webs admixed with microbicidal granular proteins and peptides (NETs). NETs trap and kill a variety of microorganisms. Diverse microorganisms, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis, are NET inducers in vitro. The aim of this study was to examine whether M. tuberculosis can also induce NETs in vivo and if the NETs are bactericidal to the microorganism...
January 1, 2017: Innate Immunity
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