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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432951/microbial-communities-in-the-functional-areas-of-a-biofilm-reactor-with-anaerobic-aerobic-process-for-oily-wastewater-treatment
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Jianhua Li, Shanshan Sun, Ping Yan, Li Fang, Yang Yu, Yangdong Xiang, Di Wang, Yejing Gong, Yanjun Gong, Zhongzhi Zhang
Microbial communities in the functional areas of biofilm reactors with large height-diameter ratio using the anaerobic-aerobic (A/O) reflux process was investigated to treat heavy oil refinery wastewater without pretreatment. In the process, chemical oxygen demand (COD) and total nitrogen (TN) removal reached 93.2% and 82.8%, and the anaerobic biofilm reactor was responsible for 95% and 99%, respectively. Areas for hydrolysis acidification and acetic acid production, methane production, and COD recovery were obvious in the anaerobic reactor...
April 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432947/pretreatment-of-eucalyptus-in-biphasic-system-for-furfural-production-and-accelerated-enzymatic-hydrolysis
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Xiudong Zhang, Yuanyuan Bai, Xuefei Cao, Runcang Sun
Herein, an efficient biphasic pretreatment process was developed to improve the production of furfural (FF) and glucose from Eucalyptus. The influence of formic acid and NaCl on FF production from xylose in water and various biphasic systems was investigated. Results showed that the addition of formic acid and NaCl significantly promoted the FF yield, and the biphasic system of MIBK (methyl isobutyl ketone)/water exhibited the best performance for FF production. Then the Eucalyptus was pretreated in the MIBK/water system, and a maximum FF yield of 82...
April 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432937/subantibiotic-dose-of-azithromycin-attenuates-alveolar-bone-destruction-and-improves-trabecular-microarchitectures-in-a-rat-model-of-experimental-periodontitis-a-study-using-micro-computed-tomography
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Hye-Shin Park, Yong Sun Lee, Eun-Young Choi, Jeom-Il Choi, In Soon Choi, Sung-Jo Kim
Azithromycin, a macrolide antibiotic, has anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory activities apart from its antibacterial properties. In this study, we examined the efficacy of subantibiotic dose of azithromycin on ligature-induced periodontitis in rats using micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) imaging and bone parameter analysis. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were allocated to the following four groups: non-ligation (NL) group; ligation-only (L) group; ligation-plus-subantibiotic dose azithromycin (SA) group; and 4) ligation-plus-antibiotic dose azithromycin (AA) group...
April 19, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432936/the-immunosuppressive-characteristics-of-fb1-by-inhibition-of-maturation-and-function-of-bmdcs
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Yinhuan Li, Yanhong Fan, Bingbing Xia, Qiuping Xiao, Qingqing Wang, Weidong Sun, Haibin Zhang, Chenghua He
Fumonisin B1 (FB1) is one kind of mycotoxins that has the neurotoxicity, carcinogenicity, hepatotoxicity and immunotoxicity produced by the fungus Fusarium verticillioides, which commonly infects corn and other crops and is harmful to animal and human health upon consumption of FB1-contaminated feed or food. However, the mechanism of immunotoxicity, especially the immunosuppression induced by FB1 is still unclear. The most pivotal cells in the induction of immune responses are dendritic cells (DCs). In this study, we used murine bone marrow-derived dendritic cells (BMDCs) as a model system to elucidate the effect of FB1 on the function of BMDCs through biological methods...
April 19, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432852/correlation-between-expression-of-high-temperature-requirement-serine-protease-a1-htra1-in-nucleus-pulposus-and-t2-value-of-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Dapeng Li, Jiawei Yue, Lu Jiang, Yonghui Huang, Jifu Sun, Yan Wu
BACKGROUND Degrading enzymes play an important role in the process of disc degeneration. The objective of this study was to investigate the correlation between the expression of high temperature requirement serine protease A1 (HtrA1) in the nucleus pulposus and the T2 value of the nucleus pulposus region in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MATERIAL AND METHODS Thirty-six patients who had undergone surgical excision of the nucleus pulposus were examined by MRI before surgery. Pfirrmann grading of the target intervertebral disc was performed according to the sagittal T2-weighted imaging, and the T2 value of the target nucleus pulposus was measured according to the median sagittal T2 mapping...
April 22, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432835/detection-of-soft-tissue-abscess-comparison-of-diffusion-weighted-imaging-to-contrast-enhanced-mri
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Chang Woo Chun, Joon-Yong Jung, Jun Seung Baik, Won-Hee Jee, Sun Ki Kim, Seung Han Shin
PURPOSE: To compare the diagnostic performances of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI)-combined magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) performed without intravenous contrast material with gadolinium contrast material-enhanced (CE) MRI for diagnosing soft-tissue abscesses. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In all, 119 patients (mean age: 56 years) with skin and soft-tissue infection who underwent contrast-enhanced MRI with DWI (b = 0-800) were included. Two readers independently reviewed both image sets-nonenhanced conventional MR images (NECI)+DWI, and NECI+contrast enhanced fat-suppressed T1 -weighted imaging (CEFST1 )-for the presence of abscess...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432806/rapid-acceptance-testing-of-modern-linac-using-on-board-mv-and-kv-imaging-systems
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Sridhar Yaddanapudi, Bin Cai, Taylor Harry, Steven Dolly, Baozhou Sun, Hua Li, Keith Stinson, Camille Noel, Lakshmi Santanam, Todd Pawlicki, Sasa Mutic, S Murty Goddu
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to develop a novel process for using on-board MV and kV Electronic Portal Imaging Devices (EPIDs) to perform linac acceptance testing (AT) for two reasons: 1) to standardize the assessment of new equipment performance, and 2) to reduce the time to clinical use while reducing physicist workload. METHODS AND MATERIALS: In this study, Varian TrueBeam linacs equipped with amorphous silicon based EPID (aS1000) were used. The conventional set of AT tests and tolerances were used as a baseline guide...
April 22, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432795/validation-of-sun-exposure-reported-annually-against-interim-self-report-and-daily-sun-diaries
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Laura King, Fan Xiang, Ashwin Swaminathan, Keith Dear, Simone L Harrison, Ingrid van der Mei, Michael G Kimlin, Catherine D'Este, Robyn M Lucas
Data on personal sun exposure over a period exceeding the immediate past days or weeks is typically self-reported in brief questionnaire items. The validity of such self-reporting of longer-term personal sun exposure, e.g. over a year, including detail on variation across seasons, has not previously been investigated. In a volunteer sample (n = 331) of Australian adults age 18 years and over, we assessed the 12-month reliability of sun exposure reported separately for each season, and its accuracy compared to a daily sun diary in the same season...
April 22, 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432771/a-rare-variant-in-tor1a-exon-5-associated-with-isolated-dystonia-in-southwestern-chinese
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Yuzhou Long, Yang Chen, Yuan Qian, Jianlin Wang, Lihua Luo, Xiaoqin Huang, Li Li, Jiayou Chu, Zhaoqing Yang, Hao Sun
BACKGROUND: TOR1A has been proposed as an important genetic factor in early-onset isolated dystonia. Variants located in the 3' untranslated region of TOR1A are of particular importance because they may influence gene expression, although related studies are limited. The objectives of the present study focused on variants in the TOR1A 3' untranslated region. METHODS: The last exon of TOR1A was sequenced in 229 cases with isolated dystonia and in 210 controls. In addition, 471 controls were tested to determine the frequency of the variants in the 3' untranslated region...
April 22, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432707/suberoylanilide-hydroxamic-acid-a-novel-histone-deacetylase-inhibitor-improves-the-development-and-acetylation-level-of-miniature-porcine-handmade-cloning-embryos
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J M Sun, K Q Cui, Z P Li, X R Lu, Z F Xu, Q Y Liu, B Huang, D S Shi
Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACis) can change the histone acetylation and significantly enhance the developmental competence of the pre-implantation SCNT embryo. To select a proper histone deacetylase inhibitor to improve the success rate and potentially developmental ability of handmade cloning (HMC) embryos of miniature porcine, we compared the effect of two histone deacetylase inhibitors (SAHA vs. VPA) on HMC embryo development, their histone acetylation level and the expression level of relevant genes...
April 22, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432629/aquatic-photolysis-of-hydroxylated-polybromodiphenyl-ethers-under-direct-uv-irradiation-a-case-study-of-2-ho-bde-68
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Bentuo Xu, Minghong Wu, Chenyuan Pan, Yan Sun, Debao Yuan, Liang Tang, Gang Xu
Hydroxylated polyhalodiphenyl ethers (HO-PXDEs) have attracted considerable scientific interest as examples of emerging aquatic pollutants. However, a comprehensive assessment of disposal methods for this particular pollutant was seldom investigated. This study examined the UV light degradation of HO-PXDEs, using 2'-HO-2, 3', 4, 5'-tetrabromodiphenyl ether (2'-HO-BDE-68) as a case study. The results showed that UV light was superior to visible light and electron beam irradiation for producing a high degradation rate of 2'-HO-BDE-68...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432529/ginseng-derived-panaxadiol-saponins-promote-hematopoiesis-recovery-in-cyclophosphamide-induced-myelosuppressive-mice-potential-novel-treatment-of-chemotherapy-induced-cytopenias
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Xin Sun, Yan-Na Zhao, Song Qian, Rui-Lan Gao, Li-Ming Yin, Li-Pei Wang, Beng-Hock Chong, Su-Zhan Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the potential efficacy of panaxadiol saponins component (PDS-C), a biologically active fraction isolated from total ginsenosides, to reverse chemotherapy-induced myelosuppression and pancytopenia caused by cyclophamide (CTX). METHODS: Mice with myelosuppression induced by CTX were treated with PDS-C at a low- (20 mg/kg), moderate- (40 mg/kg), or high-dose (80 mg/kg) for 7 consecutive days. The level of peripheral white blood cell (WBC), neutrophil (NEU) and platelet (PLT) were measured, the histopathology and colony formation were observed, the protein kinase and transcription factors in hematopoietic cells were determined by immunohistochemical staining and Western blot...
April 22, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432524/correlation-of-serum-mmp3-and-other-biomarkers-with-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-a-pilot-study
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Dongyi He, Qi Zhu, Quan Zhou, Qing Qi, Hongmei Sun, Liza M Zachariah, Grace Wang, John D Reveille, Yongtao Guan, Xiaodong Zhou
The studies aimed to assess a set of biomarkers for their correlations with disease activity/severity of patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). A total of 24 AS patients were treated with etanercept and prospectively followed for 12 weeks. Serum levels of TNF-α, IFN-γ, TGF-β, IL6, IL15, IL17, MMP3, and MICA were measured at baseline and after treatment. The change of these biomarkers was analyzed for correlations with MRI indices for joint inflammation, Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index, Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index, AS Disease Activity Score, serum CRP, and ESR...
April 22, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432394/-vitamin%C3%A2-d-and-uv-protection
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H Stege, T Schwarz
A high percentage of people present with reduced vitamin D3 levels. Reduced vitamin D3 levels have to be supplemented. Oral supplementation can be performed easily and without significant side effects. Because vitamin D3 can be produced in the skin via ultraviolet B (UVB) irradiation, it is possible to elevate reduced vitamin D3 levels by UVB exposure. However, UVB, which is classified as a complete carcinogen, induces skin cancer. Therefore, UVB irradiation should not be utilized to stimulate vitamin D3 synthesis...
April 21, 2017: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432363/joint-based-description-of-protein-structure-its-application-to-the-geometric-characterization-of-membrane-proteins
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Jayaraman Thangappan, Sangwook Wu, Sun-Gu Lee
A macroscopic description of a protein structure allows an understanding of the protein conformations in a more simplistic manner. Here, a new macroscopic approach that utilizes the joints of the protein secondary structures as a basic descriptor for the protein structure is proposed and applied to study the arrangement of secondary structures in helical membrane proteins. Two types of dihedral angle, Ω and λ, were defined based on the joint points of the transmembrane (TM) helices and loops, and employed to analyze 103 non-homologous membrane proteins with 3 to 14 TM helices...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432334/regulation-of-viral-gene-expression-by-duck-enteritis-virus-ul54
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Chaoyue Liu, Anchun Cheng, Mingshu Wang, Shun Chen, Renyong Jia, Dekang Zhu, Mafeng Liu, Kunfeng Sun, Qiao Yang, Ying Wu, Xinxin Zhao, Xiaoyue Chen
Duck enteritis virus (DEV) UL54 is a homologue of human herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) ICP27, which plays essential regulatory roles during infection. Our previous studies indicated that DEV UL54 is an immediate-early protein that can shuttle between the nucleus and the cytoplasm. In the present study, we found that UL54-deleted DEV (DEV-ΔUL54) exhibits growth kinetics, a plaque size and a viral DNA copy number that are significantly different from those of its parent wild-type virus (DEV-LoxP) and the revertant (DEV-ΔUL54 (Revertant))...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432300/entropic-uncertainty-relations-for-markovian-and-non-markovian-processes-under-a-structured-bosonic-reservoir
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Dong Wang, Ai-Jun Huang, Ross D Hoehn, Fei Ming, Wen-Yang Sun, Jia-Dong Shi, Liu Ye, Sabre Kais
The uncertainty relation is a fundamental limit in quantum mechanics and is of great importance to quantum information processing as it relates to quantum precision measurement. Due to interactions with the surrounding environment, a quantum system will unavoidably suffer from decoherence. Here, we investigate the dynamic behaviors of the entropic uncertainty relation of an atom-cavity interacting system under a bosonic reservoir during the crossover between Markovian and non-Markovian regimes. Specifically, we explore the dynamic behavior of the entropic uncertainty relation for a pair of incompatible observables under the reservoir-induced atomic decay effect both with and without quantum memory...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432282/loss-of-function-myostatin-mutation-increases-insulin-sensitivity-and-browning-of-white-fat-in-meishan-pigs
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Chunbo Cai, Lili Qian, Shengwang Jiang, Youde Sun, Qingqing Wang, Dezun Ma, Gaojun Xiao, Biao Li, Shanshan Xie, Ting Gao, Yaoxing Chen, Jie Liu, Xiaorong An, Wentao Cui, Kui Li
Myostatin-deficient mice showed a remarkable hypertrophy of skeletal muscle, with a decreased fat mass and enhanced insulin sensitivity. Currently, it is unclear if the inhibition of myostatin could be used as an approach to treat human obesity and insulin resistance. In this study, we investigated if the inhibition of porcine myostatin has any effect on fat deposition and insulin sensitivity using genetically engineered Meishan pigs containing a myostatin loss-of-function mutation (Mstn -/- ). Our results indicated that, when compared with wild-type pigs, the amount of subcutaneous fat and leaf fat of Mstn -/- pigs were significantly decreased mainly due to the browning of subcutaneous adipose tissue...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432272/establishment-of-an-in-vitro-culture-model-of-theca-cells-from-hierarchical-follicles-in-ducks
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Xiang Gan, da Chen, Yan Deng, Junsong Yuan, Bo Kang, Jiamin Qiu, Wenqiang Sun, Chunchun Han, Jiwei Hu, Liang Li, Jiwen Wang
Theca cells, including theca interna cells and theca externa cells, are vital components of ovarian follicles. The aim of this study is to identify a reliable method for the in vitro culture of theca cells from duck ovarian hierarchical (F4-F2) follicles. We improved the method for cell separation by using trypsin to further remove granular cells, and we increased the concentration of fetal bovine serum used in in vitro culture to improve cytoactivity. Cell antibody immunofluorescence showed that all inoculated cells could be stained by the CYP17A1/19A1 antibody but not by the FSHR antibody, which could stain granulosa cells...
April 21, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432257/excess-diffuse-light-absorption-in-upper-mesophyll-limits-co2-drawdown-and-depresses-photosynthesis
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Jeffrey Mason Earles, Guillaume Théroux-Rancourt, Matthew E Gilbert, Andrew J McElrone, Craig Brodersen
In agricultural and natural systems, diffuse light can enhance plant primary productivity due to deeper penetration into and greater illumination of the entire canopy. However, for individual sun-grown leaves from three species, photosynthesis is actually less efficient under diffuse compared to direct light. Despite its potential impact on canopy-level productivity, the mechanism for this leaf-level 'diffuse light photosynthetic depression' effect is unknown. Here we investigate if the spatial distribution of light absorption relative to electron transport capacity in sun- and shade-grown H...
April 21, 2017: Plant Physiology
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