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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227673/colorimetric-determinations-of-lithium-levels-in-drop-volumes-of-human-plasma-for-monitoring-patients-with-bipolar-mood-disorder
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M Qassem, M Hickey, P A Kyriacou, M Qassem, M Hickey, P A Kyriacou, M Qassem, M Hickey, P A Kyriacou
Lithium preparations are considered the most reliable form of mood stabilizing medication for patients with Bipolar disorder. Nevertheless, lithium is a toxic element and its therapeutic range is extremely narrow, with levels of 0.61.0 mEq considered normal, whereas levels above 1.5 mEq are toxic. Thus unfortunately, many patients reach toxic levels that lead to unnecessary complications. It is believed that personal monitoring of blood lithium levels would benefit patients taking lithium medication. Therefore, our aim is to develop a personal lithium blood level analyzer for patients with bipolar mood disorder, and we report here our initial results of a colorimetric-based method used to test drop-volumes of human plasma that had been spiked with lithium...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227589/uhf-wearable-battery-free-sensor-module-for-activity-and-falling-detection
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Nam Trung Dang, Thang Viet Tran, Wan-Young Chung, Nam Trung Dang, Thang Viet Tran, Wan-Young Chung, Thang Viet Tran, Wan-Young Chung, Nam Trung Dang
Falling is one of the most serious medical and social problems in aging population. Therefore taking care of the elderly by detecting activity and falling for preventing and mitigating the injuries caused by falls needs to be concerned. This study proposes a wearable, wireless, battery free ultra-high frequency (UHF) smart sensor tag module for falling and activity detection. The proposed tag is powered by UHF RF wave from reader and read by a standard UHF Electronic Product Code (EPC) Class-1 Generation-2 reader...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227497/a-wireless-system-with-stimulation-and-recording-capabilities-for-interfacing-peripheral-nerves-in-rodents
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P Schonle, F Michoud, N Brun, A Guex, S P Lacour, Q Wang, Q Huang, P Schonle, F Michoud, N Brun, A Guex, S P Lacour, Q Wang, Q Huang, N Brun, A Guex, P Schonle, Q Huang, Q Wang, S P Lacour, F Michoud
Considerable progress has been made in the last decade in implantable bioelectronic neurosystems. Yet most neural implants are used in acute and tethered experimental conditions. Here, we present a preliminary prototype of a multichannel system for simultaneous peripheral nerve stimulation and neural recording. The system comprises miniaturized electronics with a total volume of less then 1.4cm(3) including a 3.7V battery which is expected to last for 94 days of standby operation or 18 hours of continuous recording and stimulation...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226404/the-effect-of-cortex-medulla-proportions-on-molecular-diagnoses-in-kidney-transplant-biopsies-rejection-and-injury-can-be-assessed-in-medulla
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Katelynn S Madill-Thomsen, Roger C Wiggins, Farsad Eskandary, Georg A Böhmig, Philip F Halloran
Histologic assessment of kidney transplant biopsies relies on cortex rather than medulla, but for microarray studies, the proportion cortex in a biopsy is typically unknown and could affect the molecular readings. The present study aimed to develop a molecular estimate of proportion cortex in biopsies and examine its effect on molecular diagnoses. Microarrays from 26 kidney transplant biopsies divided into cortex and medulla components and processed separately showed that many of the most significant differences were in glomerular genes e...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224923/high-throughput-sequencing-reveals-modulation-of-micrornas-in-vigna-mungo-upon-mungbean-yellow-mosaic-india-virus-inoculation-highlighting-stress-regulation
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Anirban Kundu, Sujay Paul, Avishek Dey, Amita Pal
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are 20-24 nucleotides long non-coding RNAs known to play important regulatory roles during biotic and abiotic stresses by controlling gene expression. Blackgram (Vigna mungo), an economically important grain legume is highly susceptible to pathogenic begomovirus Mungbean Yellow Mosaic India Virus (MYMIV) and resulting in high yield loss. In this study two different leaf-small-RNA libraries were prepared from the pooled RNA at three different time points of resistant V. mungo inbred line VM84 inoculated either with viruliferous or non-viruliferous whiteflies carrying MYMIV and performed high-throughput Illumina sequencing...
April 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224799/preparation-and-practical-applications-of-2-7-dichlorodihydrofluorescein-in-redox-assays
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Megan J Reiniers, Rowan F van Golen, Sylvestre Bonnet, Mans Broekgaarden, Thomas M van Gulik, Maarten R Egmond, Michal Heger
Oxidative stress, a state in which intra- or extracellular oxidant production outweighs the antioxidative capacity, lies at the basis of many diseases. DCFH2-DA (2',7'-dichlorodihydorfluorescein diacetate) is the most widely used fluorogenic probe for the detection of general oxidative stress. However, the use of DCFH2-DA, as many other fluorogenic redox probes, is mainly confined to the detection of intracellular oxidative stress in vitro. To expand the applicability of the probe, an alkaline hydrolysis and solvent extraction procedure was developed to generate high-purity DCFH2 (2',7'-dichlorodihydorfluorescein) from DCFH2-DA using basic laboratory equipment...
February 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223970/tet-c-gene-transfer-between-chlamydia-suis-strains-occurs-by-homologous-recombination-after-co-infection-implications-for-spread-of-tetracycline-resistance-among-chlamydiaceae
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Hanna Marti, Hoyon Kim, Sandeep J Joseph, Stacey Dojiri, Timothy D Read, Deborah Dean
Chlamydia suis is a swine pathogen that has also recently been found to cause zoonotic infections of the human eye, pharynx, and gastrointestinal tract. Many strains contain a tetracycline class C gene [tet(C)] cassette that confers tetracycline resistance. The cassette was likely originally acquired by horizontal gene transfer from a Gram-negative donor after the introduction of tetracycline into animal feed in the 1950s. Various research groups have described the capacity for different Chlamydia species to exchange DNA by homologous recombination...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223683/metataxonomics-reveal-vultures-as-a-reservoir-for-clostridium-perfringens
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Xiangli Meng, Shan Lu, Jing Yang, Dong Jin, Xiaohong Wang, Xiangning Bai, Yumeng Wen, Yiting Wang, Lina Niu, Changyun Ye, Ramon Rosselló-Móra, Jianguo Xu
The Old World vulture may carry and spread pathogens for emerging infections since they feed on the carcasses of dead animals and participate in the sky burials of humans, some of whom have died from communicable diseases. Therefore, we studied the precise fecal microbiome of the Old World vulture with metataxonomics, integrating the high-throughput sequencing of almost full-length small subunit ribosomal RNA (16S rRNA) gene amplicons in tandem with the operational phylogenetic unit (OPU) analysis strategy...
February 22, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223462/fallacy-of-the-unique-genome-sequence-diversity-within-single-helicobacter-pylori-strains
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Jenny L Draper, Lori M Hansen, David L Bernick, Samar Abedrabbo, Jason G Underwood, Nguyet Kong, Bihua C Huang, Allison M Weis, Bart C Weimer, Arnoud H M van Vliet, Nader Pourmand, Jay V Solnick, Kevin Karplus, Karen M Ottemann
Many bacterial genomes are highly variable but nonetheless are typically published as a single assembled genome. Experiments tracking bacterial genome evolution have not looked at the variation present at a given point in time. Here, we analyzed the mouse-passaged Helicobacter pylori strain SS1 and its parent PMSS1 to assess intra- and intergenomic variability. Using high sequence coverage depth and experimental validation, we detected extensive genome plasticity within these H. pylori isolates, including movement of the transposable element IS607, large and small inversions, multiple single nucleotide polymorphisms, and variation in cagA copy number...
February 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222900/genetic-analysis-of-the-sod1-and-c9orf72-genes-in-hungarian-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Kornélia Tripolszki, Bernadett Csányi, Dóra Nagy, Antonia Ratti, Cinzia Tiloca, Vincenzo Silani, Éva Kereszty, Nóra Török, László Vécsei, József I Engelhardt, Péter Klivényi, Nikoletta Nagy, Márta Széll
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by the death of motor neurons. To date, more than 20 genes have been implicated in ALS, and of these, the 2 most frequently mutated are the superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) gene and the chromosome 9 open reading frame 72 (C9ORF72) gene. In this study, we aimed to investigate the contribution of these 2 Mendelian genes to the development of the disease in Hungarian ALS patients (n = 66). Direct sequencing of the SOD1 gene revealed a novel (p...
January 29, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222878/clinical-complications-and-quality-assessments-with-computer-engineered-complete-dentures-a-systematic-review
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Mathew T Kattadiyil, Abdulaziz AlHelal, Brian J Goodacre
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Computer-engineered complete dentures (CECDs) have significant potential as shown by recent reports of outcomes and specific applications. An understanding of complications and quality assessment factors associated with CECDs from compiled data is lacking in published reports. PURPOSE: The purpose of this systematic review was to determine the clinical complications and quality assessments related to CECDs. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Electronic searches of publications in English from January 1984 to September 2016 were performed in MEDLINE and Cochrane databases, with the results enriched by manual searches and citation mining to address 2 population intervention comparison outcome (PICO) questions: what are the clinical complications associated with CECDs, and what are the quality assessments with CECDs? RESULTS: A review of 5 selected articles (limited data) on CECDs revealed patient dissatisfaction related to overall outcome (25...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222675/identification-and-characterization-of-an-efficient-acyl-coa-diacylglycerol-acyltransferase-1-dgat1-gene-from-the-microalga-chlorella-ellipsoidea
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Xuejie Guo, Chengming Fan, Yuhong Chen, Jingqiao Wang, Weibo Yin, Richard R C Wang, Zanmin Hu
BACKGROUND: Oil in the form of triacylglycerols (TAGs) is quantitatively the most important storage form of energy for eukaryotic cells. Diacylglycerol acyltransferase (DGAT) is considered the rate-limiting enzyme for TAG accumulation. Chlorella, a unicellular eukaryotic green alga, has attracted much attention as a potential feedstock for renewable energy production. However, the function of DGAT1 in Chlorella has not been reported. RESULTS: A full-length cDNA encoding a putative diacylglycerol acyltransferase 1 (DGAT1, EC 2...
February 21, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222344/caring-for-children-with-intellectual-disabilities-part-2-detailed-analyses-of-factors-involved-in-respite-workers-reported-assessment-and-care-decisions
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Lara M Genik, C Meghan McMurtry, Lynn M Breau
: Respite workers (RW) commonly care for children with intellectual disabilities (ID), and pain is common for these children. Little is known about factors which inform RW pain assessment and management-related decisions. OBJECTIVES: To describe/determine the following in response to a series of pain-related scenarios (e.g., headache, falling): (1) factors considered important by RW when assessing children with ID's pain; (2) whether children's verbal ability impacts pain assessment factors considered; (3) RW assessment and management approach...
February 17, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221090/no-support-for-the-claim-that-literary-fiction-uniquely-and-immediately-improves-theory-of-mind-a-reply-to-kidd-and-castano-s-commentary-on-panero-et-al-2016
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Maria Eugenia Panero, Deena Skolnick Weisberg, Jessica Black, Thalia R Goldstein, Jennifer L Barnes, Hiram Brownell, Ellen Winner
Kidd and Castano (in press) critique our failure to replicate Kidd and Castano (2013) on 3 grounds: failure to exclude people who did not read the texts, failure of random assignment, and failure to exclude people who did not take the Author Recognition Test (ART). This response addresses each of these critiques. Most importantly, we note that even when Kidd and Castano reanalyzed our data in the way that they argue is most appropriate, they still failed to replicate the pattern of results reported in their original study...
March 2017: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220138/de-novo-transcriptome-assembly-of-phomopsis-liquidambari-provides-insights-into-genes-associated-with-different-lifestyles-in-rice-oryza-sativa-l
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Jun Zhou, Xin Li, Yan Chen, Chuan-Chao Dai
The mechanisms that trigger the switch from endophytic fungi to saprophytic fungi are largely unexplored. Broad host range Phomopsis liquidambari is established in endophytic and saprophytic systems with rice (Oryza sativa L.). Endophytic P. liquidambari promotes rice growth, increasing rice yield and improving the efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer. This species's saprophytic counterpart can decompose rice litterfall, promoting litter organic matter cycling and the release of nutrients and improving the soil microbial environment...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218463/closed-reference-metatranscriptomics-enables-in-planta-profiling-of-putative-virulence-activities-in-the-grapevine-trunk-disease-complex
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Abraham Morales-Cruz, Gabrielle Allenbeck, Rosa Figueroa-Balderas, Vanessa E Ashworth, Daniel P Lawrence, Renaud Travadon, Rhonda J Smith, Kendra Baumgartner, Philippe E Rolshausen, Dario Cantu
Grapevines, like other perennial crops, are affected by so-called 'trunk diseases', which damage the trunk and other woody tissues. Mature grapevines typically contract more than one trunk disease and often multiple grapevine trunk pathogens (GTPs) are recovered from infected tissues. The co-existence of different GTP species in complex and dynamic microbial communities complicates the study of the molecular mechanisms underlying disease development especially under vineyard conditions. The objective of this study was to develop and optimize a community-level transcriptomics (i...
February 20, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218240/scaffolding-and-completing-genome-assemblies-in-real-time-with-nanopore-sequencing
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Minh Duc Cao, Son Hoang Nguyen, Devika Ganesamoorthy, Alysha G Elliott, Matthew A Cooper, Lachlan J M Coin
Third generation sequencing technologies provide the opportunity to improve genome assemblies by generating long reads spanning most repeat sequences. However, current analysis methods require substantial amounts of sequence data and computational resources to overcome the high error rates. Furthermore, they can only perform analysis after sequencing has completed, resulting in either over-sequencing, or in a low quality assembly due to under-sequencing. Here we present npScarf, which can scaffold and complete short read assemblies while the long read sequencing run is in progress...
February 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218016/auditory-performance-and-subjective-benefits-in-adults-with-congenital-or-prelinguistic-deafness-who-receive-cochlear-implants-during-adulthood
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Louise Duchesne, Isabelle Millette, Maurice Bhérer, Suzie Gobeil
OBJECTIVES: (1) To describe auditory performance and subjective benefits in adults with congenital or prelingual deafness who received a cochlear implant (CI) during adolescence or adulthood, and (2) to examine the benefits as experienced by these CI users. METHODS: Twenty-one adults aged 23-65 years participated in the study. All had a congenital or prelingual deafness (onset before age 3). They received a CI between the age of 16 and 61 years (mean age: 31). Speech recognition scores before and after implantation were computed and a questionnaire on subjective benefits (French adaptation of the Adult Cochlear Implant Questionnaire, designed by Zwolan and collaborators (1996, Self-report of CI use and satisfaction by prelingually deafened adults...
February 20, 2017: Cochlear Implants International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217598/five-year-comparison-of-diabetic-control-between-community-diabetic-center-and-primary-health-care-centers
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Mazen S Ferwana, Abdulaziz Alshamlan, Wedad Al Madani, Bader Al Khateeb, Amen Bawazir
CONTEXT: Hyperglycemia is the most important factor for development of complications. A high level of hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is linked with such complications of diabetes. AIMS: The aim of this study was to compare diabetic care between community diabetic center (CDC) and primary health centers. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: This was a retrospective cohort study conducted at King Abdulaziz Medical City for National Guard Health Affairs at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia...
July 2016: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216038/de-novo-transcriptome-of-the-muga-silkworm-antheraea-assamensis-helfer
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Hasnahana Chetia, Debajyoti Kabiraj, Deepika Singh, Ponnala Vimal Mosahari, Suradip Das, Pragya Sharma, Kartik Neog, Swagata Sharma, P Jayaprakash, Utpal Bora
Antheraea assamensis (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae), is a semi-domesticated silkworm known to be endemic to Assam and the adjoining hilly areas of Northeast India. It is the only producer of a unique, commercially important variety of golden silk called "muga silk". Herein, we report the de novo transcriptome of A. assamensis reared on Machilus bombycina leaves for the first time. Short reads generated by high throughput sequencing of cDNA libraries from multiple tissues, viz. alimentary canal, silk gland and residual body were assembled into transcripts via a de novo assembly pipeline followed by functional annotation and classification...
February 16, 2017: Gene
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