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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107770/different-parts-different-stories-climate-sensitivity-of-growth-is-stronger-in-root-collars-versus-stems-in-tundra-shrubs
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Pascale Ropars, Sandra Angers-Blondin, Marianne Gagnon, Isla H Myers-Smith, Esther Lévesque, Stéphane Boudreau
Shrub densification has been widely reported across the circumpolar arctic and subarctic biomes in recent years. Long-term analyses based on dendrochronological techniques applied to shrubs have linked this phenomenon to climate change. However, the multi-stemmed structure of shrubs makes them difficult to sample and therefore leads to non-uniform sampling protocols among shrub ecologists, who will favor either root collars or stems to conduct dendrochronological analyses. Through a comparative study of the use of root collars and stems of Betula glandulosa, a common North American shrub species, we evaluated the relative sensitivity of each plant part to climate variables, and assessed if this sensitivity is consistent across three different types of environments in northwestern Québec, Canada (terrace, hilltop and snowbed)...
January 20, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107749/use-of-fluorescence-spectroscopy-to-control-ozone-dosage-in-recirculating-aquaculture-systems
#2
Aikaterini Spiliotopoulou, Richard Martin, Lars-Flemming Pedersen, Henrik R Andersen
The aim of this study was to investigate the potential of fluorescence spectroscopy to be used as an ozone dosage determination tool in recirculating aquaculture systems (RASs), by studying the relationship between fluorescence intensities and dissolved organic matter (DOM) degradation by ozone, in order to optimise ozonation treatment. Water samples from six different Danish facilities (two rearing units from a commercial trout RAS, a commercial eel RAS, a pilot RAS and two marine water aquariums) were treated with different O3 dosages (1...
December 24, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107745/femtomolar-detection-of-cardiac-troponin-i-using-a-novel-label-free-and-reagent-free-dendrimer-enhanced-impedimetric-immunosensor
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Rashida Akter, Bongjin Jeong, Yong-Mi Lee, Jong-Soon Choi, Md Aminur Rahman
A novel highly sensitive dendrimer coupled impedimetric immunosensor was developed for the label-free and reagent-free detection of cardiac troponin I (TnI) in serum samples. The immunosensor probe was fabricated by covalently attaching carboxylic acid-functionalized third generation (G3) poly (amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimer (Den) on the 3, 3', 5, 5'-tetramethyl benzidine (TMB) modified 6-mercaptohexanoic acid (MHA) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on a gold (Au) electrode. Monoclonal anti-TnI antibody was then covalently immobilized on the Den and TMB attached MHA SAM modified surface...
January 12, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107744/sensitive-detection-of-t4-polynucleotide-kinase-activity-based-on-multifunctional-magnetic-probes-and-polymerization-nicking-reactions-mediated-hyperbranched-rolling-circle-amplification
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Xia Li, Xiaowen Xu, Juan Song, Qingwang Xue, Chenzhong Li, Wei Jiang
T4 polynucleotide kinase (PNK) plays critical roles in regulating DNA phosphorylation modes during the repair of DNA lesions. The aberrant activity of T4 PNK has been proven to be associated with a variety of human pathologies. Sensitive detection of T4 PNK activity is critical to both clinical diagnosis and therapeutics. Herein, a background-eliminated fluorescence assay for sensitive detection of T4 PNK activity has been developed by multifunctional magnetic probes and polymerization nicking reactions mediated hyperbranched rolling circle amplification (HRCA)...
January 12, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107743/high-sensitivity-four-layer-polymer-fiber-optic-evanescent-wave-sensor
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Xin Xin, Nianbing Zhong, Qiang Liao, Yanyan Cen, Ruohua Wu, Zhengkun Wang
We present a novel four-layer structure consisting of bottom, second, third, and surface layers in the sensing region, for a D-shaped step-index fiber-optic evanescent wave (FOEW) sensor. To reduce the background noise, the surface of the longitudinal section in the D-shaped region is coated with a light-absorbing film. We check the morphologies of the second and surface layers, examine the refractive indices (RIs) of the third and surface layers, and analyze the composition of the surface layer. We also investigate the effects of the thicknesses and RIs of the third and surface layers and the LA film on the light transmission and sensitivity of the FOEW sensors...
January 11, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107737/contrast-enhanced-spectral-mammography-cesm-versus-mri-in-the-high-risk-screening-setting-patient-preferences-and-attitudes
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Jordana Phillips, Matthew M Miller, Tejas S Mehta, Valerie Fein-Zachary, Audrey Nathanson, Wendy Hori, Rita Monahan-Earley, Priscilla J Slanetz
PURPOSE: Our study evaluates patient preferences toward screening CESM versus MRI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: As part of a prospective study, high-risk patients had breast MRI and CESM. Patients completed an anonymous survey to evaluate preferences regarding the two modalities. RESULTS: 88% of participants completed the survey. 79% preferred CESM over MRI if the exams had equal sensitivity. 89% would be comfortable receiving contrast as part of an annual screening test...
December 28, 2016: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107732/comparative-analysis-of-polyamine-metabolism-in-wheat-and-maize-plants
#7
Gabriella Szalai, Katalin Janda, Éva Darkó, Tibor Janda, Violeta Peeva, Magda Pál
In the present work changes in polyamine contents were investigated after various hydroponic polyamine treatments (putrescine, spermidine and spermine at 0.1, 0.3 and 0.5 mM concentrations) in two different crop species, wheat and maize. In contrast to putrescine, higher polyamines (spermidine and spermine) induced concentration-dependent oxidative damage in both crops, resulting in decreased biomass. The unfavourable effects of polyamines were more pronounced in the roots, and maize was more sensitive than wheat...
January 12, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107715/metabolical-shifts-towards-alternative-btex-biodegradation-intermediates-induced-by-perfluorinated-compounds-in-firefighting-foams
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Renato Nallin Montagnolli, Paulo Renato Matos Lopes, Jaqueline Matos Cruz, Marina Turini Claro, Gabriela Mercuri Quiterio, Ederio Dino Bidoia
The type and concentration of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) can induce different types of enzymes and promote alternate patterns of BTEX transformation. However, it is not known how the presence of active fluorocarbon-degrading microbial populations affects the transformation of BTEX. In addition to chemical analysis at the molecular level, our research approached the aqueous film forming fire-fighting foams (AFFF) and BTEX co-contamination at a large-scale with respirometers to quantify the total microbial metabolism of soil via CO2 output levels...
December 30, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107714/lactational-exposure-to-short-chain-chlorinated-paraffins-in-china-korea-and-japan
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Yang Cao, Kouji H Harada, Toshiaki Hitomi, Tamon Niisoe, Peiyu Wang, Yuhui Shi, Hye-Ran Yang, Takumi Takasuga, Akio Koizumi
To investigate short-chain chlorinated paraffin (SCCP) levels in human breast milk, pooled breast milk samples (BMSs) collected between 2007 and 2010 from Chinese (Beijing, n = 17), Korean (Seoul, Busan, n = 16), and Japanese (Kyoto, Sendai, n = 44) women were analyzed. SCCPs found in air samples in Beijing (n = 4, in 2008) were also analyzed and compared with BMSs to estimate the possible source of contamination in Beijing. The electron-capture negative ionization method demonstrated the different sensitivities for SCCPs, and pentachlorinated alkanes had the highest method detection limit (MDL) among congeners...
January 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107698/the-natural-flavonoid-apigenin-sensitizes-human-cd44-prostate-cancer-stem-cells-to-cisplatin-therapy
#10
Suat Erdogan, Kader Turkekul, Rıza Serttas, Zeynep Erdogan
Prostate cancer (PCa) is the second most common type of cancer and the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among men. Development of chemoresistance, tumor relapse and metastasis remain major barriers to effective treatment and all been identified to be associated with cancer stem cells (CSCs). Natural flavonoids such as apigenin have been shown to have the ability to improve the therapeutic efficacy of common chemotherapy agents through CSCs sensitization. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate the combination of apigenin with cisplatin on CD44(+) PCa stem cell growth and migration...
January 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107689/development-and-validation-of-a-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-for-the-assay-of-tafamidis-in-rat-plasma-application-to-a-pharmacokinetic-study-in-rats
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Hun-Chan Hyun, Jong-Woo Jeong, Hye-Rim Kim, Ji-Hoon Oh, Jong-Hwa Lee, Sungwook Choi, Yeon-Soo Kim, Tae-Sung Koo
Tafamidis is a first-in-class inhibitor of transthyretin amyloid fibril formation. It has been available in Argentina, Japan, and Mexico for the treatment of transthyretin amyloidosis in adult patients with early-stage symptomatic polyneuropathy. In this study, a rapid and sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was developed and validated for the assay of tafamidis in rat plasma. The method was also assessed for its applicability to pharmacokinetic studies in rats. Tafamidis was extracted from rat plasma by the liquid-liquid extraction method using hydrochloric acid and ethyl acetate...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107686/a-novel-aptasensor-for-the-colorimetric-detection-of-s-typhimurium-based-on-gold-nanoparticles
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Xiaoyuan Ma, Liangjing Song, Nixin Zhou, Yu Xia, Zhouping Wang
A simple, fast and convenient colorimetric aptasensor was fabricated for the detection of Salmonella typhimurium (S. typhimurium) which was based on the color change effect of gold nanoparticles (GNPs). S. typhimurium is one of the most common causes of food-associated disease. Aptamers with specific recognition toward S. typhimurium was modified to the surface of prepared GNPs. They play a role for the protection of GNPs from aggregation toward high concentrations of NaCl. With the addition of S. typhimurium, aptamers preferably combined to S...
December 30, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107677/sensitization-of-melanoma-cells-to-alkylating-agent-induced-dna-damage-and-cell-death-via-orchestrating-oxidative-stress-and-ikk%C3%AE-inhibition
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Anfernee Kai-Wing Tse, Ying-Jie Chen, Xiu-Qiong Fu, Tao Su, Ting Li, Hui Guo, Pei-Li Zhu, Hiu-Yee Kwan, Brian Chi-Yan Cheng, Hui-Hui Cao, Sally Kin-Wah Lee, Wang-Fun Fong, Zhi-Ling Yu
Nitrosourea represents one of the most active classes of chemotherapeutic alkylating agents for metastatic melanoma. Treatment with nitrosoureas caused severe systemic side effects which hamper its clinical use. Here, we provide pharmacological evidence that reactive oxygen species (ROS) induction and IKKβ inhibition cooperatively enhance nitrosourea-induced cytotoxicity in melanoma cells. We identified SC-514 as a ROS-inducing IKKβ inhibitor which enhanced the function of nitrosoureas. Elevated ROS level results in increased DNA crosslink efficiency triggered by nitrosoureas and IKKβ inhibition enhances DNA damage signals and sensitizes nitrosourea-induced cell death...
January 12, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107671/recent-sequence-variation-in-probe-binding-site-affected-detection-of-respiratory-syncytial-virus-group-b-by-real-time-rt-pcr
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Everlyn Kamau, Charles N Agoti, Clement S Lewa, John Oketch, Betty E Owor, Grieven P Otieno, Anne Bett, Patricia A Cane, D James Nokes
BACKGROUND: Direct immuno-fluorescence test (IFAT) and multiplex real-time RT-PCR have been central to RSV diagnosis in Kilifi, Kenya. Recently, these two methods showed discrepancies with an increasing number of PCR undetectable RSV-B viruses. OBJECTIVES: Establish if mismatches in the primer and probe binding sites could have reduced real-time RT-PCR sensitivity. STUDY DESIGN: Nucleoprotein (N) and glycoprotein (G) genes were sequenced for real-time RT-PCR positive and negative samples...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107636/visceral-white-adipose-tissue-following-chronic-intermittent-and-sustained-hypoxia-in-mice
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David Gozal, Alex Gileles-Hillel, Rene Cortese, Yan Li, Isaac Almendros, Zhuanhong Qiao, Ahamed A Khalyfa, Jorge Andrade, Abdelnaby Khalyfa
BACKGROUND: Angiogenesis, a process induced by hypoxia in visceral white adipose tissue (vWAT) in the context of obesity, mediates obesity-induced metabolic dysfunction and insulin resistance. Chronic intermittent hypoxia (IH) and sustained hypoxia (SH) induce body weight reductions and insulin resistance of differing magnitude, suggesting different HIF-1α-related activity. METHODS: 8-week old male C57BL/6J mice (n=10-12/group) were exposed to either IH, SH,or room air (RA)...
January 20, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107631/overcoming-the-heat-endurance-of-tumor-cells-by-interfering-the-anaerobic-glycolysis-metabolism-for-improved-photothermal-therapy
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Wei-Hai Chen, Guo-Feng Luo, Qi Lei, Sheng Hong, Wen-Xiu Qiu, Li-Han Liu, Si-Xue Cheng, Xian-Zheng Zhang
In this study, we developed a general method to decorate plasmonic gold nanorods (GNRs) with a CD44-targeting functional polymer, containing hyaluronic acid (HA) targeting moiety and a small molecule Glut1 inhibitor of diclofenac (DC), to obtain GNR/HA-DC. This nanosystem exhibited the superiority of selectively sensitizing tumor cells for photothermal therapy (PTT) by inhibiting the unique anaerobic glycolysis. Upon specifically targeting CD44, sequentially time-dependent DC release could be achieved by the trigger of hyaluronidase (HAase), which abundantly existed in tumor tissue...
January 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107629/discovery-of-1-2-3-triazole-derivatives-for-multimodality-pet-ct-cryoimaging-of-myelination-in-the-central-nervous-system
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Chunying Wu, Brendan Eck, Sheng Zhang, Junqing Zhu, Anand Dev Tiwari, Yifan Zhang, Yunjie Zhu, Jinming Zhang, Bin Wang, Xizhen Wang, Xu Wang, Jingqiang You, Jian Wang, Yihui Guan, Xingdang Liu, Xin Yu, Bruce D Trapp, Robert Miller, Jerry Silver, David Wilson, Yanming Wang
Myelin pathology is present in many neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI). To facilitate development of novel therapies aimed at myelin repair, we set out to develop imaging agents that permit direct quantification of myelination in vivo. In this work, we designed and synthesized a series of fluorescent fluorinated myelin imaging agents that can be used for in vivo positron emission tomography (PET) imaging combined with subsequent post-mortem fluorescent cryoimaging...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107609/carbon-nanodot-solar-cells-from-renewable-precursors
#18
Maria-Magdalena Titirici, Adam Marinovic, Steve Dunn, Lim Swee Kiat, Joe Briscoe
It has recently been shown that waste biomass can be converted into a wide range of functional materials, including those with desirable optical and electronic properties, offering the opportunity to find new uses for these renewable resources. Photovoltaics is one area where finding the combination of abundant, low-cost and non-toxic materials with the necessary functionality can be challenging. In this paper we compare the performance of carbon nanodots derived from a wide range of biomaterials obtained from different biomass sources as sensitizers for TiO2-based nanostructured solar cells; polysaccharides (chitosan and chitin), monosaccharide (D-glucose), amino acids (L-arginine and L-cysteine) and raw lobster shells are all used to produce carbon nanodots via hydrothermal carbonisation...
January 20, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107590/endocannabinoid-activation-of-cb1-receptors-contributes-to-long-lasting-reversal-of-neuropathic-pain-by-repetitive-spinal-cord-stimulation
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L Sun, L Tai, Q Qiu, R Mitchell, S Fleetwood-Walker, E A Joosten, C W Cheung
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has been shown to be effective in the management of certain neuropathic pain conditions, however, the underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood. In this study, we investigated repetitive SCS in a rodent neuropathic pain model, revealing long-lasting and incremental attenuation of hyperalgesia and a mechanism of action involving endocannabinoids. METHOD: Animals were implanted with monopolar electrodes at the time of partial sciatic nerve injury...
January 20, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107589/serum-lincrna-p21-as-a-potential-biomarker-of-liver-fibrosis-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients
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Fujun Yu, Guangyao Zhou, Kate Huang, XuFei Fan, Guojun Li, Bicheng Chen, Peihong Dong, Jianjian Zheng
Serum long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are emerging as promising biomarkers for various human diseases. The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of using serum long intergenic non-coding RNA-p21 (lincRNA-p21) as a biomarker for chronic hepatitis B patients. Serum lincRNA-p21 levels were quantified using real-time PCR in 417 CHB patients and 363 healthy controls. The promoter methylation level of lincRNA-p21 was detected using bisulfite-sequencing analysis in primary hepatic stellate cells (HSCs)...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
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