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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822349/the-icrc-am-pm-database-challenges-in-forensic-data-management-in-the-humanitarian-sphere
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Ute Hofmeister, Shuala S Martin, Carlos Villalobos, Juliana Padilla, Oran Finegan
Large-scale forensic investigations should include a robust data management system with software capable of performing all tasks relevant to achieving the objectives of the investigation. Data management involves the collection, archiving, analysis and reporting of data. A successful data management system requires the development of protocols, procedures and policies, such as on data protection, as well as tools, including software. Adequate training for staff is also required, along with strict quality control and assurance regimens...
July 27, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822345/assessment-of-oxidative-stress-and-bioaccumulation-of-the-metals-cu-fe-zn-pb-cd-in-the-polychaete-perinereis-gualpensis-from-estuaries-of-central-chile
#2
Hernán Gaete, Manuel Álvarez, Gabriela Lobos, Eulogio Soto, Carlos Jara-Gutiérrez
The estuaries of the Aconcagua and Maipo Rivers of central Chile are receptors of residues that contain metals from anthropic activities including agriculture, mining and smelters, which have different levels in the two basins. This study postulates that the exposition to metals is different in the two estuaries and that their sediments contain bioavailable chemical agents that produce oxidative stress. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of estuarine sediments on the polychaete Perinereis gualpensis using oxidative stress biomarkers and to determine the metal concentrations in sediments and their accumulation in P...
August 16, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822233/obese-fathers-lead-to-an-altered-metabolism-and-obesity-in-their-children-in-adulthood-review-of-experimental-and-human-studies
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Fernanda Ornellas, Priscila V Carapeto, Carlos A Mandarim-de-Lacerda, Marcia B Aguila
OBJECTIVE: To discuss the recent literature on paternal obesity, focusing on the possible mechanisms of transmission of the phenotypes from the father to the children. SOURCES: A non-systematic review in the PubMed database found few publications in which paternal obesity was implicated in the adverse transmission of characteristics to offspring. Specific articles on epigenetics were also evaluated. As the subject is recent and still controversial, all articles were considered regardless of year of publication...
August 16, 2017: Jornal de Pediatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822032/synthesis-of-rigid-polyurethane-foams-from-phosphorylated-biopolyols
#4
Juan Carlos de Haro, Daniel López-Pedrajas, Ángel Pérez, Juan Francisco Rodríguez, Manuel Carmona
Renewable resources are playing a key role on the synthesis of biodegradable polyols. Moreover, the incorporation of covalently linked additives is increasing in importance in the polyurethane (PU) market. In this work, previously epoxidized grape seed oil and methyl oleate were transformed into phosphorylated biopolyols through an acid-catalyzed ring-opening hydrolysis in the presence of H3PO4. The formation of phosphate polyesters was confirmed by FT-IR and (31)P-NMR. However, the synthesis of a high-quality PU rigid foam was not possible using exclusively these polyols attending to their low hydroxyl value...
August 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822015/experimental-periodontitis-in-the-potentialization-of-the-effects-of-immobilism-in-the-skeletal-striated-muscle
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Marcela Aparecida Leite, Tatiane Morgenstern de Mattia, Camila Mayumi Martin Kakihata, Bruna Martinazzo Bortolini, Pedro Henrique de Carli Rodrigues, Gladson Ricardo Flor Bertolini, Rose Meire Costa Brancalhão, Lucinéia de Fátima Chasko Ribeiro, Carlos Augusto Nassar, Patrícia Oehlmeyer Nassar
This study aims to evaluate if ligature-induced periodontitis can potentiates the deleterious effects of immobilization in the skeletal striated muscle, contributing to the development of muscle atrophy due to disuse. Forty Wistar rats were divided into four groups: (1) Control Group (CG), (2) Periodontal Disease (PDG), (3) Immobilized (IG), and (4) Immobilized with Periodontal Disease (IPDG). Periodontal disease was induced for 30 days, with ligature method, and the immobilization was performed with cast bandage for 15 days...
August 18, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822013/biomonitoring-of-chemicals-in-biota-of-two-wetland-protected-areas-exposed-to-different-levels-of-environmental-impact-results-of-the-previeni-project
#6
Cristiana Guerranti, Guido Perra, Eva Alessi, Davide Baroni, Dante Caserta, Donatella Caserta, Augusto De Sanctis, Emiliano Leonida Fanello, Cinzia La Rocca, Michela Mariottini, Monia Renzi, Sabrina Tait, Carlo Zaghi, Alberto Mantovani, Silvano Ettore Focardi
The PREVIENI project (funded by the Ministry of Environment) investigated the exposure to endocrine disrupters in samples of human population and environmental biota in Italy. The environmental biomonitoring considered two Italian WWF Oasis, with the aim to compare the presence and effects of endocrine disruptors in organisms from two protected natural areas, respectively, upstream and downstream a chemical emission site. Chemical analysis of pollutants' tissue levels was made on tissues from earthworm, barbell, trout, and coot, selected as bioindicator organisms...
August 18, 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821844/n-glycosylation-triggers-a-dual-selection-pressure-in-eukaryotic-secretory-proteins
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Máximo Lopez Medus, Gabriela E Gomez, Lucía F Zacchi, Paula M Couto, Carlos A Labriola, María S Labanda, Rodrigo Corti Bielsa, Eugenia M Clérico, Benjamin L Schulz, Julio J Caramelo
Nearly one third of the eukaryotic proteome traverses the secretory pathway and most of these proteins are N-glycosylated in the lumen of the endoplasmic reticulum. N-glycans fulfill multiple structural and biological functions, and are crucial for productive folding of many glycoproteins. N-glycosylation involves the attachment of an oligosaccharide to selected asparagine residues in the sequence N-X-S/T (X ≠ P), a motif known as an N-glycosylation'sequon'. Mutations that create novel sequons can cause disease due to the destabilizing effect of a bulky N-glycan...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821832/development-of-enhanced-ethanol-ablation-as-an-alternative-to-surgery-in-treatment-of-superficial-solid-tumors
#8
Robert Morhard, Corrine Nief, Carlos Barrero Castedo, Fangyao Hu, Megan Madonna, Jenna L Mueller, Mark W Dewhirst, David F Katz, Nirmala Ramanujam
While surgery is at the foundation of cancer treatment, its access is limited in low-income countries. Here, we describe development of a low-cost alternative therapy based on intratumoral ethanol injection suitable for resource-limited settings. Although ethanol-based tumor ablation is successful in treating hepatocellular carcinomas, the necessity for multiple treatments, injection of large fluid volumes, and decreased efficacy in treatment of non-capsulated tumors limit its applicability. To address these limitations, we investigated an enhanced ethanol ablation strategy to retain ethanol within the tumor through the addition of ethyl cellulose...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821821/the-inhibitory-mechanism-of-hal3-on-the-yeast-ppz1-phosphatase-a-mutagenesis-analysis
#9
Cristina Molero, Carlos Casado, Joaquín Ariño
The Ser/Thr protein phosphatase (PPase) Ppz1 is an enzyme related to the ubiquitous type-1 PPases (PP1c) but found only in fungi. It is regulated by an inhibitory subunit, Hal3, which binds to its catalytic domain. Overexpression of Ppz1 is highly toxic for yeast cells, so its de-regulation has been proposed as a target for novel antifungal therapies. While modulation of PP1c by its many regulatory subunits has been extensively characterized, the manner by which Hal3 controls Ppz1 remains unknown. We have used error-prone PCR mutagenesis to construct a library of Ppz1 variants and developed a functional assay to identify mutations affecting the binding or/and the inhibitory capacity of Hal3...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821813/metabolomic-and-lipidomic-profiling-identifies-the-role-of-the-rna-editing-pathway-in-endometrial-carcinogenesis
#10
Tatiana Altadill, Tyrone M Dowdy, Kirandeep Gill, Armando Reques, Smrithi S Menon, Cristian P Moiola, Carlos Lopez-Gil, Eva Coll, Xavier Matias-Guiu, Silvia Cabrera, Angel Garcia, Jaume Reventos, Stephen W Byers, Antonio Gil-Moreno, Amrita K Cheema, Eva Colas
Endometrial cancer (EC) remains the most common malignancy of the genital tract among women in developed countries. Although much research has been performed at genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic level, there is still a significant gap in the metabolomic studies of EC. In order to gain insights into altered metabolic pathways in the onset and progression of EC carcinogenesis, we used high resolution mass spectrometry to characterize the metabolomic and lipidomic profile of 39 human EC and 17 healthy endometrial tissue samples...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821785/machine-learning-quantum-phases-of-matter-beyond-the-fermion-sign-problem
#11
Peter Broecker, Juan Carrasquilla, Roger G Melko, Simon Trebst
State-of-the-art machine learning techniques promise to become a powerful tool in statistical mechanics via their capacity to distinguish different phases of matter in an automated way. Here we demonstrate that convolutional neural networks (CNN) can be optimized for quantum many-fermion systems such that they correctly identify and locate quantum phase transitions in such systems. Using auxiliary-field quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) simulations to sample the many-fermion system, we show that the Green's function holds sufficient information to allow for the distinction of different fermionic phases via a CNN...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821729/nonlinear-bayesian-filtering-and-learning-a-neuronal-dynamics-for-perception
#12
Anna Kutschireiter, Simone Carlo Surace, Henning Sprekeler, Jean-Pascal Pfister
The robust estimation of dynamical hidden features, such as the position of prey, based on sensory inputs is one of the hallmarks of perception. This dynamical estimation can be rigorously formulated by nonlinear Bayesian filtering theory. Recent experimental and behavioral studies have shown that animals' performance in many tasks is consistent with such a Bayesian statistical interpretation. However, it is presently unclear how a nonlinear Bayesian filter can be efficiently implemented in a network of neurons that satisfies some minimum constraints of biological plausibility...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821639/amyloid-induced-%C3%AE-cell-dysfunction-and-islet-inflammation-are-ameliorated-by-4-phenylbutyrate-pba-treatment
#13
Joel Montane, Sara de Pablo, Carlos Castaño, Júlia Rodríguez-Comas, Lisa Cadavez, Mercè Obach, Montse Visa, Gema Alcarraz-Vizán, Melchor Sanchez-Martinez, Alfons Nonell-Canals, Marcelina Parrizas, Joan-Marc Servitja, Anna Novials
Human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP) aggregation is associated with β-cell dysfunction and death in type 2 diabetes (T2D). we aimed to determine whether in vivo treatment with chemical chaperone 4-phenylbutyrate (PBA) ameliorates hIAPP-induced β-cell dysfunction and islet amyloid formation. Oral administration of PBA in transgenic (Tg) mice expressing hIAPP in pancreatic β cells (hIAPP Tg) counteracted impaired glucose homeostasis and restored glucose-stimulated insulin secretion. Moreover, PBA treatment almost completely prevented the transcriptomic alterations observed in hIAPP Tg islets, including the induction of genes related to inflammation...
August 15, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821625/vaccine-education-during-pregnancy-and-timeliness-of-infant-immunization
#14
Priya Veerasingam, Cameron C Grant, Carol Chelimo, Kathryn Philipson, Catherine A Gilchrist, Sarah Berry, Polly Atatoa Carr, Carlos A Camargo, Susan Morton
OBJECTIVES: Pregnant women routinely receive information in support of or opposing infant immunization. We aimed to describe immunization information sources of future mothers' and determine if receiving immunization information is associated with infant immunization timeliness. METHODS: We analyzed data from a child cohort born 2009-2010 in New Zealand. Pregnant women (N = 6822) at a median gestation of 39 weeks described sources of information encouraging or discouraging infant immunization...
August 18, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821556/dasatinib-reversibly-disrupts-endothelial-vascular-integrity-by-increasing-non-muscle-myosin-ii-contractility-in-a-rock-dependent-manner
#15
Anna Kreutzman, Beatriz Colom-Fernández, Ana Marcos Jiménez, Mette Ilander, Carlos Cuesta-Mateos, Yaiza Perez-García, Cristina Delgado Arévalo, Oscar Brück, Henna Hakanen, Jani Saarela, Alvaro Ortega-Carrión, Ana de Rosendo, Alba Juanes-García, Juan Luis Steegmann, Satu Mustjoki, Miguel Vicente-Manzanares, Cecilia Muñoz-Calleja
Purpose: Dasatinib is a short-acting dual ABL/SRC family tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), which is frequently used to treat chronic myeloid leukemia. Although very effective, dasatinib often displays severe adverse effects, including pleural effusions and increased risk of bleeding primarily in the gastrointestinal tract. The actual causes of these side effects are currently undetermined. We hypothesize that endothelial cells (ECs) that line the inner walls of blood vessels and control the traffic to the underlying tissues, might be involved...
August 18, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821511/development-and-validation-of-clinical-prediction-models-for-mortality-functional-outcome-and-cognitive-impairment-after-stroke-a-study-protocol
#16
Marion Fahey, Anthony Rudd, Yannick Béjot, Charles Wolfe, Abdel Douiri
INTRODUCTION: Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability and death worldwide. The neurological impairments associated with stroke prevent patients from performing basic daily activities and have enormous impact on families and caregivers. Practical and accurate tools to assist in predicting outcome after stroke at patient level can provide significant aid for patient management. Furthermore, prediction models of this kind can be useful for clinical research, health economics, policymaking and clinical decision support...
August 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821189/y-chromosome-markers-for-the-red-fox
#17
Halie M Rando, Jeremy T Stutchman, Estelle R Bastounes, Jennifer L Johnson, Carlos A Driscoll, Christina S Barr, Lyudmila N Trut, Benjamin N Sacks, Anna V Kukekova
The de novo assembly of the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) genome has facilitated the development of genomic tools for the species. Efforts to identify the population history of red foxes in North America have previously been limited by a lack of information about the red fox Y-chromosome sequence. However, a megabase of red fox Y-chromosome sequence was recently identified over 2 scaffolds in the reference genome. Here, these scaffolds were scanned for repeated motifs, revealing 194 likely microsatellites. Twenty-three of these loci were selected for primer development and, after testing, produced a panel of 11 novel markers that were analyzed alongside 2 markers previously developed for the red fox from dog Y-chromosome sequence...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821186/molecular-population-genetics-of-the-northern-elephant-seal-mirounga-angustirostris
#18
Alicia Abadía-Cardoso, Nelson B Freimer, Kristy Deiner, John Carlos Garza
The northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris, was heavily hunted and declared extinct in the 19th century. However, a colony remained on remote Guadalupe Island, Mexico and the species has since repopulated most of its historical distribution. Here, we present a comprehensive evaluation of genetic variation in the species. First, we assess the effect of the demographic bottleneck on microsatellite variability and compare it with that found in other pinnipeds, demonstrating levels of variation similar to that in species that continue to be threatened with extinction...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821181/conservation-genetics-of-the-cheetah-lessons-learned-and-new-opportunities
#19
Stephen J O'Brien, Warren E Johnson, Carlos A Driscoll, Pavel Dobrynin, Laurie Marker
The dwindling wildlife species of our planet have become a cause célèbre for conservation groups, governments, and concerned citizens throughout the world. The application of powerful new genetic technologies to surviving populations of threatened mammals has revolutionized our ability to recognize hidden perils that afflict them. We have learned new lessons of survival, adaptation, and evolution from viewing the natural history of genomes in hundreds of detailed studies. A single case history of one species, the African cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus, is here reviewed to reveal a long-term story of conservation challenges and action informed by genetic discoveries and insights...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821005/anticonvulsant-effect-of-cannabidiol-in-the-pentylenetetrazole-model-pharmacological-mechanisms-electroencephalographic-profile-and-brain-cytokine-levels
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Luciano R Vilela, Isabel V Lima, Érica B Kunsch, Hyorrana Priscila P Pinto, Aline S de Miranda, Érica Leandro M Vieira, Antônio Carlos P de Oliveira, Marcio Flávio D Moraes, Antônio L Teixeira, Fabricio A Moreira
Cannabidiol (CBD), the main nonpsychotomimetic compound from Cannabis sativa, inhibits experimental seizures in animal models and alleviates certain types of intractable epilepsies in patients. Its pharmacological profile, however, is still uncertain. Here we tested the hypothesis that CBD anticonvulsant mechanisms are prevented by cannabinoid (CB1 and CB2) and vanilloid (TRPV1) receptor blockers. We also investigated its effects on electroencephalographic (EEG) activity and hippocampal cytokines in the pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) model...
August 15, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
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