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Philippe Glorennec, Jean-Paul Lucas, Anne-Camille Mercat, Alain-Claude Roudot, Barbara Le Bot
Children are exposed to toxic metals and metalloids via their diet and environment. Our objective was to assess the aggregate chronic exposure of children aged 3-6years, living in France, to As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Mn, Pb, Sb, Sr, and V present in diet, tap water, air, soil and floor dust in the years 2007-2009. Dietary data came from the French Total Diet Study, while concentrations in residential tap water, soil and indoor floor dust came from the 'Plomb-Habitat' nationwide representative survey on children's lead exposure at home...
October 19, 2016: Environment International
Isabel N Figueiredo, Susana Moura, Júlio S Neves, Luís Pinto, Sunil Kumar, Carlos M Oliveira, João D Ramos
In this work we propose a novel method for identifying individuals based on retinal fundus image matching. The method is based on the image registration of retina blood vessels, since it is known that the retina vasculature of an individual is a signature, i.e., a distinctive pattern of the individual. The proposed image registration consists of a multiscale affine registration followed by a multiscale elastic registration. The major advantage of this particular two-step image registration procedure is that it is able to account for both rigid and non-rigid deformations either inherent to the retina tissues or as a result of the imaging process itself...
September 26, 2016: Computers in Biology and Medicine
Yanfeng Shen, Carlos E S Cesnik
This article presents a parallel algorithm to model the nonlinear dynamic interactions between ultrasonic guided waves and fatigue cracks. The Local Interaction Simulation Approach (LISA) is further developed to capture the contact-impact clapping phenomena during the wave crack interactions based on the penalty method. Initial opening and closure distributions are considered to approximate the 3-D rough crack microscopic features. A Coulomb friction model is integrated to capture the stick-slip contact motions between the crack surfaces...
October 6, 2016: Ultrasonics
Amita Shukla-Dave, Mireia Castillo-Martin, Ming Chen, Jose Lobo, Nataliya Gladoun, Ana C Lorduy, Faisal M Khan, Vladimir Ponomarev, Zhengzi Yi, Weijia Zhang, Pier P Pandolfi, Hedvig Hricak, Carlos Cordon-Cardo
Increased polyamine synthesis is known to play an important role in prostate cancer. We aimed to explore its functional significance in prostate tumor initiation and its link to androgen receptor (AR) signaling. For this purpose, we generated a new cell line derived from normal epithelial prostate cells (RWPE-1) with overexpression of ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) and used it for in vitro and in vivo experiments. We then comprehensively analyzed the expression of the main metabolic enzymes of the polyamine pathway and spermine abundance in 120 well-characterized cases of human prostate cancer and high-grade prostate intraepithelial neoplasia (HGPIN)...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Verónica María Corrales-Carvajal, Aldo A Faisal, Carlos Ribeiro
Internal states can profoundly alter the behavior of animals. A quantitative understanding of the behavioral changes upon metabolic challenges is key to a mechanistic dissection of how animals maintain nutritional homeostasis. We used an automated video tracking setup to characterize how amino acid and reproductive states interact to shape exploitation and exploration decisions taken by adult Drosophila melanogaster. We find that these two states have specific effects on the decisions to stop at and leave proteinaceous food patches...
October 22, 2016: ELife
Allison C Nugent, Bruce Luber, Frederick W Carver, Stephen E Robinson, Richard Coppola, Carlos A Zarate
Recently, independent components analysis (ICA) of resting state magnetoencephalography (MEG) recordings has revealed resting state networks (RSNs) that exhibit fluctuations of band-limited power envelopes. Most of the work in this area has concentrated on networks derived from the power envelope of beta bandpass-filtered data. Although research has demonstrated that most networks show maximal correlation in the beta band, little is known about how spatial patterns of correlations may differ across frequencies...
October 22, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
Jose Carlos P Ferreira, Francesca R Grati, Komal Bajaj, Francesca Malvestiti, Maria Beatrice Grimi, Anna Trotta, Rosaria Liuti, Silvia Milani, Lara Branca, Jacob Hartman, Federico Maggi, Giuseppe Simoni, Susan J Gross
OBJECTIVES: No previous studies have reported the frequencies of individual chromosomal anomalies in normal-appearing fetuses stratified by maternal age (MA) and gestational age (GA). We therefore sought to (1) characterize the frequency of all fetal karyotype anomalies in sonographically normal appearing fetuses without pretest risk factors, and (2) assess MA and GA impact on the proportion of anomalies targeted by screening and consequent impact on residual risk following a negative result...
October 21, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
Claudia L Bianchi, Benedetta Sacchi, Carlo Pirola, Francesco Demartin, Giuseppina Cerrato, Sara Morandi, Valentino Capucci
Micro-sized TiO2 catalyst was employed to degrade pharmaceutical compounds, i.e. aspirin and paracetamol, two of the most widely used drugs, purchasable without prescription. Their active agents, acetylsalicylic acid and acetaminophen, are characterized by different substituent groups, linked to the aromatic ring, which affect both the photodegradation and mineralization processes. The experimental conditions highlight the relationship between the nature of the pristine molecules, their degradation mechanisms, their mutual interference and the water's role...
October 21, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Rodrigo Antonio Rocha da Cruz Adry, Lucas Crociati Meguins, Sebastião Carlos da Silva Júnior, Carlos Umberto Pereira, Gerardo Maria de Araújo Filho, Lúcia Helena Neves Marques
BACKGROUND: Mesial temporal sclerosis (MTS) is the most common disease found in an epilepsy surgery series. Early age of onset, a history of febrile convulsions, epileptiform discharges on EEG, duration of epilepsy, number of generalized seizures and severity of psychiatric disorders are possible prognostic factors in patients with MTS. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to review the clinical, semiotic, psychological, electrophysiological and neuroradiological researches and relate their findings to the prognosis of patients with MTS who underwent anteromedial temporal lobectomy (ATL)...
October 21, 2016: Acta Neurochirurgica
Nabia S Ikram, Judy Yee, Stefanie Weinstein, Benjamin M Yeh, Carlos U Corvera, Alexander Monto, Thomas A Hope
PURPOSE: To establish if triple-phase arterial imaging improves the detection of arterial phase hyperintense lesions based on arterial phase capture, motion artifact degradation, and lesion enhancement when compared to single-phase imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients at risk for hepatocellular carcinoma were imaged at 3.0T. Seventy-three consecutive patients with a standard single-phase MRI and eighty-five consecutive patients were imaged using extracellular contrast with triple arterial phase MRI using three sequential accelerated acquisitions of 8 s...
October 21, 2016: Abdominal Radiology
Manuel Guerrero-Hernandez, Carlos A Hinojosa, Javier E Anaya-Ayala, Erika Elenes, Aldo Torre
Portal vein (PV) thrombosis (PVT) in the absence of liver disease or thrombophilia is rare. We report a 57-year-old male with a history of stage 3 chronic kidney disease who presented at the emergency department 18 months after abdominal surgery with progressive abdominal pain and distention. Computed tomography revealed PVT with multiple collaterals and moderate ascites. He had undergone partial gastrectomy and gastrojejunal anastomosis at an outside facility for gastrointestinal stromal tumors that caused an iatrogenic stenotic lesion in the PV...
October 20, 2016: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Carlos Alberto Fragoso de Souza, Diogo Xavier Lima, Luciana M S Gurgel, André Luiz Cabral Monteiro de Azevedo Santiago
Mucorales comprises fungi commonly isolated as saprobes from soil, dung, stored grains and plants. Although these fungi have been studied in several countries, there are relatively a few reports of them in semi-arid areas. Therefore, the aims of the present study were to assess and compare the Mucorales communities in dung from different species and breeds of herbivores in the semi-arid of Pernambuco, based on the frequency of occurrence and species richness of these fungi. Samples of dung collected in the cities of Arcoverde, Serra Talhada and Sertânia were incubated in moist chambers in triplicate...
October 4, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
Marilia N Siebert, Jacó J Mattos, Clei E Piazza, Daína de Lima, Carlos Henrique A M Gomes, Cláudio M R de Melo, Afonso C D Bainy
Cytochrome P450 family 1 (CYP1) is involved in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) biotransformation. PAHs can induce CYP1 protein expression and enzyme activity, the latter being usually quantified as 7-ethoxyresorufin O-deethylase activity (EROD). The aim of this study was to characterize EROD activity in the bivalve mollusk Crassostrea brasiliana. EROD activity was evaluated in cytosolic and microsomal fractions of gills, digestive gland and mantle of C. brasiliana. No EROD activity was detected in mantle, but it was present in microsomal fraction of gills and digestive gland with NADPH as coenzyme...
October 18, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Danilo Solano, Juan Carlos Navarro, Antonio León-Reyes, Washington Benítez-Ortiz, Richar Rodríguez-Hidalgo
Tapeworms Taenia solium and Taenia saginata are the causative agents of taeniasis/cysticercosis. These are diseases with high medical and veterinary importance due to their impact on public health and rural economy in tropical countries. The re-emergence of T. solium as a result of human migration, the economic burden affecting livestock industry, and the large variability of symptoms in several human cysticercosis, encourage studies on genetic diversity, and the identification of these parasites with molecular phylogenetic tools...
October 18, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
Arián Ráez-Bravo, José Enrique Granados, Emmanuel Serrano, Debora Dellamaria, Rosa Casais, Luca Rossi, Anna Puigdemont, Francisco Javier Cano-Manuel, Paulino Fandos, Jesús María Pérez, José Espinosa, Ramón Casimiro Soriguer, Carlo Citterio, Jorge Ramón López-Olvera
BACKGROUND: Sarcoptic mange is a contagious skin disease caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei, affecting different mammalian species worldwide including the Iberian ibex (Capra pyrenaica), in which mortalities over 90 % of the population have been reported. No efficient diagnostic methods are available for this disease, particularly when there are low mite numbers and mild or no clinical signs. In this study, three enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) developed for dog (ELISA A), Cantabrian chamois (Rupicapra pyrenaica parva) (ELISA B) and Alpine chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) (ELISA C), were evaluated to detect specific antibodies (IgG) to sarcoptic mange in Iberian ibex sera...
October 21, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
Mohamed Bouchahda, Valérie Boige, Denis Smith, Abdoulaye Karaboué, Michel Ducreux, Mohamed Hebbar, Céline Lepère, Christian Focan, Rosine Guimbaud, Pasquale Innominato, Sameh Awad, Carlos Carvalho, Salvatore Tumolo, Stephanie Truant, Thierry De Baere, Denis Castaing, Philippe Rougier, Jean-François Morère, Julien Taieb, René Adam, Francis Lévi
BACKGROUND: Early tumour shrinkage has been associated with improved survival in patients receiving cetuximab-based systemic chemotherapy for liver metastases from colorectal cancer (LM-CRC). We tested this hypothesis for previously treated LM-CRC patients receiving cetuximab (500 mg/m(2)) and triplet hepatic artery infusion (HAI) within European trial OPTILIV. METHODS: Irinotecan (180 mg/m(2)), 5-fluorouracil (2800 mg/m(2)) and oxaliplatin (85 mg/m(2)) were given as chronomodulated or conventional delivery...
October 17, 2016: European Journal of Cancer
Carlos Molina-Santiago, Zulema Udaondo, María Gómez-Lozano, Soren Molin, Juan Luis Ramos
Pseudomonas putida strains are generally recognized as solvent tolerant, exhibiting varied sensitivity to organic solvents. Pan-genome analysis has revealed that 30% of genes belong to the core-genome of Pseudomonas. Accessory and unique genes confer high degree of adaptability and capabilities for the degradation and synthesis of a wide range of chemicals. For the use of these microbes in bioremediation and biocatalysis, it is critical to understand the mechanisms underlying these phenotypic differences. In this study, RNA-seq analysis compared the short- and long-term responses of the toluene-sensitive KT2440 strain and the highly-tolerant DOT-T1E strain...
October 21, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
Marta Gibert, Sonia Paytubi, Sergi Beltrán, Antonio Juárez, Carlos Balsalobre, Cristina Madrid
Plasmids of the incompatibility group HI1 (IncHI1) have been isolated from several Gram-negative pathogens and are associated with the spread of multidrug resistance. Their conjugation is tightly regulated and it is inhibited at temperatures higher than 30°C, indicating that conjugation occurs outside warm-blooded hosts. Using R27, the prototype of IncHI1 plasmids, we report that plasmid transfer efficiency in E. coli strongly depends on the physiological state of the donor cells. Conjugation frequency is high when cells are actively growing, dropping sharply when cells enter the stationary phase of growth...
October 21, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
Jeeyeon Kim, Miesha Farahmand, Colleen Dunn, Zoe Davies, Eric Frisbee, Carlos Milla, Jeffrey J Wine
Beta-adrenergically-stimulated sweat rates determined by evaporimetry or by sweat bubble imaging are useful for measuring CFTR function because they provide a near-linear readout across almost the full range of CFTR function. They differentiate cystic fibrosis (CF) subjects from CF carriers and carriers from controls. However, evaporimetry, unlike bubble imaging, appears to be unable to detect improved levels of CFTR function in G551D subjects taking the CFTR modulator ivacaftor. Here, we quantify the sensitivity of evaporimetry and bubble imaging methods for assessing low levels of CFTR-dependent sweat rates...
2016: PloS One
Luca Santini, Santiago Saura, Carlo Rondinini
One of the biggest challenges in large-scale conservation is quantifying connectivity at broad geographic scales and for a large set of species. Because connectivity analyses can be computationally intensive, and the planning process quite complex when multiple taxa are involved, assessing connectivity at large spatial extents for many species turns to be often intractable. Such limitation results in that conducted assessments are often partial by focusing on a few key species only, or are generic by considering a range of dispersal distances and a fixed set of areas to connect that are not directly linked to the actual spatial distribution or mobility of particular species...
2016: PloS One
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