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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448929/microbial-use-of-low-molecular-weight-dom-in-filtered-and-unfiltered-freshwater-role-of-ultra-small-microorganisms-and-implications-for-water-quality-monitoring
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F L Brailsford, H C Glanville, M R Marshall, P N Golyshin, P J Johnes, C A Yates, A T Owen, D L Jones
Dissolved organic matter (DOM) plays a central role in regulating productivity and nutrient cycling in freshwaters. It is therefore vital that we can representatively sample and preserve DOM in freshwaters for subsequent analysis. Here we investigated the effect of filtration, temperature (5 and 25°C) and acidification (HCl) on the persistence of low molecular weight (MW) dissolved organic carbon (DOC), nitrogen (DON) and orthophosphate in oligotrophic and eutrophic freshwater environments. Our results showed the rapid loss of isotopically-labelled glucose and amino acids from both filtered (0...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443656/acyl-fluorides-fast-efficient-and-versatile-lysine-based-protein-conjugation-via-plug-and-play-strategy
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Igor Dovgan, Sylvain Ursuegui, Stéphane Erb, Chloé Michel, Sergii Kolodych, Sarah Cianférani, Alain Wagner
We report a plug-and-play strategy for the preparation of functionally enhanced antibodies with a defined average degree of conjugation (DoC). The first stage (plug) allows the controllable and efficient installation of azide groups on lysine residues of a native antibody using 4-azidobenzoyl fluoride. The second step (play) allows for versatile antibody functionalization with a single payload or combination of payloads, such as a toxin, a fluorophore, or an oligonucleotide, via copper-free strain-promoted azide-alkyne cycloaddition (SPAAC)...
April 26, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441553/determination-of-critical-operational-conditions-favoring-sulfide-production-from-domestic-wastewater-treated-by-a-sulfur-utilizing-denitrification-process
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L Ghorbel, L Coudert, Y Gilbert, G Mercier, J F Blais
The aim of this study was to determine the critical operational conditions leading to the generation of sulfide in a domestic wastewater treated by a sulfur-utilizing denitrification process. The influence of various important parameters on the reduction of the sulfates present in denitrified domestic wastewaters to sulfide was studied. Experiments were carried out in batch mode with denitrified domestic wastewaters containing various amounts of both organic matter and sulfates. Preliminary results showed that aqueous sulfide was generated for DOC and sulfate contents higher than 56 mg/L and 371 mg/L, respectively, while DOC and sulfate contents of 77 mg/L and 412 mg/L, respectively, were required to allow the release of gaseous H2S...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439264/benthic-diatom-based-indices-for-water-quality-assessment-in-two-subtropical-streams
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Xiang Tan, Quanfa Zhang, Michele A Burford, Fran Sheldon, Stuart E Bunn
Benthic diatoms have been universally used as indicators to assess water quality in lotic ecosystems. However, most diatom-based indices developed in Europe have not been widely used or tested in other continents such as Asia or Oceania. This study compared the performance of 14 widely-applied diatom indices in assessing ecological conditions in subtropical streams in South East Queensland (SEQ) in Australia and in the upper Han River in China. Most water quality variables in the upper Han River including dissolved organic carbon (DOC), total nitrogen (TN), and soluble reactive phosphorus (SRP) had strong relationships with at least one diatom index, with the exception of IDAP (Index Diatom Artois-Picardie), and TDI (Trophic Diatom Index)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438550/lipophilic-salts-of-poorly-soluble-compounds-to-enable-high-dose-lipidic-sedds-formulations-in-drug-discovery
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Michael Morgen, Ajay Saxena, Xue-Qing Chen, Warren Miller, Richard Nkansah, Aaron Goodwin, Jon Cape, Roy Haskell, Ching Su, Olafur Gudmundsson, Michael Hageman, Anoop Kumar, Gajendra Singh Chowan, Abhijith Rao, Vinay K Holenarsipur
Self-emulsifying drug delivery systems (SEDDS) have been used to solubilize poorly water-soluble drugs to improve exposure in high-dose pharmacokinetic (PK) and toxicokinetic (TK) studies. However, the absorbable dose is often limited by drug solubility in the lipidic SEDDS vehicle. This study focuses on increasing solubility and drug loading of ionizable drugs in SEDDS vehicles using lipophilic counterions to prepare lipophilic salts of drugs. SEDDS formulations of two lipophilic salts-atazanavir-2-naphthalene sulfonic acid (ATV-2-NSA) and atazanavir-dioctyl sulfosuccinic acid (ATV-Doc)-were characterized and their performance compared to atazanavir (ATV) free base formulated as an aqueous crystalline suspension, an organic solution, and a SEDDS suspension, using in vitro, in vivo, and in silico methods...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438464/association-of-medial-prefrontal-cortex-connectivity-with-consciousness-level-and-its-outcome-in-patients-with-acquired-brain-injury
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Xiaoyan Liu, Jingqi Li, Jian Gao, Zhen Zhou, Fanxia Meng, Gang Pan, Benyan Luo
Medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) is usually known for participating in virtually all self related processing. However, few have investigated the role of mPFC in modulating conscious awareness. This study aimed to depict the relationship between the mPFC connectivity and the severity and outcome of the disorders of consciousness (DOC) among patients with acquired brain injury. Thirty-four patients with DOC (17 in a minimally conscious state and 17 in an unresponsive wakefulness syndrome/vegetative state) and 11 healthy controls were recruited, underwent clinical assessment and resting-state functional MRI scan, and were further followed up to evaluate recovery outcome using the Glasgow Outcome Scale...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438104/impact-of-a-scribe-program-on-patient-throughput-physician-productivity-and-patient-satisfaction-in-a-community-based-emergency-department
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Waqas Shuaib, John Hilmi, Joshua Caballero, Ijaz Rashid, Hashim Stanazai, Kerolos Tawfeek, Ahmed Amari, Alan Ajanovic, Alex Moshtaghi, Anjit Khurana, Hesham Hasabo, Abdulrehman Baqais, Arthur J Szczerba, Theodore J Gaeta
Previous literature on the impact of scribe programs varies and has mostly been reported from academic institutions or other clinics. We report the implementation of the scribe program in the emergency room of a community hospital and its impact on patient throughput, physician productivity, and patient satisfaction. We performed a quasi-experimental, before-and-after study measuring patient throughput metrics, physician productivity, and patient satisfaction. The intervention measuring the scribe implementation was divided into pre- and post-implementation periods...
April 1, 2017: Health Informatics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437480/variation-of-bacterial-communities-in-water-and-sediments-during-the-decomposition-of-microcystis-biomass
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Dayong Zhao, Xinyi Cao, Rui Huang, Jin Zeng, Qinglong L Wu
The bacterial community composition in water and sediment samples during the decomposition of Microcystis biomass were analyzed using the 454 pyrosequencing technique. We found dramatic shifts in the bacterial community composition of water and sediments after the addition of Microcystis biomass. Among all the detected phyla, only Firmicutes was found to be dominant in both water and sediment samples. The genus Clostridium sensu stricto was the absolutely dominant group in Firmicutes and showed drastic variations with incubation time during the decomposition process...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435772/self-assembled-bifunctional-peptide-as-effective-drug-delivery-vector-with-powerful-antitumor-activity
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Rangrang Fan, Lan Mei, Xiang Gao, Yuelong Wang, Mingli Xiang, Yu Zheng, Aiping Tong, Xiaoning Zhang, Bo Han, Liangxue Zhou, Peng Mi, Chao You, Zhiyong Qian, Yuquan Wei, Gang Guo
E-cadherin/catenin complex is crucial for cancer cell migration and invasion. The histidine-alanine-valine (HAV) sequence has been shown to inhibit a variety of cadherin-based functions. In this study, by fusing HAV and the classical tumor-targeting Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) motif and Asn-Gly-Arg (NGR) motif to the apoptosis-inducing peptide sequence-AVPIAQK, a bifunctional peptide has been constructed with enhanced tumor targeting and apoptosis effects. This peptide is further processed as a nanoscale vector to encapsulate the hydrophobic drug docetaxel (DOC)...
April 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427847/tetanus-vaccines-who-position-paper-february-2017-recommendations
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This article presents the World Health Organization's (WHO) recommendations on the use of tetanus toxoid (TT) vaccines excerpted from the WHO position paper on tetanus vaccines - February 2017, published in the Weekly Epidemiological Record [1]. This position paper replaces the May 2006 WHO position paper on tetanus vaccines (Tetanus vaccines: WHO position paper, 2006). The position paper summarizes the recent developments in the field of tetanus prevention and provides revised guidance on the optimal timing of recommended tetanus vaccine booster doses...
April 17, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427649/hydrodynamic-cavitation-in-combination-with-the-ozone-hydrogen-peroxide-and-the-uv-based-advanced-oxidation-processes-for-the-removal-of-natural-organic-matter-from-drinking-water
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Matej Čehovin, Alojz Medic, Jens Scheideler, Jörg Mielcke, Achim Ried, Boris Kompare, Andreja Žgajnar Gotvajn
Natural organic matter in drinking water is causing concern especially due to the formation of disinfection by-products (DBPs) by chlorine, as these are proven to have adverse health effects on consumers. In this research, humic acid was used as a source of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in drinking water (up to 3mgL(-1)). The efficiency of DOC removal was studied by applying O3, H2O2/O3, H2O2/UV and O3/UV advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) alone and combined with hybrid hydrodynamic cavitation (HC), generated by an orifice plate, as this technology recently shows promising potential for the treatment of water, containing recalcitrant organic substances...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426279/combination-of-gemcitabine-and-docetaxel-regress-both-gastric-leiomyosarcoma-proliferation-and-invasion-in-an-imageable-patient-derived-orthotopic-xenograft-ipdox-model
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Kei Kawaguchi, Kentaro Igarashi, Takashi Murakami, Tasuku Kiyuna, Scott D Nelson, Sarah M Dry, Yunfeng Li, Tara A Russell, Arun S Singh, Bartosz Chmielowski, Michiaki Unno, Fritz C Eilber, Robert M Hoffman
Gastric leiomyosarcoma is a recalcitrant cancer and chemotherapy strategy is controversial. The present study used a patient-derived orthotopic xenograft (PDOX) nude mouse model of gastric leiomyosarcoma to identify an effective therapeutic regimen in order to develop individualized precision medicine for this disease. A gastric leiomyosarcoma obtained from a patient was first grown in transgenic nude mice ubiquitously expressing red fluorescent protein (RFP) in order to stably label the tumor stroma. The RFP-expressing tumor was then passaged orthotopically in the gastric wall of non-transgenic nude mice to establish an imageable PDOX (iPDOX) model...
April 20, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424921/evolution-of-psychological-condition-in-caregivers-of-patients-with-disorders-of-consciousness-a-longitudinal-study
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Francesco Corallo, Lilla Bonanno, Viviana Lo Buono, Simona De Salvo, Cettina Allone, Rosanna Palmeri, Elena La Gattuta, Carmela Rifici, Antonella Alagna, Antonino Todaro, Placido Bramanti, Silvia Marino
The aim of this study is to evaluate mood disorders and needs in caregivers of disorders of consciousness (DOC) patients during the admission to Neurorehabilitation Unit. A total of 80 caregivers was enrolled and divided in two groups (caregivers of vegetative state-VS patients and caregivers of minimally conscious state-MCS patients). Paired sample t tests were carried out to test differences between baseline observation (T0) and after 6 months (T1). Caregivers of VS patients showed an improvement between T0 and T1 especially, in vitality, mean health, Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II), Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory-Y (STAI-Y), Prolonged Grief Disorder (PG 12) and Caregiver Needs Assessment (CNA)...
April 19, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424270/significance-of-circadian-rhythms-in-severely-brain-injured-patients-a-clue-to-consciousness
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Christine Blume, Julia Lechinger, Nayantara Santhi, Renata Del Giudice, Maria-Teresa Gnjezda, Gerald Pichler, Monika Scarpatetti, Johann Donis, Gabriele Michitsch, Manuel Schabus
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between the presence of a circadian body temperature rhythm and behaviorally assessed consciousness levels in patients with disorders of consciousness (DOC; i.e., vegetative state/unresponsive wakefulness syndrome or minimally conscious state). METHODS: In a cross-sectional study, we investigated the presence of circadian temperature rhythms across 6 to 7 days using external skin temperature sensors in 18 patients with DOC...
April 19, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423000/inbreeding-and-selection-shape-genomic-diversity-in-captive-populations-implications-for-the-conservation-of-endangered-species
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Janna R Willoughby, Jamie A Ivy, Robert C Lacy, Jacqueline M Doyle, J Andrew DeWoody
Captive breeding programs are often initiated to prevent species extinction until reintroduction into the wild can occur. However, the evolution of captive populations via inbreeding, drift, and selection can impair fitness, compromising reintroduction programs. To better understand the evolutionary response of species bred in captivity, we used nearly 5500 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in populations of white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) to measure the impact of breeding regimes on genomic diversity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414249/psychological-distress-is-associated-with-altered-cognitive-functioning-in-family-caregivers-of-patients-with-disorders-of-consciousness
#16
P Moretta, O Masotta, E Crispino, G Castronovo, S Ruvolo, C Montalbano, V Loreto, L Trojano, A Estraneo
OBJECTIVES: To analyse the possible presence of reduced cognitive efficiency in family caregivers of patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness (DOC). SUBJECTS: The participants were 27 caregivers of 25 patients with DOC admitted to the severe brain injury units of the ICS Maugeri, Institutes of Telese Terme and Sciacca, Italy. METHODS: We examined cognitive functions such as short- and long-term memory, executive functions and attention by means of standardized tests...
April 17, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413851/detecting-peatland-drains-with-object-based-image-analysis-and-geoeye-1-imagery
#17
J Connolly, N M Holden
BACKGROUND: Peatlands play an important role in the global carbon cycle. They provide important ecosystem services including carbon sequestration and storage. Drainage disturbs peatland ecosystem services. Mapping drains is difficult and expensive and their spatial extent is, in many cases, unknown. An object based image analysis (OBIA) was performed on a very high resolution satellite image (Geoeye-1) to extract information about drain location and extent on a blanket peatland in Ireland...
December 2017: Carbon Balance and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402898/predicting-potential-release-of-dissolved-organic-matter-from-biochars-derived-from-agricultural-residues-using-fluorescence-and-ultraviolet-absorbance
#18
Ming Li, Afeng Zhang, Haiming Wu, Hai Liu, Jialong Lv
A combination of fluorescence excitation-emission (EEM) spectrophotometry with parallel factor analysis (PARAFAC) and UV-vis spectroscopy was used to assess dissolved organic matter (DOM) release by the wheat straw-derived biochar in various environmental conditions. The results showed that the concentration of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) extracted from the biochar ranged from 435 to 5000mgkg(-1), and the high DOM release would occur under the high temperature and alkaline environmental conditions. Four humic acid-like substances (C1, C2, C4 and C5), one fulvic acid-like substance (C3) and one tryptophan-like substance (C6) were identified by PARAFAC model...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395267/antibiotics-in-the-coastal-water-of-the-south-yellow-sea-in-china-occurrence-distribution-and-ecological-risks
#19
Juan Du, Hongxia Zhao, Sisi Liu, Huaijun Xie, Yan Wang, Jingwen Chen
The occurrence and distribution of 25 antibiotics from 5 categories in Yancheng coastal area of the South Yellow Sea were investigated using solid-phase extraction coupled with high-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry. Results showed that these antibiotics were widely present in this region with the total concentration up to 1349.2ng/L. Fluoroquinolones and sulfonamides were the most abundant categories contributing 46.5%, and 21.4% to the total antibiotics burden. Trimethoprim was the antibiotic detected in all the samples...
April 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394589/evaluation-of-mechanistic-models-for-nitrate-removal-in-woodchip-bioreactors
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Brian J Halaburka, Gregory H LeFevre, Richard G Luthy
Woodchip bioreactors (WBRs) are increasingly being applied to remove nitrate from runoff. In this study, replicate columns with aged woodchips were subjected to a range of measured flow rates and influent nitrate concentrations with an artificial stormwater matrix. Dissolved oxygen (DO), nitrate, and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) were measured along the length of the columns. A multispecies reactive transport model with Michaelis-Menten kinetics was developed to explain the concentration profiles of DO, nitrate, and DOC...
April 13, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
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