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Yan Li, Mourad Harir, Marianna Lucio, Michael Gonsior, Boris P Koch, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Norbert Hertkorn
Deciphering the molecular codes of dissolved organic matter (DOM) improves our understanding of its role in the global element cycles and its active involvement in ecosystem services. This study demonstrates comprehensive characterization of DOM by an initial polarity-based stepwise solid phase extraction (SPE) with single methanol elution of the cartridges, but separate collection of equal aliquots of eluate. The reduction of molecular complexity in the individual DOM fractions attenuates intermolecular interactions and substantially increases the disposable resolution of any structure selective characterization...
October 14, 2016: Water Research
Damien Lesenfants, Dina Habbal, Camille Chatelle, Caroline Schnakers, Steven Laureys, Quentin Noirhomme
OBJECTIVE: To propose a new methodology based on single-trial analysis for detecting residual response to command with EMG in patients with disorders of consciousness (DOC), overcoming the issue of trial dependency and decreasing the influence of a patient's fluctuation of vigilance or arousal over time on diagnostic accuracy. METHODS: Forty-five patients with DOC (18 with vegetative/unresponsive wakefulness syndrome [VS/UWS], 22 in a minimally conscious state [MCS], 3 who emerged from MCS [EMCS], and 2 with locked-in syndrome [LIS]) and 20 healthy controls were included in the study...
October 21, 2016: Neurology
Helen P Jarvie, Stephen M King, Colin Neal
River water-quality studies rarely measure dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) routinely, and there is a gap in our knowledge of the contributions of DIC to aquatic carbon fluxes and cycling processes. Here, we present the THINCARB model (THermodynamic modelling of INorganic CARBon), which uses widely-measured determinands (pH, alkalinity and temperature) to calculate DIC concentrations, speciation (bicarbonate, HCO3(-); carbonate, CO3(2-); and dissolved carbon dioxide, H2CO3(⁎)) and excess partial pressures of carbon dioxide (EpCO2) in freshwaters...
October 18, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Paula Viviani, Adrian Lifschitz, Jorge García, María Laura Maté, Miguel Angel Quiroga, Carlos Lanusse, Guillermo Virkel
1. Precision-cut liver slices (PCLS) from food-producing animals have not been extensively used to study xenobiotic metabolism, and thus information on this field of research is sparse. 2. The aims of the present work were to further validate the technique of production and culture of bovine PCLS and to characterize the metabolic interaction between the anthelmintic albendazole (ABZ) and the flavin-monooxygenase (FMO) inhibitor methimazole (MTZ). 3. Nine (9) steers were used as donors. PCLS were produced and incubated under two methods, a dynamic organ culture (DOC) incubator and a well-plate (WP) system...
October 21, 2016: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
Zengqiang Zhang, Jim J Wang, Amjad Ali, Ronald D DeLaune
The seasonal variation in physico-chemical properties, anions, and the heavy metal (Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb, and Zn) concentration was evaluated in water from nine different rivers in Lake Pontchartrain Basin, Louisiana, USA. The water quality parameters were compared with toxicity reference values (TRV), US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) drinking/aquatic life protection, and WHO standards. Among physico-chemical properties, pH, DO, and turbidity were high during spring, while, EC, temperature, and DOC were high during summer and vice versa...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Jacqueline R Gerson, Charles T Driscoll, Karen M Roy
With decreases in acid deposition, nitrogen : phosphorus (N:P) ratios in lakes are anticipated to decline, decreasing P limitation of phytoplankton and potentially changing current food web dynamics. This effect could be particularly pronounced in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, a historic hotspot for effects of acid deposition. In this study, we evaluate spatial patterns of nutrient dynamics in Adirondack lakes and use these to infer potential future temporal trends. We calculated Mann-Kendall tau correlations among total phosphorus (TP), chlorophyll a, dissolved organic carbon (DOC), acid neutralizing capacity (ANC), and nitrate (NO3(-) ) concentrations in 52 Adirondack Long Term Monitoring (ALTM) program lakes using samples collected monthly during 2008-2012...
September 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
Ramsa Chaves-Ulloa, Brad W Taylor, Hannah J Broadley, Kathryn L Cottingham, Nicholas A Baer, Kathleen C Weathers, Holly A Ewing, Celia Y Chen
Mercury (Hg) concentrations in aquatic environments have increased globally, exposing consumers of aquatic organisms to high Hg levels. For both aquatic and terrestrial consumers, exposure to Hg depends on their food sources as well as environmental factors influencing Hg bioavailability. The majority of the research on the transfer of methylmercury (MeHg), a toxic and bioaccumulating form of Hg, between aquatic and terrestrial food webs has focused on terrestrial piscivores. However, a gap exists in our understanding of the factors regulating MeHg bioaccumulation by non-piscivorous terrestrial predators, specifically consumers of adult aquatic insects...
September 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
Guohua Shi, Changhui Peng, Meng Wang, Shengwei Shi, Yanzheng Yang, Junyao Chu, Junjun Zhang, Guanghui Lin, Yan Shen, Qiuan Zhu
The lateral transport of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) plays an important role in linking the carbon cycles of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Neglecting the lateral flow of dissolved organic carbon can lead to an underestimation of the organic carbon budget of terrestrial ecosystems. It is thus necessary to integrate DOC concentrations and flux into carbon cycle models, particularly with regard to the development of models that are intended to directly link terrestrial and ocean carbon cycles. However, to achieve this goal, more accurate information is needed to better understand and predict DOC dynamics...
2016: PloS One
Petr Porcal, Kristýna Frejlachová, Jiří Kopáček, Jiří Nedoma, Tereza Šavrdová
The photochemical transformation of terrestrial dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in surface waters exposed to UV radiation causes the precipitation of metal (Al and Fe) bearing complexes with high phosphorus sorption capacities. To better elucidate this process, a series of laboratory experiments was performed with stream and river waters with pH range from 3.5 to 8.2 and concentrations of dissolved reactive phosphorus from 2 to 142 μg L(-1). Samples were filtered (0.4 μm) and UV (350 nm) irradiated for 24 h at 68 W m(-2), i...
October 12, 2016: Chemosphere
Ottó Dócs, Katalin Hegyi, Attila Mokánszky, Anikó Mónusné, Lívia Beke, Csilla András, Judit Bedekovics, Gábor Méhes
Mutation rates determined by allele-specific PCR can be highly different in KRAS exon 2 mutant colorectal carcinoma (CRC) samples suggesting intratumoural heterogeneity. To address the effect of KRAS gene copy number on the relative mutant allele frequency the KRAS locus was individually quantified following FISH analysis in 36 cases. We observed, that mutant KRAS status was associated with an elevated KRAS locus number (2.36 ± 0.42 vs 2.63 ± 0.75; p = 0.037) reflecting an increased aneuploidy status but no true amplification of the locus...
October 15, 2016: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
Jutta Speda, Mikaela A Johansson, Uno Carlsson, Martin Karlsson
Enzyme discovery in individual strains of microorganisms is compromised by the limitations of pure culturing. In principle, metaproteomics allows for fractionation and study of different parts of the protein complement but has hitherto mainly been used to identify intracellular proteins. However, the extracellular environment is also expected to comprise a wealth of information regarding important proteins. An absolute requirement for metaproteomic studies of protein expression, and irrespective of downstream methods for analysis, is that sample preparation methods provide clean, concentrated and representative samples of the protein complement...
October 11, 2016: Analytical Biochemistry
Anna Nigri, Eleonora Catricalà, Stefania Ferraro, Maria Grazia Bruzzone, Ludovico D'Incerti, Davide Sattin, Davide Rossi Sebastiano, Silvana Franceschetti, Giorgio Marotta, Riccardo Benti, Matilde Leonardi, Stefano F Cappa
There is a growing interest in the use of functional imaging to assess brain activity in the absence of behavioural responses in patients with disorders of consciousness (DOC). In the present study, we applied a hierarchical auditory stimulation paradigm to functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) in a group of long-term DOC adult patients. Brain response to pairs of pseudowords, of unrelated words and of semantically related words, i.e. stimuli differing in lexical status (words vs. pseudowords) and semantic relatedness (related vs...
October 13, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
Chiara Zucchella, Massimo Di Santis, Biagio Ciccone, Massimiliano Pelella, Marina Scappaticci, Giovanna Badalassi, Susanna Lavezzi, Michelangelo Bartolo
INTRODUCTION: Preliminary evidences showed that telemedicine may allow a reduction of costs and an enhancement of patients' satisfaction and quality of life (QoL), with the same effectiveness of conventional methods of healthcare delivery. Literature is quite absent in relation to the use of telemedicine for patients with disorders of consciousness (DoC) whose management is delegated almost entirely to the family. In order to promote an alternative setting to manage persons affected by DoC, also supporting their families, a pilot project was designed to test the feasibility of home-care assistance based on a system of telemonitoring...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Emilie Strady, Vu Bich Hanh Dang, Julien Némery, Stéphane Guédron, Quoc Tuc Dinh, Hervé Denis, Phuoc Dan Nguyen
The Saigon River, Southern Vietnam, crosses one of the most dynamic developing Megacity in Southeast Asia: Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). The increased economic, industrial, and domestic developments may affect the environmental quality of water and halieutic resources. In this study, we evaluated the seasonal (dry and wet seasons) biogeochemical state of the Saigon River during two snapshot campaigns conducted along the river basin upstream from HCMC; the Saigon River was characterized by slightly acidic (pH 5.7-7...
October 10, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Chunyuan Tang, Fang Wu, Rensheng Wang, Heming Lu, Guisheng Li, Meilian Liu, Haisheng Zhu, Jinxian Zhu, Yong Zhang, Kai Hu
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is highly incident in southern China. Metastasis is the major cause of death in NPC patients. Concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) has been accepted as standard in the treatment of patients with locoregionally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). However, induction chemotherapy (IC) also has benefits in this disease, especially in the patients with certain high-risk factors such as bulky and/or extensive nodal disease. It has been presented that adding IC to CCRT might be a reasonable approach and need more work to confirm...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Kyoung-Nam Kim, Sang-Doc Han, Jeung-Hoon Seo, Phil Heo, Dongkyeom Yoo, Geun Ho Im, Jung Hee Lee
The birdcage (BC) coil is currently being utilized for uniform radiofrequency (RF) transmit/receive (Tx/Rx) or Tx-only configuration in many magnetic resonance (MR) imaging applications, but insufficient magnetic flux (|B1|) density and their non-uniform distribution still exists in high-field (HF) environments. We demonstrate that the asymmetric birdcage (ABC) transmit/receive (Tx/Rx) volume coil, which is a modified standard birdcage (SBC) coil with the end ring split into two halves, is suitable for improving the |B1| sensitivity in 7T small-animal MR imaging...
September 30, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medical Sciences: MRMS
Silvia Casarotto, Angela Comanducci, Mario Rosanova, Simone Sarasso, Matteo Fecchio, Martino Napolitani, Andrea Pigorini, Adenauer G Casali, Pietro D Trimarchi, Melanie Boly, Olivia Gosseries, Olivier Bodart, Francesco Curto, Cristina Landi, Maurizio Mariotti, Guya Devalle, Steven Laureys, Giulio Tononi, Marcello Massimini
Objective Validating objective, brain-based indices of consciousness in behaviorally unresponsive patients represents a challenge due to the impossibility of obtaining independent evidence through subjective reports. Here we address this problem by first validating a promising metric of consciousness - the perturbational complexity index (PCI) - in a benchmark population who could confirm the presence or absence of consciousness through subjective reports, and then applying the same index to patients with disorders of consciousness (DOC)...
September 22, 2016: Annals of Neurology
Amelia Barwise, Lisbeth Garcia-Arguello, Yue Dong, Manasi Hulyalkar, Marija Vukoja, Marcus J Schultz, Neill K J Adhikari, Benjamin Bonneton, Oguz Kilickaya, Rahul Kashyap, Ognjen Gajic, Christopher N Schmickl
BACKGROUND: The Checklist for Early Recognition and Treatment of Acute Illness (CERTAIN) is an international collaborative project with the overall objective of standardizing the approach to the evaluation and treatment of critically ill patients world-wide, in accordance with best-practice principles. One of CERTAIN's key features is clinical decision support providing point-of-care information about common acute illness syndromes, procedures, and medications in an index card format...
October 3, 2016: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Jie Fu, Wan-Ning Lee, Clark Coleman, Melissa Meyer, Jason Carter, Kirk Nowack, Ching-Hua Huang
A pilot study employing two parallel trains of two-stage biofiltration, i.e., a sand/anthracite (SA) biofilter followed by a biologically-active granular activated carbon (GAC) contactor, was conducted to test the efficiency, feasibility and stability of biofiltration for removing natural organic matter (NOM) after coagulation in a drinking water treatment plant. Results showed the biofiltration process could effectively remove turbidity (<0.1 NTU in all effluents) and NOM (>24% of dissolved organic carbon (DOC), >57% of UV254, and >44% of SUVA254), where the SA biofilters showed a strong capacity for turbidity removal, while the GAC contactors played the dominant role in NOM removal...
January 2017: Chemosphere
Nan Zhang, Mishma Silvia Stanislaus, Xiaohong Hu, Chenyu Zhao, Qi Zhu, Dawei Li, Yingnan Yang
Intermittent illumination combined with bio-zeolite fixed-bed process was utilized to improve the efficiency of anaerobic digestion with ammonium-rich substrate. The batch experiments were carried out at NH4(+)-N concentration of 2211mg/L under intermittent illumination and dark (as control) conditions, respectively. The illuminated bioreactor achieved higher methane production (287mL/g-DOC) and ATP value (0.38μmol/L) than that under dark condition. Then the bio-zeolite fixed-bed bioreactor (NH4(+)-N concentration: 3000mg/L) was used to study the additional efficiency on the illuminated ammonium-rich anaerobic digestion process...
September 22, 2016: Bioresource Technology
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