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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550813/a-reliable-sewage-quality-abnormal-event-monitoring-system
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Tianling Li, Melissa Winnel, Hao Lin, Jared Panther, Chang Liu, Roger O'Halloran, Kewen Wang, Taicheng An, Po Keung Wong, Shanqing Zhang, Huijun Zhao
With closing water loop through purified recycled water, wastewater becomes a part of source water, requiring reliable wastewater quality monitoring system (WQMS) to manage wastewater source and mitigate potential health risks. However, the development of reliable WQMS is fatally constrained by severe contamination and biofouling of sensors due to the hostile analytical environment of wastewaters, especially raw sewages, that challenges the limit of existing sensing technologies. In this work, we report a technological solution to enable the development of WQMS for real-time abnormal event detection with high reliability and practicality...
May 20, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550810/rigid-aromatic-linking-moiety-in-cationic-lipids-for-enhanced-gene-transfection-efficiency
#2
Bing Wang, Rui-Mo Zhao, Ji Zhang, Yan-Hong Liu, Zheng Huang, Qing-Ying Yu, Xiao-Qi Yu
Although numerous cationic lipids have been developed as non-viral gene vectors, the structure-activity relationship (SAR) of these materials remains unclear and needs further investigation. In this work, a series of lysine-derived cationic lipids containing linkages with different rigidity were designed and synthesized. SAR studies showed that lipids with rigid aromatic linkage could promote the formation of tight liposomes and enhance DNA condensation, which is essential for the gene delivery process. These lipids could give much higher transfection efficiency than those containing more flexible aliphatic linkage in various cell lines...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550740/multi-resolution-classification-of-exhaled-aerosol-images-to-detect-obstructive-lung-diseases-in-small-airways
#3
Jinxiang Xi, Weizhong Zhao, Jiayao Eddie Yuan, Biwei Cao, Linlin Zhao
Exhaled aerosol patterns have been used to detect obstructive respiratory diseases in the upper airways. Signals from small airway diseases are weak and may not manifest themselves in the exhaled aerosol patterns. Therefore, it will be more challenging to detect abnormalities in small airways. The objective of this study is to develop a simulation-based classification model that can accurately classify small airway diseases. The model performance was evaluated in five obstructed models that are located in lung bifurcations G7-9...
May 20, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550523/morphological-evaluation-of-retinal-ganglion-cells-expressing-the-l132c-t159c-chr2-mutant-transgene-in-young-adult-cynomolgus-monkeys
#4
Wenyao Wang, Yan Nan, Zhuo-Hua Pan, Mingliang Pu
To characterize recombinant AAV2 (rAAV2)-mediated expression of L132C/T159C ChR2 mutant in retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) of young adult cynomolgus monkeys. rAAV2 vectors carrying a fusion construct of the ChR2 mutant and GFP (ChR2-GFP) were delivered to the vitreous chamber by intravitreal injection. Expression patterns of the ChR2 mutant in RGCs were examined by immunohistochemical methods three months after injection. The RNA-binding protein with multiple splicing (RBPMS) was used as an RGC specific marker to differentiate RGCs from other retinal neurons and non-neuronal cells...
May 25, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550434/flagellin-fljb-as-an-adjuvant-to-the-recombinant-adenovirus-rabies-glycoprotein-vaccine-increases-immune-responses-against-rabies-in-mice
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Xingxing Xiao, Yun Zhang, Qiaolin Wei, Xiangping Yin
Rabies virus (RABV) causes an acute progressive viral encephalitis. Although currently licensed vaccines have an excellent safety and efficacy record, the development of a safer and more cost-effective vaccine is still being sought. An E1-deleted, replication-defective human adenovirus type 5 (HAd5) vector expressing RABV glycoprotein (HAd5-G) is thought to be a promising candidate vaccine for immune prophylaxis against rabies. Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium (S. Typhimurium) flagellin is a well-known immune adjuvant...
May 26, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550406/statistical-shape-modelling-to-aid-surgical-planning-associations-between-surgical-parameters-and-head-shapes-following-spring-assisted-cranioplasty
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Naiara Rodriguez-Florez, Jan L Bruse, Alessandro Borghi, Herman Vercruysse, Juling Ong, Greg James, Xavier Pennec, David J Dunaway, N U Owase Jeelani, Silvia Schievano
PURPOSE: Spring-assisted cranioplasty is performed to correct the long and narrow head shape of children with sagittal synostosis. Such corrective surgery involves osteotomies and the placement of spring-like distractors, which gradually expand to widen the skull until removal about 4 months later. Due to its dynamic nature, associations between surgical parameters and post-operative 3D head shape features are difficult to comprehend. The current study aimed at applying population-based statistical shape modelling to gain insight into how the choice of surgical parameters such as craniotomy size and spring positioning affects post-surgical head shape...
May 26, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550091/transgenic-expression-of-il15-improves-antiglioma-activity-of-il13ralpha2-car-t-cells-but-results-in-antigen-loss-variants
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Giedre Krenciute, Brooke L Prinzing, Zhongzhen Yi, Meng-Fen Wu, Hao Liu, Gianpietro Dotti, Irina V Balyasnikova, Stephen Gottschalk
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most aggressive primary brain tumor in adults and is virtually incurable with conventional therapies. Immunotherapy with T cells expressing GBM-specific chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) is an attractive approach to improve outcomes. Although CAR T cells targeting GBM antigens such as IL13Ralpha2 (interleukin 13 Receptor Subunit Alpha 2), HER2 (human epidermal growth factor receptor 2), and EGFRvIII (epidermal growth factor receptor variant III) have had antitumor activity in preclinical models, early phase clinical testing has demonstrated limited antiglioma activity...
May 26, 2017: Cancer Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550059/europe-wide-meta-analysis-of-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato-prevalence-in-questing-ixodes-ricinus-ticks
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Martin Strnad, Václav Hönig, Daniel Růžek, Libor Grubhoffer, Ryan O M Rego
Lyme borreliosis is the most common zoonotic disease transmitted by ticks in Europe and North America. Despite having multiple tick vectors, the causative agent Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, is vectored mainly by Ixodes ricinus in Europe. In the present study, we aimed to review and summarize the existing data published from 2010 to 2016 concerning the prevalence of B. burgdorferi s.l. spirochetes in questing I. ricinus The primary focus was to evaluate the infection rate of these bacteria in ticks, accounting for tick stage, adult tick gender, region and detection method, as well as to investigate any changes in prevalence over time...
May 26, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549971/tpp-dendrimer-nanocarriers-for-sirna-delivery-to-the-pulmonary-epithelium-and-their-dry-powder-and-metered-dose-inhaler-formulations
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Elizabeth Bielski, Qian Zhong, Hamad Mirza, Matthew Brown, Ashura Molla, Teresa Carvajal, Sandro R P da Rocha
The regulation of genes utilizing the RNA interference (RNAi) mechanism via the delivery of synthetic siRNA has great potential in the treatment of a variety of lung diseases. However, the delivery of siRNA to the lungs is challenging due to the poor bioavailability siRNA when delivered intraveneously, and difficulty in formulating and maintaining the activity of free siRNA when delivered directly to the lungs using inhalation devices. The use of non-viral vectors such as cationic dendrimers can help enhance the stability of siRNA and its delivery to the cell cytosol...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549845/tomographic-analysis-of-anterior-posterior-and-total-corneal-refractive-power-changes-after-femtosecond-laser-assisted-keratotomy
#10
Franziska Löffler, Myriam Böhm, Michael Herzog, Kerstin Petermann, Thomas Kohnen
PURPOSE: To analyze the effect of penetrating femtosecond laser-assisted keratotomy (pFLAK) during laser lens surgery on anterior, posterior corneal astigmatism and total corneal refractive power (TCRP) astigmatism (CAant, CApost, CATCRP) measured with Scheimpflug tomography. DESIGN: Prospective, interventional case series. METHODS: This institutional study included 27 eyes of 23 patients (65 ± 8 years) with low to moderate CATCRP determined with Scheimpflug tomography (Pentacam HR) after penetrating femtosecond laser-assisted keratotomy (pFLAK) and laser lens surgery...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549772/codon-optimized-rpgr-improves-stability-and-efficacy-of-aav8-gene-therapy-in-two-mouse-models-of-x-linked-retinitis-pigmentosa
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M Dominik Fischer, Michelle E McClements, Cristina Martinez-Fernandez de la Camara, Julia-Sophia Bellingrath, Daniyar Dauletbekov, Simon C Ramsden, Doron G Hickey, Alun R Barnard, Robert E MacLaren
X-linked retinitis pigmentosa (XLRP) is generally a severe form of retinitis pigmentosa, a neurodegenerative, blinding disorder of the retina. 70% of XLRP cases are due to mutations in the retina-specific isoform of the gene encoding retinitis pigmentosa GTPase regulator (RPGR(ORF15)). Despite successful RPGR(ORF15) gene replacement with adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors being established in a number of animal models of XLRP, progression to human trials has not yet been possible. The inherent sequence instability in the purine-rich region of RPGR(ORF15) (which contains highly repetitive nucleotide sequences) leads to unpredictable recombination errors during viral vector cloning...
May 24, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549720/infection-with-borrelia-chilensis-in-ixodes-stilesi-ticks-collected-from-pudu-puda-deer
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Claudio Verdugo, Omar Jiménez, Carlos Hernández, Pedro Álvarez, Angelo Espinoza, Daniel González-Acuña
Lyme borreliosis is a vector-borne zoonosis caused by Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato species complex spirochetes, which are maintained in transmission cycles among vertebrates and Ixodes ticks. Recently, a new genospecies within this complex, Borrelia chilensis, was described in Ixodes stilesi collected from the environment and from rodents in Chile. This tick also infests the native Southern pudu deer (Pudu puda). The objectives of this study were to investigate the prevalence, intensity of infestation, and aggregation of hard ticks on this deer species, and to determine the presence of borrelial pathogens in the ticks...
May 18, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549573/the-dose-makes-the-poison-nutritional-overload-determines-the-life-traits-of-blood-feeding-arthropods
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Marcos Sterkel, José Henrique M Oliveira, Vanessa Bottino-Rojas, Gabriela O Paiva-Silva, Pedro L Oliveira
Vertebrate blood composition is heavily biased towards proteins, and hemoglobin, which is a hemeprotein, is by far the most abundant protein. Typically, hematophagous insects ingest blood volumes several times their weight before the blood meal. This barbarian feast offers an abundance of nutrients, but the degradation of blood proteins generates toxic concentrations of amino acids and heme, along with unparalleled microbiota growth. Despite this challenge, hematophagous arthropods have successfully developed mechanisms that bypass the toxicity of these molecules...
May 23, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549548/geometric-morphometric-and-traditional-methods-for-sex-assessment-using-the-posterior-ilium
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Rebeka Rmoutilová, Ján Dupej, Jana Velemínská, Jaroslav Brůžek
The human hip bone is generally accepted as the most reliable bone for sex estimation in forensic and bioarchaeological disciplines. However, it is seldom completely preserved. The best preserved region is typically around the sacroiliac joint and its auricular surface; it is therefore surprising that this surface has not been involved in standard sexing methods. The aim of this study was to explore the shape and size sexual dimorphism of the auricular surface in detail and to compare its sex estimation accuracy using the geometric morphometric (GM) and traditional methodological approach...
May 2017: Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549431/insecticide-treated-nets-provide-protection-against-malaria-to-children-in-an-area-of-insecticide-resistance-in-southern-benin
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John Bradley, Aurore Ogouyèmi-Hounto, Sylvie Cornélie, Jacob Fassinou, Yolande Sissinto Savi de Tove, Adicath Adéola Adéothy, Filémon T Tokponnon, Patrick Makoutode, Alioun Adechoubou, Thibaut Legba, Telesphore Houansou, Dorothée Kinde-Gazard, Martin C Akogbeto, Achille Massougbodji, Tessa Bellamy Knox, Martin Donnelly, Immo Kleinschmidt
BACKGROUND: Malaria control is heavily reliant on insecticides, especially pyrethroids. Resistance of mosquitoes to insecticides may threaten the effectiveness of insecticide-based vector control and lead to a resurgence of malaria in Africa. METHODS: In 21 villages in Southern Benin with high levels of insecticide resistance, the resistance status of local vectors was measured at the same time as the prevalence of malaria infection in resident children. RESULTS: Children who used LLINs had lower levels of malaria infection [odds ratio = 0...
May 26, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549413/external-magnetic-field-promotes-homing-of-magnetized-stem-cells-following-subcutaneous-injection
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Yu Meng, Changzhen Shi, Bo Hu, Jian Gong, Xing Zhong, Xueyin Lin, Xinju Zhang, Jun Liu, Cong Liu, Hao Xu
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are multipotent stromal cells that have the ability to self-renew and migrate to sites of pathology. In vivo tracking of MSCs provides insights into both, the underlying mechanisms of MSC transformation and their potential as gene delivery vehicles. The aim of our study was to assess the ability of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs)-labeled Wharton's Jelly of the human umbilical cord-derived MSCs (WJ-MSCs) to carry the green fluorescent protein (GFP) gene to cutaneous injury sites in a murine model...
May 26, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549292/globally-supported-radial-basis-function-based-collocation-method-for-evolution-of-level-set-in-mass-segmentation-using-mammograms
#17
Kanchan Lata Kashyap, Manish Kumar Bajpai, Pritee Khanna
Computer-aided detection systems play an important role for the detection of breast abnormalities using mammograms. Global segmentation of mass in mammograms is a complex process due to low contrast mammogram images, irregular shape of mass, speculated margins, and the presence of intensity variations of pixels. This work presents a new approach for mass detection in mammograms, which is based on the variational level set function. Mesh-free based radial basis function (RBF) collocation approach is employed for the evolution of level set function for segmentation of breast as well as suspicious mass region...
May 15, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549246/the-usage-of-data-compression-for-the-background-estimation-of-electron-energy-loss-spectra
#18
Jakob Spiegelberg, Ján Rusz, Klaus Leifer, Thomas Thersleff
Quantitative analysis of noisy electron spectrum images requires a robust estimation of the underlying background signal. We demonstrate how modern data compression methods can be used as a tool for achieving an analysis result less affected by statistical errors or to speed up the background estimation. In particular, we demonstrate how a multilinear singular value decomposition (MLSVD) can be used to enhance elemental maps obtained from a complex sample measured with energy electron loss spectroscopy. Furthermore, the usage of vertex component analysis (VCA) for a basis vector centered estimation of the background is demonstrated...
May 20, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549173/incidental-mosquitocidal-effect-of-an-ivermectin-mass-drug-administration-on-anopheles-farauti-conducted-for-scabies-control-in-the-solomon-islands
#19
Christian Kositz, Jeptah Talina, Jason Diau, Rowena Asugeni, Cheryl Whitehorn, David Mabey, Carlos Chaccour, Michael Marks
Background: The Solomon Islands is targeting elimination of malaria by 2030. The dominant vector is the predominantly exophagic, exophilic Anopheles farauti sensu strictu. This biting behaviour limits the efficacy of conventional vector control tools and highlights the need for new strategies. When administered to humans ivermectin has been shown to have a mosquitocidal effect. Mass drug administration (MDA) with ivermectin is an emerging strategy in the control of scabies. In this study we explored any incidental effect of ivermectin MDA conducted for scabies control on mosquitoes...
May 26, 2017: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549151/borrelia-species-detected-in-ticks-feeding-on-wild-korean-water-deer-hydropotes-inermis-using-molecular-and-genotypic-analyses
#20
D VanBik, S H Lee, M G Seo, B R Jeon, Y K Goo, S J Park, M H Rhee, O D Kwon, T H Kim, P J L Geraldino, D Kwak
Lyme borreliosis is a vector-borne disease transmitted through the bite of ticks infected by Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato group, including B. burgdorferi sensu stricto, B. afzelii, and B. garinii. The goal of the present study was to detect Borrelia species in ticks infesting wild Korean water deer (KWD; Hydropotes inermis Swinhoe), using molecular and genotypic analyses. In total, 48 ticks were collected from KWD, all of which were morphologically identified as Haemaphysalis longicornis Neumann that is dominant in Korea...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
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