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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330292/comparative-assessment-of-methods-for-metagenomic-dna-isolation-from-soils-of-different-crop-growing-fields
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Aiman Tanveer, Sangeeta Yadav, Dinesh Yadav
The isolation of good quality metagenomic DNA from diverse soil, in appreciable amount, is a prerequisite for metagenomics. The availability of commercial kits for isolation of genomic DNAs from soil has drastically expedited the application of metagenomics approach for identifying novel sources of industrially important enzymes. The quantitative and qualitative assessment of metagenomic DNA isolated using either the manual method or the kit-based method should be performed prior to its use in downstream applications...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329020/how-a-collaborative-integrated-taxonomic-effort-has-trained-new-spongiologists-and-improved-knowledge-of-martinique-island-french-antilles-eastern-caribbean-sea-marine-biodiversity
#2
Thierry Pérez, Maria-Cristina Díaz, César Ruiz, Baslavi Cóndor-Luján, Michelle Klautau, Eduardo Hajdu, Gisele Lobo-Hajdu, Sven Zea, Shirley A Pomponi, Robert W Thacker, Sophie Carteron, Guillaume Tollu, Adeline Pouget-Cuvelier, Philippe Thélamon, Jean-Philippe Marechal, Olivier P Thomas, Alexander V Ereskovsky, Jean Vacelet, Nicole Boury-Esnault
Although sponges are important components of benthic ecosystems of the Caribbean Sea, their diversity remained poorly investigated in the Lesser Antilles. By organizing a training course in Martinique, we wanted both to promote taxonomy and to provide a first inventory of the sponge diversity on this island. The course was like a naturalist expedition, with a field laboratory and a classroom nearby. Early-career scientists and environmental managers were trained in sponge taxonomy. We gathered unpublished data and conducted an inventory at 13 coastal sites...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328756/pectoralis-and-serratus-fascial-plane-blocks-each-provide-early-analgesic-benefits-following-ambulatory-breast-cancer-surgery-a-retrospective-propensity-matched-cohort-study
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Faraj W Abdallah, David MacLean, Caveh Madjdpour, Tulin Cil, Anuj Bhatia, Richard Brull
BACKGROUND: Pectoralis and serratus blocks have been described recently for use in breast surgery, but evidence supporting their analgesic benefits is limited. This cohort study evaluates the benefits of adding a pectoralis or serratus block to conventional opioid-based analgesia (control) in patients who underwent ambulatory breast cancer surgery at Women's College Hospital between July 2013 and May 2015. We tested the joint hypothesis that adding a pectoralis or serratus block reduced postoperative in-hospital (predischarge) opioid consumption and nausea and vomiting (PONV)...
March 21, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326844/oxidative-stress-in-acute-hypobaric-hypoxia
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Sebastián Irarrázaval, Claudio Allard, Juan Campodónico, Druso Pérez, Pablo Strobel, Luis Vásquez, Inés Urquiaga, Guadalupe Echeverría, Federico Leighton
Irarrázaval, Sebastián, Claudio Allard, Juan Campodónico, Druso Pérez, Pablo Strobel, Luis Vásquez, Inés Urquiaga, Guadalupe Echeverría, and Federico Leighton. Oxidative stress in acute hypobaric hypoxia. High Alt Med Biol. 00:000-000, 2017.-The effects of acute hypobaric hypoxia endured by mountaineers were studied, specifically as evidenced by acute mountain sickness (AMS) and oxidative stress damage. Ten male volunteers were exposed to acute hypobaric hypoxia, and AMS was evaluated through arterial oxygen saturation (SaO2), cardiac rate, and the Lake Louise Score (LLS)...
March 22, 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323834/selection-and-validation-of-reference-genes-for-qrt-pcr-analysis-during-biological-invasions-the-thermal-adaptability-of-bemisia-tabaci-med
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Tian-Mei Dai, Zhi-Chuang Lü, Wan-Xue Liu, Fang-Hao Wan
The Bemisia tabaci Mediterranean (MED) cryptic species has been rapidly invading to most parts of the world owing to its strong ecological adaptability, which is considered as a model insect for stress tolerance studies under rapidly changing environments. Selection of a suitable reference gene for quantitative stress-responsive gene expression analysis based on qRT-PCR is critical for elaborating the molecular mechanisms of thermotolerance. To obtain accurate and reliable normalization data in MED, eight candidate reference genes (β-act, GAPDH, β-tub, EF1-α, GST, 18S, RPL13A and α-tub) were examined under various thermal stresses for varied time periods by using geNorm, NormFinder and BestKeeper algorithms, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323105/automated-workflows-for-modelling-chemical-fate-kinetics-and-toxicity
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José Vicente Sala Benito, Alicia Paini, Andrea-Nicole Richarz, Thorsten Meinl, Michael R Berthold, Mark T D Cronin, Andrew P Worth
Automation is universal in today's society, from operating equipment such as machinery, in factory processes, to self-parking automobile systems. While these examples show the efficiency and effectiveness of automated mechanical processes, automated procedures that support the chemical risk assessment process are still in their infancy. Future human safety assessments will rely increasingly on the use of automated models, such as physiologically based kinetic (PBK) and dynamic models and the virtual cell based assay (VCBA)...
March 17, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322160/an-efficient-transient-expression-system-for-enhancing-generation-of-monoclonal-antibodies-in-293-suspension-cells
#7
Guoquan Zhang, Jie Liu, Wanting Fan, Qianyi Chen, Bin Shi
BACKGROUND: Recombinant monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) are useful in research, diagnosis, and therapy. The increased demands of recombinant mAbs require efficient production systems. A variety of expression vectors have been developed for stable or transient production of mAb in mammalian cells. However, though a few commercial expression systems of mAbs can be listened, the high expense often impedes academia researches. METHODS: In this study, we described the development of a transient mammalian system based on a bicistronic vector, which contains internal ribosome entry site (IRES) and enhancer elements to express IgG1 light chain (LC) and heavy chain (HC) in one transcript...
March 20, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318935/vector-model-supported-optimization-in-volumetric-modulated-arc-stereotactic-radiotherapy-planning-for-brain-metastasis
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Eva Sau Fan Liu, Vincent Wing Cheung Wu, Benjamin Harris, Matthew Foote, Margot Lehman, Lawrence Wing Chi Chan
Long planning time in volumetric-modulated arc stereotactic radiotherapy (VMA-SRT) cases can limit its clinical efficiency and use. A vector model could retrieve previously successful radiotherapy cases that share various common anatomic features with the current case. The prsent study aimed to develop a vector model that could reduce planning time by applying the optimization parameters from those retrieved reference cases. Thirty-six VMA-SRT cases of brain metastasis (gender, male [n = 23], female [n = 13]; age range, 32 to 81 years old) were collected and used as a reference database...
March 17, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318228/expedited-phonon-transfer-in-interfacially-constrained-polymer-chain-along-self-organized-amino-acid-crystals
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Liwen Mu, Yifan Li, Nitin Mehra, Tuo Ji, Jiahua Zhu
In this work, polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)/amino acid (AA) composites were prepared by a self-organized crystallization process. Five different AAs (cysteine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, ornithine-HCl and lysine-HCl) were selected based on their similar functional groups but different molecular structure. The different PVA-AA interactions in the five PVA/AA composites lead to two crystal patterns, i.e. continuous network (cysteine and lysine-HCl) and discrete particles (glutamic acid, ornithine-HCl and aspartic acid)...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316885/the-neotropical-land-snails-mollusca-gastropoda-collected-by-the-comisi%C3%A3-n-cient%C3%A3-fica-del-pac%C3%A3-fico
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Abraham S H Breure, Rafael Araujo
The land snails collected by the 'Comisión Científica del Pacifíco' (CCP), a Spanish expedition to South and Central America from 1862-1866, are restudied and revised. The historical context of the expedition and the study of its collected material are described. Biographical data is given for the main persons involved. The land snails were previously studied by Joaquin Hidalgo between 1867 and 1893. A total of 3,470 specimens belonging to 211 species are treated in this paper. Of 34 species mentioned by Hidalgo is his catalogue, the corresponding material could not be located...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316122/digital-workflow-for-fixed-implant-rehabilitation-of-an-extremely-atrophic-edentulous-mandible-in-three-appointments
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Panos Papaspyridakos, Neha Rajput, Yukio Kudara, Hans-Peter Weber
OBJECTIVE: To present a rationale to reduce treatment complexity, number of surgeries, and overall treatment time for patients with extreme mandibular ridge deficiency. CLINICAL CONSIDERATIONS: A 67-year-old fully edentulous male presented with a chief complaint of poor retention and stability of the mandibular complete denture with consequent discomfort and inability to chew. A novel 3-appointment protocol from guided implant placement to definitive prosthesis delivery was implemented...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301366/management-of-mastectomy-skin-necrosis-in-implant-based-breast-reconstruction
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Gloria R Sue, Chao Long, Gordon K Lee
BACKGROUND: Mastectomy skin necrosis is a significant problem after breast reconstruction. This complication may lead to poor wound healing and need for implant removal, which may delay subsequent oncologic treatment. We sought to characterize factors associated with mastectomy skin necrosis and propose a management algorithm. METHODS: A retrospective review was performed on consecutive patients undergoing implant-based breast reconstruction by the senior author from 2006 through 2015...
March 16, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300710/frameless-and-maskless-stereotactic-navigation-with-a-skull-mounted-tracker-a-technical-report
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Andrew A Fanous, Timothy G White, Matthew B Hirsch, Shamik Chakraborty, Peter D Costantino, David J Langer, John A Boockvar
Intraoperative image-guided navigation has revolutionized neurosurgery. It undoubtedly increases the surgeon's confidence and the perception of safety. While fiducials and facial masks are currently the most widely used tools for intraoperative navigation, their use is associated with certain complications. For instance, such tools require rigid fixation of the head, which increases the risk of skull fractures and epidural hematomas, and decreases both surgical flexibility and surgeon's comfort. In addition, the use of a facial mask is at times undesirable, as it may represent an obstacle during surgeries involving the face and forehead...
March 11, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300173/exonuclease-processivity-of-archaeal-replicative-dna-polymerase-in-association-with-pcna-is-expedited-by-mismatches-in-dna
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Takuya Yoda, Maiko Tanabe, Toshiyuki Tsuji, Takao Yoda, Sonoko Ishino, Tsuyoshi Shirai, Yoshizumi Ishino, Haruko Takeyama, Hirokazu Nishida
Family B DNA polymerases comprise polymerase and 3' ->5' exonuclease domains, and detect a mismatch in a newly synthesized strand to remove it in cooperation with Proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), which encircles the DNA to provide a molecular platform for efficient protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions during DNA replication and repair. Once the repair is completed, the enzyme must stop the exonucleolytic process and switch to the polymerase mode. However, the cue to stop the degradation is unclear...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298603/african-swine-fever-virus-np868r-capping-enzyme-promotes-reovirus-rescue-during-reverse-genetics-by-promoting-reovirus-protein-expression-virion-assembly-and-rna-incorporation-into-infectious-virions
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Heather E Eaton, Takeshi Kobayashi, Terence S Dermody, Randal N Johnston, Philippe H Jais, Maya Shmulevitz
Reoviruses, like many eukaryotic viruses, contain an inverted 7-methylguanosine (m7G) cap linked to the 5' nucleotide of mRNA. Traditional functions of capping are to promote mRNA stability, protein translation, and concealment from cellular proteins that recognize foreign RNA. To address the role of mRNA capping during reovirus replication, we assessed the benefits of adding the African swine fever virus NP868R capping enzyme. C3P3, a fusion protein containing T7 RNA polymerase and NP868R, was found to increase protein expression 5 to 10-fold, as compared to T7 RNA polymerase alone, while enhancing reovirus rescue from the current reverse genetics system by 100-fold...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297345/a-software-tool-to-automatically-assure-and-report-daily-treatment-deliveries-by-a-cobalt-60-radiation-therapy-device
#16
Deshan Yang, H Omar Wooten, Olga Green, Harold H Li, Shi Liu, Xiaoling Li, Vivian Rodriguez, Sasa Mutic, Rojano Kashani
The aims of this study were to develop a method for automatic and immediate verification of treatment delivery after each treatment fraction in order to detect and correct errors, and to develop a comprehensive daily report which includes delivery verification results, daily image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) review, and information for weekly physics reviews. After systematically analyzing the requirements for treatment delivery verification and understanding the available information from a commercial MRI-guided radiotherapy treatment machine, we designed a procedure to use 1) treatment plan files, 2) delivery log files, and 3) beam output information to verify the accuracy and completeness of each daily treatment delivery...
May 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297328/a-preplanning-method-for-stereotactic-radiosurgery-to-improve-treatment-workflow
#17
Kang-Hyun Ahn, Naim Ozturk, Brett Smith, Konstantin V Slavin, Matthew Koshy, Bulent Aydogan
Frame-based stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) requires fixation of an invasive head ring to ensure accurate targeting. Minimizing waiting time with a fixed head ring is important for patient comfort and satisfaction. We report a practical preplanning solution for the Brainlab iPlan treatment planning system that reduces waiting time by expediting the planning process on treatment day. A water-filled anthropomorphic head phantom was used to acquire a surrogate CT image set for preplanning and fused with patient's MRI, which was obtained before the day of treatment...
May 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295709/ring-expansion-reactions-in-the-synthesis-of-macrocycles-and-medium-sized-rings
#18
James Robert Donald, William Paul Unsworth
Functionalised macrocycles and medium-sized rings have applications in a number of scientific fields, ranging from medicinal chemistry and supramolecular chemistry, to catalysis and nanotechnology. However, their value in these areas can be undermined by a simple, but important limitation: large ring systems are very often difficult to make. Traditional end-to-end cyclisation reactions of long linear precursors are typically unpredictable and impractical processes, mainly due to unfavourable enthalpic and entropic factors...
March 15, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294048/computer-aided-structure-based-drug-design-approaches-for-the-discovery-of-new-anti-chikv-agents
#19
Surender Singh Jadav, Barij Nayan Sinha, Rolf Hilgenfeld, Venkatesan Jayaprakash
BACKGROUND: Chikungunya is a viral infection caused by Chikungunya virus (CHIKV), an arbovirus transmitted through mosquito (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus) bite. The virus from sylvatic cycle in Africa mutated to new vector adaptation and became one of the major emerging and re-emerging viral infections in the past decade, affecting more than 40 countries. Efforts are being made by many researches to develop means to prevent and control the infection through vaccines and vector control strategy...
March 9, 2017: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290926/soldier-readiness-processing-time-for-a-new-paradigm-in-managing-musculoskeletal-injuries-after-deployment
#20
Daniel I Rhon, Kerrie J Golden, Amy J Trevino, Brian S Hatler
BACKGROUND: The drowning impact that musculoskeletal injuries (MSI) have on Soldier readiness, deployability, and escalating health care costs is growing. These injuries are associated with approximately 25 million lost duty days each year. The need to curb costs and improve efficacy and efficiency of health care delivery is pressing. This requires the consideration of new paradigms for clinical pathways and health care delivery processes. Soldiers returning from a deployment go through a screening process to ensure any medical, dental, and administrative issues are adequately addressed...
March 2017: Military Medicine
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