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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778079/advances-in-understanding-the-response-of-fish-to-linear-alcohols-in-the-environment
#1
Scott E Belanger, Jane M Rawlings, Ricky Stackhouse
Short to long chain alcohols have a range of ecotoxicity to aquatic life driven by hydrophobic interactions with biological membranes. Carbon chain length and octanol:water partitioning coefficients are surrogates for hydrophobicity and strongly relate to aquatic toxicity. In these investigations, the toxicity of ethanol to 1-n-dodecanol to juvenile fish in standard acute toxicity tests is reviewed. Toxicity tests employing fish embryos (zebrafish Danio rerio and fathead minnow Pimephales promelas) in the Fish Embryo Test (OECD 236) format were conducted from C2 to C10 to compare against standard juvenile fish toxicity...
April 25, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778064/is-the-limit-cycle-attractor-an-almost-invariable-characteristic-in-human-walking
#2
Kim-Charline Broscheid, Christian Dettmers, Manfred Vieten
BACKGROUND: Common methods of gait analyses measure step length/width, gait velocity and gait variability to name just a few. Those parameters tend to be changing with fitness and skill of the subjects. But, do stable subject characteristic parameters in walking exist? Does the Limit-Cycle-Attractor qualify as such a parameter?. RESEARCH QUESTION: The attractor method is a new approach focusing on the dynamics of human motion. It classifies the fundamental walking pattern by calculating the Limit-Cycle-Attractor and its variability from acceleration data of the feet...
May 16, 2018: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778044/electrodeposited-styrylquinolinium-dye-as-molecular-electrocatalyst-for-coupled-redox-reactions
#3
Yolina Hubenova, Rumyana Bakalska, Mario Mitov
Modification of carbonaceous materials with different conductive coatings is a successful approach to enhance their electrocatalytic activity and thus to increase the electrical outputs when used as electrodes in biofuel cells. In this study, a methodology for electrodeposition of styrylquinolinium dye on carbon felt was developed. The produced dye electrodeposits were characterized by means of AFM, ESI-MS/MS and NMR spectroscopy. The obtained data reveal that the dye forms overlaid layers consisting of monomer molecules most likely with an antiparallel orientation...
May 10, 2018: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778035/formation-of-contact-active-antimicrobial-surfaces-by-covalent-grafting-of-quaternary-ammonium-compounds
#4
REVIEW
Poverenov Elena, Klein Miri
Different synthetic strategies for the formation of contact active antimicrobial materials utilizing covalent linkage of quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs) were reviewed. There is a demand to find methods that will prevent bacterial fouling without the release of antimicrobial agents, because biocides cause environment pollution and promote the development of bacteria resistance mechanisms. The contact active antimicrobial surfaces may provide a useful tool for this purpose. The covalent surface grafting of QACs seems to be a feasible and promising approach for the formation of safe and effective antimicrobial materials that could be utilized for medical devices, food industry, water treatment systems and other applications...
May 16, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778016/multiscale-reconstruction-of-a-synthetic-biomimetic-micro-niche-for-enhancing-and-monitoring-the-differentiation-of-stem-cells
#5
Rui Li, Jinming Li, Jianbin Xu, Dexter Siu Hong Wong, Xiaoyu Chen, Weihao Yuan, Liming Bian
Stem cells reside in a three-dimensional (3D) niche microenvironment, which provides specific cues, including cell-matrix interactions and soluble factors, that are essential to the differentiation of stem cells in vivo. Herein we demonstrate a general approach to the synthetic reconstruction of 3D biomimetic niche environment of stem cells by the multiscale combination of macroscopic porous hydrogels and a nanoscale upconversion nanoparticles (UCNP)-based nanocomplex. The porous biopolymeric hydrogels emulate the spongy bone microstructure and provide 3D environment conducive to the differentiation of seeded stem cells...
May 4, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777998/an-integrated-modeling-approach-for-estimating-hydrologic-responses-to-future-urbanization-and-climate-changes-in-a-mixed-use-midwestern-watershed
#6
Michael G Sunde, Hong S He, Jason A Hubbart, Michael A Urban
Future urban development and climatic changes are likely to affect hydrologic regimes in many watersheds. Quantifying potential water regime changes caused by these stressors is therefore crucial for enabling decision makers to develop viable environmental management strategies. This study presents an approach that integrates mid-21st century impervious surface growth estimates derived from the Imperviousness Change Analysis Tool with downscaled climate model projections and a hydrologic model Soil and Water Assessment Tool to characterize potential water regime changes in a mixed-use watershed in central Missouri, USA...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777986/predicting-of-the-refractive-index-of-haemoglobin-using-the-hybrid-ga-svr-approach
#7
Tajudeen A Oyehan, Ibrahim O Alade, Aliyu Bagudu, Kazeem O Sulaiman, Sunday O Olatunji, Tawfik A Saleh
The optical properties of blood play crucial roles in medical diagnostics and treatment, and in the design of new medical devices. Haemoglobin is a vital constituent of the blood whose optical properties affect all of the optical properties of human blood. The refractive index of haemoglobin has been reported to strongly depend on its concentration which is a function of the physiology of biological cells. This makes the refractive index of haemoglobin an essential non-invasive bio-marker of diseases. Unfortunately, the complexity of blood tissue makes it challenging to experimentally measure the refractive index of haemoglobin...
April 30, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777979/a-qualitative-study-of-disengagement-in-disadvantaged-areas-of-the-uk-you-come-through-your-door-and-you-lock-that-door
#8
M Romeo-Velilla, N Ellis, G Hurst, S Grogan, C Gidlow
Health inequalities are a major concern in the UK. Power imbalances are associated with health inequalities and should be challenged through health promotion and empowering strategies, enabling individuals who feel powerless to take control over their own life and act on the determinants of health (Green and Tones, 2010). This study aimed to explore resident expectations of a community engagement programme that intended to empower communities to take action on pre-identified priorities. The programme targeted communities in deprived areas of a mid-sized city in the UK...
May 16, 2018: Health & Place
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777973/preparation-of-amine-functionalized-reduced-graphene-oxide-methyl-diethanolamine-nanofluid-and-its-application-for-improving-the-co-2-and-h-2-s-absorption
#9
Vahid Irani, Ahmad Tavasoli, Mehdi Vahidi
A novel approach was examined by addition of amine-modified reduced graphene oxide (rGO) to amine solutions in order to enhance the CO2 absorption capacity of amine solutions. Amine functionalized reduced graphene oxide (rGO)/methyl diethanolamine (MDEA) nanofluid was prepared for absorption of acid gases (CO2 , H2 S). GO was synthesized via a modified hummer method and functionalized through solvothermal method. As-synthesized NH2 -rGO was characterized by XRD, BET, SEM, FTIR, EDX and XPS analysis to determine the structure...
May 12, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777965/what-do-we-know-about-sibling-attended-birth-an-integrative-literature-review
#10
REVIEW
Nora L Naber, Suzanne Miller, Sally A Baddock
OBJECTIVE: to consolidate existing research in the field of sibling attended birth (SAB) into a body of knowledge to inform decision-making processes and guide midwifery practice throughout the sibling attended birth experience. DESIGN: An integrative literature review. DATA SOURCES: CINAHL Complete, Cochrane Library, PubMed, Index New Zealand, Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre, grey literature databases REVIEW METHODS: An extensive search of five electronic databases as well as 17 grey literature databases was conducted...
May 8, 2018: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777962/field-evaluation-of-anticoccidial-efficacy-a-novel-approach-demonstrates-reduced-efficacy-of-toltrazuril-against-ovine-eimeria-spp-in-norway
#11
Ane Odden, Matthew J Denwood, Snorre Stuen, Lucy J Robertson, Antonio Ruiz, Inger Sofie Hamnes, Lisbeth Hektoen, Heidi L Enemark
Ovine Eimeria spp. infections cause reduced welfare, increased mortality, and substantial economic losses, and anticoccidials are crucial for their control. Recent reports of toltrazuril resistance in pigs, and anecdotal reports of reduced anticoccidial efficacy in lambs, necessitate evaluation of anticoccidial efficacy. Due to the substantial lifecycle differences between nematodes and coccidia, current WAAVP methods for assessing anthelmintic efficacy are not suitable for such evaluations. Faecal samples were collected from 8 pairs of twin lambs from 36 Norwegian sheep farms 6-8 days after turnout...
May 16, 2018: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777961/non-viral-delivery-of-an-optogenetic-tool-into-cells-with-self-healing-hydrogel
#12
Fu-Yu Hsieh, Hao-Wei Han, Xiao-Ru Chen, Chii-Shen Yang, Yen Wei, Shan-Hui Hsu
Optogenetics offers unique, temporally precise control of neural activity in genetically targeted specific neurons that express light-sensitive opsin molecules. Three-dimensional (3D) delivery of optogenetics can be realized by co-injection of bacteriorhodopsin (HEBR) plasmid with a chitosan-based self-healing hydrogel with strong shear-thinning properties. The HEBR protein shows photoelectrical properties and can be used as an optical switch for cell activation. We optimize the shear force generated during the process of injection (∼100 Pa), which is transient because of the self-healing nature of the hydrogel...
May 9, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777956/how-do-gender-relations-affect-the-working-lives-of-close-to-community-health-service-providers-empirical-research-a-review-and-conceptual-framework
#13
Rosalind Steege, Miriam Taegtmeyer, Rosalind McCollum, Kate Hawkins, Hermen Ormel, Maryse Kok, Sabina Rashid, Lilian Otiso, Mohsin Sidat, Kingsley Chikaphupha, Daniel Gemechu Datiko, Rukhsana Ahmed, Rachel Tolhurst, Woedem Gomez, Sally Theobald
Close-to-community (CTC) providers have been identified as a key cadre to progress universal health coverage and address inequities in health service provision due to their embedded position within communities. CTC providers both work within, and are subject to, the gender norms at community level but may also have the potential to alter them. This paper synthesises current evidence on gender and CTC providers and the services they deliver. This study uses a two-stage exploratory approach drawing upon qualitative research from the six countries (Bangladesh, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique) that were part of the REACHOUT consortium...
May 5, 2018: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777955/perspectives-and-limitations-for-nucleo-t-side-analogs-in-future-hbv-therapies
#14
REVIEW
Massimo Levrero, Miroslava Subic, Francois Villeret, Fabien Zoulim
The latest generation of nucleo(t)side analogs (NAs) provide robust virus suppression with high barrier to resistance. Long term NAs treatment is associated with a partial restoration in HBV-specific T-cell functions, regression of fibrosis, no disease progression and a reduction of HCC risk but rarely lead to cure and life-long treatments is often required. New insights into the hepatitis B viral life cycle and the host immune response have expanded the potential targets for drug therapies with interesting antiviral candidates and novel immunotherapeutic approaches in early stage development...
May 16, 2018: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777926/epidemiology-of-acute-febrile-illness-in-latin-america
#15
REVIEW
José Moreira, Clarisse S Bressan, Patricia Brasil, Andre M Siqueira
BACKGROUND: The causes of acute febrile illness (AFI) in Latin America (LA) are diverse and its complexity increase as the proportion of fever due to malaria decreases as control and new pathogens emerge in the region. In this context, it is important to shed light over the gaps on the epidemiological characteristics and the geographic range for many AFI aetiologies. AIMS: To review studies on community-acquired fever etiology other than malaria in LA, and to highlight knowledge gaps and challenges needing further investigation...
May 16, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777923/diagnosis-and-management-of-pulmonary-infection-due-to-rhodococcus-equi
#16
REVIEW
Weijie V Lin, Robert L Kruse, Katharine Yang, Daniel M Musher
BACKGROUND: Rhodococcus equi is a recognized cause of disease in humans, especially in patients who are immunocompromised. Because diphtheroids are regarded as part of normal respiratory flora, the importance of R. equi as a pulmonary pathogen may not be fully appreciated and its prevalence underestimated. Most treatment recommendations for R. equi infection were established before antiretroviral drugs became available for HIV/AIDS therapy, and therapeutic strategies may need to be updated...
May 16, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777918/sex-differences-in-the-spatial-distribution-of-bone-in-relation-to-incident-hip-fracture-findings-from-the-ages-reykjavik-study
#17
Elisa A Marques, Julio Carballido-Gamio, Vilmundur Gudnason, Gunnar Sigurdsson, Sigurdur Sigurdsson, Thor Aspelund, Kristin Siggeirsdottir, Lenore Launer, Gudny Eiriksdottir, Thomas Lang, Tamara B Harris
In this case-cohort study, we used data-driven computational anatomy approaches to assess within and between sex spatial differences in proximal femoral bone characteristics in relation to incident hip fracture. One hundred male and 234 female incident hip fracture cases, and 1047 randomly selected noncase subcohort participants (562 female) were chosen from the population-based AGES-Reykjavik study (mean age of 77 years). The baseline -i.e. before hip fracture- hip quantitative computed tomography scans of these subjects were analyzed using voxel-based morphometry, tensor-based morphometry, and surface-based statistical parametric mapping to assess the spatial distribution of volumetric bone mineral density (vBMD), internal structure, and cortical bone properties (thickness, vBMD and trabecular vBMD adjacent to the endosteal surface) of the proximal femur, respectively, in relation to incident hip fracture...
May 16, 2018: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777908/breast-cancer-in-the-gcc-countries-a-focus-on-brca1-2-and-non-brca1-2-genes
#18
REVIEW
Sumaya Rahman, Hatem Zayed
The GCC is an economic alliance of six Arab countries, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates (UAE). The rate of endogamous marriage among the GCC countries is approaching 100%, with very high consanguineous marriage rates. Although breast cancer is on the rise in the GCC countries, there are dearth of studies reporting on the genetic epidemiology of breast cancer. In this study, we investigated the frequency of BRCA1/2 and non-BRCA1/2 mutations in breast cancer patients in the GCC countries...
May 16, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777901/interrogation-of-ethnomedicinal-plants-for-synthetic-lethality-effects-in-combination-with-deficiency-in-the-dna-repair-endonuclease-rad1-using-a-yeast-cell-based-assay
#19
Hsu Mon Aung, Chananya Huangteerakul, Wittaya Panvongsa, Amornrat N Jensen, Arthit Chairoungdua, Suchada Sukrong, Laran T Jensen
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Plant materials used in this study were selected based on the ethnobotanical literature. Plants have either been utilized by Thai practitioners as alternative treatments for cancer or identified to exhibit anti-cancer properties. AIM OF THE STUDY: To screen ethnomedicinal plants using a yeast cell-based assay for synthetic lethal interactions with cells deleted for RAD1, the yeast homologue of human ERCC4 (XPF) MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ethanolic extracts from thirty-two species of medicinal plants utilized in Thai traditional medicine were screened for synthetic lethal/sick interactions using a yeast cell-based assay...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777900/material-basis-research-for-huangqi-jianzhong-tang-against-chronic-atrophic-gastritis-rats-through-integration-of-urinary-metabonomics-and-systemsdock
#20
Yuetao Liu, Wenqian Xu, GuoHong Wang, Xuemei Qin
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Huangqi Jianzhong Tang (HQJZ), a celebrated traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), is commonly used for treatment of chronic atrophic gastritis (CAG) in China. AIM OF THE STUDY: We aimed to screen out the material basis of HQJZ against CAG. MATERIALS AND METHODS: CAG rat model was constructed by alternant administrations of ammonia solution and sodium deoxycholate, and the hunger disorder method. Body weight, biochemical indexes and histopathological exam were used to evaluate the efficacy of HQJZ...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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