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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434190/mixed-severity-fire-history-at-a-forest-grassland-ecotone-in-west-central-british-columbia-canada
#1
Jill E Harvey, Dan J Smith, Thomas T Veblen
This study examines spatially variable stand structure and fire-climate relationships at a low elevation forest-grassland ecotone in west central British Columbia, Canada. Fire history reconstructions were based on samples from 92 fire-scarred trees and stand demography from 27 plots collected over an area of about 7 km(2) . We documented historical chronologies of widespread fires and localized grassland fires between AD 1600 and 1900. Relationships between fire events, reconstructed values of the Palmer Drought Severity Index and annual precipitation were examined using superposed epoch and bivariate event analyses...
April 23, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434178/massilia-chloroacetimidivorans-sp-nov-a-chloroacetamide-herbicide-degrading-bacterium-isolated-from-soil
#2
Hyosun Lee, Dong-Uk Kim, Sooyeon Park, Jung-Hoon Yoon, Jong-Ok Ka
A Gram-stain negative, rod-shaped, aerobic bacterial strain, designated TA-C7e(T), was isolated from an agricultural soil obtained from Taean region, Korea. Phylogenetically, the strain was grouped with the genus Massilia and shared 95.33-97.97% 16S rRNA sequence similarity with the type strains of other species of the genus Massilia. The DNA-DNA hybridisation between TA-C7e(T) and Massilia haematophila KACC 13771(T), Massilia suwonesis KACC 12635(T), and Massilia yuzhufengensis KACC 16569(T) revealed a low level of relatedness (<40%)...
April 22, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434147/increasing-the-safety-and-efficacy-of-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cell-therapy
#3
REVIEW
Hua Li, Yangbing Zhao
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy is a promising cancer treatment that has recently been undergoing rapid development. However, there are still some major challenges, including precise tumor targeting to avoid off-target or "on-target/off-tumor" toxicity, adequate T cell infiltration and migration to solid tumors and T cell proliferation and persistence across the physical and biochemical barriers of solid tumors. In this review, we focus on the primary challenges and strategies to design safe and effective CAR T cells, including using novel cutting-edge technologies for CAR and vector designs to increase both the safety and efficacy, further T cell modification to overcome the tumor-associated immune suppression, and using gene editing technologies to generate universal CAR T cells...
April 22, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434040/primary-ventral-or-groin-hernia-in-pregnancy-a-cohort-study-of-20-714-women
#4
E Oma, M Bay-Nielsen, K K Jensen, L N Jorgensen, A Pinborg, T Bisgaard
BACKGROUND: Prevalence, management, and risk of emergency operation for primary ventral or groin hernia in pregnancy are unknown. The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalences of primary ventral or groin hernia in pregnancy and the potential risks for elective and emergency repair. METHODS: This single-institutional retrospective study included all pregnant women attending one or more prenatal consultations at Hvidovre Hospital, Denmark, during a 3-year period...
April 22, 2017: Hernia: the Journal of Hernias and Abdominal Wall Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434015/low-lymphatic-vessel-density-associates-with-chronic-rhinosinusitis-with-nasal-polyps
#5
A Luukkainen, M Seppälä, J Renkonen, R Renkonen, J Hagström, H Huhtala, M Rautiainen, J Myller, T Paavonen, A Ranta, T Torkkeli, S Toppila-Salmi
OBJECTIVES: Chronic rhinosinusitis with and without nasal polyps (CRSwNP and CRSsNP) and antrochoanal polyps (ACP) are different upper airway inflammation phenotypes with different pathomechanisms. In order to understand the development of tissue edema, the present study aimed to evaluate lymphatic vessel density in CRSsNP, CRSwNP and ACP. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 120 retrospective nasal and maxillary sinus specimens were stained immunohistochemically with a von Willebrand factor polyclonal antibody recognizing vascular and lymphatic endothelium, and with a podoplanin monoclonal antibody recognizing lymphatic endothelium...
April 23, 2017: Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434014/prospective-open-label-evaluation-of-long-term-low-dose-doxycycline-for-difficult-to-treat-chronic-rhinosinusitis-with-nasal-polyps
#6
A C Pinto Bezerra Soter, T F Bezerra, R Pezato, T R Teles Abdo, R M Pilan, F R Pinna, P Gevaert, T van Zele, C Bachert, R L Voegels
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to assess clinical outcomes of long-term low-dose oral doxycycline therapy in difficult-to-treat chronic rhinosinusitis with polyps (CRSwNP). METHODS: This was a prospective, open-label study of 60 patients with difficult-to-treat CRSwNP who had undergone endoscopic sinus surgery. Patients were divided into two groups: 28 received nasal steroids, saline irrigation, and doxycycline (200 mg on the first day, followed by 100 mg once daily) for 12 weeks, while 30 received only nasal steroids and saline irrigation...
April 23, 2017: Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433936/sustained-viral-gene-delivery-from-a-micro-fibrous-elastomeric-cardiac-patch-to-the-ischemic-rat-heart
#7
Xinzhu Gu, Yasumoto Matsumura, Ying Tang, Souvik Roy, Richard Hoff, Bing Wang, William R Wagner
Biodegradable and elastomeric patches have been applied to the surface of infarcted hearts as temporary mechanical supports to effectively alter adverse left ventricular remodeling processes. In this report, recombinant adeno-associated virus (AAV), known for its persistent transgene expression and low pathogenicity, was incorporated into elastomeric polyester urethane urea (PEUU) and polyester ether urethane urea (PEEUU) and processed by electrospinning into two formats (solid fibers and core-sheath fibers) designed to influence the controlled release behavior...
April 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433930/environmental-electrokinetics-for-a-sustainable-subsurface
#8
REVIEW
A T Lima, A Hofmann, D Reynolds, C J Ptacek, P Van Cappellen, L M Ottosen, S Pamukcu, A Alshawabekh, D M O'Carroll, C Riis, E Cox, D B Gent, R Landis, J Wang, A I A Chowdhury, E L Secord, A Sanchez-Hachair
Soil and groundwater are key components in the sustainable management of the subsurface environment. Source contamination is one of its main threats and is commonly addressed using established remediation techniques such as in-situ chemical oxidation (ISCO), in-situ chemical reduction (ISCR; most notably using zero-valent iron [ZVI]), enhanced in-situ bioremediation (EISB), phytoremediation, soil-washing, pump-and-treat, soil vapour extraction (SVE), thermal treatment, and excavation and disposal. Decades of field applications have shown that these techniques can successfully treat or control contaminants in higher permeability subsurface materials such as sands, but achieve only limited success at sites where low permeability soils, such as silts and clays, prevail...
April 11, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433872/biosynthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-by-using-camellia-japonica-leaf-extract-for-the-electrocatalytic-reduction-of-nitrobenzene-and-photocatalytic-degradation-of-eosin-y
#9
R Karthik, Mani Govindasamy, Shen-Ming Chen, Yi-Hui Cheng, P Muthukrishnan, S Padmavathy, A Elangovan
In the present study, sphere-like silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) were synthesized by using Camellia japonica leaf extract and its remediation industrial pollutants such as nitrobenzene and Eosin-Y (EY). As-prepared sphere-like Ag-NPs were characterized by various analytical and spectroscopic methods such as UV-visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), Energy dispersive X-ray spectra (EDX), and the chemical constituents of the leaf extract were also analyzed by using Gas chromatography and Mass Spectroscopy (GC-MS)...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433861/c-reactive-protein-and-enzymatically-modified-ldl-cooperatively-promote-dendritic-cell-mediated-t-cell-activation
#10
Wei He, Yong Ren, Xiao Wang, Qiao Chen, Shifang Ding
BACKGROUND: Enzymatically modified low density lipoprotein (eLDL), C reactive protein (CRP), dendritic cells (DCs), and T cells were shown to be involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. This study aimed to investigate whether eLDL and CRP could cooperatively promote DC-mediated T cell activation and proliferation. METHOD: Low density lipoprotein was isolated from healthy human plasma and treated with proteases and cholesterol esterase. CD14(+) monocytes were isolated from human peripheral blood by gradient centrifugation and enriched with CD14 Microbeads, which were then induced with recombinant human IL-4 and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor before treated with eLDL and/or CRP...
April 7, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433799/affinity-proteomics-exploration-of-melanoma-identifies-proteins-in-serum-with-associations-to-t-stage-and-recurrence
#11
Sanna Byström, Claudia Fredolini, Per-Henrik Edqvist, Etienne-Nicholas Nyaiesh, Kimi Drobin, Mathias Uhlén, Michael Bergqvist, Fredrik Pontén, Jochen M Schwenk
BACKGROUND: Blood-based proteomic profiling may aid and expand our understanding of diseases and their different phenotypes. The aim of the presented study was to profile serum samples from patients with malignant melanoma using affinity proteomic assays to describe proteins in the blood stream that are associated to stage or recurrence of melanoma. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Multiplexed protein analysis was conducted using antibody suspension bead arrays. A total of 232 antibodies against 132 proteins were selected from (i) a screening with 4595 antibodies and 32 serum samples from melanoma patients and controls, (ii) antibodies used for immunohistochemistry, (iii) protein targets previously related with melanoma...
April 20, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433736/on-the-role-of-the-second-order-derivative-term-in-the-calculation-of-convergent-beam-diffraction-patterns
#12
S C Hillier, E T Robertson, G D Reid, R D Haynes, M D Robertson
The simulation of (scanning) transmission electron microscopy images and diffraction patterns is most often performed using the forward-scattering approximation where the second-order derivative term in z is assumed to be small with respect to the first-order derivative term in the modified Schrödinger equation. This assumption is very good at high incident electron energies, but breaks down at low energies. In order to study the differences between first- and second-order methods, convergent beam electron diffraction patterns were simulated for silicon at the [111] zone-axis orientation at 20 keV and compared using electron intensity difference maps and integrated intensity profiles...
April 12, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433639/optimization-of-atrazine-and-imidacloprid-removal-from-water-using-biochars-designing-single-or-multi-staged-batch-adsorption-systems
#13
Abhishek Mandal, Neera Singh
BACKGROUND: Contamination of surface and ground water by pesticides from agricultural runoff and industrial discharge is one of the main causes of aqueous contaminations world over. Biochar, agricultural waste derived highly aromatic substance produced after pyrolysis and carbonification of biomass have exhibited good adsorption capacity for pesticides and can be used to develop on-site bio-purification systems for organic contaminant removal from polluted waters. However, high amounts of adsorbent required in single stage-batch sorption plant increases the cost of water treatment; therefore, multistage plant systems were investigated...
April 5, 2017: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433605/stability-of-patient-specific-features-of-altered-dna-replication-timing-in-xenografts-of-primary-human-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#14
Takayo Sasaki, Juan Carlos Rivera-Mulia, Daniel Vera, Jared Zimmerman, Sunny Das, Michelle Padget, Naoto Nakamichi, Bill H Chang, Jeff Tyner, Brian J Druker, Andrew P Weng, Curt I Civin, Connie J Eaves, David M Gilbert
Genome-wide DNA replication timing (RT) profiles reflect the global 3D chromosome architecture of cells. They also provide a comprehensive and unique megabase-scale picture of the cellular epigenetic state. Thus normal differentiation involves reproducible changes in RT and transformation generally perturbs these, although the potential effects of altered RT on the properties of transformed cells remain largely unknown. A major challenge to interrogating these issues in human acute lymphoid leukemia (ALL) is the low proliferative activity of most of the cells, which may be further reduced in cryopreserved samples and difficult to overcome in vitro...
April 19, 2017: Experimental Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433527/characterization-of-leukocyte-subsets-in-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis-with-cross-reactive-monoclonal-antibodies-specific-for-bovine-mhc-class-i-and-class-ii-molecules-and-leukocyte-differentiation-molecules
#15
Francesco Grandoni, Mahmoud M Elnaggar, Gaber S Abdellrazeq, Federica Signorelli, Lindsay M Fry, Cinzia Marchitelli, Victoria Hulubei, Samy A Khaliel, Helmy A Torky, William C Davis
Although buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis) are a major component of the livestock industry worldwide, limited progress has been made in the study of the mechanisms regulating the immune response to pathogens and parasites affecting their health and productivity. This has been, in part, attributable to the limited availability of reagents to study immune responses in buffalo. As reported here, a set of cross-reactive monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), developed against bovine, ovine and caprine leukocyte differentiation molecules (LDM) and major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules, were identified and used to compare expression of LDM in Italian and Egyptian buffalo...
April 19, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432928/a-humanized-mouse-based-hiv-1-viral-outgrowth-assay-with-higher-sensitivity-than-in-vitro-qvoa-in-detecting-latently-infected-cells-from-individuals-on-art-with-undetectable-viral-loads
#16
Paige Charlins, Kimberly Schmitt, Leila Remling-Mulder, Louise E Hogan, Emily Hanhauser, Kristen S Hobbs, Frederick Hecht, Steven G Deeks, Timothy J Henrich, Ramesh Akkina
Assays that can verify full viral eradication are essential in the context of achieving a cure for HIV/AIDS. In vitro quantitative viral out growth assays (qVOA) are currently the gold standard for measuring latent HIV-1 but these assays often fail to detect very low levels of replication-competent virus. Here we investigated an alternative in vivo approach for sensitive viral detection using humanized mice (hmVOA). Peripheral blood CD4+ T cell samples from HIV subjects on stable ART with undetectable viral loads by RT-PCR were first assayed by in vitro qVOA...
April 19, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432784/contributions-of-imprecision-in-pet-mri-rigid-registration-to-imprecision-in-amyloid-pet-suvr-measurements
#17
Christopher G Schwarz, David T Jones, Jeffrey L Gunter, Val J Lowe, Prashanthi Vemuri, Matthew L Senjem, Ronald C Petersen, David S Knopman, Clifford R Jack
Quantitative measurement of β-amyloid from amyloid PET scans typically relies on localizing target and reference regions by image registration to MRI. In this work, we present a series of simulations where 50 small random perturbations of starting location and orientation were applied to each subject's PET scan, and rigid registration using spm_coreg was performed between each perturbed PET scan and its corresponding MRI. We then measured variation in the output PET-MRI registrations and how this variation affected the resulting SUVR measurements...
April 22, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432656/collisional-cross-sections-with-t-wave-ion-mobility-spectrometry-without-experimental-calibration
#18
Daniel N Mortensen, Anna C Susa, Evan R Williams
A method for relating traveling-wave ion mobility spectrometry (TWIMS) drift times with collisional cross-sections using computational simulations is presented. This method is developed using SIMION modeling of the TWIMS potential wave and equations that describe the velocity of ions in gases induced by electric fields. The accuracy of this method is assessed by comparing the collisional cross-sections of 70 different reference ions obtained using this method with those obtained from static drift tube ion mobility measurements...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432604/phosphate-imbalance-in-patients-with-heart-failure
#19
REVIEW
E C Christopoulou, T D Filippatos, E Megapanou, M S Elisaf, G Liamis
Patients with heart failure often exhibit electrolyte abnormalities, such as hyponatremia or hypokalemia/hyperkalemia. Although not as common as the other electrolyte disturbances observed in patients with heart failure, phosphate imbalance is also of high importance in this population. The aim of this review is to present the mechanisms of low or high phosphate serum levels in patients with heart failure and its role in the pathogenesis and progression of heart dysfunction. Hypophosphatemia in patients with heart failure may be the result of co-existing electrolyte and acid-base abnormalities, pharmacological treatments, decreased intestinal absorption or secondary to sympathetic nervous system activation and co-morbidities, such as diabetes mellitus or heavy alcohol consumption...
April 22, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432510/epilithic-diatom-assemblages-and-their-relationships-with-environmental-variables-in-the-nil%C3%A3-fer-stream-basin-bursa-turkey
#20
Didem Karacaoğlu, Nurhayat Dalkıran
Patterns of epilithic diatom species distribution in relation to environmental variables from 12 sampling sites on the main stream and some of its tributaries in the Nilüfer Stream Basin were determined using multivariate statistical techniques. The stream basin has been heavily influenced by anthropogenic effects. The upper part of the basin that is distant from pollution sources mostly has a spring water quality, while the lower part where the stream flows through the urban area and receives domestic and industrial wastewater has a quite low quality...
May 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
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