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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647929/vitamin-d-status-among-israeli-medical-residents
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Hadar Moran-Lev, Dror Mandel, Yosef Weisman, Amit Ovental, Ronit Lubetzky
BACKGROUND: Israel is a country with a sunny climate; however, vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency are common findings in certain populations whose exposure to sunlight is limited. Medical residency is known for long indoor working hours, thus theoretically limiting the opportunities for sun exposure. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate whether the vitamin D status among residents in a single medical center in Tel Aviv is below the normal range. METHODS: Forty-six residents (28 females, 18 males, average age 33...
June 2017: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647912/chemiluminescent-immunoassay-technology-what-does-it-change-in-autoantibody-detection
#2
Luigi Cinquanta, Desré Ethel Fontana, Nicola Bizzaro
Diagnostic technology is rapidly evolving, and over the last decade, substantial progress has been made even for the identification of antibodies, increasingly approaching this type of diagnostic to that of automated clinical chemistry laboratory. In this review, we describe the analytical and diagnostic characteristics of chemiluminescence technology in its strength and in its applicability for a more rapid and accurate diagnosis of autoimmune diseases. The wide dynamic range, greater than that of immunoenzymatic methods, the high sensitivity and specificity of the results expressed in quantitative form, the high degree of automation and the clinical implications related to the reduction in the turnaround time, and the ability to run a large number of antibody tests (even of different isotypes), directed towards large antigenic panels in random access mode, make this technology the most advanced in the clinical laboratory, with enormous repercussions on the workflow and on the autoimmunology laboratory organisation...
December 2017: Auto- Immunity Highlights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647755/namib-desert-soil-microbial-community-diversity-assembly-and-function-along-a-natural-xeric-gradient
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Vincent Scola, Jean-Baptiste Ramond, Aline Frossard, Olivier Zablocki, Evelien M Adriaenssens, Riegardt M Johnson, Mary Seely, Don A Cowan
The hyperarid Namib desert is a coastal desert in southwestern Africa and one of the oldest and driest deserts on the planet. It is characterized by a west/east increasing precipitation gradient and by regular coastal fog events (extending up to 75 km inland) that can also provide soil moisture. In this study, we evaluated the role of this natural aridity and xeric gradient on edaphic microbial community structure and function in the Namib desert. A total of 80 individual soil samples were collected at 10-km intervals along a 190-km transect from the fog-dominated western coastal region to the eastern desert boundary...
June 24, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647631/a-prospective-randomized-multicenter-clinical-trial-on-the-safety-and-efficacy-of-a-ready-to-use-fibrin-sealant-as-an-adjunct-to-hemostasis-during-vascular-surgery
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Ian Chetter, Gerard Stansby, José Aurelio Sarralde, Vicente Riambau, Antonio Giménez-Gaibar, Kent MacKenzie, Francisco Acín, Jordi Navarro-Puerto
PURPOSE: Anastomotic or "stitch hole" bleeding is common during vascular surgery with synthetic material such as Dacron or polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Hemostatic adjuncts such as fibrin sealant (FS) may reduce blood loss and operating time in such circumstances. We evaluated the safety and the hemostatic effectiveness of a ready-to-use human plasma-derived FS in vascular surgery. METHODS: Patients with mild / moderate suture line bleeding during elective, open, vascular surgery using synthetic grafts or patches were studied...
June 21, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647526/national-survey-of-adult-and-pediatric-reference-intervals-in-clinical-laboratories-across-canada-a-report-of-the-cscc-working-group-on-reference-interval-harmonization
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Khosrow Adeli, Victoria Higgins, David Seccombe, Christine P Collier, Cynthia Balion, George Cembrowski, Allison A Venner, Julie Shaw
OBJECTIVE: Reference intervals are widely used decision-making tools in laboratory medicine, serving as health-associated standards to interpret laboratory test results. Numerous studies have shown wide variation in reference intervals, even between laboratories using assays from the same manufacturer. Lack of consistency in either sample measurement or reference intervals across laboratories challenges the expectation of standardized patient care regardless of testing location. Here, we present data from a national survey conducted by the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemistry (CSCC) Reference Interval Harmonization (hRI) Working Group that examines the variation in laboratory reference sample measurements, as well as pediatric and adult reference intervals currently used in clinical practice across Canada...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647378/leishmaniasis-drug-discovery-recent-progress-and-challenges-in-assay-development
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Bilal Zulfiqar, Todd B Shelper, Vicky M Avery
Leishmaniasis, caused by the trypanosomatid protozoan Leishmania, is endemic in 98 countries worldwide, with morbidity and mortality increasing daily. Despite available drugs, leishmaniasis faces the challenge of emerging resistance and toxicity concerns for current drug regimes. Identification of anti-leishmanial compounds representing new chemistry and novel mechanisms of action is essential to populate the drug discovery pipeline. The in vitro assays currently available have shown poor translational outcomes, with high compound attrition rates...
June 21, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647220/investigation-of-zinc-recovery-by-hydrogen-reduction-assisted-pyrolysis-of-alkaline-and-zinc-carbon-battery-waste
#7
Burçak Ebin, Martina Petranikova, Britt-Marie Steenari, Christian Ekberg
Zinc (Zn) recovery from alkaline and zinc-carbon (Zn-C) battery waste were studied by a laboratory scale pyrolysis process at a reaction temperature of 950°C for 15-60min residence time using 5%H2(g)-N2(g) mixture at 1.0L/min gas flow rate. The effect of different cooling rates on the properties of pyrolysis residue, manganese oxide particles, were also investigated. Morphological and structural characterization of the produced Zn particles were performed. The battery black mass was characterized with respect to the properties and chemical composition of the waste battery particles...
June 21, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647135/ultrasound-dependent-cytoplasmic-internalization-of-a-peptide-sonosensitizer-conjugate
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Yuki Inaba, Kazunori Watanabe, Mizuki Kitamatsu, Eiji Nakata, Atsushi Harada, Takashi Ohtsuki
A method to induce cytoplasmic peptide delivery, using ultrasound, was demonstrated using a molecular conjugate of a cell-penetrating peptide (CPP), a functional peptide, and a sonosensitizer. As a model of such molecular conjugates, TatBim-RB, consisting of the Tat CPP, the Bim apoptosis inducing peptide, and the sonosensitizer rose bengal was synthesized. CPPs have been widely used for intracellular delivery of various cargos; however, CPP-fused molecules tend to become entrapped in endosomes, as was observed for TatBim-RB molecules applied to cells...
June 15, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647090/natural-product-inspired-compound-collections-evolutionary-principle-chemical-synthesis-phenotypic-screening-and-target-identification
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REVIEW
Luca Laraia, Herbert Waldmann
Natural products have been an excellent and abundant source of therapeutics for many decades. To expand on their success, and explore areas of chemical space not covered by biosynthesis, the synthesis of natural product-inspired compound collections has emerged as a viable strategy. Herein we describe the principles behind biology-oriented synthesis and related approaches, the requirements for development of novel chemistry and how phenotypic screens are a very fruitful way to explore the bioactivity of compounds made using these approaches...
March 2017: Drug Discovery Today. Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646957/whither-vaccines
#10
Charlene M C Rodrigues, Marta V Pinto, Manish Sadarangani, Stanley A Plotkin
Currently used vaccines have had major effects on eliminating common infections, largely by duplicating the immune responses induced by natural infections. Now vaccinology faces more complex problems, such as waning antibody, immunosenescence, evasion of immunity by the pathogen, deviation of immunity by the microbiome, induction of inhibitory responses, and complexity of the antigens required for protection. Fortunately, vaccine development is now incorporating knowledge from immunology, structural biology, systems biology and synthetic chemistry to meet these challenges...
June 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646836/biochemical-parameters-as-monitoring-markers-of-the-inflammatory-reaction-by-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd
#11
Petra Lenártová, Jana Kopčeková, Martina Gažarová, Jana Mrázová, Joanna Wyka
Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an airway inflammatory disease caused by inhalation of toxic particles, mainly cigarette smoking, and now is accepted as a disease associated with systemic characteristics. Objective: The aim of this work was to investigate and compare selected biochemical parameters in patients with and without COPD. Material and Methods: Observation group consisted of clinically stable patients with COPD (n = 60)...
2017: Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646780/sem-eds-and-optical-microscopy-analyses-of-microplastics-in-ocean-trawl-and-fish-guts
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Zhong-Min Wang, Jeff Wagner, Sutapa Ghosal, Gagandeep Bedi, Stephen Wall
Microplastic particles from Atlantic and Pacific Ocean trawls, lab-fed fish guts and ocean fish guts have been characterized using optical microscopy and SEM/EDS in terms of size, morphology, and chemistry. We assessed whether these measurements could serve as a rapid screening process for subsequent identification of the likely microplastic candidates by micro-spectroscopy. Optical microscopy enabled morphological classification of the types of particles or fibers present in the sample, as well as the quantification of particle size ranges and fiber lengths...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646747/nickel-toxicity-to-cardinal-tetra-paracheirodon-axelrodi-differs-seasonally-and-among-the-black-white-and-clear-river-waters-of-the-amazon-basin
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Aleicia Holland, Chris M Wood, D Scott Smith, Tiago Gabriel Correia, Adalberto L Val
This study investigated the acute toxicity of nickel (Ni) to cardinal tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi), within the three main water types of the Amazon basin: black (Rio Negro), white (Rio Solimões) and clear (Rio Tapajós) during the wet and dry season at pH 7 (representative of white and clear rivers) and pH 4 (representative of black waters). The influence of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) quality on Ni toxicity within the three waters was also explored via the use of DOC isolates. Differences in water chemistry, DOC quality and ion concentrations were shown between waters and between seasons...
June 17, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646663/experimental-determination-of-the-absolute-infrared-absorption-intensities-of-formyl-radical-hco
#14
Sergey V Ryazantsev, Daniil A Tyurin, Vladimir I Feldman
Formyl radical HCO is an important reactive intermediate in combustion, atmospheric and extraterrestrial chemistry. Like in the case of other transients, the lack of knowledge of the absolute IR intensities limits the quantitative spectroscopic studies on this species. We report the first experimental determination of the absorption intensities for the fundamental vibrational bands of HCO. The measurements have been performed using matrix-isolation FTIR spectroscopy. Determination of the values was based on the repeated photodissociation and thermal recovery of the HCO radical using the known value of the absorption coefficient of CO...
June 15, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646605/observations-and-impacts-of-bleach-washing-on-indoor-chlorine-chemistry
#15
J P S Wong, N Carslaw, R Zhao, S Zhou, J P D Abbatt
Ambient levels of chlorinated gases and aerosol components were measured by on-line chemical ionization and aerosol mass spectrometers after an indoor floor was repeatedly washed with a commercial bleach solution. Gaseous chlorine (Cl2 , 10's of ppbv) and hypochlorous acid (HOCl, 100's of ppbv) arise after floor washing, along with nitryl chloride (ClNO2 ), dichlorine monoxide (Cl2 O) and chloramines (NHCl2 , NCl3 ). Much higher mixing ratios would prevail in a room with lower and more commonly encountered air exchange rates than that observed in the study (12...
June 24, 2017: Indoor Air
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645907/a-click-chemistry-approach-reveals-the-bet-inhibitor-mechanism-of-action
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Click chemistry-based modification of BET inhibitors allows use as molecular probes in vitro and in vivo.
June 23, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645377/electrical-probes-of-dna-binding-proteins
#17
Jacqueline K Barton, Phillip L Bartels, Yingxin Deng, Elizabeth O'Brien
A DNA electrochemistry platform has been developed to probe proteins bound to DNA electrically. Here gold electrodes are modified with thiol-modified DNA, and DNA charge transport chemistry is used to probe DNA binding and enzymatic reaction both with redox-silent and redox-active proteins. For redox-active proteins, the electrochemistry permits the determination of redox potentials in the DNA-bound form, where comparisons to DNA-free potentials can be made using graphite electrodes without DNA modification...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645199/do-neurobiological-understandings-of-smoking-influence-quitting-self-efficacy-or-treatment-intentions
#18
Kylie Morphett, Adrian Carter, Wayne Hall, Jayne Lucke, Brad Partridge, Coral Gartner
Introduction: Addiction is increasingly defined as a "brain disease" caused by changes to neurochemistry. While nicotine addiction has historically been excluded in the brain disease model of addiction (BDMA), it is beginning to be labelled a chronic brain disease. We investigated whether Australian smokers endorse brain-based explanations of smoking, and whether these beliefs are associated with quitting self-efficacy or treatment intentions. Method: Cross-sectional study of Australian smokers (N=1,538) who completed a survey measuring their agreement with statements on the brain's role in smoking...
June 22, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644993/long-term-toxicity-of-surface-charged-polystyrene-nanoplastics-to-marine-planktonic-species-dunaliella-tertiolecta-and-artemia-franciscana
#19
E Bergami, S Pugnalini, M L Vannuccini, L Manfra, C Faleri, F Savorelli, K A Dawson, I Corsi
Plastic pollution has been globally recognized as a critical issue for marine ecosystems and nanoplastics constitute one of the last unexplored areas to understand the magnitude of this threat. However, current difficulties in sampling and identifying nano-sized debris make hard to assess their occurrence in marine environment. Polystyrene nanoparticles (PS NPs) are largely used as nanoplastics in ecotoxicological studies and although acute exposures have been already investigated, long-term toxicity on marine organisms is unknown...
June 15, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644869/status-of-chemistry-lab-safety-in-nepal
#20
Krishna Prasad Kandel, Bhanu Bhakta Neupane, Basant Giri
Chemistry labs can become a dangerous environment for students as the lab exercises involve hazardous chemicals, glassware, and equipment. Approximately one hundred thousand students take chemistry laboratory classes annually in Nepal. We conducted a survey on chemical lab safety issues across Nepal. In this paper, we assess the safety policy and equipment, protocols and procedures followed, and waste disposal in chemistry teaching labs. Significant population of the respondents believed that there is no monitoring of the lab safety in their lab (p<0...
2017: PloS One
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