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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549216/agglomeration-determines-effects-of-carbonaceous-nanomaterials-on-soybean-nodulation-dinitrogen-fixation-potential-and-growth-in-soil
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Ying Wang, Chong Hyun Chang, Zhaoxia Ji, Dermont C Bouchard, Roger M Nisbet, Joshua P Schimel, Jorge L Gardea-Torresdey, Patricia A Holden
The potential effects of carbonaceous nanomaterials (CNMs) on agricultural plants are of concern. However, little research has been performed using plants cultivated to maturity in soils contaminated with various CNMs at different concentrations. Here, we grew soybean for 39 days to seed production in soil amended with 0.1, 100, or 1000 mg kg-1 of either multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs), or carbon black (CB), and studied plant growth, nodulation, and dinitrogen (N2) fixation potential...
May 26, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546893/btex-detection-with-composites-of-ethylenevinyl-acetate-and-nanostructured-carbon
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Santa Stepina, Astrida Berzina, Gita Sakale, Maris Knite
By using a solvent-based method composites of ethylenevinyl acetate copolymer and carbon black (EVA-CB) were synthesized for sensing BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene) vapours. The composites were characterized using atomic force microscopy (AFM) in an electroconductive mode. Gas sensing results show that EVA-CB can reproducibly detect BTEX and that the response increases linearly with vapour concentration. Compared to gas-sensing measurements of gasoline vapours, the responses with toluene and ethylbenzene are different and can be explained by varying side chains of the benzene ring...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546015/allergic-bronchopulmonary-aspergillosis-in-japan-a-nationwide-survey
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Tsuyoshi Oguma, Masami Taniguchi, Terufumi Shimoda, Katsuhiko Kamei, Hiroto Matsuse, Akira Hebisawa, Noboru Takayanagi, Satoshi Konno, Koichi Fukunaga, Kazuki Harada, Jun Tanaka, Katsuyoshi Tomomatsu, Koichiro Asano
BACKGROUND: Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) is an allergic pulmonary disease characterized by a hypersensitivity reaction to Aspergillus species colonizing the airways. The clinical characteristics of ABPA may differ depending on genetic and environmental background. We performed a nationwide survey to determine the clinical characteristics of ABPA in Japan. METHODS: In 2013, a questionnaire on physician-diagnosed ABPA/allergic bronchopulmonary mycosis was sent to 903 medical centers specializing in respiratory or allergic diseases...
May 23, 2017: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545407/cryoballoon-vs-open-irrigated-radiofrequency-ablation-for-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-long-term-freezeaf-outcomes
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Armin Luik, Kevin Kunzmann, Patrick Hörmann, Kerstin Schmidt, Andrea Radzewitz, Peter Bramlage, Thomas Schenk, Gerhard Schymik, Matthias Merkel, Meinhard Kieser, Claus Schmitt
BACKGROUND: Effective treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) is essential for reducing the risk of stroke and heart failure. Cryoballoon (CB) ablation has been developed as an alternative to the use of radiofrequency (RF) energy for electrical isolation of the pulmonary veins. Herein, we provide long-term data regarding the efficacy of CB ablation in comparison to RF. METHODS: FreezeAF was a randomised non-inferiority study comparing CB ablation with RF ablation for the treatment of patients with drug-refractory paroxysmal AF...
May 25, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545212/determination-of-phenolic-organohalogens-in-human-serum-from-a-belgian-population-and-assessment-of-parameters-affecting-the-human-contamination
#5
Patrice Dufour, Catherine Pirard, Corinne Charlier
Many in vitro or in vivo studies highlighted the potential deleterious effects of phenolic organohalogenated compounds (POHs) on the health, particularly on the thyroid system homeostasis, however few large scale human epidemiological studies have been carried out, especially in Europe. Further studies monitoring the human contamination by POHs, the sources of exposure and the influence of these compounds on thyroid health are still needed. Therefore we determined the concentrations of 16 POHs (pentachlorophenol (PCP), tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA), 4 bromophenols (BPs), 3 hydroxy-polybromodiphenylethers (OH-PBDEs) and 7 hydroxy-polychlorobiphenyls (OH-PCBs)) in serum from 274 people aged from 18 to 76years old living in Liege (Belgium) and the surrounding area...
May 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545163/coccygeal-body-revisited-an-immunohistochemical-study-using-donated-elderly-cadavers
#6
Zhe Wu Jin, Kwang Ho Cho, Hyung Suk Jang, Gen Murakami, Jose Francisco Rodríguez-Vázquez, Masahito Yamamoto, Shin-Ichi Abe
To describe the normal anatomy and histology of the adult coccygeal body (CB) and to discuss about the origin and function. Using immunohistochemistry, we examined 29 CBs found in 32 elderly donated cadavers without macroscopic pathology in the pelvis. The CB was usually located in or near the anococcygeal ligaments. It was almost always composed of multiple masses or nodules of round glomus cells (smooth muscle actin, or SMA++). However, the CB sometimes contained abundant dilated veins with scattered glomus cells...
May 25, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543788/automated-verification-of-pulmonary-vein-isolation-in-radiofrequency-and-cryoballoon-guided-ablation
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Jan De Pooter, Thomas Phlips, Milad El Haddad, Frederic van Heuverswyn, Liesbeth Timmers, René Tavernier, Sebastien Knecht, Yves Vandekerckhove, Mattias Duytschaever
BACKGROUND: Verification of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) can be challenging due to the coexistence of pulmonary vein potentials (PVP) and far field potentials. This study aimed to prospectively validate a novel algorithm for automated verification of PVI in radiofrequency-guided (RF) and cryoballoon-guided (CB) ablation strategies. METHODS: A dataset of 620 (RF: 516 EGMs and CB: 104 EGMs) bipolar electrograms (EGM), recorded by circular mapping catheter (CMC) placed at the left atrium-pulmonary vein (PV) junction, were prospectively analyzed by a two-step algorithm...
May 25, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542624/pathogenic-seedborne-viruses-are-rare-but-phaseolus-vulgaris-endornaviruses-are-common-in-bean-varieties-grown-in-nicaragua-and-tanzania
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Noora Nordenstedt, Delfia Marcenaro, Daudi Chilagane, Beatrice Mwaipopo, Minna-Liisa Rajamäki, Susan Nchimbi-Msolla, Paul J R Njau, Deusdedith R Mbanzibwa, Jari P T Valkonen
Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) is an annual grain legume that was domesticated in Mesoamerica (Central America) and the Andes. It is currently grown widely also on other continents including Africa. We surveyed seedborne viruses in new common bean varieties introduced to Nicaragua (Central America) and in landraces and improved varieties grown in Tanzania (eastern Africa). Bean seeds, harvested from Nicaragua and Tanzania, were grown in insect-controlled greenhouse or screenhouse, respectively, to obtain leaf material for virus testing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540200/targeting-cannabinoid-signaling-for-peritoneal-dialysis-induced-oxidative-stress-and-fibrosis
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Chih-Yu Yang, Yat-Pang Chau, Ann Chen, Oscar Kuang-Sheng Lee, Der-Cherng Tarng, An-Hang Yang
Long-term exposure to bioincompatible peritoneal dialysis (PD) solutions frequently results in peritoneal fibrosis and ultrafiltration failure, which limits the life-long use of and leads to the cessation of PD therapy. Therefore, it is important to elucidate the pathogenesis of peritoneal fibrosis in order to design therapeutic strategies to prevent its occurrence. Peritoneal fibrosis is associated with a chronic inflammatory status as well as an elevated oxidative stress (OS) status. Beyond uremia per se, OS also results from chronic exposure to high glucose load, glucose degradation products, advanced glycation end products, and hypertonic stress...
May 6, 2017: World Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537030/chemical-contamination-assessment-in-mangrove-lined-caribbean-coastal-systems-using-the-oyster-crassostrea-rhizophorae-as-biomonitor-species
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Javier R Aguirre-Rubí, Andrea Luna-Acosta, Nestor Etxebarría, Manu Soto, Félix Espinoza, Michael J Ahrens, Ionan Marigómez
This paper aims to contribute to the use of mangrove cupped oyster, Crassostrea rhizophorae, as a biomonitor species for chemical contamination assessment in mangrove-lined Caribbean coastal systems. Sampling was carried out in eight localities (three in Nicaragua and five in Colombia) with different types and levels of contamination. Oysters were collected during the rainy and dry seasons of 2012-2013 and the tissue concentrations of metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) were determined...
May 24, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537024/absolute-configuration-of-2-2-3-3-6-pentachlorinatedbiphenyl-pcb-84-atropisomers
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Xueshu Li, Sean R Parkin, Hans-Joachim Lehmler
Nineteen polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congeners, such as 2,2',3,3',6-pentachlorobiphenyl (PCB 84), display axial chirality because they form stable rotational isomers, or atropisomers, that are non-superimposable mirror images of each other. Although chiral PCBs undergo atropselective biotransformation and atropselectively alter biological processes, the absolute structure of only a few PCB atropisomers has been determined experimentally. To help close this knowledge gap, pure PCB 84 atropisomers were obtained by semi-preparative liquid chromatography with two serially connected Nucleodex β-PM columns...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536075/increased-chemo-sensitivity-by-knockdown-coilin-expression-involved-acceleration-of-premature-cellular-senescence-in-hela-cells
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Yaoyao Song, Jing Niu, Zhixia Yue, Ruiqi Gao, Chenguang Zhang, Wei Ding
Coilin is a marker protein of the Cajal body (CB). Cajal bodies, functional nuclear structure, play important roles for the maturation of telomerase mRNAs. However, whether CB participates in the process of cell senescence is unknown. Cisplatin is a frequently used drug for the chemotherapy for various cancers, which was recently reported to be able to induce premature senescence of tumor cells. In this study, we found that when HeLa cells were treated with 2 μg/ml cisplatin for 4 days, stagnant cell growth, especially in cells stained positive of SA-β-gal, was accompanied with significant changes in CB morphologies...
May 20, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535040/cancer-cell-discrimination-using-host-guest-doubled-arrays
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Ngoc D B Le, Gulen Yesilbag Tonga, Rubul Mout, Sung Tae Kim, Marcos E Wille, Subinoy Rana, Karen A Dunphy, D Joseph Jerry, Mahdieh Yazdani, Rajesh Ramanathan, Caren M Rotello, Vincent M Rotello
We report a nanosensor that uses cell lysates to rapidly profile the tumorigenicity of cancer cells. This sensing platform uses host-guest interactions between cucurbit[7]uril (CB[7]) and the cationic headgroup of a gold nanoparticle (AuNP) to non-covalently modify the binding of three fluorescent proteins of a multichannel sensor in situ. This approach doubles the number of output channels to six, providing single-well identification of cell lysates with 100 % accuracy. Significantly, this classification could be extended beyond the training set, determining the invasiveness of novel cell lines...
May 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533756/guinea-pig-oxygen-sensing-and-carotid-body-functional-properties
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Elvira Gonzalez-Obeso, Inmaculada Docio, Elena Olea, Angel Cogolludo, Ana Obeso, Asuncion Rocher, Angela Gomez-Niño
Mammals have developed different mechanisms to maintain oxygen supply to cells in response to hypoxia. One of those mechanisms, the carotid body (CB) chemoreceptors, is able to detect physiological hypoxia and generate homeostatic reflex responses, mainly ventilatory and cardiovascular. It has been reported that guinea pigs, originally from the Andes, have a reduced ventilatory response to hypoxia compared to other mammals, implying that CB are not completely functional, which has been related to genetically/epigenetically determined poor hypoxia-driven CB reflex...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533422/paternal-hyperglycemia-in-rats-exacerbates-the-development-of-obesity-in-offspring
#15
Xiaoqin Shi, Xinyu Li, Yi Hou, Xuemei Cao, Yuyao Zhang, Heng Wang, Hongying Wang, Chuan Peng, Jibin Li, Qifu Li, Chaodong Wu, Xiaoqiu Xiao
Parental history with obesity or diabetes will increase the risk for developing metabolic diseases in offspring. However, literatures as to transgenerational inheritance of metabolic dysfunctions through male lineage are relatively scarce. In current study, we aimed to evaluate influences of paternal hyperglycemia on metabolic phenotypes in offspring. Male SD rats were ip injected with streptozotocin (STZ) or citrate buffer (CB, as control). STZ-injected rats with glucose levels higher than 16 mM were selected to breed with normal female rats...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533241/arr-cb-a-rifampin-resistance-determinant-found-active-or-cryptic-in-clostridium-bolteae
#16
Jean-Christophe Marvaud, Thierry Lambert
Clostridium bolteae, which belongs to the Clostridium clostridioforme complex is a member of the human gut microbiota. Recent analysis of seven genomes of C. bolteae revealed the presence of an arr-like gene. Among these strains only 90A7 was found to be resistant to rifampin in the absence of alteration in RpoB. Cloning of arr-cb from 90A7 in Escherichia coli combined with directed mutagenesis demonstrated that Arr-cb is functional but that a Q127→R variant present in 90A9 and 90B3 was inactive. qRT-PCR analysis indicated that arr-cb was silent in the four remaining strains due to a defective transcription...
May 22, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532773/comparison-of-the-incidences-of-complications-after-second-generation-cryoballoon-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-using-vitamin-k-antagonists-versus-novel-oral-anticoagulants
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Giacomo Mugnai, Carlo de Asmundis, Saverio Iacopino, Erwin Stroker, Massimo Longobardi, Valentina De Regibus, Hugo Enrique Coutino-Moreno, Ken Takarada, Rajin Choudhury, Juan Pablo Abugattas de Torres, Cesare Storti, Pedro Brugada, Gian-Battista Chierchia
Data evaluating the impact of the periprocedural administration of novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) on complications in the setting of pulmonary vein (PV) isolation using cryoballoon (CB) is limited. In the present study, our aim was to analyze procedural characteristics and incidence of complications in those patients who underwent CB ablation for atrial fibrillation and the impact of NOACs on adverse events compared with vitamin K antagonists (VKAs). Consecutive patients with drug resistant atrial fibrillation who underwent PV isolation by CB as index procedure were retrospectively included in our analysis...
April 27, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531660/carbon-black-aggregates-cause-endothelial-dysfunction-by-activating-rock
#18
Junyan Yan, Chia-Hsiang Lai, Shih-Chun Candice Lung, Wen-Cheng Wang, Chih-Ching Huang, Guan-Wen Chen, Guangli Suo, Cheng-Tai Choug, Chia-Hua Lin
Carbon black nanoparticles (CBNs) have been associated with the progression of atherosclerosis. CBNs normally enter the bloodstream and crosslink together to form agglomerates. However, most studies have used nano-sized CB particles to clarify the involvement of CBN exposure in CBN-induced endothelial dysfunction. Herein, we studied endothelial toxicity of CBN aggregates (CBA) to human EA.hy926 vascular cells. Cell viability, lactate dehydrogenase leakage, and oxidative stress were affected by the highest concentration of CBA...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530761/drop-spreading-on-a-superhydrophobic-surface-pinned-contact-line-and-bending-liquid-surface
#19
Yanbin Wang, Joseph Eugene Andrews, Liangbing Hu, Siddhartha Das
In this study, we employ molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to probe the spreading of a drop on a superhydrophobic (SH) surface. The SH surface consists of nanopillars and the drop spreads while being in the Cassie-Baxter (CB) state on the nanopillared surface. Most remarkably, unlike the spreading on non-SH surfaces, we witness that the spreading on SH surfaces is not dominated by the motion of the three-phase contact line (TPCL). Rather, the TPCL remains pinned at the edge of a nanopillar and the spreading is ensured by the liquid surface or the liquid-vapor interface (of this pinned TPCL) bending down and wetting the solid adjacent to the TPCL...
May 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525523/acute-exacerbation-of-interstitial-lung-disease-after-cryobiopsy
#20
Rade Tomic, Gustavo A Cortes-Puentes, Paari Murugan, Hyun Joo Kim, Khalid Amin, H Erhan Dincer
Cryotherapy has been used in treatment of lung cancer for decades. The utility of cryotechnology in diagnosis of lung diseases is emerging and gaining popularity. Cryobiopsy (CB) of the lung, when compared with conventional transbronchial forceps lung biopsy, has proposed to have a higher diagnostic yield in interstitial lung disease by providing larger biopsy specimen and less crush artifact. Acute exacerbation of interstitial lung disease (AEILD) has been well described with surgical lung biopsies and, rarely, with conventional transbronchial forceps biopsy...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
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