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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655173/feasibility-efficacy-and-cost-analysis-of-promoting-smoking-cessation-at-outdoor-smoking-hotspots-a-pre-post-study
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Yee Tak Derek Cheung, Tai Hing Lam, William Ho Cheung Li, Man Ping Wang, Sophia Siu Chee Chan
Introduction: To motivate smokers to quit, there is a need for enhanced smoking cessation (SC) recruitment and for innovative and proactive approaches to SC. This study evaluated the feasibility, efficacy and cost of promoting SC in public outdoor areas where smokers gather to smoke (smoking hotspots). Methods: We selected 14 smoking hotspots in Hong Kong for SC promotion in 2015. University students were trained as SC ambassadors to deliver brief SC intervention, and to recruit smokers for telephone follow-up...
June 24, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655075/-surgical-treatment-of-colorectal-liver-metastases
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J M Xu, D X Zhu, L Ren
Surgical resection of the metastases offers the only opportunity for long-term survival in colorectal liver metastases. However, only 10% to 20% of patients present with resectable disease, and so how to increase surgical patients has been a clinical hotspot. In addition to expanding surgical indications, two-stage hepatectomy and convertible therapy are optional. In convertible therapy, initial treatment regimen decides long-term benefit, and it is important to select appropriate patient population in addition to Ras status when anti-epithelial growth factor receptor monoclonal antibody is used...
July 1, 2017: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654664/functional-group-diversity-is-key-to-southern-ocean-benthic-carbon-pathways
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David K A Barnes, Chester J Sands
High latitude benthos are globally important in terms of accumulation and storage of ocean carbon, and the feedback this is likely to have on regional warming. Understanding this ecosystem service is important but difficult because of complex taxonomic diversity, history and geography of benthic biomass. Using South Georgia as a model location (where the history and geography of benthic biology is relatively well studied) we investigated whether the composition of functional groups were critical to benthic accumulation, immobilization and burial pathway to sequestration-and also aid their study through simplification of identification...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653071/correction-systematic-investigation-of-the-sers-efficiency-and-sers-hotspots-in-gas-phase-deposited-ag-nanoparticle-assemblies
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L B He, Y L Wang, X Xie, M Han, F Q Song, B J Wang, W L Cheng, H X Xu, L T Sun
Correction for 'Systematic investigation of the SERS efficiency and SERS hotspots in gas-phase deposited Ag nanoparticle assemblies' by L. B. He et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 5091-5101.
June 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651557/amphibian-and-reptile-road-kills-on-tertiary-roads-in-relation-to-landscape-structure-using-a-citizen-science-approach-with-open-access-land-cover-data
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Florian Heigl, Kathrin Horvath, Gregor Laaha, Johann G Zaller
BACKGROUND: Amphibians and reptiles are among the most endangered vertebrate species worldwide. However, little is known how they are affected by road-kills on tertiary roads and whether the surrounding landscape structure can explain road-kill patterns. The aim of our study was to examine the applicability of open-access remote sensing data for a large-scale citizen science approach to describe spatial patterns of road-killed amphibians and reptiles on tertiary roads. Using a citizen science app we monitored road-kills of amphibians and reptiles along 97...
June 26, 2017: BMC Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651222/assessing-habitat-quality-in-relation-to-the-spatial-distribution-of-protected-areas-in-italy
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Lorenzo Sallustio, Andrea De Toni, Andrea Strollo, Mirko Di Febbraro, Elena Gissi, Laura Casella, Davide Geneletti, Michele Munafò, Matteo Vizzarri, Marco Marchetti
The conservation of species and habitats is increasingly threatened by anthropogenic impacts, particularly land use change, from local to global scales. Although many efforts have been carried out so far to halt or at least reduce the biodiversity loss (e.g., the establishment of protected areas' networks), there are still both knowledge and policy gaps slowing the conservation of species and habitats in complex environments, such as the Mediterranean region. In particular, the human-driven impacts and threats on biodiversity need more careful analysis...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650958/dynamics-and-impact-of-homologous-recombination-on-the-evolution-of-legionella-pneumophila
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Sophia David, Leonor Sánchez-Busó, Simon R Harris, Pekka Marttinen, Christophe Rusniok, Carmen Buchrieser, Timothy G Harrison, Julian Parkhill
Legionella pneumophila is an environmental bacterium and the causative agent of Legionnaires' disease. Previous genomic studies have shown that recombination accounts for a high proportion (>96%) of diversity within several major disease-associated sequence types (STs) of L. pneumophila. This suggests that recombination represents a potentially important force shaping adaptation and virulence. Despite this, little is known about the biological effects of recombination in L. pneumophila, particularly with regards to homologous recombination (whereby genes are replaced with alternative allelic variants)...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650588/genetic-study-of-the-braf-gene-reveals-a-new-variants-and-high-frequency-of-the-v600e-mutation-among-iranian-ameloblastoma-patients
#8
Maryam Soltani, Mohammad Amin Tabatabaiefar, Zhaleh Mohsenifar, Mohammad Reza Pourreza, Abbas Moridnia, Laleh Shariati, Seyyed Mohammad Razavi
BACKGROUND: Ameloblastoma is a benign, slow-growing, locally invasive tumor. It is one of the most prevalent odontogenic tumors, with an incidence rate of 1% of all oral tumors and approximately 18% of odontogenic tumors. A group of genes has been investigated in patients with ameloblastoma. The BRAF V600E mutation has been implicated as the most common mutation in ameloblastoma. The presence or absence of this mutation has been associated with several clinopathological properties, including location, age at diagnosis, histology, and prognosis...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649613/early-onset-parkinsonism-in-a-pedigree-with-phosphoglycerate-kinase-deficiency-and-a-heterozygous-carrier-do-pgk-1-mutations-contribute-to-vulnerability-to-parkinsonism
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Satoshi Sakaue, Takashi Kasai, Ikuko Mizuta, Masaya Suematsu, Shinya Osone, Yumiko Azuma, Toshihiko Imamura, Takahiko Tokuda, Hitoshi Kanno, Omar M A El-Agnaf, Masafumi Morimoto, Masanori Nakagawa, Hajime Hosoi, Toshiki Mizuno
Phosphoglycerate kinase 1 (PGK-1) is a glycolytic enzyme encoded by PGK-1, which maps to the X chromosome. PGK-1 deficiency causes X-linked recessive hereditary chronic hemolytic anemia, myopathy, and neurological disorders due to insufficient ATP regeneration. Early-onset parkinsonism has occasionally been reported as a neurological complication of this condition. However, heterozygous carriers of PGK-1 deficiency were thought to be neurologically asymptomatic. Here, we report a boy with PGK-1 deficiency and his mother, a carrier of a heterozygous mutation in PGK-1, both of whom presented with early-onset parkinsonism...
2017: NPJ Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649195/modulating-stdp-balance-impacts-the-dendritic-mosaic
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Nicolangelo Iannella, Thomas Launey
The ability for cortical neurons to adapt their input/output characteristics and information processing capabilities ultimately relies on the interplay between synaptic plasticity, synapse location, and the nonlinear properties of the dendrite. Collectively, they shape both the strengths and spatial arrangements of convergent afferent inputs to neuronal dendrites. Recent experimental and theoretical studies support a clustered plasticity model, a view that synaptic plasticity promotes the formation of clusters or hotspots of synapses sharing similar properties...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647758/a-meta-analysis-of-quantitative-trait-loci-for-abiotic-and-biotic-stress-resistance-in-tetraploid-cotton
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Abdelraheem Abdelraheem, Feng Liu, Mingzhou Song, Jinfa F Zhang
The number and location of mapped quantitative trait loci (QTL) depend on genetic populations and testing environments. The identification of consistent QTL across genetic backgrounds and environments is a pre-requisite to marker-assisted selection. This study analyzed a total of 661 abiotic and biotic stress resistance QTL based on our previous work and other publications using the meta-analysis software Biomercator. It identified chromosomal regions containing QTL clusters for different resistance traits and hotspots for a particular resistance trait in cotton from 98 QTL for drought tolerance under greenhouse (DT) and 150 QTL in field conditions (FDT), 80 QTL for salt tolerance in the greenhouse conditions (ST), 201 QTL for resistance to Verticillium wilt (VW, Verticillium dahliae), 47 QTL for resistance to Fusarium wilt (FW, Fusarium oxysporum f...
June 24, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646734/investigating-articulated-heavy-vehicle-crashes-in-western-australia-using-a-spatial-approach
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Ori Gudes, Richard Varhol, Qian Chayn Sun, Lynn Meuleners
BACKGROUND: Recent developments in Western Australia's economy including widespread traffic congestion as well as road safety issues are increasingly becoming prominent. Previous studies relied on traditional statistical methods to investigate patterns and characteristics of motor vehicle crashes. Although useful, statistical analysis alone is incapable of providing a spatial context and is therefore unable to associate existing crash characteristics with a spatial distribution. AIMS: To identify concentrations or "hotspots" of articulated heavy vehicle crashes in WA between the years 2001-2013, by using a spatial analysis approach...
June 21, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645942/mutational-heterogeneity-in-apc-and-kras-arises-at-the-crypt-level-and%C3%A2-leads-to-polyclonality-in-early-colorectal-tumorigenesis
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Mireia Gausachs, Ester Borras, Kyle Chang, Sara González, Daniel Azuara, Axel Delgado Amador, Adriana Lopez-Doriga, F Anthony San Lucas, Xavier Sanjuan, Maria jOSE Paules, Melissa Taggart, Gareth Davies, Erik A Ehli, Jerry Fowler, Victor Moreno, Marta Pineda, Y Nancy You, Patrick M Lynch, Conxi Lazaro, Nicholas E Navin, Paul Scheet, Ernest T Hawk, Gabriel Capella, Eduardo Vilar
Purpose:  The majority of genomic alterations causing intratumoral heterogeneity (ITH) in colorectal cancer (CRC) are thought to arise during early stages of carcinogenesis as a burst but only after truncal mutations in APC have expanded a single founder clone. We have investigated if the initial source of ITH is consequent to multiple independent lineages derived from different crypts harboring distinct truncal APC and driver KRAS mutations, thus challenging the prevailing monoclonal monocryptal model. <p>Experimental design: High-depth next-generation sequencing and SNP arrays were performed in whole lesion extracts of 37 FAP colorectal adenomas...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645799/genotype-phenotype-evaluation-of-med13l-defects-in-the-light-of-a-novel-truncating-and-a-recurrent-missense-mutation
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Reza Asadollahi, Markus Zweier, Laura Gogoll, Raphael Schiffmann, Heinrich Sticht, Katharina Steindl, Anita Rauch
A decade after the designation of MED13L as a gene and its link to intellectual disability (ID) and dextro-looped transposition of great arteries in 2003, we previously described a recognizable syndrome due to MED13L haploinsufficiency. Subsequent reports of 22 further patients diagnosed by genome-wide testing further delineated the syndrome with expansion of the phenotypic spectrum and showed reduced penetrance for congenital heart defects. We now report two novel patients identified by whole exome sequencing, one with a de novo MED13L truncating mutation and the other with a de novo missense mutation...
June 20, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645177/mobile-genetic-elements-in-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-movement-for-change
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Ana Cehovin, Steven B Lewis
Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the causative agent of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoeae, possesses several mobile genetic elements (MGEs). The MGEs such as transposable elements mediate intra-chromosomal rearrangements, while plasmids and the gonococcal genetic island are involved in inter-chromosomal gene transfer. Additionally, gonococcal MGEs serve as hotspots for recombination and integration of other genetic elements such as bacteriophages, contribute to gene regulation or spread genes through gonococcal populations by horizontal gene transfer...
June 22, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643784/water-scarcity-hotspots-travel-downstream-due-to-human-interventions-in-the-20th-and-21st-century
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T I E Veldkamp, Y Wada, J C J H Aerts, P Döll, S N Gosling, J Liu, Y Masaki, T Oki, S Ostberg, Y Pokhrel, Y Satoh, H Kim, P J Ward
Water scarcity is rapidly increasing in many regions. In a novel, multi-model assessment, we examine how human interventions (HI: land use and land cover change, man-made reservoirs and human water use) affected monthly river water availability and water scarcity over the period 1971-2010. Here we show that HI drastically change the critical dimensions of water scarcity, aggravating water scarcity for 8.8% (7.4-16.5%) of the global population but alleviating it for another 8.3% (6.4-15.8%). Positive impacts of HI mostly occur upstream, whereas HI aggravate water scarcity downstream; HI cause water scarcity to travel downstream...
June 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642609/microbial-signatures-associated-with-oropharyngeal-and-oral-squamous-cell-carcinomas
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Sagarika Banerjee, Tian Tian, Zhi Wei, Kristen N Peck, Natalie Shih, Ara A Chalian, Bert W O'Malley, Gregory S Weinstein, Michael D Feldman, James Alwine, Erle S Robertson
The microbiome is fundamentally one of the most unique organs in the human body. Dysbiosis can result in critical inflammatory responses and result in pathogenesis contributing to neoplastic events. We used a pan-pathogen array technology (PathoChip) coupled with next-generation sequencing to establish microbial signatures unique to human oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas (OCSCC/OPSCC). Signatures for DNA and RNA viruses including oncogenic viruses, gram positive and negative bacteria, fungi and parasites were detected...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642086/geographical-outcome-disparities-in-infection-occurrence-after-colorectal-surgery-an-analysis-of-58-096-colorectal-surgical-procedures
#18
Nasser Bagheri, Luis Furuya-Kanamori, Suhail A R Doi, Archie C A Clements, Art Sedrakyan
BACKGROUND: Despite improved surgical practices and in-hospital surveillance systems, surgical site infections remain a major public health problem worldwide and often require readmission to hospital. The aim was to apply an advance and innovative spatial analysis approach to identify spatial pattern and clustering (hotspots) of surgical site infection rate (CSIR), and quantifying disparities across communities. METHODS: We used the Admitted Patient Data Collection for patients aged 18 years and over who underwent colorectal surgery in a public hospital between 2002 and 2013 in the Australian State of New South Wales (NSW)...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641943/template-switching-during-replication-fork-repair-in-bacteria
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Susan T Lovett
Replication forks frequently are challenged by lesions on the DNA template, replication-impeding DNA secondary structures, tightly bound proteins or nucleotide pool imbalance. Studies in bacteria have suggested that under these circumstances the fork may leave behind single-strand DNA gaps that are subsequently filled by homologous recombination, translesion DNA synthesis or template-switching repair synthesis. This review focuses on the template-switching pathways and how the mechanisms of these processes have been deduced from biochemical and genetic studies...
June 13, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640180/graphene-ag-hybrids-on-laser-textured-si-surface-for-sers-detection
#20
Chentao Zhang, Kun Lin, Yuanqing Huang, Jianhuan Zhang
Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) has been extensively investigated as an effective approach for trace species detection. Silver nanostructures are high-sensitivity SERS substrates in common use, but their poor chemical stability impedes practical applications. Herein, a stable and sensitive SERS substrate based on the hybrid structures of graphene/silver film/laser-textured Si (G/Ag/LTSi) was developed, and a simple, rapid, and low-cost fabrication approach was explored. Abundant nanoparticles were directly created and deposited on the Si surface via laser ablation...
June 22, 2017: Sensors
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