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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223123/differentiation-of-human-blood-from-animal-blood-using-raman-spectroscopy-a-survey-of-forensically-relevant-species
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Kyle C Doty, Igor K Lednev
The identification of blood samples is a crucial facet of forensic investigations, particularly for violent crimes. One step in forensic serology (i.e., the analysis of bodily fluids) that is often skipped or overlooked is the determination that a bloodstain is of human or nonhuman origin. Typically, subsequent to identifying a stain as blood using a presumptive blood test, which have the propensity of providing false positive results, the stain is submitted for extraction of a DNA profile to compare with those in a database...
November 27, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223109/genome-wide-analysis-of-barrett-s-adenocarcinoma-a-first-step-towards-identifying-patients-at-risk-and-developing-therapeutic-paths
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Yiyang Dai, Qing Wang, Adrian Gonzalez Lopez, Mario Anders, Peter Malfertheiner, Michael Vieth, Wolfgang Kemmner
BACKGROUND: Barrett's esophagus metaplasia is the key precursor lesion of esophageal adenocarcinoma. The aim of this study was to find a subset of markers that may allow the identification of patients at risk for esophageal adenocarcinoma, and to determine genes differentially expressed in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. METHODS: Laser capture microdissection technique was applied to procure cells from defined regions. Genome-wide RNA profiling was performed on esophageal adenocarcinoma (n = 21), Barrett's esophagus (n = 20), esophageal squamous carcinoma (n = 9) and healthy esophageal biopsies (n = 18) using the Affymetrix Human Genome U133plus 2...
December 6, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223105/towards-a-rapid-assessment-protocol-for-identifying-pit-lakes-worthy-of-restoration
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W J de Lange, B Genthe, L Hill, P J Oberholster
Before the introduction of reclamation legislation in South Africa, final cut lakes in mining areas were left without any restoration while the final excavation was not back filled. Characteristics of these lacustrine water bodies vary considerably, but they are often linear in shape, large (1-30 ha), deep (2-30 m) and have poorly developed littoral zones. With water tables often near the surface; a variety of vascular hydrophytes can colonize these bodies, thus establishing emerging wetland type ecosystems...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223060/recent-advances-in-lipid-separations-and-structural-elucidation-using-mass-spectrometry-combined-with-ion-mobility-spectrometry-ion-molecule-reactions-and-fragmentation-approaches
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REVIEW
Xueyun Zheng, Richard D Smith, Erin S Baker
Lipids are a vital class of molecules that play important and varied roles in biological processes, however, fully understanding these roles is extremely difficult due to the immense number and diversity of possible lipid species. While recent advances in chromatography and high resolution mass spectrometry have greatly progressed knowledge about distinct lipid species and functions, effectively separating many lipids still remains problematic. Isomeric lipids have made lipid characterization especially difficult and occur due to subclasses having the same chemical composition, or species having multiple acyl chain connectivities (sn-1, sn-2, or sn-3), double bond positions and orientations (cis or trans), and functional group stereochemistries (R versus S)...
December 6, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223047/identification-and-analysis-of-a-mercapturic-acid-conjugate-of-indole-3-methyl-isothiocyanate-in-the-urine-of-humans-who-consumed-cruciferous-vegetables
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Pramod Upadhyaya, Adam T Zarth, Naomi Fujioka, Vincent A Fritz, Stephen S Hecht
Glucobrassicin, a quantitatively significant constituent of Brassica vegetables, gives rise to indole-3-carbinol (I3C) and its dimer di-indolylmethane (DIM) when the vegetables are chewed. I3C and DIM have been extensively studied with respect to their anti-carcinogenic properties. However, the presumed intermediate isothiocyanate in their formation, indole-3-methyl isothiocyanate (IMITC), has to our knowledge never been observed, despite the fact that isothiocyanates derived from cruciferous vegetables are known to have anti-carcinogenic properties...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222999/the-symbolic-affordances-of-a-video-mediated-gaze-in-emergency-psychiatry
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Marianne V Trondsen, Aksel Tjora, Alex Broom, Graham Scambler
While mental illness is a significant health challenge worldwide, the availability of specialists is limited, especially in rural areas and for psychiatric emergencies. Although tele-psychiatry, via real-time videoconferencing (VC), is used to provide consultative services in areas that lack psychiatrists, there are a paucity of studies on the use of VC for psychiatric emergencies. We examine how VC matters for patient involvement and professional practice in the first Norwegian emergency tele-psychiatric service...
December 2, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222993/supplementation-of-gamma-aminobutyric-acid-gaba-affects-temporal-but-not-spatial-visual-attention
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Anna Leonte, Lorenza S Colzato, Laura Steenbergen, Bernhard Hommel, Elkan G Akyürek
In a randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled experiment, the acute effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) supplementation on temporal and spatial attention in young healthy adults were investigated. A hybrid two-target rapid serial visual presentation task was used to measure temporal attention and integration. Additionally, a visual search task was used to measure the speed and accuracy of spatial attention. While temporal attention depends primarily on the distribution of limited attentional resources across time, spatial attention represents the engagement and disengagement by relevant and irrelevant stimuli across the visual field...
December 6, 2017: Brain and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222944/cerebral-microbleeds-an-mri-review-of-common-and-less-common-causes
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REVIEW
Dimitri Renard
Cerebral microbleeds (CMB) are small foci of (acute, subacute, or chronic) blood products, best seen using MRI techniques sensitive to iron deposits (i.e. gradient-echo T2*-weighted and susceptibility-weighted imaging), frequently encountered in small vessel disease (SVD, with hypertensive vasculopathy and cerebral amyloid angiopathy as most frequent conditions) and also in other disorders. In this review, we will mainly discuss the MRI characteristics of CMB and the associated MRI abnormalities encountered in common and less common SVD and non-SVD conditions...
December 9, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222910/associations-between-maoa-uvntr-genotype-maltreatment-maoa-methylation-and-alcohol-consumption-in-young-adult-males
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Megha Bendre, Erika Comasco, Dave Checknita, Jari Tiihonen, Sheilagh Hodgins, Kent W Nilsson
BACKGROUND: Epigenetic mechanisms are candidate moderators of the effect of maltreatment on brain and behavior. Interactions between maltreatment and the Monoamine Oxidase A upstream variable number tandem repeat genotype (MAOA-uVNTR) are associated with alcohol-related problems. However, presently it is not known whether DNA methylation moderates this association. The study focused on fifty-three young adult males and aimed to determine: whether MAOA methylation moderated the association of alcohol-related problems with the interaction of MAOA-uVNTR and maltreatment; and whether alcohol consumption moderated the association of MAOA methylation with the interaction of MAOA-uVNTR and maltreatment...
December 9, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222898/exercise-induced-dehydration-status-and-skinfold-compressibility-in-athletes-an-intervention-study
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Daniela Araújo, Vitor Hugo Teixeira, Pedro Carvalho, Teresa F Amaral
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Skinfold thickness assessment is a widely recognized technique for the estimation of body adiposity and fat free mass. This method assumes that skinfolds' compressibility is constant but there are some factors that could influence its compressibility. This study aims to evaluate whether the skinfolds' compressibility is influenced by hydration status. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: An intervention study was conducted in a sample of 22 adult male amateur soccer players, who took part in a 90min simulated soccer match...
2018: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222826/application-of-ultra-performance-liquid-chromatography-coupled-with-quadrupole-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry-in-identification-of-three-isoflavone-glycosides-and-their-corresponding-metabolites
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Xiafen Xu, Xinhui Li, Xianrui Liang
RATIONALE: Metabolites of isoflavones raised great attention due to the potential bioactivities in recent years. However, the complex constituents of metabolic system and low level of metabolites made it difficult to analyze. Mass spectrometry (MS) method was applied in our metabolites identification and fragmentation pathways study due to the advantages of rapidity, sensitivity, and low level of sample consumption. METHODS: Three isoflavone glycosides and their metabolites were identified with using ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC/QTOF-MS)...
December 8, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222807/long-non-coding-rna-expression-in-bladder-cancer
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REVIEW
Mohammad Taheri, Mir Davood Omrani, Soudeh Ghafouri-Fard
The advent of novel high-throughput sequencing methods has facilitated identification of non-coding RNAs with fundamental roles in cellular biological and pathological conditions. A group of these consisting of at least 200 nucleotides are called long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs). Their participation in the pathogenesis of cancer has been highlighted in recent years. Bladder cancer, one of the most prevalent cancers worldwide, exhibits altered expression levels of several lncRNAs. Several in vitro and in vivo studies have assessed the effects of silencing RNAs on cancer cell phenotypes and in vivo tumor growth...
December 8, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222806/identification-of-udp-glucose-binding-site-in-glycosyltransferase-domain-of-sucrose-phosphate-synthase-from-sugarcane-saccharum-officinarum-by-structure-based-site-directed-mutagenesis
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REVIEW
Widhi Dyah Sawitri, Siti Nurul Afidah, Atsushi Nakagawa, Toshiharu Hase, Bambang Sugiharto
Sucrose phosphate synthase (SPS) is believed to be the key enzyme for controlling the biosynthesis of sucrose. SPSs consist of a functional glycosyltransferase domain that shares conserved residues with the glycosyltransferase domain of sucrose biosynthesis-related protein. The formation of sucrose-6-phosphate is catalyzed by SPS with the transfer of a glycosyl group of uridine diphosphate glucose (UDP-G) as an activated donor sugar to a fructose-6-phosphate as a sugar acceptor. However, understanding of the mechanism of catalytic and substrate binding in SPS is very limited...
December 8, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222784/methods-for-quantitative-analysis-of-axonal-cargo-transport
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Matias Alloatti, Luciana Bruno, Tomas L Falzone
Neurons rely on complex axonal transport mechanisms that mediate the intracellular dynamics of proteins, vesicles, and mitochondria along their high polarized structure. The fast improvement of live imaging techniques of fluorescent cargos allowed the identification of the diverse motion properties of different transported molecules. These properties arise as the result of molecular interactions between many players involved in axonal transport. Motor proteins, microtubule tracks, cargo association, and even axonal viscosity contribute to the proper axonal dynamics of different cargos...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222753/integration-of-comparative-genomics-with-genome-scale-metabolic-modeling-to-investigate-strain-specific-phenotypical-differences
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Jonathan Monk, Emanuele Bosi
Genome-scale metabolic reconstructions are powerful resources that allow translation biological knowledge and genomic information to phenotypical predictions using a number of constraint-based methods. This approach has been applied in recent years to gain deep insights into the cellular phenotype role of the genes at a systems-level, driving the design of targeted experiments and paving the way for knowledge-based synthetic biology.The identification of genetic determinants underlying the variability at the phenotypical level is crucial to understand the evolutionary trajectories of a bacterial species...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222704/healthcare-system-barriers-to-long-term-follow-up-for-adult-survivors-of-childhood-cancer-in-british-columbia-canada-a-qualitative-study
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A Fuchsia Howard, Arminee Kazanjian, Sheila Pritchard, Rob Olson, Haroon Hasan, Kelly Newton, Karen Goddard
PURPOSE: Risk-stratified life-long follow-up care is recommended for adult childhood cancer survivors (CCS) to ensure appropriate prevention, screening, and management of late effects. The identification of barriers to long-term follow-up (LTFU), particularly in varying healthcare service contexts, is essential to develop and refine services that are responsive to survivor needs. We aimed to explore CCS and healthcare professionals (HCP) perspectives of healthcare system factors that function as barriers to LTFU in British Columbia, Canada...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222697/clinical-implications-of-rapid-eplex%C3%A2-respiratory-pathogen-panel-testing-compared-to-laboratory-developed-real-time-pcr
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Anneloes L van Rijn, Roel H T Nijhuis, Vincent Bekker, Geert H Groeneveld, Els Wessels, Mariet C W Feltkamp, Eric C J Claas
Rapid diagnosis of respiratory infections is of great importance for adequate isolation and treatment. Due to the batch-wise testing, laboratory-developed real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays (LDT) often result in a time to result of one day. Here, LDT was compared with rapid ePlex® Respiratory Pathogen (RP) Panel testing of GenMark Diagnostics (Carlsbad, CA, USA) with regard to time to result, installed isolation precautions, and antibacterial/antiviral treatment. Between January and March 2017, 68 specimens of 64 patients suspected of an acute respiratory infection were tested with LDT and the ePlex® RP panel...
December 8, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222693/neuroblastoma-pathogenesis-deregulation-of-embryonic-neural-crest-development
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REVIEW
Julie A Tomolonis, Saurabh Agarwal, Jason M Shohet
Neuroblastoma (NB) is an aggressive pediatric cancer that originates from neural crest tissues of the sympathetic nervous system. NB is highly heterogeneous both from a clinical and a molecular perspective. Clinically, this cancer represents a wide range of phenotypes ranging from spontaneous regression of 4S disease to unremitting treatment-refractory progression and death of high-risk metastatic disease. At a cellular level, the heterogeneous behavior of NB likely arises from an arrest and deregulation of normal neural crest development...
December 8, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222644/membrane-shed-vesicles-from-the-parasite-trichomonas-vaginalis-characterization-and-their-association-with-cell-interaction
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Yesica R Nievas, Veronica M Coceres, Victor Midlej, Wanderley de Souza, Marlene Benchimol, Antonio Pereira-Neves, Ajay A Vashisht, James A Wohlschlegel, Patricia J Johnson, Natalia de Miguel
Trichomonas vaginalis is a common sexually transmitted parasite that colonizes the human urogenital tract, where it remains extracellular and adheres to epithelial cells. Infections range from asymptomatic to highly inflammatory, depending on the host and the parasite strain. Despite the serious consequences associated with trichomoniasis disease, little is known about parasite or host factors involved in attachment of the parasite-to-host epithelial cells. Here, we report the identification of microvesicle-like structures (MVs) released by T...
December 8, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222636/identification-introgression-and-molecular-marker-genetic-analysis-and-selection-of-a-highly-effective-novel-oat-crown-rust-resistance-from-diploid-oat-avena-strigosa
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Howard W Rines, Marisa E Miller, Martin Carson, Shiaoman Chao, Tyler Tiede, Jochum Wiersma, Shahryar F Kianian
Oat crown rust is one of the most damaging diseases of oat. We identified a new source of resistance and developed KASP and TaqMan markers for selection in breeding programs. A new highly effective resistance to oat crown rust (Puccinia coronata f. sp. avenae) was identified in the diploid oat Avena strigosa PI 258731 and introgressed into hexaploid cultivated oat. Young plants with this resistance show moderate susceptibility, whereas older plant tissues and adult plants are resistant with no virulent isolates encountered in over 8 years of testing...
December 6, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
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