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Sobha Sivaprasad, Joana C Vasconcelos, A Toby Prevost, Helen Holmes, Philip Hykin, Sheena George, Caroline Murphy, Joanna Kelly, Geoffrey B Arden
BACKGROUND: We aimed to assess 24-month outcomes of wearing an organic light-emitting sleep mask as an intervention to treat and prevent progression of non-central diabetic macular oedema. METHODS: CLEOPATRA was a phase 3, single-blind, parallel-group, randomised controlled trial undertaken at 15 ophthalmic centres in the UK. Adults with non-centre-involving diabetic macular oedema were randomly assigned (1:1) to wearing either a light mask during sleep (Noctura 400 Sleep Mask, PolyPhotonix Medical, Sedgefield, UK) or a sham (non-light) mask, for 24 months...
March 5, 2018: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
Ge'er Zhang, Zimin Pan
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the clinical features, diagnosis and treatment of gestational trophoblastic diseases in cesarean scar. METHODS: Clinical data of three cases of gestational trophoblastic diseases in cesarean scar diagnosed in Women's Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine during December 2011 and December 2016 were collected. And literature search was performed in Wanfang data, VIP, CNKI, PubMed, ISI Web of Knowledge and EMbase database. RESULTS: A total of 20 cases of gestational trophoblastic diseases were included in the analysis...
May 25, 2017: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
Leigh M Damare, Kristin N Bridges, Matthew M Alloy, Thomas E Curran, Brianne K Soulen, Heather P Forth, Claire R Lay, Jeffrey M Morris, James A Stoeckel, Aaron P Roberts
The 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil rig led to the release of millions of barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil in aquatic ecosystems exerts toxicity through multiple mechanisms, including photo-induced toxicity following co-exposure with UV radiation. The timing and location of the spill coincided with both fiddler crab reproduction and peak yearly UV intensities, putting early life stage fiddler crabs at risk of injury due to photo-induced toxicity. The present study assessed sensitivity of fiddler crab larvae to photo-induced toxicity during co-exposure to a range of environmentally relevant dilutions of high-energy water accommodated fractions of DWH oil, and either <10, 50, or 100% ambient sunlight, achieved with filters that allowed for variable UV penetration...
February 20, 2018: Ecotoxicology
Violetta La Cono, Gioachino Ruggeri, Maurizio Azzaro, Francesca Crisafi, Franco Decembrini, Renata Denaro, Gina La Spada, Giovanna Maimone, Luis S Monticelli, Francesco Smedile, Laura Giuliano, Michail M Yakimov
Covering two-thirds of our planet, the global deep ocean plays a central role in supporting life on Earth. Among other processes, this biggest ecosystem buffers the rise of atmospheric CO2. Despite carbon sequestration in the deep ocean has been known for a long time, microbial activity in the meso- and bathypelagic realm via the "assimilation of bicarbonate in the dark" (ABD) has only recently been described in more details. Based on recent findings, this process seems primarily the result of chemosynthetic and anaplerotic reactions driven by different groups of deep-sea prokaryoplankton...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Jiří Vávra
Two events have helped to shape protozoology/protistology as a specific scientific discipline. The first such event was the creation of the Society of Protozoologists in the US in 1947 (and of its Journal of Protozoology, first published in 1954), the second event was the the First International Conference on Protozoology, held in 1961 in Prague. The history of the Society of Protozoologists was comprehensively treated by Corliss (1998), the history of the Prague Conference is presented here as reminiscences and personal interpretation of events of the author, who was one of the conference organizers and a member of the organization committee...
January 27, 2018: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
Rene P Martin, Emily E Olson, Matthew G Girard, Wm Leo Smith, Matthew P Davis
Massive parallel sequencing allows scientists to gather DNA sequences composed of millions of base pairs that can be combined into large datasets and analyzed to infer organismal relationships at a genome-wide scale in non-model organisms. Although the use of these large datasets is becoming more widespread, little to no work has been done in estimating phylogenetic relationships using UCEs in deep-sea fishes. Among deep-sea animals, the 257 species of lanternfishes (Myctophiformes) are among the most important open-ocean lineages, representing half of all mesopelagic vertebrate biomass...
January 2, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Pernilla Sandvik, Margaretha Nydahl, Iwona Kihlberg, Ingela Marklinder
There is a wide variety of commercial bread types and the present study identifies potential pitfalls in consumer evaluations of bread from a health perspective. The aim is to describe consumers' health-related perceptions of bread by exploring which health-related quality attributes consumers associate with bread and whether there are differences with regard to age, gender and education level. A postal and web-based sequential mixed-mode survey (n = 1134, 62% responded online and 38% by paper) with open-ended questions and an elicitation task with pictures of commercial breads were used...
February 1, 2018: Appetite
Elisa Guerrero-Feijóo, Eva Sintes, Gerhard J Herndl, Marta M Varela
Bulk dark dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) fixation rates were determined and compared to microbial heterotrophic production in subsurface, meso- and bathypelagic Atlantic waters off the Galician coast (NW Iberian margin). DIC fixation rates were slightly higher than heterotrophic production throughout the water column, however, more prominently in the bathypelagic waters. Microautoradiography combined with catalyzed reporter deposition fluorescence in situ hybridization (MICRO-CARD-FISH) allowed us to identify several microbial groups involved in dark DIC uptake...
February 2018: Environmental Microbiology
Mathilde Borg Dahl, Asker Daniel Brejnrod, Martin Unterseher, Thomas Hoppe, Yun Feng, Yuri Novozhilov, Søren Johannes Sørensen, Martin Schnittler
Unicellular, eukaryotic organisms (protists) play a key role in soil food webs as major predators of microorganisms. However, due to the polyphyletic nature of protists no single universal barcode can be established for this group, and the structure of many protistean communities remains unresolved. Plasmodial slime molds (Myxogastria or Myxomycetes) stand out among protists by their formation of fruit bodies, which allow for a morphological species concept. By Sanger sequencing of a large collection of morphospecies, this study presents the largest database to date of dark-spored myxomycetes and evaluate a partial 18S SSU gene marker for species annotation...
October 12, 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
Colleen R Miller, Brandon T Barton, Likai Zhu, Volker C Radeloff, Kerry M Oliver, Jason P Harmon, Anthony R Ives
Interactions between multiple anthropogenic environmental changes can drive non-additive effects in ecological systems, and the non-additive effects can in turn be amplified or dampened by spatial covariation among environmental changes. We investigated the combined effects of night-time warming and light pollution on pea aphids and two predatory ladybeetle species. As expected, neither night-time warming nor light pollution changed the suppression of aphids by the ladybeetle species that forages effectively in darkness...
October 11, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
J V Pergolizzi, J A LeQuang, R Taylor, R B Raffa
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: The "Darknet" ("dark web") has emerged as a means by which illegal drug buys and deliveries can be arranged with apparent anonymity and impunity. Healthcare providers should be aware of this growing source of illicit drugs. COMMENT: The "Darknet" refers to networks isolated from the Internet that cannot be accessed via conventional search engines. They require special software that is protected by special encryption. The initial legitimate use of a "Darknet" to conceal personal information against misuse or political reprisal is being exploited to conceal the identity of buyers and sellers in illegal drug transactions...
December 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Christopher W Wood, Derek N Woolfson
The increased availability of user-friendly and accessible computational tools for biomolecular modeling would expand the reach and application of biomolecular engineering and design. For protein modeling, one key challenge is to reduce the complexities of 3D protein folds to sets of parametric equations that nonetheless capture the salient features of these structures accurately. At present, this is possible for a subset of proteins, namely repeat proteins. The α-helical coiled coil provides one such example, which represents ≈ 3 - 5% of all known protein-encoding regions of DNA...
August 24, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
Shunxin Hu, Bin Zhou, You Wang, Ying Wang, Xinxin Zhang, Yan Zhao, Xinyu Zhao, Xuexi Tang
Karenia mikimotoi is a widespread, toxic and non-calcifying dinoflagellate, which can release and produce ichthyotoxins and hemolytic toxins affecting the food web within the area of its bloom. Shifts in the physiological characteristics of K. mikimotoi due to CO2-induced seawater acidification could alter the occurrence, severity and impacts of harmful algal blooms (HABs). Here, we investigated the effects of elevated pCO2 on the physiology of K. mikimotoi. Using semi-continuous cultures under controlled laboratory conditions, growth, photosynthesis and inorganic carbon acquisition were determined over 4-6 week incubations at ambient (390ppmv) and elevated pCO2 levels (1000 ppmv and 2000 ppmv)...
2017: PloS One
Mariana E Campeão, Luciana Reis, Luciana Leomil, Louisi de Oliveira, Koko Otsuki, Piero Gardinali, Oliver Pelz, Rogerio Valle, Fabiano L Thompson, Cristiane C Thompson
One consequence of oil production is the possibility of unplanned accidental oil spills; therefore, it is important to evaluate the potential of indigenous microorganisms (both prokaryotes and eukaryotes) from different oceanic basins to degrade oil. The aim of this study was to characterize the microbial response during the biodegradation process of Brazilian crude oil, both with and without the addition of the dispersant Corexit 9500, using deep-sea water samples from the Amazon equatorial margin basins, Foz do Amazonas and Barreirinhas, in the dark and at low temperatures (4°C)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Cuong The Pham, Minh Duc Le, Tao Thien Nguyen, Thomas Ziegler, Zheng Jun Wu, Truong Quang Nguyen
A new species of Limnonectes is described from northeastern Vietnam based on morphological and molecular differences. Morphologically, the new species is distinguishable from its congeners on the basis of a combination of the following diagnostic characters: Large size (SVL 50.1-68.9 in males, 45.5-63.0 mm in females); males with moderately enlarged head (HL/SVL 0.48), head longer than wide; vomerine teeth present; external vocal sacs absent; rostral length short (RL/SVL 0.16 in males, 0.15 in females); tympanum distinct (TD/ED 0...
May 24, 2017: Zootaxa
Jodi J L Rowley, Vinh Q Dau, Trung T Cao
We describe a new, medium-sized Leptolalax species from north central Vietnam. Leptolalax puhoatensis sp. nov. is distinguished from its congeners by a combination of having a body size range of 24.2-28.1 mm in eight adult males and 27.3-31.5 mm in three adult females; distinct dorsolateral markings including blackish spots on the flank and dark canthal and/or temporal streaks; males with a reddish-brown venter, often with faint white dusting and females with a pale pink venter; skin on dorsum with tiny, indistinct, low tubercles in preservative, more distinct and forming low dorsal ridges on dorsal surface in life; toes with webbing basal and narrow lateral fringes; iris copper in upper half and golden in lower half; and a call consisting of a single note and a dominant frequency of 4...
June 1, 2017: Zootaxa
Zhao-Chi Zeng, Jian Zhao, Chun-Quan Chen, Guo-Ling Chen, Zhong Zhang, Ying-Yong Wang
A new species, Gracixalus jinggangensis sp. nov., is described based on a series of specimens collected from Mount Jinggang, Jiangxi Province, southeastern China. The new species is distinguished from all other known congeners by the following combination of morphological characters: relatively small body size, SVL 27.9-33.8 mm in nine males and 31.6 mm in a single female; upper eyelid and dorsum lacking spines; skin of dorsal and lateral surface of head, body and limbs rough with sparsely scattered with tubercles; ventral skin granular; tibiotarsal projection absent; finger webbing rudimentary; toes with moderately developed webbing; brown to beige above in life, with an inverse Y-shaped dark brown marking extending from the interorbital region to the middle of dorsum; males with a single, subgular vocal sac, barely visible nuptial pads with minute granules on the dorsal surface of the bases of first and second fingers...
April 4, 2017: Zootaxa
Jake Lin, Lenka Kramna, Reija Autio, Heikki Hyöty, Matti Nykter, Ondrej Cinek
BACKGROUND: Next generation sequencing (NGS) technology allows laboratories to investigate virome composition in clinical and environmental samples in a culture-independent way. There is a need for bioinformatic tools capable of parallel processing of virome sequencing data by exactly identical methods: this is especially important in studies of multifactorial diseases, or in parallel comparison of laboratory protocols. RESULTS: We have developed a web-based application allowing direct upload of sequences from multiple virome samples using custom parameters...
May 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
Jian-Hua Chen, Xin Zheng, Xiu-Qin Liu
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of syphilis is difficult. Follow-up and therapy evaluation of syphilitic patients are poor. Little is known about positron emission tomography (PET) in syphilis. This review was to systematically review usefulness of PET for diagnosis, disease extent evaluation, follow-up, and treatment response assessment in patients with syphilis. METHODS: We searched PubMed, EMBASE, SCOPUS, Cochrane Library, Web of Science,, and three Chinese databases (SinoMed, Wanfang, and CNKI) for English and Chinese language articles from inception to September 2016...
May 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
Ekaterina Galkina Cleary, Allison P Patton, Hsin-Ching Wu, Alan Xie, Joseph Stubblefield, William Mass, Georges Grinstein, Susan Koch-Weser, Doug Brugge, Carolyn Wong
BACKGROUND: Digital maps are instrumental in conveying information about environmental hazards geographically. For laypersons, computer-based maps can serve as tools to promote environmental health literacy about invisible traffic-related air pollution and ultrafine particles. Concentrations of these pollutants are higher near major roadways and increasingly linked to adverse health effects. Interactive computer maps provide visualizations that can allow users to build mental models of the spatial distribution of ultrafine particles in a community and learn about the risk of exposure in a geographic context...
April 12, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
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