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José R Valverde, Sonia Gullón, Rafael Pérez Mellado
INTRODUCTION: Biological communities present in soil are essential to sustainable and productive agricultural practices; however, an accurate determination of the ecological status of agricultural soils remains to date an elusive task. An ideal indicator should be pervasive, play a relevant role in the ecosystem, show a rapid and proportional answer to external perturbations and be easily and economically measurable. Rhizobacteria play a major role in determining soil properties, becoming an attractive candidate for the detection of ecological indicators...
2016: PloS One
Kai Zhao, Ran Peng, Dongqing Li
A novel DC-dielectrophoresis (DEP) method employing a pressure-driven flow for the continuous separation of micro/nano-particles is presented in this paper. To generate the DEP force, a small voltage difference is applied to produce a non-uniformity of the electric field across a microchannel via a larger orifice of several hundred microns on one side of the channel wall and a smaller orifice of several hundred nanometers on the opposite channel wall. The particles experience a DEP force when they move with the flow through the vicinity of the small orifice, where the strongest electrical field gradient exists...
October 24, 2016: Nanoscale
Silvana M Álvarez, Natalia E Llamas, Adriana G Lista, Mónica B Álvarez, Claudia E Domini
A new extraction method for metals from sediment samples was developed. In this procedure, the chelating agent EDTA was combined with a minimal amount of the ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (Bmim[BF4]), assisted by ultrasound energy. The available analytes -Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb and Zn- were extracted under optimal conditions for a 12.5 ratio (extractant volume/sample mass) with 0.005molL(-1) EDTA solution, 0.1molL(-1) NaHCO3, 5.0mmolL(-1) Bmim[BF4] and 7.0min of sonication time, using an ultrasonic bath (output power of 160W)...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Jahir Orozco, Elisa Villa, Carmem-Lara Manes, Linda K Medlin, Delphine Guillebault
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are becoming more frequent as climate changes, with tropical species moving northward. Monitoring programs detecting the presence of toxic algae before they bloom are of paramount importance to protect aquatic ecosystems, aquaculture, human health and local economies. Rapid and reliable species identification methods using molecular barcodes coupled to biosensor detection tools have received increasing attention over the past decade as an alternative to the impractical standard microscopic counting-based techniques...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Sarah Elizabeth Skerratt, Mark D Andrews, Sharan K Bagal, James Bilsland, David Brown, Peter J Bungay, Susan Cole, Karl R Gibson, Russell Jones, Inaki Morao, Angus Nedderman, Kiyoyuki Omoto, Colin Robinson, Thomas Ryckmans, Kimberly Skinner, Paul Anthony Stupple, Gareth Waldron
The neurotrophin family of growth factors, comprised of nerve growth factor (NGF), brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), neurotrophin 3 (NT3) and neurotrophin 4 (NT4), is implicated in the physiology of chronic pain. Given the clinical efficacy of anti-NGF monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapies, there is significant interest in the development of small molecule modulators of neurotrophin activity. Neurotrophins signal through the tropomyosin related kinase (Trk) family of tyrosine kinase receptors, hence Trk kinase inhibition represents a potentially "druggable" point of intervention...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Lucille Arragain, Myrielle Dupont-Rouzeyrol, Olivia O'Connor, Nathalie Sigur, Jean-Paul Grangeon, Emilie Huguon, Clothilde Dechanet, Cécile Cazorla, Ann-Claire Gourinat, Elodie Descloux
: We investigated 10 mother-newborn pairs and found a 90% rate of dengue virus (DENV) transmission during the perinatal period. Here, we describe DENV kinetics in the sera of newborns before the onset of disease. Of the breast-milk samples analyzed, 75% tested positive for DENV. BACKGROUND: Dengue is the most common mosquito-borne viral disease in humans. With this study, we aimed to investigate the risk of vertical (DENV) transmission during the peripartum period and to describe its viral kinetics in serum and breast milk...
October 19, 2016: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Nazih Khater, Jim Ken-Chie Shen, Javier L Arenas, Mohamed Keheila, Muhannad Alsyouf, Jacob Martin, Michelle Lightfoot, Roger Li, Gaudencio Olgin, Jason Smith, D Duane Baldwin
: Basic Science Research Introduction: Traditional techniques for obtaining percutaneous renal access utilize continuous fluoroscopy. In an attempt to minimize radiation exposure, we describe a novel Laser DARRT (Direct Alignment Radiation Reduction Technique) for percutaneous access and test it in a bench-top model. METHODS: In this randomized-controlled bench-top study, twenty medical personnel obtained renal accesses using both the conventional bullseye technique and the Laser DARRT...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Endourology
Karl Stoffel, Ivan Zderic, Florian Gras, Christoph Sommer, Ursula Eberli, David Mueller, Martin Oswald, Boyko Gueorguiev
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the biomechanical performance of Femoral Neck System (FNS) in comparison to established methods for fixation of femoral neck fractures in a cadaveric model. METHODS: Twenty pairs of fresh-frozen human cadaveric femora were instrumented either with DHS-Screw, DHS-Blade, 3CS or with FNS in a partially paired design. The specimens were randomized to two paired treatment groups based on the BMD, namely DHS-Screw/DHS-Blade and FNS/3CS. A reduced unstable femoral neck fracture with postero-caudal comminution, AO/OTA 31-B2...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Jinsoo Uh, M Ayaz Khan, Chiaho Hua
This study aimed to develop a practical and accurate 4-dimensional (4D) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) method using a non-navigator, image-based internal respiratory surrogate derived by dimensionality reduction (DR). The use of DR has been previously suggested but not implemented for reconstructing 4D MRI, despite its practical advantages. We compared multiple image-acquisition schemes and refined a retrospective-sorting process to optimally implement a DR-derived surrogate. The comparison included an unconventional scheme that acquires paired slices alternately to mitigate the internal surrogate's dependency on a specific slice location...
November 7, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Judith Owens, Margaret Weiss, Earl Nordbrock, Greg Mattingly, Sharon Wigal, Laurence L Greenhill, Wei-Wei Chang, Ann Childress, Robert J Kupper, Akwete Adjei
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate measures of sleep (exploratory endpoints) in two pivotal studies of a multilayer bead extended-release methylphenidate (MPH-MLR) treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children. METHODS: Study 1 evaluated the time course of response to MPH-MLR (n = 26) patients in an analog classroom setting through four phases: screening (≤28 days), open label (OL) dose optimization (4 weeks), double-blind (DB) crossover (2 weeks; placebo vs...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
Satoshi Umemura
Primary aldosteronism (PA) is a heterogeneous group of disorders including both sporadic and familial forms (familial hyperaldosteronism type I, II and III). PA is the most frequent endocrine cause of secondary hypertension and associated with a higher rate of cardiovascular complications, compared with essential hypertension.Here I review the recent progress in understanding of the genetic and molecular mechanisms leading to autonomous aldosterone production in PA.Systematic screening detects primary aldosteronism in 5 to 10% of all patients with hypertension and in approximately 20% of patients with resistant hypertension...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Sudath Hapuarachchige, Dmitri Artemov
Click chemistry provides fast, convenient, versatile, and reliable chemical reactions that take place between pairs of functional groups of small molecules that can be purified without chromatographic methods. Due to the fast kinetics and low or no elimination of byproducts, click chemistry is a promising approach that is rapidly gaining acceptance in drug discovery, radiochemistry, bioconjugation, and nanoscience applications. Increasing use of click chemistry in synthetic procedures or as a bioconjugation technique in diagnostic imaging is occurring because click reactions are fast, provide a quantitative yield, and produce a minimal amount of nontoxic byproducts...
October 2016: Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: TMRI
Anna Nigri, Eleonora Catricalà, Stefania Ferraro, Maria Grazia Bruzzone, Ludovico D'Incerti, Davide Sattin, Davide Rossi Sebastiano, Silvana Franceschetti, Giorgio Marotta, Riccardo Benti, Matilde Leonardi, Stefano F Cappa
There is a growing interest in the use of functional imaging to assess brain activity in the absence of behavioural responses in patients with disorders of consciousness (DOC). In the present study, we applied a hierarchical auditory stimulation paradigm to functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) in a group of long-term DOC adult patients. Brain response to pairs of pseudowords, of unrelated words and of semantically related words, i.e. stimuli differing in lexical status (words vs. pseudowords) and semantic relatedness (related vs...
October 13, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
Victoria Grèze, Florence Brugnon, Fanny Chambon, Pascale Halle, Michel Canis, Clotilde Amiot, Anne-Sophie Grémeau, Bruno Pereira, Yania Yáñez Peralta, Andrei Tchirkov, Justyna Kanold
BACKGROUND: Ovarian tissue cryopreservation (OTC) is the only option available to preserve fertility in prepubertal females with neuroblastoma (NB), a childhood solid tumor that can spread to the ovaries, with a risk of reintroducing malignant cells after an ovarian graft. PROCEDURE: We set out to determine whether the analysis of TH (tyrosine hydroxylase), PHOX2B (paired-like homeobox 2b), and DCX (doublecortin) transcripts using quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) could be used to detect NB contamination in ovarian tissue...
October 12, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Aparna P Nanduri, Sally Fullman, Lori Morell, Steve Buyske, Mary L Wagner
BACKGROUND: Project Healthy Bones (PHB) is a 24-week, peer-led exercise and education program for older adults at risk of osteoporosis. METHOD: Residents from an assisted living and senior community program were enrolled after medical clearance. Participant demographics, geriatric fitness assessments, exercise logs, quizzes, and surveys were collected at baseline and 24 weeks. Data were analyzed using paired t tests and ANOVA of change scores for the pooled data within the R statistical environment...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Applied Gerontology: the Official Journal of the Southern Gerontological Society
Y Chen, Kevin K Lehmann, Y Peng, L M Pratt, J R White, S B Cadieux, B Sherwood Lollar, G Lacrampe-Couloume, T C Onstott
In this study, near-infrared continuous wave cavity ring-down spectroscopy was applied to the measurement of the δ(2)H of methane (CH4). The cavity ring-down spectrometer (CRDS) system consisted of multiple DFB laser diodes to optimize selection of spectral line pairs. By rapidly switching measurements between spectral line peaks and the baseline regions, the long-term instrumental drift was minimized, substantially increasing measurement precision. The CRDS system coupled with a cryogenic pre-concentrator measured the δ(2)H of terrestrial atmospheric CH4 from 3 standard liters of air with a precision of ±1...
October 2016: Astrobiology
Katherine R Gordon, Karla K McGregor, Brigitte Waldier, Maura K Curran, Rebecca L Gomez, Larissa K Samuelson
Research on word learning has focused on children's ability to identify a target object when given the word form after a minimal number of exposures to novel word-object pairings. However, relatively little research has focused on children's ability to retrieve the word form when given the target object. The exceptions involve asking children to recall and produce forms, and children typically perform near floor on these measures. In the current study, 3- to 5-year-old children were administered a novel test of word form that allowed for recognition memory and manual responses...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Leah D McGurn, Maryam Moazami-Goudarzi, Sean A White, Tannu Suwal, Beant Brar, Jason Q Tang, George S Espie, Matthew S Kimber
CcaA is a b-carbonic anhydrase that is a component of the carboxysomes of a subset of b-cyanobacteria. This protein, which has a characteristic C-terminal extension of unknown function, is recruited to the carboxysome via interactions with CcmM, which is itself a γ-carbonic anhydrase homolog with enzymatic activity in many, but not all cyanobacteria. We have determined the structure of CcaA from Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 at 1.45 Å. In contrast to the dimer of dimers organization of most bacterial β-carbonic anhydrases, or the loose dimer-of-dimers-of-dimers organization found in the plant enzymes, CcaA shows a well-packed trimer-of-dimers organization...
October 11, 2016: Biochemical Journal
Emre Bukusoglu, Xiaoguang Wang, Ye Zhou, José A Martínez-González, Mohammad Rahimi, Qi Wang, Juan J de Pablo, Nicholas L Abbott
We report on the internal configurations of aqueous dispersions of droplets of cholesteric liquid crystals (LCs; 5-50 μm-in-diameter; comprised of 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl and 4-(1-methylheptyloxycarbonyl)phenyl-4-hexyloxybenzoate) and their influence on the positioning of surface-adsorbed colloids (0.2 or 1 μm-in-diameter polystyrene (PS)). When N = 2D/P was less than 4, where D is the droplet diameter and P is the cholesteric pitch, the droplets adopted a twisted bipolar structure (TBS) and colloids were observed to assume positions at either the poles or equator of the droplets...
October 5, 2016: Soft Matter
M-O Timsit, F Kleinclauss, M F Mamzer Bruneel, R Thuret
OBJECTIVES: To review ethical, legal and technical aspects of living kidney donor surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An exhaustive systematic review of the scientific literature was performed in the Medline database ( and Embase ( using different associations of the following keywords: Donor nephrectomy; Kidney paired donation; Kidney transplantation; Laparoscopic nephrectomy; Living donor; Organs trafficking; Robotic assisted nephrectomy; Vaginal extraction...
October 6, 2016: Progrès en Urologie
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