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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445041/verbeekite-the-long-unknown-crystal-structure-of-monoclinic-pdse2
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Elisabeth Selb, Martina Tribus, Gunter Heymann
Verbeekite, a monoclinic polymorph of PdSe2, was reported for the first time in 2002 by Roberts et al. The mineral has been discovered in the Musonoi Cu-Co-Mn-U mine, Democratic Republic of Congo, and was named after Dr. Théodore Verbeek, the first geoscientist who studied the palladium mineralization there (1955-1967). Until today, the crystal structure of this very rare mineral has been unknown. By syntheses via multianvil high-pressure/high-temperature methods at 11.5 GPa and 1300 °C, synthetic verbeekite could be obtained in a high degree of purity and comparatively good crystal quality, which made it possible to determine the full crystal structure for PdSe2 verbeekite from single-crystal X-ray diffractometer data: I2/a, a = 671...
April 26, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443978/characterisation-of-the-vascular-pathology-in-sigmodon-hispidus-rodentia-cricetidae-following-experimental-infection-with-angiostrongylus-costaricensis-nematoda-metastrongylidae
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Danielle Ingrid Bezerra de Vasconcelos, Ester Maria Mota, Marcelo Pelajo-Machado
BACKGROUND: Angiostrongylus costaricensis is a nematode that causes human abdominal angiostrongyliasis, a disease found mainly in Latin American countries and particularly in Brazil and Costa Rica. Its life cycle involves exploitation of both invertebrate and vertebrate hosts. Its natural reservoir is a vertebrate host, the cotton rat Sigmodon hispidus. The adult worms live in the ileo-colic branches of the upper mesenteric artery of S. hispidus, causing periarteritis. However, there is a lack of data on the development of vasculitis in the course of infection...
May 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443367/preventing-risky-behaviours-among-young-adolescents-in-eastern-democratic-republic-of-congo-a-qualitative-study
#3
Anjalee Kohli, Mitima Mpanano Remy, Arsene Kajabika Binkurhorhwa, Clovis Murhula Mitima, Alfred Bacikenge Mirindi, Nadine Bufole Mwinja, Jean Heri Banyewesize, Gisele Mushengezi Ntakwinja, Nancy A Perrin, Nancy Glass
This qualitative study explores and describes adolescent risk behaviours, specifically consumption of alcohol and use of violence; the perceived consequences of these behaviours on future well-being and relationships; and collaboratively identifies the essential components of a prevention intervention for risk behaviours (alcohol use, violence) among young adolescents while strengthening the protective individual and relationship factors in post-conflict Democratic Republic of Congo. One-on-one in-depth interviews were conducted with 28 male and female youth, 20 parents/guardians and 20 stakeholders in three rural villages of South Kivu Province...
April 26, 2017: Global Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441944/effects-of-unconditional-cash-transfers-on-the-outcome-of-treatment-for-severe-acute-malnutrition-sam-a-cluster-randomised-trial-in-the-democratic-republic-of-the-congo
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Emmanuel Grellety, Pélagie Babakazo, Amina Bangana, Gustave Mwamba, Ines Lezama, Noël Marie Zagre, Eric-Alain Ategbo
BACKGROUND: Cash transfer programs (CTPs) aim to strengthen financial security for vulnerable households. This potentially enables improvements in diet, hygiene, health service access and investment in food production or income generation. The effect of CTPs on the outcome of children already severely malnourished is not well delineated. The objective of this study was to test whether CTPs will improve the outcome of children treated for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo over 6 months...
April 26, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441744/production-of-laccase-by-a-new-myrothecium-verrucaria-md-r-16-isolated-from-pigeon-pea-cajanus-cajan-l-millsp-and-its-application-on-dye-decolorization
#5
Jiao Sun, Na Guo, Li-Li Niu, Qing-Fang Wang, Yu-Ping Zang, Yuan-Gang Zu, Yu-Jie Fu
The present study was conducted to screen a laccase-producing fungal endophyte, optimize fermentation conditions, and evaluate the decolorization ability of the laccase. A new fungal endophyte capable of laccase-producing was firstly isolated from pigeon pea and identified as Myrothecium verrucaria based on a ITS-rRNA sequences analysis. Meanwhile, various fermentation parameters on the laccase production were optimized via response surface methodology (RSM). The optimal fermentation conditions were a fermentation time of five days, temperature 30 °C and pH 6...
April 23, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441327/exclusive-breastfeeding-practice-and-its-association-among-mothers-of-under-5-children-in-kwango-district-dr-congo
#6
Sarita Dhakal, Tae Ho Lee, Eun Woo Nam
The benefit of the breastfeeding has been well-established. In comparison to partial breast feeding, exclusive breastfeeding has even more benefits. The aim of this study was to identify the factors associated with breastfeeding exclusivity during the first 6 months of life in order to better target public health interventions in this community towards healthier infant nutrition and address child mortality in this population. A cross-sectional survey among 1145 random households was conducted in the Kwango district of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) during 2 November 2015 to 13 November 2015...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438637/cloning-and-functional-analysis-of-succinate-dehydrogenase-gene-pssdha-in-phytophthora-sojae
#7
Yuemin Pan, Tao Ye, Zhimou Gao
Succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) is one of the key enzymes of the tricarboxylic acid cycle (TCA cycle) and a proven target of fungicides for true fungi. To explore the roles of the SDHA gene in Phytophthora sojae, we first cloned PsSDHA to construct the PsSDHA silenced expression vector pHAM34-PsSDHA, and then utilized PEG to mediate the P. sojae protoplast transformation experiment. Through transformation screening, we obtained the silenced mutants A1 and A3, which have significant suppressive effect. Further study showed that the hyphae of the silenced mutant strains were shorter and more bifurcated; the growth of the silenced mutants was clearly inhibited in 10% V8 agar medium containing sodium chloride (NaCl), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) or Congo Red, respectively...
April 21, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436508/purification-characterization-and-bioactivities-of-polysaccharides-from-pleurotus-ferulae
#8
Jinyu Li, Pengfei Yuan, Xinhui Wang, Adila Aipire, Minjing Li, Jie Yang, Hong Tao, Tianlei Ying, Changshuang Fu, Xianxian Wei, Fuchun Zhang, Jinyao Li
Pleurotus ferulae is an edible mushroom and has been used in Uygur medicine for a long time. In this study, we purified polysaccharides from P. ferulae (PFPS) and investigated its structural characteristics. We obtained a homogeneous PFPS with a molecular weight of around 1600 kDa and prominent characteristic polysaccharide groups, which mainly contained glucose (97%), followed by mannose and galactose (3%). Both (1)H and (13)C NMR spectra indicated that PFPS contained both α- and β-anomeric configurations...
April 24, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434267/amyloid-in-bone-marrow-smears-in-systemic-light-chain-amyloidosis
#9
Christoph Kimmich, Stefan Schönland, Sandra Kräker, Mindaugas Andrulis, Anthony D Ho, Gudrun Mayer, Tobias Dittrich, Michael Hundemer, Ute Hegenbart
We performed a prospective sensitivity analysis to detect amyloid in bone marrow (BM) smears stained with Congo red (CR) and according to Pappenheim of patients with systemic light-chain (AL) amyloidosis. Results were directly compared to routine BM histology and fat aspiration. We analysed 198 BM smears from patients with the diagnosis or suspicion of systemic AL amyloidosis. Ultimately, the diagnosis could be established for 168 patients. Amyloid was detected on BM smears with CR in 33% (56/168). All patients suspicious for amyloid on Pappenheim staining (n = 39) showed substantial amyloid infiltration on CR...
April 23, 2017: Amyloid: the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434259/establishing-and-validating-the-fluorescent-amyloid-ligand-h-ftaa-heptamer-formyl-thiophene-acetic-acid-to-identify-transthyretin-amyloid-deposits-in-carpal-tunnel-syndrome
#10
Katharina Hahn, K Peter R Nilsson, Per Hammarström, Peter Urban, Rolf Rüdiger Meliss, Hans-Michael Behrens, Sandra Krüger, Christoph Röcken
Transthyretin-derived (ATTR) amyloidosis is a frequent finding in carpal tunnel syndrome. We tested the following hypotheses: the novel fluorescent amyloid ligand heptameric formic thiophene acetic acid (h-FTAA) has a superior sensitivity for the detection of amyloid compared with Congo red-staining; Amyloid load correlates with patient gender and/or patient age. We retrieved 208 resection specimens obtained from 184 patients with ATTR amyloid in the carpal tunnel. Serial sections were stained with Congo red, h-FTAA and an antibody directed against transthyretin (TTR)...
April 23, 2017: Amyloid: the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433738/crimean-congo-hemorrhagic-fever-virus-in-ticks-in-turkey-a-broad-range-tick-surveillance-study
#11
Ömer Orkun, Zafer Karaer, Ayşe Çakmak, Serpil Nalbantoğlu
In Turkey, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) outbreaks started in northern regions in 2002. Human cases still continue to increase and the disease spreads in many other provinces of Turkey. The ecological role of the vector tick species occurring in Turkey is not certain exactly. Therefore, we planned a broad range tick study in three different ecological and geographical areas extending from the West Black Sea regions down to the Central Anatolia. The aim of this study was to determine and characterize CCHFV molecularly in feeding-ticks collected from various wild and domestic animals and from humans as well as in questing and unfed ticks...
April 19, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427673/sonocatalytic-rapid-degradation-of-congo-red-dye-from-aqueous-solution-using-magnetic-fe-0-polyaniline-nanofibers
#12
Raghunath Das, Madhumita Bhaumik, Somnath Giri, Arjun Maity
Nano-sized magnetic Fe(0)/polyaniline (Fe(0)/PANI) nanofibers were used as an effective material for sonocatalytic degradation of organic anionic Congo red (CR) dye. Fe(0)/PANI, was synthesized via reductive deposition of nano-Fe(0) onto the PANI nanofibers at room temperature. Prepared catalyst was characterized using HR-TEM, FE-SEM, XRD, FTIR instruments. The efficacy of catalyst in removing CR was assessed colorimetrically using UV-visible spectroscopy under different experimental conditions such as % of Fe(0) loading into the composite material, solution pH, initial concentration of dye, catalyst dosage, temperature and ultrasonic power...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427656/ultrasonically-assisted-removal-of-congo-red-phloxine-b-and-fast-green-fcf-in-ternary-mixture-using-novel-nanocomposite-following-their-simultaneous-analysis-by-derivative-spectrophotometry
#13
Jaleh Pooralhossini, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Mohammad Ali Zanjanchi, Arash Asfaram
In this study dependency of simultaneous adsorption of Congo Red (CR), Phloxine B (BP) and Fast green FCF (FG) onto CuS/ZnS nanocomposites loaded on activated carbon (CuS/ZnS-NCs-AC) to pH, adsorbent mass, sonication time and initial dyes concentration were modeled and optimized, while CuS/ZnS-NCs-AC was identified by XRD, FESEM and EDS analysis. CR, PB and FG concentration determination were undertaken by first and second order derivative spectrophotometry in ternary mixture. According to central composite design (CCD) based on desirability function (DF), the best experimental conditions was set as pH 6...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427630/porosity-and-dye-adsorption-enhancement-by-ultrasonic-synthesized-cd-ii-based-metal-organic-framework
#14
Mohammad Yaser Masoomi, Minoo Bagheri, Ali Morsali
A Cd(II) based metal-organic framework, TMU-7, was synthesized by incorporation of V-shaped flexible dicarboxylate ligand and the N-donor pillar ligand using sonochemical method while morphology and size of particles were investigated and characterized by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray powder diffraction. Moreover, N2 adsorption was applied to examine the effect of synthesis method on porosity. Also TMU-7 was evaluated for its Congo red adsorption.
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425214/hypoglycemic-and-antihyperglycemic-activities-of-nine-medicinal-herbs-used-as-antidiabetic-in-the-region-of-lubumbashi-dr-congo
#15
Bakari Amuri, Mwamba Maseho, Lumbu Simbi, Philippe Okusa, Pierre Duez, Kahumba Byanga
The aim of this study was to assess the hypoglycemic and antihyperglycemic activities of nine plants used as antidiabetic treatments in Lubumbashi and its surroundings. Those are Albizia adianthifolia, Azanza garckeana, Cassia occidentalis, Cassia sieberiana, Erythrina abyssinica, Gladiolus klattianus, Rauvolfia caffra, Strychnos spinosa, and Vitex madiensis. Aqueous extracts, obtained by decoction and maceration, were administered (500 mg/kg) per os to guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus), both in glucose baseline conditions and in oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) conditions (glucose, 2 g/kg; follow-up over 210 min)...
April 20, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425045/soluble-triggering-receptor-expressed-on-myeloid-cell-1-strem-1-a-potential-biomarker-for-the-diagnosis-of-infectious-diseases
#16
REVIEW
Changlin Cao, Jingxian Gu, Jingyao Zhang
Sensitive and useful biomarkers for the diagnosis and prognosis of infectious diseases have been widely developed. An example of these biomarkers is triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cell-1 (TREM-1), which is a cell surface receptor expressed on monocytes/macrophages and neutrophils. TREM-1 amplifies inflammation by activating the TREM-1/DAP12 pathway. This pathway is triggered by the interaction of TREM-1 with ligands or stimulation by bacterial lipopolysaccharide. Consequently, pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines are secreted...
April 19, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424031/yellow-fever-from-angola-and-congo-a-storm-gathers
#17
Qanta A Ahmed, Ziad A Memish
In common with Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue, Yellow Fever (YF) is an arthropod-borne flavivirus. It is transmitted between humans and from monkeys by mosquitoes of the Aedes aegypti (its principal vector), haemogogus and albopictus varieties. Three cycles of transmission may occur: urban; sylvatic; and intermediate. Recently, sub-Saharan Africa has seen the resurgence of this neglected disease. The current YF outbreak in Angola began in December 2015 in the capital Luanda and by October 2016 there had been > 4300 suspected cases, with 376 deaths (case fatality rate = 8...
April 2017: Tropical Doctor
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421832/experimental-induction-of-chicken-aa-amyloidosis-in-white-layer-chickens-by-inoculation-with-inactivated-vaccines
#18
Wazir Ahmad Habibi, Takuya Hirai, Mohammad Hakim Niazmand, Naoko Okumura, Ryoji Yamaguchi
We investigated the amyloidogenic potential of inactivated vaccines and the localized production of serum amyloid A (SAA) at the injection site in white layer chickens. Hens in the treated group were injected intramuscularly three times with high doses of inactivated oil-emulsion Salmonella Enteritidis vaccine and multivalent viral and bacterial inactivated oil-emulsion vaccines at two week intervals. Chickens in the control group did not receive any inoculum. In the treated group, emaciation, and granulomas were present, while several chickens died between 4-6 weeks after the first injection...
April 19, 2017: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420403/molecular-surveillance-of-plasmodium-falciparum-drug-resistance-in-the-republic-of-congo-four-and-nine-years-after-the-introduction-of-artemisinin-based-combination-therapy
#19
Felix Koukouikila-Koussounda, Sankarganesh Jeyaraj, Christian N Nguetse, Charles Nchotebah Nkonganyi, Kossiwa Clarisse Kokou, Mandingha K Etoka-Beka, Francine Ntoumi, Thirumalaisamy P Velavan
BACKGROUND: Resistance to anti-malarial drugs hinders efforts on malaria elimination and eradication. Following the global spread of chloroquine-resistant parasites, the Republic of Congo adopted artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) in 2006 as a first-line treatment for uncomplicated malaria. To assess the impacts after implementation of ACT, a molecular surveillance for anti-malarial drug resistance was conducted in Congo 4 and 9 years after the introduction of ACT. METHODS: Blood samples of 431 febrile children aged 1-10 years were utilized from two previous studies conducted in 2010 (N = 311) and 2015 (N = 120)...
April 19, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417187/isolation-of-viable-but-non-culturable-bacteria-from-printing-and-dyeing-wastewater-bioreactor-based-on-resuscitation-promoting-factor
#20
Yi Jin, Guojuan Gan, Xiaoyun Yu, Dongdong Wu, Li Zhang, Na Yang, Jiadan Hu, Zhiheng Liu, Lixin Zhang, Huachang Hong, Xiaoqing Yan, Yan Liang, Linxian Ding, Yonglong Pan
Printing and dyeing wastewater with high content of organic matters, high colority, and poor biochemical performance is hard to be degraded. In this study, we isolated viable but non-culturable (VBNC) bacteria from printing and dyeing wastewater with the culture media contained resuscitation promoting factor (Rpf) protein secreted by Micrococcus luteus, counted the culturable cells number with the most probable number, sequenced 16S rRNA genes, and performed polymerase chain reaction-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis...
April 17, 2017: Current Microbiology
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