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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535281/the-relationship-between-surface-area-and-volume-of-common-blow-fly-diptera-calliphoridae-oviposition-sites-and-carrion-body-mass
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V A Pacheco, K R Hans, S L VanLaerhoven
Female blow flies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) demonstrate site preferences when ovipositing on carrion. Preference for oviposition sites is believed to reflect the suitability of the site such that the most preferred locations provide offspring with the greatest chance of survival. A number of factors might influence female choice, including area available for oviposition. For species known to aggregate during oviposition, the surface area of oviposition sites may be a key factor in the decision-making process...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535066/marangoni-flow-induced-evaporation-enhancement-on-binary-sessile-drops
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Pin Chen, Souad Harmand, Safouene Ouenzerfi, Jesse Schiffler
The evaporation processes of pure water, pure 1-butanol, and 5% 1-butanol aqueous solution drops on heated hydrophobic substrates are investigated to determine the effect of temperature on the drop evaporation behavior. The evolution of the parameters (contact angle, diameter, and volume) during evaporation measured using a drop shape analyzer and the infrared thermal mapping of the drop surface recorded by an infrared camera were used in investigating the evaporation process. The pure 1-butanol drop does not show any thermal instability at different substrate temperatures, while the convection cells created by the thermal Marangoni effect appear on the surface of the pure water drop from 50°C...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534999/mir-370-regulates-cell-proliferation-and-migration-by-targeting-egfr-in-gastric-cancer
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Tao Ning, Haiyang Zhang, Xinyi Wang, Shuang Li, Le Zhang, Ting Deng, Likun Zhou, Rui Liu, Xia Wang, Ming Bai, Shaohua Ge, Hongli Li, Dingzhi Huang, Guoguang Ying, Yi Ba
Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is known to be overexpressed in ~30% of gastric cancer (GC) cases, and may serve as an effective biomarker for predicting the clinical benefit of anti-EGFR therapy. However, the mechanism underlying the regulation of EGFR expression remains unknown. Evidence indicates that post-transcriptional regulation may exist in the process of EGFR expression. In the present study, we aimed to explore whether miR-370 is involved in this process, and how it impacts the biological behaviors of GC cells...
May 23, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534979/high-expression-of-piwil2-promotes-tumor-cell-proliferation-migration-and-predicts-a-poor-prognosis-in-glioma
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Jinquan Li, Li Xu, Zhen Bao, Peng Xu, Hao Chang, Jingjing Wu, Yuanqi Bei, Liuwan Xia, Peizhang Wu, Gang Cui
Piwi-like RNA-mediated gene silencing 2 (PIWIL2), has been reported as an oncogene tightly associated with the genesis and progression of various malignancies. Nevertheless, the function of the PIWIL2 protein in human gliomas has not yet been clarified. In this study, we sought to investigate the clinical significance of PIWIL2 expression and reveal its function in the pathological process of gliomas. Through western blot and immunohistochemical analyses we found that PIWIL2 was overexpressed in glioma tissues...
May 17, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534878/successive-range-expansion-promotes-diversity-and-accelerates-evolution-in-spatially-structured-microbial-populations
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Felix Goldschmidt, Roland R Regoes, David R Johnson
Successive range expansions occur within all domains of life, where one population expands first (primary expansion) and one or more secondary populations then follow (secondary expansion). In general, genetic drift reduces diversity during range expansion. However, it is not clear whether the same effect applies during successive range expansion, mainly because the secondary population must expand into space occupied by the primary population. Here we used an experimental microbial model system to show that, in contrast to primary range expansion, successive range expansion promotes local population diversity...
May 23, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534870/time-compressed-preplay-of-anticipated-events-in-human-primary-visual-cortex
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Matthias Ekman, Peter Kok, Floris P de Lange
Perception is guided by the anticipation of future events. It has been hypothesized that this process may be implemented by pattern completion in early visual cortex, in which a stimulus sequence is recreated after only a subset of the visual input is provided. Here we test this hypothesis using ultra-fast functional magnetic resonance imaging to measure BOLD activity at precisely defined receptive field locations in visual cortex (V1) of human volunteers. We find that after familiarizing subjects with a spatial sequence, flashing only the starting point of the sequence triggers an activity wave in V1 that resembles the full stimulus sequence...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534827/optimizing-prednisolone-loading-into-distiller-s-dried-grain-kafirin-microparticles-and-in-vitro-release-for-oral-delivery
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Esther T L Lau, Stuart K Johnson, Barbara A Williams, Deirdre Mikkelsen, Elizabeth McCourt, Roger A Stanley, Ram Mereddy, Peter J Halley, Kathryn J Steadman
Kafirin microparticles have potential as colon-targeted delivery systems because of their ability to protect encapsulated material from digestive processes of the upper gastrointestinal tract (GIT). The aim was to optimize prednisolone loading into kafirin microparticles, and investigate their potential as an oral delivery system. Response surface methodology (RSM) was used to predict the optimal formulation of prednisolone loaded microparticles. Prednisolone release from the microparticles was measured in simulated conditions of the GIT...
May 19, 2017: Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534780/katzlgo-large-scale-prediction-of-lncrna-functions-by-using-the-katz-measure-based-on-multiple-networks
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Zuping Zhang, Jingpu Zhang, Chao Fan, Yongjun Tang, Lei Deng
Aggregating evidences have shown that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) generally play key roles in cellular biological processes such as epigenetic regulation, gene expression regulation at transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels, cell differentiation and others. However, most lncRNAs have not been functionally characterized. There is an urgent need to develop computational approaches for function annotation of increasing available lncRNAs. In this article, we propose a global network-based method, KATZLGO, to predict the functions of human lncRNAs at large scale...
May 16, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534767/domain-generalization-and-adaptation-using-low-rank-exemplar-svms
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Wen Li, Zheng Xu, Dong Xu, Dengxin Dai, Luc Van Gool
Domain adaptation between diverse source and target domains is a challenging research problem, especially in the real-world visual recognition tasks where the images and videos consist of significant variations in viewpoints, illuminations, qualities, etc. In this paper, we propose a new approach for domain generalization and domain adaptation based on exemplar SVMs. Specifically, we decompose the source domain into many subdomains, each of which contains only one positive training sample and all negative samples...
May 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534672/a-review-of-the-principles-and-applications-of-near-infrared-spectroscopy-to-characterize-meat-fat-and-meat-products
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Nuria Prieto, Olga Pawluczyk, Michael Edward Russell Dugan, Jennifer Lynn Aalhus
Consumer demand for quality and healthfulness has led to a higher need for quality assurance in meat production. This requirement has increased interest in near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy due to the ability for rapid, environmentally friendly, and non-invasive prediction of meat quality or authentication of added-value meat products. This review includes the principles of NIR spectroscopy, pre-processing methods, and multivariate analyses used for quantitative and qualitative purposes in the meat sector. Recent advances in portable NIR spectrometers that enable new online applications in the meat industry are shown and their performance evaluated...
January 1, 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534544/-factors-predicting-failure-in-empirical-antibiotic-treatment
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E J García-Lamberechts, J González-Del Castillo, A I Hormigo Sánchez, M J Núñez-Orantos, F J Candel, F J Martín-Sánchez
Infections are one of the main causes of morbidity and mortality in the population. The choice of empirical treatment is one of the most common decisions facing the physician. This first decision has consequences in the prognosis of the patient and the costs associated with the process. This review attempts to summarize the aspects that can lead to failure of antibiotic treatment by considering microbiological and pharmacological aspects, patient profile and infectious focus control. In addition, a series of recommendations are established to minimize this risk, from the point of view of diagnostic accuracy, adequate severity stratification of the patient, knowledge of the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic aspects of antibiotics and control of the infectious focus...
April 30, 2017: Anales del Sistema Sanitario de Navarra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534469/optimization-of-a-decoction-process-for-an-herbal-formula-using-a-response-surface-methodology
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Xian-Fei Zhang, Jun-Li Yang, Juan Chen, Yan-Ping Shi
<p>An herbal formula, Huang-Qi-Liu-Yi Tang, is a prescription medicine that has been commonly used for the treatment of prostatitis and condyloma acuminatum over the last thousand years. In this study, response surface methodology, with a Box–Behnken design (BBD), was used to optimize the decoction conditions of an herbal formula. Astragaloside, calycosin-7-glucoside, glycyrrhizic acid, liquiritin, polysaccharide, and extractum were used as multiple evaluation markers. Soak time, water-to-medicinal herb ratio, and extraction time were determined as the three main variables by single-factor experiments and further optimized to obtain the maximum yields for the six marker compounds...
May 22, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534445/differential-expression-of-micro-rnas-and-their-predicted-targets-in-renal-cells-exposed-to-amphotericin-b-and-its-complex-with-copper-ii-ions
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Joanna Magdalena Gola, Barbara Strzałka-Mrozik, Celina Kruszniewska-Rajs, Jolanta Adamska, Mariusz Gagoś, Urszula Mazurek
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been reported to regulate essential biological processes, and their expression was shown to be affected by pathological processes and drug-induced toxicity. Amphotericin B (AmB) can cause liver and kidney injury, but a recently developed complex of AmB with copper (II) ions (AmB-Cu(2+)) exhibits a lower toxicity to human renal cells while retaining a high antifungal activity. The aim of our study was to assess AmB-Cu(2+)- induced changes in the miRNA profile of renal cells and to examine which biological processes are significantly affected by AmB-Cu(2+)...
May 23, 2017: Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534414/estimating-pm2-5-concentrations-in-the-conterminous-united-states-using-the-random-forest-approach
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Xuefei Hu, Jessica Hartmann Belle, Xia Meng, Avani Wildani, Lance Waller, Matthew Strickland, Yang Liu
To estimate PM2.5 concentrations, many parametric regression models have been developed, while non-parametric machine learning algorithms are used less often and national-scale models are rare. In this paper, we develop a random forest model incorporating Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) data, meteorological fields, and land use variables to estimate daily 24-hour averaged ground level PM2.5 concentrations over the conterminous United States in 2011. Random forests are an ensemble learning method that provides predictions with high accuracy and interpretability...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534335/-consistency-analysis-between-preoperative-ct-enterography-and-intraoperative-findings-in-patients-undergoing-surgery-for-crohn-s-disease
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Jianbo Yang, Jianfeng Gong, Yi Li, Lili Gu, Weiming Zhu, Jieshou Li
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the diagnostic value of preoperative CT enterography (CTE) on obstruction, fistula and abscess formation compared to intraoperative findings in patients undergoing surgery for Crohn's disease(CD), aiming to provide reference to clinical practice. METHODS: Preoperative CTE data of 176 CD patients confirmed by clinic, endoscopy, imaging, operation and pathology at the Department of General Surgery in Nanjing Jinling Hospital from January 2013 to December 2015 were enrolled in retrospective cohort study...
May 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534300/formulation-and-evaluation-of-naringenin-nanosuspensions-for-bioavailability-enhancement
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Sonia Gera, Sreekanth Talluri, Nagarjun Rangaraj, Sunitha Sampathi
The clinical potential of naringenin (NRG) is compromised due to its poor aqueous solubility and low oral bioavailability. The study is aimed at addressing these issues by means of naringenin nanosuspensions (NRG-NS) formulated using polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP K-90) as stabiliser via antisolvent sonoprecipitation method. Optimisation of sonication time, drug concentration and stabilisers was done based on particle size. Characterisation of pure NRG and NRG-NS was carried out by scanning electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), x-ray powder diffractometry (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)...
May 22, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534261/the-role-of-drug-metabolites-in-the-inhibition-of-cytochrome-p450-enzymes
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Momir Mikov, Maja Đanić, Nebojša Pavlović, Bojan Stanimirov, Svetlana Goločorbin-Kon, Karmen Stankov, Hani Al-Salami
Following the drug administration, patients are exposed not only to the parent drug itself, but also to the metabolites generated by drug-metabolizing enzymes. The role of drug metabolites in cytochrome P450 (CYP) inhibition and subsequent drug-drug interactions (DDIs) have recently become a topic of considerable interest and scientific debate. The list of metabolites that were found to significantly contribute to clinically relevant DDIs is constantly being expanded and reported in the literature. New strategies have been developed for better understanding how different metabolites of a drug candidate contribute to its pharmacokinetic properties and pharmacological as well as its toxicological effects...
May 22, 2017: European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534180/the-c-terminal-kinesin-motor-kifc1-may-participate-in-nuclear-reshaping-and-flagellum-formation-during-spermiogenesis-of-larimichthys-crocea
#18
Dan-Dan Zhang, Xin-Ming Gao, Yong-Qiang Zhao, Cong-Cong Hou, Jun-Quan Zhu
Spermatogenesis is a highly ordered process in the differentiation of male germ cells. Nuclear morphogenesis is one of the most fundamental cellular transformations to take place during spermatogenesis. These striking transformations from spermatogonia to spermatozoa are a result of phase-specific adaption of the cytoskeleton and its association with molecular motor proteins. KIFC1 is a C-terminal kinesin motor protein that plays an essential role in acrosome formation and nuclear reshaping during spermiogenesis in mammals...
May 23, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534170/-trends-in-participation-in-nonformal-education-in-the-second-half-of-life-increasing-educational-participation-in-retirement
#19
Maja Wiest, Madlain Hoffmann, Sarah Widany, Katrin Kaufmann
BACKGROUND: Research on nonformal education often focuses on participation within employment. Participation of workers decreases with age; however, recent studies show an increase in participation in nonformal education of older workers. It remains, however, unclear if this trend spills over to retirement. OBJECTIVE: In the context of social change processes, trends in nonformal educational participation are analyzed. The study addresses employment and retirement as opportunity structures and investigates their impact on educational participation in the second half of life...
May 22, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534166/in-silico-identification-and-validation-of-potential-micrornas-in-kinnow-mandarin-citrus-reticulata-blanco
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Prashant Mohanpuria, Naveen Duhan, Navraj Kaur Sarao, Manvir Kaur, Mandip Kaur
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a large family of 19-25 nucleotides, regulatory, non-coding RNA molecules that control gene expression by cleaving or inhibiting the translation of target gene transcripts in animals and plants. Despite the important functions of miRNAs related to regulation of plant growth and development processes, metabolism, and abiotic and biotic stresses, little is known about the disease-related miRNA. Here, we present a new pipeline for miRNA analysis using expressed sequence tags (ESTs)-based bioinformatics approach in Kinnow mandarin, a commercially important citrus fruit crop...
May 22, 2017: Interdisciplinary Sciences, Computational Life Sciences
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