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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222562/impaired-scaling-of-preparatory-postural-responses-to-repeated-balance-perturbations-in-parkinsonian-patients-with-comorbid-white-matter-disease
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David Cioncoloni, Lodovica Martelli, Deborah Rosignoli, Riccardo Mazzocchio
BACKGROUND: Postural instability may result from altered sequencing of automatic motor programs for anticipatory postural corrections and/or impaired motor learning in Parkinson Disease (PD) patients. Comorbid white matter disease is a major determinant of axial motor impairment, leading to poorer stability than nigrostriatal dopaminergic denervation per se. OBJECTIVE: To assess differences in anticipatory control of postural stability function between subjects affected by PD with comorbid leukoaraiosis (LPD), idiopathic Parkinson disease (IPD) and elderly health subjects (EHS) as control group...
February 10, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222253/flow-cytometry-based-rapid-duplexed-immunoassay-for-fusarium-mycotoxins
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Árpád Czéh, Miklós Mézes, Francis Mandy, Zsuzsanna Szőke, György Nagyéri, Noémi Laufer, Balázs Kőszegi, Tamás Koczka, Sándor Kunsági-Máté, György Lustyik
At small food processing facilities, the most frequently used test to determine if grain-derived mycotoxin concentrations are compliant with legal limits is the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Each kit is designed to detect one of the six dangerous mycotoxins. With the increasing occurrence of coinfection of grain with multiple-mycotoxins in the field and/or during storage, ELISA is no longer a cost effective best assay option. With ELISA, each species of mycotoxin requires different sample preparation/extraction and a 45 min incubation...
February 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222226/arctic-ground-squirrel-hippocampus-tolerates-oxygen-glucose-deprivation-independent-of-hibernation-season-even-when-not-hibernating-and-after-atp-depletion-acidosis-and-glutamate-efflux
#3
Saurav Bhowmick, Jeanette T Moore, Daniel L Kirschner, Kelly L Drew
Cerebral ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) triggers a cascade of uncontrolled cellular processes that perturb cell homeostasis. The arctic ground squirrel (AGS), a seasonal hibernator resists brain damage following cerebral I/R caused by cardiac arrest and resuscitation. However, it remains unclear if tolerance to I/R injury in AGS depends on the hibernation season. Moreover, it is also not clear if events such as depletion of ATP, acidosis and glutamate efflux that are associated with anoxic depolarization are attenuated in AGS...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222190/salient-object-changes-influence-overt-attentional-prioritization-and-object-based-targeting-in-natural-scenes
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Nicola C Anderson, Mieke Donk
A change to an object in natural scenes attracts attention when it occurs during a fixation. However, when a change occurs during a saccade, and is masked by saccadic suppression, it typically does not capture the gaze in a bottom-up manner. In the present work, we investigated how the type and direction of salient changes to objects affect the prioritization and targeting of objects in natural scenes. We asked observers to look around a scene in preparation for a later memory test. After a period of time, an object in the scene was increased or decreased in salience either during a fixation (with a transient signal) or during a saccade (without transient signal), or it was not changed at all...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222140/in-situ-single-cell-detection-via-microfluidic-magnetic-bead-assay
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Fan Liu, Pawan Kc, Ge Zhang, Jiang Zhe
We present a single cell detection device based on magnetic bead assay and micro Coulter counters. This device consists of two successive micro Coulter counters, coupled with a high gradient magnetic field generated by an external magnet. The device can identify single cells in terms of the transit time difference of the cell through the two micro Coulter counters. Target cells are conjugated with magnetic beads via specific antibody and antigen binding. A target cell traveling through the two Coulter counters interacts with the magnetic field, and have a longer transit time at the 1st counter than that at the 2nd counter...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221956/microbiological-quality-and-occurrence-of-nontuberculous-mycobacteria-in-fresh-squeezed-orange-juice-samples-purchased-from-street-vendors-in-mexico-city
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Jorge F Cerna-Cortes, Ana Laura Cortes-Cueto, Maria Rosalia Cano-Gaona, Nancy Leon-Montes, Addy C Helguera-Repetto, Sandra Rivera-Gutierrez, Laura P Salas-Rangel, Javier Castro-Rosas, Jorge A Gonzalez-Y-Merchand
Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are potentially pathogenic agents commonly found in a natural ecosystem. For this reason, food is considered another source of NTM transmission for humans. The aims of this study were to evaluate the microbiological quality and the occurrence of NTM in fresh-squeezed orange juice samples purchased from street vendors. All 102 samples analyzed were positive for aerobic mesophilic bacteria (AMB), with limits ranging from 1.8 to 6.2 log CFU/ml. A total of 55 (54%), 25 (25%), and 13 (13%) orange juice samples were positive for total coliforms (TC), fecal coliforms (FC), and Escherichia coli , respectively...
December 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221939/load-and-prevalence-of-antimicrobial-resistant-escherichia-coli-from-fresh-goat-meat-in-arusha-tanzania
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Gaspary Mwanyika, Douglas R Call, Benardether Rugumisa, Catherine Luanda, Rehema Murutu, Murugan Subbiah, Joram Buza
Given the potential public health risks associated with a burgeoning goat meat industry in Tanzania, we estimated the load of Escherichia coli and the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant strains for goat meat by using a cross-sectional study design (June to July 2015). Five large (n = 60 samples) and five small (n = 64 samples) slaughterhouses were sampled over a period of four to six visits each. Meat rinsate was prepared and plated onto MacConkey agar, and presumptive E. coli colonies were enumerated and reported as CFU per milliliter of rinsate...
September 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221928/rapid-identification-of-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-o-serogroups-from-fresh-produce-and-raw-milk-enrichment-cultures-by-luminex-bead-based-suspension-array
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Julie A Kase, Anna Maounounen-Laasri, Andrew Lin
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM) Chapter 4a describes a Luminex microbead-based suspension array used to screen colonies for 11 clinically relevant Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) serogroups: O26, O45, O91, O103, O104, O111, O113, O121, O128, O145, and O157. We evaluated the usefulness of this method to identify STEC-positive enrichment samples before agar plating. Twelve E. coli strains were added to three types of fresh produce (bagged baby spinach, alfalfa sprouts, and cilantro) at levels near the detection limit of the test...
September 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221844/evaluation-of-commercial-milk-specific-lateral-flow-devices
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Rachel C Courtney, Steve L Taylor, Joe L Baumert
The requirement for validation of allergen cleaning processes is increasing. The use of lateral flow devices (LFDs) to identify allergens has rapidly expanded, but the best practices for use of these devices are still developing. The goal of this study was to compare commercially available milk-specific LFDs and a general protein identification method. Five milk proteins and seven milk-derived ingredients were tested at several concentrations with eight milk-specific LFDs and a general protein identification kit...
October 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221717/cerebral-and-lung-effects-of-a-new-generation-synthetic-surfactant-with-sp-b-and-sp-c-analogs-in-preterm-lambs
#10
Carmen Rey-Santano, Victoria E Mielgo, Xabier Murgia, Miguel Angel Gomez-Solaetxe, Fabrizio Salomone, Federico Bianco, Nicola Pelizzi, Begoña Loureiro, Jon López de Heredia Y Goya
BACKGROUND: Though natural surfactants (SF) are clinically superior to protein-free synthetic preparations, CHF-5633, a synthetic SF containing SP-B and SP-C analog peptides is a potential alternative to natural SF for treating neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). Nevertheless, information is lacking regarding the safety of this new treatment for the neonatal brain. We sought to compare the cerebral and pulmonary effects of this new synthetic surfactant (CHF5633) with those of natural porcine surfactant (Cursosurf) in premature lambs with RDS...
February 21, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220910/chemical-incidents-resulted-in-hazardous-substances-releases-in-the-context-of-human-health-hazards
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Anna Pałaszewska-Tkacz, Sławomir Czerczak, Katarzyna Konieczko
OBJECTIVES: The research purpose was to analyze data concerning chemical incidents in Poland collected in 1999-2009 in terms of health hazards. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The data was obtained, using multimodal information technology (IT) system, from chemical incidents reports prepared by rescuers at the scene. The final analysis covered sudden events associated with uncontrolled release of hazardous chemical substances or mixtures, which may potentially lead to human exposure...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220891/nmda-receptor-expression-in-the-thalamus-of-the-stargazer-model-of-absence-epilepsy
#12
Z Barad, D R Grattan, B Leitch
In the stargazer mouse model of absence epilepsy, altered corticothalamic excitation of reticular thalamic nucleus (RTN) neurons has been suggested to contribute to abnormal synchronicity in the corticothalamic-thalamocortical circuit, leading to spike-wave discharges, the hallmark of absence seizures. AMPA receptor expression and function are decreased in stargazer RTN, due to a mutation of AMPAR auxiliary subunit stargazin. It is unresolved and debated, however, if decreased excitation of RTN is compatible with epileptogenesis...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220817/a-simple-approach-for-preparation-of-affinity-matrices-simultaneous-purification-and-reversible-immobilization-of-a-streptavidin-mutein-to-agarose-matrix
#13
Sau-Ching Wu, Chris Wang, Dave Hansen, Sui-Lam Wong
SAVSBPM18 is an engineered streptavidin for affinity purification of both biotinylated biomolecules and recombinant proteins tagged with streptavidin binding peptide (SBP) tags. To develop a user-friendly approach for the preparation of the SAVSBPM18-based affinity matrices, a designer fusion protein containing SAVSBPM18 and a galactose binding domain was engineered. The galactose binding domain derived from the earthworm lectin EW29 was genetically modified to eliminate a proteolytic cleavage site located at the beginning of the domain...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220659/in-situ-self-assembled-reduced-graphene-oxide-aerogel-embedded-with-nickel-oxide-nanoparticles-for-the-high-efficiency-separation-of-ovalbumin
#14
Lei Chen, Dong-Hua Zheng, Ying Zhang, Ya-Ning Wang, Zhang-Run Xu
A three-dimensional reduced graphene oxide aerogel with embedded nickel oxide nanoparticles was prepared by a one-step self-assembly reaction in a short time. The nanoparticles could be captured into the interior of reduced graphene oxide network during the formation of the three-dimensional architecture. The composite exhibited porosity, good biocompatibility and abundant metal affinity binding sites. The aerogel was used to isolate ovalbumin selectively from egg white, and favorable adsorption was achieved at pH 3...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220598/applicability-of-99m-tc-labeled-human-serum-albumin-scintigraphy-in-dogs-with-protein-losing-enteropathy
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Nina Engelmann, Nele Ondreka, Kerstin von Pückler, Sabrina Mohrs, Julia Sicken, Reto Neiger
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of protein loss into the gastrointestinal tract using noninvasive techniques is challenging. In people, scintigraphy not only is a sensitive tool to confirm protein-losing enteropathy (PLE), but it also allows for localization of protein loss. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: To investigate the feasibility of (99m) Tc-labeled human serum albumin (HSA) scintigraphy in dogs with PLE in comparison with control dogs. ANIMALS: A total of 8 clinically healthy control research dogs and 7 client-owned dogs with gastrointestinal clinical signs and hypoalbuminemia (serum albumin concentration <2...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220545/the-effects-of-a-topical-lipid-complex-therapy-on-dogs-with-atopic-dermatitis-a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-study
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Stefan Hobi, Christoph Klinger, Janine Classen, Ralf S Mueller
BACKGROUND: Canine atopic dermatitis is a common clinical presentation. The skin barrier seems to play a fundamental role in the pathogenesis. Therefore a topical spot-on product containing a mixture of lipids may improve clinical signs without adverse effects if it were to improve stratum corneum barrier function. ANIMALS: Twenty six privately owned atopic dogs of different breed, age, gender and weight were included in a double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study...
February 20, 2017: Veterinary Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220519/red-blood-cell-concentrates-treated-with-the-amustaline-s-303-pathogen-reduction-system-and-stored-for-35-days-retain-post-transfusion-viability-results-of-a-two-centre-study
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J A Cancelas, J L Gottschall, N Rugg, S Graminske, M A Schott, A North, N Huang, N Mufti, A Erickson, S Rico, L Corash
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Pathogen reduction technology using amustaline (S-303) was developed to reduce the risk of transfusion-transmitted infection and adverse effects of residual leucocytes. In this study, the viability of red blood cells (RBCs) prepared with a second-generation process and stored for 35 days was evaluated in two different blood centres. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a single-blind, randomized, controlled, two-period crossover study (n = 42 healthy subjects), amustaline-treated (Test) or Control RBCs were prepared in random sequence and stored for 35 days...
February 21, 2017: Vox Sanguinis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220365/binding-of-11-c-pittsburgh-compound-b-correlated-with-white-matter-injury-in-hypertensive-small-vessel-disease
#18
Tetsuya Hashimoto, Chiaki Yokota, Kazuhiro Koshino, Takashi Temma, Makoto Yamazaki, Satoshi Iguchi, Ryo Shimomura, Toshiyuki Uehara, Naoko Funatsu, Tenyu Hino, Kazuo Minematsu, Hidehiro Iida, Kazunori Toyoda
OBJECTIVE: (11)C-Pittsburgh compound-B ((11)C-PIB) positron emission tomography (PET) is used to visualize and quantify amyloid deposition in the brain cortex in pathological conditions such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). Intense (11)C-PIB retention is also observed in the white matter (WM) of both healthy individuals and AD patients. However, the clinical implications of this retention in brain WM have not been clarified. We investigated the relationship between the extent of white matter lesions (WMLs) and the binding potential of (11)C-PIB (BPND) in the WM in patients with hypertensive small vessel disease...
February 20, 2017: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220276/taxonomic-examination-of-longgu-fossilia-ossis-mastodi-dragon-bone-and-a-related-crude-drug-longchi-dens-draconis-dragon-tooth-from-japanese-and-chinese-crude-drug-markets
#19
Kazuki Oguri, Yuichiro Nishioka, Yoshitsugu Kobayashi, Kyoko Takahashi
Longgu ("dragon bone," Ryu-kotsu, Fossilia Ossis Mastodi, or Os Draconis) is the only fossil crude drug listed in the Japanese Pharmacopoeia. All longgu in the current Japanese market is imported from China, where its resources are being depleted. Therefore, effective countermeasures are urgently needed to prevent resource depletion. One possible solution is the development of a substitute made from bones of contemporary animals that are closely related to the original animal source of the current longgu. However, no research has been conducted on the original animal source of longgu, except for a report on the longgu specimens present in the Shosoin Repository...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219690/factors-associated-with-shorter-colonoscopy-surveillance-intervals-for-patients-with-low-risk-colorectal-adenomas-and-effects-on-outcome
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Joseph C Anderson, John A Baron, Dennis J Ahnen, Elizabeth L Barry, Roberd M Bostick, Carol A Burke, Robert S Bresalier, Timothy R Church, Bernard F Cole, Marcia Cruz-Correa, Adam S Kim, Leila A Mott, Robert S Sandler, Douglas J Robertson
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Endoscopists do not routinely follow guidelines to survey individuals with low-risk adenomas (LRAs, 1-2 small tubular adenomas, less than 1 cm) every 5-10 years for colorectal cancer (CRC)-many endoscopists recommend shorter surveillance intervals for these individuals. We aimed to identify reasons that endoscopists recommend shorter surveillance intervals for some individuals with LRAs and determine whether timing affects outcomes at follow-up examinations. METHODS: We collected data from 1560 individuals (45-75 years old) who participated in a prospective chemoprevention trial (of vitamin D and calcium) from 2004 through 2008...
February 17, 2017: Gastroenterology
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