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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636451/assessing-hydrogen-peroxide-vapor-exposure-from-hospital-sterilizers
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Robert Cornelia, P Richard Warburton
This study examined the hydrogen peroxide concentrations measured near four models of hydrogen peroxide sterilizers, from two manufacturers, monitored in seven hospitals across the US and Canada over several years. The results showed that the majority of sterilizers do not emit hazardous levels of hydrogen peroxide and none of them exceeded the OSHA PEL of 1 ppm (8 hour time weighted average (TWA)), however several of the sterilizers exceeded 3 ppm, the short term exposure limit in a couple of states, Washington and Hawaii...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636431/enhanced-production-of-raw-starch-degrading-enzyme-using-agro-industrial-waste-mixtures-by-thermotolerant-rhizopus-microsporus-for-raw-cassava-chip-saccharification-in-ethanol-production
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Srisakul Trakarnpaiboon, Nantana Srisuk, Kuakoon Piyachomkwan, Kenji Sakai, Vichien Kitpreechavanich
In the present study, solid state fermentation for the production of raw starch degrading enzyme was investigated by thermotolerant Rhizopus microsporus TISTR 3531 using a combination of agro-industrial wastes as substrates. The obtained crude enzyme was applied for hydrolysis of raw cassava starch and chips at low temperature and subjected to non-sterile ethanol production using raw cassava chips. The agro-industrial wastes ratio was optimized using a simplex axial mixture design. The results showed that the substrate mixture consisting of rice bran: corncob: cassava bagasse at 8 g: 10 g: 2 g yielded the highest enzyme production of 201...
June 21, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636095/suppression-or-knockout-of-saf-sam-overcomes-the-sa-mediated-hybrid-male-sterility-in-rice
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Yongyao Xie, Baixiao Niu, Yunming Long, Gousi Li, Jintao Tang, Yaling Zhang, Ding Ren, Yao-Guang Liu, Letian Chen
Hybrids between the indica and japonica subspecies of rice (Oryza sativa) are usually sterile, which hinders utilization of heterosis in the inter-subspecific hybrid breeding. The complex locus Sa comprises two adjacently located genes, SaF and SaM, which interact to cause abortion of pollen grains carrying the japonica allele in japonica-indica hybrids. Here we showed that silencing of SaF or SaM by RNA interference restored male fertility in indica-japonica hybrids with heterozygous Sa. We further used CRISPR/Cas9-based genome editing to knockout the SaF and SaM alleles respectively of an indica rice line to create hybrid-compatible lines...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635129/micrornas-involved-in-auxin-signalling-modulate-male-sterility-under-high-temperature-stress-in-cotton-gossypium-hirsutum
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Yuanhao Ding, Yizan Ma, Nian Liu, Jiao Xu, Qin Hu, Yaoyao Li, Yuanlong Wu, Sai Xie, Longfu Zhu, Ling Min, Xianlong Zhang
Male sterility caused by long-term high temperature (HT) stress occurs widely in crops. MicroRNAs (miRNAs), a class of endogenous non-coding small RNAs, play an important role in the plant response to various abiotic stresses. To dissect the working principle of miRNAs in male sterility under HT stress in cotton, a total of 112 known miRNAs, 270 novel miRNAs and 347 target genes were identified from anthers of HT-insensitive (84021) and HT-sensitive (H05) cotton cultivars under normal temperature (NT) and HT conditions through small RNA and degradome sequencing...
June 21, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634435/the-clinical-uses-of-electrocochleography
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REVIEW
William P Gibson
The clinical uses of electrocochleography are reviewed with some technical notes on the apparatus needed to get clear recordings under different conditions. Electrocochleography can be used to estimate auditory thresholds in difficult to test children and a golf club electrode is described. The same electrode can be used to obtain electrical auditory brainstem responses (EABR). Diagnostic testing in the clinic can be performed with a transtympanic needle electrode, and a suitable disposable monopolar electrode is described...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634273/the-c-elegans-vapb-homolog-vpr-1-is-a-permissive-signal-for-gonad-development
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Pauline A Cottee, Tim Cole, Jessica Schultz, Hieu D Hoang, Jack Vibbert, Sung Min Han, Michael A Miller
VAMP/synaptobrevin-associated proteins (VAPs) contain an N-terminal major sperm protein domain (MSPd) that is associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. VAPs have an intracellular housekeeping function, as well as an extracellular signaling function mediated by the secreted MSPd. Here we show that the C. elegans VAP homolog VPR-1 is essential for gonad development. vpr-1 null mutants are maternal effect sterile due to arrested gonadogenesis following embryo hatching. Somatic gonadal precursor cells and germ cells fail to proliferate fully and complete their respective differentiation programs...
June 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634139/ocular-disposition-of-ciprofloxacin-from-topical-pegylated-nanostructured-lipid-carriers-effect-of-molecular-weight-and-density-of-poly-ethylene-glycol
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Sai Prachetan Balguri, Goutham R Adelli, Karthik Yadav Janga, Prakash Bhagav, Soumyajit Majumdar
Ciprofloxacin (CIP) is an antibacterial agent prescribed for the treatment of ocular infections. The objective of the present project is to investigate the effect of surface PEG functionalization of the Nano structured lipid carriers (NLCs) on formulation stability, ocular penetration and distribution. CIP NLCs were tested with different molecular weight (poly ethylene glycol) PEGs ranging from (2K to 20K) grafted onto the phospholipid and with different chain lengths (14-18 carbons) of phospholipids derivatized with PEG-2K...
June 17, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633998/changes-in-risk-behaviours-during-and-following-treatment-for-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-among-people-who-inject-drugs-the-activate-study
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Håvard Midgard, Behzad Hajarizadeh, Evan B Cunningham, Brian Conway, Markus Backmund, Philip Bruggmann, Julie Bruneau, Stefan Bourgeois, Adrian Dunlop, Graham R Foster, Margaret Hellard, Geert Robaeys, Maria C Thurnheer, Martin Weltman, Janaki Amin, Philippa S Marks, Sophie Quiene, Gregory J Dore, Olav Dalgard, Jason Grebely
BACKGROUND: The risk of hepatitis C virus (HCV) reinfection due to continued injecting risk behaviours might remain a barrier to HCV treatment among people who inject drugs. We aimed to evaluate changes in risk behaviours during and following HCV treatment among people with ongoing injecting drug use or receiving opioid substitution treatment (OST). METHODS: ACTIVATE was an international multicentre clinical trial conducted between 2012 and 2014. Participants with HCV genotypes 2/3 infection were treated with peg-interferon/ribavirin for 12 or 24 weeks and completed a self-administered behavioural questionnaire at each study visit...
June 17, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633677/surveillance-of-endoscopes-comparison-of-different-sampling-techniques
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Lien Cattoir, Thomas Vanzieleghem, Lisa Florin, Tania Helleputte, Martine De Vos, Bruno Verhasselt, Jerina Boelens, Isabel Leroux-Roels
OBJECTIVE To compare different techniques of endoscope sampling to assess residual bacterial contamination. DESIGN Diagnostic study. SETTING The endoscopy unit of an 1,100-bed university hospital performing ~13,000 endoscopic procedures annually. METHODS In total, 4 sampling techniques, combining flushing fluid with or without a commercial endoscope brush, were compared in an endoscope model. Based on these results, sterile physiological saline flushing with or without PULL THRU brush was selected for evaluation on 40 flexible endoscopes by adenosine triphosphate (ATP) measurement and bacterial culture...
June 21, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633261/mediastinal-abscess-caused-by-an-expanded-polytetrafluoroethylene-membrane
#10
Kanji Matsuzaki, Toru Tsukada, Masataka Sato, Yasunori Watanabe, Akihiko Ikeda, Taisuke Konishi, Tomoaki Jikuya
A 76-year-old man who had undergone tricuspid annuloplasty 13 years earlier was admitted to our hospital because of a high fever. Although he was treated with antibiotics for pneumonia, a mild fever persisted. Computed tomography and gallium scintigraphy revealed a mediastinal abscess with an expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) membrane. There were no positive cultures or sternal changes indicating poststernotomy mediastinitis. The membrane was removed by a left parasternal approach without resternotomy, and its total removal was essential for the patient's recovery...
July 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633197/influence-of-electron-beam-irradiation-doses-on-bone-regeneration-by-octacalcium-phosphate-collagen-composites
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Fumihiko Kajii, Atsushi Iwai, Hidenori Tanaka, Keiko Matsui, Tadashi Kawai, Shinji Kamakura
An octacalcium phosphate and collagen composite (OCP/Col) achieved efficient bone regeneration with excellent resorbability. After the confirmation of its safety and efficacy in preclinical animal studies, the present study investigated the influence of electron beam irradiation doses on bone regeneration by OCP/Col in order to secure its commercialization. OCP/Col was prepared as previously described, and the packed OCP/Col was sterilized using different doses of electron beam irradiation. A standardized defect, 9 mm in diameter, was made in the rat calvarium...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633169/untapped-potential-performance-of-procedural-skills-in-the-family-medicine-clerkship
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Martina Kelly, Kelly M Everard, Lara Nixon, Alexander Chessman
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: While family medicine residency directors have expressed concern about low procedural skills proficiency among incoming residents, curricular recommendations do not provide widely accepted guidance. This study was designed to describe requirements and experiences in procedural skill training during the family medicine clerkship and test the hypothesis that more rural placements may support this training. METHODS: The survey was conducted as part of the CAFM Educational Research Alliance (CERA) Family Medicine Clerkship Director (CD) 2013 survey...
June 2017: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632532/postpartum-tubal-sterilization-making-the-case-for-urgency
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Michael G Richardson, Sarah J Hall, Lisa C Zuckerwise
The parturient who requests postpartum sterilization has given consideration to and has made decisions regarding this aspect of her medical care long before her delivery. She arrives at parturition expecting the postpartum procedure to be performed as intended. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has reaffirmed its opinion that postpartum sterilization is an urgent procedure, owing to the safety and superior effectiveness of tubal sterilization via minilaparotomy in the immediate postpartum period, and the adverse consequences for mothers, babies, and society when the procedure is not actualized as desired and intended...
June 17, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631909/-characterization-of-microbial-flora-in-patients-suspected-of-having-urogenital-tuberculosis
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A G Cherednichenko, E V Kulchavenya
INTRODUCTION: In the structure of tuberculosis morbidity, urogenital tuberculosis (UGT) ranks second or third only to pulmonary tuberculosis. Every fourth patient has the stage of cavern formation at first presentation. Seventy five percent of nephrotuberculosis cases co-occur with nonspecific pyelonephritis, which excludes "sterile pyuria". We aimed to determine the microbial spectrum of urine and gonadal appendages in patients with suspected UGT and to investigate the susceptibility of the isolated microorganisms to the main antibacterial drugs...
June 2017: Urologii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630846/chronic-recurrent-multifocal-osteomyelitis-a-case-report-with-atypical-presentation
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Miguel Pádua Figueiredo, Marco Pato, Fernando Amaral
INTRODUCTION: Chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO) is a rare autoinflammatory condition. The clinical picture consists of sterile osteomyelitis, typically with multiple-site lesions in the metaphysis of long bones and not uncommonly, symmetrical bone involvement. It is a poorly understood entity, whose prognosis, etiology and ideal treatment are still controversial. The authors report a case of unifocal presentation with an atypical location. CASE REPORT: A previously healthy 12-year-old Caucasian girl came to our institution due to progressive pain on her left thigh for the previous 3 months...
January 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630322/tcte1-is-a-conserved-component-of-the-dynein-regulatory-complex-and-is-required-for-motility-and-metabolism-in-mouse-spermatozoa
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Julio M Castaneda, Rong Hua, Haruhiko Miyata, Asami Oji, Yueshuai Guo, Yiwei Cheng, Tao Zhou, Xuejiang Guo, Yiqiang Cui, Bin Shen, Zibin Wang, Zhibin Hu, Zuomin Zhou, Jiahao Sha, Renata Prunskaite-Hyyrylainen, Zhifeng Yu, Ramiro Ramirez-Solis, Masahito Ikawa, Martin M Matzuk, Mingxi Liu
Flagella and cilia are critical cellular organelles that provide a means for cells to sense and progress through their environment. The central component of flagella and cilia is the axoneme, which comprises the "9+2" microtubule arrangement, dynein arms, radial spokes, and the nexin-dynein regulatory complex (N-DRC). Failure to properly assemble components of the axoneme leads to defective flagella and in humans leads to a collection of diseases referred to as ciliopathies. Ciliopathies can manifest as severe syndromic diseases that affect lung and kidney function, central nervous system development, bone formation, visceral organ organization, and reproduction...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630203/bactericidal-and-sterilizing-activity-of-a-novel-regimen-with-bedaquiline-pretomanid-moxifloxacin-and-pyrazinamide-in-a-murine-model-of-tuberculosis
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Si-Yang Li, Rokeya Tasneen, Sandeep Tyagi, Heena Soni, Paul J Converse, Khisimuzi Mdluli, Eric L Nuermberger
New regimens based on two or more novel agents are sought to shorten or simplify treatment of tuberculosis (TB), including drug-resistant forms. Prior studies showed that the novel combinations of bedaquiline (BDQ) + pretomanid (PMD) + pyrazinamide (PZA) and of PMD + moxifloxacin (MXF) + PZA shorten the treatment duration necessary to prevent relapse by 2-3 and 1-2 months, respectively, compared with the current first-line regimen in a murine TB model. These 3-drug combinations are now being studied in clinical trials...
June 19, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630163/measuring-the-potential-energy-barrier-to-lipid-bilayer-electroporation
#18
Jason T Sengel, Mark I Wallace
Electroporation is a common tool for gene transfection, tumour ablation, sterilization and drug delivery. Using experimental methods, we explore the temperature dependence of electropore formation in a model membrane system (droplet-interface bilayers), using optical single-channel recording to image the real-time gating of individual electropores. We investigate the influence of the agarose substrate on electropores formed in this system. Furthermore, by examining the temperature-dependent kinetics of pore opening and closure we are able to estimate a barrier to pore opening in 1,2-diphytanoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPhPC) membranes to be 25...
August 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630122/eculizumab-blocks-vaccine-induced-opsonophagocytic-killing-of-meningococci-by-whole-blood-from-immunized-adults
#19
Monica Konar, Dan M Granoff
Eculizumab, a humanized anti-complement C5 monoclonal antibody for treatment of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome, blocks the terminal complement pathway required for serum bactericidal activity (SBA). Because treated patients are at >1000-fold increased risk of meningococcal disease, vaccination is recommended, but whether vaccination can protect by opsonophagocytic activity in the absence of SBA is not known. Meningococci were added to anticoagulated blood from 12 healthy adults vaccinated with meningococcal serogroup B and serogroup A,C,W,Y vaccines...
June 19, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630010/borrelia-burgdorferi-infection-induces-lipid-mediator-production-during-lyme-arthritis
#20
Charles R Brown, Edward A Dennis
Experimental Lyme arthritis provides a mouse model for exploring the development of pathology following infection of C3H mice with Borrelia burgdorferi. Infected mice develop a reliable inflammatory arthritis of the ankle joint with severity that typically peaks around two to three weeks post-infection and then undergoes spontaneous resolution. This makes experimental Lyme arthritis an excellent model for investigating the mechanisms that drive both the development and resolution phases of inflammatory disease...
June 16, 2017: Biochimie
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