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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437961/novel-asymmetric-cryptosystem-based-on-distorted-wavefront-beam-illumination-and-double-random-phase-encoding
#1
Honghao Yu, Jun Chang, Xin Liu, Chuhan Wu, Yifan He, Yongjian Zhang
Herein, we propose a new security enhancing method that employs wavefront aberrations as optical keys to improve the resistance capabilities of conventional double-random phase encoding (DRPE) optical cryptosystems. This study has two main innovations. First, we exploit a special beam-expander afocal-reflecting to produce different types of aberrations, and the wavefront distortion can be altered by changing the shape of the afocal-reflecting system using a deformable mirror. Then, we reconstruct the wavefront aberrations via the surface fitting of Zernike polynomials and use the reconstructed aberrations as novel asymmetric vector keys...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436821/hydrological-modeling-of-fecal-indicator-bacteria-in-a-tropical-mountain-catchment
#2
Minjeong Kim, Laurie Boithias, Kyung Hwa Cho, Norbert Silvera, Chanthamousone Thammahacksa, Keooudone Latsachack, Emma Rochelle-Newall, Oloth Sengtaheuanghoung, Alain Pierret, Yakov A Pachepsky, Olivier Ribolzi
The occurrence of pathogen bacteria in surface waters is a threat to public health worldwide. In particular, inadequate sanitation resulting in high contamination of surface water with pathogens of fecal origin is a serious issue in developing countries such as Lao P.D.R. Despite the health implications of the consumption of contaminated surface water, the environmental fate and transport of pathogens of fecal origin and their indicators (Fecal Indicator Bacteria or FIB) are still poorly known in tropical areas...
April 15, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435190/prevalence-of-salmonella-in-poultry-processing-environments-in-wet-markets-in-penang-and-perlis-malaysia
#3
Hafiz Nidaullah, Nadarajan Abirami, Ahamed Kamal Shamila-Syuhada, Li-Oon Chuah, Huda Nurul, Teik Pei Tan, Farah Wahida Zainal Abidin, Gulam Rusul
AIM: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of various Salmonella serotypes in chickens, carcass contact surfaces as well as environmental samples collected from wet markets and small scale processing plant. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 182 poultry and environmental samples were collected at random on separate occasions from wet markets and small scale processing plant, during the period of October 2014 to July 2015 in Penang and Perlis, Malaysia...
March 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433766/1-4-dioxane-drinking-water-occurrence-data-from-the-third-unregulated-contaminant-monitoring-rule
#4
David T Adamson, Elizabeth A Piña, Abigail E Cartwright, Sharon R Rauch, R Hunter Anderson, Thomas Mohr, John A Connor
This study examined data collected from U.S. public drinking water supplies in support of the recently-completed third round of the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR3) to better understand the nature and occurrence of 1,4-dioxane and the basis for establishing drinking water standards. The purpose was to evaluate whether the occurrence data for this emerging but federally-unregulated contaminant fit with common conceptual models, including its persistence and the importance of groundwater contamination for potential exposure...
April 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431407/prognositic-value-of-cd73-adenosinergic-pathway-in-solid-tumor-a-meta-analysis-and-systematic-review
#5
Rong Wang, Yingying Zhang, Xia Lin, Yalin Gao, Ying Zhu
CD73 is a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchored cell surface protein that is encoded by NT5E gene, plays multiple roles in tumor processes. Previous studies have presented a potential value of CD73 served as a detectable biomarker for prognosis of several solid tumors, but the results were more controversially. A comprehensive meta-analysis was conducted to precisely evaluate the prognostic role of CD73 in solid tumors. The included studies were searched in PubMed, Web of Science and EBSCO from Jan 1990 to Jan 2016...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431380/recent-aspects-of-uranium-toxicology-in-medical-geology
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REVIEW
Geir Bjørklund, Olav Albert Christophersen, Salvatore Chirumbolo, Olle Selinus, Jan Aaseth
Uranium (U) is a chemo-toxic, radiotoxic and even a carcinogenic element. Due to its radioactivity, the effects of U on humans health have been extensively investigated. Prolonged U exposure may cause kidney disease and cancer. The geological distribution of U radionuclides is still a great concern for human health. Uranium in groundwater, frequently used as drinking water, and general environmental pollution with U raise concerns about the potential public health problem in several areas of Asia. The particular paleo-geological hallmark of India and other Southern Asiatic regions enhances the risk of U pollution in rural and urban communities...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428570/investigation-of-the-erosive-potential-of-sour-novelty-sweets
#7
A Aljawad, M Z Morgan, R Fairchild, J S Rees
Background The expansion of the novelty sweets market in the UK has major potential public health implications in children and young adults as they may cause dental erosion.Objective To investigate the erosive potential of the novelty sweets in term of their physiochemical properties and amount of enamel loss.Subjects and methods The pH of a variety of novelty sweets was tested in vitro using a pH meter and the neutralisable acidity was assessed by titrating the sweets against 0.1M NaOH. The viscosity of the novelty sweets was measured using a rotational viscometer...
April 21, 2017: British Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428193/pd-l1-expression-in-melanoma-a-quantitative-immunohistochemical-antibody-comparison
#8
Joel C Sunshine, Peter Nguyen, Genevieve Kaunitz, Tricia Cottrell, Sneha Berry, Jessica Esandrio, Haiying Xu, Aleksandra Ogurtsova, Karen R Bleich, Toby C Cornish, Evan J Lipson, Robert A Anders, Janis Taube
PD-L1 expression in the pre-treatment tumor microenvironment enriches for response to anti-PD-1/PD-L1 therapies. The purpose of this study was to quantitatively compare the performance of five monoclonal anti-PD-L1 antibodies used in recent landmark publications.  <br /><br />Experimental Design: PD-L1 immunohistochemistry (IHC) was performed on thirty-four formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded archival melanoma samples using the 5H1, SP142, 28-8, 22C3 and SP263 clones.  The percentage of total cells (including melanocytes and immune cells) demonstrating cell surface PD-L1 staining, as well as intensity measurements/H-scores, were assessed for each melanoma specimen using a computer-assisted platform...
April 20, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426241/extracellular-heme-uptake-and-the-challenge-of-bacterial-cell-membranes
#9
Weiliang Huang, Angela Wilks
Iron is essential for the survival of most bacteria but presents a significant challenge given its limited bioavailability. Furthermore, the toxicity of iron combined with the need to maintain physiological iron levels within a narrow concentration range requires sophisticated systems to sense, regulate, and transport iron. Most bacteria have evolved mechanisms to chelate and transport ferric iron (Fe(3+)) via siderophore receptor systems, and pathogenic bacteria have further lowered this barrier by employing mechanisms to utilize the host's hemoproteins...
April 19, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425621/p53-competent-cells-and-p53-deficient-cells-display-different-susceptibility-to-oxygen-functionalized-graphene-cytotoxicity-and-genotoxicity
#10
Dayton M Petibone, Thikra Mustafa, Shawn E Bourdo, Andersen Lafont, Wei Ding, Alokita Karmakar, Zeid A Nima, Fumiya Watanabe, Daniel Casciano, Suzanne M Morris, Vasily N Dobrovolsky, Alexandru S Biris
Due to the distinctive physical, electrical, and chemical properties of graphene nanomaterials, numerous efforts pursuing graphene-based biomedical and industrial applications are underway. Oxidation of pristine graphene surfaces mitigates its otherwise hydrophobic characteristic thereby improving its biocompatibility and functionality. Yet, the potential widespread use of oxidized graphene derivatives raises concern about adverse impacts on human health. The p53 tumor suppressor protein maintains cellular and genetic stability after toxic exposures...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420972/multi-modal-multi-measure-and-multi-class-discrimination-of-adhd-with-hierarchical-feature-extraction-and-extreme-learning-machine-using-structural-and-functional-brain-mri
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Muhammad Naveed Iqbal Qureshi, Jooyoung Oh, Beomjun Min, Hang Joon Jo, Boreom Lee
Structural and functional MRI unveil many hidden properties of the human brain. We performed this multi-class classification study on selected subjects from the publically available attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD-200 dataset of patients and healthy children. The dataset has three groups, namely, ADHD inattentive, ADHD combined, and typically developing. We calculated the global averaged functional connectivity maps across the whole cortex to extract anatomical atlas parcellation based features from the resting-state fMRI (rs-fMRI) data and cortical parcellation based features from the structural MRI (sMRI) data...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417654/assessment-of-burn-size-in-obese-adults-a-literature-review
#12
Kaveh Borhani-Khomani, Søren Partoft, Rikke Holmgaard
PURPOSE: Obesity causes changes in the total body surface area as well as the distribution of skin surfaces. In burn management, three methods are commonly used to determine the surface area burned: the patient's palm, the rule of nines, and the Lund-Browder chart. These methods rely on the distribution of skin surface, although none of these methods consider differences in body mass. This study investigates the relationship between body surfaces and body mass in the assessment of burn size to determine the validity of the conventional methods when applied to obese individuals...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417258/in-vivo-facial-soft-tissue-depths-of-a-modern-adult-population-from-germany
#13
Nicolle Thiemann, Volker Keil, Uwe Roy
Forensic facial reconstruction may be the final option available to draw public attention in cases where the identity of an individual cannot be established by standard identification methods. Two fundamental components of all forensic facial reconstruction techniques are cranial morphology and soft tissue depth databases. The purpose of this study was to extend such databases by providing a complete set of accurate facial soft tissue thickness measurements, acquired from a contemporary adult population from Germany...
April 17, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416811/gene-deficiency-and-pharmacological-inhibition-of-caspase-1-confers-resilience-to-chronic-social-defeat-stress-via-regulating-the-stability-of-surface-ampars
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M-X Li, H-L Zheng, Y Luo, J-G He, W Wang, J Han, L Zhang, X Wang, L Ni, H-Y Zhou, Z-L Hu, P-F Wu, Y Jin, L-H Long, H Zhang, G Hu, J-G Chen, F Wang
Both inflammatory processes and glutamatergic systems have been implicated in the pathophysiology of mood-related disorders. However, the role of caspase-1, a classic inflammatory caspase, in behavioral responses to chronic stress remains largely unknown. To address this issue, we examined the effects and underlying mechanisms of caspase-1 on preclinical murine models of depression. We found that loss of caspase-1 expression in Caspase-1(-/-) knockout mice alleviated chronic stress-induced depression-like behaviors, whereas overexpression of caspase-1 in the hippocampus of wild-type (WT) mice was sufficient to induce depression- and anxiety-like behaviors...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414975/fullerene-doped-polyaniline-as-new-redox-nanoprobe-and-catalyst-in-electrochemical-aptasensor-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-mpt64-antigen-in-human-serum
#15
Lijuan Bai, Yuhan Chen, Yan Bai, Yongjie Chen, Jing Zhou, Ailong Huang
Tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) is still a major threat to global public health. However, the existing methods for MTB detection are usually complicated and time consuming with unsatisfactory sensitivity and specificity. In this work, a relatively simple and ultrasensitive electrochemical aptasensor based on novel signal generation and amplification was constructed for the determination of MTB antigen MPT64. The coil-like fullerene (C60)-doped polyaniline (C60-PAn) nanohybrids with large surface area, abundant active groups and excellent electric performance were synthesized and used both as new redox nanoprobe and catalyst for the generation and amplification of electrochemical signal for the first time...
April 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414325/hedgehog-signaling-pathway-affects-the-sensitivity-of-hepatoma-cells-to-drug-therapy-through-the-abcc1-transporter
#16
Jia Ding, Xiao-Tian Zhou, Hao-Yu Zou, Jian Wu
The poor response to drug therapy often seen in hepatocellular carcinoma requires insight into the molecular interplay responsible for intrinsic or acquired drug resistance. We previously demonstrated that the CD133(-)/EpCAM(-) subpopulation of the Huh-7 hepatoma cell line features aberrant activation of the hedgehog signaling (Hh) pathway and chemoresistance. The prevailing hypothesis of the present study is that hedgehog signaling may govern expression of ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters, which are responsible for drug resistance in the CD133(-)/EpCAM(-) subpopulation...
April 17, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414218/exploiting-the-anti-aggregation-of-gold-nanostars-for-rapid-detection-of-hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-causing-enterovirus-71-using-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy
#17
Miguel Reyes, Marek Piotrowski, Swee Kim Ang, Jingqi Chan, Shuai He, Justin Jang Hann Chu, James Chen Yong Kah
Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is a major public health threat that requires rapid point-of-care detection. Here, we developed a surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS)-based scheme that utilized protein-induced aggregation of colloidal gold nanostars (AuNS) to rapidly detect EV71 without the need for fabricating a solid substrate, Raman labels or complicated sample handling. We used AuNS (hydrodynamic diameter, DH of 105.12 ± 1.13 nm) conjugated to recombinant scavenger receptor class B, member 2 (SCARB2) protein with known affinity to EV71...
April 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414217/selection-of-group-specific-pae-binding-dna-aptamers-via-rational-designed-target-immobilization-and-applications-for-ultrasensitive-and-highly-selective-detection-of-paes
#18
Yu Han, Donglin Diao, Zhangwei Lu, Xiaoning Li, Qian Guo, Yumeng Huo, Qing Xu, Youshan Li, Sheng-Li Cao, Jianchun Wang, Yuan Wang, Jiaxing Zhao, Zhongfeng Li, Miao He, Zhaofeng Luo, Xinhui Lou
Phthalic acid esters(PAEs) are ubiquitous in the environment and some of them are recognized as endocrine disruptors that cause concerns on ecosystem functioning and public health. Due to the diversity of PAEs in the environment, there is a vital need to detect the total concentration of PAEs in a timely and low-cost way. To fulfill this requirement, it is highly desired to obtain group-specific PAE binders that are specific to the basic PAE skeleton. In this study, for the first time we have identified the group-specific PAE-binding aptamers via rational designed target immobilization...
April 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412974/acute-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-with-delayed-appearance-of-hepatitis-b-core-antibody-in-an-immunocompromised-patient-a-case-report
#19
Nicholas Brousseau, Donald G Murphy, Vladimir Gilca, Jacynthe Larouche, Sema Mandal, Richard S Tedder
BACKGROUND: Despite the introduction of universal hepatitis B immunization programs worldwide, outbreaks of acute infection still occur in unimmunized individuals. A timely diagnosis of hepatitis B is necessary to ensure adequate clinical care and public health interventions that will reduce transmission. Yet, interpretation of hepatitis B serological markers can be complex. We present a case of hepatitis B with atypical markers, including delayed appearance of hepatitis B core antibody...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412623/the-urban-heat-island-effect-its-causes-and-mitigation-with-reference-to-the-thermal-properties-of-asphalt-concrete
#20
REVIEW
Abbas Mohajerani, Jason Bakaric, Tristan Jeffrey-Bailey
The Urban Heat Island (UHI) is a phenomenon that affects many millions of people worldwide. The higher temperatures experienced in urban areas compared to the surrounding countryside has enormous consequences for the health and wellbeing of people living in cities. The increased use of manmade materials and increased anthropogenic heat production are the main causes of the UHI. This has led to the understanding that increased urbanisation is the primary cause of the urban heat island. The UHI effect also leads to increased energy needs that further contribute to the heating of our urban landscape, and the associated environmental and public health consequences...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
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