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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538189/evaluation-of-methods-to-sample-fecal-indicator-bacteria-in-foreshore-sand-and-pore-water-at-freshwater-beaches
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Laura J Vogel, Thomas A Edge, Denis M O'Carroll, Helena M Solo-Gabriele, Caitlin S E Kushnir, Clare E Robinson
Fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) are known to accumulate in foreshore beach sand and pore water (referred to as foreshore reservoir) where they act as a non-point source for contaminating adjacent surface waters. While guidelines exist for sampling surface waters at recreational beaches, there is no widely-accepted method to collect sand/sediment or pore water samples for FIB enumeration. The effect of different sampling strategies in quantifying the abundance of FIB in the foreshore reservoir is unclear. Sampling was conducted at six freshwater beaches with different sand types to evaluate sampling methods for characterizing the abundance of E...
May 9, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535444/passive-detection-of-pb-in-water-using-rock-phosphate-agarose-beads
#2
Harry M Edenborn, Bret H Howard, James I Sams, Dorothy J Vesper, Sherie L Edenborn
In this study, passive detectors for Pb were prepared by immobilizing powdered rock phosphate in agarose beads. Rock phosphate has been used to treat Pb-contaminated waters and soil by fixing the metal as an insoluble pyromorphite mineral. Under lab conditions, Pb was rapidly adsorbed from aqueous solution by the beads over time, consistent with the acidic dissolution of rock phosphate, the precipitation of pyromorphite within the pore space of the agarose gel matrix, and surface exchange reactions. Net accumulation of Pb occurred when beads were exposed to simulated periodic releases of Pb over time...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531992/boronate-functionalized-hydrogel-as-a-novel-biosensing-interface-for-the-glycated-hemoglobin-a1c-hba1c-based-on-the-competitive-binding-with-signaling-glycoprotein
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Yong Duk Han, Ka Ram Kim, Yoo Min Park, Seung Yeon Song, Yong Ju Yang, Kangsun Lee, Yunhee Ku, Hyun C Yoon
According to recent increases in public healthcare costs associated with diabetes mellitus, the development of new glycemic monitoring techniques based on the biosensing of glycated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), a promising long-term glycemic biomarker, has become a major challenge. In the development of HbA1c biosensors for point-of-care applications, the selection of an effective biorecognition layer that provides a high reaction yield and specificity toward HbA1c is regarded as the most significant issue. To address this, we developed a novel HbA1c biosensing interfacial material by the integration of boronate hydrogel with glass fiber membrane...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529175/longevity-of-2-and-3-surface-restorations-in-posterior-teeth-of-25-to-30-year-olds-attending-public-dental-service-a-13-year-observation
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Ulla Palotie, Anna K Eronen, Kimmo Vehkalahti, Miira M Vehkalahti
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this patient document-based retrospective study among 25- to 30-year-old Finnish adults was to evaluate longevity of 2- and 3-surface posterior restorations according to type of tooth, size of restoration, and restorative material used. METHODS: Data were extracted from electronic patient files of the Helsinki City Public Dental Service (PDS), Finland. A total of 5542 2- and 3-surface posterior composite and amalgam restorations were followed indirectly from 2002 to 2015...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528311/rapid-screening-and-identification-of-chemical-hazards-in-surface-and-drinking-water-using-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry-and-a-case-control-filter
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Sarit L Kaserzon, Amy L Heffernan, Kristie Thompson, Jochen F Mueller, Maria Jose Gomez Ramos
Access to clean, safe drinking water poses a serious challenge to regulators, and requires analytical strategies capable of rapid screening and identification of potentially hazardous chemicals, specifically in situations when threats to water quality or security require rapid investigations and potential response. This study describes a fast and efficient chemical hazard screening strategy for characterising trace levels of polar organic contaminants in water matrices, based on liquid chromatography high resolution mass spectrometry with post-acquisition 'case-control' data processing...
May 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527243/-synthesis-of-antibiotic-loaded-polylactic-acid-nanoparticles-and-their-antibacterial-activity-against-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-and-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
#6
Mónica Tatiana Herrera, Jhon Jhamilton Artunduaga, Claudia Cristina Ortiz, Rodrigo Gonzalo Torres
INTRODUCTION: Polymeric nanoparticles are promising nanotechnology tools to fight pathogenic bacteria resistant to conventional antibiotics. OBJECTIVE: To synthesize polylactic acid nanoparticles loaded with ofloxacin and vancomycin, and to determine their antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli O157:H7 and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We synthesized ofloxacin or vancomycin loaded polylactic acid nanoparticles by the emulsification-solvent evaporation method, and characterized them by dynamic light scattering, laser Doppler electrophoresis and scanning electron microscopy...
January 24, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525941/environmental-contamination-with-staphylococcus-aureus-at-a-large-midwestern-university-campus
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Dipendra Thapaliya, Mohammed Taha, Mark R Dalman, Jhalka Kadariya, Tara C Smith
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus aureus can cause minor to severe life-threatening infections. The changing epidemiology of S. aureus is of public health concern due to the emergence of multi-drug resistant (MDR) strains. Environmental surfaces play a crucial role in the transmission of S. aureus. The objective of this study was to examine environmental contamination and molecular characteristics of S. aureus in health professional-associated (HPA) and non-health professional-associated (NHPA) buildings at a large university...
May 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524886/fungal-keratitis-in-the-republic-of-ireland
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S Farrell, E McElnea, S Moran, S Knowles, C C Murphy
PurposeFungal keratitis is relatively rare in temperate climates with only one previous population-based study, which reported a minimum annual incidence of 0.32 per million population in the United Kingdom. We performed a nationwide study in the Republic of Ireland of cases over a 6-year period to establish the incidence, risk factors, treatment, and outcomes of fungal keratitis.Patients and methodsAll corneal scraping specimens positive for fungal species over a 6-year period were identified at the microbiology departments of the seven main ophthalmology units in the Republic of Ireland...
May 19, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524885/ocular-surface-analysis-in-hematological-patients-before-and-after-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-implication-for-daily-clinical-practice
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G Giannaccare, F Bonifazi, M Sessa, E Dan, M Arpinati, M Fresina, G Bandini, M Cavo, P Versura, E C Campos
PurposeTo evaluate ocular surface parameters before and after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and to correlate them with clinical and transplant variables.MethodsThis is a retrospective analysis of data from 93 patients affected by hematological malignancies undergoing HSCT. Values from Ocular Surface Disease Index, Schirmer test, Break-up Time, ocular surface staining, and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction score obtained before HSCT and 3-6 months after were retrieved from charts. Diagnosis and staging of dry eye (DE) disease was performed according to Dry Eye WorkShop criteria...
May 19, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524866/succession-in-the-petroleum-reservoir-microbiome-through-an-oil-field-production-lifecycle
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Adrien Vigneron, Eric B Alsop, Bartholomeus P Lomans, Nikos C Kyrpides, Ian M Head, Nicolas Tsesmetzis
Subsurface petroleum reservoirs are an important component of the deep biosphere where indigenous microorganisms live under extreme conditions and in isolation from the Earth's surface for millions of years. However, unlike the bulk of the deep biosphere, the petroleum reservoir deep biosphere is subject to extreme anthropogenic perturbation, with the introduction of new electron acceptors, donors and exogenous microbes during oil exploration and production. Despite the fundamental and practical significance of this perturbation, there has never been a systematic evaluation of the ecological changes that occur over the production lifetime of an active offshore petroleum production system...
May 19, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524857/a-defined-metabolic-state-in-pre-b-cells-governs-b-cell-development-and-is-counterbalanced-by-swiprosin-2-efhd1
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Merle Stein, Sebastian Dütting, Dimitrios Mougiakakos, Michael Bösl, Kristin Fritsch, Dorothea Reimer, Sophia Urbanczyk, Tobit Steinmetz, Wolfgang Schuh, Aline Bozec, Thomas H Winkler, Hans-Martin Jäck, Dirk Mielenz
B-cell development in the bone marrow comprises proliferative and resting phases in different niches. We asked whether B-cell metabolism relates to these changes. Compared to pro B and small pre B cells, large pre B cells revealed the highest glucose uptake and ROS but not mitochondrial mass, whereas small pre B cells exhibited the lowest mitochondrial membrane potential. Small pre B cells from Rag1(-/-);33.C9 μ heavy chain knock-in mice revealed decreased glycolysis (ECAR) and mitochondrial spare capacity compared to pro B cells from Rag1(-/-) mice...
May 19, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524094/cu-isotopic-composition-in-surface-environments-and-in-biological-systems-a-critical-review
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REVIEW
Zhuhong Wang, Jiubin Chen, Ting Zhang
Copper (Cu) is a transition metal and an essential micronutrient for organisms, but also one of the most widespread toxic inorganic contaminants at very high content. The research on Cu isotopes has grown rapidly in the last decade. Hitherto, a large number of studies have been published on the theoretical fractionation mechanisms, experimental data and natural variations of Cu isotopes in variable environments and ecosystems. These studies reported a large variation of δ(65)Cu (-16.49 to +20.04‰) in terrestrial samples and showed that Cu isotopes could be fractionated by various biogeochemical processes to different extent...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520572/maxillary-sinus-augmentation-for-dental-implant-rehabilitation-of-the-edentulous-ridge-a-comprehensive-overview-of-systematic-reviews
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Miriam Ting, Jeremy G Rice, Stanton M Braid, Cameron Y S Lee, Jon B Suzuki
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this systemic review was to perform a comprehensive overview of systematic reviews and meta-analyses of the maxillary sinus augmentation procedure for implant rehabilitation in humans. The following were evaluated in this overview: (1) anatomic variables affecting sinus augmentation, (2) histomorphometric analysis of the grafted sinus, (3) volumetric changes after sinus grafting, and (4) implant survival beyond 1 year. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Electronic databases were searched for systematic reviews and meta-analyses of implant-related sinus augmentation published from 1976 to September 2015...
May 16, 2017: Implant Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515719/production-of-japanese-encephalitis-virus-antigens-in-plants-using-bamboo-mosaic-virus-based-vector
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Tsung-Hsien Chen, Chung-Chi Hu, Jia-Teh Liao, Yi-Ling Lee, Ying-Wen Huang, Na-Sheng Lin, Yi-Ling Lin, Yau-Heiu Hsu
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is among the major threats to public health in Asia. For disease control and prevention, the efficient production of safe and effective vaccines against JEV is in urgent need. In this study, we produced a plant-made JEV vaccine candidate using a chimeric virus particle (CVP) strategy based on bamboo mosaic virus (BaMV) for epitope presentation. The chimeric virus, designated BJ2A, was constructed by fusing JEV envelope protein domain III (EDIII) at the N-terminus of BaMV coat protein, with an insertion of the foot-and-mouth disease virus 2A peptide to facilitate the production of both unfused and epitope-presenting for efficient assembly of the CVP vaccine candidate...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515660/environmental-factors-associated-with-the-distribution-of-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-endemic-areas-of-bangladesh-modeling-the-ecological-niche
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Abu Yousuf Md Abdullah, Ashraf Dewan, Md Rakibul Islam Shogib, Md Masudur Rahman, Md Faruk Hossain
BACKGROUND: Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is a parasitic infection (also called kala-azar in South Asia) caused by Leishmania donovani that is a considerable threat to public health in the Indian subcontinent, including densely populated Bangladesh. The disease seriously affects the poorest subset of the population in the subcontinent. Despite the fact that the incidence of VL results in significant morbidity and mortality, its environmental determinants are relatively poorly understood, especially in Bangladesh...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506655/fiber-reinforced-composite-fixed-dental-prostheses-a-4-year-prospective-clinical-trial-evaluating-survival-quality-and-effects-on-surrounding-periodontal-tissues
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Diana Wolff, Theresa Wohlrab, Daniel Saure, Johannes Krisam, Cornelia Frese
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Although fiber-reinforced composite fixed dental prostheses (FRC FDPs) are a reliable treatment option for the restoration of single missing teeth, comparatively few prospective clinical trials (PCT) exist. PURPOSE: The purpose of this PCT was to evaluate the survival, quality outcome, and effect of FRC FDPs on periodontal health over 4 years. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-six consecutive patients (16 men, 10 women) receiving FRC FDPs with preimpregnated unidirectional fiber reinforcement were included in the trial...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505524/inactivated-influenza-virus-vaccines-the-future-of-tiv-and-qiv
#17
REVIEW
Michael Schotsaert, Adolfo García-Sastre
Influenza viruses continue to be a major public health concern, despite the availability of vaccines. Currently licensed influenza vaccines aim at the induction of antibodies that target hemagglutinin, the major antigenic determinant on the surface of influenza virions that is responsible for attachment of the virus to the host cell that is to be infected. Currently licensed influenza vaccines come as inactivated or live attenuated influenza vaccines and are trivalent or quadrivalent as they contain antigens of two influenza A and one or two influenza B strains that circulate in the human population, respectively...
May 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505202/serum-hbv-surface-antigen-positivity-is-associated-with-low-prevalence-of-metabolic-syndrome-a-meta-analysis
#18
Yuanyuan Li, Ying Zhao, Jianping Wu
BACKGROUND AND AIM: As there is conflicting evidence for the relationship between hepatitis B virus surface antigen (HBsAg) positivity and the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS), we performed a meta-analysis to investigate whether HBsAg positivity affects the incidence of MetS. METHODS: Observational studies on the relationship between HBsAg positivity and MetS were obtained from PubMed, Web of Science, and the Cochrane Library in April 2016. The pooled odds ratios (ORs) of MetS and its components (central obesity, increased fasting glucose, increased blood pressure, dyslipidemia) for subjects with or without HBsAg positivity were synthesized...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505144/microbiota-and-particulate-matter-assessment-in-portuguese-optical-shops-providing-contact-lens-services
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Carla Viegas, Tiago Faria, Cátia Pacífico, Mateus Dos Santos, Ana Monteiro, Carla Lança, Elisabete Carolino, Susana Viegas, Sandra Cabo Verde
The aim of this work was to assess the microbiota (fungi and bacteria) and particulate matter in optical shops, contributing to a specific protocol to ensure a proper assessment. Air samples were collected through an impaction method. Surface and equipment swab samples were also collected side-by-side. Measurements of particulate matter were performed using portable direct-reading equipment. A walkthrough survey and checklist was also applied in each shop. Regarding air sampling, eight of the 13 shops analysed were above the legal requirement and 10 from the 26 surfaces samples were overloaded...
May 15, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500821/serum-carbonic-anhydrase-1-is-a-biomarker-for-diagnosis-of-human-schistosoma-mansoni-infection
#20
Manal Ibrahim Kardoush, Brian J Ward, Momar Ndao
AbstractSchistosoma mansoni is a major public health threat in many parts of the world. The current diagnostic tests for schistosomiasis are suboptimal, particularly early in infection, when the parasite burden is low and with reinfection after treatment. We sought to identify novel biomarkers of active infection by studying serum proteins in a mouse model of schistosomiasis followed by confirmation in chronically infected patients. Acute (6 weeks) and chronic (12 weeks) sera from S. mansoni-infected C57Bl/6 mice as well as sera from chronically infected patients were assessed using two proteomic platforms: surface-enhanced, laser desorption and ionization, time-of-flight mass spectrometry and Velos Orbitrap mass spectrometry...
April 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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