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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212428/a-novel-hemagglutinin-protein-produced-in-bacteria-protects-chickens-against-h5n1-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-viruses-by-inducing-h5-subtype-specific-neutralizing-antibodies
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Violetta Sączyńska, Agnieszka Romanik, Katarzyna Florys, Violetta Cecuda-Adamczewska, Małgorzata Kęsik-Brodacka, Krzysztof Śmietanka, Monika Olszewska, Katarzyna Domańska-Blicharz, Zenon Minta, Bogusław Szewczyk, Grażyna Płucienniczak, Andrzej Płucienniczak
The highly pathogenic (HP) H5N1 avian influenza viruses (AIVs) cause a mortality rate of up to 100% in infected chickens and pose a permanent pandemic threat. Attempts to obtain effective vaccines against H5N1 HPAIVs have focused on hemagglutinin (HA), an immunodominant viral antigen capable of eliciting neutralizing antibodies. The vast majority of vaccine projects have been performed using eukaryotic expression systems. In contrast, we used a bacterial expression system to produce vaccine HA protein (bacterial HA) according to our own design...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212033/surface-induced-changes-in-the-thermochromic-transformation-of-an-ionic-liquid-cobalt-thiocyanate-complex
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Benjamin May, Michael Hönle, Bettina Heller, Francesco Greco, Radha Gobinda Bhuin, Hans-Peter Steinrück, Florian Maier
We demonstrate that a thermodynamic complex equilibrium within an ionic liquid film can be significantly influenced by the presence of the liquid-vacuum interface. Using surface sensitive X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we find that the temperature-driven transition from the blue-colored tetrahedral [Co(II)(NCS)4](2-) to the red-colored octahedral [Co(II)(NCS)6](4-) complex occurs within the outermost nanometers already around +4 °C as compared to -25 °C in the bulk. This thermochromic transformation in the near-surface region goes along with a loss in preferential surface orientation of free [SCN](-) anions and with a pronounced decrease in the complex density; both effects are attributed to the formation of a weakly-bound solvation shell around the [Co(II)(NCS)6](4-) anion leading to an effective complex dilution...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211335/a-comparative-study-of-extractant-and-chromatographic-phases-for-the-rapid-and-sensitive-determination-of-six-phthalates-in-rainwater-samples
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M Fernández-Amado, M C Prieto-Blanco, P López-Mahía, S Muniategui-Lorenzo, D Prada-Rodríguez
Six phthalic acid esters were determined in rainwater samples, from which a very low sample volume was collected. This method combines on-line in-tube solid-phase microextraction coupled to high-performance liquid chromatography with a diode-array detector. In order to obtain a short analysis time and to reduce the consumption of organic solvents, two chromatographic phases (C18 monolithic and cyanopropyl silica) are compared. Although three critical pairs are found, faster separation, good resolution and lower pressures are achieved using C18 monolithic column...
February 3, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210245/pcr-inhibition-of-a-quantitative-pcr-for-detection-of-mycobacterium-avium-subspecies-paratuberculosis-dna-in-feces-diagnostic-implications-and-potential-solutions
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Kamal R Acharya, Navneet K Dhand, Richard J Whittington, Karren M Plain
Molecular tests such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) are increasingly being applied for the diagnosis of Johne's disease, a chronic intestinal infection of ruminants caused by Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP). Feces, as the primary test sample, presents challenges in terms of effective DNA isolation, with potential for PCR inhibition and ultimately for reduced analytical and diagnostic sensitivity. However, limited evidence is available regarding the magnitude and diagnostic implications of PCR inhibition for the detection of MAP in feces...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208297/label-free-lspr-detection-of-trace-lead-ii-ions-in-drinking-water-by-synthetic-poly-mpd-co-asa-nanoparticles-on-gold-nanoislands
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Guangyu Qiu, Siu Pang Ng, Xiongyi Liang, Ning Ding, Xiangfeng Chen, Chi-Man Lawrence Wu
Using self-assembly gold nanoislands (SAM-AuNIs) functionalized by poly(m-phenylenediamine-co-aniline-2-sulfonic acid) (poly(mPD-co-ASA)) copolymer nanoparticles as specific receptors, a highly sensitive localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) optochemical sensor is demonstrated for detection of trace lead cation (Pb(II)) in drinking water. The copolymer receptor is optimized in three aspects: (1) mole ratio of mPD:ASA monomers, (2) size of copolymer nanoparticles, and (3) surface density of the copolymer...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208242/chemiluminescence-of-lucigenin-allantoin-and-its-application-for-the-detection-of-allantoin
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Muhammad Saqib, Baohua Lou, Mohamed Ibrahim Halawa, Shimeles Addisu Kitte, Zhongyuan Liu, Guobao Xu
Allantoin has been reported as a promising biomarker for monitoring of oxidative stress in humans and widely utilized in a variety of topical pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Currently, the detection of allantoin is achieved by using chromatographic coupled techniques, which needs sample pre-extraction, derivatization, complex matrixes, and expensive instrumentation. Herein we report both the intense chemiluminescence of allantoin with lucigenin and the chemiluminescent detection of allantoin for the first time...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208083/biodegradation-testing-of-chemicals-with-high-henry-s-constants-separating-mass-and-effective-concentration-reveals-higher-rate-constants
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Heidi Birch, Henrik R Andersen, Mike Comber, Philipp Mayer
During simulation-type biodegradation tests, volatile chemicals will continuously partition between water phase and headspace. This study addressed how (1) this partitioning affects test results and (2) can be accounted for by combining equilibrium partition and dynamic biodegradation models. An aqueous mixture of 9 (semi)volatile chemicals was first generated using passive dosing and then diluted with environmental surface water producing concentrations in the ng/L to μg/L range. After incubation for 2 h to 4 weeks, automated Headspace Solid Phase Microextraction (HS-SPME) was applied directly on the test systems to measure substrate depletion by biodegradation relatively to abiotic controls...
February 3, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207270/intracellular-delivery-colloidally-stable-core-crosslinked-triblock-copolymer-micelles-with-glutathione-responsive-enhanced-drug-release-for-cancer-therapy
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Jung Kwon Oh, Depannita Biswas, So Young An, Yijing Li, Xiangtao Wang
Design and development of amphiphilic block copolymer-based nanocarriers exhibiting enhanced colloidal stability upon dilution in the blood and cellular glutathione-responsive rapid drug release is highly desired for tumor-targeting chemotherapy. Herein, we report a novel ABA-type triblock copolymer consisting of a hydrophilic central poly(ethylene glycol) block and two terminal hydrophobic blocks of a polymethacrylate having pendant disulfides (PHMssEt), thus PHMssEt-b-PEG-b-PHMssEt (ssTP). Aqueous self-assembly and following disulfide-exchange reaction of the resulting ssTP allows for formation of core-crosslinked micelles (CCMs) through the formation of new disulfide linkages, retaining enhanced colloidal stability in physiological condition and in the presence of proteins...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206876/sample-treatment-in-pesticide-residue-determination-in-food-by-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry-are-generic-extraction-methods-the-end-of-the-road
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Roberto Romero-González, Francisco Javier Arrebola Liébanas, Rosalía López-Ruiz, Antonia Garrido Frenich
The use of high-resolution MS (HRMS) is becoming popular in laboratories for the determination of pesticide residues in food commodities. The recent improvements in the instrumentation have helped to increase the number of active compounds and transformation products that can be monitored within a simple chromatographic run. However, prior to instrumental determination, it is necessary to perform a nonspecific, or generic, sample treatment that allows the efficient extraction of several compounds with very relevant differences in their physical and chemical properties...
November 1, 2016: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205348/photochemical-eradication-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-by-blue-light-activation-of-riboflavin
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Karim Makdoumi, Ray Goodrich, Anders Bäckman
PURPOSE: To compare elimination of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by exposure of blue light alone and with riboflavin. METHODS: A reference strain of MRSA was cultured and diluted in PBS with and without riboflavin (0.01%). Fifteen microlitre was added on a microscope slide, creating a fluid layer with a thickness of around 400 microns. Both of the bacterial suspensions were exposed to blue light, and the effect between exposure with and without riboflavin was compared...
February 15, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204952/a-preliminary-report-of-indigenous-fungal-isolates-from-contaminated-municipal-solid-waste-site-in-india
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Abhishek Kumar Awasthi, Akhilesh Kumar Pandey, Jamaluddin Khan
Municipal solid waste (MSW) containing harmful substances is a major concern in waste management and can cause adverse effects on diversity of fungi in soil. The main objective was to evaluate the fungal diversity inhabiting in the soil nearby MSW disposal site. The fungal strains were isolated in potato dextrose agar (PDA), media at temperatures 28 ± 1 °C by using standard serial dilution pour plate method, and appeared fungal colonies identified based on morphological characteristics. The overall most fungal diversity was found in soil sample collected from S5, followed by S4, S3, S1, and least in S2 site...
February 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199752/effect-of-transversus-abdominis-plane-block-in-combination-with-general-anesthesia-on-perioperative-opioid-consumption-hemodynamics-and-recovery-in-living-liver-donors-the-prospective-double-blinded-randomized-study
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Mehmet Ali Erdogan, Ulku Ozgul, Muharrem Uçar, Rıdvan Yalin, Yusuf Ziya Colak, Cemil Çolak, Huseyin Ilksen Toprak
BACKGROUND: Transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block provides effective postoperative analgesia after abdominal surgeries. It can be also a useful strategy to reduce perioperative opioid consumption, support intraoperative hemodynamic stability and promote early recovery from anesthesia. The aim of this prospective randomized double-blind study was to assess the effect of subcostal TAP blocks on perioperative opioid consumption, hemodynamic and recovery time in living liver donors. METODS: The prospective, double-blinded, randomized controlled study was conducted with 49 living liver donors, aged 18-65 years, who were scheduled to undergo right hepatectomy...
February 15, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197867/ultramorphological-changes-in-gill-rakers-of-astyanax-altiparanae-characidae-kept-in-contaminated-environments
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F P Lopes, B F Pereira, R M S Alves, J R T Valim, F A T Figueiredo, D L Pitol, F H Caetano
Most water bodies in Brazil, and in the world, are contaminated by some types of pollutants, ranging from sewage to metal/chemicals, carcinogenic products, and biodegradable detergents. Despite the extensive knowledge on their effects on fish biology and especially on gill morphology, research that concerns their impacts on gill rakers and implications in parameters such as food consumption cannot be found in the literature. Gill rakers are vital because, together with gills, they are responsible for the defense and protection of the organism and for selecting appropriate food for survival...
February 14, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197606/the-properties-and-behavior-of-%C3%AE-pinene-secondary-organic-aerosol-particles-exposed-to-ammonia-under-dry-conditions
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David M Bell, Dan Imre, Scot T Martin, Alla Zelenyuk
Chemical transformations and aging of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) particles can alter their physical and chemical properties, including particle morphology. Ammonia, one of the common atmospheric reactive constituents, can react with SOA particles, changing their properties and behavior. At low relative humidity, NH3 uptake by α-pinene SOA particles appears to be limited to the particle surface, which suggests that the reacted particles might not be homogeneous and have complex morphology. Here, we present a study aimed at detailed characterization of the effect of ammonia on the composition, density, morphology, shape, and evaporation kinetics of α-pinene SOA particles...
February 15, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196509/point-of-care-testing-for-emergency-assessment-of-coagulation-in-patients-treated-with-direct-oral-anticoagulants
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Matthias Ebner, Ingvild Birschmann, Andreas Peter, Charlotte Spencer, Florian Härtig, Joachim Kuhn, Gunnar Blumenstock, Christine S Zuern, Ulf Ziemann, Sven Poli
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care testing (POCT) of coagulation has been proven to be of great value in accelerating emergency treatment. Specific POCT for direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC) is not available, but the effects of DOAC on established POCT have been described. We aimed to determine the diagnostic accuracy of Hemochron® Signature coagulation POCT to qualitatively rule out relevant concentrations of apixaban, rivaroxaban, and dabigatran in real-life patients. METHODS: We enrolled 68 patients receiving apixaban, rivaroxaban, or dabigatran and obtained blood samples at six pre-specified time points...
February 15, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195722/effects-of-relative-humidity-and-particle-phase-water-on-the-heterogeneous-oh-oxidation-of-2-methylglutaric-acid-aqueous-droplets
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Man Mei Chim, Chun Yin Chow, James F Davies, ManNin Chan
Organic aerosols can exist as aqueous droplets, with variable water content depending on their composition and environmental conditions (e.g. relative humidity (RH)). Recent laboratory studies have revealed that oxidation kinetics in highly concentrated droplets can be much slower from those in dilute solutions. However, it remains unclear whether particle phase water affects the formation of reaction products physically and/or chemically. In this work, we investigate the role of particle phase water on the heterogeneous chemistry of aqueous organic droplets consisting of 2-methylglutaric acid (2-MGA), measuring the reaction kinetics and the reaction products upon heterogeneous OH oxidation over a range of RH...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195701/synthesis-of-nanoflower-shaped-mxene-derivative-with-unexpected-catalytic-activity-for-dehydrogenation-of-sodium-alanates
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Guodong Zou, Baozhong Liu, Jianxin Guo, Qingrui Zhang, Carlos Fernandez, Qiuming Peng
Surface group modification and functionalization of two-dimensional materials in many cases are deemed as effective approaches to achieve some distinctive properties. Herein we present a new nanoflower-shaped TiO2/C composite which was synthesized by in-situ alcoholysis of two-dimensional layered MXene (Ti3C2(OHxF1-x)2) in a dilute HF solution (0.5 wt.%) for the first time. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that it bestows a strong catalytic activity for the dehydrogenation of NaAlH4. The results show that the NaAlH4 containing 10 wt...
February 14, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194365/antibacterial-effect-of-urushiol-on-e-faecalis-as-a-root-canal-irrigant
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Sang-Wan Kim, Dong-Hoon Shin
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to compare the antibacterial activity of urushiol against Enterococcus faecalis (E. faecalis) to that of NaOCl. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The canals of thirty two single rooted human teeth were instrumented with Ni-Ti files (ProTaper Next X1, X2, X3, Dentsply). A pure culture of E. faecalis ATCC 19433 was prepared in sterile brain heart infusion (BHI) broth. The teeth were submerged in the suspension of E. faecalis and were incubated at 37℃ for 7 days to allow biofilm formation...
February 2017: Restorative Dentistry & Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194046/morinda-citrifolia-noni-fruit-juice-reduces-inflammatory-cytokines-expression-and-contributes-to-the-maintenance-of-intestinal-mucosal-integrity-in-dss-experimental-colitis
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Beatriz Coutinho de Sousa, Juliana Reis Machado, Marcos Vinicius da Silva, Thiago Alvares da Costa, Javier Emilio Lazo-Chica, Thatiane do Prado Degasperi, Virmondes Rodrigues Junior, Helioswilton Sales-Campos, Elizabeth Uber Bucek, Carlo José Freire Oliveira
Morinda citrifolia L. (noni) has been shown to treat different disorders. However, data concerning its role in the treatment of intestinal inflammation still require clarification. In the current study, we investigated the effects of noni fruit juice (NFJ) in the treatment of C57BL/6 mice, which were continuously exposed to dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) for 9 consecutive days. NFJ consumption had no impact on the reduction of the clinical signs of the disease or on weight loss. Nonetheless, when a dilution of 1 : 10 was used, the intestinal architecture of the mice was preserved, accompanied by a reduction in the inflammatory infiltrate...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193745/clarithromycin-based-triple-therapy-is-still-useful-as-an-initial-treatment-for-helicobacter-pylori-infection-in-the-dominican-republic
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Muhammad Miftahussurur, Modesto Cruz, Phawinee Subsomwong, José A Jiménez Abreu, Celso Hosking, Hiroyuki Nagashima, Junko Akada, Yoshio Yamaoka
Helicobacter pylori antibiotic susceptibility in the Dominican Republic has not been monitored. We assessed Hpylori antibiotic susceptibility in the Dominican Republic, and analyzed Hpylori mutations associated with antibiotic resistance. We recruited 158 dyspeptic patients in Santo Domingo and used agar dilution to test susceptibility to five antibiotics. Polymerase chain reaction-based sequencing was used to assess gyrA, gyrB, rdxA, frxA, and 23S rRNA mutations; next-generation sequencing was used to identify other metronidazole resistance-associated genes...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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