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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340466/a-flexible-and-disposable-battery-powered-by-bacteria-using-eyeliner-coated-paper-electrodes
#1
Ramya Veerubhotla, Debabrata Das, Debabrata Pradhan
Herein, an environment friendly paper-based biobattery is demonstrated that yields a power of 12.5W/m(3). Whatman filter papers were used not only as support for electrode fabrication but also as separator of the biobattery. To provide electrical conductivity to the paper-based cathode and anode, commercially available eyeliner containing carbon nanoparticles and Fe3O4 was directly employed as conductive ink without any binder. With an instant start-up, the as-fabricated biocompatible electrodes could hold bacteria in an active form at the anode allowing chemical oxidation of organic fuel producing current...
March 9, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340220/her2-neu-status-determination-in-breast-cancer-a-single-institutional-experience-using-a-dual-testing-approach-with-immunohistochemistry-and-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization
#2
James P Solomon, Marie Dell'Aquila, Oluwole Fadare, Farnaz Hasteh
Objectives: According to current guidelines, either immunohistochemistry (IHC) or in situ hybridization (ISH) can be used to determine human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (Her2/neu) status in breast carcinoma. While the guidelines explicitly delineate result interpretation, there is no consensus on the most appropriate testing algorithm. Methods: The Her2/neu statuses of 369 consecutive cases of invasive breast cancer (from 351 patients) were assessed in a dual-testing algorithm that uses both IHC and fluorescence ISH (FISH)...
March 11, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340003/beighton-scores-and-cut-offs-across-the-lifespan-cross-sectional-study-of-an-australian-population
#3
Harjodh Singh, Marnee McKay, Jennifer Baldwin, Leslie Nicholson, Cliffton Chan, Joshua Burns, Claire E Hiller
Objectives.: The primary aim of this study was to evaluate generalized joint hypermobility (GJH) according to the Beighton scoring system in an Australian population. Secondary aims were to identify whether the commonly used Beighton score cut-off of ⩾4 is appropriate, and to suggest age- and sex-specific Beighton score cut-offs across the lifespan. Methods.: A thousand individuals aged 3-101 years were assessed for GJH with the Beighton scoring system. Differences between age, sex and ethnicity were investigated...
March 2, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340000/effects-of-feeding-original-xpc%C3%A2-to-broilers-with-a-live-coccidiosis-vaccine-under-industry-conditions-part-1-growth-performance-and-salmonella-inhibition
#4
S M Roto, S H Park, S I Lee, P Kaldhone, H O Pavlidis, S B Frankenbach, D R McIntyre, K Striplin, L Brammer, S C Ricke
Supplementation of poultry diets with Diamond V Original XPC™ (XPC) has been proposed as a means to ameliorate the commonly observed loss of appetite and depression of growth in birds given a live coccidiosis vaccine. A study was conducted to compare the effects on bird performance of a live coccidiosis vaccine in broilers, with and without the dietary inclusion of XPC (1.25 g/kg). Ross 708 male broilers (n = 1,280) were allocated to one of 4 feed treatments: cocci-vaccine (T1), cocci-vaccine + XPC (T2), cocci-vaccine + salinomycin in the grower diet only, (T3), and cocci-vaccine + salinomycin in the grower diet + XPC (T4)...
March 3, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339881/genetic-aspects-and-environmental-sources-of-microsporidia-that-infect-the-human-gastrointestinal-tract
#5
Martin F Heyworth
Enterocytozoon bieneusi and Encephalitozoon intestinalis are microsporidia that infect the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Each of these microsporidia has been shown to infect various non-human hosts (mammalian and avian), raising the possibility of inter-species transmission, for example, from such hosts to human subjects via waterborne dispersal of microsporidian spores. During the past two decades, genome sequencing has delineated more than 90 genotypes of Ent. bieneusi, and has led to the conclusion that not all the genotypes of this organism infect human subjects...
February 27, 2017: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339731/obesity-associated-cardiac-pathogenesis-in-broiler-breeder-hens-development-of-metabolic-cardiomyopathy2-3
#6
C Y Chen, Y F Huang, Y J Ko, Y J Liu, Y H Chen, R L Walzem, S E Chen
Feed intake is typically restricted (R) in broiler hens to avoid obesity and improve egg production and livability. To determine whether improved heart health contributes to improved livability, fully adult 45-week-old R hens were allowed to consume feed to appetite (ad libitum; AL) up to 10 wk (70 d). Mortality, contractile functions, and morphology at 70 d, and measurements of cardiac hypertrophic remodeling at 7 d and 21 d were made and compared between R and AL hens. Outcomes for cardiac electrophysiology and mortality, reported separately, found increased mortality in AL hens in association with cardiac pathological hypertrophy and contractile dysfunction...
February 22, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339594/in-vivo-development-of-fluconazole-resistance-in-serial-cryptococcus-gattii-isolates-from-a-cat
#7
Jane E Sykes, Greg Hodge, Anil Singapuri, Mai Lee Yang, Angie Gelli, George R Thompson
Elevated fluconazole minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) are more frequently observed in Cryptococcus gattii compared to C. neoformans isolates; however, the development of in vivo resistance and the molecular mechanisms responsible have not been reported for this species. We report a case of Cryptococcus gattii (molecular type VGIII) that developed reduced susceptibility to fluconazole during therapy and delineate the molecular mechanisms responsible. Multilocus sequence typing and quantitative DNA analysis of the pre- and post-treatment isolates was performed using well-characterized methods...
October 7, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339289/the-role-of-delineation-education-programs-for-improving-interobserver-variability-in-target-volume-delineation-in-gastric-cancer
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Cem Onal, Mustafa Cengiz, Ozan Cem Guler, Yemliha Dolek, Serdar Ozkok
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether delineation courses for radiation oncologists improve interobserver variability in target volume delineation for postoperative gastric cancer radiotherapy planning. METHODS: Twenty-nine radiation oncologists delineated target volumes in a gastric cancer patient. An experienced radiation oncologist lectured about delineation based on contouring atlas and delineation recommendations. After course, the radiation oncologists provided delineation for the same patient blind to the previous delineation...
March 24, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335387/dectin-1-mediated-pathway-contributes-to-fusarium-proliferatum-induced-cxcl-8-release-from-human-respiratory-epithelial-cells
#9
Chang-Ching Yeh, Huann-Cheng Horng, Hong Chou, Hsiao-Yun Tai, Horng-Der Shen, Shie-Liang Hsieh, Peng-Hui Wang
Fusarium species are causative agents of human respiratory disorders and are distributed widely in our environment. Little is known of their interaction with human respiratory epithelial cells, which may contribute to allergic airway responses. In this study, we report on the release of C-X-C motif chemokine ligand 8 (CXCL-8) from human bronchial epithelial BEAS-2B cells upon stimulation with Fusarium proliferatum extracts. F. proliferatum-induced cytokine release from BEAS-2B cells was determined by cytokine array and CXCL-8 enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kits...
March 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334963/three-and-four-dimensional-mapping-of-speech-and-language-in-patients-with-epilepsy
#10
Yasuo Nakai, Jeong-Won Jeong, Erik C Brown, Robert Rothermel, Katsuaki Kojima, Toshimune Kambara, Aashit Shah, Sandeep Mittal, Sandeep Sood, Eishi Asano
We have provided 3-D and 4D mapping of speech and language function based upon the results of direct cortical stimulation and event-related modulation of electrocorticography signals. Patients estimated to have right-hemispheric language dominance were excluded. Thus, 100 patients who underwent two-stage epilepsy surgery with chronic electrocorticography recording were studied. An older group consisted of 84 patients at least 10 years of age (7367 artefact-free non-epileptic electrodes), whereas a younger group included 16 children younger than age 10 (1438 electrodes)...
March 16, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334807/allele-specific-quantitative-proteomics-unravels-molecular-mechanisms-modulated-by-cis-regulatory-pparg-locus-variation
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Heekyoung Lee, Kun Qian, Christine von Toerne, Lena Hoerburger, Melina Claussnitzer, Christoph Hoffmann, Viktoria Glunk, Simone Wahl, Michaela Breier, Franziska Eck, Leili Jafari, Sophie Molnos, Harald Grallert, Ingrid Dahlman, Peter Arner, Cornelia Brunner, Hans Hauner, Stefanie M Hauck, Helmut Laumen
Genome-wide association studies identified numerous disease risk loci. Delineating molecular mechanisms influenced by cis-regulatory variants is essential to understand gene regulation and ultimately disease pathophysiology. Combining bioinformatics and public domain chromatin information with quantitative proteomics supports prediction of cis-regulatory variants and enabled identification of allele-dependent binding of both, transcription factors and coregulators at the type 2 diabetes associated PPARG locus...
February 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334358/ranges-of-cervical-intervertebral-disc-deformation-during-an-in-vivo-dynamic-flexion-extension-of-the-neck
#12
Yan Yu, Haiqing Mao, Jing-Sheng Li, Tsung-Yuan Tsai, Liming Cheng, Kirkham B Wood, Guoan Li, Thomas D Cha
While abnormal loading is widely believed to cause cervical spine disc diseases, in-vivo cervical disc deformation during dynamic neck motion has not been well delineated. This study investigated the range of cervical disc deformation during an in-vivo functional flexion-extension of the neck. Ten asymptomatic human subjects were tested using a combined dual fluoroscopic imaging system and MRI based 3D modeling technique. Overall disc deformation was determined using the changes of the space geometry between upper and lower endplates of each intervertebral segment (C3/4, C4/5, C5/6 and C6/7)...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334187/individual-differences-in-human-auditory-processing-insights-from-single-trial-auditory-midbrain-activity-in-an-animal-model
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Travis White-Schwoch, Trent Nicol, Catherine M Warrier, Daniel A Abrams, Nina Kraus
Auditory-evoked potentials are classically defined as the summations of synchronous firing along the auditory neuraxis. Converging evidence supports a model whereby timing jitter in neural coding compromises listening and causes variable scalp-recorded potentials. Yet the intrinsic noise of human scalp recordings precludes a full understanding of the biological origins of individual differences in listening skills. To delineate the mechanisms contributing to these phenomena, in vivo extracellular activity was recorded from inferior colliculus in guinea pigs to speech in quiet and noise...
October 5, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334157/overview-of-freshwater-microbial-eukaryotes-diversity-a-first-analysis-of-publicly-available-metabarcoding-data
#14
Didier Debroas, Isabelle Domaizon, Jean-Francois Humbert, Ludwig Jardillier, Cécile Lepère, Anne Oudart, Najwa Taïb
Although they are widespread, diverse, and involved in biogeochemical cycles, microbial eukaryotes attract less attention than their prokaryotic counterparts in environmental microbiology. In this study, we used publicly available 18S barcoding data to define biases that may limit such analyses and to gain an overview of the planktonic microbial eukaryotic diversity in freshwater ecosystems. The richness of the microbial eukaryotes was estimated to 100,798 operational taxonomic units (OTUs) delineating 1267 clusters or phylogenetic units (PUs i...
March 1, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334004/the-mouse-genome-displays-highly-dynamic-populations-of-krab-zinc-finger-protein-genes-and-related-genetic-units
#15
Annamaria Kauzlaric, Gabriela Ecco, Marco Cassano, Julien Duc, Michael Imbeault, Didier Trono
KRAB-containing poly-zinc finger proteins (KZFPs) constitute the largest family of transcription factors encoded by mammalian genomes, and growing evidence indicates that they fulfill functions critical to both embryonic development and maintenance of adult homeostasis. KZFP genes underwent broad and independent waves of expansion in many higher vertebrates lineages, yet comprehensive studies of members harbored by a given species are scarce. Here we present a thorough analysis of KZFP genes and related units in the murine genome...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333981/lipopolysaccharide-induced-endotoxemia-in-corn-oil-preloaded-mice-causes-an-extended-course-of-lung-injury-and-repair-and-pulmonary-fibrosis-a-translational-mouse-model-of-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
#16
Chaomin Wu, Colin E Evans, Zhiyu Dai, Xiaojia Huang, Xianming Zhang, Hua Jin, Guochang Hu, Yuanlin Song, You-Yang Zhao
Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is characterized by acute hypoxemia respiratory failure, bilateral pulmonary infiltrates, and pulmonary edema of non-cardiac origin. Effective treatments for ARDS patients may arise from experimental studies with translational mouse models of this disease that aim to delineate the mechanisms underlying the disease pathogenesis. Mouse models of ARDS, however, can be limited by their rapid progression from injured to recovery state, which is in contrast to the course of ARDS in humans...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333651/automated-ecg-noise-detection-and-classification-system-for-unsupervised-healthcare-monitoring
#17
Udit Satija, Barathram Ramkumar, M Sabarimalai Manikandan
OBJECTIVE: Automatic detection and classification of noises can play a vital role in the development of robust unsupervised electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis systems. This paper proposes a novel unified framework for automatic detection, localization and classification of single and combined ECG noises. METHODS: The proposed framework consists of the modified ensemble empirical mode decomposition (CEEMD), the shortterm temporal feature extraction, and the decision rules based noise detection and classification...
March 22, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333631/segmenting-multi-source-images-using-hidden-markov-fields-with-copula-based-multivariate-statistical-distributions
#18
Jerome Lapuyade-Lahorgue, Jing-Hao Xue, Su Ruan
Nowadays, multi-source image acquisition attracts an increasing interest in many fields such as multi-modal medical image segmentation. Such acquisition aims at considering complementary information to perform image segmentation since the same scene has been observed by various types of images. However, strong dependency often exists between multi-source images. This dependency should be taken into account when we try to extract joint information for precisely making a decision. In order to statistically model this dependency between multiple sources, we propose a novel multi-source fusion method based on the Gaussian copula...
March 21, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333597/when-is-parenteral-nutrition-appropriate
#19
Patricia Worthington, Jane Balint, Matthew Bechtold, Angela Bingham, Lingtak-Neander Chan, Sharon Durfee, Andrea K Jevenn, Ainsley Malone, Maria Mascarenhas, Daniel T Robinson, Beverly Holcombe
Parenteral nutrition (PN) represents one of the most notable achievements of modern medicine, serving as a therapeutic modality for all age groups across the healthcare continuum. PN offers a life-sustaining option when intestinal failure prevents adequate oral or enteral nutrition. However, providing nutrients by vein is an expensive form of nutrition support, and serious adverse events can occur. In an effort to provide clinical guidance regarding PN therapy, the Board of Directors of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) convened a task force to develop consensus recommendations regarding appropriate PN use...
March 2017: JPEN. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333532/characterizing-spouse-partner-depression-and-alcohol-problems-over-the-course-of-military-deployment
#20
Christopher R Erbes, Mark Kramer, Paul A Arbisi, David DeGarmo, Melissa A Polusny
OBJECTIVE: Spouse/partners of military personnel demonstrate elevated levels of distress during military deployments, yet there is insufficient information about courses of adjustment over time. The current study identified trajectories of depression and alcohol use problems and predictors of those trajectories across the deployment cycle. METHOD: National Guard soldiers (N = 1973) and spouses/intimate partners (N = 1020) completed assessments of risk/protective factors and baseline measures of mental health functioning 2 to 5 months prior to soldiers' 1-year deployments (Time 1) to Kuwait/Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn or Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom...
April 2017: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
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