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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149679/innovative-urban-forestry-governance-in-melbourne-investigating-green-placemaking-as-a-nature-based-solution
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Natalie Marie Gulsrud, Kelly Hertzog, Ian Shears
A nature-based approach to climate resilience aims to challenge and re-frame conventional environmental management methods by refocusing solutions from technological strategies to socio-ecological principles such as human well-being and community-based governance models, thereby improving and legitimizing the delivery of ecosystem services (ES). There are, however, many challenges to applying a socio-ecological agenda to urban climate resilience and thereby re-framing ES delivery as community and people focused, a knowledge gap extensively outlined in the environmental governance literature...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149549/workflow-for-target-oriented-parametrization-of-an-enhanced-mechanistic-cell-culture-model
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Sophia Ulonska, Paul Kroll, Jens Fricke, Christoph Clemens, Raphael Voges, Markus Michael Müller, Christoph Herwig
The goal of this study was to develop a macroscopic mechanistic model describing growth and production within fed-batch cultivations of CHO cells. The model should be used for process characterization as well as for process monitoring including real-time parameter adaptations. The model proved to be able to describe a data-set of 40 processes differing in clones, scales and process conditions with a normalized root mean square error of approximately 10%. However, due to limited parameter identifiability and limited knowledge about physiologically meaningful parameter values, a broad range of parameters could describe the data with similar quality...
November 17, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149509/promoting-person-centred-care-in-the-perioperative-setting-through-patient-advocacy-an-observational-study
#3
Ann-Sofie Sundqvist, Ulrica Nilsson, Marie Holmefur, Agneta Anderzén-Carlsson
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To examine the extent to which the findings from an integrative review regarding perioperative patient advocacy could be empirically supported, and to describe Swedish registered nurse anaesthetists' patient advocacy actions and interactions during the perioperative period. BACKGROUND: Patient advocacy is practiced by various health care professionals in promoting the well-being of patients. It is complex, and in a general health care context it has been described as supporting the patients both physiologically and psychologically...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149319/from-bouncing-back-to-nurturing-emergence-reframing-the-concept-of-resilience-in-health-systems-strengthening
#4
Edwine W Barasa, Keith Cloete, Lucy Gilson
Recent health system shocks such as the Ebola disease outbreak have focused global health attention on the notion of resilient health systems. In this commentary, we reflect on the current framing of the concept of resilience in health systems discourse and propose a reframing. Specifically, we propose that: (1) in addition to sudden shocks, health systems face the ongoing strain of multiple factors. Health systems need the capacity to continue to deliver services of good quality and respond effectively to wider health challenges...
November 1, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149070/placement-stability-cumulative-time-in-care-and-permanency-using-administrative-data-from-cps-to-track-placement-trajectories
#5
Sonia Hélie, Marie-Andrée Poirier, Tonino Esposito, Daniel Turcotte
Objectives: The Quebec Youth Protection Act was amended in 2007. The main goal of this reform was to improve placement stability for children who are removed from their home for their protection. Among several legal provisions introduced was the establishment of maximum age-specific durations of out-of-home care, after which a plan must be established to provide stability for children placed in substitute care by finding permanent homes for them. The purpose of this study is (1) to examine trends in placement use and placement stability since the reform and (2) to document the current frequency of each type of placement setting, the cumulative time in care before the exit to permanency, and the sustainability of the permanency outcome...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148954/our-life-depends-on-this-drug-competence-inequity-and-voluntary-consent-in-clinical-trials-on-supervised-injectable-opioid-assisted-treatment
#6
Daniel Steel, Kirsten Marchand, Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes
Supervised injectable opioid assisted treament (siOAT) prescribes injectable opioids to individuals for whom other forms of addiction treatment have been ineffective. In this article, we examine arguments that opioid-dependent people should be assumed incompetent to voluntarily consent to clinical research on siOAT unless proven otherwise. We agree that concerns about competence and voluntary consent deserve careful attention in this context. But we oppose framing the issue solely as a matter of the competence of opioid-dependent people and emphasize that it should be considered in the context of inequities in access to siOAT as a medical treatment...
December 2017: American Journal of Bioethics: AJOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148727/substrate-assisted-in-situ-confinement-pyrolysis-of-zeolitic-imidazolate-frameworks-to-nitrogen-doped-hierarchical-porous-carbon-nanoframes-with-superior-lithium-storage
#7
Wei Tian, Jialiang Liu, Yixian Wang, Jingyan Liu, Yanpeng Li, Mingbo Wu
Porous carbons generated from the direct pyrolysis of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) have showed great potential as a kind of promising electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). However, several common drawbacks, such as the inevitable structural damage during carbonization process and intrinsic micropore-dominated feature of MOFs-derived products, largely impede the exposure of active sites and mass transfer, thus usually resulting in inferior electrochemical performances. In this work, an effective and controllable approach was reported to construct nitrogen-doped hierarchical porous carbon nanoframes (N-HPCFs) through in situ pyrolysis transformation of small-sized zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs) that are in advance combined with a two-dimensional substrate templated from g-C3N4...
November 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147792/characterization-of-a-novel-single-stranded-rna-mycovirus-related-to-invertebrate-viruses-from-the-plant-pathogen-verticillium-dahliae
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M Carmen Cañizares, Francisco J López-Escudero, Encarnación Pérez-Artés, María D García-Pedrajas
Fungal viruses, also known as mycoviruses, are widespread in all major groups of fungi. Mycoviruses from plant pathogens can reduce the virulence of their host fungus and have therefore potential as biological control agents. This has spurred the identification of novel mycoviruses in plant pathogens, research which is greatly contributing to our understanding of these organisms. In this work, we report the characterization of a novel monopartite mycovirus from Verticillium dahliae, the main causal agent of Verticillium wilt...
November 16, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147791/completed-sequence-and-corrected-annotation-of-the-genome-of-maize-iranian-mosaic-virus
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Abozar Ghorbani, Keramatollah Izadpanah, Ralf G Dietzgen
Maize Iranian mosaic virus (MIMV) is a negative-sense single-stranded RNA virus that is classified in the genus Nucleorhabdovirus, family Rhabdoviridae. The MIMV genome contains six open reading frames (ORFs) that encode in 3΄ to 5΄ order the nucleocapsid protein (N), phosphoprotein (P), putative movement protein (P3), matrix protein (M), glycoprotein (G) and RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (L). In this study, we determined the first complete genome sequence of MIMV using Illumina RNA-Seq and 3'/5' RACE. MIMV genome ('Fars' isolate) is 12,426 nucleotides in length...
November 16, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147723/desorption-kinetics-of-organic-chemicals-from-albumin
#10
Sophia Krause, Nadin Ulrich, Kai-Uwe Goss
When present in blood, most chemicals tend to bind to the plasma protein albumin. For distribution into surrounding tissues, desorption from albumin is necessary, because only the unbound form of a chemical is assumed to be able to cross cell membranes. For metabolism of chemicals, the liver is a particularly important organ. One potentially limiting step for hepatic uptake of the chemicals is desorption from albumin, because blood passes the human liver within seconds. Desorption kinetics from albumin can thus be an important parameter for our pharmacokinetic and toxicokinetic understanding of chemicals...
November 16, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146899/alternative-transcription-start-site-selection-in-mr-opy2-controls-lifestyle-transitions-in-the-fungus-metarhizium-robertsii
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Na Guo, Ying Qian, Qiangqiang Zhang, Xiaoxuan Chen, Guohong Zeng, Xing Zhang, Wubing Mi, Chuan Xu, Raymond J St Leger, Weiguo Fang
Metarhizium robertsii is a versatile fungus with saprophytic, plant symbiotic and insect pathogenic lifestyle options. Here we show that M. robertsii mediates the saprophyte-to-insect pathogen transition through modulation of the expression of a membrane protein, Mr-OPY2. Abundant Mr-OPY2 protein initiates appressorium formation, a prerequisite for infection, whereas reduced production of Mr-OPY2 elicits saprophytic growth and conidiation. The precise regulation of Mr-OPY2 protein production is achieved via alternative transcription start sites...
November 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146485/in-frame-variants-in-flna-proximal-rod-1-domain-associate-with-a-predominant-cardiac-valvular-phenotype
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Luis Fernández, Jair Tenorio, Coral Polo-Vaquero, Elena Vallespín, María Palomares-Bralo, Sixto García-Miñaúr, Fernando Santos-Simarro, Pedro Arias, Hernán Carnicer, Silvina Giannivelli, Juan Medina, Rosa Pérez-Piaya, Jorge Solís, Mónica Rodríguez, Alexandra Villagrá, Laura Rodríguez, Julián Nevado, Víctor Martínez-Glez, Karen E Heath, Pablo Lapunzina
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: X-linked cardiac valvular dysplasia is a rare form of male-specific congenital heart defect mainly characterized by myxomatous degeneration of the atrioventricular valves with variable hemodynamic consequences. It is caused by genetic defects in FLNA-encoded filamin A, a widely expressed actin-binding protein that regulates cytoskeleton organization. Filamin A loss of function has also been associated with often concurring neurologic and connective tissue manifestations, with mutations in the first half of the Rod 1 domain apparently expressing the full cardiac phenotype...
November 13, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146450/identification-and-expression-of-complement-component-c8%C3%AE-c8%C3%AE-and-c8%C3%AE-gene-in-half-smooth-tongue-sole-cynoglossus-semilaevis-and-c8%C3%AE-recombinant-protein-antibacterial-activity-analysis
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Guang Yang, Yunji Xiu, Yadong Chen, Li Bai, Zhenxia Sha
Complement component C8, which mediates membrane attack complex formation and bacterial lysis, plays important roles in the complement system. The cDNA sequences of the C8α, C8β and C8γ genes were cloned from half-smooth tongue sole (Cynoglossus semilaevis). Full-length cDNA of CsC8α (C8α of C. semilaevis), CsC8β and CsC8γ was 1990, 2219 and 886 bp, respectively, which contained open reading frames of 1797, 1749 and 666 bp, encoding 598, 582 and 221 amino acids, respectively. The deduced proteins of CsC8α, CsC8β and CsC8γ showed the closest amino acid similarity to C8α (73%) of Siniperca chuatsi, C8β (76%) of Oryzias latipes and C8γ (72%) of Takifugu rubripes, respectively...
November 13, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146443/differential-responses-of-a-thioredoxin-like-protein-gene-to-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-challenge-in-the-noble-scallop-chlamys-nobilis-with-different-total-carotenoids-content
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Hongkuan Zhang, Dewei Cheng, Hongxing Liu, Huaiping Zheng
Being lack of specific immune system, both enzymes and non-enzymatic antioxidants play crucial roles in immune of invertebrates. In the present study, in order to investigate immune roles of enzyme (thioredoxin, TRX) and antioxidants (carotenoids), Golden scallops with golden shell and golden muscle rich in carotenoids content and Brown scallops with brown shell and white muscle less carotenoids content of the noble scallop Chlamys nobilis were challenged by Vibrio parahaemolyticus for 48 h. Firstly, a cDNA of TRX protein gene from the scallop (named as CnTRX) was cloned and characterized...
November 13, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146191/automatic-delineation-of-brain-regions-on-mri-and-pet-images-from-the-pig
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Jonas Villadsen, Hanne D Hansen, Louise M Jørgensen, Sune H Keller, Flemming L Andersen, Ida N Petersen, Gitte M Knudsen, Claus Svarer
BACKGROUND: The increasing use of the pig as a research model in neuroimaging requires standardized processing tools. For example, extraction of regional dynamic time series from brain PET images requires parcellation procedures that benefit from being automated. COMPARISON WITH EXISTING METHODS: Manual inter-modality spatial normalization to a MRI atlas is operator-dependent, time-consuming, and can be inaccurate with lack of cortical radiotracer binding or skull uptake...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146155/a-comparison-of-childbirth-costs-for-adolescents-and-adults-from-2001-to-2010
#16
Smadar Ronen, Jinhyung Lee, Parin Patel, Pooja Patel
PURPOSE: Although teenage birth rates in America have fallen to a historic low of 26.2 births per 1,000 teenagers, the U.S. remains behind the rest of the industrialized world. Adolescent pregnancy is relatively well discussed in today's literature, with ever more detailed estimates constantly emerging to quantify the cost of children born to America's teenagers. This study, however, describes the financial cost of childbirth in the U.S. with a specific focus on understanding the impact of adolescent childbirth in comparison to that of adult women and of annual childbirth as a whole...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145927/corrigendum-to-hypoxia-limits-mouse-follicle-growth-in-vitro
#17
J M Connolly, M T Kane, L R Quinlan, P Dockery, A C Hynes
Ovarian follicle culture is useful for elucidation of factors involved in the regulation of follicular function. We examined the effects of gas phase oxygen concentration, an oil overlay, serum type and medium supplementation with FSH, insulin-transferrin-selenium (ITS) and I-ascorbic acid on cultured preantral mouse follicle growth in a spherical, non-attached follicle culture system. Follicle growth in 5% oxygen was significantly (P<0.01) inferior to growth in 20% oxygen in terms of follicle diameter. This was likely due to hypoxia, as evidenced by significantly (P<0...
February 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145610/transition-to-an-aquatic-habitat-permitted-the-repeated-loss-of-the-pleiotropic-klk8-gene-in-mammals
#18
Nikolai Hecker, Virag Sharma, Michael Hiller
KLK8 (also called neuropsin) is a serine protease that plays distinct roles in the skin and hippocampus. In the skin, KLK8 influences keratinocyte proliferation and desquamation, and activates antimicrobial peptides in sweat. In the hippocampus, KLK8 affects memory acquisition. Here, we examined the evolution of KLK8 in mammals and discovered that, out of 70 placental mammals, KLK8 is exclusively lost in three independent fully-aquatic lineages, comprising dolphin, killer whale, minke whale and manatee. In addition, while the sperm whale has an intact KLK8 reading frame, the gene evolves neutrally in this species...
November 14, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145554/prevalence-and-associations-of-central-peripheral-rivalry-type-diplopia-in-patients-with-epiretinal-membrane
#19
Kevin K Veverka, Sarah R Hatt, David A Leske, William L Brown, Andrew J Barkmeier, Raymond Iezzi, Jonathan M Holmes
Importance: The prevalence and clinical associations of patients with epiretinal membrane (ERM) who develop central-peripheral rivalry (CPR)-type diplopia are unknown. Objectives: To determine the prevalence of CPR-type diplopia in retinal disease clinic patients with ERM and to determine clinical findings associated with CPR-type diplopia. Design, Setting and Participants: A prospective cross-sectional study of 31 patients with ERM from retinal disease clinics to determine the prevalence of CPR-type diplopia...
November 16, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145478/electrical-impedance-tomography-amplitudes-of-cardiac-related-impedance-changes-in-the-lung-are-highly-position-dependent
#20
Michael Graf, Thomas Riedel
BACKGROUND: Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) is used on the thorax to measure impedance changes due to the presence of air and blood in the lung. This experimental study was performed to investigate the effect of posture on cardiac and respiratory related impedance changes. METHODS: EIT measurements were performed on 14 healthy subjects in left-, right lateral, prone, supine and upright positions. Simultaneously, tidal volume was recorded with an ultrasonic flowmeter...
2017: PloS One
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