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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654301/an-integrative-review-of-scientific-evidence-for-reconnective-healing
#1
Ann L Baldwin, Natalie L Trent
BACKGROUND: Biofield therapies offer a novel, non-invasive approach to treating chronic diseases based on assessing and adjusting an individual's physiological and emotional responses through their bio-energetic field. Reconnective Healing(™) (RH) is defined as: "…not just energy healing, but instead a more comprehensive spectrum of healing composed of energy, light, and information." OBJECTIVES: Several biofield therapies, such as Reiki, Therapeutic Touch and Johrei, have already been reviewed in the literature but RH has received little attention even though it is taught and practiced worldwide...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646755/bio-fabrication-of-catalytic-platinum-nanoparticles-and-their-in-vitro-efficacy-against-lungs-cancer-cells-line-a549
#2
Sadeeq Ullah, Aftab Ahmad, Aoke Wang, Muslim Raza, Amin Ullah Jan, Kamran Tahir, Aziz Ur Rahman, Yuan Qipeng
Platinum based drugs are considered as effective agents against various types of carcinoma; however, the severe toxicity associated with the chemically prepared platinum complexes limit their practical applications. Similarly, water pollution caused by various organic moieties is another serious health problem worldwide. Hence, an intense need exists to develop new, effective and biocompatible materials with catalytic and biomedical applications. In the present contribution, we prepared platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) by a green route using phytochemicals as a source of reducing and stabilizing agents...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644849/rapid-development-of-cyanobacterial-crust-in-the-field-for-combating-desertification
#3
Chan-Ho Park, Xin Rong Li, Yang Zhao, Rong Liang Jia, Jae-Seoun Hur
Desertification is currently a major concern, and vast regions have already been devastated in the arid zones of many countries. Combined application of cyanobacteria with soil fixing chemicals is a novel method of restoring desertified areas. Three cyanobacteria, Nostoc sp. Vaucher ex Bornet & Flahault, Phormidium sp. Kützing ex Gomont and Scytonema arcangeli Bornet ex Flahault were isolated and tested in this study. Tacki-SprayTM (TKS7), which consists of bio-polysaccharides and tackifiers, was used as a soil fixing agent...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641210/comparative-analysis-of-polyspecificity-of-the-endogenous-trna-synthetase-of-different-expression-host-towards-photocrosslinking-amino-acids-using-an-in-silico-approach
#4
Nadarajan Saravanan Prabhu, Hyungdon Yun
Photo-induced covalent crosslinking has emerged as the powerful strategy for analyzing and characterizing the protein-protein interaction and mapping protein 3D conformations. In the last decades, a number of photocrosslinking amino acids have been reported but only a few have been efficiently utilized for photocrosslinking purposes. Recently, incorporation of diazirine containing photoactivatable analogs such as photo-methionine, photo-leucine, photo-isoleucine and photo-lysine into target proteins were accomplished in live cells (Human A549cells, HEK 293) by depleting corresponding natural amino acid and supplementing these analogs in the medium...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639437/ultrasound-assisted-green-economic-synthesis-of-hydroxyapatite-nanoparticles-using-eggshell-bio-waste-and-study-of-mechanical-and-biological-properties-for-orthopaedic-applications
#5
Vijay H Ingole, Kamal Hany Hussein, Anil A Kashale, Kalyani Ghule, Tomaž Vuherer, Vanja Kokol, Jia-Yaw Chang, Yong-Chien Ling, Aruna Vinchurkar, Hom N Dhakal, Anil V Ghule
Nanostructured hydroxyapatite (HAp) is most favorable candidate biomaterial for bone tissue engineering because of its bioactive and osteoconductive properties. Herein, we report for the first time ultrasound assisted facile and economic approach for the synthesis of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (Ca10 (PO4 )6 (OH)2 ) using recycled eggshell bio-waste referred as EHAp. The process involves the reaction of eggshell bio-waste as a source of calcium and ammonium dihydrogen orthophosphate as a phosphate source...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637159/methane-production-and-fertilizing-value-of-organic-waste-organic-matter-characterization-for-a-better-prediction-of-valorization-pathways
#6
Julie Jimenez, Han Lei, Jean-Philippe Steyer, Sabine Houot, Dominique Patureau
Organic wastes are potential sources of both energy as well as crop production fertilizers. Correlations and models, involving organic matter characterization, have been previously described by several authors although there is still a lack in knowledge on the potential of simultaneous predictions of methane and organic fertilizer quality to optimize the wastes treatments. A methodology combining chemical accessibility and fluorescence spectroscopy was used to characterize 82 different organic wastes. Characterization data were compared with the biochemical methane potential (BMP), and with the biodegradable organic carbon obtained by soil incubation (C_bio)...
May 31, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636351/heats-of-formation-of-medium-size-organic-compounds-from-contemporary-electronic-structure-methods
#7
Yury Minenkov, Heng Wang, Zhandong Wang, S Mani Sarathy, Luigi Cavallo
Computational electronic structure calculations are routinely undertaken to predict thermodynamic properties of the various species. However, the application of highly accurate wave function theory methods, such as the "gold standard" coupled cluster approach including single, double and partly triple excitations in perturbative fashion, CCSD(T), to large molecules is limited due to high computational cost. In this work, the promising domain based local pair natural orbital coupled cluster approach, DLPNO-CCSD(T), has been tested to reproduce 113 accurate formation enthalpies of medium-size molecules (few dozens heavy atoms) important for bio- and combustion chemistry via the reaction based Feller-Peterson-Dixon approach...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631060/estimating-the-size-of-the-msm-population-in-metro-vancouver-canada-using-multiple-methods-and-diverse-data-sources
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Ashleigh J Rich, Nathan J Lachowsky, Paul Sereda, Zishan Cui, Jason Wong, Stanley Wong, Jody Jollimore, Henry Fisher Raymond, Travis Salway Hottes, Eric A Roth, Robert S Hogg, David M Moore
Men who have sex with men (MSM) are disproportionately affected by HIV globally, regionally in Canada, and locally in Vancouver. Lack of reliable population size estimates of MSM impedes effective implementation of health care services and limits our understanding of the HIV epidemic. We estimated the population size of MSM residing in Metro Vancouver drawing on four data sources: the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), a cross-sectional bio-behavioural MSM survey, HIV testing services data from sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinics serving MSM, and online social networking site Facebook...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624657/adiponectin-improves-the-osteointegration-of-titanium-implant-under-diabetic-conditions-by-reversing-mitochondrial-dysfunction-via-the-ampk-pathway-in-vivo-and-in-vitro
#9
Xiao-Fan Hu, Lin Wang, Yi-Zhao Lu, Geng Xiang, Zi-Xiang Wu, Ya-Bo Yan, Yang Zhang, Xiong Zhao, Yuan Zang, Lei Shi, Wei Lei, Ya-Fei Feng
Diabetes-induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) overproduction would result in compromised osteointegration of titanium implant (TI) and high rate of implant failure, yet the underlying mechanisms remain elusive. Adiponectin (APN) is a fat-derived adipocytokine with strong antioxidant, mitochondrial-protective and anti-diabetic efficacies. We hypothesized that mitochondrial dysfunction under diabetes may account for the oxidative stress in osteoblasts and titanium-bone interface (TBI) instability, which could be ameliorated by APN...
June 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622080/differences-in-glucose-yield-of-residues-from-among-varieties-of-rice-wheat-and-sorghum-after-dilute-acid-pretreatment
#10
Hiroshi Teramura, Kengo Sasaki, Hideo Kawaguchi, Fumio Matsuda, Jun Kikuchi, Tomokazu Shirai, Takashi Sazuka, Masanori Yamasaki, Shigeo Takumi, Chiaki Ogino, Akihiko Kondo
Bio-refinery processes require use of the most suitable lignocellulosic biomass for enzymatic saccharification and microbial fermentation. Glucose yield from biomass solid fractions obtained after dilute sulfuric acid (1%) pretreatment (at 180 °C) was investigated using 14, 8, and 16 varieties of rice, wheat, and sorghum, respectively. Biomass solid fractions of each crop showed similar cellulose content. However, glucose yield after enzymatic hydrolysis (cellulase loading at 6.6 filter paper unit/g-biomass) was different among the varieties of each crop, indicating genotypic differences for rice, wheat, and sorghum...
June 16, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617221/identification-of-cancer-specific-motifs-in-mimotope-profiles-of-serum-antibody-repertoire
#11
Ekaterina Gerasimov, Alex Zelikovsky, Ion Măndoiu, Yurij Ionov
BACKGROUND: For fighting cancer, earlier detection is crucial. Circulating auto-antibodies produced by the patient's own immune system after exposure to cancer proteins are promising bio-markers for the early detection of cancer. Since an antibody recognizes not the whole antigen but 4-7 critical amino acids within the antigenic determinant (epitope), the whole proteome can be represented by a random peptide phage display library. This opens the possibility to develop an early cancer detection test based on a set of peptide sequences identified by comparing cancer patients' and healthy donors' global peptide profiles of antibody specificities...
June 7, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616799/dolichol-phosphate-mannose-synthase-a-glycosyltransferase-with-unity-in-molecular-diversities
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REVIEW
Dipak K Banerjee, Zhenbo Zhang, Krishna Baksi, Jesús E Serrano-Negrón
N-glycans provide structural and functional stability to asparagine-linked (N-linked) glycoproteins, and add flexibility. Glycan biosynthesis is elaborative, multi-compartmental and involves many glycosyltransferases. Failure to assemble N-glycans leads to phenotypic changes developing infection, cancer, congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDGs) among others. Biosynthesis of N-glycans begins at the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) with the assembly of dolichol-linked tetra-decasaccharide (Glc3Man9GlcNAc2-PP-Dol) where dolichol phosphate mannose synthase (DPMS) plays a central role...
June 14, 2017: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614744/effects-of-aeration-on-matrix-temperature-by-infrared-thermal-imager-and-computational-fluid-dynamics-during-sludge-bio-drying
#13
Dawei Yu, Min Yang, Lu Qi, Mengmeng Liu, Yawei Wang, Yuansong Wei
The effect of aeration on the pile matrix temperature was investigated using thermocouples and Infrared Thermal Imager (IRI) for temperature sensing, and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for modelling of temperature variation during aeration in a full-scale sludge biodrying plant. With aeration saving of 20%, the improved strategy speeded up biodrying from 21 days to 14 days, while achieving similar drying effect. A persistent thermocouple recorded the one-dimensional (1D) total temperature variation of all aeration strategies...
June 4, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614187/translational-pain-assessment-could-natural-animal-models-be-the-missing-link
#14
Mary P Klinck, Jeffrey S Mogil, Maxim Moreau, B Duncan X Lascelles, Paul A Flecknell, Thierry Poitte, Eric Troncy
Failure of analgesic drugs in clinical development is common. Along with the current "reproducibility crisis" in pain research, this has led some to question the use of animal models. Experimental models tend to comprise genetically homogeneous groups of young, male rodents in restricted and unvarying environments, and pain-producing assays that may not closely mimic the natural condition of interest. In addition, typical experimental outcome measures using thresholds or latencies for withdrawal may not adequately reflect clinical pain phenomena pertinent to human patients...
June 9, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609991/the-use-of-bioacoustics-in-anuran-taxonomy-theory-terminology-methods-and-recommendations-for-best-practice
#15
Jörn Köhler, Martin Jansen, Ariel Rodríguez, Philippe J R Kok, Luís Felipe Toledo, Mike Emmrich, Frank Glaw, Célio F B Haddad, Mark-Oliver Rödel, Miguel Vences
Vocalizations of anuran amphibians have received much attention in studies of behavioral ecology and physiology, but also provide informative characters for identifying and delimiting species. We here review the terminology and variation of frog calls from a perspective of integrative taxonomy, and provide hands-on protocols for recording, analyzing, comparing, interpreting and describing these sounds. Our focus is on advertisement calls, which serve as premating isolation mechanisms and, therefore, convey important taxonomic information...
April 11, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609508/evaluation-of-the-bone-regenerating-effects-of-two-anorganic-bovine-bone-grafts-in-a-critical-sized-alveolar-ridge-defect-model
#16
David M Kim, Heather Hong, Jerry Ching-Yi Lin, Myron Nevins
A preclinical trial was conducted to treat 54 mandibular critical-sized alveolar ridge defects in 27 canines. Each hemimandible was randomized to be treated with two different anorganic bovine bone grafts (group A = InterOss [SigmaGraft]; group B = Bio-Oss [Geistlich]) or negative control (group C = empty defect) followed by a 4-, 8-, or 12-week observation period. Microcomputed tomography, histology, histopathology, and histomorphometric analyses were performed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of these treatments...
July 2017: International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607355/combining-catalytic-microparticles-with-droplets-formed-by-phase-coexistence-adsorption-and-activity-of-natural-clays-at-the-aqueous-aqueous-interface
#17
Fatma Pir Cakmak, Christine D Keating
Natural clay particles have been hypothesized as catalysts on the early Earth, potentially facilitating the formation of early organic (bio) molecules. Association of clay particles with droplets formed by liquid-liquid phase separation could provide a physical mechanism for compartmentalization of inorganic catalysts in primitive protocells. Here we explore the distribution of natural clay mineral particles in poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)/dextran (Dx) aqueous two-phase systems (ATPS). We compared the three main types of natural clay: kaolinite, montmorillonite and illite, all of which are aluminosilicates of similar composition and surface charge...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604837/dynamic-changes-in-diffusion-measures-improve-sensitivity-in-identifying-patients-with-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
#18
Alexander W Thomas, Richard Watts, Christopher G Filippi, Joshua P Nickerson, Trevor Andrews, Gregory Lieberman, Magdalena R Naylor, Margaret J Eppstein, Kalev Freeman
The goal of this study was to investigate patterns of axonal injury in the first week after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). We performed a prospective cohort study of 20 patients presenting to the emergency department with mTBI, using 3.0T diffusion tensor MRI immediately after injury and again at 1 week post-injury. Corresponding data were acquired from 16 controls over a similar time interval. Fractional anisotropy (FA) and other diffusion measures were calculated from 11 a priori selected axon tracts at each time-point, and the change across time in each region was quantified for each subject...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601761/improving-virtual-screening-predictive-accuracy-of-human-kallikrein-5-inhibitors-using-machine-learning-models
#19
Xingang Fang, Sikha Bagui, Subhash Bagui
The readily available high throughput screening (HTS) data from the PubChem database provides an opportunity for mining of small molecules in a variety of biological systems using machine learning techniques. From the thousands of available molecular descriptors developed to encode useful chemical information representing the characteristics of molecules, descriptor selection is an essential step in building an optimal quantitative structural-activity relationship (QSAR) model. For the development of a systematic descriptor selection strategy, we need the understanding of the relationship between: (i) the descriptor selection; (ii) the choice of the machine learning model; and (iii) the characteristics of the target bio-molecule...
May 29, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600685/aquidulcibacter-paucihalophilus-gen-nov-sp-nov-a-novel-member-of-family-caulobacteraceae-isolated-from-cyanobacterial-aggregates-in-a-eutrophic-lake
#20
Haiyuan Cai, Yuan Shi, Yanan Wang, Henglin Cui, Helong Jiang
A bacterial strain, TH1-2(T), was isolated from cyanobacterial aggregates in the eutrophic Lake Taihu, Jiangsu Province, China. Cells were observed to be Gram-negative, slightly curved and rod-shaped. Optimal growth was obtained at pH 7.0 (range 5.5-8.5) and 30 °C (range 20-37 °C) in trypticase soy broth (TSB) without NaCl. Growth was not observed in TSB with 1.0% (w/v) NaCl added. The cells were found to be positive for oxidase and catalase activities. The major fatty acids were identified as 3-hydroxy hexadecanoic acid (C16:0 3-OH), C16:1 ω5c and summed feature 8 (consisting of C18:1 ω6c and cis-11-Octadecenoic acid (C18:1 ω7c)...
June 9, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
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