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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340464/a-review-on-various-electrochemical-techniques-for-heavy-metal-ions-detection-with-different-sensing-platforms
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REVIEW
BabanKumar Bansod, Tejinder Kumar, Ritula Thakur, Shakshi Rana, Inderbir Singh
Heavy metal ions are non-biodegradable and contaminate most of the natural resources occurring in the environment including water. Some of the heavy metals including Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg), Arsenic (As), Chromium (Cr) and Cadmium (Cd) are considered to be highly toxic and hazardous to human health even at trace levels. This leads to the requirement of fast, accurate and reliable techniques for the detection of heavy metal ions. This review presents various electrochemical detection techniques for heavy metal ions those are user friendly, low cost, provides on-site and real time monitoring as compared to other spectroscopic and optical techniques...
March 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340292/combined-spiroergometry-and-31-p-mrs-of-human-calf-muscle-during-high-intensity-exercise
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K Moll, A Gussew, C Hein, N Stutzig, J R Reichenbach
Simultaneous measurements of pulmonary oxygen consumption (VO2 ), carbon dioxide exhalation (VCO2 ) and phosphorus magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((31) P-MRS) are valuable in physiological studies to evaluate muscle metabolism during specific loads. Therefore, the aim of this study was to adapt a commercially available spirometric device to enable measurements of VO2 and VCO2 whilst simultaneously performing (31) P-MRS at 3 T. Volunteers performed intense plantar flexion of their right calf muscle inside the MR scanner against a pneumatic MR-compatible pedal ergometer...
March 24, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339490/create-your-own-stimulus-manipulating-movements-according-to-social-categories
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Markus Koppensteiner, Georg Primes, Pia Stephan
People ascribe purposeful behaviour to the movements of artificial objects and social qualities to human body motion. We investigated how people associate simple motion cues with social categories. For a first rating-experiment we converted the body movements of speakers into stick-figure animations; for a second rating-experiment we used animations of one single dot. Rating-experiments were "reversed" because we asked participants to alter the movements (i.e., vertical amplitude, horizontal amplitude, and velocity) of the stimuli according to different instructions (e...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338320/inhibitors-of-protein-methyltransferases-and-demethylases
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H Ümit Kaniskan, Michael L Martini, Jian Jin
Post-translational modifications of histones by protein methyltransferases (PMTs) and histone demethylases (KDMs) play an important role in the regulation of gene expression and transcription and are implicated in cancer and many other diseases. Many of these enzymes also target various nonhistone proteins impacting numerous crucial biological pathways. Given their key biological functions and implications in human diseases, there has been a growing interest in assessing these enzymes as potential therapeutic targets...
March 24, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337900/the-fingerprint-of-the-human-gastrointestinal-tract-microbiota-a-hypothesis-of-molecular-mapping
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G Tomasello, M Mazzola, A Jurjus, F Cappello, F Carini, P Damiani, A Gerges Geagea, M N Zeenny, A Leone
The precise etiology of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IDB) remains unclear and several factors are believed to play a role in its development and progression, including the composition of microbial communities resident in the gastrointestinal tract. Human intestinal microbiota are extensive with at least 15,000-36,000 bacterial species. However, thanks to the new development in sequencing and molecular taxonomic methodologies, our understanding of the microbiota population composition, dynamics, and ecology has greatly increased...
January 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337782/three-dimensional-oxygen-enhanced-mri-of-the-human-lung-at-1-5t-with-ultra-fast-balanced-steady-state-free-precession
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Orso Pusterla, Grzegorz Bauman, Oliver Bieri
PURPOSE: To assess the feasibility of 3D oxygen-enhanced (OE) MRI of the lung at 1.5T using multi-volumetric ultra-fast balanced steady-state free precession (ufSSFP) acquisitions. METHODS: Isotropic imaging of the lung for OE-MRI was performed with an adapted 3D ufSSFP sequence using five breath-hold acquisitions ranging from functional residual capacity to tidal inspiration under both normoxic (room air) and hyperoxic (100% O2 ) gas conditions. For each O2 concentration, a sponge model (which captures the parenchymal signal intensity variation as a function of the lung volume) was fitted to the acquired multi-volumetric datasets after semiautomatic lung segmentation and deformable image registration...
March 24, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337283/intracoronary-hypothermia-for-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-the-isolated-beating-pig-heart
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Luuk C Otterspoor, Lokien X van Nunen, Tilaï T Rosalina, Marcel Van't Veer, Sjoerd Van Tuijl, Marco Stijnen, Marcel Cm Rutten, Frans N van de Vosse, Nico Hj Pijls
Hypothermia may attenuate reperfusion injury and thereby improve acute myocardial infarction therapy. Systemic cooling trials failed to reduce infarct size, perhaps because the target temperature was not reached fast enough. The use of selective intracoronary hypothermia combined with intracoronary temperature monitoring allows for titrating to target temperature and optimizing the cooling rate. We aimed to the test the feasibility of intracoronary cooling for controlled, selective myocardial hypothermia in an isolated beating pig heart...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336902/magnetic-hybrid-nanosorbents-for-the-uptake-of-paraquat-from-water
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Tiago Fernandes, Sofia F Soares, Tito Trindade, Ana L Daniel-da-Silva
Although paraquat has been banned in European countries, this herbicide is still used all over the world, thanks to its low-cost, high-efficiency, and fast action. Because paraquat is highly toxic to humans and animals, there is interest in mitigating the consequences of its use, namely by implementing removal procedures capable of curbing its environmental and health risks. This research describes new magnetic nanosorbents composed of magnetite cores functionalized with bio-hybrid siliceous shells, that can be used to uptake paraquat from water using magnetically-assisted procedures...
March 18, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336562/de-novo-assembly-of-the-aedes-aegypti-genome-using-hi-c-yields-chromosome-length-scaffolds
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Olga Dudchenko, Sanjit S Batra, Arina D Omer, Sarah K Nyquist, Marie Hoeger, Neva C Durand, Muhammad S Shamim, Ido Machol, Eric S Lander, Aviva Presser Aiden, Erez Lieberman Aiden
The Zika outbreak, spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, highlights the need to create high-quality assemblies of large genomes in a rapid and cost-effective fashion. Here, we combine Hi-C data with existing draft assemblies to generate chromosome-length scaffolds. We validate this method by assembling a human genome, de novo, from short reads alone (67X coverage). We then combine our method with draft sequences to create genome assemblies of the mosquito disease vectors Aedes aegypti and Culex quinquefasciatus, each consisting of three scaffolds corresponding to the three chromosomes in each species...
March 23, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334935/genome-wide-association-study-of-iron-traits-and-relation-to-diabetes-in-the-hispanic-community-health-study-study-of-latinos-hchs-sol-potential-genomic-intersection-of-iron-and-glucose-regulation
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Laura M Raffield, Tin Louie, Tamar Sofer, Deepti Jain, Eli Ipp, Kent D Taylor, George J Papanicolaou, Larissa Avilés-Santa, Leslie A Lange, Cathy C Laurie, Matthew P Conomos, Timothy A Thornton, Yii-Der Ida Chen, Qibin Qi, Scott Cotler, Bharat Thyagarajan, Neil Schneiderman, Jerome I Rotter, Alex P Reiner, Henry J Lin
Genetic variants contribute to normal variation of iron-related traits and may also cause clinical syndromes of iron deficiency or excess. Iron overload and deficiency can adversely affect human health. For example, elevated iron storage is associated with increased diabetes risk, although mechanisms are still being investigated. We conducted the first genome-wide association study (GWAS) of serum iron, total iron binding capacity (TIBC), transferrin saturation, and ferritin in a Hispanic/Latino cohort, the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL; >12,000 participants) and also assessed the generalization of previously known loci to this population...
March 7, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334554/rapid-establishment-of-the-european-bank-for-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-ebisc-the-hot-start-experience
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Paul A De Sousa, Rachel Steeg, Elisabeth Wachter, Kevin Bruce, Jason King, Marieke Hoeve, Shalinee Khadun, George McConnachie, Julie Holder, Andreas Kurtz, Stefanie Seltmann, Johannes Dewender, Sascha Reimann, Glyn Stacey, Orla O'Shea, Charlotte Chapman, Lyn Healy, Heiko Zimmermann, Bryan Bolton, Trisha Rawat, Isobel Atkin, Anna Veiga, Bernd Kuebler, Blanca Miranda Serano, Tomo Saric, Jürgen Hescheler, Oliver Brüstle, Michael Peitz, Cornelia Thiele, Niels Geijsen, Bjørn Holst, Christian Clausen, Majlinda Lako, Lyle Armstrong, Shailesh K Gupta, Alexander J Kvist, Ryan Hicks, Anna Jonebring, Gabriella Brolén, Andreas Ebneth, Alfredo Cabrera-Socorro, Patrik Foerch, Martine Geraerts, Tina C Stummann, Shawn Harmon, Carol George, Ian Streeter, Laura Clarke, Helen Parkinson, Peter W Harrison, Adam Faulconbridge, Luca Cherubin, Tony Burdett, Cesar Trigueros, Minal J Patel, Christa Lucas, Barry Hardy, Rok Predan, Joh Dokler, Maja Brajnik, Oliver Keminer, Ole Pless, Philip Gribbon, Carsten Claussen, Annette Ringwald, Beate Kreisel, Aidan Courtney, Timothy E Allsopp
A fast track "Hot Start" process was implemented to launch the European Bank for Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (EBiSC) to provide early release of a range of established control and disease linked human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) lines. Established practice amongst consortium members was surveyed to arrive at harmonised and publically accessible Standard Operations Procedures (SOPs) for tissue procurement, bio-sample tracking, iPSC expansion, cryopreservation, qualification and distribution to the research community...
March 7, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334360/hla-ma-simple-yet-powerful-matching-of-samples-using-hla-typing-results
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Clemens Messerschmidt, Manuel Holtgrewe, Dieter Beule
Summary: We propose the simple method HLA-MA for consistency checking in pipelines operating on human HTS data. The method is based on the HLA typing result of the state-of-the-art method OptiType. Provided that there is sufficient coverage of the HLA loci, comparing HLA types allows for simple, fast, and robust matching of samples from whole genome, exome, and RNA-seq data. Our approach uses information from small but genetically highly variable regions and thus complements approaches that rely on genome or exon-wide variant profiles...
March 9, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334175/attenuated-fast-steady-state-visual-evoked-potentials-during-human-sleep
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Omer Sharon, Yuval Nir
During sleep, external sensory events rarely elicit a behavioral response or affect perception. However, how sensory processing differs between wakefulness and sleep remains unclear. A major difficulty in this field stems from using brief auditory stimuli that often trigger nonspecific high-amplitude "K-complex" responses and complicate interpretation. To overcome this challenge, here we delivered periodic visual flicker stimulation across sleep and wakefulness while recording high-density electroencephalography (EEG) in humans...
February 25, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333589/a-unified-theory-of-neuro-mri-data-shows-scale-free-nature-of-connectivity-modes
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Vitaly L Galinsky, Lawrence R Frank
A primary goal of many neuroimaging studies that use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is to deduce the structure-function relationships in the human brain using data from the three major neuro-MRI modalities: high-resolution anatomical, diffusion tensor imaging, and functional MRI. To date, the general procedure for analyzing these data is to combine the results derived independently from each of these modalities. In this article, we develop a new theoretical and computational approach for combining these different MRI modalities into a powerful and versatile framework that combines our recently developed methods for morphological shape analysis and segmentation, simultaneous local diffusion estimation and global tractography, and nonlinear and nongaussian spatial-temporal activation pattern classification and ranking, as well as our fast and accurate approach for nonlinear registration between modalities...
March 23, 2017: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333238/clustering-of-pcos-like-traits-in-naturally-hyperandrogenic-female-rhesus-monkeys
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D H Abbott, B H Rayome, D A Dumesic, K C Lewis, A K Edwards, K Wallen, M E Wilson, S E Appt, J E Levine
STUDY QUESTION: Do naturally occurring, hyperandrogenic (≥1 SD of population mean testosterone, T) female rhesus monkeys exhibit traits typical of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? SUMMARY ANSWER: Hyperandrogenic female monkeys exhibited significantly increased serum levels of androstenedione (A4), 17-hydroxyprogesterone (17-OHP), estradiol (E2), LH, antimullerian hormone (AMH), cortisol, 11-deoxycortisol and corticosterone, as well as increased uterine endometrial thickness and evidence of reduced fertility, all traits associated with PCOS...
March 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332414/determination-of-mycotoxins-in-biscuits-dried-fruits-and-fruit-jams-assessment-of-human-exposure
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Biljana Škrbić, Igor Antić, Jelena Cvejanov
A reliable, fast and simple method using UHPLC-MS/MS was developed for the determination of aflatoxins B1 (AFB1), G1 (AFG1), B2 (AFB2) and G2 (AFg2), ochratoxin A (OTA), deoxynivalenol (DON), zearalenone (ZEA), HT-2 toxin and T-2 toxin in crude extracts of biscuits with fruit filling, cookies, dried fruits and fruit jams. The method was successfully demonstrated on 39 samples of biscuits with fruit filling, 34 cookies, 14 dried fruits and 10 fruit jams. The mycotoxins detected in biscuits samples were ZEA, OTA, T-2, and AFB1 with average concentration of positive samples of 2...
March 23, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332202/calcium-signalling-silencing-in-atrial-fibrillation
#17
Maura Greiser
Sub-cellular calcium signalling silencing is a novel and distinct cellular and molecular adaptive response to rapid cardiac activation. Calcium signalling silencing develops during short-term sustained rapid atrial activation as seen clinically during paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). It is the first 'anti-arrhythmic' adaptive response in the setting of AF and appears to counteract the maladaptive changes that lead to intracellular Ca(2+) signalling instability and Ca(2+) based arrhythmogenicity. Calcium signalling silencing results in a failed propagation of the [Ca(2+) ]i signal to the myocyte centre in both patients with AF and in a rabbit model...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331993/molecular-characterization-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-human-influenza-a-viruses-isolated-in-iran-during-the-2014-2015-season
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Elham Moasser, Farida Behzadian, Afagh Moattari, Fatemeh Fotouhi, Amir Rahimi, Hassan Zaraket, Seyed Younes Hosseini
Influenza A viruses are an important cause of severe infectious diseases in humans and are characterized by their fast evolution rate. Global monitoring of these viruses is critical to detect newly emerging variants during annual epidemics. Here, we sought to genetically characterize influenza A/H1N1pdm09 and A/H3N2 viruses collected in Iran during the 2014-2015 influenza season. A total of 200 nasopharyngeal swabs were collected from patients with influenza-like illnesses. Swabs were screened for influenza A and B using real-time PCR...
March 22, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331796/an-unexpected-finding-in-a-man-with-multiple-pulmonary-nodules-a-pleural-effusion-and-respiratory-failure
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Yik Lam Pang, Quentin Jones
We report the case of a 47-year old Caucasian man with a history of depression and high alcohol intake who presented with a one-month history of weight loss, dry cough and abdominal pain. He had no smoking history of note. The patient was treated for a suspected chest infection, however developed respiratory failure and was intubated. A CT showed multiple pulmonary nodules, left pleural thickening extending to the mediastinum and bilateral pleural effusions-larger on the left, suggestive of disseminated malignancy...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331307/current-applications-and-future-prospects-of-nanomaterials-in-tumor-therapy
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REVIEW
Yu Huang, Chao-Qiang Fan, Hui Dong, Su-Min Wang, Xiao-Chao Yang, Shi-Ming Yang
Tumors are one of the most serious human diseases and cause numerous global deaths per year. In spite of many strategies applied in tumor therapy, such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy, surgery, and a combination of these treatments, tumors are still the foremost killer worldwide among human diseases, due to their specific limitations, such as multidrug resistance and side effects. Therefore, it is urgent and necessary to develop new strategies for tumor therapy. Recently, the fast development of nanoscience has paved the way for designing new strategies to treat tumors...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
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