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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/28340367/insulin-resistance-is-associated-with-carotid-intima-media-thickness-in-non-diabetic-subjects-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-the-elsa-brasil-cohort-baseline
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Itamar S Santos, Márcio S Bittencourt, Alessandra C Goulart, Maria Inês Schmidt, Maria de Fátima H S Diniz, Paulo A Lotufo, Isabela M Benseñor
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Epidemiological studies have analyzed the association between carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and insulin resistance, glucose levels or glycated hemoglobin with mixed results. We aimed to evaluate the association between CIMT and homeostasis model assessment - insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), fasting and post-load plasma glucose and glycated hemoglobin in the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil) baseline. METHODS: We included 8028 participants (aged 35-74 years) without diabetes or overt cardiovascular disease who had complete CIMT data at baseline...
March 10, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340339/targeted-apoptosis-of-senescent-cells-restores-tissue-homeostasis-in-response-to-chemotoxicity-and-aging
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Marjolein P Baar, Renata M C Brandt, Diana A Putavet, Julian D D Klein, Kasper W J Derks, Benjamin R M Bourgeois, Sarah Stryeck, Yvonne Rijksen, Hester van Willigenburg, Danny A Feijtel, Ingrid van der Pluijm, Jeroen Essers, Wiggert A van Cappellen, Wilfred F van IJcken, Adriaan B Houtsmuller, Joris Pothof, Ron W F de Bruin, Tobias Madl, Jan H J Hoeijmakers, Judith Campisi, Peter L J de Keizer
The accumulation of irreparable cellular damage restricts healthspan after acute stress or natural aging. Senescent cells are thought to impair tissue function, and their genetic clearance can delay features of aging. Identifying how senescent cells avoid apoptosis allows for the prospective design of anti-senescence compounds to address whether homeostasis can also be restored. Here, we identify FOXO4 as a pivot in senescent cell viability. We designed a FOXO4 peptide that perturbs the FOXO4 interaction with p53...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340329/a-close-up-view-of-codon-selection-in-eukaryotic-initiation
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Christoffer Lind, Mauricio Esguerra, Johan Åqvist
When given an option to choose among a set of alternatives and only one selection is right, one might stop and reflect over which one is best. However, the ribosome has no time to stop and make such reflections, proteins need to be produced and very fast. Eukaryotic translation initiation is an example of such a conundrum. Here, scanning for the correct codon match must be fast, efficient and accurate. We highlight our recent computational findings, which show how the initiation machinery manages to recognize one specific codon among many possible challengers, by fine-tuning the energetic landscape of base-pairing with the aid of the initiation factors eIF1 and eIF1A...
March 24, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340273/genetic-diversity-and-selection-of-common-bean-lines-based-on-technological-quality-and-biofortification
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S de M Steckling, N D Ribeiro, F D Arns, H C Mezzomo, M T D F Possobom
The development of common bean cultivars with high technological quality that are biofortified with minerals, is required to meet the demand for food with health benefits. The objectives of this study were to evaluate whether common bean genotypes differ in terms of technological and mineral biofortification traits, to study the correlations between these characters, to analyze the genetic dissimilarity of common bean genotypes, and to select superior lines for these traits. For this, 14 common bean genotypes were evaluated in experiments conducted in three growing seasons in the Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil...
March 22, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340021/phenamil-an-amiloride-derivative-restricts-long-bone-growth-and-alters-keeled-sternum-bone-architecture-in-growing-chickens
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Tara R Price, Kristin Moncada, Hector Leyva-Jimenez, Kye Won Park, Peter Tontonoz, Rosemary L Walzem
"Broiler-type" chickens are fast-grow-ing, heavy-bodied birds with high demands on bone quality. Phenamil increased mineralization in cultured murine mesenchymal stem cells. Phenamil effects were tested in 2 groups of weight and gender matched day-old broiler chickens (n = 13). Oral administration of 30 mg phenamil/kg body weight d 1 to 13 reduced growth of chicks d 5 to 14 (P = 0.002); with phenamil-treated (PT) chick body weight being 84% of vehicle-treated (VT) chicks' body weight on d 14. Tissues collected on d 15 showed that femur lengths and widths did not differ, but tibias from PT chicks were 6% shorter (P = 0...
March 3, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339803/transcriptional-comparison-of-myogenesis-in-leghorn-and-low-score-normal-embryos
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J Griffin, N St-Pierre, M S Lilburn, M Wick
In a previous study, we reported on a quantitative transcriptomic method which confirmed the temporal transcription of developmental fast skeletal muscle myosin heavy chain (fsMyHC) embryonic isoforms in the embryonic Pectoralis major (PM) of the Single Comb White Leghorn (SCWL). The objective of the current study was to further investigate the transcriptional events underlying embryonic PM growth in the SCWL and a genotype exhibiting partial muscular dystrophy, the Low Score Normal (LSN). We hypothesized that within the SCWL and LSN embryos, there would be differences in the temporal transcription of the fsMyHC isoforms and other myogenic regulatory genes...
February 21, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339777/support-system-for-fine-focusing-and-astigmatism-correction-using-an-auditory-signal-in-scanning-electron-microscopy
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Eisaku Oho, Kazuhiko Suzuki, Sadao Yamazaki
The current study describes a new support system for fine focusing and near-perfect astigmatism correction for scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The signal-to-noise ratio of a series of SEM images obtained from fast scan rates (TV scan) was adopted as a new metric for evaluating focus. Measured signal-to-noise ratio values were converted to an acoustic signal (sound wave frequency) using digital image processing techniques, enabling the SEM user to evaluate image focus using the auditory modality. Accurate focusing and correcting astigmatism in general-purpose SEM is traditionally time-consuming and difficult...
February 24, 2017: Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339749/multi-generational-genome-wide-association-studies-identify-chromosomal-regions-associated-with-ascites-phenotype
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K J Tarrant, S Dey, R Kinney, N B Anthony, D D Rhoads
Ascites is a multi-faceted disease commonly observed in fast growing broilers, which is initiated when the body is insufficiently oxygenated. A series of events follow, including an increase in pulmonary artery pressure, right ventricle hypertrophy, and accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity and pericardium. Advances in management practices along with improved selection programs have decreased ascites incidence in modern broilers. However, ascites syndrome remains an economically important disease throughout the world, causing estimated losses of $100 million per year...
February 21, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339706/differential-proliferation-and-metabolic-activity-of-sertoli-cells-in-the-testes-of-broiler-and-layer-breeder-chickens
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Mélanie Faure, Edith Guibert, Sabine Crochet, Pascal Chartrin, Jean-Pierre Brillard, Anne Collin, Pascal Froment
Decades of genetic selection have generated 2 different, highly specialized types of chickens in which 1 type, known as the layer-type chicken, expresses high laying performance while the other type, known as the broiler-type chicken, is dedicated to the production of fast-growing birds. Selected lines for the latter type often express disorders in their reproductive performance including early sexual maturation and accelerated, non-reversible seasonal decline of their semen production and mating behavior. The aim of the present study was to characterize some metabolic markers of the Sertoli cell populations...
February 21, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339665/an-evaluation-of-a-public-private-partnership-to-reduce-artificial-trans-fatty-acids-in-england-2011-16
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C Knai, L James, M Petticrew, E Eastmure, M A Durand, N Mays
The Public Health Responsibility Deal (RD) is a public-private partnership in England involving voluntary pledges between government, and business and other public organizations to improve public health. One such voluntary pledge refers to the reduction of trans fatty acids (TFAs) in the food supply in England by either pledging not to use artificial TFAs or pledging artificial TFA removal. This paper evaluates the RD's effectiveness at encouraging signatory organizations to remove artificially produced TFAs from their products...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
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/28339345/alanine-aminotransferase-is-a-marker-of-lipotoxicity-consequences-and-hyperandrogenemia-in-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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Matea Belan, Chloé Pelletier, Jean-Patrice Baillargeon
BACKGROUND: Several studies have reported higher levels of Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) compared with control subjects. Plasma ALT levels are considered a marker of hepatic lipotoxicity because of their significant associations with different hepatic metabolic dysfunctions, such as hepatic steatosis and hepatic insulin resistance. METHODS: Retrospective chart review aiming to assess, in PCOS women, the relationship between ALT levels and measures of lipotoxicity consequences that are available clinically, both during fasting and using the oral glucose tolerance test...
April 2017: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335346/a-facile-method-to-in-situ-synthesize-porous-ni%C3%A2-geo%C3%A2-nano-sheets-on-nickel-foam-as-advanced-anode-electrodes-for-li-ion-batteries
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Delong Ma, Xiaomin Shi, Anming Hu
A strategy for growth of porous Ni₂GeO₄ nanosheets on conductive nickel (Ni) foam with robust adhesion as a high-performance electrode for Li-ion batteries is proposed and realized, through a facile two-step method. It involves the low temperature hydro-thermal synthesis of bimetallic (Ni, Ge) hydroxide nanosheets precursor on Ni foam substrates and subsequent thermal transformation to porous Ni₂GeO₄ nanosheets. The as-prepared Ni₂GeO₄ nanosheets possess many interparticle mesopores with a size range from 5 to 15 nm...
November 19, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335313/triboelectric-hydrogen-gas-sensor-with-pd-functionalized-surface
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Sung-Ho Shin, Yang Hyeog Kwon, Young-Hwan Kim, Joo-Yun Jung, Junghyo Nah
Palladium (Pd)-based hydrogen (H₂) gas sensors have been widely investigated thanks to its fast reaction and high sensitivity to hydrogen. Various sensing mechanisms have been adopted for H₂ gas sensors; however, all the sensors must be powered through an external battery. We report here an H₂ gas sensor that can detect H₂ by measuring the output voltages generated during contact electrification between two friction surfaces. When the H₂ sensor, composed of Pd-coated ITO (indium tin oxide) and PET (polyethylene Terephthalate) film, is exposed to H₂, its output voltage is varied in proportion to H₂ concentration because the work function (WF) of Pd-coated surface changes, altering triboelectric charging behavior...
October 14, 2016: Nanomaterials
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/28334842/enhanced-hplc-dad-method-for-fast-determination-of-quercetin-3-o-%C3%AE-d-glucoside-in-extracts-and-polyherbal-formulations-containing-azadirachta-indica-optimization-and-validation
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Sonal Desai, Pratima Tatke, Satish Gabhe
Azadirachta indica has been used for its medicinal properties since time immemorial. Herbal medicines which are prepared using this medicinal tree are utilized to treat various diseases and disorders. No reports are available for marker-based standardization of these herbal medicines prepared from leaves of A. indica. Also existing HPLC methods for determination quercetin-3-O-β-d-glucoside are time consuming. There is an obvious need for development of new HPLC method for quantification of quercetin-3-O-β-d-glucoside which is fast enough to carry out analysis in stipulated time period...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Chromatographic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334787/the-development-and-validation-of-novel-simple-high-performance-liquid-chromatographic-method-with-refractive-index-detector-for-quantification-of-memantine-hydrochloride-in-dissolution-samples
#18
Tukaram B Sawant, Vikas S Wakchaure, Udyakumar K Rakibe, Prashant B Musmade, Bhata R Chaudhari, Dhananjay V Mane
The present study was aimed to develop an analytical method for quantification of memantine (MEM) hydrochloride in dissolution samples using high-performance liquid chromatography with refractive index (RI) detector. The chromatographic separation was achieved on C18 (250 × 4.5 mm, 5 μm) column using isocratic mobile phase comprises of buffer (pH 5.2):methanol (40:60 v/v) pumped at a flow rate of 1.0 mL/min. The column effluents were monitored using RI detector. The retention time of MEM was found to be ~6...
March 4, 2017: Journal of Chromatographic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334754/rate-of-renal-function-decline-race-and-referral-to-nephrology-in-a-large-cohort-of-primary-care-patients
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Farrukh M Koraishy, Denise Hooks-Anderson, Joanne Salas, Jeffrey F Scherrer
Introduction.: Late nephrology referral is associated with adverse outcomes especially among minorities. Research on the association of the rate of chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression with nephrology referral in white versus black patients is lacking. Objectives.: Compute the odds of nephrology referral in primary care and their associations with race and the rate of CKD progression. Methods.: Electronic health record data were obtained from 2170 patients in primary care clinics in the Saint Louis metropolitan area with at least two estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) values over a 7-year observation period...
February 21, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334671/fast-tracking-the-molecular-weight-changes-of-humic-substances-in-coagulation-flocculation-processes-via-fluorescence-eem-parafac
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Bilal Aftab, Jin Hur
The removal of a commercial humic acid (HA) and changes in its chemical composition were examined for coagulation/flocculation (C/F) processes based on jar tests using two different coagulants at a wide range of pH. ZrCl4 showed a better performance in eliminating HA than Al2SO4 with the same removal rates at lower dosages. The highest removal rates were found at a neutral pH range (5.0-6.5). The HA was further decomposed into three different humic-like components (C1, C2, and C3) by excitation emission matrix coupled with parallel factor analysis (EEM-PARAFAC)...
March 20, 2017: Chemosphere
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