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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332277/efficient-degradation-of-triclosan-by-an-endophytic-fungus-penicillium-oxalicum-b4
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Hao Tian, Yan Jun Ma, Wan Yi Li, Jian Wen Wang
Triclosan (TCS), a widely used antimicrobial and preservative agent, is an emerging contaminant in aqueous and soil environment. Microbial degradation of TCS has not been reported frequently because of its inhibition of microbe growth. To explore the new microbial resources for TCS biodegradation, fungal endophytes were isolated and screened for the degradation potential. The endophytic strain B4 isolated from Artemisia annua L. showed higher degradation efficiency and was identified as Penicillium oxalicum based on its morphology and ITS sequences of ribosomal DNA...
January 13, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331993/increased-leisure-time-physical-activity-associated-with-lower-onset-of-diabetes-in-44%C3%A2-828-adults-with-impaired-fasting-glucose-a-population-based-prospective-cohort-study
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Xiang Qian Lao, Han-Bing Deng, Xudong Liu, Ta-Chien Chan, Zilong Zhang, Ly-Yun Chang, Eng-Kiong Yeoh, Tony Tam, Martin Chi Sang Wong, G Neil Thomas
AIMS: To evaluate the effects of habitual leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) on incident type 2 diabetes in a prospective cohort of Chinese adults with impaired fasting glucose (IFG). METHODS: 44 828 Chinese adults aged 20-80 years with newly detected IFG but free from cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease were recruited and followed up from 1996 to 2014. Incident type 2 diabetes was identified by fasting plasma glucose ≥7 mmol/L. The participants were classified into four categories based on their self-reported weekly LTPA: inactive, low, moderate, or high...
January 13, 2018: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331899/the-speed-of-memory-errors-shows-the-influence-of-misleading-information-testing-the-diffusion-model-and-discrete-state-models
#3
Jeffrey J Starns, Chad Dubé, Matthew E Frelinger
In this report, we evaluate single-item and forced-choice recognition memory for the same items and use the resulting accuracy and reaction time data to test the predictions of discrete-state and continuous models. For the single-item trials, participants saw a word and indicated whether or not it was studied on a previous list. The forced-choice trials had one studied and one non-studied word that both appeared in the earlier single-item trials and both received the same response. Thus, forced-choice trials always had one word with a previous correct response and one with a previous error...
January 11, 2018: Cognitive Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331760/inotodiol-suppresses-proliferation-of-breast-cancer-in-rat-model-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-via-downregulation-of-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
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Xia Zhang, Cuiyu Bao, Jingping Zhang
Breast cancer is amongst the most common cancers causing death of women worldwide. Breast cancer occurrence is more prominent in people with diabetes. A recent trend is management of diabetes and cancer has evolved to be natural remedy including single molecule therapy or combination. In this study, we investigated the effect of inotodiol on breast cancer growth in diabetic conditions. Inotodiol is a lanostane triterpenoid found in natural resources like edible mushroom Inonotus obliquus. We established a rat model of diabetic-breast cancer by treating female Sprague-Dawley rats with streptazotocin (STZ) at 35 mg/kg followed by induction of breast cancer by administration of 7,12-dimethylbenz(a)anthracene (DMBA) at 10 mg/kg...
January 10, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331439/interactions-of-dimethylaminoethyl-methacrylate-copolymer-with-non-acidic-drugs-demonstrated-high-solubilization-in-vitro-and-pronounced-sustained-release-in-vivo
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Wiebke Saal, Nicole Wyttenbach, Jochem Alsenz, Martin Kuentz
Recent work demonstrated remarkable solubilization effects of methacrylate-copolymer Eudragit EPO (EPO) not only with acidic drugs but interestingly also with poorly soluble basic compounds. The current work studied EPO-mediated solubilization effects first in vitro using felodipine (FLP) and tamoxifen (TMX) as model compounds. EPO-containing solutions were subsequently compared in a rat pharmacokinetic study against reference solutions and suspensions. Surprisingly, solution formulations with EPO did not result in an increased relative oral bioavailability...
January 10, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331430/disposable-inkjet-printed-electrochemical-platform-for-detection-of-clinically-relevant-her-2-breast-cancer-biomarker
#6
Susanita Carvajal, Samantha N Fera, Abby L Jones, Thaisa A Baldo, Islam M Mosa, James F Rusling, Colleen E Krause
Rapidly fabricated, disposable sensor platforms hold tremendous promise for point-of-care detection. Here, we present an inexpensive (< $0.25) fully inkjet printed electrochemical sensor with integrated counter, reference, and working electrodes that is easily scalable for commercial fabrication. The electrochemical sensor platform featured an inkjet printed gold working 8-electrode array (WEA) and counter electrode (CE), along with an inkjet -printed silver electrode that was chlorinated with bleach to produce a Ag/AgCl quasi-reference electrode (RE)...
January 4, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331425/low-picomolar-label-free-procalcitonin-analytical-detection-with-an-electrolyte-gated-organic-field-effect-transistor-based-electronic-immunosensor
#7
Preethi Seshadri, Kyriaki Manoli, Nicole Schneiderhan-Marra, Uwe Anthes, Piotr Wierzchowiec, Klaus Bonrad, Cinzia Di Franco, Luisa Torsi
Herein a label-free immunosensor based on electrolyte-gated organic field-effect transistor (EGOFET) was developed for the detection of procalcitonin (PCT), a sepsis marker. Antibodies specific to PCT were immobilized on the poly-3-hexylthiophene (P3HT) organic semiconductor surface through direct physical adsorption followed by a post-treatment with bovine serum albumin (BSA) which served as the blocking agent to prevent non-specific adsorption. Antibodies together with BSA (forming the whole biorecognition layer) served to selectively capture the procalcitonin target analyte...
December 26, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331137/molecular-dynamics-based-enhanced-sampling-of-collective-variables-with-very-large-time-steps
#8
Pei-Yang Chen, Mark E Tuckerman
Enhanced sampling techniques that target a set of collective variables and that use molecular dynamics as the driving engine have seen widespread application in the computational molecular sciences as a means to explore the free-energy landscapes of complex systems. The use of molecular dynamics as the fundamental driver of the sampling requires the introduction of a time step whose magnitude is limited by the fastest motions in a system. While standard multiple time-stepping methods allow larger time steps to be employed for the slower and computationally more expensive forces, the maximum achievable increase in time step is limited by resonance phenomena, which inextricably couple fast and slow motions...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331103/comparison-of-coronary-risk-factors-and-angiographic-findings-in-younger-and-older-patients-with-significant-coronary-artery-disease
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Mohammad Parsa Mahjoob, Soheila Sadeghi, Hamide Falahaty Khanaman, Mohammadreza Naderian, Isa Khaheshi
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is uncommon among young adults and may have certain characteristics that are different from those in older patients. The aim of the current study was to determine the risk factors of CAD, important laboratory data and angiographic findings in young patients with CAD and to compare them with the old patients. METHODS: Patients with typical chest pain whose CAD was confirmed by coronary angiography were included in the study...
December 20, 2017: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331054/artist-a-fully-automated-artifact-rejection-algorithm-for-single-pulse-tms-eeg-data
#10
Wei Wu, Corey J Keller, Nigel C Rogasch, Parker Longwell, Emmanuel Shpigel, Camarin E Rolle, Amit Etkin
Concurrent single-pulse TMS-EEG (spTMS-EEG) is an emerging noninvasive tool for probing causal brain dynamics in humans. However, in addition to the common artifacts in standard EEG data, spTMS-EEG data suffer from enormous stimulation-induced artifacts, posing significant challenges to the extraction of neural information. Typically, neural signals are analyzed after a manual time-intensive and often subjective process of artifact rejection. Here we describe a fully automated algorithm for spTMS-EEG artifact rejection...
January 13, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330981/comparison-of-ziehl-neelsen-based-light-microscopy-with-led-fluorescent-microscopy-for-tuberculosis-diagnosis-an-insight-from-a-limited-resource-high-burden-setting
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Muhammad Yahya Noori, Faiza Ali, Zaheer Ali, Shaheen Sharafat
BACKGROUND: Microscopy is the most widely used tool for Tuberculosis screening. Conventionally, Ziehl-Neelsen (ZN) staining has been the widely used for staining Acid-Fast Bacilli (AFB) but with the advent of Fluorescent staining, Auramine O stain is now being adapted as the preferred method for setups with high workload as it has the advantage of being less laborious, since bacteria fluoresce in front of a dark background and are easier to count. This study was performed to compare the efficiency of the two methods in a high-burden, limited resource setting to see the magnitude of diagnostic accuracy between ZN and Fluorescent Microscopy, using culture as the standard...
October 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330916/separation-of-three-polar-compounds-from-rheum-tanguticum-by-high-speed-counter-current-chromatography-with-an-ethyl-acetate-glacial-acetic-acid-water-system
#12
Tao Chen, Ping Wang, Nana Wang, Chongyang Sun, Xue Yang, Hongmei Li, Guoying Zhou, Yulin Li
The separation of polar compounds by high-speed counter-current chromatography is still regarded as a challenge. In this study, an efficient strategy for the separation of three polar compounds from Rheum tanguticum has been successfully conducted by using high-speed counter-current chromatography. X-5 macroporous resin chromatography was used for the fast enrichment of the target compounds. Then, the target fraction was directly introduced into high-speed counter-current chromatography for separation using ethyl acetate/glacial acetic acid/water (100:1:100, v/v) as the solvent system...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330912/high-capacity-protein-a-affinity-chromatography-for-the-fast-quantification-of-antibodies-two-wavelength-detection-expands-linear-range
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Peter Satzer, Alois Jungbauer
The high-throughput analysis of antibodies from processes can be enhanced when the linear range is expanded and sample preparation is kept to a minimum. We developed a fast chromatography method based on a hexameric variant of Staphylococcal protein A immobilized on Toyopearl matrix, TSK 5 PW using two wavelengths. A protocol with 5 min runtime and a single-wavelength detection at 280 nm yielded an upper limit of quantification of 2.10 mg/mL and a lower limit of quantification of 0.06 mg/mL. The optimized method with a runtime of 2 min and two-wavelength detection at 280 and 300 nm allowed us to span a valid concentration range of 0...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330868/insulin-resistance-and-the-increased-risk-for-smell-dysfunction-in-us-adults
#14
Jin-Young Min, Kyoung-Bok Min
OBJECTIVE: Over 24% of older American adults (approximately 14 million) are estimated to have reduced olfactory sensitivity. Previous studies have provided evidence that patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) or its complications are at increased risk of olfactory dysfunction. We therefore investigated whether smell dysfunction was associated with DM-related biomarkers, including fasting blood glucose, glycohemoglobin, serum insulin, and homeostasis model assessment of insulin sensitivity (HOMA-IR), in older US adults...
January 13, 2018: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330573/tocotrienol-supplementation-suppressed-bone-resorption-and-oxidative-stress-in-postmenopausal-osteopenic-women-a-12-week-randomized-double-blinded-placebo-controlled-trial
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C-L Shen, S Yang, M D Tomison, A W Romero, C K Felton, H Mo
Tocotrienols have shown bone-protective effect in animals. This study showed that a 12-week tocotrienol supplementation decreased concentrations of bone resorption biomarker and bone remodeling regulators via suppressing oxidative stress in postmenopausal osteopenic women. INTRODUCTION: Tocotrienols (TT) have been shown to benefit bone health in ovariectomized animals, a model of postmenopausal women. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of 12-week TT supplementation on bone markers (serum bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (BALP), urine N-terminal telopeptide (NTX), serum soluble receptor activator of nuclear factor-kappaB ligand (sRANKL), and serum osteoprotegerin (OPG)), urine calcium, and an oxidative stress biomarker (8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG)) in postmenopausal women with osteopenia...
January 12, 2018: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330491/application-of-hydrazine-embedded-heterocyclic-compounds-to-high-voltage-rechargeable-lithium-organic-batteries
#16
Takeshi Shimizu, Koji Yamamoto, Palash Pandit, Hirofumi Yoshikawa, Shuhei Higashibayashi
Hydrazine-embedded heterocyclic compounds with dimeric dimethylacridine (1b), carbazole (2b), and phenothiazine (3b) skeletons were applied to cathode active materials of rechargeable lithium organic batteries, and the performance of the batteries was evaluated. The charge/discharge curves exhibited clear plateaus in the high voltage range of 3.3-3.7 V. The capacities of the plateau regions were comparable to the calculated capacities corresponding to the one-electron redox of the molecules. The amount of the active compound 3b could be increased up to 30 wt% in the electrode composite, and fast charge/discharge performance was also observed...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330455/towards-electrotuneable-nanoplasmonic-fabry-perot-interferometer
#17
Hayley Weir, Joshua B Edel, Alexei A Kornyshev, Debabrata Sikdar
Directed voltage-controlled assembly and disassembly of plasmonic nanoparticles (NPs) at electrified solid-electrolyte interfaces (SEI) offer novel opportunities for the creation of tuneable optical devices. We apply this concept to propose a fast electrotuneable, NP-based Fabry-Perot (FP) interferometer, comprising two parallel transparent electrodes in aqueous electrolyte, which form the polarizable SEI for directed assembly-disassembly of negatively charged NPs. An FP cavity between two reflective NP-monolayers assembled at such interfaces can be formed or deconstructed under positive or negative polarization of the electrodes, respectively...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330326/loss-of-balance-between-striatal-feedforward-inhibition-and-corticostriatal-excitation-leads-to-tremor
#18
Yael Oran, Izhar Bar-Gad
Fast spiking interneurons (FSIs) exert powerful inhibitory control over the striatum and are hypothesized to balance the massive excitatory cortical and thalamic input to this structure. We recorded neuronal activity in the dorsolateral striatum and globus pallidus (GP) concurrently with the detailed movement kinematics of freely behaving female rats prior to and following selective inhibition of FSI activity using IEM-1460 microinjections. The inhibition led to the appearance of episodic rest tremor in the body part that depended on the somatotopic location of the injection within the striatum...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330128/exploiting-ion-channel-structure-to-assess-rare-variant-pathogenicity
#19
Brett M Kroncke, Tao Yang, Prince Kannankeril, M Benjamin Shoemaker, Dan M Roden
BACKGROUND: A 27-year-old female was seen for long QT syndrome. She was found to be a carrier of two variants, KCNQ1 Val162Met and KCNH2 Ser55Leu, and both were annotated as pathogenic by a diagnostic laboratory in part because of sequence proximity to other known pathogenic variants. OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationship between both the KCNQ1 and KCNH2 variants and clinical significance using protein structure, in vitro functional assays, and familial segregation...
January 9, 2018: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329868/a-procedure-for-the-measurement-of-oxygen-consumption-rates-ocrs-in-red-wines-and-some-observations-about-the-influence-of-wine-initial-chemical-composition
#20
Almudena Marrufo-Curtido, Vanesa Carrascón, Mónica Bueno, Vicente Ferreira, Ana Escudero
The rates at which wine consumes oxygen are important technological parameters for whose measurement there are not accepted procedures. In this work, volumes of 8 wines are contacted with controlled volumes of air in air-tight tubes containing oxygen-sensors and are further agitated at 25 °C until O2 consumption is complete. Three exposure levels of O2 were used: low (10 mg/L) and medium or high (18 or 32 mg/L plus the required amount to oxidize all wine SO2). In each oxygen level, 2-4 independent segments following pseudo-first order kinetics were identified, plus an initial segment at which wine consumed O2 very fast...
May 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
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