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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545197/congruence-between-preferred-and-actual-participation-roles-increases-satisfaction-with-treatment-decision-making-among-japanese-women-with-breast-cancer
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Keiko Yamauchi, Motoyuki Nakao, Mitsuyo Nakashima, Yoko Ishihara
Objective: This study investigated the correlation between participation in the treatment decision-making process and satisfaction with the process among Japanese women with breast cancer. The influence of sociodemographic and clinical characteristics on satisfaction with the treatment decision-making process was also examined. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional, self-administered internet survey of 650 Japanese women with breast cancer in March 2016. Decisional role (active, collaborative, passive) in the treatment decision-making was elicited using the Japanese version of the Control Preference Scale...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545149/persistence-of-lineage-iv-peste-des-petits-ruminants-virus-within-israel-since-1993-an-evolutionary-perspective
#2
Brian Clarke, Mana Mahapatra, Orly Friedgut, Velizar Bumbarov, Satya Parida
Peste-des-petits ruminants (PPR) is one of the most important infectious diseases of domesticated small ruminants. From the initial identification in 1942 in West Africa, PPR virus (PPRV) has spread throughout much of the developing world. PPRV is now considered endemic throughout Africa, with the notable exception of South Africa, the Middle-East and Israel, as well as South-, East-, and Central Asia. Despite this widespread dispersal, the evolution and transmission of PPRV in endemic populations is not well understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545130/responses-of-absolute-and-specific-enzyme-activity-to-consecutive-application-of-composted-sewage-sludge-in-a-fluventic-ustochrept
#3
Xiao Liu, Kangli Guo, Lin Huang, Zhengyu Ji, Huimin Jiang, Hu Li, Jianfeng Zhang
Composted sewage sludge (CS) is considered a rich source of soil nutrients and significantly affects the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of soil, but its effect on specific enzyme activity in soil is disregarded. The present experiment examined the absolute and specific enzyme activity of the enzymes involved in carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles, the diversity of soil microbial functions, and soil community composition in a Fluventic Ustochrept under a maize-wheat rotation system in North China during 2012-2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545115/network-architecture-associated-with-the-highly-specialized-hindlimb-of-frogs
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Daniel Andrés Dos Santos, Jéssica Fratani, María Laura Ponssa, Virginia Abdala
Network analyses have been increasingly used in the context of comparative vertebrate morphology. The structural units of the vertebrate body are treated as discrete elements (nodes) of a network, whose interactions at their physical contacts (links) determine the phenotypic modules. Here, we use the network approach to study the organization of the locomotor system underlying the hindlimb of frogs. Nodes correspond to fibrous knots, skeletal and muscular units. Edges encode the ligamentous and monoaxial tendinous connections in addition to joints...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545111/northern-range-expansion-of-the-asian-tiger-mosquito-aedes-albopictus-analysis-of-mosquito-data-from-connecticut-usa
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Philip M Armstrong, Theodore G Andreadis, John J Shepard, Michael C Thomas
BACKGROUND: The Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) is an invasive species and important arbovirus vector that was introduced into the U.S. in the 1980's where it continues to expand its range. Winter temperature is an important constraint to its northward expansion, with potential range limits located between the 0° and -5°C mean cold month isotherm. Connecticut is located within this climatic zone and therefore, Ae. albopictus was monitored statewide to assess its northern range expansion and to delineate where populations can stably persist...
May 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545075/an-improved-ant-colony-optimization-algorithm-with-fault-tolerance-for-job-scheduling-in-grid-computing-systems
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Hajara Idris, Absalom E Ezugwu, Sahalu B Junaidu, Aderemi O Adewumi
The Grid scheduler, schedules user jobs on the best available resource in terms of resource characteristics by optimizing job execution time. Resource failure in Grid is no longer an exception but a regular occurring event as resources are increasingly being used by the scientific community to solve computationally intensive problems which typically run for days or even months. It is therefore absolutely essential that these long-running applications are able to tolerate failures and avoid re-computations from scratch after resource failure has occurred, to satisfy the user's Quality of Service (QoS) requirement...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545018/fixed-differences-in-the-3-utr-of-buffalo-prnp-gene-provide-binding-sites-for-mirnas-post-transcriptional-regulation
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Hui Zhao, Siqi Wang, Lixia Guo, Yanli Du, Linlin Liu, Tengfei Ma, Newton O Otecko, Canpeng Li, Yaping Zhang
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, a member of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, has not been reported in buffaloes, Bubalus bubalis. Prion protein (PrP), encoded by the prion protein gene (PRNP), is fundamental in the pathogenesis of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. We previously showed that buffaloes express more PrP proteins but lower PRNP mRNA than cattle in several pivotal tissues like the obex. Therefore, we sought to establish whether genetic variability in PRNP 3'UTR, mediated by miRNA down-regulation, causes PrP expression differences between cattle and buffaloes...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544927/estuarine-sediment-resuspension-and-acidification-release-behaviour-of-contaminants-under-different-oxidation-levels-and-acid-sources
#8
M Camino Martín-Torre, Eva Cifrian, Gema Ruiz, Berta Galán, Javier R Viguri
Carbon dioxide (CO2) Capture and Storage (CCS) is a technology to reduce the emissions of this gas to the atmosphere by sequestering it in geological formations. In the case of offshore storage, unexpected CO2 leakages will acidify the marine environment. Reductions of the pH might be also caused by anthropogenic activities or natural events such as acid spills and dredging operations or storms and floods. Changes in the pH of the marine environment will trigger the mobilisation of elements trapped in contaminated shallow sediments with unclear redox boundary...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544675/cyclotides-overview-and-biotechnological-applications
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REVIEW
Andrew Gould, Julio A Camarero
Cyclotides are globular microproteins with a unique head-to-tail cyclized backbone, stabilized by three disulfide bonds forming a cystine knot. This unique circular backbone topology and knotted arrangement of three disulfide bonds makes them exceptionally stable to chemical, thermal, and biological degradation compared to other peptides of similar size. In addition, cyclotides have been shown to be highly tolerant to sequence variability, aside from the conserved residues forming the cystine knot. Cyclotides can also cross cellular membranes and are able to modulate intracellular protein-protein interactions, both in vitro and in vivo...
May 24, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544628/production-of-microbial-biosurfactants-status-quo-of-rhamnolipid-and-surfactin-towards-large-scale-production
#10
Marius Henkel, Mareen Geissler, Fabiola Weggenmann, Rudolf Hausmann
Surfactants are an important class of industrial chemicals. Nowadays oleochemical surfactants such as alkyl polyglycosides (APGs) become increasingly important. This trend towards the utilization of renewable resources continues and consumers increasingly demand for environmentally friendly products. Consequently, research in microbial surfactants has drastically increased in the last years. While for mannosylerythritol lipids and sophorolipids established industrial processes exist, an implementation of other microbially derived surfactants has not yet been achieved...
May 23, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544605/assessment-of-meibomian-glands-and-tear-film-in-post-refractive-surgery-patients
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Ji Won Jung, Jung Yong Kim, Hee Seung Chin, Young Ju Suh, Tae-Im Kim, Kyoung Yul Seo
IMPORTANCE: Corneal refractive surgery may impact meibomian gland and tear film in post-refractive surgery patients. BACKGROUND: To compare ocular surface parameters between post-refractive surgery patients and normal controls. DESIGN: Cross-sectional single center study PARTICIPANTS: A total of 120 eyes of 120 subjects were divided into three groups: (i) 60 controls and 60 patients underwent corneal refractive surgery at least 12 months ago; (ii) 30 post-laser in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) patients and (iii) 30 post-laser epithelial keratomileusis (LASEK)/photo-refractive keratectomy (PRK) patients...
May 22, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544560/fatal-intoxication-by-5f-adb-and-diphenidine-detection-quantification-and-investigation-of-their-main-metabolic-pathways-in-human-by-lc-ms-ms-and-lc-q-tofms
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Maiko Kusano, Kei Zaitsua, Kentaro Taki, Kazuaki Hisatsune, Jun'ichi Nakajima, Takako Moriyasu, Tomomi Asano, Yumi Hayashi, Hitoshi Tsuchihashi, Akira Ishii
Despite the implementation of the new blanket scheduling system in 2013, new psychoactive substance (NPS) abuse remains a serious social concern in Japan. We present a fatal intoxication case involving 5F-ADB (methyl 2-[1-(5-fluoropentyl)-1H-indazole-3-carboxamido]-3,3-dimethylbutanoate) and diphenidine. Postmortem blood screening by liquid chromatography/quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LC/Q-TOFMS) in the information dependent acquisition (IDA) mode only detected diphenidine. Further urinary screening using an in-house database containing new NPS and metabolites detected not only diphenidine but also possible 5F-ADB metabolites; subsequent targeted screening by LC/tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) allowed for the detection of very low level of unchanged 5F-ADB in postmortem heart blood...
May 21, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544488/obstructive-sleep-apnea-in-down-syndrome-benefits-of-surgery-and-noninvasive-respiratory-support
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Benjamin Dudoignon, Alessandro Amaddeo, Annick Frapin, Briac Thierry, Livio de Sanctis, Jorge Olmo Arroyo, Sonia Khirani, Brigitte Fauroux
Children with Down syndrome are at increased risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The aim of the study was to describe the management of OSA in a large cohort of children with Down syndrome. A retrospective analysis of sleep studies and consequent management was performed for all consecutive Down syndrome patients evaluated between September 2013 and April 2016. The data of 57 patients were analyzed: 51/53 had an interpretable overnight polygraphy and 4 the recording of nocturnal gas exchange. Mean age at baseline sleep study was 6...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544478/the-protective-role-of-physical-activity-on-type-2-diabetes-an-analysis-of-effect-modification-by-race-ethnicity
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William R Boyer, James R Churilla, Samantha F Ehrlich, Scott E Crouter, Lyndsey M Hornbuckle, Eugene C Fitzhugh
BACKGROUND: It is well known physical activity (PA) plays a role in the prevention of type 2 diabetes (T2D). However, the extent to which PA may impact T2D risk among different race-ethnic groups is unknown. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to systematically examine the effect modification of race-ethnicity on PA and T2D. METHODS: PubMed and Embase databases were systematically searched through June 2016. Study assessment for inclusion was conducted in three phases: 1) title review (N = 13,022), 2) abstract review (N = 2,200), and 3) full text review (N = 265)...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544438/genome-wide-identification-characterization-and-evolution-of-cuticular-protein-genes-in-the-malaria-vector-anopheles-sinensis-diptera-culicidae
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Bai-Qi Liu, Liang Qiao, Qi-Yi He, Yong Zhou, Shuang Ren, Bin Chen
Thirteen cuticular proteins (CPs) families have been recognized in arthropods. In this study, 250 Anopheles sinensis CP genes were identified and named based on genome and transcriptome sequences. They were classified into 10 families based on motifs and phylogenetic analyses. In 11 other insect species, 9 had CP numbers > 150 while Apis mellifera and Tribolium castaneum had CP numbers less than 52. The CPs of 8 species occupied > 1.4% of the total genomic gene number whereas in 3 species the CPs occupied < 1%...
May 24, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544236/clinical-and-laboratory-phenotype-variability-in-type-2m-von-willebrand-disease
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Ashley L Doruelo, Sandra L Haberichter, Pamela A Christopherson, Lisa N Boggio, Sweta Gupta, Steven R Lentz, Amy D Shapiro, Robert R Montgomery, Veronica H Flood
BACKGROUND: Von Willebrand factor (VWF) is a multimeric coagulation factor that tethers platelets to injured subendothelium. Type 2M von Willebrand Disease (VWD) is characterized by a qualitative defect in VWF with preserved multimer distribution. OBJECTIVES: Through the Zimmerman Program for the Molecular and Clinical Biology for VWD, five VWF sequence variations were studied in subjects diagnosed with type 2M VWD. METHODS: Bleeding phenotype was assessed using the ISTH bleeding assessment tool...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544158/molecular-and-physiological-manifestations-and-measurement-of-aging-in-humans
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REVIEW
Sadiya S Khan, Benjamin D Singer, Douglas E Vaughan
Biological aging is associated with a reduction in the reparative and regenerative potential in tissues and organs. This reduction manifests as a decreased physiological reserve in response to stress (termed homeostenosis) and a time-dependent failure of complex molecular mechanisms that cumulatively create disorder. Aging inevitably occurs with time in all organisms and emerges on a molecular, cellular, organ, and organismal level with genetic, epigenetic, and environmental modulators. Individuals with the same chronological age exhibit differential trajectories of age-related decline, and it follows that we should assess biological age distinctly from chronological age...
May 23, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543978/the-impact-of-the-boxed-warning-on-the-duration-of-use-for-depot-medroxprogesterone-acetate
#18
Efe Eworuke, Joo-Yeon Lee, Lisa Soule, Vaishali Popat, David G Moeny
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to examine the impact of the Food and Drug Administration's boxed warning on the utilization of depot medroxyprogesterone (DMPA). METHODS: From the IMS Lifelink data (2001-2009), we identified DMPA and oral combined hormonal contraceptive (CHC) users without a prescription claim 6 months before and after the first and last claim. Episodes were defined as all contiguous claims with no more than 90-day DMPA or 30-day CHC between claims...
May 23, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543873/effect-of-surgery-vs-observation-skeletal-5-year-outcomes-in-a-randomized-trial-of-patients-with-primary-hpt-the-siph-study
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Karolina Lundstam, Ansgar Heck, Kristin Godang, Charlotte Mollerup, Marek Baranowski, Ylva Pernow, Turid Aas, Ola Hessman, Thord Rosén, Jörgen Nordenström, Svante Jansson, Mikael Hellström, Jens Bollerslev
Mild primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) is known to affect the skeleton, even though patients usually are asymptomatic. Treatment strategies have been widely discussed. However, long-term randomized studies comparing parathyroidectomy to observation are lacking. The objective was to study the effect of parathyroidectomy (PTX) compared to observation (OBS) on bone mineral density (BMD) in g/cm(2) and T-scores, and on biochemical markers of bone turnover (P1NP and CTX-1), in a prospective randomized controlled study of patients with mild PHPT after 5 years of follow-up...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543433/mumps-outbreak-in-a-tribal-population-from-the-union-territory-of-dadra-and-nagar-haveli-india
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Siddharth M Tilavat, Sunil R Vaidya, Venkat S Hamde
A cluster of parotitis cases (n=13) were observed in a tribal population of Vansda village from the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, India between 20(th) and 22(nd) week of 2016. Primary information was received by the local Infectious Disease Surveillance Program team, and subsequently field investigations were carried out in the affected area. Active surveillance was conducted till twice the incubation period from onset of the last surveyed case. For the laboratory investigations, 19 serum samples were collected from 11-suspected cases and their close contacts (n=8)...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
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