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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636199/widespread-occurrence-and-potential-for-biodegradation-of-bioactive-contaminants-in-congaree-national-park-usa
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Paul M Bradley, William A Battaglin, Jimmy M Clark, Frank Henning, Michelle L Hladik, Luke R Iwanowicz, Celeste A Journey, Jeffrey W Riley, Kristin M Romanok
Organic contaminants with designed molecular bioactivity, such as pesticides and pharmaceuticals, originate from human and agricultural sources, occur frequently in surface waters, and threaten the structure and function of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Congaree National Park in South Carolina (USA) is a vulnerable park unit due to its location downstream of multiple urban and agricultural contaminant sources and its hydrologic setting, being composed almost entirely of floodplain and aquatic environments...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636152/dynamics-and-origin-of-cytokinins-involved-in-plant-manipulation-by-a-leaf-mining-insect
#2
Hui Zhang, Antoine Guiguet, Géraldine Dubreuil, Anna Kisiala, Peter Andreas, R J Neil Emery, Elisabeth Huguet, Mélanie Body, David Giron
Several herbivorous insects and plant-associated microorganisms control the phytohormonal balance, thus enabling them to successfully exploit the plant by inhibiting plant defences and withdrawing plant resources for their own benefit. The leaf-mining moth Phyllonorycter blancardella modifies the cytokinin (CK) profile of mined leaf-tissues, and the insect symbiotic bacteria Wolbachia is involved in the plant manipulation to the benefit of the insect host. To gain a deeper understanding into the possible origin and dynamics of CKs, we conducted an extensive characterization of CKs in larvae and in infected apple leaves...
June 21, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636075/molecular-cloning-mrna-expression-and-biological-activity-of-the-pheromone-biosynthesis-activating-neuropeptide-pban-from-the-european-corn-borer-ostrinia-nubilalis
#3
J Fodor, G Köblös, Á Kákai, Z Kárpáti, B P Molnár, T Dankó, G Bozsik, C Bognár, G Szőcs, A Fónagy
Pheromone biosynthesis activating neuropeptide (PBAN) is a member of the pyrokinin (FXPRLamide) insect neuropeptides. Here, we report the cloning of the gene Ostnu-PBAN from the E and Z pheromone strains of the European corn borer (ECB), Ostrinia nubilalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae), a major pest of maize. The Ostnu-PBAN genomic sequence is > 5 kb in length and consists of six exons. The deduced amino acid sequence revealed a 200-residue precursor protein including a signal peptide, a 24-amino acid (aa) diapause hormone, a 37-aa PBAN and three other FXPRLamide neuropeptides...
June 21, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636050/photoelectrochemical-ion-concentration-polarization-membraneless-ion-filtration-based-on-light-driven-electrochemical-reactions
#4
Eunsoo Yoon, Collin D Davies, Tim A Hooper, Richard M Crooks
In this article we report a microelectrochemical system that is able to partially desalinate water. The underlying principles are similar to previous reports in which a local electric field resists passage of ions. However, in the present case, no membrane is required and, most interestingly, much of the power for desalination originates from light rather than electricity. This could greatly increase the power efficiency for desalination. The device is based on a TiO2 photoanode coupled to a Pt cathode. Illumination of the photoanode drives faradaic reactions at the cathode that lead to an ion depletion zone...
June 21, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636018/fluorescence-lifetime-microscopy-reveals-the-biologically-related-photophysical-heterogeneity-of-oxyblepharismin-in-light-adapted-blue-blepharisma-japonicum-cells
#5
G Checcucci, B Storti, F Ghetti, G Signore, R Bizzarri
The step-up photophobic response of the heterotrich ciliate Blepharisma japonicum is mediated by a hypericinic pigment, blepharismin, which is not present in any of the known six families of photoreceptors, namely rhodopsins, phytochromes, xanthopsins, cryptochromes, phototropins, and BLUF proteins. Upon irradiation, native cells become light-adapted (blue) by converting blepharismin into the photochemically stable oxyblepharismin (OxyBP). So far, OxyBP has been investigated mainly from a photophysical point of view in vitro, either alone or complexed with proteins...
June 21, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636006/copper-ion-interaction-with-the-rnase-catalytic-site-fragment-of-the-angiogenin-protein-an-experimental-and-theoretical-investigation
#6
Antonio Magrì, Giovanni Tabbì, Raffaella Breglia, Luca De Gioia, Piercarlo Fantucci, Maurizio Bruschi, Raffaele P Bonomo, Diego La Mendola
The angiogenin protein (Ang) is a member of the vertebrate-specific secreted ribonucleases and one of the most potent angiogenic factors known. Ang is a normal constituent of human plasma and its concentration increases under some physiological and pathological conditions to promote neovascularization. Ang was originally identified as an angiogenic tumour factor, but its biological activity has been found to extend from inducing angiogenesis to promoting cell survival in different neurodegenerative diseases...
June 21, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636005/mass-mobility-and-ms-n-measurements-of-single-ions-using-charge-detection-mass-spectrometry
#7
Andrew G Elliott, Conner C Harper, Haw-Wei Lin, Evan R Williams
Charge detection mass spectrometry is used to measure the mass, charge, MS(n) and mobility of an individual ion produced by electrospray ionization of a 8 MDa polyethylene glycol sample. The charge detection mass spectrometer is an electrostatic ion trap that uses cone electrodes and a single tube detector and can detect ions for up to the full trapping time of 4.0 s. The time-domain signal induced on the detector tube by a single multiply charged ion can be complex owing to sequential fragmentation of the original precursor ion as well as increasing oscillation frequencies of the single ion owing to collisions with background gas that reduce the kinetic energy of the ion inside the trap...
June 21, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635967/social-behaviour-involving-drug-resistance-the-role-of-initial-density-initial-frequency-and-population-structure-in-shaping-the-effect-of-antibiotic-resistance-as-a-public-good
#8
I L Domingues, J A Gama, L M Carvalho, F Dionisio
Bacteria sometimes cooperate with co-inhabiting cells. Pathogenic bacteria, for example, often produce and excrete virulence factors, eventually benefitting both producer and non-producer cells. The role of social interactions involving antibiotic resistance, however, has been more elusive. Enzymes that inactivate β-lactam antibiotics such as ampicillin or penicillin (β-lactamases) are good candidates as public goods. Nonetheless, it has been claimed that bacteria harbouring plasmids of natural origin coding for β-lactamase almost do not protect sensitive bacteria...
June 21, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635964/elastically-driven-intermittent-microscopic-dynamics-in-soft-solids
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Mehdi Bouzid, Jader Colombo, Lucas Vieira Barbosa, Emanuela Del Gado
Soft solids with tunable mechanical response are at the core of new material technologies, but a crucial limit for applications is their progressive aging over time, which dramatically affects their functionalities. The generally accepted paradigm is that such aging is gradual and its origin is in slower than exponential microscopic dynamics, akin to the ones in supercooled liquids or glasses. Nevertheless, time- and space-resolved measurements have provided contrasting evidence: dynamics faster than exponential, intermittency and abrupt structural changes...
June 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635958/origin-of-fast-ion-diffusion-in-super-ionic-conductors
#10
Xingfeng He, Yizhou Zhu, Yifei Mo
Super-ionic conductor materials have great potential to enable novel technologies in energy storage and conversion. However, it is not yet understood why only a few materials can deliver exceptionally higher ionic conductivity than typical solids or how one can design fast ion conductors following simple principles. Using ab initio modelling, here we show that fast diffusion in super-ionic conductors does not occur through isolated ion hopping as is typical in solids, but instead proceeds through concerted migrations of multiple ions with low energy barriers...
June 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635905/-algorithm-for-the-management-of-patients-with-stable-coronary-artery-disease-and-high-grade-ventricular-arrhythmias
#11
Е А Ryngach, T V Treshkur, A A Tatarinova, E V Shlyakhto
The paper gives an original algorithm for the management of patients with stable coronary artery disease, preserved/moderately reduced left ventricular systolic function, and high-grade ventricular arrhythmias from the first registration of the latter to the choice of treatment policy. Great attention is paid to the assessment of a private clinical case, by determining the nature of arrhythmias, and to the involvement of autonomic regulation in the genesis of ventricular arrhythmias. The importance of topical diagnosis of ventricular arrhythmias and identification of psychological disorders is emphasized...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635645/cembrene-diterpenoids-with-ether-linkages-from-sarcophyton-ehrenbergi-an-anti-proliferation-and-molecular-docking-assessment
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Mohamed-Elamir F Hegazy, Abdelsamed I Elshamy, Tarik A Mohamed, Ahmed R Hamed, Mahmoud A A Ibrahim, Shinji Ohta, Paul W Paré
Three new cembrene diterpenoids, sarcoehrenbergilid A-C (1-3), along with four known diterpenoids, sarcophine (4), (+)-7α,8β-dihydroxydeepoxysarcophine (5), sinulolide A (6), and sinulolide B (7), and one steroid, sardisterol (8), were isolated and characterized from a solvent extract of the Red Sea soft coral Sarcophyton ehrenbergi. Chemical structures were elucidated by NMR and MS analyses with absolute stereochemistry determined by X-ray analysis. Since these isolated cembrene diterpenes contained 10 or more carbons in a large flexible ring, conformer stabilities were examined based on density functional theory calculations...
June 21, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635641/the-fate-of-pollutants-in-porous-asphalt-pavements-laboratory-experiments-to-investigate-their-potential-to-impact-environmental-health
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Susanne M Charlesworth, Jamie Beddow, Ernest O Nnadi
Pervious Paving Systems (PPS) are part of a sustainable approach to drainage in which excess surface water is encouraged to infiltrate through their structure, during which potentially toxic elements, such as metals and hydrocarbons are treated by biodegradation and physical entrapment and storage. However, it is not known where in the PPS structure these contaminants accumulate, which has implications for environmental health, particularly during maintenance, as well as consequences for the recycling of material from the PPS at the end-of-life...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635634/despite-inflammation-supplemented-essential-amino-acids-may-improve-circulating-levels-of-albumin-and-haemoglobin-in-patients-after-hip-fractures
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Roberto Aquilani, Ginetto Carlo Zuccarelli, Anna Maria Condino, Michele Catani, Carla Rutili, Consiglia Del Vecchio, Pietro Pisano, Manuela Verri, Paolo Iadarola, Simona Viglio, Federica Boschi
Essential amino acids (EAAs) are nutritional substrates that promote body protein synthesis; thus we hypothesised that their supplementation may improve circulating albumin (Alb) and haemoglobin (Hb) in rehabilitative elderly patients following hip fractures (HF). Out of the 145 HF patients originally enrolled in our study, 112 completed the protocol. These subjects were divided into two randomised groups, each containing 56 patients. For a period of two months, one group (age 81.4 ± 8.1 years; male/female 27/29) received a placebo, and the other (age 83...
June 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635623/compressed-sensing-reconstruction-based-on-block-sparse-bayesian-learning-in-bearing-condition-monitoring
#15
Jiedi Sun, Yang Yu, Jiangtao Wen
Remote monitoring of bearing conditions, using wireless sensor network (WSN), is a developing trend in the industrial field. In complicated industrial environments, WSN face three main constraints: low energy, less memory, and low operational capability. Conventional data-compression methods, which concentrate on data compression only, cannot overcome these limitations. Aiming at these problems, this paper proposed a compressed data acquisition and reconstruction scheme based on Compressed Sensing (CS) which is a novel signal-processing technique and applied it for bearing conditions monitoring via WSN...
June 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635590/imbalance-between-innate-antiviral-and-pro-inflammatory-immune-responses-may-contribute-to-different-outcomes-involving-low-and-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-h5n3-infections-in-chickens
#16
John Pasick, Sandra Diederich, Yohannes Berhane, Carissa Embury-Hyatt, Wanhong Xu
In order to gain further insight into the early virus-host interactions associated with highly pathogenic avian influenza virus infections in chickens, genome-wide expression profiling of chicken lung and brain was carried out at 24 and 72 h post-inoculation (h p.i.). For this purpose two recombinant H5N3 viruses were utilized, each possessing a polybasic HA0 cleavage site but differing in pathogenicity. The original rH5N3 P0 virus, which has a low-pathogenic phenotype, was passaged six times through chickens to give rise to the derivative rH5N3 P6 virus, which is highly pathogenic (Diederich S, Berhane Y, Embury-Hyatt C, Hisanaga T, Handel K et al...
June 21, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635570/quality-dementia-care-prerequisites-and-relational-ethics-among-multicultural-healthcare-providers
#17
Gerd Sylvi Sellevold, Veslemøy Egede-Nissen, Rita Jakobsen, Venke Sørlie
BACKGROUND: Many nursing homes appear as multicultural workplaces where the majority of healthcare providers have an ethnic minority background. This environment creates challenges linked to communication, interaction and cultural differences. Furthermore, the healthcare providers have varied experiences and understanding of what quality care of patients with dementia involves. PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to illuminate multi-ethnic healthcare providers' lived experiences of their own working relationship, and its importance to quality care for people with dementia...
January 1, 2017: Nursing Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635552/temporal-variation-of-fine-and-coarse-particulate-matter-sources-in-jeddah-saudi-arabia
#18
Chris C Lim, George D Thurston, Magdy Shamy, Mansour Alghamdi, Mamdouh Khoder, Abdullah M Mohorjy, Abdulrahman K Alkhalaf, Jason Brocato, Lung Chi Chen, Max Costa
This study provides the first comprehensive analysis of the seasonal variations and weekday/weekend differences in fine (PM2.5) and coarse (PM2.5-10) particulate matter mass concentrations, elemental constituents, and potential source origins in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Air quality samples were collected over one year, from June 2011 to May 2012 at a frequency of three times per week, and analyzed. The average mass concentrations of PM2.5 (21.9 μg/m(3)) and PM10 (107.8 μg/m(3)) during the sampling period exceeded the recommended annual average levels by the World Health Organization (WHO) for PM2...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635531/drug-exposure-in-early-pregnancy-might-be-related-to-the-effects-of-increased-maternal-progesterone-in-implantation-period
#19
Necip Girit, Ibrahim Tugrul, Buket Demirci, Ozlem Bozkurt, Turhan Dost, Mustafa Birincioglu, H Alper Tanriverdi
AIM: This short communication aims to evaluate the relation in between drug exposure time and early pregnancy regarding gestational weeks. METHODS: The study covers the referrals made to the Department of Pharmacology for a teratogenic consultation in a 3-year period. From the recordings of pregnant women, the last menstrual period and the starting date of medication were used to determine the time of prescription with regard to gestational weeks. RESULTS: In all of the three years, potentially teratogenic medication was prescribed more frequently in the 3rd, 4th and 5th gestational weeks (in between 15-35 days of pregnancy)...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635381/provoked-eagle-syndrome-after-dental-procedure-a-review-of-the-literature
#20
Shuo Li, Neeraj Blatt, Jubin Jacob, Nishant Gupta, Yogesh Kumar, Scott Smith
Eagle syndrome is an uncommon condition caused by an elongated ossified styloid process. The majority of individuals with an elongated ossified styloid process are asymptomatic. Therefore, this condition is diagnosed based on clinical presentation, with radiologic imaging serving to confirm the diagnosis. The styloid process is considered elongated if measuring greater than 3 cm, but there is little correlation between length of the styloid process and severity of symptoms. This syndrome was originally described in post-tonsillectomy patients, but has since been seen in other clinical settings...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
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