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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454025/review-and-analysis-of-strengths-and-weaknesses-of-agro-ecosystem-models-for-simulating-c-and-n-fluxes
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Lorenzo Brilli, Luca Bechini, Marco Bindi, Marco Carozzi, Daniele Cavalli, Richard Conant, Cristopher D Dorich, Luca Doro, Fiona Ehrhardt, Roberta Farina, Roberto Ferrise, Nuala Fitton, Rosa Francaviglia, Peter Grace, Ileana Iocola, Katja Klumpp, Joël Léonard, Raphaël Martin, Raia Silvia Massad, Sylvie Recous, Giovanna Seddaiu, Joanna Sharp, Pete Smith, Ward N Smith, Jean-Francois Soussana, Gianni Bellocchi
Biogeochemical simulation models are important tools for describing and quantifying the contribution of agricultural systems to C sequestration and GHG source/sink status. The abundance of simulation tools developed over recent decades, however, creates a difficulty because predictions from different models show large variability. Discrepancies between the conclusions of different modelling studies are often ascribed to differences in the physical and biogeochemical processes incorporated in equations of C and N cycles and their interactions...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453584/-effectiveness-of-a-structured-educative-program-in-chilean-diabetic-patients
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Roberto Bächler, Verónica Mujica, Carolina Orellana, Diana Cáceres, Nancy Carrasco, Carol Davidson, Ana Luisa Jiménez, Patricia Luna, Evelyn Valladares, Alejandra Vergara
BACKGROUND: Structured educative programs have demonstrated their usefulness as a strategy to improve metabolic control in diabetic patients. AIM: To evaluate the effectiveness of a structured educative program for Chilean diabetic patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A randomized clinical trial in diabetic patients with glycosylated hemoglobin over 7.5%. One hundred fifteen patients were studied, 59 patients participated in the structured educative program (experimental group) and 56 patients received no structured education (control group)...
February 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447374/effect-of-feeding-a-high-carbohydrate-or-a-high-fat-diet-on-subsequent-food-intake-and-blood-concentration-of-satiety-related-hormones-in-dogs
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S Schauf, A Salas-Mani, C Torre, E Jimenez, M A Latorre, C Castrillo
Although studies in rodents and humans have evidenced a weaker effect of fat in comparison to carbohydrates on the suppression of food intake, very few studies have been carried out in this field in dogs. This study investigates the effects of a high-carbohydrate (HC) and a high-fat (HF) diets on subsequent food intake and blood satiety-related hormones in dogs. Diets differed mainly in their starch (442 vs. 271 g/kg dry matter) and fat (99.3 vs. 214 g/kg dry matter) contents. Twelve Beagle dogs received the experimental diets at maintenance energy requirements in two experimental periods, following a cross-over arrangement...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446179/glycam1-negatively-regulates-monocyte-entry-into-the-optic-nerve-head-and-contributes-to-radiation-based-protection-in-glaucoma
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Pete A Williams, Catherine E Braine, Nicole E Foxworth, Kelly E Cochran, Simon W M John
BACKGROUND: We previously reported a profound long-term neuroprotection subsequent to a single radiation-therapy in the DBA/2J mouse model of glaucoma. This neuroprotection prevents entry of monocyte-like immune cells into the optic nerve head during glaucoma. Gene expression studies in radiation-treated mice implicated Glycam1 in this protection. Glycam1 encodes a proteoglycan ligand for L-selectin and is an excellent candidate to modulate immune cell entry into the eye. Here, we experimentally test the hypothesis that radiation-induced over-expression of Glycam1 is a key component of the neuroprotection...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445635/synthesis-and-enhanced-corrosion-protection-performance-of-reduced-graphene-oxide-nanosheet-znal-layered-double-hydroxides-composite-film-by-hydrothermal-continuous-flow-method
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Xiaohu Luo, Song Yuan, Xinyu Pan, Caixia Zhang, Shuo Du, Yali Liu
Effective prevention of the water, oxygen, and chloride ions held in the hydrotalcite interlayer from diffusing through the layered double hydroxides ( LDH ) layer is crucial importance for its further practical application in the corrosion protection. In this study, a hybrid reduced graphene oxide ( RGO ) nanosheet /Zn2+/Al3+ layered double hydroxides ( RGO/ZnAl-LDH ) composite film with an excellent corrosion protection property on the 6N01 aluminum alloy surface was synthesized by a newly and facile hydrothermal continuous flow method,which can enable direct growth on the substrate...
April 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445096/protection-from-oxidative-stress-in-immunocytes-of-the-colonial-ascidian-botryllus-schlosseri-transcript-characterization-and-expression-studies
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Nicola Franchi, Francesca Ballin, Loriano Ballarin
Botryllus schlosseri is a cosmopolitan colonial ascidian that undergoes cyclical generation changes, or take-overs, during which adult zooids are resorbed and replaced by their buds. At take-over, adult tissues undergo diffuse apoptosis and effete cells are massively ingested by circulating phagocytes, with a consequent increase in oxygen consumption and in production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). The latter are responsible for the death of phagocytes involved in the clearance of apoptotic cells and corpses by phagocytosis-induced apoptosis...
February 2017: Biological Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444939/continuous-ambulatory-peritoneal-dialysis-ascitic-and-pleural-body-fluids-evaluation-with-the-mindray-bc-6800-hematology-analyzer
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Oscar Fuster, Belinda Andino, Amparo Pardo, Begoña Laiz
BACKGROUND: Accurate evaluation of hematology analyzers is recommended before these devices can be broadly introduced for the routine testing of continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD), ascitic, and pleural fluids. METHODS: We evaluated the performance of Mindray BC-6800 for white blood cell (WBC) and differential cell count in 50 CAPD, 60 ascitic and 40 pleural compared with manual microscopy. Within-run precision, limit of blank (LoB), limit of detection (LoD), limit of quantitation (LoQ), and carryover were assessed...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444484/effectiveness-of-drug-camps-in-treatment-of-substance-abuse-in-thailand
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Manop Kanato, Poonrut Leyatikul
Various drug camps have been introduced in Thailand since the 2000s. This study explored the effects of drug camps in Thailand. Four provinces were selected to represent different region throughout Thailand. Assessments of 2679 drug users were carried out longitudinally, age ranging from 11 to 67 years old; assessments occurred before camp, after camps, and after a 1 year follow-up. Two hundred twenty-six camps organizers, community leaders, and lay people were selected as key informants. Twenty communities were observed prospectively and 400 lay people were studied...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442988/adiponectin-receptors-are-less-sensitive-to-stress-in-a-transgenic-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Zoltán P Várhelyi, János Kálmán, Zita Oláh, Eszter V Ivitz, Eszter K Fodor, Miklós Sántha, Zsolt L Datki, Magdolna Pákáski
Background: Adiponectin and leptin are implicated in the initiation and pathomechanism of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The serum concentrations of these adipokines has been extensively studied in AD, however little is known about their receptors in this disease. Objective: We developed a novel approach to examine whether the receptors of adiponectin (AdipoR1 and -R2) and/or leptin (LepR) can contribute to AD pathomechanism. To achieve this, we investigated the effect of both genetic and environmental factors associated with AD on the expression of these receptors...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442231/case-control-vaccine-effectiveness-studies-preparation-design-and-enrollment-of-cases-and-controls
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REVIEW
Jennifer R Verani, Abdullah H Baqui, Claire V Broome, Thomas Cherian, Cheryl Cohen, Jennifer L Farrar, Daniel R Feikin, Michelle J Groome, Rana A Hajjeh, Hope L Johnson, Shabir A Madhi, Kim Mulholland, Katherine L O'Brien, Umesh D Parashar, Manish M Patel, Laura C Rodrigues, Mathuram Santosham, J Anthony Scott, Peter G Smith, Halvor Sommerfelt, Jacqueline E Tate, J Chris Victor, Cynthia G Whitney, Anita K Zaidi, Elizabeth R Zell
Case-control studies are commonly used to evaluate effectiveness of licensed vaccines after deployment in public health programs. Such studies can provide policy-relevant data on vaccine performance under 'real world' conditions, contributing to the evidence base to support and sustain introduction of new vaccines. However, case-control studies do not measure the impact of vaccine introduction on disease at a population level, and are subject to bias and confounding, which may lead to inaccurate results that can misinform policy decisions...
April 22, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441945/epidemiological-investigation-of-mycoplasma-synoviae-in-native-chicken-breeds-in-china
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Shi-Kai Sun, Xin Lin, Feng Chen, Ding-Ai Wang, Jun-Peng Lu, Jian-Ping Qin, Ting-Rong Luo
BACKGROUD: Mycoplasma synoviae (M. synoviae) is widely distributed around the world, and leads to serious economic losses in the world every year. Nevertheless, the incidence and epidemiology of M. synoviae infection in China have remained unclear. RESULTS: In this study we demonstrate that over 9773 broiler chicken flocks in 16 Chinese provinces were affected by M. synoviae between 2010 and 2015. Our epidemiological study revealed that M. synoviae was widely prevalent in multi-aged Chinese native breeder chickens, and the prevalence of M...
April 26, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441938/mitors-a-method-for-high-throughput-sensitive-and-accurate-detection-of-mitochondrial-dna-heteroplasmy
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Julien Marquis, Gregory Lefebvre, Yiannis A I Kourmpetis, Mohamed Kassam, Frédéric Ronga, Umberto De Marchi, Andreas Wiederkehr, Patrick Descombes
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial dysfunction is linked to numerous pathological states, in particular related to metabolism, brain health and ageing. Nuclear encoded gene polymorphisms implicated in mitochondrial functions can be analyzed in the context of classical genome wide association studies. By contrast, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) variants are more challenging to identify and analyze for several reasons. First, contrary to the diploid nuclear genome, each cell carries several hundred copies of the circular mitochondrial genome...
April 26, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441936/rationale-and-design-of-bistro-a-randomized-controlled-trial-to-determine-whether-bioimpedance-spectroscopy-guided-fluid-management-maintains-residual-kidney-function-in-incident-haemodialysis-patients
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Simon J Davies, Fergus J Caskey, David Coyle, Elizabeth Lindley, Jamie Macdonald, Sandip Mitra, Martin Wilkie, Andrew Davenport, Ken Farrington, Indranil Dasgupta, Paula Ormandy, Lazaros Andronis, Ivonne Solis-Trapala, Julius Sim
BACKGROUND: Preserved residual kidney function (RKF) and normal fluid status are associated with better patient outcomes in incident haemodialysis patients. The objective of this trial is to determine whether using bioimpedance technology in prescribing the optimal post-dialysis weight can reduce the rate of decline of RKF and potentially improve patient outcomes. METHODS/DESIGN: 516 pateints commencing haemodialysis, aged >18 with RKF of > 3 ml/min/1...
April 26, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441777/health-effects-of-psidium-guajava-l-leaves-an-overview-of-the-last-decade
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REVIEW
Elixabet Díaz-de-Cerio, Vito Verardo, Ana María Gómez-Caravaca, Alberto Fernández-Gutiérrez, Antonio Segura-Carretero
Today, there is increasing interest in discovering new bioactive compounds derived from ethnomedicine. Preparations of guava (Psidium guajava L.) leaves have traditionally been used to manage several diseases. The pharmacological research in vitro as well as in vivo has been widely used to demonstrate the potential of the extracts from the leaves for the co-treatment of different ailments with high prevalence worldwide, upholding the traditional medicine in cases such as diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and parasitic infections...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439698/synergistic-effects-of-cigarette-smoking-and-varicocele-on-semen-parameters-in-715-patients
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Badereddin Mohamad Al-Ali, Klaus Eredics
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether there is a synergistic effect of varicocele and smoking status on semen parameters. METHODS: A retrospective evaluation of 715 men attending an infertility clinic between 2001 and 2009 was carried out. The presence of a varicocele was determined by clinical examination and cigarette smoking habits were documented allowing patients to be divided into 4 groups: non-smokers (n = 369), mild smokers (n = 186, 1-10 cigarettes/day), moderate smokers (n = 129, 10-20 cigarettes/day) and heavy smokers (n = 31, over 20 cigarettes/day)...
April 24, 2017: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435428/in-silico-cd4-cd8-t-cell-and-b-cell-immunity-associated-immunogenic-epitope-prediction-and-hla-distribution-analysis-of-zika-virus
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Essam Mohammed Janahi, Anupam Dhasmana, Vandana Srivastava, Aditya Narayan Sarangi, Sana Raza, Jamal M Arif, Madan Lal Bramha Bhatt, Mohtashim Lohani, Mohammed Yahya Areeshi, Anand Murari Saxena, Shafiul Haque
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-borne flavivirus distributed all over Africa, South America and Asia. The infection with the virus may cause acute febrile sickness that clinically resembles dengue fever, yet there is no vaccine, no satisfactory treatment, and no means of evaluating the risk of the disease or prognosis in the infected people. In the present study, the efficacy of the host's immune response in reducing the risk of infectious diseases was taken into account to carry out immuno-informatics driven epitope screening strategy of vaccine candidates against ZIKV...
2017: EXCLI journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434995/an-sir-dengue-transmission-model-with-seasonal-effects-and-impulsive-control
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Joseph Páez Chávez, Thomas Götz, Stefan Siegmund, Karunia Putra Wijaya
In recent decades, Dengue fever and its deadly complications, such as Dengue hemorrhagic fever, have become one of the major mosquito-transmitted diseases, with an estimate of 390 million cases occurring annually in over 100 tropical and subtropical countries, most of which belonging to the developing world. Empirical evidence indicates that the most effective mechanism to reduce Dengue infections is to combat the disease-carrying vector, which is often implemented via chemical pesticides to destroy mosquitoes in their adult or larval stages...
April 20, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434105/far-infrared-ray-for-treating-chronic-lower-extremity-lymphedema-with-dermatolymphangioadenitis-a-postoperative-complication-of-gynecological-tumor-resection
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Ke Li, Heng Xu, Ning Fei Liu, Parviz Sadigh, Verity Evans, Yi Xin Zhang
PURPOSE: Lower extremity lymphedema is regarded as a relatively common postoperative complication and is often accompanied with dermatolymphangioadenitis (DLA). This study combines clinical assessment and laboratory investigation to explore therapeutic effects of far-infrared radiation (FIR) therapy for chronic lower extremity lymphedema accompanied with DLA, occurring after gynecological tumor resection. METHODS: Patients who met inclusion and exclusion criteria would be enrolled...
April 22, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433920/proteomic-analysis-of-sockeye-salmon-serum-as-a-tool-for-biomarker-discovery-and-new-insight-into-the-sublethal-toxicity-of-diluted-bitumen
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Sarah L Alderman, Laura A Dindia, Christopher J Kennedy, Anthony P Farrell, Todd E Gillis
Pipelines carrying diluted bitumen (dilbit) from Canada's oil sands traverse North America, including the freshwater habitat of Pacific salmon, posing a risk of environmental release and aquatic exposure. Swimming performance is impacted in juvenile sockeye (Oncorhynchus nerka) exposed to dilbit; therefore biomarkers of dilbit exposure will be valuable for monitoring at-risk salmon stocks. This study characterized changes in the serum proteome of sockeye exposed to a sub-lethal and environmentally relevant concentration of dilbit using isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ), and included a range of experimental conditions to permit identification of biomarkers that are robust across time (1 and 4wk) and exercise level (at rest and following a swim test)...
April 12, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433608/toward-biotechnology-in-space-high-throughput-instruments-for-in-situ-biological-research-beyond-earth
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REVIEW
Fathi Karouia, Kianoosh Peyvan, Andrew Pohorille
Space biotechnology is a nascent field aimed at applying tools of modern biology to advance our goals in space exploration. These advances rely on our ability to exploit in situ high throughput techniques for amplification and sequencing DNA, and measuring levels of RNA transcripts, proteins and metabolites in a cell. These techniques, collectively known as "omics" techniques have already revolutionized terrestrial biology. A number of on-going efforts are aimed at developing instruments to carry out "omics" research in space, in particular on board the International Space Station and small satellites...
April 19, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
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