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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353449/blastulation-timing-is-associated-with-differential-mitochondrial-content-in-euploid-embryos
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Jacqueline R Ho, Nabil Arrach, Katherine Rhodes-Long, Wael Salem, Lynda K McGinnis, Karine Chung, Kristin A Bendikson, Richard J Paulson, Ali Ahmady
PURPOSE: Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) and assessment of mitochondrial content (MC) are current methods for selection of the best embryos for transfer. Studies suggest that time-lapse morphokinetics (TLM) may also be helpful for selecting embryos more likely to implant. In our study, we sought to examine the relationship between TLM parameters and MC to determine if they could be used adjunctively in embryo selection. We also examined the relationship between MC with ploidy and blastulation...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353404/dna-methylation-rather-than-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-regulates-the-production-of-an-aberrant-splice-variant-of-il6r-in-mastitic-cows
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Yan Zhang, Xiuge Wang, Qiang Jiang, Haisheng Hao, Zhihua Ju, Chunhong Yang, Yan Sun, Changfa Wang, Jifeng Zhong, Jinming Huang, Huabin Zhu
Interleukin-6 receptor-alpha (IL6R) interacts with IL6 and forms a ligand-receptor complex, which can stimulate various cellular responses, such as cell proliferation, cell differentiation, and activation of inflammatory processes. Both genetic mutation and epigenetic modification regulate gene transcription. We identified a novel splice variant of bovine IL6R, designated as IL6R-TV, which is characterized by the skipping of exon 2 of the NCBI-referenced IL6R gene (IL6R-reference). The expression levels of IL6R-TV and IL6R-reference transcripts were lower in normal mammary gland tissues...
January 20, 2018: Cell Stress & Chaperones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353191/kinetic-and-equilibrium-modelling-of-mtbe-methyl-tert-butyl-ether-adsorption-on-zsm-5-zeolite-batch-and-column-studies
#3
Yunhui Zhang, Fei Jin, Zhengtao Shen, Rod Lynch, Abir Al-Tabbaa
The intensive use of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) as a gasoline additive has resulted in serious environmental problems due to its high solubility, volatility and recalcitrance. The feasibility of permeable reactive barriers (PRBs) with ZSM-5 type zeolite as a reactive medium was explored for MTBE contaminated groundwater remediation. Batch adsorption studies showed that the MTBE adsorption onto ZSM-5 follows the Langmuir model and obeys the pseudo-second-order model with an adsorption capacity of 53.55 mg g-1...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353095/integration-of-visual-feedback-and-motor-learning-corticospinal-vs-corticobulbar-pathway
#4
Seoung Hoon Park, Agostina Casamento-Moran, Michele L Singer, Alayna E Ernster, Basma Yacoubi, Ianessa A Humbert, Evangelos A Christou
Although movement is controlled by different descending pathways, it remains unknown whether the integration of visual feedback and motor learning differs for movements controlled by different descending pathways. Here, we compare motor control and learning of the ankle joint and tongue because they are primarily controlled by the corticospinal and corticobulbar pathways, respectively. Twelve young adults (19.63 ± 2.11 years, 6 females) practiced a tracking task (combination of 0.02, 0.37, 0.5, and 1 Hz) with ankle dorsiflexion and with tongue elevation for 100 trials...
January 17, 2018: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353091/adding-vibrotactile-feedback-to-a-myoelectric-controlled-hand-improves-performance-when-online-visual-feedback-is-disturbed
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Eitan Raveh, Sigal Portnoy, Jason Friedman
We investigated whether adding vibrotactile feedback to a myoelectric-controlled hand, when visual feedback is disturbed, can improve performance during a functional test. For this purpose, able-bodied subjects, activating a myoelectric-controlled hand attached to their right hand performed the modified Box & Blocks test, grasping and manipulating wooden blocks over a partition. This was performed in 3 conditions, using a repeated-measures design: in full light, in a dark room where visual feedback was disturbed and no auditory feedback - one time with the addition of tactile feedback provided during object grasping and manipulation, and one time without any tactile feedback...
January 17, 2018: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353080/atlantic-salmon-adapted-to-seawater-for-9-weeks-develop-a-robust-immune-response-to-salmonid-alphavirus-upon-bath-challenge
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L J Moore, J Jarungsriapisit, T O Nilsen, S Stefansson, G L Taranger, C J Secombes, H C Morton, S Patel
Pancreas disease (PD) caused by salmonid alphavirus (SAV) is the most serious viral disease in Norwegian aquaculture. Study of the immune response to SAV will aid preventative measures including vaccine development. The innate immune response was studied in Atlantic salmon infected by either bath immersion (BI) or by intra-muscular (i.m.) injection (IM) with SAV subtype 3, two and nine weeks after seawater transfer (Phases A and B respectively). Phase A results have been previously published (Moore et al., 2017) and Phase B results are presented here together with a comparison of results achieved in Phase A...
January 15, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352987/the-interaction-between-xbp1-and-enos-contributes-to-endothelial-cell-migration
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Junyao Yang, Jing Xu, Martin Danniel, Xiaocong Wang, Wen Wang, Lingfang Zeng, Lisong Shen
The X-box binding protein 1 (XBP1) is a pivotal transcription factor in the endoplasmic reticulum stress response. Our previous studies have proven that XBP1 is involved in vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-mediated endothelial cell (EC) proliferation and angiogenesis. In this study, we used EC monolayer wound healing, tube formation and transwell migration models to explorethe role of XBP1splicing in EC migration. We found that scratching on EC monolayer triggered XBP1splicing, which was attenuated by the presence of SU5416and LY294002, suggesting that VEGF signalling pathways may be involved...
January 15, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352920/biomass-based-magnetic-fluorescent-nanoparticles-one-step-scalable-synthesis-application-as-drug-carriers-and-mechanism-study
#8
Lei Li, Feijun Wang, Ziqiang Shao
A biomass-based magnetic fluorescent nanoparticle (MFNPs) was successively in situ synthesized via a one-step high-gravity approach, which constructed by a magnetic core of Fe3O4 nanoparticles, the fluorescent marker of carbon dots (CDs), and shells of chitosan (CS). The obtained MFNPs had a 10 nm average diameter and narrow particle size distribution, low cytotoxicity, superior fluorescent emission and superparamagnetic properties. The encapsulating and release 5-fluorouracil experiments confirmed that the introduction of CS/CDs effectively improved the drug loading capacity...
March 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352916/effect-of-punica-granatum-peel-extracts-on-antimicrobial-properties-in-walnut-shell-cellulose-reinforced-bio-thermoplastic-starch-films-from-cashew-nut-shells
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K Harini, C Chandra Mohan, K Ramya, S Karthikeyan, M Sukumar
The main aim of the present study is to extract and characterize cashew nut shell (CNS) starch and walnut shell cellulose (WNC) for development of cellulose reinforced starch films. Moreover, the extraction and characterization of pomegranate peel extract, for incorporation with CNS-WNC films, was investigated. CNS starch was examined to be a moderate amylose starch with 26.32 ± 0.43% amylose content. Thermal degradation temperature of CNS starch was found to be 310 °C. Walnut shell cellulose was found to have high crystallinity index of 72%, with two thermal degradation temperatures of 319 °C and 461 °C...
March 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352887/the-development-of-an-alginate-polycaprolactone-composite-scaffold-for-in-situ-transfection-application
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Wei-Wen Hu, Yun-Chung Wu, Zhe-Chen Hu
Alginate and polycaprolactone (PCL) were coelectrospun using a dual-jet system to prepare composite nanofibers in defined ratios, and hence both chemical properties and hydrophobicity of scaffolds can be manipulated. These nanofibers were applied in gene immobilization: positively charged polyethyleneimine (PEI)/DNA polyplexes were adsorbed onto anionic alginate fibers, and the higher ratios of alginate resulted in the more immobilized nonviral vectors. Through the incorporation of PCL, biocompatibility of scaffolds was highly improved...
March 1, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352797/physical-origins-of-temperature-continuity-at-an-interface-between-a-crystal-and-its-melt
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Truong Quoc Vo, BoHung Kim
We justify and discuss the physical origins for the assumption of temperature continuity at crystal/melt interfaces by performing atomistic simulations. We additionally answer why the crystal/melt interfaces differ from the typical solid/liquid interfaces, which usually exhibit dissimilarities and a resulting temperature drop. We present results for pure silver modeled using the embedded-atom method and Lennard-Jones potential function and contrast the results with each other. We find that the temperature continuity at an interface between a crystal and its melt originates from the perfect vibrational coupling, which is caused by the interfacial structural diffusivity...
January 21, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352796/miscibility-at-the-immiscible-liquid-liquid-interface-a-molecular-dynamics-study-of-thermodynamics-and-mechanism
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John J Karnes, Ilan Benjamin
Molecular dynamics simulations are used to study the dissolution of water into an adjacent, immiscible organic liquid phase. Equilibrium thermodynamic and structural properties are calculated during the transfer of water molecule(s) across the interface using umbrella sampling. The net free energy of transfer agrees reasonably well with experimental solubility values. We find that water molecules "prefer" to transfer into the adjacent phase one-at-a-time, without co-transfer of the hydration shell, as in the case of evaporation...
January 21, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352791/kohn-sham-potentials-from-electron-densities-using-a-matrix-representation-within-finite-atomic-orbital-basis-sets
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Xing Zhang, Emily A Carter
We revisit the static response function-based Kohn-Sham (KS) inversion procedure for determining the KS effective potential that corresponds to a given target electron density within finite atomic orbital basis sets. Instead of expanding the potential in an auxiliary basis set, we directly update the potential in its matrix representation. Through numerical examples, we show that the reconstructed density rapidly converges to the target density. Preliminary results are presented to illustrate the possibility of obtaining a local potential in real space from the optimized potential in its matrix representation...
January 21, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352773/ultra-fast-relaxation-decoherence-and-localization-of-photoexcited-states-in-%C3%AF-conjugated-polymers
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Jonathan R Mannouch, William Barford, Sarah Al-Assam
The exciton relaxation dynamics of photoexcited electronic states in poly(p-phenylenevinylene) are theoretically investigated within a coarse-grained model, in which both the exciton and nuclear degrees of freedom are treated quantum mechanically. The Frenkel-Holstein Hamiltonian is used to describe the strong exciton-phonon coupling present in the system, while external damping of the internal nuclear degrees of freedom is accounted for by a Lindblad master equation. Numerically, the dynamics are computed using the time evolving block decimation and quantum jump trajectory techniques...
January 21, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352758/-arthroscopic-rotator-cuff-surgery-new-and-established-methods
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S Pauly, M Scheibel
This present article summarizes established and current developments and aspects of rotator cuff surgery. Achieved milestones as well as current approaches are presented and assessed with respect to their clinical and radiographic impact. Despite biomechanical and technical improvements in modern rotator cuff repair techniques, re-defect and re-tearing rates could not be fully eliminated. Meanwhile, the importance of biological processes around successful tendon-bone reintegration has been increasingly recognized...
January 19, 2018: Der Orthopäde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352744/crystal-structure-of-adp-dependent-glucokinase-from-methanocaldococcus-jannaschii-in-complex-with-5-iodotubercidin-reveals-phosphoryl-transfer-mechanism
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Piotr Tokarz, Magdalena Wiśniewska, Marcin M Kamiński, Grzegorz Dubin, Przemysław Grudnik
ADP-dependent glucokinase (ADPGK) is an alternative novel glucose phosphorylating enzyme in a modified glycolysis pathway of hyperthermophilic Archaea. In contrast to classical ATP-dependent hexokinases, ADPGK utilizes ADP as a phosphoryl group donor. Here we present a crystal structure of archaeal ADPGK from Methanocaldococcus jannaschii in complex with an inhibitor, 5-iodotubercidin, D-glucose, inorganic phosphate and a magnesium ion. Detailed analysis of the architecture of the active site allowed for confirmation of the previously proposed phosphorylation mechanism and the crucial role of the invariant arginine residue (Arg197)...
January 20, 2018: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352651/catheter-injected-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-induce-efficacious-occlusion-of-arteriovenous-nidus-in-a-swine-model
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Joseph Touma, Jianping Dai, Andre Gaston, Marianne Gervais, Eric Allaire
OBJECTIVES: Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are complex vascular lesions. Surgical excision is the treatment of choice, but is often not achievable. Embolo-sclerotherapy alone is associated with high recurrence rates. This study tested the hypothesis that seeding hydrogel conditioned bone marrow derived mesenchymatous stem cells (BM-MSCs) in an AVM nidus model induces solid microvascular occlusion through endoluminal tissue growth. METHODS: AVMs were modelled as arteriovenous microvascular nidus, using swine rete mirabile, a plexiform intracranial structure composed of arterial microvessels that extensively anastomose...
January 15, 2018: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352643/assessment-of-a-source-position-checking-tool-for-the-quality-assurance-of-transfer-tubes-used-in-hdr-192ir-brachytherapy-treatments
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O A Awunor
PURPOSE: The determination of source positions before treatment is an essential part of the quality assurance (QA) associated with high dose rate brachytherapy treatments. The purpose of this study was to design and commission a tool to allow the quantification of source positions across multiple transfer tube types. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A bespoke flexi-adapter jig, three transfer tube adapters, and a film piercing pointer were designed and built for source position QA across three transfer tube types-the standard, 6 French, and gynae transfer tubes...
January 15, 2018: Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352513/morbid-obesity-and-type-2-diabetes-alter-intestinal-fatty-acid-uptake-and-blood-flow
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Jukka Koffert, Mia Ståhle, Henry Karlsson, Patricia Iozzo, Paulina Salminen, Anne Roivainen, Pirjo Nuutila
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment to tackle morbid obesity and type 2 diabetes, but the mechanisms of action are still unclear. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of bariatric surgery on intestinal fatty acid (FA) uptake and blood flow. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We recruited 27 morbidly obese subjects of which 10 had type 2 diabetes and 15 healthy age-matched controls. Intestinal blood flow and fatty acid uptake from circulation were measured during fasting state using positron emission tomography (PET)...
January 20, 2018: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352493/effect-of-dietary-manipulation-and-vaccination-of-turkey-breeder-hens-on-immunoglobulin-levels-of-yolk-yolk-sac-and-neonate-poults
#20
A Bhattacharyya, S Majumdar, S K Bhanja, A B Mandal, B B Dash
Two hundred turkey breeder hens and 24 viable toms of 30-35 weeks age of small white variety were distributed into two treatment groups having four replicates of 25 hens and three toms in each treatment. First four replicates were offered a turkey breeder diet (Diet A) (Nutrient requirements of poultry, 1994, National Academic Press, Washington, DC) and the rest four replicates were maintained on a higher plane of nutrition (Diet B) for 8-week duration. After 6 weeks of experimental feeding, two replicates from each treatment groups were vaccinated with ND (R2 B) vaccine...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
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