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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907861/in-situ-time-lapse-study-of-extracellular-polymeric-substance-discharge-in-streptococcus-mutans-biofilm
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Bernard Haochih Liu, Li-Chieh Yu
Streptococcus mutans is one of the main pathogens that cause tooth decay. By metabolizing carbohydrates, S. mutans emits extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) that adheres to the tooth surface and forms layers of biofilm. Periodontal disease occurs due to the low pH environment created by S. mutans biofilm, and such an acidic environment gradually erodes tooth enamel. Since the existence of EPS is essential in the formation of biofilm, the in-situ investigation of its generation and distribution in real time is the key to the control and suppression of S...
November 24, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901108/survey-of-the-green-picoalga-bathycoccus-genomes-in-the-global-ocean
#2
Thomas Vannier, Jade Leconte, Yoann Seeleuthner, Samuel Mondy, Eric Pelletier, Jean-Marc Aury, Colomban de Vargas, Michael Sieracki, Daniele Iudicone, Daniel Vaulot, Patrick Wincker, Olivier Jaillon
Bathycoccus is a cosmopolitan green micro-alga belonging to the Mamiellophyceae, a class of picophytoplankton that contains important contributors to oceanic primary production. A single species of Bathycoccus has been described while the existence of two ecotypes has been proposed based on metagenomic data. A genome is available for one strain corresponding to the described phenotype. We report a second genome assembly obtained by a single cell genomics approach corresponding to the second ecotype. The two Bathycoccus genomes are divergent enough to be unambiguously distinguishable in whole DNA metagenomic data although they possess identical sequence of the 18S rRNA gene including in the V9 region...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885781/cellular-response-of-osteoblasts-to-low-modulus-ti-24nb-4zr-8sn-alloy-mesh-structure
#3
K C Nune, R D K Misra, S J Li, Y L Hao, R Yang
Titanium alloys (Ti-6Al-4V and Ti-6Al-7Nb) are widely used for implants, which are characterized by high elastic modulus (∼110 GPa) with (α + β) structure and that may induce undesirable stress shielding effect and immune responses associated with the presence of toxic elements. In this regard, we have combined the attributes of a new alloy design and the concept of additive manufacturing to fabricate 3D scaffolds with an interconnected porous structure. The new alloy is a β-type Ti-24Nb-4Zr-8Sn (Ti2448) alloy with significantly reduced modulus...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870875/a-novel-organ-culture-model-to-quantify-collagen-remodeling-in-tree-shrew-sclera
#4
Sarah Baldivia, Alexander Levy, Shylaja Hegde, Stijn J A Aper, Maarten Merkx, Rafael Grytz
Increasing evidence suggests that unknown collagen remodeling mechanisms in the sclera underlie myopia development. We are proposing a novel organ culture system in combination with two-photon fluorescence imaging to quantify collagen remodeling at the tissue- and lamella-level. Tree shrew scleral shells were cultured up to 7 days in serum-free media and cellular viability was investigated under: (i) minimal tissue manipulations; (ii) removal of intraocular tissues; gluing the eye to a washer using (iii) 50 μL and (iv) 200 μL of cyanoacrylate adhesive; (v) supplementing media with Ham's F-12 Nutrient Mixture; and (vi) culturing eyes subjected to 15 mmHg intraocular pressure in our new bioreactor...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845201/impaired-neurovascular-coupling-in-aging-and-alzheimer-s-disease-contribution-of-astrocyte-dysfunction-and-endothelial-impairment-to-cognitive-decline
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Stefano Tarantini, Cam Ha T Tran, Grant R Gordon, Zoltan Ungvari, Anna Csiszar
The importance of (micro)vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID) in aging cannot be overemphasized, and the pathogenesis and prevention of age-related cerebromicrovascular pathologies are a subject of intensive research. In particular, aging impairs the increase in cerebral blood flow triggered by neural activation (termed neurovascular coupling or functional hyperemia), a critical mechanism that matches oxygen and nutrient delivery with the increased demands in active brain regions...
November 11, 2016: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832363/a-novel-micro-ct-based-method-to-monitor-the-morphology-of-blood-vessels-in-the-rabbit-endplate
#6
Hong-Ming Xu, Yong-Li Wang, Hai-Ming Jin, Dao-Liang Xu, Jun Xuan, Jiao-Xiang Chen, Amit Goswami, Zhou-Shan Tao, Feng Zhou, Xiao-Lei Zhang, Xiang-Yang Wang
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to develop a novel method for observing the morphology of the blood vessels in the rabbit endplate. METHODS: Twenty 6-month-old rabbits were used in this study. The blood vessels in the L5 endplate in Group A were injected with iohexol and Group B with barium sulfate. Group C was the control group with saline. To optimize the study, Group B was divided into two subgroups: Group B-1 was injected with 100% (w/v) barium sulfate and Group B-2 with 50% (w/v)...
November 10, 2016: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789737/calcium-deficiency-triggers-phloem-remobilization-of-cadmium-in-a-hyperaccumulating-species
#7
Shengke Tian, Ruohan Xie, Haixin Wang, Yan Hu, Jun Ge, Xingcheng Liao, Xiaoyu Gao, Patrick Brown, Xianyong Lin, Lingli Lu
Understanding cadmium (Cd) accumulation in plants is critical for the development of plant-based strategies for soil remediation and crop safety. Sedum alfredii is a nonbrassica plant species known to hyperaccumulate Cd. The characteristics of Cd uptake, distribution, and retranslocation affected by the Ca status were investigated at cellular levels in S. alfredii Low Ca supply significantly increased Cd contents in shoots of S. alfredii, particularly in the young leaves. Micro x-ray fluorescence images confirmed that sequestration of Cd was greatly enhanced in the young leaves under Ca deficiency stress, with a significant amount of Cd localized in mesophyll cells, compared to the young leaves supplied with high Ca levels...
December 2016: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27782999/a-three-dimensional-micro-computed-tomographic-study-of-the-intraosseous-lunate-vasculature-implications-for-surgical-intervention-and-the-development-of-avascular-necrosis
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Nick A van Alphen, Mohamed Morsy, Alexis T Laungani, Assaf Kadar, Andrew J Vercnocke, Nirusha Lachman, Erik L Ritman, Steven L Moran
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to use micro-computed tomography to demonstrate the intraosseous vascularity of the lunate within a three-dimensional orientation to identify areas of greatest perfusion and define vascular "safe zones" for surgical intervention. METHODS: Fourteen upper extremities were injected with a lead-based contrast agent. The lunates were harvested and scanned using a micro-computed tomography scanner. The intraosseous vascularity was incorporated into a three-dimensional image...
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27782074/in-field-in-situ-and-in-vivo-3-dimensional-elemental-mapping-for-plant-tissue-and-soil-analysis-using-laser-induced-breakdown-spectroscopy
#9
Chunjiang Zhao, Daming Dong, Xiaofan Du, Wengang Zheng
Sensing and mapping element distributions in plant tissues and its growth environment has great significance for understanding the uptake, transport, and accumulation of nutrients and harmful elements in plants, as well as for understanding interactions between plants and the environment. In this study, we developed a 3-dimensional elemental mapping system based on laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy that can be deployed in- field to directly measure the distribution of multiple elements in living plants as well as in the soil...
October 22, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27773651/micro-scale-variability-enhances-trophic-transfer-and-potentially-sustains-biodiversity-in-plankton-ecosystems
#10
Anupam Priyadarshi, Sandip Mandal, S Lan Smith, Hidekatsu Yamazaki
We develop moment closure approximations to represent micro-scale spatial variability in the concentrations of nutrients (N), phytoplankton (P) and zooplankton (Z) in an NPZ model, which we apply to examine the impact of different levels of micro-scale variability on both ecosystem dynamics and trophic transfer. Accounting explicitly for both the mean-field and fluctuating components of each prognostic variable in the NPZ model yields different dynamics for the mean-field concentrations, as well as lower phytoplankton biomass and greater zooplankton biomass, compared to the conventional NPZ model without micro-scale variability...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771200/assessment-of-by-products-of-bioenergy-systems-anaerobic-digestion-and-gasification-as-potential-crop-nutrient
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Sampriti Kataki, Samarendra Hazarika, D C Baruah
Alternative fertilizer resources have drawn attention in recent times in order to cope up with ever increasing demand for fertilizer. By-products of bioenergy system are considered favourable as organic fertilizer due to their ability to recycle plant nutrients. Present study evaluates fertilizer suitability of by-products of two bioenergy systems viz. 3 types of anaerobic digestion by-products (digestate) from local surplus biomass such as cowdung, Ipomoea carnea:cowdung (60:40) and ricestraw:green gram stover:cowdung (30:30:40) and one gasification by-product (biochar) from rice husk...
October 19, 2016: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27741454/regulation-of-morphological-molecular-and-nutrient-status-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-seedlings-in-response-to-zno-nanoparticles-and-zn-ion-exposure
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Prakash M Gopalakrishnan Nair, Ill Min Chung
This study examined the mechanism of toxicity in Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings to zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) and zinc (Zn) ions. We subjected plants to different ZnO NPs and Zn ion concentrations (0, 20, 50, 100 and 200mg/L) and analyzed resulting morphological changes, transcriptional regulation of genes involved in Zn-homeostasis, macro- and microelement homeostasis, as well as auxin regulation. Except for 20mg/L, the fresh weight and primary root length was reduced after exposure to all other concentrations of Zn ion and ZnO NP concentrations...
October 11, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27739867/spatial-and-halophytes-associated-microbial-communities-in-intertidal-coastal-region-of-india
#13
Doongar R Chaudhary, Aditya P Rathore, Raghawendra Kumar, Bhavanath Jha
Microbial communities in intertidal coastal soils respond to a variety of environmental factors related to resources availability, habitat characteristics and vegetation. These intertidal soils of India are dominated with Salicornia brachiata, Aeluropus lagopoides and Suaeda maritima halophytes which play a significant role in carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling and improving micro-environment. However, the relative contribution of edaphic factors, halophytes, rhizosphere and bulk sediments on microbial community composition is poorly understood in the intertidal sediments...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716648/enhancing-vascularization-of-a-gelatin-based-micro-cavitary-hydrogel-by-increasing-the-density-of-the-micro-cavities
#14
Jiayin Fu, Changjiang Fan, Wei Shan Lai, Dongan Wang
The transport of nutrients and oxygen by vascular networks into engineered tissue constructs is critical to their successful integration into host tissues. Hydrogel has achieved some promising results as scaffolds for vascularization. However, the vascularization of hydrogel is still constrained by its inherent submicron- or nano-sized pores. In this study, two gelatin-based micro-cavitary gel (Gel-MCG) constructs with varying densities of micro-cavities were developed with a photocrosslinkable gelatin methacrylate (Gel-MA) precursor and porogenic gelatin microspheres (MS), and their functions in supporting vascularization within hydrogels were evaluated with endothelial progenitor outgrowth cells (EPOCs)...
October 7, 2016: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27713876/the-relationship-between-macro-and-micro-nutrients-intake-and-risk-of-preterm-premature-rupture-of-membranes-in-pregnant-women-of-isfahan
#15
Akbar Hassanzadeh, Zamzam Paknahad, Masoomeh Goodarzi Khoigani
BACKGROUND: Since preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) is one of the most important complications of pregnancy and its relationship with nutrition status have not been surveyed comprehensively, we decided to study the relationship of maternal received nutrients (36 macro- and micro-nutrients) in three trimesters and PPROM which could be considered as a unique study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this prospective cohort study, data was collected by filling a questionnaire through interviews with 620 pregnant women who had no parameters to affect pregnancy outcome...
2016: Advanced Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27703161/intake-of-vitamin-b-before-onset-of-parkinson-s-disease-and-atypical-parkinsonism-and-olfactory-function-at-the-time-of-diagnosis
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L Håglin, I Johansson, L Forsgren, L Bäckman
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether vitamin-B density in the diet 2-8 years before diagnosis is associated with olfactory function at the time of diagnosis. SUBJECTS/METHODS: This prospective nested case-control study included patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), multiple system atrophy and progressive supranuclear paralysis identified between 2004 and 2009 in the county of Västerbotten in northern Sweden. The case database (NYPUM study; Newly Diagnosed Parkinson in Umeå; n=147) was cross-linked to the Northern Sweden Health and Disease Study (NSHDS)...
October 5, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27692514/from-municipal-industrial-wastewater-sludge-and-fog-to-fertilizer-a-proposal-for-economic-sustainable-sludge-management
#17
Božidar Bratina, Andrej Šorgo, Janez Kramberger, Urban Ajdnik, Lidija Fras Zemljič, Janez Ekart, Riko Šafarič
After a ban on the depositing of untreated sludge in landfills, the sludge from municipal and industrial water-treatment plants can be regarded as a problem. Waste products of the water treatment process can be a problem or an opportunity - a source for obtaining raw materials. In the European Union, raw sludge and fats, oil and grease (FOG) from municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) cannot be deposited in any natural or controlled environment. For this reason, it must be processed (stabilized, dried) to be used later as a fertilizer, building material, or alternative fuel source suitable for co-incineration in high temperature furnaces (power plants or concrete plants)...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27691719/the-oxalato-aluminate-complex-as-an-antimicrobial-substance-protecting-the-shiro-of-tricholoma-matsutake-from-soil-micro-organisms
#18
Katsutoshi Nishino, Misao Shiro, Ryuki Okura, Kazuya Oizumi, Toru Fujita, Takahiro Sasamori, Norihiro Tokitoh, Akiyoshi Yamada, Chihiro Tanaka, Muneyoshi Yamaguchi, Syuntaro Hiradate, Nobuhiro Hirai
Tricholoma matsutake, a basidiomycete, forms ectomycorrhizas with Pinus densiflora as the host tree. Its fruiting body, "matsutake" in Japanese, is an edible and highly prized mushroom, and it grows in a circle called a fairy ring. Beneath the fairy ring of T. matsutake, a whitish mycelium-soil aggregated zone, called "shiro" in Japanese, develops. The front of the shiro, an active mycorrhizal zone, functions to gather nutrients from the soil and roots to nourish the fairy ring. Bacteria and sporulating fungi decrease from the shiro front, whereas they increase inside and outside the shiro front...
October 3, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27687977/dysbiosis-of-small-intestinal-microbiota-in-liver-cirrhosis-and-its-association-with-etiology
#19
Yanfei Chen, Feng Ji, Jing Guo, Ding Shi, Daiqiong Fang, Lanjuan Li
Cirrhosis-associated duodenal dysbiosis is not yet clearly defined. In this research, duodenal mucosal microbiota was analyzed in 30 cirrhotic patients and 28 healthy controls using 16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing methods. The principal coordinate analysis revealed that cirrhotic patients were colonized by remarkable different duodenal mucosal microbiota in comparison with controls. At the genus level, Veillonella, Megasphaera, Dialister, Atopobium, and Prevotella were found overrepresented in cirrhotic duodenum...
September 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27665014/nutrients-central-to-maintaining-intestinal-absorptive-efficiency-and-barrier-integrity-with-fowl
#20
Edwin T Moran
The small intestinal mucosa acts to recover nutrients from the lumen while providing a barrier against potential hazards. Its unstirred water layer (USWL) at the lumen interface involves membrane associated mucin linearly protruding from underlying microvilli that entangles secretory mucin released from local goblet cells. Both mucin sources are dominated by repetitive O-glycosylated areas dependant on threonine, serine, glycine, and proline. Secretory mucin differs from membrane attached mucin by further employing multiple cystines that interconnect these areas into a net-like molecular sieve...
September 24, 2016: Poultry Science
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