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Andres Fuentes-Ramirez, Joseph W Veldman, Claus Holzapfel, Kirk A Moloney
Novel fire regimes are an important cause and consequence of global environmental change that involve interactions among biotic, climatic, and human components of ecosystems. Plant flammability is key to these interactions, yet few studies directly measure flammability or consider how multiple species with different flammabilities interact to produce novel fire regimes. Deserts of the southwestern United States are an ideal system for exploring how novel fire regimes can emerge when fire-promoting species invade ecosystems comprised of species that did not evolve with fire...
October 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
Carol A Casey, Ganapati Bhat, Melissa S Holzapfel, Armen Petrosyan
BACKGROUND: It is known that ethanol (EtOH) and its metabolites have a negative effect on protein glycosylation. The fragmentation of the Golgi apparatus induced by alteration of the structure of largest Golgi matrix protein, giantin, is the major consequence of damaging effects of EtOH-metabolism on the Golgi; however, the link between this and abnormal glycosylation remains unknown. Because previously we have shown that Golgi morphology dictates glycosylation, we examined the effect EtOH administration has on function of Golgi residential enzymes involved in N-glycosylation...
October 17, 2016: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
Dimitrios Pantelis, Robert Hüneburg, Ronja Adam, Stefanie Holzapfel, Heidrun Gevensleben, Jacob Nattermann, Christian P Strassburg, Stefan Aretz, Jörg C Kalff
PURPOSE: Germline mutations in several genes confer a relevant lifetime risk of gastric cancer. In this context, an increasing involvement of a surgeon can be seen, mainly with the question of performing a prophylactic operation. METHODS: Patients with hereditary tumor syndromes predisposing for gastric cancer who received care leading to prophylactic total gastrectomy in our Center for Hereditary Tumor Syndromes were analyzed. For each patient, the multidisciplinary decision-making process, the perioperative course, and the histopathologic findings were assessed...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
Soyoung Yeo, Suro Lee, Hyunjoon Park, Heuynkil Shin, Wilhelm Holzapfel, Chul Sung Huh
Enforced restrictions on the use of antibiotics as growth promoters (AGPs) in animal production have prompted investigations into alternative feed additives in recent decades. Probiotics are currently the main feed additive used in livestock. However, the selection of probiotic candidates relies on human-based methods and little is known about the verification criteria for host-specific selection. We investigated the probiotic potential of Lactobacillus salivarius strains isolated from fed pig feces for their use as porcine feed additives...
September 15, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Aude M Gourieroux, Margaret E McCully, Bruno P Holzapfel, Geoffrey R Scollary, Suzy Y Rogiers
The rachis, the structural framework of the grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) inflorescence (and subsequent bunch), consists of a main axis and one or more orders of lateral branches with the flower-bearing pedicels at their fine tips. The rachis is crucial both for support, and transport from the shoot. Earlier suggestions that the flowers per se affect normal rachis development are investigated further in this study. Different percentages (0, 25, 50, 75 or 100) of flowers were removed manually one week before anthesis on field-grown vines...
August 28, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Renate Gehwolf, Andrea Wagner, Christine Lehner, Amy D Bradshaw, Cornelia Scharler, Justyna A Niestrawska, Gerhard A Holzapfel, Hans-Christian Bauer, Herbert Tempfer, Andreas Traweger
Acute and chronic tendinopathies remain clinically challenging and tendons are predisposed to degeneration or injury with age. Despite the high prevalence of tendon disease in the elderly, our current understanding of the mechanisms underlying the age-dependent deterioration of tendon function remains very limited. Here, we show that Secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (Sparc) expression significantly decreases in healthy-aged mouse Achilles tendons. Loss of Sparc results in tendon collagen fibrillogenesis defects and Sparc-/- tendons are less able to withstand force in comparison with their respective wild type counterparts...
2016: Scientific Reports
Boris Michael Holzapfel, Ferdinand Wagner, Laure Christine Martine, Stephan Reppenhagen, Maximilian Rudert, Michael Schuetz, Jim Denham, Jan-Thorsten Schantz, Dietmar Werner Hutmacher
Currently used surgical techniques to reconstruct tissue defects after resection of musculoskeletal tumours are associated with high complication rates. This drives a strong demand for innovative therapeutic concepts that are able to improve the clinical outcomes of patients suffering from bone and soft tissue tumours. Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine (TE&RM) provides a technology platform based on biochemical, molecular, cellular and biomaterials modules to selectively direct tissue healing processes for improved defect regeneration...
September 2016: Cancer Metastasis Reviews
M G Aartsen, K Abraham, M Ackermann, J Adams, J A Aguilar, M Ahlers, M Ahrens, D Altmann, K Andeen, T Anderson, I Ansseau, G Anton, M Archinger, C Argüelles, T C Arlen, J Auffenberg, S Axani, X Bai, S W Barwick, V Baum, R Bay, J J Beatty, J Becker Tjus, K-H Becker, S BenZvi, P Berghaus, D Berley, E Bernardini, A Bernhard, D Z Besson, G Binder, D Bindig, E Blaufuss, S Blot, D J Boersma, C Bohm, M Börner, F Bos, D Bose, S Böser, O Botner, J Braun, L Brayeur, H-P Bretz, A Burgman, J Casey, M Casier, E Cheung, D Chirkin, A Christov, K Clark, L Classen, S Coenders, G H Collin, J M Conrad, D F Cowen, A H Cruz Silva, J Daughhetee, J C Davis, M Day, J P A M de André, C De Clercq, E Del Pino Rosendo, H Dembinski, S De Ridder, P Desiati, K D de Vries, G de Wasseige, M de With, T DeYoung, J C Díaz-Vélez, V di Lorenzo, H Dujmovic, J P Dumm, M Dunkman, B Eberhardt, T Ehrhardt, B Eichmann, S Euler, P A Evenson, S Fahey, A R Fazely, J Feintzeig, J Felde, K Filimonov, C Finley, S Flis, C-C Fösig, T Fuchs, T K Gaisser, R Gaior, J Gallagher, L Gerhardt, K Ghorbani, W Giang, L Gladstone, T Glüsenkamp, A Goldschmidt, G Golup, J G Gonzalez, D Góra, D Grant, Z Griffith, A Haj Ismail, A Hallgren, F Halzen, E Hansen, K Hanson, D Hebecker, D Heereman, K Helbing, R Hellauer, S Hickford, J Hignight, G C Hill, K D Hoffman, R Hoffmann, K Holzapfel, A Homeier, K Hoshina, F Huang, M Huber, W Huelsnitz, K Hultqvist, S In, A Ishihara, E Jacobi, G S Japaridze, M Jeong, K Jero, B J P Jones, M Jurkovic, A Kappes, T Karg, A Karle, U Katz, M Kauer, A Keivani, J L Kelley, A Kheirandish, M Kim, T Kintscher, J Kiryluk, T Kittler, S R Klein, G Kohnen, R Koirala, H Kolanoski, L Köpke, C Kopper, S Kopper, D J Koskinen, M Kowalski, K Krings, M Kroll, G Krückl, C Krüger, J Kunnen, S Kunwar, N Kurahashi, T Kuwabara, M Labare, J L Lanfranchi, M J Larson, D Lennarz, M Lesiak-Bzdak, M Leuermann, L Lu, J Lünemann, J Madsen, G Maggi, K B M Mahn, S Mancina, M Mandelartz, R Maruyama, K Mase, R Maunu, F McNally, K Meagher, M Medici, M Meier, A Meli, T Menne, G Merino, T Meures, S Miarecki, E Middell, L Mohrmann, T Montaruli, M Moulai, R Nahnhauer, U Naumann, G Neer, H Niederhausen, S C Nowicki, D R Nygren, A Obertacke Pollmann, A Olivas, A Omairat, A O'Murchadha, T Palczewski, H Pandya, D V Pankova, J A Pepper, C Pérez de Los Heros, C Pfendner, D Pieloth, E Pinat, J Posselt, P B Price, G T Przybylski, M Quinnan, C Raab, M Rameez, K Rawlins, M Relich, E Resconi, W Rhode, M Richman, B Riedel, S Robertson, C Rott, T Ruhe, D Ryckbosch, D Rysewyk, L Sabbatini, J Salvado, S E Sanchez Herrera, A Sandrock, J Sandroos, S Sarkar, K Satalecka, P Schlunder, T Schmidt, S Schöneberg, A Schönwald, D Seckel, S Seunarine, D Soldin, M Song, G M Spiczak, C Spiering, M Stamatikos, T Stanev, A Stasik, A Steuer, T Stezelberger, R G Stokstad, A Stößl, R Ström, N L Strotjohann, G W Sullivan, M Sutherland, H Taavola, I Taboada, J Tatar, S Ter-Antonyan, A Terliuk, G Tešić, S Tilav, P A Toale, M N Tobin, S Toscano, D Tosi, M Tselengidou, A Turcati, E Unger, M Usner, S Vallecorsa, J Vandenbroucke, N van Eijndhoven, S Vanheule, M van Rossem, J van Santen, J Veenkamp, M Voge, M Vraeghe, C Walck, A Wallace, N Wandkowsky, Ch Weaver, C Wendt, S Westerhoff, B J Whelan, K Wiebe, L Wille, D R Williams, L Wills, H Wissing, M Wolf, T R Wood, E Woolsey, K Woschnagg, D L Xu, X W Xu, Y Xu, J P Yanez, G Yodh, S Yoshida, M Zoll
The IceCube neutrino telescope at the South Pole has measured the atmospheric muon neutrino spectrum as a function of zenith angle and energy in the approximate 320 GeV to 20 TeV range, to search for the oscillation signatures of light sterile neutrinos. No evidence for anomalous ν_{μ} or ν[over ¯]_{μ} disappearance is observed in either of two independently developed analyses, each using one year of atmospheric neutrino data. New exclusion limits are placed on the parameter space of the 3+1 model, in which muon antineutrinos experience a strong Mikheyev-Smirnov-Wolfenstein-resonant oscillation...
August 12, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Ronja Adam, Isabel Spier, Bixiao Zhao, Michael Kloth, Jonathan Marquez, Inga Hinrichsen, Jutta Kirfel, Aylar Tafazzoli, Sukanya Horpaopan, Siegfried Uhlhaas, Dietlinde Stienen, Nicolaus Friedrichs, Janine Altmüller, Andreas Laner, Stefanie Holzapfel, Sophia Peters, Katrin Kayser, Holger Thiele, Elke Holinski-Feder, Giancarlo Marra, Glen Kristiansen, Markus M Nöthen, Reinhard Büttner, Gabriela Möslein, Regina C Betz, Angela Brieger, Richard P Lifton, Stefan Aretz
In ∼30% of families affected by colorectal adenomatous polyposis, no germline mutations have been identified in the previously implicated genes APC, MUTYH, POLE, POLD1, and NTHL1, although a hereditary etiology is likely. To uncover further genes with high-penetrance causative mutations, we performed exome sequencing of leukocyte DNA from 102 unrelated individuals with unexplained adenomatous polyposis. We identified two unrelated individuals with differing compound-heterozygous loss-of-function (LoF) germline mutations in the mismatch-repair gene MSH3...
August 4, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
Folarin A Oguntoyinbo, Vincenzina Fusco, Gyu-Sung Cho, Jan Kabisch, Horst Neve, Wilhelm Bockelmann, Melanie Huch, Lara Frommherz, Bernhard Trierweiler, Biserka Becker, Nabil Benomar, Antonio Gálvez, Hikmate Abriouel, Wilhelm H Holzapfel, Charles M A P Franz
A rich variety of indigenous fruits and vegetables grow in Africa, which contribute to the nutrition and health of Africa's populations. Fruits and vegetables have high moisture and are thus inherently prone to accelerated spoilage. Food fermentation still plays a major role in combating food spoilage and foodborne diseases that are prevalent in many of Africa's resource disadvantaged regions. Lactic acid fermentation is probably the oldest and best-accepted food processing method among the African people, and is largely a home-based process...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Peter Michael Prodinger, Rainer Burgkart, Kilian Kreutzer, Franz Liska, Hakan Pilge, Andreas Schmitt, Martina Knödler, Boris Michael Holzapfel, Alexander Hapfelmeier, Thomas Tischer, Oliver Bissinger
Low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) is routinely used to prevent thromboembolism in orthopaedic surgery, especially in the treatment of fractures or after joint-replacement. Impairment of fracture-healing due to increased bone-desorption, delayed remodelling and lower calcification caused by direct osteoclast stimulation is a well-known side effect of unfractioned heparin. However, the effect of LMWH is unclear and controversial. Recent studies strongly suggest impairment of bone-healing in-vitro and in animal models, characterized by a significant decrease in volume and quality of new-formed callus...
2016: PloS One
Christina Holzapfel, Melissa Merl, Lynne Stecher, Hans Hauner
OBJECTIVE: Telephone-based weight loss programs are offered as an alternative to face-to-face obesity treatments, but data on the effectiveness regarding weight loss are limited. Therefore, we evaluated a telephone-based lifestyle program in a real-world setting. METHODS: The telephone-based intervention consists of regular phone calls providing individualized lifestyle recommendations, and delivery of printed materials. Anthropometric and metabolic data are collected by general practitioners or are self-reported...
2016: Obesity Facts
Felix K Kopp, Konstantin Holzapfel, Thomas Baum, Radin A Nasirudin, Kai Mei, Eduardo G Garcia, Rainer Burgkart, Ernst J Rummeny, Jan S Kirschke, Peter B Noël
We investigated the effects of low-dose multi detector computed tomography (MDCT) in combination with statistical iterative reconstruction algorithms on trabecular bone microstructure parameters. Twelve donated vertebrae were scanned with the routine radiation exposure used in our department (standard-dose) and a low-dose protocol. Reconstructions were performed with filtered backprojection (FBP) and maximum-likelihood based statistical iterative reconstruction (SIR). Trabecular bone microstructure parameters were assessed and statistically compared for each reconstruction...
2016: PloS One
Yama Kamawal, Andre F Steinert, Boris M Holzapfel, Maximilian Rudert, Thomas Barthel
BACKGROUND: Calcification of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) of the knee is a very rare disease. We report on a case of a patient with a calcifying lesion within the MCL and simultaneous calcifying tendinitis of the rotator cuff in both shoulders. CASE PRESENTATION: Calcification of the MCL was diagnosed both via x-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and was successfully treated surgically. Calcifying tendinitis of the rotator cuff was successfully treated applying conservative methods...
2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Julia Weigl, Christina Holzapfel
"People with obesity live longer" - headlines like these are common. Recently published epidemiological studies however provide new food for thought: how is a body mass index (BMI) in the overweight range associated with total mortality? There are many studies showing that a BMI outside the normal range is associated with a higher total mortality. In contrast, there are indications that a BMI in the overweight range is associated with a lower mortality rate. These observations should be interpreted with caution, because of the limitations of the BMI as a measure of overweight and obesity and because the results are based on cohort data...
July 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Lei Wang, Steven M Roper, Nicholas A Hill, Xiaoyu Luo
This paper studies dissection propagation subject to internal pressure in a residually-stressed two-layer arterial model. The artery is assumed to be infinitely long, and the resultant plane strain problem is solved using the extended finite element method. The arterial layers are modelled using the anisotropic hyperelastic Holzapfel-Gasser-Ogden model, and the tissue damage due to tear propagation is described using a linear cohesive traction-separation law. Residual stress in the arterial wall is determined by an opening angle [Formula: see text] in a stress-free configuration...
July 9, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
C Lambert, M Moos, A Schmiedel, M Holzapfel, J Schäfer, M Kess, V Engel
The rate of thermally induced electron transfer in organic mixed valence compounds has thoroughly been investigated by e.g. temperature dependent ESR spectroscopy. However, almost nothing is known about the dynamics of optically induced electron transfer processes in such systems. Therefore, we investigated these processes in mixed valence compounds based on triphenylamine redox centres bridged by conjugated spacers by NIR transient absorption spectroscopy with fs-time resolution. These experiments revealed an internal conversion (IC) process to be on the order of 50-200 fs which is equivalent to the back electron transfer after optical excitation into the intervalence charge transfer band...
July 28, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Kazumasa Iida, Vadim Grinenko, Fritz Kurth, Ataru Ichinose, Ichiro Tsukada, Eike Ahrens, Aurimas Pukenas, Paul Chekhonin, Werner Skrotzki, Angelika Teresiak, Ruben Hühne, Saicharan Aswartham, Sabine Wurmehl, Ingolf Mönch, Manuela Erbe, Jens Hänisch, Bernhard Holzapfel, Stefan-Ludwig Drechsler, Dmitri V Efremov
The Hall effect is a powerful tool for investigating carrier type and density. For single-band materials, the Hall coefficient is traditionally expressed simply by , where e is the charge of the carrier, and n is the concentration. However, it is well known that in the critical region near a quantum phase transition, as it was demonstrated for cuprates and heavy fermions, the Hall coefficient exhibits strong temperature and doping dependencies, which can not be described by such a simple expression, and the interpretation of the Hall coefficient for Fe-based superconductors is also problematic...
2016: Scientific Reports
Hadassa Y Holzapfel, Marc R Birtwistle
Fluorescently-labeled antibodies are central to many biochemical assays, but they are not easy to multiplex beyond 3-4 colors. A long-term hypothesis of ours is that labeling antibodies with multiple fluorophores, in a way such that fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) occurs, may provide a way to increase fluorescence multiplexing ability by creating a rich variety of complex emission spectra that could be deconvolved via spectral methods. However, it is not yet clear how one can effectively label antibodies with multiple fluorophores that exhibit FRET...
March 2016: Translational Science
Konstantin Holzapfel, Jochen Gaa, Elaine C Schubert, Matthias Eiber, Joerg Kleeff, Ernst J Rummeny, Martin Loos
PURPOSE: To evaluate diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DWI) in the diagnosis of lymph node metastases in patients with cholangiocarcinoma. METHODS: In 24 patients with cholangiocarcinoma, MR imaging of the upper abdomen was performed prior to surgery at 1.5 T using a respiratory-triggered single-shot echo-planar imaging (SSEPI) sequence (b values: 50, 300, and 600 s/mm(2)). ADC (apparent diffusion coefficient) values and diameters of regional lymph nodes (LN) were determined...
October 2016: Abdominal Radiology
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