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Liu Yang, Peter M Piermarini
Aquaporins (AQPs) are a family of membrane-bound proteins, originally described as water-channels, that broadly exist in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. However, some AQPs can transport small molecules (e.g. urea, glycerol) along with or preferentially to water. Previous work in the mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Anopheles gambiae have characterized the molecular expression of one or more AQP genes and shown that they are involved in water homeostasis after blood feeding, tolerance to dehydration and heat stresses, and development of Plasmodium falciparum in the mosquito...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Insect Physiology
Belén Martínez-Alcántara, Mary-Rus Martínez-Cuenca, Almudena Bermejo, Francisco Legaz, Ana Quiñones
The main objective of this study was to compare the performance of two liquid organic fertilizers, an animal and a plant-based fertilizer, with mineral fertilization on citrus trees. The source of the fertilizer (mineral or organic) had significant effect in the nutritional status of the organic and conventionally managed mandarins. Nutrient uptake, vegetative growth, carbohydrate synthesis and soil characteristics were analyzed. Results showed that plants fertilized with animal based liquid fertilizers exhibited higher total biomass with a more profuse development of new developing organs (leaves and fibrous roots)...
2016: PloS One
Kyle Mikals, Douglas Beakes, Taylor A Banks
Hymenoptera venom allergy accounts for approximately 17% of all cases of anaphylaxis. Insect stings are a common occurrence across the world, with significant impact on active duty personnel. Venom immunotherapy (VIT) provides an effective treatment for those with systemic reactions to insect stings and other similar indications. We present a case of severe reaction to hymenoptera venom requiring an epinephrine drip and provide an overview for primary care providers on who should be referred to allergy or an allergist, carry an epinephrine auto-injector, and be a candidate for VIT...
October 2016: Military Medicine
Naomi A Hartley, Ellen Breen, Susan L Thibeault
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to document typical vocal health characteristics (including voice-related activities, behaviors, and symptomatology) of young adults attending college and to determine lifetime and point prevalence rates of voice disorders. Method: Undergraduates at University of Wisconsin-Madison completed an anonymous online survey detailing vocal use, symptomatology, impact, sociodemographics, and voice-related quality of life. Univariate analyses and multivariate regression models isolated risk factors for lifetime and point prevalence rates of a voice disorder...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
Jun-Hu Cheng, Bart Nicolai, Da-Wen Sun
Muscle foods are very important for a well-balanced daily diet. Due to their perishability and vulnerability, there is a need for quality and safety evaluation of such foods. Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) coupled with multivariate analysis is becoming increasingly popular for the non-destructive, non-invasive, and rapid determination of important quality attributes and the classification of muscle foods. This paper reviews recent advances of application of HSI for predicting some significant muscle foods parameters, including color, tenderness, firmness, springiness, water-holding capacity, drip loss and pH...
October 1, 2016: Meat Science
Qunwei Tang, Yanyan Duan, Benlin He, Haiyan Chen
Solar cells that can harvest energy in all weathers are promising in solving the energy crisis and environmental problems. The power outputs are nearly zero under dark conditions for state-of-the-art solar cells. To address this issue, we present herein a class of platinum alloy (PtMx , M=Ni, Fe, Co, Cu, Mo) tailored all-weather solar cells that can harvest energy from rain and realize photoelectric conversion under sun illumination. By tuning the stoichiometric Pt/M ratio and M species, the optimized solar cell yields a photoelectric conversion efficiency of 10...
October 14, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
A Bidoret, E Martins, B Poncelet De Smet, D Poncelet
Microencapsulation processes may be divided into three steps, namely: incorporation of the bioactive substance in the matrix, dispersion of the matrix in droplets, and conversion in microcapsules. This contribution is focused on the second step and more specifically using the dripping approach to form droplets by extrusion of liquid through a nozzle. Different technologies of dripping are described, using as an example the production of alginate beads.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
L Zhang, H-Y Zhang, F-C Huang, Q Huang, C Liu, J-R Li
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the clinical value of alprostadil combined with the α-lipoic acid in treating type 2 diabetes mellitus with erectile dysfunction (DMED). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We selected a total of 76 cases of patients who were admitted to endocrinology department of our hospital from June 2014 to June 2015 and diagnosed as DMED, and the average age was (46.7 ± 7.2) years old, average course of diabetes mellitus was (6.2 ± 2.8) years and average body mass index was (25...
September 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Chen Weidong, Xia Lijun
OBJECTIVE: To observe the short-term efficacy and safety of S-1 combined with cisplatin (DDP) chemotherapy for advanced gastric cancer (AGC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty-six patients were diagnosed with AGC and were admitted to our department from February 2012 to January 2015 and retrospectively analyzed. Of these patients, 31 (experimental group) underwent S-1 combined with DDP chemotherapy and 35 received oxaliplatin combined with tegafur and calcium folinate chemotherapy regimen (control group)...
October 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
Chad G Ball, Andre Campbell, Sean C Grondin, Elijah Dixon
INTRODUCTION: Ongoing hemorrhage is often life threatening and can be challenging to stop in critically injured patients. Traditional techniques for addressing this issue include high voltage cautery (Bovie), topical hemostatic application, and the delivery of ignited argon gas. The goal of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a novel energy device for arresting ongoing bleeding from both solid and non-solid organs within a swine model. METHODS: A novel instrument utilizing bipolar radiofrequency (RF) energy which acts to ignite/boil dripping saline from a small hand piece was employed to arrest ongoing hemorrhage from an escalating series of injuries in large male swine...
September 30, 2016: Injury
Qiongbo Hu, Wei Wu
RNA interference (RNAi) technology is considered as an alternative for control of pests. However, RNAi has not been used in field conditions yet, since delivering exogenous ds/siRNA to target pests is very difficult. The laboratory methods of introducing the ds/siRNA into insects through feeding, micro feeding / dripping and injecting cannot be used in fields. Transgenic crop is perhaps the most effective application of RNAi for pest control, but it needs long-time basic researches in order to reduce the cost and evaluate the safety...
August 10, 2016: Bioengineered
Douglas R Marques, Luís A L Dos Santos, Marie A O'Brien, Sarah H Cartmell, Julie E Gough
The polymeric blend of poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) and polyisoprene (PI) has recently been explored for application as stents for tracheal stenosis and spring for the treatment of craniosynostosis. From the positive results presented in other biomedical applications comes the possibility of investigating the application of this material as scaffold for tissue engineering (TE), acquiring a deeper knowledge about the polymeric blend by exploring a new processing technique while attending to the most fundamental demands of TE scaffolds...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
Jianguo Zhang, Xinwen Xu, Shengyu Li, Ying Zhao, Afeng Zhang, Tibin Zhang, Rui Jiang
Freshwater resources are scarce in desert regions. Highly saline groundwater of different salinity is being used to drip irrigate the Taklimakan Desert Highway Shelterbelt with a double-branch-pipe system controlling the irrigation cycles. In this study, to evaluate the dynamics of soil moisture and salinity under the current irrigation system, soil samples were collected to a 2-m depth in the shelterbelt planted for different years and irrigated with different groundwater salinities, and soil moisture and salinity were analyzed...
2016: PloS One
R H Wang, R R Liang, H Lin, L X Zhu, Y M Zhang, Y W Mao, P C Dong, L B Niu, M H Zhang, X Luo
This study investigated the effects of acute heat stress and slaughter processing on poultry meat quality and carbohydrate metabolism. Broilers (200) were randomly divided into 2 groups receiving heat stress (HS; 36°C for one h), compared to a non-stressed control (C). At slaughter, each group was further divided into 2 groups for slaughter processing (L = laboratory; F = commercial factory). L group breasts were removed immediately after bleeding without carcass scalding or defeathering, and stored at 4°C...
October 4, 2016: Poultry Science
Monika Marcinkowska-Lesiak, Ewa Poławska, Agnieszka Wierzbicka
The aim of this study was to determine the influence of different packaging materials on meat quality during cold storage. Therefore pork loins (m. longissimus thoracis et lumborum) obtained from crossbred pigs (Polish Landrance x Duroc, n = 6) were stored at 2 ℃ in modified atmosphere packs (80% O2, 20% CO2) in four types of trays, which differ in gas permeability. Physicochemical (headspace gas composition, pH, colour, drip loss, cooking loss, shear force, the basic composition and fatty acid profile) and microbiological (Salmonella spp...
September 28, 2016: Food Science and Technology International, Ciencia y Tecnología de Los Alimentos Internacional
Elizabeth Lowden, Kathleen Schmidt, Irena Mulla, Adin-Cristian Andrei, John Cashy, Diana Johnson Oakes, Grazia Aleppo, Kathleen L Grady, Amisha Wallia, Mark E Molitch
Objective The objective of the study was to elucidate 30 day and long term outcomes in patients experiencing postoperative hypoglycemia. Methods We conducted a retrospective review of patients who underwent cardiac surgery between 9/4/07 and 4/30/11 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital who had intensive treatment of hyperglycemia postoperatively. Of 1325 patients, 215 experienced a hypoglycemic episode (BG < 70 mg/dL) within the first 3 post-operative days. 198 were propensity-score (PS) matched to 363 patients without hypoglycemia...
September 28, 2016: Endocrine Practice
Enrique Pérez-Gutiérrez, Denisse Barreiro-Argüelles, José-Luis Maldonado, Marco-Antonio Meneses-Nava, Oracio Barbosa-García, Gabriel Ramos-Ortíz, Mario Rodríguez, Canek Fuentes-Hernández
In this Research Article, the effect of two techniques for top-electrode deposition in organic photovoltaics (OPVs) cells with the configuration ITO/PEDOT:PSS/PTB7-Th:PC71BM/PFN/top-electrode is analyzed. One deposition was made by evaporation under high vacuum, meanwhile the other was carried out at normal room atmosphere; for the former, a double layer of Ca and the eutectic alloy Field's metal (FM) was thermally evaporated, while for the latter FM was deposited just by melting and dropping it on top of the delimited active area at temperatures about 90 °C...
October 12, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Olga M Grant, Conor O'Reilly
Future limited water availability may reduce the potential of tree improvement to increase timber yields. We investigated ecophysiological variation between full-sibling families of Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis (Bong.) Carr.) growing under contrasting water availability conditions: control (optimal) water availability and limited water availability. One-year-old seedlings of nine improved families plus an unimproved seed lot were grown in pots in a greenhouse and the two water availability treatments imposed via drip irrigation...
September 27, 2016: Tree Physiology
Di Tian, Yuanyuan Zhang, Yujing Mu, Yizhen Zhou, Chenglong Zhang, Junfeng Liu
N2O and NO emissions, the water usage and grain yields of a maize field in the North China Plain (NCP) under traditional flood irrigation, drip irrigation and drip fertigation were compared. With respect to the flood irrigation treatment, N2O emissions were reduced by 13.8% in the drip irrigation treatment and 7.7% in the drip fertigation treatment. NO emissions were reduced to 16.7% in the drip irrigation treatment but increased by 21.7% in the drip fertigation treatment. The molar ratios of NO/N2O within 2days after each fertilization event were evidently greater from the drip fertigation treatment than from the flood irrigation treatment, indicating that nitrification was more intensive in the drip fertigation treatment than in the treatment of flood irrigation...
September 22, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
J C Huang, J Yang, M Huang, K J Chen, X L Xu, G H Zhou
This study was designed to compare the effects of different stunning voltages of pulsed direct current on meat quality of broilers. For this purpose, plasma parameters, blood loss, carcass damage, and meat water holding capacity, color, shear force, pH, and protein solubility were analyzed. A total of 400 broilers were divided into 5 treatment groups and stunned with 5, 15, 25, 35, and 45 V at 750 Hz and 10 s, respectively. Blood samples were collected immediately after cutting the neck. Pectoralis major muscles were removed from the carcass after chilling and placed on ice...
September 24, 2016: Poultry Science
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