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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433000/elastic-moduli-of-electrospun-mats-importance-of-fiber-curvature-and-specimen-dimensions
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Vijay Kumar, Amit Rawal
Success of tissue engineering relies on the architecture and properties of porous scaffolds. Electrospun nonwoven scaffolds in the form of mats are unique materials due to large surface area to volume ratio, high porosity, versatility in surface functionalities and excellent mechanical properties. Maneuvering the mechanical behavior of the electrospun mat is a major challenge both from theoretical and experimental perspectives. Herein, we report a two-dimensional (2D) analytical model of normalized elastic moduli of electrospun mats by formulating a relationship with the governing fiber and structural parameters...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432996/toxicological-effects-of-phenol-on-four-marine-microalgae
#2
Weiyan Duan, Fanping Meng, Yufei Lin, Guoshan Wang
The toxic effects of phenol on four marine microalgae (Dunaliella salina, Platymonas subcordiformis, Phaeodactylum tricornutum Bohlin, and Skeletonema costatum) were evaluated. The 96h EC50 values were 72.29, 92.97, 27.32, and 27.32mgL(-1), respectively, which were lower than those values of freshwater microalgae reported in the literature. During a 96-h exposure to a sub-lethal concentration of phenol (1/2 96h EC50) with green alga (D. salina) and diatom (S. costatum), reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation, and chlorophyll a (Chl a) content decrease were simultaneously observed in diatom cells after 48h treatment...
April 13, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432992/bioaccumulation-kinetics-of-copper-in-ruditapes-philippinarum-exposed-to-increasing-continuous-and-pulsed-exposure-implications-for-growth
#3
Lígia M B M Santana, Julián Blasco, Denis M S Abessa, Olivia Campana
Metal bioaccumulation and toxicity to aquatic organisms depends on factors such as magnitude, duration and frequency of the exposure. The type of the exposure affects the toxicokinetic processes in the organisms. In this study, we carried out 30-day toxicity tests on juveniles of Ruditapes philippinarum exposed to increasing, continuous and pulsed exposure. Organisms were exposed to copper-spiked sediments followed by a 10-day recovery period. We assessed the interaction between the kinetics of subcellular copper partitioning and the growth response...
April 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432985/lif-endometrial-expression-is-impaired-in-women-with-unexplained-infertility-while-lif-r-expression-in-all-infertility-sub-groups
#4
Chrysoula Margioula-Siarkou, Yannis Prapas, Stamatios Petousis, Stefanos Milias, Konstantinos Ravanos, Themistoklis Dagklis, Ioannis Kalogiannidis, George Mavromatidis, Constantinos Haitoglou, Nikolaos Prapas, David Rousso
The main objective of our study was to study LIF and LIF-R endometrial expression during the implantation window in the various sub-groups of infertile women according to infertility cause. A prospective observational case-control study was performed from March 2013 to February 2016. Infertile women consisted of the patients' group (group 2) while fertile women were the control group (group 1). Infertile women were divided according to infertility cause in women with tubal factor (group 2a), poor ovarian reserve (group 2b), endometriosis (group 2c) and unexplained infertility (group 2d)...
April 19, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432978/cadmium-hampers-salt-tolerance-of-sesuvium-portulacastrum
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Mariem Wali, Soledad Martos, Laura Pérez-Martín, Chedly Abdelly, Tahar Ghnaya, Charlotte Poschenrieder, Benet Gunsé
It is well known that salinity reduces cadmium toxicity in halophytes. However, the possible interference of Cd with the mechanisms of salt tolerance is poorly explored. The aim of this study was to see whether Cd affects salt tolerance mechanisms in the halophyte Sesuvium portulacastrum. S. portulacastrum plants obtained from cuttings were grown in hydroponics for 3 weeks and then exposed to low (0.09 mM) or moderate (200 mM) NaCl concentrations, alone or in combination with 25 μM CdCl2. Microscopy observation revealed two strategies of salt tolerance: euhalophytism and secretion of salt by bladder cells...
April 13, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432977/effect-of-short-term-zn-pb-or-long-term-multi-metal-stress-on-physiological-and-morphological-parameters-of-metallicolous-and-nonmetallicolous-echium-vulgare-l-populations
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Sławomir Dresler, Magdalena Wójciak-Kosior, Ireneusz Sowa, Grzegorz Stanisławski, Izabela Bany, Małgorzata Wójcik
The aim of the study was to determine the response of metallicolous and nonmetallicolous Echium vulgare L. populations to chronic multi-metal (Zn, Pb, Cd) and acute Zn (200, 400 μM) and Pb (30, 60 μM) stress. Three populations of E. vulgare, one from uncontaminated and two from metal-contaminated areas, were studied. Two types of experiments were performed - a short-term hydroponic experiment with acute Zn or Pb stress and a long-term manipulative soil experiment with the use of soils from the sites of origin of the three populations...
April 13, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432965/spatiotemporal-description-of-btex-volatile-organic-compounds-in-a-middle-eastern-megacity-tehran-study-of-exposure-prediction-for-environmental-health-research-tehran-sepehr
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Heresh Amini, Vahid Hosseini, Christian Schindler, Hossein Hassankhany, Masud Yunesian, Sarah B Henderson, Nino Künzli
The spatiotemporal variability of ambient volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in Tehran, Iran, is not well understood. Here we present the design, methods, and results of the Tehran Study of Exposure Prediction for Environmental Health Research (Tehran SEPEHR) on ambient concentrations of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, p-xylene, m-xylene, o-xylene (BTEX), and total BTEX. To date, this is the largest study of its kind in a low- and middle-income country and one of the largest globally. We measured BTEX concentrations at five reference sites and 174 distributed sites identified by a cluster analytic method...
April 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432961/diurnal-patterns-and-relationships-between-physiological-and-self-reported-stress-in-patients-with-epilepsy-and-psychogenic-non-epileptic-seizures
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Barbora Novakova, Peter R Harris, Markus Reuber
PURPOSE: Patients with epilepsy and those with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) experience high levels of stress and stress is one of the most frequently self-identified seizure precipitants. Although stress is a multifaceted phenomenon, few studies have systematically examined its different components in patients with seizures. The aim of this study was therefore to describe diurnal patterns of psychological and physiological measures of stress in patients with epilepsy and patients with PNES, and explore their relationships to each other in order to improve our understanding of the mechanisms underlying stress and seizure occurrence in these patients...
April 19, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432959/molecular-dynamics-simulation-studies-of-novel-%C3%AE-lactamase-inhibitor
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Farhan Ul Haq, Asma Abro, Saad Raza, Klaus R Liedl, Syed Sikander Azam
New Delhi Metallo-β-Lactamase-1 (NDM-1) has drawn great attention due to its diverse antibiotic resistant activity. It can hydrolyze almost all clinically available β-lactam antibiotics. To inhibit the activity of NDM-1 a new strategy is proposed using computational methods. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are used to analyze the molecular interactions between selected inhibitor candidates and NDM-1 structure. The enzyme-ligand complex is subject to binding free energy calculations using MM(PB/GB)SA methods...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432958/membrane-fusion-between-baculovirus-budded-virus-enveloped-particles-and-giant-liposomes-generated-using-a-droplet-transfer-method-for-the-incorporation-of-recombinant-membrane-proteins
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Misako Nishigami, Takaaki Mori, Masahiro Tomita, Kingo Takiguchi, Kanta Tsumoto
Giant proteoliposomes are generally useful as artificial cell membranes in biochemical and biophysical studies, and various procedures for their preparation have been reported. We present here a novel preparation technique that involves the combination of i) cell-sized lipid vesicles (giant unilamellar vesicles, GUVs) that are generated using the droplet-transfer method, where lipid monolayer-coated water-in-oil microemulsion droplets interact with oil/water interfaces to form enclosed bilayer vesicles, and ii) budded viruses (BVs) of baculovirus (Autographa californica nucleopolyhedrovirus) that express recombinant transmembrane proteins on their envelopes...
April 13, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432955/the-calorimetric-properties-of-liposomes-determine-the-morphology-of-dried-droplets
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Jorge González-Gutiérrez, Rosendo Pérez-Isidoro, M I Pérez-Camacho, J C Ruiz-Suárez
The evaporation of liquid droplets deposited on a substrate is a very complex phenomenon. Driven by capillary and Marangoni flows, particle-particle and particle-substrate interactions, the deposits they leave are vestiges of such complexity. We study the formation of patterns during the evaporation of liposome suspension droplets deposited on a hydrophobic substrate at different temperatures. We observed that as we change the temperature of the substrate, a morphological phase transition occurs at a given temperature Tm...
April 19, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432948/butanol-fermentation-of-the-brown-seaweed-laminaria-digitata-by-clostridium-beijerinckii-dsm-6422
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Xiaoru Hou, Nikolaj From, Irini Angelidaki, Wouter J J Huijgen, Anne-Belinda Bjerre
Seaweed represents an abundant, renewable, and fast-growing biomass resource for 3rd generation biofuel production. This study reports an efficient butanol fermentation process carried out by Clostridium beijerinckii DSM-6422 using enzymatic hydrolysate of the sugar-rich brown seaweed Laminaria digitata harvested from the coast of the Danish North Sea as substrate. The highest butanol yield (0.42g/g-consumed-substrates) compared to literature was achieved, with a significantly higher butanol:acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) molar ratio (0...
April 11, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432927/type-2-bvdv-n-pro-suppresses-ifn-1-pathway-signaling-in-bovine-cells-and-augments-brsv-replication
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Abdulrahman A Alkheraif, Christina L Topliff, Jay Reddy, Chandirasegaran Massilamany, Ruben O Donis, Gregor Meyers, Kent M Eskridge, Clayton L Kelling
Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) infection induces immunosuppression and in conjunction with bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV) contributes to the bovine respiratory disease complex. Bovine turbinate cells were single or co-infected with type 2 BVDV wild-type (BVDV2-wt), its dysfunctional N(pro) mutant (BVDV2-E), and/or BRSV. BVDV2-E significantly up-regulated PKR, IRF-7, TBK-1, IRF-3, and IFN-β mRNAs based on real-time Q-RT-PCR. BRSV-infected cells expressed significantly up-regulated PKR, IRF-3, IRF-7, and IFN-β mRNAs, whereas BVDV2-wt, but not BVDV2-E, abolished this up-regulation in co-infection...
April 19, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432925/structure-of-the-s1-subunit-c-terminal-domain-from-bat-derived-coronavirus-hku5-spike-protein
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Xue Han, Jianxun Qi, Hao Song, Qihui Wang, Yanfang Zhang, Ying Wu, Guangwen Lu, Kwok-Yung Yuen, Yi Shi, George F Gao
Accumulating evidence indicates that MERS-CoV originated from bat coronaviruses (BatCoVs). Previously, we demonstrated that both MERS-CoV and BatCoV HKU4 use CD26 as a receptor, but how the BatCoVs evolved to bind CD26 is an intriguing question. Here, we solved the crystal structure of the S1 subunit C-terminal domain of HKU5 (HKU5-CTD), another BatCoV that is phylogenetically related to MERS-CoV but cannot bind to CD26. We observed that the conserved core subdomain and those of other betacoronaviruses (betaCoVs) have a similar topology of the external subdomain, indicating the same ancestor of lineage C betaCoVs...
April 19, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432913/spontaneously-formed-redox-and-ph-sensitive-polymersomes-by-mpeg-based-cytocompatible-random-copolymers
#15
Partha Laskar, Joykrishna Dey, Sudip Kumar Ghosh
Stimuli-sensitive polymersomes are one of the important vehicles and have been extensively studied as smart drug delivery system. Polymersomes have added advantage over the micelles because of having the ability to carry not only hydrophobic but also hydrophilic guest in their aqueous core. Among various stimuli, the change of pH and redox reaction is very important for drug delivery purpose especially for anticancer drug. Therefore, in this work, two poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (mPEG) containing hydrophilic random anionic copolymers, poly[(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-3,3'-dithiodipropanoic acid)x-co-(poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate)y], poly[(HEMA-DTDPA)x-co-mPEGy] with different copolymer ratios were designed and synthesized...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432907/assessment-of-field-re-entry-exposure-to-pesticides-a-dislodgeable-foliar-residue-study
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Konstantinos M Kasiotis, Angelos N Tsakirakis, C Richard Glass, Agathi N Charistou, Pelagia Anastassiadou, Rianda Gerritsen-Ebben, Kyriaki Machera
A dislodgeable foliar residue study was conducted in greenhouse pepper and tomato on the island of Crete, Greece, following the spray application of an SC insecticide (with active substance (a.s.) tebufenozide) and an EC fungicide (a.s. bupirimate). Furthermore, for the assessment of worker exposure to pesticides - as a result of re-entering the treated crops - a worker dermal exposure study was carried out during the tasks of tying or pruning, which allowed the transfer coefficient values for the specific tasks to be determined...
April 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432906/hydrophobic-and-hydrophilic-properties-of-pollutants-as-a-factor-influencing-their-redistribution-during-snowpack-melt
#17
Krystyna Kozioł, Katarzyna Kozak, Żaneta Polkowska
Glaciers accumulate organic pollutants delivered by snow. However, our understanding of the exact dynamics of organic pollutants in the snowpack relies primarily on laboratory experiments and mathematical models. To fill the gap related to the detailed field data, we have conducted observations of melting snow profiles in two locations and three different stages of melting on one High Arctic glacier, as well as in superimposed ice. We monitored the chemical concentrations of formaldehyde, phenols, short-chain carboxylic acids, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and snow water equivalents to derive chemical loads...
April 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432905/statistical-analysis-of-dislocations-and-dislocation-boundaries-from-ebsd-data
#18
C Moussa, M Bernacki, R Besnard, N Bozzolo
Electron BackScatter Diffraction (EBSD) is often used for semi-quantitative analysis of dislocations in metals. In general, disorientation is used to assess Geometrically Necessary Dislocations (GNDs) densities. In the present paper, we demonstrate that the use of disorientation can lead to inaccurate results. For example, using the disorientation leads to different GND density in recrystallized grains which cannot be physically justified. The use of disorientation gradients allows accounting for measurement noise and leads to more accurate results...
April 14, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432902/ayahuasca-s-entwined-efficacy-an-ethnographic-study-of-ritual-healing-from-addiction
#19
Piera Talin, Emilia Sanabria
BACKGROUND: A range of studies has demonstrated the efficacy of the psychoactive Amazonian brew ayahuasca in addressing substance addiction. These have revealed that physiological and psychological mechanisms are deeply enmeshed. This article focuses on how interactive ritual contexts support the healing effort. The study of psychedelic-assisted treatments for addiction has much to gain from ethnographic analyses of healing experiences within the particular ecologies of use and care, where these interventions are rendered efficacious...
April 19, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432897/hba1c-variability-in-type-2-diabetes-is-associated-with-the-occurrence-of-new-onset-albuminuria-within-three-years
#20
Sreemanee Raaj Dorajoo, Joceline Shi Ling Ng, Jessica Hui Fen Goh, Su Chi Lim, Chun Wei Yap, Alexandre Chan, Joyce Yu Chia Lee
AIMS: To evaluate the association between HbA1c coefficient of variation (HbA1c-CV) and 3-year new-onset albuminuria risk. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study involving 716 normoalbuminuric type 2 diabetes patients was conducted between 2010 and 2014. HbA1c-CV was used to categorize patients into low, moderate or high variability groups. Multivariate logistic models were constructed and validated. Integrated discrimination (IDI) and net reclassification (NRI) improvement indices were used to quantify the added predictive value of HbA1c-CV...
February 14, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
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