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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679937/chronic-radiation-exposure-modifies-temporal-dynamics-of-cytogenetic-but-not-reproductive-indicators-in-scots-pine-populations
#1
Stanislav Geras'kin, Alla Oudalova, Alexey Kuzmenkov, Denis Vasiliyev
Over a period of 13 years (2003-2015), reproductive and cytogenetic effects are investigated in Scots pine populations growing in the Bryansk region of Russia radioactively contaminated as a result of the Chernobyl accident. In reference populations, the frequencies of cytogenetic abnormalities are shown to change with time in a cyclic manner. In chronically exposed populations, the cyclic patterns in temporal dynamics of cytogenetic abnormalities appear to be disturbed. In addition, a tendency to decrease in the frequencies of cytogenetic abnormalities with time as well as an increase in their variability with dose rate is revealed...
April 18, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679935/the-role-of-adsorbate-size-on-adsorption-of-ne-and-xe-on-graphite
#2
Luisa Prasetyo, Quang K Loi, Shiliang Johnathan Tan, D D Do, D Nicholson
We have carried out an extensive grand canonical Monte Carlo simulation to investigate the adsorption of neon and xenon on graphite. The adsorbate collision diameters of neon and xenon are smaller and greater respectively, than the commensurate graphite lattice spacing λ=3×3R300 of 0.426 nm. Simulated isotherms and isosteric heats were obtained using a graphite model that has been shown to describe successfully the adsorbate transitions for krypton, methane and nitrogen by Prasetyo et al. (2017), which have collision diameters close to λ...
April 10, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679885/the-influence-of-religious-concepts-on-the-effects-of-blame-appraisals-on-negative-emotions
#3
Eddie M W Tong, Alan Q H Teo
This research examined the regulatory effects of religious concepts on appraisal-emotion processes, focusing on concepts related to God and the relationships between blame appraisals and anger and guilt. In two experimental studies (Studies 1 and 2), blame appraisals were manipulated while participants were exposed to a God or neutral prime, in the context of a failed laboratory task. In an event-sampling study (Study 3), daily blame appraisals and emotions were measured repeatedly in naturalistic environments and their relationships under high perceived moral unacceptability were examined in relation to participants' the tendency to focus on God (God-focus)...
April 18, 2018: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679848/a-deep-boltzmann-machine-driven-level-set-method-for-heart-motion-tracking-using-cine-mri-images
#4
Jian Wu, Thomas R Mazur, Su Ruan, Chunfeng Lian, Nalini Daniel, Hilary Lashmett, Laura Ochoa, Imran Zoberi, Mark A Anastasio, H Michael Gach, Sasa Mutic, Maria Thomas, Hua Li
Heart motion tracking for radiation therapy treatment planning can result in effective motion management strategies to minimize radiation-induced cardiotoxicity. However, automatic heart motion tracking is challenging due to factors that include the complex spatial relationship between the heart and its neighboring structures, dynamic changes in heart shape, and limited image contrast, resolution, and volume coverage. In this study, we developed and evaluated a deep generative shape model-driven level set method to address these challenges...
April 6, 2018: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679831/nitrogen-fate-in-a-subtropical-mangrove-swamp-potential-association-with-seawater-groundwater-exchange
#5
Kai Xiao, Jiapeng Wu, Hailong Li, Yiguo Hong, Alicia M Wilson, Jiu Jimmy Jiao, Meghan Shananan
Coastal mangrove swamps play an important role in nutrient cycling at the land-ocean boundary. However, little is known about the role of periodic seawater-groundwater exchange in the nitrogen cycling processes. Seawater-groundwater exchange rates and inorganic nitrogen concentrations were investigated along a shore-perpendicular intertidal transect in Daya Bay, China. The intertidal transect comprises three hydrologic subzones (tidal creek, mangrove and bare mudflat zones), each with different physicochemical characteristics...
April 18, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679826/improving-the-organic-and-biological-fouling-resistance-and-removal-of-pharmaceutical-and-personal-care-products-through-nanofiltration-by-using-in-situ-radical-graft-polymerization
#6
Yi-Li Lin, Chia-Cheng Tsai, Nai-Yun Zheng
In this study, an insitu radical graft polarization technique using monomers of 3-sulfopropyl methacrylate potassium salt (SPM) and 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) was applied to a commercial nanofiltration membrane (NF90) to improve its removal of six commonly detected pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) and mitigate organic and biological fouling by humic acid (HA) and sodium alginate (SA). Compared with the virgin membrane, the modified NF90 membrane exhibited considerably improved fouling resistance and an increased reversible fouling percentage, especially for SA+HA composite fouling Moreover, the PPCP removal of the modified NF90 membrane was higher than that of the virgin membrane after SA and SA+HA fouling, respectively...
April 17, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679804/cytotoxicity-of-paramagnetic-cations-loaded-polydopamine-nanoparticles
#7
Milena A Vega, Celia Nieto, Gema Marcelo, Eva M Martín Del Valle
Polydopamine (PD) is a synthetic melanin pigment of great importance in biomedicine, where its affinity for metallic cations, especially paramagnetic ions, has sparked interest in its use in the development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents. In this work, we report the cytotoxicity of metal-enriched PD nanoparticles on NIH3T3, a healthy cell line and BT474, a breast cancer cell line. Remarkably, it was found that the metal- enriched PD particles (Mn+  = Fe3+ , Fe2+ and Cu2+ ) were highly cytotoxic to the breast cancer cells, even after 24 h of treatment...
April 12, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679800/synthetic-investigation-of-binary-ternary-cr-iii-hydroxycarboxylic-acid-aromatic-chelator-systems-structure-specific-influence-on-adipogenic-biomarkers-linked-to-insulin-mimesis
#8
O Tsave, C Gabriel, M Kafantari, M Yavropoulou, J G Yovos, C P Raptopoulou, V Psycharis, A Terzis, C Mateescu, A Salifoglou
In an attempt to understand the aqueous interactions of Cr(III) with low-molecular mass physiological ligands and examine its role as an adipogenic metallodrug agent in Diabetes mellitus II, the pH-specific synthesis in the binary-ternary Cr(III)-(HA = hydroxycarboxylic acid)-(N,N)-aromatic chelator (AC) (HA = 2-hydroxyethyl iminodiacetic acid/heidaH2 , quinic acid; AC = 1,10-phenanthroline/phen) systems was pursued, leading to four new crystalline compounds. All materials were characterized by elemental analysis, UV-Visible, FT-IR, and ESI-MS spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, and X-Ray crystallography...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679780/diagnostic-accuracy-of-mdct-in-differentiating-gallbladder-cancer-from-acute-and-xanthogranulomatous-cholecystitis
#9
Ashish P Wasnik, Mathew S Davenport, Ravi K Kaza, William J Weadock, Aaron Udager, Nahid Keshavarzi, Bin Nan, Katherine E Maturen
OBJECTIVE: To determine the diagnostic accuracy of multi-detector CT (MDCT) for differentiating gallbladder cancer from acute and xanthogranulomatous cholecystitis using previously described imaging features. METHODS: In this IRB approved HIPAA-compliant retrospective cohort study, contrast-enhanced MDCT of histologically confirmed acute cholecystitis (n = 17), xanthogranulomatous cholecystitis (n = 25), and gallbladder cancer (n = 18) were reviewed independently by three abdominal radiologists blinded to outcome...
April 14, 2018: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679743/dual-t-1-and-t-2-weighted-magnetic-resonance-imaging-based-on-gd-3-loaded-bioinspired-melanin-dots
#10
Liying Xu, Su Hyun Hong, Yao Sun, Ziyan Sun, Kangquan Shou, Kai Cheng, Hao Chen, Daijuan Huang, Haibo Xu, Zhen Cheng
In this report, a novel T1 /T2 dual modal nanoprobe based on highly efficient and bioinspired melanin dots (M-dots) with directly loading gadolinium (Gd-M-dots) for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is described. In vitro and in vivo investigations have revealed that Gd-M-dots showed nontoxicity and good biocompatibilitity. Gd-M-dots relaxivity values on 3 T were determined to be r1 =23.4 and r2 =123.3mM-1 s-1 , which were much higher than both Gd-DTPA (r1 =5.1, r2 =6.2mM-1 s-1 ) and Fe-M-dots (r1 =1.2, r2 =2...
April 18, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679734/cortical-networks-for-encoding-near-and-far-space-in-the-non-human-primate
#11
Justine Cléry, Olivier Guipponi, Soline Odouard, Claire Wardak, Suliann Ben Hamed
While extra-personal space is often erroneously considered as a unique entity, early neuropsychological studies report a dissociation between near and far space processing both in humans and in monkeys. Here, we use functional MRI in a naturalistic 3D environment to describe the non-human primate near and far space cortical networks. We describe the co-occurrence of two extended functional networks respectively dedicated to near and far space processing. Specifically, far space processing involves occipital, temporal, parietal, posterior cingulate as well as orbitofrontal regions not activated by near space, possibly subserving the processing of the shape and identity of objects...
April 18, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679733/il-6-trans-signalling-mediates-trabecular-but-not-cortical-bone-loss-after-ovariectomy
#12
Leah Lazzaro, Brett A Tonkin, Ingrid J Poulton, Narelle E McGregor, Walter Ferlin, Natalie A Sims
Bone loss associated with estrogen deficiency occurs due to a high level of bone remodelling, with a greater increase in the level of osteoclast-mediated bone resorption than osteoblast-mediated bone formation. Early studies showed that Interleukin-6 (IL-6) inhibition could prevent the increase in osteoclast numbers associated with ovariectomy. However, IL-6 signals through two possible pathways: classic IL-6 signalling (cis) utilizes a membrane-bound IL-6 receptor (IL-6R), while IL-6 trans-signalling occurs through a soluble IL-6R (sIL-6R)...
April 18, 2018: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679688/uv-stabilization-of-wood-by-nano-metal-oxides-dispersed-in-propylene-glycol
#13
Sreeja Nair, Giridhar B Nagarajappa, Krishna K Pandey
Nanoparticles of some of the metal oxides are known to have high UV protective efficiency. The UV filtering efficiency of nanoparticles invariably depends on their size and stability in the dispersion. In the present work, a stable dispersion of nanoparticles of three metal oxides, zinc oxide (ZnO), cerium oxide (CeO2 ) and titanium dioxide (TiO2 ), was prepared in propylene glycol (PG) using ultrasonication. The method is easy and useful as no additional surfactant or dispersant is needed. The particle size and its distribution was confirmed by Scanning Electron Microscopy and Dynamic Light Scattering...
April 12, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679680/ns6740-an-%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-silent-agonist-disrupts-hippocampal-synaptic-plasticity
#14
Roger L Papke, Can Peng, Ashok Kumar, Clare Stokes
Long-term potentiation (LTP) in the dentate gyrus was previously shown to be enhanced by nicotine, an effect dependent on both homomeric α7 and heteromeric α2β2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChR). In our experiments, bath-applied nicotine produced no significant enhancement of LTP. The α7 nAChR silent agonist NS6740, a weak activator of α7 nAChR ion channels but an effective modulator of the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway, decreased LTP and, additionally, produced a substantial reduction in the baseline synaptic function prior to the high frequency stimulation used to induce LTP...
April 18, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679616/early-detection-of-diabetic-retinopathy
#15
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Hamid Safi, Sare Safi, Ali Hafezi-Moghadam, Hamid Ahmadieh
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a primary cause of visual impairment worldwide. Diabetes mellitus may be associated with ophthalmoscopically nonvisible neurovascular damage that progresses before the first clinical signs of DR appear. Reduction of the inner neuroretinal layer thickness on macular optical coherence tomography (OCT), reduced contrast sensitivity primarily at low spatial frequencies, abnormal results in color vision and microperimetry tests, and a prolonged implicit time recorded by multifocal electroretinography have been proposed for detection of early functional and nonvisible structural neuroretinal changes...
April 18, 2018: Survey of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679610/mutated-mitf-e87r-in-melanoma-enhances-tumor-progression-via-s100a4
#16
Alice Nordlinger, Shani Dror, Abdel Elkahloun, Justine Del Rio, Elisa Stubbs, Tami Golan, Hagar Malcov, Todd D Pricket, Julia C Cronin, Shivang Parikh, Sapir Labes, Laetitia Thomas, Gal Yankovitz, Yuval Tabach, Carmit Levy, Yardena Samuels, Mehdi Khaled
Melanoma, a melanocyte origin neoplasm, is the most lethal type of skin cancer and incidence is increasing. Several familial and somatic mutations have been identified in the gene encoding the melanocyte lineage master regulator, microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF); however, the neoplastic mechanisms of these mutant MITF variants are mostly unknown. Here, by performing unbiased analysis of the transcriptomes in cells expressing mutant MITF, we identified calcium-binding protein S100A4, as a downstream target of MITF-E87R...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679596/observational-studies-of-inhaled-corticosteroid-effectiveness-in-copd-lessons-learned
#17
Samy Suissa, Pierre Ernst
BACKGROUND: Randomized controlled trials at times investigate findings suggested by observational studies. For example, the TORCH trial, which did not show a mortality reduction with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), was motivated by some observational studies that suggested considerable reductions in mortality with these drugs. Reasons for these discrepancies are unclear. METHODS: We searched the literature to identify all observational studies, including cohort and case-control studies, investigating the effectiveness of ICS on major outcomes in COPD patients, including death and hospitalization for COPD...
April 18, 2018: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679565/activation-of-tlr3-and-its-adaptor-ticam-1-increases-mir-21-levels-in-extracellular-vesicles-released-from-human-cells
#18
Yoshimi Fukushima, Masaaki Okamoto, Kana Ishikawa, Takahisa Kouwaki, Hirotake Tsukamoto, Hiroyuki Oshiumi
Pattern-recognition receptors (PRRs) recognizes viral RNAs and trigger the innate immune responses. Toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3), a PRR, recognizes viral double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) in endolysosomes, whereas cytoplasmic dsRNA is sensed by another PRR, MDA5. TLR3 and MDA5 utilize TICAM-1 and MAVS, respectively, to trigger the signal for inducing innate immune responses. Extracellular vesicles (EVs) include the exosomes and microvesicles; an accumulating body of evidence has shown that EVs delivers functional RNA, such as microRNAs (miRNAs), to other cells and thus mediate intercellular communications...
April 18, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679501/ecological-and-demographic-correlates-of-cooperation-from-individual-to-budding-dispersal
#19
António M M Rodrigues, Tiffany B Taylor
Identifying the ecological and demographic factors that promote the evolution of cooperation is a major challenge for evolutionary biologists. Explanations for the adaptive evolution of cooperation seek to determine which factors make reproduction in cooperative groups more favourable than independent breeding or other selfish strategies. A vast majority of the hypotheses posit that cooperative groups emerge in the context of philopatry, high costs of dispersal, high population density, and environmental stability...
April 21, 2018: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679500/a-unified-material-decomposition-framework-for-quantitative-dual-and-triple-energy-ct-imaging
#20
Wei Zhao, Don Vernekohl, Fei Han, Bin Han, Hao Peng, Yong Yang, Lei Xing, James K Min
PURPOSE: Many clinical applications depend critically on the accurate differentiation and classi-fication of different types of materials in patient anatomy. This work introduces a unified framework for accurate nonlinear material decomposition and applies it, for the first time, in the concept of triple-energy CT (TECT) for enhanced material differentiation and classification as well as dual-energy CT METHODS: We express polychromatic projection into a linear combination of line integrals of material-selective images...
April 21, 2018: Medical Physics
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