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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644755/a-contemporary-examination-of-first-and-second-permanent-molar-emergence
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B T Pahel, W F Vann, K Divaris, R G Rozier
The emergence of first permanent molars (FPMs) and second permanent molars (SPMs) is an important developmental milestone influencing caries risk and the timing of sealant placement. Emergence times have been shown to vary by sex and race/ethnicity, while recent reports suggest a positive association with adiposity. Amid the changing demographics of the US population and the rising rates of pediatric overweight/obesity, we sought to examine the association of body mass index (BMI) with FPM/SPM emergence in a representative sample of US children and adolescents...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644576/size-dependency-of-tree-growth-response-to-drought-among-norway-spruce-and-european-beech-individuals-in-monospecific-and-mixed-species-stands
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Haiyu Ding, Hans Pretzsch, Gerhard Schütze, Thomas Rötzer
Climatic anomalies have resulted in changing forest productivity, increasing tree mortality in Central and Southern Europe. This has resulted in more severe and frequent ecological disturbances to the forest stands. This study analysed the size dependency of growth response to drought years based on 384 tree individuals of Norway spruce (Picea abies [L.] Karst.) and European beech (Fagus sylvatica [L.]) in Bavaria, Germany. Samples were collected in both monospecific and mixed-species stands. To quantify the growth response of drought stress, indices including basal area increment, resistance, recovery, and resilience were calculated from tree ring measurements of increment cores...
June 23, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644397/relationship-between-remote-sensing-data-plant-biomass-and-soil-nitrogen-dynamics-in-intensively-managed-grasslands-under-controlled-conditions
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Christoph Knoblauch, Conor Watson, Clara Berendonk, Rolf Becker, Nicole Wrage-Mönnig, Florian Wichern
The sustainable use of grasslands in intensive farming systems aims to optimize nitrogen (N) inputs to increase crop yields and decrease harmful losses to the environment at the same time. To achieve this, simple optical sensors may provide a non-destructive, time- and cost-effective tool for estimating plant biomass in the field, considering spatial and temporal variability. However, the plant growth and related N uptake is affected by the available N in the soil, and therefore, N mineralization and N losses...
June 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644107/gingival-perfusion-and-tissue-biomarkers-during-early-healing-of-post-extraction-regenerative-procedures-a-prospective-case-series
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Lamees Alssum, Timothy D Eubank, Sashwati Roy, Barbaros S Erdal, Vedat O Yildiz, Dimitris N Tatakis, Binnaz Leblebicioglu
BACKGROUND: Post-extraction alveolar bone loss, mostly affecting the buccal plate, occurs despite regenerative procedures. To better understand possible determinants, this prospective case series assessed gingival blood perfusion and tissue molecular responses in relation to post-extraction regenerative outcomes. METHODS: Adults scheduled to receive bone grafting in maxillary, non-molar, single tooth extraction site were recruited. Clinical documentation included probing pocket depth (PD), keratinized tissue width (KT), tissue biotype (TB), plaque (P) and bleeding...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643192/on-the-kinetics-of-body-versus-end-evaporation-and-addition-of-supramolecular-polymers
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Nitin S Tiwari, Paul van der Schoot
The kinetics of the self-assembly of supramolecular polymers is dictated by how monomers, dimers, trimers etc., attach to and detach from each other. It is for this reasons that researchers have proposed a plethora of pathways to explain the kinetics of various self-assembling supramolecules, including sulfur, linear micelles, living polymers and protein fibrils. Recent observations hint at the importance of a hitherto ignored molecular aggregation pathway that we refer to as "body evaporation and addition"...
June 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641882/ferredoxin-dependent-bilin-reductases-in-eukaryotic-algae-ubiquity-and-diversity
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Nathan C Rockwell, J Clark Lagarias
Linear tetrapyrroles (bilins) are produced from heme by heme oxygenase, usually forming biliverdin IXα (BV). Fungi and bacteria use BV as chromophore for phytochrome photoreceptors. Oxygenic photosynthetic organisms use BV as a substrate for ferredoxin-dependent bilin reductases (FDBRs), enzymes that produce diverse reduced bilins used as light-harvesting pigments in phycobiliproteins and as photoactive photoreceptor chromophores. Bilin biosynthesis is essential for phototrophic growth in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii despite the absence of phytochromes or phycobiliproteins in this organism, raising the possibility that bilins are more generally required for phototrophic growth by algae...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641780/associations-of-maternal-prenatal-smoking-with-umbilical-cord-blood-hormones-the-project-viva-cohort
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Abby F Fleisch, Sheryl L Rifas-Shiman, Lisa B Rokoff, Marie-France Hivert, Christos S Mantzoros, Emily Oken
BACKGROUND: Maternal smoking during pregnancy is associated with low fetal growth and adverse cardiometabolic health in offspring. However, hormonal pathways underlying these associations are unclear. Therefore, we examined maternal smoking habits and umbilical cord blood hormone profiles in a large, prospective cohort. METHODS: We studied 978 mother/infant pairs in Project Viva, a Boston-area cohort recruited 1999-2002. We categorized mothers as early pregnancy smokers, former smokers, or never smokers...
July 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640185/fourier-transform-infrared-spectroscopy-ft-ir-and-simple-algorithm-analysis-for-rapid-and-non-destructive-assessment-of-developmental-cotton-fibers
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Yongliang Liu, Hee-Jin Kim
With cotton fiber growth or maturation, cellulose content in cotton fibers markedly increases. Traditional chemical methods have been developed to determine cellulose content, but it is time-consuming and labor-intensive, mostly owing to the slow hydrolysis process of fiber cellulose components. As one approach, the attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared (ATR FT-IR) spectroscopy technique has also been utilized to monitor cotton cellulose formation, by implementing various spectral interpretation strategies of both multivariate principal component analysis (PCA) and 1-, 2- or 3-band/-variable intensity or intensity ratios...
June 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639808/a-quarter-century-of-advances-in-the-statistical-analysis-of-longitudinal-neuropsychological-data
#9
John L Woodard
OBJECTIVE: Over the last 25 years, there has been an unprecedented increase in federal funding for large-scale longitudinal studies, many of which collect neuropsychological or neuroimaging outcome measures. These studies have collected data from thousands of study participants across multiple waves of data collection over many years. With the increased availability of longitudinal data, data sharing policies have become more liberal, thereby offering significant opportunities for interested researchers to carry out their own longitudinal research with these data...
June 22, 2017: Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638061/a-new-study-on-the-growth-behavior-of-austenite-grains-during-heating-processes
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Dong Xu, Cheng Ji, Hongyang Zhao, Dongying Ju, Miaoyong Zhu
In this paper, the effects of the heating temperature and holding time on the austenite grain growth of SCM435 steel were studied and analyzed in terms of the average, macro-axis and minor-axis size of the grains. The results indicated that the classical Sellars model was highly consistent for describing the growth stage of the new austenite but poorly described the initial nucleation-growth stage and stability stage of the austenite. A new model that expresses the average austenite grain growth of SCM435 steel was developed, and the values calculated based on this model were highly consistent with the actual measured values...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637283/an-essential-physiological-role-for-mct8-in-bone-in-male-mice
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Victoria D Leitch, Caterina Di Cosmo, Xiao-Hui Liao, Sam O'Boy, Thomas M Galliford, Holly Evans, Peter I Croucher, Alan Boyde, Alexandra Dumitrescu, Roy E Weiss, Samuel Refetoff, Graham R Williams, J H Duncan Bassett
T3 is an important regulator of skeletal development and adult bone maintenance. Thyroid hormone action requires efficient transport of T4 and T3 into target cells. We hypothesized that monocarboxylate transporter-8, encoded by Mct8 on the X-chromosome, is an essential thyroid hormone transporter in bone. To test this hypothesis, we determined the juvenile and adult skeletal phenotypes of male Mct8 knockout mice (Mct8KO) and Mct8D1D2KO compound mutants, which additionally lack the ability to convert the prohormone T4 to the active hormone T3...
June 15, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637200/an-emerging-theoretical-model-of-music-therapy-student-development
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Abbey L Dvorak, Eugenia Hernandez-Ruiz, Sekyung Jang, Borin Kim, Megan Joseph, Kori E Wells
Background: Music therapy students negotiate a complex relationship with music and its use in clinical work throughout their education and training. This distinct, pervasive, and evolving relationship suggests a developmental process unique to music therapy. Objective: The purpose of this grounded theory study was to create a theoretical model of music therapy students' developmental process, beginning with a study within one large Midwestern university. Methods: Participants (N = 15) were music therapy students who completed one 60-minute intensive interview, followed by a 20-minute member check meeting...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Music Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637165/quantification-of-the-methane-concentration-using-anaerobic-oxidation-of-methane-coupled-to-extracellular-electron-transfer
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Yaohuan Gao, Hodon Ryu, Bruce E Rittmann, Abid Hussain, Hyung-Sool Lee
A biofilm anode acclimated with growth media containing acetate, then acetate+methane, and finally methane alone produced electrical current in a microbial electrochemical cell (MxC) fed with methane as the sole electron donor. Geobacter was the dominant genus for the bacterial domain (93%) in the biofilm anode, while methanogens (Methanocorpusculum labreanum and Methanosaeta concilii) accounted for 82% of the total archaeal clones in the biofilm. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) imaging clearly showed a biofilm of mixed bacteria and archaea, suggesting a syntrophic interaction between them for performing anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM) in the biofilm anode...
June 13, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634239/the-dual-activity-responsible-for-the-elongation-and-branching-of-%C3%AE-1-3-glucan-in-the-fungal-cell-wall
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Vishukumar Aimanianda, Catherine Simenel, Cecile Garnaud, Cecile Clavaud, Rui Tada, Lise Barbin, Isabelle Mouyna, Christoph Heddergott, Laura Popolo, Yoshikazu Ohya, Muriel Delepierre, Jean-Paul Latge
β-(1,3)-Glucan, the major fungal cell wall component, ramifies through β-(1,6)-glycosidic linkages, which facilitates its binding with other cell wall components contributing to proper cell wall assembly. Using Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model, we developed a protocol to quantify β-(1,6)-branching on β-(1,3)-glucan. Permeabilized S. cerevisiae and radiolabeled substrate UDP-((14)C)glucose allowed us to determine branching kinetics. A screening aimed at identifying deletion mutants with reduced branching among them revealed only two, the bgl2Δ and gas1Δ mutants, showing 15% and 70% reductions in the branching, respectively, compared to the wild-type strain...
June 20, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633558/an-introduction-to-bayesian-statistics-in-health-psychology
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Sarah Depaoli, Holly M Rus, James P Clifton, Rens van de Schoot, Jitske Tiemensma
The aim of the current article is to provide a brief introduction to Bayesian statistics within the field of Health Psychology. Bayesian methods are increasing in prevalence in applied fields, and they have been shown in simulation research to improve the estimation accuracy of structural equation models, latent growth curve (and mixture) models, and hierarchical linear models. Likewise, Bayesian methods can be used with small sample sizes since they do not rely on large sample theory. In this article, we discuss several important components of Bayesian statistics as they relate to health-based inquiries...
June 20, 2017: Health Psychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633448/the-origin-of-novelty-through-the-evolution-of-scaling-relationships
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H Frederik Nijhout, Kenneth Z McKenna
Morphological novelty is often thought of as the evolution of an entirely new body plan or the addition of new structures to existing body plans. However, novel morphologies may also arise through modification of organ systems within an existing body plan. The evolution of novel scaling relationships between body size and organ size constitutes such a novel morphological feature. Experimental studies have demonstrated that there is genetic variation for allometries and that scaling relationships can evolve under artificial selection...
June 16, 2017: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633142/multifactorial-analysis-of-a-biomarker-pool-for-alzheimer-disease-risk-in-a-north-indian-population
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Puneet Talwar, Sandeep Grover, Juhi Sinha, Puneet Chandna, Rachna Agarwal, Suman Kushwaha, Ritushree Kukreti
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease with a complex multifactorial etiology. Here, we aim to identify a biomarker pool comprised of genetic variants and blood biomarkers as predictor of AD risk. METHODS: We performed a case-control study involving 108 cases and 159 non-demented healthy controls to examine the association of multiple biomarkers with AD risk. RESULTS: The APOE genotyping revealed that ε4 allele frequency was significantly high (p value = 0...
June 21, 2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633108/bioactivity-and-quantitative-analysis-of-isohexenylnaphthazarins-in-root-periderm-of-two-echium-spp-e-%C3%A2-plantagineum-and-e-%C3%A2-gaditanum
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Alexandra G Durán, M Teresa Gutiérrez, Carlos Rial, Ascensión Torres, Rosa M Varela, Manuel M Valdivia, José M G Molinillo, Dominik Skoneczny, Leslie A Weston, Francisco A Macías
Isohexenylnaphthazarins are commonly found in the root periderm of several Boraginaceous plants and are known for their broad range of biological activities. The work described herein concerns the biological activity of compounds from the roots of Echium plantagineum L. and Echium gaditanum Boiss (Boraginaceae) collected from field sites in southern Spain and Australia. Bioactivity was assessed using etiolated wheat coleoptile bioassay and in vitro growth inhibitory activity in HeLa and IGROV-1 cells. The quantification of four isohexenylnaphthazarins (shikonin/alkannin, deoxyshikonin/deoxyalkannin, acetylshikonin/acetylalkannin and dimethylacrylshikonin/dimethylacrylalkannin) was performed by LC-MS/MS using juglone as internal standard...
June 17, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632794/migrants-healthy-worker-effect-and-mortality-trends-in-the-gulf-cooperation-council-countries
#19
Karima Chaabna, Sohaila Cheema, Ravinder Mamtani
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries namely, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Saudi Arabia, have experienced unique demographic changes. The major population growth contributor in these countries is young migrants, which has led to a shift in the population age pyramid. Migrants constitute the vast proportion of GCC countries' population reaching >80% in Qatar and UAE. Using Global Burden of Disease Study 2015 (GBD 2015) and United Nations data, for the GCC countries, we assessed the association between age-standardized mortality and population size trends with linear and polynomial regressions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630947/evolution-of-geographic-atrophy-in-participants-treated-with-ranibizumab-for-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Alisa T Thavikulwat, Naima Jacobs-El, Jane S Kim, Elvira Agrón, Jesia Hasan, Catherine B Meyerle, David Valent, Catherine A Cukras, Henry E Wiley, Wai T Wong, Emily Y Chew
PURPOSE: To evaluate the risk factors, incidence, and rate of progression of geographic atrophy (GA) in eyes with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) treated with ranibizumab. DESIGN: Post-hoc analysis of a prospective clinical study. PARTICIPANTS: 69 participants with nAMD in at least one eye. METHODS: Participants were prospectively treated in the study eye with 0.5 mg intravitreal ranibizumab. Study eyes received 4 monthly injections followed by pro re nata injections until a fluid-free macula was achieved on optical coherence tomography...
January 2017: Ophthalmology retina
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