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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738547/effect-of-reflux-ratio-on-nitrogen-removal-in-a-novel-upflow-microaerobic-sludge-reactor-treating-piggery-wastewater-with-high-ammonium-and-low-cod-tn-ratio-efficiency-and-quantitative-molecular-mechanism
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Jia Meng, Jiuling Li, Jianzheng Li, Kaiwen Deng, Jun Nan, Pianpian Xu
A novel upflow microaerobic sludge reactor (UMSR) was constructed to treat manure-free piggery wastewater with high NH4(+)-N and low COD/TN ratio. In the light of the potential effect of effluent reflux ratio (RR) on nitrogen removal, performance of the UMSR was evaluated at 35°C and hydraulic retention time 8h with RR decreased from 45 to 25 by stages. A COD, NH4(+)-N and TN removal of above 77.1%, 80.0% and 86.6%, respectively, was kept with a RR over 35. To get an effluent of TN not more than 80mg/L with a TN load removal above 0...
July 11, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738269/an-anti-inflammatory-effect-of-red-microalga-polysaccharides-in-coronary-artery-endothelial-cells
#2
Oshrat Levy-Ontman, Mahmoud Huleihel, Rachel Hamias, Talya Wolak, Esther Paran
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Polysaccharides (PSs) produced by the red microalga Porphyridium sp. were reported to exhibit anti-inflammatory bioactivities in the human skin. The primary goal of the present research was to assess whether PSs attenuate inflammatory processes by interfering with tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α)-induced inflammation, in human coronary artery endothelial cells (HCAECs). METHODS: Functional and inflammatory markers were quantified in TNF-α-stimulated HCAECs, with and without pre-treatment with PSs...
July 16, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737158/gastric-lesions-in-dolphins-stranded-along-the-eastern-adriatic-coast
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Jerko Hrabar, Ivana Bočina, Andrea Gudan Kurilj, Martina Đuras, Ivona Mladineo
Stranded cetaceans are often found with gastric lesions associated with the presence of parasites; most frequently, nematodes of the genus Anisakis and the heterophyd digenean trematode Pholeter gastrophilus. In this study, we present histopathology mainly (but not exclusively) related to these 2 parasite species. Macroscopically, lesions associated with the presence of Anisakis spp. were characterised by the presence of ulcers within the gastric mucosa, while the digenean P. gastrophilus was found within large submucosal fibrotic nodules in the gastric wall...
July 24, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735174/tetherless-near-infrared-control-of-brain-activity-in-behaving-animals-using-fully-implantable-upconversion-microdevices
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Ying Wang, Xudong Lin, Xi Chen, Xian Chen, Zhen Xu, Wenchong Zhang, Qinghai Liao, Xin Duan, Xin Wang, Ming Liu, Feng Wang, Jufang He, Peng Shi
Many nanomaterials can be used as sensors or transducers in biomedical research and they form the essential components of transformative novel biotechnologies. In this study, we present an all-optical method for tetherless remote control of neural activity using fully implantable micro-devices based on upconversion technology. Upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) were used as transducers to convert near-infrared (NIR) energy to visible light in order to stimulate neurons expressing different opsin proteins. In our setup, UCNPs were packaged in a glass micro-optrode to form an implantable device with superb long-term biocompatibility...
July 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734589/phosphorus-and-cu-2-removal-by-periphytic-biofilm-stimulated-by-upconversion-phosphors-doped-with-pr-3-li
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Yan Zhu, Jianhong Zhang, Ningyuan Zhu, Jun Tang, Junzhuo Liu, Pengfei Sun, Yonghong Wu, Po Keung Wong
Upconversion phosphors (UCPs) can convert visible light into luminescence, such as UV, which can regulate the growth of microbes. Based on these fundamentals, the community composition of periphytic biofilms stimulated by UCPs doped with Pr(3+)-Li(+) was proposed to augment the removal of phosphorus (P) and copper (Cu). Results showed that the biofilms with community composition optimized by UCPs doped with Pr(3+)-Li(+) had high P and Cu(2+) removal rates. This was partly due to overall bacterial and algal abundance and biomass increases...
July 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733463/tlr4-and-c5ar-crosstalk-in-dendritic-cells-induces-a-core-regulatory-network-of-rsk2-pi3k%C3%AE-sgk1-and-foxo-transcription-factors
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Anouk Zaal, Benjamin Nota, Kat S Moore, Miranda Dieker, S Marieke van Ham, Anja Ten Brinke
Crosstalk between complement component 5a receptors (C5aRs) and TLRs in dendritic cells (DCs) occurs upon pathogen invasion; however, studies on C5aR and TLR crosstalk mainly focused on the modulating effect of C5a on TLR-induced cytokine production. To elucidate the breadth of C5aR and TLR4 crosstalk, the effect of simultaneous treatment with C5a and LPS was investigated in human monocyte-derived DCs (moDCs) 2 h after stimulation using whole transcriptome sequencing analysis. Although the effect of C5a on hallmark genes defining TLR4-induced DC maturation was limited at this time point, RNA sequencing analysis revealed a great variety of novel C5a targets, of which many interfere with TLR4-mediated immune activation...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729651/combination-of-ginsenoside-rb1-and-rd-protects-the-retina-against-bright-light-induced-degeneration
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Minjuan Bian, Xiaoye Du, Peiwei Wang, Jingang Cui, Jing Xu, Jiangping Gu, Teng Zhang, Yu Chen
Photoreceptor degeneration is a central pathology of various retinal degenerative diseases which currently lack effective therapies. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities are noted for Panax notoginsenoside saponins (PNS) and related saponin compound(s). However, the photoreceptor protective potentials of PNS or related saponin compound(s) remain unknown. The current study revealed that PNS protected against photoreceptor loss in bright light-exposed BALB/c mice. Combination of ginsenoside Rb1 and Rd, two major saponin compounds of PNS, recapitulated the retinal protection of PNS and attenuated retinal oxidative stress and inflammatory changes...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729160/echo-time-dependence-of-the-bold-response-transients-a-window-into-brain-functional-physiology
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Martin Havlicek, Dimo Ivanov, Benedikt A Poser, Kamil Uludag
The blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD) fMRI response to neuronal activation results from a complex interplay of induced metabolic and vascular changes. Thus, its transients, such as initial overshoot and post-stimulus undershoot, provide a window into the dynamic relationships of the underlying physiological variables. In this study, we propose multi-echo fMRI as a tool to investigate the physiological underpinnings of the BOLD signal, in particular, and brain functional physiology, in general. In the human visual cortex at 3 T, we observed that the BOLD response is nonlinearly dependent on echo-time (TE) and the amount of nonlinearity varies during the entire time-course...
July 17, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728820/role-of-piezo-channels-in-joint-health-and-injury
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W Lee, F Guilak, W Liedtke
Cartilage is an intrinsically mechanically sensitive tissue composed of chondrocytes as the only cell type. Chondrocyte mechanotransduction is not well understood, but recently we identified critical components of the mechanotransduction machinery demonstrating how mechanical stimulation of these cells can be converted into cellular calcium signals. Physiologic mechanical cues induce anabolic responses of (post-mitotic) chondrocytes via transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 ion channels, whereas injurious mechanical stress is transduced by Piezo1 jointly with Piezo2 ion channels...
2017: Current Topics in Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726311/gaba-histamine-and-fmrfamide-immunoreactivity-in-the-visual-vestibular-and-central-nervous-systems-of-hermissenda-crassicornis
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Marissa P Webber, James W S Thomson, Johnny Buckland-Nicks, Roger P Croll, Russell C Wyeth
Hermissenda crassicornis is a model for studying the molecular and cellular basis for classical conditioning, based on its ability to associate light with vestibular stimulation. We used confocal microscopy to map histamine, FMRF-amide, and GABA immunoreactivity in the central nervous system (CNS), eyes, optic ganglia and statocysts of the nudibranchs. For histamine immunoreactivity, we documented both consistently and variably labelled CNS structures across individuals. We also noted minor differences in GABA immunoreactivity in the CNS compared to previous work on Hermissenda...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725232/transcriptome-wide-identification-of-differentially-expressed-genes-in-solanum-lycopersicon-l-in-response-to-an-alfalfa-protein-hydrolysate-using-microarrays
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Andrea Ertani, Michela Schiavon, Serenella Nardi
An alfalfa-based protein hydrolysate (EM) has been tested in tomato (Solanum lycopersicon L.) plants at two different concentrations (0.1 and 1 mL L(-1)) to get insight on its efficacy as biostimulant in this species and to unravel possible metabolic targets and molecular mechanisms that may shed light on its mode of action. EM was efficient in promoting the fresh biomass and content in chlorophyll and soluble sugars of tomato plants, especially when it was applied at the concentration of 1 mL L(-1). This effect on plant productivity was likely related to the EM-dependent up-regulation of genes identified via microarray and involved in primary carbon and nitrogen metabolism, photosynthesis, nutrient uptake and developmental processes...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725027/strong-coherent-light-amplification-with-double-electromagnetically-induced-transparency-coherences
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Dan Wang, Chao Liu, Changshun Xiao, Junxiang Zhang, Hessa M M Alotaibi, Barry C Sanders, Li-Gang Wang, Shiyao Zhu
We experimentally demonstrate coherent amplification of probe field in a tripod-type atoms driven by strong coupling, signal and weak probe fields. We suppress linear and nonlinear atomic absorptions for resonant and near resonant probe via double electromagnetically induced transparency (DEIT). Combining these advantages of suppressed absorption along with temperature- or atomic-density-controlled transfer of population(ToP) between hyperfine ground states, we can induce near-resonant amplification of probe through stimulated Raman scattering(SRS) pumped by low-intensity signal field...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724998/effect-of-defects-controlled-by-preparation-condition-and-heat-treatment-on-the-ferromagnetic-properties-of-few-layer-graphene
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Qinghua Miao, Lidong Wang, Zhaoyuan Liu, Bing Wei, Jinhui Wang, Xiangli Liu, Weidong Fei
Magnetism in graphene has stimulated extensive studies to search for novel metal-free magnetic device. In this paper, we use a synthesis method far from equilibrium state named self-propagating high temperature synthesis (SHS) to produce few-layer graphene with different defect contents and then use a heat treatment process (vacuum-annealing and air-cooling) to further control the defects in graphene. We find that the type and content of defects in graphene can be controlled by adjusting the mole ratio of reactants (Mg: CaCO3) for SHS reaction and the temperature of the subsequent heat treatment...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723938/gender-differences-in-cerebral-metabolism-for-color-processing-in-mice-a-pet-mri-study
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Philip C Njemanze, Mathias Kranz, Mario Amend, Jens Hauser, Hans Wehrl, Peter Brust
INTRODUCTION: Color processing is a central component of mammalian vision. Gender-related differences of color processing revealed by non-invasive functional transcranial Doppler ultrasound suggested right hemisphere pattern for blue/yellow chromatic opponency by men, and a left hemisphere pattern by women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present study measured the accumulation of [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose ([18F]FDG) in mouse brain using small animal positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI) with statistical parametric mapping (SPM) during light stimulation with blue and yellow filters compared to darkness condition...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723093/plasmonic-aerogels-as-a-3d-nanoscale-platform-for-solar-fuels-photocatalysis
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Paul A DeSario, Jeremy J Pietron, Adam Dunkelberger, Todd H Brintlinger, Olga Baturina, Rhonda M Stroud, Jeffrey C Owrutsky, Debra R Rolison
We use plasmonic Au-TiO2 aerogels as a platform in which to marry synthetically thickened particle-particle junctions in TiO2 aerogel networks and Au||TiO2 interfaces and then investigate their cooperative influence on photocatalytic hydrogen (H2) generation under both broadband (i.e., UV + visible light) and visible-only excitation. In doing so, we elucidate the dual functions that incorporated Au can play as a water reduction/H2 generation co-catalyst and as a plasmonic sensitizer. We also introduce non-plasmonic Pt co-catalyst nanoparticles into our composite aerogels in order to leverage the catalytic water-reducing abilities of Pt...
July 19, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721358/utah-optrode-array-customization-using-stereotactic-brain-atlases-and-3-d-cad-modeling-for-optogenetic-neocortical-interrogation-in-small-rodents-and-nonhuman-primates
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Ronald W Boutte, Sam Merlin, Guy Yona, Brandon Griffiths, Alessandra Angelucci, Itamar Kahn, Shy Shoham, Steve Blair
As the optogenetic field expands, the need for precise targeting of neocortical circuits only grows more crucial. This work demonstrates a technique for using Solidworks(®) computer-aided design (CAD) and readily available stereotactic brain atlases to create a three-dimensional (3-D) model of the dorsal region of area visual cortex 4 (V4D) of the macaque monkey (Macaca fascicularis) visual cortex. The 3-D CAD model of the brain was used to customize an [Formula: see text] Utah optrode array (UOA) after it was determined that a high-density ([Formula: see text]) UOA caused extensive damage to marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) primary visual cortex as assessed by electrophysiological recording of spiking activity through a 1...
October 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721279/age-related-circadian-disorganization-caused-by-sympathetic-dysfunction-in-peripheral-clock-regulation
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Yu Tahara, Yuta Takatsu, Takuya Shiraishi, Yosuke Kikuchi, Mayu Yamazaki, Hiroaki Motohashi, Aya Muto, Hiroyuki Sasaki, Atsushi Haraguchi, Daisuke Kuriki, Takahiro J Nakamura, Shigenobu Shibata
The ability of the circadian clock to adapt to environmental changes is critical for maintaining homeostasis, preventing disease, and limiting the detrimental effects of aging. To date, little is known about age-related changes in the entrainment of peripheral clocks to external cues. We therefore evaluated the ability of the peripheral clocks of the kidney, liver, and submandibular gland to be entrained by external stimuli including light, food, stress, and exercise in young versus aged mice using in vivo bioluminescence monitoring...
2017: NPJ Aging and Mechanisms of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720787/comparison-between-an-african-town-and-a-neighbouring-village-shows-delayed-but-not-decreased-sleep-during-the-early-stages-of-urbanisation
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Andrew D Beale, Mario Pedrazzoli, Bruno da Silva B Gonçalves, Felipe Beijamini, Núbia E Duarte, Kieren J Egan, Kristen L Knutson, Malcolm von Schantz, Laura C Roden
The well-established negative health outcomes of sleep deprivation, and the suggestion that availability of electricity may enable later bed times without compensating sleep extension in the morning, have stimulated interest in studying communities whose sleep pattern may resemble a pre-industrial state. Here, we describe sleep and activity in two neighbouring communities, one urban (Milange) and one rural (Tengua), in a region of Mozambique where urbanisation is an ongoing process. The two communities differ in the amount and timing of daily activity and of light exposure, with later bedtimes (≈1 h) associated with more evening and less daytime light exposure seen in the town of Milange...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720746/-a-rare-case-of-ruptured-internal-carotid-posterior-communicating-artery-aneurysm-associated-with-contralateral-delayed-oculomotor-nerve-palsy
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Chika Somagawa, Yutaka Fukuda, Shota Yoshimura, Kei Satoh, Takeshi Hiu, Tomonori Ono, Ryujirou Ushijima, Keisuke Toda, Keisuke Tsutsumi
A 55-year-old man presented with difficulty breathing, chest pain, and disturbance of consciousness, and was transferred to our hospital. Initial whole body CT revealed a diffuse subarachnoid hemorrhage(SAH)with severe pulmonary edema that was considered neurogenic in origin. He received controlled ventilation under sedation and conservative care for the SAH. One day after the onset of the SAH, his left pupil suddenly became dilated to 6mm, with no reaction to light. Head CT showed no new bleeding. Subsequent CT angiogram revealed a right internal carotid-posterior communicating artery aneurysm(IC-PC AN)with a posterior-lateral projection; however, no vessel abnormality was observed in the left anterior or posterior circulations...
July 2017: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719725/effects-of-eupatilin-on-the-contractility-of-corpus-cavernosal-smooth-muscle-through-nitric-oxide-independent-pathways
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S H Choo, S W Lee, M R Chae, S J Kang, H H Sung, D H Han, J N Chun, J K Park, C Y Kim, H K Kim, I So
Eupatilin (5,7-dihydroxy-3,4,6-trimethoxyflavone) is one of the main compounds present in Artemisia species. Eupatilin has both antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties and a relaxation effect on vascular contraction regardless of endothelial function. We evaluated the relaxant effects of eupatilin on the corpus cavernosum (CC) of rabbits and the underlying mechanisms of its activity in human corpus cavernosum smooth muscle (CCSM) cells. Isolated rabbit CC strips were mounted in an organ bath system. A conventional whole-cell patch clamp technique was used to measure activation of calcium-sensitive K(+) -channel currents in human CCSM cells...
July 18, 2017: Andrology
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