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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636347/the-structure-and-dynamics-of-alginate-gels-crosslinked-by-polyvalent-ions-probed-via-solid-state-nmr-spectroscopy
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Jiří Brus, Martina Urbanová, Jiri Czernek, Miroslava Pavelkova, Katerina Kubova, Jakub Vyslouzil, Sabina Abbrent, Rafal Konefal, Jiri Horsky, David Vetchy, Jan Vysloužil, Pavel Kulich
Alginate gels are an outstanding biomaterial widely applicable in tissue engineering, medicine, and pharmacy for cell transplantation, wound healing and efficient bioactive agent delivery, respectively. This contribution provides new and comprehensive insight into the atomic-resolution structure and dynamics of polyvalent ion-crosslinked alginate gels in microbead formulations. By applying various advanced solid-state NMR (ssNMR) spectroscopy techniques, we verified the homogenous distribution of the crosslinking ions in the alginate gels and the high degree of ion exchange...
June 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611133/long-term-clinical-outcome-of-femtosecond-laser-assisted-lamellar-keratectomy-with-phototherapeutic-keratectomy-in-anterior-corneal-stromal-dystrophy
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Jonghyun Lee, Jin Hyoung Kim, Doh Lee, Ji Woong Chang, Joo Youn Shin, Ji Won Seo, Min Hwan Seo, Nam Ju Moon
PURPOSE: To evaluate long-term outcome of femtosecond laser-assisted lamellar keratectomy (FLK) with phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) in patients with anterior corneal stromal dystrophies. METHODS: A total of 10 eyes from seven patients who underwent FLK were included. The patients had suffered from recurrent corneal erosion or visual disturbance in anterior corneal dystrophies (five Avellino dystrophies and two lattice dystrophies). Planar-shaped lamellar keratectomy was performed using femtosecond laser...
June 13, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595049/space-time-dynamics-of-membrane-currents-evolve-to-shape-excitation-spiking-and-inhibition-in-the-cortex-at-small-and-large-scales
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REVIEW
Per E Roland
In the cerebral cortex, membrane currents, i.e., action potentials and other membrane currents, express many forms of space-time dynamics. In the spontaneous asynchronous irregular state, their space-time dynamics are local non-propagating fluctuations and sparse spiking appearing at unpredictable positions. After transition to active spiking states, larger structured zones with active spiking neurons appear, propagating through the cortical network, driving it into various forms of widespread excitation, and engaging the network from microscopic scales to whole cortical areas...
June 7, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592291/tightly-controlled-mrtf-a-activity-regulates-epithelial-differentiation-during-formation-of-mammary-acini
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Anja Seifert, Guido Posern
BACKGROUND: Myocardin-related transcription factors (MRTF) A and B link actin dynamics and mechanotransduction to gene expression. In mice, MRTF-A is involved in mammary gland differentiation, but its role in human mammary epithelial cells remains unclear. METHODS: Three-dimensional cultures of human mammary epithelial MCF10A cells were used to model acinar morphogenesis. Stable MRTF-A knockdown, MRTF-A/B rescue and MRTF-A/B overexpression was established to characterize the functional role during morphogenesis using confocal microscopy and expression analysis...
June 7, 2017: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589162/age-specific-prevalence-and-clinical-characteristics-of-humeral-medial-epicondyle-apophysitis-and-osteochondritis-dissecans-ultrasonographic-assessment-of-4249-players
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Kenichi Otoshi, Shinichi Kikuchi, Kinshi Kato, Ryohei Sato, Takahiro Igari, Takahiro Kaga, Shinichi Konno
BACKGROUND: Traction apophysitis of medial epicondyle (MEC) lesions and osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the capitellum are common elbow injuries in adolescent baseball players. However, the age-specific prevalence of these pathologies and their influence on elbow pain remain unknown. PURPOSE: To investigate the age-specific prevalence of each MEC lesion and capitellar OCD and to identify the incidence of elbow pain in each condition. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive epidemiology study...
May 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574133/technical-feasibility-of-isolated-bowman-layer-graft-preparation-by-femtosecond-laser-a-pilot-study
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Jack S Parker, Forest Huls, Elizabeth Cooper, Paul Graves, Esther A Groeneveld-van Beek, Jessica Lie, Gerrit R J Melles
PURPOSE: To evaluate the technical feasibility of isolated Bowman layer (BL) graft preparation by femtosecond laser (FSL) and to compare the ultrastructural morphology to manually dissected grafts. METHODS: Five whole globes were placed in custom-made eye holders and debrided of epithelium. After programming a dissection depth of 20 μm, the FSL was docked into position and 5 isolated BL grafts were created. From 5 additional globes, corneoscleral buttons were procured, mounted in artificial anterior chambers, and stripped of BL via the previously described manual technique...
May 26, 2017: European Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573458/an-in-vivo-whole-plant-experimental-system-for-the-analysis-of-gene-expression-in-extraradical-mycorrhizal-mycelium
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Alessandra Pepe, Cristiana Sbrana, Nuria Ferrol, Manuela Giovannetti
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) establish beneficial mutualistic symbioses with land plants, receiving carbon in exchange for mineral nutrients absorbed by the extraradical mycelium (ERM). With the aim of obtaining in vivo produced ERM for gene expression analyses, a whole-plant bi-dimensional experimental system was devised and tested with three host plants and three fungal symbionts. In such a system, Funneliformis mosseae in symbiosis with Cichorium intybus var. foliosum, Lactuca sativa, and Medicago sativa produced ERM whose lengths ranged from 9...
June 1, 2017: Mycorrhiza
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569009/myeloid-sarcoma-identified-on-liquid-based-cervical-cytology-samples-a-report-of-two-cases
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Jessica S Snider, Yekaterina Eichel, Alisa M Caudell, Olga S Chajewski, Jack Yang, Kathryn G Lindsey
The purpose of the Papanicolaou (Pap) smear is to detect primary squamous lesions of the uterine cervix. Although most successful at detection of squamous lesions, the Pap may also detect metastatic carcinomas, sarcomas, and melanomas. We report two rare cases of myeloid sarcoma (MS) of the uterine cervix identified on screening Pap smears with concurrent confirmatory cervical biopsies. The purpose of our study is to identify and report cytologic features of MS on Pap smears utilizing a liquid-based ThinPrep method, which has not been previously documented in literature...
May 31, 2017: Diagnostic Cytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566855/assessment-of-bracket-surface-morphology-and-dimensional-change
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Pillai Devu Radhakrishnan, N K Sapna Varma, V V Ajith
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to compare the surface morphology and dimensional stability of the bracket slot at the onset of treatment and after 12 months of intraoral exposure. The study also compared the amount of calcium at the bracket base which indicates enamel loss among the three orthodontic brackets following debonding after 12 months of intraoral exposure. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The sample consisted of 60 (0.022" MBT) canine brackets. They were divided into three groups: self-ligating, ceramic bracket with metal slot, and stainless steel (SS) brackets...
January 2017: Contemporary Clinical Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561078/determination-of-growth-regimes-of-pd-nanostructures-on-c-plane-sapphire-by-the-control-of-deposition-amount-at-different-annealing-temperatures
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Sundar Kunwar, Mao Sui, Puran Pandey, Quanzhen Zhang, Ming-Yu Li, Harish Bhandari, Jihoon Lee
Metallic nanoparticles (NPs) with tunable physical, optical and catalytic properties have a wide range of applications including various optoelectronics, sensors and fuel cells. In this paper, we demonstrate the evolution of various physical properties, configurations, size and density of palladium (Pd) nanostructures on sapphire(Al2O3) (0001) by the systematic control of deposition amount (DA) at distinct annealing temperatures. The transformation of the deposited thin films into various Pd NPs is achieved by the dewetting of the thin film by means of surface diffusion, nucleation, Volmer-Weber growth and surface energy minimization mechanism...
June 14, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552041/magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-stress-radiography-in-chronic-lateral-ankle-instability
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Hong-Geun Jung, Na-Ra Kim, Tae-Hoon Kim, Joon-Sang Eom, Dong-Oh Lee
BACKGROUND: Studies regarding magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of the lateral ankle ligaments in chronic lateral ankle instability and their clinical relevance for surgery are lacking. This study classified the lateral ankle ligament MRI findings of the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) and calcaneofibular ligament (CFL) in chronic lateral ankle instability (CLAI) and correlated these findings with ankle stress radiographs. METHODS: We included 132 ankles with CLAI that underwent ligament reconstructions from 2006 to 2013...
June 2017: Foot & Ankle International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544397/efficacy-and-acceptance-of-a-high-velocity-microdroplet-device-for-interdental-cleaning-in-gingivitis-patients-a-monitored-randomized-controlled-trial
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I Stauff, Shm Derman, A G Barbe, K C Hoefer, M Bizhang, S Zimmer, M J Noack
OBJECTIVES: To compare in a randomized clinical trial the efficacy of a high-velocity microdroplet device for interdental cleaning vs dental floss at reducing plaque and gingivitis. METHODS: Sixty participants with an irregular interdental home cleaning regime were randomly assigned to use either a microdroplet device (n=40, test) or dental floss (n=20, control) for 4 weeks. At baseline and reassessment, the papilla bleeding index, the modified proximal plaque index and the amount of gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) were recorded...
May 24, 2017: International Journal of Dental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539147/sunlight-exposure-work-hours-caffeine-consumption-and-sleep-duration-in-the-naval-environment
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Nita L Shattuck, Panagiotis Matsangas
BACKGROUND: Sailors in the U.S. Navy are habitual shiftworkers, often experiencing circadian misalignment due to their irregular work/rest schedules. This study assessed the effect of sunlight exposure, work hours, and caffeinated beverage consumption on the daily sleep duration of crewmembers of a U.S. Navy ship during a 2-wk underway period. METHODS: Working in an artificially lit area with no access to sunlight during work hours, U.S. Navy crew members (N = 91) used daily logs to report their daily activity, caffeinated beverage consumption, and exposure to sunlight while off-duty; sleep was assessed by wrist-worn actigraphy...
June 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522398/study-on-the-synthesis-and-physicochemical-properties-of-starch-acetate-with-low-substitution-under-microwave-assistance
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Derong Lin, Wei Zhou, Jingjing Zhao, Weijie Lan, Rongming Chen, Yutong Li, Baoshan Xing, Zhuohao Li, Mengshi Xiao, Zhijun Wu, Xindan Li, Rongna Chen, Xingwen Zhang, Hong Chen, Qing Zhang, Wen Qin, Suqing Li
In this study, synthesis and physicochemical properties of starch acetate with low substitution under microwave were studied. A three-level-three-factorial Central Composite Design using Response Surface Methodology (RSM) was employed to optimize the reaction conditions. The optimal parameters are as follows: amount of acetic anhydride of 12%, radiation time of 11min, and microwave power of 100W. These optimal conditions predicted by RSM were confirmed that the degree of substitution (DS) of acetate starch is 0...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513302/controlled-release-of-1-methylcyclopropene-from-its-functionalized-electrospun-fibers-under-constant-and-linearly-ramped-humidity
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Tze Loon Neoh, Hermawan Dwi Ariyanto, Patricia Menendez Galvan, Hidefumi Yoshii
The methodology to electrospin polystyrene (PS) fibers functionalized with the inclusion complex between 1-methylcyclopropene and α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) has been developed successfully. Due to limited availability, α-CD crystals instead of 1-MCP/α-CD complex were suspended in the electrospinning (ES) solutions to investigate the electrospinning process. The ES solutions were characterized in terms of viscosity, conductivity and surface tension. Meanwhile the fibers were subjected to scanning electron microscopy...
May 17, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496342/sialylation-facilitates-self-assembly-of-3d-multicellular-prostaspheres-by-using-cyclo-rgdfk-tpp-peptide
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Sabah Haq, Vanessa Samuel, Fiona Haxho, Roman Akasov, Maria Leko, Sergey V Burov, Elena Markvicheva, Myron R Szewczuk
BACKGROUND: Prostaspheres-based three dimensional (3D) culture models have provided insight into prostate cancer (PCa) biology, highlighting the importance of cell-cell interactions and the extracellular matrix (EMC) in the tumor microenvironment. Although these 3D classical spheroid platforms provide a significant advance over 2D models mimicking in vivo tumors, the limitations involve no control of assembly and structure with only limited spatial or glandular organization. Here, matrix-free prostaspheres from human metastatic prostate carcinoma PC3 and DU145 cell lines and their respective gemcitabine resistant (GemR) variants were generated by using cyclic Arg-Gly-Asp-D-Phe-Lys peptide modified with 4-carboxybutyl-triphenylphosphonium bromide (cyclo-RGDfK(TPP))...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491452/renal-oncocytoma-in-a-cat-with-chronic-renal-failure
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Sora Lee, Hyun-Ji Choi, Han-Byul Lee, Sung-Min Jo, Ji-Hye Mun, Woo-Chan Son
CASE SUMMARY: A 9-year-old male neutered domestic shorthair cat presented with anorexia. Ultrasonography showed an irregularly shaped hypoechoic mass in the cranial pole of the right kidney. Ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration of the renal mass was performed. Cytology revealed moderate cellularity smears composed of epithelial cell clusters, which consisted of an exclusive population of oncocytic cells seen in sheets and papillary clusters along with abundant single cells. A moderate-to-abundant amount of densely stained granular cytoplasm with round nuclei and indistinct nucleoli was seen...
January 2017: JFMS open reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487255/disruption-of-adolescents-circadian-clock-the-vicious-circle-of-media-use-exposure-to-light-at-night-sleep-loss-and-risk-behaviors
#18
Yvan Touitou, David Touitou, Alain Reinberg
Although sleep is a key element in adolescent development, teens are spending increasing amounts of time online with health risks related to excessive use of electronic media (computers, smartphones, tablets, consoles…) negatively associated with daytime functioning and sleep outcomes. Adolescent sleep becomes irregular, shortened and delayed in relation with later sleep onset and early waking time due to early school starting times on weekdays which results in rhythm desynchronization and sleep loss. In addition, exposure of adolescents to the numerous electronic devices prior to bedtime has become a great concern because LEDs emit much more blue light than white incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescent bulbs and have therefore a greater impact on the biological clock...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Physiology, Paris
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455679/weight-loss-and-improvement-in-comorbidity-differences-at-5-10-15-and-over
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REVIEW
Donna H Ryan, Sarah Ryan Yockey
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: One begins to see improvement in glycemic measures and triglycerides with small amounts of weight loss, but with greater levels of weight loss there is even greater improvement. In fact, the relationship between weight loss and glycemia is one that is very close. RECENT FINDINGS: This is fortunate for diabetes prevention; it takes only small amounts of weight loss to prevent progression to type 2 diabetes from impaired glucose tolerance, and after the 10 kg of weight loss, one cannot demonstrate much additional improvement in risk reduction...
April 28, 2017: Current Obesity Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451799/micro-autologous-fat-transplantation-maft-for-forehead-volumizing-and-contouring
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C K Chou, S S Lee, T Y Lin, Y H Huang, H Takahashi, C S Lai, S D Lin, T M Lin
BACKGROUND: Frontal fullness in Asians is often considered to indicate one's public popularity and leadership skills. Numerous materials and techniques have been applied clinically to recontour or volumize the frontal area, with variable results. The micro-autologous fat transplantation (MAFT) technique proposed by Lin et al. (2nd academic congress of Taiwan Cosmetic Association Taipei, Taiwan) in 2007 has demonstrated its feasibility in facial rejuvenation. In the present study, we used an innovative instrument to apply the MAFT technique to frontal augmentation with fat grafting and reported the results...
April 27, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
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