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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651371/sleep-and-physiological-dysregulation-a-closer-look-at-sleep-intraindividual-variability
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Bei Bei, Teresa E Seeman, Judith E Carroll, Joshua F Wiley
Study Objectives: Variable daily sleep (i.e., higher intraindividual variability; IIV) is associated with negative health consequences, but potential physiological mechanisms are poorly understood. This study examined the associations between sleep timing, duration, and quality IIV and physiological dysregulation, with diurnal cortisol trajectories as a proximal outcome, and allostatic load (AL) as a multi-system distal outcome. Methods: Participants are 436 adults (Mage±SD=54...
June 23, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651314/stabilization-of-heavy-metals-in-soil-using-two-organo-bentonites
#2
Kai Yu, Jian Xu, Xiaohong Jiang, Cun Liu, Wesley McCall, Jinlong Lu
Stabilization of Cu, Zn, Cd, Hg, Cr and As in soil using tetramethylammonium (TMA) and dodecyltrimethylammonium (DTMA) modified bentonites (T-Bents and D-Bents) as amendments was investigated. Toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP) was used to quantify the metal mobility after soil treatment. The structural parameters of modified bentonites, including the BET surface area, basal spacing and zeta potential were obtained as a function of the TMA and DTMA loading at 40, 80, 120, 160 and 200% of the bentonite's cation exchange capacity, respectively...
June 20, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651084/treatment-of-food-waste-recycling-wastewater-using-anaerobic-ceramic-membrane-bioreactor-for-biogas-production-in-mainstream-treatment-process-of-domestic-wastewater
#3
Yeongmi Jeong, Slawomir W Hermanowicz, Chanhyuk Park
A bench-scale anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) equipped with submerged flat-sheet ceramic membranes was operated at mesophilic conditions (30-35 °C) treating domestic wastewater (DWW) supplemented with food wasterecycling wastewater (FRW) to increase the organic loading rate (OLR) for better biogas production. Coupling ceramic membrane filtration with AnMBR treatment provides an alternative strategy for high organic wastewater treatment at short hydraulic retention times (HRTs) with the potential benefits of membrane fouling because they have a high hydrophilicity and more robust at extreme conditions...
June 19, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651065/the-removal-of-particle-reactive-radionuclides-in-shallow-water-bottom-scavenging-versus-particle-settling-of-iodine-131-and-beryllium-7
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Michael P Montenero, Elizabeth K Dilbone, James T Waples
In pelagic waters, the removal of particle-reactive radionuclides is controlled by nuclide sorption to particles and subsequent settling by gravity. However, in shallow nearshore waters, the dominant mechanism of nuclide scavenging is not so clear. Understanding how particle-reactive radionuclides are scavenged from the water column is critical if these tracers are to be used as proxies of particle flux in shallow aquatic systems. In this study, we present evidence that the removal of particle-reactive radionuclides in nearshore and turbulent waters is primarily controlled by bottom scavenging...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650849/the-ins-and-outs-of-endocytic-trafficking-in-platelet-functions
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Meenakshi Banerjee, Sidney W Whiteheart
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Although platelet endocytosis has been recognized in granule cargo loading and the trafficking of several platelet surface receptors, its acute physiological relevance is poorly understood as is its mechanism. The present review discusses the current understanding of platelet endocytosis and its implications for platelet function. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies are beginning to identify and define the proteins that mediate platelet endocytosis...
June 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650847/phase-transformation-in-afm-silicon-tips
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Malgorzata Kopycinska-Mueller, Martin Barth, Martin Kuettner, Bernd Koehler
We confirmed the occurrence of phase transformations in an AFM silicon tip during loading and unloading experiments performed on a polycrystalline Ti sample. The influence of the phase transformations on the effective mechanical and electrical properties of the tip was observed with the help of load-unload curves measured simultaneously for the tip-sample contact stiffness k* and the effective electrical resistance of the system Reff. We used the atomic force acoustic microscopy (AFAM) method to determine the values of k*...
June 26, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650626/selenium-sequestration-in-a-cationic-layered-rare-earth-hydroxide-a-combined-batch-experiments-and-exafs-investigation
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Lin Zhu, Linjuan Zhang, Jie Li, Duo Zhang, Lanhua Chen, Daopeng Sheng, Shitong Yang, Chengliang Xiao, Jianqiang Wang, Zhifang Chai, Thomas E Albrecht-Schmitt, Shuao Wang
Selenium is of great concern owing to its acutely toxic characteristic at elevated dosage and the long-term radiotoxicity of 79Se. The contents of selenium in industrial wastewater, agricultural runoff, and drinking water have to be constrained to a value of 10 μg/L as the maximum concentration limit. We reported here the selenium uptake using a structurally well-defined cationic layered rare earth hydroxide, Y2(OH)5Cl•1.5H2O. The sorption kinetics, isotherms, selectivity, and desorption of selenite and selenate on Y2(OH)5Cl•1...
June 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650427/roflumilast-reverses-polymicrobial-sepsis-induced-liver-damage-by-inhibiting-inflammation-in-mice
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Hongfang Feng, Jiajia Chen, Haitao Wang, Yufang Cheng, Zhengqiang Zou, Qiuping Zhong, Jiangping Xu
Sepsis is a life-threatening syndrome accompanied by an overwhelming inflammatory response and organ dysfunction. Selective targeting of phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) is currently being investigated as an effective therapeutic approach for inflammation-associated diseases. Roflumilast is a selective PDE4 inhibitor, used for the treatment of severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in clinic. However, its role in the treatment of sepsis-induced liver damage remains unclear. In the present study, we evaluated the effects of roflumilast in mice with cecal ligation and puncture-induced sepsis, and investigated the underlying mechanism...
June 26, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650094/hydroxyapatite-polymer-biocomposites-for-bone-regeneration-a-review-of-current-trends
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REVIEW
Niranjan Ramesh, Stephen C Moratti, George J Dias
Bone tissue engineering has emerged as one of the most indispensable approaches to address bone trauma in the past few decades. This approach offers an efficient and a risk-free alternative to autografts and allografts by employing a combination of biomaterials and cells to promote bone regeneration. Hydroxyapatite (HA) is a ceramic biomaterial that mimics the mineral composition of bones and teeth in vertebrates. HA, commonly produced via several synthetic routes over the years has been found to exhibit good bioactivity, biocompatibility, and osteoconductivity under both in vitro and in vivo conditions...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649674/synovial-fibroblast-neutrophil-interactions-promote-pathogenic-adaptive-immunity-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Carmelo Carmona-Rivera, Philip M Carlucci, Erica Moore, Nithya Lingampalli, Hannes Uchtenhagen, Eddie James, Yudong Liu, Kevin L Bicker, Heidi Wahamaa, Victoria Hoffmann, Anca Irinel Catrina, PaulR Thompson, Jane H Buckner, William H Robinson, David A Fox, Mariana J Kaplan
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is characterized by synovial joint inflammation and by development of pathogenic humoral and cellular autoimmunity to citrullinated proteins. Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are a source of citrullinated autoantigens and activate RA synovial fibroblasts (FLS), cells crucial in joint damage. We investigated the molecular mechanisms by which NETs promote proinflammatory phenotypes in FLS, and whether these interactions generate pathogenic anti-citrulline adaptive immune responses...
April 2017: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648976/synergistic-combination-of-murine-bone-marrow-derived-dendritic-cells-loaded-ex-vivo-with-whole-tumor-lysate-and-systemic-chemotherapy-mediates-antitumor-immune-responses-in-vivo
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Mohamed L Salem, Mohamed Nassef, Soha Gomaa, Ibrahim Essa
In order to get mature dendritic cells (DC) that is a crucial prerequisite for success in tumor immunotherapy protocols. Herein, we assumed that administration of murine bone marrow (BM)-derived DC (BM-DC), loaded ex vivo with whole Ehrlich ascites carcinoma (EAC) lysate, in the context of systemic chemotherapy cyclophosphamide (CTX) to induce antitumor immune responses, may be a good strategy to improve the presentation of tumor-specific antigens to the immune system. In the first series of experiments, BM cells generated either from BM of naïve mice or from BM of EAC-bearing mice were cultured in the presence of GM-CSF and IL-4 for 6days...
June 22, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648626/mechanosensitivity-of-microdomain-calcium-signalling-in-the-heart
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REVIEW
Patrick Schönleitner, Uli Schotten, Gudrun Antoons
In cardiac myocytes, calcium (Ca(2+)) signalling is tightly controlled in dedicated microdomains. At the dyad, i.e. the narrow cleft between t-tubules and junctional sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR), many signalling pathways combine to control Ca(2+)-induced Ca(2+) release during contraction. Local Ca(2+) gradients also exist in regions where SR and mitochondria are in close contact to regulate energetic demands. Loss of microdomain structures, or dysregulation of local Ca(2+) fluxes in cardiac disease, is often associated with oxidative stress, contractile dysfunction and arrhythmias...
June 22, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648612/a-spring-loaded-mechanism-governs-the-clamp-like-dynamics-of-the-skp-chaperone
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Daniel A Holdbrook, Björn M Burmann, Roland G Huber, Maxim V Petoukhov, Dmitri I Svergun, Sebastian Hiller, Peter J Bond
The trimeric periplasmic holdase chaperone Skp binds and stabilizes unfolded outer membrane proteins (OMPs) as part of bacterial OMP biogenesis. Skp binds client proteins in its central cavity, thereby reducing its backbone dynamics, but the molecular mechanisms that govern Skp dynamics and adaptation to differently sized clients remains unknown. Here, we employ a combination of microsecond timescale molecular dynamics simulation, small-angle X-ray scattering, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to reveal that Skp is remarkably flexible, and features a molecular spring-loaded mechanism in its "tentacle" arms that enables switching between two distinct conformations on sub-millisecond timescales...
June 10, 2017: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648579/release-mechanism-of-doxazosin-from-carrageenan-matrix-tablets-effect-of-ionic-strength-and-addition-of-sodium-dodecyl-sulphate
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Petra Kos, Matej Pavli, Saša Baumgartner, Ksenija Kogej
The polyelectrolyte matrix tablets loaded with an oppositely charged drug exhibit complex drug-release mechanisms. In this study, the release mechanism of a cationic drug doxazosin mesylate (DM) from matrix tablets based on an anionic polyelectrolyte λ-carrageenan (λ-CARR) is investigated. The drug release rates from λ-CARR matrices are correlated with binding results based on potentiometric measurements using the DM ion-sensitive membrane electrode and with molecular characteristics of the DM-λ-CARR-complex particles through hydrodynamic size measurements...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648055/poly-ethylene-glycol-mediated-collagen-gel-mechanics-regulates-cellular-phenotypes-in-a-microchanneled-matrix
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Max H Rich, Min Kyung Lee, William C Ballance, Marni Boppart, Hyunjoon Kong
For the past few decades, efforts have been extensively made to reproduce tissue of interests for various uses including fundamental bioscience studies, clinical treatments, and even soft robotic systems. In these studies, cells are often cultured in micropores introduced in a provisional matrix despite that bulk rigidity may negatively affect cellular differentiation involved in tissue formation. To this end, we hypothesized that suspending cells within a soft fibrous matrix that is encapsulated within the microchannels of a provisional matrix would allow us to mediate effects of the matrix rigidity on cells and, in turn, to increase the cell differentiation level...
June 24, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647645/adding-dimension-to-cellular-mechanotransduction-advances-in-biomedical-engineering-of-multiaxial-cell-stretch-systems-and-their-application-to-cardiovascular-biomechanics-and-mechano-signaling
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REVIEW
O Friedrich, D Schneidereit, Y A Nikolaev, V Nikolova-Krstevski, S Schürmann, A Wirth-Hücking, A L Merten, D Fatkin, B Martinac
Hollow organs (e.g. heart) experience pressure-induced mechanical wall stress sensed by molecular mechano-biosensors, including mechanosensitive ion channels, to translate into intracellular signaling. For direct mechanistic studies, stretch devices to apply defined extensions to cells adhered to elastomeric membranes have stimulated mechanotransduction research. However, most engineered systems only exploit unilateral cellular stretch. In addition, it is often taken for granted that stretch applied by hardware translates 1:1 to the cell membrane...
June 21, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647286/the-taper-corrosion-pattern-observed-for-one-bi-modular-stem-design-is-related-to-geometry-determined-taper-mechanics
#17
Dennis Buente, Michael Bryant, Michael Ward, Anne Neville, Michael Morlock, Gerd Huber
Bi-modular primary hip stems exhibit high revision rates owing to corrosion at the stem-neck taper, and are associated with local adverse tissue reactions. The aim of this study was to relate the wear patterns observed for one bi-modular design to its design-specific stem-neck taper geometry. Wear patterns and initial geometry of the taper junctions were determined for 27 retrieved bi-modular primary hip arthroplasty stems (Rejuvenate, Stryker Orthopaedics) using a tactile coordinate-measuring device. Regions of high-gradient wear patterns were additionally analyzed via optical and electron microscopy...
June 21, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647224/does-artificial-aging-affect-mechanical-properties-of-cad-cam-composite-materials
#18
Ferhan Egilmez, Gulfem Ergun, Isil Cekic-Nagas, Pekka K Vallittu, Lippo V J Lassila
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine the flexural strength and Weibull characteristics of different CAD/CAM materials after different in vitro aging conditions. METHODS: The specimens were randomly assigned to one of the six in vitro aging conditions: (1) water storage (37°C, 3 weeks), (2) boiling water (24h), (3) hydrochloric acid exposure (pH: 1.2, 24h), (4) autoclave treatment (134°C, 200kPa, 12h), (5) thermal cycling (5000 times, 5-55°C), (6) cyclic loading (100N, 50,000 cycles)...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Prosthodontic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646745/automatic-postural-responses-are-generated-according-to-feet-orientation-and-perturbation-magnitude
#19
Nametala Maia Azzi, Daniel Boari Coelho, Luis Augusto Teixeira
This investigation aimed to assess the effect of feet orientation angle in upright stance on automatic postural responses (APRs) to mechanical perturbations of different magnitudes. Perturbation was produced by releasing suddenly a load attached to the participant's trunk, leading to forward body sway. We evaluated APRs to loads corresponding to 5% (low) and 10% (high) of the participant's body weight, comparing the following feet orientations: parallel, preferred (M=10.46°), 15° and 30° for each foot regarding the body midline...
June 21, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646542/reconstitution-of-low-density-lipoproteins-with-fatty-acids-for-the-targeted-delivery-of-drugs-into-cancer-cells
#20
Chunlei Zhu, Pallab Pradhan, Da Huo, Jiajia Xue, Song Shen, Krishnendu Roy, Younan Xia
Low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) represent a novel class of nanocarriers for the targeted delivery of therapeutics into aberrant cells that overexpress the LDL receptor. Here we report a facile procedure for reconstituting the hydrophobic core of LDLs with a binary fatty acid mixture. Facilitated by the tumor targeting capability of the apolipoprotein, the reconstituted, drug-loaded LDLs can effectively target cancer cells that overexpress the LDL receptor while showing minor adverse impact on normal fibroblasts...
June 24, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
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