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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214117/evaluating-carbon-fluxes-of-global-forest-ecosystems-by-using-an-individual-tree-based-model-forcchn
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Jianyong Ma, Herman H Shugart, Xiaodong Yan, Cougui Cao, Shuang Wu, Jing Fang
The carbon budget of forest ecosystems, an important component of the terrestrial carbon cycle, needs to be accurately quantified and predicted by ecological models. As a preamble to apply the model to estimate global carbon uptake by forest ecosystems, we used the CO2 flux measurements from 37 forest eddy-covariance sites to examine the individual tree-based FORCCHN model's performance globally. In these initial tests, the FORCCHN model simulated gross primary production (GPP), ecosystem respiration (ER) and net ecosystem production (NEP) with correlations of 0...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214082/effect-of-remote-ischemia-or-nicorandil-on-myocardial-injury-following-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-patients-with-stable-coronary-artery-disease-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Toru Miyoshi, Kentaro Ejiri, Kunihisa Kohno, Makoto Nakahama, Masayuki Doi, Mitsuru Munemasa, Masaaki Murakami, Atsushi Takaishi, Yusuke Kawai, Tetsuya Sato, Katsumasa Sato, Takefumi Oka, Natsuki Takahashi, Satoru Sakuragi, Atsushi Mima, Kenki Enko, Shingo Hosogi, Seiji Nanba, Ryoichi Hirami, Kazufumi Nakamura, Hiroshi Ito
BACKGROUND: The effect of remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) and nicorandil on periprocedural myocardial injury (pMI) in patients with planned percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) remains controversial. The aim of this randomized trial was to evaluate the effect of RIPC or nicorandil on pMI following PCI in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) compared with a control group. METHODS: Patients with stable CAD who planned to undergo PCI were assigned to a 1:1:1 ratio to control, RIPC, or intravenous nicorandil (6mg/h)...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214016/melk-expression-in-ovarian-cancer-correlates-with-poor-outcome-and-its-inhibition-by-otssp167-abrogates-proliferation-and-viability-of-ovarian-cancer-cells
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Reto S Kohler, Henriette Kettelhack, Alexandra M Knipprath-Mészaros, André Fedier, Andreas Schoetzau, Francis Jacob, Viola Heinzelmann-Schwarz
OBJECTIVE: Maternal embryonic leucine-zipper kinase (MELK) shows oncogenic properties in basal-like breast cancer, a cancer subtype sharing common molecular features with high-grade serous ovarian cancer. We examined the potential of MELK as a molecular and pharmacological target for treatment of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). METHODS/MATERIALS: Bioinformatic analysis was performed on nine OC transcriptomic data sets totaling 1241 patients. Effects of MELK depletion by shRNA or inhibition by OTSSP167 in cell lines were assessed by colony formation and MTT (proliferation) assays, Western blotting (apoptosis), and flow cytometry (cell cycle analysis)...
February 14, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213771/a-novel-spiroindoline-targets-cell-cycle-and-migration-via-modulation-of-microtubule-cytoskeleton
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Naveen Kumar, Santanu Hati, Parthapratim Munshi, Subhabrata Sen, Seema Sehrawat, Shailja Singh
Natural product-inspired libraries of molecules with diverse architectures have evolved as one of the most useful tools for discovering lead molecules for drug discovery. In comparison to conventional combinatorial libraries, these molecules have been inferred to perform better in phenotypic screening against complicated targets. Diversity-oriented synthesis (DOS) is a forward directional strategy to access such multifaceted library of molecules. From a successful DOS campaign of a natural product-inspired library, recently a small molecule with spiroindoline motif was identified as a potent anti-breast cancer compound...
February 17, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213442/amplitude-normalization-of-dendritic-epsps-at-the-soma-of-binaural-coincidence-detector-neurons-of-the-medial-superior-olive
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Bradley D Winters, Shan-Xue Jin, Kenneth R Ledford, Nace L Golding
The principal neurons of the medial superior olive (MSO) encode cues for horizontal sound localization through comparisons of the relative timing of excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs). To understand how the timing and amplitude of EPSPs is maintained during propagation in the dendrites, we made dendritic and somatic whole-cell recordings from MSO principal neurons in brain slices from Mongolian gerbils. In somatic recordings, EPSP amplitudes were largely uniform following minimal stimulation of excitatory synapses at visualized locations along the dendrites...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213149/high-electrocapacitive-performance-of-bowl-like-monodispersed-porous-carbon-nanoparticles-prepared-with-an-interfacial-self-assembly-process
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Shuxia Zhang, Qiang Weng, Fengqi Zhao, Hongxu Gao, Pei Chen, Xinbing Chen, Zhongwei An
Bowl-like monodispersed porous carbon nanoparticles (BMPCNs) have been successfully prepared with a facile and scalable approach, and the as-prepared BMPCNs are examined thoroughly by various physical characterizations. Physical measurements display that BMPCNs have the high surface area (1255m(2)g(-1)), hierarchical porosity, a certain amount of oxygen-containing groups and high graphitization degree. These unique structure features endow BMPCNs with a high capacitance (281Fg(-1) at 0.5Ag(-1)), excellent rate capability (209Fg(-1) at 50Ag(-1)), and outstanding cycling stability (94...
October 27, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213086/comparison-of-protocols-for-the-analysis-of-type-1-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-by-rt-pcr-using-oral-fluids
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Elisa Gibert, Gerard Martín-Valls, Enric Mateu
The detection of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) in oral fluids (OF) by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) is gaining increasing popularity. However, the different steps leading to a result have not been extensively evaluated. The aim of the present study was to examine the effect on the performance of qRT-PCR with different sampling materials, conditions of storage of the OF, the need for centrifuging OF, as well as to compare RNA extraction methods and PCR mixes...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212786/interplay-between-microbial-trait-dynamics-and-population-dynamics-revealed-by-the-combination-of-laboratory-experiment-and-computational-approaches
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Kenta Suzuki, Yuji Yamauchi, Takehito Yoshida
Filament formation is a common bacterial defense mechanism and possibly has a broad impact on microbial community dynamics. In order to examine the impact of filament formation on population dynamics, we developed an experimental system with a filamentous bacterium Flectobacillus sp. MWH38 and a ciliate predator Tetrahymena pyriformis. In this system, the effective defense of Flectobacillus resulted in the extinction of Tetrahymena by allowing almost no population growth. The result of a kairomone experiment suggested the existence of chemical signals for filament formation...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212500/cyto-genotoxic-and-dna-methylation-changes-induced-by-different-crystal-phases-of-tio2-np-in-bronchial-epithelial-16-hbe-cells
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Manosij Ghosh, Deniz Öner, Radu-Corneliu Duca, Stevan M Cokic, Sven Seys, Stef Kerkhofs, Kirsten Van Landuyt, Peter Hoet, Lode Godderis
With the increase in use of TiO2-np, a better understanding of their safety is important. In the present study the effect of different crystal phases of TiO2-np (anatase, rutile and anatase: rutile mixture; 20-26nm) were studied for cyto-genotoxicity and global DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation. Cytotoxic response was observed at a concentration of 25μg/ml for the particles tested. Results of comet and micronucleus (with and without CytB) assays revealed significant genotoxic effect of these particles...
February 10, 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212024/environmental-multi-objective-optimization-of-the-use-of-biomass-resources-for-energy
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Carl Vadenbo, Davide Tonini, Thomas Fruergaard Astrup
Bioenergy is often considered an important component, alongside other renewables, to mitigate global warming and to reduce fossil fuel dependency. Determining sustainable strategies for utilizing biomass resources, however, requires a holistic perspective to reflect a wider range of potential environmental consequences. To circumvent the limitations of scenario-based life cycle assessment (LCA), we develop a multi-objective optimization model to systematically identify the environmentally-optimal use of biomass for energy under given system constraints...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212003/tip2o7-and-expanded-graphite-nanocomposite-as-anode-material-for-aqueous-lithium-ion-batteries
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Yunping Wen, Long Chen, Ying Pang, Zhaowei Guo, Duan Bin, Yong-Gang Wang, Congxiao Wang, Yongyao Xia
This paper reports a facile sol-gel synthesis method to successfully prepare the TiP2O7/expanded graphite (EG) nanocomposite as an advanced anode material for aqueous lithium-ion batteries. The constructed TiP2O7 nanocomposite (50-100 nm) are in-situ encapsulated in the pore and layer structure of expanded graphite with good conductivity and high specific surface area. As a consequence, the resulting TiP2O7/EG electrode exhibits a reversible capacity of 66 mAh g-1 at 0.1 A g-1 with an appropriate potential of -0...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211905/anaerobic-capacityestimated-in-a-single-supramaximal-test-in-cycling-validity-and-reliability-analysis
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Willian Eiji Miyagi, Rodrigo de Araujo Bonetti de Poli, Marcelo Papoti, Romulo Bertuzzi, Alessandro Moura Zagatto
The aim was to verify the validity (i.e., study A) and reliability (i.e., study B) of the alternative maximal accumulated oxygen deficit determined using onlya supramaximal effort (MAODALT)to estimate anaerobic capacity [i.e., estimated by the gold standard maximal accumulated oxygen deficit method (MAOD)] during cycling. In study A, the effects of supramaximal intensities on MAODALT and the comparison with the MAOD were investigated in fourteen active subjects (26 ± 6 years). In study B, the test-retest reliability was investigated, where fourteen male amateur cyclists (29 ± 5 years) performed the MAODALT twice at 115% of the intensity associated to maximal oxygen uptake ()...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211894/design-of-a-porous-cathode-for-ultrahigh-performance-of-a-li-ion-battery-an-overlooked-pore-distribution
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Jihwan Song, Junhyung Kim, Taewook Kang, Dongchoul Kim
Typical cathode materials of Li-ion battery suffer from a severe loss in specific capacity, and this problem is regarded as a major obstacle in the expansion of newer applications. To overcome this, porous cathodes are being extensively utilized. However, although it seems that the porosity in the cathode would be a panacea for high performance of LIBs, there is a blind point in the cathode consisting of porous structures, which makes the porous design to be a redundant. Here, we report the importance of designing the porosity of a cathode in obtaining ultrahigh performance with the porous design or a degraded performance even with increase of porosity...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211785/continuous-infusion-of-a-large-dose-of-cf-and-5-fu-combined-with-cddp-in-the-treatment-of-advanced-esophageal-cancer
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Zheng-Qiu Zhu, Zu-An Zhu, Hong-Xing Cai
5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and cisplatin (CDDP) are common chemotherapy drugs used in the treatment of patients with advanced esophageal cancer. We investigated the efficacy of adding a continuous infusion of a large dose of a common adjuvant, citrovorumfactor (CF), to the traditional 5-FU/wCDDP regimen. 50 patients with advanced esophageal cancer were treated with a continuous infusion of CF, 5-FU, and CDDP, and the short-term effects, adverse reactions, and survival periods after treatment were analyzed. Overall, the treatment was effective in 58% of patients, and the therapeutic effects of the first-line of chemotherapy were significantly better than the second-line (u = 4...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211713/quantum-performance-of-thermal-machines-over-many-cycles
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Gentaro Watanabe, B Prasanna Venkatesh, Peter Talkner, Adolfo Del Campo
The performance of quantum heat engines is generally based on the analysis of a single cycle. We challenge this approach by showing that the total work performed by a quantum engine need not be proportional to the number of cycles. Furthermore, optimizing the engine over multiple cycles leads to the identification of scenarios with a quantum enhancement. We demonstrate our findings with a quantum Otto engine based on a two-level system as the working substance that supplies power to an external oscillator.
February 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211583/in%C3%A2-situ-temperature-response-of-photosynthesis-of-42-tree-and-liana-species-in-the-canopy-of-two-panamanian-lowland-tropical-forests-with-contrasting-rainfall-regimes
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Martijn Slot, Klaus Winter
Tropical forests contribute significantly to the global carbon cycle, but little is known about the temperature response of photosynthetic carbon uptake in tropical species, and how this varies within and across forests. We determined in situ photosynthetic temperature-response curves for upper canopy leaves of 42 tree and liana species from two tropical forests in Panama with contrasting rainfall regimes. On the basis of seedling studies, we hypothesized that species with high photosynthetic capacity - light-demanding, fast-growing species - would have a higher temperature optimum of photosynthesis (TOpt ) than species with low photosynthetic capacity - shade-tolerant, slow-growing species - and that, therefore, TOpt would scale with the position of a species on the slow-fast continuum of plant functional traits...
February 17, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211357/preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-and-screening-by-array-comparative-genomic-hybridisation-experience-of-more-than-100-cases-in-a-single-centre
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J Fc Chow, W Sb Yeung, V Cy Lee, E Yl Lau, P C Ho, E Hy Ng
INTRODUCTION: Preimplantation genetic screening has been proposed to improve the in-vitro fertilisation outcome by screening for aneuploid embryos or blastocysts. This study aimed to report the outcome of 133 cycles of preimplantation genetic diagnosis and screening by array comparative genomic hybridisation. METHODS: This study of case series was conducted in a tertiary assisted reproductive centre in Hong Kong. Patients who underwent preimplantation genetic diagnosis for chromosomal abnormalities or preimplantation genetic screening between 1 April 2012 and 30 June 2015 were included...
February 17, 2017: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211291/a-biomechanical-analysis-of-tibial-acl-reconstruction-with-graft-length-mismatch
#18
Evan B Gaines, Diana Lau, Qais Naziri, Westley Hayes, Julio J Jauregui, Bhaveen H Kapadia, William P Urban, Bashir A Zikria
INTRODUCTION: The incidence of graft length mismatch (GLM) during anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is reported to be up to 13%, with a rate of 20% when using bone-patellar tendon-bone (BPTB) allografts. Multiple techniques have been described to accommodate for the longer BPTB graft. As no study has compared the biomechanical properties of these methods (with cyclic loading), we evaluated the strength of four different surgical techniques used to accommodate for GLM during ACL reconstruction...
January 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211269/phosphorus-based-alloy-materials-for-advanced-potassium-ion-battery-anode
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Wenchao Zhang, Jianfeng Mao, Sean Li, Zhixin Chen, Zaiping Guo
Potassium-ion batteries (PIBs) are interesting as one of the alternative metal-ion battery systems to lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) due to the abundance and low cost of potassium. We have herein investigated Sn4P3/C composite as a novel anode material for PIBs. The electrode delivered a reversible capacity of 384.8 mA h g-1 at 50 mA g-1 and a good rate capability of 221.9 mA h g-1, even at 1 A g-1. Its electrochemical performance is better than any anode material reported so far for PIBs. It was also found that the Sn4P3/C electrode displays a discharge potential plateau of 0...
February 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211058/a-feasibility-study-of-a-hybrid-breast-immobilization-system-for-early-breast-cancer-in-proton-beam-therapy
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Takeshi Arimura, Takashi Ogino, Takashi Yoshiura, Mitsugi Matsuyama, Naoaki Kondo, Hideki Miyazaki, Akari Sakuragi, Takayuki Ohara, Etsuyo Ogo, Yoshio Hishikawa
PURPOSE: We aimed to develop a new breast-immobilizing system for proton beam therapy (PBT) of early breast cancer (EBC) that would provide the optimum breast shape during the treatment as well as increased fixation reliability by reducing the influence of respiratory movement. METHODS: The breast-immobilizing system (HyBIS; Hybrid Breast-Immobilizing System) consists of a whole body immobilization system (WBIS), position converting device (to change patient position), photo scanning system, breast cup (made using a three-dimensional printer), breast cup fitting apparatus, breast cup holding device (to ensure the breast remains lifted in the supine position), and dedicated stretcher fixed to the WBIS (to carry the patient)...
February 16, 2017: Medical Physics
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