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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636252/influence-of-analyzed-lubricant-volumes-on-the-amount-and-characteristics-of-generated-wear-particles-from-three-different-types-of-polyethylene-liner-materials
#1
Jana Markhoff, Carmen Zietz, Christian Fabry, Gerhard Fulda, Rainer Bader
The articulating components of artificial joints consist mainly of metals, ceramics, or polymers. Resulting abrasive wear particles can promote osteolysis and aseptic loosening of the endo-prosthetic implants. Ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene is the material used most for bearing couples in total hip replacement. In the present study, three types of polyethylene (PE) liners varying in material composition, i.e., (1) conventional PE (C-PE), (2) sequentially cross-linked PE (SX-PE), (3) cross-linked PE blended with vitamin E (EX-PE) articulating with two types of femoral heads were used...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636168/improved-hemodialysis-with-hemocompatible-polyethersulfone-hollow-fiber-membranes-in-vitro-performance
#2
Surendra Kumar Verma, Akshay Modi, Atul Kumar Singh, Rohit Teotia, Jayesh Bellare
We show that addition of nanozeolite (NZ) and vitamin E D-α-Tocopherol polyethylene glycol succinate (TPGS or T) considerably improves the performance of polyethersulfone (PES or P) hollow fiber membrane (HFM) for hemodialysis. Nanocomposite HFMs were manufactured using PES as a polymer, TPGS as an additive and NZ as a filler to give a composite membrane called PT-NZ. HFMs were spun by dry-wet spinning principle based on liquid-liquid phase separation. TPGS and NZ were successfully incorporated in HFMs, as confirmed by EDX elemental mapping...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636152/dynamics-and-origin-of-cytokinins-involved-in-plant-manipulation-by-a-leaf-mining-insect
#3
Hui Zhang, Antoine Guiguet, Géraldine Dubreuil, Anna Kisiala, Peter Andreas, R J Neil Emery, Elisabeth Huguet, Mélanie Body, David Giron
Several herbivorous insects and plant-associated microorganisms control the phytohormonal balance, thus enabling them to successfully exploit the plant by inhibiting plant defences and withdrawing plant resources for their own benefit. The leaf-mining moth Phyllonorycter blancardella modifies the cytokinin (CK) profile of mined leaf-tissues, and the insect symbiotic bacteria Wolbachia is involved in the plant manipulation to the benefit of the insect host. To gain a deeper understanding into the possible origin and dynamics of CKs, we conducted an extensive characterization of CKs in larvae and in infected apple leaves...
June 21, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636123/sem-imaging-of-the-stimulatory-response-of-raw264-7-cells-against-porphyromonas-gingivalis-using-a-simple-technique-employing-new-conductive-materials
#4
Chisato Takahashi, Yoshiki Umemura, Ayako Naka, Hiromitsu Yamamoto
In the medical biology, it is essential to understand not only biological morphology but also the interaction between biological materials and agents. To study these, electron microscopy (EM) is often utilized. However, sample preparation techniques for EM require a high level of skill and a considerable time. Here, we conducted EM using a simple technique employing a conductive liquid, BEL-1, and compared the results with another simple technique employing an ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([BMIM][BF4 ])...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635965/identification-genealogical-structure-and-population-genetics-of-s-alleles-in-malus-sieversii-the-wild-ancestor-of-domesticated-apple
#5
X Ma, Z Cai, W Liu, S Ge, L Tang
The self-incompatibility (SI) gene that is specifically expressed in pistils encodes the SI-associated ribonuclease (S-RNase), functioning as the female-specificity determinant of a gametophytic SI system. Despite extensive surveys in Malus domestica, the S-alleles have not been fully investigated for Malus sieversii, the primary wild ancestor of the domesticated apple. Here we screened the M. sieversii S-alleles via PCR amplification and sequencing, and identified 14 distinct alleles in this species. By contrast, nearly 40 are present in its close wild relative, Malus sylvestris...
June 21, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633837/synthesis-and-characterization-of-zns-ni-nps-loaded-on-ac-derived-from-apple-tree-wood-and-their-applicability-for-the-ultrasound-assisted-comparative-adsorption-of-cationic-dyes-based-on-the-experimental-design
#6
Hossein Zare Khafri, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Arash Asfaram, Mohammad Safarpoor
The applicability of ZnS:Ni nanoparticles loaded on activated carbon derived from apple tree wood (ZnS:Ni-NPs-ACATW) for the adsorption of Methylene Blue (MB) and Janus Green B (JGB) dyes in single system from water solution has been described. The synthesized adsorbent characterized and identified by UV-Vis, FE-SEM, EDX, TEM, FTIR and XRD. The influences of operation parameters including initial MB or JGB concentration (9.0-33.0mgL(-1)), pH (4.0-10.0), extent of adsorbent (0.08-0.12g) and sonication time (4...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632272/interfacial-synthesis-of-a-three-dimensional-hierarchical-mos2-ns-ag-np-nanocomposite-as-a-sers-nanosensor-for-ultrasensitive-thiram-detection
#7
Xiu Liang, Yi-Shuo Wang, Ting-Ting You, Xiao-Juan Zhang, Nan Yang, Guang-Sheng Wang, Peng-Gang Yin
Interfacial self-assembly of ordered nanostructures at oil-water interfaces towards the fabrication of nanofilms has attracted the interest of plenty of scientists, since its discovery in 2004. Herein, further developments have been achieved, and we report a new strategy for the synthesis of a three-dimensional (3D) hierarchical nanostructure, through an interfacial synthesis driven microemulsion process. Thus, the synthesis route has been simplified, with the rigorous experimental conditions of traditional compositing technology...
June 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631360/reduced-cell-attachment-to-poly-2-hydroxyethyl-methacrylate-coated-ventricular-catheters-in-vitro
#8
Brian W Hanak, Chia-Yun Hsieh, William Donaldson, Samuel R Browd, Kenneth K S Lau, William Shain
The majority of patients with hydrocephalus are dependent on ventriculoperitoneal shunts for diversion of excess cerebrospinal fluid. Unfortunately, these shunts are failure-prone and over half of all life-threatening pediatric failures are caused by obstruction of the ventricular catheter by the brain's resident immune cells, reactive microglia and astrocytes. Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) hydrogels are widely used for biomedical implants. The extreme hydrophilicity of PHEMA confers resistance to protein fouling, making it a strong candidate coating for ventricular catheters...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629813/recruitment-failure-of-scleractinian-corals-in-a-subtropical-marginal-environment-three-year-monitoring-in-a-hong-kong-marine-park
#9
Apple Pui Yi Chui, Put Ang
Coral recruitment was monitored for three years, using terracotta tiles, in two core coral areas in Tung Ping Chau Marine Park where coral coverage is one of the richest in Hong Kong. Results revealed an extremely low recruitment success of corals, with only 10 recruits recorded on 384 tile pairs, equivalent to 0.19 recruits m(-2)yr(-1) throughout the study period. Recruits of Platygyra acuta pre-seeded on tiles that were subsequently grown in situ experienced very high mortality following settlement, with average mortality of 80% within half a month and <0...
June 16, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626887/using-numerical-plant-models-and-phenotypic-correlation-space-to-design-achievable-ideotypes
#10
Victor Picheny, Pierre Casadebaig, Ronan Trépos, Robert Faivre, David Da Silva, Patrick Vincourt, Evelyne Costes
Numerical plant models can predict the outcome of plant traits modifications resulting from genetic variations, on plant performance, by simulating physiological processes and their interaction with the environment. Optimization methods complement those models to design ideotypes, i.e. ideal values of a set of plant traits resulting in optimal adaptation for given combinations of environment and management, mainly through the maximization of a performance criteria (e.g. yield, light interception). As use of simulation models gains momentum in plant breeding, numerical experiments must be carefully engineered to provide accurate and attainable results, rooting them in biological reality...
June 18, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626425/lemons-or-squeezed-for-resources-information-symmetry-and-asymmetric-resources-in-biotechnology
#11
Arthur Neuberger, Nektarios Oraiopoulos, Donald L Drakeman
Thousands of biotech companies are developing promising products, but have insufficient resources to complete the clinical testing process, while large, well-funded companies have increasingly focused on the need to access external innovation. As a result, licensing deals are an essential and growing part of this industry. Yet, casting a shadow over the licensing market is the classic Lemons Problem: Does asymmetrical information put licensees at a severe disadvantage, leading to a market dominated by inferior opportunities, with the best products retained for internal development? Our analysis of clinical stage products developed over three decades shows that there is no Lemons Problem...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625813/neurogenesis-in-the-aging-brain
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Deana M Apple, Rene Solano-Fonseca, Erzsebet Kokovay
Adult neurogenesis is the process of producing new neurons from neural stem cells (NSCs) for integration into the brain circuitry. Neurogenesis occurs throughout life in the ventricular-subventricular zone (V-SVZ) of the lateral ventricle and the subgranular zone (SGZ) of the hippocampal dentate gyrus. However, during aging, NSCs and their progenitors exhibit reduced proliferation and neuron production, which is thought to contribute to age-related cognitive impairment and reduced plasticity that is necessary for some types of brain repair...
June 15, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622818/use-of-a-smartphone-application-to-screen-for-depression-and-suicide-in-south-korea
#13
Seung-Ho Jang, Young Sup Woo, Jeong-Wan Hong, Bo-Hyun Yoon, Tae-Yeon Hwang, Moon-Doo Kim, Sang-Yeol Lee, Won-Myong Bahk
OBJECTIVE: This is a cross-sectional study using a free depression and suicide screening smartphone application, which contains the data from the Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression (CES-D) and a Suicide Behaviors Questionnaire-Revised (SBQ-R). METHOD: The free application was downloaded worldwide from Apple's App Store and Android Market, and the participants who downloaded the application were actively measured. RESULTS: The subjects totaled 208,683 men and women...
May 2017: General Hospital Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622482/antidiabetic-properties-of-an-apple-kale-extract-in-vitro-in-situ-and-in-mice-fed-a-western-type-diet
#14
Anke Schloesser, Tuba Esatbeyoglu, Gerhard Schultheiß, Henning Vollert, Kai Lüersen, Alexandra Fischer, Gerald Rimbach
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a common and increasingly prevalent metabolic disorder, and effective preventive strategies against this disease are needed. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the potential antidiabetic properties of a dietary apple/kale extract (AKE), which was rich in phlorizin and flavonoids, in laboratory mice. Mice were fed a control diet, a Western-type high-sugar, high-fat diet (WTD), or a WTD plus AKE for 10 weeks. Body weight, food and energy intake, body composition, and blood glucose level were recorded in addition to the postprandial rise in blood glucose concentration after a single administration of glucose (oral glucose tolerance test, OGTT)...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622474/larch-arabinogalactan-attenuates-myocardial-injury-by-inhibiting-apoptotic-cascades-in-a-rat-model-of-ischemia-reperfusion
#15
Sun-Ha Lim
We reported previously that supplementation with apple pectin, a dietary fiber, reduced myocardial injury in a rat model of ischemia-reperfusion. In this study, we further investigated an arabinogalactan, one of the constituent polysaccharides of pectin, to determine which domains comprising pectin were responsible for the protection. In a rat model of 30-min ischemia followed by 3-h reperfusion, supplementation with larch arabinogalactan (LAG) over 50 mg/kg/day significantly reduced infarct size. Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), immunohistochemistry, and immunoblot analyses showed that intake of LAG blocked the steps involved in apoptotic cascades through downregulation of gelsolin gene expression at the protein (Gelsolin) level, inhibition of p38 phosphorylation in mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways, decreased bax/bcl-2 ratio at the protein (Bax/Bcl-2) level, which was correlated with the ratio at the mRNA level, inhibition of the conversion of Procaspase protein to Caspase-3 protein, and consequently a decrease in apoptotic cells...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622371/high-tolerance-to-temperature-and-salinity-change-should-enable-scleractinian-coral-platygyra-acuta-from-marginal-environments-to-persist-under-future-climate-change
#16
Apple Pui Yi Chui, Put Ang
With projected changes in the marine environment under global climate change, the effects of single stressors on corals have been relatively well studied. However, more focus should be placed on the interactive effects of multiple stressors if their impacts upon corals are to be assessed more realistically. Elevation of sea surface temperature is projected under global climate change, and future increases in precipitation extremes related to the monsoon are also expected. Thus, the lowering of salinity could become a more common phenomenon and its impact on corals could be significant as extreme precipitation usually occurs during the coral spawning season...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621381/the-methodology-applied-in-dpph-abts-and-folin-ciocalteau-assays-has-a-large-influence-on-the-determined-antioxidant-potential
#17
Helena Abramovič, Blaž Grobin, Nataša Poklar, Blaž Cigić
Antioxidant potential (AOP) is not only the property of the matrix analyzed but also depends greatly on the methodology used. The chromogenic radicals 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS•+), 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH•) and Folin-Ciocalteu (FC) assay were applied to estimate how the method and the composition of the assay solvent influence the AOP determined for coffee, tea, beer, apple juice and dietary supplements. Large differences between the AOP values depending on the reaction medium were observed, with the highest AOP determined mostly in the FC assay...
June 2017: Acta Chimica Slovenica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619860/motherhood-and-apple-pie-a-uk-perspective-on-mothers-who-misuse-drugs
#18
Gwen M J Adshead
In this commentary, I explore two questions raised by Angelotta and Appelbaum's study. First, I offer an English legal perspective on the protection of children from their mothers, looking at both civil (family) and criminal law. Second, I discuss the idealization of motherhood that is implied by the prosecution of pregnant women; the denigration of those who fail this ideal; and the way that idealization and denigration contribute to injustice for women. I conclude by offering comments on the implications for those assessing women accused of harming their unborn child...
June 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617325/development-of-biopolymer-composite-films-using-a-microfluidization-technique-for-carboxymethylcellulose-and-apple-skin-particles
#19
Inyoung Choi, Yoonjee Chang, So-Hyang Shin, Eunmi Joo, Hyun Ju Song, Haeyoung Eom, Jaejoon Han
Biopolymer films based on apple skin powder (ASP) and carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) were developed with the addition of apple skin extract (ASE) and tartaric acid (TA). ASP/CMC composite films were prepared by mixing CMC with ASP solution using a microfluidization technique to reduce particle size. Then, various concentrations of ASE and TA were incorporated into the film solution as an antioxidant and an antimicrobial agent, respectively. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), optical, mechanical, water barrier, and solubility properties of the developed films were then evaluated to determine the effects of ASE and TA on physicochemical properties...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616786/laryngotracheal-involvement-in-systemic-light-chain-amyloidosis
#20
Daniel T Ginat, Jefree Schulte, Louis Portugal, Nicole A Cipriani
Laryngotracheal amyloid deposition is an uncommon manifestation of systemic light chain amyloidosis. Diagnostic imaging, such as CT, is useful for suggesting the possibility of amyloidosis and delineating the extent of the lesions for surgical management; however, the diagnosis is confirmed with the histologic finding of amorphous eosinophilic material which stains positively for Congo red and may show apple green birefringence on polarization. These features are exemplified in this sine qua non radiology-pathology correlation article...
June 14, 2017: Head and Neck Pathology
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