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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110130/enhanced-enzymatic-hydrolysis-of-sugarcane-bagasse-with-ferric-chloride-pretreatment-and-surfactant
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Hongdan Zhang, Guangying Ye, Yutuo Wei, Xin Li, Aiping Zhang, Jun Xie
A FeCl3 pretreatment methodology was developed to convert raw sugarcane bagasse to highly digestible pretreated solid and selectively extract up to ∼100% of the hemicellulose from lignocellulosic biomass. FeCl3 pretreated solids yielded a quite high fermentable sugar yield compared to the native material. In addition, characterization of raw material and pretreated solid by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and thermogravimetric (TG) analysis was carried out to better understand how hemicellulose removal affected subsequent enzymatic hydrolysis...
January 12, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110086/different-mechanisms-in-learning-different-second-languages-evidence-from-english-speakers-learning-chinese-and-spanish
#2
Fan Cao, Bethany L Sussman, Valeria Rios, Xin Yan, Zhao Wang, Gregory J Spray, Ryan M Mack
Word reading has been found to be associated with different neural networks in different languages, with greater involvement of the lexical pathway for opaque languages and greater invovlement of the sub-lexical pathway for transparent langauges. However, we do not know whether this language divergence can be demonstrated in second langauge learners, how learner's metalinguistic ability would modulate the langauge divergence, or whether learning method would interact with the language divergence. In this study, we attempted to answer these questions by comparing brain activations of Chinese and Spanish word reading in native English-speaking adults who learned Chinese and Spanish over a 2 week period under three learning conditions: phonological, handwriting, and passive viewing...
January 18, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110071/living-nano-micro-fibrous-woven-fabric-hydrogel-composite-scaffolds-for-heart-valve-engineering
#3
Shaohua Wu, Bin Duan, Xiaohong Qin, Jonathan T Butcher
: Regeneration and repair of injured or diseased heart valves remains a clinical challenge. Tissue engineering provides a promising treatment approach to facilitate living heart valve repair and regeneration. Three-dimensional (3D) biomimetic scaffolds that possess heterogeneous and anisotropic features that approximate those of native heart valve tissue are beneficial to the successful in vitro development of tissue engineered heart valves (TEHV). Here we report the development and characterization of a novel composite scaffold consisting of nano- and micro-scale fibrous woven fabrics and 3D hydrogels by using textile techniques combined with bioactive hydrogel formation...
January 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109928/fdg-uptake-by-prosthetic-arterial-grafts-in-large-vessel-vasculitis-is-not%C3%A2-specific-for-active-disease
#4
Taryn Youngstein, Enrico Tombetti, Jaita Mukherjee, Tara D Barwick, Adil Al-Nahhas, Emyr Humphreys, Julian Nash, Jacqueline Andrews, Elena Incerti, Elisabetta Tombolini, Annalaura Salerno, Silvia Sartorelli, Giuseppe A Ramirez, Maurizio Papa, Maria Grazia Sabbadini, Luigi Gianolli, Francesco De Cobelli, Federico Fallanca, Elena Baldissera, Angelo A Manfredi, Maria Picchio, Justin C Mason
OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the incidence and clinical significance of arterial graft-associated uptake of fluorodeoxyglucose in large-vessel vasculitis (LVV). BACKGROUND: The role of (18)F-labeled fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography ([(18)F]FDG-PET/CT) in the management of LVV remains to be defined. Although [(18)F]FDG uptake at arterial graft sites raises concerns regarding active arteritis or infection, its clinical significance in LVV has never been formally studied...
January 11, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109813/amyloid-like-aggregates-formation-by-blood-plasma-fibronectin
#5
Rümeyza Bascetin, Khadija Admane, Rémy Agniel, Thomas Boudou, Tristan Doussineau, Rodolphe Antoine, Olivier Gallet, Johanne Leroy-Dudal, Charlotte Vendrely
Fibronectin (FN) is a multifunctional glycoprotein of the extracellular matrix (ECM) playing critical roles in physiological and pathological cell processes like adhesion, migration, growth, and differentiation. These various functions of FN are modulated by its supramolecular state. Indeed, FN can polymerize into different types of assemblies like fibrils and aggregates. However, the mechanism of polymerization and the effects of such assemblies on cell behaviors still remain to be elucidated. Here we show that upon irreversible thermal denaturation, human blood plasma fibronectin forms high molecular weight aggregates...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109811/production-and-characterization-of-bacterial-cellulose-membranes-with-hyaluronic-acid-from-chicken-comb
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Sabrina Alves de Oliveira, Bruno Campos da Silva, Izabel Cristina Riegel-Vidotti, Alexandre Urbano, Paula Cristina de Sousa Faria-Tischer, Cesar Augusto Tischer
The bacterial cellulose (BC), from Gluconacetobacter hansenii, is a biofilm with a high degree of crystallinity that can be used for therapeutic purposes and as a candidate for healing wounds. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a constitutive polysaccharide found in the extracellular matrix and is a material used in tissue engineering and scaffolding for tissue regeneration. In this study, polymeric composites were produced in presence of hyaluronic acid isolated from chicken comb on different days of fermentation, specifically on the first (BCHA-SABT0) and third day (BCHA-SABT3) of fermentation...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109655/the-use-of-rockfish-sebastiscus-marmoratus-as-a-sentinel-species-to-assess-petroleum-hydrocarbons-pollution-a-case-study-in-quanzhou-bay-china
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Jun Bo, Ronghui Zheng, Weiming Kuang, Fukun Hong, Qing Xie, Yusheng Zhang
To monitor the biological effects of marine pollution, choosing a native fish species and establishing suitable biomarkers are required. In this study, the full-length cDNA of cyp1a1 was cloned from Sebastiscus marmoratus (SM-CYP1A1). Then the dose-response and time-course induction of hepatic CYP1A1 mRNA by the crude oil water-soluble fraction (WSF) were determined. Subsequently, SM-CYP1A1 mRNA was applied to investigate the biological effect of petroleum hydrocarbon pollution in Quanzhou Bay, China. The transcription levels of hepatic CYP1A1 were significantly elevated in fish caged in the polluted sites for 2weeks compared with those of the reference site, which were correlated with the concentrations of petroleum hydrocarbon and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) in the surface seawaters...
January 18, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109623/first-childbirth-experience-of-international-marriage-migrant-women-in-south-korea
#8
Min Sun Chu, Minna Park, Jung A Kim
PROBLEM AND BACKGROUND: Since the mid-1990s, a large number of foreign women have migrated from developing countries to South Korea by means of international marriages. These nulliparous foreign women may experience more difficulties in pregnancy and childbirth than native Koreans. AIM: This study aimed to describe the meaning of the first childbirth experiences of international marriage migrant women marrying Korean men in South Korea. METHODS: This is a descriptive phenomenological study that included 10 participants using the purposive and snowball sampling in one multicultural support center in Seoul, South Korea...
January 18, 2017: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109558/choice-of-balloon-expandable-versus-self-expanding-transcatheter-aortic-valve-impacts-hemodynamics-differently-according-to-aortic-annular-size
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Toby Rogers, Arie Steinvil, Jiaxiang Gai, Rebecca Torguson, Edward Koifman, Sarkis Kiramijyan, Smita Negi, Sang Yeub Lee, Petros Okubagzi, Lowell F Satler, Itsik Ben-Dor, Augusto D Pichard, Ron Waksman
We sought to determine whether balloon-expandable valve (BEV) and self-expanding valve (SEV) affect valve hemodynamics differently according to native aortic annulus size. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement can achieve superior prosthetic valve hemodynamics compared with surgical aortic valve replacement, particularly in patients with small aortic annulus. One hundred ninety-three consecutive transcatheter aortic valve replacement patients were grouped into tertiles defined by computed tomography derived aortic annulus systolic perimeter...
December 18, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109330/the-structure-of-mammalian-prions-and-their-aggregates
#10
E Vázquez-Fernández, H S Young, J R Requena, H Wille
Prion diseases, such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans, bovine spongiform encephalopathy in cattle, chronic wasting disease in cervids (i.e., deer, elk, moose, and reindeer), and sheep scrapie, are caused by the misfolding of the cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) into a disease-causing conformer (PrP(Sc)). PrP(C) is a normal, GPI-anchored protein that is expressed on the surface of neurons and other cell types. The structure of PrP(C) is well understood, based on studies of recombinant PrP, which closely mimics the structure of native PrP(C)...
2017: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109304/traditional-use-and-perception-of-snakes-by-the-nahuas-from-cuetzalan-del-progreso-puebla-mexico
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Romina García-López, Alejandro Villegas, Noé Pacheco-Coronel, Graciela Gómez-Álvarez
BACKGROUND: Indigenous cultures are the result of their adaptation to the natural surroundings, in such a way that, amongst their main features is a set of knowledge, technologies and strategies for the appropriation of nature. In Cuetzalan del Progreso, Puebla, Mexico snakes represent 71.1% of the total local herpetofauna; and in addition to this, different groups of Nahuas have shown to have information of their use of various snake species in many ways. This study was conducted to investigate the traditional uses of snakes in this cultural group...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109278/health-related-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-diabetic-foot-ulceration-translation-and-polish-adaptation-of-diabetic-foot-ulcer-scale-short-form
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Tomasz Macioch, Elżbieta Sobol, Arkadiusz Krakowiecki, Beata Mrozikiewicz-Rakowska, Monika Kasprowicz, Tomasz Hermanowski
OBJECTIVES: Diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) is a common complication of diabetes and not only an important factor of mortality among patients with diabetes but also decreases the quality of life. The short form of Diabetic Foot Ulcer Scale (DFS-SF) provides comprehensive measurement of the impact of diabetic foot ulcers on patients' health related quality of life (HRQoL). The purpose of this study was to translate DFS-SF into Polish and evaluate its psychometric performance in patients with diabetic foot ulcers...
January 21, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109159/activity-dependent-regulation-of-t-type-calcium-channels-by-submembrane-calcium-ions
#13
Magali Cazade, Isabelle Bidaud, Philippe Lory, Jean Chemin
Voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels are involved in numerous physiological functions and various mechanisms finely tune their activity, including the Ca(2+) ion itself. This is well exemplified by the Ca(2+)-dependent inactivation of L-type Ca(2+) channels, whose alteration contributes to the dramatic disease Timothy Syndrome. For T-type Ca(2+) channels, a long-held view is that they are not regulated by intracellular Ca(2+). Here we challenge this notion by using dedicated electrophysiological protocols on both native and expressed T-type Ca(2+) channels...
January 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109155/-preparation-and-application-of-rabbit-anti-mouse-setd8-polyclonal-antibody
#14
Haitao Ma, Jiaqian Guo, Jing Xia, Changmin Niu, Xueyi Shen, Hongya Sun, Ying Zheng
Objective To purify the recombinant Setd8 protein and prepare rabbit anti-mouse Setd8 polyclonal antibody. Methods The recombinant plasmid pET-30a-Setd8 was constructed by double enzyme digestion and linkage, and then transformed into E.coli BL21. The expression of the target protein was induced by IPTG and the expression product was purified by Ni-NTA affinity chromatograph. The purified protein was used to immunize New Zealand white rabbits to produce polyclonal antibody. The titer and specificity of the antibody were identified by ELISA, Western blotting and immunohistochemistry...
February 2017: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109026/refinement-of-the-criteria-for-ultrastructural-peritubular-capillary-basement-membrane-multilayering-in-the-diagnosis-of-chronic-active-acute-antibody-mediated-rejection
#15
Heounjeong Go, Sung Shin, Young Hoon Kim, Duck Jong Han, Yong Mee Cho
Chronic active/acute antibody-mediated rejection (cABMR) is the main cause of late renal allograft loss. Severe peritubular capillary basement membrane multilayering (PTCML) assessed on electron microscopy is one diagnostic feature of cABMR according to the Banff2013 classification. We aimed to refine the PTCML criteria for an earlier diagnosis of cABMR. We retrospectively investigated ultrastructural features of 159 consecutive renal allografts and 44 non-allografts. The presence of serum donor-specific antibodies at the time of biopsy of allografts was also examined...
January 21, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108906/a-novel-marker-in-acute-central-serous-chorioretinopathy-thiol-disulfide-homeostasis
#16
Hasan Altinkaynak, Piraye Zeynep Kurkcuoglu, Mehtap Caglayan, Mücella Arıkan Yorgun, Nilay Yuksel, Pınar Kosekahya, Cemile Koca, Yasin Toklu
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare dynamic thiol/disulfide homeostatic status in acute central serous chorioretinopathy (CSCR) patients by using a novel and automated assay determining dynamic thiol/disulfide homeostasis. METHODS: Fifty-one patients with acute CSCR (study group) and 65 healthy individuals (control group) were enrolled in this study. Diagnosis of acute CSCR was made clinically and using spectral-domain RTVue OCT (optical coherence tomography) (Optovue, Fremont, CA)...
January 21, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108780/cement-augmented-screws-in-a-cervical-two-level-corpectomy-with-anterior-titanium-mesh-cage-reconstruction-a-biomechanical-study
#17
Sebastian Hartmann, Claudius Thomé, Anja Tschugg, Johannes Paesold, Pujan Kavakebi, Werner Schmölz
STUDY DESIGN: Biomechanical investigation. PURPOSE: Cervical two-level corpectomies with anterior-only instrumentation are associated with a high rate of implant-related complications. These procedures, therefore, often require an additional dorsal instrumentation to prevent screw loosening. Cement augmentation of the anterior screws in two-level corpectomies might stabilize the construct, so that a second dorsal procedure could be avoided. To evaluate the screw anchorage in cervical anterior-only procedures, an ex vivo evaluation of the range of motion (ROM) in two-level corpectomies (C4 and C5), with and without cement augmentation of the anterior screws, was carried out in this study...
January 21, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108576/dual-source-computed-tomography-based-analysis-of-stent-performance-its-association-with-valvular-calcification-and-residual-aortic-regurgitation-after-implantation-of-a-balloon-expandable-transcatheter-heart-valve
#18
Julius Gerstmeyer, Maximilian Kütting, Buntaro Fujita, Annika Schuhbäck, Martin Arnold, Jochen Börgermann, Stephan Achenbach, Ulrich Steinseifer, Jan Gummert, Stephan Ensminger
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the mutual influence of valvular calcifications and transcatheter aortic valve stent geometry during and after implantation of a balloon-expandable SAPIEN(®)/SAPIEN XT(®) prostheses. Aortic valve calcification has been linked with adverse complications after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). However, little is known about the fate of the calcifications after TAVI as well as its influence on transcatheter heart valve geometry...
January 20, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108520/rna-binding-specificity-landscape-of-the-pentatricopeptide-repeat-protein-ppr10
#19
Rafael G Miranda, Margarita Rojas, Michael P Montgomery, Kyle P Gribbin, Alice Barkan
Pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) proteins comprise a large family of helical repeat proteins that influence gene expression in mitochondria and chloroplasts. PPR tracts can bind RNA via a modular one repeat-one nucleotide mechanism in which the nucleotide is specified by the identities of several amino acids in each repeat. This mode of recognition, the so-called PPR code, offers opportunities for the prediction of native PPR binding sites and the design of proteins to bind specified RNAs. However, a deep understanding of the parameters that dictate the affinity and specificity of PPR-RNA interactions is necessary to realize these goals...
January 20, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108401/constitutive-expression-and-characterization-of-a-surface-srs-ncsrs67-protein-of-neospora-caninum-with-no-orthologue-in-toxoplasma-gondii
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Marcos Alexandre Bezerra, Luiz Miguel Pereira, Aline Bononi, Carla Agostino Biella, Luciana Baroni, Leticia Pollo-Oliveira, Ana Patrícia Yatsuda
Neospora caninum is a parasite of the Apicomplexa phylum responsible for abortion and losses of fertility in cattle. As part of its intracellular cycle, the first interaction of the parasite with the target cell is performed with the surface proteins known as the SRS superfamily (Surface Antigen Glycoprotein - Related Sequences). SAG related or SRS proteins have been a target of intense research due to its immunodominant pattern, exhibiting potential as diagnostic and/or vaccine candidates. The aim of this study was the cloning, expression and characterization of the gene NcSRS67 of N...
January 17, 2017: Parasitology International
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