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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334541/a-novel-technique-for-measuring-eyelid-force
#1
Shay Ofir, Avner Belkin, Arie Y Nemet
PURPOSE: We present a novel technique to directly measure the eyelid upward force generation. This technique can be used during routine clinical examination using an inexpensive, portable force gauge. METHODS: This prospective case series was conducted January to June 2015 in an ophthalmology clinic affiliated with a tertiary care medical center. A convenience sample of 42 patients (40-90 years of age) without known eyelid pathology participated. The eyelid upward net force generated was measured directly using a handheld dynamometer noninvasively attached to the upper eyelid...
January 12, 2018: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334415/early-burst-in-body-size-evolution-is-uncoupled-from-species-diversification-in-diving-beetles-dytiscidae
#2
Aurélie Désamoré, Benjamin Laenen, Kelly B Miller, Johannes Bergsten
Changes in morphology are often thought to be linked to changes in species diversification, which is expected to leave a signal of Early Burst (EB) in phenotypic traits. However, such signal is rarely recovered in empirical phylogenies, even for groups with well-known adaptive radiation. Using a comprehensive phylogenetic approach in Dytiscidae, which harbors ~4,300 species with as much as 50-fold variation in body size among them, we ask whether pattern of species diversification correlates with morphological evolution...
January 15, 2018: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334114/sensing-local-ph-and-ion-concentration-at-graphene-electrode-surfaces-using-in-situ-raman-spectroscopy
#3
Haotian Shi, Nirakar Poudel, Bingya Hou, Lang Shen, Jihan Chen, Alexander V Benderskii, Stephen B Cronin
We report a novel approach to probe the local ion concentration at graphene/water interfaces using in situ Raman spectroscopy. Here, the upshifts observed in the G band Raman mode under applied electrochemical potentials are used to determine the charge density in the graphene sheet. For voltages up to ±0.8 V vs. NHE, we observe substantial upshifts in the G band Raman mode by as much as 19 cm-1, which corresponds to electron and hole carrier densities of 1.4 × 1013 cm-2 and Fermi energy shifts of ±430 meV...
January 15, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333198/response-of-pacific-sector-antarctic-ice-shelves-to-the-el-ni%C3%A3-o-southern-oscillation
#4
F S Paolo, L Padman, H A Fricker, S Adusumilli, S Howard, M R Siegfried
Satellite observations over the past two decades have revealed increasing loss of grounded ice in West Antarctica, associated with floating ice shelves that have been thinning. Thinning reduces an ice-shelf's ability to restrain grounded-ice discharge, yet our understanding of the climate processes that drive mass changes is limited. Here, we use ice-shelf height data from four satellite altimeter missions (1994-2017) to show a direct link between ice-shelf-height variability in the Antarctic Pacific sector and changes in regional atmospheric circulation driven by the El Niño-Southern Oscillation...
January 2018: Nature Geoscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332681/sleep-duration-sleep-quality-and-sexual-orientation-findings-from-the-2013-2015-national-health-interview-survey
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Adena M Galinsky, Brian W Ward, Sarah S Joestl, James M Dahlhamer
INTRODUCTION: This study identifies associations between sleep outcomes and sexual orientation net of sociodemographic and health-related characteristics, and produces estimates generalizable to the US adult population. PARTICIPANTS/METHODS: We used 2013-2015 National Health Interview Survey data (46,909 men; 56,080 women) to examine sleep duration and quality among straight, gay/lesbian, and bisexual US adults. Sleep duration was measured as meeting National Sleep Foundation age-specific recommendations for hours of sleep per day...
February 2018: Sleep Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331986/sex-differences-in-impact-of-coronary-artery-calcification-to-predict-coronary-artery-disease
#6
Yoko M Nakao, Yoshihiro Miyamoto, Masahiro Higashi, Teruo Noguchi, Mitsuru Ohishi, Isao Kubota, Hiroyuki Tsutsui, Tomohiro Kawasaki, Yutaka Furukawa, Michihiro Yoshimura, Hideaki Morita, Kunihiro Nishimura, Akiko Kada, Yoichi Goto, Tomonori Okamura, Chuwa Tei, Hitonobu Tomoike, Hiroaki Naito, Satoshi Yasuda
OBJECTIVE: To assess sex-specific differences regarding use of conventional risks and coronary artery calcification (CAC) to detect coronary artery disease (CAD) using coronary CT angiography (CCTA). METHODS: The Nationwide Gender-specific Atherosclerosis Determinants Estimation and Ischemic Cardiovascular Disease Prospective Cohort study is a prospective, multicentre, nationwide cohort study. Candidates with suspected CAD aged 50-74 years enrolled from 2008 to 2012...
January 13, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331923/cold-regulated-protein-slcor413im1-confers-chilling-stress-tolerance-in-tomato-plants
#7
Xiaocui Ma, Chong Chen, Minmin Yang, Xinchun Dong, Wei Lv, Qingwei Meng
Chilling stress severely affects the growth, development and productivity of crops. Chloroplast, a photosynthesis site, is extremely sensitive to chilling stress. In this study, the functions of a gene encoding a cold-regulated protein (SlCOR413IM1) under chilling stress were investigated using sense and antisense transgenic tomatoes. Under chilling stress, SlCOR413IM1 expression was rapidly induced and the sense lines exhibited better growth state of seedlings and grown tomato plants. Overexpression of SlCOR413IM1 alleviated chilling-induced damage to the chloroplast membrane and structure, whereas suppression of SlCOR413IM1 aggravated the damage to chloroplast...
January 5, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331843/performance-of-genotypic-algorithms-for-predicting-tropism-for-hiv-1-crf01_ae-recombinant
#8
C Soulie, L Morand-Joubert, J Cottalorda, C Charpentier, P Bellecave, L Le Guen, S Yerly, B Montes, S Fafi-Kremer, J Dina, V Avettand-Fenoel, C Amiel, C Roussel, C Pallier, K Zafilaza, S Sayon, A Signori-Schmuck, A Mirand, M A Trabaud, S Berger, V Calvez, A G Marcelin
OBJECTIVES: There is no consensus about the performances of genotypic rules for predicting HIV-1 non-B subtype tropism. Three genotypic methods were compared for CRF01_AE HIV-1 tropism determination. METHODS: The V3 env region of 207 HIV-1 CRF01_AE and 178 B subtypes from 17 centers in France and 1 center in Switzerland was sequenced. Tropism was determined by Geno2Pheno algorithm with false positive rate (FPR) 5% or 10%, the 11/25 rule or the combined criteria of the 11/25, net charge rule and NXT/S mutations...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331820/using-vibrational-molecular-spectroscopy-to-reveal-association-of-steam-flaking-induced-carbohydrates-molecular-structural-changes-with-grain-fractionation-biodigestion-and-biodegradation
#9
Ningning Xu, Jianxin Liu, Peiqiang Yu
Advanced vibrational molecular spectroscopy has been developed as a rapid and non-destructive tool to reveal intrinsic molecular structure conformation of biological tissues. However, this technique has not been used to systematically study flaking induced structure changes at a molecular level. The objective of this study was to use vibrational molecular spectroscopy to reveal association between steam flaking induced CHO molecular structural changes in relation to grain CHO fractionation, predicted CHO biodegradation and biodigestion in ruminant system...
January 5, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331677/identification-of-potential-mr-derived-biomarkers-for-tumor-tissue-response-to-177lu-octreotate-therapy-in-an-animal-model-of-small-intestine-neuroendocrine-tumor
#10
Mikael Montelius, Johan Spetz, Oscar Jalnefjord, Evelin Berger, Ola Nilsson, Maria Ljungberg, Eva Forssell-Aronsson
Magnetic resonance (MR) methods enable noninvasive, regional tumor therapy response assessment, but associations between MR parameters, underlying biology, and therapeutic effects must be investigated. The aim of this study was to investigate response assessment efficacy and biological associations of MR parameters in a neuroendocrine tumor (NET) model subjected to radionuclide treatment. Twenty-one mice with NETs received 177Lu-octreotate at day 0. MR experiments (day -1, 1, 3, 8, and 13) included T2-weighted, dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and relaxation measurements (T1/T2*)...
January 10, 2018: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331244/perception-of-faunal-circadian-rhythms-depends-on-sampling-technique
#11
Raül Triay-Portella, Aitor Escribano, José G Pajuelo, Fernando Tuya
Ecologists aim at disentangling how species vary in abundance through spatial and temporal scales, using a range of sampling techniques. Here, we investigated the circadian rhythm of seagrass-associated decapod crustaceans through three sampling techniques. Specifically, we compared the abundance, biomass and structure of seagrass-associated decapod assemblages between the day and night using a hand net, an airlift pump and baited traps. At night, the hand-net consistently collected a larger total abundance and biomass of decapods, what resulted in significant diel differences, which were detected for the total biomass, but not for the total abundance, when decapods were sampled through an airlift pump...
January 5, 2018: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331201/impact-of-polymer-geometry-on-the-interactions-of-protein-peg-conjugates
#12
Jonathan Zarzar, Whitney Shatz, Nikhil Peer, Rosalynn Taing, Brian McGarry, Yun Liu, Daniel G Greene, Isidro E Zarraga
The conjugation of high molecular weight polyethylene glycol (PEG) to an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) is an attractive strategy for the modification of biophysical and biodistribution properties of the API. Indeed, several therapeutic proteins conjugated to PEG have been safely administered in the clinic. While there have been studies on the configuration of these conjugates in solution, investigations on the impact of PEG geometry on protein-PEG conjugate interactions is limited. In this study, we use dynamic light scattering (DLS), rheology, and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) to investigate the biophysical solution and interaction behavior of a 50kDa Fab protein attached to either a linear or tetrameric (branched) 40kDa PEG molecule...
November 8, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330699/accounting-of-ghg-emissions-and-removals-from-forest-management-a-long-road-from-kyoto-to-paris
#13
REVIEW
Joachim H A Krug
BACKGROUND: Forests have always played an important role in agreeing on accounting rules during the past two decades of international climate policy development. Starting from activity-based gross-net accounting of selected forestry activities to mandatory accounting against a baseline-rules have changed quite rapidly and with significant consequences for accounted credits and debits. Such changes have direct consequences on incentives for climate-investments in forestry. There have also been strong arguments not to include forests into the accounting system by considering large uncertainties, procedural challenges and a fear of unearned credits corrupting the overall accounting system, among others...
January 3, 2018: Carbon Balance and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330667/diversity-and-phenology-of-wild-bees-in-a-highly-disturbed-tropical-dry-forest-desierto-de-la-tatacoa-huila-colombia
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C A Poveda-Coronel, D Riaño-Jiménez, J R Cure
Colombian tropical dry forest is considered the most endangered tropical biome due to anthropic activities. Desierto de la Tatacoa (DsT) is an example of high disturbed tropical dry forest which still maintains a high biodiversity. The objective of the study was to record the diversity and phenology of wild bees in this place by monthly sampling between December 2014 and December 2016 in a 9-km2 area. During the study, there was a prolonged El Niño-Southern Oscillation period. Bees were collected by entomological nets, malaise traps, eugenol scent trapping, and nest traps...
January 12, 2018: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330532/methanobactin-from-methylosinus-trichosporium-ob3b-inhibits-n2o-reduction-in-denitrifiers
#15
Jin Chang, Wenyu Gu, Doyoung Park, Jeremy D Semrau, Alan A DiSpirito, Sukhwan Yoon
Methanotrophs synthesize methanobactin, a secondary metabolite that binds copper with an unprecedentedly high affinity. Such a strategy may provide methanotrophs a "copper monopoly" that can inhibit the activity of copper-containing enzymes of other microbes, e.g., copper-dependent N2O reductases. Here, we show that methanobactin from Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b inhibited N2O reduction in denitrifiers. When Pseudomonas stutzeri DCP-Ps1 was incubated in cocultures with M. trichosporium OB3b or with purified methanobactin from M...
January 12, 2018: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330531/low-density-neutrophils-ldn-in-postoperative-abdominal-cavity-assist-the-peritoneal-recurrence-through-the-production-of-neutrophil-extracellular-traps-nets
#16
Rihito Kanamaru, Hideyuki Ohzawa, Hideyo Miyato, Shiro Matsumoto, Hidenori Haruta, Kentaro Kurashina, Shin Saito, Yoshinori Hosoya, Hironori Yamaguchi, Hiroharu Yamashita, Yasuyuki Seto, Alan Kawarai Lefor, Naohiro Sata, Joji Kitayama
Many types of immune cells appear in peritoneal cavity after abdominal surgery. In patients who underwent laparotomy due to gastric cancer, peritoneal lavages were obtained before and after surgical procedure. Cells were recovered from intermediate layer after Ficoll-Hypaque centrifugation and analyzed for phenotypes and functions, especially focused on low density neutrophils (LDN). The number of CD66b (+) LDN with mature phenotype was markedly elevated in postoperative as compared with preoperative lavages...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330294/establishment-of-the-first-well-differentiated-human-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumor-model
#17
Daniel Benten, Yasmin Behrang, Ludmilla Unrau, Victoria Weissmann, Gerrit Wolters-Eisfeld, Susanne Burdak-Rothkamm, Felix R Stahl, Martin Anlauf, Patricia Grabowski, Markus Möbs, Jan Dieckhoff, Bence Sipos, Martina Fahl, Corinna Eggers, Daniel Perez, Maximilian Bockhorn, Jakob R Izbicki, Ansgar W Lohse, Joerg Schrader
Clinical options for systemic therapy of neuroendocrine tumors (NET) are limited. Development of new drugs requires suitable representative in vitro and in vivo model systems. So far, the unavailability of a human model with a well-differentiated phenotype and typical growth characteristics has impaired pre-clinical research in NET. Herein, we establish and characterize a lymph node-derived cell line (NT-3) from a male patient with well-differentiated pancreatic NET. Neuroendocrine differentiation and tumor biology was compared to existing NET cell lines BON and QGP-1...
January 12, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330208/neuroendocrine-tumor-heterogeneity-adds-uncertainty-to-the-world-health-organization-2010-classification-real-world-data-from-the-spanish-tumor-registry-r-getne
#18
Barbara Nuñez-Valdovinos, Alberto Carmona-Bayonas, Paula Jimenez-Fonseca, Jaume Capdevila, Ángel Castaño-Pascual, Marta Benavent, Jose Javier Pi Barrio, Alex Teule, Vicente Alonso, Ana Custodio, Monica Marazuela, Ángel Segura, Adolfo Beguiristain, Marta Llanos, Maria Purificacion Martinez Del Prado, Jose Angel Diaz-Perez, Daniel Castellano, Isabel Sevilla, Carlos Lopez, Teresa Alonso, Rocio Garcia-Carbonero
BACKGROUND: Gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms (GEP-NENs) are a complex family of tumors of widely variable clinical behavior. The World Health Organization (WHO) 2010 classification provided a valuable tool to stratify neuroendocrine neoplasms (NENs) in three prognostic subgroups based on the proliferation index. However, substantial heterogeneity remains within these subgroups, and simplicity sometimes entails an ambiguous and imprecise prognostic stratification. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the prognostic impact of histological differentiation within the WHO 2010 grade (G) 1/G2/G3 categories, and explore additional Ki-67 cutoff values in GEP-NENs...
January 12, 2018: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329992/eus-elastography-strain-ratio-and-fractal-based-quantitative-analysis-for-the-diagnosis-of-solid-pancreatic-lesions
#19
Silvia Carrara, Milena Di Leo, Fabio Grizzi, Loredana Correale, Rahal Daoud, Andrea Anderloni, Francesco Auriemma, Alessandro Fugazza, Paoletta Preatoni, Roberta Maselli, Cesare Hassan, Elena Finati, Benedetto Mangiavillano, Alessandro Repici
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: EUS elastography is useful in characterizing solid pancreatic lesions (SPLs), and fractal analysis-based technology has been used to evaluate geometric complexity in oncology. The aim of this study was to evaluate EUS elastography (strain ratio) and fractal analysis for the characterization of SPLs. METHODS: Consecutive patients with SPLs were prospectively enrolled between December 2015 and February 2017. Elastographic evaluation included parenchymal strain ratio (pSR) and wall strain ratio (wSR) and was performed with the EU-ME2 processor (Olympus)...
January 9, 2018: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329716/gelatin-hydroxyapatite-calcium-sulphate-based-biomaterial-for-long-term-sustained-delivery-of-bone-morphogenic-protein-2-and-zoledronic-acid-for-increased-bone-formation-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-carrier-properties
#20
Deepak Bushan Raina, David Larsson, Filip Mrkonjic, Hanna Isaksson, Ashok Kumar, Lars Lidgren, Magnus Tägil
In this study, a novel macroporous composite biomaterial consisting of gelatin-hydroxyapatite-calcium sulphate for delivery of bone morphogenic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) and zoledronic acid (ZA) has been developed. The biomaterial scaffold has a porous structure and functionalization of the scaffold with rhBMP-2 induces osteogenic differentiation of MC3T3-e1 cells seen by a significant increase in biochemical and genetic markers of osteoblastic differentiation. In-vivo muscle pouch experiments showed higher mineralization using scaffold+rhBMP-2 when compared to an approved absorbable collagen sponge (ACS)+rhBMP-2 as verified by micro-CT...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
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