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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437841/characterizing-the-evolution-of-wide-gauge-features-in-stylopodial-limb-elements-of-titanosauriform-sauropods-via-geometric-morphometrics
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Paul V Ullmann, Matthew F Bonnan, Kenneth J Lacovara
Wide-gauge posture of titanosauriform sauropods remains an enigmatic peculiarity among terrestrial vertebrates. Here, two-dimensional geometric morphometrics and thin plate splines analyses were used to quantitatively analyze shape differences among sauropodomorph humeri and femora to identify how these elements may differ according to body gauge. Results demonstrate that titanosauriforms generally possess proportionately gracile humeri in comparison to other sauropods, with relatively more medially oriented humeral heads and proximally located deltopectoral crests...
April 24, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437715/parameterization-of-nmr-relaxation-curves-in-terms-of-logarithmic-moments-of-the-relaxation-time-distribution
#2
Oleg V Petrov, Siegfried Stapf
This work addresses the problem of a compact and easily comparable representation of multi-exponential relaxation data. It is often convenient to describe such data in a few parameters, all being of physical significance and easy to interpret, and in such a way that enables a model-free comparison between different groups of samples. Logarithmic moments (LMs) of the relaxation time constitute a set of parameters which are related to the characteristic relaxation time on the log-scale, the width and the asymmetry of an underlying distribution of exponentials...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437653/effects-of-acidic-and-neutral-biochars-on-properties-and-cadmium-retention-of-soils
#3
Fangjie Qi, Zhaomin Dong, Dane Lamb, Ravi Naidu, Nanthi S Bolan, Yong Sik Ok, Cuixia Liu, Naser Khan, M A H Johir, Kirk T Semple
In this study, an acidic biochar and a neutral biochar were applied at 5 wt% into two soils for an 11-month incubation experiment. One Ferrosol soil (Ba) was slightly acidic with low organic matter and the other Dermosol soil (Mt) was slightly alkaline with high organic matter. The acidic (pH = 3.25) wood shaving (WS) biochar had no marked impact on nutrient levels, cation exchange capacity (CEC), pH and acid neutralization capacity (ANC) of either soil. By contrast, the neutral (pH = 7.00) chicken litter (CL) biochar significantly increased major soluble nutrients, pH, ANC of soil Ba...
April 5, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437648/assessing-soil-air-partitioning-of-pahs-and-pcbs-with-a-new-fugacity-passive-sampler
#4
Carey E Donald, Kim A Anderson
Soil-air fluxes of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were determined using a novel application of passive samplers to measure air and soil air, which is air in close proximity and in equilibrium with soil. Existing methods to measure flux of semi-volatile compounds between soil and air require collecting samples from the top soil layer. Yet, the top soil layer is hard to define and oversampling may misrepresent the exchangeable fraction. Alternatively, modified active samplers can measure soil air in situ, but require electricity while deployed...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437581/enhancement-of-oxidative-desulfurization-performance-over-uio-66-zr-by-ti-ion-exchange
#5
Yinyong Sun, Gan Ye, Hui Qi, Xiaolin Li, Kunyue Leng, Wei Xu
Oxidative desulfurization is considered to be one of the most promising methods for producing ultra-low sulfur fuels because it can effectively remove the refractory sulfur-containing aromatic compounds under mild conditions. In this work, we reported that the oxidative desulfurization (ODS) performance over UiO-66(Zr) can be greatly enhanced by Ti ion exchange. This strategy is not only efficient for UiO-66(Zr) with crystal defect but also for UiO-66(Zr) with high crystallinity. Especially, the ODS performance of UiO-66(Zr) with high crystallinity can be improved above 11-fold in the ODS reaction of dibenzothiophene, which should be mainly attributed to the introduction of active Ti sites...
April 24, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437258/magnetic-resonance-study-of-exchange-biased-ni-nio-nanoparticles
#6
Ashish Chhaganlal Gandhi, Jauyn Grace Lin
Finite sized Ni/NiO nanoparticles (NPs) are prepared by oxidizing pure Ni-NPs in an ambient atmosphere with varying annealing time (t A). A synchrotron radiation x-ray diffraction technique was used to estimate the grain size, weight fraction and lattice parameters of Ni and NiO. The temperature (T) dependencies of effective g-factor and line-width of ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) spectra for a series of Ni/NiO NPs are determined. Three T-regions with different FMR behaviors T  >  200 K, 200  >  T  >  130 K and T  <  130 K are identified...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437101/ground-state-and-excited-state-tuning-in-ferric-dipyrrin-complexes-promoted-by-ancillary-ligand-exchange
#7
Claudia Kleinlein, Shao-Liang Zheng, Theodore A Betley
Three ferric dipyrromethene complexes featuring different ancillary ligands were synthesized by one electron oxidation of ferrous precursors. Four-coordinate iron complexes of the type ((Ar)L)FeX2 [(Ar)L = 1,9-(2,4,6-Ph3C6H2)2-5-mesityldipyrromethene] with X = Cl or (t)BuO were prepared and found to be high-spin (S = (5)/2), as determined by superconducting quantum interference device magnetometry, electron paramagnetic resonance, and (57)Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy. The ancillary ligand substitution was found to affect both ground state and excited properties of the ferric complexes examined...
April 24, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437079/hierarchical-porous-polybenzimidazole-microsieves-an-efficient-architecture-for-anhydrous-proton-transport-via-polyionic-liquids
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Parashuram Kallem, Martin Drobek, Anne Julbe, Erik J Vriezekolk, Reyes Mallada, Maria Pilar Pina
Liquid-induced phase-separation micromolding (LIPSμM) has been successfully used for manufacturing hierarchical porous polybenzimidazole (HPBI) microsieves (42-46% porosity, 30-40 μm thick) with a specific pore architecture (pattern of macropores: ∼9 μm in size, perforated, dispersed in a porous matrix with a 50-100 nm pore size). Using these microsieves, proton-exchange membranes were fabricated by the infiltration of a 1H-3-vinylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide liquid and divinylbenzene (as a cross-linker), followed by in situ UV polymerization...
April 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436942/diversity-and-ecological-adaptations-in-palaeogene-lichens
#9
Ulla Kaasalainen, Alexander R Schmidt, Jouko Rikkinen
Lichens are highly specialized symbioses between heterotrophic fungi and photoautotrophic green algae or cyanobacteria. The mycobionts of many lichens produce morphologically complex thalli to house their photobionts. Lichens play important roles in ecosystems and have been used as indicators of environmental change. Here we report the finding of 152 new fossil lichens from European Palaeogene amber, and hence increase the total number of known fossil lichens from 15 to 167. Most of the fossils represent extant lineages of the Lecanoromycetes, an almost exclusively lichen-symbiotic class of Ascomycota...
April 24, 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436822/distinguishing-homogeneous-heterogeneous-degradation-of-norfloxacin-in-a-photochemical-fenton-like-system-fe3o4-uv-oxalate-and-the-interfacial-reaction-mechanism
#10
Mingjie Huang, Tao Zhou, Xiaohui Wu, Juan Mao
This study demonstrated the efficient degradation of a typical bio-refractory antibiotic norfloxacin (NOR) in a photochemical iron oxides/oxalate system adopting magnetic catalyst (Fe3O4/UV/Ox). It was found that the in-situ generated HO was the main reactive oxygen species (ROS) but CO2(-) could also participate in the NOR degradation to form formylate organic intermediates. Besides, NOR would be degraded via an interesting pathway comprising an initial lag and a subsequent rapid period, where the former could be eliminated by introducing the pre-dissolution of Fe3O4 particles...
March 6, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436821/hydrological-modeling-of-fecal-indicator-bacteria-in-a-tropical-mountain-catchment
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Minjeong Kim, Laurie Boithias, Kyung Hwa Cho, Norbert Silvera, Chanthamousone Thammahacksa, Keooudone Latsachack, Emma Rochelle-Newall, Oloth Sengtaheuanghoung, Alain Pierret, Yakov A Pachepsky, Olivier Ribolzi
The occurrence of pathogen bacteria in surface waters is a threat to public health worldwide. In particular, inadequate sanitation resulting in high contamination of surface water with pathogens of fecal origin is a serious issue in developing countries such as Lao P.D.R. Despite the health implications of the consumption of contaminated surface water, the environmental fate and transport of pathogens of fecal origin and their indicators (Fecal Indicator Bacteria or FIB) are still poorly known in tropical areas...
April 15, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436730/a-new-approach-to-managing-work-related-road-traffic-injury-the-development-of-a-health-investment-framework
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Amanda Warmerdam, Sharon Newnam, Dianne Sheppard, Mark Griffin, Mark Stevenson
Objective Statistics indicate that employees commuting or travelling as part of their work are over-represented in workplace injury and death. Despite this, many organisations are unaware of the factors within their organisations that are likely to influence potential reductions in work-related road traffic injury. Methods This paper presents a multi-level conceptual framework that identifies health investment as the central feature in reducing work-related road traffic injury. Within this framework, we explore factors operating at the individual-driver, workgroup-supervisor and organisational-senior management levels that create a mutually reinforcing system of safety...
February 7, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436535/the-role-of-the-long-range-exchange-corrections-in-the-description-of-electron-delocalization-in-aromatic-species
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Dariusz W Szczepanik, Miquel Solà, Marcin Andrzejak, Barbara Pawełek, Justyna Dominikowska, Mercedes Kukułka, Karol Dyduch, Tadeusz M Krygowski, Halina Szatylowicz
In this article, we address the role of the long-range exchange corrections in description of the cyclic delocalization of electrons in aromatic systems at the density functional theory level. A test set of diversified monocyclic and polycyclic aromatics is used in benchmark calculations involving various exchange-correlation functionals. A special emphasis is given to the problem of local aromaticity in acenes, which has been a subject of long-standing debate in the literature. The presented results indicate that the noncorrected exchange-correlation functionals significantly overestimate cyclic delocalization of electrons in heteroaromatics and aromatic systems with fused rings, which in the case of acenes leads to conflicting local aromaticity predictions from different criteria...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436274/depletion-of-hdl3-high-density-lipoprotein-and-altered-functionality-of-hdl2-in-blood-from-sickle-cell-patients
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Eric Soupene, Sandra K Larkin, Frans A Kuypers
In sickle cell disease (SCD), alterations of cholesterol metabolism is in part related to abnormal levels and activity of plasma proteins such as lecithin cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT), and apolipoprotein A-I (ApoA-I). In addition, the size distribution of ApoA-I high density lipoproteins (HDL) differs from normal blood. The ratio of the amount of HDL2 particle relative to the smaller higher density pre-β HDL (HDL3) particle was shifted toward HDL2. This lipoprotein imbalance is exacerbated during acute vaso-occlusive episodes (VOE) as the relative levels of HDL3 decrease...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436205/detection-of-a-new-hla-b-44-allele-hla-b-44-02-45-by-monoallelic-sanger-sequencing
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E Kuzmich, O Makarenko, A Alyanskiy, B Afanasyev
Sequence of the novel allele, HLA-B*44:02:45, differs from HLA-B*44:02:01:01 by 1-nucleotide exchange in exon 2.
April 23, 2017: HLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436159/the-mechanism-research-of-hypoxia-induced-increased-late-sodium-current-resulting-in-intracellular-ca-2-overload-in-ventricular-myocytes
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Chen Fu, Jie Hao, Mengliu Zeng, Yejia Song, Wanzhen Jiang, Peihua Zhang, Antao Luo, Zhenzhen Cao, Luiz Belardinelli, Jihua Ma
Hypoxia leads to augmentation of late sodium current (INa.L ) and cellular Na(+) loading, increased reverse Na(+) -Ca(2+) exchange current (reverse INCX ) and intracellular Ca(2+) loading in rabbit ventricular myocytes. The purpose of this study was to determine the intracellular signal transduction pathways involved in the modulation of INa.L during hypoxia in ventricular myocytes. Whole-cell and cell-attached patch clamp techniques were used to record INa.L , and the whole-cell mode was also used to record reverse INCX and to study intercellular signal transduction mechanisms that mediate the increased INa...
April 24, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436106/therapeutic-plasma-exchange-as-part-of-multimodal-treatment-of-acquired-hemophilia-in-a-patient-with-concurrent-acute-intracerebral-bleed-and-pulmonary-embolism
#17
Geoffrey D Wool, David Chapel, Angela Treml, Jonathan L Miller
BACKGROUND: Autoantibodies against Factor VIII (FVIII) define the rare but life-threatening bleeding disorder acquired hemophilia A (AHA). Correction of FVIII deficiency and eradication of the factor inhibitor are the ultimate therapeutic goals in this disorder. Bypassing agents such as recombinant factor VIIa (rFVIIa) or FVIII inhibitor bypassing agent are often used to control coagulopathy before the inhibitor is eradicated. Bypassing agents carry a risk of thrombosis, however. CASE REPORT: We report a patient with newly diagnosed AHA and thalamic bleed who additionally had active atrial fibrillation and developed a segmental pulmonary embolism, limiting tolerable rFVIIa dosage...
April 24, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436090/using-augmented-reality-to-teach-and-learn-biochemistry
#18
Juan Carlos Vega Garzón, Marcio Luiz Magrini, Eduardo Galembeck
Understanding metabolism and metabolic pathways constitutes one of the central aims for students of biological sciences. Learning metabolic pathways should be focused on the understanding of general concepts and core principles. New technologies such Augmented Reality (AR) have shown potential to improve assimilation of biochemistry abstract concepts because students can manipulate 3D molecules in real time. Here we describe an application named Augmented Reality Metabolic Pathways (ARMET), which allowed students to visualize the 3D molecular structure of substrates and products, thus perceiving changes in each molecule...
April 23, 2017: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436080/genotype-specific-pathogenic-effects-in-human-dilated-cardiomyopathy
#19
Ilse Ae Bollen, Maike Schuldt, Magdalena Harakalova, Aryan Vink, Folkert W Asselbergs, Jose R Pinto, Martina Krüger, Diederik Wd Kuster, Jolanda van der Velden
BACKGROUND: Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) can be caused by mutations in sarcomeric and non-sarcomeric genes. In this study we defined the pathogenic effects of three DCM causing mutations: the sarcomeric mutations in genes encoding cardiac troponin I (TNNI3p.98truncation ) and cardiac troponin T (TNNT2p.K217deletion ; also known as the K210del) and the non-sarcomeric gene mutation encoding lamin A/C (LMNAp.R331Q ). METHODS: We assessed sarcomeric protein expression and phosphorylation and contractile behaviour in single membrane-permeabilized cardiomyocytes in human left ventricular heart tissue...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436078/oxygen-isotope-fractionations-across-individual-leaf-carbohydrates-in-grass-and-tree-species
#20
Marco M Lehmann, Bruno Gamarra, Ansgar Kahmen, Rolf T W Siegwolf, Matthias Saurer
Almost no δ(18) O data are available for leaf carbohydrates, leaving a gap in the understanding of the δ(18) O relationship between leaf water and cellulose. We measured δ(18) O values of bulk leaf water (δ(18) OLW ) and individual leaf carbohydrates (e.g. fructose, glucose, sucrose) in grass and tree species, and δ(18) O of leaf cellulose in grasses. The grasses were grown under two relative humidity (rH) conditions. Sucrose was generally (18) O-enriched compared to hexoses across all species with an apparent biosynthetic fractionation factor (εbio ) of more than 27‰ relative to δ(18) OLW , which might be explained by isotopic leaf water and sucrose synthesis gradients...
April 23, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
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