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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549386/newly-developed-dilute-russell-s-viper-venom-reagents-for-lupus-anticoagulant-detection-with-improved-specificity
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G W Moore, M Peyrafitte, C Dunois, J Amiral
Background Dilute Russell's viper venom time (dRVVT) is indispensible in lupus anticoagulant (LA) detection yet commercial reagents from different suppliers perform variably, no gold standard assays exist and therapeutic anticoagulation interference is problematic. Objective The objective of this study was to compare a new formulation dRVVT with two currently available dRVVTs. Materials and methods Life Diagnostics (LD) dRVVT and Stago PTT-LA were routinely used for lupus anticoagulant detection, plus Taipan snake venom time/ecarin time (TSVT/ET) for patients on warfarin or rivaroxaban...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548946/prognostic-role-of-lncrna-tug1-for-cancer-outcome-evidence-from-840-cancer-patients
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Jia Liu, Jieru Lin, Yingqi Li, Yunyuan Zhang, Xian Chen
LncRNA TUG1 has been demonstrated to be aberrantly expressed in several types of cancer and maybe serve as a prognostic marker for cancer patients. However, most individual studies have been limited by small sample sizes and controversial results. Therefore, this meta analysis was conducted to analyze available data to delineate the potential clinical application of lncRNA TUG1 on cancer prognosis, lymph node metastasis and tumor progression. Up to February 20, 2017, literature collections were conducted by comprehensive searching electronic databases, including Cochrane Library, PubMed, Embase, BioMed Central, Springer, ScienceDirect, ISI Web of Knowledge, together with three Chinese databases...
May 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548206/the-phylogeny-and-biogeography-of-hakea-proteaceae-reveals-the-role-of-biome-shifts-in-a-continental-plant-radiation
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Marcel Cardillo, Peter H Weston, Zoe K M Reynolds, Peter M Olde, Austin R Mast, Emily Lemmon, Alan R Lemmon, Lindell Bromham
The frequency of evolutionary biome shifts during diversification has important implications for our ability to explain geographic patterns of plant diversity. Recent studies present several examples of biome shifts, but whether frequencies of biome shifts closely reflect geographic proximity or environmental similarity of biomes remains poorly known. We explore this question by using phylogenomic methods to estimate the phylogeny of Hakea, a diverse Australian genus occupying a wide range of biomes. Model-based estimation of ancestral regions indicates that Hakea began diversifying in the Mediterranean biome of southern Australia in the Middle Eocene - Early Oligocene, and dispersed repeatedly into other biomes across the continent...
May 26, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545330/carbon-isotopic-signature-reveals-the-geographical-trend-in-methane-consumption-and-production-pathways-in-alpine-ecosystems-over-the-qinghai-tibetan-plateau
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Tomomichi Kato, Keita Yamada, Yanhong Tang, Naohiro Yoshida, Eitaro Wada
On the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, isotopic signatures in soil-atmosphere CH4 fluxes were investigated in nine grasslands and three wetlands. In the grasslands, the fractionation factor for soil CH4 uptake, αsoil, was much smaller than the usually reported value of 0.9975-1.0095. Stepwise multiple variation analysis indicates that αsoil is higher for higher soil water contents but is lower for higher C/N ratios of soil surface biomass. In the three wetlands, the soil-emitted δ(13)C-CH4 was similar (-55.3 ± 5...
May 25, 2017: Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544508/enhancement-of-plasma-protein-adsorption-and-osteogenesis-of-hmscs-by-functionalized-siloxane-coatings-for-titanium-implants
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Maria Martínez-Ibáñez, N Sanjeeva Murthy, Yong Mao, Julio Suay, Marilo Gurruchaga, Isabel Goñi, Joachim Kohn
A series of sol-gel derived silicon based coatings were developed to improve the osseointegration of commercial titanium dental implants. The osseointegration starts with a positive interaction between the implant surface and surrounding tissues, which is facilitated by the adsorption of plasma proteins onto the biomaterial surface immediately after implantation. It is likely that the enhancement of protein adsorption to titanium implants leads to a better implant/tissue integration. In addition, silica based biomaterials have been shown to promote osteoblast differentiation...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541485/histologically-defined-intratumoral-sequencing-uncovers-evolutionary-cues-into-conserved-molecular-events-driving-gliomagenesis
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Antony Prabhu, Pravin Kesarwani, Shiva Kant, Stewart F Graham, Prakash Chinnaiyan
BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma represents an archetypal example of a heterogeneous malignancy. To understand the diverse molecular consequences of this complex tumor ecology, we analyzed RNA-seq data generated from commonly identified intra-tumoral structures in glioblastoma enriched using laser capture microdissection. METHODS: Raw gene-level fragments per kilobase of transcript per million reads mapped (FPKM) values and the associated clinical data were acquired from the publically available Ivy GAP database and analyzed using MetaboAnalyst (v...
May 25, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538812/climatically-mediated-landcover-change-impacts-on-brazilian-territory
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Marina Zanin, Geiziane Tessarolo, Nathália Machado, Ana Luisa M Albernaz
In the face of climate change threats, governments are drawing attention to policies for mitigating its effects on biodiversity. However, the lack of distribution data makes predictions at species level a difficult task, mainly in regions of higher biodiversity. To overcome this problem, we use native landcover as a surrogate biodiversity, because it can represent specialized habitat for species, and investigate the effects of future climate change on Brazilian biomes. We characterize the climatic niches of native landcover and use ecological niche modeling to predict the potential distribution under current and future climate scenarios...
May 22, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536892/patient-specific-stress-analyses-in-the-ascending-thoracic-aorta-using-a-finite-element-implementation-of-the-constrained-mixture-theory
#8
S Jamaleddin Mousavi, Stéphane Avril
It is now a rather common approach to perform patient-specific stress analyses of arterial walls using finite-element models reconstructed from gated medical images. However, this requires to compute for every Gauss point the deformation gradient between the current configuration and a stress-free reference configuration. It is technically difficult to define such a reference configuration, and there is actually no guarantee that a stress-free configuration is physically attainable due to the presence of internal stresses in unloaded soft tissues...
May 23, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533563/why-do-the-boreal-forest-ecosystems-of-northwestern-europe-differ-from-those-of-western-north-america
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Rudy Boonstra, Harry P Andreassen, Stan Boutin, Jan Hušek, Rolf A Ims, Charles J Krebs, Christina Skarpe, Petter Wabakken
The boreal forest is one of the largest terrestrial biomes on Earth. Conifers normally dominate the tree layer across the biome, but other aspects of ecosystem structure and dynamics vary geographically. The cause of the conspicuous differences in the understory vegetation and the herbivore-predator cycles between northwestern Europe and western North America presents an enigma. Ericaceous dwarf shrubs and 3- to 4-year vole-mustelid cycles characterize the European boreal forests, whereas tall deciduous shrubs and 10-year snowshoe hare-lynx cycles characterize the North American ones...
September 1, 2016: Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531204/messinian-age-and-savannah-environment-of-the-possible-hominin-graecopithecus-from-europe
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Madelaine Böhme, Nikolai Spassov, Martin Ebner, Denis Geraads, Latinka Hristova, Uwe Kirscher, Sabine Kötter, Ulf Linnemann, Jérôme Prieto, Socrates Roussiakis, George Theodorou, Gregor Uhlig, Michael Winklhofer
Dating fossil hominids and reconstructing their environments is critically important for understanding human evolution. Here we date the potentially oldest hominin, Graecopithecus freybergi from Europe and constrain the environmental conditions under which it thrived. For the Graecopithecus-bearing Pikermi Formation of Attica/Greece, a saline aeolian dust deposit of North African (Sahara) provenance, we obtain an age of 7.37-7.11 Ma, which is coeval with a dramatic cooling in the Mediterranean region at the Tortonian-Messinian transition...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530617/-principles-of-urinary-tract-reconstructive-surgery
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Juan Gomez Rivas, Jesús Cisneros Ledo
INTRODUCTION: In the last 15 years, the role of laparoscopic surgery has progressively increased to include reconstructive procedures such as pyeloplasty and management of ureteral stricture, in addition to being a field in continuous development, this refers to the improvement of ergonomics, new instruments and new techniques. We present a review on basic features of laparoscopic reconstructive surgery in urology. ACQUISITION OF EVIDENCE: For this review, an exhaustive literature search was performed in PUBMED, MEDILNE, BioMed central and others, with the keywords: reconstructive surgery, urology, laparoscopy...
May 2017: Archivos Españoles de Urología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528483/fossil-record-of-ephedra-in-the-lower-cretaceous-aptian-argentina
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Gabriela G Puebla, Ari Iglesias, María A Gómez, Mercedes B Prámparo
Fossil plants from the Lower Cretaceous (upper Aptian) of the La Cantera Formation, Argentina, are described. The fossils studied represent a leafy shooting system with several orders of articulated and striated axes and attached leaves with unequivocal ephedroid affinity. We also found associated remains of ovulate cones with four whorls of sterile bracts, which contain two female reproductive units (FRU). Ovulate cone characters fit well within the genus Ephedra. Special characters in the ovulate cones including an outer seed envelope with two types of trichomes, allowed us to consider our remains as a new Ephedra species...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518030/serologic-and-molecular-evidence-of-vaccinia-virus-circulation-among-small-mammals-from-different-biomes-brazil
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Júlia B Miranda, Iara A Borges, Samantha P S Campos, Flávia N Vieira, Tatiana M F de Ázara, Fernanda A Marques, Galileu B Costa, Ana Paula M F Luis, Jaqueline S de Oliveira, Paulo César P Ferreira, Cláudio Antônio Bonjardim, Silvio L M da Silva, Álvaro E Eiras, Jônatas S Abrahão, Erna G Kroon, Betânia P Drumond, Adriano P Paglia, Giliane de S Trindade
Vaccinia virus (VACV) is a zoonotic agent that causes a disease called bovine vaccinia, which is detected mainly in milking cattle and humans in close contact with these animals. Even though many aspects of VACV infection have been described, much is still unknown about its circulation in the environment and its natural hosts/reservoirs. To investigate the presence of Orthopoxvirus antibodies or VACV DNA, we captured small rodents and marsupials in 3 areas of Minas Gerais state, Brazil, and tested their samples in a laboratory...
June 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514061/mapping-intermediate-degradation-products-of-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-in-vitro
#14
Jian Li, Peter Nemes, Ji Guo
There is widespread interest in using absorbable polymers, such as poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA), as components in the design and manufacture of new-generation drug eluting stents (DES). PLGA undergoes hydrolysis to progressively degrade through intermediate chemical entities to simple organic acids that are ultimately absorbed by the human body. Understanding the composition and structure of these intermediate degradation products is critical not only to elucidate polymer degradation pathways accurately, but also to assess the safety and performance of absorbable cardiovascular implants...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513985/self-assembled-nanofiber-coatings-for-controlling-cell-responses
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Raquel C Barros, Edith Gelens, Erna Bulten, Annemarie Tuin, Menno R de Jong, Roel Kuijer, Theo G van Kooten
Nanofibers are thought to enhance cell adhesion, growth, and function. We demonstrate that the choice of building blocks in self-assembling nanofiber systems can be used to control cell behavior. The use of 2 D-coated, self-assembled nanofibers in controlling lens epithelial cells, fibroblasts, and mesenchymal stem cells was investigated, focusing on gene and protein expression related to the fibrotic response. To this end, three nanofibers with different characteristics (morphology, topography, and wettability) were compared with two standard materials frequently used in culturing cells, TCPS, and a collagen type I coating...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510589/establishment-of-a-combination-scoring-method-for-diagnosis-of-ocular-adnexal-lymphoproliferative-disease
#16
Xiao-Li Qu, Yan Hei, Li Kang, Xin-Ji Yang, Yi Wang, Xiao-Zhong Lu, Li-Hua Xiao, Guang Yang
Lymphoproliferative diseases (LPDs) of the ocular adnexa encompass the majority of orbital diseases and include reactive follicular hyperplasia (RFH), atypical lymphoid hyperplasia (ALH), and mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma (MALToma). Lymphoid follicles (LFs) are usually observed during the histological examination of LPDs. Currently, because there is a lack of specific clinical signs and diagnostic immunohistochemical biomarkers, it is difficult for pathologists to distinguish MALToma from ocular RFH and ALH, which makes the clinical management of these conditions difficult...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508595/silver-nanoparticle-deposited-implants-to-treat-osteomyelitis
#17
Samit Kumar Nandi, Anish Shivaram, Susmita Bose, Amit Bandyopadhyay
In this study, electrolytically deposited strongly adherent silver nanoparticles on stainless-steel (SS) implants were used for in situ osteomyelitis treatment. Samples were heat treated to enhance adhesion of silver on 316 L SS. Ex vivo studies were performed to measure silver-release profiles from the 316 L SS screws inserted in equine cadaver bones. No change in the release profiles of silver ions were observed in vitro between the implanted screws and the control. In vivo studies were performed using osteomyelitic rabbit model with 3 mm diameter silver-deposited 316 L SS pins at two different doses of silver: high and low...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508428/characterization-and-quantitation-of-pvp-content-in-a-silicone-hydrogel-contact-lens-produced-by-dual-phase-polymerization-processing
#18
Andrew J Hoteling, William F Nichols, Patricia S Harmon, Shawn M Conlon, Ivan M Nuñez, Joseph Hoff, Orlando M Cabarcos, Robert B Steffen, Daniel J Hook
Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) has been incorporated over the years into numerous hydrogel contact lenses as both a primary matrix component and an internal wetting agent to increase lens wettability. In this study, complementary analytical techniques were used to characterize the PVP wetting agent component of senofilcon A and samfilcon A contact lenses, both in terms of chemical composition and amount present. Photo-differential scanning calorimetry (photo-DSC), gas chromatography with a flame ionization detector (GC-FID), and high-resolution/accurate mass (HR/AM) liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) techniques confirmed dual phase reaction and curing of the samfilcon A silicone hydrogel material...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508037/arctic-greening-from-warming-promotes-declines-in-caribou-populations
#19
Per Fauchald, Taejin Park, Hans Tømmervik, Ranga Myneni, Vera Helene Hausner
The migratory tundra caribou herds in North America follow decadal population cycles, and browsing from abundant caribou could be expected to counteract the current climate-driven expansion of shrubs in the circumpolar tundra biome. We demonstrate that the sea ice cover in the Arctic Ocean has provided a strong signal for climate-induced changes on the adjacent caribou summer ranges, outperforming other climate indices in explaining the caribou-plant dynamics. We found no evidence of a negative effect of caribou abundance on vegetation biomass...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503902/electrochemical-and-biocompatibility-examinations-of-high-pressure-torsion-processed-titanium-and-ti-13nb-13zr-alloy
#20
Ivana Dimić, Ivana Cvijović-Alagić, Anton Hohenwarter, Reinhard Pippan, Vesna Kojić, Jelena Bajat, Marko Rakin
The purpose of this study was to estimate the electrochemical behavior and biocompatibility of ultrafine-grained (UFG) commercially pure titanium (CPTi) and Ti-13Nb-13Zr (TNZ) alloy obtained by high-pressure torsion process. Electrochemical behavior of materials in artificial saliva at 37°C was evaluated by potentiodynamic polarization tests and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and the obtained results indicated that UFG TNZ alloy showed corrosion current density (jcorr  = 53 ± 5 nA cm(-2) ) which was 2 times lower compared to coarse-grained (CG) TNZ alloy (jcorr  = 110 ± 12 nA cm(-2) ) and higher corrosion resistance, while UFG CPTi and CPTi showed approximately the same corrosion rate (mean jcorr ∼ 38-40 nA cm(-2) )...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
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