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Yu Zhu, Yingxin Gu, Shichong Qiao, Linyi Zhou, Junyu Shi, Hongchang Lai
Microorganisms are frequently introduced to dental implants during surgery and start the race for the surface with host cells before osseointegration occurs. The aim of the study was to endow implant surfaces with biological functions that reliably select cells over microbes. Nano-structured tantalum (Ta) has exhibited excellent compatibility. Thus, nano-structured Ta films were deposited on the sand-blasted, large grit and acid-etched (SLA) titanium by the magnetron sputtering method, thus forming hierarchical micro/nanostructured surfaces...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Julie Paoletti, Liliane Assairi, Muriel Gelin, Valérie Huteau, Marie-Anne Nahori, Olivier Dussurget, Gilles Labesse, Sylvie Pochet
Increased resistance of pathogens to existing antibiotics necessitates the search for novel targets to develop potent antimicrobials. Biosynthetic pathways of several cofactors important for bacterial growth, such as nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADP), have been proposed as a promising source of antibiotic targets. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide kinases (NADK; EC are attractive for inhibitor development, since they catalyze the phosphorylation of NAD to NADP, which is an essential step of NADP metabolism...
October 18, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Ana B Castro, Nastaran Meschi, Andy Temmerman, Nelson Pinto, Paul Lambrechts, Wim Teughels, Marc Quirynen
AIM: To analyse the regenerative potential of Leucocyte- and Platelet Rich Fibrin (L-PRF) during periodontal surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An electronic and hand search were conducted in three databases. Only randomised clinical trials were selected and no follow-up limitation was applied. Pocket depth (PD), clinical attachment level (CAL), bone fill, keratinized tissue width (KTW), recession reduction, and root coverage (%) were considered as outcome. When possible, meta-analysis was performed...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
Kshipra Singh, Nicole T Al-Greene, Thomas G Verriere, Lori A Coburn, Mohammad Asim, Daniel P Barry, Margaret M Allaman, Dana M Hardbower, Alberto G Delgado, M Blanca Piazuelo, Bruce A Vallance, Alain P Gobert, Keith T Wilson
Solute carrier family 7 member 2 (SLC7A2) is an inducible transporter of the semi-essential amino acid L-arginine (L-Arg), which has been implicated in immune responses to pathogens. We assessed the role of SLC7A2 in murine infection with Citrobacter rodentium, an attaching and effacing enteric pathogen that causes colitis. Induction of SLC7A2 was upregulated in colitis tissues, and localized predominantly to colonic epithelial cells. Compared to wild-type mice, Slc7a2-/-mice infected with C. rodentium had improved survival and decreased weight loss, colon weight, and histologic injury; this was associated with decreased colonic macrophages, dendritic cells, granulocytes, and Th1 and Th17 cells...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Kendra Irene Brown, Alexandria B Boehm
Recirculating seawater is an important component of submarine groundwater discharge, yet its role in transporting microbial contaminants from beach sand to coastal water is unknown. This study investigated the extent to which recirculating seawater carries fecal indicators, \textit{Enterococcus} and bird-associated \textit{Catellicoccus}, through the beach subsurface. Laboratory experiments and numerical modeling were performed to characterize the transport of fecal indicators suspended in seawater through medium-grained beach sand under transient and saturated flow conditions...
October 26, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Brandi L Baldock, James E Hutchison
DNA-functionalized gold nanoparticles have been increasingly applied as sensitive and selective analytical probes and biosensors. The DNA ligands bound to a nanoparticle dictate its reactivity, making it essential to know the type and number of DNA strands bound to the nanoparticle surface. Existing methods used to determine the number of DNA strands per gold nanoparticle (AuNP) require that the sequences be fluorophore labeled, which may affect the DNA surface coverage and reactivity of the nanoparticle, and/or require specialized equipment and other fluorophore-containing reagents...
October 26, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Zhongbo Zhou, Yiting Tan, Yeyuan Roger Xiao, David C Stuckey
The distribution, composition and morphological structure of sub-visible particles and colloids (0.01-10 µm) in the supernatant of a lab-scale submerged anaerobic membrane reactor (SAnMBR), and their role in membrane fouling, was investigated. Photometric analysis showed that the supernatant and membrane foulants were dominated by particles and colloids (0.45-10 µm), which accounted for over 90% of the total organics (proteins and polysaccharides). Excitation-emission matrix (EEM) fluorescence spectra and monosaccharide analysis showed that these particles and colloids were rich in fluorescent proteins, rhamnose, ribose and arabinose, all of which could be related to cellular and extracellular substances...
October 26, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Juan Liu, Guang Hong, Yu-Han Wu, Kosei Endo, Jian-Min Han, Hiroyuki Kumamoto, Takeshi Wada, Hidemi Kato, Ping Gao, Keiichi Sasaki
The aim of this study was to investigate and compare the surface characteristics and initial bioactivity of ceria-stabilized zirconia/alumina nanocomposite (NANOZR) with those of yttria-stabilized zirconia (3Y-TZP) and pure titanium (CpTi) following the use of three surface modification methods; polishing, sandblasting/acid-etching (SB-E) and electrochemical deoxidation (ECD). Physical properties including surface morphology, chemical composition, X-ray diffraction, surface wettability, surface roughness, and hardness were measured...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
Philip R Nicovich, Miro Janco, Tom Sobey, Mehul Gajwani, Peyman Obeidy, Renee Whan, Katharina Gaus, Peter Gunning, Adelle Cf Coster, Till Böcking
Reconstitution of actin filaments on surfaces for observation of filament-associated protein dynamics by fluorescence microscopy is currently an exciting field in biophysics. Here we examine the effects of attaching actin filaments to surfaces on the binding and dissociation kinetics of a fluorescence-labelled tropomyosin, a rod-shaped protein that forms continuous strands wrapping around the actin filament. Two attachment modalities of the actin to the surface are explored: where the actin filament is attached to the surface at multiple points along its length; and where the actin filament is attached at one end and aligned parallel to the surface by buffer flow...
October 26, 2016: Cytoskeleton
Rui Li, Yanan Liu, Ruiwen Mu, Wenyan Cheng, Stéphanie Ognier
Petroleum hydrocarbons released to the environment caused by leakage or illegal dumping pose a threat to human health and the natural environment. In this study, the potential of a pulsed corona discharge plasma system for treating petroleum-polluted soils was evaluated. This system removed 76.93 % of the petroleum from the soil in 60 min with an energy efficiency of 0.20 mg/kJ. Furthermore, the energy and degradation efficiencies for the remediation of soil contaminated by single polyaromatic hydrocarbons, such as phenanthrene and pyrene, were also compared, and the results showed that this technology had potential in organic-polluted soil remediation...
October 25, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Shengyong Wu, Haicui Xie, Maoye Li, Xuenong Xu, Zhongren Lei
Entomopathogenic fungi and predatory mites can independently contribute to suppressing the two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae Koch. It is important to assess the risk of possible fungal infections in predators when a combination of them are being considered as a tandem control strategy for suppressing T. urticae. The first part of this study tested 12 Beauveria bassiana isolates for virulence in T. urticae. Strains SCWJ-2, SDDZ-9, LNSZ-26, GZGY-1-3 and WLMQ-32 were found to be the most potent, causing 37...
October 25, 2016: Experimental & Applied Acarology
Leigh Hlavaty, Sarah Avedschmidt, Kelly Root, Jeffrey Amley, LokMan Sung
Proper interpretation of gunshot wounds is vital for the forensic pathologist and requires experience and expertise, as well as consultation with a firearms and ballistics expert and careful scene investigation in cases of atypical gunshot wounds. This study is the first large-series examining ricochet gunshot wounds involving different firearm calibers. Typical gunshot wounds created from 4 handgun calibers (22 Long Rifle, 9 × 19 mm Parabellum, .40 Smith &Wesson, and .45 Automatic Colt Pistol) and 2 rifle calibers (5...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Guowu Chen, Aijie Xin, Yulin Liu, Changgen Shi, Junling Chen, Xiaofeng Tang, Ying Chen, Min Yu, Xiandong Peng, Lu Li, Xiaoxi Sun
BACKGROUND: Clinical ovulation induction induces blood estrogen (E2) in excess of physiological levels, which can hinder uterine receptivity. In contrast, progesterone produces the opposite clinical effect, suggesting that it might be capable of recovering the lost receptivity resulting from exposure to high estrogen levels. Integrins are the most widely used biological markers for monitoring uterine conditions. We studied progesterone-induced changes in integrin β expression patterns as biomarkers for changes in uterine receptivity in response to increased estrogen levels...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
Prasad Krishnan, Krishnamurthy Sridhar
Traditional teaching describes two types of bone flaps in craniotomies - 'free bone flap' and osteoplastic craniotomies. While in the former, the entire bone flap devoid of soft tissue attachments is removed, in the latter the bone flap that is turned is hinged on a pedicle of temporalis muscle with the aim of retaining its vascular supply. We describe a variant of the latter in 13 pediatric patients in whom the lower margin of the craniotomy was above the attachment of the temporalis muscle and where the bone flap was lifted with all the layers of the scalp including the skin and galea, highlighting the thought process behind its performance and the advantages of the same...
October 26, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Svenja Ipsen, Ralf Bruder, Rick O'Brien, Paul J Keall, Achim Schweikard, Per R Poulsen
PURPOSE: With the trend in radiotherapy moving toward dose escalation and hypofractionation, the need for highly accurate targeting increases. While MLC tracking is already being successfully used for motion compensation of moving targets in the prostate, current real-time target localization methods rely on repeated x-ray imaging and implanted fiducial markers or electromagnetic transponders rather than direct target visualization. In contrast, ultrasound imaging can yield volumetric data in real-time (3D + time = 4D) without ionizing radiation...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Devin A Matthews, John F Stanton
Accurate methods for excited, ionized, and electron-attached states are critical to the study of many chemical species such as reactive intermediates, radicals, and ionized systems. The equation-of-motion coupled cluster singles, doubles, and triples (EOM-CCSDT) family of methods is very accurate (roughly similar in accuracy as for CCSDT calculations of the ground state), but the computational cost scales iteratively as the eighth power of the system size. Many approximations already exist, although most either correct only the excited state or require an iterative ...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Ryuichi Okamoto, Akira Onuki
We investigate ionization at a solid-water interface in an applied electric field. We attach an electrode to a dielectric film bearing silanol or carboxyl groups with an areal density Γ0, where the degree of dissociation α is determined by the proton density in water close to the film. We show how α depends on the density n0 of NaOH in water and the surface charge density σm on the electrode. For σm > 0, the protons are expelled away from the film, leading to an increase in α. In particular, in the range 0 < σm < eΓ0, self-regulation occurs to realize α ≅ σm/eΓ0 for n0 ≪ nc, where nc is 0...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Tahereh Nemati Aram, Petrutza Anghel-Vasilescu, Asghar Asgari, Matthias Ernzerhof, Didier Mayou
We present a novel simple model to describe molecular photocells where the energy conversion process takes place by a single molecular donor-acceptor complex attached to electrodes. By applying quantum scattering theory, an open quantum system method, the coherent molecular photocell is described by a wave function. We analyze photon absorption, energy conversion, and quantum yield of a molecular photocell by considering the effects of electron-hole interaction and non-radiative recombination. We model the exciton creation, dissociation, and subsequent effects on quantum yield in the energy domain...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Yu Liu, Zhongkai Zhang, Jiuhou Lei, Jinxiang Cao, Pengcheng Yu, Xiao Zhang, Liang Xu, Yaodong Zhao
In this work, the design and construction of the Keda Space Plasma EXperiment (KSPEX), which aims to study the boundary layer processes of ionospheric depletions, are described in detail. The device is composed of three stainless-steel sections: two source chambers at both ends and an experimental chamber in the center. KSPEX is a steady state experimental device, in which hot filament arrays are used to produce plasmas in the two sources. A Macor-mesh design is adopted to adjust the plasma density and potential difference between the two plasmas, which creates a boundary layer with a controllable electron density gradient and inhomogeneous radial electric field...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Zhanli Cao, Fan Wang, Mingli Yang
Various approximate approaches to calculate cluster amplitudes in equation-of-motion coupled-cluster (EOM-CC) approaches for ionization potentials (IP) and electron affinities (EA) with spin-orbit coupling (SOC) included in post self-consistent field (SCF) calculations are proposed to reduce computational effort. Our results indicate that EOM-CC based on cluster amplitudes from the approximate method CCSD-1, where the singles equation is the same as that in CCSD and the doubles amplitudes are approximated with MP2, is able to provide reasonable IPs and EAs when SOC is not present compared with CCSD results...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
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