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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433608/toward-biotechnology-in-space-high-throughput-instruments-for-in-situ-biological-research-beyond-earth
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Fathi Karouia, Kianoosh Peyvan, Andrew Pohorille
Space biotechnology is a nascent field aimed at applying tools of modern biology to advance our goals in space exploration. These advances rely on our ability to exploit in situ high throughput techniques for amplification and sequencing DNA, and measuring levels of RNA transcripts, proteins and metabolites in a cell. These techniques, collectively known as "omics" techniques have already revolutionized terrestrial biology. A number of on-going efforts are aimed at developing instruments to carry out "omics" research in space, in particular on board the International Space Station and small satellites...
April 19, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433348/the-influence-of-polyethylene-bearing-thickness-on-the-tibiofemoral-kinematics-of-a-bicruciate-retaining-total-knee-arthroplasty
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Geert Peersman, Josh Slane, Margo Dirckx, Arne Vandevyver, Philipp Dworschak, Thomas J Heyse, Lennart Scheys
BACKGROUND: The recently reintroduced bicruciate retaining Total Knee Arthroplasty (BCR TKA) is an effort to reproduce kinematics closer to the native knee. However, there is no data on appropriate balancing with this implant. Balancing is crucial and challenging as medial and lateral polyethylene (PE) inlays are modular, which allows for placement of different thicknesses in the medial and lateral compartments. This study aimed at providing a detailed kinematic view on balancing BCR TKA...
April 19, 2017: Knee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433060/enhanced-photoresponsive-polyethyleneimine-citric-acid-co-carbonized-dots-for-facile-and-selective-sensing-and-intracellular-imaging-of-cobalt-ions-at-physiologic-ph
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Wen-Sheng Zou, Qing-Chun Zhao, Jun Zhang, Xiao-Ming Chen, Xiu-Fang Wang, Lin Zhao, Shao-Hua Chen, Ya-Qin Wang
Whether as an important biological element or as a radioactive source/medicine, the monitoring of trace levels of cobalt ions (Co) has become a non-negligible factor for human health and green environment. Current technologies for the detection of Co are cost-expensive and time-consuming, and require cumbersome sample pretreatment process. Herein a novel sensing platform has been developed for Co detection based on the quenching of the enhanced fluorescence signal of polyamine functionalized C-dots. Amine groups at the surface of the C-dots can capture Zn(2+)/Cd(2+) to form coordination compound, which can inhibit the photoinduced electron transfer pathways of C-dots and then induce the fluorescence enhancement of the C-dots by ∼80% margin...
June 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432990/influence-of-red-mud-on-soil-microbial-communities-application-and-comprehensive-evaluation-of-the-biolog-ecoplate-approach-as-a-tool-in-soil-microbiological-studies
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Viktória Feigl, Éva Ujaczki, Emese Vaszita, Mónika Molnár
Red mud can be applied as soil ameliorant to acidic, sandy and micronutrient deficient soils. There are still knowledge gaps regarding the effects of red mud on the soil microbial community. The Biolog EcoPlate technique is a promising tool for community level physiological profiling. This study presents a detailed evaluation of Biolog EcoPlate data from two case studies. In experiment "A" red mud from Ajka (Hungary) was mixed into acidic sandy soil in soil microcosms at 5-50 w/w%. In experiement "B" red mud soil mixture was mixed into low quality subsoil in a field experiment at 5-50 w/w%...
April 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429819/effects-of-dielectrophoresis-on-thrombogenesis-in-human-whole-blood
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Steven Kinio, James Mills
Thrombogenesis (blood clot formation) is a major barrier to the development of biomedical devices that interface with blood. Although state-of-the-art chemically and pharmacologically mediated clot mitigation strategies are effective, some limitations of such approaches include depletion of active agents, or adverse reactions in patients. Increased clotting protein adsorption and platelet adhesion, which occurs when artificial surfaces are exposed to blood, results in enhanced clot formation on artificial surfaces...
April 21, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429280/synergistic-anti-cancer-effects-of-epigenetic-drugs-on-medulloblastoma-cells
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Juan Yuan, Núria Llamas Luceño, Bjoern Sander, Monika M Golas
PURPOSE: Medulloblastomas are aggressive brain malignancies. While considerable progress has been made in the treatment of medulloblastoma patients with respect to overall survival, these patients are still at risk of developing neurologic and cognitive deficits as a result of anti-cancer therapies. It is hypothesized that targeted molecular therapies represent a better treatment option for medulloblastoma patients. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to test a panel of epigenetic drugs for their effect on medulloblastoma cells under mild hypoxic conditions that reflect the physiological concentrations of oxygen in the brain...
April 20, 2017: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427320/the-role-of-inelastic-deformations-in-the-mechanical-response-of-endovascular-shape-memory-alloy-devices
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Lorenza Petrini, Alessandro Bertini, Francesca Berti, Giancarlo Pennati, Francesco Migliavacca
Nickel-titanium alloys are commonly adopted for producing cardiovascular minimally invasive devices such as self-expandable stents, aortic valves and stent-grafts. These devices are subjected to cyclic loads (due to blood pulsatility, leg or heart movements), that can induce fatigue fracture, and may also be subjected to very large deformations (due to crimping procedure, a tortuous physiological path or overloads), that can induce material yield. Recently, the authors developed a new constitutive model that considers inelastic strains due to not-completed reverse phase transformation (not all the stress-induced martensite turns back to austenite) or/and plasticity and their accumulation during cyclic loads...
May 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425561/creating-homogenous-strain-distribution-within-3d-cell-encapsulated-constructs-using-a-simple-and-cost-effective-uniaxial-tensile-bioreactor-design-and-validation-study
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Gayathri Subramanian, Mostafa Elsaadany, Callan Bialorucki, Eda Yildirim-Ayan
Mechanical loading bioreactors capable of applying uniaxial tensile strains are emerging to be a valuable tool to investigate physiologically-relevant cellular signaling pathways and biochemical expression. In this study, we have introduced a simple and cost-effective uniaxial tensile strain bioreactor for the application of precise and homogenous uniaxial strains to 3D cell-encapsulated collagen constructs at physiological loading strains (0-12%) and frequencies (0.01-1 Hz). The bioreactor employs silicone-based loading chambers specifically designed to stretch constructs without direct gripping to minimize stress concentration at the ends of the construct and preserve its integrity...
April 20, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425516/mechanical-and-vibrational-characterization-of-amyloid-like-het-s-nanosheets-based-on-the-skewed-plate-theory
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Hyun Joon Chang, Myeongsang Lee, Jae In Kim, Gwonchan Yoon, Sungsoo Na
Pathological amyloidogenic prion proteins have a toxic effect on functional cells in the human cerebrum because of poor degradability and the tendency to accumulate in an uncontrolled manner under physiological conditions. HET-s, a fungal prion protein, is known to undergo conformational variations from fibrillar to nanosheet structures during a change from low to high pH conditions. It has been said that this conformational change can lead to self-propagation by nucleating on the lateral surface of singlet fibrils...
April 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424966/transcriptomic-analysis-of-molecular-responses-in-malus-domestica-m26-roots-affected-by-apple-replant-disease
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Stefan Weiß, Melanie Bartsch, Traud Winkelmann
Gene expression studies in roots of apple replant disease affected plants suggested defense reactions towards biotic stress to occur which did not lead to adequate responses to the biotic stressors. Apple replant disease (ARD) leads to growth inhibition and fruit yield reduction in replanted populations and results in economic losses for tree nurseries and fruit producers. The etiology is not well understood on a molecular level and causal agents show a great diversity indicating that no definitive cause, which applies to the majority of cases, has been found out yet...
April 19, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424950/estimated-work-ability-in-warm-outdoor-environments-depends-on-the-chosen-heat-stress-assessment-metric
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Peter Bröde, Dusan Fiala, Bruno Lemke, Tord Kjellstrom
With a view to occupational effects of climate change, we performed a simulation study on the influence of different heat stress assessment metrics on estimated workability (WA) of labour in warm outdoor environments. Whole-day shifts with varying workloads were simulated using as input meteorological records for the hottest month from four cities with prevailing hot (Dallas, New Delhi) or warm-humid conditions (Managua, Osaka), respectively. In addition, we considered the effects of adaptive strategies like shielding against solar radiation and different work-rest schedules assuming an acclimated person wearing light work clothes (0...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424774/cardiac-radionuclide-imaging-in-rodents-a-review-of-methods-results-and-factors-at-play
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Francesco Cicone, David Viertl, Ana Maria Quintela Pousa, Thibaut Denoël, Silvano Gnesin, Francesco Scopinaro, Marie-Catherine Vozenin, John O Prior
The interest around small-animal cardiac radionuclide imaging is growing as rodent models can be manipulated to allow the simulation of human diseases. In addition to new radiopharmaceuticals testing, often researchers apply well-established probes to animal models, to follow the evolution of the target disease. This reverse translation of standard radiopharmaceuticals to rodent models is complicated by technical shortcomings and by obvious differences between human and rodent cardiac physiology. In addition, radionuclide studies involving small animals are affected by several extrinsic variables, such as the choice of anesthetic...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424723/evidence-mechanism-and-alternative-chemical-seedbank-level-control-of-glyphosate-resistance-of-a-rigid-ryegrass-lolium-rigidum-biotype-from-southern-spain
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Pablo T Fernández-Moreno, Fernando Bastida, Rafael De Prado
Rigid ryegrass (Lolium rigidum) is one of the most troublesome weeds in different crops in the Mediterranean region. A rigid ryegrass biotype from an olive grove in Jaén province (Andalusía, southern Spain), potentially resistant to glyphosate (RG), was tested for its resistance level through dose-response assays using a susceptible biotype (SG). To test the hypothesis of a non-target-site-based resistance, as point mutations are far less common mechanisms of glyphosate resistance, studies were also conducted to elucidate whether resistance was associated with biochemical, metabolism, molecular and/or physiological mechanisms...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424655/sustained-and-transient-vestibular-systems-a-physiological-basis-for-interpreting-vestibular-function
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REVIEW
Ian S Curthoys, Hamish G MacDougall, Pierre-Paul Vidal, Catherine de Waele
Otolithic afferents with regular resting discharge respond to gravity or low-frequency linear accelerations, and we term these the static or sustained otolithic system. However, in the otolithic sense organs, there is anatomical differentiation across the maculae and corresponding physiological differentiation. A specialized band of receptors called the striola consists of mainly type I receptors whose hair bundles are weakly tethered to the overlying otolithic membrane. The afferent neurons, which form calyx synapses on type I striolar receptors, have irregular resting discharge and have low thresholds to high frequency (e...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423948/fermentation-at-non-conventional-conditions-in-food-and-bio-sciences-by-the-application-of-advanced-processing-technologies
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Maria J Mota, Rita P Lopes, Mohamed Koubaa, Shahin Roohinejad, Francisco J Barba, Ivonne Delgadillo, Jorge A Saraiva
The interest in improving the yield and productivity values of relevant microbial fermentations is an increasingly important issue for the scientific community. Therefore, several strategies have been tested for the stimulation of microbial growth and manipulation of their metabolic behavior. One promising approach involves the performance of fermentative processes during non-conventional conditions, which includes high pressure (HP), electric fields (EF) and ultrasound (US). These advanced technologies are usually applied for microbial inactivation in the context of food processing...
April 20, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423379/excessive-weight-favours-skin-physiology-up-to-a-point-another-expression-of-the-obesity-paradox
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Luís Monteiro Monteiro Rodrigues, Lídia Palma, Osvaldo Santos, Maria Angélica Almeida, Julia Bujan, Liliana Tavares
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Recently classified as an epidemic by the WHO, obesity (as well as the state of being overweight) clearly affects significant populations across all ages. The relationship between obesity and some diseases (e.g. cardiovascular ones) is known, although many paradoxes remain to be explained. Very little information is available, however, regarding its impact on skin physiology and skin disease. This study aims to examine the influence of excessive weight on epidermal hydration and transepidermal water loss, key variables of skin water balance and skin biomechanics...
April 20, 2017: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421171/tactile-stimulation-to-stimulate-spontaneous-breathing-during-stabilization-of-preterm-infants-at-birth-a-retrospective-analysis
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Janneke Dekker, Tessa Martherus, Sophie J E Cramer, Henriette A van Zanten, Stuart B Hooper, Arjan B Te Pas
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Tactile maneuvers to stimulate breathing in preterm infants are recommended during the initial assessment at birth, but it is not known how often and how this is applied. We evaluated the occurrence and patterns of tactile stimulation during stabilization of preterm infants at birth. METHODS: Recordings of physiological parameters and videos of infants <32 weeks gestational age were retrospectively analyzed. Details of tactile stimulation during the first 7 min after birth (timing, duration, type, and indication) were noted...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421066/unveiling-the-hybrid-genome-structure-of-escherichia-coli-rr1-hb101-reca
#18
Haeyoung Jeong, Young Mi Sim, Hyun Ju Kim, Sang Jun Lee
There have been extensive genome sequencing studies for Escherichia coli strains, particularly for pathogenic isolates, because fast determination of pathogenic potential and/or drug resistance and their propagation routes is crucial. For laboratory E. coli strains, however, genome sequence information is limited except for several well-known strains. We determined the complete genome sequence of laboratory E. coli strain RR1 (HB101 RecA(+)), which has long been used as a general cloning host. A hybrid genome sequence of K-12 MG1655 and B BL21(DE3) was constructed based on the initial mapping of Illumina HiSeq reads to each reference, and iterative rounds of read mapping, variant detection, and consensus extraction were carried out...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420988/heme-as-a-target-for-therapeutic-interventions
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REVIEW
Stephan Immenschuh, Vijith Vijayan, Sabina Janciauskiene, Faikah Gueler
Heme is a complex of iron and the tetrapyrrole protoporphyrin IX with essential functions in aerobic organisms. Heme is the prosthetic group of hemoproteins such as hemoglobin and myoglobin, which are crucial for reversible oxygen binding and transport. By contrast, high levels of free heme, which may occur in various pathophysiological conditions, are toxic via pro-oxidant, pro-inflammatory and cytotoxic effects. The toxicity of heme plays a major role for the pathogenesis of prototypical hemolytic disorders including sickle cell disease and malaria...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420761/in-situ-measurements-of-tensile-forces-in-the-tibialis-anterior-tendon-of-the-rat-in-concentric-isometric-and-resisted-co-contractions
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Martin Schmoll, Ewald Unger, Hazel Sutherland, Michael Haller, Manfred Bijak, Hermann Lanmüller, Jonathan C Jarvis
Tensile-force transmitted by the tibialis anterior (TA) tendon of 11 anesthetized adult male Wistar rats (body-mass: 360.6 ± 66.3 g) was measured in-situ within the intact biomechanical system of the hind-limb using a novel miniature in-line load-cell. The aim was to demonstrate the dependence of the loading-profile experienced by the muscle, on stimulation-frequency and the resistance to shortening in a group of control-animals. Data from these acute-experiments shows the type of loading achievable by means of implantable electrical stimulators activating agonists or agonist/antagonist groups of muscles during programmed resistance-training in freely moving healthy subjects...
April 2017: Physiological Reports
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