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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636823/how-bacteria-respond-to-material-stiffness-during-attachment-a-role-of-escherichia-coli-flagellar-motility
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Fangchao Song, Megan E Brasch, Hao Wang, James H Henderson, Karen Sauer, Dacheng Ren
Material stiffness has been shown to have potent effects on bacterial attachment and biofilm formation, but the mechanism is still unknown. In this study, response to material stiffness by Escherichia coli during attachment was investigated with biofilm assays and cell tracking using the Automated Contour-base Tracking for In Vitro Environments (ACTIVE) computational algorithm. By comparing the movement of E. coli cells attached on poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) surfaces of different Young's moduli (0.1 and 2...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634733/dynamic-properties-of-human-tympanic-membrane-after-exposure-to-blast-waves
#2
Warren G Engles, Xuelin Wang, Rong Z Gan
Blast overpressure causes dynamic damage to middle ear components, and tympanic membrane (TM) rupture is the most frequent middle ear injury. However, it is unclear how the blast waves change mechanical properties of the TM and affect sound transmission through the ear. This paper reports the current study on dynamic properties of the TM after exposure to blast waves by using acoustic loading and laser Doppler vibrometry (LDV). The TM specimens were prepared from human temporal bones following exposures to blast overpressure...
June 20, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633353/modulating-role-of-ros-in-re-establishing-desiccation-tolerance-in-germinating-seeds-of-caragana-korshinskii-kom
#3
Long Peng, Sirui Lang, Yu Wang, Hugh W Pritchard, Xiaofeng Wang
In close agreement with visible germination, orthodox seeds lose desiccation tolerance (DT). This trait can be regained under osmotic stress, but the mechanisms are poorly understood. In this study, germinating seeds of Caragana korshinskii Kom. were investigated, focusing on the potential modulating roles of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the re-establishment of DT. Germinating seeds with 2 mm long radicles can be rendered tolerant to desiccation by incubation in a polyethylene glycol (PEG) solution (-1...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633078/utilization-of-phosphogypsum-and-phosphate-tailings-for-cemented-paste-backfill
#4
Qiusong Chen, Qinli Zhang, Andy Fourie, Chen Xin
This research is an investigation of the feasibility of utilizing phosphogypsum (PG) and phosphate tailings (PTS) for cemented paste backfill. Some experiments were conducted with various combinations of PTS and PG as aggregates, along with slags and/or Portland cement as binders and CaO as an additive. The influence of the PG's ageing time on the consolidation of backfill was also explored. The unconfined compressive strength (UCS), the generated gases and the scanning electron microscope (SEM) were all tested and used in the analysis of backfill characteristics...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632398/the-mitochondrial-protein-atlas-a-database-of-experimentally-verified-information-on-the-human-mitochondrial-proteome
#5
Noa Godin, Jerry Eichler
Given its central role in various biological systems, as well as its involvement in numerous pathologies, the mitochondrion is one of the best-studied organelles. However, although the mitochondrial genome has been extensively investigated, protein-level information remains partial, and in many cases, hypothetical. The Mitochondrial Protein Atlas (MPA; URL: lifeserv.bgu.ac.il/wb/jeichler/MPA ) is a database that provides a complete, manually curated inventory of only experimentally validated human mitochondrial proteins...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Computational Biology: a Journal of Computational Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632385/fatigue-resistant-bioinspired-composite-from-synergistic-two-dimensional-nanocomponents
#6
Sijie Wan, Qi Zhang, Xiaohang Zhou, Dechang Li, Baohua Ji, Lei Jiang, Qunfeng Cheng
Portable and wearable electronics require much more flexible graphene-based electrode with high fatigue life, which could repeatedly bend, fold, or stretch without sacrificing its mechanical properties and electrical conductivity. Herein, a kind of ultrahigh fatigue resistant graphene-based nanocomposite via tungsten disulfide (WS2) nanosheets is synthesized by introducing a synergistic effect with covalently cross-linking inspired by the orderly layered structure and abundant interfacial interactions of nacre...
June 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631803/a-gompertz-model-approach-to-microbial-inactivation-kinetics-by-high-pressure-processing-hpp-model-selection-and-experimental-validation
#7
Vinicio Serment-Moreno, Claudio Fuentes, José Antonio Torres, Jorge Welti-Chanes
A recently proposed Gompertz model (GMPZ) approach describing microbial inactivation kinetics by high-pressure processing (HPP) incorporated the initial microbial load (N0 ) and lower microbial quantification limit (Nlim ), and simplified the dynamic effects of come-up time (CUT). The inactivation of Listeria innocua in milk by HPP treatments at 300, 400, 500, and 600 MPa and pressure holding times (thold ) ≤10 min was determined experimentally to validate this model approach. Models based on exponential, logistic-exponential, and inverse functions were evaluated to describe the effect of pressure on the lag time (λ) and maximum inactivation rate (μmax ), whereas the asymptote difference (A) was fixed as A = log10 (N0 /Nlim )...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631418/the-effects-of-biodentine-polycaprolactone-3d-scaffold-with-odontogenesis-properties-on-human-dental-pulp-cells
#8
C-C Ho, H-Y Fang, B Wang, T-H Huang, M-Y Shie
AIM: To determine the feasibility of using three-dimensional printed Biodentine/polycaprolactone composite scaffolds for orthopaedic and dental applications. The physicochemical properties and the odontogenic differentiation of human dental pulp cells (hDPCs) were investigated. METHODOLOGY: Biodentine was well-suspended in ethanol and dropped slowly into molten polycaprolactone with vigorous stirring. The Biodentine/polycaprolactone composite scaffolds were then fabricated into controlled macropore sizes and structures using an extrusion-based three-dimensional (3D) printer...
June 20, 2017: International Endodontic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629042/functionalization-of-zno-nanoparticles-by-3-mercaptopropionic-acid-for-aqueous-curcumin-delivery-synthesis-characterization-and-anticancer-assessment
#9
Seyed-Behnam Ghaffari, Mohammad-Hossein Sarrafzadeh, Zahra Fakhroueian, Shadab Shahriari, M Reza Khorramizadeh
Inherent biocompatibility and stability of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) and their biomedical potentials make them an emerging candidate for drug delivery. The aim of this study was to develop and assess a simple procedure for surface functionalization of ZnO-NPs by 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) for water-soluble curcumin delivery. Carboxyl-terminated ZnO nanoparticles were successfully made using ZnCl2 and NaOH in the presence of MPA. The functional groups were activated by 1,1'-carbonyldiimidazole (CDI) and the curcumin bonding was carried out at room temperature for 24h...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628724/bifunctional-boron-phosphate-as-an-efficient-catalyst-for-epoxides-activation-to-synthesize-cyclic-carbonates-with-co2
#10
Zhimin Xue, Xinhui Zhao, Jingfang Wang, Tiancheng Mu
Development of inexpensive, easily-prepared, non-toxic and efficient catalysts for the cycloaddition of CO2 with epoxides to synthesize five-membered cyclic carbonates is a very attractive topic in the field of CO2 transformation. In this work, we conducted the first work on the cycloaddition of CO2 with epoxides to produce cyclic carbonates catalyzed by a binary catalyst system consisted of KI and boron phosphate (BPO4), which were both inexpensive and non-toxic, and various corresponding cyclic carbonates could be produced with high yields (93-99%) at 110 oC with a CO2 pressure of 4 MPa under solvent-free conditions...
June 19, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626862/acoustic-field-characterization-of-a-clinical-magnetic-resonance-guided-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-system-inside-the-magnet-bore
#11
Satya V V N Kothapalli, Michael B Altman, Ari Partanen, Leighton Wan, H Michael Gach, William Straube, Dennis E Hallahan, Hong Chen
PURPOSE: With the expanding clinical application of magnetic resonance-guided high intensity focused ultrasound (MR-HIFU), acoustic field characterization of MR-HIFU systems is needed for facilitating regulatory approval and ensuring consistent and safe power output of HIFU transducers. However, the established acoustic field measurement techniques typically use equipment that cannot be used in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) suite, thus posing a challenge to the development and execution of HIFU acoustic field characterization techniques...
June 19, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626205/designing-an-antibacterial-acrylic-resin-using-the-cosolvent-method-effect-of-ethanol-on-the-optical-and-mechanical-properties-of-a-cold-cure-acrylic-resin
#12
Takashi Nezu, Futami Nagano-Takebe, Kazuhiko Endo
Antimicrobial cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) has low miscibility with acrylic resin monomer but can be homogeneously mixed using ethanol as a cosolvent. This study investigated the effects of ethanol addition on the properties of a cold-cure acrylic resin. Ethanol was an excellent cosolvent for CPC and methyl methacrylate monomer (MMA), but the cured resin exhibited a strong change in coloration to yellow (ΔE*ab>8) and a drastically reduced bending strength (from 97 to 25 MPa) and elastic modulus (from 2...
June 15, 2017: Dental Materials Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624888/steady-state-pharmacokinetics-of-mycophenolic-acid-in-renal-transplant-patients-exploratory-analysis-of-the-effects-of-cyclosporine-recipients-and-donors-abcc2-gene-variants-and-their-interactions
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N Božina, Z Lalić, S Nađ-Škegro, A Borić-Bilušić, T Božina, Ž Kaštelan, V Trkulja
PURPOSE: The study aims to evaluate the impact of recipients' and donors' polymorphisms in multidrug resistance-associated protein 2 (MRP2) gene ABCC2 -24C>T and 1249G>A on disposition of mycophenolic acid (MPA) and their interaction with cyclosporine (CsA) (compared to tacrolimus, TAC) in stable de novo adult renal transplant patients of Croatian origin. METHODS: A total of 68 recipient-donor pairs were genotyped. Steady-state pharmacokinetics of MPA was assessed by the model-independent method...
June 18, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624705/controlled-release-of-basic-fibroblast-growth-factor-for-angiogenesis-using-acoustically-responsive-scaffolds
#14
Alexander Moncion, Melissa Lin, Eric G O'Neill, Renny T Franceschi, Oliver D Kripfgans, Andrew J Putnam, Mario L Fabiilli
The clinical translation of pro-angiogenic growth factors for treatment of vascular disease has remained a challenge due to safety and efficacy concerns. Various approaches have been used to design spatiotemporally-controlled delivery systems for growth factors in order to recapitulate aspects of endogenous signaling and thus assist in translation. We have developed acoustically-responsive scaffolds (ARSs), which are fibrin scaffolds doped with a payload-containing, sonosensitive emulsion. Payload release can be controlled non-invasively and in an on-demand manner using focused, megahertz-range ultrasound (US)...
June 9, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624682/effect-of-the-fungus-piriformospora-indica-on-physiological-characteristics-and-root-morphology-of-wheat-under-combined-drought-and-mechanical-stresses
#15
Fatemeh Hosseini, Mohammad Reza Mosaddeghi, Anthony Roger Dexter
This study was done to evaluate the effects of the root-colonizing endophytic fungus Piriformospora indica on wheat growth under combined drought and mechanical stresses. Inoculated (colonized) and non-inoculated (uncolonized) wheat (Triticum aestivum L. cv. Chamran) seedlings were planted in growth chambers filled with moist sand (at a matric suction of 20 hPa). Slight, moderate and severe mechanical stresses (i.e., penetration resistance, Qp, of 1.17, 4.17 and 5.96 MPa, respectively) were produced by a dead-load technique (i...
June 7, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624061/new-noncontact-sensor-for-detecting-pulmonary-tumors-during-video-assisted-thoracic-surgery
#16
Koichi Akayama, Yoshihiro Miyata, Tomohiro Kawahara, Morihito Okada, Makoto Kaneko, Masazumi Okajima, Hideki Ohdan
BACKGROUND: Small pulmonary tumors are difficult to localize during video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) because of lack of direct tissue contact. However, in partial lung resection, tumor localization is quite important. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and feasibility of a new noncontact sensor for detecting pulmonary nodules during VATS using human and porcine models. METHODS: The sensor, based on the principle of phase differences, comprises an air nozzle for producing air pulse jets and an optical fiber sensor to measure phase differences and visualize object stiffness...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620856/investigation-on-the-effect-of-sintering-temperature-on-kaolin-hollow-fibre-membrane-for-dye-filtration
#17
Nur Hamizah Mohtor, Mohd Hafiz Dzarfan Othman, Ahmad Fauzi Ismail, Mukhlis A Rahman, Juhana Jaafar, Nur Awanis Hashim
Despite its extraordinary price, ceramic membrane can still be able to surpass polymeric membrane in the applications that require high temperature and pressure conditions, as well as harsh chemical environment. In order to alleviate the high cost of ceramic material that still becomes one of the major factors that contributes to the high production cost of ceramic membrane, various attempts have been made to use low cost ceramic materials as alternatives to well-known expensive ceramic materials such as alumina, silica, and zirconia in the fabrication of ceramic membrane...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620118/role-of-p38-mapk-pathway-in-the-effects-of-high-magnitude-compression-on-nucleus-pulposus-cell-senescence-in-a-disc-perfusion%C3%A2-culture
#18
Pei Li, Ruijie Zhang, Yuan Xu, Lei Song, Qiang Zhou
Nucleus pulposus (NP) cell senescence is a typical pathological feature within the degenerative intervertebral disc. As a potential inducing and aggregating factor of disc degeneration, mechanical overloading affects disc biology in multiple ways. This study was to investigate the NP cell senescence-associated phenotype under intermittent high compression in an ex vivo disc bioreactor culture, and the role of the p38-MAPK pathway in this regulatory process. Porcine discs were cultured in culture chambers of a self-developed mechanically active bioreactor and subjected to different magnitudes of dynamic compression (low-magnitude and high-magnitude: 0...
June 15, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619021/treatment-of-thoracolumbar-burst-fractures-by-short-segment-pedicle-screw-fixation-using-a-combination-of-two-additional-pedicle-screws-and-vertebroplasty-at-the-level-of-the-fracture-a-finite-element-analysis
#19
Jen-Chung Liao, Weng-Pin Chen, Hao Wang
BACKGROUND: Traditional one-above and one-below four-screw posterior short-segment instrumentation is used for unstable thoracolumbar burst fractures. However, this method has a high rate of implant failure and early loss of reduction. The purpose of this study was to use finite element (FE) analysis to determine the effect of treating thoracolumbar burst fractures by short-segment pedicle screw fixation using a combination of two additional pedicle screws and vertebroplasty at the level of the fracture...
June 15, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618763/comparison-of-endothelin-and-nitric-oxide-synthase-blockers-on-hemorheological-parameters-in-endotoxemic-rats
#20
Neslihan H Dikmenoğlu Falkmarken, Okan Arihan, Alper B Iskit
BACKGROUND/AIM: Septic shock is an important health problem that vastly alters cardiovascular and hemodynamic status. Increased production of nitric oxide (NO) and endothelin is a counterpart of this endotoxemic state. This study was conducted to test the hypothesis that nonselective NO synthesis blocker (L-NAME), inducible NO synthesis blocker (L-canavanine), or endothelin receptor antagonist (bosentan) will reverse the effects of sepsis on hemorheological parameters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-eight male Sprague-Dawley rats were used in 8 groups: saline (control), endotoxin, bosentan, L-NAME, L-canavanine, endotoxin + bosentan, endotoxin + L-NAME, and endotoxin + L-canavanine...
June 12, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
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