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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343104/localized-surface-plasmon-resonance-mediated-fluorescence-signals-in-plasmonic-nanoparticle-quantum-dot-hybrids-for-ultrasensitive-zika-virus-rna-detection-via-hairpin-hybridization-assays
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Oluwasesan Adegoke, Masahiro Morita, Tatsuya Kato, Masahito Ito, Tetsuro Suzuki, Enoch Y Park
The current epidemic caused by the Zika virus (ZIKV) and the devastating effects of this virus on fetal development, which result in an increased incidence of congenital microcephaly symptoms, have prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the ZIKV a public health issue of global concern. Efficient probes that offer high detection sensitivity and specificity are urgently required to aid in the point-of-care treatment of the virus. In this study, we show that localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) signals from plasmonic nanoparticles (NPs) can be used to mediate the fluorescence signal from semiconductor quantum dot (Qdot) nanocrystals in a molecular beacon (MB) biosensor probe for ZIKV RNA detection...
March 22, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340224/the-association-of-context-specific-sitting-time-and-physical-activity-intensity-to-working-memory-capacity-and-academic-achievement-in-young-adults
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Mireia Felez-Nobrega, Charles H Hillman, Eva Cirera, Anna Puig-Ribera
To examine combined associations between self-reported context-specific sitting time (ST) and physical activity (PA) with working memory capacity (WMC) and academic achievement in a sample of Spanish adults. Undergraduate students ( n = 371; 21 years ± 3 years, 44% female) were recruited from University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia. Participants completed a 54-item survey that assessed socio-demographic variables (e.g. age, gender, academic year), min/week of light (LPA), moderate (MPA) and vigorous (VPA) intensity PA (International Physical Activity Questionnaire), min/day of domain-specific ST (Last 7 days sedentary behavior questionnaire) and academic performance (grade point average)...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339364/clinical-and-prognostic-features-of-korean-patients-with-mpo-anca-pr3-anca-and-anca-negative-vasculitis
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Juyoung Yoo, Ho Jae Kim, Sung Soo Ahn, Seung Min Jung, Jason Jungsik Song, Yong-Beom Park, Sang-Won Lee
OBJECTIVES: We reclassified Korean patients with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) into 3 categories of AAV including MPO-ANCA, PR3-ANCA and ANCA negative vasculitis, and investigated clinical and prognostic features. METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of 133 patients with microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) and eosinophilic GPA (EGPA), who had having either myeloperoxidase (MPO)-ANCA, proteinase 3 (PR3)-ANCA or no ANCA, and who had ever achieved the first remission...
March 23, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339010/effects-of-different-cellulose-membranes-regenerated-from-styela-clava-tunics-on-wound-healing
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Sung Hwa Song, Keum Yong Seong, Ji Eun Kim, Jun Go, Eun Kyoung Koh, Ji Eun Sung, Hong Joo Son, Young Jin Jung, Hye Sung Kim, Jin Tae Hong, Dae Youn Hwang
The aim of this study was to investigate the therapeutic effects of three different cellulose membranes (CMs) manufactured from Styela clava tunics (SCTs) on the healing of cutaneous wounds. We examined the physical properties and therapeutic effects of three CMs regenerated from SCTs (referred to as SCT‑ CMs), including normal CM (SCT‑CM), freeze-dried SCT‑CM (FSCT‑CM) and sodium alginate-supplemented SCT‑CM (ASCT‑CM) on skin regeneration and angiogenesis using Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. FSCT‑CM exhibited an outstanding interlayered structure, a high tensile strength (1...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338739/retention-of-stored-water-enables-tropical-tree-saplings-to-survive-extreme-drought-conditions
#5
Brett T Wolfe
Trees generally maintain a small safety margin between the stem water potential (Ψstem) reached during seasonal droughts and the Ψstem associated with their mortality. This pattern may indicate that species face similar mortality risk during extreme droughts. However, if tree species vary in their ability to regulate Ψstem, then safety margins would poorly predict drought mortality. To explore variation among species in Ψstem regulation, I subjected potted saplings of six tropical tree species to extreme drought and compared their responses with well-watered plants and pretreatment reference plants...
February 9, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338733/genetic-adaptation-and-phenotypic-plasticity-contribute-to-greater-leaf-hydraulic-tolerance-in-response-to-drought-in-warmer-climates
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Chris J Blackman, Michael J Aspinwall, David T Tissue, Paul D Rymer
The ability of plants to maintain an intact water transport system in leaves under drought conditions is intimately linked to survival and can been be seen as adaptive in shaping species climatic limits. Large differences in leaf hydraulic vulnerability to drought are known among species from contrasting climates, yet whether this trait varies among populations within a single species and, furthermore, whether it is altered by changes in growth conditions, remain unclear. We examined intraspecific variation in both leaf water transport capacity (Kleaf) and leaf hydraulic vulnerability to drought (P50leaf) among eight populations of Corymbia calophylla (R...
February 9, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338717/divergences-in-hydraulic-architecture-form-an-important-basis-for-niche-differentiation-between-diploid-and-polyploid-betula-species-in-ne-china
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Wei-Wei Zhang, Jia Song, Miao Wang, Yan-Yan Liu, Na Li, Yong-Jiang Zhang, N Michele Holbrook, Guang-You Hao
Habitat differentiation between polyploid and diploid plants are frequently observed, with polyploids usually occupying more stressed environments. In woody plants, polyploidization can greatly affect wood characteristics but knowledge of its influences on xylem hydraulics is scarce. The four Betula species in NE China, representing two diploids and two polyploids with obvious habitat differentiation, provide an exceptional study system for investigating the impact of polyploidization on environmental adaptation of trees from the point view of xylem hydraulics...
February 13, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337488/supercritical-carbon-dioxide-based-sterilization-of-decellularized-heart-valves
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Ryan S Hennessy, Soumen Jana, Brandon J Tefft, Meghana R Helder, Melissa D Young, Rebecca R Hennessy, Nicholas J Stoyles, Amir Lerman
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this research project encompasses finding the most efficient and effective method of decellularized tissue sterilization. BACKGROUND: Aortic tissue grafts have been utilized to repair damaged or diseased valves. Although, the tissues for grafting are collected aseptically, it does not eradicate the risk of contamination nor disease transfer. Thus, sterilization of grafts is mandatory. Several techniques have been applied to sterilize grafts; however, each technique shows drawbacks...
February 2017: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337031/multimode-fiber-tip-fabry-perot-cavity-for-highly-sensitive-pressure-measurement
#9
W P Chen, D N Wang, Ben Xu, C L Zhao, H F Chen
We demonstrate an optical Fabry-Perot interferometer fiber tip sensor based on an etched end of multimode fiber filled with ultraviolet adhesive. The fiber device is miniature (with diameter of less than 60 μm), robust and low cost, in a convenient reflection mode of operation, and has a very high gas pressure sensitivity of -40.94 nm/MPa, a large temperature sensitivity of 213 pm/°C within the range from 55 to 85 °C, and a relatively low temperature cross-sensitivity of 5.2 kPa/°C. This device has a high potential in monitoring environment of high pressure...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334369/isotropic-failure-criteria-are-not-appropriate-for-anisotropic-fibrous-biological-tissues
#10
Christopher E Korenczuk, Lauren E Votava, Rohit Y Dhume, Shannen B Kizilski, George E Brown, Rahul Narain, Victor H Barocas
The von Mises (VM) stress is a common stress measure for finite-element models of tissue mechanics. The VM failure criterion, however, is inherently isotropic, and therefore may yield incorrect results for anisotropic tissues, and the relevance of the VM stress to anisotropic materials is not clear. We explored the application of a well-studied anisotropic failure criterion, the Tsai-Hill (TH) theory, to the mechanically anisotropic porcine aorta. Uniaxial dogbones were cut at different angles and stretched to failure...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333054/removal-of-organic-phosphorus-and-formaldehyde-in-glyphosate-wastewater-by-cwo-and-the-lime-catalyzed-formose-reaction
#11
Bo Xing, Honglin Chen, Xiaoming Zhang
Glyphosate (PMG) wastewater with 40-600 mg/L organic phosphorus (OP) and 1-4% CH2O was treated by catalytic wet oxidation (CWO) and the lime-catalyzed formose reaction to remove total phosphorus (TP) and improve biodegradability. Activated carbons (ACs) modified by H2O2 oxidation and thermal treatment with melamine were used as CWO catalysts and characterized by N2 adsorption/desorption and XPS. The CWO experiments were performed in an autoclave reactor at 110-130 °C and 1.0 MPa. The modified AC showed higher catalytic activity than the parent AC due to the introduction of nitrogen-containing functional groups, exhibited over 90% OP removal for various real PMG wastewaters, and had good stability for 20 consecutive CWO runs...
March 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332926/efficient-degradation-of-organic-phosphorus-in-glyphosate-wastewater-by-catalytic-wet-oxidation-using-modified-activated-carbon-as-a-catalyst
#12
Bo Xing, Honglin Chen, Xiaoming Zhang
Glyphosate (PMG) wastewater, which is an organic phosphorus (OP) wastewater containing 200-3000 mg/L glyphosate, was treated via catalytic wet oxidation (CWO) to degrade glyphosate to orthophosphate (PO4(3-)). The catalysts were activated carbons (ACs) modified by H2O2 oxidation and thermal treatment with ammonia or melamine. The catalysts were characterized using N2 adsorption/desorption, Boehm titration, and XPS. The CWO experiments were performed in a co-current upflow fixed bed reactor at 110-130 °C and under 1...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332657/enhanced-hydrogen-sorption-in-a-li-mg-n-h-system-by-the-synergistic-role-of-li4-nh2-3bh4-and-zrfe2
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Vivek Shukla, Ashish Bhatnagar, Pawan K Soni, Alok K Vishwakarma, M A Shaz, T P Yadav, O N Srivastava
The present investigation describes the synergistic role of Li4(BH4)(NH2)3 and ZrFe2 in the hydrogen storage behaviour of a Li-Mg-N-H hydride system. The onset desorption temperature of ZrFe2-catalysed Mg(NH2)2-LiH-Li4(BH4)(NH2)3 is ∼122 °C, which is 83 °C, 63 °C, and 28 °C lower than that of thermally treated 2LiNH2-1MgH2, 2LiNH2-1MgH2-4 wt%ZrFe2, and 2LiNH2-1MgH2-0.1LiBH4 composites, respectively. Native Mg(NH2)2-LiH-Li4(BH4)(NH2)3 absorbed only 2.78 wt% of H2 within 30 min. On the other hand, the ZrFe2-catalysed Mg(NH2)2-LiH-Li4(BH4)(NH2)3 sample absorbed 3...
March 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330449/a-cross-sectional-study-of-the-effects-of-load-carriage-on-running-characteristics-and-tibial-mechanical-stress-implications-for-stress-fracture-injuries-in-women
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Chun Xu, Amy Silder, Ju Zhang, Jaques Reifman, Ginu Unnikrishnan
BACKGROUND: Load carriage is associated with musculoskeletal injuries, such as stress fractures, during military basic combat training. By investigating the influence of load carriage during exercises on the kinematics and kinetics of the body and on the biomechanical responses of bones, such as the tibia, we can quantify the role of load carriage on bone health. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study using an integrated musculoskeletal-finite-element model to analyze how the amount of load carriage in women affected the kinematics and kinetics of the body, as well as the tibial mechanical stress during running...
March 23, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329771/capacity-shortfalls-hinder-the-performance-of-marine-protected-areas-globally
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David A Gill, Michael B Mascia, Gabby N Ahmadia, Louise Glew, Sarah E Lester, Megan Barnes, Ian Craigie, Emily S Darling, Christopher M Free, Jonas Geldmann, Susie Holst, Olaf P Jensen, Alan T White, Xavier Basurto, Lauren Coad, Ruth D Gates, Greg Guannel, Peter J Mumby, Hannah Thomas, Sarah Whitmee, Stephen Woodley, Helen E Fox
Marine protected areas (MPAs) are increasingly being used globally to conserve marine resources. However, whether many MPAs are being effectively and equitably managed, and how MPA management influences substantive outcomes remain unknown. We developed a global database of management and fish population data (433 and 218 MPAs, respectively) to assess: MPA management processes; the effects of MPAs on fish populations; and relationships between management processes and ecological effects. Here we report that many MPAs failed to meet thresholds for effective and equitable management processes, with widespread shortfalls in staff and financial resources...
March 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328764/simultaneous-determination-of-protein-unbound-cyclosporine-a-and-mycophenolic-acid-in-kidney-transplant-patients-using-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#16
Heike Bittersohl, Juliane Herbinger, Ming Wen, Lutz Renders, Werner Steimer, Peter B Luppa
BACKGROUND: Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) of immunosuppressants is essential to optimize patient care after organ transplantation. In blood, most immunosuppressive drugs are bound to plasma proteins or located inside blood cells. However, it is generally assumed that only protein-unbound (free) drug concentrations are pharmacologically active and could therefore better reflect the clinical outcome. Study data are still limited due to lacking rapid analytical methods. Therefore, a simple multiplex method for direct measurement of free cyclosporine A (CsA) and mycophenolic acid (MPA) has been developed...
March 21, 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328202/synthesis-and-fabrication-of-nanocomposite-fibers-of-collagen-cellulose-nanocrystals-by-coelectrocompaction
#17
Elvis Cudjoe, Mousa Younesi, Edward Cudjoe, Ozan Akkus, Stuart J Rowan
An electrochemical process has been used to compact cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) and access aligned micron-sized CNC fibers. Placing a current across aqueous solutions of carboxylic acid functionalized CNCs (t-CNC-COOH) or carboxylic acid/primary amine functionalized CNCs (t-CNC-COOH-NH2) creates a pH gradient between the electrodes, which results in the migration and concentration of the CNC fibers at their isoelectric point. By matching the carboxylic acid/amine ratio of CNCs and collagen (ca. 30:70 carboxylic acid:amine ratio), it is possible to coelectrocompact both nanofibers and access aligned nanocomposite fibers...
March 22, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327659/the-immunosuppressant-mycophenolic-acid-alters-nucleotide-and-lipid-metabolism-in-an-intestinal-cell-model
#18
Svenja Heischmann, Monika Dzieciatkowska, Kirk Hansen, Dieter Leibfritz, Uwe Christians
The study objective was to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying the negative effects of mycophenolic acid (MPA) on human intestinal cells. Effects of MPA exposure and guanosine supplementation on nucleotide concentrations in LS180 cells were assessed using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. Proteomics analysis was carried out using stable isotope labeling by amino acids in cell culture combined with gel-based liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry and lipidome analysis using (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327658/miniaturization-for-ultrathin-metamaterial-perfect-absorber-in-the-vhf-band
#19
Bui Xuan Khuyen, Bui Son Tung, Young Joon Yoo, Young Ju Kim, Ki Won Kim, Liang-Yao Chen, Vu Dinh Lam, YoungPak Lee
An efficient resolution for ultrathin metamaterial perfect absorber (MPA) is proposed and demonstrated in the VHF radio band (30-300 MHz). By adjusting the lumped capacitors and the through vertical interconnects, the absorber is miniaturized to be only λ/816 and λ/84 for its thickness and periodicity with respect to the operating wavelength (at 102 MHz), respectively. The detailed simulation and calculation show that the MPA can maintain an absorption rate over 90% in a certain range of incident angle and with a wide variation of capacitance...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325365/macrocystic-ductal-adenocarcinoma-of-prostate-a-rare-gross-appearance-of-prostate-cancer
#20
Fumiyoshi Kojima, Hiroyuki Koike, Ibu Matsuzaki, Yoshifumi Iwahashi, Kenji Warigaya, Masakazu Fujimoto, Kazuo Ono, Youji Urata, Yasuo Kohjimoto, Isao Hara, Shin-Ichi Murata
Macroscopic cyst-formation by prostatic adenocarcinoma, herein referred to as macrocystic prostatic adenocarcinoma (MPA), is extremely rare. To date, no studies of prostate cancer performed based on gross cystic appearance have been reported. MPA can include various diseases, one of which is cystadenocarcinoma. Several cases of ductal adenocarcinoma exhibiting a macrocystic appearance have recently been reported; however, the histological and clinicopathological characteristics of MPAs have yet to be characterized and established...
April 2017: Annals of Diagnostic Pathology
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