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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545044/differentiation-of-spontaneously-contracting-cardiomyocytes-from-non-virally-reprogrammed-human-amniotic-fluid-stem-cells
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Aaron J Velasquez-Mao, Christopher J M Tsao, Madeline N Monroe, Xavier Legras, Beatrice Bissig-Choisat, Karl-Dimiter Bissig, Rodrigo Ruano, Jeffrey G Jacot
Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect. The limiting factor in tissue engineering repair strategies is an autologous source of functional cardiomyocytes. Amniotic fluid contains an ideal cell source for prenatal harvest and use in correction of congenital heart defects. This study aims to investigate the potential of amniotic fluid-derived stem cells (AFSC) to undergo non-viral reprogramming into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) followed by growth-factor-free differentiation into functional cardiomyocytes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544506/photocatalytic-nanosheet-lithography-a-new-concept-for-photolithography-based-on-organically-modified-photoactive-2d-nanosheets
#2
Pirmin Ganter, Bettina Valeska Lotsch
Harvesting the properties of nanosheets is not only crucial from a fundamental perspective, but also for the development of novel functional devices based on 2D nanosheets. Here, we demonstrate the processing of organically modified TBAxH1-xCa2Nb3O10 nanosheets into photonic thin films and study their colorimetric sensing properties in response to various aqueous and organic solvent vapors. Building on the enhanced solvent accessibility of TBA-containing nanosheets and their photocatalytic activity under UV irradiation, we develop a new concept for photocatalytic lithography using TBAxH1-xCa2Nb3O10 nanosheets as a negative photoresist to obtain high-fidelity micron-scale patterns of robust inorganic nanosheets...
May 24, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543681/activation-of-mmps-in-macrophages-by-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-via-the-mir-223-bmal1-signaling-pathway
#3
Jun Lou, Yongli Wang, Zhimin Zhang, Weiqiang Qiu
An interaction between Mycobacterium tuberculosis and macrophages constitutes an essential step in tuberculosis development, as macrophages exert both positive and negative effects on M. tuberculosis-triggered organ lesions. In this study, we focused on the regulation of the expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), which is responsible for lung matrix degradation and bacteria dissection, in macrophages following M. tuberculosis infection. Female BALB/c mice were intravenously injected with the M. tuberculosis strain H37Rv at 0h zeitgeber time (ZT0) or 12 h zeitgeber time (ZT12)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543638/a-novel-nonmetal-containing-nitric-oxide-releaser-activatable-with-single-photon-green-light
#4
Salvatore Sortino, Marco Blangetti, Aurore Fraix, Loretta Lazzarato, Elisabetta Marini, Barbara Rolando, Federica Sodano, Roberta Fruttero, Alberto Gasco
We have devised and achieved via a facile synthetic route a novel organic NO photoreleaser based on a BODIPY light harvesting antenna. This compound is stable in the dark and delivers NO under photoexcitation with the biologically favorable green light. Temporally regulated vasodilation capability is demonstrated on rat aorta by green-light-induced NO release.
May 22, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542288/structural-models-of-the-different-trimers-present-in-the-core-of-phycobilisomes-from-gracilaria-chilensis-based-on-crystal-structures-and-sequences
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Jorge Dagnino-Leone, Maximiliano Figueroa, Claudia Mella, María Alejandra Vorphal, Frédéric Kerff, Aleikar José Vásquez, Marta Bunster, José Martínez-Oyanedel
Phycobilisomes (PBS) are accessory light harvesting protein complexes that directionally transfer energy towards photosystems. Phycobilisomes are organized in a central core and rods radiating from it. Components of phycobilisomes in Gracilaria chilensis (Gch) are Phycobiliproteins (PBPs), Phycoerythrin (PE), and Phycocyanin (PC) in the rods, while Allophycocyanin (APC) is found in the core, and linker proteins (L). The function of such complexes depends on the structure of each component and their interaction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541931/the-role-of-constructed-wetlands-for-biomass-production-within-the-water-soil-waste-nexus
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C T Avellan, R Ardakanian, P Gremillion
The use of constructed wetlands for water pollution control has a long standing tradition in urban, peri-urban, rural, agricultural and mining environments. The capacity of wetland plants to take up nutrients and to filter organic matter has been widely discussed and presented in diverse fora and published in hundreds of articles. In an ever increasingly complex global world, constructed wetlands not only play a role in providing safe sanitation in decentralized settings, shelter for biodiversity, and cleansing of polluted sites, in addition, they produce biomass that can be harvested and used for the production of fodder and fuel...
May 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538649/attenuation-of-hemorrhage-associated-lung-injury-by-adjuvant-treatment-with-c23-an-oligopeptide-derived-from-cold-inducible-rna-binding-protein-cirp
#7
Fangming Zhang, Weng-Lang Yang, Max Brenner, Ping Wang
BACKGROUND: Hemorrhagic shock (HS) is an important cause of mortality. HS is associated with an elevated incidence of acute lung injury (ALI) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), significantly contributing to HS morbidity and mortality. Cold-inducible RNA-binding protein (CIRP) is released into the circulation during HS and can cause lung injury. C23 is a CIRP-derived oligopeptide that binds with high affinity to the CIRP receptor and inhibits CIRP-induced phagocyte secretion of TNF-α...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538578/total-abdominal-wall-transplantation-an-anatomical-study-and-classification-system
#8
David Light, Neilendu Kundu, Risal Djohan, Cristiano Quintini, Namita Gandhi, Brian R Gastman, Richard Drake, Maria Siemionow, James E Zins
BACKGROUND: Candidates for multivisceral transplantation present with complex defects often beyond traditional reconstructive options. In this study, the authors describe a dissection technique for a total abdominal wall vascularized composite flap. In addition, the authors suggest a classification system for complex abdominal wall defects. METHODS: Forty fresh, cadaveric hemiabdomens were dissected, with care taken to preserve the iliofemoral, deep circumflex iliac, superficial circumflex iliac, deep inferior epigastric, and superficial inferior epigastric arteries and corresponding veins...
June 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538362/statistical-analysis-of-organ-morphometric-parameters-and-weights-in-south-iranian-adult-autopsies
#9
Saeid Gholamzadeh, Mohammad Zarenezhad, Mahmoud Montazeri, Marzieh Zareikordshooli, Ghazaleh Sadeghi, Abdorrasoul Malekpour, Sanaz Hoseni, Mohammadreza Bahrani, Razieh Hajatmand
Organ weight is one important indicator to discern normal from abnormal condition in forensic pathology as well as in clinical medicine. The present study aimed to investigate morphometric parameters and organ weights of southern Iranian adults, which can be fundamental sources to be compared to abnormal cases.Morphometric parameters and weights of 6 organs (heart, liver, kidney, spleen, appendix, and brain), which were harvested from 501 southern Iranian adults (385 males and 116 females) during ordinary postmortem examination, were measured...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534399/self-assembly-of-organic-ferroelectrics-by-evaporative-dewetting-a-case-of-%C3%AE-glycine
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Ensieh Seyedhosseini, Konstantin Romanyuk, Daria Vasileva, Semen Vasilev, Alla Nuraeva, Pavel Zelenovskiy, Maxim S Ivanov, Anna N Morozovska, Vladimir Ya Shur, Haidong Lu, Alexei Gruverman, Andrei Leonidovitch Kholkin
Self-assembly of ferroelectric materials attracts significant interest because it offers a promising fabrication route to novel structures useful for microelectronic devices such as non-volatile memories, integrated sensors/actuators, or energy harvesters. In this work, we demonstrate a novel approach for self-assembly of organic ferroelectrics (as exemplified by ferroelectric β-glycine) using evaporative dewetting, which allows forming quasi-regular arrays of nano- and microislands with preferred orientation of polarization axes...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534326/-comparative-study-of-3d-and-2d-laparoscopic-surgery-for-gastrointestinal-tumors
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Fujian Ji, Xuedong Fang, Bingyuan Fei
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the technical advantages of 3D laparoscopic and 2D laparoscopic surgery for gastrointestinal tumors. METHODS: Clinical data of gastrointestinal cancer patients undergoing 3D laparoscopic or 2D laparoscopic surgery from January 2015 to January 2017 in our department were retrospectively analyzed These patients included 93 gastric cancer cases undergoing laparoscopic radical resection (total gastrectomy, 48 cases in 3D group, 45 cases in 2D group), 45 rectal cancer cases undergoing radical resection combined with lateral lymph node dissection (27 cases in 3D group, 18 cases in 2D group) and 76 right colon cancer cases undergoing radical resection (37 cases in 3D group, 39 cases in 2D group)...
May 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528644/bypassing-negative-epistasis-on-yield-in-tomato-imposed-by-a-domestication-gene
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Sebastian Soyk, Zachary H Lemmon, Matan Oved, Josef Fisher, Katie L Liberatore, Soon Ju Park, Anna Goren, Ke Jiang, Alexis Ramos, Esther van der Knaap, Joyce Van Eck, Dani Zamir, Yuval Eshed, Zachary B Lippman
Selection for inflorescence architecture with improved flower production and yield is common to many domesticated crops. However, tomato inflorescences resemble wild ancestors, and breeders avoided excessive branching because of low fertility. We found branched variants carry mutations in two related transcription factors that were selected independently. One founder mutation enlarged the leaf-like organs on fruits and was selected as fruit size increased during domestication. The other mutation eliminated the flower abscission zone, providing "jointless" fruit stems that reduced fruit dropping and facilitated mechanical harvesting...
May 15, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528502/influence-of-amendments-on-cd-and-zn-uptake-and-accumulation-in-rice-oryza-sativa-l-in-contaminated-soil
#13
Patompong Saengwilai, Weeradej Meeinkuirt, John Pichtel, Preeyaporn Koedrith
Cadmium is a toxic metallic element that poses serious human health risks via consumption of contaminated agricultural products. The effect of mixtures of dicalcium phosphate and organic amendments, namely cow manure (MD) and leonardite (LD), on Cd and Zn uptake of three rice cultivars (KDML105, KD53, and PSL2) was examined in mesocosm experiments. Plant growth, Cd and Zn accumulation, and physicochemical properties of the test soils were investigated before and after plant harvest. Amendment application was found to improve soil physicochemical properties; in particular, soil organic matter content and nutrient (N, P, K, Ca, and Mg) concentrations increased significantly...
May 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527805/effects-of-replacement-of-late-harvested-grass-silage-and-barley-with-early-harvested-silage-on-milk-production-and-methane-emissions
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E H Cabezas-Garcia, S J Krizsan, K J Shingfield, P Huhtanen
This study evaluated the effects of gradual replacement of a mixture of late-cut grass silage (LS) and barley with early-cut grass silage (ES) on milk production, CH4 emissions, and N utilization in Swedish Red cows. Two grass silages were prepared from the same primary growth of timothy grass sward but harvested 2 wk apart [11.0 and 9.7 MJ of metabolizable energy/kg of dry matter (DM)]. Four diets, fed as a total mixed ration, were formulated to meet the metabolizable energy and protein requirements of 35 kg of energy-corrected milk (ECM) by gradually replacing a mixture of LS and barley with ES (0, 33, 67, and 100% of the forage component of the diet), whereas the proportion of barley decreased from 47...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527803/using-brown-midrib-6-dwarf-forage-sorghum-silage-and-fall-grown-oat-silage-in-lactating-dairy-cow-rations
#15
M T Harper, J Oh, F Giallongo, J C Lopes, G W Roth, A N Hristov
Double cropping and increasing crop diversity could improve dairy farm economic and environmental sustainability. In this experiment, corn silage was partially replaced with 2 alternative forages, brown midrib-6 brachytic dwarf forage sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) or fall-grown oat (Avena sativa) silage, in the diet of lactating dairy cows. We investigated the effect on dry matter (DM) intake, milk yield (MY), milk components and fatty acid profile, apparent total-tract nutrient digestibility, N utilization, enteric methane emissions, and income over feed cost...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527738/life-cycle-assessment-of-sustainable-raw-material-acquisition-for-functional-magnetite-bionanoparticle-production
#16
Jhuma Sadhukhan, Nimisha Joshi, Mobolaji Shemfe, Jonathan R Lloyd
Magnetite nanoparticles (MNPs) have several applications, including use in medical diagnostics, renewable energy production and waste remediation. However, the processes for MNP production from analytical-grade materials are resource intensive and can be environmentally damaging. This work for the first time examines the life cycle assessment (LCA) of four MNP production cases: (i) industrial MNP production system; (ii) a state-of-the-art MNP biosynthesis system; (iii) an optimal MNP biosynthesis system and (iv) an MNP biosynthesis system using raw materials sourced from wastewaters, in order to recommend a sustainable raw material acquisition pathway for MNP synthesis...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527715/influence-of-netrin-1-on-reinnervation-of-laryngeal-muscles-following-recurrent-laryngeal-nerve-injury
#17
Ignacio Hernandez-Morato, Shira Koss, Sansar Sharma, Michael J Pitman
Following recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) injury, recovery results in poor functional restitution of the paralyzed vocal fold. Netrin-1 has been found to be upregulated in the rat posterior cricoarytenoid muscle (PCA) during nerve regeneration, We evaluated the effect of ectopic Netrin-1 in the PCA during RLN reinnervation. The right RLN was transected and Netrin-1 was injected into the PCA (2.5, 5, 10, 15, 20μg/ml). At 7 days post injury fluorescent retrograde tracer was injected into PCA and Thyroarytenoid (TA) muscles...
May 17, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527035/comparison-of-rhizosphere-properties-as-affected-by-different-bt-and-non-bt-cotton-gossypium-hirsutum-l-genotypes-and-fertilization
#18
Maqshoof Ahamd, Waleed Mumtaz Abbasi, Moazzam Jamil, Muhammad Iqbal, Azhar Hussain, Muhammad Fakhar-U-Zaman Akhtar, Farheen Nazli
Incorporation of genetically modified crops in the cropping system raises the need for studying the effect of these crops on the soil ecosystem. The current study aimed to compare the effect of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)- and non-Bt-cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) genotypes on rhizosphere properties under fertilized and unfertilized soil conditions. One non-Bt-cotton (IUB 75) and four Bt-cotton varieties (IUB-222, MM-58, IUB-13, FH-142) were sown in a Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD) in a factorial fashion with three replications under unfertilized (T1) and fertilized (T2 at NPK 310-170-110 kg ha(-1)) soil conditions...
June 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525944/oxidative-stress-and-some-biochemical-alterations-due-to-scorpion-leiurus-quinquestriatus-crude-venom-in-rats
#19
Muhammad M A Salman, Seddik Hammad
Scorpion envenomation is a common medical problem in many countries; it is an important cause of morbidity and mortality. The venom of Leiurus quinquestriatus (LQ) is responsible for a number of deaths in children and adults. It has been stated that specific pathophysiological conditions such as generation of oxygen free radicals may trigger the onset of multiple organ dysfunction; therefore, the present study aimed to assess the oxidative stress mediated by LQ crude venom and its effect on the biochemical parameters in rats...
May 15, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524245/towards-efficient-spectral-converters-through-materials-design-for-luminescent-solar-devices
#20
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Barry McKenna, Rachel C Evans
Single-junction photovoltaic devices exhibit a bottleneck in their efficiency due to incomplete or inefficient harvesting of photons in the low- or high-energy regions of the solar spectrum. Spectral converters can be used to convert solar photons into energies that are more effectively captured by the photovoltaic device through a photoluminescence process. Here, recent advances in the fields of luminescent solar concentration, luminescent downshifting, and upconversion are discussed. The focus is specifically on the role that materials science has to play in overcoming barriers in the optical performance in all spectral converters and on their successful integration with both established (e...
May 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
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