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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352493/effect-of-dietary-manipulation-and-vaccination-of-turkey-breeder-hens-on-immunoglobulin-levels-of-yolk-yolk-sac-and-neonate-poults
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A Bhattacharyya, S Majumdar, S K Bhanja, A B Mandal, B B Dash
Two hundred turkey breeder hens and 24 viable toms of 30-35 weeks age of small white variety were distributed into two treatment groups having four replicates of 25 hens and three toms in each treatment. First four replicates were offered a turkey breeder diet (Diet A) (Nutrient requirements of poultry, 1994, National Academic Press, Washington, DC) and the rest four replicates were maintained on a higher plane of nutrition (Diet B) for 8-week duration. After 6 weeks of experimental feeding, two replicates from each treatment groups were vaccinated with ND (R2 B) vaccine...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351397/acute-small-intestinal-inflammation-results-in-persistent-lymphatic-alterations
#2
Sonia Rehal, Matthew Stephens, Simon Roizes, Shan Liao, Pierre-Yves von der Weid
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has a complex pathophysiology with limited treatments. Structural and functional changes in the intestinal lymphatic system have been associated with the disease, with increased risk of IBD occurrence linked to a history of acute intestinal injury. To examine the potential role of the lymphatic system in inflammation recurrence, we evaluated morphological and functional changes in mouse mucosal and mesenteric lymphatic vessels, and within the mesenteric lymph nodes during acute ileitis caused by a 7-day treatment with dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)...
December 14, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351332/impedance-spectroscopy-of-single-bacterial-nanofilament-reveals-water-mediated-charge-transfer
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Artem Grebenko, Vyacheslav Dremov, Petr Barzilovich, Anton Bubis, Konstantin Sidoruk, Tatiyana Voeikova, Zarina Gagkaeva, Timur Chernov, Evgeny Korostylev, Boris Gorshunov, Konstantin Motovilov
For decades respiratory chain and photosystems were the main firing field of the studies devoted to mechanisms of electron transfer in proteins. The concept of conjugated lateral electron and transverse proton transport during cellular respiration and photosynthesis, which was formulated in the beginning of 1960-s, has been confirmed by thousands of experiments. However, charge transfer in recently discovered bacterial nanofilaments produced by various electrogenic bacteria is regarded currently outside of electron and proton conjugation concept...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350775/randomized-trial-of-transcranial-dc-stimulation-for-post-stroke-dysphagia
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Sonja Suntrup-Krueger, Corinna Ringmaier, Paul Muhle, Andreas Wollbrink, Andre Kemmling, Uta Hanning, Inga Claus, Tobias Warnecke, Inga Teismann, Christo Pantev, Rainer Dziewas
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated whether transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is able to enhance dysphagia rehabilitation following stroke. Besides relating clinical effects with neuroplastic changes in cortical swallowing processing we aimed to identify factors influencing treatment success. METHODS: In this double-blind, randomized study 60 acute dysphagic stroke patients received contralesional anodal (1 mA, 20 min) or sham tDCS on four consecutive days. Swallowing function was thoroughly assessed before and after the intervention using the validated Fiberoptic Endoscopic Dysphagia Severity Scale (FEDSS) and clinical assessment...
January 19, 2018: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350535/contact-charge-electrophoresis-fundamentals-and-microfluidic-applications
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Kyle J M Bishop, Aaron M Drews, Charles A Cartier, Shashank Pandey, Yong Dou
Contact charge electrophoresis (CCEP) uses steady electric fields to drive the oscillatory motion of conductive particles and droplets between two or more electrodes. In contrast to traditional forms of electrophoresis and dielectrophoresis, CCEP allows for rapid and sustained particle motions driven by low-power DC voltages. These attributes make CCEP a promising mechanism for powering active components for mobile microfluidic technologies. This Review describes our current understanding of CCEP as well as recent strategies to harness it for applications in microfluidics and beyond...
January 19, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350202/observation-of-low-temperature-metastable-states-in-complex-camn7o12
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Parul Jain, Dipanshu Bansal, Gyaneshwar Sharma, Anupam Bhattacharya, Babita Ingale, Olivier Delaire, Ratnamala Chatterjee
The low temperature magnetic behaviour of the multiferroic quadruple perovskite CaMn7O12 is investigated. The magneto-caloric effect in this material is presented for the first time. Along with the established magnetic transitions, T N1 ~ 90 K and T N2 ~ 45 K, an anomaly at 20 K is observed in our dc magnetization, ac susceptibility and dielectric measurements; below which, an inverse magnetocaloric effect is also observed in our  -ΔS M (T) plots. The neutron scattering measurements show minimal change between 10 K and 30 K in static correlations, but a clear change in energy and linewidth of the magnetic excitations is evident...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348890/adoptive-immunotherapy-shows-encouraging-benefit-on-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#7
Binghao Zhao, Wenxiong Zhang, Dongliang Yu, Jianjun Xu, Yiping Wei
Although adoptive immunotherapy (AIT) is a novel emerging target treatment for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), its actual efficacy remains controversial. In this meta-analysis, we aimed to evaluate the efficacy of AIT for NSCLC. We systematically searched PubMed, the Cochrane Library, EMBASE, Medline, and Web of Science for relevant parallel randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and high-quality observation studies of AIT without any language restrictions. Two investigators reviewed all the texts and extracted information regarding overall survival rate (OS), progression-free survival rate (PFS), objective response rate (ORR), and disease control rate (DCR) from eligible studies; sensitivity analyses and subgroup analyses were also conducted to reduce heterogeneity Of 319 suitable studies, 15 studies (13 RCTs and 2 observation studies) involving 1684 patients were finally included...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348873/impaired-epidermal-langerhans-cell-maturation-in-tgf%C3%AE-inducible-early-gene-1-tieg1-knockout-mice
#8
Xilin Zhang, Yi Yao, Wei-Zen Wei, Zeng-Quan Yang, Jun Gu, Li Zhou
TGF-β-inducible early gene 1 (TIEG1), also known as Krüppel-like factor 10 (Klf10), represents a major downstream transcription factor of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) signaling. Epidermal Langerhans cells (LCs), a unique subpopulation of dendritic cells (DC), essentially mediates immune surveillance and tolerance. TGF-β1 plays a pivotal role in LC maintenance and function after birth, although the underpinning mechanisms remain elusive. Here, we hypothesized that TIEG1 might be involved in TGF-β1-mediated LC homeostasis and function...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348535/umbilical-cord-extracts-improve-osteoporotic-abnormalities-of-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-promote-their-therapeutic-effects-on-ovariectomised-rats
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Akira Saito, Kanna Nagaishi, Kousuke Iba, Yuka Mizue, Takako Chikenji, Miho Otani, Masako Nakano, Kazusa Oyama, Toshihiko Yamashita, Mineko Fujimiya
Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) are the most valuable source of autologous cells for transplantation and tissue regeneration to treat osteoporosis. Although BM-MSCs are the primary cells responsible for maintaining bone metabolism and homeostasis, their regenerative ability may be attenuated in postmenopausal osteoporosis patients. Therefore, we first examined potential abnormalities of BM-MSCs in an oestrogen-deficient rat model constructed by ovariectomy (OVX-MSCs). Cell proliferation, mobilisation, and regulation of osteoclasts were downregulated in OVX-MSCs...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347164/observation-of-a-strong-coupling-effect-on-electron-ion-collisions-in-ultracold-plasmas
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Wei-Ting Chen, Craig Witte, Jacob L Roberts
Ultracold plasmas (UCPs) provide a well-controlled system for studying multiple aspects in plasma physics that include collisions and strong-coupling effects. By applying a short electric field pulse to an UCP, a plasma electron center-of-mass oscillation can be initiated. For accessible parameter ranges, the damping rate of this oscillation is determined by the electron-ion collision rate. We performed measurements of the oscillation damping rate with such parameters and compared the measured rates to both a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation that includes strong-coupling effects and a Monte Carlo binary collision simulation designed to predict the damping rate including only weak-coupling considerations...
July 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346871/electric-field-induced-stretching-of-surface-tethered-polyelectrolytes-in-a-microchannel
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Tamal Roy, Kai Szuttor, Jens Smiatek, Christian Holm, Steffen Hardt
We study the stretching of a surface-tethered polyelectrolyte confined between parallel surfaces under the application of a dc electric field. We explore the influence of the electric-field strength, the length of the polyelectrolyte, and the degree of confinement on the conformation of the polyelectrolyte by single-molecule experiments and coarse-grained coupled lattice-Boltzmann molecular-dynamics simulations. The fractional extension of the polyelectrolyte is found to be a universal function of the product of the applied electric field and the molecular contour length, which is explained by simple scaling arguments...
September 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346281/a-prototype-sensor-for-in-situ-sensing-of-fine-particulate-matter-and-volatile-organic-compounds
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Chee-Loon Ng, Fuu-Ming Kai, Ming-Hui Tee, Nicholas Tan, Harold F Hemond
Air pollution exposure causes seven million deaths per year, according to the World Health Organization. Possessing knowledge of air quality and sources of air pollution is crucial for managing air pollution and providing early warning so that a swift counteractive response can be carried out. An optical prototype sensor (AtmOptic) capable of scattering and absorbance measurements has been developed to target in situ sensing of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). For particulate matter testing, a test chamber was constructed and the emission of PM2...
January 18, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346016/in-situ-electrochemical-manipulation-of-oxidation-reduction-potential-in-saturated-subsurface-matrices
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Paul H Fallgren, John J Eisenbeis, Song Jin
Application of a low-intensity electric field is known to influence oxidation-reduction (redox) potential in a saturated matrix. In this study, such redox manipulation was attempted in at a site with contaminated aquifer. At the experiment field site, electrodes connected to a direct current (DC) source provided an electric field with an intensity of 1.82 V m-1. Redox potentials at locations 3.0 m and 7.9 m from the cathode decreased by 111 mV and 33 mV within a few hours, respectively, indicating that reducing conditions in the aquifer may be established within the electric field...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346003/medicaid-expansion-and-infant-mortality-in-the-united-states
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Chintan B Bhatt, Consuelo M Beck-Sagué
OBJECTIVES: To explore the effect of Medicaid expansion on US infant mortality rate. METHODS: We examined data from 2010 to 2016 and 2014 to 2016 to compare infant mortality rates in states and Washington, DC, that accepted the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion (Medicaid expansion states) and states that did not (non-Medicaid expansion states), stratifying data by race/ethnicity. RESULTS: Mean infant mortality rate in non-Medicaid expansion states rose (6...
January 18, 2018: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345899/three-dimensional-graphene-foam-polymer-composite-with-superior-deicing-efficiency-and-strength
#15
Jenniffer Bustillos, Cheng Zhang, Benjamin Boesl, Arvind Agarwal
The adhesion of ice severely compromises the aerodynamic performance of aircrafts operating under critically low-temperature conditions to their surfaces. In this study, highly thermally and electrically conductive graphene foam polymer composite is fabricated. GrF - polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) deicing composite exhibit superior deicing efficiency of 477 % and electrical conductivities of 500 S∙m-1 with only 0.1 vol. % Graphene foam addition as compared to other nanocarbon - based deicing systems. The three-dimensional interconnected architecture of GrF allows the effective deicing of surfaces by employing low power densities (0...
January 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345851/the-immunosuppressive-effects-of-cd4-cd25-regulatory-t-cells-on-dendritic-cells-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b
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Pei-Pei Zhou, Juan Xu, Ming-Jia Dai, Yin-Yue Shi, Gui-Ping Wu, Yuan Fang, Xue-Bing Yan
The characteristics and functions of CD4+ CD25+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) have been well defined in murine and human systems. However, the interaction or cross-talk between CD4+ CD25+ Tregs and dendritic cells (DCs) remains controversial. In this study, the effects of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) CD4+ CD25+ Tregs on the maturation and function of monocyte-derived DCs were examined. The results showed that CD4+ CD25+ render the DCs inefficient as antigen-presenting cells (APCs) despite prestimulation with CD40 ligand...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345636/promoting-the-accumulation-of-tumor-specific-t-cells-in-tumor-tissues-by-dendritic-cell-vaccines-and-chemokine-modulating-agents
#17
Nataša Obermajer, Julie Urban, Eva Wieckowski, Ravikumar Muthuswamy, Roshni Ravindranathan, David L Bartlett, Pawel Kalinski
This protocol describes how to induce large numbers of tumor-specific cytotoxic T cells (CTLs) in the spleens and lymph nodes of mice receiving dendritic cell (DC) vaccines and how to modulate tumor microenvironments (TMEs) to ensure effective homing of the vaccination-induced CTLs to tumor tissues. We also describe how to evaluate the numbers of tumor-specific CTLs within tumors. The protocol contains detailed information describing how to generate a specialized DC vaccine with augmented ability to induce tumor-specific CTLs...
February 2018: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345365/deletion-of-bcg-hip1-protease-enhances-dendritic-cell-and-cd4-t-cell-responses
#18
Erica Bizzell, Jonathan Kevin Sia, Melanie Quezada, Ana Enriquez, Maria Georgieva, Jyothi Rengarajan
Dendritic cells (DCs) play a key role in the generation of CD4 T cell responses to pathogens. Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) harbors immune evasion mechanisms that impair DC responses and prevent optimal CD4 T cell immunity. The vaccine strain Mycobacterium bovis Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) shares many of the immune evasion proteins utilized by Mtb, but the role of these proteins in DC and T cell responses elicited by BCG is poorly understood. We previously reported that the Mtb serine protease, Hip1, promotes sub-optimal DC responses during infection...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345060/porcine-nk-cells-display-features-associated-with-antigen-presenting-cells
#19
Steffi De Pelsmaeker, Bert Devriendt, Georges Leclercq, Herman W Favoreel
NK cells are members of the innate immunity and play a central role in the defense against viral infections and cancer development, but also contribute to triggering and shaping adaptive immune responses. Human NK cells may express MHC II and costimulatory molecules, including CD86, CD80, and OX40 ligand, which allows them to stimulate the CD4+ T-cell response. In contrast, murine NK cells do not express MHC II or costimulatory molecules. Upon activation, mouse NK cells can acquire these molecules from dendritic cells (DCs) via intercellular membrane transfer, which leads to suppression of DC-induced CD4+ T-cell responses rather than stimulation of T-cell responses...
January 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344995/activation-of-human-cd141-and-cd1c-dendritic-cells-in-vivo-with-combined-tlr-3-and-tlr-7-8-ligation
#20
Frances E Pearson, Karshing Chang, Yoshihito Minoda, Ingrid M Leal Rojas, Oscar L Haigh, Ghazal Daraj, Kirsteen M Tullett, Kristen J Radford
Mice reconstituted with human hematopoietic stem cells are valuable models to study aspects of the human immune system in vivo. We describe a humanized mouse model (hu mice) in which fully functional human CD141+ and CD1c+ myeloid and CD123+ plasmacytoid dendritic cells (DC) develop from human cord blood CD34+ cells in immunodeficient mice. CD141+ DC are the human equivalents of murine CD8+ /CD103+ DC which are essential for the induction of tumor-inhibitory cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) responses, making them attractive targets to exploit for the development of new cancer immunotherapies...
January 18, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
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