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Vi Khanh Truong, Miljan Stefanovic, Shane Maclaughlin, Mark Tobin, Jitraporn Vongsvivut, Mohammad Al Kobaisi, Russell J Crawford, Elena P Ivanova
Corrosion of metallic surfaces is prevalent in the environment and is of great concern in many areas, including the military, transport, aviation, building and food industries, amongst others. Polyester and coatings containing both polyester and silica nanoparticles (SiO2NPs) have been widely used to protect steel substrata from corrosion. In this study, we utilized X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, attenuated total reflection infrared micro-spectroscopy, water contact angle measurements, optical profiling and atomic force microscopy to provide an insight into how exposure to sunlight can cause changes in the micro- and nanoscale integrity of the coatings...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Ramona Bosse Née Danz, Melanie Wirth, Annette Konstanz, Thomas Becker, Jochen Weiss, Monika Gibis
A simple, reliable and automated method was developed and optimized for qualification and quantification of aroma-relevant volatile marker compounds of North European raw ham using a headspace (HS)-Trap gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and GC-flame ionization detector (FID) analysis. A total of 38 volatile compounds were detected with this HS-Trap GC-MS method amongst which the largest groups were ketones (12), alcohols (8), hydrocarbons (7), aldehydes (6) and esters (3). The HS-Trap GC-FID method was optimized for the parameters: thermostatting time and temperature, vial and desorption pressure, number of extraction cycles and salt addition...
March 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Mojgan Aminnejad, Massimo Cogliati, Shuyao Duan, Michael Arabatzis, Kathrin Tintelnot, Elizabeth Castañeda, Marcia Lazéra, Aristea Velegraki, David Ellis, Tania C Sorrell, Wieland Meyer
Cryptococcus neoformans and C. gattii are pathogenic basidiomycetous yeasts and the commonest cause of fungal infection of the central nervous system. Cryptococci are typically haploid but several inter-species, inter-varietal and intra-varietal hybrids have been reported. It has a bipolar mating system with sexual reproduction occurring normally between two individuals with opposite mating types, α and a. This study set out to characterize hybrid isolates within the C. neoformans/C. gattii species complex: seven unisexual mating intra-varietal VNI/VNII (αAAα) and six novel inter-varietal VNII/VNIV (aADα)...
2016: PloS One
Masayuki Fukuda, Satoru Matsunaga, Kento Odaka, Yuuya Oomine, Masaaki Kasahara, Masahito Yamamoto, Shinichi Abe
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to reveal the structural properties that need to be considered in dental implant treatment by investigating differences between dentulous and edentulous maxillae in the three-dimensional (3D) microstructure of the incisive canals (ICs) and their surrounding bone. METHODS: A total of 40 maxillary bones comprising 20 dentulous maxillae and 20 edentulous maxillae were imaged by micro-CT for 3D observation and measurement of the IC and alveolar bone in the anterior region of the IC...
December 2015: Int J Implant Dent
M B Rehman, B V Tudrej, J Soustre, M Buisson, P Archambault, D Pouchain, H Vaillant-Roussel, F Gueyffier, J-L Faillie, M-C Perault-Pochat, C Cornu, R Boussageon
BACKGROUND: Guidelines for type 2 diabetes (T2D) recommend reducing HbA1c through lifestyle interventions and glucose-lowering drugs (metformin, then combination with dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors [DPP-4Is] among other glucose-lowering drugs). However, no double-blind randomized clinical trial (RCT) compared with placebo has so far demonstrated that DDP-4Is reduce micro- and macrovascular complications in T2D. Moreover, the safety of DPP-4Is (with increased heart failure and acute pancreatitis) remains controversial...
October 10, 2016: Diabetes & Metabolism
Sukriye Celikkol-Aydin, Christine C Gaylarde, Tim Lee, Robert E Melchers, Devin L Witt, Iwona B Beech
16S rRNA gene profiling using a pipeline involving the Greengenes database revealed that bacterial populations in innermost (proximal to the steel surface) and outer regions of biofilms on carbon steel exposed 3 m below the surface at an offshore site in the Gulf of Guinea differed from one another and from seawater. There was a preponderance of gammaproteobacterial sequences, representing organisms known for hydrocarbon degradation. Total DNA from the innermost layer was 1500 times that recovered from the outermost...
October 6, 2016: Marine Environmental Research
Ralf Smeets, Christine Knabe, Andreas Kolk, Michael Rheinnecker, Alexander Gröbe, Max Heiland, Rolf Zehbe, Manuela Sachse, Christian Große-Siestrup, Michael Wöltje, Henning Hanken
This study assesses the biocompatibility of novel silk protein membranes with and without modification, and evaluates their effect on facilitating bone formation and defect repair in guided bone regeneration. Two calvarian bone defects 12 mm in diameter were created in each of a total of 38 rabbits. Four different types of membranes, (silk-, hydroxyapatite-modified silk-, β-TCP-modified silk- and commonly clinically used collagen-membranes) were implanted to cover one of the two defects in each animal. Histologic analysis did not show any adverse tissue reactions in any of the defect sites indicating good biocompatibility of all silk protein membranes...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
Shumin Chen, Meiling Wen, Shujie Bu, Ahui Wang, Ya Jin, Wen Tan
Plasma samples from adult male rats were separated by nondenaturing micro 2DE and a reference gel was selected, on which 136 CBB-stained spots were numbered and subjected to in-gel digestion and quantitative LC-MS/MS. The analysis provided the assignment of 1-25 (average eight) non-redundant proteins in each spot and totally 199 proteins were assigned in the 136 spots. About 40% of the proteins were detected in more than one spot and 15% in more than 10 spots. We speculate this complexity arose from multiple causes including protein heterogeneity, overlapping of protein locations and formation of protein complexes...
October 12, 2016: Electrophoresis
Fengying Dai, Miao Zhang, Dixin Xu, Yin Yang, Jiaxiao Wang, Mingzhen Li, Meihong Du
Micro- and nano-immunomagnetic beads (MIMBs and NIMBs) used for immunomagnetic separation (IMS) with Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) were studied for the rapid detection of Salmonella. The capture efficiency of the two different IMBs was evaluated by a conventional plate counting method, and the binding pattern was studied by scanning electron microscopy. The specificity of the IMBs was tested with Salmonella, Shigella flexneri, Enterhemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157:H7(EHEC O157:H7) and Listeria monocytogenes...
October 12, 2016: Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
M Schönfelder, H Hofmann, T Schulz, T Engl, D Kemper, B Mayr, C Rautenberg, R Oberhoffer, D Thieme
Administration of low amounts of endogenous hormones - so called micro-dosages - are supposed to represent a major challenge in doping analysis. To model such a situation, we have studied transdermal administrations of 2.4 mg/24 h testosterone patches and examined various steroid concentrations in blood, urine and saliva of 11 volunteers. Multiple samples were collected at t = 0, 3, 6, 9, 24, 48 and 72 h in four different phases, i.e. all combinations with/without physical exercise and with/without testosterone...
October 10, 2016: Drug Testing and Analysis
Jalal Sadeghi, Amir Hossein Baradaran Ghasemi, Hamid Latifi
The ability to accurately measure the flow rate, concentration, and temperature in real-time in micro total analysis systems (μTAS) is crucial when improving their practical sensing capabilities within extremely small volumes. Our label-free infrared (1500-1600 nm) opto-fluidic method, presented in this study, utilizes a cantilever-based flow meter integrated with two parallel optical fiber Fabry-Perot interferometers (FPIs). The first FPI serves as an ultra-sensitive flow meter and includes a Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) tip for localized temperature sensing...
October 5, 2016: Lab on a Chip
Pepijn Krielen, Barend A van den Beukel, Martijn W J Stommel, Harry van Goor, Chema Strik, Richard P G Ten Broek
BACKGROUND: Previous research on the costs of treatment for ASBO is outdated and often based on reimbursements, rather than true healthcare provider costs of the admission and related interventions. An accurate estimate of the true costs of treatment is necessary to understand the healthcare burden and to model cost-efficacy of adhesion strategies. The aim of this study was to provide an accurate cost estimate of the in-hospital costs for treatment of adhesive small bowel obstruction (ASBO) using micro-costing methods...
2016: World Journal of Emergency Surgery: WJES
Jian-Jun Li, Jie Luo, Jing-Ning Lu, Xiao-Na Liang, Yi-Huan Luo, Yong-Ru Liu, Jie Yang, Hua Ding, Gui-Hui Qin, Li-Hua Yang, Yi-Wu Dang, Hong Yang, Gang Chen
OBJECTIVE: To explore the relationship between tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor 6 (TRAF6) and the clinicopathological features in HCC as well as its biological function. METHODS: Totally, 412 liver tissues were collected, including 171 hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and their corresponding non-tumor tissues, 37 cirrhosis and 33 normal liver tissues. The expression of TRAF6 was assessed by immunohistochemistry. Then, analysis of the correlations between TRAF6 expression and clinicopathological parameters in HCC was conducted...
2016: Cancer Cell International
Saulo Pamato, Accácio-Lins do Valle, Gustavo-Henrique-Barbosa de Andrade, Hugo-Alberto Vidotti, Marcus-Vinícius-Reis Só, Jefferson-Ricardo Pereira
BACKGROUND: Evaluate the influence of different hybridization bonding techniques of a self-adhesive resin cement. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 30 human health molars were divided into six groups (n=10). The specimens received three longitudinal sections, allowing insertion of central cuts in PVC matrices. Each group received a different dentin pretreatment according to the manufacturer's recommendations, except the control group (G1), as follows. G2 - a 3-step total-etch adhesive system (Optibond™ FL, Kerr); G3 - a 3-step total-etch adhesive system (Adper™ Scotchbond™ Multi-Purpose, 3M ESPE); G4 - a 2-step total-etch adhesive system (Adper™ Single Bond 2, 3M ESPE); G5 - a single-step self-etching system (Bond Force, Tokuyama); and G6 - universal bonding system (Single Bond Universal, 3M ESPE)...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry
Elias M Oziolor, Karel De Schamphelaere, Cole W Matson
The regulatory decision-making process regarding chemical safety is most often informed by evidence based on ecotoxicity tests that consider growth, reproduction and survival as end-points, which can be quantitatively linked to short-term population outcomes. Changes in these end-points resulting from chemical exposure can cause alterations in micro-evolutionary forces (mutation, drift, selection and gene flow) that control the genetic composition of populations. With multi-generation exposures, anthropogenic contamination can lead to a population with an altered genetic composition, which may respond differently to future stressors...
October 3, 2016: Ecotoxicology
Dhananjay Kumar, Summi Dutta, Dharmendra Singh, Kumble Vinod Prabhu, Manish Kumar, Kunal Mukhopadhyay
Deep sequencing identified 497 conserved and 559 novel miRNAs in wheat, while degradome analysis revealed 701 targets genes. QRT-PCR demonstrated differential expression of miRNAs during stages of leaf rust progression. Bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is an important cereal food crop feeding 30 % of the world population. Major threat to wheat production is the rust epidemics. This study was targeted towards identification and functional characterizations of micro(mi)RNAs and their target genes in wheat in response to leaf rust ingression...
October 3, 2016: Planta
Xiu-Jun Liang, Ya-Chun Guo, Tong-You Sun, Hong-Ru Song, Ya-Xian Gao
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common chronic autoimmune and incurable disease. The aim of the present study was to investigate the therapeutic effect and mechanism of the total saponins of Rhizoma Dioscorea nipponica (TSRDN) in RA. A collagen induced-arthritis (CIA) rat model was established. CIA rats were randomly divided into three groups and lavaged with an equal volume of solvent (CIA group), TSRDN (25 mg/kg/day, RDN group) and tripterygium (TP; 12 mg/kg/day, TP group) for 21 days, respectively. Normal rats served as a control group...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Yan Zhang, Guodong Ji, Rongjing Wang
Heterotrophic denitrification is usually inhibited by insufficient carbon sources; however, the underlying mechanisms responsible for nitrous oxide (N2O) accumulation within denitrification at low carbon:nitrogen (C/N) ratios have not been quantified from a molecular level. In this study, five denitrification biofilters were developed and exhibited efficiency (total nitrogen: 18.5%-92.2%; nitrate nitrogen: 42.9%-99.5%; chemical oxygen demand: 50.5%-93.7%) in remediating micro-polluted water with C/N ratios ranging between 0...
September 24, 2016: Water Research
Christoph Windisch, Steffen Brodt, Eric Röhner, Georg Matziolis
PURPOSE: It is an established fact that post-operative (p.o.) soft-tissue swelling and lymphoedema after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) have a major influence on the p.o. early functional outcome. Kinesio taping has a proven clinical effect in increasing lymph drainage. Despite the decades of experience gained and the assumed positive effects, hardly any investigations have been conducted to date on the influence of Kinesio taping on the p.o. healing process after TKA. The objective of the present study was to test the hypothesis that Kinesio taping used as a lymph application leads to a reduction of p...
September 29, 2016: International Orthopaedics
Chichi Xie, Weiwei Wei, Andrea Schenk, Lars Ole Schwen, Sara Zafarnia, Michael Schwier, Felix Gremse, Isabel Jank, Olaf Dirsch, Uta Dahmen
A modified silicone injection procedure was used for visualization of the hepatic vascular tree. This procedure consisted of in-vivo injection of the silicone compound, via a 26 G catheter, into the portal or hepatic vein. After silicone injection, organs were explanted and prepared for ex-vivo micro-CT (µCT) scanning. The silicone injection procedure is technically challenging. Achieving a successful outcome requires extensive microsurgical experience from the surgeon. One of the challenges of this procedure involves determining the adequate perfusion rate for the silicone compound...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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