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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742971/evidence-for-quinone-redox-chemistry-mediating-daytime-and-nighttime-no2-to-hono-conversion-on-soil-surfaces
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Nicole K Scharko, Erin T Martin, Yaroslav B Losovyj, Dennis G Peters, Jonathan D Raff
Humic acid (HA) is thought to promote NO2 conversion to nitrous acid (HONO) on soil surfaces during the day. However, it has proven difficult to identify the reactive sites in natural HA substrates. The mechanism of NO2 reduction on soil surrogates comprised of HA and clay minerals was studied by use of a coated-wall flow reactor coupled to cavity-enhanced spectroscopy. Conversion of NO2 to HONO in the dark was found to be significant and correlated to the abundance of C‒O moieties in HA determined from X-ray photoelectron spectra of the C1s region...
July 25, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742761/preparation-and-assessment-of-an-individualized-navigation-template-for-lower-cervical-anterior-transpedicular-screw-insertion-using-a-three-dimensional-printing-technique
#2
FengNing Li, Xuan Huang, Kun Wang, BeiEr Luo, Fan Zhang, Zhi Chen, Quan Li, YongJin Zhang, Ke Qi, ChengChun Jin, WangShenJie Chen, CangLong Hou, HongXing Shen
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective trial. OBJECTIVE: To establish an individualized navigation template for safe and accurate insertion of lower cervical anterior transpedicular screw (ATPS) based on a three-dimensional (3D) printing technique. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Conventional screw insertion manually under fluoroscopy easily leading to deviation of ATPS screw channel, cervical instrumentation procedures demand the need for a precise technique for screw placement...
July 24, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742076/altered-neurite-morphology-and-cholinergic-function-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-neurons-from-a-patient-with-kleefstra-syndrome-and-autism
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J Nagy, J Kobolák, S Berzsenyi, Z Ábrahám, H X Avci, I Bock, Z Bekes, B Hodoscsek, A Chandrasekaran, A Téglási, P Dezső, B Koványi, E T Vörös, L Fodor, T Szél, K Németh, A Balázs, A Dinnyés, B Lendvai, G Lévay, V Román
The aim of the present study was to establish an in vitro Kleefstra syndrome (KS) disease model using the human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) technology. Previously, an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) patient with Kleefstra syndrome (KS-ASD) carrying a deleterious premature termination codon mutation in the EHMT1 gene was identified. Patient specific hiPSCs generated from peripheral blood mononuclear cells of the KS-ASD patient were differentiated into post-mitotic cortical neurons. Lower levels of EHMT1 mRNA as well as protein expression were confirmed in these cells...
July 25, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741854/toward-activity-origin-of-electrocatalytic-hydrogen-evolution-reaction-on-carbon-rich-crystalline-coordination-polymers
#4
Lihuan Wang, Diana C Tranca, Jian Zhang, Yanpeng Qi, Stavroula Sfaelou, Tao Zhang, Renhao Dong, Xiaodong Zhuang, Zhikun Zheng, Gotthard Seifert
The fundamental understanding of electrocatalytic active sites for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is significantly important for the development of metal complex involved carbon electrocatalysts with low kinetic barrier. Here, the MSx Ny (M = Fe, Co, and Ni, x/y are 2/2, 0/4, and 4/0, respectively) active centers are immobilized into ladder-type, highly crystalline coordination polymers as model carbon-rich electrocatalysts for H2 generation in acid solution. The electrocatalytic HER tests reveal that the coordination of metal, sulfur, and nitrogen synergistically facilitates the hydrogen ad-/desorption on MSx Ny catalysts, leading to enhanced HER kinetics...
July 25, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741594/polar-phase-transitions-in-heteroepitaxial-stabilized-la-sub-0-5-sub-y-sub-0-5-sub-alo-sub-3-sub-thin-films
#5
Shenghua Liu, Chunfeng Zhang, Mengya Zhu, Qian He, Jak Chakhalian, Xiaoran Liu, Albina Borisevich, Xiaoyong Wang, Min Xiao
We report on the fabrication of epitaxial La0.5Y0.5AlO3 ultrathin films on (001) LaAlO3 substrates. Structural characterizations by scanning transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction confirm the high quality of the film with AlO6 octahedral tilt pattern. Unlike either of the nonpolar parent compound, LaAlO3 and YAlO3, second harmonic generation measurements on the thin films suggest a nonpolar - polar phase transition at Tc near 500 K, and a polar - polar phase transition at Ta near 160 K. By fitting the angular dependence of the second harmonic intensities, we further propose that the two polar structures can be assigned to the Pmc21 and Pmn21 space group, while the high temperature nonpolar structure belongs to the Pbnm space group...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741131/meiotic-chromosome-behavior-of-the-male-fertile-allotriploid-lily-cultivar-cocossa
#6
Xiqing Zhang, Qinzheng Cao, Peng Zhou, Guixia Jia
Cytological observations of microsporogenesis in the allotriploid lily cultivar 'Cocossa' showed that viable pollen production could be attributed mainly to disoriented spindles, abnormal cytokinesis, and cytomixis during male meiosis. To identify the reasons why the allotriploid lily cultivar 'Cocossa' can produce aneuploid and euploid functional male gametes and can be used as the paternal parent in lily introgression breeding, we performed a detailed investigation of microsporogenesis using the conventional cytological methods...
July 24, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740838/a-rare-case-of-centronuclear-myopathy-with-dnm2-mutation-genotype-phenotype-correlation
#7
REVIEW
Amir Ghorbani Aghbolaghi, Mirna Lechpammer
Centronuclear myopathy (CNM) is a group of rare genetic muscle disorders characterized by muscle fibers with centrally located nuclei. The most common forms of CNM have been attributed to X-linked recessive mutations in the MTM1 gene; autosomal-dominant mutations in the DNM2 gene-encoding dynamin-2, the BIN1 gene; and autosomal-recessive mutations in BIN1, RYR1, and TTN genes. Dominant CNM due to DNM2 mutations usually follows a mild clinical course with the onset in adolescence. Currently, around 35 mutations of the DNM2 gene have been identified in CNM; however, the underlying molecular mechanism of DNM2 mutation in the pathology of CNM remains elusive, and the standard clinical characteristics have not yet been defined...
April 2017: Autopsy & case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740524/a-comparison-of-two-fixation-methods-for-femoral-trochanteric-fractures-a-new-generation-intramedullary-system-vs-sliding-hip-screw
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Christian Carulli, Federico Piacentini, Tommaso Paoli, Roberto Civinini, Massimo Innocenti
INTRODUCTION: Trochanteric fractures are frequent and generally associated with bone fragility. There is still debate on the best fixation device to treat stable or rather stable trochanteric fractures: we report our clinical and radiological results of fixation with Proximal Femoral Nail "antirotation" (PFNa) in a population of patients compared to a control group treated by Sliding Hip Screw (SHS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective study was conducted in 71 consecutive patients treated by PFNa (group A), and 69 by a SHS (group B), with a mean age of 81...
January 2017: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740515/in-vivo-tracking-of-chemokine-receptor-cxcr4-engineered-mesenchymal-stem-cell-migration-by-optical-molecular-imaging
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Senthilkumar Kalimuthu, Ji Min Oh, Prakash Gangadaran, Liya Zhu, Ho Won Lee, Ramya Lakshmi Rajendran, Se Hwan Baek, Yong Hyun Jeon, Shin Young Jeong, Sang-Woo Lee, Jaetae Lee, Byeong-Cheol Ahn
CXCR4, the stromal cell-derived factor-1 receptor, plays an important role in the migration of hematopoietic progenitor/stem cells to injured and inflamed areas. Noninvasive cell tracking methods could be useful for monitoring cell fate. Therefore, in this study, we evaluated the efficacy of an intravenous infusion of genetically engineered mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) overexpressing CXC chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4) to home to the tumor, by optical imaging. We constructed a retroviral vector containing CXCR with dual reporter genes, eGFP and Fluc2, under the control of an EF1α promoter (pBABE-EF1α-CXCR4-eGFP-IRES-Fluc2)...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739598/sequence-based-mapping-and-genome-editing-reveal-mutations-in-stickleback-hps5-cause-oculocutaneous-albinism-and-the-casper-phenotype
#10
Craig T Miller, James C Hart
Here we present and characterize the spontaneous X-linked recessive mutation casper, which causes oculocutaneous albinism in threespine sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus). In humans, Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome results in pigmentation defects due to disrupted formation of the melanin-containing lysosomal-related organelle (LRO), the melanosome. casper mutants display not only reduced pigmentation of melanosomes in melanophores, but also reductions in the iridescent silver color from iridophores, while the yellow pigmentation from xanthophores appears unaffected...
July 24, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739372/an-improved-and-general-streamlined-phylogenetic-protocol-applied-to-the-fatty-acid-desaturase-family
#11
Matthew Wilding, Matthias Nachtschatt, Robert Speight, Colin Scott
Numerous tools to generate phylogenetic estimates are available, but there is no single protocol that will produce an accurate phylogenetic tree for any dataset. Here, we investigated some of those tools, paying particular attention to different alignment algorithms, in order to produce a phylogeny for the integral membrane fatty acid desaturase (FAD) family. Herein, we report a novel streamlined protocol which utilises peptide pattern recognition (PPR). This protocol can theoretically be applied universally to generate accurate multiple sequence alignments and improve downstream phylogenetic analyses...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738724/neighbor-effect-penumbra-dose-exposed-neighbor-cells-contribute-to-the-enhanced-survival-of-high-dose-targeted-cells
#12
Min-Ho Lee, Ki-Man Lee, Eun-Hee Kim
PURPOSE: In the last decade, new types of "bystander effect" have been suggested by multiple research groups and have been challenged by others. In this study, we explored a new type of bystander effect, which has been defined in previous studies as the enhancement of the survival of high-dose targeted cells due to the penumbra-dose exposed neighbor cells. Intensity modulated radiation therapy, which is the most widely used treatment modality, generates local regions of gradient doses between targeted and shielded cells throughout the treatment volume; therefore, we were urged to ascertain whether the new type of effect is real and to suggest a revised treatment planning...
July 25, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738491/-establishment-of-a-model-of-hydrogen-peroxide-induced-injury-in-pulmonary-artery-endothelium-cells-and-relevant-mechanisms-of-oxidative-stress
#13
J Ye, Y Y He, Y Yan, J H Zhao, T Y Lian, X J Wang, Y Yan, S J Zhang, S H Yang, Z C Jing
Objective: To establish a hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)) induced injury model of pulmonary artery endothelial cells (PAECs) and explore the molecular mechanisms of oxidative stress on the structure and function of PAECs in this model. Methods: Human PAECs were treated with H(2)O(2) at different concentrations (25, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1 600, 3 200, 6 400 μmol/L) for 4 and 24 h, respectively. The PAECs survival curve was obtained according to the cell viability measured by CCK-8 assay. The cell apoptosis of PAECs was detected by flow cytometry...
July 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738490/-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-ultrafiltration-for-patients-with-heart-failure-results-from-a-single-center-randomized-controlled-study
#14
X L Shen, L B Y Zu, L Li, J Ma, B J Zhang, S B Jiang
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of ultrafiltration in patients with heart failure. Methods: One hundred and thirty four cases of patients with heart failure, who hospitalized in our hospital from June 2010 to June 2016 were enrolled in this study. Random serial number was generated using SPSS 22.0 software, patients were then randomly divided into control group and ultrafiltration group with the proportion of 1∶1 (67 cases in each group). Patients in the control group received standard therapy...
July 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738478/-less-common-variants-association-study-and-statistical-analysis
#15
X Liao, J Deng, J Y Xun, J X Yan
In the past decade, based on the "common disease-common variant" hypothesis, genomewide association studies (GWAS) have been extensively used to dissect the genetic components of complex diseases and quantitative traits. However, the identified disease-associated common variants by GWASs can only explain small part of the corresponding disease heritability. "Common disease-rare variant" hypothesis has been proposed to explore the missed heritability. With the development of the next generation sequencing technology, various association studies of less common variants are ongoing...
July 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736221/scaffold-curvature-mediated-novel-biomineralization-process-originates-a-continuous-soft-tissue-to-bone-interface
#16
Michael Paris, Andreas Götz, Inga Hettrich, Cécile M Bidan, John W C Dunlop, Hajar Razi, Ivo Zizak, Dietmar W Hutmacher, Peter Fratzl, Georg N Duda, Wolfgang Wagermaier, Amaia Cipitria
A myriad of shapes are found in biological tissues, often naturally evolved to fulfill a particular function. In the field of tissue engineering, substrate geometry influences cell behavior and tissue formation in-vitro, yet little is known how this translates to an in-vivo scenario. Here we investigate scaffold curvature-induced tissue growth, without additional growth factors or cells, in an ovine animal model. We show that soft tissue formation follows a curvature-driven tissue growth model. The highly organized endogenous soft matrix, potentially under mechanical strain, leads to a non-standard form of biomineralization, whereby the pre-existing organic matrix is mineralized without collagen remodeling and without an intermediate cartilage ossification phase...
July 20, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735559/effects-of-intron-1-sequences-on-human-plp1-expression-implications-for-plp1-related-disorders
#17
Patricia A Wight
Alterations in the myelin proteolipid protein gene ( PLP1) may result in rare X-linked disorders in humans such as Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease and spastic paraplegia type 2. PLP1 expression must be tightly regulated since null mutations, as well as elevated PLP1 copy number, both lead to disease. Previous studies with Plp1-lacZ transgenic mice have demonstrated that mouse Plp1 ( mPlp1) intron 1 DNA (which accounts for slightly more than half of the gene) is required for the mPlp1 promoter to drive significant levels of reporter gene expression in brain...
July 2017: ASN Neuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735193/fabrication-of-in2s3-zn2geo4-composite-photocatalyst-for-degradation-of-acetaminophen-under-visible-light
#18
Tao Yan, Tingting Wu, Yaru Zhang, Meng Sun, Xiaodong Wang, Qin Wei, Bin Du
A novel indium trisulfide/zinc germinate (In2S3/Zn2GeO4) composite was developed via a co-precipitation hydrothermal method. The as-prepared composite was characterized in detail by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). Zn2GeO4 nanorods work as the main photocatalyst while In2S3 nanoparticles deposited on them acts as the photosensitizer. The resulting In2S3/Zn2GeO4 heterogeneous photocatalyst not only has enhanced visible light absorption, but also improved photo-generated charge transfer efficiency with remarkably high efficiency in decomposing acetaminophen (APAP)...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735184/synthesis-of-magnetic-graphene-oxide-grafted-polymaleicamide-dendrimer-nanohybrids-for-adsorption-of-pb-ii-in-aqueous-solution
#19
Ying-Xia Ma, Ya-Lan Kou, Dan Xing, Peng-Sheng Jin, Wen-Jie Shao, Xin Li, Xue-Yan Du, Pei-Qing La
In this paper, using maleic anhydride and ethylenediamine as functional monomers, graphene oxide (GO) loaded magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles modified by (3-Aminopropyl) triethoxysilane as support, magnetic graphene oxide grafted polymaleicamide dendrimer (GO/Fe3O4-g-PMAAM) nanohybrids were fabricated by divergent method and magnetic separation technology. The obtained samples were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, elementary analyzer and vibrating sample magnetometer...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734709/worldwide-fracture-prediction
#20
Ghada El-Hajj Fuleihan, Marlene Chakhtoura, Jane A Cauley, Nariman Chamoun
The substantial increase in the burden of non-communicable diseases in general and osteoporosis in particular, necessitates the establishment of efficient and targeted diagnosis and treatment strategies. This chapter reviews and compares different tools for osteoporosis screening and diagnosis; it also provides an overview of different treatment guidelines adopted by countries worldwide. While access to dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry to measure bone mineral density (BMD) is limited in most areas in the world, the introduction of risk calculators that combine risk factors, with or without BMD, have resulted in a paradigm shift in osteoporosis screening and management...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Densitometry
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