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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149570/seagrass-mediated-phosphorus-and-iron-solubilisation-in-tropical-sediments
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Kasper Elgetti Brodersen, Klaus Koren, Maria Mosshammer, Peter Ralph, Michael Kühl, Jakob Santner
Tropical seagrasses are nutrient limited owing to the strong phosphorus fixation capacity of carbonate-rich sediments, yet they form densely-vegetated, multi-species meadows in oligotrophic tropical waters. Using a novel combination of high-resolution, two-dimensional chemical imaging of O2, pH, iron, sulphide, calcium and phosphorus, we found that tropical seagrasses are able to mobilize the essential nutrients iron and phosphorus in their rhizosphere via multiple biogeochemical pathways. We show that tropical seagrasses mobilize phosphorus and iron within their rhizosphere via plant-induced local acidification, leading to dissolution of carbonates and release of phosphate, and via local stimulation of microbial sulphide production, causing reduction of insoluble Fe(III) oxyhydroxides to dissolved Fe(II) with concomitant phosphate release into the rhizosphere porewater...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149245/high-dimensional-therapeutic-inference-in-the-focally-damaged-human-brain
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Tianbo Xu, Hans Rolf Jäger, Masud Husain, Geraint Rees, Parashkev Nachev
Though consistency across the population renders the extraordinarily complex functional anatomy of the human brain surveyable, the inverse inference-from common functional maps to individual behaviour-is constrained by marked individual deviation from the population mean. Such inference is fundamental to the evaluation of therapeutic interventions in focal brain injury, where the impact of an induced structural change in the brain is quantified by its behavioural consequences, inevitably refracted through the lens of lesion-outcome relations...
November 15, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148023/fluid-structure-interaction-model-analysis-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-circulation-in-patients-with-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-devices
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Jessica G Y Luc, Clifford A Pierre, Kevin Phan, Yashar S Vahedein, Alexander S Liberson, William K Cornwell, Steven J Phillips, Vakhtang Tchantchaleishvili
PURPOSE: The current 1-dimensional fluid structure interaction model (FSI) for understanding cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) circulation requires pulsatility as a precondition and has not been applied to patients with continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (CF-LVAD) where pulsatility is chronically reduced. Our study aims to characterize the behavior of CSF pressure and flow in patients with CF-LVADs using a computational FSI model. METHODS: Utilizing the computational FSI model, CSF production in choroid plexuses of the 4 ventricles was specified as a boundary condition for the model...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147706/amine-assisted-top-down-delamination-of-the-two-dimensional-metal-organic-framework-cu2-bdc-2
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Christel Kutzscher, André Gelbert, Sebastian Ehrling, Claudia Schenk, Irena Senkovska, Stefan Kaskel
A chemically assisted top-down method for the synthesis of MOF-nanoplates was developed applying amine based delamination agents. Applied on a well described model structure, the layered MOF Cu2(bdc)2(DMF)2 (bdc - 1,4-benzenedicarboxylate), two different strategies of amine assisted delamination turned out to be successful to obtain nanoplates. Particles with thicknesses of around 70 nm were obtained by direct delamination of crystals using octylamine. The surfactant (polyvinylpyrrolidone) assisted synthesis combined with a post-synthetic amine delamination step enabled a further reduction of the thickness of the MOF nanoplates down to 4-14 nm...
November 17, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146865/echocardiographic-changes-with-non-invasive-ventilation-and-cpap-in-obesity-hypoventilation-syndrome
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Jaime Corral, Maria Victoria Mogollon, M-Ángeles Sánchez-Quiroga, Javier Gómez de Terreros, Auxiliadora Romero, Candela Caballero, Joaquin Teran-Santos, María L Alonso-Álvarez, Teresa Gómez-García, Mónica González, Soledad López-Martínez, Pilar de Lucas, José M Marin, Odile Romero, Trinidad Díaz-Cambriles, Eusebi Chiner, Carlos Egea, Roberto M Lang, Babak Mokhlesi, Juan F Masa
RATIONALE: Despite a significant association between obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS) and cardiac dysfunction, no randomised trials have assessed the impact of non-invasive ventilation (NIV) or CPAP on cardiac structure and function assessed by echocardiography. OBJECTIVES: We performed a secondary analysis of the data from the largest multicentre randomised controlled trial of OHS (Pickwick project, n=221) to determine the comparative efficacy of 2 months of NIV (n=71), CPAP (n=80) and lifestyle modification (control group, n=70) on structural and functional echocardiographic changes...
November 16, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146543/cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-optimisation-of-interventricular-delay-by-the-systolic-dyssynchrony-index-a-comparative-randomized-12-month-follow-up-study
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Jiri Vondrak, Dan Marek, Jan Vecera, Klara Benesova, Jan Matejka
BACKGROUND: The aim of our study was to compare the effect of interventricular (VV) delay optimisation in CRT recipients based on systolic dyssynchrony index (SDI) derived from the three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) versus QRS width assessment, on left ventricle volume reduction at the 12-month follow-up. METHODS: We included 63 patients with recently implanted CRT in this randomized, open-label trial. Patients were randomized to VV delay optimisation based on QRS complex width measurement in the group 1 (n=31) to obtain the narrowest QRS complex and based on SDI in group 2 (n=32) to achieve its lowest possible value...
November 13, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145335/clavicle-fracture-associated-with-atlantoaxial-rotatory-displacement-type-ii-in-an-8-year-old-girl-a-case-report
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Jacek Karski, Łukasz Matuszewski, Paweł Jakubowski, Klaudia Karska, Grzegorz Kandzierski
RATIONALE: Fracture of the clavicle is a very common injury in children. However, association between clavicle fracture and atlantoaxial rotatory displacement is rarely observed. PATIENT CONCERNS: We present a case of an 8-year-old girl, who suffered a right clavicle fracture as a result of a sledge accident. Six weeks after figure of 8 casting for a right clavicle fracture, an 8-year-old girl was brought to the Pediatric Orthopedic Department due to torticollis...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143429/an-overview-of-methods-to-mitigate-artifacts-in-optical-coherence-tomography-imaging-of-the-skin
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Saba Adabi, Audrey Fotouhi, Qiuyun Xu, Steve Daveluy, Darius Mehregan, Adrian Podoleanu, Mohammadreza Nasiriavanaki
BACKGROUND: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) of skin delivers three-dimensional images of tissue microstructures. Although OCT imaging offers a promising high-resolution modality, OCT images suffer from some artifacts that lead to misinterpretation of tissue structures. Therefore, an overview of methods to mitigate artifacts in OCT imaging of the skin is of paramount importance. Speckle, intensity decay, and blurring are three major artifacts in OCT images. Speckle is due to the low coherent light source used in the configuration of OCT...
November 16, 2017: Skin Research and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138676/resveratrol-modulation-of-protein-expression-in-parkin-mutant-human-skin-fibroblasts-a-proteomic-approach
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Daniele Vergara, Antonio Gaballo, Anna Signorile, Anna Ferretta, Paola Tanzarella, Consiglia Pacelli, Marco Di Paola, Tiziana Cocco, Michele Maffia
In this study, we investigated by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) and mass spectrometry (MS) analysis the effects of resveratrol treatment on skin primary fibroblasts from a healthy subject and from a parkin-mutant early onset Parkinson's disease patient. Parkin, an E3 ubiquitin ligase, is the most frequently mutated gene in hereditary Parkinson's disease. Functional alteration of parkin leads to impairment of the ubiquitin-proteasome system, resulting in the accumulation of misfolded or aggregated proteins accountable for the neurodegenerative process...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137850/the-importance-of-subclinical-left-ventricular-dysfunction-and-blood-pressure-pattern-in-asymptomatic-type-2-diabetic-patients-the-diagnostic-and-prognostic-significance-of-tissue-doppler-parameters-left-ventricular-global-longitudinal-strain-and-nighttime
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Angelina Stevanovic, Milica Dekleva
The primary aims of this study have been to explore the diagnostic and prognostic significance of Tissue Doppler parameters (TDI), global longitudinal strain (GLS), and blood pressure (BP) pattern in normotensive diabetic patients. METHODS: The study consisted of 121 diabetic patients and 41 healthy subjects. Conventional and TDI echocardiography were performed on all patients, including E/Em (ratio of diastolic velocities). GLS was derived from two-dimensional speckle-tracking. Ambulatory BP monitoring (ABPM) was obtained over 24h...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136307/using-electromagnetic-articulography-to-measure-denture-micromovement-during-chewing-with-and-without-denture-adhesive
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Phyllis Hoke, Mark Tiede, Julie Grender, Malgorzata Klukowska, Jill Peters, Gregory Carr
PURPOSE: To study the effects of denture adhesive upon denture micromovements in three dimensions during the chewing of hard, sticky, and tough food items observed using a novel method involving an electromagnetic articulograph (EMA) speech research system. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten volunteers (mean age 60.9 ± 10.4 years) with fair- or poor-fitting complete maxillary dentures were enrolled. Chewing experiments were conducted using two treatments (adhesive or no-adhesive control) and three foods: carrots (hard), raisins (sticky), and processed meat stick (tough)...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Prosthodontics: Official Journal of the American College of Prosthodontists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136013/monomer-conversion-dimensional-stability-strength-modulus-surface-apatite-precipitation-and-wear-of-novel-reactive-calcium-phosphate-and-polylysine-containing-dental-composites
#12
Kanokrat Kangwankai, Sarah Sani, Piyaphong Panpisut, Wendy Xia, Paul Ashley, Haralampos Petridis, Anne Margaret Young
PURPOSE: The aim was to assess monomer conversion, dimensional stability, flexural strength / modulus, surface apatite precipitation and wear of mono / tri calcium phosphate (CaP) and polylysine (PLS)-containing dental composites. These were formulated using a new, high molecular weight, fluid monomer phase that requires no polymerisation activator. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Urethane and Polypropylene Glycol Dimethacrylates were combined with low levels of an adhesion promoting monomer and a light activated initiator...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134084/electrophoretic-deposition-of-carbon-nanotube-on-reticulated-vitreous-carbon-for-hexavalent-chromium-removal-in-a-biocathode-microbial-fuel-cell
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Kangqing Fei, Tian-Shun Song, Haoqi Wang, Dalu Zhang, Ran Tao, Jingjing Xie
For Cr(VI)-removal microbial fuel cell (MFC), a more efficient biocathode in MFCs is required to improve the Cr(VI) removal and electricity generation. RVC-CNT electrode was prepared through the electrophoretic deposition of carbon nanotube (CNT) on reticulated vitreous carbon (RVC). The power density of MFC with an RVC-CNT electrode increased to 132.1 ± 2.8 mW m(-2), and 80.9% removal of Cr(VI) was achieved within 48 h; compared to only 44.5% removal of Cr(VI) in unmodified RVC. Cyclic voltammetry, energy-dispersive spectrometry and X-ray photoelectron spectrometry showed that the RVC-CNT electrode enhanced the electrical conductivity and the electron transfer rate; and provided more reaction sites for Cr(VI) reduction...
October 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133915/impact-of-spatial-characteristics-in-the-left-stenotic-coronary-artery-on-the-hemodynamics-and-visualization-of-3d-replica-models
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Yang Yang, Xin Liu, Yufa Xia, Xin Liu, Wanqing Wu, Huahua Xiong, Heye Zhang, Lin Xu, Kelvin K L Wong, Hanbin Ouyang, Wenhua Huang
Cardiovascular disease has been the major cause of death worldwide. Although the initiation and progression mechanism of the atherosclerosis are similar, the stenotic characteristics and the corresponding medical decisions are different between individuals. In the present study, we performed anatomic and hemodynamic analysis on 8 left coronary arterial trees with 10 identified stenoses. A novel boundary condition method had been implemented for fast computational fluid dynamics simulations and patient-specific three-dimensional printed models had been built for visualizations...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127743/three-dimensional-graphene-networks-with-abundant-sharp-edge-sites-for-efficient-electrocatalytic-hydrogen-evolution
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Gui Yu, Huping Wang, Xu-Bing Li, Lei Gao, Hao-Lin Wu, Jie Yang, Le Cai, Tian-Bao Ma, Chen-Ho Tung, Li-Zhu Wu
To achieve sustainable production of hydrogen (H2) through water splitting, establishing efficient and earth-abundant electrocatalysts is of great necessity. Here, we firstly reveal that morphology engineering of graphene can modulate the electronic structure of carbon skeleton and in turn endow it with excellent ability of proton reduction. Three-dimensional (3D) graphene networks with the high density of sharp edge sites are synthesized. Electrocatalytic measurements indicate that the obtained 3D graphene networks can electrocatalyze H2 evolution with an extremely low onset potential of ~18 mV in 0...
November 11, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126567/the-role-of-different-functional-groups-in-a-novel-adsorption-complexation-reduction-multi-step-kinetic-model-for-hexavalent-chromium-retention-by-undissolved-humic-acid
#16
Jia Zhang, Huilin Yin, Linpeng Chen, Fei Liu, Honghan Chen
Undissolved humic acid (HA) has a great retention effect on the migration of hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI)] in soil, and HA functional groups play a predominant role in this process. However, the coupled mode between Cr(VI) retention and HA functional groups reaction is still unclear. In this study, it was found that a fair amount of Cr on HA existed in the forms of ion exchangeable and binding Cr(VI) during the reaction resulting from the ion exchange adsorption and complexation of Cr(VI). According to the results of two-dimensional correlation spectroscopic analysis (2DCOS), HA functional groups participated in the reaction with Cr(VI) in the order of carboxyl ≈ chelated carboxyl > phenol > polysaccharide > methyl, and all the functional groups were more likely to be located at aromatic domains...
November 7, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126074/amphiphilic-pa-induced-three-dimensional-graphene-macrostructure-with-enhanced-removal-of-heavy-metal-ions
#17
Bing Tan, Huimin Zhao, Yaobin Zhang, Xie Quan, Zehao He, Wenting Zheng, Bingyu Shi
Phytic acid (PA) induced graphene macrostructures were synthesized and investigated for the sorption characteristics and mechanisms of mercury. The as-synthesized graphene foam possessed large specific surface area and amphiphilicity. FTIR and XPS analysis revealed that the as-prepared graphene macrostructure retained oxygen-containing functional groups after hydrothermal reduction and also captured new phosphorus-containing groups because of the introduction of PA. Different experimental parameters, such as pH, PA fractions and contact time were applied to probe into the Hg(II) adsorption performance of as-synthesized macrostructure...
October 26, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122959/prefrontal-oxygenation-correlates-to-the-responses-in-facial-skin-blood-flows-during-exposure-to-pleasantly-charged-movie
#18
Kanji Matsukawa, Kana Endo, Ryota Asahara, Miho Yoshikawa, Shinya Kusunoki, Tomoko Ishida
Our laboratory reported that facial skin blood flow may serve as a sensitive tool to assess an emotional status. Cerebral neural correlates during emotional interventions should be sought in relation to the changes in facial skin blood flow. To test the hypothesis that prefrontal activity has positive relation to the changes in facial skin blood flow during emotionally charged stimulation, we examined the dynamic changes in prefrontal oxygenation (with near-infrared spectroscopy) and facial skin blood flows (with two-dimensional laser speckle and Doppler flowmetry) during emotionally charged audiovisual challenges for 2 min (by viewing comedy, landscape, and horror movie) in 14 subjects...
November 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122556/effect-of-imaging-frequency-on-ptv-margins-and-geographical-miss-during-image-guided-radiation-therapy-for-prostate-cancer
#19
Meetakshi Gupta, Poonam Gamre, Sadhana Kannan, Ganesh Rokde, Rahul Krishnatry, Vedang Murthy
BACKGROUND: The relationship between frequency of imaging during image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) and planning target volume (PTV) margin remains unclear. This issue is of practical significance given resource and time intensive nature of IGRT. The purpose of this study was to evaluate PTV margins with predefined and commonly used less-than-daily IGRT schedules using data obtained from patients treated with daily IGRT for prostate cancer. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Daily setup error and 3-dimensional daily alignment data for a total of 108 consecutive patients with prostate cancer treated with 2700 fractions of daily image guidance on tomotherapy were retrospectively analyzed...
October 7, 2017: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121945/potential-dosimetric-benefits-of-adaptive-tumor-tracking-over-the-internal-target-volume-concept-for-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-of-pancreatic-cancer
#20
Konstantina Karava, Stefanie Ehrbar, Oliver Riesterer, Johannes Roesch, Stefan Glatz, Stephan Klöck, Matthias Guckenberger, Stephanie Tanadini-Lang
BACKGROUND: Radiotherapy for pancreatic cancer has two major challenges: (I) the tumor is adjacent to several critical organs and, (II) the mobility of both, the tumor and its surrounding organs at risk (OARs). A treatment planning study simulating stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for pancreatic tumors with both the internal target volume (ITV) concept and the tumor tracking approach was performed. The two respiratory motion-management techniques were compared in terms of doses to the target volume and organs at risk...
November 9, 2017: Radiation Oncology
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