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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231604/variations-in-body-morphology-explain-gender-differences-in-thermoeffector-function-during-compensable-heat-stress
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Sean R Notley, Joonhee Park, Kyoko Tagami, Norikazu Ohnishi, Nigel A S Taylor
Gender is sometimes thought to independently modulate cutaneous vasomotor and sudomotor function during heat exposure. Nevertheless, it was hypothesised that, when assessed during compensable exercise that evoked equal heat-loss requirements across participants, gender differences in those thermoeffectors would be explained by variations in the ratio between body surface area and mass (specific surface area). To evaluate that possibility, vasomotor and sudomotor functions were assessed in sixty individuals (36 males, 24 females) with widely varying (overlapping) specific surface areas (range: 232...
February 23, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230983/when-anatase-nanoparticles-become-bulk-like-properties-of-realistic-tio2-nanoparticles-in-the-1-6-nm-size-range-from-all-electron-relativistic-density-functional-theory-based-calculations
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Oriol Lamiel-Garcia, Kyoung Chul Ko, Jin Yong Lee, Stefan T Bromley, Francesc Illas
All electron relativistic density functional theory (DFT) based calculations using numerical atom-centered orbitals have been carried out to explore the relative stability, atomic and electronic structure of a series of stoichiometric TiO2 anatase nanoparticles explicitly containing up to 1365 atoms as a function of size and morphology. The nanoparticles under scrutiny exhibit octahedral or truncated octahedral structures and span the 1- 6 nm size range. Initial structures were obtained from a Wulff construction, thus exhibiting the most stable (101) and (001) anatase surfaces...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230965/fluorine-functionalized-graphene-quantum-dots-as-inhibitor-against-hiapp-amyloid-aggregation
#3
Maryam Yousaf, Huan Huang, Ping Li, Chen Wang, Yanlian Yang
Fibrillar deposits of the human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP) is considered as a root of Type II diabetes mellitus. Fluorinated graphene quantum dots (FGQDs) are new carbon nanomaterials with unique physicochemical properties containing highly electronegative F atoms. Herein we report a single step synthesis method of FGQDs with an inhibitory effect on aggregation and cytotoxicity of hIAPP in vitro. Highly fluorescent and water dispersible FGQDs, less than 3 nm in size were synthesized by the microwave-assisted hydrothermal method...
February 23, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230870/colloidal-capsules-nano-and-microcapsules-with-colloidal-particle-shells
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REVIEW
Tobias Bollhorst, Kurosch Rezwan, Michael Maas
Utilizing colloidal particles for the assembly of the shell of nano- and microcapsules holds great promise for the tailor-made design of new functional materials. Increasing research efforts are devoted to the synthesis of such colloidal capsules, by which the integration of modular building blocks with distinct physical, chemical, or morphological characteristics in a capsule's shell can result in novel properties, not present in previous encapsulation structures. This review will provide a comprehensive overview of the synthesis strategies and the progress made so far of bringing nano- and microcapsules with shells of densely packed colloidal particles closer to application in fields such as chemical engineering, materials science, or pharmaceutical and life science...
February 23, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230246/functional-and-evolutionary-consequences-of-cranial-fenestration-in-birds
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Sander W S Gussekloo, Michael A Berthaume, Daniel R Pulaski, Irene Westbroek, Jan H Waarsing, Robin Heinen, Ian R Grosse, Elizabeth R Dumont
Ostrich-like birds (Palaeognathae) show very little taxonomic diversity while their sister taxon (Neognathae) contains roughly 10000 species. The main anatomical differences between the two taxa are in the crania. Palaeognaths lack an element in the bill called the lateral bar that is present in both ancestral theropods and modern neognaths, have thin zones in the bones of the bill, and robust bony elements on the ventral surface of their crania. Here we use a combination of modelling and developmental experiments to investigate the processes that might have led to these differences...
February 23, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230239/common-evolutionary-trends-underlie-the-four-bar-linkage-systems-of-sunfish-and-mantis-shrimp
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Yinan Hu, Nathan Nelson-Maney, Philip S L Anderson
Comparative biomechanics offers an opportunity to explore the evolution of disparate biological systems that share common underlying mechanics. Four-bar linkage modelling has been applied to various biological systems such as fish jaws and crustacean appendages to explore the relationship between biomechanics and evolutionary diversification. Mechanical sensitivity states that the functional output of a mechanical system will show differential sensitivity to changes in specific morphological components. We document similar patterns of mechanical sensitivity in two disparate four-bar systems from different phyla: the opercular four-bar system in centrarchid fishes and the raptorial appendage of stomatopods...
February 23, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230092/rtfc-4931414p19rik-regulates-in-vitro-thyroid-differentiation-and-in-vivo-thyroid-function
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Yang Yu, Chang Liu, Junxia Zhang, Mimi Zhang, Wei Wen, Xianhui Ruan, Dapeng Li, Shuang Zhang, Ming Gao, Lingyi Chen
Thyroid is a one of the most important endocrine organs. Understanding the molecular mechanism underlying thyroid development and function, as well as thyroid diseases, is beneficial for the clinical treatment of thyroid diseases and tumors. Through genetic linkage analysis and exome sequencing, we previously identified an uncharacterized gene C14orf93 (RTFC, mouse homolog: 4931414P19Rik) as a novel susceptibility gene for familial non-medullary thyroid carcinoma, and demonstrated its function in promoting thyroid tumor...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229542/condition-dependence-and-sexual-ornamentation-effects-of-immune-challenges-on-a-highly-sexually-dimorphic-grasshopper
#8
J Pablo Valverde, Hendrik Eggert, Joachim Kurtz, Holger Schielzeth
Sexual ornaments contribute substantially to phenotypic diversity and it is particularly relevant to understand their evolution. Ornaments can assume the function of signals-of-quality that the choosy sex uses to evaluate potential mating partners. Often there are no obvious direct benefits and investment into mate choice is primarily rewarded by beneficial alleles that are inherited to the offspring. Inter-sexual communication via sexual ornaments requires honesty of the sexual signal, yet the question of what maintains honesty remains only partially solved...
February 23, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229166/-morphological-investigations-of-deep-sole-ulcers-in-cattle-part-2-toe-ulcers-white-line-disease-in-the-heel-and-changes-due-to-inappropriate-weight-bearing-and-deficient-claw-care
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Susanne Gehringer, Matthias Müller, Johann Maierl
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the morphology of pathological changes to the inner structures of the claw in cases of toe ulcers, white line disease in the heel and changes due to inappropriate weight bearing and deficient claw care. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Hind limbs of 55 cows displaying external signs of complicated sole ulcers were examined externally and internally. To examine the samples internally, a sagittal section was performed. Furthermore, the material was examined after bone maceration and histologically...
February 23, 2017: Tierärztliche Praxis. Ausgabe G, Grosstiere/Nutztiere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228681/discovery-of-a-new-species-of-hermit-crab-of-the-genus-pylopaguropsis-alcock-1905-from-the-caribbean-den-commensal-or-cleaner-crustacea-anomura-paguridae
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Rafael Lemaitre
A new secretive, yet brightly colored hermit crab species of the family Paguridae, Pylopaguropsis mollymulleraesp. n., is fully described based on specimens from the reefs of Bonaire, Lesser Antilles, southern Caribbean Sea. Populations of this new species were discovered and photographed in the Bonaire National Marine Park under a large coral ledge, at a depth of 13.7 m, living in crevices known by scuba divers to serve as den to a pair of "flaming reef lobsters" Enoplometopus antillensis, or a "broad banded moray" Channomuraena vittata...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228333/the-interplay-of-axonal-energy-homeostasis-and-mitochondrial-trafficking-and-anchoring
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REVIEW
Zu-Hang Sheng
Mitochondria are key cellular power plants essential for neuronal growth, survival, function, and regeneration after injury. Given their unique morphological features, neurons face exceptional challenges in maintaining energy homeostasis at distal synapses and growth cones where energy is in high demand. Efficient regulation of mitochondrial trafficking and anchoring is critical for neurons to meet altered energy requirements. Mitochondrial dysfunction and impaired transport have been implicated in several major neurological disorders...
February 19, 2017: Trends in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228171/quantification-of-multicellular-organization-junction-integrity-and-substrate-features-in-collective-cell-migration
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Adam C Canver, Alisa Morss Clyne
Quantitative analysis of multicellular organization, cell-cell junction integrity, and substrate properties is essential to understand the mechanisms underlying collective cell migration. However, spatially and temporally defining these properties is difficult within collectively migrating cell groups due to challenges in accurate cell segmentation within the monolayer. In this paper, we present Matlab®-based algorithms to spatially quantify multicellular organization (migration distance, interface roughness, and cell alignment, area, and morphology), cell-cell junction integrity, and substrate features in confocal microscopy images of two-dimensional collectively migrating endothelial monolayers...
February 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228121/bleb-failure-and-intraocular-pressure-rise-following-nd-yag-laser-capsulotomy
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Andreas Diagourtas, Petros Petrou, Ilias Georgalas, Kostantinos Oikonomakis, Panagiotis Giannakouras, Athanasios Vergados, Dimitrios Papaconstantinou
BACKGROUND: To report the negative effect of Nd: Yag (Neodymium-doped: Yttrium Aluminium Garnet) laser capsulotomy on the intraocular pressure (IOP) and the trabeculectomy bleb integrity, in a small series of eyes, both trabeculectomised and pseudophakic, following the laser application for the management of posterior capsular opacification (PCO). METHODS: This is a retrospective, non-comparative interventional case series study, in which 20 trabeculectomised and pseudophakic eyes from 15 patients, with otherwise well functioning blebs, were presented with uncontrolled IOP, in a variable distance of time following the application of YAG laser capsulotomy...
February 22, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228044/withaferin-a-protects-against-spinal-cord-injury-by-inhibiting-apoptosis-and-inflammation-in-mice
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Xianlei Yan, Guangxiang Huang, Quan Liu, Jiemin Zheng, Hongmou Chen, Qidan Huang, Jiakang Chen, Heqing Huang
CONTEXT: Withaferin A (WFA) exhibits diverse pharmaceutical applications on human diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, cancers and microbial infection. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the neuroprotective role of WFA using a mouse model of spinal cord injury (SCI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: BALB/c mice were administrated 10 mg/kg of WFA. Gene expression was measured by real-time PCR, western blot and immunohistochemistry. Cell morphology and apoptosis were determined by H&E staining and TUNEL assay...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226718/automated-tracing-of-microglia-using-multilevel-thresholding-and-minimum-spanning-trees
#15
Mahmoud Abdolhoseini, Frederick Walker, Sarah Johnson, Mahmoud Abdolhoseini, Frederick Walker, Sarah Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Mahmoud Abdolhoseini, Frederick Walker
Microglia are immune cells of the central nervous system. Good knowledge about their morphology leads us to a better understanding of their functionality. In this article we propose an automated method to trace microglia in microscopy images. Our approach is powered by two main algorithms: multilevel thresholding (MT) and minimum spanning tree (MST). MT quantizes intensities of image pixels to several levels, then we sample each level with different rates to produce seed points. Each seed point belongs to a level and has a specific value, therefore they can be prioritized...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226317/neuroprotective-effects-of-acetyl-l-carnitine-on-neonatal-hypoxia-ischemia-induced-brain-injury-in-rats
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Shiyu Tang, Su Xu, Xin Lu, Rao P Gullapalli, Mary C McKenna, Jaylyn Waddell
Perinatal hypoxia ischemia (HI) is a significant cause of brain injury in surviving infants. Although hypothermia improves outcomes in some infants, additional therapies are needed since about 40% of infants still have a poor outcome. Acetyl-L-carnitine (ALCAR), an acetylated derivative of L-carnitine, protected against early changes in brain metabolites and mitochondrial function after HI on postnatal day (PND) 7 in a rat pup model of near-term HI injury. However, its efficacy in long-term structural and functional outcomes remains unexplored...
February 23, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226300/from-periodontal-mechanoreceptors-to-chewing-motor-control-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Maria Grazia Piancino, Gaetano Isola, Rosangela Cannavale, Giuseppina Cutroneo, Giovanna Vermiglio, Pietro Bracco, Giuseppe Pio Anastasi
PURPOSE: This critical review summarizes the current knowledge of the structural and functional characteristics of periodontal mechanoreceptors, and understands their role in the signal pathways and functional motor control. METHOD: A systematic review of the literature was conducted. Original articles were searched through Pubmed, Cochrane Central database and Embase until january 2016. RESULT: 1466 articles were identified through database searching and screened by reviewing the abstracts...
February 13, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225836/analysis-of-immune-cell-populations-in-atrial-myocardium-of-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-or-sinus-rhythm
#18
Natalia Smorodinova, Martin Bláha, Vojtěch Melenovský, Karolína Rozsívalová, Jaromír Přidal, Mária Ďurišová, Jan Pirk, Josef Kautzner, Tomáš Kučera
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia and despite obvious clinical importance remains its pathogenesis only partially explained. A relation between inflammation and AF has been suggested by findings of increased inflammatory markers in AF patients. OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to characterize morphologically and functionally CD45-positive inflammatory cell populations in atrial myocardium of patients with AF as compared to sinus rhythm (SR)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225815/different-characteristics-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-isolated-from-different-layers-of-full-term-placenta
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Yoo Shin Choi, Yong-Beom Park, Chul-Won Ha, Jin A Kim, Jin-Chul Heo, Woo-Jung Han, Soo-Young Oh, Suk-Joo Choi
BACKGROUND: The placenta is a very attractive source of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for regenerative medicine due to readily availability, non-invasive acquisition, and avoidance of ethical issues. Isolating MSCs from parts of placenta tissue has obtained growing interest because they are assumed to exhibit different proliferation and differentiation potentials due to complex structures and functions of the placenta. The objective of this study was to isolate MSCs from different parts of the placenta and compare their characteristics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225760/reconstitution-of-the-tubular-endoplasmic-reticulum-network-with-purified-components
#20
Robert E Powers, Songyu Wang, Tina Y Liu, Tom A Rapoport
Organelles display characteristic morphologies that are intimately tied to their cellular function, but how organelles are shaped is poorly understood. The endoplasmic reticulum is particularly intriguing, as it comprises morphologically distinct domains, including a dynamic network of interconnected membrane tubules. Several membrane proteins have been implicated in network formation, but how exactly they mediate network formation and whether they are all required are unclear. Here we reconstitute a dynamic tubular membrane network with purified endoplasmic reticulum proteins...
February 22, 2017: Nature
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