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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527744/abundance-and-composition-of-near-surface-microplastics-and-plastic-debris-in-the-stockholm-archipelago-baltic-sea
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Berit Gewert, Martin Ogonowski, Andreas Barth, Matthew MacLeod
We collected plastic debris in the Stockholm Archipelago using a manta trawl, and additionally along a transect in the Baltic Sea from the island of Gotland to Stockholm in a citizen science study. The samples were concentrated by filtration and organic material was digested using hydrogen peroxide. Suspected plastic material was isolated by visual sorting and 59 of these were selected to be characterized with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Polypropylene and polyethylene were the most abundant plastics identified among the samples (53% and 24% respectively)...
May 17, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526177/two-cell-populations-participate-in-clearance-of-damaged-hair-cells-from-the-sensory-epithelia-of-the-inner-ear
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REVIEW
Keiko Hirose, Mark A Rutherford, Mark E Warchol
The cochlea and the vestibular organs are populated by resident macrophages, but their role in inner ear maintenance and pathology is not entirely clear. Resident macrophages in other organs are responsible for phagocytosis of injured or infected cells, and it is likely that macrophages in the inner ear serve a similar role. Hair cell injury causes macrophages to accumulate within proximity of damaged regions of the inner ear, either by exiting the vasculature and entering the labyrinth or by the resident macrophages reorganizing themselves through local movement to the areas of injury...
April 28, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524175/modulators-of-microglial-activation-and-polarization-after-intracerebral-haemorrhage
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REVIEW
Xi Lan, Xiaoning Han, Qian Li, Qing-Wu Yang, Jian Wang
Intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) is the most lethal subtype of stroke but currently lacks effective treatment. Microglia are among the first non-neuronal cells on the scene during the innate immune response to ICH. Microglia respond to acute brain injury by becoming activated and developing classic M1-like (proinflammatory) or alternative M2-like (anti-inflammatory) phenotypes. This polarization implies as yet unrecognized actions of microglia in ICH pathology and recovery, perhaps involving microglial production of proinflammatory or anti-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines...
May 19, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521219/antifouling-zwitterionic-hydrogel-coating-improves-hemocompatibility-of-activated-carbon-hemoadsorbent
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Nana Cai, Qingsi Li, Jiamin Zhang, Tong Xu, Weiqiang Zhao, Jing Yang, Lei Zhang
Activated carbon has been widely used in hemoperfusion treatments. However, its performance has been significantly compromised by their poor hemocompatibility. In this work, we developed a novel antifouling adsorbent based on zwitterionic poly-carboxybetaine (PCB) hydrogel and powdered activated carbon (PAC) to improve hemocompatibility. We found this new adsorbent (PCB-PAC) was highly stable with negligible leakage of activated carbon debris. It could efficiently resist protein adsorption and avoid any hemolysis effect...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520596/fungal-keratitis-associated-with-airborne-organic-debris-and-soft-contacts-lenses-case-reports-and-review-of-the-literature
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Michael J Hodkin, Ryan C Gustus
OBJECTIVES: To report two cases of fungal keratitis in soft contact lens wearers who were exposed to environmental mold. METHODS: Case reports, with review of the relevant literature. RESULTS: Two otherwise healthy middle-aged women who were soft contact lens wearers developed fungal keratitis about 1 week after heavy exposure to environmental mold. Culture results showed Aspergillus from one patient and the unusual combination of Trichoderma and Penicillium from the other...
May 16, 2017: Eye & Contact Lens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514840/plastics-in-the-north-atlantic-garbage-patch-a-boat-microbe-for-hitchhikers-and-plastic-degraders
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Debroas Didier, Mone Anne, Ter Halle Alexandra
Plastic is a broad name given to different polymers with high molecular weight that impact wildlife. Their fragmentation leads to a continuum of debris sizes (meso to microplastics) entrapped in gyres and colonized by microorganisms. In the present work, the structure of eukaryotes, bacteria and Archaea was studied by a metabarcoding approach, and statistical analysis associated with network building was used to define a core microbiome at the plastic surface. Most of the bacteria significantly associated with the plastic waste originated from non-marine ecosystems, and numerous species can be considered as hitchhikers, whereas others act as keystone species (e...
May 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512185/cap-n-collar-promotes-tissue-regeneration-by-regulating-ros-and-jnk-signaling-in-the-drosophila-wing-imaginal-disc
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Amanda R Brock, Mabel Seto, Rachel K Smith-Bolton
Regeneration is a complex process that requires an organism to recognize and repair tissue damage, as well as grow and pattern new tissue. Here we describe a genetic screen to identify novel regulators of regeneration. We ablated the Drosophila melanogaster larval wing primordium by inducing apoptosis in a spatially and temporally controlled manner and allowed the tissue to regenerate and repattern. To identify genes that regulate regeneration, we carried out a dominant modifier screen by assessing the amount and quality of regeneration in adult wings heterozygous for isogenic deficiencies...
May 16, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511938/floating-marine-litter-as-a-raft-for-drifting-voyages-for-planes-minutus-crustacea-decapoda-grapsidae-and-liocarcinus-navigator-crustacea-decapoda-polybiidae
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P Tutman, K Kapiris, M Kirinčić, A Pallaoro
The Columbus crab Planes minutus and Arch-fronted swimming crab Liocarcinus navigator, within their distribution ranges in the Mediterranean, were found rafted on plastic macro-litter floating on the open south Adriatic. While P. minutus was recorded from inanimate flotsam outside of the Mediterranean, L. navigator is herein reported for the first time on floating marine litter. The role of floating litter as habitat or as a dispersal agent for marine invertebrates has received quite attention however, records of decapod crabs drifting on litter has been relatively sparse...
May 13, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511505/effectiveness-of-chewable-tooth-brush-in-children-a-prospective-clinical-study
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Lavanya Govindaraju, Deepa Gurunathan
INTRODUCTION: Dental plaque is one of the aetiological factors in causation of dental caries. Effective removal of plaque can reduce the incidence of caries. Various agents for removing plaque has been introduced, of which, chewable brush is a recent advance. There is limited evidence assessing the effectiveness of using chewable brush in children. AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of chewable brush in relation to efficiency in plaque removal and reduction in S...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511434/anti-c1q-antibody-is-associated-with-renal-and-cutaneous-manifestations-in-asian-indian-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Jayakanthan Kabeerdoss, Nikhil Gupta, Sandhya Pulukool, Hindhumathi Mohan, Gowri Mahasampath, Debashish Danda
INTRODUCTION: C1q play an important role in clearance of immune complexes and apoptotic cell debris. Impaired clearance leads to exposure of C1 native antigen and development of anti-C1q antibody formation. Anti-C1q antibody is well studied in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Significance of anti-C1q Ab in Indian SLE patients and their clinical manifestations is not clear. AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate associations between anti-C1q antibody and clinical as well as serological markers of SLE...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511362/towards-complete-and-harmonized-assessment-of-soil-carbon-stocks-and-balance-in-forests-the-ability-of-the-yasso07-model-across-a-wide-gradient-of-climatic-and-forest-conditions-in-europe
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Laura Hernández, Robert Jandl, Viorel N B Blujdea, Aleksi Lehtonen, Kaie Kriiska, Iciar Alberdi, Veiko Adermann, Isabel Cañellas, Gheorghe Marin, Daniel Moreno-Fernández, Ivika Ostonen, Mats Varik, Markus Didion
Accurate carbon-balance accounting in forest soils is necessary for the development of climate change policy. However, changes in soil organic carbon (SOC) occur slowly and these changes may not be captured through repeated soil inventories. Simulation models may be used as alternatives to SOC measurement. The Yasso07 model presents a suitable alternative because most of the data required for the application are readily available in countries with common forest surveys. In this study, we test the suitability of Yasso07 for simulating SOC stocks and stock changes in a variety of European forests affected by different climatic, land use and forest management conditions and we address country-specific cases with differing resources and data availability...
May 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509911/a-dataset-of-forest-biomass-structure-for-eurasia
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Dmitry Schepaschenko, Anatoly Shvidenko, Vladimir Usoltsev, Petro Lakyda, Yunjian Luo, Roman Vasylyshyn, Ivan Lakyda, Yuriy Myklush, Linda See, Ian McCallum, Steffen Fritz, Florian Kraxner, Michael Obersteiner
The most comprehensive dataset of in situ destructive sampling measurements of forest biomass in Eurasia have been compiled from a combination of experiments undertaken by the authors and from scientific publications. Biomass is reported as four components: live trees (stem, bark, branches, foliage, roots); understory (above- and below ground); green forest floor (above- and below ground); and coarse woody debris (snags, logs, dead branches of living trees and dead roots), consisting of 10,351 unique records of sample plots and 9,613 sample trees from ca 1,200 experiments for the period 1930-2014 where there is overlap between these two datasets...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507128/exceptional-and-rapid-accumulation-of-anthropogenic-debris-on-one-of-the-world-s-most-remote-and-pristine-islands
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Jennifer L Lavers, Alexander L Bond
In just over half a century plastic products have revolutionized human society and have infiltrated terrestrial and marine environments in every corner of the globe. The hazard plastic debris poses to biodiversity is well established, but mitigation and planning are often hampered by a lack of quantitative data on accumulation patterns. Here we document the amount of debris and rate of accumulation on Henderson Island, a remote, uninhabited island in the South Pacific. The density of debris was the highest reported anywhere in the world, up to 671...
May 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504256/explosive-eruption-flank-collapse-and-megatsunami-at-tenerife-ca-170-ka
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Raphaël Paris, Juan J Coello Bravo, María E Martín González, Karim Kelfoun, François Nauret
Giant mass failures of oceanic shield volcanoes that generate tsunamis potentially represent a high-magnitude but low-frequency hazard, and it is actually difficult to infer the mechanisms and dynamics controlling them. Here we document tsunami deposits at high elevation (up to 132 m) on the north-western slopes of Tenerife, Canary Islands, as a new evidence of megatsunami generated by volcano flank failure. Analyses of the tsunami deposits demonstrate that two main tsunamis impacted the coasts of Tenerife 170 kyr ago...
May 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501546/diagnosis-of-primary-ciliary-dyskinesia-when-and-how
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J-J Braun, N Boehm, C Metz-Favre, I Koscinski, M Teletin, C Debry
INTRODUCTION: Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is a rare congenital disorder involving permanent ubiquitous structural and/or functional ciliary abnormalities. METHODS: A single-center retrospective study included 56 cases of PCD (respiratory form) out of a cohort of 280 patients with suspected PCD. The main features of history-taking and clinical examination were analyzed, to formulate a pragmatic diagnostic procedure, easy to implement in clinical practice. RESULTS: Chronic respiratory tract infectious symptoms are sensitive but non-specific for the diagnosis of PCD...
May 10, 2017: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498620/ultrahigh-thermal-conductive-yet-superflexible-graphene-films
#16
Li Peng, Zhen Xu, Zheng Liu, Yan Guo, Peng Li, Chao Gao
Electrical devices generate heat at work. The heat should be transferred away immediately by a thermal manager to keep proper functions, especially for high-frequency apparatuses. Besides high thermal conductivity (K), the thermal manager material requires good foldability for the next generation flexible electronics. Unfortunately, metals have satisfactory ductility but inferior K (≤429 W m(-1) K(-1) ), and highly thermal-conductive nonmetallic materials are generally brittle. Therefore, fabricating a foldable macroscopic material with a prominent K is still under challenge...
May 12, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496148/genetic-structure-of-cercospora-beticola-populations-on-beta-vulgaris-in-new-york-and-hawaii
#17
Niloofar Vaghefi, Scot C Nelson, Julie R Kikkert, Sarah J Pethybridge
Cercospora leaf spot (CLS), caused by Cercospora beticola, is a major disease of Beta vulgaris worldwide. No sexual stage is known for C. beticola but in its asexual form it overwinters on infected plant debris as pseudostromata, and travels short distances by rain splash-dispersed conidiospores. Cercospora beticola infects a broad range of host species and may be seedborne. The relative contribution of these inoculum sources to CLS epidemics on table beet is not well understood. Pathogen isolates collected from table beet, Swiss chard and common lambsquarters in mixed-cropping farms and monoculture fields in New York and Hawaii, USA, were genotyped (n = 600) using 12 microsatellite markers...
May 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493000/serological-and-molecular-tests-for-the-diagnosis-of-strongyloides-stercoralis-infection-in-dogs
#18
Dora Buonfrate, Paola Paradies, Fabrizio Iarussi, Fabio Formenti, Francesca Perandin, Domenico Otranto, Zeno Bisoffi
Strongyloides stercoralis can cause severe infection both in humans and dogs. Coproparasitological examination has low sensitivity for the diagnosis of this parasite; hence, different diagnostic techniques have been implemented. However, serology and molecular methods have been assessed almost exclusively in humans. In this study, two serologic assays and a real-time PCR (RT-PCR), routinely used for the diagnosis of strongyloidiasis in humans, have been tested for the diagnosis in dogs. Five dogs living in the same kennel in Bari, southern Italy, were diagnosed with S...
May 10, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492061/viability-of-airborne-tumor-cells-during-excision-by-ultrasonic-device
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Masakazu Hashimoto, Tsuyoshi Kobayashi, Hirotaka Tashiro, Shintaro Kuroda, Yoshihiro Mikuriya, Tomoyuki Abe, Yuka Tanaka, Hideki Ohdan
Background. Laparoscopic surgery has become more widely used, but peritoneal dissemination and port-site metastasis have been reported to occur in these surgeries. One reason for these problems is the ultrasonically activated scalpel (UAS) used for laparoscopic surgery. This study aimed to investigate the viability of airborne cells released during cancer dissection using a UAS. Methods. Flank tumors measuring about 2 cm were induced in male NOD-Cg-Rag1(tm1Mom)IL2rg(tm1wjl/SzJ) mice by subcutaneous injection of 1 × 10(6) HepG2 cells...
2017: Surgery Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487057/investigation-of-plastic-debris-ingestion-by-four-species-of-sea-turtles-collected-as-bycatch-in-pelagic-pacific-longline-fisheries
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Katharine E Clukey, Christopher A Lepczyk, George H Balazs, Thierry M Work, Jennifer M Lynch
Ingestion of marine debris is an established threat to sea turtles. The amount, type, color and location of ingested plastics in the gastrointestinal tracts of 55 sea turtles from Pacific longline fisheries from 2012 to 2016 were quantified, and compared across species, turtle length, body condition, sex, capture location, season and year. Six approaches for quantifying amounts of ingested plastic strongly correlated with one another and included: number of pieces, mass, volume and surface area of plastics, ratio of plastic mass to body mass, and percentage of the mass of gut contents consisting of plastic...
May 6, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
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