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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434190/mixed-severity-fire-history-at-a-forest-grassland-ecotone-in-west-central-british-columbia-canada
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Jill E Harvey, Dan J Smith, Thomas T Veblen
This study examines spatially variable stand structure and fire-climate relationships at a low elevation forest-grassland ecotone in west central British Columbia, Canada. Fire history reconstructions were based on samples from 92 fire-scarred trees and stand demography from 27 plots collected over an area of about 7 km(2) . We documented historical chronologies of widespread fires and localized grassland fires between AD 1600 and 1900. Relationships between fire events, reconstructed values of the Palmer Drought Severity Index and annual precipitation were examined using superposed epoch and bivariate event analyses...
April 23, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434149/solvent-dependent-transformation-of-aflatoxin-b1-in-soil
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James M Starr, Blake R Rushing, Mustafa I Selim
To date, all studies of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) transformation in soil or in purified mineral systems have identified aflatoxins B2 (AFB2) and G2 (AFG2) as the primary transformation products. However, identification in these studies was made using thin layer chromatography which has relatively low resolution, and these studies did not identify a viable mechanism by which such transformations would occur. Further, the use of methanol as the solvent delivery vehicle in these studies may have contributed to formation of artifactual transformation products...
April 22, 2017: Mycotoxin Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434115/interaction-of-selected-phenylpropenes-with-dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine-membrane-and-their-relevance-to-antibacterial-activity
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Riham Gharib, Amal Najjar, Lizette Auezova, Catherine Charcosset, Hélène Greige-Gerges
The effect of structurally closely related phenylpropenes (PPs), estragole, anethole, eugenol, and isoeugenol, on the fluidity of dipalmitoyl phosphatidyl choline (DPPC) liposome membrane was investigated by DSC, Raman, and fluorescence anisotropy of 1,6-diphenyl-1,3,5-hexatriene (DPH). Liposomes were prepared by thin-film hydration method at various DPPC:PP molar ratios. The DPH anisotropy measurements of blank and PP-loaded liposomes were performed at 28, 41, and 50 °C, which correspond, respectively, to gel phase, main transition temperature of DPPC, and liquid phase...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433993/determinants-of-perceived-stress-in-individuals-with-obesity-exploring-the-relationship-of-potentially-obesity-related-factors-and-perceived-stress
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Florian Junne, Katrin Ziser, Katrin Elisabeth Giel, Kathrin Schag, Eva Skoda, Isabelle Mack, Andreas Niess, Stephan Zipfel, Martin Teufel
OBJECTIVE: Associations of specific types of stress with increased food intake and subsequent weight gain have been demonstrated in animal models as well as in experimental and epidemiological studies on humans. This study explores the research question of to what extent potentially obesity-related factors determine perceived stress in individuals with obesity. METHODS: N = 547 individuals with obesity participated in a cross-sectional study assessing perceived stress as the outcome variable and potential determinants of stress related to obesity...
April 22, 2017: Obesity Facts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433810/generation-mechanism-of-nonlinear-ultrasonic-lamb-waves-in-thin-plates-with-randomly-distributed-micro-cracks
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Youxuan Zhao, Feilong Li, Peng Cao, Yaolu Liu, Jianyu Zhang, Shaoyun Fu, Jun Zhang, Ning Hu
Since the identification of micro-cracks in engineering materials is very valuable in understanding the initial and slight changes in mechanical properties of materials under complex working environments, numerical simulations on the propagation of the low frequency S0 Lamb wave in thin plates with randomly distributed micro-cracks were performed to study the behavior of nonlinear Lamb waves. The results showed that while the influence of the randomly distributed micro-cracks on the phase velocity of the low frequency S0 fundamental waves could be neglected, significant ultrasonic nonlinear effects caused by the randomly distributed micro-cracks was discovered, which mainly presented as a second harmonic generation...
April 12, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433664/ovaries-of-the-white-worm-enchytraeus-albidus-annelida-clitellata-are-composed-of-16-celled-meroistic-germ-line-cysts
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Anna Z Urbisz, Łukasz Chajec, Agnieszka Brąszewska-Zalewska, Janusz Kubrakiewicz, Piotr Świątek
The paired ovaries of E. albidus are like a bunch of grapes and are composed of clearly separated units, syncytial germ cysts (clusters), which are surrounded by a thin layer of somatic cells. Each cyst maintains the connection with the ovary by an extended stalk that is composed of somatic cells. The spatial architecture of the germ-line cysts found in E. albidus is the same as in other clitellate annelids that have been studied to date. As a rule, germ cells are located at the cyst periphery and each has only one ring canal that connects it to the common and centrally located cytoplasmic mass, the cytophore...
April 19, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433420/dna-methylation-program-in-normal-and-alcohol-induced-thinning-cortex
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Nail Can Öztürk, Marisol Resendiz, Hakan Öztürk, Feng C Zhou
While cerebral underdevelopment is a hallmark of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), the mechanism(s) guiding the broad cortical neurodevelopmental deficits are not clear. DNA methylation is known to regulate early development and tissue specification through gene regulation. Here, we examined DNA methylation in the onset of alcohol-induced cortical thinning in a mouse model of FASD. C57BL/6 (B6) mice were administered a 4% alcohol (v/v) liquid diet from embryonic (E) days 7-16, and their embryos were harvested at E17, along with isocaloric liquid diet and lab chow controls...
February 20, 2017: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433219/importance-of-ground-glass-opacity-component-in-clinical-stage-ia-radiologic-invasive-lung-cancer
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Aritoshi Hattori, Takeshi Matsunaga, Kazuya Takamochi, Shiaki Oh, Kenji Suzuki
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the clinical significance of the presence of a ground glass opacity (GGO) component in clinical stage IA radiologic invasive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS: We reviewed 497 surgically resected clinical stage IA radiologic invasive NSCLCs, which were then classified into two groups based on consolidation tumor ratio (CTR), that is part-solid (0.5 ≤ CTR < 1.0, n = 177) and pure-solid (CTR = 1.0, n = 320). The part-solid tumors were subdivided into GGO-predominant (0...
April 19, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432818/characterization-of-decellularized-ovine-small-intestine-submucosal-layer-as-extracellular-matrix-based-scaffold-for-tissue-engineering
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Morteza Rashtbar, Jamshid Hadjati, Jafar Ai, Issa Jahanzad, Mahmoud Azami, Sadegh Shirian, Somayeh Ebrahimi-Barough, Esmaeil Sadroddiny
Extracellular matrix-based scaffolds derived from mammalian tissues have been used in tissue engineering applications. Among all the tissues, decellularized small intestine submucosal layer (SIS) has been recently investigated for its exceptional characteristics and biocompatibilities. These investigations have been mainly focused on the decellularized porcine SIS; however, there has not been any report on ovine SIS (OSIS) layer. In this study, OSIS was decellularized and its physical, chemical, and morphological properties were evaluated...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432325/chemical-and-electrochemical-synthesis-of-platinum-black
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S E Stanca, F Hänschke, A Ihring, G Zieger, J Dellith, E Kessler, H-G Meyer
We present electrochemical and chemical synthesis of platinum black at room temperature in aqueous and non-aqueous media. X-ray analysis established the purity and crystalline nature. The electron micrographs indicate that the nanostructures consist of platinum crystals that interconnect to form porous assemblies. Additionally, the electron micrographs of the platinum black thin layer, which was electrochemically deposited on different metallic and semiconductive substrates (aluminium, platinum, silver, gold, tin-cooper alloy, indium-tin-oxide, stainless steel, and copper), indicate that the substrate influences its porous features but not its absorbance characteristics...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432257/excess-diffuse-light-absorption-in-upper-mesophyll-limits-co2-drawdown-and-depresses-photosynthesis
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Jeffrey Mason Earles, Guillaume Théroux-Rancourt, Matthew E Gilbert, Andrew J McElrone, Craig Brodersen
In agricultural and natural systems, diffuse light can enhance plant primary productivity due to deeper penetration into and greater illumination of the entire canopy. However, for individual sun-grown leaves from three species, photosynthesis is actually less efficient under diffuse compared to direct light. Despite its potential impact on canopy-level productivity, the mechanism for this leaf-level 'diffuse light photosynthetic depression' effect is unknown. Here we investigate if the spatial distribution of light absorption relative to electron transport capacity in sun- and shade-grown H...
April 21, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431825/single-subcortical-infarct-pathomechanism-assessed-by-thin-section-computed-tomography-perfusion
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Dong Hoon Shin, Ernst Klotz, Eung Yeop Kim
INTRODUCTION: The pathomechanism of a single subcortical infarct (SSI) may be better determined by assessing the perfusion status between parent artery and ischemic lesion. We aimed to compare the classifications into branch atheromatous disease (BAD) versus non-BAD based on diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) or computed tomography perfusion (CTP), and to test whether a CTP-based classification improves the predicting power for progression in SSI (PSSI) compared to that by DWI. METHODS: We enrolled 109 consecutive patients with SSI examined by whole-supratentorial brain CTP and follow-up DWI...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431433/experimental-anterior-ischemic-optic-neuropathy-in-diabetic-mice-exhibited-severe-retinal-swelling-associated-with-vegf-elevation
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Ming-Hui Sun, Mohammad Ali Shariati, Yaping Joyce Liao
Purpose: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is one of the most important risk factors for nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (AION). In this study, we investigated for the first time the impact of experimental AION in a DM model. Methods: We induced a photochemical thrombosis model of AION after streptozotocin-induced DM and performed serial optical coherence tomography (OCT), morphometric analyses, and VEGF levels in the retina and sera. Results: Compared with non-DM animals, experimental AION in DM mice led to significantly greater retinal swelling on day 1 and worse thinning at week 3 on OCT measurements...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430498/interfacial-dzyaloshinskii-moriya-interaction-in-pt-cofeb-films-effect-of-the-heavy-metal-thickness
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S Tacchi, R E Troncoso, M Ahlberg, G Gubbiotti, M Madami, J Åkerman, P Landeros
We report the observation of a Pt layer thickness dependence on the induced interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction in ultrathin Pt(d_{Pt})/CoFeB films. Taking advantage of the large spin-orbit coupling of the heavy metal, the interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction is quantified by Brillouin light scattering measurements of the frequency nonreciprocity of spin waves in the ferromagnet. The magnitude of the induced Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya coupling is found to saturate to a value of 0.45  mJ/m^{2} for Pt thicknesses larger than ∼2  nm...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430445/controlling-the-roughness-of-langmuir-blodgett-monolayers
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Gregory J Silverberg, Arthur A McClelland, Sarah Griesse-Nascimento, Camille Girabawe, Julian P Kadow, Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, Chad David Vecitis
Controlling the surface roughness of thin films with nanoscale precision is of significant interest for the rational design of surface coatings. Although wrinkling and buckling of Langmuir monolayers under compression has been demonstrated for several years, there is currently no method to precisely control this behavior during compression and thereby modify the surface roughness of deposited films. Here, we combine conventional Langmuir phase analysis with a novel dynamic viscoelasticity measurement to simply and accurately observe the jamming transition of monolayers of silica spheres, graphene oxide, and surfactant...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430439/molecular-organization-of-2-1-3-benzothiadiazoles-in-the-solid-state
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Sophie Langis-Barsetti, Thierry Maris, James D Wuest
Derivatives of 2,1,3-benzothiadiazole (1) are widely used in many areas of science and are particularly valuable as components of active layers in various thin-film optoelectronic devices. Even more effective benzothiadiazoles are likely to result if a deeper understanding of their preferred patterns of molecular association can be acquired. To provide new insight, we have analyzed the structures of compounds in which multiple benzothiadiazole units are attached to well-defined planar and nonplanar molecular cores...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430375/electrochemical-water-oxidation-catalyzed-by-an-in-situ-generated-%C3%AE-co-oh-2-film-on-zeolite-y-surface
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Samar Kumar Das, Suranjana Bose, Joyashish Debgupta, Rani Ramsundar
The design and synthesis of an efficient and robust water oxidation catalyst (WOC) with inexpensive materials remain an important challenge in the context of 'artificial photosynthesis'. Herein, we report a simple but unique technique to generate in situ a thin-film of α-Co(OH)2 on the surface of zeolite-Y [hereafter named as Y-α-Co(OH)2] that acts as an efficient and stable catalyst for electrochemical water oxidation in an alkaline pH. Catalyst Y-α-Co(OH)2 is so stable that it retains its catalytic activity even after 2000 cyclic voltammetric cycles of water oxidation...
April 21, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430301/towards-a-bioengineered-kidney-recellularization-strategies-for-decellularized-native-kidney-scaffolds
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Michele Fedecostante, Oana G Onciu, Koen G C Westphal, Rosalinde Masereeuw
Patients with end-stage renal disease often undergo dialysis as a partial substitute for kidney function while waiting for their only treatment option: a kidney transplant. Several research directions emerged for alternatives in support of the ever-growing numbers of patients. Recent years brought big steps forward in the field, with researchers questioning and improving the current dialysis devices as well as moving towards the design of a bioengineered kidney. Whole-organ engineering is also being explored as a possibility, making use of animal or human kidney scaffolds for engineering a transplantable organ...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430258/transparency-measurement-of-thin-films-with-one-sided-optical-access-using-fluorescence-imaging
#19
A F Forughi, B Stoeber, S I Green
Optical transparency can be determined by passing light through an object and comparing the intensity of the transmitted light with the intensity of the incident light. This measurement needs optical access to both sides of the object for illumination and measurement. Optical access to both sides of the object may be restricted in some situations due to the presence of an opaque obstacle, lack of physical access, etc. A novel technique of transmittance measurement is presented that is able to determine the transparency of thin-film objects with optical access limited to just one side...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430215/relationship-of-the-drying-process-of-a-corn-grain-with-the-thermal-emissivity-and-optical-interference-in-the-mid-infrared-range
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Carlos Villaseñor-Mora, Francisco J Gantes-Nunez, Arturo Gonzalez-Vega, Victor H Hernandez-Gonzalez
A study of the effect of the thin layer of free water in corn kernels on the emissivity and interference in the mid infrared range was performed. The emissivity was measured through thermal infrared images by direct method for 8 days, allowing observance that the thickness of free water modifies the quantity of emitted energy and emissivity; however, in the first days when the layer of free water is not optically thick the interference caused by the thin film of superficial water averts a correct measurement of the emissivity...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
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