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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231613/genetic-determinism-vs-phenotypic-plasticity-in-protist-morphology
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Matthieu Mulot, Katarzyna Marcisz, Lara Grandgirard, Enrique Lara, Anush Kosakyan, Bjorn J M Robroek, Mariusz Lamentowicz, Richard J Payne, Edward A D Mitchell
Untangling the relationships between morphology and phylogeny is key to building a reliable taxonomy, but is especially challenging for protists, where the existence of cryptic or pseudocryptic species makes finding relevant discriminant traits difficult. Here we use Hyalosphenia papilio (a testate amoeba) as a model species to investigate the contribution of phylogeny and phenotypic plasticity in its morphology. We study the response of Hyalosphenia papilio morphology (shape and pores number) to environmental variables in 1) a manipulative experiment with controlled conditions (water level), 2) an observational study of a withinsite natural ecological gradient (water level), and 3) an observational study across 37 European peatlands (climate)...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
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/28231566/one-year-outcomes-of-1-pro-re-nata-versus-3-pro-re-nata-intravitreal-aflibercept-injection-for-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Kei Takayama, Hiroki Kaneko, Tadasu Sugita, Ruka Maruko, Kyoko Hattori, Eimei Ra, Kenichi Kawano, Keiko Kataoka, Yasuki Ito, Hiroko Terasaki
PURPOSE: We compared 1-year outcomes of 1 + pro re nata (PRN) versus 3 + PRN of intravitreal aflibercept injection (IAI) for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS: Forty-two eyes with naïve AMD received 3 + PRN IAI treatment and 47 eyes with naïve AMD received 1 + PRN IAI treatment. Visual acuity (VA), central retinal thickness (CRT), and central choroidal thickness (CCT) and number of administered IAIs during 12 months were compared. RESULTS: VAs improved, and CRTs reduced significantly at any given month from baseline in both groups (p < 0...
February 24, 2017: Ophthalmologica. Journal International D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231533/synthesis-characterization-and-dna-binding-cleavage-protein-binding-and-cytotoxicity-studies-of-co-ii-ni-ii-cu-ii-and-zn-ii-complexes-of-aminonaphthoquinone
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A Kosiha, C Parthiban, Kuppanagounder P Elango
The Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II) and Zn(II) complexes of an aminonaphthoquinone ligand (L) have been prepared and characterized using analytical and spectral techniques. The structures of L and its Zn(II) complex are confirmed by single crystal X-ray diffraction study. The results indicate that Co(II), Ni(II) and Zn(II) complexes possess tetrahedral geometry while Cu(II) complex exhibits square planar structure. The interaction of L and its complexes with CT-DNA reveal that they could interact with CT-DNA through intercalation...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231451/disaggregation-of-human-islet-amyloid-polypeptide-fibril-formation-by-ruthenium-polypyridyl-complexes
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Dengsen Zhu, Gehui Gong, Wenji Wang, Weihong Du
The toxicity of amyloid proteins is associated with many degenerative and systematic diseases. The aggregation of human islet amyloid polypeptide may induce pancreatic β-cell death, which is linked to type II diabetes. Ruthenium complexes are inhibitors of various proteins and potential anticancer metallodrugs, which can also be used to disaggregate amyloid proteins. This work reported that several ruthenium polypyridyl complexes remarkably affected the peptide aggregation by predominant hydrophobic interaction and metal coordination, as reflected by thermodynamic parameters and mass spectrometry analysis...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231432/dismantling-the-red-wall-of-colloidal-perovskites-highly-luminescent-formamidinium-and-formamidinium-cesium-lead-iodide-nanocrystals
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Loredana Protesescu, Sergii Yakunin, Sudhir Kumar, Janine Bär, Federica Bertolotti, Norberto Masciocchi, Antonietta Guagliardi, Matthias Grotevent, Ivan Shorubalko, Maryna I Bodnarchuk, Chih-Jen Shih, Maksym V Kovalenko
Colloidal nanocrystals (NCs) of APbX3-type lead halide perovskites [A=Cs+, CH3NH3+ (methylammonium or MA+) or CH(NH2)2+ (formamidinium or FA+); X=Cl-, Br-, I-] have recently emerged as highly versatile photonic sources for applications ranging from simple photoluminescence down-conversion (e.g., for display backlighting) to light emitting diodes. From the perspective of spectral coverage, a formidable challenge facing the use of these materials is how to obtain stable emissions in the red and infrared spectral regions covered by the iodide-based compositions...
February 23, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231330/the-effects-of-exogenous-hormones-on-rooting-process-and-the-activities-of-key-enzymes-of-malus-hupehensis-stem-cuttings
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Wangxiang Zhang, Junjun Fan, Qianqian Tan, Mingming Zhao, Ting Zhou, Fuliang Cao
Malus hupehensis is an excellent Malus rootstock species, known for its strong adverse-resistance and apomixes. In the present study, stem cuttings of M. hupehensis were treated with three types of exogenous hormones, including indole acetic acid (IAA), naphthalene acetic acid (NAA), or green growth regulator (GGR). The effects and mechanisms of exogenous hormone treatment and antioxidant enzyme activity on adventitious root formation were investigated. The results showed that the apparent morphology of the adventitious root had four stages, including root pre-emergence stage (S0), early stage of root formation (S1), massive root formation stage (S2), and later stage of root formation (S3)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231149/microalgae-nutraceuticals
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REVIEW
Marcello Nicoletti
Among the new entries in the food supplements sector, an important place must be assigned to nutraceuticals containing microalgae, nowadays accounting for a large and rapidly expanding market. The marketed products are mainly based on three production strains, i.e., Spirulina and Chlorella, followed at a distance by Klamath. It is a composite situation, since two of them are cyanobacteria and the second one is eukaryotic. The reality is that each presents similarities in shape and appearance concerning the marketed form and several utilizations, and peculiarities that need special attention and adequate studies...
August 22, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231125/fundamental-study-on-the-impact-of-gluten-free-starches-on-the-quality-of-gluten-free-model-breads
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Stefan W Horstmann, Markus C E Belz, Mareile Heitmann, Emanuele Zannini, Elke K Arendt
Starch is widely used as an ingredient and significantly contributes to texture, appearance, and overall acceptability of cereal based foods, playing an important role due to its ability to form a matrix, entrapping air bubbles. A detailed characterisation of five gluten-free starches (corn, wheat, rice, tapioca, potato) was performed in this study. In addition, the influence of these starches, with different compositional and morphological properties, was evaluated on a simple gluten-free model bread system...
April 21, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
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
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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/28230912/morphological-features-of-regurgitate-and-defecatory-stains-deposited-by-five-species-of-necrophagous-flies-are-influenced-by-adult-diets-and-body-size
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David B Rivers, Andrew McGregor
The morphological characteristics of artifacts from five species of necrophagous flies were examined following feeding on several types of diets. Four types of insect stains were produced by each species: regurgitate, defecatory, translocation, and tarsal tracks. Regurgitate was the most frequent type deposited (70.9 ± 2.4%), followed by defecatory (19.8 ± 4.0%), tarsal tracks (8.6 ± 1.2%), and translocation (0.7 ± 0.1%). Artifact shapes, sizes, and color were highly variable and species and diet specific...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230872/the-load-bearing-ability-of-a-particle-raft-under-the-transverse-compression-of-a-slender-rod
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Pingcheng Zuo, Jianlin Liu, Shanpeng Li
Liquid marbles and particle rafts are liquid interfaces covered with tiny particles, which are accompanied with many exotic behaviors. This study seeks to extend our understanding on the load-bearing ability of a particle raft under the transverse compression of a slender rod. At first, the interface morphologies of the particle raft and water are captured and compared with each other. Then the load-distance curves of the particle raft and water surface are measured using a self-developed device. For the particle raft, the hydrophobicity of the rod almost does not affect the interface morphology and the supporting load...
February 23, 2017: Soft Matter
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/28230603/computed-tomography-evaluation-of-nasal-bone-and-nasal-pyramid-in-the-turkish-population
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Hatice Kaplanoglu, Hüseyin Coskun, Ugur Toprak
OBJECTIVE: To classify shapes of the nasal bones in the Turkish population and comparatively evaluate the sizes of nasal bone and piriform apertures. METHODS: Two- and three-dimensional paranasal sinus computed tomography images of 363 patients were evaluated. Upper, intermediate, and inferior thickness of bilateral nasal bones and thickness of medial and lateral osteotomy line were measured. The shapes of the nasal bones were classified. RESULTS: The mean thickness of nasal bone in the study participants was 1...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230598/analysis-of-the-adherence-of-dental-pulp-stem-cells-on-two-dimensional-and-three-dimensional-silk-fibroin-based-biomaterials-applications-in-regenerative-dentistry
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María Pilar Pecci-Lloret, Mar Vera-Sánchez, Salvador Aznar-Cervantes, David García-Bernal, Ricardo Oñate Sánchez, Miguel Ramón Pecci-Lloret, José María Moraleda, José Luis Cenis, Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Lozano
Among various biomaterials used as scaffolds in tissue engineering, silk fibroin is a highly attractive material. A scaffold should be biocompatible and nontoxic, with optimal physical features and mechanical properties. For this reason, tissue-engineering approaches in regenerative medicine have focused on investigating the biocompatibility of possible biomaterials by analyzing cell-scaffold interaction properties. The aim of the present study was to examine the biocompatibility of silk fibroin as a film (two-dimensional [2D]) and a scaffold (three-dimensional [3D]) after being cellularized with human dental pulp stem cells (hDPSCs)...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230573/global-sagittal-imbalance-due-to-change-in-pelvic-incidence-after-traumatic-spinopelvic-dissociation
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Han-Dong Lee, Chang-Hoon Jeon, Nam-Su Chung, Suk-Hyeong Won
OBJECTIVES: Traumatic spinopelvic dissociation separates the spinal column from the pelvis, which usually creates lumbosacral kyphosis. We aimed to examine how the spinopelvic profiles changes after traumatic spinopelvic dissociation, and which are the relevant factors for the sagittal imbalance of the spine. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis. SETTING: Level I trauma center PATIENTS:: Thirty-nine consecutive patients who were diagnosed with traumatic spinopelvic dissociation and had a minimum 2-year radiological follow-up were included...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230505/morphology-and-cell-death-of-human-leukaemia-t-lymphocytes-jurkat-cells-expressing-hiv-1-tat-72
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J Gilloteaux, J Koch, J M Jamison
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Ultrastructural Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230361/10-gingerol-a-phytochemical-derivative-from-tongling-white-ginger-inhibits-cervical-cancer-insights-into-the-molecular-mechanism-and-inhibitory-targets
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Fang Zhang, Kiran Thakur, Fei Hu, Jian-Guo Zhang, Zhao-Jun Wei
With an aim to evaluate anti-cancerous activities of 10-gingerol (10-G) against Hela cells, it was purified and identified from Tongling White Ginger by HSCCC, UPLC-TOF-MS/MS and NMR analysis, respectively. 10-G inhibited the proliferation of HeLa cells at IC50 (29.19 μM) and IC80 (50.87 μM) with altered cell morphology, increased cytotoxicity and arrested cell cycle in G0/G1-phase. The most cell cycle related genes and proteins expression significantly decreased, followed by slight decrease in few and without affecting cyclin B1 and cyclin E1 (protein)...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230345/antibacterial-performance-of-a-pcl-pdmaema-blend-nanofiber-based-scaffold-enhanced-with-immobilized-silver-nanoparticles
#20
Fernanda Grandzolli Santos, Leticia Caroline Bonkovoski, Francielle P Garcia, Thelma Sley Pacheco Cellet, Maria Alice Witt, Celso Vataru Nakamura, Adley Forti Rubira, Edvani Curti Muniz
In the present study, nanofiber meshes (NFs), composed of polycaprolactone and poly[(2-dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate] at 80/20 and 50/50 PCL/PDMAEMA blend ratios, were obtained through electrospinning. Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) formed in situ were then immobilized on NF surfaces through adsorption processes, at different pHs. It was possible to observe that the amount of NF-AgNPs can be tuned by changing the pH of AgNPs-immobilization and the PCL/PDMAEMA ratio in the blend. The neat NF and NF-AgNPs were characterized with respect to their morphology and mechanical properties...
February 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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