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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340328/the-role-of-auxin-response-factors-in-the-development-and-differential-growth-of-inflorescence-stems
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Nicholas S Carey, Naden T Krogan
Plants react to environmental cues by altering their growth and development, which can include organ tropic responses. These differential growth responses are triggered by the hormone auxin, and AUXIN RESPONSE FACTORs (ARFs) have been implicated in numerous organ tropisms in Arabidopsis thaliana. Surprisingly, despite being critical for light capture and overall plant morphology, inflorescence stem tropic responses remain relatively understudied, with presumed direct links to ARF function yet to be established...
March 24, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340146/effect-of-broiler-breeders-fed-with-corn-or-sorghum-diet-and-canthaxanthin-supplementation-on-production-and-reproductive-performance
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C E V Bonilla, A P Rosa, A Londero, C B S Giacomini, C Orso, M O Fernandes, S J Paixão, D V Bonamigo
This study was designed to evaluate the effect of corn or sorghum diet and canthaxanthin (CX) supplementation on performance in broiler breeders. A total of 440 females with similar body weight (BW) (3.71 ± 0.14 kg) and 60 roosters were placed in an open-sided house with 20 pens, randomly distributed in a factorial arrangement (2 × 2). There were 4 diets of 2 ingredients; corn (CO) or sorghum (SO) and 2 levels of CX; 6 mg/kg (CX) and 0 mg/kg (NCX) totaling 5 replicate pens of 22 females and 3 males each, from 42 to 65 wk, divided in 2 periods (from wk 42 to 53 and wk 54 to 65)...
March 4, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339227/cosmic-tsunamis-in-modified-gravity-disruption-of-screening-mechanisms-from-scalar-waves
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R Hagala, C Llinares, D F Mota
Extending general relativity by adding extra degrees of freedom is a popular approach for explaining the accelerated expansion of the Universe and to build high energy completions of the theory of gravity. The presence of such new degrees of freedom is, however, tightly constrained from several observations and experiments that aim to test general relativity in a wide range of scales. The viability of a given modified theory of gravity, therefore, strongly depends on the existence of a screening mechanism that suppresses the extra degrees of freedom...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339035/duration-of-simulated-microgravity-affects-the-differentiation-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Li Xue, Yaohui Li, Jun Chen
Previous evidence has suggested that physical microenvironments and mechanical stresses, independent of soluble factors, influence mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) fate. In the present study, simulated microgravity (SMG) was demonstrated to regulate the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells. This may be a novel strategy for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Rat MSCs were cultured for 72 h or 10 days in either normal gravity or a clinostat to model microgravity, followed with culture in diverse differential media...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338599/volumetric-control-of-whole-blood-collection-in-austere-environments
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Michael A Meledeo, Andrew D Fisher, Grantham C Peltier, Ethan A Miles, William B Muse, Win B Kerr, Shawn C Nessen, Andrew P Cap
INTRODUCTION: Fresh whole blood transfusions are a powerful tool in prehospital care; however, the lack of equipment such as a scale in field situations frequently leads to collections being under- or overfilled, leading to complications for both patient and donor. This study describes two methods for simple, rapid control of collection bag volume: (1) a length of material to constrict the bag, and (2) folding/clamping the bag. METHOD: Whole blood collection bags were allowed to fill with saline via gravity...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336539/the-influence-of-gravity-on-regional-lung-blood-flow-in-humans-spect-in-the-upright-and-head-down-posture
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Malin Ax, Alejandro Sanchez-Crespo, Sten G E Lindahl, Margareta Mure, Johan Petersson
Previous studies in humans have shown that gravity has little influence on the distribution of lung blood flow while changing posture from supine to prone. This study aimed to evaluate the maximal influence of posture by comparison of regional lung blood flow in the upright and head-down posture in 8 healthy volunteers, using a tilt table. Regional lung blood flow was marked by i.v. injection of macroaggregates of human albumin labeled with (99m)Tc or (113m)In, in the upright and head-down posture respectively, during tidal breathing...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335538/precise-orbit-solution-for-swarm-using-space-borne-gps-data-and-optimized-pseudo-stochastic-pulses
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Bingbing Zhang, Zhengtao Wang, Lv Zhou, Jiandi Feng, Yaodong Qiu, Fupeng Li
Swarm is a European Space Agency (ESA) project that was launched on 22 November 2013, which consists of three Swarm satellites. Swarm precise orbits are essential to the success of the above project. This study investigates how well Swarm zero-differenced (ZD) reduced-dynamic orbit solutions can be determined using space-borne GPS data and optimized pseudo-stochastic pulses under high ionospheric activity. We choose Swarm space-borne GPS data from 1-25 October 2014, and Swarm reduced-dynamic orbits are obtained...
March 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334696/effects-of-hypergravity-on-the-angiogenic-potential-of-endothelial-cells
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Raquel Costa-Almeida, Daniel T O Carvalho, Miguel J S Ferreira, Guilherme Aresta, Manuela E Gomes, Jack J W A van Loon, Kim Van der Heiden, Pedro L Granja
Angiogenesis, the formation of blood vessels from pre-existing ones, is a key event in pathology, including cancer progression, but also in homeostasis and regeneration. As the phenotype of endothelial cells (ECs) is continuously regulated by local biomechanical forces, studying endothelial behaviour in altered gravity might contribute to new insights towards angiogenesis modulation. This study aimed at characterizing EC behaviour after hypergravity exposure (more than 1g), with special focus on cytoskeleton architecture and capillary-like structure formation...
November 2016: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333665/topical-metered-dosing-dispenser-performance-evaluation
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Qiang Liu, Thomas C Kupiec, Nicole T Vu
Topical metered-dosing dispensers are designed for dosing accuracy and ease-of-use by the patients while protecting the packaged products from environmental exposure and contamination. The objective of this study was to evaluate the accuracy, precision, and residual of available topical metered-dosing dispensers with different types of topical cream for practical application. Triplicate samples of five different dispensers were tested. This test was completed using three types of commercial topical cream-bases of dissimilar Total Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Load Percentages, Transdermal Penetration Percentages, and Specific Gravities...
May 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331848/determining-the-optimal-number-of-stimuli-per-cranial-site-during-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-mapping
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Rocco Cavaleri, Siobhan M Schabrun, Lucy S Chipchase
The delivery of five stimuli to each cranial site is recommended during transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) mapping. However, this time-consuming practice restricts the use of TMS mapping beyond the research environment. While reducing the number of stimuli administered to each cranial site may improve efficiency and decrease physiological demand, doing so may also compromise the procedure's validity. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the minimum number of stimuli per cranial site required to obtain valid outcomes during TMS mapping...
2017: Neuroscience Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331772/an-automated-gravity-driven-csf-drainage-system-decreases-complications-and-lowers-costs
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Robert E Lieberson, Jan Eckermann, William Meyer, Tung Trang
BACKGROUND: FlowSafe(TM) (BeckerSmith Medical, Irvine, CA, USA) is a novel, robotic, external lumbar drainage (ELD) system, which was designed to control cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) drainage, reduce complications, and decrease treatment costs. METHODS:  Forty-seven consecutive neurosurgical patients requiring ELD were treated using the FlowSafe system. RESULTS: In 39 of 40 patients with traumatic and surgical dural openings, potential CSF leaks were avoided...
February 3, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330990/on-the-growth-and-form-of-shoots
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Raghunath Chelakkot, L Mahadevan
Growing plant stems and shoots exhibit a variety of shapes that embody growth in response to various stimuli. Building on experimental observations, we provide a quantitative biophysical theory for these shapes by accounting for the inherent observed passive and active effects: (i) the active controllable growth response of the shoot in response to its orientation relative to gravity, (ii) proprioception, the shoot's growth response to its own observable current shape, and (iii) the passive elastic deflection of the shoot due to its own weight, which determines the current shape of the shoot...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330766/water-metabolism-dysfunction-via-renin-angiotensin-system-activation-caused-by-liver-damage-in-mice-treated-with-microcystin-rr
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Qing Zhong, Feng Sun, Weiguang Wang, Wenqing Xiao, Xiaoni Zhao, Kangding Gu
Microcystins (MCs) are a group of monocyclic heptapeptide toxins that have been shown to act as potent hepatotoxins. However, the observed symptoms of water metabolism disruption induced by microcystin-RR (MC-RR) or MCs have rarely been reported, and a relatively clear mechanism has not been identified. In the present study, male mice were divided into 4 groups (A: 140μg/kg, B: 70μg/kg,C: 35μg/kg, and D: 0μg/kg) and administered MC-RR daily for a month. On day 8 of treatment, an increase in water intake and urine output was observed in the high-dose group compared with the control, and the symptoms worsened with the repeated administration of the toxin until day 30...
March 19, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327058/extending-energy-optimization-in-goal-directed-aiming-from-movement-kinematics-to-joint-angles
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James J Burkitt, Raoul M Bongers, Digby Elliott, Steve Hansen, James L Lyons
Energy optimization in goal-directed aiming has been demonstrated as an undershoot bias in primary movement endpoint locations, especially in conditions where corrections to target overshoots must be made against gravity. Two-component models of upper limb movement have not yet considered how joint angles are organized to deal with the energy constraints associated with moving the upper limb in goal-directed aiming tasks. To address this limitation, participants performed aiming movements to targets in the up and down directions with the index finger and two types of rod extensions attached to the index finger...
March 2017: Journal of Motor Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326657/ring-shuttling-controls-macroscopic-motion-in-a-three-dimensional-printed-polyrotaxane-monolith
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Qianming Lin, Xisen Hou, Chenfeng Ke
Amplification of molecular motions into the macroscopic world has great potential in the development of smart materials. Demonstrated here is an approach that integrates mechanically interlocked molecules into complex three-dimensional (3D) architectures by direct-write 3D printing. The design and synthesis of polypseudorotaxane hydrogels, which are composed of α-cyclodextrins and poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) triblock copolymers, and their subsequent fabrication into polyrotaxane-based lattice cubes by 3D printing followed by post-printing polymerization are reported...
March 22, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326440/effects-of-visual-motion-consistent-or-inconsistent-with-gravity-on-postural-sway
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Priscilla Balestrucci, Elena Daprati, Francesco Lacquaniti, Vincenzo Maffei
Vision plays an important role in postural control, and visual perception of the gravity-defined vertical helps maintaining upright stance. In addition, the influence of the gravity field on objects' motion is known to provide a reference for motor and non-motor behavior. However, the role of dynamic visual cues related to gravity in the control of postural balance has been little investigated. In order to understand whether visual cues about gravitational acceleration are relevant for postural control, we assessed the relation between postural sway and visual motion congruent or incongruent with gravity acceleration...
March 22, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325132/physical-symptoms-and-working-performance-in-female-breast-cancer-survivors-a-systematic-review
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Kamilla Zomkowski, Bruna Cruz de Souza, Fabiana Pinheiro da Silva, Géssica Maria Moreira, Natália de Souza Cunha, Fabiana Flores Sperandio
PURPOSE: The aim of this systematic review was to summarize and systematize the information about physical symptoms and its relation with work activity on female Breast Cancer Survivors (BCS). METHODS: A systematic search was performed on the databases MEDLINE/PubMed (via National Library of Medicine), SCOPUS (Elsevier), Web of Science (Thomson Reuters Scientific) and CINAHL with full text (EBSCO), including papers about physical impairments experienced by female workers who have had breast cancer...
March 21, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324931/muscle-activity-distribution-features-extracted-from-hd-semg-to-perform-forearm-pattern-recognition
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F Nougarou, A Campeau-Lecours, D Massicotte, B Gosselin
An efficient pattern recognition system based exclusively on forearm surface Electromyographic (sEMG) signals is proposed to provide a more intuitive control of a robotic arm used by some of the disabled. The main contribution of this paper is the use of an original set of features characterizing the muscle activity distribution obtained with high-density sEMG (HD sEMG) sensors. Contrary to simple sEMG, HD sEMG can produce muscle activity images with spatial distributions that differ according to forearm movement...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323984/trimester-specific-urinary-bisphenol-a-concentrations-and-blood-glucose-levels-among-pregnant-women-from-a-fertility-clinic
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Yu-Han Chiu, Lidia Mínguez-Alarcón, Jennifer B Ford, Myra Keller, Ellen W Seely, Carmen Messerlian, John Petrozza, Paige L Williams, Xiaoyun Ye, Antonia M Calafat, Russ Hauser, Tamarra James-Todd
Context: Women with a history of infertility are at increased risk of impaired glucose tolerance during pregnancy. Studies suggest higher urinary bisphenol A (BPA) concentrations are associated with diabetes in non-pregnant populations, but the association between BPA and glucose levels among pregnant women is unclear. Objective: To assess trimester-specific urinary BPA concentrations in relation to blood glucose levels among subfertile women. Design: Environment and Reproductive Health Study, an ongoing prospective cohort study...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320847/multivoxel-pattern-analysis-reveals-3d-place-information-in-the-human-hippocampus
#20
Misun Kim, Kate J Jeffery, Eleanor A Maguire
The spatial world is three-dimensional (3D), and humans and other animals move both horizontally and vertically within it. Extant neuroscientific studies have typically investigated spatial navigation on a horizontal two-dimensional plane, leaving much unknown about how 3D spatial information is represented in the brain. Specifically, horizontal and vertical information may be encoded in the same or different neural structures with equal or unequal sensitivity. Here, we investigated these possibilities using functional MRI (fMRI) while participants were passively moved within a 3D lattice structure as if riding a rollercoaster...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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