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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637167/effects-of-dissolved-oxygen-concentration-on-photosynthetic-bacteria-wastewater-treatment-pollutants-removal-cell-growth-and-pigments-production
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Fan Meng, Anqi Yang, Guangming Zhang, Hangyao Wang
Dissolved oxygen (DO) is an important parameter in photosynthetic bacteria (PSB) wastewater treatment. This study set different DO levels and detected the pollutants removal, PSB growth and pigments production. Results showed that DO significantly influenced the performances of PSB wastewater treatment process. The highest COD (93%) and NH3-N removal (83%) was achieved under DO of 4-8mg/L, but DO of 2-4mg/L was recommended considering the aeration cost. PSB biomass reached 1645mg/L under DO of 4-8mg/L with satisfying co-enzyme Q10 content...
June 1, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636875/effects-of-prenatal-binge-like-ethanol-exposure-and-maternal-stress-on-postnatal-morphological-development-of-hippocampal-neurons-in-rats
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Ewa Jakubowska-Dogru, Birsen Elibol, Ilknur Dursun, Sinan Yürüker
BACKGROUND: Alcohol is one of the most commonly used drugs of abuse negatively affecting human health and it is known as a potent teratogen responsible for fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which is characterized by cognitive deficits especially pronounced in juveniles but ameliorating in adults. Searching for the potential morphological correlates of these effects, in this study, we compared the course of developmental changes in the morphology of principal hippocampal neurons in fetal-alcohol (A group), intubated control (IC group), and intact control male rats (C group) over a protracted period of the first two postnatal months...
June 18, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636254/pirfenidone-reduces-subchondral-bone-loss-and-fibrosis-after-murine-knee-cartilage-injury
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Deva D Chan, Jun Li, Wei Luo, Dan N Predescu, Brian J Cole, Anna Plaas
Pirfenidone is an anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic drug that has shown efficacy in lung and kidney fibrosis. Because inflammation and fibrosis have been linked to the progression of osteoarthritis, we investigated the effects of oral Pirfenidone in a mouse model of cartilage injury, which results in chronic inflammation and joint-wide fibrosis in mice that lack hyaluronan synthase 1 (Has1(-/-) ) in comparison to wild-type. Femoral cartilage was surgically injured in wild-type and Has1(-/-) mice, and Pirfenidone was administered in food starting after 3 days...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636081/cell-size-and-wall-dimensions-drive-distinct-variability-of-earlywood-and-latewood-density-in-northern-hemisphere-conifers
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Jesper Björklund, Kristina Seftigen, Fritz Schweingruber, Patrick Fonti, Georg von Arx, Marina V Bryukhanova, Henri E Cuny, Marco Carrer, Daniele Castagneri, David C Frank
Interannual variability of wood density - an important plant functional trait and environmental proxy - in conifers is poorly understood. We therefore explored the anatomical basis of density. We hypothesized that earlywood density is determined by tracheid size and latewood density by wall dimensions, reflecting their different functional tasks. To determine general patterns of variability, density parameters from 27 species and 349 sites across the Northern Hemisphere were correlated to tree-ring width parameters and local climate...
June 21, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635174/flash-light-millisecond-self-assembly-of-high-%C3%AF-block-copolymers-for-wafer-scale-sub-10-nm-nanopatterning
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Hyeong Min Jin, Dae Yong Park, Seong-Jun Jeong, Gil Yong Lee, Ju Young Kim, Jeong Ho Mun, Seung Keun Cha, Joonwon Lim, Jun Soo Kim, Kwang Ho Kim, Keon Jae Lee, Sang Ouk Kim
One of the fundamental challenges encountered in successful incorporation of directed self-assembly in sub-10 nm scale practical nanolithography is the process compatibility of block copolymers with a high Flory-Huggins interaction parameter (χ). Herein, reliable, fab-compatible, and ultrafast directed self-assembly of high-χ block copolymers is achieved with intense flash light. The instantaneous heating/quenching process over an extremely high temperature (over 600 °C) by flash light irradiation enables large grain growth of sub-10 nm scale self-assembled nanopatterns without thermal degradation or dewetting in a millisecond time scale...
June 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635145/chemical-vapor-deposition-of-bernal-stacked-graphene-on-a-cu-surface-by-breaking-the-carbon-solubility-symmetry-in-cu-foils
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Min Seok Yoo, Hyo Chan Lee, Siyoung Lee, Seon Baek Lee, Nam-Suk Lee, Kilwon Cho
The synthesis of Bernal-stacked multilayer graphene over large areas is intensively investigated due to the value of this material's tunable electronic structure, which makes it promising for use in a wide range of optoelectronic applications. Multilayer graphene is typically formed via chemical vapor deposition onto a metal catalyst, such as Ni, a Cu-Ni alloy, or a Cu pocket. These methods, however, require sophisticated control over the process parameters, which limits the process reproducibility and reliability...
June 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634725/analyzing-individual-growth-with-clustered-longitudinal-data-a-comparison-between-model-based-and-design-based-multilevel-approaches
#7
Hsien-Yuan Hsu, John J H Lin, Susan T Skidmore
To prevent biased estimates of intraindividual growth and interindividual variability when working with clustered longitudinal data (e.g., repeated measures nested within students; students nested within schools), individual dependency should be considered. A Monte Carlo study was conducted to examine to what extent two model-based approaches (multilevel latent growth curve model - MLGCM, and maximum model - MM) and one design-based approach (design-based latent growth curve model - D-LGCM) could produce unbiased and efficient parameter estimates of intraindividual growth and interindividual variability given clustered longitudinal data...
June 20, 2017: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634532/cellularizing-hydrogel-based-scaffolds-to-repair-bone-tissue-how-to-create-a-physiologically-relevant-micro-environment
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Mathieu Maisani, Daniele Pezzoli, Olivier Chassande, Diego Mantovani
Tissue engineering is a promising alternative to autografts or allografts for the regeneration of large bone defects. Cell-free biomaterials with different degrees of sophistication can be used for several therapeutic indications, to stimulate bone repair by the host tissue. However, when osteoprogenitors are not available in the damaged tissue, exogenous cells with an osteoblast differentiation potential must be provided. These cells should have the capacity to colonize the defect and to participate in the building of new bone tissue...
January 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634491/more-favorable-metabolic-impact-of-three-times-weekly-versus-daily-growth-hormone-treatment-in-na%C3%A3-ve-gh-deficient-children
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Alessandro Ciresi, Floriana Cicciò, Stefano Radellini, Valentina Guarnotta, Anna Maria Calcaterra, Carla Giordano
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether two different regimens of weekly injections could lead to similar auxological and metabolic effects in children with growth hormone deficiency (GHD). DESIGN: 32 GHD children (25 males, mean age 10.5 ± 2.2 yr) were randomly assigned to receive daily (group A, 16 patients) or TIW (group B, 16 patients) GHT for 12 months. METHODS: Auxological parameters, insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I), glucose and insulin during OGTT, glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c), lipid profile, the oral disposition index (DIo), the homeostasis model assessment estimate of insulin resistance (Homa-IR), and the insulin sensitivity index (ISI)...
2017: International Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634409/characterization-of-the-3d-structure-of-a-cultivated-land-surface-and-its-influence-on-wheat-seedlings-growth-using-kinect
#10
Tao Liu, Wen Chen, Fujian Li, Wei Wu, Chengming Sun, Jinfeng Ding, Xinkai Zhu, Wenshan Guo
The quality of wheat emergence has a significant impact on the subsequent growth and development of seedlings. The structure of cultivated land surfaces is an important factor influencing wheat seedlings growth. However, few studies have investigated this. In this study, three-dimensional structural parameters of cultivated land surfaces were collected using 3D imaging equipment, and the effects of different grades of lands on the emergence and growth of wheat were evaluated. The evaluation criteria for the soil blocks was designed according to the ISO-25178-2 standard, and the wheat emergence rate, speed, tillering capacity per plant, dry weight per plant, and final yields of different grades of cultivated land were investigated...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633448/the-origin-of-novelty-through-the-evolution-of-scaling-relationships
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H Frederik Nijhout, Kenneth Z McKenna
Morphological novelty is often thought of as the evolution of an entirely new body plan or the addition of new structures to existing body plans. However, novel morphologies may also arise through modification of organ systems within an existing body plan. The evolution of novel scaling relationships between body size and organ size constitutes such a novel morphological feature. Experimental studies have demonstrated that there is genetic variation for allometries and that scaling relationships can evolve under artificial selection...
June 16, 2017: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633328/identification-and-characterization-of-a-solute-carrier-cia8-involved-in-inorganic-carbon-acclimation-in-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
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Marylou C Machingura, Joanna Bajsa-Hirschel, Susan M Laborde, Joshua B Schwartzenburg, Bratati Mukherjee, Ananya Mukherjee, Steve V Pollock, Britta Förster, G Dean Price, James V Moroney
The supply of inorganic carbon (Ci) at the site of fixation by Rubisco is a key parameter for efficient CO2 fixation in aquatic organisms including the green alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Chlamydomonas reinhardtii cells, when grown on limiting CO2, have a CO2-concentrating mechanism (CCM) that functions to concentrate CO2 at the site of Rubisco. Proteins thought to be involved in inorganic carbon uptake have been identified and localized to the plasma membrane or chloroplast envelope. However, current CCM models suggest that additional molecular components are involved in Ci uptake...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633142/multifactorial-analysis-of-a-biomarker-pool-for-alzheimer-disease-risk-in-a-north-indian-population
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Puneet Talwar, Sandeep Grover, Juhi Sinha, Puneet Chandna, Rachna Agarwal, Suman Kushwaha, Ritushree Kukreti
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease with a complex multifactorial etiology. Here, we aim to identify a biomarker pool comprised of genetic variants and blood biomarkers as predictor of AD risk. METHODS: We performed a case-control study involving 108 cases and 159 non-demented healthy controls to examine the association of multiple biomarkers with AD risk. RESULTS: The APOE genotyping revealed that ε4 allele frequency was significantly high (p value = 0...
June 21, 2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633105/effects-of-triacontanol-on-ascorbate-glutathione-cycle-in-brassica-napus-l-exposed-to-cadmium-induced-oxidative-stress
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Elham Asadi Karam, Viviana Maresca, Sergio Sorbo, Batool Keramat, Adriana Basile
The ability of exogenous triacontanol (TRIA), a plant growth regulator, to reduce Cd toxicity was studied in canola (Brassica napus L.) plants. The following biological parameters were examined in canola seedlings to investigate TRIA-induced tolerance to Cd toxicity: seedling growth, chlorophyll damage and antioxidant response. In particular, TRIA application reduced Cd-induced oxidative damage, as shown by reduction of ROS content, lipoxygenase (LOX) activity and lipid peroxidation level. TRIA pretreatment increased non-enzymatic antioxidant contents (ascorbate, AsA, glutathione and GSH), phytochelatin content (PCs) and activities of antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), ascorbate peroxidase (APX), guaiacol peroxidase (GPX), monodehydroascorbate reductase (MDHAR), dehydro ascorbate reductase (DHAR), and glutathione reductase (GR), so reducing the oxidative stress...
June 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632773/simulation-of-oak-early-life-history-and-interactions-with-disturbance-via-an-individual-based-model-soel
#15
Kenneth F Kellner, Robert K Swihart
Early tree life history and demography are driven by interactions with the environment such as seed predation, herbivory, light availability, and drought. For oak (Quercus) in the eastern United States, these interactions may contribute to oak regeneration failure. Numerous studies have examined the impact of individual factors (like seed predation) on the oak regeneration process, but less information is available on the relative and combined impacts of multiple intrinsic and extrinsic factors on early oak life history...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632593/functional-and-radiographic-outcomes-following-growth-sparing-management-of-early-onset-scoliosis
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Charles E Johnston, Dong-Phuong Tran, Anna McClung
BACKGROUND: In this study, we sought to evaluate radiographic, functional, and quality-of-life outcomes of patients who have completed growth-sparing management of early-onset scoliosis. METHODS: This prospective study involved patients with early-onset scoliosis who underwent growth-sparing treatment and either "final" fusion or observation for ≥2 years since the last lengthening procedure. Demographics, radiographic parameters, pulmonary function test (PFT) values, and scores of patient-reported assessments (Early-Onset Scoliosis Questionnaire [EOSQ] and Scoliosis Research Society [SRS]-30) were obtained...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631921/direct-electron-beam-writing-of-silver-based-nanostructures
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Katja Hoeflich, Jakub Jurczyk, Yucheng Zhang, Marcos Vinicius Puydinger Dos Santos, Maximilian Goetz, Carlos Guerra-Nunez, James P Best, Czesław Kapusta, Ivo Utke
Direct writing utilizing a focused electron beam constitutes an interesting alternative to resist based techniques, as it allows for precise and flexible growth onto any conductive substrate in a single-step process. One important challenge, however, is the identification of appropriate precursors which allow for deposition of the material of choice e.g. for envisaged applications in nano-optics. In this regard the coinage metal silver is of particular interest since it shows a relatively high plasma frequency, and thus, excellent plasmonic properties in the visible range...
June 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631633/significance-of-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-and-cd31-and-morphometric-analysis-of-microvessel-density-by-cd31-receptor-expression-as-an-adjuvant-tool-in-diagnosis-of-psoriatic-lesions-of-skin
#18
Nitika Chawla, Sant Prakash Kataria, Kamal Aggarwal, Pardeep Chauhan, Dinesh Kumar
BACKGROUND: Pathogenesis of psoriasis is a debated issue. Several mechanisms have been proposed to identify the etiology and pathogenesis so that specific treatments can be given to patients with psoriasis. AIMS: (1) To compare pattern and distribution of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and CD31 in patients with psoriasis and other psoriasiform lesions of skin. (2) To study the correlation between VEGF and CD31 expression, clinical severity, and histopathology of psoriasiform lesions of skin...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631293/region-dependent-patterns-of-trabecular-bone-growth-in-the-human-proximal-femur-a-study-of-3d-bone-microarchitecture-from-early-postnatal-to-late-childhood-period
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Petar Milovanovic, Danijela Djonic, Michael Hahn, Michael Amling, Björn Busse, Marija Djuric
OBJECTIVES: Parallel with body growth and development, bone structure in non-adults is reorganized to achieve the particular design observed in mature individuals. We traced the changes in three-dimensional trabecular microarchitectural design during the phases of locomotor maturation to clarify how human bone adapts to mechanical demands. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Micro-CT was performed on biomechanically-relevant subregions of the proximal femur (medial, intermediate and lateral neck regions, intertrochanteric region, metaphyseal region) from early postnatal period to late childhood...
June 20, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631185/the-increased-expression-of-follicle-stimulating-hormone-leads-to-a-decrease-of-fecundity-in-transgenic-large-white-female-pigs
#20
Kai Jiang, Pan Xu, Wanbo Li, Qiang Yang, Longyun Li, Chuanmin Qiao, Huanfa Gong, Hao Zheng, Zhimin Zhou, Hao Fu, Qiuyan Li, Yuyun Xing, Jun Ren
Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is a pituitary gonadotropin regulating reproduction in mammals. Overexpression of the exogenous FSHα/β genes from Chinese Erhualian pigs improved female fecundity of transgenic (TG) mice and male spermatogenesis ability of Large White TG boars. Here, we investigated the impact of the exogenous FSHα/β genes on female reproductive performance of Large White TG pigs. First, we identified the integration site of the exogenous FSHα/β genes at 140,646,456 bp on chromosome 9 in these TG pigs using whole-genome sequencing...
June 19, 2017: Transgenic Research
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