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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930868/laser-surface-pattering-of-titanium-for-improving-the-biological-performance-of-dental-implants
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Christoph Zwahr, Denise Günther, Tina Brinkmann, Nikolai Gulow, Steffen Oswald, Marzellus Grosse Holthaus, Andrés Fabián Lasagni
Direct laser interference patterning (DLIP) is used to produce periodic line-like patterns on titanium surfaces. An Nd:YAG laser operating at 532 nm wavelength with a pulse duration of 8 ns is used for the laser patterning process. The generated periodic patterns with spatial periods of 5, 10, and 20 µm are produced with energy densities between 0.44 and 2.6 J cm(-)(2) with a single laser pulse. With variation of energy density, different shapes of the arising topography are observed due to the development of the solidification front of the molten material at the maxima positions...
December 8, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928599/understanding-wear-in-dual-mobility-total-hip-replacement-first-generation-explant-wear-patterns
#2
Bertrand Boyer, Thomas Neri, Jean Geringer, Alexandre Di Iorio, Remi Philippot, Frederic Farizon
PURPOSE: Dual mobility was introduced by Pr. G. Bousquet to improve the dislocation risk of total hip arthroplasty (THR). The wear mechanisms of this implant remain to be understood. Could enhanced explant wear analysis explain liner wear behaviour? METHODS: Sixty-six explanted liners were selected. Non-destructive 3D scanning and heat colour treatment allowed reporting wear patterns on both convex and concave sides of the liners. RESULTS: For many liners, liner convexity wear was found to be homogeneous, and linked to a longer implantation time...
December 7, 2016: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924514/clinical-and-sonographic-assessment-of-cervical-lymph-node-metastasis-in-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma
#3
Qi Wu, Yi-Min Zhang, Si Sun, Juan-Juan Li, Juan Wu, Xiang Li, Shan Zhu, Wen Wei, Sheng-Rong Sun
The purpose of this study was to assess the differences in clinical and sonographic features of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) between cervical lymph node metastatic (CLNM) and nonmetastatic groups. Clinical data of PTC patients (414 patients with 624 malignant nodules) who underwent a preoperative ultrasonography and surgery between June 2010 and March 2015 at Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University were retrospectively analyzed. Clinical factors, preoperative ultrasound features and the final pathological findings were obtained...
December 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923930/mg2-ions-do-they-bind-to-nucleobase-nitrogens
#4
Filip Leonarski, Luigi D'Ascenzo, Pascal Auffinger
Given the many roles proposed for Mg(2+) in nucleic acids, it is essential to accurately determine their binding modes. Here, we surveyed the PDB to classify Mg(2+) inner-sphere binding patterns to nucleobase imine N1/N3/N7 atoms. Among those, purine N7 atoms are considered to be the best nucleobase binding sites for divalent metals. Further, Mg(2+) coordination to N7 has been implied in several ribozyme catalytic mechanisms. We report that Mg(2+) assigned near imine nitrogens derive mostly from poor interpretations of electron density patterns and are most often misidentified Na(+), K(+), NH4(+) ions, water molecules or spurious density peaks...
December 6, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923716/effects-of-cross-fostering-on-play-and-anxiety-in-juvenile-fischer-344-and-lewis-rats
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Stephen M Siviy, Samantha R Eck, Lana S McDowell, Jennifer Soroka
A cross-fostering design was used to assess the relative involvement of genetic variability and early postnatal experiences on differential levels of playfulness in juvenile Fischer 344 (F344) and Lewis (LEW) rats and the extent to which strain differences in anxiety may influence play in these two strains. F344 dams were found to lick and groom their pups less than LEW dams and this was not dependent upon the strain of the pups in the litter. As expected, F344 rats were less playful than LEW rats as demonstrated by fewer playful contacts directed to the nape of a Sprague-Dawley (SD) partner and a decreased likelihood of rotating completely to a supine position when their nape was contacted by the SD partner...
December 3, 2016: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921148/metabolites-deciphering-the-molecular-language-between-dcs-and-their-environment
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REVIEW
Lucía Minarrieta, Peyman Ghorbani, Tim Sparwasser, Luciana Berod
Dendritic cells (DCs) determine the outcome of the immune response based on signals they receive from the environment. Presentation of antigen under various contexts can lead to activation and differentiation of T cells for immunity or dampening of immune responses by establishing tolerance, primarily through the priming of regulatory T cells. Infections, inflammation and normal cellular interactions shape DC responses through direct contact or via cytokine signaling. Although it is widely accepted that DCs sense microbial components through pattern recognition receptors (PRRs), increasing evidence advocates for the existence of a set of signals that can profoundly shape DC function via PRR-independent pathways...
December 5, 2016: Seminars in Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921146/bone-loss-at-the-distal-femur-and-proximal-tibia-in-persons-with-spinal-cord-injury-imaging-approaches-risk-of-fracture-and-potential-treatment-options
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C M Cirnigliaro, M J Myslinski, M F La Fountaine, S C Kirshblum, G F Forrest, W A Bauman
Persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) undergo immediate unloading of the skeleton and, as a result, have severe bone loss below the level of lesion associated with increased risk of long-bone fractures. The pattern of bone loss in individuals with SCI differs from other forms of secondary osteoporosis because the skeleton above the level of lesion remains unaffected, while marked bone loss occurs in the regions of neurological impairment. Striking demineralization of the trabecular epiphyses of the distal femur (supracondylar) and proximal tibia occurs, with the knee region being highly vulnerable to fracture because many accidents occur while sitting in a wheelchair, making the knee region the first point of contact to any applied force...
December 5, 2016: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919842/propagation-of-seizures-in-a-case-of-lesional-mid-cingulate-gyrus-epilepsy-studied-by-stereo-eeg
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Rafeed Alkawadri, Jorge Gonzalez-Martinez, Nicolas Gaspard, Andreas V Alexopoulos
Little is known about the propagation of seizures arising from the cingulate gyrus, as cingulate coverage with interhemispheric subdural electrodes is usually challenging and incomplete due to inherent anatomical and vascular limitations. We present a case of lesional mid-cingulate epilepsy confirmed by stereotactically implanted intracranial depth electrodes and subsequent surgical resection. Hypermotor symptomatology was seen during the first seven seconds of seizure onset while the seizure was still confined to the mid-cingulate gyrus contacts...
December 5, 2016: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918994/importance-of-5-6-aryl-substitution-on-the-pharmacological-profile-of-4-2-propyl-1h-benzo-d-imidazol-1-yl-methyl-1-1-biphenyl-2-carboxylic-acid-derived-ppar%C3%AE-agonists
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Victoria Obermoser, Robert Mauersberger, Daniela Schuster, Monika Czifersky, Marina Lipova, Monika Siegl, Ulrich Kintscher, Ronald Gust
In this structure-activity relationship study, the influence of aryl substituents at position 5 or 6 on the pharmacological profile of the partial PPARγ agonist 4'-((2-propyl-1H-benzo[d]imidazol-1-yl)methyl)-[1,1'-biphenyl]-2-carboxylic acid was investigated. This lead was previously identified as the essential part of telmisartan to induce PPARγ activation. Para-OCH3-phenyl substitution strongly increased potency and efficacy independent of the position. Both compounds represent full agonists because of strong hydrophobic contacts with the amino acid Phe363 in the ligand binding domain...
November 25, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918473/motion-of-adsorbed-nano-particles-on-azobenzene-containing-polymer-films
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REVIEW
Sarah Loebner, Joachim Jelken, Nataraja Sekhar Yadavalli, Elena Sava, Nicolae Hurduc, Svetlana Santer
We demonstrate in situ recorded motion of nano-objects adsorbed on a photosensitive polymer film. The motion is induced by a mass transport of the underlying photoresponsive polymer material occurring during irradiation with interference pattern. The polymer film contains azobenzene molecules that undergo reversible photoisomerization reaction from trans- to cis-conformation. Through a multi-scale chain of physico-chemical processes, this finally results in the macro-deformations of the film due to the changing elastic properties of polymer...
December 3, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917006/measuring-spatiotemporal-variation-in-snow-optical-grain-size-under-a-subalpine-forest-canopy-using-contact-spectroscopy
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Noah P Molotch, David M Barnard, Sean P Burns, Thomas H Painter
The distribution of forest cover exerts strong controls on the spatiotemporal distribution of snow accumulation and snowmelt. The physical processes that govern these controls are poorly understood given a lack of detailed measurements of snow states. In this study, we address one of many measurement gaps by using contact spectroscopy to measure snow optical grain size at high spatial resolution in trenches dug between tree boles in a subalpine forest. Trenches were collocated with continuous measurements of snow depth and vertical profiles of snow temperature and supplemented with manual measurements of snow temperature, geometric grain size, grain type, and density from trench walls...
September 2016: Water Resources Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916745/transcatheter-non-contact-microwave-ablation-may-enable-circumferential-renal-artery-denervation-while-sparing-the-vessel-intima-and-media
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Pierre C Qian, Michael A Barry, Sara Al-Raisi, Pramesh Kovoor, Jim Pouliopoulos, Chrishan Nalliah, Abhishek Bhaskaran, William Chik, Rahul Kurup, Virginia James, Winny Varikatt, Alistair McEwan, Aravinda Thiagalingam, Stuart P Thomas
AIMS: Trials of transcatheter renal artery denervation (RDN) have failed to show consistent antihypertensive efficacy. Procedural factors and limitations of radiofrequency ablation can lead to incomplete denervation. We hypothesized that non-contact microwave catheter ablation could produce deep circumferential perivascular heating while avoiding the renal artery intima and media injury. METHOD AND RESULTS: A novel microwave catheter was designed and tested in a renal artery model consisting layers of phantom materials embedded with a thermochromic liquid crystal sheet, colour range 50-78°C...
December 6, 2016: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913640/the-drosophila-hox-gene-ultrabithorax-acts-both-in-muscles-and-motoneurons-to-orchestrate-formation-of-specific-neuromuscular-connections
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Christian Hessinger, Gerhard M Technau, Ana Rogulja-Ortmann
Hox genes are known to specify motoneuron pools in the developing vertebrate spinal cord and to control motoneuronal targeting in several species. However, the mechanisms controlling axial diversification of muscle innervation patterns are still largely unknown. We present data showing that the Drosophila Hox gene Ultrabithorax (Ubx) acts in the late embryo to establish target specificity of ventrally projecting RP motoneurons. In abdominal segments A2 to A7, RP motoneurons innervate the ventro-lateral muscles VL1-4, with VL1 and VL2 being innervated in a Wnt4-dependent manner...
December 2, 2016: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912101/the-cytoskeleton-architecture-of-algivorous-protoplast-feeders-viridiraptoridae-rhizaria-indicates-actin-guided-perforation-of-prey-cell-walls
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Anna Busch, Sebastian Hess
Several distantly related, phagotrophic microeukaryotes share the remarkable ability to perforate foreign cell walls in a well-defined pattern to acquire protoplast material as food. The underlying cellular processes, especially the local application of cell wall degrading agents, are still unexplored. We examined the distribution of F-actin and alpha-tubulin in the algivorous, viridiraptorid amoeboflagellates Orciraptor agilis and Viridiraptor invadens over their life histories using phalloidin conjugates and immunolocalization...
October 31, 2016: Protist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910889/direct-imaging-of-defect-formation-in-strained-organic-flexible-electronics-by-scanning-kelvin-probe-microscopy
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Tobias Cramer, Lorenzo Travaglini, Stefano Lai, Luca Patruno, Stefano de Miranda, Annalisa Bonfiglio, Piero Cosseddu, Beatrice Fraboni
The development of new materials and devices for flexible electronics depends crucially on the understanding of how strain affects electronic material properties at the nano-scale. Scanning Kelvin-Probe Microscopy (SKPM) is a unique technique for nanoelectronic investigations as it combines non-invasive measurement of surface topography and surface electrical potential. Here we show that SKPM in non-contact mode is feasible on deformed flexible samples and allows to identify strain induced electronic defects...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907169/crystal-structure-of-chitinase-chiw-from-paenibacillus-sp-str-fpu-7-reveals-a-novel-type-of-bacterial-cell-surface-expressed-multi-modular-enzyme-machinery
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Takafumi Itoh, Takao Hibi, Fumiko Suzuki, Ikumi Sugimoto, Akihiro Fujiwara, Koji Inaka, Hiroaki Tanaka, Kazunori Ohta, Yutaka Fujii, Akira Taketo, Hisashi Kimoto
The Gram-positive bacterium Paenibacillus sp. str. FPU-7 effectively hydrolyzes chitin by using a number of chitinases. A unique chitinase with two catalytic domains, ChiW, is expressed on the cell surface of this bacterium and has high activity towards various chitins, even crystalline chitin. Here, the crystal structure of ChiW at 2.1 Å resolution is presented and describes how the enzyme degrades chitin on the bacterial cell surface. The crystal structure revealed a unique multi-modular architecture composed of six domains to function efficiently on the cell surface: a right-handed β-helix domain (carbohydrate-binding module family 54, CBM-54), a Gly-Ser-rich loop, 1st immunoglobulin-like (Ig-like) fold domain, 1st β/α-barrel catalytic domain (glycoside hydrolase family 18, GH-18), 2nd Ig-like fold domain and 2nd β/α-barrel catalytic domain (GH-18)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906382/laser-patterned-functionalized-cvd-graphene-as-highly-transparent-conductive-electrodes-for-polymer-solar-cells
#17
Luca La Notte, Enrica Villari, Alessandro Lorenzo Palma, Alberto Sacchetti, Maria Michela Giangregorio, Giovanni Bruno, Aldo Di Carlo, Giuseppe Valerio Bianco, Andrea Reale
A five-layer (5L) graphene on a glass substrate has been demonstrated as a transparent conductive electrode to replace indium tin oxide (ITO) in organic photovoltaic devices. The required low sheet resistance, while maintaining high transparency, and the need of a wettable surface are the main issues. To overcome these, two strategies have been applied: (i) the p-doping of the multilayer graphene, thus reaching 25 Ω □(-1) or (ii) the O2-plasma oxidation of the last layer of the 5L graphene that results in a contact angle of 58° and a sheet resistance of 134 Ω □(-1)...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905608/drop-coating-deposition-of-a-liposome-suspension-on-surfaces-with-different-wettabilities-coffee-ring-formation-and-suspension-preconcentration
#18
Eva Kočišová, Martin Petr, Hana Šípová, Ondřej Kylián, Marek Procházka
Evaporation of a drop of biomolecular solution on a solid surface typically creates a ring-shaped drying pattern, formed by the so-called "coffee ring" effect. The size and shape of the "coffee ring" pattern is strongly dependent on the properties of the surface as well as on the deposited molecular solution or suspension. In this paper, we tested six types of surfaces differing in their physico-chemical surface characteristics (contact angles, wettability and roughness) as well as in the presence or absence of a base metal layer...
December 1, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905494/laser-speckle-rheology-for-evaluating-the-viscoelastic-properties-of-hydrogel-scaffolds
#19
Zeinab Hajjarian, Hadi Tavakoli Nia, Shawn Ahn, Alan J Grodzinsky, Rakesh K Jain, Seemantini K Nadkarni
Natural and synthetic hydrogel scaffolds exhibit distinct viscoelastic properties at various length scales and deformation rates. Laser Speckle Rheology (LSR) offers a novel, non-contact optical approach for evaluating the frequency-dependent viscoelastic properties of hydrogels. In LSR, a coherent laser beam illuminates the specimen and a high-speed camera acquires the time-varying speckle images. Cross-correlation analysis of frames returns the speckle intensity autocorrelation function, g2(t), from which the frequency-dependent viscoelastic modulus, G*(ω), is deduced...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904090/effect-of-bidirectional-loading-on-contact-and-force-characteristics-under-a-newly-developed-masticatory-simulator-with-a-dual-direction-loading-system
#20
Weerachai Singhatanadgit, Puttiporn Junkaew, Pairod Singhatanadgid
Mechanical responses of the test specimen under bidirectional and unidirectional loading were investigated using a newly developed masticatory simulator. The simulator adopted a four-bar linkage mechanism to create both loading patterns. Scratch/occlusal contact characteristics, contact force profiles and the fracture of restored tooth samples were investigated. With bidirectional loading, which imitates the nature of human chewing cycle closer than the unidirectional loading does, the occlusal contact was ovoid in shape whereas a small circular area was observed from the test with unidirectional loading...
2016: Dental Materials Journal
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