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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330326/impact-assessment-of-silver-nanoparticles-on-plant-growth-and-soil-bacterial-diversity
#1
Pallavi, C M Mehta, Rashmi Srivastava, Sandeep Arora, A K Sharma
The present study was carried out to investigate the impact of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) on the growth of three different crop species, wheat (Triticum aestivum, var. UP2338), cowpea (Vigna sinensis, var. Pusa Komal), and Brassica (Brassica juncea, var. Pusa Jai Kisan), along with their impact on the rhizospheric bacterial diversity. Three different concentrations (0, 50 and 75 ppm) of AgNPs were applied through foliar spray. After harvesting, shoot and root parameters were compared, and it was observed that wheat was relatively unaffected by all AgNP treatments...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329451/preliminary-experience-with-the-use-of-an-extracellular-matrix-to-augment-the-native-pulmonary-valve-during-repair-of-tetralogy-of-fallot
#2
Anil Dharmapuram, Nagarajan Ramadoss, Sudeep Verma, Vejendla Gouthami, Ivatury Rao
BACKGROUND: During repair of tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), when a transannular patch is needed in case of a small annulus and dysplastic pulmonary valve, we chose to reconstruct the right ventricular outflow tract by augmenting the divided anterior leaflet with an extracellular matrix (ECM) patch to produce a competent valve. In this study, we present our preliminary experience and early outcomes. METHODS: From March 2013 to December 2015, of the 206 patients who underwent primary repair of TOF, 52 required a transannular incision...
March 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329444/acute-toxicity-of-ternary-cd-cu-ni-and-cd-ni-zn-mixtures-to-daphnia-magna-dominant-metal-pairs-change-along-a-concentration-gradient
#3
Elizabeth M Traudt, James F Ranville, Joseph Snyder Meyer
Multiple metals are usually present in surface waters, sometimes leading to toxicity that currently is difficult to predict due to potentially non-additive mixture toxicity. Previous toxicity tests with Daphnia magna exposed to binary mixtures of Ni combined with Cd, Cu, or Zn demonstrated that Ni and Zn strongly protect against Cd toxicity but Cu-Ni toxicity is more-than-additive and Ni-Zn toxicity is slightly less-than-additive. To consider multiple metal-metal interactions, we exposed D. magna neonates to Cd, Cu, Ni, or Zn alone and in ternary Cd-Cu-Ni and Cd-Ni-Zn combinations in standard 48-h lethality tests...
March 22, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329422/patterns-in-greater-sage-grouse-population-dynamics-correspond-with-public-grazing-records-at-broad-scales
#4
Adrian P Monroe, Cameron L Aldridge, Timothy J Assal, Kari E Veblen, David A Pyke, Michael L Casazza
Human land use, such as livestock grazing, can have profound yet varied effects on wildlife interacting within common ecosystems, yet our understanding of land-use effects is often generalized from short-term, local studies that may not correspond with trends at broader scales. Here we used public land records to characterize livestock grazing across Wyoming, USA, and we used Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) as a model organism to evaluate responses to livestock management. With annual counts of male Sage-grouse from 743 leks (breeding display sites) during 2004-2014, we modeled population trends in response to grazing level (represented by a relative grazing index) and timing across a gradient in vegetation productivity as measured by the Normalized Vegetation Difference Index (NDVI)...
March 22, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329317/patient-prosthesis-mismatch-in-new-generation-trans-catheter-heart-valves-a-propensity-score-analysis
#5
Alexis Theron, Johan Pinto, Dominique Grisoli, Karolina Griffiths, Erwan Salaun, Nicolas Jaussaud, Eléonore Ravis, Marc Lambert, Lyna Messous, Cecile Amanatiou, Thomas Cuisset, Vlad Gariboldi, Roch Giorgi, Gilbert Habib, Frederic Collart
Aims: When compared with the former Sapien XT (XT-THV), the Sapien 3 trans-catheter heart valve (S3-THV) embeds an outer annular sealing cuff to prevent para-valvular regurgitation (PVR). The consequences of this new feature on valve haemodynamics have never been evaluated. We aimed to compare both types of prostheses regarding patient-prosthesis mismatch (PPM). Methods and results: Patients who underwent a TAVR for aortic stenosis were retrospectively included...
February 27, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329312/first-experience-with-transfemoral-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-without-prior-balloon-pre-dilatation-using-a-latest-generation-repositionable-and-retrievable-transcatheter-heart-valve%C3%A2
#6
Andreas Schaefer, Eva Harmel, Moritz Seiffert, Daniel Reichart, Florian Deuschl, Niklas Schofer, Yvonne Schneeberger, Stefan Blankenberg, Hermann Reichenspurner, Ulrich Schaefer, Lenard Conradi
OBJECTIVES: : The aim of this study was to prove technical feasibility and document haemodynamic and clinical outcomes of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) with the latest generation repositionable and retrievable Lotus™ transcatheter heart valve (THV) without prior balloon-aortic valvuloplasty (BAV). It has been demonstrated for self-expandable and balloon-expandable THV that implantation without prior BAV is not only feasible and safe but also results in lower fluoroscopy times and amounts of contrast agent while yielding non-inferior haemodynamic and clinical outcome...
February 6, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329292/surgical-septal-myectomy-or-alcohol-septal-ablation-which-approach-offers-better-outcomes-for-patients-with-hypertrophic-obstructive-cardiomyopathy
#7
Shi Sum Poon, Mark Field, Dhiraj Gupta, Duke Cameron
A best evidence topic in cardiac surgery was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was whether surgical septal myectomy (SM) is more beneficial than alcohol septal ablation (ASA) in patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. Altogether 218 articles were found using the reported search, of which 15 studies represented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. There were 14 observational studies and 1 meta-analysis study. The authors, journal, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes and results of these articles are tabulated...
February 28, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329285/upright-treadmill-vs-semi-supine-bicycle-exercise-echocardiography-to-provoke-obstruction-in-symptomatic-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-a-pilot-study
#8
Patricia Reant, Maxence Dufour, Jerome Peyrou, Amelie Reynaud, Caroline Rooryck, Marina Dijos, Cecile Vincent, Claire Cornolle, Raymond Roudaut, Stephane Lafitte
Aims: Recent findings regarding hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) haemodynamics emphasized the relationship between symptoms, left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (LVOTO), and the preload condition as the venous return level. As various types of exercises have different effects on peripheral vascular beds, this study sought to compare upright treadmill exercise echocardiography (EE) to semi-supine bicycle EE in maximum provoked LVOTO in HCM patients. Methods and results: Semi-supine bicycle and upright treadmill EE were prospectively performed in HCM patients with New York Heart Association functional Class II...
February 17, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329275/tissue-characterization-by-t1-and-t2-mapping-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-to-monitor-myocardial-inflammation-in-healing-myocarditis
#9
S Bohnen, U K Radunski, G K Lund, F Ojeda, Y Looft, M Senel, L Radziwolek, M Avanesov, E Tahir, C Stehning, B Schnackenburg, G Adam, S Blankenberg, K Muellerleile
Aims: Monitoring disease activity in myocarditis is important for tailored therapeutic strategies. This study evaluated the ability of T1 and T2 mapping cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) to monitor the course of myocardial inflammation in healing myocarditis. Methods and results: Forty-eight patients with strictly defined acute myocarditis underwent CMR at 1.5 T in the acute stage, at 3-months (n = 39), and at 12-months follow-up (FU) (n = 21). Normal values were obtained in a control group of 27 healthy subjects...
March 8, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329271/short-and-long-term-results-after-prosthetic-mitral-valve-implantation-in-patients-with-severe-mitral-annulus-calcification%C3%A2
#10
Ronny Ben-Avi, Boris Orlov, Leonid Sternik, Alexander Kogan, Rafael Kuperstien, Amjad Shalabi, Eilon Ram, Alexander Lipey, Ehud Raanani
OBJECTIVES: To investigate short- and long-term outcomes of a conservative decalcification approach in mitral valve replacement (MVR) surgery in the presence of mitral annulus calcification (MAC). METHODS: Of the 1038 patients who underwent MVR, 133 (13%) had significant MAC with at least 30% of the annular circumference heavily calcified. In most patients, the surgical approach to MAC included conservative decalcification, supra-annular prosthesis implantation and insertion of a pericardial patch between the MV annulus and the prosthesis...
March 1, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329206/precise-moulded-autologous-pericardial-configurations-for-aortic-cusp-reconstruction
#11
Mohammad Bashar Izzat, Khaled Hamzeh, Farouk Almohammad
OBJECTIVES: In order to facilitate surgical repair of complex aortic cusp deformities and restoration of aortic valve competence, new moulds were developed to shape the glutaraldehyde-treated autologous pericardium into precise cusp-like configurations that can be used in aortic cusp reconstruction. METHODS: The new moulds embodied the natural geometry of single aortic cusps, and a series of moulds were made available to correspond with all potential aortic cusp sizes...
February 27, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329198/long-term-serial-non-invasive-multislice-computed-tomography-angiography-with-functional-evaluation-after-coronary-implantation-of-a-bioresorbable-everolimus-eluting-scaffold-the-absorb-cohort-b-msct-substudy
#12
Yoshinobu Onuma, Carlos Collet, Robert-Jan van Geuns, Bernard de Bruyne, Evald Christiansen, Jacques Koolen, Pieter Smits, Bernard Chevalier, Dougal McClean, Dariusz Dudek, Stephan Windecker, Ian Meredith, Koen Nieman, Susan Veldhof, John Ormiston, Patrick W Serruys
Aims: Multimodality invasive imaging of the first-in-man cohort demonstrated at 5 years stable lumen dimensions and a low rate of major adverse cardiac events (MACE). However, the long-term non-invasive assessment of this device remains to be documented. The objective was to describe the 72-month multislice computed tomography (MSCT) angiographic and functional findings after the implantation of the second iteration of the fully resorbable everolimus-eluting polymeric scaffold. Methods and results: In the ABSORB Cohort B trial patients with non-complex de novo lesions were treated with second iteration bioresobable vascular scaffold (BVS)...
March 16, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329194/ten-year-results-of-the-freedom-solo-stentless-heart-valve-excellent-haemodynamics-but-progressive-valve-dysfunction-in-the-long-term
#13
Sandro Sponga, Mila Della Barbera, Daisy Pavoni, Andrea Lechiancole, Enzo Mazzaro, Marialuisa Valente, Gaetano Nucifora, Gaetano Thiene, Ugolino Livi
OBJECTIVES: Freedom Solo (FS) is a pericardial stentless heart valve showing excellent haemodynamic performance at mid-term. The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term performance of such bioprostheses. METHODS: Between December 2004 and November 2009, 109 patients (31 men; mean age 76 ± 6 years) underwent aortic valve replacement with FS. Preoperatively, the mean NYHA class was 2.5 ± 0.7, the mean EuroSCORE II, 2.8 ± 2.5. Mean prosthesis size was 22...
February 23, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329011/diversification-of-the-rainfrog-pristimantis-ornatissimus-in-the-lowlands-and-andean-foothills-of-ecuador
#14
Juan M Guayasamin, Carl R Hutter, Elicio E Tapia, Jaime Culebras, Nicolás Peñafiel, R Alexander Pyron, Carlos Morochz, W Chris Funk, Alejandro Arteaga
Geographic barriers and elevational gradients have long been recognized as important in species diversification. Here, we illustrate an example where both mechanisms have shaped the genetic structure of the Neotropical rainfrog, Pristimantis ornatissimus, which has also resulted in speciation. This species was thought to be a single evolutionary lineage distributed throughout the Ecuadorian Chocó and the adjacent foothills of the Andes. Based on recent sampling of P. ornatissimus sensu lato, we provide molecular and morphological evidence that support the validity of a new species, which we name Pristimantis ecuadorensis sp...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328933/water-borne-pharmaceuticals-reduce-phenotypic-diversity-and-response-capacity-of-natural-phytoplankton-communities
#15
Francesco Pomati, Jukka Jokela, Sara Castiglioni, Mridul K Thomas, Luca Nizzetto
Chemical micropollutants occur worldwide in the environment at low concentrations and in complex mixtures, and how they affect the ecology of natural systems is still uncertain. Dynamics of natural communities are driven by the interaction between individual organisms and their growth environment, which is mediated by the organisms' expressed phenotypic traits. We tested whether exposure to a mixture of 12 pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCP) influences phenotypic trait diversity in lake phytoplankton communities and their ability to regulate biomass production to fit environmental changes (response capacity)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328234/quantification-of-basal-insulin-peglispro-and-human-insulin-in-adipose-tissue-interstitial-fluid-by-open-flow-microperfusion
#16
Katrin Tiffner, Beate Boulgaropoulos, Christian Höfferer, Thomas Birngruber, Niels Porksen, Helle Linnebjerg, Parag Garhyan, Eric Chen Quin Lam, Mary Pat Knadler, Thomas R Pieber, Frank Sinner
BACKGROUND: Restoration of the physiologic hepatic-to-peripheral insulin gradient may be achieved by either portal vein administration or altering insulin structure to increase hepatic specificity or restrict peripheral access. Basal insulin peglispro (BIL) is a novel, PEGylated basal insulin with a flat pharmacokinetic and glucodynamic profile and altered hepatic-to-peripheral action gradient. We hypothesized reduced BIL exposure in peripheral tissues explains the latter, and in this study assessed the adipose tissue interstitial fluid (ISF) concentrations of BIL compared with human insulin (HI)...
March 22, 2017: Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328202/synthesis-and-fabrication-of-nanocomposite-fibers-of-collagen-cellulose-nanocrystals-by-coelectrocompaction
#17
Elvis Cudjoe, Mousa Younesi, Edward Cudjoe, Ozan Akkus, Stuart J Rowan
An electrochemical process has been used to compact cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) and access aligned micron-sized CNC fibers. Placing a current across aqueous solutions of carboxylic acid functionalized CNCs (t-CNC-COOH) or carboxylic acid/primary amine functionalized CNCs (t-CNC-COOH-NH2) creates a pH gradient between the electrodes, which results in the migration and concentration of the CNC fibers at their isoelectric point. By matching the carboxylic acid/amine ratio of CNCs and collagen (ca. 30:70 carboxylic acid:amine ratio), it is possible to coelectrocompact both nanofibers and access aligned nanocomposite fibers...
March 22, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328201/double-fueled-janus-swimmers-with-magnetotactic-behaviour
#18
Philipp Sebastian Schattling, Miguel Alexandre Ramos-Docampo, Veronica Salgueiriño, Brigitte Städler
Self-propelled particles attract a great deal of attention due to the auspicious range of application nanobots can be used for. In a biomedical context, self-propelled swimmers hold promise to autonomously navigate to a desired location in an attempt to counteract cell/tissue defects either by releasing drugs or performing surgical tasks. The vast majority of prior reports deal with single engine assemblies, often utilizing fuel molecules which are considered as highly cytotoxic. Herein, we introduce two engines: 1) a motor which couples enzymes i...
March 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328070/modeling-and-simulation-of-dielectrophoretic-collective-dynamics-in-a-suspension-of-polarizable-particles-under-the-action-of-a-gradient-ac-electric-field
#19
Shigeru Tada, Yan Shen, Zhiyong Qiu
When a suspension of polarizable particles is subjected to a gradient AC electric field, the particles exhibit collective motion due to an interaction between the dipole induced in the particles and the spatial gradient of the electric field; this is known as dielectrophoresis. In the present study, the collective dynamics of suspended particles in a parallel-plate electric chamber was investigated by simulating numerically the trajectories of individual particles under the action of combined dielectrophoretic and dipole-dipole interparticle forces...
March 22, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328013/validation-of-surface-to-volume-ratio-measurements-derived-from-oscillating-gradient-spin-echo-on-a-clinical-scanner-using-anisotropic-fiber-phantoms
#20
Gregory Lemberskiy, Steven H Baete, Martijn A Cloos, Dmitry S Novikov, Els Fieremans
A diffusion measurement in the short-time surface-to-volume ratio (S/V) limit (Mitra et al., Phys Rev Lett. 1992;68:3555) can disentangle the free diffusion coefficient from geometric restrictions to diffusion. Biophysical parameters, such as the S/V of tissue membranes, can be used to estimate microscopic length scales non-invasively. However, due to gradient strength limitations on clinical MRI scanners, pulsed gradient spin echo (PGSE) measurements are impractical for probing the S/V limit. To achieve this limit on clinical systems, an oscillating gradient spin echo (OGSE) sequence was developed...
March 22, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
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