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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822667/doppler-parameters-derived-from-transthoracic-echocardiography-accurately-detect-bioprosthetic-mitral-valve-dysfunction
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Ryan J Spencer, Ken G Gin, Michael Y C Tsang, Teresa S M Tsang, Parvathy Nair, Pui K Lee, John Jue
BACKGROUND: Detecting bioprosthetic mitral valve dysfunction on transthoracic echocardiography can be challenging because of acoustic shadowing of regurgitant jets and a wide normal range of transvalvular gradients. Several studies in mechanical mitral valves have demonstrated the utility of the transthoracically derived parameters E (peak early mitral inflow velocity), pressure half-time, and the ratio of mitral inflow velocity-time integral (VTIMV) to left ventricular outflow tract velocity-time integral (VTILVOT) in detecting significant prosthetic dysfunction...
August 16, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822573/linear-solvation-energy-relationships-in-normal-phase-chromatography-based-on-gradient-separations
#2
Di Wu, Charles A Lucy
Coupling the modified Soczewiñski model and one gradient run, a gradient method was developed to build a linear solvation energy relationship (LSER) for normal phase chromatography. The gradient method was tested on dinitroanilinopropyl (DNAP) and silica columns with hexane/dichloromethane (DCM) mobile phases. LSER models built based on the gradient separation agree with those derived from a series of isocratic separations. Both models have similar LSER coefficients and comparable goodness of fit, but the LSER model based on gradient separation required fewer trial and error experiments...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822342/responses-of-trophic-structure-and-zooplankton-community-to-salinity-and-temperature-in-tibetan-lakes-implication-for-the-effect-of-climate-warming
#3
Qiuqi Lin, Lei Xu, Juzhi Hou, Zhengwen Liu, Erik Jeppesen, Bo-Ping Han
Warming has pronounced effects on lake ecosystems, either directly by increased temperatures or indirectly by a change in salinity. We investigated the current status of zooplankton communities and trophic structure in 45 Tibetan lakes along a 2300 m altitude and a 76 g/l salinity gradient. Freshwater to hyposaline lakes mainly had three trophic levels: phytoplankton, small zooplankton and fish/Gammarus, while mesosaline to hypersaline lakes only had two: phytoplankton and large zooplankton. Zooplankton species richness declined significantly with salinity, but did not relate with temperature...
August 1, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822184/-analyzing-crude-processed-root-of-polygonum-multiflorum-from-different-habitats-by-uplc-fingerprint-and-mode-identification-methods
#4
Rong Xiao, Yan Lin, Si-Min Lei, Ying Zhang, Jie Huang, Bo-Hou Xia, Chun Li, Duan-Fang Liao, Ping Wu, Li-Mei Lin
To establish a content determination method for 2,3,5,4'-tetrahydroxy stilbene-2-O-β-D-glucoside (TSG) of the crude/processed root of Polygonum multiflorum from different habitats in China and set up the fingerprint by using UPLC. Various samples were pretreated by macro-porous resin. Then UPLC analysis was performed on Waters ACQUITY UPLC@BEH C18 chromatographic column (2.1 mm×50 mm, 1.7 μm) at (25±5) ℃. A binary gradient elution system was composed of acetonitrile (phase A) and 0.5% acetic acid solution (phase B)...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822158/-fast-identification-of-constituents-of-lagotis-brevituba-by-using-uplc-q-tof-ms-ms-method
#5
Jing Xie, Li Zhang, Jin-Xiang Zeng, Min Li, Juan Wang, Xiong-Xiong Xie, Guo-Yue Zhong, Guang-Ming Luo, Jin-Bin Yuan, Jian Liang
The chemical constituents of Lagotis brevituba were rapidly determined and analyzed by using ultra performance liquid chromatography tandem quadrupole time of flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-Q-TOF-MS/MS) method, providing material basis for the clinical application of L. brevituba. The separation was performed on UPLC YMC-Triart C₁₈ (2.1 mm×100 mm, 1.9 μm) column, with acetonitrile-water containing 0.2% formic acid as mobile phase for gradient elution. The flow rate was 0.4 mL•min-1 gradient elution and column temperature was 40 ℃, the injection volume was 2 μL...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822041/two-species-migration-and-clustering-in-two-dimensional-domains
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Lawrence Kurowski, Andrew L Krause, Hanako Mizuguchi, Peter Grindrod, Robert A Van Gorder
We extend two-species models of individual aggregation or clustering to two-dimensional spatial domains, allowing for more realistic movement of the populations compared with one spatial dimension. We assume that the domain is bounded and that there is no flux into or out of the domain. The motion of the species is along fitness gradients which allow the species to seek out a resource. In the case of competition, species which exploit the resource alone will disperse while avoiding one another. In the case where one of the species is a predator or generalist predator which exploits the other species, that species will tend to move toward the prey species, while the prey will tend to avoid the predator...
August 18, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821956/effects-of-ageing-on-pro-arrhythmic-ventricular-phenotypes-in-incrementally-paced-murine-pgc-1%C3%AE-hearts
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Shiraz Ahmad, Haseeb Valli, Charlotte E Edling, Andrew A Grace, Kamalan Jeevaratnam, Christopher L-H Huang
A range of chronic clinical conditions accompany cardiomyocyte energetic dysfunction and constitute independent risk factors for cardiac arrhythmia. We investigated pro-arrhythmic and arrhythmic phenotypes in energetically deficient C57BL mice with genetic ablation of the mitochondrial promoter peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ coactivator-1β (Pgc-1β), a known model of ventricular arrhythmia. Pro-arrhythmic and cellular action potential (AP) characteristics were compared in intact Langendorff-perfused hearts from young (12-16 week) and aged (> 52 week), wild-type (WT) and Pgc-1β (-/-) mice...
August 18, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821828/different-elevational-patterns-of-rodent-species-richness-between-the-southern-and-northern-slopes-of-a-mountain
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Ling-Ying Shuai, Chun-Lei Ren, Wen-Bo Yan, Yan-Ling Song, Zhi-Gao Zeng
Studies on elevational gradients in biodiversity have accumulated in recent decades. However, few studies have compared the elevational patterns of diversity between the different slopes of a single mountain. We investigated the elevational distribution of rodent diversity (alpha and beta diversity) and its underlying mechanisms along the southern and northern slopes of Mt. Taibai, the highest mountain in the Qinling Mountains, China. The species richness of rodents on the two slopes showed distinct distribution patterns, with a monotonically decreasing pattern found along the southern slope and a hump-shaped elevational pattern evident along the northern slope...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821794/a-twice-electrochemical-etching-method-to-fabricate-superhydrophobic-superhydrophilic-patterns-for-biomimetic-fog-harvest
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Xiaolong Yang, Jinlong Song, Junkai Liu, Xin Liu, Zhuji Jin
Superhydrophobic-superhydrophilic patterned surfaces have attracted more and more attention due to their great potential applications in the fog harvest process. In this work, we developed a simple and universal electrochemical-etching method to fabricate the superhydrophobic-superhydrophilic patterned surface on metal superhydrophobic substrates. The anti-electrochemical corrosion property of superhydrophobic substrates and the dependence of electrochemical etching potential on the wettability of the fabricated dimples were investigated on Al samples...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821771/thermal-acclimation-mitigates-cold-induced-paracellular-leak-from-the-drosophila-gut
#10
Heath A MacMillan, Gil Y Yerushalmi, Sima Jonusaite, Scott P Kelly, Andrew Donini
Chill susceptible insects suffer tissue damage and die at low temperatures. The mechanisms that cause chilling injury are not well understood but a growing body of evidence suggests that a cold-induced loss of ion and water homeostasis leads to hemolymph hyperkalemia that depolarizes cells, leading to cell death. The apparent root of this cascade is the net leak of osmolytes down their concentration gradients in the cold. Many insects, however, are capable of adjusting their thermal physiology, and cold-acclimated Drosophila can maintain homeostasis and avoid injury better than warm-acclimated flies...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821594/lazy-genes-mediate-the-effects-of-gravity-on-auxin-gradients-and-plant-architecture
#11
Takeshi Yoshihara, Edgar P Spalding
A rice mutant led to the discovery of a plant-specific LAZY1 protein that controls the orientation of shoots. Arabidopsis thaliana possesses six LAZY genes having spatially distinct expression patterns. Branch angle phenotypes previously associated with single LAZY genes were here studied in roots and shoots of single and higher-order atlazy mutants. The results identify the major contributors to root and shoot branch angles and gravitropic behavior of seedling hypocotyls and primary roots. AtLAZY1 is the principal determinant of inflorescence branch angle...
August 18, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821593/light-sheet-microscopy-imaging-of-light-absorption-and-photosynthesis-distribution-in-plant-tissue
#12
Mads Lichtenberg, Erik Christian Løvbjerg Trampe, Thomas Craig Vogelmann, Michael Kühl
In vivo variable-chlorophyll-fluorescence measurements of PSII quantum yields in optically dense systems are complicated by steep tissue light gradients due to scattering and absorption. Consequently, externally measured effective PSII quantum yields may be composed of signals derived from cells differentially exposed to actinic light, where cells located deeper inside tissues receive lower irradiance than cells closer to the surface, and can display distinct photophysiological status. We demonstrate how measured distributions of PSII quantum yields in plant tissue change under natural tissue light gradients as compared to conventionally measured quantum yields with even exposure to actinic light...
August 18, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821552/differences-in-temperature-and-water-chemistry-shape-distinct-diversity-patterns-in-thermophilic-microbial-communities
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Cecilia M Chiriac, Edina Szekeres, Knut Rudi, Andreea Baricz, Adriana Hegedus, Nicolae Dragoş, Cristian Coman
This study presents the biodiversity and ecology of microbial mats developed in thermal gradients (20-65 °C) in the surroundings of three drillings (CH, CI, MB) tapping a hyperthermal aquifer from Romania. Using a metabarcoding approach, 16S rRNA genes were sequenced from both DNA and RNA transcripts (cDNA) and compared. The relationships between the microbial diversity and the physico-chemical factors were explored. Additionally, the cDNA data was used for in silico functionality predictions, bringing new insights into the functional potential and dynamics of these communities...
August 18, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821545/heterologous-production-of-thermophile-thermochromatium-tepidum-photosynthetic-reaction-centre-and-light-harvesting-1-complexes-in-the-mesophile-rhodobacter-sphaeroides-and-thermal-stabilities-of-a-hybrid-core-complex
#14
D Jun, V Huang, J T Beatty
The photosynthetic complexes of the thermophile Thermochromatium tepidum are of considerable interest in biohybrid solar cell applications because of the capability of thermophilic proteins to tolerate elevated temperatures. Synthetic operons encoding reaction centre (RC) and light harvesting 1 (LH1) pigment-protein complexes of T. tepidum were expressed in the mesophile Rhodobacter sphaeroides The T. tepidum RC (TRC) was assembled, and functional with the addition of menadione to populate the QA pocket. The production of the T...
August 18, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821395/extracellular-matrix-type-modulates-cell-migration-on-mechanical-gradients
#15
Christopher D Hartman, Brett C Isenberg, Samantha G Chua, Joyce Y Wong
Extracellular matrix composition and stiffness are known to be critical determinants of cell behavior, modulating processes including differentiation, traction generation, and migration. Recent studies have demonstrated that the ECM composition can modulate how cells migrate in response to gradients in environmental stiffness, altering a cell's ability to undergo durotaxis. These observations were limited to single varieties of extracellular matrix, and typically cells are exposed to environments containing complex mixtures of extracellular matrix proteins...
August 15, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820983/a-sensitive-method-for-the-separation-and-quantification-of-low-level-adenine-nucleotides-using-porous-graphitic-carbon-based-liquid-chromatography-and-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Sonia Bustamante, Robert B Gilchrist, Dulama Richani
A liquid chromatography coupled to heated electrospray ionization/tandem mass spectrometry (LC-HESI-MS/MS) method was developed for the simultaneous quantitative analysis of low nanomolar level adenine nucleotides AMP, ADP, ATP, cyclic AMP (cAMP), and the nucleoside adenosine. For analyte retention and separation, reverse phase chromatography using porous graphitic carbon (PGC) was employed as it provided full resolution. The erratic chromatographic behaviour characteristic of PGC, including deterioration of analyte resolution and increased peak tailing (leading to decreased sensitivity), was mitigated by incorporating acidic equilibration within runs using a quaternary gradient...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820911/phosphatidlyinositol-3-kinase-c2-beta-pi3kc2%C3%AE-is-a-potential-new-target-to-treat-ige-mediated-disease
#17
Shekhar Srivastava, Zhai Li, Edward Y Skolnik
Cross linking of the IgE receptor (FcεRI) on mast cells plays a critical role in IgE-dependent allergy including allergic rhinitis, asthma, anaphylaxis, and delayed type hypersensitivity reactions. The Ca2+ activated K+ channel, KCa3.1, plays a critical role in IgE-stimulated Ca2+ entry and degranulation in mast cells by helping to maintain a negative membrane potential, which provides an electrochemical gradient to drive Ca2+ influx. Of the 3 classes of PI3K, the class II PI3Ks are the least studied and little is known about the roles for class II PI3Ks in vivo in the context of the whole organism under normal and pathological conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820885/diagnostic-efficacy-of-noninvasive-liver-fibrosis-indexes-in-predicting-portal-hypertension-in-patients-with-cirrhosis
#18
Le Wang, Yuemin Feng, Xiaowen Ma, Guangchuan Wang, Hao Wu, Xiaoyu Xie, Chunqing Zhang, Qiang Zhu
BACKGROUND: Recent data suggest that noninvasive liver fibrosis indexes could be useful for predicting esophageal varices (EV) in cirrhotic patients. However, thus far, the diagnostic efficacy of these indexes in predicting portal hypertension (PH) in cirrhotic patients has been poorly evaluated. AIMS: To evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of noninvasive liver fibrosis indexes in the diagnosis of PH. METHODS: A total of 238 cirrhotic patients underwent hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) evaluation and relevant serum tests to analyze the variables associated with PH grade...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820560/severe-valvular-aortic-stenosis-and-fixed-subvalvular-aortic-stenosis-a-rare-and-challenging-combination
#19
Ayman Elbadawi, Marwan Saad, Islam Y Elgendy, Basarat Baig, Farhad Abtahian
A 58-year-old man with a history of hypertension presented with accelerating angina. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a thickened aortic valve with pressure gradients and an estimated aortic valve area suggestive of mild aortic stenosis. Left heart catheterization demonstrated non-significant coronary artery disease. Pressure tracings showed a high left ventricular pressure and a mean gradient across the aortic valve of 69 mmHg. Subsequent transesophageal echocardiography revealed a subvalvular aortic stenosis that was secondary to the subaortic membrane, with severe valvular aortic stenosis...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820197/helium-3-gas-self-diffusion-in-a-nematically-ordered-aerogel-at-low-temperatures-enhanced-role-of-adsorption
#20
Vyacheslav Kuzmin, Kajum Safiullin, Andrey Stanislavovas, Murat Tagirov
We performed (3)He gas diffusion measurements for the first time in a highly porous ordered Al2O3 aerogel sample at a temperature of 4.2 K using a nuclear magnetic resonance field gradient technique. A strong influence of (3)He adsorption in the aerogel on self-diffusion is observed. The classical consideration of adsorptive gas diffusion in mesopores leads to anomalously high tortuosity factors. The application of a more sophisticated model than the simple combination of empirical two-phase diffusion and the Knudsen gas diffusion models is required to explain our results...
August 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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