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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098465/rejection-of-commonly-used-electrolyte-in-asymmetric-flow-field-flow-fractionation-effects-of-membrane-molecular-weight-cut-off-size-fluid-dynamics-and-valence-of-electrolytes
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Thilak K Mudalige, Haiou Qu, Sean W Linder
Asymmetric flow field flow fractionation (AF4) is an efficient size based separation technique for the characterization of submicron size particulates. In AF4, membranes having various molecular weight cut-off sizes are used as a barrier to retain particles while allowing carrier fluid containing electrolytes to permeate. Here, we hypothesized that electrolyte rejection by the barrier membrane lead to the accumulation of the electrolytes in the channel during operation. Electrolyte accumulation can cause various adverse effects which can lead to membrane fouling...
January 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095745/toward-the-definition-of-a-new-worst-case-paradigm-for-the-preclinical-evaluation-of-posterior-spine-stabilization-devices
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Luigi La Barbera, Tomaso Villa
Mechanical reliability tests on posterior spine stabilization devices are based on standard F1717 by the American Society for Testing and Materials, which describes how to assemble the implant with vertebrae-like test blocks in a corpectomy model. A recent study proposed to revise the standard to describe the anatomical worst-case scenario, instead of the average one currently implemented, and introduce the unsupported screw length as a mechanical parameter. This article investigates the implications of such revisions on the endurance properties of an implant already on the market...
January 1, 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095417/schistosoma-mansoni-infection-of-mice-rats-and-humans-elicits-a-strong-antibody-response-to-a-limited-number-of-reduction-sensitive-epitopes-on-five-major-tegumental-membrane-proteins
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Greice Krautz-Peterson, Michelle Debatis, Jacqueline M Tremblay, Sergio C Oliveira, Akram A Da'dara, Patrick J Skelly, Charles B Shoemaker
Schistosomiasis is a major disease of the developing world for which no vaccine has been successfully commercialized. While numerous Schistosoma mansoni worm antigens have been identified that elicit antibody responses during natural infections, little is known as to the identities of the schistosome antigens that are most prominently recognized by antibodies generated through natural infection. Non-reducing western blots probed with serum from schistosome-infected mice, rats and humans on total extracts of larval or adult schistosomes revealed that a small number of antigen bands predominate in all cases...
January 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095075/a-pilot-study-using-entropy-as-a-non-invasive-assessment-of-running
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Andrew M Murray, Joong Hyun Ryu, John Sproule, Anthony P Turner, Phil Graham-Smith, Marco Cardinale
PURPOSE: Running performance is influenced by the interaction of biomechanical and physiological factors. Miniaturised accelerometers worn by the athlete can be used to quantify mechanical aspects of running and be used as a non-invasive tool to assess training status and progression. The aim of this study was to define and validate a method to assess running regularity and allow the estimation of an individual's V̇O2 and/or blood lactate [La]b based on data collected with accelerometers and heart rate (HR)...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094013/pulmonary-outcome-of-esophageal-atresia-patients-and-its-potential-causes-in-early-childhood
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René Dittrich, Philippe Stock, Karin Rothe, Petra Degenhardt
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to illustrate the pulmonary long term outcome of patients with repaired esophageal atresia and to further examine causes and correlations that might have led to this outcome. METHODS: Twenty-seven of 62 possible patients (43%) aged 5-20years, with repaired esophageal atresia were recruited. Body plethysmography and spirometry were performed to evaluate lung function, and the Bruce protocol treadmill exercise test to assess physical fitness...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092079/the-goal-of-locomotion-separating-the-fundamental-task-from-the-mechanisms-that-accomplish-it
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REVIEW
James L Croft, Ryan T Schroeder, John E A Bertram
Human locomotion has been well described but is still not well understood. This is largely true because the observable aspects of locomotion-neuromuscular activity that generates forces and motions-relate to both the task solution and the problem being solved. Identifying the fundamental task achieved in locomotion makes it possible to critically evaluate the motor control strategy used to accomplish the task goal. We contend that the readily observed movements and activities of locomotion should be considered mechanism(s)...
January 13, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091930/non-equilibrium-molecular-dynamics-simulations-of-the-transient-ludwig-soret-effect-in-a-binary-lennard-jones-spline-mixture
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Bjørn Hafskjold
A binary isotope mixture of Lennard-Jones/spline particles at equilibrium was perturbed by a sudden change in the system's boundary temperatures. The system's response was determined by non-equilibrium molecular dynamics (NEMD). Three transient processes were studied: 1) The propagation of a pressure (shock) wave, 2) heat diffusivity and conduction, and 3) thermal diffusion (the Ludwig-Soret effect). These three processes occur at different time scales, which makes it possible to separate them in one single NEMD run...
January 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089870/large-dense-core-vesicle-exocytosis-from-mouse-dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons-is-regulated-by-neuropeptide-y
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Anneka Bost, Ali H Shaib, Yvonne Schwarz, Barbara A Niemeyer, Ute Becherer
Peptidergic dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons transmit sensory and nociceptive information from the periphery to the central nervous system. Their synaptic activity is profoundly affected by neuromodulatory peptides stored and released from large dense-core vesicles (LDCVs). However, the mechanism of peptide secretion from DRG neurons is poorly understood. Using total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy (TIRFM), we visualized individual LDCVs loaded with fluorescent neuropeptide Y (NPY) and analyzed their stimulation-dependent release...
January 12, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089770/structural-pierce-into-molecular-mechanism-underlying-clostridium-perfringens-epsilon-toxin-function
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Saeed Khalili, Abolfazl Jahangiri, Zahra Sadat Hashemi, Bahman Khalesi, Meysam Mardsoltani, Jafar Amani
Epsilon toxin of the Clostridium perfringens garnered a lot of attention due to its potential for toxicity in humans, extreme potency for cytotoxicity in mice and lack of any approved therapeutics prescribed for human. However, the intricacies of the Epsilon toxin action mechanism are yet to be understood. In this regard, various in silico tools have been exploited to model and refine the 3D structure of the toxin and its two receptors. The receptor proteins were embedded into designed lipid membranes within an aqueous and ionized environment...
January 12, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089693/effects-of-six-priority-controlled-phthalate-esters-with-long-term-low-dose-integrated-exposure-on-male-reproductive-toxicity-in-rats
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Hai-Tao Gao, Run Xu, Wei-Xin Cao, Liang-Liang Qian, Min Wang, Lingeng Lu, Qian Xu, Shu-Qin Yu
Human beings are inevitably exposed to ubiquitous phthalate esters (PEs) surroundings. The purposes of this study were to investigate the effects of long-term low-dose exposure to the mixture of six priority controlled phthalate esters (MIXPs): dimethyl phthalate (DMP), diethyl phthalate (DEP), di(n-butyl) phthalate (DBP), butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), di(2-ethyhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and di-n-octyl phthalate (DNOP), on male rat reproductive system and further to explore the underlying mechanisms of the reproductive toxicity...
January 12, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088708/germinal-centers-programmed-for-affinity-maturation-and-antibody-diversification
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REVIEW
Oliver Bannard, Jason G Cyster
The seminal discovery by Eisen that antibodies undergo improvements in antigen-binding affinity over the course of an immune response led to a long running search for the underlying mechanism. Germinal centers in lymphoid organs are now recognized to be critically involved in this phenomenon, known as antibody affinity maturation. As well as improving in affinity for specific epitopes, some antibody responses maintain or even increase their breadth of antigen-recognition over time. This has led to another intense line of research aimed at understanding how broadly neutralizing anti-pathogen responses are generated...
January 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088610/the-effects-of-voluntary-wheel-running-on-neuroinflammatory-status-role-of-monocyte-chemoattractant-protein-1
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Lindsay J Spielman, Mehrbod Estaki, Sanjoy Ghosh, Deanna L Gibson, Andis Klegeris
The health benefits of exercise and physical activity (PA) have been well researched and it is widely accepted that PA is crucial for maintaining health. One of the mechanisms by which exercise and PA exert their beneficial effects is through peripheral immune system adaptations. To date, very few studies have looked at the regulation of neuroimmune reactions in response to PA. We studied the effect of voluntary wheel running (VWR) on pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokine levels, patterns of glial cell activation and expression of immune receptors in the brains of female C57BL/6 mice...
January 11, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088566/removal-of-salicylic-acid-as-an-emerging-contaminant-by-a-polar-nano-dendritic-adsorbent-from-aqueous-media
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M Arshadi, F Mousavinia, M K Abdolmaleki, M J Amiri, A Khalafi-Nezhad
A polar nano-dendritic adsorbent containing amine groups (SAPAMAA) was synthesized onto the nanoparticles of SiO2Al2O3 and its uptake of salicylic acid (SA) from the synthetic and real water was investigated. The synthesized nanomaterials were fully studied by nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum ((1)H NMR and (13)C NMR), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), zeta potential (ζ), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) and elemental analysis...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087234/interference-from-related-actions-in-spoken-word-production-behavioural-and-fmri-evidence
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Greig de Zubicaray, Douglas Fraser, Kori Ramajoo, Katie McMahon
Few investigations of lexical access in spoken word production have investigated the cognitive and neural mechanisms involved in action naming. These are likely to be more complex than the mechanisms involved in object naming, due to the ways in which conceptual features of action words are represented. The present study employed a blocked cyclic naming paradigm to examine whether related action contexts elicit a semantic interference effect akin to that observed with categorically related objects. Participants named pictures of intransitive actions to avoid a confound with object processing...
January 10, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079706/ibuprofen-before-exercise-does-not-prevent-cortical-bone-adaptations-to-training
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Vanessa D Sherk, R Dana Carpenter, Erin D Giles, Janine A Higgins, Robera M Oljira, Ginger C Johnson, Samuel Mills, Paul S MacLean
: Using a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) before a single bout of mechanical loading can reduce bone formation response. It is unknown whether this translates to an attenuation of bone strength and structural adaptations to exercise training. PURPOSE: To determine whether NSAID use before exercise prevents increases in bone structure and strength in response to weight-bearing exercise. METHODS: Adult female Wistar rats (n=43) were randomized to Ibuprofen (IBU) or Vehicle (VEH) and Exercise (EX) or Sedentary (SED) groups in a 2x2 (drug, activity) ANCOVA design with body weight as the covariate, and data are reported as mean±SE...
January 10, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079215/selective-releasing-affected-lubricant-mechanism-of-a-self-assembled-mos2-mo-s-c-nanoperiod-multilayer-film-sliding-in-diverse-atmospheres
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J Xu, T F He, L Q Chai, L Qiao, X Q Zhang, P Wang, W M Liu
A self-assembled MoS2/Mo-S-C multilayer film prepared by r.f. co-sputtering of MoS2 and graphite targets was tribotested in diverse sliding atmospheres, and the lubricant mechanism and its correlations to the selective releasing behavior of non-lubricant component were analyzed in detail. Based on the analysis of composition and structural transformation of transferred materials by Raman and HRTEM characterizations, selective releasing behavior according to the sliding atmospheres were found to be particularly apparent in vacuum and dry inert atmospheres...
January 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076354/where-have-all-the-giants-gone-how-animals-deal-with-the-problem-of-size
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Taylor J M Dick, Christofer J Clemente
The survival of both the hunter and the hunted often comes down to speed. Yet how fast an animal can run is intricately linked to its size, such that the fastest animals are not the biggest nor the smallest. The ability to maintain high speeds is dependent on the body's capacity to withstand the high stresses involved with locomotion. Yet even when standing still, scaling principles would suggest that the mechanical stress an animal feels will increase in greater demand than its body can support. So if big animals want to be fast, they must find solutions to overcome these high stresses...
January 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075184/elucidation-of-formulation-and-delivery-device-related-effects-on-in-vitro-performance-of-nasal-spray-with-implication-to-rational-product-specification-identification
#18
Jernej Grmaš, Katarina Stare, Dane Božič, Rade Injac, Rok Dreu
BACKGROUND: The aim of this work is to use an experimental design approach to identify and study influential formulation and delivery device properties, which can be controlled by final product manufacturer, to establish design space, within which desired in vitro performance can be reached. METHODS: Combining three factors, viscosity of suspension, nozzle orifice diameter (OD), and shot weight (SW), at three levels resulted in D-optimal experimental design with 20 runs...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074213/-intrahepatic-cholestasis-of-pregnancy-rare-but-important
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REVIEW
A E Kremer, K Wolf, S Ständer
Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) is a liver-specific disorder occurring in approximately 0.5-2.0% of all pregnancies with a considerable variation in certain ethnic groups. ICP usually runs a benign course for the mother and is characterized by maternal pruritus mainly in the third trimester, elevated transaminases and fasting total serum bile salts and increased fetal adverse events. The etiology of ICP is only partially understood but seems to be multifactorial. Cholestasis-inducing effects of certain female sex hormones and their metabolites play an important role in genetically susceptible women...
January 10, 2017: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068561/classifying-the-variability-in-impact-and-active-peak-vertical-ground-reaction-forces-during-running-using-dfa-and-arfima-models
#20
Samantha L Winter, John H Challis
The vertical ground reaction force (VGRF) during rear-foot striking running typically exhibits peaks referred to as the impact peak and the active peak; their timings and magnitudes have been implicated in injury. Identifying the structure of time-series can provide insight into associated control processes. The purpose here was to detect long-range correlations associated with the time from first contact to impact peak (TIP) and active peak (TAP); and the magnitudes of impact (IPM) and active peaks (APM) using a Detrended Fluctuation Analysis, and Auto-Regressive Fractionally Integrated Moving Average models...
January 6, 2017: Human Movement Science
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