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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727251/degree-of-conversion-and-cross-link-density-within-a-resin-matrix-composite
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Afnan O Al-Zain, George J Eckert, Henry Lukic, Spiro J Megremis, Jeffrey A Platt
The aims of this study were to profile light radiated from two light-curing units (LCUs) and evaluate profile relationship to polymerization patterns within a resin-matrix composite (RMC). Beam profiles of one multiple emission peak light-emitting-diode and one quartz-tungsten-halogen curing-unit were measured using a beam profiler/spectrometer system. A camera-based profiler and an integrating sphere/spectrometer assembly were used to evaluate each LCU beam. Polymerization patterns within a nano-hybrid RMC were investigated using a mapping approach by assessing the degree of conversion utilizing micro-Raman spectroscopy and indirectly estimating cross-link-density by repeated microhardness testing before and after exposure to ethanol (%KH reduction, n = 3)...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722181/historical-biome-distribution-and-recent-human-disturbance-shape-the-diversity-of-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungi
#2
Meelis Pärtel, Maarja Öpik, Mari Moora, Leho Tedersoo, Robert Szava-Kovats, Søren Rosendahl, Matthias C Rillig, Ylva Lekberg, Holger Kreft, Thorunn Helgason, Ove Eriksson, John Davison, Francesco de Bello, Tancredi Caruso, Martin Zobel
The availability of global microbial diversity data, collected using standardized metabarcoding techniques, makes microorganisms promising models for investigating the role of regional and local factors in driving biodiversity. Here we modelled the global diversity of symbiotic arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi using currently available data on AM fungal molecular diversity (small subunit (SSU) ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene sequences) in field samples. To differentiate between regional and local effects, we estimated species pools (sets of potentially suitable taxa) for each site, which are expected to reflect regional processes...
July 19, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714234/an-improved-correlation-to-predict-molecular-weight-between-crosslinks-based-on-equilibrium-degree-of-swelling-of-hydrogel-networks
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Andrea C Jimenez-Vergara, John Lewis, Mariah S Hahn, Dany J Munoz-Pinto
Accurate characterization of hydrogel diffusional properties is of substantial importance for a range of biotechnological applications. The diffusional capacity of hydrogels has commonly been estimated using the average molecular weight between crosslinks (Mc ), which is calculated based on the equilibrium degree of swelling. However, the existing correlation linking Mc and equilibrium swelling fails to accurately reflect the diffusional properties of highly crosslinked hydrogel networks. Also, as demonstrated herein, the current model fails to accurately predict the diffusional properties of hydrogels when polymer concentration and molecular weight are varied simultaneously...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713827/retracted-estimation-of-response-functions-based-on-variational-bayes-algorithm-in-dynamic-images-sequences
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BioMed Research International
[This retracts the article DOI: 10.1155/2016/4851401.].
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711832/biodegradation-of-phenol-via-meta-cleavage-pathway-triggers-de-novo-tag-biosynthesis-pathway-in-oleaginous-yeast
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Alok Patel, Km Sartaj, Neha Arora, Vikas Pruthi, Parul A Pruthi
Phenol is reported to be one of the most toxic environmental pollutants present in the discharge of various industrial effluents causing a serious threat to the existing biome. Biodegradation of phenol by oleaginous yeast Rhodosporidium kratochvilovae HIMPA1 was found to degrade 1000mg/l phenol. The pathways for phenol degradation by both ortho and meta-cleavage were proposed by the identification of metabolites and enzymatic assays of ring cleavage enzymes in the cell extracts. Results suggest that this oleaginous yeast degrade phenol via meta-cleavage pathway and accumulates a high quantity of lipid content (64...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710147/dietary-guidelines-for-breast-cancer-patients-a-critical-review
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REVIEW
Ana Teresa Limon-Miro, Veronica Lopez-Teros, Humberto Astiazaran-Garcia
Current dietary guidelines for breast cancer patients (BCPs) fail to address adequate dietary intakes of macro- and micronutrients that may improve patients' nutritional status. This review includes information from the PubMed and Biomed Central databases over the last 15 y concerning dietary guidelines for BCPs and the potential impact of a personalized, nutrient-specific diet on patients' nutritional status during and after antineoplastic treatment. Results indicated that BCPs should receive a nutritional assessment immediately after diagnosis...
July 2017: Advances in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705979/draft-genome-sequence-of-bacillus-altitudinis-ynp4-tsu-isolated-from-yellowstone-national-park
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Joshua A OHair, Hui Li, Santosh Thapa, Matthew Scholz, Suping Zhou
Undisturbed hot springs inside Yellowstone National Park remain a dynamic biome for novel cellulolytic thermophiles. We report here the draft genome sequence of one of these isolates, Bacillus altitudinis YNP4-TSU.
July 13, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700044/prevalence-of-and-risk-factors-for-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-in-iran-and-its-neighboring-countries-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Worku Jimma, Marjan Ghazisaeedi, Leila Shahmoradi, Ahmed Abdulahi Abdurahman, Sharareh Rostam Niakan Kalhori, Mahshid Nasehi, Sharifi Yazdi, Reza Safdari
Tuberculosis, in particular drug-resistant tuberculosis, is of global concern due to the high mortality and morbidity associated with it annually. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of and the risk factors for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Iran and its neighboring countries. Four databases (PubMed, BioMed Central, EMBASE, and Web of Science) were searched using key terms. Nineteen eligible articles were identified, of which 12 and seven were used for quantitative and qualitative analysis, respectively...
May 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700001/genetic-variability-of-leishmania-infantum-in-naturally-infected-dogs-in-the-state-of-bahia-brazil
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Fábio Santos Carvalho, George Rêgo Albuquerque, Paulo Luiz Souza Carneiro, Amauri Arias Wenceslau
In Brazil, Leishmania infantum mainly affects humans and dogs. The state of Bahia presents many dogs that are positive for this parasite. Despite the importance of epidemiology in this region, there are still very few studies that have assessed the genetic characteristics of L. infantum. The aim of this study is to investigate the genetic variability of L. infantum isolated identified in naturally infected dogs, in order to verify occurrence of subpopulation of this parasite in the different biomes existing in the state of Bahia...
July 10, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700000/ticks-infesting-captive-and-free-roaming-wild-animal-species-at-the-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-zoo-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-brazil
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Irys Hany Lima Gonzalez, Marcelo Bahia Labruna, Carolina Romeiro Fernandes Chagas, Paula Andrea Borges Salgado, Cauê Monticelli, Luan Henrique Morais, Amanda Alves de Moraes, Thatiane Cristina Antunes, Patrícia Locosque Ramos, Thiago Fernandes Martins
Ticks are ectoparasites of worldwide distribution that affect vertebrates and can transmit pathogens to animals and humans. The Zoological Park Foundation of São Paulo (FPZSP) is located in a Conservation Unit in one of the most important remaining fragments of the Atlantic Rainforest biome in the suburbs of São Paulo, Brazil. The FPZSP houses more than 3,000 wild animals on exhibit, in breeding programs and in environmental education programs, and also attracts migratory birds and free-roaming wildlife. This study focused on identifying the diversity of tick species that infest captive and free-roaming animals at the FPZSP...
July 10, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695680/insights-into-the-historical-assembly-of-east-asian-subtropical-evergreen-broadleaved-forests-revealed-by-the-temporal-history-of-the-tea-family
#11
Xiang-Qin Yu, Lian-Ming Gao, Douglas E Soltis, Pamela S Soltis, Jun-Bo Yang, Liang Fang, Shi-Xiong Yang, De-Zhu Li
Subtropical evergreen broadleaved forests (EBLFs) inhabit large areas of East Asia. Although paleovegetation reconstructions have revealed that the subtropical EBLFs existed in Southwest China during the Miocene, the historical construction of these forests remains poorly known. Here, we used the tea family (Theaceae), a characteristic component of the subtropical EBLFs, to gain new insights into the assembly of this important biome. Using a robust phylogenetic framework of Theaceae based on plastome and nuclear ribosomal DNA sequence data, the temporal history of the family was reconstructed...
August 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693234/relapsed-anaplastic-lymphoma-kinase-positive-large-b-cell-lymphoma-expressed-cluster-of-differentiation-4-and-cytokeratin-an-initially-misdiagnosed-case-corrected-by-immunoglobulin-%C3%AE%C2%BA-locus-gene-rearrangement-detection
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Yunfei Shi, Xianghong Li, Yuqin Song, Lixin Zhou, Qin Feng, Ping Wang, Chen Zhang, Weiping Liu, Yanhua Bai, Yumei Lai
Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive large B-cell lymphoma (LBCL) is a rare lymphoma subtype. The present study investigated a refractory nodal ALK-positive LBCL case in a 28-year-old Chinese male. It was initially misdiagnosed as ALK-positive anaplastic large cell lymphoma; however, the patient's lesions relapsed and spread widely following a short remission for chemotherapy and the patient succumbed to the disease 3 months' post-autologous stem cell transplantation; thus, a revision was performed. Histologically, the tumor cells exhibited a characteristic immunoblastic morphology with marked cellular pleomorphism...
July 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692183/host-range-and-distribution-of-small-mammal-fleas-in-south-africa-with-a-focus-on-species-of-medical-and-veterinary-importance
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L VAN DER Mescht, S Matthee
The host range and distribution of flea species on rodents and insectivores across multiple vegetation types in South Africa were investigated. Habitat suitability for flea species considered as important vectors of disease in humans and domestic animals was modelled. Data originated from fleas that were recovered from small mammals captured at 29 localities during 2009-2013 and published literature searched for flea records. Climate-based predictor variables, widely used in arthropod vector distribution, were selected and habitat suitability modelled for 10 flea vector species...
July 10, 2017: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691192/bilirubin-coating-attenuates-the-inflammatory-response-to-everolimus-coated-stents
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In-Ho Bae, Dae Sung Park, So-Youn Lee, Eun-Jae Jang, Jae-Won Shim, Kyung-Seob Lim, Jun-Kyu Park, Ju Han Kim, Doo Sun Sim, Myung Ho Jeong
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of bilirubin- and/or everolimus (EVL)-coated stents to prevent arterial neointimal hyperplasia and inflammation in vitro and in vivo. The stents were prepared by spray coating bare metal stents (BMS) with bilirubin and/or EVL. Study groups were divided into (1) BMS, (2) bilirubin-coated stents (BES), (3) commercialized stents (Synergy™; EES), and (4) bilirubin/EVL-coated stents (B-EES). The coating thickness and drug release rates were comparable to previous reports (i...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690791/bioclimatic-transect-networks-powerful-observatories-of-ecological-change
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Stefan Caddy-Retalic, Alan N Andersen, Michael J Aspinwall, Martin F Breed, Margaret Byrne, Matthew J Christmas, Ning Dong, Bradley J Evans, Damien A Fordham, Greg R Guerin, Ary A Hoffmann, Alice C Hughes, Stephen J van Leeuwen, Francesca A McInerney, Suzanne M Prober, Maurizio Rossetto, Paul D Rymer, Dorothy A Steane, Glenda M Wardle, Andrew J Lowe
Transects that traverse substantial climate gradients are important tools for climate change research and allow questions on the extent to which phenotypic variation associates with climate, the link between climate and species distributions, and variation in sensitivity to climate change among biomes to be addressed. However, the potential limitations of individual transect studies have recently been highlighted. Here, we argue that replicating and networking transects, along with the introduction of experimental treatments, addresses these concerns...
July 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690147/novel-anaplasma-and-ehrlichia-organisms-infecting-the-wildlife-of-two-regions-of-the-brazilian-amazon
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Herbert S Soares, Arlei Marcili, Amália R M Barbieri, Antonio H H Minervino, Antonio F Malheiros, Solange M Gennari, Marcelo B Labruna
During 2009-2012, wild animals were sampled in the Amazon biome of Brazil. Animal tissues and blood were tested by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays targeting DNA of the bacterial family Anaplasmataceae (genera Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, Wolbachia) and the genus Borrelia. Overall, 181 wild animals comprising 36 different species (2 reptiles, 5 birds, and 29 mammals) were sampled. All birds and reptiles were negative by all PCR assays, as well as all mammals for the Borrelia PCR assay. Anaplasmataceae agents were searched by PCR assays targeting two different genes, the ribosomal 16S rRNA gene and the protein-coding dsb gene...
July 6, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688149/proteoglycan-4-and-hyaluronan-as-boundary-lubricants-for-model-contact-lens-hydrogels
#17
Michael Samsom, Yuno Iwabuchi, Heather Sheardown, Tannin A Schmidt
Clinical data show that in vitro contact lens friction is related to in vivo comfort. Solutions of biological lubricants hyaluronan (HA) and proteoglycan 4 (PRG4, also known as lubricin) reduce friction at a cornea-polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) interface. The purpose of this study was to (1) determine if PRG4 can sorb to and lubricate model contact lens materials and (2) assess the boundary lubricating ability of PRG4 and HA compared to saline on model contact lens materials. PRG4 was obtained from bovine cartilage culture and suspended in saline at 300 µg/mL...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685854/digest-shifting-biomes-insight-into-patterns-of-plant-radiation-and-dispersal
#18
Chloe M Nash
What determines a taxon's range? This is a deceptively simple question. It represents the intersection of ecology and evolution, requiring an understanding of the fundamental relationship between biotic and abiotic factors that can both constrain and drive assemblage structure and rates of lineage diversification. Modern methods have enabled robust analyses of this complex relationship through the integrated use of phylogenomics, community ecology, functional morphology, and biogeography. This article is protected by copyright...
July 7, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681317/restraining-pathogenicity-in-candida-albicans-by-taxifolin-as-an-inhibitor-of-ras1-pka-pathway
#19
Sonali Mishra, Sangeeta Singh, Krishna Misra
Candida albicans is one of the most virulent and opportunistic fungal strains. In the present scenario, majority metabolic imbalances and unsuccessful treatments of some severe diseases including cancer, diabetes, HIV, psoriasis are because of invasive Candida emergence. Being a beneficial integral part of human biome, its elimination is not possible. The major pathogenicity characteristics in Candida involve hyphal growth, biofilm formation, HSP90 down regulation and genetic modifications. Ras1-pka pathway initiated by HSP90 down regulation is important for hyphal growth and has been focused in the present study...
July 5, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681306/aquatic-ecotoxicity-of-ashes-from-brazilian-savanna-wildfires
#20
Darlan Q Brito, Carlos José S Passos, Daphne H F Muniz, Eduardo C Oliveira-Filho
In a global scenario of climate change, several studies have predicted an increase in fires in different parts of the world. With the occurrence of rains following the fires in the Brazilian savanna (Cerrado biome), the compounds present in ashes may enter aquatic environments and cause adverse effects to these ecosystems. In this context, this study evaluated the potential toxicity of ashes from two areas of Cerrado and an area of pasture, through ecotoxicological bioassays and using three aquatic species from distinct trophic levels, which were exposed to different dilutions of ashes: the microcrustacean Ceriodaphnia dubia, the fish Danio rerio and the mollusc Biomphalaria glabrata...
July 6, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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