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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919557/trend-shifts-in-satellite-derived-vegetation-growth-in-central-eurasia-1982-2013
#1
Hao-Jie Xu, Xin-Ping Wang, Tai-Bao Yang
Central Eurasian vegetation is critical for the regional ecological security and the global carbon cycle. However, climatic impacts on vegetation growth in Central Eurasia are uncertain. The reason for this uncertainty lies in the fact that the response of vegetation to climate change showed nonlinearity, seasonality and differences among plant functional types. Based on remotely sensed vegetation index and in-situ meteorological data for the years 1982-2013, in conjunction with the latest land cover type product, we analyzed how vegetation growth trend varied across different seasons and evaluated vegetation response to climate variables at regional, biome and pixel scales...
December 2, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917060/antarctotrechus-balli-sp-n-carabidae-trechini-the-first-ground-beetle-from-antarctica
#2
Allan C Ashworth, Terry L Erwin
Fossil elytra of a small trechine carabid are reported from the Oliver Bluffs on the Beardmore Glacier at lat. 85°S. They were compared with counterparts from the extant genera Trechisibus, Tasmanorites, Oxytrechus and Pseudocnides. The fossils share some characters but are sufficiently different to be described as a new genus and species. We named the new species Antarctotrechus balli in honour of George E. Ball who made major contributions to the study of carabids through his own research and the training of students while at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada...
2016: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910198/degradation-and-biocompatibility-of-photoembossed-plga-acrylate-blend-for-improved-cell-adhesion
#3
Nanayaa F Hughes-Brittain, Lin Qiu, Wen Wang, Ton Peijs, Cees W M Bastiaansen
We have shown previously that PMMA-acrylate photopolymers are biocomopatible and can exhibit improved cell adhesion compared to PMMA, due to an increase in negative surface charge caused by UV radiation PLGA has been used widely in soft tissue regeneration due to its high biocompatibility and cell adhesion. This polymer is also biodegradable and can be utilised in the field of vascular regeneration. In this study, PLGA is blended with a triacrylate monomer (TPETA) to create a degradable photopolymer blend. Surface relief structures are formed on this PLGA-TPETA by photoembossing...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909951/contrasting-patterns-in-solitary-and-eusocial-bees-while-responding-to-landscape-features-in-the-brazilian-cerrado-a-multiscaled-perspective
#4
D P Silva, D S Nogueira, P De Marco
Landscape structure is an important determinant of biological fluxes and species composition, but species do not respond equally to landscape features or spatial extents. Evaluating "multi-scale" responses of species to landscape structure is an important framework to be considered, allowing insights about habitat requirements for different groups. We evaluated the response of Brazilian Cerrado's bees (eusocial vs. solitary ones) to both the amount and isolation of remnant vegetation in eight nested multiple-local scales...
December 1, 2016: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908773/does-the-effect-of-a-metarhizium-anisopliae-isolate-on-rhipicephalus-microplus-depend-on-the-tick-population-evaluated
#5
Anelise Webster, Endrigo Pradel, Ugo Araújo Souza, João Ricardo Martins, José Reck, Augusto Schrank, Guilherme Klafke
The filamentous fungus Metarhizium anisopliae is an arthropod pathogen used in the biological control of pests in agriculture and livestock. The effect of the fungus M. anisopliae on ticks has been shown in experiments in vitro. The aim of the present study was to compare the susceptibility of different field isolates of Rhipicephalus microplus to M. anisopliae. A total of 67 field isolates were evaluated. Rhipicephalus microplus larvae were immersed in an M. anisopliae suspension (10(8) conidia/mL) for 5min...
November 24, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898194/inflammatory-cell-induced-corrosion-in-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-retrieval-study
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Arianna Cerquiglini, Johann Henckel, Harry S Hothi, Anna Di Laura, John A Skinner, Alister J Hart
Metal release in patients with joint replacements is associated with local tissue reactions, pain, and ultimately revision of implants. One of the causes of this metal loss is speculated to be due to a mechanism of inflammatory cell-induced corrosion (ICIC). In this knee retrieval study, we aimed to: (1) identify the extent and location of ICI corrosion patterns on our femoral and tibial components and (2) correlate our findings with implant and clinical information. We investigated 28 femoral and 9 tibial components made of polished CoCr for presence of ICIC, using macroscopic and microscopic screening and statistical analyses to identify any significant correlations between our results and clinical information...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898187/tissue-engineering-acellular-scaffolds-the-significant-influence-of-physical-and-procedural-decellularization-factors
#7
F Starnecker, F Koenig, C Hagl, N Thierfelder
The importance of decellularized medical products has significantly increased during the last years. In this paper, we evaluated the effects of selected physical and procedural decellularization (DC) factors with the aim to systematically assess their influence on DC results. 72 porcine aortic walls (AW) were divided into three groups and exposed to a DC solution for 4 h and 8 h, either continuously or in repeated cycles. The AW were rocked (90bpm), whirled (10 l/min), sonicated (120W, 45 kHz) or exposed to a combination of these treatments, followed by 10 washing cycles...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895983/introduction-to-the-biomed-2016-feature-issue
#8
David D Sampson, Hamid Dehghani, Elizabeth M C Hillman, Thomas D Wang
The guest editors introduce a feature issue containing papers based on research presented at the BIOMED 2016 Congress, held in Fort Lauderdale, FL, 24-28 April, 2016.
November 1, 2016: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889952/effects-of-different-doses-of-2-3-dimercaptosuccinic-acid-modified-fe2-o3-nanoparticles-on-intercalated-discs-in-engineered-cardiac-tissues
#9
Yongchao Mou, Shuanghong Lv, Fei Xiong, Yao Han, Yuwei Zhao, Junjie Li, Ning Gu, Jin Zhou
Although iron oxide nanoparticles (IRONs) were applied in clinical magnetic resonance imaging in vivo and magnetic tissue engineering in vitro widely, the underlying effects of IRONs on the development of cardiomyocytes especially the intercellular junctions, intercalated discs (IDs), remain an unknown issue. Given the critical role of three-dimensional (3D) engineered cardiac tissues (ECTs) in evaluation of nanoparticles toxicology, it remained necessary to understand the effects of IRONs on IDs assembly of cardiomyocytes in 3D environment...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889939/the-performance-of-cpc-plga-and-bio-oss-%C3%A2-for-bone-regeneration-in-healthy-and-osteoporotic-rats
#10
Claire I A van Houdt, Dietmar J O Ulrich, John A Jansen, Jeroen J J P van den Beucken
The current study aimed to evaluate the biological performance of calcium phosphate cement (CPC) with polylactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) micro-particles and Bio-Oss(®) in ovariectomized and healthy rats. Thirty-two Wistar rats received alternating experimental CPC/PLGA and Bio-Oss(®) in femoral condyle defects in both femurs 6 weeks after ovariectomy (OVX, n = 16) or sham operation (SHAM, n = 16). Six weeks after OVX or SHAM surgery, bone morphology was analyzed by in vivo computed tomography (CT) to confirm osteoporotic bone condition...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889932/interaction-of-hepes-buffer-with-glass-ceramic-scaffold-can-hepes-replace-tris-in-sbf
#11
Dana Rohanová, Diana Horkavcová, Laine Paidere, Aldo Roberto Boccaccini, Pavlína Bozděchová, Petr Bezdička
An international standard (ISO: 23317:2014) exists for the in vitro testing of inorganic biomaterials in simulated body fluid (SBF). This standard uses TRIS buffer to maintain neutral pH in SBF, but in our previous paper, we showed that the interaction of a tested glass-ceramic material with TRIS can produce false-positive results. In this study, we evaluated whether the HEPES buffer, which also belongs to the group of Good's buffers, would be more suitable for SBF. We compared its suitability in two media: SBF with HEPES and demineralized water with HEPES...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886447/synthesis-of-novel-quaternary-silica-hybrid-bioactive-microspheres
#12
A Angelopoulou, E Κ Efthimiadou, G Kordas
PURPOSE: To survey the preparation of novel hybrid microspheres of quaternary silicate glassy composition (SiO2 P2 O5 CaONa2 O) and the prospect of using them as an osteogenic system with enhanced bioactive properties for the development of hydroxyapatite. METHOD: In line with our previous synthetic procedure a two-step process was followed, wherein polystyrene (PS) microspheres were prepared by the emulsifier free-emulsion polymerization method and constituted the core for the sol-gel coating of the silicate inorganic shell...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886241/habitat-generalists-and-specialists-in-microbial-communities-across-a-terrestrial-freshwater-gradient
#13
C Monard, S Gantner, S Bertilsson, S Hallin, J Stenlid
Observations of distributions of microorganisms and their differences in community composition across habitats provide evidence of biogeographical patterns. However, little is known about the processes controlling transfers across habitat gradients. By analysing the overall microbial community composition (bacteria, fungi, archaea) across a terrestrial-freshwater gradient, the aim of this study was to understand the spatial distribution patterns of populations and identify taxa capable of crossing biome borders...
November 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886216/drought-rapidly-diminishes-the-large-net-co2-uptake-in-2011-over-semi-arid-australia
#14
Xuanlong Ma, Alfredo Huete, James Cleverly, Derek Eamus, Frédéric Chevallier, Joanna Joiner, Benjamin Poulter, Yongguang Zhang, Luis Guanter, Wayne Meyer, Zunyi Xie, Guillermo Ponce-Campos
Each year, terrestrial ecosystems absorb more than a quarter of the anthropogenic carbon emissions, termed as land carbon sink. An exceptionally large land carbon sink anomaly was recorded in 2011, of which more than half was attributed to Australia. However, the persistence and spatially attribution of this carbon sink remain largely unknown. Here we conducted an observation-based study to characterize the Australian land carbon sink through the novel coupling of satellite retrievals of atmospheric CO2 and photosynthesis and in-situ flux tower measures...
November 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886173/integrative-epigenome-wide-analysis-demonstrates-that-dna-methylation-may-mediate-genetic-risk-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#15
N T Ventham, N A Kennedy, A T Adams, R Kalla, S Heath, K R O'Leary, H Drummond, D C Wilson, I G Gut, E R Nimmo, J Satsangi
Epigenetic alterations may provide important insights into gene-environment interaction in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Here we observe epigenome-wide DNA methylation differences in 240 newly-diagnosed IBD cases and 190 controls. These include 439 differentially methylated positions (DMPs) and 5 differentially methylated regions (DMRs), which we study in detail using whole genome bisulphite sequencing. We replicate the top DMP (RPS6KA2) and DMRs (VMP1, ITGB2 and TXK) in an independent cohort. Using paired genetic and epigenetic data, we delineate methylation quantitative trait loci; VMP1/microRNA-21 methylation associates with two polymorphisms in linkage disequilibrium with a known IBD susceptibility variant...
November 25, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885823/novel-functionalization-strategies-of-polymeric-nanoparticles-as-carriers-for-brain-medications
#16
Corinne Portioli, Michele Bovi, Donatella Benati, Marta Donini, Massimiliano Perduca, Alessandro Romeo, Stefano Dusi, Hugo L Monaco, Marina Bentivoglio
For targeted brain delivery, nanoparticles (NPs) should bypass the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Novel functionalization strategies, based on low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) binding domain, have been here tested to increase the brain targeting efficacy of poly d,l-lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) NPs, biodegradable and suited for biomedical applications. Custom-made PLGA NPs were functionalized with an apolipoprotein E modified peptide (pep-apoE) responsible for LDLR binding, or with lipocalin-type prostaglandin-d-synthase (L-PGDS), highly expressed in the brain...
November 5, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885785/osteogenic-activity-and-antibacterial-effect-of-porous-titanium-modified-with-metal-organic-framework-films
#17
Junyu Chen, Xin Zhang, Chao Huang, He Cai, Shanshan Hu, Qianbing Wan, Xibo Pei, Jian Wang
As a new class of crystalline nanoporous materials, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have recently been used for biomedical applications due to their large surface area, high porosity, and theoretically infinite structures. To improve the biological performance of titanium, MOF films were applied to surface modification of titanium. Zn-based MOF films composed of zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) crystals with nanoscale and microscale sizes (nanoZIF-8 and microZIF-8) were prepared on porous titanium surfaces by hydrothermal and solvothermal methods, respectively...
November 5, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885781/cellular-response-of-osteoblasts-to-low-modulus-ti-24nb-4zr-8sn-alloy-mesh-structure
#18
K C Nune, R D K Misra, S J Li, Y L Hao, R Yang
Titanium alloys (Ti-6Al-4V and Ti-6Al-7Nb) are widely used for implants, which are characterized by high elastic modulus (∼110 GPa) with (α + β) structure and that may induce undesirable stress shielding effect and immune responses associated with the presence of toxic elements. In this regard, we have combined the attributes of a new alloy design and the concept of additive manufacturing to fabricate 3D scaffolds with an interconnected porous structure. The new alloy is a β-type Ti-24Nb-4Zr-8Sn (Ti2448) alloy with significantly reduced modulus...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885769/diverging-shrub-and-tree-growth-from-the-polar-to-the-mediterranean-biomes-across-the-european-continent
#19
Elena Pellizzari, J Julio Camarero, Antonio Gazol, Elena Granda, Rohan Shetti, Martin Wilmking, Pavel Moiseev, Mario Pividori, Marco Carrer
Climate warming is expected to enhance productivity and growth of woody plants, particularly in temperature-limited environments at the northernmost or uppermost limits of their distribution. However, this warming is spatially uneven and temporally variable, and the rise in temperatures differently affects biomes and growth forms. Here, applying a dendroecological approach with generalized additive mixed models, we analysed how the growth of shrubby junipers and coexisting trees (larch and pine species) responds to rising temperatures along a 5000-km latitudinal range including sites from the Polar, Alpine to the Mediterranean biomes...
November 25, 2016: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882647/host-and-tissue-variation-overshadow-the-response-of-boreal-moss-associated-fungal-communities-to-increased-nitrogen-load
#20
Marie L Davey, Marte J Skogen, Einar Heegaard, Rune Halvorsen, Håvard Kauserud, Mikael Ohlson
Human activity has more than doubled the amount of nitrogen entering the global nitrogen cycle, and the boreal forest biome is a nitrogen-limited ecosystem sensitive to nitrogen load perturbation. Although bryophyte-associated microbes contribute significantly to boreal forest ecosystem function, particularly in carbon and nitrogen cycling, little is known about their responses to anthropogenic global change. Amplicon pyrosequencing of the ITS2 region of rDNA was used to investigate how fungal communities associated with three bryophyte species responded to increased nitrogen loads in a long-term fertilization experiment in a boreal Picea abies forest in southern Norway...
November 24, 2016: Molecular Ecology
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