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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915238/pontine-changes-in-metabolites-and-axonal-fibres-of-rats-following-four-week-alcohol-exposure-in-vivo-diffusion-tensor-imaging-and-1h-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-study-at-7-0-t
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Jianming Luo, Zhiwei Shen, Guang Chen, Dian Wang, Xiaojun Yu
AIMS: We characterized the metabolite content and axonal fibre changes in the rat pontine, in vivo, using (1)H-magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) with a 7.0 T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner following chronic alcohol administration to explore new indicators for the early diagnosis and treatment of chronic alcoholism. METHODS: Forty male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into the EtOH and control groups (water group)...
December 3, 2016: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915070/vicarious-ratings-of-social-touch-reflect-the-anatomical-distribution-velocity-tuning-of-c-tactile-afferents-a-hedonic-homunculus
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Susannah C Walker, Paula D Trotter, Andy Woods, Francis McGlone
A subclass of C-fibres, C-tactile afferents (CTs), have been discovered which respond preferentially to low force/velocity stroking touch, that is typically perceived as pleasant. Molecular genetic visualization of these low-threshold mechanosensitive C-fibres (CLTMs) in mice revealed a denser distribution in dorsal than ventral thoracic sites, scattered distal limb innervation and a complete absence from glabrous paw skin (Liu et al., 2007). Here we used third-party ratings to examine whether affective responses to social touch reflect the anatomical distribution and velocity tuning of CTs...
November 30, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914860/microplastics-ingestion-by-a-common-tropical-freshwater-fishing-resource
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Jacqueline Santos Silva-Cavalcanti, José Diego B Silva, Elton José de França, Maria Christina Barbosa de Araújo, Felipe Gusmão
Microplastics pollution is widespread in marine ecosystems and a major threat to biodiversity. Nevertheless, our knowledge of the impacts of microplastics in freshwater environments and biota is still very limited. The interaction of microplastics with freshwater organisms and the risks associated with the human consumption of organisms that ingested microplastics remain major knowledge gaps. In this study, we assessed the ingestion of microplastics by Hoplosternum littorale, a common freshwater fish heavily consumed by humans in semi-arid regions of South America...
November 30, 2016: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913627/aberrant-interhemispheric-homotopic-functional-and-structural-connectivity-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Jiuquan Zhang, Bing Ji, Jun Hu, Chaoyang Zhou, Longchuan Li, Zhihao Li, Xuequan Huang, Xiaoping Hu
OBJECTIVE: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an idiopathic and fatal neurodegenerative disease of the human motor system. While microstructural alterations in corpus callosum (CC) have been identified as a consistent feature of ALS, studies directly examining interhemispheric neural connectivity are still lacking. To shed more light on the pathophysiology of ALS, the present study aims to examine alterations of interhemispheric structural and functional connectivity in individuals with ALS...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913289/damage-repair-and-regeneration-in-insect-cuticle-the-story-so-far-and-possibilities-for-the-future
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Eoin Parle, Jan-Henning Dirks, David Taylor
The exoskeleton of an insect can contain countless specializations across an individual, across developmental stages, and across the class Insecta. Hence, the exoskeleton's building material cuticle must perform a vast variety of functions. Cuticle displays a wide range of material properties which are determined by several known factors: the amount and orientation of the chitin fibres, the constituents and degree of cross-linking and hydration of the protein matrix, the relative amounts of exo- and endocuticle, and the shape of the structures themselves...
November 29, 2016: Arthropod Structure & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910894/calcium-ions-function-as-a-booster-of-chromosome-condensation
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Rinyaporn Phengchat, Hideaki Takata, Kenichi Morii, Noriko Inada, Hideji Murakoshi, Susumu Uchiyama, Kiichi Fukui
Chromosome condensation is essential for the faithful transmission of genetic information to daughter cells during cell division. The depletion of chromosome scaffold proteins does not prevent chromosome condensation despite structural defects. This suggests that other factors contribute to condensation. Here we investigated the contribution of divalent cations, particularly Ca(2+), to chromosome condensation in vitro and in vivo. Ca(2+) depletion caused defects in proper mitotic progression, particularly in chromosome condensation after the breakdown of the nuclear envelope...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910574/the-development-of-an-improved-streak-tube-for-fusion-diagnostics
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J R Howorth, J S Milnes, Y Fisher, A Jadwin, R Boni, P A Jaanimagi
The fusion diagnostic community, including the National Ignition Facility, the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Megajoule in France, and others require optical recording instruments with precise time resolution covering a dynamic range of many orders of magnitude. In 2012, LLE, Photek, and Sydor Instruments embarked on the re-design of an improved streak tube for fusion diagnostics. As a baseline we started with the Photek ST-Y streak tube which is a member of the RCA design dating back to 1957, because the tube body can accommodate a 35 mm long photocathode, and consequently more fibre coupled diagnostic channels than smaller designs...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907173/piglets-born-from-sows-fed-high-fibre-diets-during-pregnancy-are-less-aggressive-prior-to-weaning
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Thiago Bernardino, Patricia Tatemoto, Beatrice Morrone, Paulo Henrique Mazza Rodrigues, Adroaldo José Zanella
Aggressive interactions, and their consequences, are the most important causes of poor welfare in piglets. Aggressive behaviour can be modulated by the prenatal and neonatal environment in several species. Commercially kept pregnant sows are often subjected to food restriction, which can compromise their welfare. Limited information is available on the consequences of sow hunger during pregnancy on welfare outcomes for their piglets. High fibre diets can mitigate the feeling of hunger and, consequently, it may improve welfare and productivity measures...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906312/widely-tunable-narrow-linewidth-external-cavity-gain-chip-laser-for-spectroscopy-between-1-0-1-1-%C3%A2%C2%B5m
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Dong K Shin, Bryce M Henson, Roman I Khakimov, Jacob A Ross, Colin J Dedman, Sean S Hodgman, Kenneth G H Baldwin, Andrew G Truscott
We have developed and characterised a stable, narrow linewidth external-cavity laser (ECL) tunable over 100 nm around 1080 nm, using a single-angled-facet gain chip. We propose the ECL as a low-cost, high-performance alternative to fibre and diode lasers in this wavelength range and demonstrate its capability through the spectroscopy of metastable helium. Within the coarse tuning range, the wavelength can be continuously tuned over 30 pm (7.8 GHz) without mode-hopping and modulated with bandwidths up to 3 kHz (piezo) and 37(3) kHz (current)...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906140/management-of-citrus-waste-by-switching-in-the-production-of-nanocellulose
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Sania Naz, Naveed Ahmad, Javeed Akhtar, Nasir Mehmood Ahmad, Attarad Ali, Muhammad Zia
Citrus fruit processing industries produce a vast quantity of waste materials as peel and pulp that are not handled properly. In present study, waste generated from citrus has been used for extraction of cellulose and nanocellulose. The aggregated cellulose, derived after alkaline treatment, was acid hydrolysed; resulted in reduction of the size of cellulose fibre. The cellulose showed amorphous structure revealed by X-ray diffraction analysis. Scanning electron microscopy analysis explained densely packed structure of nanocellulose...
December 2016: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905946/chemically-and-thermally-stable-silica-nanowires-with-a-%C3%AE-sheet-peptide-core-for-bionanotechnology
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Zahraa S Al-Garawi, George E Kostakis, Louise C Serpell
BACKGROUND: A series of amyloidogenic peptides based on the sequence KFFEAAAKKFFE template the silica precursor, tetraethyl orthosilicate to form silica-nanowires containing a cross-β peptide core. RESULTS: Investigation of the stability of these fibres reveals that the silica layers protect the silica-nanowires allowing them to maintain their shape and physical and chemical properties after incubation with organic solvents such as 2-propanol, ethanol, and acetonitrile, as well as in a strong acidic solution at pH 1...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905699/green-light-vaporization-of-the-prostate-pvp-is-it-an-adult-technique
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Aldo Brassetti, Cosimo De Nunzio, Nicolas Barry Delongchamps, Cristian Fiori, Francesco Porpiglia, Andrea Tubaro
INTRODUCTION: Intending to overcome Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) in terms of safety maintaining its efficacy profile, have led to the introduction of minimally invasive laser therapies to treat men with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) secondary to Benign prostatic obstruction (BPO), each one with its unique properties. Aim of this review was to analyse and summarize all the existing data regarding the 180 W Xcelerated Performance System (XPS) Potoselective Vaporization of the Prostate (PVP)...
December 1, 2016: Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica, the Italian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905479/role-of-gut-microbiota-in-atherosclerosis
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REVIEW
Annika Lindskog Jonsson, Fredrik Bäckhed
Infections have been linked to the development of cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis. Findings from the past decade have identified microbial ecosystems residing in different habitats of the human body that contribute to metabolic and cardiovascular-related disorders. In this Review, we describe three pathways by which microbiota might affect atherogenesis. First, local or distant infections might cause a harmful inflammatory response that aggravates plaque development or triggers plaque rupture. Second, metabolism of cholesterol and lipids by gut microbiota can affect the development of atherosclerotic plaques...
December 1, 2016: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904821/auditory-brainstem-response-and-late-latency-response-in-individuals-with-tinnitus-having-normal-hearing
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Sreeraj Konadath, Puttabasappa Manjula
Tinnitus is a commonly encountered complaint in routine audiology practice. The pathophysiology and exact generation site of tinnitus is not precisely established. Auditory brainstem response (ABR) and late latency response (LLR) findings in individuals with tinnitus show mixed results in the literature. Majority of studies have focused on individuals having tinnitus with peripheral hearing loss. The present study explores ABR and LLR characteristics among tinnitus patients with normal audiometric presentation; with no direct indication of any cochlear lesion...
November 2016: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904392/the-effect-of-oat-fibre-powder-particle-size-on-the-physical-properties-of-wheat-bread-rolls
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Marcin Kurek, Jarosław Wyrwisz, Monika Piwińska, Agnieszka Wierzbicka
In response to the growing interest of modern society in functional food products, this study attempts to develop a bakery product with high dietary fibre content added in the form of an oat fibre powder. Oat fibre powder with particle sizes of 75 µm (OFP1) and 150 µm (OFP2) was used, substituting 4, 8, 12, 16 and 20% of the flour. The physical properties of the dough and the final bakery products were then measured. Results indicated that dough with added fibre had higher elasticity than the control group...
March 2016: Food Technology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903785/microstructure-and-mechanics-of-healthy-and-aneurysmatic-abdominal-aortas-experimental-analysis-and-modelling
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Justyna A Niestrawska, Christian Viertler, Peter Regitnig, Tina U Cohnert, Gerhard Sommer, Gerhard A Holzapfel
Soft biological tissues such as aortic walls can be viewed as fibrous composites assembled by a ground matrix and embedded families of collagen fibres. Changes in the structural components of aortic walls such as the ground matrix and the embedded families of collagen fibres have been shown to play a significant role in the pathogenesis of aortic degeneration. Hence, there is a need to develop a deeper understanding of the microstructure and the related mechanics of aortic walls. In this study, tissue samples from 17 human abdominal aortas (AA) and from 11 abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are systematically analysed and compared with respect to their structural and mechanical differences...
November 2016: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901191/charcoal-anatomy-of-brazilian-species-i-anacardiaceae
#17
Thaís A P Gonçalves, Rita Scheel-Ybert
Anthracological studies are firmly advancing in the tropics during the last decades. The theoretical and methodological bases of the discipline are well established. Yet, there is a strong demand for comparative reference material, seeking for an improvement in the precision of taxonomic determination, both in palaeoecological and palaeoethnobotanical studies and to help preventing illegal charcoal production. This work presents descriptions of charcoal anatomy of eleven Anacardiaceae species from six genera native to Brazil (Anacardium occidentale, Anacardium parvifolium, Astronium graveolens, Astronium lecointei, Lithrea molleoides, Schinus terebenthifolius, Spondias mombin, Spondias purpurea, Spondias tuberosa, Tapirira guianensis, and Tapirira obtusa)...
2016: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901022/multifunctional-non-woven-fabrics-of-interfused-graphene-fibres
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Zheng Li, Zhen Xu, Yingjun Liu, Ran Wang, Chao Gao
Carbon-based fibres hold promise for preparing multifunctional fabrics with electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, permeability, flexibility and lightweight. However, these fabrics are of limited performance mainly because of the weak interaction between fibres. Here we report non-woven graphene fibre fabrics composed of randomly oriented and interfused graphene fibres with strong interfibre bonding. The all-graphene fabrics obtained through a wet-fusing assembly approach are porous and lightweight, showing high in-plane electrical conductivity up to ∼2...
November 30, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900471/identification-and-expression-analyses-of-new-potential-regulators-of-xylem-development-and-cambium-activity-in-cassava-manihot-esculenta
#19
Tyche Siebers, Bruno Catarino, Javier Agusti
We have identified new potential regulators of xylem cell-type determination and cellular proliferation in cassava and studied their expression in roots. Results are highly relevant for cassava biotechnology. Cassava's root system is composed of two types of root that coexist in every individual: the fibrous and the storage roots. Whether a root becomes fibrous or storage depends on the xylem cell types that it develops: fibrous roots develop xylem fibres and vessels while storage roots develop parenchyma xylem, the starch-storing tissue...
November 29, 2016: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899690/comparing-dietary-patterns-derived-by-two-methods-and-their-associations-with-obesity-in-polish-girls-aged-13-21-years-the-cross-sectional-gebahealth-study
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REVIEW
Lidia Wadolowska, Joanna Kowalkowska, Jolanta Czarnocinska, Marzena Jezewska-Zychowicz, Ewa Babicz-Zielinska
AIMS: To compare dietary patterns (DPs) derived by two methods and their assessment as a factor of obesity in girls aged 13-21 years. METHODS: Data from a cross-sectional study conducted among the representative sample of Polish females (n = 1,107) aged 13-21 years were used. Subjects were randomly selected. Dietary information was collected using three short-validated food frequency questionnaires (FFQs) regarding fibre intake, fat intake and overall food intake variety...
November 29, 2016: Perspectives in Public Health
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