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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338805/deciphering-the-genetic-control-of-fruit-texture-in-apple-by-multiple-family-based-analysis-and-genome-wide-association
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Mario Di Guardo, Marco C A M Bink, Walter Guerra, Thomas Letschka, Lidia Lozano, Nicola Busatto, Lara Poles, Alice Tadiello, Luca Bianco, Richard G F Visser, Eric van de Weg, Fabrizio Costa
Fruit texture is a complex feature composed of mechanical and acoustic properties relying on the modifications occurring in the cell wall throughout fruit development and ripening. Apple is characterized by a large variation in fruit texture behavior that directly impacts both the consumer's appreciation and post-harvest performance. To decipher the genetic control of fruit texture comprehensively, two complementing quantitative trait locus (QTL) mapping approaches were employed. The first was represented by a pedigree-based analysis (PBA) carried out on six full-sib pedigreed families, while the second was a genome-wide association study (GWAS) performed on a collection of 233 apple accessions...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337848/designing-smart-materials-with-recombinant-proteins
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REVIEW
Sydney Hollingshead, Charng-Yu Lin, Julie C Liu
Recombinant protein design allows modular protein domains with different functionalities and responsive behaviors to be easily combined. Inclusion of these protein domains can enable recombinant proteins to have complex responses to their environment (e.g., temperature-triggered aggregation followed by enzyme-mediated cleavage for drug delivery or pH-triggered conformational change and self-assembly leading to structural stabilization by adjacent complementary residues). These "smart" behaviors can be tuned by amino acid identity and sequence, chemical modifications, and addition of other components...
March 24, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336858/one-step-reduction-and-surface-modification-of-graphene-oxide-by-3-hydroxy-2-naphthoic-acid-hydrazide-and-its-polypropylene-nanocomposites
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Xiang-Nan Xu, Xiao-Na Guan, Hui-Hua Zhou, Yue-Feng Zhu
3-Hydroxy-2-naphthoic acid hydrazide (HNH), a new reductant and modifier, was applied to reduce and modify graphene oxide (GO) in a one-step process. The obtained HNH reduced graphene oxide (HNH-rGO) was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR). The results demonstrated that GO was successfully reduced to graphene and the surface of HNH-rGO was grafted with HNH. The interlayer space was increased from 0...
January 24, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336849/modification-of-the-surface-topography-and-composition-of-ultrafine-and-coarse-grained-titanium-by-chemical-etching
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Denis V Nazarov, Elena G Zemtsova, Alexandr Yu Solokhin, Ruslan Z Valiev, Vladimir M Smirnov
In this study, we present the detailed investigation of the influence of the etching medium (acidic or basic Piranha solutions) and the etching time on the morphology and surface relief of ultrafine grained (UFG) and coarse grained (CG) titanium. The surface relief and morphology have been studied by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and the spectral ellipsometry. The composition of the samples has been determined by X-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)...
January 13, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335217/modification-of-the-interfacial-interaction-between-carbon-fiber-and-epoxy-with-carbon-hybrid-materials
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Kejing Yu, Menglei Wang, Junqing Wu, Kun Qian, Jie Sun, Xuefeng Lu
The mechanical properties of the hybrid materials and epoxy and carbon fiber (CF) composites were improved significantly as compared to the CF composites made from unmodified epoxy. The reasons could be attributed to the strong interfacial interaction between the CF and the epoxy composites for the existence of carbon nanomaterials. The microstructure and dispersion of carbon nanomaterials were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and optical microscopy (OM). The results showed that the dispersion of the hybrid materials in the polymer was superior to other carbon nanomaterials...
May 12, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335085/modifications-in-dietary-and-alcohol-intakes-between-before-and-after-cancer-diagnosis-results-from-the-prospective-population-based-nutrinet-sant%C3%A3-cohort
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Philippine Fassier, Laurent Zelek, Lucie Lécuyer, Patrick Bachmann, Marina Touillaud, Nathalie Druesne-Pecollo, Pilar Galan, Patrice Cohen, Hélène Hoarau, Paule Latino-Martel, Emmanuelle Kesse-Guyot, Julia Baudry, Serge Hercberg, Mélanie Deschasaux, Mathilde Touvier
Post-diagnosis diet and alcohol consumption may be associated with cancer prognosis, recurrence and mortality. Our aim was to investigate food, nutrient and alcohol intake variations between before and after cancer diagnosis and their determinants in a prospective cohort. Subjects (n=696) were incident cancer cases diagnosed in the NutriNet-Santé cohort between 2009 and 2016. Food, nutrient and alcohol intakes were prospectively collected using repeated non-consecutive 24-h dietary records since subjects' inclusion (i...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333466/covalent-modification-of-glassy-carbon-surfaces-by-electrochemical-grafting-of-aryl-iodides
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Line Koefoed, Steen U Pedersen, Kim Daasbjerg
The reduction of an aryl iodide is generally believed to involve a clean-cut two-electron reduction to produce an aryl anion and iodide. This is in contradiction to what is observed if a highly efficient grafting agent, such as an aryldiazonium salt, is employed. The difference in behavior is explained by the much more extreme potentials required for reducing an aryl iodide, which facilitates the further reduction of the aryl radical formed as an intermediate. However, in this study we disclose that electrografting of aryl iodides is indeed possible upon extended voltammetric cycling...
March 23, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333448/role-of-oxygen-functionalities-in-graphene-oxide-architectural-laminates-goal-sub-nanometer-spacing-and-water-transport
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Carlo Alberto Amadei, Andrea Montessori, Julian P Kadow, Sauro Succi, Chad David Vecitis
Active research in nanotechnology contemplates the use of nanomaterials for environmental engineering applications. However, a primary challenge is understanding the effects of nanomaterial properties on industrial device performance and translating unique nanoscale properties to the macroscale. One emerging example is graphene oxide (GO) membranes for separation processes. Thus, here we investigate how individual GO properties, in particular the GO chemistry, can impact GO membrane characteristics and water permeability...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331590/when-perception-reflects-reality-non-native-grass-invasion-alters-small-mammal-risk-landscapes-and-survival
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Joseph P Ceradini, Anna D Chalfoun
Modification of habitat structure due to invasive plants can alter the risk landscape for wildlife by, for example, changing the quality or availability of refuge habitat. Whether perceived risk corresponds with actual fitness outcomes, however, remains an important open question. We simultaneously measured how habitat changes due to a common invasive grass (cheatgrass, Bromus tectorum) affected the perceived risk, habitat selection, and apparent survival of a small mammal, enabling us to assess how well perceived risk influenced important behaviors and reflected actual risk...
March 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331187/cross-beta-nanostructures-based-on-dinaphthylalanine-gd-conjugates-loaded-with-doxorubicin
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Carlo Diaferia, Eliana Gianolio, Teresa Sibillano, Flavia Anna Mercurio, Marilisa Leone, Cinzia Giannini, Nicole Balasco, Luigi Vitagliano, Giancarlo Morelli, Antonella Accardo
Very recently we proposed novel di- and tetra-phenylalanine peptides derivatized with gadolinium complexes as potentials supramolecular diagnostic agents for applications in MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). It was observed that in very short FF dipeptide building blocks, the propensity to aggregate decreases significantly after modification with bulky moiety such as Gd-complexes, thus limiting their potential as CAs. We hypothesized that the replacement of the Phe side chain with more extended aromatic groups could improve the self-assembling...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330827/intrauterine-exposure-to-maternal-stress-alters-bdnf-iv-dna-methylation-and-telomere-length-in-the-brain-of-adult-rat-offspring
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Jennifer Blaze, Arun Asok, Kristyn Borrelli, Christina Tulbert, Justin Bollinger, April E Ronca, Tania L Roth
DNA methylation (addition of methyl groups to cytosines which normally represses gene transcription) and changes in telomere length (TTAGGG repeats on the ends of chromosomes) are two molecular modifications that result from stress and could contribute to the long-term effects of intrauterine exposure to maternal stress on offspring behavior. Here, we measured methylation of DNA associated with the Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (Bdnf) gene, a gene important in development and plasticity, and telomere length in the brains of adult rat male and female offspring whose mothers were exposed to unpredictable and variable stressors throughout gestation...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330323/modification-of-sargassum-angustifolium-by-molybdate-during-a-facile-cultivation-for-high-rate-phosphate-removal-from-wastewater-structural-characterization-and-adsorptive-behavior
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Firozeh Saberzadeh Sarvestani, Hossein Esmaeili, Bahman Ramavandi
In this paper, a new and facile approach for molybdate loading in the brown algae of Sargassum angustifolium is introduced. The molybdate ions were entered into the algae body during a short cultivation to produce algae-Mo as a novel adsorbent for eliminating phosphate ions from synthetic and real wastewaters. Results of the surface analysis showed that molybdate loading onto the algae was successfully performed. Herein, basic variables, such as initial solution pH, adsorbent dosage, contact time, phosphate concentration, and temperature, were investigated in detail to assess the phosphate adsorption performance of algae-Mo...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329366/ambulatory-voice-biofeedback-relative-frequency-and-summary-feedback-effects-on-performance-and-retention-of-reduced-vocal-intensity-in-the-daily-lives-of-participants-with-normal-voices
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Jarrad H Van Stan, Daryush D Mehta, Dagmar Sternad, Robert Petit, Robert E Hillman
Purpose: Ambulatory voice biofeedback has the potential to significantly improve voice therapy effectiveness by targeting carryover of desired behaviors outside the therapy session (i.e., retention). This study applies motor learning concepts (reduced frequency and delayed, summary feedback) that demonstrate increased retention to ambulatory voice monitoring for training nurses to talk softer during work hours. Method: Forty-eight nurses with normal voices wore the Voice Health Monitor (Mehta, Zañartu, Feng, Cheyne, & Hillman, 2012) for 6 days: 3 baseline days, 1 biofeedback day, 1 short-term retention day, and 1 long-term retention day...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327822/impact-of-roux-en-y-gastric-bypass-surgery-rygb-on-metabolic-syndrome-components-and-on-the-use-of-associated-drugs-in-obese-patients
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Vilma Maria Junges, Jarbas Marinho Cavalheiro, Eliana Franzoi Fam, Vera Elizabeth Closs, João Feliz Moraes, Maria Gabriela Gottlieb
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of obesity and metabolic syndrome is increasing worldwide and both behavior modification and drug therapy have low adherence. Gastric bypass has shown effective results in both reducing weight and improving comorbidities. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery (RYGB) on both metabolic syndrome components and the use of associated drugs in obese patients. METHODS: Historical cohort of patients subjected to Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery (RYGB) between January 2007 and March 2014 in a private clinic...
March 16, 2017: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327385/acoustic-startle-modification-as-a-tool-for-evaluating-auditory-function-of-the-mouse-progress-pitfalls-and-potential
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REVIEW
Amanda M Lauer, Derik Behrens, Georg Klump
Acoustic startle response (ASR) modification procedures, especially prepulse inhibition (PPI), are increasingly used as behavioral measures of auditory processing and sensorimotor gating in rodents due to their perceived ease of implementation and short testing times. In practice, ASR and PPI procedures are extremely variable across animals, experimental setups, and studies, and the interpretation of results is subject to numerous caveats and confounding influences. We review considerations for modification of the ASR using acoustic stimuli, and we compare the sensitivity of PPI procedures to more traditional operant psychoacoustic techniques...
March 18, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326029/beta-oscillatory-changes-and-retention-of-motor-skills-during-practice-in-healthy-subjects-and-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Aaron B Nelson, Clara Moisello, Jing Lin, Priya Panday, Serena Ricci, Andrea Canessa, Alessandro Di Rocco, Angelo Quartarone, Giuseppe Frazzitta, Ioannis U Isaias, Giulio Tononi, Chiara Cirelli, M Felice Ghilardi
Recently we found that modulation depth of beta power during movement increases with practice over sensory-motor areas in normal subjects but not in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). As such changes might reflect use-dependent modifications, we concluded that reduction of beta enhancement in PD represents saturation of cortical plasticity. A few questions remained open: What is the relation between these EEG changes and retention of motor skills? Would a second task exposure restore beta modulation enhancement in PD? Do practice-induced increases of beta modulation occur within each block? We thus recorded EEG in patients with PD and age-matched controls in two consecutive days during a 40-min reaching task divided in fifteen blocks of 56 movements each...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324791/spatio-temporal-neighborhood-impacts-on-internalizing-and-externalizing-behaviors-in-u-s-elementary-school-children-effect-modification-by-child-and-family-socio-demographics
#17
Jamie L Humphrey, Elisabeth D Root
Increasing evidence from experimental and non-experimental research has shown that children residing in disadvantaged neighborhoods exhibit greater levels of internalizing and externalizing behaviors, above and beyond individual characteristics, and family or school contexts. Using the ECLS-K, a nationally representative, longitudinal survey of U.S. school children, this study examined direct neighborhood effects on internalizing (N = 14,870; N = 10,610) and externalizing (N = 14,960; N = 10,730) behaviors at the beginning and end of elementary school...
March 12, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324115/regenerative-responses-and-axon-pathfinding-of-retinal-ganglion-cells-in-chronically-injured-mice
#18
Benjamin J Yungher, Márcio Ribeiro, Kevin K Park
Purpose: Enhanced regeneration of retinal ganglion cell (RGC) axons can be achieved by modification of numerous neuronal-intrinsic factors. However, axon growth initiation and the pathfinding behavior of these axons after traumatic injury remain poorly understood outside of acute injury paradigms, despite the clinical relevance of more chronic settings. We therefore examined RGC axon regeneration following therapeutic delivery that is postponed until 2 months after optic nerve crush injury...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324069/glucose-homeostasis-regulation-by-peripheral-circadian-clocks-in-rodents-and-humans
#19
Frederic Gachon, Ursula Loizides-Mangold, Volodymyr Petrenko, Charna Dibner
Most organisms, including humans, have developed an intrinsic system of circadian oscillators, allowing the anticipation of events related to the rotation of the Earth around its own axis. The mammalian circadian timing system orchestrates nearly all aspects of physiology and behavior. Together with systemic signals, emanating from the central clock which resides in the hypothalamus, peripheral oscillators orchestrate tissue-specific fluctuations in gene expression, protein synthesis, and posttranslational modifications, driving overt rhythms in physiology and behavior...
March 15, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322655/mothers-with-perceived-insufficient-milk
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Natsuko K Wood, Elizabeth A Sanders
Perceived insufficient milk (PIM) is the primary reason for breastfeeding discontinuation globally. This study evaluated the short-term impact of mother-infant interactions through home interventions designed to overcome PIM as a result of the infant's behavior, delivered to 14 dyads of breastfeeding mothers and their full-term singleton infants. A single group, three-occasion prepost design was used. Mother-infant interactions were measured by the Nursing Child Assessment Feeding Scale (NCAFS) at 6, 13, and 27 days postpartum...
January 1, 2017: Western Journal of Nursing Research
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