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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549565/transient-leg-deformations-during-eclosion-out-of-a-tight-confinement-a-comparative-study-on-seven-species-of-flies-moths-ants-and-bees
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Leonid Frantsevich, Iryna Kozeretska, Yuriy Dubrovsky, Tetyana Markina, Iryna Shumakova, Stanislav Stukalyuk
Legs in dipteran pupae are tightly packed in a zigzag configuration. Changes in the shape or configuration of long podomeres during eclosion have been overlooked because they occur rapidly (in a few minutes) and the legs are hidden inside a tight opaque confinement: the puparium in the Cyclorrhapha, the obtect pupa in mosquitoes. We fixed insects at different times during eclosion and obtained a temporal description of changes in leg shape. At the start of eclosion in Calliphora vicina and Drosophila melanogaster, femora are buckled in between the joints...
May 23, 2017: Arthropod Structure & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549419/fluorescent-cxcr4-targeting-peptide-as-alternative-for-antibody-staining-in-ewing-sarcoma
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Laurens G L Sand, Tessa Buckle, Fijs W B van Leeuwen, Willem E Corver, Alwine B Kruisselbrink, Aart G Jochemsen, Pancras C W Hogendoorn, Károly Szuhai
BACKGROUND: Ewing sarcoma is an aggressive, highly metastatic primary bone and soft tissue tumor most frequently occurring in the bone of young adolescents. Patients, especially those diagnosed with a metastatic disease, have a poor overall survival. Chemokine receptor CXCR4 has a key pro-tumorigenic role in the tumor microenvironment of Ewing sarcoma and has been suggested to be involved in the increased metastatic propensity. Earlier studies on CXCR4 protein expression in Ewing sarcoma yielded contradictory results when compared to CXCR4 RNA expression studies...
May 26, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548661/co-evolution-with-staphylococcus-aureus-leads-to-lipopolysaccharide-alterations-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Mikael Tognon, Thilo Köhler, Bartosz G Gdaniec, Youai Hao, Joseph S Lam, Marie Beaume, Alexandre Luscher, Angus Buckling, Christian van Delden
Detrimental and beneficial interactions between co-colonizing bacteria may influence the course of infections. In cystic fibrosis (CF) airways, Staphylococcus aureus prevails in childhood, whereas Pseudomonas aeruginosa progressively predominates thereafter. While a range of interactions has been identified, it is unclear if these represent specific adaptations or correlated responses to other aspects of the environment. Here, we investigate how P. aeruginosa adapts to S. aureus by evolving P. aeruginosa in the presence and absence of S...
May 26, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546943/treatment-of-myopic-foveoschisis-via-macular-buckling-and-vitrectomy
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Si-Qi Xiong, Hai-Bo Jiang, Fang-Ling Li, Yan-Xiu Li, Jie Yang, Xiao-Bo Xia, Hui-Zhuo Xu
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the treatment of myopic foveoschisis patients using the macular buckling with L-shaped titanium plate and silicon sponge combined with vitrectomy. The data of the patients who underwent macular buckling combined with vitrectomy was collected. The study recorded the following parameters: best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), axial length, intraocular pressure, central macular thickness, and the position of the titanium plate. Following the surgery, the BCVA of the included patients were improved, whereas the axial lengths were reduced followed by resolution of the foveoschisis compared with that noted prior to the operations...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541774/meaning-making-after-partner-suicide-a-narrative-exploration-using-the-meaning-of-loss-codebook
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Tyler R Pritchard, Jennifer L Buckle
This study explored meaning-making in the narratives of survivors of partner suicide. The 117 posts of 50 users of a public online grief support forum were analyzed using the Meaning of Loss Codebook (Gillies, Neimeyer, & Milman, 2014 ). There was evidence of substantial psychological distress and an ongoing struggle to make meaning of the death, in addition to focusing on memories, longing for the deceased, and efforts to actively cope with the loss. Given the importance of meaning-making in the adjustment to loss, and through the application of the MLC, these findings deepen the understanding of this component of grief...
May 25, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539231/buckle-of-the-bariatric-surgery-belt-an-analysis-of-regional-disparities-in-bariatric-surgery
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Dietric L Hennings, Thomas J O'Malley, Maria Baimas-George, Zaid Al-Qurayshi, Emad Kandil, Christopher DuCoin
BACKGROUND: Surgical options have emerged as effective treatments to mitigate obesity-associated co-morbidities leading to reduced mortality risk. Despite the benefits of bariatric surgery, a low portion of the eligible population undergoes weight loss procedures. OBJECTIVES: To determine if regional disparities exist among bariatric patients in the United States and potential effects of any difference SETTING: National Inpatient Sample (NIS). METHODS: We performed a retrospective, cross-sectional analysis of the NIS database from 2003-2010...
April 6, 2017: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537309/rehybridization-induced-charge-density-oscillations-in-the-long-range-corrugated-silicene
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Agata Podsiadły-Paszkowska, Mariusz Krawiec
Freestanding silicene is a one-atom-thick two-dimensional material composed of Si atoms arranged in a honeycomb lattice that is related to graphene. Its low-buckled atomic structure facilitates the functionalization of silicene. We report on an alternative method of functionalization which utilizes one-dimensional long-range periodic structural deformation of silicene, and leads to rehybridization-induced sublattice-polarized charge density oscillations. The charge density modulation follows the structural deformation of silicene, and features opposite phases in different sublattices...
May 24, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537286/strain-effects-on-phonon-transport-in-antimonene-investigated-using-a-first-principles-study
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Ai-Xia Zhang, Jiang-Tao Liu, San-Dong Guo, Hui-Chao Li
Strain engineering is a very effective method to continuously tune the electronic, topological, optical and thermoelectric properties of materials. In this work, strain-dependent phonon transport of recently-fabricated antimonene (Sb monolayers) under biaxial strain is investigated using a combination of first-principles calculations and the linearized phonon Boltzmann equation within the single-mode relaxation time approximation (RTA). It is found that the ZA dispersion of antimonene with strain less than -1% gives imaginary frequencies, which suggests that compressive strain can induce structural instability...
May 24, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535341/fully-stretchable-optoelectronic-sensors-based-on-colloidal-quantum-dots-for-sensing-photoplethysmographic-signals
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Tae-Ho Kim, Chang-Seok Lee, Sangwon Kim, Jaehyun Hur, Sangmin Lee, Keun Wook Shin, Young-Zoon Yoon, Moon Kee Choi, Jiwoong Yang, Dae-Hyeong Kim, Taeghwan Hyeon, Seongjun Park, Sungwoo Hwang
Flexible and stretchable optoelectronic devices can be potentially applied in displays, biosensors, biomedicine, robotics, and energy generation. The use of nanomaterials with superior optical properties such as quantum dots (QDs) is important in the realization of wearable displays and biomedical devices, but specific structural design as well as selection of materials should preferentially accompany this technology to realize stretchable forms of these devices. Here, we report stretchable optoelectronic sensors manufactured using colloidal QDs and integrated with elastomeric substrates, whose optoelectronic properties are stable under various deformations...
May 26, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530390/highly-sensitive-durable-and-multifunctional-sensor-inspired-by-spider
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Chengzhi Luo, Junji Jia, Youning Gong, Zhongchi Wang, Qiang Fu, Chunxu Pan
Sensitivity, durability, and multifunction are the essential requirements for a high- performance wearable sensor. Here, we report a novel multifunctional sensor with high sensitivity and durability by using a buckled spider silk-like single-walled carbon nanotubes (SSL-SWNTs) film as the conducting network and a crack-shaped Au film as the sensitive transducer. Its high sensitivity is inspired by the crack-shaped structure of the spider's slit organs, while the high durability is inspired by the mechanical robustness of the spider silk...
May 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526174/twist-buckling-of-veins-under-torsional-loading
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Justin R Garcia, Arnav Sanyal, Fatemeh Fatemifar, Mohammad Mottahedi, Hai-Chao Han
Veins are often subjected to torsion and twisted veins can hinder and disrupt normal blood flow but their mechanical behavior under torsion is poorly understood. The objective of this study was to investigate the twist deformation and buckling behavior of veins under torsion. Twist buckling tests were performed on porcine internal jugular veins (IJVs) and human great saphenous veins (GSVs) at various axial stretch ratio and lumen pressure conditions to determine their critical buckling torques and critical buckling twist angles...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521085/wrinkling-and-folding-on-patched-elastic-surfaces-modulation-of-the-chemistry-and-pattern-size-of-microwrinkled-surfaces
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Aurora Nogales, Adolfo Del Campo, Tiberio Ezquerra, Juan Rodriguez-Hernandez
An unconventional strategy is proposed that takes advantage of localized high-deformation areas, referred to as folded wrinkles, to produce microstructured elastic surfaces with precisely controlled pattern dimensions and chemical distribution. For that purpose, elastic PDMS substrates were pre-stretched to a different extent and oxidized in particular areas using a mask. When the stretching was removed and the PDMS substrate exhibited out-of-plane deformations that largely depend on the applied pre-stretching...
May 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512658/effect-of-the-material-properties-on-the-crumpling-of-a-thin-sheet
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Mehdi Habibi, Mokhtar Adda-Bedia, Daniel Bonn
While simple at first glance, the dense packing of sheets is a complex phenomenon that depends on material parameters and the packing protocol. We study the effect of plasticity on the crumpling of sheets of different materials by performing isotropic compaction experiments on sheets of different sizes and elasto-plastic properties. First, we quantify the material properties using a dimensionless foldability index. Then, the compaction force required to crumple a sheet into a ball as well as the average number of layers inside the ball are measured...
May 17, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506525/how-does-mg-2-modulate-the-rna-folding-mechanism-a-case-study-of-the-g-c-w-w-trans-basepair
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Antarip Halder, Rohit Roy, Dhananjay Bhattacharyya, Abhijit Mitra
Reverse Watson-Crick G:C basepairs (G:C W:W Trans) occur frequently in different functional RNAs. This is one of the few basepairs whose gas-phase-optimized isolated geometry is inconsistent with the corresponding experimental geometry. Several earlier studies indicate that through post-transcriptional modification, direct protonation, or coordination with Mg(2+), accumulation of positive charge near N7 of guanine can stabilize the experimental geometry. Interestingly, recent studies reveal significant variation in the position of putatively bound Mg(2+)...
May 12, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505495/generalized-boussinesq-scriven-surface-fluid-model-with-curvature-dissipation-for-liquid-surfaces-and-membranes
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Oscar F Aguilar Gutierrez, Edtson E Herrera Valencia, Alejandro D Rey
Curvature dissipation is relevant in synthetic and biological processes, from fluctuations in semi-flexible polymer solutions, to buckling of liquid columns, tomembrane cell wall functioning. We present a micromechanical model of curvature dissipation relevant to fluid membranes and liquid surfaces based on a parallel surface parameterization and a stress constitutive equation appropriate for anisotropic fluids and fluid membranes.The derived model, aimed at high curvature and high rate of change of curvature in liquid surfaces and membranes, introduces additional viscous modes not included in the widely used 2D Boussinesq-Scriven rheological constitutive equation for surface fluids...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502267/within-host-interference-competition-can-prevent-invasion-of-rare-parasites
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Benjamin J Z Quigley, Sam P Brown, Helen C Leggett, Pauline D Scanlan, Angus Buckling
Competition between parasite species or genotypes can play an important role in the establishment of parasites in new host populations. Here, we investigate a mechanism by which a rare parasite is unable to establish itself in a host population if a common resident parasite is already present (a 'priority effect'). We develop a simple epidemiological model and show that a rare parasite genotype is unable to invade if coinfecting parasite genotypes inhibit each other's transmission more than expected from simple resource partitioning...
May 15, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501605/the-role-of-multilayers-in-preventing-the-premature-buckling-of-the-pulmonary-surfactant
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Mustafa Al-Saiedy, Ali Tarokh, Sultan Nelson, Kiavash Hossini, Francis Green, Chang-Chun Ling, Elmar J Prenner, Matthias Amrein
The pulmonary surfactant is a protein-lipid mixture that spreads into a film at the air-lung interface. The highly-compacted molecules of the film keep the interface from shrinking under the influence of otherwise high surface tension and thus prevent atelectasis. We have previously shown that for the film to withstand a high film pressure without collapsing it needs to assume a specific architecture of a molecular monolayer with islands of stacks of molecular multilayers scattered over the area. Surface activity was assessed in a captive bubble surfactometer (CBS) and the role of cholesterol and oxidation on surfactant function examined...
May 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501451/habitual-exercise-levels-are-associated-with-cerebral-amyloid-load-in-presymptomatic-autosomal-dominant-alzheimer-s-disease
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Belinda M Brown, Hamid R Sohrabi, Kevin Taddei, Samantha L Gardener, Stephanie R Rainey-Smith, Jeremiah J Peiffer, Chengjie Xiong, Anne M Fagan, Tammie Benzinger, Virginia Buckles, Kirk I Erickson, Roger Clarnette, Tejal Shah, Colin L Masters, Michael Weiner, Nigel Cairns, Martin Rossor, Neill R Graff-Radford, Stephen Salloway, Jonathan Vöglein, Christoph Laske, James Noble, Peter R Schofield, Randall J Bateman, John C Morris, Ralph N Martins
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship between self-reported exercise levels and Alzheimer's disease (AD) biomarkers, in a cohort of autosomal dominant AD mutation carriers. METHODS: In 139 presymptomatic mutation carriers from the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network, the relationship between self-reported exercise levels and brain amyloid load, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) Aβ42, and CSF tau levels was evaluated using linear regression...
May 11, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494705/brucellosis-in-endangered-hector-s-dolphins-cephalorhynchus-hectori
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K Buckle, W D Roe, L Howe, S Michael, P J Duignan, E Burrows, H Ha, S Humphrey, W L McDonald
Brucella spp infections of marine mammals are often asymptomatic but have been associated with reproductive losses and deaths. Zoonotic infections originating from marine isolates have also been described. Hector's dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori) are an endangered species with a declining population, and the role of infectious disease in population dynamics is not fully understood. In this study, 27 Hector's dolphins found dead around the New Zealand coastline between November 2006 and October 2010 were evaluated for lesions previously associated with cetacean brucellosis...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490179/-living-dynamics-of-filamentous-bacteria-on-an-adherent-surface-under-hydrodynamic-exposure
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Justin P Jahnke, Austin M Smith, Nicole E Zander, Victoria Wiedorn, Kenneth E Strawhecker, Jessica L Terrell, Dimitra N Stratis-Cullum, Xuanhong Cheng
The potential advantages of cell-based biohybrid devices over conventional nonliving systems drive the interest to control the behavior of the underlying biological cells in microdevices. Here, the authors studied how shear influenced the geometry and elongation of fimbriated filaments on affinity substrates. The cells were engineered to express FimH, which binds to mannose with a high affinity. A microfluidic channel was functionalized with RNAse B, which is rich in mannose residues, and the device was used to control the hydrodynamic force on live Escherichia coli under filamentous growth...
May 10, 2017: Biointerphases
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