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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332281/programmed-cell-death-in-plants-an-overview
#1
Vittoria Locato, Laura De Gara
Programmed cell death (PCD) is a controlled mechanism that eliminates specific cells under developmental or environmental stimuli. All organisms-from bacteria to multicellular eukaryotes-have the ability to induce PCD in selected cells. Although this process was first identified in plants, the interest in deciphering the signaling pathways leading to PCD strongly increased when evidence came to light that PCD may be involved in several human diseases. In plants, PCD activation ensures the correct occurrence of growth and developmental processes, among which embryogenesis and differentiation of tracheary elements...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332226/monocortical-fixation-of-the-coracoid-in-the-latarjet-procedure-is-significantly-weaker-than-bicortical-fixation
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Uli Schmiddem, Nael Hawi, Emmanouil Liodakis, Antonios Dratzidis, Manuel Kraemer, Christof Hurschler, Richard Page, Rupert Meller
PURPOSE: A crucial step of the Latarjet procedure is the fixation of the coracoid process onto the glenoid. Multiple problems associated with the fixation have been described, including lesions of the suprascapular nerve due to prominence of the screw or bicortical drilling. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate whether monocortical fixation, without perforating the posterior glenoid cortex, would provide sufficient graft stability. METHODS: Coracoid transfer was performed in 14 scapula models (Sawbones®, Composite Scapula, 4th generation)...
January 13, 2018: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332174/a-friend-in-knee-ccn3-may-inhibit-osteoarthritis-progression
#3
Alex Peidl
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a major clinical problem among the ageing population, yet no disease-modifying treatments currently exist. This issue arises, in part, due to the complex processes occurring in the microenvironment of articular cartilage that lead to osteoarthritic changes. Gaining a better understanding of these processes is crucial in developing a viable therapy for OA. A recent report in Journal of Bone Mineral Metabolism by Janune et al. (J Bone Miner Metab 35:582-597, 2016) suggests a novel role for CCN3 in maintaining the differentiated phenotype of articular cartilage...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331936/influence-of-custom-foot-orthoses-on-venous-status-a-quasi-experimental-study
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Daniel López-López, Romeu Araújo, Marta Elena Losa-Iglesias, Ricardo Becerro-de-Bengoa-Vallejo, António Santos, David Rodríguez-Sanz, César Calvo-Lobo
BACKGROUND: Customized foot orthoses (CFO) have been widely accepted to reduce the frequency of foot problems and postural disorders. The purpose of the research was to compare the influence of CFO utilization on the venous status among healthy females and males. METHODS: This was a quasi-experimental study (NCT03329430), which included 20 healthy subjects that completed all the stages of the process. The subjects showed an age mean of 20.00 ± 1.62 years and were recruited in a foot and ankle specialist center...
January 5, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331934/characterization-and-release-profile-of-mn-al-bearing-deposits-in-drinking-water-distribution-systems
#5
Guiwei Li, Yuanxun Ding, Hongfu Xu, Junwei Jin, Baoyou Shi
Inorganic contaminants accumulation in drinking water distribution systems (DWDS) is a great threat to water quality and safety. This work assessed the main risk factors for different water pipes and discovered the release profile of accumulated materials in a full scale distribution system frequently suffered from water discoloration problem. Physicochemical characterization of pipe deposits were performed using X-ray fluorescence, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy...
January 9, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331780/application-of-octanohydroxamic-acid-for-liquid-liquid-extraction-of-manganese-oxides-and-fabrication-of-supercapacitor-electrodes
#6
J Milne, I Zhitomirsky
MnO2 and Mn3O4 particles were prepared by wet chemical methods and efficiently dispersed and mixed with multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) for the fabrication of composite MnO2-MWCNT and Mn3O4-MWCNT electrodes for electrochemical supercapacitors (ES). The problem of particle agglomeration was addressed by particle extraction through a liquid-liquid interface (PELLI) using octanohydroxamic acid (OHA) as a new extractor. OHA exhibited remarkable adsorption on particles due to a bidentate bonding mechanism. The use of OHA broadened the application of PELLI technology, because it allowed good extraction of particles from an aqueous phase at high pH...
January 6, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331627/use-of-interactive-data-visualization-in-multi-objective-forest-planning
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Arto Haara, Jouni Pykäläinen, Anne Tolvanen, Mikko Kurttila
Common to multi-objective forest planning situations is that they all require comparisons, searches and evaluation among decision alternatives. Through these actions, the decision maker can learn from the information presented and thus make well-justified decisions. Interactive data visualization is an evolving approach that supports learning and decision making in multidimensional decision problems and planning processes. Data visualization contributes the formation of mental image data and this process is further boosted by allowing interaction with the data...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330992/client-satisfaction-and-decision-making-amongst-females-visiting-family-planning-clinics-in-hyderabad-pakistan
#8
Arbia Memon, Saima Hamid, Ramesh Kumar
BACKGROUND: Family Planning is the basic right of the human being. It involves decision regarding the number of children and desired space between children by the couple themselves. Quality services involving multiple dimensions build the confidence of the clients and lack of quality is one of the constraints behind incomplete coverage of family planning. Objectives of the current study were to determine the client satisfaction, decision-making process and various influences on clients in adopting family planning methods...
October 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330835/international-guidelines-for-groin-hernia-management
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INTRODUCTION: Worldwide, more than 20 million patients undergo groin hernia repair annually. The many different approaches, treatment indications and a significant array of techniques for groin hernia repair warrant guidelines to standardize care, minimize complications, and improve results. The main goal of these guidelines is to improve patient outcomes, specifically to decrease recurrence rates and reduce chronic pain, the most frequent problems following groin hernia repair. They have been endorsed by all five continental hernia societies, the International Endo Hernia Society and the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery...
January 12, 2018: Hernia: the Journal of Hernias and Abdominal Wall Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330596/cognitive-functioning-is-it-all-or-none
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Isabel M Introzzi, María M Richard S, Ana Comesaña, Ana García Coni
Under various circumstances, the cognitive system operates in a global manner that is not very precise and barely discriminatory. This form of operating has been described via a general principal that Diamond (Developmental Psychology 45:130-138, 2009) has denominated the All or None Hypothesis. This author has described a set of corollaries derived from this hypothesis that make it possible to verify it in each one of these domains. Although there is evidence of the global and non-discriminate way in which the cognitive system operates in populations of children, to date, there are no studies that have examined whether this mode of operation is also present in populations of adults...
January 12, 2018: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330472/amyloid-deposition-in-a-mouse-model-humanized-at-the-transthyretin-and-retinol-binding-protein-4-loci
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Xiangshun Li, Yanyi Lyu, Jingling Shen, Yanshuang Mu, Lixia Qiang, Li Liu, Kimi Araki, Bruno P Imbimbo, Ken-Ichi Yamamura, Shoude Jin, Zhenghua Li
Familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy is an autosomal dominant disorder caused by a point mutation in the transthyretin (TTR) gene. The process of TTR amyloidogenesis begins with rate-limiting dissociation of the TTR tetramer. Thus, the TTR stabilizers, such as Tafamidis and Diflunisal, are now in clinical trials. Mouse models will be useful to testing the efficacy of these drugs. Although several mouse models have been generated, they all express mouse Rbp4. Thus, human TTR associates with mouse RBP4, resulting in different kinetic and thermodynamic stability profiles of TTR tetramers...
January 12, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330436/blood-transcriptomics-of-captive-forest-musk-deer-moschus-berezovskii-and-possible-associations-with-the-immune-response-to-abscesses
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Xiaoning Sun, Ruibo Cai, Xuelin Jin, Aaron B A Shafer, Xiaolong Hu, Shuang Yang, Yimeng Li, Lei Qi, Shuqiang Liu, Defu Hu
Forest musk deer (Moschus berezovskii; FMD) are both economically valuable and highly endangered. A problem for FMD captive breeding programs has been the susceptibility of FMD to abscesses. To investigate the mechanisms of abscess development in FMD, the blood transcriptomes of three purulent and three healthy individuals were generated. A total of ~39.68 Gb bases were generated using Illumina HiSeq 4000 sequencing technology and 77,752 unigenes were identified after assembling. All the unigenes were annotated, with 63,531 (81...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330182/fluorescence-recovery-allows-the-implementation-of-a-fluorescence-reporter-gene-platform-applicable-for-the-detection-and-quantification-of-horizontal-gene-transfer-in-anoxic-environments
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Rafael Pinilla, Leise Riber, Søren J Sørensen
The study of horizontal gene transfer (HGT) in microbial communities has been revolutionized by significant advances in cultivation-independent methods based on fluorescence reporter gene technologies. Recently, the combination of these novel approaches with flow cytometry has presented itself as one of the most powerful tools to study the spread of mobile genetic elements (MGEs) in the environment. However, the use of fluorescent markers like green fluorescent protein (GFP) and mCherry is limited by environmental constraints that affect the correct maturation of their fluorophores, such as oxygen availability and pH levels...
January 12, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330179/influence-of-type-i-fimbriae-and-fluid-shear-stress-on-bacterial-behavior-and-multicellular-architecture-of-early-escherichia-coli-biofilms-at-single-cell-resolution
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Liyun Wang, Robert Keatch, Qi Zhao, John A Wright, Clare E Bryant, Anna L Redmann, Eugene M Terentjev
Biofilm formation on abiotic surfaces in food and medical industry can cause severe contamination and infection, yet how biological and physical factors determine cellular architecture of early biofilms and bacterial behavior of the constituent cells remains largely unknown. In this study we examine the specific role of type-I fimbriae in nascent stages of biofilm formation and the response of micro-colonies to environmental flow shear at single-cell resolution. The results show that type-I fimbriae are not required for reversible adhesion from plankton, but critical for irreversible adhesion of Escherichia coli (E...
January 12, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329710/hydride-generation-coupled-with-thioglycolic-acid-coated-gold-nanoparticles-as-simple-and-sensitive-headspace-colorimetric-assay-for-visual-detection-of-sb-iii
#15
Tesfaye Tolessa, Zhi-Qiang Tan, Jing-Fu Liu
Antimony (Sb) is a toxic element which causes different health problems including cardiac problems and lung cancer in humans, and its levels in surface water can be noticeably increased to 100 μg/L typically in the proximity of anthropogenic sources. Thus, besides instrumental techniques, it is of great significance to develop a simple, sensitive and selective analytical method for direct analysis of Sb(III) at trace level without the need of any expensive and/or complicated instrumentations and sample preparation processes...
April 3, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329671/localizing-two-acoustic-emission-sources-simultaneously-using-beamforming-and-singular-value-decomposition
#16
Tian He, Ying Xie, Yingchun Shan, Xiandong Liu
Aiming at the issue that the weak AE source is easy to be lost when localizing simultaneous two acoustic emission (AE) sources by the beamforming method (BFM), a novel method is developed based on beamforming and singular value decomposition (SVD). Firstly, the AE data and propagation characteristics of the two simultaneous AE sources with different frequency, different magnitude and different positions are obtained, and localization results by directly using the beamforming are investigated. Then SVD method is introduced to pre-process the signals from AE sources and solve the problem of missing location...
October 25, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329530/design-and-evaluation-of-a-mobile-application-to-assist-the-self-monitoring-of-the-chronic-kidney-disease-in-developing-countries
#17
Alvaro Sobrinho, Leandro Dias da Silva, Angelo Perkusich, Maria Eliete Pinheiro, Paulo Cunha
BACKGROUND: The chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a worldwide critical problem, especially in developing countries. CKD patients usually begin their treatment in advanced stages, which requires dialysis and kidney transplantation, and consequently, affects mortality rates. This issue is faced by a mobile health (mHealth) application (app) that aims to assist the early diagnosis and self-monitoring of the disease progression. METHODS: A user-centered design (UCD) approach involving health professionals (nurse and nephrologists) and target users guided the development process of the app between 2012 and 2016...
January 12, 2018: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329240/effective-data-driven-calibration-for-a-galvanometric-laser-scanning-system-using-binocular-stereo-vision
#18
Junchao Tu, Liyan Zhang
A new solution to the problem of galvanometric laser scanning (GLS) system calibration is presented. Under the machine learning framework, we build a single-hidden layer feedforward neural network (SLFN)to represent the GLS system, which takes the digital control signal at the drives of the GLS system as input and the space vector of the corresponding outgoing laser beam as output. The training data set is obtained with the aid of a moving mechanism and a binocular stereo system. The parameters of the SLFN are efficiently solved in a closed form by using extreme learning machine (ELM)...
January 12, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329096/water-contamination-by-endocrine-disruptors-impacts-microbiological-aspects-and-trends-for-environmental-protection
#19
REVIEW
Caren Leite Spindola Vilela, João Paulo Bassin, Raquel Silva Peixoto
Hormone active agents constitute a dangerous class of pollutants. Among them, those agents that mimic the action of estrogens on target cells and are part of the group of endocrine-disruptor compounds (EDCs) are termed estrogenic EDCs, the main focus of this review. Exposure to these compounds causes a number of negative effects, including breast cancer, infertility and animal hermaphroditism. However, especially in underdeveloped countries, limited efforts have been made to warn people about this serious issue, explain the methods of minimizing exposure, and develop feasible and efficient mitigation strategies at different levels and in various environments...
January 9, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329023/women-s-experiences-with-using-a-smartphone-app-the-pregnant-app-to-manage-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-in-a-randomised-controlled-trial
#20
Jeanette B Skar, Lisa M Garnweidner-Holme, Mirjam Lukasse, Laura Terragni
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) with controlling their blood glucose values and receiving health and nutrition information using a smartphone app (the Pregnant+ app). DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS: The study utilised the interpretative phenomenological analysis method. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 17 participants among those participating to the randomised controlled trial...
December 27, 2017: Midwifery
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