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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204875/repression-of-blade-on-petiole-genes-by-knox-homeodomain-protein-brevipedicellus-is-essential-for-differentiation-of-secondary-xylem-in-arabidopsis-root
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Natalie Woerlen, Gamalat Allam, Adina Popescu, Laura Corrigan, Véronique Pautot, Shelley R Hepworth
Repression of boundary genes by KNOTTED1-like homeodomain transcription factor BREVIPEDICELLUS promotes the differentiation of phase II secondary xylem in Arabidopsis roots. Plant growth and development relies on the activity of meristems. Boundaries are domains of restricted growth that separate forming organs and the meristem. Class I KNOX homeodomain transcription factors are important regulators of meristem maintenance. Members of this class including BREVIDICELLUS also called KNOTTED-LIKE FROM ARABIDOPSIS THALIANA1 (BP/KNAT1) fulfill this function in part by spatially regulating boundary genes...
February 15, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192090/optogenetic-control-of-ca-2-and-voltage-dependent-large-conductance-bk-potassium-channels
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Thomas Mager, Phillip G Wood, Ernst Bamberg
Ca(2+) concentration jumps for the activation of Ca(2+) dependent ion channels or transporters can be obtained either by fast solution exchange or the use of caged Ca(2+). Here we report on an alternate optogenetic method for activation of Ca(2+) and voltage dependent large conductance (BK) potassium channels. This was achieved through the use of the light-gated Ca(2+) permeable Channelrhodopsin 2 variant, CatCh, with enhanced Ca(2+) permeability, which produces locally [Ca(2+)] in the μM range on the inner side of the membrane, without significant [Ca(2+)] increase in the cytosol...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187341/beech-wood-fagus-sylvatica-dilute-acid-hydrolysate-as-a-feedstock-to-support-chlorella-sorokiniana-biomass-fatty-acid-and-pigment-production
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Krystian Miazek, Claire Remacle, Aurore Richel, Dorothee Goffin
This work evaluates the possibility of using beech wood (Fagus sylvatica) dilute-acid (H2SO4) hydrolysate as a feedstock for Chlorella sorokiniana growth, fatty acid and pigment production. Neutralized wood acid hydrolysate, containing organic and mineral compounds, was tested on Chlorella growth at different concentrations and compared to growth under phototrophic conditions. Chlorella growth was improved at lower loadings and inhibited at higher loadings. Based on these results, a 12% neutralized wood acid hydrolysate (Hyd12%) loading was selected to investigate its impact on Chlorella growth, fatty acid and pigment production...
January 25, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28171794/mechanical-characteristics-of-nanocellulose-peg-bionanocomposite-wound-dressings-in-wet-conditions
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Fengzhen Sun, Henriette R Nordli, Brita Pukstad, E Kristofer Gamstedt, Gary Chinga-Carrasco
Wood nanocellulose has been proposed for wound dressing applications partly based on its capability to form translucent films with good liquid absorption capabilities. Such properties are adequate for non-healing and chronic wounds where adequate management of exudates is a requirement. In addition, the translucency will allow to follow the wound development without the necessity to remove the dressing from the wound. Understanding the mechanical properties of nanocellulose films and dressings are also most important for tailoring optimizing wound dressing structures with adequate strength, conformability, porosity and exudate management...
January 31, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157639/distinguishing-real-from-fake-ivory-products-by-elemental-analyses-a-bayesian-hybrid-classification-method
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Kittisak Buddhachat, Janine L Brown, Chatchote Thitaram, Sarisa Klinhom, Korakot Nganvongpanit
As laws tighten to limit commercial ivory trading and protect threatened species like whales and elephants, increased sales of fake ivory products have become widespread. This study describes a method, handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) as a noninvasive technique for elemental analysis, to differentiate quickly between ivory (Asian and African elephant, mammoth) from non-ivory (bones, teeth, antler, horn, wood, synthetic resin, rock) materials. An equation consisting of 20 elements and light elements from a stepwise discriminant analysis was used to classify samples, followed by Bayesian binary regression to determine the probability of a sample being 'ivory', with complementary log log analysis to identify the best fit model for this purpose...
January 21, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151641/wood-graphene-oxide-composite-for-highly-efficient-solar-steam-generation-and-desalination
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Keng-Ku Liu, Qisheng Jiang, Sirimuvva Tadepalli, Ramesh Raliya, Pratim Biswas, Rajesh R Naik, Srikanth Singamaneni
Solar steam generation is a highly promising technology for harvesting solar energy, desalination and water purification. We introduce a novel bilayered structure comprised of wood and graphene oxide (GO) for highly efficient solar steam generation. The GO layer deposited on the microporous wood provides broad optical absorption and high photothermal conversion resulting in rapid increase in the temperature at the liquid surface. On the other hand, wood serves as a thermal insulator to confine the photothermal heat to the evaporative surface and to facilitate the efficient transport of water from the bulk to the photothermally-active space...
February 2, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150497/characterization-of-nanocellulose-using-small-angle-neutron-x-ray-and-dynamic-light-scattering-techniques
#7
Yimin Mao, Kai Liu, Chengbo Zhan, Lihong Geng, Benjamin Chu, Benjamin S Hsiao
Nanocellulose extracted from wood pulps using TEMPO (2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl radical)-mediated oxidation and sulfuric acid hydrolysis methods was characterized by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and dynamic light scattering (DLS) techniques. The dimensions of this nanocellulose (TEMPO-oxidized cellulose nanofiber (TOCN) and sulfuric acid hydrolyzed cellulose nanocrystal (SACN)) revealed by the different scattering methods were compared with those characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129429/can-niche-plasticity-promote-biodiversity-productivity-relationships-through-increased-complementarity
#8
Pascal A Niklaus, M Baruffol, J-S He, K Ma, B Schmid
Most experimental biodiversity-ecosystem functioning research to date has addressed herbaceous plant communities. Comparably little is known about how forest communities will respond to species losses, despite their importance for global biogeochemical cycling. We studied tree species interactions in experimental subtropical tree communities with 33 distinct tree species mixtures and one, two or four species. Plots were either exposed to natural light levels or shaded. Trees grew rapidly and were intensely competing above ground after 1...
January 27, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110147/self-photodegradation-of-formaldehyde-under-visible-light-by-solid-wood-modified-via-nanostructured-fe-doped-wo3-accompanied-with-superior-dimensional-stability
#9
Chengmin Sheng, Chao Wang, Hanwei Wang, Chunde Jin, Qingfeng Sun, Song Li
In this paper, solid wood with superior self-photodegradation of formaldehyde (HCHO) under visible-light was realized through a facile method at room temperature. Spherical Fe-doped WO3 nanostructured materials deposited on the wood substrate with diameters ranging from 100 to 150nm were mainly responsible for the self-photodegradation of formaldehyde. Fe-doped WO3 nanostructured materials were strongly adhered to wood surface through electrostatic and hydrogen bonding interactions. Additionally, the dimensional stability and the inherent anisotropic thickness swelling of wood were greatly improved and eliminated, respectively...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102671/structural-analysis-of-glycosylated-intact-hiv-1-gp120-b12-antibody-complex-using-hydroxyl-radical-protein-footprinting
#10
Xiaoyan Li, Oliver C Grant, Keigo Ito, Aaron Wallace, Shixia Wang, Peng Zhao, Lance Wells, Shan Lu, Robert J Woods, Joshua S Sharp
Glycoprotein gp120 is a surface antigen and virulence factor of the human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1). Broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) that are reactive to gp120 from a variety of HIV isolates offer hope for the development of broadly effective immunogens for vaccination purposes, if the interactions between gp120 and bNAbs can be understood. From a structural perspective, gp120 is a particularly difficult system due to its size, the presence of multiple flexible regions, and the large amount of glycosylation, all of which are important in gp120-bNAb interactions...
January 19, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095025/the-influence-of-personal-protection-equipment-occupant-body-size-and-restraint-system-on-the-frontal-impact-responses-of-hybrid-iii-atds-in-tactical-vehicles
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Lauren Wood Zaseck, Nichole Ritchie Orton, Rebekah Gruber, Jonathan Rupp, Risa Scherer, Matthew Reed, Jingwen Hu
OBJECTIVE: Although advanced restraint systems, such as seatbelt pretensioners, and load limiters, can provide improved occupant protection in crashes, such technologies are currently not utilized in military vehicles. The design and use of military vehicles presents unique challenges to occupant safety - including differences in compartment geometry and occupant clothing and gear - that make direct application of optimal civilian restraint systems to military vehicles inappropriate. For military vehicle environments, finite element (FE) modeling can be used to assess various configurations of restraint systems and determine the optimal configuration that minimizes injury risk to the occupant...
January 17, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091637/investigation-of-a-new-bis-carboxylate-triazole-based-anchoring-ligand-for-dye-solar-cell-chromophore-complexes
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Alessandro Sinopoli, Fiona A Black, Christopher J Wood, Elizabeth A Gibson, Paul I P Elliott
A novel anchoring ligand for dye-sensitised solar cell chromophoric complexes, 1-(2,2'-bipyrid-4-yl)-1,2,3-triazole-4,5-dicarboxylic acid (dctzbpy), is described. The new dye complexes [Ru(bpy)2(dctzbpy)][PF6]2 (AS16), [Ir(ppy)2(dctzbpy)][PF6] (AS17) and [Re(dctzbpy)(CO)3Cl] (AS18) were prepared in a two stage procedure with intermediate isolation of their diester analogues, AS16-Et2, AS17-Et2 and AS18-Et2 respectively. Electrochemical analysis of AS16-Et2, AS17-Et2 and AS18-Et2 reveal reduction potentials in the range -1...
January 16, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069205/study-of-a-laboratory-scaled-new-method-for-the-accelerated-continuous-ageing-of-wine-spirits-by-applying-ultrasound-energy
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M J Delgado-González, M M Sánchez-Guillén, M V García-Moreno, M C Rodríguez-Dodero, C García-Barroso, D A Guillén-Sánchez
During the ageing of brandies, many physicochemical processes take place involving the distilled spirit and the wood of the casks. Because of these reactions, the polyphenolic content of brandies and their content of organic acids increase with the ageing. These reactions are slow, and the ageing of high-quality brandies takes several years. In this paper, the development of a system that uses the circulation of the wine distillate through encapsulated American oak chips and the application of ultrasound energy with the aim of producing aged wine spirits has been carried out, and the influences of the operation variables over the characteristics of the produced drink have been measured...
May 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067568/improving-community-prescribing-of-post-fracture-denosumab-after-discharge
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Helen Wood, Harriet Lewis, Rachael Ward, Tarun Solanki, Prabhath Fernando
BACKGROUND: In the UK, denosumab is usually started by hospital clinicians and continued by primary care physicians in the community, but in the authors' region denosumab is a 'green light' drug, only prescribed by the primary care team. The authors suspected that a proportion of patients who were recommended to start the drug after a neck of femur fracture were not receiving this on discharge. They aimed to improve the prescribing of denosumab by implementing a quality improvement project...
January 2, 2017: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052116/functional-maturation-of-human-stem-cell-derived-neurons-in-long-term-cultures
#15
Rebecca S Lam, Felix M Töpfer, Phillip G Wood, Volker Busskamp, Ernst Bamberg
Differentiated neurons can be rapidly acquired, within days, by inducing stem cells to express neurogenic transcription factors. We developed a protocol to maintain long-term cultures of human neurons, called iNGNs, which are obtained by inducing Neurogenin-1 and Neurogenin-2 expression in induced pluripotent stem cells. We followed the functional development of iNGNs over months and they showed many hallmark properties for neuronal maturation, including robust electrical and synaptic activity. Using iNGNs expressing a variant of channelrhodopsin-2, called CatCh, we could control iNGN activity with blue light stimulation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040216/aboveground-autotrophic-respiration-in-a-spanish-black-pine-forest-comparison-of-scaling-methods-to-improve-component-partitioning
#16
E Martínez-García, T Dadi, E Rubio, F A García-Morote, M Andrés-Abellán, F R López-Serrano
Total wood CO2 efflux (Rw) varies vertically within individual trees, and leaves experience large variations in foliar respiration (Rf) rates over their life spans and during daily periods. Therefore, accurate sampling approaches are required to improve aboveground autotrophic respiration (RAa) estimations in stand-scale carbon cycling studies. We scaled-up Rw (comprising stem and branch CO2 efflux; ES and EB, respectively) and Rf from biometric and flux-chamber measurements taken between 2011 and 2013 in a Spanish black pine (Pinus nigra Arn...
December 28, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029526/measuring-the-transportation-needs-of-people-with-developmental-disabilities-a-means-to-social-inclusion
#17
Rania Wasfi, Madeleine Steinmetz-Wood, David Levinson
BACKGROUND: One of the major causes of social exclusion for people with developmental disability (PDD) is the inability to access different activities due to inadequate transportation services. OBJECTIVE: This research paper identifies transportation needs, and reasons for unmet, but desired untaken trips of adults with developmental disabilities in Hennepin County, Minnesota. We hypothesize that PDD cannot make trips they want to make due to personal and neighborhood characteristics...
October 20, 2016: Disability and Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028453/identification-and-characterization-of-daldinia-eschscholtzii-isolated-from-skin-scrapings-nails-and-blood
#18
Kee Peng Ng, Chai Ling Chan, Su Mei Yew, Siok Koon Yeo, Yue Fen Toh, Hong Keat Looi, Shiang Ling Na, Kok Wei Lee, Wai-Yan Yee, Chee Sian Kuan
BACKGROUND: Daldinia eschscholtzii is a filamentous wood-inhabiting endophyte commonly found in woody plants. Here, we report the identification and characterization of nine D. eschscholtzii isolates from skin scrapings, nail clippings, and blood. METHODS: The nine isolates were identified based on colony morphology, light microscopy, and internal transcribed spacer (ITS)-based phylogeny. In vitro antifungal susceptibility of the fungal isolates was evaluated by the Etest to determine the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC)...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027591/tm6sf2-rs58542926-impacts-lipid-processing-in-liver-and-small-intestine
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Elizabeth A O'Hare, Rongze Yang, Laura Yerges-Armstrong, Urmilla Sreenivasan, Rebecca McFarland, Carmen C Leitch, Meredith H Wilson, Shilpa Narina, Alexis Gorden, Kathy Ryan, Alan R Shuldiner, Steve A Farber, G Craig Wood, Christopher D Still, Glenn S Gerhard, Janet D Robishaw, Carole Sztalryd, Norann A Zaghloul
: The transmembrane 6 superfamily member 2 (TM6SF2) loss-of-function variant, rs58542926, is a genetic risk factor for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and progression to fibrosis, but is paradoxically associated with lower levels of hepatic-derived triglyceride-rich lipoproteins (TRLs). TM6SF2 is expressed predominately in liver and small intestine, sites for triglyceride rich lipoprotein biogenesis and export. In light of this, we hypothesized that TM6SF2 may exhibit analogous effects on both liver and intestine lipid homeostasis...
December 27, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006660/elastic-constant-determination-of-hardwoods-using-ultrasonic-insertion-technique
#20
Anis Nazihah Mat Daud, Rosly Jaafar, Shahrul Kadri Ayop, Mohd Ikhwan Hadi Yaacob, Md Supar Rohani
Ultrasonic insertion technique (IT) is an ultrasonic technique which involves sample immersion in a solution to determine its acoustic properties. IT is normally used to determine the acoustic properties of a medical phantom. We proposed the use of IT as an alternative technique to the common contact ultrasonic technique: through-transmission technique (TT) for determining the elastic constant of hardwoods in longitudinal, tangential and radial directions. The elastic constant of twelve rectangular-shaped Malaysian hardwoods from three different categories; heavy, medium and light with the density ranging from 602 to 992kgm(-3) were determined using IT and TT...
March 2017: Ultrasonics
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