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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532836/follicular-dynamics-ovarian-vascularity-and-luteal-development-in-mares-with-early-or-late-postpartum-ovulation
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Kleber Menegon Lemes, Luciano Andrade Silva, Maria Augusta Alonso, Eneiva Carla Carvalho Celeghini, Guilherme Pugliesi, Henrique Fulaneti Carvalho, Fernanda Jordão Affonso, Daniela Franco Silva, Ticiano Guimarães Leite, Rubens Paes de Arruda
Follicular development and deviation processes during the postpartum period are not completely known in horses. Thus, we aimed to study the characteristics of follicular dynamics and ovarian vascular perfusion during the postpartum period in mares that demonstrated estrous behavior and had early (<10 days) or late (≥10 days) postpartum ovulation. Ten mares were scanned daily by transrectal ultrasonography from the first day postpartum (d1) to the sixteenth day after the first postpartum ovulation (D0 = ovulation)...
July 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530789/insight-into-charge-separation-in-wo3-bivo4-heterojunction-for-solar-water-splitting
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Sang Youn Chae, Chang Soo Lee, Hyejin Jung, Oh-Shim Joo, Byoung Koun Min, Jong Hak Kim, Yun Jeong Hwang
The WO3/BiVO4 heterojunction has shown promising photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting activity based on its charge transfer and light absorption capability, and notable enhancement of the photocurrent has been achieved via morphological modification of WO3. We developed a graft copolymer-assisted protocol for the synthesis of WO3 mesoporous thin films on a transparent conducting electrode, wherein the particle size, particle shape, and thickness of the WO3 layer were controlled by tuning the interactions in the polymer/sol-gel hybrid...
May 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522839/fast-diffusion-of-domesticated-maize-to-temperate-zones
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Xiaolong Li, Yinqiao Jian, Chuanxiao Xie, Jun Wu, Yunbi Xu, Cheng Zou
Adaptation to a temperate climate was a prerequisite for the spread of maize across a broad geographical range. To explicitly explore the demographic process underlying maize adaptation, we used a diffusion-based method to model the differentiation between temperate and tropical populations using the Non-Stiff Stalk group as a proxy for temperate maize. Based on multiple sequential Markovian coalescent approaches, we estimate that tropical and temperate maize diverged approximately 3'000 to 5'000 years ago and the population size shrank after the split...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515658/flow-visualisation-of-a-normal-shock-impinging-over-a-rounded-contour-bump-in-a-mach-1-3-free-stream
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Kin Hing Lo, Konstantinos Kontis
ABSTRACT: An experimental study has been conducted to visualise the instantaneous streamwise and spanwise flow patterns of a normal shock wave impinging over a rounded contour bump in a Mach 1.3 free-stream. A quartz-made transparent shock generator was used, so that instantaneous images could be captured during the oil-flow visualisation experiments. Fluorescent oil with three different colours was used in the surface oil-flow visualisation experiment to enhance the visualisation of flow mixing and complicated flow features that present in the flow field...
2017: Journal of Visualization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513151/acoustophoretic-mobility-and-its-role-in-optimizing-acoustofluidic-separations
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Philip Stephen Williams, Michel Martin, Mauricio Hoyos
In the separation sciences, sample species are separated according to their physicochemical properties, the nature of the selective field, and, if present, the properties of the medium in which they are dissolved or suspended. Separations may be carried out on a continuous basis in microfluidic devices or split-flow thin channel (SPLITT) devices by selectively transporting species in a direction transverse to the direction of flow of the suspending fluid. Separation is achieved in the so-called transport mode according to relative differences in mobility of the species under the influence of the applied field...
May 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504262/density-structure-of-earth-s-lowermost-mantle-from-stoneley-mode-splitting-observations
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Paula Koelemeijer, Arwen Deuss, Jeroen Ritsema
Advances in our understanding of Earth's thermal evolution and the style of mantle convection rely on robust seismological constraints on lateral variations of density. The large-low-shear-wave velocity provinces (LLSVPs) atop the core-mantle boundary beneath Africa and the Pacific are the largest structures in the lower mantle, and hence severely affect the convective flow. Here, we show that anomalous splitting of Stoneley modes, a unique class of free oscillations that are perturbed primarily by velocity and density variations at the core-mantle boundary, is explained best when the overall density of the LLSVPs is lower than the surrounding mantle...
May 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500229/isolation-by-distance-and-isolation-by-environment-contribute-to-population-differentiation-in-protea-repens-proteaceae-l-a-widespread-south-african-species
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Rachel Prunier, Melis Akman, Colin T Kremer, Nicola Aitken, Aaron Chuah, Justin Borevitz, Kent E Holsinger
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: The Cape Floristic Region (CFR) of South Africa is renowned for its botanical diversity, but the evolutionary origins of this diversity remain controversial. Both neutral and adaptive processes have been implicated in driving diversification, but population-level studies of plants in the CFR are rare. Here, we investigate the limits to gene flow and potential environmental drivers of selection in Protea repens L. (Proteaceae L.), a widespread CFR species. METHODS: We sampled 19 populations across the range of P...
May 12, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499813/red-blood-cell-aggregate-flux-in-a-bifurcating-microchannel
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E Kaliviotis, D Pasias, J M Sherwood, S Balabani
Red blood cell aggregation plays a key role in microcirculatory flows, however, little is known about the transport characteristics of red blood cell aggregates in branching geometries. This work reports on the fluxes of red blood cell aggregates of various sizes in a T-shaped microchannel, aiming to clarify the effects of different flow conditions in the outlet branches of the channel. Image analysis techniques, were utilised, and moderately aggregating human red blood cell suspensions were tested in symmetric (∼50-50%) and asymmetric flow splits through the two outlet (daughter) branches...
May 9, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499654/hybrid-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-using-avalon-elite-double-lumen-cannula-ensures-adequate-heart-brain-oxygen-supply
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Ju Zhao, Dongfang Wang, Cherry Ballard-Croft, Jingkun Wang, Po-Lin Hsu, Matthew Bacchetta, Joseph B Zwischenberger
BACKGROUND: Differential hypoxia exists in peripheral venoarterial (VA) extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) patients with compromised lungs, causing hypoxic damage to heart or brain. We proposed an Avalon Elite (Maquet, Rastatt, Germany) double lumen cannula-based hybrid ECMO to add a venovenous (VV) blood flow into the pulmonary circulation onto the existing VA ECMO circuit to increase oxygen saturation in the left ventricle and ascending aorta, mitigating heart/brain hypoxia...
May 9, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493437/extended-axial-imaging-range-widefield-swept-source-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography
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Gangjun Liu, Jianlong Yang, Jie Wang, Yan Li, Pengxiao Zang, Yali Jia, David Huang
We developed a high-speed, swept source OCT system for widefield OCT angiography (OCTA) imaging. The system has an extended axial imaging range of 6.6 mm. An electrical lens is used for fast, automatic focusing. The recently developed split-spectrum amplitude and phase-gradient angiography allow high-resolution OCTA imaging with only two B-scan repetitions. An improved post-processing algorithm effectively removed trigger jitter artifacts and reduced noise in the flow signal. We demonstrated high contrast 3 mm×3 mm OCTA image with 400×400 pixels acquired in 3 seconds and high-definition 8 mm×6 mm and 12 mm×6 mm OCTA images with 850×400 pixels obtained in 4 seconds...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490631/a-split-luciferase-complementation-real-time-reporting-assay-enables-monitoring-of-the-disease-associated-transmembrane-protein-trem2-in-live-cells
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Megan M Varnum, Kevin A Clayton, Asuka Yoshii-Kitahara, Grant Yonemoto, Lacin Koro, Seiko Ikezu, Tsuneya Ikezu
Triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells 2 (TREM2) is a single transmembrane molecule uniquely expressed in microglia. TREM2 mutations are genetically linked to Nasu-Hakola disease and associated with multiple neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's disease (AD). TREM2 may regulate microglial inflammation and phagocytosis through coupling to the adaptor protein, TYRO protein tyrosine kinase binding protein (TYROBP). However, there is no functional system for monitoring this protein-protein interaction...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474382/the-role-of-angled-tip-microcatheter-and-microsphere-injection-velocity-in-liver-radioembolization-a-computational-particle-hemodynamics-study
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Jorge Aramburu, Raúl Anton, Alejandro Rivas, Juan Carlos Ramos, Bruno Sangro, José Ignacio Bilbao
Liver radioembolization is a promising treatment option for combating liver tumors. It is performed by placing a microcatheter in the hepatic artery and administering radiation-emitting microspheres through the arterial bloodstream so that they get lodged in the tumoral bed. In avoiding nontarget radiation, the standard practice is to conduct a pretreatment, in which the microcatheter location and injection velocity are decided. However, between pretreatment and actual treatment some of the parameters that influence the particle distribution in the liver can vary, resulting in radiation-induced complications...
May 4, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458724/online-fluorescence-anisotropy-immunoassay-for-monitoring-insulin-secretion-from-islets-of-langerhans
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Adrian M Schrell, Nikita Mukhitov, Lian Yi, Joel E Adablah, Joshua Menezes, Michael G Roper
Insulin secretion from islets of Langerhans is a dynamic process that is essential for maintaining glucose homeostasis. The ability to measure dynamic changes in insulin levels upon glucose stimulation from single islets will allow testing of therapeutics and investigating mechanisms of defective secretion observed in metabolic diseases. Most approaches to date for measurement of rapid changes in insulin levels rely on separations, making the assays difficult to translate to non-specialist laboratories. To enable rapid measurements of secretion dynamics from a single islet in a manner that will be more suitable for transfer to non-specialized laboratories, a microfluidic online fluorescence anisotropy immunoassay was developed...
January 7, 2017: Analytical Methods: Advancing Methods and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442132/gas-chromatography-with-diode-array-detection-in-series-with-flame-ionisation-detection
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Ronda Gras, Jim Luong, Robert A Shellie
We introduce a gas chromatography detection approach that uses diode array detection operated in series with flame ionisation detection and demonstrate the utility of the detection approach for determination of volatile organic compounds. Diode array detection brings ultraviolet - visible spectroscopy (over a range of 190-640nm) onto the capillary gas chromatography time-scale, where average peak widths of analytes are on the order of 3-5s. The non-destructive nature of the diode array detector affords serially-coupled flame ionisation detection...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439074/how-to-test-for-partially-predictable-chaos
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Hendrik Wernecke, Bulcsú Sándor, Claudius Gros
For a chaotic system pairs of initially close-by trajectories become eventually fully uncorrelated on the attracting set. This process of decorrelation can split into an initial exponential decrease and a subsequent diffusive process on the chaotic attractor causing the final loss of predictability. Both processes can be either of the same or of very different time scales. In the latter case the two trajectories linger within a finite but small distance (with respect to the overall extent of the attractor) for exceedingly long times and remain partially predictable...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427597/intentional-percutaneous-laceration-of%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-anterior-mitral-leaflet-to-prevent%C3%A2-outflow%C3%A2-obstruction-during-transcatheter-mitral-valve-replacement-first-in-human%C3%A2-experience
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Vasilis C Babaliaros, Adam B Greenbaum, Jaffar M Khan, Toby Rogers, Dee Dee Wang, Marvin H Eng, William W O'Neill, Gaetano Paone, Vinod H Thourani, Stamatios Lerakis, Dennis W Kim, Marcus Y Chen, Robert J Lederman
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to use a new catheter technique to split the anterior mitral valve leaflet (AML) and prevent iatrogenic left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction immediately before transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR). BACKGROUND: LVOT obstruction is a life-threatening complication of TMVR, caused by septal displacement of the AML. METHODS: The procedure was used in patients with severe mitral valve disease and prohibitive surgical risk...
April 24, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392414/micro-flow-imaging-as-a-quantitative-tool-to-assess-size-and-agglomeration-of-plga-microparticles
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Miranda M C van Beers, Cees Slooten, Jelte Meulenaar, Ahmad S Sediq, Ruud Verrijk, Wim Jiskoot
The purpose of this study was to explore the potential of flow imaging microscopy to measure particle size and agglomeration of poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microparticles. The particle size distribution of pharmaceutical PLGA microparticle products is routinely determined with laser diffraction. In our study, we performed a unique side-by-side comparison between MFI 5100 (flow imaging microscopy) and Mastersizer 2000 (laser diffraction) for the particle size analysis of two commercial PLGA microparticle products, i...
April 6, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391837/continuous-fraction-collection-of-gas-chromatographic-separations-with-parallel-mass-spectrometric-detection-applied-to-cell-based-bioactivity-analysis
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Willem Jonker, Jan B Stöckl, Sjaak de Koning, Jaap Schaap, Govert W Somsen, Jeroen Kool
We describe the development and evaluation of a GC-MS fractionation platform that combines high-resolution fraction collection of full chromatograms with parallel MS detection. A y-split at the column divides the effluent towards the MS detector and towards an inverted y-piece where vaporized trap solvent is infused. The latter flow is directed outside the GC oven allowing subsequent condensation and stepwise collection of liquid fractions with trapped analytes on a 384-well plate. For study and optimization of the effluent split ratio, restriction capillaries of different lengths and diameters were evaluated...
June 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389673/split-gated-point-contact-for-electrostatic-confinement-of-transport-in-mos2-h-bn-hybrid-structures
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Chithra H Sharma, Madhu Thalakulam
Electrostatically defined nanoscale devices on two-dimensional semiconductor heterostructures are the building blocks of various quantum electrical circuits. Owing to its atomically flat interfaces and the inherent two-dimensional nature, van der Waals heterostructures hold the advantage of large-scale uniformity, flexibility and portability over the conventional bulk semiconductor heterostructures. In this letter we show the operation of a split-gate defined point contact device on a MoS2/h-BN heterostructure, the first step towards realizing electrostatically gated quantum circuits on van der Waals semiconductors...
April 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389175/validation-of-a-multi-analyte-panel-with-cell-bound-complement-activation-products-for-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Thierry Dervieux, John Conklin, Jo-Anne Ligayon, Leilani Wolover, Tyler O'Malley, Roberta Vezza Alexander, Arthur Weinstein, Claudia A Ibarra
BACKGROUND: We describe the analytical validation of an assay panel intended to assist clinicians with the diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The multi-analyte panel includes quantitative assessment of complement activation and measurement of autoantibodies. METHODS: The levels of the complement split product C4d bound to erythrocytes (EC4d) and B-lymphocytes (BC4d) (expressed as mean fluorescence intensity [MFI]) are measured by quantitative flow cytometry, while autoantibodies (inclusive of antinuclear and anti-double stranded DNA antibodies) are determined by immunoassays...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
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