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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110496/heterogenic-response-of-prokaryotes-toward-silver-nanoparticles-and-ions-is-facilitated-by-phenotypes-and-attachment-of-silver-aggregates-to-cell-surfaces
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Yuting Guo, Hans J Stärk, Gerd Hause, Matthias Schmidt, Hauke Harms, Lukas Y Wick, Susann Müller
Tons of anthropogenic silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are assumed to be released into the environment due to their use in many consumer products. AgNPs are known to be toxic toward microorganisms and thus may harm their specific functions in ecosystems. Here we explore the impact of AgNPs on functioning of single cells in microbial populations at doses typically found in anthropogenic environments. The response of single cells to AgNPs was analyzed by flow cytometry and using the fluorescent dyes propidium iodide and DiBAC4 (3) as markers for cell membrane disintegration and depolarization, respectively...
January 22, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100636/centriole-splitting-caused-by-loss-of-the-centrosomal-linker-protein-c-nap1-reduces-centriolar-satellite-density-and-impedes-centrosome-amplification
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Anne-Marie Flanagan, Elena Stavenschi, Shivakumar Basavaraju, David Gaboriau, David A Hoey, Ciaran G Morrison
Duplication of the centrosomes is a tightly regulated process. Abnormal centrosome numbers can impair cell division and cause changes in how cells migrate. Duplicated centrosomes are held together by a proteinaceous linker made up of rootletin filaments anchored to the centrioles by C-NAP1. This linker is removed in a NEK2A kinase-dependent manner as mitosis begins. To explore C-NAP1 activities in regulating centrosome activities, we used genome editing to ablate it. C-NAP1 null cells were viable and had an increased frequency of premature centriole separation, accompanied by reduced density of the centriolar satellites, with re-expression of C-NAP1 rescuing both these phenotypes...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097007/safety-assessment-in-rats-and-dogs-of-acoustic-cluster-therapy-a-novel-concept-for-ultrasound-mediated-targeted-drug-delivery
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Oddvar Myhre, Marie Bjørgan, Derek Grant, Svein-Olaf Hustvedt, Per C Sontum, Hubert Dirven
Acoustic Cluster Therapy (ACT) represents a novel concept for targeted drug delivery. Ultrasound is applied to activate intravenously administered free-flowing clusters of microbubbles and microdroplets within the target pathology, depositing 20-30 μm large bubbles in the microvasculature for 5-10 min. Further application of ultrasound induces biomechanical effects which increase vascular permeability and enhance localized extravasation of coadministered drugs. Herein we report investigations done to assess the preclinical safety of ACT, using doses up to 1 mL/kg (3 μL perfluoromethyl-cyclopentane/kg)...
December 2016: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087768/the-rice-paradox-multiple-origins-but-single-domestication-in-asian-rice
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Jae Young Choi, Adrian E Platts, Dorian Q Fuller, Yue-Ie Hsing, Rod A Wing, Michael D Purugganan
The origin of domesticated Asian rice (Oryza sativa) has been a contentious topic, with conflicting evidence for either single or multiple domestication of this key crop species. We examined the evolutionary history of domesticated rice by analyzing de novo assembled genomes from domesticated rice and its wild progenitors. Our results indicate multiple origins, where each domesticated rice subpopulation (japonica, indica, and aus) arose separately from progenitor O. rufipogon and/or O. nivara Coalescence-based modeling of demographic parameters estimate that the first domesticated rice population to split off from O...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072530/the-effect-of-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-on-the-multistate-species-distribution-of-3-methoxy-4-7-dihydroxyflavylium-discrimination-of-the-two-hemiketal-enantiomers
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Sandra Gago, Nuno Basílio, Alexandre Quintas, Fernando Pina
The effect of the β-cyclodextrin on the mole fraction distribution of the multistate species of the anthocyanins model compound, 3-methoxy-4',7-dihydroxyflavylium, was studied by NMR, stopped flow, circular dichroism and UV-Visible absorption spectroscopy. The formation of inclusion complexes with hemiketal and trans-chalcone, possessing transition dipole moments in a parallel orientation to the cyclodextrin n-fold axis, was unequivocally proved by means of the positive induced circular dichroism signal. The discrimination of the two hemiketal enantiomers was achieved by the splitting of 1H NMR peaks in the presence β-cyclodextrin...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065549/an-experimental-investigation-of-underwater-spread-of-oil-spill-in-a-shear-flow
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Hongjun Zhu, Jiahui You, Honglei Zhao
The time taken for spilt oil to appear firstly at the sea surface and its location are two key issues for emergency response. The underwater spread of oil spill in a shear flow was studied experimentally in a re-circulating water channel. The high speed imaging technology was employed to record the whole transport process of oil spilt from a leak of a submarine pipe to the surface. Based on the experimental results, three underwater transport types are identified, which are single droplet pattern (model A), linear chain pattern (model B) and oil plume pattern (model C), respectively...
January 5, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057645/optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-in-acute-non-arteritic-anterior-ischaemic-optic-neuropathy
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Sourabh Sharma, Marcus Ang, Raymond P Najjar, Chelvin Sng, Carol Y Cheung, Annadata V Rukmini, Leopold Schmetterer, Dan Milea
PURPOSE: To characterise vascular changes in eyes with acute non-arteritic anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy (NAION), using optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) imaging. METHODS: This hospital-based observational case-control study included included five patients with acute NAION (6 eyes), within 7 days after onset of symptoms and 19 age-matched healthy controls (19 eyes). OCT-A (RTVue XR 100; Optovue, Fremont, California, USA), covering a 4.5×4...
January 5, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049708/modeling-human-population-separation-history-using-physically-phased-genomes
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Shiya Song, Elzbieta Sliwerska, Sarah Emery, Jeffrey M Kidd
Phased haplotype sequences are a key component in many population genetic analyses since variation in haplotypes reflects the action of recombination, selection, and changes in population size. In humans, haplotypes are typically estimated from unphased sequence or genotyping data using statistical models applied to large reference panels. To assess the importance of correct haplotype phase on population history inference, we performed fosmid pool sequencing and resolved phased haplotypes of five individuals from diverse African populations (including Yoruba, Esan, Gambia, Maasai, and Mende)...
January 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043354/effect-of-sex-sorting-and-cryopreservation-on-the-post-thaw-sperm-quality-of-iberian-red-deer-spermatozoa
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L Anel-López, O García-Álvarez, I Parrilla, D Del Olmo, A Maroto-Morales, M R Fernandez-Santos, J A Ortiz, A J Soler, E M Martínez, J M Vazquez, J J Garde
This study investigated the effect of sex-sorting and cryopreservation on post-thaw characteristics and fertility of red deer (Cervus elaphus) sperm for the first time. Semen was collected by electroejaculation from 10 mature stags during the breeding season, and each ejaculate split into four experimental groups: Bulk sorted spermatozoa, sorted but not sexed (BSS); sorted high purity X-spermatozoa (XSS); sorted high purity Y-spermatozoa (YSS); and, control non-sorted spermatozoa (NS). Following, all samples were frozen over liquid nitrogen...
February 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032665/a-blueprint-for-full-collective-flood-risk-estimation-demonstration-for-european-river-flooding
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Francesco Serinaldi, Chris G Kilsby
Floods are a natural hazard evolving in space and time according to meteorological and river basin dynamics, so that a single flood event can affect different regions over the event duration. This physical mechanism introduces spatio-temporal relationships between flood records and losses at different locations over a given time window that should be taken into account for an effective assessment of the collective flood risk. However, since extreme floods are rare events, the limited number of historical records usually prevents a reliable frequency analysis...
December 29, 2016: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011286/recycling-of-rare-earth-particle-by-mini-hydrocyclones
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Jian-Feng Yu, Jian Fu, Hao Cheng, Zhengwei Cui
Mini-hydrocyclones were applied to separate the fine rare earth particles from the suspensions. The effects of the flow rate, split ratio, and feed concentration on the total separation efficiency and grade separation efficiency were studied. The combined effects of the flow rate (1200-1600L/h), split ratio (20-60%) and concentration (0.6-1.0wt%) on the total separation efficiency in mini-hydrocyclones were investigated using a response surface methodology. The optimum operating parameters for a total separation efficiency of 92...
December 20, 2016: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989674/non-junctional-e-cadherin-clusters-regulate-the-actomyosin-cortex-in-the-c-%C3%A2-elegans-zygote
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Anup Padmanabhan, Hui Ting Ong, Ronen Zaidel-Bar
Classical cadherins are well known for their essential function in mediating cell-cell adhesion via their extra-cellular cadherin domains and intra-cellular connections to the actin cytoskeleton [1-3]. There is evidence, however, of adhesion-independent cadherin clusters existing outside of cell-cell junctions [4-6]. What function, if any, these clusters have is not known. HMR-1, the sole classical cadherin in Caenorhabditis elegans, plays essential roles during gastrulation, blastomere polarity establishment, and epidermal morphogenesis [7-11]...
January 9, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27967020/splitting-nodes-and-linking-channels-a-method-for-assembling-biocircuits-from-stochastic-elementary-units
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Cameron Ferwerda, Ovidiu Lipan
Akin to electric circuits, we construct biocircuits that are manipulated by cutting and assembling channels through which stochastic information flows. This diagrammatic manipulation allows us to create a method which constructs networks by joining building blocks selected so that (a) they cover only basic processes; (b) it is scalable to large networks; (c) the mean and variance-covariance from the Pauli master equation form a closed system; and (d) given the initial probability distribution, no special boundary conditions are necessary to solve the master equation...
November 2016: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941530/short-term-effects-of-exercise-on-optic-nerve-and-macular-perfusion-measured-by-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography
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Maged Alnawaiseh, Larissa Lahme, Maximilian Treder, André Rosentreter, Nicole Eter
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of exercise on optic nerve and macular perfusion using optical coherence tomography angiography. METHODS: Thirteen eyes of 13 healthy volunteers were examined using a high-speed and high-resolution spectral-domain optical coherence tomography XR Avanti with a split-spectrum amplitude-decorrelation angiography algorithm. Blood pressure, heart rate, the mean area of the foveal avascular zone , and flow density on the optic nerve head and macula, before and after exercise were measured and analyzed...
December 9, 2016: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935087/a-multi-module-microfluidic-platform-for-continuous-pre-concentration-of-water-soluble-ions-and-separation-of-oil-droplets-from-oil-in-water-o-w-emulsions-using-a-dc-biased-ac-electrokinetic-technique
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Dhiman Das, Dinh-Tuan Phan, Yugang Zhao, Yuejun Kang, Vincent Chan, Chun Yang
A novel continuous flow microfluidic platform specifically designed for environmental monitoring of O/W emulsions during an aftermath of oil spills is reported herein. Ionized polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons which are toxic are readily released from crude oil to the surrounding water phase through the smaller oil droplets with enhanced surface area. Hence, a multi-module microfluidic device is fabricated to form ion enrichment zones in the water phase of O/W emulsions for the ease of detection and to separate micron-sized oil droplets from the O/W emulsions...
December 9, 2016: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925228/a-mock-circulatory-system-incorporating-a-compliant-3d-printed-anatomical-model-to-investigate-pulmonary-hemodynamics
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Paul G M Knoops, Giovanni Biglino, Alun D Hughes, Kim H Parker, Linzhang Xu, Silvia Schievano, Ryo Torii
A realistic mock circulatory system (MCS) could be a valuable in vitro testbed to study human circulatory hemodynamics. The objective of this study was to design a MCS replicating the pulmonary arterial circulation, incorporating an anatomically representative arterial model suitable for testing clinically relevant scenarios. A second objective of the study was to ensure the system's compatibility with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for additional measurements. A latex pulmonary arterial model with two generations of bifurcations was manufactured starting from a 3D-printed mold reconstructed from patient data...
December 7, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915978/cell-compatibility-of-an-eposimal-vector-mediated-by-the-characteristic-motifs-of-matrix-attachment-regions
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Tian-Yun Wang, Li Wang, Yu-Xin Yang, Chun-Peng Zhao, Yan-Long Jia, Qin Li, Jun-He Zhang, Yi-You Peng, Miao Wang, Hong-Yan Xu, Xiao-Yin Wang
The characteristic sequence of β-interferon matrix attachment regions (MARs) can mediate transgene expression via episomal vectors in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells. However, the host cells were from hamster ovaries, which are not suitable target cells for gene therapy. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the suitability of 12 different human cell lines as target cells for gene therapy. We transfected the cells with episomal vectors and obtained colonies stably expressing the vector products after G418 screening...
December 2, 2016: Current Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913440/optical-coherence-tomographic-angiography-of-choroidal-neovascularization-ill-defined-with-fluorescein-angiography
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Mehrdad Malihi, Yali Jia, Simon S Gao, Christina Flaxel, Andreas K Lauer, Thomas Hwang, David J Wilson, David Huang, Steven T Bailey
PURPOSE: To evaluate the morphological structure of ill-defined choroidal neovascularisation (CNV) with traditional fluorescein angiography (FA) compared with optical coherence tomographic angiography (OCTA). METHODS: A retrospective case series study of 11 eyes with ill-defined CNV on FA was performed. Eyes were scanned with commercially available spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) (70 000 A-scans/s). The split-spectrum amplitude-decorrelation angiography (SSADA) algorithm was used to distinguish blood flow from static tissue...
January 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910958/switchable-3d-optofluidic-y-branch-waveguides-tuned-by-dean-flows
#19
L Li, X Q Zhu, L Liang, Y F Zuo, Y S Xu, Y Yang, Y J Yuan, Q Q Huang
Optical branch waveguides are one of the most important optical elements and have been widely exploited for optical communication systems. However, prevailing devices are typically solid and have limit in tunability. Liquid optical devices have attracted more interest for the advantage of tunability of liquid media, but their signals suffer serious leakage if the refractive index (RI) of liquid is smaller than that of solid channels. This paper demonstrates the tunable three-dimensional (3D) optofluidic Y-branch waveguides in plannar microchannels by simply introducing Dean flow...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910412/dual-wavelength-imaging-of-a-scrape-off-layer-in-an-advanced-beam-driven-field-reversed-configuration
#20
D Osin, T Schindler
A dual wavelength imaging system has been developed and installed on C-2U to capture 2D images of a He jet in the Scrape-Off Layer (SOL) of an advanced beam-driven Field-Reversed Configuration (FRC) plasma. The system was designed to optically split two identical images and pass them through 1 nm FWHM filters. Dual wavelength images are focused adjacent on a large format CCD chip and recorded simultaneously with a time resolution down to 10 μs using a gated micro-channel plate. The relatively compact optical system images a 10 cm plasma region with a spatial resolution of 0...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
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