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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107235/an-experimental-biomechanical-study-on-artificial-atlantoodontoid-joint-replacement-in-dogs
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Quanjin Zang, Yanming Liu, Dengfeng Wang, Haopeng Li, Pinglin Yang, Dong Wang, Xijing He
STUDY DESIGN: This study tested the biomechanics of artificial atlantoodontoid joint replacement (AAOJR) in a dog model. Dogs were divided into the artificial AAOJR group (n=10), the decompression group (n=10), and the healthy control group (n=10) using a random number table. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether the use of AAOJR for repair of atlantoaxial instability retains rotation and restores stability. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Atlantoaxial instability is characterized by excessive movement or laxity at the junction between the atlas (C1) and axis (C2)...
February 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102312/correlations-of-charge-neutrality-level-with-electronic-structure-and-p-d-hybridization
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Arkaprava Das, Subodh K Gautam, D K Shukla, Fouran Singh
The formation of charge neutrality level (CNL) in highly conducting Cadmium oxide (CdO) thin films is demonstarted by the observed variation in the band gap upon annealing and doping. It may be explained by the observation that Tin (Sn) doping breaks the perfect periodicity of CdO cubic crystal structure and creates virtual gap states (ViGS). The level of local CNL resides at the branch point of ViGS, making the energy at which native defect's character changes from predominantly donor-like below CNL to predominantly acceptor-like above the CNL and a schematic band diagram is developed to substantiate the same...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097503/blended-chitosan-paste-for-infection-prevention-preliminary-and-preclinical-evaluations
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Joel M Berretta, Jessica A Jennings, Harry S Courtney, Karen E Beenken, Mark S Smeltzer, Warren O Haggard
BACKGROUND: Local drug delivery devices offer a promising method for delivering vancomycin and amikacin for musculoskeletal wounds. However, current local delivery devices such as beads and sponges do not necessarily allow for full coverage of a wound surface with eluted antibiotics and do not address the need for reducing the antibiotic diffusion distance to help prevent contamination by bacteria or other microorganisms. We blended chitosan/polyethylene glycol (PEG) pastes/sponges to increase biocompatibility and improve antibiotic coverage within the wound...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065928/unveiling-the-osmophores-of-philodendron-adamantinum-araceae-as-a-means-to-understanding-interactions-with-pollinators
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Patrícia Gonçalves-Souza, Clemens Schlindwein, Stefan Dötterl, Elder Antônio Sousa Paiva
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Araceae species pollinated by nocturnal Cyclocephalini beetles attract their pollinators by inflorescence scents. In Philodendron, despite the intense odour, the osmophores exhibit no definite morphological identity, making them difficult to locate. This may explain why structural studies of the scent-releasing tissue are not available so far. METHODS: Several approaches were employed for locating and understanding the osmophores of Philodendron adamantinum A sensory test allowed other analyses to be restricted to fertile and sterile stamens as odour production sites...
January 8, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059097/fibrous-hamartoma-of-infancy-a-clinicopathologic-study-of-145-cases-including-2-with-sarcomatous-features
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Alyaa Al-Ibraheemi, Anthony Martinez, Sharon W Weiss, Harry P Kozakewich, Antonio R Perez-Atayde, Henry Tran, David M Parham, William R Sukov, Karen J Fritchie, Andrew L Folpe
Fibrous hamartoma of infancy is a rare soft tissue lesion of infants and young children with characteristic triphasic morphology, which typically occurs in the axilla and less commonly in other locations. We reviewed 145 cases of fibrous hamartoma of infancy from our consultation archives. Cases occurred in 106 males and 39 females (mean age-15 months; range-birth to 14 years), and involved both typical sites (eg, axilla/back/upper arm) (n=69) and unusual locations (n=76). Six were congenital. The tumors presented as subcutaneous masses and ranged from 0...
January 6, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044210/cobalt-complexes-as-internal-standards-for-capillary-zone-electrophoresis-mass-spectrometry-studies-in-biological-inorganic-chemistry
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Hannah U Holtkamp, Stuart J Morrow, Mario Kubanik, Christian G Hartinger
Run-by-run variations are very common in capillary electrophoretic (CE) separations and cause imprecision in both the migration times and the peak areas. This makes peak and kinetic trend identification difficult and error prone. With the aim to identify suitable standards for CE separations which are compatible with the common detectors UV, ESI-MS, and ICP-MS, the Co(III) complexes [Co(en)3]Cl3, [Co(acac)3] and K[Co(EDTA)] were evaluated as internal standards in the reaction of the anticancer drug cisplatin and guanosine 5'-monophosphate as an example of a classical biological inorganic chemistry experiment...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038688/biomechanical-evaluation-of-a-growth-friendly-rod-construct
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Sarah Galvis, Josh Arnold, Erin Mannen, Benjamin Wong, Hadley Sis, Eileen Cadel, John Anderson, Dennis Anderson, Paul Arnold, Elizabeth Friis
BACKGROUND: Distraction-type rods mechanically stabilize the thorax and improve lung growth and function by applying distraction forces at the rib, spine, pelvis, or a combination of locations. However, the amount of stability the rods provide and the amount the thorax needs is unknown. METHODS: Five freshly frozen and thawed cadaveric thoracic spine specimens were tested for lateral bending, flexion/extension, and axial rotation in displacement control (1°/sec) to a load limit of ±5 Nm for five cycles after which a growth-friendly unilateral rod was placed in a simulated rib-to-lumbar attachment along the right side...
January 2017: Spine Deformity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031499/mid-term-outcome-of-total-hip-arthroplasty-using-a-short-stem
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Rajesh Malhotra, Vijay Kumar
PURPOSE: To review the outcome of total hip arthroplasty (THA) using a short femoral stem in 33 hips. METHODS: Records of 33 hips in 20 men and 10 women aged 25 to 40 (mean, 30) years who underwent cementless THA using a short femoral stem by a single senior surgeon were reviewed. The diagnosis included avascular necrosis (n=9), ankylosing spondylitis (n=12), rheumatoid arthritis (n=7), posttraumatic arthritis (n=4), and Hurler syndrome (n=1). Clinical outcome was assessed using the Harris Hip Score...
December 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018177/heterocellular-contacts-with-mouse-brain-endothelial-cells-via-laminin-and-%C3%AE-6%C3%AE-1-integrin-sustain-subventricular-zone-svz-stem-progenitor-cells-properties
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Alexandra I Rosa, Sofia Grade, Sofia D Santos, Liliana Bernardino, Thomas C Chen, João Relvas, Florence M Hofman, Fabienne Agasse
Neurogenesis in the subventricular zone (SVZ) is regulated by diffusible factors and cell-cell contacts. In vivo, SVZ stem cells are associated with the abluminal surface of blood vessels and such interactions are thought to regulate their neurogenic capacity. SVZ neural stem cells (NSCs) have been described to contact endothelial-derived laminin via α6β1 integrin. To elucidate whether heterocellular contacts with brain endothelial cells (BEC) regulate SVZ cells neurogenic capacities, cocultures of SVZ neurospheres and primary BEC, both obtained from C57BL/6 mice, were performed...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994982/species-interactions-in-an-andean-bird-flowering-plant-network-phenology-is-more-important-than-abundance-or-morphology
#10
Oscar Gonzalez, Bette A Loiselle
Biological constraints and neutral processes have been proposed to explain the properties of plant-pollinator networks. Using interactions between nectarivorous birds (hummingbirds and flowerpiercers) and flowering plants in high elevation forests (i.e., "elfin" forests) of the Andes, we explore the importance of biological constraints and neutral processes (random interactions) to explain the observed species interactions and network metrics, such as connectance, specialization, nestedness and asymmetry. In cold environments of elfin forests, which are located at the top of the tropical montane forest zone, many plants are adapted for pollination by birds, making this an ideal system to study plant-pollinator networks...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987459/hollow-cross-linked-enzyme-aggregates-h-clea-of-laccase-with-high-uniformity-and-activity
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Le Truc Nguyen, Nianjia Seow, Kun-Lin Yang
Hollow cross-linked enzyme aggregates of laccase (h-CLEA laccase) can be prepared by employing a millifluidic reactor carrying two coaxial laminar flows. In a confluence zone where acetonitrile and an aqueous solution of laccase meet, diffusion of acetonitrile into the aqueous solution gives rise to rapid precipitation of laccase aggregates at the water/acetonitrile interface, as is evidenced by fluorescence images. By controlling the flow rates carefully in the laminar flow regions, h-CLEA laccase around 220±10nm can be obtained, and the size of the h-CLEA laccase increases with increasing flow rates of both solutions...
December 8, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986867/sucrose-transporter-localization-and-function-in-phloem-loading-and-unloading
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Ricky J Milne, Jai M Perroux, Anne L Rae, Anke Reinders, John M Ward, Christina E Offler, John William Patrick, Christopher P L Grof
How sucrose transporters (SUTs) regulate phloem unloading in monocot stems is poorly understood and particularly so for species storing high sucrose concentrations. To this end Sorghum bicolor SUTs, SbSUT1 and SbSUT5 were characterized, by determining their transport properties heterologously expressed in yeast or Xenopus oocytes, and their in planta cellular- and sub-cellular localization. The plasma membrane-localized SbSUT1 and SbSUT5 exhibited a strong selectivity for sucrose and high sucrose affinities in Xenopus oocytes at pH 5...
December 16, 2016: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982179/streptococcus-mutans-biofilm-influences-on-the-antimicrobial-properties-of-glass-ionomer-cements
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Suzana B P Fúcio, Andréia B de Paula, Janaina C O Sardi, Cristiane Duque, Lourenço Correr-Sobrinho, Regina M Puppin-Rontani
The aim of this study was to evaluate the in vitro antibacterial and biofilm inhibition properties of glass ionomer restorative cements. Ketac Nano, Vitremer, Ketac Molar Easymix and Fuji IX were analyzed using the following tests: a) agar plate diffusion test to evaluate the inhibitory activity of cements against S. mutans (n=8); b) S. mutans adherence test by counting colony-forming units after 2 h of material/bacteria exposure (n=10); c) biofilm wet weight after seven days of bacterial accumulation on material disks, with growth medium renewed every 48 h (n=10); d) pH and fluoride measurements from the medium aspired at 48 h intervals during the 7-day biofilm development (n=10)...
November 2016: Brazilian Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27959950/effects-of-sublethal-fungicides-on-mutation-rates-and-genomic-variation-in-fungal-plant-pathogen-sclerotinia-sclerotiorum
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B Sajeewa Amaradasa, Sydney E Everhart
Pathogen exposure to sublethal doses of fungicides may result in mutations that may represent an important and largely overlooked mechanism of introducing new genetic variation into strictly clonal populations, including acquisition of fungicide resistance. We tested this hypothesis using the clonal plant pathogen, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. Nine susceptible isolates were exposed independently to five commercial fungicides with different modes of action: boscalid (respiration inhibitor), iprodione (unclear mode of action), thiophanate methyl (inhibition of microtubulin synthesis) and azoxystrobin and pyraclostrobin (quinone outside inhibitors)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926989/targeting-gm-csf-in-epithelial-and-vascular-remodeling-in-experimental-eosinophilic-esophagitis
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Eóin N McNamee, Kathryn A Biette, Juliet Hammer, Rachel Harris, Heather Miyazawa, James J Lee, Glenn T Furuta, Joanne C Masterson
BACKGROUND: Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic antigen-mediated clinicopathologic disease of the esophagus characterized by an eosinophil-predominant inflammatory infiltrate. A clinical hallmark is extensive tissue remodeling including basal zone hyperplasia, fibrosis and angiogenesis. However, the cellular mechanisms responsible for these processes are not fully defined. We hypothesized that targeting GM-CSF (an agonist cytokine linked with eosinophil survival and activation) would be protective in a pre-clinical model of EoE...
December 7, 2016: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920365/maximizing-the-usefulness-of-statistical-classifiers-for-two-populations-with-illustrative-applications
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Daniel R Jeske, Steven Smith
The usefulness of two-class statistical classifiers is limited when one or both of the conditional misclassification rates is unacceptably high. Incorporating a neutral zone region into the classifier provides a mechanism to refer ambiguous cases to follow-up where additional information might be obtained to clarify the classification decision. Through the use of the neutral zone region, the conditional misclassification rates can be controlled and the classifier becomes useful. Three real-life examples, including applications to prostate cancer and kidney dysfunction following heart surgery, are used to illustrate how neutral zone regions can extract utility from disappointing classifiers that might otherwise be abandoned...
January 1, 2016: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916692/the-effects-of-bacteria-nanoparticles-interface-on-the-antibacterial-activity-of-green-synthesized-silver-nanoparticles
#17
Aftab Ahmad, Yun Wei, Fatima Syed, Kamran Tahir, Aziz Ur Rehman, Arifullah Khan, Sadeeq Ullah, Qipeng Yuan
Neutralization of bacterial cell surface potential using nanoscale materials is an effective strategy to alter membrane permeability, cytoplasmic leakage, and ultimate cell death. In the present study, an attempt was made to prepare biogenic silver nanoparticles using biomolecules from the aqueous rhizome extract of Coptis Chinensis. The biosynthesized silver nanoparticles were surface modified with chitosan biopolymer. The prepared silver nanoparticles and chitosan modified silver nanoparticles were cubic crystalline structures (XRD) with an average particle size of 15 and 20 nm respectively (TEM, DLS)...
January 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913843/molecular-evolution-in-historical-perspective
#18
Edna Suárez-Díaz
In the 1960s, advances in protein chemistry and molecular genetics provided new means for the study of biological evolution. Amino acid sequencing, nucleic acid hybridization, zone gel electrophoresis, and immunochemistry were some of the experimental techniques that brought about new perspectives to the study of the patterns and mechanisms of evolution. New concepts, such as the molecular evolutionary clock, and the discovery of unexpected molecular phenomena, like the presence of repetitive sequences in eukaryotic genomes, eventually led to the realization that evolution might occur at a different pace at the organismic and the molecular levels, and according to different mechanisms...
December 2016: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910389/overview-of-diagnostic-performance-and-results-for-the-first-operation-phase-in-wendelstein-7-x-invited
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M Krychowiak, A Adnan, A Alonso, T Andreeva, J Baldzuhn, T Barbui, M Beurskens, W Biel, C Biedermann, B D Blackwell, H S Bosch, S Bozhenkov, R Brakel, T Bräuer, B Brotas de Carvalho, R Burhenn, B Buttenschön, A Cappa, G Cseh, A Czarnecka, A Dinklage, P Drews, A Dzikowicka, F Effenberg, M Endler, V Erckmann, T Estrada, O Ford, T Fornal, H Frerichs, G Fuchert, J Geiger, O Grulke, J H Harris, H J Hartfuß, D Hartmann, D Hathiramani, M Hirsch, U Höfel, S Jabłoński, M W Jakubowski, J Kaczmarczyk, T Klinger, S Klose, J Knauer, G Kocsis, R König, P Kornejew, A Krämer-Flecken, N Krawczyk, T Kremeyer, I Książek, M Kubkowska, A Langenberg, H P Laqua, M Laux, S Lazerson, Y Liang, S C Liu, A Lorenz, A O Marchuk, S Marsen, V Moncada, D Naujoks, H Neilson, O Neubauer, U Neuner, H Niemann, J W Oosterbeek, M Otte, N Pablant, E Pasch, T Sunn Pedersen, F Pisano, K Rahbarnia, L Ryć, O Schmitz, S Schmuck, W Schneider, T Schröder, H Schuhmacher, B Schweer, B Standley, T Stange, L Stephey, J Svensson, T Szabolics, T Szepesi, H Thomsen, J-M Travere, H Trimino Mora, H Tsuchiya, G M Weir, U Wenzel, A Werner, B Wiegel, T Windisch, R Wolf, G A Wurden, D Zhang, A Zimbal, S Zoletnik
Wendelstein 7-X, a superconducting optimized stellarator built in Greifswald/Germany, started its first plasmas with the last closed flux surface (LCFS) defined by 5 uncooled graphite limiters in December 2015. At the end of the 10 weeks long experimental campaign (OP1.1) more than 20 independent diagnostic systems were in operation, allowing detailed studies of many interesting plasma phenomena. For example, fast neutral gas manometers supported by video cameras (including one fast-frame camera with frame rates of tens of kHz) as well as visible cameras with different interference filters, with field of views covering all ten half-modules of the stellarator, discovered a MARFE-like radiation zone on the inboard side of machine module 4...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893557/changes-in-upper-airway-volume-following-orthognathic-surgery
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Lillian Marcussen, Kasper Stokbro, Esben Aagaard, Peter Torkov, Torben Thygesen
Reduced volume of the internal skeletal dimensions of the face is 1 of the main causes of obstructive sleep apnea, and attention to patients' airways is necessary when planning orthognathic treatment. This study aims to describe changes in upper airway volume following virtually planned orthognathic surgery.A retrospective pilot study was designed with 30 randomly selected patients (10 men and 20 women, aged 23.1 ± 6.8 years, molar-relations: 15 neutral, 8 distal, and 7 mesial). Cone-beam computed tomography scans were performed before surgery and 1 week following surgery...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
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