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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926989/targeting-gm-csf-in-epithelial-and-vascular-remodeling-in-experimental-eosinophilic-esophagitis
#1
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
#2
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...
December 5, 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
#3
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)...
December 1, 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913843/molecular-evolution-in-historical-perspective
#4
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882938/neutral-sphingomyelinase-smpd3-deficiency-disrupts-the-golgi-secretory-pathway-and-causes-growth-inhibition
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Wilhelm Stoffel, Ina Hammels, Bitta Jenke, Erika Binczek, Inga Schmidt-Soltau, Susanne Brodesser, Astrid Schauss, Julia Etich, Juliane Heilig, Frank Zaucke
Systemic loss of neutral sphingomyelinase (SMPD3) in mice leads to a novel form of systemic, juvenile hypoplasia (dwarfism). SMPD3 deficiency in mainly two growth regulating cell types contributes to the phenotype, in chondrocytes of skeletal growth zones to skeletal malformation and chondrodysplasia, and in hypothalamic neurosecretory neurons to systemic hypothalamus-pituitary-somatotropic hypoplasia. The unbiased smpd3-/- mouse mutant and derived smpd3-/- primary chondrocytes were instrumental in defining the enigmatic role underlying the systemic and cell autonomous role of SMPD3 in the Golgi compartment...
November 24, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862599/effects-of-image-plane-patient-positioning-and-foraminal-zone-on-magnetic-resonance-imaging-measurements-of-canine-lumbosacral-intervertebral-foramina
#8
Claudia Zindl, Russell L Tucker, Jelena Jovanovik, Constanza Gomez Alvarez, David Price, Noel Fitzpatrick
Degenerative lumbosacral stenosis has been suspected to have a dynamic component, especially regarding encroachment of the L7 nerve roots exiting the lumbosacral foramina. Angled cross-sectional imaging of the neuroforamina has been found improve the accuracy of the diagnosis of stenosis in humans. In this anatomic study, foraminal apertures were evaluated by MRI at the entry, middle, and exit zones of the nerve roots in 30 dogs that were clinically affected by lumbosacral disease. Standard vs. oblique planar orientation and neutral vs...
November 16, 2016: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859078/stress-ontogeny-and-movement-determine-the-relative-importance-of-facilitation-for-juvenile-mussels
#9
Kristin L de Nesnera
A number of ecological factors have been shown to influence the importance of positive interactions (i.e., facilitation) in nature, including environmental stress and ontogenetic effects, and many more are likely to emerge as facilitation research expands to new ecosystems and taxa. In this study, I used a combination of field surveys and experiments to explore the roles of stress, ontogeny, and organismal movement in determining the importance of mussel (Mytilus californianus) recruit facilitation in central California...
September 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852634/calibration-and-evaluation-of-quantitative-antibody-titers-for-measles-virus-using-the-bioplex-2200
#10
Todd F Hatchette, Heidi Scholz, Shelly Bolotin, Natasha S Crowcroft, Colleen Jackson, Elizabeth McLachlan, Alberto Severini
The BioPlex 2200 (Bio-Rad Laboratories, Hercules, Ca) is a rapid, automated platform, which can screen large numbers of specimens for antibodies to measles, mumps, rubella and varicella. Although approved for producing qualitative results, in this study we have validated the test (off-label) to allow reporting of quantitative results. To do this, we used the 3(rd) anti-measles WHO standard to generate a calibration curve that allowed relative fluorescence intensity to be translated into quantitative antibody titer (Antibody Units/mL (AU/mL))...
November 16, 2016: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826800/environmental-filtering-and-neutral-processes-shape-octocoral-community-assembly-in-the-deep-sea
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Andrea M Quattrini, Carlos E Gómez, Erik E Cordes
The ecological and evolutionary processes that interact to shape community structure are poorly studied in the largest environment on earth, the deep sea. Phylogenetic data and morphological traits of octocorals were coupled with environmental factors to test hypotheses of community assembly in the deep (250-2500 m) Gulf of Mexico. We found lineage turnover at a depth of 800-1200 m, with isidids and chrysogorgiids at deeper depths and a diversity of species from across the phylogeny occupying shallower depths...
November 8, 2016: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824976/using-a-modified-neutral-zone-technique-to-improve-the-stability-of-mandibular-complete-dentures-a-prospective-clinical-study
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Peter Rehmann, Anna Katharina Künkel, Daniel Weber, Ulrich Lotzmann, Bernd Wöstmann
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the improvement in mandibular complete dentures (MCD) stability using a modified neutral zone technique (MNZT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: For 21 patients who were dissatisfied with their primary MCD, MCDs were fabricated using the MNZT. RESULTS: Nearly all of the patients showed considerable improvement in oral health-related quality of life, and 85.7% of the patients stated an improvement in general denture stability and while chewing...
November 2016: International Journal of Prosthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793406/neutral-solute-transport-across-osteochondral-interface-a-finite-element-approach
#13
Vahid Arbabi, Behdad Pouran, Harrie Weinans, Amir A Zadpoor
Investigation of the solute transfer across articular cartilage and subchondral bone plate could nurture the understanding of the mechanisms of osteoarthritis (OA) progression. In the current study, we approached the transport of neutral solutes in human (slight OA) and equine (healthy) samples using both computed tomography and biphasic-solute finite element modeling. We developed a multi-zone biphasic-solute finite element model (FEM) accounting for the inhomogeneity of articular cartilage (superficial, middle and deep zones) and subchondral bone plate...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789613/grafted-neural-precursors-integrate-into-mouse-striatum-differentiate-and-promote-recovery-of-function-through-release-of-erythropoietin-in-mptp-treated-mice
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Stephana Carelli, Toniella Giallongo, Cristina Viaggi, Zuzana Gombalova, Elisa Latorre, Massimiliano Mazza, Francesca Vaglini, Anna Maria Di Giulio, Alfredo Gorio
Erythropoietin-releasing neural precursor cells (Er-NPCs) are a subclass of subventricular zone-derived neural progenitors, capable of surviving for 6 hr after death of donor. They present higher neural differentiation. Here, Er-NPCs were studied in animal model of Parkinson's disease. Dopaminergic degeneration was caused by 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine intraperitoneal administration in C57BL/6 mice. The loss of function was evaluated by specific behavioral tests. Er-NPCs (2.5 × 10(5)) expressing the green fluorescent protein were administered by stereotaxic injection unilaterally in the left striatum...
October 2016: ASN Neuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756005/kinematics-and-load-sharing-of-an-anterior-thoracolumbar-spinal-reconstruction-construct-with-peek-rods-an-in-vitro-biomechanical-study
#15
Ruozhou Zhou, Zhiping Huang, Xiang Liu, Jie Tong, Wei Ji, Sheting Liu, Qingan Zhu
BACKGROUND: Polyetheretherketone rod constructs provide adequate spinal stability. Kinematics and load sharing of anterior thoracolumbar reconstruction with polyetheretherketone rods under preload remains unknown. METHODS: Eight human cadaveric specimens (T11-L3) were subjected to a pure moment of 5.0Nm in flexion-extension, lateral bending and axial rotation, and flexion-extension with a compressive preload of 300N. An anterior reconstruction of L1 corpectomy was conducted with a surrogate bone graft and anterior rod constructs (polyetheretherketone or titanium rods)...
October 5, 2016: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27720635/isolated-effects-of-external-bath-osmolality-solute-concentration-and-electrical-charge-on-solute-transport-across-articular-cartilage
#16
Behdad Pouran, Vahid Arbabi, Amir A Zadpoor, Harrie Weinans
The metabolic function of cartilage primarily depends on transport of solutes through diffusion mechanism. In the current study, we use contrast enhanced micro-computed tomography to determine equilibrium concentration of solutes through different cartilage zones and solute flux in the cartilage, using osteochondral plugs from equine femoral condyles. Diffusion experiments were performed with two solutes of different charge and approximately equal molecular weight, namely iodixanol (neutral) and ioxaglate (charge=-1) in order to isolate the effects of solute's charge on diffusion...
October 6, 2016: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27699824/modeling-of-formation-and-prevention-of-a-pure-water-zone-in-capillary-isoelectric-focusing-with-narrow-ph-range-carrier-ampholytes
#17
Anna Takácsi-Nagy, Ferenc Kilár, Wolfgang Thormann
This paper comprises a continuation of computer simulation studies dealing with carrier ampholyte based CIEF in presence of narrow pH gradients. With this technique, amphoteric sample components with pI values outside the pH gradient are migrating isotachophoretically toward the cathode or anode whereas components with pI values within the gradient become focused. In order to understand the processes occurring in presence of the electric field, the behavior of both carrier ampholytes and amphoteric sample components is investigated by computer modeling...
October 4, 2016: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27693650/momp-from-campylobacter-jejuni-is-a-trimer-of-18-stranded-%C3%AE-barrel-monomers-with-a-ca-2-ion-bound-at-the-constriction-zone
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Luana G M Ferrara, Gregor D Wallat, Lucile Moynié, Naresh N Dhanasekar, Soumeya Aliouane, Silvia Acosta-Gutiérrez, Jean-Marie Pagès, Jean-Michel Bolla, Mathias Winterhalter, Matteo Ceccarelli, James H Naismith
The Gram-negative organism Campylobacter jejuni is the major cause of food poisoning. Unlike Escherichia coli, which has two major porins, OmpC and OmpF, C. jejuni has one, termed major outer membrane protein (MOMP) through which nutrients and antibiotics transit. We report the 2.1-Å crystal structure of C. jejuni MOMP expressed in E. coli and a lower resolution but otherwise identical structure purified directly from C. jejuni. The 2.1-Å resolution structure of recombinant MOMP showed that although the protein has timeric arrangement similar to OmpC, it is an 18-stranded, not 16-stranded, β-barrel...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27683707/effects-of-cement-augmentation-on-the-mechanical-stability-of-multilevel-spine-after-vertebral-compression-fracture
#19
Eelin Tan, Tian Wang, Matthew H Pelletier, William R Walsh
BACKGROUND: Studies on the effects of cement augmentation or vertebroplasty on multi-level spine after vertebral compression fractures are lacking. This paper seeks to establish a 3-vertebrae ovine model to determine the impact of compression fracture on spine biomechanics, and to discover if cement augmentation can restore mechanical stability to fractured spine. METHODS: Five lumbar spine segments (L1-L3) were obtained from 5-year-old female Merino sheep. Standardized wedge-compression fractures were generated in each L2 vertebra, and then augmented with polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) cement mixed with 30% barium sulphate powder...
June 2016: Journal of Spine Surgery (Hong Kong)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27673491/application-of-multiphysics-models-to-efficient-design-of-experiments-of-solute-transport-across-articular-cartilage
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Behdad Pouran, Vahid Arbabi, Harrie Weinans, Amir A Zadpoor
Transport of solutes helps to regulate normal physiology and proper function of cartilage in diarthrodial joints. Multiple studies have shown the effects of characteristic parameters such as concentration of proteoglycans and collagens and the orientation of collagen fibrils on the diffusion process. However, not much quantitative information and accurate models are available to help understand how the characteristics of the fluid surrounding articular cartilage influence the diffusion process. In this study, we used a combination of micro-computed tomography experiments and biphasic-solute finite element models to study the effects of three parameters of the overlying bath on the diffusion of neutral solutes across cartilage zones...
September 17, 2016: Computers in Biology and Medicine
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