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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324731/basement-membranes
#1
Ranjay Jayadev, David R Sherwood
Basement membranes (BMs) are thin, dense sheets of specialized, self-assembled extracellular matrix that surround most animal tissues (Figure 1, top). The emergence of BMs coincided with the origin of multicellularity in animals, suggesting that they were essential for the formation of tissues. Their sheet-like structure derives from two independent polymeric networks - one of laminin and one of type IV collagen (Figure 1, bottom). These independent collagen and laminin networks are thought to be linked by several additional extracellular matrix proteins, including nidogen and perlecan (Figure 1, bottom)...
March 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324727/lithium-vanadate-nanowires-reduced-graphene-oxide-nanocomposites-on-titanium-foil-with-super-high-capacities-for-lithium-ion-batteries
#2
Yunhe Cao, Danyang Chai, Zhiping Luo, Ming Jiang, Weilin Xu, Chuanxi Xiong, Shan Li, Hui Liu, Dong Fang
With a theoretically high capacity and suitable discharge/charge plateaus, lithium vanadates (such as Li0.04V2O5) can be used as cathode material for lithium ion batteries. Herein, Li0.04V2O5 nanowires are densely anchored onto reduced graphene oxide (rGO) nanosheets to form a Li0.04V2O5@rGO nanocomposite by a hydrothermal method with subsequent thermal treatment. Due to this unique structure, the Li0.04V2O5@rGO exhibits remarkable rate performance and excellent cycling stability. Specifically, it delivers a reversible discharge capacity of 738...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324243/fungal-keratitis-secondary-to-trametes-betulina-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
#3
Joshua S Hardin, Deanna A Sutton, Nathan P Wiederhold, James Mele, Sunali Goyal
PURPOSE: We report the first case of human infection and keratitis secondary to Trametes betulina, a rare filamentous fungus. METHODS: Clinical examination including external and slit-lamp examination and corneal scrapings with microbiologic evaluation were performed on a patient with chronic allergic conjunctivitis, entropion and a long-standing corneal ulcer resistant to treatment. RESULTS: The culture from the corneal scraping revealed a basidiomycetous fungus which was submitted for identification...
March 21, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323918/elucidating-the-role-of-the-desmosome-protein-p53-apoptosis-effector-related-to-pmp-22-perp-in-growth-hormone-tumors
#4
Katja Kiseljak-Vassiliades, Taylor S Mills, Yu Zhang, Mei Xu, Kevin O Lillehei, B K Kleinschmidt-DeMasters, Margaret E Wierman
Purpose: Densely granulated (DG) and sparsely granulated (SG) growth hormone (GH) pituitary adenomas differ in biological behavior which may be correlated with their known differences in cytoplasmic keratin distribution and E-cadherin expression. We desired to explore candidate genes which might further explain this behavior. Methods: Exon expression microarray was performed on 21 GH tumors (10 SG and 11 DG) and 20 normal control pituitaries from autopsy. Results: Bioinformatic analyses confirmed a differential molecular signature between normal pituitary and GH tumors as well as between the GH tumor subtypes...
February 9, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319992/organizational-and-community-factors-associated-with-magnet-status-of-u-s-hospitals
#5
Teresa Wai Chi Tai, Sherry I Bame
The Magnet Recognition Program for healthcare organizations promotes excellence in nursing services and professional practices. However, organizational and community characteristics that contribute to the adoption of Magnet status remain unexplained. Investigating organizational and community factors will help determine systematic structural and contextual dimensions of Magnet hospitals previously shown to be more cost-effective in comparison with non-Magnet hospitals. Using the baseline 2005 database of all Magnet hospitals in the United States, the authors selected a matched sample to determine key organizational and community characteristics associated with Magnet adoption while controlling for regional and local factors...
January 2017: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319608/cerebellar-granule-cells-acquire-a-widespread-predictive-feedback-signal-during-motor-learning
#6
Andrea Giovannucci, Aleksandra Badura, Ben Deverett, Farzaneh Najafi, Talmo D Pereira, Zhenyu Gao, Ilker Ozden, Alexander D Kloth, Eftychios Pnevmatikakis, Liam Paninski, Chris I De Zeeuw, Javier F Medina, Samuel S-H Wang
Cerebellar granule cells, which constitute half the brain's neurons, supply Purkinje cells with contextual information necessary for motor learning, but how they encode this information is unknown. Here we show, using two-photon microscopy to track neural activity over multiple days of cerebellum-dependent eyeblink conditioning in mice, that granule cell populations acquire a dense representation of the anticipatory eyelid movement. Initially, granule cells responded to neutral visual and somatosensory stimuli as well as periorbital airpuffs used for training...
March 20, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319366/magnetic-printing-of-a-biosensor-inexpensive-rapid-sensing-to-detect-picomolar-amounts-of-antigen-with-antibody-functionalized-carbon-nanotubes
#7
Abdel Rahman Abdel Fattah, Ahmed M Abdalla, Sarah Mishriki, Elvira Meleca, Fei Geng, Suvojit Ghosh, Ishwar K Puri
When an antibody (Ab) is immobilized on its surface, a carbon nanotube (CNT) becomes a biosensor that detects the corresponding antigen (Ag) since Ag-Ab complexes formed on the CNT surface moderate the current flow through it. We synthesize a biological ink containing CNTs that are twice functionalized, first with magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) and thereafter with the anti-c-Myc monoclonal Ab. The ink is pipetted and dynamically self organized by an external magnetic field into a dense electrically conducting sensor strip that measures the decrease in current when a sample containing c-Myc Ag is deposited on it...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319303/synthesis-of-indoles-and-pyrroles-utilizing-iridium-carbenes-generated-from-sulfoxonium-ylides
#8
Janakiram Vaitla, Annette Bayer, Kathrin H Hopmann
Metal carbenes can undergo a myriad of synthetic transformations. Sulfur ylides are potential safe precursors of metal carbenes. Herein, we report cascade reactions that involve carbenoids derived from sulfoxonium ylides for the efficient and regioselective synthesis of indoles and pyrroles. The tandem action of iridium and Brønsted acid catalysts enables rapid assembly of the heterocycles from unmodified anilines or readily accessible enamines under microwave irradiation. The key mechanistic steps are the catalytic transformation of the sulfoxonium ylide into an iridium-carbene complex, followed by N-H or C-H functionalization of an aniline or enamine, respectively, and a final acid-catalyzed cyclization...
March 20, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319274/intraoperative-optical-coherence-tomography-for-soft-tissue-sarcoma-differentiation-and-margin-identification
#9
Kelly J Mesa, Laura E Selmic, Paritosh Pande, Guillermo L Monroy, Jennifer Reagan, Jonathan Samuelson, Elizabeth Driskell, Joanne Li, Marina Marjanovic, Eric J Chaney, Stephen A Boppart
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Sarcomas are rare but highly aggressive tumors, and local recurrence after surgical excision can occur in up to 50% cases. Therefore, there is a strong clinical need for accurate tissue differentiation and margin assessment to reduce incomplete resection and local recurrence. The purpose of this study was to investigate the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) and a novel image texture-based processing algorithm to differentiate sarcoma from muscle and adipose tissue...
March 20, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318975/a-large-and-consistent-phylogenomic-dataset-supports-sponges-as-the-sister-group-to-all-other-animals
#10
Paul Simion, Hervé Philippe, Denis Baurain, Muriel Jager, Daniel J Richter, Arnaud Di Franco, Béatrice Roure, Nori Satoh, Éric Quéinnec, Alexander Ereskovsky, Pascal Lapébie, Erwan Corre, Frédéric Delsuc, Nicole King, Gert Wörheide, Michaël Manuel
Resolving the early diversification of animal lineages has proven difficult, even using genome-scale datasets. Several phylogenomic studies have supported the classical scenario in which sponges (Porifera) are the sister group to all other animals ("Porifera-sister" hypothesis), consistent with a single origin of the gut, nerve cells, and muscle cells in the stem lineage of eumetazoans (bilaterians + ctenophores + cnidarians). In contrast, several other studies have recovered an alternative topology in which ctenophores are the sister group to all other animals (including sponges)...
March 8, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318544/stereolithography-a-new-method-for-processing-dental-ceramics-by-additive-computer-aided-manufacturing
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Marion Dehurtevent, Lieven Robberecht, Jean-Christophe Hornez, Anthony Thuault, Etienne Deveaux, Pascal Béhin
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare the physical and mechanical properties of stereolithography (SLA)- manufactured alumina ceramics of different composition to those of subtractive- manufactured ceramics and to produce suitable dental crown frameworks. METHODS: The physical and mechanical properties of a control and six experimental SLA ceramics prepared from slurries with small (S) and large (L) particles (0.46±0.03 and 1.56±0.04μm, respectively) and three dry matter contents (70%, 75%, 80%) were evaluated by dynamic rheometry, hydrostatic weighing, three3-point flexural strength measurements, and Weibull analyses, and by the micrometrics measurement of shrinkage ratio before and after the heat treatments...
March 16, 2017: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318506/assessment-of-disease-extent-on-contrast-enhanced-mri-in-breast-cancer-detected%C3%A2-at-digital-breast-tomosynthesis-versus%C3%A2-digital-mammography-alone
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A V Chudgar, E F Conant, S P Weinstein, B M Keller, M Synnestvedt, P Yamartino, E S McDonald
AIM: To compare the utility of breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in determining the extent of disease in patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer detected on combination digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) versus digital screening mammography (DM). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Review of 24,563 DBT-screened patients and 10,751 DM-screened patients was performed. Two hundred and thirty-five DBT patients underwent subsequent MRI examinations; 82 to determine extent of disease after newly diagnosed breast cancer...
March 16, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318270/prediction-of-stable-ground-state-lithium-polyhydrides-under-high-pressures
#13
Yangmei Chen, Hua Y Geng, Xiaozhen Yan, Yi Sun, Qiang Wu, Xiangrong Chen
Hydrogen-rich compounds are important for understanding the dissociation of dense molecular hydrogen, as well as searching for room temperature Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) superconductors. A recent high pressure experiment reported the successful synthesis of novel insulating lithium polyhydrides above 130 GPa. However, the results are in sharp contrast to a previous theoretical prediction by the PBE functional that around this pressure range all lithium polyhydrides (LiHn (n = 2-8)) should be metallic...
March 20, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317928/complete-diastereodivergence-in-asymmetric-1-6-addition-reactions-enabled-by-minimal-modification-of-a-chiral-catalyst
#14
Daisuke Uraguchi, Ken Yoshioka, Takashi Ooi
Catalytic systems that allow selective generation of any diastereomer of a reaction product bearing multiple stereocentres through minimal modification of a single catalyst scaffold remain elusive, particularly for carbon-carbon bond formations requiring simultaneous control of multiple selectivity factors. Here, we report a catalyst-directed pinpoint inversion of diastereochemical preference in the 1,6-addition of azlactones to δ-aryl dienyl carbonyl compounds with full control over other selectivities preserved...
March 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317888/direct-evidence-of-lack-of-colocalisation-of-fluorescently-labelled-gold-labels-used-in-correlative-light-electron-microscopy
#15
Benjamin T Miles, Alexander B Greenwood, David Benito-Alifonso, Hugh Tanner, M Carmen Galan, Paul Verkade, Henkjan Gersen
Fluorescently labelled nanoparticles are routinely used in Correlative Light Electron Microscopy (CLEM) to combine the capabilities of two separate microscope platforms: fluorescent light microscopy (LM) and electron microscopy (EM). The inherent assumption is that the fluorescent label observed under LM colocalises well with the electron dense nanoparticle observed in EM. Herein we show, by combining single molecule fluorescent imaging with optical detection of the scattering from single gold nanoparticles, that for a commercially produced sample of 10 nm gold nanoparticles tagged to Alexa-633 there is in fact no colocalisation between the fluorescent signatures of Alexa-633 and the scattering associated with the gold nanoparticle...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317858/near-infrared-photoluminescent-carbon-nanotubes-for-imaging-of-brown-fat
#16
Masako Yudasaka, Yohei Yomogida, Minfang Zhang, Takeshi Tanaka, Masako Nakahara, Norihiko Kobayashi, Yuko Okamatsu-Ogura, Ken Machida, Kazuhiko Ishihara, Kumiko Saeki, Hiromichi Kataura
Near-infrared photoluminescent single-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are expected to provide effectual bio-imaging tools, although, as yet, only limited applications have been reported. Here, we report that CNTs coated with an amphiphilic and biocompatible polymer, poly(2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine-co-n-butyl methacrylate; PMB), generate high-quality images of brown fat. Brown fat is a heat-productive adipose tissue, which is attracting increasing attention as a new therapeutic target for obesity-associated metabolic disorders...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317558/dose-dense-chemotherapy-for-front-line-ovarian-cancer-treatment-the-price-is-right
#17
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Thomas J Herzog, David E Cohn
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April 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316891/urban-forests-sustain-diverse-carrion-beetle-assemblages-in-the-new-york-city-metropolitan-area
#18
Nicole A Fusco, Anthony Zhao, Jason Munshi-South
Urbanization is an increasingly pervasive form of land transformation that reduces biodiversity of many taxonomic groups. Beetles exhibit a broad range of responses to urbanization, likely due to the high functional diversity in this order. Carrion beetles (Order: Coleoptera, Family: Silphidae) provide an important ecosystem service by promoting decomposition of small-bodied carcasses, and have previously been found to decline due to forest fragmentation caused by urbanization. However, New York City (NYC) and many other cities have fairly large continuous forest patches that support dense populations of small mammals, and thus may harbor relatively robust carrion beetle communities in city parks...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316753/a-resting-eeg-study-of-neocortical-hyperexcitability-and-altered-functional-connectivity-in-fragile-x-syndrome
#19
Jun Wang, Lauren E Ethridge, Matthew W Mosconi, Stormi P White, Devin K Binder, Ernest V Pedapati, Craig A Erickson, Matthew J Byerly, John A Sweeney
BACKGROUND: Cortical hyperexcitability due to abnormal fast-spiking inhibitory interneuron function has been documented in fmr1 KO mice, a mouse model of the fragile X syndrome which is the most common single gene cause of autism and intellectual disability. METHODS: We collected resting state dense-array electroencephalography data from 21 fragile X syndrome (FXS) patients and 21 age-matched healthy participants. RESULTS: FXS patients exhibited greater gamma frequency band power, which was correlated with social and sensory processing difficulties...
2017: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316390/sem-studies-on-acanthocephalan-parasite-echinorhynchus-veli-infecting-the-fish-synaptura-orientalis-bl-sch-1801
#20
S H Sheema, M V John, P V George
Echinorhynchus veli (George and Nadakal, 1978), an acanthocephalid worm infesting the estuarine flat fish, Synaptura orientalis, was collected from the Veli lake, Kerala. The parasite was recovered from the intestine of the host fish. The detailed surface morphology was studied with the help of scanning electron microscope. The study revealed a cylindrical, medially swollen proboscis with a flat apex, backward directed hooks, each with smooth surface, broad base, pointed tip and an epidermal elevation at the point of insertion...
March 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
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