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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646780/sem-eds-and-optical-microscopy-analyses-of-microplastics-in-ocean-trawl-and-fish-guts
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Zhong-Min Wang, Jeff Wagner, Sutapa Ghosal, Gagandeep Bedi, Stephen Wall
Microplastic particles from Atlantic and Pacific Ocean trawls, lab-fed fish guts and ocean fish guts have been characterized using optical microscopy and SEM/EDS in terms of size, morphology, and chemistry. We assessed whether these measurements could serve as a rapid screening process for subsequent identification of the likely microplastic candidates by micro-spectroscopy. Optical microscopy enabled morphological classification of the types of particles or fibers present in the sample, as well as the quantification of particle size ranges and fiber lengths...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646146/optical-coherence-microscopy-as-a-novel-non-invasive-method-for-the-4d-live-imaging-of-early-mammalian-embryos
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Karol Karnowski, Anna Ajduk, Bartosz Wieloch, Szymon Tamborski, Krzysztof Krawiec, Maciej Wojtkowski, Maciej Szkulmowski
Imaging of living cells based on traditional fluorescence and confocal laser scanning microscopy has delivered an enormous amount of information critical for understanding biological processes in single cells. However, the requirement for a high numerical aperture and fluorescent markers still limits researchers' ability to visualize the cellular architecture without causing short- and long-term photodamage. Optical coherence microscopy (OCM) is a promising alternative that circumvents the technical limitations of fluorescence imaging techniques and provides unique access to fundamental aspects of early embryonic development, without the requirement for sample pre-processing or labeling...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646137/three-dimensional-multi-doped-porous-carbon-graphene-derived-from-sewage-sludge-with-template-assisted-fe-pillared-montmorillonite-for-enhanced-oxygen-reduction-reaction
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Meiqing Chen, Pingxiao Wu, Liya Chen, Shanshan Yang, Langfeng Yu, Yuefei Ding, Nengwu Zhu, Zhenqing Shi, Zehua Liu
Three-dimensional multi-doped porous carbon/graphene (Fe-Mt-SS-C) was prepared by carbonization of sewage sludge with template-assisted Fe-pillared montmorillonite. The material consisted of nanosheet- and particle- carbon had a high specific surface area (784.46 m(2)·g(-1)) and hierarchical porous structure of micro-, meso- and macropores. The prepared Fe-Mt-SS-C had a high degree of graphitization and large amount of defect atoms. The pyrolysis process made full use of the C, N, Fe, and S by turning them into the carbon framework of the as-obtained material in situ...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645676/a-journey-through-growth-plates-tracking-differences-in-morphology-and-regulation-between-the-spine-and-long-bones-in-a-pig-model
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Adalbert Raimann, Alireza Javanmardi, Monika Egerbacher, Gabriele Haeusler
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: The process of linear growth is driven by axial elongation of both long bones and vertebral bodies and accomplished by enchondral ossification. Differences in regulation between the two skeletal sites are mirrored clinically by the age course in body proportions. Whereas growth plates in long bones can easily be discriminated, vertebral growth plates are part of the cartilaginous endplate, which typically shows important species differences. PURPOSE: To describe and compare histological, histomorphometric and regulatory characteristics in the growth plates of the spine and long bones in a porcine model...
June 20, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645326/improving-visualization-of-4d-flow-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-with-four-dimensional-angiographic-data-generation-of-a-4d-phase-contrast-magnetic-resonance-cardioangiography-4d-pc-mrca
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Mariana Bustamante, Vikas Gupta, Carl-Johan Carlhäll, Tino Ebbers
Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) and Phase-Contrast MRA (PC-MRA) approaches used for assessment of cardiovascular morphology typically result in data containing information from the entire cardiac cycle combined into one 2D or 3D image. Information specific to each timeframe of the cardiac cycle is, however, lost in this process. This study proposes a novel technique, called Phase-Contrast Magnetic Resonance CardioAngiography (4D PC-MRCA), that utilizes the full potential of 4D Flow CMR when generating temporally resolved PC-MRA data to improve visualization of the heart and major vessels throughout the cardiac cycle...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645068/fracture-roughness-and-phase-transformation-in-cad-cam-milling-and-subsequent-surface-treatments-of-lithium-metasilicate-disilicate-glass-ceramics
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Abdur-Rasheed Alao, Richard Stoll, Xiao-Fei Song, John R Abbott, Yu Zhang, Jaafar Abduo, Ling Yin
This paper studied surface fracture, roughness and morphology, phase transformations, and material removal mechanisms of lithium metasilicate/disilicate glass ceramics (LMGC/LDGC) in CAD/CAM-milling and subsequent surface treatments. LMGC (IPS e.max CAD) blocks were milled using a chairside dental CAD/CAM milling unit and then treated in sintering, polishing and glazing processes. X-ray diffraction was performed on all processed surfaces. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was applied to analyse surface fracture and morphology...
June 15, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645035/ctab-induced-hierarchical-bismuth-microspheres-for-visible-light-photocatalytic-study
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Fengnan Zhang, Yan Zhao, Yawen Li, Gongjuan Wu, Jingzhe Zhao
Nanosheet constructed bismuth microspheres were prepared through an aqueous reduction approach in the presence of CTAB molecules, with initial formed BiOCl as the precursor and hydrazine hydrate as the reductant. The flower-like morphology and platelet units of BiOCl precursor determined the evolution of hierarchical Bi microspheres through a morphology-heredity process. Trisodium citrate was introduced to keep the Bi microspheres from oxidation, the high purity in composition are beneficial to eliminate the influence of bismuth oxides...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644607/electrochemical-exfoliation-of-graphite-in-aqueous-sodium-halide-electrolytes-towards-low-oxygen-content-graphene-for-energy-and-environmental-applications
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Jose Maria Munuera, Juan Ignacio Paredes, Marina Enterria, Ana Pagán, Silvia Villar-Rodil, Manuel Fernando R Pereira, J I Martins, José L Figueiredo, Jose Luis Cenis, Amelia Martinez-Alonso, Juan Manuel D Tascon
Graphene and graphene-based materials have shown great promise in many technological applications, but their large-scale production and processing by simple and cost-effective means still constitute significant issues in the path of their widespread implementation. Here, we investigate a straightforward method for the preparation of a ready-to-use and low oxygen content graphene material that is based on electrochemical (anodic) delamination of graphite in aqueous medium with sodium halides as the electrolyte...
June 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644154/acute-promyelocytic-leukemia-and-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-concomitant-presentation-of-two-molecularly-distinct-entities
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Jingdong Su, Diana Veillon, Rodney Shackelford, James Cotelingam, Hazem El-Osta, Glenn Mills, Reinhold Munker, Srinivas Devarakonda
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) developing in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is very uncommon and usually associated with prior treatment. Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) accounts for a very small proportion of treatment-associated AML. So far, there has been only one reported case of APL occurring post radiation for prostate cancer in a patient with CLL. We report herein the first case of APL and CLL presenting concomitantly in an untreated patient. Evaluation of peripheral blood and bone marrow aspirate with immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, and FISH to confirm two morphologically, molecularly and genetically distinct leukemic populations characteristic of APL and CLL is required...
May 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643946/activated-proline-rich-tyrosine-kinase-2-regulates-meiotic-spindle-assembly-in-the-mouse-oocyte
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Xiao-Qian Meng, Bing Cui, Dong Cheng, Hui Lyu, Li-Gang Jiang, Ke-Gang Zheng, Shu-Zhen Liu, Jie Pan, Cong Zhang, Jing Bai, Jun Zhou
Proline-rich tyrosine kinase 2 (PYK2), a member of the protein tyrosine kinase family, plays an important role in various cellular processes. PYK2 can be phosphorylated on tyrosine 402 by diverse stimuli at the cell surface, and recent studies have shown that this activated form of PYK2 is enriched in oocytes and required for fertilization. However, the subcellular localization and functions of activated PYK2 in oocytes remain elusive. In this study, we demonstrate that the localization of p-PYK2 undergoes dynamic changes during in vitro maturation of mouse oocytes...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643938/oral-application-of-a-periodontal-pathogen-impacts-serpine1-expression-and-pancreatic-islet-architecture-in-prediabetes
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V Ilievski, U G Bhat, S Suleiman-Ata, B A Bauer, P T Toth, S T Olson, T G Unterman, K Watanabe
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Epidemiological studies suggest a close association between periodontitis and prediabetes/insulin resistance (IR) but whether periodontitis causes prediabetes in humans is not known. Using various animal models, we have recently established that periodontitis can be an initiator of prediabetes, which is characterized by glucose intolerance, hyperinsulinemia and IR. In addition, our in vitro studies indicated that Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg) induced insulin secretion in MIN6 β cells and this induction was in part SerpinE1 (plasminogen activator inhibitor 1, PAI1) dependent...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Periodontal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643700/a-design-of-experiments-doe-approach-to-identify-the-influencing-parameters-that-determine-poly-d-l-lactic-acid-pdlla-electrospun-scaffold-morphologies
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Floor Agnes Andrea Ruiter, Cameron Alexander, Felicity Rose, Joel Segal
Electrospun fibrous materials have increasing applications in regenerative medicine due to the similarity of fibre constructs to the morphology of certain extracellular matrices. Although experimentally the electrospinning method is relatively simple, at the theoretical level the interactions between process parameters and their influence on the fibre morphology is not yet fully understood. Here, we hypothesised that a design of experiments (DoE) model could determine combinations of process parameters that result in significant effects on poly-D,L-lactic acid (PDLLA) fibre morphology...
June 23, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643379/tuning-the-inter-nanofibril-interaction-to-regulate-the-morphology-and-function-of-peptide-dna-co-assembled-viral-mimics
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Rong Ni, Ying Chau
The ability to tune the inter-subunit interaction within the virus capsid may be critical to assembly and biological function. This process has been extended here with peptide/DNA co-assembled viral mimics. The resulting co-assemblies, formed and stabilized by both DNA-peptide nanofibril and peptide nanofibril-nanofibril interactions, have been tuned through hydrophobic packing interactions of the peptide sequences. By strengthening peptide side chain complementarity and/or elongating the peptide chain (from 4 to 8 residues), we report strengthening the inter-nanofibril interaction to create stable nanococoons with high gene transfection efficacy...
June 22, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643345/mitochondrial-dynamics-in-the-regulation-of-neurogenesis-from-development-to-the-adult-brain
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REVIEW
Mireille Khacho, Ruth S Slack
Mitochondria are classically known to be the cellular energy producers, but a renewed appreciation for these organelles has developed with the accumulating discoveries of additional functions. The importance of mitochondria within the brain has been long known, particularly given the high-energy demanding nature of neurons. The energy demands imposed by neurons require the well-orchestrated morphological adaptation and distribution of mitochondria. Recent studies now reveal the importance of mitochondrial dynamics not only in mature neurons but also during neural development, particularly during the process of neurogenesis and neural stem cell fate decisions...
June 23, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643264/genome-editing-of-c-elegans
#15
Takuma Sugi
Caenorhabditis elegans, a 1 mm long free-living nematode, is a traditional model animal for genetic investigations of various biological processes. Characteristic features that make C. elegans a powerful model of choice for eukaryotic genetic studies include its rapid life cycle, well-annotated genome, simple morphology, and transparency. Recently, genome editing technologies have been increasingly used in C. elegans, thereby facilitating their genetic analyses. Here, I introduce a protocol frequently used in C...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642850/transcriptional-network-controlling-endochondral-ossification
#16
REVIEW
Kenji Hata, Yoshifumi Takahata, Tomohiko Murakami, Riko Nishimura
Endochondral ossification is the fundamental process of skeletal development in vertebrates. Chondrocytes undergo sequential steps of differentiation, including mesenchymal condensation, proliferation, hypertrophy, and mineralization. These steps, which are required for the morphological and functional changes in differentiating chondrocytes, are strictly regulated by a complex transcriptional network. Biochemical and mice genetic studies identified chondrogenic transcription factors critical for endochondral ossification...
May 2017: Journal of Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642715/elastin-like-protein-with-statherin-derived-peptide-controls-fluorapatite-formation-and-morphology
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Kseniya Shuturminska, Nadezda V Tarakina, Helena S Azevedo, Andrew J Bushby, Alvaro Mata, Paul Anderson, Maisoon Al-Jawad
The process of enamel biomineralization is multi-step, complex and mediated by organic molecules. The lack of cells in mature enamel leaves it unable to regenerate and hence novel ways of growing enamel-like structures are currently being investigated. Recently, elastin-like protein (ELP) with the analog N-terminal sequence of statherin (STNA15-ELP) has been used to regenerate mineralized tissue. Here, the STNA15-ELP has been mineralized in constrained and unconstrained conditions in a fluoridated solution...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642648/morphological-analysis-of-the-scapula-and-its-implications-in-bristow-latarjet-procedure
#18
Joana Daniela DE Oliveira Silva, Catarina Neves Damas, Márcia Christel DE Carvalho Sá, João Manuel Costa Ferreira Torres
OBJECTIVE: To assess which of two procedures, Bristow or Latarjet, is anatomically the most appropriate for the general population . METHODS: One thousand one hundred and thirty two shoulders were evaluated by an observer who measured the following coracoid process parameters - length, angle and minimum thickness - through Computed Tomography (CT) analysis. Statistical analysis was carried out by ANOVA and Bland-Altman tests . RESULTS: The mean length, angle and minimum thickness of the coracoid were 27...
January 2017: Acta Ortopedica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642622/self-assembled-cubic-boron-nitride-nanodots
#19
Alireza Khanaki, Zhongguang Xu, Hao Tian, Renjing Zheng, Zheng Zuo, Jian-Guo Zheng, Jianlin Liu
One of the low-dimensional Boron Nitride (BN) forms, namely, cubic-BN (c-BN) nanodots (NDs), offers a variety of novel opportunities in battery, biology, deep ultraviolet light emitting diodes, sensors, filters, and other optoelectronic applications. To date, the attempts towards producing c-BN NDs were mainly performed under extreme high-temperature/high-pressure conditions and resulted in c-BN NDs with micrometer sizes, mixture of different BN phases, and containing process-related impurities/contaminants...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642604/turning-the-tide-in-myelodysplastic-myeloproliferative-neoplasms
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REVIEW
Michael W N Deininger, Jeffrey W Tyner, Eric Solary
Myelodysplastic syndromes/myeloproliferative neoplasms (MDS/MPN) are aggressive myeloid malignancies recognized as a distinct category owing to their unique combination of dysplastic and proliferative features. Although current classification schemes still emphasize morphology and exclusionary criteria, disease-defining somatic mutations and/or germline predisposition alleles are increasingly incorporated into diagnostic algorithms. The developing picture suggests that phenotypes are driven mostly by epigenetic mechanisms that reflect a complex interplay between genotype, physiological processes such as ageing and interactions between malignant haematopoietic cells and the stromal microenvironment of the bone marrow...
June 23, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cancer
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