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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793172/on-the-autonomous-motion-of-active-drops-or-bubbles
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Yuri S Ryazantsev, Manuel G Velarde, Eduardo Guzman, Ramón G Rubio, Francisco Ortega, Juan-Jose Montoya
Thermo-capillary stresses on the surface of a drop can be the result of a non-isothermal surface chemical conversion of a reactant dissolved in the host fluid. The strength of heat production (with e.g. absorption) on the surface is ruled by the diffusion of the reactant and depends on the state of motion of the drop. Such thermo-capillary stresses can provoke the motion of the drop or its motionless state in the presence of an external body force. If in the balance of forces, including indeed viscous drag, the net resultant force vanishes there is the possibility of autonomous motion with constant velocity of the drop...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793158/botulinum-toxin-type-a-affects-mechanics-of-non-injected-antagonistic-rat-muscles
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Filiz Ateş, Can A Yucesoy
Botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A) effects on the mechanics of non-injected antagonistic muscles are unknown. The aim was to test the following hypotheses in a rat model: BTX-A injected into gastrocnemius medialis (GM) and lateralis (GL) (1) decreases forces of the antagonistic tibialis anterior (TA) and extensor digitorum longus (EDL), (2) reduces length range of force exertion and (3) increases passive forces of the TA, and (4) changes inter-antagonistic and inter-synergistic epimuscular myofascial force transmission (EMFT)...
May 17, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793067/performance-and-methane-fermentation-characteristics-of-a-pilot-scale-anaerobic-membrane-bioreactor-anmbr-for-treating-pharmaceutical-wastewater-containing-m-cresol-mc-and-iso-propyl-alcohol-ipa
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Zhaobo Chen, Xue Li, Dongxue Hu, Yubo Cui, Fuguang Gu, Fuquan Jia, Tingting Xiao, Haiyan Su, Jiao Xu, Haixu Wang, Pan Wu, Ying Zhang, Na Jiang
In this study, a pilot scale anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) was operated for 80 days to treat pharmaceutical wastewater containing m-cresol (MC) and iso-propyl alcohol (IPA). The aim of the study is to investigate the performance and methane fermentation characteristics of AnMBR at different hydraulic retention time (HRT) (48, 36, 24, 18 and 12 h). The average total removal efficiencies of MC and IPA were 95%, 96% during the 80 days, which demonstrated that the AnMBR system performed well in the MC and IPA removal...
May 11, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792716/options-to-improve-the-quality-of-kidney-grafts-from-expanded-criteria-donors-experimental-study
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J Molacek, V Opatrný, V Treska, R Matejka, O Hes
INTRODUCTION: There is a worldwide discrepancy between the number of donors and the number of organs needed for transplantation, leading to certain expansion of criteria, resulting in acceptance of donor organs. This means that organs with worse parenchymal qualities may be harvested for transplantation. One possibility, how to ameliorate the quality of these organs, is to change the concept of their preservation during cold ischemia or even after sudden circulatory arrest, prior to the collection of the organ itself...
2018: Rozhledy V Chirurgii: Měsíčník Československé Chirurgické Společnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792413/conductive-metal-organic-frameworks-as-ion-to-electron-transducers-in-potentiometric-sensors
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Lukasz Mendecki, Katherine A Mirica
This paper describes an unexplored property of conductive metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as ion-to-electron transducers in the context of potentiometric detection. Several conductive two-dimensional MOF analogues were drop-cast onto a glassy carbon electrode and then covered with an ion-selective membrane to form a potentiometric sensor. The resulting devices exhibited excellent sensing properties toward anions and cations, characterized by a near-Nernstian response and over 4 orders of magnitude linear range...
May 24, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792147/crystal-structure-of-mistletoe-lectin-i-ml-i-from-viscum-album-in-complex-with-4-n-furfurylcytosine-at-2-85-%C3%A3-resolution
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Malik Shoaib Ahmad, Saima Rasheed, Sven Falke, Binish Khaliq, Markus Perbandt, M Iqbal Choudhary, Wojciech T Markiewicz, Jan Barciszewski, Christian Betzel
BACKGROUND: Viscum album (the European mistletoe) is a semi-parasitic plant, which is of high medical interest. It is widely found in Europe, Asia and North America. It contains at least three distinct lectins (i.e. ML-I, II, and III), varying in molecular mass and specificity. Among them ML-I is in focus of medical research for various activities, including anti-cancer activities. To understand the molecular basis for such medical applications a few studies have already addressed the structural and functional analysis of ML-I in complex with ligands...
May 23, 2018: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792031/the-composition-in-the-interface-between-clay-mineral-surfaces-and-divalent-cation-electrolytes
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Stanislav Jelavić, A Rath Nielsen, S L S Stipp, N Bovet
The interfacial free energy of a solid, which determines its adsorption properties, depends on interactions between the surface and the fluid. A change in surface composition can completely change the behaviour of the solid. Decades of work have explored adsorption and its effects at solid-fluid interfaces from the macroscopic perspective and using molecular modelling so the concept of the electric double layer (EDL) is well established in the community. However, direct, molecular level, experimental observations of the composition within the interface region, and its change with time and conditions, is not abundant...
May 23, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791881/effect-of-methane-partial-pressure-on-the-performance-of-a-membrane-biofilm-reactor-coupling-methane-dependent-denitrification-and-anammox
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Chen Cai, Shihu Hu, Xueming Chen, Bing-Jie Ni, Jiaoyang Pu, Zhiguo Yuan
Complete nitrogen removal has recently been demonstrated by integrating anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) and denitrifying anaerobic methane oxidation (DAMO) processes. In this work, the effect of methane partial pressure on the performance of a membrane biofilm reactor (MBfR) consisting of DAMO and anammox microorganisms was evaluated. The activities of DAMO archaea and DAMO bacteria in the biofilm increased significantly with increased methane partial pressure, from 367 ± 9 and 58 ± 22 mg-N L-1 d-1 to 580 ± 12 and 222 ± 22 mg-N L-1 d-1 , respectively, while the activity of anammox bacteria only increased slightly, when the methane partial pressure was elevated from 0...
May 20, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791760/neopterin-7-8-dihydroneopterin-is-elevated-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-patients-and-protects-mdx-skeletal-muscle-function
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Angus Lindsay, Alexandra Schmiechen, Christopher M Chamberlain, James M Ervasti, Dawn A Lowe
Macrophage infiltration is a hallmark of dystrophin-deficient muscle. We tested the hypothesis that Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) patients would have elevated levels of the macrophage synthesized pterins, neopterin and 7,8-dihydroneopterin compared to unaffected age-matched controls. Urinary neopterin/creatinine and 7,8-dihydroneopterin/creatinine were elevated in DMD patients and 7,8-dihydroneopterin/creatinine was associated with patient age and ambulation. 7,8-dihydroneopterin correction with specific gravity was also elevated in DMD patients...
May 23, 2018: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791477/functional-characterization-of-oxazolone-induced-colitis-and-survival-improvement-by-vagus-nerve-stimulation
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Elisa Meroni, Nathalie Stakenborg, Pedro J Gomez-Pinilla, Gert De Hertogh, Gera Goverse, Gianluca Matteoli, Simon Verheijden, Guy E Boeckxstaens
BACKGROUND: Oxazolone-induced colitis has been frequently used in literature as a model of IBD, but insights into the underlying immune response and pathological features are surprisingly still very limited. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) has proven to be effective in innate and Th1/Th17 predominant inflammatory models, including pre-clinical models of colitis, however to what extent VNS is also effective in ameliorating Th2-driven colitis remains to be studied. In the present study, we therefore further characterized the immune response in oxazolone-induced colitis and investigated the potential therapeutic effect of VNS...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791456/multi-species-suppression-of-herbivores-through-consumptive-and-non-consumptive-effects
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Kathryn S Ingerslew, Deborah L Finke
Most studies investigating the importance of non-consumptive interactions for herbivore suppression focus on pairwise interactions between one predator and one prey, ignoring any community context. Further, the potential for non-consumptive interactions to arise between herbivores and non-enemy organisms is commonly overlooked. We investigated the relative contributions of consumptive and non-consumptive effects to aphid suppression by a wasp assemblage containing both enemies and non-enemies. We examined the suppression of two aphid species with different defensive strategies, pea aphids (Acyrthosiphon pisum), which drop from their host plant to the ground, and green peach aphids (Myzus persicae), which remain on the plant and merely walk away...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791401/investigation-of-index-change-in-compression-molding-of-as-40-se-50-s-10-chalcogenide-glass
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Lin Zhang, Wenchen Zhou, Neil J Naples, Allen Y Yi
Chalcogenide glasses are emerging as alternative materials for low-cost and high-volume glass molding processes for infrared optics. In precision glass molding, it is well documented that the refractive index variation in the molded elements can lead to substantial amounts of aberrations. The variation has such a significant effect that the optical designs with molded lenses need to be carefully considered and compensated for index variation to achieve targeted optical performance. This research is aimed to evaluate the refractive index change of a chalcogenide glass during the molding process by both finite element method-based simulation and optical experiment...
May 20, 2018: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791340/design-of-a-delayed-xor-phase-detector-for-an-optical-phase-locked-loop-toward-high-speed-coherent-laser-communication
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Yang Liu, Shoufeng Tong, Shuai Chang, Yansong Song, Yan Dong, Xin Zhao, Zhe An, Fuwan Yu
Optical phase-locked loops are an effective detection method in high-speed and long-distance laser communication. Although this method can detect weak signal light and maintain a small bit error rate, it is difficult to perform because identifying the phase difference between the signal light and the local oscillator accurately has always been a technical challenge. Thus, a series of studies is conducted to address this issue. First, a delayed exclusive or gate (XOR) phase detector with multi-level loop compound control is proposed...
May 10, 2018: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791260/assessment-of-the-power-required-for-optimal-use-of-current-inhalation-devices
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Gerhard Pohlmann, Jens M Hohlfeld, Peter Haidl, Jelena Pankalla, Rolf Michael Cloes
BACKGROUND: Inhalation of medications is the cornerstone in the treatment of patients with lung diseases. A variety of inhalation devices exists and each device has specific requirements to achieve optimum inhalation of the drug. The goal of this study was to establish a clear overview on performance requirements of standard inhalation devices that should be met by the patient's breathing power and to develop a new method to measure the individual performance data. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An optimum and still acceptable required breathing power (P in watts) was calculated for each device with the aid of individual device flow rates (determined by a literature search) and the flow resistances (by measuring the pressure drop over the different inhalation devices)...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790739/universal-coatings-based-on-zwitterionic-dopamine-copolymer-microgels
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Mohammad Vatankhah-Varnoosfaderani, Xiaobo Hu, Qiaoxi Li, Hossein Adelnia, Maria Ina, Sergei S Sheiko
Multifunctional coatings that adhere to chemically-distinct substrates are vital in many industries, including automotive, aerospace, shipbuilding, construction, petrochemical, biomedical and pharmaceutical. We design well-defined, nearly monodisperse microgels that integrate hydrophobic dopamine methacrylamide (Dopamine-MA) monomers and hydrophilic zwitterionic monomers. The dopamine functionalities operate as both intra-particle crosslinkers and interfacial binders, respectively providing mechanical strength of the coatings and their strong adhesion to different substrates...
May 23, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790571/-epidemiology-of-alzheimer-s-disease-and-other-dementias
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REVIEW
J Garre-Olmo
INTRODUCTION: Dementia is a clinical syndrome resulting from a number of causations and which is usually accompanied by progressive and diffuse brain dysfunction. The different subtypes are characterised by a clinical picture with common symptoms that differ in terms of their aetiology, age, clinical presentation, clinical course and associated disorders. AIM: To present an update on the information available about the descriptive epidemiology of dementia and its main subtypes...
June 1, 2018: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790207/the-repeated-bout-effect-can-occur-without-mechanical-and-neuromuscular-changes-after-a-bout-of-eccentric-exercise
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Patricio A Pincheira, Ben W Hoffman, Andrew G Cresswell, Timothy J Carroll, Nicholas A T Brown, Glen A Lichtwark
Changes in muscle fascicle mechanics have been postulated to underpin the repeated bout effect (RBE) observed following exercise-induced muscle damage (EIMD). However, in the medial gastrocnemius (MG), mixed evidence exists on whether fascicle stretch amplitude influences the level of EIMD, thus questioning whether changes in fascicle mechanics underpin the RBE. An alternative hypothesis is that neural adaptations contribute to the RBE in this muscle. The aim of this study was to investigate neuromechanical adaptations during and after repeated bouts of a highly controlled muscle lengthening exercise that aimed to maximise EIMD in MG...
May 23, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789943/outcomes-of-viscocanalostomy-and-phaco-viscocanalostomy-in-patients-with-advanced-glaucoma
#18
M Tsagkataki, T M Bampouras, A Choudhary
PURPOSE: To determine the medium-term outcomes for patients with advanced glaucoma undergoing viscocanalostomy. METHODS: All patients with advanced glaucoma (mean deviation (MD) - 12.00 dB or above) and patients with poor visual acuity secondary to advanced glaucoma which precluded formal visual field assessment undergoing viscocanalostomy (VC) and phaco-viscocanalostomy between 2010 and 2014 under the care of a single surgical team were included. Intraocular pressure (IOP), visual acuity (VA) and visual field outcomes were assessed from data prospectively collected into a surgical outcome database...
May 22, 2018: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789093/letter-to-the-editor-re-you-re-the-flight-surgeon-foot-drop-letter
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Roger Hesselbrock
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 1, 2018: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789092/letter-to-the-editor-re-you-re-the-flight-surgeon-foot-drop-response
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Maj Anthony B Patterson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 1, 2018: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
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