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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335371/synthesis-of-antifungal-agents-from-xanthene-and-thiazine-dyes-and-analysis-of-their-effects
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Joo Ran Kim, Stephen Michielsen
Indoor fungi growth is an increasing home health problem as our homes are more tightly sealed. One thing that limits durability of the antifungal agents is the scarcity of reactive sites on many surfaces to attach these agents. In order to increase graft yield of photosensitizers to the fabrics, poly(acrylic acid-co-styrene sulfonic acid-co-vinyl benzyl rose bengal or phloxine B) were polymerized and then grafted to electrospun fabrics. In an alternative process, azure A or toluidine blue O were grafted to poly(acrylic acid), which was subsequently grafted to nanofiber-based and microfiber-based fabrics...
December 20, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333905/-the-inflammatory-processes-in-atherogenesis
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Natalia Cichoń, Dominika Lach, Angela Dziedzic, Michał Bijak, Joanna Saluk
Atherogenesis is the process of atherosclerotic plaque formation, leading to coronary artery heart disease. This process involves immune cells, mainly T and B cells, monocytes and macrophages. The process of atherogenesis is induced by inflammatory damage of endothelial cells. The characteristic construction features of the atherosclerotic plaque is a predisposing factor for acute coronary syndromes. The accumulation of inflammatory cells in the artery inner membrane enhances the local inflammatory process due to the secretion of reactive oxygen species, inflammatory cytokines and metalloproteinases, which accelerate the development of atherosclerotic lesions in the arteries...
March 21, 2017: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329860/modeling-intraindividual-dynamics-using-stochastic-differential-equations-age-differences-in-affect-regulation
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Julie Wood, Zita Oravecz, Nina Vogel, Lizbeth Benson, Sy-Miin Chow, Pamela Cole, David E Conroy, Aaron L Pincus, Nilam Ram
Objectives: Life-span theories of aging suggest improvements and decrements in individuals' ability to regulate affect. Dynamic process models, with intensive longitudinal data, provide new opportunities to articulate specific theories about individual differences in intraindividual dynamics. This paper illustrates a method for operationalizing affect dynamics using a multilevel stochastic differential equation (SDE) model, and examines how those dynamics differ with age and trait-level tendencies to deploy emotion regulation strategies (reappraisal and suppression)...
March 2, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329696/neutrophils-across-the-enemy-lines
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Carlos Del Fresno, Andrés Hidalgo
In this issue of Immunity, Warnatsch et al. (2017) describe how neutrophils measure their microbial opponents by differential shuttling of reactive oxygen species (ROS), a process that determines their recruitment and distribution and ultimately the strength of anti-microbial responses.
March 21, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329339/interrelations-between-mitochondrial-dna-copy-number-and-inflammation-in-older-adults
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I-Chien Wu, Cheng-Chieh Lin, Chin-San Liu, Chih-Cheng Hsu, Ching-Yu Chen, Chao A Hsiung
Background: Interplays between inflammation and mitochondrial biology are reported. Here, we examined the cross-sectional interrelationships of mitochondrial DNA copy number (mtDNACN) and inflammation and their interaction with physical functioning. Methods: A total of 1990 community-dwelling adults aged 65 years and older who were participating in the Healthy Aging Longitudinal Study in Taiwan underwent measurements of peripheral-blood leukocytes MtDNACN, multiple inflammatory markers, grip strength, and gait speed...
March 11, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329134/dynapenic-abdominal-obesity-as-a-predictor-of-worsening-disability-hospitalization-and-mortality-in-older-adults-results-from-the-inchianti-study
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Andrea P Rossi, Lara Bianchi, Stefano Volpato, Stefania Bandinelli, Jack Guralnik, Mauro Zamboni, Luigi Ferrucci
Background: There are relatively few prospective studies evaluating the combined effect of abdominal obesity and low muscle strength on mortality, hospitalization, and incident disability. The aim of this study was to prospectively evaluate the prognostic value of dynapenic abdominal obesity on incident disability, hospitalization, and mortality in the population of the InCHIANTI study. Methods: In 370 men and 476 women aged between 65 and 95 years, handgrip strength, waist circumference (WC), body mass index, interleukin-6, C-reactive protein, education, medications, smoking status, and comorbidities were evaluated at the baseline...
March 8, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321276/phase-angle-obtained-by-bioelectrical-impedance-analysis-independently-predicts-mortality-in-patients-with-cirrhosis
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Giliane Belarmino, Maria Cristina Gonzalez, Raquel S Torrinhas, Priscila Sala, Wellington Andraus, Luiz Augusto Carneiro D'Albuquerque, Rosa Maria R Pereira, Valéria F Caparbo, Graziela R Ravacci, Lucas Damiani, Steven B Heymsfield, Dan L Waitzberg
AIM: To evaluate the prognostic value of the phase angle (PA) obtained from bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) for mortality prediction in patients with cirrhosis. METHODS: In total, 134 male cirrhotic patients prospectively completed clinical evaluations and nutritional assessment by BIA to obtain PAs during a 36-mo follow-up period. Mortality risk was analyzed by applying the PA cutoff point recently proposed as a malnutrition marker (PA ≤ 4.9°) in Kaplan-Meier curves and multivariate Cox regression models...
March 8, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320562/microstructural-characterization-of-dental-zinc-phosphate-cements-using-combined-small-angle-neutron-scattering-and-microfocus-x-ray-computed-tomography
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Alberto Viani, Konstantinos Sotiriadis, Ivana Kumpová, Lucia Mancini, Marie-Sousai Appavou
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the microstructure of two zinc phosphate cement formulations in order to investigate the role of liquid/solid ratio and composition of powder component, on the developed porosity and, consequently, on compressive strength. METHODS: X-ray powder diffraction with the Rietveld method was used to study the phase composition of zinc oxide powder and cements. Powder component and cement microstructure were investigated with scanning electron microscopy...
February 17, 2017: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318224/defects-mediated-corrosion-in-graphene-coating-layer
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Jincheng Lei, Yaowu Hu, Zishun Liu, Gary J Cheng, Kejie Zhao
Mixed results were reported on the anticorrosion of graphene coated metal surfaces - while graphene serves as an effective short-term barrier against corrosion and oxidation due to its low permeability to gases, the galvanic cell between graphene and metal substrate facilitates extensive corrosion in the long run. Defects in the graphene layer provide pathways for the permeation of oxidizing species. We study the role of defects in graphene in the anticorrosion using first-principles theoretical modeling. Experiments in the highly reactive environment indicate that the oxidized products primarily distribute along the grain boundaries of graphene...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317975/exposing-the-g-quadruplex-to-electric-fields-the-role-played-by-telomeres-in-the-propagation-of-dna-errors
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José Pedro Cerón-Carrasco, Denis Jacquemin
To protect their core machinery from the attack of exogenous agents, cells locate DNA in their nucleus. Nevertheless, some reactive chemical species and physical agents might reach DNA and alter its natural double helix structure. For instance, pulsed electric fields can be used to selectively rewrite the stored genetic information. However, for such modification to be effective, one needs, as a prerequisite, that the replication mechanism is not stopped by the field, so that the changes propagate over the following generations...
March 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317970/rheological-and-dynamic-insights-into-an-in-situ-reactive-interphase-with-graft-copolymers-in-multilayered-polymer-systems
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Bo Lu, Khalid Lamnawar, Abderrahim Maazouz
We provide rheological and dynamic insights into the role of an in situ reactive interphase with graft copolymers in multilayered polymer systems, using a polyamide-6 (PA6)/maleic anhydride grafted poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF-g-MAH) bilayer as a model. Firstly, the influence of the reactive interphase on macroscopic melt flow behavior was studied. The in situ generated interphase from coupling reactions in bilayers significantly contributed to overall viscoelastic responses in both linear and nonlinear regimes...
March 20, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316257/acute-kinematic-and-kinetic-adaptations-to-wearable-resistance-during-vertical-jumping
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Paul Macadam, Kim D Simperingham, John B Cronin, Grace Couture, Chloe Evison
One variation of vertical jump (VJ) training is resisted or weighted jump training, where wearable resistance (WR) enables jumping to be overloaded in a movement specific manner. A two-way analysis of variance with Bonferroni post hoc contrasts was used to determine the acute changes in VJ performance with differing load magnitudes and load placements. Kinematic and kinetic data were quantified using a force plate and contact mat. Twenty sport active subjects (age: 27.8 ± 3.8 years; body mass (BM): 70...
March 19, 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304406/organometallic-chemistry-using-partially-fluorinated-benzenes
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Sebastian D Pike, Mark R Crimmin, Adrian B Chaplin
Fluorobenzenes, in particular fluorobenzene (FB) and 1,2-difluorobenzene (1,2-DiFB), are increasingly becoming recognised as versatile solvents for conducting organometallic chemistry and transition-metal-based catalysis. The presence of fluorine substituents reduces the ability to donate π-electron density from the arene and consequently fluorobenzenes generally bind weakly to metal centres, allowing them to be used as essentially non-coordinating solvents or as readily displaced ligands. In this context, examples of well-defined complexes of fluorobenzenes are discussed, including trends in binding strength with increasing fluorination and different substitution patterns...
March 17, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295741/reactivity-patterns-of-protonated-compound-ii-and-compound-i-of-cytochrome-p450-what-is-the-better-oxidant
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Samuel de Visser, Xiao-Xi Li, Veronica Postils, Wei Sun, Abayomi Faponle, Miquel Sola, Yong Wang, Wonwoo Nam
The cytochromes P450 are versatile enzymes in human physiology that perform substrate hydroxylation reactions extremely efficient. In this work, we present results of a computational study on the reactivity patterns of Compound I, Compound II and protonated Compound II with model substrates and addresses the question, which of those is the most effective oxidant. All calculations, regardless of the substrate, implicate that Compound I is the superior oxidant of the three. However, Compound II and protonated Compound II are found to react with free energies of activation that are only a few kcal mol-1 higher in energy than those obtained with Compound I...
March 10, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292684/meta-analytical-assessment-of-the-effects-of-protocol-variations-on-cortisol-responses-to-the-trier-social-stress-test
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William K Goodman, Johanna Janson, Jutta M Wolf
BACKGROUND: The Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) is one of the most widely used laboratory stress tests. Exposure to this psychosocial stressor has been shown to stimulate an acute cortisol stress response in the majority of healthy individuals, while deviations from the typical pattern, i.e., cortisol reactivity dysfunctions have been linked to an ever-increasing number of negative health outcomes. However, significant variability between labs exists in strength of observed cortisol responses in healthy individuals...
March 1, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291764/delayed-effects-of-a-low-volume-power-type-resistance-exercise-session-on-explosive-performance
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Athanasios Tsoukos, Panagiotis Veligekas, Lee E Brown, Gerasimos Terzis, Gregory C Bogdanis
This study examined the delayed effects of a power type training session on explosive performance. Seventeen well-trained male power and team sport athletes (age: 22.7±5.5 y, height: 181±8 cm, body mass: 80.7±8.6 kg, body fat: 9.2±1.7 %, 1-RM half-squat: 163±29 kg) performed four sessions (2 experimental and 2 control) one week apart in a randomized and counterbalanced order. Explosive performance was assessed before, 24 and 48 h following a low-volume, power-type training session (5 x 4 jump squats at 40% 1RM with 3 min rest), as well as before and after 24 and 48 h of rest (control)...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290940/effects-of-combat-deployment-on-anthropometrics-and-physiological-status-of-u-s-army-special-operations-forces-soldiers
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Emily K Farina, Jonathan C Taylor, Gary E Means, Kelly W Williams, Nancy E Murphy, Lee M Margolis, Stefan M Pasiakos, Harris R Lieberman, James P McClung
INTRODUCTION: U.S. Army Special Operations Forces (SOF) soldiers deploy frequently and conduct military operations through special warfare and surgical strike capabilities. Tasks required to execute these capabilities may induce physical and mental stress and have the potential to degrade soldier physiological status. No investigations have longitudinally characterized whether combat deployment alters anthropometrics or biochemical markers of physiological status in a SOF population of frequent deployers...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286695/when-weaker-can-be-tougher-the-role-of-oxidation-state-i-in-p-vs-n-ligand-derived-ni-catalyzed-trifluoromethylthiolation-of-aryl-halides
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Indrek Kalvet, Qianqian Guo, Graham J Tizzard, Franziska Schoenebeck
The direct introduction of the valuable SCF3 moiety into organic molecules has received considerable attention. While it can be achieved successfully for aryl chlorides under catalysis with Ni(0)(cod)2 and dppf, this report investigates the Ni-catalyzed functionalization of the seemingly more reactive aryl halides ArI and ArBr. Counterintuitively, the observed conversion triggered by dppf/Ni(0) is ArCl > ArBr > ArI, at odds with bond strength preferences. By a combined computational and experimental approach, the origin of this was identified to be due to the formation of (dppf)Ni(I), which favors β-F elimination as a competing pathway over the productive cross-coupling, ultimately generating the inactive complex (dppf)Ni(SCF2) as a catalysis dead end...
March 3, 2017: ACS Catalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274825/brain-correlates-of-memory-reconsolidation-a-role-for-the-tpj
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Katharine C N S Simon, Rebecca L Gómez, Lynn Nadel, Paige E Scalf
In this paper, we investigate the process by which new experiences reactivate and potentially update old memories. Such memory reconsolidation appears dependent on the extent to which current experience deviates from what is predicted by the reactivated memory (i.e. prediction error). If prediction error is low, the reactivated memory is likely to be updated with new information. If it is high, however, a new, separate, memory is more likely to be formed. The temporal parietal junction TPJ has been shown across a broad range of content areas (attention, social cognition, decision making and episodic memory) to be sensitive to the degree to which current information violates the observer's expectations - in other words, prediction error...
March 6, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274163/biomarkers-for-predicting-spontaneous-preterm-birth-an-umbrella-systematic-review
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Francesca Lucaroni, Laura Morciano, Giuseppe Rizzo, Francesco D' Antonio, Ersilia Buonuomo, Leonardo Palombi, Domenico Arduini
OBJECTIVE: To identify all systematic reviews investigating the role of maternal and fetal biomarkers for predicting spontaneous preterm birth (SPTB). METHODS: Medline and Web of Sciences databases were searched electronically. Studies exploring the association between maternal biomarkers and spontaneous delivery were considered suitable for inclusion. A synthesis of the systematic reviews was performed with the umbrella methodology. Statistical measures of association (Odd ratio, OR, relative risk, RR) and predictive accuracy (sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative likelihood ratios were used to synthesize results of the included studies...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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