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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933595/phosphoproteome-based-kinase-activity-profiling-reveals-the-critical-role-of-map2k2-and-plk1-in-neuronal-autophagy
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Lei-Lei Chen, Yong-Bo Wang, Ju-Xian Song, Wan-Kun Deng, Jia-Hong Lu, Li-Li Ma, Chuan-Bin Yang, Min Li, Yu Xue
Recent studies have demonstrated that dysregulation of macroautophagy/autophagy may play a central role in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders, and the induction of autophagy protects against the toxic insults of aggregate-prone proteins by enhancing their clearance. Thus, autophagy has become a promising therapeutic target against neurodegenerative diseases. In this study, quantitative phosphoproteomic profiling together with a computational analysis was performed to delineate the phosphorylation signalling networks regulated by 2 natural neuroprotective autophagy enhancers, corynoxine (Cory) and corynoxine B (Cory B)...
September 21, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928757/development-of-a-critical-nitrogen-dilution-curve-based-on-leaf-area-duration-in-wheat
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Xiaolong Wang, Tianyang Ye, Syed Tahir Ata-Ul-Karim, Yan Zhu, Leilei Liu, Weixing Cao, Liang Tang
Precise quantification of plant nitrogen (N) nutrition status is essential for crop N management. The concept of critical N concentration (Nc) has been widely used for assessment of plant N status. This study aimed to develop a new winter wheat Nc dilution curve based on leaf area duration (LAD). Four field experiments were performed on different cultivars with different N fertilization modes in the Yangtze River basin and Yellow River basin in China. Results showed that the increase in LAD with increasing cumulative thermal time took the shape of an "S" type curve; whereas shoot N concentration decreased with increasing LAD, according to a power function...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928479/decline-of-long-range-temporal-correlations-in-the-human-brain-during-sustained-wakefulness
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Christian Meisel, Kimberlyn Bailey, Peter Achermann, Dietmar Plenz
Sleep is crucial for daytime functioning, cognitive performance and general well-being. These aspects of daily life are known to be impaired after extended wake, yet, the underlying neuronal correlates have been difficult to identify. Accumulating evidence suggests that normal functioning of the brain is characterized by long-range temporal correlations (LRTCs) in cortex, which are supportive for decision-making and working memory tasks. Here we assess LRTCs in resting state human EEG data during a 40-hour sleep deprivation experiment by evaluating the decay in autocorrelation and the scaling exponent of the detrended fluctuation analysis from EEG amplitude fluctuations...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927240/temporal-dynamics-of-hippocampal-and-medial-prefrontal-cortex-interactions-during-the-delay-period-of-a-working-memory-guided-foraging-task
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Maxym Myroshnychenko, Jeremy K Seamans, Anthony G Phillips, Christopher C Lapish
Connections between the hippocampus (HC) and medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) are critical for working memory; however, the precise contribution of this pathway is a matter of debate. One suggestion is that it may stabilize retrospective memories of recently encountered task-relevant information. Alternatively, it may be involved in encoding prospective memories, or the internal representation of future goals. To explore these possibilities, simultaneous extracellular recordings were made from mPFC and HC of rats performing the delayed spatial win-shift on a radial maze...
September 12, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925253/novel-trimodal-maldi-imaging-mass-spectrometry-ims3-at-10-%C3%AE-m-reveals-spatial-lipid-and-peptide-correlates-implicated-in-a%C3%AE-plaque-pathology-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Ibrahim Kaya, Dimitri Brinet, Wojciech Michno, Mehmet Baskurt, Henrik Zetterberg, Kaj Blennow, Jörg Hanrieder
Multimodal chemical imaging using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) can provide comprehensive molecular information in situ within the same tissue sections. This is of relevance for studying different brain pathologies such as Alzheimer's Disease (AD), where recent data suggest a critical relevance of co-localizing Aβ peptides and neuronal lipids. We here developed a novel trimodal, high-resolution (10µm) MALDI imaging MS (IMS) paradigm for negative- and positive ion mode lipid analysis and subsequent protein ion imaging on the same tissue section...
September 19, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921949/effects-of-high-temperature-and-thermal-cycling-on-the-performance-of-perovskite-solar-cells-acceleration-of-charge-recombination-and-deterioration-of-charge-extraction
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Arif D Sheikh, Rahim Munir, Md Azimul Haque, Ashok Bera, Weijin Hu, Parvez Shaikh, Aram Amassian, Tom Wu
In this work, we investigated the effects of high operating temperature and thermal cycling on the photovoltaic performance of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with a typical mesostructured (m)-TiO2-CH3NH3PbI3-xClx-spiro-OMeTAD architecture. After carrying out temperature-dependent grazing incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering (GIWAXS), in-situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) and optical absorption experiments, thermal durability of PSCs was tested by subjecting the devices to repetitive heating to 70 °C and cooling to room temperature (20 °C)...
September 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920436/rational-design-of-solution-processed-ti-fe-o-ternary-oxides-for-efficient-planar-ch3nh3pbi3-perovskite-solar-cells-with-suppressed-hysteresis
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Xin Li, Feng Hao, Xingyue Zhao, Xuewen Yin, Zhibo Yao, Ying Guo, Heping Shen, Hong Lin
Electron extraction layer (EEL) plays a critical role in organometal-halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) by determining the charge extraction and ultimately their power conversion efficiencies. Here, Ti-Fe-O ternary oxide was firstly demonstrated as an efficient EEL candidate in the planar PSC, showing superiority in multiple aspects including the intrinsic precursor stability, coverage on the substrates, electrical properties, and energy levels compared to the widely used TiOx and the pure FeOx. By varying Fe content from 0% to 100% in the Ti-Fe-O composite, the conductivities of the resultant compact layers were markedly improved, according to consistent results from conductive atomic force microscopy (CAFM) and linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) measurements...
September 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919537/neuroprotective-effect-of-curcumin-i-in-copper-induced-dopaminergic-neurotoxicity-in-rats-a-possible-link-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Abdellatif Abbaoui, Hicham Chatoui, Omar El Hiba, Halima Gamrani
Numerous findings indicate an involvement of heavy metals in the neuropathology of several neurodegenerative disorders, especially Parkinson's disease (PD). Previous studies have demonstrated that Copper (Cu) exhibits a potent neurotoxic effect on dopaminergic neurons and triggers profound neurobehavioral alterations. Curcumin is a major component of Curcuma longa rhizomes and a powerful medicinal plant that exerts many pharmacological effects. However, the neuroprotective action of curcumin on Cu-induced dopaminergic neurotoxicity is yet to be investigated...
September 15, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916772/limits-of-predictability-of-cascading-overload-failures-in-spatially-embedded-networks-with-distributed-flows
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A Moussawi, N Derzsy, X Lin, B K Szymanski, G Korniss
Cascading failures are a critical vulnerability of complex information or infrastructure networks. Here we investigate the properties of load-based cascading failures in real and synthetic spatially-embedded network structures, and propose mitigation strategies to reduce the severity of damages caused by such failures. We introduce a stochastic method for optimal heterogeneous distribution of resources (node capacities) subject to a fixed total cost. Additionally, we design and compare the performance of networks with N-stable and (N-1)-stable network-capacity allocations by triggering cascades using various real-world node-attack and node-failure scenarios...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915811/strategies-for-the-quality-assessment-of-the-health-care-service-providers-in-the-treatment-of-gastric-cancer-in-colombia
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María Del Pilar Villamil, David Barrera, Nubia Velasco, Oscar Bernal, Esteban Fajardo, Carlos Urango, Sebastian Buitrago
BACKGROUND: While, at its inception in 1993, the health care system in Colombia was publicized as a paradigm to be copied across the developing world, numerous problems in its implementation have led to, what is now, an inefficient and crisis-ridden health system. Furthermore, as a result of inappropriate tools to measure the quality of the health service providers, several corruption scandals have arisen in the country. This study attempts to tackle this situation by proposing a strategy for the quality assessment of the health service providers (Entidades Promotoras de Salud, EPS) in the Colombian health system...
September 15, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914891/optimization-of-primary-kerr-optical-frequency-combs-for-tunable-microwave-generation
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Souleymane Diallo, Yanne K Chembo
We analyze the condition under which Kerr combs generate the highest microwave output power after photodetection. These optimal comb states correspond to configurations in which the sidemode-to-pump ratio is the highest possible. For the case of primary combs, we show how the interplay between the power and frequency of the pump laser critically influences this ratio, which has a direct influence on the phase noise performance of the generated microwaves. We also experimentally demonstrate primary combs with a sidemode-to-pump ratio as high as -2  dB, thereby leading to efficient energy conversion from the lightwave to the microwave frequency range...
September 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910516/controlling-differentiation-of-stem-cells-for-developing-personalized-organ-on-chip-platforms
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Armin Geraili, Parya Jafari, Mohsen Sheikh Hassani, Behnaz Heidary Araghi, Mohammad Hossein Mohammadi, Amir Mohammad Ghafari, Sara Hasanpour Tamrin, Hassan Pezeshgi Modarres, Ahmad Rezaei Kolahchi, Samad Ahadian, Amir Sanati-Nezhad
Organ-on-chip (OOC) platforms have attracted attentions of pharmaceutical companies as powerful tools for screening of existing drugs and development of new drug candidates. OOCs have primarily used human cell lines or primary cells to develop biomimetic tissue models. However, the ability of human stem cells in unlimited self-renewal and differentiation into multiple lineages has made them attractive for OOCs. The microfluidic technology has enabled precise control of stem cell differentiation using soluble factors, biophysical cues, and electromagnetic signals...
September 14, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900815/wavelet-based-encoding-scheme-for-controlling-size-of-compressed-ecg-segments-in-telecardiology-systems
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Asiya M Al-Busaidi, Lazhar Khriji, Farid Touati, Mohd Fadlee Rasid, Adel Ben Mnaouer
One of the major issues in time-critical medical applications using wireless technology is the size of the payload packet, which is generally designed to be very small to improve the transmission process. Using small packets to transmit continuous ECG data is still costly. Thus, data compression is commonly used to reduce the huge amount of ECG data transmitted through telecardiology devices. In this paper, a new ECG compression scheme is introduced to ensure that the compressed ECG segments fit into the available limited payload packets, while maintaining a fixed CR to preserve the diagnostic information...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898161/prognostic-model-to-predict-post-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-outcomes-in-classical-hodgkin-lymphoma
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Fong Chun Chan, Anja Mottok, Alina S Gerrie, Maryse Power, Marcel Nijland, Arjan Diepstra, Anke van den Berg, Peter Kamper, Francesco d'Amore, Alexander Lindholm d'Amore, Stephen Hamilton-Dutoit, Kerry J Savage, Sohrab P Shah, Joseph M Connors, Randy D Gascoyne, David W Scott, Christian Steidl
Purpose Our aim was to capture the biology of classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) at the time of relapse and discover novel and robust biomarkers that predict outcomes after autologous stem-cell transplantation (ASCT). Materials and Methods We performed digital gene expression profiling on a cohort of 245 formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tumor specimens from 174 patients with cHL, including 71 with biopsies taken at both primary diagnosis and relapse, to investigate temporal gene expression differences and associations with post-ASCT outcomes...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895741/minority-carrier-transport-in-lead-sulfide-quantum-dot-photovoltaics
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Paul Rekemeyer, Chia-Hao Marcus Chuang, Moungi G Bawendi, Silvija Gradecak
Lead sulfide quantum dots (PbS QDs) are an attractive material system for the development of low-cost photovoltaics (PV) due to their ease of processing and stability in air, with certified power conversion efficiencies exceeding 11%. However, even the best PbS QD PV devices are limited by diffusive transport, as the optical absorption length exceeds the minority carrier diffusion length. Understanding minority carrier transport in these devices will therefore be critical for future efficiency improvement. We utilize cross-sectional electron beam-induced current (EBIC) microscopy and develop methodology to quantify minority carrier diffusion length in PbS QD PV devices...
September 12, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894906/whole-exome-sequencing-reveals-a-functional-mutation-in-the-gain-domain-of-the-bai2-receptor-underlying-a-forward-mutagenesis-hyperactivity-qtl
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David J Speca, James S Trimmer, Andrew S Peterson, Elva Díaz
The identification of novel genes underlying complex mouse behavioral traits remains an important step in understanding normal brain function and its dysfunction in mental health disorders. To identify dominant mutations that influence locomotor activity, we performed a mouse N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea (ENU) forward mutagenesis screen and mapped several loci as quantitative traits. Here we describe the fine-mapping and positional cloning of a hyperactivity locus mapped to the medial portion of mouse chromosome four...
September 12, 2017: Mammalian Genome: Official Journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892462/cycling-performance-is-superior-for-time-to-exhaustion-versus-time-trial-in-endurance-laboratory-tests
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Sarah L Coakley, Louis Passfield
Time-to-exhaustion (TTE) trials are used in a laboratory setting to measure endurance performance. However, there is some concern with their ecological validity compared with time-trials (TT). Consequently, we aimed to compare cycling performance in TTE and TT where the duration of the trials was matched. Seventeen trained male cyclists completed three TTE trials at 80, 100 and 105% of maximal aerobic power (MAP). On a subsequent visit they performed three TT over the same duration as the TTE. Participants were blinded to elapsed time, power output, cadence and heart rate (HR)...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891396/dielectric-and-electric-properties-as-a-tool-to-investigate-the-coagulation-mechanism-during-sludge-treatment
#18
A Mortadi, El G Chahid, H Nasrellah, O Cherkaoui, R El Moznine
The analysis of the complex permittivity, electrical complex modulus, and the hopping conductivity have been employed in order to investigate the impacts of calcium oxide during sludge treatment in textile such as coagulation process. In this context, impedance measurement was performed on five samples including raw sludge and four compositions containing different amount of calcium oxide: 2, 3, 4, 5%(w/w). The dielectric spectra of each composition were described by the summation of a power law and a Cole-Cole relaxation model...
September 11, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887901/meta-analysis-of-accuracy-of-intraocular-lens-power-calculation-formulas-in-short-eyes
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Qiwei Wang, Wu Jiang, Tiao Lin, Xiaohang Wu, Haotian Lin, Weirong Chen
IMPORTANCE: Intraocular lens (IOL) power selection is a critical factor affecting visual outcome after IOL implantation in short eyes. Many formulas have been developed to achieve a precise prediction of the IOL power. However, controversy regarding the accuracy remains. BACKGROUND: To investigate the accuracy of different IOL power calculation formulas in short eyes. DESIGN: Meta-analysis PARTICIPANTS: Patients with the axial length of eyes less than 22mm from previously reported studies...
September 9, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887783/a-novel-integration-of-spectral-domain-optical-coherence-tomography-and-laser-ablation-system-for-precision-treatment
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Yingwei Fan, Boyu Zhang, Wei Chang, Xinran Zhang, Hongen Liao
PURPOSE: Complete resection of diseased lesions reduces the recurrence of cancer, making it critical for surgical treatment. However, precisely resecting residual tumors is a challenge during operation. A novel integrated spectral-domain optical-coherence-tomography (SD-OCT) and laser-ablation therapy system for soft-biological-tissue resection is proposed. This is a prototype optical integrated diagnosis and therapeutic system as well as an optical theranostics system. METHODS: We develop an optical theranostics system, which integrates SD-OCT, a laser-ablation unit, and an automatic scanning platform...
September 9, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
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