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Camilo Sáenz-Moncaleano, Itay Basevitch, Gershon Tenenbaum
The authors studied gaze behaviors in high- and intermediate-skill tennis players while they performed tennis serve returns. Participants returned 40 serves in 4 serve locations while wearing a mobile eye tracker. The ball's flight path was deconstructed into 3 distinct locations (i.e., ball before bouncing on surface, the bounce area, and ball after bouncing on surface), and gaze behaviors along with quiet-eye (QE) onset and durations were recorded. Results revealed that (a) high-skill players exhibited better return shots than their lower skill counterparts, (b) high-skill players and high-score shots were characterized by longer fixation durations on the ball at prebounce, and (c) longer QE durations were observed for high-skill players and high-score shots...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology
Katarzyna Góralska, Joanna Blaszkowska, Magdalena Dzikowiec
BACKGROUND: Fungal infections of the central nervous system (FIs-CNS) have become significantly more common over the past 2 decades. Invasion of the CNS largely depends on the immune status of the host and the virulence of the fungal strain. Infections with fungi cause a significant morbidity in immunocompromised hosts, and the involvement of the CNS may lead to fatal consequences. METHODS: One hundred and thirty-five articles on fungal neuroinfection in PubMed, Google Scholar, and Cochrane databases were selected for review using the following search words: "fungi and CNS mycoses", CNS fungal infections", "fungal brain infections", " fungal cerebritis", fungal meningitis", "diagnostics of fungal infections", and "treatment of CNS fungal infections"...
May 21, 2018: Infection
Matthias Behrends, Merlin D Larson, Andrew E Neice, Michael P Bokoch
The pupil undergoes irregular oscillations when exposed to light. These oscillations, known as pupillary unrest in ambient light, originate from oscillatory activity within the Edinger-Westphal nucleus in the midbrain. The midbrain and upper pons also contain nuclei known to be very sensitive to the effects of anesthetics that play a central role in maintaining wakefulness. We hypothesized that anesthetics may display similar effects on wakefulness and pupillary unrest. Repeat measurements of pupillary unrest using infrared pupillometry were performed in 16 patients undergoing general anesthesia and 8 patients undergoing propofol sedation...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
Chang-Ye Hui, Yan Guo, Wen Zhang, Xian-Qing Huang
Real-time quantification of recombinant proteins is important in studies on fermentation engineering, cell engineering, etc. Measurement of the expression level of heterologous proteins in bacterial fermentation broth has traditionally relied on time-consuming and labor-intensive procedures, such as polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, immunoblot analysis, and biological activity assays. We describe a simple, fast, and high sensitive assay for detecting heterologous proteins production in bacteria either at the overall level (fluorescence spectrophotometry) or at the individual level (fluorescence microscopic image) in this study...
May 21, 2018: AMB Express
Christopher M Depner, Edward L Melanson, Andrew W McHill, Kenneth P Wright
Proteomics holds great promise for understanding human physiology, developing health biomarkers, and precision medicine. However, how much the plasma proteome varies with time of day and is regulated by the master circadian suprachiasmatic nucleus brain clock, assessed here by the melatonin rhythm, is largely unknown. Here, we assessed 24-h time-of-day patterns of human plasma proteins in six healthy men during daytime food intake and nighttime sleep in phase with the endogenous circadian clock (i.e., circadian alignment) versus daytime sleep and nighttime food intake out of phase with the endogenous circadian clock (i...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Rudolf Naef, William E Acree
The calculation of the surface tension of ordinary organic and ionic liquids, based on a computer algorithm applying a refined group-additivity method, is presented. The refinement consists of the complete breakdown of the molecules into their constituting atoms, further distinguishing them by their immediate neighbour atoms and bond constitution. The evaluation of the atom-groups' contributions was carried out by means of a fast Gauss-Seidel fitting method, founded upon the experimental data of 1893 compounds from literature...
May 20, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
A Zöldhegyi, H-J Rieger, I Molnár, L Fekhretdinova
Human mistakes are still one of the main reasons of underlying regulatory affairs that in a compliance with FDA's Data Integrity and Analytical Quality by Design (AQbD) must be eliminated. To develop smooth, fast and robust methods that are free of human failures, a state-of-the-art automation was presented. For the scope of this study, a commercial software (DryLab) and a model mixture of 10 drugs were subjected to testing. Following AQbD-principles, the best available working point was selected and conformational experimental runs, i...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Dmitry A Filatov
The two "rules of speciation", Haldane's rule (HR) and the large-X effect (LXE), are thought to be caused by recessive species incompatibilities exposed in the phenotype due to the hemizygosity of X-linked genes in the heterogametic sex. Thus, the reports of HR and the LXE in species with recently evolved non- or partially-degenerate Y-chromosomes, such as Silene latifolia and its relatives, were surprising. Here I argue that rapid species-specific degeneration of Y-linked genes and associated adjustment of expression of X-linked gametologs (dosage compensation) may lead to rapid evolution of sex-linked species incompatibilities...
May 21, 2018: Molecular Ecology
Mounesha N Garaga, Vassilios Dracopoulos, Ulrike Werner-Zwanziger, Josef W Zwanziger, Manuel Maréchal, Michael Persson, Lars Nordstierna, Anna Martinelli
We report enhanced protonic and ionic dynamics in an imidazole/protic ionic liquid mixture confined within the nanopores of silica particles. The ionic liquid is 1-octylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ([HC8Im][TFSI]), while the silica particles are microsized and characterized by internal well connected nanopores. We demonstrate that the addition of imidazole is crucial to promote a proton motion decoupled from molecular diffusion, which occurs due to the establishment of new N-HN hydrogen bonds and fast proton exchange events in the ionic domains, as evidenced by both infrared and 1H NMR spectroscopy...
May 21, 2018: Nanoscale
S A Kiehas, A Runov, V Angelopolos, H Hietala, D Korovinksiy
As a direct result of magnetic reconnection, plasma sheet fast flows act as primary transporter of mass, flux, and energy in the Earth's magnetotail. During the last decades, these flows were mainly studied within X GSM >-60 R E , as observations near or beyond lunar orbit were limited. By using 5 years (2011-2015) of ARTEMIS (Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence, and Electrodynamics of the Moons Interaction with the Sun) data, we statistically investigate earthward and tailward flows at around 60  R E downtail...
March 2018: Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics
Dominique Endres, Dirk-M Altenmüller, Bernd Feige, Simon J Maier, Kathrin Nickel, Sabine Hellwig, Jördis Rausch, Christiane Ziegler, Katharina Domschke, John P Doerr, Karl Egger, Ludger Tebartz van Elst
Background: Schizophreniform syndromes can be divided into primary idiopathic forms as well as different secondary organic subgroups (e.g., paraepileptic, epileptic, immunological, or degenerative). Secondary epileptic explanatory approaches have often been discussed in the past, due to the high rates of electroencephalography (EEG) alterations in patients with schizophrenia. In particular, temporal lobe epilepsy is known to be associated with schizophreniform symptoms in well-described constellations. In the literature, juvenile myoclonic epilepsy has been linked to emotionally unstable personality traits, depression, anxiety, and executive dysfunction; however, the association with schizophrenia is largely unclear...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Z Starowicz, R Wojnarowska-Nowak, P Ozga, E M Sheregii
The Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy is the essential tool for various levels of the molecular studies. In order to become widely used as a fast analytical tool, the enhancing structures such as the nanoparticles have to be simple, inexpensive, and offer good flexibility in enhancing properties and the spectral range. In this paper, we investigated the plasmonic properties of the metal nanoparticles, to which the molecules of interest can be adsorbed, forming the bionanocomplexes. Here, for the first time, we provided the collection of the results gathered in one article, which can serve as the basis or guidance for designing the SERS studies on different bionanocomplexes, various nanoparticle structures, sizes, and excitation wavelengths...
2018: Colloid and Polymer Science
Jeffrey E Markowitz, Winthrop F Gillis, Celia C Beron, Shay Q Neufeld, Keiramarie Robertson, Neha D Bhagat, Ralph E Peterson, Emalee Peterson, Minsuk Hyun, Scott W Linderman, Bernardo L Sabatini, Sandeep Robert Datta
Many naturalistic behaviors are built from modular components that are expressed sequentially. Although striatal circuits have been implicated in action selection and implementation, the neural mechanisms that compose behavior in unrestrained animals are not well understood. Here, we record bulk and cellular neural activity in the direct and indirect pathways of dorsolateral striatum (DLS) as mice spontaneously express action sequences. These experiments reveal that DLS neurons systematically encode information about the identity and ordering of sub-second 3D behavioral motifs; this encoding is facilitated by fast-timescale decorrelations between the direct and indirect pathways...
May 10, 2018: Cell
Xiao-Yue Huang, Lan Ling, Wei-Xian Zhang
Solid phase reactions of Cr(VI) with Fe(0) were investigated with spherical-aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (Cs-STEM) integrated with X-ray energy-dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS). Near-atomic resolution elemental mappings of Cr(VI)-Fe(0) reactions were acquired. Experimental results show that rate and extent of Cr(VI) encapsulation are strongly dependent on the initial concentration of Cr(VI) in solution. Low Cr loading in nZVI (<1.0wt%) promotes the electrochemical oxidation and continuous corrosion of nZVI while high Cr loading (>1...
May 2018: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Allison W Watts, Jon Miller, Nicole I Larson, Marla E Eisenberg, Mary T Story, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer
PURPOSE: To examine personal, home, peer, school, neighborhood, and media correlates of sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) intake in a diverse sample of adolescents. METHODS: Cross-sectional, population-based study (EAT 2010: Eating and Activity in Teens) of 2793 adolescents (54% female, mean age [SD] = 14.5 [2.0], 80% nonwhite) attending public secondary schools in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Adolescents completed a food frequency questionnaire and answered survey questions about their diet/health perceptions and behaviors...
May 1, 2018: Eating Behaviors
Adora M DSouza, Anas Z Abidin, Udaysankar Chockanathan, Giovanni Schifitto, Axel Wismüller
Functional connectivity analysis of functional MRI (fMRI) can represent brain networks and reveal insights into interactions amongst different brain regions. However, most connectivity analysis approaches adopted in practice are linear and non-directional. In this paper, we demonstrate the advantage of a data-driven, directed connectivity analysis approach called Mutual Connectivity Analysis using Local Models (MCA-LM) that approximates connectivity by modeling nonlinear dependencies of signal interaction, over more conventionally used approaches, such as Pearson's and partial correlation, Patel's conditional dependence measures, etcetera...
May 16, 2018: NeuroImage
Klaas E A Max, Karl Bertram, Kemal Marc Akat, Kimberly A Bogardus, Jenny Li, Pavel Morozov, Iddo Z Ben-Dov, Xin Li, Zachary R Weiss, Azadeh Azizian, Anuoluwapo Sopeyin, Thomas G Diacovo, Catherine Adamidi, Zev Williams, Thomas Tuschl
Circulating extracellular RNAs (exRNAs) have the potential to serve as biomarkers for a wide range of medical conditions. However, limitations in existing exRNA isolation methods and a lack of knowledge on parameters affecting exRNA variability in human samples may hinder their successful discovery and clinical implementation. Using combinations of denaturants, reducing agents, proteolysis, and revised organic extraction, we developed an automated, high-throughput approach for recovery of exRNAs and exDNA from the same biofluid sample...
May 18, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Julia Wolff, Stephanie Schindler, Christian Lucas, Anne-Sophie Binninger, Luise Weinrich, Jan Schreiber, Ulrich Hegerl, Harald E Möller, Marco Leitzke, Stefan Geyer, Peter Schönknecht
The hypothalamus, a small diencephalic gray matter structure, is part of the limbic system. Volumetric changes of this structure occur in psychiatric diseases, therefore there is increasing interest in precise volumetry. Based on our detailed volumetry algorithm for 7 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), we developed a method for 3 Tesla MRI, adopting anatomical landmarks and work in triplanar view. We overlaid T1-weighted MR images with gray matter-tissue probability maps to combine anatomical information with tissue class segmentation...
May 1, 2018: Psychiatry research. Neuroimaging
Mark J Bluth, Martin H Bluth
Molecular pathology techniques continue to evolve. Although polymerase chain reaction (PCR) remains the cornerstone methodology for nucleic acid amplification, improvements in nucleic acid detection methodologies (i.e. PCR) have increased the detection sensitivity by using fluorescent and bead based array technologies. Single base pair lesions can be detected via sequencing and related techniques to discern point mutations in disease pathogenesis. Novel technologies, such as high- resolution melting analysis, provide fast high throughput post PCR analysis of genetic mutations or variance in nucleic acid sequences...
June 2018: Clinics in Laboratory Medicine
N Salgueiro-González, S Castiglioni, E Zuccato, I Turnes-Carou, P López-Mahía, S Muniategui-Lorenzo
The problem of endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) in the environment has become a worldwide concern in recent decades. Besides their toxicological effects at low concentrations and their widespread use in industrial and household applications, these pollutants pose a risk for non-target organisms and also for public safety. Analytical methods to determine these compounds at trace levels in different matrices are urgently needed. This review critically discusses trends in analytical methods for well-known EDCs like alkylphenols and bisphenol A in solid environmental matrices, including sediment and aquatic biological samples (from 2006 to 2018)...
September 18, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
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