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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/28927930/biodegradable-and-adjustable-sol-gel-glass-based-hybrid-scaffolds-from-multi-armed-oligomeric-building-blocks
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Christian Kascholke, Stephan Hendrikx, Tobias Flath, Dzmitry Kuzmenka, Hans-Martin Dörfler, Dirk Schumann, Mathias Gressenbuch, F Peter Schulze, Michaela Schulz-Siegmund, Michael C Hacker
Biodegradability is a crucial characteristic to improve the clinical potential of sol-gel-derived glass materials. To this end, a set of degradable organic/inorganic class II hybrids from a tetraethoxysilane(TEOS)-derived silica sol and oligovalent cross-linker oligomers containing oligo(D,L-lactide) domains was developed and characterized. A series of 18 oligomers (Mn: 1100-3200 Da) with different degrees of ethoxylation and varying length of oligoester units was established and chemical composition was determined...
September 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926941/why-ubiquitin-has-not-evolved
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Douglas C Allan, James C Phillips
Ubiquitin, discovered less than 50 years ago, tags thousands of diseased proteins for destruction. It is small (only 76 amino acids), and is found unchanged in mammals, birds, fish, and even worms, indicating that ubiquitin is perfect. Key features of its functionality are identified here using critical point thermodynamic scaling theory. These include synchronized pivots and hinges, a stabilizing central pivot, and Fano interference between first- and second-order elements of correlated long-range (allosteric) globular surface shape transitions...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926230/formation-and-characterization-of-hydrogen-boride-sheets-derived-from-mgb2-by-cation-exchange
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Hiroaki Nishino, Takeshi Fujita, Nguyen Thanh Cuong, Satoshi Tominaka, Masahiro Miyauchi, Soshi Iimura, Akihiko Hirata, Naoto Umezawa, Susumu Okada, Eiji Nishibori, Asahi Fujino, Tomohiro Fujimori, Shin-Ichi Ito, Junji Nakamura, Hideo Hosono, Takahiro Kondo
Two-dimensional (2D) materials are promising for applications in a wide range of fields because of their unique properties. Hydrogen boride sheets, a new 2D material recently predicted from theory, exhibit intriguing electronic and mechanical properties as well as hydrogen storage capacity. Here, we report the experimental realization of 2D hydrogen boride sheets with an empirical formula of H1B1, produced by exfoliation and complete ion-exchange between protons and magnesium cations in magnesium diboride (MgB2) with an average yield of 42...
September 19, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926001/ketamine-differential-neurophysiological-dynamics-in-functional-networks-in-the-rat-brain
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A Ahnaou, H Huysmans, R Biermans, N V Manyakov, W H I M Drinkenburg
Recently, the N-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor (NMDAR) antagonist ketamine has emerged as a fast-onset mechanism to achieve antidepressant activity, whereas its psychomimetic, dissociative and amnestic effects have been well documented to pharmacologically model schizophrenia features in rodents. Sleep-wake architecture, neuronal oscillations and network connectivity are key mechanisms supporting brain plasticity and cognition, which are disrupted in mood disorders such as depression and schizophrenia. In rats, we investigated the dynamic effects of acute and chronic subcutaneous administration of ketamine (2...
September 19, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923948/cross-scale-effects-of-neural-interactions-during-human-neocortical-seizure-activity
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Tahra L Eissa, Koen Dijkstra, Christoph Brune, Ronald G Emerson, Michel J A M van Putten, Robert R Goodman, Guy M McKhann, Catherine A Schevon, Wim van Drongelen, Stephan A van Gils
Small-scale neuronal networks may impose widespread effects on large network dynamics. To unravel this relationship, we analyzed eight multiscale recordings of spontaneous seizures from four patients with epilepsy. During seizures, multiunit spike activity organizes into a submillimeter-sized wavefront, and this activity correlates significantly with low-frequency rhythms from electrocorticographic recordings across a 10-cm-sized neocortical network. Notably, this correlation effect is specific to the ictal wavefront and is absent interictally or from action potential activity outside the wavefront territory...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921172/-european-network-of-official-medicines-control-laboratories-international-omcl-working-group-combating-counterfeit-and-other-illegal-medicines
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Richard Wanko, Uwe Unkelbach
Official medicines control laboratories (OMCLs) have for a long time been involved in testing activities related to suspected counterfeit or other illegal medicines in a number of European countries in support of national enforcement authorities. With the secretarial support of the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM), from 2005 onwards, the General European OMCL Network (GEON) has gradually introduced for its members tailored tools, joint test programmes and information/discussion platforms in the field of falsified medicines testing...
September 18, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917952/identification-of-potential-allosteric-communication-pathways-between-functional-sites-of-the-bacterial-ribosome-by-graph-and-elastic-network-models
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Pelin Guzel, Ozge Kurkcuoglu
BACKGROUND: Accumulated evidence indicates that bacterial ribosome employs allostery throughout its structure for protein synthesis. The nature of the allosteric communication between remote functional sites remains unclear, but the contact topology and dynamics of residues may play role in transmission of a perturbation to distant sites. METHODS/RESULTS: We employ two computationally efficient approaches - graph and elastic network modeling to gain insights about the allosteric communication in ribosome...
September 13, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915007/synthesis-and-properties-of-2d-carbon-graphdiyne
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Zhiyu Jia, Yongjun Li, Zicheng Zuo, Huibiao Liu, Changshui Huang, Yuliang Li
Graphdiyne (GDY) is a flat material comprising sp(2)- and sp-hybridized carbon atoms with high degrees of π conjugation that features uniformly distributed pores. It is interesting not only from a structural point of view but also from the perspective of its electronic, chemical, mechanical, and magnetic properties. We have developed an in situ homocoupling reaction of hexaethynylbenzene on Cu foil for the fabrication of large-area ordered films of graphdiyne. These films are uniform and composed of graphdiyne multilayers...
September 15, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913859/changes-in-frontal-and-posterior-cortical-activity-underlie-the-early-emergence-of-executive-function
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Aaron T Buss, John P Spencer
Executive function (EF) is a key cognitive process that emerges in early childhood and facilitates children's ability to control their own behavior. Individual differences in EF skills early in life are predictive of quality-of-life outcomes 30 years later (Moffitt et al., 2011). What changes in the brain give rise to this critical cognitive ability? Traditionally, frontal cortex growth is thought to underlie changes in cognitive control (Bunge & Zelazo, 2006; Moriguchi & Hiraki, 2009). However, more recent data highlight the importance of long-range cortical interactions between frontal and posterior brain regions...
September 15, 2017: Developmental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913421/curvature-and-rho-activation-differentially-control-the-alignment-of-cells-and-stress-fibers
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Nathan D Bade, Randall D Kamien, Richard K Assoian, Kathleen J Stebe
In vivo, cells respond to a host of physical cues ranging from substrate stiffness to the organization of micro- and nanoscale fibrous networks. We show that macroscale substrates with radii of curvature from tens to hundreds of micrometers influence cell alignment. In a model system of fibroblasts, isolated cells aligned strongly in the axial direction on cylinders with radii similar to the cell length and more weakly on cylinders of much larger radius. Isolated vascular smooth muscle cells did not align as effectively as fibroblasts...
September 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912212/risk-stratification-using-the-cha2ds2-vasc-score-in-takotsubo-syndrome-data-from-the-takotsubo-italian-network
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Guido Parodi, Fernando Scudiero, Rodolfo Citro, Angelo Silverio, Benedetta Bellandi, Concetta Zito, Francesco Antonini-Canterin, Fausto Rigo, Chiara Zocchi, Eduardo Bossone, Jorge Salerno-Uriarte, Federico Piscione, Carlo Di Mario
BACKGROUND: The CHA2DS2-VASc score predicts stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation and has been reported to have a prognostic role even in acute coronary syndrome patients. The Takotsubo syndrome is a condition that mimics acute coronary syndrome and may present several complications including stroke. We sought to assess the ability of CHA2DS2-VASc score to predict adverse events in Takotsubo syndrome patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Overall, 371 Takotsubo syndrome patients were enrolled in a prospective registry...
September 14, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894988/how-tandem-gait-stumbled-into-the-neurological-exam-a-review
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Jason Margolesky, Carlos Singer
Tandem gait testing is an integral part of the neurological exam. It is informative in a wide variety of disorders ranging from cerebellar disease to vestibular and peripheral neuropathies, parkinsonism, and other neurodegenerative conditions. We discuss the history and development of tandem gait testing as well as its technique, utility, and limitations in the assessment of neurological conditions. Tandem gait has emerged as a tool in the assessment of cerebellar disease, Huntington disease, idiopathic Parkinson's disease, atypical parkinsonism, peripheral neuropathies, and vestibulopathies...
September 11, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894235/temporally-and-spatially-distinct-theta-oscillations-dissociate-a-language-specific-from-a-domain-general-processing-mechanism-across-the-age-trajectory
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Caroline Beese, Lars Meyer, Benedict Vassileiou, Angela D Friederici
The cognitive functionality of neural oscillations is still highly debated, as different functions have been associated with identical frequency ranges. Theta band oscillations, for instance, were proposed to underlie both language comprehension and domain-general cognitive abilities. Here we show that the ageing brain can provide an answer to the open question whether it is one and the same theta oscillation underlying those functions, thereby resolving a long-standing paradox. While better cognitive functioning is predicted by low theta power in the brain at rest, resting state (RS) theta power declines with age, but sentence comprehension deteriorates in old age...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888177/a-label-free-cardiac-biomarker-immunosensor-based-on-phase-shifted-microfiber-bragg-grating
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Tong Liu, Li-Li Liang, Peng Xiao, Li-Peng Sun, Yun-Yun Huang, Yang Ran, Long Jin, Bai-Ou Guan
Fiber optics evanescent field based biosensor is an excellent candidate for label-free detection of cardiac biomarkers which is of great importance in rapid, early, and accurate diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). In this paper, we report a compact and sensitive cardiac troponin I (cTn-I) immunosensor based on the phase-shifted microfiber Bragg grating probe which is functionalized. The fine reflective signal induced by the phase shift in modulation significantly improves the spectral resolution, enabling the ability of the sensor in perceiving an ultra-small refractive index change due to the specific capture of the cTn-I antigens...
September 4, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879658/long-term-outcomes-in-patients-treated-with-proton-therapy-for-localized-prostate-cancer
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Masaru Takagi, Yusuke Demizu, Kazuki Terashima, Osamu Fujii, Dongcun Jin, Yasue Niwa, Takashi Daimon, Masao Murakami, Nobukazu Fuwa, Tomoaki Okimoto
The aim of this retrospective study was to report long-term clinical outcomes in patients treated with proton therapy (PT) for localized prostate cancer. Between 2001 and 2014, 1375 consecutive patients were treated with PT. Patients were classified into prognostic risk groups based on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network criteria. Freedom from biochemical relapse (FFBR), cancer-specific survival (CSS) and incidence of late gastrointestinal (GI)/genitourinary (GU) toxicities were calculated. Multivariate analysis was performed to identify clinical prognostic factors for FFBR and late toxicities...
September 6, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879001/booming-far-the-long-range-vocal-strategy-of-a-lekking-bird
#17
C Cornec, Y Hingrat, T Aubin, F Rybak
The pressures of selection acting on transmission of information by acoustic signals are particularly high in long-distance communication networks. Males of the North African houbara bustard (Chlamydotis undulata undulata) produce extremely low-frequency vocalizations called 'booms' as a component of their courtship displays. These displays are performed on sites separated by a distance of on average 550 m, constituting exploded leks. Here, we investigate the acoustic features of booms involved in species-specific identity...
August 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878631/a-laminar-organization-for-selective-cortico-cortical-communication
#18
REVIEW
Rinaldo D D'Souza, Andreas Burkhalter
The neocortex is central to mammalian cognitive ability, playing critical roles in sensory perception, motor skills and executive function. This thin, layered structure comprises distinct, functionally specialized areas that communicate with each other through the axons of pyramidal neurons. For the hundreds of such cortico-cortical pathways to underlie diverse functions, their cellular and synaptic architectures must differ so that they result in distinct computations at the target projection neurons. In what ways do these pathways differ? By originating and terminating in different laminae, and by selectively targeting specific populations of excitatory and inhibitory neurons, these "interareal" pathways can differentially control the timing and strength of synaptic inputs onto individual neurons, resulting in layer-specific computations...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28876064/improving-the-performance-of-long-range-corrected-exchange-correlation-functional-with-an-embedded-neural-network
#19
Qin Liu, JingChun Wang, PengLi Du, LiHong Hu, Xiao Zheng, GuanHua Chen
A machine-learning-based exchange-correlation functional is proposed for general-purpose density functional theory calculations. It is built upon the long-range-corrected Becke--Lee--Yang--Parr (LC--BLYP) functional, along with an embedded neural network which determines the value of the range-separation parameter μ for every individual system. The structure and the weights of the neural network are optimized with a reference dataset containing 368 highly accurate thermochemical and kinetic energies. The newly developed functional (LC--BLYP--NN) achieves a balanced performance for a variety of energetic properties investigated...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871775/functionalized-2d-mos2-incorporated-polymer-ternary-solar-cells-role-of-nanosheet-induced-long-range-ordering-of-polymer-chains-on-charge-transport
#20
Razi Ahmad, Ritu Srivastava, Sushma Yadav, Suresh Chand, Sameer Sapra
In this paper, we demonstrated the enhancement in power conversion efficiency (PCE) of solar cells based on poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT)/[6,6]-phenyl C71 butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM) by incorporation of functionalized 2D-MoS2 nanosheets (NSs) as an additional charge-transporting material. The enhancement in PCE of ternary solar cells arises due to the synergic enhancement in exciton dissociation and the improvement in mobility of both electrons and holes through the active layer of the solar cells...
September 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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