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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815643/early-intervention-with-non-ablative-fractional-laser-to-improve-cutaneous-scarring-a-randomized-controlled-trial-on-the-impact-of-intervention-time-and-fluence-levels
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Katrine E Karmisholt, Emily Wenande, Daniel Thaysen-Petersen, Peter A Philipsen, Uwe Paasch, Merete Haedersdal
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Laser treatment in the early phases of wound healing may reduce scar formation. However, little is known on when in the early wound healing phases laser exposure most optimally should be provided and at which fluence levels. This study investigates the clinical effect of non-ablative-fractional-laser (NAFL) performed at three early time points at a range of fluence levels versus untreated control scars. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A randomized, controlled, intra-individual trial with erbium-glass 1,540 nm NAFL versus no laser treatment on sixteen subjects receiving 10 standardized full-thickness punch-biopsy wounds...
August 16, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815237/induced-polarization-restricts-the-conformational-distribution-of-a-light-harvesting-molecular-triad-in-the-ground-state
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Oleg N Starovoytov, Pengzhi Zhang, Piotr Cieplak, Margaret S Cheung
The light-harvesting molecular triad consisting of carotenoid polyene (C), diaryl-porphyrin (P) and pyrrole-fullerene (C60) is a donor-acceptor molecule capable of absorbing incident light in the visible range. Its ability to convert solar energy to electrical excitation and charge separation energy suggests a great potential in real-world applications. The ensemble of its conformations under ambient conditions varies widely according to its electronic state. In previous work, we applied a non-polarizable model to study the conformational distribution of the molecular triad in the ground and charge separated states...
August 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811022/intact-metabolite-profiling-of-mouse-brain-by-probe-electrospray-ionization-triple-quadrupole-tandem-mass-spectrometry-pesi-ms-ms-and-its-potential-use-for-local-distribution-analysis-of-the-brain
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Yumi Hayashi, Kei Zaitsu, Tasuku Murata, Tomomi Ohara, Stéphane Moreau, Maiko Kusano, Hiroshi Tanihata, Hitoshi Tsuchihashi, Akira Ishii, Tetsuya Ishikawa
Probe electrospray ionization (PESI), which is an ambient ionization technique, enables us to analyze intact endogenous metabolites without sample preparation. In this study, we applied the newly developed method of PESI coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (PESI/MS/MS) to analyze metabolites in mouse brain, where its lipid composition often interfere with MS-based metabolome analysis. As a result, PESI/MS/MS directly detected 25 metabolites in a mouse frontal cortex, and clearly discriminated the metabolic profiles of mice model with energy metabolism disruption from control mice...
August 29, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796972/shooter-system-performance-variability-as-a-function-of-recoil-dynamics
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Frank Morelli, Jennifer M Neugebauer, Courtney A Haynes, Thomas C Fry, Samson V Ortega, Douglas J Struve, Michael E LaFiandra, Gabriella B Larkin
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to quantify shooter performance relative to subtle variations in recoil energy. BACKGROUND: Marksmanship performance remains undefined for subtle distinctions in weapon recoil energy across common small-arms platforms. METHOD: Weapons were customized using multiple components and ammunition types. Firing scenarios were designed to examine the effect of recoil energy on shooter timing and accuracy. RESULTS: The results suggest that recoil condition does not affect timing during firing sequences designed to elicit differences in timed-fire performance...
September 2017: Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793864/in-vitro-examination-of-the-positive-inotropic-effect-of-caffeine-and-taurine-the-two-most-frequent-active-ingredients-of-energy-drinks
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R Chaban, A Kornberger, N Branski, K Buschmann, N Stumpf, A Beiras-Fernandez, C F Vahl
BACKGROUND: Our study aimed to evaluate changes in the contractile behavior of human myocardium after exposure to caffeine and taurine, the main active ingredients of energy drinks (EDs), and to evaluate whether taurine exhibits any inotropic effect at all in the dosages commonly used in EDs. METHODS: Myocardial tissue was removed from the right atrial appendages of patients undergoing cardiac surgery and prepared to obtain specimens measuring 4 mm in length. A total of 92 specimens were exposed to electrical impulses at a frequency of 75 bpm for at least 40 min to elicit their maximum contractile force before measuring the isometric contractile force (ICF) and duration of contraction (CD)...
August 10, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790181/anomalous-relaxation-kinetics-and-charge-density-wave-correlations-in-underdoped-bapb1-x-bi-x-o3
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D Nicoletti, E Casandruc, D Fu, P Giraldo-Gallo, I R Fisher, A Cavalleri
Superconductivity often emerges in proximity of other symmetry-breaking ground states, such as antiferromagnetism or charge-density-wave (CDW) order. However, the subtle interrelation of these phases remains poorly understood, and in some cases even the existence of short-range correlations for superconducting compositions is uncertain. In such circumstances, ultrafast experiments can provide new insights by tracking the relaxation kinetics following excitation at frequencies related to the broken-symmetry state...
August 8, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774146/the-effect-of-the-substituent-position-on-the-two-photon-absorption-performances-of-dibenzylideneacetone-based-isomers
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Liyun Zhao, Yujin Zhang, Hong Ma, Jiancai Leng
The two-photon absorption and optical limiting properties of two dibenzylideneacetone derivatives with different substituent positions have been theoretically investigated by solving the coupled rate equations-field intensity equation in the nanosecond time domain using an iterative predictor-corrector finite-difference time-domain method. The calculations show that the electronic structure, the transition dipole moment, the energy gap between the highest occupied orbital (HOMO) and the lowest unoccupied orbital (LUMO), and the pumping rate for the two molecules are quite different due to the different position of chlorine atoms...
December 20, 2016: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767116/a-surprising-way-to-control-the-charge-transport-in-molecular-electronics-the-subtle-impact-of-the-coverage-of-self-assembled-monolayers-of-floppy-molecules-adsorbed-on-metallic-electrodes
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Ioan Bâldea
Inspired by earlier attempts in organic electronics aiming at controlling charge injection from metals into organic materials by manipulating the Schottky energy barrier using self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), recent experimental and theoretical work in molecular electronics showed that metal-organic interfaces can be controlled via changes in the metal work function that are induced by SAMs. In this paper we indicate a different route to achieve interface-driven control over the charge transfer/transport at the molecular scale...
August 2, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766680/the-structure-of-liquid-alkali-nitrates-and-nitrites
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Martin C Wilding, Mark Wilson, Mauro C C Ribeiro, Chris J Benmore, J K R Weber, O L G Alderman, Anthony Tamalonis, J B Parise
High energy X-ray diffraction has been combined with containerless techniques to determine the structure of a series of alkali and ammonium nitrate and nitrite liquids. The systems have been modelled using molecular dynamics simulation which allows for the flexibility of, and movement of charge within, the molecular anions. The model reproduces the experimentally-determined scattering functions in both the low- and high-Q regimes reflecting the inter- and intra-molecular length-scales. For ammonium nitrate the best fit to the diffraction data is obtained by assuming the NH4(+) cation to have a radius closer to that for Cs(+) rather than a smaller cation such as Rb(+) as often previously assumed...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762964/accurate-charge-densities-from-powder-x-ray-diffraction-a-new-version-of-the-aarhus-vacuum-imaging-plate-diffractometer
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Kasper Tolborg, Mads R V Jørgensen, Sebastian Christensen, Hidetaka Kasai, Jacob Becker, Peter Walter, Ann Christin Dippel, Jens Als-Nielsen, Bo B Iversen
In recent years powder X-ray diffraction has proven to be a valuable alternative to single-crystal X-ray diffraction for determining electron-density distributions in high-symmetry inorganic materials, including subtle deformation in the core electron density. This was made possible by performing diffraction measurements in vacuum using high-energy X-rays at a synchrotron-radiation facility. Here we present a new version of our custom-built in-vacuum powder diffractometer with the sample-to-detector distance increased by a factor of four...
August 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica Section B, Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755282/scaphoid-fracture-bone-marrow-edema-detected-with-dual-energy-ct-virtual-non-calcium-images-and-confirmed-with-mri
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Nazeer M Dareez, Kristine H Dahlslett, Eirin Engesland, Elisabeth S Lindland
We aimed to determine whether bone marrow edema (BME) in acute traumatic scaphoid fracture could be demonstrated with dual-energy CT (DECT) using MRI as the gold standard. In recent years, virtual non-calcium (VNCa) images have been used to demonstrate BME in trauma cases, for example, in vertebral compression fractures, hip trauma to detect occult fractures and knee fractures. We present three cases of acute scaphoid trauma. Two patients had subtle or invisible fractures on x-ray and conventional CT images, while DECT VNCa images clearly visualized the BME, which was confirmed by MRI...
July 29, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747873/mitochondria-bioenergetics-and-excitotoxicity-new-therapeutic-targets-in-perinatal-brain-injury
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Bryan Leaw, Syam Nair, Rebecca Lim, Claire Thornton, Carina Mallard, Henrik Hagberg
Injury to the fragile immature brain is implicated in the manifestation of long-term neurological disorders, including childhood disability such as cerebral palsy, learning disability and behavioral disorders. Advancements in perinatal practice and improved care mean the majority of infants suffering from perinatal brain injury will survive, with many subtle clinical symptoms going undiagnosed until later in life. Hypoxic-ischemia is the dominant cause of perinatal brain injury, and constitutes a significant socioeconomic burden to both developed and developing countries...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732036/an-accurate-coarse-grained-model-for-chitosan-polysaccharides-in-aqueous-solution
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Levan Tsereteli, Andrea Grafmüller
Computational models can provide detailed information about molecular conformations and interactions in solution, which is currently inaccessible by other means in many cases. Here we describe an efficient and precise coarse-grained model for long polysaccharides in aqueous solution at different physico-chemical conditions such as pH and ionic strength. The Model is carefully constructed based on all-atom simulations of small saccharides and metadynamics sampling of the dihedral angles in the glycosidic links, which represent the most flexible degrees of freedom of the polysaccharides...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728523/structural-insights-into-the-binding-of-small-ligand-molecules-to-a-g-quadruplex-dna-located-in-the-hiv-1-promoter
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Petar M Mitrasinovic
Targeting guanine (G)-rich DNA sequences, folded into non-canonical G-quadruplex (G4) structures, by small ligand molecules is a promising strategy for gene therapy of various diseases. There is experimental proposal that, among eight studied ligands, nitidine chloride - NC and a benzo phenanthridine derivative - BPD have the highest binding affinities for such a sequence (5'-T(1)G(2)G(3)C(4)C(5)T(6)G(7)G(8)G(9)C(10)G(11)G(12)G(13)A(14)C(15)T(16)G(17)G(18)G(19)-3') in the HIV-1 promoter, indicating that an anti-HIV-1 prodrug may regulate the expression of the promoter...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726898/probe-location-dependent-resonance-energy-transfer-at-lipid-water-interfaces-comparison-between-the-gel-and-fluid-phase-of-lipid-bilayer
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Moirangthem Kiran Singh, Mohammad Firoz Khan, Him Shweta, Sobhan Sen
Despite significant interest in understanding the role of the local dielectric environment and lipid-bilayer fluidity/rigidity in resonance energy transfer between chromophores at lipid/water interfaces, a comprehensive approach to quantify such environmental dependence on energy transfer is missing - primarily because of the scarcity of suitable probes. Here we present the results on multi-chromophoric Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) from a series of 4-aminophthalimide-based molecules (4AP-Cn; n = 2-10, 12) of different lipophilicity (donors), which reside at different depths across the lipid/water interfaces, to rhodamine-6G (Rh6G; acceptor) molecules that stay in a water-rich region near the lipid headgroups...
July 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723063/using-cooperatively-folded-peptides-to-measure-interaction-energies-and-conformational-propensities
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Maziar S Ardejani, Evan T Powers, Jeffery W Kelly
The rates and equilibria of the folding of biopolymers are determined by the conformational preferences of the subunits that make up the sequence of the biopolymer and by the interactions that are formed in the folded state in aqueous solution. Because of the centrality of these processes to life, quantifying conformational propensities and interaction strengths is vitally important to understanding biology. In this Account, we describe our use of peptide model systems that fold cooperatively yet are small enough to be chemically synthesized to measure such quantities...
August 15, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710647/impacts-of-sublethal-mercury-exposure-on-birds-a-detailed-review
#17
Margaret C Whitney, Daniel A Cristol
Mercury is a ubiquitous environmental contaminant known to accumulate in, and negatively affect, fish-eating and oceanic bird species, and recently demonstrated to impact some terrestrial songbirds to a comparable extent. It can bioaccumulate to concentrations of >1 μg/g in tissues of prey organisms such as fish and insects. At high enough concentrations, exposure to mercury is lethal to birds. However, environmental exposures are usually far below the lethal concentrations established by dosing studies...
July 15, 2017: Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707684/conformer-specific-nonadiabatic-reaction-dynamics-in-the-photodissociation-of-partially-deuterated-thioanisoles-c6h5s-ch2d-and-c6h5s-chd2
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So-Yeon Kim, Jeongmook Lee, Sang Kyu Kim
In this work, we have investigated nonadiabatic dynamics in the vicinity of conical intersections for predissociation reactions of partially deuterated thioanisole molecules: C6H5S-CH2D and C6H5S-CHD2. Each isotopomer has two distinct rotational conformers according to the geometrical position of D or H of the methyl moiety with respect to the molecular plane for C6H5S-CH2D or C6H5S-CHD2, respectively, as spectroscopically characterized in our earlier report [J. Lee, S.-Y. Kim and S. K. Kim, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2014, 118, 1850]...
July 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697411/electron-velocity-map-imaging-and-theoretical-study-on-cuxh-x-o-and-s-anions
#19
Zhengbo Qin, Hui Wang, Yangdi Ren, Xianfeng Zheng, Zhifeng Cui, Zichao Tang
Vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectra of CuOH(-) and CuSH(-) have been determined via velocity map imaging method to investigate the transitions of X(1)A'←X(2)A' at 532nm. Adiabatic detachment energies of CuOH(-) and CuSH(-) are assigned to 0.995(12) and 1.098(12) eV, respectively. Combined theoretical calculations with Franck-Condon simulations, it allows extracting the vibrational frequencies in neutral, which yields 629(32) cm(-1) with CuO stretching mode and 387(24) cm(-1) with CuS stretching mode for CuXH (X=O and S)...
July 4, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671226/kinetically-modulated-specificity-against-single-base-mutants-in-nucleic-acid-recycling-circuitry-using-the-destabilization-motif
#20
Tsz Wing Fan, I-Ming Hsing
Signal amplification in nucleic acid sensing improves detection sensitivity, but difficulties remain in sustaining specificity over time, particularly under excess amounts of single-base mutants. Here, we report simple, self-refining target recycling circuitry, which cumulates differentiation between on and off targets by 2-step cyclic interaction with the sensing probe. In the reaction, the analyte recycles only if the protective strand of the sensing probe is removed. The dissociation kinetics of such interaction was modulated by reacting it with different lengths of assistant strands...
July 24, 2017: Analyst
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