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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651119/experimental-ultrasonic-characterization-of-polyester-based-materials-for-cultural-heritage-applications
#1
Andres Arciniegas, Loic Martinez, Arnaud Briand, Sophie Prieto, Stéphane Serfaty, Nicolas Wilkie-Chancellier
For several years, the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand-Palais has produced polyester resin reproductions in order to replace marble sculptures that have weakened by outdoor exposure. These objects are made of a complex multilayered polyester composite material including reinforcements to ensure the mechanical strength of the final structure and mineral fillers that allow to imitate the original aesthetics. However, the final structure also weakens because of constant outdoor exposure and ageing. This observation leads today to conduct research related to the structural health monitoring of reproductions for preventive conservation of cultural heritage...
June 17, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651054/importance-and-nature-of-short-range-excitonic-interactions-in-light-harvesting-complexes-and-organic-semiconductors
#2
Rocco Peter Fornari, Patrick Rowe, Daniele Padula, Alessandro Troisi
The singlet excitonic coupling between many pairs of chromophores is evaluated in three different Light Harvesting Complexes (LHCs) and two organic semiconductors (amorphous and crystalline). This large database of structures is used to assess the relative importance of short-range (exchange, overlap, orbital) and long-range (Coulombic) excitonic coupling. We find that atomic transition charges can introduce systematic errors on the Coulombic coupling and that the dipole-dipole interaction fails to capture the true Coulombic coupling even at intermolecular distances of up to 50 Å...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650636/orthogonal-electric-field-measurements-near-the-green-fluorescent-protein-fluorophore-through-stark-effect-spectroscopy-and-pka-shifts-provide-a-unique-benchmark-for-electrostatics-models
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Joshua D Slocum, Jeremy T First, Lauren J Webb
Measurement of the magnitude, direction, and functional importance of electric fields in biomolecules has been a longstanding experimental challenge. pKa shifts of titratable residues have been the most widely implemented measurements of local electrostatic environment around the labile proton, and experimental data sets of pKa shifts in a variety of systems have been used to test and refine computational prediction capabilities of protein electrostatic fields. A more direct and increasingly popular technique to measure electric fields in proteins is Stark effect spectroscopy, where the change in absorption energy of a chromophore relative to a reference state is related to the change in electric field felt by the chromophore...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650480/lineage-specification-of-human-dendritic-cells-is-marked-by-irf8-expression-in-hematopoietic-stem-cells-and-multipotent-progenitors
#4
Jaeyop Lee, Yu Jerry Zhou, Wenji Ma, Wanwei Zhang, Arafat Aljoufi, Thomas Luh, Kimberly Lucero, Deguang Liang, Matthew Thomsen, Govind Bhagat, Yufeng Shen, Kang Liu
The origin and specification of human dendritic cells (DCs) have not been investigated at the clonal level. Through the use of clonal assays, combined with statistical computation, to quantify the yield of granulocytes, monocytes, lymphocytes and three subsets of DCs from single human CD34(+) progenitor cells, we found that specification to the DC lineage occurred in parallel with specification of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) to the myeloid and lymphoid lineages. This started as a lineage bias defined by specific transcriptional programs that correlated with the combinatorial 'dose' of the transcription factors IRF8 and PU...
June 26, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650140/dual-physically-crosslinked-nanocomposite-hydrogels-reinforced-by-tunicate-cellulose-nanocrystals-with-high-toughness-and-good-self-recoverability
#5
Tiantian Zhang, Tao Zuo, Danning Hu, Chunyu Chang
The weak mechanical properties of hydrogels usually limited their application in biomedical and industrial fields. Herein, we reported a nanocomposite network of poly (acrylic acid-co-acrylamide) (PAAAM) sequentially crosslinked by quaternized tunicate cellulose nanocrystals (Q-TCNCs) and Fe3+. Q-TCNCs acted as both interfacial compatible reinforcements and cross-linkers in the nanocomposite hydrogels to form loose crosslinking, whereas compact crosslinking was built by ionic coordination between Fe3+ and -COO- of PAAAM...
June 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650068/rational-engineering-of-p-hydroxybenzoate-hydroxylase-to-enable-efficient-gallic-acid-synthesis-via-a-novel-artificial-biosynthetic-pathway
#6
Zhenya Chen, Xiaolin Shen, Jian Wang, Jia Wang, Qipeng Yuan, Yajun Yan
Gallic acid (GA) is a naturally occurring phytochemical that has strong antioxidant and antibacterial activities. It is also used as a potential platform chemical for the synthesis of diverse high-value compounds. Hydrolytic degradation of tannins by acids, bases or microorganisms serves as a major way for GA production, which however, might cause environmental pollution and low yield and efficiency. Here, we report a novel approach for efficient microbial production of GA. First, structure-based rational engineering of PobA, a p-hydroxybenzoate hydroxylase from Pseudomonas aeruginosa, generated a new mutant, Y385F/T294A PobA, which displayed much higher activity towards 3,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid (3,4-DHBA) than the wild type and any other reported mutants...
June 26, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650020/difference-in-chemical-bonding-between-lithium-and-sodium-salts-influence-of-covalency-on-their-solubility
#7
Su Chen, Jun Ishii, Shunsuke Horiuchi, Masahiro Yoshizawa-Fujita, Ekaterina I Izgorodina
Recent thermal runaways in lithium-ion batteries have reinforced the focus on the research of safer electrolytes based on ionic liquids. A simple switch from organic solvents to ionic liquids has been proven difficult due to the decreased efficiency of batteries caused by decreased conductivity and increased viscosity of ionic liquids upon addition of lithium salts. The new trend in replacing lithium salts with a cheaper alternative, sodium salts, has resulted in rather poor solubility of sodium salts in commonly used ionic liquids...
June 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649993/kappa-opioid-receptor-activation-in-dopamine-neurons-disrupts-behavioral-inhibition
#8
Antony D Abraham, Harrison M Fontaine, Allisa J Song, Mackenzie M Andrews, Madison A Baird, Brigitte L Kieffer, Benjamin B Land, Charles Chavkin
The dynorphin/kappa opioid receptor (KOR) system has been previously implicated in the regulation of cognition, but the neural circuitry and molecular mechanisms underlying KOR-mediated cognitive disruption are unknown. Here, we used an operational test of cognition involving timing and behavioral inhibition and found that systemic KOR activation impairs performance of male and female C57BL/6 mice in the differential reinforcement of low response rates (DRL) task. Systemic KOR antagonism also blocked stress-induced disruptions of DRL performance...
June 26, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649969/physics-of-muscle-contraction
#9
Matthieu Caruel, Lev Truskinovsky
We present an overview of the recent attempts to complement the chemistry-centered microscopic models of skeletal muscles by the purely mechanical models. The force generation phenomena of interest can be divided into two classes and their mechanisms are usually modeled in dierent ways. Models in the rst class deal with fast force recovery, which does not require detachment of myosin crossbridges and is believed to be a passive process. It can be viewed as collective folding in the system of interacting bi-stable units and is modeled by equilibrium statistical mechanics and Langevin kinetics...
June 26, 2017: Reports on Progress in Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649917/partial-reinforcement-and-conditioned-taste-aversion-no-evidence-for-resistance-to-extinction
#10
Dominic M Dwyer, Patricia Gasalla, Matías López
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June 26, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649456/development-of-a-self-directed-online-learning-curriculum-to-increase-community-engaged-research-in-clinical-and-translational-science
#11
Joyce E Balls-Berry, Heather Billings, Laura Ernste, Miguel Valdez Soto, Katrin Frimannsdottir, Karen Weavers, Victor M Montori, Christi A Patten
BACKGROUND: Medical research strives to improve health; community-engaged research (CEnR) supports translation to the community. METHODS: This article describes the use of andragogical theory to develop asynchronous CEnR training. RESULTS: A total of 43 researchers and community members completed at least one module. The majority (67%-100%) stated that training met their educational needs and noted a desire for more information. CONCLUSION: The curriculum reinforced CEnR principles to enhance medical research...
April 2017: Journal of clinical and translational science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649366/pneumocystis-jirovecii-detection-in-asymptomatic-patients-what-does-its-natural-history-tell-us
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REVIEW
Alexandre Alanio, Stéphane Bretagne
Pneumocystis jirovecii is an unusual ascomycetous fungus that can be detected in the lungs of healthy individuals. Transmission from human to human is one of its main characteristics in comparison with other fungi responsible for invasive infections. P. jirovecii is transmitted through the air between healthy individuals, who are considered to be the natural reservoir, at least transiently. In immunocompromised patients, P. jirovecii multiplies, leading to subacute infections and acute life-threatening pneumonia, called Pneumocystis pneumonia [PCP]...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649358/postglacial-dispersal-patterns-and-mitochondrial-genetic-structure-of-the-pyrenean-desman-galemys-pyrenaicus-in-the-northwestern-region-of-the-iberian-peninsula
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Marina Querejeta, Angel Fernández-González, Rafael Romero, Jose Castresana
The genetic structure of small semiaquatic animals may be influenced by dispersal across both rivers and land. The relative importance of these two modes of dispersal may vary across different species and with ecological conditions and evolutionary periods. The Pyrenean desman (Galemys pyrenaicus) is an endemic mammal of the Iberian Peninsula with a strong phylogeographic structure and semiaquatic habits, thus making it an ideal model to study the effects of river and overland dispersal on its genetic structure...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649268/muscle-development-in-the-shark-scyliorhinus-canicula-implications-for-the-evolution-of-the-gnathostome-head-and-paired-appendage-musculature
#14
Janine M Ziermann, Renata Freitas, Rui Diogo
BACKGROUND: The origin of jawed vertebrates was marked by profound reconfigurations of the skeleton and muscles of the head and by the acquisition of two sets of paired appendages. Extant cartilaginous fish retained numerous plesiomorphic characters of jawed vertebrates, which include several aspects of their musculature. Therefore, myogenic studies on sharks are essential in yielding clues on the developmental processes involved in the origin of the muscular anatomy. RESULTS: Here we provide a detailed description of the development of specific muscular units integrating the cephalic and appendicular musculature of the shark model, Scyliorhinus canicula...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648100/the-replacement-of-assertive-outreach-services-by-reinforcing-local-community-teams-a-replication-study-reporting-comparative-outcomes-and-patient-reported-experience
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Mike Firn, Maria Alonso-Vicente, Dieneke Hubbeling, Jess Holley, Sarah Jane White, Ben Jones
BACKGROUND: This is the third in a series of papers on patient outcomes and other consequences of the withdrawal of specialist assertive outreach (AO) teams. We previously reported positive outcomes for patients receiving a less intensive service at up to four years, but had not systematically interviewed patients. AIMS: To test the generalizability of earlier findings through replication in another service. To complement the analysis of service utilisation with patient reported experience between the two treatment models...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647871/cytoskeleton-as-a-target-of-quinolinic-acid-neurotoxicity-insight-from-animal-models
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REVIEW
Paula Pierozan, Regina Pessoa-Pureur
Cytoskeletal proteins are increasingly recognized as having important roles as a target of the action of different neurotoxins. In the last years, several works of our group have shown that quinolinic acid (QUIN) was able to disrupt the homeostasis of the cytoskeleton of neural cells and this was associated with cell dysfunction and neurodegeneration. QUIN is an excitotoxic metabolite of tryptophan metabolism and its accumulation is associated with several neurodegenerative diseases. In the present review, we provide a comprehensive view of the actions of QUIN upstream of glutamate receptors, eliciting kinase/phosphatase signaling cascades that disrupt the homeostasis of the phosphorylation system associated with intermediate filament proteins of astrocytes and neurons...
June 24, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647591/chitosan-based-nanocomposites-for-the-repair-of-bone-defects
#17
L Keller, A Regiel-Futyra, M Gimeno, S Eap, G Mendoza, V Andreu, Q Wagner, A Kyzioł, V Sebastian, G Stochel, M Arruebo, N Benkirane-Jessel
Chitosan scaffolds of different deacetylation degrees, average molecular weights and concentrations reinforced with silica nanoparticles were prepared for bone tissue regeneration. The resulting nanocomposites showed similar pore sizes (<300 μm) regardless the deacetylation degree and concentration used in their formulation. Their mechanical compression resistance was increased by a 30% with the addition of silica nanoparticles as nanofillers. The biocompatibility of the three-dimensional chitosan scaffolds was confirmed by the Alamar Blue assay in human primary osteoblasts as well as the formation of cell spheroids indicative of their great potential for bone regeneration...
June 22, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647507/differential-replication-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-viruses-in-mice-determine-lethality
#18
Marco Cacciabue, María Soledad García-Núñez, Fernando Delgado, Anabella Currá, Rubén Marrero, Paula Molinari, Elizabeth Rieder, Elisa Carrillo, María Inés Gismondi
Adult C57BL/6J mice have been used to study Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) biology. In this work, two variants of an FMDV A/Arg/01 strain exhibiting differential pathogenicity in adult mice were identified and characterized: a non-lethal virus (A01NL) caused mild signs of disease, whereas a lethal virus (A01L) caused death within 24-48h independently of the dose used. Both viruses caused a systemic infection with pathological changes in the exocrine pancreas. Virus A01L reached higher viral loads in plasma and organs of inoculated mice as well as increased replication in an ovine kidney cell line...
June 22, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647450/central-administration-of-ghrelin-induces-conditioned-avoidance-in-rodents
#19
Erik Schéle, Christopher Cook, Marie Le May, Tina Bake, Simon M Luckman, Suzanne L Dickson
Feelings of hunger carry a negative-valence (emotion) signal that appears to be conveyed through agouti-related peptide (AgRP) neurons in the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus. The circulating hunger hormone, ghrelin, activates these neurons although it remains unclear whether it also carries a negative-valence signal. Given that ghrelin also activates pathways in the midbrain that are important for reward, it remains possible that ghrelin could act as a positive reinforcer and hence, carry a positive-valence signal...
June 21, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647389/improving-abnormality-detection-on-chest-radiography-using-game-like-reinforcement-mechanics
#20
Po-Hao Chen, Howard Roth, Maya Galperin-Aizenberg, Alexander T Ruutiainen, Warren Gefter, Tessa S Cook
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Despite their increasing prevalence, online textbooks, question banks, and digital references focus primarily on explicit knowledge. Implicit skills such as abnormality detection require repeated practice on clinical service and have few digital substitutes. Using mechanics traditionally deployed in video games such as clearly defined goals, rapid-fire levels, and narrow time constraints may be an effective way to teach implicit skills. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We created a freely available, online module to evaluate the ability of individuals to differentiate between normal and abnormal chest radiographs by implementing mechanics, including instantaneous feedback, rapid-fire cases, and 15-second timers...
June 21, 2017: Academic Radiology
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