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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921226/the-relationship-between-aerosol-particles-chemical-composition-and-optical-properties-to-identify-the-biomass-burning-contribution-to-fine-particles-concentration-a-case-study-for-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-city-brazil
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Regina Maura de Miranda, Fabio Lopes, Nilton Évora do Rosário, Marcia Akemi Yamasoe, Eduardo Landulfo, Maria de Fatima Andrade
The air quality in the Metropolitan Area of São Paulo (MASP) is primarily determined by the local pollution source contribution, mainly the vehicular fleet, but there is a concern about the role of remote sources to the fine mode particles (PM2.5) concentration and composition. One of the most important remote sources of atmospheric aerosol is the biomass burning emissions from São Paulo state's inland and from the central and north portions of Brazil. This study presents a synergy of different measurements of atmospheric aerosol chemistry and optical properties in the MASP in order to show how they can be used as a tool to identify particles from local and remote sources...
December 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921099/thermoresponsive-microgels-containing-trehalose-as-soft-matrices-for-3d-cell-culture
#2
Małgorzata Burek, Sylwia Waśkiewicz, Anna Lalik, Sebastian Student, Tadeusz Bieg, Ilona Wandzik
A series of thermoresponsive glycomicrogels with trehalose in the cross-links or with trehalose in the cross-links and as pending moieties was synthesized. These materials were obtained by surfactant-free precipitation copolymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide and various amounts of trehalose monomers. The resultant particles showed a spherical shape and a submicrometer hydrodynamic size with a narrow size distribution. At 25 °C, glycomicrogels in solutions with physiological ionic strength formed stable colloids, which further gelled upon heating to physiological temperature forming a macroscopic hydrogel with an interconnected porous structure...
December 6, 2016: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918992/investigation-of-the-metabolites-of-the-hif-stabilizer-fg-4592-roxadustat-in-five-different-in-vitro-models-and-in-a-human-doping-control-sample-using-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry
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Annelie Hansson, Mario Thevis, Holly Cox, Geoff Miller, Daniel Eichner, Ulf Bondesson, Mikael Hedeland
FG-4592 is a hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) stabilizer, which can increase the number of red blood cells in the body. It has not been approved by regulatory authorities, but is available for purchase on the Internet. Due to its ability to improve the oxygen transportation mechanism in the body, FG-4592 is of interest for doping control laboratories, but prior to this study, little information about its metabolism was available. In this study, the metabolism of FG-4592 was investigated in a human doping control sample and in five in vitro models: human hepatocytes and liver microsomes, equine liver microsomes and S9 fraction and the fungus Cunninghamella elegans...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917868/examining-the-validity-of-the-phonon-gas-model-in-amorphous-materials
#4
Wei Lv, Asegun Henry
The idea of treating phonon transport as equivalent to transport through a gas of particles is termed the phonon gas model (PGM), and it has been used almost ubiquitously to try and understand heat conduction in all solids. However, most of the modes in disordered materials do not propagate and thus may contribute to heat conduction in a fundamentally different way than is described by the PGM. From a practical perspective, the problem with trying to apply the PGM to amorphous materials is the fact that one cannot rigorously define the phonon velocities for non-propagating modes, since there is no periodicity...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916827/localization-based-on-magnetic-markers-for-an-all-wheel-steering-vehicle
#5
Yeun Sub Byun, Young Chol Kim
Real-time continuous localization is a key technology in the development of intelligent transportation systems. In these systems, it is very important to have accurate information about the position and heading angle of the vehicle at all times. The most widely implemented methods for positioning are the global positioning system (GPS), vision-based system, and magnetic marker system. Among these methods, the magnetic marker system is less vulnerable to indoor and outdoor environment conditions; moreover, it requires minimal maintenance expenses...
November 29, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916534/critical-role-of-the-proton-dependent-oligopeptide-transporter-pot-in-the-cellular-uptake-of-the-peptidyl-nucleoside-antibiotic-blasticidin-s
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Kenji Kitamura, Eldaa Zefany Banami Kinsui, Fumiyoshi Abe
Blasticidin S (BlaS) interferes in the cell growth of both eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Its mode of action as a protein synthesis inhibitor has been investigated extensively. However, the mechanism of BlaS transport into the target cells is not understood well. Here, we show that Ptr2, a member of the proton-dependent oligopeptide transporter (POT) family, is responsible for the uptake of BlaS in yeasts Schizosaccharomyces pombe and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Notably, some mutants of Ptr2 that are dysfunctional in dipeptide uptake were still competent to transport BlaS...
December 1, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916176/functional-assessment-and-transplantation-of-the-donor-heart-after-circulatory-death
#7
Simon J Messer, Richard G Axell, Simon Colah, Paul A White, Marian Ryan, Aravinda A Page, Barbora Parizkova, Kamen Valchanov, Christopher W White, Darren H Freed, Euan Ashley, John Dunning, Martin Goddard, Jayan Parameshwar, Christopher J Watson, Thomas Krieg, Ayyaz Ali, Steven Tsui, Stephen R Large
BACKGROUND: After a severe shortage of brain-dead donors, the demand for heart transplantation has never been greater. In an attempt to increase organ supply, abdominal and lung transplant programs have turned to the donation after circulatory-determined death (DCD) donor. However, because heart function cannot be assessed after circulatory death, DCD heart transplantation was deemed high risk and never adopted routinely. We report a novel method of functional assessment of the DCD heart resulting in a successful clinical program...
December 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914919/expressing-a-moth-abcc2-gene-in-transgenic-drosophila-causes-susceptibility-to-bt-cry1ac-without-requiring-a-cadherin-like-protein-receptor
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Tristan Stevens, Sisi Song, John B Bruning, Amanda Choo, Simon W Baxter
Bt toxins ingested by insect pests can bind to midgut receptors and cause death, although several steps in this process remain unclear. Multiple Bt toxin receptors have been identified in Lepidoptera, including a cadherin-like protein (CaLP), which is central to several models explaining Bt toxins' mode of action. Mutations in the Plutella xylostella ATP-dependent binding cassette transporter C2 (Px-abcc2), rather than CaLP, are genetically linked with Bt Cry1Ac resistance. Here we expressed Px-abcc2 in Drosophila and performed larval bioassays to determine whether this protein acts as an effective Bt receptor...
November 30, 2016: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913432/von-economo-neurons-and-fork-cells-a-neurochemical-signature-linked-to-monoaminergic-function
#9
Anke A Dijkstra, Li-Chun Lin, Alissa L Nana, Stephanie E Gaus, William W Seeley
The human anterior cingulate and frontoinsular cortices are distinguished by 2 unique Layer 5 neuronal morphotypes, the von Economo neurons (VENs) and fork cells, whose biological identity remains mysterious. Insights could impact research on diverse neuropsychiatric diseases to which these cells have been linked. Here, we leveraged the Allen Brain Atlas to evaluate mRNA expression of 176 neurotransmitter-related genes and identified vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2), gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptor subunit θ (GABRQ), and adrenoreceptor α-1A (ADRA1A) expression in human VENs, fork cells, and a minority of neighboring Layer 5 neurons...
December 1, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912153/overground-vs-treadmill-walking-on-biomechanical-energy-harvesting-an-energetics-and-emg-study
#10
Jean-Paul Martin, Qingguo Li
A biomechanical energy harvester is a wearable device that generates electricity from human motion. Walking on a treadmill has been used almost exclusively by researchers for studying the energetic effects of biomechanical energy harvesters and wearable robotics. A treadmill provides the advantage of having long duration trials within a stationary motion capture volume. However, no consensus exists on whether the results from treadmill walking accurately represent overground walking. We aim to investigate how a biomechanical energy harvester performs overground compared to on a treadmill by measuring energy expenditure and muscle activity...
November 19, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911532/spin-nernst-effect-of-magnons-in-collinear-antiferromagnets
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Ran Cheng, Satoshi Okamoto, Di Xiao
In a collinear antiferromagnet with easy-axis anisotropy, symmetry guarantees that the spin wave modes are doubly degenerate. The two modes carry opposite spin angular momentum and exhibit opposite chirality. Using a honeycomb antiferromagnet in the presence of the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction, we show that a longitudinal temperature gradient can drive the two modes to opposite transverse directions, realizing a spin Nernst effect of magnons with vanishing thermal Hall current. We find that magnons around the Γ point and the K point contribute oppositely to the transverse spin transport, and their competition leads to a sign change of the spin Nernst coefficient at finite temperature...
November 18, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910623/an-upgraded-interferometer-polarimeter-system-for-broadband-fluctuation-measurements
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E Parke, W X Ding, J Duff, D L Brower
Measuring high-frequency fluctuations (above tearing mode frequencies) is important for diagnosing instabilities and transport phenomena. The Madison Symmetric Torus interferometer-polarimeter system has been upgraded to utilize improved planar-diode mixer technology. The new mixers reduce phase noise and allow more sensitive measurements of fluctuations at high frequency. Typical polarimeter rms phase noise values of 0.05°-0.07° are obtained with 400 kHz bandwidth. The low phase noise enables the resolution of fluctuations up to 250 kHz for polarimetry and 600 kHz for interferometry...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910584/fitting-of-the-thomson-scattering-density-and-temperature-profiles-on-the-compass-tokamak
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E Stefanikova, M Peterka, P Bohm, P Bilkova, M Aftanas, M Sos, J Urban, M Hron, R Panek
A new technique for fitting the full radial profiles of electron density and temperature obtained by the Thomson scattering diagnostic in H-mode discharges on the COMPASS tokamak is described. The technique combines the conventionally used modified hyperbolic tangent function for the edge transport barrier (pedestal) fitting and a modification of a Gaussian function for fitting the core plasma. Low number of parameters of this combined function and their straightforward interpretability and controllability provide a robust method for obtaining physically reasonable profile fits...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910571/a-collimated-neutron-detector-for-rfp-plasmas-in-mst
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W J Capecchi, J K Anderson, P J Bonofiglo, J Kim, S Sears
The neutron emissivity profile in the Madison Symmetric Torus is being reconstructed through the use of a collimated neutron detector. A scintillator-photomultiplier tube (PMT) system is employed to detect the fusion neutrons with the plasma viewing volume defined by a 55 cm deep, 5 cm diameter aperture. Effective detection of neutrons from the viewing volume is achieved through neutron moderation using 1300 lbs of high density polyethylene shielding, which modeling predicts attenuates the penetrating flux by a factor of 10(4) or more...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910473/2d-spatial-profile-measurements-of-potential-fluctuation-with-heavy-ion-beam-probe-on-the-large-helical-device
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A Shimizu, T Ido, M Nishiura, S Kato, K Ogawa, H Takahashi, H Igami, Y Yoshimura, S Kubo, T Shimozuma
Two-dimensional spatial profiles of potential fluctuation were measured with the heavy ion beam probe (HIBP) in the Large Helical Device (LHD). For 2D spatial profile measurements, the probe beam energy has to be changed, which requires the adjustment of many deflectors in the beam transport line to optimize the beam trajectory, since the transport line of LHD-HIBP system is long. The automatic beam adjustment system was developed, which allows us to adjust the beam trajectory easily. By analyzing coherence between potential fluctuation and magnetic probe signal, the noise level of the mode power spectrum of the potential fluctuation can be reduced...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910353/design-of-tangential-viewing-phase-contrast-imaging-for-turbulence-measurements-in-jt-60sa
#16
K Tanaka, S Coda, M Yoshida, H Sasao, Y Kawano, R Imazawa, H Kubo, Y Kamada
A tangential viewing phase contrast imaging system is being designed for the JT-60SA tokamak to investigate microturbulence. In order to obtain localized information on the turbulence, a spatial-filtering technique is applied, based on magnetic shearing. The tangential viewing geometry enhances the radial localization. The probing laser beam is injected tangentially and traverses the entire plasma region including both low and high field sides. The spatial resolution for an Internal Transport Barrier discharge is estimated at 30%-70% of the minor radius at k = 5 cm(-1), which is the typical expected wave number of ion scale turbulence such as ion temperature gradient/trapped electron mode...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908977/physostomous-channel-catfish-ictalurus-punctatus-modify-swimming-mode-and-buoyancy-based-on-flow-conditions
#17
Makoto A Yoshida, Daisuke Yamamoto, Katsufumi Sato
The employment of gliding in aquatic animals as a means of conserving energy has been theoretically predicted and discussed for decades. Several studies have shown that some species glide, whereas others do not. Freshwater fish species that widely inhabit both lentic and lotic environments are thought to be able to adapt to fluctuating flow conditions in terms of locomotion. In adapting to the different functional demands of lentic and lotic environments on fish energetics, physostomous (open swim bladder) fish may optimise their locomotion and activity by controlling their net buoyancy; few buoyancy studies have however been conducted on physostomous fish in the wild...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906867/external-validation-of-the-air-medical-prehospital-triage-score-for-identifying-trauma-patients-likely-to-benefit-from-scene-helicopter-transport
#18
Joshua B Brown, Mark L Gestring, Francis X Guyette, Matthew R Rosengart, Nicole A Stassen, Raquel M Forsythe, Timothy R Billiar, Andrew B Peitzman, Jason L Sperry
BACKGROUND: The Air Medical Prehospital Triage (AMPT) score was developed to identify injured patients who may benefit from scene helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) transport. External validation using a different dataset is essential to ensure reliable performance. The study objective was to validate the effectiveness of the AMPT score to identify patients with a survival benefit from HEMS using the Pennsylvania Trauma Outcomes Study (PTOS) registry. METHODS: Patients age≥16years undergoing scene HEMS or ground EMS (GEMS) transport in the PTOS registry 2000-2013 were included...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900865/-treatment-of-dyslipidemia-is-here-still-place-for-cetp-inhibitors
#19
Ján Murín, Miroslav Pernický, Soňa Kiňová
In the treatment of dyslipidemias about 5-6 years back a new class of drugs emerged, CETP (cholesteryl ester transfer protein)-inhibitors. Their benefit was due to an increase of HDL-cholesterol (HDL-C) serum levels. This treatment mode was supported by epidemiological and clinical studies, as people with high serum HDL-C levels suffered less from cardiovascular (CV) events. Three studies with CETP inhibitors (ILLUMINATE with torcetrapib, dal-OUTCOMES with dalcetrapib and ACCELERATE with evacetrapib) were unfortunately negative, and torcetrapib was even harmful to patients due to an increase of aldosterone serum levels...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890676/combined-in-vitro-and-in-silico-approaches-to-the-assessment-of-stimulant-properties-of-novel-psychoactive-substances-the-case-of-the-benzofuran-5-mapb
#20
Michelle A Sahai, Colin Davidson, George Khelashvili, Vincenzo Barrese, Neelakshi Dutta, Harel Weinstein, Jolanta Opacka-Juffry
Novel psychoactive substances (NPS) are increasingly prevalent world-wide although their pharmacological characteristics are largely unknown; those with stimulant properties, due to interactions with the dopamine transporter (DAT), have addictive potential which their users may not realise. We evaluated the binding of 1-(1-benzofuran-5-yl)-N-methylpropan-2-amine (5-MAPB) to rat striatal DAT by means of quantitative autoradiography with [(125)I]RTI-121, and the effects of 5-MAPB on electrically-evoked dopamine efflux by fast-cyclic voltammetry in rat brain slices...
November 24, 2016: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
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