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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29475204/time-frequency-features-for-impedance-cardiography-signals-during-anesthesia-using-different-distribution-kernels
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Jesús Escrivá Muñoz, Pedro Gambús, Erik W Jensen, Montserrat Vallverdú
OBJECTIVE: This works investigates the time-frequency content of impedance cardiography signals during a propofol-remifentanil anesthesia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In the last years, impedance cardiography (ICG) is a technique which has gained much attention. However, ICG signals need further investigation. Time-Frequency Distributions (TFDs) with 5 different kernels are used in order to analyze impedance cardiography signals (ICG) before the start of the anesthesia and after the loss of consciousness...
January 2018: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29475182/a-comprehensive-study-on-the-photocatalytic-activity-of-coupled-copper-oxide-cadmium-sulfide-nanoparticles
#2
Samaneh Senobari, Alireza Nezamzadeh-Ejhieh
Coupled CdS-CuO nanoparticles (NPs) subjected in the photocatalytic degradation of Methylene blue (MB) aqueous solution. The calcination temperature and the crystallite phase of CuO had a significant role on the photocatalytic activity of the coupled system and CuO200/2h -CdS catalyst (containing CuO calcined at 200°C for 2h) showed the best photocatalytic activity. The coupled system showed increased activity with respect to the monocomponent semiconductors. The prepared catalysts characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope equipped with energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analyzer, x-ray mapping, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) techniques...
February 15, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29475181/impact-of-the-alkyl-chain-length-on-binding-of-imidazolium-based-ionic-liquids-to-bovine-serum-albumin
#3
Mengyue Zhang, Ying Wang, Hongmei Zhang, Jian Cao, Zhenghao Fei, Yanqing Wang
The effects of six imidazolium-based ionic liquids (ILs) with different alkyl chain length ([Cn Mim]Cl, n=2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12) on the structure and functions of bovine serum albumin (BSA) were studied by multi-spectral methods and molecular docking. ILs with the longer alkyl chain length have the stronger binding interaction with BSA and the greater conformational damage to protein. The effects of ILs on the functional properties of BSA were further studied by the determination of non-enzyme esterase activity, β-fibrosis and other properties of BSA...
February 14, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29475175/guiding-exploration-in-conformational-feature-space-with-lipschitz-underestimation-for-ab-initio-protein-structure-prediction
#4
Xiaohu Hao, Guijun Zhang, Xiaogen Zhou
Computing conformations which are essential to associate structural and functional information with gene sequences, is challenging due to the high dimensionality and rugged energy surface of the protein conformational space. Consequently, the dimension of the protein conformational space should be reduced to a proper level, and an effective exploring algorithm should be proposed. In this paper, a plug-in method for guiding exploration in conformational feature space with Lipschitz underestimation (LUE) for ab-initio protein structure prediction is proposed...
February 6, 2018: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29475142/neural-electrical-activity-and-neural-network-growth
#5
F M Gafarov
The development of central and peripheral neural system depends in part on the emergence of the correct functional connectivity in its input and output pathways. Now it is generally accepted that molecular factors guide neurons to establish a primary scaffold that undergoes activity-dependent refinement for building a fully functional circuit. However, a number of experimental results obtained recently shows that the neuronal electrical activity plays an important role in the establishing of initial interneuronal connections...
February 9, 2018: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29475114/experimental-and-simulation-study-of-the-restoration-of-a-thallium-i-contaminated-aquifer-by-permeable-adsorptive-barriers-pabs
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G F Santonastaso, A Erto, I Bortone, S Chianese, A Di Nardo, D Musmarra
Permeable Adsorptive Barriers (PABs), filled with a commercial activated carbon, are tested as a technique for the remediation of a thallium (I)-contaminated aquifer located in the south of Italy. Thallium adsorption capacity of the activated carbon is experimentally determined through dedicated laboratory tests, allowing to obtain the main modelling parameters to describe the adsorption phenomena within the barrier. A 2D numerical model, solved by using a finite element approach via COMSOL Multi-physics®, is used to simulate the contaminant transport within the aquifer and for the PAB design...
February 20, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29475101/analyzing-%C3%AE-calpain-induced-proteolysis-in-a-myofibril-model-system-with-vibrational-and-fluorescence-spectroscopy
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Petter Vejle Andersen, Jens Petter Wold, Eva Veiseth-Kent
Degree of post-mortem proteolysis influences overall meat quality (e.g. tenderness and water holding capacity). Degradation of isolated pork myofibril proteins by μ-Calpain for 0, 15 or 45 min was analyzed using four spectroscopic techniques; Raman, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), near infrared (NIR) and fluorescence spectroscopy. Sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis was used to determine degree of proteolysis. The main changes detected by FT-IR and Raman spectroscopy were degradation of protein backbones manifested in the spectra as an increase in terminal carboxylic acid vibrations, a decrease in CN vibration, as well as an increase in skeletal vibrations...
February 10, 2018: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29475088/the-arabidopsis-gork-k-channel-is-phosphorylated-by-calcium-dependent-protein-kinase-21-cpk21-which-in-turn-is-activated-by-14-3-3-proteins
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P J M van Kleeff, J Gao, S Mol, N Zwart, H Zhang, K W Li, A H de Boer
Potassium (K+ ) is a vital ion for many processes in the plant and fine-tuned ion channels control the K+ -fluxes across the plasma membrane. GORK is an outward-rectifying K+ -channel with important functions in stomatal closure and in root K+ -homeostasis. In this study, post-translational modification of the Arabidopsis GORK ion channel and its regulation by 14-3-3 proteins was investigated. To investigate the possible interaction between GORK and 14-3-3s an in vivo pull-down from an Arabidopsis protein extract with recombinant GORK C-terminus (GORK-C) indeed identified endogenous 14-3-3s (LAMBDA, CHI, NU) as binding partners in a phosphorylation dependent manner...
February 16, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29475080/partial-maxillectomy-for-ameloblastoma-of-the-maxilla-with-infratemporal-fossa-involvement-a-combined-endoscopic-endonasal-and-transoral-approach
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Anasuya Guha, Libor Hart, Helena Polachova, Martin Chovanec, Petr Schalek
BACKGROUND: Ameloblastoma represents the most common epithelial odontogenic tumor. Because of the proximity of the maxillary tumors to the orbit and skull base, it should be managed as radically as possible. Maxillectomy mainly via the transfacial or transoral approach represents the most common type of surgical procedure. Drawback of these approaches is limited control of the superiomedial extent of the tumour in the paranasal area. We report the use of a combined endoscopic endonasal and transoral approach to manage maxillary plexiform ameloblastoma in a 48 year old male patient...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Stomatology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29475071/pre-clinical-validation-of-a-closed-surface-system-cryotop-sc-for-the-vitrification-of-oocytes-and-embryos-in-the-mouse-model
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Damià Castelló, Ana Cobo, Enric Mestres, Maria Garcia, Ivette Vanrell, José Alejandro Remohí, Gloria Calderón, Nuno Costa-Borges
Vitrification is currently a well-established technique for the cryopreservation of oocytes and embryos. It can be achieved either by direct (open systems) or indirect (closed systems) contact with liquid nitrogen. While there is not a direct evidence of disease transmission by transferred cryopreserved embryos, it was experimentally demonstrated that cross-contamination between liquid nitrogen and embryos may occur, and thus, the use of closed devices has been recommended to avoid the risk of contamination...
February 20, 2018: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29475035/nickel-cysteine-nanoparticles-synthesis-characterization-and-application-for-direct-electron-transfer-studies
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Ensiyeh Sharifi, Esmaeil Shams, Abdollah Salimi, Abdollah Noorbakhsh, Mohammad K Amini
Nickel-cysteine nanostructures (Ni-CysNSs) are prepared by a simple wet chemistry procedure under mild conditions, in which l-cysteine acts both as precursor and structure directing agent. This method involves the reaction of nickel chloride with l-cysteine, followed by simultaneous adjusting the pH in the range of 6-8.5 by addition of an aqueous NaOH solution. The structure and morphology of the prepared products are characterized using various techniques, including X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform-infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, CHNS elemental analysis, Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
January 31, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29475003/neuropathic-pain-models-caused-by-damage-to-central-or-peripheral-nervous-system
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REVIEW
Anil Kumar, Harshpreet Kaur, Arti Singh
Neuropathic Pain (NP) is a painful condition which is a direct consequence of a lesion or disease affecting the somatosensory system with symptoms like allodynia, hyperalgesia. It has complex pathogenesis as it involves several molecular signaling pathways, thus numerous reliable animal models are crucial to understand the underlying mechanism of NP and formulate effective management therapy. Some models like spinal cord injury, chronic constriction injury, spinal nerve ligation, chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy, diabetes-induced NP and many more are discussed...
October 2, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29474987/organic-and-inorganic-nano-fe-3-o-4-alga-ulva-flexuosa-based-synthesis-antimicrobial-effects-and-acute-toxicity-to-briny-water-rotifer-brachionus-rotundiformis
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Sakineh Mashjoor, Morteza Yousefzadi, Hossein Zolgharnain, Ehsan Kamrani, Mojtaba Alishahi
Following the recent progress in magnetic nanotechnology, concern over the optimal benefits and potential risks of iron oxide nanoparticles (Fe NPs), has increased. Hence, to minimize the negative impacts of inorganic Fe NPs, we report the phyco-synthesis and characterization of superparamagnetic Fe3 O4 NPs via reduction of ferric/ferrous chloride solution (2:1 M ratio; 88 °C) with green macroalga, Ulva flexuosa (wulfen) J.Agardh aqueous extract. The biogenic process is clean, eco-friendly, rapid, and facile to handle...
February 20, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29474951/teaching-of-posterior-composites-in-dental-schools-in-japan-30-years-and-beyond
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Mikako Hayashi, Tomomi Yamada, Christopher D Lynch, Nairn H F Wilson
OBJECTIVES: The teaching of posterior composites has been a major part of the curriculum in Japanese dental education for several decades. The aim of this paper was to investigate the current trends in the teaching of posterior composites to undergraduate dental students in Japan by comparing the results of surveys conducted for over 30 years. METHODS: In late 2016-early 2017, a questionnaire seeking information on the teaching of posterior composites was distributed via e-mail to the persons responsible for teaching operative dentistry in 29 dental schools having undergraduate dental degree programs in Japan...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29474940/information-framing-reduces-initial-negative-attitudes-in-cancer-patients-decisions-about-hospice-care
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Ilona Fridman, Paul A Glare, Stacy Stabler, Andrew S Epstein, Alison Wiesenthal, Thomas W Leblanc, E Tory Higgins
BACKGROUND: Negative attitudes toward hospice care might prevent patients with cancer from discussing and choosing hospice as they approach end of life. When making a decision, people often naturally focus on either expected benefits or avoidance of harm. Behavioral research demonstrated that framing information in an incongruent manner with patients' underlying motivational focus reduces their negative attitudes toward a disliked option. OBJECTIVE: Our study tests this communication technique with cancer patients, aiming to reduce negative attitudes toward a potentially beneficial but often-disliked option: hospice care...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29474923/a-visible-fluorescent-nanovaccine-based-on-functional-genipin-crosslinked-ovalbumin-protein-nanoparticles
#16
Xia Dong, Zhiting Sun, Jie Liang, Hai Wang, Dunwan Zhu, Xigang Leng, Chun Wang, Deling Kong, Feng Lv
Accurate and efficient antigen delivery is crucial for inducing a strong and long-term immune response. A visible protein nanovaccine made from antigen could provide a novel and promising technology for secure and efficient delivery of the antigen with imaging visualization. In this study, a functional nanovaccine based on genipin crosslinked ovalbumin (OVA) fluorescent nanoparticles with chitosan (CS-OVA-NPs) was developed. The nanovaccine can carry abundant antigens by self-crosslinking without additional carriers...
February 20, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29474898/doe-based-olanzapine-loaded-poly-caprolactone-nanoparticles-decreases-extrapyramidal-effects-in-rodent-model
#17
Emil Joseph, Satish Reddi, Vibhu Rinwa, Garima Balwani, Ranendra Saha
The purpose of present investigation was to nano-encapsulate atypical antipsychotic such as Olanzapine in polymeric nanoparticles in order to explore the possibility of minimizing drug associated extrapyramidal adverse effects. The polymeric nanoparticulate systems were prepared using FDA approved polymer, polycaprolactone, by simple technique of nanoprecipitation using factorial design by DoE approach. The significant factors selected for the optimization during formulation development process were polymer content and surfactant concentration at three different levels (32 factorial design)...
February 20, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29474892/eeg-frequency-tagging-reveals-higher-order-intermodulation-components-as-neural-markers-of-learned-holistic-shape-representations
#18
Mark Vergeer, Naoki Kogo, Andrey R Nikolaev, Nihan Alp, Veerle Loozen, Brenda Schraepen, Johan Wagemans
Shape perception is intrinsically holistic: combinations of features give rise to configurations with emergent properties that are different from the sum of the parts. The current study investigated neural markers of holistic shape representations learned by means of categorization training. We used the EEG frequency tagging technique, where two parts of a shape stimulus were 'tagged' by modifying their contrast at different temporal frequencies. Signals from both parts are integrated and, as a result, emergent frequency components (so-called, intermodulation responses, IMs), caused by nonlinear interaction of two frequency signals, are observed in the EEG spectrum...
February 20, 2018: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29474888/preprocessing-of-2-dimensional-gel-electrophoresis-images-applied-to-proteomic-analysis-a-review
#19
Manuel Mauricio Goez, Maria Constanza Torres-Madroñero, Sarah Röthlisberger, Edilson Delgado-Trejos
Various methods and specialized software programs are available for processing two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DGE) images. However, due to the anomalies present in these images, a reliable, automated, and highly reproducible system for 2-DGE image analysis has still not been achieved. The most common anomalies found in 2-DGE images include vertical and horizontal streaking, fuzzy spots, and background noise, which greatly complicate computational analysis. In this paper, we review the preprocessing techniques applied to 2-DGE images for noise reduction, intensity normalization, and background correction...
February 20, 2018: Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29474887/genome-writing-current-progress-and-related-applications
#20
Yueqiang Wang, Yue Shen, Ying Gu, Shida Zhu, Ye Yin
The ultimate goal of synthetic biology is to build customized cells or organisms to meet specific industrial or medical needs. The most important part of the customized cell is a synthetic genome. Advanced genomic writing technologies are required to build such an artificial genome. Recently, the partially-completed synthetic yeast genome project represents a milestone in this field. In this mini review, we briefly introduce the techniques for de novo genome synthesis and genome editing. Furthermore, we summarize recent research progresses and highlight several applications in the synthetic genome field...
February 20, 2018: Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics
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