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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817580/criticality-predicts-maximum-irregularity-in-recurrent-networks-of-excitatory-nodes
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Yahya Karimipanah, Zhengyu Ma, Ralf Wessel
A rigorous understanding of brain dynamics and function requires a conceptual bridge between multiple levels of organization, including neural spiking and network-level population activity. Mounting evidence suggests that neural networks of cerebral cortex operate at a critical regime, which is defined as a transition point between two phases of short lasting and chaotic activity. However, despite the fact that criticality brings about certain functional advantages for information processing, its supporting evidence is still far from conclusive, as it has been mostly based on power law scaling of size and durations of cascades of activity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817579/the-link-between-bond-forfeiture-and-pretrial-release-mechanism-the-case-of-dallas-county-texas
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Stephen J Clipper, Robert G Morris, Amanda Russell-Kaplan
PURPOSE: The goal of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of four pretrial jail release mechanisms (i.e., bond types) commonly used during the pretrial phase of the criminal justice process in terms of their ability to discriminate between defendants failing to appear in court (i.e., bond forfeiture). These include attorney bonds, cash bonds, commercial bail bonds, and release via a pretrial services agency. METHODS: A multi-treatment propensity score matching protocol was employed to assess between-release-mechanism differences in the conditional probability of failure to appear/bond forfeiture...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817215/unexpected-collective-larval-dispersal-but-little-support-for-sweepstakes-reproductive-success-in-the-highly-dispersive-brooding-mollusk-crepidula-fornicata
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Florentine Riquet, Thierry Comtet, Thomas Broquet, Frédérique Viard
In many marine invertebrates, long-distance dispersal is achieved during an extended pelagic larval phase. Although such dispersal should result in high gene flow over broad spatial scales, fine-scale genetic structure has often been reported, a pattern attributed to interfamilial variance in reproductive success and limited homogenization during dispersal. To examine this hypothesis, the genetic diversity of dispersing larvae must be compared with the post-dispersal stages, i.e. benthic recruits and adults...
August 17, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816374/no-change-in-energy-efficiency-in-lactation-insights-from-a-longitudinal-study
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Richard L Bender, Heather S Williams, Darna L Dufour
OBJECTIVES: Lactation is the most energy-demanding phase of reproduction for human females, but it is still unclear how women in different environments are able to meet this additional energy demand. Previous studies have investigated whether changes in metabolism could have an energy-sparing effect in lactation, with conflicting results. Here, we asked whether increased energy efficiency in physical activity serves as an energy-sparing mechanism in lactation. METHODS: We used a longitudinal design with a control group...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815597/cardiac-action-potential-repolarization-re-visited-early-repolarization-shows-all-or-none-behaviour
#5
Beatriz Trenor, Karen Cardona, Javier Saiz, Denis Noble, Wayne Giles
In healthy mammalian hearts the action potential (AP) waveform initiates and modulates each contraction, or heartbeat. As a result, action potential height and duration are key physiological variables. In addition, rate-dependent changes in ventricular action potential duration (APD), and variations in APD at a fixed heart rate, are both reliable biomarkers of electrophysiological stability. Present guidelines for the likelihood that candidate drugs will increase arrhythmias rely on small changes in APD and Q-T intervals as criteria for Safety Pharmacology decisions...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815463/the-many-faces-and-phases-of-ceramide-and-sphingomyelin-i-single-lipids
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REVIEW
María Laura Fanani, Bruno Maggio
Ceramides, the simplest kind of two-chained sphingolipids, contain a single hydroxyl group in position 1 of the sphingoid base. Sphingomyelins further contain a phosphocholine group at the OH of position 1 of ceramide. Ceramides and sphingomyelins show a variety of species depending on the fatty acyl chain length, hydroxylation, and unsaturation. Because of the relatively high transition temperature of sphingomyelin compared to lecithin and, particularly, of ceramides with 16:0-18:0 saturated chains, a widespread idea on their functional importance refers to formation of rather solid domains enriched in sphingomyelin and ceramide...
August 16, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814344/microbial-phylogeny-determines-transcriptional-response-of-resistome-to-dynamic-composting-processes
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Cheng Wang, Da Dong, P J Strong, Weijing Zhu, Zhuang Ma, Yong Qin, Weixiang Wu
BACKGROUND: Animal manure is a reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) that pose a potential health risk globally, especially for resistance to the antibiotics commonly used in livestock production (such as tetracycline, sulfonamide, and fluoroquinolone). Currently, the effects of biological treatment (composting) on the transcriptional response of manure ARGs and their microbial hosts are not well characterized. Composting is a dynamic process that consists of four distinct phases that are distinguished by the temperature resulting from microbial activity, namely the mesophilic, thermophilic, cooling, and maturing phases...
August 16, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813142/atomic-force-microscopy-infrared-spectroscopy-of-individual-atmospheric-aerosol-particles-sub-diffraction-limit-vibrational-spectroscopy-and-morphological-analysis
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Amy Lynne Bondy, Rachel M Kirpes, Rachel Leah Merzel, Kerri A Pratt, Mark M Banaszak Holl, Andrew P Ault
Chemical analysis of atmospheric aerosols is an analytical challenge, as aerosol particles are complex chemical mixtures that can contain hundreds to thousands of species in attoliter volumes at the most abundant sizes in the atmosphere (~100 nm). These particles have global impacts on climate and health, but there are few methods available that combine imaging and the detailed molecular information from vibrational spectroscopy for individual particles <500 nm. Herein, we show the first application of atomic force microscopy with infrared spectroscopy (AFM-IR) to detect trace organic and inorganic species and probe intraparticle chemical variation in individual particles down to 150 nm...
August 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812634/optimization-of-lag-phase-shapes-the-evolution-of-a-bacterial-enzyme
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Bharat V Adkar, Michael Manhart, Sanchari Bhattacharyya, Jian Tian, Michael Musharbash, Eugene I Shakhnovich
Mutations provide the variation that drives evolution, yet their effects on fitness remain poorly understood. Here we explore how mutations in the essential enzyme adenylate kinase (Adk) of Escherichia coli affect multiple phases of population growth. We introduce a biophysical fitness landscape for these phases, showing how they depend on molecular and cellular properties of Adk. We find that Adk catalytic capacity in the cell (the product of activity and abundance) is the major determinant of mutational fitness effects...
April 28, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811336/catastrophic-unbalanced-genome-rearrangements-cause-somatic-loss-of-berry-color-in-grapevine
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Pablo Carbonell-Bejerano, Carolina Royo, Rafael Torres-Pérez, Jérôme Grimplet, Lucie Fernandez, Jose M Franco-Zorrilla, Diego Lijavetzky, Elisa Baroja, Juana Martínez, Enrique García-Escudero, Javier Ibáñez, José M Martínez-Zapater
Grape color somatic variants that can be used to develop new grapevine cultivars occasionally appear associated to deletion events of uncertain origin. To understand the mutational mechanisms generating somatic structural variation in grapevine, we compared the Tempranillo Blanco (TB) white berry somatic variant to its black berry ancestor, Tempranillo Tinto. Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) uncovered a catastrophic genome rearrangement in TB that caused the hemizygous deletion of 313 genes, including the loss of the functional copy for the MYB transcription factors required for anthocyanin pigmentation in the berry skin...
August 15, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810617/multicomponent-quantification-of-astragalus-residue-fermentation-liquor-using-ion-chromatography-integrated-pulsed-amperometric-detection
#11
Ying Zhang, Jiarong Wu, Quanhui Ni, Hong Dong
Chinese medicine residues contain abundant cellulose and hemicellulose, which are potential renewable carbon sources for ethanol production. The aim of the present study was to develop a rapid and reliable method to evaluate the cellulose and hemicellulose utilization in Chinese medicine residues. In the present study, key hydrolysates (arabinose, galactose, glucose, xylose, and cellobiose) of the cellulose and hemicellulose in fermentation liquor of Astragalus residues were simultaneously quantified by ion chromatography using an integrated pulsed amperometric detector (IPAD)...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810513/effects-of-source-and-seasonal-variations-of-natural-organic-matters-on-the-fate-and-transport-of-ceo2-nanoparticles-in-the-environment
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Zhen Li, Endalkachew Sahle-Demessie, Ashraf Aly Hassan, Jonathan G Pressman, George A Sorial, Changseok Han
Natural organic matter (NOM) affects the stability and transport of nanoparticles (NPs) in natural waters by modifying their physiochemical properties. Source location, and seasonal variations, influence their molecular, physical and electrical charge properties. To understand the variations of NOM on the mobilization of NPs, large volumes of water were collected from the Ohio River (OR) over winter and summer seasons and dissolved NOMs were concentrated. The chemical and structural differences of these NOMs were compared with the Suwannee River humic acid (SRHA) SRHA using (1)H and (13)C nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and Fourier transforms infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy...
August 8, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810124/ferroelectric-phase-transition-induced-a-large-fmr-tuning-in-self-assembled-batio3-y3fe5o12-multiferroic-composites
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Guohua Dong, Ziyao Zhou, Xu Xue, Yijun Zhang, Bin Peng, Mengmeng Guan, Shishun Zhao, Zhongqiang Hu, Wei Ren, Zuo-Guang Ye, Ming Liu
Yttrium iron garnet (YIG) is of great importance in RF/microwave devices for its low loss, low intrinsic damping and high permeability. Nevertheless, tuning of YIG based multiferroics is still a challenge due to its near zero magnetostriction and the difficulty of building epitaxial interface between ferromagnetic garnet and ferroelectric perovskite phases. In this work, the vertical aligned heterostructure of YIG:BTO/STO(001) with local epitaxial interface between BTO and YIG is well-constructed, where the single crystal BTO pillars are embedded in YIG matrix...
August 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809133/orientation-relationships-in-al0-7cocrfeni-high-entropy-alloy
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Leo T H de Jeer, Václav Ocelík, Jeff T M De Hosson
A detailed microstructural evaluation was executed on the crystallographic texture as well as the mechanisms for nucleation, phase transformation, and grain growth in a Al0.7CoCrFeNi high-entropy alloy. The microstructure and crystallographic orientations were characterized by electron backscatter diffraction, and the chemical composition variations by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The cast Al0.7CoCrFeNi alloy started in the BCC phase and partially transformed into the FCC phase. It was found that the Pitsch orientation relationship (OR) dominates the nucleation mechanism of the FCC phase; however, deviations with respect to the Pitsch OR are observed and are attributed to the differently sized atoms forming an ordered B2 phase in the alloy causing lattice distortions...
August 15, 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809050/versatile-chromatographic-method-for-catechin-determination-in-development-of-topical-formulations-containing-natural-extracts
#15
Ricardo Ferreira-Nunes, Tamara Angelo, Sandra Márcia Mazutti da Silva, Pérola Oliveira Magalhães, Tais Gratieri, Marcílio Sérgio Soares da Cunha-Filho, Guilherme Martins Gelfuso
Catechin is found in several natural sources, as Eugenia dysenterica and Syzygium cumini extracts. Its antioxidant and UV-protective properties suggest a potential use in cosmetic and dermatological formulations. A simple analytical method capable of giving support to experiments performed along the development of topical formulations containing this natural substance (i.e., drug assay, skin permeation and stability studies), however, is still demanded. Thus, this work aimed to develop and validate a selective HPLC method for catechin determination during the development of topical formulations...
August 15, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808938/advances-in-vaccines-to-prevent-viral-respiratory-illnesses-in-children
#16
Aleisha J Anderson, Tom L Snelling, Hannah C Moore, Christopher C Blyth
Childhood vaccination has played a critical role in the reduction of morbidity and mortality from communicable diseases, including specific respiratory pathogens. Acute lower respiratory infection (ALRI) of both bacterial and viral aetiology continues to impact global child health. Key bacterial pathogens including Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenza type b are specifically targeted with current vaccination programmes, while at present there are less effective strategies for the prevention of viral disease...
August 14, 2017: Paediatric Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808695/resolving-multicopy-duplications-de-novo-using-polyploid-phasing
#17
Mark J Chaisson, Sudipto Mukherjee, Sreeram Kannan, Evan E Eichler
While the rise of single-molecule sequencing systems has enabled an unprecedented rise in the ability to assemble complex regions of the genome, long segmental duplications in the genome still remain a challenging frontier in assembly. Segmental duplications are at the same time both gene rich and prone to large structural rearrangements, making the resolution of their sequences important in medical and evolutionary studies. Duplicated sequences that are collapsed in mammalian de novo assemblies are rarely identical; after a sequence is duplicated, it begins to acquire paralog specific variants...
May 2017: Research in Computational Molecular Biology: ... Annual International Conference, RECOMB ...: Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806523/production-of-concentrated-pickering-emulsions-with-narrow-size-distributions-using-stirred-cell-membrane-emulsification
#18
Mohamed Soyeb Manga, David W York
Stirred cell membrane emulsification (SCME) has been employed to prepare concentrated Pickering oil in water emulsions solely stabilized by fumed silica nanoparticles. The optimal conditions under which highly stable and low polydispersity concentrated emulsions using the SCME approach are highlighted. Optimization of the oil flux rates and the paddle stirrer speeds are critical to achieving control over the droplet size and size distribution. Investigating the influence of oil volume fraction highlights the criticality of the initial particle loading in the continuous phase on the final droplet size and polydispersity...
August 14, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806147/phase-variation-of-clostridium-difficile-virulence-factors
#19
Brandon R Anjuwon-Foster, Rita Tamayo
Clostridium difficile is a leading cause of nosocomial infections, causing disease that ranges from mild diarrhea to potentially fatal colitis. A variety of surface proteins, including flagella, enable C. difficile colonization of the intestine. Once in the intestine, toxigenic C. difficile secretes two glucosylating toxins, TcdA and TcdB, which elicit inflammation and diarrheal disease symptoms. Regulation of colonization factors and TcdA and TcdB is an intense area of research in C. difficile biology. A recent publication from our group describes a novel regulatory mechanism that mediates the ON/OFF expression of co-regulated virulence factors of C...
August 14, 2017: Gut Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806094/the-relationship-of-throwing-arm-mechanics-and-elbow-varus-torque-within-subject-variation-for-professional-baseball-pitchers-across-82-000-throws
#20
Christopher L Camp, Travis G Tubbs, Glenn S Fleisig, Joshua S Dines, David M Dines, David W Altchek, Brittany Dowling
BACKGROUND: Likely due to the high level of strain exerted across the elbow during the throwing motion, elbow injuries are on the rise in baseball. To identify at-risk athletes and guide postinjury return-to-throw programs, a better understanding of the variables that influence elbow varus torque is desired. PURPOSE: To describe the within-subject relationship between elbow varus torque and arm slot and arm rotation in professional baseball pitchers. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive laboratory study...
August 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
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