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Claudia Kathe, Thomas Haynes Hutson, Stephen Brendan McMahon, Lawrence David Falcon Moon
Brain and spinal injury reduce mobility and often impair sensorimotor processing in the spinal cord leading to spasticity. Here, we establish that complete transection of corticospinal pathways in the pyramids impairs locomotion and leads to increased spasms and excessive mono- and polysynaptic low threshold spinal reflexes in rats. Treatment of affected forelimb muscles with an adeno-associated viral vector (AAV) encoding human Neurotrophin-3 at a clinically-feasible time-point after injury reduced spasticity...
October 19, 2016: ELife
Pablo M Piaggi, Omar Valsson, Michele Parrinello
We study by computer simulation the nucleation of a supersaturated Lennard-Jones vapor into the liquid phase. The large free energy barriers to transition make the time scale of this process impossible to study by ordinary molecular dynamics simulations. Therefore we use a recently developed enhanced sampling method [Valsson and Parrinello, Phys. Rev. Lett.113, 090601 (2014)] based on the variational determination of a bias potential. We differ from previous applications of this method in that the bias is constructed on the basis of the physical model provided by the classical theory of nucleation...
October 18, 2016: Faraday Discussions
Nariyuki Saito, Nobuhisa Ishii, Teruto Kanai, Shuntaro Watanabe, Jiro Itatani
Long-wavelength lasers have great potential to become a new-generation drive laser for tabletop coherent light sources in the soft X-ray region. Because of the significantly low conversion efficiency from a long-wavelength light field to high-order harmonics, their pulse characterization has been carried out by measuring the carrier-envelope phase and/or spatial dependences of high harmonic spectra. However, these photon detection schemes, in general, have difficulty in obtaining information on the spectral phases, which is crucial to determine the temporal structures of high-order harmonics...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Michael S Businelle, Ping Ma, Darla E Kendzor, Summer G Frank, David W Wetter, Damon J Vidrine
BACKGROUND: Mobile phone‒based real-time ecological momentary assessments (EMAs) have been used to record health risk behaviors, and antecedents to those behaviors, as they occur in near real time. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine if intensive longitudinal data, collected via mobile phone, could be used to identify imminent risk for smoking lapse among socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers seeking smoking cessation treatment. METHODS: Participants were recruited into a randomized controlled smoking cessation trial at an urban safety-net hospital tobacco cessation clinic...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Gauthier Briere, Benoit Cluzel, Olivier Demichel
Although epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) metamaterials offer many unconventional ways to play with light, the optical impedance mismatch with surroundings can limit the efficiency of future devices. We report here on the improvement of the transmittance of an ENZ wavefront shaper. In this Letter, we first address the way to enhance the transmittance of a plane wave through a layer of ENZ material, thanks to a numerical optimization approach based on the transfer matrix method. We then transpose the one-dimensional approach to a two-dimensional case where the emission of a dipole is shaped into a plane wave by an ENZ device with a design that optimizes the transmittance...
October 1, 2016: Optics Letters
Je-Hyung Kim, Christopher J K Richardson, Richard P Leavitt, Edo Waks
Interactions between solid-state quantum emitters and cavities are important for a broad range of applications in quantum communication, linear optical quantum computing, nonlinear photonics, and photonic quantum simulation. These applications often require combining many devices on a single chip with identical emission wavelengths in order to generate two-photon interference, the primary mechanism for achieving effective photon-photon interactions. Such integration remains extremely challenging due to inhomogeneous broadening and fabrication errors that randomize the resonant frequencies of both the emitters and cavities...
October 17, 2016: Nano Letters
Xiang Sun, Hongwei Zhang, Longhua Luo, Kezhao Zhong, Yushui Ma, Linlin Fan, Da Fu, Lijuan Wan
The identification of markers for disease diagnostic, prognostic, or predictive purposes will have a great effect in improving patient management. Proteomic‑based approaches for biomarker discovery are promising strategies used in cancer research. In this study, we performed quantitative proteomic analysis on four patients including clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) and paired adjacent non‑cancerous renal tissues using label‑free quantitative proteomics and liquid chromatography‑tandem mass spectrometry (LC‑MS/MS) to identify differentially expressed proteins...
October 11, 2016: Oncology Reports
Junhui Zhou, Yidi Wu, Changrong Wang, Qiang Cheng, Shangcong Han, Xiaoxia Wang, Jianhua Zhang, Liandong Deng, Deyao Zhao, Lili Du, Huiqing Cao, Zicai Liang, Yuanyu Huang, Anjie Dong
The extremely low efficient cytosolic release of the internalized siRNA has emerged recently as a central issue for siRNA delivery, while there is a lack of guidelines to facilitate the cytosolic release of internalized siRNA. To address these concerns, we studied the contribution of the pH-sensitive inner core on handling the cytosolic release of siRNA delivered by a series of PG-P(DPAx-co-DMAEMAy)-PCB amphiphilic polycation nanomicelles (GDDC-Ms) with extremely low internalization (<1/4 of lipofactamine 2000 (Lipo2000))...
October 17, 2016: Nano Letters
Youngho Kang, Ho-Hyun Nahm, Seungwu Han
The persistent photoconductivity (PPC) in ZnO has been a critical problem in opto-electrical devices employing ZnO such as ultraviolet sensors and thin film transistors for the transparent display. While the metastable state of oxygen vacancy (VO) is widely accepted as the microscopic origin of PPC, recent experiments on the influence of temperature and oxygen environments are at variance with the VO model. In this study, using the density-functional theory calculations, we propose a novel mechanism of PPC that involves the hydrogen-zinc vacancy defect complex (2H-VZn)...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Mohamed Alalem, Alpana Ray, Bimal K Ray
Activation of mTOR is implicated in the development and progression of breast cancer. mTOR inhibition exhibited promising antitumor effects in breast cancer; however, its effect is compromised by several feedback mechanisms. One of such mechanisms is the upregulation of mTOR pathway in breast cancer cells. Despite the established role of mTOR activation in breast cancer, the status of total mTOR protein and its impact on the tumor behavior and response to treatment are poorly understood. Besides, the mechanisms underlying mTOR protein degradation in normal and cancer breast cells are still largely unknown...
October 17, 2016: Cancer Medicine
Mengjie Fan, Nannan Zhou, Peiwen Li, Liuliu Chen, Yingwen Chen, Shubao Shen, Shemin Zhu
Tetrabromobisphenol A(TBBPA), a pollutant in industrial wastewaters, needs to be removed due to its high toxicity and persistence. The main biodegradation pathway for TBBPA has been studied, and bisphenol A(BPA), which is toxic to the environment, is recognized as the general terminal product. In this study, we explored a new approach for the anaerobic biodegradation of TBBPA in a bioelectrochemical system (BES) through co-metabolic degradation of TBBPA with glucose. The half-life of TBBPA was significantly reduced to 13...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Chiwa Kataoka, Masumi Nihei, Masaomi Nimata, Kazuyuki Sawadaishi
The presence of dieldrin and heptachlor residues in cucurbitaceous crops at concentrations exceeding the limits set by the Japanese Food Sanitation Law constitutes a serious problem. To prevent accumulation of these residues in cucurbitaceous crops, development of high-throughput analysis methods for the detection of contaminants in the soil before cultivation is required. In this study, we aimed to develop a model immunoassay using new monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) to quantitatively determine dieldrin and heptachlor contents in their mixtures...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Namrata Dhaka, Kadambini Rout, Satish K Yadava, Yaspal Singh Sodhi, Vibha Gupta, Deepak Pental, Akshay K Pradhan
Seed weight QTL identified in different populations were synthesized into consensus QTL which were shown to harbor candidate genes by in silico mapping. Allelic variation inferred would be useful in breeding B. juncea lines with high seed weight. Seed weight is an important yield influencing trait in oilseed Brassicas and is a multigenic trait. Among the oilseed Brassicas, Brassica juncea harbors the maximum phenotypic variation wherein thousand seed weight varies from around 2.0 g to more than 7.0 g. In this study, we have undertaken quantitative trait locus/quantitative trait loci (QTL) analysis of seed weight in B...
October 15, 2016: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
Jesús Sánchez-Ramos, Cristina Lucía Dávila-Fajardo, Pablo Toledo Frías, Xando Díaz Villamarín, Luis Javier Martínez-González, Susana Martínez Huertas, Francisco Burillo Gómez, Juan Caballero Borrego, Alicia Bautista Pavés, Mª Carmen Marín Guzmán, José Antonio Ramirez Hernández, Concepción Correa Vilches, Jose Cabeza Barrera
BACKGROUND: Clopidogrel has provided beneficial effects in acute coronary syndrome and percutaneous coronary intervention. Different polymorphisms have been associated with differences in clopidogrel response. The aim of this study was to check if CYP2C19/ABCB1-genotype-guided strategy reduces the rates of cardiovascular events and bleeding. METHODS: This experimental study included patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention with stent. The prospective genotype-guided strategy (intervention group) was compared against a retrospective non-tailored strategy (control group)...
September 26, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
V S Manu, Gianluigi Veglia
Identity operation in the form of π pulses is widely used in NMR spectroscopy. For an isolated single spin system, a sequence of even number of π pulses performs an identity operation, leaving the spin state essentially unaltered. For multi-spin systems, trains of π pulses with appropriate phases and time delays modulate the spin Hamiltonian to perform operations such as decoupling and recoupling. However, experimental imperfections often jeopardize the outcome, leading to severe losses in sensitivity. Here, we demonstrate that a newly designed Genetic Algorithm (GA) is able to optimize a train of π pulses, resulting in a robust identity operation...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
Mark E Kunik, A Lynn Snow, Nancy Wilson, Amber B Amspoker, Shubhada Sansgiry, Robert O Morgan, Jun Ying, Gayle Hersch, Melinda A Stanley
OBJECTIVES: To compare the efficacy of Preventing Aggression in Veterans with Dementia (PAVeD) with that of usual care in decreasing incidence of aggression (primary outcome) and pain and improving depression, pleasant events, caregiver burden, and patient-caregiver relationship quality (secondary outcomes). DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial with assessments at baseline and 3, 6, 9, and 12 months SETTING: Houston, TX. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 203 community-dwelling veterans with pain and dementia and their caregivers...
April 27, 2016: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
George A Mensah
The MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) has been highly successful in investigating the prevalence, characteristics, and progression of subclinical cardiovascular disease (CVD) in a multiethnic American cohort of adult men and women free of CVD at baseline. MESA has also championed the use of novel biomarkers and emerging imaging techniques for the assessment of subclinical CVD and has created an extensive set of data that continues to fuel dozens of ongoing analyses. Insights from MESA include the first demonstration of ethnic differences in coronary artery calcification and its association with subclinical disease progression and incident CVD...
September 2016: Global Heart
Yan Sun, Yang Zhang, Claudia Felser, Binghai Yan
Since their discovery, topological insulators are expected to be ideal spintronic materials owing to the spin currents carried by surface states with spin-momentum locking. However, the bulk doping problem remains an obstacle that hinders such an application. In this work, we predict that a newly discovered family of topological materials, the Weyl semimetals, exhibits a large intrinsic spin Hall effect that can be utilized to generate and detect spin currents. Our ab initio calculations reveal a large spin Hall conductivity in the TaAs family of Weyl materials...
September 30, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Philip Born, Steffen Reinhold, Matthias Sperl
Density waves are characteristic for fluidized beds and affect measurements on liquidlike dynamics in fluidized granular media. Here the intensity autocorrelation function as obtainable with diffusing-wave spectroscopy is derived in the presence of density waves. The predictions by the derived form of the intensity autocorrelation function match experimental observations from a gas-fluidized bed. The model suggests separability of the contribution from density waves from the contribution by microscopic scatterer displacement to the decay of correlation and thus paves the way for characterizing microscopic particle motions using diffusing-wave spectroscopy as well as heterogeneities in fluidized granular media...
September 2016: Physical Review. E
Steven Atkinson, Frank H Stillinger, Salvatore Torquato
The nonequilibrium process by which hard-particle systems may be compressed into disordered, jammed states has received much attention because of its wide utility in describing a broad class of amorphous materials. While dynamical signatures are known to precede jamming, the task of identifying static structural signatures indicating the onset of jamming have proven more elusive. The observation that compressing hard-particle packings towards jamming is accompanied by an anomalous suppression of density fluctuations (termed "hyperuniformity") has paved the way for the analysis of jamming as an "inverted critical point" in which the direct correlation function c(r), rather than the total correlation function h(r), diverges...
September 2016: Physical Review. E
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