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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924309/engineering-the-dynamic-properties-of-protein-networks-through-sequence-variation
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Lawrence J Dooling, David A Tirrell
The dynamic behavior of macromolecular networks dominates the mechanical properties of soft materials and influences biological processes at multiple length scales. In hydrogels prepared from self-assembling artificial proteins, stress relaxation and energy dissipation arise from the transient character of physical network junctions. Here we show that subtle changes in sequence can be used to program the relaxation behavior of end-linked networks of engineered coiled-coil proteins. Single-site substitutions in the coiled-coil domains caused shifts in relaxation time over 5 orders of magnitude as demonstrated by dynamic oscillatory shear rheometry and stress relaxation measurements...
November 23, 2016: ACS Central Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919690/comparative-analysis-of-different-xanthan-samples-by-atomic-force-microscopy
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Julia Teckentrup, Orooba Al-Hammood, Tim Steffens, Hanna Bednarz, Volker Walhorn, Karsten Niehaus, Dario Anselmetti
The polysaccharide xanthan which is produced by the γ-proteobacterium Xanthomonas campestris is used as a food thickening agent and rheologic modifier in numerous food, cosmetics and technical applications. Its great commercial importance stimulated biotechnological approaches to optimize the xanthan production. By targeted genetic modification the metabolism of Xanthomonas can be modified in such a way that the xanthan production efficiency and/or the shear-thickening potency is optimized. Using atomic force microscopy (AFM) the secondary structure of single xanthan polymers produced by the wild type Xanthomonas campestris B100 and several genetically modified variations were analyzed...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917520/sensitive-enhancement-of-vessel-wall-imaging-with-an-endoesophageal-wireless-amplified-nmr-detector-wand
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Xianchun Zeng, Mladen Barbic, Liangliang Chen, Chunqi Qian
PURPOSE: To improve the imaging quality of vessel walls with an endoesophageal Wireless Amplified NMR Detector (WAND). METHODS: A cylindrically shaped double-frequency resonator has been constructed with a single metal wire that is self-connected by a pair of nonlinear capacitors. The double-frequency resonator can convert wirelessly provided pumping power into amplified MR signals. This compact design makes the detector easily insertable into a rodent esophagus...
December 4, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916658/referenceless-one-dimensional-nyquist-ghost-correction-in-multicoil-single-shot-spatiotemporally-encoded-mri
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Ying Chen, Yupeng Liao, Lisha Yuan, Hui Liu, Seong Dae Yun, Nadim Joni Shah, Zhong Chen, Jianhui Zhong
Single-shot spatiotemporally encoded (SPEN) MRI is a novel fast imaging method capable of retaining the time efficiency of single-shot echo planar imaging (EPI) but with distortion artifacts significantly reduced. Akin to EPI, the phase inconsistencies between mismatched even and odd echoes also result in the so-called Nyquist ghosts. However, the characteristic of the SPEN signals provides the possibility of obtaining ghost-free images directly from even and odd echoes respectively, without acquiring additional reference scans...
December 1, 2016: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912176/novel-designed-vmct1-analogs-with-increased-antimicrobial-activity
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Cibele Nicolaski Pedron, Marcelo Der Torossian Torres, Julia Aparecida da Silva Lima, Pedro Ismael Silva, Fernanda Dias Silva, Vani Xavier Oliveira
Antimicrobial peptides are biologically active molecules produced by a wide range of organisms as an essential component of the innate immune response. They have recently attracted great interest, since they have antimicrobial activity against a broad spectrum of microorganisms. VmCT1 is a cationic peptide from the venom of Vaejovis mexicanus smithi scorpions, which presents antibacterial activity and tends to helical structures. Its analogs were synthesized, characterized and the conformational studies were performed by circular dichroism...
November 24, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910603/investigation-on-quench-initiation-and-propagation-characteristics-of-gdbco-coil-co-wound-with-a-stainless-steel-tape-as-turn-to-turn-metallic-insulation
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Y G Kim, J B Song, Y H Choi, D G Yang, S G Kim, H G Lee
This paper investigates the quench initiation and propagation characteristics of a metallic insulation (MI) coil by conducting thermal quench tests for a GdBCO single-pancake coil co-wound with a stainless steel tape as the turn-to-turn MI. The test results confirmed that the MI coil exhibited superior thermal and electrical stabilities compared to the conventional coils co-wound with organic insulation material because the operating current could flow along the radial direction due to the existence of a turn-to-turn contact when a local hot spot was generated...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910547/a-novel-system-of-coils-for-magnetobiology-research
#7
L Makinistian
A novel system of coils for testing in vitro magnetobiological effects was designed, simulated, and built. Opposite to what is usual, the system generates a controlled gradient of magnetic field. This feature is introduced to allow the assessment of multiple values of the field in a single experiment. The apparatus consists of two flattened orthogonal coils, which permit independent control of two of the spatial components of the field. Geometry of design, combined with the use of a standard multi-well microplate for cellular culture, allows for simultaneous testing of 96 different field conditions...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910537/highly-sensitive-superconducting-circuits-at-%C3%A2-700-khz-with-tunable-quality-factors-for-image-current-detection-of-single-trapped-antiprotons
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H Nagahama, G Schneider, A Mooser, C Smorra, S Sellner, J Harrington, T Higuchi, M Borchert, T Tanaka, M Besirli, K Blaum, Y Matsuda, C Ospelkaus, W Quint, J Walz, Y Yamazaki, S Ulmer
We developed highly sensitive image-current detection systems based on superconducting toroidal coils and ultra-low noise amplifiers for non-destructive measurements of the axial frequencies (550-800 kHz) of single antiprotons stored in a cryogenic multi-Penning-trap system. The unloaded superconducting tuned circuits show quality factors of up to 500 000, which corresponds to a factor of 10 improvement compared to our previously used solenoidal designs. Connected to ultra-low noise amplifiers and the trap system, signal-to-noise-ratios of 30 dB at quality factors of >20 000 are achieved...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910375/high-precision-measurement-of-magnetic-penetration-depth-in-superconducting-films
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X He, A Gozar, R Sundling, I Božović
The magnetic penetration depth (λ) in thin superconducting films is usually measured by the mutual inductance technique. The accuracy of this method has been limited by uncertainties in the geometry of the solenoids and in the film position and thickness, by parasitic coupling between the coils, etc. Here, we present several improvements in the apparatus and the method. To ensure the precise thickness of the superconducting layer, we engineer the films at atomic level using atomic-layer-by-layer molecular beam epitaxy...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910368/airfoil-based-electromagnetic-energy-harvester-containing-parallel-array-motion-between-moving-coil-and-multi-pole-magnets-towards-enhanced-power-density
#10
Chung Ming Leung, Ya Wang, Wusi Chen
In this letter, the airfoil-based electromagnetic energy harvester containing parallel array motion between moving coil and trajectory matching multi-pole magnets was investigated. The magnets were aligned in an alternatively magnetized formation of 6 magnets to explore enhanced power density. In particular, the magnet array was positioned in parallel to the trajectory of the tip coil within its tip deflection span. The finite element simulations of the magnetic flux density and induced voltages at an open circuit condition were studied to find the maximum number of alternatively magnetized magnets that was required for the proposed energy harvester...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903187/stereotactic-diffusion-tensor-imaging-tractography-for-gamma-knife-radiosurgery
#11
Cormac G Gavin, H Ian Sabin
OBJECTIVE The integration of modern neuroimaging into treatment planning has increased the therapeutic potential and safety of stereotactic radiosurgery. The authors report their method of integrating stereotactic diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) tractography into conventional treatment planning for Gamma Knife radiosurgery (GKRS). The aim of this study was to demonstrate the feasibility of this technique and to address some of the technical limitations of previously reported techniques. METHODS Twenty patients who underwent GKRS composed the study cohort...
December 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894878/functionally-conserved-rna-binding-and-protein-protein-interaction-properties-of-line-orf1p-in-an-ancient-clade-of-non-ltr-retrotransposons-of-entamoeba-histolytica
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Amit Kumar Gaurav, Jitender Kumar, Mridula Agrahari, Alok Bhattacharya, Vijay Pal Yadav, Sudha Bhattacharya
Retrotransposons are mobile genetic elements found in most organisms. Their origin and evolution is not very well understood. Retrotransposons that lack long terminal repeats (non-LTR) have been classified based on their reverse transcriptase (RT) and endonuclease sequences into groups, of which R2 is the most ancient. Its members contain a single open reading frame (ORF) while there are two ORFs in the other groups, of which ORF2 contains the RT and endonuclease sequences. It is thought that ORF1 was added later to the single-ORF-containing elements, and codes for a protein with nucleic acid binding activity...
November 25, 2016: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893396/enhanced-control-of-cortical-pyramidal-neurons-with-micro-magnetic-stimulation
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Seung Woo Lee, Shelley Fried
Magnetic stimulation is less sensitive to the inflammatory reactions that plague conventional electrode-based cortical implants and therefore may be useful as a next-generation (implanted) cortical prosthetic. The fields arising from micro-coils are quite small however and thus, their ability to modulate cortical activity must first be established. Here, we show that layer V pyramidal neurons (PNs) can be strongly activated by micro-coil stimulation and further, the asymmetric fields arising from such coils do not simultaneously activate horizontally -oriented axon fibers, thus confining activation to a focal region around the coil...
November 22, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888543/segmented-simultaneous-multi-slice-diffusion-weighted-imaging-with-generalized-trajectories
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Michael Herbst, Weiran Deng, Thomas Ernst, V Andrew Stenger
PURPOSE: The purpose of this work is to develop and evaluate a single framework for the use of Cartesian and non-Cartesian segmented trajectories for rapid and robust simultaneous multislice (SMS) diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) at 3 Telsa (T). METHODS: A generalized SMS approach with intrinsic phase navigation using Multiplexed Sensitivity Encoding (MUSE) was developed. Segmented blipped-controlled aliasing in parallel imaging echo planar imaging (EPI) and z-gradient modulated spiral trajectories were examined using SMS DWI scans at 3T with a 32-channel head coil...
November 25, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871863/muscular-system-in-interna-of-peltogaster-paguri-rhizocephala-peltogasridae
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Aleksei A Miroliubov
Rhizocephalan parasites have a peculiar life cycle, and their adults lost almost all traits found usually in Crustacea. Despite some data on anatomy and ultrastructure of interna of Peltogastridae, some crucial aspects of morphology are still unknown. For example, there is only one mentioning of myocytes found in interna of Rhizophalans (Sacculina carcini). So we aimed at studying the muscular system of the interna of Peltogaster paguri using serial histological sectioning and fluorescent staining (TRITC-labelled phalloidin) with confocal microscopy...
November 18, 2016: Arthropod Structure & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864379/foxn4-promotes-gene-expression-required-for-multiple-motile-cilia-formation
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Evan P Campell, Ian K Quigley, Chris Kintner
Multiciliated cell (MCC) differentiation involves extensive organelle biogenesis required to extend hundreds of motile cilia. Key transcriptional regulators have been identified that drive gene expression required for organelle biogenesis during MCC differentiation, which are activated by, and act downstream, of two related, small coiled-coil proteins, Multicilin and Gemc1. Here we identify foxn4 as a new downstream target of Multicilin required for MCC differentiation in the Xenopus skin. When Foxn4 activity is inhibited in Xenopus embryos, MCCs show transient ciliogenesis defects similar to those observed in mutants in Foxj1, a known key regulator of genes required for motile ciliation...
November 18, 2016: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863970/treatment-of-distal-anterior-cerebral-artery-aneurysms-with-the-pipeline-embolization-device
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Erez Nossek, Daniel W Zumofen, Avi Setton, Matthew B Potts, Eytan Raz, Maksim Shapiro, Howard A Riina, Maria Angeles De Miquel, David J Chalif, Peter K Nelson
Aneurysms of the anterior cerebral artery (ACA) located distal to the anterior communicating artery complex (ACOM) remain challenging to treat with surgical clip reconstruction as well as with endovascular coil-embolization strategies. We have treated five complex geometry distal ACA aneurysms with endoluminal reconstruction using the Pipeline Embolization Device (PED). Two aneurysms were of the dysplastic fusiform type. Three aneurysms were of complex saccular configuration. Three aneurysms were treated electively at the outset with PED...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859861/development-of-a-7%C3%A2-t-rf-coil-system-for-breast-imaging
#18
Junghwan Kim, Tales Santini, Kyongtae Ty Bae, Narayan Krishnamurthy, Yujuan Zhao, Tiejun Zhao, Tamer S Ibrahim
In ultrahigh-field MRI, such as 7 T, the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) increases while transmit (Tx) field (B1(+) ) can be degraded due to inhomogeneity and elevated specific absorption rate (SAR). By applying new array coil concepts to both Tx and receive (Rx) coils, the B1(+) homogeneity and SNR can be improved. In this study, we developed and tested in vivo a new RF coil system for 7 T breast MRI. An RF coil system composed of an eight-channel Tx-only array based on a tic-tac-toe design (can be combined to operate in single-Tx mode) in conjunction with an eight-channel Rx-only insert was developed...
November 11, 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859558/7-tesla-22-channel-wrap-around-coil-array-for-cervical-spinal-cord-and-brainstem-imaging
#19
Bei Zhang, Alan C Seifert, Joo-Won Kim, Joseph Borrello, Junqian Xu
PURPOSE: Increased signal-to-noise ratio and blood oxygenation level-dependent sensitivity at 7 Tesla (T) have the potential to enable high-resolution imaging of the human cervical spinal cord and brainstem. We propose a new two-panel radiofrequency coil design for these regions to fully exploit the advantages of ultra-high field. METHODS: A two-panel array, containing four transmit/receive and 18 receive-only elements fully encircling the head and neck, was constructed following simulations demonstrating the B1+ and specific absorption rate (SAR) benefits of two-panel over one-panel arrays...
November 17, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857683/in-vitro-magnetic-stimulation-a-simple-stimulation-device-to-deliver-defined-low-intensity-electromagnetic-fields
#20
Stephanie Grehl, David Martina, Catherine Goyenvalle, Zhi-De Deng, Jennifer Rodger, Rachel M Sherrard
Non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) by electromagnetic fields appears to benefit human neurological and psychiatric conditions, although the optimal stimulation parameters and underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Although, in vitro studies have begun to elucidate cellular mechanisms, stimulation is delivered by a range of coils (from commercially available human stimulation coils to laboratory-built circuits) so that the electromagnetic fields induced within the tissue to produce the reported effects are ill-defined...
2016: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
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