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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735452/characterization-of-polymeric-substance-classes-in-cereal-based-beverages-using-asymmetrical-flow-field-flow-fractionation-with-a-multi-detection-system
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Georg Krebs, Thomas Becker, Martina Gastl
Cereal-based beverages contain a complex mixture of various polymeric macromolecules including polysaccharides, peptides, and polyphenols. The molar mass of polymers and their degradation products affect different technological and especially sensory parameters of beverages. Asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation (AF4) coupled with multi-angle light scattering (MALS) and refractive index detection (dRI) or UV detection (UV) is a technique for structure and molar mass distribution analysis of macromolecules commonly used for pure compound solutions...
July 22, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735394/detection-of-differential-dna-methylation-under-stress-conditions-using-bisulfite-sequence-analysis
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Ibtisam Al Harrasi, Rashid Al-Yahyai, Mahmoud W Yaish
DNA methylation is the most important epigenetic change affecting gene expression in plants grown under normal as well as under stress conditions. Therefore, researchers study differential DNA methylation under distinct environmental conditions and their relationship with transcriptome abundance. Up to date, more than 25 methods and techniques are available to detect DNA methylation based on different principles. Bisulfite sequencing method is considered as a gold standard since it is able to distinguish 5-methylcytosine from cytosine using the bisulfite treatment...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735303/acid-fast-bacterium-detection-and-identification-from-paraffin-embedded-tissues-using-a-pcr-pyrosequencing-method
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Jian R Bao, Richard B Clark, Ronald N Master, Kileen L Shier, Lynn L Eklund
AIMS: Acid-fast bacterium (AFB) identification from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissues is challenging and may not be readily available to the clinical laboratory. A method to detect and identify AFB from FFPE tissues using PCR and pyrosequencing (PCR-Seq) was developed and evaluated. METHODS: The method was validated using spiked cell-clotted paraffin blocks before use with patients' specimens. DNA was extracted from tissue sections, and a 16S rRNA gene fragment was amplified and a signature sequence was produced on a PyroMark ID system...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735127/the-fate-of-adult-spinal-deformity-asd-patients-incurring-rod-fracture-after-thoracolumbar-fusion
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D Kojo Hamilton, John A Buza, Peter Passias, Cyrus Jalai, Han Jo Kim, Tamir Ailon, Munish Gupta, Daniel Sciubba, Amit Jain, Christopher P Ames, Vedat Deviren, Alan Daniels, Virginie Lafage, Shay Bess, Eric Klineberg, Christopher I Shaffrey, Justin S Smith, Robert Hart
OBJECTIVE: To report the outcome of adult spinal deformity (ASD) patients with rod fracture following thoracolumbar fusion. METHODS: Retrospective review of prospective, multicenter database. Operative ASD patients ≥18 years old with a rod fracture (RF) after ASD surgery and with a minimum 6-month follow-up after RF were included. Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) scores and radiographic alignment were compared using non-parametric paired and independent testing (p<0...
July 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734842/hydration-forces-between-aligned-dna-helices-undergoing-b-to-a-conformational-change-in-situ-x-ray-fiber-diffraction-studies-in-a-humidity-and-temperature-controlled-environment
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Ryan Case, Hauke Schollmeyer, Phillip Kohl, Eric B Sirota, Roger Pynn, Kai E Ewert, Cyrus R Safinya, Youli Li
Hydration forces between DNA molecules in the A- and B-Form were studied using a newly developed technique enabling simultaneous in situ control of temperature and relative humidity. X-ray diffraction data were collected from oriented calf-thymus DNA fibers in the relative humidity range of 98%-70%, during which DNA undergoes the B- to A-form transition. Coexistence of both forms was observed over a finite humidity range at the transition. The change in DNA separation in response to variation in humidity, i...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734838/expression-purification-and-characterization-of-sll1981-protein-from-cyanobacterium-synechocystis-sp-pcc6803
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Xiaoqin Wang, Guofeng Lei, Xiaoyu Wu, Fei Wang, Chongde Lai, Zhimin Li
The sll1981 protein from cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 had been reported to exhibit acetolactate synthase (ALS) and L-myo-inositol-1-phosphate synthase (MIPS) activities previously. Based on amino acids sequences alignment, sll1981 protein was postulated to function as α-ketoglutarate decarboxylase (α-KGD), which played important role in completing cyanobacterial tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle. However the detailed enzymatic kinetics of sll1981 as ALS, MIPS and α-KGD were not determined yet. In this study, the recombinant sll1981 protein was purified from supernatant of E...
July 19, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734667/characterization-of-cartilage-defects-detected-by-mri-in-kellgren-lawrence-grade-0-or-1-knees
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Kenji Taguchi, Ko Chiba, Narihiro Okazaki, Yasuo Kido, Takashi Miyamoto, Akihiko Yonekura, Masato Tomita, Masataka Uetani, Makoto Osaki
INTRODUCTION: Osteoarthritis of the knee is generally evaluated by plain X-rays, which are incapable of detecting small cartilage damage. There are some patients who have small cartilage defects on MRI with no abnormal findings on plain X-rays. In this study, the prevalence and regional characteristics of cartilage defects detected by MRI were studied in cases with normal X-ray findings (Kellgren-Lawrence grade 0 and 1). Relationships between the cartilage defects and OA risk factors such as obesity and leg alignment were also investigated...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734478/ph-dependent-membrane-interactions-of-the-histidine-rich-cell-penetrating-peptide-lah4-l1
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Justine Wolf, Christopher Aisenbrey, Nicole Harmouche, Jesus Raya, Philippe Bertani, Natalia Voievoda, Regine Süss, Burkhard Bechinger
The histidine-rich designer peptide LAH4-L1 exhibits antimicrobial and potent cell-penetrating activities for a wide variety of cargo including nucleic acids, polypeptides, adeno-associated viruses, and nanodots. The non-covalent complexes formed between the peptide and cargo enter the cell via an endosomal pathway where the pH changes from neutral to acidic. Here, we investigated the membrane interactions of the peptide with phospholipid bilayers and its membrane topology using static solid-state NMR spectroscopy...
July 19, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734293/the-stretching-force-on-a-tethered-polymer-in-pressure-driven-flow
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Kai Szuttor, Tamal Roy, Steffen Hardt, Christian Holm, Jens Smiatek
We use mesoscopic lattice-Boltzmann/molecular dynamics simulations to study the stretching behavior of a single tethered polymer in micro- and nanochannels. In particular, we are interested in the connection between fluid flow properties and the force on the polymer chain. An analytical expression for the stretching force is proposed, which linearly depends on the number of monomers and the boundary shear rate. In agreement with theory, the numerical findings reveal that the influence of hydrodynamic interactions can be ignored, which is also supported by results of additional Langevin dynamics simulations...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733989/detecting-ancient-co-dispersals-and-host-shifts-by-double-dating-of-host-and-parasite-phylogenies-application-in-proctophyllodid-feather-mites-associated-with-passerine-birds
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Pavel B Klimov, Sergey V Mironov, Barry M OConnor
Inferring co-phylogeographic events requires matching the timing of these events on both host and symbiont (e.g., parasites) phylogenies because divergences of hosts and their symbionts may not temporally coincide, and host switches may occur. We investigate a large radiation of birds (Passeriformes) and their permanent symbionts, the proctophyllodid feather mites (117 species from 116 bird species; 6 genes, 11,468 nt aligned) using two time-calibration strategies for mites: fossils only and host phylogeography only...
July 22, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733825/face-validity-ratings-of-sexual-orientation-scales-by-sexual-minority-adults-effects-of-sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity
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M Paz Galupo, Renae C Mitchell, Kyle S Davis
The present research explored sexual minority individuals' ratings of two traditional (Kinsey and Klein Sexual Orientation Grid [KSOG]) and two novel (Sexual-Romantic and Gender Inclusive) sexual orientation scales with regard to how well they capture their sexuality. Participants included 363 sexual minority individuals who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, or queer, and included individuals who identified as transgender (n = 85) and cisgender (n = 278). The findings indicated clear patterns of responses across both sexual orientation and gender identity, where participants differed in the degree to which they felt the scales captured their sexuality...
July 21, 2017: Archives of Sexual Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733769/communication-for-coordination-gesture-kinematics-and-conventionality-affect-synchronization-success-in-piano-duos
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Laura Bishop, Werner Goebl
Ensemble musicians often exchange visual cues in the form of body gestures (e.g., rhythmic head nods) to help coordinate piece entrances. These cues must communicate beats clearly, especially if the piece requires interperformer synchronization of the first chord. This study aimed to (1) replicate prior findings suggesting that points of peak acceleration in head gestures communicate beat position and (2) identify the kinematic features of head gestures that encourage successful synchronization. It was expected that increased precision of the alignment between leaders' head gestures and first note onsets, increased gesture smoothness, magnitude, and prototypicality, and increased leader ensemble/conducting experience would improve gesture synchronizability...
July 21, 2017: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733449/mitochondrial-function-in-engineered-cardiac-tissues-is-co-regulated-by-extracellular-matrix-elasticity-and-tissue-alignment
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Davi Marco Lyra-Leite, Allen Mariano Andres, Andrew Patrick Petersen, Nethika Ruvini Ariyasinghe, Nathan Cho, Jezell Athena Lee, Roberta A Gottlieb, Megan L McCain
Mitochondria in cardiac myocytes are critical for generating ATP to meet the high metabolic demands associated with sarcomere shortening. Distinct remodeling of mitochondrial structure and function occur in cardiac myocytes in both developmental and pathological settings. However, the factors that underlie these changes are poorly understood. Because remodeling of tissue architecture and extracellular matrix (ECM) elasticity are also hallmarks of ventricular development and disease, we hypothesize that these environmental factors regulate mitochondrial function in cardiac myocytes...
July 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733255/nanofiber-structured-hydrogel-yarns-with-ph-response-capacity-and-cardiomyocyte-drivability-for-bio-microactuator-application
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Shaohua Wu, Bin Duan, Xiaohong Qin, Jonathan T Butcher
Polymeric hydrogels have great potential in soft biological micro-actuator applications. However, inappropriate micro-architecture, non-anisotropy, weak biomechanics, and inferior response behaviors limit their development. In this study, we designed and manufactured novel polyacrylonitrile (PAN)-based hydrogel yarns composed with uniaxially aligned nanofibers. The nanofibrous hydrogel yarns possessed anisotropic architecture and robust mechanical properties with flexibility, and could be assembled into defined scaffold structures by subsequent processes...
July 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733102/transcriptome-landscape-of-human-primary-monocytes-at-different-sequencing-depth
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Hoda Mirsafian, Adiratna Mat Ripen, Wai-Mun Leong, Thamilvaani Manaharan, Saharuddin Bin Mohamad, Amir Feisal Merican
Differential gene and transcript expression pattern of human primary monocytes from healthy young subjects were profiled under different sequencing depths (50M, 100M, and 200M reads). The raw data consisted of 1.3 billion reads generated from RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) experiments. A total of 17,657 genes and 75,392 transcripts were obtained at sequencing depth of 200M. Total splice junction reads showed an even more significant increase. Comparative analysis of the expression patterns of immune-related genes revealed a total of 217 differentially expressed (DE) protein-coding genes and 50 DE novel transcripts, in which 40 DE protein-coding genes were related to the immune system...
July 18, 2017: Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732394/surface-charge-effects-on-the-electro-orientation-of-insulating-boron-nitride-nanotubes-in-aqueous-suspension
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Semih Cetindag, Bishnu Tiwari, Dongyan Zhang, Yoke Khin Yap, Sangil Kim, Jerry W Shan
The alignment of hexagonal boron-nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) in aqueous KCl solutions under spatially uniform electric fields was examined experimentally, using direct optical visualization to probe the orientation dynamics of individual BNNTs for different electric-field frequencies. Different from most previously studied nanowires and nanotubes, BNNTs are wide-bandgap materials which are essentially insulating at room temperature. We analyze the electro-orientation of BNNTs in the general context of polarizable cylindrical particles in liquid suspensions, whose behavior can fall into different regimes, including alignment due to Maxwell-Wagner induced dipoles at high frequencies, and alignment due to fluid motion of the electrical double layer around the particles at lower frequencies...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731758/noncontact-cohesive-swimming-of-bacteria-in-two-dimensional-liquid-films
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Ye Li, He Zhai, Sandra Sanchez, Daniel B Kearns, Yilin Wu
Bacterial swimming in confined two-dimensional environments is ubiquitous in nature and in clinical settings. Characterizing individual interactions between swimming bacteria in 2D confinement will help to understand diverse microbial processes, such as bacterial swarming and biofilm formation. Here we report a novel motion pattern displayed by flagellated bacteria in 2D confinement: When two nearby cells align their moving directions, they tend to engage in cohesive swimming without direct cell body contact, as a result of hydrodynamic interaction but not flagellar intertwining...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731751/inferences-about-supernova-physics-from-gravitational-wave-measurements-gw151226-spin-misalignment-as-an-indicator-of-strong-black-hole-natal-kicks
#18
Richard O'Shaughnessy, Davide Gerosa, Daniel Wysocki
The inferred parameters of the binary black hole GW151226 are consistent with nonzero spin for the most massive black hole, misaligned from the binary's orbital angular momentum. If the black holes formed through isolated binary evolution from an initially aligned binary star, this misalignment would then arise from a natal kick imparted to the first-born black hole at its birth during stellar collapse. We use simple kinematic arguments to constrain the characteristic magnitude of this kick, and find that a natal kick v_{k}≳50  km/s must be imparted to the black hole at birth to produce misalignments consistent with GW151226...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731452/temporal-order-of-alzheimer-s-disease-related-cognitive-marker-changes-in-blsa-and-wrap-longitudinal-studies
#19
Murat Bilgel, Rebecca L Koscik, Yang An, Jerry L Prince, Susan M Resnick, Sterling C Johnson, Bruno M Jedynak
Investigation of the temporal trajectories of currently used neuropsychological tests is critical to identifying earliest changing measures on the path to dementia due to Alzheimer's disease (AD). We used the Progression Score (PS) method to characterize the temporal trajectories of measures of verbal memory, executive function, attention, processing speed, language, and mental status using data spanning normal cognition, mild cognitive impairment, and AD from 1,661 participants with a total of 7,839 visits (age at last visit 77...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731335/a-simple-representation-of-three-dimensional-molecular-structure
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Seth D Axen, Xi-Ping Huang, Elena L Cáceres, Leo Gendelev, Bryan L Roth, Michael J Keiser
Statistical and machine learning approaches predict drug-to-target relationships from 2D small-molecule topology patterns. One might expect 3D information to improve these calculations. Here we apply the logic of the Extended Connectivity FingerPrint (ECFP) to develop a rapid, alignment-invariant 3D representation of molecular conformers, the Extended Three-Dimensional FingerPrint (E3FP). By integrating E3FP with the Similarity Ensemble Approach (SEA), we achieve higher precision-recall performance relative to SEA with ECFP on ChEMBL20, and equivalent receiver operating characteristic performance...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
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