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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806786/an-economic-evaluation-of-vector-control-in-the-age-of-a-dengue-vaccine
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Christopher Fitzpatrick, Alexander Haines, Mathieu Bangert, Andrew Farlow, Janet Hemingway, Raman Velayudhan
INTRODUCTION: Dengue is a rapidly emerging vector-borne Neglected Tropical Disease, with a 30-fold increase in the number of cases reported since 1960. The economic cost of the illness is measured in the billions of dollars annually. Environmental change and unplanned urbanization are conspiring to raise the health and economic cost even further beyond the reach of health systems and households. The health-sector response has depended in large part on control of the Aedes aegypti and Ae...
August 14, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806716/efficient-hardware-implementation-of-the-subthalamic-nucleus-external-globus-pallidus-oscillation-system-and-its-dynamics-investigation
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Shuangming Yang, Xile Wei, Jiang Wang, Bin Deng, Chen Liu, Haitao Yu, Huiyan Li
Modeling and implementation of the nonlinear neural system with physiologically plausible dynamic behaviors are considerably meaningful in the field of computational neuroscience. This study introduces a novel hardware platform to investigate the dynamical behaviors within the nonlinear subthalamic nucleus-external globus pallidus system. In order to reduce the implementation complexities, a hardware-oriented conductance-based subthalamic nucleus (STN) model is presented, which can reproduce accurately the dynamical characteristics of biological conductance-based STN cells...
July 26, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806683/asymmetric-polyplex-nanocapsules-loaded-with-photosentisizer-for-light-assisted-gene-transfer
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Xuemin Lu, Li Liu
Inefficient intracellular gene delivery is still a limitation for the clinical translation of gene therapy. Recently, photochemical internalization (PCI) has emerged with the opportunity to overcome endo-lysosomal sequestration in gene delivery, which utilizes photosensitizer (PS) plus light generating reactive oxygen species (ROS) at sub-lethal level to facilitate intracellularly targeted drug delivery. In this work, asymmetric polyplex-nanocapsules were prepared based on the triblock copolymers of PEG-PCL-PEI by using the simple solvent-injection method...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806591/immediate-mechanical-stability-of-threaded-and-porous-implant-systems
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Do-Gyoon Kim, Yong-Hoon Jeong, Hua-Hong Chien, Amanda M Agnew, Jin Whan Lee, Hai Bo Wen
BACKGROUND: Primary stability of a dental implant system is an essential factor to maintain its long-term success. Thus, the objective of this study was to examine whether primary stability is different between threaded and porous dental implant systems placed in artificial bone blocks and human cadaveric mandibular bone. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-two threaded and 42 highly porous dental implants were placed in artificial polyurethane bone foams with 7 different thicknesses (3...
August 5, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806521/determination-of-caspase-3-activity-and-its-inhibition-constant-by-combination-of-fluorescence-correlation-spectroscopy-with-a-microwell-chip
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Di Su, Xiaocai Hu, Chaoqing Dong, Jicun Ren
Caspase-3 is a key enzyme executing apoptosis during ontogenesis and homeostasis of multicellular organisms, and is a very important and potential drug target in treatment of apoptosis disturbance. So far, no commercial drugs for caspase-3 are available, and it is urgently necessitated to develop an effective method for caspase-3 activity assay and its inhibitor screening. In this paper, we propose a new method for determination of caspase-3 activity and its inhibition constant by combining single molecule fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) with a microwell chip...
August 14, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806330/nanoci-nanotechnology-based-cochlear-implant-with-gapless-interface-to-auditory-neurons
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Pascal Senn, Marta Roccio, Stefan Hahnewald, Claudia Frick, Monika Kwiatkowska, Masaaki Ishikawa, Peter Bako, Hao Li, Fredrik Edin, Wei Liu, Helge Rask-Andersen, Ilmari Pyykkö, Jing Zou, Marika Mannerström, Herbert Keppner, Alexandra Homsy, Edith Laux, Miguel Llera, Jean-Paul Lellouche, Stella Ostrovsky, Ehud Banin, Aharon Gedanken, Nina Perkas, Ute Wank, Karl-Heinz Wiesmüller, Pavel Mistrík, Heval Benav, Carolyn Garnham, Claude Jolly, Filippo Gander, Peter Ulrich, Marcus Müller, Hubert Löwenheim
: Cochlear implants (CI) restore functional hearing in the majority of deaf patients. Despite the tremendous success of these devices, some limitations remain. The bottleneck for optimal electrical stimulation with CI is caused by the anatomical gap between the electrode array and the auditory neurons in the inner ear. As a consequence, current devices are limited through 1) low frequency resolution, hence sub-optimal sound quality and 2), large stimulation currents, hence high energy consumption (responsible for significant battery costs and for impeding the development of fully implantable systems)...
September 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806317/quantitative-evaluation-of-diffusion-and-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-differentiation-between-primary-central-nervous-system-lymphoma-and-glioblastoma
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Shanshan Lu, Siqi Wang, Qianqian Gao, Minlin Zhou, Yang Li, Peng Cao, Xunning Hong, Haibin Shi
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the utility of diffusion and permeability parameters derived from diffusion-weighted imaging and dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) for differentiating primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL) and glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and to assess the correlation among these parameters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-two patients with GBM and 18 patients with PCNSL underwent conventional 3.0-T MRI, diffusion-weighted imaging, and DCE-MRI before surgery...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806078/a-time-dependent-coupled-perturbed-hartree-fock-and-density-functional-theory-approach-for-calculating-frequency-dependent-hyper-polarizabilities-with-non-orthogonal-localized-molecular-orbitals
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Daoling Peng, Shaopeng Li, Liang Peng, Feng Long Gu, Weitao Yang
Time-dependent coupled perturbed Hartree-Fock/Density-Functional-Theory (TDHF/TDDFT) approach has been reformulated based on non-orthogonal localized molecular orbitals (NOLMOs). Based on the NOLMO Fock equation, we have derived the corresponding NOLMO-TDHF/TDDFT equations up to the third order, and the formula for the frequency dependent (hyper)polarizabilities have been given. Our approach has been applied to calculate both static and dynamic (hyper)polarizabilities of molecules varying from small molecules to large molecules...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806062/exploring-strategies-for-labeling-viruses-with-gold-nanoclusters-through-non-equilibrium-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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Emmi Pohjolainen, Sami Malola, Gerrit Groenhof, Hannu Häkkinen
Bio-compatible gold nanoclusters can be utilized as contrast agents in virus imaging. The labeling of viruses can be achieved non-covalently but site-specifically by linking the cluster to the hydrophobic pocket of a virus via a lipid-like pocket factor. We have estimated the binding affinities of three different pocket factors of echovirus 1 (EV1) in molecular dynamics simulations combined with non-equilibrium free energy calculations. We have also studied the effects on binding affinities with a pocket factor linked to the Au102pMBA44 nanocluster in different protonation states...
August 14, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805832/encapsulation-of-flavonoids-in-liposomal-delivery-systems-the-case-of-quercetin-kaempferol-and-luteolin
#10
Meigui Huang, Erzheng Su, Fuping Zheng, Chen Tan
The instability of dietary flavonoids is currently a challenge for their incorporation in functional foods. This study investigated the protective effects of liposome encapsulation on a variety of flavonoids and their interaction mechanisms. It was found that the incorporation of flavonoids into the liposomal membrane was strongly dependent on their structure and loading concentration. Liposomes loading quercetin and luteolin exhibited a relatively small size and homogeneous suspension compared to those loading kaempferol...
August 14, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805800/optogenetic-control-of-kinetochore-function
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Huaiying Zhang, Chanat Aonbangkhen, Ekaterina V Tarasovetc, Edward R Ballister, David M Chenoweth, Michael A Lampson
Kinetochores act as hubs for multiple activities during cell division, including microtubule interactions and spindle checkpoint signaling. Each kinetochore can act autonomously, and activities change rapidly as proteins are recruited to, or removed from, kinetochores. Understanding this dynamic system requires tools that can manipulate kinetochores on biologically relevant temporal and spatial scales. Optogenetic approaches have the potential to provide temporal and spatial control with molecular specificity...
August 14, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805765/-systemic-inflammatory-markers-in-age-associated-cognitive-impairment-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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T P Kliushnik, L V Androsova, N M Mikhaylova, I V Kolykhalov, S A Zozulya, A M Dupin
AIM: To determine a complex of immune markers reflecting various links of multicomponent inflammatory reactions in amnestic type of mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) in comparison with Alzheimer's disease (AD). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Sixty-seven patients with aMCI, aged 72 [63; 77] years, and 91 patients with Alzheimer's disease at the age of 74 [68; 79] years were examined. The aMCI was diagnosed according to the criteria of R.S. Petersen et al. (1999) and B. Dubois et al...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805653/magneto-optical-properties-of-topological-insulator-thin-films-with-broken-inversion-symmetry
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Kulsoom Rahim, Ahsan Ullah, Muhammad Tahir, Kashif Sabeeh
We determine the optical response of ultrathin film topological insulators in the presence of a quantizing external magnetic field taking into account both hybridization between surface states, broken inversion symmetry and explicit time reversal symmetry breaking by the magnetic field. We find that breaking of inversion symmetry in the system, which can be due to interaction with a substrate or electrical gating, results in Landau level crossings and opening of additional optical transition channels that were previously forbidden...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805601/effect-of-oral-contraceptives-on-balance-in-women-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Ahmed M Maged, Emad Salah, Ahmed M Kamel, Ahmed M Hussein, Hany Saad, Hadeer Meshaal, Wafaa M Kamal
OBJECTIVE: To detect the effect of combined oral contraceptive pills (COC) on dynamic postural balance in healthy middle aged women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective randomized controlled study included 200 patients classified into two groups. Group I received COC containing 30 μg of EE and 3 mg of drospirenone for 12 consecutive cycles and Group II received no treatment. Overall, medio-lateral and antero-posterior stability were measured using Biodex system after 12 months...
August 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805392/photoinduced-ultrafast-charge-transfer-and-charge-migration-in-small-gold-clusters-passivated-by-a-chromophoric-ligand
#15
Valérie Schwanen, Francoise Remacle
Since the development of attopulses, charge migration induced by short optical pulses has been extensively investigated. We report a computational purely electronic dynamical study of ultrafast few fs charge transfer and charge migration in realistic passivated stoichiometric Au11 and Au20 gold nanoclusters functionalized by a bipyridine ligand. We show that a net significant amount of electronic charge (0.1 to 0.4 |e| where |e| is the electron charge) is permanently transferred from the bipyridine chromophore to the gold cluster during the short 5-6 fs UV-VIS strong pulse...
August 14, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805390/sampling-long-versus-short-range-interactions-defines-the-ability-of-force-fields-to-reproduce-the-dynamics-of-intrinsically-disordered-proteins
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Davide Mercadante, Johannes Andreas Wagner, Iker Valle Aramburu, Edward A Lemke, Frauke Gräter
Molecular dynamics simulations have valuably complemented experiments describing the dynamics of intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), particularly since the proposal of models to solve the artificial collapse of IDPs in silico. Such models suggest redefining non-bonded interactions, by either increasing water dispersion forces or adopting the Kirkwood-Buff force field. These approaches yield extended conformers that better comply with experiments, but it is unclear if they all sample the same intra-chain dynamics of IDPs...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805387/polymyxin-binding-to-the-bacterial-outer-membrane-reveals-cation-displacement-and-increasing-membrane-curvature-in-susceptible-but-not-in-resistant-lps-chemotypes
#17
Denys Ewerton da Silva Santos, Laércio Pol-Fachin, Roberto D Lins, Thereza A Soares
Lipid-A is the causative agent of Gram-negative sepsis and responsible for increasingly high mortality rate among hospitalized patients. Compounds that bind Lipid-A can limit this inflammatory process. The cationic antimicrobial peptide polymyxin B (Pmx-B) is one of the simplest molecules capable of selectively bind to Lipid-A, and may serve as a model for further development of Lipid-A binding agents. Gram-negative bacteria resistance to Pmx-B relies on the upregulation of a number of regulatory systems, which promote chemical modifications of the LPS structure, and leads to major changes in the physical-chemical properties of the outer membrane...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805354/microbial-ecology-based-engineering-of-microbial-electrochemical-technologies
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REVIEW
Christin Koch, Benjamin Korth, Falk Harnisch
Microbial ecology is devoted to the understanding of dynamics, activity and interaction of microorganisms in natural and technical ecosystems. Bioelectrochemical systems represent important technical ecosystems, where microbial ecology is of highest importance for their function. However, whereas aspects of, for example, materials and reactor engineering are commonly perceived as highly relevant, the study and engineering of microbial ecology are significantly underrepresented in bioelectrochemical systems...
August 14, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805306/bioprocess-scale-up-down-as-integrative-enabling-technology-from-fluid-mechanics-to-systems-biology-and-beyond
#19
Frank Delvigne, Ralf Takors, Rob Mudde, Walter van Gulik, Henk Noorman
Efficient optimization of microbial processes is a critical issue for achieving a number of sustainable development goals, considering the impact of microbial biotechnology in agrofood, environment, biopharmaceutical and chemical industries. Many of these applications require scale-up after proof of concept. However, the behaviour of microbial systems remains unpredictable (at least partially) when shifting from laboratory-scale to industrial conditions. The need for robust microbial systems is thus highly needed in this context, as well as a better understanding of the interactions between fluid mechanics and cell physiology...
August 14, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805294/microplastics-alter-composition-of-fungal-communities-in-aquatic-ecosystems
#20
Marie Therese Kettner, Keilor Rojas-Jimenez, Sonja Oberbeckmann, Matthias Labrenz, Hans-Peter Grossart
Despite increasing concerns about microplastic (MP) pollution in aquatic ecosystems, there is insufficient knowledge on how MP affect fungal communities. In this study, we explored the diversity and community composition of fungi attached to polyethylene (PE) and polystyrene (PS) particles incubated in different aquatic systems in north-east Germany: the Baltic Sea, the River Warnow and a wastewater treatment plant. Based on next generation 18S rRNA gene sequencing, 347 different operational taxonomic units assigned to 81 fungal taxa were identified on PE and PS...
August 14, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
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