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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231561/structural-analysis-of-rebaudioside-a-derivatives-obtained-by-lactobacillus-reuteri-180-glucansucrase-catalyzed-trans-%C3%AE-glucosylation
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Gerrit J Gerwig, Evelien M Te Poele, Lubbert Dijkhuizen, Johannis P Kamerling
The wild-type Gtf180-ΔN glucansucrase enzyme from Lactobacillus reuteri 180 was found to catalyze the α-glucosylation of the steviol glycoside rebaudioside A, using sucrose as glucosyl donor in a transglucosylation process. Structural analysis of the formed products by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, methylation analysis and NMR spectroscopy showed that rebaudioside A is specifically α-d-glucosylated at the steviol C-19 β-d-glucosyl moiety (55% conversion). The main product is a mono-(α1 → 6)-glucosylated derivative (RebA-G1)...
January 31, 2017: Carbohydrate Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231395/functional-connectivity-in-amygdalar-sensory-pre-motor-networks-at-rest-new-evidence-from-the-human-connectome-project
#2
Nicola Toschi, Andrea Duggento, Luca Passamonti
The word "e-motion" derives from the Latin word "ex-moveo" which literally means "moving away from something / somebody". Emotions are thus fundamental to prime action and goal-directed behavior with obvious implications for individual's survival. However, the brain mechanisms underlying the interactions between emotional and motor cortical systems remain poorly understood. A recent diffusion tensor imaging study in humans has reported the existence of direct anatomical connections between the amygdala and sensory/(pre)motor cortices, corroborating an initial observation in animal research...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230916/design-principles-for-covalent-organic-frameworks-as-efficient-electrocatalysts-in-clean-energy-conversion-and-green-oxidizer-production
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Chun-Yu Lin, Lipeng Zhang, Zhenghang Zhao, Zhenhai Xia
Covalent organic frameworks (COFs), an emerging class of framework materials linked by covalent bonds, hold potential for various applications such as efficient electrocatalysts, photovoltaics, and sensors. To rationally design COF-based electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction and evolution reactions in fuel cells and metal-air batteries, activity descriptors, derived from orbital energy and bonding structures, are identified with the first-principle calculations for the COFs, which correlate COF structures with their catalytic activities...
February 23, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230850/metal-and-additive-free-photoinduced-borylation-of-haloarenes
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Adelphe M Mfuh, Brett D Schneider, Westley Cruces, Oleg V Larionov
Boronic acids and esters have critical roles in the areas of synthetic organic chemistry, molecular sensors, materials science, drug discovery, and catalysis. Many of the current applications of boronic acids and esters require materials with very low levels of transition metal contamination. Most of the current methods for the synthesis of boronic acids, however, require transition metal catalysts and ligands that must be removed via additional purification procedures. This protocol describes a simple, metal- and additive-free method of conversion of haloarenes directly to boronic acids and esters...
March 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230629/point-of-injury-tourniquet-application-during-operation-protective-edge-what-de-we-learn
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Amir Shlaifer, Avraham Yitzhak, Erez N Baruch, Avi Shina, Alexandra Satanovsky, Amiram Shovali, Ofer Almog, Elon Glassberg
BACKGROUND: Hemorrhage is a leading cause of preventable death on the battlefield. Timely tourniquet application to massively bleeding extremity wounds is critical for casualty survival albeit with reported adverse effects to extremity integrity. The aim of this study was to describe the immediate and short term outcomes of point of injury (POI) tourniquet applications during 'Operation Protective Edge' (OPE). METHODS: A case series study regarding tourniquet application at the POI during OPE was collected...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230276/dissection-of-regulatory-elements-during-direct-conversion-of-somatic-cells-into-neurons
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Tahereh Soleimani, Nafiseh Falsafi, Hossein Fallahi
A revolutionary approach that involves direct conversion of somatic cells into almost any other types of cells showed promising results for regenerative medicine. Currently, producing valuable cell types including neurons, cardiomyocytes and hepatocytes through direct conversion of somatic cells appear to be a feasible option for regenerative medicine. The process involves inducing the cells by chemical cocktails or by expression of different types of transcription factors. In this concept, in vitro neurogenesis considered to be able to produce neuron cells to replace damaged neurons especially in Alzheimer and Parkinson disease...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230223/observation-of-charge-transfer-cascades-in-%C3%AE-fe2o3-irox-photoanodes-by-operando-x-ray-absorption-spectroscopy
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Alessandro Minguzzi, Alberto Naldoni, Ottavio Lugaresi, Elisabetta Achilli, Francesco D'Acapito, Francesco Malara, Cristina Locatelli, Alberto Vertova, Sandra Rondinini, Paolo Ghigna
Electrochemical devices for energy conversion and storage are central for a sustainable economy. The performance of electrodes is driven by charge transfer across different layer materials and an understanding of the mechanistics is pivotal to gain improved efficiency. Here, we directly observe the transfer of photogenerated charge carriers in a photoanode made of hematite (α-Fe2O3) and a hydrous iridium oxide (IrOx) overlayer, which plays a key role in photoelectrochemical water oxidation. Through the use of operando X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), we probe the change in occupancy of the Ir 5d levels during optical band gap excitation of α-Fe2O3...
February 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230206/mirna-21-mediates-the-antiangiogenic-activity-of-metformin-through-targeting-pten-and-smad7-expression-and-pi3k-akt-pathway
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Mao Luo, Xiaoyong Tan, Lin Mu, Yulin Luo, Rong Li, Xin Deng, Ni Chen, Meiping Ren, Yongjie Li, Liqun Wang, Jianbo Wu, Qin Wan
Metformin, an anti-diabetic drug commonly used for type 2 diabetes therapy, is associated with anti-angiogenic effects in conditions beyond diabetes. miR-21 has been reported to be involved in the process of angiogenesis. However, the precise regulatory mechanisms by which the metformin-induced endothelial suppression and its effects on miR-21-dependent pathways are still unclear. Bioinformatic analysis and identification of miR-21 and its targets and their effects on metformin-induced antiangiogenic activity were assessed using luciferase assays, quantitative real-time PCR, western blots, scratch assays, CCK-8 assays and tubule formation assays...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229957/origins-and-mechanisms-of-hysteresis-in-organometal-halide-perovskites
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Cheng Li, Antonio Guerrero, Yu Zhong, Sven Huettner
Inorganic-organic organometal halide perovskites, such as CH<sub>3</sub>NH<sub>3</sub>PbI<sub>3</sub> or CsPbI<sub>3</sub>, etc., are an unprecedented rising star in the field of photovoltaics since 2009, owing to its exceptionally high power conversion efficiency (PCE) and simple fabrication processability. Despite its relatively short history of development, intensive investigations have been concentrating on this material, ranging from crystal structure analysis and photophysical characterization, to performance optimization and device integration, etc...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229169/electrophysiological-evidence-for-enhanced-attentional-deployment-in-spatial-learners
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Brandi Lee Drisdelle, Kyoko Konishi, Moussa Diarra, Veronique D Bohbot, Pierre Jolicoeur, Greg L West
Visual spatial attention is important during navigation processes that rely on a cognitive map, because spatial relationships between environmental landmarks need to be selected, encoded, and learned. People who navigate using this strategy are spatial learners, and this process relies on the hippocampus. Conversely, response learners memorize a series of actions to navigate, which relies on the caudate nucleus. Response learning, which is more efficient, is thought to involve less demanding cognitive operations, and is related to reduced grey matter in the hippocampus...
February 22, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228659/mir-99a-suppresses-cell-invasion-and-metastasis-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-through-targeting-hoxa1
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Jian-Gang Wang, Wu-Ping Tang, Ming-Chu Liao, Yan-Ping Liu, Xiao-Hong Ai
BACKGROUND: Recent studies reported that miRNAs play important roles in the carcinogenesis and progression of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). Therefore, further studies are warranted to better elucidate the function and mechanism of miRNAs in NPC. METHODS: Quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) was used to detect the miR-99a expression in NPC cell lines and tissue samples. Wound healing, transwell migration and invasion, and lung metastatic colonization assays were performed to determine NPC cell migratory, invasive and metastatic abilities of NPC cells...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228002/custom-shaped-organic-photovoltaic-modules-freedom-of-design-by-printing
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M Välimäki, E Jansson, P Korhonen, A Peltoniemi, S Rousu
Freedom of design that was introduced as organic photovoltaic (OPV) modules were fabricated by printing. As proof-of-concept, we show OPV leaf fabrication in A5 size using gravure and rotary screen printing processes for the main active layers of the OPV structure. These printing methods allow direct printing of any kind of arbitrary, two-dimensional shapes including patterning of the electric contacts thus post-patterning stages are not needed. Fabrication of custom-shaped OPV modules requires detailed information about the technical boundaries set by the manufacturing process and materials which in turn influence the layout design and R2R upscaling...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227813/a-110-nw-in-channel-sigma-delta-converter-for-large-scale-neural-recording-implants
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M Rezaei, E Maghsoudloo, M Sawan, B Gosselin, M Rezaei, E Maghsoudloo, M Sawan, B Gosselin, M Rezaei, E Maghsoudloo, M Sawan, B Gosselin
Advancement in wireless and microsystems technology have ushered in new devices that can directly interface with the central nervous system for stimulating and/or monitoring neural circuitry. In this paper, we present an ultra low-power sigma-delta analog-to-digital converter (ADC) intended for utilization into large-scale multi-channel neural recording implants. This proposed design, which provides a resolution of 9 bits using a one-bit oversampled ADC, presents several desirable features that allow for an in-channel ADC scheme, where one sigma-delta converter is provided for each channel, enabling development of scalable systems that can interface with different types of high-density neural microprobes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227782/predicting-short-term-icu-outcomes-using-a-sequential-contrast-motif-based-classification-framework
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Shameek Ghosh, Hung Nguyen, Jinyan Li, Shameek Ghosh, Hung Nguyen, Jinyan Li, Shameek Ghosh, Hung Nguyen, Jinyan Li
Critical ICU events like acute hypotension and septic shock are dangerous complications, leading to multiple organ failures and eventual death. Previously, pattern mining algorithms have been employed for extracting interesting rules in various clinical domains. However, the extracted rules are directly investigated by clinicians for diagnosing a disease. Towards this purpose, there is a need to develop advanced prediction models which integrate dynamic patterns to learn a patient's physiological condition...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226639/an-initial-investigation-into-the-real-time-conversion-of-facial-surface-emg-signals-to-audible-speech
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Lorenz Diener, Christian Herff, Matthias Janke, Tanja Schultz, Lorenz Diener, Christian Herff, Matthias Janke, Tanja Schultz, Lorenz Diener, Christian Herff, Matthias Janke, Tanja Schultz
This paper presents early-stage results of our investigations into the direct conversion of facial surface electromyographic (EMG) signals into audible speech in a real-time setting, enabling novel avenues for research and system improvement through real-time feedback. The system uses a pipeline approach to enable online acquisition of EMG data, extraction of EMG features, mapping of EMG features to audio features, synthesis of audio waveforms from audio features and output of the audio waveforms via speakers or headphones...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226510/microwave-to-near-infrared-conversion-with-a-millimeter-scale-wireless-laser-for-activating-molecular-transducers
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Anthony Romano, John S Ho, Anthony Romano, John S Ho, Anthony Romano, John S Ho
Light-activated molecular transducers enable precise manipulation of biological processes and are thus powerful tools for studying or treating disease. Their use in vivo, however, is currently limited by the low penetration of light through biological tissue. While electromagnetic fields at microwave frequencies can penetrate thick tissue, they do not provide direct control over molecular transducers. Here, we describe a miniaturized, wirelessly powered laser capable of delivering high intensity near-infrared light in tissue...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225256/analysis-and-control-of-chain-mobility-in-protein-hydrogels
#17
Peter B Rapp, Ahmad K Omar, Jeff J Shen, Maren E Buck, Zhen-Gang Wang, David A Tirrell
Coiled-coil domains can direct the assembly of protein block copolymers into physically crosslinked, viscoelastic hydrogels. Here we describe the use of fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) to probe chain mobility in reversible hydrogels assembled from engineered proteins bearing terminal coiled-coil domains. We show that chain mobility can be related to the underlying dynamics of the coiled-coil domains by application of a 3-state "hopping" model of chain migration. We further show that genetic programming allows the effective mobility of network chains to be varied 500-fold through modest changes in protein sequence...
February 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225143/spatially-resolved-studies-of-the-phases-and-morphology-of-methylammonium-and-formamidinium-lead-tri-halide-perovskites
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K Galkowski, A A Mitioglu, A Surrente, Z Yang, D K Maude, P Kossacki, G E Eperon, J T-W Wang, H J Snaith, P Plochocka, R J Nicholas
The family of organic-inorganic tri-halide perovskites including MA (MethylAmmonium)PbI3, MAPbI3-xClx, FA (FormAmidinium)PbI3 and FAPbBr3 are having a tremendous impact on the field of photovoltaic cells due to the combination of their ease of deposition and high energy conversion efficiencies. Device performance, however, is known to be still significantly affected by the presence of inhomogeneities. Here we report on a study of temperature dependent micro-photoluminescence which shows a strong spatial inhomogeneity related to the presence of microcrystalline grains, which can be both bright and dark...
February 22, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225129/one-pot-conversion-of-biomass-derived-xylose-and-furfural-into-levulinate-esters-via-acid-catalysis
#19
Xun Hu, Shengjuan Jiang, Liping Wu, Shuai Wang, Chun-Zhu Li
Direct conversion of biomass-derived xylose and furfural into levulinic acid, a platform molecule, via acid-catalysis has been accomplished for the first time in dimethoxymethane/methanol. Dimethoxymethane acted as an electrophile to transform furfural into 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF). Methanol suppressed both the polymerisation of the sugars/furans and the Aldol condensation of levulinic acid/ester.
February 22, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224370/a-dual-mode-bioreactor-system-for-tissue-engineered-vascular-models
#20
N Bono, S Meghezi, M Soncini, M Piola, D Mantovani, Gianfranco Beniamino Fiore
In the past decades, vascular tissue engineering has made great strides towards bringing engineered vascular tissues to the clinics and, in parallel, obtaining in-lab tools for basic research. Herein, we propose the design of a novel dual-mode bioreactor, useful for the fabrication (construct mode) and in vitro stimulation (culture mode) of collagen-based tubular constructs. Collagen-based gels laden with smooth muscle cells (SMCs) were molded directly within the bioreactor culture chamber. Based on a systematic characterization of the bioreactor culture mode, constructs were subjected to 10% cyclic strain at 0...
February 21, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
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