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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651419/-significance-of-evaluating-the-severity-of-patients-with-extremely-severe-burn-by-platelet-count-recovery-in-the-early-stage-post-burn
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Y Wu, Q Zhang, J Liu, J J Tang, J X Zheng, M Liu
Objective: To retrospectively analyze the prognostic value of platelet count recovery in the early stage post burn for patients with extremely severe burn, so as to evaluate their severity. Methods: A study involving 244 adult patients with extremely severe burn admitted to our hospital from January 2006 to December 2015, conforming to the inclusion criteria, was conducted. Data of their demography, injury, transmission, disease change in hospital, and platelet count from post injury day (PID) 1 to 10 were collected...
May 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651367/alternative-rna-splicing-associated-with-mammalian-neuronal-differentiation
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Jiancheng Liu, Anqi Geng, Xiwei Wu, Ren-Jang Lin, Qiang Lu
Alternative pre-mRNA splicing (AS) produces multiple isoforms of mRNAs and proteins from a single gene. It is most prevalent in the mammalian brain and is thought to contribute to the formation and/or maintenance of functional complexity of the brain. Increasing evidence has documented the significant changes of AS between different regions or different developmental stages of the brain, however, the dynamics of AS and the possible function of it during neural progenitor cell (NPC) differentiation is less well known...
June 23, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651364/temporal-effects-of-prescribed-burning-on-terpene-production-in-mediterranean-pines
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Teresa Valor, Elena Ormeño, Pere Casals
Prescribed burning is used to reduce fuel hazard but underburning can damage standing trees. The effect of burning on needle terpene storage, a proxy for secondary metabolism, in fire-damaged pines is poorly understood despite the protection terpenes confer against biotic and abiotic stressors. We investigated variation in needle terpene storage after burning in three Mediterranean pine species featuring different adaptations to fire regimes. In two pure-stands of Pinus halepensis Mill. and two mixed-stands of Pinus sylvestris L...
June 23, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651358/rem-sleep-theta-changes-in-frequent-nightmare-recallers
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Louis-Philippe Marquis, Tyna Paquette, Cloé Blanchette-Carrière, Gaëlle Dumel, Tore Nielsen
The sleep of individuals suffering from frequent non-traumatic nightmares (NM) could prove useful in uncovering neural mechanisms involved in NM production. Past research has shown enhanced relative 10-14.5Hz activity ('high alpha') during REM sleep in frequent NM recallers, while other findings are consistent with a role for theta activity in REM-dependent memory processing. To replicate and expand upon this study, we computed spectral activity for sleep and wake EEG recordings from 18 frequent NM recallers and 15 control participants...
June 23, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651357/using-viral-gene-sequences-to-compare-and-explain-the-heterogeneous-spatial-dynamics-of-virus-epidemics
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Simon Dellicour, Rebecca Rose, Nuno Rodrigues Faria, Luiz Fernando Pereira Vieira, Hervé Bourhy, Marius Gilbert, Philippe Lemey, Oliver G Pybus
Rabies is an important zoonotic disease distributed worldwide. A key question in rabies epidemiology is the identification of factors that impact virus dispersion. Here we apply new analytical methods, based on phylogeographic reconstructions of viral lineage movement, to undertake a comparative evolutionary-epidemiological study of the spatial dynamics of rabies virus (RABV) epidemics in different hosts and habitats. We have compiled RABV data sets from skunk, raccoon, bat and domestic dog populations in order to investigate the viral diffusivity of different RABV epidemics, and detect and compare those environmental factors that impact the velocity of viral spread in continuous spatial landscapes...
June 23, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651246/development-of-a-perfusion-platform-for-dynamic-cultivation-of-in-vitro-skin-models
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Kay Strüver, Wolfgang Friess, Sarah Hedtrich
Reconstructed skin models are suitable test systems for toxicity testing and for basic investigations on (patho-)physiological aspects of human skin. Reconstructed human skin, however, has clear limitations such as the lack of immune cells and a significantly weaker skin barrier function compared to native human skin. Potential reasons for the latter might be the lack of mechanical forces during skin model cultivation which is performed classically in static well-plate setups. Mechanical forces and shear stress have a major impact on tissue formation and, hence, tissue engineering...
June 27, 2017: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651240/indirect-spectrophotometric-determination-of-sulfadiazine-based-on-localized-surface-plasmon-resonance-peak-of-silver-nanoparticles-after-cloud-point-extraction
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Elahe Kazemi, Shayessteh Dadfarnia, Ali Mohammad Haji Shabani, Mohammad Reza Fattahi, Javad Khodaveisi
A novel, efficient, easy to use, environmentally friendly and cost-effective methodology is developed for the indirect spectrophotometric determination of sulfadiazine in different samples. The method is based on the micelle-mediated extraction of silver sulfadiazine and converting the silver content of the resultant surfactant-rich phase to the silver nanoparticles via generation of [Ag(NH3)2](+) followed by its chemical reduction using ascorbic acid. The changes in the amplitude of localized surface plasmon resonance peak of silver nanoparticles as a function of sulfadiazine concentration in the sample solution was monitored using fiber optic linear array spectrophotometry at 457nm...
June 17, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651191/probing-safety-of-nanoparticles-by-outlining-sea-urchin-sensing-and-signaling-cascades
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Andi Alijagic, Annalisa Pinsino
Among currently identified issues presenting risks and benefits to human and ocean health, engineered nanoparticles (ENP) represent a priority. Predictions of their economic and social impact appear extraordinary, but their release in the environment at an uncontrollable rate is in striking contrast with the extremely limited number of studies on environmental impact, especially on the marine environment. The sea urchin has a remarkable sensing environmental system whose function and diversity came into focus during the recent years, after sea urchin genome sequencing...
June 23, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651190/temporal-dynamics-of-the-compositions-and-activities-of-soil-microbial-communities-post-application-of-the-insecticide-chlorantraniliprole-in-paddy-soils
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Meng Wu, Jia Liu, Weitao Li, Ming Liu, Chunyu Jiang, Zhongpei Li
Chlorantraniliprole (CAP) is a newly developed insecticide widely used in rice fields in China. There has been few studies evaluating the toxicological effects of CAP on soil-associated microbes. An 85-day microcosm experiment was performed to reveal the dissipation dynamics of CAP in three types of paddy soils in subtropical China. The effects of CAP on microbial activities (microbial biomass carbon-MBC, basal soil respiration-BSR, microbial metabolic quotient-qCO2, acid phosphatase and sucrose invertase activities) in the soils were periodically evaluated...
June 23, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651184/computational-study-of-structural-optoelectronic-and-nonlinear-optical-properties-of-dynamic-solid-state-chalcone-derivatives
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Aijaz Rasool Chaudhry, Ahmad Irfan, Shabbir Muhammad, Abdullah G Al-Sehemi, R Ahmed, Zhang Jingping
In the present study, we use the state of art density functional theory (DFT) techniques to calculate the structural, optoelectronic and nonlinear optical (NLO) properties for two novel chalcone derivatives. The geometrical structures of chalcone derivatives compound 1 and 2 are optimized using periodic boundary conditions (PBC) in solid-state phase as well as isolated single molecular geometry in the gas phase. The reasonable agreement is found among experimental, solid-state and gas phase single molecular geometries, which provide us, further confidence to explore the potential of above-entitled derivatives as good functional materials for electro-optical applications...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651183/investigating-the-effect-of-different-transducer-stiffness-values-on-the-contactin-complex-detachment-by-steered-molecular-dynamics
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Parnian Kianfar, Nabiollah Abolfathi, Navid Zarif Karimi
This study investigated the adhesion behavior of Contactin4 (CNTN4), a member of Immunoglobulin Super Family (Ig-SF) of cell adhesion molecules. Contactin4 plays a crucial role in the formation, maintenance, and plasticity of neuronal networks. Contactin in its complex configuration with protein tyrosine phosphatase gamma (PTPRG) was selected for simulation. By utilizing Steered Molecular Dynamics (SMD), the uniaxial force was applied to induce unbinding of the complex, and the force-induced detachment of complex components was probed...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651101/competitive-ligands-facilitate-dissociation-of-the-complex-of-bifunctional-inhibitor-and-protein-kinase
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Taavi Ivan, Erki Enkvist, Hedi Sinijarv, Asko Uri
Dissociation of the complex of a ligand and a protein usually follows the kinetic profile of the first order process and the rate of dissociation is not affected by the presence of competitive ligands. We discovered that dissociation of the complex between a bifunctional ligand and a protein kinase (the catalytic subunit of cAMP-dependent protein kinase), an enzyme possessing 2 different substrate binding sites, was accelerated (facilitated) over 50-fold in the presence of competitive ligands at higher concentrations...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651096/predicting-actions-from-subtle-preparatory-movements
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Maryam Vaziri-Pashkam, Sarah Cormiea, Ken Nakayama
To study how people anticipate others' actions, we designed a competitive reaching task. Subjects faced each other separated by a Plexiglas screen and their finger movements in 3D space were recorded with sensors. The first subject (Attacker) was instructed to touch one of two horizontally arranged targets on the screen. The other subject (Blocker) touched the same target as quickly as possible. Average finger reaction times (fRTs) were fast, much faster than reactions to a dot moving on the screen in the same manner as the Attacker's finger...
June 23, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651054/importance-and-nature-of-short-range-excitonic-interactions-in-light-harvesting-complexes-and-organic-semiconductors
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Rocco Peter Fornari, Patrick Rowe, Daniele Padula, Alessandro Troisi
The singlet excitonic coupling between many pairs of chromophores is evaluated in three different Light Harvesting Complexes (LHCs) and two organic semiconductors (amorphous and crystalline). This large database of structures is used to assess the relative importance of short-range (exchange, overlap, orbital) and long-range (Coulombic) excitonic coupling. We find that atomic transition charges can introduce systematic errors on the Coulombic coupling and that the dipole-dipole interaction fails to capture the true Coulombic coupling even at intermolecular distances of up to 50 Å...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651052/inhomogeneity-in-ethylammonium-nitrate-acetonitrile-binary-mixtures-part-i-the-highest-low-q-excess-so-far-reported
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Alessandro Mariani, Ruggero Caminiti, Fabio Ramondo, Giovanna Salvitti, Francesca Mocci, Lorenzo Gontrani
The binary mixtures of the ionic liquid ethylammonium nitrate with acetonitrile have been studied by means of Wide and Small Angle X-ray Scattering and via two different computational methods, namely classical molecular dynamics and DFT. Our results show how the local arrangement is directly linked to the long-range structure. Moreover, we found once again a similarity in the physicochemical behaviour of ethylammonium nitrate and water.
June 26, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651045/photoinduced-charge-transfer-versus-fragmentation-pathways-in-lanthanum-cyclopentadienyl-complexes
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Yulun Han, Qingguo Meng, Bakhtiyor Rasulev, P Stanley May, Mary T Berry, Dmitri S Kilin
This study compares two competing pathways of photoexcitations in gas-phase metal-organic complexes: first, a sequence of phonon-assisted electronic transitions leading to dissipation of the energy of photoexcitations and second, a sequence of light-driven electronic transitions leading to photolysis. Phonon-assisted charge carrier dynamics is investigated by combination of the density matrix formalism and on-the-fly nonadiabatic couplings. Light-driven fragmentation is modeled by a time-dependent excited-state molecular dynamics (TDESMD) algorithm based on Rabi theory and principles similar to the trajectory surface hopping approximation...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650974/resting-state-electrical-brain-activity-and-connectivity-in-fibromyalgia
#17
Sven Vanneste, Jan Ost, Tony Van Havenbergh, Dirk De Ridder
The exact mechanism underlying fibromyalgia is unknown, but increased facilitatory modulation and/or dysfunctional descending inhibitory pathway activity are posited as possible mechanisms contributing to sensitization of the central nervous system. The primary goal of this study is to identify a fibromyalgia neural circuit that can account for these abnormalities in central pain. The second goal is to gain a better understanding of the functional connectivity between the default and the executive attention network (salience network plus dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex) in fibromyalgia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650958/dynamics-and-impact-of-homologous-recombination-on-the-evolution-of-legionella-pneumophila
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Sophia David, Leonor Sánchez-Busó, Simon R Harris, Pekka Marttinen, Christophe Rusniok, Carmen Buchrieser, Timothy G Harrison, Julian Parkhill
Legionella pneumophila is an environmental bacterium and the causative agent of Legionnaires' disease. Previous genomic studies have shown that recombination accounts for a high proportion (>96%) of diversity within several major disease-associated sequence types (STs) of L. pneumophila. This suggests that recombination represents a potentially important force shaping adaptation and virulence. Despite this, little is known about the biological effects of recombination in L. pneumophila, particularly with regards to homologous recombination (whereby genes are replaced with alternative allelic variants)...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650928/circulating-exosomes-isolated-from-septic-mice-induce-cardiovascular-hyperpermeability-through-promoting-podosome-cluster-formation
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Xingjiang Mu, Xiaohong Wang, Wei Huang, Rui-Tao Wang, Kobina Essandoh, Yutian Li, Amanda M Pugh, Jiangtong Peng, Shan Deng, Yigang Wang, Charles C Caldwell, Tianqing Peng, Kai-Jiang Yu, Guo-Chang Fan
Septic shock increases vascular permeability, leading to multiple organ failure including cardiac dysfunction, a major contributor to septic death. Podosome, an actin-based dynamic membrane structure, plays critical roles in extracellular matrix degradation and angiogenesis. However, whether podosome contributes to endothelial barrier dysfunction during septic shock remains unknown. In this study, we found that the endothelial hyperpermeability, stimulated by PMA and thrombin, was accompanied by increased formation of podosome clusters at the cell periphery, indicating a positive correlation between podosome clusters and endothelial leakage...
June 23, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650917/long-term-changes-in-left-ventricular-mass-echocardiographic-findings-from-a-general-population
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Cesare Cuspidi, Fosca Quarti, Raffaella Dell'Oro, Rita Facchetti, Michele Bombelli, Carla Sala, Marijana Tadic, Guido Grassi, Giuseppe Mancia
AIM: We sought to assess the long-term changes in left ventricular (LV) mass in a population-based sample, focusing on new onset, persistence, regression and severity of LV hypertrophy (LVH), as well as on the demographic and clinical variables independently related to this dynamic process. METHODS: A total of 1113 participants with measurable echocardiographic parameters at baseline and after a 10-year follow-up were included in the analysis. Cut points for LVH were derived from current echocardiographic guidelines...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
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