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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29083034/comparison-of-various-means-of-evaluating-molecular-electrostatic-potentials-for-noncovalent-interactions
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Steve Scheiner
The various heterodimers formed by a series of Lewis acids with NH3 as Lewis base are identified. Lewis acids include those that can form chalcogen (HSF and HSBr), pnicogen (H2 PF and H2 PBr), and tetrel (H3 SiF and H3 SiBr) bonds, as well as H-bonds and halogen bonds. The molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) of each Lewis acid is considered in a number of ways. Pictorial versions show broad regions of positive and negative MEP, on surfaces that vary with respect to either the value of the chosen isopotential, or their distance from the nuclei...
October 30, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29019691/ph-induced-changes-in-the-surface-viscosity-of-unsaturated-phospholipids-monitored-using-active-interfacial-microrheology
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Saba Ghazvini, Ryan Alonso, Nabil Alhakamy, Prajnaparamita Dhar
Lipid membranes, a major component of cells, are subjected to significant changes in pH depending on their location in the cell: the outer leaflet of the cell membrane is exposed to a pH of 7.4 whereas lipid membranes that make up late endosomes and lysosomes are exposed to a pH of as low as 4.4. The purpose of this study is to evaluate how changes in the environmental pH within cells alter the fluidity of phospholipid membranes. Specifically, we studied pH-induced alterations in the surface arrangement of monounsaturated lipids with zwitterionic headgroups (phosphoethanolamine (PE) and phosphocholine (PC)) that are abundant in plasma membranes as well as anionic lipids (phosphatidylserine (PS) and phosphatidylglycerol (PG)) that are abundant in inner membranes using a combination of techniques including surface tension vs area measurements, interfacial microrheology, and fluorescence/atomic force microscopy...
November 9, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954818/elastic-ankle-muscle-tendon-interactions-are-adjusted-to-produce-acceleration-during-walking-in-humans
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Dominic James Farris, Brent James Raiteri
Humans and other cursorial mammals have distal leg muscles with high in-series compliance that aid locomotor economy. This muscle-tendon design is considered sub-optimal for injecting net positive mechanical work. However, humans change speed frequently when walking and any acceleration requires net positive ankle work. The present study unveiled how the muscle-tendon interaction of human ankle plantar flexors are adjusted and integrated with body mechanics to provide net positive work during accelerative walking...
September 27, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816443/characterization-of-ciprofloxacin-permeation-pathways-across-the-porin-ompc-using-metadynamics-and-a-string-method
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Jigneshkumar Dahyabhai Prajapati, Carlos José Fernández Solano, Mathias Winterhalter, Ulrich Kleinekathöfer
The rapid spreading of antimicrobial resistance in Gram-negative bacteria has become a major threat for humans as well as animals. As one of the main factors involved, the permeability of the outer membrane has attracted a great deal of attention recently. However, the knowledge regarding the translocation mechanisms for most available antibiotics is so far rather limited. Here, a theoretical study concerning the diffusion route of ciprofloxacin across the outer membrane porin OmpC from E. coli is presented...
August 30, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623693/control-of-human-skin-wettability-using-the-ph-of-anionic-surfactant-solution-treatments
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L Bromberg, X Liu, I Wang, S Smith, K Schwicker, Z Eller, G K German
The outermost layer of human skin, or stratum corneum, acts as a protective barrier between underlying living tissue and the external environment. The wettability of this tissue layer can influence spreading of chemicals and the adhesion of pathogenic microorganisms. We show in this article that the wettability of isolated human stratum corneum can be controlled through treatment with solutions of the anionic surfactant, sodium lauryl sulfate, buffered to different pH values. Relative to control treatments with the buffer solution alone, surfactant solution treatments under acidic conditions cause delipidated stratum corneum to become more hydrophobic...
September 1, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606450/delirium-prevention-in-critically-ill-adults-through-an-automated-reorientation-intervention-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Cindy L Munro, Paula Cairns, Ming Ji, Karel Calero, W McDowell Anderson, Zhan Liang
OBJECTIVES: Explore the effect of an automated reorientation intervention on ICU delirium in a prospective randomized controlled trial. BACKGROUND: Delirium is common in ICU patients, and negatively affects outcomes. Few prevention strategies have been tested. METHODS: Thirty ICU patients were randomized to 3 groups. Ten received hourly recorded messages in a family member's voice during waking hours over 3 ICU days, 10 received the same messages in a non-family voice, and 10 (control) did not receive any automated reorientation messages...
July 2017: Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602997/neural-mechanisms-underlying-valence-inferences-to-sound-the-role-of-the-right-angular-gyrus
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Fernando Bravo, Ian Cross, Sarah Hawkins, Nadia Gonzalez, Jorge Docampo, Claudio Bruno, Emmanuel Andreas Stamatakis
We frequently infer others' intentions based on non-verbal auditory cues. Although the brain underpinnings of social cognition have been extensively studied, no empirical work has yet examined the impact of musical structure manipulation on the neural processing of emotional valence during mental state inferences. We used a novel sound-based theory-of-mind paradigm in which participants categorized stimuli of different sensory dissonance level in terms of positive/negative valence. Whilst consistent with previous studies which propose facilitated encoding of consonances, our results demonstrated that distinct levels of consonance/dissonance elicited differential influences on the right angular gyrus, an area implicated in mental state attribution and attention reorienting processes...
June 8, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466359/dysfunctions-in-striatal-microstructure-can-enhance-perceptual-decision-making-through-deficits-in-predictive-coding
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Christian Beste, Moritz Mückschel, Raymond Rosales, Aloysius Domingo, Lillian Lee, Arlene Ng, Christine Klein, Alexander Münchau
An important brain function is to predict upcoming events on the basis of extracted regularities of previous inputs. These predictive coding processes can disturb performance in concurrent perceptual decision-making and are known to depend on fronto-striatal circuits. However, it is unknown whether, and if so, to what extent striatal microstructural properties modulate these processes. We addressed this question in a human disease model of striosomal dysfunction, i.e. X-linked dystonia-parkinsonism (XDP), using high-density EEG recordings and source localization...
May 2, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431565/traditional-birth-attendant-reorientation-and-motherpacks-incentive-s-effect-on-health-facility-delivery-uptake-in-narok-county-kenya-an-impact-analysis
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John Emmanuel Kitui, Vaughan Dutton, Dirk Bester, Rachel Ndirangu, Susan Wangai, Stephen Ngugi
BACKGROUND: A community health programme in Narok County in Kenya aimed to improve skilled birth assistance during childbirth through two demand side interventions. First, traditional birth attendants (TBAs) were co-opted into using their influence to promote use of skilled birth attendants (SBAs) at health facilities during delivery, and to accompany pregnant women to health facilities in return for a Ksh500 (Approximately USD5 as of August 2016) cash incentive for each pregnant mother they accompanied...
April 21, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429325/gravitaxis-in-euglena
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REVIEW
Donat-P Häder, Ruth Hemmersbach
Motile microorganisms utilize a number of responses to external stimuli including light, temperature, chemicals as well as magnetic and electric fields. Gravity is a major clue to select a niche in their environment. Positive gravitaxis leads an organism down into the water column and negative gravitaxis brings it to the surface. In Euglena the precision of gravitaxis is regulated by an internal rhythm entrained by the daily light/dark cycle. This and the cooperation with phototaxis bring the cells into an optimal position in the water column...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422196/boundary-layer-friction-of-solvate-ionic-liquids-as-a-function-of-potential
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Hua Li, Mark W Rutland, Masayoshi Watanabe, Rob Atkin
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) has been used to investigate the potential dependent boundary layer friction at solvate ionic liquid (SIL)-highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) and SIL-Au(111) interfaces. Friction trace and retrace loops of lithium tetraglyme bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide (Li(G4) TFSI) at HOPG present clearer stick-slip events at negative potentials than at positive potentials, indicating that a Li(+) cation layer adsorbed to the HOPG lattice at negative potentials which enhances stick-slip events...
July 1, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406375/who-dares-who-errs-disentangling-cognitive-and-motivational-roots-of-age-differences-in-decisions-under-risk
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Thorsten Pachur, Rui Mata, Ralph Hertwig
We separate for the first time the roles of cognitive and motivational factors in shaping age differences in decision making under risk. Younger and older adults completed gain, loss, and mixed-domain choice problems as well as measures of cognitive functioning and affect. The older adults' decision quality was lower than the younger adults' in the loss domain, and this age difference was attributable to the older adults' lower cognitive abilities. In addition, the older adults chose the more risky option more often than the younger adults in the gain and mixed domains; this difference in risk aversion was attributable to less pronounced negative affect among the older adults...
April 2017: Psychological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388001/exploring-the-rna-bound-and-rna-free-human-argonaute-2-by-molecular-dynamics-simulation-method
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Ren Kong, Lei Xu, Lianhua Piao, Dawei Zhang, Ting-Jun Hou, Shan Chang
Argonaute 2 (Ago2) protein is the major vehicle of microRNAs (miRNAs)-guided gene repression and silencing processes. Although the crystal structure of human Ago2 (hAgo2) has recently been disclosed, the information of dynamically structural character of protein-RNA recognition is still lacking. Molecular dynamics simulations were used to systematically explore hAgo2 in the presence and absence of RNA duplex. Stable direct and water-mediated hydrogen bonds were observed between guide RNA backbone atoms and hAgo2, especially for nucleotides 2-7...
November 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380914/submillisecond-response-liquid-crystal-for-high-resolution-virtual-reality-displays
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Fangwang Gou, Haiwei Chen, Ming-Chun Li, Seok-Lyul Lee, Shin-Tson Wu
We report a vertically-aligned liquid crystal display (LCD) device with submillisecond response time, high transmittance, and low operation voltage. The top substrate has a common electrode, while the bottom substrate consists of hole-patterned fringing-field-switching (FFS) pixel electrodes. A negative dielectric anisotropy LC is employed. In the voltage-on state, the LC directors are reoriented by the fringing fields surrounding the hole area and by the longitudinal and fringe fields outside the hole area...
April 3, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369311/control-of-glutamate-transport-by-extracellular-potassium-basis-for-a-negative-feedback-on-synaptic-transmission
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Theresa S Rimmele, Anne-Bérengère Rocher, Joel Wellbourne-Wood, Jean-Yves Chatton
Glutamate and K+, both released during neuronal firing, need to be tightly regulated to ensure accurate synaptic transmission. Extracellular glutamate and K+ ([K+]o) are rapidly taken up by glutamate transporters and K+-transporters or channels, respectively. Glutamate transport includes the exchange of one glutamate, 3 Na+, and one proton, in exchange for one K+. This K+ efflux allows the glutamate binding site to reorient in the outwardly facing position and start a new transport cycle. Here, we demonstrate the sensitivity of the transport process to [K+]o changes...
June 1, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332978/structural-reorganization-of-the-chromatin-remodeling-enzyme-chd1-upon-engagement-with-nucleosomes
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Ramasubramanian Sundaramoorthy, Amanda L Hughes, Vijender Singh, Nicola Wiechens, Daniel P Ryan, Hassane El-Mkami, Maxim Petoukhov, Dmitri I Svergun, Barbara Treutlein, Salina Quack, Monika Fischer, Jens Michaelis, Bettina Böttcher, David G Norman, Tom Owen-Hughes
The yeast Chd1 protein acts to position nucleosomes across genomes. Here, we model the structure of the Chd1 protein in solution and when bound to nucleosomes. In the apo state, the DNA-binding domain contacts the edge of the nucleosome while in the presence of the non-hydrolyzable ATP analog, ADP-beryllium fluoride, we observe additional interactions between the ATPase domain and the adjacent DNA gyre 1.5 helical turns from the dyad axis of symmetry. Binding in this conformation involves unravelling the outer turn of nucleosomal DNA and requires substantial reorientation of the DNA-binding domain with respect to the ATPase domains...
March 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320904/kinetics-of-low-temperature-transitions-and-a-reaction-rate-theory-from-non-equilibrium-distributions
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Vincenzo Aquilanti, Nayara Dantas Coutinho, Valter Henrique Carvalho-Silva
This article surveys the empirical information which originated both by laboratory experiments and by computational simulations, and expands previous understanding of the rates of chemical processes in the low-temperature range, where deviations from linearity of Arrhenius plots were revealed. The phenomenological two-parameter Arrhenius equation requires improvement for applications where interpolation or extrapolations are demanded in various areas of modern science. Based on Tolman's theorem, the dependence of the reciprocal of the apparent activation energy as a function of reciprocal absolute temperature permits the introduction of a deviation parameter d covering uniformly a variety of rate processes, from those where quantum mechanical tunnelling is significant and d < 0, to those where d > 0, corresponding to the Pareto-Tsallis statistical weights: these generalize the Boltzmann-Gibbs weight, which is recovered for d = 0...
April 28, 2017: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268177/prospective-relations-between-resting-state-connectivity-of-parietal-subdivisions-and-arithmetic-competence
#18
Gavin R Price, Darren J Yeo, Eric D Wilkey, Laurie E Cutting
The present study investigates the relation between resting-state functional connectivity (rsFC) of cytoarchitectonically defined subdivisions of the parietal cortex at the end of 1st grade and arithmetic performance at the end of 2nd grade. Results revealed a dissociable pattern of relations between rsFC and arithmetic competence among subdivisions of intraparietal sulcus (IPS) and angular gyrus (AG). rsFC between right hemisphere IPS subdivisions and contralateral IPS subdivisions positively correlated with arithmetic competence...
February 22, 2017: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264023/feedback-between-motion-and-sensation-provides-nonlinear-boost-in-run-and-tumble-navigation
#19
Junjiajia Long, Steven W Zucker, Thierry Emonet
Many organisms navigate gradients by alternating straight motions (runs) with random reorientations (tumbles), transiently suppressing tumbles whenever attractant signal increases. This induces a functional coupling between movement and sensation, since tumbling probability is controlled by the internal state of the organism which, in turn, depends on previous signal levels. Although a negative feedback tends to maintain this internal state close to adapted levels, positive feedback can arise when motion up the gradient reduces tumbling probability, further boosting drift up the gradient...
March 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190673/interplay-between-supramodal-attentional-control-and-capacity-limits-in-the-low-level-visual-processors-modulate-the-tendency-to-inattention
#20
Massimiliano Papera, Anne Richards
When engaged in a demanding task, individuals may neglect unexpected visual stimuli presented concomitantly. Here we use a change detection task to show that propensity to inattention is associated with a flexible allocation of attentional resources to filter and represent visual information. This was reflected by N2 posterior contralateral (N2pc) and contralateral delay activity (CDA) respectively, but also during high-order reorienting of attentional resources (known as anterior directing attention negativity, ADAN)...
February 9, 2017: Consciousness and Cognition
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