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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448499/when-do-correlations-increase-with-firing-rates-in-recurrent-networks
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Andrea K Barreiro, Cheng Ly
A central question in neuroscience is to understand how noisy firing patterns are used to transmit information. Because neural spiking is noisy, spiking patterns are often quantified via pairwise correlations, or the probability that two cells will spike coincidentally, above and beyond their baseline firing rate. One observation frequently made in experiments, is that correlations can increase systematically with firing rate. Theoretical studies have determined that stimulus-dependent correlations that increase with firing rate can have beneficial effects on information coding; however, we still have an incomplete understanding of what circuit mechanisms do, or do not, produce this correlation-firing rate relationship...
April 27, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448431/a-type-2-block-component-decomposition-based-2d-aoa-estimation-algorithm-for-an-electromagnetic-vector-sensor-array
#2
Yu-Fei Gao, Guan Gui, Wei Xie, Yan-Bin Zou, Yue Yang, Qun Wan
This paper investigates a two-dimensional angle of arrival (2D AOA) estimation algorithm for the electromagnetic vector sensor (EMVS) array based on Type-2 block component decomposition (BCD) tensor modeling. Such a tensor decomposition method can take full advantage of the multidimensional structural information of electromagnetic signals to accomplish blind estimation for array parameters with higher resolution. However, existing tensor decomposition methods encounter many restrictions in applications of the EMVS array, such as the strict requirement for uniqueness conditions of decomposition, the inability to handle partially-polarized signals, etc...
April 27, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448423/dual-energy-ct-balance-between-iodine-attenuation-and-artifact-reduction-for-the-evaluation-of-head-and-neck-cancer
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Jaykumar R Nair, François DeBlois, Thomas Ong, Slobodan Devic, Nada Tomic, Hamed Bekerat, Lorne Rosenbloom, Khalil Sultanem, Reza Forghani
OBJECTIVE: Dual-energy computed tomography high energy virtual monochromatic images (VMIs) can reduce artifact but suppress iodine attenuation in enhancing tumor. We investigated this trade-off to identify VMI(s) that strike the best balance between iodine detection and artifact reduction. METHODS: The study was performed using an Alderson radiation therapy phantom. Different iodine solutions (based on estimated tumor iodine content in situ using dual-energy computed tomography material decomposition) and different dental fillings were investigated...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448275/multi-band-decomposition-analysis-application-to-cardiac-alternans-as-a-function-of-temperature
#4
A Gizzi, A Loppini, E M Cherry, C Cherubini, F H Fenton, S Filippi
OBJECTIVE: It has long been known that variations in temperature can facilitate the development of cardiac arrhythmias. Here, we aim to quantify the effects of temperature on cardiac alternans properties. APPROACH: in this work, we use optical mapping recordings of canine ventricular epicardial preparations to demonstrate that hypothermia can promote the formation of alternans, which is an important precursor to potentially lethal arrhythmias like fibrillation. We then present a novel quantification of alternans properties for a broad range of cycle lengths under different thermal states...
April 27, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448151/methoxysulfinyl-radical-ch3oso-gas-phase-generation-photochemistry-and-oxidation
#5
Qifan Liu, Zhuang Wu, Jian Xu, Yan Lu, Hongmin Li, Xiaoqing Zeng
Methylsulfoxide radicals CH3SOx (x = 1-4) are key reactive sulfur species (RSS) in the atmospheric oxidation of volatile organic sulfur compounds (VOSCs). Through flash vacuum pyrolysis (FVP) of trifluoromethanesulfinic acid methyl ester CF3S(O)OCH3 at 1000 K, the methoxysulfinyl radical CH3OSO has been generated in the gas phase and subsequently characterized in cryogenic N2, Ar, and Ne matrices by IR spectroscopy. Upon 266 nm laser irradiation, CH3OSO efficiently isomerizes to the less stable methylsulfonyl radical CH3SO2 in matrices without noticeable decomposition...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448147/binding-of-small-gas-molecules-by-metal-bipyridyl-monocationic-complexes-metal-cu-ag-au-and-possible-bond-activations-therein
#6
Gourhari Jana, Sudip Pan, Pratim Kumar Chattaraj
The viability of a series of small gas molecules (H2, N2, CO, CO2, H2O, H2S, C2H2, CH4, CH3Cl, C2H4, and C2H6) bound [M-(bipy)](+) (bipy = bipyridyl; M = Cu, Ag, Au) complexes is investigated at the PBE0/cc-pVTZ/cc-pVTZ-PP level with a special emphasis on the possible bond activation within the bound ligands. While the bond dissociation energy, enthalpy change, and free energy change are computed to show the stability of the complexes with respect to the dissociation into [M-(bipy)]+ and free gas molecule (L), natural bond orbital, electron density, and energy decomposition analyses in conjunction with natural orbitals for chemical valence are carried out to characterize the nature of L-M bonds...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448132/eu-iii-chiral-coordination-polymer-with-a-structural-transformation-system
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Naoyuki Koiso, Yuichi Kitagawa, Takayuki Nakanishi, Koji Fushimi, Yasuchika Hasegawa
A luminescent Eu(III) chiral coordination polymer with a structural transformation system, [Eu(hfa)3((R)-bidp)]n (hfa: haxafluoroacetylacetonato, (R)-bidp: (R)-1,1'-binaphthyl-2,2'-bis(diphenylphosphinate), is reported. Single-crystal X-ray analysis revealed a characteristic helical polymer structure of [Eu(hfa)3((R)-bidp)]n with hydrogen-fluorine/π interactions. [Eu(hfa)3((R)-bidp)]n shows high thermostability (decomposition temperature = 320 °C) and strong luminescence properties (the 4f-4f emission quantum yield = 76%) in the solid state due to its tight packing and asymmetric structure...
April 27, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447810/surviving-blind-decomposition-a-distributional-analysis-of-the-time-course-of-complex-word-recognition
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Daniel Schmidtke, Kazunaga Matsuki, Victor Kuperman
The current study addresses a discrepancy in the psycholinguistic literature about the chronology of information processing during the visual recognition of morphologically complex words. Form-then-meaning accounts of complex word recognition claim that morphemes are processed as units of form prior to any influence of their meanings, whereas form-and-meaning models posit that recognition of complex word forms involves the simultaneous access of morphological and semantic information. The study reported here addresses this theoretical discrepancy by applying a nonparametric distributional technique of survival analysis (Reingold & Sheridan, 2014) to 2 behavioral measures of complex word processing...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory, and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445825/physico-chemical-protection-rather-than-biochemical-composition-governs-the-responses-of-soil-organic-carbon-decomposition-to-nitrogen-addition-in-a-temperate-agroecosystem
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Wenbing Tan, Guoan Wang, Caihong Huang, Rutai Gao, Beidou Xi, Biao Zhu
The heterogeneous responses of soil organic carbon (SOC) decomposition in different soil fractions to nitrogen (N) addition remain elusive. In this study, turnover rates of SOC in different aggregate fractions were quantified based on changes in δ(13)C following the conversion of C3 to C4 vegetation in a temperate agroecosystem. The turnover of both total organic matter and specific organic compound classes within each aggregate fraction was inhibited by N addition. Moreover, the intensity of inhibition increases with decreasing aggregate size and increasing N addition level, but does not vary among chemical compound classes within each aggregate fraction...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445648/electron-radiolysis-of-ammonium-perchlorate-a-reflectron-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometric-study
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Sándor Góbi, Alexandre Bergantini, Andrew M Turner, Ralf I Kaiser
Thin films of ammonium perchlorate (NH4ClO4) were exposed to energetic electrons at 5.5 K to explore the radiolytic decomposition mechanisms. The effects of radiolysis were monitored on line and in situ via Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) in the condensed phase along with electron impact ionization quadrupole mass spectrometry (EI-QMS) and single-photon photoionization reflectron time-of-flight mass spectrometry (PI-ReTOF-MS) during the temperature programmed desorption (TPD) phase to probe the subliming molecules...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445548/assessing-the-severity-of-sleep-apnea-syndrome-based-on-ballistocardiogram
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Zhu Wang, Xingshe Zhou, Weichao Zhao, Fan Liu, Hongbo Ni, Zhiwen Yu
BACKGROUND: Sleep Apnea Syndrome (SAS) is a common sleep-related breathing disorder, which affects about 4-7% males and 2-4% females all around the world. Different approaches have been adopted to diagnose SAS and measure its severity, including the gold standard Polysomnography (PSG) in sleep study field as well as several alternative techniques such as single-channel ECG, pulse oximeter and so on. However, many shortcomings still limit their generalization in home environment. In this study, we aim to propose an efficient approach to automatically assess the severity of sleep apnea syndrome based on the ballistocardiogram (BCG) signal, which is non-intrusive and suitable for in home environment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445054/catalytic-decomposition-of-no-by-cationic-platinum-oxide-cluster-pt3o4
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Jun Yamagishi, Ken Miyajima, Satoshi Kudoh, Fumitaka Mafune
The catalytic decomposition of NO by cationic platinum oxide cluster Pt3O4+ was investigated by mass spectrometry and thermal desorption spectrometry. Upon reaction with two NO molecules, molecular oxygen desorbed from the cluster at room temperature to form Pt3O4N2+. Then, at temperatures above 400 K, desorption of N2 from Pt3O4N2+ was observed. These processes were confirmed by isotope-labeling experiments, and the energetics of O2 and N2 release were determined by density functional calculations. The combination of these elementary steps resulted in the catalytic decomposition of NO by Pt3O4+...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445044/highly-oxygenated-multifunctional-compounds-in-%C3%AE-pinene-secondary-organic-aerosol
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Xuan Zhang, Andrew T Lambe, Mary Alice Upshur, William A Brooks, Ariana Gray Be, Regan J Thomson, Franz M Geiger, Jason Douglas Surratt, Zhenfa Zhang, Avram Gold, Stephan Graf, Michael J Cubison, Michael Groessl, John T Jayne, Douglas R Worsnop, Manjula R Canagaratna
Highly oxygenated multifunctional organic compounds (HOMs) originating from biogenic emissions constitute a widespread source of organic aerosols in the pristine atmosphere. Yet, the molecular forms in which HOMs are present in the condensed phase upon gas-particle partitioning remain unclear. In this study, we show that highly oxygenated molecules that contain multiple peroxide functionalities are readily cationized by the attachment of Na(+) during electrospray ionization operated in the positive ion mode...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444854/analysis-of-organic-components-in-resin-modified-pulp-capping-materials-critical-considerations
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Bo W Nilsen, Einar Jensen, Ulf Örtengren, Vibeke B Michelsen
The purpose of this study was to elucidate the organic composition and eluates of three resin-based pulp-capping materials in relation to their indications and safety data sheets. Uncured samples of Theracal LC, Ultra-Blend Plus, and Calcimol LC were investigated using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and ultra-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS). Identification/quantification of 7-d leachables of cured samples was performed using GC-MS for 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA), camphorquinone (CQ), ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA), ethyl-4-(dimethylamino)benzoate (DMABEE), and triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA)...
April 26, 2017: European Journal of Oral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444761/photon-counting-ct-for-simultaneous-imaging-of-multiple-contrast-agents-in-the-abdomen-an-in-vivo-study
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Rolf Symons, Bernhard Krauss, Pooyan Sahbaee, Tyler E Cork, Manu N Lakshmanan, David A Bluemke, Amir Pourmorteza
PURPOSE: To demonstrate the feasibility of spectral imaging using photon-counting detector (PCD) x-ray computed tomography (CT) for simultaneous material decomposition of 3 contrast agents in vivo in a large animal model. METHODS: This Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee-approved study used a canine model. Bismuth subsalicylate was administered orally 24-72 hours before imaging. PCD CT was performed during intravenous administration of 40-60 ml gadoterate meglumine; 3...
April 26, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443920/how-does-substitution-affect-the-unimolecular-reaction-rates-of-criegee-intermediates
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Cangtao Yin, Kaito Takahashi
To gain an understanding of the substitution effect on the unimolecular reaction rate coefficients for Criegee intermediates (CIs), we performed ab initio calculations for CH2OO, CH3CHOO, (CH3)2COO, CH3CH2CHOO, CH2CHCHOO and CHCCHOO. The energies of the CIs, products and transition states were calculated with QCISD(T)/CBS//B3LYP/6-311+G(2d,2p), while the rate coefficients were calculated with anharmonic vibrational correction by using second order vibrational perturbation theory. It was found that for single bonded substitutions, the hydrogen transfer reaction dominates for the syn-conformers, while the OO bending reaction dominates for the anti-conformers...
April 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443687/experiencing-menopause-in-the-context-of-cancer-women-s-constructions-of-gendered-subjectivities
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Chloe Parton, Jane M Ussher, Janette Perz
OBJECTIVE: Many women experience premature menopause following cancer treatment, accompanied by psychological distress, and poor health-related quality of life. In this qualitative study, we examined how women construct their gendered subjectivities - their sense of self as a woman - in the context of premature menopause after cancer. DESIGN: We analysed data from open-ended survey items and semi-structured interviews with women who had experienced cancer. Six hundred and ninety-five women completed the online survey and 61 took part in a semi-structured interview...
April 26, 2017: Psychology & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443631/a-peripheral-epigenetic-signature-of-immune-system-genes-is-linked-to-neocortical-thickness-and-memory
#18
Virginie Freytag, Tania Carrillo-Roa, Annette Milnik, Philipp G Sämann, Vanja Vukojevic, David Coynel, Philippe Demougin, Tobias Egli, Leo Gschwind, Frank Jessen, Eva Loos, Wolfgang Maier, Steffi G Riedel-Heller, Martin Scherer, Christian Vogler, Michael Wagner, Elisabeth B Binder, Dominique J-F de Quervain, Andreas Papassotiropoulos
Increasing age is tightly linked to decreased thickness of the human neocortex. The biological mechanisms that mediate this effect are hitherto unknown. The DNA methylome, as part of the epigenome, contributes significantly to age-related phenotypic changes. Here, we identify an epigenetic signature that is associated with cortical thickness (P=3.86 × 10(-8)) and memory performance in 533 healthy young adults. The epigenetic effect on cortical thickness was replicated in a sample comprising 596 participants with major depressive disorder and healthy controls...
April 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443365/enhanced-phosphorus-reduction-in-simulated-eutrophic-water-a-comparative-study-of-submerged-macrophytes-sediment-microbial-fuel-cells-and-their-combination
#19
Peng Xu, Enrong Xiao, Dan Xu, Juan Li, Yi Zhang, Zhigang Dai, Qiaohong Zhou, Zhenbin Wu
The phosphorus content reduction in overlying and sediment pore water was attempted by integrating sediment microbial fuel cells (SMFCs) with the submerged macrophyte Vallisneria spiralis. A comparative study was conducted to treat simulated water rich in phosphate with a control and three treatments: SMFC alone (SMFC), submerged macrophytes alone (macophyte), and combined macrophytes and fuel cells (M-SMFC). All treatments increased sediment Eh and pH of the overlying water, thus promoting phosphorus flux from water column to sediments...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443069/long-term-enrichment-of-stress-tolerant-cellulolytic-soil-populations-following-timber-harvesting-evidenced-by-multi-omic-stable-isotope-probing
#20
Roland C Wilhelm, Erick Cardenas, Hilary Leung, András Szeitz, Lionel D Jensen, William W Mohn
Soil management is vital for maintaining the productivity of commercial forests, yet the long-term impact of timber harvesting on soil microbial communities remains largely a matter of conjecture. Decomposition of plant biomass, comprised mainly of lignocellulose, has a broad impact on nutrient cycling, microbial activity and physicochemical characteristics of soil. At "Long-term Soil Productivity Study" sites in California dominated by Ponderosa pine, we tested whether clear-cut timber harvesting, accompanied by varying degrees of organic matter (OM) removal, affected the activity and structure of the cellulose-degrading microbial populations 16 years after harvesting...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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