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Hang Ren, Cameron G Cheyne, Aaron M Fleming, Cynthia J Burrows, Henry S White
Measurement of single-molecule reactions can elucidate microscopic mechanisms that are often hidden from ensemble analysis. Herein, we report the acid-base titration of a single DNA duplex confined within the wild-type α-hemolysin (α-HL) nanopore for up to 3 h, while monitoring the ionic current through the nanopore. Modulation between two states in the current-time trace for duplexes containing the C:C mismatch in proximity to the latch constriction of α-HL is attributed to the base flipping of the C:C mismatch...
March 21, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Tony Lin-Wei Chen, Duo Wai-Chi Wong, Zhi Xu, Qitao Tan, Yan Wang, Ameersing Luximon, Ming Zhang
Flip-flops may change walking gait pattern, increase muscle activity and joint loading, and predispose wearers to foot problems, despite that quantitative evidence is scarce. The purpose of this study was to examine the lower limb muscle co-contraction and joint contact force in flip-flops gait, and compare with those of barefoot and sports shoes walking. Ten healthy males were instructed to perform over-ground walking at self-selected speed under three footwear conditions: 1) barefoot, 2) sports shoes, and 3) thong-type flip-flops...
2018: PloS One
Christiana Leimena, Hongyu Qiu
Hypertension is a complex, multifactorial disease that involves the coexistence of multiple risk factors, environmental factors and physiological systems. The complexities extend to the treatment and management of hypertension, which are still the pursuit of many researchers. In the last two decades, various genes have emerged as possible biomarkers and have become the target for investigations of specialized drug design based on its risk factors and the primary cause. Owing to the growing technology of microarrays and next-generation sequencing, the non-protein-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) have increasingly gained attention, and their status of redundancy has flipped to importance in normal cellular processes, as well as in disease progression...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Sean D Workman, Liam J Worrall, Natalie C J Strynadka
Undecaprenyl pyrophosphate phosphatase (UppP) is an integral membrane protein that recycles the lipid carrier essential to the ongoing biosynthesis of the bacterial cell wall. Individual building blocks of peptidoglycan are assembled in the cytoplasm on undecaprenyl phosphate (C55-P) before being flipped to the periplasmic face, where they are polymerized and transferred to the existing cell wall sacculus, resulting in the side product undecaprenyl pyrophosphate (C55-PP). Interruption of UppP's regeneration of C55-P from C55-PP leads to the buildup of cell wall intermediates and cell lysis...
March 20, 2018: Nature Communications
Kerrie L May, Thomas J Silhavy
The outer membrane (OM) bilayer of Gram-negative bacteria is biologically unique in its asymmetrical organization of lipids, with an inner leaflet composed of glycerophospholipids (PLs) and a surface-exposed outer leaflet composed of lipopolysaccharide (LPS). This lipid organization is integral to the OM's barrier properties. Perturbations of the outer leaflet by antimicrobial peptides or defects in LPS biosynthesis or transport to the OM cause a compensatory flipping of PLs to the outer leaflet. As a result, lipid asymmetry is disrupted and OM integrity is compromised...
March 20, 2018: MBio
Aurelia Minuti, Karen Sorensen, Rachel Schwartz, Winifred S King, Nancy R Glassman, Racheline G Habousha
This article describes the development of a flipped classroom instructional module designed by librarians to teach first- and second-year medical students how to search the literature and find evidence-based articles. The pre-class module consists of an online component that includes reading, videos, and exercises relating to a clinical case. The in-class sessions, designed to reinforce important concepts, include various interactive activities. The specifics of designing both components are included for other health sciences librarians interested in presenting similar instruction...
April 2018: Medical Reference Services Quarterly
Joanne M Muellenbach, Kathryn M Houk, Dana E Thimons, Bredny Rodriguez
This column describes a process for integrating information literacy (IL) and evidence-based medicine (EBM) content within a new school of medicine curriculum. The project was a collaborative effort among health sciences librarians, curriculum deans, directors, and faculty. The health sciences librarians became members of the curriculum committees, developed a successful proposal for IL and EBM content within the curriculum, and were invited to become course instructors for Analytics in Medicine. As course instructors, the librarians worked with the other faculty instructors to design and deliver active learning class sessions based on a flipped classroom approach using a proprietary Information Mastery curriculum...
April 2018: Medical Reference Services Quarterly
Judith A Smith
Protein folding in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is an essential cell function. To safeguard this process in the face of environmental threats and internal stressors, cells mount an evolutionarily conserved response known as the unfolded protein response (UPR). Invading pathogens induce cellular stress that impacts protein folding, thus the UPR is well situated to sense danger and contribute to immune responses. Cytokines (inflammatory cytokines and interferons) critically mediate host defense against pathogens, but when aberrantly produced, may also drive pathologic inflammation...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Naoto Kinoshita, Kozue Saito, Masafumi Ihara
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March 20, 2018: Neurology
Ismail Zaed, Giuseppe Lanzino
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 20, 2018: Neurology
Megan Alcauskas, Steven Galetta
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March 20, 2018: Neurology
Zarko Milojevic, Robert Ennis, Matteo Toscani, Karl R Gegenfurtner
The natural objects that we are surrounded with virtually always contain many different shades of color, yet the visual system usually categorizes them into a single color category. We examined various image statistics and their role in categorizing the color of leaves. Our subjects categorized photographs of autumn leaves and versions that were manipulated, including: randomly repositioned pixels, leaves uniformly colored with their mean color, leaves that were made by reflecting the original leaves' chromaticity distribution about their mean ("flipped leaves"), and simple patches colored with the mean colors of the original leaves...
March 16, 2018: Vision Research
Rami A El Shafie, Angela Paul, Denise Bernhardt, Kristin Lang, Thomas Welzel, Tanja Sprave, Adriane Hommertgen, Johannes Krisam, Daniela Schmitt, Sebastian Klüter, Kai Schubert, Christina Klose, Meinhard Kieser, Jürgen Debus, Stefan Rieken
BACKGROUND: Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) of brain metastases (BM) is recommended in oligometastatic scenarios as a less toxic treatment alternative to whole-brain radiotherapy. Recent findings support SRS for patients with multiple (>3) BM. Furthermore, advances in MR imaging have facilitated the detection of very small BM, as advances in SRS technology have facilitated the highly conformal and simultaneous treatment of multiple target lesions. OBJECTIVE: To compare efficacy and toxicity of repeated frameless robotic SRS of up to 10 simultaneous BM through a single-center prospective randomized trial...
March 15, 2018: Neurosurgery
Krishnendu Kundu, Akiva Feintuch, Shimon Vega
Recently it has been shown that experimental ELDOR spectra of amorphous glasses containing free radicals with inhomogeneously broadened EPR spectra can be analyzed using a set of coupled rate equations for the electron polarizations of frequency bins composing these spectra, named the eSD (electron spectral diffusion) model. The rate matrix defining these equations has elements depending on the microwave, the spin lattice relaxation rates and on eSD rate constants responsible for polarization exchange. In this study, we show that in addition to the static dipolar flip-flop terms in the Hamiltonian a zero-quantum electron cross-relaxation mechanism can be responsible for the polarization exchange process in our samples...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Takahiro Iijima, Tadashi Shimizu
The relaxation-assisted separation method was applied to overlapping2 H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra of diamagnetic and paramagnetic solids to separate them based on the different relaxation behaviors caused by molecular motion. Carr-Purcell-Meiboom-Gill sequences for2 H NMR were adopted to build two-dimensional data sets from one-dimensional NMR experiments. For diamagnetic α-glycine, the2 H NMR spectrum collected at 198 K was separated into two components from static -CD2 - and dynamic -ND3 ...
March 8, 2018: Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Sa Xiao, He Deng, Caohui Duan, Junshuai Xie, Huiting Zhang, Xianping Sun, Chaohui Ye, Xin Zhou
Dynamic hyperpolarized (HP)129 Xe MRI is able to visualize the process of lung ventilation, which potentially provides unique information about lung physiology and pathophysiology. However, the longitudinal magnetization of HP129 Xe is nonrenewable, making it difficult to achieve high image quality while maintaining high temporal-spatial resolution in the pulmonary dynamic MRI. In this paper, we propose a new accelerated dynamic HP129 Xe MRI scheme incorporating the low-rank, sparse and gas-inflow effects (L + S + G) constraints...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
Khe Foon Hew, Chung Kwan Lo
BACKGROUND: The use of flipped classroom approach has become increasingly popular in health professions education. However, no meta-analysis has been published that specifically examines the effect of flipped classroom versus traditional classroom on student learning. This study examined the findings of comparative articles through a meta-analysis in order to summarize the overall effects of teaching with the flipped classroom approach. We focused specifically on a set of flipped classroom studies in which pre-recorded videos were provided before face-to-face class meetings...
March 15, 2018: BMC Medical Education
T Brusa, D Abler, R Tutuian, C Gingert, J T Heverhagen, M Adamina, L E Brügger, P Büchler
BACKGROUND: A large proportion of age-related fecal incontinence is attributed to weakness or degeneration of the muscles composing the anal continence organ. However, the individual role of these muscles and their functional interplay remain poorly understood. METHODS: This study employs a novel technique based on the combination of MR imaging and FLIP measurements (MR-FLIP) to obtain anatomical and mechanical information simultaneously. Unlike previous methods used to assess the mechanics of the continence organ, MR-FLIP allows inter-individual comparisons and statistical analysis of the sphincter morpho-mechanical parameters...
March 15, 2018: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Shusuke Kasamatsu, Osamu Sugino
We report first-principles simulation of polarization mechanisms in hydroxyapatite to explain the underlying mechanism behind the reported ion conductivities and polarization under electrical poling at elevated temperatures. It is found that ion conduction occurs mainly in the column of OH- ions along the c-axis through a combination of the flipping of OH- ions, exchange of proton vacancies between OH- ions, and the hopping of the OH- vacancy. The calculated activation energies are consistent with those found in conductivity measurements and thermally stimulated depolarization current measurements...
March 15, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Jian Su, Xingpeng Yan, Xiaoyu Jiang, Yingqing Huang, Yibei Chen, Teng Zhang
Based on our proposed method for holographic stereogram printing using effective perspective images' segmentation and mosaicking (EPISM), we analyze the reconstructed wavefront errors, and establish the exit pupil function model of proposed printing system. To evaluate the imaging quality, the optical transfer function (OTF) of the holographic stereogram is modelled from the aspect of frequency response. The characteristic of the OTF with respect to the exit pupil size and the aberration are investigated in detail...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
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