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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347128/temperature-and-wavelength-dependence-of-energy-transfer-process-between-quantized-states-and-surface-states-in-cdse-quantum-dots
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Lei Zhang, Qinfeng Xu, Mingliang Liu, Lingbin Kong, Mengmeng Jiao, Haifeng Mu, Dehua Wang, Honggang Wang, Jiannong Chen, Chuanlu Yang
Temperature and wavelength dependence of energy transfer (ET) process between quantized states and surface trap states of CdSe quantum dots was investigated, respectively. The experimental results demonstrate that the photoluminescence (PL) intensity of the quantized states decreases with respect to the trap state emission, especially at lower temperatures. The observed ET process between quantized states and trap states which is influenced by the thermal population behavior. At the same temperature, the silver films can greatly enhance the energy transfer (ET) rate from the quantized states to trap states due to surface plasmonic coupling effect...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346953/lennox-gastaut-syndrome-a-state-of-the-art-review
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Mario Mastrangelo
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a severe age-dependent epileptic encephalopathy usually with onset between 1 and 8 years of age. Functional neuroimaging studies recently introduced the concept of Lennox-Gastaut as "secondary network epilepsy" resulting from dysfunctions of a complex system involving both cortical and subcortical structures (default-mode network, corticoreticular connections, and thalamus). These dysfunctions are produced by different disorders including hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathies, meningoencephalitis, cortical malformations, neurocutaneous disorders, or tumors...
March 27, 2017: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346939/a-b12-dependent-radical-sam-enzyme-involved-in-oxetanocin-a-biosynthesis
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Jennifer Bridwell-Rabb, Aoshu Zhong, He G Sun, Catherine L Drennan, Hung-Wen Liu
Oxetanocin A (OXT-A) is a potent antitumour, antiviral and antibacterial compound. Biosynthesis of OXT-A has been linked to a plasmid-borne Bacillus megaterium gene cluster that contains four genes: oxsA, oxsB, oxrA and oxrB. Here we show that both the oxsA and oxsB genes are required for the production of OXT-A. Biochemical analysis of the encoded proteins, a cobalamin (Cbl)-dependent S-adenosylmethionine (AdoMet) radical enzyme, OxsB, and an HD-domain phosphohydrolase, OxsA, reveals that OXT-A is derived from a 2'-deoxyadenosine phosphate in an OxsB-catalysed ring contraction reaction initiated by hydrogen atom abstraction from C2'...
March 27, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346896/weak-size-dependence-of-resuspended-radiocesium-adsorbed-on-soil-particles-collected-after-the-fukushima-nuclear-accident
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Naoki Kaneyasu, Hideo Ohashi, Fumie Suzuki, Tomoaki Okuda, Fumikazu Ikemori, Naofumi Akata, Toshihiro Kogure
Most studies of the properties of airborne radionuclides emitted from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant have focused on the relatively early stages of the accident, and little is known about the characteristics of radiocesium in the long-term. In this study, we analyzed activity size distributions of airborne radiocesium collected over 5 months in Tsukuba, Japan. Radiocesium in the accumulation mode size range (0.1-2 μm in aerodynamic diameter) was overwhelming in the early aerosol samples and decreased with time, while that associated with coarse aerosols remained airborne...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346881/heparin-and-homogeneous-model-heparin-oligosaccharides-form-distinct-complexes-with-protamine-light-scattering-and-zeta-potential-analysis
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Cynthia D Sommers, Hongping Ye, Jian Liu, Robert J Linhardt, David A Keire
Large multimolecular complexes of heparin with positively charged proteins such as platelet factor 4 (PF4) or protamine can initiate immune responses associated with heparin use in patients, including the most significant adverse event, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT). Current evidence suggests that platelet-activating antibodies that recognize large multi-molecular complexes (300-700kDa) of PF4 bound to heparin cause HIT [1] and in very rare cases anti-protamine-heparin antibodies can induce thrombocytopenia [2]...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346876/a-fluid-structure-interaction-model-of-the-internal-carotid-and-ophthalmic-arteries-for-the-noninvasive-intracranial-pressure-measurement-method
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Edgaras Misiulis, Algis Džiugys, Robertas Navakas, Nerijus Striūgas
Accurate and clinically safe measurements of intracranial pressure (ICP) are crucial for secondary brain damage prevention. There are two methods of ICP measurement: invasive and noninvasive. Invasive methods are clinically unsafe; therefore, safer noninvasive methods are being developed. One of the noninvasive ICP measurement methods implements the balance principle, which assumes that if the velocity of blood flow in both ophthalmic artery segments - the intracranial (IOA) and extracranial (EOA) - is equal, then the acting ICP on the IOA and the external pressure (Pe) on the EOA are also equal...
March 22, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346875/helicobacter-pylori-infection-detection-from-gastric-x-ray-images-based-on-feature-fusion-and-decision-fusion
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Kenta Ishihara, Takahiro Ogawa, Miki Haseyama
In this paper, a fully automatic method for detection of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is presented with the aim of constructing a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system. In order to realize a CAD system with good performance for detection of H. pylori infection, we focus on the following characteristic of stomach X-ray examination. The accuracy of X-ray examination differs depending on the symptom of H. pylori infection that is focused on and the position from which X-ray images are taken. Therefore, doctors have to comprehensively assess the symptoms and positions...
March 21, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346819/parametric-overdispersed-frailty-models-for-current-status-data
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Steven Abrams, Marc Aerts, Geert Molenberghs, Niel Hens
Frailty models have a prominent place in survival analysis to model univariate and multivariate time-to-event data, often complicated by the presence of different types of censoring. In recent years, frailty modeling gained popularity in infectious disease epidemiology to quantify unobserved heterogeneity using Type I interval-censored serological data or current status data. In a multivariate setting, frailty models prove useful to assess the association between infection times related to multiple distinct infections acquired by the same individual...
March 27, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346815/improvement-of-identification-methods-for-honeybee-specific-lactic-acid-bacteria-future-approaches
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Sepideh Lamei, Yue O O Hu, Tobias C Olofsson, Anders F Andersson, Eva Forsgren, Alejandra Vásquez
Honeybees face many parasites and pathogens and consequently rely on a diverse set of individual and group-level defenses to prevent disease. The crop microbiota of Apis mellifera, composed of 13 Lactic Acid Bacterial (LAB) species within the genera Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, form a beneficial symbiotic relationship with each other and the honeybee to protect their niche and their host. Possibly playing a vital role in honeybee health, it is important that these honeybee specific Lactic Acid Bacterial (hbs-LAB) symbionts can be correctly identified, isolated and cultured, to further investigate their health promoting properties...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346811/improved-soluble-scfv-elisa-screening-approach-for-antibody-discovery-using-phage-display-technology
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Mohammad R Tohidkia, Maryam Sepehri, Shirin Khajeh, Jaleh Barar, Yadollah Omidi
Phage display technology (PDT) is a powerful tool for the isolation of recombinant antibody (Ab) fragments. Using PDT, target molecule-specific phage-Ab clones are enriched through the "biopanning" process. The individual specific binders are screened by the monoclonal scFv enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) that may associate with inevitable false-negative results. Thus, in this study, three strategies were investigated for optimization of the scFvs screening using Tomlinson I and J libraries, including (1) optimizing the expression of functional scFvs, (2) improving the sensitivity of ELISA, and (3) preparing different samples containing scFvs...
March 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346792/effects-of-ifn-%C3%AE-on-the-cell-growth-and-the-expression-of-adam33-gene-in-human-embryonic-lung-mrc-5-fibroblasts-in-vitro
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Wenjing Li, Rongrong Liang, Huarong Huang, Baojing Wu, Yingqiang Zhong
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of interferon-γ (IFN-γ) on the proliferation and viability of human embryonic lung Mrc-5 fibroblasts in vitro and the expression of the A Disintegrin and Metalloprotease 33 (ADAM33) gene and to explore the mechanism of airway remodeling. METHODS: Mrc-5 fibroblasts were sensitized with Dermatophagoides farinae 1 (Derf1) in vitro to mimic in vivo conditions observed in bronchial asthma. An inverted fluorescence microscope was used to observe changes in cell morphology before and after treatment...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346750/intuitive-understanding-of-%C3%AF-delocalization-in-loose-and-%C3%AF-localization-in-tight-helical-conformations-of-an-oligosilane-chain
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Milena Jovanovic, Dean Antic, David Rooklin, Annika Bande, Josef Michl
Conformational effects on σ-electron delocalization in oligosilanes are addressed by Hartree-Fock and time-dependent density functional theory (B3LYP, 6-311G**) at MP2 optimized geometries of permethylated uniformly helical linear oligosilanes (all-ω-SinR2n+2) up to n = 16 and for backbone dihedral angles ω = 55 - 180̊. The extent of σ delocalization is judged by the partition ratio of the highest occupied molecular orbital and is reflected in the dependence of its shape and energy and of UV absorption spectra on n...
March 27, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346743/fabrication-of-a-mechanically-anisotropic-poly-glycerol-sebacate-membrane-for-tissue-engineering
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Chi-Nung Hsu, Pei-Yuan Lee, Ho-Yi Tuan-Mu, Chen-Yu Li, Jin-Jia Hu
Poly(glycerol sebacate) (PGS) has been used successfully as a scaffolding material for soft tissue engineering. PGS scaffolds, however, are usually mechanically isotropic, which may restrict their use in tissue repairs as many soft tissues in the body have anisotropic mechanical behaviors. Although various methods have been used to fabricate anisotropic scaffolds, it remains challenging to make anisotropic scaffolds from thermoset PGS. Here a new, simple method to fabricate an anisotropic PGS membrane which can then be used to construct thicker three-dimensional anisotropic scaffolds was developed...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346710/the-arabidopsis-thiamin-deficient-mutant-pale-green1-lacks-thiamin-monophosphate-phosphatase-of-the-vitamin-b1-biosynthesis-pathway
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Wei-Yu Hsieh, Jo-Chien Liao, Hsin-Tzu Wang, Tzu-Huan Hung, Ching-Chih Tseng, Tsui-Yun Chung, Ming-Hsiun Hsieh
Thiamin diphosphate (TPP, vitamin B1) is an essential coenzyme present in all organisms. Animals obtain TPP from their diets, but plants synthesize TPP de novo. We isolated and characterized an Arabidopsis pale green1 (pale1) mutant that contained higher concentrations of thiamin monophosphate (TMP) and less thiamin and TPP than the wild type. Supplementation with thiamin, but not the thiazole and pyrimidine precursors, rescued the mutant phenotype, indicating that the pale1 mutant is a thiamin-deficient mutant...
March 27, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346695/contribution-of-small-conductance-k-channels-to-sinoatrial-node-pacemaker-activity-insights-from-atrial-specific-na-ca-2-exchange-knockout-mice
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Angelo G Torrente, Rui Zhang, Heidi Wang, Audrey Zaini, Brian Kim, Xin Yue, Kenneth D Philipson, Joshua I Goldhaber
Small conductance K(+) (SK) channels have been implicated as modulators of spontaneous depolarization and electrical conduction that may be involved in cardiac arrhythmia. However, neither their presence nor their contribution to sinoatrial node (SAN) pacemaker activity have been investigated. Using quantitative PCR (q-PCR), immunostaining and patch clamp recordings of membrane current and voltage, we identified all three SK isoforms (SK1, SK2 and SK3) in mouse SAN. Inhibition of SK channels with the specific blocker apamin prolonged action potentials (APs) in isolated SAN cells...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346619/scope-of-practice-and-family-medicine-match-rates-results-from-a-cera-clerkship-directors-survey
#16
David Anthony, Jordan White, Katherine Margo, Derjung M Tarn
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Family medicine clerkship directors depend on community preceptors to teach and attract medical students to family medicine. Many community preceptors do not provide the full range of family medicine services, and some are not family physicians. This study aimed to determine the types of practices in which family medicine clerkship students train and whether scope of practice is associated with family medicine Match rates. METHODS: Data were collected as part of the 2014 Council of Academic Family Medicine Educational Research Alliance (CERA) Family Medicine Clerkship Director Survey...
March 2017: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346603/residency-program-directors-interview-methods-and-satisfaction-with-resident-selection-across-multiple-specialties
#17
Tonya VanOrder, Wayne Robbins, Eric Zemper
CONTEXT: Competition for postdoctoral training positions is at an all-time high, and residency program directors continue to have little direction when it comes to structuring an effective interview process. OBJECTIVES: To examine whether a relationship existed between interview methods used and program director satisfaction with resident selection decisions and whether programs that used methods designed to assess candidate personal characteristics were more satisfied with their decisions...
April 1, 2017: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346565/anticholinergic-burden-and-functional-status-in-older-people-with-cognitive-impairment-results-from-the-regal-project
#18
V Boccardi, M Baroni, L Paolacci, S Ercolani, A Longo, M Giordano, C Ruggiero, P Mecocci
OBJECTIVE: The use of drugs with intrinsic anticholinergic properties is widespread among old age persons. A growing body of evidences suggest that a high anticholinergic burden is associated with physical and cognitive impairment. However, the association between anticholinergic drug use and functional status is still poorly investigated, particularly among subjects with initial cognitive impairment. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study examining the association between drug-related anticholinergic burden and functional status in cognitively healthy (CH) (n=691), mild cognitive impairment (MCI) (n=541) or mild Alzheimer's diseases (AD) (n=1127) subjects...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346555/modulation-of-the-cooperativity-in-the-assembly-of-multistranded-supramolecular-polymers
#19
Cristiana Campanella, Elkin Lopez-Fontal, Lilia Milanesi, Salvador Tomas
It is highly desirable that supramolecular polymers self-assemble following small changes in the environment. The degree of responsiveness depends on the degree of cooperativity at play during the assembly. Understanding how to modulate and quantify cooperativity is therefore highly desirable for the study and design of responsive polymers. Here we show that the cooperative assembly of a porphyrin-based, double-stranded polymer is triggered by changes in building blocks and in salt concentration. We develop a model that accounts for this responsiveness by assuming the binding of the salt countercations to the double-stranded polymer...
March 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346548/kinetics-of-light-induced-ordering-and-deformation-in-lc-azobenzene-containing-materials
#20
Vladimir Toshchevikov, Tatiana Petrova, Marina Saphiannikova
Azobenzene-containing smart materials are able to transform the energy of light into directional mechanical stress. We develop a theory of time-dependent light-induced ordering and deformation in azobenzene materials starting from the kinetic equations of photoisomerization. The liquid crystalline (LC) interactions between rod-like trans-isomers are taken into account. Angular selectivity of the photoisomerization known as an "angular hole burning" or the Weigert effect leads to the light-induced ordering and deformation of the azobenzene materials...
March 27, 2017: Soft Matter
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