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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906514/early-experience-and-brain-development
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REVIEW
Johanna Bick, Charles A Nelson
Healthy brain development takes place within the context of individual experience. Here, we describe how certain early experiences are necessary for typical brain development. We present evidence from multiple studies showing that severe early life neglect leads to alterations in brain development, which compromises emotional, behavioral, and cognitive functioning. We also show how early intervention can reverse some of the deleterious effects of neglect on brain development. We conclude by emphasizing that early interventions that start at the earliest possible point in human development are most likely to support maximal recovery from early adverse experiences...
December 1, 2016: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Cognitive Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906503/neurodevelopmental-disorders
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REVIEW
Hana D'Souza, Annette Karmiloff-Smith
Recent technological advances allow us to measure how the infant brain functions in ways that were not possible just a decade ago. Although methodological advances are exciting, we must also consider how theories guide research: what we look for and how we explain what we find. Indeed, the ways in which research findings are interpreted affects the design of policies, educational practices, and interventions. Thus, the theoretical approaches adopted by scientists have a real impact on the lives of children with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) and their families, as well as on the wider community...
December 1, 2016: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Cognitive Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906491/influence-of-alcohol-%C3%AE-fluorination-on-hydrogen-bond-acidity-of-conformationally-flexible-substrates
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Jerome Graton, Guillaume Compain, François Besseau, Elena Bogdan, Joe Watts, Lewis Mtashobya, Zhong Wang, Alex Weymouth-Wilson, Nicolas Galland, Jean-Yves Le Questel, Bruno Linclau
Rational modulations of molecular interactions are of significant importance in compound properties optimization. We have previously shown that fluorination of conformationally rigid cyclohexanols leads to attenuation of their hydrogen-bond (H-bond) donating capacity (pKAHY) when OH***F intramolecular hydrogen-bond (IMHB) interactions occur, as opposed to an increase in pKAHY due to the fluorine electronegativity. This work has now been extended to a wider range of aliphatic β-fluorohydrins with increasing degrees of conformational flexibility...
December 1, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906484/a-ligand-free-pt3-cluster-catalyses-the-markovnikov-hydrosilylation-of-alkynes-with-up-to-106-turnover-frequencies
#4
Avelino Corma, Antonio Leyva, Miguel Angel Rivero
The Pt-catalysed hydrosilylation of alkynes is the procedure of choice to obtain vinylsilanes, and this is claimed to be the most relevant application of Pt in organic synthesis. More than half a century after its discovery, only -vinylsilanes (anti-Markovnikov addition) are obtained with simple Pt catalysts, while -vinylsilanes (Markovnikov addition) remain elusive compounds. Here we report that Pt3 clusters, in part-per-million (ppm) amounts, catalyse the Markovnikov hydrosilylation of terminal alkynes to give a wide variety of -vinylsilanes in reasonable isolated yields and with turnover frequencies that can reach up to one million per hour...
December 1, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906476/alkyl-side-chain-engineering-in-wide-bandgap-copolymers-leading-to-power-conversion-efficiencies-over-10
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Tao Liu, Xuexue Pan, Xiangyi Meng, Yu Liu, Donghui Wei, Wei Ma, Lijun Huo, Xiaobo Sun, Tack Ho Lee, Minjuan Huang, Hyosung Choi, Jin Young Kim, Wallace C H Choy, Yanming Sun
A series of wide-bandgap (WBG) copolymers with different alkyl side chains are synthesized. Among them, copolymer PBT1-EH with moderatly bulky side chains on the acceptor unit shows the best photovoltaic performance with power conversion efficiency over 10%. The results suggest that the alkyl side-chain engineering is an effective strategy to further tuning the optoelectronic properties of WBG copolymers.
December 1, 2016: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906449/differential-mutation-frequencies-in-metastatic-cutaneous-squamous-cell-carcinomas-versus-primary-tumors
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Ayse Selen Yilmaz, Hatice Gulcin Ozer, Jessica L Gillespie, Dawn C Allain, Madison N Bernhardt, Karina Colossi Furlan, Leticia T F Castro, Sara B Peters, Priyadharsini Nagarajan, Stephen Y Kang, O Hans Iwenofu, Thomas Olencki, Theodoros N Teknos, Amanda Ewart Toland
BACKGROUND: Exome and targeted sequencing studies have identified potential driver mutations for a variety of tumor types. Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) is one of the most highly mutated cancers but typically is associated with low rates of metastasis and high survival rates. Nevertheless, metastatic cSCC is a significant health threat; up to 8800 individuals die each year of this disease. METHODS: Because it is difficult to predict which cSCCs are more likely to metastasize, and because to the best of the authors' knowledge there are no targeted therapies specifically designated for patients with metastatic cSCC, exome and/or targeted sequencing of 18 metastatic and 10 primary cSCCs was performed to identify mutations that were more frequent in metastatic tumors and might be targeted for therapeutic benefit...
December 1, 2016: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906437/vitamin-d-receptor-polymorphisms-as-tool-for-early-screening-of-severe-bone-loss-in-women-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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G Di Spigna, A Del Puente, B Covelli, E Abete, E Varriale, S Salzano, L Postiglione
OBJECTIVE: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune inflammatory disease that leads to local and systemic arthritis and bone loss. Exploring genetic markers of candidate genes in osteoporosis and inflammatory cytokine genes could be a useful tool for the early identification of bone loss and fracture risk in RA patients. The target of this study is the evaluation and correlation between of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) of Vitamin D Receptor (VDR) and possible effects on bone loss in RA...
November 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906435/down-regulation-of-microrna-143-is-associated-with-colorectal-cancer-progression
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J-W Bai, H-Z Xue, C Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most prevalent carcinomas worldwide. Tumor metastasis and recurrence are leading causes of CRC-related deaths. Given the role of microRNA (miRNA) in CRC invasion and metastasis, we explored the association between miRNA-143 expression and clinicopathologic characteristics in CRC, as well as the effects of miRNA-143 on CRC cell invasion in vitro. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Quantitative real-time PCR was conducted to assess the expression of miR-143 in tissue specimens and cell lines...
November 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906429/the-role-of-the-enos-g894t-and-t-786c-gene-polymorphism-in-the-development-of-ascites-in-cirrhosis
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O Yildirim, A Yigit, Y Seckin, E Yesilada, G Gulbay, Y F Cagin, Z Aksungur, Y Bilgic, Y Türkoz, S Yologlu
OBJECTIVE: Increased nitric oxide (NO) production in cirrhotic patients causes splanchnic vasodilation, leading to the development of the hyperdynamic circulatory syndrome. One factor that influences plasma NO concentration is eNOS gene polymorphism; consequently, the aim of this study was to investigate whether the eNOS gene G894T and T-786C polymorphisms play any role in the development of ascites in such patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Three groups were created: 70 cirrhotic patients with ascites, 69 cirrhotic participants without ascites (stable cirrhosis), and 60 healthy controls...
November 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906420/the-effect-of-low-dosage-of-procaine-on-lung-cancer-cell-proliferation
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X-W Ma, Y Li, X-C Han, Q-Z Xin
OBJECTIVE: Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common type of human lung cancer leading cause of cancer death worldwide. However, first-line drugs such as gefitinib and erlotinib showed great drug resistance in the clinical. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The cell proliferation was evaluated by MTT assay; gene expression was detected by qPCR assay. The protein expression was analyzed by Western blotting. RESULTS: Our results showed that in mouse models of lung cancer by A549 or NCI-H1975 xenograft, the local anesthetic drug Procaine (PCA) with 50 mg/kg specifically attenuated tumors compared with the vehicle-treated group...
November 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906399/unusual-reactivity-of-dithiol-protected-clusters-in-comparison-to-monothiol-protected-clusters-studies-using-ag51-bdt-19-tpp-3-and-ag29-bdt-12-tpp-4
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Atanu Ghosh, Debasmita Ghosh, Esma Khatun, Papri Chakraborty, Thalappil Pradeep
We report the synthesis and unique reactivity of a new green dithiol protected cluster (DTPC), Ag51(BDT)19(TPP)3 (BDT and TPP are 1,3-benzenedithiol and triphenylphosphine, respectively). The cluster composition was confirmed by electrospray ionization (ESI) and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometric studies as well as by other supporting data. Surprisingly, the chemical reactivity between this DTPC and Au25(SR)18 involves only metal ion exchange in Au25(SR)18 without any ligand exchange, while reactions between monothiol protected clusters (MTPCs) show both metal and ligand exchange, an example being the reaction between Ag25DMBT18 and Au25PET18 (where DMBT and PET are 2,4-dimethylbenzenethiol and phenylethanethiol, respectively)...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906395/regioselective-plasmonic-nano-assemblies-for-bimodal-sub-femtomolar-dopamine-detection
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Fengli Gao, Liqiang Liu, Gang Cui, Liguang Xu, Xiaoling Wu, Hua Kuang, Chuanlai Xu
Reliable and ultrasensitive quantification of dopamine (DA) is essential in the precise diagnotherapy of neurological diseases. In this study, dual mode counterpropagating-responsive gold@silver nanoparticle-gold nanorod (Au@AgNP-AuNR) nano-assemblies were fabricated for the precise quantification of DA. The plasmonic Au@AgNP-AuNR assemblies possessed high surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity and strong fluorescence quenching, due to the prominent electromagnetic enhancement between the hotspots of the assemblies...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906393/geometric-control-of-active-collective-motion
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Maxime Theillard, Roberto Alonso-Matilla, David Saintillan
Recent experimental studies have shown that confinement can profoundly affect self-organization in semi-dilute active suspensions, leading to striking features such as the formation of steady and spontaneous vortices in circular domains and the emergence of unidirectional pumping motions in periodic racetrack geometries. Motivated by these findings, we analyze the two-dimensional dynamics in confined suspensions of active self-propelled swimmers using a mean-field kinetic theory where conservation equations for the particle configurations are coupled to the forced Navier-Stokes equations for the self-generated fluid flow...
December 1, 2016: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906389/emulation-of-synaptic-metaplasticity-in-memristors
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Xiaojian Zhu, Chao Du, YeonJoo Jeong, Wei D Lu
Recent studies have shown that nanoionic-based memristors can offer rich internal dynamics during ion movement that enables these solid-state devices to emulate various synaptic functions in biological systems naturally. The experimental observations can be explained within the 2nd-order memristor theoretical framework, which states that the device conductance (weight) can be determined by multiple internal state variables that can be modulated at different time scales and lead to different activity-dependent synaptic behaviors...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906384/cationic-switchable-lipids-ph-triggered-molecular-switch-for-sirna-delivery
#15
W Viricel, S Poirier, A Mbarek, R M Derbali, G Mayer, J Leblond
A pH-sensitive molecular switch able to change its conformation upon protonation at endosomal pH values is embedded into the structure of cationic lipidoid materials, thus conferring endosomal escape properties. Involvement of the conformational switch in the endosomal escape process was confirmed and leading material identified was able to induce efficient gene knockdown both in vitro and in vivo. The lipid nanoparticles reported here are promising for therapeutic applications and this work could serve as a template for future design of stimulus-responsive (ionic, redox, light) molecular switch for drug and gene delivery...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906382/laser-patterned-functionalized-cvd-graphene-as-highly-transparent-conductive-electrodes-for-polymer-solar-cells
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Luca La Notte, Enrica Villari, Alessandro Lorenzo Palma, Alberto Sacchetti, Maria Michela Giangregorio, Giovanni Bruno, Aldo Di Carlo, Giuseppe Valerio Bianco, Andrea Reale
A five-layer (5L) graphene on a glass substrate has been demonstrated as a transparent conductive electrode to replace indium tin oxide (ITO) in organic photovoltaic devices. The required low sheet resistance, while maintaining high transparency, and the need of a wettable surface are the main issues. To overcome these, two strategies have been applied: (i) the p-doping of the multilayer graphene, thus reaching 25 Ω □(-1) or (ii) the O2-plasma oxidation of the last layer of the 5L graphene that results in a contact angle of 58° and a sheet resistance of 134 Ω □(-1)...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906373/efficient-homogeneous-illumination-and-optical-sectioning-for-quantitative-single-molecule-localization-microscopy
#17
Joran Deschamps, Andreas Rowald, Jonas Ries
Single-molecule localization microscopy (SMLM) relies on the switching of fluorescent molecules between a fluorescent and a dark state to achieve super resolution. This process is inherently dependent on the intensity distribution of the laser light used for both activation from the dark state and excitation of the bright state. Typically, laser light is coupled directly or via a single-mode fiber into the microscope, which leads to a Gaussian intensity profile in total internal reflection (TIR) or epi illumination...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906367/cultivation-of-lemon-fields
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Sushanta Kumar Pal, P Senthilkumaran
The sign rule requires that adjacent singularities on a contour have opposite signs and hence cultivation of lemon only fields poses problem as all lemons have positive index. In this paper we show that the interference of three linearly polarized plane waves can create regions of ellipse and vector fields in 2-dimensions (2D) in which a lemon lattice is interlaced in a V-point lattice. The lemons appear at intensity maxima of the lattice structure while the V-points take care of index conservation by sitting at intensity minima...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906354/anticrossing-double-fano-resonances-generated-in-metallic-dielectric-hybrid-nanostructures-using-nonradiative-anapole-modes-for-enhanced-nonlinear-optical-effects
#19
Wu-Chao Zhai, Tie-Zhu Qiao, Dong-Jin Cai, Wen-Jie Wang, Jing-Dong Chen, Zhi-Hui Chen, Shao-Ding Liu
Third-harmonic generation with metallic or dielectric nanoparticles often suffer from, respectively, small modal volumes and weak near-field enhancements. This study propose and demonstrate that a metallic/dielectric hybrid nanostructure composed of a silver double rectangular nanoring and a silicon square nanoplate can be used to overcome these obstacles for enhanced third-harmonic generation. It is shown that the nonradiative anapole mode of the Si plate can be used as a localized source to excite the dark subradiant octupole mode of the Ag ring, and the mode hybridization leads to the formation of an antibonding and a bonding subradiant collective mode, thereby forming anticrossing double Fano resonances...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906353/achieving-flexible-low-scattering-metasurface-based-on-randomly-distribution-of-meta-elements
#20
Junming Zhao, Boyu Sima, Nan Jia, Cheng Wang, Bo Zhu, Tian Jiang, Yijun Feng
In the paper, a flexible low-scattering metasurface is proposed and realized. The layout is composed of similar "#" shaped elements with variable sizes which are randomly distributed along the surface. The various dimensions of the meta-elements lead to different reflection phases for the meta-elements with respect to the incident plane wave, resulting a diffuse reflection surface and exhibiting a broadband backward low-scattering property. In consideration of the flexibility, metasurfaces composed of printed metallic element films attaching with flexible substrate are designed, fabricated and measured in microwave domain...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
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