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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749508/linking-hygroscopicity-and-the-surface-microstructure-of-model-inorganic-salts-simple-and-complex-carbohydrates-and-authentic-sea-spray-aerosol-particles
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Armando D Estillore, Holly S Morris, Victor W Or, Hansol D Lee, Michael R Alves, Meagan A Marciano, Olga Laskina, Zhen Qin, Alexei V Tivanski, Vicki H Grassian
Individual airborne sea spray aerosol (SSA) particles show diversity in their morphologies and water uptake properties that are highly dependent on the biological, chemical, and physical processes within the sea subsurface and the sea surface microlayer. In this study, hygroscopicity data for model systems of organic compounds of marine origin mixed with NaCl are compared to data for authentic SSA samples collected in an ocean-atmosphere facility providing insights into the SSA particle growth, phase transitions and interactions with water vapor in the atmosphere...
July 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749242/interactive-association-between-rhoa-transcriptional-signaling-inhibitor-ccg1423-and-human-serum-albumin-biophysical-and-in-silico-studies
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Zahirul Kabir, Hamidah Ghani, Saharuddin B Mohamad, Zazali Alias, Saad Tayyab
Multiple spectroscopic techniques, such as fluorescence, absorption and circular dichroism along with in silico studies were used to characterize the binding of a potent inhibitor molecule, CCG1423 to the major transport protein, human serum albumin (HSA). Fluorescence and absorption spectroscopic results confirmed CCG1423-HSA complex formation. A strong binding affinity stabilized the CCG1423-HSA complex, as evident from the values of the binding constant (Ka = 1.35×10(6) - 5.43×10(5) M(-1)). The KSV values for CCG1423-HSA system were inversely correlated with temperature, suggesting the involvement of static quenching mechanism...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749009/the-origin-of-hierarchical-structure-formation-in-highly-grafted-symmetric-supramolecular-double-comb-diblock-copolymers
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Anton H Hofman, Mehedi Reza, Janne Ruokolainen, Gerrit Ten Brinke, Katja Loos
Involving supramolecular chemistry in self-assembling block copolymer systems enables design of complex macromolecular architectures that, in turn, could lead to complex phase behavior. It is an elegant route, as complicated and sensitive synthesis techniques can be avoided. Highly grafted double-comb diblock copolymers based on symmetric double hydrogen bond accepting poly(4-vinylpyridine)-block-poly(N-acryloylpiperidine) diblock copolymers and donating 3-nonadecylphenol amphiphiles are realized and studied systematically by changing the molecular weight of the copolymer...
July 27, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748976/syntheses-structures-and-magnetic-properties-of-the-lanthanide-complexes-of-the-pyrimidyl-substituted-nitronyl-nitroxide-radical
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Jian Wang, Hao Miao, Zhao-Xin Xiao, Yan Zhou, Lin-Dan Deng, Yi-Quan Zhang, Xin-Yi Wang
Four 2p-4f Ln(III)-radical complexes, [(NIT-2-Pm)Ln(hfac)3]·0.5C7H16 (NIT-2-Pm = 2-pyrimidyl-4,4,5,5-tetramethyl-4,5-dihydro-1H-imidazol-1-oxy-3-oxide, hfac = hexafluoroacetylacetonato, Ln = Tb (1), Dy (2), Ho (3) and Er (4)), and four 4f-2p-4f Ln(III)-radical-Ln(III) complexes, [(μ-NIT-2-Pm)Ln2(hfac)6(H2O)2]·0.5C7H16 (Ln = Tb (5), Dy (6), Ho (7) and Er (8)) have been synthesized and characterized structurally and magnetically. These compounds can be selectively obtained by controlling the reaction ratio of Ln(hfac)3·2H2O to the radical ligand NIT-2-Pm...
July 27, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748495/evidence-for-interactions-between-homocysteine-and-genistein-insights-into-stroke-risk-and-potential-treatment
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Zyta Banecka-Majkutewicz, Leszek Kadziński, Michał Grabowski, Sylwia Bloch, Rajmund Kaźmierkiewicz, Joanna Jakóbkiewicz-Banecka, Magdalena Gabig-Cimińska, Grzegorz Węgrzyn, Alicja Węgrzyn, Bogdan Banecki
Elevated plasma homocysteine (2-amino-4-sulfanylbutanoic acid) level is a risk factor for stroke. Moreover, it has been suggested that high levels of homocysteine in the acute phase of an ischemic stroke can predict mortality, especially in stroke patients with the large-vessel atherosclerosis subtype. In clinical studies, supplementation with genistein (5, 7-dihydroxy-3- (4-hydroxyphenyl)-4H-1-benzopyran-4-one) decreased plasma homocysteine levels considerably. Therefore, genistein could be considered as a potential drug for prevention and/or treatment of stroke...
July 26, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748284/a-density-functional-theory-study-on-the-hydrogen-bonding-interactions-between-luteolin-and-ethanol
#6
Yan-Zhen Zheng, Jing Xu, Qin Liang, Da-Fu Chen, Rui Guo, Zhong-Min Fu
Ethanol is one of the most commonly used solvents to extract flavonoids from propolis. Hydrogen bonding interactions play an important role in the properties of liquid system. The main objective of the work is to study the hydrogen bonding interactions between flavonoid and ethanol. Luteolin is a very common flavonoid that has been found in different geographical and botanical propolis. In this work, it was selected as the representative flavonoid to do detailed research. The study was performed from a theoretical perspective using density functional theory (DFT) method...
August 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748282/electronic-fine-structure-calculation-of-metal-complexes-with-three-open-shell-s-d-and-p-configurations
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Harry Ramanantoanina, Claude Daul
The ligand field density functional theory (LFDFT) algorithm is extended to treat the electronic structure and properties of systems with three-open-shell electron configurations, exemplified in this work by the calculation of the core and semi-core 1s, 2s, and 3s one-electron excitations in compounds containing transition metal ions. The work presents a model to non-empirically resolve the multiplet energy levels arising from the three-open-shell systems of non-equivalent ns, 3d, and 4p electrons and to calculate the oscillator strengths corresponding to the electric-dipole 3d (m)  → ns (1)3d (m) 4p (1) transitions, with n = 1, 2, 3 and m = 0, 1, 2, …, 10 involved in the s electron excitation process...
August 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748268/-sexual-dysfunction-changing-conceptions-and-criteria-of-classification
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Jürgen Hoyer, Julia Velten
BACKGROUND: Sexual response is the result of a complex interaction of psychological, physiological, interpersonal, social and cultural factors. Those factors - as well as sexual behavior - are subject to permanent change. OBJECTIVES: In this study, we investigated how the growth of basic knowledge and constantly changing social-cultural conditions impact the scientific definition of sexual dysfunctions, which controversies exist and to what degree these changes counteract the common tendencies of medicalization and stigmatization of sexual difficulties...
July 26, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748258/ezh2-is-involved-in-silencing-of-wnt5a-during-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-of-colon-cancer-cell-line
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Jianxin Tao, Liping Shi, Longchang Huang, Haoze Shi, Hang Chen, Yixin Wang, Tong Wang
PURPOSE: Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) induction of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in SW480 was established as a system for studies of colon cancer metastasis. However, the epigenetic mechanisms underlying this process remain unknown. In mammal, polycomb repressive complex-2 (PRC2) is a highly conserved histone methyltransferase involved in epigenetic regulations. Enhancer of zeste Homolog 2 (EZH2) is the catalytic subunit of PRC2, which catalyzes methylation of lysine 27 of histone H3 (H3K27)...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748202/the-repeated-flurothyl-seizure-model-in-mice
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Russell J Ferland
Development of spontaneous seizures is the hallmark of human epilepsy. There is a critical need for new epilepsy models in order to elucidate mechanisms responsible for leading to the development of spontaneous seizures and for testing new anti-epileptic compounds. Moreover, rodent models of epilepsy have clearly demonstrated that there are two independent seizure systems in the brain: 1) the forebrain seizure network required for the expression of clonic seizures mediated by forebrain neurocircuitry, and 2) the brainstem seizure network necessary for the expression of brainstem or tonic seizures mediated by brainstem neurocircuitry...
June 5, 2017: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748197/incidence-long-term-outcomes-and-healthcare-utilization-of-patients-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus-acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome-and-disseminated-mycobacterium-avium-complex-from-1992-2015
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Lauren F Collins, Meredith E Clement, Jason E Stout
BACKGROUND: Despite the advent of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART), patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) continue to develop late-stage complications including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), disseminated Mycobacterium avium complex (DMAC), and death. METHODS: We performed an observational retrospective cohort study of HIV-infected adults who developed DMAC in the Duke University Health System from 1992 to 2015 to determine the incidence, long-term outcomes, and healthcare utilization of this population at high risk for poor outcomes...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747987/experimental-determination-of-three-dimensional-cervical-joint-mobility-in-the-avian-neck
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Robert E Kambic, Andrew A Biewener, Stephanie E Pierce
BACKGROUND: Birds have highly mobile necks, but neither the details of how they realize complex poses nor the evolution of this complex musculoskeletal system is well-understood. Most previous work on avian neck function has focused on dorsoventral flexion, with few studies quantifying lateroflexion or axial rotation. Such data are critical for understanding joint function, as musculoskeletal movements incorporate motion around multiple degrees of freedom simultaneously. Here we use biplanar X-rays on wild turkeys to quantify three-dimensional cervical joint range of motion in an avian neck to determine patterns of mobility along the cranial-caudal axis...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747884/geomagnetic-navigation-of-autonomous-underwater-vehicle-based-on-multi-objective-evolutionary-algorithm
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Hong Li, Mingyong Liu, Feihu Zhang
This paper presents a multi-objective evolutionary algorithm of bio-inspired geomagnetic navigation for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). Inspired by the biological navigation behavior, the solution was proposed without using a priori information, simply by magnetotaxis searching. However, the existence of the geomagnetic anomalies has significant influence on the geomagnetic navigation system, which often disrupts the distribution of the geomagnetic field. An extreme value region may easily appear in abnormal regions, which makes AUV lost in the navigation phase...
2017: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747735/major-histocompatibility-complex-genes-partly-explain-early-survival-in-house-sparrows
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B Lukasch, H Westerdahl, M Strandh, F Knauer, H Winkler, Y Moodley, H Hoi
Environmental factors and genetic incompatibilities between parents have been suggested as important determinants for embryonic mortality and survival. The genetic set-up of the immune system, specifically the highly polymorphic major histocompatibility complex (MHC) may also influence individual resistance to infections. MHC proteins are important for an appropriate adaptive immune response and enable T-cells to separate 'self' from 'non-self'. Here we investigate the importance of MHC functional diversity for early development in birds, more specifically, if offspring survival and body mass or size depends on number of different functional MHC alleles, specific functional MHC alleles or similarity of MHC alleles in the parents...
July 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747507/roles-of-cellular-nsf-protein-in-entry-and-nuclear-egress-of-budded-virions-of-autographa-californica-multiple-nucleopolyhedrovirus
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Ya Guo, Qi Yue, Jinli Gao, Zhe Wang, Yun-Ru Chen, Gary W Blissard, Tong-Xian Liu, Zhaofei Li
In eukaryotic cells, the soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor (NSF) attachment protein receptor (SNARE) proteins comprise the minimal machinery that triggers fusion of transport vesicles with their target membranes. Comparative studies revealed that genes encoding the components of the SNARE system are highly conserved in yeast, insect, and human genomes. Upon infection of insect cells by the virus AcMNPV, the transcript levels of most SNARE genes were initially up-regulated. We found that overexpression of dominant-negative (DN) forms of NSF or knock-down of the expression of NSF, the key regulator of the SNARE system, significantly affected the infectious AcMNPV production...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747466/network-activity-influences-the-subthreshold-and-spiking-visual-responses-of-pyramidal-neurons-in-the-three-layer-turtle-cortex
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Nathaniel Caleb Wright, Ralf Wessel
A primary goal of systems neuroscience is to understand cortical function, which typically involves studying spontaneous and stimulus-modulated cortical activity. Mounting evidence suggests a strong and complex relationship exists between the ongoing and stimulus-modulated cortical state. To date, most work in this area has been based on spiking in populations of neurons. While advantageous in many respects, this approach is limited in scope; it records the activity of a minority of neurons, and gives no direct indication of the underlying subthreshold dynamics...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747375/evaluation-of-the-rapid-polymyxin-np-test-for-polymyxin-b-resistance-detection-using-enterobacter-cloacae-and-enterobacter-aerogenes-isolates
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Shelby Simar, Diane Sibley, Deborah Ashcraft, George Pankey
Background: Polymyxin resistance is an increasing problem worldwide. Currently, determining susceptibility to polymyxins is problematic and lengthy. Polymyxins diffuse poorly into agar, potentially giving inaccurate disk diffusion and Etest results. A rapid screening test (2 h) for detection of polymyxin-resistance in Enterobacteriaceae, developed by Nordmann and Poirel (Rapid Polymyxin NP Test, 2016), detects glucose metabolization in the presence of polymyxins E and B via pH-induced color change. Sensitivity/specificity were 99...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747359/coupling-between-phosphate-and-calcium-homeostasis-a-mathematical-model
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David Granjon, Olivier Bonny, Aurélie Edwards
We developed a mathematical model of calcium (Ca) and phosphate (PO4) homeostasis in the rat to elucidate the hormonal mechanisms that underlie the regulation of Ca and PO4 balance. The model represents the exchanges of Ca and PO4 between the intestine, plasma, kidneys, bone, and the intracellular compartment, and the formation of Ca-PO4-fetuin A complexes. It accounts for the regulation of these fluxes by parathyroid hormone (PTH), vitamin D3, fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23), and Ca2+-sensing receptors...
July 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747322/ribonucleoprotein-purification-and-characterization-using-rna-mango
#19
Shyam Ss Panchapakesan, Matthew L Ferguson, Eric J Hayden, Xin Chen, Aaron A Hoskins, Peter J Unrau
The characterization of RNA-protein complexes (RNPs) is a difficult but increasingly important problem in modern biology. By combining the compact RNA Mango aptamer with a fluorogenic thiazole orange desthiobiotin (TO1-Dtb or TO3-Dtb) ligand, we have created an RNA tagging system that simplifies the purification and subsequent characterization of endogenous RNPs. Mango-tagged RNP complexes can be immobilized on a streptavidin solid support and recovered in their native state by the addition of free biotin. Furthermore, Mango-based RNP purification can be adapted to different scales of RNP isolation ranging from pull-down assays to the isolation of large amounts of biochemically defined cellular RNPs...
July 26, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747313/long-term-complications-reoperations-and-survival-following-cardioverter-defibrillator-implant
#20
Nathaniel Mark Hawkins, Maja Grubisic, Jason G Andrade, Flora Huang, Lillian Ding, Min Gao, Jamil Bashir
OBJECTIVE: Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) reduce risk of death in select populations, but are also associated with harms. We aimed to characterise long-term complications and reoperation rate. METHODS: We assessed the rate, cumulative incidence and predictors of long-term reoperation and survival using a prospective, multicentre registry serving British Columbia in Canada, a universal single payer healthcare system with 4.5 million residents. 3410 patients (mean 63...
July 26, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
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