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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821878/shock-formation-and-structure-in-magnetic-reconnection-with-a-streaming-flow
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Liangneng Wu, Zhiwei Ma, Haowei Zhang
The features of magnetic reconnection with a streaming flow have been investigated on the basis of compressible resistive magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) model. The super-Alfvenic streaming flow largely enhances magnetic reconnection. The maximum reconnection rate is almost four times larger with super-Alfvenic streaming flow than sub-Alfvénic streaming flow. In the nonlinear stage, it is found that there is a pair of shocks observed in the inflow region, which are manifested to be slow shocks for sub-Alfvénic streaming flow, and fast shocks for super-Alfvénic streaming flow...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821839/circadian-clock-dependent-increase-in-salivary-iga-secretion-modulated-by-sympathetic-receptor-activation-in-mice
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Misaki Wada, Kanami Orihara, Mayo Kamagata, Koki Hama, Hiroyuki Sasaki, Atsushi Haraguchi, Hiroki Miyakawa, Atsuhito Nakao, Shigenobu Shibata
The salivary gland is rhythmically controlled by sympathetic nerve activation from the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), which functions as the main oscillator of circadian rhythms. In humans, salivary IgA concentrations reflect circadian rhythmicity, which peak during sleep. However, the mechanisms controlling this rhythmicity are not well understood. Therefore, we examined whether the timing of parasympathetic (pilocarpine) or sympathetic (norepinephrine; NE) activation affects IgA secretion in the saliva. The concentrations of saliva IgA modulated by pilocarpine activation or by a combination of pilocarpine and NE activation were the highest in the middle of the light period, independent of saliva flow rate...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821772/asynchrony-of-wind-and-hydropower-resources-in-australia
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Udaya Bhaskar Gunturu, Willow Hallgren
Wind and hydropower together constitute nearly 80% of the renewable capacity in Australia and their resources are collocated. We show that wind and hydro generation capacity factors covary negatively at the interannual time scales. Thus, the technology diversity mitigates the variability of renewable power generation at the interannual scales. The asynchrony of wind and hydropower resources is explained by the differential impact of the two modes of the El Ni˜no Southern Oscillation - canonical and Modoki - on the wind and hydro resources...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821651/role-of-somatostatin-positive-cortical-interneurons-in-the-generation-of-sleep-slow-waves
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Chadd M Funk, Kayla Peelman, Michele Bellesi, William Marshall, Chiara Cirelli, Giulio Tononi
During non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep cortical and thalamic neurons oscillate every second or so between ON periods characterized by membrane depolarization and wake-like tonic firing, and OFF periods characterized by membrane hyperpolarization and neuronal silence. Cortical slow waves - the hallmark of NREM sleep - reflect near-synchronous OFF periods in cortical neurons. However, the mechanisms triggering such OFF periods are unclear, as there is little evidence for somatic inhibition. We studied cortical inhibitory interneurons that express somatostatin (SOM), because ∼70% of them are Martinotti cells that target diffusely layer I and can block excitatory transmission presynaptically, at glutamatergic terminals, and postsynaptically, at apical dendrites, without inhibiting the soma...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821614/multiple-circadian-transcriptional-elements-cooperatively-regulate-cell-autonomous-transcriptional-oscillation-of-period3-a-mammalian-clock-gene
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Ritsuko Matsumura, Makoto Akashi
Cell-autonomous oscillation in clock gene expression drives circadian rhythms. The development of comprehensive analytical techniques, such as bioinformatics and ChIP-sequencing, has enabled the genome-wide identification of potential circadian transcriptional elements that regulate the transcriptional oscillation of clock genes. However, detailed analyses using traditional biochemical and molecular-biological approaches, such as binding and reporter assays, are still necessary to determine whether these potential circadian transcriptional elements are actually functional and how significantly they contribute to driving transcriptional oscillation...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820903/prominent-facilitation-at-beta-and-gamma-frequency-range-revealed-with-physiological-calcium-concentration-in-adult-mouse-piriform-cortex-in-vitro
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Marie Gleizes, Simon P Perrier, Caroline Fonta, Lionel G Nowak
Neuronal activity is characterized by a diversity of oscillatory phenomena that are associated with multiple behavioral and cognitive processes, yet the functional consequences of these oscillations are not fully understood. Our aim was to determine whether and how these different oscillatory activities affect short-term synaptic plasticity (STP), using the olfactory system as a model. In response to odorant stimuli, the olfactory bulb displays a slow breathing rhythm as well as beta and gamma oscillations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820424/observation-of-self-polarization-in-the-bsa-protected-au20-clusters
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Deepak Kumar Swain, Alongbar Narzary, Anil Singh, Amreesh Chandra, T Nagasawa, S Yamamoto, Masaya Mitsuishi, S Rath
The bovine serum albumin (BSA) protected gold clusters (atomicity ~ 20), prepared using a wet chemical route, show a strong dipolar radiative transition with gap energy of 1.93 eV due to the high oscillator strength as confirmed from the emission studies. Self-arrangement of the clusters having fixed atomicity yields a low dispersive dielectric and electric self-polarization nature. The electrical hysteresis loop measurements returned a remanent polarization as 0.05 µC/cm2 which can be correlated with dipolar orientation (activation energy ~ 45...
August 18, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819793/the-mechanisms-underlying-the-production-of-discontinuous-gas-exchange-cycles-in-insects
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Philip G D Matthews
This review examines the control of gas exchange in insects, specifically examining what mechanisms could explain the emergence of discontinuous gas exchange cycles (DGCs). DGCs are gas exchange patterns consisting of alternating breath-hold periods and bouts of gas exchange. While all insects are capable of displaying a continuous pattern of gas exchange, this episodic pattern is known to occur within only some groups of insects and then only sporadically or during certain phases of their life cycle. Investigations into DGCs have tended to emphasise the role of chemosensory thresholds in triggering spiracle opening as critical for producing these gas exchange patterns...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819690/conductance-based-refractory-density-approach-comparison-with-experimental-data-and-generalization-to-lognormal-distribution-of-input-current
#9
Anton V Chizhov
The conductance-based refractory density (CBRD) approach is an efficient tool for modeling interacting neuronal populations. The model describes the firing activity of a statistical ensemble of uncoupled Hodgkin-Huxley-like neurons, each receiving individual Gaussian noise and a common time-varying deterministic input. However, the approach requires experimental validation and extension to cases of distributed input signals (or input weights) among different neurons of such an ensemble. Here the CBRD model is verified by comparing with experimental data and then generalized for a lognormal (LN) distribution of the input weights...
August 17, 2017: Biological Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819676/granger-causality-supports-abnormal-functional-connectivity-of-beta-oscillations-in-the-dorsolateral-striatum-and-substantia-nigra-pars-reticulata-in-hemiparkinsonian-rats
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Qiang Wang, Min Li, Zhengyuan Xie, Junbin Cai, Nanxiang Li, Hu Xiao, Ning Wang, Jinyan Wang, Fei Luo, Wangming Zhang
Synchronized oscillatory neuronal activity in the beta frequency range has been reported in the basal ganglia (BG) of patients with Parkinson disease (PD) and PD animal models. The coherent abnormal oscillatory activities in the dorsolateral striatum (dStr) and substantia nigra pars reticulata (SNr) that accompany parkinsonian states have not been resolved. In this study, we recorded local field potentials (LFPs) in the dStr and SNr of 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-induced dopamine (DA)-lesioned rats in an awake, resting state...
August 17, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819465/chemical-control-and-spectral-fingerprints-of-electronic-coupling-in-carbon-nanostructures
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Jacek Kłos, Mijin Kim, Millard H Alexander, YuHuang Wang
The optical and electronic properties of atomically thin materials such as single-walled carbon nanotubes and graphene are sensitively influenced by substrates, the degree of aggregation, and the chemical environment. However, it has been experimentally challenging to determine the origin and quantify these effects. Here we use time-dependent density-functional-theory calculations to simulate these properties for well-defined molecular systems. We investigate a series of core-shell structures containing C60 enclosed in progressively larger carbon shells and their perhydrogenated or perfluorinated derivatives...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. C, Nanomaterials and Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819234/transcriptome-of-neonatal-preb%C3%A3-tzinger-complex-neurones-in-dbx1-reporter-mice
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John A Hayes, Andrew Kottick, Maria Cristina D Picardo, Andrew D Halleran, Ronald D Smith, Gregory D Smith, Margaret S Saha, Christopher A Del Negro
We sequenced the transcriptome of brainstem interneurons in the specialized respiratory rhythmogenic site dubbed preBötzinger Complex (preBötC) from newborn mice. To distinguish molecular characteristics of the core oscillator we compared preBötC neurons derived from Dbx1-expressing progenitors that are respiratory rhythmogenic to neighbouring non-Dbx1-derived neurons, which support other respiratory and non-respiratory functions. Results in three categories are particularly salient. First, Dbx1 preBötC neurons express κ-opioid receptors in addition to μ-opioid receptors that heretofore have been associated with opiate respiratory depression, which may have clinical applications...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819173/disentangling-the-coupling-between-sea-ice-and-tundra-productivity-in-svalbard
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Marc Macias-Fauria, Stein Rune Karlsen, Bruce C Forbes
The rapid decline in Arctic sea ice poses urgent questions concerning its ecological effects, such as on tundra terrestrial productivity. However, reported sea ice/terrestrial productivity linkages have seldom been constrained, and the mechanism governing them remains elusive, with a diversity of spatial scales and metrics proposed, at times in contradiction to each other. In this study, we use spatially explicit remotely sensed sea ice concentration and high-resolution terrestrial productivity estimates (Normalised Difference Vegetation Index, NDVI) across the Svalbard Archipelago to describe local/sub-regional and large-scale components of sea ice/terrestrial productivity coupling...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818692/suppression-of-irrelevant-sounds-during-auditory-working-memory
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Jyrki Ahveninen, Larry J Seidman, Wei-Tang Chang, Matti Hämäläinen, Samantha Huang
Auditory working memory (WM) processing in everyday acoustic environments depends on our ability to maintain relevant information online in our minds, and to suppress interference caused by competing incoming stimuli. A challenge in communication settings is that the relevant content and irrelevant inputs may emanate from a common source, such as a talkative conversationalist. An open question is how the WM system deals with such interference. Will the distracters become inadvertently filtered before processing for meaning because the primary WM operations deplete all available processing resources? Or are they suppressed post perceptually, through an active control process? We tested these alternative hypotheses by measuring magnetoencephalography (MEG), EEG, and functional MRI (fMRI) during a phonetic auditory continuous performance task...
August 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818467/mathematical-modelling-and-analysis-of-the-brassinosteroid-and-gibberellin-signalling-pathways-and-their-interactions
#15
Henry R Allen, Mariya Ptashnyk
The plant hormones brassinosteroid (BR) and gibberellin (GA) have important roles in a wide range of processes involved in plant growth and development. In this paper we derive and analyse new mathematical models for the BR signalling pathway and for the crosstalk between the BR and GA signalling pathways. To analyse the effects of spatial heterogeneity of the signalling processes, along with spatially-homogeneous ODE models we derive coupled PDE-ODE systems modelling the temporal and spatial dynamics of molecules involved in the signalling pathways...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817767/understanding-how-acoustic-vibrations-modulate-the-optical-response-of-plasmonic-metal-nanoparticles
#16
Aftab Ahmed, Matthew Pelton, Jeffrey R Guest
Measurements of acoustic vibrations in nanoparticles provide a unique opportunity to study mechanical phenomena at nanometer length scales and picosecond time scales. Vibrations in noble-metal nanoparticles have attracted particular attention, because they couple to plasmon resonances in the nanoparticles, leading to strong modulation of optical absorption and scattering. There are three mechanisms that transduce the mechanical oscillations into changes in the plasmon resonance: (1) changes in the nanoparticle geometry, (2) changes in electron density due to changes in the nanoparticle volume, and (3) changes in the interband transition energies due to compression / expansion of the nanoparticle (deformation potential)...
August 17, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817412/effect-of-physical-methods-of-lymphatic-drainage-on-postexercise-recovery-of-mixed-martial-arts-athletes
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Aleksandra Zebrowska, Robert Trybulski, Robert Roczniok, Wieslaw Marcol
OBJECTIVE: Physical methods are reported to be important for accelerating skeletal muscle regeneration, decreasing muscle soreness, and shortening of the recovery time. The aim of the study was to assess the effect of the physical methods of lymphatic drainage (PMLD) such as manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), the Bodyflow (BF) therapy, and lymphatic drainage by deep oscillation (DO) on postexercise regeneration of the forearm muscles of mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes. DESIGN AND METHODS: Eighty MMA athletes aged 27...
August 16, 2017: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817289/how-to-drive-a-flashing-electron-ratchet-to-maximize-current
#18
Ofer Kedem, Bryan Lau, Emily A Weiss
Biological systems utilize a combination of asymmetry, noise, and chemical energy to produce motion in the highly damped environment of the cell with molecular motors, many of which are "ratchets", non-equilibrium devices for producing directed transport using non-directional perturbations, without a net bias. The underlying ratchet principle has been implemented in man-made micro- and nano-devices, to transport charged particles by oscillating an electric potential with repeating asymmetric features. In this experimental study, the ratcheting of electrons in an organic semiconductor is optimized by tuning the temporal modulation of the oscillating potential, applied using nanostructured electrodes...
August 17, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816358/trpc3-mediated-ca-2-signals-as-a-promising-strategy-to-boost-therapeutic-angiogenesis-in-failing-hearts-the-role-of-autologous-endothelial-colony-forming-cells
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REVIEW
Francesco Moccia, Angela Lucariello, Germano Guerra
Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are a sub-population of bone marrow-derived mononuclear cells that are released in circulation to restore damaged endothelium during its physiological turnover or rescue blood perfusion after an ischemic insult. Additionally, they may be mobilized from perivascular niches located within larger arteries' wall in response to hypoxic conditions. For this reason, EPCs have been regarded as an effective tool to promote revascularization and functional recovery of ischemic hearts, but clinical application failed to exploit the full potential of patients-derived cells...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816086/inducible-knockout-of-mouse-zfhx3-emphasizes-its-key-role-in-setting-the-pace-and-amplitude-of-the-adult-circadian-clock
#20
Ashleigh G Wilcox, Lucie Vizor, Michael J Parsons, Gareth Banks, Patrick M Nolan
The transcription factor zinc finger homeobox 3 (ZFHX3) plays a key role in coupling intracellular transcriptional-translational oscillations with intercellular synchrony in mouse suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). However, like many key players in central nervous system function, ZFHX3 serves an important role in neurulation and neuronal terminal differentiation while retaining discrete additional functions in the adult SCN. Recently, using a dominant missense mutation in mouse Zfhx3, we established that this gene can modify circadian period and sleep in adult animals...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Biological Rhythms
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