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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926823/preparation-characterization-and-application-of-urease-nanoparticles-for-construction-of-an-improved-potentiometric-urea-biosensor
#1
Seema Jakhar, C S Pundir
The nanoparticles (NPs) aggregates of commercial urease from jack beans (Canavalia ensiformis) were prepared by desolvation and glutaraldehyde crosslinking and functionalized by cysteamine dihydrochloride. These enzyme nanoparticles (ENPs) were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The TEM images of urease NPs showed their size in the range, 18-100nm with an average of 51.2nm. The ENPs were more active and stable with a longer shelf life than native enzyme molecules...
September 6, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926238/toward-chemical-accuracy-in-ab-initio-thermochemistry-and-spectroscopy-of-lanthanide-compounds-assessing-core-valence-correlation-second-order-spin-orbit-coupling-and-higher-order-effects-in-lanthanide-diatomics
#2
Victor G Solomonik, Alexander N Smirnov
The higher order (HO) correlation beyond the coupled-cluster single double (triple) CCSD(T) level of theory, second-order spin-orbit coupling (SOC), and core-valence (CV) correlation effects on bond length, re, vibrational frequency, ωe, and dissociation energy, De, are studied for a set of 17 lanthanide containing diatomics, including lanthanum, europium, ytterbium and lutetium oxides and halides. Convergence in the magnitudes of the SOC, CV, and HO corrections with respect to basis set size is examined using a sequence of double, triple, and quadruple-zeta basis sets, with the complete basis set (CBS) limit estimates provided in most cases...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926223/supramolecular-motors-on-graphite-surface-stabilized-by-charge-states-and-hydrogen-bonds
#3
Kai Sun, Ji-Yong Luo, Xin Zhang, Zhi-Jian Wu, Ying Wang, Hong-Kuan Yuan, Zu-Hong Xiong, Shao-Chun Li, Qi-Kun Xue, Jun-Zhong Wang
Molecular motors are nanoscale machines that convert external energies into controlled mechanical movements. In supramolecular motors, the rotator and stator are held together mechanically, and thus the rotation can be essentially barrier free when molecular conformation is negligible. However, nearly all the supramolecular motors appeared in solutions or host-guest complexes. Surface-mounted supramolecular motors have rarely been addressed, even though they are easily manipulated by external fields. Here we report a surface-mounted supramolecular motor assembled by charge states and hydrogen bonds...
September 19, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926211/kymograph-analysis-with-high-temporal-resolution-reveals-new-features-of-neurofilament-transport-kinetics
#4
J Daniel Fenn, Christopher M Johnson, Juan Peng, Peter Jung, Anthony Brown
We have used kymograph analysis combined with edge detection and an automated computational algorithm to analyze the axonal transport kinetics of neurofilament polymers in cultured neurons at 30 ms temporal resolution. We generated 301 kymographs from 136 movies and analyzed 726 filaments ranging from 0.6 to 42 µm in length, representing ∼37,000 distinct moving and pausing events. We found that the movement is even more intermittent than previously reported and that the filaments undergo frequent, often transient, reversals which suggests that they can engage simultaneously with both anterograde and retrograde motors...
September 19, 2017: Cytoskeleton
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926047/simple-znet2-as-a-catalyst-in-carbodiimide-hydroalkynylation-structural-and-mechanistic-studies
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Antonio Martínez, Sonia Moreno-Blázquez, Antonio Rodríguez-Diéguez, Alberto Ramos, Rafael Fernández-Galán, Antonio Antiñolo, Fernando Carrillo-Hermosilla
Expanding the possibilities of the use of simple and available ZnEt2 as a catalyst, the hydroalkynylation of carbodiimides with a variety of alkynes to obtain unsaturated substituted amidines is described in this work. Different stoichiometric studies allow proposing that amidinate complexes are intermediates in this catalytic process, produced by easy activation of the C-H bond of the alkyne and formation of alkynyl derivatives followed by a carbodiimide insertion step. Kinetics studies allowed the generation of a rate law for the hydroalkynylation of N,N'-diisopropylcarbodiimide with phenylacetylene which is second order in [carbodiimide], first order in [catalyst] and zero order in [alkyne], with a negligible PhC[triple bond, length as m-dash]CH/PhC[triple bond, length as m-dash]CD isotopic effect, consistent with a rate-determining state involving carbodiimide insertion...
September 19, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924748/a-multi-joint-model-of-quiet-upright-stance-accounts-for-the-uncontrolled-manifold-structure-of-joint-variance
#6
Hendrik Reimann, Gregor Schöner
The upright body in quiet stance is usually modeled as a single-link inverted pendulum. This agrees with most of the relevant sensory organs being at the far end of the pendulum, i.e., the eyes and the vestibular system in the head. Movement of the body in quiet stance has often been explained in terms of the "ankle strategy," where most movement is generated by the ankle musculature, while more proximal muscle groups are only rarely activated for faster movements or in response to perturbations, for instance, by flexing at the hips in what has been called the "hip strategy...
September 18, 2017: Biological Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924592/tumor-location-is-a-risk-factor-for-lymph-node-metastasis-in-superficial-barrett-s-adenocarcinoma
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Masayoshi Yamada, Ichiro Oda, Hirohito Tanaka, Seiichiro Abe, Satoru Nonaka, Haruhisa Suzuki, Shigetaka Yoshinaga, Aya Kuchiba, Kazuo Koyanagi, Hiroyasu Igaki, Hirokazu Taniguchi, Shigeki Sekine, Yutaka Saito, Yuji Tachimori
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS : Endoscopic treatment is indicated for superficial Barrett's adenocarcinoma (BA) with a negligible risk of lymph node metastasis (LNM). However, risk factors associated with LNM in superficial BA are still not well characterized. The aim of the current study was to clarify risk factors for LNM of superficial BA. PATIENTS AND METHODS : A retrospective study was conducted in 87 consecutive patients with BA that was resected at National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo, Japan between 1990 and 2013...
September 2017: Endoscopy International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924541/the-lrp1-gene-polymorphism-is-associated-with-increased-risk-of-metabolic-syndrome-prevalence-in-the-serbian-population
#8
N Vučinić, E Stokić, I Djan, D Obreht, N Veličković, K Stankov, M Djan
The determination of genetic background in metabolic syndrome (MetS) represents one of the necessary steps to prevent the disorder, thus reducing the cost of medical treatments and helping to design targeted therapy. The study explores the association between individual alleles of the LRP1 gene and the diagnosis of MetS to find correlation between the low-density lipoprotein receptor-related (LRP1) gene polymorphism and each individual anthropometric and biochemical parameter. The study included 93 males and females, aged from 19 to 65, divided into two groups...
June 30, 2017: Balkan Journal of Medical Genetics: BJMG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924525/anti-inflammatory-and-antioxidant-effects-of-sesame-oil-on-atherosclerosis-a-descriptive-literature-review
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REVIEW
Edmund Hsu, Sam Parthasarathy
Sesame oil (SO) is a supplement that has been known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which makes it effective for reducing atherosclerosis and the risk of cardiovascular disease. Due to the side effects of statins, the current recommended treatment for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases, the idea of using dietary and nutritional supplementation has been explored. The benefits of a dietary health regime have piqued curiosity because many different cultures have reaped health benefits through the ingredients in their cooking with negligible side effects...
July 6, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924261/a-chip-integrated-coherent-photonic-phononic-memory
#10
Moritz Merklein, Birgit Stiller, Khu Vu, Stephen J Madden, Benjamin J Eggleton
Controlling and manipulating quanta of coherent acoustic vibrations-phonons-in integrated circuits has recently drawn a lot of attention, since phonons can function as unique links between radiofrequency and optical signals, allow access to quantum regimes and offer advanced signal processing capabilities. Recent approaches based on optomechanical resonators have achieved impressive quality factors allowing for storage of optical signals. However, so far these techniques have been limited in bandwidth and are incompatible with multi-wavelength operation...
September 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924095/a-comparative-study-of-reference-dosimetries-in-japan-and-canada
#11
Toru Kawachi, Tetsurou Katayose, Takumi Kodama, Ryouhei Miyasaka, Morihito Shimizu, Hidetoshi Saitoh
In Japan and North America, different dosimetry protocols have been implemented to determine the absorbed dose to water: JSMP Standard Dosimetry 12 and AAPM TG-51 addendum. In this study, Japanese and Canadian reference dosimetries for high energy photon beams were compared theoretically, and then they were verified experimentally. We estimated the theoretical differences of the ion recombination correction factors, the leakage correction factors, the radial dose distribution correction factors, the calibration factors, the beam quality correction factors and the absorbed dose to water...
2017: Japanese Journal of Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923920/microrna-dysregulation-to-identify-therapeutic-target-combinations-for-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
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Laura Z Rassenti, Veronica Balatti, Emanuela M Ghia, Alexey Palamarchuk, Luisa Tomasello, Paolo Fadda, Yuri Pekarsky, George F Widhopf, Thomas J Kipps, Carlo M Croce
Loss of miR-15/16 is the most common genetic lesion in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), promoting overexpression of BCL2, which factors in leukemia pathogenesis. Indeed, an inhibitor of Bcl2, venetoclcax, is highly active in the treatment of patients with CLL. However, single-agent venetoclcax fails to eradicate minimal residual disease in most patients. Accordingly, we were interested in other genes that may be regulated by miR-15/16, which may target other drivers in CLL. We found that miR-15/16 targets ROR1, which encodes an onco-embryonic surface protein expressed on the CLL cells of over 90% of patients, but not on virtually all normal postpartum tissues...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923709/the-impact-of-heat-waves-and-cold-spells-on-respiratory-emergency-department-visits-in-beijing-china
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Xuping Song, Shigong Wang, Tanshi Li, Jinhui Tian, Guowu Ding, Jiaxin Wang, Jiexin Wang, Kezheng Shang
The objectives of this article were (i) to find the association between extreme temperatures and respiratory emergency department (ED) visits and (ii) to explore the added effects of heat waves and cold spells on respiratory ED visits in Beijing from 2009 to 2012. A quasi-Poisson generalised linear model combined with a distributed lag non-linear model was performed to quantify this association. The results indicated that (i) ambient temperature related to respiratory ED visits exhibited a U-shaped association...
September 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923086/usefulness-of-lung-ultrasound-b-lines-in-connective-tissue-disease-associated-interstitial-lung-disease-a-literature-review
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REVIEW
YuKai Wang, Luna Gargani, Tatiana Barskova, Dan E Furst, Marco Matucci Cerinic
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a major pulmonary manifestation of connective tissue disease (CTD), leading to significant morbidity and mortality. Chest high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) is presently considered the diagnostic gold standard for pulmonary fibrosis diagnosis and quantification in the clinical arena. However, not negligible doses of ionizing radiation limit the use of HRCT, especially for serial follow-up in younger female patients. In the past decade, lung ultrasound (LUS) has been proposed to assess ILD by detecting and quantifying sonographic B-lines...
September 18, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923063/a-stochastic-model-for-the-probability-of-malaria-extinction-by-mass-drug-administration
#15
Peter Pemberton-Ross, Nakul Chitnis, Emilie Pothin, Thomas A Smith
BACKGROUND: Mass drug administration (MDA) has been proposed as an intervention to achieve local extinction of malaria. Although its effect on the reproduction number is short lived, extinction may subsequently occur in a small population due to stochastic fluctuations. This paper examines how the probability of stochastic extinction depends on population size, MDA coverage and the reproduction number under control, R c . A simple compartmental model is developed which is used to compute the probability of extinction using probability generating functions...
September 18, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922476/semiconducting-polymer-nanoparticles-for-centimeters-deep-photoacoustic-imaging-in-the-second-near-infrared-window
#16
Jiayingzi Wu, Liyan You, Lu Lan, Hyeon Jeong Lee, Saadia T Chaudhry, Rui Li, Ji-Xin Cheng, Jianguo Mei
Thienoisoindigo-based semiconducting polymer with a strong near-infrared absorbance is synthesized and its water-dispersed nanoparticles (TSPNs) are investigated as a contrast agent for photoacoustic (PA) imaging in the second near-infrared (NIR-II) window (1000-1350 nm). The TSPNs generate a strong PA signal in the NIR-II optical window, where background signals from endogenous contrast agents, including blood and lipid, are at the local minima. By embedding a TSPN-containing tube in chicken-breast tissue, an imaging depth of more than 5 cm at 1064 nm excitation is achieved with a contrast-agent concentration as low as 40 µg mL(-1) ...
September 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921765/assessing-fire-impacts-on-the-carbon-stability-of-fire-tolerant-forests
#17
Lauren T Bennett, Matthew J Bruce, Josephine Machunter, Michele Kohout, Saravanan Jangammanaidu Krishnaraj, Cristina Aponte
The carbon stability of fire-tolerant forests is often assumed but less frequently assessed, limiting potential to anticipate threats to forest carbon posed by predicted increases in forest fire activity. Assessing the carbon stability of fire-tolerant forests requires multi-indicator approaches that recognise the myriad of ways that fires influence the carbon balance including combustion, deposition of pyrogenic material, and tree death, post-fire decomposition, recruitment, and growth. Five years after a large-scale wildfire in south-eastern Australia, we assessed the impacts of low- and high-severity wildfire, with and without prescribed fire (≤ 10 years before), on carbon stocks in multiple pools, and on carbon stability indicators (carbon stock percentages in live trees and in small trees, and carbon stocks in char and fuels) in fire-tolerant eucalypt forests...
September 16, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920908/a-cmos-front-end-with-integrated-magnetoresistive-sensors-for-biomolecular-recognition-detection-applications
#18
Tiago Costa, Filipe A Cardoso, Jose Germano, Paulo P Freitas, Moises S Piedade
The development of giant magnetoresistive (GMR) sensors has demonstrated significant advantages in nanomedicine, particularly for ultrasensitive point-of-care diagnostics. To this end, the detection system is required to be compact, portable, and low power consuming at the same time that a maximum signal to noise ratio is maintained. This paper reports a CMOS front-end with integrated magnetoresistive sensors for biomolecular recognition detection applications. Based on the characterization of the GMR sensor's signal and noise, CMOS building blocks (i...
September 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919913/the-interaction-effect-of-body-mass-index-and-age-on-fat-free-mass-waist-to-hip-ratio-and-soft-lean-mass
#19
Alireza Shahab Jahanlou, Kamiar Kouzekanani
BACKGROUND: Research has shown that body mass index (BMI) does not take into consideration the gender and ethnicity. The primary purpose of this study was to examine the interaction effect of the BMI and age on fat-free mass (FFM), waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), and soft lean mass (SLM). The secondary purpose was to evaluate the practical significance of the findings by examining effect sizes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was comparative in nature and employed a factorial design...
2017: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919503/a-multilocus-phylogeny-of-the-genus-sarcohyla-anura-hylidae-and-an-investigation-of-species-boundaries-using-statistical-species-delimitation
#20
Itzue W Caviedes Solis, Adrián Nieto-Montes de Oca
The genus Sarcohyla is composed by 24 species endemic to México. Despite the large number of phylogenetic studies focusing on the family Hylidae, the relationships among the species of Sarcohyla are still poorly known, and the scarce numbers of specimens and tissue samples available for some of the species has hampered an appropriate phylogenetic analysis. We present the most comprehensive molecular phylogenetic study of Sarcohyla to date. We included 17 species of the genus Sarcohyla using data from two mitochondrial (ND1 and 12S) and three nuclear genes (Rag-1, Rhod, and POMc)...
September 14, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
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