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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214427/intense-2-7%C3%AE-m-emission-in-er-3-doped-zinc-fluoride-glass
#1
Feifei Huang, Yanyan Guo, Ying Tian, Shiqing Xu, Junjie Zhang
A novel erbium ion doped zinc fluoride glass was prepared. 2.7μm emission and transmittance properties together with thermal ability were investigated. An enhanced 2.7μm emission was observed by introducing ZnF2 in the ZrF4-based fluoride glass. Meanwhile, the J-O parameters and branching ratios (β) of Er(3+)-doped zinc fluoride glass were calculated and analyzed. The present Er(3+)-doped zinc fluoride glass with large emission cross-section (0.92×10(-20)cm(2)) and long decay lifetime (2.05ms) at 2.7μm indicates that it have very promising applications for solid state lasers around 3μm...
February 10, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214343/high-resolution-ultrasound-visualization-of-the-deep-branch-of-the-ulnar-nerve
#2
Georg Riegler, Doris Lieba-Samal, Peter C Brugger, Christopher Pivec, Hannes Platzgummer, Martin Vierhapper, Gabriela Muschitz, Suren Jengojan, Gerd Bodner
INTRODUCTION: The value of imaging the deep branch of the ulnar nerve (DBUN) over its entire course has not been clarified. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate the feasibility of visualizing the DBUN from its origin to the most distal point. METHODS: We performed high-resolution ultrasound (HRUS) with high-frequency probes (18-22MhZ), HRUS-guided ink-marking, and consecutive dissection in 8 fresh cadaver hands. In both hands of 10 healthy volunteers (n=20), the cross-sectional area (CSA) was measured at 2 different locations (R1+R2)...
February 18, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214142/-a-case-of-rhinofacial-entomophthoromycosis-in-soudano-sahelian-tropical-climate-in-burkina-faso
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S Bamba, V Konsegré, A Zida, I Sangaré, M Cissé, R Beogo, B Diallo, J B Andonaba, R T Guiguemdé
We describe a rhinofacial entomophthoramycosis case in a sexagenarian (65 years old) housewife. She was immunocompetent and resident of Burkina Faso. She consulted both the service of dermatology and the service of stomatology of the Teaching Hospital of Bobo-Dioulasso in February 2016 for a diffuse facial tumefaction evolving over six months. This tumefaction was associated with headaches and a left nasal obstruction. Histological examination of the lesion showed an important and polymorphic inflammatory reaction...
February 14, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213996/three-dimensional-computed-tomography-for-preoperative-assessment-of-the-pulmonary-artery-in-patients-undergoing-endoscopic-lobectomy-or-segmentectomy
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Amaia Ojanguren, José Luis Recuero, Marina Pardina, Lucía Milla, Maite Santamaría
BACKGROUND: The interest for endoscopic pulmonary anatomic resections has grown exponentially during the last decade. During thoracoscopic procedures surgeons cannot rely on digital handling and operative field is viewed on a two-dimensional video monitor, thus frequently encountering anatomical difficulties. The hypothesis is that foreknowledge of the anatomy of each patient would greatly contribute to the safety and accuracy of the operation. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of 3dimensional multidetector computed tomography (3D-MDCT) software to identify the pulmonary artery branching pattern during the preoperative study of endoscopic lobectomies and segmentectomies...
February 14, 2017: Cirugía Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213515/hendra-virus-fusion-protein-transmembrane-domain-contributes-to-pre-fusion-protein-stability
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Stacy Webb, Tamas Nagy, Hunter Moseley, Michael Fried, Rebecca Ellis Dutch
Enveloped viruses utilize fusion (F) proteins studding the surface of the virus to facilitate membrane fusion with a target cell membrane. Fusion of the viral envelope with a cellular membrane is required for release of viral genomic material so the virus can ultimately reproduce and spread. To drive fusion, the F protein undergoes an irreversible conformational change, transitioning from a meta-stable pre-fusion conformation to a more thermodynamically stable post-fusion structure. Understanding the elements which control stability of the pre-fusion state and triggering to the post-fusion conformation is important for understanding F protein function...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213441/secreted-metalloproteinase-adamts-3-inactivates-reelin
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Himari Ogino, Arisa Hisanaga, Takao Kohno, Yuta Kondo, Kyoko Okumura, Takana Kamei, Tempei Sato, Hiroshi Asahara, Hitomi Tsuiji, Masaki Fukata, Mitsuharu Hattori
The secreted glycoprotein Reelin regulates embryonic brain development and adult brain functions. It has been suggested that reduced Reelin activity contributes to the pathogenesis of several neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders, such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease; however, non-invasive methods that can upregulate Reelin activity in vivo have yet to be developed. We previously found that the proteolytic cleavage of Reelin within Reelin repeat 3 (N-t site) abolishes Reelin activity in vitro, but it remains controversial as to whether this effect occurs in vivo Here we partially purified the enzyme that mediates the N-t cleavage of Reelin from the culture supernatant of cerebral cortical neurons...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213402/a-novel-method-of-standardized-myocardial-infarction-in-aged-rabbits
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Patrick J Morrissey, Kevin R Murphy, Jean M Daley, Lorraine Schofield, Nilufer N Turan, Karuppiah Arunachalam, J Dawn Abbott, Gideon Koren
The incidence of myocardial infarction (MI) and sudden cardiac death increases with age. Here we describe the development of a minimally invasive large animal model of MI that can be applied to young or aged animals. We demonstrate that rabbit coronary anatomy is highly variable, more so than described in previous literature. In this work we categorize the coronary pattern of 37 young and 63 aged rabbits. Aged rabbits had a higher degree of branching from the left main coronary artery. Standardizing the model across age cohorts required a new approach, targeting an area of myocardium rather than a specific vessel...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213299/anaerobic-digestion-of-lignocellulosic-biomasses-pretreated-with-ceriporiopsis-subvermispora
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X Liu, S Hiligsmann, R Gourdon, R Bayard
Fungal pretreatment by Ceriporiopsis subvermispora of two forest residues (hazel and acacia branches) and two agricultural lignocellulosic residues (barley straw and sugarcane bagasse) were studied as a pretreatment to improve their subsequent anaerobic digestion for methane production. Biomass samples were grinded to 2 ranges of particle sizes (<4 or 1 mm), autoclaved, inoculated with two strains of C. subvermispora (ATCC 90467 and ATCC 96608) and incubated at 28 °C for 28 days. The effects of fungal pretreatment were assessed by analyzing the samples before and after incubations for dry solids mass, biochemical composition, bio-methane production (BMP) and availability of cellulose to hydrolysis...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212929/structural-analysis-of-a-homogeneous-polysaccharide-from-achatina-fulica
#9
Jie Liu, Feigneng Shang, Zengming Yang, Mingyi Wu, Jinhua Zhao
Edible snails have been widely used as a health food and medicine in many countries. In our study, a water-soluble polysaccharide (AF-1) was isolated and purified from Achatina fulica by papain enzymolysis, alcohol precipitation and strong anion exchange chromatography. Structural of the polysaccharide was analyzed and characterized by chemical and instrumental methods, such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, high performance liquid chromatography, analysis of monosaccharide composition, methylation analysis, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy ((1)H, (13)C, COSY, TOCSY, NOESY, HSQC and HMBC)...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212607/a-case-of-modular-phenotypic-plasticity-in-the-depth-gradient-for-the-gorgonian-coral-antillogorgia-bipinnata-cnidaria-octocorallia
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Iván Calixto-Botía, Juan A Sánchez
BACKGROUND: Phenotypic plasticity, as a phenotypic response induced by the environment, has been proposed as a key factor in the evolutionary history of corals. A significant number of octocoral species show high phenotypic variation, exhibiting a strong overlap in intra- and inter-specific morphologic variation. This is the case of the gorgonian octocoral Antillogorgia bipinnata (Verrill 1864), which shows three polyphyletic morphotypes along a bathymetric gradient. This research tested the phenotypic plasticity of modular traits in A...
February 17, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212548/branched-chain-amino-acids-prevent-hepatic-fibrosis-and-development-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-a-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-mouse-model
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Kai Takegoshi, Masao Honda, Hikari Okada, Riuta Takabatake, Naoto Matsuzawa-Nagata, Jean S Campbell, Masashi Nishikawa, Tetsuro Shimakami, Takayoshi Shirasaki, Yoshio Sakai, Taro Yamashita, Toshinari Takamura, Takuji Tanaka, Shuichi Kaneko
Oral supplementation with branched-chain amino acids (BCAA; leucine, isoleucine, and valine) in patients with liver cirrhosis potentially suppresses the incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and improves event-free survival. However, the detailed mechanisms of BCAA action have not been fully elucidated. BCAA were administered to atherogenic and high-fat (Ath+HF) diet-induced nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) model mice. Liver histology, tumor incidence, and gene expression profiles were evaluated. Ath+HF diet mice developed hepatic tumors at a high frequency at 68 weeks...
February 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212314/a-gin4-like-protein-kinase-gil1-involvement-in-hyphal-growth-asexual-development-and-pathogenesis-in-fusarium-graminearum
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Dan Yu, Shijie Zhang, Xiaoping Li, Jin-Rong Xu, Zachary Schultzhaus, Qiaojun Jin
Fusarium graminearum is the main causal agent of Fusarium head blight (FHB) on wheat and barley. In a previous study, a GIN4-like protein kinase gene, GIL1, was found to be important for plant infection and sexual reproduction. In this study we further characterized the functions of GIL1 kinase in different developmental processes. The Δgil1 mutants were reduced in growth, conidiation, and virulence, and formed whitish and compact colonies. Although phialide formation was rarely observed in the mutants, deletion of GIL1 resulted in increased hyphal branching and increased tolerance to cell wall and cell membrane stresses...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212285/transcriptomic-analysis-reveals-selective-metabolic-adaptation-of-streptococcus-suis-to-porcine-blood-and-cerebrospinal-fluid
#13
Anna Koczula, Michael Jarek, Christian Visscher, Peter Valentin-Weigand, Ralph Goethe, Jörg Willenborg
Streptococcus suis is a zoonotic pathogen that can cause severe pathologies such as septicemia and meningitis in its natural porcine host as well as in humans. Establishment of disease requires not only virulence of the infecting strain but also an appropriate metabolic activity of the pathogen in its host environment. However, it is yet largely unknown how the streptococcal metabolism adapts to the different host niches encountered during infection. Our previous isotopologue profiling studies on S. suis grown in porcine blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) revealed conserved activities of central carbon metabolism in both body fluids...
February 15, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212127/surgical-management-of-mandibular-intraosseous-schwannomas
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Anthony DeLeonibus, Bahar Bassiri Gharb, Francis Papay, James E Zins, Antonio Rampazzo
Intraosseous schwannomas of the mandible are rare tumors that usually arise from peripheral nerve sheaths of the main trunk or branches of the inferior alveolar nerve (IAN).A systematic review of the English literature through PubMed was conducted from 1945 to 2016. Forty-nine patients of mandibular intraosseous schwannomas were identified. The most common location of the tumor was the posterior mandible (61.2%). There were 28 patients in whom the tumor involved the IAN (57.1%). The most commonly performed procedures included enucleation through a mucoperiosteal flap and a bone window (73%), curettage (10%), segmental mandibulectomy (10%), and sagittal split ramus osteotomy (6%)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211963/a-parametric-model-of-the-brain-vascular-system-for-estimation-of-the-arterial-input-function-aif-at-the-tissue-level
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Siamak P Nejad-Davarani, Hassan Bagher-Ebadian, James R Ewing, Douglas C Noll, Tom Mikkelsen, Michael Chopp, Quan Jiang
In this paper, we introduce a novel model of the brain vascular system, which is developed based on laws of fluid dynamics and vascular morphology. This model is used to address dispersion and delay of the arterial input function (AIF) at different levels of the vascular structure and to estimate the local AIF in DCE images. We developed a method based on the simplex algorithm and Akaike information criterion to estimate the likelihood of the contrast agent concentration signal sampled in DCE images belonging to different layers of the vascular tree or being a combination of different signal levels from different nodes of this structure...
February 17, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211961/an-extended-vascular-model-for-less-biased-estimation-of-permeability-parameters-in-dce-t1-images
#16
Siamak P Nejad-Davarani, Hassan Bagher-Ebadian, James R Ewing, Douglas C Noll, Tom Mikkelsen, Michael Chopp, Quan Jiang
One of the key elements in dynamic contrast enhanced (DCE) image analysis is the arterial input function (AIF). Traditionally, in DCE studies a global AIF sampled from a major artery or vein is used to estimate the vascular permeability parameters; however, not addressing dispersion and delay of the AIF at the tissue level can lead to biased estimates of these parameters. To find less biased estimates of vascular permeability parameters, a vascular model of the cerebral vascular system is proposed that considers effects of dispersion of the AIF in the vessel branches, as well as extravasation of the contrast agent (CA) to the extravascular-extracellular space...
February 17, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211874/datf4-regulation-of-mitochondrial-folate-mediated-one-carbon-metabolism-is-neuroprotective
#17
Ivana Celardo, Susann Lehmann, Ana C Costa, Samantha Hy Loh, L Miguel Martins
Neurons rely on mitochondria as their preferred source of energy. Mutations in PINK1 and PARKIN cause neuronal death in early-onset Parkinson's disease (PD), thought to be due to mitochondrial dysfunction. In Drosophila pink1 and parkin mutants, mitochondrial defects lead to the compensatory upregulation of the mitochondrial one-carbon cycle metabolism genes by an unknown mechanism. Here we uncover that this branch is triggered by the activating transcription factor 4 (ATF4). We show that ATF4 regulates the expression of one-carbon metabolism genes SHMT2 and NMDMC as a protective response to mitochondrial toxicity...
February 17, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211838/work-satisfaction-burnout-and-gender-based-inequalities-among-ophthalmologists-in-india-a-survey
#18
Akshay Gopinathan Nair, Pooja Jain, Aniruddha Agarwal, Vandana Jain
BACKGROUND: Ophthalmology is a rapidly evolving branch of medicine and advancing technology has raised the bar of patient expectations and outcomes. However, studies that assess physician stress and satisfaction especially in developing countries are limited in literature. OBJECTIVE: This index study aims at looking at the levels of job satisfaction, burnout and perception of gender disparity among ophthalmologists in India. METHODS: An Internet-based survey was sent out to ophthalmologists...
February 17, 2017: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211706/observation-of-d-0-%C3%A2-%C3%AF-0-%C3%AE-and-search-for-cp-violation-in-radiative-charm-decays
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T Nanut, A Zupanc, I Adachi, H Aihara, S Al Said, D M Asner, V Aulchenko, T Aushev, R Ayad, V Babu, I Badhrees, A M Bakich, V Bansal, P Behera, V Bhardwaj, J Biswal, A Bondar, A Bozek, M Bračko, T E Browder, D Červenkov, V Chekelian, A Chen, B G Cheon, R Chistov, K Cho, S-K Choi, Y Choi, D Cinabro, N Dash, S Di Carlo, Z Doležal, D Dutta, S Eidelman, H Farhat, J E Fast, T Ferber, B G Fulsom, V Gaur, N Gabyshev, A Garmash, R Gillard, P Goldenzweig, B Golob, K Hayasaka, H Hayashii, W-S Hou, T Iijima, K Inami, G Inguglia, A Ishikawa, Y Iwasaki, W W Jacobs, I Jaegle, D Joffe, K K Joo, T Julius, A B Kaliyar, K H Kang, T Kawasaki, D Y Kim, J B Kim, K T Kim, M J Kim, S H Kim, K Kinoshita, P Kodyš, S Korpar, P Krokovny, T Kuhr, R Kulasiri, A Kuzmin, Y-J Kwon, J S Lange, I S Lee, C H Li, L Li, Y Li, L Li Gioi, J Libby, D Liventsev, M Lubej, M Masuda, T Matsuda, D Matvienko, K Miyabayashi, H Miyata, R Mizuk, G B Mohanty, H K Moon, M Nakao, K J Nath, M Nayak, N K Nisar, S Nishida, S Ogawa, S Okuno, P Pakhlov, G Pakhlova, B Pal, C-S Park, C W Park, H Park, S Paul, T K Pedlar, L Pesántez, R Pestotnik, M Petrič, L E Piilonen, K Prasanth, C Pulvermacher, J Rauch, M Ritter, A Rostomyan, Y Sakai, S Sandilya, L Santelj, T Sanuki, Y Sato, V Savinov, T Schlüter, O Schneider, G Schnell, C Schwanda, A J Schwartz, Y Seino, K Senyo, O Seon, M E Sevior, V Shebalin, C P Shen, T-A Shibata, J-G Shiu, B Shwartz, E Solovieva, S Stanič, M Starič, J F Strube, J Stypula, T Sumiyoshi, M Takizawa, U Tamponi, F Tenchini, K Trabelsi, M Uchida, S Uno, Y Ushiroda, G Varner, A Vinokurova, V Vorobyev, A Vossen, C H Wang, M-Z Wang, P Wang, Y Watanabe, E Widmann, E Won, J Yamaoka, Y Yamashita, J Yelton, Z P Zhang, V Zhilich, V Zhukova, V Zhulanov
We report the first observation of the radiative charm decay D^{0}→ρ^{0}γ and the first search for CP violation in decays D^{0}→ρ^{0}γ, ϕγ, and K[over ¯]^{*0}(892)γ, using a data sample of 943  fb^{-1} collected with the Belle detector at the KEKB asymmetric-energy e^{+}e^{-} collider. The branching fraction is measured to be B(D^{0}→ρ^{0}γ)=(1.77±0.30±0.07)×10^{-5}, where the first uncertainty is statistical and the second is systematic. The obtained CP asymmetries A_{CP}(D^{0}→ρ^{0}γ)=+0...
February 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210761/the-evolutionary-loss-of-rnai-key-determinants-in-kinetoplastids-as-a-multiple-sporadic-phenomenon
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Andrey V Matveyev, João M P Alves, Myrna G Serrano, Vladimir Lee, Ana M Lara, William A Barton, André G Costa-Martins, Stephen M Beverley, Erney P Camargo, Marta M G Teixeira, Gregory A Buck
We screened the genomes of a broad panel of kinetoplastid protists for genes encoding proteins associated with the RNA interference (RNAi) system using probes from the Argonaute (AGO1), Dicer1 (DCL1), and Dicer2 (DCL2) genes of Leishmania brasiliensis and Crithidia fasciculata. We identified homologs for all the three of these genes in the genomes of a subset of these organisms. However, several of these organisms lacked evidence for any of these genes, while others lacked only DCL2. The open reading frames encoding these putative proteins were structurally analyzed in silico...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
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