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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097770/bond-strength-and-reactivity-scales-for-lewis-superacid-adducts-a-comparative-study-with-in-otf-3-and-al-otf-3
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Guillaume Compain Compain, Lauri Sikk, Lionel Massi, Jean-François Gal, Elisabet Duñach
Metal triflates, often called Lewis superacids, are potent catalysts for organic synthesis. However, the reactivity of a given Lewis superacid toward a given base is difficult to anticipate. A systematic screening of catalysts is often necessary when developing synthetic methodologies. Presented herein is the development of quantitative reactivity and bond strength scales by using mass spectrometry (MS). By applying collision induced dissociation (CID) technique to the adducts formed between Lewis superacids Al(OTf)3 or In(OTf)3 with a series of amides bases, including monodentate and bidentate ligands, different dissociation pathways were observed...
January 18, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097712/force-generation-by-titin-folding
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Zsolt Mártonfalvi, Pasquale Bianco, Katalin Naftz, György G Ferenczy, Miklós Kellermayer
Titin is a giant protein that provides elasticity to muscle. As the sarcomere is stretched, titin extends hierarchically according to the mechanics of its segments. Whether titin's globular domains unfold during this process and how such unfolded domains might contribute to muscle contractility are strongly debated. To explore the force-dependent folding mechanisms, here we manipulated skeletal-muscle titin molecules with high-resolution optical tweezers. In force-clamp mode, after quenching the force (<10 pN), extension fluctuated without resolvable discrete events...
January 18, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097013/randomised-double-blind-clinical-investigation-to-compare-orlistat-60-milligram-and-a-customized-polyglucosamine-two-treatment-methods-for-the-management-of-overweight-and-obesity
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Manfred Stoll, Norman Bitterlich, Umberto Cornelli
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of a non-prescription drug to support weight loss programs has yet to be compared. This clinical trial investigates the comparability of orlistat 60 milligram (mg) and polyglucosamine. METHODS: Sixty-four overweight or obese subjects were included in a two-center double-blind study. One center was in Germany [center 1] and the other was in Italy [center 2]. The subjects (26 in center 1 and 38 in center 2) were recommended to follow a calorie deficit of about 2000 kilojoules/day and to increase their physical activity to 3 metabolic equivalent hours (MET h)/day...
2017: BMC Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096339/loss-of-astrocyte-cholesterol-synthesis-disrupts-neuronal-function-and-alters-whole-body-metabolism
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Heather A Ferris, Rachel J Perry, Gabriela V Moreira, Gerald I Shulman, Jay D Horton, C Ronald Kahn
Cholesterol is important for normal brain function. The brain synthesizes its own cholesterol, presumably in astrocytes. We have previously shown that diabetes results in decreased brain cholesterol synthesis by a reduction in sterol regulatory element-binding protein 2 (SREBP2)-regulated transcription. Here we show that coculture of control astrocytes with neurons enhances neurite outgrowth, and this is reduced with SREBP2 knockdown astrocytes. In vivo, mice with knockout of SREBP2 in astrocytes have impaired brain development and behavioral and motor defects...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096260/fgf21-mediates-the-thermogenic-and-insulin-sensitizing-effects-of-dietary-methionine-restriction-but-not-its-effects-on-hepatic-lipid-metabolism
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Desiree Wanders, Laura A Forney, Kirsten P Stone, David H Burk, Alicia Pierse, Thomas W Gettys
Dietary methionine restriction (MR) produces a rapid and persistent remodeling of white adipose tissue (WAT), increase in energy expenditure (EE), and enhancement of insulin sensitivity. Recent work established that hepatic expression of FGF21 is robustly increased by MR. Based on the known physiological effects of FGF21, Fgf21(-/-) mice were used to test whether FGF21 is an essential mediator of the physiological effects of dietary MR. The MR-induced increase in energy intake and EE, and activation of thermogenesis in WAT and BAT were lost in Fgf21(-/-) mice...
January 17, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095764/evaluation-of-the-carotid-artery-stenosis-based-on-minimization-of-mechanical-energy-loss-of-the-blood-flow
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Sheau Fung Sia, Xihai Zhao, Rui Li, Yu Zhang, Winston Chong, Le He, Yu Chen
BACKGROUND: Internal carotid artery stenosis requires an accurate risk assessment for the prevention of stroke. Although the internal carotid artery area stenosis ratio at the common carotid artery bifurcation can be used as one of the diagnostic methods of internal carotid artery stenosis, the accuracy of results would still depend on the measurement techniques. The purpose of this study is to propose a novel method to estimate the effect of internal carotid artery stenosis on the blood flow based on the concept of minimization of energy loss...
November 2016: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094994/ag-sn-bimetallic-catalyst-with-a-core-shell-structure-for-co2-reduction
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Wesley W Luc, Charles Collins, Siwen Wang, Hongliang Xin, Kai He, Yijin Kang, Feng Jiao
Converting greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) to value-added chemicals is an appealing approach to tackle CO2 emission challenges. The chemical transformation of CO2 requires suitable catalysts that can lower the activation energy barrier, thus minimizing the energy penalty associated with the CO2 reduction reaction. First-row transition metals are potential candidates as catalysts for electrochemical CO2 reduction; however, their high oxygen affinity makes them easy to be oxidized, which could, in turn, strongly affect the catalytic properties of metal-based catalysts...
January 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094862/software-platform-for-simulation-of-a-prototype-proton-ct-scanner
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Valentina Giacometti, Vladimir A Bashkirov, Pierluigi Piersimoni, Susanna Guatelli, Tia E Plautz, Hartmut F-W Sadrozinski, Robert P Johnson, Andriy Zatserklyaniy, Thomas Tessonnier, Katia Parodi, Anatoly B Rosenfeld, Reinhard W Schulte
PURPOSE: Proton computed tomography (pCT) is a promising imaging technique to substitute or at least complement x-ray CT for more accurate proton therapy treatment planning as it allows calculating directly proton relative stopping power from proton energy loss measurements. A proton CT scanner with a silicon-based particle tracking system and a 5 stage scintillating energy detector has been completed. In parallel a modular software platform was developed to characterize the performance of the proposed pCT...
January 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094526/1h-nmr-based-global-metabolic-studies-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-upon-exposure-of-the-quorum-sensing-inhibitor-resveratrol
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Tongtong Chen, Jiyang Sheng, Yonghong Fu, Ming-Hui Li, Jun-Song Wang, Aiqun Jia
Quorum sensing (QS) is a process of bacterial communication that has been a novel target for drug discovery. Pyocyanin quantification assay confirmed that resveratrol was an effective quorum sensing inhibitor (QSI) against Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1. In this study, the global metabolite changes of P. aeruginosa PAO1 exposed to QSI resveratrol were investigated by 1H-NMR spectroscopy. A total of 40 metabolites containing amino acids, organic acid, organic amine and energy storage compounds were identified. The changed metabolic profile indicated that resveratrol influenced pathways including oxidative stress, protein synthesis and energy metabolism...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094349/proteomic-and-carbonylation-profile-analysis-at-the-critical-node-of-seed-ageing-in-oryza-sativa
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Guangkun Yin, Xia Xin, Shenzao Fu, Mengni An, Shuhua Wu, Xiaoling Chen, Jinmei Zhang, Juanjuan He, James Whelan, Xinxiong Lu
The critical node (CN), which is the transition from the plateau phase to the rapid decreasing phase of seed ageing, is extremely important for seed conservation. Although numerous studies have investigated the oxidative stress during seed ageing, information on the changes in protein abundance at the CN is limited. In this study, we aimed to investigate the abundance and carbonylation patterns of proteins at the CN of seed ageing in rice. The results showed that the germination rate of seeds decreased by less than 20% at the CN; however, the abundance of 112 proteins and the carbonylation levels of 68 proteins markedly changed, indicating oxidative damage...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094244/a-bioinspired-adaptive-spider-web
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L Zheng, M Behrooz, F Gordaninejad
This work presents an adaptive structure inspired by spider webs' behavior. To investigate the dynamic properties and performance of this system, numerical models are developed to examine the effects of pretension in radial strings, and Young's modulus, and damping ratio on the natural frequency and total energy of the system. An experimental study was conducted to validate theoretical results. Stepper motors controlled by a microcontroller are utilized to increase the pretension in the radial strings of the web in order to tune the web's energy absorption ability...
January 17, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093803/novel-ecg-synchronized-pulsatile-ecls-system-with-various-heart-rates-and-cardiac-arrhythmias-an-in-vitro-study
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Shigang Wang, Shannon B Spencer, Allen R Kunselman, Akif Ündar
The objective of this study is to evaluate electrocardiography (ECG)-synchronized pulsatile flow under varying heart rates and different atrial and ventricular arrhythmias in a simulated extracorporeal life support (ECLS) system. The ECLS circuit consisted of an i-cor diagonal pump and console, an iLA membrane ventilator, and an 18 Fr arterial cannula. The circuit was primed with lactated Ringer's solution and packed red blood cells (hematocrit 35%). An ECG simulator was used to trigger pulsatile flow and to generate selected cardiac rhythms...
January 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093633/dietary-potassium-intake-is-beneficial-to-bone-health-in-a-low-calcium-intake-population-the-korean-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey-knhanes-2008-2011
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S H Kong, J H Kim, A R Hong, J H Lee, S W Kim, C S Shin
: Dietary potassium may neutralize acid load and reduce calcium loss from the bone, leading to beneficial effect on bone mineral density. In this nationwide Korean population study, dietary potassium intake was associated with improved bone mineral density in older men and postmenopausal women. INTRODUCTION: Nutrition is a major modifiable factor that affects bone health. The accompanying anion in dietary potassium may act as an alkaline source by neutralizing the acid load and reducing calcium loss from the bone...
January 16, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093477/differential-presynaptic-atp-supply-for-basal-and-high-demand-transmission
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Courtney Sobieski, Michael J Fitzpatrick, Steven Mennerick
The relative contributions of glycolysis and oxidative phosphorylation to neuronal presynaptic energy demands are unclear. In rat hippocampal neurons, ATP production by either glycolysis or oxidative phosphorylation alone sustained basal evoked synaptic transmission for up to 20 min. However, combined inhibition of both ATP sources abolished evoked transmission. Neither action potential propagation failure nor depressed Ca(2+)-influx explained loss of evoked synaptic transmission. Rather, inhibition of ATP synthesis caused massive spontaneous vesicle exocytosis, followed by arrested endocytosis, accounting for the disappearance of evoked postsynaptic currents (PSCs)...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093252/low-energy-open-ankle-fractures-in-the-elderly-outcome-and-treatment-algorithm
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Asanka Wijendra, Rupali Alwe, Michael Lamyman, George A Grammatopoulos, Gregoris Kambouroglou
BACKGROUND: With an aging but still active population, open ankle fractures are increasingly presenting as low energy fragility injuries, sharing many characteristics with that of hip fractures. Yet, there is little in the literature on the management and outcome of these fractures. The primary aim of this study was to describe the outcome following open, ankle fragility fracture. Our secondary aim was to identify potential factors that improved outcome. METHODS: All consecutive, low energy open ankle fractures treated at a Level I Trauma Centre over a five-year period were included...
December 10, 2016: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092151/issues-in-nutrition-carbohydrates
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Margaret E Thompson, Mary Barth Noel
Carbohydrates include sugars, starches, and dietary fibers. Resistant starches resemble fiber in their behavior in the intestinal tract, and may have positive effects on blood glucose levels and the gut microbiome. Fibers are classified as soluble and insoluble, but most fiber-containing foods contain a mixture of soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber has been shown to lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. Many artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes are available. Most natural sources of sweeteners also are energy sources...
January 2017: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091966/aortic-regurgitation-generates-a-kinematic-obstruction-which-hinders-left-ventricular-filling
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Ikechukwu Okafor, Vrishank Raghav, Jose F Condado, Prem A Midha, Gautam Kumar, Ajit P Yoganathan
An incompetent aortic valve (AV) results in aortic regurgitation (AR), where retrograde flow of blood into the left ventricle (LV) is observed. In this work, we parametrically characterized the detailed changes in intra-ventricular flow during diastole as a result of AR in a physiological in vitro left-heart simulator (LHS). The loss of energy within the LV as the level of AR increased was also assessed. The validated LHS consisted of an optically-clear, flexible wall LV and a modular AV holder. Two-component, planar, digital particle image velocimetry was used to visualize and quantify intra-ventricular flow...
January 13, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091811/charge-transfer-dissociation-ctd-mass-spectrometry-of-peptide-cations-study-of-charge-state-effects-and-side-chain-losses
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Pengfei Li, Glen P Jackson
1+, 2+, and 3+ precursors of substance P and bradykinin were subjected to helium cation irradiation in a 3D ion trap mass spectrometer. Charge exchange with the helium cations produces a variety of fragment ions, the number and type of which are dependent on the charge state of the precursor ions. For 1+ peptide precursors, fragmentation is generally restricted to C-CO backbone bonds (a and x ions), whereas for 2+ and 3+ peptide precursors, all three backbone bonds (C-CO, C-N, and N-Cα) are cleaved. The type of backbone bond cleavage is indicative of possible dissociation channels involved in CTD process, including high-energy, kinetic-based, and ETD-like pathways...
January 13, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091616/wave-function-parity-loss-used-to-mitigate-thermal-broadening-in-spin-orbit-coupled-zigzag-graphene-analogues
#19
Mohammad Abdullah Sadi, Gengchiau Liang
Carrier transport through a graphene zigzag nanoribbon (ZNR) is possible to be blocked by a p-n profile implemented along its transport direction. However, we found that in cases of analogous materials with significant intrinsic spin-orbit coupling (SOC), i.e. silicene and germanene, such a profile on ZNR of these materials allows transmission mostly through spin-orbit coupled energy window due to the loss of the parity of wave functions at different energies caused by SOC. Next, a p-i-n scheme on germanene ZNR is proposed to simultaneously permit edge transmission and decimate bulk transmission...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091348/effects-of-intermittent-fasting-on-glucose-and-lipid-metabolism
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Rona Antoni, Kelly L Johnston, Adam L Collins, M Denise Robertson
Two intermittent fasting variants, intermittent energy restriction (IER) and time-restricted feeding (TRF), have received considerable interest as strategies for weight-management and/or improving metabolic health. With these strategies, the pattern of energy restriction and/or timing of food intake are altered so that individuals undergo frequently repeated periods of fasting. This review provides a commentary on the rodent and human literature, specifically focusing on the effects of IER and TRF on glucose and lipid metabolism...
January 16, 2017: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society
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