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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742490/observing-and-understanding-the-ultrafast-photochemistry-in-small-molecules-applications-to-sunscreens
#1
Lewis A Baker, Vasilios G Stavros
In this review, we discuss the importance of biological and artificial photoprotection against overexposure to harmful ultraviolet radiation. Transient electronic and transient vibrational absorption spectroscopies are highlighted as important tools in understanding the energy transfer in small molecules, with a focus on the application to commercial sunscreens with representative examples given. Oxybenzone, a common ingredient in commercial sunscreens and sinapoyl malate, a biological sunscreen in plant leaves are presented as case studies...
September 1, 2016: Science Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742346/molecular-dynamics-of-double-stranded-xylo-nucleic-acid-xylona
#2
Amutha Ramaswamy, Daryna Smyrnova, Mattheus Froeyen, Mohitosh Maiti, Piet Herdewijn, Arnout Ceulemans
Xylo-nucleic acid (XyloNA) is a synthetic analogue of ribo-nucleic acid (RNA), where the ribose sugar has been replaced by xylose. We present a Molecular Dynamics study of the conformational evolution of XyloNA double strand oligomers derived from A-RNA through the substitution of beta-ᴅ-ribofuranose by beta-ᴅ-xylofuranose and having lengths of 8, 16 and 29 base pairs, using a set of independent all-atom simulations performed at various time scales ranging from 55 to 100 ns, , with one long 500 ns simulation of the 29-mer...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742249/transient-electroosmosis-of-a-maxwell-fluid-in-a-rotating-microchannel
#3
P Kaushik, Shubhadeep Mandal, Suman Chakraborty
The transient electroosmotic flow of Maxwell fluid in a rotating microchannel is investigated both analytically and numerically. We bring out the complex dynamics of the flow during the transience due to the combination of rotation and rheological effects. We show the regimes of operation under which our analysis holds the most significance. We also shed some light on the volumetric flow rate characteristics as dictated by the underlying flow physics. Mainly we show and analyze the various regimes of operation under which viscoelastic effects actuated by electroosmotic forcing dominate over Coriolis forces and vice versa, which has not been studied before...
July 25, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742117/comparison-of-gcamp3-and-gcamp6f-for-studying-astrocyte-ca2-dynamics-in-the-awake-mouse-brain
#4
Liang Ye, Mateen A Haroon, Angelica Salinas, Martin Paukert
In recent years it has become increasingly clear that astrocytes play a much more active role in neural processes than the traditional view of them as supporting cells suggests. Although not electrically excitable, astrocytes exhibit diverse Ca2+ dynamics across spatial and temporal scales, more or less dependent on the animal's behavioral state. Ca2+ dynamics range from global elevations lasting multiple seconds encompassing the soma up to the finest processes, to short elevations restricted to so-called microdomains within fine processes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742113/addition-of-17-allylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin-to-a-suboptimal-caspofungin-treatment-regimen-in-neutropenic-rats-with-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-delays-the-time-to-death-but-does-not-enhance-the-overall-therapeutic-efficacy
#5
Jeannine M Refos, Alieke G Vonk, Marian T Ten Kate, Kimberly Eadie, Henri A Verbrugh, Irma A J M Bakker-Woudenberg, Wendy W J van de Sande
Caspofungin (CAS) which is used as salvage therapy in patients with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) inhibits the 1,3-β-D-glucan synthesis in Aspergillus fumigatus. Inhibiting 1,3-β-D-glucan synthesis induces a stress response and in an invertebrate model it was demonstrated that inhibiting this response with geldamycin enhanced the therapeutic efficacy of CAS. Since geldamycin itself is toxic to mammalians, the therapeutic efficacy of combining geldamycin with CAS was not studied in rodent models. Therefore in this study we investigated if the geldamycin derivate 17-(allylamino)-17-demethoxygeldanamycin (17-AAG) was able to enhance the therapeutic efficacy of CAS in vitro and in our IPA model in transiently neutropenic rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742046/a-fast-algorithm-for-analysis-of-molecular-communication-in-artificial-synapse
#6
Bilgesu A Bilgin, Ozgur B Akan
In this paper we analyse molecular communications (MC) in a proposed artificial synapse (AS), whose main difference from biological synapses (BSs) is that it is closed, i.e., transmitter molecules cannot diffuse out from AS. Such a setup has both advantages and disadvantages. Besides higher structural stability, being closed, AS never runs out of transmitters. Thus, MC in AS is disconnected from outer environment, which is very desirable for possible intra-body applications. On the other hand, clearance of transmitters from AS has to be achieved by transporter molecules on the presynaptic membrane of AS...
July 21, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742036/study-of-temporal-effects-on-subjective-video-quality-of-experience
#7
Christos G Bampis, Zhi Li, Anush K Moorthy, Ioannis Katsavounidis, Anne Aaron, Alan C Bovik
HTTP adaptive streaming is being increasingly deployed by network content providers such as Netflix and YouTube. By dividing video content into data chunks encoded at different bitrates, a client is able to request the appropriate bitrate for the segment to be played next based on the estimated network conditions. However, this can introduce a number of impairments, including compression artifacts and rebuffering events which can severely impact an end-user's quality of experience (QoE). We have recently created a new video quality database which simulates a typical video streaming application, using long video sequences and interesting Netflix content...
July 20, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742031/patient-specific-left-ventricular-flow-simulations-from-transthoracic-echocardiography-robustness-evaluation-and-validation-against-ultrasound-doppler-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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David Larsson, Jeannette H Spuhler, Sven Petersson, Tim Nordenfur, Massimiliano Colarieti-Tosti, Johan Hoffman, Reidar Winter, Matilda Larsson
The combination of medical imaging with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) has enabled the study of 3D blood flow on a patient-specific level. However, with models based on gated high-resolution data, the study of transient flows, and any model implementation into routine cardiac care, is challenging. The present paper presents a novel pathway for patient-specific CFD modelling of the left ventricle (LV), using 4D transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) as input modality. To evaluate the clinical usability, two sub-studies were performed...
July 21, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741623/effects-of-suvorexant-a-dual-orexin-hypocretin-receptor-antagonist-on-impulsive-behavior-associated-with-cocaine
#9
Taylor A Gentile, Steven J Simmons, Mia N Watson, Krista L Connelly, Eugen Brailoiu, Yanan Zhang, John W Muschamp
Hypothalamic hypocretin (orexin) peptides mediate arousal, attention, and reward processing. Fibers containing orexins project to brain structures that govern motivated behavior, including the ventral tegmental area (VTA). A number of psychiatric conditions, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and substance use disorders, are characterized by deficits in impulse control, however the relationship between orexin and impulsive behavior is incompletely characterized. The effects of systemic or centrally administered orexin receptor (OXR) antagonists on measures of impulsive-like behavior in rats were evaluated using the five-choice serial reaction time task (5-CSRTT) and delay discounting procedures...
July 25, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741507/mtor-signaling-confers-resistance-to-targeted-cancer-drugs
#10
REVIEW
Yakir Guri, Michael N Hall
Cancer is a complex disease and a leading cause of death worldwide. Extensive research over decades has led to the development of therapies that target cancer-specific signaling pathways. However, the clinical benefits of such drugs are at best transient due to tumors displaying intrinsic or adaptive resistance. The underlying compensatory pathways that allow cancer cells to circumvent a drug blockade are poorly understood. We review here recent studies suggesting that mammalian TOR (mTOR) signaling is a major compensatory pathway conferring resistance to many cancer drugs...
November 2016: Trends in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741396/intraoperative-nerve-monitoring-reduces-recurrent-laryngeal-nerve-injury-in-geriatric-patients-undergoing-thyroid-surgery
#11
Huang Kai, Lin Xixia, Long Miaoyun, Chen Qinchang, Peng Xinzhi, Luo Dingyuan, Li Honghao
OBJECTIVE: This research was aimed to investigate whether the intraoperative nerve monitoring (IONM) can reduce the incidence of recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) injury in geriatric patients undergoing thyroid surgery. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included 522 geriatric patients undergoing thyroid surgery between January 2013 and June 2016 in the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital. Patients with IONM during the surgery (n = 340) were compared with patients without IONM (n = 212)...
July 25, 2017: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741212/influence-of-orientation-glazing-proportion-and-zone-aspect-ratio-on-the-thermal-performance-of-buildings-during-the-winter-period
#12
Dimitrios G Zenginis, Karolos J Kontoleon
The objective of this study is to assess the effect of orientation, glazing proportion and aspect ratio of building zones on heat fluxes through their surfaces, under specific environmental conditions. The investigation is carried out for thermally-insulated building zones with a varying facade orientation corresponding to each cardinal point, during the winter period in the northern Greek region. For this purpose, three glazing-to-facade ratios (GR) are taken into account; along with the glazing ratio the influence of the glazing U value is also considered...
July 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741055/effects-of-tunable-excitation-in-carotenoids-explained-by-the-vibrational-energy-relaxation-approach
#13
Vytautas Balevičius, Craig N Lincoln, Daniele Viola, Giulio Cerullo, Jürgen Hauer, Darius Abramavicius
Carotenoids are fundamental building blocks of natural light harvesters with convoluted and ultrafast energy deactivation networks. In order to disentangle such complex relaxation dynamics, several studies focused on transient absorption measurements and their dependence on the pump wavelength. However, such findings are inconclusive and sometimes contradictory. In this study, we compare internal conversion dynamics in [Formula: see text]-carotene, pumped at the first, second, and third vibronic progression peak...
July 24, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740778/takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-after-head-and-neck-reconstructive-surgery
#14
Masanori Mori, Hayato Nagashima, Satoshi Akazawa, Noriko Saegusa, Yuichi Ichikawa, Kei Iida, Kotaro Yoshimura, Masahiro Nakagawa
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) is a form of transient heart failure that clinically mimics acute coronary syndrome and is characterized by left ventricular wall motion abnormalities. The pathophysiology of TCM is not well established. TCM is often preceded by emotional or physical stress and may occur after surgery. We present 3 cases of TCM occurring after head and neck reconstructive surgery. Echocardiography plays a central role in the diagnosis of TCM. Left ventricular wall motion abnormalities extend beyond the territory of a single coronary artery...
June 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740739/a-combined-water-extract-of-frankincense-and-myrrh-alleviates-neuropathic-pain-in-mice-via-modulation-of-trpv1
#15
Danyou Hu, Changming Wang, Fengxian Li, Shulan Su, Niuniu Yang, Yan Yang, Chan Zhu, Hao Shi, Lei Yu, Xiao Geng, Leying Gu, Xiaolin Yuan, Zhongli Wang, Guang Yu, Zongxiang Tang
Frankincense and myrrh are widely used in clinics as a pair of herbs to obtain a synergistic effect for relieving pain. To illuminate the analgesia mechanism of frankincense and myrrh, we assessed its effect in a neuropathic pain mouse model. Transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) plays a crucial role in neuropathic pain and influences the plasticity of neuronal connectivity. We hypothesized that the water extraction of frankincense and myrrh (WFM) exerted its analgesia effect by modulating the neuronal function of TRPV1...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740723/at-the-interface-of-three-nucleic-acids-the-role-of-rna-binding-proteins-and-poly-adp-ribose-in-dna-repair
#16
E E Alemasova, O I Lavrik
RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) regulate RNA metabolism, from synthesis to decay. When bound to RNA, RBPs act as guardians of the genome integrity at different levels, from DNA damage prevention to the post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression. Recently, RBPs have been shown to participate in DNA repair. This fact is of special interest as DNA repair pathways do not generally involve RNA. DNA damage in higher organisms triggers the formation of the RNA-like polymer - poly(ADP-ribose) (PAR). Nucleic acid-like properties allow PAR to recruit DNA- and RNA-binding proteins to the site of DNA damage...
April 2017: Acta Naturae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740669/impact-of-thoracic-surgery-on-esophageal-motor-function-evaluation-by-high-resolution-manometry
#17
Anja Wäsche, Arne Kandulski, Peter Malfertheiner, Sandra Riedel, Patrick Zardo, Thomas Hachenberg, Jens Schreiber
BACKGROUND: Alteration of esophageal function is a potential risk factor for postoperative complications in thoracic surgery. This prospective study investigates esophageal motility and function during and after thoracic procedures via high resolution manometry (HRM) and impedance technology with spatiotemporal representation of pressure data. METHODS: Twelve consecutive patients eligible for elective thoracic surgery underwent preoperative and postoperative (48 hours and 7 days) esophageal HRM...
June 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740633/papillary-fibroelastoma-arising-from-the-coumadin-ridge
#18
Mahim Malik, Konstantin Shilo, Ahmet Kilic
Cardiac papillary fibroelastomas (CPF) are rare cardiac tumors, mostly found on the valvular surfaces in the heart. These tumors are frond like in nature and are benign, intracardiac masses, rarely causing any hemodynamic disturbances. However, excision of these masses is indicated due to their propensity to embolize. We present a case report of the tumor found on the coumadin ridge, causing transient ischemic attacks in a patient. We performed complete excision of the tumor via median sternotomy on cardiopulmonary bypass support with cardiac arrest...
2017: Journal of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740604/identification-of-a-novel-trpm8-agonist-from-nutmeg-a-promising-cooling-compound
#19
Tomohiro Shirai, Kentaro Kumihashi, Mitsuyoshi Sakasai, Hiroshi Kusuoku, Yusuke Shibuya, Atsushi Ohuchi
The transient receptor potential melastatin 8 (TRPM8) ion channel is the primary receptor for innocuous cold stimuli (<28 °C) in humans. TRPM8 agonists such as l-(-)-menthol are widely used as flavors and additives to impart briskness, in addition to medicinal uses for inflammation and pain. Though various natural and synthetic agonists have been explored, only few natural compounds are known. We report herein the identification and characterization of the novel neolignan agonist erythro- and threo-Δ(8')-7-ethoxy-4-hydroxy-3,3',5'-trimethoxy-8-O-4'-neolignan (1) with an EC50 of 0...
July 13, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740544/interleukin-32%C3%AE-inhibits-endothelial-inflammation-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-activation-and-atherosclerosis-by-upregulating-timp3-and-reck-through-suppressing-microrna-205-biogenesis
#20
Dong Ju Son, Yu Yeon Jung, Young Sik Seo, Heonyong Park, Dong Hun Lee, Sanghyeon Kim, Yoon-Seok Roh, Sang Bae Han, Do Young Yoon, Jin Tae Hong
Interleukin-32 (IL-32) is a multifaceted cytokine that promotes inflammation and regulates vascular endothelial cell behavior. Although some IL-32 isoforms have been reported to contribute to vascular inflammation and atherosclerosis, the functional role of IL-32α in vascular inflammation and atherogenesis has not been studied. Methods: IL-32α function was assessed in cells with transient IL-32α overexpression or treated with recombinant human IL-32α by western blotting and mRNA expression analysis. Vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation and migration was examined by BrdU incorporation and wound healing assays, respectively...
2017: Theranostics
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