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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212097/design-and-testing-of-a-transcutaneous-rf-recharging-system-for-a-fetal-micropacemaker
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Adriana N Vest, Li Zhou, Xuechen Huang, Viktoria Norekyan, Yaniv Bar-Cohen, Ramen H Chmait, Gerald Eli Loeb
We have developed a rechargeable fetal micropacemaker in order to treat severe fetal bradycardia with comorbid hydrops fetalis. The necessarily small form factor of the device, small patient population, and fetal anatomy put unique constraints on the design of the recharging system. To overcome these constraints, a custom high power field generator was built and the recharging process was controlled by utilizing pacing rate as a measure of battery state, a feature of the relaxation oscillator used to generate stimuli...
February 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212034/observation-of-the-global-dynamic-collectivity-of-a-hydration-shell-around-apomyoglobin
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Yangzhong Qin, Luyuan Zhang, Lijuan Wang, Dongping Zhong
Protein surface hydration is critical to its structural properties and biological activities. However, it is still unknown whether the hydration shell is intrinsically connected and how its fluctuations dynamically interact with protein motions. Here, by selecting five site-specific locations with distinctly different environments around apomyoglobin surface, we used a tryptophan scan with femtosecond fluorescence spectroscopy and simultaneously detected hydration-water dynamics and tryptophan sidechain relaxations with temperature dependence...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211899/spatial-regularity-of-inas-gaas-quantum-dots-quantifying-the-dependence-of-lateral-ordering-on-growth-rate
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T Konishi, E Clarke, C W Burrows, J J Bomphrey, R Murray, G R Bell
The lateral ordering of arrays of self-assembled InAs-GaAs quantum dots (QDs) has been quantified as a function of growth rate, using the Hopkins-Skellam index (HSI). Coherent QD arrays have a spatial distribution which is neither random nor ordered, but intermediate. The lateral ordering improves as the growth rate is increased and can be explained by more spatially regular nucleation as the QD density increases. By contrast, large and irregular 3D islands are distributed randomly on the surface. This is consistent with a random selection of the mature QDs relaxing by dislocation nucleation at a later stage in the growth, independently of each QD's surroundings...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211883/the-inflammatory-state-provokes-sexual-dimorphism-in-left-ventricular-and-electrocardiographic-effects-of-chronic-cyclosporine-in-rats
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Hany M El-Bassossy, Zainy M Banjar, Mahmoud M El-Mas
Although cardiotoxicity has been recognized as an adverse effect of cyclosporine A (CSA), no information exists regarding sex specificity of CSA cardiotoxicity. We tested the hypothesis that left ventricular (LV) and electrocardiographic (ECG) effects of CSA and related inflammatory/histopathological derangements are sex related. CSA reduced the LV slope of end-systolic pressure volume relationship and increased isovolumic relaxation constant. These effects were more pronounced in male compared to female rats, suggesting LV systolic and diastolic dysfunction...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211682/exploring-the-influence-of-diamagnetic-ions-on-the-mechanism-of-magnetization-relaxation-in-co-iii-2ln-iii-2-ln-dy-tb-ho-butterfly-complexes
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Kuduva R Vignesh, Stuart K Langley, Keith S Murray, Gopalan Rajaraman
The synthesis and magnetic and theoretical studies of three isostructural heterometallic [Co(III)2Ln(III)2(μ3-OH)2(o-tol)4(mdea)2(NO3)2] (Ln = Dy (1), Tb (2), Ho (3)) "butterfly" complexes are reported (o-tol = o-toluate, (mdea)(2-) = doubly deprotonated N-methyldiethanolamine). The Co(III) ions are diamagnetic in these complexes. Analysis of the dc magnetic susceptibility measurements reveal antiferromagnetic exchange coupling between the two Ln(III) ions for all three complexes. ac magnetic susceptibility measurements reveal single-molecule magnet (SMM) behavior for complex 1, in the absence of an external magnetic field, with an anisotropy barrier Ueff of 81...
February 17, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211494/hepatocyte-secreted-extracellular-vesicles-modify-blood-metabolome-and-endothelial-function-by-an-arginase-dependent-mechanism
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Felix Royo, Laura Moreno, Justyna Mleczko, Laura Palomo, Esperanza Gonzalez, Diana Cabrera, Angel Cogolludo, Francisco Perez Vizcaino, Sebastiaan van-Liempd, Juan M Falcon-Perez
Hepatocytes release extracellular vesicles (EVs) loaded with signaling molecules and enzymes into the bloodstream. Although the importance of EVs in the intercellular communication is already recognized, the metabolic impact of the enzymes carried by these vesicles is still unclear. We evaluated the global effect of the enzymatic activities of EVs by performing untargeted metabolomic profiling of serum samples after their exposure to EVs. This approach revealed a significant change in the abundance of 94 serum metabolic signals...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211140/anesthesia-for-fetal-surgery
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REVIEW
Monica A Hoagland, Debnath Chatterjee
Fetal therapy is an exciting and growing field of medicine. Advances in prenatal imaging and continued innovations in surgical and anesthetic techniques have resulted in a wide range of fetal interventions including minimally invasive, open mid-gestation, and ex-utero intrapartum treatment procedures. The potential for maternal morbidity is significant and must be carefully weighed against claimed benefits to the fetus. Appropriate patient selection is critical, and a multidisciplinary team-based approach is strongly recommended...
February 17, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210824/ultrasound-palpation-for-fast-in-situ-quantification-of-articular-cartilage-stiffness-thickness-and-relaxation-capacity
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M Schöne, R M Schulz, H Tzschätzsch, P Varga, K Raum
Most current cartilage testing devices require the preparation of excised samples and therefore do not allow intra-operative application for diagnostic purposes. The gold standard during open or arthroscopic surgery is still the subjective perception of manual palpation. This work presents a new diagnostic method of ultrasound palpation (USP) to acquire applied stress and strain data during manual palpation of articular cartilage. With the proposed method, we obtain cartilage thickness and stiffness. Moreover, repeated palpations allow the quantification of relaxation effects...
February 16, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210339/anger-management-evaluation-of-a-cognitive-behavioral-training-program-for-table-tennis-players
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Georges Steffgen
Based on a systematic review of the literature on anger and anger management in sport, there is evidence that anger might be dysfunctional, especially in sports requiring selective attention and fine-tuned motor skills. The research literature suggests that cognitive-behavioral intervention programs can be fruitful in helping athletes to understand and control dysfunctional anger. Therefore, the main goal of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a brief training program for table tennis players in cognitive-behavioral anger management that aimed at changing their noneffective anger reactions...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209764/kcnj11-ablation-is-associated-with-increased-nitro-oxidative-stress-during-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-implications-for-human-ischemic-cardiomyopathy
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Bo Zhang, Tatiana Novitskaya, Debra G Wheeler, Zhaobin Xu, Elena Chepurko, Ryan Huttinger, Heng He, Saradhadevi Varadharaj, Jay L Zweier, Yanna Song, Meng Xu, Frank E Harrell, Yan Ru Su, Tarek Absi, Mark J Kohr, Mark T Ziolo, Dan M Roden, Christian M Shaffer, Cristi L Galindo, Quinn S Wells, Richard J Gumina
BACKGROUND: Despite increased secondary cardiovascular events in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM), the expression of innate cardiac protective molecules in the hearts of patients with ICM is incompletely characterized. Therefore, we used a nonbiased RNAseq approach to determine whether differences in cardiac protective molecules occur with ICM. METHODS AND RESULTS: RNAseq analysis of human control and ICM left ventricular samples demonstrated a significant decrease in KCNJ11 expression with ICM...
February 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209080/antispasmodic-and-bronchorelaxant-activities-of-salsola-imbricata-are-mediated-through-dual-ca-2-antagonistic-and-%C3%AE-adrenergic-agonistic-effects
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Naveed Aslam, Khalid Hussain Janbaz
CONTEXT: Salsola imbricata Forssk. (Chenopodiaceae) has folkloric repute for the treatment of various gastrointestinal and respiratory ailments. OBJECTIVE: The present study investigates spasmolytic and bronchorelaxant effects of S. imbricata. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The crude aqueous-ethanol extract of the aerial parts of S. imbricata and its fractions, in cumulative concentrations (0.01-10 mg/mL), were tested on contractions of isolated rabbit jejunum and tracheal preparations...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208979/evaluation-of-the-efficacy-of-bupivacaine-0-5-alone-or-with-clonidine-1%C3%AE-g-kg-versus-control-in-a-single-level-paravertebral-blockin-patients-undergoing-pcnl-procedure
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Trupti S Kamble, Charulata Mahesh Deshpande
INTRODUCTION: Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL) is a widely used procedure to remove complex upper tract renal calculi by means of a nephroscope. Although less invasive, PCNL is associated with significant pain owing to soft tissue injury. Most of these patients have mild to moderately compromised renal function. An anaesthesia plan that reduces intraoperative requirement of anaesthetics, analgesics, muscle relaxants and postoperative requirement of systemic analgesics is essential...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208756/homocysteine-editing-thioester-chemistry-coenzyme-a-and-the-origin-of-coded-peptide-synthesis-%C3%A2
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REVIEW
Hieronim Jakubowski
Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (AARSs) have evolved "quality control" mechanisms which prevent tRNA aminoacylation with non-protein amino acids, such as homocysteine, homoserine, and ornithine, and thus their access to the Genetic Code. Of the ten AARSs that possess editing function, five edit homocysteine: Class I MetRS, ValRS, IleRS, LeuRS, and Class II LysRS. Studies of their editing function reveal that catalytic modules of these AARSs have a thiol-binding site that confers the ability to catalyze the aminoacylation of coenzyme A, pantetheine, and other thiols...
February 9, 2017: Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208559/re-mirabegron-causes-relaxation-of-human-and-rat-corpus-cavernosum-could-it-be-a-potential-therapy-for-erectile-dysfunction
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Allen D Seftel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208541/re-mirabegron-relaxes-urethral-smooth-muscle-by-a-dual-mechanism-involving-%C3%AE-3-adrenoceptor-activation-and-%C3%AE-1-adrenoceptor-blockade
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Alan J Wein
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208503/onset-of-shear-thinning-in-glassy-liquids-shear-induced-small-reduction-of-effective-density
#16
Akira Furukawa
We propose a simple mechanism for describing the onset of shear thinning in a high-density glassy liquid. In a shear flow, along the compression axis, the overlap between neighboring particles is more enhanced than that at equilibrium, meaning that the "effective" size is reduced along this axis. On the other hand, along the extension axis perpendicular to the compression axis, the average structural configurations are stretched, but it does not indicate the expansion of the "effective" size itself. This asymmetric shear flow effect for particles results in a small reduction of the "effective" density...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208489/prediction-of-the-moments-in-advection-diffusion-lattice-boltzmann-method-ii-attenuation-of-the-boundary-layers-via-double-%C3%AE-bounce-back-flux-scheme
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Irina Ginzburg
Impact of the unphysical tangential advective-diffusion constraint of the bounce-back (BB) reflection on the impermeable solid surface is examined for the first four moments of concentration. Despite the number of recent improvements for the Neumann condition in the lattice Boltzmann method-advection-diffusion equation, the BB rule remains the only known local mass-conserving no-flux condition suitable for staircase porous geometry. We examine the closure relation of the BB rule in straight channel and cylindrical capillary analytically, and show that it excites the Knudsen-type boundary layers in the nonequilibrium solution for full-weight equilibrium stencil...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208480/transverse-vibration-of-nematic-elastomer-timoshenko-beams
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Dong Zhao, Ying Liu, Chuang Liu
Being a rubber-like liquid crystalline elastomer, a nematic elastomer (NE) is anisotropic viscoelastic, and displays dynamic soft elasticity. In this paper, the transverse vibration of a NE Timoshenko beam is studied based on the linear viscoelasticity theory of nematic elastomers. The governing equation of motion for the transverse vibration of a NE Timoshenko beam is derived. A complex modal analysis method is used to obtain the natural frequencies and decrement coefficients of NE beams. The influences of the nematic director rotation, the rubber relaxation time, and the director rotation time on the vibration characteristic of NE Timoshenko beams are discussed in detail...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208466/motion-of-a-colloidal-particle-in-a-nonuniform-director-field-of-a-nematic-liquid-crystal
#19
Beom-Kyu Lee, Sung-Jo Kim, Bohdan Lev, Jong-Hyun Kim
We investigate the dynamics of a single spherical particle immersed in a nematic liquid crystal. A nonuniform director field is imposed on the substrate by a stripe alignment pattern with splay deformation. The particle of homeotropic anchoring at the surface is accompanied by hyperbolic hedgehog or Saturn-ring defects. The particle motion is dependent on the defect structure. We study the two types of motions theoretically and confirm the obtained results experimentally. The particle accompanied by a hyperbolic hedgehog defect is pulled to a deformed region to relax the elastic deformation energy...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208450/thermal-effects-in-dislocation-theory-ii-shear-banding
#20
J S Langer
The thermodynamic dislocation theory presented in previous papers is used here to describe shear-banding instabilities. Central ingredients of the theory are a thermodynamically defined effective configurational temperature and a formula for the plastic strain rate determined by thermally activated depinning of entangled dislocations. This plastic strain rate is extremely sensitive to variations of the stress and the ordinary temperature. As a result of this sensitivity, the system undergoes rapid shear banding instabilities when ordinary thermal relaxation is slow...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
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