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Omer Kirshenboim, Sebastian Kozuch
Halogen bonds (XB) are no longer newcomers in the chemistry family. However, XB in hypervalent halogens has not been thoroughly studied. We provide a molecular orbital explanation of the shape and strength of XBs in hypervalent halogens and other species, focusing on the charge transfer and electrostatic aspects of these bonds. Our results show that σ-holes (and subsequently the XBs associated with them) can be easily divided and bent by the influence of equatorial substituents. Inductive effect of both the equatorial and axial groups can affect these distortions, but also the angle between the equatorial ligands has a large influence on the shape of the σ-holes and the molecular orbitals acting as electron acceptor...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Eileen K Jaffe
Porphobilinogen synthase (PBGS), also known as 5-aminolevulinate dehydratase, is an essential enzyme in the biosynthesis of all tetrapyrroles, which function in respiration, photosynthesis, and methanogenesis. Throughout evolution, PBGS adapted to a diversity of cellular niches and evolved to use an unusual variety of metal ions both for catalytic function and to control protein multimerization. With regard to the active site, some PBGSs require Zn(2+); a subset of those, including human PBGS, contain a constellation of cysteine residues that acts as a sink for the environmental toxin Pb(2+)...
October 26, 2016: Accounts of Chemical Research
Li-Yang Shao, Xinpu Zhang, Haijun He, Zhiyong Zhang, Xihua Zou, Bin Luo, Wei Pan, Lianshan Yan
An optical fiber temperature and torsion sensor has been proposed by employing the Lyot-Sagnac interferometer, which was composed by inserting two sections of high-birefringence (HiBi) fiber into the Sagnac loop. The two inserted sections of HiBi fiber have different functions; while one section acts as the temperature sensitive region, the other can be used as reference fiber. The temperature and twist sensor based on the proposed interferometer structure have been experimentally demonstrated. The experimental results show that the envelope of the output spectrum will shift with the temperature evolution...
October 24, 2016: Sensors
Carlo R Laing
We consider the effects of several forms of delays on the existence and stability of travelling waves in non-locally coupled networks of Kuramoto-type phase oscillators and theta neurons. By passing to the continuum limit and using the Ott/Antonsen ansatz, we derive evolution equations for a spatially dependent order parameter. For phase oscillator networks, the travelling waves take the form of uniformly twisted waves, and these can often be characterised analytically. For networks of theta neurons, the waves are studied numerically...
September 2016: Chaos
Mohammed Ali, Jan Kuiper, Joby John
PURPOSE: Tension band wiring is commonly used for fixation of simple transverse fractures. The popular configuration is parallel Kirschner wires (K-wires) and a stainless steel wire loop placed in a vertically oriented figure-of-8. METHODS: We used a wooden model of a patella with a midway transverse fracture and compared four different types of fixation. The first construct had a vertical figure-of-8 with one twist of wire. The second contained a vertical figure-of-8 with two twists of wire...
October 1, 2016: Chinese Journal of Traumatology, Zhonghua Chuang Shang za Zhi
Riccardo Gottardi, Uwe Hansen, Roberto Raiteri, Marko Loparic, Marcel Düggelin, Daniel Mathys, Niklaus F Friederich, Peter Bruckner, Martin Stolz
Cartilage matrix is a composite of discrete, but interacting suprastructures, i.e. cartilage fibers with microfibrillar or network-like aggregates and penetrating extrafibrillar proteoglycan matrix. The biomechanical function of the proteoglycan matrix and the collagen fibers are to absorb compressive and tensional loads, respectively. Here, we are focusing on the suprastructural organization of collagen fibrils and the degradation process of their hierarchical organized fiber architecture studied at high resolution at the authentic location within cartilage...
2016: PloS One
P J Allen, Hee Sik Kim, J Neggers
In this paper, we introduce the concept of several types of groupoids related to semigroups, viz., twisted semigroups for which twisted versions of the associative law hold. Thus, if [Formula: see text] is a groupoid and if [Formula: see text] is a function [Formula: see text], then [Formula: see text] is a left-twisted semigroup with respect to [Formula: see text] if for all [Formula: see text], [Formula: see text]. Other types are right-twisted, middle-twisted and their duals, a dual left-twisted semigroup obeying the rule [Formula: see text] for all [Formula: see text]...
2016: SpringerPlus
Ilana Shtein, Rivka Elbaum, Benny Bar-On
To enhance the distribution of their seeds, plants often utilize hygroscopic deformations that actuate dispersal mechanisms. Such movements are based on desiccation-induced shrinkage of tissues in predefined directions. The basic hygroscopic deformations are typically actuated by a bi-layer configuration, in which shrinking of an active tissue layer is resisted by a stiff layer, generating a set of basic movements including bending, coiling, and twisting. In this study, we investigate a new type of functionally graded hygroscopic movement in the fruit (capsule) of sesame (Sesamum indicum L...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Tobias Stauber, Heinerich Kohler
The charge susceptibility of twisted bilayer graphene is investigated in the Dirac cone, respectively random-phase approximation. For small enough twist angles Θ≦2(o) we find weakly Landau damped interband plasmons, i.~e., collective excitonic modes which exist in the undoped material, with an almost constant energy dispersion. In this regime, the loss function can be described as a Fano resonance and we argue that these excitations arise from the interaction of quasi-localised states with the incident light field...
October 24, 2016: Nano Letters
X Liu, X-D Tian, Y Liu, T Zhang, L Chen
OBJECTIVE: It is well documented that some microRNAs (miRNAs) regulates tumorigenesis and cancer metastases of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Nevertheless, a role of miR-92b in control of the metastasis of NSCLC has not been acknowledged. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Here, we reported that miR-92b levels were significantly decreased and Twist levels were significantly increased in NSCLC specimens, compared to paired adjacent non-tumor lung tissue. Moreover, the levels of miR-92b and Twist inversely correlated...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
J N Sheets, M Iwanicki, J F Liu, B E Howitt, M S Hirsch, J A A Gubbels, R Drapkin, K A Egland
The cause of death among the majority of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) patients involves passive dissemination of cancer cells within the peritoneal cavity and subsequent implantation of cancer spheroids into adjacent organs. Thus, it is important to identify the factors that mediate EOC metastasis and implantation, including clearance of the mesothelium. Sushi domain containing 2 (SUSD2) encodes a type I transmembrane protein containing several functional domains inherent to adhesion molecules. Immunohistochemical analysis determined the presence of SUSD2 in several subtypes of EOC, with the strongest staining observed in high-grade serous ovarian carcinomas (HGSOCs)...
October 24, 2016: Oncogenesis
Akifumi Takanabe, Masahito Tanaka, Kohei Johmoto, Hidehiro Uekusa, Tadashi Mori, Hideko Koshima, Toru Asahi
Introducing chirality into photomechanical crystals is beneficial for the diversification of mechanical motion. Measurement of the chiroptical and optical anisotropic properties of chiral crystals is indispensable for evaluating photomechanical crystals. The plate-like crystals of S- and R-enantiomers of photochromic N-3,5-di-tert-butylsalicylidene-1-phenylethylamine in enol form (enol-(S)-1 and enol-(R)-1) caused bending motion with twisting upon ultraviolet (UV) light irradiation, due to shrinkage along the length and width directions of the irradiated surface, based on the optimized crystal structure of the photoisomerized trans-keto-(S)-1...
October 24, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Andrew K Cordova, Robin Feldman
Research universities have made enormous contributions to the field of medicine and the treatment of human disease. Alone or in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies, academic researchers have added to the store of knowledge that has led to numerous life science breakthroughs. A new chapter may be opening for academic researchers, however, that could lead to a darker tale. 'The mouse that trolled: the long and tortuous history of a gene mutation patent that became an expensive impediment to Alzheimer's research, by Bubela et al...
November 2015: Journal of Law and the Biosciences
Elizabeth Paver, Yvonne Bogun
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2016: Pathology
Emma F Thomas, Craig McGarty, Gerhard Reese, Mariette Berndsen, Ana-Maria Bliuc
The 21st century has borne witness to catastrophic natural and human-induced tragedies. These disasters necessitate humanitarian responses; however, the individual and collective bases of support are not well understood. Drawing on Duncan's motivational model of collective action, we focus on how individual differences position a person to adopt group memberships and develop a "group consciousness" that provides the basis for humanitarian action. Longitudinal mediation analyses involving supporters of international humanitarian action (N = 384) sampled annually for 3 years provided support for the hypothesized model, with some twists...
October 20, 2016: Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin
Mingdi Zhang, Wei Gong, Bin Zuo, Bingfeng Chu, Zhaohui Tang, Yong Zhang, Yong Yang, Di Zhou, Mingzhe Weng, Yiyu Qin, Mingzhe Ma, Alex Jiang, Fei Ma, Zhiwei Quan
Cytokine is a key molecular link between chronic inflammation and gallbladder cancer (GBC) progression. The potential mechanism of cytokine-associated modulation of microRNAs (miRNAs) expression in GBC progression is not fully understood. In this study, we investigated the biological effects and prognostic significance of interleukin-6 (IL-6) -induced miRNAs in the development of GBC. We identify that inflammatory cytokine, IL-6 promotes proliferation, migration, invasion and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of GBC both in vitro and in vivo...
October 15, 2016: Oncotarget
Yong Sung Won, Seung-Ju Lee, Hee Youn Kim, Dong Sup Lee
INTRODUCTION: Narrow working space is a major problem to overcome during retroperitoneoscopic ureterolithotomy. We evaluated initial 5 years experience of retroperitoneoscopic ureterolithotomy for large impacted upper ureteral calculi. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between January 2011 and December 2015, a total of 37 consecutive patients were evaluated. A 12-mm camera port at middle of midaxillary line and two 5-mm working ports in posterior axillary line were created...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
Hugo Larocque, Frédéric Bouchard, Vincenzo Grillo, Alicia Sit, Stefano Frabboni, Rafal E Dunin-Borkowski, Miles J Padgett, Robert W Boyd, Ebrahim Karimi
Free electrons with a helical phase front, referred to as "twisted" electrons, possess an orbital angular momentum (OAM) and, hence, a quantized magnetic dipole moment along their propagation direction. This intrinsic magnetic moment can be used to probe material properties. Twisted electrons thus have numerous potential applications in materials science. Measuring this quantity often relies on a series of projective measurements that subsequently change the OAM carried by the electrons. In this Letter, we propose a nondestructive way of measuring an electron beam's OAM through the interaction of this associated magnetic dipole with a conductive loop...
October 7, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Yu Harabuchi, Rina Yamamoto, Satoshi Maeda, Satoshi Takeuchi, Tahei Tahara, Tetsuya Taketsugu
Ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations were carried out for *-excited 1,1'-dimethylstilbene (dmSB) at the spin-flip time-dependent density functional theory (SF-TDDFT) level with the TSF-index technique, to get insights into the substitution effects on the photoisomerization dynamics of stilbene (SB). It is found that the reaction path from the Franck-Condon structure of cis-dmSB is oriented toward the 4,4-dihydrophenanthrene (DHP) side from the beginning, which is in contrast to the case of SB where the pathway is oriented toward the twist-side in the initial stage...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Aala Jaberi, Bhavna Seth, Devin Steenkamp, Sara Alexanian, Steven C Borkan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Clinical Diabetes: a Publication of the American Diabetes Association
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