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Magdalene I Schlesiger, Brittney L Boublil, Jena B Hales, Jill K Leutgeb, Stefan Leutgeb
The high storage capacity of the episodic memory system relies on distinct representations for events that are separated in time and space. The spatial component of these computations includes the formation of independent maps by hippocampal place cells across environments, referred to as global remapping. Such remapping is thought to emerge by the switching of input patterns from specialized spatially selective cells in medial entorhinal cortex (mEC), such as grid and border cells. Although it has been shown that acute manipulations of mEC firing patterns are sufficient for inducing hippocampal remapping, it remains unknown whether specialized spatial mEC inputs are necessary for the reorganization of hippocampal spatial representations...
March 20, 2018: Cell Reports
ByungWan Jo, Rana Muhammad Asad Khan
The implementation of wireless sensor networks (WSNs) for monitoring the complex, dynamic, and harsh environment of underground coal mines (UCMs) is sought around the world to enhance safety. However, previously developed smart systems are limited to monitoring or, in a few cases, can report events. Therefore, this study introduces a reliable, efficient, and cost-effective internet of things (IoT) system for air quality monitoring with newly added features of assessment and pollutant prediction. This system is comprised of sensor modules, communication protocols, and a base station, running Azure Machine Learning (AML) Studio over it...
March 21, 2018: Sensors
Joseph M Kasper, Patrick J Lestrange, Torin F Stetina, Xiaosong Li
X-ray absorption spectroscopy is a powerful technique to probe local electronic and nuclear structure. There has been extensive theoretical work modeling K-edge spectra from first principles. However, modeling L-edge spectra directly with density functional theory poses a unique challenge requiring further study. Spin-orbit coupling must be included in the model and a non-collinear density functional theory is required. Using the real-time exact two-component method we are able to variationally include one-electron spin-orbit coupling terms when calculating the absorption spectrum...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Mindy Elizabeth Hair, Adrianna I Mathis, Erica K Brunelle, Lenka Halámková, Jan Halámek
Sweat is a biological fluid present on the skin surface of every individual and is known to contain amino acids as well as other low molecular weight compounds. Each individual is inherently different from one another based on certain factors including, but not limited to, his/her genetic make-up, environment, and lifestyle. As such, the biochemical composition of each person greatly differs. The concentrations of the biochemical content within an individual's sweat are largely controlled by metabolic processes within the body that fluctuate regularly based on attributes such as age, gender, and activity levels...
March 21, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
E S Radchenko, D V Anokhin, K L Gerasimov, A I Rodygin, A A Rychkov, E D Shabratova, S Grigorian, D A Ivanov
The control of structure formation in the active layers of organic solar cells allows for improvement in their processability and enhancement of the efficiency of the final devices. In the present work, in situ studies of film formation from binary toluene solutions of an electron donor, poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT), and an electron acceptor such as [6,6]-phenyl-C-61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) or indene-C60 bisadduct (ICBA) have been conducted. These experiments were carried out using GIWAXS with simultaneous electric current measurements...
March 21, 2018: Soft Matter
Daniel O'Nolan, David G Madden, Amrit Kumar, Kai-Jie Chen, Tony Pham, Katherine A Forrest, Ewa Patyk-Kazmierczak, Qing-Yuan Yang, Claire A Murray, Chiu C Tang, Brian Space, Michael J Zaworotko
Phases of a 2-fold pcu hybrid ultramicroporous material (HUM), SIFSIX-14-Cu-i, exhibiting 99%, 93%, 89%, and 70% partial interpenetration have been obtained. 1 : 99 C2H2/C2H4 gas separation studies reveal that as the proportion of interpenetrated component decreases, so does the separation performance.
March 21, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Yan-Dong Guo, Hui-Feng Liu, Hong-Li Zeng, Xiao-Hong Yan, Xiao-Chen Song
Unlike graphene nanoribbons, zigzag monolayer hexagonal boron nitride nanoribbons (ZBNNRs) possess two distinct edges (B and N edges). Using first-principles calculations, we investigate the spin-dependent electronic transport of ZBNNRs with edge defects. It is found that the defects could make the system operate as a dual spin filter, where the direction of spin polarization is switched by the defect. Further analysis shows that the transmission eigenchannels for the opposite spins reside spatially separated on opposite edges...
March 21, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Ramadan Abdelaziz, Yasser Abd El-Rahman, Sophie Wilhelm
Chromite is widely distributed in the east and southeast of Afghanistan, especially in Logar Province. Chromite mineralization is podiform-type and is hosted in the stratigraphically lowest ultramafic rocks of the Logar Ophiolite Complex. This ophiolite complex represents a remnant of an early Cretaceous oceanic crust that was thrusted over a late Permian to Mid-Jurassic platform-type sequence of the Kabul Terrane during the Himalayan Orogeny. The ultramafic rocks are composed mainly of dunite and harzburgite, which are variably serpentinized...
February 2018: Heliyon
Paweł Mateusz Nowak, Michał Woźniakiewicz, Paweł Kościelniak
The use of migration times and peak areas referred to another sample component - internal standard, brings many benefits in improving reliability of capillary electrophoresis. However, it is quite commonly overlooked that despite relative migration time and peak area ratio are more stable than the absolute values upon alteration in the flow rate, some shift should always be expected. The present work offers a new look at this analytically-important issue. We have derived a simple model allowing to estimate the magnitude of error for the selected pair of molecules of known mobilities upon the given flow alteration...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
Guoqiang Chen, Alisha Gerrior, Raja Ghosh
In recent papers we have discussed the optimization of design and operating conditions for cuboid packed-bed device for chromatographic separations. The efficiency metrics used in these studies included the number of theoretical plates per unit bed height as well as attributes of flow-through and eluted peaks. These studies were carried out using equivalent columns as benchmarks. The cuboid packed-bed devices consistently outperformed the columns in terms of the above metrics. The current study examines how well, or indeed if at all these superior efficiency metrics translate to superiority in multi-component protein separation...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
Thomas O Muse, Brittany A Zwischenberger, M Troy Miller, Daniel A Borman, Daniel L Davenport, J Scott Roth
Complex ventral hernias remain a challenge for general surgeons despite advances in minimally invasive surgical techniques. This study compares outcomes following Rives-Stoppa (RS) repair, components separation technique with mesh (CST-M) or without mesh (CST), and endoscopic components separation technique (ECST). A retrospective review of patients undergoing open ventral hernia repair between 2006 and 2011 was performed. Analysis included patient demographics, surgical site occurrences, hernia recurrence, hospital readmission, and mortality...
March 1, 2018: American Surgeon
Dawei Cai, Zongjian Liu, Guangqi Kong
BACKGROUND Circular RNAs (circRNAs) have emerged as important regulators in carcinogenesis and metastasis. However, the knowledge of circRNAs in bladder cancer remains limited. This study aimed to investigate the role and mechanism of circRNAs in the development and progression of bladder cancer. MATERIAL AND METHODS Three pairs of bladder carcinomas (including high- and low-grade tumors) and adjacent normal tissues were collected from patients. The total RNAs were extracted from these samples and subjected to Clariom D microarray assays to detect the differentially expressed circRNAs and mRNAs...
March 20, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Tom Loeys, Haeike Josephy, Marieke Dewitte
In hierarchical data, the effect of a lower-level predictor on a lower-level outcome may often be confounded by an (un)measured upper-level factor. When such confounding is left unaddressed, the effect of the lower-level predictor is estimated with bias. Separating this effect into a within- and between-component removes such bias in a linear random intercept model under a specific set of assumptions for the confounder. When the effect of the lower-level predictor is additionally moderated by another lower-level predictor, an interaction between both lower-level predictors is included into the model...
March 20, 2018: Multivariate Behavioral Research
David Roh, Chung-Huan Sun, J Michael Schmidt, Edip Gurol, Santosh Murthy, Soojin Park, Sachin Agarwal, E Sander Connolly, Jan Claassen
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Primary intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) studies often use hematoma location rather than ICH etiologies when assessing outcome. Characterizing ICH using hematoma location is effective/reproducible, but may miss heterogeneity among these ICH locations, particularly lobar ICH where competing primary ICH etiologies are possible. We subsequently investigated baseline characteristics/outcome differences of spontaneous, primary ICH by their etiologies: cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) and hypertension...
March 19, 2018: Neurocritical Care
Xianhua Zhang, Linran Han, Jin Liu, Qiuyue Xu, Yuxin Guo, Wan Zheng, Jian Wang, Xi Huang, Ping Ren
In the present study, the pharmacokinetics of multi-components (naringenin, nobiletin, meranzin hydrate, narirutin, naringin, hesperidin, and neohesperidin) were investigated in acute depressive rats following oral administration of Fructus Aurantii (Zhi-Qiao, ZQ) extract (20 g/kg). A rapid and reliable liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was established to quantitatively or qualitatively analyze the 7 absorbed ingredients in the plasma, hippocampus and cortex of acute depressive rats...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Piya Ghose, Alina Rashid, Peter Insley, Meera Trivedi, Pavak Shah, Anupriya Singhal, Yun Lu, Zhirong Bao, Shai Shaham
Phagocytosis of dying cells is critical in development and immunity1-3 . Although proteins for recognition and engulfment of cellular debris following cell death are known4,5 , proteins that directly mediate phagosome sealing are uncharacterized. Furthermore, whether all phagocytic targets are cleared using the same machinery is unclear. Degeneration of morphologically complex cells, such as neurons, glia and melanocytes, produces phagocytic targets of various shapes and sizes located in different microenvironments6,7 ...
March 19, 2018: Nature Cell Biology
Masaki Murata, Makoto Osanai, Akira Takasawa, Kumi Takasawa, Tomoyuki Aoyama, Yuka Kawada, Akihiro Yamamoto, Yusuke Ono, Yutaro Hiratsuka, Takashi Kojima, Norimasa Sawada
Apical and basolateral cell membranes are separated by tight junctions (TJs). Microvilli are limited to the apical cell membrane. TJs and microvilli are the landmarks for epithelial cell polarity. However, the direct relationship between TJ proteins (TJPs) and the components of microvilli remains unclear. In this study, we investigated whether occludin, which is considered to be a functional TJP, is involved in microvillus formation. In occludin knockout mouse hepatic cells (OcKO cells), the microvillus density was less than that in wild-type (WT) cells and the length of microvilli was short...
March 16, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
John-Peter Ganda Mall, Lina Östlund-Lagerström, Carl Mårten Lindqvist, Samal Algilani, Dara Rasoal, Dirk Repsilber, Robert J Brummer, Åsa V Keita, Ida Schoultz
BACKGROUND: Despite the substantial number of older adults suffering from gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms little is known regarding the character of these complaints and whether they are associated with an altered intestinal barrier function and psychological distress. Our aim was to explore the relationship between self-reported gut health, intestinal permeability and psychological distress among older adults. METHODS: Three study populations were included: 1) older adults with GI symptoms (n = 24), 2) a group of older adults representing the general elderly population in Sweden (n = 22) and 3) senior orienteering athletes as a potential model of healthy ageing (n = 27)...
March 20, 2018: BMC Geriatrics
Amjed Alabresm, Yung Pin Chen, Alan W Decho, Jamie Lead
Releases of crude oil and other types of oil from numerous sources can impose catastrophic physical, chemical, and biological effects on aquatic ecosystems. While currently-used oil removal techniques possess many advantages, they have inherent limitations, including low removal efficiencies and waste disposal challenges. The present study quantified the synergistic interactions of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) coated magnetite nanoparticles (NP) and oil-degrading bacteria for enhanced oil removal at the laboratory scale...
March 2, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Yan-Ru Liu, Zhi-Shu Tang, Jin-Ao Duan, Xiao-Chun Sun, Zhong-Xing Song, Xin-Bo Shi, Yang Lv, Zhao Zhang, Da-Wei Qian
To explore the flavor and meridian tropism classification of Callianthemum taipaicum by principal components analysis(PCA) and partial least square analysis(PLS). Meanwhile,to establish a high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry(HPLC-ESI-MS) method for the simultaneous determination of 55 active components from 13 kinds of Ranunculaceae of Chinese traditional herbs. Samples were separated on HPLC system by Agilent 5 TC-C₁₈(2)(4.6 mm×250 mm,5 μm)column and eluted with acetonitrile and 0...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
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