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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782014/identification-of-cyclin-dependent-kinase-1-specific-phosphorylation-sites-by-an-in-vitro-kinase-assay
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Heying Cui, Kyle M Loftus, Crystal R Noell, Sozanne R Solmaz
Cyclin-dependent kinase 1 (Cdk1) is a master controller for the cell cycle in all eukaryotes and phosphorylates an estimated 8 - 13% of the proteome; however, the number of identified targets for Cdk1, particularly in human cells is still low. The identification of Cdk1-specific phosphorylation sites is important, as they provide mechanistic insights into how Cdk1 controls the cell cycle. Cell cycle regulation is critical for faithful chromosome segregation, and defects in this complicated process lead to chromosomal aberrations and cancer...
May 3, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781931/ultrasound-assessment-of-ice-ball-formation-by-cryoneurolysis-device-in-an-ex-vivo-model
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Adrian Kastler, Hannes Gruber, Elke Gizewski, Alexander Loizides
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Real-time ice-ball formation during cryoneurolysis has sparsely been assessed with ultrasound (US). Cryoneurolysis in lower back pain syndrome represents a validated management option in cases of facet joint syndrome. Ultrasound may be a useful tool to perform facet joint cryodenervation. The objective of this study was to assess, ex vivo, the ability of US to assess the ice-ball formation of a cryoneurolysis device. METHODS: Ultrasound assessment of the ice-ball depiction was done using chicken muscle at 22°C in which several freezing cycles were performed with both 2...
May 17, 2018: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778384/association-of-birth-defects-with-the-mode-of-assisted-reproductive-technology-in-a-chinese-data-linkage-cohort
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Hui-Ting Yu, Qing Yang, Xiao-Xi Sun, Guo-Wu Chen, Nai-Si Qian, Ren-Zhi Cai, Han-Bing Guo, Chun-Fang Wang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of assisted reproductive technology (ART) on the offspring of Chinese population. DESIGN: Retrospective, data-linkage cohort. SETTING: Not applicable. PATIENT(S): Live births resulting from ART or natural conception. INTERVENTION(S): None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Birth defects coded according to ICD-10. RESULT(S): Births after ART were more likely to be female and multiple births, especially after intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)...
May 2018: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778382/comparison-of-the-prevalence-of-chronic-endometritis-as-determined-by-means-of-different-diagnostic-methods-in-women-with-and-without-reproductive-failure
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Yingyu Liu, Xiaoyan Chen, Jin Huang, Chi-Chiu Wang, Mei-Yung Yu, Susan Laird, Tin-Chiu Li
OBJECTIVE: To compare the prevalence of chronic endometritis (CE) when different diagnostic methods are used. DESIGN: Prospective observational study. SETTING: University-affiliated hospital. PATIENT(S): Four groups of women were studied, including women with proven fertility (Fertile; n = 40), unexplained recurrent miscarriage (RM; n = 93), recurrent implantation failure (RIF; n = 39), and infertile subjects undergoing endometrial scratch in a natural cycle preceding frozen-thawed embryo transfer (Infertility; n = 48)...
May 2018: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777196/single-measurement-detection-of-individual-cell-ionic-oscillations-using-an-n-type-semiconductor-electrolyte-interface
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Mariusz Pietruszka, Monika Olszewska, Lukasz Machura, Edward Rówiński
Pollen tubes are used as models in studies on the type of tip-growth in plants. They are an example of polarised and rapid growth because pollen tubes are able to quickly invade the flower pistil in order to accomplish fertilisation. How different ionic fluxes are perceived, processed or generated in the pollen tube is still not satisfactorily understood. In order to measure the H+ , K+ , Ca2+ and Cl- fluxes of a single pollen tube, we developed an Electrical Lab on a Photovoltaic-Chip (ELoPvC) on which the evolving cell was immersed in an electrolyte of a germination medium...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775490/monolithic-flexible-vertical-gan-light-emitting-diodes-for-a-transparent-wireless-brain-optical-stimulator
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Han Eol Lee, JeHyuk Choi, Seung Hyun Lee, Minju Jeong, Jung Ho Shin, Daniel J Joe, DoHyun Kim, Chang Wan Kim, Jung Hwan Park, Jae Hee Lee, Daesoo Kim, Chan-Soo Shin, Keon Jae Lee
Flexible inorganic-based micro light-emitting diodes (µLEDs) are emerging as a significant technology for flexible displays, which is an important area for bilateral visual communication in the upcoming Internet of Things era. Conventional flexible lateral µLEDs have been investigated by several researchers, but still have significant issues of power consumption, thermal stability, lifetime, and light-extraction efficiency on plastics. Here, high-performance flexible vertical GaN light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are demonstrated by silver nanowire networks and monolithic fabrication...
May 18, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775481/widespread-anatoxin-a-detection-in-benthic-cyanobacterial-mats-throughout-a-river-network
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Keith Bouma-Gregson, Raphael M Kudela, Mary E Power
Benthic algae fuel summer food webs in many sunlit rivers, and are hotspots for primary and secondary production and biogeochemical cycling. Concerningly, riverine benthic algal assemblages can become dominated by toxic cyanobacteria, threatening water quality and public health. In the Eel River in Northern California, over a dozen dog deaths have been attributed to cyanotoxin poisonings since 2000. During the summers of 2013-2015, we documented spatial and temporal patterns of cyanotoxin concentrations in the watershed, showing widespread distribution of anatoxin-a in benthic cyanobacterial mats...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775293/mitigating-interfacial-potential-drop-of-cathode-solid-electrolyte-via-ionic-conductor-layer-to-enhance-interface-dynamics-for-solid-batteries
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Jia-Yan Liang, Xian-Xiang Zeng, Xu-Dong Zhang, Peng-Fei Wang, Jing-Yuan Ma, Ya-Xia Yin, Xiong-Wei Wu, Yu-Guo Guo, Lijun Wan
The rapid capacity decay caused by the poor contact and large polari-zation at the interface between the cathode and solid electrolytes is still a big challenge to overcome for high-power-density solid batteries. In this study, a superior Li+ conductive transition layer Li1.4Al0.4Ti1.6(PO4)3 is introduced to coat LiNi0.6Co0.2Mn0.2O2, as a model cathode, to mitigate polarization and enhance dynamic characteristics. The critical attribute for such superior dynamics is investigated by the atomic force microscopy with boundary potential analysis, revealing that the formed interfacial transition layer provides a gradual potential slope and sustain-released polarization, and endows the battery with improved cycling stability (90% after 100 cycles) and excellent rate capability (116 mA h g-1 at 2C) at room temperature, which enlightens the comprehension of interface engineering in the future solid batteries systems...
May 18, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775281/highly-stretchable-waterproof-fiber-asymmetric-supercapacitors-in-an-integrated-structure
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Kai Guo, Xianfu Wang, Lintong Hu, Tianyou Zhai, Huiqiao Li, Neng Yu
Fiber supercapacitors have attracted tremendous attention as promising power source candidates for next generation of wearable electronics, which are flexible, stretchable, and washable. Although asymmetric fiber supercapacitors with a high energy density have been achieved, their stretchability is no more than 200%, and they still face mechanical instability and unreliable waterproof structure. This work develops a highly integrated structure for waterproof, highly stretchable and asymmetric fiber-shaped supercapacitor, which is assembled by integrating a helix-shaped asymmetric fiber supercapacitor into a bifunctional polymer...
May 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774899/smartphone-based-rapid-quantification-of-viable-bacteria-by-single-cell-microdroplet-turbidity-imaging
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Xiaonan Cui, Lihui Ren, Yufei Shan, Xixian Wang, Zhenlong Yang, Chunyu Li, Jian Xu, Bo Ma
Standard plate count (SPC) has been recognized as the golden standard for the quantification of viable bacteria. However, SPC usually takes one to several days to grow individual cells into a visible colony, which greatly hampers its application in rapid bacteria enumeration. Here we present a microdroplet turbidity imaging based digital standard plate count (dSPC) method to overcome this hurdle. Instead of cultivating on agar plates, bacteria are encapsulated in monodisperse microdroplets for single-cell cultivation...
May 18, 2018: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773685/simulated-work-loops-predict-maximal-human-cycling-power
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James C Martin, Jennifer A Nichols
Fish, birds, and lizards sometimes perform locomotor activities with maximized muscle power. Whether humans maximize muscular power is unknown because current experimental techniques cannot be applied non-invasively. This study uses simulated muscle work loops to examine whether voluntary maximal cycling is characterized by maximized muscle power. The simulated work loops leverage experimentally measured joint angles, anatomically realistic muscle parameters (muscle-tendon lengths, velocities, and moment arms), and a published muscle model to calculate powers and forces for thirty-eight muscles...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773683/adaptive-control-of-dynamic-balance-in-human-gait-on-a-split-belt-treadmill
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Tom J W Buurke, Claudine J C Lamoth, Danique Vervoort, Lucas H V van der Woude, Rob den Otter
Human bipedal gait is inherently unstable and staying upright requires adaptive control of dynamic balance. Little is known about adaptive control of dynamic balance in reaction to long-term, continuous perturbations. We examined how dynamic balance control adapts to a continuous perturbation in gait, by letting people walk faster with one leg than the other on a treadmill with two belts (i.e. split-belt walking). In addition, we assessed whether changes in mediolateral dynamic balance control coincide with changes in energy use during split-belt adaptation...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771823/residual-force-enhancement-is-attenuated-in-a-shortening-magnitude-dependent-manner
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Atsuki Fukutani, Walter Herzog
INTRODUCTION: The isometric force attained after active stretch is greater than that attained in a purely isometric contraction. This property is referred to as residual force enhancement (RFE). Although RFE is thought to contribute to the enhanced force and power in stretch-shortening cycles (SSCs), it is unclear whether shortening that occurs after active stretch eliminates the RFE induced by active stretch. Therefore, we evaluated the influence of shortening on RFE. METHODS: Skinned rabbit soleus fibers (N = 43) were used for all tests...
May 16, 2018: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771240/power-efficient-self-cleaning-hydrophilic-condenser-surface-for-portable-exhaled-breath-condensate-ebc-metabolomic-sampling
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Konstantin O Zamuruyev, Alexander James Schmidt, Eva Borras, Mitchell M McCartney, Michael Schivo, Nicholas J Kenyon, Jean-Pierre Delplanque, Cristina E Davis
In this work, we present a hydrophilic self-cleaning condenser surface for collection of biological and environmental aerosol samples. The condenser is installed in a battery-operated, hand-held breath sampling device. The device performance is characterized with collection and analysis of exhaled breath samples from a group of volunteers. The exhaled breath condensate is collected on a sub-cooled condenser surface, transferred into a storage vial, and its chemical content is analyzed with mass spectrometric methods...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770521/nicotine-mediated-neuroprotection-of-rat-spinal-networks-against-excitotoxicity
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Jaspreet Kaur, Rossana Rauti, Andrea Nistri
Activation of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) by nicotine is reported to protect brain neurons from glutamate excitotoxicity. We inquired whether a similar phenomenon can occur in the rat isolated spinal cord (or spinal slice culture) challenged by a transient (1 h) application of kainate (a powerful glutamate receptor agonist) to induce excitotoxicity mimicking spinal injury in vitro. We recorded spinal reflexes and fictive locomotion generated by the locomotor central pattern generator before and 24 h after applying kainate...
May 16, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770518/long-life-and-high-power-binder-free-cathode-based-on-one-step-synthesis-of-radical-polymers-with-multi-pendant-groups
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Yaoguang Chen, Yangfan Zhang, Xiu Liu, Xuliang Fan, Bing Bai, Kang Yang, Zhongxin Liang, Zishou Zhang, Kancheng Mai
The main bottlenecks for the widespread application of radical polymers in organic radical batteries are poor cycling stability, due to the dissolution of radical polymers into the electrolyte, and the low efficiency of multi-step synthesis strategies. Herein, a kind of electrolyte-resistant radical polymer bearing multi-pendant groups (poly(ethylene-alt-TEMPO maleate) (PETM)) is designed and synthesized through a one-step esterification reaction to graft 4-hydroxy-2,2,6,6-teramethylpiperidinyl-1-oxy into the commercially available poly(ethylene-alt-maleic anhydride)...
May 16, 2018: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770501/correlation-between-cycling-power-and-muscle-thickness-in-cyclists
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Hyung-Jin Lee, Kang-Woo Lee, Yong-Woo Lee, Hee-Jin Kim
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to determine the correlation between muscle thickness (MT) and cycling power in varsity cyclists using ultrasonography (US) and to identify any differences in MT between short- and long-distance cyclists. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twelve cyclists participated in this study. Real-time two-dimensional B-mode US was used to measure the MT in the anterior thigh, anterior lower leg, and trunk, especially in the abdominal and lumbar regions...
May 17, 2018: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770356/nonvolatile-infrared-memory-in-mos-2-pbs-van-der-waals-heterostructures
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Qisheng Wang, Yao Wen, Kaiming Cai, Ruiqing Cheng, Lei Yin, Yu Zhang, Jie Li, Zhenxing Wang, Feng Wang, Fengmei Wang, Tofik Ahmed Shifa, Chao Jiang, Hyunsoo Yang, Jun He
Optoelectronic devices for information storage and processing are at the heart of optical communication technology due to their significant applications in optical recording and computing. The infrared radiations of 850, 1310, and 1550 nm with low energy dissipation in optical fibers are typical optical communication wavebands. However, optoelectronic devices that could convert and store the infrared data into electrical signals, thereby enabling optical data communications, have not yet been realized. We report an infrared memory device using MoS2 /PbS van der Waals heterostructures, in which the infrared pulse intrigues a persistent resistance state that hardly relaxes within our experimental time scales (more than 104 s)...
April 2018: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769818/carbohydrate-mouth-rinse-and-hydration-strategies-on-cycling-performance-in-30-km-time-trial-a-randomized-crossover-controlled-trial
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Amanda M J Ferreira, Luiz F Farias-Junior, Thaynan A A Mota, Hassan M Elsangedy, Aline Marcadenti, Telma M A M Lemos, Alexandre H Okano, Ana P T Fayh
The aim of this study was to investigate whether carbohydrate mouth rinse (CMR) improves physical performance of cyclists during a 30-km time trial test and its influence on water balance compared to other strategies of fluid intake. Eleven recreationally trained male cyclists completed a 30 km time trial cycle ergometer under three experimental interventions: (a) CMR, (b) drinking to replace all weight loss (DWL), and (c) drinking "ad libitum" (DAL). Time to complete the 30 km time trial, heart rate, average power, velocity, weight loss, urine color, urine density and pH were evaluated...
June 2018: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769592/unsaturation-of-vapour-pressure-inside-leaves-of-two-conifer-species
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Lucas A Cernusak, Nerea Ubierna, Michael W Jenkins, Steven R Garrity, Thom Rahn, Heath H Powers, David T Hanson, Sanna Sevanto, Suan Chin Wong, Nate G McDowell, Graham D Farquhar
Stomatal conductance (gs ) impacts both photosynthesis and transpiration, and is therefore fundamental to the global carbon and water cycles, food production, and ecosystem services. Mathematical models provide the primary means of analysing this important leaf gas exchange parameter. A nearly universal assumption in such models is that the vapour pressure inside leaves (ei ) remains saturated under all conditions. The validity of this assumption has not been well tested, because so far ei cannot be measured directly...
May 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
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