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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644905/a-realistic-phantom-for-validating-mri-based-synthetic-ct-images-of-the-human-skull
#1
Abraam S Soliman, Levi Burns, Amir Owrangi, Young Lee, William Y Song, Greg Stanisz, Brige P Chugh
PURPOSE: To introduce a new realistic human skull phantom for the validation of synthetic CT images of cortical bone from ultra-short echo-time (UTE) sequences. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A human skull of an adult female was utilized as a realistic representation of skull cortical bone. The skull was stabilized in a special acrylic container and was filled with contrast agents that have T1 and T2 relaxation times similar to human brain. The phantom was MR scanned at 3T with UTE and T2 -weighted sequences, followed by CT...
June 23, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644897/trpa1-and-trpv1-contribute-to-propofol-mediated-antagonism-of-u46619-induced-constriction-in-murine-coronary-arteries
#2
Pritam Sinharoy, Ian N Bratz, Sayantani Sinha, Loral E Showalter, Spencer R Andrei, Derek S Damron
BACKGROUND: Transient receptor potential (TRP) ion channels have emerged as key components contributing to vasoreactivity. Propofol, an anesthetic is associated with adverse side effects including hypotension and acute pain upon infusion. Our objective was to determine the extent to which TRPA1 and/or TRPV1 ion channels are involved in mediating propofol-induced vasorelaxation of mouse coronary arterioles in vitro and elucidate the potential cellular signal transduction pathway by which this occurs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644828/a-mutant-of-chlamydomonas-without-lhcsr-maintains-high-rates-of-photosynthesis-but-has-reduced-cell-division-rates-in-sinusoidal-light-conditions
#3
Michael Cantrell, Graham Peers
The LHCSR protein belongs to the light harvesting complex family of pigment-binding proteins found in oxygenic photoautotrophs. Previous studies have shown that this complex is required for the rapid induction and relaxation of excess light energy dissipation in a wide range of eukaryotic algae and moss. The ability of cells to rapidly regulate light harvesting between this dissipation state and one favoring photochemistry is believed to be important for reducing oxidative stress and maintaining high photosynthetic efficiency in a rapidly changing light environment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644673/limitations-of-particle-based-spasers
#4
Günter Kewes, Kathrin Herrmann, Rogelio Rodríguez-Oliveros, Alexander Kuhlicke, Oliver Benson, Kurt Busch
We present a semiclassical analytic model for spherical core-shell surface plasmon lasers. Within this model, we drop the widely used one-mode approximations in favor of fully electromagnetic Mie theory. This allows for incorporation of realistic gain relaxation rates that so far are massively underestimated. Especially, higher order modes can undermine and even reverse the beneficial effects of the strong Purcell effect in such systems. Our model gives a clear view on gain and resonator requirements, as well as on the output characteristics that will help experimenters to design more efficient particle-based spasers...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644655/formation-of-vacancies-in-si-and-ge-based-clathrates-role-of-electron-localization-and-symmetry-breaking
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Amrita Bhattacharya, Christian Carbogno, Bodo Böhme, Michael Baitinger, Yuri Grin, Matthias Scheffler
The formation of framework vacancies in Si- and Ge-based type-I clathrates is studied using density-functional theory as a function of filling the cages with K and Ba atoms. Our analysis reveals the relevance of structural disorder, geometric relaxation, and electronic saturation as well as vibrational and configurational entropy. In the Si clathrates, we find that vacancies are unstable, but very differently, in Ge clathrates, up to three vacancies per unit cell can be stabilized. This contrasting behavior is largely driven by the different energy gain on populating the electronic vacancy states, which originates from the different degree of localization of the valence orbitals of Si and Ge...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644642/probing-electron-phonon-interaction-through-two-photon-interference-in-resonantly-driven-semiconductor-quantum-dots
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Antoine Reigue, Jake Iles-Smith, Fabian Lux, Léonard Monniello, Mathieu Bernard, Florent Margaillan, Aristide Lemaitre, Anthony Martinez, Dara P S McCutcheon, Jesper Mørk, Richard Hostein, Valia Voliotis
We investigate the temperature dependence of photon coherence properties through two-photon interference (TPI) measurements from a single quantum dot (QD) under resonant excitation. We show that the loss of indistinguishability is related only to the electron-phonon coupling and is not affected by spectral diffusion. Through these measurements and a complementary microscopic theory, we identify two independent separate decoherence processes, both of which are associated with phonons. Below 10 K, we find that the relaxation of the vibrational lattice is the dominant contribution to the loss of TPI visibility...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644641/emergent-weyl-fermion-excitations-in-tap-explored-by-181-ta-quadrupole-resonance
#7
H Yasuoka, T Kubo, Y Kishimoto, D Kasinathan, M Schmidt, B Yan, Y Zhang, H Tou, C Felser, A P Mackenzie, M Baenitz
The ^{181}Ta quadrupole resonance [nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR)] technique is utilized to investigate the microscopic magnetic properties of the Weyl semimetal TaP. We find three zero-field NQR signals associated with the transition between the quadrupole split levels for Ta with I=7/2 nuclear spin. A quadrupole coupling constant, ν_{Q}=19.250  MHz, and an asymmetric parameter of the electric field gradient, η=0.423, are extracted, in good agreement with band structure calculations. In order to examine the magnetic excitations, the temperature dependence of the spin-lattice relaxation rate (1/T_{1}T) is measured for the f_{2} line (±5/2↔±3/2 transition)...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644632/mott-transition-in-the-a15-phase-of-cs_-3-c_-60-absence-of-a-pseudogap-and-charge-order
#8
H Alloul, P Wzietek, T Mito, D Pontiroli, M Aramini, M Riccò, J P Itie, E Elkaim
We present a detailed NMR study of the insulator-to-metal transition induced by an applied pressure p in the A15 phase of Cs_{3}C_{60}. We evidence that the insulating antiferromagnetic (AFM) and superconducting (SC) phases coexist only in a narrow p range. At fixed p, in the metallic state above the SC transition T_{c}, the ^{133}Cs and ^{13}C NMR spin-lattice relaxation data are seemingly governed by a pseudogaplike feature. We prove that this feature, also seen in the ^{133}Cs NMR shift data, is rather a signature of the Mott transition which broadens and smears out progressively for increasing (p,T)...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643794/enrichment-of-low-frequency-functional-variants-revealed-by-whole-genome-sequencing-of-multiple-isolated-european-populations
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Yali Xue, Massimo Mezzavilla, Marc Haber, Shane McCarthy, Yuan Chen, Vagheesh Narasimhan, Arthur Gilly, Qasim Ayub, Vincenza Colonna, Lorraine Southam, Christopher Finan, Andrea Massaia, Himanshu Chheda, Priit Palta, Graham Ritchie, Jennifer Asimit, George Dedoussis, Paolo Gasparini, Aarno Palotie, Samuli Ripatti, Nicole Soranzo, Daniela Toniolo, James F Wilson, Richard Durbin, Chris Tyler-Smith, Eleftheria Zeggini
The genetic features of isolated populations can boost power in complex-trait association studies, and an in-depth understanding of how their genetic variation has been shaped by their demographic history can help leverage these advantageous characteristics. Here, we perform a comprehensive investigation using 3,059 newly generated low-depth whole-genome sequences from eight European isolates and two matched general populations, together with published data from the 1000 Genomes Project and UK10K. Sequencing data give deeper and richer insights into population demography and genetic characteristics than genotype-chip data, distinguishing related populations more effectively and allowing their functional variants to be studied more fully...
June 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643702/surface-magnetism-of-l1-sub-0-sub-copt-alloy-first-principles-predictions
#10
Zhenyu Liu, Guofeng Wang
We used the first-principles density functional theory (DFT) to predict the magnetic properties of (100), (001), (101), (110), and (111) surfaces of L10 ordered CoPt alloy. Our results indicate that bulk-terminated CoPt surfaces exhibit magnetic moment higher than that of bulk CoPt crystal and surface magnetic anisotropy favoring in-plane magnetization. Moreover, our DFT calculations predict that Pt prefers to segregate to the outermost layer of all these five CoPt surfaces with energy gain in the range of 0...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643699/nonequilibrium-ferroelectric-ferroelastic-10%C3%A2-nm-nanodomains-wrinkles-period-doubling-and-power-law-relaxation
#11
James F Scott, Donald M Evans, Ram S Katiyar, Raymond G P McQuaid, J Marty Gregg
Since the 1935 work of Landau-Lifshitz and of Kittel in 1946 all ferromagnetic, ferroelectric, and ferroelastic domains have been thought to be straight-sided with domain widths proportional to the square root of the sample thickness. We show in the present work that this is not true. We also discover period doubling domains predicted by Metaxas et al (2008 Phys. Rev. Lett. 99 217208) and modeled by Wang and Zhao (2015 Sci. Rep. 5 8887). We examine non-equilibrium ferroic domain structures in perovskite oxides with respect to folding, wrinkling, and relaxation and suggest that structures are kinetically limited and in the viscous flow regime predicted by Metaxas et al in 2008 but never observed experimentally...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643698/phonon-limited-electronic-transport-in-pb
#12
Florian Rittweger, Nicki Frank Hinsche, Ingrid Mertig
We present a fully <i>ab initio</i> based scheme to compute electronic transport properties, i.e. the electrical conductivity σ and thermopower <i>S</i>, in the presence of electron-phonon interaction. We explicitly investigate the <b>k</b>-dependent structure of the Éliashberg spectral function, the coupling strength, the linewidth and the relaxation time τ. We obtain a state-dependent τ and show its necessity to reproduce the increased thermopower for temperatures below the Debye temperature, without accounting for the phonon-drag effect...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643695/highly-fluorescent-and-superparamagnetic-nanosystem-for-biomedical-applications
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Mariana P Cabrera, Paulo E Cabral Filho, Camila M C M Silva, Rita M Oliveira, Carlos F G C Geraldes, M Margarida C A Castro, Benilde F O Costa, Marta S C Henriques, José A Paixão, Luiz B Carvalho, Beate S Santos, Fernando Hallwass, Adriana Fontes, Giovannia A L Pereira
This work reports on highly fluorescent and superparamagnetic bimodal nanoparticles (BNPs) obtained by a simple and efficient method as probes for fluorescence analysis and/or contrast agents for MRI. These promising BNPs with small dimensions (ca. 17 nm) consist of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) covalently bound with CdTe quantum dots (ca. 3 nm). The chemical structure of the magnetic part of BNPs is predominantly magnetite, with minor goethite and maghemite contributions, as shown by Mössbauer spectroscopy, which is compatible with the x-ray diffraction data...
July 14, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643436/emotional-awareness-and-expression-training-improves-irritable-bowel-syndrome-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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E R Thakur, H J Holmes, N A Lockhart, J N Carty, M S Ziadni, H K Doherty, J M Lackner, H Schubiner, M A Lumley
BACKGROUND: Current clinical guidelines identify several psychological treatments for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS patients, however, have elevated trauma, life stress, relationship conflicts, and emotional avoidance, which few therapies directly target. We tested the effects of emotional awareness and expression training (EAET) compared to an evidence-based comparison condition-relaxation training-and a waitlist control condition. METHODS: Adults with IBS (N=106; 80% female, Mean age=36 years) were randomized to EAET, relaxation training, or waitlist control...
June 22, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643383/multiecho-pseudo-golden-angle-stack-of-stars-thermometry-with-high-spatial-and-temporal-resolution-using-k-space-weighted-image-contrast
#15
Bryant T Svedin, Allison Payne, Bradley D Bolster, Dennis L Parker
PURPOSE: Implement and evaluate a 3D MRI method to measure temperature changes with high spatial and temporal resolution and large field of view. METHODS: A multiecho pseudo-golden angle stack-of-stars (SOS) sequence with k-space weighted image contrast (KWIC) reconstruction was implemented to simultaneously measure multiple quantities, including temperature, initial signal magnitude M(0), transverse relaxation time ( T2*), and water/fat images. Respiration artifacts were corrected using self-navigation...
June 22, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643218/empagliflozin-improves-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-in-a-genetic-model-of-type-2-diabetes
#16
Nadjib Hammoudi, Dongtak Jeong, Rajvir Singh, Ahmed Farhat, Michel Komajda, Eric Mayoux, Roger Hajjar, Djamel Lebeche
PURPOSE: Cardiovascular (CV) diseases in type 2 diabetes (T2DM) represent an enormous burden with high mortality and morbidity. Sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors have recently emerged as a new antidiabetic class that improves glucose control, as well as body weight and blood pressure with no increased risk of hypoglycemia. The first CV outcome study terminated with empagliflozin, a specific SGLT2 inhibitor, has shown a reduction in CV mortality and in heart failure hospitalization, suggesting a beneficial impact on cardiac function which remains to be demonstrated...
June 22, 2017: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643192/on-the-kinetics-of-body-versus-end-evaporation-and-addition-of-supramolecular-polymers
#17
Nitin S Tiwari, Paul van der Schoot
The kinetics of the self-assembly of supramolecular polymers is dictated by how monomers, dimers, trimers etc., attach to and detach from each other. It is for this reasons that researchers have proposed a plethora of pathways to explain the kinetics of various self-assembling supramolecules, including sulfur, linear micelles, living polymers and protein fibrils. Recent observations hint at the importance of a hitherto ignored molecular aggregation pathway that we refer to as "body evaporation and addition"...
June 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642993/impact-of-left-ventricular-longitudinal-functional-mechanics-on-the-progression-of-diastolic-function-in-diabetes-mellitus
#18
Yasuhide Mochizuki, Hidekazu Tanaka, Kensuke Matsumoto, Hiroyuki Sano, Hiroyuki Shimoura, Junichi Ooka, Takuma Sawa, Yoshiki Motoji, Keiko Ryo-Koriyama, Yushi Hirota, Wataru Ogawa, Ken-Ichi Hirata
Left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction and longitudinal systolic dysfunction were identified in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM). This study's aim was to investigate the impact of LV longitudinal systolic function on LV diastolic function in DM patients with preserved LV ejection fraction (LVEF). We studied 177 DM patients with preserved LVEF (all ≥50%), and 82 age-, gender- and LVEF-matched healthy volunteers as control. Global longitudinal strain (GLS) was defined as the average peak strain of 18 segments from standard apical views, GLS <18% as subclinical LV systolic dysfunction (LVSD), and LV dispersion as the standard deviation of time-to-peak strain from the same views...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642988/development-of-pulmonary-hypertension-during-treatment-with-diazoxide-a-case-series-and-literature-review
#19
Matthew R Timlin, Alexander B Black, Heather M Delaney, Renée I Matos, Candace S Percival
Congenital hyperinsulinism (CHI) is the most common cause of persistent hypoglycemia in infancy. The mainstay of medical management for CHI is diazoxide. Diazoxide inhibits insulin release from the pancreas, but also causes smooth muscle relaxation and fluid retention so it is typically given with chlorothiazide. In July 2015, the FDA issued a drug safety communication warning that pulmonary hypertension (PH) had been reported in 11 infants being treated with diazoxide and that the PH resolved with withdrawal of diazoxide...
June 22, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642706/toll-like-receptor-4-modulates-small-intestine-neuromuscular-function-through-nitrergic-and-purinergic-pathways
#20
Valentina Caputi, Ilaria Marsilio, Silvia Cerantola, Mona Roozfarakh, Isabella Lante, Francesca Galuppini, Massimo Rugge, Eleonora Napoli, Cecilia Giulivi, Genny Orso, Maria Cecilia Giron
Objective: Toll-like receptors (TLRs) play a pivotal role in the homeostatic microflora-host crosstalk. TLR4-mediated modulation of both motility and enteric neuronal survival has been reported mainly for colon with limited information on the role of TLR4 in tuning structural and functional integrity of enteric nervous system (ENS) and in controlling small bowel motility. Methods: Male TLR4 knockout (TLR4(-/-), 9 ± 1 weeks old) and sex- and age-matched wild-type (WT) C57BL/6J mice were used for the experiments...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
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