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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445778/the-impact-of-bilateral-vagotomy-on-the-physostigmine-induced-airway-constriction-in-ferrets
#1
Burim Neziri, Armond Daci, Shaip Krasniqi, Ramadan Sopi, Musa A Haxhiu
Vagal innervations have a great role in the respiratory function and are the main route of signal transmission from respiratory neural centers into the trachea and others conducting airways. We have investigated the role of central mechanisms related to vagal neural pathways and the cholinergic outflow in tracheobronchial smooth muscle tone and lung mechanics parameters. Parameters of lung mechanics such as lung resistance (RL), dynamic compliance (Cdyn) and pressure in bypassed tracheal segment (Ptseg) were measured before and after vagotomy and asphyxia test...
April 23, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445637/control-of-charge-carriers-trapping-and-relaxation-in-hematite-by-oxygen-vacancy-charge-ab-initio-non-adiabatic-molecular-dynamics
#2
Zhaohui Zhou, Jin Liu, Run Long, Linqiu Li, Liejin Guo, Oleg V Prezhdo
Ultrafast charge recombination in hematite (α-Fe2O3) severely limits its applications in solar energy conversion and utilization, for instance, in photo-electrochemical water splitting. We report the first time-domain ab initio study of charge relaxation dynamics in α-Fe2O3 with and without the oxygen vacancy (Ov) defect, using non-adiabatic molecular dynamics implemented within time-dependent density functional theory. The simulations show that the hole trapping is the rate-limiting step in the electron-hole recombination process for both neutral and ionized Ov systems...
April 26, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445366/biomechanical-integrity-in-craniofacial-surgery-calvarial-reconstruction-in-favorable-and-infected-defects-with-bone-morphogenetic-protein-2
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Zoe M MacIsaac, Sarah E Henderson, Sameer Shakir, Sanjay Naran, Darren M Smith, Liliana Camison, James J Cray, Alejandro J Almarza, Gregory M Cooper, Joseph E Losee
BACKGROUND: The limitations of autologous and alloplastic reconstruction for craniofacial bone defects have created a clinical need for viable tissue-engineering strategies. Recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) has shown promise in this setting. The aim of this study was to determine the long-term biomechanical properties of rhBMP-2-mediated calvarial reconstruction. METHODS: Twelve-week-old New Zealand White rabbits underwent subtotal calvarectomy...
May 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445058/non-ideal-behavior-of-glass-and-crystal
#4
Yashika Sharma, Sevi Murugavel
We report deviations from an ideal behavior of binary chalcogenide glass composition Ge20Te80 with respect to its quenching rate on mass density and thermal parameters including glass transition temperature. In an ideal glass, the increase in quenching rate will decrease the characteristic relaxation time and correspondingly shift in the glass transition temperature (Tg) to higher temperature and result in lower density. This, however, holds only when the liquid structure remains same as in equilibrium glass structure independent of their quenching rate...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445055/the-molecular-mechanism-of-overhauser-dynamic-nuclear-polarization-in-insulating-solids
#5
Svetlana Pylaeva, Konstantin L Ivanov, Marc Baldus, Daniel Sebastiani, Hossam Elgabarty
Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP), a technique that significantly enhances NMR signals, is experiencing a renaissance owing to enormous methodological developments. In the heart of DNP is a polarization transfer mechanism that endows nuclei with the much larger electronic spin polarization. Polarization transfer via the Overhauser effect is traditionally known to be operative only in liquids and conducting solids. Very recently, surprisingly strong Overhauser effect DNP in insulating solids has been reported, with a DNP efficiency that increases with the magnetic field strength...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444988/inhibitory-action-of-oxytocin-on-spontaneous-contraction-of-rat-distal-colon-by-nitrergic-mechanism-involvement-of-cyclic-gmp-and-apamin-sensitive-k-channels
#6
R Wang, M T Han, X L Lv, Y A Yu, S Q Chai, C M Qu, C Y Liu
AIM: The mechanisms underlying the inhibitory effects of oxytocin (OT) on colon tone are not totally understood. We explore the mechanisms of OT on spontaneous contractility in rat distal colon, and identify the mediators involved in this action. METHODS: In rat distal colon strips, mechanical activity was analyzed and the production of nitric oxide (NO) in tissue loaded with the fluorochrome DAF-FM was visualized by confocal microscopy. OT receptor (OTR) expression was determined by western blotting and immunofluorescence...
April 26, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444914/dynamic-nuclear-polarization-studies-on-deuterated-nitroxyl-spin-probes
#7
David Jebaraj D, Hideo Utsumi, Milton Franklin Benial A
Detailed dynamic nuclear polarization and electron spin resonance studies were carried out for 3-carbamoyl-2,2,5,5-tetramethyl-pyrrolidine-1-oxyl, 3-carboxy-2,2,5,5-tetramethyl-pyrrolidine-1-oxyl,3-methoxycarbonyl-2,2,5,5-tetramethy pyrolidine-1-oxyl nitroxyl radicals and their corresponding deuterated nitroxyl radicals, used in Overhauser-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging for the first time. The dynamic nuclear polarization parameters such as DNP factor, longitudinal relaxivity, saturation parameter, leakage factor and coupling factor were estimated for deuterated nitroxyl radicals...
April 26, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry: MRC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444807/rkip-lessons-of-a-better-way-for-%C3%AE-adrenergic-receptor-activation-in-the-heart
#8
Kristina Lorenz, Marsha Rich Rosner, Theresa Brand, Joachim P Schmitt
Stimulation of β-adrenergic receptors (βAR) provides the most efficient physiological mechanism to enhance contraction and relaxation of the heart. Activation of βAR allows rapid enhancement of myocardial function in order to fuel the muscles for running and fighting in a fight-or-flight response. Likewise, βAR get activated during cardiovascular disease in an attempt to counteract the restrictions of cardiac output. However, long-term stimulation of βAR increases the likelihood of cardiac arrhythmias, adverse ventricular remodelling, decline of cardiac performance and premature death, thereby limiting the use of βAR agonists in the treatment of heart failure...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444763/manganese-concentration-mapping-in-the-rat-brain-with-mri-pet-and-autoradiography
#9
Geoffrey J Topping, Andrew Yung, Paul Schaffer, Cornelia Hoehr, Rick Kornelsen, Piotr Kozlowski, Vesna Sossi
PURPOSE: Mn(2+) is used a contrast agent and marker for neuronal activity with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in rats and mice, but its accumulation is generally not assessed quantitatively. In this work, non-radioactive Mn and (52) Mn are injected simultaneously in rats, and imaged with MRI, positron emission tomography (PET) and autoradiography (AR). Mn distributions are compared between modalities, to assess the potential and limitations on quantification of Mn with MRI, and to investigate the potential of multimodal measurement of Mn accumulation...
April 26, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444695/exercise-therapy-for-chronic-fatigue-syndrome
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REVIEW
Lillebeth Larun, Kjetil G Brurberg, Jan Odgaard-Jensen, Jonathan R Price
BACKGROUND: Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterised by persistent, medically unexplained fatigue, as well as symptoms such as musculoskeletal pain, sleep disturbance, headaches and impaired concentration and short-term memory. CFS presents as a common, debilitating and serious health problem. Treatment may include physical interventions, such as exercise therapy, which was last reviewed in 2004. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review was to determine the effects of exercise therapy (ET) for patients with CFS as compared with any other intervention or control...
April 25, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444548/post-effect-of-air-quality-improvement-on-biomarkers-for-systemic-inflammation-and-microparticles-in-asthma-patients-after-the-2008-beijing-olympic-games-a-pilot-study
#11
Jinming Gao, Xiaohua Xu, Zhekang Ying, Lei Jiang, Mianhua Zhong, Aixia Wang, Lung-Chi Chen, Bo Lu, Qinghua Sun
This study's aim was to investigate the post-effect of an air quality improvement on systemic inflammation and circulating microparticles in asthmatic patients during, and 2 months after, the Beijing Olympics 2008. We measured the levels of circulating inflammatory cytokines and microparticles in the peripheral blood from asthma patients and healthy controls during (phase 1), and 2 months after (phase 2) the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The concentrations of circulating cytokines (including TNFα, IL-6, IL-8, and IL-10) were still seen reduced in phase 2 when compared with those in phase 1...
April 25, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443955/a-single-resistance-exercise-session-improves-aortic-endothelial-function-in-hypertensive-rats
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Thaís de Oliveira Faria, Jhuli Keli Angeli, Luiz Guilherme Marchesi Mello, Gustavo Costa Pinto, Ivanita Stefanon, Dalton Valentim Vassallo, Juliana Hott de Fúcio Lizardo
BACKGROUND: Physical exercise is an important tool for the improvement of endothelial function. OBJECTIVE: To assess the effects of acute dynamic resistance exercise on the endothelial function of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). METHODS: Ten minutes after exercise, the aorta was removed to evaluate the expression of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), phosphorylated endothelial nitric oxide synthase (p-eNOS1177) and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and to generate concentration-response curves to acetylcholine (ACh) and to phenylephrine (PHE)...
March 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443922/friction-lubrication-and-in-situ-mechanics-of-poroelastic-cellulose-hydrogels
#13
G K Dolan, G E Yakubov, M R Bonilla, P Lopez-Sanchez, J R Stokes
The tribology between biphasic materials is challenging to predict and interpret due to the interrelationship between mechanical properties, microstructure and movement of the fluid phase contained within. A new approach is presented to deconvolute these effects for cellulose hydrogels, which have a fibrous network that is akin to the microstructure of articular cartilage and plant cell walls. This is achieved by developing a tribo-rheological technique that uniquely incorporates in situ mechanical characterisation (compression-relaxation and small amplitude oscillatory shear) immediately prior to measuring the tribological response between pairs of hydrogels...
April 26, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443917/hydrogen-purification-performance-of-a-nanoporous-hexagonal-boron-nitride-membrane-molecular-dynamics-and-first-principle-simulations
#14
Masoud Darvish Ganji, Razieh Dodangeh
Membranes have attracted much attention for the efficient separation of gas mixtures, due to their specific structural and unique properties. In this work, density functional theory (DFT) and molecular dynamic (MD) simulations have been employed to evaluate the performance of nanoporous hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) monolayers for hydrogen purification. Various porous membranes were designed, and full structural relaxation was carried out by using DFT calculations and then MD simulations to investigate the H2 purification performance of the nanoporous h-BN membranes...
April 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443910/spin-state-variability-in-fe-2-complexes-of-substituted-2-pyridin-2-yl-1-10-phenanthroline-ligands-as-versatile-terpyridine-analogues
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Holm Petzold, Paul Djomgoue, Gerald Hörner, Silvio Heider, Charles Lochenie, Birgit Weber, Tobias Rüffer, Dieter Schaarschmidt
Fe(2+) spin crossover complexes [Fe(L)2](2+) (L = 2-(6-R(1)-pyridin-2-yl)-1,10-phenanthroline with R(1) = H, methoxy, bromo, -(1H-pyrazol-1-yl) or L = 2-(3-methoxy-pyridin-2-yl)-1,10-phenanthroline) were prepared. These air stable and durable complexes show SCO behaviour with very different transition temperatures T1/2 ranging from 130 K to 600 K depending on the substitution pattern. The use of (1)H NMR spectroscopy to elucidate the thermodynamics and kinetics of SCO in a solution of this series is described in detail...
April 26, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443887/metal-ion-induced-supramolecular-pka-tuning-and-fluorescence-regeneration-of-a-p-sulfonatocalixarene-encapsulated-neutral-red-dye
#16
M N Shinde, R Khurana, N Barooah, A C Bhasikuttan, J Mohanty
The host-guest interactions and the consequent modulation in the prototropic equilibrium of a phenazine dye, neutral red, with p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene (SCX4) and p-sulfonatocalix[6]arene (SCX6) macrocyclic hosts have been investigated. Both the neutral (NR) and cationic (NRH(+)) forms of dyes formed inclusion complexes with SCX6, with a larger binding constant for the latter (K = 8.6 × 10(5) M(-1)versus 4.8 × 10(3) M(-1)) due to the cation receptor behavior of the calixarenes. The distinct differences in the binding constant of NR and NRH(+) provided a finite tuning of pKa between 6...
April 26, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443673/fluorescent-probes-and-selective-inhibitors-for-biological-studies-of-h2s-and-polysulfide-mediated-signaling
#17
Yoko Takano, Honami Echizen, Kenjiro Hanaoka
SIGNIFICANCE: Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) plays roles in many physiological processes, including relaxation of vascular smooth muscles, mediation of neurotransmission, inhibition of insulin signaling, and regulation of inflammation. Also, hydropersulfide (R-S-SH) and polysulfide (-S-Sn-S-) have recently been identified as reactive sulfur species (RSS) that regulate the bioactivities of multiple proteins via S-sulfhydration of cysteine residues (protein Cys-SSH) and show the cytoprotection...
April 26, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443602/fundamental-limits-on-the-electron-mobility-of-i-%C3%AE-i-ga-sub-2-sub-o-sub-3-sub
#18
Youngho Kang, Karthik Krishnaswamy, Hartwin Peelaers, Chris Van de Walle
We perform first-principles calculations to investigate the electronic and vibrational spectra and the electron mobility of <i>β</i>-Ga<sub>2</sub>O<sub>3</sub>. We calculate the electron-phonon scattering rate of the polar optical phonon modes using the Vogl model in conjunction with Fermi's golden rule; this enables us to fully take the anisotropic phonon spectra of the monoclinic lattice of <i>β</i>-Ga<sub>2</sub>O<sub>3</sub> into account...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443329/direct-hyperpolarization-of-nitrogen-15-in-aqueous-media-with-parahydrogen-in-reversible-exchange
#19
Johannes F P Colell, Meike Emondts, Angus W J Logan, Kun Shen, Junu Bae, Roman V Shchepin, Gerardo X Ortiz, Peter Spannring, Qiu Wang, Steven J Malcolmson, Eduard Y Chekmenev, Martin C Feiters, Floris P J T Rutjes, Bernhard Bluemich, Thomas Theis, Warren S Warren
Signal Amplification By Reversible Exchange (SABRE) is an inexpensive, fast, and even continuous hyperpolarization technique that uses para-hydrogen as hyperpolarization source. However, current SABRE faces a number of stumbling blocks for translation to biochemical and clinical settings. Difficulties include inefficient polarization in in water, relatively short lived (1)H-polarization, and relatively limited substrate scope. Here we use a water soluble polarization transfer catalyst to hyperpolarize nitrogen-15 in a variety of molecules with SABRE-SHEATH (SABRE in Shield Enables Alignment Transfer to Heteronuclei)...
April 26, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443180/terpenes-from-forests-and-human-health
#20
REVIEW
Kyoung Sang Cho, Young-Ran Lim, Kyungho Lee, Jaeseok Lee, Jang Ho Lee, Im-Soon Lee
Forest bathing has beneficial effects on human health via showering of forest aerosols as well as physical relaxation. Terpenes that consist of multiple isoprene units are the largest class of organic compounds produced by various plants, and one of the major components of forest aerosols. Traditionally, terpene-containing plant oil has been used to treat various diseases without knowing the exact functions or the mechanisms of action of the individual bioactive compounds. This review categorizes various terpenes easily obtained from forests according to their anti-inflammatory, anti-tumorigenic, or neuroprotective activities...
April 2017: Toxicological Research
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