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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088678/three-dimensional-lumbar-segment-movement-characteristics-during-paediatric-cerebral-palsy-gait
#1
D Kiernan, A Malone, T O'Brien, C K Simms
Kinematic analysis of the trunk during cerebral palsy (CP) gait has been well described. In contrast, movement of the lumbar spine is generally ignored. This is most likely due to the complex nature of the spine. As an alternative to using complex sensor protocols, this study modelled the lumbar region as a single segment and investigated characteristic patterns of movement during CP gait. In addition, the impact of functional level of impairment and the relationship with lower lumbar spinal loading were examined...
January 3, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088328/altered-myocyte-contractility-and-calcium-homeostasis-in-alpha-myosin-heavy-chain-point-mutations-linked-to-familial-dilated-cardiomyopathy
#2
Matthew Klos, Lakshmi Mundada, Indroneal Banerjee, Sherry Morgenstern, Stephanie Myers, Michael Leone, Mark Kleid, Todd Herron, Eric Devaney
Mutations in the human cardiac motor protein beta-myosin heavy chain (βMHC) have been long recognized as a cause of familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Recently, mutations (P830L and A1004S) in the less abundant but faster isoform alpha-myosin heavy chain (αMHC) have been linked to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). In this study, we sought to determine the cellular contractile phenotype associated with these point mutations. Ventricular myocytes were isolated from 2 month male Sprague Dawley rats. Cells were cultured in M199 media and infected with recombinant adenovirus containing the P830L or the A1004S mutant human αMHC at a MOI of 500 for 18 h...
January 11, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088081/lead-pb-2-and-copper-cu-2-remediation-from-water-using-superparamagnetic-maghemite-%C3%AE-fe2o3-nanoparticles-synthesized-by-flame-spray-pyrolysis-fsp
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Shalini Rajput, Lok P Singh, Charles U Pittman, Dinesh Mohan
Superparamagnetic maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) nanoparticles of controllable morphology were successfully synthesized using a flame spray pyrolysis (FSP) technique. Their physico-chemical properties, size, morphology, and surface chemistries were determined using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction patterns (SAED), SEM-EDX, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and pHZPC(6.3). Elemental contents before and after adsorption were identified using energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (ED-XRF), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) and elemental mapping...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087669/the-role-of-the-p38-mnk-eif4e-signaling-axis-in-tnf-production-downstream-of-the-nod1-receptor
#4
Mikhail V Pashenkov, Lyudmila S Balyasova, Yulia A Dagil, Boris V Pinegin
Activation of nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain (NOD) 1 and NOD2 by muropeptides triggers a complex transcriptional program in innate immune cells. However, little is known about posttranscriptional regulation of NOD1- and NOD2-dependent responses. When stimulated with a prototypic NOD1 agonist, N-acetylglucosaminyl-N-acetylmuramyl-l-alanyl-d-isoglutamyl-meso-diaminopimelic acid (GM-triDAP), human monocyte-derived macrophages (MDM) produced an order of magnitude more TNF, IL-6, and pro-IL-1β than did monocyte-derived dendritic cells (MDDC), despite similar NOD1 expression, similar cytokine mRNA kinetics, and comparable responses to LPS...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087445/distinct-subcomponents-of-mouse-retinal-ganglion-cell-receptive-fields-are-differentially-altered-by-light-adaptation
#5
C S Cowan, J Sabharwal, R L Seilheimer, S M Wu
The remarkable dynamic range of vision is facilitated by adaptation of retinal sensitivity to ambient lighting conditions. An important mechanism of sensitivity adaptation is control of the spatial and temporal window over which light is integrated. The retina accomplishes this by switching between parallel synaptic pathways with differing kinetics and degrees of synaptic convergence. However, the relative shifts in spatial and temporal integration are not well understood - particularly in the context of the antagonistic spatial surround...
January 10, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081362/lithium-carbonate-recovery-from-cathode-scrap-of-spent-lithium-ion-battery-a-closed-loop-process
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Wenfang Gao, Xihua Zhang, Xiaohong Zheng, Xiao Lin, Hongbin Cao, Yi Zhang, Zhi H I Sun
A closed-loop process to recover lithium carbonate from cathode scrap of lithium-ion battery (LIB) is developed. Lithium could be selectively leached into solution using formic acid while aluminum remained as metallic form and most of other metals from the cathode scrap could be precipitated out. This phenomenon clearly demonstrates that formic acid can be used for lithium recovery from cathode scrap, as both leaching and separation reagent. By investigating the effects of different parameters including temperature, formic acid concentration, H2O2 amount and solid to liquid ratio, the leaching rate of Li can reach 99...
January 12, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081133/the-power-of-malaria-vaccine-trials-using-controlled-human-malaria-infection
#7
Luc E Coffeng, Cornelus C Hermsen, Robert W Sauerwein, Sake J de Vlas
Controlled human malaria infection (CHMI) in healthy human volunteers is an important and powerful tool in clinical malaria vaccine development. However, power calculations are essential to obtain meaningful estimates of protective efficacy, while minimizing the risk of adverse events. To optimize power calculations for CHMI-based malaria vaccine trials, we developed a novel non-linear statistical model for parasite kinetics as measured by qPCR, using data from mosquito-based CHMI experiments in 57 individuals...
January 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080072/chiral-catalyst-directed-dynamic-kinetic-diastereoselective-acylation-of-anomeric-hydroxyl-groups-and-a-controlled-reduction-of-the-glycosyl-ester-products
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Hao-Yuan Wang, Christopher J Simmons, Yu Zhang, Angela M Smits, Paul G Balzer, Shuojin Wang, Weiping Tang
A catalytic method is developed for the diastereoselective acylation of the anomeric hydroxyl group in diverse carbohydrates to form either α- or β-anomeric esters. While exclusive formation of the β-isomer was observed in most sugar substrates with one enantiomer of the chiral catalyst, moderate to high α-selectivity was obtained by using the other enantiomer of the chiral catalyst. The resulting α- and β-anomeric esters have very different reactivity toward a reduction reaction.
January 12, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080067/stability-kinetic-and-mechanistic-investigation-of-1-8-self-immolative-cinnamyl-ether-spacers-for-controlled-release-of-phenols-and-generation-of-resonance-and-inductively-stabilized-methides
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Siddharth S Matikonda, Jessica M Fairhall, Joel D A Tyndall, Sarah Hook, Allan B Gamble
Three cinnamyl ether spacers (non-methyl, α-methyl, and γ-methyl) for caging of phenols have been synthesized and are physiologically stable. When triggered, the γ-methyl spacer releases phenols (pKa 7.8 and 9.8) with a t1/2 < 30 s and <2 min in aqueous and aqueous-organic solvent, respectively. The α-methyl spacer releases a phenol (pKa 7.8) with a t1/2 = 27 and 54 min. For the γ-methyl spacer, the results suggest the presence of a resonance and inductively stabilized aza-cinnamyl methide.
January 12, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080028/a-grand-avenue-to-au-nanocluster-electrochemiluminescence
#10
Mahdi Hesari, Zhifeng Ding
In most cases of semiconductor quantum dot nanocrystals, the inherent optical and electrochemical properties of these interesting nanomaterials do not translate into expected efficient electrochemiluminescence or electrogenerated chemiluminescence (ECL) because of the surface-state induction effect. Thus, their low ECL efficiencies, while very interesting to explore, limit their applications. As their electrochemistry is not well-defined, insight into their ECL mechanistic details is also limited. Alternatively, gold nanoclusters possess monodispersed sizes with atomic precision, low and well defined HOMO-LUMO energy gaps, and stable optical and electrochemical properties that make them suitable for potential ECL applications...
January 12, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079222/infrared-characterisation-of-acetonitrile-and-propionitrile-aerosols-under-titan-s-atmospheric-conditions
#11
C Ennis, R Auchettl, M Ruzi, E G Robertson
Pure, crystalline acetonitrile (CH3CN) and propionitrile (CH3CH2CN) particles were formed in a collisional cooling cell allowing for infrared (IR) signatures to be compiled from 50 to 5000 cm(-1). The cell temperature and pressure conditions were controlled to simulate Titan's lower atmosphere (80-130 K and 1-100 mbar), allowing for the comparison of laboratory data to the spectra obtained from the Cassini-Huygens mission. The far-IR features confirmed the morphology of CH3CN aerosols as the metastable β-phase (monoclinic) ice, however, a specific crystalline phase for CH3CH2CN could not be verified...
January 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079208/controlled-assembly-of-single-colloidal-crystals-using-electro-osmotic-micro-pumps
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Ran Niu, Erdal C Oğuz, Hannah Müller, Alexander Reinmüller, Denis Botin, Hartmut Löwen, Thomas Palberg
We assemble charged colloidal spheres at deliberately chosen locations on a charged unstructured glass substrate utilizing ion exchange based electro-osmotic micro-pumps. Using microscopy, a simple scaling theory and Brownian dynamics computer simulations, we systematically explore the control parameters of crystal assembly and the mechanisms through which they depend on the experimental boundary conditions. We demonstrate that crystal quality depends crucially on the assembly distance of the colloids. This is understood as resulting from the competition between inward transport by the electro-osmotic pump flow and the electro-phoretic outward motion of the colloids...
January 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077875/structural-basis-of-co-translational-quality-control-by-arfa-and-rf2-bound-to-ribosome
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Fuxing Zeng, Yanbo Chen, Jonathan Remis, Mrinal Shekhar, James C Phillips, Emad Tajkhorshid, Hong Jin
Quality control mechanisms intervene appropriately when defective translation events occur, in order to preserve the integrity of protein synthesis. Rescue of ribosomes translating on messenger RNAs that lack stop codons is one of the co-translational quality control pathways. In many bacteria, ArfA recognizes stalled ribosomes and recruits the release factor RF2, which catalyses the termination of protein synthesis. Although an induced-fit mechanism of nonstop mRNA surveillance mediated by ArfA and RF2 has been reported, the molecular interaction between ArfA and RF2 in the ribosome that is responsible for the mechanism is unknown...
January 11, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077437/sensitized-signalling-between-l-type-ca2-channels-and-ryanodine-receptors-in-the-absence-or-inhibition-of-fkbp12-6-in-cardiomyocytes
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Yan-Ting Zhao, Yun-Bo Guo, Lei Gu, Xue-Xin Fan, Hua-Qian Yang, Zheng Chen, Peng Zhou, Qi Yuan, Guang-Ju Ji, Shi-Qiang Wang
AIMS: The heart contraction is controlled by the Ca(2+)-induced Ca(2+ )release (CICR) between L-type Ca(2+ )channels and ryanodine receptors (RyRs). The FK506-binding protein FKBP12.6 binds to RyR subunits, but its role in stabilizing RyR function has been debated for long. Recent reports of high-resolution RyR structure show that the HD2 domain that binds to the SPRY2 domain of neighbouring subunit in FKBP-bound RyR1 is detached and invisible in FKBP-null RyR2. The present study was to test the consequence of FKBP12...
January 10, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076681/computational-modeling-of-neurotransmitter-release-evoked-by-electrical-stimulation-non-linear-approaches-to-predicting-stimulation-evoked-dopamine-release
#15
James K Trevathan, Ali Yousefi, Hyung Ook Park, John J Bartoletta, Kip A Ludwig, Kendall H Lee, J Luis Lujan
Neurochemical changes evoked by electrical stimulation of the nervous system have been linked to both therapeutic and undesired effects of neuromodulation therapies used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, stroke, hypertension, tinnitus, and many other indications. In fact, interest in better understanding the role of neurochemical signaling in neuromodulation therapies has been a focus of recent government- and industry-sponsored programs whose ultimate goal is to usher in an era of personalized medicine by creating neuromodulation therapies that respond to real-time changes in patient status...
January 11, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075553/double-layer-graphene-outperforming-monolayer-as-catalyst-on-silicon-photocathode-for-hydrogen-production
#16
Uk Sim, Joonhee Moon, Joohee Lee, JungHyun An, Hyo-Yong Ahn, Dong Jin Kim, Insu Jo, Cheolho Jeon, Seungwu Han, Byung Hee Hong, Ki Tae Nam
Photoelectrochemical cells are used to split hydrogen and oxygen from water molecules to generate chemical fuels to satisfy our ever-increasing energy demands. However, it is a major challenge to design efficient catalysts to use in the photoelectochemical process. Recently, research has focused on carbon-based catalysts, as they are non-precious and environmentally benign. Interesting advances have also been made in controlling nanostructure interfaces and in introducing new materials as catalysts in the photoelectrochemical cell...
January 11, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074656/atomistic-modeling-of-ion-conduction-through-the-voltage-sensing-domain-of-the-shaker-k-ion-channel
#17
Mona L Wood, J Alfredo Freites, Francesco Tombola, Douglas J Tobias
Voltage-sensing domains (VSDs) are modular membrane protein units that sense changes in the membrane electrostatic potential, and through conformational changes, regulate a specific function. The VSDs of voltage-dependent K+, Na+, and Ca2+ channels do not conduct ions under physiological conditions, but they can become ion-permeable under pathological conditions through mutations in the voltage sensor, particularly of basic residues (mostly arginines) in the S4 helix. Relatively little is known about the underlying mechanisms of conduction through VSDs...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073780/chronic-kidney-disease-and-obesity-bias-surrogate-estimates-of-insulin-sensitivity-compared-to-the-hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic-clamp
#18
Iram Ahmad, Leila R Zelnick, Nicole R Robinson, Adriana M Hung, Bryan Kestenbaum, Kristina M Utzschneider, Steven E Kahn, Ian H de Boer
INTRODUCTION: Insulin sensitivity can be measured by procedures such as the hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp or using surrogate indices. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) and obesity may differentially affect these measurements because of changes in insulin kinetics and organ-specific effects on insulin sensitivity. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study of 59 subjects with non-diabetic CKD (estimated glomerular filtration rate (GFR) <60 mL/min/1.73 m(2)) and 39 matched healthy controls, we quantified insulin sensitivity by clamp (SIclamp), oral glucose tolerance test, and fasting glucose and insulin...
January 10, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072384/impact-of-cerebellar-atrophy-on-cortical-gray-matter-and-cerebellar-peduncles-as-assessed-by-voxel-based-morphometry-and-high-angular-resolution-diffusion-imaging
#19
Michael Dayan, G Olivito, M Molinari, Mara Cercignani, Marco Bozzali, M Leggio
In recent years the cerebellum has been attributed amore important role in higher-level functions than previously believed. We examined a cohort of patients suffering from cerebellar atrophy resulting in ataxia, with two main objectives: first to investigate which regions of the cerebrum were affected by the cerebellar degeneration, and second to assess whether diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) metrics within the medial (MCP) and superior cerebellar peduncle (SCP) - namely fractional anisotropy (FA) and radial diffusivity (RD) - could be used as a biomarker in patients with this condition...
October 2016: Functional Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071779/diffusive-escape-through-a-narrow-opening-new-insights-into-a-classic-problem
#20
Denis S Grebenkov, Gleb Oshanin
We study the mean first exit time (Tε) of a particle diffusing in a circular or a spherical micro-domain with an impenetrable confining boundary containing a small escape window (EW) of an angular size ε. Focusing on the effects of an energy/entropy barrier at the EW, and of the long-range interactions (LRIs) with the boundary on the diffusive search for the EW, we develop a self-consistent approximation to derive for Tε a general expression, akin to the celebrated Collins-Kimball relation in chemical kinetics and accounting for both rate-controlling factors in an explicit way...
January 10, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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