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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353158/quantification-of-light-induced-minisog-superoxide-production-using-the-selective-marker-2-hydroxyethidium
#1
Miriam E Barnett, Timothy M Baran, Thomas H Foster, Andrew P Wojtovich
Genetically-encoded photosensitizers produce reactive oxygen species (ROS) in response to light. Transgenic expression of fusion proteins can target the photosensitizers to specific cell regions and permit the spatial and temporal control of ROS production. These ROS-generating proteins (RGPs) are widely used for cell ablation, mutagenesis and chromophore-assisted light inactivation of target proteins. However, the species produced by RGPs are unclear due to indirect measures with confounding interpretations...
January 17, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353100/vitamin-d-and-juvenile-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-lights-shadows-and-still-unresolved-issues
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REVIEW
Stefano Stagi, Donato Rigante
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and juvenile SLE (jSLE) are autoimmune disorders naturally associated with several genetic, environmental, hormonal, and immunological contributing factors. It has been assumed that vitamin D deficiency may have a role in the immune activation of patients with SLE and play an active part in many comorbidities and even complications. A host of clinical studies suggested that vitamin D exerts inhibitory effects on many immunological abnormalities associated with SLE, also in children and adolescents, while different reports have hypothesized that vitamin D may be associated with accelerated cardiovascular disease in SLE...
January 15, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352798/two-component-relativistic-coupled-cluster-methods-using-mean-field-spin-orbit-integrals
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Junzi Liu, Yue Shen, Ayush Asthana, Lan Cheng
A novel implementation of the two-component spin-orbit (SO) coupled-cluster singles and doubles (CCSD) method and the CCSD augmented with the perturbative inclusion of triple excitations [CCSD(T)] method using mean-field SO integrals is reported. The new formulation of SO-CCSD(T) features an atomic-orbital-based algorithm for the particle-particle ladder term in the CCSD equation, which not only removes the computational bottleneck associated with the large molecular-orbital integral file but also accelerates the evaluation of the particle-particle ladder term by around a factor of 4 by taking advantage of the spin-free nature of the instantaneous electron-electron Coulomb interaction...
January 21, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352790/on-the-theoretical-prediction-of-fluorescence-rates-from-first-principles-using-the-path-integral-approach
#4
Bernardo de Souza, Frank Neese, Róbert Izsák
In this work, we present and implement the theory for calculating fluorescence rates and absorption and emission spectra from first principles, using the path integral approach. We discuss some approximations and modifications to the full set of equations that improve speed and numerical stability for the case when a large number of modes are considered. New methods to approximate the excited state potential energy surface are also discussed and it is shown that for most purposes, these can be used instead of a full geometry optimization to obtain the rates mentioned above...
January 21, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352788/formic-acid-dimers-in-a-nitrogen-matrix
#5
Susy Lopes, Rui Fausto, Leonid Khriachtchev
Formic acid (HCOOH) dimers are studied by infrared spectroscopy in a nitrogen matrix and by ab initio calculations. We benefit from the use of a nitrogen matrix where the lifetime of the higher-energy (cis) conformer is very long (∼11 h vs. 7 min in an argon matrix). As a result, in a nitrogen matrix, a large proportion of the cis conformer can be produced by vibrational excitation of the lower-energy (trans) conformer. Three trans-trans, four trans-cis, and three cis-cis dimers are found in the experiments...
January 21, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352780/hydrogen-collisions-with-transition-metal-surfaces-universal-electronically-nonadiabatic-adsorption
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Yvonne Dorenkamp, Hongyan Jiang, Hansjochen Köckert, Nils Hertl, Marvin Kammler, Svenja M Janke, Alexander Kandratsenka, Alec M Wodtke, Oliver Bünermann
Inelastic scattering of H and D atoms from the (111) surfaces of six fcc transition metals (Au, Pt, Ag, Pd, Cu, and Ni) was investigated, and in each case, excitation of electron-hole pairs dominates the inelasticity. The results are very similar for all six metals. Differences in the average kinetic energy losses between metals can mainly be attributed to different efficiencies in the coupling to phonons due to the different masses of the metal atoms. The experimental observations can be reproduced by molecular dynamics simulations based on full-dimensional potential energy surfaces and including electronic excitations by using electronic friction in the local density friction approximation...
January 21, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352669/tms-of-primary-motor-cortex-with-a-biphasic-pulse-activates-two-independent-sets-of-excitable-neurones
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Martin Sommer, Matteo Ciocca, Raffaella Chieffo, Paul Hammond, Andreas Neef, Walter Paulus, John C Rothwell, Ricci Hannah
BACKGROUND: Biphasic pulses produced by most commercially available TMS machines have a cosine waveform, which makes it difficult to study the interaction between the two phases of stimulation. OBJECTIVE: We used a controllable pulse TMS (cTMS) device delivering quasi-rectangular pulse outputs to investigate whether monophasic are more effective than biphasic pulses. METHODS: Temporally symmetric ("biphasic") or highly asymmetric ("monophasic") charge-balanced biphasic stimuli were used to target the hand area of motor cortex in the anterior-posterior (AP) or posterior-anterior (PA) initial current direction...
January 5, 2018: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352501/predictors-of-beef-calf-temperament-at-weaning-and-its-impact-on-temperament-at-breeding-and-reproductive-performance
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V R Kasimanickam, R L Abdel Aziz, H M Williams, R K Kasimanickam
Two experiments were conducted to determine (i) factors influencing calf temperament at weaning, (ii) association between heifer-calf temperament at weaning and temperament at breeding and (iii) effect of heifer-calf temperament on pregnancy rate per artificial insemination (P/AI). In experiment 1, beef cows and their calves (n = 285) from three farms were used. Sire docility estimated progeny difference (EPD) score, birth type (normal or assisted), calf gender, calf behaviour (during 1st 4 weeks) and calf health status (until weaning) were recorded...
January 19, 2018: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352377/difference-of-acute-dissociation-and-1-day-culture-on-the-electrophysiological-properties-of-rat-dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons
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Yuanlong Song, Miaomiao Zhang, Xiaoqing Tao, Zifen Xu, Yunjie Zheng, Minjie Zhu, Liangpin Zhang, Jinhan Qiao, Linlin Gao
The dissociated dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons with or without culture were widely used for investigation of their electrophysiological properties. The culture procedures, however, may alter the properties of these neurons and the effects are not clear. In the present study, we recorded the action potentials (AP) and the voltage-gated Na+, K+, and Ca2+ currents with patch clamp technique and measured the mRNA of Nav1.6-1.9 and Cav2.1-2.2 with real-time PCR technique from acutely dissociated and 1-day (1-d) cultured DRG neurons...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352215/magnetically-sensitive-nanodiamond-doped-tellurite-glass-fibers
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Yinlan Ruan, David A Simpson, Jan Jeske, Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Desmond W M Lau, Hong Ji, Brett C Johnson, Takeshi Ohshima, Shahraam Afshar V, Lloyd Hollenberg, Andrew D Greentree, Tanya M Monro, Brant C Gibson
Traditional optical fibers are insensitive to magnetic fields, however many applications would benefit from fiber-based magnetometry devices. In this work, we demonstrate a magnetically sensitive optical fiber by doping nanodiamonds containing nitrogen vacancy centers into tellurite glass fibers. The fabrication process provides a robust and isolated sensing platform as the magnetic sensors are fixed in the tellurite glass matrix. Using optically detected magnetic resonance from the doped nanodiamonds, we demonstrate detection of local magnetic fields via side excitation and longitudinal collection...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352184/expression-and-relevance-of-the-g-protein-gated-k-channel-in-the-mouse-ventricle
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Allison Anderson, Kanchan Kulkarni, Ezequiel Marron Fernandez de Velasco, Nicholas Carlblom, Zhilian Xia, Atsushi Nakano, Kirill A Martemyanov, Elena G Tolkacheva, Kevin Wickman
The atrial G protein-gated inwardly rectifying K+ (GIRK) channel is a critical mediator of parasympathetic influence on cardiac physiology. Here, we probed the details and relevance of the GIRK channel in mouse ventricle. mRNAs for the atrial GIRK channel subunits (GIRK1, GIRK4), M2 muscarinic receptor (M2R), and RGS6, a negative regulator of atrial GIRK-dependent signaling, were detected in mouse ventricle at relatively low levels. The cholinergic agonist carbachol (CCh) activated small GIRK currents in adult wild-type ventricular myocytes that exhibited relatively slow kinetics and low CCh sensitivity; these currents were absent in ventricular myocytes from Girk1-/- or Girk4-/- mice...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352028/the-mysteries-of-remote-memory
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REVIEW
Zimbul Albo, Johannes Gräff
Long-lasting memories form the basis of our identity as individuals and lie central in shaping future behaviours that guide survival. Surprisingly, however, our current knowledge of how such memories are stored in the brain and retrieved, as well as the dynamics of the circuits involved, remains scarce despite seminal technical and experimental breakthroughs in recent years. Traditionally, it has been proposed that, over time, information initially learnt in the hippocampus is stored in distributed cortical networks...
March 19, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351515/understanding-key-mechanisms-of-exercise-induced-cardiac-protection-to-mitigate-disease-current-knowledge-and-emerging-concepts
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Bianca C Bernardo, Jenny Y Y Ooi, Kate L Weeks, Natalie L Patterson, Julie R McMullen
The benefits of exercise on the heart are well recognized, and clinical studies have demonstrated that exercise is an intervention that can improve cardiac function in heart failure patients. This has led to significant research into understanding the key mechanisms responsible for exercise-induced cardiac protection. Here, we summarize molecular mechanisms that regulate exercise-induced cardiac myocyte growth and proliferation. We discuss in detail the effects of exercise on other cardiac cells, organelles, and systems that have received less or little attention and require further investigation...
January 1, 2018: Physiological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351210/a-high-sensitivity-electric-field-microsensor-based-on-torsional-resonance
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Zhaozhi Chu, Chunrong Peng, Ren Ren, Biyun Ling, Zhouwei Zhang, Hucheng Lei, Shanhong Xia
This paper proposes a high sensitivity electric field microsensor (EFM) based on torsional resonance. The proposed microsensor adopts torsional shutter, which is composed of shielding electrodes and torsional beams. The movable shielding electrodes and the fixed sensing electrodes are fabricated on the same plane and interdigitally arranged. Push-pull electrostatic actuation method is employed to excite the torsional shutter. Simulation results proved that the torsional shutter has higher efficiency of charge induction...
January 19, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351004/duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-dmd-an-updated-review-of-common-available-therapies
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Arash Salmaninejad, Saeed Farajzadeh Valilou, Hadi Bayat, Nader Ebadi, Abdolreza Daraei, Meysam Yousefi, Abolfazl Nesaei, Majid Mojarrad
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a lethal progressive pediatric muscle disorder and genetically inherited as an X-linked disease that caused by mutations in the dystrophin gene. DMD leads to progressive muscle weakness, degeneration, and wasting; finally, follows with the premature demise in affected individual's due to respiratory and/or cardiac failure typically by age of 30. For decades, scientists tried massively to find an effective therapy method, but there is no absolute cure currently for patients with DMD, nevertheless, recent advanced progressions on the treatment of DMD will be hopeful in the future...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350953/charged-polaron-polaritons-in-an-organic-semiconductor-microcavity
#16
Chiao-Yu Cheng, Rijul Dhanker, Christopher L Gray, Sukrit Mukhopadhyay, Eric R Kennehan, John B Asbury, Anatoliy Sokolov, Noel C Giebink
We report strong coupling between light and polaron optical excitations in a doped organic semiconductor microcavity at room temperature. Codepositing MoO_{3} and the hole transport material 4, 4^{'}-cyclohexylidenebis[N, N-bis(4-methylphenyl)benzenamine] introduces a large hole density with a narrow linewidth optical transition centered at 1.8 eV and an absorption coefficient exceeding 10^{4}  cm^{-1}. Coupling this transition to a Fabry-Pérot cavity mode yields upper and lower polaron polariton branches that are clearly resolved in angle-dependent reflectivity with a vacuum Rabi splitting ℏΩ_{R}>0...
January 5, 2018: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350932/a-di-nuclear-ag-i-complex-designed-for-highly-efficient-thermally-activated-delayed-fluorescence
#17
Marsel Z Shafikov, Alfiya Suleymanova, Alexander Schinabeck, Hartmut Yersin
The di-nuclear Ag(I) complex has been designed to show thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) оf high efficiency. Strongly electron-donating terminal ligands are introduced to destabilize the d-orbitals of the Ag+ ions. Consequently, the orbitals distinctly contribute to the HOMO, whereas the LUMO is localized on the bridging ligand. This ensures charge transfer character of the lowest excited singlet S1 and triplet T1 state. Accordingly, a small energy gap ΔE(S1─T1) is obtained, being essential for TADF behavior...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350907/excitatory-and-inhibitory-neuronal-circuits-in-the-spinal-cord-and-their-role-in-the-control-of-motor-neuron-function-and-degeneration
#18
Uri Nimrod Ramírez-Jarquín, Ricardo Tapia
The complex neuronal networks of the spinal cord coordinate a wide variety of motor functions, including walking, running and voluntary and involuntary movements. This is accomplished by different groups of neurons, called center pattern generators, which control left-right alternation and flexor-extensor patterns. These spinal circuits, located in the ventral horns, are formed by several neuronal types, and the specific function of most of them has been identified by means of studies in vivo and in the isolated spinal cord of mice harboring genetically induced ablation of specific neuronal populations...
January 19, 2018: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350740/full-dimensional-analytical-potential-energy-surface-describing-the-gas-phase-cl-c2h6-reaction-and-kinetics-study-of-rate-constants-and-kinetic-isotope-effects
#19
Cipriano Rangel, Joaquin Espinosa-Garcia
Within the Born-Oppenheimer approximation a full-dimensional analytical potential energy surface, PES-2017, was developed for the gas-phase hydrogen abstraction reaction between the chlorine atom and ethane, which is a nine body system. This surface presents a valence-bond/molecular mechanics functional form dependent on 60 parameters and is fitted to high-level ab initio calculations. This reaction presents little exothermicity, -2.30 kcal mol-1, with a low height barrier, 2.44 kcal mol-1, and intermediate complexes in the entrance and exit channels...
January 19, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350729/in-situ-mechanical-resonance-behaviour-of-pristine-and-defective-zinc-blende-gaas-nanowires
#20
Edmund Pickering, Arixin Bo, Haifei Zhan, Xiaozhou Liao, Hark Hoe Tan, YuanTong Gu
The structural versatility of semiconducting gallium arsenide (GaAs) nanowires (NWs) provides an exciting direction for the engineering of their mechanical and dynamic properties. However, the dynamic behaviour of GaAs NWs remains unexplored. In this study, comprehensive in situ mechanical resonance tests were conducted to explore the dynamic behaviour of pristine and defective zinc blende GaAs NWs. The effects of stacking faults (SFs), amorphous shell, NW tapering and end-mass particles were investigated. The quality factors (QFs) of the GaAs NWs were found to be predominately governed by surface effects, which increased linearly with the volume to surface area ratio...
January 19, 2018: Nanoscale
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