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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239736/ferrocene-diketopyrrolopyrrole-based-small-molecule-donors-for-bulk-heterojunction-solar-cells
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Yuvraj Patil, Rajneesh Misra, Manish Kumar Singh, Ganesh D Sharma
A symmetrical D-π-A-π-D type small molecule consisting of thiophene flanked diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) as a core and an end capping ferrocene donor linked by an ethynyl bridge, denoted as Fc-DPP-Fc, was synthesized and its optical, thermal and electrochemical properties were investigated in order to explore its potential applicability as a donor for solution processed bulk heterojunction solar cells. The photophysical and electrochemical properties of this small molecule showed strong charge transfer interaction between the ferrocene donor and the DPP acceptor, and it is found to be suitable as a small molecule donor along with PC71BM as an electron acceptor for solution processed bulk heterojunction organic solar cells (OSCs)...
February 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238951/oral-administration-of-the-nitroxide-radical-tempol-exhibits-immunomodulatory-and-therapeutic-properties-in-multiple-sclerosis-models
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Sarah Neil, Jaebong Huh, Victoria Baronas, Xinhui Li, Henry F McFarland, Murali Cherukuri, James B Mitchell, Jacqueline A Quandt
Therapies with both immunomodulatory and neuroprotective properties are thought to have the greatest promise in reducing the severity and progression of multiple sclerosis (MS). Several reactive oxygen (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS) are implicated in inflammatory-mediated damage to the central nervous system (CNS) in MS and its animal model, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). TEMPOL (4-hydroxy-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-N-oxyl) is a stable nitroxide radical with potent antioxidant activity...
February 23, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238830/blood-brain-barrier-disruption-was-less-under-isoflurane-than-pentobarbital-anesthesia-via-a-pi3k-akt-pathway-in-early-cerebral-ischemia
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Oak Z Chi, Scott J Mellender, Geza K Kiss, Xia Liu, Harvey R Weiss
One of the important factors altering the degree of blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption in cerebral ischemia is the anesthetic used. The phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt signaling pathway has been reported to be involved in modulating BBB permeability and in isoflurane induced neuroprotection. This study was performed to compare the degree of BBB disruption in focal cerebral ischemia under isoflurane vs pentobarbital anesthesia and to determine whether inhibition of PI3K/Akt would affect the disruption in the early stage of focal cerebral ischemia...
February 23, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238709/occludin-expression-and-regulation-in-small-follicles-of-the-layer-and-broiler-breeder-hen
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C S Stephens, P A Johnson
Synchronized yolk accumulation and follicle development are essential for egg production in oviparous species. In birds, yolk is incorporated into the oocyte by an avian specific yolk receptor (LR8), and it has been suggested that occludin (OCLN), a tight junction protein, mediates transfer of yolk material to the oocyte surface. OCLN may be a key regulator of yolk accumulation and follicle growth, however, the expression and regulation of OCLN in granulosa cells during various stages of follicle development is unknown...
February 23, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238427/development-of-a-non-radiolabeled-glucosyltransferase-activity-assay-for-c-difficile-toxin-a-and-b-using-ultra-performance-liquid-chromatography
#5
John W Loughney, Catherine Lancaster, Colleen E Price, Van M Hoang, Sha Ha, Richard R Rustandi
Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is the leading cause of gastroenteritis-associated death in the United States. The major virulent factors of C. difficile are toxin A (TcdA) and toxin B (TcdB). Toxicity is mediated by the glucosyltransferase domains on TcdA and TcdB wherein a glucose is transferred from UDP-glucose to Ras homolog family member A (RhoA) receptor. This modification results in disruption of critical cell signaling events. Vaccination against these toxins is considered the best way to combat the CDI...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238002/risk-factors-for-worsening-of-acute-pancreatitis-in-patients-admitted-with-mild-acute-pancreatitis
#6
Zhouxiang Jin, Lubai Xu, Xiangyu Wang, Dinghua Yang
BACKGROUND The aim of the present study was to investigate risk factors for developing more severe pancreatitis, including moderately severe (MSAP) and severe acute pancreatitis (SAP), in patients admitted with mild acute pancreatitis (MAP). MATERIAL AND METHODS Patients admitted with MAP to our hospital from March 2013 to May 2016 were included and prospectively evaluated. Possible risk factors for developing MSAP or SAP were age, blood glucose level on admission, etiology, sex, Ranson score, amylase level, Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II (APACHE-II) scores, C-reactive protein (CRP) level, serum calcium level, visceral fat area (VFA), body mass index (BMI), whether this was the first episode of AP, and method of administration of octreotide...
February 26, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237737/data-from-the-german-chest-pain-unit-registry-the-well-known-gap-between-knowledge-and-practice
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EDITORIAL
Daniel Fernández-Bergés
In-hospital mortality of acute myocardial infarction with ST segment elevation remains high and is influenced by many factors, some of which are modifiable such as time to treatment initiation and modality of treatment. It is well established that reperfusion therapy is the gold-standard in the management of ST-elevation acute myocardial infarction. Despite recent developments and clear, comprehensible guidelines recommendations, it remains difficult to disseminate this knowledge to medical practitioners. The German Chest Pain Unit shows that the best door-to-balloon time is reached when patients contact the Emergency Medical Systems (EMS) directly, rather than when referred by the general practitioner (GP), or are transferred from another hospital, or present as a self-referral...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236756/electrical-activity-of-cellobiose-dehydrogenase-adsorbed-on-thiols-influence-of-charge-and-hydrophobicity
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P Lamberg, J Hamit-Eminovski, M D Toscano, O Eicher-Lorka, G Niaura, T Arnebrant, S Shleev, T Ruzgas
The interface between protein and material surface is of great research interest in applications varying from implants, tissue engineering to bioelectronics. Maintaining functionality of bioelements depends greatly on the immobilization process. In the present study direct electron transfer of cellobiose dehydrogenase from Humicola insolens (HiCDH), adsorbed on four different self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) formed by 5-6 chain length carbon thiols varying in terminal group structure was investigated. By using a combination of quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation, ellipsometry and electrochemistry the formation and function of the HiCDH film was studied...
February 16, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235967/social-disadvantages-associated-with-myasthenia-gravis-and-its-treatment-a-multicentre-cross-sectional-study
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Yuriko Nagane, Hiroyuki Murai, Tomihiro Imai, Daisuke Yamamoto, Emiko Tsuda, Naoya Minami, Yasushi Suzuki, Tetsuya Kanai, Akiyuki Uzawa, Naoki Kawaguchi, Masayuki Masuda, Shingo Konno, Hidekazu Suzuki, Masashi Aoki, Kimiaki Utsugisawa
OBJECTIVES: To clarify the social disadvantages associated with myasthenia gravis (MG) and examine associations with its disease and treatment. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: We evaluated 917 consecutive cases of established MG seen at 13 neurological centres in Japan over a short duration. OUTCOME MEASURES: All patients completed a questionnaire on social disadvantages resulting from MG and its treatment and a 15-item MG-specific quality of life scale at study entry...
February 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235958/prehospital-emergency-care-in-childhood-arterial-ischemic-stroke
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Belinda Stojanovski, Paul T Monagle, Ian Mosley, Leonid Churilov, Fiona Newall, Grant Hocking, Mark T Mackay
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Immediately calling an ambulance is the key factor in reducing time to hospital presentation for adult stroke. Little is known about prehospital care in childhood arterial ischemic stroke (AIS). We aimed to determine emergency medical services call-taker and paramedic diagnostic sensitivity and to describe timelines of care in childhood AIS. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of ambulance-transported children aged <18 years with first radiologically confirmed AIS, from 2008 to 2015...
February 24, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235828/independent-maternal-and-fetal-genetic-effects-on-mid-gestational-circulating-levels-of-environmental-pollutants
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Michela Traglia, Lisa A Croen, Kristen Lyall, Gayle C Windham, Marty Kharrazi, Gerald N DeLorenze, Anthony R Torres, Lauren A Weiss
Maternal exposure to environmental pollutants could affect fetal brain development and increase autism spectrum disorder (ASD) risk in conjunction with differential genetic susceptibility. Organohalogen congeners measured in maternal mid-pregnancy blood samples have recently shown significant, but negative associations with offspring ASD outcome. We report the first large scale maternal and fetal genetic study of the mid-pregnancy serum levels of a set of 21 organohalogens in a subset of 790 genotyped women and 764 children collected in California by the Early Markers for Autism (EMA) Project...
February 24, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235382/can-f%C3%A3-rster-theory-describe-stereoselective-energy-transfer-dynamics-in-a-protein-ligand-complex
#12
Silvana Pinheiro, Carles Curutchet
Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) reactions involving ligands and aromatic amino acids can substantially impact the fluorescence properties of a protein-ligand complex, an impact intimately related to the corresponding binding mode. Structural characterization of such binding events in terms of intermolecular distances can be done through the well-known R-6 distance-dependent Förster rate expression. However, such interpretation suffers from uncertainties underlying Förster theory in the description of the electronic coupling that promotes FRET, mostly related to the dipole-dipole orientation factor, dielectric screening effects and deviations from the ideal dipole approximation...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230781/-dose-to-mother-deuterium-oxide-dilution-technique-an-accurate-strategy-to-measure-vitamin-a-intake-in-breastfed-infants
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Veronica Lopez-Teros, Ana Teresa Limon-Miro, Humberto Astiazaran-Garcia, Sherry A Tanumihardjo, Orlando Tortoledo-Ortiz, Mauro E Valencia
In Mexico, infants (0-2 years old) show the highest prevalence of vitamin A deficiency (VAD), measured by serum retinol concentrations. Thus, we consider that low vitamin A (VA) intake through breast milk (BM) combined with poor weaning practices are the main factors that contribute to VAD in this group. We combined the assessment of VA status in lactating women using BM retinol and a stable isotope 'dose-to-mother' technique to measure BM production in women from urban and agricultural areas. Infants' mean BM intake was 758 ± 185 mL, and no difference was observed between both areas (p = 0...
February 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230349/exceptional-anti-icing-performance-of-self-impregnating-slippery-surfaces
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Christos Stamatopoulos, Jaroslav Hemrle, Danhong Wang, Dimos Poulikakos
A heat exchange interface at subzero temperature in a water vapor environment, exhibits high probability of frost formation due to freezing condensation, a factor that markedly decreases the heat transfer efficacy due to the considerable thermal resistance of ice. Here we report a novel strategy to delay ice nucleation on these types of solid-water vapor interfaces. With a process-driven mechanism, a self-generated liquid intervening layer immiscible to water, is deposited on a textured superhydrophobic surface and acts as a barrier between the water vapor and the solid substrate...
February 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228767/identification-of-zoupi-orthologs-in-soybean-potentially-involved-in-endosperm-breakdown-and-embryogenic-development
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Yaohua Zhang, Xin Li, Suxin Yang, Xianzhong Feng
Soybean (Glycine max Merr.) is the world's most widely grown legume and provides an important source of protein and oil. Improvement of seed quality requires deep insights into the genetic regulation of seed development. The endosperm serves as a temporary source of nutrients that are transported from maternal to filial tissues, and it also generates signals for proper embryo formation. Endosperm cell death is associated with the processes of nutrient transfer and embryo expansion. The bHLH domain transcription factor AtZHOUPI (AtZOU) plays a key role in both the lysis of the transient endosperm and the formation of embryo cuticle in Arabidopsis thaliana...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226945/transferring-knowledge-during-dyadic-interaction-the-role-of-the-expert-in-the-learning-process
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Edwin Johnatan Avila Mireles, Dalia De Santis, Pietro Morasso, Jacopo Zenzeri, Edwin Johnatan Avila Mireles, Dalia De Santis, Pietro Morasso, Jacopo Zenzeri, Jacopo Zenzeri, Pietro Morasso, Edwin Johnatan Avila Mireles, Dalia De Santis
Physical interaction between man and machines is increasing the interest of the research as well as the industrial community. It is known that physical coupling between active persons can be beneficial and increase the performance of the dyad compared to an individual. However, the factors that may result in performance benefits are still poorly understood. The aim of this work is to investigate how the different initial skill levels of the interacting partners influence the learning of a stabilization task...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226699/estimating-multimodal-brain-connectivity-in-multiple-sclerosis-an-exploratory-factor-analysis
#17
Matteo Mancini, Giovanni Giulietti, Barbara Spano, Marco Bozzali, Mara Cercignani, Silvia Conforto, Matteo Mancini, Giovanni Giulietti, Barbara Spano, Marco Bozzali, Mara Cercignani, Silvia Conforto, Giovanni Giulietti, Mara Cercignani, Silvia Conforto, Matteo Mancini, Barbara Spano, Marco Bozzali
Graph-theoretical approaches have become a popular way to model brain data collected using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), both from the structural and the functional perspectives. In structural networks, tract-based mapping allows to model different aspects of brain structures by means of the specific characteristics of the different MRI modalities. However, there has been little effort to join the information carried by each modality and to understand what level of common variance is shown in these data...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225609/regulation-and-plasticity-of-catalysis-in-enzymes-insights-from-analysis-of-mechanochemical-coupling-in-myosin
#18
Xiya Lu, Victor Ovchinnikov, Darren Demapan, Daniel Roston, Qiang Cui
The mechanism of ATP hydrolysis in the myosin motor domain is analyzed using a combination of DFTB3/CHARMM simulations and enhanced sampling techniques. The motor domain is modeled in the pre-powerstroke state, in the post-rigor state, and a hybrid model based on the post-rigor state with a closed nucleotide-binding pocket. The ATP hydrolysis activity is found to depend on the positioning of nearby water molecules, and a network of polar residues facilitates proton transfer and charge redistribution during hydrolysis...
February 22, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224725/quisinostat-treatment-improves-histone-acetylation-and-developmental-competence-of-porcine-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer-embryos
#19
Long Jin, Qing Guo, Hai-Ying Zhu, Xiao-Xu Xing, Guang-Lei Zhang, Mei-Fu Xuan, Qi-Rong Luo, Zhao-Bo Luo, Jun-Xia Wang, Xi-Jun Yin, Jin-Dan Kang
Abnormal epigenetic modifications are considered a main contributing factor to low cloning efficiency. In the present study, we explored the effects of quisinostat, a novel histone deacetylase inhibitor, on blastocyst formation rate in porcine somatic-cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) embryos, on acetylation of histone H3 lysine 9 (AcH3K9), and on expression of POU5F1 protein and apoptosis-related genes BAX and BCL2. Our results showed that treatment with 10 nM quisinostat for 24 h significantly improved the development of reconstructed embryos compared to the untreated group (19...
February 22, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223451/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-proteasome-accessory-factor-a-pafa-can-transfer-prokaryotic-ubiquitin-like-protein-pup-between-substrates
#20
Susan Zhang, Kristin E Burns-Huang, Guido V Janssen, Huilin Li, Huib Ovaa, Lizbeth Hedstrom, K Heran Darwin
The protein degradation machinery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis includes a proteasome and a ubiquitin-like protein (Pup). Proteasome accessory factor A (PafA) attaches Pup to proteins to target them for degradation by the proteasome. Free Pup is unstable and never observed in extracts of M. tuberculosis, an observation that led us to hypothesize that PafA may need alternative sources of Pup. Here, we show that PafA can move Pup from one proteasome substrate, inositol 1-phosphate synthetase (Ino1), to two different proteins, malonyl coenzyme A (CoA)-acyl carrier protein transacylase (FabD) and lonely guy (Log)...
February 21, 2017: MBio
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