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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231411/guanidinium-group-is-protonated-in-a-strongly-basic-arginine-solution
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Bo Xu, Michael I Jacobs, Oleg Kostko, Musahid Ahmed
Knowledge of the acid dissociation constant of an amino acid has very important ramifications in the biochemistry of proteins and lipid bilayers in aqueous environments since charge and proton transfer depend on its value. The acid dissociation constant for the guanidinium group in arginine has historically been posited as 12.5, but there is substantial variation in published values over the years. Recent experiments suggest that the dissociation constant for arginine is much higher than 12.5, which explains why the arginine guanidinium group retains its positive charge under all physiological conditions...
February 23, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231390/intraoperative-assessment-of-laryngeal-pathologies-with-optical-coherence-tomography-integrated-into-a-surgical-microscope
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Anna S Englhard, Tom Betz, Veronika Volgger, Eva Lankenau, Georg J Ledderose, Herbert Stepp, Christian Homann, Christian S Betz
OBJECTIVE: Endoscopic examination followed by tissue biopsy is the gold standard in the evaluation of lesions of the upper aerodigestive tract. However, it can be difficult to distinguish between healthy mucosa, dysplasia, and invasive carcinoma. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive technique which acquires high-resolution, cross-sectional images of tissue in vivo. Integrated into a surgical microscope, it allows the intraoperative evaluation of lesions simultaneously with microscopic visualization...
February 23, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231309/improving-molecular-diagnosis-of-aniridia-and-wagr-syndrome-using-customized-targeted-array-based-cgh
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Fiona Blanco-Kelly, María Palomares, Elena Vallespín, Cristina Villaverde, Rubén Martín-Arenas, Camilo Vélez-Monsalve, Isabel Lorda-Sánchez, Julián Nevado, María José Trujillo-Tiebas, Pablo Lapunzina, Carmen Ayuso, Marta Corton
Chromosomal deletions at 11p13 are a frequent cause of congenital Aniridia, a rare pan-ocular genetic disease, and of WAGR syndrome, accounting up to 30% of cases. First-tier genetic testing for newborn with aniridia, to detect 11p13 rearrangements, includes Multiplex Ligation-dependent Probe Amplification (MLPA) and karyotyping. However, neither of these approaches allow obtaining a complete picture of the high complexity of chromosomal deletions and breakpoints in aniridia. Here, we report the development and validation of a customized targeted array-based comparative genomic hybridization, so called WAGR-array, for comprehensive high-resolution analysis of CNV in the WAGR locus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231012/quantum-percolation-and-magnetic-nano-droplet-states-in-electronically-phase-separated-manganite-nanowires
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Kaixuan Zhang, Lin Li, Hui Li, Qiyuan Feng, Nan Zhang, Long Cheng, Xiaodong Fan, Yubin Hou, Qingyou Lu, Zhenyu Zhang, Changgan Zeng
One-dimensional (1D) confinement has been revealed to effectively tune the properties of materials in homogeneous states. The 1D physics can be further enriched by electronic inhomogeneity, which unfortunately remains largely unknown. Here we demonstrate the ultra-high sensitivity to magnetic fluctuations and the tunability of phase stability in the electronic transport properties of self-assembled electronically phase-separated manganite nanowires with extreme aspect ratio. The onset of magnetic nano-droplet state, a precursor to the ferromagnetic metallic state, is unambiguously revealed, which is attributed to the small lateral size of the nanowires that is comparable to the droplet size...
February 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230997/universal-exciton-size-in-organic-polymers-is-determined-by-non-local-orbital-exchange-in-tddft
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Stefanie A Mewes, Felix Plasser, Andreas Dreuw
The exciton size of the lowest singlet excited state in a diverse set of organic π-conjugated polymers is studied and found to be a universal, system-independent quantity of approximately 7 Å in the single chain picture. With time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT), its value as well as the overall description of the exciton is almost exclusively governed by the amount of non-local orbital exchange. This is traced back to the lack of the Coulomb attraction between the electron and hole quasiparticles in pure TDDFT, which is reintroduced only with the admixture of non-local orbital exchange...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230422/effects-of-arousal-and-context-on-recognition-memory-for-emotional-pictures-in-younger-and-older-adults
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Yang Wang, Jiongjiong Yang
: Background/Study Context: Previous studies found that older adults tend to remember more positive than negative information (i.e., positivity bias), leading to an age-related positivity effect. However, the extent to which factors of arousal and contextual information influence the positivity bias in older adults remains to be determined. METHODS: In this study, 27 Chinese younger adults (20.00 ± 1.75 years) and 33 Chinese older adults (70.76 ± 5.49) learned pictures with negative, positive, and neutral valences...
March 2017: Experimental Aging Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230310/hydroxy-directed-ruthenium-catalyzed-alkene-alkyne-coupling-increased-scope-stereochemical-implications-and-mechanistic-rationale
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Stephan M Rummelt, Gui-Juan Cheng, Puneet Gupta, Walter Thiel, Alois Fürstner
The recognition of the dual binding mode of propargyl and allyl alcohols to [Cp*Ru] fragments fostered the development of a highly regioselective intermolecular Alder-ene-type reaction of alkynes with 1,2-disubstituted alkenes. The increased substrate scope opens new perspectives in stereochemical terms. As the loaded catalyst is chiral-at-metal, stereochemical information is efficiently relayed from the propargylic site to the emerging C-C bond. This interpretation is based on the X-ray structure of the first Cp*Ru complex carrying an intact enyne ligand, and provides valuable insights into bonding and activation of the substrates...
February 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230249/early-home-activities-and-oral-language-skills-in-middle-childhood-a-quantile-analysis
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James Law, Robert Rush, Tom King, Elizabeth Westrupp, Sheena Reilly
Oral language development is a key outcome of elementary school, and it is important to identify factors that predict it most effectively. Commonly researchers use ordinary least squares regression with conclusions restricted to average performance conditional on relevant covariates. Quantile regression offers a more sophisticated alternative. Using data of 17,687 children from the United Kingdom's Millennium Cohort Study, we compared ordinary least squares and quantile models with language development (verbal similarities) at 11 years as the outcome...
February 23, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230217/dna-protected-silver-emitters-charge-dependent-switching-of-fluorescence
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Matías Berdakin, Martin I Taccone, Gustavo A Pino, Cristián G Sánchez
The relationship between the state of charge and spectroscopy of DNA-protected silver emitters is not yet well understood. This remains one of the major issues to unveil in order to fully disentangle the spectroscopic features of these novel systems. It is a well known fact that a fluorescence response arises upon chemical reduction of silver cations attached to DNA, leading to neutral (or partially oxidized) "bright" clusters. It is important to note that the absence of fluorescence in completely ionic complexes is universal in the sense that it does not depend on any experimental variable...
February 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230175/cardiovascular-disease-in-africa-epidemiological-profile-and-challenges
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Ashley K Keates, Ana O Mocumbi, Mpiko Ntsekhe, Karen Sliwa, Simon Stewart
From a global perspective, the large and diverse African population is disproportionately affected by cardiovascular disease (CVD). The historical balance between communicable and noncommunicable pathways to CVD in different African regions is dependent on external factors over the life course and at a societal level. The future risk of noncommunicable forms of CVD (predominantly driven by increased rates of hypertension, smoking, and obesity) is a growing public health concern. The incidence of previously rare forms of CVD such as coronary artery disease will increase, in concert with historically prevalent forms of disease, such as rheumatic heart disease, that are yet to be optimally prevented or treated...
February 23, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229347/the-role-of-questioning-environment-personality-traits-depressive-and-anxiety-symptoms-in-tinnitus-severity-perception
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Robertas Strumila, Aistė Lengvenytė, Vija Vainutienė, Eugenijus Lesinskas
Psychological factors have been described as important for tinnitus severity, but attempts to incorporate them in one picture are sparse. This study investigated to what extent traits (personality), states (depressive and anxiety symptoms), sociodemographic factors and questioning environment influence tinnitus severity perception and how they interplay. Data were obtained from 212 subjects in a survey that was undertaken in 2016 at Vilnius University hospital and via internet. Measures included the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), Big Five Personality Dimensions Scale and sociodemographic questions...
February 23, 2017: Psychiatric Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229139/pti2-dach-the-iodido-analogue-of-oxaliplatin-as-a-candidate-for-colorectal-cancer-treatment-chemical-and-biological-features
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D Cirri, S Pillozzi, C Gabbiani, J Tricomi, G Bartoli, M Stefanini, E Michelucci, A Arcangeli, L Messori, T Marzo
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a global health problem being the fourth most common cause of death due to cancer worldwide. Oxaliplatin plays a key role in current CRC treatment but shows serious drawbacks, such as a high systemic toxicity and the frequent insurgence of Pt resistance. In search of novel and more efficacious Pt-based drugs for CRC treatment, we synthesized and characterised PtI2(DACH), an oxaliplatin analogue. PtI2(DACH) was obtained through the replacement of bidentate oxalate with two iodides...
February 23, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228821/security-of-patient-data-when-decommissioning-ultrasound-systems
#13
James Moggridge
BACKGROUND: Although ultrasound systems generally archive to Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS), their archiving workflow typically involves storage to an internal hard disk before data are transferred onwards. Deleting records from the local system will delete entries in the database and from the file allocation table or equivalent but, as with a PC, files can be recovered. Great care is taken with disposal of media from a healthcare organisation to prevent data breaches, but ultrasound systems are routinely returned to lease companies, sold on or donated to third parties without such controls...
February 2017: Ultrasound: Journal of the British Medical Ultrasound Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228763/cardiolipin-supports-respiratory-enzymes-in-plants-in-different-ways
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Jakob Petereit, Kenta Katayama, Christin Lorenz, Linda Ewert, Peter Schertl, Andreas Kitsche, Hajime Wada, Margrit Frentzen, Hans-Peter Braun, Holger Eubel
In eukaryotes the presence of the dimeric phospholipid cardiolipin (CL) is limited to the mitochondrial membranes. It resides predominantly in the inner membrane where it interacts with components of the mitochondrial electron transfer chain. CL deficiency has previously been shown to affect abundances of the plant NADH-dehydrogenase complex and its association with dimeric cyctochrome c reductase. Using an Arabidopsis thaliana knock-out mutant for the final enzyme of CL biosynthesis we here extend current knowledge on the dependence of plant respiration on CL...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228583/food-responsiveness-regulates-episodic-behavioral-states-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Richard J McCloskey, Anthony D Fouad, Matthew A Churgin, Christopher Fang-Yen
Animals optimize survival and reproduction in part through control of behavioral states, which depend on the organism's internal and external environments. In the nematode C. elegans, a variety of behavioral states have been described, including roaming, dwelling, quiescence, and episodic swimming. These states have been considered in isolation, under varied experimental conditions, making it difficult to establish a unified picture of how they are regulated. Using long-term imaging, we examined C. elegans episodic behavioral states under varied mechanical and nutritional environments...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228031/partition-dft-on-the-water-dimer
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Sara Gómez, Jonathan Nafziger, Albeiro Restrepo, Adam Wasserman
As is well known, the ground-state symmetry group of the water dimer switches from its equilibrium Cs-character to C2h-character as the distance between the two oxygen atoms of the dimer decreases below RO-O∼2.5 Å. For a range of RO-O between 1 and 5 Å, and for both symmetries, we apply Partition Density Functional Theory (PDFT) to find the unique monomer densities that sum to the correct dimer densities while minimizing the sum of the monomer energies. We calculate the work involved in deforming the isolated monomer densities and find that it is slightly larger for the Cs geometry for all RO-O...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228022/electron-nuclear-wave-packet-dynamics-through-a-conical-intersection
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Kilian Hader, Julian Albert, E K U Gross, Volker Engel
We investigate the coupled electron-nuclear dynamics in a model system showing a conical intersection (CoIn) between two excited state potential energy surfaces. Within the model, a single electron and nucleus move in two dimensions in an external static field. It is demonstrated that the nuclear density conserves its initial Gaussian shape when directly passing the CoIn, whereas the electronic density remains approximately constant. This is in sharp contrast to the picture which evolves from an analysis within the basis of adiabatic electronic states...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227754/brain-heart-linear-and-nonlinear-dynamics-during-visual-emotional-elicitation-in-healthy-subjects
#18
G Valenza, A Greco, C Gentili, A Lanata, N Toschi, R Barbieri, L Sebastiani, D Menicucci, A Gemignani, E P Scilingo, G Valenza, A Greco, C Gentili, A Lanata, N Toschi, R Barbieri, L Sebastiani, D Menicucci, A Gemignani, E P Scilingo, A Lanata, A Gemignani, E P Scilingo, A Greco, D Menicucci, L Sebastiani, C Gentili, N Toschi, R Barbieri, G Valenza
This study investigates brain-heart dynamics during visual emotional elicitation in healthy subjects through linear and nonlinear coupling measures of EEG spectrogram and instantaneous heart rate estimates. To this extent, affective pictures including different combinations of arousal and valence levels, gathered from the International Affective Picture System, were administered to twenty-two healthy subjects. Time-varying maps of cortical activation were obtained through EEG spectral analysis, whereas the associated instantaneous heartbeat dynamics was estimated using inhomogeneous point-process linear models...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227701/heart-rate-reactivity-associated-to-positive-and-negative-food-and-non-food-visual-stimuli
#19
Pekka Kuoppa, Mika P Tarvainen, Leila Karhunen, Johanna Narvainen, Pekka Kuoppa, Mika P Tarvainen, Leila Karhunen, Johanna Narvainen, Leila Karhunen, Mika P Tarvainen, Pekka Kuoppa, Johanna Narvainen
Using food as a stimuli is known to cause multiple psychophysiological reactions. Heart rate variability (HRV) is common tool for assessing physiological reactions in autonomic nervous system. However, the findings in HRV related to food stimuli have not been consistent. In this paper the quick changes in HRV related to positive and negative food and non-food visual stimuli are investigated. Electrocardiogram (ECG) was measured from 18 healthy females while being stimulated with the pictures. Subjects also filled Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire to determine their eating behavior...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227526/valence-dependent-changes-in-visual-arousing-elicitation-an-exploratory-study-in-eeg-gamma-oscillations
#20
Alberto Greco, Gaetano Valenza, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Alberto Greco, Gaetano Valenza, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Gaetano Valenza, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Alberto Greco
Emotion regulation involves several brain areas such as prefrontal cortex, amygdala, and insular cortex. However, considering different levels of arousing elicitations, how such a brain dynamics is affected by emotional pleasant/unpleasant (valence) elicitation is not fully understood. To this aim, we propose an Electroencephalographic (EEG)-based preliminary study in which 22 healthy subjects were elicited through affective pictures gathered from the International Affective Picture System. Considering 4 arousing levels, each of which including two valence levels (pleasant and unpleasant), we investigated EEG power spectra and functional connectivity...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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