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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640918/identifying-key-demographic-parameters-of-a-small-island-associated-population-of-indo-pacific-bottlenose-dolphins-reunion-indian-ocean
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Violaine Dulau, Vanessa Estrade, Jacques Fayan
Photo-identification surveys of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins were conducted from 2009 to 2014 off Reunion Island (55°E33'/21°S07'), in the Indian Ocean. Robust Design models were applied to produce the most reliable estimate of population abundance and survival rate, while accounting for temporary emigration from the survey area (west coast). The sampling scheme consisted of a five-month (June-October) sampling period in each year of the study. The overall population size at Reunion was estimated to be 72 individuals (SE = 6...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640618/dynamic-roughness-ratio-based-framework-for-modeling-mixed-mode-of-droplet-evaporation
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Madhu Ranjan Gunjan, Rishi Raj
The spatio-temporal evolution of an evaporating sessile droplet and its effect on lifetime is crucial to various disciplines of science and technology. While experimental investigations suggest three distinct modes through which a droplet evaporates, namely, the constant contact radius (CCR), the constant contact angle (CCA), and the mixed, only the CCR and the CCA modes have been modeled reasonably. Here we use experiments with water droplets on flat and micropillared silicon substrates to characterize the mixed mode...
June 22, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636347/the-structure-and-dynamics-of-alginate-gels-crosslinked-by-polyvalent-ions-probed-via-solid-state-nmr-spectroscopy
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Jiří Brus, Martina Urbanová, Jiri Czernek, Miroslava Pavelkova, Katerina Kubova, Jakub Vyslouzil, Sabina Abbrent, Rafal Konefal, Jiri Horsky, David Vetchy, Jan Vysloužil, Pavel Kulich
Alginate gels are an outstanding biomaterial widely applicable in tissue engineering, medicine, and pharmacy for cell transplantation, wound healing and efficient bioactive agent delivery, respectively. This contribution provides new and comprehensive insight into the atomic-resolution structure and dynamics of polyvalent ion-crosslinked alginate gels in microbead formulations. By applying various advanced solid-state NMR (ssNMR) spectroscopy techniques, we verified the homogenous distribution of the crosslinking ions in the alginate gels and the high degree of ion exchange...
June 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636230/quantification-of-fatty-acids-in-erythrocytes-and-plasma-by-fast-gas-chromatography
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Cristina Cruz-Hernandez, Sagar K Thakkar, Isabelle Masserey-Elmelegy, William Bousi, Patric Fontannaz, Francesca Giuffrida
As a result of the heterogeneous nature of lipid classes in complex biological matrices such as plasma and erythrocytes, it is imperative to have a robust and validated methodology for fatty acid quantification. The effective method presented here combines available methodology of fast gas chromatography and an improvement of the sample preparation methodology before injection into the gas chromatograph. This methodology ensures complete transesterification and quantification of total and individual fatty acids (and not only in relative amounts) by addition of internal standards...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634836/test-retest-reproducibility-of-11-c-l-deprenyl-d2-binding-to-mao-b-in-the-human-brain
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Ryosuke Arakawa, Per Stenkrona, Akihiro Takano, Sangram Nag, Rafael S Maior, Christer Halldin
BACKGROUND: [(11)C]-L-deprenyl-D2 is a positron emission tomography (PET) radioligand for measurement of the monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B) activity in vivo brain. The estimation of the test-retest reproducibility is important for accurate interpretation of PET studies. RESULTS: We performed two [(11)C]-L-deprenyl-D2 scans for six healthy subjects and evaluated the test-retest variability of this radioligand. MAO-B binding was quantified by two tissue compartment model (2TCM) with three rate constants (K 1, k 2, k 3) using metabolite-corrected plasma radioactivity...
December 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634461/sensitivity-to-acceleration-in-the-human-early-visual-system
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Ryohei Nakayama, Isamu Motoyoshi
It is widely believed that the human visual system is insensitive to acceleration in moving stimuli. This notion is supported by evidence that detection sensitivity for velocity modulation in moving stimuli is a lowpass function of the velocity modulation's temporal frequency. However, the lowpass function might be a mixture of detection by attention-based tracking and low-level mechanisms sensitive to acceleration. To revisit the issue of acceleration perception in relation to attentive tracking, we measured detection sensitivities for velocity modulations at various temporal frequencies (0...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634371/factors-related-to-good-asthma-control-using-different-medical-adherence-scales-in-latvian-asthma-patients-an-observational-study
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Dins Smits, Girts Brigis, Jana Pavare, Baiba Maurina, Noël Christopher Barengo
One of the main challenges in asthma control is adherence to pharmaceutical treatment. The aim of this study was to test the association between adherence to asthma medication, control and medical beliefs, cognitive and emotional perceptions using three different validated questionnaires. Beliefs about asthma medicine, cognitive and emotional factors were determined in a cross-sectional survey of patients attending outpatient pulmonologist practices in Latvia (n = 352). The validated Beliefs about Medicines Questionnaire and the Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire were used...
June 20, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633367/cortical-glutamate-in-migraine
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Ronald Zielman, Jannie P Wijnen, Andrew Webb, Gerrit L J Onderwater, Itamar Ronen, Michel D Ferrari, Hermien E Kan, Gisela M Terwindt, Mark C Kruit
Cortical hyperexcitability due to enhanced glutamatergic activity has been implicated in migraine pathophysiology but direct evidence is lacking. Here we assessed glutamate levels and intracellular mobility of glutamate in the visual cortex of migraineurs in-between attacks. We included 50 migraineurs (23 with aura and 27 without aura) and 24 age- and gender-matched non-headache controls. We used proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS) and diffusion weighted spectroscopy at 7 T with a single volume of interest (2 × 2 × 3 cm) located in the primary and secondary visual cortex...
June 14, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632741/aging-mortality-and-the-fast-growth-trade-off-of-schizosaccharomyces-pombe
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Hidenori Nakaoka, Yuichi Wakamoto
Replicative aging has been demonstrated in asymmetrically dividing unicellular organisms, seemingly caused by unequal damage partitioning. Although asymmetric segregation and inheritance of potential aging factors also occur in symmetrically dividing species, it nevertheless remains controversial whether this results in aging. Based on large-scale single-cell lineage data obtained by time-lapse microscopy with a microfluidic device, in this report, we demonstrate the absence of replicative aging in old-pole cell lineages of Schizosaccharomyces pombe cultured under constant favorable conditions...
June 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631620/effectiveness-of-pelvic-lead-blanket-to-reduce-the-doses-to-eye-lens-and-hands-of-interventional-cardiologists-and-assistant-nurses
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Włodzimierz Grabowicz, Joanna Karolina Domienik-Andrzejewska, Konrad Masiarek, Tomasz Górnik, Tomasz Grycewicz, Marcin Brodecki, Andrzej Lubiński
The aim of the present study is to analyse quantitatively the potential reduction of the doses to eye lens and the hands of an operator and a nurse by the pelvic lead blanket during coronary angiography (CA) and percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) procedures. Thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLDs) were used to assess dose levels to left eye lens and left and right fingers of both physician and nurses during single procedures performed with or without lead blanket. The measurements were carried out in one medical centre and include dosimetric data from100 procedures...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630971/2-thiouracil-intersystem-crossing-photodynamics-studied-by-wavelength-dependent-photoelectron-and-transient-absorption-spectroscopies
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José A Sánchez-Rodríguez, Abed Mohamadzade, Sebastian Mai, Brennan Ashwood, Marvin Pollum, Philipp Marquetand, Leticia González, Carlos E Crespo-Hernández, Susanne Ullrich
Single-atom substitution within a natural nucleobase-such as replacing oxygen by sulfur in uracil-can result in drastic changes in the relaxation dynamics after UV excitation. While the photodynamics of natural nucleobases like uracil are dominated by pathways along singlet excited states, the photodynamics of thiobases like 2-thiouracil populate the triplet manifold with near unity quantum yield. In the present study, a synergistic approach based on time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (TRPES), time-resolved absorption spectroscopy (TRAS), and ab initio computations has been particularly successful at unraveling the underlying photophysical principles and describing the dissimilarities between the natural and substituted nucleobases...
June 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630680/purely-entropic-self-assembly-of-the-bicontinuous-ia3d-gyroid-phase-in-equilibrium-hard-pear-systems
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Philipp W A Schönhöfer, Laurence J Ellison, Matthieu Marechal, Douglas J Cleaver, Gerd E Schröder-Turk
We investigate a model of hard pear-shaped particles which forms the bicontinuous Ia[Formula: see text]d structure by entropic self-assembly, extending the previous observations of Barmes et al. (2003 Phys. Rev. E68, 021708. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.68.021708)) and Ellison et al. (2006 Phys. Rev. Lett.97, 237801. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.97.237801)). We specifically provide the complete phase diagram of this system, with global density and particle shape as the two variable parameters, incorporating the gyroid phase as well as disordered isotropic, smectic and nematic phases...
August 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630668/competition-brings-out-the-best-modelling-the-frustration-between-curvature-energy-and-chain-stretching-energy-of-lyotropic-liquid-crystals-in-bicontinuous-cubic-phases
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Hao Chen, Chenyu Jin
It is commonly considered that the frustration between the curvature energy and the chain stretching energy plays an important role in the formation of lyotropic liquid crystals in bicontinuous cubic phases. Theoretic and numeric calculations were performed for two extreme cases: parallel surfaces eliminate the variance of the chain length; constant mean curvature surfaces eliminate the variance of the mean curvature. We have implemented a model with Brakke's Surface Evolver which allows a competition between the two variances...
August 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630505/analytical-evaluation-of-the-accuracy-and-retention-of-compounding-skills-among-pharmd-students
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Mudit Mudit, Lloyd F Alfonso
Objective. To evaluate the accuracy and retention of compounding skills among students using analytical testing. Methods. Students compounded acetaminophen capsules from the same prescription at three time points (Exercise 1, 2, 3). The compounded products were analyzed (by HPLC) for acetaminophen content and the students' written reports were evaluated for accuracy of calculations and labeling. Results. During Exercise 1, 57.8% of the compounded capsule products were within the acceptable range, 92.2% during Exercise 2 and 75% during Exercise 3...
May 2017: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630488/initial-pseudo-steady-state-asymptotic-kpz-universality-in-semiconductor-on-polymer-deposition
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Renan A L Almeida, Sukarno O Ferreira, Isnard Ferraz, Tiago J Oliveira
The Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) class is a paradigmatic example of universality in nonequilibrium phenomena, but clear experimental evidences of asymptotic 2D-KPZ statistics are still very rare, and far less understanding stems from its short-time behavior. We tackle such issues by analyzing surface fluctuations of CdTe films deposited on polymeric substrates, based on a huge spatio-temporal surface sampling acquired through atomic force microscopy. A pseudo-steady state (where average surface roughness and spatial correlations stay constant in time) is observed at initial times, persisting up to deposition of ~10(4) monolayers...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630449/effect-of-dna-sequence-of-fab-fragment-on-yield-characteristics-and-cell-growth-of-e-coli
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Antti Kulmala, Tuomas Huovinen, Urpo Lamminmäki
Codon usage is one of the factors influencing recombinant protein expression. We were interested in the codon usage of an antibody Fab fragment gene exhibiting extreme toxicity in the E. coli host. The toxic synthetic human Fab gene contained domains optimized by the "one amino acid-one codon" method. We redesigned five segments of the Fab gene with a "codon harmonization" method described by Angov et al. and studied the effects of these changes on cell viability, Fab yield and display on filamentous phage using different vectors and bacterial strains...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629072/photodynamic-effect-of-light-harvesting-long-lived-triplet-excited-state-ruthenium-ii-polyimine-coumarin-complexes-dna-binding-photocleavage-and-anticancer-studies
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Raju Nomula, Xueyan Wu, Jianzhang Zhao, Nagegownivari R Munirathnam
Two coumarin based Ru(II)-polyimine complexes (Ru-1 and Ru-2) showing intense absorption of visible light and long-lived triplet excited states (~12-15μs) were used for study of the interaction with DNA. The binding of the complexes with CT-DNA were studied by UV-vis, fluorescence and time-resolved nanosecond transient absorption (ns-TA) spectroscopy. The results suggesting that the complexes interact with CT-DNA by intercalation mode of binding, showing the binding constants (Kb) 6.47×10(4) for Ru-1 and 5...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628634/protein-signature-in-cerebrospinal-fluid-and-serum-of-alzheimer-s-disease-patients-the-case-of-apolipoprotein-a-1-proteoforms
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Chiara Fania, Beatrice Arosio, Daniele Capitanio, Enrica Torretta, Cristina Gussago, Evelyn Ferri, Daniela Mari, Cecilia Gelfi
In the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) total tau (T-tau), tau phosphorylated at threonine 181 (P-tau181), and the 42 amino acid isoform of alpha β-amyloid (Aβ) are well established surrogate CSF markers. However, there is a constant need for new diagnostic markers to identify the disease at a very early stage. The identification of new molecules for AD diagnosis and monitoring in CSF is hampered by several "confounding" factors including intra- and inter-individual, pre-analytical and analytical variabilities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628304/secondary-organic-aerosol-soa-from-nitrate-radical-oxidation-of-monoterpenes-effects-of-temperature-dilution-and-humidity-on-aerosol-formation-mixing-and-evaporation
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Christopher M Boyd, Theodora Nah, Lu Xu, Thomas Berkemeier, Nga Lee Ng
Nitrate radical (NO3) oxidation of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOC) is important for nighttime secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation. SOA produced at night may evaporate the following morning due to increasing temperatures or dilution of semivolatile compounds. We isothermally dilute the oxidation products from the limonene+NO3 reaction at 25 °C and observe negligible evaporation of organic aerosol via dilution. The SOA yields from limonene+NO3 are approximately constant (~174%) at 25 °C and range from 81-148% at 40 °C...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628096/nucleation-and-growth-of-a-bacterial-functional-amyloid-at-single-fiber-resolution
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Mike Sleutel, Imke Van den Broeck, Nani Van Gerven, Cécile Feuillie, Wim Jonckheere, Claire Valotteau, Yves F Dufrêne, Han Remaut
Curli are functional amyloids produced by proteobacteria like Escherichia coli as part of the extracellular matrix that holds cells together into biofilms. The molecular events that occur during curli nucleation and fiber extension remain largely unknown. Combining observations from curli amyloidogenesis in bulk solutions with real-time in situ nanoscopic imaging at the single-fiber level, we show that curli display polar growth, and we detect two kinetic regimes of fiber elongation. Single fibers exhibit stop-and-go dynamics characterized by bursts of steady-state growth alternated with periods of stagnation...
June 19, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
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