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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786956/rho-kinase-and-protein-kinase-c-pathways-are-responsible-for-enhanced-carbachol-contraction-in-permeabilized-detrusor-in-a-rat-model-of-cystitis
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Merve Denizalti, N Tugba Durlu-Kandilci, G Simsek, T Emrah Bozkurt, Inci Sahin-Erdemli
Interstitial cystitis is a syndrome characterized by detrusor overactivity and chronic inflammation of the bladder. The mechanisms responsible for the altered smooth muscle contractility remain poorly understood. The aim of the study was to investigate the role of intracellular signalling pathways in carbachol-induced detrusor contraction in a rat model of interstitial cystitis. Cyclophosphamide (150 mg/kg, dissolved in saline) was injected to rats (Sprague-Dawley, female, 200-250 g) intraperitoneally once a day on days 1, 4 and 7 to induce interstitial cystitis...
May 22, 2018: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786729/application-of-a-constant-hole-volume-sanchez-lacombe-equation-of-state-to-mixtures-relevant-to-polymeric-foaming
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Kier von Konigslow, Chul B Park, Russell B Thompson
A variant of the Sanchez-Lacombe equation of state is applied to several polymers, blowing agents, and saturated mixtures of interest to the polymer foaming industry. These are low-density polyethylene-carbon dioxide and polylactide-carbon dioxide saturated mixtures as well as polystyrene-carbon dioxide-dimethyl ether and polystyrene-carbon dioxide-nitrogen ternary saturated mixtures. Good agreement is achieved between theoretically predicted and experimentally determined solubilities, both for binary and ternary mixtures...
May 22, 2018: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786710/direct-observation-of-the-oxidation-of-dna-bases-by-phosphate-radicals-formed-under-radiation-a-model-of-the-backbone-to-base-hole-transfer
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Jun Ma, Jean-Louis Marignier, Pascal Pernot, Chantal Houée-Levin, Anil Kumar, Michael D Sevilla, Amitava Adhikary, Mehran Mostafavi
In irradiated DNA, by the base-to-base and backbone-to-base hole transfer processes, the hole (i.e., the unpaired spin) localizes on the most electropositive base, guanine. Phosphate radicals formed via ionization events in the DNA-backbone must play an important role in the backbone-to-base hole transfer process. However, earlier studies on irradiated hydrated DNA, on irradiated DNA-models in frozen aqueous solution and in neat dimethyl phosphate showed the formation of carbon-centered radicals and not phosphate radicals...
May 22, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786606/crystal-and-magnetic-structure-of-antiferromagnetic-mn-sub-2-sub-ptpd
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Vivek Kumar, Manfred Reehuis, Andreas Hoser, Peter Adler, Claudia Felser
We have investigated the crystal and magnetic structure of Mn<sub>2</sub>PtPd alloy using powder X-ray and neutron diffraction experiments. This compound is believed to belong to the Heusler family having crystal symmetry I4/mmm (TiAl<sub>3</sub>-type). However, in this work we found that the Pd and Pt atoms are disordered and thus Mn<sub>2</sub>PtPd crystallizes in the L1<sub>0</sub> structure having P4/mmm symmetry (CuAu-I type) like MnPt and MnPd binary alloys...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786433/polymer-diffusion-in-the-interphase-between-surface-and-solution
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Lukas Weger, Monika Weidmann, Wael Ali, Marcus Hildebrandt, Jochen Stefan Gutmann, Kerstin Hoffmann-Jacobsen
Total internal reflection fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (TIR-FCS) is applied to study the self-diffusion of polyethylene glycol solutions in the presence of weakly attractive interfaces. Glass coverslips modified with aminopropyl- and propyl-terminated silanes are used to study the influence of solid surfaces on polymer diffusion. A model of three phases of polymer diffusion allows to describe the experimental fluorescence autocorrelation functions. Besides the two-dimensional diffusion of adsorbed polymer on the substrate and three-dimensional free diffusion in bulk solution, a third diffusion time scale is observed with intermediate diffusion times...
May 22, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785259/the-impact-of-multifaceted-osteoporosis-group-education-on-patients-decision-making-regarding-treatment-options-and-lifestyle-changes
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Annesofie L Jensen, Gitte Wind, Bente Lomholt Langdahl, Kirsten Lomborg
Introduction: Patients with chronic diseases like osteoporosis constantly have to make decisions related to their disease. Multifaceted osteoporosis group education (GE) may support patients' decision-making. This study investigated multifaceted osteoporosis GE focusing on the impact of GE on patients' decision-making related to treatment options and lifestyle. Material and Methods: An interpretive description design using ethnographic methods was utilized with 14 women and three men diagnosed with osteoporosis who attended multifaceted GE...
2018: Journal of Osteoporosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785073/scale-free-networks-in-metabolomics
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Hema Sekhar Reddy Rajula, Matteo Mauri, Vassilios Fanos
Metabolomics is an expanding discipline in biology. It is the process of portraying the phenotype of a cell, tissue or species organism using a comprehensive set of metabolites. Therefore, it is of interest to understand complex systems such as metabolomics using a scale-free topology. Genetic networks and the World Wide Web (WWW) are described as networks with complex topology. Several large networks have vertex connectivity that goes beyond a scale-free power-law distribution. It is observed that (a) networks expand constantly by the addition of recent vertices, and (b) recent vertices attach preferentially to sites that are already well connected...
2018: Bioinformation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784596/tenodesis-renders-better-results-than-tenotomy-in-repairs-of-isolated-supraspinatus-tears-with-pathologic-biceps
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Arnaud Godenèche, Jean-François Kempf, Laurent Nové-Josserand, Aude Michelet, Mo Saffarini, Gerjon Hannink, Philippe Collin
BACKGROUND: Many authors recommend systematic biceps tenotomy or tenodesis when repairing rotator cuff tears, regardless of whether the biceps is normal or pathologic. The purpose of this study was to determine whether 10-year outcomes of repairs of isolated supraspinatus tears are influenced by adjuvant biceps tenodesis or tenotomy. METHODS: Patients who underwent repair of isolated supraspinatus tears were recalled for evaluation at a minimum follow-up of 10 years...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783660/ultraviolet-laser-lithography-of-titania-photonic-crystals-for-terahertz-wave-modulation
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Soshu Kirihara, Koki Nonaka, Shoichiro Kisanuki, Hirotoshi Nozaki, Keito Sakaguchi
Three-dimensional (3D) microphotonic crystals with a diamond structure composed of titania microlattices were fabricated using ultraviolet laser lithography, and the bandgap properties in the terahertz (THz) electromagnetic-wave frequency region were investigated. An acrylic resin paste with titania fine particle dispersions was used as the raw material for additive manufacturing. By scanning a spread paste surface with an ultraviolet laser beam, two-dimensional solid patterns were dewaxed and sintered. Subsequently, 3D structures with a relative density of 97% were created via layer lamination and joining...
May 18, 2018: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783625/a-simple-alternative-method-for-preservation-of-2-methylisoborneol-in-water-samples
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Chun-Cheng Fan, Yi-Ting Chiu, Tsair-Fuh Lin
2-Methylisoborneol (2-MIB) is one of the most commonly observed taste and odor (T&O) compounds present in drinking water sources. As it is biodegradable, a preservation agent, typically mercury chloride, is needed if the water is not analyzed right after sampling. Since mercury is a toxic metal, an alternative chemical that is cheaper and less toxic is desirable. In this study, two chemicals commonly used in water treatment processes, chlorine (as sodium hypochlorite) and KMnO₄ (potassium permanganate), are studied to determine their feasibility as preservation agents for 2-MIB in water...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782700/nonionic-dendritic-and-carbohydrate-based-amphiphiles-self-assembly-and-transport-behavior
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Suchita Prasad, Katharina Achazi, Boris Schade, Rainer Haag, Sunil K Sharma
Herein, a new series of non-ionic dendritic and carbohydrate based amphiphiles is synthesized employing biocompatible starting materials and studied for supramolecular aggregate formation in aqueous solution. The dendritic amphiphiles 12 and 13 possessing poly(glycerol) [G2.0] as hydrophilic unit and C-10 and C-18 hydrophobic alkyl chains, respectively, exhibit low critical aggregation concentration (CAC) in the order of 10-5 m and hydrodynamic diameters in the 8-10 nm range and supplemented by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy...
May 21, 2018: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782173/field-directed-self-assembly-of-mutually-polarizable-nanoparticles
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Zachary M Sherman, Dipanjan Ghosh, James W Swan
Directed assembly of dielectric and paramagnetic nanoparticles can be used to synthesize diverse functional materials that polarize in response to an externally applied electric or magnetic field. However, theories capable of predicting the self-assembled states are lacking. In the proposed work, we develop a complete thermodynamic description of such assemblies for spherical nanoparticles. We show how an important physical feature of these types of particles, mutual polarization, sculpts the free energy landscape and has a remarkably strong influence on the nature of the self-assembled states...
May 21, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781256/improved-performance-in-mammalian-cell-perfusion-cultures-by-growth-inhibition
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Moritz K F Wolf, Aurélie Closet, Monika Bzowska, Jean-Marc Bielser, Jonathan Souquet, Hervé Broly, Massimo Morbidelli
Mammalian cell perfusion cultures represent a promising alternative for the production of various biopharmaceuticals to the current fed-batch technology. Long-term operation at a fixed viable cell density (VCD) requires a viable culture and a constant removal of excessive cells. Product loss in the cell removing bleed stream deteriorates the process yield. In this study, we investigated the use of chemical and environmental growth inhibition on culture performance by either adding valeric acid (VA) to the production media or by reducing the culture temperature (33...
May 21, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781240/predominant-nonproductive-substrate-binding-by-fungal-cellobiohydrolase-i-and-implications-for-activity-improvement
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Mikhail L Rabinovich, Maria S Melnik, Mikhail L Herner, Yakov V Voznyi, Lilia G Vasilchenko
Enzymatic conversion of the most abundant renewable source of organic compounds, cellulose to fermentable sugars is attractive for production of green fuels and chemicals. The major component of industrial enzyme systems, cellobiohydrolase I from Hypocrea jecorina (Trichoderma reesei) (HjCel7A) processively splits disaccharide units from the reducing ends of tightly packed cellulose chains. HjCel7A consists of a catalytic domain (CD) and a carbohydrate-binding module (CBM) separated by a linker peptide. A tunnel-shaped substrate-binding site in the CD includes 9 subsites for β-D-glucose units, 7 of which (-7 to -1) precede the catalytic center...
May 21, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781029/infrared-spectrum-and-intermolecular-potential-energy-surface-of-the-co-o-2-dimer
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A J Barclay, A R W McKellar, N Moazzen-Ahmadi, Richard Dawes, Xiao-Gang Wang, Tucker Carrington
Only a few weakly-bound complexes containing the O2 molecule have been characterized by high resolution spectroscopy, no doubt due to the complications added by the oxygen molecule's unpaired electron spin. Here we report an extensive infrared spectrum of CO-O2, observed in the CO fundamental band region using a tunable quantum cascade laser to probe a pulsed supersonic jet expansion. The rotational energy level pattern derived from the spectrum consists of stacks of levels characterized by the total angular momentum, J, and its projection on the intermolecular axis, K...
May 21, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780808/real-time-observations-of-food-and-fluid-timing-during-a-120-km-ultramarathon
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Floris C Wardenaar, Daan Hoogervorst, Joline J Versteegen, Nancy van der Burg, Karin J Lambrechtse, Coen C W G Bongers
The aim of the present case study was to use real-time observations to investigate ultramarathon runners' timing of food and fluid intake per 15 km and per hour, and total bodyweight loss due to dehydration. The study included 5 male ultramarathon runners observed during a 120 km race. The research team members followed on a bicycle and continuously observed their dietary intake using action cameras. Hourly carbohydrate intake ranged between 22.1 and 62.6 g/h, and fluid intake varied between 260 and 603 mL/h...
2018: Frontiers in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780500/disentanglement-of-excited-state-dynamics-with-implications-for-fret-measurements-two-dimensional-electronic-spectroscopy-of-a-bodipy-functionalized-cavitand
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John P Otto, Lili Wang, Igor Pochorovski, Samuel M Blau, Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Zhenan Bao, Gregory S Engel, Melanie Chiu
Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) is the incoherent transfer of an electronic excitation from a donor fluorophore to a nearby acceptor. FRET has been applied as a probe of local chromophore environments and distances on the nanoscale by extrapolating transfer efficiencies from standard experimental parameters, such as fluorescence intensities or lifetimes. Competition from nonradiative relaxation processes is often assumed to be constant in these extrapolations, but in actuality, this competition depends on the donor and acceptor environments and can, therefore, be affected by conformational changes...
April 21, 2018: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779903/glycosaminoglycans-analysis-in-blood-and-urine-of-patients-with-mucopolysaccharidosis
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Shaukat A Khan, Robert W Mason, Roberto Giugliani, Kenji Orii, Toshiyuki Fukao, Yasuyuki Suzuki, Seiji Yamaguchi, Hironori Kobayashi, Tadao Orii, Shunji Tomatsu
To explore the correlation between glycosaminoglycan (GAG) levels and mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) type, we have evaluated the GAG levels in blood of MPS II, III, IVA, and IVB and urine of MPS IVA, IVB, and VI by tandem mass spectrometry. Dermatan sulfate (DS), heparan sulfate (HS), keratan sulfate (KS; mono-sulfated KS, di-sulfated KS), and the ratio of di-sulfated KS in total KS were measured. Patients with untreated MPS II had higher levels of DS and HS in blood while untreated MPS III had higher levels of HS in blood than age-matched controls...
May 17, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779377/how-does-the-surface-of-al-itq-hb-2d-mof-condition-the-intermolecular-interactions-of-an-adsorbed-organic-molecule
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Elena Caballero-Mancebo, Jose Maria Moreno, Avelino Corma, Urbano Díaz, Boiko Cohen, Abderrazzak Douhal
In this work, we unravel how the 2D-Al-ITQ-HB metal organic framework changes the interactions of Nile Red (NR) adsorbed on its surface. Time-resolved emission experiments indicate the occurrence of energy transfer between adsorbed NR molecules, in abnormally long time constant of 2-2.5 ns, getting shorter (~0.25 ns) when the concentration of the surface adsorbed NR increases. We identify the emission from local excited state of aggregates, and charge-transfer and energy transfer between adsorbed molecules...
May 21, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778067/succession-of-bacterial-and-fungal-communities-within-biofilms-of-a-chlorinated-drinking-water-distribution-system
#20
I Douterelo, K E Fish, J B Boxall
Understanding the temporal dynamics of multi-species biofilms in Drinking Water Distribution Systems (DWDS) is essential to ensure safe, high quality water reaches consumers after it passes through these high surface area reactors. This research studied the succession characteristics of fungal and bacterial communities under controlled environmental conditions fully representative of operational DWDS. Microbial communities were observed to increase in complexity after one month of biofilm development but they did not reach stability after three months...
May 3, 2018: Water Research
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