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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926713/phase-separation-kinetics-of-dynamically-self-assembling-nanoparticles-with-toggled-interactions
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Zachary M Sherman, Helen Rosenthal, James W Swan
Ordered materials passively self-assembled from dispersions of nanoparticles with steady interactions are subject to thermodynamic constraints on their phase separation kinetics forcing a tradeoff between throughput and quality. Dynamically self-assembling dispersions whose interactions vary in a controlled way with time do not have these constraints and can rapidly form ordered structures while avoiding kinetic arrest. These out-of-equilibrium processes cannot be understood in terms of equilibrium thermodynamics or kinetic models derived from equilibrium thermodynamics, so new theories must be developed before dynamic self-assembly can be used to reliably fabricate nanomaterials...
September 19, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926420/seronegative-paraneoplastic-limbic-encephalitis-associated-with-thymoma
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Jaime Toro, David Cuellar-Giraldo, Alejandra Duque, Karla Minota, Jorge Patiño, Manuel García
Paraneoplastic limbic encephalitis is an autoimmune syndrome characterized by the acute or subacute onset of encephalopathy, memory loss, confusion, temporal lobe seizures, and behavioral and mood changes. Although most patients with paraneoplastic limbic encephalitis have antineuronal antibodies, advances in the field now permit the diagnosis without autoantibody test results. In this case illustrating the new diagnostic criteria, we report a 70-year-old woman who was brought to the emergency room after the acute onset of cognitive impairment, altered mental status, and choreoathetoid movements...
September 2017: Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology: Official Journal of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926211/kymograph-analysis-with-high-temporal-resolution-reveals-new-features-of-neurofilament-transport-kinetics
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J Daniel Fenn, Christopher M Johnson, Juan Peng, Peter Jung, Anthony Brown
We have used kymograph analysis combined with edge detection and an automated computational algorithm to analyze the axonal transport kinetics of neurofilament polymers in cultured neurons at 30 ms temporal resolution. We generated 301 kymographs from 136 movies and analyzed 726 filaments ranging from 0.6 to 42 µm in length, representing ∼37,000 distinct moving and pausing events. We found that the movement is even more intermittent than previously reported and that the filaments undergo frequent, often transient, reversals which suggests that they can engage simultaneously with both anterograde and retrograde motors...
September 19, 2017: Cytoskeleton
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925705/incoherent-pathways-of-charge-separation-in-organic-hybrid-solar-cells
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Alexander Grupp, Philipp Ehrenreich, Julian Kalb, Arne Budweg, Lukas Schmidt-Mende, Daniele Brida
In this work, we investigate the exciton dissociation dynamics occurring at the donor-acceptor interface in organic and hybrid blends employed in the realization of photovoltaic cells. Fundamental differences in the charge separation process are studied with the organic semiconductor polymer poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and either [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) or titanium dioxide (TiO2) acting as acceptor. By using ultrafast broadband transient absorption spectroscopy with few-fs temporal resolution, we observe that in both cases the incoherent formation of free charges is dominating the charge generation process...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925532/the-interplay-between-regulatory-focus-and-temporal-distance-in-the-health-context
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Aleksandra Berezowska, Arnout R H Fischer, Hans C M van Trijp
OBJECTIVES: This study identifies how the interaction between temporal distance, regulatory focus, and framing of health outcomes affects individuals' intention to adopt a personalized nutrition service. DESIGN: A 2 (temporal distance: immediate health outcomes vs. delayed health outcomes) × 2 (regulatory focus: prevention vs. promotion) × 2 (health outcome framing: illness prevention vs. health promotion) full-factorial between-subjects design. METHODS: In two experiments with samples of 236 and 242 students, regulatory focus was manipulated by asking participants to describe which academic outcomes they want to either achieve or prevent and how they aim to do this...
September 19, 2017: British Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925010/temporal-trends-in-quality-of-primary-care-for-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-a-population-based-retrospective-cohort-study-after-implementation-of-a-quality-improvement-initiative
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Carlos K H Wong, Colman S C Fung, Esther Y T Yu, Eric Y F Wan, Anca K C Chan, Cindy L K Lam
BACKGROUND: This study examined whether temporal trends exist in treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) and quality of diabetes care after implementation of quality improvement initiative in primary care setting. METHODS: We conducted a population-based retrospective cohort study of 202,284 patients with T2D who were routinely managed in primary care clinics. We examined the change over time and the variability between clinics in quality-of-care from Hospital Authority administrative data over a five-year period (2009-2013), and used multilevel logistic regression to adjust for patient and clinic characteristics...
September 19, 2017: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924658/two-photon-sted-microscopy-for-nanoscale-imaging-of-neural-morphology-in-vivo
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Mirelle J T Ter Veer, Thomas Pfeiffer, U Valentin Nägerl
The advent of super-resolution microscopy offers to bridge the gap between electron and light microscopy. It has opened up the possibility of visualizing cellular structures and dynamic signaling events on the "mesoscale" well below the classic diffraction barrier of light microscopy (10-200 nm), while essentially retaining the advantages of fluorescence microscopy concerning multicolor labeling, detection sensitivity, signal contrast, live-cell imaging, and temporal resolution.From among the new super-resolution techniques, STED microscopy stands out as a laser-scanning imaging modality, which enables nanoscale volume-metric imaging of cellular morphology...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924202/coupling-and-dynamics-of-cortical-and-autonomic-signals-are-linked-to-central-inhibition-during-the-wake-sleep-transition
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Christine Ulke, Jue Huang, Justus T C Schwabedal, Galina Surova, Roland Mergl, Tilman Hensch
Maintaining temporal coordination across physiological systems is crucial at the wake-sleep transition. As shown in recent studies, the degree of coordination between brain and autonomic arousal influences attention, which highlights a previously unrecognised point of potential failure in the attention system. To investigate how cortical and autonomic dynamics are linked to the attentive process we analysed electroencephalogram, electrocardiogram and skin conductance data of 39 healthy adults recorded during a 2-h resting-state oddball experiment...
September 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924082/analysis-of-cleaning-process-for-several-kinds-of-soil-by-probability-density-functional-method
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Akihiro Fujimoto, Terumasa Tanaka, Masaru Oya
A method of analyzing the detergency of various soils by assuming normal distributions for the soil adhesion and soil removal forces was developed by considering the relationship between the soil type and the distribution profile of the soil removal force. The effect of the agitation speed on the soil removal was also analyzed by this method. Washing test samples were prepared by soiling fabrics with individual soils such as particulate soils, oily dyes, and water-soluble dyes. Washing tests were conducted using a Terg-O-Tometer and four repetitive washing cycles of 5 min each...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924007/multiple-signaling-pathways-coordinately-regulate-forgetting-of-olfactory-adaptation-through-control-of-sensory-responses-in-c-elegans
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Tomohiro Kitazono, Sayuri Hara-Kuge, Osamu Matsuda, Akitoshi Inoue, Manabi Fujiwara, Takeshi Ishihara
Forgetting memories is important for animals to properly respond to continuously changing environments. To elucidate the mechanisms of forgetting, we used one of the behavioral plasticities of C. elegans hermaphrodite, olfactory adaptation to an attractive odorant, diacetyl, as a simple model of learning. In C. elegans, the TIR-1/JNK-1 pathway accelerates forgetting of olfactory adaptation by facilitating neural secretion from AWC sensory neurons. In this study, to identify the downstream effectors of the TIR-1/JNK-1 pathway, we conducted a genetic screen for suppressors of the gain-of-function mutant of tir-1 (ok1052), which shows excessive forgetting...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923977/prepatterning-by-rhogefs-governs-rho-gtpase-spatiotemporal-dynamics-during-wound-repair
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Mitsutoshi Nakamura, Jeffrey M Verboon, Susan M Parkhurst
Like tissues, single cells are subjected to continual stresses and damage. As such, cells have a robust wound repair mechanism comprised of dynamic membrane resealing and cortical cytoskeletal remodeling. One group of proteins, the Rho family of small guanosine triphosphatases (GTPases), is critical for this actin and myosin cytoskeletal response in which they form distinct dynamic spatial and temporal patterns/arrays surrounding the wound. A key mechanistic question, then, is how these GTPase arrays are formed...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923924/near-atomic-structure-of-jasplakinolide-stabilized-malaria-parasite-f-actin-reveals-the-structural-basis-of-filament-instability
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Sabrina Pospich, Esa-Pekka Kumpula, Julian von der Ecken, Juha Vahokoski, Inari Kursula, Stefan Raunser
During their life cycle, apicomplexan parasites, such as the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, use actomyosin-driven gliding motility to move and invade host cells. For this process, actin filament length and stability are temporally and spatially controlled. In contrast to canonical actin, P. falciparum actin 1 (PfAct1) does not readily polymerize into long, stable filaments. The structural basis of filament instability, which plays a pivotal role in host cell invasion, and thus infectivity, is poorly understood, largely because high-resolution structures of PfAct1 filaments were missing...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923553/a-systematic-integrated-analysis-of-brain-expression-profiles-reveals-yap1-and-other-prioritized-hub-genes-as-important-upstream-regulators-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Min Xu, Deng-Feng Zhang, Rongcan Luo, Yong Wu, Hejiang Zhou, Li-Li Kong, Rui Bi, Yong-Gang Yao
INTRODUCTION: Profiling the spatial-temporal expression pattern and characterizing the regulatory networks of brain tissues are vital for understanding the pathophysiology of Alzheimer's disease (AD). METHODS: We performed a systematic integrated analysis of expression profiles of AD-affected brain tissues (684 AD and 562 controls). A network-based convergent functional genomic approach was used to prioritize possible regulator genes during AD development, followed by functional characterization...
September 15, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923483/synchrony-measure-for-a-neuron-driven-by-excitatory-and-inhibitory-inputs-and-its-adaptation-to-experimentally-recorded-data
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Christina Zavou, Antria Kkoushi, Achilleas Koutsou, Chris Christodoulou
The aim of the current work is twofold: firstly to adapt an existing method measuring the input synchrony of a neuron driven only by excitatory inputs in such a way so as to account for inhibitory inputs as well and secondly to further appropriately adapt this measure so as to be correctly utilised on experimentally-recorded data. The existing method uses the normalized pre-spike slope (NPSS) of the membrane potential, resulting from observing the slope of depolarization of the membrane potential of a neuron prior to the moment of crossing the threshold within a short period of time, to identify the response-relevant input synchrony and through it to infer the operational mode of a neuron...
September 15, 2017: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923361/frontoparietal-theta-oscillations-during-proactive-control-are-associated-with-goal-updating-and-reduced-behavioral-variability
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Patrick S Cooper, Aaron S W Wong, Montana McKewen, Patricia T Michie, Frini Karayanidis
Low frequency oscillations in the theta range (4-8Hz) are increasingly recognized as having a crucial role in flexible cognition. Such evidence is typically derived from studies in the context of reactive (stimulus-driven) control processes. However, little research has explored the role of theta oscillations in preparatory control processes. In the current study, we explored the extent of theta oscillations during proactive cognitive control and determined if these oscillations were associated with behavior...
September 15, 2017: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923313/functional-brain-networks-for-learning-predictive-statistics
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Joseph Giorgio, Vasilis M Karlaftis, Rui Wang, Yuan Shen, Peter Tino, Andrew Welchman, Zoe Kourtzi
Making predictions about future events relies on interpreting streams of information that may initially appear incomprehensible. This skill relies on extracting regular patterns in space and time by mere exposure to the environment (i.e., without explicit feedback). Yet, we know little about the functional brain networks that mediate this type of statistical learning. Here, we test whether changes in the processing and connectivity of functional brain networks due to training relate to our ability to learn temporal regularities...
August 18, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922520/a-review-of-joint-attention-and-social-cognitive-brain-systems-in-typical-development-and-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Peter Mundy
This article provides a review of the increasingly detailed literature on the neurodevelopment of joint attention. Many findings from this literature support and inform the hypothesis that the neurodevelopment of joint attention contributes to the functional development of neural systems for human social cognition. Joint attention begins to develop by 5 months of age and is tantamount to the ability to adopt a common perspective with another person. It involves a whole-brain system with nodes in the: (a) dorsal and medial frontal cortex, (b) orbital frontal/insula cortex, (c) anterior/ posterior cingulate cortex, (d) superior temporal cortex, (e) precuneus/parietal cortex, and (f) amygdala and striatum...
September 18, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922390/identifying-novel-transcription-factors-involved-in-the-inflammatory-response-by-using-binding-site-motif-scanning-in-genomic-regions-defined-by-histone-acetylation
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Peter S Askovich, Stephen A Ramsey, Alan H Diercks, Kathleen A Kennedy, Theo A Knijnenburg, Alan Aderem
The innate immune response to pathogenic challenge is a complex, multi-staged process involving thousands of genes. While numerous transcription factors that act as master regulators of this response have been identified, the temporal complexity of gene expression changes in response to pathogen-associated molecular pattern receptor stimulation strongly suggest that additional layers of regulation remain to be uncovered. The evolved pathogen response program in mammalian innate immune cells is understood to reflect a compromise between the probability of clearing the infection and the extent of tissue damage and inflammatory sequelae it causes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921829/vegetation-demographics-in-earth-system-models-a-review-of-progress-and-priorities
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Rosie A Fisher, Charles D Koven, William R L Anderegg, Bradley O Christoffersen, Michael C Dietze, Caroline Farrior, Jennifer A Holm, George Hurtt, Ryan G Knox, Peter J Lawrence, Jeremy W Lichststein, Marcos Longo, Ashley M Matheny, David Medvigy, Helene C Muller-Landau, Thomas L Powell, Shawn P Serbin, Hisashi Sato, Jacquelyn Shuman, Benjamin Smith, Anna T Trugman, Toni Viskari, Hans Verbeeck, Ensheng Weng, Chonggang Xu, Xiangtao Xu, Tao Zhang, Paul Moorcroft
Numerous current efforts seek to improve the representation of ecosystem ecology and vegetation demographic processes within Earth System Models (ESMs). These developments are widely viewed as an important step in developing greater realism in predictions of future ecosystem states and fluxes. Increased realism, however, leads to increased model complexity, with new features raising a suite of ecological questions that require empirical constraints. Here, we review the developments that permit the representation of plant demographics in ESMs, and identify issues raised by these developments that highlight important gaps in ecological understanding...
September 18, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921742/processing-of-temporally-patterned-sounds-in-the-auditory-cortex-of-seba-s-short-tailed-bat-carollia-perspicillata
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Lisa M Martin, Francisco García-Rosales, M Jerome Beetz, Julio C Hechavarría
This article presents a characterization of cortical responses to artificial and natural temporally-patterned sounds in the bat species Carollia perspicillata, a species that produces vocalizations at rates above 50 Hz. Multi-unit activity was recorded in three different experiments. In the first experiment, amplitude modulated (AM) pure tones were used as stimuli to drive auditory cortex (AC) units. AC units of both ketamine-anesthetized and awake bats could lock their spikes to every cycle of the stimulus modulation envelope, but only if the modulation frequency was below 22 Hz...
September 16, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
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