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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103588/quantifying-kinetics-from-time-series-of-single-molecule-fret-efficiency-histograms
#1
Stephan Benke, Daniel Nettels, Hagen Hofmann, Benjamin Schuler
Single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy is a powerful approach for probing biomolecular structure and dynamics, including protein folding. For the investigation of nonequilibrium kinetics, F��rster resonance energy transfer (FRET) in combination with confocal multiparameter detection has proven particularly versatile, owing to the large number of observables and the broad range of accessible timescales, especially in combination with rapid microfluidic mixing. However, a comprehensive kinetic analysis of the resulting time series of transfer efficiency histograms and complementary observables can be challenging owing to the complexity of the data...
January 19, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103562/a-decision-support-system-for-tele-monitoring-copd-related-worrisome-events
#2
Mario Merone, Claudio Pedone, Giuseppe Capasso, Raffaele Antonelli Incalzi, Paolo Soda
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a preventable, treatable and slowly progressive disease, whose course is aggravated by a periodic worsening of symptoms and lung function lasting for several days. The development of home telemonitoring systems has made possible to collect symptoms and physiological data in electronic records, boosting the development of decision support systems (DSSs). Current DSSs work with physiological measurements collected by means of several measuring and communication devices as well as with symptoms gathered by questionnaires submitted to COPD subjects...
January 17, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103560/identifying-objective-and-subjective-words-via-topic-modeling
#3
Hanqi Wang, Fei Wu, Weiming Lu, Yi Yang, Xi Li, Xuelong Li, Yueting Zhuang
It is observed that distinct words in a given document have either strong or weak ability in delivering facts (i.e., the objective sense) or expressing opinions (i.e., the subjective sense) depending on the topics they associate with. Motivated by the intuitive assumption that different words have varying degree of discriminative power in delivering the objective sense or the subjective sense with respect to their assigned topics, a model named as identified objective-subjective latent Dirichlet allocation (LDA) (iosLDA) is proposed in this paper...
January 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103559/exploring-the-missing-links-between-dietary-habits-and-diseases
#4
Malay Bhattacharyya, Soumi Maity, Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay
Disease dietomics is an emerging area of systems biology that attempts to explore the connections between the dietary habits and diseases. Some of the topical studies highlight that foods might have different impacts over an organism either in progressing a disease (negative association) or in fighting against it (positive association). The association of foods with different diseases can be put together to build a network that might provide a global view of the entire system. Again, such disease-food networks might emerge in a more complex form while considering the disease subtypes individually...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103552/extending-the-utility-of-the-parabolic-approximation-in-medical-ultrasound-using-wide-angle-diffraction-modeling
#5
Joshua E Soneson
Wide-angle parabolic models are commonly used in geophysics and underwater acoustics but have seen little application in medical ultrasound. Here a wide-angle model for continuous-wave high-intensity ultrasound beams is derived which approximates the diffraction process more accurately than the commonly-used Khokhlov-Zabolotskaya-Kuznetsov (KZK) equation without increasing implementation complexity or computing time. A method for preventing the high spatial frequencies often present in source boundary conditions from corrupting the solution is presented...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103526/cognitive-representation-of-musical-fractals-processing-hierarchy-and-recursion-in-the-auditory-domain
#6
Mauricio Dias Martins, Bruno Gingras, Estela Puig-Waldmueller, W Tecumseh Fitch
The human ability to process hierarchical structures has been a longstanding research topic. However, the nature of the cognitive machinery underlying this faculty remains controversial. Recursion, the ability to embed structures within structures of the same kind, has been proposed as a key component of our ability to parse and generate complex hierarchies. Here, we investigated the cognitive representation of both recursive and iterative processes in the auditory domain. The experiment used a two-alternative forced-choice paradigm: participants were exposed to three-step processes in which pure-tone sequences were built either through recursive or iterative processes, and had to choose the correct completion...
January 16, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103524/validation-of-a-bicycle-simulator-for-road-safety-research
#7
Steve O'Hern, Jennie Oxley, Mark Stevenson
The study's aim was to assess the behavioural validity of participants using of a newly developed bicycle simulator with respect to a range of cycling performance measures collected both using the cycling simulator and on-road. The validation study consisted of a within-subjects study design comparing participants riding on-road with riding in the simulator. The study recruited 26 participants ranging in age from 18 to 35 years (M=25.0, SD=4.8). Absolute validity was established for measures of spatial positioning including average lane position, deviation in lane position and average passing distance from kerbside parked cars...
January 16, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103516/molecularly-imprinted-polymers-for-sample-preparation-and-biosensing-in-food-analysis-progress-and-perspectives
#8
REVIEW
Jon Ashley, Mohammad-Ali Shahbazi, Krishna Kant, Vinayaka Aaydha Chidambara, Anders Wolff, Dang Duong Bang, Yi Sun
Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) are biomimetics which can selectively bind to analytes of interest. One of the most interesting areas where MIPs have shown the biggest potential is food analysis. MIPs have found use as sorbents in sample preparation attributed to the high selectivity and high loading capacity. MIPs have been intensively employed in classical solid-phase extraction and solid-phase microextraction. More recently, MIPs have been combined with magnetic bead extraction, which greatly simplifies sample handling procedures...
January 11, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103510/exo-organoplasty-interventions-a-brief-review-of-past-present-and-future-directions-for-advance-heart-failure-management
#9
REVIEW
Waqas Nawaz, Farhan Ullah Khan, Muhammad Zahid Khan, Wang Gang, Mengqi Yang, Xiaoqian Liao, Li Zhang, Awais Ullah Ihsan, Amjad Khan, Lei Han, Xiaohui Zhou
Heart failure (HF) is a debilitating disease in which abnormal function of the heart leads to imbalance of blood demand to tissues and organs. The pathogenesis of HF is very complex and various factors can contribute including myocardial infarction, ischemia, hypertension and genetic cardiomyopathies. HF is the leading cause of death and its prevalence is expected to increase in parallel with the population age. Different kind of therapeutic approaches including lifestyle modification, medication and pacemakers are used for HF patients in NYHA I-III functional class...
January 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103497/host-microbiota-interactions-epigenomic-regulation
#10
REVIEW
Vivienne Woo, Theresa Alenghat
The coevolution of mammalian hosts and their commensal microbiota has led to the development of complex symbiotic relationships between resident microbes and mammalian cells. Epigenomic modifications enable host cells to alter gene expression without modifying the genetic code, and therefore represent potent mechanisms by which mammalian cells can transcriptionally respond, transiently or stably, to environmental cues. Advances in genome-wide approaches are accelerating our appreciation of microbial influences on host physiology, and increasing evidence highlights that epigenomics represent a level of regulation by which the host integrates and responds to microbial signals...
January 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103490/adsorption-of-4-6-dimethyldibenzothiophene-and-collidine-over-moo3-%C3%AE-al2o3-catalysts-with-different-pore-structures
#11
Di Zhang, Lijun Xue, Yongqiang Xu, Lijuan Song, Xinmei Liu
Mesoporous γ-Al2O3 supports with different pore structures were prepared by the cation-anion double hydrolysis method. Based on these samples, MoO3/γ-Al2O3 catalysts were made via impregnation. The adsorptions of 4,6-dimethyldibenzothiophene (4,6-DMDBT) and collidine over the supports and catalysts were studied by FT-IR. The supports or catalysts with larger pores can adsorb more 4,6-DMDBT. The methyl groups on adsorbate molecules are very close to the sulfur atom, resulting in apparent steric hindrance. Increasing the pore size can promote the interaction between the adsorbates and supports or catalysts, enhancing the CC bond and weakening the CS bond of 4,6-DMDBT...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103467/-investigation-of-genetic-etiology-in-neurodegenerative-dementias-recommendations-from-the-centro-hospitalar-s%C3%A3-o-jo%C3%A3-o-neurogenetics-group
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João Massano, Miguel Leão, Carolina Garrett
In the past few years several gene mutations have been identified as causative of the most frequent neurodegenerative dementias (Alzheimer disease and frontotemporal dementia). These advances, along with the complex phenotype-genotype relationships and the costs associated with genetic testing, have often made it difficult for clinicians to decide with regard to a rational plan for the investigation of the genetic etiology of the degenerative dementias. The Centro Hospitalar São João Neurogenetics Group, a multidisciplinary team of Neurologists and Geneticists with special interest in neurogenetic disorders, devised consensus recommendations for the investigation of the genetic etiology of Alzheimer disease and frontotemporal dementia in clinical practice, based on international consensus documents (currently containing partly outdated information) and published scientific evidence on this topic...
October 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103461/-hashimoto-thyroiditis-and-periodontal-disease-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
Ana Morais, Marta Resende, José Pereira
INTRODUCTION: Currently there is a growing interest in studying systemic conditions with impact on the periodontium. The aim of this article is to determinate if there is a relation between Hashimoto's thyroiditis and periodontal disease. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Founded on periodontology based on evidence and in the combination of the keywords: 'Hashimoto disease'; 'Hypothyroidism'; 'Periodontal disease'; 'Systemic Diseases'; a search and evaluation of articles was conducted in Medline, Scopus and Thomson Reuters databases, selecting 30 articles for integral analysis...
October 31, 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103440/carbon-nanotubes-mediate-fusion-of-lipid-vesicles
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Ramachandra Moorthy Bhaskara, Stephanie M Linker, Martin Vögele, Juergen Koefinger, Gerhard Hummer
The fusion of lipid membranes is opposed by high energetic barriers. In living organisms, complex protein machineries carry out this biologically essential process. Here we show that membrane-spanning carbon nanotubes (CNTs) can trigger spontaneous fusion of small lipid vesicles. In coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations, we find that a CNT bridging between two vesicles locally perturbs their lipid structure. Their outer leaflets merge as the CNT pulls lipids out of the membranes, creating an hourglass-shaped fusion intermediate with still intact inner leaflets...
January 19, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103428/aqueous-biphasic-systems-for-the-synthesis-of-formates-via-catalytic-co2-hydrogenation-integrated-reaction-and-catalyst-separation-for-co2-scrubbing-solutions
#15
Martin Scott, Beatriz Blas Molinos, Christian Westhues, Giancarlo Franciò, Walter Leitner
Aqueous biphasic systems were investigated for the production of formate-amine-adducts via metal-catalyzed CO2-hydrogenation. Different hydrophobic organic solvents and ionic liquids could be employed as the stationary phase for cis-Ru(dppm)2Cl2 as prototypical catalyst without any modification or tagging of the complex. The solvent pair methyl-isobutylcarbinol (MIBC) and water led to the most practical and productive system and repetitive use of the catalyst phase was demonstrated achieving high endurance with a total TON 150...
January 19, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103425/efficient-synthesis-of-%C3%AE-galactosyl-oligosaccharides-using-a-mutant-bacteroides-thetaiotaomicron-retaining-%C3%AE-galactosidase-btgh97b
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Masayuki Okuyama, Kana Matsunaga, Ken-Ichi Watanabe, Keitaro Yamashita, Takayoshi Tagami, Asako Kikuchi, Min Ma, Patcharapa Klahan, Haruhide Mori, Min Yao, Atsuo Kimura
The preparation of a glycosynthase, a catalytic nucleophile mutant of a glycosidase, is a well-established strategy for the effective synthesis of glycosidic linkages. However, glycosynthases derived from α-glycosidases can give poor yields of desired products because they require generally unstable β-glycosyl fluoride donors. Here, we investigate a transglycosylation catalyzed by a catalytic nucleophile mutant derived from a glycoside hydrolase family (GH) 97 α-galactosidase, using more stable β-galactosyl azide and α-galactosyl fluoride donors...
January 19, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103400/the-sufbc2-d-complex-is-required-for-the-biogenesis-of-all-major-classes-of-plastid-fe-s-proteins
#17
Xueyun Hu, Yukako Kato, Akihiro Sumida, Ayumi Tanaka, Ryouichi Tanaka
Iron-sulfur (Fe-S) proteins play crucial roles in plastids, participating in photosynthesis and other metabolic pathways. Fe-S clusters are thought to be assembled on a scaffold complex composed of SUFB, SUFC and SUFD proteins. However, several additional proteins provide putative scaffold functions in plastids, and, therefore, the contribution of SUFB, C and D proteins to overall Fe-S assembly still remains unclear. In order to gain insights regarding Fe-S cluster biosynthesis in plastids, we analyzed the complex composed of SUFB, C and D in Arabidopsis by blue-native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis...
January 19, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103392/a-peroxygenase-from-chaetomium-globosum-catalyzes-the-selective-oxygenation-of-testosterone
#18
Jan Kiebist, Kai-Uwe Schmidtke, Jörg Zimmermann, Harald Kellner, Nico Jehmlich, René Ullrich, Daniel Zänder, Martin Hofrichter, Katrin Scheibner
Unspecific peroxygenases (UPO, EC 1.11.2.1) secreted by fungi open an efficient way to selectively oxyfunctionalize diverse organic substrates including less activated hydrocarbons by transferring peroxide-borne oxygen. Herein, we investigated a cell-free approach to incorporate epoxy and hydroxyl functionalities directly into the bulky molecule of testosterone by a novel unspecific peroxygenase that was produced by the ascomycetous fungus Chaetomium globosum in a complex medium rich in carbon and nitrogen...
January 19, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103391/bedside-to-bench-re-thinking-nursing-research
#19
EDITORIAL
Seamus Cowman
There is very little clarity or agreement in the nursing profession on the best way to teach and examine students on research understanding, let alone develop and appraise nursing research application to patient care. Nursing research, in the curriculum, is a patchwork of interpretation, and in application it is delivered with varied levels of complexity across schools of Nursing and Midwifery, often with disregard to distinguishing undergraduate from postgraduate research teaching. This is not uncommon in health professions education, as this lack of clarity on teaching research also extends to medical schools...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103322/htlv-1-tax-induces-formation-of-the-active-macromolecular-ikk-complex-by-generating-lys63-and-met1-linked-hybrid-polyubiquitin-chains
#20
Yuri Shibata, Fuminori Tokunaga, Eiji Goto, Ginga Komatsu, Jin Gohda, Yasushi Saeki, Keiji Tanaka, Hirotaka Takahashi, Tatsuya Sawasaki, Satoshi Inoue, Hiroyuki Oshiumi, Tsukasa Seya, Hiroyasu Nakano, Yuetsu Tanaka, Kazuhiro Iwai, Jun-Ichiro Inoue
The Tax protein of human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) is crucial for the development of adult T-cell leukemia (ATL), a highly malignant CD4+ T cell neoplasm. Among the multiple aberrant Tax-induced effects on cellular processes, persistent activation of transcription factor NF-κB, which is activated only transiently upon physiological stimulation, is essential for leukemogenesis. We and others have shown that Tax induces activation of the IκB kinase (IKK) complex, which is a critical step in NF-κB activation, by generating Lys63-linked polyubiquitin chains...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
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