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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822344/on-the-behavior-of-certain-ink-aging-curves
#1
Antonio A Cantú
This work treats writing inks, particularly ballpoint pen inks. It reviews those ink aging methods that are based on the analysis (measurement) of ink solvents (e.g., 2-phenoxyethanol, which is the most common among ballpoint pen inks). Each method involves measurements that are components of an ink aging parameter associated with the method. Only mass independent parameters are considered. An ink solvent from an ink that is on an air-exposed substrate will evaporate at a decreasing rate and is never constant as the ink ages...
July 19, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822324/preventive-effects-of-interleukin-6-in-lipopolysaccharide-d-galactosamine-induced-acute-liver-injury-via-regulating-inflammatory-response-in-hepatic-macrophages
#2
Long Li, Chaoli Duan, Yan Zhao, Xiaofang Zhang, Hongyan Yin, Tianxi Wang, Caoxin Huang, Suhuan Liu, Shuyu Yang, Xuejun Li
Lipopolysaccharide/d-Galactosamine (LPS/d-Gal)-induced acute liver injury is characterized by significant inflammatory responses including TNF-α and interleukin-6 (IL-6) and is a widely applied experimental model for inflammation research. TNF-α is critical in the progression of LPS/d-Gal-induced liver injury. However, the role of IL-6 in this model is still unknown. In the present study, we aim to elucidate the involvement of IL-6 in the pathogenesis of acute liver injury induced by LPS/d-Gal in mice and its underlying mechanism...
August 16, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821808/repetition-suppression-to-objects-is-modulated-by-stimulus-specific-expectations
#3
Christian Utzerath, Elexa St John-Saaltink, Jan Buitelaar, Floris P de Lange
Repeated exposure to the same stimulus results in an attenuated brain response in cortical regions that are activated during the processing of that stimulus. This phenomenon, called repetition suppression (RS), has been shown to be modulated by expectation. Typically, this is achieved by varying the probability of stimulus repetitions (Prep) between blocks of an experiment, generating an abstract expectation that 'things will repeat'. Here, we examined whether stimulus-specific expectations also modulate RS...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821802/dispersive-regimes-of-the-dicke-model
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Diego Barberena, Lucas Lamata, Enrique Solano
We study two dispersive regimes of the Dicke model in the dynamics of N two-level atoms interacting with a bosonic mode for long interaction times. Firstly, we analyze the model for the regime in which the qubit frequencies are equal and smaller than the mode frequency, and for values of the coupling strength similar or larger than the mode frequency, namely, the deep strong coupling regime. Secondly, we address an interaction that is dependent on the photon number, where the coupling strength is comparable to the geometric mean of the qubit and mode frequencies...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821551/coordinated-regulation-of-the-eii-man-and-frurki-operons-of-streptococcus-mutans-by-global-and-fructose-specific-pathways
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Lin Zeng, Brinta Chakraborty, Tanaz Farivar, Robert A Burne
The glucose/mannose-PTS permease EII(Man) encoded by manLMN in the dental caries pathogen Streptococcus mutans has a dominant influence on sugar-specific, CcpA-independent catabolite repression (CR). Mutations in manL affect energy metabolism and virulence-associated traits, including biofilm formation, acid tolerance and competence. Using promoter:reporter fusions, expression of the manLMN and the fruRKI operons, encoding a transcriptional regulator, a fructose-1-P kinase and a fructose-PTS permease EII(Fru), respectively, was monitored in response to carbohydrate source and in mutants lacking CcpA, FruR, and components of EII(Man) Expression of genes for EII(Man) and EII(Fru) was directly regulated by CcpA and CR, as evinced by in vivo and in vitro methods...
August 18, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821467/in-vitro-characterization-of-cyp102g4-from-streptomyces-cattleya-a-self-sufficient-p450-naturally-producing-indigo
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Joonwon Kim, Pyung-Gang Lee, Eun-Ok Jung, Byung-Gee Kim
Self-sufficient CYP102As possess outstanding hydroxylating activity to fatty acids such as myristic acid. Other CYP102 subfamily members share substrate specificity of CYP102As, but, occasionally, unusual characteristics of its own subfamily have been found. In this study, only one self-sufficient cytochrome P450 from Streptomyces cattleya was renamed from CYP102A_scat to CYP102G4, purified and characterized. UV-Vis spectrometry pattern, FAD/FMN analysis, and protein sequence comparison among CYP102s have shown that CYP102 from Streptomyces cattleya belongs to CYP102G subfamily...
August 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821434/cleavage-of-%C3%AE-dystroglycan-occurs-in-sarcoglycan-deficient-skeletal-muscle-without-mmp-2-and-mmp-9
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Yuta Fukai, Yutaka Ohsawa, Hideaki Ohtsubo, Shin-Ichiro Nishimatsu, Hiroki Hagiwara, Makoto Noda, Toshikuni Sasaoka, Tatsufumi Murakami, Yoshihide Sunada
BACKGROUND: The dystroglycan complex consists of two subunits: extracellular α-dystroglycan and membrane-spanning β-dystroglycan, which provide a tight link between the extracellular matrix and the intracellular cytoskeleton. Previous studies showed that 43 kDa β-dystroglycan is proteolytically cleaved into the 30 kDa fragment by matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in various non-muscle tissues, whereas it is protected from cleavage in muscles by the sarcoglycan complex which resides close to the dystroglycan complex...
August 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820938/multi-scale-simulation-of-receptor-drug-association-kinetics-application-to-neuramidase-inhibitors
#8
Fabian Zeller, Manuel P Luitz, Rainer Bomblies, Martin Zacharias
A detailed understanding of the drug-receptor association process is of fundamental importance for drug design. Due to the long timescales of typical binding kinetics, the atomistic simulation of the ligand traveling from bulk solution into the binding site is still computationally challenging. In this work, we apply a multi-scale approach of combined molecular dynamics (MD) and Brownian dynamics (BD) simulations to investigate association pathway ensembles for the two prominent H1N1 neuraminidase inhibitors oseltamivir and zanamivir...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820908/ribosomopathy-like-properties-of-murine-and-human-cancers
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Sucheta Kulkarni, James M Dolezal, Huabo Wang, Laura Jackson, Jie Lu, Brian P Frodey, Atinuke Dosunmu-Ogunbi, Youjun Li, Marc Fromherz, Audry Kang, Lucas Santana-Santos, Panayiotis V Benos, Edward V Prochownik
Ribosomopathies comprise a heterogeneous group of hematologic and developmental disorders, often characterized by bone marrow failure, skeletal and other developmental abnormalities and cancer predisposition. They are associated with mutations and/or haplo-insufficiencies of ribosomal proteins (RPs) and inefficient ribosomal RNA (rRNA) processing. The resulting ribosomal stress induces the canonical p19ARF/Mdm2/p53 tumor suppressor pathway leading to proliferative arrest and/or apoptosis. It has been proposed that this pathway is then inactivated during subsequent neoplastic evolution...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820551/fungal-endocarditis-due-to-aspergillus-oryzae-the-first-case-reported-in-the-literature
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Andrea Mazza, Nicola Luciani, Marco Luciani, Federico Cammertoni, Alessia Giaquinto, Natalia Pavone, Piergiorgio Bruno, Massimo Massetti
Infective endocarditis (IE) is a severe disease with high mortality and morbidity. Prosthetic valve endocarditis is a life-threatening complication which can occur in less than 10% of patients with valve prosthesis. A fungal etiology of IE is rare and accounts for only 2-4% of all case of endocarditis, but is associated with a higher mortality and morbidity. Herein is reported the first case of fungal endocarditis of aortic valve prosthesis due to Aspergillus oryzae in a 67-year-old caucasian man who nine years previously underwent mitral and aortic valve replacement with mechanical prostheses, and tricuspid annuloplasty for acute IE due to Enterococcus spp...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820513/predictors-of-unplanned-hospitalizations-in-patients-with-nonmetastatic-lung-cancer-during-chemotherapy
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Kristen L Fessele, Matthew J Hayat, Robert L Atkins
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To determine predictors of unplanned hospitalizations in patients with lung cancer to receive chemotherapy in the outpatient setting and examine the potential financial burden of these events.
. DESIGN: Retrospective, longitudinal cohort study.
. SETTING: The National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)-Medicare linked database.
. SAMPLE: Of 104,388 incident cases of lung cancer diagnosed from 2005-2009, 2,457 cases of patients with lung cancer who received outpatient chemotherapy were identified...
September 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820348/where-to-now-avert-answered-an-important-question-but-raised-many-more
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Mark T Bayley, Audrey Bowen, Coralie English, Robert Teasell, Janice J Eng
A Very Early Rehabilitation Trial (AVERT) was a Phase 3 randomized trial with over 2100 subjects post stroke that had unexpected results with better outcomes for usual care than those receiving very early mobilization. This review of published stroke clinical practice guidelines highlights that recommendations for mobilization have changed after publication of AVERT but also that developers have struggled to provide recommendations for appropriate dose, duration and intensity of mobilization in the acute post stroke period with available analyses from AVERT and other literature...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820311/clinical-radiobiology-of-proton-therapy-modeling-of-rbe
#13
B Jones
PURPOSE: To better estimate relative biological effectiveness (RBE) in therapeutic proton beams by using a modeled approach, in order to improve their clinical safety and effectiveness. INTRODUCTION: Concerns exist about the 1.1 RBE used in proton therapy, since it may lead to unintentional over- and under-dosage in patients and so lead to unexpected clinical outcomes. Late reacting normal tissues (with low α/β values), might be overdosed if RBE >1.1; very radiosensitive tumors (with high α/β), might be under-dosed if RBE <1...
August 18, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820266/on-surface-synthesis-of-porous-carbon-nanoribbons-from-polymer-chains
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Maximilian Ammon, Tim Sander, Sabine Maier
We demonstrate the on-surface synthesis of porous carbon nanoribbons on Ag(111) via a preprogrammed isomerization of conformationally flexible polymer chains followed by dehydrogenation reactions using thermal annealing. The carbon chains are fabricated by the polymerization of the prochiral 1,3,5-tris(3-bromophenyl)benzene (mTBPB) precursors directly on the surface using an Ullmann-type reaction. At room temperature, mTBPB partially self-assembles in halogen-bonded 2D networks, which transform into organometallic chains and rings after debromination...
August 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820260/thermally-induced-self-assembly-and-cyclization-of-l-leucyl-l-leucine-in-solid-state
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Marat A Ziganshin, Aisylu S Safiullina, Alexander Vladimirovich Gerasimov, Sufia A Ziganshina, Alexander E Klimovitskii, Khasan R Khayarov, Valery V Gorbatchuk
The thermal treatment of oligopeptides is one of the methods for synthesis of organic nanostructures. However, heating may lead not only to self-assembly of the initial molecules, but also to chemical reactions resulting in the formation of new unexpected nanostructures or changing in the properties of the existing ones. In the present work, the reaction of cyclization of dipeptide L-leucyl-L-leucine in solid state under heating was studied. The change in morphology of dipeptide thin film and formation of nanostructures after heating was visualized using atomic force microscopy...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820233/regioselective-synthesis-of-eight-armed-cyclosiloxane-amphiphile-for-functional-2d-and-3d-assembly-motifs
#16
Huie Zhu, Buket Akkus, Yu Gao, Yida Liu, Shunsuke Yamamoto, Jun Matsui, Tokuji Miyashita, Masaya Mitsuishi
A crystalline tetramethylcyclotetrasiloxane (TMCS)-derived amphiphile was regioselectively synthesized with eight peripheral hydrophilic amide groups and hydrophobic dodecyl chains by Pt(0)-catalyzed hydrosilylation and amidation reactions. The as-synthesized materials showed ordered lamellar structure formation in the powder form. It also exhibits superior two-dimensional (2D) monolayer formation properties at the air-water interface with unexpectedly high collapse surface pressure and elastic modulus. The monolayers act as two-dimensional building blocks with finely controllable thickness on a several nanometer scale irrespective of the substrate type and properties...
August 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819936/introducing-navigation-during-melanoma-related-sentinel-lymph-node-procedures-in-the-head-and-neck-region
#17
Gijs H KleinJan, Baris Karakullukçu, W Martin C Klop, Thijs Engelen, Nynke S van den Berg, Fijs W B van Leeuwen
BACKGROUND: Intraoperative sentinel node (SN) identification in patients with head-and-neck malignancies can be challenging due to unexpected drainage patterns and anatomical complexity. Here, intraoperative navigation-based guidance technologies may provide outcome. In this study, gamma camera-based freehandSPECT was evaluated in combination with the hybrid tracer ICG-(99m)Tc-nanocolloid. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eight patients with melanoma located in the head-and-neck area were included...
August 17, 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819400/rapid-breast-cancer-disease-progression-following-cyclin-dependent-kinase-4-and-6-inhibitor-discontinuation
#18
Sami I Bashour, Iman Doostan, Khandan Keyomarsi, Vicente Valero, Naoto T Ueno, Powel H Brown, Jennifer K Litton, Kimberly B Koenig, Meghan Karuturi, Sausan Abouharb, Debasish Tripathy, Stacy L Moulder-Thompson, Nuhad K Ibrahim
Background: CDK 4 and 6 inhibitors (CDK4/6i), which arrest unregulated cancer cell proliferation, show clinical efficacy in breast cancer. Unexpectedly, a patient treated on a CDK4/6i-based trial, as first-line therapy in metastatic breast cancer, developed rapid disease progression following discontinuation of study drug while receiving standard second-line therapy off trial. We thus sought to expand this observation within a population of patients treated similarly at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819259/dendritic-calcium-spikes-are-clearly-detectable-at-the-cortical-surface
#19
Mototaka Suzuki, Matthew E Larkum
Cortical surface recording techniques such as EEG and ECoG are widely used for measuring brain activity. The prevailing assumption is that surface potentials primarily reflect synaptic activity, although non-synaptic events may also contribute. Here we show that dendritic calcium spikes occurring in pyramidal neurons (that we showed previously are cognitively relevant) are clearly detectable in cortical surface potentials. To show this we developed an optogenetic, non-synaptic approach to evoke dendritic calcium spikes in vivo...
August 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819208/extrinsic-mechanical-forces-mediate-retrograde-axon-extension-in-a-developing-neuronal-circuit
#20
M A Breau, I Bonnet, J Stoufflet, J Xie, S De Castro, S Schneider-Maunoury
To form functional neural circuits, neurons migrate to their final destination and extend axons towards their targets. Whether and how these two processes are coordinated in vivo remains elusive. We use the zebrafish olfactory placode as a system to address the underlying mechanisms. Quantitative live imaging uncovers a choreography of directed cell movements that shapes the placode neuronal cluster: convergence of cells towards the centre of the placodal domain and lateral cell movements away from the brain...
August 17, 2017: Nature Communications
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