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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437083/dual-plug-and-display-synthetic-assembly-using-orthogonal-reactive-proteins-for-twin-antigen-immunization
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Karl Brune, Can Buldun, Yuanyuan Li, Iona Taylor, Florian Brod, Sumi Biswas, Mark Howarth
Engineering modular platforms to control biomolecular architecture can advance both the understanding and manipulation of biological systems. Icosahedral particles uniformly displaying single antigens stimulate potent immune activation and have been successful in various licensed vaccines. However, it remains challenging to display multiple antigens on a single particle, to induce broader immunity protective across strains or even against distinct diseases. Here we design a dually-addressable synthetic nanoparticle, by engineering the multimerizing coiled-coil IMX313 and two orthogonally-reactive split proteins...
April 24, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419217/shock-efficacy-of-single-and-dual-coil-electrodes-new-insights-from-the-nordic-icd-trial
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Dietmar Bänsch, Hendrik Bonnemeier, Johan Brandt, Frank Bode, Jesper Hastrup Svendsen, Oliver Ritter, Johannes Aring, Klaus-Jürgen Gutleben, Ralph Schneider, Angelika Felk, Tino Hauser, Anika Buchholz, Gerhard Hindricks, Karl Wegscheider
Aims: Dual coil (DC) electrodes are preferred to single coil (SC) electrodes because of an assumed higher shock efficacy. However, DC-electrodes may be associated with an increased difficulty and risk of lead extraction. We aimed to compare SC- and DC-electrodes with respect to the first shock efficacy (FSE) after implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation. Methods and results: One thousand and seventy-seven patients of the NORDIC ICD trial were randomly assigned to first time ICD implantation with or without defibrillation (DF) testing...
April 13, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410370/a-systematic-screen-for-morphological-abnormalities-during-fission-yeast-sexual-reproduction-identifies-a-mechanism-of-actin-aster-formation-for-cell-fusion
#3
Omaya Dudin, Laura Merlini, Felipe O Bendezú, Raphaël Groux, Vincent Vincenzetti, Sophie G Martin
In non-motile fungi, sexual reproduction relies on strong morphogenetic changes in response to pheromone signaling. We report here on a systematic screen for morphological abnormalities of the mating process in fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe. We derived a homothallic (self-fertile) collection of viable deletions, which, upon visual screening, revealed a plethora of phenotypes affecting all stages of the mating process, including cell polarization, cell fusion and sporulation. Cell fusion relies on the formation of the fusion focus, an aster-like F-actin structure that is marked by strong local accumulation of the myosin V Myo52, which concentrates secretion at the fusion site...
April 14, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342211/the-molecular-behavior-of-a-single-%C3%AE-amyloid-inside-a-dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine-bilayer-at-three-different-temperatures-an-atomistic-simulation-study
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Faezeh Kargar, Saeed Emadi, Hossein Fazli
The behavior of a single Aβ40 molecule within a dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) bilayer was studied by all-atom molecular dynamics simulations. The effect of membrane structure was investigated on Aβ40 behavior, secondary structure and insertion depth. Simulations were performed at three temperatures (323, 310 and 300 K) to probe three different bilayer fluidities. Results show that at all above temperatures the peptide contains two short helices, coil, bend and turn structures. At 300 K, the peptide contains a region with β structure in C-terminal region...
March 25, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339860/outcomes-with-single-coil-versus-dual-coil-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators-a-meta-analysis
#5
Nicholas Sunderland, Amit Kaura, Francis Murgatroyd, Para Dhillon, Paul A Scott
Aims: Dual-coil implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) leads have traditionally been used over single-coil leads due to concerns regarding high defibrillation thresholds (DFT) and consequent poor shock efficacy. However, accumulating evidence suggests that this position may be unfounded and that dual-coil leads may also be associated with higher complication rates during lead extraction. This meta-analysis collates data comparing dual- and single-coil ICD leads. Methods and results: Electronic databases were systematically searched for randomized controlled trials (RCT) and non-randomized studies comparing single-coil and dual-coil leads...
February 27, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339758/safety-and-efficacy-of-the-new-bidirectional-rotational-evolution%C3%A2-mechanical-lead-extraction-sheath-results-from-a-multicentre-italian-registry
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Patrizio Mazzone, Federico Migliore, Emanuele Bertaglia, Domenico Facchin, Elisabetta Daleffe, Vittorio Calzolari, Martino Crosato, Francesco Melillo, Francesco Peruzza, Alessandra Marzi, Nicoleta Sora, Paolo Della Bella
Aims: The aim of this prospective multicentre study is to evaluate safety and efficacy of the new bidirectional rotational mechanical lead extraction (LE) sheath (Evolution RL, Cook Medical, USA) in chronically implanted leads (>1-year-old leads). Methods and results: Between September 2013 and June 2016, a total of 238 leads in 124 consecutive patients were removed by using the new Evolution RL rotational mechanical sheath. Indications for LE were cardiac device infection in 63 (50...
February 23, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289210/phosphorylation-induced-conformational-dynamics-in-an-intrinsically-disordered-protein-and-potential-role-in-phenotypic-heterogeneity
#7
Prakash Kulkarni, Mohit Kumar Jolly, Dongya Jia, Steven M Mooney, Ajay Bhargava, Luciane T Kagohara, Yihong Chen, Pengyu Hao, Yanan He, Robert W Veltri, Alexander Grishaev, Keith Weninger, Herbert Levine, John Orban
Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) that lack a unique 3D structure and comprise a large fraction of the human proteome play important roles in numerous cellular functions. Prostate-Associated Gene 4 (PAGE4) is an IDP that acts as a potentiator of the Activator Protein-1 (AP-1) transcription factor. Homeodomain-Interacting Protein Kinase 1 (HIPK1) phosphorylates PAGE4 at S9 and T51, but only T51 is critical for its activity. Here, we identify a second kinase, CDC-Like Kinase 2 (CLK2), which acts on PAGE4 and hyperphosphorylates it at multiple S/T residues, including S9 and T51...
March 28, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275762/the-dynamics-of-solvation-dictates-the-conformation-of-polyethylene-oxide-in-aqueous-isobutyric-acid-and-binary-solutions
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Udaya R Dahal, Elena E Dormidontova
Polymers hydrogen-bonding with solvent represent an important broad class of polymers, properties of which depend on solvation. Using atomistic molecular dynamics simulations with the OPLS/AA force field we investigate the effect of hydrogen bonding on PEO conformation and chain mobility by comparing its behavior in isobutyric acid and aqueous solutions. In agreement with experimental data, we found that in isobutyric acid PEO forms a rather rigid extended helical structure, while in water it assumes a highly flexible coil conformation...
April 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249476/mems-switch-integrated-radio-frequency-coils-and-arrays-for-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#9
S B Bulumulla, K J Park, E Fiveland, J Iannotti, F Robb
Surface coils are widely used in magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy. While smaller diameter coils produce higher signal to noise ratio (SNR) closer to the coil, imaging larger fields of view or greater distance into the sample requires a larger overall size array or, in the case of a channel count limited system, larger diameter coils. In this work, we consider reconfiguring the geometry of coils and coil arrays such that the same coil or coil array may be used in multiple field of view imaging. A custom designed microelectromechanical systems switch, compatible with magnetic resonance imaging, is used to switch in/out conductive sections and components to reconfigure coils...
February 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236631/causes-of-intrauterine-fetal-death-are-changing-in-recent-years
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Hiroko Takita, Junichi Hasegawa, Masamitsu Nakamura, Tatsuya Arakaki, Tomohiro Oba, Ryu Matsuoka, Akihiko Sekizawa
OBJECTIVE: To investigate, how causes of intrauterine fetal death (IUFD) have changed in recent years with the advancement of prenatal diagnosis at a single perinatal center in Japan. METHODS: Medical records were retrospectively reviewed for all cases of IUFDs that occurred between 2001 and 2014. The most commonly associated causes of fetal deaths were compared between 2001-2007 and 2008-2014. RESULTS: The number of IUFD after 20 weeks' gestation/all deliveries in our center was 38/6878 cases (0...
February 25, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216791/molecular-processes-leading-to-necking-in-extensional-flow-of-polymer-solutions-using-microfluidics-and-single-dna-imaging
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Shaurya Sachdev, Aswin Muralidharan, Pouyan E Boukany
We study the necking and pinch-off dynamics of liquid droplets that contain a semidilute polymer solution of polyacrylamide close to overlap concentration by combining microfluidics and single DNA observation. Polymeric droplets are stretched by passing them through the stagnation point of a T-shaped microfluidic junction. In contrast with the sudden breakup of Newtonian droplets, a stable neck is formed between the separating ends of the droplet which delays the breakup process. Initially, polymeric filaments experience exponential thinning by forming a stable neck with extensional flow within the filament...
December 27, 2016: Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185433/model-based-iterative-reconstruction-for-single-shot-epi-at-7t
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Uten Yarach, Myung-Ho In, Itthi Chatnuntawech, Berkin Bilgic, Frank Godenschweger, Hendrik Mattern, Alessandro Sciarra, Oliver Speck
PURPOSE: To describe a model-based reconstruction strategy for single-shot echo planar imaging (EPI) that intrinsically accounts for k-space nonuniformity, Nyquist ghosting, and geometric distortions during rather than before or after image reconstruction. METHODS: Ramp sampling and inhomogeneous B0 field-induced distortion cause the EPI samples to lie on a non-Cartesian grid, thus requiring the nonuniform fast Fourier transform. Additionally, a 2D Nyquist ghost phase correction without the need for extra navigator acquisition is included in the proposed reconstruction...
February 10, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165427/developing-and-evaluating-a-flexible-wireless-microcoil-array-based-integrated-interface-for-epidural-cortical-stimulation
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Xing Wang, Sharjeel A Chaudhry, Wensheng Hou, Xiaofeng Jia
Stroke leads to serious long-term disability. Electrical epidural cortical stimulation has made significant improvements in stroke rehabilitation therapy. We developed a preliminary wireless implantable passive interface, which consists of a stimulating surface electrode, receiving coil, and single flexible passive demodulated circuit printed by flexible printed circuit (FPC) technique and output pulse voltage stimulus by inductively coupling an external circuit. The wireless implantable board was implanted in cats' unilateral epidural space for electrical stimulation of the primary visual cortex (V1) while the evoked responses were recorded on the contralateral V1 using a needle electrode...
February 5, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141518/improved-computational-efficiency-of-locally-low-rank-mri-reconstruction-using-iterative-random-patch-adjustments
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Andres Saucedo, Stamatios Lefkimmiatis, Novena Rangwala, Kyunghyun Sung
This paper presents and analyzes an alternative formulation of the locally low-rank (LLR) regularization framework for magnetic resonance image (MRI) reconstruction. Generally, LLR-based MRI reconstruction techniques operate by dividing the underlying image into a collection of matrices formed from image patches. Each of these matrices is assumed to have low rank due to the inherent correlations among the data, whether along the coil, temporal, or multi-contrast dimensions. LLR regularization has been successful for various MRI applications such as parallel imaging and accelerated quantitative parameter mapping...
January 26, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128939/ions-from-solution-to-the-gas-phase-a-molecular-dynamics-simulation-of-the-structural-evolution-of-substance-p-during-desolvation-of-charged-nanodroplets-generated-by-electrospray-ionization
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Doyong Kim, Nicole Wagner, Kerry Wooding, David E Clemmer, David H Russell
Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are used to model changes in the conformational preferences of a model peptide during the transition from a hydrated environment (charged nanodroplet generated by electrospray ionization) to the solvent-free peptide ion. The charged droplet consists of ∼2400 water molecules, 22 hydronium ions, and 10 chloride and contains a single Substance P (SP) [SP + 3H](3+) ion (SP(3+); amino acid sequence RPKPQQFFGLM-NH2). Initially, droplet shrinkage involves a combination of solvent evaporation and ejection of excess charge, primarily hydronium ions...
February 13, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034580/canadian-cardiovascular-society-canadian-heart-rhythm-society-2016-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-guidelines
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Matthew Bennett, Ratika Parkash, Pablo Nery, Mario Sénéchal, Blandine Mondesert, David Birnie, Laurence D Sterns, Claus Rinne, Derek Exner, François Philippon, Debra Campbell, Jafna Cox, Paul Dorian, Vidal Essebag, Andrew Krahn, Jaimie Manlucu, Franck Molin, Michael Slawnych, Mario Talajic
Sudden cardiac death is a major public health issue in Canada. However, despite the overwhelming evidence to support the use of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) in the prevention of cardiac death there remains significant variability in implantation rates across Canada. Since the most recent Canadian Cardiovascular Society position statement on ICD use in Canada in 2005, there has been a plethora of new scientific information to assist physicians in their discussions with patients considered for ICD implantation to prevent sudden cardiac death due to ventricular arrhythmias...
February 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026932/smart-fluorescent-nanoparticles-in-water-showing-temperature-dependent-ratiometric-fluorescence-color-change
#17
Junjie Cui, Ji Eon Kwon, Hyeong-Ju Kim, Dong Ryeol Whang, Soo Young Park
We synthesized two different amphiphilic small molecules 1 and 2 by attaching the same oligo(ethylene glycol) (OEG) unit to the same dicyanodistyrylbenzene (DCS) fluorophore but at different positions. These molecules self-assemble into nanoparticles in water and show lower critical solution temperature (LCST) at 26 and 58 °C, respectively. Upon heating, the transition of hydrophilic coils to hydrophobic globules of the OEG unit leads to the change in the stacking structure of the luminescent DCS cores. As a result, it shows significant ratiometric fluorescence color changes from excimeric yellow emission to monomer-dominated green emission...
January 13, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966879/single-molecule-fret-measurements-in-additive-enriched-aqueous-solutions
#18
Daryan Kempe, Michele Cerminara, Simón Poblete, Antonie Schöne, Matteo Gabba, Jörg Fitter
The addition of high amounts of chemical denaturants, salts, viscosity enhancers or macro-molecular crowding agents has an impact on the physical properties of buffer solutions. Among others, the (microscopic) viscosity, the refractive index, the dielectric constant, and the ionic strength can be affected. Here, we systematically evaluate the importance of solvent characteristics with respect to single-molecule FRET (smFRET) data. First, we present a confocal based method for the determination of fluorescence quantum yields to facilitate a fast characterization of smFRET-samples at sub-nM-concentrations...
December 14, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912176/novel-designed-vmct1-analogs-with-increased-antimicrobial-activity
#19
Cibele Nicolaski Pedron, Marcelo Der Torossian Torres, Julia Aparecida da Silva Lima, Pedro Ismael Silva, Fernanda Dias Silva, Vani Xavier Oliveira
Antimicrobial peptides are biologically active molecules produced by a wide range of organisms as an essential component of the innate immune response. They have recently attracted great interest, since they have antimicrobial activity against a broad spectrum of microorganisms. VmCT1 is a cationic peptide from the venom of Vaejovis mexicanus smithi scorpions, which presents antibacterial activity and tends to helical structures. Its analogs were synthesized, characterized and the conformational studies were performed by circular dichroism...
January 27, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27711296/crystals-on-the-move-mechanical-effects-in-dynamic-solids
#20
Patrick Commins, Israel Tilahun Desta, Durga Prasad Karothu, Manas K Panda, Panče Naumov
When exposed to external stimuli such as heat or light, certain single crystals can acquire momentum and undergo motion. On a molecular scale, the motility of such dynamic single crystals is triggered by a phase transition or chemical reaction without gaseous products, and macroscopically manifests as either slow (reversible or irreversible) deformation, or as rapid, almost instantaneous propulsion of the crystals that is oftentimes accompanied by disintegration. While the elastic energy of the slow reconfiguration processes such as bending, twisting and coiling can be utilized for actuation of other objects, the fast disintegrative processes could be exploited to initiate pressure-sensitive applications...
September 29, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
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