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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437969/experimental-generation-of-complex-optical-fields-for-diffraction-limited-optical-focus-with-purely-transverse-spin-angular-momentum
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Jian Chen, Chenhao Wan, Lingjiang Kong, Qiwen Zhan
We demonstrate a method to generate complex optical fields at the pupil plane of a high numerical aperture (NA) objective lens for the creation of diffraction limited optical focus with purely transverse spin angular momentum. The complex optical fields are analytically deduced through reversing the radiated patterns from two electric dipoles, which are located at the focal point of the high NA lens and oscillate respectively in x- and z- directions with phase difference of π/2. The derived fields can be experimentally created with a vectorial optical field generator...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431965/origin-of-nanodroplet-formation-upon-dissolution-of-an-amorphous-solid-dispersion-a-mechanistic-isotope-scrambling-study
#2
Anura S Indulkar, Jan E Waters, Huaping Mo, Yi Gao, Shweta A Raina, Geoff G Z Zhang, Lynne S Taylor
It has been observed that certain amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs), upon dissolution, generate drug-rich amorphous nanodroplets. These nanodroplets, present as a dispersed phase, can potentially enhance oral bioavailability of poorly soluble drugs by serving as a drug reservoir that efficiently feeds the continuous aqueous solution phase following absorption of drug. The purpose of this study was to probe the formation mechanism of the nanodroplets. The model system studied was nifedipine (NFD) formulated as an ASD with hydroxypropyl methylcellulose E5 Premium LV (HPMC-E5) or polyvinylpyrrolidone/vinyl acetate (PVPVA)...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431420/generative-retrieval-improves-learning-and-retention-of-cardiac-anatomy-using-transesophageal-echocardiography
#3
Amanda M Kleiman, Katherine T Forkin, Allison J Bechtel, Stephen R Collins, Jennie Z Ma, Edward C Nemergut, Julie L Huffmyer
BACKGROUND: Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a valuable monitor for patients undergoing cardiac and noncardiac surgery as it allows for evaluation of cardiovascular compromise in the perioperative period. It is challenging for anesthesiology residents and medical students to learn to use and interpret TEE in the clinical environment. A critical component of learning to use and interpret TEE is a strong grasp of normal cardiovascular ultrasound anatomy. METHODS: Fifteen fourth-year medical students and 15 post-graduate year (PGY) 1 and 2 anesthesiology residents without prior training in cardiac anesthesia or TEE viewed normal cardiovascular anatomy TEE video clips; participants were randomized to learning cardiac anatomy in generative retrieval (GR) and standard practice (SP) groups...
May 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431207/syntheses-of-chroman-2-ones-and-%C3%AE-amino-acids-through-a-diastereoselective-domino-reaction
#4
D Balaji Chandrasekhar, Shwu-Chen Tsay, Tapan K Pradhan, Jih Ru Hwu
Many 3-aminochroman-2-ones and β,β-diarylalanines exhibit significant biological activities. A new method was thus developed for the syntheses of these compounds with high efficiency and diastereoselectivity. First, treatment of various phenols with Erlenmeyer-Plochl (Z)-azlactones and AlCl3 in toluene produced the desired cis-3-aminochroman-2-ones in 65-90% yields under kinetic control. This coupling reaction involved a domino process of Friedel-Crafts alkylation, 1,4-AlCl3 shift, transesterification, and protodealumination in a "single-flask...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427998/nitric-oxide-regulated-proteolysis-of-human-cyp2b6-via-the-ubiquitin-proteasome-system
#5
Choon-Myung Lee, Shweta Tripathi, Edward T Morgan
We showed previously that rat cytochrome P450 CYP2B1 undergoes NO-dependent proteasomal degradation in response to inflammatory stimuli, and that the related human enzyme CYP2B6 is also down-regulated by NO in primary human hepatocytes. To investigate the mechanism of CYP2B6 down-regulation, we made several cell lines (HeLa and HuH7 cells) in which native CYP2B6 or CYP2B6 with a C-terminal V5 tag (CYP2B6V5) are expressed from a lentiviral vector with a cytomegalovirus promoter. Native CYP2B6 protein was rapidly down-regulated in HeLa cells within 3h of treatment with the NO donor (Z)-1-[2-(2-Aminoethyl)-N-(2-ammonioethyl)amino]diazen-1-ium-1,2-diolate, while its mRNA level was not down-regulated...
April 17, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426437/supersonic-transient-magnetic-resonance-elastography-for-quantitative-assessment-of-tissue-elasticity
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Yu Liu, Jingfei Liu, Brett Z Fite, Josquin Foiret, Asaf Ilovitsh, J Kent Leach, Erik Dumont, Charles F Caskey, Katherine W Ferrara
Non-invasive, quantitative methods to assess the properties of biological tissues are needed for many therapeutic and tissue engineering applications. Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) has historically relied on external vibration to generate periodic shear waves. In order to focally assess a biomaterial or to monitor the response to ablative therapy, the interrogation of a specific region of interest by a focused beam is desirable and transient MRE (t-MRE) techniques have previously been developed to accomplish this goal...
April 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425199/asymmetric-total-synthesis-of-hispidanin%C3%A2-a
#7
Heping Deng, Wei Cao, Rong Liu, Yanhui Zhang, Bo Liu
Asymmetric total synthesis of the dimeric diterpenoid hispidanin A was accomplished by non-catalytic Diels-Alder cycloaddition at room temperature. The synthesis relies on iron-catalyzed coupling to construct a Z-configured trisubstituted alkene, an iron-catalyzed radical cascade to generate a labdane-type diene, and both Yamamoto cationic polyene cyclization and palladium-catalyzed Stille coupling to generate a totarane-type dienophile.
April 20, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423628/benzyl-isothiocyanate-induces-reactive-oxygen-species-initiated-autophagy-and-apoptosis-in-human-prostate-cancer-cells
#8
Ji-Fan Lin, Te-Fu Tsai, Shan-Che Yang, Yi-Chia Lin, Hung-En Chen, Kuang-Yu Chou, Thomas I-Sheng Hwang
Benzyl isothiocyanate (BITC) in cruciferous plants, which are part of the human diet, has been shown to induce apoptosis in various types of cancer. In this study, we show that BITC effectively suppresses the growth of cultured human prostate cancer cells (CRW-22Rv1 and PC3) by causing mitochondrial membrane potential loss, caspase 3/7 activation and DNA fragmentation. Furthermore, BITC induces ROS generation in these cells. The induction of apoptosis by BITC was significantly attenuated in the presence of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and catalase (CAT), well-studied ROS scavengers...
March 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423120/primary-cultures-of-mouse-small-intestinal-epithelial-cells-using-the-dissociating-enzyme-type-i-collagenase-and-hyaluronidase
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H J Ren, C L Zhang, R D Liu, N Li, X G Li, H K Xue, Y Guo, Z Q Wang, J Cui, L Ming
The epithelium is a highly dynamic system, which plays a crucial role in the homeostasis of the intestinal tract. However, studies on the physiological and pathophysiological functions of intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) have been hampered due to lack of normal epithelial cell models. In the present study, we established a reproducible method for primary culture of mouse IECs, which were isolated from the viable small intestinal crypts of murine fetuses (on embryonic day 19), using type I collagenase and hyaluronidase in a short span of time (≤20 min)...
April 13, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422253/3d-printed-poly-vinylidene-fluoride-carbon-nanotube-composites-as-a-tunable-low-cost-chemical-vapour-sensing-platform
#10
Z C Kennedy, J F Christ, K A Evans, B W Arey, L E Sweet, M G Warner, R L Erikson, C A Barrett
We report the production of flexible, highly-conductive poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) composites as filament feedstock for 3D printing. This account further describes, for the first time, fused deposition modelling (FDM) derived 3D-printed objects with chemiresistive properties in response to volatile organic compounds. The typically prohibitive thermal expansion and die swell characteristics of PVDF were minimized by the presence of MWCNTs in the composites enabling straightforward processing and printing...
April 19, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422183/enhanced-superconductivity-accompanying-a-lifshitz-transition-in-electron-doped-fese-monolayer
#11
X Shi, Z-Q Han, X-L Peng, P Richard, T Qian, X-X Wu, M-W Qiu, S C Wang, J P Hu, Y-J Sun, H Ding
The origin of enhanced superconductivity over 50 K in the recently discovered FeSe monolayer films grown on SrTiO3 (STO), as compared to 8 K in bulk FeSe, is intensely debated. As with the ferrochalcogenides AxFe2-ySe2 and potassium-doped FeSe, which also have a relatively high-superconducting critical temperature (Tc), the Fermi surface (FS) of the FeSe/STO monolayer films is free of hole-like FS, suggesting that a Lifshitz transition by which these hole FSs vanish may help increasing Tc. However, the fundamental reasons explaining this increase of Tc remain unclear...
April 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420678/automated-analysis-of-high-content-microscopy-data-with-deep-learning
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Oren Z Kraus, Ben T Grys, Jimmy Ba, Yolanda Chong, Brendan J Frey, Charles Boone, Brenda J Andrews
Existing computational pipelines for quantitative analysis of high-content microscopy data rely on traditional machine learning approaches that fail to accurately classify more than a single dataset without substantial tuning and training, requiring extensive analysis. Here, we demonstrate that the application of deep learning to biological image data can overcome the pitfalls associated with conventional machine learning classifiers. Using a deep convolutional neural network (DeepLoc) to analyze yeast cell images, we show improved performance over traditional approaches in the automated classification of protein subcellular localization...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420175/a-new-input-device-for-spastics-based-on-strain-gauge
#13
Niels Buchhold, Christian Baumgartner
This article presents a new sensor for use by people with spastic disorders and similar conditions and enables them to steer and control medical devices such as electric powered wheelchairs. As spastic patients often suffer from cramping of their extremities, which can then no longer be controlled, using a standard joystick while operating a powered wheelchair can lead to dangerous situations. To prevent this, we designed a sensor based on strain gauges, which is shaped like a flat disc that can be operated using any body part...
April 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418637/development-and-application-of-an-msall-based-approach-for-the-quantitative-analysis-of-linear-polyethylene-glycols-in-rat-plasma-by-liquid-chromatography-triple-quadrupole-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
#14
Xiaotong Zhou, Xiangjun Meng, Longmei Cheng, Chong Su, Yantong Sun, Lingxia Sun, Zhaohui Tang, John Paul Fawcett, Yan Yang, Jingkai Gu
Polyethylene glycols (PEGs) are synthetic polymers composed of repeating ethylene oxide subunits. They display excellent biocompatibility and are widely used as pharmaceutical excipients. To fully understand the biological fate of PEGs requires accurate and sensitive analytical methods for their quantitation. Application of conventional liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) is difficult because PEGs have polydisperse molecular weights (MWs) and tend to produce multicharged ions in-source resulting in innumerable precursor ions...
April 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416588/association-between-mutation-status-and-left-ventricular-reverse-remodelling-in-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Matteo Dal Ferro, Davide Stolfo, Alessandro Altinier, Marta Gigli, Martina Perrieri, Federica Ramani, Giulia Barbati, Alberto Pivetta, Francesca Brun, Lorenzo Monserrat, Mauro Giacca, Luisa Mestroni, Marco Merlo, Gianfranco Sinagra
OBJECTIVE: To explore the genetic landscape of a well selected dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) cohort, assessing the possible relation between different genotypes and left ventricular reverse remodelling (LVRR). METHODS: A cohort of 152 patients with DCM from the Heart Muscle Disease Registry of Trieste has been studied by next-generation sequencing (NGS). Patients were grouped into different 'gene-clusters' with functionally homogeneous genetic backgrounds. LVRR was defined by left ventricular ejection fraction normalisation or increase ≥10% associated with normalisation in indexed left ventricular end-diastolic diameter or relative decrease ≥10% at 24 months follow-up...
April 17, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415201/self-adjustment-and-disintegration-threshold-of-langmuir-solitons-in-inhomogeneous-plasmas
#16
Y A Chen, Y Nishimura, Y Nishida, C Z Cheng
Dynamics of Langmuir solitons in the presence of a background density gradient is investigated numerically, including cases with steep gradients to the extent the solitons can disintegrate. The disintegration threshold is explained by regarding the electric field part of the soliton as a point mass moving along the self-generated potential well corresponding to the density cavity. On the other hand, it is demonstrated that the Langmuir solitons are robust when the density gradient is below the threshold. During the acceleration phase toward low density regions, Langmuir solitons adjust themselves to balance the electric field pressure and the negative plasma pressure by expelling the imbalanced portion as density cavities at the sound velocity...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415021/in-vitro-investigation-of-metabolic-profiling-of-a-potent-topoisomerase-inhibitors-fluorescein-hydrazones-flhs-in-rlms-by-lc-ms-ms
#17
A F M Motiur Rahman, Nasser S Al-Shakliah, Wencui Yin, Adnan A Kadi
Metabolic profiling of newly reported two topoisomerase inhibitors namely fluorescein hydrazones (FLHs) were studied in rat liver microsomes (RLMs) and the data were acquired in a liquid chromatography (LC) ion trap mass spectrometry. (E)-3',6'-dihydroxy-2-((2-nitrobenzylidene)amino)spiro[isoindoline-1,9'-xanthen]-3-one (1) was bio-transformed into two mono-hydroxylated, one double hydroxylated and a tetra hydroxylated metabolites, on the other hand, (Z)-3',6'-dihydroxy-2-((2-oxoindolin-3-ylidene)amino)spiro[isoindoline-1,9'-xanthen]-3-one (2) was bio-transformed into eight possible metabolites by cleavage reduction, hydroxylation, cleavage reduction together with hydroxylated and azo-reduction in RLMs in presence of NADPH-generating system...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414870/three-dimensional-skeletal-mandibular-changes-associated-with-herbst-appliance-treatment
#18
B Q Souki, P L C Vilefort, D D Oliveira, I Andrade, A C Ruellas, M S Yatabe, T Nguyen, L Franchi, J A McNamara, L H S Cevidanes
OBJECTIVES: Three-dimensional evaluation of skeletal mandibular changes following Herbst appliance treatment. SETTING AND SAMPLE POPULATION: Retrospective case-control study, based on a sample size calculation. Twenty-five pubertal patients treated with Herbst appliance (HAG), and 25 matched Class II patients who received other non-orthopaedic dental treatments (CG). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Three-dimensional models were generated from pre-treatment (T0) and post-treatment (T1) cone beam computed tomograms...
May 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414515/zseq-an-approach-for-preprocessing-next-generation-sequencing-data
#19
Abedalrhman Alkhateeb, Luis Rueda
Next-generation sequencing technology generates a huge number of reads (short sequences), which contain a vast amount of genomic data. The sequencing process, however, comes with artifacts. Preprocessing of sequences is mandatory for further downstream analysis. We present Zseq, a linear method that identifies the most informative genomic sequences and reduces the number of biased sequences, sequence duplications, and ambiguous nucleotides. Zseq finds the complexity of the sequences by counting the number of unique k-mers in each sequence as its corresponding score and also takes into the account other factors such as ambiguous nucleotides or high GC-content percentage in k-mers...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Computational Biology: a Journal of Computational Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414098/cytosolic-calcium-mediates-rip1-rip3-complex-dependent-necroptosis-through-jnk-activation-and-mitochondrial-ros-production-in-human-colon-cancer-cells
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Wen Sun, Xiaxia Wu, Hongwei Gao, Jie Yu, Wenwen Zhao, Jin-Jian Lu, Jinhua Wang, Guanhua Du, Xiuping Chen
Necroptosis is a form of programmed necrosis mediated by signaling complexes with receptor-interacting protein 1 (RIP1) and RIP3 kinases as the main mediators. However, the underlying execution pathways of this phenomenon have yet to be elucidated in detail. In this study, a RIP1/RIP3 complex was formed in 2-methoxy-6-acetyl-7-methyljuglone (MAM)-treated HCT116 and HT29 colon cancer cells. With this formation, mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels increased, mitochondrial depolarization occurred, and ATP concentrations decreased...
April 14, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
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