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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106718/an-improved-high-sensitivity-airborne-transient-electromagnetic-sensor-for-deep-penetration
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Shudong Chen, Shuxu Guo, Haofeng Wang, Miao He, Xiaoyan Liu, Yu Qiu, Shuang Zhang, Zhiwen Yuan, Haiyang Zhang, Dong Fang, Jun Zhu
The investigation depth of transient electromagnetic sensors can be effectively increased by reducing the system noise, which is mainly composed of sensor internal noise, electromagnetic interference (EMI), and environmental noise, etc. A high-sensitivity airborne transient electromagnetic (AEM) sensor with low sensor internal noise and good shielding effectiveness is of great importance for deep penetration. In this article, the design and optimization of such an AEM sensor is described in detail. To reduce sensor internal noise, a noise model with both a damping resistor and a preamplifier is established and analyzed...
January 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106216/kinetics-of-polymer-collapse-effect-of-temperature-on-cluster-growth-and-aging
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Suman Majumder, Johannes Zierenberg, Wolfhard Janke
Using state of the art Monte Carlo simulations of a bead-spring model we investigate both the equilibrium and the nonequilibrium behavior of the homopolymer collapse. The equilibrium properties obtained via multicanonical sampling recover the well-known finite-size scaling behavior of collapse for our model polymer. For the nonequilibrium dynamics we study the collapse by quenching the homopolymer from an expanded coiled state into the globular phase. The sequence of events observed during the collapse is independent of the quench depth...
January 20, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104713/multimerization-properties-of-piggymac-a-domesticated-piggybac-transposase-involved-in-programmed-genome-rearrangements
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Emeline Dubois, Nathalie Mathy, Vinciane Régnier, Julien Bischerour, Céline Baudry, Raphaëlle Trouslard, Mireille Bétermier
During sexual processes, the ciliate Paramecium eliminates 25-30% of germline DNA from its somatic genome. DNA elimination includes excision of ∼45 000 short, single-copy internal eliminated sequences (IESs) and depends upon PiggyMac (Pgm), a domesticated piggyBac transposase that is essential for DNA cleavage at IES ends. Pgm carries a core transposase region with a putative catalytic domain containing three conserved aspartic acids, and a downstream cysteine-rich (CR) domain. A C-terminal extension of unknown function is predicted to adopt a coiled-coil (CC) structure...
January 18, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104636/fred-flow-diverter-a-study-on-safety-and-efficacy-in-a-consecutive-group-of-50-patients
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H Luecking, T Engelhorn, S Lang, P Goelitz, S Kloska, K Roessler, A Doerfler
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Endovascular flow diverters are increasingly used for the treatment of cerebral aneurysms. We assessed the safety and efficacy of the Flow-Redirection Endoluminal Device (FRED) in a consecutive series of 50 patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Inclusion criteria were wide-neck, blister-like, or fusiform/dissecting aneurysms independent of size, treated with the FRED between February 2014 and May 2015. Assessment criteria were aneurysm occlusion, manifest ischemic stroke, bleeding, or death...
January 19, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104522/intra-arterial-use-of-abciximab-in-thromboembolic-complications-associated-with-cerebral-aneurysm-coiling-the-london-ontario-experience
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R Martínez-Pérez, S P Lownie, D M Pelz
BACKGROUND: and Purpose: Experience with intra-arterial infusion of abciximab for the treatment of endovascular thrombotic complications is limited to short case series. Our objective is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of this drug for the treatment of thromboembolic complications during aneurysm coiling and determine the risk factors. METHODS: From an aneurysm coiling database, patients treated with intra-arterial abciximab after having thrombotic complications during the coiling procedure were selected for analysis...
January 16, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104487/comparison-of-a-special-designed-high-intensity-coil-to-a-standard-round-coil-tms-setting
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Andrea Szelényi, Julia Wölfle, Igor Fischer, Hans-Jakob Steiger, Michael Sabel
BACKGROUND: Routine diagnostic Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is performed with a round coil (RC) for cranial and spinal root stimulation, being less successful for motor evoked potentials (MEP) of lower limb muscles. MEP elicited with a special configured flat figure-of-eight coil designed for high intensity stimulation (HI-coil) were compared to RC with regard to handling, efficiency, and physiological properties of MEP. NEW METHODS: MEP elicited with HI-coil and 9-cm diameter RC for cortical, spinal and peripheral stimulation (PES) were compared for Motor threshold (MT), latencies and amplitudes of bilateral Abductor pollicis brevis (APB) and Abductor hallucis muscles (AH)...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104438/safety-of-externally-stimulated-intracranial-electrodes-during-functional-mri-at-1-5t
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Pallab K Bhattacharyya, Jeffery Mullin, Bryan S Lee, Jorge A Gonzalez-Martinez, Stephen E Jones
Surgical resection of the epileptogenic zone (EZ) is a potential cure for medically refractory focal epilepsy. Proper identification of the EZ is essential for such resection. Synergistic application of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) simultaneously with stimulation of a single externalized intracranial stereotactic EEG (SEEG) electrode has the potential to improve identification of the EZ. While most EEG-fMRI studies use the electrodes passively to record electrical activity, it is possible to stimulate the brain using the electrodes by connecting them with conducting cables to the stimulation hardware...
January 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103054/interface-related-attributes-of-the-maillard-reaction-born-glycoproteins
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Mehri Karbasi, Ashkan Madadlou
Interfacial behavior of proteins which is a chief parameter to their emulsifying and foaming properties can be tailored through the Maillard reaction. The reaction can increase protein solubility at isoelectric point and ought to be controlled for example by high pressure processing to suppress melanoidins formation. Branched and long saccharides bring considerable steric hindrance which is associated with their site of conjugation to proteins. Conjugation with high molecular weight polysaccharides (such as 440 kDa dextran) may indeed increase the thickness of globular proteins interfacial film up to approximately 25 nm...
January 19, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102957/rf-safety-assessment-of-a-bilateral-four-channel-transmit-receive-7-tesla-breast-coil-sar-versus-tissue-temperature-limits
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Thomas M Fiedler, Mark E Ladd, Andreas K Bitz
PURPOSE: The purpose of this work was to perform an RF safety evaluation for a bilateral four-channel transmit/receive breast coil and to determine the maximum permissible input power for which RF exposure of the subject stays within recommended limits. The safety evaluation was done based on SAR as well as on temperature simulations. In comparison to SAR, temperature is more directly correlated with tissue damage, which allows a more precise safety assessment. The temperature simulations were performed by applying three different blood perfusion models as well as two different ambient temperatures...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102949/simultaneous-pet-mr-imaging-with-a-radio-frequency-penetrable-pet-insert
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Alexander M Grant, Brian J Lee, Chen-Ming Chang, Craig S Levin
PURPOSE: A brain sized radio frequency (RF)-penetrable PET insert has been designed for simultaneous operation with MRI systems. This system takes advantage of electro-optical coupling and battery power to electrically float the PET insert relative to the MRI ground, permitting RF signals to be transmitted through small gaps between the modules that form the PET ring. This design facilitates the use of the built-in body coil for RF transmission and thus could be inserted into any existing MR site wishing to achieve simultaneous PET/MR imaging...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102930/modulation-of-the-thermodynamic-signatures-of-an-rna-thermometer-by-osmolytes-and-salts
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Mimi Gao, Loana Arns, Roland Winter
Folding of ribonucleic acids (RNAs) is driven by several factors, such as base pairing and stacking, chain entropy, and ion-mediated electrostatics, which have been studied in great detail. However, the power of background molecules in the cellular milieu is often neglected. Herein, we study the effect of common osmolytes on the folding equilibrium of a hairpin-structured RNA and, using pressure perturbation, provide novel thermodynamic and volumetric insights into the modulation mechanism. The presence of TMAO causes an increased thermal stability and a more positive volume change for the helix-to-coil transition, whereas urea destabilizes the hairpin and leads to an increased expansibility of the unfolded state...
January 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102428/plasma-adamts13-activity-and-von-willebrand-factor-antigen-and-activity-in-patients-with-subarachnoid-haemorrhage
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Monisha Kumar, Wenjing Cao, Jenny K McDaniel, Huy P Pham, Dheeraj Raju, Kelsey Nawalinski, Suzanne Frangos, David Kung, Eric Zager, Scott E Kasner, Joshua M Levine, X Long Zheng
Increased von Willebrand factor (VWF) and reduced ADAMTS13 activity are associated with arterial thrombosis. This may also be the culprit mechanism implicated in delayed cerebral ischaemia after aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH). It was our objective to determine plasma VWF and ADAMTS13 in patients with SAH and healthy subjects; and to explore the levels of those markers and outcome after SAH. Forty consecutive patients were enrolled between September 2007 and April 2014 in a pilot study. Plasma samples were collected from SAH patients on post-bleed day (PBD) 0, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10 and healthy controls...
January 19, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102305/structure-and-membrane-interactions-of-the-homodimeric-antibiotic-peptide-homotarsinin
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Rodrigo M Verly, Jarbas M Resende, Eduardo F C Junior, Mariana T Q de Magalhães, Carlos F C R Guimarães, Victor H O Munhoz, Marcelo Porto Bemquerer, Fábio C L Almeida, Marcelo M Santoro, Dorila Piló-Veloso, Burkhard Bechinger
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) from amphibian skin are valuable template structures to find new treatments against bacterial infections. This work describes for the first time the structure and membrane interactions of a homodimeric AMP. Homotarsinin, which was found in Phyllomedusa tarsius anurans, consists of two identical cystine-linked polypeptide chains each of 24 amino acid residues. The high-resolution structures of the monomeric and dimeric peptides were determined in aqueous buffers. The dimer exhibits a tightly packed coiled coil three-dimensional structure, keeping the hydrophobic residues screened from the aqueous environment...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102013/the-effect-of-potassium-diclofenac-and-dexamethasone-on-mmp-1-gene-transcript-levels-during-experimental-tooth-movement-in-rats
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G P Molina Da Silva, O M Tanaka, D F Campos Navarro, C E Repeke, G P Garlet, O Guariza-Filho, P C Trevilatto
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to analyze MMP-1 transcript levels in periodontal tissues of rats that underwent orthodontic treatment using potassium diclofenac and dexamethasone at different stages of tooth movement. SETTING AND SAMPLE POPULATION: The sample comprised of ninety male Wistar rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A closed nickel-titanium coil spring was used to apply a force of 50 cN to move the maxillary right first molars mesially...
February 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101873/biomaterials-made-from-coiled-coil-peptides
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Vincent Conticello, Spencer Hughes, Charles Modlin
The development of biomaterials designed for specific applications is an important objective in personalized medicine. While the breadth and prominence of biomaterials have increased exponentially over the past decades, critical challenges remain to be addressed, particularly in the development of biomaterials that exhibit highly specific functions. These functional properties are often encoded within the molecular structure of the component molecules. Proteins, as a consequence of their structural specificity, represent useful substrates for the construction of functional biomaterials through rational design...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101868/dystrophin-and-spectrin-two-highly-dissimilar-sisters-of-the-same-family
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Olivier Delalande, Aleksander Czogalla, Jean-François Hubert, Aleksander Sikorski, Elisabeth Le Rumeur
Dystrophin and Spectrin are two proteins essential for the organization of the cytoskeleton and for the stabilization of membrane cells. The comparison of these two sister proteins, and with the dystrophin homologue utrophin, enables us to emphasise that, despite a similar topology with common subdomains and a common structural basis of a three-helix coiled-coil, they show a large range of dissimilarities in terms of genetics, cell expression and higher level structural organisation. Interactions with cellular partners, including proteins and membrane phospholipids, also show both strikingly similar and very different behaviours...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101867/myosin-and-actin-filaments-in-muscle-structures-and-interactions
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John M Squire, Danielle M Paul, Edward P Morris
In the last decade, improvements in electron microscopy and image processing have permitted significantly higher resolutions to be achieved (sometimes <1 nm) when studying isolated actin and myosin filaments. In the case of actin filaments the changing structure when troponin binds calcium ions can be followed using electron microscopy and single particle analysis to reveal what happens on each of the seven non-equivalent pseudo-repeats of the tropomyosin α-helical coiled-coil. In the case of the known family of myosin filaments not only are the myosin head arrangements under relaxing conditions being defined, but the latest analysis, also using single particle methods, is starting to reveal the way that the α-helical coiled-coil myosin rods are packed to give the filament backbones...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101865/tropomyosin-structure-function-and-interactions-a-dynamic-regulator
#18
Sarah E Hitchcock-DeGregori, Bipasha Barua
Tropomyosin is the archetypal-coiled coil, yet studies of its structure and function have proven it to be a dynamic regulator of actin filament function in muscle and non-muscle cells. Here we review aspects of its structure that deviate from canonical leucine zipper coiled coils that allow tropomyosin to bind to actin, regulate myosin, and interact directly and indirectly with actin-binding proteins. Four genes encode tropomyosins in vertebrates, with additional diversity that results from alternate promoters and alternatively spliced exons...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101862/crystallographic-studies-of-intermediate-filament-proteins
#19
Dmytro Guzenko, Anastasia A Chernyatina, Sergei V Strelkov
Intermediate filaments (IFs), together with microtubules and actin microfilaments, are the three main cytoskeletal components in metazoan cells. IFs are formed by a distinct protein family, which is made up of 70 members in humans. Most IF proteins are tissue- or organelle-specific, which includes lamins, the IF proteins of the nucleus. The building block of IFs is an elongated dimer, which consists of a central α-helical 'rod' domain flanked by flexible N- and C-terminal domains. The conserved rod domain is the 'signature feature' of the IF family...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101860/the-structure-and-topology-of-%C3%AE-helical-coiled-coils
#20
Andrei N Lupas, Jens Bassler, Stanislaw Dunin-Horkawicz
α-Helical coiled coils constitute one of the most diverse folds yet described. They range in length over two orders of magnitude; they form rods, segmented ropes, barrels, funnels, sheets, spirals, and rings, which encompass anywhere from two to more than 20 helices in parallel or antiparallel orientation; they assume different helix crossing angles, degrees of supercoiling, and packing geometries. This structural diversity supports a wide range of biological functions, allowing them to form mechanically rigid structures, provide levers for molecular motors, project domains across large distances, mediate oligomerization, transduce conformational changes and facilitate the transport of other molecules...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
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