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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324983/the-precuneus-may-encode-irrationality-in-human-gambling
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P Sacre, M S D Kerr, S Subramanian, K Kahn, J Gonzalez-Martinez, M A Johnson, S V Sarma, J T Gale
Humans often make irrational decisions, especially psychiatric patients who have dysfunctional cognitive and emotional circuitry. Understanding the neural basis of decision-making is therefore essential towards patient management, yet current studies suffer from several limitations. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies in humans have dominated decision-making neuroscience, but have poor temporal resolution and the blood oxygenation level-dependent signal is only a proxy for neural activity. On the other hand, lesion studies in humans used to infer functionality in decision-making lack characterization of neural activity altogether...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324793/bureaucratization-and-medical-professionals-values-a-cross-national-analysis
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Girts Racko
Understanding the impact of the bureaucratization of governance systems on the occupational values of medical professionals is a fundamental concern of the sociological research of healthcare professions. While previous studies have examined the impact of bureaucratized management, organizations, and healthcare fields on medical professionals' values, there is a lack of cross-national research on the normative impact of the bureaucratized systems of national governance. Using the European Social Survey data for 29 countries, this study examines the impact of the bureaucratization of national governance systems on the occupational values of medical professionals...
March 15, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324610/designing-image-analysis-pipelines-in-light-microscopy-a-rational-approach
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Ignacio Arganda-Carreras, Philippe Andrey
With the progress of microscopy techniques and the rapidly growing amounts of acquired imaging data, there is an increased need for automated image processing and analysis solutions in biological studies. Each new application requires the design of a specific image analysis pipeline, by assembling a series of image processing operations. Many commercial or free bioimage analysis software are now available and several textbooks and reviews have presented the mathematical and computational fundamentals of image processing and analysis...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323896/biological-phosphorylation-of-an-unnatural-base-pair-ubp-using-a-drosophila-melanogaster-deoxynucleoside-kinase-dmdnk-mutant
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Fei Chen, Yuan Zhang, Ashley B Daugherty, Zunyi Yang, Ryan Shaw, Mengxing Dong, Stefan Lutz, Steven A Benner
One research goal for unnatural base pair (UBP) is to replicate, transcribe and translate them in vivo. Accordingly, the corresponding unnatural nucleoside triphosphates must be available at sufficient concentrations within the cell. To achieve this goal, the unnatural nucleoside analogues must be phosphorylated to the corresponding nucleoside triphosphates by a cascade of three kinases. The first step is the monophosphorylation of unnatural deoxynucleoside catalyzed by deoxynucleoside kinases (dNK), which is generally considered the rate limiting step because of the high specificity of dNKs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323429/is-high-density-amorphous-ice-simply-a-derailed-state-along-the-ice-i-to-ice-iv-pathway
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Jacob James Shephard, Sanliang Ling, Gabriele Cesare Sosso, Angelos Michaelides, Ben Slater, Christoph G Salzmann
The structural nature of high-density amorphous ice (HDA), which forms through low-temperature pressure-induced amorphization of the 'ordinary' ice I, is heavily debated. Clarifying this question is not only important for understanding the complex condensed states of H2O but also in the wider context of pressure-induced amorphization processes, which are encountered across the entire materials spectrum. We first show that ammonium fluoride (NH4F), which has a similar hydrogen-bonded network to ice I, also undergoes a pressure collapse upon compression at 77 K...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323410/zno-quantum-dots-decorated-zn2sno4-nanowire-heterojunction-photodetectors-with-drastic-performance-enhancement-and-flexible-ultraviolet-image-sensors
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Ludong Li, Leilei Gu, Zheng Lou, Zhiyong Fan, Guozhen Shen
Here we report fabrication of high-performance ultraviolet photodetectors based on a unique heterojunction device structure in which ZnO quantum dots were used to decorate Zn2SnO4 nanowires. Systematic investigations have shown their ultrahigh light-to-dark current ratio (up to 6.8 × 104), specific detectivity (up to 9.0×1017 Jones), photoconductive gain (up to 1.1 × 107), fast response, and excellent stability. Compared with a pristine Zn2SnO4 nanowire, a quantum dots decorated nanowire demonstrated about 10 times higher photocurrent and responsivity...
March 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319781/systematic-study-of-imidazoles-inhibiting-ido1-via-the-integration-of-molecular-mechanics-and-quantum-mechanics-calculations
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Yi Zou, Fang Wang, Yan Wang, Wenjie Guo, Yihua Zhang, Qiang Xu, Yisheng Lai
Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1) is regarded as an attractive target for cancer immunotherapy. To rationalize the detailed interactions between IDO1 and its inhibitors at the atomic level, an integrated computational approach by combining molecular mechanics and quantum mechanics methods was employed in this report. Specifically, the binding modes of 20 inhibitors was initially investigated using the induced fit docking (IFD) protocol, which outperformed other two docking protocols in terms of correctly predicting ligand conformations...
March 14, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319779/supramolecular-biofunctional-materials
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Jie Zhou, Jie Li, Xuewen Du, Bing Xu
This review discusses supramolecular biofunctional materials, a novel class of biomaterials formed by small molecules that are held together via noncovalent interactions. The complexity of biology and relevant biomedical problems not only inspire, but also demand effective molecular design for functional materials. Supramolecular biofunctional materials offer (almost) unlimited possibilities and opportunities to address challenging biomedical problems. Rational molecular design of supramolecular biofunctional materials exploit powerful and versatile noncovalent interactions, which offer many advantages, such as responsiveness, reversibility, tunability, biomimicry, modularity, predictability, and, most importantly, adaptiveness...
March 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319696/behavioral-activation-versus-physical-activity-via-the-internet-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Markus B T Nyström, Andreas Stenling, Emma Sjöström, Gregory Neely, Philip Lindner, Peter Hassmén, Gerhard Andersson, Christopher Martell, Per Carlbring
BACKGROUND: A major problem today is that only about fifty percent of those affected by depression seeks help. One way to reach more sufferers would be by offering easily accessible internet based treatments. The purpose of this study was to compare/evaluate four therapist supported internet administered treatments. METHOD/RESULTS: Two hundred eighty six participants were included. The treatment period lasted twelve weeks, consisting of the following treatments: 1) physical activity without treatment rational, 2) physical activity with treatment rational, 3) behavioral activation without treatment rational and 4) behavioral activation with treatment rational...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319400/playing-with-emulsion-formulation-to-control-the-perforation-of-a-freely-expanding-liquid-sheet
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Clara Vernay, Laurence Ramos, Alois Würger, Christian Ligoure
A single-drop experiment based on the collision of one drop of liquid on a small solid target is used to produce liquid sheets that are visualized with a fast camera. Upon impact, the drop flattens into a sheet that is bounded by a thicker rim and radially expanding in air. Emulsion-based liquid sheets are destabilized through the nucleation of holes that perforate the sheet during its expansion. The holes grow until they merge together and form a web of ligaments, which are then destabilized into drops. We propose the perforation mechanism as a sequence of two necessary steps...
March 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319305/asymmetric-grignard-synthesis-of-tertiary-alcohols-through-rational-ligand-design
#11
Bartosz Bieszczad, Declan G Gilheany
A simple, general and practical method is reported for highly enantioselective construction of tertiary alcohols through the direct addition of organomagnesium reagents to ketones. Discovered by rational ligand design based on a mechanistic hypothesis, it has an unprecedented broad scope. It utilizes a new type of chiral tridentate diamine/phenol ligand that is easily removed from the reaction mixture. It is exemplified by application to a formal asymmetric synthesis (>95:5 d.r.) of vitamin E.
March 20, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319149/walking-and-talking-the-tree-of-life-why-and-how-to-teach-about-biodiversity
#12
Cissy J Ballen, Harry W Greene
Taxonomic details of diversity are an essential scaffolding for biology education, yet outdated methods for teaching the tree of life (TOL), as implied by textbook content and usage, are still commonly employed. Here, we show that the traditional approach only vaguely represents evolutionary relationships, fails to denote major events in the history of life, and relies heavily on memorizing near-meaningless taxonomic ranks. Conversely, a clade-based strategy-focused on common ancestry, monophyletic groups, and derived functional traits-is explicitly based on Darwin's "descent with modification," provides students with a rational system for organizing the details of biodiversity, and readily lends itself to active learning techniques...
March 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319055/rational-design-of-high-yield-and-superior-quality-rice
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Dali Zeng, Zhixi Tian, Yuchun Rao, Guojun Dong, Yaolong Yang, Lichao Huang, Yujia Leng, Jie Xu, Chuan Sun, Guangheng Zhang, Jiang Hu, Li Zhu, Zhenyu Gao, Xingming Hu, Longbiao Guo, Guosheng Xiong, Yonghong Wang, Jiayang Li, Qian Qian
Rice (Oryza sativa L.) is a staple food for more than half of the world's population. To meet the ever-increasing demand for food, because of population growth and improved living standards, world rice production needs to double by 2030(1). The development of new elite rice varieties with high yield and superior quality is challenging for traditional breeding approaches, and new strategies need to be developed. Here, we report the successful development of new elite varieties by pyramiding major genes that significantly contribute to grain quality and yield from three parents over five years...
March 20, 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318590/supplementation-with-rumen-protected-methionine-or-choline-during-the-transition-period-influences-whole-blood-immune-response-in-periparturient-dairy-cows
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M Vailati-Riboni, Z Zhou, C B Jacometo, A Minuti, E Trevisi, D N Luchini, J J Loor
Methionine, together with Lys, is the most limiting AA for milk production in dairy cows. Besides its crucial role in milk production, Met and its derivate metabolites (e.g., glutathione, taurine, polyamines) are well-known immunonutrients in nonruminants, helping support and boost immune function and activity. In the present study, the effects of Met or choline, as its precursor, were investigated using an ex vivo whole blood challenge. The study involved 33 multiparous Holstein cows (from a larger cohort with a factorial arrangement of treatments) assigned from d -21 to +30 relative to parturition to a basal control (CON) diet, CON plus rumen-protected Met (MET, Smartamine M, Adisseo NA, Alpharetta, GA) at a rate of 0...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318588/comparative-composition-diversity-and-abundance-of-oligosaccharides-in-early-lactation-milk-from-commercial-dairy-and-beef-cows
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William M Sischo, Diana M Short, Mareen Geissler, Apichaya Bunyatratchata, Daniela Barile
Prebiotics are nondigestible dietary ingredients, usually oligosaccharides (OS), that provide a health benefit to the host by directly modulating the gut microbiota. Although there is some information describing OS content in dairy-source milk, no information is available to describe the OS content of beef-source milk. Given the different trait emphasis between dairy and beef for milk production and calf survivability, it is plausible that OS composition, diversity, and abundance differ between production types...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318569/designing-affinity-chromatographic-processes-for-the-capture-of-antibodies-part-i-a-simplified-approach
#16
D Pfister, L David, M Holzer, R-M Nicoud
Protein A affinity chromatography is a standard technique for the purification of therapeutic antibodies. Recently, multi-column chromatographic processes have emerged to turn classical capture processes into more efficient and continuous systems. The design of such chromatographic processes, be they single-column or multi-column systems, is described in this work. A rational method to conceive, scale-up and compare processes is proposed and illustrated with different examples. All along this article, the results of the equilibrium theory, i...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318251/molecular-simulation-studies-on-the-binding-selectivity-of-type-i-inhibitors-in-the-complexes-with-ros1-versus-alk
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Yuanxin Tian, Yonghuan Yu, Yudong Shen, Hua Wan, Shan Chang, Tingting Zhang, Shanhe Wan, Jiajie Zhang
ROS1 and ALK are promising targets of anti-cancer drugs for non small cell lung cancer. Since they have 49% amide acid sequence homology in the kinases domain and 77% identity at the ATP binding area, some ALK inhibitors also showed some significant responses for ROS1 in the clinical trial, such as the type-I binding inhibitor crizotinib and PF-06463922. As a newly therapeutic target, selective ROS1 inhibitor is relative rarely. Moreover, the molecular basis for the selectivity of ROS1 versus ALK still remains unclear...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318229/tracing-effects-of-fluorine-substitutions-on-g-quadruplex-conformational-changes
#18
Jonathan Dickerhoff, Linn Haase, Walter Langel, Klaus Weisz
A human telomere sequence that folds into an intramolecular (3+1)-hybrid G-quadruplex was modified by the incorporation of 2'-fluoro-2'-deoxyriboguanosines ((F)G) into syn positions of its outer tetrad. A circular dichroism and NMR spectral analysis reveals a nearly quantitative switch of the G-tetrad polarity with concerted syn↔anti transitions of all four G residues. These observations follow findings on a (F)G-substituted (3+1)-hybrid quadruplex with a different fold, suggesting a more general propensity of hybrid-type quadruplexes to undergo a tetrad polarity reversal...
March 20, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317996/rational-designed-strategy-to-dispel-mutual-interference-of-mercuric-and-ferric-ions-towards-robust-ph-stable-fluorescent-carbon-nanodots
#19
Yang Liu, Yanan Liu, Jinpyo Lee, Joong Hee Lee, Mira Park, Hak Yong Kim
As one of the most promising fluorometric nanosensors for metal ion sensing, carbon nanodots (C-dots) have developed rapidly in recent years. However, it is still a thorny problem to shield the mutual interference of two metal ions towards C-dots, e.g., Hg(2+) and Fe(3+) ions. In the present work, we propose rational routes for the unique interaction between C-dots and Hg(2+) or Fe(3+). The selectivity of the as-obtained label-free C-dots can be effectively switched by P3O10(5-) and SCN(-). The resultant C-dots possess superior photoluminescence intensity stability in a wide pH range or in certain redox circumstances, which are highly preferred in terms of practical metal-ion detection...
March 20, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317893/chemical-control-of-the-viscoelastic-properties-of-vinylogous-urethane-vitrimers
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Wim Denissen, Martijn Droesbeke, Renaud Nicolaÿ, Ludwik Leibler, Johan M Winne, Filip E Du Prez
Vinylogous urethane based vitrimers are polymer networks that have the intrinsic property to undergo network rearrangements, stress relaxation and viscoelastic flow, mediated by rapid addition/elimination reactions of free chain end amines. Here we show that the covalent exchange kinetics significantly can be influenced by combination with various simple additives. As anticipated, the exchange reactions on network level can be further accelerated using either Brønsted or Lewis acid additives. Remarkably, however, a strong inhibitory effect is observed when a base is added to the polymer matrix...
March 20, 2017: Nature Communications
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