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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150679/dynamics-of-high-frequency-brain-activity
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Steven X Moffett, Sean M O'Malley, Shushuang Man, Dawei Hong, Joseph V Martin
Evidence suggests that electroencephalographic (EEG) activity extends far beyond the traditional frequency range. Much of the prior study of >120 Hz EEG is in epileptic brains. In the current work, we measured EEG activity in the range of 200 to 2000 Hz, in the brains of healthy, spontaneously behaving rats. Both arrhythmic (1/f-type) and rhythmic (band) activities were identified and their properties shown to depend on EEG-defined stage of sleep/wakefulness. The inverse power law exponent of 1/f-type noise is shown to decrease from 3...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150513/high-prevalence-and-genetic-diversity-of-large-phicd211-phicdif1296t-like-prophages-in-clostridioides-difficile
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Julian R Garneau, Ognjen Sekulovic, Bruno Dupuy, Olga Soutourina, Marc Monot, Louis-Charles Fortier
Clostridioides difficile (formerly Clostridium difficile) is a pathogenic bacterium displaying great genetic diversity. A significant proportion of this diversity is due to the presence of integrated prophages. Here, we provide an in-depth analysis of phiCD211, also known as phiCDIF1296T, the largest phage identified in C. difficile so far, with a genome of 131-kbp. It shares morphological and genomic similarity with other large siphophages like phage 949 infecting Lactococcus lactis and phage c-st infecting Clostridium botulinum...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149539/dynamic-cross-exchange-in-halophosphonium-species-first-direct-observation-of-stereochemical-inversion-in-the-course-of-an-sn2-process
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Kirill Nikitin, Elizabeth V Jennings, Sulaiman Al Sulaimi, Yannick Ortin, Declan G Gilheany
The complex fluxional interconversions between, otherwise very similar, phosphonium bromides and chlorides R3PX+X- (R = Alk, Ar, X = Cl or Br) was studied by NMR techniques. Their energy barriers are typically ca. 11 kcal/mol but rise rapidly as bulky groups are attached to phosphorus, revealing the importance of steric factors. In contrast, electronic effects, as measured by Hammett analysis, are modest (rho 1.46) but still clearly indicate negative charge flow towards phosphorus in the transition state. Most significantly, detailed analysis of the exchange pathways unequivocally, and for the first time in any such process, shows that nucleophilic attack of the nucleophilic anion on the tetrahedral centre results in inversion of configuration...
November 17, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149088/model-based-heterogeneous-data-fusion-for-reliable-force-estimation-in-dynamic-structures-under-uncertainties
#4
Babak Khodabandeloo, Dyan Melvin, Hongki Jo
Direct measurements of external forces acting on a structure are infeasible in many cases. The Augmented Kalman Filter (AKF) has several attractive features that can be utilized to solve the inverse problem of identifying applied forces, as it requires the dynamic model and the measured responses of structure at only a few locations. But, the AKF intrinsically suffers from numerical instabilities when accelerations, which are the most common response measurements in structural dynamics, are the only measured responses...
November 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146984/ocean-forecasting-of-mesoscale-features-can-deteriorate-by-increasing-model-resolution-towards-the-submesoscale
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Paul A Sandery, Pavel Sakov
Submesoscale dynamics are ubiquitous in the ocean and important in the variability of physical, biological and chemical processes. Submesoscale resolving ocean models have been shown to improve representation of observed variability. We show through data assimilation experiments that a higher-resolution submesoscale permitting system does not match the skill of a lower resolution eddy resolving system in forecasting the mesoscale circulation. Predictability of the submesoscale is inherently lower and there is an inverse cascade in the kinetic energy spectrum that lowers the predictability of the mesoscale...
November 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144106/cognitive-reserve-as-a-variable-impacting-the-effectiveness-of-rehabilitation-on-balance-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Giulia Piccinini, Isabella Imbimbo, Diego Ricciardi, Daniele Coraci, Claudia Santilli, Maria R Lo Monaco, Claudia Loreti, Maria C Vulpiani, Maria C Silveri, Luca Padua
BACKGROUND: Cognitive reserve (CR) can be considered an active expression of brain resilience in response to damage. Several studies have shown the influence of CR on cognitive impairment and its relationship with cognitive function in Parkinson's disease (PD). AIM: To show if CR influences the effectiveness of balance rehabilitation in PD patients who performed a conventional rehabilitative treatment. DESIGN: Observational longitudinal study...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144056/oropharyngeal-dysphagia-profiles-in-individuals-with-oculopharyngeal-muscular-dystrophy
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L C Tabor, E K Plowman, C Romero-Clark, S Youssof
BACKGROUND: Although dysphagia represents a hallmark manifestation of oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD), limited knowledge exists regarding the underlying nature of oropharyngeal swallowing impairments in this patient population. We aimed to delineate global pharyngeal dysphagia profiles in OPMD and identify the prevalence and physiologic associations of impairments in swallowing safety and efficiency. METHODS: Twenty-two individuals with OPMD completed a videofluoroscopic swallowing evaluation...
November 16, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142757/correlates-of-maternal-mortality-in-developing-countries-an-ecological-study-in-82-countries
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Tadele Girum, Abebaw Wasie
Background: Maternal mortality is a major public health issue in developing countries due to its shocking magnitude and lower declining pattern. With appropriate strategy and intensive implementation programs, some countries have made remarkable progress, however in developing countries where 99% of maternal death is occurring; little or no progress has been made. Identifying determinants and designing intervention will have important role to overcome the problem. Therefore this study aimed to identify correlates of maternal mortality in developing countries...
2017: Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141440/explaining-the-t-v-dependent-dynamics-of-glass-forming-liquids-the-cooperative-free-volume-model-tested-against-new-simulation-results
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Ronald P White, Jane E G Lipson
In this article, we derive a rate model, the "cooperative free volume" (CFV) model, to explain relaxation dynamics in terms of a system's free volume, Vfree, and its temperature, T, over widely varied pressure dependent conditions. In the CFV model, the rate a molecule moves a distance on the order of its own size is dependent on the cooperation of surrounding molecules to open up enough free space. To test CFV, we have generated extensive T,V dependent simulation data for structural relaxation times, τ, on a Kob and Andersen type Lennard-Jones (KA-LJ) fluid...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140680/helicity-inversion-of-supramolecular-hydrogels-induced-by-achiral-substituents
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Guofeng Liu, Xin Li, Jianhui Sheng, Pei-Zhou Li, Wee Kong Ong, Soo Zeng Fiona Phua, Hans Ågren, Liangliang Zhu, Yanli Zhao
Probing the supramolecular chirality of assemblies and controlling their handedness are closely related to the origin of chirality at supramolecular level and the development of smart materials with desired handedness. However, it remains unclear how achiral residues covalently bonded to chiral amino acids can function in the chirality inversion of supramolecular assemblies. Herein, we report macroscopic chirality and dynamic manipulation of chiroptical activity of hydrogels self-assembled from phenylalanine derivatives, together with the inversion of their handedness achieved solely by exchanging achiral substituents between oligo(ethylene glycol) and carboxylic acid groups...
November 15, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134137/pattern-electroretinography-and-visual-evoked-potentials-provide-clinical-evidence-of-cns-modulation-of-high-and-low-contrast-vep-latency-in-glaucoma
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William E Sponsel, Susan L Johnson, Rick Trevino, Alberto Gonzalez, Sylvia L Groth, Carolyn Majcher, Diane C Fulton, Matthew A Reilly
Purpose: Both pattern electroretinography (PERG) and visual evoked potentials (VEP) can be performed using low- (15%; Lc) and high- (85%; Hc) contrast gratings that may preferentially stimulate the magno- and parvocellular pathways. We observed that among glaucomatous patients showing only one VEP latency deficit per eye, there appeared to be a very strong tendency for an Hc delay in one eye and an Lc delay in the other. Methods: Diopsys NOVA-LX system was used to measure VEP Hc and Lc latency among a clinical glaucoma population to find all individuals with either a single Hc or Lc latency abnormality in each eye (group 1), or with greater than 0 and less than 4 Hc or Lc VEP latency abnormalities in the two eyes (group 2) to determine whether a significant inverse correlation existed for these values in either group...
2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134136/creating-a-full-thickness-choroidal-incision-an-ex-vivo-analysis-of-human-and-porcine-tissue-contraction-dynamics
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Stephen A LoBue, Norihiro Yamada, Moon Jeong Choi, Timothy W Olsen
Purpose: We hypothesized that the elastic nature of the choroid leads to tissue contraction following a full-thickness, sharp incision. Furthermore, we sought to quantify, measure, and compare tissue contraction in ex vivo porcine globes and human globes of various ages using predetermined variables. Method: A full-thickness, ex vivo choroidal incision was performed in either pig (n = 97) or human (n = 30) specimens. Variables included trephine diameter (1.5, 2...
November 2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133418/normalized-value-coding-explains-dynamic-adaptation-in-the-human-valuation-process
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Mel W Khaw, Paul W Glimcher, Kenway Louie
The notion of subjective value is central to choice theories in ecology, economics, and psychology, serving as an integrated decision variable by which options are compared. Subjective value is often assumed to be an absolute quantity, determined in a static manner by the properties of an individual option. Recent neurobiological studies, however, have shown that neural value coding dynamically adapts to the statistics of the recent reward environment, introducing an intrinsic temporal context dependence into the neural representation of value...
November 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131581/template-assisted-enzymatic-synthesis-of-oligopeptides-from-a-polylactide-chain
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Jenny Fagerland, Daniela Pappalardo, Björn Schmidt, Per-Olof Syrén, Anna Finne Wistrand
Peptides are often attached to polymer materials, as bioactive components, for the control of interactions between the material and its surrounding proteins and cells. However, synthesizing peptides and attaching them to polymers can be challenging and laborious. Herein, we describe the grafting of oligopeptides to an aliphatic polyester, using a one-step chemo-enzymatic synthesis with papain as the biocatalyst. To enable enzyme-mediated functionalization of the polyester, ethyl hept-6-enoylalaninate (grafter) was synthesized and attached to polylactide chains using thiol-ene click reactions...
November 13, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130889/electron-trap-states-at-ingaas-oxide-interfaces-under-inversion-through-constant-fermi-level-i-ab-initio-i-molecular-dynamics
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Assil Bouzid, Alfredo Pasquarello
We employ constant-Fermi-level ab initio molecular dynamics to investigate defects at the InGaAs/oxide interface upon inversion. We adopt a substoichiometric amorphous model for modelling the structure at the interface and investigate the formation of defect structures upon setting the Fermi-level above the conduction band minimum. The defect formation is detected through both an analysis of the atomic structure and a Wannier decomposition of the electronic structure. This computer driven approach is able to retrieve In and Ga lone-pair defects and As-As dimer/dangling bond defects, in agreement with previous studies based on physical intuition...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125195/molecular-dynamics-simulation-of-liquid-water-and-ice-nanoclusters-using-a-new-effective-hfd-like-model
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Mohsen Abbaspour, Hamed Akbarzadeh, Sirous Salemi, Khodanazar Pirfalak
We have determined a new two-body interaction potential of water by the inversion of viscosity collision integrals of water vapor and fitted to achieve the Hartree-fock dispersion-like (HFD-like) potential function. The calculated two-body potential generates the thermal conductivity, viscosity, and self-diffusion coefficient of water vapor in an excellent accordance with experimental data at wide temperature ranges. We have also used a new many-body potential as a function of temperature and density with the HFD-like pair-potential of water to improve the two-body properties better than the SPC, SPC/E, TIP3P, and TIP4P models...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122962/frequent-drinking-of-small-volumes-improves-cardiac-function-and-survival-in-rats-with-chronic-heart-failure
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Can Zheng, Meihua Li, Toru Kawada, Masashi Inagaki, Kazunori Uemura, Masaru Sugimachi
Fluid retention is the main reason for the high hospitalization rate among patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). Given the lack of knowledge about fluid intake regulation and its consequences in patients with CHF, current guidelines do not provide clear direction for fluid management. Using a rat model of CHF, we investigated altering drinking behaviors and explored fluid management strategies. CHF was induced by ligating the left anterior descending coronary arteries in 8-week-old, male, Sprague-Dawley rats...
November 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122959/prefrontal-oxygenation-correlates-to-the-responses-in-facial-skin-blood-flows-during-exposure-to-pleasantly-charged-movie
#18
Kanji Matsukawa, Kana Endo, Ryota Asahara, Miho Yoshikawa, Shinya Kusunoki, Tomoko Ishida
Our laboratory reported that facial skin blood flow may serve as a sensitive tool to assess an emotional status. Cerebral neural correlates during emotional interventions should be sought in relation to the changes in facial skin blood flow. To test the hypothesis that prefrontal activity has positive relation to the changes in facial skin blood flow during emotionally charged stimulation, we examined the dynamic changes in prefrontal oxygenation (with near-infrared spectroscopy) and facial skin blood flows (with two-dimensional laser speckle and Doppler flowmetry) during emotionally charged audiovisual challenges for 2 min (by viewing comedy, landscape, and horror movie) in 14 subjects...
November 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122452/estimated-landmark-calibration-of-biomechanical-models-for-inverse-kinematics
#19
Ursula Trinler, Richard Baker
Inverse kinematics is emerging as the optimal method in movement analysis to fit a multi-segment biomechanical model to experimental marker positions. A key part of this process is calibrating the model to the dimensions of the individual being analysed which requires scaling of the model, pose estimation and localisation of tracking markers within the relevant segment coordinate systems. The aim of this study is to propose a generic technique for this process and test a specific application to the OpenSim model Gait2392...
November 6, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121969/microglial-dynamics-after-axotomy-induced-retinal-ganglion-cell-death
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Francisco M Nadal-Nicolás, Manuel Jiménez-López, Manuel Salinas-Navarro, Paloma Sobrado-Calvo, Manuel Vidal-Sanz, Marta Agudo-Barriuso
BACKGROUND: Microglial cells (MCs) are the sentries of the central nervous system. In health, they are known as surveying MCs because they examine the tissue to maintain the homeostasis. In disease, they activate and, among other functions, become phagocytic to clean the cellular debris. In this work, we have studied the behavior of rat retinal MCs in two models of unilateral complete intraorbital optic nerve axotomy which elicit a different time course of retinal ganglion cell (RGC) loss...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
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