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Sandra González-Casado, Olga Martín-Belloso, Pedro Elez-Martínez, Robert Soliva-Fortuny
The application of pulsed electric fields (PEFs) to whole tomatoes is proposed as a pre-processing treatment to obtain purees with high health-related properties. Tomato fruit was subjected to different electric field strengths (0.4, 1.2 and 2 kV cm-1) and number of pulses (5, 18 and 30 pulses). Tomatoes were stored at 4 °C for 24 h after PEF processing and then ground and mixed with 5% olive oil. The resulting tomato-based product was subjected to in vitro gastrointestinal digestion. PEF treatments significantly increased the amount and bioaccessible fraction of carotenoids in the derived product...
March 21, 2018: Food & Function
Alaa Abd-Elsayed, Markus Jackson, Elizabeth Plovanich
Background: Sural neuralgia is persistent pain in the distribution of the sural nerve that provides sensation to the lateral posterior corner of the leg, lateral foot, and fifth toe. Sural neuralgia is a rare condition but can be challenging to treat and can cause significant limitation. We present 2 cases of sural neuralgia resistant to conservative management that were effectively treated by pulsed radiofrequency ablation. Case Reports: A 65-year-old female developed sural neuralgia after a foot surgery and failed conservative management...
2018: Ochsner Journal
Dong-Sing Wuu, Sin-Liang Ou, Ching-Ho Tien
In conventional emitting devices, the mobility of electron is much higher than that of hole, which increases the non-recombination rate. To generate slow electrons, we demonstrate an electron retarding n-electrode (ERN) on the n-GaN layer of InGaN blue light emitting diode (LED), making more efficient radiation emission. Transparent conductive oxides are estimated to be more suitable for ERN materials. However, for ERN materials used in InGaN LEDs, three requirements should be satisfied, i.e., Ohmic contact to n-GaN, dilute magnetic doping, and good electrical conductivity...
March 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
Agnieszka Niemierzycka, Krzysztof Tomczuk, Mirosław Mikicin, Agnieszka Zdrodowska, Grzegorz Orzechowski, Marek Kowalczyk
OBJECTIVE: The article represents the preliminary study, with the aim of the experiment being to examine whether different types of light sources used commonly in building interiors combined with various color temperature have an effect on EEG activity. The effect of frequency pulsation and color temperature on brain activity in EEG examinations in the beta 2 band was assumed. MATERIAL/PARTICIPANTS: Twenty healthy men aged 19-25 years participated in the experiment...
March 8, 2018: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
Omid Abbasi, Jan Hirschmann, Lena Storzer, Tolga Esat Özkurt, Saskia Elben, Jan Vesper, Lars Wojtecki, Georg Schmitz, Alfons Schnitzler, Markus Butz
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an established therapy to treat motor symptoms in movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease (PD). The mechanisms leading to the high therapeutic effectiveness of DBS are poorly understood so far, but modulation of oscillatory activity is likely to play an important role. Thus, investigating the effect of DBS on cortical oscillatory activity can help clarifying the neurophysiological mechanisms of DBS. Here, we aimed at scrutinizing changes of cortical oscillatory activity by DBS at different frequencies using magnetoencephalography (MEG)...
March 15, 2018: NeuroImage
Jared T Hammill, Daniel C Scott, Jaeki Min, Michele C Connelly, Gloria Holbrook, Fangyi Zhu, Amy Matheny, Lei Yang, Bhuvanesh Singh, Brenda A Schulman, R Kiplin Guy
We previously discovered and validated a class of piperidinyl ureas that regulate defective in cullin neddylation 1 (DCN1)-dependent neddylation of cullins. Here, we report preliminary structure-activity relationship studies aimed at advancing our high-throughput screen hit into a tractable tool compound for dissecting the effects of acute DCN1-UBE2M inhibition on the NEDD8/cullin pathway. Structure-enabled optimization led to a 100-fold increase in biochemical potency and modestly increased solubility and permeability as compared to our initial hit...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Yuly Vesga, Carlos Diaz, Jeanne Crassous, Florencio E Hernandez
Herein, we report on the theoretical-experimental analysis of the two photon absorption and circular dichroism spectra of 1-(2-pyridyl)-4-methoxy-carbo[6]helicene derivative (P6). The primary outcomes of our investigation on this particular helicene derivative with a donor-acceptor motif on one end led to two important conclusions: 1) The lengthening of the π-electron delocalization within the helical core of P6 predominantly increases the contribution of the magnetic transition dipole moment to the TPCD signal; 2) The electric transition quadrupole moment contribution to the TPCD signal is enhanced by the intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) produced by the donor-acceptor combination on one end of the molecule...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Oz Habiby, Omri Nahor, Alvaro Israel, Alexander Liberzon, Alexander Golberg
Marine macroalgae are a potential feedstock for biorefineries that can reduce dependence on fossil fuels and contribute to bioeconomy. New knowledge and technologies for efficient conversion of solar energy into macroalgae biomass are needed to increase biomass yields and energy conversion efficiency. In this work, we show that the green macroalgae from Ulva sp. can grow under the pulsed light in a photobioreactor with higher exergy conversion efficiency in comparison to cultivation under constant light with the same intensity...
March 14, 2018: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Peter Göttle, Anastasia Manousi, David Kremer, Laura Reiche, Hans-Peter Hartung, Patrick Küry
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neuroinflammatory autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (CNS) which in most cases initially presents with episodes of transient functional deficits (relapsing-remitting MS; RRMS) and eventually develops into a secondary progressive form (SPMS). Aside from neuroimmunological activities, MS is also characterized by neurodegenerative and regenerative processes. The latter involve the restoration of myelin sheaths-electrically insulating structures which are the primary targets of autoimmune attacks...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Zhuan Li, Jie Zhao, Shujun Zhang, Steven A Weinman
Alcohol consumption is generally well tolerated by the liver but in some individuals it results in persistent inflammation and liver disease. The mechanisms that regulate alcohol-induced liver inflammation are poorly understood. The transcription factor FOXO3 has previously been shown to be involved in suppressing alcohol-induced liver injury. In this study we demonstrate that in response to alcohol, approximately 10% of mouse hepatic macrophages undergo FOXO3-dependent apoptosis. By 3 days of alcohol exposure total hepatic macrophage numbers declined by 30% but these were restored to normal after 10 days of continued exposure...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
Julie G Arenberg, Wendy S Parkinson, Leonid Litvak, Chen Chen, Heather A Kreft, Andrew J Oxenham
OBJECTIVES: The standard, monopolar (MP) electrode configuration used in commercially available cochlear implants (CI) creates a broad electrical field, which can lead to unwanted channel interactions. Use of more focused configurations, such as tripolar and phased array, has led to mixed results for improving speech understanding. The purpose of the present study was to assess the efficacy of a physiologically inspired configuration called dynamic focusing, using focused tripolar stimulation at low levels and less focused stimulation at high levels...
March 9, 2018: Ear and Hearing
Juwon Oh, Young Mo Sung, Yongseok Hong, Dongho Kim
Aromaticity, the special energetic stability derived from cyclic [4 n + 2]π-conjugated electronic structures, has been the topic of intense interest in chemistry because it plays a critical role in rationalizing molecular stability, reactivity, and physical/chemical properties. Recently, the pioneering work by Colin Baird on aromaticity reversal, postulating that aromatic (antiaromatic) character in the ground state reverses to antiaromatic (aromatic) character in the lowest excited triplet state, has attracted much scientific attention...
March 6, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
Sami Deniz, Hülya Şahin, Enver Yalnız
INTRODUCTION: Reduced exercise capacity is a main feature of Interstitial Lung Diseases (ILDs) and it is related to closely prognosis of these patients. Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) results to improve in peak exercise capacity, dyspnea and quality of life in ILDs. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate the benefits of PR in patients with ILDs and to determine whether there are similar gains in patients with severe ILD. METHODS: We recruited ILD stable patients...
March 2, 2018: Clinical Respiratory Journal
Aaron D Mueller, Landobasa Y M Tobing, Dao Hua Zhang
Strong interactions between localized surface plasmons and nanoscale objects have led to the development of highly sensitive biochemical sensing in planar metallic nanostructures with sensing performance mainly dependent on the interaction volume and the local electric field. However, the sensitivity and the interaction volume of these planar structures have been limited by the achievable aspect ratios based on the standard lift-off process. We propose a new technique which involves cold sonicated development and pulsed electrodeposition to overcome this limitation, and demonstrate robust gold square dimers with sub-10 nm gaps and a gap aspect ratio of ∼8...
March 2, 2018: Nanoscale
Denis E Bragin, Olga A Bragina, Sean Hagberg, Edwin M Nemoto
OBJECTIVE: High-frequency pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) stimulation is an emerging noninvasive therapy that we have shown increases cerebral blood flow (CBF) and tissue oxygenation in the healthy rat brain. In this work, we tested the effect of PEMF on the brain at high intracranial pressure (ICP). We previously showed that high ICP in rats caused a transition from capillary (CAP) to non-nutritive microvascular shunt (MVS) flow, tissue hypoxia and increased blood brain barrier (BBB) permeability...
2018: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
Nawras Ghanem, Manuel Trost, Laura Sanchez Fontanet, Hauke Harms, Antonis Chatzinotas, Lukas Y Wick
Phages (i.e. viruses infecting bacteria) are considered to be good indicators and tracers for fecal pollution, hydraulic flow or colloidal transport in the subsurface. They are typically quantified as total virus particles (VLP) or plaque forming units (PFU) of infectious phages. As transport may lead to phage deactivation, VLP quantification can overestimate the number of infectious phages. In contrast, PFU counts may underestimate the transport of total virus particles. Using PFU and tunable resistive pulse sensing-based counting for active and total phages, resp...
February 26, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Tingzhu Wu, Yue Lin, Lili Zheng, Ziquan Guo, Jianxing Xu, Shijie Liang, Zhuguagn Liu, Yijun Lu, Tien-Mo Shih, Zhong Chen
An optimal design of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting that benefits both the photosynthesis performance for plants and the visional health for human eyes has drawn considerable attention. In the present study, we have developed a multi-color driving algorithm that serves as a liaison between desired spectral power distributions and pulse-width-modulation duty cycles. With the aid of this algorithm, our multi-color plant-growth light sources can optimize correlated-color temperature (CCT) and color rendering index (CRI) such that photosynthetic luminous efficacy of radiation (PLER) is maximized regardless of the number of LEDs and the type of photosynthetic action spectrum (PAS)...
February 19, 2018: Optics Express
Thea Knowles, Scott Adams, Anita Abeyesekera, Cynthia Mancinelli, Greydon Gilmore, Mandar Jog
Purpose: The settings of 3 electrical stimulation parameters were adjusted in 12 speakers with Parkinson's disease (PD) with deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (STN-DBS) to examine their effects on vowel acoustics and speech intelligibility. Method: Participants were tested under permutations of low, mid, and high STN-DBS frequency, voltage, and pulse width settings. At each session, participants recited a sentence. Acoustic characteristics of vowel production were extracted, and naive listeners provided estimates of speech intelligibility...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
Seung-Il Yang, Jung-Hyun Kim, Soon-Wuk Jeong, Hyun-Jung Han
A one-year-old male Golden Retriever presented with acute onset of vomiting and hemorrhagic diarrhea since 2 days. The dog was depressed, showing abdominal pain, 12% dehydration, tachycardia, and a bounding pulse. Diagnostic imaging showed severe dilatation and fluid retention of the entire gastrointestinal tract with decreased motility. A foreign body was found in the gastroduodenal region, but there was no obstruction or plication. The dog was tentatively diagnosed with acute hemorrhagic diarrhea syndrome and rapidly recovered after supportive treatment...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Yukinobu Ito, Makoto Yoshida, Daichi Maeda, Masato Takahashi, Hiroshi Nanjo, Hirotake Masuda, Akiteru Goto
Arteriovenous malformations consist of tangles of arteries and veins that are often connected by a fistula. The causes and mechanisms of these clinical entities are not fully understood. We discovered that suturing an arterial patch into the common jugular vein of rabbits led to spontaneous neovascularization, the formation of an arteriovenous fistula and the development of an arteriovenous shunt. An arterial patch excised from the common carotid artery was sutured into the common jugular vein. Within a month, a dense nidus-like neovasculature formed around the patch...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
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