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Charles M Luft, Elango Munusamy, Jeanne E Pemberton, Steven D Schwartz
A detailed molecular dynamics simulation study is presented on the behavior of aggre- gates composed of the nonionic monorhamnolipid α-rhamnopyranosyl-β-hydroxydecanoyl- β -hydroxydecanoate (Rha-C10-C10) and decane in bulk water. A graph theoretical approach was utilized to characterize the size and composition of the many aggregates generated in our simulations. Overall we observe that the formation of oil in Rha-C10-C10 aggregates is a fa- vorable process. Detailed analysis on the surfactant/oil aggregate shows that larger aggregates are stable...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Rafiq Ahmad, Nirmalya Tripathy, Min-Sang Ahn, Jin-Young Yoo, Yoon-Bong Hahn
Seed layer plays a crucial role to achieve high electrical conductivity and ensure higher performance of the devices. In this study, we report fabrication of a solution-gated field-effect transistor (FET) sensor based on zinc oxide nanorods (ZnO NRs) modified iron oxide nanoparticles (α-Fe2O3 NPs) grown on a highly conductive sandwich-like seed layer (ZnO seed layer/Ag nanowires/ZnO seed layer). The sandwich-like seed layer and ZnO NRs modification with α-Fe2O3 NPs provide excellent conductivity and prevent possible ZnO NRs surface damage from low pH enzyme immobilization, respectively...
March 16, 2018: ACS Sensors
C Fielder Camm, Alexander Emery, Elizabeth Rose-Innes, Sergei Pavlitchouk, Nikant Sabharwal, Andrew D Kelion
BACKGROUND: Using myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS), an increase in left ventricular (LV) volumes or a decrease in ejection fraction (EF) from rest to stress may be clinically important. The variation in these measures between the low-dose stress acquisition and high-dose rest acquisition in a one-day stress-rest protocol has not been established. We assessed the reproducibility of gated volumetric indices between stress and rest and the normal variation in ungated TID ratio for a one-day stress-rest99m Tc-tetrofosmin protocol...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Yanting Wang, Wenxian Lan, Zhenzhen Yan, Jing Gao, Xinlian Liu, Sheng Wang, Xiying Guo, Chunxi Wang, Hu Zhou, Jiuping Ding, Chunyang Cao
Large-conductance Ca2+ - and voltage-dependent K+ (BK) channels display diverse biological functions while their pore-forming α subunit is coded by a single Slo1 gene. The variety of BK channels is correlated with the effects of BKα coexpression with auxiliary β (β1-β4) subunits, as well as newly defined γ subunits. Charybdotoxin (ChTX) blocks BK channel through physically occluding the K+ -conduction pore. Human brain enriched β4 subunit (hβ4) alters the conductance-voltage curve, slows activation and deactivation time courses of BK channels...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Tiffany A Thibaudeau, Raymond T Anderson, David M Smith
Protein accumulation and aggregation with a concomitant loss of proteostasis often contribute to neurodegenerative diseases, and the ubiquitin-proteasome system plays a major role in protein degradation and proteostasis. Here, we show that three different proteins from Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's disease that misfold and oligomerize into a shared three-dimensional structure potently impair the proteasome. This study indicates that the shared conformation allows these oligomers to bind and inhibit the proteasome with low nanomolar affinity, impairing ubiquitin-dependent and ubiquitin-independent proteasome function in brain lysates...
March 15, 2018: Nature Communications
Denisa Muraru, Alice Niero, Hugo Rodriguez-Zanella, Diana Cherata, Luigi Badano
Three-dimensional (3D) speckle-tracking echocardiography (3DSTE) is an advanced imaging technique designed for left ventricular (LV) myocardial deformation analysis based on 3D data sets. 3DSTE has the potential to overcome some of the intrinsic limitations of two-dimensional STE (2DSTE) in the assessment of complex LV myocardial mechanics, offering additional deformation parameters (such as area strain) and a comprehensive quantitation of LV geometry and function from a single 3D acquisition. Albeit being a relatively young technique still undergoing technological developments, several experimental studies and clinical investigations have already demonstrated the reliability and feasibility of 3DSTE, as well as several advantages of 3DSTE over 2DSTE...
February 2018: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Satoshi Shibata, Shigeyuki Takamatsu, Kazutaka Yamamoto, Miu Mizuhata, Sayuri Bou, Yoshitaka Sato, Mariko Kawamura, Satoko Asahi, Yuji Tameshige, Yoshikazu Maeda, Makoto Sasaki, Tomoyasu Kumano, Satoshi Kobayashi, Hiroyasu Tamamura, Toshifumi Gabata
We evaluated the effectiveness and toxicity of proton beam therapy (PBT) for hepatocellular carcinomas (HCC) >5 cm without fiducial markers using four-dimensional CT (4D-CT) planning. The subjects were 29 patients treated at our hospital between March 2011 and March 2015. The median total dose was 76 Cobalt Gray Equivalents (CGE) in 20 fractions (range; 66-80.5 CGE in 10-32 fractions). Therapy was delivered with end-expiratory phase gating. An internal target volume (ITV) margin was added through the analysis of respiratory movement with 4D-CT...
March 14, 2018: Cancers
Thomas Berk, Stephen D Silberstein
BACKGROUND: Lidocaine, an amide anesthetic, has been used in the treatment of a wide variety of pain disorders for over 75 years. In addition to pain control, lidocaine is an anti-arrhythmic agent and has anti-inflammatory properties. Lidocaine's unique properties, including nonlinear pharmacokinetics, have limited its modern-day use. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this review is to offer a better understanding of the properties of this unique treatment, which we hope will allow more practitioners to offer this to their patients...
March 14, 2018: Headache
Xiaoying Wang, Jiefu Peng, Jing Wang, Miao Li, Di Wu, Songyan Wu, Jipei Liao, Jun Dou
Background: Despite the breadth of understanding the noncoding RNAs' function in molecular biology, their functional roles in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the effect of hepatitis C virus (HCV) core upon the expression of noncoding RNAs. Methods: The lncRNAs, mRNAs, and circRNAs were employed for identification of HCV core protein gene expression in human Huh7 hepatoma (Huh7) cell line. In data analysis, we applied a threshold that eliminated all genes that were not increased or decreased by at least a 2-fold change in a comparison between transfected and control cells...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
Laure Fillaud, Thomas Petenzi, Justine Pallu, Benoit Piro, Giorgio Mattana, Vincent Noel
Stimuli-responsive hydrogels represent a class of materials capable of reversibly switching their morphological and physicochemical characteristics. An ultrathin poly(acrylic acid) film (ca. 6 nm) grafted onto the gate of a p-type EGOFET is studied and the correlation between the swelling state of the hydrogel and the transistor output characteristics is presented. The hydrogel-related swelling process occurring in basic medium causes an increase in threshold voltage due to the abrupt and intense increase of the negative charge density on the gate electrode...
March 13, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Fatima Padilla-Cabal, Dietmar Georg, Hermann Fuchs
PURPOSE: The feasibility of Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) based proton therapy is based, among several other factors, on the implementation of appropriate extensions on current dose calculation methods. This work aims to develop a pencil beam algorithm (PBA) for dose calculation of proton beams within magnetic field regions of up to 3T. METHODS: Monte Carlo (MC) simulations using the GATE 7.1/GEANT4.9.4p02 toolkit were performed to generate calibration and benchmarking data for the PBA...
March 12, 2018: Medical Physics
Allison Gates, Cydney Johnson, Lisa Hartling
BACKGROUND: Machine learning tools can expedite systematic review (SR) processes by semi-automating citation screening. Abstrackr semi-automates citation screening by predicting relevant records. We evaluated its performance for four screening projects. METHODS: We used a convenience sample of screening projects completed at the Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence, Edmonton, Canada: three SRs and one descriptive analysis for which we had used SR screening methods...
March 12, 2018: Systematic Reviews
Hajime Shiotani, Muneaki Miyata, Yu Itoh, Shujie Wang, Aika Kaito, Akira Mizoguchi, Miwako Yamasaki, Masahiko Watanabe, Kenji Mandai, Hideki Mochizuki, Yoshimi Takai
The medial habenula (MHb), implicated in stress, depression, memory, and nicotine withdrawal syndromes, receives septal inputs and sends efferents to the interpeduncular nucleus. We previously showed that the immunoglobulin-like cell adhesion molecules nectin-2α and nectin-2δ are expressed in astrocytes in the brain, but their expression in neurons remains unknown. We showed here by immunofluorescence microscopy that nectin-2α, but not nectin-2δ, was prominently expressed in the cholinergic neurons in the developing and adult MHbs and localized at the boundary between the adjacent somata of the clustered cholinergic neurons where the voltage-gated A-type K+ channel Kv4...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Comparative Neurology
Jill K Badin, Ayeeshik Kole, Benjamin Stivers, Victor Progar, Anisha Pareddy, Mouhamad Alloosh, Michael Sturek
BACKGROUND: There is a preponderance of evidence implicating diabetes with increased coronary artery disease (CAD) and calcification (CAC) in human patients with metabolic syndrome (MetS), but the effect of diabetes on CAD severity in animal models remains controversial. We investigated whether diabetes exacerbates CAD/CAC and intracellular free calcium ([Ca2+ ]i ) dysregulation in the clinically relevant Ossabaw miniature swine model of MetS. METHODS: Sixteen swine, eight with alloxan-induced diabetes, were fed a hypercaloric, atherogenic diet for 6 months...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
Danshi Wang, Zhimin Wu, Min Zhang, Xiongyan Tang
A multifunctional optical signal processing scheme for 10-Gbaud quadrature phase shift keying (QPSK) and binary phase shift keying (BPSK) signals based on four-wave mixing (FWM) in highly nonlinear fiber (HNLF) is proposed. Wavelength-division-multiplexing (WDM) multicast, wavelength conversion, modulation format conversion, and hybrid modulation format exclusive-OR (HMF-XOR) logic gates are realized simultaneously by simulation. One-to-three WDM multicast of 20-Gbps QPSK signals are achieved paying the optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) penalties <0...
March 1, 2018: Applied Optics
Stylianos Michalakis, Elvir Becirovic, Martin Biel
The first step in vision is the absorption of photons by the photopigments in cone and rod photoreceptors. After initial amplification within the phototransduction cascade the signal is translated into an electrical signal by the action of cyclic nucleotide-gated (CNG) channels. CNG channels are ligand-gated ion channels that are activated by the binding of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) or cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP). Retinal CNG channels transduce changes in intracellular concentrations of cGMP into changes of the membrane potential and the Ca2+ concentration...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Marc A Dämgen, Philip C Biggin
Many proteins that are central to key aspects of neurobiology undergo conformational changes as part of their function, usually in response to a stimulus. Often, these proteins are embedded within a membrane, which creates particular experimental challenges to surmount. This has resulted in computational methods providing a valuable complementary tool for some time now, especially in the development of working models at atomic resolution. Indeed, molecular dynamics MD) simulations are now routinely applied to new structures, either as part of the initial analysis or as part of an automated pipeline...
March 5, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Ricardo González-Ramírez, Elizabeth Martínez-Hernández, Alejandro Sandoval, Kimberly Gómez-Mora, Ricardo Felix
It is well known that the CaV α2 δ auxiliary subunit regulates the density of high voltage-activated Ca2+ channels in the plasma membrane and that alterations in their functional expression might have implications in the pathophysiology of diverse human diseases such as neuropathic pain. However, little is known concerning the transcriptional regulation of this protein. We previously characterized the promoter of CaV α2 δ, and here we report its regulation by the transcription factor Egr-1. Using the neuroblastoma N1E-115 cells, we found that Egr-1 interacts specifically with its binding site in the promoter, affecting the transcriptional regulation of CaV α2 δ...
March 5, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
George S Chrysant, Anita A Phancao, Douglas A Horstmanshof, Susie Jones, James W Long
Evaluation of left ventricular devices is becoming increasingly important as the implantation of these devices increases. Cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) has many potential advantages compared with plain radiographs and echocardiography to troubleshoot these devices and potentially help guide therapy. Heart failure (HF) remains a deadly, progressive disease with substantive and increasing morbidity, mortality, cost, and prevalence. Use of left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) as treatment for refractory HF has been steadily rising during the last decade...
March 5, 2018: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Premlal Balakrishna Pillai, Ashwani Kumar, Xiaoyao Song, Maria Merlyne De Souza
An electrochemical device capable of manifesting reversible charge storage at the interface of an active layer offers formidable advantages, such as low switching energy and long retention time, in realizing synaptic behavior for ultralow power neuromorphic systems. Contrary to a supercapacitor-based field-effect device that is prone to low memory retention due to fast discharge, a solid electrolyte-gated ZnO thin-film device exhibiting a battery-controlled charge storage mechanism via mobile charges at its interface with tantalum oxide is demonstrated...
March 7, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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