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Maxime Cailleret, Steven Jansen, Elisabeth M R Robert, Lucía Desoto, Tuomas Aakala, Joseph A Antos, Barbara Beikircher, Christof Bigler, Harald Bugmann, Marco Caccianiga, Vojtěch Čada, J Julio Camarero, Paolo Cherubini, Hervé Cochard, Marie R Coyea, Katarina Čufar, Adrian J Das, Hendrik Davi, Sylvain Delzon, Michael Dorman, Guillermo Gea-Izquierdo, Sten Gillner, Laurel J Haavik, Henrik Hartmann, Ana-Maria Hereş, Kevin R Hultine, Pavel Janda, Jeffrey M Kane, Vyacheslav I Kharuk, Thomas Kitzberger, Tamir Klein, Koen Kramer, Frederic Lens, Tom Levanic, Juan Carlos Linares Calderon, Francisco Lloret, Raquel Lobo-Do-Vale, Fabio Lombardi, Rosana López Rodríguez, Harri Mäkinen, Stefan Mayr, Ilona Mészáros, Juha M Metsaranta, Francesco Minunno, Walter Oberhuber, Andreas Papadopoulos, Mikko Peltoniemi, Any Mary Petritan, Brigitte Rohner, Gabriel Sangüesa-Barreda, Dimitrios Sarris, Jeremy M Smith, Amanda B Stan, Frank Sterck, Dejan B Stojanović, Maria Laura Suarez, Miroslav Svoboda, Roberto Tognetti, José M Torres-Ruiz, Volodymyr Trotsiuk, Ricardo Villalba, Floor Vodde, Alana R Westwood, Peter H Wyckoff, Nikolay Zafirov, Jordi Martínez-Vilalta
Tree mortality is a key factor influencing forest functions and dynamics, but our understanding of the mechanisms leading to mortality and the associated changes in tree growth rates are still limited. We compiled a new pan-continental tree-ring width database from sites where both dead and living trees were sampled (2,970 dead and 4,224 living trees from 190 sites, including 36 species), and compared early and recent growth rates between trees that died and those that survived a given mortality event. We observed a decrease in radial growth before death in ca...
October 19, 2016: Global Change Biology
Dilraj S Grewal, Sharon Fekrat
The authors present an incidentally noted pigmented anterior vitreous cyst in an asymptomatic male adult. Observation was elected. Stability during the course of 2 years and mobility of the vitreous cyst using dynamic imaging are demonstrated. [Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2016;47:975-977.].
October 1, 2016: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
Saulo de Tarso de Sá Pereira Segundo, Edgar Santiago Valesin, Mario Lenza, Durval do Carmo Barros Santos, Laercio Alberto Rosemberg, Mario Ferretti
Objective: To measure the interobserver reproducibility of the radiographic evaluation of lumbar spine instability. Methods: Measurements of the dynamic radiographs of the lumbar spine in lateral view were performed, evaluating the anterior translation and the angulation among the vertebral bodies. The tests were evaluated at workstations of the organization, through the Carestream Health Vue RIS (PACS), version Inc. 2009© system. Results: Agreement in detecting cases of radiographic instability among the observers varied from 88...
July 2016: Einstein
Vanessa Bellini Bardella, Sebastián Pita, André Luis Laforga Vanzela, Cleber Galvão, Francisco Panzera
The subfamily Triatominae (Hemiptera, Reduviidae) includes 150 species of blood-sucking insects, vectors of Chagas disease or American trypanosomiasis. Karyotypic information reveals a striking stability in the number of autosomes. However, this group shows substantial variability in genome size, the amount and distribution of C-heterochromatin, and the chromosome positions of 45S rDNA clusters. Here, we analysed the karyotypes of 41 species from six different genera with C-fluorescence banding in order to evaluate the base-pair richness of heterochromatic regions...
October 2016: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Haidong Tian, Yinfeng Zhang, Jingzhi Han, Zhuang Xu, Xiaodong Zhang, Shunquan Liu, Changsheng Wang, Yingchang Yang, Li Han, Jinbo Yang
Nd2Fe14B/α-Fe nanocomposite magnets are prepared through electron beam exposure with a greatly reduced annealing time of 0.1 s. This is by far the most effective approach due to the effect of an extremely high heating rate featuring a rapid thermal process. The impact that the rapid thermal process has on crystallization is expounded by the introduction of the Landau model and Langevin dynamical simulations. The change of crystallization sequence from the α-Fe phase preceding the Nd2Fe14B phase under conventional annealing conditions, to synergetic crystallization under electron beam conditions is investigated...
October 19, 2016: Nanoscale
Amir A Afkhami
The world is currently in the midst of the largest refugee crisis since World War II, with the highest interval of mass displacement in recorded history according to the United Nations. The United States has pledged to maintain its position as one of the world's top resettlement countries in response to this crisis. These new immigrants will arrive with exceptional chronic and acute medical needs, including higher rates of behavioral health disorders. The author describes the health care challenges experienced by refugees seeking asylum in the United States and outlines the ways in which our health care system is currently deficient in helping refugee patients to overcome these challenges...
October 18, 2016: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
Shadi Shafaghi, Azizollah Abbasi Dezfuli, Zahra Ansari Aval, Kambiz Sheikhy, Behrooz Farzanegan, Esmaeil Mortaz, Habib Emami, Clemens Aigner, Fatemeh Sadat Hosseini-Baharanchi, Katayoun Najafizadeh
OBJECTIVES: Although the number of lung transplants is limited because of general shortage of organ donors, ex vivo lung perfusion is a novel method with 2 main benefits, including better evaluation of lung potential and recovery of injured lungs. The main aim of this study was to establish and operationalize ex vivo lung perfusion as the first experience in Iran. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospective operational research study on 5 cases, including 1 pig from Vienna Medical University and 4 patients from Masih Daneshvari Hospital...
October 14, 2016: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Qingsheng Li, Nejat K Egilmez
The critical contribution of CD4+CD25+Foxp3+ T-regulatory cells (Treg) to immune suppression in the tumor microenvironment is well-established. Whereas the mechanisms that drive the generation and accumulation of Treg in tumors have been an active area of study, the information on their origin and population dynamics remains limited. In this review, we discuss the ontogeny of tumor-associated Treg in light of the recently identified lineage markers.
October 19, 2016: Immunological Investigations
Clara Lopes Novo, Peter J Rugg-Gunn
Pluripotent cells are characterized by a globally open and accessible chromatin organization that is thought to contribute to cellular plasticity and developmental decision-making. We recently identified the pluripotency factor Nanog as a key regulator of this form of chromatin architecture in mouse embryonic stem cells. In particular, we demonstrated that the transcription factors Nanog and Sall1 co-dependently mediate the epigenetic state of pericentromeric heterochromatin to reinforce a more open and accessible organization in pluripotent cells...
October 19, 2016: Nucleus
Delfien Van Dyck, Lieze Mertens, Greet Cardon, Katrien De Cocker, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij
This study aimed to obtain qualitative information about physical activity (PA), sedentary behaviors (SB) and their determinants and about recently retired adults' needs regarding PA interventions. Four focus group interviews were organized. The most commonly reported PA types were walking, cycling, swimming and fitness. The most commonly reported SB were reading, TV viewing, and computer use. Car use was limited. Most adults agreed their habits had changed during retirement. The most striking PA determinant was the feeling of being a 'forgotten group', having too few tailored PA initiatives available...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
Stephan Ingmar Brückner, Sergii Donets, Arezoo Dianat, Manfred Bobeth, Rafael Gutierrez, Gianaurelio Cuniberti, Eike Brunner
Understanding the molecular interactions between inorganic phases such as silica and organic material is fundamental for chromatographic applications, for tailoring silica-enzyme interactions, and for elucidating the mechanisms of biomineralization. The formation, structure, and properties of the organic/inorganic interface is crucial in this context. Here, we investigate the interaction of selectively (13)C-labeled choline with (29)Si-labeled monosilicic acid/silica at the molecular level. Silica/choline nanocomposites were analyzed by solid-state NMR spectroscopy in combination with extended molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to understand the silica/organic interface...
October 19, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Tao Zeng
We perform quantum chemistry calculations and quantum dynamics simulations to investigate covalent linker's through-bond effects in intramolecular singlet fission. A model molecule with two diazadiborine chromophore units and the para-phenylene linker is proposed. A general, step-by-step picture for the conversion from the single- to the multi-excitonic state through the linker is presented. Based on the picture, we discuss the triplet-pair delocalization into the linker and design two more chromophores with higher fission efficiency...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Aaron J Celestian, Caleb J Chappell, Melinda J Rucks, Pauline Norris
The ion exchange of yttrium, one of the five most critical rare-earth elements as outlined by the U.S. Department of Energy, into ETS-4 is a dynamic, multistep ion exchange process. The ion exchange process was followed using in situ time-resolved Raman spectroscopy, and the crystal structures of the pre-exchange and post-exchange forms were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. In situ Raman spectroscopy is an ideal tool for this type of study, as it measures the spectral changes that are a result of molecular geometry changes at fast time intervals, even where symmetry and unit volume changes are minimally detected by X-ray diffraction...
October 19, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Jyothi Padiadpu, Priyanka Baloni, Kushi Anand, MohamedHusen Munshi, Chandrani Thakur, Abhilash Mohan, Amit Singh, Nagasuma Chandra
The global mechanisms and associated molecular alterations that occur in drug-resistant mycobacteria are poorly understood. To address this, we obtain genomics data and then construct a genome-scale response network in isoniazid-resistant Mycobacterium smegmatis and apply a network-mining algorithm. Through this, we decipher global alterations in an unbiased manner and identify emergent vulnerabilities in resistant bacilli, of which redox response was prominent. Using phenotypic profiling, we find that resistant bacilli exhibit collateral sensitivity to several compounds that block antioxidant responses...
September 9, 2016: ACS Infectious Diseases
Agnieszka Jedrzejowska, Kia L Ngai, Marian Paluch
By systematic modifications of the canonical propylene carbonate, a family of van der Waals glass-formers with similar chemical structures are generated for dielectric studies of the dynamics of the structural α-relaxation with the purpose of critically testing the correlation of dynamic properties with the dipole-dipole interaction contribution to the intermolecular potential. With the dielectric strengths at Tg varying over a vast range from 4.2 to 182, the modified propylene carbonates provide strong support of the correlation by themselves and in conjunction with eighty eight van der Waals glassformers previously considered [M...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Justin A Lemkul, Alexander D MacKerell
Mg2+ ions are important in biological systems, particularly in stabilizing compact RNA folds. Mg2+ is strongly polarizing, and representing its interactions in heterogeneous environments is a challenge for empirical force field development. To date, the most commonly used force fields in molecular dynamics simulations utilize a pairwise-additive approximation for electrostatic interactions, which cannot account for the significant polarization response in systems containing Mg2+. In the present work, we refine the interactions of Mg2+ with water, Cl- ions, and nucleic acid moieties using a polarizable force field based on the classical Drude oscillator model...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Aleksandar Antanasijevic, Nicholas J Hafeman, Smanla Tundup, Carolyn Kingsley, Rama K Mishra, Lijun Rong, Balaji Manicassamy, Duncan Wardrop, Michael Caffrey
The viral envelope protein hemagglutinin (HA) plays a critical role in influenza entry and thus is an attractive target for novel therapeutics. The small molecule tert-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) has previously been shown to bind to HA and inhibit HA-mediated entry with low micromolar potency. However, enthusiasm for the use of TBHQ has diminished due to the compound's antioxidant properties. In this work we show that the antioxidant properties of TBHQ are not responsible for the inhibition of HA-mediated entry...
September 9, 2016: ACS Infectious Diseases
Karan Kapoor, Michael R Duff, Amit Upadhyay, Joel C Bucci, Arnold M Saxton, Robert J Hinde, Elizabeth E Howell, Jerome Yves Baudry
The dynamics of anion-quadrupole (or anion-) interactions formed between negatively charged (Asp/Glu) and aromatic (Phe) side chains are for the first time computationally characterized in RmlC (PDB: 1EP0), a homodimeric epimerase. Empirical force field-based molecular dynamics simulations predict anion-quadrupole pairs and triplets (anion-anion-anion--) are formed by the protein during the simulated trajectory which suggests that the anion-quadrupole interactions may provide a significant contribution to the overall stability of the protein, with an average of -1...
October 18, 2016: Biochemistry
Liang Hu, Yao Huang, Wenyu Chen, Xin Fu, Haibo Xie
The morphology and dynamics of the pendant drops attached to the chemically patterned surfaces (pattern-pinned pendant drop) with different hydrophilic/hydrophobic contrast are investigated experimentally and numerically. During the experiments, the evolution of the contact angle and the maximum drop volume is found to be different from the traditional pendant drops whose contact line pinned on the edge of the tips (tip-pinned pendant drop), and the deviation is related both to the pattern radius and the wettability contrast...
October 18, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
S S Garcia, Q Du, H Wu
The oral cavity is a dynamic environment characterized by hundreds of bacterial species, saliva, and an influx of nutrients and metal ions such as copper. Although there is a physiologic level of copper in the saliva, the oral cavity is often challenged with an influx of copper ions. At high concentrations copper is toxic and must therefore be strictly regulated by pathogens for them to persist and cause disease. The cariogenic pathogen Streptococcus mutans manages excess copper using the copYAZ operon that encodes a negative DNA-binding repressor (CopY), the P1-ATPase copper exporter (CopA), and the copper chaperone (CopZ)...
December 21, 2015: Molecular Oral Microbiology
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