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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318235/unusual-tri-hexa-and-nonanuclear-cu-ii-cage-methylsilsesquioxanes-synthesis-structures-and-catalytic-activity-in-oxidations-with-peroxides
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Alexey N Bilyachenko, Alena N Kulakova, Mikhail M Levitsky, Artem A Petrov, Alexander A Korlyukov, Lidia S Shul'pina, Victor N Khrustalev, Pavel V Dorovatovskii, Anna V Vologzhanina, Ulyana S Tsareva, Igor E Golub, Ekaterina S Gulyaeva, Elena S Shubina, Georgiy B Shul'pin
Three types of unusual cagelike copper(II) methylsilsesquioxanes, namely, nona- [(MeSiO1.5)18(CuO)9] 1, hexa- [(MeSiO1.5)10(HO0.5)2(CuO)6(C12H8N2)2(MeSiO1.5)10(HO0.5)1.33(CH3COO0.5)0.67(CuO)6(C12H8N2)2] 2, [(MeSiO1.5)10(CuO)6(MeO0.5)2(C10H8N2)2] 3, and trinuclear [(MeSiO1.5)8(CuO)3(C10H8N2)2] 4, were obtained in 44%, 27%, 20%, and 16% yields, respectively. Nuclearity and structural fashion of products was controlled by the choice of solvent system and ligand, specifically assisting the assembling of cage. Structures of 1-4 were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis...
March 20, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304337/inertial-motion-capture-costume-design-study
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Agnieszka Szczęsna, Przemysław Skurowski, Ewa Lach, Przemysław Pruszowski, Damian Pęszor, Marcin Paszkuta, Janusz Słupik, Kamil Lebek, Mateusz Janiak, Andrzej Polański, Konrad Wojciechowski
The paper describes a scalable, wearable multi-sensor system for motion capture based on inertial measurement units (IMUs). Such a unit is composed of accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer. The final quality of an obtained motion arises from all the individual parts of the described system. The proposed system is a sequence of the following stages: sensor data acquisition, sensor orientation estimation, system calibration, pose estimation and data visualisation. The construction of the system's architecture with the dataflow programming paradigm makes it easy to add, remove and replace the data processing steps...
March 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299680/application-of-a-nanostructured-enzymatic-biosensor-based-on-fullerene-and-gold-nanoparticles-to-polyphenol-detection
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Cristina Tortolini, Gabriella Sanzò, Riccarda Antiochia, Franco Mazzei, Gabriele Favero
Electrochemical biosensors provide an attractive means of analyzing the content of a biological sample due to the direct conversion of a biological event to an electronic signal. The signal transduction and the general performance of electrochemical biosensors are often determined by the surface architectures that connect the sensing element to the biological sample at the nanometer scale. The most common surface modification techniques, the various electrochemical transduction mechanisms, and the choice of the recognition receptor molecules all influence the ultimate sensitivity of the sensor...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286164/changing-children-s-eating-behaviour-a-review-of-experimental-research
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REVIEW
Patricia DeCosta, Per Møller, Michael Bom Frøst, Annemarie Olsen
The interest in children's eating behaviours and how to change them has been growing in recent years. This review examines the following questions: What strategies have been used to change children's eating behaviours? Have their effects been experimentally demonstrated? And, are the effects transient or enduring? Medline and Cab abstract (Ovid) and Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) were used to identify the experimental studies. A total of 120 experimental studies were identified and they are presented grouped within these 11 topics; parental control, reward, social facilitation, cooking programs, school gardens, sensory education, availability and accessibility, choice architecture and nudging, branding and food packaging, preparation and serving style, and offering a choice...
March 9, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284215/physiological-fidelity-or-model-parsimony-the-relative-performance-of-reverse-toxicokinetic-modeling-approaches
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Michael A Rowland, Edward J Perkins, Michael L Mayo
BACKGROUND: Physiologically-based toxicokinetic (PBTK) models are often developed to facilitate in vitro to in vivo extrapolation (IVIVE) using a top-down, compartmental approach, favoring architectural simplicity over physiological fidelity despite the lack of general guidelines relating model design to dynamical predictions. Here we explore the impact of design choice (high vs. low fidelity) on chemical distribution throughout an animal's organ system. RESULTS: We contrast transient dynamics and steady states of three previously proposed PBTK models of varying complexity in response to chemical exposure...
March 11, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283532/molecular-architecture-of-the-n-type-atpase-rotor-ring-from-burkholderia-pseudomallei
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Sarah Schulz, Martin Wilkes, Deryck J Mills, Werner Kühlbrandt, Thomas Meier
The genome of the highly infectious bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei harbors an atp operon that encodes an N-type rotary ATPase, in addition to an operon for a regular F-type rotary ATPase. The molecular architecture of N-type ATPases is unknown and their biochemical properties and cellular functions are largely unexplored. We studied the B. pseudomallei N1No-type ATPase and investigated the structure and ion specificity of its membrane-embedded c-ring rotor by single-particle electron cryo-microscopy. Of several amphiphilic compounds tested for solubilizing the complex, the choice of the low-density, low-CMC detergent LDAO was optimal in terms of map quality and resolution...
March 10, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281241/decellularized-cryopreserved-allografts-as-off-the-shelf-allogeneic-alternative-for-heart-valve-replacement-in-vitro-assessment-before-clinical-translation
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Laura Iop, Adolfo Paolin, Paola Aguiari, Diletta Trojan, Elisa Cogliati, Gino Gerosa
Cryopreserved allogeneic conduits are the elective biocompatible choice among currently available substitutes for surgical replacement in end-stage valvulopathy. However, degeneration occurs in 15 years in adults or faster in children, due to recipient's immunological reactions to donor's antigens. Here, human aortic valves were decellularized by TRICOL, based on Triton X-100 and sodium cholate, and submitted to standard cryopreservation (TRICOL-human aortic valves (hAVs)). Tissue samples were analyzed to study the effects of the combined procedure on original valve architecture and donor's cell removal...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264955/reference-pricing-changes-the-choice-architecture-of-health-care-for-consumers
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James C Robinson, Timothy T Brown, Christopher Whaley
Reference pricing in health insurance creates incentives for patients to select for nonemergency services providers that charge relatively low prices and still offer high quality of care. It changes the "choice architecture" by offering standard coverage if the patient chooses cost-effective providers but requires considerable consumer cost sharing if more expensive alternatives are selected. The short-term impact of reference pricing has been to shift patient volumes from hospital-based to freestanding surgical, diagnostic, imaging, and laboratory facilities...
March 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263591/chain-folding-produces-a-multilayered-morphology-in-a-precise-polymer-simulations-and-experiments
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Edward B Trigg, Mark J Stevens, Karen I Winey
Precise control over polymer architecture unlocks the potential for engineered self-assembled crystal structures with useful features on the nanometer length scale. Here we elucidate the structure of the ordered phase of a semicrystalline, functional polyethylene having a precise linear architecture, namely, pendant carboxylic acid groups precisely every 21st backbone carbon atom. By comparing the results of atomistic molecular dynamics simulations with experimental X-ray scattering and Raman spectroscopy data, we find that the polymer chains are folded in a hairpin manner near each carboxylic acid group, giving rise to multiple embedded layers of functional groups that have an interlayer distance of 2...
March 6, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241492/markov-chain-model-based-optimal-cluster-heads-selection-for-wireless-sensor-networks
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Gulnaz Ahmed, Jianhua Zou, Xi Zhao, Mian Muhammad Sadiq Fareed
The longer network lifetime of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) is a goal which is directly related to energy consumption. This energy consumption issue becomes more challenging when the energy load is not properly distributed in the sensing area. The hierarchal clustering architecture is the best choice for these kind of issues. In this paper, we introduce a novel clustering protocol called Markov chain model-based optimal cluster heads (MOCHs) selection for WSNs. In our proposed model, we introduce a simple strategy for the optimal number of cluster heads selection to overcome the problem of uneven energy distribution in the network...
February 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239758/acellular-mouse-kidney-ecm-can-be-used-as-a-three-dimensional-substrate-to-test-the-differentiation-potential-of-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-renal-progenitors
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Manpreet Sambi, Theresa Chow, Jennifer Whiteley, Mira Li, Shawn Chua, Vanessa Raileanu, Ian M Rogers
The development of strategies for tissue regeneration and bio-artificial organ development is based on our understanding of embryogenesis. Differentiation protocols attempt to recapitulate the signaling modalities of gastrulation and organogenesis, coupled with cell selection regimens to isolate the cells of choice. This strategy is impeded by the lack of optimal in vitro culture systems since traditional culture systems do not allow for the three-dimensional interaction between cells and the extracellular matrix...
February 27, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226384/-the-use-of-nudging-for-primary-prevention-a-review-and-perspectives-for-germany
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Mathias Krisam, Peter von Philipsborn, Björn Meder
Nudging as a means of influencing human behaviour has received increasing attention by policy makers, including those in the field of public health. Nudges are generally understood as specific aspects of a choice architecture that make certain behaviours more likely to occur without mandating them through binding rules, and without relying on economic incentives. Following the example of the United States and Great Britain, the German government has established a working group tasked with advising the federal government on the use of nudging and other behavioural interventions in policy making...
February 2017: Das Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202807/the-genetics-of-mate-preferences-in-hybrids-between-two-young-and-sympatric-lake-victoria-cichlid-species
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Ola Svensson, Katie Woodhouse, Cock van Oosterhout, Alan Smith, George F Turner, Ole Seehausen
The genetic architecture of mate preferences is likely to affect significant evolutionary processes, including speciation and hybridization. Here, we investigate laboratory hybrids between a pair of sympatric Lake Victoria cichlid fish species that appear to have recently evolved from a hybrid population between similar predecessor species. The species demonstrate strong assortative mating in the laboratory, associated with divergent male breeding coloration (red dorsum versus blue). We show in a common garden experiment, using DNA-based paternity testing, that the strong female mate preferences among males of the two species are fully recovered in a large fraction of their F2 hybrid generation...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188333/use-of-modern-tomato-breeding-germplasm-for-deciphering-the-genetic-control-of-agronomical-traits-by-genome-wide-association-study
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Guillaume Bauchet, Stéphane Grenier, Nicolas Samson, Julien Bonnet, Laurent Grivet, Mathilde Causse
A panel of 300 tomato accessions including breeding materials was built and characterized with >11,000 SNP. A population structure in six subgroups was identified. Strong heterogeneity in linkage disequilibrium and recombination landscape among groups and chromosomes was shown. GWAS identified several associations for fruit weight, earliness and plant growth. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have become a method of choice in quantitative trait dissection. First limited to highly polymorphic and outcrossing species, it is now applied in horticultural crops, notably in tomato...
February 10, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155662/an-ensemble-micro-neural-network-approach-for-elucidating-interactions-between-zinc-finger-proteins-and-their-target-dna
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Shayoni Dutta, Spandan Madan, Harsh Parikh, Durai Sundar
BACKGROUND: The ability to engineer zinc finger proteins binding to a DNA sequence of choice is essential for targeted genome editing to be possible. Experimental techniques and molecular docking have been successful in predicting protein-DNA interactions, however, they are highly time and resource intensive. Here, we present a novel algorithm designed for high throughput prediction of optimal zinc finger protein for 9 bp DNA sequences of choice. In accordance with the principles of information theory, a subset identified by using K-means clustering was used as a representative for the space of all possible 9 bp DNA sequences...
December 22, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130739/mechanical-cell-cell-communication-in-fibrous-networks-the-importance-of-network-geometry
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D L Humphries, J A Grogan, E A Gaffney
Cells contracting in extracellular matrix (ECM) can transmit stress over long distances, communicating their position and orientation to cells many tens of micrometres away. Such phenomena are not observed when cells are seeded on substrates with linear elastic properties, such as polyacrylamide (PA) gel. The ability for fibrous substrates to support far reaching stress and strain fields has implications for many physiological processes, while the mechanical properties of ECM are central to several pathological processes, including tumour invasion and fibrosis...
March 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127607/polymers-from-sugars-cyclic-monomer-synthesis-ring-opening-polymerisation-material-properties-and-applications
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Georgina L Gregory, Eva M López-Vidal, Antoine Buchard
Plastics are ubiquitous in modern society. However, the reliance on fossil fuels and the environmental persistence of most polymers make them unsustainable. Scientists are facing the challenge of developing cost-effective and performance-competitive polymers from renewable resources. Carbohydrates are a renewable feedstock with tremendous potential: sugars are widely available, environmentally benign and are likely to impart biocompatibility and degradability properties to polymers due to their high oxygen content...
January 27, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122979/nucleic-and-amino-acid-sequences-support-structure-based-viral-classification
#18
Robert M Sinclair, Janne J Ravantti, Dennis H Bamford
Viral capsids ensure viral genome integrity by protecting the enclosed nucleic acids. Interactions between the genome, capsid and between individual capsid proteins (i.e. "capsid architecture") are intimate and expected to be characterized by strong evolutionary conservation. For this reason, a capsid structure-based viral classification has been proposed as a way to bring order to the viral universe. The seeming lack of sufficient sequence similarity to reproduce this classification has made it difficult to reject structural convergence as the basis for the classification...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120757/-bone-substitutes
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Fabienne Jordana, Catherine Le Visage, Pierre Weiss
Bone substitutes, used to fill a defect after a surgery or a trauma, provide a mechanical support and might induce bone healing. They constitute an alternative to autogenous bone grafts, the 'gold standard' which remains the reference despite its risk of postoperative complications. The clinician choice of a bone substitute is based on the required bone volume, the handling (injectability, malleability) and mechanical properties (setting time, viscosity, resorbability among others) of the material. Bone substitutes are commonly used in orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, stomatology and dental applications...
January 2017: Médecine Sciences: M/S
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095197/solving-nonlinearly-separable-classifications-in-a-single-layer-neural-network
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Nolan Conaway, Kenneth J Kurtz
Since the work of Minsky and Papert ( 1969 ), it has been understood that single-layer neural networks cannot solve nonlinearly separable classifications (i.e., XOR). We describe and test a novel divergent autoassociative architecture capable of solving nonlinearly separable classifications with a single layer of weights. The proposed network consists of class-specific linear autoassociators. The power of the model comes from treating classification problems as within-class feature prediction rather than directly optimizing a discriminant function...
March 2017: Neural Computation
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