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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458187/mri-techniques-to-measure-arterial-and-venous-cerebral-blood-volume
#1
Jun Hua, Peiying Liu, Tae Kim, Manus Donahue, Swati Rane, J Jean Chen, Qin Qin, Seong-Gi Kim
The measurement of cerebral blood volume (CBV) has been the topic of numerous neuroimaging studies. To date, however, most in vivo imaging approaches can only measure CBV summed over all types of blood vessels, including arterial, capillary and venous vessels in the microvasculature (i.e. total CBV or CBVtot). As different types of blood vessels have intrinsically different anatomy, function and physiology, the ability to quantify CBV in different segments of the microvascular tree may furnish information that is not obtainable from CBVtot, and may provide a more sensitive and specific measure for the underlying physiology...
February 16, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458114/severity-dependent-influence-of-isocapnic-hypoxia-on-reaction-time-is-independent-of-neurovascular-coupling
#2
Hannah G Caldwell, Geoff B Coombs, Michael M Tymko, Daniela Nowak-Flück, Philip N Ainslie
With exposure to acute normobaric hypoxia, global cerebral oxygen delivery is maintained via increases in cerebral blood flow (CBF); therefore, regional and localized changes in oxygen tension may explain neurocognitive impairment. Neurovascular coupling (NVC) is the close temporal and regional relationship of CBF to changes in neural activity and may aid in explaining the localized CBF response with cognitive activation. High-altitude related cognitive impairment is likely affected by hypocapnic cerebral vasoconstriction that may influence regional CBF regulation independent of hypoxia...
February 16, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458112/compatible-osmolytes-modulate-mitochondrial-function-in-a-marine-osmoconformer-crassostrea-gigas-thunberg-1793
#3
Eugene P Sokolov, Inna M Sokolova
Salinity is an important environmental factor affecting physiology of marine organisms. Osmoconformers such as marine mollusks maintain metabolic function despite changes of the osmolarity and composition of the cytosol during salinity shifts. Currently, metabolic responses to the salinity-induced changes of the intracellular milieu are not well understood. We studied the effects of osmolarity (450 vs. 900 mOsm) and compatible osmolytes (70-590 mM of taurine or betaine) on isolated gill mitochondria of a marine osmoconformer, the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas...
February 16, 2018: Mitochondrion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458099/using-near-infrared-spectroscopy-to-predict-the-lignin-content-and-monosaccharide-compositions-of-pinus-radiata-wood-cell-walls
#4
Leona M Fahey, Michél K Nieuwoudt, Philip J Harris
Near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy coupled with partial least squares (PLS-1) regression was used to predict the lignin contents and monosaccharide compositions of milled wood of Pinus radiata. The effects of particle size and moisture content were investigated by collecting NIR spectra of four sample types: large (<0.422 mm) and small (<0.178 mm) particles, in both ambient and dry conditions. PLS-1 models were constructed using mixtures of compression wood (CW) and opposite wood (OW) that provided a linear range of cell-wall compositions...
February 16, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458078/isolation-of-intact-rna-from-murine-cd4-t-cells-after-intracellular-cytokine-staining-and-fluorescence-activated-cell-sorting
#5
Shajo Kunnath-Velayudhan, Steven A Porcelli
Intracellular cytokine staining (ICS) is a powerful method for identifying functionally distinct lymphocyte subsets, and for isolating these by fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS). Although transcriptomic analysis of cells sorted on the basis of ICS has many potential applications, this is rarely performed because of the difficulty in isolating intact RNA from cells processed using standard fixation and permeabilization buffers for ICS. To address this issue, we compared three buffers shown previously to preserve RNA in nonhematopoietic cells subjected to intracellular staining for their effects on RNA isolated from T lymphocytes processed for ICS...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458058/lithium-modulates-the-muscarinic-facilitation-of-synaptic-plasticity-and-theta-gamma-coupling-in-the-hippocampal-prefrontal-pathway
#6
Rafael N Ruggiero, Matheus T Rossignoli, Cleiton Lopes-Aguiar, João P Leite, Lezio S Bueno-Junior, Rodrigo N Romcy-Pereira
Mood disorders are associated to functional unbalance in mesolimbic and frontal cortical circuits. As a commonly used mood stabilizer, lithium acts through multiple biochemical pathways, including those activated by muscarinic cholinergic receptors crucial for hippocampal-prefrontal communication. Therefore, here we investigated the effects of lithium on prefrontal cortex responses under cholinergic drive. Lithium-treated rats were anesthetized with urethane and implanted with a ventricular cannula for muscarinic activation, a recording electrode in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), and a stimulating electrode in the intermediate hippocampal CA1...
February 16, 2018: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458056/alcohol-and-cv-health-jekyll-and-hyde-j-curves
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Evan L O'Keefe, James J Di Nicolantonio, James H O'Keefe, Carl J Lavie
A routine of light or moderate alcohol consumption (≤1 drink/day for women and 1 to 2 drinks/day for men) were associated with a lower risk for all-cause mortality, coronary artery disease (CAD), type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D), heart failure (HF), and stroke. Conversely, heavy drinking, (>4 drinks/day) is associated with an increased risk for death and cardiovascular (CV) disease (CVD). Excessive alcohol intake trails behind only smoking and obesity among the 3 leading causes of premature deaths in the United States (US)...
February 16, 2018: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458053/circulating-bile-acids-in-healthy-adults-respond-differently-to-a-dietary-pattern-characterized-by-whole-grains-legumes-and-fruits-and-vegetables-compared-to-a-diet-high-in-refined-grains-and-added-sugars-a-randomized-controlled-crossover-feeding-study
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Bigina N R Ginos, Sandi L Navarro, Yvonne Schwarz, Haiwei Gu, Dongfang Wang, Timothy W Randolph, Ali Shojaie, Meredith A J Hullar, Paul D Lampe, Mario Kratz, Marian L Neuhouser, Daniel Raftery, Johanna W Lampe
OBJECTIVE: The effects of diets high in refined grains on biliary and colonic bile acids have been investigated extensively. However, the effects of diets high in whole versus refined grains on circulating bile acids, which can influence glucose homeostasis and inflammation through activation of farnesoid X receptor (FXR) and G protein-coupled bile acid receptor 1 (TGR5), have not been studied. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a secondary analysis from a randomized controlled crossover feeding trial (NCT00622661) in 80 healthy adults (40 women/40 men, age 18-45 years) from the greater Seattle Area, half of which were normal weight (BMI 18...
February 16, 2018: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458041/role-of-superoxide-ion-formation-in-hypothermia-rewarming-induced-contractile-dysfunction-in-cardiomyocytes
#9
Niccole Schaible, Young Soo Han, Torkjel Tveita, Gary C Sieck
Rewarming following accidental hypothermia is associated with circulatory collapse due primarily to impaired cardiac contractile (systolic) function. Previously, we found that reduced myofilament Ca2+ sensitivity underlies hypothermia/rewarming (H/R)-induced cardiac contractile dysfunction. This reduced Ca2+ sensitivity is associated with troponin I (cTnI) phosphorylation. We hypothesize that H/R induces reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation in cardiomyocytes, which leads to cTnI phosphorylation and reduced myofilament Ca2+ sensitivity...
February 16, 2018: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457987/the-rap2c-gtpase-facilitates-b-cell-receptor-induced-reorientation-of-the-microtubule-organizing-center
#10
Jia C Wang, Jeff Y-J Lee, May Dang-Lawson, Caitlin Pritchard, Michael R Gold
When B lymphocytes encounter antigen-bearing surfaces, B-cell receptor (BCR) signaling initiates remodeling of the F-actin network and reorientation of the microtubule-organizing center (MTOC) towards the antigen contact site. We have previously shown that the Rap1 GTPase, an evolutionarily conserved regulator of cell polarity, is essential for these processes and that Rap1-regulated actin remodeling is required for MTOC polarization. The role of Rap2 proteins in establishing cell polarity is not well understood...
February 19, 2018: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457981/reversible-surface-engineering-via-nitrone-mediated-radical-coupling
#11
Joachim Laun, Wouter Marchal, Vanessa Trouillet, Alexander Welle, An T Hardy, Marlies K Van Bael, Christopher Barner-Kowollik, Tanja Junkers
Efficient and simple polymer conjugation reactions are critical for introducing functionalities on surfaces. For polymer surface grafting, post polymerization modifications are often required, which can impose a significant synthetic hurdle. Here, we report two strategies that allow for reversible surface engineering via nitrone-mediated radical coupling (NMRC). Macroradicals stemming from activation of polymers generated by copper-mediated radical polymerization are grafted via radical trapping with a surface-immobilized nitrone or a solution-borne nitrone...
February 19, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457971/visible-light-photocatalysis-does-it-make-a-difference-in-organic-synthesis
#12
Leyre Marzo, Santhosh K Pagire, Oliver Reiser, Burkhard König
Visible light photocatalysis has evolved over the last decade into a widely used method in organic synthesis. For many important transformations, such as cross-coupling reactions, alpha-amino functionalizations, cycloadditions, ATRA reactions, or fluorinations, photocatalytic variants have been reported. In this review, we try to compare classical and photocatalytic procedures for selected classes of reactions and highlight their advantages and limitations. In many cases, the photocatalytic reactions proceed at milder reaction conditions, typically at room temperature, and stoichiometric reagents are replaced by simple oxidants or reductants, like air oxygen or amines...
February 19, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457969/an-evaluation-of-the-operational-model-when-applied-to-quantify-functional-selectivity
#13
Xiao Zhu, David B Finlay, Michelle Glass, Stephen B Duffull
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Functional selectivity describes the ability of ligands to differentially regulate multiple signalling pathways when coupled to a single receptor and the operational model is commonly used to analyse these data. Here, we assess the mathematical properties of the operational model and evaluate the impact of fixing parameters on model performance. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: The operational model was evaluated using both a mathematical identifiability analysis and simulation...
February 19, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457905/computational-investigation-on-the-influence-of-halogen-atoms-on-the-photophysical-properties-of-tetraphenylporphyrin-and-its-zinc-ii-complexes
#14
Bruna Clara De Simone, Gloria Mazzone, Nino Russo, Emilia Sicilia, Marirosa Toscano
How the tetraphenylporphyrin (TPP) and its zinc (II) complex (ZnTPP) photophysical properties (adsorption energies, singlet-triplet energy gap and spin orbit coupling contributions) can change due to the presence of an increasing number of heavy atoms in their molecular structures has been investigated by means of density functional theory and its time dependent formulation. Results show as the increase of the atomic mass of the substituted halogen strongly enhances the spin-orbit coupling values allowing a more efficient singlet-triplet intersystem crossing...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457904/conflict-in-the-mechanism-and-kinetics-of-the-barrierless-reaction-between-sh-and-no-2-radicals
#15
Ramanpreet Kaur, Vikas
There are some unsettled issues regarding the mechanism and kinetics of an important atmospheric reaction of NO2 radical with the SH radical. The existing mechanism is based on the formation of HSO and NO radicals, both of which can result only along one barrierless channel. However, the detection of NO radical has never been reported though the formation of HSO radical has been followed in some studies to determine the rate constants. The latter are mainly obtained by monitoring the SH decay, but rate constants are reported to be highly conflicting among the existing studies reporting its value ranging from 10-10 to 10-12 cm3 molecule-1 sec-1 ...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457899/palladium-catalyzed-selective-mono-tetraacetoxylation-of-o-carboranes-with-acetic-acid-via-cross-dehydrogenative-coupling-of-cage-b-h-o-h-bonds
#16
Tao-Tao Xu, Ke Cao, Ji Wu, Cai-Yan Zhang, Junxiao Yang
A selective mono-/tetraacetoxylation of o-carboranes with acetic acid via cross dehydrogenative coupling of cage B-H/O-H bonds has been developed, and a series of mono- and tetraacetoxylated o-carboranes have been synthesized with moderate to good yields as well as good selectivity. Mechanistic studies indicate that the acetoxyl originates from acetic acid directly, and a nucleophilic addition of PdIV -oxo species and dehydration process is proposed.
February 19, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457894/small-molecule-allosteric-modulators-of-g-protein-coupled-receptors-drug-target-interactions
#17
Shaoyong Lu, Jian Zhang
G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the largest class of signaling receptors that are most frequently targeted by therapeutic drugs. Allosteric modulators bound to GPCRs at allosteric sites provide the potential for differential selectivity and improved safety compared with traditional orthosteric ligands. The recent breakthroughs in GPCR structural biology have made structures of GPCRs from classes A, B, C, and F complexed with small-molecule allosteric modulators available. Knowledge on the detailed receptor-modulator interactions at the allosteric sites is useful for structure-based GPCR drug design of novel therapeutics...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457890/headspace-solid-phase-microextraction-coupled-to-miniaturized-microplasma-optical-emission-spectrometry-for-detection-of-mercury-and-lead
#18
Chengbin Zheng, Ligang Hu, Xiandeng Hou, Bin He, Guibin Jiang
Despite increased interest in microplasma atomic spectrometry over the past several years, its applications to field analysis of real samples still remain limited due to its low sensitivity. In this work, headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) using PDMS/DVB fiber was used as a sample introduction method to improve the sensitivity of a miniature (6.0 cm length × 5.0 cm width × 2.8 cm height) low power (<10 W) microplasma point discharge optical emission spectrometer (PD-OES) for the determination of Hg and Pb after their derivatization with sodium tetraethylborate (NaBEt4)...
February 19, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457884/unique-biochemical-and-sequence-features-enable-blub-to-destroy-flavin-and-distinguish-blub-from-the-flavin-monooxygenase-superfamily
#19
Amrita B Hazra, David P Ballou, Michiko E Taga
Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is an essential micronutrient for humans that is synthesized only by a subset of bacteria and archaea. The aerobic biosynthesis of 5,6-dimethylbenzimidazole, the lower axial ligand of cobalamin is catalyzed by the "flavin destructase" enzyme BluB, which fragments reduced flavin mononucleotide following its reaction with oxygen to yield this ligand. BluB shares sequence and structural similarity with the flavin oxidoreductase superfamily, yet the flavin destruction process has remained elusive...
February 19, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457864/promotion-of-a-reaction-by-cooling-stereoselective-1-2-cis-alpha-thioglycoconjugation-by-thiol-ene-coupling-at-80-%C3%A2-c
#20
Dániel Eszenyi, Viktor Kelemen, Fanny Balogh, Miklós Bege, Magdolna Csávás, Pál Herczegh, Anikó Borbás
The photoinitiated thiol-ene coupling reactions of 2-substituted glycals were studied as a generally applicable strategy for the stereoselective 1,2-cis-alpha-thioconjugation. While all glycals reacted with full alpha-selectivity, the efficacy of the reactions varied in a broad range depending on their configuration and glycals bearing axial acetoxy substituents reacted with very low efficacy at room temperature. Our study revealed that the reaction progress could be promoted by cooling and inhibited by heating...
February 19, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
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