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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526655/digital-morphometrics-a-new-upper-airway-phenotyping-paradigm-in-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Richard J Schwab, Sarah E Leinwand, Cary B Bearn, Greg Maislin, Ramya Bhat Rao, Adithya Nagaraja, Stephen Wang, Brendan T Keenan
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with changes in pharyngeal anatomy. The goal of this study was to objectively and reproducibly quantify pharyngeal anatomy using digital morphometrics based on a laser ruler, and to assess differences between apneics and controls and associations with AHI (apnea-hypopnea index). This is the first study to use digital morphometrics to quantify intraoral risk factors for OSA. METHODS: Digital photographs were obtained using an intraoral laser ruler and digital camera in 311 controls (mean AHI=4...
May 16, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526344/the-promise-of-a-specially-designed-graft-copolymer-of-acrylic-acid-onto-cellulose-as-selective-sorbent-for-heavy-metal-ions
#2
Hisham A Essawy, Magdy F Mohamed, Nabila S Ammar, Hanan S Ibrahim
A specially-designed graft copolymer of acrylic acid onto in-situ formed cellulose-fulvate hybrid showed privileged tendency for uptake of Pb(II) during competitive removal from a mixture containing Cd(II) and Ni(II) within 5min. at pH 5. This novel trend is attributed mainly to the crowded high content of coordinating centers within the designed graft copolymer along with the acquired superabsorbency. This provides an outstanding tool to separate some metal ions selectively from mixtures containing multiple ions on kinetic basis...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525941/environmental-contamination-with-staphylococcus-aureus-at-a-large-midwestern-university-campus
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Dipendra Thapaliya, Mohammed Taha, Mark R Dalman, Jhalka Kadariya, Tara C Smith
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus aureus can cause minor to severe life-threatening infections. The changing epidemiology of S. aureus is of public health concern due to the emergence of multi-drug resistant (MDR) strains. Environmental surfaces play a crucial role in the transmission of S. aureus. The objective of this study was to examine environmental contamination and molecular characteristics of S. aureus in health professional-associated (HPA) and non-health professional-associated (NHPA) buildings at a large university...
May 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525282/crowding-controlled-cluster-size-in-concentrated-aqueous-protein-solutions-structure-self-and-collective-diffusion
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Michal Katharina Braun, Marco Grimaldo, Felix Roosen-Runge, Ingo Hoffmann, Orsolya Czakkel, Michael Sztucki, Fajun Zhang, Frank Schreiber, Tilo Seydel
We investigate the concentration-controlled formation of clusters in β-lactoglobulin (BLG) protein solutions combining structural and dynamical scattering techniques. The static structure factor from small-angle X-ray scattering as well as de-Gennes narrowing in the nanosecond diffusion function D(q) from neutron spin echo spectroscopy support a picture of cluster formation. Using neutron backscattering spectroscopy, a monotonous increase of the average hydrodynamic cluster radius is monitored over a broad protein concentration range, corresponding to oligomeric structures of BLG ranging from the native dimers up to roughly four dimers...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523599/differential-effects-of-early-life-nutrient-restriction-in-long-lived-ghr-ko-and-normal-mice
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Yimin Fang, Samuel McFadden, Justin Darcy, Cristal M Hill, Joshua A Huber, Steve Verhulst, John J Kopchick, Richard A Miller, Liou Y Sun, Andrzej Bartke
There is increasing evidence that growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) signaling (collectively referred to as somatotropic signaling) during development has a profound influence on aging and longevity. Moreover, the absence of GH action was shown to modify responses of adult mice to calorie restriction (CR) and other antiaging interventions. It was therefore of interest to determine whether GH resistance in GH receptor knockout (GHR-KO) mice would modify the effects of mild pre-weaning CR imposed by increasing the number of pups in a litter (the so-called litter crowding)...
May 18, 2017: GeroScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523244/an-evaluation-of-the-gingival-biotype-and-the-width-of-keratinized-gingiva-in-the-mandibular-anterior-region-of-individuals-with-different-dental-malocclusion-groups-and-levels-of-crowding
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Yeşim Kaya, Özer Alkan, Sıddık Keskin
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the relationship of gingival thickness (GT) and the width of keratinized gingiva (WKG) with different malocclusion groups and the level of crowding. METHODS: A total of 187 periodontally healthy subjects (121 females and 66 males) who presented at the Faculty of Dentistry in Yüzüncü Yıl University for orthodontic treatment were enrolled in the study. The individuals involved in the study were divided into three groups; Angle Class I malocclusion, Angle Class II malocclusion, and Angle Class III malocclusion...
May 2017: Korean Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522495/atp-controls-the-crowd
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Allyson M Rice, Michael K Rosen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 19, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522396/ultrafast-spectroscopy-on-dna-cleavage-by-endonuclease-in-molecular-crowding
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Priya Singh, Susobhan Choudhury, Shreyasi Dutta, Aniruddha Adhikari, Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Debasish Pal, Samir Kumar Pal
The jam-packed intracellular environments differ the activity of a biological macromolecule from that in laboratory environments (in vitro) through a number of mechanisms called molecular crowding related to structure, function and dynamics of the macromolecule. Here, we have explored the structure, function and dynamics of a model enzyme protein DNase I in molecular crowing of polyethylene glycol (PEG; MW 3350). We have used steady state and picosecond resolved dynamics of a well-known intercalator ethidium bromide (EB) in a 20-mer double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) to monitor the DNA-cleavage by the enzyme in absence and presence PEG...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521279/chronic-stress-impairs-the-local-immune-response-during-cutaneous-repair-in-gilthead-sea-bream-sparus-aurata-l
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Ana Patrícia Mateus, Liliana Anjos, João R Cardoso, Deborah M Power
Scale removal in fish triggers a damage-repair program to re-establish the lost epidermis and scale and an associated local immune response. In mammals, chronic stress is known to delay wound healing and to modulate the cutaneous stress axis, but this is unstudied in teleost fish the most successful extant vertebrates. The present study was designed to test the hypothesis that chronic stress impairs cutaneous repair in teleost fish as a consequence of suppression of the immune response. The hypothesis was tested by removing the scales and damaging the skin on one side of the body of fish previously exposed for 4 weeks to a chronic crowding stress and then evaluating cutaneous repair for 1 week...
May 15, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520430/fluorescence-dynamics-of-a-fret-probe-designed-for-crowding-studies
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Megan Currie, Hannah Leopold, Jacob Schwarz, Arnold J Boersma, Erin D Sheets, Ahmed A Heikal
Living cells are crowded with macromolecules and organelles. As a result, there is an urgent need for molecular sensors for quantitative, site-specific assessment of the macromolecular crowding effects on a myriad of biochemical processes towards quantitative cell biology and biophysics. Here we investigate the excited-state dynamics and translational diffusion of a novel FRET sensor (mCerulean-linker-mCitrine) in a buffer (PBS, pH 7.4) at room temperature. Complementary experiments were carried out on free CFP, YFP, and the cleaved FRET probe as controls...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517042/the-impact-of-the-aca-medicaid-expansions-on-health-insurance-coverage-through-2015-and-coverage-disparities-by-age-race-ethnicity-and-gender
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George L Wehby, Wei Lyu
OBJECTIVE: Examine the ACA Medicaid expansion effects on Medicaid take-up and private coverage through 2015 and coverage disparities by age, race/ethnicity, and gender. DATA SOURCES: 2011-2015 American Community Survey for 3,137,989 low-educated adults aged 19-64 years. STUDY DESIGN: Difference-in-differences regressions accounting for national coverage trends and state fixed effects. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Expansion effects doubled in 2015 among low-educated adults, with a nearly 8 percentage-point increase in Medicaid take-up and 6 percentage-point decline in uninsured rate...
May 18, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516908/an-optimized-strategy-to-measure-protein-stability-highlights-differences-between-cold-and-hot-unfolded-states
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Caterina Alfano, Domenico Sanfelice, Stephen R Martin, Annalisa Pastore, Piero Andrea Temussi
Macromolecular crowding ought to stabilize folded forms of proteins, through an excluded volume effect. This explanation has been questioned and observed effects attributed to weak interactions with other cell components. Here we show conclusively that protein stability is affected by volume exclusion and that the effect is more pronounced when the crowder's size is closer to that of the protein under study. Accurate evaluation of the volume exclusion effect is made possible by the choice of yeast frataxin, a protein that undergoes cold denaturation above zero degrees, because the unfolded form at low temperature is more expanded than the corresponding one at high temperature...
May 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510267/the-jack-wills-crowd-towards-a-sociology-of-an-elite-subculture
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Anthony King, Daniel Smith
British sociologists have long been interested in youth sub-cultures. However British sociologists have tended to focus on working class subcultures and avoided engagement with exclusive sub-cultures of elite social groups. This article seeks to attend to this gap by examining the subculture of a British elite: ex-public school students at select universities in the UK in the twenty-first century. This group consists of a relatively small group of young adults, aged between 18 and 23, who attended public schools, especially one of the nine Clarendon schools (Eton, Winchester, Westminster, St...
May 16, 2017: British Journal of Sociology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510054/design-and-development-of-genetically-encoded-fluorescent-sensors-to-monitor-intracellular-chemical-and-physical-parameters
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REVIEW
Arno Germond, Hideaki Fujita, Taro Ichimura, Tomonobu M Watanabe
Over the past decades many researchers have made major contributions towards the development of genetically encoded (GE) fluorescent sensors derived from fluorescent proteins. GE sensors are now used to study biological phenomena by facilitating the measurement of biochemical behaviors at various scales, ranging from single molecules to single cells or even whole animals. Here, we review the historical development of GE fluorescent sensors and report on their current status. We specifically focus on the development strategies of the GE sensors used for measuring pH, ion concentrations (e...
June 2016: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510024/mineralization-and-non-ideality-on-nature-s-foundry
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REVIEW
Ashit Rao, Helmut Cölfen
Understanding how ions, ion-clusters and particles behave in non-ideal environments is a fundamental question concerning planetary to atomic scales. For biomineralization phenomena wherein diverse inorganic and organic ingredients are present in biological media, attributing biomaterial composition and structure to the chemistry of singular additives may not provide a holistic view of the underlying mechanisms. Therefore, in this review, we specifically address the consequences of physico-chemical non-ideality on mineral formation...
December 2016: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510022/aspects-of-protein-dna-interactions-a-review-of-quantitative-thermodynamic-theory-for-modelling-synthetic-circuits-utilising-laci-and-ci-repressors-iptg-and-the-reporter-gene-lacz
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REVIEW
Peter D Munro, Gary K Ackers, Keith E Shearwin
Protein-DNA interactions are central to the control of gene expression across all forms of life. The development of approaches to rigorously model such interactions has often been hindered both by a lack of quantitative binding data and by the difficulty in accounting for parameters relevant to the intracellular situation, such as DNA looping and thermodynamic non-ideality. Here, we review these considerations by developing a thermodynamically based mathematical model that attempts to simulate the functioning of an Escherichia coli expression system incorporating two of the best characterised prokaryotic DNA binding proteins, Lac repressor and lambda CI repressor...
December 2016: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509361/prevalence-of-dental-developmental-anomalies-of-permanent-teeth-in-children-and-their-influence-on-esthetics
#17
Anita Fekonja
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of dental developmental anomalies in permanent teeth and their influence on esthetics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The records of 473 subjects, which comprised of orthopantomograms, clinical examination, and anamnestic data, were explored for dental developmental anomalies. Subjects with dental anomalies completed the modified questionnaire. Data on reasons for seeking the treatment as well as factors affecting the patients' satisfaction were collected...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506433/awareness-in-the-crowd-beta-power-and-alpha-phase-of-prestimulus-oscillations-predict-object-discrimination-in-visual-crowding
#18
Luca Ronconi, Rosilari Bellacosa Marotti
Visual crowding is among the factors that most hamper conscious object perception. However, we currently ignore the neural states that predispose to an accurate perception within different crowding regimes. Here, we performed single-trial analyses of the electroencephalographical (EEG) oscillations, evaluating the prestimulus power and phase differences between correct and incorrect discrimination during a letter-crowding task, where irrelevant letters were placed nearby (strong crowding) or far (mid crowding) relative to the target...
May 11, 2017: Consciousness and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505444/explicit-incorporation-of-hard-and-soft-protein-protein-interactions-into-models-for-crowding-effects-in-protein-mixtures-ii-effects-of-varying-hard-and-soft-interactions-upon-prototypical-chemical-equilibria
#19
Allen P Minton
Previously derived approximate analytical relations for the activity coefficient of each solute in a mixture of up to three spherical solutes in a highly nonideal solution interacting via square well potentials of mean force (Hoppe, T., Minton, A. P., J Phys Chem B 2016, 120, 11866-11872) were used to explore the effect of heterogeneity in volume occupancy and intermolecular interactions upon prototypical schemes representing solubility, partitioning, conformational isomerization and self-association in crowded solutions...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502485/low-crowding-agent-concentration-destabilizes-against-pressure-unfolding
#20
J Somkuti, Z Török, F Pfalzgraf, L Smeller
The concentration of macromolecules inside a cell is very high, which can affect the behavior of the enzymes, and consequently influence vital biological processes. This is called macromolecular crowding. Since the most important effect of macromolecular crowding is the excluded volume, we performed pressure experiments, where the volume (as conjugate parameter to the pressure) is the crucial factor. We measured the temperature and pressure stability of bovine serum albumin and lysozyme with various concentrations of crowding agents, dextran, Ficoll™ and lysozyme itself...
May 1, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
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