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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151224/the-potential-role-of-the-osteopontin-osteocalcin-osteoprotegerin-triad-in-the-pathogenesis-of-prediabetes-in-humans
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Giuseppe Daniele, Deidre Winnier, Andrea Mari, Jan Bruder, Marcel Fourcaudot, Zuo Pengou, Andrea Hansis-Diarte, Christopher Jenkinson, Devjit Tripathy, Franco Folli
AIMS: To examine the relationship between hormones involved in bone remodeling and glucose metabolism alterations in prediabetes. METHODS: Individuals (n = 43) with NGT (BMI = 31.1 ± 1.1 kg/m(2)) and individuals (n = 79) with impaired glucose regulation (IGR) (BMI = 31.9 ± 1.2 kg/m(2)) including subjects with IFG, IGT, and IFG-IGT underwent OGTT and DXA. Osteopontin (OPN), osteocalcin (OCN), osteoprotegerin (OPG), and PTH levels were measured at fasting...
November 18, 2017: Acta Diabetologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151211/characterizing-protein-dynamics-with-nmr-r-1%C3%AF-relaxation-experiments
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Francesca Massi, Jeffrey W Peng
The measurement of R1ρ , the longitudinal relaxation rate constant in the rotating frame, is one of the few available methods to characterize the μs-ms functional dynamics of biomolecules. Here, we focus on (15)N R1ρ experiments for protein NH groups. We present protocols for both on- and off-resonance (15)N R1ρ measurements needed for relaxation dispersion studies, and describe the data analysis for extracting kinetic and thermodynamic parameters characterizing the motional processes.
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150802/ion-imprinted-electrospun-nanofibers-of-chitosan-1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium-tetrafluoroborate-for-the-dynamic-expulsion-of-thorium-iv-ions-from-mimicked-effluents
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Prakash Macchindra Gore, Latika Khurana, Suhail Siddique, Anjana Panicker, Balasubramanian Kandasubramanian
The present study explores the innocuous, biocompatible, and extremely competent molecularly imprinted chitosan/RTIL electrospun nanofibers having average diameter of 30 nm for the expulsion of thorium (IV) ions from the mimicked effluent waste. The extended Flory-Huggins theory and three-dimensional molecular modeling have been effectively premeditated via Materials Studio software for enumerating the inter-miscibility and compatibility (Chi parameter (χ) = 1.019, mixing energy (Emix) = 0.603 kcal/mol) of the chitosan/RTIL (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate)...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150767/cell-migration-in-1d-and-2d-nanofiber-microenvironments
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Horacio M Estabridis, Aniket Jana, Amrinder Nain, David J Odde
Understanding how cells migrate in fibrous environments is important in wound healing, immune function, and cancer progression. A key question is how fiber orientation and network geometry influence cell movement. Here we describe a quantitative, modeling-based approach toward identifying the mechanisms by which cells migrate in fibrous geometries having well controlled orientation. Specifically, U251 glioblastoma cells were seeded onto non-electrospinning Spinneret based tunable engineering parameters fiber substrates that consist of networks of suspended 400 nm diameter nanofibers...
November 17, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150760/slow-passage-through-a-hopf-bifurcation-in-excitable-nerve-cables-spatial-delays-and-spatial-memory-effects
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L M Bilinsky, S M Baer
It is well established that in problems featuring slow passage through a Hopf bifurcation (dynamic Hopf bifurcation) the transition to large-amplitude oscillations may not occur until the slowly changing parameter considerably exceeds the value predicted from the static Hopf bifurcation analysis (temporal delay effect), with the length of the delay depending upon the initial value of the slowly changing parameter (temporal memory effect). In this paper we introduce new delay and memory effect phenomena using both analytic (WKB method) and numerical methods...
November 17, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150726/tspo-imaging-using-the-novel-pet-ligand-18-f-ge-180-quantification-approaches-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Lena Vomacka, Nathalie Lisa Albert, Simon Lindner, Marcus Unterrainer, Christoph Mahler, Matthias Brendel, Larissa Ermoschkin, Astrid Gosewisch, Anika Brunegraf, Christopher Buckley, Tania Kümpfel, Rainer Rupprecht, Sibylle Ziegler, Martin Kerschensteiner, Peter Bartenstein, Guido Böning
BACKGROUND: PET ligands targeting the translocator protein (TSPO) represent promising tools to visualise neuroinflammation. Here, we analysed parameters obtained in dynamic and static PET images using the novel TSPO ligand [(18)F]GE-180 in patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) and an approach for semi-quantitative assessment of this disease in clinical routine. Seventeen dynamic [(18)F]GE-180 PET scans of RRMS patients were evaluated (90 min). A pseudo-reference region (PRR) was defined after identification of the least disease-affected brain area by voxel-based comparison with six healthy controls (HC) and upon exclusion of voxels suspected of being affected in static 60-90 min p...
October 26, 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149564/binding-thermodynamics-and-kinetics-calculations-using-chemical-host-and-guest-a-comprehensive-picture-of-molecular-recognition
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Zhiye Tang, Chia-En A Chang
Understanding the fine balance between changes of entropy and enthalpy and the competition between a guest and water molecules in molecular binding is crucial in fundamental studies and practical applications. Experiments provide measurements. However, illustrating the binding/unbinding processes gives a complete picture of molecular recognition not directly available from experiments, and computational methods bridge the gaps. Here, we investigated guest association/dissociation with β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) by using microsecond-timescale molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, post-analysis and numerical calculations...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149466/microsecond-timescale-protein-dynamics-a-combined-solid-state-nmr-approach
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Petra Rovó, Rasmus Linser
Conformational exchange in proteins is a major determinant in protein functionality. In particular, the μs-ms timescale is associated with enzymatic activity and interactions between biological molecules. We show here that a comprehensive data set of R1ρ relaxation dispersion profiles employing multiple effective fields and tilt angles can be easily obtained in perdeuterated, partly back-exchanged proteins at fast magic-angle spinning and further complemented with chemical-exchange saturation transfer NMR experiments...
November 17, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149327/focused-time-lapse-analysis-reveals-novel-aspects-of-human-fertilization-and-suggests-new-parameters-of-embryo-viability
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G Coticchio, M Mignini Renzini, P V Novara, M Lain, E De Ponti, D Turchi, R Fadini, M Dal Canto
STUDY QUESTION: Can focused application of time-lapse microscopy (TLM) lead to a more detailed map of the morphokinetics of human fertilization, revealing novel or neglected aspects of this process? SUMMARY ANSWER: Intensive harnessing of TLM reveals novel or previously poorly characterised phenomena of fertilization, such as a cytoplasmic wave (CW) preceding pronuclear formation and kinetics of pronuclear chromatin polarization, thereby suggesting novel non-invasive biomarkers of embryo quality...
November 15, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149213/optimal-design-and-control-of-an-electromechanical-transfemoral-prosthesis-with-energy-regeneration
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Farbod Rohani, Hanz Richter, Antonie J van den Bogert
In this paper, we present the design of an electromechanical above-knee active prosthesis with energy storage and regeneration. The system consists of geared knee and ankle motors, parallel springs for each motor, an ultracapacitor, and controllable four-quadrant power converters. The goal is to maximize the performance of the system by finding optimal controls and design parameters. A model of the system dynamics was developed, and used to solve a combined trajectory and design optimization problem. The objectives of the optimization were to minimize tracking error relative to human joint motions, as well as energy use...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148964/twenty-five-years-of-the-binary-power-law-for-characterizing-heterogeneity-of-disease-incidence
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Laurence V Madden, Gareth Hughes, Wanderson Bucker Moraes, Xiangming Xu, William W Turechek
Spatial pattern, an important epidemiological property of plant diseases, can be quantified at different scales using a range of methods. The spatial heterogeneity (or overdispersion) of disease incidence among sampling units is an especially important measure of small-scale pattern. As an alternative to Taylor's power law for the heterogeneity of counts with no upper bound, the binary power law (BPL) was proposed in 1992 as a model to represent the heterogeneity of disease incidence (number of plant units diseased out of n observed in each sampling unit, or the proportion diseased in each sampling unit)...
November 17, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148851/airway-geometry-airway-flow-and-particle-measurement-methods-implications-on-pulmonary-drug-delivery
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A Kourmatzis, S Cheng, H-K Chan
The effectiveness of drug delivery to the lungs is inextricably linked to the fundamental interactions that occur between particles and flow in the extrathoracic airway. Research in this field requires time resolved in-vivo and in-vitro measurements of three separate, yet intricately linked parameters: i) airway flow, ii) airway geometry, and iii) drug particle characteristics. A number of recent significant developments have been made in the experimental diagnostic tools used to characterise these parameters...
November 17, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148586/a-dynamic-ultrasound-simulation-of-a-pulsating-three-layered-cca-for-validation-of-2d-wall-motion-and-blood-velocity-estimation-algorithms
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Xiao Hu, Yufeng Zhang, Guanghui Cai, Kexin Zhang, Li Deng, Lian Gao, Suya Han, Jianhua Chen
PURPOSE: A dynamic ultrasound simulation model for the common carotid artery (CCA) with three arterial layers for validation of 2D wall motion and blood velocity estimation algorithms is proposed in present study. This model describes layers with not only characteristics of echo distributions conforming to clinical ones, but also varying thicknesses, axial and radial displacements with pulsatile blood pressure during a cardiac cycle. METHODS: The modeling process is as follows: first, a geometrical model according with the clinical structure size of a CCA is built based on the preset layer thicknesses and the diameter of lumen...
November 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147871/an-optimized-and-feasible-preparation-technique-for-the-industrial-production-of-hydrogel-patches
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Wei-Ze Li, Wen-Xia Han, Xu-Liang Hao, Ning Zhao, Xi-Feng Zhai, Li-Bin Yang, Shu-Miao He, Yu-Chuan Cheng, Han Zhang, Li-Na Fu, Yan Zhang, Ze Liang
For hydrogel patches, the laboratory tests could not fully reveal the existing problems of full scale of industrial production, and there are few studies about the preparation technique for the industrial manufacturing process of hydrogel patches. So, the purpose of this work was to elucidate the effects of mainly technological operation and its parameters on the performance of hydrogel patches at the industrial-scale production. The results revealed the following: (1) the aqueous phase was obtained by polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) along with tartaric acid dissolved in purified water, then feeding this into a vacuum mixer as a whole in one batch, thus extended the crosslinking reaction time of hydrogel paste (matrix) and allowed the operation of coating/cutting-off to be carried out easily, and there was no permeation of backing layer; (2) the gel strength of the hydrogel patches increased with the increase of working temperature, however, once the temperature exceeded 35 ± 2 °C, the hydrogel paste would lose water severely and the resultant physical crosslinking structure which has lower gel/cohesive strength would easily bring gelatinization/residues during application; (3) the relative humidity (RH) of the standing-workshop was dynamically controlled (namely at 35 ± 2 °C, keeping the RH at 55 ± 5% for 4 days, then 65 ± 5% for 2 days), which would make patches with satisfactory characteristics such as better flexibility, higher adhesive force, smooth flat matrix surface, and without gelatinization/residues and warped edge during the using process; (4) the aging of the packaged hydrogel patches was very sensitive to storage temperature, higher temperature, higher gel strength and lower adhesiveness...
November 16, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147507/gelation-driven-selection-in-dynamic-covalent-c-0000000000000000000000000000000000-0000000000000000000000000000000000-0000000000000000000000000000000000-0000000000000000000000000000000000-0000000000000000000000000000000000-0000000000000000000000000000000000
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Chunshuang Liang, Sirinan Kulchat, Shimei Jiang, Jean-Marie Lehn
Knoevenagel barbiturate derivatives bearing long alkyl chains were proven to form organogels in suitable solvents based on supramolecular interactions. Their reaction with imines allows for component exchange through CC/CN recombination. The effect of various parameters (solvents, chain length, and temperature) on the CC/CN exchange reaction has been studied. Mixing Knoevenagel compound K and imine I-16 in a 1 : 1 ratio generated a constitutional dynamic library containing the four constituents K, I-16, K'-16, and I'...
October 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146918/systematic-characterization-of-the-effect-of-ag-tio2-nanoparticles-on-the-performance-of-plasmonic-dye-sensitized-solar-cells
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Pascal Nbelayim, Go Kawamura, Wai Kian Tan, Hiroyuki Muto, Atsunori Matsuda
The use of plasmonic nanoparticles (NPs) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) in an effort to enhance their power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) increases light absorbance of the cells but also affect their electron dynamics. This has contributed to the failure of plasmonic NPs to make the expected high impact of PCE enhancement. Herein, we investigated the wide range effects of plasmonic NPs on the performance of DSSCs, using extended characterization and a systematic approach. We prepared DSSCs using Ag@TiO2 NPs-doped TiO2 photoanodes...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146161/intraoperative-workflow-for-all-inside-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-an-in%C3%A2-vitro-biomechanical-evaluation-of-preconditioning-and-knot-tying
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Edoardo Monaco, Samuel Bachmaier, Mattia Fabbri, Riccardo Maria Lanzetti, Coen A Wijdicks, Andrea Ferretti
PURPOSE: To evaluate and compare the effect of preconditioning according to intraoperative workflow on the elongation behavior of single-side and fully knotted all-inside anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction configurations in a biomechanical in vitro study. METHODS: Four full construct all-inside ACL reconstruction groups (n = 8 per group) were tested using porcine tibias and bovine tendons. Groups included both an all-inside configuration with one- (group 1) and both-side knotted adjustable loop-length devices (group 2), without and with performing intraoperative preconditioning (group 1-intraoperative preconditioned [IPC], group 2-IPC)...
November 13, 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145174/temperature-dependent-electron-paramagnetic-resonance-study-on-magnetoelectric-ycro3
#18
Ashish Kumar Mall, Ambesh Dixit, Ashish Garg, Rajeev Gupta
We report temperature dependent electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) studies on polycrystalline YCrO3 samples at X-band (9.46 GHz) in the temperature range of 120 K-298 K. The EPR spectra exhibit a single broad line across the whole temperature range, attributed to Cr(3+) ions. The variation of EPR spectra parameters (line width, integrated intensity, and g-factor) as a function of temperature was analyzed to understand the nature of spin-dynamics in the paramagnetic region of YCrO3. A peak in the g-factor suggests the presence of a new phase within the paramagnetic state at an intermediate point of temperature T IP ~ 230 K, attributed to the onset of short range canted antiferromagnetic correlations in the material much above 140 K, Néel temperature (T N) of YCrO3...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144436/an-in-silico-subject-variability-study-of-upper-airway-morphological-influence-on-the-airflow-regime-in-a-tracheobronchial-tree
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Yu Feng, Jianan Zhao, Xiaole Chen, Jiang Lin
Determining the impact of inter-subject variability on airflow pattern and nanoparticle deposition in the human respiratory system is necessary to generate population-representative models, useful for several biomedical engineering applications. Thus, the overall research objective is to quantitatively correlate geometric parameters and coupled transport characteristics of air, vapor, and nanoparticles. Focusing on identifying morphological parameters that significantly influence airflow field and nanoparticle transport, an experimentally validated computational fluid-particle dynamics (CFPD) model was employed to simulate airflow pattern in three human lung-airway configurations...
November 16, 2017: Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144161/use-of-patient-outcome-endpoints-to-identify-the-best-functional-ct-imaging-parameters-in-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma-patients
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Jill Rachel Mains, Frede Donskov, Erik Morre Petersen, Hans Henrik Torp Madsen, Jesper Thygesen, Kennet Thorup, Finn Rasmussen
OBJECTIVE: To use the patient outcome endpoints overall survival and progression-free survival to evaluate functional parameters derived from dynamic contrast-enhanced computed tomography (DCE-CT). METHODS: 69 patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) had DCE-CT scans at baseline and after 5 and 10 weeks of treatment. Blood volume, blood flow and standardized perfusion values were calculated using deconvolution (BVdeconv, BFdeconv and SPVdeconv), blood flow and standardized perfusion values using maximum slope (BFmax and SPVmax), and blood volume and permeability surface area product using the Patlak model (BVpatlak and PS)...
November 16, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
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