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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158507/dynamically-controlled-purcell-enhancement-of-visible-spontaneous-emission-in-a-gated-plasmonic-heterostructure
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Yu-Jung Lu, Ruzan Sokhoyan, Wen-Hui Cheng, Ghazaleh Kafaie Shirmanesh, Artur R Davoyan, Ragip A Pala, Krishnan Thyagarajan, Harry A Atwater
Emission control of colloidal quantum dots (QDs) is a cornerstone of modern high-quality lighting and display technologies. Dynamic emission control of colloidal QDs in an optoelectronic device is usually achieved by changing the optical pump intensity or injection current density. Here we propose and demonstrate a distinctly different mechanism for the temporal modulation of QD emission intensity at constant optical pumping rate. Our mechanism is based on the electrically controlled modulation of the local density of optical states (LDOS) at the position of the QDs, resulting in the modulation of the QD spontaneous emission rate, far-field emission intensity, and quantum yield...
November 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156268/use-of-a-handheld-low-cost-sensor-to-explore-the-effect-of-urban-design-features-on-local-scale-spatial-and-temporal-air-quality-variability
#2
Georgia Miskell, Jennifer A Salmond, David E Williams
Portable low-cost instruments have been validated and used to measure ambient nitrogen dioxide (NO2) at multiple sites over a small urban area with 20min time resolution. We use these results combined with land use regression (LUR) and rank correlation methods to explore the effects of traffic, urban design features, and local meteorology and atmosphere chemistry on small-scale spatio-temporal variations. We measured NO2 at 45 sites around the downtown area of Vancouver, BC, in spring 2016, and constructed four different models: i) a model based on averaging concentrations observed at each site over the whole measurement period, and separate temporal models for ii) morning, iii) midday, and iv) afternoon...
November 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152221/pubrunner-a-light-weight-framework-for-updating-text-mining-results
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Kishore R Anekalla, J P Courneya, Nicolas Fiorini, Jake Lever, Michael Muchow, Ben Busby
Biomedical text mining promises to assist biologists in quickly navigating the combined knowledge in their domain. This would allow improved understanding of the complex interactions within biological systems and faster hypothesis generation. New biomedical research articles are published daily and text mining tools are only as good as the corpus from which they work. Many text mining tools are underused because their results are static and do not reflect the constantly expanding knowledge in the field. In order for biomedical text mining to become an indispensable tool used by researchers, this problem must be addressed...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151619/improving-the-folding-of-supramolecular-copolymers-by-controlling-the-assembly-pathway-complexity
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Gijs M Ter Huurne, Lafayette N J de Windt, Yiliu Liu, E W Meijer, Ilja K Voets, Anja R A Palmans
A family of amphiphilic, heterograft copolymers containing hydrophilic, hydrophobic, and supramolecular units based on Jeffamine M-1000, dodecylamine, and benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide (BTA) motifs, respectively, was prepared via a postfunctionalization approach. The folding of the copolymers in water into nanometer-sized particles was analyzed by a combination of dynamic and static light scattering, circular dichroism spectroscopy, and small-angle neutron scattering. The sample preparation protocol was crucial for obtaining reproducible and consistent results, showing that only full control over the structure and pathway complexity will afford the desired folded structure, a phenomenon similar to protein folding...
November 14, 2017: Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150901/expression-of-the-clock-gene-rev-erb%C3%AE-in-the-brain-controls-the-circadian-organization-of-food-intake-and-locomotor-activity-but-not-daily-variations-of-energy-metabolism
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Satish Sen, Stéphanie Dumont, Dominique Sage-Ciocca, Sophie Reibel, Paul de Goede, Andries Kalsbeek, Etienne Challet
The nuclear receptor REV-ERBα is part of the molecular clock mechanism and thought to be involved in a variety of biological processes within metabolically active peripheral tissues as well. To investigate whether Rev-erbα (also known as Nr1d1) in the brain plays a role in the daily variations of energy metabolism, feeding behaviour and the sleep-wake cycle, we studied mice with global (GKO) or brain (BKO) deletion of Rev-erbα. Mice were studied both in a light-dark cycle and constant darkness, and 24-h variations of Respiratory quotient (RQ) and energy expenditure, as well as the temporal patterns of rest-activity and feeding behavior were recorded...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149232/stabilized-electrically-induced-helfrich-deformation-and-enhanced-color-tuning-in-cholesteric-liquid-crystals
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Meina Yu, Huai Yang, Deng-Ke Yang
When subjected to an AC electric field perpendicular to its layers, the cholesteric planar state may undergo a periodic layer undulation, known as the Helfrich deformation, which generates a color change of the reflected light. The Helfrich deformation of regular cholesteric liquid crystals is, however, unstable and easily taken over by the focal conic state, and thus the color tuning range is narrow. We demonstrated that the Helfrich deformation can be stabilized in a large electric field region by doping a bent dimer with an anomalously small bend elastic constant and dispersing a small amount of polymer network...
November 17, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148158/long-term-anesthetic-protocol-in-rats-feasibility-in-electrophysiology-studies-in-visual-prosthesis
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Alejandro Barriga-Rivera, Veronica Tatarinoff, Nigel H Lovell, John W Morley, Gregg J Suaning
Electrical stimulation of excitable cells provides therapeutic benefits for a variety of medical conditions, including restoration of partial vision to those blinded via some types of retinal degeneration. To improve visual percepts elicited by the current technology, researchers are conducting acute electrophysiology experiments, mainly in cats. However, the rat can provide a model of a range of retinal diseases and possesses a sufficiently large eye to be used in this field. This article presents a long-term anesthetic protocol to enable electrophysiology experiments to further the development of visual prostheses...
November 17, 2017: Veterinary Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146135/multivalent-oleanolic-acid-human-serum-albumin-conjugate-as-nonglycosylated-neomucin-for-influenza-virus-capture-and-entry-inhibition
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Yang Yang, Hao-Jie He, Hao Chang, Yao Yu, Mei-Bing Yang, Yun He, Zhen-Chuan Fan, Suri S Iyer, Peng Yu
We report the synthesis of multivalent oleanolic acid (OA) protein conjugates as nonglycosylated neomucin mimic for the capture and entry inhibition of influenza viruses. Oleanolic acid derivatives bearing an amine-terminated linker were synthesized by esterification of carboxylic acid and further grafted onto the human serum albumin (HSA) via diethyl squarate method. The binding of hemagglutinin (HA) on the virion surface to the synthetic neomucin was evaluated by hemagglutination inhibition assay. The influenza virus capture ability of the PEGylated OA-HSA conjugate was further investigated by Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), virus capture assay and Isothermal Titration Calorimeter (ITC) techniques...
October 28, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144389/effects-of-infrared-optical-trapping-on-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-in-a-microfluidic-system
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Zdeněk Pilát, Alexandr Jonáš, Jan Ježek, Pavel Zemánek
Baker's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) represents a very popular single-celled eukaryotic model organism which has been studied extensively by various methods and whose genome has been completely sequenced. It was also among the first living organisms that were manipulated by optical tweezers and it is currently a frequent subject of optical micromanipulation experiments. We built a microfluidic system for optical trapping experiments with individual cells and used it for the assessment of cell tolerance to phototoxic stress...
November 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143225/diurnal-regulation-of-the-floral-scent-emission-by-light-and-circadian-rhythm-in-the-phalaenopsis-orchids
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Yu-Chen Chuang, Ming-Chi Lee, Ya-Lan Chang, Wen-Huei Chen, Hong-Hwa Chen
BACKGROUND: Phalaenopsis bellina and its closely related species, P. violacea, emit linalool, geraniol and their derivatives as the predominant monoterpenes at the full-bloom stages. Geranyl diphosphate synthase (PbGDPS) is the key enzyme that converts precursors for monoterpene biosynthesis. Besides the monoterpenes being synthesized in concert with floral development stages, we noticed that the scent emission of P. bellina and P. violacea was detected mainly in the daytime. RESULTS: The monoterpenes of P...
November 15, 2017: Botanical Studies (Taipei, Taiwan)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142231/evaluation-of-critical-flicker-fusion-frequency-measurement-methods-for-the-investigation-of-visual-temporal-resolution
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Auria Eisen-Enosh, Nairouz Farah, Zvia Burgansky-Eliash, Uri Polat, Yossi Mandel
Recent studies highlight the importance of the temporal domain in visual processing. Critical Flicker-Fusion Frequency (CFF), the frequency at which a flickering light is perceived as continuous, is widely used for evaluating visual temporal processing. However, substantial variability in the psychophysical paradigms, used for measuring CFF, leads to substantial variability in the reported results. Here, we report on a comprehensive comparison of CFF measurements through three different psychophysical paradigms: methods of limits; method of constant stimuli, and staircase method...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142111/can-birds-do-it-too-evidence-for-convergence-in-evaporative-water-loss-regulation-for-birds-and-mammals
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E C Eto, P C Withers, C E Cooper
Birds have many physiological characteristics that are convergent with mammals. In the light of recent evidence that mammals can maintain a constant insensible evaporative water loss (EWL) over a range of perturbing environmental conditions, we hypothesized that birds might also regulate insensible EWL, reflecting this convergence. We found that budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus) maintain EWL constant over a range of relative humidities at three ambient temperatures. EWL, expressed as a function of water vapour pressure deficit, differed from a physical model where the water vapour pressure deficit between the animal and the ambient air is the driver of evaporation, indicating physiological control of EWL...
November 29, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141613/determinants-of-patient-satisfaction-following-reconstructive-shoulder-surgery
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Sascha J Baettig, Karl Wieser, Christian Gerber
BACKGROUND: Obtaining patient satisfaction is a key goal of surgical treatment. It was the purpose of this study to identify pre-, peri- and postoperative factors determining patient satisfaction after shoulder surgery, quantify their relative importance and thereby allow the surgeon to focus on parameters, which will influence patient satisfaction. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 505 patients, who underwent either rotator cuff repair (n = 216) or total shoulder arthroplasty (n = 289)...
November 15, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139651/the-risk-for-fall-and-functional-dependence-in-polish-adults-60%C3%A2-87-years-old
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Jaroslaw Domaradzki, Slawomir Koziel, Zofia Ignasiak, Teresa Sławińska, Anna Skrzek, Małgorzata Kołodziej
The constantly rising percentage of the elderly (60+), who are particularly at risk of the dangerous consequence of falls, results not only in the loss of independence in daily life, but also in a serious threat to health and life. Therefore, many authors emphasize the necessity of conducting prophylaxis and prevention among senior citizens. The most important aspect of fall prophylaxis is care about the optimum level of agility. Exercise should focus on increasing muscular strength, balance and dexterity. The aim of the present study is to determine the relationship between functional fitness and the risk for falls of older people in the light of maintaining physical independence...
March 2017: Collegium Antropologicum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138240/kinetics-of-h2o2-driven-degradation-of-chitin-by-a-bacterial-lytic-polysaccharide-monooxygenase
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Silja Kuusk, Bastien Bissaro, Piret Kuusk, Zarah Forsberg, Vincent G H Eijsink, Morten Sørlie, Priit Väljamäe
Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) catalyze the oxidative cleavage of glycosidic bonds in recalcitrant polysaccharides, such as cellulose and chitin, and are of interest in biotechnological utilization of these abundant biomaterials. It has recently been shown that LPMOs can use H2O2, instead of O2, as a co-substrate. This peroxygenase-like reaction by a mono-copper enzyme is unprecedented in nature and opens new avenues in chemistry and enzymology. Here, we provide the first detailed kinetic characterization of chitin degradation by the bacterial LPMO chitin-binding protein CBP21 using H2O2 as co-substrate...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134709/light-sensing-by-opsins-and-fungal-ecology-nop-1-modulates-entry-into-sexual-reproduction-in-response-to-environmental-cues
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Zheng Wang, Junrui Wang, Ning Li, Jigang Li, Frances Trail, Jay C Dunlap, Jeffrey P Townsend
Understanding the genetic basis of the switch from asexual to sexual lifestyles in response to sometimes rapid environmental changes is one of the major challenges in fungal ecology. Light appears to play a critical role in the switch-but fungal genomes harbor diverse light sensors. Fungal opsins are homologous to bacterial green-light sensory rhodopsins, and their organismal functions in fungi have not been well understood. Three of these opsin-like proteins were widely distributed across fungal genomes, but homologs of the Fusarium opsin-like protein CarO were present only in plant-associated fungi...
November 13, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133779/probing-optical-anisotropy-of-nanometer-thin-van-der-waals-microcrystals-by-near-field-imaging
#17
Debo Hu, Xiaoxia Yang, Chi Li, Ruina Liu, Ziheng Yao, Hai Hu, Stephanie N Gilbert Corder, Jianing Chen, Zhipei Sun, Mengkun Liu, Qing Dai
Most van der Waals crystals present highly anisotropic optical responses due to their strong in-plane covalent bonding and weak out-of-plane interactions. However, the determination of the polarization-dependent dielectric constants of van der Waals crystals remains a nontrivial task, since the size and dimension of the samples are often below or close to the diffraction limit of the probe light. In this work, we apply an optical nano-imaging technique to determine the anisotropic dielectric constants in representative van der Waals crystals...
November 13, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132080/new-approaches-for-computing-ligand-receptor-binding-kinetics
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Neil J Bruce, Gaurav K Ganotra, Daria B Kokh, S Kashif Sadiq, Rebecca C Wade
The recent and growing evidence that the efficacy of a drug can be correlated to target binding kinetics has seeded the development of a multitude of novel methods aimed at computing rate constants for receptor-ligand binding processes, as well as gaining an understanding of the binding and unbinding pathways and the determinants of structure-kinetic relationships. These new approaches include various types of enhanced sampling molecular dynamics simulations and the combination of energy-based models with chemometric analysis...
November 10, 2017: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131942/molar-masses-and-molar-mass-distributions-of-chitin-and-acid-hydrolyzed-chitin
#19
Ryunosuke Funahashi, Yuko Ono, Zi-Dong Qi, Tsuguyuki Saito, Akira Isogai
Never-dried and dried crab shell chitin and squid pen chitin samples were acid-hydrolyzed in 1 M HCl at 85 °C for up to 2 h. The crystallinities, crystal sizes, and degrees of N-acetylation of the acid-hydrolyzed chitin samples are almost unchanged the same before and after acid hydrolysis. The original and acid-hydrolyzed chitin samples were dissolved in 8% (w/w) lithium chloride/N,N,-dimethylacetamide, and the solutions were subjected to size-exclusion chromatography with multiangle laser-light scattering analysis to determine their molar masses and molar mass distributions...
November 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129898/aggregation-behavior-of-disulfide-linked-gemini-surfactants-compared-to-that-of-double-tailed-surfactants
#20
Yukina Takano, Tsuyoshi Asakawa, Mayumi Inai, Akio Ohta, Hitoshi Asakawa
Disulfide linked gemini surfactant having a long spacer chain, [C10H21N(CH3)2(CH2)11SS(CH2)11N (CH3)2C10H21]2Br (2C1011SS), was prepared by the hydrolysis and oxidation process of thioester group for [C10H21N(CH3)2(CH2)11SCOCH3]Br. The critical vesicle concentrations of double tailed surfactants such as dialkyldimethylammonium bromide were observed by the conductivity and light scattering methods. The disulfide bonds of gemini surfactant, [C12H25N(CH3)2CH2CH2SSCH2CH2N(CH3)2C12H25]2Br (2C12SS), were rapidly cleaved by the addition of water-soluble dithiothreitol...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
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