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Andrei Khrennikov, Ekaterina Yurova
In this conceptual paper we propose to explore the analogy between ontic/epistemic description of quantum phenomena and interrelation between dynamics of conformational and functional states of proteins. Another new idea is to apply theory of automata to model the latter dynamics. In our model protein's behavior is modeled with the aid of two dynamical systems, ontic and epistemic, which describe evolution of conformational and functional states of proteins, respectively. The epistemic automaton is constructed from the ontic automaton on the basis of functional (observational) equivalence relation on the space of ontic states...
February 15, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214444/the-boosted-biomass-and-lipid-accumulation-in-chlorella-vulgaris-by-supplementation-of-synthetic-phytohormone-analogs
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Tingting Liu, Fei Liu, Chao Wang, Zhenyao Wang, Yuqin Li
This study attempted at maximizing biomass and lipid accumulation in Chlorella vulgaris by supplementation of natural abscisic acid (ABA) or synthetic 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and 1-naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA) hormone analogs. Amongst three tested additives, NAA-treatment performed remarkable promoting effect on cell growth and lipid biosynthesis. The favorable lipid productivity (418.6mg/L/d) of NAA-treated cells showed 1.48 and 2.24 times more than that of 2,4-D and ABA. NAA-treatment also positively modified the proportions of saturated (C16:0 and C18:0) and monounsaturated fatty acids (C18:1) which were prone to high-quality biofuels-making...
February 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214232/new-nitrofurans-amenable-by-isocyanide-multicomponent-chemistry-are-active-against-multidrug-resistant-and-poly-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Mikhail Krasavin, Vladislav Parchinsky, Grigory Kantin, Olga Manicheva, Marine Dogonadze, Tatiana Vinogradova, Bianka Karge, Mark Brönstrup
A set of structurally diverse N-amino δ-lactams decorated with a 5-nitro-2-furyl moiety was synthesized using isocyanide-based multicomponent chemistry and evaluated for antibacterial activity. Three compounds displayed a selective and potent (MIC 22-33μM) inhibition of M. tuberculosis H37Rv strain growth, while other Gram-positive (MRSA and E. faecium) or Gram-negative (E. coli, P. aeruginosa, A. baumannii, K. pneumoniae) pathogens were not affected. The compounds also displayed moderate-low cytotoxicity, as demonstrated in cell line viability assays...
February 4, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214014/controlling-the-digital-ulcerative-disease-in-systemic-sclerosis-is-associated-with-improved-hand-function
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Luc Mouthon, Patrick H Carpentier, Catherine Lok, Pierre Clerson, Virginie Gressin, Eric Hachulla, Alice Bérezné, Elisabeth Diot, Aurélie Khau Van Kien, Patrick Jego, Christian Agard, Anne-Bénédicte Duval-Modeste, Agnès Sparsa, Eve Puzenat, Marie-Aleth Richard
OBJECTIVES: Ischemic digital ulcers (DU) represent a major complication of systemic sclerosis (SSc). We investigated the impact of controlling the ulcerative disease on disability, pain, and quality of life in SSc patients receiving bosentan. METHODS: ECLIPSE (Study AC-052-517) is a 2-year prospective, multicenter, and observational study. Patients with SSc who experienced at least 1 DU in the previous year and received bosentan were included between October 2009 and March 2011...
January 13, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213333/hmba-is-a-putative-hsp70-activator-stimulating-hexim1-expression-that-is-down-regulated-by-estrogen
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Rati Lama, Chunfang Gan, Nethrie Idippily, Viharika Bobba, David Danielpour, Monica Montano, Bin Su
Hexamethylene bis-acetamide inducible protein 1 (HEXIM1) is identified as a novel inhibitor of estrogen stimulated breast cell growth, and it suppresses estrogen receptor-α transcriptional activity. HEXIM1 protein level has been found to be downregulated by estrogens. Recently, HEXIM1 has been found to inhibit androgen receptor transcriptional activity as well. Researchers have used Hexamethylene bis-acetamide (HMBA) for decades to stimulate HEXIM1 expression, which also inhibit estrogen stimulated breast cancer cell gene activation and androgen stimulated prostate cancer gene activation...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213238/preparation-and-evaluation-of-magnetic-core-shell-mesoporous-molecularly-imprinted-polymers-for-selective-adsorption-of-tetrabromobisphenol-s
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Xuemei Wang, Pengfei Huang, Xiaomin Ma, Huan Wang, Xiaoquan Lu, Xinzhen Du
Novel magnetic mesoporous molecularly imprinted polymers (MMIPs) with core-shell structure were prepared by simple surface molecular imprinting polymerization using tetrabromobisphenol-S (TBBPS) as the template. The MMIPs-TBBPS were characterized by fourier-transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), N2 adsorption-desorption transmission, and vibrating sample magnetometry. The resultant MMIPs-TBBPS were successfully applied magnetic solid-phase extraction (MSPE) coupled with HPLC determination of TBBPS in spiked real water samples with recoveries of 77...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212636/experimental-hut-evaluation-of-a-novel-long-lasting-non-pyrethroid-durable-wall-lining-for-control-of-pyrethroid-resistant-anopheles-gambiae-and-anopheles-funestus-in-tanzania
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Robert Malima, Basiliana Emidi, Louisa A Messenger, Richard M Oxborough, Bernard Batengana, Wema Sudi, Sophie Weston, George Mtove, Joseph P Mugasa, Franklin W Mosha, Mark W Rowland, William Kisinza
BACKGROUND: A novel, insecticide-treated, durable wall lining (ITWL), which mimics indoor residual spraying (IRS), has been developed to provide prolonged vector control when fixed to the inner walls of houses. PermaNet(®) ITWL is a polypropylene material containing non-pyrethroids (abamectin and fenpyroximate) which migrate gradually to the surface. METHODS: An experimental hut trial was conducted in an area of pyrethroid-resistant Anopheles gambiae s.l. and Anopheles funestus s...
February 17, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212592/novel-insights-into-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-action-in-the-pituitary-gonadotrope
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Jessica L Brown, Mark Roberson
The hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis controls reproduction via a series of hormones regulating gonadal function through interconnected feedback loops. Secretion of hypothalamic-derived gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) integrates inputs from higher brain centers to coordinate the activity of the pituitary gonadotrope and the biosynthesis and secretion of the gonadotropins which ultimately regulate gonadal function. Failure of GnRH to serve as the central integrator of this system has been associated with hypogonadotropic-hypogonadism and clinical infertility, while pharmacological application of GnRH analogs and gonadotropins have important implications of the treatment of such infertility...
February 17, 2017: Seminars in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212421/a-low-cost-dac-bist-structure-using-a-resistor-loop
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Jaewon Jang, Heetae Kim, Sungho Kang
This paper proposes a new DAC BIST (digital-to-analog converter built-in self-test) structure using a resistor loop known as a DDEM ADC (deterministic dynamic element matching analog-to-digital converter). Methods for both switch reduction and switch effect reduction are proposed for solving problems related to area overhead and accuracy of the conventional DAC BIST. The proposed BIST modifies the length of each resistor in the resistor loop via a merging operation and reduces the number of switches and resistors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212404/the-pineal-gland-a-model-for-adrenergic-modulation-of-ubiquitin-ligases
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Jerry Vriend, Wenjun Liu, Russel J Reiter
INTRODUCTION: A recent study of the pineal gland of the rat found that the expression of more than 3000 genes showed significant day/night variations (The Hartley dataset). The investigators of this report made available a supplemental table in which they tabulated the expression of many genes that they did not discuss, including those coding for components of the ubiquitin proteasome system. Herein we identify the genes of the ubiquitin proteasome system whose expression were significantly influenced by environmental lighting in the Hartley dataset, those that were stimulated by DBcAMP in pineal glands in culture, and those that were stimulated by norepinephrine...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212347/molecularly-imprinted-sol-gel-based-qcm-sensor-arrays-for-the-detection-and-recognition-of-volatile-aldehydes
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Chuanjun Liu, Bartosz Wyszynski, Rui Yatabe, Kenshi Hayashi, Kiyoshi Toko
The detection and recognition of metabolically derived aldehydes, which have been identified as important products of oxidative stress and biomarkers of cancers; are considered as an effective approach for early cancer detection as well as health status monitoring. Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) sensor arrays based on molecularly imprinted sol-gel (MISG) materials were developed in this work for highly sensitive detection and highly selective recognition of typical aldehyde vapors including hexanal (HAL); nonanal (NAL) and bezaldehyde (BAL)...
February 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212098/a-2-5-mw-ch-50-mcps-10-analog-channel-adaptively-biased-read-out-front-end-ic-with-low-intrinsic-timing-resolution-for-single-photon-time-of-flight-pet-applications-with-time-dependent-noise-analysis-in-90-nm-cmos
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Hugo Cruz, Hong-Yi Huang, Ching-Hsing Luo, Shuenn-Yuh Lee
This paper presents a 10-channel time-of-flight application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) for positron emission tomography in a 90 nm standard CMOS process. To overcome variations in channel-to-channel timing resolution caused by mismatch and process variations, adaptive biases and a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) are utilized. The main contributions of this work are as follows. First, multistage architectures reduce the total power consumption, and detection bandwidths of analog preamplifiers and comparators are increased to 1 and 1...
February 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212092/modeling-contrast-imaging-assisted-optimal-targeted-drug-delivery-a-touchable-communication-channel-estimation-and-waveform-design-perspective
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Yifan Chen, Yu Zhou, Ross Murch, Panagiotis Kosmas
To maximize the effect of treatment and minimize the adverse effect on patients, we propose to optimize nanorobotsassisted targeted drug delivery (TDD) for locoregional treatment of tumor from the perspective of touchable communication channel estimation and waveform design. The drug particles are the information molecules; the loading/injection and unloading of the drug correspond to the transmitting and receiving processes; the concentration-time profile of the drug particles administered corresponds to the signalling pulse...
February 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211344/validation-of-recipes-for-double-blind-placebo-controlled-challenges-with-milk-egg-white-and-hazelnut
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E González-Mancebo, M D Alonso Díaz de Durana, Y García Estringana, A Meléndez Baltanás, M Rodriguez-Alvarez, B de la Hoz Caballer, N Del Prado, M Fernández-Rivas
BACKGROUND: The double-blind, placebo-controlled food challenge (DBPCFC) is considered the definitive diagnostic test for food allergy. Nevertheless, validated recipes for masking the foods are scarce, have not been standardized, and differ between centers. Sensory evaluation techniques such as the triangle test are necessary to validate the recipes used for DBPCFC. METHODS: We developed 3 recipes for use in DBPCFC with milk, egg white, and hazelnut and used the triangle test to validate them in a 2-phase study in which 197 volunteers participated...
2017: Journal of Investigational Allergology & Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211285/can-local-infiltration-analgesia-increase-satisfaction-in-postoperative-short-term-pain-control-in-total-knee-arthroplasty
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David Barastegui, I Robert, E Palau, S Haddad, M Reverte-Vinaixa, L Lorente, M Cots
BACKGROUND: One of the major challenges to total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is optimal pain control. Effective analgesia is capital in fast-track surgery programs to allow patient's early functional outcomes. OBJECTIVES: Compare length of stay (LOS) short-term pain control, and patients' satisfaction at 1 month between local infiltration analgesia (LIA) combined with femoral nerve block (FNB) and FNB only in patients undergoing TKA. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Two hundred and fifty-four patients were included in a randomized prospective study and distributed in two groups...
January 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211276/tuning-the-pseudospin-polarization-of-graphene-by-a-pseudo-magnetic-field
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Alexander Georgi, Peter Nemes-Incze, Ramon Carrillo-Bastos, Daiara Faria, Silvia Viola Kusminskiy, Dawei Zhai, Martin Schneider, Dinesh Subramaniam, Torge Mashoff, Nils Michael Freitag, Marcus Liebmann, Marco Pratzer, Ludger Wirtz, Colin R Woods, Roman Vladislavovich Gorbachev, Yang Cao, Kostya S Novoselov, Nancy Sandler, Markus Morgenstern
One of the intriguing characteristics of honeycomb lattices is the appearance of a pseudo-magnetic field as a result of mechanical deformation. In the case of graphene, the Landau quantization resulting from this pseudo-magnetic field has been measured using scanning tunneling microscopy. Here we show that a signature of the pseudo-magnetic field is a local sublattice symmetry breaking observable as a redistribution of the local density of states. This can be interpreted as a polarization of graphene's pseudospin due to a strain induced pseudo-magnetic field, in analogy to the alignment of a real spin in a magnetic field...
February 17, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211141/potential-relocation-of-climatic-environments-suggests-high-rates-of-climate-displacement-within-the-north-american-protection-network
#17
Enric Batllori, Marc-André Parisien, Sean A Parks, Max A Moritz, Carol Miller
Ongoing climate change may undermine the effectiveness of protected area networks in preserving the set of biotic components and ecological processes they harbor, thereby jeopardizing their conservation capacity into the future. Metrics of climate change, particularly rates and spatial patterns of climatic alteration, can help assess potential threats. Here, we perform a continent-wide climate change vulnerability assessment whereby we compare the baseline climate of the protected area network in North America (Canada, USA, México - NAM) to the projected end-of-century climate (2071-2100)...
February 17, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210987/antiviral-activity-of-ctn-15-34-a-cathelicidin-derived-eicosapeptide-against-infectious-myonecrosis-virus-in-litopenaeus-vannamei-primary-hemocyte-cultures
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P R N Vieira-Girão, C B Falcão, I R C B Rocha, H M R Lucena, F H F Costa, G Rádis-Baptista
The shrimp farming has been converted into a mature aquaculture industry dealing with over millions of metric tonnes of processed commodities. Nevertheless, the global shrimp productions are constantly threatened by disease outbreaks, mainly triggered by rapidly disseminating viruses. Infectious myonecrosis virus (IMNV) is one of these epizootic agents affecting shrimp production in Brazil, of which no treatment exists. Herein, the antiviral activity against IMNV of an eicosapeptide, named Ctn[15-34], derived from a member of the cathelicidin family of antimicrobial peptides, was demonstrated...
February 16, 2017: Food and Environmental Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210859/effectiveness-of-peloid-therapy-in-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-a-randomized-controlled-single-blind-study
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Burcu Metin Ökmen, Meliha Kasapoğlu Aksoy, Aygül Güneş, Riza Eröksüz, Lale Altan
Carpal tunnel syndrome(CTS) is the most common neuromuscular cause of upper extremity disability. We aimed to investigate the effectiveness of peloid therapy in patients with CTS. This randomized, controlled, single-blind study enrolled 70 patients between the ages of 30 to 65 who had a diagnosis of either mild, mild-to-moderate, or moderate CTS. The patients were randomized into two groups using random number table. In the first group, (Group 1)(n = 35), patients were given splint (every night for 6 weeks) + peloid treatment(five consecutive days a week for 2 weeks) and in the second group, (Group 2)(n = 28), patients received splint treatment(every night for 6 weeks) alone...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210779/locomotor-activity-and-discriminative-stimulus-effects-of-a-novel-series-of-synthetic-cathinone-analogs-in-mice-and-rats
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Michael B Gatch, Sean B Dolan, Michael J Forster
RATIONALE: Recent years have seen an increase in the recreational use of novel, synthetic psychoactive substances. There are little or no data on the abuse liability of many of the newer compounds. OBJECTIVES: The current study investigated the discriminative stimulus and locomotor effects of a series of synthetic analogs of cathinone: α-pyrrolidinopropiophenone (α-PPP), α-pyrrolidinohexiophenone (α-PHP), α-pyrrolidinopentiothiophenone (α-PVT), 3,4-methylenedioxybutiophenone (MDPBP), and ethylone...
February 16, 2017: Psychopharmacology
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