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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538155/structure-and-intermolecular-interactions-between-l-type-straight-flagellar-filaments
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Daniel Louzon, Avi Ginsburg, Walter Schwenger, Tom Dvir, Zvonimir Dogic, Uri Raviv
Bacterial mobility is powered by rotation of helical flagellar filaments driven by rotary motors. Flagellin isolated from the Salmonella Typhimurium SJW1660 strain, which differs by a point mutation from the wild-type strain, assembles into straight filaments in which flagellin monomers are arranged in a left-handed helix. Using small-angle x-ray scattering and osmotic stress methods, we investigated the structure of SJW1660 flagellar filaments as well as the intermolecular forces that govern their assembly into dense hexagonal bundles...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538149/icon-an-adaptation-of-infinite-hmms-for-time-traces-with-drift
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Ioannis Sgouralis, Steve Pressé
Bayesian nonparametric methods have recently transformed emerging areas within data science. One such promising method, the infinite hidden Markov model (iHMM), generalizes the HMM that itself has become a workhorse in single molecule data analysis. The iHMM goes beyond the HMM by self-consistently learning all parameters learned by the HMM in addition to learning the number of states without recourse to any model selection steps. Despite its generality, simple features (such as drift), common to single molecule time traces, result in an overinterpretation of drift and the introduction of artifact states...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535340/optical-binding-of-nanowires
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Stephen H Simpson, Pavel Zemanek, Onofrio M Marago, Philip H Jones, Simon Hanna
Multiple scattering of light induces structured interactions, or optical binding forces, between collections of small particles. This has been extensively studied in the case of micro-spheres. However, binding forces are strongly shape dependent: here, we turn our attention to dielectric nanowires. Using a novel numerical model we uncover rich behaviour. The extreme geometry of the nanowires produces a sequence of stationary and dynamic states. In linearly polarized light, thermally stable ladder-like structures emerge...
May 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534789/boundary-eliminated-pseudoinverse-linear-discriminant-for-imbalanced-problems
#4
Yujin Zhu, Zhe Wang, Hongyuan Zha, Daqi Gao
Existing learning models for classification of imbalanced data sets can be grouped as either boundary-based or nonboundary-based depending on whether a decision hyperplane is used in the learning process. The focus of this paper is a new approach that leverages the advantage of both approaches. Specifically, our new model partitions the input space into three parts by creating two additional boundaries in the training process, and then makes the final decision based on a heuristic measurement between the test sample and a subset of selected training samples...
May 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534488/observed-variations-in-u-s-frost-timing-linked-to-atmospheric-circulation-patterns
#5
Courtenay Strong, Gregory J McCabe
Several studies document lengthening of the frost-free season within the conterminous United States (U.S.) over the past century, and report trends in spring and fall frost timing that could stem from hemispheric warming. In the absence of warming, theory and case studies link anomalous frost timing to atmospheric circulation anomalies. However, recent efforts to relate a century of observed changes in U.S. frost timing to various atmospheric circulations yielded only modest correlations, leaving the relative importance of circulation and warming unclear...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534313/class-based-chronicities-of-suffering-and-seeking-help-comparing-addiction-treatment-programs-in-uganda
#6
Julia Vorhölter
Based on ethnographic fieldwork, this article looks at changing discourses and practices in the field of mental health care in Uganda. In particular, it analyzes two psychotherapeutic institutions designed to treat drug- and alcohol-addiction, and their accessibility and affordability for people from different class backgrounds. The first center is a high-class residential facility near Kampala which offers state-of-the-art addiction therapy, but is affordable only for the rich. The second center, a church-funded organization in Northern Uganda, cares mainly for people from poor, rural families who cannot afford exp/tensive treatment...
May 22, 2017: Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534055/experimental-determination-of-surface-heat-transfer-coefficient-in-a-dry-ice-ethanol-cooling-bath-using-a-numerical-approach
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M V Santos, M Sansinena, N Zaritzky, J Chirife
  BACKGROUND: Dry ice-ethanol bath (-78 degree C) have been widely used in low temperature biological research to attain rapid cooling of samples below freezing temperature. The prediction of cooling rates of biological samples immersed in dry ice-ethanol bath is of practical interest in cryopreservation. The cooling rate can be obtained using mathematical models representing the heat conduction equation in transient state. Additionally, at the solid cryogenic-fluid interface, the knowledge of the surface heat transfer coefficient (h) is necessary for the convective boundary condition in order to correctly establish the mathematical problem...
March 2017: Cryo Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533774/the-role-of-ifn-%C3%AE-during-the-course-of-sepsis-progression-and-its-therapeutic-potential
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Gorjana Rackov, Rahman Shokri, Melchor Álvarez De Mon, Carlos Martínez-A, Dimitrios Balomenos
Sepsis is a complex biphasic syndrome characterized by both pro- and anti-inflammatory immune states. Whereas early sepsis mortality is caused by an acute, deleterious pro-inflammatory response, the second sepsis phase is governed by acute immunosuppression, which predisposes patients to long-term risk for life-threatening secondary infections. Despite extensive basic research and clinical trials, there is to date no specific therapy for sepsis, and mortality rates are on the rise. Although IFN-β is one of the most-studied cytokines, its diverse effects are not fully understood...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533373/mental-models-accurately-predict-emotion-transitions
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Mark A Thornton, Diana I Tamir
Successful social interactions depend on people's ability to predict others' future actions and emotions. People possess many mechanisms for perceiving others' current emotional states, but how might they use this information to predict others' future states? We hypothesized that people might capitalize on an overlooked aspect of affective experience: current emotions predict future emotions. By attending to regularities in emotion transitions, perceivers might develop accurate mental models of others' emotional dynamics...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532450/lps-induced-systemic-inflammation-reveals-an-immunomodulatory-role-for-the-prion-protein-at-the-blood-brain-interface
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Ø Salvesen, M R Reiten, A Espenes, M K Bakkebø, M A Tranulis, C Ersdal
BACKGROUND: The cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) is an evolutionary conserved protein abundantly expressed not only in the central nervous system but also peripherally including the immune system. A line of Norwegian dairy goats naturally devoid of PrP(C) (PRNP (Ter/Ter)) provides a novel model for studying PrP(C) physiology. METHODS: In order to explore putative roles for PrP(C) in acute inflammatory responses, we performed a lipopolysaccharide (LPS, Escherichia coli O26:B6) challenge of 16 goats (8 PRNP (+/+) and 8 PRNP (Ter/Ter)) and included 10 saline-treated controls (5 of each PRNP genotype)...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532130/effect-of-systematic-control-of-pd-thickness-and-annealing-temperature-on-the-fabrication-and-evolution-of-palladium-nanostructures-on-si-111-via-the-solid-state-dewetting
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Sundar Kunwar, Puran Pandey, Mao Sui, Quanzhen Zhang, Ming-Yu Li, Jihoon Lee
Si-based optoelectronic devices embedded with metallic nanoparticles (NPs) have demonstrated the NP shape, size, spacing, and crystallinity dependent on light absorption and emission induced by the localized surface plasmon resonance. In this work, we demonstrate various sizes and configurations of palladium (Pd) nanostructures on Si (111) by the systematic thermal annealing with the variation of Pd thickness and annealing temperature. The evolution of Pd nanostructures are systematically controlled by the dewetting of thin film by means of the surface diffusion in conjunction with the surface and interface energy minimization and Volmer-Weber growth model...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530808/%C3%AE-halo-amides-as-competent-latent-enolates-direct-cata-lytic-asymmetric-mannich-type-reaction
#12
Bo Sun, Pandur Venkatesan Balaji, Naoya Kumagai, Masakatsu Shibasaki
α-Halogenated carbonyl compounds are susceptible to dehalogenation and thus largely neglected as enolate precursors in catalytic enantioselective C-C bond forming reactions. By merging the increased stability of the α-C-halogen bond of amides and the direct enolization methodology of the designed amide, we explored a direct catalytic asymmetric Mannich-type reaction of α-halo 7-azaindoline amides with N-carbamoyl imines. All α-halo sub-stituents, α-F, -Cl, -Br, -I amides, were tolerated to provide the Mannich-adducts in a highly stereoselective manner without undesirable dehalogenation...
May 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530523/cost-effectiveness-of-peginterferon-beta-1a-and-alemtuzumab-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis
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Ankur A Dashputre, Khalid M Kamal, Gauri Pawar
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the central nervous system, affecting 2.5 million people globally and 400,000 people in the United States. While no cure exists for MS, the goal is to manage the disease using disease-modifying therapies (DMTs), which have been shown to slow disease progression and prevent relapses. Relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) is the most common form of MS at the time of diagnosis. Peginterferon beta-1a (PEG) and alemtuzumab (ALT) were recently approved and have demonstrated good clinical outcomes, including reduced relapse rates in clinical trials...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528958/investigation-of-calcium-dependent-activity-and-conformational-dynamics-of-zebra-fish-12-lipoxygenase
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Monica Mittal, Mahmudul Hasan, Navisraj Balagunaseelan, Alexander Fauland, Craig Wheelock, Olof Rådmark, Jesper Z Haeggström, Agnes Rinaldo-Matthis
BACKGROUND: A 12-lipoxygenase in zebra fish (zf12-LOX) was found to be required for normal embryonic development and LOXs are of great interest for targeted drug designing. In this study, we investigate the structural-functional aspects of zf12-LOX in response to calcium. METHODS: A soluble version of zf12-LOX was created by mutagenesis. Based on multiple sequence alignment, we mutated the putative calcium-responsive amino acids in N-PLAT domain of soluble zf12-LOX...
May 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528599/eeg-beta-2-power-as-surrogate-marker-for-memory-impairment-a-pilot-study
#15
Andreas K Kaiser, Michael Doppelmayr, Bernhard Iglseder
BACKGROUND: Memory deficits are dominant in dementia and are positively correlated with electroencephalographic (EEG) beta power. EEG beta power can predict the progression of Alzheimer´s (AD) as early as at the stage of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and could possibly be used as surrogate marker for memory impairment. The objective of this study is to analyze the relationship between frontal and parietal EEG beta power and memory-test outcome. Frontal and parietal beta power is analyzed for a resting state and an eyes-closed backward counting condition and related to memory impairment parameters...
May 22, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527626/the-impact-of-economic-conditions-on-the-disablement-process-a-markov-transition-approach-using-share-data
#16
Y Arrighi, T Rapp, N Sirven
A growing number of studies underline the relationship between socioeconomic status and health at older ages. Following that literature, we explore the impact of economic conditions on changes in functional health overtime. Frailty, a state of physiological instability, has been identified in the public health literature as a candidate for disability prevention but received little attention from health economists. Using SHARE panel data, respondents aged 50 and over from ten European countries were categorised as robust, frail and dependent...
May 10, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527452/structural-and-dynamic-inhomogeneities-induced-by-curvature-gradients-in-elliptic-colloidal-halos-of-paramagnetic-particles
#17
O A Ramírez-Garza, J M Méndez-Alcaraz, P González-Mozuelos
Paramagnetic colloidal particles distributed along an ellipse are used as a model system to study the effects of curvature gradients on the structure and dynamics of colloids in curved manifolds. Unlike what happens for circular and spherical systems, in the present case, the equilibrium one-particle distribution function displays inhomogeneities due to the changing curvature along the ellipse. The ensuing effects on the two-body correlations are also analyzed, leading to the observation of anisotropic and long-ranged effects...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527451/resonance-tunneling-electron-vibrational-spectroscopy-of-polyoxometalates
#18
F I Dalidchik, S A Kovalevskii, E M Balashov
The tunneling spectra of the ordered monolayer films of decamolybdodicobaltate (DMDC) compounds deposited from aqueous solutions on HOPG were measured by scanning tunnel microscopy in air. The DMDC spectra, as well as the tunneling spectra of other polyoxometalates (POMs), exhibit well-defined negative differential resistances (NDRs). The mechanism of formation of these spectral features was established from the collection of revealed NDR dependences on the external varying parameters and found to be common to all systems exhibiting Wannier-Stark localization...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527449/correlated-matrix-fluctuation-mediated-activated-transport-of-dilute-penetrants-in-glass-forming-liquids-and-suspensions
#19
Rui Zhang, Kenneth S Schweizer
We formulate a microscopic, force-level statistical mechanical theory for the activated diffusion of dilute penetrants in dense liquids, colloidal suspensions, and glasses. The approach explicitly and self-consistently accounts for coupling between penetrant hopping and matrix dynamic displacements that actively facilitate the hopping event. The key new ideas involve two mechanistically (at a stochastic trajectory level) coupled dynamic free energy functions for the matrix and spherical penetrant particles...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527438/the-fate-of-the-tert-butyl-radical-in-low-temperature-autoignition-reactions
#20
Kevin B Moore, Justin M Turney, Henry F Schaefer
Alkyl combustion models depend on kinetic parameters derived from reliable experimental or theoretical energetics that are often unavailable for larger species. To this end, we have performed a comprehensive investigation of the tert-butyl radical (R(•) in this paper) autoignition pathways. CCSD(T)/ANO0 geometries and harmonic vibrational frequencies were obtained for key stationary points for the R(•) + O2 and QOOH + O2 mechanisms. Relative energies were computed to chemical accuracy (±1 kcal mol(-1)) via extrapolation of RCCSD(T) energies to the complete basis-set limit, or usage of RCCSD(T)-F12 methods...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
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