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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742068/a-peptide-based-viral-inactivator-inhibits-zika-virus-infection-in-pregnant-mice-and-fetuses
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Yufeng Yu, Yong-Qiang Deng, Peng Zou, Qian Wang, Yanyan Dai, Fei Yu, Lanying Du, Na-Na Zhang, Min Tian, Jia-Nan Hao, Yu Meng, Yuan Li, Xiaohui Zhou, Jasper Fuk-Woo Chan, Kwok-Yung Yuen, Cheng-Feng Qin, Shibo Jiang, Lu Lu
Zika virus (ZIKV), a re-emerging flavivirus associated with neurological disorders, has spread rapidly to more than 70 countries and territories. However, no specific vaccines or antiviral drugs are currently available to prevent or treat ZIKV infection. Here we report that a synthetic peptide derived from the stem region of ZIKV envelope protein, designated Z2, potently inhibits infection of ZIKV and other flaviviruses in vitro. We show that Z2 interacts with ZIKV surface protein and disrupts the integrity of the viral membrane...
July 25, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742067/long-term-microdystrophin-gene-therapy-is-effective-in-a-canine-model-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
#2
Caroline Le Guiner, Laurent Servais, Marie Montus, Thibaut Larcher, Bodvaël Fraysse, Sophie Moullec, Marine Allais, Virginie François, Maeva Dutilleul, Alberto Malerba, Taeyoung Koo, Jean-Laurent Thibaut, Béatrice Matot, Marie Devaux, Johanne Le Duff, Jack-Yves Deschamps, Inès Barthelemy, Stéphane Blot, Isabelle Testault, Karim Wahbi, Stéphane Ederhy, Samia Martin, Philippe Veron, Christophe Georger, Takis Athanasopoulos, Carole Masurier, Federico Mingozzi, Pierre Carlier, Bernard Gjata, Jean-Yves Hogrel, Oumeya Adjali, Fulvio Mavilio, Thomas Voit, Philippe Moullier, George Dickson
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an incurable X-linked muscle-wasting disease caused by mutations in the dystrophin gene. Gene therapy using highly functional microdystrophin genes and recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) vectors is an attractive strategy to treat DMD. Here we show that locoregional and systemic delivery of a rAAV2/8 vector expressing a canine microdystrophin (cMD1) is effective in restoring dystrophin expression and stabilizing clinical symptoms in studies performed on a total of 12 treated golden retriever muscular dystrophy (GRMD) dogs...
July 25, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737175/natural-variation-of-macrophage-activation-as-disease-relevant-phenotype-predictive-of-inflammation-and-cancer-survival
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Konrad Buscher, Erik Ehinger, Pritha Gupta, Akula Bala Pramod, Dennis Wolf, George Tweet, Calvin Pan, Charles D Mills, Aldons J Lusis, Klaus Ley
Although mouse models exist for many immune-based diseases, the clinical translation remains challenging. Most basic and translational studies utilize only a single inbred mouse strain. However, basal and diseased immune states in humans show vast inter-individual variability. Here, focusing on macrophage responses to lipopolysaccharide (LPS), we use the hybrid mouse diversity panel (HMDP) of 83 inbred strains as a surrogate for human natural immune variation. Since conventional bioinformatics fail to analyse a population spectrum, we highlight how gene signatures for LPS responsiveness can be derived based on an Interleukin-12β and arginase expression ratio...
July 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737174/inverted-battery-design-as-ion-generator-for-interfacing-with-biosystems
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Chengwei Wang, Kun Kelvin Fu, Jiaqi Dai, Steven D Lacey, Yonggang Yao, Glenn Pastel, Lisha Xu, Jianhua Zhang, Liangbing Hu
In a lithium-ion battery, electrons are released from the anode and go through an external electronic circuit to power devices, while ions simultaneously transfer through internal ionic media to meet with electrons at the cathode. Inspired by the fundamental electrochemistry of the lithium-ion battery, we envision a cell that can generate a current of ions instead of electrons, so that ions can be used for potential applications in biosystems. Based on this concept, we report an 'electron battery' configuration in which ions travel through an external circuit to interact with the intended biosystem whereas electrons are transported internally...
July 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737173/coherent-superpositions-of-three-states-for-phosphorous-donors-in-silicon-prepared-using-thz-radiation
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S Chick, N Stavrias, K Saeedi, B Redlich, P T Greenland, G Matmon, M Naftaly, C R Pidgeon, G Aeppli, B N Murdin
Superposition of orbital eigenstates is crucial to quantum technology utilizing atoms, such as atomic clocks and quantum computers, and control over the interaction between atoms and their neighbours is an essential ingredient for both gating and readout. The simplest coherent wavefunction control uses a two-eigenstate admixture, but more control over the spatial distribution of the wavefunction can be obtained by increasing the number of states in the wavepacket. Here we demonstrate THz laser pulse control of Si:P orbitals using multiple orbital state admixtures, observing beat patterns produced by Zeeman splitting...
July 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737172/selective-production-of-arenes-via-direct-lignin-upgrading-over-a-niobium-based-catalyst
#6
Yi Shao, Qineng Xia, Lin Dong, Xiaohui Liu, Xue Han, Stewart F Parker, Yongqiang Cheng, Luke L Daemen, Anibal J Ramirez-Cuesta, Sihai Yang, Yanqin Wang
Lignin is the only large-volume renewable source of aromatic chemicals. Efficient depolymerization and deoxygenation of lignin while retaining the aromatic functionality are attractive but extremely challenging. Here we report the selective production of arenes via direct hydrodeoxygenation of organosolv lignin over a porous Ru/Nb2O5 catalyst that enabled the complete removal of the oxygen content from lignin. The conversion of birch lignin to monomer C7-C9 hydrocarbons is nearly quantitative based on its monomer content, with a total mass yield of 35...
July 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737171/brg1-swi-snf-dependent-regulation-of-the-wt1-transcriptional-landscape-mediates-epicardial-activity-during-heart-development-and-disease
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Joaquim Miguel Vieira, Sara Howard, Cristina Villa Del Campo, Sveva Bollini, Karina N Dubé, Megan Masters, Damien N Barnette, Mala Rohling, Xin Sun, Laura E Hankins, Daria Gavriouchkina, Ruth Williams, Daniel Metzger, Pierre Chambon, Tatjana Sauka-Spengler, Benjamin Davies, Paul R Riley
Epicardium-derived cells (EPDCs) contribute cardiovascular cell types during development and in adulthood respond to Thymosin β4 (Tβ4) and myocardial infarction (MI) by reactivating a fetal gene programme to promote neovascularization and cardiomyogenesis. The mechanism for epicardial gene (re-)activation remains elusive. Here we reveal that BRG1, the essential ATPase subunit of the SWI/SNF chromatin-remodelling complex, is required for expression of Wilms' tumour 1 (Wt1), fetal EPDC activation and subsequent differentiation into coronary smooth muscle, and restores Wt1 activity upon MI...
July 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737170/high-performance-platinum-single-atom-electrocatalyst-for-oxygen-reduction-reaction
#8
Jing Liu, Menggai Jiao, Lanlu Lu, Heather M Barkholtz, Yuping Li, Ying Wang, Luhua Jiang, Zhijian Wu, Di-Jia Liu, Lin Zhuang, Chao Ma, Jie Zeng, Bingsen Zhang, Dangsheng Su, Ping Song, Wei Xing, Weilin Xu, Ying Wang, Zheng Jiang, Gongquan Sun
For the large-scale sustainable implementation of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells in vehicles, high-performance electrocatalysts with low platinum consumption are desirable for use as cathode material during the oxygen reduction reaction in fuel cells. Here we report a carbon black-supported cost-effective, efficient and durable platinum single-atom electrocatalyst with carbon monoxide/methanol tolerance for the cathodic oxygen reduction reaction. The acidic single-cell with such a catalyst as cathode delivers high performance, with power density up to 680 mW cm(-2) at 80 °C with a low platinum loading of 0...
July 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737169/actomyosin-drives-cancer-cell-nuclear-dysmorphia-and-threatens-genome-stability
#9
Tohru Takaki, Marco Montagner, Murielle P Serres, Maël Le Berre, Matt Russell, Lucy Collinson, Karoly Szuhai, Michael Howell, Simon J Boulton, Erik Sahai, Mark Petronczki
Altered nuclear shape is a defining feature of cancer cells. The mechanisms underlying nuclear dysmorphia in cancer remain poorly understood. Here we identify PPP1R12A and PPP1CB, two subunits of the myosin phosphatase complex that antagonizes actomyosin contractility, as proteins safeguarding nuclear integrity. Loss of PPP1R12A or PPP1CB causes nuclear fragmentation, nuclear envelope rupture, nuclear compartment breakdown and genome instability. Pharmacological or genetic inhibition of actomyosin contractility restores nuclear architecture and genome integrity in cells lacking PPP1R12A or PPP1CB...
July 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737168/distribution-of-high-dimensional-entanglement-via-an-intra-city-free-space-link
#10
Fabian Steinlechner, Sebastian Ecker, Matthias Fink, Bo Liu, Jessica Bavaresco, Marcus Huber, Thomas Scheidl, Rupert Ursin
Quantum entanglement is a fundamental resource in quantum information processing and its distribution between distant parties is a key challenge in quantum communications. Increasing the dimensionality of entanglement has been shown to improve robustness and channel capacities in secure quantum communications. Here we report on the distribution of genuine high-dimensional entanglement via a 1.2-km-long free-space link across Vienna. We exploit hyperentanglement, that is, simultaneous entanglement in polarization and energy-time bases, to encode quantum information, and observe high-visibility interference for successive correlation measurements in each degree of freedom...
July 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733660/probing-low-energy-hyperbolic-polaritons-in-van-der-waals-crystals-with-an-electron-microscope
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Alexander A Govyadinov, Andrea Konečná, Andrey Chuvilin, Saül Vélez, Irene Dolado, Alexey Y Nikitin, Sergei Lopatin, Fèlix Casanova, Luis E Hueso, Javier Aizpurua, Rainer Hillenbrand
Van der Waals materials exhibit intriguing structural, electronic, and photonic properties. Electron energy loss spectroscopy within scanning transmission electron microscopy allows for nanoscale mapping of such properties. However, its detection is typically limited to energy losses in the eV range-too large for probing low-energy excitations such as phonons or mid-infrared plasmons. Here, we adapt a conventional instrument to probe energy loss down to 100 meV, and map phononic states in hexagonal boron nitride, a representative van der Waals material...
July 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733654/direct-observation-of-topological-surface-state-arcs-in-photonic-metamaterials
#12
Biao Yang, Qinghua Guo, Ben Tremain, Lauren E Barr, Wenlong Gao, Hongchao Liu, Benjamin Béri, Yuanjiang Xiang, Dianyuan Fan, Alastair P Hibbins, Shuang Zhang
The discovery of topological phases has introduced new perspectives and platforms for various interesting physics originally investigated in quantum contexts and then, on an equal footing, in classic wave systems. As a characteristic feature, nontrivial Fermi arcs, connecting between topologically distinct Fermi surfaces, play vital roles in the classification of Dirac and Weyl semimetals, and have been observed in quantum materials very recently. However, in classical systems, no direct experimental observation of Fermi arcs in momentum space has been reported so far...
July 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733648/modulation-of-polypeptide-conformation-through-donor-acceptor-transformation-of-side-chain-hydrogen-bonding-ligands
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Ziyuan Song, Rachael A Mansbach, Hua He, Kuo-Chih Shih, Ryan Baumgartner, Nan Zheng, Xiaochu Ba, Yinzhao Huang, Deepak Mani, Yun Liu, Yao Lin, Mu-Ping Nieh, Andrew L Ferguson, Lichen Yin, Jianjun Cheng
Synthetic polypeptides have received increasing attention due to their ability to form higher ordered structures similar to proteins. The control over their secondary structures, which enables dynamic conformational changes, is primarily accomplished by tuning the side-chain hydrophobic or ionic interactions. Herein we report a strategy to modulate the conformation of polypeptides utilizing donor-acceptor interactions emanating from side-chain H-bonding ligands. Specifically, 1,2,3-triazole groups, when incorporated onto polypeptide side-chains, serve as both H-bond donors and acceptors at neutral pH and disrupt the α-helical conformation...
July 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733645/hdac3-is-a-molecular-brake-of-the-metabolic-switch-supporting-white-adipose-tissue-browning
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Alessandra Ferrari, Raffaella Longo, Erika Fiorino, Rui Silva, Nico Mitro, Gaia Cermenati, Federica Gilardi, Béatrice Desvergne, Annapaola Andolfo, Cinzia Magagnotti, Donatella Caruso, Emma De Fabiani, Scott W Hiebert, Maurizio Crestani
White adipose tissue (WAT) can undergo a phenotypic switch, known as browning, in response to environmental stimuli such as cold. Post-translational modifications of histones have been shown to regulate cellular energy metabolism, but their role in white adipose tissue physiology remains incompletely understood. Here we show that histone deacetylase 3 (HDAC3) regulates WAT metabolism and function. Selective ablation of Hdac3 in fat switches the metabolic signature of WAT by activating a futile cycle of de novo fatty acid synthesis and β-oxidation that potentiates WAT oxidative capacity and ultimately supports browning...
July 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733618/cellular-interfaces-with-hydrogen-bonded-organic-semiconductor-hierarchical-nanocrystals
#15
Mykhailo Sytnyk, Marie Jakešová, Monika Litviňuková, Oleksandr Mashkov, Dominik Kriegner, Julian Stangl, Jana Nebesářová, Frank W Fecher, Wolfgang Schöfberger, Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci, Rainer Schindl, Wolfgang Heiss, Eric Daniel Głowacki
Successful formation of electronic interfaces between living cells and semiconductors hinges on being able to obtain an extremely close and high surface-area contact, which preserves both cell viability and semiconductor performance. To accomplish this, we introduce organic semiconductor assemblies consisting of a hierarchical arrangement of nanocrystals. These are synthesised via a colloidal chemical route that transforms the nontoxic commercial pigment quinacridone into various biomimetic three-dimensional arrangements of nanocrystals...
July 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733614/raman-evidence-for-pressure-induced-formation-of-diamondene
#16
Luiz Gustavo Pimenta Martins, Matheus J S Matos, Alexandre R Paschoal, Paulo T C Freire, Nadia F Andrade, Acrísio L Aguiar, Jing Kong, Bernardo R A Neves, Alan B de Oliveira, Mário S C Mazzoni, Antonio G Souza Filho, Luiz Gustavo Cançado
Despite the advanced stage of diamond thin-film technology, with applications ranging from superconductivity to biosensing, the realization of a stable and atomically thick two-dimensional diamond material, named here as diamondene, is still forthcoming. Adding to the outstanding properties of its bulk and thin-film counterparts, diamondene is predicted to be a ferromagnetic semiconductor with spin polarized bands. Here, we provide spectroscopic evidence for the formation of diamondene by performing Raman spectroscopy of double-layer graphene under high pressure...
July 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733603/sediment-transport-drives-tidewater-glacier-periodicity
#17
Douglas Brinkerhoff, Martin Truffer, Andy Aschwanden
Most of Earth's glaciers are retreating, but some tidewater glaciers are advancing despite increasing temperatures and contrary to their neighbors. This can be explained by the coupling of ice and sediment dynamics: a shoal forms at the glacier terminus, reducing ice discharge and causing advance towards an unstable configuration followed by abrupt retreat, in a process known as the tidewater glacier cycle. Here we use a numerical model calibrated with observations to show that interactions between ice flow, glacial erosion, and sediment transport drive these cycles, which occur independent of climate variations...
July 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733580/implementing-a-universal-gate-set-on-a-logical-qubit-encoded-in-an-oscillator
#18
Reinier W Heeres, Philip Reinhold, Nissim Ofek, Luigi Frunzio, Liang Jiang, Michel H Devoret, Robert J Schoelkopf
A logical qubit is a two-dimensional subspace of a higher dimensional system, chosen such that it is possible to detect and correct the occurrence of certain errors. Manipulation of the encoded information generally requires arbitrary and precise control over the entire system. Whether based on multiple physical qubits or larger dimensional modes such as oscillators, the individual elements in realistic devices will always have residual interactions, which must be accounted for when designing logical operations...
July 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731029/nrp2-is-sufficient-to-instruct-circuit-formation-of-mitral-cells-to-mediate-odour-induced-attractive-social-responses
#19
Kasumi Inokuchi, Fumiaki Imamura, Haruki Takeuchi, Ryang Kim, Hiroyuki Okuno, Hirofumi Nishizumi, Haruhiko Bito, Takefumi Kikusui, Hitoshi Sakano
Odour information induces various innate responses that are critical to the survival of the individual and for the species. An axon guidance molecule, Neuropilin 2 (Nrp2), is known to mediate targeting of olfactory sensory neurons (primary neurons), to the posteroventral main olfactory bulb (PV MOB) in mice. Here we report that Nrp2-positive (Nrp2(+)) mitral cells (MCs, second-order neurons) play crucial roles in transmitting attractive social signals from the PV MOB to the anterior part of medial amygdala (MeA)...
July 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729688/improved-genome-recovery-and-integrated-cell-size-analyses-of-individual-uncultured-microbial-cells-and-viral-particles
#20
Ramunas Stepanauskas, Elizabeth A Fergusson, Joseph Brown, Nicole J Poulton, Ben Tupper, Jessica M Labonté, Eric D Becraft, Julia M Brown, Maria G Pachiadaki, Tadas Povilaitis, Brian P Thompson, Corianna J Mascena, Wendy K Bellows, Arvydas Lubys
Microbial single-cell genomics can be used to provide insights into the metabolic potential, interactions, and evolution of uncultured microorganisms. Here we present WGA-X, a method based on multiple displacement amplification of DNA that utilizes a thermostable mutant of the phi29 polymerase. WGA-X enhances genome recovery from individual microbial cells and viral particles while maintaining ease of use and scalability. The greatest improvements are observed when amplifying high G+C content templates, such as those belonging to the predominant bacteria in agricultural soils...
July 20, 2017: Nature Communications
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