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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445507/various-mutations-compensate-for-a-deleterious-lacz%C3%AE-insert-in-the-replication-enhancer-of-m13-bacteriophage
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Emily M Zygiel, Karen A Noren, Marta A Adamkiewicz, Richard J Aprile, Heather K Bowditch, Christine L Carroll, Maria Abigail S Cerezo, Adelle M Dagher, Courtney R Hebert, Lauren E Hebert, Gloria M Mahame, Stephanie C Milne, Kelly M Silvestri, Sara E Sutherland, Alexandria M Sylvia, Caitlyn N Taveira, David J VanValkenburgh, Christopher J Noren, Marilena Fitzsimons Hall
M13 and other members of the Ff class of filamentous bacteriophages have been extensively employed in myriad applications. The Ph.D. series of phage-displayed peptide libraries were constructed from the M13-based vector M13KE. As a direct descendent of M13mp19, M13KE contains the lacZα insert in the intergenic region between genes IV and II, where it interrupts the replication enhancer of the (+) strand origin. Phage carrying this 816-nucleotide insert are viable, but propagate in E. coli at a reduced rate compared to wild-type M13 phage, presumably due to a replication defect caused by the insert...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443858/multi-state-nonadiabatic-deactivation-mechanism-of-coumarin-revealed-by-ab-initio-on-the-fly-trajectory-surface-hopping-dynamic-simulation
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Yanzhen Gan, Ling Yue, Xugeng Guo, Chaoyuan Zhu, Zexing Cao
An on-the-fly trajectory surface hopping dynamic simulation has been performed for revealing the multi-state nonadiabatic deactivation mechanism of coumarin. The mechanism involves three adiabatic excited states, S3(ππ*Lb), S2(nπ*, ππ*La) and S1(ππ*La, nπ*), and the ground state S0 at the four state-averaged complete active space self-consistent field, SA4-CASSCF(12,10)/6-31G* level of theory. Upon photoexcitation to the third excited state S3(ππ*Lb) in the Franck-Condon region, 80% sampling trajectories decay to the dark S2(nπ*) state within an average of 5 fs via the conical intersection S3(ππ*Lb)/S2(nπ*), while 20% decay to the S2(ππ*La) state within an average of 11 fs via the conical intersection S3(ππ*Lb)/S2(ππ*La)...
April 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443232/a-researcher-s-perspective-on-the-quantity-of-osteosarcoma-in-vitro-studies
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Elisabeth F P Peterse, Thed N van Leeuwen, Anne-Marie Cleton-Jansen
Osteosarcoma is a primary malignant bone tumour, for which no improvement in survival rate has been made since the nineteen seventies. We set out to systemically identify the in vitro studies performed in the past two decades describing potential future therapies. Strikingly, we obtained a total of 5282 PubMed hits on this subject. The amount of publications has increased almost exponentially over the past few years. Studies from Chinese institutes are mainly responsible for this huge increase, accounting for 53% of the publications in 2015...
June 2017: Journal of Bone Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443029/superior-effects-of-eccentric-to-concentric-knee-extensor-resistance-training-on-physical-fitness-insulin-sensitivity-and-lipid-profiles-of-elderly-men
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Trevor Chung-Ching Chen, Wei-Chin Tseng, Guan-Ling Huang, Hsin-Lian Chen, Kuo-Wei Tseng, Kazunori Nosaka
It has been reported that eccentric training of knee extensors is effective for improving blood insulin sensitivity and lipid profiles to a greater extent than concentric training in young women. However, it is not known whether this is also the case for elderly individuals. Thus, the present study tested the hypothesis that eccentric training of the knee extensors would improve physical function and health parameters (e.g., blood lipid profiles) of older adults better than concentric training. Healthy elderly men (60-76 years) were assigned to either eccentric training or concentric training group (n = 13/group), and performed 30-60 eccentric or concentric contractions of knee extensors once a week...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443019/increased-diagnostic-accuracy-of-digital-vs-conventional-clock-drawing-test-for-discrimination-of-patients-in-the-early-course-of-alzheimer-s-disease-from-cognitively-healthy-individuals
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Stephan Müller, Oliver Preische, Petra Heymann, Ulrich Elbing, Christoph Laske
The conventional Clock Drawing Test (cCDT) is a rapid and inexpensive screening tool for detection of moderate and severe dementia. However, its usage is limited due to poor diagnostic accuracy especially in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). The diagnostic value of a newly developed digital Clock Drawing Test (dCDT) was evaluated and compared with the cCDT in 20 patients with early dementia due to AD (eDAT), 30 patients with amnestic MCI (aMCI) and 20 cognitively healthy controls (HCs). Parameters assessed by dCDT were time while transitioning the stylus from one stroke to the next above the surface (i...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442472/functional-and-metabolomic-consequences-of-atp-dependent-potassium-channel-inactivation-in-human-islets
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Changhong Li, Amanda M Ackermann, Kara E Boodhansingh, Tricia R Bhatti, Chengyang Liu, Jonathan Schug, Nicolai Doliba, Bing Han, Karen E Cosgrove, Indraneel Banerjee, Franz M Matschinsky, Itzhak Nissim, Klaus H Kaestner, Ali Naji, N Scott Adzick, Mark J Dunne, Charles A Stanley, Diva D De León
Loss-of-function mutations of β-cell KATP channels cause the most severe form of congenital hyperinsulinism (KATPHI). KATPHI is characterized by fasting and protein-induced hypoglycemia that is unresponsive to medical therapy. For a better understanding of the pathophysiology of KATPHI, we examined cytosolic calcium, insulin secretion, oxygen consumption, and [U-(13)C]glucose metabolism in islets isolated from the pancreases of children with KATPHI who required pancreatectomy. Basal cytosolic calcium ([Ca(2+)] i ) and insulin secretion were higher in KATPHI islets compared to controls...
April 25, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442412/hsccc-separation-and-enantiomeric-distribution-of-key-volatile-constituents-of-piper-claussenianum-miq-c-dc-piperaceae
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André M Marques, Catharina E Fingolo, Maria Auxiliadora C Kaplan
High Speed Countercurrent Chromatography (HSCCC) technique was used for the preparative isolation of the major leishmanicidal compounds from the essential oils of Piper claussenianum species in Brazil. The essential oils from inflorescences of P. claussenianum were analyzed by GC-FID and GC-MS. The enantiomeric ratio of the major constituents of the P. claussenianum essential oils were determined using a Rt-DEXsm chiral capillary column by GC-FID analysis. It was found an enantiomeric excess of (+)-(E)-nerolidol in the leaves, and (+)-linalool and (+)-(E)-nerolidol in the inflorescences essential oil...
April 22, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442110/ethanolic-extracts-of-babandotan-leaves-ageratum-conyzoides-l-prevents-inflammation-and-proteoglycan-degradation-by-inhibiting-tnf-%C3%AE-and-mmp-9-on-osteoarthritis-rats-induced-by-monosodium-iodoacetate
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Anton Bahtiar, Mutiara Nurazizah, Tirza Roselina, Anita Paulina Tambunan, Ade Arsianti
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the effects of Ageratum conyzoides L. on the monosodium iodoacetate induced osteoarthritis rats. METHODS: Thin layer chromatography was performed to analyze the constituents of the babandotan extract leaves. White male Sprague-Dawley rats used in this study were divided into 6 groups: normal control and negative control groups, both given 0.5% carboxymethyl cellulose; the positive control group that was given glucosamine and chondroitin suspension (486 mg/200 g B...
March 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441982/25-hydroxyvitamin-d-biomarkers-of-eosinophilic-inflammation-and-airway-remodeling-in-children-with-newly-diagnosed-untreated-asthma
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Grazyna Sypniewska, Magdalena Krintus, Gabriele Fulgheri, Joanna Siodmiak, Magdalena Kuligowska-Prusinska, Beata Stepien-Jaszowska, Radosława Staszak-Kowalska, Anna Zawadzka-Krajewska, Szymon Kierat, Katarzyna Bergmann, Urszula Demkow
BACKGROUND: Low 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) and asthma development may be related to airway remodeling and eosinophilia. Periostin is proposed as a key molecule that links remodeling and eosinophilic inflammation. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the association of 25(OH)D concentration with periostin, peripheral blood eosinophil counts, and immunoglobulin E (IgE) in children with newly diagnosed asthma. METHODS: The study included 150 children: 110 with atopic asthma and 40 constituted a reference group...
May 1, 2017: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441156/interpreting-lipoproteins-in-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Katriina Nemes, Fredrik Åberg
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The pathophysiologies of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease are closely interlinked and associated with atherogenic dyslipidemia. Liver and cardiovascular disease may silently progress to advanced stages if alarming signs, such as abdominal obesity, elevated fasting and postprandial triglycerides, and low HDL cholesterol are overlooked. We review the metabolic mechanisms in NAFLD at the cellular level in the context of standard clinical lipid measurements...
April 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440630/a-hydrolytically-stable-luminescent-cationic-metal-organic-framework-for-highly-sensitive-and-selective-sensing-of-chromate-anion-in-natural-water-systems
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Wei Liu, Yanlong Wang, Zhuanling Bai, Yuxiang Li, Yaxing Wang, Lanhua Chen, Lin Xu, Juan Diwu, Zhifang Chai, Shuao Wang
The effective detection of chromate anion in aqueous solution is highly desirable due to its high solubility, environmental mobility, carcinogenicity, and bioaccumulation effect. New strategy for precise detection of chromate anion in the presence of large excess of other anions such as Cl-, NO3-, HCO3- in drinking water and natural water systems remains a challenge. Herein, a hydrolytically stable cationic luminescent europium(III) based metal organic framework (MOF) 1 is successfully synthesized and investigated as a luminescent sensor which exhibits instant and selective luminescence quenching property toward CrO42- in aqueous solutions...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439942/assessment-of-motion-of-colonic-contents-in-the-human-colon-using-mri-tagging
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S E Pritchard, J Paul, G Major, L Marciani, P A Gowland, R C Spiller, C L Hoad
BACKGROUND: We have previously reported a non-invasive, semi-automated technique to assess motility of the wall of the ascending colon (AC) using Magnetic Resonance Imaging. This study investigated the feasibility of using a tagged MRI technique to visualize and assess the degree of flow within the human ascending colon in healthy subjects and those suffering from constipation. METHODS: An open-labeled study of 11 subjects with constipation and 11 subjects without bowel disorders was performed...
April 25, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439457/pollinator-diversity-and-reproductive-success-of-epipactis-helleborine-l-crantz-orchidaceae-in-anthropogenic-and-natural-habitats
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Agnieszka Rewicz, Radomir Jaskuła, Tomasz Rewicz, Grzegorz Tończyk
BACKGROUND: Epipactis helleborine is an Eurasian orchid species which prefers woodland environments but it may also spontaneously and successfully colonise human-made artificial and disturbed habitats such as roadsides, town parks and gardens. It is suggested that orchids colonising anthropogenic habitats are characterised by a specific set of features (e.g., large plant size, fast flower production). However, as it is not well known how pollinator diversity and reproductive success of E...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439085/a-high-power-and-fast-charging-li-ion-battery-with-outstanding-cycle-life
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M Agostini, S Brutti, M A Navarra, S Panero, P Reale, A Matic, B Scrosati
Electrochemical energy storage devices based on Li-ion cells currently power almost all electronic devices and power tools. The development of new Li-ion cell configurations by incorporating innovative functional components (electrode materials and electrolyte formulations) will allow to bring this technology beyond mobile electronics and to boost performance largely beyond the state-of-the-art. Here we demonstrate a new full Li-ion cell constituted by a high-potential cathode material, i.e. LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4, a safe nanostructured anode material, i...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439002/reading-a-400-000-year-record-of-earthquake-frequency-for-an-intraplate-fault
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Randolph T Williams, Laurel B Goodwin, Warren D Sharp, Peter S Mozley
Our understanding of the frequency of large earthquakes at timescales longer than instrumental and historical records is based mostly on paleoseismic studies of fast-moving plate-boundary faults. Similar study of intraplate faults has been limited until now, because intraplate earthquake recurrence intervals are generally long (10s to 100s of thousands of years) relative to conventional paleoseismic records determined by trenching. Long-term variations in the earthquake recurrence intervals of intraplate faults therefore are poorly understood...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438524/trajectories-of-mental-health-related-service-use-among-adolescents-with-histories-of-early-externalizing-problems
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Yuko Okado, Emily Ewing, Christina Rowley, Damon E Jones
PURPOSE: To inform efforts to reduce costly service utilization, the present study examined longitudinal trajectories of mental health-related outpatient and residential service use among at-risk youth with a history of early externalizing problems. METHODS: A cohort of 809 children in the Fast Track Project, a multisite longitudinal study of children at risk for conduct disorder, were followed prospectively from kindergarten through 12th grade. They resided in high-risk areas with high rates of poverty, crime, and violence...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438401/a-control-system-for-ultrasound-devices-utilized-for-inactivating-e-coli-in-wastewater
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H Ohrdes, I Ille, J Twiefel, J Wallaschek, R Nogueira, K-H Rosenwinkel
Sonochemical processes applied to wastewater treatment have an influence on the behavior of ultrasonic systems. This is especially due to the load characteristic of the sonochemical process itself and the temperature increase caused by internal damping within the converter. Hence, a controlling device is needed to guarantee the operation in resonance and to keep the vibration amplitude constant. This paper presents a digital control system for the operation of weak to strong damped ultrasonic devices and its application for inactivating Escherichia coli in wastewater...
April 16, 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438374/validity-of-self-assessed-sexual-maturation-against-physician-assessments-and-hormone-levels
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Jorge E Chavarro, Deborah J Watkins, Myriam C Afeiche, Zhenzhen Zhang, Brisa N Sánchez, David Cantonwine, Adriana Mercado-García, Clara Blank-Goldenberg, John D Meeker, Martha María Téllez-Rojo, Karen E Peterson
OBJECTIVE: To compare self-report and physician assessments of sexual maturation against serum hormone markers to evaluate the hypothesis that the validity of self-assessed sexual maturation is underestimated in traditional validation studies. STUDY DESIGN: We adapted a self-assessment instrument that 248 Mexican children and adolescents, aged 8-13 years, completed. The participants were examined by a trained pediatrician and provided fasting blood samples for measurement of reproductive hormones (eg, testosterone, estradiol, sex hormone-binding globulin, inhibin B) and other hormones (eg, C-peptide, insulin-like growth factor 1, leptin, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate) known to change during adolescence...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438365/protein-conformational-dynamics-studied-by-15-n-and-1-h-r1%C3%AF-relaxation-dispersion-application-to-wild-type-and-g53a-ubiquitin-crystals
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Diego F Gauto, Audrey Hessel, Petra Rovó, Vilius Kurauskas, Rasmus Linser, Paul Schanda
Solid-state NMR spectroscopy can provide site-resolved information about protein dynamics over many time scales. Here we combine protein deuteration, fast magic-angle spinning (~45-60kHz) and proton detection to study dynamics of ubiquitin in microcrystals, and in particular a mutant in a region that undergoes microsecond motions in a β-turn region in the wild-type protein. We use (15)N R1ρ relaxation measurements as a function of the radio-frequency (RF) field strength, i.e. relaxation dispersion, to probe how the G53A mutation alters these dynamics...
April 14, 2017: Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438163/enhanced-status-of-inflammation-and-endothelial-activation-in-subjects-with-familial-hypercholesterolaemia-and-their-related-unaffected-family-members-a-case-control-study
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Thuhairah Rahman, Nur Suhana Hamzan, Atiqah Mokhsin, Radzi Rahmat, Zubin Othman Ibrahim, Rafezah Razali, Malathi Thevarajah, Hapizah Nawawi
BACKGROUND: Familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) leads to premature coronary artery diseases (CAD) which pathophysiologically can be measured by inflammation, endothelial activation and oxidative stress status. However, the status of these biomarkers among related unaffected relatives of FH cases and whether FH is an independent predictor of these biomarkers have not been well established. Thus, this study aims to (1) compare the biomarkers of inflammation, endothelial activation and oxidative stress between patients with FH, their related unaffected relatives (RUC) and normolipaemic subjects (NC) (2)determine whether FH is an independent predictor of these biomarkers...
April 24, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
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