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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341896/luteinizing-hormone-signaling-phosphorylates-and-activates-the-cyclic-gmp-phosphodiesterase-pde5-in-mouse-ovarian-follicles-contributing-an-additional-component-to-the-hormonally-induced-decrease-in-cyclic-gmp-that-reinitiates-meiosis
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Jeremy R Egbert, Siu-Pok Yee, Laurinda A Jaffe
Prior to birth, oocytes within mammalian ovarian follicles initiate meiosis, but then arrest in prophase until puberty, when with each reproductive cycle, one or more follicles are stimulated by luteinizing hormone (LH) to resume meiosis in preparation for fertilization. Within preovulatory follicles, granulosa cells produce high levels of cGMP, which diffuses into the oocyte to maintain meiotic arrest. LH signaling restarts meiosis by rapidly lowering the levels of cGMP in the follicle and oocyte. Part of this decrease is mediated by the dephosphorylation and inactivation the NPR2 guanylyl cyclase in response to LH, but the mechanism for the remainder of the cGMP decrease is unknown...
January 13, 2018: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340870/a-pilot-evaluation-of-the-rapid-response-program-a-home-based-family-therapy
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Laurene Clossey, Steve Simms, Chin Hu, Jeff Hartzell, Phillip Duah, Lynn Daniels
A pilot evaluation study of the implementation of the Rapid Response Program, a program utilizing the ecosystemic structural family therapy model, in a rural area of Pennsylvania was conducted. This approach was implemented in children's mental health to supplant a costly model of care that had not proven to break the cycle of dependency for children with severe behavioral problems and their families. Initial results show that the Rapid Response Program appears to improve problematic family patterns and children's behavioral problems...
January 16, 2018: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340408/expanding-pore-sizes-of-zif-8-derived-nitrogen-doped-microporous-carbon-via-c60-embedding-toward-improved-anode-performance-for-the-lithium-ion-battery
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Jian Guan, Xiongwu Zhong, Xiang Chen, Xianjun Zhu, Panlong Li, Jianhua Wu, Yalin Lu, Yan Yu, Shangfeng Yang
Porous carbon and nanocarbons have been extensively applied as anode materials for high-energy density lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). However, as another representative nanocarbon, fullerenes, such as C60, have been scarcely utilized in LIBs because of their poor electrochemical reversibility. Herein, we designed a novel C60-embedded nitrogen-doped microporous carbon material (denoted as C60@N-MPC), which was derived from a zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) precursor, demonstrating its promising application as a superior anode material for LIB...
January 17, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340211/differences-in-adaptive-dynamics-determine-the-success-of-virus-variants-that-propagate-together
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María Arribas, Jacobo Aguirre, Susanna Manrubia, Ester Lázaro
Virus fitness is a complex parameter that results from the interaction of virus-specific characters (e.g. intracellular growth rate, adsorption rate, virion extracellular stability, and tolerance to mutations) with others that depend on the underlying fitness landscape and the internal structure of the whole population. Individual mutants usually have lower fitness values than the complex population from which they come from. When they are propagated and allowed to attain large population sizes for a sufficiently long time, they approach mutation-selection equilibrium with the concomitant fitness gains...
January 2018: Virus Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339577/a-wearable-pressure-sensor-based-on-ultra-violet-ozone-microstructured-carbon-nanotube-polydimethylsiloxane-arrays-for-electronic-skins
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Guohui Yu, Jingdong Hu, Jianping Tan, Yang Gao, Yongfeng Lu, Fu-Zhen Xuan
Pressure sensors with high performance (e.g., a broad pressure sensing range, high sensitivities, rapid response/relaxation speeds, temperature-stable sensing), as well as a cost-effective and highly efficient fabrication method are highly desired for electronic skins. In this research, a high-performance pressure sensor based on microstructured carbon nanotube/polydimethylsiloxane arrays was fabricated using an ultra-violet/ozone (UV/O3) microengineering technique. The UV/O3 microengineering technique is controllable, cost-effective, and highly efficient since it is conducted at room temperature in an ambient environment...
January 17, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339430/simultaneous-binding-of-multiple-ef-tu-copies-to-translating-ribosomes-in-live-escherichia-coli
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Mainak Mustafi, James C Weisshaar
In bacteria, elongation factor Tu is a translational cofactor that forms ternary complexes with aminoacyl-tRNA (aa-tRNA) and GTP. Binding of a ternary complex to one of four flexible L7/L12 units on the ribosome tethers a charged tRNA in close proximity to the ribosomal A site. Two sequential tests for a match between the aa-tRNA anticodon and the current mRNA codon then follow. Because one elongation cycle can occur in as little as 50 ms and the vast majority of aa-tRNA copies are not cognate with the current mRNA codon, this testing must occur rapidly...
January 16, 2018: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339231/respiratory-patterns-in-field-collected-brown-locust-locustana-pardalina-in-the-gregarious-phase
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Frances D Duncan, Shirley A Hanrahan
In this paper we report on the metabolic rates and respiratory patterns measured from gregarious brown locusts, Locustana pardalina, collected from the Nama Karoo region in South Africa. All five instar hopper stages and adults were collected over a three year period when significant numbers of locust swarms were seen. Flow-through respirometry was used to measure the CO2 emission from individual locusts from all the developmental stages and adults within a week of collection. Carbon dioxide emission scaled hypometrically with mass, 0...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337989/differentially-dimensioned-furrow-formation-by-zygotic-gene-expression-and-the-mbt
#8
Yi Xie, J Todd Blankenship
Despite extensive work on the mechanisms that generate plasma membrane furrows, understanding how cells are able to dynamically regulate furrow dimensions is an unresolved question. Here, we present an in-depth characterization of furrow behaviors and their regulation in vivo during early Drosophila morphogenesis. We show that the deepening in furrow dimensions with successive nuclear cycles is largely due to the introduction of a new, rapid ingression phase (Ingression II). Blocking the midblastula transition (MBT) by suppressing zygotic transcription through pharmacological or genetic means causes the absence of Ingression II, and consequently reduces furrow dimensions...
January 16, 2018: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336976/venus-flytrap-how-an-excitable-carnivorous-plant-works
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REVIEW
Rainer Hedrich, Erwin Neher
The carnivorous plant Dionaea possesses very sensitive mechanoreceptors. Upon contact with prey an action potential is triggered which, via an electrical network - comparable to the nervous system of vertebrates - rapidly closes its bivalved trap. The 'hunting cycle' comprises a constitutively activated mechanism for the rapid capture of prey, followed by a well-orchestrated sequence of activation of genes responsible for tight trap closure, digestion of the prey, and uptake of nutrients. Decisions on the step-by-step activation are based on 'counting' the number of stimulations of sensory organs...
January 11, 2018: Trends in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336071/hierarchical-n-rich-carbon-sponge-with-excellent-cycling-performance-for-lithium-sulfur-battery-at-high-rates
#10
Cheng Wang, Mengmeng Zhen, Juan Wang, Xin Wang
Lithium-sulfur batteries (LSBs) are receiving extensive attention because of their high theoretical energy density. However, practical applications of LSBs are still hindered by the rapid capacity decay and short cycle life, especially at high rates. Herein, a highly N-doped (~13.42 at%) hierarchical carbon sponge (HNCS) having strong chemical adsorptions toward lithium polysulfide was fabricated by a simple sol-gel route followed with carbonization. When using the HCNS as the sulfur host material in cathode and HNCS-coated separator as separator, the battery delivers an excellent cycling stability with high specific capacities of 424/326 mAh g-1, low capacity fading rates of 0...
January 15, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336037/developmental-control-of-hypoxia-during-bud-burst-in-grapevine
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Karlia Meitha, Patricia Agudelo-Romero, Santiago Signorelli, Daniel J Gibbs, John A Considine, Christine H Foyer, Michael J Considine
Dormant or quiescent buds of woody perennials are often dense, and in the case of grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) have a low tissue oxygen status. The precise timing of the decision to resume growth is difficult to predict, but once committed the increase in tissue oxygen status is rapid and developmentally regulated. Here we show that more than a third of the grapevine homologues of widely conserved hypoxia-responsive genes, and nearly a fifth of all grapevine genes possessing a plant hypoxia-responsive promoter element were differentially regulated during bud burst, in apparent harmony with resumption of meristem identity and cell-cycle gene regulation...
January 15, 2018: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335443/elucidating-the-genomic-architecture-of-asian-egfr-mutant-lung-adenocarcinoma-through-multi-region-exome-sequencing
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Rahul Nahar, Weiwei Zhai, Tong Zhang, Angela Takano, Alexis J Khng, Yin Yeng Lee, Xingliang Liu, Chong Hee Lim, Tina P T Koh, Zaw Win Aung, Tony Kiat Hon Lim, Lavanya Veeravalli, Ju Yuan, Audrey S M Teo, Cheryl X Chan, Huay Mei Poh, Ivan M L Chua, Audrey Ann Liew, Dawn Ping Xi Lau, Xue Lin Kwang, Chee Keong Toh, Wan-Teck Lim, Bing Lim, Wai Leong Tam, Eng-Huat Tan, Axel M Hillmer, Daniel S W Tan
EGFR-mutant lung adenocarcinomas (LUAD) display diverse clinical trajectories and are characterized by rapid but short-lived responses to EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). Through sequencing of 79 spatially distinct regions from 16 early stage tumors, we show that despite low mutation burdens, EGFR-mutant Asian LUADs unexpectedly exhibit a complex genomic landscape with frequent and early whole-genome doubling, aneuploidy, and high clonal diversity. Multiple truncal alterations, including TP53 mutations and loss of CDKN2A and RB1, converge on cell cycle dysregulation, with late sector-specific high-amplitude amplifications and deletions that potentially beget drug resistant clones...
January 15, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334481/flexible-and-freestanding-supercapacitor-based-on-nanostructured-poly-m-aminophenol-carbon-nanofiber-hybrid-mats-with-high-energy-and-power-densities
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Arup Choudhury, Baban Dey, Susanta Sinha Mahapatra, Doo-Won Kim, Kap-Seung Yang, Duck J Yang
Nanostructured poly(m-aminophenol) (PmAP) coated freestanding carbon nanofiber (CNF) mats were fabricated through simple in-situ rapid-mixing polymerization of m-aminophenol in presence of CNF mat for flexible solid-state supercapacitors. The surface compositions, morphology and pore structure of the hybrid mats were characterized by using different techniques, e.g., FTIR, Raman, XRD, FE-SEM, TEM and N2 absorption. The results show that the PmAP nanoparticles homogeneously deposited on CNF surfaces and formed a thin flexible hybrid mat, which were directly used to made electrodes for electrochemical analysis without using any binders and conductive additives...
January 15, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333630/efficient-supercapacitor-energy-storage-using-conjugated-microporous-polymer-networks-synthesized-from-buchwald-hartwig-coupling
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Yaozu Liao, Haige Wang, Meifang Zhu, Arne Thomas
Supercapacitors have received increasing interest as energy storage devices due to their rapid charge-discharge rates, high power densities, and high durability. In this work, novel conjugated microporous polymer (CMP) networks are presented for supercapacitor energy storage, namely 3D polyaminoanthraquinone (PAQ) networks synthesized via Buchwald-Hartwig coupling between 2,6-diaminoanthraquinone and aryl bromides. PAQs exhibit surface areas up to 600 m2 g-1 , good dispersibility in polar solvents, and can be processed to flexible electrodes...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333496/improving-the-wait-time-to-consultation-at-the-emergency-department
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Yuzeng Shen, Lin Hui Lee
Prolonged wait times at the emergency department (ED) are associated with increased morbidity and mortality, and decreased patient satisfaction. Reducing wait times at the ED is challenging. The objective of this study is to determine if the implementation of a series of interventions would help decrease the wait time to consultation (WTC) for patients at the ED within 6 months. Interventions include creation of a common board detailing work output, matching manpower to patient arrivals and adopting a team-based model of care...
2018: BMJ Open Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333494/ensuring-adequate-vascular-access-in-patients-with-major-trauma-a-quality-improvement-initiative
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Kevin Verhoeff, Rachelle Saybel, Pamela Mathura, Bonnie Tsang, Vanessa Fawcett, Sandy Widder
Ensuring adequate vascular access in major trauma patients prior to decompensative physiological processes is crucial to patient outcomes. Most protocols suggest achieving two 18-gauge or larger intravenous lines immediately in patients with major trauma. We discuss a quality improvement approach to ensure that >90% of patients with major trauma (as defined by an injury severity score ≥12) at a level one trauma centre receive timely and adequate fluid access. Applying Donabedian principles for process improvement, we used the Alberta Trauma Registry to perform a 4-month chart audit on patients with major trauma at the University of Alberta Hospital...
2018: BMJ Open Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331701/the-use-of-triiodothyronine-t3-in-the-treatment-of-bipolar-depression-a-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
T Parmentier, P Sienaert
BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of treatment options for bipolar depression. The use of triiodothyronine (T3) has been suggested as adjunctive treatment. METHODS: A search on Medline, Limo and ScienceDirect was performed using the search terms bipolar disorder, bipolar depression, treatment resistant, treatment refractory, thyroid hormones, triiodothyronine, T3, acceleration and augmentation. RESULTS: We retrieved three open studies, one comparative study, two double blind and one retrospective chart review...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330649/growth-of-leptospirillum-ferriphilum-in-sulfur-medium-in-co-culture-with-acidithiobacillus-caldus
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Sarah L Smith, D Barrie Johnson
Leptospirillum ferriphilum and Acidithiobacillus caldus are both thermotolerant acidophilic bacteria that frequently co-exist in natural and man-made environments, such as biomining sites. Both are aerobic chemolithotrophs; L. ferriphilum is known only to use ferrous iron as electron donor, while A. caldus can use zero-valent and reduced sulfur, and also hydrogen, as electron donors. It has recently been demonstrated that A. caldus reduces ferric iron to ferrous when grown aerobically on sulfur. Experiments were carried out which demonstrated that this allowed L...
January 12, 2018: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329026/the-interaction-of-pyridoxal-isonicotinoyl-hydrazone-pih-and-salicylaldehyde-isonicotinoyl-hydrazone-sih-with-iron
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Yu-Lin Chen, Xiaole Kong, Yuanyuan Xie, Robert C Hider
The interaction of pyridoxal isonicotinoyl hydrazone (PIH) and salicylaldehyde isonicotinoyl hydrazone (SIH), two important biologically active chelators, with iron has been investigated by spectrophotometric methods. High iron(III) affinity constants were determined for PIH, logβ2=37.0 and SIH, logβ2=37.6. The associated redox potentials of the iron complexes were determined using cyclic voltammetry at pH7.4 as +130mV (vs normal hydrogen electrode, NHE) for PIH and +136mV(vs NHE) for SIH. These redox potentials are much higher than those corresponding to iron chelators in clinical use, namely deferiprone, -620mV; desferasirox, -600mV and desferrioxamine, -468mV...
December 21, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324880/edag-promotes-the-expansion-and-survival-of-human-cd34-cells
#20
Ke Zhao, Wei-Wei Zheng, Xiao-Ming Dong, Rong-Hua Yin, Rui Gao, Xiu Li, Jin-Fang Liu, Yi-Qun Zhan, Miao Yu, Hui Chen, Chang-Hui Ge, Hong-Mei Ning, Xiao-Ming Yang, Chang-Yan Li
EDAG is multifunctional transcriptional regulator primarily expressed in the linloc-kit+Sca-1+ hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) and CD34+ progenitor cells. Previous studies indicate that EDAG is required for maintaining hematopoietic lineage commitment balance. Here using ex vivo culture and HSC transplantation models, we report that EDAG enhances the proliferative potential of human cord blood CD34+ cells, increases survival, prevents cell apoptosis and promotes their repopulating capacity. Moreover, EDAG overexpression induces rapid entry of CD34+ cells into the cell cycle...
2018: PloS One
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