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Zhulan Gu, Shumin Li, Zhiping Xiong, Hui Xu, Fei Gao, Yukou Du
Bimetallic nanocatalysts with small particle size benefit from markedly enhanced electrocatalytic activity and stability during small molecule oxidation. Herein, we report a facile method to synthesize binary Pt-Ru nanoparticles dispersed on a carbon support at an optimum temperature. Because of its monodispersed nanostructure, synergistic effects were observed between Pt and Ru and the PtRu/C electrocatalysts showed remarkably enhanced electrocatalytic activity towards ethanol oxidation. The peak current density of the Pt1 Ru1 /C electrocatalyst is 3731 mA mg-1 , which is 9...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Xiao-Yang Dong, Zhen Feng
Orexins, produced in the lateral hypothalamus, are important neuropeptides that participate in the sleep/wake cycle, and their expression coincides with the projection area of the vagus nerve in the brain. Vagus nerve stimulation has been shown to decrease the amounts of daytime sleep and rapid eye movement in epilepsy patients with traumatic brain injury. In the present study, we investigated whether vagus nerve stimulation promotes wakefulness and affects orexin expression. A rat model of traumatic brain injury was established using the free fall drop method...
February 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
Zhejia Zhang, Xinying Li, Qian Xiao, Zhiming Wang
Thyroid cancer is the most frequently occurring type of endocrine tumor, with a rapidly increasing incidence rate. MicroRNA (miR)-574-5p is a candidate oncogene in various types of cancer. The present study identified that miR-574-5p affected the cell cycle distribution and apoptosis of BCPAP and FTC133 thyroid cancer cells via β-catenin/Wnt signaling by targeting Quaking proteins (QKIs). An MTT assay demonstrated that the knockdown of miR-574-5p suppressed the proliferation of the thyroid cancer cells. Fluorescence-activated cell sorting analysis demonstrated that the inhibition of miR-574-5p induced the G1 /S phase arrest and apoptosis of the cells...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Nathaniel E Kallmyer, Joseph Musielwicz, Joel Sutter, Nigel Forest Reuel
Hydrolytic enzymes are a topic of continual study and improvement due to their industrial impact and biological implications; however, the ability to measure the activity of these enzymes, especially in high-throughput assays, is limited to an established, few enzymes and often involves the measurement of secondary byproducts or the design of a complex degradation probe. Herein, a versatile single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT)-based biosensor that is straightforward to produce and measure is described. The hydrolytic enzyme substrate is rendered as an amphiphilic polymer which is then used to solubilize the hydrophobic nanotubes...
March 20, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Julia R Schneider, Deborah R Shatzkes, Stephen C Scharf, Tristan M Tham, Kay O Kulason, François-Alexandre Buteau, Michela Del Prete, Shamik Chakraborty, Todd A Anderson, Saeed Asiry, Jean-Mathieu Beauregard, David J Langer, Peter D Costantino, John A Boockvar
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE: Olfactory neuroblastoma, also known as esthesioneuroblastoma (ENB), is a malignant neoplasm with an unpredictable behavior. Currently, the widely accepted treatment is inductive chemotherapy, with or without surgery, followed by radiotherapy. Since data on genetics and molecular alterations of ENB are lacking, there is no standard molecularly targeted therapy. However, ENB commonly expresses the somatostatin receptor (SSTR) that is also expressed by neuroendocrine tumors...
March 14, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Renee Wei-Yan Chow, Paola Lamperti, Emily Steed, Francesco Boselli, Julien Vermot
During embryogenesis, cells undergo dynamic changes in cell behavior, and deciphering the cellular logic behind these changes is a fundamental goal in the field of developmental biology. The discovery and development of photoconvertible proteins have greatly aided our understanding of these dynamic changes by providing a method to optically highlight cells and tissues. However, while photoconversion, time-lapse microscopy, and subsequent image analysis have proven to be very successful in uncovering cellular dynamics in organs such as the brain or the eye, this approach is generally not used in the developing heart due to challenges posed by the rapid movement of the heart during the cardiac cycle...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Lisa N Chesner, Colin Campbell
The purpose of this method is to provide a flexible, rapid, and quantitative technique to examine the kinetics of DNA-protein crosslink (DPC) repair in mammalian cell lines. Rather than globally assaying removal of xenobiotic-induced or spontaneous chromosomal DPC removal, this assay examines the repair of a homogeneous, chemically defined lesion specifically introduced at one site within a plasmid DNA substrate. Importantly, this approach avoids the use of radioactive materials and is not dependent on expensive or highly-specialized technology...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Andrej Steyer, Tilen Konte, Martin Sagadin, Marko Kolenc, Andrej Škoberne, Julija Germ, Tadeja Dovč-Drnovšek, Miha Arnol, Mateja Poljšak-Prijatelj
Noroviruses are the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis, and they can affect humans of all age groups. In immunocompromised patients, norovirus infections can develop into chronic diarrhea or show prolonged asymptomatic virus shedding. Chronic norovirus infections are frequently reported for solid organ transplant recipients, with rapid intrahost norovirus evolution seen. In this report, we describe a case of chronic norovirus infection in an immunocompromised patient who was followed up for over 5 years...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
S Haider, C Stoffel, A M Dude
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To describe contraceptive method use by adolescent women in the six months following any pregnancy. DESIGN: We conducted a secondary analysis of the 2011-13 and 2013-15 cycles of the National Survey of Family Growth. SETTING: This survey is a nationally - representative population - based survey of reproductive aged women in the United States. PARTICIPANTS: The sample included respondents who had at least one pregnancy that ended both within the contraceptive calendar period and before the month of the respondent's twentieth birthday...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
S S Chung, J S Zheng, S R Burket, B W Brooks
Though antibiotic resistance (ABR) represents a major global health threat, contributions of landfill leachate to the life cycle of antibiotics and ABR development are poorly understood in rapidly urbanizing regions of developing countries. We selected one of the largest active landfills in Asia and two landfills that have been closed for 20 years to examine antibiotic occurrences in leachates and associated hazards during wet and dry season sampling events. We focused on some of the most commonly used human antibiotics in Hong Kong, one of the most populous Asian cities and the fourth most densely populated cities in the world...
March 15, 2018: Environment International
Fevzi F Yalniz, Mohammad H Murad, Stephanie J Lee, Steven Z Pavletic, Nandita Khera, Nilay D Shah, Shahrukh K Hashmi
Given the increasing incidence of cGVHD and its rapidly escalating costs due to many lines of drug treatments, we aimed to perform a meta-analysis to assess the comparative effectiveness of various treatment options. Using these results, we then conducted a cost effectiveness analysis (CEA) for the frequently utilized agents in SR-cGVHD. We searched for studies examining tacrolimus, sirolimus, rituximab, ruxolitinib, hydroxychloroquine, imatinib, bortezomib, ibrutinib, extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP), pomalidomide and methotrexate...
March 14, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Nelly Flores, Farbod Sharif, Nael Yasri, Enric Brillas, Ignasi Sirés, Edward P L Roberts
This work compares the ability of physical and chemical treatments, namely adsorption and electrochemical advanced oxidation processes, to remove tyrosol from aqueous medium. Adsorption on graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) performed much better than that with a graphite intercalation compound. Adsorption isotherms were found to follow the Freundlich model (R2  = 0.96), which is characteristic of a chemisorption process. Successful electrochemical regeneration enables 5 successive adsorption/regeneration cycles before corrosion of GNPs occurs...
March 7, 2018: Chemosphere
Zhongxue Dai, Huiyuan Zhou, Shangjie Zhang, Honglian Gu, Qiao Yang, Wenming Zhang, Weiliang Dong, Jiangfeng Ma, Yan Fang, Min Jiang, Fengxue Xin
Malic acid (2-hydroxybutanedioic acid) is a four-carbon dicarboxylic acid, which has attracted great interest due to its wide usage as a precursor of many industrially important chemicals in the food, chemicals, and pharmaceutical industries. Several mature routes for malic acid production have been developed, such as chemical synthesis, enzymatic conversion and biological fermentation. With depletion of fossil fuels and concerns regarding environmental issues, biological production of malic acid has attracted more attention, which mainly consists of three pathways, namely non-oxidative pathway, oxidative pathway and glyoxylate cycle...
March 9, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Jeliazko R Jeliazkov, Adnan Sljoka, Daisuke Kuroda, Nobuyuki Tsuchimura, Naoki Katoh, Kouhei Tsumoto, Jeffrey J Gray
Antibodies can rapidly evolve in specific response to antigens. Affinity maturation drives this evolution through cycles of mutation and selection leading to enhanced antibody specificity and affinity. Elucidating the biophysical mechanisms that underlie affinity maturation is fundamental to understanding B-cell immunity. An emergent hypothesis is that affinity maturation reduces the conformational flexibility of the antibody's antigen-binding paratope to minimize entropic losses incurred upon binding. In recent years, computational and experimental approaches have tested this hypothesis on a small number of antibodies, often observing a decrease in the flexibility of the complementarity determining region (CDR) loops that typically comprise the paratope and in particular the CDR-H3 loop, which contributes a plurality of antigen contacts...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Arannadia Barbosa Silva, Karen Medeiros Cardoso, Stefan Vilges de Oliveira, Raylene Medeiros Ferreira Costa, Geane Oliveira, Marinete Amorim, Leucio Câmara Alves, Maria Fernanda Melo Monteiro, Gilberto Salles Gazeta
In Brazil, active infections of Rickettsia spp. is confirmed in all regions, involving various species of ticks. During investigation of a new focus of Spotted Fever (SF) incidence in the state of Pernambuco, northeastern Brazil, tick species Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato (Latreille), and Amblyomma pseudoconcolor were collected from one Canis familiaris and four Dasypus novemcinctus, respectively, and analized for the presence of rickettsial genes. Ten A. pseudoconcolor ticks (90.9%) were found to be infected with Rickettsia, whereas no evidence of Rickettsia spp...
March 12, 2018: Acta Tropica
Carmen Scheibenbogen, Madlen Loebel, Helma Freitag, Anne Krueger, Sandra Bauer, Michaela Antelmann, Wolfram Doehner, Nadja Scherbakov, Harald Heidecke, Petra Reinke, Hans-Dieter Volk, Patricia Grabowski
INTRODUCTION: Infection-triggered disease onset, chronic immune activation and autonomic dysregulation in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) point to an autoimmune disease directed against neurotransmitter receptors. We had observed elevated autoantibodies against ß2 adrenergic receptors, and muscarinic 3 and 4 acetylcholine receptors in a subset of patients. Immunoadsorption (IA) was shown to be effective in removing autoantibodies and improve outcome in various autoimmune diseases...
2018: PloS One
Dilyana Filipova, Margit Henry, Tamara Rotshteyn, Anna Brunn, Mariana Carstov, Martina Deckert, Jürgen Hescheler, Agapios Sachinidis, Gabriele Pfitzer, Symeon Papadopoulos
In skeletal muscle the coordinated actions of two mechanically coupled Ca2+ channels-the 1,4-dihydropyridine receptor (Cav1.1) and the type 1 ryanodine receptor (RYR1)-underlie the molecular mechanism of rapid cytosolic [Ca2+] increase leading to contraction. While both [Ca2+]i and contractile activity have been implicated in the regulation of myogenesis, less is known about potential specific roles of Cav1.1 and RYR1 in skeletal muscle development. In this study, we analyzed the histology and the transcriptomic changes occurring at E14...
2018: PloS One
Michael Hart
Daytime use of adaptive optics (AO) at large telescopes is hampered by shot noise from the bright sky background. Wave-front sensing may use a sodium laser guide star observed through a magneto-optical filter to suppress the background, but the laser beacon is not sensitive to overall image motion. To estimate that, laser-guided AO systems generally rely on light from the object itself, collected through the full aperture of the telescope. Daylight sets a lower limit to the brightness of an object that may be tracked at rates sufficient to overcome the image jitter...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Ina Schlathölter, Melanie Jänsch, Henryk Flachowsky, Giovanni Antonio Lodovico Broggini, Magda-Viola Hanke, Andrea Patocchi
The approach presented here can be applied to reduce the time needed to introduce traits from wild apples into null segregant advanced selections by one-fourth. Interesting traits like resistances to pathogens are often found within the wild apple gene pool. However, the long juvenile phase of apple seedlings hampers the rapid introduction of these traits into new cultivars. The rapid crop cycle breeding approach used in this paper is based on the overexpression of the birch (Betula pendula) MADS4 transcription factor in apple...
March 14, 2018: Planta
Irene Ortega Blázquez, María J Grande Burgos, Rubén Pérez-Pulido, Antonio Gálvez, Rosario Lucas
The aim of this study was to determine the impact of activated plastic films with thymol and enterocin AS-48 and high-hydrostatic pressure (HP) treatment on the bacterial load and bacterial diversity of vacuum-packaged sea bream fillets under refrigerated storage for 10 days. The activated film and the HP treatment reduced aerobic mesophiles viable counts by 1.46 and 2.36 log cycles, respectively, while the combined treatment achieved a reduction of 4.13 log cycles. HP and combined treatments resulted in longer delays in bacterial growth...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
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