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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550768/photochemical-studies-of-cis-ru-bpy-2-4-bzpy-co-pf6-2-and-cis-ru-bpy-2-4-bzpy-cl-pf6-blue-light-induced-nucleobase-binding
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Aurideia P de Sousa, Edinilton M Carvalho, Javier Ellena, Eduardo H S Sousa, Jackson R de Sousa, Luiz G F Lopes, Peter C Ford, Alda K M Holanda
The ruthenium(II) compounds cis-[Ru(bpy)2(4-bzpy)(CO)](PF6)2 (I) and cis-[Ru(bpy)2(4-bzpy)(Cl)](PF6) (II) (4-bzpy=4-benzoylpyridine, bpy=2,2'-bipyridine) were synthesized and characterized by spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques. The crystal structure of II was determined by X-ray diffraction. The photochemical behavior of I in aqueous solution shows that irradiation with ultraviolet light (365nm) releases both CO and 4-bzpy leading to the formation of the cis-[Ru(bpy)2(H2O)2](2+) ion as identified by NMR and electronic spectroscopy...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550764/mechanical-properties-of-crossed-lamellar-structures-in-biological-shells-a-review
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REVIEW
X W Li, H M Ji, W Yang, G P Zhang, D L Chen
The self-fabrication of materials in nature offers an alternate and powerful solution towards the grand challenge of designing advanced structural materials, where strength and toughness are always mutually exclusive. Crossed-lamellar structures are the most common microstructures in mollusks that are composed of aragonites and a small amount of organic materials. Such a distinctive composite structure has a fracture toughness being much higher than that of pure carbonate mineral. These structures exhibiting complex hierarchical microarchitectures that span several sub-level lamellae from microscale down to nanoscale, can be grouped into two types, i...
May 17, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550723/tyrosine-receptor-kinase-b-gene-variants-ntrk2-variants-are-associated-with-depressive-disorders-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Carolina Machado Torres, Marina Siebert, Hugo Bock, Suelen Mandelli Mota, Juliana Unis Castan, Francisco Scornavacca, Luiza Amaral de Castro, Maria Luiza Saraiva-Pereira, Marino Muxfeldt Bianchin
RATIONALE: Psychiatric comorbidities are highly prevalent in epilepsy, adding an important burden to the disease and profoundly affecting the quality of life of these individuals. Patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) are especially at risk to develop depression and several lines of evidence suggest that the association of depression with epilepsy might be related to common biological substrates. In this study, we test whether NTRK2 allele variants are associated with mood disorders or depressive disorders in patients with TLE...
May 24, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550652/a-new-biflavonoid-and-a-new-triterpene-from-the-leaves-of-garcinia-paucinervis-and-their-biological-activities
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CuiCui Jia, Tong Han, Jun Xu, ShengGe Li, YaTing Sun, DaHong Li, ZhanLin Li, HuiMing Hua
A new biflavonoid, paucinervin K (1) and a new triterpene, 23-hydroxy-friedelin (2), together with eleven known compounds 3-13 were isolated from the leaves of Garcinia paucinervis. Their structures, including stereochemistry, were determined by spectroscopic analysis of NMR, MS, IR and ECD calculation and the octant rule. Some of the isolated compounds were tested for antiproliferative, α-glucosidase inhibitory and antioxidant activities in vitro. Compounds 1, 3, 4, 5 and 9 showed moderate preferential antioxidant and hypoglycemic activities...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550295/effects-of-protein-corona-on-iapp-amyloid-aggregation-fibril-remodelling-and-cytotoxicity
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Emily H Pilkington, Yanting Xing, Bo Wang, Aleksandr Kakinen, Miaoyi Wang, Thomas P Davis, Feng Ding, Pu Chun Ke
Aggregation of islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP), a peptide hormone co-synthesized and co-stored with insulin in pancreatic cells and also co-secreted to the circulation, is associated with beta-cell death in type-2 diabetes (T2D). In T2D patients IAPP is found aggregating in the extracellular space of the islets of Langerhans. Although the physiological environments of these intra- and extra-cellular compartments and vascular systems significantly differ, the presence of proteins is ubiquitous but the effects of protein binding on IAPP aggregation are largely unknown...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550123/essential-role-for-histone-deacetylase-11-hdac11-in-neutrophil-biology
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Eva Sahakian, Jie Chen, John J Powers, Xianghong Chen, Kamira Maharaj, Susan L Deng, Maritza Lienlaf, Hong Wei Wang, Fengdong Cheng, Andressa L Sodré, Allison Distler, Limin Xing, Patricio Perez-Villarroel, Sheng Wei, Alejandro Villagra, Ed Seto, Eduardo M Sotomayor, Pedro Horna, Javier Pinilla-Ibarz
Epigenetic changes in chromatin structure have been recently associated with the deregulated expression of critical genes in normal and malignant processes. HDAC11, the newest member of the HDAC family of enzymes, functions as a negative regulator of IL-10 expression in APCs, as previously described by our lab. However, at the present time, its role in other hematopoietic cells, specifically in neutrophils, has not been fully explored. In this report, for the first time, we present a novel physiologic role for HDAC11 as a multifaceted regulator of neutrophils...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550013/an-essential-regulatory-system-originating-from-polygenic-transcriptional-rewiring-of-phop-phoq-of-xanthomonas-campestris
#7
Bao-Yu Peng, Yue Pan, Ru-Jiao Li, Jin-Wei Wei, Fang Liang, Li Wang, Fang-Fang Wang, Wei Qian
How essential, regulatory genes originate and evolve is intriguing because mutations of these genes not only lead to lethality in organisms, but also have pleiotropic effects since they control the expression of multiple downstream genes. Therefore, the evolution of essential, regulatory genes is not only determined by genetic variations of their own sequences, but also by the biological function of downstream genes and molecular mechanisms of regulation. To understand the origin of essential, regulatory genes, experimental dissection of the complete regulatory cascade is needed...
May 26, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549731/clinical-and-sonographic-biomarkers-of-structural-damage-progression-in-ra-patients-in-clinical-remission-a-prospective-study-with-12-months-follow-up
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Julio Ramírez, José Antonio Narváez, Virginia Ruiz-Esquide, Javier Hernández-Gañán, Andrea Cuervo, José Inciarte-Mundo, Maria Victoria Hernández, Miguel Sampayo-Cordero, José Luis Pablos, Raimon Sanmartí, Juan D Cañete
OBJECTIVE: To determine clinical and sonographic biomarkers predicting structural damage progression at 12 months of follow-up as measured by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients in clinical remission. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We included patients with RA in clinical remission, defined as 28-joint disease activity score (DAS28)-erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) <2.6 for >6 months. Ultrasound scans of both hands and knees and MRI of the dominant hand were performed at baseline and at 12 months...
May 1, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549446/-gnparser-a-powerful-parser-for-scientific-names-based-on-parsing-expression-grammar
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Dmitry Y Mozzherin, Alexander A Myltsev, David J Patterson
BACKGROUND: Scientific names in biology act as universal links. They allow us to cross-reference information about organisms globally. However variations in spelling of scientific names greatly diminish their ability to interconnect data. Such variations may include abbreviations, annotations, misspellings, etc. Authorship is a part of a scientific name and may also differ significantly. To match all possible variations of a name we need to divide them into their elements and classify each element according to its role...
May 26, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549334/molecular-insight-into-specific-14-3-3-modulators-inhibitors-and-stabilisers-of-protein-protein-interactions-of-14-3-3
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Alwin M Hartman, Anna K H Hirsch
The 14-3-3 protein family is implicated in several diseases and biological processes. Several recent reviews have summarised knowledge on certain aspects of 14-3-3 proteins, ranging from a historic overview to the structure, function and regulation. This review focuses on the structures and molecular recognition of the modulators by the 14-3-3 proteins, and small modifications of certain modulators are proposed where cocrystal structures have been reported. Our analysis opens up possibilities for the optimisation of the reported compounds...
April 24, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549325/graphene-oxide-in-the-water-environment-could-affect-tetracycline-antibiotic-resistance
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Mei-Ting Guo, Guo-Sheng Zhang
In recent years, the influence of new materials like nanoparticles in the water environment on biological substances has been widely studied. Antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) represent a new type of pollutant in the environment. Graphene oxide (GO), as a nano material, because of its unique structure, may have an impact on antibiotic resistance bacteria (ARB) and ARGs; however the research in this area is rarely reported. Therefore, this study mainly investigated the effects of GO on bacterial antibiotic resistance...
May 3, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549250/the-clinical-communication-and-information-challenges-associated-with-the-psychosexual-aspects-of-prostate-cancer-treatment
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Susan A Speer, Samantha R Tucker, Rebecca McPhillips, Sarah Peters
RATIONALE: Prostate cancer and its treatment have significant sexual side effects that necessitate timely patient information and open communication with healthcare professionals. However, very little is known about men's experiences of talking to clinicians about the psychosexual difficulties associated with the disease. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to advance understanding of men's perceptions of the communication and information challenges associated with the psychosexual aspects of prostate cancer and its treatment...
May 18, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548903/microenvironment-of-a-tumor-organoid-system-enhances-hepatocellular-carcinoma-malignancy-related-hallmarks
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Yang Wang, Kazuki Takeishi, Zhao Li, Eduardo Cervantes-Alvarez, Alexandra Collin de l'Hortet, Jorge Guzman-Lepe, Xiao Cui, Jiye Zhu
Organ-like microenviroment and 3-dimensional (3D) cell culture conformations have been suggested as promising approaches to mimic in a micro-scale a whole organ cellular functions and interactions present in vivo. We have used this approach to examine biologic features of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells. In this study, we demonstrate that hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells, fibroblasts, endothelial cells and extracellular matrix can generate organoid-like spheroids that enhanced numerous features of human HCC observed in vivo...
May 26, 2017: Organogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548882/finding-conducting-and-nurturing-science-a-virologist-s-memoir
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Anna Marie Ann Skalka Skalka
My laboratory investigations have been driven by an abiding interest in understanding the consequences of genetic rearrangement in evolution and disease, and in using viruses to elucidate fundamental mechanisms in biology. Starting with bacteriophages and moving to the retroviruses, my use of the tools of genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and biophysics has spanned more than half a century-from the time when DNA structure was just discovered to the present day of big data and epigenetics. Both riding and contributing to the successive waves of technology, my laboratory has elucidated fundamental mechanisms in DNA replication, repair, and recombination...
May 26, 2017: Annual Review of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548863/visible-light-promoted-synthesis-of-indoles-by-single-photosensitizer-under-aerobic-conditions
#15
Wen-Qiang Liu, Tao Lei, Zi-Qi Song, Xiu-Long Yang, Cheng-Juan Wu, Xin Jiang, Bin Chen, Chen-Ho Tung, Li-Zhu Wu
The construction of substituted indole skeletons is always an important concern of synthetic chemists because of its prevalent structure found in natural products and biological molecules. Here, we succeeded in preparing indoles and their derivatives from a wide variety of simple enamines via radical cyclization only with catalytic amounts of an iridium(III) photosensitizer (PS) in DMSO solution under air atmosphere. The mechanistic investigation suggests that the reaction involves a radical course to accomplish the conversion of enamines to indoles under visible light irradiation...
May 26, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548849/de-risking-the-cu-mediated-18f-fluorination-of-heterocyclic-pet-radioligands
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Nicholas Taylor, Enrico Emer, Sean Preshlock, Michael Schedler, Matthew Tredwell, Stefan Verhoog, Joël Mercier, Christophe Genicot, Veronique Emilie Gouverneur
Molecules labeled with fluorine 18 (18F) are used in positron emission tomography to visualize, characterize and measure biological processes in the body. Despite recent advances in the incorporation of 18F onto arenes, the development of general and efficient approaches to label radioligands necessary for drug discovery programs remains a significant task. This full account describes a de-risking approach towards the radiosynthesis of heterocyclic PET radioligands using the copper-mediated 18F fluorination of aryl boron reagents with 18F-fluoride as a model reaction...
May 26, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548838/synthesis-of-defined-and-functionalized-glycans-of-lipoteichoic-acid-a-cell-surface-polysaccharide-from-clostridium-difficile
#17
Kang Yu, Ningning Bi, Chenghe Xiong, Shuihong Cai, Zhongzhu Long, Zhongwu Guo, Guofeng Gu
Two structurally defined, functionalized glycans of lipoteichoic acid (LTA, also known as PS-III) from C. difficile, which have one or two repeating units of LTA linked to the core trisaccharide, were efficiently synthesized via a convergent [2 + 3] or [2 + 2 + 3] strategy. The α-linkage of both N-acetylglucosamine residues in the repeating unit were constructed with glycosyl imidates of azidosugars as donors, while the phosphodiester bridges between the oligosaccharides were fashioned using H-phosphonate chemistry...
May 26, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548545/mild-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-why-spirometry-is-not-sufficient
#18
Amany F Elbehairy, Grace Parraga, Katherine A Webb, J Alberto Neder, Denis E O'Donnell
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) - an inflammatory disease of the airways, alveoli and lung microvasculature - is a leading cause of death worldwide. Smokers with milder airway obstruction constitute the majority of patients with this disease. Many studies have shown increased morbidity, activity-related dyspnea, exercise intolerance and mortality in such patients, compared with age-matched healthy populations. Clinical evaluation of symptomatic smokers with ostensibly mild airway obstruction poses a challenge in clinical practice as spirometry can obscure extensive heterogeneous pathophysiological impairment...
May 26, 2017: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547895/review-of-flexible-temperature-sensing-networks-for-wearable-physiological-monitoring
#19
REVIEW
Qiao Li, Li-Na Zhang, Xiao-Ming Tao, Xin Ding
Physiological temperature varies temporally and spatially. Accurate and real-time detection of localized temperature changes in biological tissues regardless of large deformation is crucial to understand thermal principle of homeostasis, to assess sophisticated health conditions, and further to offer possibilities of building a smart healthcare and medical system. Additionally, continuous temperature mapping in flexible and stretchable formats opens up many other potential areas, such as artificially electronic skins and reflection of emotional changes...
May 26, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547827/digital-dissection-of-the-model-organism-xenopus-laevis-using-contrast-enhanced-computed-tomography
#20
Laura B Porro, Christopher T Richards
The African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis, is one of the most widely used model organisms in biological research. However, the most recent anatomical description of X. laevis was produced nearly a century ago. Compared with other anurans, pipid frogs - including X. laevis - exhibit numerous unusual morphological features; thus, anatomical descriptions of more 'typical' frogs do not detail many aspects of X. laevis skeletal and soft-tissue morphology. The relatively new method of using iodine-based agents to stain soft tissues prior to high-resolution X-ray imaging has several advantages over gross dissection, such as enabling dissection of very small and fragile specimens, and preserving the three-dimensional topology of anatomical structures...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
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