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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092805/circumstantial-evidence-of-life-history-events-in-loricate-choanoflagellates
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Helge Abildhauge Thomsen, Jette Buch Østergaard
Sex is found in all major eukaryotic groups of organisms. It has been known for some time that the choanoflagellates also possess the genes involved in meiosis and a full sexual cycle was also recently accounted for in Salpingoeca rosetta. With reference to the loricate choanoflagellates the current status is that only circumstantial evidence, from wild material of Bicosta spinifera, exists in favour of documenting division patterns that go beyond plain asexual division, and that has the potential to represent stages in a sexual life cycle...
December 27, 2016: European Journal of Protistology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092802/signal-and-binding-i-physico-chemical-response-to-macromolecule-ligand-interactions
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REVIEW
Wlodzimierz Bujalowski, Maria J Jezewska, Paul J Bujalowski
Obtaining a detailed knowledge about energetics of ligand-macromolecule interactions is a prerequisite for elucidation of the nature, behavior, and activities of the formed complexes. The most commonly used methods in characterizing molecular interactions are physico-chemical techniques based mainly on spectroscopic, calorimetric, hydrodynamic, etc., measurements. The major advantage of the physico-chemical methods is that they do not require large quantities of material and, if performed carefully, do not perturb examined reactions...
January 3, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092712/-global-bioethics-and-biocultural-ethics
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Ricardo Rozzi
The biocultural ethic recovers an understanding of the vital links between the life habits of the coinhabitants (humans and other-than-human) that share a habitat. The ″3Hs″ formal framework of the biocultural ethics provides a conceptual and methodological tool to understand and to better manage complex eco-social or biocultural systems in heterogeneous regions of the planet. From the global bioethics originally proposed by V.R. Potter, the integration of theory and praxis promoted by Alfredo Pradenas in the Bioethics Society of Chile, and the conceptual framework of biocultural ethics (including traditions of philosophical thought, scientific and Amerindians), I develop a comparative analysis of: 1...
September 2016: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092675/unbalancing-p53-mdm2-igf-1r-axis-by-mdm2-activation-restrains-the-igf-1-dependent-invasive-phenotype-of-skin-melanoma
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C Worrall, N Suleymanova, C Crudden, I Trocoli Drakensjö, E Candrea, D Nedelcu, S-I Takahashi, L Girnita, A Girnita
Melanoma tumors usually retain wild-type p53; however, its tumor-suppressor activity is functionally disabled, most commonly through an inactivating interaction with mouse double-minute 2 homolog (Mdm2), indicating p53 release from this complex as a potential therapeutic approach. P53 and the tumor-promoter insulin-like growth factor type 1 receptor (IGF-1R) compete as substrates for the E3 ubiquitin ligase Mdm2, making their relative abundance intricately linked. Hence we investigated the effects of pharmacological Mdm2 release from the Mdm2/p53 complex on the expression and function of the IGF-1R...
January 16, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092555/progressive-shape-distribution-encoder-for-3d-shape-retrieval
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Jin Xie, Fan Zhu, Guoxian Dai, Ling Shao, Yi Fang
Since there are complex geometric variations with 3D shapes, extracting efficient 3D shape features is one of the most challenging tasks in shape matching and retrieval. In this paper, we propose a deep shape descriptor by learning shape distributions at different diffusion time via a progressive shape-distribution-encoder (PSDE). First, we develop a shape distribution representation with the kernel density estimator to characterize the intrinsic geometry structures of 3D shapes. Then, we propose to learn a deep shape feature through an unsupervised PSDE...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092504/wall-shear-rate-measurement-validation-of-a-new-method-through-multiphysics-simulations
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Stefano Ricci, Abigail Swillens, Alessandro Ramalli, Patrick Segers, Piero Tortoli
Wall shear stress is known to affect the vessel endothelial function and to be related to important pathologies like the development of atherosclerosis. It is defined as the product of the blood viscosity by the blood velocity gradient at the wall position, i.e., the wall shear rate (WSR). The WSR measurement is particularly challenging in important cardiovascular sites, like the carotid bifurcation, because of the related complex flow configurations characterized by high spatial and temporal gradients, wall movement, and clutter noise...
January 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092502/capacity-evaluation-of-a-quantum-based-channel-in-a-biological-context
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Valeria Loscri, Anna Maria Vegni
Nanotechnology, as enabler of the miniaturization of devices in a scale ranging from 1 to few hundreds of nm , represents a viable solution for " alternative" communication paradigms that could be effective in complex networked systems, as body area networks. Traditional communication paradigms are not effective in the context of joint body and nano-networked systems, for several reasons, and then novel approaches have been investigated such as nanomechanical, electromagnetic, acoustic, molecular, etc. On the other hand, quantum phenomena represent a natural direction for developing nanotechnology, since it has to be considered as a new scale where new phenomena can occur and can be exploited for information purpose...
December 2016: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092423/-1-h-qnmr-quantification-of-annonaceous-acetogenins-in-crude-extracts-of-annona-muricata-l-fruit-pulp
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Natacha Bonneau, Timothé Cynober, Jean-Christophe Jullian, Pierre Champy
INTRODUCTION: Annonaceous acetogenins (AAGs) constitute a group of environmental neurotoxins, possibly implicated in sporadic atypical Parkinsonism/dementia complexes. The recent evidencing of complex mixtures of AAGs in edible fruits and derived food products requires efficient and practical analytical tools for an estimation of human exposure. OBJECTIVE: To develop a simple method for the direct quantitation of the majority of AAGs (sub-types 1a and 1b) within crude extracts, using commonly available (1) H-NMR spectrometers, for food control...
January 16, 2017: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092133/why-are-dithienylethene-linked-biscobaltocenes-so-hard-to-photoswitch
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Jürgen Heck, Alejandra Escribano, Torben Steenbock, Carmen Herrmann, Conrad Stork
Attaching an organometallic unit to a dithienylethene (DTE) molecular switch can allow to vary its switching and spectroscopic properties, and to create switchable magnetic properties. In this work, two different dithienylethene molecular switches were used as a bridge between two cobalt sandwich units. The only difference between the switching cores was in the size of the cycloalkene ring connecting both thiophene rings. The complexes present different oxidation states for the cobalt atoms, which were demonstrated to determine the switching reaction...
January 16, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092063/appropriate-use-of-progesterone-to-prevent-preterm-birth-approaches-to-measurement-for-driving-improvement
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Priya Batra, Ashley Hirai, Sabrina Selk, Vanessa Lee, Michael Lu
Introduction Despite strong evidence supporting the benefit of 17-alpha hydroxyprogesterone caproate (17P) in preventing recurrent preterm birth, this treatment still does not reach most eligible patients. This study sought to identify approaches to measuring the appropriate use of 17P, with the goal of helping health systems better monitor and improve the implementation of this intervention. Methods Semi-structured telephone interviews were used to gather data on measures for 17P use being developed and implemented by state team members participating in the Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (IM CoIIN)-a national quality improvement initiative...
January 16, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092030/proteomic-clustering-analysis-of-sh2-domain-datasets
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Karl Jablonowski
Proteomic clustering analysis provides a means of identifying relationships and visualizing those relationships in an extremely complex field of study with many interacting parts. With recent high-throughput studies of Src Homology 2 (SH2) domains, many and varied datasets are being amassed. A strategy for analyzing patterns between these large datasets is required to transform the information into knowledge. The methods for creating neighbor-joining phylogenetic trees, pairs scatter plots, and two-dimensional hierarchical clustering heatmaps are just a few of the diverse methods available to a proteomic researcher...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091883/ground-penetrating-radar-gpr-responses-for-sub-surface-salt-contamination-and-solid-waste-modeling-and-controlled-lysimeter-studies
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Y N S Wijewardana, A T Shilpadi, M I M Mowjood, K Kawamoto, L W Galagedara
The assessment of polluted areas and municipal solid waste (MSW) sites using non-destructive geophysical methods is timely and much needed in the field of environmental monitoring and management. The objectives of this study are (i) to evaluate the ground-penetrating radar (GPR) wave responses as a result of different electrical conductivity (EC) in groundwater and (ii) to conduct MSW stratification using a controlled lysimeter and modeling approach. A GPR wave simulation was carried out using GprMax2D software, and the field test was done on two lysimeters that were filled with sand (Lysimeter-1) and MSW (Lysimeter-2)...
February 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091862/the-role-of-adolescent-friendship-group-integration-and-cohesion-in-weapon-related-violent-crime-as-a-young-adult
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Marlon P Mundt, Olena P Antonaccio, Michael T French, Larissa I Zakletskaia
Weapon-related violent crime is a serious, complex, and multifaceted public health problem. The present study uses data from Waves I and III of Add Health (n = 10,482, 54% female) to examine how friendship group integration and cohesion in adolescence (ages 12-19) is associated with weapon-related criminal activity as a young adult (ages 18-26). Results indicate that greater cohesion in friendship groups is associated with significantly lower weapon-related criminal activity in young adulthood. In addition, for adolescent girls, a greater number of close friendship ties-an indicator of friendship group integration-is associated with less weapon-related criminal activity in young adulthood...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Youth and Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091654/cisplatin-and-valproate-released-from-the-bifunctional-pt-iv-cl2-nh3-2-valproato-2-antitumor-prodrug-or-from-liposome-formulations-who-does-what
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M Ravera, E Gabano, I Zanellato, A Gallina, E Perin, A Arrais, S Cantamessa, D Osella
The cisplatin-sensitive human ovarian cancer cells A2780 have been challenged with cationic liposomes containing the single drug cisplatin or valproate or their combination with an approximate 1 : 2 molar ratio, i.e. the same ratio present in preformed (OC-6-33)-diamminedichloridobis(valproato)platinum(iv), that releases such metabolites by intracellular Pt(iv) → Pt(ii) reduction. The results of this comparison confirm that valproate barely penetrates cells unless it is transported by liposomes or it is coordinated to a lipophilic Pt(iv) assembly...
January 16, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091653/trivalent-f-elements-in-human-saliva-a-comprehensive-speciation-study-by-time-resolved-laser-induced-fluorescence-spectroscopy-and-thermodynamic-calculations
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Astrid Barkleit, Claudia Wilke, Anne Heller, Thorsten Stumpf, Atsushi Ikeda-Ohno
In the case of oral ingestion of radioactive contaminants, the first contact medium is saliva in the mouth. To gain a first insight into the interaction of radioactive contaminants in human saliva, the speciation of curium (Cm(iii)) and europium (Eu(iii)), i.e., trivalent f-elements, was investigated in different salivary media with time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy (TRLFS). The results indicate that these metal cations are primarily complexed with carbonates and phosphates, forming ternary complexes with a possible stoichiometry of 1 : 1 : 2 (M(iii) : carbonate : phosphate)...
January 16, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091640/the-binuclear-dual-emitter-br-co-3re-pn-np-re-co-3br-pn-3-chloro-6-4-diphenylphosphinyl-butoxypyridazine-a-new-bridging-p-n-bidentate-ligand-resulting-from-the-ring-opening-of-tetrahydrofuran
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Marianela Saldías, Jorge Manzur, Rodrigo E Palacios, María L Gómez, Julio De La Fuente, Germán Günther, Nancy Pizarro, Andrés Vega
Lithium diphenylphosphide unexpectedly provokes the ring-opening of tetrahydrofuran (THF) and by reaction with 3,6-dichloropyridazine leads to the formation of the ligand 3-chloro-6-(4-diphenylphosphinyl)butoxypyridazine (P⋯N), which was isolated. The reaction of this ligand with the (Re(CO)3(THF)Br)2 dimer yields the novel complex [Br(CO)3Re(μ-3-chloro-6-(4-diphenylphosphinyl)butoxypyridazine)2Re(CO)3Br] (BrRe(P⋯N)(N⋯P)ReBr), which was crystallized in the form of a chloroform solvate, (C46H40Br2Cl2N4O8P2Re2)·(CHCl3)...
January 16, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091637/investigation-of-a-new-bis-carboxylate-triazole-based-anchoring-ligand-for-dye-solar-cell-chromophore-complexes
#17
Alessandro Sinopoli, Fiona A Black, Christopher J Wood, Elizabeth A Gibson, Paul I P Elliott
A novel anchoring ligand for dye-sensitised solar cell chromophoric complexes, 1-(2,2'-bipyrid-4-yl)-1,2,3-triazole-4,5-dicarboxylic acid (dctzbpy), is described. The new dye complexes [Ru(bpy)2(dctzbpy)][PF6]2 (AS16), [Ir(ppy)2(dctzbpy)][PF6] (AS17) and [Re(dctzbpy)(CO)3Cl] (AS18) were prepared in a two stage procedure with intermediate isolation of their diester analogues, AS16-Et2, AS17-Et2 and AS18-Et2 respectively. Electrochemical analysis of AS16-Et2, AS17-Et2 and AS18-Et2 reveal reduction potentials in the range -1...
January 16, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091599/a-comprehensive-numerical-model-for-simulating-fluid-transport-in-nanopores
#18
Yuan Zhang, Wei Yu, Kamy Sepehrnoori, Yuan Di
Since a large amount of nanopores exist in tight oil reservoirs, fluid transport in nanopores is complex due to large capillary pressure. Recent studies only focus on the effect of nanopore confinement on single-well performance with simple planar fractures in tight oil reservoirs. Its impacts on multi-well performance with complex fracture geometries have not been reported. In this study, a numerical model was developed to investigate the effect of confined phase behavior on cumulative oil and gas production of four horizontal wells with different fracture geometries...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090811/antibacterial-combination-therapy-using-co-3-cu-2-zn-2-and-pd-2-complexes-their-calf-thymus-dna-binding-studies
#19
Fatemeh Khosravi, Hassan Mansouri-Torshizi
Four Co(III)-, Cu(II)-, Zn(II)- and Pd(II)- based potent antibacterial complexes of formula K3[Co(ox)3].3H2O (I), [Cu(bpy)2Cl]Cl.5H2O (II), [Zn(bpy)3]Cl2 (III) and [Pd(bpy)2](NO3)2 (IV) (where ox is oxalate and bpy is 2,2'-bipyridine) were synthesized. They were characterized by elemental analyses, molar conductance measurements, UV-Vis, FT-IR, (1)H NMR and (13)C NMR spectra. These metal complexes were ordered in three combination series of I+II, I+II+III and I+II+III+IV. Antibacterial activity was tested for each of these four metal complexes and their combinations against gram positive and gram negative bacteria...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090784/effect-of-resveratrol-and-tetracycline-on-the-subacute-paraquat-toxicity-in-mice
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R M Satpute, P P Pawar, S Puttewar, S D Sawale, P D Ambhore
Paraquat (PQ) is a nonselective bipyridyl herbicide widely used in agriculture to control weeds, but its accidental, occupational, or intentional exposure in humans is known to cause pneumo- and neurotoxicity which may proves fatal. Oxidative stress is reported as an underlined mechanism of PQ-induced toxicity in alveolar cells, neurons, and astroglia. PQ generates superoxides both through electron transport reaction (ETC) with nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide-dependent oxidoreductase and by the redox cycling via reaction with molecular oxygen...
January 1, 2017: Human & Experimental Toxicology
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