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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933749/black-magic-in-gray-titania-noble-metal-free-photocatalytic-h2-evolution-from-hydrogenated-anatase
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Ning Liu, Xuemei Zhou, Nhat Truong Nguyen, Kristina Peters, Florian Zoller, Imgon Hwang, Christopher Schneider, Matthias E Miehlich, Detlef Freitag, Karsten Meyer, Dina Fattakhova-Rohlfing, Patrik Schmuki
'Black' TiO2 -in the widest sense, TiO2 reduced by various treatments-has attracted tremendous scientific interest in recent years because of some outstanding properties; most remarkably in photocatalysis. While the material effects visible light absorption (the blacker, the better), black titania produced by high pressure hydrogenation was recently reported to show another highly interesting feature; noble-metal-free photocatalytic H2 generation. In a systematic investigation of high-temperature hydrogen treatments of anatase nanoparticles, TEM, XRD, EPR, XPS, and photoelectrochemistry are used to characterize different degrees of surface hydrogenation, surface termination, electrical conductivity, and structural defects in the differently treated materials...
December 9, 2016: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933714/development-of-chemical-tools-to-monitor-and-control-isoaspartyl-peptide-methyltransferase-activity
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Yusuke Kimura, Toru Komatsu, Kouichi Yanagi, Kenjiro Hanaoka, Tasuku Ueno, Takuya Terai, Hirotatsu Kojima, Takayoshi Okabe, Tetsuo Nagano, Yasuteru Urano
We have established a coupled assay system targeting protein l-isoaspartyl methyltransferase (PIMT), a key enzyme in the metabolism of isoaspartyl peptides and proteins. The system utilizes a fluorogenic peptide probe containing an isoaspartyl residue at the P1' position of the caspase-3 recognition sequence. Following PIMT-catalyzed methyl transfer reaction, the methylated probe is specifically cleaved by caspase-3 to give fluorescence activation. High-throughput screening of our chemical library with this assay system identified PIMT inhibitors that may be useful as leads in the design of chemical probes for controlling PIMT activity...
December 9, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933699/room-temperature-arylation-of-thiols-breakthrough-with-aryl-chlorides
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Min Jiang, Haifang Li, Haijun Yang, Hua Fu
The formation of aryl C-S bonds is an important chemical transformation because aryl sulfides are valuable building blocks for the synthesis of biologically and pharmaceutically active molecules and organic materials. Aryl sulfides have traditionally been synthesized through the transition-metal-catalyzed cross-coupling of aryl halides with thiols. However, the aryl halides used are usually bromides and iodides; readily available, low-cost aryl chlorides often not reactive enough. Furthermore, the deactivation of transition-metal catalysts by thiols has forced chemists to use high catalyst loadings, specially designed ligands, high temperatures, and/or strong bases, thus leading to high costs and the incompatibility of some functional groups...
December 9, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933606/relaxin-like-peptides-in-male-reproduction-a-human-perspective
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REVIEW
Richard Ivell, Alexander I Agoulnik, Ravinder Anand-Ivell
The relaxin family of peptide hormones and their cognate G-protein coupled receptors are becoming physiologically well characterized in the cardiovascular system and particularly in female reproductive processes. Much less is known about the physiology and pharmacology of these peptides in male reproduction, particularly as regards the human. H2-relaxin is involved in prostate function and growth, while INSL3 is a major product of the testicular Leydig cells and in the adult appears to modulate steroidogenesis and germ cell survival...
December 9, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933604/chemoresistant-lung-cancer-stem-cells-display-high-dna-repair-capability-to-remove-cisplatin-dna-damage
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Wai-Kin Yu, Zhigang Wang, Chi-Chun Fong, Dandan Liu, Tak-Chun Yip, Siu-Kie Au, Guangyu Zhu, Mengsu Yang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The persistence of lung cancer stem cells (LCSCs) has been proposed to be the main factor of lung cancer recurrence due to their high resistance to conventional chemotherapy. The underlying mechanisms, however, have not been fully addressed. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: In this study, we examined the cellular response of a human lung cancer stem cell line upon treatment with cisplatin, a DNA-damaging anticancer drug that is extensively applied in clinics...
December 9, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933523/integrative-functional-genomics-for-systems-genetics-in-geneweaver-org
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Jason A Bubier, Michael A Langston, Erich J Baker, Elissa J Chesler
The abundance of existing functional genomics studies permits an integrative approach to interpreting and resolving the results of diverse systems genetics studies. However, a major challenge lies in assembling and harmonizing heterogeneous data sets across species for facile comparison to the positional candidate genes and coexpression networks that come from systems genetic studies. GeneWeaver is an online database and suite of tools at www.geneweaver.org that allows for fast aggregation and analysis of gene set-centric data...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933483/covalent-immobilization-of-human-placental-17%C3%AE-hydroxysteroid-dehydrogenase-type-1-onto-glutaraldehyde-activated-silica-coupled-with-lc-tof-ms-for-anti-cancer-drug-screening-applications
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Yin Bai, Wen-Di Zhou, Xian-Min Mu, Qian Zhang, Chen Yu, Bin Di, Meng-Xiang Su
Human 17β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 (17β-HSD1), a potential target in breast cancer prevention and therapy, was extracted from human placenta and immobilized on nonporous silica (∼5 μm) with a covalent method for the first time. The optimum initial enzyme concentration and immobilization time during the immobilization process were 0.42 mg mL(-1) and 12 h, repectively. The binding was confirmed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). It could improve the pH, thermal and storage stability compared to free enzyme...
December 8, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933450/effects-of-exercise-intervention-in-breast-cancer-patients-is-mobile-health-mhealth-with-pedometer-more-effective-than-conventional-program-using-brochure
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Kyeong Eun Uhm, Ji Sung Yoo, Seung Hyun Chung, Jong Doo Lee, Ilkyun Lee, Joong Il Kim, Se Kyung Lee, Seok Jin Nam, Yong Hyun Park, Ji Youl Lee, Ji Hye Hwang
PURPOSE: To investigate and compare the effects of mobile health (mHealth) and pedometer with conventional exercise program using a brochure on physical function and quality of life (QOL). METHODS: The study was a prospective, quasi-randomized multicenter trial where 356 patients whose cancer treatment had been terminated were enrolled. All patients were instructed to perform a 12-week regimen of aerobic and resistance exercise. The mHealth group received a pedometer and a newly developed smartphone application to provide information and monitor the prescribed exercises...
December 8, 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933358/embodiment-and-the-origin-of-interval-timing-kinematic-and-electromyographic-data
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Caspar Addyman, Sinead Rocha, Lilian Fautrelle, Robert M French, Elizabeth Thomas, Denis Mareschal
Recent evidence suggests that interval timing (the judgment of durations lasting from approximately 500 ms. to a few minutes) is closely coupled to the action control system. We used surface electromyography (EMG) and motion capture technology to explore the emergence of this coupling in 4-, 6-, and 8-month-olds. We engaged infants in an active and socially relevant arm-raising task with seven cycles and response period. In one condition, cycles were slow (every 4 s); in another, they were fast (every 2 s)...
December 9, 2016: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933338/progress-in-research-and-application-of-hiv-1-tat-derived-cell-penetrating-peptide
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REVIEW
Le Zou, Qilin Peng, Ping Wang, Boting Zhou
Human immunodeficiency virus type I (HIV-1) transactivator of transcription (TAT) is encoded by HIV-1. It is a peptide rich in basic amino acids and belongs to the protein transduction domain family. It has been found that HIV-1 TAT and its core peptide segment TAT47-57 play an important role in promoting the cellular uptake of coupled bioactive macromolecules, such as peptides, proteins, oligonucleotides, and drug molecules. HIV-1 TAT can also significantly increase the soluble expression of extrinsic proteins...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933295/sperm-chromatin-dispersion-test-before-sperm-preparation-is-predictive-of-clinical-pregnancy-in-cases-of-unexplained-infertility-treated-with-intrauterine-insemination-and-induction-with-clomiphene-citrate
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Frank W R C Vandekerckhove, Ilse De Croo, Jan Gerris, Etienne Vanden Abbeel, Petra De Sutter
BACKGROUND/AIMS: A large proportion of men with normal sperm results as analyzed using conventional techniques have fragmented DNA in their spermatozoa. We performed a prospective study to examine the incidence of DNA fragmentation in sperm in cases of couples with previously unexplained infertility and treated with intrauterine insemination. We evaluated whether there was any predictive value of DNA fragmentation for pregnancy outcome in such couples. METHODS: The percentage of DNA fragmentation and all classical variables to evaluate sperm before and after sperm treatment were determined...
2016: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933290/validation-of-a-cochlear-implant-patient-specific-model-of-the-voltage-distribution-in-a-clinical-setting
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Waldo Nogueira, Daniel Schurzig, Andreas Büchner, Richard T Penninger, Waldemar Würfel
Cochlear Implants (CIs) are medical implantable devices that can restore the sense of hearing in people with profound hearing loss. Clinical trials assessing speech intelligibility in CI users have found large intersubject variability. One possibility to explain the variability is the individual differences in the interface created between electrodes of the CI and the auditory nerve. In order to understand the variability, models of the voltage distribution of the electrically stimulated cochlea may be useful...
2016: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933243/model-based-extended-quaternion-kalman-filter-to-inertial-orientation-tracking-of-arbitrary-kinematic-chains
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Agnieszka Szczęsna, Przemysław Pruszowski
Inertial orientation tracking is still an area of active research, especially in the context of out-door, real-time, human motion capture. Existing systems either propose loosely coupled tracking approaches where each segment is considered independently, taking the resulting drawbacks into account, or tightly coupled solutions that are limited to a fixed chain with few segments. Such solutions have no flexibility to change the skeleton structure, are dedicated to a specific set of joints, and have high computational complexity...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933236/purification-and-antigenic-detection-of-o-specific-polysaccharides-of-salmonella-enterica-serovar-paratyphi-a-isolate-from-pakistan-an-emerging-threat
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Zainab Rahmat, Aamir Ali, Yasra Sarwar, Muhammad Salman, Abdul Haque
BACKGROUND: Paratyphoid fever caused by Salmonella enterica serovar Paratyphi A is becoming a serious health problem in Asian countries particularly Pakistan, China and India and situation is aggravated by current unavailability of a licensed vaccine. This study was designed to purify the O-specific polysaccharides (OSP) produced by an isolate of Salmonella Paratyphi A from Pakistan and detect antigenicity of extracted lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and purified OSP pioneerly in South Asian region as candidate for conjugate vaccine preparation...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933226/opposite-anisotropy-effects-of-singlet-and-triplet-exciton-diffusion-in-tetracene-crystal
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Xiaoyu Xie, Haibo Ma
We observe the diffusion anisotropy difference between singlet and triplet excitons in organic crystals; that is, singlet and triplet excitons may have completely different spatial direction preference for diffusion. This phenomenon can be ascribed to the distinct dependence of different excitonic couplings (Coulomb Förster vs. exchange Dexter) existing in singlet and triplet excitons on their intermolecular distance and intermolecular orientation. Such a discovery provides insights for understanding the fundamental photophysical process in a vast range of organic condensed-phase systems and optimizing the efficiency of organic optoelectronic materials...
June 2016: ChemistryOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933224/2-diazo-1-phenyl-2-trifluoromethyl-sulfonyl-ethan-1-one-another-utility-for-electrophilic-trifluoromethylthiolation-reactions
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Zhongyan Huang, Kenta Okuyama, Chen Wang, Etsuko Tokunaga, Xiaorui Li, Norio Shibata
2-Diazo-1-phenyl-2-((trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl)ethan-1-one (diazo-triflone) (2) is not only a building block but also a reagent. In this study, diazo-triflone, which was originally used for the synthesis of β-lactam triflones as a trifluoromethanesulfonyl (SO2CF3) building block under catalyst-free thermal conditions, is redisclosed as an effective electrophilic trifluoromethylthiolation reagent under copper catalysis. A broad set of enamines, indoles, β-keto esters, pyrroles, and anilines were nicely transformed into corresponding trifluoromethylthio (SCF3) compounds in good to high yields by diazo-triflone under copper catalysis via an electrophilic-type reaction...
June 2016: ChemistryOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933039/the-contribution-of-mathematical-modeling-to-understanding-dynamic-aspects-of-rumen-metabolism
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André Bannink, Henk J van Lingen, Jennifer L Ellis, James France, Jan Dijkstra
All mechanistic rumen models cover the main drivers of variation in rumen function, which are feed intake, the differences between feedstuffs and feeds in their intrinsic rumen degradation characteristics, and fractional outflow rate of fluid and particulate matter. Dynamic modeling approaches are best suited to the prediction of more nuanced responses in rumen metabolism, and represent the dynamics of the interactions between substrates and micro-organisms and inter-microbial interactions. The concepts of dynamics are discussed for the case of rumen starch digestion as influenced by starch intake rate and frequency of feed intake, and for the case of fermentation of fiber in the large intestine...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933018/a-study-of-the-coupling-of-fet-temperament-traits-with-major-depression
#18
Irina N Trofimova, William Sulis
Objective: Temperament and mental illness have been linked to the same systems of behavioral regulation. A temperament model, carefully structured to respond to subtle differences within systems of behavior regulation, should exhibit distinct temperament patterns in the presence of mental illness. Previous comparisons of temperament profiles in mental disorders used mostly emotionality-related traits. In contrast, the Functional Ensemble of Temperament (FET) model differentiates not only between emotionality traits, but also between traits related to physical, verbal, and mental aspects of behavior and maps 12 functional aspects of behavior to temperament traits as well as to symptoms of mental illnesses...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932971/evaluation-of-phase-amplitude-coupling-in-resting-state-magnetoencephalographic-signals-effect-of-surrogates-and-evaluation-approach
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Bakul Gohel, Sanghyun Lim, Min-Young Kim, Kyung-Min An, Ji-Eun Kim, Hyukchan Kwon, Kiwoong Kim
Phase-amplitude coupling (PAC) plays an important role in neural communication and computation. Interestingly, recent studies have indicated the presence of ubiquitous PAC phenomenon even during the resting state. Despite the importance of PAC phenomenon, estimation of significant physiological PAC is challenging because of the lack of appropriate surrogate measures to control false positives caused by non-physiological PAC. Therefore, in the present study, we evaluated PAC phenomenon during resting-state magnetoencephalography (MEG) signal and considered various surrogate measures and computational approaches widely used in the literature in addition to proposing new ones...
2016: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932955/what-do-we-really-know-about-5-ht1a-receptor-signaling-in-neuronal-cells
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REVIEW
Paulina S Rojas, Jenny L Fiedler
Serotonin (5-HT) is a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in neuronal plasticity. Variations in the levels of 5-HT at the synaptic cleft, expression or dysfunction of 5-HT receptors may alter brain development and predispose to various mental diseases. Here, we review the transduction pathways described in various cell types transfected with recombinant 5-HT1A receptor (5-HT1AR), specially contrasting with those findings obtained in neuronal cells. The 5-HT1AR is detected in early stages of neural development and is located in the soma, dendrites and spines of hippocampal neurons...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
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