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John K Fallon, Nicole Houvig, Catherine L Booth-Genthe, Philip C Smith
Information is needed on the expression of transporters in lung to inform drug development and therapeutic decisions. Much of the information currently available is from semiquantitative gene expression or immunometric densitometry studies reported in the literature. NanoLC-MS/MS (MRM mode) isotope dilution targeted quantitative proteomics was used here to quantify twelve selected transporters in fresh human lung membrane fraction samples and in the membrane fraction of selected immortalized human lung epithelial cell line samples...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Mikko Kärmeniemi, Tiina Lankila, Tiina Ikäheimo, Heli Koivumaa-Honkanen, Raija Korpelainen
Background: Physical inactivity is a global problem that increases the risk of many chronic diseases and shortens life expectancy. The built environment contributes to physical inactivity through accessibility of amenities and transportation patterns. With better urban planning, cities could be designed to enhance active transportation and population health on a permanent basis. Purpose: We conducted a systematic review to identify determinants of the built environment associated with physical activity and to evaluate how changes in the built environment are associated with changes in physical activity...
February 17, 2018: Annals of Behavioral Medicine: a Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
S A Owerre
Topological magnon insulators are the bosonic analogs of electronic topological insulators. They are manifested in magnetic materials with topologically nontrivial magnon bands as realized experimentally in a quasi-two-dimensional (quasi-2D) kagomé ferromagnet Cu(1-3, bdc), and they also possess protected magnon edge modes. These topological magnetic materials can transport heat as well as spin currents, hence they can be useful for spintronic applications. Moreover, as magnons are charge-neutral spin-1 bosonic quasiparticles with a magnetic dipole moment, topological magnon materials can also interact with electromagnetic fields through the Aharonov-Casher effect...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Melissa Conte, Josselin Lupette, Khawla Seddiki, Coline Meï, Lina J Dolch, Valerie Gros, Caroline Barette, Fabrice Rébeillé, Juliette Jouhet, Eric Marechal
Microalgae are a promising feedstock for the production of triacylglycerol (TAG) for a variety of potential applications, ranging from food and human health to biofuels and green chemistry. However, obtaining high TAG yields is challenging. A phenotypic assay for accumulation of oil droplets was developed to screen a library of 1,200 drugs, annotated with pharmacology information, to select compounds that trigger TAG accumulation in the diatom Phaeodactylum. Using this screen, we identified 34 molecules acting in a dose-dependent manner...
March 13, 2018: Plant Physiology
Sanjay Sagar, Seid M Adem, Benjamin Struchen, Sarah P Loughran, Michael E Brunjes, Lisa Arangua, Mohamed Aqiel Dalvie, Rodney J Croft, Michael Jerrett, Joel M Moskowitz, Tony Kuo, Martin Röösli
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to quantify RF-EMF exposure applying a tested protocol of RF-EMF exposure measurements using portable devices with a high sampling rate in different microenvironments of Switzerland, Ethiopia, Nepal, South Africa, Australia and the United States of America. METHOD: We used portable measurement devices for assessing RF-EMF exposure in 94 outdoor microenvironments and 18 public transport vehicles. The measurements were taken either by walking with a backpack with the devices at the height of the head and a distance of 20-30 cm from the body, or driving a car with the devices mounted on its roof, which was 170-180 cm above the ground...
March 9, 2018: Environment International
Cosimo Walter D'Acunto, Robert Kaplánek, Helena Gbelcová, Zdeněk Kejík, Tomáš Bříza, Liudmila Vasina, Martin Havlík, Tomáš Ruml, Vladimír Král
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder affecting tens of million people. Currently marketed drugs have limited therapeutic efficacy and only slowing down the neurodegenerative process. Interestingly, it has been suggested that biometal cations in the amyloid beta (Aβ) aggregate deposits contribute to neurotoxicity and degenerative changes in AD. Thus, chelation therapy could represent novel mode of therapeutic intervention. Here we describe the features of chelators with therapeutically relevant mechanism of action...
March 2, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Branka D Živanović, Kristian K Ullrich, Bianka Steffens, Sladjana Z Spasić, Paul Galland
The roles of fungal auxins in the regulation of elongation growth, photo-, and gravitropism are completely unknown. We analyzed the effects of exogenous IAA (indole-3-acetic acid), various synthetic auxins including 1-NAA (1-naphthaleneacetic acid) and 2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid), and the auxin transport inhibitor NPA (N-1-naphtylphtalamic acid) on the growth rate and bending of the unicellular sporangiophore of the zygomycete fungus, Phycomyces blakesleeanus. Sporangiophores that were submerged in an aqueous buffer responded to IAA with a sustained enhancement of the growth rate, while 1-NAA, 2,4-D, and NPA elicited an inhibition...
March 9, 2018: Protoplasma
Xiaojie Zang, Guangji Wang, Qinngyun Cai, Xiao Zheng, Jingwei Zhang, Qianying Chen, Baojin Wu, Xiong Zhu, Haiping Hao, Fang Zhou
Multi-drug resistance (MDR) is a common limitation for the clinical use of microtubule-targeting chemotherapeutic agents and it is the main factor for poor prognoses in cancer therapy. Here, we report on deoxypodophyllotoxin (DPT), a promising microtubule inhibitor in phase I, as a promising candidate to circumvent the obstacle. DPT remarkably suppressed the tumor growth in xenograft mice bearing either Paclitaxel (PTX)-sensitive MCF-7/S or acquired resistance MCF-7/Adr (MCF-7/A) cells. Also, DPT exhibited a similar accumulation in both tumors, while PTX displayed much a lower accumulation in the resistant tumors...
March 9, 2018: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
Momchil Paunov, Lyubka Koleva, Andon Vassilev, Jaco Vangronsveld, Vasilij Goltsev
A comparative study of the effects of exposure to high Cd2+ (50 µM) and excess Zn2+ (600 µM) on photosynthetic performance of hydroponically-grown durum wheat seedlings was performed. At day 8, Cd and Zn were added to the nutrient solution. After 7-days exposure, the chosen concentrations of both metals resulted in similar relative growth rate (RGR) inhibitions of about 50% and comparable retardations of the CO₂ assimilation rates (about 30%) in the second developed leaf of wheat seedlings. Analysis of chlorophyll a fluorescence indicated that both metals disturbed photosynthetic electron transport processes which led to a 4- to 5-fold suppression of the efficiency of energy transformation in Photosystem II...
March 9, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Sabine Schürmann, Georg Steffes, Dominique Manikowski, Philipp Kastl, Ursula Malkus, Shyam Bandari, Stefanie Ohlig, Corinna Ortmann, Rocio Rebollido-Rios, Mandy Otto, Harald Nüsse, Daniel Hoffmann, Christian Klämbt, Milos Galic, Jürgen Klingauf, Kay Grobe
Cell fate determination during development often requires morphogen transport from producing to distant responding cells. Hedgehog (Hh) morphogens present a challenge to this concept, as all Hhs are synthesized as terminally lipidated molecules that form insoluble clusters at the surface of producing cells. While several proposed Hh transport modes tie directly into these unusual properties, the crucial step of Hh relay from producing cells to receptors on remote responding cells remains unresolved. Using wing development in Drosophila melanogaster as a model, we show that Hh relay and direct patterning of the 3-4 intervein region strictly depend on proteolytic removal of lipidated N-terminal membrane anchors...
March 9, 2018: ELife
Xiaoyi Meng, Yingwei Ai, Ruirui Li, Wenjuan Zhang
Railway transportation is an important transportation mode. However, railway transportation causes heavy metal pollution in surrounding soils. Heavy metal pollution has a serious negative impact on the natural environment, including a decrease of enzyme activities in soil and degradation of sensitive ecosystems. Some studies investigated the heavy metal pollution at railway stations or certain transportation hubs. However, the pollution accumulated in artificial cut slope soil all along the rails is still questioned...
March 7, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Lili Dong, Ruirui Feng, Jiawei Bi, Shengqiang Shen, Huizhe Lu, Jianjun Zhang
Human sodium-dependent glucose co-transporter 2 (hSGLT2) is a crucial therapeutic target in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. In this study, both comparative molecular field analysis (CoMFA) and comparative molecular similarity indices analysis (CoMSIA) were applied to generate three-dimensional quantitative structure-activity relationship (3D-QSAR) models. In the most accurate CoMFA-based and CoMSIA-based QSAR models, the cross-validated coefficients (r2 cv ) were 0.646 and 0.577, respectively, while the non-cross-validated coefficients (r2 ) were 0...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Molecular Modeling
Alejandro Bustos, Higinio Rubio, Cristina Castejón, Juan Carlos García-Prada
An efficient maintenance is a key consideration in systems of railway transport, especially in high-speed trains, in order to avoid accidents with catastrophic consequences. In this sense, having a method that allows for the early detection of defects in critical elements, such as the bogie mechanical components, is a crucial for increasing the availability of rolling stock and reducing maintenance costs. The main contribution of this work is the proposal of a methodology that, based on classical signal processing techniques, provides a set of parameters for the fast identification of the operating state of a critical mechanical system...
March 6, 2018: Sensors
Reham Khresheh, Mona Almalik, Arwa Owies, Lesley Barclay
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the feasibility and outcomes of introducing childbirth preparation programs in a sample of Maternal and Child Health centres in Jordan. DESIGN: An exploratory, descriptive design, and practice- research engagement was used to implement and evaluate the proposed childbirth preparation program. Face to face interviews and field notes were used to collect data. Outcomes of pregnancy and birth were collected from interviews with women using a structured format...
February 15, 2018: Midwifery
Liang Cheng, Xianfang Zhu, Jiangbin Su
The coalescence of two single-crystalline Au nanoparticles on surface of amorphous SiOx nanowire, as induced by electron beam irradiation, was in situ studied at room temperature in a transmission electron microscope. It was observed that along with shrinkage of the SiOx nanowire during irradiation, adjacent Au nanoparticles moved around and migrated close to each other. Once the two nanoparticles contacted with each other, a fast, massive atom transportation took place along their contact surface, where a neck region was created...
March 5, 2018: Nanoscale
Mohammad Barati, Taraneh Vazifehshenas, Taha Salavati-Fard, Mojtaba Farmanbar
We calculate the thermal conductivity of free-standing silicene using the phonon Boltzmann transport equation within the relaxation time approximation. In this calculation, we investigate the effects of sample size and different scattering mechanisms such as phonon-phonon, phonon-boundary, phonon-isotope and phonon-vacancy defect. We obtain some similar results to earlier works using a different model and provide a more detailed analysis of the phonon conduction behavior and various mode contributions. We show that the dominant contribution to the thermal conductivity of silicene which originates from the in-plane acoustic branches is about 70% at room temperature and this contribution becomes larger by considering vacancy defects...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Patrick Neiens, Angela De Simone, Anna Ramershoven, Georg Höfner, Lars Allmendinger, Klaus T Wanner
MS Binding Assays represent a label free alternative to radioligand binding assays. In this study, we present an LC-ESI-MS/MS method for the quantification of (R,R)-4-(2-benzhydryloxyethyl)-1-(4-fluorobenzyl)piperidin-3-ol ((R,R)-D-84, (R,R)-1), (S,S)-reboxetine ((S,S)-2), and (S)-citalopram ((S)-3) employed as highly selective nonlabelled reporter ligands in MS Binding Assays addressing the dopamine (DAT, (R,R)-D-84), the norepinephrine (NET, (S,S)-reboxetine), and the serotonin transporter (SERT, (S)-citalopram), respectively...
March 3, 2018: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
Patrick Morency, Jillian Strauss, Félix Pépin, François Tessier, Jocelyn Grondines
Some studies have estimated fatality and injury rates for bus occupants, but data was aggregated at the country level and made no distinction between bus types. Also, injured pedestrians and cyclists, as a result of bus travel, were overlooked. We compared injury rates for car and city bus occupants on specific urban major roads, as well as the cyclist and pedestrian injuries associated with car and bus travel. We selected ten bus routes along major urban arterials (in Montreal, Canada). Passenger-kilometers traveled were estimated from vehicle counts at intersections (2002-2010) and from bus passenger counts (2008)...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine
Kevin W Huynh, Jiansen Jiang, Natalia Abuladze, Kirill Tsirulnikov, Liyo Kao, Xuesi Shao, Debra Newman, Rustam Azimov, Alexander Pushkin, Z Hong Zhou, Ira Kurtz
Na+ -coupled acid-base transporters play essential roles in human biology. Their dysfunction has been linked to cancer, heart, and brain disease. High-resolution structures of mammalian Na+ -coupled acid-base transporters are not available. The sodium-bicarbonate cotransporter NBCe1 functions in multiple organs and its mutations cause blindness, abnormal growth and blood chemistry, migraines, and impaired cognitive function. Here, we have determined the structure of the membrane domain dimer of human NBCe1 at 3...
March 2, 2018: Nature Communications
Yingtian Xu, Ying Li, Linlin Shi, Danni Li, He Zhang, Liang Jin, Li Xu, Xiaohui Ma, Yonggang Zou, Jingzhi Yin
In this paper, electrically driven whispering gallery mode (WGM) lasing was observed from ZnO single microwire (SMW)/p-Si heterojunctions operated at reverse bias. Current-voltage curve exhibits a non-ideal rectification characteristic with a turn-on voltage of about 0.8 V. When the reverse current of 20 mA was applied, several sharp lasing peaks with FWHM as narrow as ∼2 nm appeared in the spectra, which demonstrated that the gain was now large enough to enable the cavity resonant in ZnO SMW. The resonant process, lasing mode and quality factor (Q) were investigated via experiments and theory...
March 2, 2018: Nanoscale
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